Show up for Yourself

Do you show up for yourself?

Show up for Yourself. Even when you're exhausted and you can't take another step, always show up for you. A vlog in where I share how I show up for myself and am working on implementing blogging productivity hacks and social media tips to keep my day more streamlined by @faithfulsocial

Another week, another vlog link up. I am loving these, aren’t you? This week has been rough. I won’t lie, work is crazy and my allergies are at an all time high. I even used my asthma pump twice this week. I could have easily bowed out of the link up, but I like adding this to my week. It’s real time and real talk. I don’t plan them, rarely have a script (unless it’s that lame index card that I finally threw out this weekend, I think?).  So have a quick look at my 3 minute “showing up for myself” vlog with pillows, as I hate on Charity because she’s so cute and always has a cup of chai in hand. I know, that face, it’s the best of the worst in bunch. Trust me. I’m a face maker. 

Here are the links I mention in this post:

On sharing your blog posts to Instagram

On multitasking.

On creating or boosting your content/editorial calendar.

On batching your work (or in this case, social media posts.)

On Chai with Charity’s vlog series. See that mug? She’s so cute!

For more #thoughtsonthurs vlogs, head over to JVKom Chronicles

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Show up for Yourself. Even when you're exhausted and you can't take another step, always show up for you. A vlog in where I share how I show up for myself and am working on implementing blogging productivity hacks and social media tips to keep my day more streamlined by @faithfulsocial

The Fantasy of Yes

As a working mother with tons of responsibility and more drive that she knows what to do with, the thinking is to say no. I’ve written about it, practiced it and preached it. To just say no and mean it. No to people that hurt you, no to another thing slapped on your already full plate, no to negativity. No, no, NO! Now I’m telling you to say yes? I am. 

What do you dream about? What do you want to do in this life? Pick one thing and say yes to yourself. Make your yes a reality. People often ask me how I get everything done? I share productivity tips and a bit of life in this vlog by @fillpraycloset

In this week’s Thoughts on Thursday vlog with Jen from JVKom Chronicles, I waited till the last minute. I think there is something to the last minute for inspiration and recording yourself for the world to see (my world is my hubby, the boys, close friends and you guys!). I only have one take, 3 minutes. I don’t let myself over think it or pick it apart. While those aren’t the rules, that’s the extra challenge I’ve given myself – because I tend to do that. I’ve got some other bad habits too that I share with you in this vlog. So, let’s get to it, and I’ll see you just afterwards (or beneath the embedded video).

I hope you’re ok after that car metaphor. It’s all I could think of in the moment. 

Did you get to that last bit, for your challenge? It’s not about saying yes to everyone and everything else because you feel compelled to be a good girl. You need to say yes to you. Say yes to one thing that you dream about when no one is paying attention. You know, when your eyes glaze over as you’re eating lunch with a friend and they’re talking, but you’re “in it”. In the zone of what you want to be and do and achieve – the fantasy of your “yes”.

Even if it’s reading a chapter of a book every day till you finish it in a year (that’s a big book, no?), or walking around the block once a week, or going into business for yourself, whatever it is. You know what I’m getting at. Once you’ve landed on your one thing, or two or twenty, promise yourself to never say no to it again. Even if you hate mornings and your yes includes getting up before dawn. 

Share it in the comments, then start figuring out what it is you have to do to get there and do it. Because no, is no longer an option.

What do you dream about? What do you want to do in this life? Pick one thing and say yes to yourself. Make your yes a reality. People often ask me how I get everything done? I share productivity tips and a bit of life in this vlog by @fillpraycloset

See you next week! And if you’re feeling vloggy, link up!

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Team Early Bird

There are two camps in my house.

The first camp is up early, and ready for the day with a spring in their step. The second camp can’t wait for night to fall so they can get going creatively. I was of the latter camp my entire life. I mean all 37, or 38 years of it (will someone please ask my husband to tattoo my age to my forehead?!). It was only recently, coinciding with Lent, that I sacrificed my beloved nighttime and defected to the early bird camp. Gabriel, my partner in crime may or may not be completely devastated.

Are you a night owl or an early bird? What time of day are you  more productive? I include productivity apps, books and business podcasts that I use to get my day started by @faithfulsocial

My husband was not convinced it would last. Not even I was convinced. Gabriel, is still holding out hope that I will come back to the dark side. Every morning, I wake up between 5:30AM and 6AM depending on when my Sleep Cycle App says I should. I click on the face that best represents how I am feeling when I wake up (part of the app). I like to click on the angry sad face when I am especially tired as my way of telling the app where to go with its morning chirp alarm (like it’s a person!).

Prepare the night before

I head over to the bench in my bedroom where I have laid out my workout clothes the night before. That’s right people. Cristina works out now! I brush my teeth and head downstairs. Can you imagine if I had to rummage through my completely unorganized drawers for an exercise bra in the dark? I would just head back to bed and call it a day. I’m telling you, don’t waste precious, percolating brain power on these silly decisions. You know, the ones where you have to decide whether you’re bra is on backwards or not. Preparing for your day, the night before tells you that morning that you thought of yourself – and isn’t that nice? [Tweet This]

Keep everything you need in one spot for a morning routine home base

On my love seat, I have a mobile office. It’s not what you think, just a little lap desk for me to blog on with my tablet or work from home with my laptop. What’s so great about it, is that it’s become my morning home base. As you open up the main compartment, inside is my Five Minute Journal, a rosary, my head phones and my Marian Consecration book. Everything I need to get my morning going, all in one place. I always start with the Five Minute Journal. It’s a gratitude journal that’s simple, effective and can literally be done in 5 minutes. There are also weekly challenges that you complete as well, that are more intentional around people, connection, and wellness. I love it. I then choose whether I want to work out first, or pray. I usually choose one or the other and stick with it for a few days and then switch it up. Today for example, I prayed the rosary first, read the Marian Consecration prayers and then finished off with the Lenten Magnificat reading for the day.

Just 15 minutes and be sure to double up

My husband got me an elliptical/stairclimber death machine because I just can’t do a gym. Gym peeps, you get all the props. I am too self-conscious to go to a gym. It’s not what you think, either. I am such a clutz that the last thing I need, is to be known as that girl that pushes all the buttons and goes all crazy horse on the elliptical because she can’t remember what to do. The machine calls for 15 minutes / 3 times a week. I can do that.

Well, I couldn’t actually when I first got on it. Instead I hyperventilated over the course of three minutes and my husband had to walk me back up the stairs so I could sit for 3 hours and get my strength back. I know. Totally out of shape. I have worked my way up to 15 minutes now and that’s perfect for me. I do double duty by listening to empowering podcasts like Hack the Entrepreneur, In Demand Brand, Brilliant Business Moms or TED Radio Hour. I stop the podcast at 15 minutes and pick it back up in my car ride to work.

Take time to think

We all know about shower thoughts. You know, when you’re in the shower and all these ideas just come to you? That’s my time to think, strategize, come up with blog post ideas, freebies for subscribers, guest post outlines, you name it. I also let what I’ve learned in those podcasts sink in and energize me throughout the day. Granted, I jump out of the shower 3 or 4 times to jot ideas down on a post-it. But you get the idea – and so do I, all in the shower!

Here’s the kicker

All of that? Done by 7:15AM. All that me time. And it’s really me time. I’m not in front of a computer, drowning on social media, or getting distracted by shiny things. It’s me. My time to frame the day in such a way that I’ve given to myself first spiritually, mentally and physically before I get out of the house and have to start the work day.

Nighttime routine 2.0

I go to bed at the same time night. Before I “shut it down” I finish up the nighttime portion of The Five Minute Journal, set out my work out clothes for the next day (unless it’s a rest day), brush my teeth, plop and watch the tube with the family or read until it’s 10PM and turn out the light.

I have to say, I like this new schedule, routine, or shift. Yeah, let’s say that. I love this shift. I’m more positive, focused, productive and just feel better. 

Are you a nightowl or an earlybird? [Tweet This]

So how about you? Are you making the shift? Got any tips? Tell me in the comments!

Are you a night owl or an early bird? What time of day are you  more productive? I include productivity apps, books and business podcasts that I use to get my day started by @faithfulsocial

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7 Must Have Blogging Resources

This week is all about blogging and social media, have you noticed?

Monday, we talked about social media and whether or not it’s really bad for you (especially for those who have given it up for Lent!). On Tuesday, I shared an ULTIMATE blogging resource, the Knowtbook. Amy Lynn Andrews is a bloggerpreneur like no other. Sorry, that didn’t really rhyme. Here are my 7 Must Have Blogging Resources (there may be more than 7 of them, because you should have more) This is not an exhaustive list. How is that even possible?

7 Must Have Blogging Resources sharing all the blogs I go to for the best blogging tips and tricks, blogging tutorials and social media tips. I even include some blogging books as a bonus! @fillpraycloset

If you want access to my Blog Crafting printable, where I share all the steps to my before and after blog post publishing process (and all the social media craziness I do!), just click on the button at the end of this post. It was released to email subscribers yesterday afternoon in a special-just-for-them email. I love you “tree of trust” people. They know what that means. And my apologies to my email friends, there was a lapse in the password changes to access my freebies page. I’ll let you know about that in an email! to my  On with the show!


Blog Clarity

From her 10 minute touch ups, to her in depth tutorials that I used to update my about page (check out those pins, people!). Melissa is a true find in the bloggy space. She’s written Blog Design for Dummies, which I admit freely, I bought. We’re all dummies at some point and can all learn from the ground up and find something of value, yes? She gives online courses that are smashing, let me tell you. She is the go-to for all things Pinterest and so it was a no-brainer to sign up for her Pinning Perfect course. I HIGHLY recommend it. Can I just say, I woke up one morning this week to 63 Pinterest notifications overnight. What? What? WHAT?! Yeah. There is a new class opening up in March (Sign up closes NEXT WEDNESDAY NIGHT) That session will run from 3/8-3/20 and there are still spots left. Just be sure to tell her I sent’cha.


Blogging on the Side

Becky and Paula share tips and tricks about SEO, monetization, income reports, beating blogger burnout, you name it and they strive to balance family and faith along with that. A tall order, right? They have a thriving Facebook community where ideas are teased and virtual high fives are given for small wins. They also have an ebook out, Blogging on the Side: Where Passion and Profit Meet. I remember when they were asking their Facebook group what title worked best! These ladies are really down to earth, are willing to share all of their knowledge and love community. Can’t beat that, right?


ByRegina.com: For the Bloggers and Creativepreneurs

 She doesn’t know this, but she singlehandedly has me cleaning out local stores of their toner. I print everything she puts out. She has a strong brand, sense of humor and everything she writes, for me, makes sense. If you haven’t heard of her, you’ve been under rocks. That, and I’m sorry I didn’t mention her sooner. I should have. She put out a blog planner earlier this year titled Epic Blog: One Year Editorial Calendar and I would have purchased it myself only I have 3 planners on my desk, and use two different online calendars too. I’m a bit of a planner fiend. Actually, now that I’m talking about it, I want it. See what she does?! My favorite post this minute is, 10 Signs You’re a Creative Coach {Who Blogs} and Not a Blogger. I have purchased her Grow Your Blog Traffic with Social Media ekit . Ummm, the ebook is like 175 pages and the workbook, 125. See? My poor printer. But I cannot get enough. Sign up for her email list. She hustles and gives freebies like lollipops. Like now. I’ll wait.


Beyond Your Blog

It’s just what the title says. Do you want to reach audiences outside of your little corner of the internet? This blog is for you. Susan shares lists and other bloggers’ first hand accounts of the application process for platforms like Huffington Post, BlogHer, Babble and Scary Mommy to name a few. They also cover how and where to submit to anthologies and online magazines too. I love their tips, tricks and tools tab, their podcast with editors. They also have a Facebook Group. Sign up and grow beyond your blog!


Blog Chicka Blog

Jill is new to me. I don’t know how I found her. I think she may have found me (dreaming here). I love to read her stuff before bed. It’s like she’s talking just to me, over tea and scones. You know, because in my head, we’re fancy. She is a photographer so she shares tips on all things images to make your blog visually appealing. On my Feedly, I can’t wait to read her “This Week in Blogging”. You know what it’s like, we get all excited about our side bar, or a new app, but does anyone else you know get that? Does Nana get all cuckoo for cocoa puffs at your new hex code color you pulled from Design Seeds? Probably not. But she may raise an eyebrow at income reports! Bam, she shares them too.  I’d suggest following her on Pinterest too. Why? Because I do and I wanna say that’s where she found me. I’m such a dreamer…


Blog Legally

Ok, so let me set you up for this. I am part of Brilliant Business Mom’s Facebook Group, we talked about them before. Love Beth Anne and Sarah and uh, hello they just published a post on their top 10 podcasts on the Etsy Blog, so I can totally say I knew them when (which was like a month ago. Talk about trajectory).  The put out a quick podcast asking their listeners if they needed a real physical address at the bottom of their newsletters. I posed it to my Tribe gals and we were kerfuffled. Needless to say, Monday, Cristina picked up keys to a P.O. Box at the nearest Post Office. One of my Tribe members, Mary, mentioned Blog Legally and I.ate.it.up! We should all know the rules and regs of blogging. If you’re a blogger you’re in the biz, and you need to protect yourself. What’s up, how-to on affiliate discolsures? That’s the end of my PSA.


The Blog Maven

I’m into productivity and entrepreneurship in 2015 and when I read this, my heart melted I said all the “me too’s” . Blogging is great, it’s a whirlwind, it’s a lot to think about and do, and all the to-do lists and the questions, the page views the aaaaaaaaaah! What does the almighty Blog Maven (whose name is Jeni, by the way) say:

1. Find out what people want.
2. Give it to them.

And you don’t have to be an “expert” to do it.

I mean, we know this, right? But sometimes, we need to be given permission to relax before our shoulders slide down and chill. Know what I mean? We are not our page views. Slamacow!

I promised extras yes? I’m reading Real Moms Making Real Money Blogging, At Home, In Their Pajamas (The Mommy Blogger Next Door Book 1) as in, this is a series, y’all. I love her approach so far. I feel like she could be from Brooklyn with her sassy responses to things. I plan on doing a book review next week so be on the lookout for that.

Have you read, How to Blog for Profit Without Losing Your Soul by Ruth Ann Soukup? It’s like ProBlogger for ladies. I will say that it’s CHOCK full of so much info that you should absolutely read one chapter at a time, and then implement, implement, implement till you can’t no more, and then move on to the next chapter.

So there you have it, are there any you would like to add? Some gold nugget blog resource that you can’t stop stalking, I mean, reading? Do let me know (so I can add them to my Feedly!).

And if you want to know all about my before and after blog publishing process, Blog Crafting, you know what to do.

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Why You Want to Know about the Knowtbook

Every Saturday morning, I can’t wait to receive Amy Lynn Andrew’s The Useletter®. It’s a list of tips she’s crawled the web for and freely shares with people who sign up to receive it. The way she says it: “The Useletter® is a wildly popular, weekly, hand-curated email for bloggers, authors, freelancers, online business owners and those who want to work from home. It contains handy tips, useful tools, cool stuff I find and a behind-the-scenes look at what I’m doing in my own online business.” A self proclaimed introvert, she doesn’t share these tips on social media (or anywhere else), because  “the two hardest parts of online business are (1) social media and (2) building relationships.” 

So why do you want to know about the Knowtbook?

Why you want to know about @amylynnandrews Knowtbook it's chock full of blogging tips and tricks, blogging resources, social media tips, and simple blogging strategies you can't be without by @fillpraycloset


A bit of background on what I know about Amy Lynn Andrew’s content.

I’ve been getting The Useletter® for a long time now. There was one Useletter where she reminded me (and all the other subscribers who forgot to put it in their calendars) of an upcoming affiliate campaign for Real Housekeeping. She didn’t even know how useful she was being to me personally. Her list is that indispensable that more often than not, I immediately share it with Rhonda and my Mastermind Group because there is something applicable that we should implement.

Who else thinks Amy’s the bees knees?

When Amy (we’re on a first name basis in my head), started sharing teasers for the release of her Knowtbook, I paid very close attention. See, people want to “pick her brain” she’s been interviewed on podcasts with Brilliant Business Mom’s Podcast and How They Blog and was even interviewed at ProBlogger back in December. Everyone wants in on how her brain works. She thought, about how she could provide people with the information she gathered in a way that was easy, simple and useful. 

What’s in the Knowtbook?

Behold the Knowtbook. She shares everything she’s scoured and found as it relates to social media, promotion, blog monetization, time management, design, content creation and more. What I find fascinating is that all of the tips are cross referenced with hashtags. Didn’t I say just yesterday that the hashtag is a quick one word search that can pluck like minded individuals the world over? This is similar in it’s approach. For example, the hashtags she uses are not vast, but tight and concise with just a few to direct you to exactly what you’re looking for. 

  • #action – things you can take action on
  • #book – good books to read
  • #post – indicates a post on my site with more tips and info
  • #resource – helpful websites or blog posts to read
  • #source – where my information comes from
  • #tool – tools I use and recommend
  • #tweetable – great things to post on Twitter and social media
  • #useletter – these are tips I shared in the useletter

So transparent and down to earth, she states right on the landing page:

If you need to be convinced, I recommend you pass. This is not meant to be a hard sell for a product as much as it is an inside look for those with an interest in my personal process and thinking. If you’re skeptical (I get that!), subscribe to The Useletter or go through my How to Blog series to get to know me first. Both of those are free.

I went ahead and purchased it just this Saturday. I didn’t need convincing. To have a resource like Amy scouring the internet saves me time and energy. I now have access to all of the tips, tricks and resources from past archives that I may have missed, and this is a database that is dynamic, as in, when she finds something else, say next week, it will be, in the Knowtbook

Can I see a preview? Of course you can!

This is just one of my go-to resources for how I blog and stay up to day on social media, time management and administration. I am a curator of content for myself and others because it brings me joy to help anyone that wants to grow online. 

A little about how my brain works. 

As an aside, I have been listening to TED Talk radio lately, and this week’s show is all about The Unknown Brain. The first segment interviews a neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte-Taylor who studied brains with schiziophrenia and bipolar disorder (not that Amy has any of these, bear with me) who suffered a stroke herself. The segment is fascinating and I was captivated by this one part of her rehabilitation, after the stroke. Jill Bolte-Taylor is also an author, and inspirational public speaker :

“My mother would ask me what I wanted for lunch and it was file opening time. She would say, do you want to have a peanut butter sandwich? And I’d go hunting, where’s peanut butter? Is there a file in my brain that understands peanut butter and if there was then I would say OK…and she’d say how about tunafish? And I’d go hunting for the file in my brain that understood what tunafish was.  As soon as we hit a file that I couldn’t go in and hunt for and find some kind of association to, then we would relive that, so then she would give me tunafish, so that I would have that experience.  

I highly recommend listening to this podcast and the one just before it, “How We Love” that was incredible. I digress…

I feel like the Knowtbook is collected and displayed much like the way Jill Bolte-Taylor describes how her brain searched for information. If you purchase it, you’ll see what I mean.

If you purchase the Knowtbook (you can set your price, but the suggested price is $24), do let me know so we can give each other virtual high-fives!

Why you want to know about @amylynnandrews Knowtbook it's chock full of blogging tips and tricks, blogging resources, social media tips, and simple blogging strategies you can't be without by @fillpraycloset

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