Working Mother

Why You’ll Never Succeed at Being Perfect

Why You'll Never Succeed at Being Perfect, a new vlog post with some social media info by @fillpraycloset

Welcome to my living room! Changing it up to see if you’re paying attention. So much has happened in the last couple of weeks and I learned a lot. Mostly, that I’ll never succeed at being perfect. Have a watch and I’ll see you after the vlog.

As promised, here’s the info that I talked about, you know in those “show notes!” 

As a community lead for The SITS Girls, I get to host Twitter chats and guest post for them. The first set of twitter chats I’m doing will take place April 11th at 10AM EDT. We’ll be using the #SITSBlogging  hashtag for “Saturday Sharefest”. Here’s a link to the latest link up so you can see what I mean (and realize how scary and crazy this thing is for me? Yeah!) Bloggers share their favorite post and we all jump on Twitter and chat about it. The next twitter chat is on Monday evening April 13th at 8PM using that same hashtag. I’ll be talking about that one blog nut you’ve yet to crack!

I’ve never hosted a twitter chat ever, so of course it makes total sense to host my first one with an account that has 40,019 followers <— no, I did not make up that number.

This will coincide with a post that I am writing about optimizing your time on social media going live on their site on Tuesday, April 14th. Talk about huge right? Huge.

Stay tuned for a teaser post on Tuesday where I’ll share even more social media tips with you guys that I didn’t share on SITS.

I applied on a whim to be a community lead for this network, I never thought I would get picked. To be completely honest, I forgot I signed up – that’s how little of a chance I thought I had. My mastermind ladies will tell you, I sign up for everything. Everything. I cast a wide net, so who can keep up, right? When I received the email, I almost choked on my new favorite tea, which is a Peach Ginger Matcha, by the way. 

This is what I’m talking about. You’re never going to be ready, you’re never going to be perfect. In fact, I was totally set on editing this video and getting rid of the “Peace out” part. I thought, that’s not professional, that’s not going to get you clients, that’s not…and then I thought, but that’s me. I’m serious when I need to be and playful, BFF when I need to be. I know the difference. So, play on baby, play on. 

Just get out there, apply for everything and see what happens. You may be completely blown away at what comes back. You only know what you know right now. That will change because you want it to. 

Take this example, I’m totally legit now that Taye Diggs follows me on Twitter. I think this means I made it, right? 

So does this mean I made it?! Am I big time now?! 󾔗 Come on, I know he has people that follow for him, but it made me chuckle 󾌴. #celebrity

Posted by Filling My Prayer Closet on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Why You'll Never Succeed at Being Perfect, a new vlog post with some social media info by @fillpraycloset

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!

JVKom Chronicles

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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