Accessing the Power of Gratitude

Accessing the Power of Gratitude The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. We are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time. That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. Remember that gratitude is more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves,  friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, the ability to read, roses, our health. What’s on your list? Some Ways to Practice Gratitude Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new...
The Driven Woman

The Driven Woman

Can you be content with what you have and still be driven for more? Does that make you ungrateful? Professional women who have families, are content with their families, but are driven to continue to move up the ladder. These women aren’t ungrateful, they are driven. Yes Professional Women can be driven to reaching a personal goal. The days of women, just working their 9 to 5’s and coming home to take care of the household is not past us, but more and more women are making the steps to entrepreneurship, as well as the women taking steps to move up the ladder and crash through the glass ceiling. Women being driven is never a problem or so it seems. Although, some women have the attitude that if I don’t do it, then it won’t get done, or it won’t get done correctly to her standards. Being a driven woman, does that hinder your work, life, play balance? Some would say it does, but if you are driven moving towards your goals. But there is a balance if you know Monday thru Thursday 8 – 5 this is what I am going to do –  and Friday, Saturday & Sunday I will devote my time to Family & Fun. It is a goal that is easily accomplished. After 5pm turn the phone off or send it straight to voice mail & make a promise not to handle work business till the next day. In the quest of a driven woman, we sometimes hit the glass ceiling that men don’t hit, but that doesn’t stop us from moving forward! Picture credit:...

Groups on Social Media

Are you a member of any groups on Facebook or LinkedIn? Since I have been on Facebook I’ve been in a number of groups, but I join them with  relation to my interest and business. I understand some people aren’t interested in joining groups on any social media platform, because they feel it would make them stay on social media longer. Staying on social media longer than you plan can be avoided by setting a time limit for each platform. Here are a 3 reasons why people join groups: Assistance – There are groups that are just there to help and assist with certain things i.e WordPress, Content Strategy, Speaker Assistance, DIY – arts & craft, creative writing, etc. Networking – Opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Connecting  – Work on possible collaborations I will share with you that I am a strong proponent for groups, and the reasons above are why I initially started joining groups and here is the reason why — It was over a year ago, when the subject of being a co-author came up in a group I was an active member in. The opportunity come around twice, the first time I didn’t think it for me as I wasn’t interested in it, but once it came around a second time, I really started to think of being a part of a book. So if I would have let that opportunity pass me by, I wouldn’t be part of an amazing anthology that became a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. If you’ve been on the fence about joining a group, I hope this blog post helps you to jump over...

Comfort Zones

Why do we like the comfort zone so much? It is our comfort area, we don’t want to step outside of that area, because we don’t know what to expect. It could also be part of control, we can control what’s in our comfort zone, but we can’t control what’s outside of that area. Take a moment and think back to your younger years, those years when you were super fearless and you did anything and everything. But as we get older for some reason we allow fear to stop us from stepping out of the comfort zone. We become thinkers, and we think about the repercussions of doing certain things and what will happen if something goes wrong. Understand, Of course the journey of life is not always easy, but you can’t go through life thinking everything will be easy. I had to get back to the younger years, step out of my comfort zone! The illustration below, is on point to what some perceive about what happens inside of the comfort zone. . Picture Credit – http://talent-technologies.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Your_Comfort_Zone.jpg Share...

Networking for Authors, Writers & Bloggers

It is said that Writers, Authors & Bloggers are introverts – that may or may not be true. But I’ve found out that they do get out and network with others in there field. Networking is key for them, because getting out they are able to talk about their writings and get input and ideas. Authors, Writers & Bloggers need to look for mentors, make connections and bounce their ideas/stories off of other just as any other business owner would need to. Now that I’ve started writing & blogging more, I find myself looking for various writing groups.  Recently I attended 2 events hosted by writing groups, both were very open, inviting, informative and helpful. They were all there to help one another in getting your writing accomplished. If there are any Writer, Authors & Bloggers reading my blog, do yourself a favor and get out there and network with others in your field. They will give that spark you need, and can hold you accountable if you choose. Share...

Saving time on Social Media by using these platforms

Most people think in order to have a presence on Social Media that they need to be on these platforms, every minute or hour of the day. That is not true, don’t get me wrong if you want to be on social media every minute or hour of the day, be my guest – but it is not needed. When I first started out on Social Media in 2009  – I needed to figure out what can help me get out my content out without me being on line all the time. Finally I ran across 2 scheduling platforms that would allow me to schedule a date and time for my content to be posted on my social platforms, and to stay consistent as well.  Here are some schedulers I found to be helpful – some are free platforms: Hootesuite – A scheduling system to share your content on social profiles, this scheduling system also allows you to view your analytics. – It allows you to share your content on 3 social profiles for free. For more social profiles paid pricing starts at $9.99 a month. Buffer – A scheduling system to share you content on social media. It allows you to share your content on 5 social profiles, lets you add 10 scheduled post per platform for free. For more social profiles – paid pricing begins at $10.00 a month. I’ve used those 2 scheduling systems for years, but recently I started using Post Planner. This is a paid scheduling system, but much different than the two above. This platform hosts webinars, and  helps you to help build followers and increase your engagement. Out of...