Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Beat Winter Blues

As I sit and write this, I realize I haven’t seen the sun in like 3 or 4 days. “Rain Rain go away come back again some other day!” It has been a rainy wet foggy dreary week here in Atlanta.  I am not use to this.  Even when it is cold outside the Sun peeks through the clouds. 
Often times our emotions can reflect the weather going on outside.  When the sun is high in the sky and shining brightly, our moods are on cloud ten. We want to bask in the rays and let it radiate in our hearts.  If this is true, what do we do to fight the Winter Blahs?

Here are 5 Things I do to fight the Winter Blahs

Get Out the Building!  The sun may not be shining, but there is so much to connect to in nature.  Take a walk go for a Hike

Plan a girl’s trip or weekend get away!  Somewhere in the world the Sun is shining.  Grab your best girlfriends or your boo thang and take a quick drive to a new city to explore. 

Be creative!  Nothing makes me happier than Making something!  I think it the part of us that puts us the closest to God.  We were born to Create!

Spend time with Family.  I am always energized after spending time with family.  Do a family fun night.  For Christmas' Eve, we played Uno. It was the most fun I had with family in a long time.  I am still tickled at new generation of cheaters we have in my family. 

Pamper Myself….Don’t stop getting pedicures and manicures.  I am guilty of this.  I am like my feet are going to be in shoes all day. No one is going to see the chipped nail polish from 3 months ago.  (I know do better Jay’L )  I have a nightstand full of nail polish and scrubs to take care of my feet.  Matter of fact, I think I will have a spa day today.

Just because it is cold wet dreary outside doesn’t mean our moods have to be.  Find something to Perk up your Spirit. Spring is only a short time away.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Blog Tips: One Size Does Not Fit All

One Size Does Not Fit All…

I am back with more Blogging Tips…Let me just get right to it.  One size Does Not Fit All!!!  What works for one person blog may not work for your blog.  It is important to develop a system that works for you. After all, you are the one who has to work and maneuver in it.  I am not saying delete your Blog Stuff Board on Pinerest.  Hell Nawl! Don't do that.  It has some really great articles on blogging on the board. I am saying sample things or do test runs on the great tips you have read about on your board.  By researching and doing trial runs on other people ideas and tips, you will soon create a system which works for you.  I’ve taken a piece from this blog and that blog to help PSC.  I recently created a Blog Calendar.  Genius Idea!  I was tired of feeling like I had to be glued to social media all day. My brain and eyes needed a break from Facebook!  Ignore those blog post that try to sell you on their blogging ways.  Well, don’t ignore them but be aware of the people who sell you the sizzle and not the steak.  People selling me their system doesn’t work for me.  I have to spend too much time trying to figure out how to make their system work for me which is time wasted on my end.  I much rather people give me principles which spark ideas for me to create my own system.  

Ok, Ok, Ok  I need to give tips or else you won’t come back… 
My 3 points
1.       Study Your favorite Blogs Closely.  Pay attention to how often they post…their social media game.  The design of their blog. 
2.       Pick out the things you like that you might want to try on your blog.  Test it out for a month or so.  Keep what works and throw away the rest
3.       Apply previous knowledge and skills from previous jobs or volunteer position to your blog.  I have applied my Volunteer coordinator experience to my blog. I have recruited friends to guest blog on my site.  It helps me by helping them gain a new experience and skill set.  They get to venture into the blogging world without making the investment.  Trust Me you will use all of your  skills from your previous job while writing.
4.       Final tip: THIS IS YOUR BLOG!  Do with it what you want.    Make it fun creative and enjoyable for you.