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A Second Blog Anniversary Keeps Me Going

A Second Blog Anniversary Keeps Me Going

 

Pursuing a dream is comparable to the work that you put in when you work out. You have a combination of sweat, tears and continuous hard work. It’s an almost love/hate relationship. Here I am, and I’ve arrived at the second year of my Blog Anniversary.

Time has surely flown on by. Every single step has been worth it. That is how far your passion takes you when you are willing. I stress on the word willing because that is the game changer.

Some people don’t know that I’ve been a writer for so many years. I was a writer before I ever became a blogger. I wrote for free for a while before I made a dime at writing.

However, my commitment is what has kept me going. Have I always been committed? Well I can tell you that I didn’t always feel like staying committed. There is a difference.

You could say that I took a hiatus from writing on a regular basis. Now that I’ve hit mid-life I realize that I don’t have any time to waste. No waiting for the right time either.

It’s a sink or swim mentality. Sounds harsh doesn’t it. That is what it takes to make it with anything that you’ve never done.

Have you ever felt like quitting something because it got too hard?

Keep Going Do It Anyway

That is what a dream does for you. You face the unknowns like a leaf shaking in the wind. You stumble and fall through all the uncertainties but manage to get back up.

You keep on going despite how hard it gets. These past couple of years has taught me about: grit, patience, gratitude, doubt, excitement, being consistent and staying committed to the course.

I have a strong passion for writing inspirational posts and articles that make you feel good. It gives me a lot of joy when a reader tells me something resonated with them. That right there is why I write.

If I can touch a heart, then I’ve done my job. I am super grateful for the friendships that I have made through blogging and for the wonderful opportunities that have come my way.

Be Willing to Continue Learning

I’m continually learning new things. You’d better believe there is never a dull moment. I still don’t know everything, and I’m blessed to work with Linda Mendible because she helps with the behind the scenes that I may not know the answer to with technology. On top of that she is an experienced blogger as well. She is my saving grace.

Honestly, I wouldn’t want to know how to do everything. Part of the excitement with a dream is learning along the way. You figure out what works and what doesn’t. If you can’t do it alone then you ask for help.

I’m finally at a point where I am working on my own book after all these years.  I also started my own podcast Arrows & Lattes on top of everything else. That’s the beauty of sticking with something and staying consistent. Sometimes I’m curious about the future and what it will bring my way.

In the meantime, I focus on what I can bring to the table. I aim to inspire, encourage and make a difference whenever I can. If I can pursue my dream all while having a family and a full-time job, then you can follow your dream too.

So, here’s to my second year doing what I love and celebrating my blog anniversary. A huge thank you to all that have come along the journey with me. I know my muse is proud of me, but most importantly so am I.

3 Ways A Birthday Inspires You To Keep Going

3 Ways A Birthday Inspires You To Keep Going

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Often people dread getting older. Especially, during midlife. They feel the clock ticking and it starts to feel like a race. In this post I’ll share my 3 ways a birthday inspires you to keep going.

Embrace Your Age

Embrace the age you are now in this moment and stage in your life. Pull out a notebook and list the things that you love doing. Do any of those things inspire you? They should if you love them.

Some of the things that you enjoyed 10 years ago might not be what you enjoy anymore. As you grow older you start to evolve into a different person. There is a beauty in that when you discover what makes you happy now.

Think about where you are now with the activities that you find yourself drawn to. Maybe you participate in a sport that you weren’t sure of as a kid. I was that kid and now I’m an archer.

Getting another birthday under your belt gives you more opportunities. You get to decide what will inspire you to do things that were forgotten or postponed.

Complete the Things on Your Bucket List

Remember all the stuff that you always thought you’d do. Yes, I’m talking about your bucket list. Do you want to travel the world? Set up a plan to go on your dream destination one step at a time.

If you don’t have the finances, start saving little by little. Examine your bucket list and see what you can do right now. Sometimes it’s not as hard as you think.

Look at having another birthday as a reason to celebrate what makes you unique. If you compared your bucket list with someone else’s how would it be different?

Set up a plan to make these wishes a reality. That should excite you and motivate you to get the ball rolling. Talk with a loved one to help you figure it out.

Keep Moving Forward

You have reached a milestone with a birthday. What are you grateful for? Think of the memories that you have made in the past year. What inspires you to keep moving forward?

Often there are people that could use a thank you. In your circle of loved ones and friends who has shown you the most love and support with your endeavors? Pick up the phone and say thank you.

Get together with the people that you are grateful for having in your life. They matter just as much as you do.

Here’s to another birthday whether you have already celebrated or have one coming up. We all get those candles on our cake. They serve to remind us that we still have time to make those wishes.

So, make your wish and keep moving towards that thing you are meant to accomplish.

Are you ready?

 

Obtaining a Proofreader to Enhance an About Page

Obtaining a Proofreader to Enhance an About Page

Have you ever visited a website and looked at the About page? Each page on the website reflects the overall brand. Obtaining a proofreader to enhance an About page is beneficial. It is a place where the audience can learn more about that business or blog.

It is as equally important as the home page. They all require that you pay close attention to misspelled words, grammar and punctuation. Sometimes mistakes get overlooked.

A proofreader serves to make suggested corrections. They are the behind the scenes go to person and are those extra set of eyes. A proofreader catches those things that were missed the first time.

Imagine that a potential reader or client comes across your website. Wouldn’t you want the opportunity to get those errors corrected ahead of time?

Staying true to your voice

What if there was a better way to convey your message? While keeping your “voice’ throughout the rest of your content. That is the beauty of a proofreader that can make those corrections and assist with editing.

People get busy and having someone take care of those concerns will go a long way. You get the best of both worlds by providing more value with what you do. Your audience or potential client will see that as well.

Think of an About page as that moment that you get to introduce yourself to someone. You get the chance to shake hands and get to know a person.

An About page shifts over time

An About page is also a page that evolves over time. Perhaps things have changed for you since you first wrote it. Keeping it fresh over time is a good way to prune it. You add what enhances what you are all about and you cut out what is no longer relevant.

Read a few About pages to get a sense of what that brand or person is trying to convey. Do you notice any similarities? Sometimes they will all carry a common factor, yet still set themselves apart from others.

What is it about you that makes you different?

These are things to think about. It will help you look at your overall mission with your website. Is it easy to read and will your audience understand what you are for?

Go back to the basics

Put yourself in your own shoes. Would you want to read more after visiting your About page?
Think of it as your opportunity to make your first impression to your virtual visitors. That is usually a good place to start at.

We currently live in a world of high tech. However, we can still make those personable genuine impressions with our brand by checking off the basics first.

I hope this post helped you think more about obtaining a proofreader and how it can benefit your needs. As a proofreader I’d love the opportunity to help you too. Feel free to reach out to me for more information.

In the meantime, think about what you would like your About page to say.

What kind of information would you like to see in yours?

Shopping Local with Swagger Boutique

Shopping Local with Swagger Boutique

There is something about supporting a local business that warms my heart. For me it meant shopping local with Swagger Boutique in Raleigh, NC. When I find out that a business is owned by a woman that makes it just as wonderful. To me that means it is a woman with a dream like myself.

I like the idea of being your own boss and always striving to do more with your dream. Mandy Krettus Becker is doing that very thing with her awesome boutique called Swagger. This is her second location with the first one located in Cary, NC.

Social media allows you to connect with some amazing people. It was through that platform that I found out about her MoMosa event recently. It was right before Mother’s Day and Skin Raleigh was there to give away a Cellfina treatment to one lucky winner.

Skin Raleigh
Skin Raleigh

Getting Pampered

Lauren Raines of Salon Blu at Falls Village was braiding hair for any customer that wanted a great summer look. Victoria Renfroe was glamming it up by giving women an eye makeover. She also included lashes to complete the look.

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A Supportive Community Strengthens Your Dream

A Supportive Community Strengthens Your Dream

A supportive community strengthens your dream. Building a community helps you tackle on tough projects. Those projects can consist of big and small goals. Surrounding yourself with folks that get what you are doing is crucial.

First thing to accept is that those closest to you may not always have your vision. That is okay. It’s not for everyone.

Look for people that are on a similar path. Network when you can whether that is work related or socially. Be genuine when you do it.

Be that person that lifts and empowers someone else. The type of person that someone else can look up to and appreciate.

Get Comfortable with Fear

Are you shy?

It’s time to embrace your fearless side. Everyone has that side. Often it is sitting on the sidelines waiting to be invited.

Maybe you haven’t noticed that it is there, but it is. Learning how to step away from being shy and jumping into being fearless doesn’t come easy. It takes guts.

It takes a strong enough will to want to accomplish your goal to get you there. If you haven’t succeeded at something have you asked yourself why not?

Allowing the Fails to Prepare You

Not succeeding right away doesn’t mean that you won’t ever succeed. Being able to fail and get back up takes grit.

It’s the desire to prove to yourself that you indeed will succeed. The first time that you fail at something is easier than the times after that. Failing the first time preps you for those multiple fails.

It is when you fail that you begin to question your path. You begin to doubt if you are meant to do that thing or not.

Failures will season you for the future. Your future self is depending on you failing. Sounds silly right?

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My Tools for Fitness Success

My Tools for Fitness Success

You’ve heard of accountability partners with fitness. However, fitness success means partnering up with yourself first. You get the pleasure of becoming your own partner from Day 1. My tools for fitness success consist of a variety of things.

Engaging on a fitness journey is unique for everyone. You alone decide what will and won’t work for you. Expect to fall off the wagon a few times, but remember failure is only temporary. The good news is that you can get back up and start over.

First, put some things in motion that will help you succeed. Are you the type that will lay out your exercise clothing the night before or do you just wing it the day of? I have done both.

The main thing for me is that I have ready to wear clothing. I can’t say I prefer to get my clothes ready the night before. I’m the type of person that is used to working under pressure. Throwing something on last minute still gets me to the gym.

My shoes are my first priority. A good pair of workout sneakers are essential. One trusted brand that I love is Nike.

Where to Find a Good Deal

Recently, I jumped on to Purcado to search deals on sneakers along with sexy heels for fun. My search led me to a variety of popular shoe sites where I came across a 25% off sale on Nike cross training sneakers and they offered free shipping.

I’m a huge fan of traditional black and white sneakers. Except this time, I wanted a pop of color either in pink or red. I ended up finding some very cute ones with that splash of color in pink.

My goal was to stick to a budget of $50 and with tax it came out to $48.04. Talk about a win for me! I stayed true to my budget.

Gym Must Haves

My tools for fitness success include: resistance bands, an SPIbelt (running belt), weight training gloves, Bose earbuds and a huge dose of belief in my capabilities. For now, I carry it all in a tote and in the future, I’d love to find a traditional gym bag in pink or rose gold.

I used to hold on to a pair of sneakers until I couldn’t wear them anymore. Nowadays there are more choices than ever to have more than a single pair. By preparing for fitness you dictate what works best for you.

I’m the type of person that needs to wear exercise apparel that makes me feel good about myself. Doing what it takes to get the job done. That might mean wearing a top that has an inspirational message on it.

One of my favorite is a top that says You vs. You. In the end that is really what it is. Your biggest obstacle is yourself.

Having the right tools in your gym bag and mindset is what will steer you towards success. If it means getting a pair of kicks that will encourage strength I am in. I will be using Purcado again and will also look for some shoes for my family.

Fitness means different things for everyone. Maybe you are starting out on your journey or you have been doing this for a while. Wherever you see yourself keep your focus on how it will benefit you in the long run. Preparation is key.

Are you willing to do what it takes to get you there?

Self-Care Days With Be Pure Beauty

Self-Care Days with Be Pure Beauty

Years ago, before kids; I was on a getaway weekend with my husband in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was passing by Be Pure Beauty in Chapel Hill, NC recently. Sundays are made for self-care days with Be Pure Beauty.

Imagine my surprise when I was walking by and I saw some beautiful kimono robes through the window. I love shopping where I get to know the owners and can develop connections with them. That is what I enjoy about April and her lovely store.

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I knew immediately that I wanted to buy a kimono. The hardest thing was deciding which color to get. They were all gorgeous. What better way to treat yourself.

There is something about slipping into something silky that makes a person feel sexy. What I love is that it really brought my cherished memory back to life. I don’t believe in coincidence. It was meant for me to have it.

Sun Protection

I initially went in to find a facial sunscreen. I have discoloration from Melasma and with the summer days approaching I knew I should buy some. What I like about Be Pure Beauty products is that they are good for you.

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Spring Cleaning Your Dream

Spring Cleaning Your Dream

Spring cleaning your dream is a time to refresh what has gathered dust. If left unattended or neglected your dream will wither away with time. All dreams start out fresh and new with so many possibilities.

Life happens and what started out with urgency tends to get pushed to the back burner. That is when your dream starts asking for you to dust it off. It might be in the form of changing up your daily routine. The important thing to do is to simply begin the process.

Evaluate where you are currently at with your dream and your goals. When you have a dream it usually has a few things that fall under that umbrella. To be productive, you start by taking care of yourself.

When you are operating at your prime then the rest of your success follows. Maybe it means restarting your fitness routine or having nights out with your significant other. Do whatever it is to get your dream nice and shiny again.

Priorities are a must

Polish it up by taking a no excuses attitude towards it. When life gets busy it is easier to let things fall by the wayside. Start prioritizing your goals.

How important are they for you? Be willing to tweak things around a bit. Check and see how you are spending your time.

There are a variety of things that will drain valuable time. Too much time on social media or watching television are some of them. Brainstorm ways that will get your day started off to your advantage.

Have a plan

That could mean getting up a little earlier to exercise, reading or working before your other things begin. We all get a full twenty-four hours to do with as we please.

Spring cleaning might mean you have to let go of things no longer beneficial. Make a list to see what those things are. What can you live without?

Replace what you let go with what you will add to accomplish your goals. Getting rid of the time wasters will be your reward in the end. You will find what you thought you needed you won’t end up missing.

When you spring clean your home, you end up getting rid of things. Later you realize that you should have started a long time ago. That is the same feeling you will have with spring cleaning your dream.

The seasons of the year wait on no one. They come and go. The same holds true with the opportunities of your dream.

Now is the perfect time to start polishing off what is important to you. Check and see where you have allowed things to collect dust with your goals. With the right amount of elbow grease, you will be back on track with the things that matter with your dream.

Once you do you will get a fresh start with a new perspective on where you want to go. Dreams only come true when you put in the work. The time to tidy up is now.

Are you ready to spring forward with your dream?

Making Memories in the Big Apple

Making Memories in the Big Apple

Visiting New York City for the first time was quite the experience. It was about making memories in the Big Apple. The main purpose of my travel was to do a little bit of sightseeing and to attend a What Women Want Networking event though the NYC chapter with Judy Goss and Joan Pelzer. The guest speaker was Bill Carmody, CEO of Trepoint and also an Inc. columnist.

I make it a point to continue my professional development whenever possible. It is important for me to learn from these live events. Having the opportunity to listen to a speaker and hear their audience share their stories is golden.

My first day consisted of some down time at the hotel after I let it soak in. Here I was in the Big Apple just me, myself and I. I stayed at the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel on Lexington Avenue in the heart of Manhattan. There was so much to see and for a hot minute I felt like I was in another world altogether.

The tall buildings, the fast pace and there were people everywhere. I couldn’t help but wonder where everyone was going. What they did for a living or who they were rushing to see. It was a constant hustle and bustle.

I had no choice but to try and blend in with the crowd. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel that I stood out amidst that landscape of interesting people. Maybe it was all in my head, but regardless I set out to ask where I would dine at.

One restaurant came to mind because I had heard about it twice already: The Smith on Second Avenue (at 51st Street). The concierge at the Doubletree recommended it. The great news was that it was only a short walk away.

I loved the ambiance when I arrived and it had quite the charm. My main course was a salmon entrée that sat on a bed of cauliflower almond mousse with scallions and some delicious shitake mushrooms. This dish was heavenly!

It practically melted in my mouth. I indulged in the sparkling water at my table and before I left ordered a dessert to go. I settled on the Winter Citrus for the name alone.

This dessert according to their menu consisted of an almond lemon sponge cake, yuzu curd, yogurt panna cotta and a lace cookie. How would anyone not want to try something so wonderful, right? Granted this wasn’t a time to consider any meal prep or diet of any sort. It was all about the experience.

High five to The Smith, I loved it! By the way this is not a sponsored post. I am only more than willing to give praise where it is deserved. The rest of the time was dedicated to writing and relaxing back in my room.

The Today Show

The second day I got it started by getting up early and made it to the Today Show per my sisters’ recommendation. Everyone was so welcoming upon my arrival at 6:30am that morning.

What I didn’t plan on was the chance to shake Al Rokers hand or to get to pet the puppy that Carson Daly was holding. I loved seeing all the signs that told you where people were from.

Today Show
Today Show

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The Story Behind Lula Lucy Stationery

The Story Behind Lula Lucy Stationery

Creating a greeting card takes a lot of thought. I remember when I came up with the idea. I wanted to help others inspire that special someone. Everyone knows a person in their inner circle that needs encouragement. Right?

Ignite

Lula Lucy Stationery

With my Ignite card I wanted to spark that very thing hidden in your core. That dream of yours that is just waiting for you to get it going. All that you need is that drive to pursue it.

Be the Sparkle

Lula Lucy Stationery

Be the Sparkle is one of my favorite cards because I thought of the person that would do just that. The kind of person that is on the cusp of releasing their dream to the world. People can be that person that brings hope to someone’s life.

Don’t Give Up

Lula Lucy Stationery

Don’t Give Up is the card that you can give to anyone. It reminded me of a person that is unsure if they should pursue a dream. Maybe they have been trying and have encountered some obstacles along the way that shook their belief system.

Helping keep someone going is the best gift in the world. It is a reminder for them to pursue it no matter what.

Cast Fear Aside

Lula Lucy Stationery

Anyone that has ever gone after something and quit usually did so due to fear. It’s about taking that next step with the Cast Fear Aside card. Holding on to fear is what will keep you from some of the best moments in your life.

I chose the colors because they present a welcoming feel to them with their watercolor format. Making them as a single card that you simply flip over helped give them character.

It was important for me to help support a local printer in my community too. Besides being made in the USA I also believe in giving back. A portion of the proceeds go to A Cure In Sight.

Now you know a little bit about my creation and these are a few of the cards in my collection. I invite you to look at the rest of them on my shop. Maybe they might resonate with you or a special loved one in your life.

As always, I appreciate each and every one of you. Keep dreaming, keep going and don’t think for a moment that it’s not worth it.

Each of us were created to make the world a better place. We can all start by sharing our brilliant sparkle with others.

Are you ready?

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