Life is short. Even for those that get to live long ones...it still seems so short.
So, when a young soul is taken, I think, how unfair. It's heart wrenching. The news headlines on the shootings of elementary school kids have weighed heavy on my heart and I am beyond words. I can't even imagine what the parents of the children are going through. I ask everyone to send prayers, and loving thoughts their way. Light a candle to remember those lost.
When I read these stories, it sent shock waves through my body...reminding me to be grateful that I still have my life. I feel grateful that today I was able to get up and breathe, that my heart is beating, and I'm safe and warm at home. We take these magical moments and mere instances in our lives for granted. Take the time to tell someone you love them genuinely today, give your child the biggest hug you've ever given them, tell a friend how much you appreciate them, or congratulate a colleague on a job well done. Life is short. Spending your time acknowledging others and being grateful needs to take priority in our lives, so make it a priority every day. Leave the small differences behind and open your heart to give and fully appreciate what you have.
In celebration of your Illumination!
Creating content regularly is still a widely recommended marketing activity. Fresh new content posted regularly in front of your target audience, community and tribe is one of the best ways to stay top of mind. Of course, the content you produce has to be valuable to your community. But, this is also the dilemma. What exactly is valuable content? Valuable content is information you share that is relevant, useful and actionable to the reader. Ask yourself, would the person on the other side reading this gain something from applying the information you are sharing? This information should work for them even if they decide never to buy from you. That is valuable content.
Now you don't have to guess what this information should be exactly. There are ways to figure out what your specific community finds valuable...
Okay, late night blogging sessions have already lost their luster for me. Wait, I never did dig them very much! I'm going to have to make a change. I must say, writing when all other things are off your plate, does feel good. But, not getting enough sleep...this does NOT feel good. So how to address this dilemma? Which one has negative consequences in the short AND long term?
Lack of sleep is detrimental for your body and health. Your body does important rejuvenation work when you are sleeping. When you sleep less, you rejuvenate less. Eventually, this catches up with you. For some the affects can take longer, but for others , they could start suffering immediately....
It is later than I wanted it to be for getting my last tip of this series out to you all. Today, I had all sorts of things I needed to get done and, of course, there just aren't enough hours in the day, right?! Well, in all honesty, I knew that I would be writing this entry later tonight. I had my day pretty planned out. Though my child put a few hiccups in my schedule, most everything happened when I had planned to have them completed. So why did the blog get left for the last thing of the night? I write more thoughtfully and clearly when I am relaxed. I knew that if I had all the MAJOR things of the day done, I would feel relaxed and then write a worthy entry...one worth posting! I thought I would be writing around 10:00 pm tonight, but it's closer to 11:00 pm now. That's okay. I've learned that when it comes to managing time, there are often days when you have to accept what is dealt to you, or roll with the punches, or just go with the flow.
Really, being an entrepreneur demands flexibility. So, I am. But, being flexible isn't just relegated to entrepreneurs. This mindset and spirit needs to be adopted by everyone trying to make a difference in this world, whether you are a non profit, a small business, or an individual . I like to call this time in our lives the Entrpreneurial Era. We live in a time where we all need to think and act much like entrepreneurs. Consider this an invitation to start taking the entrepreneurial approach in life, business and the pursuit of happiness. So what does that look like exactly?...
When running your own business, obtaining the skill of time management is essential. Over the years I've read pretty much read every book written on time management. I guess you could say I'm sort of obsessed with the topic. I do actually enjoy reading about the various ways you can carve out time to do the things you need to do. Almost every book I read had some important point in it.
When I became a mom, boy! did that time management knowledge come in handy! I will confess though, there were days where nothing I learned or knew helped. I just had to give in to my day and let it take me where it needed to go. But, overall, the biggest thing I learned is to make use of every minute of my day. As many moms out there can relate...I'm not JUST running a business. I am first a mom. Then, I have a house I need to keep clean and orderly as best as I can. Finally, there are other responsibilities like taking the baby in for her shots, getting the groceries, etc. Completing ALL of my tasks for the day requires lots of pre-planning. So, here are the top 4 time management tips from the tip jar. But the BIG tip from the jar today is...