I LOVE yoga! I've been practicing yoga since 1989, went through teacher training for the fun of it in 1995 and can't imagine my life without yoga!
On my last blog post I had announced that I was a Twitter-A-Holic. I received comments that it's a bit intimidating to just jump into Twitter, get started and make a comment to a total stranger. I hear this often, when I rave about Twitter to someone who has yet to build their community. I've given several small biz friends Twitter Tutorials and they have been very grateful as they slowly eased in and are really enjoying the real time conversation and networking of Twitter.
The internet has made it so much easier to locate people who you want to reach out to for advice or just plain see what they're up to. Social media has made that process even easier. We are all accessible now via Twitter and/or FB. I frequently reach out to people in business who I admire and ask advice about a variety of topics both personal and business.
I've always been eternally optimistic, it's just my nature. As I've gotten older, I've become a bit more cynical but I always "rebound." When people talk with me about starting their own business, too frequently I hear pessimism and negative thinking right out of the starting gate. This gets them nowhere fast.
I always tell my kids that if they keep organized with homework every day, by the end of the week there's no chaotic rush to find papers and make up work etc and then they can enjoy the weekend without having to catch up.
I try to follow this advice myself in regard to keeping organized with my work and family life but sometimes if Im in the middle of a biz project, everything else gets backlogged and then that feeling of chaos (which I hate!) creeps in in only a matter of days.
New Years Resolutions can be very powerful. They can also be a downer if you don't start the year off the way you had envisioned. If you find yourself in this situation, allow yourself a do over, a mulligan...Just let go of your misstep and refocus on your goals. The choice is yours. You can be hard on yourself and give up or you can move forward again with new momentum. Its up to you.
I find that when I didn't reach a goal, or started off on the wrong foot if I try again I have even more strength and determination.
The term "staycation" (combo of staying home and vacation) was coined during the rough economic times these past couple of years. We learned how to enjoy fun destinations close to home, little day trip excursions or just indulging in chilling out in our own homes.
Every year at about this time, I buy my new calenders and I begin my ritual of reflecting on the past 11 months. I like to see...what panned out, what didn't, what lessons have I learned, what mistakes will I not make again? I really enjoy the time looking back at my calendar (yes, my paper calender with all my scribbles & scratches!) and seeing what happened each month. So true, the older we get the faster time goes. I especially see this with my kids.
With technology, it's easy to "connect" with a buyer and make a pitch but if you only use email, can you really build a relationship? I don't think so.
Sometimes I feel ultra creative and sometimes I just don't! I've learned to listen to my thoughts and when I'm in that creative zone, I write down all my ideas and take action. If I just write them but don't take action, they end up not happening.