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How to Brand Your Business

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Every business wants to be a customer’s first choice. Building and managing a brand can play a significant part in making that happen…read more at info entrepreneurs.

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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Procrastination

enhanced-22201-1411997755-8I’ve watched the weather – not that it’s ever really accurate but I still seem to do it every morning. (?)  I’m on my first cup of coffee and thinking about the day ahead. This is the time when I usually have ALL sorts of great plans and hopes for the day. Sometimes I even make lists! This is also my most productive time of the day… at least in my head.

There’s an unwanted pet in my house, a bug of procrastination. I hate it. It’s a creepy, crawly, sneaky little thing that I rarely notice and can mess up a day, and goals, quicker than anything else I know of barring the flu. It’s kind of like a spider really, Quietly wrapping me in silken threads of ‘doing nothing’, and as the day goes on those threads get stickier and more difficult to extricate from. I think I’ll give it a name. Steve.  Steve the Spider!

I’m going to explore this mental arachnid and it’s myriad grasping legs that prevent productivity in the next few weeks and share what I find out with you. I’ll start with this little test from Psychology today, maybe it will bring some clarity.

http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1333

I’d like to hear how you deal with your spider of procrastination in the comments. Let’s name this little bugger so we can deal with it and get on with creating a great life!

and…Good morning all!

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

A Day in the Life

Having ADD is a bit of a bummer at times.helium ballons in sky

I find it very easy to get distracted and lose my focus, especially on things that are important. Hubris gets in the way and the day-to-day tribulations pile up. Then I stop and realize that, shoot, I have yet again let things slide. Helium balloons rise to become lost in the sky, and so does my focus on my goals.

Part of it is fear. Fear of success. Part of it is procrastination. Part of it is a disorder I struggle with everyday.

So, here I am…refocusing on what is really important to me.

Happy New Year!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Personal Agendas

Going over some of my older posts this one stood out for me. It’s an idea that I find I have to remind myself of often, to stay on track. Enjoy!

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It’s important to stay positive. I think that is one of the key ingredients to creating a great life. It is also important to stay true to yourself and be clear about your inner motivations and intentions.

Agenda’s are those underlying concepts and desires that structure how we operate in the world. They are our special interests – those things we feel passionate about and want to promote. They are the things that are at the bottom of our personal goals.

Most of us who are dedicated to personal growth have some sense of our place in the world, of being part of a community, whether that is global, our countries, our towns, our neighborhood or even our own small circle. We are part of a system, many systems in fact, and although we are ultimately only responsible for ourselves it would be foolish not to see that we have…

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Technical difficulties

I’ve come up against the dreaded technical issues. WordPress is fine – it’s having your children use your computer that isn’t.

Will be back very soon.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Real Value of Kony2012

Kony2012, a viral video and movement, is about putting pressure on our governments to assist in the arrest of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – a guerrilla militia group from Uganda. He has been accused of kidnapping thousands of children and using them as soldiers for two decades, amongst other atrocities. It is believed he is currently in the Congo.

I’m not a political journalist. I am just someone who cares deeply about the plight of children. I’m also someone who believes that there is always more to the story.

When I first saw the Kony2012 viral video I was horrified. I was horrified because in my world people don’t kidnap kids, brutalize them and put guns into their hands turning them into murderers. I was angry that things like this even happen. I was ready to jump on the bandwagon.

I did some research. I learned more than I really wanted to know about this issue, but that has given me a wider perspective and led me to view the video and movement differently. It led me to the underlying issue, the one that I reacted to when I first came across this story, child soldiers.

There’s a lot of controversy around the video and like most propaganda it is strewn with inaccuracies and distortions. The video doesn’t tell the whole story, nor does the criticism.

The problems in Africa are myriad, complex and intensely political. Corrupt officials, lack of education, economic issues, social issues, government complicity or apathy, wars, crappy foreign policy, the AIDS epidemic, religious conflict, famine, global arms sales, and the illicit drug trade. All these and more contribute to this issue. But it’s not only Africa…

Currently there are 317 militias-guerrillas, separatist groups and anarchic groups active in 60 countries worldwide. Many of these groups use children as soldiers. Countries too, not just guerrilla leaders.

The Council on Foreign Relations says:

“Approximately 300,000 children are believed to be combatants in some thirty conflicts worldwide. Nearly half a million additional children serve in armies not currently at war, such that 40 percent of the world’s armed organizations have children in their ranks. Since their ratification of the Optional Protocol, many armies, including that of the United States, adjusted their enlistment policies in compliance with the new regulations.” (emphasis mine)

Media is used to spread ideas and agendas. Sometimes these agendas are benign, sometimes they aren’t. We also live in a world where, even if we intellectually understand that the majority of media is biased, we still believe what we see on some level. We are frequently too lazy to research and weigh the meme’s that come our way and that’s the problem with videos like this.

It’s easy to take things at face value. It’s easy to get caught up in a popular idea. It’s also easy to summarily reject information when it proves to be less than ideal. The value of any information can get lost in popular opinion, over-generalizations and emotional reactions.

Kony2012 is about the arrest of Joseph Kony, guerrilla leader and all around really bad guy. It uses our horror and anger about the abuse of children, as it’s emotional sway. Kony probably needs to be stopped and I wouldn’t argue with that. However, the danger in getting caught up in any movement is when we react without looking deeper at the situation presented. The video and movement showed us an issue and suggests a particular solution. On the surface it’s a moral and just idea, but how to deal with guerrilla leaders, freedom fighters, dictators or the problem of child soldiers, anywhere, is not as simple as dropping a Rambo in the jungle.

You will have to do your own research to get to the truth of this particular issue and make your own decision on how you want to react to it. Amnesty International has a section on this issue, as do other organizations. The information is out there.

Kony2012 has some real problems, ones we all need to assess, but it has raised awareness of the terrible abuse that hundreds of thousands of children around the world experience every day, and that, I believe, is its real value.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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I Got Nothing

Do you ever have days when you wake up miserable and it doesn’t go away?

I’m having one of those days.

Yuck

Negativity is taking up all the space in my head, my friends, rent free. I didn’t invite it – it just came and plopped itself on my couch, getting bigger and bigger… and smirking at me.

It affects my environment too though I’m not sure how that works. Something is wrong with my phone. I didn’t get the mail I was waiting for. My email doesn’t seem to working well either. I tried to write this morning… nothin’. I got nothing.

But I’m tryin’… oh yes. I went for a walk, I ate something nutritious, even had an extra cup of coffee. Those things are keeping me from just crawling back into bed and writing this day off.

I’m not sure what I’m going to try next… maybe I’ll get dressed up. Sometimes when I feel like crap – getting all super clean and dolled-up helps. Maybe I’ll find something that’s silly and playful. Maybe I need to have a chat with my monsters and find out why I woke up like this. I may have to journal, or draw, or dance. Or just clean something, anything.

Today, one little thing isn’t enough… I may have to bring out the whole arsenal.

It’s one of those days when I need to pull out every little bit of advice on positivity, and every trick in the book. Beating myself up because I’m not Miss Positive every minute of every day isn’t going to help. Believing the negative thoughts won’t either.

It’s just one day.

I may need crayons.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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