Sunday, September 24, 2017

September Bloggy Brunch

It's been a hectic couple of weeks lately. The husband has been off which has thrown our schedule off quite a bit. He goes back to work tomorrow and wouldn't it figure - they're moving to a new schedule. So, it looks like we're not quite returning to normal (especially with a couple of trips to visit family coming up!). That being said, Bloggy Brunch this month is coming to you at night instead of it's usual mid-morning time slot. What can I say? I've been enjoying all the small moments of being a mom and a wife lately.

In addition to the late post, I haven't found the time to pick out my favorites yet. I'll be coming back to the post to update those this week, but I didn't want to miss getting this up on time! While you're waiting to see who's featured, I recommend signing up for the Shield Sisterhood Summit that's happening this week. When you've finished with that, head on over to the Creative Moments Playground to get all of the details for the Fall Brainstorming Party. This is one pajama party that you don't want to miss! I'll actually be sharing more details on both the Creative Moments Playground and our brainstorming parties in tomorrow's post!

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Let's link up those September posts and have a great end of the month!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Club: Time Management

I recently agreed to take over the book club for Shield Sister Sanctuary. I quickly decided that I wanted this to be a different kind of book club - one where everyone feels welcome to participate every month.

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One of the biggest reasons people don't participate in a book club is that they don't want to read the book that was chosen. I know that I like to make the most of my reading time by reading books that actually appeal to me. That's not always the book that was chosen for the month. After reflecting on my own participation streak, I set out to build a different kind of book club.

Book clubs are a great way to read and discuss books together. Who says that you all have to read the same book though? I remember doing a roundtable discussion in high school where we each came to the discussion having read a different book. The topic we discussed was the same, but we all had different information to share because our books were different. I drew upon this memory when forming this new book club.

Each month, there will be a different topic for book club. Participants will pick their book based on this theme. I'll be providing a list of suggestions (this post!), but everyone is open to pick any book that they feel will fit within the theme. Throughout the month, I'll post questions related to the theme and at the end of the month, we'll have a discussion on the theme. Everyone will come together and a share a bit of what they learned from their book. After doing a poll within the group, I picked the themes for the rest of 2017.

October will be themed around time management. This will help us prepare for the busy holiday season that's coming. Below, you'll find some of the books I've found on time management. This list has been put together based on personal interest and recommendations from fellow entrepreneurs.

You can click on the cover of each of these books to go to the Amazon page for it. This way you can learn more about the book or purchase it for yourself! (These are affiliate links and I do make a small portion of the sale.)

Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy
 The One Thing by Gary Keller
Take the Stairs by Greg McKeown

 Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy
Do you have a book to add to this list? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!
Don't forget to hop on over to the Shield Sister Sanctuary and join in on the time management discussion next month!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Are you standing in your own way?

I've been standing in my own way for quite some time. I've been sabotaging my chances at being great because I've had the wrong mindset for quite some time. I recently challenged myself to go all in though and even though I've only taken one step forward, I've already seen a change. And it's a change that's big enough to propel me forward to the next step of my journey.

Sometimes it takes one simple step to make all the difference. That's what happened last week. I took one step outside of my comfort zone and it has set things in motion in a way I never expected. We're going to have to go way back to the beginning for you to fully grasp how I stepped outside of my comfort zone. That's right - we're going back to my childhood today.

I was in speech therapy all through elementary school. There were several sounds that I couldn't quite master, even with the help of a speech therapist. I'm not ashamed of it but it's also not something I talk about often. To me, it's a thing of the past - a part of my story as an individual but not the page that I'm currently on.

Except for the fact that it's not really a part of the past - in many ways, it's a very real part of my present life. I've created mind blocks that I didn't even realize were there until recently. It has caused me to avoid video and audio that can be recorded. I can speak to a crowd of hundreds, but put me in front of a camera or microphone and I freeze. It has to do with the fact that recordings freeze things in time for more than just a moment. An unrecorded speech can be forgotten, a recording can be dug up time and time again.

Why do recordings make me freeze?

This is a question that I've asked myself many times and only recently took the time to dig deeper to discover the answer. And it all goes back to my childhood.

When I think of recordings, I remember the video tapes of me as a child where I can't understand a word that I'm saying due to the many sounds that I couldn't make right. I've asked my parents on several occasions how they understood what I was saying.

I go back to a time when I was made fun of for the way I spoke. The ironic part of this? The memory that comes up the most is a younger boy asking me if I'm "the girl who speaks funny on the school news." (That's right - I went live in front of a camera every week in fifth grade but I'm scared to do it now.) I don't remember how I responded to him but his words stuck in my head for a long time.

I go back to the college professor (in the education field) that told me I might have a hard time finding a job as a teacher because of my speech problems. I left her office wondering if this was true and determined to make sure that it didn't come true.

I go back to my first year of teaching when one of the students asked me why I spoke funny. I do recall my response to this one because I used it as a teaching experience and we talked about speech therapy and how some people need a little extra help. Then, several students shared their experiences with the class.

These are just a few of the experiences that have caused me to create mental roadblocks when it comes to audio and video recordings. In a world where audio and video are quickly becoming the frontrunners of communication, this can be a problem.

I recently decided to step out of my comfort zone though. I decided to go all in and do an interview for the Shield Sisterhood Summit. It wasn't an easy decision and I even put the interview off on several occasions. I had legit "excuses," but it still boiled down to me stalling. In the end, I got out of my own way and did the interview.

And guess what? I survived and I had fun recording the interview. It wasn't a smooth interview, but it was a fun one and I'm excited to share it with you! Head to Shield Sisterhood Summit so that you can sign up to get the video when it's released. It's a FREE virtual event, so you really have nothing to lose! In addition to my interview, you'll also hear from thirteen other experts in various fields. These interviews are bound to inspire you to do great things!

I've shared my story of how I was standing in my own way. Now it's your turn to ask yourself the same question. Are you standing in your own way?