Saturday, December 31, 2011

Beauty For Ashes & Healthy Changes

Facebook has implemented the new Timeline. I have to admit, I was not too excited about the change. Just as I get used to the "new way" of doing things, it all has to change. But I have forged ahead, trying to make the best of it. I truly did NOT like the idea of going back and looking at what I've posted in years past. Who wants to look at all the yucky status updates we've posted???

And for Facebook themselves, there's alot of negatives attached to them. But I have to admit, I think the Timeline theme was a good move. For me, at least.

You see, this was not the best year for me in respect to health and some personal challenges. And as much as I don't care to go back and look at 2011, I needed to go back. And you know what?? I saw so many WONDERFUL blessings!!! Even the ashes were beautiful!!

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." James 1:2-4 [The Message]

So what for 2012 & beyond? Healthy changes!! I'm not waiting until the new year to begin. Drinking mushroom coffee (Ganoderma), juicing, eating dark green leafy vegetables and making it a point to walk more. Objectives? To be ulcer free, thinner, but mostly... healthy & content.
Happy New Year!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Age Is Just a Number. It's What's Inside That Counts!

I turned 50 this summer! I can’t believe I am 50 years old!!
I was just a little girl not too long ago! I was just 18 a few years ago!

Looking for something cute online to express how I felt about entering this new decade and saying goodbye to the last one, I found a quote and decided to make it part of my profile pic.

Age Is Just a Number

I am thankful that I am in good health. Sure, I could stand to lose a few pounds, but aside from my replacing my nearsightedness for farsight and a healing ulcer, I want to keep it that way.
So I am pumping the probiotics and going gluten free!!

And like all the Hispanic women before me, I will always stay a brunette ; )

Celebrating my big day by doing a little karaoke.
My friend in the background is a CRACK UP!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blogging tips for the new and frequent blogger

So I've been working on my other blog Spin That 45 and so far, it has been an amazing ride!!

I LOVE blogging, there is no doubt about that!! But since I've been reviewing new music and talking about the latest on who to listen to and what, I've been feeling this need to want MORE!!

Give me MORE. . . MORE READERS!!!

So. . . how to go about that!?

Isn't it cool how when you think about something that you want, somehow, THINGS start to happen in a way that you least expect it?

Take for example, spending a morning with Life Coaches' Laurie Hardie & Suzette Parker, who host a radio program called "Coffee with The Coaches." They had invited me to sit in with them at a local coffee house where I met some lovely ladies, including one Marlee Huber.

Through our conversations which centered around the "treasure maps" the ladies brought, the "HOW TO" of how to get there came up. And of course, BLOGGING was high on the list.

Marlee mentioned her newly created blog and her desire to make it the best. So she researched how to get the most from blogging, including achieving the most hits. What came from that is her April 7, 2011 blog entitled "12 Tips on Reaching 500 Hits," which you can read from her site: "Your Flourishing Life." She said that writing that blog really affirmed that the tips she wrote about worked!!

Well, I was so excited by what she said that I couldn't wait to look it up!!

I did as soon as I got in my car!! And I SO want to share them you!! Because following these tips really did work on SPIN THAT 45!!!

You can definitely visit Marlee's site to read her tips, but I am just too excited and HAD to post them below!!

Here's what she says to those of us who "wants 500 hits on their blog in a couple months." In my case, I had 300 hits in less than 2 weeks!!!

1. Pick a topic with universal appeal. Every organism is born to flourish. Find a topic that will attract a variety of readers.

2. Pick a topic that fascinates you. Ask yourself, “Can I be excited about this topic for the duration?” If you’re not enthusiastic, don’t expect readers to return.

3. Pick a topic that you know something about. I didn’t start out to study flourishing, but to understand behavior styles. Several years later after thousands of hours of research, I realized I had discovered the secret formula for flourishing in life.

4. Pick a topic that is transformational. Everyone wants to be re-invented. What I learned on flourishing has revolutionized my life. What has transformed your life? How can you guide your reader into being his personal best?

5. Practice compelling language. Engage the emotions as you write; hone your storytelling ability; make it easy to read and beneficial; avoid the passive voice; write for 8th graders. People don’t have a lot of time; make it worth their time.

6. Develop a following on social media. Having friends in place means a ready-made audience of those who know, like and trust you. Do friends and followers already find you uplifting? Encouraging?

7. Find a mentor. Especialy one who can help you if you aren't computer savvy and has LOTS of patience!! If you know a patience teen, that would be great!! I want to learn how to comment and like on Tumblr and am having the most difficulty trying to comprehend that site, but I know I will cuz I asked a friend of my son's to help me! ; )

8. Write on trending topics. Twitter posts hot topics throughout the day. On days when I write on trending topics the number of hits increases dramatically. Following the Christchurch earthquake, I wrote on how to re-open supply lines and get Christchurch flourishing again. Stats soared.

9. Write 2-3 times per week. Posting regularly demonstrates commitment and search engines like that.

10. Write 250-350 words. This is a good readable length attractive to Google and friends.

11. Tag each article with 5-10 subject headings. For example, Christchurch/New Zealand/Earthquake/Compassion/Supply lines.

12. Auto-publish on Facebook and Twitter. Tweet a catchy title; add a photo along with a compelling lead in for Facebook. Make it easy for your friends and followers to read your musings.
Published by Marlee Huber for Your Flourishing Life

Let me just say that after you've read these, don't expect these results right away. If you are blogging and you love your topics??? Then keep doing what you're doing, because the opportunity will present itself when the time is right.

In my case, I was doing what I do and then recently, I found that someone I know, Snuffy Walden was going to be on The Ellen Show with with a super talented young woman by the name Sara Niemietz. I watched it and was so amazed by her talent, I wanted to blog about her. THAT'S Tip #2!! : ) In less than 48 hours after posting it, I had gotten 100 hits.

Then that week, American Idol's Casey Abrams ALSO made an appearance on The Ellen Show. And being a huge fan of Casey, OF COURSE I had to blog about him. . . BAM. . . another 100 hits!!

I didn't blog about them to increase my hits. I blogged about them, because these two people as tip #2 said, fascinated me!

And as I continue to blog new music and artists, I will keep these tips at hand so I can review them from time to time.

Thank you Marlee for making mention of this valuable article and passing on the wisdom!!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

It's The Time of the Season

There have been so many changes in my life these last couple of years, which is probably why I haven't been blogging. . . apologies.

My 50's are FAST approaching!!! Perimenopause is in full gear, people!! And it should be, as most of my friends are not only done with perimenopause, but menopause itself!! HA!!

Another change. . . my professional life!

Professional life. . hmm. . .it seems funny to even say that!! Because, I've never really HAD a professional life.

Sure, I've worked since the time I was 8 years old, babysitting, then at 12, working as a hostess at El Torito and other various jobs. Then at GTE for 10 years. But those were never "careers." As a wife and mother, homeschooler, etc, I would joke and say that my career was as "Domestic Engineer."

Everything in our lives is, I believe, training or stepping stones to the next thing. So I suppose one could say, I've been training for this season all my life. : )

I've Got The Music in Me

It's no surprise that "this season" is closely related to music. My love of music goes back to the womb!! Even further! It's in my genes. Infact, my great aunt on my mother's side was a recording artist in the 1930's. She recorded for Decca's Mexican label under the name of "Adelita y Chico." I'm fairly sure all the songs she recorded, she wrote.

One of those songs, "Los Laureles," was & is a staple amongst those who've recorded la musica de rancheros. Linda Ronstadt is also on that list, having recorded it on her "Canciones de Mi Padre" album.

Unfortunately, credit has been give to one, Jose Lopez, who changed one line of the song. When my grandmother and her other sister found out that Linda had recorded the song and the credit was incorrect, they sought an attorney showing proof of royalities. The attorney agreed that she indeed had written the song, but because she had passed away, her closest living heir was her husband. Any royalities would be forwarded to him and my grandmother and great aunt "couldn't stand him!" So they let it go!!!

Somewhere, there is a 2nd cousin that has those papers of proof. In the meantime, thanks to THE ONLINE DISCOGRAPHICAL PROJECT, I did find proof she had recorded the song in 1939.

My grandmother, Alice, Adelita's sister, also played guitar & wrote songs. Where those songs are, is a mystery. . . sad!!

Okay, I'm digressing here!!

But you get the point. . . I've got the music in me!!

Cliché, I know!! ; )

Because music has been such a deep part of my life, it only seems natural that I would make it a career out of it. But how?!

Amateur: The Lover of. . .

Thanks to a local radio program called "Coffee with The Coaches," I am their "Reality Coaching Client" for the month. With their help, I am moving towards my goal of being what I am naturally; a Connector. Plus the amateur talent scout, artists and repertoire person, critiquer of music, producer (yes, I have put my two cents in)!!, musicologist, blogger.

The benefit of being a "connector" is having the "connections!" : )
This week, I've consulted with three of those connections, one being my sister, whose love of music extends more to the technical side. She is a sound person, having worked on various films as sound editor and has had her share of spinning those records as "DJ D'Monjah."

If you're interested in reading what I've learned and what possibilities lie ahead for me, go to "Coffee with The Coaches'" Facebook page.

Courage: Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand fear, or difficulty

Stepping out is always difficult because more often than not, I try to look at ahead and then I see that there is commitment involved. YIKES!! When I realize that I'm gonna have to put an effort in, I get scared!! I get the "what if's."

This week on Coffee With The Coaches the topic of the show was about "courage." When I think about courage, I think about those who are fighting life threatening situations, living in dangerous places, etc. I don't always equate a change in careers or even starting one, as courageous. But as you can see from the above definition that courage does fit that mold.

I really like what I found below:

Tips for applying courage at work

Courage leaders recognize defining moments and apply courage consciously. Here's how to do it.

Affirm your strengths constantly. Realize that no one expects you to be perfect, only to do your best. Take time for daily reflection so you can evaluate your strengths and how to best use them. When you know how your talents can benefit your organization, you'll act with determination.

Hurdle obstacles, take risks. Every behavior you exhibit and every action you take are conscious choices. Give yourself permission to choose to be different so you can creatively navigate your way around, through, or over any obstacles in your path. When you feel fearful, ask yourself, What's the worst that can happen if I do this? Usually, the worst never happens. So take the risk.

Manifest vision. There are no shortcuts in courage leadership. Develop a crystal clear vision of your goal, and become stubborn about attaining it. That will help you discard any nonproductive judgments others may make about you.

Reflect self-esteem. All of your actions reflect who you are and what you stand for. If you're repeating a certain behavior that you don't like, ask, What do I need to change? Sharpen your skills and abilities through education, reading, and training, and surround yourself with the kind of people you want to emulate.


So now it's time to get to work!!

I'll keep you posted!

I promise it won't take me forever and a day! ; )