Social Media Automation Series - Part 4: Buffer


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Buffer is one of the social media automation tools that everyone knows about, talks about, and uses.  I am definitely an avid user.  It is the ONLY tool I've found so far that really lets you Retweet a post within Twitter and with its Chrome Extension.  Anything else I've used treats the tweet as an original tweet unless you add "RT @handle" to the comment box.  In my opinion, this is BEST FEATURE of Buffer.

Social Media Automation Series - Part 3: Dlvr.it

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I just starting using Dlvr.it and so far, I've enjoyed it.  You are able to curate content by pulling from feeds or websites you like.  Since getting into blogging personally, there are several bloggers of
which I've really enjoyed their blogs, tweets, etc. They are :

Social Media Automation Series - Part 2: Paper.li

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Paper.li has been one of the greatest tools I've found for finding content.  With the free plan, you can subscribe to 10 content sources.  These sources can be searches in Paper.li's Genius Source, direct feeds from sites you love, from twitter, really anything you want.  I use this for both work and BIG and so far, it's algorithm for finding content is the best I've seen in any app or tool.  It's "Genius" source truly is genius.

Social Media Automation Series - Part 1: Crowdfire

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There are so many social media automation tools out there. Each has its own merits, benefits, and pitfalls. As I've managed my company's social media as well as my own. I've learned a ton from a variety of different sources. Abby Lawson's Building A Framework has been super helpful as well as Blog by Number by Suzi at startamomblog.com. They both go through the how, what, when and why of starting a blog including of course some about social media.

May's Reading List

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I'm always reading at least 3 books at a time. I have loved to read since I can remember or more accurately since I learned how. Filling out my reading log in elementary school was the highlight of my week! Yes, I am a dork. I was also sort of an only child. I have 6 brothers and sisters but they are much older than me. The oldest is 25 years older than me. Therefore, I never lived with any of them but got the benefit of having them around. Plus, I was the youngest so I was the baby and a touch pampered.

When You Aren't Using Your #Bujo

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The past several weeks I have not been using my bullet journal really in the way it's intended. I was writing my daily affirmation, my gratitude, and my goal every day, but I wasn't including ANYTHING else.  I wasn't writing about work priorities (yes, I have a real job) and things to do with that.  I wasn't even writing potential blog post ideas or creating pretty pages in my bujo.  I've been using a great workbook by Suzi at StartAMomBlog.com.  It's full of fantastic ideas, helpful tips, and resources; plus, a place for you to track post ideas, post titles, affiliate links, and so on.  It is AWESOME and because it's a Google Sheet, I can access anywhere and don't have to lug anything around.  

A journey to discover the perfect planner or journal or bujo

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I have loved journals, workbooks, self-discovery and journaling prompts, and notebooks of every kind since I was able to write, draw, or doodle. Remember the floral hard back lined journals? That is what I started with. I would use them to write quotes, keep a diary, and would have never thought to use it as a notebook for school. I'm not sure why - at the time, they were much prettier than the plain spiral bound notebooks I used. I also had Trapper Keepers and every other fad of the time.

6 Habits that will make you feel More Productive

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As I talked about in my Journaling post, I was really drawn to the daily ritual discussed in The Miracle Morning. It sounded equally like a great way to ease into the day as well as a way to get the creative juices flowing and as it touts "feel productive before 8am." I'm a bit of an overachiever; so, anything that makes me feel like I've already accomplished something is a win for me.

The Life You "Should" Live

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The Life You "Should" Live

I've been reading Circling the Sun: A Novel about Beryl Markham who not only was an aviator but one of the first female horse trainers at the turn of the twentieth century.  It's a powerful story of what it is to be free, to be wild, and what it means to be in society.  Obviously, life for women has changed greatly over the past 100 years, but there are strides that have been made.  One of the biggest being you don't have to be married in order to have a life.  Some old timers might make snide and ugly comments about women that don't marry, but there are choices in providing for oneself.

What does Success REALLY mean?

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Last night, my husband and I were sitting on our back porch discussing our potential new house, careers, and what we wanted out of life. A pretty deep conversation for a Tuesday night but what can I say this house has created lots of questions for him, for me, for LB, and for our life altogether. We moved to my family's farm out in the middle of nowhere (it's really only 15 miles from downtown Charlotte) almost 2 years ago. The 5-year plan was to live there for free (lucky I know), save money, and then buy a house once LB was ready to go to kindergarten.

Affirmations

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I showed my affirmation board here, but I truly believe they work wonders. Affirming what you believe about yourself, your environment, and your life is a critical component in developing self-love, eliminating self-doubt, and telling the world what you expect from it. While that sounds a little like hocus pocus, it works for if for no other reason than giving a daily mood boost.

The Power of Journaling

I began journaling I think as soon as I could write complete sentences. I always was trying to find a way to getting everything going on in my head out. There was very little method is my scribing. Sometimes, I would write daily, even multiple times a day, and then other times, it would be weeks, if not, months...probably even years if I am honest. Regardless of frequency, I always returned. Things would become too overwhelming. Life would feel too bad. I’d be struggling with something I just couldn’t get over. Writing always seemed to help. It might not have helped immediately, but it just felt good to get some of the mundane madness out of the churn that existed within me.


How Vision Boards Can Change Your Life


How Vision Boards Can Change Change Your Life

If you don’t believe me, read on


Back in 2008, I was getting ready to graduate from MBA school and started a vision board with Blogger. I was excited and nervous to move back to China. [Side note: I told my mom at 10 that the Forbidden City used to be my house and I wanted to learn Chinese and move to China. I studied abroad in Beijing in 2001.] Due to my previous experience with wanting something so much and it happening, I figured why not outline the rest of what I wanted in life.


Text from 2008 board