It’s June 1st. How is Your Year Going?

Can you believe that we are half way through 2017? It is crazy how time is flying by so fast! I think it is a good time to take a look at how things are going and revamp some things.

It is funny how everyone makes goals and plans in January just to abandon them a couple (or few) months later. But, the thing is, every day is a chance for a new beginning – and so is every month or quarter. So let me encourage you: If you have made plans or goals in January that haven’t planned out, take a little time to create new ones or to tweak the old ones.

Every Day is a New Beginning

For me, this year is not panning out like I had planned at all. In some ways, I feel really behind but in other ways I feel like I am growing and evolving, which is a good thing!

My word for 2017 is courage. I thought that meant doing certain things for growing my business but it has turned out to be more personal. It was a tough school year for my son, especially academically, and we had to navigate and adjust to the challenge. It wasn’t easy but we got through it! On top of that, Andrew had a lot of activities and events – as well as other events in our family – which forced me out of my introverted self a lot of the time.

Business wise, it has been interesting too. I haven’t spent much time here on the blog like I had expected, but at the same time, I have been growing my personal blog in ways I didn’t expect. I started a coaching mentoring program and am beginning to offer personal life coaching! This is definitely out of my comfort zone but also rewarding. It has been on my heart for a long time and so I will follow the prompting for as long as it leads.

What does that mean for carolda.com? Not much. Writing is in my blood and so is proofreading and editing so I will continue with those! I can’t imagine giving up this part of my life. And, since I have the space to continue with these endeavors, I will. 🙂

I would love to hear from you. Is 2017 shaping up the way you expect? Is it better than you expected or have you been thrown a curve ball or two? How will you tweak the rest of the year to make it what you want it to be?

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Write Your Novel This Month!

Today  is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. If you have been wanting to get started with (or finish) your novel, here is your chance to get some accountability and support. All you have to do is sign up and fill out your profile, commit to write 50,000 words, and post your progress. During the course of the month you can win badges, get some inspiration and will finish (or at least put a big dent into) your novel!

Write Your Novel This Month

I’m not participating in the challenge this month because I am just coming off the Write 31 Days Writing challenge (on my personal blog). However, I am going to do a personal mini-version of the challenge by making a commitment to finish the two ebooks I have started!

If you aren’t interested in writing a novel, you can do as I am and do your own personal challenge. You can make a commitment to finally put together that short story (or flash fiction) collection you were meaning to get to. Or, you can get working on that book of poetry you have swimming in your head. Or whatever. Do you want to start a journal? Do you want to start writing some snippets of memories for that memoir your family keeps telling you to write? Now is your chance! Now, I don’t know if these qualify for the National Novel Writing Month, but you can alway ask. Or, just do the challenge on your own.

The point is: get writing! Stop procrastinating and get working on your writing!

Good luck!

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My Experience with LinkedIn

A few weeks ago, I shared my struggles with social media and my new plan going forward. I decided that I was going to spend a month focused on LinkedIn.

Image by PeteLinforth (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by PeteLinforth (2016) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Well, a month has passed and I can say that the experience was successful, albeit, not perfect. Here are a few things about my experience:

1. I way underestimated the time I would have. As some of you may know, I home school my son and he started 6th grade this year. He has the most work he has had so far and it is demanding a lot more time from me than I expected.

Still, on average, I was able to sign into LinkedIn about 3-4 times a week for about 10 minutes so so. That’s not too bad given the fact that I wasn’t on LinkedIn at all for a very long time!

2. I made a few unexpected connections. I only have 59 connections so far but this is about 15 more than I had before this experiment. 🙂 I took a chance and invited a few well-known people to connect and they all said yes. This may date me but one cool connection I made is with Anson Williams. If you are familiar with the long running TV series Happy Days, Williams played Potsie. He is now also a noted director and businessman.

3. The groups are better I expected. There are a lot of groups to choose from but rather than join one a day, I decided just to join four new ones. I wasn’t expecting much engagement but I figured I’d give it a try. Well, I discovered that I enjoy the groups a lot. The ones I’ve joined aren’t crazy active but they are steady and useful. I do need to get more personally active with posting and I am hoping to start doing that soon.

4. I have more to learn about LinkedIn. One of the things I learned this month is that you can post articles directly into LinkedIn. It is like a built-in blog system. I want to experiment with it and write a few blog posts there. It will be interesting to see how it compares with my blog here.

As I spend more time there, I’m sure I will discover new ways of using LinkedIn. By the way, feel free to send me an invite to connect!

VERDICT: Success! I will definitely continue my presence on LinkedIn and hopefully be valuable, contributing member of this social platform.

Now, I have to decide on the next social media platform where I will spend some time. Part of me thinks it should be Facebook but I shiver at the thought. I do spend some time there for personally connecting with family and friends, and I have a neglected page for my personal blog; however, the thought of using Facebook for business purposes make me shiver. Silly, I know. It is one of the most popular social networking sites and I feel like I SHOULD be on Facebook rather than WANT to be on Facebook.

Another social media website I am considering is Goodreads. I have heard a lot of good things about Goodreads and it is definitely up my alley. 🙂 Additionally, because it is a social media site for book lovers, I will absolutely have the chance to connect with other authors. So, in the end, I will sign up with Goodreads. I will let you know how it goes next month.

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