Monday Motivation – Me Time

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Now that the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the New Year are over and things are starting to get back to some kind of normality it is time to start scheduling in some “me time”.

Whether it is half an hour, or a few hours here or there, having some time to yourself is a must.  Take some time when planning out your week to book some time to do something just for you.  This time could be used to catch up on a tv program, make a call to chat with a friend, a long bath, a coffee and catch up with a mate, a meander through the park or just time to sit and watch the world go by.  Taking time out of your busy schedule to do something you want to do or to treat yourself can do you the world of good, both mentally and physically.

I like to spend “me time” getting lost in a good book, snuggled up on the sofa with a hot cuppa and Roxy for company or spending time with my journal or sketchbook and just doodling away for half an hour.  I find that it can re-energise me and changes my mood to something a lot more positive.

So, when you are planning out your time for the day or week, schedule in some time to yourself!  What will you do in that time?  I’d love to know in the comments!

Sunday Funday – Social Media Strategies

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I have decided that going forward I want to be more active on social media and have been thinking about how I currently use (or not) the social media platforms that I already have.  The social media platforms that I have accounts with and how I use them currently are

  • Instagram – I share the odd photo of things I am doing
  • Blog Facebook and Facebook Group – My blog Facebook is linked to WordPress and my Instagram which automatically post to that page and the Facebook Group is currently a bit dead.
  • Pinterest – I literally just search for things and save them to boards.
  • Twitter – This is linked to WordPress and my posts get automatically shared when they are published.

I want to get active on social media rather than just let WordPress share my posts so I have been thinking of strategies that I can use to grow my social media a bit.  Here’s what I have come up with…

Instagram

I am going to try to post a lot more content than I do already.  Instagram is all about images and I want to make this the platform for me to share little snapshots of my day and things I am doing, cute picture and quotes.

Blog Facebook

I am thinking about using my blog Facebook group to interact with my readers and ask questions, get feedback and share blog-related thoughts.

Facebook Group

I created the group (Bloggers Brew) so I could engage with other bloggers and create a community of like-minded people who can help and support each other.  I am not really sure how I am going to get the group up and running properly but am going to start by inviting my readers to come and join by clicking the link above.  I’d like this to be a community where we can share hints, tips, advice and ask questions as well as share our latest blog links.

Pinterest

I still have no idea what to do with Pinterest so the first thing I want to do is to learn a bit more about the site and start pinning my content on there.  I have been listening to a few different podcasts and reading about Pinterest and have heard that bloggers can get a lot of traffic through this platform so I’m guessing that most people use Pinterest in a different way than I do!  I do occasionally click on the links to read about things but for me, the platform is to look at and save pictures.

Twitter

I have already made a start on the strategy I am using for this platform, I call it the 4-3-2-1 method which is

  • 4 comments on 4 different tweets
  • 3 re-tweets
  • 2 website or blog shares (other peoples)
  • 1 blog share of my own

I’d also like to start joining in with conversations that happen during the week, especially ones centred around blogging!

Do you have any strategies that you are working on this year?  Or any ideas about how to use social media platforms to get the most out of them?  I’d love to hear your views and ideas in the comments!

Fiction Friday – So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter

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Today is the first post in my new series “Fiction Friday” which will be all about the books I have read or listened to, book reviews and books I have to be read, this will appear on the blog each Friday.  To kick off the series I am going to share with you a book that I have just finished listening to.

I downloaded So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter to listen to on Audible as I had heard so many good things about the book (plus I really like Dawn O’Porter, her Instagram is lovely).  I’ve never read (or listened to) any of her other books but, since this one, I have saved her other ones to my wishlist of books to read!

The book is about 3 different women, Lauren, Beth and Ruby, whose lives on the outside appear to be perfect, however, behind closed doors things are completely different.  The book follows them in a plot that sees them all crossing paths and along the way, the not so perfect details of their lives are revealed.

This book was a really fun read and made me smile and even laugh in places, and made me feel sad in others along with cringing at certain things that happen to the characters.  It made me realise that we are all prone to judge people on the lives that they portray rather than the real lives they have, that we don’t always know, or speak about, or are even comfortable with people knowing what we deem as bad aspects but in reality, I think people are a lot more understanding than we give them credit for.  The book also made me think about friendships and how we connect with people in different ways and that most of our friends and even people we meet are much more supportive than we realise.

If you like a good story about friendship and the trials and tribulations of life then I really recommend this book to you.

Have you read this book or any others by Dawn O’Porter?  And if not, what have you been reading recently?  Let me know in the comments!

Top 10 Thursday – My Favourite Podcasts

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I’m still having issues with my internet and general phone signal and connectivity so apologies for the missed post yesterday and the lateness of today’s post…

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you will have read about my love of podcasts and that I am a frequent listener.  Today I thought I would share my favourite Top 10 podcasts with you.  In no particular order, here they are

If you haven’t heard of any of these then I highly recommend you checking them out!  Do you have any favourite podcasts that you listen to?  I’m always looking for new things to listen to so feel free to leave me your suggestions in the comments!

Top Tip Tuesday – Backup Data Regularly

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I’m still having connectivity issues with my internet which is making everything super hard at the moment.  My only source of internet is through my mobile phone and I have no idea why the signal keeps dropping and then coming back, after speaking with my phone provider and doing some settings changes and re-starting my phone and other things I have come to the conclusion that I may need to factory re-set my phone and wipe all data and settings, apps, images and all the other information my phone holds to resolve the issue.  The only problem with this is that I have not backed up any of my data in so long that it will take an age to go through it all and retrieve all of the data and information that is on it, which is really frustrating but it does bring me nicely into my Top Tip for Tuesday…. Backup Data Regularly.

It is crazy how much I rely on my phone, not just to make contact with people but for internet services, email, photos, notes, phone numbers and all sorts of other things that I need, maybe not daily but certainly on a week to week basis.  It really is important to make a backup copy of all that information stored on it, and for that matter, our computers too, and to make this part of a monthly routine.

I am lucky that my phone still, sort of, functions and I can access the data on it (and be able to use it, even if it is just its basic functions) and that I am able to perform a data backup but, if I wasn’t I am not sure what I would do.

So, please, whatever you do, go and backup your data and store it safely, you never know what may happen to any device you use, that is my Top Tip for the week!

Do you backup your data and if so how do you store it and how often do you do this?  I’d really like to hear your comments on this so let me know!

Motivation Monday – Make A Plan

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It is customary for most people, that January is all about setting goals and I am not averse to setting goals of my own in January either.  In fact, there is nothing better than sitting down with a new diary, reflecting on the past year and then setting some new goals to achieve in the coming year, month or week.

The thing with goals, if you want to reach them, then it is not just a case of having the goal in mind, a plan is needed to get you there.

Today’s Motivation Monday is just that – a call to you to make a plan, and it doesn’t matter if the goal is a small one or something big.  Think of your plan as being like a road map, a way to get you from your starting point to where you want to be.

My plan for the next few months is to get a mailing list up and running but in order to do that, I need to plan what content I want to e-mail out to my subscribers, write up some content, choose a mailing provider and learn how to use the software, create an opt-in form and link it all to my blog.  In amongst all of that are lots of little steps that I need to take including searching online for tutorials and other online learning so that I can learn the necessary skills involved with email subscriptions.

As the saying goes “Plan your work then work your plan” and that goes for all sorts of plans that you make!

What are some goals and plans that you have for the year?  Let me know in the comments!

Sunday Funday – Looking Back

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It’s now 2020 and the start of a new decade, a whole 10 years have passed since 2010 and I am still struggling to comprehend where the last 10 years has gone!  And even though it seems to have passed by quickly, 10 years is a really long time when you think about it.  36500 days, 876,000 hours, 52,560,000 minutes, and there is so much that has happened in that time globally, locally and personally.

I’m sure, wherever you are, you will have seen some of the news highlights of the past 10 years, whether it be celebrity news, economy, business or any other kind of news.  Seeing these changes has made me think about my life over the past 10 years and things that have happened to me in that time so today I am sharing my “Decade of Highlights”.

  • I was made redundant
  • My brother and sister in law got married
  • I passed my driving test
  • I got accepted onto my Foundation Degree course in uni
  • I became an auntie
  • I worked 3 jobs in one go to fund myself through uni
  • I passed my Foundation Degree and was accepted onto my BA (Hons Degree)
  • I handed my notice in on 3 different jobs for different reasons
  • I undertook a Nail Technologies course and passed
  • I moved into my own home
  • I got a full time, permanent job
  • I got a dog
  • I attended a ton of festivals all over the UK
  • I got back in touch with old friends
  • I started my blog
  • I learned so many new skills that would be hard to even list
  • I overcame fears
  • I got diagnosed with Aspergers
  • I have begun to understand myself

There are so many small things that have happened too but there really are too many to list, but the biggest thing that has happened is that I started 2010 with no real idea of what I wanted to do and have ended it, and begun 2020, with a solid idea of what I want to do and a plan of how I can achieve my goals!  Hopefully, this coming decade will be the decade where all my dreams come true!

What are some of your highlights of the last decade?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

Happy New Year!!!!

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Happy New Year to all of my readers!  I hope you all had a fab New Years’ Eve and seeing in 2020!  I spent the evening playing board games with my neighbor and having a few drinks, sharing a lot of laughs along the way!  It was a really lovely way to see in the New Year!

I have been thinking a lot, recently, about this blog and all of the things that I want to do with it, firstly a YouTube channel that I want to use as a place to chat about my week in place of sharing a weekly round-up here.  If you are already on YouTube feel free to head over to my channel and give me a follow (I have a video up that I recorded the other day which you can find by clicking here).

I am also going to be making a few changes to my content, I shall be dropping a few things from my regular content and hopefully, moving them over to e-mail once I have figured out how Mailchimp works.  Moving some of my content over to email will give me more space to create content on the blog and free up some time for new things that I want to add!

Talking of new things that I want to add to the blog, starting next week I shall be starting

  • Motivation Monday which will be a motivational piece to help kick start your week
  • Top Tip Tuesday where I shall be sharing a top tip that I have
  • Words on Wednesday which will be the same as before, where I write about something that I think is important or that I have been thinking about
  • Top 10 Thursday is still the same, a Top 10 of any topic or subject
  • Fiction Friday will be about any book or audiobook that I have been listening to or reading, any recommendations and to be read lists.  I would also like this to be a place to discuss any books you have been enjoying
  • Saturday Shout Outs will be restarting, I have a few that are ready to post but didn’t want to share them in December when generally stats are down
  • Sunday Funday will be an anything-goes sort of post where I will be sharing all sorts of things across all of the topics that I cover.

I am really excited to start this new posting schedule and how I present my content and I am really interested to see how it all goes!

What are you changing for the New Year on your blogs?  I’d love to hear in the comments!!!!

Saturday Shout Out

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Saturday Shout Out gives you all a chance to meet some new bloggers, find new blogs to read or get your blog noticed a bit more. It is my way of thanking the blogging community for being so supportive of me and my little blog and introducing new blogs that you may not have seen or read before.

What this means…

Every Saturday I will choose one blog, share a bit about it along with your blog link. I will also share your blog to my Instagram account and my Twitter account.

If you are interested in taking part then drop me an email to my.colourful.life@outlook.com with Saturday Shout Out as the subject line and I will send you a form to fill out!