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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

YOU'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT


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When I first started blogging it was to promote my Etsy business. As I have said before, I really didn't have a clue as to what blogging was all about. I remember when I hit 50 followers I thought I was really hot stuff. Oh brother!! Most of my posts at that time were truly cringeworthy and the photos, I was taking with a 3.2 megapixel camera, were definitely not the best. 

To me creating a successful blog is kind of like baking a pie. You gather together good ingredients, mix them up in just the right way, and hope that when you pull it out of the oven it is the tastiest pie ever. 

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I have never garnered a humongous following or had a post go viral, but my blog has steadily grown, and along the way I have learned a lot about this blogging business. I have learned that there are as many different reasons for blogging as there are ways to go about doing it. There are different platforms to host your blog, including WordPress, Blogger, and Typepad, and while some people blog just for the fun of it, or just as a way to make money, the rest of us do it for a combination of the two. 

The one thing I have found that seems to unify us is that most of us would love to have more people reading our posts, which we put our heart and soul into. I have read some advice from "big bloggers" who have said that it doesn't matter how often you write or how you promote, if you write quality posts the readers will come. Ummmmm, so let me get this straight, write good stuff and people will magically find you. That idea kind of leaves me scratching my head. Yes, I agree that you need to write quality posts in order to keep a reader's attention, but let's face it, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize you need to get those reader's there to begin with.

So what are the best ways to get readers to darken your doorstep? Once again, there are a ton of different views on this. I recently found a post from Organize Yourself Skinny that I really liked. She has some really spot on information about growing your blog. There is information for every blogging level, and I can even understand most of it, which is more than I can say for a lot of the other stuff I read. 
Creating friendships and learning about blogging is something that most bloggers over the age of 40 are interested in. A few weeks ago we started a Facebook group called The Over 40 Blogging World. If you have a personal Facebook page, are a blogger over the age of 40, and would like to join us, we would love to have you. There will be a link at the end of this post. Oh, and no skipping ahead to the end. I know your fourth grade teacher warned you about doing that. 

Growing a blog's readership is hard work. The majority of bloggers who have hit the big time did not start a blog one day and become overnight sensations the next, but having a blog with a readership that makes you happy is definitely a possibility. When you put in the work you may just find that you're gonna need a bigger boat for all of those readers. 

Now, about that Facebook group. You can find it here. See, I didn't make you slog through too much more to find it.
 
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P.S. Yes, I did play hooky yesterday. I was trying out that quality versus quantity idea. Wonder if it worked?

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Monday, March 30, 2015

BEAUTY RESIDES IN BEING YOURSELF

In this society that emphasizes youth and physical beauty we often forget where real beauty resides.

beauty resides in being yourself quote Coco Chanel

You are a perfectly made, beautiful human being. Just be you.


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P.S. You can find more Monday inspiration here
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

DECLUTTERING 101

If you are looking for me today, I am lost in my closet. I forgot to bring my phone in with me so it may be awhile before someone finds me or before I am able to make my way to the surface.

After yesterdays post I decided to get busy on the decluttering. I started last night and then got back to it first thing this morning. This, embarrassingly, is how much I have already relegated to the trash. How in the world have I accumulated so much in such a short time. SIGH!!! 



I think I may need some inspiration, as my energy is starting to wane along with my enthusiasm. Becoming Minimalist has 10 creative ways to declutter your home here. I liked the fill one trash bag idea, although my trash bag may be larger than the average bag. 


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Popsugar has 12 golden rules of decluttering here. She says if we had been following these rules there would be no need to declutter. OUCH!!! That kind of hurt, because I have actually not been following the rules, and I am just such a rule follower. NOT!!!


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As I stare at the big stack of spring and summer clothes piled on my bed I am telling myself it is all a process. The problem is if I don't get processing here pretty quickly, I will be sleeping in my chair tonight.

I am staying off the computer for the rest of the day, but I promise to visit everyone tomorrow.

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P.S. How lucky are you that you got to see my trash.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

SMALL SPACE LIVING: WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?

I don't know about you, but this year already seems to be whizzing by at breakneck speed. It means that before I know it, I will be moving to Georgia into a very small, 550 square ft, apartment. Although I am very excited about it, I also have moments of panic. 

vintage sheet music and books decor

I will be moving and consolidating personal possessions from two locations. There are the things that I have accumulated over the last six years and all of the things that I have had in storage in North Carolina during that time. It is hard for me to believe that it has been that long, but as I said, time has apparently whizzed by. 

bedside table cottage decor

I am actually not sure what all I have in NC, as many things were stolen from me and other things were heavily damaged. I do know that I will be gifting some of the family antiques to my daughters. Time to pass them on. I am not a believer that they should have to wait for my demise. I will also be donating and selling some other things, and then there is the problem that I will need things like a couch and chair for the living room. I do know that those were things that were taken from me. 


In the meantime, I am working out what is necessary to downsize to such a small space. I found an article at Apartment Therapy on the 10 commandments of small space living. You can read the entire article here. Some of the suggestions are things that I can work on now before the move and others will have to wait. 

Decluttering is a big one. I am trying to go through things that I have here. Donate, throw away, and sell are my three big plans. I will also have to do more of this after I move. 

vintage dresser bedside table

Making furniture do double duty is something I already do. For example, I use a dresser as one of my bedside tables. It works perfectly. This is one that my mom was given back in the 1940s. It is a little worse for the wear now, so I have plans to paint it.

vintage suitases

My collection of vintage suitcases, boxes, and baskets also do double duty as storage pieces.

Some of their other suggestions are: getting out more in the community, (I will be living close to downtown Decatur, so can't wait to walk places), keep up on the cleaning, (no problem as there will just be me), and have a sense of humor about the size, (I am going to love it).

So, what's a girl to do? I'm making a list and checking it twice a million times.

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P.S. There are more small space living ideas on my Pinterest board here and on my small space series here.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

AUTHOR YOUR OWN LIFE

I am the author of my life. You are the author of your life. We are all the authors of our own lives. We have so much power over the way our lives unfold.


As a child I was taught to be obedient, to look up to authority figures, and to believe that they knew what was best for me. When I became a grownup, I somehow stayed on that path. When I veered off of it, I received nothing but negative feedback from people. So I would try to get back on the path they demanded of me. I found I was never happy, because I was allowing them to be the authors of my life. It caused me to become resentful and angry.


We all have people in our lives who think they know what is best for us. They want to tell us what we are doing wrong in our lives and how we can fix "our mistakes". These people may be well intentioned, but they are not the experts on our lives. We are the expert on our lives, and if we have given that power away, we need to take it back. This does not mean that we can't learn from others, because we must always be open to learning, just as we are open to teaching. 


Stepping away from the path that others have carved out for you can be scary, but in order to find true happiness we have to follow our own path. It is never too late to change your direction, to take that fork in the road that will lead to the destination you want. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

For me, spring does not begin as a day on the calendar, but is the day that I see a host of daffodils. They always remind me of one of my favorite poems and bring a new sense of lightness. 

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by
William Wordsworth


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. 

Yes, spring has actually arrived in central Kentucky. Has it arrived in all its golden glory where you are?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

COOKING FOR ONE

I have done a lot of cooking over my lifetime. When your children are growing up there is an expectation of always having home cooked meals. At least there was in my household, and I loved making sure that my children were well fed. 

I don't know about you, but as I have aged and only have myself to cook for my interest and energy for cooking has waned. However, I do want to eat as healthy as I can on my budget, which means no fast foods for me. 

I have noticed that by the time nighttime rolls around I just can't seem to muster up the energy to go in the kitchen and turn on that stove. So I have gotten in the habit of cooking my main meal in the middle of the day. I keep it simple. I use organic ingredients as much as possible and eat gluten free. I also set a place for myself at the dining room table and take the time to relax while I am eating.

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Today's lunch consisted of organic gluten free chicken strips, a large organic potato, which I mashed and divided in half so there would be leftovers tomorrow, and organic baby lima beans. I buy a large bag of frozen lima beans at Fresh Market. I scoop out a third of a cup each time I cook them and the bag lasts a really long time. Very economical for one person. I don't eat desserts, so I don't have to worry about those. 


I always make sure to have plenty of fruits and vegetables. I start each day off with green juice. 

I change up my juice recipe according to what I have on hand, but my basics are dandelion greens, organic apple, organic lemon, turmeric root, ginger root, and organic celery. It's a great way to start the day off feeling healthy. 

I always seem to have a slump in the middle of the afternoon, so I eat a banana with a tablespoon of organic peanut butter. YUM!!!

My nighttime meal is always a light one. I don't like to eat much at that time of day and I am usually not hungry then. As I said, I like to keep it all simple. There are a lot of cooking for two ideas on the internet and those meals can be divided into two meals for leftovers.

Don't stop cooking for yourself just because you are living alone. You deserve nice healthy meals. It's a big part of living a simple serene lifestyle.

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