[Image: Enjoying a rare patch of sun at Kelsey Creek Park in Bellevue, WA]
I am back from vacation and feeling well-rested and optimistic. It turns out a few days enjoying sunshine and shopping can really do wonders for a person’s mood. We went to Vegas, saw a show, and ate way too many desserts. All in all, it was a really nice way to celebrate my birthday.
Since we’ve been back, we’ve even enjoyed a few sunny days here in Washington. I am feeling spoiled!
I wanted to share a few things that have helped and/or inspired me lately. March always seems like a good month to take stock of how things are going. Are there any new skills I need to learn to help me be more successful at home, in my business, etc.? Am I taking time to enjoy things that really should be celebrated?
Here are a few (mostly business-related) resources I’ve found helpful lately:
- Recipe for Press by Amy Flurry – My friend, Katie Clemons from Making this Home, recommended this book to me. If you’re trying to figure out the world of PR as a small business owner, I think this is a great resource. It’s very quick, to-the-point, and most importantly, feels current. Amy has some great case studies and interviews as well. This quote from David Butler (Amy Butler’s husband) really resonated with me:
“There is simply so much put forth to garner attention, that it becomes more important to treat people with an overall feeling that they are taking part in something artistic, not being sold. We’ve always felt this is what our friends and customers deserve. They deserve to be inspired, to have art in their lives.”
- Barn-storming: I always hear how important it is to have a group of people to brainstorm and bounce ideas off of — the kind of group that isn’t going to just listen to you talk about why you can’t do something — but is going to push you to come up with ways you can. So, I recently started up a weekly Skype call with my dear friend, Kalani, who is also working on some big dreams. Let me tell you: this is the best thing I’ve done all year. You can do this too. It might take a little discipline and practice to find the right person and to keep the conversation helpful and honest, but you don’t have to wait for someone to invite you to a secret club. You can find a friend and make this happen.
- I can lose a whole day researching things like how to make a video, so I’ve been using the Get Pocket app (Android). It allows me to find articles and save them to read later — usually from my phone while waiting in line somewhere. A few recent posts I’ve found super useful: using apps to improve your facebook page (check out my prettier FB page — so much better now), 5 great blogging plugins, or how to pitch your dream project.
What about you? Any recent finds or helpful tips? Do you “Spring Clean” your goals and resolutions this time of year?