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How To Start Writing For Your Blog

I hear you want to start a blog.

That is so awesome. I am so glad that I took the leap and started this blog. I think blogging has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. Blogging is an amazing outlet.

And, if you are willing to work hard, you can even make a decent income from blogging all from the comfort of your own home.

I’m sure you have asked Rabbi Google about blogging. And you’ve probably gone to Pinterest looking for the best “How-To” articles for starting a blog.

Let me guess. You were inundated with a ton of pretty Pins and articles about how to start a blog. You saw email courses, ebooks, and even entire courses on how to do this thing called blogging.

YES!!  This is exactly what you need!!  Blogging!  Here we coooooooome!!!

You sign up for some free email courses and read some ebooks. If you are really hungry, you might even pay to sign up for an e-course.

AWESOME!!

You are taking the right steps.

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So, now you have figured out your domain, platform, hosting company, WordPress template, free stock photos and how to edit them to make awesome pinnable images, etc. You are slowly but surely learning the technical side of blogging.

Yeah!  Your blog is being born!!!

But, wait.

What’s the number one thing bloggers do??????

They WRITE!!

 

 

Oh, crap!  Now you need to actually write!

You probably have an idea of what you want to write about.

You might even have a fairly good idea of what your niche is thanks to one of those fancy email courses you subscribed to.  Am I right?

But, how do you get that actual content written?

I have spent a fair amount of time in some awesome blogger groups on Facebook and one of the most common sticking points I am noticing for starting a blog is actually getting the content written and out there.

The number one objective of a blogger is to create AWESOME content, a lot of it. Click To Tweet

The funny thing is that the writing part of keeping a blog is easy to me. I was writing long before I even considered starting this blog. It’s the technical side of things that get me frustrated and wondering if I want to do this for the long run.

Here is my little bit of wisdom about getting awesome content out there. 

Write. Write. Write. Write A lot. Write Often.

One of the most frustrating things for me to do is sit down at my computer for the purpose of writing a blog article. The pressure of creating a quality piece that will be published drives me nuts. I usually end up sitting there, staring at the computer, for way too long. 

Getting past this paralysis is as easy as just writing every single freaking day. I don’t worry about the content or the editing. My fingers are allowed to just flow over the keyboard. It doesn’t matter what comes out. Just let it go. 

Write with Your Heart. Edit with your Brain. Click To Tweet

One of my virtual writing mentors, Jeff Goins, recently wrote a post on how he finally came to make it as a writer. He said, “So I made a life-changing decision. I would write every day and publish it on my blog for two years straight. That was my promise to myself. Practice every day for two years before giving up.”

As you write every day you are creating an awesome library of content that you can pull from when it’s time to create a blog post.

Writing every freaking day also helps you push past any fear you might have about writing.

Writing is a vulnerable thing to do. It doesn’t matter what you are writing about. You always leave a little bit of yourself on that page. And for that, writing is scary for many people.

Writing requires a different part of the brain than talking.  And that part of the brain needs daily exercise to get fit and ready to produce. Daily writing provides that exercise. Before you know it, writing becomes easy and you just might come to love it for all that it can provide.

Daily writing will help you come up with topic ideas that you aren’t even writing about.

Just the act of writing helps me come up with awesome ideas for future posts. It’s kind of funny how it happens too. The vast majority of post ideas come while I am doing my daily writing. For that reason alone, it is so worth having this daily habit.

Write Every Freaking Day. Your Content will create itself. And you will learn about yourself along the way.

I wish I could come up with some awesome three-step formula that will sell like crazy but it’s just not that complicated. There aren’t three steps to it!!

Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.

Write for yourself first and then publish for your audience. Click To Tweet

Try it.

Consider doing a 1000 Words a Day Challenge!! 

Let me know what happens!!!!

 

 

 

Actually writing for your blog can be hard sometimes. Here's how you can guarantee tons of content for your blog in no time. No complicated formula here.
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How To Conquer Those HUGE Goals

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Starting a blog is hard.

Running a marathon is hard. 

When I started this blog, I had no idea how much was involved.

I knew that I needed to invest in some coaching this time around. I’ve started blogs in the past but I had zero ideas what I was doing. ZERO. I figured I could bootstrap it and figure it out along the way. In some ways that is true but I am determined to make this blog work. I have a stronger vision and much bigger goals.

So, I bought coaching and it has helped me a ton.

Even with that said, I am still shocked and sometimes overwhelmed about how much there is to grow a profitable blog.

Pinterest to Freebies.
Opt-ins to Twitter.
Producing Products to E-mail marketing
The list goes on and on and on.

Once I got through the awesome course I bought, I realized how big the blogging world really was. Holy Moly Sweet Jesus.

How in the world will I learn all of this?

Here’s what I’m doing. I’ve taken a play from my son’s homeschool playbook. 

EASY + 1

You can relate this to blogging or training to run a marathon .

Here’s how it works.

You see a project or massive goal that you want to attack. It is HUGE and honestly, quite overwhelming. How in the world will you ever get it done? 

You are right. There is no way you can do this where you are right now.

But, you CAN do it by moving one step at a time and challenging yourself bit by bit.

The EASY in this formula is all the things you already know how to do.

It could be that you already know how to post basic blog articles or that you can walk a mile pretty easily.

Keep doing the easy things, putting one foot in front of the other.

But, doing the EASY things like posting basic blog articles and walking for a mile will not get you to a profitable blog or running a marathon.

You have to CHALLENGE yourself. That’s where the +1 comes in.

Don’t stay where you are. Do the easy and take it up a step.

Easy + 1 gets the job done.

Let’s look at a couple scenarios to drive this home. 

Scenario #1

You know how to post basic blog posts. By all means, keep putting out quality content on a regular basis.

Remember, bloggers are writers first. 

Now start adding graphics that you created in places like PicMonkey or Canva .

Got the pictures under your belt? Can you make quality pictures quickly? Yes?

Now your Easy is a basic blog post with awesome graphics.

Add another tool to your “Awesome Profitable Blog” toolbelt. 

Don’t stop there!

Keep making your basic blog posts with awesome graphics.

Then, start sharing those blog posts with awesome graphics in Facebook Groups.

To do that you need to figure out which groups are best for you and your niche, join them, and figure out the atmosphere in there. This will take some time. This is your next +1.

You will be creating basic blog posts with awesome graphics that you share in your favorite Facebook Groups.

Keep doing that, bit by bit, until you have a profitable blog.

Take the Easy and +1 it with each new and challenging step. You WILL get there.

 
 


 

 

Scenario #2

You can only walk a mile at a time but you have this HUGE dream to run across a marathon finish line. (*author waving hand*)

It seems impossible right now. Well, that’s probably because it is impossible….where you are right now.

That’s okay. Don’t give up because it’s impossible now. 

Keep doing your one-mile walk.

Then add another half mile. Do that till it’s easy. And repeat.

Start adding in small bursts of running. Do that till it’s easy.

Lengthen the small bursts of running. Do that till it’s easy.

Increase how far you run each day.

Next thing you know, you are running the marathon (26.2, BABY!!).

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Okay, yes, it was hard but you tackled it the Easy + 1 way.

This is exactly how I am facing this massive world of profitable blogging AND running my first marathon.

I am not there yet but I am tackling each +1 and adding another tool to my toolbelt with each step.

This method really helps those feelings of being overwhelmed at conquering HUGE goals. Just focus on each new challenging step, step by step, and eventually, you’ll get there. 

In the meantime, your job is to work with diligence and to always pursue that Easy + 1. Click To Tweet

 
 


 

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What To Do When Feeling Overwhelmed: 6 Steps

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Do you ever have those moments when it just feels like the world is crashing in on you? You have so much going on. The To-Do list is never-ending and there is just not enough time in the day. There doesn’t seem to be a chance for rest anytime soon. Your head pounds and your chest feels like there’s an elephant snoozing on it. What’s a girl to do when she is so overwhelmed that the world feels like it is crashing in?

I have a few tools for your toolbox I’d like to share with you.

 

Pray & Meditate

 

I think this one may be obvious. But, I’m not so sure that it really is obvious in the moment of feeling overwhelmed. You see when I am feeling really overwhelmed it takes everything I’ve got to not fall apart and have a complete breakdown. I have to remind myself to pause and reset.

So, here’s your reminder that when feeling overwhelmed take a moment to reset.

Sit down.

Take a deep breath.

Ask Jesus to come sit with you and breathe in His calm and comfort.

Talk about what’s going on that is making your life so hard.

Answers and solutions are not necessary at this point.

Just be.

Feel all the feels and let Jesus just hold you. Click To Tweet

When I feel overwhelmed the most important thing that I do is I do exactly what I just wrote. I sit down, take a deep breath, and ask Jesus to come sit with me. Sometimes I ask Him to hold me. I don’t ask for answers. Just knowing He is with me is enough to calm my racing heart and to give me the push to get up and do the next thing.

This does not fix the never-ending To-Do list but it reorients my heart and mind to where I am in the place that I can attack that list with focus instead of panic.

 

Exercise

 

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of exercise when you are overwhelmed.

I know, taking the time to exercise when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done seems crazy and impossible.

Exercise is magic. It adds more hours to your day. 

Those endorphins make you happy and happy people get more things done.

Or as our favorite lawyer in Legally Blonde says….

Taking the time to exercise doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Even a ten minute walk around the block in the sunshine will do wonders for your perspective. And then the world doesn’t feel like it is crashing in quite so much.

Nourish Yourself

 

When you feel overwhelmed it is so easy to eat whatever is the easiest thing available to you. And those options don’t always serve you well in the moment.

Before I go on, let me say that I totally understand there are times when eating the donut or double cheeseburger is the only option either because of availability or high emotions. I am the first to raise her hand when asked if there are any emotional eaters in the room. It happens. And there is grace. I get it.

It’s just that taking the time to sit down to enjoy a nourishing meal will do wonders for your soul. 

Try to not eat while standing over the sink. Try to not shove the food down your throat as you go from thing to thing.

Take the time, even just a few minutes, to sit down with your food and truly enjoy it.

Trust me. This easy practice will bring you back into the now and it will help you cope with the overwhelming feelings.

 

Create A To-Do List

 

When there are so many things swirling around in my head that need to get done it is so easy to get overwhelmed because I just don’t know where to start.

Creating a To-Do list gives me an action plan, one task at a time.

I don’t know about you but just the act of crossing an item off my To-Do list is encouraging and with each check mark the overwhelming feelings go away.

In fact, I will even create super easy items on my To-Do list just for the opportunity to check them off.

Seeing a To-Do list full of check marks is enough to make me feel happy and accomplished. There is no room to feel overwhelmed because you can see that things are getting done.

 

Use a Pomodoro Timer

 

Using a Pomodoro Timer is new for me but it works wonders for productivity.

What is a Pomodoro Timer?

Well, The Pomodoro Technique was created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s as a time management technique. A timer is used to break up the work day into 25 minute intervals followed by short 5-minute breaks. The work intervals are called pomodoros. Cirillo used a tomato shaped timer when he was in college to time his intervals. The word “pomodoros” is the English plural version of the Italian word, Pomodoro (tomato).

Now that you know a little history here’s how to use this method in a practical way.

Set a timer for 25 minutes. During those 25 minutes, focus completely on what you are doing. Like right now I am writing this article during a 25-minute productive interval. When the timer goes off take a 5-minute break. Get up and walk around if you’ve been sitting at your desk. Sit down and scroll Instagram if you’ve been doing housework. Don’t forget to set the timer for 5 minutes.

After you have done four “pomodoros” (25-minute work intervals) you get a special treat. You get to indulge in a full 20-minute break to do whatever you want to do.

After the 20 minute break, go back to the 25/5 minute split.

Do this method all day and I promise you will knock tons of things off your To-Do list and you will be amazed at how productive you were.

And when you have that sense of accomplishment it is hard to feel overwhelmed by everything you have to get done. Those things may still be there but at least you know you are tackling them.

 

Sleep

 

Y’all, I am a HUGE fan of sleep.

I cannot emphasize the importance of a solid habit of regular sleep.

It is simply impossible to work efficiently when you haven’t had enough sleep. And when you can’t work efficiently you don’t get anything done and then you feel even more overwhelmed.

I believe sleep to be magic just like exercise. Good sleep adds more hours to your work day. It does!

A lack of sleep wears down your body and mind and a worn out body and mind just can’t be asked to do amazing things. It’s not fair.

Love your body and love yourself. Take the time to sleep well. Click To Tweet

 

Being overwhelmed is going to happen. Sometimes life just feels like too much to handle.

But, here’s the absolutely amazing thing. We don’t have to let these overwhelming feelings to take over our existence. We can take steps to help us cope well, totally dominate the day, and walk in freedom.

 

 


 

 

Steps you can take to help you feel less overwhelmed
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Five Mistakes of a Serial Quitter

When I was setting this blog up I seriously considered putting “Diary of a Serial Quitter” as my Tagline. That is exactly what I am.

I recently asked myself what I am good at. The two main answers that came to mind were “writing and quitting.” Now, before you get defensive for my sake I know there are other things that I excel in doing. I am a good mother. I am a good wife. I am an awesome drinker of coffee and reader of books.

It still remains true that I have proven in my adult life that I am pretty awesome at quitting. You could also call me a Career Shopper. I have gone from being a real estate agent to a personal trainer and nutrition coach to a stenographer in training. And what do all these things have in common? I have quit all of them. And with every time I quit something the pressure of being a failure got stronger and stronger and the desire to quit got easier and easier.

You’ve heard it said that the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. And folks, I have a quitting problem. Coming to this realization has not been a fun process but it has been a healing process. I have spent the last six months or so analyzing the WHY to all my quitting tendencies.  There are some deeper issues that I will address over time in this blog but for today we’re going to focus on some more practical mistakes I have made over the years. And admitting these mistakes is the first step to quitting this quitter lifestyle.

 

Mistake #1 – I Did Not Create a Vision

Whenever I embraced a career change I would get pretty excited and I would dive head first into that endeavor. This new career would be the one that I would stick with. I was sure of it. I worked the long hours and learned all I could about my new career. 

And then the realities of life would set in. It would get hard. The long hours got shorter and shorter. The excuses crept in for why I couldn’t work at that time and then on that day and eventually why I couldn’t do it at all. It became very easy to just quit.

Why could I not focus for any extended amount of time?

Why was it so hard to commit for the long haul?

I did not have a VISION for what I was doing.

What do I mean by a vision?

What is the WHY that makes you CRY? Click To Tweet

It took plenty of time and a whole lot of digging to discover that to be successful at anything you have to ask yourself WHY you are doing it. If you don’t know exactly why you are doing it then it will fizzle out and die.

You must have something you are willing to fight for.

In all my previous pursuits, I did not have a WHY or a vision that burned so hot in my soul that I was willing to work into the night and failure was not an option.

I am quitting not having a vision.

I have a vision and I can promise you that it burns pretty dang hot in my soul and I am going to make it happen.

Do you have a burning hot vision?

Mistake #2 – I Did Not Create Long-term and Short-term Goals

 

You have already learned that I am a huge dreamer. I don’t struggle with having big dreams and making big plans. What I do struggle with is making concrete goals.

I thought I was making good goals by saying “I want to go there” but I would never truly define what “there” was.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Click To Tweet

I am now creating long term goals that are broken down into short term goals. And then those short term goals are broken down into weekly and daily action steps.

Yes, this is totally new for my personality. In my natural state, I would much rather keep floating around in the dreamy world of the clouds. It is clear that has gotten me nowhere

It is time to turn my dreams into goals and then crush those goals one defined action step at a time.

Are you good at creating goals? What are those goals?

 

Mistake #3 – I Did Not Track my Victories

 

I am a person who can get discouraged very easily. My dreamy world brain sees the end goal and lingers in those fuzzy feelings. I go prancing through the flowery fields of seeing my dream accomplished. And then when those fuzzy feelings get crushed by the realities of life I get discouraged very quickly.  

I would allow small inconveniences or mistakes to determine my future and I focused on the negativity.

The mistake I made was that I did not track my victories.

A big goal is like a garden that has to be loved and nurtured. Click To Tweet

Focusing on your failures, big and small, is like neglecting your garden and allowing it to die.

Focusing on your victories, however, is the same as watering, feeding, and weeding your garden. You build a fence to protect it from the creatures and erect a scarecrow to keep the birds out. You love your garden and do everything required to ensure its success and then enjoy its bounty.

Tracking my victories is as simple as keeping a running log of everything I did right that day. And every time I jot a victory down I am nurturing that goal with love and affection.  My current goal garden is still very new but I can confidently say it is the healthiest garden I have ever set out to plant.

Do you keep track of your victories no matter how small?

 

Mistake #4 – I Did Not Keep a Schedule

 

Keeping a schedule is not natural for me. Have you figured that out yet? I would rather float around the day and do whatever feels good at that moment. Having a set schedule felt soul crushing. A schedule seemed to fly in the face of creativity. 

Sure, I would have a To-do List almost every day and many times I would get at least some of it done but there was zero structure to my day. I would float from work to pleasure without any sort of defined times or routine.

Not having a schedule killed most of my pursuits.

In the long run, nothing of value got completed. Well, to be honest, a whole lot of Netflix and Facebook got done.

Today, my day is planned with space for work and space for pleasure. I have space for dreamy floating and space for “Butt in the Seat Work”.

And my productivity has gone through the roof.

 

How good are you at keeping a schedule?

 

Mistake #5 – I Did Not Create Accountability

 

In all my previous pursuits I did not invite other people in to keep me on track.

I did not invite people into the grand scheme of my vision and my goals and I did not ask them to do what they needed to in order help me get from point A to Point B.

I did not want to invite people in to serve as accountability because I did not want to answer for my lack of work and progress.

When you don’t have people to answer to on a regular basis there is no fear of letting those we respect most down and becoming a quitter is incredibly easy. Click To Tweet

The awesome thing is that I can learn from my mistakes and I have formed an army of accountability. These are people who know my heart and my dreams and my goals. They are willing to ask me the hard questions in order to keep me on the right path. They are willing to ruffle feathers and, for that, I am grateful.

Do you have an army of accountability?

 

I am very good at quitting. Thankfully, my past does not determine my future.  Quitting is not the legacy I want to leave for my son. I want my son to remember his Mom as someone who loved her Savior, loved his Dad, loved him, and fought HARD to make her vision her a reality. This is why I am quitting this lifestyle of a quitter. I have identified five mistakes that kept me going in the wrong direction and I am fixing those mistakes for good.

I am turning my face to a new future and the view is bright and beautiful. Click To Tweet

The future is bright.

Who wants to join me????? Drop a note in the comments!!!

 
 
 


 

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