Tuesday, August 31, 2010

When I'm Big

My sweet boy loves to be carried around especially when he's sleepy.
"Mommy," he asked the other night, "will you carry me?"
"Oh honey," I say, "yes, quick, quick, my back hurts."
"You know, Mommy," he whispers as I lift him up to me, "when I'm big I'll carry you."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Not Too Big


"Look Mama, I'm big!" my sweet boy says.


He adds, "I'm not too big, huh, Mommie? Will you hold my hand?"

"Always," I say.
 
When is the last time you held someone's hand?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tell Me What You Think

Thanks for coming to my blog. I want to hear from you!

The first five (5) people who give me their opinion on my blog will get one FREE hour of marketing coaching. We can talk about social media, print, online, electronic or whatever kind of marketing you want to discuss. I really appreciate your input.

You can post here or email me directly at llflowers at yahoo dot com.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Urgently Important

We all do it.

Procrastinate.

Distract ourselves.

Piddle around getting other things done rather than doing what we NEED to get down.

For me, it's not always that I don't want to DO what I need to get done, I would just rather do other things. Years ago, I learned Stephen Covey's method of using a quadrant to help move people along when blocked by an overwhelming To-Do list or life in general. It helps to prioritize things quite easily.

There are four blocks in the quadrant. You can make four lists or list the appropriate "Q" beside each item on your list.

Q1 - Important and Urgent
Q2 - Important but NOT Urgent
Q3 - Not Important but Urgent
Q4 - Not Important and Not Urgent

This isn't new stuff, folks. You've seen similar ways to prioritize. But the success comes in actually DOING IT.
You don't necessarily have to do this everyday, maybe as you're planning your week or weekend. Maybe as you're checking emails. So, stop right now and start prioritizing. You'll be surprised how many things aren't really as urgent and important as you've made them to be.

I've got to go now. I have more urgent and important things to do!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Say "Aaaahhhh!"


1974 Diary entry: August 20th - Dear Dairy, Yesterday the denist took the thing out of my mouth. I was glad. I don't know what to do.

Note from present day self: Oh, dear girl. I remember that horrible thing. It was called a palate splitter. Every time it was "turned" to expand gave you headaches. It ended up actually changing the shape of your face, I believe.

I've attached a photo of a palate splitter in some other child's poor mouth. I hope it doesn't re-traumatize you too much. (Or perhaps provide TMI to our readers!)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

BlogHer '11 in San Diego

I just signed up for next year's BlogHer Conference. I can't wait to go! If you looking for an event geared towards bloggers, usually women, this is THE EVENT you should be going to.

It is very reasonably priced. And in 2011, the event will be held in San Diego.

Go to http://www.blogher.com/blogher-11 to check it out!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Big Books, Big Dreams


When I was a child I read all the time. I read during church. I read in the car. I read during class. I even read during spelling tests as I waited for the other students to write down their words.

I LOVE to read, which is why I LOVE this image brought to us by jonathan_moreau at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/.

With books, come dreams. What books did you read as a child?

Monday, August 16, 2010

1974 Diary entry - August 16th


‎1974 Diary entry: August 16th - Dear Dairy, Monday we're going home to Mama and Heather. I'm glad we are.

Note from present day self: Well you always were a little homebody. But you really enjoyed those summers in the country.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

1974 Diary entry - August 15th

1974 Diary entry: August 15th - Dear Dairy, The girl dog died because I think it was the worms. I feel sad.

Note from present day self: Dear Lisa, One of many losses so young. Life does go on. But it is always good remember.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Four Things

I'm still overwhelmed by all the wonderful information and friendships I brought back with me from the BlogHer Conference (www.blogher.com) last week.

Here are four things I learned at that event that will stay with me:

1. Social media is just ONE part of a marketing plan.

2. Big brands (companies) want to hear what little ol' me has to say.

3. People can blog about the most inane and insane things and people will read it.

4. I have a voice. Use it.

What has stuck with you from a recent event you attended?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Those Moments



My last night in New York City.


The only time I've actually gone somewhere besides the hotel.


A recommendation for a local restaurant for dinner.


Nice dinner, nice wine, nice conversation.


One of those moments when just a few hours is enough.


Thank you Jamie. Happy Birthday!


Friday, August 6, 2010

BlogHer '10

I am so impressed with the quality of information at this conference. Most of the stuff I've learned has been from talking to other attendees. For most of us, blogging is a part-time or extra-curricular activity. And I've heard how challenging it has been for some attendees to get here.
For the rest of the conference, I'm going to ask everyone I meet what they do when life gets in their way.
Meantime, I'm going to go through my registration bag and see what goodies are hidden there! (For some reason I can't upload the photo.) There's tons of stuff in the bag and I haven't even hit the exhibit hall yet!

I Am Not Alone

I'm attending BlogHer '10 in NYC. What an incredible energy! What incredible insight and ideas! In my circle of friends, only a handful blog. It was so refreshing to be with a group of people that
"get it" and "get me".
Admittedly, it is a little overwhelming. I'm already planning how I will approach next year's event.
In the past, I've almost always been working events. As an attendee, it's really nice to relax and learn and just listen.
Unfortunately, my hotel's Internet access has not been working. So, this is the first time I've had a chance to get online.
I'm go home with plenty of ideas to share.