How much are you willing to sacrifice?
I was supposed to be there by 8:30am (I was chronically late because of school drop offs – typically the only time I had to spend with my girls). When I left on the other hand… well, that’s another story.
I understand the high expectations for people to get their job done, keep up with people in the cubicles next to them, meeting their numbers and more… I’ve been there, but it shouldn’t mean sacrificing other important things in life.
There are some people who do it because they have no choice. They have to make a living to support their families. Jobs aren’t easy to find, I get it. Unfortunately, certain expectations are typically set by people in charge, many who would rather live the grind than live their life. More consumed with dollar signs than the welfare of their employees, or even worse, their own, their lives consist of work, work, more work, and an occasional night out with people from… drum roll please… WORK! I remember the grind. I was so consumed with making more money that I forgot what I loved about life… the things that made my goals worth it… My Life.
Don’t let trying to reach your goals make you forget why you created them in the first place. Good life goals are good for your heart. Never sacrifice things good for your heart.
Dr. Seuss Hit The Nail On The Head! So, how can we incorporate this into our lives???
- Don’t Take ANYTHING For Granted.
- Be Present.
- Be Aware.
- Appreciate the Important and Not So Important things in life… as long as they make you smile.
Life Is About “The Dash” Between Those Years. My hope is that the next few minutes will inspire you like they inspired me. This poem… this video… they are gifts.
“…but he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years.” <and here come my tears>
What will you do with your dash?
TICTAC – 6 Most Important Elements Every Blog Post Must Have
I put together TICTAC to help remember what every blogger needs to write a “GREAT” Blog Post!
Here Are The 6 Things Every Blog Post Needs:
- “T is for TITLE” A post without a great title could mean the kiss of death for all your hard work. A title should have at least one keyword, should be kept simple and attention grabbing.
- “I is for IMAGE” Every post needs at least one image/visual/picture. Visual content may even be more important that what you write in your posts. You can check out the post “19 Reasons You Should Include Visual Content in Your Marketing [Data]” for more information! The statistics in the post will blow your mind (especially the ones about Pinterest)!
- “C is for CONTENT” Do NOT… I repeat… Do NOT ramble. I can be long-winded. It’s not something I am proud of. If you are like me, and feel the urge to go on and on about one thing, STOP. My most popular posts have always been short, succinct, and to the point. You also do NOT want to mislead your readers. Make sure that your title and content work well with each other. There is nothing worse than being blindsided as a reader.
- “T is for TRUSTWORTHY” Imagine reading a post about a topic you expect the writer to be well versed in, only to find out that the writer is questioning their own views throughout the article? I’d stop reading immediately. Writing with your authentic voice is another MUST! People read blogs because they like connecting with writers, not because they are looking for facts alone. There are plenty of other sources to get those from.
- “A is for ACCESSORIZE” Blogs are not like newspapers and don’t only come in black and white. Take your posts to the next level by adding value to your posts. Relevant links are always a great way to add value. The links may come from relevant articles your find around the web or even past posts written by you. If your post has a quote or hashtag in it, add a “Tweet Me” button for people to click. Even a “Pin It” button that hovers over your pictures is a nice addition.
- “C is for CALL TO ACTION” The end of every post should have a “Call To Action.” It can be something simple, like asking readers to subscribe to your newsletter. You could also engage your readers by asking a question relevant to the subject in your post. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a “Call To Action.”
Feel free to pin or print TICTAC! You can download the PDF here!
Is there anything you would like to add to my list? I would love to know what your “most important” features of a blog post are! Leave me a comment below!
It’s the beautiful adventures that make me smile…
… and bella GRACE magazine is filled with them! It’s the most.perfect.magazine.EVER<enter BOLD period here>
…which is why I decided to give bella GRACE the spotlight on my 3rd Currently post.
// Magazine. bella GRACE Magazine.
♥ bella GRACE
It’s the most beautiful and uplifting magazine. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Call it intuition, or call it an impulse buy. Either way, I’m happy it
fell into got swept up by my hands. Now, it’s your turn!
It’s so hard to say goodbye…
Big Life Changes Are Ahead. I’m scared, anxious, and excited for the future. From new schools to new endeavors, a business decision made with a leap of faith… September is quickly approaching, and our family is about to jump into an unknown world… no longer safe for any of us, but big. Very Big.
My girls are going to a new school. Even though I feel like I am throwing them to the wolves, I know their new adventure will be amazing! My world is changing too! Everything I have worked towards since leaving my 9 to 5 job is happening!!! With months of hard work ahead of me, my dreams are coming true and I owe them all to one thing:
Not letting my fear get in the way of my dream.
It may have taken me almost 39 (yes, “ALMOST 39″) years to get here, but I did it! So here we are, my family and I, school shopping, finishing up on summer reading, and enjoying what’s left of the most beautiful summer ever!
Summer 2014 marks the end of one era and the beginning of another…
HERE’S TO SUMMER… MAY WE ALWAYS HAVE SALT IN THE AIR AND SAND IN OUR HAIR!
With Love, Shivani
Even when it hurts?
Intuition is peculiar. A lot like faith, it’s about believing something that you cannot always see, but it is your soul guide speaking to you, which is different from faith, and you need to trust it.
Trust me, I know trusting your intuition can be terrifying.
Having faith is believing in something you want to be true. Intuition is about trusting your inner soul (something we may not always want to believe in). Often our ego has this uncanny knack of getting in the way by helping us ignore our intuition when the answers don’t suit us.
When you ignore your intuition, you ignore a gift; A beautiful gift we have all been given. Trust me, I know trusting intuition can be terrifying!
Here’s a story that makes me cry every time I think about it… I’ll never forget my puppy Lola and the first time I met her. After picking her up at the airport, I remember watching her while sitting in our car (it was freezing outside). My husband was trying to make her go to the bathroom before our long drive home. She was the most beautiful little being, and I had this awful gut feeling… I knew she wouldn’t be with us for long. Of course I ignored it. I wish I was wrong, but Lola was sent to us for a very special reason and when her job here was done, she unexpectedly left us… heartbroken. Truly though, there isn’t a day I don’t still shed a tear over her. It’s been 3-years now.
Somehow, whether I try ignoring my intuition or not, the outcome rarely changes.
Our intuition is the most incredible Soul guide, and best friend, that softly speaks to us. Listening to that voice within helps us to understand the truth by the way it feels. If you really listen to that voice… your beautiful soul guide, you can almost be sure that what you hear is the truth, even when it hurts.
Do you believe in your intuition as much as I believe in mine? Have you had any experiences that made you wish you had trusted your intuition?
If nothing else, give yourself the gift of solitude.
Solitude is not being lonely, just the state of being alone… How often do you sit with yourself. comfortably. quietly? I bet not often enough. Most of us don’t.
If you do though, you’ll feel something pretty amazing. These quiet moments of reflection help you relax – deeply relax… they help you clear your mind and let thoughts flow through you softly. Think of how many times a day you would love to have a minute just to concentrate on something in particular, or evaluate a situation before responding too quick? With my little girls around me all day long, a few moments (preferably many minutes) of solitude throughout the day would work wonders for me. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to stop throughout the day.
Instead, I do have my wake time and the time before I go to bed. I started locking myself in my room and just sitting… waiting… patiently… until I stop fidgeting long enough to get to “that amazing moment of bliss” I like to call solitude.
It’s just me sitting quietly with my thoughts.
… and it feels pretty great.
Do you ever practice solitude? Does it take you as long as it takes me to finally be quiet with your own thoughts?
(photo credits: 1 (Found on Pinterest, I looked up the photographer because I fell in love with the piece. Michael Kenna the photographer is simply amazing), 2, 3 (selfie))
Wait… did a quote by Maya Angelou really piss me off? YES.
When I first read it, I was pissed. Minutes before reading it though, I had an awful conversation about “Fitting In” vs. Not “Fitting In.” Here’s the quote that bothered me at first…
After my conversation, the word normal really started aggravating me; especially since I used it so freely. I came to the conclusion that it’s one of the most obnoxious words in the English dictionary! I “normal” being used for reasoning purposes in the sciences or maths since it pertains to consistency… but PEOPLE? It’s just not relevant!
The definition of normal:
1. usual; regular; common; typical the normal way of doing it, the normal level
2. constituting a standard if we take this as normal
<source: Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition>
Seriously though, who defined the word NORMAL? The term “REGULAR” being used to define it just makes me more angry… and then there is this: “Constituting a standard if we take this as normal.” WHAT?
I guess the definition might make sense to you if you are “NORMAL,” which clearly I must NOT be according to the “Man Behind The Curtain” who made the decision about what “Normal” is… although somehow, I doubt he fits the definition either…
Maya Angelou Was Right. Don’t ever TRY to be “just normal.” Trying to be something or someone just so you “fit in” is not who YOU are. When you TRY to be normal, you only fly under the radar. Your beauty and the things that make YOU shine will never be noticed if you TRY to be less than… Forget NORMAL and just BE YOU. I know it can be hard at first, but eventually, the difficulty in living your life as your true self goes away pretty quick. What happens next is pure joy!
Don’t ever trade in your authenticity for approval.