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Friday, January 23, 2009

Create a Blog Catalog

Many bloggers maintain a list of links of blogs/websites we like plus we have a variety of social networking sites that we check and update. With cool features like www.pingpress.fm (which is a cool service that updates your status at all of your social networking sites), we are starting to see the overabundance of links that we saw in the 90s. You might be too young to remember the days when there were pages on a website just dedicated to links. Then there were web pages just dedicated to links, like poorly designed yellow pages. And they were cool when they began just like blog logs are cool today.

Back in the day, I always wished I knew more about why something was posted. Is it a reciprocal link? Is it another project by the same person? Is it something this person likes or is it totally tubular? Now that I have my own blogs, I thought I'd create a blog catalog that let's you know why I choose to follow these blogs.

Body Wealth: This is my other blog: Wellness for Body, Mind, & Wallet. I explore issues of nutrition, business building, ADHD, social capital, etc. This post was originally posted there so join today!

Stephen K. Hayes Densho: Stephen K. Hayes is my martial arts teacher and one of the wisest people I know. If you are not already subscribed to the Densho, what are you waiting for? Consider this your engraved invitation.

Daily Cross-Swords: Jenn is one of my students and is a fabulous instructor of martial arts and stage combat.

Boulder and the Beautiful: A witty blog by Boulder's very own fashionista: Aimee Heckel.

Life Force International: This is not a blog but a link to nutritional products I sell. This link will take you to an offer for a free bottle. This product has literally changed my life after decades of health challenges. Try a free bottle and see if it helps you. (If you don't like it, no hard feelings. It is not for everyone).

New blogs I've discovered:

Become A Blogging Maniac: The blog from a class I am taking. If blogging scares you, this is a great place to start.

Blueleaf Creative: Leah is awesome and she's one of my fellow Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur award winners. She has so many reources, you just have to check her out.

Ah, good--I feel so much better communicating the importance of the links I choose to list in my blogroll. I hope you'll take the time to check out these links as they are all stimulating.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

5 Ways to Feel Empowered

The summer before sixth grade, my family rented a house in Atlantic City, NJ. My friends and I would walk the boardwalk every day (wearing fringe shirts with iron-on unicorns, I might add). I found the crowds a little overwhelming and I got really tired of dodging people, so I stopped. If you weren't watching where you were going, you'd run right into me. I wouldn't try to run into you but it still happened. It was like Empowerment Chicken for pedestrians. My friend got really embarassed when it happened but I felt like I was finally taking a stand for myself. After a few weeks I realized that if I walked a certain way, people naturally dodged me instead. Now I had choice, I could get small and sneaky and navigate through a crowd and no one even knew I was there. Or I could project energy and saunter through the crowd and people would flow around me. Having those options serves me well to this day so here's some other games I play that improved my feelings of worth.

1. The smile game: Next time you have a surly or disaffected cashier, see if you can get that person to smile. Bonus points if they smile because they've connected with you and don't think you're escaped from the funny farm.

2. Call an old friend: It takes courage to call someone you've neglected but just making the effort helps improve your inner landscape.

3. Use the Find Friends tool on Facebook: Nothing like 300+ friends to help you feel great about yourself.

4. Say No: This is a classic technique for connecting with your power. It's so basic that every toddler on the planet discovers it. Embrace the Power of No! For bonus points, don't qualify your no with "I'm sorry but" or "I hope you don't mind". Double bonus points for only saying it 1x.

5. Pedestrain Chicken: As in the story above, try walking down a crowded sidewalk in a straight line without varying your pace or trajectory. It's good, clean fun.

Post a comment and let me know how it went. Keep score and we'll see who wins!
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