A Journey Into Enlightenment (Part II)

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Here we are in Tennessee, on our third official sit as a couple (and my fiftieth or so as an individual).  It has been a whirlwind of a fall and we are both looking forward to hunkering down for the winter up on Signal Mountain.

Now that I am finally and fully embracing the wonders of blogging and social media in general, I find that I can be more distracted than ever if I am not careful.  In the past I have had specific job duties, like mixing drinks or selling soaps or entering data…now I am mainly accountable to…me.  Yikes. 

Time to retrain my brain.  Time to walk down a different street!  If I want to make a living online, I need to be super organized and results-driven.  I need goals, and I need to accomplish them.  I can’t simply wait for someone else to tell me what to do, whether it be work related or otherwise.

So, each month I am going to hold myself accountable to not just me, but to all of you as well.  Each month I am going to post a goal (or four).  I know we are almost halfway into November, but I have been working hard on the following and feel the need share now, so here goes:

November Goals:

Blogsville: I am currently working with Lisa Sabin-Wilson (author of WordPress for Dummies) on this blog.  It is being completely restructured in order to be more user friendly and interactive.  You will see the new look this month (can’t wait to show you)!

Other Social Media: You can now find either myself or Caretaking Couple on twitter and Linked In as well as facebook.  I am not sure if I will be adding to or subtracting from this list – I am just going to have fun with each and see where my time is best spent.   Do you have a favorite?  If so, please share.

My Writing: Most of you know that I am taking writing classes and working on a book.  I have eight chapters outlined and three written.  I will finish Chapter Four by the end of the month. How many rough drafts does one woman need to write, anyway?

Health and Fitness:  I am looking into becoming a Beachbody Coach.  There is still a bit of research to do with regards to this.  I am considering Beachbody because I have seen the results in people who are consistent with it, and it is something I can do from anywhere in the US.  And it will hold me accountable!

The goals above are more challenging than I thought they would be but there is nothing else I would rather be doing right now.  Except for maybe going for a bike ride and getting to know the new neighborhood…another benefit of working from “home”.

Thank you for reading this, our 100th blog post here at Caretaking Couple!  As always, I would love to hear from you.  Enlighten me ; ) Just leave a comment on any of my 100 posts between now and December 1 and I will enter your name into a drawing for a special CC gift from Tennessee!

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A (Yummy) Example of the Benefits of Social Media!

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This pic taken by Rachel (Lost in the Attic with Cupcakes) of Blosm and her Cuppa

So, a week or two ago I mentioned my friend Michael Markley’s natural whipped cream company, Blosm in a Valentine’s post.  My friend Rachel (a fellow foodie, to be sure) was intrigued and next thing you know she is featuring Blosm on her delightful blog…

www.LostInTheAttic.typepad.com

I love the synergy of the blogosphere and am proud to be a part of such a community.  Thank you Rachel for introducing Michael and Blosm to your readers; I know they will be thanking you as well once they get their hands on their own can of Blosm!

Be Part of the Excitement!

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Breakthrough

CC is conducting an experiment for an Escape Artist article (written by yours truly) highlighting the benefits of social media. Our goal is to quadruple our number of blog hits in 72 hours, starting…NOW!

***Will you ask your peeps to visit www.CaretakingCouple.wordpress.com as well?***

If they enjoy it, they can sign up to receive e-mail alerts and/or even leave a comment or two…it’ll be fun!

If this experiment is a success I will post the article/stats here on our blog. 

PS I know I typically bribe you all with a contest; but let’s just say your reward this time will be our sincere gratitude and appreciation : )