In this first post I cover:

-Bullet journaling
-My current book and a TED Talk on laughter
-My first truck
-ConvertKit and email marketing
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I have a tendency of only doing what is right in front of me. I’m kind of a “out of sight – out of mind” thinker. It’s not a great quality.

My kids just got of school last week and there were a few extremely busy times during the school year when my phrases were “I just gotta get through this”. No matter if the “this” was a month, an event, or just a season of life. My other phrase since becoming a parent is “sometimes it’s not about thriving but surviving”.

I don’t particularly agree that it’s about surviving over thriving but it gave me the element of grace on crazy days. That same grace I would gladly extend to others on their crazy days, weeks, or seasons of life.

But here’s the thing. I’ve been in this season for a long time. It’s just a generally unorganized lifestyle. It stresses me out but I tend to kind of feed off the pressure of procrastination. I once heard a TED Talk  (yes, another TED Talk) on procrastination which concluded that procrastination feeds creativity but hurts productivity. The TED Talk is actually called: The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers. I was surprised when I turned it on it was about procrastination among other things. Because I would consider myself and “original thinker”, turns out I’m just a procrastinator.

I’m great at thinking on my feet. Problem solving on the fly is my forte. Now something that’s a little further out, or having to make a decision I have time to ponder is something I am the most weak at.

For instance a bit from my personal life: I absolutely love the concept of home schooling my daughter. I did it a few years ago. I see so many benefits. She is currently enrolled in a great charter. Half way through last year the principal and founder of the school got wind of me looking to pull her to go back to home school. After a chat about my motivation he informed me they are branching out to have a home school portion of the charter. PERFECT! I was on the vision board and at meetings with parents.

Now the end of the school year has come and gone and I still haven’t pulled the trigger on if we’re officially staying or going. In fact the principal called me yesterday to talk enrollment. I’m sure it to ask me to pull a trigger on where she will be going to school next year. I have yet to return his call.

That all being said, I need to take a little more control of my life in the sense of calendars and planning. I know myself well enough to know the calendar on my phone is good. But not ideal. I’m on my computer so much but I enjoy the pen and paper aspect of things as well.

So I’ve discovered: Bullet Journaling.

This video is from the developer of Bullet Journaling, but so many people have taken ownership of it and made it their own.

bullet journalGranted I haven’t started and since this is my weekly wrap up I don’t feel the pressure to have all the answers. I wanted to share a few links with you and I’m hoping to get the concepts down this month and really get started in July.

I mean it’s the second half of the year, talk about perfect timing! 

And since I haven’t started here are a few pictures and links. Granted some people absolute artists, which I can’t even pretend to be. But check out the #bulletjournal on Instagram!

Here are some great links if you’re interested:
Bullet Journal – This is where I stated, there is a video explaining a little more in-depth as well
The Lazy Genius Collective  – Awesome name!
Top 12 Bullet Journal Hacks – This site had a LOT of pictures and ideas (9 examples pictured)

Maybe bullet journalling isn’t you’re thing, but planning and organizing is something you link or want to do better, here’s another cool hashtag on Instagram: #planwithmechallange. I’ll be looking into this one more in the days and weeks to come.

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I’m currently reading TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking. Not because I plan to give a TED Talk, but because I love how they are presented. So much is captured in their 18 minute time limit. But how does the speaker concisely prepare what they want to say in such a dynamic way?

After finishing the very challenging episode on authenticity I learned a lot about how challenging it is to talk about one topic. I think I always knew there was a high level of preparation. And, I felt that I had don’t that. But then to concisely put that all together was a huge challenge. What was I missing? I grabbed the book to hopefully help me gather my thoughts better in a lot of areas.

One thing Chris Anderson has mentioned a few times in the book was a TED Talk by Sophie Scott called: Why we laugh. Ironically I had very episode opened in one of the tabs on my phone for months! I could not even tell you how many tabs I have open that I find and think “oh man, this is great! I need to come back to this!” And never do. After a few mentions in the book, one portion specifically on the power of humor in a TED Talk, I had to listen.

This TED Talk is one to watch. Some you can get away with just listening, I tried and missed out on a few things so I had to sit down and watch it. That being said I was glad I took the time. I was fascinated!

I have been deemed “funny” in quite a few circles and I tend to choose humor in most social settings for various reasons. For me personally I don’t tend to feel like I fit in with many groups. That’s an emotion we all know well. When I can crack a joke and get a person or a room laughing, those gaps of insecurity seem to fade.

Sophie Scott really gave insights as to why laughter really bridges gaps in our society. Laughter for lack of better words says “I’m with you, I get you”. Because if you can get someone to laugh, you can get someone to listen to you. Now what you do with that audience when you have it is extremely varied. But you have their attention a little more easily after a laugh.

I would recommend this book to anyone, public speaker or not. Because the ability to talk to someone or a group about a topic we are passionate about requires a level of understanding of an audience as well your own topic. Communication really is a two way street and knowing how to maneuver on that street is critical, no matter our field.

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The glorified version of my truck.

The glorified version of my truck.

During a conversation I was having with a future guest, we were talking about value. I reflected on a conversation I had when I was roughly 19 years old. I was trying to sell a pickup truck. It’s no secret to those who know me that when I see something I also try and see the resale value as well.

I wanted to sell my first truck that I had bought at one of those used car lots that look nothing but suspect to me now. My goal was simple when I bought the truck. I had enough cash to pay for it right then and there, but I didn’t have much credit so I opted to take out a loan which was reluctantly co-signed by my dad. I wanted to own it for a few months and then pay it off then turn around sell it after fixing a few things on it. Like the heater! It was a cold winter for me.

When I finally decided to sell it and upgrade to a newer truck (there’s a theme here with the trucks if you haven’t gathered that). I used the best resource at the time Kelley Blue Book and was quite happy with the price it showed me. I can’t remember the numbers but I can’t imagine the profits were too high, but a profit is a profit! I excitedly told someone I worked with at the time who I respected and he gave me some of the best information I had received as far as sales goes. Especially at 19.

“What determines the value in something is not what you say it’s worth but what someone is willing to pay”. Now I know that by the simple phase of “true market value”

Sure I thought the truck was great and I got a number from a website that was probably running on DSL and I was ready to throw this number on my truck and wait for the offers to come in. But that truth of the matter was it didn’t matter what number I put on the truck, it mattered if people were willing to pay it.

There was nothing special about the truck. It was old and not the cool kind of old. But I had hoped someone, maybe a kid who needed a first car, or someone needed a beater pickup to get to their construction job. At any rate, my truck didn’t sell quickly enough so I fought with a dealership to give me enough in trade to make it worth my while. I think the lesson more than haggling over price for a truck or even fixing a heater core in an old Dodge I learned that the buyer will determine the price, you just have to find the right buyer. Customer is king.

When you meet next week’s guest, John Eckle who is a CPA is full of great advice. And again like every episode, I feel like we’re just scratching the surface. He has years of wisdom of working with small businesses and has seen mistakes that are common and preventable.

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And lastly I know that e-mail marketing is something I need to know more about. It’s a challenge for every online business. One tool I’m pretty interested in learning more about is ConvertKit.

Here’s how you can sign up on my mailing list. It’s not up an running but it is a goal in the next few months to really build my list and get into e-mail marketing. I’m currently using Mail Chimp because it’s free. Convert Kit is $29 for up to 1,000 subscribers. It’s been heavily recommended to start with the free portion of Mail Chimp and then move over to a paid services. Convert Kit is one of many, and at this point I’m not sure what’s best.

If you visit their site there is a 5 minute video that shares the capabilities of ConvertKit. Since I am still in the early research stages, it’s best to let them do that explaining. I will however, share with you what I discover.

Thanks all for checking out my first blog post!

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