Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Fling

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Kickstarter Rant

I will never understand.


And this debate has intensified in the last few weeks--boys against girls--there are new players, and, while I *SO* appreciate the female authors and others who are standing up for equality, I haven't felt the need to weigh in. . . .

Until now.

Remember Stacey Jay and this?

I hate to even bring her name into this again, because she wants peace and quiet and I totally respect that. 

But how is it fair for her to be bullied into leaving the internet and for this guy to raise over $100k to fund his next two books?

How is this fair? 

Where is the backlash? 

Because I'm not seeing it.

Eric Ries (bless him, don't know him) asked Can a Book Be a Startup?

Apparently, it can. 

So someone should tell Stacey, and someone should tell every troll who posted rude, nasty, and threatening comments over her startup.

I'm so over this. It's exhausting.

*deep breaths*

Stand up for what you believe in, people. Keep the conversation going. This can't keep happening.

It just can't.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Meditation Experience

Last fall was hard for me. There were a lot of different things going on, and a few things beyond my control that were having a profound effect on my life.

(And a few things that were within my control, as it turns out.)

I was feeling pretty helpless, actually, and right around that time another author I know posted a link to a "Meditation Experience." 

It was free, and meditation was something I'd always wanted to try, if only because I'd heard so many great things about it. I mean, we all know spending time in quiet contemplation is good for us.

So, with nothing to lose, I signed up. 

And you know what? It was good for me. 

Everything everyone had ever said about meditation was so true:

I felt calmer throughout the day.
I felt happier and more in control (because I recognized I wasn't in control).
I felt more in tune with my goals and what I was trying to accomplish--more mindful, I suppose. 

It sounds trite, but it kind of changed my life (and not my whole life, because I am a work in progress, but it definitely changed my way of thinking).

I am grateful to that author, because I needed this.

And now I want to share it with you, because there's a new experience starting next week. I've already signed up, and I'm really excited about it, if only because it's so hard to find "contemplative quiet time" when you're living with a toddler, and I'm not as consistent in meditating as I want to be.

If you're struggling with something, or you've always been curious about meditation but don't really know how to go about it, I would highly recommend signing up.

The 21-day experience is entirely free: there's a mini-lesson, a guided meditation, and even a reflective journal prompt every day, which really helped me pinpoint where I might be going wrong, and which values needed adjusting. 

I'm not selling anything--I'm just glad the opportunity was afforded to me last fall, and I would love for you to join me this spring. :)

Be Brilliant!