Get The Entire Family Into Spring Cleaning

The thought of spring cleaning can be quite overwhelming. Thinking about all those clothes to sort through, floors that need deep-cleaning, closets stuffed to the brim and much more than I have time to list can tempt even the gung-ho into waiting until next spring to get started.

But, who says you have to do all the work alone? At Life Your Way today, I’m sharing how to get the entire family to actually enjoy helping you with cleaning. Can you imagine that–enthusiastic cleaning help? Check out the link below to get the secret.

6 Fun Ways to Make Spring Cleaning a Family Affair

By the way, if you need help on figuring out where to start with Spring Cleaning, you definitely want to follow Mandi’s Spring Cleaning Made Easy series. I’ll also be jumping on the Spring Cleaning bandwagon soon (gotta get my mind right), so look for more details.

Music Monday: This Is Our Moment by Kenny Chesney

When I started the Music Monday series, I warned y’all that my music tastes are all over the place. I’m not ashamed to say I enjoy a little dose of country music every now and then. I am a Texas girl, after all. Listening to “This is Our Moment” by Kenny Chesney is like having my own personal hype man–kind of like the ones rappers bring onstage with them whenever they’re performing.

This song is like Lay’s potato chips. You can’t listen just once. I’m not exaggerating when I say I it on repeat three or four times in a row when I need to get pumped up about something–whether it’s getting ready to walk into a networking event full of strangers, mustering up the courage to pursue a dream or just preparing for the start of the week.

This is our moment.
This is our time.
And we ain’t holding back,
We’re laying it on the line.
This is our destiny.
It’s our night to shine.
This is our moment.
This is our time.

Aside from the very inspiring lyrics, I absolutely love Kenny Chesney’s voice. It’s so deep and rich. Oh, and the drum beat definitely quenches my appetite for bass. Whoever the drummer is, he or she starts killing it around 2:09.

Your turn…What’s your “get hype” song? What do you listen to when you need a boost of encouragement?

Blissdom Recap + Life Lessons from Brilliant People

So, I told y’all last week I was going to the blogging conference Blissdom. Well, it was incredible! Seriously. It blew away my expectations.
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The speakers…awesome!

The tips and ideas I picked up about marketing, blogging, balancing blog/family, etc. were well worth the price of the ticket. But, don’t just take my word for it…

  • If you have to market anything–either personally or for business–I highly recommend you check out Scott Stratten and John Michael Morgan.
  • Need a general pick-me-up or encouragement as you follow your dreams? Read Jon Acuff.
  • Want first class writing advice? Jeff Goins is your man.
  • If you want to feel good about being an introvert. Watch Susan Cain.

The people…super friendly!

I’m an introvert and kinda shy. I hate networking-type events or going places where I don’t know a soul. I’m also not a fan of idle chatter. So, you can imagine me feelings about walking into a huge conference room filled with hundreds of people I don’t know, including numerous big-time bloggers and authors. Fortunately, my fears were baseless because I met some of the coolest ladies at Blissdom–people I genuinely want to keep up with.
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The swag…fabulous!

Our conference bag was filled to the brim with goodies. Throughout the weekend we scored books written by a couple of the speakers, blinged out drinking cups, jewelry, snacks, candy, beach towels, children’s medicine, sleep masks, and so much more. Here’s me tossing pizza crust at the Sbarro booth.

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The life lessons…brilliant.

I have to tell y’all. Don’t sleep on blogging and social media. There are people out there effecting incredible change through the online word. It’s mind boggling. That’s not to say in real life relationships are irrelevant–far from it. But bloggers are certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Since I know not everyone is into blogging, I thought I’d share some of the killer life advice I picked up from some of the speakers. some of the brilliant speakers at Blissodm that apply to anyone else who wants to do something brialliant.

You want to be successful? Work hard. Stop looking for shortcuts. -Scott Stratten

Your visibility gets you in the door. Your ability keeps you there. -John Michael Morgan

You want to be seen not as being better than your competition, but as being the only option. -John Michael Morgan

We need time alone to think and generate ideas. – Susan Cain

In order to do important work, you have to do irrelevant work first. – Jeff Goins

Do you want to chase your passions or a paycheck? – Jeff Goins

Being ready is a myth. You’ll never be enough of anything. You just have to start. – Jon Acuff

Punch fear in the face. – Jon Acuff

I really want to live by these mantras, so my goal is to turn a few of these into some cool printables. If you’re interested, I’ll be posting them to my Words to Live Pinterest board and sharing them with our newsletter subscribers.