2019 Travel Blogging Goals

2019 Travel Blogging Goals

Raise your hand if you love setting goals? I hate to admit that I kinda geek out about it – I’m really a pro at setting good ones too. My issues tend to be around completion. Seems like I run out of steam or time before the year ends. Through the years I’ve probably tried just about every method of goal setting – and I’ve learned plenty from all of them. I’ve discovered that I’m most successful when I don’t set too many goals and when the goals I set are very concrete. I need to know exactly what completing a goal looks like. To hold myself accountable – and give me a place to come back each month and review my progress, I thought I’d share my 2019 travel blogging goals right here on my site: Publish at least one new post every week. Wouldn’t be much of a blog without new content, right? Take at least one trip a month. A weekend trip totally counts as although I do have a lot of vacation time, it isn’t enough for a week every month! Plus school, sports, the dog, etc. Publish at least one article each month somewhere other than my blog. I really want to expand my experience and reach, so finding new outlets is important. At least one sponsored post each month. This is fairly new to me. I did a few sponsored posts in November and December of 2018 and really enjoyed the experience (and the income!). Attend a blogging and/or travel writing event. I’ve never attended an event before even though I’ve been blogging...
Improve your productivity by changing your scene

Improve your productivity by changing your scene

I love working from home. I love being in my own space, I love getting a jump start on dinner, I love saving money by eating at home and wearing jeans every day, I really do love it. However, there are days when I’m just not motivated to work. Those are the days I find myself doing what I call productive procrastination. You know, folding laundry when I should be writing, creating the weekly menu plan instead of following up on potential sponsored posts. I’m working, but not working … Sometimes I’ll just allow myself a day to move a little slowly and not get a lot done, but if it happens more than one day, I know it’s time to change my scene. I’ve discovered that to be uber productive – or just to kickstart myself into crossing off all my to-do’s, working somewhere outside of the home helps every time. If you feel the same, but get tired of working at your local Starbucks, check out my favorite haunts – some of them might surprise you: A local coffee shop. This is the easy one. If I’m traveling and don’t find anything local on Yelp I’ll hit Starbucks like everyone else out there, but if it’s possible, a local coffee shop is the best. They tend to be quiet, friendly and comfortable. Plus since it’s such a common workspace, no one thinks twice if you hang out for a few hours with your computer. Suggestions if you are in the Indianapolis area: Hubbards & Craven; Local chain with four convenient locations. Noble Coffee & Tea; 933 Logan...
Clean Sweep – Week Two

Clean Sweep – Week Two

Did you get through the whole house last week?  Don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t, just move on to step two for what you DID accomplish.  Hey, one or two rooms is better than no rooms!  If you did anything at all, you are ahead of where you started.  A bonus to this week is that you might be able to make a little cash to help fund your next vacation!  Or at least a fun night out. Step two might take you longer than step one – it really depends upon your current level of clutter and disorganization.  I like to do this type of process a few times a year, so it’s very doable for me to continue on with my one or two rooms a day process.  If you’ve never taken the time to do a whole house sweep, you might want to just pick one or two of the rooms that need de-cluttered and organized the most and focus on those rooms this week. Let’s get started. This week you will need your notebook, pencil, and three large containers.  One will be for trash (you’ll be amazed that there is new trash just a week later, but there will be some), one container is for things you will donate or sell and the third is for items that belong elsewhere in the house.  If you’ve ever organized your closet you’ve probably used this method before.  Simply start at one spot in the room and go through EVERYTHING.  For each item, ask yourself three simple questions: Do I love it? Do I use it? Do...
Are you Ready for the Weekend?

Are you Ready for the Weekend?

Is the weekend coming up and you have nothing planned?  Although I love it when this happens (with two kids in sport it’s rare), if I’m not careful, we’ll end up doing nothing interesting.  Sunday night comes and I feel like I “wasted” my free time. This ever happen to you? I’ve found that if I don’t have a few ideas in place BEFORE the weekend when it comes along I panic and can’t think of anything.  To head this off, on Wednesday or Thursday I start jotting down ideas in my daily planner.  I’ll often also look a few key places to see if anything is going on (festivals, live music, etc.). My favorite resources: Facebook – so many events are listed on Facebook these days in the Events section.  Open it up and filter on the date and/or type of event.  I just opened it up and there are at least 20 different events listed for Friday night alone. Yelp – I don’t use this as often for events, but I have found a few here and there that are interesting.  Do a search “Events this Weekend” and see what pops up. Tourist Websites – If you act like your city is a vacation spot and go look at the tourist websites, you can come up with many excellent ideas of fun things to do. Notes – I have a notes app on my phone with a tab labeled “Things to Do.”  Every time I think of something or the kids mention someplace they’d like to go, I jot it down.  Then when we are struggling with...
The Best Hidden Resource!

The Best Hidden Resource!

Today I’m singing praises about a resource most of us have access to, and few people ever use.  It makes my life easier, brings me daily enjoyment and costs NOTHING.  What is it? The local library. Seriously – if you don’t use your local library, you really need to check it out.  Libraries are so much more than dusty old shelves of books (although if you love to read, you’ll appreciate that too).  Ready for some examples of why the library is such a great resource? It’s free.  Unless you habitually forget to turn in your books, the library will cost you nothing. The library contains more than books.  Most libraries have DVD’s, audio books, music and magazines.  Mine also has board games and get this –  museum passes!  Yep, on our recent Spring Break we were able to check out family passes for two state museums and visit them for free.  This easily saved us $100. If your library doesn’t carry what you want, you can request it.  The library doesn’t have a book you want to read?  Ask them to purchase it or see if they can get it on loan from another library.  Most libraries are continually buying new material and they appreciate it when members tell them what they’d like to see. The programs can be terrific.  When my kids were little, we were regulars at story time – it was a fun, free activity we could do together.  Now they always enjoy participating in the summer reading program. Our library offers a program or two almost every day of the week – truly something...

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