Friday, September 19, 2014

Increase Blog Traffic on #FlashbackFriday: St. Patrick's Day = Chasing Joy's Day

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I'm so excited! I just can't hide it! I'm about to lose control... yall know the rest.  LOL

I am so excited today.  Not just because it is #FlashbackFriday (because that does excite me every week).  I'm excited because today I am going to see Oprah.  I'm headed to DC for the her Life You Want Weekend Tour.  I purchased my tickets a few months ago and the day has finally come.  Come back to the blog on Monday for my Recap.

In the mean time work on increasing blog traffic by linking up one of your favorite older post for #FlashbackFriday.  Every Friday on Chasing Joy we  flash back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight.  I hope you are ready to join in the linky fun!!!    You can also increase blog traffic by sharing your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday.  Wait there is more.

****I will also Pin your post to the new #FlashbackFirday Pinterest Board, Make sure you are following it.****  

Here are my favorite posts from last weeks link up:
Ebony Delights  post documenting a revolutionary moment in African and cosmetic history.
Julie V's post on how to make Skillet Lasagna that is fast and easy with the lasagna taste.
Savvy Working Gal's post on how to reinvent her career at age 52.  
This week I am linking up St. Patrick's Day = Chasing Joy's Day.  This post is a Flashback to my 32nd birthday, complete with pictures.

Now it is your turn.  Increase blog traffic, find new readers, and new blogs via the power of the linky.  Add your link below!

What are you linking up?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Joyful Birthday Wishes, 35 for 35.

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Exactly 6 months from today I will be receiving birthday wishes celebrating turning  35 years old.  It feels weird even writing that.  It seems like it was only a few months ago I was receiving birthday wishes on turning 30.  Time surely does fly. For that reason I am writing this post.  These next 6 months and the following year are going to go by super quickly.  A little while ago while talking to my cousin she mentioned seeing people do these 30 for 30 and 40 for 40 posts on Instagram.  I like the idea. So this post contains my 35 for 35.  Here is a list of 35 things I'd like to do before or during my 35th year.  This is not a bucket list.  This is my 35 birthday wishes list.
1-9. Numbers are people.  Actually it is a short list of people I'd like to have lunch or dinner with.  They are friends I don't see often and people I'd like to get to know better.  A few are bloggers like @ChrystinaNoel, @MeMyselfandEms and @karincoger.
10.  Lose 24lb. by my birthday. See my SMART Goals
11 & 12 are both home repairs.  I need to fix my sidewalk and I'd like a ceiling fan put in my bedroom.  I've wanted/needed to do both of these repairs for a while.  Home repair makes me feel stressed.
13. Get a boyfriend.  See my SMART Goals
14. Pay off a personal loan by my birthday.
16. A monthly Spa Treatment (facial, massage, body treatment)  
17. Get up to drinking a gallon of water a day.
18. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry
19. Get myself fresh flowers every week
20.Go to a Sixers Game
21. Go to an Opera
22. Plan Chasing Joy Charity Event
23. Move my blog to word press
24. Go to the Holiday light show and events in Center City
25. Drive through a neighborhood that does the Christmas Light Display 
26. Get a new computer
27. Visit a new church
28.Go to the aquarium
29. Visit the DC monuments & attractions.
30. Write 1st draft of Chasing Joy Book. See SMART Goals
31. Plan a fun birthday party.
32. Go to the zoo.

33. Go to a Hockey game
34. Find a Volunteer opportunity that I like.
35. See the Lion King
Wow! It was hard work coming up with this list.  A few things have been on my to do list for a while like the Hockey game, finding a volunteer opportunity that I like, and the home repairs. Other things are ideas that I have been thinking about recently, like the lunches and dinners with friends and fellow bloggers I'd like to know better.  Some things I'd like to do before I turn 35 but most are things I'd like to accomplish sometime between now and the end of my 35 year.

Like I said, this is not a bucket list (that's too morbid).  This is my birthday wishes list for turning 35.  These 35 things will help me feel lest stressed, better connected, more entertained, and more Joyful.  What is on you birthday wishes list?  What would you like to accomplish in between now and your birthday or in your next year?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Goal Setting, Joyfully Smart Goals: R is for Realistic

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R is the next letter in the SMART Goals goal setting process.   I started this process a few weeks ago after learning about the Law of Attraction at the Chasing Joy Brunch & Learn I decided to put it into practice.  Part of the Law of Attraction process is goal setting. I have been using the SMART Goals goal setting process to increase the likelihood of accomplishing my goals.  Accomplishing a goal can be a great source of Joy.

I set 4 goals and made sure they are Specific, Measurable, and Actionable. Now it's time to make sure they are realistic.  Here are the goals an action plan:
  1. Lose 80 lbs and wear a size 14 regular by eating 3 servings of vegetables and 1of fruit on work days and 2 vegetables and 1 fruit on non work days, work my way up to 1 gallon of water per day, limiting carbs, working out 3 days a week and being in bed before midnight on work nights and getting 8 hours of sleep a night on non-work nights. 
  2. Go from single to in a happy committed relationship by being active at least once a week on free dating sites, listing the qualities that are important to me in a partner, being more honest about my expectations when dating and making sure all of my friends and family know that I am open to blind dates.
  3. Have more fun.by Having at least 1 fun activity planned for the weekend by Wednesday of every week and creating a go to list of fun activities that I can do with or without friends.
  4. Writing the 1st draft of my Chasing Joy book by writing for at least 10 minuets every day.
Most of my goals are very realistic.  I am only concerned about one of them possibly being unrealistic. Can you guess which one?  Losing weight, having more fun, and writing my book are all goals that are largely if not completely up to me and within my control.  Going from single to in a relationship on the other hand is not only up to me.  With this goal another person has to be involved.  No matter how much I want to be in a relationship and feel I am ready for that type of commitment it does not mean that the object of my affection (don't currently have one) will feel the same way. Further more it does not mean that I meet someone who will invoke those lovey dovey feelings within me.  

However,  another point of view is that I am a really awesome person with a lot of love to offer and are a lot of awesome men out there who are looking for someone like me.  There is no reason that I could not meet one of said men, have a lovely courtship, fall hopelessly in love and become lifetime joy chasing partners.  

While getting a man is not what I would consider a normal goal when it comes to goal setting, it is something that I want for myself.  When I think of all of the Joy there is to be experienced by having a loving and committed relationship I know it is just as important to my overall happiness as losing weigh, writing my book and having fun.  The realism of this goal may be questionable, but one important thing to be mindful of when using the Law of Attraction is to think BIG and not limit yourself.  So, going from single to in a relationship is staying on the list. 

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Do you think changing your relationship status should be a goal?  Is it realistic?  Have you ever had a similar goal, one that was not entirely within your control?  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Increase Blog Traffic with #FlashBackFriday: Blogging or More Like Vloging About It

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Happy Friday!!!   Do you have something fun planned this weekend?  I am kicking of my weekend with dinner out with friends.

Earlier this week I wrote about my Recap of Women Get Social.  I had such a great time I wish I could go to a blog conference every weekend.  This week I also continued my series Goal Setting series writing about making my goals Actionable.

Now It's time for #FlashbackFriday!!! If you are wondering how to increase blog traffic, linking up for #FlashbackFriday is one way to do it.  Every Friday on Chasing Joy we  Flash Back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight.  I hope you are ready to join in the linky fun.  Pick any old post from your blog and add it to the linky below.  You can also increase blog traffic by sharing your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday.  Here are my favorite posts from last weeks link up:
Lentil Soup-- vegetarian or with sausage  which offers a recipe with pictures for both varieties of the soup.
Fitnessbuster by Gillian Stephen offers us a post that answers that question all bloggers have thought about, Why Do I blog. 
This week I am linking up Blogging or More Like Vloging About It.  This post includes one of my 1st Video Blogs.  I am talking about my experience representing Chasing Joy for the first time in person.

Add one of your favorite oldie but goody blog posts below.  Increase blog traffic by finding new readers and bloggy friends via the power of the linky!!!

What are you linking up? 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Joyfully SMART Goals: A is for Actionable

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Goals! Glorious Goals!  If you have missed it or are new here you may not know that I have been working on some goals that I want to apply the law of attraction too. I have been working through the SMART goals process (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time Sensitive). Over the last weeks I have set goals, made them Specific, and made them Measurable. Today's blog post is dedicated to making them Actionable.

This is the most challenging step of the SMART process.  This is the part where I decide what actual steps will I take to accomplish my goals; what actions will I take.  Here is my plan:

  1.  Goal: Lose 80 lbs and wear a size 14 regular. Action: Eat 3 servings of vegetables and 1 fruit on work days and 2 vegetables and 1 fruit on non work days.  Work my way up to 1 gallon of water per day, with help of the water app. Limit my carbs. Work out at least 3 days a week. Be in bed before midnight on work nights and get at least 8 hours of sleep a night on non-work nights. 
  2. Goal: Go from single to in a happy committed relationship.  Action: Be active at least once a week on free dating sites. Write out qualities that are important to me in a partner so that I can be clear on what I am looking for. Be more honest about my expectations when dating. Make sure all of my friends and family know that I am open to blind dates
  3. Goal: Have more fun. Action: Have at least 1 fun activity planned for the weekend by Wednesday of every week.  Create a go to list of fun activities that I can do with or without friends.
  4. Goal: Write 1st draft of my Chasing Joy book.  Action: Write for at least 10 minuets every day, using the timer on my phone. 
So there we have it, my action plan.  The final action for all of the tips above would be to evaluate my progress and revise the described actions as necessary.  I feel some anxiety about my actions. Some doubts about my ability to stick to the plan.  None of the actions are too hard but they all do require me to make more effort than I have been.  

Goals are an important part of feeling happier.  Accomplishing something that you have worked towards can be a great source of joy.  Creating this action plan and following the SMART Goals process in general should greatly increase the likelihood of me accomplishing my goals and feeling a bit more joyful.

So what do you think of my action plan?  Do you have any suggestions for me?  Are you working on your own goals right now?  Please share some of your action plans.  

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