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Get Real: Daily Blogging isn’t easy

30 Jun

The biggest blogging lesson I’ve learned so far:

There’s a reason not everyone blogs every day.

It is time consuming. And good great content doesn’t always just flow right out.

I’m on post #30 of 35. Today is Saturday. I want to relax, enjoy my family, attend birthday parties and have fun at Mom’s Night Out. I don’t want to be consumed with “What will I blog about today?”

Sure, I need to work on matching the time to write with the commitment to write.

I hope you read ¿Qué Means What? because you enjoy, are inspired, can have a laugh or share about my blog topics. I hope you appreciate the transparency I’m showing today 🙂

So, Happy Weekend! I’ll be back with FIVE posts in the next five days!

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Get Real: Get informed about the rulings

28 Jun

While working on what I would share today, I couldn’t get passed all that has happened this week in Supreme Court of the United States rulings. So let’s get real about how we educate ourselves about today’s current events

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“On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down three key portions of a polarizing Arizona immigration law, but upheld the most controversial part of the bill requiring law enforcement to check the legal status of individuals suspected of being in the country illegally.” – HuffingtonPost.com

“The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld President Obama’s health care overhaul law, saying its requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty was authorized by Congress’s power to levy taxes. The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the court’s four more liberal members.” –NYTimes.com

Over the last few days I have been scouring the web for news of these two rulings. I could sit and talk politicos all day long. Sometimes I get to via Twitter, like tonight on the #Latism (Latinos in Social Media) chat about healthcare reform and what it means to Latinos. Except that tonight I did more ‘listening’ than talking. I don’t know all the impacts of the Affordable Care Act. I have my fair share of research and learning to do. Same goes for SB1070. I get the gist of it but I don’t know the ins and outs.

Here is the bottom line: Whichever side you are on or not on, GET INFORMED. 

With the speed of information coming at us online, there is no reason you can’t find out the answers you are looking for. First, you have to want to find them. There are plenty of reliable sources that report on what is going on. And there are plenty unreliable sources so be careful and research the facts. Today social journalism can keep reporting transparent but again, check the facts.

Some sources are biased and some are not. Biased isn’t necessarily bad. People may want to know what like-minded people think about breaking news or new SCOTUS rulings. Now, with blogs and niche reporting, it is not a difficult task to find your community.

Personally, I read articles from news sources/authors who are more aligned with my philosophies first.  Then, I look to  what “the other side” is reporting too. So I go check them out. It keeps me balanced. Most of all, it keeps me informed. What is making news today could be affecting you tomorrow. You will want to know.

Where do you get informed? I found a great infographic from Mashable.com revealing how social media is changing the way we access news today.


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Get Real: Do you procrastinate?

22 Jun

Let’s talk procrastination. Let’s get real.

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Lately the topic around here has been about getting things done and making things happen. I’m inspired by recent conversations with others who are finishing degrees, organizing big-thinking conferences, expanding their organizations nation wide, training for marathons or raising their children to be bilingual . Goals were set, plans were made, action was taken and serious projects are being completed!

What about those that talk and talk about projects but can’t seem to pull the trigger? They are too busy … overwhelmed … waiting for the right moment and circumstances. Or are they just putting it off until tomorrow? It may appear that they have all the time in the world and tomorrow is always a better day to get started.

What is the difference between the two groups? One major difference could be procrastination.

Procrastinate (verb) – to put off till another day or time; defer; delay.*

The cycle of procrastination kinda goes like this …

I’ll get to this soon. It’s not due tomorrow.

I should at least start but I’ve got so many other things to do right now.

Once I get A, B, and C done, I’ll take a break and then get started. At least I have a plan now.

OMG another late night! I will NEVER do this again. Next time, I’ll start early and do a little a time. 

And then it begins again next time.

How do I know? Because I do it too. Procrastinating isn’t free you know. It has cost me potential jobs, missing details, making mistakes, more time because I made a mistake and have to start over and credibility – that’s the hardest to ever get back. Doesn’t sound fun does it?

I have too many important projects going on to get not stay in action or stay focused. At the beginning of the year there is a lot of information about starting the year off right. I revisited an article from Being Latino, an online Latino lifestyle magazine,  Start Now!! Guidance for procrastinators. (read the full article for details)

From that article, here are Luna Garcia’s four steps to start now:

  • Check your motives.
  • Take back control.
  • Stop self sabotage.
  • Punish/reward yourself.

It may not be the beginning of the year but it’s the beginning of the last 6 months of the year. Have you revisited your goals for this year? What are you putting off for tomorrow that you could do today?

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*Source: Dictionary.com

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