I don’t know about you but every now and then I need a vacation…from work, from classes, housework, (insert any number of things here), etc. For some it’s the grind of the day-to-day and for others it’s just the time of year but everyone needs a vacation…even you. And below I’ll tell you why.

If you’re like me, you like..NO…LOVE vacations. Read more

Last month I launched my 2015 Reader Survey. This was the first time I decided to create a reader survey for my blog and I am so glad I did it.

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This survey has helped me create a “reader profile” (it’s really the demographics of “most” of my readers). Now, by all means, this profile is not every reader but just how a typical reader might identify. Here are the results of the survey: Read more

What I Learned From My 1st Reader Survey & How You Can Apply It

Should have done it sooner. With a lot of things I try on my blog or in my business, I should have done them sooner. Whether if they work out or not, it is always good to try and just start. Is there something that you should just start?

Ignore the fears and voices in your head. When I thought about doing a reader survey, that inner voice kept telling me, “You don’t have thousands of readers like [insert name of big time bloggers here].

Know your audience. In anything you do, whether it is a blog, presentation, meeting, etc. you need to know your audience. I have been blogging all this time thinking my audience was made up of people like…[insert loud game show buzzer sound here] WRONG!


I shouldn’t have waited so long.

I am often asked by those I work with or coach. “How can I get more energy to become more productive?” Now there is no magic pill or bullet for this but there are some steps you can take. And this one simple life hack is something you have been told before, it’s available to you, you can do right now and it costs very little money if anything at all.

Drink water first thing in the morning and drink more of it throughout the day. I personally Read more

I want to make my blog even better and more relevant to you, my reader. To better serve you I need to know a little more about you.  So I’ve created my 2015 Readers Survey.  It is 10 questions long and takes less than 5 minutes.

I know your time is valuable and there are a lot of things vying for it. That is why this survey is short and to the point. I put this survey together to help me help you.

The survey is completely anonymous and the results will help to create blog posts and content FOR YOU.

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Thanks for your help in advance. It means the world to me.

[guestpost]This is a guest post from my friend Anna Korbel. She is currently a graduate student working towards a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas where she also serves as an Assistant Complex Director for KU Student Housing. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Anna is passionate about student learning, student learning and using social media practices to engage students and build community. You can follow and connect with her Anna on Twitter.[/guestpost]

When you think of a bucket list most people immediately go to thinking about all the things you want to do in your life before you die. But really, a bucket list has nothing to do about dying, its really just a list of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime, or in a smaller scope, a period of time.

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Why a bucket list

I have been a fan of bucket lists for a while. As someone who regularly sets goals for myself I create “bucket lists” as a way to try and accomplish or experience something in that particular part of life. Read more

Do you ever feel like you have way too much to do? Overwhelmed by so many little things you need to get done you can’t even think about the big tasks or get to the important stuff you need to do?

Well…embrace the 2 minute rule and you will find you feel more productive, less stressed, and have the time to get to what really matters!

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Like many people at the end of every year I take time to review and reflect upon the year. I do this with each area of my life including my blog.

My Blogs Year in Review

This year my blog saw continued growth. The total number of new posts between 2013 and 2014 nearly doubled. The number of page views more than double growing by 148%. I believe there is a direct correlation between the two. So for 2015 expect even more blog posts.

Here are my top 5 most popular posts in 2014: Read more

Email provides all of us with many conveniences but it can also increase our burdens. The amount of emails we all receive can be daunting to say the least. The good news is there are several tips you can implement that will reduce your incoming email and also give you some time back to increase your productivity in other areas.

Technology provides all sorts of individuals, professionals as well as homebodies, ease of convenience. Almost everyone has a computer and uses email communication regularly.

Many people avoid telephones as much as possible unless they are texting or on social media. Practically no one today hand writes letters to friends, family, or colleagues. Email is a way of life and one of the most used methods to communicate with others.

While email provides quick communication it can also be burdensome with just the sheer volume of emails you receive on a  daily or hourly basis. There are 4 tips to employ that will reduce your incoming email and allow vital time to be productive for more pressing matters.

1. Review your current list of senders and communication.  Read more

Trust is one of the most important commodities that we have. You can’t see it but it is there. Trust aids in building quality relationships and teams. The more trust there is between people or employees and organizations more can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.

Merriam-Webster define trust as the “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.”

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Here are some of my favorite quotes on trust to inspire you to continue to build trust with others. Read more