Jump In! How Creating Content Is Like Swimming

I just dropped my daughter off for swim practice at 6:45am! She is starting high school and has never done competitive swimming before, but she signed up for the swim team in order to meet some people and get some great physical activity.

Honestly, I am incredibly proud of her for doing this. She is way outside her comfort zone and is learning lots of new things every day. She’s not going to win her first meet, but she is getting SO MUCH out of this experience already.

I see a lot of similarities here when it comes to creating content for your business.

Jump In

She told me that the pool is pretty cold when you first jump in. Especially at 7:00 in the morning!

I used to be the type of person who could stand at the edge of the pool (or on the first step) for a LONG time. Maybe never even getting in.

We host a lot of pool parties – in fact we have one coming up this weekend – and it’s interesting to watch different people handle it. Some will just strip down to their suit and dive right in. Others will stick their toe in the water first, or dangle their feet in. A lot of women will slide in gracefully, careful not to get their hair wet. Of course, there are always the people who hang out by the food table, drink in hand. They didn’t even bring their suit and have no intension of going in the water.

I think this is a perfect metaphor for many things in our lives. The things we want to do but find ourselves hesitating to step in.

When it comes to creating content, the hardest part is jumping in. The beginning can be new, scary and uncomfortable. A lot of people stand on the edge for a LONG time, like I used to do at the pool. They can see what they want to create, they imagine the platform they want to have, but they haven’t created a single piece of content.

It’s easy to stand on the edge for a long time and look into the water. You want to go swimming. But the hardest part is getting in the water!

I’ve learned, both with content creation and with swimming, to just count to 3 and lean in. There is a point where you can’t go back. Your weight is far enough over the water that you’re going to end up wet. Whether it’s graceful or not, well, that’s another matter. But you can’t undo it.

How can you create a point of no return when it comes to your content? Hit record. Have others watch and count down with you. (By the pool, I always have my kids count down.) Have some support to count with you and cheer you on, even if you belly flop into the water initially!

Keep Moving

The girls on the swim team have each other to motivate them. You certainly don’t want to be the only one outside the water when everyone else jumps in!

They often start out with goose bumps trying to hide their chattering while they listen to the coach. But once they get going, and do their 150 meter warm-up, the water actually feels really nice!

That’s the second part of the content creation journey. Even if your first video or article isn’t perfect, it’s important to keep going! The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Your results will improve. Your platform will grow.

3 Stages to Give Yourself a Chance for Love

Being jointly mindful about how relationships develop gives you a chance at committed love, and you can both relax and explore along the way.

It takes time to get to the point of commitment. Too many leap into commitment too early. It causes heartbreak and disappointment.

Have you done that? Like a fairy tale with a first date and then living happily every after? It’s a fairy tale! The real world is that love takes time. Take each of the three stages to get there.

Stage One – First Dates

This is the exploratory stage. Is there any chemistry? Everything’s very preliminary.

It’s not time yet to be thinking about a possible future together, just checking the other out, and seeing if you’re interested enough for future dates.

Relationship chemistry’s physical, emotional, and spiritual. The physical is often obvious… do you find the person physically attractive? Do you like the eyes, mouth, body type? What about the voice and laugh, even the accent?

How does the person smell to you? What about the sense of touch when you shake hands or even kiss? What about taste?

If a person tastes or smells of smoke, is that a game-changer for you? Some things will never change. Some things will or can change over time, but right now you’re at the stage of first impressions through the five senses.

There is also the emotional and spiritual connection that’s part of early chemistry discovery. How’s the conversation? What do you care about? Do you share similar interests and life views?

Stage Two is the Honeymoon

The Honeymoon’s special. It’s something many couples work to keep aspects of later in their relationships.

You see one another frequently. You have a lot of fun and excitement together as you get to really know one another.

The honeymoon can last for a few months, or up to a year. It ends as you get to recognize the humanity of your partner. Your partner has flaws, and you start to see them. And they yours.

For some, the honeymoon is all they want. They have a kind of addiction to the thrill of the honeymoon.

They break up and move on as the honeymoon phase matures to its close. I call these people 90-Day Wonders.

They’re great for a honeymoon, but lack the emotional stability and maturity to pursue a long-term relationship.

Relationship Commitment is Stage Three

Once the honeymoon with the rose-colored glasses is ending, and you see one another’s lack of perfection, you may try to change one another.

You may struggle over who’s and who’s wrong in situations, beliefs, and attitudes. This can become a power struggle.

If you can get to the point where you accept one another as you are, rather than try to change perceived imperfections, many relationships become stronger and endure.

If not, breakup can happen, or, often worse, staying together and being miserable.

If the decision’s to accept your partner, and vice-versa, the relationship can continue and grow in a healthy way. You’ve given one another a chance at finding love.

Are you interested in living your life intentionally to create the life you want to lead? Research shows that using creative mindfulness is the way to Design the Life You Want.

How to Choose Your College Major

Bear in mind that whatever subjects you choose in college, you will have to spend a great deal of time learning it. So, it’s advisable to think over it seriously. Typically, the best time to decide on your field of study is right before your 11th grade if you haven’t already.

Here is a guide to choosing your college major:

Choosing a Specific Career Path

If you already know which career you’re looking forward to when you graduate, it becomes easier to choose your specialized area of study. However, before you decide that you want to go down that career path, look into the relevant discipline. Check out the syllabus and subjects you will have to take on. Talk to students in the department of your choice. Are you sure you’re ready for the coursework involved?

Future Earning Potential

Pay scale can be a major factor for students who are planning to take out a loan for their education. Trying to pay it back while barely scraping through, hardly makes sense when you have invested so much in college. Courses like Engineering, Actuarial Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Statistics and Economics lead to the highest salaries. That being said, your six-figure salary won’t be worth it if you’re not content with the career path you have chosen for yourself.

Favourite Subjects

If there is a particular subject that you absolutely love, then it’s a great sign that you have found your area of study. Proclivity for a subject can translate into better understanding of the subject matter and better grades. Eventually, you will be able to get into a job that truly holds meaning for your passion.

Explore Your Interests

If you’re not sure about what you want to study, exploring your underlying interests might help you find what you’re looking for. Talk to your teachers and advisors to help you find your best fit. Who knows? You may end up on the right track.

Double Major

If your knowledge for hunger is not appeased by a single area of study, some universities also offer dual degrees. Make sure to research about the university you are applying for and how much of a load it’s going to be on you throughout the semesters.

As for the fear that you may lose interest in a subject halfway through, there is always a possibility of changing your academic field. However, it may take you more than the traditional four years of study to earn your college degree due to the change of coursework and requisite subjects.

How to Choose Flowers for Your Wedding Anniversary

Flowers are a perfect gift for many occasions. If you’re not aware of what flowers symbolize, picking out flowers for the right occasion can be challenging. Flowers can be given at almost any occasion. Some popular occasions to give flowers are birthdays, anniversary, get well, thank you, holidays, date, and wedding.

Red or pink flowers represent love and passion for one another therefore it’s always safe to gift them on anniversaries. Just like there are specific gifts for each anniversary year; similarly there are specific flowers for each year as well. Today I’m going to focus on wedding anniversary flowers in this post. But you will read about other occasion’s flowers in my future posts as well.

Carnations – 1st Anniversary: First wedding anniversary is a time of celebration. Carnations are traditional flowers used for couple’s first wedding anniversary. These flowers represent young passionate love. Carnations come in a variety of colors, so you can choose the best hue that symbolizes your love.

Cosmos- 2nd Anniversary: By second anniversary couples have formed a thorough understanding of each other with more powerful unique love, and that’s exactly what this beautiful flower represents. The astonishing cosmos are perfect flowers for couples celebrating their wonderful two years together.

Sunflower- 3rd Anniversary: Sunflower represents the marriage of three years which is by now strong, passionate and colorful. The strong stalk of the sunflower symbolizes the strong foundation of marriage. Beautiful yellow petals of the sunflower stand for love and passion. Fresh sunflower bouquets look extremely astonishing and are a clear sign of trust that has been developed between the couple after being together for three years.

Geranium- 4th Anniversary: This colorful and vibrant flower for 4th wedding anniversary is called geranium. It symbolizes happiness and positive emotions. Geranium arrangements are perfect for your 4th anniversary when you and your spouse are comfortable with each other’s habits and have a better understanding.

Daisy – 5th Anniversary: The luminous daisies are perfect gift for the 5th wedding anniversary. This simple but beautiful flower represents hope, loyalty and love which the couple has for each other after sharing all sorts of experiences together for 5 years.

Calla Lily- 6th Anniversary: Calla Lily, an elegant flower symbolizes all the wonderful ways the two have grown over the six years of marriage, developed unique love and became even more attractive.

Freesia- 7th Anniversary: The 7th anniversary flower is called freesia. This beautiful flower also has a pleasant fragrance which has long been used in lotions and soaps. The freesia represents all the appreciation and love you hold for your loving partner and the amazing surprises the future holds for you two.

Lilac- 8th Anniversary: These absolutely stunning flowers are perfect for your eighth wedding anniversary. The white lilac represents first love. So this is the perfect time to remind yourself and your spouse of the day you two met and recall all the beautiful moments and passions you’ve shared together for these long eight years of marriage.

Bird of Paradise- 9th Anniversary: As you can tell by the name, this stunning flower is one of a kind and an amazing choice to celebrate the wonderful nine years of marriage. This flower points towards adventures still to come and all the excitement your love holds.

Daffodil – 10th year anniversary: The magnificent ten years of marriage is an important number to celebrate and the brilliant daffodil flowers are perfect for this occasion.

Roses- 15th Anniversary: Roses are known as passion and romance and it fits perfect to be the flower of 15th wedding anniversary when you have gone through a lot together. You and your spouse deserve this luxury flower by this time so giving red roses to your spouse will show how passionate you are about each other still.

Aster- 20th Anniversary: The elegant aster flower is chosen for the 20th wedding anniversary. This star-like flower is known as symbol of love, patience and fortune. The soft beauty of its beaming petals also represents appreciation of the wisdom you’ve gained together in two decades.

Iris- 25th Anniversary: Iris is a royal flower and after 25 years of marriage it is perfect example to show your spouse how even more special they have become to you for spending so many years together. Celebrate your wonderful 25 years with this luxurious bouquet or an arrangement of these royal purple flowers.

Lily-30th Anniversary: By the 30th anniversary you and your spouse have grown and changed a lot but your commitment to each other is still the same. A bouquet of beautiful lily flower is full of surprises. It comes in many colors and shapes. The magnificent lily will make a bold statement that you still have passion for your spouse.

Gladiolas-40th Anniversary: The wonderful forty years of marriage has a charm of its own. This unique relationship has to be celebrated with the most unique and brilliant gladiola flower. These flowers represent the growth of your amazing memories and experiences that have changed your lives in the long forty years together.

Yellow Roses and Violets- 50th Anniversary: Fifty years of marriage is a unique moment of your life. It should be celebrated the best way possible. As you’ve aged you gained lots of memories experiences and have a special bond together that can never be explained. The special flowers to celebrate 50th anniversary are yellow roses and violets. Together these two flowers look astonishing just like your couple. This is the only anniversary that has two different official flowers for celebration. These elegant flower arrangements will make your celebration even more beautiful and full of love and happiness.

Think Newspapers Are Yesterday’s News? Think Again

Stamp Twain had this celebrated reaction when he read about his “demise” in the daily paper:

“The reports of my passing are extraordinarily overstated.”

Presently the tables have turned. The passing of daily papers is being accounted for when a great many individuals worldwide are as yet perusing the every day news. Such incongruity. Saying daily papers are done is a definitive phony news.

A solitary daily paper report is as yet a standout amongst the most great drivers of sentiment. More great than a drifting Twitter posting, a viral Facebook post or a best Instagram hashtag. Simply ask the awful get-away property proprietors in and around Playa Del Carmen, a famous resort town on the upper east bank of the Yucat√°n Peninsula in the Mexican territory of Quintana Roo, generally known at the Mexican Riviera.

In February 2018, only weeks from the pinnacle visitor season, they were getting ready to welcome a large number of vacationers anxious to get away from a long, hard winter. The swarms of sun searchers incorporated my better half and myself. We were reserved to spend seven days in late March at our most loved winter escape: the Iberostar Grand Paraiso, around thirty minutes via auto from Playa Del Carmen.

At that point came the stunning news that a vacationer ship in Playa Del Carmen was “besieged” on Feb 22, 2018. The accompanying story, bolstered by a video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgO9VPFBNyU ), was significantly all the more aggravating. Twenty-five individuals harmed! The U.S. International safe haven cautions explorers to avoid the ships and parts of the Caribbean resort city!

After two weeks, another “bomb-like” gadget was found on another ship. It was evacuated without going off. On March 21, the day we cleared out for our vacation, the U.S. International safe haven evacuated its notice.

So what do you think occurred? Did the sun-searchers overlook the news? Did the inns do their standard blasting business? In light of my discoveries, drawn from an as a matter of fact little example estimate, the appropriate response would be a reverberating no.

The terrible news, once discharged, bested everything. It couldn’t be turned around – close to you can return the toothpaste in the tube.

Proof of the drop out made by the news report was anything but difficult to discover, beginning from the minute we entered traditions at the Cancun Airport and easily got through in record time in light of the fact that there were no lines (Exhibit A).

When we landed at our resort, for all intents and purposes nothing was the equivalent of course: there were less visitors on the grounds (Exhibit B), a few of our most loved strength eateries were shut for a large portion of our remain (Exhibit C) and I could get any golf tee time I needed, and really needed to change my unique tee time in light of the fact that there were no different players in that opening (Exhibit D).

Need more? While playing my second round of golf with only one other player (Exhibit E), we embraced a solitary player (Exhibit F) who was one opening behind us. He ended up being a neighborly individual from Mexico City who leases a loft in Playa Del Carmen. “It’s typically completely reserved right now,” he let us know. “This year, nothing.” (Exhibit G)

All due to a solitary news occasion. Keep in mind that whenever someone discloses to you daily papers are yesterday’s news.