Taking A Little Holiday Season Break

Hey you guys and gals! I’ve decided to take a Blogcation for the month of December, and I’ll return in January (more than likely with a new format and direction). When I return I’ll be sharing with you all my “Year In Review 2012″ plus thoughts on goal setting techniques I’ve been learning about and putting into practice and other goodies too (like my Black History Now series-exclusive interviews with local Black Entrepreneurs).

I’ll still be active over on my business blog, so if you’re looking for updates and tips on social media marketing, as well as other marketing best practices-join me over there!

If you enjoy hearing my thoughts I hang out on Facebook my platform of choice (despite their constant changes). and so I welcome you to connect with me there! Seriously, Let’s network!

If you’re new to my site or wanting to catch up on my publications, I suggest checking out my posts on Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, and for a boost of positivity and motivation Inspirations and Affirmations.

For my story so far check out my Personal posts. Just to be clear, you will never hear me say that I’m perfect and I have never claimed to be a “Miss Goody Two-Shoes” so my personal posts reflect my growing pains where I’ve come from and my hopes for where I desire to be. Enjoy! Happy Holidays to you and yours, and I hope to see you all back in January!

Work-Life Balance and Social Media

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Flickr Credit: TTCPressimages

Lately, I’ve been noticing a sort of anti-social media whisper hovering around the web. Not surprisingly, the whispers are coming from those who have been early adapters of social networking. Okay, I’m over exaggerating a bit, not quite anti-social media, but somewhere along the lines of not becoming a puppet controlled by the “next big thing” that’s trending in the digital marketing sphere.  As someone who spends a huge chunk of my waking hours with my face buried in some form of a computer screen,  I know that I serve my clientele much better when I’m not a droid to my Droid.

Actually, I wasn’t too surprised with an infographic about internet use and its affect on our creativity.(The graphic did a number on my eyes it was kinda loud)As a social media practitioner I’m well aware of the fact that social media is a huge time sink especially when you are just starting out with it, or learning your way around a new platform has been crowned the latest and greatest, (this week) and trying to develop a healthy routine that benefits all areas of your social life. I

I said all that to say, for those of us who try to live by the neat and productive to do lists we set for ourselves, we need to schedule in time for a “not doing a darn thing” moment. Within that moment, turn off the smart phone *gasp* shut down the computer, and enjoy this beautiful yet (sometimes) ugly world we live in.  (I actually just made an anime reference). By ugly I mean the ugly things people do to one another and this planet as a whole (another topic for another day).  Life is happening all around us, and it’s the greatest blank canvas for anyone who can imagine all the possibilities to make it most fulfilled.

Even when I wrote out this post in a pretty turquoise pen on recycled notebook paper (yes, I don’t always just hammer away on a key board) I felt much more calm and ideas are flowing with next steps I wanted to take. It really helped that when I wrote this, I was sitting at the park looking onto the river with my phone, and all the crazy noise it would have brought me powered off, just for that moment in time.  After that, I ran around from meeting to meeting and closed some sales for my smallbiz, talk about productive. Sometimes, you just need that break away.

The question then becomes do you have the will power to take a break from it all?

Can you stop checking for updates from your ex’s Facebook account (you closet stalker you)

Can you stash away some time to stop pinning about your dream life and work towards making your dreams come true?