Monthly Archives: January 2015

Caturday | Ultimate Blog Challenge Wrap Up

Caturday Shade, the fluffy kitty, proved an interesting assistant while I was editing podcast episode 29. Scheduled to go live February 4, episode 29, Selling Art at Markets, is the shortest podcast I’ve recorded, and it was the most difficult to edit.  I had to teach myself a few new Audacity tricks.  Audacity is the software I use to edit my podcasts. About a handful of people have asked me how to podcast.  It’s not as easy as it looks, and I […]

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The Little Girl Who Changed the World

Che Il Nai was born to Korean-nationals in Beijing, China during the Japanese occupation of Korea.  The name on her Japanese birth certificate is Yamahara Cojuno.  At the age of 18, she became a US citizen and changed her name to Jin Sook Che.  After she married my father, most folks called her Kim Nesbitt. I called her Mom. Four years ago today, my mother transitioned from this life. She was just 70 years old. In her short life, she traveled […]

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Rasheed Hooda is Happily Homeless | Podcast 28

Rasheed Hooda is weird.  In fact, he prides himself on his weirdness.  He resides in his “mobile domicile” living a happily homeless, joyously jobless lifestyle, traveling the country twisting balloons and inspiring audiences with his story. Joyfully Jobless Weekend Rasheed was is collaborating with Barbara Winter, author of Making a Living without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work that you Love (affiliate link), to bring her Joyfully Jobless Weekend to Houston, February 20-21, 2015. World Domination In 2012, Rasheed […]

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Conroe Cashflow Game Meetup

On my 45th birthday, 2 weeks ago, I declared that Cashflow was one of the three words that would define my year, and that I would be hosting a Cashflow board game club on meetup.org. Created by Robert and Kim Kiyosaki, Cashflow (affiliate link) is a financial education disguised as a board game. Today, was the first official meeting of the Conroe Cashflow Game Meetup. We had a blast. Two of us, Rasheed and I, had played the game previously.  One, […]

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Housekeeper for Cancer Patients | Battling Bertha

I have amazing friends supporting me through my breast cancer treatment journey. They rallied together to feed my family, visit me during treatment, and they even hired a housekeeper to clean my home every two weeks for nearly six months! Truly the greatest gift a cancer patient could possibly receive is a housekeeper. Are you picking up what I am putting down, here? It is simply amazing not to worry about dirty floors or clean sheets.  Especially when you can […]

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Social Media Checklist for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Does social media have you stumped? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Slideshare. How can you possibly stay on top of all these platforms? Never fear! A solution is here! The folks over at The Whole Brain Group put together a social media checklist for small and medium-sized businesses that is worth studying and implementing.  This is a truly awesomely useful infographic that helps you create your own personal social media strategy. I know it seems like a lot to digest for social […]

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How to Write a Thank You Card

In 2014 Mark Zuckerberg made a resolution to write a thank you card to one new person, outside of Facebook, each day.  That’s 365 thank you cards. If the idea of writing 365 thank you cards has you tongue-tied, you are not alone!  Many people struggle with how to write a thank you card. It doesn’t have to be hard.  A thank you note isn’t a novel.  It’s short, simple and to the point.  Four or five sentences are all […]

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Fallen Hero Memorial Chest

I don’t normally blog about my custom furniture business, except in passing, here. Today, however, I am compelled to share this photo of a recently finished cherry fallen hero memorial chest created for the family of SPC Mabry James Anders, who made the ultimate sacrifice on August 27, 2012 in Kalagush, Afghanistan.  He was just 21 years old. No words can express the profoundly humbling experience it is to be asked to create a fitting tribute for a family who […]

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3 Success Quotes

Christmas week I spent a couple of days at (not in) the hospital for tests and procedures. You can read about it if you like here. Teachable Moments One of the admitting clerks at the hospital had a wonderful collection of success quotes taped to be back of her monitor. It was obvious she had been collecting the success quotes for years.  When I asked if it was okay to take a photo of one of the worn, tattered quotes, […]

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Michelle Bowers, Fiber Artist Interview

Yesterday, my little family spent the afternoon at First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas.  We brought along our video and podcasting equipment with the intent of finding three artists to interview for our Handmade in Texas website. I know what you thinking.  Yesterday was not the first Saturday of the month.  It’s been raining here for a few weeks and the market was rained out and postponed the first 2 Saturdays of January. Yesterday was […]

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