Caturday | Ultimate Blog Challenge Wrap Up


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 am still learning.

It IS a lot of fun and worthwhile if you are willing to invest in the proper equipment and learn how to use the software.

What do you think?  Are you interested in learning how to podcast?  What do you want to know about the process?  Leave a comment with your questions.

Ultimate Blog Challenge Wrap Up

Today is the final day of the January 2015 31-Day Ultimate Blog Challenge.

All in all, I’d say that I did a pretty decent job.  I post on three different blogs.  My goal was to post something to at least one blog per day.  Here are my results:

  • GratitudeGeek posts:  27
  • ShaKa Studios Custom Furniture posts:  11
  • posts:  6
  • Videos Filmed:  5
  • Podcasts Recorded:  5
  • Chemo Treatments:  1
  • Days Lost Due to Chemo:  4

Did you participate in the Ultimate Blog Challenge?  How did you do?  Leave a comment with YOUR results.

Did you take the Ultimate Blog Challenge? How did you do? #blogboost Click To Tweet

More from Gratitude Geek

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 the world with her husband of nearly 50 years, beaming her radiant smile on all she met.  She had three children and 5 grandchildren.

As a young mother, she waited patiently for her husband to return from Vietnam, while raising their two small children alone.  I was born while my father was in Vietnam.  He returned when I was 10 months old.

This is not a sad story about an extinguished life, it is a celebration of a little girl who changed the world.

When she was just a child, she survived the terribly violent occupation of Korea by Japan, and the beginnings of the Korean War.

The little Korean girl who changed the world. Click To Tweet

The Little Girl Who Changed the World

Public Law 982 made it possible for my mother to immigrate.

Her immigration to America was the catalyst for the passing of a United States Public Law the has changed the circumstances of countless children around the world.

In 1951, about 6 weeks before her 11th birthday, my mother made the journey to America. She flew to Hawaii, unaccompanied, after a 3-year separation from her own mother, who had remarried an American soldier after my grandfather was killed in the Japanese occupation.

The 3-year separation was difficult, not just because her mother was in another country, but because Korea was ravaged by war. My mother would tell of stories of kicking what she thought was an empty helmet in the street and a decapitated head falling out, and playing with a little boy her age in the rice paddies then being shot at from a machine gun in a helicopter. She ran and ran and never saw the boy again.

During the separation, my grandmother, and her new husband, petitioned Congress to allow him to adopt my mother, the result was Public Law 982, signed by President Harry Truman on September 23, 1950.

As a result of this law, a foreign-national child whose parent marries a US soldier will not be left behind when they return to the USA.

My mother changed the world.

Mom and me in 1973

Mom and me in 1973

More from Gratitude Geek

Rasheed Hooda is Happily Homeless | Podcast 28

Rasheed Hooda is happily homeless. #joyfullyjobless #podcast Click To Tweet

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 had the opportunity to share his plan for world domination.  Err…  I mean, 3 things he’s learned about life:

Your Turn:  Rasheed plans to be the oldest person to climb Mt. Everest.  What is your big dream?  Share your big dream in the comments.

Conroe Cashflow Game Meetup

Rasheed and I met at Toastmasters many years ago.  In fact, he evaluated one of my very first speeches!

We have recently been reacquainted through the board game Cashflow (affiliate link).  Created by Robert and Kim Kiyosaki, Cashflow is a more than a game, it is a financial education.

If you are local, come play Cashflow with us at Conroe Coffee on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Look for us on

Rasheed Hooda is Happily Homeless

Playing the board game Cashflow 101 at Conroe Coffee with Rasheed Hooda and Leo Harris.

Connect with Rasheed Hooda

Show Note Addendum:  I could not find information on the “put your money where your mouth is” book that Rasheed mentioned inspired him to join Toastmasters.

More from Gratitude Geek

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

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, Leo, had not.

Guess who won?

Yup, Leo.  She managed to get out of the rat race and generate over $300K worth of income for herself by taking a chance and rolling the dice.

If you are local to Conroe, Texas and want a fun way to learn how to create a legacy of financial freedom for your family, join the Conroe Cashflow Game Meetup and come play with us!

Rasheed, Kandas and Leo playing Cashflow at Conroe Coffee.

Rasheed, Kandas and Leo playing Cashflow at Conroe Coffee.

More from Gratitude Geek

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 barely make it out of bed.

Cleaning for a Reason, in Lewisville, Texas agrees.  They make housekeepers a reality for women with cancer across the USA and Canada.

About Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning For A Reason strives to aid women who are battling cancer by teaming up with professional cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of women, and since 2006, have donated more than $4.7 million in free services, helping more than 16,000 women with cancer. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 residential cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see

Yeah, yeah and I cut and pasted that from their website. It’s at the bottom of their press releases. Who better to explain how it works than the company spokesperson?

My point here is, if you have a friend navigating the cancer treatment waters and you want to do something amazing for her, hire a housekeeper.  If you can’t manage the cost of the housekeeper on your own, rally all her friends.  If you can’t rally all her friends, then contact Cleaning for a Reason.


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.

Awesomely useful #infographic to create your own personal social media strategy. #blogboost Click To Tweet

I know it seems like a lot to digest for social media newbies.  You do NOT have to do ALL these things!  Pick one or two platforms where you are comfortable and just start.  You won’t get anywhere until you start.

Social Media Checklist for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Sensible Social Media Checklist for Business v.3.0 [INFOGRAPHIC]
You can download a printable pdf copy of this infographic by clicking on it and scrolling down to the bottom of the landing page. Look for the Next Steps text box.

More from Gratitude Geek

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 you need!  Be genuine.  That’s it.

What to Write in a Thank You Card

Need more help?

The folks over at Your Dictionary have created a list of go to phrases to use in thank you cards from a simple note of appreciation to gratitude for a wedding gift.

Sample sentiments include:

  • I will always remember how you helped me to get this wonderful opportunity.
  • Thanks so much for taking the time out of your schedule to come over.
  • Thank you again for inviting us into your lovely home.
  • We love our beautiful new gift and we cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness.

See the complete list of thank you card examples at Your Dictionary.

Tips on how to write a thank you card. Click To Tweet
Words to the Rescue

Words to the Rescue by Steve Fadie

Words to the Rescue

If you are still tongue-tied after perusing the tips over at Your Dictionary, or you just want more ideas, then Words to the Rescue by Steve Fadie is worth checking out. It contains over 1000 sentiments to write in greeting cards. The book is available to send with a card through my online greeting card and gift shop.

SPECIAL OFFER for new clients:  Send Words to the Rescue to yourself, or anyone, for less than half-price when you contact me for a free relationship marketing consultation.  Offer good through January 31, 2015.

A side-note on how small this world really is…  One of my clients once called me to tell me that she saw this book in the gift shop and that Steve Fadie is an old friend of hers.

Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Not to beat a dead horse, but if someone does something nice for you, send them a thank you card.  Seriously.  Mary Kay Ash was right when she said that people walk around with an invisible sign around their necks that says “make me feel appreciated.”  When you make people feel appreciated, they appreciate you.  You bet your bottom dollar that the next time that person to whom you sent the card needs what you have,  they will call you first.  And that, ladies and gentleman, is how relationships grow your business.

More from Gratitude Geek

Fallen Hero Memorial Chest

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 has lost their beloved son.

Shane, my husband and business partner, and I, feel as if we have been given a mission to bring comfort and closure to gold star families with memorial chests.  We see us giving 5 of these fallen hero memorial chests to local families who have lost their son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother in the line of duty by the end of this Spring.

A mission this big requires big help.

It will take a minimum of $6000 to build and deliver five fallen hero memorial chests.  

Who do you know who can help?

Leave a comment or contact me.