Blogathon 2014: Celebrating Juneteenth

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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. (http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm)

Today, I took a day of celebrate in my community. Most of the activities will occur this Saturday including the annual parade but there were some events that happened today. There were people in our community upset that they moved the major celebration to Saturday. This day was granted because there were people who cared enough to fight hard to get this day noted as a holiday. For the activities to be moved to the Saturday does not sit well with some of our community.

Personally, I would like the activities to happen on the 19th because the day of Emancipation is so significant. But I celebrated by remembering the importance of the day and I hope next year the activities will return to the actual 19th of June.

 

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Damita

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Blogathon 2014: Monday Morning Networking

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I am playing catch on my blog post. Time has gotten the best of me. Yesterday I went to my Monday Morning networking meeting. We had a larger group with new faces. It is always good to meet new people who are entrepreneurs to share stories, ideas and brainstorm on common issues.

The question for our discussion was how do you value your time? As we went around the room, I heard many ways people handle and value their time. I discussed how I am now putting time to my task vs. just having task without a time limit. Time limits can help me stay focus and gain productivity. Most people in the group felt that they like to give their time to people in order to help them. There was one person that made a good point. He stated if someone brings their cell phone to a meeting and talks on it while they are meeting, he will not continue the meeting. He wants to respect the client’s time but the client should respect his time as well. I thought it was a good value of time.

I may have mentioned this before but the reason I enjoy my Monday Morning meetup is because it’s not about exchanging cards and talking about what you do in order to secure business. We talk about topics that help us grow and think in our business and our personal life.

Is there a networking group you attend that is more than exchanging cards? Let me know your experience.

#mondaymorningmeetup, #valueoftime, #productivity, #ujima, #networking

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Damita
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Father’s Day

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This will be short tonight. I wish all the father’s a very Happy Father’s Day. I don’t celebrate Father’s day any longer except I quietly remember my dad and all he did for me. I loss my dad in 1993 and it changed my life forever. My daddy was a hard worker, a great provider, but a quiet man. But don’t let his quietness full you, he was smart. I feel like I get my quietness from him. When he did speak, we all listened because what he had to say you knew was well thought out and important.

My daddy, Willie Miller, Jr., taught me to go after what I wanted in life. He taught me that I did not need to depend on others to make things happen, if I wanted it go and get it. I have lived my life with those words. I miss him and if you have a dad that is living, tell him you love him and spend time with him. If you have loss our father, take his memory and remember the good times you shared.

Happy Father’s Day Again to all the wonderful fathers in the world!!!

 

Damita

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2014 Blogathon: My Week In Review

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I am a day behind in my posting. Yesterday I took a day to rest. I did not get on my computer or Ipad but to only check for any email that needed response. But I had to take a day to do nothing but sleep and relax, My week was busy and non-stop. Do you ever take time to just stop and say I’m not doing anything? I had plan to do some art but that even went out the window. I did my radio show and when I returned home I sat in my recliner and reclined.

We have to take care of ourselves as entrepreneurs because we will work ourselves to death. I’m learning that I can’t get burned out because my business is me. So I try to take my Fridays. But I want to review my week.

I am enjoying the blogathon, it is making me accountable and I need that in my life. This week I shared some art resources along with my personal art. The most important post for the week is the legacy post where I talked about my legacy and what I will leave behind. I watched the Dr. Maya Angelou memorial and it gave me the thoughts to do the post. I shared my mentoring experience as well as my thoughts when moving into a new position.  I hope you have enjoyed my post but again I love this blogathon because I know now that I can be accountable to myself to get work done.

How was your week?

 

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Damita

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2014 Blogathon: We All Need A Mentor

MentoringWhen I started my business five years ago, I jumped in feet first and I never looked back. Now, I am reviewing my business and looking at how I can move forward and be more successful. I have sought advice from many people and some of the things I implemented some I chose not to do. But now, I need a business mentor that can help me break my business down and re-think my vision.

For the last two months, I have been receiving guidance and mentoring from an organization called SCORE. They are volunteers who are retired from different industries and they offer their expertise to assist a business owner in navigating through their difficulties and find solutions that will move their businesses forward.

Today I met with my mentor and we reviewed my struggle with moving my publication to a online/digital product. I enjoyed print and having a product I could hold in my hand and read. Going digital has been hard for me to think through and feel good about what I am doing. Continue reading “2014 Blogathon: We All Need A Mentor”

Artist Trading Cards Too Much Fun

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I love Artist Trading Cards.  I don’t do them enough.  Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as a playing card.  Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. (Wikipedia).

My Creative Mingle group, created ATC’s a couple of months ago. We then traded the cards with one another. This so much fun. I want to share the two cards I did before the swap. You can find many online groups that do swaps of cards and you can check your local community to see who might be trading cards.

Will you try ATC’s? Let me know if enjoy creating them as much as I do.

#2014Blogathon, #arttradingcards, #yearofart

 

 

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Damita

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How To Manage Your Task When You’re Slightly Overextended

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I wear a lot of hats during the day. I am a publisher, a wife, a dog owner, a networker, a writer, a entrepreneur, and daughter. I know you are saying, we all wear many hats so what? Well, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed because I have a to-do list a mile long and hardly anything with a line through it. I like to be organized and things run smoothly in the perfect world. But I realized five years ago when I became a entrepreneur I needed a system.

I wanted to share with you what I do to keep myself from being overwhelmed and overextended most of the time. I do admit I’m still working on my system. These may not work for you but for me they help.

1. I keep an on-going T0-Do list. I then pull each day what I have to do for that day.

2. I use a journal that I keep notes, meetings, ideas and any information in one place.

3. I am learning to say no, even though I feel guilty sometime. Because I do spread myself too thin at times.

4. I create systems for each major activity I have to do. For example, I have a system for my chair position with the PR committee of my networking group. I know what has to be done and when. This has helped me stay focused and on task.  I created a system for this 30 day blogathon by having a editorial calendar that lets me know what I will be writing to save time. I do admit I do make last minute changes.

5. I take some time to de-stress by doing my artwork, if only for a few hours. It helps me balance everything.

I know these are not new tips or ideas but I wanted to share after my day today. I got to improve some systems and create a new system in order for my life to stay as balanced as possible.

What systems do you use to take control of your life being business or personal?

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Damita

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