Site Wrap – June 2009

I'm Blogging ThisI thought I’d start taking the opportunity once a month to rehash all the information that has been posted here at Start Being Your Best during the previous month.  I want to make sure that, since we’ve got new folks coming on board all the time, everyone knows what’s been going on around the site.

I put up 9 new posts on Start Being Your Best during the month:

Getting Off Track:  This post was about a hike that I took with my wife and son that ended up being quite a bit longer than we all had bargained for.  The main point I wanted to get across was that sometimes we all need to take the time to evaluate exactly where we think we’re going, and why we’re not getting the results we’d hoped for.

A Plea For a Return to Decency:  My “grumpy old man rant” post for the month.  I don’t plan on doing this too often, but I’m really concerned about the sense of entitlement that I see in society today among the young folks, especially as I have a young son.  I don’t want him to emulate this, and I’m really trying to find a way to “swim upstream”, so to speak.  The comments I received on this one were (somewhat surprisingly) very supportive.

Do Something Awesome:  I’m really proud of this post.  I want my blog first and foremost to inspire people to go out and find their own voice.  Doing something awesome isn’t really about looking for ways to gain acclaim or money, it’s about finding a way to help people out.  You have a story that only you can tell, and it can help someone.

The Working Mom’s Dilemma:  A great guest post from my friend, Karianne Wilkins.  She’s the proprietor of earlytolearn.com, and she told us all about her struggle to find a balance between raising a family and doing something awesome.  Having this kind of perspective that I can’t provide is great, and I’m very grateful to her for providing it.

Quitting the Right Way:  This post was spawned out of some issues I’ve had in the past with being hesitant to try things because I’m afraid of committing to something I can’t finish.  I think there are certain times when it’s justifiable to quit, but those are few and far between.  The key to this, like many other things, is to quit lying to yourself.  I wrote about my Dad in this post, and he came over and chimed in in the comments.  That was fun. 🙂

Make Real Connections:  I’ve been struggling with how necessary it is for me to be connected to all of these new sources of information that the internet and social media have spawned.  Although I think the “real-time” aspect of the updates can be great, I see the negative, as well.  I think that a lot of us are losing time and expending energy that would be better spent with our friends IRL (“in real life”, for those who didn’t know that acronym).  The point here is balance.  Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater at either extreme.

Collaborative Storytelling:  I tested out an “out of right field” connection between personal development and role-playing games in this post.  I wrote that your life is a story, and you have the power to control the characters involved.  If the folks around you are helpful, let them continue on in the story.  If not, write them out of it.  Life is too short and time is too precious to put up with people who bring you down.  Additionally, I tried out a companion video with this post, which I’ve been told is very soothing (my wife compared it to a subliminal programming CD that you play while you’re trying to sleep, so give that a shot).

The Life Design Series:  I finished up this series with a couple of posts, Staying On Track With Your Goals and Putting It All Together.  This series is designed to help you develop a process for creating actionable goals that align with your core values.  If you feel like you’ve been floating through life aimlessly, rather than living purposefully, I’d encourage you to check it out.

I also wrote a couple of guest posts on different sites this past month:

Five Rules For Life:  Jon Andre asked me to share what I believe to be the five most important rules for a happy, successful, and fulfilling life.  I had some fun with this one, as it caused me to crystallize my thinking.

Early to Learn:  Karianne and I swapped posts.  While she was here writing about balance, I wrote about my role as a father’ in educating my son when I can’t always be around as much as I’d like.

I’d like to take a moment to ask you what you’d like to hear from me.  Are there any topics you’re particularly interested in discussing?  Any thoughts for new series I could start on?  I have some ideas of my own that I’m working on, but I want to make sure I’m talking about things that are relevant and interesting to you, the readers.

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to contact me in the comments (probably best, since other people can chime in and discuss, as well), or via email at jason[at]startbeingyourbest.com.  I read everything I get, and try to respond in a timely manner.

So, that’s what’s been going on around here.  Thanks so much for your continued participation in the site, by reading, commenting and sending emails.  It’s all greatly appreciated.  We’ll see you around.

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