Cheers to 2017

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I posted here. I feel like life has quite literally flown by this year.

So many people are saying that 2016 was horrible. I will admit – it wasn’t great for me either. However, to lump everything into a ‘bad year’ doesn’t work for me, I’d like to think every day can be awesome, regardless of the date or year.

That being said, I’m ready for 2016 to be over!

Cheers to 2017

I’m ready for 2017, so ready.

My words and focus for the year ahead

Abundance. Creativity. Give generously. Be Grateful.

my goals and resolutions for 2017

I did a combination of resolutions and annual planning for 2017. I loved Lara Casey’s series on goal-setting for the new year and also this post by a former Google career coach to create a mind-map to come up with my final list below.

My business goals are broken out by task and action steps separately from this post, but here’s the master list of things I’m focusing on this coming New Year.

HEALTH

I want to get back to the gym daily for 2-3km of cardio, increase my strength (I hate weights) and get back down to my ideal weight and then maintain that. Sounds so simple when I put it into one sentance but I know that it’s not, especailly for someone like me who adores cheeseburgers and hates the gym.

FRIENDS

I want to make more of an effort with the girlfriends I do have and foster new relationships in 2017.

FAMILY

Continue to be patient and loving with my girls and grow respect, love and affection within my marriage.

PERSONAL ORGANIZATION

I want to spend time every day doing something around the house including being more organized with our finances, personal possessions and keeping a better, more organized, house.

SPIRITUAL

Meditate, manifest and pray. I grew up very religious but don’t currently attend church or believe in any specific

I grew up in a very religious environment, but I don’t currently attend church or believe in any specific religion.

My goal for 2017 is to find my own spirituality. I’m starting the year off by reading May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein.

RECREATION

MORE travel in 2017. We did less travel in 2016 and I want to get back to where we used to be.

WORK

Modern Mama has some goals for new growth in 2017 including online parenting programs and outsourcing and hiring a few people.

With StartupMoms, I have big goals to give generously to moms looking to start a business, support mom entrepreneurs and launch several programs in 2017.

CREATIVITY

Potentially launch one more business idea I have had brewing for some time. I also love to colour, write, draw, read and doodle in my down time. I want more of this in 2017.

CHEERS to you, happy planning!

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5 Chrome Extensions Every Blogger Needs

Are you a blogger? Do you use Chrome? You should be.

When you get Chrome, do some exploring in the extensions (in the Window menu, select Extensions).

“Chrome Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.”

The icon of the extension appears on your browser toolbar once you’ve installed it within your Chrome as shown here:

 

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Here are five extensions you must install immediately.

5 Chrome Extensions Bloggers Need

Google Analytics

Did you already know about the Google Analytics Chrome Extension? It will change your life, I guarantee it.

What this extension does is allow you to find out your statistics on ANY page on your website. Simply by clicking the button while you’re on the post you want to view stats for. No more searching for specific post URLs in Google Analytics’ dashboard. It will look like this along the top of your screen:

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Hootsuite

You can share and schedule tweets (and other social network shares) directly from your post. Yes, all you do is click the little Hootsuite button in your browser and schedule from there. It inserts the Hootsuite ow.ly link automatically for you (linking to the page you’re on when you click the Hootsuite button).

Social Analytics

You can view social shares (Facebook, Twitter, etc) for any website or page on the internet, again like the Google Analytics extension – it’s a game changer. Especially if you’re tracking any site in addition to your own.

Grammarly

This extension checks your spelling and grammar on all sites you visit. Facebook, writing a blog post, crafting a tweet or email – all of it. It will underline spelling and grammar errors for you always – no need to spell check or worrying about sending an email with terrible grammar in your next big pitch.

Pinterest

The Pinterest extension allows you to pin to your carefully curated boards at any time from any site. Simple as that!

So are you using Chrome yet? Get to it!

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