What’s Happening in Your Community?

I have lived for 60 years in Rochester, NY. It is a culturally diverse community with many opportunities to enrich the lives of its residents. I realized that while visiting Los Angeles, I have not fully explored my own hometown. I am going to encourage you to discover your own neighborhood. You can either see it as a participant or even as a volunteer. Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your city/town and it will not only help someone in need, but studies show that it can bring so much to the lives of those who assist others. If you are ever feeling depressed, volunteering brings to light that there is always someone who has it worse than you do and people tend to feel better about their own circumstances. So get on the computer, check in with your church, call around and see where you can offer your time and talents. EVERYONE has something they can offer. Happy Exploring!

#diversity#culture#culturaldiversity#communityoutreach #kimcubittconsulting

Monday Morning Mindset

Ugggh! The dreaded Monday morning. Most people are struggling to get up to go to work. You came off a great weekend and hopefully spent time with family and friends. It was a chance for you to recharge your “battery”. I challenge you to shift your mindset about Mondays. This is the first day of the week and it is a chance for you to build your work skills to accomplish your goals in life. If you are not in a job that you enjoy, what transferable skills can you work on to take with you to your next job. Think of one skill each week to build. It will help you feel empowered. Good luck and Happy Monday!

#positivethinking#mondaymotivation #kimcubittconsulting

Common Courtesy

We occasionally seem to have forgotten the importance of being kind to others. Saying “please”, “thank you” and “Can I help you?” are all ways to show respect to others. Take the time today to make these simple, yet incredibly, powerful gestures to others. Don’t forget your family when considering these suggestions. Something as kind as holding a door for someone and smiling lifts both your spirits. Give it a try. I hope you have a great day.

#commoncourtesy #manners #kimcubittconsulting

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.