Celebrating Independence, the Freedom to Be…

Dear readers,

I hope you had a great independence day!

In the world of network marketing (I am a LegalShield associate), July 4th is often an opportunity to declare your “financial independence”… This is an idea I find compelling and inspiring, as I hope to build my business to the point where I can work from home exclusively and be a stay-at-home dad!

However, no matter what’s important to you, the second half of the year — July to December — is an opportunity to get realigned with what matters, discard what doesn’t, and refocus on your priorities!

Just over a week ago, I had the privilege to facilitate a webinar for a meetup group I created and help run, Write to Impact the World.  The topic, dear reader, was blogging with WordPress — how to get started, how to get focused and how to thrive!

So, to honor that commitment, and thanks to a couple of new readers from the writers group, I’m posting for the first time in a long while, with the hope that my ruminations will become more regular and interesting, to me and those who dare to join my inner monologue!

Let’s chat!  What’s important to you?  I would love to hear from you!  :)

I got a Masters degree today (+). I am, however, not yet employed (-). Here’s an attempt to reconcile those two things.

The Wordsmith:

Great thoughts about the career transition process: the good, the bad, and the insightful!

Originally posted on The Context Of Things:

That’s a video of me ice skating in about 2007. As you can see, I’m a total goddamn wreck. I embedded that video above because (a) it’s moderately funny and (b) short and (c) somewhat encapsulates how I feel at this exact moment. I got a Masters degree today, which is a notable accomplishment. (Go Me!) But I got it from a program almost exclusively designed to get you a job, and … I don’t yet have one. This isn’t such a big deal — people finish graduate school without jobs all the time, including a few of my friends from the program I was in — but sometimes it’s a challenge to process. I wrote about this a little bit in April, so I won’t go too deep on it here. I’ve been in this headspace around graduation and jobs and no jobs for the better…

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From Modern Art to Medicine: Exploring Museum Blogs

The Wordsmith:

Stay curious and open to new possibilities, dear reader!

Have a great weekend, and please let me know if you check out one of these fine institutions, either in person or online!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Unframed

At Unframed, the blog of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), curators, program directors, and other staff discuss the museum’s collections and raise awareness around the art scene of Southern California. You’ll read details on new acquisitions and personal takes on exhibitions.

The head of the Chinese and Korean art department, for example, offers a curator’s perspective on the Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections exhibit, running through July 6. We also enjoy the behind-the-scenes posts complementing the work at LACMA, like this Q&A with teens on a Glenn Ligon exhibit.

National Media Museum

The National Media Museum in West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom focuses on the science, technology, and art of the still and moving image. On the blog, writers cover exhibitions and events and offer a glimpse into the museum’s massive archive of objects in its photography, cinematography, and television collections.

From commentary on early war photography in Crimea

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Hug a Tree Today!

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Also, this just in — I am still alive and well!  I mention it because it’s been awhile since I updated this blog!  But I’m back, and bigger and better than ever!

Did you do something to let Yo Mama (Mother Earth) know you love her today?

An associate of mine gave me several seedlings to plant she got at her local Arbor Day celebration!  My wife and I decided that our beautifully wooded front and back yard are currently at capacity — we have several beautiful oak trees in our front and back yard — but I brought the mini-trees into work and  one of my coworkers has already adopted one of the trees to plant in her yard.  Mission accomplished!

It’s a beautiful world we’re living in, folks, and it makes sense to take good care of it — and ourselves, so we have as much time as possible to enjoy it!

That’s it for me, for now… Just wanted to declare that I exist, and so does this blog, still!

Whether or not you hug a tree today, do something, even if it’s just symbolic — taking a deep breath of fresh air, thanking God that it’s finally Spring! — to acknowledge and honor our environment and all that it does for us!

Cringe Worthy Cover Letters

If you’ve ever written a resume, a cover letter or a letter of recommendation, you know how important it is to balance being accurate with promoting yourself and your skills (or the person for whom you’re writing it, in the case of a letter of recommendation).

However, this young man clearly overdid it, as his cover letter to J.P. Morgan has become the laughingstock of the civilized world:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tenacious-summer-analyst-applicant-got-laughed-at-by-everyone-else-on-wall-street.html

For freelance writers such as myself and others who love the written word and/or the process of career transitions, what’s the moral of the story here?

Perhaps it’s that promoting yourself can be taken too far, and if you’re bordering on obnoxious with your claims about yourself, it could be time to take it down a notch!

It’s definitely a funny letter, worthy of being mocked!  Enjoy!

Social Media to Impact the World!

For those of you who love social media and are interested in ideas and strategies to promote yourself, I facilitated and recorded a webinar on this topic for my writer’s group last night!

If you were on the webinar, rock on!  If you missed it, you can watch the recording here now:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/416980942

Also, if you want to follow my freelance webinar facilitation company, Digital Transformation, on Facebook, you will be part of the in crowd and you can find out about upcoming webinars I’m hosting here:  http://www.facebook.com/digitaltransformation

As you may have guessed, I think social media is awesome and the opportunities and potential for you to promote yourself and advance your career or your business are gigantic.  While last night’s webinar was all about using social media to promote your writing, whether it is the great American novel or a freelance project, I think it was a high enough level overview that you will find it interesting and useful no matter what you’re currently working on.

Also, if you are a writer and you’re not yet a part of the Write to Impact the World meetup group, what are you waiting for?  While we are a group that meets in person and we are based in New Jersey, we obviously also do webinars and online events, we have an awesome message board, and we are interested in anyone, anywhere participating as much as they can.

So, if you haven’t yet joined our group, join for free now: http://www.meetup.com/Write-To-Impact-The-World-Matawan-Meetup-Group/

Once you join the group, post on this topic directly to our message board here: http://www.meetup.com/Write-To-Impact-The-World-Matawan-Meetup-Group/messages/boards/forum/2482202

Also, if you’re on Twitter, follow me @captkeating, and if you tweet about this topic, use the hashtag #writing4impact as this will be the hashtag that we use for the writing group going forward!

Thanks for your interest in this topic, and please comment and let us know your perspective on social media and using it to promote yourself!