This is a time that is both confusing and yet clear. Sometimes it’s just best to decide to not make sense of it all and to simply live it and be inspired. Here are several quotations about life by the late Gwendolyn Brooks (Born June 7, 1917) that you can use for inspiration and to inspire the people who follow you on social media.
“What, what am I to do with all of this life?”
― Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha
“My Poem is life, and not finished.
It shall never be finished.
My Poem is life, and can grow.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks
“This is the urgency: Live!
And have your blooming in the noise of the whirlwind.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks
“Live not for Battles Won.
Live not for The-End-of-the-Song.
Live in the along.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks
“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks
“She was learning to love moments. To love moments for themselves.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks
“Poetry is life distilled.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks
Well, it is June and half of the year is almost over. Are you a blogger or do you have a social network in need of engagement? Here are a few monthly observances you can blog about or chat up on your social networks.
- African-American Music Appreciation Month
- Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
- Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- Country Cooking Month
- Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing Month
- International Men’s Month
- Rebuild Your Life Month
- Professional Wellness Month
If you’re like many of us, you have been cooking at home more than usual, this would be a great time to talk about it during Country Cooking Month. We are certain you have some marketing lessons you have learned that you can blog about and share. Rebuilding one’s life is not an easy task, why not celebrate the people who have done so and encourage those who are doing so now? And for Professional Wellness Month, talk about the stress and strains of working and offer a few solutions to your followers and friends.
Jane Friedman is a genius when it comes to dispensing advice to authors – new and old. We have featured some of her advice over the years. Here are five (5) blog posts that can help you with your writing or the business of writing, especially during the Coronavirus crisis.
We think these will inspire you if you endeavor to write and sell books. Best wishes and happy reading.
This is a time when most of us are either sheltering in place with our families or distant from them yet wanting to be nearer. Here are seven (7) quotes about family to soothe, inspire and even make you and others smile and laugh.
“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
― George Burns
“Happiness [is] only real when shared”
― Jon Krakauer
“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. ”
― Jim Butcher
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
― Oscar Wilde
“That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.”
― Deb Caletti
“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there anymore.”
― Robin Hobb
Do you have a favorite quote about family? If yes, please share it in a comment. Thank you.
As we approach the half-year mark, maybe we can consider doing some things on our goal lists, wish lists, and the list of things we tend to put off. Here is a sampling of some activities you can accomplish in a short space of time, and even add them to what you have accomplished in 2020 so far.
- Send a query letter to a blogger you admire and ask if you can be a guest contributor. Get that byline and article to share with family and friends.
- Liven up your home office by painting an accent wall and moving furniture around or maybe buying one thing that will inspire you as you work.
- Find a photographer to take a social distanced headshot and portrait of you that you can flaunt on social media and use to update your website.
- Build a website and get a domain in your name.
- Write a fan letter to a notable you admire.
- Interview family members for a family history.
- Extend an invitation to Zoom or video-conference with someone you know via social media.
- Bake cookies, pies or cakes to leave at a neighbor’s doorstep. Food is an icebreaker.
- Take an online course. There are many that are free and some that give credits towards a certificate. Continuing education is always a good thing.
You are in no rush to accomplish a thing but now and again the creative juices flow, and we have to follow. Whatever it is you choose to do, do for you. Enjoy.
We are five months into 2020. Can you believe it? Time is dragging for some of us and moving entirely too fast for others. Whew. Here are a few monthly observances you can blog about or chat up on your social networks. Some of these should be fun.
- National Barbeque Month
- National Bike Month
- National Foster Care Month
- National High Blood Pressure Education Month
- National Mental Health Month
- National Military Appreciation Month
- Older Americans Month
- Personal History Month
- Women’s Health Care Month
- National Family Month (5/12 to 6/16)
For National Barbecue Month, you can share photos or a recipe or blog about an experience involving BBQing. Personal History Month is a great month to explore your genealogy and encourage others to do so too. And Women’s Health Care Month is great for talking about and sharing information about the health cause nearest and dearest to your heart.
Lastly, go through the list and see if any of your fictional characters or storylines relate. Pairing an observance with your book can be a great way to market a book or story you’re selling.
There is nothing any human can do to stop the Covid-19 crisis, except for those things we can do as individuals such as practice social distance, wash our hands, and stay at home as much as possible. But as you stay in your home for health’s sake, consider the following opportunities available to reinvent yourself, market or begin your business and practice a bit of self-care.
- Research the career you’ve always wanted. Visit university sites for distance learning classes and continuing education online.
- Review your resume and update it. Punch it up. If you know someone who has the ability to make you look amazing on paper, give them the work.
- Update your website’s bio area and even consider updating the look of your site.
- Pull out old manuscripts, dust them off, and republish or simply publish them.
- Re-market every book you’ve ever written.
- Co-op with other authors and crafts people to sell your work.
- Create a side-hustle you can do from home.
- Volunteer to make masks or other essentials for friends, family, churches and all non-medical facilities. Do something for your community right in your living room.
I think we’ve provided some ideas to get those creative juices flowing. Remember, you’ve got this and the more you focus on something for post-crisis, the better you will feel on the inside.
Are you experiencing anxiety over how to pay your bills during this crisis? Some of us are confined to our homes for various reasons and/or have lost income. Maybe some of these suggestions and resources will be of help.
Things you can do now:
- Notify debtors about your loss of income.
- See if you have any paid protections such as the ability to ask for deferred payments, interest forgiveness and more on loans.
- Check to see what your state/region/municipality is offering in the way of eviction, utility payment and mortgage suspensions.
Need remote employment? Here is a list of online resources that could be of help.
- Consider searching Facebook for remote job groups such as Dreamers//Doers and Remote Work & Jobs for Digital Nomads. There are many others.
- Here is a “massive” list via The Work-from-Home Mother.
- And there is also Indeed.com, FlexJobs.com, and LinkedIn.com.
- Ask people if they need any help. Ask friends if they know of anyone.
- Put a call out on your social networks. Tell people you need remote work.
Some social service agencies have a variety of services available for people who have lost income or work during this time. Call the United Way for referrals.
There are also a few funds established to assist, depending on your experience and background. They are worth exploring. To find them type the keywords “covid-19 and emergency funds and emergency assistance” in Google and just take the time to research. Reach out to your social networks for information. Here are some resources but we cannot guarantee they are still available:
If you know of other resources, this is a great time to share as well as a great reason to do so. We just want you to receive care.
Covid-19 (the coronavirus) is no joke. However, we need a good laugh as we deal with restrictions in our movement, changes in our lifestyles, and the realities of the virus. Here are eight quotes to add to beautiful graphics or simply post and share with your networks.
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
― Steve Martin
“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
― Mark Twain
“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
― Douglas Adams
“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
― Paul Terry
“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”
― George Carlin
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.”
― Jane Austen
“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
― Mae West
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
― A.A. Milne
Need more humor? Here are two sites that provide some pretty good (and decent) jokes: Laugh Factory and Thought Catalog.
Many of us around the country are under our state’s mandates or orders to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place. We are also working from home, and there are a few who are first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workers employed by hospitals and related facilities. And the reality is that many of us, including people in our social networks, are frightened.
It is wise to practice responsibility as we post and share on social media. Here are a few tips.
- Pick one or two trusted news sources to receive your daily updates on the coronavirus and your city and region’s responses to it. For example, choose a national news source, a local news source and follow your city and state’s health departments. The point is to stay informed but not overwhelmed by information.
- Make a conscious effort to share credible information with your social networks. Do not cause alarm or feed a frenzy of fear and panic. Be trustworthy with what you share.
- Think before posting. Is the thing you’re posting trigger fear inside of you? If so, it will trigger fear inside of someone else.
- Balance out postings. Post puppy and cat videos – anything happy – sometimes. Choose to soothe the soul.
- Promote self-care and good health practices such as proper handwashing, social distancing, eating healthy foods, and exercising. Some people following you are stressed out. Give them ideas that will help them decompress like talking to friends and family, reading, writing, yoga, listening to music, or other hobbies.
Our followings are a privilege. There are times like now when we have to give them something back for caring about us. Post responsibly.