20 Things to Do Before 2020

We want you to live your best life now. If you are a writer, want to be a writer or have some other goal you’d like to complete, we offer these 20 things to do before January 1, 2020. 

  1. Meditate and pray about the life you want to have. 
  2. Meditate and pray for direction on achieving that life. 
  3. Throw away 20 things that are useless. These are things that you would not give a soul. Throw them out.
  4. Give away 20 things that are useful to someone else. Around your home are 20 things you no longer need but could bless someone else. Give them away.
  5. Write a list of 20 places you want to visit in the next decade.
  6. Write a list of 20 people that you want the best for in the next decade. It can be longer than twenty people. 
  7. Write a list of 20 new things you want to try in the next decade. This list can be shorter. 
  8. If you have a Pinterest account, create a secret board, and pin 20 images that are motivational and aspirational such as a new house or a new car. Use it like a vision board. Have fun and you are not limited to 20 pins. 
  9. Make a list of 20 books you want to read in the coming year. 
  10. Contact at least 20 people who have been kind to you over the years. Contact them how you wish, but let them know.
  11. Write a list of 20 (or more) things you are grateful for in the past year and departing decade. 
  12. Find an exercise you can do for 20 minutes regularly like walking or dancing to favorite music or water exercises. Find that exercise and commit to it for 20 days. 
  13. Give yourself 20 minutes to clean a closet or set of drawers. Just do it. 
  14. Create a fantasy list of 20 people you would love to meet in the next decade, if not sooner.
  15. Create a list of things you would do to help someone else. 
  16. Watch a video or a series of videos that instructs you on a topic you want to learn more about such as writing or drawing or baking. Vimeo and YouTube have tons of instructional videos that are free. 
  17. Write a list of 20 things you like about you and your life. 
  18. Create one space in your living quarters that is just for you and just for doing absolutely nothing, sit there and do nothing. 
  19. Take a cozy nap by any means necessary. Give yourself permission to simply nap. 
  20. Write a love letter to yourself. You deserve to know you are loved. 

Happy New Year and Happy 2020!

A 2019 Round-up of a Few of Our Favorite Posts for You

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite posts that are focused on you and your work. Feel free to share them with friends, and tell us which posts moved or helped you the most this year. 

7 THINGS TO DO THIS FALL TO REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT

10 PODCASTS THAT INSPIRE

ESSENTIAL SELF-CARE TIPS FOR WRITERS AND CREATIVES

READ MORE, WRITE BETTER

BOOK MARKETING 101: YOU NEED TO WORK A PLAN

7 SUMMER BOOK OR PRODUCT PROMOTIONS THAT COST LITTLE TO NOTHING

“LOVE WALKED IN” IS NOW AVAILABLE!

AUTHOR AND BOOK MARKETING TIPS FOR INSTAGRAM

TIPS TO BECOMING RELATABLE ON YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS

SITES WITH WRITING CONTEST LISTS

Thank you for following us this year. We hope to provide even better content in the new year and decade. 

Be Like Oprah and Create a Holiday Favorite Things Guide

Oprah is the ultimate influencer. If she says she likes a product or book or movie or even a person, others flock right to it. You have influence too, so share a few of your favorite things with your audience too. Here is a quick step-by-step:

  • Choose 5 – 10 items you can showcase with a link and graphic. Tell people why you love that item. Choose items within an affordable price range. 
  • Tag the company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Let the company or person know you are sharing their product. 
  • If creating a graphic or meme, then make sure your social handles, website and logo are on the graphic of the product. 
  • Schedule it out over a day or two.

You are giving gift ideas but you are also sharing a piece of yourself with others. You might gain some new followers as a result.

Facebook Business Pages Changes that You Could Actually Like

If you have a Facebook business page, then recent changes could actually work to your advantage as you market your brand. 

  • They’ve done away with the gray verification badge and the awkward verification process. Blue badges for well-known names and brands remain the same, but those gray badges are gone. 
  • You can no longer schedule individual posts from Pages, but you can schedule using  Creator Studio, Business Manage, or Publishing Tools. You can also still use Hootsuite or other third-party tools. 
  • Slowly they’ve rolling out a new design and a new logo. The logo is animated on mobile. Study the new design closely to find your favorite tools and features more readily. 
  • Secret Facebook groups are now called Closed groups. If you have a group attached to your business page, take note. 
  • Facebook is testing new photo layouts for multi-image posts, which is great for photos of varying sizes. 
  • The algorithm is changing, but while it is being tested, it could work to your advantage in that more people will be able to find you. Let’s hope that remains. 
  • Check your Messenger and Pages connections for new features like appointment booking. 
  • And if you have your business Instagram account linked to your Facebook page, you can post a story on Instagram and it can be shared as a Facebook story. 

These are good changes so far. If you know of others, share in a comment, please. 

Engage Your Audiences with These 5 Holiday Hacks

Get ready for the holiday season when you automate your activity on social media. These five hacks will not only help you keep your audience engaged but also engage them in a way to show you care. 

  • Taste of Home has wonderful short recipes for desserts and cookies, punches, and dips you can put on a social media meme or graphic with a holiday spin. In an accompanying post, ask them to share their favorites in a comment. Be sure to credit your source for the recipe. 
  • Create music playlists on Spotify or YouTube to share. Do one a week for a month. 
  • WikiHow has this marvelous list of ways to help during the holiday. Choose a few and post them on graphics. 
  • Pick a day and host a virtual holiday party. Play music all day, post holiday-themed quotes on graphics, ask your audience to share their holiday wishes, and take the time to thank them for following you. Be creative and have fun.
  • Change your social media covers on Facebook and Twitter to reflect the holiday season. Add some snowflakes and holly to your regular graphics. It’s like decorating your home. 

It takes a few hours to create these things and schedule them. Show up when you can to “talk” to your following and lift their spirits in the process. You never know who could use the cheer. 

Autumn Quotes for your Social Networks

We are inching closer to the end of the year. Fall, like it or not, is a new beginning. We hope these quotes inspire and motivate you in some small way. 

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.”

Unknown

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.”

Andrea Gibson

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”

Albert Camus

“Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.”

Unknown

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and autumn was awakened.”

Raquel Franco

“Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.”

Samuel Butler

“I loved autumn, the season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”

Lee Maynard

“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”

Unknown

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”

Shira Tamir

 

Wishing you a wonderful autumn, and hoping you take time to enjoy the change of season. 

 

7 Things to Do this Fall to Refresh Your Spirit

The weather is changing and there are activities you can no longer do that you did this summer. Your spirit needs lifting, and we have seven things you can do to refresh and feel invigorated even in colder weather.

  • Join a book club or begin one that meets in a place like a library or museum. 
  • Check your local theater, symphony, and opera companies to purchase tickets to see a play, hear a concerto, or listen to an opera.
  • Take a class at your local community college. Continuing education programs are helpful for both professional and personal growth.
  • Sign up for an indoor exercise class. Yoga, Pilates, and line-dancing classes are good for the body and mind. 
  • Find a local charity and volunteer. 
  • Somewhere in your city is a cooking class. Learn a new cuisine to cook. 
  • Devote 2 to 24 hours to your own wellness and well-being. Schedule time to hear your own thoughts, meditate, and simply rest. 

The key to feeling refreshed is to try some new things, embrace a few old things, and be open to feeling better. We all need the refreshing. How do you lift your own spirits in the fall? Tell us in a comment, please.