I’m Back……In a Way.

Finding myself missing blogging. Missing the interaction with strangers who become associates, with readers who become teachers and with friends who become even closer to me.

I’ve been “breaking” from my business for a little while now, to rediscover my passions in life. Passions other than those in work. I’ve been able to spend more time with my family, enjoy my work-work (which I couldn’t do while I was writing so much for Little Red) and I’ve started to work on giving my life a kind of makeover.

Events of the last year have lead me to confirm where I want to go in life and who I want with me along the way. I want to keep writing, but I want it to be fun. I want to keep reading, and read a lot more than I ever have. 

I set a bucket list about 4 years ago and not enough has been achieved up to this point in time as life has really gotten in the way! So I’ve really come to understand that my life and the events that make it wonderful or disastrous are totally up to me and the decisions I make.

The first decision I’ve made is that I’ll continue to rest from Little Red until further notice. That “further notice” could be months, weeks or days. When I’m ready, I’ll be back. The second and more exciting decision I’ve made is that I need to start conquering my bucket list items. So I’ve started my book.

Book? Yep, MY book. I’m going to write about my life, my beliefs and my dreams and it will be dedicated and written for my two children. The reasons why I have decided to do this will be revealed in the Preface, which I hope to release in the next two months.

So if you’d like to read an interesting tale about a 32 year old Mum, nurse, writer and dreamer, stay tuned. I’ll be revealing excerpts along the way and I’m looking to my Little Red followers for feedback. After all, you’ve stayed with me for this long, wouldn’t want to end the friendship now!

I’m really happy to be moving into this reflective phase of my life and I want you all to remember that we only get one chance at life and it’d be sorrowful to leave the Earth with regrets. If you want it, go for it!

 

LEJ

100 Cures for Blogger’s Block- Part 3! Finale from Little Red Writing Solutions

Finale!

Click the above link to download your copy of the finale to my mini series- 100 Cures for Blogger’s Block

Thanks for all of your supportive comments, I appreciate the love you share!

Lauren Jeffery

Little Red Writing Solutions

100 Cures for Blogger’s Block- Part 2!

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Get those creative thought flowing with the second part of Little Red’s 100 Cures for Blogger’s Block and click on the above link to download your copy today

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My Biggest Start-Up Mistake

If there’s one thing I wish I was told before I announced my small business dream to the world, it would’ve been “take your time”.

I in no way rushed into my business planning and development, in fact I spent countless days and weeks wondering how, what, when, where and most importantly why I needed to follow this dream.

But still, in the first few weeks, I got caught up in taking so much advice on board, that I basically stopped listening to my instincts.

These few words sum up the “struggle” I faced in my first few weeks. I forgot I needed a decent amount of sleep. As soon as my kids went to bed, I went hammer and tong into research, business development, networking and didn’t get much actual writing done. And writing is what I do. I forgot that.

My health began to suffer {thanks to the lack of sufficiently deep sleep} and all I could think of when I was at my paid job was “what should I be researching now” or “who should I contact next” or “which seminar would be more beneficial to attend”.

I was trying to do too much at once. It’s always been one of my downfalls and it was my biggest start-up mistake. My writing process was messy and needed refining. There was too many ideas to put into practice, floating around in my head. My head was like a blender grinding with the lid off.

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Slowly, my belief in my abilities as a writer and as a fledgling businesswoman grew. I’ll always be developing my service and my skills to enhance my business and my relationships but taking a breather, taking a step back and slowing down really, REALLY helped.

I complete one task before I start another. I take time out. Stress is kept to a minimum. It feels good because I’ve really learned a lot from my clients, prospective clients and colleagues, my family and my friends. Most importantly, I’ve come to expect only my best from myself, nothing more. That’s all anyone can give.

If I could give new business owners one piece of advice, it would be take your time and ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER.

 

 

Ten Reasons Why Being a Writer is the Best

  1. I can’t lose my job because I work for myself!
  2. I can learn new words every day, it’s like I’m an excited little girl in primary school again. In fact, I’m ALWAYS learning new things
  3. My writing time is flexible
  4. My work doesn’t feel like work. Instead my work should read my “work”. That’s how little like work-work it actually feels
  5. I’m a big talker so I never really feel lost for words. If people don’t want to listen to me, I can always write it all down!
  6. I meet new people every day and learn about different trades and industries
  7. Nothing else feels so right as a career choice
  8. I make ideas come to life
  9. I encourage people to think before they act
  10. It’s something I could do (and will do) every day for the rest of my life

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Do you really love your job? Have you found your dream job?

Little Red’s Top Ten Text Tips for Small Business

  1. Make your point quickly and move on
  2. Know your grammatical rules- know the difference between nouns and verbs
  3. Become friends with spell check
  4. For every sentence you write, write it only once. then proof read it twice.
  5. Switch it up between formal, semi-formal and informal language
  6. Make sure your words have a purpose and encourage the reader to act
  7. Use logic- simplicity, structure
  8. Your text should be easy to read, thanks to bullet points, headings and paragraphs
  9. Did I mention proof reading? Proof read for a third and final time
  10. If you can’t get it right, hire someone who can.

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