Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you all about my ebook.  I’m converting my planner series into an ebook that will be launching mid December.  I’m full on writing, researching, and planning ebook.  I’m excited to see what it becomes.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about the earthquake I felt last week!  It was my first time in an earthquake and while it was very minor, I was not a fan.  I like my feet firmly planted on the stable ground.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how excited I am for the new year.  I don’t usually get like this because I set goals all the time.  This new year feels like a fresh start.  I’m working on choosing a word for 2015, creating a business plan for my website, and considering my health and financial goals.  I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Have a good weekend!

On Doing Things, Even When You Don’t Want To

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This has been a crazy week. I’m not sure if it’s the weather change or I’m not sleeping well or what, but I came home exhausted the last few days. I just want to come home and curl up on the couch.

My schedule doesn’t allow for that. I have things to do. I have goals to make. I’m writing an ebook. I have enough going on that I don’t have time to skip over to dos.

Here’s what you can do to help when you just don’t want to:

1) Schedule it out.

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of my planner. Whether you use something like Asana or a paper planner, take time to break down your projects and schedule them out. Be flexible, but try to stick to your due dates as much as possible. Accomplishing a little at a time will help you finish things in no time.

2) Set a timer.

Close all distractions, set a timer, and work diligently for a set amount of time. Even if you just work for five minutes, that’s 5 minutes’ worth of work you didn’t have before.

3) Make a Must Do List

Your must do list includes the things that, barring a natural disaster, you will do. These are the tasks that you absolutely have to do today no matter what. If you have more time or energy you can move on to other tasks, but you are still maintaining your projects without giving anything up.

How do you accomplish things when you don’t feel like it?

Creating Tasks in Asana from Email

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Here’s a quick tip for a productive Monday!

It’s no secret Asana is my favorite task manager.  I use it for everything from tracking daily to-dos to breaking down big projects.

Your email should not be your to do list.  It’s far too easy to lose or ignore things.  I much prefer my email to be dealt with immediately.  If I can’t get to it right now, it goes directly into Asana.  No more keeping track of random emails or trying to use a complicated star system.

To forward into a specific project, look at the address bar for that specific project.  You should see two sets of numbers.

Grab the first number in the url and format an email like this:

You could use this to remember to respond to emails.  Maybe you’ll use this email to blind carbon copy it into asana to remember to follow-up?  Whatever you choose to use it for, stop using your email as a task list and get it all into a usable format.

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today I would tell you I broke my website this last weekend!  It was really dumb.  I thought I had a duplicate WordPress install, and deleted my actual website.  And this is why we can’t have nice things.  Fortunately I had a backup and only lost a week’s worth of effort.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you this cold weather has been no joke.  I know it’s about to get even colder, and is much colder in other places, but I really dislike being outside right now.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I am super excited for Thanksgiving food.

Happy  Weekend!

Veteran’s Day



If you live in the United States, you may know yesterday was Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day holds a special place in my heart.  Tony actually deployed on Veteran’s Day in 2010.  I won’t ever forget leaving him on base at five in the morning, knowing we won’t see each other for the next several months.  I went home to watch Glee just to be derailed by a Veteran’s Day Kay advertisement.  And that is why I will never buy Kay products.

I’m sure Tony’s memory of that day is much different than mine.

Take some time this week to remember our veterans.

November Goals

November goals

November will be a busy month in the Ochoa house.  Between travel, guests, and holiday craziness, we don’t have a lot of time to mess around.  I wanted to start sharing my monthly goals again, and this seemed like the perfect time.

I feel like I’ve been directionless for a while.  While I have very specific steps I am taking for everything, it helps to have my goals written down.

1) Get a logo – I am currently trying to design something but if I get too frustrated I’ll pay someone to do it.  But by the end of November I will have an updated logo.

2) Finish my opt-in – Did you notice my new newsletter subscription bar up there?  I’ve been waiting to set it up until I had an opt-in ready.  I decided to move forward with the hello bar but I really want to get my opt-in finished before December.

3) Participate in two twitter chats – I have been working really hard to step up my twitter game lately.  However I manage to skip over every twitter chat on my calendar because of whatever reason.  Twitter chats were “next” on my twitter strategy list, so it’s time to get to it.

4) Schedule enough posts to not have any gaps in my calendar - November will be busy.  I really want to be prepared for the busy time by having enough posts scheduled I don’t have any gaps in my calendar.  It’ll be one less thing to stress about.

5) Organize my notebook - I have been slacking here a little bit.  My notebook can be a wonderful resource if I take the time to make it so.  Right now I am using one section of the four I have created and I should probably add more.

What are your goals for this month?

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I discovered cookie in a cup.  Once upon a time, I made a mug cake.  And then I tallied up the calories and cried.  The cookie seems to be much friendlier on calories.  And it takes less than 5 minutes to make.  Sold.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you twice this week I got blog related emails that made me jump up and down in excitement.  I can’t wait to share more as they come about.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you about how I am getting restless with my theme.  It’s time to do some spring (or fall!) cleaning around here.

Happy Halloween! Be safe tonight!

Best Friends, Weddings, and Long Distance Trips


I spent this weekend watching my best friend get married to her boy best friend.  Yes, there are different kinds of best friends, and they’re all super important.

Chrissy and Patrick’s camping themed wedding was perfectly them.  It was adorable and so sweet.

My favorite part was their smores bar in lieu of a cake.

My heart is so full and I haven’t stopped crying since we got home.  I miss everyone.  I can’t wait to see them all again.  :)

Blogging Resources

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Starting a new blog can be very overwhelming.  These are the resources I use all the time to making maintaining my website easier.  The links below could be affiliate links so I’ll get a small commission if you sign up using my link.  I would promote these resources even if I didn’t use them because they are that amazing.  Thank you for your support!

A Small Orange

I host my website through A Small Orange and I LOVE them.  I just spent 20 minutes on live chat with them to help run a backup on my website and they were super patient with me.  They are always available to help and you can even chat with a real person before you buy anything.  On my old host, I had problems with getting an email back within a week.

Build Course

Build is Amy T Schubert’s blogging ecourse and it’s fantastic.  I regularly work my way through the course because there’s always something I’d love someone else’s take on.  It’s always awesome to get a refresh on all aspects of blogging.


This is my theme.  I love that every website I’ve seen built on Athualpa looks different.  It’s 100% customizable to whatever you want.  Color themes, sidebars, dividers between everything, whatever you want to create with your theme is possible.


You know I love Evernote.  It’s where I store everything.  Post ideas, amazing articles I read, recipes.  It all goes in Evernote.


I am slowly increasing my Twitter strategy by posting amazing links from around the web and other bloggers several times a day to my Twitter stream.  Hootsuite makes it easy by posting at the most ideal times of the day.  Unlike Buffer, there aren’t any limits to the number of tweets you can schedule, so you can schedule when you have time.


I use Canva to create all of my text based images for my posts.  It’s free unless you want to use premium art and super easy to use.  I’m addicted to it.

What are your favorite resources?

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how excited I am for continuity between my phone, iPad, and MacBook.  It’ll be really nice to work on one screen at a time instead of juggling all three.  I’m excited to see how it works.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how inspired I have been.  I have so many ideas that I’m excited about.  I can’t wait to see where this goes.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you my best friend is getting married in TWO weeks!  I’m so excited for her!

Happy Weekend!