Welcome to Raspberries and Running Shoes! I am Cindy, a twenty-something living in Manhattan, Kansas. Here you can read about goal setting, technology, and life in general.

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.

Atahualpa

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.

Evernote

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

Hootsuite

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.

Canva

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!

 

Use the New Evernote Web Beta for Distraction Free Writing

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If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen this tweet a few days ago:

And I am still enamored!   I love how clean and uncluttered it feels.  Anything I feel like I want to add to a note is just a click or two away.

One of my favorite parts of the new web app is being able to work in a completely uncluttered screen.  Bonus points if you push F11 and make your browser full screen.

I already feel like my writing has been more productive.

Fall in Love with the Process

Just Do It. (3) It’s so easy to get bogged down in the result of your goals.

Let’s say you want to lose weight.  Conventional wisdom tells us to set SMART goals, with a deadline at the end of it (the T in SMART).  You decide the number of pounds you want to lose by this day and you get started.
You start eating healthy.  You are already feeling worlds better, but you aren’t seeing the reduction in weight your goal dictates you to have.  You become discouraged and you stop.
It’s important to fall in love with your right now. Positive habits should be a lifelong commitment, not just a thing you do to get something out of it.  Make running a ritual, enjoy trying new foods that make you feel better.  If you lose weight in the process, fantastic.  But you have already won if you are feeling better.
You won’t get anywhere if you don’t put in the hard work.  At least make the time getting there enjoyable.

Friday Social

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Oh my goodness.

This week has been absolutely crazy in all the best ways possible.  My heart is full and my mind is buzzing with big ideas.  For the first time in a while, I feel like I have so much I want to do that I’m having some trouble prioritizing it.

I am excited.

October Currently

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The Currently Journaling Challenge is a project by Kristin of RuKristin Papercrafts that encourages you to document your right now.  Take 5 minutes to write down what you are reading, watching, and enjoying and soon you’ll have an album full of cards!

Friday Social

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Oh my goodness.  This week has been full of ups and downs.  I feel like I am (Finally!) getting back on track.

I am making a conscious effort to dedicate a few hours of focused time this week to my website and I feel like it is starting to make a difference.  I just set a timer for an hour, lock myself in the spare bedroom (or the coffee shop!) and get to work.  There is always something I can think of to do to fill that time, and I feel much less rushed by deadlines this way.  I’m excited to see where it goes!

We went to the movies this week for an evening showing of Maze Runner.  This is a book that has been eluding me for a while.  I’ve had it on hold at the library a couple of times but every time it’s my turn I’m engrossed in another book and miss my chance.  I really enjoyed the movie.  Like the rest of the world, I’ve been on a dystopian kick for a while.  This one met all of the requirements of a good one.

I’m taking a new eCourse!  I signed up for the Agenda course from Studio Calico.  I’ve only done one lesson so far, but it seems like it’ll be a really good course.  I’m excited.

Happy weekend!

No Takeout was a Success! (And how you can begin your own no takeout challenge)

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For the last two weeks, Tony and I decided to cook all our meals at home.  The exception was visits to the coffee shop since we go there to work and it’s not usually for a meal.

Overall, it went really well!  We ended it Friday night because I had plans with a friend, but we felt very good about the progress we’d made and plan to continue it through this week.

I really expected to be craving pizza a few days in, but that never happened.  Any cravings were more fleeting thoughts of, “oh, that sounds good”, but we had enough variety in our meals that it didn’t affect us too much.  Tony had some trouble with all the food advertisements during football games, but we had plenty of yummy options it wasn’t an issue.

Physically, we felt much better.  After just a few days we already started to notice a difference, and immediately after we had Chinese food for dinner, I felt bad again.

Packing lunches seemed to help give me more time during my lunch hour, but we had enough leftovers during the week that we only had them a few times.  I would like to do it more often because it’s a good way to have a ton of veggies without really having to think about it.  I love that we aren’t throwing as much produce away.  Before, it felt like we couldn’t get through things fast enough before they became gross.  I hate wasting food.

Something I did to make sure we didn’t get burned out was trying a new recipe every week.  It didn’t have to be anything elaborate, but injecting something new meant we weren’t eating the same things over and over.

If you want to start a no takeout challenge yourself, here are my suggestions:

1. Plan out 7 dinners, a handful of lunches, and breakfasts for your week.

Don’t just leave it up to what you’re feeling like.  You can have any of those dinners at any time in the week, just make sure you have 7 planned out to keep yourself from thinking too hard when you’re hungry.

2. Make sure one of those dinners is a new recipe.

Injecting some variety into your meals will help a lot.

3. Pack lunches as often as possible.

Even if you make extra at dinner, you won’t put yourself in a time crunch and feel tempted if you’re prepared.

4) Don’t think of it as giving up something.

I know this is easier said than done, but avoid making it feel like you’re missing out.  The less you think about it, the easier it is.

We plan to continue the challenge for the next few weeks, maybe doing it during the week and taking weekends off for one meal out for as long as we can keep going.

What is One Thing You Can Do Today to Bring you Closer to Your Goal?

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I have a lot of someday goals.  Someday I want to do this.  Someday I will to do that.  It’s always something way in the future and those things are what I’m excited about.

All of my focus goes into planning my someday goals.  I tend to live in the future instead of right now.

Consider your right now.  What is one small thing you can do to bring you closer to your goal?

Maybe it’s brainstorming more ideas for blog posts or writing or commenting on blogs.  Maybe you could join a twitter chat.

Whatever it is, find one small thing that will help you get a little closer.  Incremental steps can make all the difference in the world.

Related: What is the Easiest Next Step

Friday Social

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If we were having coffee today, I would tell you we have started visiting a coffee shop a few times a week to get some work done. It’s amazing what an hour or two of focused work can do for you!

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you how inspired I have been feeling this week.  Now my problem is I have SO MANY THINGS I am excited about that it’s hard to know how to prioritize them.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you I have discovered the Pumpkin Spice Brulee tea from Teavana and I am hooked!  When the first two ingredients are cinnamon and white chocolate, you can’t go wrong!