Day 19 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge – my theme for this month is gratitude for the special people in my life.
Sally - I am gr8ful for you
Sisters. Friends. Soul Sisters... that's us. Have you ever had someone in your life who is so close to your heart they feel like part of your soul? Is there someone you intuitively connect with no matter how far apart you are? My sister, you are all that and more to me. Sally, you have a beautiful gift and an aura of love that surrounds you. Your heart is so kind, your actions always thoughtful and your words have meaning. I am grateful that you're my sister and my soul mate. I am grateful that we get to have so much time together and that you're only an hour away. I love that we can talk for hours on the phone, share a laugh (you are so very funny) and be there for each other when things are tough. You're the first person I want to talk to when something wonderful happens, or when something not so wonderful happens. Thank you for being a major part of my life. Thank you for guiding me, for being my cheer squad and always having time for me, no matter what or where you are. I look forward to growing old with you, being outrageous, flamboyant and care-free and travelling the world with you, laughing all the way there and back, passport in one hand, champagne in the other! Love you forever, my sister, my friend, my soul mate x Previous Gratitude Posts
Have you heard the hype about social media of late? Seems it’s the new way to market your business, build relationships and create an online presence. Not to mention keeping in touch with long lost friends, finding relatives who might, one day, leave you their millions and spying on your children.
Last month I took myself off to a facebook workshop – who would’ve thought we’d be educating ourselves to communicate via typing as fast as possible over long distances and mostly to people we’ve never actually met in person! I know, I sound like my grandmother, but really, who would’ve thought?
Anyway, you can ‘poo poo’ facebook and twitter and all the other social media sites as much as you like, but in reality it really is the best way to advertise and connect. Seriously! I love it, I really do! I can’t wait to learn more and then I can help my own clients with their FB profiles.
Since I’ve ventured into facebook and twitter my business profile has been exposed to a lot of people and new clients have found me, some I’ve never met in person. It works, and the part I love most is being able to recommend other people’s businesses. Here’s an example: I designed a flyer for a lady who was referred to me by my brother after I’d done some pro bono work for his fundraising venture, anyway, I posted on FB that I’d designed the flyer for my new client and added a link to her website recommending her beautiful gift hampers. A FB friend of mine saw my comment, followed the link to the gift hampers website and bought a hamper! She was delighted with the service, price and quality and then commented a few days later on FB about how happy she was. That sort of exposure is priceless! And you know what? It’s all based on trust; my friend trusted my recommendation and bought the hamper because she knew me.
Paying it forward is the most important part. Another example: A friend of mine (who I’d never met in person at that point) started up a facebook page that promoted local businesses. She wrote a post about my business, from that I got a phone call resulting in a new client who I’ve since done a lot of work with. It didn’t cost me a cent!
That’s why it’s important to be trust worthy, reliable and authentic. So, if you’re not already tweeting on twitter and posting on facebook, get to it and do it! Be consistent, honest, friendly and professional. Show off a little so people can see what you do, it’s OK to brag - I did just the other day and have had two calls already from people who want facebook Welcome pages designed!
It’s worth it, really. Do it with pride and remember to pay it forward and if you’re going to spy on your kids, don’t write on their wall. Here's a little video with stats - well worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch. Have a happy day!