It’s here, it’s here! After a year of kinda working, kinda procrastinating and two months of working my buns off it’s finally time to launch this thing!
This book is for those of you who are looking to wade a little deeper into the coding waters. It includes tips on choosing the right template, instruction on how to use plugins and Google’s Keyword Tool, how to build a better blog design through information from your analytics, and tutorials of course!
There are TEN brand new tutorials – a few easier ones for those of you just getting started, some in the middle and a couple advanced tutorials for those of you looking for a challenge. The tutorials are based in Blogger and self-hosted WordPress, but those of you using other platforms may be able to apply the code to your site as well.
Through this book I hope to help you define your style as a blogger, share your message, your business or passion, and create a design that encourages your readers to stick around and participate.
My students, kicking so much ass
Our first aerial session is coming to an end and with summer classes starting in a few weeks we’re looking to implement a few new policies…No saying I can’t before even attempting a trick and no saying Sorry for not having the strength, flexibility or guts to be able to do something.
About 90 percent of the time when a student tells me, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can do that…” they nail the trick on the first go. I know they can do it right from the start. I have no doubt that they’ll hoist their ass into the air, their hands will be strong enough and their abs will turn them in just the right way, but they never believe me.
They look up at the apparatus, reposition their hands over and over, start to pull up and stall. They’re telling themselves they’re going to fail before they’ve even seen what their body can do.
And if they aren’t able to do a trick it’s completely OK. But over and over when a student isn’t able to hold themselves up or complete a trick, they come down and say sorry. And I tell them – I don’t care if you never ever ever complete the trick, I care that you got up there and did your best and there’s no reason to say sorry.
If you came to our aerial class Irina and I would both tell you the same thing – when we first started training there were things we could not do at all. I couldn’t haul my ass onto the trapeze without assistance for months and she couldn’t climb to save her life. But we still showed up week after grueling week, continued to work at it for those tiny moments of improvement, and didn’t apologize when we were downright awful. We were learning, and if you’re learning something new you’re allowed to be unapologetically terrible at it too.
We need to learn to move with confidence and give things a shot, give OURSELVES a shot, without allowing those discouraging voices to enter out thoughts. Just go for it. Stop apologizing for not being able to do something and be proud of yourself that you showed up and gave it a shot.
Are you a Sorry-er? Do you start with “I don’t think I can do that” or to you try new things with confidence?
Also…my ebook comes out tomorrow!! Holy moly! Anyone else as excited as I am??
The teeny-tiny aquarium was my favorite part of the museum & planetarium
This weekend has been a nice release after a crazy, crazy work week finishing the book. It’s now very apparent that I’m truly insane because I decided to reformat the entire thing at 11PM on Wednesday night. Yes, INSANE. But, I finished it in time, got the new site online and the pre-launch went off without a hitch.
Friday night I celebrated with a lady date to the planetarium and chicken fingers + fries at a diner. Planning to schedule a much needed massage asap too.
If you’re on my mailing list and didn’t receive the email with the shop link Friday morning you might want to check your spam folder :) Thank you to all who have already purchased the book. See the notifications pop up on my phone all day made me super happy.
Also, if you haven’t commented on my ‘getting you know you‘ post, you should! I’ve come to the conclusion that I have the best readers and now I feel like I’m writing to my super cool friends from all over the world. Thanks guys!
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It’s officially been one year since I walked into my boss’s office to tell him I was quitting my job. It was one of the most challenging and then relieving things I’ve ever done. Now a year later I can’t ever imagine going back.
I was going to write a post about dos and don’ts and tips for leaving your job, but I write about that stuff all the time, so today I just want to say that I’m happy and thankful. All the work to make it happen, the stress of being my own boss and the occasional days of “Crap! My bank account is looking sad,” they’re all worth it.
I stop at least once every single day and just think about how different my life is and how I’m in a much better place emotionally and business-wise than I was a year ago. I actually shed a few happy tears while reading comments one morning this week – sappy, but true! Writing this blog and helping all of you learn to code is one of my favorite parts of the day.
Then I get to take a break and go to job number two, teaching people to fly. Three different students this week have said they weren’t sure if they could do a trick and then climbed up and nailed it on the first try. That’s one of the best feelings and I get to relive it over and over through them.
So thank you again and always for your support and encouragement and cheers to year number two!
(I’m slowly coming out of ebook land and going through emails and comments, so if you’re waiting to hear from me I’ll be in touch soon!)
(love how my comment styles went bananas a few days ago >_<)
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And if you’re on my mailing list you might want to check your inbox as well because you now have early access to the shop!
Thank you all for your comments on yesterday’s post. Now that I’m out of ebook crazytown I have some time to lurk on your websites too :)
Now that I’m closing in on 1500 readers and 900 Twitter followers (!!!) I want to know who the heck all you people are! I know some of you from reading your blogs, exchanging comments and tweets, but I definitely don’t know almost 1500 of you!
I’ll tell you a little more about me and then you can tell me about you :)
1. I text Mandy at least once a week to say I’m craving tacos and can we go to Los Galanes for dinner.
2. If you take an aerial class with me & Irina you will hear us yell “Yeah girl!” about 50 times. I don’t know how this started, but we cannot stop.
3. I’m terrified of water where I can’t see the bottom. If you want to see me mega freakout just dump me into the ocean. I loved reading Life of Pi, but that sinking ship scene made me REAL uncomfortable.
4. In high school I was a competitive ballroom dancer. I still have my shoes and sort of have the moves.
5. I sing in the mirror in the bathroom WITH a hair brush at least once a week.
I also received a few questions…
Amy asked about dating tips and single lady advice. Obviously I’m quite single, so maybe I’m not the best person to be handing out advice. I don’t know about finding the right person, but I can tell you how to get lots of dates…make new lady friends. I’ve had two new friends set me up with two very nice dudes in the past month. If you meet new ladies they’re bound to have a nice guy friend who’d be happy to meet you.
And as for being a single lady, I like to think I’m getting pretty good at being on my own. I’m quite busy with work and work and work, so that helps, but when I’m feeling single in a bad way I call up those lady friends and go on a date with one of them.
Mia asked what my family thinks about my running away with the circus…they think I’m a little nuts and a lot brave. I think my parents still worry a bit about the whole mortgage thing, but I’ve been chasing after kooky dreams since I was a kid and they trust I know how to pick myself up when I fall and get out if the ship is sinking.
Now, it’s your turn! Tell me…
1. Where do you live?
I live in a little town just north of Detroit. It’s quiet, I can walk everywhere and going to the bar is like an episode of Cheers on most nights.
2. What’s your favorite way to spend a few hours of free time?
I love taking Slayer on super long walks and then sitting on my deck to read or riding bikes & consuming a lot of ice cream.
3. What do you do / what would you like to be when you grow up?
I think you probably figured that one out already: freelance designer, blogger, code-wrangler, writer, teacher, aerialist. When I grow up I want to be a mom and a wise (nutty and covered in glitter) old lady still teaching people to kick ass.