Blog Road Trip – Change Is The Journey

Blog road trip

Your are changed by the journey

For a successful road trip, it is best to pack light, because the most essential items, such as: curiosity, open mindedness, and willingness to learn, are not found in your suitcase.  These tools enable you to stumble upon surprises on your journey that are so exquisite, they transform you, and upon your return home, you feel compelled to share the wealth of your experience with others.

By attending seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and community events during the past month, I have met people who are working to make a difference in the world, by giving their time, their talent, their leadership, and their money.  Many are also doing fulfilling work and making money.

At institute B in Vancouver, I attended the screening of “Not Business as Usual”, and the panel discussion that followed, and had a guest blog posted on the Institute B website.  Here is the link to my blog: http://www.instituteb.com/the-passionate-fans-of-conscious-capitalism/.  You can watch the film on their website as well.  This is an organization that is changing capitalism, and creating a culture where business for profit is also purpose driven.

Dj's Deth Klown at Clayton Fest

DJ’s Deth Klown at Clayton Community Festival

At ‘The Surrey Steps Up Youth Awards’, I met the youth space group, who are fundraising to create a safe, sober, space for teens in the White Rock/ South Surrey.  The blog post was published in The Semi-Ahmoo Straight newsmagazine. Here is the link to the blog post –  http://annhoy.com/working-to-create-a-safe-sober-space-for-teens-in-their-community-by-ann-hoy/

With stops at the brand new Surrey City Hall, The Clayton Festival for families, The Cloverdale Rodeo, with a 68 year tradition of community pride, and entertainment, and The Louise Hay ‘I Can Do It’ Conference in Vancouver, with keynote speaker Wayne Dyer, it has been an interesting and informative journey.

Blog Road Trip

Learning at The I Can Do It Conference, Vancouver

In addition, I have been following media personalities on Twitter, at  @AnnHoyBlog, who use their influence to make the world better.  It only takes one person to make a change,and it is more about how the journey changes you than the destination you reach. After 242 blog posts, and 200,000 page views on AnnHoy.com, I am taking a break from sawing to sharpen the saw.  As Burton Rascoe said, “A writer is working even when he is staring out the window”.  Your observations are translated onto the page when you meet like-minded people, like the alchemy that turns base metals into gold.

Taking time to reflect, has helped me plan how to transform my blog to one that raises business consciousness up, as we spend a large part of our lives at work.  More about the blog makeover will follow. Have a great day!

photo: flickr/photo pin creative commons/road trip other photos: Ann Hoy

Review of Week One – Thinking Big With My Career

For this week’s optimizing yourself exercise, I read the book “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This’, by Kate White, editor of Cosmo, and learned to think big with my career plans with tips on going big with negotiating, managing, business practices, and standing out from the crowd.  I also learned the importance of going big with small details, like dress, accessories and stationary.

I also took Kate’s advice and joined Linkedin, and found a conference to sign up for, which I can blog about.  From bold moves on improving my blog and website, and improving the graphic design, to big ideas on brand identity, how- tos on  jazzy bios, visual promotion, press and marketing, I learned a big lesson on expansion.

Changing from small thinking to big thinking with my career this week made for a productive week in a BIG way! 

 

Changing from Thinking Small to Thinking Big with My Career – Week one – 52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself

Thinking Big with my career

Thinking Big with my career

For ‘52 Weeks to Optimizing Yourself’ in 2014, I am going to think big when working on my weekly goals to improve my life in the areas of: personal, financial, career, fun, relationships, intellectual, physical, mental, spiritual and health.

We have a natural desire to expand our lives and attract more good into them, and the higher we aim, the more good we will attract.

For Week One of optimizing yourself, I am going to expand my thinking and think big with my career. My three sons are getting older, and my youngest son will be finishing high school this year, which gives me more time to lunge into my career goals in a big way, so I am gathering the tools I need to help me do so.

I received a book on success in business as a gift last month, which I am going to read this week, and learn ways to think big with upgrading my website, blog and writing, and improve my online social media presence, and also learn tips on marketing, negotiating and presentation.

I will let you know how thinking big about my career goes next week.

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