Where did the days go?

The last entry I wrote was in August. That’s almost 6 months ago. For yet another time I let “busyness” hijack my plans. Although, was I really busy? Or maybe the right question is was I busy with what was important to me?

I know I got things done at work. I know I was serving my community. I was present at school activities of my children. I lobbied for issues on social media. Yet somehow, I still feel I didn’t get the important things done. 

What are the important things? When I think about it, it’s building relationships and “wasting time” with people who are important to me like my aging parents, my husband, my daughters. It’s being mindful when I read emails and being present in the moment when I write my response. It’s setting aside time for myself, to take care of myself and get fit, read books, take up a hobby. 

You know those three books I posted a picture of in my last post. They remain unread. 

Maybe I’ll start with that. 

Always with Integrity

I’ve started (and deleted) a number of blogs since 2005 but since 2009 I have always carried this badge…

BlogWithIntegrity.com

What does this mean? That I will be respectful of everyone I engage with when I blog.

This is how the pledge goes:

By displaying the Blog with Integrity badge or signing the pledge, I assert that the trust of my readers and the blogging community is important to me.

I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas.

I believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate.

I disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. My readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should I choose to have it. If I do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.

When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, I handle myself professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards.

I always present my honest opinions to the best of my ability.

I own my words. Even if I occasionally have to eat them.

It’s almost the weekend! Enjoy the days ahead. 🙂

It’s Been Seven Years

WordPress just greeted me a happy anniversary. Apparently 26 days ago I celebrated opening an account with them seven years ago.

(What?! If that last sentence confused you just read it again, slower this time. Okay, got it? Good. No? You’ll get it next time.)

This has to mean the end of years and years of writer’s block!