Just Call Me The Facebook Whisperer

This post is part of my 29 Days of Giving Campaign.  You can see the rest of the posts in this series here.

Have you ever been in the middle of doing something and, when you pause for a moment and think about what you're doing, can't quite believe it's you?  I had a moment like that today.

A few weeks ago, a friend asked if I would come to a group she belongs to and answer a few questions about blogging and social media.  I envisioned a few moms who might not understand how to start a blog, or how to find and keep up with blogs they're interested in.  

Instead I found myself in front of about 10 people, of mixed age and gender, with notebooks ready to learn everything I could tell them about social media.  Could I please cover facebook-twitter-bloggging?  In 45 minutes?  I had a mini panic attack inside, took a deep breath, and then suggested we start small.  As in, how about I walk you through how to set up a facebook account and manage your privacy settings?  

And so that's what we did for the next hour.  Shortly after I left, I got a text from my friend saying that everyone loved what I did, and could I come back again in a few weeks and tackle a new topic?  And it's so funny to me, because I've never really been the "go-to" person for anything.  Well, except maybe for tacos and donut shop recommendations.  But I'm not sure I should be in the business of bragging about that.

Today I Gave:  My time (and dare I say talent?) to a group of people who needed some help getting this bizarro world of social media figured out.  Was I doing them a huge favor by teaching them the world's biggest time-suck facebook?  I don't know.  But I do know what it's like to feel like everyone is in on something that you can't quite grasp.  I think there's value in learning a tool, whether it's productive or not, that makes you feel a part of something.  I think there's value in helping someone get comfortable with an application so that they don't feel like the last person on the planet that doesn't understand it.  Don't worry, though.  I was sure to tell them there's absolutely no value in Farm Town or Mafia Wars.

Today I Received:  The honor of being mentioned as one of a group of women that are "all sorts of awesome" by one DesignHer Momma.  I first met Emily at Blissdom in '09.  She was the first local blogger I ever met, and she welcomed me into a larger group of Indy bloggers.  She's kind, she has super-cool funky style, she appreciates a good beer and good cured meat, and she lets this suburban girl live vicariously through her urban lifestyle.  I'm blushing, for sure.


Peyton & Manning: A Wish Come True

This post is part of my 29 Days of Giving Campaign.  You can see the rest of the posts in this series here.

My parents have lived in the same house for 28 years.  In that time they've seen neighbors come and go.  The house next door has seen at least 4 families that I can remember.  Around this time last year, they welcomed new neighbors into the house next door yet again.  These particular neighbors have a little girl who is 4.  I was instantly smitten with her because a) she's adorable and not at all shy and b) her name is Peyton.  

Peyton is a very special little girl, for all the reasons we believe our own children to be special, and then some.  Peyton has severe health issues stemming from Mitochondrial Disease.  I won't do her or her family a disservice by trying to compartmentalize her disease into a nice, tidy sentence.  It's enough to know that they struggle daily, and that most of Peyton's life has been spent in and out of hospitals.  

That's how they ended up as neighbors.  They moved here to be closer to the best care possible for Peyton.  I've been following Peyton's updates on the CaringBridge Journal her mother keeps up for her.  A few weeks ago they had some exciting news: Peyton, through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, will be the proud owner of a certified therapy dog.  The dog is undergoing training right now, but they hope to have him in their home in time for Christmas.  And here's the best part – they've named him Manning.  The story alone of how Peyton's wish came to fruition had me in tears.

I can't wait to meet the four-legged Manning and see how much he's going to love his spunky new pal.  

Today I Gave:  A donation to go towards Peyton's medical expenses and the care and upkeep of her canine pal.  Peyton and her family are an inspiration to me – the joy and hope they bring to a difficult situation reminds me of the power of staying positive no matter what.  If you would like to help as well, please visit Peyton's CaringBridge Journal for more information.

Today I Received:  I had the privilege to attend an event with a local blogger and Verizon tonight.  Thanks to them, I brought home a new phone to play with and some treats for me and the kids.  While all the "things" are super nice, and I'm very thankful for them, I'm mostly thankful for the opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite locals, who just happen to be bloggers, too.  I've been so lucky to meet some amazing women here who get this blogging/social media stuff, women who don't look at me funny when I use terms like "RSS feed" and "retweet" and "hashtag."  So thanks, Cherie, for the opportunity to hang out with you and all my awesome Indy bloggers.



Kindness Repaid in a Peppermint Mocha

This post is part of my 29 Days of Giving Campaign.  You can see the rest of the posts in this series here.

Throat … is … so … sore.  It's pretty rare for me to get sick, and really hard for me to let go of the reins so I can rest.  But I'm following Dr. Mike's orders and calling it a night early.  

Today I Gave:  What I hope was helpful advice to some friends about budgeting, and specifically budgeting for Christmas.  Don't worry, it wasn't unsolicited advice.  They specifically asked me to meet with them and go over some things.  Mike and I are nowhere near having this stuff all figured out, but I feel like we've come a long way.  When someone asks, I'm more than happy to share.

Today I Received:  Two things stand out today.  First, the same friends who asked for my advice treated me to Starbucks.  Speaking of budgeting, Starbucks is often the downfall of my personal budget, so being on the receiving end of a freebie is always appreciated.  And now this evening Mike is taking over so I can rest.  No bedtime stories for this scratchy throat.  It's so nice to know that I have a partner that is always there to step in when I need extra help.  

And now it's time for bed. Doctor's orders.

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