How to Connect Google+ and YouTube (and My Google Rant)

Although I usually support the “underdog” rather than the “big boys,” I love Google. Most all things Google are awesome. And, of course, Google+ is the best of Google. But today I have a little rant against Google. I am not one to use my blog for opinion posts that do nothing to serve you or add value to your life. So stick with me, there is a lesson or two in here for you. First, my rant to Google: Dear Google: I love you, but, you need to start treating me like a person. Your Gmail service is phenomenal, and the recent updates have made it even better. However, the way you integrate Gmail with Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and well, all of your products, leaves me feeling like a lost and confused victim of multiple personality disorder on most days. You see, your generosity in allowing me to have multiple Gmail accounts is both a blessing, and a curse. I have many different roles in my life, and having a different Gmail account for each of those roles is really the only thing that makes sense. But, although I am a friend, a customer, an online business owner, and the parent volunteer coordinator at my kids’ school, at the end of the day, I’m just one person. Unfortunately, Gmail won’t recognize that each of my separate email accounts are really just that one person. To you, I am 4 different people. The most tragic consequence of this is that I had to abandon the YouTube channel I used for my business. I already had a YouTube channel to...

How to Reach Your One Year Goals in Six Months

  Can you believe it’s July?! Halfway through the year, already. It feels like it should still be March to me. But it’s not. And it’s time to check in with yourself and see if you’re halfway to meeting your goals. And I must admit, if I could go back to March, there are some things I’d make myself do that I somehow haven’t gotten around to yet. And, experience tells me that I’m not alone. Most serious entrepreneurs make goals at the start of each year. But for many of us, life gets in the way. Which leaves you very disappointed at the end of the year.           Fortunately, this year can be different. If you’re only 25% of the way to your goals, or even 10%, there is still time. But, you have to start now. You have to make this week a turning point for you. How do I know this? As a master procrastinator and single mom with lots of “no time” excuses, I’ve “been here, done this” before. And I’ve laid in bed on New Year’s Eve ~ disappointed, defeated, and deflated ~ with the memories of where I told myself I’d be on that day last year; and the reality of being farther away from there than ever. And it sucks. In fact, it sucks so bad that it motivated me to do something different so I could be somewhere different. Unfortunately, I don’t believe there’s a cure to procrastination. But, there are ways to manage it. One of them is to set specific times to check-in with yourself....