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Dare Your Discomfort to a Duel

Monday was a milestone for me. And not because it was my sixth wedding anniversary – I don’t think being married for 6 years is really a milestone. Five? Yes. Six? No. Don’t ask me to explain this ‘logic’ because there IS NO logic. #ROFL As humans, I believe we are conditioned to think in ‘groups of 5’, so any number in between these multiples is disregarded in my mind! #hehe Yeah, I am kooky that way…and in a lot of other ways ;)

BUT the day before yesterday WAS a milestone because I did something so far removed from my usual state of equilibrium. I used to scoff and scorn at anyone who did the same thing, but I finally caved in to my curiosity. What’s more, I partially enjoyed it, which makes me feel great! 

No, I did NOT go sky diving, although certain friends of mine – including my husband - are determined to throw me out of an aircraft. #HEHE I DID drink goop – oops, green juice! ;) 

Anyone who knows me can attest that I am a health nut. I am that crazy person who goes to a pancake house and orders an Egg White Omelet made with PAM Spray <no butter> with a Dry Toast on the side #ROFL  

STILL, I could never accept the thought of swallowing juiced spinach and kale, especially after my husband once forced me to try a nauseating green powder smoothie. Can I please say "yuk"?! #winkwink

After that ‘experience’, I swore smoothies off forever and promised my husband that I would cheat on him the first chance I get. #ROFL Alas, only 80+ year olds seem to hit on me tsktsk

However, I recently watched an interview featuring  +Sue B. Zimmerman - the Instagram Queen -  at the Social Media Marketing World conference with +Mia Voss, in which she appreciated the Instagram Page of Simple Green Smoothies, a project founded by two bright gals. To quote Sue, the page will "make you want to drink a green smoothie every day"

I scoffed and rolled my eyes, but couldn’t resist Googling ‘Simple Green Smoothies’. It took me but five minutes to fall in LOVE with the girls and their website. It’s the kind of site that I ASPIRE to have. And although I am not an InstaFan,  I couldn’t take my eyes of those ‘delicious’ pictures of green smoothies. Did I just use 'delicious' and 'green smoothies' together?! ;)

Then, as a Facebook fanatic, I just HAD to check out their FB page, which was even more beautiful and engaging. I also noticed that they were having a 30 Day Smoothie Challenge, and since April is dedicated to Facebook Challenges for me - Branding Challenge, Squatting Challenge, Blogging Challenge - I couldn’t resist adding another ‘challenge’ into my already overflowing bag. 

I got their colorful newsletters, stopped at Walmart on my way back from Michigan this weekend and – lo and behold – made my first Spinach and Frozen Fruits smoothie yesterday without any added sugar or Splenda. 

I am PRETTY sure that the fruits made the whole experience bearable, BUT the delicate flavors of pineapple, mangoes and strawberries cocooned in an iron-rich spinach confection certainly had me looking forward to my next glass of smoothie! 

Yes, I admit that I am enjoying this challenge, even if I have to tolerate the ‘I told you so’ of my husband who was already a fan of green smoothies!

I can sense a lot of your eyes glazing over after reading 600 words about a silly personal experience that seems to have NO RELEVANCE.

I don’t blame you, friends. I always digress, but I do have a point to all this rambling. Don’t sigh too loudly in relief. :P

The POINT is that all of us are capable of trying new things, but certain biases, presumptions and close-mindedness prevents us from embracing these novelties. When I thought of ‘green juice’ as lumpy spinach and kale, I stayed far away and mocked anyone who wrote ‘paeans to these poisons’. But when I reframed the ‘Green Smoothie’ as a ‘challenge’, I couldn’t resist its lure. And, now, I won’t be surprised if I too start writing ‘love notes to these luscious delights’ ;)

A tiny shift in perception. A whole world of difference. Sometimes, we just need a nudge to accept change. For me, that 'impetus' was a 'Facebook challenge'

I believe all of us should feel free to branch out just a little bit. Spread those wings. We might find yourself flying to previous unloved destinations and discovering new treasures and pleasures

Now, it is possible that liking my smoothie-debut was just a first-timer’s luck. Maybe I will hate the remaining 22 days. And that's okay. You don't have to like everything you try. In fact, I would find it very odd if people loved EVERYTHING.

That said, I will keep going, if only to feel a sense of completion. Most importantly, it feels darn good to look 'discomfort' in the eye and say, "I do not fear you".

FYI, I was told about spirulina yesterday, which apparently is some kind of a sea-weed, but THAT’s definitely not going anywhere in my stomach. I draw the line with weeds!! #ROFL

On that note, and after 840 words, let’s take a sneak peak at the #PlusEventsoftheDay , shall we?! I know you are all more interested in my HOAs, but my ‘nonsense’ is the cross you HAVE to bear #Hehehhee

a. CGI: What the HECK is that: Dear +DENNIS N. DUCE –  thank you SO MUCH for including the Wikipedia Link in the Event Description! When I saw the title, I went, “CGI?! Huh?” Yeah, I proudly wear the hat of the #TechDummy ! #Hehe If you are like me and don’t know what CGI stands for, it’s ‘Computer Generated Image', and is commonly used to generate those lovely 3D-effects we enjoy! BUT to quote Wiki, CGI is ” the application of computer graphics to create or contribute to images in art, printed media, video games, films, television programs, commercials, and simulators” Well, that explanation ain’t too hard to swallow, even for ME! ;) Anyway, every week, #HOAHatGuy Dennis and the #GPlusGal   +Sandra Watson introduce us to the basics of your favorite platform, while also touching upon other relevant topics that could lead to a spurt in your #PlusPopularity . Now, I am irrevocably in LOVE with Mr Duce (bad news, dear, Kitto is going to stalk you from now ;) ), so whenever I decide to catch some replays – sometime before Zombies strike, I promise ;) – this ABC HOA is going to be getting top billing! #Muaah At 10:02 am, #DuceandWatson - gosh, that sounds so Sherlock Holmes, I LOVE IT #hehe – are going to talk to #VisualContentEXPERT +Susan Arango. I absolutely LOVE Susan’s Introduction: “We bring CGI to the little guy”. I am SURE she is going to successfully ‘bring CGI’ to her #PlusAudience too. Now if only she could explain what ‘texturing’ and ‘compositing’ mean? #hehe Just check out her Bragging Rights ;) Come on over and imbibe the intelligence of Ms. Arango, friends. You will NOT regret it: 

https://plus.google.com/events/cjmgn73a45kfq5ktj5krs65knjk

b. A Trio of Favorites Gather Together: Check this out: #GooglePlusROCKSTAR +Stephan Hovnanian, #ALWAYSonDemand +Ben Fisher and #DesigningDiva +Laurie Laizure are gathering tomorrow at 11:30 am on the Google+ Business Spotlight show to converse about how #LovelyLaurie has managed to create an extremely extremely enviable presence ACROSS all social media platforms, but, most specifically, on Google Plus. Is it okay to say that I am burning with envy right now?! #hehe Although I have had the honor of watching Laurie on several shows, I hadn’t paid too close an attention to her About Page on Google Plus, until TODAY. And I wish I had stayed away from it for longer #lol   I can’t help but compare hers with mine and I am cringing with embarrassment #ROFL Truly, friends, HER About Page is the FIRST LESSON on how to use Google Plus for your BUSINESS. My favorite line?” My habit of surrounding myself with people that are more talented, intelligent, creative than I am, has made all the difference in my career”. How can you NOT love someone who values relationships above all else?! #Muaah Ms. Laizure communicates her passion without sounding cocky, and unequivocally demonstrates that if you are persistent, passionate and care about people, the profits automatically follow. I am also particularly interested to know how she maintains her super-successful communities across all platforms. Someday, I want to have a Blogging Community/Group, both here and on Facebook, and – if I can ever get over my fear – on LinkedIn! ;) BUT I don’t want a ho-hum concept. I want something that will blow people away, and Laurie is a FINE example to emulate! :D Well, I have ignored Mr Hovnanian and Mr Fisher in this description, but this one is for the LADY, dah-lings! ;) In all seriousness, how can you resist this sexy concoction of two male superstars and one female superstar, people?! #BlockBuster

https://plus.google.com/events/c1nqhjpucocmu75b9cil192trhg

c. Plusser or Poseur: WOW – I couldn’t think of a better title for an already perfectly named HOA!!! When +Lisa Engles first came into Google Plus, she believed in my most hated social media advice ever: Follow the influencers. She quickly realized that the #BestoftheBest in her area of interest weren’t genuinely ‘Plussing’. They had an account for the heck of it, but weren’t really engaging. They were merely poseurs. So this #SmartSexyandSuccessful lass did an about-turn in her connection tactics, and started interacting the ‘right’ way: by connecting with people she truly related to and who genuinely knew how to use this platform! I believe this is the manner to succeed ON ANY platform. If you do not engage with your audience, you will not succeed on social media PERIOD. Google Plus, in particular, is very friendly to experts.  If you have an expertise in ANYTHING, this community wants to hear about it. The platform is set up to be conducive to such in-depth dialogue. I will be honest though – I don’t think one social media platform is better than the other. But no matter where you are, learn the language of that platform and connect – really TALK – to your audience. Anyway, enough of MY ranting. The seed for this HOA was planted with one of Lisa’s FANTABULOUS posts on Google Plus with the same title as the HOA. The link is in the Event Description. I would encourage EVERYONE to read it BEFORE the discussion to gain a deeper understanding of her message. When that post exploded across the network, she decided to take the conversation OUTSIDE the comments and into the HOA-Space! And, so, at 12 PM CST, she is going to talk to the #MegaStarsofPlus +Christine DeGraff and +Ronnie Bincer to dig deeper into how to make an impact on your favorite platform. I can already see a lot of you shuffling your schedule ;) PS: Lisa – I LOVE your About Page. I DO need to polish mine #hehe

 https://plus.google.com/events/cjqonii7vokhle7qs3ckmpuqh6o

d. No Dream is Impossible: Today’s guest on your #PlusFavorite +Christine & Mia's show is a testament to the POWER of talent, tenacity and TRUST. #SelfPublishedAuthor +Shellie Palmer has led a tough life. She was diagnosed with a ‘learning disability’ at the tender age of 5 and also struggled with weight issues. This double-trouble made her reluctant, reticent and restrained. She sat apart from the crowd, but NEVER let go of her one dream – to become a singer, or, more generally, a PERFORMER. That was her single passion, and she spent several hours imagining her path to success. Meanwhile, her shyness allowed her to start creating stories in solitude- personal tales that she wasn’t very open to sharing with others. But two friends from work spotted and nurtured her talent. In 2001, life dealt Shellie another blow. She was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Like a lot of us, she initially blamed GOD for preventing her from reaching her potential, but it didn’t take her long to realize that the Almighty had never left her. He was just testing her courage and fortitude, but was by her side the whole time. Soon, her ‘writing hobby’ turned into a full-blown career. After one of her poems got published, she - again spurred on by her two besties - went on to compile her lyrics into an e-book. Despite not being acquainted with the whole process, she studied other bloggers and online friends, and relentlessly worked towards becoming a published author. Today, she has a Country Music blog, and interviews independent and rising artists in this scene. Yes, friends, Shellie has come a full circle by merging her love for prose, poetry and music into a beautiful web of triumph, corroborating that no dream is silly or impossible. The road to contentment is NOT EASY, but nothing long-lasting is ever easily achievable. You will be faced with potholes, perils and problems, BUT - with the right attitude and SUPPORT - you can still achieve that nirvana. Oh boy, I already love Shellie. And I am sure you WILL TOO. Just drop by for 30 minutes at 1:30 pm, will ya?!

https://plus.google.com/events/cfgi4nnis3rnp1v0d2oe10juf0g

e. Drop Your Defective Beliefs and Get REAL, dearies ;) LOL – I don’t think beliefs are bad per se. I believe that all of us need to believe in something in order to be happy in our personal and professional lives. That said, not all beliefs are beneficial. Some self-limiting beliefs do more harm than good, and when these dangerous beliefs prevent you from realizing your full potential and blossoming into the best version of YOU, things get chaotic. Desperation ensues. Failure follows not too far behind. Your whole life is ruined. You could have prevented that entire headache by just distinguishing the bad beliefs from the good ones, and ALWAYS being aware of the reality. +Dave Moore  is never about the superficial. He is all about the ‘depth’. While most HOAs scratch the surface of the topics, Dave’s casual conversations with my favorite #TransformersofPlus are chock full of wisdom and wit! You can just NOT watch his shows without having a pen and paper <or for you #Techies , a Laptop or IPAD!!!> in hand. I have longed to join these prescient discussions, but never feel qualified enough. So I stand and watch by the sidelines, all the time admiring this group’s vision, veracity and vibrancy! If you don’t believe me, participate in this thought-provoking discussion at 5 PM CST

https://plus.google.com/events/cea43npk4c1s6209f02uo9u3l1c


f. Time to go on a ‘Killing Spree’: First, don’t kill anyone! :P Now that I made this clear #LOL, Wednesday always ends musically on Google Plus. +My Music Hangout and +BandWidth Hangout On Air bring you the freshest talent in the Indie music scene at 8:02 pm every week! Today’s pick is the 5 States Killing Spree, which – hopefully – explains my title! ;) They are streaming in live from +Lumpys South in Utah on this FIFTH LIVE CONCERT. Are you ready to tune to this channel?! The lyrics of Quincy Punx are both sinister and seductive! HEHE

https://plus.google.com/events/c3sv544fseclccmp1udgbu0hf58

Do You Know WHERE You Are Going

During this weekend’s trip to Michigan, I had a sudden craving to have bagel for lunch. LOL So my husband and I placed an order for him at his favorite pizza parlor in Grand Rapids, asked for directions to the nearest bagel shop - which amounted to ‘Michigan street, just around the corner’, with the right hand pointed right LOL – and decided to hoof it because of the clement weather. 

Well, we kept hoofing, except we couldn’t find Michigan street anywhere!!!  To make matters worse - and also to illustrate our over-reliance on technology - his smart phone lost reception and we panicked a little. Wondering how people asked for directions in the Stone Age – you know, pre-Smart Phone era hehe - we looked at each other, laughed and said simultaneously, “they talked to real people”, which, fyi, is the BEST kind of ‘being social’! ;)

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find anyone. So we just randomly chose a side-road and kept walking until – voila – his phone fell in love with him again and chirped the directions instantly. 

Turns out it was ‘right around the corner’, only couple of blocks away and to the LEFT! :P Skipping with anticipation, I chose a luscious Apple Flavored Bagel, got hit on by two 70 year olds - who didn’t have a home, but couldn’t resist the lure of asking my husband to buy them a beer using HIS ID #PrioritiesRight ?! – and was back in front of the pizza parlor within 5 minutes. It had taken more than 12 minutes for us to get to the bagel place, and I observed the same out loud. 

To which, my husband said, ”It always feels shorter when you KNOW where you are going” 

Stunned at this profound insight, I looked at him with new, starry eyes and congratulated him on being so perceptive. I was just about to fall in love with him again ;) when he preened with smug satisfaction, reminding me why I fell out of love! Heheheheh

Friends, while it is impossible to chart the course of our careers perfectly, it always helps to at least have a rudimentary sense of direction. That way, you will know when you are lost or drifting off-course, and can take immediate correction measures, thereby reaching your goal twice as faster and with ten times less stress.

So, friends, are you ready to grab today by the horns?! Good Luck, darlings. Happy Wednesday!

Lots of love #Muaah
Kitto

http://rapportleadershipinternational.org/tag/destination-vs-direction/
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