Catching Up, October Style


The problem with working in social media is that sometimes I cannot or will not take my own advice. I teach people to create and use editorial calendars, and how to spread themselves across social media channels without spreading too thin; and then I go and forget my poor, sweet, blog for weeks on end 🙂

All is well here in North Dakota. I am in a busy fundraising season for work, which keeps things fun and interesting. I am branching out in my teaching/coaching/speaking, which is an exciting thing for me. Read here about how you can catch me live and in person if you are local.

I’ve had a lot of fun keeping up with some of the newer trends and platforms in social media. Have you heard of Periscope yet? Periscope is a live video platform that is a Twitter spinoff. It is a lot of fun, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some fellow bloggers better. I jumped into Periscope with both feet this past week after joining a #PeriscopeWithPurpose Challenge on Blog Clarity. Mel does a great job of introducing the platform and providing useful prompts for a month of “scoping”. Now, if only I can remember to do my Periscope broadcast when I still have my work clothes and make-up on, it would be even better. . . or maybe I’m just keeping it real. Feel free to follow me on Periscope. Feel free to follow me on Periscope, and while you are watching my scopes, be sure to tap for hearts so I know that you are there!

I’m participating in another wardrobe challenge with Get Your Pretty On. One of the trickiest parts of re-entering the workforce for me was wardrobe. When I was a stay at home mom I had church clothes and home clothes. My home clothes were either jeans or yoga pants and a collection of Target t shirts. When I started my job I bought some grey slacks and some black slacks and a few cardigans that I would wear with my collection of Target t shirts. I never felt very put together. And, as a “bigger girl” this made me just feel frumpy. These style challenges have given me a chance to try a few trends as well as learned some classic styling ideas. I’m learning to make a few basic pieces work overtime. Over time I am developing seasonal capsule wardrobes. And I no longer feel like I have the “What Not to Wear” camera crew following me to work anymore.

I slipped and fell down my basement stairs on Sunday afternoon. Through some miracle (really!) I came out of it bruised and sore, but with all of my bones intact. I have a very good relationship with my LaZboy recliner, and have spent my after work time in it with my feet up, which has helped a lot. I think having to get up and get moving and still take care of my family has probably helped as well. Move it or lose it as I like to say. I probably need to wear athletic shoes around the house though. Seriously. I’m a “faller”, I need all of the traction I can get.

So, that is what I have been up to, in a nutshell. Stop by the Facebook page today and leave your prayer requests (today and every Wednesday). We have a great community of women praying for each other!

Let me know what you have been up to in the comments!



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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!