Think Like You’re 9

As parents we’re tasked with teaching our children… but every once in awhile we learn something from them.  That’s what happened today.  I learned something from my 9 year old daughter.

Her Valentine’s Day box for school is due tomorrow so that was our project for this afternoon.  We had been discussing all week what she wanted to do for it.  She loves Legos and soccer so she wanted a Lego block box with a soccer ball on top of it.

I didn’t get it.  The two things in my mind didn’t go together.  Why not just do one?  Stick to one theme and it would be less work.  After hearing all my reasons why it wouldn’t work she was still determined to proceed with both.  So that’s what we did and that’s when my lesson began.

The Lego block box came together quickly.  I cut pieces of pink duct tape for her and she covered the shoe box and K-cups with it.  She was pleased with how it turned out.

Next, was the soccer ball.  That proved to be tricky.  We tried several different ways to make one but they always looked off and never like an actual soccer ball.  She decided that perhaps that idea wouldn’t work but in the process came up with a great idea for using chop sticks to make a sign for the top of the box.

I was wrong for trying to talk her out of her ideas.  Had we not tried making the soccer ball she might not have come up with the other idea.

That’s when I learned that sometimes its OK to think like you’re 9. Forget about what you think you know or why you think something won’t work and just go for it.  You might fail but you also might just be on the path to a great success.

“Failure is success in progress” – Albert Einstein

In the end we were both pleased with how her Valentine’s box turned out.

lego valentine box

What lessons have you learned from your kids?

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Graphic Design Like A Pro

I want to share with you a cool website I learned about by listening to the Social Media Examiner Podcast.  It’s and it will let you design cool graphics.

Sign-up and creating an account is quick and easy and you’ll be designing posters, Facebook banners, and presentations in minutes.

The site is free to use and has lots of great templates to get you started.  You can upload your own photos or use the stock photos on the site.  Some of those will cost a dollar.

It took less than five minutes for me to snap a picture of our front yard and make this poster:

This is the day the Lord has made

I also used it to make the “Thank you” picture on this post and the banner for my Facebook page.

Have fun checking out and then be sure to share your designs on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see them!

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Thank You

Today marks exactly 2 months since I started this blog.  I wanted to take a moment to thank you!  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts.  Thank you for your support.  Every bit has helped grow my audience.

Six months ago doing this was simply a dream.  One that I wasn’t sure I could pull off.  That dream turned into a goal and like any good goal it has challenged me… but that challenge has been good.

I’ve learned so much.  Wordpress, Google Analytics, and website design are all things I learn more about everyday.

Social Marketing and using it to promote this site has become an interest.  There are many other channels out there besides Facebook and Twitter.  Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest,  StumbleUpon, Tumblr… I’m having fun experimenting with them all.

If there are topics you’d like to see me cover that fall under the categories of faith, family, or technology let me know.  I’m always looking for new things to write about.

As I continue on my blogging journey I’d like to challenge you.  If there’s a dream you have but haven’t acted on… just do it.  Stop listening to that negative voice in your head and just start.  I’m glad I did!

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