Share Your World #SYW ~ January 16, 2018

This entry is part 14 of the series Share Your World

SC: Hi Everyone! And to those whom I haven’t met up with elsewhere on the Blogosphere, a Very Happy and Blessed New Year to you! May 2018 be a year of great things, big or small. And no, that’s not a contradiction in terms. Small things sometimes turn out to be the biggest of blessings.

I’ve been out of action with this challenge for a few weeks, so I look forward to answering Cee Neuer’s fun questions in her Share Your World Challenge. By the way, it may interest you to know that there are currently 7,919 people following this challenge!

Here are my answers for this week:

SYW: Complete this sentence: I’m looking forward to….

SC: seeing some results to a number of projects I have started working on this year. 

  1. There is the Thankful Thursday challenge I’m running on this same blog. My goal is to post 2018 thank-you’s for gifts received during the year. It may sound horrific, but it’s actually quite do-able. I jot down approximately six thank-you’s on a post-it each day, then I transfer them to a blog template when convenient. The goal is 39 per week. Each Thursday I post those 39 (along with a helpful blogging tip) and then I move onto the next week’s post. 
  2. I have signed up with inLinkz so I can run a “Link Party” each week, linked to Thankful Thursday. It has started slowly, but I’m hoping it will gain momentum as the weeks go by.
  3. I’m getting used to a new program (for me) called Trello. Do you know it? I will be posting on it one of these days, but for now, it’s management software that works wonderfully for writers and multi-taskers (both of which I am guilty of!)
  4. I’m following a series of emails titled, Marketing Mentor and hosted by a friend, Val Waldeck, another S.African author. This works step by step suggesting ways to improve your marketing, something I badly need. I love writing, but NOT marketing my writing. That probably comes from years of my mother scolding any sign of boasting that came from my childish lips. (Thanks Mum!) 

SYW: What is your favorite comfort snack food? 

SC: Chocolate! Is there any other kind of comfort food? My favorite type is dark with cream—orange cream, mint cream, coffee cream, strawberry cream being the top four in that order.

SYW: What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?

SC: Bank Clerk in a building society, in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and I hated it. I had always dreamed of being a nurse, but thanks to a back problem, the doctors had ruled it out. It only took a few months with C.A.B.S. to prompt me to apply to Groote Schuur Hospital miles away from my home, down in Cape Town. I conveniently went to a doctor who didn’t know me and lied my way through the questionnaire. (Hey! I wasn’t a Christian in those days!) A week after I sent the forms to the hospital (without my parents’ knowledge) I received a telegram (cable) offering me a place in two weeks time! (There were some strained relationships between daughter and parents for the next few days!)

SYW: What inspired you this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

SC: A new cutting die! If you follow this blog, you probably aren’t too surprised by that answer! We were away with family for Christmas (a wonderful time! More here.) and returned to find the slip for this die in our post box. It is actually a combination of many dies, as you can see, and I am excited about its potential. Here are two examples of cards I created to celebrate the engagement of my nephew to his long-time girl friend and for our neighbor who turned 90 last week.

 

 

How about you?

What are you looking forward to? I’d love to hear from you. Please add your comment below.

17 comments on “Share Your World #SYW ~ January 16, 2018

  1. Nice cards Shirley. Happy new year to you too. WIll join your THursday link ups. Can you put a reminder post on Write tribe facebook page every thursday for other bloggers to join? Like we do for #FridayReflections and #MondayMusings. I haven’t tried Trello. Looking into it from your link now.

  2. Loved your answers and yes, happy 2018 to you, Shirley. SYW is a great challenge and I will also try to join Cee. I sometimes get on to a photo post with her 🙂

    • Thank you Manisha. I enjoy card-making. I only do it in the evenings when it works as a break from writing and computers. You have a great year too!

  3. Shirley, I can see that you are progressing with great strides on 2018 Thankful Thursday challenge. Great going!
    After going through this post, I realised that you have set a fine example for me. Trying out new things, being creative and chronicling it and all these at the same time is all about enjoying life “King” size. Much to learn about from you.

    • Hi Anagha,
      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve reached an age when people generally don’t expect us to learn new things, but this year I seem to have done nothing BUT learn new stuff! I’m enjoying the challenge and I think it’s starting to influence the way I see things.

  4. Shirley, wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year too. Love the answers to the questions here. Thankful Thursday Challenge sounds good but tough to do, best of luck for the same. I too crave chocolates 🙂 The cards you made are amazing. I am so glad I came to your blog, will be back soon.

    • Hi Sulekha,
      Thank you for stopping by. The THankful Thursday challenge actually isn’t all that tough. (Not yet, anyway! Ask me in a few months time!) The secret is to keep up to date with 6 a day. See you again soon!

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