Aug 22 2014

Lessons Learned From Working Out That Will Help You Succeed

Become Better No Matter What It Is You’re Doing

by: Sharon DeVellis

stop being lazy and other lessons you need to succeed

Work Out With Someone Better Than You

There are some pretty kick-ass people in my boot camp, and I always partner up with them even though I know it’s going to hurt like hell and I might not be able to keep up. Why? Because surrounding yourself with people who are above your skill level makes you push yourself harder. You may not be able to achieve what they do, but it will make you better. And who knows? You may even surprise yourself in the process.

Sep 4 2013

How To Be A Good Conversationalist

The Art Of Connecting Through Conversation

by: Sharon DeVellis

Integrating yourself into a conversation can be intimidating. On the outside you attempt to appear confident as you approach a group of strangers, inside your inner voice is all, “What if I say something stupid?” or “They all know each other, why would they want to talk to me?”Having a conversation with friends and friends-to-be needn’t be difficult if you follow these tips.

Oct 22 2012

Blissdom Canada: Lucky

Amazing Moments From Amazing Women

by: Sharon DeVellis

Every year I leave Blissdom feeling inspired but this year I left feeling lucky.

Lucky that I work with such a talented, diverse, fun group of people.

Lucky that so many of the women I admire are now also my friends.

Lucky that Twitter has allowed me to connect with people I would never have met otherwise.

Lucky that I've been offered amazing opportunites I will never take for granted.

Lucky that I know learning never ends and there are no stupid questions so we need to continue to ask.

Oct 14 2012

Building Relationships At Blissdom

What It's All About

by: Sharon DeVellis

A long time ago I wrote about how to pitch a story idea to a website/magazine. The most frequently asked questions I received after writing it were, "How do I build a relationship?" and "How do I get my foot in the door with an editor?"

Blissdom is coming up and there is much talk about relationships.

Nov 9 2011

Kids Googling Parents

What Will Your Children Find?

by: Sharon DeVellis

I’m google-able.  Chances are you are too. 

My kids aren’t on the computer much. They don’t have Facebook accounts and for the most part, when they go online it’s to feed their Puffles on Club Penguin with me in the room as they earn coins and build igloos. The reality is though, there is going to come a time when they access the internet and I’m not there. 

It’s a pretty safe assumption that they will eventually google me.

Oct 19 2011

Blissdom Canada

Looking At Our Online and Offline Community

by: Sharon DeVellis

I was going to write about all these lessons I learned from Blissdom Canada.  How attending a panel on monetizing your blog made me realize I don't want to monetize Speed Skating Mom.  How inspired I was by people I admire. 

Oct 10 2011

Blissdom Canada

Who's Attending

by: Sharon DeVellis

Hi All!  Here it is - if you signed up (and even if you didn't) it's the Blissdom cheat sheet.  And yes, there's a possibility that you're listed as someone another attendee wants to meet.  So check it out!  Yowza! 

You can download it here.

Also, I only added your comment in the "Who Y'all Want To Meet" if you listed a specific person.  Otherwise your printer would hate me. 

Who's excited!  Woot Woot!


Nov 3 2010

Never Apologize For Who You Are

Diarrhea...And I'm Not Talkin' Verbal

by: Sharon DeVellis

I want you to listen very very closely as you read this blog. If you listen hard enough, I do believe you’ll hear Erica closing the door on letting me have free reign on my blog topics from this point forward.

Today I’m writing about poop.

And not my kids’ poop, mine.

The Face, The Voice, The Blog!

Sharon is a Common Sense Parent which is somewhere in between being free-range and helicopter. She believes in being active as a family and eating well 85% of the time. The other 15% is for the days when she's PMSing and then all bets are off. So far her parenting style has worked wonders for her two boys who astound her on a daily basis but that's not to say she doesn't have time to totally screw it up. She can't teach you how to keep your house clean while balancing a job and motherhood but if you're a mom who's struggling to figure it out, you've found your tribe.

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