It’s a space to communicate my thoughts about diversity in children’s books, education, social justice causes, as well as a virtual scrapbook of my family and what they are up to.
My oldest child, now 21, had a rough first grade with a teacher who battled an ongoing illness. She fell behind the other kids in her grade.
I worked to catch her up on my own and shared the resources that I found with the other parents. My blog was born from this experience – it was harder than you’d think.
My husband is awesome and shares the housekeeping and child-rearing stuff with me.
Now that two of my kids are out of the nest, it’s also much less busy driving kids around.
I also am finding limiting my own personal screen time helps me balance life (and helps with my mental health)!
I try to let how I am feeling dictate my productivity goals for that day.
That said, I am a huge list maker and also keep a journal to track notes from meetings, goals, research for books and stock trading, and anything else I’m interested in.
I fight a lot for causes that might not have a lot of seemingly active participants such as #MeToo and racism in the children’s book publishing industry.
I have learned to see opposition and haters as a metric by which I can judge if the issues resonate. More hate = important issue.
The best advice comes from David Murdoch when I was in business school.
He was a real estate magnate who also owned Dole Pineapple. He said to make your To-Do list but prioritize it by order of importance NOT by preference.
That was the secret to his success because he said that most people never get to the important, harder, less desirable tasks. That makes all the difference.
I try to follow his advice when setting my daily goals.
Don’t do something for the money. Pick what you are truly interested in; something that you naturally think about (or want to think about) 24/7 because a successful start-up requires that kind of obsessiveness, especially in the beginning.
Also, most opportunities are not that obvious to the outsider. You need to be in the thick of it to understand the market and if your idea is feasible.
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