Gratitude List for Today

30758512 300x199 Gratitude List for TodayDeveloping an attitude of gratitude is a powerful way to release resentment, heal anger, appreciate the life we have more and will transform our lives in many other ways.  I strive to create a gratitude list every day and here is mine for today.

I am grateful for…

My imagination
A loving and supportive husband
Our budgies
Air conditioning
Great pillows
Loving and powerful friends
Being asked to be part of the team creating a very special training
For a good days work and accomplishing a great deal
Learning to manage my energy more effectively
My writing skills
For a mom that taught the love of reading
You creating me
For both my physical and emotional healing
For being healthy enough to start getting excited about life again
That my coaches are so spectacularly awesome!
For all the technical gear and apps that make my work easier
For a dishwasher
For a husband that loves to cook and does it really well
For getting in to the habit of practicing gratitude daily

What are you grateful for today?


Why You Are Underestimating Your Klout Score

klout Why You Are Underestimating Your Klout ScoreI first joined Klout immediately after they started the service.  Klout is a Social Media web site that wants to help its users “be known for what they love”.  I set my profile up and have completely ignored it until recently.

I joined a Facebook group that was a group of people supporting each other in promoting content and services of the other members through Social Media and one of the Social Media sites we were using was Klout. I participated but couldn’t really see the value of increasing my Klout score and it seemed a bit obsessive the way people followed their Klout score. It was like watching someone check their watch every five minutes.

I even asked the group what the value of increasing my Klout score was and no one could answer me. I also asked the group if Klout had helped them to sell more products and obtain more leads or clients and again no could answer me. That left me kind of scratching my head about the whole business. I have a fairly high Klout score for someone who had been ignoring them for so long (61) but frankly, I was puzzled.

When Twitter started including Klout scores on profiles I sat up and took Klout a whole lot more seriously. If Twitter thinks they’re important, I need to pay attention.

What I discovered is that Klout is totally rockin’. I love it and I’m becoming a regular user.

What do I love most about it? I selected certain keywords on my Klout profile that I want to be known for. Based on a search of these key words Klout will suggest content for me to share with my Followers. It even analyzes my Twitter followers and will tell me what percentage of my Followers are likely to have seen the article they’re suggesting and what percentage of my followers would be interested.

Say what? Uh huh. That’s right. Klout is working overtime to help me serve my followers with relevant and unique content. If you don’t see the value in that then, well – I don’t what to say…

Furthermore, when I select to share the article they’re recommending they allow me to schedule it. There’s a good rule of thumb about when to share content throughout the day on Social Media sites so that I’m sharing at a time that my users are most likely to see it. But Klout takes that a step further. They have also analyzed my followers to find out what the best times are for sharing for my unique set of Followers. My Followers tend to be much more active at 4:00 in the afternoon and 8:00 in the evening than they are at any other times. No brainer; I share my Klout content at those times. They’ve even tracked how the times vary on the weekends.

They will also label certain articles as “Hot Off the Press” (just published online”) or as a “Hot Topic”.

Second favorite asset on Klout? They also recommend people to follow based on the keyword I’ve searched. That provides me a measurement of who I should follow and how successful they are in that keyword. It’s helped me to discover movers and shakers that I hadn’t even heard of as well as to uncover keywords that are under served. Some of the recommendations based on a certain keyword show that I’m beating the socks off people in that particular niche as a Social Media Influencer. Woot!

And finally, at least for the moment, selecting my keywords for my profile was a great exercise in honing my business and eliminating those areas of interest that just don’t offer enough value for my business. And stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll have more to offer on the subject soon.

But what about you? If you could use only one Social Media outlet for your business what would it be? Are you on Klout and using it and are you seeing any effect? If you’re not on Klout, do you think you will become a member? (It’s free btw, so your only commitment is time and energy.) And please feel free to share your Klout profile in any comments you make. A new friend is a beautiful thing.

(Of course, if you’d like to connect on Klout I’m at

You can have it now,
Tracy Batwinas


A Life That Matters By Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

060602b0035 300x200 A Life That Matters By Michael JosephsonSo too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. It really matters!


Day 1 of my personal Gratitude Challenge

gratitude challenge Day 1 of my personal Gratitude ChallengeFor any of you that’s been reading what I’m up to these days through Twitter or Facebook, you know I’ve been having a tough time.

I’m working on doing all the right things, juicing more, eating better, spending time in the morning before I start my day with prayer and meditation.

On my way in to church yesterday I was praying that God would speak to me.

Well, sure enough!  The sermon was all about a heart of discontent and all the consequences it brings in to a person’s life – trust me when I tell you I have all the symptoms – and the power of gratitude to transform it.

I’m putting myself on a personal gratitude challenge.

I’d love to have you join me (and if it’s easier to make it a conversation look for me over on Facebook), but here’s this morning start and the beginning of my prayer and meditation for the day.

I’m grateful that I have a new laptop to keep up with my online activities on.  My husband bought me the laptop (and even though we got it at a FANTASTIC! price with another thank you to Sam’s Club) it took a lot of courage and faith for me to take the leap and spend the money on it.

I’m grateful that our Golden Retriever Rina is slightly offended that I’m on the laptop and is coming over to push it out of my lap.

I’m even grateful that my husband leaves his little shavey bits all over the sink.  (Well, I try to be, anyway :o)  My husband and I found each other late in life and I know there could easily come a day when I would give ANYTHING to still be cleaning up behind him.

I’ve lost touch with many of my friends since moving to Virginia (from Miami, Florida) and I’m grateful that many of us are the kind of friends that can pick back up and make up for lost time.

I’m grateful that Rina is such a wonderful companion.  She’s silly and wonderful and loving and a bit wacky some times.  She makes me laugh every day and is relaxed and easy and brings so much life to the house.

I’m grateful that my husband Scott is such a hard worker.  He has a difficult job and he gives it his best and always takes his heart to work with him.

I’m so lucky to have a husband that’s affectionate and romantic and loves to snuggle, pat and smooch.  I’m also grateful that years of kickboxing have given my husband like the best butt and legs EVER!  EVER, people.

I’m grateful that my husband takes good care of himself and is my strongest advocate for taking better care of myself, too.  I’m grateful that he’ll take time off from work to go the doctor with me because he thinks I’m being too polite about telling the doctor about how sick I’ve been feeling.

I’m grateful that my husband will spend a long, hard, exhausting week at work and still come home and do an amazing job setting up the shelving and reorganizing the garage.

I’m grateful that I’m sitting here in a warm glow of gratitude to start my day.

Tonight’s challenge?  To dwell on at least five things I’m grateful for as I fall asleep.

What are you grateful for?  I’d love to hear about it….

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