The Recovering Pessimist

Helping pessimists see the bright side of life without losing their "half empty" roots.

Mind Mapping with MindMeister

Dec
15

I’ve started planning for 2015 in theory, but I’ve struggled with execution. Usually, I  wrote my goals, wants, and wishes down in a Word document. I forget about it as soon as I close the document. Hard to stay focused when your goals are hidden in a file.

The other day, I read a blog post by Britni Danielle about mapping out your goals. Talk about being right on time…whew! So I grabbed an erasable pen and some printer paper and got to work.

My original mind map. Pardon my handwriting.

My original mind map. Pardon my handwriting.

There’s something freeing about putting everything on paper. Not keyboard to screen, pen to paper. As much as I love being “connected”, I enjoyed actually having to write something out. I don’t do that often.

Excited about my idea map, I texted Amber to share my glee. She sends me the link to MindMeister. It’s the online version of your DIY mind maps. Just when I thought the internet couldn’t get any better, once again, Amber proves me wrong.

Some Highlights About MindMeister:

  • There’s a demo version. Many of the options are unavailable in the demo version unless you sign up for free.
  •  You can create up to 3 minds maps. There are also 3 paid account options (personal, pro, and business).
  • Mind maps can be exported into formats such as Word docs and  PDFs.
  • Not only is it available on web, you there’s also an app, which is available for iOS and Android!!

I created an account and after spending about an hour playing around with the app, I created this:

My mind map courtesy of MindMeister.

My mind map courtesy of MindMeister.

 

It’s definitely worth looking into if you want to make your mind maps look nice. If you check out MindMeister, let me know what you think!

Public Service Announcement: Tea Time

Dec
12
spilled T

spilled T (Photo credit: jon.hayes)

Folks feel some kind of way when their tea (aka personal business) becomes storytime (aka tea time) for the kids.

If you feel that your tea is being spilled amongst the masses, you shouldn’t be putting the water into the pot.

snaps fingers

My bestie LVC said it best. “If you yourself enjoy a nice high tea every now and then, you should be prepared to be a special on the menu once in a while.”

Pinkies up. Tea is served.

Self-Created Madness

Nov
01

When you put your personal life out there for everyone within 50 feet to hear, how can you be mad when folks start repeating your business?

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