12 Things Thursday

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You can tell when I'm wanting to blog, but I'm unable to put my thoughts together in a coherent fashion. Yes - I end up with a random things list. Like this one. So, here goes another one of those lists...

1. Quote of the Moment: "The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." - Barbara Kingsolver

2. Really happy to see the brand new S Studio Forums swinging in to action. Thanks to all who registered and posted already! Don't forget to share with us that you wish to be included as a 52WoC#23 Participant. Some fun threads that you might want to take part in quickly: The Welcome/Intro Post (some interesting tidbits there), Your Dream Job (what's the one job that you really, really want to do?), and List 5 Book Recommendations (any books you wish to recommend? some people have been giving some interesting recos already.). And, of course, you're welcome to start new threads too! Ask questions, share ideas, and more.

3. Writing of books, I thought this might be a good time to talk about another "new feature" here in the Studio. That is, if you haven't noticed it yet. It's the My Books section. Here, I've started listing books that I'm currently reading, I've finished reading - and I'm planning to read. This is basically one of my attempts to encourage myself to read more. I mentioned before that my reading habits have suffered a lot. And, that's not a good thing. So, I thought that this feature is a welcome addition to S Studio. If you check it out, you'd see that my reading taste is so eclectic.

4. If you're interested, my Press | Media Page has been updated a couple of weeks ago. I've been meaning to compile these things for a while now, since some folks want to see what kind of coverage I received via newspapers, TV, radio, magazines, blogs, and other publications. Now it's done. It's there. Another new page I've created in this blog is the Highlights page. I put some favourite and popular posts in there, plus a few other links as a guide to the blog. I will continue to update it. I welcome suggestions!

5. If you're waiting for something from me, thanks for your patience. My Inbox gets so crazy at times. If you need to poke me about anything that you're waiting from me, please do.

6. Proud Mama Moment: Today, my 4.5 year old came home with a note from teachers at his new school (He has been going to an Early Learning Centre since Jan 2008, but we moved him to a new one for this second semester. It was his first week in the new place this week.) They gave him a brand new "reading diary" with a message saying that his reading level is now at Level 3. Not sure exactly what that means, but they seem to be blown away. So, that's gotta be good.

7. I miss my Democracy (Poll) Sidebar Widget. Ever since I upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1, it has gone missing. 'been trying to get it back, to no avail. That's why I haven't done any polls lately. Anyone else having similar issues? Ideas and tips will be highly appreciated.

8. Baby Girl Update: Those who have been asking - Yes, she's doing well. Thanks! She has been walking in the last couple of months. A little bit wobbly still, but definitely on the go. She also started talking using 'real words' a few weeks ago. She says 'dad', 'duck', 'bird', and 'wow'. She also makes some animal sounds like 'baa', snorting sounds for pig, wfff (for dog), and meeooww (for cat). I also think it's cute when she says 'oooooohhhh' (for 'amazing' things, like new presents) and 'uh-oh' (when she drops things or something goes wrong).

9. In case you've missed it, I updated 10 Things About Plurk today. I added links to other Plurk-related blog entries as part of a Plurk Carnival. And also because it got some Digg Lovin'. If you're on Digg, perhaps, you can Digg it too. 😉

10. New in crafty love: Yesterday, I bought a brand new Brother sewing machine. 'been meaning to get in to sewing for the last couple of years. But, it's one of those crafty things that I've been too chicken to try for some reason. I mean, I used to sew, thanks to Home Ec classes in primary school where I ended up wonky skirts and icky looking aprons. And, I did some cross-stitching/embroidery as a teen/young adult. And yes, I've dabbled in some not-too-polished hand-sewn projects in the last few years (see Shigu). But, sewing with a machine? Eeeps. Scares me. But yeah, I finally decided to try. Today, though, I realised that something was not quite right with my purchase. So, not sure yet if I'll keep this machine or return it (then, get a different one elsewhere). In any case, I think I *will* be definitely trying to sew. If you're in to sewing, I'd love to hear tips.

11. Remember Memories of Me, from my Everyday Exploration Project? I know I've only managed to blog two memories here so far. But, I'd like to report that I actually made it to as far 15 Days. Yes 15 memories (and then some). I was hoping to do it for 31 days (whole month of July), but I lost the energy. I enjoyed doing it though. So many memories came back that I thought I've already forgotten. A lot of them, I managed to write down during those 15 days. And, of course, once the memory gates opened, I just ended up with more and more things that I wanted to remember and to write down. Someday, I wish to be able to revisit those childhood memories again in a similar way. I'm still brainstorming on what type of 'Everyday Exploration' I'd do for the coming month. Any suggestions?

12. Now that I've reached #12, I feel like I've got so much more that I want to talk about. And, I'm having to choose which one to share. So now, I'm just free-forming here. And, one thought that came: All these little items in the list could've been individual blog posts, yes? I think I need to learn how to blog shorter sometimes. What do you think? How do you feel about blog entry lengths?

Anyway, I think that's it from me for now. Until next ramble...

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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