Something Like A Pro…

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So, as Thing 4’s basketball coach used to say…”I’m something like a pro”.  Let me explain.  Thing 4 played on a basketball team that traveled quite a bit for tournaments.  And as you could image, keeping elementary aged boys entertained on the road was a priority for all parties involved, kids and parents…those of you that have had elementary aged boys will identify with that priority.  So, usually we would try to find a Main Event or something similar so that the boys could play and parents could socialize.  Thing 4’s coach often liked to find one of those establishments that also had bowling lanes…you see he fancied himself “something like a pro”…which meant he thought he was pretty good.  Truthfully, he was.  What he didn’t know is that growing up my mom was a youth bowling director…I lived at the bowling alley.  So, I always gave him a run for his money, and we always had good belly laughs complete with trash talking and jeers (about bowling, mind you).  Those were good times!

Let me get back on track…so this week, I fancied myself “something like a pro”.  I took a drive down the Turner Turnpike to Oklahoma City for a Google conference.

Grow With Google

Google hosted some free workshops…finally something I don’t have to pay for…thank you  God!  Some of y’all think I’m real techie…I’m not…I’m a little techie, and a lot determined. The event was held at the Devon Boathouse and it was a great event!  I took an Online Marketing class and a class on Using Data to Drive Growth.  Armed with this enlightening new information, I’m not quite feeling “something like a pro” yet, but sitting in on these classes definitely made me feel like this can really be a job and not just a hobby!  That makes me feel useful, and that’s a good thing!

By the way, the information I gained is basically the same information that my hubs business has used in the last 6 months to help grow their business.  It works.  Hubs paid a lot of money for this info…a whole lot.  So, here’s my free advice…if you own a small business, do a search for Grow With Google…lots of information there.  It’s work, no one will do it for you, but the info is out there for you to dive into.

Figuring It Out

This whole “I bought a web site thing” is still a little like the Wild West to me, but slowly I’m starting to figure some things out.  My big breakthrough this week was figuring out how to get an email address that has @girlyoutripping.com at the end of it.  Really you wouldn’t think it’d be that hard, I had to do a little digging…but I did figure it out.  Yay, me!  I also figured out how to post directly to my website instead of what I did on my last post.  At a girl, me!  Next up, figuring out how to get the newest post to pop up to the top of the page.  Good stuff!

I have plans and dreams for great content and video…it’s a little ways down the road…hang in there with me, I promise it’ll be worth the wait!  In the mean time, leave me a comment…tell me about what your dream Girls Trip would be.  I’ve got a couple things lined up and in the planning stages, but I’d love to hear what you’ve done or what you dream getaway trip looks like!

Cheers!

What have I gotten myself into???

IMG_2095So, since I’m positive the only folks that will read my blog this early in the game will be family and friends…I’ll skip a formal introduction for now.  Let’s get started, sort of.

I’m feeling part-time mom-ish right now. Our family is in a pretty good season of life…hubs business is thriving, Thing1 (the oldest boy) moved to Maui to start his new career and life, Thing2 (the second oldest) is rocking it in Culinary School, Thing3 (third in line to the throne, Junior in high school) is healthy, making good grades and driven with lofty college dreams, and Thing4 (the not so baby, baby and current 7th grader) is also healthy, smart as whip, and figuring out who he is and what he’s passionate about. Wow, what a run on! At any rate, with essentially 2 of the 4 boys out of the house, I’m feeling part time-ish…which I’m currently relishing! But, truthfully, I miss work…I’ve missed it ever since Thing 4 started kindergarten.  Don’t get me wrong, being a stay at home mom has been amazing and it has afforded great benefit to our family…but I’m a worker…always have been.  So, in an effort to do something work like, but keep some freedom in my schedule, I thought I might give blogging a go…

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

I secured a domain name. For my untech savvy friends out there…I bought a website! Yay, me!  Uh, now what?  I’ve never blogged, I don’t follow blogs, I’m not an Instagram fan (don’t shun me)…all things that would be very, very useful to have some knowledge of when you decide you are going to start a blog.  So, I’m totally in over my head…I’m scared to death…and I’m so excited I can’t see straight!  At first I thought I might wait awhile to post content until I had a better grasp of what I am supposed to be doing, but sometimes watching the process unfold is amazing…like, wow, she really did it, or like the train wreck that you just can’t not watch because it’s so bizarre.  I am definitely shooting for the former!

Wow! To put forth a successful blog is way more involved than I ever imaged that it could be.  I promise not to bore with techie and detailed behind the scenes stuff that I come across, but I hope that you take this journey with me…the good, the bad, the ugly and the funny.

The REAL Goal

The name of the blog is GirlYouTripping.  Once I get the grasp of this blogging thing, the real goal of the blog will be to write about girl getaways and family trips.  I still don’t have the details fully honed in just yet…lots of avenues to take in those categories.  But I do know this, I love to travel with my family and friends.  We go on some great vacations and getaways, and I work my butt off to make sure that we have the best time possible while we are away, because that is what we like to do with our free time and money…both of which are a premium in my life and I’m sure they are in your life as well.  I hope you enjoy reading and watching this journey unfold and that you will figure out how to be a part of it in some way, big or small.

Cheers to new adventures and doing things that push you to be better!