Cybersecurity for Bloggers

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This blog is a little out of the ordinary for my personal blog, but today my personal life and professional life are intersecting. By day, I am a technology manager, charged with supporting software applications, building technology solutions for complex business problems, and making sure those solutions are secure and our end-users are properly trained. By night, I usually blog about those random things in life that inspire me. Lately, that has been security.

As this is National Cyber Security Awareness Monthcyber_blog1  (NCSAM), I have been running a campaign at work to raise end-user awareness about simple security tips to use at work and home, as well as posting information on social media under my personal accounts. As a member of the “Stop. Think. Connect.” global online safety awareness campaign, I use many of their materials for this initiative. And when I came across “Safety Tips for Bloggers” I figured I would share this week, as the theme is “Our Continuously Connected Lives,” hoping I could share some useful information with my readers. Continue reading “Cybersecurity for Bloggers”

Meet and Greet Weekend

Well it’s not the weekend (I was taking a break from Social Media on Sunday), but it’s always a good time to meet new friends and find new blog inspirations. So thank you, Keith, for this opportunity. And “Cheers!” Everyone.
~ Cynthia

Do Something Different

Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” Do something different. Step outside your comfort zone. I have done exactly that several times in the past several years: I started this blog. Changed roles at work. Twice! Changed departments once. I was able to do this because: I believe in myself and my capabilities; I am not content to stay put; and I push myself to learn new things, have new experiences, and GROW. Continue reading “Do Something Different”

My Blogging Journey

We should not be content to stay stagnant; but rather we should continue to push ourselves to learn and grow, like a plant or a flower always reaching for the sun. Push, stretch, grow!

I started this blog almost a year ago, knowing nothing about WordPress. I wanted to write about things that inspire me and how I cope with fibromyalgia, so I just started and didn’t really take the time to learn the tool fully. I have muddled my way along, making my share of mistakes:

  • I still can’t get my pictures sized the way I want half the time.
  • I post and then find errors and edit and repost.
  • I just tried the “Reblog” button this morning for the first time and screwed that up and had to do it again.

Haha. It’s been frustrating to say the least. But I laugh at myself and keep learning, because I learn from my failures and mistakes. Life really is a journey of self-discovery. We should not be content to stay stagnant; but rather we should continue to push ourselves to learn and grow, like a plant or a flower always reaching for the sun. Push, stretch, grow!
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TGIF, Good Morning

Last week I started writing a Gratitude Journal where I try to list three things each day I am thankful for, so I can start my day on a positive note. I love the simple, positive message this morning from Tangible Triumph that conveys this same positivity:

I hope everyone has an awesome Friday! Remember:

“Change your thoughts and change the world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Cheers!

Cynthia

Thank You Thursday

This is just a quick post to reblog a post from Tangible Triumph to say thank you for allowing me to share my blog and to spread some kindness and good cheer:


LETS ALL HELP EACH OTHER First of all If you re-blog this post you help me, I help you and you help your readers, so everyone wins. There are thousands of good blogs out there and think of all of that we are missing.

 Original Post on Tangible Triumph


It happens to be Employee Appreciation week at my work this week, and today’s theme is “Thank You Thursday.” I will be visiting a few departments that I interact with to bring them baskets of healthy snacks. As we can never have too much kindness in this world, please consider doing your own Random Act of Kindness this week.

 “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

I would love to hear from you about how you are spreading kindness and cheer today, and everyday! Thanks for reading.

Cheers!

Cynthia

The Blogging Chaos in my Head

Your head must be clutter-free in order to be productive and creative.

Several years ago I saw David Allen, the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) guru, speak at a leadership conference, and he said some things that have resonated with me:

  • There is chaos and clutter in your head. (I need to remember to get milk on the way home. Did I feed the dogs? Johnny has football practice today. That presentation is due this week.)
  • Your head must be clutter-free in order to be productive and use creative energy.

So I created a modified version of his system in OneNote for writing ideas and to-do’s down several years ago. I started a similar approach when I first started my blog almost a year ago, but over the summer I just quit writing. Now mind you, I recognize that this is really still a half-hearted online journal at this point, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, people! So after this prolonged writer’s block absence, this past week I decided it was time to write again, as I made a concerted effort to write AND post. So after several months, what changed? 

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