Monday, August 31, 2009

Dot's Giggle Spot #2

Wow, this seems a little extreme...

I guess its the male golfers they're having trouble with at this club??
....chuckle chuckle chuckle
Jen x

Friday, August 28, 2009

Are you a Mumpreneur?

I love working with mumpreneurs - love it! Why? Because I get it, I know where mumpreneurs are at. I am right there with them, juggling two pre-school boys, a husband, job, laundry pile and so on.

I cannot overstate the importance of connecting with the people we choose to work with in business. As a copywriter, this connection enables me to truly collaborate with my clients on their copy projects. Our connection means I can't help but keep working until we are both deliriously happy with the final product.

Being a mum of two little people it seems that the connection with other mums in business is almost automatic, instinctive perhaps.

It takes effort, stamina, commitment and vision to be a mumpreneur, and if that is you right now I salute you. You go girl!

Now please excuse me while I go and extract the lego blocks I just watched Hatchling No.2 post into our sub-woofer speaker!

Jen x

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grammar on the Porch #1

Is it just me, or do high school English classes slide further and further away with every year? Thank goodness I have "Grammar on the Porch". Good old Grammar loves to visit The Letterbug from time to time for a nice cup of tea and a natter about the English language.

She knows we know - really she does. But just in case...

Image kindly supplied by Toni Grote - visit to see more of her beautiful artwork.

There, Their, They're

"Now then dears, at first glance it seems so simple - and it is! But these three words trip up many an unsuspecting writer. That is because these words are homonyms - words that sound alike but have different meanings. Have a wee peek at the the following examples and you'll be set like a jelly on the there/their/they're matter..."

- denotes a place, and means in, at, or to that place.
  • I will pop my tea cosy over there.
  • Could you please leave my knitting in there?
  • There is nowhere like Grammar's house.

- is a determiner belonging to them, a possessive pronoun.

  • Will you get a ride in their car?
  • I want to play in their bowls team.
  • Their sponge cake was the best.

- the contraction of they are. If you can replace "they're" with "they are" then you know you have used the correct homnym

  • They're going to the movies tomorrow.
  • I wonder what they're going to do afterwards?
  • They said they're going out for hot chocolate.

"Its as easy as that dears. Now be a sweetie and pass me another slice of vanilla sponge cake... I'd get it myself only my hip plays up in this weather. You know.... "

Love Grammar X

BUG BITS - Prams in the Park

Since writing a press release for Martine McKee at Prams in the Park I have been inspired. Prams in the Park is a child friendly personal training service located in Melbourne, and the amazing results achieved by Martine's clients when they undertake her Fun Run Training Program are really worth shouting from the rooftops. I don't have much of a shouting voice, so instead we tailored a press release around the program.

Here's a peek:

For more information about Prams in the Park click here.

Any mum reading this will appreciate what a wonderful concept Prams in the Park really is. Although I don't live close enough to have Martine put me through my paces, since commencing this project I have started running again for the first time in years. Hooray!

Jen x

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Passion, man - yeah!

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a local business women's network, where I met a wonderful bunch of local businesswomen, and listened to an interesting presentation by their guest speaker, Charles Kovess.

Charles spoke about finding your passion - he outlined why it is important, how it can change our lives, ways to reveal your passion. He also shared some funny 'by the ways', which made the session fun.

I like listening to motivational speakers. There is always something to take from what they have to say - even if you don't buy into the whole lot. The running theme throughout Charles' work is 'passion', and it is true that life really does shift to another level when we're passionate about something.

Last night Charles raffled off a place at his one day Passion for Work and Life program (normally $795), which sadly I didn't win - booo!!

Nevertheless, today I will be approaching things with "passion, man" - look out!

Jen x

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