Start Your Week Right Sunday: Links and Goals

start your week right- Jessica Lawlor

Photo of the week: You truly can find inspiration anywhere! I found this gem in the bathroom of a concert venue here in Philadelphia last weekend.

Start your week right! Every Sunday I post my favorite links from around the web and share my goals for the upcoming week.


On Content Creation and Consumption:

Content Cacophony and How To Filter The Noise: Whoa. Up until this incredible post by Pat Flynn, I’d never heard of the term “just-in-time-learning” but I’m now obsessed with the concept. Learn about what this means and how it can help you filter through the tons and tons of content online.

On Motivation:

Motivation is a Solopreneur’s Worst Enemy: Coach Jennie encourages solopreneurs to choose tenacity over motivation. I love this advice in her guest post for One Woman Shop…especially her words of wisdom to “stop learning.” (You’ll have to read the post to find out why this is a good thing)

On Yoga

Yoga and Anxiety: 6 Ways Yoga Can Help: I’m learning SO much in yoga teacher training and when I stumbled across this post by Nadine of Your Inspired Action about how yoga can help anxiety, it reinforced so much of what I’m learning.  My favorite tid-bit here is “yoga teaches us that discomfort has an ending.”

On Blogging:

Mobilegeddon is Coming For Your Blog: Here’s How To Be Ready: If you haven’t yet heard, on April 21, Google is adjusting its algorithm to give precedence to blogs that are mobile friendly. (I still have to get mine in order!) Kyla Roma has your complete guide to getting prepared to make sure your site isn’t impacted negatively.

On Awesome Courses You Should Check Out:

Two of my fabulous friends are launching great online courses that you should definitely check out:

Cubicle to $10K: Ashley D of Your Super Awesome Life is launching this 8-week course that shows you the EXACT step-by-step process to start a business you love, so you can make your first $10k in no time.

Create Your Tribe: New to blogging or just struggling to build an audience? My friend, Jessica Malnik, developed a month-long course with actionable tips to build a thriving community around your blog.

This Week on

The People We Don’t Get The Chance to Thank: Unfortunately, there are some people that we’ll never get the chance to thank. I experienced that this week and I share this story because I hope it will inspire you to thank someone today.


  • Complete my yoga teacher training reading/homework and practice my Sun Salutations on a couple of different people this week before Weekend 3 of teacher training this coming weekend!
  • Finish the 30 Days of Gutsy course (AH! Tomorrow is the last day!) and send out a follow-up survey to gain feedback for the next time I run the course.

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The People We Don’t Get The Chance To Thank

to thank- Jessica LawlorFirst grade was when I truly discovered my love for writing.

My teacher, Mrs. Cameron, handed out those old manila composition journals (remember those?) and gave us free reign each day to write about whatever our little seven-year-old hearts desired.

Unbeknownst to my classmates, we were in a serious competition to see who could fill up the most pages in one sitting.  Instead of utilizing my notebook as an actual free-flowing journal, at the top of each page, I picked a topic (real examples: My Mom’s New Baby, The Beach, Books, Bacon) and spent the page discussing that topic (I’m pretty sure the “bacon” entry discussed how delicious I thought bacon was- still think so).

I wrote in huge, loopy letters that took up two lines each. Needless to say, I went through several notebooks throughout the course of first grade. I’m not sure I understood the point of journal time, but it’s my earliest memory of writing and taught me that putting words on paper was something I wanted to be part of my life.

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A year or two ago I was out to dinner at a local restaurant with my family and saw Mrs. Cameron, my first grade teacher, along with some of my other elementary school teachers walk in and sit down at a nearby table. My family and I went over to say hello and learned that they all go out to eat at that same restaurant, that same table, every month. That made me so happy.

When I left dinner that night, I thought about Mrs. Cameron and those journals.

I thought about how I should send her an email and share with her that I’ve actually turned my passion for writing into a career. That I have this blog, where I share my innermost thoughts with the world.

I thought about how I should thank her. Thank her for laying that foundation. Thank her for giving us the time to write. For encouraging a room full of seven-year-olds with terrible penmanship and spelling to write about whatever we wanted every single day. Thank her for inspiring me.

I never sent that email.

There wasn’t a particular reason that I didn’t send it. I think I mostly just forgot. Went on with my life and didn’t think about it after that.

It happens.

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On Monday, I heard the terrible news that Mrs. Cameron suddenly passed away over the weekend.

She was young. Only in her 50s.

My heart wrenches for those first graders who came to school on Monday to hear unfathomable news about their beloved teacher. How do you even begin to explain that? There is no explanation.

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I wish I had sent that email.

I wish I had thanked Mrs. Cameron for the influence she had on me.

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I share this story because I hope today you’ll thank someone.

I hope you’ll let them know how much they inspire you. How they influence you. That you admire them.

Maybe you haven’t talked to them in years. Maybe you see them every single day. Either way, send that email. Mail them a card. Pick up the phone. Give them a long hug in person.

You’ll make their day. Maybe even their whole week, month or year.

Do it before it’s too late.

You won’t know the impact it may have on them…and you, until you do it.