A big part of my blog is to feature fellow author's through guest posts, often times fittingly around the them as to what inspires them to write. I'm delighted to host Diahana Barnes today with her guest post. Welcome Diahana!
What Inspires Me to Write
by Diahana Barnes
Author of Mommy Summer Camp
What inspires me to write? Hmmm that’s an interesting question. I am a super busy working mom with a health coaching business, a corporate job, a small business with my husband, two kids, two dogs, two chickens and a bunny rabbit and with all that I’m always looking for ways to find balance in my life, to save time, and ways to save money. When I find ways to accomplish those things, whether it’s a new easy recipe, or a way to get my kids to do chores, I love to share those ideas with others.
I find that I am inspired to write when people ask me, “How did you do that?” or when a problem presents itself and I want to find a fun solution. I tend to write when an idea keeps niggling in my brain and I feel the need to let it out. I am my most creative right before I fall asleep and it is not uncommon for me to sit up, jot a few notes down, then go back to sleep. I have a passion for technology and crafts and I love finding new ways to inspire my kids and in turn that inspires me.
With, Mommy Summer Camp I created the camp out of a desperate need to get them to stop fighting all the time, to get my kids to do chores and stay out of my hair when I was working from home. Then once a few friends heard about it and asked me what I did, I decided to compile my findings. Each year I would design a newer version of the camp for my own use and occasionally lend some of the ideas out to friends. I actually didn’t even realize there was such a thing as, “printables” until this year when I discovered it on Etsy. That’s when I was inspired to publish the ebook and files as printables to share with anyone else who maybe had a crazy busy life like mine.
Mommy Summer Camp started in 2011 when as a busy working mom with both a corporate job and a small business. Summer was fast approaching, what could we do?
So, one Saturday as my kids were complaining about something…not wanted to do whatever chore they were supposed to be doing…inspiration hit. I sat down and outlined my idea for a stay at home, Mommy Summer Camp where the kids earned, "mommy bucks" in order to attend camp by doing chores, being nice and various other good deeds.
It became so popular other mom's asked me how I ran it, so here is everything I have. Over the years I've refined the program and created a custom camp that you can use too!
Once you purchase you will receive nine (9) flies, five of which are 100% editable in word format that you can use your own activities, children's names, etc. I really hope you enjoy it. The nine files are:
1. Mommy bucks template
2. Mommy Summer Camp template
3. Mommy Summer Camp Activities for Kids
4. Mommy Summer Camp Journal
5. Mommy Summer Camp Catalog for Kids
6. Mommy Summer Camp Recipes
7. Mommy Summer Camp Sticker template
8. Mommy Summer Camp weekly checklist template
9. Read Me First - How to Run Mommy Summer Camp a step by step guide
10. Mommy Summer Camp eBook - this 142 page book goes into a bit more detail how I started Mommy Summer Camp and how I used the templates. It combines some of the above into one easy to read ebook.
Where to find Mommy Summer Camp: http://etsy.me/1oosbBM
About the Author
Mom. Health Coach. Corporate Woman. Small Business Owner.
Diahana loves coffee (and a newly found favorite - tea), spending the day at the beach with family, and her iPad Mini! She is energetic and passionate about creating a community that leaves you feeling energized, focused, happy and purposeful. She loves being a coach, a cheerleader, a positive and inspirational influence to everyone around her.
Her formal bio includes a Master's Degree in Organizational Management & Development, eLearning Certification, and Coaching certifications while currently authoring a book called, "Design Your Bliss in Work & Life".
She has over 20 years of experience working in the technology and insurance industries in training & development, sales strategy, enablement, marketing, and communications. She is an award winning speaker and trainer and has spoken at events hosted by the American Society of Training & Development, Training Magazine, eLearnting Guild and the Learning Consortium.
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