Looking for help with setting good intentions every day?

These awesome Hawaiian Healing Oracle Cards from Sacred Lomi would totally help you with setting great intentions for each and every day.

Donna Jason of Sacred Lomi – a Made Better Studio WordPress Coaching client since August 2012 – recently designed this beautiful, intention-setting Hawaiian Healing Oracle Card Deck after being inspired during her own writing and research in regards to her professional passion – Hawaiian Lomi Lomi healing massage.

Donna has been dreaming about creating this intention-setting deck ever since she noticed that – even while Lomi Lomi massage focuses on healing with intention – many of her students and clients weren’t really intentional about the intentions they were bringing into their massage session or training.

Donna’s inspiration has led her to design these Hawaiian-healing, intention-setting cards to help you change your thoughts, shift your perspective and cultivate new and positive experiences.

To see her vision come to life, Donna took the plunge and recently launched her Kickstarter fundraising campaign for her product idea. Depending on your crowd-funder support level – you too can own one of the first sets to come off the production line. I am a proud backer and I can’t wait for my set to come in the mail!  At the time of posting this blog post, Donna’s Kickstarter campaign has 29 hours left to go, and her lovely, supportive community has already pledged $12,110 of her initial $8,000 goal. However, Donna actually needs to DOUBLE the campaign goal ($16,000) to cover all the costs of a limited print run.

So, if you would like to help Donna make this dream a reality while scoring your own set of these inspirational cards to assist in your own personal intention-setting, donate to the Hawaiian Healing Oracle Cards campaign within the next 29 hours!

Powerhouse Posting Process @ AZ WordPress Meetup

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Resources I Suggest You Check Out

Simon Sinek’s Start with Why TED Talk – This is a great TED Talk by Simon Sinek about why starting with why you do what you do inspires others and impacts your ability to lead others.

Google Trends – Great free tool to check out what your audience is searching for and to get ideas of trending topics to cover… you can even compare terms to see which keywords you should be using.

Avatars, Ecosystems & Watering Holes – A great post from Pamela Slim about creating your own audience avatars, understanding what they like and who they are, as well as scoping out where you can connect with them online and offline.

Custom “Most Popular Day and Hour” Google Analytics Report – Use this tutorial to create a custom report in Google Analytics that will show you exactly what day and time your website gets the most visitors.

Editorial Calendar Plugin – This is a great free Editorial Calendar Plugin that helps you see and create upcoming draft posts in a calendar view, allowing you to manage your blog editorial calendar right inside of the WordPress Admin area!

Editorial Calendar Inside of Asana – Thanks Carol for this link! – If you use Asana (a project and task management tool) TutsPlus has written up a great tutorial on how you use Asana to manage that workflow.

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Introducing the #mbnetwork

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Introducing “Ask April”

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Made Better Studio @ WordCamp San Diego 2013

WordCamp San Deigo 2013I had a blast taking a road trip with Carol Stambaugh from TechToolsOnline to WordCamp San Diego 2013.

San Diego is an awesome place to visit, but throw in hours of geekery on the road trip + two full days of WordPress awesomeness and you’ve got yourself one heck of an awesome weekend.

Friday was mostly driving with Carol, cooking up good ideas for the 2014 Phoenix WordPress conference, sharing work stories and finding more ways to work with one another.

Carol had brought along all kinds of roadtrip treats (something I’ve found that mothers of small kids do well).  One particular treat is sooo tasty! You have to check out Trader Joe’s Powerberries! Oh my are these delicious! Thanks Carol for the introduction. 😀


Friday night I was left on my own (while Carol went to the speakers dinner – Way to go Carol!), so I took a evening stroll in Little Italy with was lovely, the weather was warm, the sea breeze was refreshing, I even saw some really interesting windows.

Saturday was the main day of WordCamp San Diego, it was so great to meet Austin Passy in person as well as hang out with all the regular WordCamp peeps like Dre Armeda of Sucuri and Chris Lema. Loved the content, and it was great to see the way another city does WordCamp.

Carol’s session was a big hit, and it was so awesome to see someone who I taught WordPress 101 to at a Phoenix WordCamp speaking only a few years later at another city’s WordCamp! 😀 Go Carol!


At the after party, Phoenix WordPress peeps Carol, Cody, and Josh Stebel from Page.ly got together for drinks, while mingling with the rest of the peeps enjoying free drink tickets thanks to WordCamp San Diego. After everyone was good a liquored up, Chris Lema broke out Cards Against Humanity.

Now, I love this card game so much I bought my own copy right after I got back into town, but let me tell you this game is not for the faint-of-heart or easily offended. It is after all, a card game for “horrible” people.

It is a really great concept, and I love the way the creators have crowd-sourced their cards and made the cards available for people to print out their own decks.

imageSunday, WordCamp San Diego did a business development / for WordPress developers day where the best of the best talked about how those of us who contribute to and help set up others on WordPress can do business better. Got a ton of great notes about contracts, dealing with clients, and making my own schedule.

By the afternoon, Carol and I were ready to go home. Our brains were full and our minds inspired, we packed up the car and said good bye to WordCamp San Diego.

Such a great trip!

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