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Chillin’ In Minnesota

I just got back from a great weekend, teaching in Minnesota.  I was in Monticello, just outside of the Twin Cities area,  doing two programs on Saturday – Home Studio in the morning and Print Competition in the afternoon.  I covered everything from elevating your image to tightening up your business and marketing plan.  We had a great time talking about photography and the 5:00 end time got stretched back to 8:00.  The time just kind of got away from us! It was a LONG day.  I feel bad for those people having to listen to me talk for 9 hours straight! Local Flavor Although I didn’t get to check one out from the inside, I got to see a few “fish houses” and got the scoop on ice fishing.  Next time I’m up that way, I’ll have to add that to the “To-Do” list. I also managed to dodge the cold January weather.  Sure, it was 22 degrees Sunday morning – which is pretty cold for a Texan- but I’m told it could be as cold as 20 below that time of year!  Not sure if I’m happy or disappointed about missing that! Minnesota Hospitality Big thanks to Chris
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Kicking Butt in 2012

A Fresh Start The first of January is always such a great time.  You have the whole year ahead of you- with big plans to improve on everything that went wrong the year before.  Its like moving into a new house – it looks so big and spacious before you have a chance to clutter it up! Of course, it is the time you make those New Years Resolutions and hope you can follow through on them.  I thought I’d share my resolutions for a Kick Butt 2012 with you for two reasons.  First off, I want to have them in writing somewhere – in case I get side-tracked and can’t remember what I’m supposed to be doing.  Secondly, I think I’ll be more inclined to follow through if I have you guys holding me accountable. I think it is important to have concrete, measurable goals -so I will try and provide a specific goal for each resolution.  The easier it is to track, the more likely you are to follow through! So without any further delay, here are my 2012 Goals.  Feel free to follow along at home! Blog Consistency This was one of my 2011 goals that kind
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Where My 2011 Went Wrong

For the most part, I’m a “look forward” guy- as opposed to a “look back” kind of guy.  I don’t tend to dwell on the past very much.  However, as you start to plan out your goals for the year, I think it is important to review where last year’s goals fell short.  I’ll be posting my 2012 goals this week, so I wanted to review 2011 first. I really had three big things I took on during 2011. Run A 5K Sometime this summer, Heather and I decided we would take on the Couch To 5K training program and run in a 5k.  It took a while to build up to that, but I finally made it.  In early December, I ran in my first 5k – the Frosty 5k. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Survive The Blog The next big challenge was competing in a blogging competition – Survive The Blog.  As many of you are painfully aware, it was a pretty big project.  Basically, I was placed on a team with four strangers and tasked to create a blog from scratch.  Our team had to promote the blog and outperform a group who was building a blog of their own. 
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Never Quit

As we all struggle through life’s challenges, we are faced with the ever-present option to just quit.  We can just admit defeat and walk away.  If you ever need motivation to keep pushing along, you should look to Julie Moss. Julie Moss Moss was a college student working on an exercise physiology thesis.  As part of her research, she competed in the 1982 Ironman Triathalon in Hawaii.  The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, then a 26.2 mile marathon – raced in that order and without a break. As someone who struggles to run 3 miles, I cannot even comprehend a human being capable of doing all that.  The thought of a 26 mile car ride seems exhausting to me.  To do any one of those three tasks would be a huge accomplishment. According to Moss, she did very little to prepare for the race and no special training ahead of time.  However, she became a surprise hit by taking the lead of the race.  As amazing as that was, it paled in comparison to what happened a few hundred yards from the finish line. What resulted was probably the most impressive second place finish
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Knocked Out

The Challenge For the past 7 weeks, I have been competing in WeBlogBetter’s “Survive The Blog” competition.  After entering on a whim, I was thrilled to make it all the way to the Final Four. Down For The Count Unfortunately, my quest for the championship was derailed this weekend and I was sent packing.  It was a great deal of fun and an incredible learning experience. Congrats Big congratulations to my Next Goal teammates, Holly, Ntathu and Neeraj for making to the Big Three.  High five to Brandon, as well – for helping create such a kick-ace website. Good News While this is bad news for me, it is good news for all my friends.  No more emails and texts begging you to comment on my posts.  You can all get back to your holiday shopping now! Now that you are in the habit of blog commenting, I hope you will keep dropping by my site and checking in from time to time.  It is always good to hear from you! Regretfully yours, Larry  
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S.O.S.- An Update

The Big Picture By now, most of you are painfully aware of my participation in the WeBlogBetter “Survive The Blog” competition. I’ve survived to the seventh week and we are down to the final four.  I’m up against some pretty tough competition, but together we can do this! Every Monday we get our challenge for the week.  The good news is, there are only three weeks left.  The bad news is – I could use your help for all three!  (Well, it really isn’t BAD news, it just isn’t “Hooray/Yippee!” news.) UPDATE Today is the last day of this week’s challenge- the Traffic Challenge!  We get points for every visitor we get to each of our posts.  I could really use some more traffic to try and win immunity. Could you please click on these posts for me? Think Like A Frog Do You Believe In Chris Rene? Celebrate Failure Life According To Ferris Goal Setting For The Under-Achiever More importantly, please tell your friends about it.  What I really need is NUMBERS.  Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated!!! Larry    
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Its Monday, So I Must Need Help

    The Big Picture By now, most of you are painfully aware of my participation in the WeBlogBetter “Survive The Blog” competition.  If you are a newcomer, you can read about it here:   contest details I’ve survived to the seventh week and we are down to the final four.  I’m up against some pretty tough competition, but together we can do this! Every Monday we get our challenge for the week.  The good news is, there are only three weeks left.  The bad news is – I could use your help for all three!  (Well, it really isn’t BAD news, it just isn’t “Hooray/Yippee!” news.) Ok Larry – Tell Me About THIS Week! Thanks for asking.  This week is all about traffic generation.  I have to get as many people as possible to visit my blog posts on TheNextGoal.  You can help by doing TWO things: 1.  Just click HERE to visit my post.  You don’t even have to comment (although I’d love to hear from you).  You just have to visit the post. 2.  After reading the post (or heck, after just skimming through it) – click the TWEET button at the bottom and let your pals know
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5 Reasons Why You Would Be CRAZY Not To Sign up

Several weeks ago, I stumbled across a website advertising a blogging contest.  I decided to enter and next thing I knew- I was a contestant in the We Blog Better “Survive The Blog” contest.    If you haven’t read up on the contest, take a minute to do so… its a pretty unique idea! I’ve made it to the Final Six -woo hoo- now I need your help.  My challenge this week is to start a mailing list and get as many people as I can to sign up.   Now if you are already on my photography mailing list, you know that I don’t send out a ton of emails.  Clients get about one a month and photographers get about 3-4 a year.  I just don’t have time to send out much more.  So if you are kind enough to help my cause, you don’t have to worry about getting bombarded with emails.  It just won’t happen – don’t worry. In fact, signing up could be one of the best moves you have made all day.  Here are five reasons why you would be CRAZY not to sign up RIGHT NOW. 1.  It’s FREE.  They say nothing in life is free…
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Outside Your Comfort Zone

The great thing about challenges is how they push you outside your comfort zone.  Sure- sometimes they end with terrible crash landings, but sometimes they end with a huge feeling of accomplishment.  To me the reward really does outweigh the risk. For starters, we really use the word challenge very loosely.   Columbus sailing around the world with no idea where he was heading- THAT is a challenge.  Trying to reach the moon in a spaceship – very much a challenge.  Chances are, the challenges that you and I attempt are not quite as adventurous.  That’s why it is a no-brainer to give things a try. A couple of weeks ago, I threw my name into the hat to compete in the WeBlogBetter “Survive The Blog” contest.   It is basically a blogging contest based on the hit TV show, Survivor.  The organizer, Kiesha, was kind enough to choose me – now here we are.  I was placed on a team with four very different bloggers – two from the U.S, one from England and one from India.  Hey- we’ve got three continents covered!!  The downside is trying to communicate since we are all in very different time zones. Our first week’s
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