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5 (more) fast facts

Amy T SchubertJust for fun ….

I get stress headaches … and I massage my own scalp to help them go away. I worked 32 hours/week while I was going to college, and I basically had a headache through ALL of grad school. Literally every day. My mother used to tell me to go to the doctor, but it all went away after I graduated, so ….

I eat frozen vegetables …. frozen. It’s the perfect snack for a hot day. Instead of chips or candy, for example. I’m especially fond of frozen corn and frozen green beans.

I have terrible luck with technology. The worst. Through no fault of my own. I will be doing all the requisite backing up of data and the phone will fail. Andrew has used the same laptop and hard drive for 8 years, while I have gone through …. like 4 or 5 hard drives in that time. If someone drops their phone 75 times and doesn’t crack, I’ll just drop mine twice and it will fall apart.

I feel like my hair is blonder when I blow-dry it. Why would that be? I have no idea. I’m sure it’s not ACTUALLY blonder, but it feels that way.

I’ve never seen some ‘classics’ like The Simpsons, Citizen Kane, Veronica Mars or Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’m sure there is a long list of TV shows and movies that I *should* watch. The Simpsons is the one that comes up over and over again.

Also, bonus fast fact: Today is my birthday! I’m going to the theater tonight to see the National Touring cast of Newsies and I am SO EXCITED!!

P.S. I realize I haven’t been around here a lot in the last month+. I have a TON of stuff going on and I’ll tell you all about it sometime. In the meantime I plan on being back here soon OR check out my author site here (I’m in the middle of 3 different books to release in the next 6 months or so).


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#30Lists Blog hop! Join us for an easy journaling challenge

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Listing begins on Sunday! But today we wanted to share a peek at what kind of fun creative challenge you can expect in March.

Today is the 30 Days of Lists Blog Hop and you’re invited to join in on the fun!

What is a blog hop? A blog hop is basically when a lot of bloggers post about the same thing and encourage their readers to go visit the others as well.

Today we’re sharing list prompts taken from the (still free) March 2011 challenge!

This is my actual list from back then …. Things I am good at

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In case you can’t read my handwriting, the list reads:

  • wedding photography
  • writing
  • customer service
  • cooking
  • singing
  • making Andrew laugh
  • no drama
  • saving $
  • planning trips
  • scrapbooking and other creative-like activities
  • reading
  • academia

Now, five (!!) years later, the only thing I might change it to take off wedding photography (haven’t done it in years) and to add editing (learn more about what I offer here).

Otherwise, my life and activities and skills haven’t changed much.

Now, if only I could get paid for singing musicals loudly while I cook :)

Ambassadors & Sponsors taking part in the blog hop today:

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Go to the March 2011 30 Days of Lists site
  2. Choose one of those list prompts
  3. Create your list — on a post-it, digitally, art journal, however you like.
  4. Post your list in a blog post* today
  5. Share a link to your blog in the Blog Hop Facebook Post

*Don’t have a blog? Share your list on Instagram or Flickr and leave a link to your photo instead! That way, other Listers can find your work and see what list you selected.

DON’T FORGET: It’s not too late to register for the March 2015 edition of 30 Days of Lists – simply click here and you’re a few clicks away from accessing the private site and getting into the private Facebook group!


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I am basically behind on everything, but this week I went to a concert with my husband, finalized the book cover for my first novel, and delivered the the 4th manuscript for as many editing clients in as many weeks. Feels GOOD.


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Peek at Consulting: Elise Gets Crafty podcast

Elise Gets Craft podcastIf you hadn’t heard, I was a guest on the Elise Gets Crafty podcast a couple weeks ago! Elise had made a remark in a blog post about how she wasn’t sure it was worth keeping her email list (of 3500+ subscribers!), and I left a comment that more or less said, “Girl. Let me help you.”

I am evangelical about email newsletters.

Everyone should have one.

I even tell my husband’s poor clients (bands and musicians) who barely even have a website and are trying to finish making their first record so they can get some live gigs.

“Yea, but do you have an email list?”

If you missed it, last year around this time I posted a short series of video chats with some coaching clients — You can watch them all here.

This podcast episode was almost the same kind of thing. Elise and I chatted about her specific audience, her specific business and I gave her specific ideas for how she could leverage her email marketing.

Listen to it here!


Reader Magnets: Build Your Audience Platform and Sell More Books on Kindle by Nick Stephenson — Geared toward fiction writers, but free to download and should give you great ideas about getting people on your newsletter and how to treat them once they are there.

People Want to Hear From You — How to get started with email marketing.

Email marketing resources — A big round-up from a couple years ago, but still so much good stuff.

P.S. Tons more email list resources in the BUILD ecourse!





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30Lists returns for March!

Join us in March for another round of 30 Days of Lists. Another quick journaling challenge. Another opportunity to record YOUR STORY.

Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night. 30 Days of Lists is our encouragement and challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day — even something as small as a list.

Every day through the month of March 2015 we will be posting a list prompt – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you’ll have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.


Only 5-10 minutes per day are really needed. While you’re waiting for someone, or when you’re the passenger in the car. You can even download the list topics ahead of time to get a jump start!

That’s all.

Just write.

There’s no wrong way to do this and if you don’t like a prompt on a certain day, just change it.

Once you register you will receive an automatically downloadable file giving you access to the exclusive private blog for March 2015.

Upon registering for March’s Listing challenge, you’ll have immediate access to:

  • private blog where all the list prompts will be found
  • private Facebook Group just for March #30Lists participants
  • printable download with ALL of March’s list topics (for those of you who want the topics ahead of time)
  • exclusive LIST printable download from rukristin papercrafts
  • exclusive printable download from Marmalade Mementos with .pngs and pre-designed journaling cards with all of March’s list topicsspace


Throughout February, we’ll introduce:

  • tutorial on adding images to the Flickr group
  • tutorial on using the #30Lists hashtag for Instagram
  • introductions to our ambassadors and sponsors
  • Kam and Amy’s individual 30Lists books
  • exclusive discounts from the team

Starting March 1st:

  • 1 new list topic will be posted each morning
  • list topics hosted by our ambassadors and sponsors
  • additional giveaways and tutorials from the team


Start stocking up on your sticky-notes, ordering notebooks from your favorite online sellers, or creating a journal of your own to house your lists, March 1st will be here before we know it.

The daily list prompts won’t start until March 1st, but you can trust us when we say that it’s an excellent idea to keep an eye on your email regularly between now and then for updates!

Also, it isn’t too early to get to know your fellow Listers!

Speaking of the list prompts, they will be posted on a daily basis shortly after 2:00 a.m. Pacific time. If you would rather have all of the lists at once, look for that link in the Printables section of the private blog.


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