Ashley E. Kingsley

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#TwitStroll

In Uncategorized on January 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm

As with most of my ideas, @TwitStroll hit me upside the head in the middle of the night and jolted me out of bed. For some reason my ideas don’t sleep.  I am somewhat of an impulsive person (zip it Mom) and I act fast on my ideas. So, when I thought of  TwitStroll, I went full force ahead.

I have been using Twitter for a few years now and I have watched it grow and change. It has, in my opinion, become one of the most fascinating tools ever used in the marketing sphere.

If you don’t know about Twitter, please, please dig yourself out of the hole and read THIS.

I have been attending  and throwing TweetUps since early 2007.  Which, in the digital age seems like a lifetime.

Please refer HERE if you don’t know what a TweetUp is and get your head out of your you-know-what! I have been fortunate enough to meet some of the smartest, most progressive, hilarious people at TweetUps. When there is a TweetUp it usually takes place at a bar or restaurant and often at night.  With two kids under my wing it has been hard for me to get away because that is my quality time with my kids and my husband.

Often during the daytime I do find myself wishing I could connect with more people while I am a stay-at-home Mom.  And, after a good bout’ of postpartum depression I realized I could create something that would encourage me to connect with others a little more spontaneously… and WALA! It’s a Twitstroll.

TwitStroll is similar to a TweetUp but more spontaneous and versatile.  Perhaps last minute!

HOW IT WORKS:

I Tweet that I am taking the baby and going for a walk. Since I know there are people all over Denver, I choose a place I haven’t been in a while. I include a MAP in my Tweet and a #hashtag as well as the exact time the TwitStroll will begin.  I am then committed to myself to show up and maybe someone else will too.  It helps me get out of the house, I get to meet other awesome and intelligible people from Twitter and the In Real Life community grows by leaps and bounds. Face it – we are ALL BUSY! But a quick walk, cup of joe, a beer … we can all do that.

A TwitStroll can be anywhere at anytime and ANYONE can have one!  Throw it out in your stream and do one thing: COMMIT to being where you say you are going to be.  Make sure to always use the # hashtag and make sure to help promote other Twits Strolls.

It is a great opportunity for people to get involved on many levels!

Here are some ideas for a TwitStroll:

  • Dog Park
  • Park with Kids
  • Lunch
  • Happy Hour
  • Random Dodge Ball Game
  • A Run
  • A Swim
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee
  • A Party
  • A Walk
  • A Book Signing
  • A Cause/Campaign
  • Camping
  • Mall Stroll
  • Bar Stroll
  • Parent’s Night Out
  • Specific Communities
  • Garage Sales
  • Baseball Game
  • Skeet Shooting
  • Carnival
  • Rodeo

And I am sure there are a lot more…

The beauty of a TwitStroll is they can happen everyday, anywhere in the world.

Woody Allen once said “98% of life is about showing up” so this is me, kicking postpartum ass, shouting out to people I want to know, getting out and getting active, silly, groovy, caffeinated, supported; you name it… Its YOUR TwitStroll.

Follow us on Twitter @TwitStroll and @ashleykingsley

It Would Be Bliss…

In Uncategorized on January 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

There is this thing… that I really want to do. The reason I am not able to do it is two… no ten fold. After birthing two children, helping my Mom fight and BEAT Pancreatic Cancer and running my company solo for the last 5 years, I am maxed out. Wait, no….yes, I mean, YES! I am maxed out and so is our bank account. You see, consulting is tough. And when you have two kids at home, one three and a half the other just 6.5 months, it takes a toll – on everything.

Yes… it is also amazing; don’t get me wrong! Kids are the bees knees.  But let’s be real.  Going to conferences of any kind, leisure travel, awesome shoes and even new underwear are all unobtainable, well, not the underwear part but some days it feels that way!  It’s a HANDFUL!  Toss in some postpartum depression and there ya have it!

I cannot even imagine what it feels like to drive toward an airport, let alone board a plane to venture out on my own; spread my damn wings and fly… literally. It’s a big day if I get to hit Starbucks.

Oh, poor me….

NOT! I have an amazing life. Yeah, I do!  I have this awesome brown shirt that I wear and it has my daughter’s fingerprints stained into it. I still wear it because I am that cool.  And I also have a new hairstyle. It’s called – ‘This is as good as it gets.’  Our family car smells like a carcass… I’m getting used to it.  I also have this killer new lipstick called ‘chapstick’ and it makes my lips look sweet!  Date night with my husband was so unbelievable the other night.  We got in the family ;carcus’ car and went through the drive-thru Starbucks and drove around the suburbs of Denver. I know! Can you believe it? We got totally out of control when we stopped for gas on the way home.

I try to stay humble. But sometimes, my ego does take over and I get a bit cocky. I know that others aren’t as lucky as we are.  I sometimes have to keep this extravagant living on the down-low so not to create jealousy among my friends and colleagues.

So, there is this conference coming up called ‘Blissdom.’ Sounds great.  Really.  It is a two-day smorgasbord of amazingness.

Here is the breakdown:

Following Your Bliss means dreaming impossible dreams – and then making them possible through creativity, passion and direction.  Blissdom 2010 is your space to make this happen.  You’ll leave Blissdom:
  • Inspired and empowered
  • Brimming with new ideas, resources and connections
  • Burning to improve your writing, creative content and products
  • Ready to act strategically to meet your business goals
  • and on the right path to realizing your vision of bliss

Can you imagine? All of this in two-days? I have looked for this kind of fulfillment for 5 years? All packed into one weekend? I wonder if I should wear my brown shirt?

Listen. I have written my whole life. My first 28 page book at age 11 was ‘Rainbows Under Harvard Elementary’ about a budding gymnast. It didn’t win any awards or anything, and the pink binder I sent to publishers might have been overkill, but hey… how many of you sent college ruled paper into a publisher with rainbows drawn on the cover with crayola markers?

I have a business. I have goals.  I have visions. I have new ideas. I even have old ideas.  Thing is… I can’t get out from under the storm of chaos that comes with kids, drained bank account, postpartum depression and admittedly am having problems focusing.

I want to go to Blissdom ’10. I want to find my bliss and I need some help.  I want to surround myself with women who represent what I am striving for, brown shirt,  awesome hair and ALL.  I want to ACT strategically and not impulsively.  I want to learn how to reach out… out… out and draw energy in and not give it all away.

I need this like I need a tall drink of water, a new shirt, pink lipstick, some heels and a nice, long, uninterrupted shower. I strive for a better  me everyday. I do. Some days are better than others.  I think this would really be a remarkable experience.  And I would like  to add my energy to the pot.  I’ve got some good stuff going on in my head. And I have some great stuff in my heart. Being ‘part of’ this amazing opportunity would refill my stained coffee cup.

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