Hello New Year! Meet Hyper Writer, LLC

I’ve been thinking about freelancing part-time for a long time and after completing a class recently at The Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneur Center last Fall, I decided to strike out on a new venture in 2016.

So with that, I created Hyper Writer, LLC where I will be completing freelance documentation projects. I want to convey that documentation can be exciting and interesting and not just something that gathers dust on a shelf! I also want to share my love of writing and all the energy that can be focused on helping users understand software applications either through web or mobile interaction.

Software is changing and we need someone to manage the information so everyone can enjoy learning.

As for the hyper writer herself, I have over 16 years of experience writing software documentation for individuals, recruiters and companies large and small. You can contact me at stef.whitlow@gmail.com or click my contact link on this site for more information.

I will be transitioning this site and creating http://www.hyperwriter.net with a lot more bells, whistles and the latest documentation, please stay tuned for updates coming and moving soon!

Hyper Writer is always moving:

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High Five – Positive Friends and Healthy Adventures

“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh.

Sometimes there are friends we’ve had for decades. Sometimes there are the friends we’ve had for a few months or years. Sometimes we just met them but we know they would be friends for a long time! It has been often said about me that I “collect people.” And I suppose I do. I’m an extrovert and I am most proud of my have 500+ connections on LinkedIn (Twitter and Facebook fall a bit behind this!). Which is quite fitting, I collected most of my friends from previous jobs! No matter how we were separated after working together we would exchange emails, phone numbers and social media accounts. So, I promise, if I work with you, I will be connected with you!


Thanks to my positive, adventurous, healthy, exciting, inspiring friends.

When I lived in a larger city (I’m living rural now!), we would throw huge parties (our New Year’s Eve dinners were legendary) and I would connect everyone from different backgrounds with one another. Most common question at the party – and an icebreaker, if you will – would be: “So, how do you know Stephanie?”

Connecting with others, I learned, promotes positive thinking. Not just positive thinking but it adds encouragement and confidence-building, risk taking, and resilience to the list. Lower rates of depression, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and greater resistance to the common cold have been cited as health benefits as well.

Consider the positive benefits to both of you  of having a friend and go take them on an adventure with you.

High Five – Hands Down!

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

**All this month my posts have been palms up and high fives but today the palm is down in a giving, handing gesture.


“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

A friend of mine was complaining about not getting what she expected from a networking event, and another friend reminded her that she needed to approach it with a selfless attitude. As in not thinking: “What’s in it for me” (WIIFM!) instead thinking “What can I bring to this event?” In other words, “How can I help you?” He said to take the world with a “palms down” approach – What can I hand to you? What can I give? Instead of the “palms up” approach indicated, “What can I get?”

Making others feel positive, uplifting people has a direct effect on your mood as well.

A post called The Joy of Giving at www.psychologytoday.com website discussed studies done involving helping others. One of the prime examples showed that those who were members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and helped other members were “significantly less likely to relapse in the year following treatment” which was when most relapses occur. Another case presented involved a home for mental health recovery where the members helped each other. The director stated “that people tend to be more stable and happy if they feel like they are benefiting people more than themselves, or outside themselves.”

My friend went to her next networking event with the idea that she would go early, volunteer to help with food, setup or wherever they needed her. And as I recall, she made a lot more memorable connections that day.

In closing, keep in mind – your palms are always down when you’re pulling someone else up.

High Five – Be the Positive Change

It only takes one person.


“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

I was having a particularly bad day and had to – once again – go to Walmart for something-that-didn’t-make-it-onto-the-huge-list-I-had-earlier-in-the-week-that-was-supposed-to-keep-me-from-needing-to-stop-at-Walmart-before-the-weekend! I was not happy about this trip and not happy about my bad day.

The cashier, as soon as I walked up with my items, completely ignoring my scowl, says in a most cheery tone, “Are you enjoying this fantastic weather we’re having today? What a beautiful day!” To be honest, I hadn’t noticed the weather. It seemed a little cooler, but, all I had been focusing on was how nothing had gone right the entire day and now I was going through the motions, just to get through the day! But, now that someone mentioned it, it was a really, really nice day outside. Our 90+ degree heat and high humidity had turned to a 75-degree, no humidity, light breeze, sunny day. Yes, the sun was shining and it truly WAS beautiful! So I replied, showing my first smile of the day, “Yes, yes, I am enjoying it!” Her exceptional attitude turned my day around. I just kept thinking, it only takes one person to be kind to bring about a transformation.

So with that, today’s positive quote is from Mahatma Gandhi who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

You never know when your smile, your gratitude or your act of kindness will be the one thing that someone else needs that will change an attitude. I really needed her to remind me that it was a beautiful day. Her smile and excitement at this simple fact made all the difference.

Go be positive, smile and act kindly – be the positive change.

High Five – It’s Great to be Grateful

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

Being grateful has been proven to improve attention, energy, leads to better sleep and lowers depression and leaves the grateful party in an optimistic state. This state is also linked to greater coping skills during times of stress. And according to researchers and Positive Psychologists (yes!), “feelings of gratitude directly activate brain regions associated with the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine feels good to get, which is why it’s generally considered the “reward” neurotransmitter.”


“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Psychology aside, being grateful is being thankful and appreciative of what you have. It can be as substantial as a supportive spouse or as exciting as having friends who reassure you that your crazy schemes will work, you can do The Crow in yoga class and a girl’s weekend is the perfect antidote to a layoff notice. It can be as common as having clean drinking water, a roof over your head, a car that runs and general good health. It can be as challenging as knowing you can run 5K race and that your legs, heart, and lungs are strong enough to get you over the finish line.

In sum, being grateful is concentrating on what you do have and not what you don’t. I’ll be improving my positive state at the end of the day by acknowledging all the things for which I’m thankful. Maybe you could do the same.