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 – Celebrating Positive Focus

“We are not going to focus on what we can’t do; rather, we are going to celebrate what we can do!”

This quote is the mantra of our yoga class and it sums up the focus of what this month has been – a celebration of what is possible.

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“We are not going to focus on what we can’t do; rather, we are going to celebrate what we can do!”

It’s been 30 days and I’ve written every day about some aspect of the positive attitude – an attitude that can be attained by giving, being happy, laughing, and helping others.

I’ve touched on aspects of positive psychology with coping skills, resilience, and positive thought.

A few posts dealt with mindfulness, personal journeys, relationships and perception.

In this month, I had some celebrations (my wedding anniversary), personal losses (a layoff) and remembered again the national losses of 9/11.

I do feel as though I have come a long way in 30 days and I do believe it takes about this long to form a habit.

The best picture of the month was attached to my post on Encouragement. My favorite post had to be the one about doing the impossible (Thanks, Walt Disney for the quote!). I put my focus on what I could do and I can now definitely be positive.

High Five – 5 Positive Quotes

Here are some quotes I collected when I started planning these posts and I thought I would share the ones that didn’t get full posts…

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Five Positives and NO negatives!

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” –Willie Nelson

“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

“I haven’t failed. I’ve identified 10,000 ways this doesn’t work.” –Thomas Edison

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” –Walt Disney

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!

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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 – Resilience

Thomas Jefferson stated “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

How true!

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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Several years ago, just as the economy was spiraling, I went through a huge downsizing. I was completely broken up by this, even though I was not one of the ones being let go, but to see how people handled it was amazing. Some were upset and crying. Some were very angry. But some continued to laugh, joke and hug everyone as they packed their desks and headed out. They didn’t miss a step. Some of us had lunch from time to time over the next few years and those people who smiled in the face of the unexpected did very well. Those who didn’t seemed to take longer to find positions, still remained unhappy and angry at the company for letting them go.

The ones who accepted the situation and moved on to their next big adventure were the resilient ones. Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Being resilient helps you bounce back after surgery, illness, loss or anything else life can through at you.

A post on Healthgram details some ways to become more resilient, but I’m betting you’re already doing them.

If you’re still not sure how resilient you are, give this quiz from Psychology.about.com a try and see how what your results are.

http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl-resilience-quiz.htm

Resilient people are positive people. Or maybe vice versa. Either way, you come out of a bad situation positive, and that’s the right mental attitude.

High Five – Be Encouraging!

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” -Goethe

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I am a dog lover and married to a part-time dog trainer. Mei Mei, our Belgian Malinois, contributed her paw to the Paws-itivity cause!

I’ve always been a carrot vs. the stick kind of person. Positive reinforcement allows people to feel confident and accepted. And those attributes provide them the opportunity to do even better in learning, working or in their personal lives. E-Learning and adult training have even started using a badging system to teach. The badge system helps with goal setting, recall, and is used as an ongoing incentive.

Positive reinforcement not only works on humans, you favorite furry friend can benefit from some positive encouragement as well. Renowned dog trainer, Victoria Stillwell, has a training site called Positively and she explains the positive reinforcement principal!

Click here to read the details and see the video!

                                                                                                                                                                

 

High Five – Coping with the Unexpected

From JRR Tolkien we get these words: “Many are the strange chances of the world.”

A few days last week were more depressing than expected. But on the bright side, because I’ve been writing positive posts all month (!) my day did not end with gooey chocolate cake and wine. It ended with me utilizing coping skills, channeling the negative into a positive.

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“Many are the strange chances of the world.”

Coping skills might include binge watching The Big Bang Theory, writing in a journal or meditating. It may also include going shopping, meeting friends for dinner or seeing a movie. These two sentences do sound like the division between Introvert and Extrovert preferences.

I have a preference for extroversion and my coping skills can be summed up with: “get around as many people as possible and talk it out.” Other Extroverts seem to have the same reactions. Introverts, on the other hand, during times of stress, want a quiet and calm retreat. Extroverts see connections as soothing while the introverts think of reflection as comforting.

Whatever your preference, handle life and the unexpected situations that arise within it in a way that recharges you and allows you to cope and get back to making your life more positive.