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January #CarnivalOfHealth: Our Writers Dish About Health, Wellness and a Resolution Worth Keeping

As the first month of 2018 winds down, writers from the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Community are joining the January #CarnivalOfHealth to reflect on fitness, wellness, and resolutions worth keeping for the New Year.  Studies show that those who regularly demonstrate gratefulness and thankfulness are healthier and happier.

Take the first step to a healthier you in 2018 by reading through these posts and sharing them on social media using #CarnivalOfHealth. We hope that meeting these writers and reading these posts will help get your wellness journey started this year…..or possibly give you some insight!

 

Maybe a Resolution Isn’t Your Fitness Solution

Maureen Bonatch – Charmed Type

Exercising more, eating better and getting healthy usually top the list for New Year’s resolutions. It’s no surprise that companies are more than willing to accommodate the demand for a quick fix to what has usually been a problem for most people for the entire year prior. Therefore, for the first few weeks of January we’re bombarded with commercials and products promising fast weight loss and a quick fitness fix.

These commercials lessen as the first month of the year progresses. By February most of us have abandoned our diets and new fitness equipment to settle into comfortable habits. Perhaps that’s because achieving fitness goals might take more than a new program, it might take a new mindset.

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How to Stay Healthy As a Writer: Hint- Running From Your Fans Isn’t An Exercise Plan

Annie Beth Donahue – AnnieBethDonahue.com

It’s 5:00 am. Prime time to work on healthy habits. Moms of young children stealthily creep down the hall to put a yoga DVD on the bonus room TV. Fitness buffs push through the front doors of gyms. Boomer-aged men jog down neighborhood streets, listening to The Eagles on their iTunes playlist.

Writers quietly pour a cup of coffee, start up their computer, and… sit down.

How many hours we each spend in front of the screen varies. But one thing is sure. Writing, as a profession, can be hazardous to your health.

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The Greatest Wealth is Health

Anne Llewellyn – Nurse Advocate

It is said that if you have your health, you have everything. Yet, according to a study of 501 men ages 45 to 65 conducted by Men’s Health Network in 2014, men care more about their cars than their bodies. Almost 70% of men surveyed considered it easier to keep their cars in good condition than care for their personal health. In addition, more than 40% indicated that they would rather resolve issues with their car than address issues associated with their health.

Men are not alone in this thinking as noted by the Society for Women’s Health Research where they found that women make most of the health care decisions for their families. But when it’s their turn to go to the doctor, many don’t. Why? The reasons are widespread and vary from person to person.

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Reboot Your Healthy New Years Resolution With Nature

Susan Allison-Dean – The Nature Nurse

Did you know that ‘loose weight’ or ‘get in shape’ was the second most common New Year’s Resolution for 2018 among Americans surveyed? Was that your New Year’s resolution?  How are you doing so far?

Hopefully you are doing great, already achieving some of the short-term goals you set up for yourself.  Maybe you are looking for a few more tips or motivation to strive forward.

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We’d love to hear from you!  In the comments below, please share!  Did you set a health goal this year?  How are you doing so far?  Do you have an accountability partner or tribe offering support?

If you are a healthcare freelance writer or blogger and are interested in joining our tribe and participating in future blog carnivals, sign up here to receive notice of our schedule and topics for 2018!  You can check out more about the #CarnivalOfHealth HERE and HERE.

 

January #CarnivalOfHealth Blog Carnival: Hosted by the Healthcare Marketing Network

We have another exciting opportunity for the members of the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Group! Just like last month, we are hosting another Blog Carnival: The #CarnivalofHealth

 

January Topic: Fitness – How to use this topic within your Writing or Blogging Niche

When we hit January, we know that everyone wants to create a #NewYou for the New Year.

Therefore, we wanted to create an opportunity for members to showcase their expertise and experiences by giving the general public information to help them in their journey to get fit and healthy.  Health – related content created by healthcare subject matter experts themselves!  Nurses, Doctors, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Care Managers, Patients and Advocates.

 

What Exactly Is a Blog Carnival? Find out more here!

 

Here’s how fitness plays into our blog carnival topic.

We would like you to share a story or some information about becoming healthier, whether with exercise or diet for 2018…all in the construct of your writing niche. Go ahead, share the steps and actional tasks that can help others follow in your footsteps to a better, more healthy body and mind.  And as healthcare freelancers, we love to share evidence, so feel free to be liberal with credible resources!

 

Should posts be a certain length?

All guidelines are posted here: Blog Carnival Guidelines

 

What should the post link back to?

We encourage you to include something like this at the end of your post:

This post was written as part of the #CarnivalOfHealth, a Pop Up Blog Carnival hosted by the Healthcare Marketing Network.

More great posts by freelance healthcare writers on this topic can be found on the Healthcare Marketing Network blog.

If you are a healthcare freelance writer or blogger and are interested in joining our tribe and participating in future blog carnivals, sign up here to receive notice of our schedule and topics for 2018!

Once the round-up post goes live on the Healthcare Marketing Network blog, we will notify you of the live link in a group message via our project board & you can add that link to the post on your website, as well.

 

When does the post need to be published by?

Publish your post anytime by midnight CST Jan 19, 2018 to be included in this January Pop-Up Blog Carnival.

Our goal will be to publish the round-up post on the Healthcare Marketing Network blog by midnight CST Jan 21, 2018.

 

How do I get signed up to participate?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!

First – ONLY writers, bloggers, vloggers and podcasters who are healthcare professionals, patients or advocates are eligible to participate.

Second, you need to be a member of the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Community – its a gated community just for freelance healthcare professionals.  Sign up HERE if you aren’t already in the tribe.  It’s FREE.  Want to learn more about this ahhhhmazing community?  Check out a few of the stories from our tribe!

Hired a Coach, Gained a Community – by Melissa Mills

The Value in A Writers Community – by Anne Llewellyn

My Road to Writing and How the Healthcare Marketing Network is Making It Happen! – by Kimberly Jones

Third, once you are a member of the Facebook Community, Make sure you have signed up for our Talent Marketplace & have filled out your profile completely. If you haven’t done that yet….what are you waiting for?  Here’s the post in the Facebook community, with a few directions from Carol to get you started.  

Fourth, Click here to get registered and to let the team know you will be publishing a post for the carnival. Then we will add you to the project board in our Talent Marketplace and you will receive an email notification to join the January Pop-Up Carnival Gig. The discussion board of the project will contain ALL the details to submit your post!

(Why am I asking you to go through a few hoops?  Because we use our Talent Marketplace (writer directory) and Gig Board (Pinterest-like project board) to connect clients who need quality healthcare content with writers who can deliver.  It’s a great way to practice using the collaboration platform so you can be prepped to land those paying gigs and join our Pitchfests!

 

Janine Kelbach, BSN, RNC-OB is a nurse entrepreneur with experience as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, and business coach. She helps solopreneurs/entrepreneurs with her proactive, diverse virtual assistant skills and keeps executives and business owners organized, prioritized, and less stressed.

#CarnivalOfHealth: 8 Freelance Healthcare Writers Offer Their Best Advice For Turning Mistakes Into Learning Opportunities

The truth is that all roads to achievement lead through the land of failure.

Every person you admire has walked this road: the Wright brothers, Arnold Palmer, Truett Cathy, Amelia Earhart, Hank Aaron, George Bernard Shaw and Mother Teresa have all experienced failure and learned how to turn it into a stepping stone for success.

Leadership expert Peter Drucker says, “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try.” Mistakes really do pave the road to achievement.

Here’s the thing about making mistakes.

Sometimes you know the actions you take will result in a mistake or maybe it might not result in a mistake but if you don’t make the mistake you will always be wondering “what if.”

“What if it does work out for me?”

“What if this is the path that I am supposed to make?”

You will never know unless you take action and make some mistakes along the way.

And it takes confidence to go out there to make mistakes in our life and to be okay with them. I have learned to appreciate them because if it wasn’t for my mistakes, I wouldn’t be where I am today.


Wow! What a great turn out we had for our inaugural blog carnival, despite the busy holiday season!

We wanted to give members an opportunity to network with one another (We have an AHHHHHmazing tribe!!), learn about the magic of a blog carnival, and gain traffic to their writer websites.

The inspiration for our topic this month? A desire to leverage the strength and creativity of our community and an inspiring quote our Co-Founder Carol Bush AKA #QueenOfMakingItUpAtSheGoesAlong read one morning:

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde

 

We are proud to host and launch the #CarnivalOfHealth this month on the topic of turning a ‘mistake’ into an opportunity which moved our business forward. Check out the other healthcare freelance writer posts below for their excellent contributions to this important topic!

 

Carol Bush

Website: The Social Nurse

Title: Learning to Fail: Turn Mistakes Into Success in 2017

Carol experimented a lot in 2017 with her business. And, the reality is that each adventure is really as demanding for the body & mind as giving birth or running a marathon ! And here are a few realities that we really need to remind ourselves everyday… As launching a new adventure is a journey. And it’s ok to feel overwhelmed when you look at all the mountains that you need to climb every single day.  She has grown her network (and we call her the networking Queen), and has helped writers grow their client bases this past year. She is one dedicated woman, who doesn’t wallow in the fails, but makes them a springboard for success!  In this post, she shares how learning to fail and learning from failure are important parts of a growth mindset.

 

Jodi McCaffrey

Website: Inspired View Communications

Title: How I Found Myself Unemployed — and Found My Voice

Jodi was laid off this past year and was facing a huge life change. Was she able to start a freelance business and find success? She shares her vision for the future and the stages of grief she went through to get where she is now and how she is going forward for 2018!

 

Melissa Mills

Website: Making Space

Title: Surviving the Mid-Life House of Mirrors

Melissa was stuck in the beginning of 2017 with discovering who she was and where she wanted to be. She found herself surprised and in limbo…achieving her prestigious Masters degree in Administration and then realizing she was not fulfilled in her job anymore. The constant running around was starting to take a toll on her. She connected with Janine and hired her as a writing coach. She took her advice, and hasn’t looked back. Now, she is moving forward in 2018 with fewer hours at the nursing job, and more writing income than she ever knew she could have.

 

Vicki Warren

Website: Vicky Warren Writing

Title: For Solopreneurs, Less is More with Social Media

Vicky totally did a shift her in audience and realized who she needed to serve for 2018. She shares her own experience with burnout and how that helped her realize that she needed to focus on what she was good at…social media! She has now created a workbook for solopreneurs…her perfect clients…so she can focus on what she loves and help her clients soar!

 

Janine Kelbach

Website: Write RN

Title: Mastermind Group : My 2017 MISTAKE turned to SUCCESS for 2018!

This year was a year of transition and experimentation for Janine’s business and she tested a Mastermind group for her own accountability. A lot of research and preparation went into the group, and she came out with a greater mindset, an amazing group of women, and a plan for 2018!

 

Anne Llewellyn

Website: Nurse Advocate

Title: Lessons and Learning: How I Turned a Major Medical Event into my New Normal

Anne shares how she took medical complications as a cancer survivor and turned them into a a positive for herself and her business. Lots of transitions for her in 2017 led to her focus on helping others grow their businesses. Dealing with the late effects of cancer treatment is challenging.  Anne has such a positive outlook and constantly looks for adaptive ways she can manage her challenges.. Many people could settle on something they didn’t like, but Anne decided that wasn’t good enough for her. She wants to grow herself and her business in 2018 by working on projects that give her purpose.

 

Maureen Bonatch

Website: Charmed Type

Title: Embrace The Threat of Failure and Move On

Maureen explains the role of overwhelm in her life for 2017. Maureen has twin daughters, and is an author of fiction books. She branched out into freelance writing for nonfiction work this year….in addition to her other nursing job! She shares two lessons she has learned this year and is able to tell Mr. Overwhelm, “not today I have work to do” in 2018.

 

Cheri Clancy

Website:  CheriClancy.com

Title:  11 Hard Lessons That Made Me More Successful in 2017

Early in 2017, Cheri launched her business as a consultant and keynote speaker. Cheri says, “Although I knew I had the experience and education to endure this journey, I didn’t realize how much I would learn in the process.  For example, I learned that the tactical skills such as building a website, consulting, blogging and participating in speaking engagements are the easy parts. The soft skills such as tenacity, perseverance and attitude are the harder ones to master. ”  Read through her lessons.  My favorite is #5: You’re only as good as those you associate with. 🙂

 

Annie Donahue

Website: Annie Beth Donahue

Title: It’s Not You, It’s Me: Knowing When to Break Up With a Freelance Client

We’ve all been in some sort of relationship where you had to end it, by being a ‘bad guy’. Sometimes, it’s a friendship, sometimes it’s a romantic relationship, and sometimes it’s a freelance relationship with a client. Annie shares how she had to break up with clients this year and why she did it. A key take away from her post?  Never settle with clients who don’t bring joy and energy to your business!

 


If you are reading this far, our wish for you is to have the courage and confidence to make mistakes because your mistakes will give you your greatest opportunities.

All in all, launching a business as a freelance writer is a thrilling and unique experience that not every individual gets to have in their lifetime.

Believe me when I say that it is so worth it.

If you’re up for the challenge, I suggest taking the leap of faith and defy your deepest fears of failure and inadequacy. You wouldn’t want to go another day without knowing your potential, right?

We’d love to hear from you!

In the comments below, please share a ‘mistake’ you experienced in your business this year and what you learned from it.

If you are a healthcare freelance writer or blogger and are interested in joining our tribe and participating in future blog carnivals, sign up here to receive notice of our schedule and topics for 2018!

 

Janine Kelbach, BSN, RNC-OB is a nurse entrepreneur with experience as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, and business coach. She helps solopreneurs/entrepreneurs with her proactive, diverse virtual assistant skills and keeps executives and business owners organized, prioritized, and less stressed.

Blog Carnival Launch: Introducing the #CarnivalOfHealth hosted by the Healthcare Marketing Network

We’ve started something new because we’re creative like that!

We’re going to start hosting a blog carnival (AKA a blog hop) just for our awesome tribe of writers in the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Community.

This will be a great opportunity to network with other members of the tribe, learn from one another, and even gain more traffic to your blog!

We’d love for you to play along, so read all the details below and join us on this fun new adventure!

What Exactly Is a Blog Carnival?

We’re so glad you asked! The best way to describe a blog carnival is a ‘travelling’ blog. Each blog carnival is set up by an initial organizer who chooses the subject consisting of a single post that contains links to a selection of other blog posts by everyone else in the carnival.

Different bloggers then volunteer to host the carnival on their own blogs each week, or month, depending on the carnival.

Writers, bloggers and vloggers then submit their posts to the host for consideration in the next carnival, and the host gathers these submissions and crafts a round-up post featuring snippets from each post and a link back to the published post on each contributors blog.

What is the main topic or theme of this December Pop Up Blog Carnival – #CarnivalOfHealth?

We’re going to talk all about the mistakes we’ve made this year! Well, sort of.

Oscar Wilde, the playwright, once said: “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”

I’ve learned a LOT this year and the most important thing I’ve learned is you can’t live your life by trying to avoid mistakes.

So, instead of ducking new challenges in business or in life because I’m afraid of making a mistake or failing, I’m shifting my thinking from “I’m not ready to do that” to “I want to do that—and I’ll learn by doing it.”  I’ve always had a personal mantra – ‘Just carry your fear right along with you’ – when trying new things….but for 2018, its taking on a whole new meaning in my life.  🙂

Here’s how this plays into our blog carnival topic.

I’d like you to share a story about the journey or the steps you took in 2017 which turned a ‘mistake’ into a ‘success’ in your writing/creating business. Something that you initially thought was a mistake, but you turned it around and it moved your freelance writing craft/business or mindset forward.

Should posts be a certain length?

Since you will be publishing your post on your own website, blog, or publishing platform like Medium or LinkedIn Publisher you get to choose the length, but we recommend keeping it between 700-1000 words to keep things uniform. Be sure it’s your best work and include professional images and formatting. This is important because our goal is to get you lots of new readers!

Should posts include a specific type of media, such as an image that relates to the blog carnival?

Yes! The marrvy Katie Bush will craft one of her famous graphics, which we will share with you when you sign up to participate.

What should the post link back to?

We encourage you to include something like this at the end of your post:

This post was written as part of  the #CarnivalOfHealth, a Pop Up Blog Carnival hosted by the Healthcare Marketing Network

More great posts by freelance healthcare writers on this topic can be found on the Healthcare Marketing Network blog.

If you are a healthcare freelance writer or blogger and are interested in joining our tribe and participating in future blog carnivals, sign up here to receive notice of our schedule and topics for 2018!

Once the round-up post goes live on the Healthcare Marketing Network blog, we will notify you of the live link in a group message via our project board & you can add that link to the post on your website, as well.

When does the post need to be published by?

Publish your post anytime by midnight CST Dec 20, 2017 to be included in this December Pop-Up Blog Carnival.

Our goal will be to publish the round-up post on the Healthcare Marketing Network blog by midnight CST Dec 21, 2017.

How do I get signed up to participate?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

First – ONLY writers, bloggers, vloggers and podcasters who are healthcare professionals, patients or advocates are eligible to participate.

Second, you need to be a member of the Healthcare Marketing Network Facebook Community – its a gated community just for freelance healthcare professionals. Sign up HERE if you aren’t already in the tribe. Its FREE. Want to learn more about this ahhhhmazing community?  Check out a few of the stories from our tribe!

Hired a Coach, Gained a Community – by Melissa Mills

The Value in A Writers Community – by Anne Llewellyn

My Road to Writing and How the Healthcare Marketing Network is Making It Happen! – by Kimberly Jones

3. Once you are a member of the Facebook Community, Make sure you have signed up for our Talent Marketplace & have filled out your profile completely. If you haven’t done that yet….what are you waiting for?  Here’s the post in the facebook community, with a few directions from Carol to get you started.  

4.  Click here to get registered and to let the team know you will be publishing a post for the carnival. Then we will add you to the project board in our Talent Marketplace and you will receive an email notification to join the December Pop-Up Carnival Gig. The discussion board of the project will contain ALL the details to submit your post!

(Why am I asking you to go through a few hoops?  Because we use our Talent Marketplace (writer directory) and Gig Board (Pinterest-like project board) to connect clients who need quality healthcare content with writers who can deliver.  Its a great way to practice using the collaboration platform so you can be prepped to land those paying gigs and join our Pitchfests!

Read to Lead

Thanks to our great friend and mentor to MANY Professional Bloggers – Brittney Wilson AKA The Nerdy Nurse.   Brittney gave Carol her first taste of the magic of a blog carnival back in 2015, during the Nerdy Nurse Blog Carnival.  That specific carnival was a round up of our most popular posts for 2015.  It was a blast to write!  #NurseBlogLove: Nurse Blog Carnival Top 10 in 2015. Right now, that carnival is on hold, but you can still check out some of the ahhhhhmazing content from top Nurse Bloggers HERE

Want to find more blog carnivals in your niche?  Check out this directory!

How to Create and Host a Blog Carnival – A great explanatory post from 2012 from Problogger.

Use a Blog Carnival to Boost Your Blog`s Traffic – SEO

Need a primer on crafting the all-important Round Up Post?  Take time to read this great resource from Zac Johnson:  Expert Roundup Posts: 18 Examples in Different Niche Markets

Keep Calm and Eat Funnel Cakes!

Okay, that covers everything! At least we think so 🙂 If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Carol, she’s our Managing Editor and Textbroker.  Just be patient if she doesn’t reply right away…she’s hosting #MemawMadness this weekend with the littlest of the #BushFamilyOfFour.

Thanks so much everyone – we’re excited for the opportunity to do something so fun and communal with a tribe that is simply the best! – Carol, Janet, Janine and Katie

 

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