Friday, January 14, 2011

A Vlog: Carol’s Tips for a Kick-Ass Life

Recently, I received a brilliant email forwarded from my sister, a list of 20 tips for a positive new year by author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon. It was a cool list, very…positive. In fact, it inspired me to create my own list. Which may or may not be a tactful list.

Anyway, I thought this list would make a great vlog.

However. I've been pretty sick, so I looked like a half-dead thing through much of the vlog. Thus, I tweaked it, chopped the drooling, hideous bits, added some music and slides, and you got this.

Oh, also! Before you go, if you aren't sick of me yet, be sure to stop by super writer Heather Kelly's blog, Edited to Within an Inch of My Life, to check out my very first pre-pub interview. I was surprised she asked me (what?! ME?!!!), but in it I divulge all my dirty, little secrets. Hyperbole. Only a few are dirty. Thank you, Heather!




In case I didn't say it before, happy new year.

43 comments:

  1. That was awesomely awesome. Worth the wait!

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  2. Oooh!! First I'm at work and can't view your blog (else I will get the sack!! LOL!). Second I clicked over to Ms Kelly's blog and can't find your interview!?!?!?!?

    Oh Carolina Valdez Miller!! What have I done?!?! Not to worry - I shall return when I get home!! Take care
    x

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  3. "Another persons success does not negate yours - another person's happiness does not prevent yours"

    This needs to be on a t-shirt, seriously. EXCELLENT stuff!

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  4. Hi. Carol.

    Will you marry me?

    Not a fan of the song, but the vlog was pure perfection.

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  5. LOVE this, Carol. So much.

    SO MUCH.

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  6. Nice! I've gotta learn me some vlog editing skills. That was pretty cool. My tech savvy only reaches about as far as chalkboards...

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  7. Okay. I have to admit, I was expecting something awkward, or funny, or just plain ridiculous, but this is awesome. Totally inspiring, very honest ... and all right, a little funny too, but mostly just awesome.

    Well done C!

    Today's guest blogger is K.M. Walton!

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  8. WOW! Amazing, amazing, amazing. You gave me chills. And I LOVE the song you picked too.
    Well said, well done. Creative, honest, true.

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  9. I just found you from Heather's blog. That vlog was really funny and yet at the same time totally inspirational. Loved it. All of it.

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  10. This is one of so many reasons why I love you to death, girl.

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  11. This was epic - a great reminder to us all to be a little kinder, a little gentler and a littel more understanding of both ourselves and others.

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  12. I loved your vlog--supremely "epic" as my kids would say!!

    @Old Kitty--so sorry that you clicked over pre-interview post--this morning was a wet snowy mess getting my kids off to school!!

    Thanks, Carol, for the inspiring video AND interview!! Woo-hoo!!

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  13. Such unlooked-for seriousness, Carol! So, in seriousness, I'll just say you rock. A lot. They don't come much nicer than you, m'dear.

    Also..."don't feed the zombies".... *snarf*

    :)

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  14. I have to say I'm impressed that was pretty awesome. You've definitely got potential as a motivational speaker if you ever get sick of writing. Which is ridiculous I know, just saying.

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  15. You are amazing.

    You almost make me want to vlog.

    Trust me, that's sayin' something.

    Miss you!!

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  16. Is there anyway to see the original email that inspired you?!

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  17. Thanks for this inspiring vlog, Carol. I want so badly to be the hero in my own story. Cheers.

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  18. I don't know what you're talking about! You don't look sick!! Great vlog! You did such a good job, and all of those tips are perfect for a new year! Happy New Year!!!

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  19. Excellent vlog!!! I've always thought it sounded fun but am terrified to do it:) Thanks for stopping by my blog today - your comments made my day:)

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  21. If that's you sick, we are never meeting in person. Because that's me on my best day. No lie. And uh, my voice is about 10 times higher.

    Great vlog!

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  22. Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god - that was insanely brilliant. I've watched it, like a dozen times already and it just gets me pumped!! btw - I am watching this in the South Australian desert right now where is nothing but outback for as far as the eye can see. And I am just yelling out into the wildrness:

    HELL YEAH!!!

    And it's echoing and I think I just scared the shizer out of an eagle.

    One more thing - you alledge that was filmed you were ill - my goodness!! Lemme see you when you are well!!

    I demand an evening gown, your hair swept up and you to be deipping with glittery things for your next V-log!

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  23. Um, can I sign you up to play the kick-ass heroine whenever my book gets made into a movie? Cuz you know how to put on the motivation. I promise no zombies in my brain or mud in my soul. No, ma'm!
    :D That was amazing.

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  24. As always, another great vlog! You need to keep doing more of these please :)

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  25. Yay!!! I read your gorgeous interview and your vlog is SO GREAT!!!!! I promise not to feed the zombies (maybe a little!!! LOL!)!!! Thank you so much - this was well worth waiting for!!!

    Take care
    x

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  26. I knew when I clicked on the link, it was going to be something special. You didn't disappoint...as always! Thanks for that!! :)

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  27. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Amazing vlog, I am totally inspired. And you can bet the zombies are off *my* guest list

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  28. I heart you.

    I'm in need of some inspiration, so thanks!

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  29. Dude, I don't know what you're talking about - you do not look half dead, lol!

    As for the vlog, that was amazing! Words to live by Carol! Thank you for making this even though you felt bad:)

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  30. That was awesome. Well done, well said, well lived.

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  31. Ooh, I love it! Great rules, great reminders. Thanks for some New Years inspiration. :)

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  32. That's an inspiring video. Loved it. I wish more people followed those rules.

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  33. Love these tips, Carol! This is great stuff to remember at the beginning of the year, or any time of year.

    And I'm glad you finally got this vlog up. Hope all that hecticness has calmed down for you a little.

    Jai

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  34. I'm glad that you reminded us to not murder. That was a close one. :)

    Re: Thanks. It is ouchy, but I figure it's great fodder for writing. :)

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  35. This is a great idea. I'm wondering if it's the first time you've done a vlog or not?

    Denise :)

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  36. I love this. What a great idea. x

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  37. YAY! YAY! I love coming here and soaking up the love! I've fed the zombies a bit here lately, but no more! From this day forth, I shall slay zee zombies with my awesome light saber and my unruly jazz hands. #jussayin.

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  38. Wow. That's amazing. Consider my ass (does not resemble potato, phew) well and truly kicked for 2011. Fantastic advice, every piece. You should put a link to this up the top of your blog--I think it's something I'll come back to more than once, and I'm sure othes will too.

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  39. I'm late to the party bc I haven't been reading blogs for a bit, but wow. This was awesome and truly inspiring! I love all your vlogs, but this had been my favorite by far :)

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  40. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Lessons we should all live by. I Love it! Great message, visuals and music. What is that song?

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