Coming Soon on Keyboards and Kickstands!

By Kris Windley

Small Business Writing and Marketing Coach Kris Windley | With a K Writing Services | Keyboards and Kickstands

Starting next week, Keyboards and Kickstands will have new posts on Thursdays too!

What?! Thursdays too?

It’s true! Every Thursday, I’ll be posting some lovely extra stuff for you guys, because I have SO many things I want to share with you, but not everything is Writing Tips.

I don’t want to waste any Tuesdays Tips time on other stuff (because I love hearing how much my Tuesday Tips are helping you all with your writing and marketing), but I gotta share it man! I just gotta!

So Thursday Extras is officially being born on July 3rd (next week!) – to give me another opportunity to share what I gotta share.

A Room of Her Own

The first thing that I’m adding to Keyboards and Kickstands is going to be super fun for me, and hopefully inspiring and fun for you too.

Virginia Woolf wrote that “a woman must have…a room of her own in order to write fiction”. I feel like that dedicated space for creativity is one of the most important things you need to make the kind of impact you want to make in the world – in business, art, writing, music and basic world domination too.

I remember how magical it was when I first got my office set up in a way that really worked for me (after at least 18 different configurations). I can sit in my adorable white swivel chair and look out my front window at tree branches filled with beautiful leaves, or coated in icicles and snow in the winter. And I can swivel! Bonus.

I love this Room of my own, and I still like to do little projects to make it more cute and fun, and more efficient and organized. I want to share those projects with you on Thursday Extras.

My local biz buddies with Rooms of their own will be periodically invited to share their spaces too: studios, offices, workshops – even if it’s just a wonderfully designed corner that they’ve etched out of their living room and made their own.

I’m excited to invite you into our Rooms, and I hope to encourage you to make Yours even more Your Own too. World Domination is at stake here! Get out your washi tape and glue gun!

Biz Book Club Panel

Every month or so, I’m going to choose a business book from my ever-growing list of awesome resources for women in business and read it on purpose.

I’ll do a quick review of the book for you all here, answering 5 specific questions:

  1. How much fun was it to read? Is this a dry manual or is it a rocking’ good time?
  2. Was the material new and different from what I’ve seen before? In the sea of “How to Make Your Business Successful and Make Your Life Look Like a Pinterest Board” books, was this one original and creative enough to warrant a permanent space in my Biz Book Library?
  3. How actionable is the content? Are there specific “To Dos” in the book that actually move you toward your goals, and how inspired are you “To Do” them?
  4. How beautiful is the book? Photos, Drawings, Cover, Details and Design: were these elements an important part of the book, and do they make me happy like cupcakes?
  5. Aaaaaand lastly – Would I recommend it to you? This is really summing up how I feel about the overall usefulness and loveliness of the book, and how it would (or wouldn’t) help you all in your own businesses.

The coolest part of this though? I get to invite 1 or 2 of my buddies – online or in my local area – to be a guest panelist for my Biz Book Club. We will get together over coffee (Skype coffee dates are just as lovely as in-person coffee dates) and talk about the book.

I’ll share a picture of my Book Club Buddy each month, and a link to her site too so you can get to know all of my favourite people…and so I get to have coffee dates with them.

I can’t wait! My first book will be April Bowles Olin’s Marketing for Creatives, and my first Biz Book Buddy is Chera Yorke from Yorke Photography. I love both of these women, and I can’t wait to chat with one of them about the other one’s book…and then tell you all about it 🙂

AND I’ll always give you a heads-up with the title of the book, so you can read it too and give us your thoughts in the comments section, so pick up April’s book, and get ready for July’s Biz Book-Club Panel.

Connecting the Gaps and Going from Busy to Happy!

Speaking of April Bowles Olin, I’m enrolling in a great online course with her and Mayi Carles next month, so you can expect some cool updates about that. It’s called “From Busy to Happy” and it’s a part of the wicked cool Connecting the Gaps League of Supers thing they are rocking. I’m PUMPED!

Connecting the Gaps | With a K Writing Services | April Bowles Olin | Mayi Carles | Connecting the Gaps

Looking forward to attacking my goals with the help of my own superheroes – April Bowles Olin and Mayi Carles WOOOOT! Let’s get it done!

This brings me to the next great big COMING SOON here on Keyboards and Kickstands. It’s my biggest goal in the From Busy to Happy course, and it’s been something I’ve always wanted to do – but secretly believed I couldn’t (wrong wrong wrong!)…..

I’m writing a BOOK!

I’m really proud of this project already, and I can’t wait to share it with you all! It’s going to be like nothing else out there, I think: lots of humour and silly-ripples and tons of lessons I’ve personally learned since I dropped out of the Busy-Martyr-Olympics (I was in the running for the gold medal too), and joined the Life-is-for-Living world.

That’s all I’m saying now, but stay tuned and you’ll get updates as I hit milestones with this super-fantastic and crazy-life-goal project. I CAN’T WAIT!

There you go! That’s what Thursday Extras will look like, along with some stories from this corner of fun land that are sure to entertain, roundups of some of my faves from around the whole wide inter-webz to inspire you and as many helpful things as I can get together to fill up your learnin’ tanks too. Don’t forget to sign up for Keyboards and Kickstands (look for the purdy green box on the top of the sidebar, to your right), so you don’t miss a thing.

Share, Pin, Like and Tweet this post so your other biz-buddies can hear about all of the new goodies they can expect here, and comment below with any other kinds of things you’d like to hear about on Thursdays! It’s all extra, so I’ll be happily taking requests.

Until next time!


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Kris is a writer, editor, illustrator, teacher, mother of two amazing young ladies - and enthusiastic cat-belly snuggler. A certified teacher, long-time blogger and experienced brand consultant, she writes about Writing, Business and Blogging...and sometimes about Changing the World.

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  1. Kristina Zambrano on June 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Oh I just loved this I am so in to share my pet house I mean my room lol wherever you want you just bark at me or meow me on my bloggy to let me know ok or just send a “pee”-mail {haha enough with the pets talks}. Really I’m serious about sharing my magical space with you and your followers 😀 just let me know; great post today and I loved that April will give you 3 books to giveaway 🙂

    • KrisWithaK on June 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Oh! I will probably bark up that tree soon, Kristina! 😉 I’ll likely do a call for studio spaces at some point, and I’d LOVE to see your space. I think it would be really original and neat for everyone to see a pet studio 🙂
      April is the best, right? Stay tuned for giveaway details! I’d love for you to be able to read the book and participate in the Biz Book Club Party!

  2. richelle on June 26, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Congrats Kris!!

    • KrisWithaK on June 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks Mama!! Your luck did it!

  3. April on June 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Oh hey Kris with a K! 🙂

    First, I have to say that I think if we met in person, we’d be close friends.

    Now that the girl love is out of the way, I’m really excited about the new stuff you’re adding to your blog. I’m a big fan of seeing other creatives’ workspaces and I’m also always reading. I’m a tad weird and read about five books at once, switching through them as my mood changes. I’m honored that you picked my book as your first to start with. How exciting! If you’re up for a giveaway or contest, I’d love to offer you three copies of Marketing for Creatives for you to give away to some of your readers who want to join along. Cause who doesn’t love contests and free stuff? If you’re up for it, just email me and we’ll make it happen.

    And, I can’t wait to see your finished book. That’s such an awesome goal. Love it times five million!

    • KrisWithaK on June 26, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Hahaha oh hello there, April!

      Awwww man! You have made my day, yet again 🙂 I totally dig you guys – from your capes ‘n heels costumes to your kick butt business skillz. I’ve already adopted you and Mayi as my fairy-business-godmothers.

      I would LOVE to give your book to some of my readers! It will definitely help lots of them with their own creative businesses. I’m going to put on my thinking cap to come up with a fun giveaway for them 🙂 You’re the best!

  4. richelle on June 26, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Yay Kris! Good luck!

    • KrisWithaK on June 26, 2014 at 12:15 am

      Thanks Richelle! Busy busy busy! I’m excited 🙂 What’s your big goal? I can be your angel on your shoulder (hehehe irony) and keep you honest, if you want 😉

      • richelle on June 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        BTW I was wishing you “good luck” in the scholarship contest. The book? You won’t need luck, you are going to kill it!
        My big goal is to quit effing around and start running my “business” like a business. You can read about it here if you want to:
        Yes! I need all the Angels I can get 😉

      • KrisWithaK on June 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        Thanks, Richelle! I may not need luck on the book, but I will need a little longterm motivation 😉 Consider your shoulder perched upon; I am officially taking up residence. Let’s DO this!

      • richelle on June 26, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        Cool! I am happy to provide motivation 🙂 Maybe I will post one thing I did to move myself forward each day on IG.

      • KrisWithaK on June 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

        Do IT!!!

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