Editorial Calendar and Writing Prompts

Last year I managed to get a few Editorial Calendars out but this year, I want to be more focused and try to get these out on a regular basis.  So this February I have put together an editorial calendar and writing prompt that should help me and other bloggers have a better idea about what we can use this to help them should they get writer’s block.

February is both Black History Month and Heart Month and contains Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Feb. 1 – 6), International Development Week (Feb. 7-13), World Cancer day (Feb. 4),

Editorial Calendar and Writing Prompts Februrary

Editorial Calendar – February 2016

  1. Monday: 4M – Manic Monday Tips /
    1. Tuesday:  Travel Tuesday – #TravellingMaple on Instagram PHOTO CHALLENGE #DPROtravel
  2. Wednesday:  (Not so) Wordless Wednesday / 10 Books to Read During Black History Month
  3. Thursday: World Cancer Day #WCD How to Support a Family when Someone is Sick #WeCanICan
  4. Friday:  Friday Follow: Twitter Let us know what some of your favourite twitter accounts are and why.
  5. Saturday:   Are you thinking about your spring garden yet? Tell us about how you plan for the spring planting season.
  6. Sunday:   Super Bowl Sunday Safe Internet Day: How do you keep the internet safe for your kids?
  7. Monday:  4M – Manic Monday Tips /Organizing Sport Equipment #OrganizedBlogger Carnival
    Writing Prompts:  Gung Hay Fat Choy means “Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year.” Chinese New Year – Random Acts of Kindness Week: Feb. 9 – 15
  8. Tuesday:  Travel Tuesday – #TravellingMaple on Instagram (follow the #DPROtravel hashtag for the photo challenge)
    Writing Prompts: Mardi Gras – Pancake Tuesday
  9. Wednesday:  Wordless Wednesday /Capilano Golf & Country Club
  10. Thursday:  Make a Friend Day  – Talk about why one of your friends is so special to you.
  11. Friday: Friday Follow: Pinterest – Which boards do you just drool over? Give us 10 Pinterest accounts we should follow.
  12. Saturday:  What was your favourite Valentine’s Day with your kids?
  13. Sunday:  Valentine’s Day. Share photos or write a love letter to your love.
  14. Monday:  4M – Manic Monday Tips / Family Day or President’s Day
  15. Tuesday: Travel Tuesday – #TravellingMaple on Instagram
  16. Wednesday:  Wordless Wednesday /
  17. Thursday:  What is your favourite show on Netflix or whatever you use to stream shows?  Tell us about ‘must watch’ shows that you love.
  18. Friday: Friday Follow: Facebook.  Is there a page that you read EVERYDAY?  Maybe you find a blogger or a brand that you think is a page you should ‘like’. Tell us about them.
  19. Saturday:  World Day of Social Justice #HeNamedMeMalala
  20. Sunday:  Your best crock pot recipes
  21. Monday:  4M – Manic Monday Tips / International World Thinking Day! Guiding: Where you Brownie, Girl Guide or Scout? What was your favourite part?
  22. Tuesday:  Travel Tuesday – #TravellingMaple on Instagram
  23. Wednesday:  Wordless Wednesday / Pink Shirt Day: Anti-bullying Day
  24. Thursday: Write about a bucket list item that you want to get to this year?  Travel, learn a new language, run a half-marathon…
  25. Friday:  Friday Follow: YouTube, Periscope or Vimeo
  26. Saturday:  Giveaway Linky What song played during your first dance as husband and wife? Why did you choose that song?
  27. Sunday:  Write a letter to your younger self. Be really honest.
  28. Monday: 4M – Manic Monday Tips / It’s Leap Year: What do you celebrate that is unusual?

TWEETSTOCK8–Social Media Rock Conference–May 29, 2013–You must go…

Every once in a while the universe comes together to produce a truly awesome event that cannot be missed.  Then to add to it, it puts this event close to home and at a reasonable price. If you register for the early bird pricing its even better!

Tweetstock is a ‘how-to-get-it-done” social media conference. It focuses on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ a business should be in the social media space.  It works to bring together creative, entrepreneurial and business minds to help you understand and learn from their success stories.  You need to go if you are a small business, non-profit & charities, entrepreneur and professionals – really, anyone interested in social media. 

Follow them on Twitter: @TweetstockCA

Like them on Facebook: Tweetstock

View Past Tweetstock videos: Tweetstock videos

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What: Tweetstock8 – Social Media Rock Conference

When: Wednesday, May 29, 9:30am to 4:30pm EDT


Laurier University Brantford Campus
73 George Street
Brantford, Ontario, N3T 2Y7, Canada

How to register:

Go to this page to register

Why am I so excited about attending Tweetstock8? Well, you see sometimes you just need to be surrounded by your peeps.  I am heavily involved in the social media world.  My life is comprised of blogging, tweeting, posting, liking, commenting, capturing and sharing.  So when you have a conference that helps you do all of the above BETTER… well, you have to go. Social media has many facets and seeing how all these different platforms work as vehicles of social change, marketing ingenuity and business drives is very interesting in today’s world.

Tweetstock has been growing into a ‘must-attend’ event in the South-western Ontario and GTA area. As it keeps getting bigger and better it is attracting more influential social media speakers.  This year’s heavy hitters include:


Mitch Joel – “When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top brands in the world, they brought Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and called him, “one of North America’s leading digital visionaries.” "


C.C. Chapman – “C.C. Chapman has spent the past five years helping people and brands convert passive consumers into passionate, invested advocates. He’s built meaningful relationships between a Who’s Who of A-list companies and their markets. He’s helped these companies sell more things.”



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Rebecca L. Harris “Rebecca leads the Social media team at General Motors Corporate Communications. Her team is responsible for the GM Corporate Facebook and Twitter engagement, video strategy, brand social media strategy and blogger outreach”

{I am looking forward to hearing what Rebecca has to say, considering General Motors is one of the leading companies working in the social media world.  I have had the privilege of working with GM Canada and have first hand knowledge on how well they work with bloggers and influencers.}

Another great reason to attend it that you will meet a lot of people that have a passion for social media and its place in our everyday world.  From bloggers to digital strategists, brand managers to ‘influencers’ in our community – you will meet many of them at Tweetstock8.


Make it a point to register soon… because the sooner you register, the more money you will save!  Hope to see you there! Click on the image below to go to the registration page.

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What one word will Define/Inspire/Motivate/Challenge you this year? Mine will be….

As we get the New Year started, it is a good time to reflect on our goals, resolutions or definition of how we see ourselves or our company.

Last Tuesday evening, I participated in a Twitter chat/party at 9 pm {hashtag} #GetRealChat [if you don’t know what that all means, you need to contact me and I will walk you through a Twitter chat…].

The chat topic was: What one word will define/inspire/motivate/challenge you for 2012?

You can have different words both your professional and personal life. The words thrown out were:










My business word this year will be: EXECUTION

I thought this quote from world renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma summarized it well.

“The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it’s to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it’s well-received and lives in somebody else.” ~ Yo-Yo Ma

What is YOUR word for 2012?

QuoVadis Canada – Minister Prestige – Product Review

Yeah, it is December and I finally get to start using my *brand new* Quo Vadis Minister Prestige Planner. I have been waiting since I received mine at the 2011 Professional Organizers in Canada Conference in early November.

My B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L Minister Prestige 2012

I have had a love for Quo Vadis planners since I worked at TELUS over 20 years ago.  My boss always had me order the same planner: the pocket size Quo Vadis IB Traveler. I could never understand how he could carry such a small agenda but I now realize everyone has their favourites and that was his.

My favourite has always been the ivory colour, silky-smooth paper of the Minister Prestige.  The Minister Prestige differs from its ‘cousin’ the Minister Weekly planner in the colour of the paper (ivory vs. bright white) and the layout of the week.  [Side Note: Have you ever fallen in love with paper? Yes, I said paper… the thing is Quo Vadis has this way of producing this ivory colour paper that is smooth as silk and a joy to write on.  I love touching it…o.k. this is starting to sound silly  obsessive zany. However, if you don’t know what I am talking about, you need to read the write up on the Quo Vadis Website on what makes it so special.  I think it is because it comes from France and the French are so particular about the paper and pens that they use. I mean Mont Blanc fountain pens are from France for goodness sake ~ that is a whole other blog post.]

Now what makes these planners so special to me:

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  1. The days begin Monday thru Friday with the weekends on the end.  My ‘Margarita suggestion’ is that I wish Saturday and Sunday had equal space but then you would have to give up other details.
  2. There is a tear away in the corner making it easy to bookmark where you are in your agenda.
  3. I like ability to write notes, email addresses, or memos throughout the week.
  4. The paper is oh so silky smooth…uh…yeah…uh… I think I have already said that ♥
  5. Mini-calendars for the previous, current and future months for quick reference.  My second ‘Margarita suggestion’ is the addition of a full month-in-review-2 page-layout at the beginning of every month with a tab starting every month.
  6. There is a full year-in-review at the beginning of the planner but I find it cumbersome going back and forth between the current week & the beginning of the planner.
  7. I like to write down & track receipts/payments and Quo Vadis provides this record keeping tool in every planner.
  8. I LOVE the world maps.  I have to say, I like to look at them and see where different cities & capitals are in the US, Europe and Asia (because I am Canadian).
  9. I like all the international phone numbers at the front.  That is not to say that I will call many people in Burma or Papau New Guinea but I could call one of my readers in Russia, Italy, France or New Zealand…yes, I have readers that live in those far away places.

I love my planner…I mean…Look how pretty it is….I love the turquoise leather-grain-like cover. It is stylish and the best part is next year, all I need to do is get the refill… Humm…Then again, maybe I will get a Trinote instead…in Cactus Green…oh…its soooooooo pretty.

Black Friday – Shopping at the Oak Brook, IL (Chicago) Microsoft Store

So on most Tuesday afternoons at 3 pm EST I find myself glued to my computer. Why you ask? Because that’s the time I hop on Twitter and chat with other Windows enthusiasts and the different Windows Teams at Microsoft at the #win7tech twitter parties!

Microsoft Store - Oak Brook, IL

The hostess of #win7tech is Kristina Libby (you can follow her on twitter). She helps us navigate the world of Windows. On any given Tuesday afternoon she will introduce us to various products (hardware, software, gaming systems, and accessories), services or platforms supported by Microsoft. We’ve discuss Internet ExplorerWindows Live WriterWindows Live Messenger and recently the new Microsoft Store.
Join @Windows Twitter parties with #win7tech hashtags – Tuesdays at 3 pm EST.

At one of the #win7tech session, we talked all about the expansion of the Microsoft mortar and brick stores across the US. As part of this fun interactive twitter chat, we were asked to find and name the location of a few of the stores. So, I go to the link they provided, I look at the website and tweet back some of the locations: San Diego, CA, Oak Brook, IL, Bellevue, WA, and Houston, TX. They all seemed so very far from me but I never imagined that I would find myself in the Oak Brook, IL store a few weeks later!

When doing some research for this post I found out that Microsoft has been opening new locations at a break-neck speed, opening 11 stores in the last 18 months[i]. There are 13 stores now opened and I am SURE more are in the works.

Superstar Joseph Adams, Allison & Melissa

On a road trip to Chicago, I found myself with Melissa Lierman and Allison Graham cruising the Microsoft Store. Melissa & Allison were in a bit of a bind and needed some computing power fast. When Allison’s computer crashed and Melissa needed a faster machine to keep up with her lightning-speed-fingers, we found ourselves getting a personalized tour of the Oak Brook store just outside of Chicago.Much to our relief, Store Manager, Joseph Adams, helped us navigate the very overwhelming choices that we could find at the store. As Melissa & Allison tested out all sort of models, I had the chance to look throughout the store.

Here is some of what I saw:

Ever changing Digital Wall @Microsoft Store

There is an ever changing digital wall with great graphics that span the length of the store and was seasonally decorated. [I took this picture just for my kids (obviously, we were there just before Halloween)]. The store’s layout had different sections for different products: a full interactive drive-before-you-buy Kinect XBOX 360 play area for gamers, families and kids.You have to love that they not only encourage you to look but to play as well so that you will be happy with your purchase. If you are shopping Black Friday – or any day really – make sure and check out their fantastic FaceBook page for some great deals :0)

As I continued my tour, I noticed that there was a quieter area where you can sit and just take in the ‘movie’ or ‘gaming’ experience. It is laid out like a living room with comfy club chairs, a coffee table and a big screen TV. I love the title: Experience the Possibilities. That is what this visit to the Microsoft Store was: an EXPEREIENCE.

Awesome Accessories for Dell Computers

Another section was dedicated to a variety of tablets and accessories for your computers. Honestly, if you don’t see this as a kid in a candy store for adults you must be delusional!

Book a Training Session or Personal Shopping Appt.

Joseph, our ‘lifesaver’ and Assistant Manager, was so very helpful but that is the standard at the Microsoft Store. All the technical sales professionals were fantastic at asking all the right questions to determine what would be a good fit. Joseph took the time to show us the options but steered us away from systems that would were either inadequate in one instance or over-kill in another. I found out that one very cool customer service is that you can schedule a personal shopping appointment so you too can have one-on-one attention from a sales associate. If you have a problem, you can also make an appointment either on-line or when you walk in the store and a trained technician will help you figure it out – how cool is that?

Huge Screens to help you navigate everything

Moral of this story: Visit a Microsoft Store close to you; make an appointment or just walk in and TRY EVERYTHING what have you got to lose?

[i] Tyson Corners, VA (Washington,DC area), Santa Clara, CA, Seattle, WA, Century City (LA), CA, Houston, TX, Atlanta, GA, , Costa Mesa, CA, Bellevue, WA, Bloomfield, MN, Oak Brooks (Chicago), IL, San Diego, CA, Lone Tree (Denver), CO + Mission Viejo, CA & Scottsdale, AZ

Note: All pictures are owned & copy-write protected and cannot be used without the expressed-written approval of Margarita Ibbott. No part of this blog post can be copied without approval.

Professional Organizers in Canada Tweet-up

The fun begins at #POC11

I am in Toronto attending the Professional Organizers in Canada Annual Conference. It is a great opportunity to meet-up with veteran organizers and organizers that are new to the industry.

In the tradition of meeting people IRL (in real life) I managed to organize an impromptu #tweet-up for the conference with the generous help of The Delta Chelsea (thanks to DC GM, Ron Pellegrine!).  We had a good turn out and fun was had by all!

Here are a few pictures from the conference so far:







LiveBlogging for Oprah’s LifeClass

Very excited to be returning to Harpo Studios this week to LiveBlog for Oprah’s LifeClasses.

Being able to participate in the classes and then follow them on-line throughout the week has been a great experience.

Follow my tweets DownshiftingPOS,   hashtag: #OprhasLifeClass at 8 pm on Mondays – Fridays for the next three weeks to learn more about those #wisewords from Oprah and her guests.

You might just learn a thing or two.


Oprah’s LifeClass can be see on the OWN – The Oprah Winfrey Network and OWNCanada at 8pm EST.

Follow her on Facebook at Oprah’s Life Class and participate LIVE on Facebook and Twitter.