March 20, 2015 – Spring has sprung

At last it is here… SPRING. We have waited through the winter to see the pretty flowers and start a whole new “gardening” season.

I always think of Spring as the time of creativity. Of Spring Cleaning (yuk) and of upgrading my life in some way. This year one of the first things is to update the blog a little. You will notice that we have some new features and some new layouts going on. They will continue to be “tweaked” until we are settled again for a little while.

So much has happened over the past few months. We have grown to over 355,000 views and it seems like yesterday that 250,000 was our goal. I continue to set new goals for myself and the channel but also work hard at working within my time-frame. It is so easy to want to try and do a little too much and exhaust myself so that I do not enjoy the process.

I am looking forward to my trip to Vegas. A Bucket List item for me. Have been to some incrdible places in my life but the more obvious ones are missing. The other exciting thing is that I have it confirmed that I am going to the Los Angeles’ VidCon in July with Benji and Judy. I cannot tell you how exciting that is for me. I get to play among the stars. You know my (internal) kid is just jumping with glee.

Spring is a time to grow. A time to nuture and refresh after the long winter. A time to look forward and renew again. A time for pretty colours and to forget the winter of your life.

YouTube Update – Week 134
Subscribers 7007
Views 356,330
Blog views 25,281
798 days non smoking $ $8,538.81 saved
Weight slightly down – 2 lbs  

January 15, 2015 ~ We have come so far in such a short time

I am adding a note here tonight because, to my horror, I notice that I have not updated our journey for a couple of months. We really have come so far in the last few months and I don’t want the awe of that to be lost in the next steps we will take.

Firstly, my goal was to take the DearMamaSal network to 325,000 views by Easter 2015. With 324,000 already achieved I guess it would not be a stretch to say we will make it. Not without help, of course. For it would be sad not to give credit to the people who are constantly challenging me, assisting me and pushing me to the next level.

We have established a Social Media Team with Sophie, Erin and Ashlee. All of whom have been keen supporters and are young enough to really understand the social media side. They are keeping me updated on the next steps and making sure I get footage and photos up into there on a regular basis. Each, in their own way, has helped get us here this far. Thanks guys.

Matthew continues to offer his help on the technical side, for which I am most grateful. He also is my benchmark for each goal. He keeps telling me if he can count to the next benchmark or not. So far he has done well. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that his counting skills keep up with the rate of increase.

This would not be complete without thanking Benji, Judy, Stacey and Sean who all add little bits and pieces into the mix to keep me motivated when I am feeling the task is overwhelming. They are constantly feeding me “the next step” and challenging me to improve each step as we go along. Yet, being the wonderful people they are, they do not keep after me. They feed me the stepping stone and wait for me to reach it before they open the next door. It is a wonderful way to empower someone because it is a case of “my speed is the right speed for me” and they know I will quietly work my way to the next level ~ sometimes not an easy task when I also work!!

Let me not forget my “got your back” team of Yvonne, Wade, Doug, Cisco, Marni and all the other friends who keep interested in my progress and let me bore them to death with my stories of the wonderful people we get to meet.

As we start this new year I feel blessed to have so many people genuinely motivated to move the DearMamaSal network forward. Most of all I need to give thanks to the “Peeps” ~ the DearMamaSal regular viewers and broadcast viewers who are a constant support system to me. They know why we do this and they understand that some days I just don’t take enough time for me. They slow me down. Give me room to step back for a day. Good friends. Thank you

We are on our way to 325,000. Then 350, 375 and onward… slowly we will move our goal posts and before too much longer we will surprise ourselves with what we have done and the people we have helped. Bring it on. We can do this.


YouTube Update – Week 124
Subscribers 7149
Views 331,219
Blog views 23,487
734 days non smoking $ 7,848.16
Weight is up…Christmas treats are not finished!  

Oct 20, 2014 – Fall clean out

I am not someone who cleans out their closet every season so understand what I did today was a major piece of challenge for me!

I stood in front of my first clothes closet and took a deep breath. Behind me were two containers. One marked “seasonal” and the other “goodbye”. Because I don’t do “throw away” well, I gave mysellf two rules to work with:

1. If you like it, is it within one dress size?

2. If yes, you can keep it. If no, goodbye

Half my clothes disappeared and it was actually fairly painless. Why “fairly”? I had to say goodbye to two of my most loved jackets – a bottle green silk which I have always adored and a stunning shocking pink jacket. Both were very beautiful classic styles and would have lasted a lifetime.

I hope this idea helps someone. It took about 20 minutes, total. It feel wonderful. I have a container of seasonal clothes on their way to my garage and a big bag of clothes to go to the local church for their less fortunate people. My biggest joy would be to see someone walking down the street wearing my bottle green jacket and looking as elegant as I always did, when I could still fit into it!

YouTube Update – Week 112
Subscribers 5,735
Views 281,421
Blog views 20,023
646 days non smoking $ 6.913.92 saved 
Weight is holding steady!  

Are you a friend?

This subject has come up a lot recently on the broadcasts. What behaviours do you exhibit when a friend calls you for help? It is important to know the difference between a friend and an enabler. In simple terms an enabler is someone to keeps their friend “stuck”. Here is a fun little survey for you to participate in and check out your answers and you will also be able to see the answers of the rest of the peeps. Yes, of course it is anonymous!! Here is the link:

Aug 12, 2014 We made it to 250,000 + Dufus!

Yesterday was a milestone day. We cracked the first major nut – 250,000 views in just under two years. As I type this, we are close to 252,000. We have hit the point where the increases will be significant. Very exciting times. Especially, as we have the Seattle Vlogger Fair this weekend.

You would think that, by now, I would be fairly adept at all the technical side of things. I have had a problem with my fancy headphones which I am still trying to solve. In the meantime, this evening I suddenly lost all sound on my laptop. I had visions of needing to purchase a replacement and all that would entail. Not a pleasant thought.

I was doing in-depth work looking into the speakers and about 3 hours later I saw something about the headphone transmitter. What? Why was it picking up the headphone transmitter? BECAUSE IT WAS STILL PLUGGED IN, BOZO AND THAT IS WHY YOU CANNOT HEAR ANYTHING ON YOUR LAPTOP. Duuuuuh…. dufus!

It is good to know that with this wonderful achievement, I have not let this success go to my head. I am still the same old Sal. Hehehehehehe 🙂