Todd Lyden




SocMed/App Enthusiast

I'm Todd Lyden,
Entrepreneurial Advocate
from North Carolina

Once referred to as walking solopreneur wikipedia," I have worked for the last 13 years to help small business owners and entrepreneurs find their successes; however I can help them. I love being a first adopter. Just as much as I love discovering a good tool- I love sharing it!

What I Do

I can provide online training or help you provide online training, meetings or any virtual communication.

Mobile Apps

I keep up with the latest in web-based and smartphone apps that help small businesses start and grow.

Social Media

I can help you sort through the piles of social media to figure out which is right for you and how to best take advantage of the different platforms.

Blog Posts

The Necessity of Journaling

I've undergone a radical change in my life recently.

I'll leave the details for another time, but needless to say- it was not entirely desired, anticipated, and completely different from the road I thought my life was going to be on for the better part of the last two decades.

I've read tons of self-help articles. Watched myriad YouTube videos about self-compassion, self-love, self-care... 

Three things have stood out in previous experiences and this one that have made a huge difference from the last time my life diverged as much as it has this time.

1. Mediation, self-reflection, is a total game changer. I did this before and it works. How you do it doesn't matter. There are plenty of places that talk about how, but the first time I knew this and it worked- which is probably why I am relatively sane this time around.

2. Completely different this time. I have my dog. Zuri, the yellow lab. She has been a life-saver in many ways, but the main is to illustrate and remind me of the possibility of unconditional love. We fool ourselves into think that it is even a good ideal to have for personal relationships of any stripe, but it is not a possibility. Sure, it would be a nice ideal, but no human can perform the way a dog can. 

3. The final key difference: journaling. Again, I do not care how you do it. I did it with a therapist for the first time and it was revelatory. The process of taking the time to maintain thoughts and occurances, document reactions, and then go back to understand. This was a life saver as well. It helped make sense where none could often be found. It provided a sounding board when often there was no other option. Finally, it requires discipline and habit that you need to get through some days. 

I've maintained the thought journal but I think the one that helps the most is taking the time each day to share a brief though in my own "TV show" with Zuri: https://www.instagram.com/toddlyden/channel/

I am sure IGTV is going to die now because any time I commit to a platform for pretty much an extended period of time, I kill it. 

However, take a moment at the beginning of each day to mention something that might help others and focus on the one element of my life that provides sustenance and love really helps me. 

So do you need watch it? Nah. Do I need to do it? For now. 

Either way, I would recommend if you are struggling with ANYTHING- take a moment to find a way for yourself to journal. 

A #New365

Well, I was sort of looking for my NEW 365daysofHappyforTodd.

I found it.

Today, starts a new clock towards towards the end of another year. A New Year.

I'll be kind, but for those that know- please help me celebrate. 

I could get all #cliche and talk about #newme #startingover #yadayadayada

But, I don't want to.

I just want to commemorate. Not a lot of people looked or cared about #365DaysofHappyforTodd

That's okay. I was doing it for me. 

I would like your best "getting through" song though- that would be cool! 

Just like this #NewTodd sounds lame right? 

Working Yourself Out of Job

I wrote this blog post a few years ago: https://www.toddlyden.com/2011/06/my-job.html
Wow, how times have changed.

One has graduated from a radiology program is a gainfully employed human being. Amanda, keep doing what you do. 

One is about to go to college for a program he loves with friends he loves. Josh, you are going to do GREAT things.

One is entering her second year of high school in one of the most turbulent times of ANYONE's life- and she is still one of the most caring and optimistic people I've ever met.

I like to think as a parent I had a role in all of this. 
In my old post, I describe being a parent as the toughest job you'll ever love. I love that I can say that these three made it easy. 

The sad job about being a parent? You work yourself out of job. That kinda sucks. But look forward to being there for these awesome humans as they continue to do their best. 

Will touch up my tattoo soon, but it like these guys isn't going anywhere soon

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