Yeah, I’m just fine – No stress here – So just shut up!

Wow, take a minute to chill

Many of us refuse to realize that we are indeed a bit stressed or anxious.  To tell ourselves this is to admit that we may not be as perfect as we would like to think we are.  Take 5 minutes to analyze yourself and be perfectly honest with yourself.  You may find that there is room for more peace in your life.

Learn to relieve anxiety

How do you get it?

Tools and thoughts on how to Calm Down

S.M.A.R.T. Goals For 2017

Many begin the new year with goals they wish to achieve for the coming year. Additionally, many fail within 1 month to produce a positive new direction in order to fulfill their goals. Here is a quick video to help with the process – a more clear way of thinking about your goals.

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What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

1 Quick Tip for Making Your Family’s Morning Easier

A few minutes of prep will save a bunch of hassle

A few months ago, a mom of several young children asked me how to prevent meltdowns (the kiddos, not hers) in the morning. One of her girls was frequently out of sorts as she tried to pick out her outfit in the morning–she didn’t like what Mom would choose, but she couldn’t make up her mind what to wear.

This caused regular and unnecessary frustration for them both.

My response was to simply have her daughter pick out 2 outfits the night before and lay them out–that way, she could choose whichever one fit her mood in the morning. Crisis averted.

Funny enough, she thought I was brilliant. Nope, we’ve just been there, done that.

As our children go to Catholic school and wear a uniform, our nightly routine consists of making sure everyone has clean clothes for the morning and actually visibly checking the unreliable younger ones. They need to bring down the full outfit, including socks, undies, shoes, etc. We no longer take for granted that the younger boys will actually know where their shoes are or that they won’t pick stinky socks up off the floor to wear the next day.

Saturdays, they can wear whatever they want (even if their style makes my eyeballs cross), but Saturday night, they get their church clothes out. Same routine. We’ve had too many times when we trusted that they actually had clean clothes,  but  they neglected to mention that their dress pants had been wadded up under a full laundry basket for a week.

Tomorrow, Paul and I are going out of town to a business convention and won’t be home until late Monday night. We’ve made sure uniforms are clean and are ready to go. Fingers crossed that no one will lose any shoes before Tuesday. And of course, there’s no guarantee that the girls will actually brush their hair…

But I  prepared a couple of meals so I’ll rest assured that they won’t die of junk food poisoning before we get home, so hopefully things will go as smoothly as they can. (And yes, I did sneak veggies into them. Ha!)

Simple prep saves so much time and aggravation with both the parents and children.

Super Easy Way to Create Visual Content

with WordSwag app

Whether you need images with text for your blog, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, WordSwag is your “graphic designer in a pocket”. For $3.99, it’s a no-brainer for quick and easy graphic images.

Although I can use Photoshop pretty easily, I spend a lot of time  searching for cheap  free images. Then add in having to size the photo, adding in text and arranging it the way I want. So yes, I can do that, but do I want to spend a bunch of time on that? No.

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What should you blog about?

Find ideas and words that will attract readers

Online business help - you can do it.If you are ready or are already in the process to start blogging about your passion, it is a great idea to know what people are searching for on the internet. How do you find out?

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Google has some great tools for this, but I have found one in particular that I really like as it allows me to organize my words and phrases more easily and I can assign them to my future posts.

This allows me to know that I am using words in my posts that people are already searching for.  Thus, I have a much better chance of having my website rank much higher within searches.

Remember, the higher the rank, the more visibility you have and the quicker people can find you.

This tool is also great when you find that you have a minor bout of Brain Death and can’t seem to think of anything else
that everybody in the whole world wants to know.

You know, those times when you assume that you have said all there is to be said on a given subject matter and now your blogging career is over and you will starve to death and so will your kids.  Don’t act like I’m the only one who has ever thought of that – I know I’m not. 

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How to set SMARTER goals

to accomplish more

Woman EntrepreneurIn a 1979 study,  graduate students in a Harvard MBA program were asked “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  Only  3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but didn’t have them in writing, and 84% had no goals at all.

Ten years later, the same group was interviewed with some fascinating results.

  • The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals.
  • The 3% who had written goals were, on average, earning ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined.

In the bestseller “Goals!”,  author Brian Tracy explains the four reasons why people don’t set goals:

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What really matters?

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Woman EntrepreneurDo you get so consumed with day to day tasks that you lose sight of why you’re doing them? How about your closet and inbox–are they so full of junk that you can’t find what you need? Or do you focus on what you should do, what is essential for happiness?

When you give yourself space to think, you can discover how to separate the trivial from the essential. We often get so lost in our day-to-day tasks that we lose sight of why we’re doing it in the first place.

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The perfect time to start a business

Waiting? For what, exactly?

If you’re waiting for the perfect time to start a business, what are you waiting for?

Here are some excuses that you may consider valid:

  • I need business venture capital, so I need to save.
  • There’s so much to do–I’m overwhelmed.
  • I don’t know how to start.
  • I’m so busy with running the kids around that I don’t even have time for myself.
  • My family needs me at home to cook / clean / do the laundry / do the dishes / homestead.

Let’s debunk these a little.

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7 ways to stop procrastinating

Get yourself out of that rut

Woman EntrepreneurThere’s a saying: The best way to get yourself out of a hole is to stop digging. According to Wikipedia, procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before a deadline.

Sometimes I procrastinate as much as the next person.  It’s always something I don’t want to tackle or someone I really don’t want to talk to. The task weighs more and more heavily on me as I wait to work on whatever it is. Then I feel guilty. Pile on top of that a heavy dose of dismay at the project prodding my consciousness, and we have a recipe for disaster.

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Save time and schedule Twitter, FB posts

Use Bufferapp to save time

With 400 million Tweets a day and 200 million active users, people turn to Twitter to bring them closer to the things they care about, whether it’s the news that affects their lives or the businesses down the road. (Source: Twitter)

Facebook, linkedin, google+, twitter, pinterestSocial media followers can learn more about your business by listening to what you think is important and hearing about your promotions. By searching for industry keywords on Twitter, they can find and follow you. In the same vein, you can learn from others and find links to blogs or websites of which you may not have heard.

I used to wonder how businesses posted so often on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Who the heck remembers to go on the site 10 times a day and post? Seems like a waste of time. Hence, my tweets got done within a few minutes of each other, and that was that. In order to be productive, you need to be able to post at intervals to catch your followers at whatever time they go on the various social media sites.

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