Around this time last year, I got tired of hating how I looked in the mirror and in photographs, and decided to do something about it. But what? I’ve tried meal plans, supplements, shakes and all kinds of exercise programs. My house is full of DVD’s, weights, benches and exercise machines. None of them worked long term. Sure, I lost some but it would always come back. I decided, to do this right and make it stick it had to be something for the long term. In light of that, expensive packaged meals were out. So were shakes and all kinds of supplements or HCG shots. I pared everything down to the basics and looked at what I had. The plan was simple. Track what I ate, and get on the treadmill. No complex routines, no diets, absolutely no resolutions. In fact everything about it was B-O-R-I-N-G. Totally unsexy and it was a lot of hard work. I won’t lie. It was tough in the beginning but before long, apart from the weight loss, I began noticing something else. If I failed to get on the treadmill at the time I normally did, it would feel like something is ‘Off’

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Why I Don’t Work On A Laptop

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

It just seems strange how many friends have reported that their laptops have been giving them trouble lately. Then, another friend and partner Kelly McCausey said something about not buying laptops anymore because they don’t last. That brought me to a realization, why I work exclusively on a desktop that I’d long forgotten. Every time I tell people I work on a desktop they tend to look at me like an alien so I’ll explain. First of all, I never really got the hang of the laptop keyboard. I like the numeric key portion of a standard keyboard and use it a lot, every single day. I know where the digits are much like touch typing. Entering numbers across the top is so strange for me. So yeah it’s a habit and I don’t see a reason to break it. Second, I like working at a desk. Many people love working from their couch or bed or any place that is not a desk or office space. For me, the desk and office keeps me centered, focused. I’m working. The couch is for relaxing, enjoying the family and when I’m at the park. I’m at the park having fun. Third.

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Do You Hear Yourself?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

I’ve just come from reading a forum thread. A struggling entrepreneur has asked for help. Let’s call him Mr G. You can tell by the choice of Mr G’s words, he is more than a little anxious. Nothing new there. We see this happen all the time on countless forums all over the Internet and social networks. Reading through the fantastic advice given by other experienced members of the community, I couldn’t help but think wow! This is great stuff. But sadly in his replies, Mr. G although thankful for the attention and help, doesn’t seem to actually hear (or see) what people are really saying. Whenever a good idea to help him comes up, he replies with something like, Thank you, you’re right, I wish I could find an opportunity like that or Thanks, but I can’t do that because… or Thanks, but can it really work? – this asked of people who are living and walking proof that it can and does work It is because of those responses, I feel the NEED to write this. Last week, I had a revelation. It’s been a while since I’ve had one so I’m definitely ready and so thirsty for

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USPS Helps You Recycle

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Did you know that you can pick up free pre-paid envelopes to send your empty ink cartridges, cell phones, PDA’s, digital cameras and other small equipment at your local post office? Yup. USPS has been working with companies like Dell, HP, Sprint and Sylvannia so soon you can recycle those CFC bulbs too. Check at your post office. From my understanding this is currently at select post offices only.

Miley Cyrus And Me

Friday, May 15th, 2009

What can a 36 year old woman possibly have in common with a 16 year old let alone a one who’s a star? Other than my girls of course. They love Hannah Montana and all that stuff and so I’m thrown into the world of a young girl sometimes and that’s when I pick up cool things like Miley’s newest song “The Climb” which is in the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack. Ok, so I also happen to be a Country music fan because I love the lyrics of most Country songs. Well The Climb is one that has lately reminded me to keep on going in my business. I think it is a very suitable song for us entrepreneurs. Here’s what part of the lyrics say and listen to the full song. Does it inspire you? Excerpt from chorus The Climb by Miley Cyrus: There’s always going to be another mountain I’m always going to wanna make it move Always going to be an uphill battle Sometimes I’m going to have to lose Ain’t about how fast I get there Aint about what’s waiting on the other side It’s The Climb [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG2zyeVRcbs[/youtube]

Load of Work Descended On Me

Saturday, April 18th, 2009
Photo by Richard Dudley

That’s why I didn’t get the chance to write about how I did the Tweetbacks beautifying as I promised you last week. Two clients big stuff going on, one moving systems – that’s always challenging and need a lot of brainstorming. Another one is launching new product and wants to do a dry run next Thursday which means I’ll have to shelve my own projects for a few days. Thankfully, I’ve been able to put in quite a bit of work on my own stuff this week. Anyhow, just to let you know if I get silent during the coming week. On another note, you know, I am very thankful for the work load I have. In this economic state where everyone is literally losing everything. My work load has not stopped and in fact has grown. I’ve also been very blessed lately to be able to work with Stephen Pierce’s team on their membership sites. Maybe it’s our industry. I know this may sound really harsh and not everyone is like that but I told my husband the other day, while *some* of my friends were earning fantastic (inflated?)  incomes and buying all kinds of expensive toys, houses and

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I’m Thankful For You!

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

It’s Thanksgiving and I’ll be taking off for a few days to enjoy the long weekend and spend some quality time with family, catch up with friends. But I also remember you. My online friends. We’ve had a good year here and considering everything that’s going on around us, we’re having a fabulous year. But you know I couldn’t have done it without you. Without your readership, without your questions, your interaction, your support. That is what I’m thankful for… YOU! So here’s a big thank you. Enjoy your holiday or weekend.

I Forgot The Question On A CBC With Kelly!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

Well dOh! That’s the sign of a cross blog conversation (CBC) rookie. I started one with Kelly earlier in the week and now Kelly has responded with a second question for me because I forgot to shoot one to her myself. So now she asks me, Why shouldn’t most business owners get into all the geeky stuff? To that I say, simply because you should concentrate on your core business. If you’re a painter be the painter. If you’re a writer, be a writer. Do what you are good at and leave stuff that you just can’t fit in, totally dislike or just can’t wrap your head around to people who are experienced and can help you. This applies to anything not just geeky stuff. That said, it doesn’t mean you should ignore technology trends and completely wash your hands off it. If you are a solo entrepreneur who owns a web site, you should at least know a smidgen of HTML. Not talking about being a HTML guru or anything. At least a basic understanding how to read simple HTML, copy and paste codes like affiliate links and affiliate banners, create links, stuff like that. You should also have

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Photo credit: Ana & Paco Sancho Recently, I’ve come to dread Monday mornings. I have not felt like going back to work and that little voice in my head keeps saying, “Ugh, it’s Monday already?” It’s been a long time since I felt this way. Since I left my outside job to be exact. You probably wonder – why should I feel bad? Don’t you work for yourself and set your own hours/days? Very true. When I feel that way, I usually while away my Monday and decide not to work. But that only makes me feel worse. I believe the whole deal with this is, do not like to work when others are kicking back and enjoying their family. It feels like I’m missing out on the fun and feel resentful. Most people, whether they work for themselves or not, take the weekend off or have a weekend. It really doesn’t matter what day of the week your weekend is, just that you have a weekend. We all need breaks. It is amazing how much a weekend can do for your mojo as my friend Kelly likes to say. When I don’t have a weekend, I feel sluggish all

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Why Do Women Do That?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

You hear it all the time. "I’m not technical" It has become sorta hip (it seems to me) to be ‘not technical’. Like a badge that says, "Hey, I’m not a geek, I’m just like everyone else". In the Internet Marketing community, this has become a selling point. I totally understand that. After all, who wants to buy something that is ‘technical’? It has so many negative connotations. Even I don’t want to buy something technical = a lot of work. That’s not my gripe seriously. What saddens me, is when I hear smart, knowledgeable, capable women hide their geekiness by telling themselves and others that they aren’t ‘technical’. Never mind they may work in tech support, taken a programming course years ago or learnt to build a good old fashioned HTML web site all by themselves. Maybe it’s because the word can mean so many things. I mean what’s technical to my developer could be like rocket science to me. What’s technical to you may be simple for me. To make it worse, there are all kinds of technical. For example, I don’t understand computer hardware very well, I don’t consider myself a Javascript/ASP/Windows guru. Yes, I do know

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