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To Cook Or Not To Cook?

Written By: Heather - Nov• 26•14

Yes, that is the question at Thanksgiving.

I have two grown sons, both married and living in separate states.  Its not always convenient for them to come to see us or for us to choose who to spend the holidays with.  This is the first year that we’ll have to make this choice for Christmas as well because I also have a granddaughter who will experience her first Christmas and, of course, we want to be there to see the look on her face when presents are opened under the tree.

So with it being just the two of us, and of course our two furry children, 100 lb akitas, Awa and Hiro, we have to decide whether to cook a turkey with all the fixin’s for just us or go out to eat.  The last few years we’ve gone out not wanting to deal with the mess and all the leftovers that we never seem to finish.  But being Las Vegas, the home to hundreds of restaurants, we’ve had to pay exorbitant prices for dinner, make reservations and still had to wait an hour to be seated because that’s the way it works here, and of course, had less than stellar meals when all we hoped for was a small traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

This year, as if it wasn’t already obvious, I’ve decided to cook at turkey.  Thinking back to the better turkey’s I’ve made, this is the one I chose for this year’s endeavor.

Champagne Turkey

World’s Best Thanksgiving Turkey

It truly is one of the best turkey’s I’ve ever made and we’ve ever eaten.  It will be accompanied by mushroom stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, candied yams,cranberry sauce with whole berries, and either steamed broccoli or roasted garlic brussels sprouts (I haven’t decided). Will I save any money doing it this way?  Probably not, but we’ll have leftovers for at least a week and bits and pieces I can make into soups and such, not to mention turkey sandwiches until I can’t eat them any more.  And of course, the puppies will benefit a bit as well.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. When you look at the people around you with less, be grateful for what you have and truly thankful for all the wonderful people in your life.

My 12 Month Goals

Written By: Heather - Sep• 17•14

Do you set goals?  I confess, I’m not good at writing down all I want to accomplish.  And yes, I know this is something people normally do on January 1st, or at least, sometime in December for the next year.  But all kinds of things are changing for me, and in order to not waste my time (I’m no spring chicken, you know), I’ve decided to write my goals for the next 12 months.  Hopefully, my goals will inspire you to set some of your own.goal post

GOAL #1

Blogging will be my full time job.  AND, my goal is to make at least $5,000 per month by the end of 12 months.  I will post my income reports monthly (and yes, I intend to have more than one blog.)

OK, I know lots of people want to do this, but I have recently quit doing what was my full time job.  I sold real estate.  Yes, until recently, I was one of those terrible people, lower than a used car salesman (no offense intended), who either dragged people around in my car showing them endless homes they said they want and helped them buy something they absolutely didn’t want.  Or I helped sellers sell their houses for more than market value (if I could) while working with people who loved their hot pink walls, blood red carpet, and harvest gold appliances from the 1970’s, while refusing to clean up after their pets, pull their weeds, wipe catsup off the dining room walls or clean bathroom mirrors and close the toilet lid.

Now, I’ve given all of that glamorous lifestyle of spending hours on the phone, even more hours on the computer writing contracts and marketing houses, taking photos of dirty houses and weed filled yards while their friendly dog kept jumping up on my leg, chasing buyers and sellers for signatures while we’re in escrow, dealing with inspectors, appraisers, title companies, loan officers and underwriters who wring their hands gleefully while driving me crazy.

This goal I’m starting today.

GOAL #2staring at the scale

I will finally lose the weight I have repeatedly worked hard to lose, yet amazing regain.  I’m going to use this as a focus for one blog.  There’s a fluff woman’s magazine called “Woman’s World.” It comes out once a week and you can find it right next to The Enquirer in your grocery aisle.  I call this magazine fluff because that’s mostly what it’s filled with…articles that are just fluff.  However, their articles on the latest diet techniques are always amusing if not intriguing. So I plan to try each of their diets for the week that its published and publish my results, trials and tribulations, successes and fails, for all to see.  Now as someone who has gained and loss a tremendous amount of weight over the years, over and over again, I don’t believe any of these diets will hurt me, but I do intend to put them to the test.  I will officially begin this quest starting October 1st.

 Goal #3

This is the last goal I’m planning for the next twelve months, because I think these will keep me more than busy, I Paint_can_with_brushwill do some renovations on the house we just bought.  We didn’t buy a new house, in fact, its 47 years old.  An investor had bought it and done some major renovations to it including paint, carpet, granite countertops in the kitchen and baths, new appliances, and cleaned up and freshened the landscape.  But of course, we need to make it our own, changing paint colors, changing flooring, adding solar panels to generate power, and changing some of the landscape to make it more efficient and drought tolerant.

OK, so those are my goals for the next 12 months.  I’ll post updates on separate sections of this blog, telling you how I’m doing on my income blog, my weight loss journey, and the house alterations.

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

Are you where you want to be?

Written By: Heather - Feb• 18•14

looking with binocularsI just watched a video from a very smart marketer who coaches people (mostly women) on how to follow their dreams, build a business, and become what they want to be. Her message was about your ten year plan.
Let’s say you have an idea for a business, and you think it will be successful but you are afraid to give up what you have to get what you think you want. Should you do it?
So envision yourself in ten years. Will you look back and regret not taking the chance to do what you want? If the answer is yes, you’ll regret it, then you should absolutely go for it. That doesn’t mean throwing up your hands and walking away, blindly jumping into your new vision with both feet. It means plan your exit and your future at the same time.
I believe this is good advice. I know where I want to be in ten years, sitting on a beach, writing and encouraging others to do the same. I have an advantage that I am winding up a career I no longer find inspiring. This is my opportunity to focus on what I want for the next ten years of my life. However, even if I wasn’t in this unique position, I would make a plan to get where I wanted to be in ten years, even five years or less.
So what’s holding you back?

How to pick your passion for your blog

Written By: Heather - Feb• 01•14

Blogging is difficult if you’re not sure what to write about. Everyone says write about your passion. But what if you don’t know what your passion is?
There are several things you can try to find your passion for blogging. First, do you have any hobbies that you do all the time or want to try? Working on cars or motorcycles? Crocheting? Painting? Beading? Cooking?
Do you have any sports you play or follow? Do you get together with your girlfriends to go dancing? Play Volleyball or Softball? How about golf, bowling or swimming? Do you get together with a bunch of friends and play football?teach-something
What are you good at or really enjoy? Do you read a lot? Watch a lot of movies? How about just make sure your kids are focused on their activities? What about their school work, helping them study? Can you recommend their school over another in your area?
Do you like what you do for work but not how your employer gets it done? What would you do different? Are there solutions to what they can’t seem to figure out, but they could if only they’d listen to you?
These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you like some of these things, chances are others do as well.
Next we’ll talk about how to find out how many people like the same thing you do.

New Grandmother

Written By: Heather - Jan• 31•14

TianaI now have a new granddaughter, my first. I know this is not a new experience, but it’s a new experience for me. This makes me think about new beginnings.
A child n being born has its entire future ahead of it. They can grow up to be pretty much whatever they choose. Of course it all helps with loving parents who will encourage, support and let them try and sometimes fail at all kinds of different experiences.
I plan to also use this new beginning to shift my focus from doing part time online marketing and part time real estate. With the focus and encouragement of professional online marketers and bloggers, I plan to use their experience, encouragement and skills to help me focus on my new career in 2014.
Now I will be the first to admit, other than writing lists of things to do, errands to run and food to buy, I’m not the best planner. But the reality is, without a plan of some sort, I’ll never get anywhere.
I’ve begun to experiment with a marketing campaign on facebook. My next move is to focus on a blog that goes with my Facebook fan page. Then I’ll pin from it on Pinterest, and tweet shortcuts to my blog articles as I write them.
So pick a mentor, make your plan and start. It’s really not that hard.

The Next Step For Working At Home

Written By: Heather - Feb• 07•13

I admit it. I’ve had “Shiny New Thing Syndrome.”  In working on my business from home, shifting from real estate (which I’m still doing part time), I’ve been looking at every new thing that comes along.

  • I should start another blog (obviously, something I’m doing right now, but I mostly seem to do it for an outlet)

    Shiny New Thing

  • I should write reviews for products to sell, then put links in to sell them
  • I should do videos for products to review and sell, and add links where I sell them
  • I should do an email campaign and newsletter
  • I should do niche marketing, putting up lots of niche websites to sell products
  • I should, I should, I should

OK, its time to focus.  I have read and listened to a variety of experts who are making 6 and 7 figures in their field.  You have to choose what speaks to you the most.  Personally, I’m putting together a rather comprehensive plan on focusing on products, writing reviews, making videos of my reviews, emailing people who are interested in what I’m writing reviews on, and building a fan page on Facebook for them, Building a Board on Pinterest which features the products, and see if there is anything I left out.

What products am I going to review?  I, like most people, have a variety of interests.  I love dogs, I love wine, I am the mother of the groom in a long distance wedding, I love books, I love movies.  So the biggest issue for me is focusing on which products.

I’d love to hear which way you’re building your online business.  Please share in your comments below.

 

Mother of The Groom – Now What?

Written By: Heather - Feb• 07•13

I am the mother of the groom.  I am so excited because this has been a long time coming for me.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I’ve been the mother of the groom once before, but my older son and his bride (along with a few friends) all came to Las Vegas where they were married in a an intimate ceremony with just 10 us attending.  It was lovely, but there wasn’t much to do for this kind of event except attend, kiss the bride and groom and go to dinner.

mother of the groom cap

This time the wedding is a big deal.  Its out of state, almost 3,000 miles away.  It’s going to have 250 people, out of which I’ll know approximately two dozen.  And, I’m the mother of the groom.

So while trying to keep my place, wear beige and shut up, the kids have told me they want me involved which is sweet but difficult when I’m the one who lives across the country.  After a short excursion across the country for 4 days to meet my future inlaws, see the wedding and reception venue, and the hotel where we will be staying, we talked about what I would be contributing to the wedding.  As a single mother, I don’t have the resources the parents of the bride do, but still want to contribute my share.  So I’m paying for the rehearsal dinner, three plane tickets (mine, my older son and his girlfriend), two hotel rooms for three days (mine and my older son and his girlfriend’s room), and at least the welcome bags that will be passed out at the welcome party or maybe the reception (this hasn’t been decided yet).

So I plan to keep this journal partly to keep me organized and maybe to help some other parents decide what they want and are able to do as parents of the groom.  I’m also hopeful it will keep me from tearing my hair out and being bald by the time the wedding happens.

 

2013 Resolutions

Written By: Heather - Jan• 02•13

Have you written your 2013 New Years Resolutions?  Are you going to, or are you just going to pass.

Whether you make a list of resolutions or goals, it helps to write them down just to get some clarity.  As I transition more to doing more and more of my business strictly online, I’ve learned a few things over the last few months of all the trainings and webinars I’ve attended, all the PDF ebooks I’ve read, and podcasts I’ve listened to — analysis paralysis gets you no where and you have to choose what you’re going to do.2013 resolutions

Learning to be a full time online marketer, there are some definite steps to take:

  • Choose a subject for my blog that day
  • Choose a product that will help me by rating it or deciding how it will help my business
  • Write the blog about the subject I’m focusing on and how I will use the product to help me
  • Proofread the blog!
  • Make sure the blog has appropriate SEO keywords
  • Add pictures of the idea and/or the product to illustrate my point or the product I’m writing about
  • Post the blog
  • Start linking – post the link to my blog on my Facebook Page, Linked In Page, etc.
  • Comment on other blogs of the same topic and include a link to my blog in my signature
  • Pin the picture of the product or idea to Pinterest, which also links back to my blog
  • Then post a couple of other items on Facebook regarding the subject and something silly or vaguely personal
  • Make a short video about your subject, link it back to your blog (making sure the blog contains the affiliate link so that if someone likes the item, you get rewarded if they buy it)
  • Do it all again tomorrow

Whether you’re focusing on becoming an affiliate marketer, blogger, or building a repertoire so you can become a subcontractor who writes for other people, having a plan, staying focused, completing all the steps, and doing them every day is the best way to be disciplined, and hopefully make a good living along the way.

thought bubbleSo what’s your plan?

How to Annoy Your Friends On Facebook

Written By: Heather - Jul• 13•12

I have a gripe to make. You probably don’t even realize you do it. I’m sure that I’m as guilty of it as anyone else — annoying friends on Facebook.  When working at home, its easy to get distracted and start sharing everything that pops up on your Facebook wall.

Do you have those friends who post 20 or 30 jokes, or political messages, or religious messages every single day?  Or if they miss a day, they make sure they post even more the next time?  I try not to share every cartoon I read, every political post I may or may not agree with, or anything else that could cause my friends to unfriend me.

Don’t get me wrong, its great to share things you think are funny or meaningful or something you have a strong opinion on.  After all, part of the reasons for being on Facebook is to participate with our friends, isn’t it?  But many people won’t say to you “STOP! You’re driving me CRAZY!”  They’ll just quietly unfriend you and then one day, you’ll realize you can’t message them because they’re not on your list anymore.

For example, there is someone I friended on Facebook because I’m interested in the product he sells.  He often posts very motivational photos, links to important articles and blogs, and gives really great information.  I’m also interested enough to read his posts when he shows what he’s doing for activities, with his family, etc.  However, I don’t share his religion nor do I share his political beliefs. This has caused me to not only stop his posts from appearing on my wall, but I decided to unfriend him.  I have another friend who also sells the same products, so I continue to follow her instead.

So when interacting with your friends on your wall on Facebook, think about how your friends and any other info you’re making public reflects on you.  After all, Facebook is supposed to be entertaining, not annoying.

5 Ways To Become A Millionaire Online

Written By: Heather - Jul• 10•12

That’s what every guru tells you. They know how to make you a millionaire online. Their program works, just pay them and they’ll teach you how.

I’m as interested in making money online as you are and I do think some gurus can help you get there. Of course, there are some that are actually making 6+ figures a year and many who are not. But if you’re looking for a good program, here are the gurus you may want to look into:

Russell Brunson – He sells a program called “Dot Com Secrets X” that teaches you marketing online. He offers a trial program for 30 days for $1, and then charges $97 a month for as long as you subscribe. His training website is extremely complete with video training, links to tools and even gives you daily homework.

Mack Michaels – Millionaire Society is also a great marketing program. Mack is very generous in teaching you how he makes money online. He too provides you with lots of tools, scripts, sample materials, training videos and offers a trial program for $4.95.

BringTheFresh.com – This is a marketing training program offered by Kelly & Mike. They have a slightly different approach and you pay only $7 to get access to a training manual and lots of training videos.

John Chow – He is the #1 blogger online, raking in about $500,000 a year, yes half a million a year. He too offers training for, some free, some paid but well worth an investment if you’d like to learn about blogging from the guy who makes money by telling people how he makes money.

My last favorite guru is Pat Flynn. Pat offers all kinds of great tips via email and shares how he makes money with niche websites. His website is SmartPassiveIncome.com

All of these gurus have a slightly different twist on how they make money online. Regardless on which guru you listen to, they all share some things in common:
1. You’ll need to at least have a domain name and you’ll need to host it somewhere. Whether you point it at your affiliate link (with which you promote their website and get paid for anyone who buys off that link) or you market a variety of things on your own blog, expect this to cost you about $20-$25 for both to get started.
2. Many of the services they’ll suggest you subscribe to are free. Becoming an affiliate is free as is setting up a blog on Blogger or WordPress or many other platforms.
3. Some of the services they’ll suggest cost money. If you’re building a list to email marketing, the email responder programs charge a small fee. There are several good ones and your favorite guru will have their preferred program. This will run about $20 a month after an introductory period which may or may not be free.

My best suggestion is try the trial, see which program you like but don’t follow too many programs at once. You’ll get overwhelmed and not get anything done.

It is possible to become a millionaire online if you get started, keep trying and don’t expect it to happen overnight.

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