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Don’t Let Setbacks Hold You Back

Don’t Let Setbacks Hold You Back

Yes, don’t! You see, I am actually coming back from a major setback in my life.  I wrote about it some months ago as well.  Now that I am getting back to normal I am about to make some things happen.  My focus now is on spiritual things ie, putting God’s Kingdom first in my life.  Then of course, family and then of course business, all important parts of my life.

While this is a new starting point for me, I had been working on a few things in the background to prepare for my real come back.  The experiences I have gone through and still healing from has allowed me to really open my eyes to see what it is I needed to change in order to create order in my life.  Rather than seeing all of it as a setback and just calling it quits, I turned it into an awakening and decided to move forward with my life and go in a better direction!

As you move forward in your life, do not forget what’s important.  Yes, it’s fun creating the lifestyle you want, but what are you truly sacrificing to get it?  It can’t be all about you. You have to BE FAIR AND BALANCED while you do it.  If what you are doing is causing problems for your loved ones and friends and even taking a toll on your healthy, you need to stop, take a breather, open your eyes and find out what it is you need to change in order to have a life that runs much more smoothly.  You’ll be glad you did because for me personally, after my wake up call, everything and I mean EVERYTHING is falling into the right places for me!  To find out more, watch the video all the way through to the very end.

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Why You Should Use Eyejot Video Service

EYEJOT-LOGOWhy You Should Use Eyejot Video Service

I remember back in 2009 when I saw an ad online for a video email service called Eyejot. I decided to give it a try and used it for sending my team at the time, video email messages.  It was (and still is) a great tool to use. I even shared the service with a bunch of people and they too decided to use it for their business and/person use.

There are other video email services out there, I know, but with Eyejot video email service, there is no monthly fee, you pay by the year and it’s VERY affordable.  It knocks the other guys out of the park based on pricing and features alone!  I like that I can send people personal video messages, cute or funny videos, mini commercial videos and even 15 minute training videos.  I use the Pro Plus Version which gives you ALL of the features you need!  It’s very simple and easy to use.

Eyejot Features:

There’s no need to install an application on your desktop or laptop computer to enjoy the benefits of video messaging. Eyejot’s powerful browser-based solution has you covered, whether you’re on a Mac or PC.

  • Inbox and sent folders to manage and track all your video messages

  • Easily download videos to your computer

  • Organize recipients with an online address book

  • Attach files from your computer or Eyejot’s document library with PRO+ accounts

  • Customize your messages with your company’s logo and color scheme, or your own templates with PRO+

  • Upload desktop video (PRO or PRO+) or use your computer’s built-in webcam

You can start off using it for free BUT here is a whole list of their Eyejot Pro Plus Services:

Maximum recording duration 15 minutes

Unlimited messages

Send to any email recipient

Visual address book (web)

Address book import (web)

Site widget

iTunes / RSS support

Pre-recorded video uploading

Free of any advertising

Set custom logos / branding

Control color scheme

Create custom templates

Know when your messages have been viewed

Attach documents to video messages

Document library management

Cost: $99.95 per YEAR, not month!

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Enjoy Your Life: Change Your Point of View

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Enjoy Your Life: Change Your Point of View

“Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars.”- Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts

If you’ve placed second in a writing contest, will you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to join again?

In life, you are always filled with choices. You may opt to have a pessimist’s view and live a self-defeated life or you may decide to take the optimist’s route and take a challenging and fulfilling life.

So why nurture an optimist’s point of view? And why now?

Well, optimism has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success; to popularity; to good health and even to long life and freedom from trauma.

On the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects middle-aged adults the same way it hits younger people. The mean age of onset has gone from 30 to 15. It is no longer a middle-aged housewife’s disorder but also a teen-ager’s disorder’ as well.

Here’s how optimists are in action and researches that back up why it really pays to be an optimist:

Optimists expect the best

The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events, which will last a long time and undermine everything they do, are their own fault.

The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune—it’s the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case.

Optimists tend to focus on and plan for the ‘problem’ at hand. They use ‘positive reinterpretation.’ In other words, they most likely reinterpret a negative experience in a way that helps them learn and grow. Such people are unfazed by bad situation, they perceive it is a challenge and try harder.

They won’t say “things will never get better,” “If I failed once, it will happen again” and “If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen in my whole life.”

Positive expectancies of optimists also predict better reactions during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.

People respond positively to optimists

Optimists are proactive and less dependent on others for their happiness. They find no need to control or manipulate people. They usually draw people towards them. Their optimistic view of the world can be contagious and influence those they are with.

Optimism seems a socially desirable trait in all communities. Those who share optimism are generally accepted while those who spread gloom, panic and hysteria are treated unfavorably.

In life, these people often win elections; get voted most congenial and sought for advice.

When the going gets tough, optimists get tougher

Optimists typically maintain higher levels of subjective well-being during times of stress than do people who are less optimistic. In contrast, pessimists are likely to react to stressful events by denying that they exist or by avoiding dealing with problems. Pessimists are more likely to quit trying when difficulties arise.

They persevere. They just don’t give up easily, they are also known for their patience. Inching their way a step closer to that goal or elusive dream.

Optimists are healthier and live longer

Medical research has justified that simple pleasures and a positive outlook can cause a measurable increase in the body’s ability to fight disease.

Optimists’ health is unusually good. They age well, much freer than most people from the usual physical ills of middle age. And they get to outlive those prone to negative thoughts.

So why not be an optimist today? And think positively towards a more fulfilled life.

Why not look forward to success in all your endeavors? Why not be resilient? Like everybody else you are bound to hit lows sometimes but don’t just stay there. Carry yourself out of the mud and improve your chances of getting back on the right track. And why not inspire others to remove their dark-colored glasses and see life in the bright side?

 

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It Has Been A Crazy 18 Months!

It Has Been A Crazy 18 Months!

Well folks, I wasn’t certain if I wanted to write about this or not but after a long period of thought I decided to just break it all down for you on this blog. I have been quite out of true building mode for a long time (the 18 months) due to a severe medical condition I am suffering from (you can read about it and a whole lot more on my other blog here) and it is one of THE worst things that has ever happened to me. In fact, I have been going through even more than that due to run ins with some crazy, mean spirited, unethical people as well. Now the people I can deal with but the illness is another issue all together.

Here is What Happened

See, many years ago when I was a kid about 8 years old I was diagnosed with Eczema. I ended up using the topical steroid creams, ointments, pills (prednisone) and getting shots off an on as the years progressed, which was around 22 years of usage altogether. Little did I know (no black warning labels on any of the meds) those medicines were slowly poisoning my body to the point where I ended up with Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Suppression, Topical Steroid Addiction Withdrawal and Red Skin Syndrome.  I mean wow, my Adrenal System really basically stopped functioning, the medicines stopped working for me so I had to go cold turkey and stop using them.

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The result was devastating to say the least and it also came at a very crucial time in my life where the timing of it all is very questionable, but that’s a whole different story. There is a big problem in the Pharmaceutical Industry. They don’t care about us. It’s all about the almighty dollar. They make the poison to treat the problem, not cure it.  The ironic part is that I was told that I can’t even sue them because the condition itself is reversible. Yea, it takes 7 months to 7 years to completely heal, thanks big Pharma! NOT!!

So, this condition, which made me pretty much look like a brand new burn victim and completely different from what I normally look like, set me back…way back.  My symptoms were so severe in the beginning (I get occasional flares still) that I could barely function and was even bed ridden for long periods of time. Thank goodness for my laptop! I could barely walk, stand up straight or even turn my head without turning my whole body along with it. It was and is during flares, THAT painful. The worst symptoms are the burning skin, excessive shedding and flaking skin (which is the strangest symptom), chills and nerve pain.

As many of my readers who are fellow Internet and Network Marketers know, I enjoy the industry very much and have had a measure of success with it.  I also unfortunately missed a few awesome opportunities which could have led me to be able to work full time for myself from home under my own set of rules.  I was just too sick. My medical condition though which has done awful things to me, caused me to become quite complacent and unable to function properly business-wise anyway, so I could not continue with what I was involved in.  I am not giving up though because I am getting better, recovery just takes a long time.  So look out for some big things to happen in the future.

One thing I decided to do though is take another look at a company called Youngevity because of their health and wellness products.  I had been involved with the company through one of their partnering companies called Soul Purpose a while ago and I really did love their products.  Why I stopped using them though is beyond me but it was probably because of some issues that happened on our Team where one of our upline leaders pretty much went AWOL on us and nothing but drama ensued (I hate reckless drama) that really left a bad taste in my mouth and I decided to look elsewhere.

My Account With Youngevity is STILL Active

After 7 years, thank goodness my account with them is still active! Taking another look though has opened my eyes to a few things.  Although I had been ordering products on and off, I wasn’t ordering them to take often enough. See, my Vitamin D level was SO LOW (it was at 11) that I had to be put on a high strength Vitamin D for a while by my Endocrinologist and I was thinking to myself, “I NEED more supplements.”  My body was screaming for help and I was SO SICK and I knew that I needed to get my health back.  Youngevity is a great company and they offer medical nutrition back by science, natural supplements used by MANY people to get their health back.

So I ordered their Healthy Start Pack with some Selenium AND decided to also add some Soul Purpose products to my order! So not only will I be feeling better, I will be smelling quite nice as well.  I am a happy camper.  On my other blog where I am blogging about my illness (also Vlogging about it on Youtube), I will post my results.  I am going to give it a good 2-3 months before I do so but I might have results sooner, we’ll see.  My goal is to get my body restored to a point where it heals itself faster from this medical condition.

For more information about my medical condition visit:

http://www.itsan.org

Yes, you can also visit my other blog where I am writing and sharing videos about my condition here:

http://www.skinmisbehaving.com

If you have any questions do no hesitate to contact me! I may be ill for now but I am getting better and I am OKAY!




Tanya

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Top 15 Ways to Build Your Subscriber List

Top 15 Ways to Build Your Subscriber List

 

Strategic Online MarketingEmail marketing can be profitable for any business, no matter what kind of product or service you offer. It is significantly cheaper than other advertising methods and, if done right, helps build loyalty and trust with customers. As a result, you generate more sales and more profits!

The foundation for successful email marketing is a targeted, permission-based email list. Marketers call contact lists their ‘goldmine’ because it can generate much of their sales revenue. If you’ve built up a list of opt-in subscribers that are qualified and interested in what you have to offer, then you’ve completed the first step and are on your way. Now it’s time to ‘mine’ for gold!

Below you’ll find several list-building and retention ideas that will help you get the best results from all your email marketing activities:

  1. Provide useful, relevant content. Your visitors will not give you their email addresses just because they can subscribe to your newsletter free of charge. You have to provide unique and valuable information that will be of interest or use to them.
  2. Add a subscription form to every page on your website. Make sure it stands out so it is easy to find. If it doesn’t look cluttered, you may want to include more than one on some pages. For instance, if your opt-in form always appears in the top-left corner of your site, you may want to add one at the end of your most popular articles.
  3. Add subscription forms to your social media pages. Make sure that you don’t waste this valuable source of revenue opportunities. Integrate your sign-up forms with Facebook and more!
  4. Make it easy for readers to sign up. The more information you request, the fewer people will opt-in. In most cases, a name and an email address should suffice. If it’s not necessary, don’t include it here. You can always survey them once they’re customers! We do recommend that you provide a link to your Privacy Policy however.
  5. Publish a Privacy Policy. Let your readers know that they can be confident you will not share their information with others. The easiest way to do this is to set up a Privacy Policy web page and provide the link to it below your opt-in form. (Note: If you don’t have one, put the words ‘privacy policy generator’ into a search engine and you should be able to find a suitable form to use.)
  6. Provide samples of your newsletters and Ezines. This lets potential subscribers review your materials before they sign up to determine if it’s something they’d be interested in.
  7. Archive past newsletters and articles. An online library of past newsletters and articles is both appealing and useful to visitors and builds your credibility as an authority. In addition, if your articles are written with good SEO techniques in mind, they can increase traffic to your website through enhanced search engine positioning.
  8. Give gifts subscribers can actually use. Offer an opt-in bonus for joining your subscriber list! Write an ebook or provide a PDF business report, or even hire a programmer to create downloadable or web-based software. But don’t limit yourself to offering gifts to opt-ins. Give them out when your readers fill out a survey, provide a testimonial, success story, or a great product idea. Let them know when they can expect the next gift offer. Everyone likes to get something for free! And if you pass out ‘goodies’ throughout the year, your subscribers will feel truly appreciated − and that’s good for business!
  9. Ask your subscribers to pass it on. Word of mouth is a powerful viral technique that works great with email marketing. If your subscribers find your content interesting, amusing or informative, they’ll probably share it with their friends. This can be a great source of new customers, so make sure to remind them to ‘pass it on’.
  10. Let others reprint your newsletter as long as the content is not modified. If you’re happy to share your content with the universe, then why not! Many webmasters and newsletter publishers are actively looking for high-quality content and, if they reprint your newsletter, you’ll get new subscribers, and more traffic and links pointing to your site.
  11. Include a ‘Sign Up’ button in your newsletter. If you’re using plain text instead of HTML, be sure to provide a text link to your subscription page. You may feel that this is not required because the subscriber is already on your list, but remember that readers will forward your newsletters to others, or reprint them online. Make it easy for them to subscribe!
  12. Add a squeeze page. A squeeze page has one goal − to acquire opt-ins and build your list. Think of it as a mini-sales letter to go along with your subscription or opt-in gift. It should feature a strong headline and a couple of powerful benefits that should make subscribers salivate to sign up! Once created, use a service such as WordTracker to find hundreds of targeted keywords, and promote your offer using pay-per-click advertising from Google, MSN and Yahoo. Now that should make a splash!
  13. Include testimonials on your squeeze page. This is crucial. Put one or two strong testimonials from satisfied customers on your squeeze page. This can be in any format, but you may find that multimedia (audio or video) is more ‘believable’ and inspires more people to action. To further enhance believability, get permission to use actual customer names, locations and/or urls (Don’t use ‘Bob K, FL’). Add a note inviting others to participate. After all, it’s free publicity!
  14. Blog religiously. Blogging is a great way to communicate with prospects and potential customers, and creates a nice synergy with your email marketing. Be sure to include your newsletter sign-up form on each page of your blog. You can start a free blog at Blogger or WordPress.
  15. Post on other blogs. Post thoughtful comments and information on similar blogs with a link to your squeeze or opt-in pages. Also comment on others’ blogs through trackbacks. In most cases, your comments will be posted on their blogs with a link back to your site. This is an easy way to generate new traffic and subscribers, and get your brand out there!

 



 
Tanya

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How to Start A Home Based Business While In Debt

How to Start a Home Based Business While In Debt

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A lot of people wish that they could start a home based business but they feel that having too much debt is what is holding them back from it, so they don’t wish to proceed with it. Most people believe that in order to start a business from home you have to have a large amount of cash in the bank.

Should not having enough cash hold you back from your goals and dreams of starting a home based business? NO! Look at larger companies like Dell or Apple. They started those companies out of their garages! There are also many stories of people starting businesses online with much success.  Just take a look at Internet Marketing experts like Mike Dillard or Tracey Walker for example.   Listen, if you have the drive and the willingness to get started and make it happen, you can do so too.

 

Low or No Cost Steps to Getting Your Home Based Business Started

 

Step 1

Identify the skills that you already have whether it be in sales, customer service, coaching, childcare, administrative support, web design, social media management, bookkeeping, etc. Then choose what type of business is right for you.

Step 2

Choose a business that doesn’t require a large amount of capital to start, like this one for $40 or this one for $19.95 which can allow you to sell products online and make a profit.  The lowest cost businesses are based on services you can offer to others right from the comfort of your own home.  The ones with the lowest start up fees are usually in the direct sales and network marketing industries.  These types of businesses even allow you to build a team of people who also wish to work from home and you can earn a percentage of what they make from the company.

Step 3

Set up your office by using equipment you already own. A phone, desk, all-in-one printer, a computer, a filing cabinet…

Step 4

Use the cash you have available to you and do NOT invest in new equipment until you start turning a profit.

Related Reading: How to Eliminate Debt

Step 5

Take advantage of free resources to help you get started.  You can contact your local Small Business Administration office or SCORE online and even if you don’t have a computer yet you can still use the one at your local library until you earn the money you need to buy one.  Not only that but you can also visit your local Pawn Shop to see what they have available when it comes to computers. There is nothing wrong with buying used until you can get brand new. Your local library is a great source of information when it comes to business information.  They also have books, videos and tapes related to business and success.

Step 6

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Use free online resources for email, blogging, fax services, conference lines and software.

Step 7

Do create a professional business plan to use to borrow money. Now, while your debt situation may prevent you from obtaining traditional business financing from a bank, you may be able to get a grant or a loan through other sources if your business plan is a solid one.  Like through the SBA (Small Business Association), micro-lenders or even investors.

Step 8

Be sure to use low to no cost marketing and advertising strategies. The keys to success in business is marketing and advertising.  To remain in business you will need people to know about your business and want to do business with you.  If consumers cannot find you, they cannot buy your services or products. Inexpensive marketing and advertising techniques include a website, blogging, social networking, email marketing, news releases, business cards and off-line networking events.

Step 9

Reinvest your profits until your business is creating one great, steady income.  Do not be tempted to spend your business income to pay off debt or buy more stuff.  It’s much wiser to invest your money back into the business.  Simply identify areas of expenses that generate the greatest level of return, such as marketing, and invest the profits there.

Step 10

Your success is depends on you so go for it! Once your income is flowing and your business is successful, you will be able to reap the benefits and treat yourself to a few toys!

Tanya

 

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Life is About Choices and Decisions We Make

Life is About Choices and Decisions We Make

Tanya Patterson-FussellLife is like a road. There are long and short roads; smooth and rocky roads; crooked and straight paths. In our life many roads would come our way as we journey through life. There are roads that lead to a life of single blessedness, marriage, and religious vocation. There are also roads that lead to fame and fortune on one hand, or isolation and poverty on the other. There are roads to happiness as there are roads to sadness, roads towards victory and jubilation, and roads leading to defeat and disappointment.

Just like any road, there are corners, detours, and crossroads in life. Perhaps the most perplexing road that you would encounter is a crossroad. With four roads to choose from and with limited knowledge on where they would go, which road will you take? What is the guarantee that we would choose the right one along the way? Would you take any road, or just stay where you are: in front of a crossroad?

There are no guarantees.

You do not really know where a road will lead you until you take it. There are no guarantees. This is one of the most important things you need to realize about life. Nobody said that choosing to do the right thing all the time would always lead you to happiness. Loving someone with all your heart does not guarantee that it would be returned. Gaining fame and fortune does not guarantee happiness. Accepting a good word from an influential superior to cut your trip short up the career ladder is not always bad, especially if you are highly qualified and competent.  There are too many possible outcomes, which your really cannot control. The only thing you have power over is the decisions that you will make, and how you would act and react to different situations.

Wrong decisions are always at hindsight.

Had you known that you were making a wrong decision, would you have gone along with it? Perhaps not, why would you choose a certain path when you know it would get you lost? Why make a certain decision if you knew from the very beginning that it is not the right one. It is only after you have made a decision and reflected on it that you realize its soundness. If the consequences or outcomes are good for you, then you have decided correctly. Otherwise, your decision was wrong.

Take the risk: decide.

Since life offers no guarantee and you would never know that your decision would be wrong until you have made it, then you might as well take the risk and decide. It is definitely better than keeping yourself in limbo. Although it is true that one wrong turn could get you lost, it could also be that such a turn could be an opportunity for an adventure, moreover open more roads. It is all a matter of perspective. You have the choice between being a lost traveler or an accidental tourist of life.  But take caution that you do not make decisions haphazardly. Taking risks is not about being careless and stupid. Here are some pointers that could help you choose the best option in the face of life’s crossroads:
·    Get as much information as you can about your situation.

You cannot find the confidence to decide when you know so little about what you are faced with. Just like any news reporter, ask the 5 W’s: what, who, when, where, and why. What is the situation? Who are the people involved? When did this happen? Where is this leading? Why are you in this situation? These are just some of the possible questions to ask to know more about your situation. This is important. Oftentimes, the reason for indecision is the lack of information about a situation.

·    Identify and create options.

What options do the situation give you? Sometimes the options are few, but sometimes they are numerous. But what do you do when you think that the situation offers no options? This is the time that you create your own. Make your creative mind work. From the most simplistic to the most complicated, entertain all ideas. Do not shoot anything down when an idea comes to your head. Sometimes the most outrageous idea could prove to be the right one in the end. You can ask a friend to help you identify options and even make more options if you encounter some difficulty, but make sure that you make the decision yourself in the end.

·    Weigh the pros and cons of every option.

Assess each option by looking at the advantages and disadvantages it offers you. In this way, you get more insights about the consequences of such an option.

·    Trust yourself and make that decision.

Now that you have assessed your options, it is now time to trust yourself. Remember that there are no guarantees and wrong decisions are always at hindsight.  So choose… decide… believe that you are choosing the best option at this point in time.

Now that you have made a decision, be ready to face its consequences: good and bad. It may take you to a place of promise or to a land of problems. But the important thing is that you have chosen to live your life instead of remaining a bystander or a passive audience to your own life. Whether it is the right decision or not, only time can tell. But do not regret it whatever the outcome. Instead, learn from it and remember that you always have the chance to make better decisions in the future.

 

Tanya

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