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We Are Women!

We are born multi-taskers!
We are fighters!
We have so much to offer!

We should not accept that age will defeat our goals, dreams and creativity! We should not accept losing good jobs because some of us are over 50!

We are women! We are strong! We can still dream, do, make things happen, have great lives and careers. We are not ready to be put aside!

Fellow women keep being strong, let’s keep empowering each other, help each other succeed and show the world what we are made of.

Gratitude and Ego

Personal growth goes a very long way.
A lot of people get stuck behind their ego, never move on in life, “hate” situations and never forgive and forget. They keep carrying grudges, filter the world around them through a warped lens, and live in a very definite space that makes them unhappy whether they realize it or not.
In the business and career world, personal has absolutely nothing to do with professional. Good manners, positive attitude, leaving ego aside, does not even come to the picture for those people.

Imagine landing the job of your dreams, and still feeling miserable because the whole world is against you, or so you think. This affects your performance, your communication with colleagues, bosses, team members and believe it or not your own family.
It is really so simple to live and let live, to let go. The past can only serve as lessons learned. If we use the past to dictate our attitude toward life and people around us, all we can do eventually is lose everything.

Our journey on this planet is minuscule. Before we know it, life passes and we are stuck in our 60’s, 70’s and live in regret.

I will ask one question that I kept asking in the seminars I used to teach: Someone calls you stupid. You hear the sound that these words make. Do you let it get in? Does this define who you know you are?

Your “person” your “ego” do not belong in any equation. Neither in your professional, nor in your private life.

Every human being is different, makes mistakes, learns, and moves on. By getting glued on what ifs, on past situations that can no longer be changed, on grudges, you only hurt yourself and take others down with you.

Conclusion: Live every moment in harmony, see others for who they are, never judge, never assume and never be passive aggressive. Neither your career nor your life can become better.

Last question: Which is better? Living a miserable lonely life, or being part of this huge community that is called life, enjoy all the curves and ups and downs, and keep going. Fall in bed every night knowing that you have given the world and those around you the very darn best that you can EVERY SINGLE DAY!

This will only give you back loyal friends, colleagues, a happy family and great success at everything that you do.

 

Boosting your Business

I have met lately a lot of people really confused by all the Social Media hype, the marketing webinars, and are at a total loss.
I am not talking about the young person who wants to start a career as a blogger and tries to monetize a blog and swims in the depths of webinars.
I am talking about Business owners that are not in the tech industry.
Chiropractors, businesses that offer services, shops that need more clients, whether they are spas, beauty salons, etc.

There is a pretty simple formula that can help your business. All you need is to learn the basic ropes, and then follow up. Don’t be afraid of the big bad web. If you learn how this all works in a few easy steps, you will see results.

Contact me and I will create a complete package for your business, show you how it all works and what it all means.

We all need our business to succeed, we all need to receive the best for what we offer.

I am waiting for your email, call, Facebook message. Whatever works for you.

I am here to help untangle the mental blocks, and take the fear away of the unknown.

The uphill marathon toward entrepreneurship

Hi everyone! Have been traveling a lot this summer and have been observing a lot of stuffThe uphill marathon toward entrepreneurship.

There is a frenzy for blogging, for success, for more, more, more and more. S T O P!

Start thinking and calm down. When will OK be good enough? I do not make money from my blog on purpose. I just write my thoughts, my experiences and see it as what it really is. A hobby. Not EVERYONE has to be an entrepreneur, not everyone has to have a blog. Continue reading “The uphill marathon toward entrepreneurship”

Quackmail: Why You Shouldn’t Fall For The Internet’s Newest Fool, The Food Babe.

I had to share this article, because we all fall prey to so-called “insiders” and “experts” who claim they know everything, but in the end confuse the public even more.

Article, courtesy of: http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevorbutterworth/2014/06/16/quackmail-why-you-shouldnt-fall-for-the-internets-newest-fool-the-food-babe/

She made the front page of the Financial Times as the blogger who humbled Big Food and whose latest campaign for transparency in beer ingredients left “The King of Beers,” Anheuser Busch InBev, and close running rival SabMiller clamoring like Neville Chamberlain to appease a bully. “The rapid response by AB InBev and SABMiller—which capitulated to Ms Hari’s demands within 36 hours—underscores the growing power of social media over corporate policy,” wrote the FT’s Consumer Industries Editor, Scheherazade Daneshkhu.

Ironically, one of the key factoids in blogger Vani Hari—aka, “The Food Babe’s”—attack on Big Beer was that they “even use fish swim bladders” to make their product without putting this self-evidently dodgy fact on the label; the implication is that beer should not from fish bladder be made. Yet, isinglass—as dried fish bladder is Tolkienesquely called—has been used to clarify beer, wine and liquor since the early 18th century, and its manufacture was widespread in Colonial America (a versatile compound, it was also mixed with gin and used as a glue to repair broken china). While this may cause vegans to pause before a draught, isinglass has been used and consumed without incident for centuries. Continue reading “Quackmail: Why You Shouldn’t Fall For The Internet’s Newest Fool, The Food Babe.”

Avoid tech support phone scams

Avoid tech support phone scamsThis happened to me today, and because I am very vigilant, I hung up on them. Here is the article from Microsoft’s own site:

Cybercriminals don’t just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following: Continue reading “Avoid tech support phone scams”

Is telecommuting dead? Don’t count on it, experts say

Another interesting article I had to share with you all: Is telecommuting dead? Don't count on it, experts say

When Yahoo relayed to its employees that they could no longer work remotely, one of the reasons given was that “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”

It may seem logical – the internal Yahoo memo leaked to The Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD.com said that some of the “best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions” – but workplace experts say that may not be true.

“Telecommuting is associated with significantly higher levels of job satisfaction, lower turnover intentions, reduced role stress, and higher supervisor-ratings of job performance,” said Washington State University psychology professor Tahira Probst via email.  Continue reading “Is telecommuting dead? Don’t count on it, experts say”

My AHA moment thanks to Matt Wolfe

Today, I got an AHA moment, reading his blog post! I share it with great respect for Matt Wolfe, who can teach a lot of us how to behave online, in life, in business ethics. THANK YOU

Can a couple simple shifts mean life or death for a blog?

My Shift In Blogging

I’ve recently had a shift in mindset about blogging. A bit of an “aha” moment, I guess you can call it…

I used to be so caught up in how often I posted. I wanted to make sure that I blogged constantly and always put something new in front of people. I was concerned with consistency and with frequency. If I didn’t post often, people would forget about me and my blog and I would become less and less relevant. It was a legitimate concern and I really believed that the most important thing in blogging was to just be consistent and post as often as possible.

My shift came recently, while reading something by Derek Halpbern. I honestly can’t remember the post or video that I saw but it was about quantity vs. quality when it comes to creating content. It seemed so obvious but it was a bit of a block that I’d had for a really long time.

I was so caught up in creating so often that many of my posts sacrificed quality. Heck, there were some nights where I’d write a post in 15 minutes, right before I was going to bed because I told myself that I’d get a post out that day. It would be slapped together, rushed, and add absolutely no value to anyone’s life.

Why was I so caught up in how frequently I posted?

I guess I was writing for the search engines and I was writing to try to prove to myself that I could stay on a consistent schedule.

Those are HORRIBLE reasons for writing frequently.

Blogging should create value. Period. End of story.

There are only two reasons that I should ever create a new blog post… First, to share something of great value to the loyal readers that I already have (and to gain new loyal readers) and second to create value for myself.

What do I mean by creating value for myself?

A blog can be one of the best accountability tools available. If I commit to do something and I put it out there for the world to see, I now have a belief that my readers want to see me achieve what I committed to and that they will hold my accountable.

A blog also creates value for one’s self as an outlet… A place to vent, rant, bitch, whatever you want to call it. Even if no one reads my blog, getting my thoughts out of my head and in to something tangible that others can potentially read is valuable to me. It gets things off my chest, it clears my head, it allows me to move past whatever is going on in my mind.

So, that being said, my commitment to this blog and to LearnToBlog.com is to ONLY write something when I know it will create value. I will only write something if I have something to teach or something to vent. I will never write a blog post just for the sake of writing a blog post or to meet some posting quota that I make up for myself.

I want to share value, ideas, authenticity and vulnerability.

Authenticity and vulnerability are keys

Another “break through” I’ve had as of recently is the power of authenticity and vulnerability in relationships.

I have a relationship with you as a reader of this blog. I don’t want to hold back in that relationship. I want you to trust me, to feel like you know me and to see that I struggle often just like anyone else. I have dreams that still feel so distant and goals that I continue to fall short of.

In the name of authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability, I’m turning over a new leaf with this blog…

I will be putting things out there that scare the hell out of me to share publicly and you will learn insights about my failures, my successes, my struggles, and my competencies.

The Evergreen Wisdom podcast was a step out of hiding. It has become a new outlet to be open and share my thoughts. However, I’m going to take it even further on this blog.

For the sake of transparency, I’m going to adopt a strategy that many other bloggers have used to build trust and transparency. I am once again going to start sharing the income from my businesses. You’ll learn where my income comes from, where I struggle, and what’s working for me. I think many will be surprised at how many ups and downs I actually have.

Back when I ran Business & Blogs, I shared income reports and month after month I began seeing growth. I felt the accountability of knowing that others were watching. I stopped doing it, stopped blogging as often, and saw slumps in my income.

I’ll once again have that feeling of accountability as well as reason to never take my eyes of the numbers. As soon as I stop paying attention to what’s working and what’s not, I begin to wonder where my money goes each month. Creating income reports forces me to never take my eyes off of it.

In another attempt to be transparent, you can see my exact email list size. It’s in the top right sidebar. If you come to this page at any given time, you will see that number rise and fall. That is exactly how many subscribers I have, for better or for worse, it’s there for you to see at any time and it’s there for me to focus on making sure that number keeps going up.

So, in wrapping up this post… This blog is going to shift. This will be more of a journal to document what’s working for me and what’s not. It will document my growth or decline… And it will act as a sounding board for me to share ideas and to vent about what’s on my mind.

You can count on me to share openly and honestly. You can count on me to never hold anything back. And you can count on me to focus on value above all else.

I have no idea if this post is a rant or a value-added lesson. I just felt the need to share.

One final request that I have is that you, as a reader, be open to giving feedback to me as I grow. Leave comments and questions, share blog posts if you enjoy them, ask for support, offer support, and let’s create a community.

I want to help as many people as I can to grow and see success. It’s difficult to know how I’m doing without comments and feedback in the form of social media shares. So please, leave comments, let me know if you enjoyed a post or received no value out of it. It’s all valuable feedback to me and I welcome it all.

When comments are welcome and when not…

when comments are welcome and when not...Don’t you feel compelled to just voice your opinion or comment on something at work or in your day-to-day life?
There is a welcome way to do this but also there is a way that will simply irk others and might put you in an awkward position.
There are people who think they are pragmatists, who think that adding a comment to any situation, “helps” the other person. This is not true at all. Let’s see some examples:

You go to a restaurant opening, you congratulate the new owners and immediately add, “I hope you know that this area has no business at all during the summer months. You must have some guts to open a business here”. Continue reading “When comments are welcome and when not…”