I was born and raised in the country for which I thank God every day. At the time, however, I did not know how good I had it.
I was always hearing how great and wonderful city life was. The school teachers raved about all the excellent entertainment, museums and such in the city. It was so bad I began to feel I had missed out on a lot of things.
Being from the country at the time seemed to be rather boring and with no future. According to all I heard about city life, it was the life to live. Of course, I did not know any better. I thought everything I heard was true.
When thinking about city life I thought of all the money people were making and all the good times they were having and all the fancy food they were eating. Why, I thought to myself, that must be heaven. I have since had to apologize to heaven.
Not having a television in our home at the time, we did not know about all the bad stuff happening in the cities. The riotings, the murders, the debauchery. All of this was far, far from our experience. When we thought of city life, we thought of the brilliant lights of Broadway and all the good times people were having. Read More→
In today’s fast-paced high tech world, we think that we are communicating more efficiently and effectively with other people. But are we really? Good communication means good listening-something we rarely do.
Most people would rather chatter on than listen so they talk over other people, they interrupt, and they finish sentences for others. They fail to listen. How often have you heard that there is a good reason why God gave us two ears and one mouth? No doubt that was intended to send a message.
Listening has become an under-appreciated facet of communication. We spend more time either talking or thinking about what we are going to say next rather than paying attention to what other people are saying. Listening is more impressive than talking. Think about it-have you ever heard anyone complain because you listened too much or you made them feel too good by hanging on to their every word? Probably not.
So what can you do to become a good listener and why is it important? Let’s start with the last question first.
Why should you be a good listener?
* A good listener learns from other people.
* A good listener makes others feel valued and important.
* A good listener attracts people.
* A good listener fosters relationships.
* A good listener builds a successful career
* A good listener improves understanding and assures accuracy.
What can you do to become a good listener? Read More→
Branding can get expensive, there’s no doubt. Especially when you consider that corporations spend tens of thousands of dollars on this endeavor. So how can you as a work at home business owner brand on a budget?
Here are some ideas to help you:
1) DIY. Yes, that means do it yourself. Learn as much as you can about branding and graphics. Learn how to use software like Photoshop. Understand what branding is, how to create a strategic marketing plan, and the best practices for designing well-constructed logos and marketing materials. Even if you decide to outsource these activities, you will understand the process better and therefore you will save time and money.
2) Use online resources. Many services abound on the Internet. You can find great stock photo places and even free graphics. You can use WordPress with an inexpensive hosting service. You can find great deals on printing, including ordering your business cards. If you use it carefully, you can even use free resources like Craigslist. Read More→
“What?” (Said with my eyes on the computer or chore I happen to be doing.)
“What?” (Said while my attention is still on said chore.)
“WHAT!?!” (Said with full attention….and frustration)
Sadly, that’s been the typical conversation around my house lately. One (or both) of my kids trying to get my attention and me trying to complete a task and listen to them at the same time. I know that I can’t give them my full attention 24/7, but it struck me the other day that if, at times, I looked at them, gave them my full attention for a moment when they were trying to speak to me – maybe these interactions wouldn’t end with me in my frustrated tell-me-quick-and-get-it-over-with mode.
As a mom it can be hard to find time to breathe, let alone find the time to ponder – to reevaluate and see what needs to change within me. (It’s easy for me to see what needs to change in everyone else!) However, there are 3 H’s that I believe we can use to look inside and see what needs an overhaul: Read More→
Well-meaning parents are often eager to build up their child’s brain power from day one, but too much stimulation can lead to unfavorable behavior and negative side effects. Lack of sleep, fussiness and colic can be a direct result of overstimulation in infants and children. So how does a parent ensure proper brain development without overdoing it? Ease the transition from the womb to the world by following these tips to prevent overstimulating your baby at every stage of development.
The first few months of a child’s development (birth to 3 months old) are about instilling trust by tending to your baby’s inherent needs. This means ensuring your little one gets the sound sleep he or she needs. Despite your best efforts to promote a good night’s rest, an infant’s startle reflex — which causes him or her to suddenly flail his or her arms and legs — will likely disrupt your child’s otherwise peaceful sleep.
Swaddling your baby is an effective calming method, as it mimics the mother’s womb and helps soothe your newborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that when done correctly, swaddling can be an effective technique to help calm infants and promote sleep, which is associated with more positive daytime behavior, mood and temperament as well as better physical functioning. Take the guess work out of swaddling by investing in a high-quality swaddles by SwaddleDesigns. Unlike ordinary swaddles, SwaddleDesigns’ large and square design comes complete with swaddling instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket, so parents have an effective swaddling technique at their fingertips.
With so much to learn, see and do in the world around them, toddlers are prone to overstimulation. Kids ages one to three, who are in the midst of various cognitive, emotional and social developments, are eager to learn — but they seldom know how much is too much. It’s important to create a space that encourages a break from stimulation to help your little one relax when needed. Read More→
The longer I am in business and the more I teach about branding, the more I realize that about 80 percent of it comes down to mindset.
And one of the biggest mindsets that’s hard to overcome is the fear of failure.
How do I know this? Mostly from personal experience. It held me back for many years. It held my husband back for many years. We are just beginning to break free and I will say it is not easy.
The more people I talk to about this issue, the more I realize how common this fear is. Perhaps you are struggling with this mindset, too.
So how can you beat the fear of failure?
It takes an attitude shift, and even more than that, a belief shift. A fear of failure usually comes from a feeling of inadequacy. It comes when you compare yourself to others and feel like you are not good enough.
But deep down, it shows that you are not trusting in the Heavenly Father to take care of you. Read More→
Because I run a website dedicated to work-at-home moms, I get a considerable amount of email filled with questions about working from home. Without a doubt the question that I get asked most often is, “Do you know of any companies that I can work for from home?” The exciting thing is that yes, I do. In part because of the hard economic times that we find ourselves in, more and more companies looking for qualified professionals to represent their businesses from their own homes. Here is just a sampling of companies currently hiring at-home workers:
- VIPdesk (http://vipdesk.com) – This company hires home-based workers for customer service positions. They represent numerous high-profile brands such as Eddie Bauer and BlueFly. From their website: “A proven premium service provider with 20 years of experience, VIPdesk specializes in delivering Concierge and Virtual Call Center Services for national brand leaders in several industries that include travel, auto, financial services and retail, by providing high-touch, high-tech branded service platforms that deliver real results and real return on investment.”
- wiseGEEK (https://www.wisegeek.com/freelance-writing-jobs.htm) – This is just one of the many websites that pay freelance writers. These sites generally pay per article written. From their website: “wiseGEEK writers get to choose the topics to write on out of a pool of hundreds of titles. You can opt to write on categories that you are familiar with, or venture out a little to explore new frontiers.” Read More→