I'm an author, sometimes a speaker, and a relational coach on a fairly regular basis. To put things into perspective, it takes 3-6 months to create a new product (such as an e-course, a workbook or journal) before I can put it out for sale. It takes me a year to write a book. And that doesn't include the time it takes for promotions. Speaking engagements are kept to a minimum unless I happen to be in a somewhat close proximity, and coaching is kept to one or two small groups per week.
So, I paint you this picture so that you can see that my income structure is sporadic and difficult to determine from one month to the next. I haven't really been looking for another income stream, because my plate is pretty full on any given time, but I'm always open to hearing about new opportunities.
Enter It Works!
Full disclosure. I discovered this company as a client. I use their products and I love their products. I think they are well made and they really do all the things they promise. They are worth every single penny. My daughter started selling the product and she loves the company side of things too! So, with some convincing, (not much, actually) I decided to sign up to be a distributer too! It's now a family business!! Lol!
In case you haven't heard of It Works, it is a company that offers Health and Wellness products that are sold through Independent Distributors. Their products are plant-based which makes them an instant "YES!" to vegans or those who have a difficult time getting their daily requirements for a healthy body. (Which I think we ALL struggle with! Lol)
It offers weight loss, hair, skin and nails, a full skin care line, healthy shakes, help with stress, digestion, and so many other wonderful and well made products. There literally is something for everyone! Check out their products here.
I love it already because it doesn't add a ton of more items to my already explosive list! No inventory. No parties. No cold calls. No expensive sign up fees or subscriber fees.
Did I mention that I now get a really great discount on the items I'm already using?! Lol!!
I spend a lot of time on social media and blogging already, so this is was just an extension of things I'm already doing. The company is very clear that they don't want a bunch of pushy sales people. They just want you to tell the people you are in contact how you feel about the products.
I can do that!! I AM doing that!! And, people come to me. It's amazing. It helps that the company has a good reputation and a recognizable product.
So, here I am, letting you know I'm here for you! I'll probably be blogging a bit more about the products but I promise not to take away from the amazing content already found here. (Maybe I'll start a different blog?)
If you are interested in product, let me know! If you are looking for a real, honest-to- goodness work from home option, let me know. I am happy to brag about this one! I am so impressed already!
If you want to dig around the site to see what it has to offer, here ya go. Just click here!
If you have any questions about anything (as always), please reach out to me and ask!
If Only My Teens Would Hear These 35 Things…
By Elizabeth Bourgeret
If there was a window of time that teens would allow me to spill out all of my years of advice and wisdom from being a life-coach and mom, this short list is what I’d like them to know…
I know it’s hard to see past this time in your life and you may feel disconnected, but, I promise you- you WILL make it through and you will be able to look back and reminisce about these very days sometime in your distant future. (Probably when your teens are going through the same trials and you wish nothing more than to be able to ease their stress)
I have made it my personal mission to help teens get through the tricky time between high school and adult life though classes, workshops, coaching and essentially being the “other Momma”. But just in case I don’t get a chance to meet up with you, here are just a few things that you probably won’t learn in school, and the test you take on your comprehension of said items, is not a pass or fail grade but a level of success and happiness to be found in your daily life.
So if I’ve kept your attention this long, my easily-distracted teens, keep reading. Here comes the good stuff.
1. The choices you make today will impact your future. You may think that the things you do right now don’t matter, but even when you turn a giant airplane’s direction a fraction of a degree, it completely changes its destination.
2. Your destination is not pre-determined. You have the power to create the future you choose. Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything different.
3. No one owes you anything. If there is something you want, go to work for it.
4. In order to have friends, you must first BE a friend. And not all friends are true friends. Those are few and far between and should be treated as special as they are.
5. Goal setting and taking action is the key. Even if it is a small action. Work toward your goals a little bit every day. And you WILL reach them eventually.
6. A goal without action, is just a wish.
7. Always, always take the high road and walk in integrity.
8. Anything you share on social media is NEVER private. If you don’t want your mother to see it, don’t post it. Don’t send it. Don’t… you know what, better yet, delete it. Delete it right now.
9. Get enough sleep. Your brain and body need it to help you in this huge mental and physical growth spurt you are enduring.
10. Choose your friends carefully. They have more influence over your decisions than you realize. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Who you spend the bulk of your time with will shape how far you will go in life.
11. Never stop dreaming. When you see your dream to reality… dream a new one.
12. Read something positive or influential every day.
13. Choosing a spouse is the single most important decision you will ever make. Do not rush into a lifetime commitment, but once you do commit, never let go.
14. Learn to take responsibility for everything in your life. Your words, your choices, your actions and reactions. By taking responsibility (even though it sounds super scary) is actually the key to your freedom.
15. Value your family.
16. Keep your commitments. You are only as good as your word.
17. Technology cannot and should not replace human relationships
18. If you feel your parents would disapprove of something you are about to do, practice the Pause. Think it through to what the consequences might be. Those “gut” feelings are there for a reason. Take heed and if you must proceed, proceed with caution. But trust me- you don’t want to walk willingly into regret.
19. Manners make a difference.
20. Life is hard. It’s supposed to be. It’s molding you and shaping you into the person you were meant to be. Don’t give up. You appreciate things more if you have to work for them.
21. What is your story? Who are you? What do you believe about yourself? When you know your story, the answers to many of life’s toughest questions are already answered for you. Have faith in your story.
22. Be good to your parents. They are doing the best that they can, and really do want what is best for you. (They are not out to ruin your street cred!)
23. Don’t waste your time, money or brain cells on drugs. Need I say more, cause I can go on for days…
24. Take photos. Smile. Commemorate your life. Appease your mother when she insists on family photos. You’ll be glad to have them to look back on when she is gone. These small capsules of your life will keep you company when you are lonely.
25. Don’t judge others. You have no idea what they may be going through and you don’t like it when it’s done to you.
26. Be kind to yourself. What you tell yourself everyday will either lift you up and make you stronger or break you down and suck the self-confidence away from you.
27. Always be willing to help others.
28. Don’t’ take anything for granted. Be thankful for the good, the bad and the lessons learned.
29. Always be kind to others. There is absolutely no reason that you can’t be kind.
30. Don’t ruin a perfectly good today by dwelling on a not so good yesterday. You can’t change what has already happened, but the future is wide open.
31. You don’t HAVE to be in a relationship. Enjoy your own company! Figure out who you are. Be patient. Love will happen when it’s time. Work on becoming the right person and the right person will come to you. (Not necessarily in high school, but someday.)
32. Sometimes things don’t have a solid answer. Sometimes things aren’t all black and white, either, or, this or that. Don’t spend your nights thinking on things that just don’t have answers right now. Sometimes you just have to accept things as they are and let the rest go. Eventually all the pieces will fall into place, just right.
33. Actions speak louder than words. Without exception. Actions prove who someone is. Words only show you who they think they want to be.
34. If you continue to live your life thinking that everything should be about you, then eventually, that’s all that you will be left with… just you.
35. And one last thing; You are unique and precious and so worthwhile. You fill my life with sunshine and give me purpose. You- yes you- can accomplish anything you put your heart to… and I’ll be right here cheering you on.
(motivational teen-life coach and creator of the Total Truth Workshop for Teens. Find out more about Elizabeth Bourgeret by visiting her website: www.elizabethbourgeret.com or following her on Facebook.com/EBourgeret)
Is Professional Steam Carpet Cleaning Really Safe For Babies?
Dirty carpets are an unfortunate inevitability for most of us. Pets, children and shoes from all over (yours included) track all kinds of dirt and grime onto your carpet. This results in having to get your carpet steam cleaned. If you have a baby in your home, there is more to consider. The solutions used by many professional steam carpet cleaners contain ingredients that can be harmful to babies, who are notorious for rolling all over the carpets, sticking their fingers into the fibers and then into their mouths.
Before hiring or renting a professional steam cleaner to clean your carpets, do your best to research what products and solutions each company uses. Avoid using carpet cleaners that employ or contain any of the following chemicals: benzyl benzoate, butoxyethanol, formaldehyde, glycol ethers, hydroxyacetic acid, hydrofluoric acid, naphthalene, nitrilotriacetic acid, perchloroethylene, perchloroethylene, perfluoro-octane sulfonate (PFOS), phenol, sodium carbonate, sodium hydroxide, and tetrachloroethylene. These chemicals can be harmful to babies, even in small bits of exposure.
For those concerned about this, there is a simple solution. Hire a carpet cleaning company that employs non-toxic cleaning products with a low-water cleaning process. If you’re looking to rent a steam cleaner, make sure to do your research beforehand. Call different cleaning companies and inquire about the products they use.
Some dry shampoos, carpet cleaning powders and foams leave a residue that lingers on carpet fibers. This residue is supposed to be picked up by a vacuum and removed from your carpet’s fibers quickly, but sometimes the residue can be buried too deep within the fibers to catch. Powders and foams often contain fragrances and certain acids that can be irritating to babies’ skin, eyes and lungs. To be safe, it’s best to keep your baby out of a room after the carpet’s been treated with a dry cleaning treatment.
Another big concern about babies and steam carpet cleaning is mold and moisture. The worry here is that the carpet will not dry quickly enough, making it a fertile spot for mold and mildew to grow. When you get your carpet steam cleaned, it dampens the carpet and the pad beneath. In a humid or poorly ventilated room, this can be an ideal space for mold to grow. Once mold begins to grow in a carpet, it’s almost impossible to remove without professional assistance. If you live in Kennebunk, Maine we recommend http://carpetcleaningkennebunk.com as they use only eco friendly cleaning chemicals. To hinder mold growth after your steam cleaning, be sure to leave windows open and run ceiling and standing fans to ventilate air and facilitate drying. If a baby has to play in any of the rooms after they were steam cleaned, put them in a standup playpen so they’re not directly exposed to the fibers, in case of unseen mold growth. The presence of mold spores can cause headaches, allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
Regardless of the type of cleaning you’ve done on your carpet, it’s recommended you keep your baby out of that room for at least four hours following the cleaning. If you get your carpet steam cleaned, don’t let your baby crawl around that carpet until you’re sure it’s dried completely. If anyone in your home begins exhibiting signs of an allergic reaction to mold, be sure to contact a mold removal specialist.
From Houston native Sherel Ames, comes Fight For The Family, a new web series focusing on all aspects of life and the struggles that come along with it, including marriage and divorce, blended families, alcohol and substance abuse, dating, and more. Fight For The Family is a new drama that is sure to connect with audiences at the very core, due to the ‘real world’ subject matter and situations.
The show itself follows Detective James Guillory, and his younger sister Toi Allen as they work together to overcome the various issues threatening to rip their family apart. Fight For The Family deals with the relationships, the trials, and the triumphs a family can go through - but will they become stronger in the end? Check out Fight For The Family yourself - It just may be your new favorite web series.
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It Begins and Ends with Family
by Jo Ann Wentzel
A book written by parents who fostered over 75 kids, mainly teen aged boys and often eight at one time. The book relates the experiences of a foster parent and some of the discoveries made about why and how to foster.
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Of What Good is Story?
Norma Jean Lutz
Has a Story Any Practical Use?
Did you ever wonder about this? Really now. Of what good is a story? Has it any practical use? It’s not like a gadget or a gizmo that can actually do something, or can provide a useful function. One could probably successfully live and die and never read a novel, or be told a story. (Although I shudder to think of such a life, I suppose it could happen.)
Stories, I venture to say, are so ingrained in who we are and what we are, they can easily be overlooked or dismissed or disparaged. It would be the same as being oblivious to the melodic sound of a child’s laughter. Or ignoring how sunlight sparkles and shimmers on the surface of a bubbling stream.
What Is a Story?
Going back to the basics of basics – what exactly is a story? A co-worker told you a juicy bit of gossip at work this morning. Is that a story? Yes. That can be a type of story; but not story in its purest form.
Essentially, every 60-second commercial attempts to tell a story – albeit an extremely short story.
Story in it purest form must go somewhere. Something happens; then something happens next, which makes the reader (listener) want to know what happens next. Each is interconnected.
These series of events must happen TO someone. That someone will be the main character (or characters). Next, that someone must be a someone that the reader cares about. For if the reader does not care, that reader will cease reading. The story at that point is missing a key element. That key element is a character who is so real and lifelike that the reader is closely relating to that character.
What then is the function of a story? A story’s main function is to explore human emotions, values, and beliefs. A story allows us to see people and circumstances that we may deeply relate to, and yet we can stand separate and apart (objective) from them. Stories give humankind a tool, so to speak, to be used for the purpose of gaining understanding.
Albert Einstein gave us this nugget of truth about stories:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
What is he saying here? Stories have a distinct function in the development of the human mind and psyche.
My quote would read more like this:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read aloud to them. If you want them to be more intelligent, read aloud to them more.”
Personally, I was reading aloud to my children almost from birth. No PSA ad on television had to tell me this was beneficial. As a storyteller and story-lover, I knew it was beneficial. (I, at the time, had no idea just how beneficial!) My grandchildren have now been read to from little up and all four are avid readers. But I digress.
Exploring and Knowing Self
If the story explores human emotions, values and beliefs, and if characters come to know self through a series of events, it stands to reason that the reader will gain insight as to how to know self. Often what is revealed to the character in the process of self-discovery, can be mirrored in the mind and heart of the reader.
“Ah yes.” The reader gives an inward sigh as the book closes on the last word of the last chapter of the past page. It’s a sigh of satisfaction, yes. But it’s more. So much more.
It can be compared to listening to a concert rendered by an orchestra of great renown. At the last fading note of the last encore, something in the human soul has been fed and nurtured. A good story in the same way, feeds the human soul and makes the world a better place.
I love it when my daughter (busy homeschooling mother of three) is reading a great novel and greedily snatches moments to read. Literally, she can hardly wait to get back to the story. It lies there on the kitchen counter, or the table by the couch, wooing her with a siren song that cannot be resisted.
Of what good is story?
I guess I could say I’m in the business of manufacturing an intangible product known as a story. I have stories that also woo me with their siren song. The song I hear is different. It’s not to read the story, but to tell the story. Write the story.
It would matter not a whit to me if tomorrow someone proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that stories were of absolutely no worth to anyone on the planet.
Of what use is story?
Story makes me want to get up in the morning!
That’s enough for me!
Reboot Your Marriage
By Glen D. Kato
New Book Reveals a simple and proven system to Reboot a BLAH marriage, give it life again, and then put it back on the road to BLISS!
Author Glen Kato will publish a new book entitled Reboot Your Marriage: Go from BLAH to BLISS in 30 Days! It shows couples married between 3-20 years how to escape the BLAH Zone and renew commitments in order to avoid divorcing after 20 years of marriage! Statistics show the percentage of couples divorcing after 20+ years of marriage doubled in the past 15 years! We want to lower that percentage!
In an unprecedented move, the author is excited to donate one book to a military couple on your behalf when you pre-buy your copy before March 1, 2016 – up to 200 copies! We will inscribe the inside cover for you, “Thank you for serving our country. We would like to bless your marriage with this book. God bless you and America! [Your names]”
You may order your copy on www.TheRebootYourMarriageBook.com.
GOT G.I.R.L. POWER
We've all heard the nursery rhyme about girls being made of sugar and spice and everything nice. But what exactly does that mean? I bet most young girls nowadays have no idea. Girls are constantly striving to meet unrealistic images and expectations of the media and society. They struggle with self-esteem and self-image issues at very young ages. So what happens to our girls when they look in the mirror and believe they are not made of sugar and spice; that they don’t meet the world’s expectations of everything nice?
Well…something special has been created to fortify girls against the real and perceived pressures they face every day. Introducing GOT G.I.R.L. POWER!
GOT G.I.R.L. POWER has been created to reverse the feeling of powerlessness and to remind girls that the beauty of sugar and spice and everything nice, comes from within. From one's heart.
Being a G.I.R.L. means one is Graceful, Invincible, Respectable and Loyal. A G.I.R.L. also believes she is Powerful, Outstanding, a Winner, Extraordinary and Righteous in her convictions.
A gift from GOT G.I.R.L. POWER serves as a daily, affirming reminder of the real beauty of being a girl. So, what are you waiting for? Give her a gift that lasts for forever… shop.gotgirlpower.com
By Cindy Dinsford
We've all had those nights that we just couldn't find the comfortable part of the bed and spent hours tossing and turning till the break of dawn. Why does this happen?
Well, your desire to “toss and turn”, really isn't the result of you not being comfortable, it's the result of you not feeling relaxed. On a deeper feeling our mind wants us to relax, but most of the times we interpret the message as “find a comfortable spot on the bed.” True relaxation comes from within you, and has to be triggered by your inner thought process.
For example: You could be in a hammock on a hot summer day in Hawaii, but if you're thinking about whether the stock market will rise or fall, and you've got a 100 million dollars on the line and it's REALLY bothering you, it won't matter what position you're in that hammock, you won't relax!
If you're lying in bed and you get the urge to toss or turn, wait it out, you'll be surprised how quickly it fades! When you get the urge to toss and turn, ask yourself “How can I focus on something else right now to feel more relaxed?” As you lie there for about 15 seconds, you'll be surprised at how the urge to toss and turn simply fades, and you realize that all you really want to do is relax.
Understand that if you do start tossing and turning, it will not end with just ONE toss or turn, because of the momentum effect, you will just keep tossing and turning till the break of dawn!
Sometimes the urge to move is really intense, or maybe you really are in a very painful position on your bed. If you absolutely MUST move, do it in this way:
1) Move, but move very slowly. Remember what it feels like when you wake up in the morning and you're very sleepy, do you move very quickly then?
2) As you move very slowly, put a big bright smile on your face, and take a deep breath.
Another reason why tossing and turning keeps us awake is because we do it very quickly, and the more we do it, the more it agitates us! So do it very slowly, and make sure to smile and breath deeply, you will feel the difference :-)
Avoiding Tossing and Turning
Tossing and turning is an often experienced phenomenon for most of us. There are nights when we are just not comfortable on the bed and keep tossing and turning all over, all through the night. What bothers us?
Tossing and turning is not a feeling of discomfort, it is actually an offshoot of our mental equilibrium that is not relaxed. Irrespective of our mind wanting us to relax, our bodies want to find a more comfortable spot on the bed, a result of misinterpretation. Relaxation has to come from within you and should be a result of your thought process.
Lying in a hammock on a hot summer day, on a Hawaiian beach would sound very relaxing. If you keep thinking about millions invested on the stock market that could take a beating, if and when it crashes, the hammock will not work wonders in relaxing you.
When you feel the urge to toss and turn on the bed, give it time, wait. It will go away faster than it came. Lie there and think about focusing your mind elsewhere more relaxing than where it was and the urge to toss and turn will be out of your system in about 15 seconds. The best part of this exercise is that you will realize that you need to relax and not try finding a comfortable place on bed.
If you start tossing and turning it becomes a never ending process for the night and will not stop till the morning.
At times when you feel that the urge to toss or turn is very high and you have to move, try it the following way:
Tossing and turning keeps us awake because we tend to do it quickly and impulsively, the more quickly we do it, the more agitated we get. Try it in the way said above, you will feel the difference and probably get out of the habit in no time.
Tiptoe Through Genesis
by Nancy Reuben Greenfield
Explore relationships from the very beginning in this unique adaptation of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Not a word for word translation, nor selected quotes, this adaptation uses each page to bring forth the original poetic and powerful text, offering for each passage, two questions to easily ponder and discuss. Delightfully Different.
Begin your journey through Genesis by clicking here to purchase your copy from Amazon.