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Sometimes You Gotta Put Your Head Down and Work Hard(er)

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I am a hard worker.  By this I mean that I develop a plan, analyze my progress, challenge myself daily and put the time in; basically I show up every day to succeed.  I know not everyone does this because I watch people’s actions.

Living in the world of sales and marketing affords me the opportunity to watch a lot of business people and compare and contrast.  Living in the world of sales also allows me to watch other sales people and compare and contrast what I do against what they do.  I have learned that if you aren’t doing it, then one of your competitors is doing it; so get busy!

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I see a lot of mediocre habits.  I watch people go through the motions every day.  I hear people talk as if they want to be the best, but then watch their actions say otherwise.

Hard work.

I’m not so sure people these days want to work hard.  I’m not sure people in our age understand what working diligently means.  I am convinced that people have tricked themselves into believing they are doing their best when in fact they are operating at 60%.

The vast majority are coasting; flying under the radar.  They live in a world below the top 10%, but above the bottom dwelling 10%.  Flying under the radar isn’t a compliment. It means you put effort into not being noticed; going undetected.  Those living in the world of the 80% do so because they are comfortable there.  The expectations are lower when you live in the middle.

The funny thing is those who live in the top 10% never think about it because they are too busy working.  And most times those who think they are a top producer are not and make excuses.   Those who say “I’m an asset to the company” or “they couldn’t run this place without me” are the ones who have tricked themselves into believing they are a top producer when in fact they are not.

They are living in the realm of “good enough”.  I’m not sure what “good enough” is, but it isn’t okay with me.

The real question is where do you stand?  Have you tricked yourself into believing you are functioning optimally when in fact you are coasting at about 60% efficiency?

Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise

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Why continue to exercise with multiple sclerosis

“Exercise is essential not just for overall well-being, but also to help manage symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, exercise might even slow…

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Dear Future Self

Who's My Favorite Today?

Brooke was a cheerleader for two years in middle school.  However, she decided that in high school, she would try other activities and not do cheerleading.  So as her friends tried out for the cheerleading team, she chose to play golf in the fall.  However, when golf season was over, the cheer team had some open slots.  There were some girls who were no longer on the team and the cheer coach asked Brooke if she would join the Varsity Cheer Team for basketball season.

Brooke struggled back and forth for a couple of days as to whether she wanted to do this.  It is her first year of high school and her courses are more challenging than she has ever had before – she is taking an AP class as a freshman.  I told her that I would support whatever she wanted to do.  (Our oldest daughter had been…

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Blog Networking: 5/24/17

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Here’s how to network your blog. The work is done for you, all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others.  The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

(click How to Network Your Blog to view yesterday’s post)

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Danny’s World: Are You Confused About Social Media?

This past week I had a couple conversations about blogging and social media.  The question I want to address is why someone should link their page to social media.   There is so much misinformation about social media, blogging and SEO so I am going to clarify things for you.  Here are a few of my thoughts…

Danny's iphone 022Why should I focus on social media when I don’t get a lot of views from Facebook or Twitter?

I hear this argument/question a lot.  The truth is social media doesn’t have as much to do with getting views directly to your page as it has to do with helping your page to show up in Google searches. Google considers pages with social media to be more relevant than pages without; especially Google+ and YouTube.  Therefore, having your page linked to all the available social media pages will help your SEO.

Social media is one of easiest, FREE ways to expand your influence.

IT’S FREE!  Why wouldn’t you utilize a tool that is absolutely free?  I’m not sure what else to say.

Social media gives you an opportunity to go viral.

This might be the weakest of the reasons, but there are people who have created a video on Facebook who are now in business because of going viral.  Chewbacca mom, Candace Payne, comes to mind.  She’s now writing books and signing endorsement deals because of one video!  It’s like hitting the social media lottery, but it does happen.

Videos are the wave of the future so you should be utilizing YouTube.  

I think we all know the #1 search engine is Google.  But do you know which engine is #1 among millennials?  Anyone?  Bueller?   If you said YouTube you are correct.  When young adults need to search they most often go to YouTube, not Google.  So if you are not on YouTube you are missing out on exposure to a HUGE group of people.

Baby-boomers read newspapers, millennials read social media.

This is a generalization, but it is also accurate.  For the most part millennials (75 million by population) follow their favorite people, blogs, news through social media.  Once again when you are not connected to social media you are greatly limiting yourself.

Social media will bring people to your page 

If you still don’t believe social media will bring people to your page, then this post probably isn’t for you.  The truth is it does.  Tom Slatin has over 200,000 people who follow him via Twitter and it brings thousands of people to his page every year!   I have nearly 10,000 Twitter followers who could potentially visit my page every single day, which results in approximately 10% of my daily views.

I’m not trying to convince anyone as much as I’m trying to provide a clearer perspective.  Do you have your page connected to social media?  If not I’d love to read your reasons for not connecting.  Hope this helps.

 

Unexpected Beauty of a Dying Rose

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Dying rosebud still glorious

Spring is still in the air with crazy weather in the form of hot temps one day and cold rain two days later. With big changes, spring flowers are abundant. I just love smelling the fragrant air as I walk through my neighborhood, especially with the star jasmines and roses blooming!

For Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, the theme of week #37 asks photographers to create a macro image using water.

My American Beauties were crazy last month, but this is all that is left until the next batch. Luckily I clipped a few to place in a vase to enjoy in the house. For a flower riot, check out this previous post.

I found this quote that seems to commemorate the moment, by James Thompson, Scottish Poet:

“Gather the rosebuds while ye may, old time is still a flying; And that same flower that blooms today…

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Today’s Featured Blog is…Pamela D. Beverly!!

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2012 Book Fair

Image Credit: Virginia Festival of the Book

Yesterday I participated in a local book festival.

Can’t get those six hours back.

A big goose egg.

Zero.

Nada.

Zilch.

And no, the photo above is not from the book festival I was a part of yesterday although I did attend that festival about five years ago.

At yesterday’s festival, there were probably more author and vendors than customers. And from what I could see from my table, those that were there weren’t buying much. Those authors lucky enough to have any sales seemed to be children’s authors.

Is it the demographic? I’m wondering. The genre? I don’t know.

Do you?

Or is just basically a crapshoot?

The hours I spent writing, editing, proofreading, having my manuscript proofread, edited, formatted, deciding on a cover design, working on my blog, marketing.

Spending money.

Lots of moo-lah.

Why? What’s my motivation?

I’m starting to wonder ’cause this…

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I HATE YOU, DONT LEAVE ME?

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THERAPY TODAY WAS A DISASTER WE TALKED ABOUT THE UPCOMING BREAK AND I GOT SO ANGRY WITH EILEEN BECAUSE I DONT WANT HER TO GO ON HOLIDAY NEXT WEEK I FEEL LIKE WE HAVENT REALLY PREPARED FOR IT I TOLD HER I THOUGHT IT WASNT FAIR THAT SHE’D ONLY HAD A WEEK AT EASTER SO WHY DID SHE NEED ANOTHER SO SOON? SHE KEPT SAYING IT WAS OK FOR ME TO BE ANGRY AT HER THAT SHE WOULD WALK THIS JOURNEY WITH ME, THAT ONLY MADE ME MADDER. I TOLD HER HOW MUCH THE KIDS ARE STRUGGLING, SHE ONLY SAID ME AND CAROL ANNE AND THE OLDER INSIDERS WOULD WE TRY TO SUPPORT THEM WHILE SHE WAS AWAY SO THEY WOULD NOT BE ON THEIR OWN? OK, BUT WHAT ABOUT US? WE’RE FEELING LIKE WE’RE ON OUR OWN TOO? SHE KEPT TRYING TO GET ME TO TALK ABOUT MY UNDERLYING…

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Vegetarian Enchiladas

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Onion chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery Chopped
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Corn
  • 1 LB. Black Beans
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 to 3 Cups Spinach
  • 1 lime
  • 1 Cup Green Chilies or Green Enchilada Sauce
  • 11/2 Cups homemade or 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Red Chili Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh Oregano
  • Almond Pepper Jack Cheese ( or what ever you prefer)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Corn Tortillas

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I think I was low on green sauce and didn’t have any green chilies. Me being me I found a way to make the green chili sauce stretch. I found out that I liked this version better than my original vegetarian enchiladas. They didn’t dry out as much…

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Surprise!

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I don’t really like to be surprised. I’ve always secretly hoped that no one ever throws me a surprise party. I don’t know why. I love having fun and going to parties. I guess I don’t want all the attention focused on me.

But this past weekend I was totally and completely surprised, and it was wonderful!

Here’s what happened. My husband and I talked about how we’d spend the long President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day with low-key plans. I was looking forward to getting some things done I’d been putting off. Like starting our taxes, paying bills, and working in the yard. I knew I’d be making chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day (my husband’s favorite!)

On Friday my husband and I were out checking on our businesses, and decided to get a Filet-o-Fish sandwich (we don’t normally eat at McDonald’s, but it’s Lent… we don’t eat meat on Fridays, so why not?).

We walked up to the front of the restaurant…

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