Reassess Your Life and Business

Time to Reassess Life and BusinessReassess Your Life and Business

The first quarter of the year is over, spring is here, and it is a perfect time to reassess your life and business. This is something I try to do at the start of every quarter as I evaluate if I am on track with my personal and business goals.

I don’t know about you but it is easy for me to let clutter in my work area pile up and my backlog of “things to do” get overwhelming. Even things I shouldn’t be doing.

Sometimes I just need to take a step back, draw a deep breath, and push the reset button.

I came across this old quote from Erma Bombeck. She was an American humorist who wrote many books and funny newspaper columns about life as a mother and housewife from the 1960’s to the 1990’s.

One of her most well know quotes is worth sharing. It’s been said she wrote the following piece when she was dying of cancer but that isn’t true. She wrote “If I Had My Life to Live Over” at the age of 52 and lived another 17 years.

My guess is she wrote this to inspire us to reassess life and business and find ways to bring more joy and satisfaction in life. Even though some of the references are dated…and I am old enough to get most of them…Yikes!… it is easy to think of applications in your own life. Especially read the last couple of lines. So encouraging! { Continue reading…}

Merch by Amazon

Merch by AmazonMerch by Amazon’s New Exciting Opportunity

Amazon is always changing and growing and one of their newest services is Merch by Amazon. It is a self service program where you design T-shirts and then Amazon produces them, sells and ships them to their customers. This can be an amazing new opportunity for you to grow your business whether it is an online business of yours or you help offline clients. See their quick video intro here.

Why was it created?

The program, started about a month ago, was originally geared towards app and game developers. Amazon owns Twitch, a live streaming video platform, that primarily focuses on video gaming. Merch by Amazon has become another way for game developers to monetize their efforts by creating T-shirts of their characters or favorite slogans for raving fans. My son is creating game apps and that is why this caught my attention. Read on to see how this can help you even if you don’t develop games or apps.

Who can use the service?

The good news is anyone can use the service and design T-shirts that can sell with Amazon doing most of the work. You just need an Amazon buyers account to get started. Currently there are no minimums on how many you have to sell. It is free to set up an account and get started at once. For every shirt that sells you receive a royalty that depends on the pricing you set and how many actually sell. Amazon also charges fees and you cannot sell a shirt at a loss. The sweet spot seems to be around $12.99 to $25. You can even sell a shirt for $9.99 and still make a small profit.

If you have ever tried to sell T-shirts as another stream of income you know how expensive it is to stock different sizes and colors and second guess what you think will sell. You won’t have any of these issues with Merch by Amazon. All you do is upload your design and let Amazon take over from there. There are other similar print on demand services like Cafe Press and Teespring and it is my guess Amazon will successfully grab a huge piece of this market. Some of these platforms require a minimum of sales before they will print the shirts. With Amazon’s service you don’t have this issue.

If you are graphically challenged like I am you can start with simple designs, outsource the work on a source like Fiverr or partner with someone who has design skills.

One of the things I love about this service is it is a quick way to add a passive income stream to your bottom line or sell your services of setting up accounts for local businesses or non profits looking for a way to raise funds.

I will be researching and diving into this new service even more in the next few weeks and will keep you posted on my results. My head is already spinning with ideas!

Have you tried out this new service yet? Do you see the potential of it in your business? Let me know below what you think.


Life is a Daring Adventure

Life Is a Daring Adventure

The title to my post is inspired by this quote by Helen Keller. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” If there was ever a person with multiple challenges and yet lived a life of purpose and passion it is Helen Keller.

I have this quotation on a coaster I use every day. It really is a great reminder to view life as a daring adventure and embrace all the professional and personal challenges that get thrown your way. Whether it is my computer getting stuck for over two hours today, trying to update Windows 7, or the last 6 weeks of health issues my husband is dealing with, life sometimes feels like a roller coaster ride.

The key though is to have the right attitude and refuse to give up. I like this poem and it sits on a bookcase by my desk. { Continue reading…}

Unplug from Technology

Unplug from Technology

Unplug from Technology

Unplug from Technology

While doing some research for a book I am writing on productivity and time management I received an email that took me to a post called The Amish Hour. I really hadn’t heard this term before but it fits perfectly with exactly what I do most days a week before I retire for bed and how important it is to unplug from technology.

We all are so wired into technology today that it can be difficult to break free and find that time where we no longer rely on modern means of communication. { Continue reading…}

Accountability for Your Actions

Take Accountability for Your Actions!

Take Accountability for Your ActionsYesterday was the start of the 2nd half of the year and it is the perfect time to regroup, see where you are on your plans for this year, and adjust and keep moving forward. Having accountability for your actions propels you to greater success and may just be the magic ingredient to get more done.

I signed up to participate in the July launch party of the Accountability Squad headed by Debbie O’Grady to accomplish a mini task on a specific timeline as a way to restart my focus.

With a ton of company coming to celebrate the 4th of July and stay the weekend I had a few personal tasks to get done as well as business. One personal task was to reorganize a shelf in my bathroom cabinet that stressed me out every time I looked at it. Two business goals were to write two blog posts and work on a report I will be giving away for free. { Continue reading…}

Fitbit For Business

Fitbit for Business


Fitbit is all the rage now. Yesterday the Silicon Valley company made its public debut on Wall Street. Fitbit is the leader in wearable technology and more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon to buy the gadget. It can track all kinds of data such as your steps, heart rate, LED lights that show your progress, calories and minutes to even your sleeping pattern. Let’s see how Fitbit for business can benefit you.

Health Goals Impact Your Business Goals

One of the core principles of running a business is setting goals. You need to set goals not only in your financial and business life but set personal and health goals too. If you neglect your health it is next to impossible to perform your best in business. Entrepreneur Magazine has a good article about the importance of fitness for success in business. { Continue reading…}

Memorial Day Reflections

Memorial Day ReflectionsMemorial Day Reflections

Today, I want to get personal. Last weekend was Memorial Day in America, a day where we honor those who have died in battle while serving in the military to protect our freedoms. They made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives so that we can be safe and continue in the pursuit of happiness in life and business. Here are some of my Memorial Day reflections as I contemplate this special day and how it impacts my life.

Anytime I hear our national anthem I cry and my heart is filled with gratitude and love for my country. I am proud to be an American. I come from a long line of men and women who have served or helped the military. The women in my family are members of DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution. This is a group founded in 1890, comprised of female descendents of those who aided people in securing our American independence. Today they are a service organization dedicated to preserving our history and promoting patriotism.

Most recently my grandfather, my father, my 2nd father, my step-dad and my husband and father-in-law and multiple uncles have served faithfully in the Army, Air Force and Navy. I also have cousins serving today. Reflecting on the meaning of Memorial Day humbles me and inspires me to do more in my small way to be a positive impact on others lives.

I am blessed to enjoy the freedom to work at home and want to do even more to help others pursue that dream. So many wonderful people have helped me, encouraged me and shared their wisdom and knowledge and I am so grateful.

How May I Serve

It is so easy to get caught up in pursuing our own dreams, but we should never forget why we are able to do so. I plan to give more, be more present and reach out to others. Even the small things in business such as participating in Facebook groups, sharing my expertise in forums and commenting on others blog posts. Although this can be helpful to me in my business it is important to just be giving and not expect anything in return. We all appreciate when others listen to us and acknowledge our contribution. Sending out short notes of appreciation through “snail mail” is a kindness many love and fewer and fewer people seem to do that today.

I don’t believe any of us can reach our highest potential without the help, encouragement and generosity of others. We need to be willing to sacrifice some of our time and resources to lift someone else up. It can be our time, money, products, kind words or just about any positive gesture you can think of. Someone sent me cookies recently with a kind note to show their appreciation and for my support in their business. What a lovely surprise that was!

All of this fulfills a higher purpose that I think most of us have – to have a successful business that enables us to impact our family, our country and our world in meaningful ways that leaves a legacy of good values and service to others. One of my mentors, Connie Ragen Green, epitomizes this beautifully. You would be hard pressed to find a more giving, caring person to work with.

You can be the needed boost in someone else’s life and business.  Let your Memorial Day reflections crossover and inspire you to help and serve someone today.

Leave your comments below and share how you are impacting the world and feel free to let us know where we can find you on the web.

Strategic Blueprint for Success

Strategic Blueprint for Success

Recently I watched an interview with Peter Voogd, a millionaire entrepreneur, where he shares his story and strategic blueprint for success. With many failures and achievements under his belt this uniquely qualifies him to share his hard won wisdom. Here is a teaser of the interview and my own notes beneath it from the full interview in this post.

Peter had plenty of struggles and epiphanies along the way. This led him to create this blueprint to help others cut their learning curve and discover how to go from ‘6 months to 6 Figures’. I always love hearing from others who are passionate about what they do and helping others succeed. Here is a brief summary to give you a taste of what he covers.

1. Absolute Clarity– This step must be done before anything else. Get clear on who you are, your values, your vision for your life, and ideal business outcomes you desire. If you don’t know where you want to go you definitely won’t get there. Write them down!

2. Shift Your Circle of Influence – Search out and find at least 5 people who are where you want to be in life and do whatever you can to connect with them. If you are a 5 figure earner you want to talk to 6 figure earners. Take the risk. Reach out. Not all but some will be responsive and excited to talk to you. Then follow their advice. High achievers like to help.Also, make the conscious choice to spend less time with those who are holding you back from your vision. This may be difficult to do but necessary.

3. Increase Your Confidence Account – Realize that everything you do either builds up your confidence or lowers it. Make the right choices in the present moment. Live by your word. Do what you say you will. Every time you follow through your confidence builds. Have courage, take risks, and don’t let the fear of tasks or opinions of others stop you.

4. Consistent Energy and Motivation – Work on the areas of mental, physical and emotional health. Plan out the foods, exercises, books and tapes that motivate and inspire you and make you feel like a powerhouse. Use your past feelings of success to fuel you. If negative thoughts or feelings start to raise their ugly head shift your feelings ASAP. Then get back to work.

5. Create Results Rituals – These are the things that must get done daily and weekly to move you further towards your goals. They are measurable. Set health, productivity and business rituals that you do without exception. Know your profit activities. Implementation is where the power is!

6. Continual Growth and Learning – Become a people developer and a movement creator. Help and inspire others. Be consistent with learning, growing and helping others on their path to success. Be a doer, not just a learner. Seek out experts and build a team of complimentary people – people who are strong where you are weak.

In conclusion, Peter leaves us with one action step to take immediately. Create a one page productivity plan for the next 6 months. Make it one page only! Include your 2 -3 sentence vision statement, and then name your top 5 goals and the top 5 compelling reasons why you want to accomplish them. That’s it. He suggests putting it in a place you can see every day.

I was already using many of these same strategies but have tweaked a few things to better suit me. If you love these ideas you can check out his book 6 Months to 6 Figures.

Please leave a comment below on what you think of his ideas and if you follow any of these suggestions. Would love to hear your point of view.

Reconciliation Day

CkWRFA1428004885April 2nd is Reconciliation Day, a tradition started by famous columnist Ann Landers. I still remember reading her column in the paper for all kinds of advice. The point of Reconciliation Day is to reach out to others and make some small step towards mending broken relationships with a family member, friend or business associate.

I love this idea and chose my 1st action to write and send a note to an elderly member of my community who is kind but lonely and sometimes places great demands on my time. Boundaries are important but I wanted to let her know I care.

From a business perspective I think for today it is even more important to reconcile with yourself so you can move forward in your business.

We are starting the 3rd quarter and it is a good time to reflect on where you are in your business and take a look at your goals. If you aren’t where you want to be, don’t beat yourself up over your lack of progress. You’ve hit some milestones, so celebrate that. Keep your head up and keep plowing ahead and adjust your plans as necessary.

Setbacks and mistakes happen. It’s OK. The road to success isn’t a straight line. It has many twists and turns. These are the things we learn from and they even make the journey interesting and exciting.

Forgive yourself, love yourself, and adjust your plans accordingly. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.” Just as other people deserve 2nd chances, so do you. Don’t get hung up on the challenges. Embrace them and keep moving forward. Take responsibility for where you are. Don’t blame your circumstances, reconcile with yourself, and claim your power.

In honor of today, reach out to others and yourself. Boldly claim a fresh new start.

Happy Reconciliation Day!

Start Fresh January 2015

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

We are now well into the new year with the opportunity to start fresh in 2015. I love this time of year because it represents new beginnings, a time of reflection, and forming new dreams and goals. It’s also my birthday month so it personally represents growth for me, the passage of chronological time, and a time to celebrate.

January also represents a fresh start for your business and it’s the perfect time to look at the past year and see how well you hit your goals and reflect on the changes you need to incorporate to make 2015 your best year ever.

Everyone is talking about new years resolutions and goal setting and how to best accomplish them and I wanted to share what I am doing and also other ideas that resonated with me. Ideally you started your planning in December but it is never too late to get moving on this.

Let’s Get Clear

First, it is really important to get clear about what you really want, not what others tell you that you should want, but what will make YOU happy. We only go around once in this life and we are each unique with special gifts and talents and passions. But it is so easy to get stuck on the treadmill of life just getting through each day, as we all have plenty of obligations and responsibilities. Do you ever feel like your life is on autopilot, just like when your subconscious mind takes over when you are driving and you don’t reach your destination but instead end up somewhere else? We moved last February and when my mind was on auto pilot driving I would end up at our old home! The point is, to get a fresh start in 2015, you need to get really clear on what you want, both personally and professionally, and be intentional about it. You can’t just focus on business goals, but need to take a close look at all areas of your life because each impacts the others.

The main areas most people are concerned with are:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Financial goals
  • Spiritual life
  • Business goals

Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about each of these and how they will set you up for personal and business success in 2015. The first thing you have to do to accomplish growth in any of these areas is to get the proper mindset and be clear on what you want. Without this clarity you won’t succeed in accomplishing your goals and will fall victim like so many do to starting out with big exciting plans and finding your energy and excitement peters out as each week goes by. This has happened to me multiple times in the past and I still struggle with it! { Continue reading…}