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The Advantages of Solo Masterminds

January 25, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

Have you been searching for a mastermind group that has a great support network of other like-minded solopreneurs, resources for your business learning, helpful and supportive admins who aren’t out solely for their gain, with a website that’s easy to use and navigate? If yes, I want to invite you to come join my mastermind group, Solo Masterminds.

There are so many ways to learn at Solo Masterminds!  The learning resources there are fantastic and often come in written video and/or audio format which is great.  I also learn from the camaraderie among all of the great members there. Its is a wonderful place to be to get resources, help and coaching from people you can trust!

During my time at Solo Masterminds (almost 7 years now) I’ve managed to increase (triple) my Google Adsense Affiliate income.  I’ve also seen the traffic on all of my websites grow tremendously within 1 month of joining. 
 
 Solo Masterminds has given me the confidence to successfully launch a product based website and also start my own affiliate program! One of the other perks of SoloSmarts is the great ‘Member to Member’ discounts on services and products.  I met & hired my VA there and was able to get her awesome services at a discounted price. I am so happy that I’m a member at Solo Masterminds and I continue to learn something new each time I visit the site. 

The Solo Masterminds Learning Center is chock full of resources and materials you can use to help your business grow and succeed.   Here are just some of the titles…

Everything About eBooks

Think ebooks are dead? Think again! Nowadays with Kindle, iPads, smart phones and other tablet-style devices, ebooks are a smart way to promote and market your business. Everything About eBooks covers everything from reasons to create an ebook, where to get content from, brainstorming topics, creating the outline, proper formatting, eCovers, opening page and what information it needs to contain, branding opportunities, your bio page, closing call to action, resource list of recommendations, etc.

Creating Better Videos for your Blog with Jendi Pagano

Solo Mastermind’s member, Jendi Pagano, shows us how NOT to vlog (video blog) in a very humorous fashion and then gives some great tips to make your vlogs look and sound professional.

Start Your First Mailing List Webinar & List Building Tips

Kelly McCausey, owner and founder of Solo Masterminds, hosts a webinar which teaches you how to start your first mailing list. She covers everything from why using an email management program is important to what the definition of spam is to who to add to your list and how to get people to subscribe to your list.

Affiliate Marketing

The Affiliate Marketing section includes recordings from Mom’s Affiliate Expo, Using PLR for Niche Affiliate Marketing, ebooks from a wildly successful affiliate marketer, Super Affiliate Strategies, and tons more!

Blogging and Content Management

This section of The Learning Center covers everything you need for your blog as well as some very useful content management resources.

These are just a few of the resources and materials you can have complete access to as part of your membership to Solo Masterminds. As you can see, The Learning Center alone is well worth the cost of membership, not to mention all the other advantages membership to Solo Mastermind’s has to offer.

Click here To Join Solo Masterminds 

PS:  Solo Masterminds understands how difficult it is to make a long-term commitment. If you’re undecided, you can test-drive Solo Masterminds for seven days, for free. During that time, you’ll have full access to the learning center and exclusive online forum. It’s the best way to find out if Solo Masterminds is right for you.

Goal Set, Goal Met

January 20, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Goals No Comments →

The most effective way to accomplish things you want to do in life is to set goals. Here are some tips to help you achieve what matters most.

1) Write Down Your Goals – Research has shown that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who simply think or talk about them.

2) Choose a Worthy Opponent - Not all goals are worth pursuing. Make a list of all the items you have thought about doing. Take several days to make sure you get as many items on your list as you can think of. Then take a cold, hard look at the list. How many of the items will actually enhance your life? Oh sure, you make want to collect every Harry Potter toy ever made, but will it really make your life better? Are there any goals that are not consistent with your values? Begin by eliminating those from your list.

3) Be Honest About Your Feelings - Acknowledge that some goals will be difficult to accomplish. You will find yourself procrastinating over some items on your list. You will have to work at motivating yourself. Know that this is okay. Don’t beat yourself up for not wanting to clean the garage. Instead, devise strategies that will encourage you to succeed in spite of how you feel.

4) Divide and Conquer – Divide your goal list into three parts: 1) Want to Do 2) Have to Do and 3) Should Do. Make sure you have more Want to Do’s than Have to Do’s and Should Do’s. If you don’t have enough Want to Do’s, think small. Are there any Want to Do’s that don’t take much time? How about playing a new game, calling a friend, reading a magazine article or eating a new kind of food? Add these little goals to your list too.

5) Organize Your List -  Now that your goal list is in categories, it’s time to decide on the order of attack. Begin by writing down a Have to Do. After that, write down a Want to Do. Your next item should be a Should Do. Now it’s time for another Want to Do. Keep writing items down in the order you will do them but make sure you follow this pattern: 1.Have to Do 2. Want to Do 3. Should Do 4.Want to Do. Keep repeating the pattern until you have placed all your goals somewhere on the list.

6) Give Yourself Deadlines -  It is far too easy to put off items that can be done any time you feel like it. Put some helpful pressure on yourself by setting a ‘needs to be completed by’ date. Enlist outside pressure if necessary. Nothing motivates organizing a guest room quite like scheduling houseguests. Garages often get cleaned out faster when a yard sale is looming.

7) Report to Your Friends -  Ask your friends to check on how you are doing with your goals. Set up a system to make it easy for you to report your progress. Social media works well for this.

8) Celebrate Your Success – Each time you complete a goal on your list, make a big deal over it. Treat yourself to a movie, an ice cream cone, a visit with a friend or whatever matters to you. You accomplished a goal! Take time to congratulate yourself and relish your

If you are ready to achieve your goals, why not  schedule a free 20 minute coaching consultation with certified Personal Life Coach Aurelia Williams and start forming your plan of action today!

Feeling Like You Can’t Get Started?

January 18, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Sometimes we have projects or tasks ahead of us that we perceive to be overwhelming. Maybe we know it’s going to take a zillion hours to complete, and we fear once we do that, nothing else is going to get accomplished. Perhaps we don’t know where to even begin? Maybe it’s something that we really don’t like doing, but we know it has to get done regardless.

These are the types of projects people end up procrastinating on, and often get stressed that these projects are constantly hanging over their heads.

Anytime I have a project or task ahead of me, no matter how big or vague it is, I start by breaking it down into tiny baby steps.

For instance, if I had to organize a garage, I would begin by visualizing what I’d like the garage to look like. Then, I’d write down some of my ideas. Then, I’d get a set of index cards and start coming up with ‘zones’ (garden zone, sporting equipment zone, car care zone, kids toy zone, etc.

Then I would stick each card to where I would like those zones to be–even if I decide to change those zones later, that’s OK. It’s just a preliminary plan. Then, I’d be sure to have some trash bags or boxes on hand.

Then I’d start clearing out one corner–the sporting goods corner for example. Once that’s done, I would move all sporting goods to that corner. I’d do this for all other zones, and then begin thinking about proper storage for these areas.

You get the point. Each sentence I mentioned above is one tiny step of the process. You could go about your organizing efforts, one sentence at a time each day.

Break your big projects down to the lowest point and then just focus on that one tiny point each day. Once that task is done, you can move onto another, or take a break and do more the next day.

Using this system, before you know it, all of your projects will begin getting started…and completed.

Trying to Stay Organized, When You’re Not Feeling Well

January 16, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

It’s not fun when you’re not feeling well, and staying organized when you’re under the weather can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you be productive, while also taking care of yourself.

1) Sandwich rest time and task time.

It’s very important to get a good night’s sleep AND some naps throughout the day when you’re feeling blah.

If you’re dealing with a nasty cold or another issue that’s not too severe, you can use the ‘sleep a little/ work a little’ philosophy.’

No, you won’t be able to complete everything on your To Do list, but you will get some stuff done. Easy tasks like reading and responding to email, writing out some bill payments, catching on on your reading, or writing thank you notes are all easy tasks that don’t require a whole lot of energy or effort.

If you’re really sick, like with the flu, skip your To Do list altogether and sleep as much as possible. Don’t worry, your To Do list will still be there tomorrow.

 2) Delegate when you can.

It’s important to realize that when you’re not feeling well, delegation is key.

Perhaps your co-workers can help you out with some of your tasks or projects?

Perhaps your family can take on some extra cleaning chores? It’s not too difficult to toss clothes in the washer, or fold clothes out of the dryer.

Just because you always cook at home, doesn’t mean your significant other (or older children) can’t help out with this task.

Easy meal choices like salads, sandwiches, or an easy casserole recipe that you know of in your recipe box can be whipped up by others who live in your house.

If the thought of your spouse and kids in the kitchen freaks you out, they can always get pizza delivery.

Live alone? Get a local restaurant to deliver something to you, or ask a friend to pick up some prepared soup or other meal at the supermarket. Reciprocate when your friend is not feeling well.

3) The Little Things Matter.

Sometimes, the little things can make you feel much better in a jiffy.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m sitting in a dark, drab room, it’s going to take me a whole lot longer to recover. Open your window shades and let the sunshine in. If it’s not freezing outside, crack open the windows and let in some fresh air.

Keep some cinnamon apple cider packets in your house at all times. When you’re not feeling well, this may be the perfect anecdote to boosting your spirits.

Wear something that makes you feel cozy, but not sloppy. Ladies, put on some cosmetics, specifically lipstick! If you look sick, it’s difficult not to feel sick.

Avoid unhealthy foods. Instead, eat foods that are filled with vitamins–fruit, salad, vegetable soup…and drink lots of water.

Watch a comedy on TV or read a funny book. Very often, laughter is the best medicine.

Just doing some of these simple acts can entice you to get through some items on your To Do list.

Stop by Get Organized Now – and check out the amazing collection of 2,175 ideas, tips and techniques for organizing your home, getting rid of clutter, organizing your time, your schedule, your money, your paper, your family and much more!

Winter Tire Tips

January 09, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Winter is hear and with that comes unpredictible weather.  If you regularly encounter ice, unplowed snow, or slush, then you’re going to need to prepare your car or truck accordingly. 
 
Here are some treat winter tire tips that will help to keep you and your loved ones safe while on the road.
 
 
(ARA) – As the weather outside gets frightful, now is a good time to make sure your vehicle’s tires are prepared for snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Sixty-three percent of Americans are concerned about skidding and icy roadways as the thermometer’s mercury drops, according to a recent survey commissioned by Hankook Tire America Corp. To ensure safety and peace of mind as you venture out on a snowy day, here are some tire tips to consider:

* Buy your loved one a set of winter tires:  The Hankook Tire Winter Gauge Index revealed that 84 percent of Americans would not mind receiving tires as a gift and 35 percent would actually love it. In these tough economic times a brand new car may not be in your budget; however a set of tires can be a more affordable way to upgrade your current car and keep your loved ones safe on the road.

* Plan accordingly when putting winter tires on:  Winter tires, such as the Winter i*cept evo are optimized specifically for icy and snowy conditions, providing enhanced traction to prevent skidding. Put snow tires on your car one to two weeks before the first anticipated snowstorm of the season. Also check your tire tread before the first storm. Worn tread is the No. 1 cause of skidding. If the tread is low, consider replacing your tires with a winter tire.

* Check your tire pressure:  Every 10 degree drop in air temperature can actually cause a vehicle’s tires to drop up to 2 pounds per square inch (psi) in tire pressure. Improper tire pressure can result in increased tread wear and lowered performance, factors that are highly detrimental to one’s safety in undesirable weather conditions.

* Have a kit handy:  Because winter weather is unpredictable, it’s important to be prepared. Always keep in your car a winter driving kit consisting of a spare tire, ice scraper, snow  shovel and brush, booster cables, a flash light and a blanket.

* Check your tire carrying capacity and speed rating:  One of the most important winter tire tips is to never overload your vehicle. Check the tire load carrying capacity indicated on the tire or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load. Also, when replacing tires, the speed rating of the replacement tires must be equal to or greater than that of the tire being replaced to maintain the speed capability.

It is vitally important to take appropriate steps to ensure your vehicle is properly prepared as we head into the coming months that bring snow and blustery conditions. Make it part of your routine to check tire pressure and tread wear, and keep yourself educated on ways to protect yourself, your friends, and your family.

By using the winter tire tips noted above, you and your loved ones will be better prepare for what the weather may hold.
 

Financial New Years Resolutions

January 05, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family No Comments →

With the up and down of the economy over the past years, many people are setting financial New Year’s resolutions to keep throughout the years. 
 
Here is a great aricle that lists the Three P’s to fulfilling your financial New Year’s resolutions:
 
(ARA) – Financial resolutions are notoriously difficult to keep. Thirty-one percent of Americans set a financial New Year’s resolution each year and only about half of them are successful, according to a 2009 study by Bankrate.com.So what separates those who succeed and those who don’t? According to the November 2011 Merrill Edge Report, a survey of the financial priorities and concerns of 1,000 mass affluent Americans (a segment of 28 million Americans with between $50,000 and $250,000 in investable assets), there are a variety of tactics people use, but ultimately there are three big takeaways when trying to improve your financial situation.
 
1. Planning
 
Take an honest look at your personal financial situation and set reasonable goals for yourself. One way many Americans are doing this more is by seeking the guidance of a financial adviser. According to the Merrill Edge Report, it is the No. 1 factor mass affluent Americans say increases their confidence in their ability to meet their financial goals.
 
2. Prudence
 
The Merrill Edge Report shows much of America is in a similar tenuous situation with their finances as they were a year ago. But those who improved their financial situation in 2011 say it was because they eliminated unnecessary expenses, paid bills on time and stuck to a budget.”In this uncertain economy, it’s more important than ever to stay in control of your personal finances,” says Dean Athanasia, preferred and small business executive at Bank of America. “While we cannot control what’s going on around us, we can do little things like brown bag it to work, downgrade our cable package or buy in bulk to make small improvements.”Other ways you can prudently get into financial shape next year could be to start tracking and managing your money or paying down debt over the next year. Financial management is an area where the majority of Merrill Edge Report respondents said they would focus on in the next six months, including budgeting, balancing short-and long-term financial needs, and ensuring their portfolios are properly allocated.
 
3. Prioritizing
 
Retirement planning is often neglected when times are tight. Nearly half of non-retirees expect to retire later than they had planned a year ago. Prioritizing contributions to your 401(k) or retirement savings could help reduce financial stress in the long-term.Prioritizing saving is another area where people are struggling.
 
The Merrill Edge Report found 57 percent of respondents believe it will be harder to save for the long-term five years from now as compared to today, and 27 percent feel it will be equally as difficult. Finding a way to focus on saving can be financially beneficial in both the short- and long term.With a wide variety of financial guidance and tools available, you can personalize how you manage your finances.
 
Planning for the future, being prudent with your spending and prioritizing saving can help you do what works best for you and stay on track with your financial goals this year.
 
For more information on balancing your portfolio and retirement strategies visit merrilledge.com or speak with a Financial Solutions Advisor at the Merrill Edge Advisory center at (888) MER-EDGE (888-637-3343). Merrill Edge, available through Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) consists of Merrill Edge Advisory Center (investment guidance) or self-directed online investing. MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, member SIPC and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. Remember, investing in securities involves risks, and investment products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, and may lose value. Neither Merrill Edge nor its associates provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A. and affiliated banks, Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.By following the Three P’s above, you will be on your way to meeting your financial New Year’s resolutions this year and in the years to come.

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Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu

January 02, 2012 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for tips to prevent cold and flu germs!  Keeping yourself andyour family health can be a tall order in the fall and winter seasons.
 
(ARA) – Each year, millions of people suffer from a cold or flu and this year is likely to be no different. Between 15 and 61 million people in the United States will get the flu this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
Temperature taking is a key indicator of flu patterns and should be taken seriously, says Mary Pappas, the New York area school nurse credited with first alerting officials about the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. “The flu usually comes with a fever while the common cold does not, so taking your temperature is the easiest way to tell the difference,” she says. A high or prolonged fever can be an indicator of when to seek medical attention, so it’s important to monitor your temperature on an ongoing basis when you are sick.

Pappas has been taking temperatures for nearly 30 years and, as a school nurse, takes as many as 50 per day. But whether it’s one temperature or 100, she maintains that the most important consideration is that it be accurate. While there are many types of thermometers available, Pappas favors the Exergen TemporalScanner because of its proven accuracy and ease-of-use; all it requires is a simple swipe across the forehead.

“Whether it’s a student at my school or a parent at home, I know taking a temperature can be a challenge, especially with young children who may be uncomfortable and fussy,” says Pappas. “What I love about the TemporalScanner is that it’s not invasive like an ear, rectal or oral thermometer. No matter what a student comes to see me for, I’m able to get an accurate reading. It’s so easy to use that you can take someone’s temperature even when they are sleeping and not disturb them.”

To help you prepare and cope throughout the cold and flu season Pappas recommends the following school nurse-approved tips to prevent cold and flu:

1. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to help prevent the spread of germs, or use hand sanitizer. Many public buildings provide hand sanitizer, so when you see it, use it.

2. Avoid sharing drinks or food with others unless you want to share their germs.

3. Frequently clean commonly touched areas like doorknobs and light switches.

4. Always cover your mouth with your elbow or sleeve when you cough or sneeze.

5. Throw away tissues immediately after use.

6. If you have a fever, monitor your temperature regularly and check with your doctor about taking a fever reducer and an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.

7. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.

8. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air and help drain congestion.

9. Stay home from work or school if you are sick to avoid spreading germs and make sure your fever is gone for at least 24 hours before you return.

10. Consider speaking with your doctor about getting a flu shot. They are conveniently available in many physicians’ offices, pharmacies and public health centers.

Remember that while a cold is rarely serious, the flu can lead to additional complications, particularly in young children and the elderly. For more information on how to prepare for the cold and flu season, visit www.exergen.com/coldfluseason.

By following a few, many or all of the tips to prevent cold and flu mentioned above, you will be on your way to staying healthy during the cold and flu season.   Also be sure to check out these Home Remedies for Great Health.