I'm all psyched up going into the new year, but I'm also frustrated because I just got reminded of one of the downsides of working for yourself: no paid sick days and no one to cover your work while you're out. I got slammed with a cold or flu or goodness knows what and didn't even manage to drag myself to my computer until 5 p.m. In addition to the sites I'm creating through Wealthy Affiliate, I also have other online businesses. That means that I get behind when illness rears its ugly head. T
We're poised at the start of a new year, and that means 365 clean slates on which we choose what to write. So many people live passively, wishing and hoping for good things to come their way. Don't just make those passive wishes. In the immortal words of Captain Picard, "Make it so!" Being here at Wealthy Affiliate is a great start. This place is jam packed with tools for success, from helpful tutorials to a vibrant support community. But if you just pay for a membership, make a website with a
Even though it's New Years Eve, I'm still busily working. That's the curse of the self employed, but it's also a blessing at times, since it means I can take time off pretty flexibly to do things throughout the year. I've only been at Wealthy Affiliate a little over a month, but I absolutely love it. I know there are some people who've been here for years, some who've been around for a year or so, and many, many newcomers just dipping their toes into the onine business pool. To all of you, I sa
As I prepare for the new year, I'm refining my business and personal goals. I'd like to share one way I do this, as it's a very useful way of clearing your mind and getting in touch with your Higher Power if you have spiritual beliefs and/or your inner wisdom if you do not. The way in which I prepare is to do a labyrinth walk. There are labyrinths available throughout the United States, which you can find on this website: http://labyrinthlocator.com/ They're often at places like churches, hospi
As I ponder my goals and resolutions for the new year, I keep coming back to one thing. There are several areas on which I want to focus, like getting into better shape, stress management, and keeping my work organized so I don't get behind with my various businesses. As I look at those areas, I see a common thread: time management. If I can improve my time management skills, it will take care of pretty much all of those areas. My biggest excuse for not exercising is not having the time. I've c
Yes, 2014 is still a few days away, and if you're like most people, you've made some new years resolutions. So what are you waiting for? You don't have to wait until New Years Day to implement them. Get in some practice over the next few days and set yourself up even more strongly for success. For example, if you're trying to break a habit or get yourself into a new one, it takes about 21 days to firmly establish it. If you get started now, you've got four days down by the time January 1 rolls
First and foremost, I want to entertain and inform people with the blogs I'm writing on the websites I created after joining WA. However, the ultimate goal is to earn money from those sites, so I always chose my topics with monetization in mind. Whenever you write a post for your website, think about a way to tie in an affiliate program. For example, one of my blogs is about fitness, and the other is about pets. As an Amazon affiliate, that gives me a treasure trove of related products to work
It's hard to believe that 2014 is literally almost here. I'm creating my goals for the new year, and of course I'm looking at the big picture, but I'm also stepping back and focusing on smaller increments. Alcoholics Anonymous has a very powerful saying: One day at a time. If you tell an alcoholic, "You can never, ever have a drink again," or even, "You have to stop drinking for a while year," he's going to feel overwhelmed. It will sound impossible to him, which is a mental set-up for failure.
I'm an all inclusive kind of person, so whenever I post holiday greetings, this is my favorite way to make sure I hit everyone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OewgGrJGC_E In my opinion, it's one of the best holiday season commercials of all time! I know it's late for our Jewish friends, since we had the odd occurrence of Thanksgivukkah this year, but I say Merry Christmas, Joyous Solstice, Happy Belated Hanukkah, Fun Festivus, or whatever else you choose to celebrate this season.
Commas flummox the best of us. I've been writing professionally since the 1980s, yet I often have to think twice about how to punctuate tricky sentences. I teach college online, and commas are the biggest bane of my students when they write papers. I share several resources with my students each semester, so I thought I'd post them here in my blog I thought I shared them before, but I couldn't find a post, so here they are: Punctuation Made Simple: http://lilt.ilstu.edu/golson/punctuation/co