Ups and Downs

Last Update: May 01, 2019

There are so many ups and downs in life and with my businesses that I can hardly keep up. I feel like I am in the ocean where the waves ebb and flow constantly. Someday I will have amazing sales and this will be a full time business. In the meantime I think it is good to show that this takes a lot of work and patience and there are as many lows as highs.

Up: I had a record setting month for Amazon sales!

Down: I lost a premium referral.

Up: The offer from Consumers Advocate to share my post in exchange for a mention on my review was awesome. I got some extra traffic from that share on Facebook. That seemed to help boost my rankings and traffic overall.

Down: I guess their share was a one time thing so I won't get any lasting benefit out of it unless I can find more topics where I can include their reviews in exchange for shares.

Up: I finally got a new post added and I have been doing lots of keyword research so I have more post ideas laid out.

Up: We have someone who seems really interested in one of the apartments. She filled out an application and we told her she could have it.

Down: She still hasn't confirmed if she will take it and it is the first of the month.

Up: My rankings and traffic are going up and it is great!

Down: I had to stay home from work sick again.

Up: We are going to a belated birthday dinner with some good friends that moved back to Alaska tomorrow and it will be great to see them.

Up: It is beautiful and sunny and the leaves are coming out.

Down: I am allergic to the pollen which is causing widespread inflammation and reactions so I am not sure how much I should be out in it.

Onward always, don't quit.

Jessica

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MineThatBird Premium
Hi Jessica, You are amazing - your ups are just going to keep moving on up. I am inspired by the many projects that you are working on!

For dealing with pollen/allergies (as well as any kind of auto-immune issues): if you currently include dairy in your diet, try cutting out all dairy for 14 days or 21 days ... Try it and see - it may help a great deal.

Cheers! I look forward to hearing more about your continued up, up, up to success!
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks for the tip. I quit milk years ago. I tried cutting out all dairy but it wasn't enough. I am also sensitive to many histamine triggering foods like tea, tomatoes, spinach, pineapple, red wine, strawberries, avocados etc. I will get genetic testing to see if I have mast cell activation disorder which would explain it. If I cut out everything I have tested sensitive to I would not be able to have dairy, eggs, sugar, tea, coffee, wheat, barley, berries, tomatoes, garlic, yeast and so much more.

I am trying to learn the histamine triggering foods now and avoid those. The hard one for me will be cheese!
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MineThatBird Premium
I hope you can get some relief soon, so frustrating when you can't figure out what the cause is.

For cheese, maybe the best way I stumbled upon to (break the addiction, which is real!) and not even want it is to read Dr. Barnard's book, The Cheese Trap. Or Google Dr. Barnard cheese trap and listen to him on this topic, helped me a lot!

ps Alaska is such a beautiful place! I want to go back.
Kate
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Jessica,

After reading your post I must say you have quite a few blessings to count and your life is not dull, lots of mainly positive things happening.
Try and focus on the good and keep in mind that there are many people who would love to have their websites at the level you have yours, me included.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Taetske. With the loss of the premium referral, my total earnings for the month have not gone up. I am still on the slow boat and my websites only make a tiny fraction of my regular job. I know I need to keep going though.
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brichnow21 Premium
Focus on your ups, Jessica!
So, many!
Downs, provide information for growth, so enjoy, and learn.
Pollen? Deal with it, if it happens!
Staying in the, "Now" , allows me to concentrate, on my goal at hand!
Focus on the party fun! Celebrate all these successes!! You put out great info!
Life's about about waves... How we navigate, is our choice! Keep paddling!
Barb
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Swangirl Premium
I agree but the pollen is definitely happening. I woke up covered in hives a month ago and have been sick ever since. I have done much research and learned I probably have histamine intolerance or mast cell activation disorder which affects the entire body and all organs. It would explain most of my many, many health problems. I am happy however since it would be much easier to have one root cause instead of dozens of different conditions to treat. It causes circulation, nerve, muscle, joint, skin, eye as well as respiratory problems as well as food sensitivity. Last week my throat and mouth went numb for no apparent reason. I had just woken up so it was not something I ate. Basically the pollen is causing a histamine reaction that is like the start of anaphylactic shock (which can be deadly since your throat closes up and you can't breath). I am doing the best I can to manage losing vision in one eye, foot problems that make it difficult to walk at times and so much more. It could all be related to the histamine though and I am hoping it is. I am trying supplements and diet to control it. .

Every day is a struggle to keep my job though so this is very much a Now problem.
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brichnow21 Premium
Histamine is awesome!!
I only seem to react to insects, poison ivy, type things. Pharmacist suggested generic antihistamine, for a wasp sting! Worked immediately!!
Enjoy the party!
Barb
BTW... My car was green with pollen, last month. I was grateful, that pollen's not a problem, for me.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, I have to take antihistamine every day now!
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AlanJE Premium
Hi Jessica, I agree that life is full of ups and downs. The analogy which I like to use is that we are all like corks bobbing up and down in the ocean and subject to tidal ebbs and flows as well:-) But you have to keep swimming:-) Alan
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Swangirl Premium
Yes. Thanks.
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FKelso Premium
Your life certainly has its share of challenges. I hope the "ups" get more numerous and the "downs" go away.
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Fran. Me too. We arranged another showing on the apartment today and Aaron showed it since he was there anyway. This one is interested too so maybe one of them will work out.
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FKelso Premium
Hope so. One more problem solved.
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scottlnk Premium
Wow! You are amazing. I hope and dream that I can experience what you are feeling. I've tried with Amazon for a long time and I was ready to give up. I didn't know what I was doing wrong and no one would help me. I came here to WA and I feel like I belong here. I just want to make 1 sale at Amazon and I'll probably faint. I keep believing that it's going to happen. You give me inspiration.
Thank you.
True2U
Scottlnk
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Peggy! You can do it. Amazon is really easy once you get the hang of it and get some traffic coming to your site. It just takes time then it can go on auto-pilot.

I hope you do well and get that first sale soon. Do you have your website link on your profile so other WA members can find it? I buy lots from Amazon myself and I try use other member's links. Others here do the same. Just make sure you put your link on the Follow Me On section of your profile since that is the only place it is allowed.

Jessica
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LLettau1 Premium
It is the ebb and tide of life. Congrats on the record month of Amazon sales and hang in there.
Larry
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Larry.
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Shannonkamal Premium
Congratulations on the record setting month that’s always great news

And I Love how you constructed this post as it rings perseverance

Good job and thanks for sharing
Shannon kamal
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Shannon. I was going to do a post just about that but then got discouraged feeling sick and seeing I lost a premium referral. I don't promote WA so I only have a few.

I am glad you liked the flow!
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RosanaHart Premium
In our family we have an expression for what you described: we say "upsies and downsies!"
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you.
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hummingbyrd Premium
Hi Jessica - I count 7 ups to 5 downs. You're still winning in my book. Peace.
Jay
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Jay.
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Selenityjade Premium
Isn't that always the way! It's great that you can focus on the ups as well, instead of just focusing on the downs. Hang in there!
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks. I will.
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Tirolith Premium
Life was not meant to be easy. The ups and downs are life just like any road you take except one in Australia that is over 80 miles long, level and straight. How boring is that road?
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, I know. It is frustrating because there is so much I want to accomplish and my health issues are really holding me down. A few miles of straight road is a long way here in Alaska and then it still has ups and downs. I don't think we have any road that is long straight and level.
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SondraM Premium
Ups and downs. Just like the waves. Your ups sounded to be higher than the downs were low.

As you said, "Onward always, don't quit."

p.s. Maybe next time you can negotiate that for you to place a link, they will need to share more than once.
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Sondra. I think they are. I have to remember I always feel discouraged when I am sick and it will get better. I just don't know how long the pollen season will affect me. I don't know if it will be weeks or months, or get better in a week and then get worse in a few months.

Yes, I may try to negotiate with them.
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SondraM Premium
Hugs.
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RuthlynB Premium
I can relate to the ups and downs in everyday living I guess that is what makes you are alive.
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Swangirl Premium
Yes, I guess so!
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