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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Revive and Thrive! Meet Lisa Price!

I've been going through some stuff lately.  Health concerns with my grandson.  Mother-in-law who is recovering from a stroke.  And lots of travel for those as well as my business.  It's enough to make a girl crazy!  Which is why I'm so glad I have friends to keep me going.  Friends like Lisa Price.  She has been through some "stuff" of her own.  And she uses her experience to teach others how to revive and thrive!  Just what I need!  Everyone, meet Lisa Price!
 
 
1. Lisa, tell us about yourself.
 
I’m a ‘do-er’. I have a creative instinct which is a therapeutic way for me to focus.
 
I enjoy making things with skills I have developed over the years, especially since I was diagnosed with heart failure.

2. Tell us about your business
 
I create genuine gemstone jewellery that has physical and mental healing benefits. The natural elements within the stones contain vibrations from the earth with colour and pattern that make every stone unique. Jewellery containing natural gemstones is an attractive way to carry natural support for healing.

I wanted to take healing a step further and introduced coaching for women to overcome illness, to not let illness define you and to inspire women to pursue their dreams.

 
3. Why did you start your own business?
 
I began making jewellery as a pass time while I recovered from a heart attack a few years ago. The ability to lose myself when creating jewellery helped me to overcome my anxiety and depression.
 
I received admiration and requests to make jewellery for others too.

When I was made redundant I was not mentally prepared to face the stresses of work which I had previously experienced, and was too qualified for work that my body could cope with. I saw an opportunity to make circumstance work for me and took it.

4. How did you choose this particular niche?
 
I’ve been in the position of needing support following illness. It can be a hard step to seek counselling, but when you do it means you’re ready to talk. The down side is that there is a waiting list for counselling, first to receive your initial call of assessment to join the waiting list, and then another 10 weeks or so for the counselling process to start. This waiting period is frustrating as you’re ready to talk and no one is listening. With my coaching, you don’t have this waiting period. You receive three months of transforming support as soon as you’re ready.

5. What do you like most and least about being your own boss?
 
Working from home gives me freedom to start my day early and to work late when inspiration hits. It also means that if I’m having a period of excessive tiredness I can adjust my schedule, and pick up the pace on my better days.
 
Avoiding distractions can be tough though when you scheduled admin for the day and a jewellery design is bursting to leave your mind.

6. What personality traits and skills are needed to run a business?

Passion and motivation keeps you interested in what you are doing, while organisation helps with the detail stuff. I am empowered to use my experience with coaching as life immediately after illness is diagnosed is so unfamiliar and you can lose sense of who you are. With jewellery, style can be adapted to suit changing fashions and individual personality, which is why I love creating bespoke pieces.

7. What has been the most difficult part of being an entrepreneur?
 
Having clarity about what I share and who I am serving. For a long time this wasn’t clear and I struggled with direction.
 
I have felt much more comfortable addressing the troubling doubt of angst we feel since discovering that my niche is ‘overcoming illness’. I too have lived under that cloud of self judgement and I will happily share my experience to inspire other women to overcome their illness too.

8. Do you have any resources that you have used to build your business that you would recommend?

Join groups of like minded people and introduce yourself, join conversations, share experiences and create value. The lessons you learn will build your confidence and generate ideas and new ways of thinking.

9. Do you have any tips to share on promoting yourself?

Be the nice version of you and do not pretend to be something that you’re not.

10. What other advice would like to share with someone starting their own business?
 
Research your audience and give them what they want. Don’t fuss about the prettiness of anything, and don’t wait for perfection. Show up and deliver quality.

 
11. How can we contact you to learn more about your products and services?
 
Through my website...
 
I’m on Facebook talking about ‘overcoming illness’ at lisalureviveandthrive and explaining the benefits of healing jewellery at lisalujewellery.

You can also email me at lisa@lisalu.co.uk if you want to chat with me about any of these, I’d love to catch up with you there.

12. Is there anything else you would like to share?
 
You are amazing at what you do. Share your experience so we can all learn.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Free College? Yes, Says Elizabeth Wallace

As the grandmother of a soon-to-be high school graduate, I am concerned about the ever-increasing cost of a college education.  So when I heard about a book titled "Free College" I was immediately intrigued.  And after reading it, I knew I had to share it and it's author with everyone.  If you have a college-bound teen in your family, you will be thrilled.  Meet Elizabeth Wallace!


1.      Elizabeth, please tell us about yourself.

I’m a California native, born and raised in Los Angeles. When I was a child, my family took summer trips all over the U.S. visiting National Parks, so I’ve seen much of the country. I began teaching in my neighbor’s backyard when I was only seven. I planned on becoming an English teacher, but after learning French and German, I realized teaching languages was my passion. After teaching for a few years, I started visiting Europe. Since then I’ve filled up three passports with my travels, even living in South Africa for two years.

2.       Tell us about your book.

Free College contains a step-by-step guide based on the lifetime habits and strategies of hundreds of successful high school graduates. All of these students were accepted at the college of their choice. They also earned a great deal of scholarship money. Those who mastered each of these tactics earned full-ride scholarships. Those who practiced fewer of them earned less free money for college. The book explains to the reader what was done, how it was done, and the results. Each chapter ends with an action plan and a place to record information to be used later when applying for college, scholarships and grants.

3.       Why did you write this book?

Once I realized college was no longer affordable, like it was when I attended, I started researching how students could pay for college without taking out student loans. I began sharing this information with my students. Then other students asked for my help. I started using my lunch break to explain what I had discovered. Soon we had to move these meetings from my classroom to the school theater, because the group was so large. When I told my sister what I was doing, she challenged me to write a book so families everywhere could learn what works when raising future college scholarship and grant applicants.

4.       How did you choose this particular subject?

I didn’t pick the subject of my book. It picked me. I’ve always tried to help students reach their goals. I know going to college is an important step for them. Once they’ve been accepted, however, they need a way to pay for it. After I figured out what families do to win large scholarships and grants, I knew my sister was right. I had to write the book.

5.       Why is free college for all such an important goal?

If you’ve ever been in debt, you know how it feels. Student loan debt is worse. It follows students throughout their lives and cannot be eliminated in bankruptcy. Over 40 million Americans suffer from these loans. When I went to college, states fully funded education. Therefore, my tuition was only $65 per semester. Even taking inflation into consideration, tuition now is outrageous. It’s impossible for students to do what I did. I found a job, lived at home with my parents, and paid for my education with money I earned from my job while going to college. I graduated debt free. I want students to have the future of their dreams, not one full of anxiety from the burden of student loans.

6.       What can students do to help them earn more money for college?

There are eighteen proven strategies listed in Free College. They are over and above taking “hard” classes, getting good grades, completing the A – G requirements, earning high scores on the ACT or SAT, and applying for scholarships and/or grants early and often.

7.       What has been the most difficult part of getting your message out?

The most difficult part of getting my message out has been doing it alone. But that’s true for any author. When I speak to individuals, and they learn they can avoid taking out college loans for their children, they’re thrilled. It’s impossible for me to spread the word person to person, of course, so my plan is to speak to groups of parents. But this too is self-limiting. I need to get the word out to parents of preschool through high school students everywhere.

8.       Do you have any resources that you would recommend for the college bound student or their families? 

The most important thing for parents to do is to start early, even before their kids are in preschool. Talk, read, sing, play, laugh, dine and travel with their children. Parents are the greatest resource for college bound students. In addition, adopt the habits of successful graduates. Again, start early. Winning scholarships and grants is a competition. Most people won’t do what it takes. Be the family that does, and reap the rewards.

9.       This is a business blog and while I love your book and think the topic is SOOO important – especially with a bevy of college bound grandchildren, I do have to ask a couple of business related questions.  So…you’ve been hard at work promoting your book.  And quite well, I might add.  Do you have any tips to share on promoting yourself?

The most important tip I was given in promoting my book was to figure out my niche. For me it’s parents or grandparents of preschool through high school students. Focus brings success. I know this. Even so, it’s sometimes difficult to stay on the right path, without being distracted. I’m on Twitter, @ElizaWallace27. My goal there is to compile information which will help students, and to spread the word. When I’m planning my marketing time in the real world, I try to optimize it by reaching individuals who are members of organizations in my niche, like the PTA, church groups, library groups, etc.

10.   What other advice would like to share with new authors? 

I listened to those who warned me I needed a traditional publisher because my topic is so important. The first one I met wanted to sign me to a contract immediately. He had a good reputation and contacts with several school districts. One school district bigwig had recently told him they needed a book on the topic covered in my work. After showing district leaders my book, they requested over 125K copies in the first printing. My publisher was overwhelmed. He didn’t have the financial resources needed, but was not upfront with me, even when I asked pointed questions. I wasted over a year waiting for him to perform as our contract demanded. My mistake. My advice to others, don’t listen to what publishers say. Look at what they do. If they violate your contract, cut bait.

11.   Where can we purchase your book? 

My book is on Amazon. Here’s the link.

12.   Is there anything else you would like to share?

If any of your followers live in south Orange County, California and would like me to speak about College & Scholarship Readiness, to their PTA, church group or other large gathering, they can reach me at freecollegeinfo@earthlink.net.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

I'm Unveiling the Secrets


It doesn't matter how old you are.  It doesn't matter what you currently do for a living.  It doesn't matter where you were born, or what race, religion, or nationality you identify with.  In fact, none of the ways we label ourselves matters.

We all have something in common.

We want to be successful in life.

Now, every person's definition of success is different.  What I call successful may not be important to you at all.  Some equate success fame or power or wealth.  Others say they are successful if they have a strong family.  And still others call it success if they are living life on their own terms, regardless of whether they have any of the fame, power, wealth, or family life others desire.

So the first step to becoming successful?  Define success and what it means to you.  You can't be successful if you don't know what that actually looks like for you.  Set your goals.  Make sure they are clear.  And try to be as realistic as possible.

Plan ahead and plan big

Next you need to have a plan.  Every journey starts with a plan or a map.  I'm leaving for California next week.  I'm not going to step out of my front door Thursday morning and suddenly decide how I'm going to get there.  I have a plan.  I know what flight I'm taking, when it departs, and when it arrives in California.  I know what hotel I'm staying in and have reserved my room.  I have my rental car reserved.  I know when my meetings and events are scheduled.  And I know when it's time to return home.
  
Likewise you need to plan ahead for the things you want to achieve in life.  Do you want to start a business?  Great!  What will your business be?  What products or services will you sell?  How will you market and advertise?  What equipment or supplies will you need to start?  How much will it cost?  Will you continue to work at a job while you build your business?

A plan for achieving your goals is essential.  Otherwise they are just a dream.

And while you're planning, plan BIG!  I'm traveling to California next week in an effort to expand my business.  But I could just as easily have said I'm traveling to the next town to work on my business.  But why settle for that when I can do something bigger?  Never underestimate your worth or your skills! 

Lean how to balance life

Balance is crucial.  All work and no play and you will soon burn out.  All play and no work and you will soon be out of business!  Neglect your family and you may lose them.  Same with your health.  Spend your money as fast as you make it and you may not have anything for later years.  Save it all and you may have a heck of a retirement fund - and no family or health to enjoy it with.

Balance in all areas of your life - faith, family, business, health, finances - is the only way to succeed.

Find your purpose

This is a bit different than your goals.  I knew I wanted a business of my own.  And I tried my hand at several.  But I didn't really have any success with them until I figured out my purpose.  Helping others who want more for themselves and their families is what is important to me.  Once I focused my business on what was true to my heart, the rest began to fall into place.

Doing what you love, knowing that this is your mission, will keep you going when the going gets a bit rough.

Stay away from distractions

I call it shiny object syndrome.  And it can come in many forms.  New business opportunities.  New systems or programs that are supposed to help you grow.  New toys.  New friends.  

We all love new things.  Bright shiny new things!  But sometimes these things can distract us from our mission, from our purpose.  They can move us away from plans we made to reach our goals.  Be careful not to let all those shiny new things throw you off course.  Always ask if this new thing, new experience, new person is in keeping with your overall plan, your values, and your purpose.  If not, banish them!

Accept things as they come

Life can be really unfair.  You can put all your time and effort into building your business and then the market changes.  Or your opportunity shuts down.  Despite your best efforts, you have a major health issue.  Family problems can happen to the best of families.  

My family laughs at me because I love watching those movies about people who had something catastrophic happen in their lives but overcame it to achieve something wonderful.  Why?  Because they remind me of what is possible if you don't give up.  

I've had some setbacks in my life.  Health problems.  Family problems.  Lost jobs when I really couldn't afford to.  Divorce.  I could focus on all that and wonder why me and wish it hadn't happened.  Instead I kept stepping out in faith that everything would work out as it was supposed to in the end.  And here I am today!  

How many people can you think of that have achieved great things in the face of adversity?  What would have happened if they had chosen to sit around complaining about their misfortune instead?

Say goodbye to all your fears

Easier said than done I know.  Maybe I should put it a bit differently.  I'm terribly shy (no really) and I still get stage fright when I have to speak in front of people.  But instead of focusing on my fear, I thing about why I'm here, and what I'm doing.  What's the worst that could happen?  I don't get my message across.  So?  I can start over and try to improve my speaking skills.  But what if one person needs to hear what I have to say and doesn't because I was too afraid to speak?  What if I reach that one person and say the thing she needs to hear to move forward with her dream?  Ridiculous you say?  I assure you it has happened.  And if I can change the life of even just one person, then I am fulfilling my purpose.  That is way more important than whether I'm afraid. 

Success comes from hard work.  There will be rejection.  There will be pain and disappointment.  But there will also be victories and celebrations!  You will feel pride in overcoming obstacles.  You will feel satisfaction at the end of a long day working on your dream.  You will feel elated when you start reaching your goals and seeing the rewards of your efforts.  So don't give up.  Stay true to your plan.  Dream BIG!  Find your purpose.  Maintain balance.  Avoid bright shiny objects.  Accept that life happens.  Face your fears.  Those are the real secrets.  The rest is just tricks and techniques that anyone can learn.

You really can have everything you want in your life.  Ready to learn more 



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Don't Be A Passive Reader: How to Retain What You Read


Regular reading is a valuable habit for solopreneurs. But it’s not enough to read a lot of books if you can’t recall anything about them. You need a system so you can track what you read, when you read it, and what you learned from it. Otherwise, you’ll be relying on your memory which may not always be accurate.

But that doesn’t mean that tracking what you read has to be boring or difficult. Here are the details you want to make sure you hold onto…

Start with These Facts

You want to record the basics first like the title and author name. You may also want the page count and publisher information. This can be helpful if it’s a resource you plan to recommend to friends or if it’s a technical book that may be updated by the publisher periodically.

Next, grab the book summary. You can write your own if you prefer to share your impressions of the book. But if not, then use the book blurb found on websites like Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Capture the Details

Now that you have the basics out of the way, it’s time to focus on recording details about the book you’ve just read. Note any quotes you loved or passages you want to remember. Be sure to add the page number or chapter title so you can find them again.

Next, rank the book. You can create your own ranking system if you like or you can keep it simple and use the five-star method that’s popular on Amazon. You may also want to include three to five tags to jog your memory later or help you if you want to recommend the book.

Take Notes

Finally, take some time to craft your own notes. These don’t have to be shared with anyone else and don’t need to be long or complex.

You can write 3-5 sentences talking about the book. You could say something like, “Great book. I love the points made in the first three chapters but the middle was a bit repetitive. I’d skim read those chapters on a re-read.”

Splurge on a Journal

Another way to keep track of what you read is to splurge on a reading journal. There are a plenty of journals available at a variety of price points, but one of the most popular ones is The Book Lover’sJournal. You’ll have plenty of space to record what you read and what you thought about it. It's the one I use and I love it!

Use an App
Some people prefer to track their reading digitally. If that describes you, then you might be interested in the Goodreads app.

You can post your own reviews and add books to your virtual shelves called tags. It’s part catalogue system and part social network so you can interact with other users and discuss your favorite books.


It doesn’t matter how you prefer to track your reading. It’s just important that you have a system in place so you can retain what you’ve read and refer back to it in the future.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Work Smarter: 5 Business Books You Should Read Right Now

Every entrepreneur has days when they don’t want to get anything done. It might be that you’re tired, stressed, or just plain overwhelmed. If that describes you, you’re not alone.


One of the best ways to overcome these emotions is to read a few pages of a book that you find motivational. Here are five books that won’t only inspire you, they’ll also help you work smarter, too…


Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker


If you’ve ever wondered why one person is financially successful while the other struggles for years despite having similar business models, this book is for you. In it, the author tackles the biggest predictor of financial abundance—your mindset.


With a down-to-earth style, T Harv Eker explains the importance of preparing your mind for success and anticipating big business growth. If you’re tired of struggling and need a motivational book, reach for Secrets of theMillionaire Mind.


Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo


Communicating clearly is an important part of getting what you want from your life and your business. In Talk Like Ted, you’ll learn the secrets of public speaking from some of the world’s most inspirational minds.


This book will give you the tools to improve your public speaking and you’ll find the more confident you become with your speaking, the easier it is to embrace other forms of marketing like video streaming and podcasts. If you want to refine your communication skills, grab this book today.


Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter


Drunk Tank Pink is a fascinating read that discusses why humans behave in certain scenarios. This type of behavior analysis can be helpful for entrepreneurs as they make everyday decisions like what colors to use in their branding and what words will evoke the best response on their sales page.


Although the book references numerous scientific studies, it never slows down or gets dull. Instead, the author deftly explains the results of these experiments in terms that every layman can understand. If you’re curious about what drives customers’ behavior, this is the book you’ll want to read.


The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone


Setting your goals too low is a common cause of mediocrity. In The 10X Rule, Grant Cardone focuses on the importance of setting big goals and taking action toward them every single day.


His high-energy style and enthusiasm for business have inspired readers around the world. The author also touches on why some people succeed in business while others fail despite their efforts. If you’re looking to be challenged to dream bigger, this is the book you want on your nightstand.


The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks


If you’ve ever felt like something was holding you back from hitting the next level, then you need to check out The Big Leap. In it, Gay Hendricks discusses the four false beliefs that can hold you back and sabotage from success.


As you examine these beliefs and how they’re formed, you’ll discover how to overcome them so you can live in your zone of genius. Be prepared to dig deep into your mindset to uncover the hidden obstacles that are keeping you from the life and business you want.
Make it a habit to take time to read each day. Doing this regularly refreshes you and gives you inspiration to work smarter on your business.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Rogers, Arkansas

I remember when I first moved to Arkansas.  It was 1993.  I was coming from Pearl Harbor, HI.  Retiring from the Navy.  I had spent time in some of the largest cities in the country.  San Diego.  Washington, DC.  Orlando, FL.  And now I was moving to Arkansas.  My friends laughed.  "Call us when you are ready to move back to civilization!"

I get asked all the time, "Why Arkansas?  And why Rogers, Arkansas?  Why not at least Little Rock, or Hot Springs?"  The answer is simple.  This is where my husband calls home.  We moved here to be closer to his family.  I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania.  But I wasn't keen to move back there.  I had left there just as soon as I could for a reason.  Those reasons hadn't changed.  So Arkansas was where we would retire.

Almost everyone I meet has a noticeable reaction when I say I'm from Arkansas.  The type of reaction varies but it is always there.  Sometimes it is pity.  "Arkansas?  Really?  Poor girl."  Sometimes it's laughter.  "Y'all live in Arkansas? I done been to Arkansas."  Sometimes it's disbelief.  "You live in Arkansas?  Why?  You could live anywhere!"  True, I say, but we choose to live here.

You see many people have a preconceived notion of what Arkansas is like.  Backwoods.  Redneck.  Hillbilly.  Country.  Poor.  Uneducated.  I've heard all those words used.  But what they don't remember or choose to overlook are a different set of facts.

I live 35 minutes from the main campus of the University of Arkansas.  You know...the Razorbacks?  Woo Pig Sooie and all that.  It's a good school with some top programs.  And Fayetteville, AR is a normal college town with plenty to offer.  It's been listed as one of the top cities to live several times by major publications.

I can be at the Walmart Home Office in about 20 minutes.  Walmart.  Perhaps you have heard of them?  This is where they originated and where they still call home.  Just down the road is the Corporate Headquarters of JB Hunt, the trucking company.  And just a bit down the road from there is the World Headquarters of Tyson Foods.  Three of the largest and most well-known companies in the world call this area home.  Why shouldn't I?

There are advantages to having the Waltons, the Tysons, and other large companies based here.  They give back to the community.  And so we have an amazing Performing Arts center (Walton Art Center) where we can see everything from Broadway plays to children's theater, ballet, symphonies, comedy, international acts, and everything in between - all at an affordable cost.  The AMP brings in well know artists from all genres.  Just this week we are having performances by 30 Seconds to Mars, Kenny Chesney, and Janet Jackson.  Crystal Bridges Museum is a world class museum specializing in American art.  The Bentonville Film Festival brings many of your favorite stars right here to our little town.  And if that doesn't excite you, we are also home to the 3rd largest motorcycle rally in the country.  I never miss Bikes Blues and BBQ!  Oh, and don't forget the craft fairs.  People come from all over the country for the annual craft fairs! 

If you're into sports, we have Baum Stadium.  Football.  Basketball. Baseball.  Oh and speaking of baseball, we have a minor league team based out of Arvest Ball Park.  

We have excellent medical facilities.  Miles of biking and walking trails.  Wonderful restaurants.  Boutiques and galleries and shops of all kinds. 

And some of the nicest, most caring people you will ever meet.

We're not as redneck, hillbilly, uneducated as you might think.  But that's not my point.  My point is choice.  I choose to live here because I want to not because I have to. 

Yes, I could live elsewhere.  We have sometimes discussed moving to Florida where it's warmer.  Or to Costa Rica where it's warmer still.  We've talked about buying an RV and just hitting the road.  And yet somehow we always decide to remain right here.  Because we can do whatever we want.  As long as I have my phone, my laptop, and a way to connect with the internet, I can earn a living. 

This lifestyle isn't about 4-day work weeks.  It's not about working 2 hours a day.  It's not about being the next internet millionaire (although I won't complain about that).  It's not the pictures you see of big houses and fancy cars or some guy on the beach with his laptop.  I mean seriously...who takes their laptop to the beach? 

No.  What it is about is CHOICE.  And that is what's most important.

So the next time you get that look when I say I'm a network marketer from Rogers, Arkansas, ask yourself a question.  Are you where you are by choice or because you have no choice?

I choose the Arkansas life.  What will you choose?

WooPigSooie!  Razorbacks!

P.S.  If you want the freedom to choose your life, contact me.  Maybe I can help...

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Terri Dennis Talks about Multiple Streams of Income


Thinking about adding some additional income streams to your business?  Wondering if it's time to reinvent yourself?  Just want to add something new and fun to your income streams?

Meet Terri Dennis!  She's the expert on all of that and more.  PopArtDivaThe Martini DivaDiva of Tiny Foods.  AuthorArtistJewelry DesignerColoring Book creator.  She does it all.

Come listen while she shares how she manages to juggle all of this and still stay true to her brand.