Exercising when you have Rheumatoid Arthritis

February 12th, 2016

Weight Loss Plateau ImageLosing weight is not an easy task to accomplish. It doesn’t come off nearly as fast as we put it on, which makes it hard to deal with at times. We can’t just change the food we eat and expect the weight to melt away with a flash. It takes a lot of hard work. It’s a life style change you have to want in order for it to come off and stay off.

When you have an illness losing weight may be a necessity, but it may be more difficult than it would be for the average person that’s healthy other than the weight. A prime example of that would be a person with rheumatoid arthritis. The pain a person with rheumatoid arthritis feels can make it nearly impossible to exercise which makes it difficult to lose weight.

Exercise is a very important task to accomplish when you have rheumatoid arthritis, but it’s also very hard to do when you have so much pain. Simply walking from the sofa to the bed can be a challenge at best. The best way to handle exercise when you have this condition is to start out slow. Start out with short distances several times a day and increase as the pain decreases.

While you’re at home watching TV, get up on the commercials and walk across the room or walk to the bathroom and back a couple of times. The important thing is to get up several times a day and walk to different places in the house so you’re exercising your muscles. On the days when the pain is less, try to exercise a little more. The more you do the more weight you will lose and the less pain you’ll be in. This will take time, but if you continue to do it, the better you’ll feel.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise, but it may also be the most difficult to do for a person with rheumatoid arthritis. You might also consider water aerobics, a stationary bike that has a full chair type seat, or an elliptical machine. These might make exercising a little easier to begin with, which is what you need when you’re trying to overcome the pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

While exercising is an important task to accomplish when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s one you need to be careful doing, so it’s best you talk to your doctor and make sure she knows what your plans are and how to help you. You don’t want to hurt yourself or cause more pain, so be sure to keep your doctor in the loop at all times.

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Internet Marketing… Will Growth Happen Fast?

January 31st, 2016

marketingWhen you run an online business, trust is one of the most important things you can do to grow. People trust local businesses because they can physically walk into a store, see products, and talk to people. You don’t have that with an online business, so you must use the internet to grow.

Internet marketing isn’t easy because you have to gain the trust of people through words and images. While it’s a good way to expose your business to people all over the world, you must choose your words and images wisely. You must prove to them you’re an expert, a real person, and one they can trust and you must do it without them physically seeing your products or speaking to you.

One of the best ways to do that is to continually put your business in front of them. The catch is you don’t want to do it too much or they’ll get tired of it and they won’t look at what you have to offer. So what is the right amount of posts? That’s the hardest part of making internet marketing work.

Some experts will tell you to go hog wild with your posts. Just get your business in front of them and don’t worry about the number of times a day you do it. Others will say you need to make one business post for every three personal posts you make. There is really no right or wrong answer because each person and business is different.

The best thing to do is come up with an internet marketing plan, follow it for a month with no changes, and then check the statistics from your site and see if it worked. If you’re not happy with the number of sales, document your stats and change things up a bit.

The important thing to remember is you must give it time. It’s not going to happen overnight and it’s not going to happen in a few days. If you decide to make changes it’s a good idea to only change one thing at a time. That way you’ll know what works. If you change multiple things you won’t know which one made you reach success.

Remember, internet marketing is not easy and takes time, but once you find the right fit for your business you’ll begin to see growth and success. The most important thing to remember is don’t give up!

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She enjoys helping others reach their goals and dreams. Check out her website at www.virtualfreedom4you.com.

8 Games you can Play with Small Children

January 27th, 2016

children picturesSmall children love to play games. They find it fun and a great way to keep them busy. They love it when adults play with them. As parents we may not want to play, but it’s a great way to connect with them and spend time together as a family.

There are so many games you can play with your small children. Some you may have in your home already and some may not even require a game. Here are several suggestions to consider the next time your small child asks you to play a game with them.

1. Hide N Seek
2. Solitaire
3. Board Games
4. Video Games
5. Coloring Contests
6. Word Search Contests
7. Connect the Dot Races
8. Red Rover

Depending on the age of your child, it won’t matter what game you play, they just want to be with you and have you get down to their level to play with them. Playing games with your small children can be so much fun. We’re so busy and running all the time that we forget to stop and smell the roses. Small children can help remind us that it’s ok to slow down and have fun every once in a while. Have fun!

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Money Management Tips to Help you Through the Year

January 20th, 2016

imageJanuary, often times is a hard month for people when it comes to money. Christmas bills start rolling in, insurance premiums change, and some find out if they get a raise or not. It’s also the month where lay-offs occur because of the slow down after Christmas. No matter how you look at it, January can be a month a lot of people would like to forget.

If you find you’re in one of these situations, money can be the closest thing to your mind and something you want to go away. If there was a way to forget about money all together, I think most people would do it. Finances are a struggle all the time and they can cause more arguments between spouses than anything else. They put a burden on people and cause them to do strange and sometimes stupid things.

We can say save, save, save throughout the year, but that’s not always easy to do. If you leave beyond your means or from paycheck to paycheck, savings is not an option. If you do have the ability to save, what’s not to say the car won’t break down or the washer decides to die? If those or any other thing happens, your savings can be gone in a heartbeat. Then what?

People will tell you to get another job, coupon, or slow down on your spending. What happens if you already have two jobs, you don’t have the money to buy newspapers to get coupons, and you’re only buying things you need? What do you do at that point?

While those suggestions are good and valid, they may not be the solution. There has to be another way to either increase your income or decrease your bills. Here are a few to consider.

1. Refinance your mortgage
2. Consolidate your debt
3. Apply for financial assistance
4. Sell items you don’t need

Those are the top four things you can do to save money each month. You could consider selling your home and moving to one that’s cheaper. You could also consider changing jobs if the one you have doesn’t pay as much as others do. Another option is to sell your vehicles, go down to one, and get a cheap one that doesn’t cost a lot to maintain each month.

There are many things to consider when looking for ways to save money or spend less each month. Some may work for you, while others may not. The best way to see what will work is to sit down, look at your finances, and see what you can do to get where you need to be each month. Good luck!

5 Tips to Help you Write Better Articles

January 15th, 2016

the information in a notebook.Article writing comes natural to some people and not so natural to others. It happens to the best of us, but the important thing is to not give up. Articles are an important part of marketing your business. They help your target market to know you’re an expert in your field.

Whether you struggle with article writing or not, these five tips will help you to write the best article you can write for your business.

1. Target Market

Make sure your articles are geared toward your target market. If your business is all about coaching, it may not be a good idea to write articles based on food or finding the right daycare for your children. You need to make sure you write articles that your target market will have an interest in, but at the same time you need them to pertain to your business.

2. Research your topic

There is nothing worse than reading an article that has false or inaccurate information. This will make you look like you are someone nobody wants to deal with. It can damage your business and your reputation faster than almost anything else. It’s better to take a few minutes or hours and do the necessary research than it is to write an article without it.

3. Make it simple to understand

You may think it’s better to write an article that contains large and important sounded words, but if your target market doesn’t understand them, they’re likely going to close the article and search for another one to read. It’s best to use simple words and make your article easy to read and simple to understand.

4. Use spell check

There is nothing worse than reading an article that contains spelling errors. Your reading may find it frustrating and if it’s too bad, they may move on to a different article. With an automatic or easy to use spell check in Word, there is NO excuse for spelling errors.

5. Watch your article length

An article that’s too long will likely be overlooked. People are very busy so it’s best to write shorter articles. If you have a lot to talk about, find a way to break the article up into smaller articles. A good rule of thumb is to write articles that contain 300 to 500 words.

Article writing is something every business owner should do on a regular basis. It’s a good way to market your business and become an expert in the eyes of your target market. With these five tips, you’ll find article writing is a little easier.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Ghostwriting business. She enjoys helping others reach their goals and dreams through content. Check out her website at www.ghostwritertotherescue.com for more information on how she can help you with your writing goals.

Writing Wednesday – Suggestions to Help you Write for your Business

January 13th, 2016

lady writing one time useWriting is something every business owner should do on a regular basis. Writing is one of the best ways to show your target market you’re an expert in your field. There are many things you can do to get your business in front of others and while most of them will work, it doesn’t mean you have to do all of them.

The type of writing you do will depend on your business, how you want to run it, how big you want to be, and where you promote your business. You must remember each business and owner is different so what works for one, may not work for you, so the best thing to do is try a few and see what works and what doesn’t work. Here are a few suggestions to consider.

· Blog Posts
· Guest Blog Post for Others
· Article Marketing
· Write for a Local Newspaper
· Submit Content to Magazines in your Field
· Newsletters

These are just of the few writing type tasks you can do for your business. There are many others you can do, but it depends on your business and the avenue you want to take for marketing your business. You should consider brainstorming on each suggestion and see how you could make it work for your business. You may find submitting content to a magazine is out of the question, but writing for a local newspaper may be exactly what you need.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Ghostwriting business. She enjoys helping others reach their goals and dreams through content. Check out her website at www.ghostwritertotherescue.com for more information on how she can help you with your writing goals.

4 Tips to Help you Set Goals as a Couple

January 11th, 2016

Couple Eating Dinner ImageMarriage is a tricky thing to handle. It takes two people to make it work and it takes two people to make it fail. Marriage takes a lot of hard work and it’s not easy, but if you can make it work.

During this time of year people are setting goals and working to do what they can to achieve them. What some people don’t do when they set goals is consider setting goals as a couple and a family. Sometimes these types of goals are not easy to achieve that may be why couples don’t consider setting these goals. Here are a few tips to help you set and achieve these goals.

1. Deciding on Your Goals

As a couple it’s not easy to set goals for your marriage and life together. You need to set goals that effect both of you. These could be things you want to do together as a couple such as going out on a date together once a month or going on a vacation for your wedding anniversary. Another suggestion would be things you want to do to your house or buying a new car. The most important thing to remember when setting these types of goals is they need to be for both of you and effect both of you.

2. Writing Down Your Goals

It’s important to write down your goals. Thinking you can remember them on your own will cause issues, because you’ll likely forget them. You won’t be able to write in detail what you need to do to reach your goals and you won’t be able to document your achievements. Writing down your goals will also help you to celebrate when you reach success. Celebrating is an important part of your goal. It helps you to continue on with your goals.

3. Detail

Writing down your goals isn’t enough. You need to write in detail what it will take to reach each of your goals. Sometimes there may only be one or two things to write down while other times you may have a lengthy list of things you’ll have to do to reach the end result. The important thing is you write in detail what it will take.

4. Celebrate

One of the most important things that goes along with setting goals is celebrating when you reach success. Celebrating can be as simple as turning on your favorite song and dancing to it with your spouse or something more like going to dinner or taking a vacation. The best way to celebrate is to do what makes you happy and want to continue on with your goals.

Creating goals as a couple is a good way to work together and achieve things you may have thought were impossible. It’s also possible that setting goals will help you to grow closer together in your personal lives and in your marriage. These four tips will help you to achieve the goals you set. Good luck!

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Two Tips Tuesday – Reaching your New Year’s Goals

January 5th, 2016

2016 Goals ImageToday is January 5th and we’re well on our way into this wonderful new year. Mine will be filled with happiness and great times with my family. My oldest son will graduate from college in May and my youngest will turn 18 in September. There are so many things I’m grateful for and I’m looking forward to all of them in 2016.

I have set quite a few goals and I’m steadily working on each of them so they will be complete by the deadline I set. While goals are sometimes hard to complete, I’m going to do what it takes to complete each and every one of them this year.

In years past I’ve struggled a bit with my goals and most times I’ve completed a few, but not all of them. I’ve decided to learn from my mistakes and work toward completed all of them this year. Here are the two things I’ve decided to incorporate this year to help me reach success.

1. Write them Down

I have way too many things going through my head to remember each goal I want to complete. Not only that, but there are too many things that go with each goal to try and remember what each step is and where I’m at with each goal.

By writing them down I’ll know what I have to do to reach success with each goal and where I’m at in the process. I’ll be able to make notes and jot down things that come to mind as I go along. Once a goal is complete I’ll have the ability to mark it as complete and that will feel great! This will also help me to move on to the next goal.

2. Pray

I learned in church a few weeks ago that it doesn’t matter how small or large something is, God wants you to be successful and he wants you to have the desires of your heart. This means whatever I want, as long as I pray and ask for it, God will give it to me. If I don’t ask I won’t receive so I’ll be praying every day.

Praying each day over my business, my family, and my life will help me to achieve what I want each day. This is not something you can do when you want and when you feel the need. You need to pray every day. When God hears your desires he’ll give you what you want. He wants you to be happy, successful, and filled to the fullest with your desires.

I know if I follow these tips I’ll have a successful 2016 and it will be a year filled with accomplishments and happy times! Here’s to a wonderful and successful 2016!

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6 Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

November 19th, 2015

Black Friday ImageThanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. We’ll sit down to a wonderful dinner with family and friends. We’ll enjoy spending time with each other and over eating to say the least. Once the meal is done and the dishes are put away, it will be time to prepare for Black Friday shopping.

If you’re like me, Black Friday is a tradition and it’s one we’ve enjoyed doing for the past few years. It, however, takes a lot of time to prepare. If you’re not prepared you won’t know which store to go to first and what you’ll be purchasing. I’ve been unprepared and needless to say I didn’t get what I wanted and often times ended up spending a lot more than what I wanted to just to get what my loved ones wanted for Christmas.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a successful shopping trip on Black Friday.

1. Create a Budget

The first thing you need to do is decide how much money you’ll have to spend on Christmas. This amount will include any decorations you need to buy, the gifts, and anything else related to Christmas such as pictures, cards, and food.

2. Create a List

Once you have your budget in place, you need to create a list of all the people you’ll be buying for and how much money you’ll be spending on them. Make sure you don’t forget anyone because all that will do is cause you to spend more money than you were expecting. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Life Getting in the Way of your Business?

November 2nd, 2015

Stressed Woman ImageLife can get in the way of your business quicker than you may think. It happens regularly, but it’s not something we should stress over. Stress won’t help the situation and could possible do more harm than good in the end.

Whether you work outside the home or you run a home business, life can take over in the blink of an eye. When this happens the best thing to do is regroup and add your current situation to the mix. It’s possible the current situation is only temporary, but if that’s not the case, take the necessary actions to add what you need to in your life.

When life changes, take the time to re-evaluate your business and life in general and make changes. Eliminate those things you don’t need, organize what you do need, and do what you can to make things easier on you.

Delegating is something else you can try so you have more time in the day. There are a number of things you can delegate to others with your business and personal life. Take the list below into consideration.

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