Setting Goals for the New Month

September 1st, 2015

set goalsSeptember is officially here and that means it’s time to set goals for the month. It’s always a good idea to set goals for each month so you know what you need to do to reach your overall goals for the year.

It doesn’t matter if you run a business, you go to school, have a family, or you have a job outside the home, setting goals is a great way to get things done in your life. You can set personal goals and family goals or one or the other. It’s up to you and what you want to achieve in life.

The best thing to do is write out your goals and post them in a place where you won’t forget. You can share them with others so they can help you accomplish them or you can keep them private. Whatever works for you!

It’s important to remember when you’re setting goals it doesn’t matter what they are or how big or small they are. If you want to reach them, write them down as a goal and do what it takes to achieve them. Once you achieve the goal, celebrate your accomplishments. When you do this you’ll find it will be easier to continue on to the next goal and do what it takes to achieve that one.

So now is the time to set the goals for the month of September. What will you do to keep track of your goals to make sure you reach them by the end of the month? Please share your tips and suggestions below.

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Free Book Friday: Superfoods Cookbook

August 28th, 2015

Superfoods Cookbook ImageToday is Free Book Friday and the free Kindle book I want to share with you is called Superfoods Cookbook: Book One: Boosts Immunity/Promotes Weight Loss/Slows Aging.

This cookbook is a lot more than a cookbook. You’ll learn how to boost immunity, lose weight, and slow the aging process. As busy mom’s we could all use a little help in those areas.

It’s not as hard to change what you eat when you’re a little overweight or just need to lose a few pounds, but it’ more difficult when you have health issues or you have a large amount of weight to lose. When you need to lose weight and become healthier, it’s a life style change that needs to take place and that’s not easy to do. This book will help you by showing you foods that will help you make it happen.

This book is offered in a paperback and a Kindle version. The Kindle version is free right now, but you’ll want to get it right away as I don’t know how long it will be free. Click here to download your copy today.

Enjoy!

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Thankful Thursday – Thankful for Technology

August 27th, 2015

Thankful Thursday ButtonToday I’m writing about technology and how thankful I am to have it. My oldest son is in his last year of college and he’s in a city 2 hours away from us and my youngest son is a junior in high school and is taking college classes. I’m thankful for technology because it gives me the ability to talk to them and see what they have going on.

Having a computer and a smart phone will give us the ability to Skype and Facetime with our oldest and I’m so thankful for that. Talking over the phone helps when you can’t see them daily, but Skype and Facetime will give us the ability to see his face and give us a sense of being with him. I know it’s not the same as seeing him in person, but it beats not being able to see him at all.

I’m also thankful for a smart phone with my youngest son because it gives me the ability to have him call when he’s on his way home from class or if he needs help. It gives me a sense of peace because I know I can talk to him when I need to.

I’m thankful for technology, but I can’t imagine what parents did when they didn’t have it. LOL How did parents handle it back in the olden days when they didn’t have cell phones or land line phones? How could they handle not speaking to their children on a daily basis? I’m sure glad I don’t have to do that. Hahaha

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Writing Wednesday – 6 Tips to Help you with a Writing Slump

August 26th, 2015

two blue pensHave you ever found yourself struggling to write blog posts or articles? This can happen at any time and to anyone, but how you get yourself out of it will be your ultimate victory.

I have found a couple of things work when I’m struggling to write. The best thing to do is try these and see if they work for you. If they don’t maybe you’ll find something will work for you based on these tips.

1. Read through past blog posts and articles to see if new topics will come to mind.
2. Choose an article and write the opposite or a different point of view.
3. Go to an article directory and read through titles in a category that is of interest.
4. Write a blog post asking your readers for suggestions.
5. Create a survey asking for questions you can answer.
6. Repurpose old content.

There are so many things you can do when you find yourself in a slump and can’t figure out what to write. Use these suggestions or anything else that comes to mind and do what works for you so you can get out of the slump and get back into writing again.

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How to Manage Your Business Time

August 25th, 2015

time is moneyThe time you have to work your business is limited when you have a family, so you need to make the most of it. When you are organized, you’ll find you’re more productive and you’ll have more time to do other things. These things can be for your business or for you personally.

Here are some tips for you to follow.

1. A calendar

A calendar is a great way to keep yourself organized. You need to write down appointments and deadlines you have so you don’t forget them. If you get the right planner you can even write your daily to-do lists. This will help you stay organized and you won’t forget anything you need to do.

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Tell Me Thursday – August 20

August 20th, 2015

Tell Me Thursday ButtonThe Wordless Wednesday post I shared yesterday was a word cloud I created for WAHM-Articles. If you missed the image, click here to view it.

Wikipedia defines a Word Cloud as this:

A tag cloud (word cloud, or weighted list in visual design) is a visual representation for text data, typically used to depict keyword metadata (tags) on websites, or to visualize free form text. Tags are usually single words, and the importance of each tag is shown with font size or color.

While word clouds really don’t do anything for your business or website they do give you the ability to show your readers what you talk about the most. The more you use a term the larger the font is an that may help people stopping by your site.

Images on your site often times attract the attention of those visiting your site and a word cloud may help them to quickly know what your site is about and what you can do for them.

Do you have a word cloud on your site? If you do, do you think the words with the large font fit your site?

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Wordless Wednesday – August 19

August 19th, 2015

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Two Tips Tuesday: School Tips

August 18th, 2015

2 tips TuesdayMy youngest son will be a junior this year, but he’s decided to take college classes as well. His dream is to be a fire fighter and an EMT. He wants to work at a fire station and the hospital. While those are both achievable in two years each, his goal is to have them both in 3 years.

Our school district has a program called BOCES and this gives the high school kids the ability to take college classes and receive both high school and college credit for them. While that’s awesome in and of itself, what’s better is the BOCES program pays for these classes.

My son signed up for two classes this semester and the total cost for tuition, fees, and books was $984. Yikes and that’s for two classes. So needless to say I’m praising God that BOCES is paying for it.

Here are two tips I’ll be following with my son for the next two years as he combines high school and college to reach his goals.

1. Keep tabs on the grades

While your children may think they can do it all themselves, they may find it’s not as easy as they expected. Our school district has high school grades online for parents and children to access, so I’ll be checking those regularly.

2. Encourage your child to ask for help

While my son has a learning disability and was on an IEP for 14 years, it’s not stopping him from striving to reach his goals. I will continue to encourage him to ask for help, whether it’s from a teacher, a mentor program, or me. I’d rather have him take time to do this then to fail.

What do you do to help your children with school? Please share your thoughts and tips below.

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Motivational Monday: Life

August 17th, 2015

A few years ago, while traveling, I found this in a store we stopped at to do some shopping. I liked what it said because creating ourselves is what we need to do in order to be who we want to be. If you try to find yourself, you may never find what you’re looking for because it hasn’t been created yet.

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Weekend Activities for the Entire Family

August 15th, 2015

WAHM-Articles Weekend Post ButtonA lot of times the weekends are spent with the family. This is a wonderful time to get away or unplug from it all and enjoy being with your family. It gives you a chance to talk and find out what the other members of your family have going on.

Finding things to do can be a challenge if you don’t have any ideas ahead of time. Having a plan in place may be the difference between having a fun weekend and having a dull weekend at home. Here are several activities to consider.

1. Go swimming
2. Go for a walk
3. Go to a museum
4. Bake cookies
5. Visit a retirement home
6. Go on a scavenger hunt
7. Have a water balloon fight
8. Act out a play
9. Sing Karaoke
10. Build a tree house

There are so many activities you can do with your family. Take a few minutes and brainstorm for ideas that your family would enjoy and then set time aside to do each one during the last days and weeks of summer.

Enjoy!

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