Life Improvement


It’s no wonder that you don’t remember everything I tell you. We talk a lot, I understand that. Men can’t multitask, I get that. But sometimes, we just need you to recall that one conversation we had at 2am, on that cold Friday night 2 weeks ago about something- nothing in particular. Do you know how important that would make us feel? Sometimes everything needs to dropped, put aside and just listen, truly listen, even if we want to talk about nothing you have an interest in….it is apparently important to us, even if it is about the neighbor’s cat. Men, need to learn to read their women and their ques. We sometimes need to asked, if there is anything you can do for us. Yes, usually we will say, no. But just to be asked, makes us feel, for just that moment you put everything aside and cared about why we were feeling that way. Most of the time we just want to vent to someone, anyone who will listen and not necessarily someone who will recite back what we just rambled about. But someone who will acknowledge why we feel the way we do, just so we don’t feel ‘so’ crazy.

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THERE’S A BUSINESS IN EVERY WOMAN

This book I am reading, There’s A Business in Every Woman is really long and a lot of testimonials. I like how-to books. Give me the meat and potatoes. Tell me how to do and what way. That is what I am looking for when I have been reading recently. Other things seem to waste my time. But there are some snippets of information that I have gathered thus far.

A company doesn’t make money! It EARNS it!

It takes a lot more than mastering a one skill to succeed in business. What it takes:

  • PASSION – the fuel that ignites the fire in your belly.
  • ADAPTABILITY – adapt quickly to setbacks and turn them into business opportunities
  • VISION – ideas aren’t hard to come by… but translating them into viable enterprise is what matters. Put a plan together to execute that vision.
  • ENERGY – owning your own business takes more time than working full time for someone else. You need boundless energy and devotion to make it work.
  • STAMINA – energy will help you get your company up and running but stamina is what’s needed to keep it afloat without endurance you won’t make it!
  • RESOURCEFULNESS – success depends on drawing on all of your resources, including those you didn’t know you had. Money, training, friends, family, untapped contacts and long-forgotten skills,
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP – requires putting aside your pride and asking for help wherever you get it.

Seven-step plan for building a successful business that you can sell for millions.

1. Choose and focus on your core competencies

  • Build a rock-solid core business first
  • When your product is good make it better
  • Highlight awards and recognition

2. Build your company infrastructure

  • Develop senior and middle managers
  • Develop org chart
  • Write employee manual

3. Keep good financials

  • Earnings meet forecast
  • Aggressive cash flow management
  • Do five year projection
  • Obtain audited statement every two years.

4. Market your products

  • Develop strong name, logo and tag line
  • Utilize advertisement and promotional materials effectively
  • Convert marketing to sales
  • Keep clients loyal

5. Diversity

  • Your clients, products and services.

6. Plan for and manage growth

  • Track revenues and earnings diligently
  • Have crisis management plan in place

7. Understand value and organize your exit plan

  • Know what your company is worth
  • Learn how to sell it
  • Once your company has established a reputation for good work, you just need to maintain it

Being good at what you do requires more than coasting on existing skills

  • Get to know your industry
  • Understand what your customers want
  • Research what is happening/changing in your industry
  • Understand the competition
  • Get feedback from customers
  • Look for competition
  • Don’t let a customer force you into a product line/service that doesn’t make sense for your company

 

Today I completed a book! I know yah right?!? Anyway, this book was written by Andy Wibbels and it was pretty interesting. All about blogging… how-to, why-for, what-for and the ins and outs of it. So, this is what I gathered/learned from my readings today.

When blogging I need to share interests and challenges. I never know what connections I will make online. Blogging teaches you about yourself. Blog about everything. Flaunt your quirks, show personality and reveal passion. So here goes!

I spent lots of time at the library today… about 5 ½ hours time. It amazes me how much is there. I know that may sound crazy to you, but I have always been a person that uses the library because I have too. I have never desired to just “use” the library. It is fun. I can thank my husband for giving me the desire to want to read and use my resources around me! I have always been a resourceful person, but wow there are resources! I know this sounds corny and crazy… probably something like, hasn’t this crazy lady discovered the library before, she has a 13 year old daughter, for sure she has had to take her there before. The answer is yes, I am crazy. Yes, I knew there was a library, and yes I have had to take her there before… on several occasions. But again that was for her and again, the sole purpose of having to be there. I hated to read! Being dyslexic, reading is irritating and puts me to sleep because it takes me so long to complete a book that isn’t of article size. But I am learning to enjoy reading and choose things that can’t defeat me!

Two days before Christmas the staff was notified of cut backs… a couple. At that moment my heart sunk. I knew I was the one. I began to sob and couldn’t really think of what the future would hold for us, since I was the primary income for our family. We already were struggling I couldn’t imagine cutting back any further. At that moment the Lord did something…He began molding Mel’s heart and calming mine. From notification to the day, God transformed us. The change has been mesmerizing, it makes me speechless, still. Our days are filled with prayer, reading the Bible, studying the Word, deep discussion and giving. We trust our Lord and Savior-completely and it is an amazing feeling. The peace the surpasses all understanding is definitely un-comprehendible. Our future looks bright, it looks like fun and it looks God-centered!
On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 I was let go from my job at Messiah, along with five others. I was prepared and not scared. I attempted to prepare my other co-workers of my dismissal but that decided to ignore it, that it wasn’t possible… and we all know nothing is impossible with God. My friends that join me in the unemployment world are angry, hurt, saddened, and worried. I pray for them to find peace.

As for me and my family, we are excited for the change and what God has in store for us. I am going to go back to school and have officially retired… working for someone else. In this change I realized that I am worth more and I am going to work on bettering myself. Mel has encouraged me to stay off work and pursue my dream! And I am going to do just that!

The eggs are on the move, let’s pro-create!

So we have decided to try to have a baby…
So really we have decided not to use birth control. The rest is up to God!

Both of us would welcome a child, but can’t really say we want to “plan” for one. So we are leaving it in the hands of our almighty creator. If it is his desire to create a living being inside me, than so be it. He sure does have his work cut out for himself! But this is God we are talking about here, he can do anything! Remember nothing is impossible with God.

oh no what have I said… hurry honey grab the condoms!

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At some point in life, we all will find ourselves in some kind of pit, the darkness settling around us like a paralyzing blanket of hopelessness.  That deep, dark pit may have many names, but easily becomes a prison from which escape seems impossible.  The journey out is a process of steps. 

Step One: Wait for God. 

Step Two: Cry out for help.

Step Three: Count on God.

In this world, there are few certainties. God is one. His promises are true and we can wholly trust Him to keep His Word, to do exactly what He promises to do. God promises to free us – direct us – restore us – give us joy and invites us to join Him in Kingdom work. Wow! That is quite an impressive “to do list” when you are sitting at the bottom of an ugly pit, with the shattered pieces of your life scattered around you.  But God’s ways are not our ways. 

God is drawn to brokenness.  God will hear my cry and turn to me!

During the darkest hours, I question God continually. I fling my anger at Him like a spear. My heart and soul are filled with fear and confusion instead of faith and trust. Yet, He never turns away from me. He knows every tear that I cry. I know that the more we are broken, the more we are used. I… we can count on God. 

Step Four: Be patient.

Be patient and don’t give up!  We must be patient. We must be willing to persevere. Don’t give up!  Just give in and allow God to take control.  He will turn that pit into an altar on which my broken spirit can be mended.

 Step Five: Don’t give up.

God is at work! Right now, right where I am I understand that my Father is standing beside me, with His arms wrapped around me. Listen as He gently speaks, “Don’t stop!  Keep on!  Don’t quit!”  He is the Guide for my step-by-step journey.

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