Less stuff, more life

It´s been a while since I have been living with less of what I used to have when I lived in a big city. I’ve been living way more frugally and with less stuff for 8 years now. This is part of a group writing project. Check at the end of this post what the other […]

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A Guide To Meditation

The most important thing is that we come to meditation with an open attitude, an attitude that is truly innocent, by which I mean an attitude that’s not colored by the past, by what we’ve heard about meditation through culture, through media, or through our various spiritual and religious traditions. We need to approach the […]

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Small Business Marketing and Web Presence

Today I’m playing devil’s advocate. I’m offering up 3 options for fully automating your backlink building, but before we get started I want you to know a few things: I’ve tried all of these methods in a “testing” capacity, but don’t currently use them because I don’t approve of their methods. None of the links […]

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I decided to volunteer helping people get their GED

I told you that I’m a quitter:-), I left my high school when I was 17 and then got a GED, so my career choice obvious but I decided to volunteer and help others. It came to me after being isolated in a dreary job search, trying to figure out what is next in my life. A year ago, I sat in Starbuck cafes, in my apartment, in other friends apartments searching for the next great career move. What I ended up finding was just another job that will look good on my lackadaisical resume.

What I ended up finding was just another job that will look good on my lackadaisical resume.

Here I am again, after moving across the country, on the search for a high paying, paper pushing profession. Except this time with a completely new insight. Why do I have to constantly make decisions that look good on paper, or looks respectable in the eyes of my peers and community. Why am I so insistent in satisfying the standard quo, and making sure everyone’s opinion of me is affirmative. I have strived to do the “right thing” most of my life just to get everyone off my back.

But this is my life! What about what I want, what I would like to accomplish? What about conquering and doing what I know I have the potential to do?

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Where’s Your Genie?

On my misty, early morning walk through the Enchanted Forest of Avondale Estates today, as I inhaled deeply the fragrances of abelia & crepe myrtle, the sunlight slanted down through leaves and fronds in all shades of emerald, lime, evergreen & dusky magnolia. Magical memories, as a beautiful campfire song from Girl Scouts played in […]

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How to write a book. My process

My thoughts exactly. Well, it is coming true. After 4 years of going back and forth on writing and stop writing, I am FINALLY on the road to getting it done.

It hasn’t always been my dream to be a published author. In fact, it was the last thing I ever thought I would being doing. I was very much into fashion and designing. I enjoyed looking a beautiful clothing, and creating my own outfits in my head. I went to school for fashion design. I then pursued a BA in fashion marketing and management. So to be throwing all that to the wind and saying “Hey let’s write a book”, it is a foreign idea for me as well.

The inspiration hit when I took two years off to focus on myself and recover from family tragedies. I spent most of those two years with journals by my side. I filled nearly 14 journals by the end. About a little bit later, I enrolled in a writing class at my college. It was a pre-requisit, and didn’t think much about it. The professor turned out to be a publish author and was working on his next piece of literature. I enjoyed the class, and actually looked forward to the projects that were assigned.

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How to be an Entrepreneur

Being an Entrepreneur is hard work! Pushing forward, digging into uncharted territory and feeling like there is not enough time, or days in the week. I can see why many would seep back into a comfy 9-5 job. Unfortunately, I am not one of those that can happily take on a peaceful stable job. I am a dreamer, I am a mover, and I am an entrepreneur at heart. I love the quote

“I would rather work 24 hours for myself than 1 hour for someone else”. Describes me completely. There is much to do when starting your own business, launching the career of your choice, or daring to push the boundaries of traditional thinking. For me that looks like becoming a successful writer, where I can travel while taking on projects that fits me. It is not an overnight phenomenon, it is learning what HTML writing is, how to market media, what is SEOs, and submitting proposals for different projects. Being an entrepreneur involves learning about subjects I never thought I would have to learn. The thing is, the payoff is huge, gradual, but huge. There is freedom in being able to perform work that you love to do. Waking up in the morning and beginning the day, with a flexible schedule and the right for a coffee break when ever I so chose. Life is pretty nice. If you are at the beginning stages of becoming an entrepreneur, here are some great tips to keep you motivated along the way.

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Do Not Expect Excellence If You Aim For Mediocre

How we feel about the work we do or the ventures we’re involved in, can have a tremendous impact on our happiness and the quality of our life. I write about this quite a bit on Wake Up and Start Living, simply because most of us spend about eight hours a day doing just that, working. Today, I’d like to talk about being excellent in what you do and how it can improve the quality of your life. Let’s dive right in.

You Have What It Takes

First of all, allow me to remind you that you have what it takes to achieve your goals and dreams. I’ll go even further by saying that I am convinced that you have what it takes even though most of us have never met in real life. Why am I saying this? Part of the reason I can get excited about other people’s projects, ideas, and goals is because I see the potential in these people when they talk about their goals and dreams. People enthusiastic about their goals and dreams emanate that enthusiasm and energy, you can see the potential in their eyes. These people, every one of you, are the foundation to success and excellence.

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The Write Career: An Interview with Writer Tara M. Clapper

Like many writers, Tara began her online writing career unexpectedly–by being laid off from a self-publishing company, where she was a manager of a self-publishing pilot program. To earn extra money, she began writing online for AssociatedContent.com. “I temped and worked as a Starbucks barista for a few years while writing on the side for AC,” […]

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