Thursday, January 29, 2009

What is your foundation for inner peace?

While contemplating A Course in Miracles this morning, a few lines really stood out at me.

"The miracle enables you to see your brother without his past, and so perceive him as born again. His errors are all past, and by perceiving him without them you are releasing him. And since his past is yours, you share in this release. Your past was made in anger, and if you use it to attack the present, you will not see the freedom that the present holds."

I let my imagination go free and tried to overlay this paragraph over my life to see if it would look any different. It's so true that I see people in my life based on their past as we have related to one and other over time. But I really noticed the judgements about these people and it was quite eye opening to see character areas that I was critical of, I was also critical of myself in the same area. The areas in which I enjoyed others, I enjoyed myself as well.

What a miracle it is to see others as they are right now, without the overlay of past mistakes. It really is freeing.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Questions surrounding a miscarriage

I would like to open this blog post up to all of your comments and suggestions. I'm sure there have been times in your life where you have felt very limited, both in your ability to change or control a situation and at the same time limited in a good philosophical perspective.

Lisa's daughter, a bright and beautiful 20 year old, was looking forward to not having a drink on her 21st birthday because she was expecting to deliver her first baby in August. That changed yesterday when the doctor informed her that she had miscarried her baby. The depths of her hurt feelings can't be expressed in words, yet her face and tears tells the story.

Lisa had several miscarriages before she had 3 wonderful children, and upon hearing that her daughter had followed in her footsteps caused Lisa to leave work immediately and brought a flood of feelings from so long ago. It was good for mom and daughter to be together last night.

If you feel so moved, I would appreciate any comments that you have regarding things that have helped you to cope, lessons you have learned, your frustrations and guilt, and how you have changed through the years because of such a loss.

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama on Al-Arabiya network

President Barak Obama had his first interview with the Arabic network. I'm not here to get all political, but I'd like to draw some parallels to help us in becoming our best.

There's that endless cycle of art imitating life, and life imitating art. In a similar manner, the outside world reflects our inner world, and the inner world reflect the outside world.

In art, we have the "Good Cop, Bad Cop" type which Hollywood has given us. I've never been arrested, so I apologize if my metaphor is off. Here is Barak Obama portraying the Good Cop, and in the Arab world, George Bush portrayed the Bad Cop. Abraham Lincoln said, "If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend." I don't know if Mr. Obama is looking for friendship in the Middle East, but he is delivering some tough love.

If we take this moment in history and personalize it, perhaps we can see the Good Cop, Bad Cop within our mind pushing us toward our ideal life. Both Presidents, Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama have our countries best interests in mind, though both have dramatically different approaches to the situation. In a similar sense, a split mind will see the same situation through different lenses and differing approaches.

If you have your own personal conflict within, maybe watching external events unfold, such as Mr. Obama on Al-Arabiya, can give you the hope that you need. Rest assured that peace within is possible. And the effect of that inner peace just might be a smile to someone who needs it, or a friendly word, or it may go so far as to give a helping hand.

There is a line in a spiritual song that goes, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me". However, for peace to begin with me, it has to begin inside of me, inside my mind, inside my soul. And Louis Armstrong sang, "What a Wonderful World".

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Sometimes my best needs a boost

Do you feel like your body just runs out of gas? It's like hitting an invisible time barrier and the body says, Ok, it's nap time. The mind says go, the body says no. An internal argument breaks and the mind says we got work to do, and the body says fine but your doing it without me.

I don't know if you get this way, but when I succumb to an afternoon nap, I wake up so unfocused, scattered, and distant, that sometimes I wonder why I napped in the first place. I am a fan of coffee, and it does the trick to perk me up in the morning but it doesn't help one bit after a nap.

Lisa and I are Independent Distributors for Herbalife and there is an energy drink called Liftoff. I have not been a fan of energy drinks, probably because they weren't available when I was younger. So I am no authority on energy drinks. And, of course, there are refrigerators full of various brands at a grocery store.

I decided to give Liftoff a try. I mean, if you're going to sell something it's nice to know what it does. I don't really enjoy it in the morning, after all, that is my coffee time. After my little afternoon nap, Oh Yeah. It clears out the cobwebs in minutes and I can get back to functioning as a normal human being.

Some of the ingredients that clear the brain is guarana, ginseng, ginko, C and B vitamins, and some caffeine. The vitamins in the formula probably won't replace your One-A-Day multivitamins, but if your diet is lacking some nutrients, vitamins from an energy drink can only help.

I did a little research on the internet about these energy drinks and I'd like to pass along some things that I have gathered. Energy drinks appear to have started with Red Bull. Although, I wonder if a cook on a chuck wagon making coffee for the cowboys on a cattle drive was the originator of the energy drink. What I found interesting in my not very official research was the government was considering a bill to regulate energy drinks. Some drinks were very, or possibly hyper-caffeinated. The caffeine levels are so high in some drinks that they can pose a health hazard.

Anything in our modern world taken to an excess will cause some sort of health problem, so here is just a quick tip on what to watch for in your energy drink. It may sound boring, but reading the label is a good place to start. Next is probably how it makes you feel, such as good or supercharged. Most doctors recommend no more than about 250 mg of caffeine a day. And that caffeine can come from anywhere, coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate or wherever. An average cup of joe is about 80mg give or take a few mg.

Some common sense is useful in all areas of life and it's no different with energy drinks. If your body feels overly excited, jazzed, amped, then perhaps it's time to back off a bit with your drinks. I invite you to drop in our Herbalife store and email me your opinion. Visit

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Author Elizabeth Gilbert coming to Denver

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love is coming to Mile Hi Church in Lakewood Colorado on Sunday, February 15. Visit for tickets and more info.

With over six million copies sold and nearly two years on the New York Times Best-Seller List, Eat, Pray, Love’s author has become a literary rock star with fans and media. Elizabeth Gilbert will make a rare appearance at Mile Hi Church to speak about her current and future book and previous writings.

If you are going to be in the Denver area, perhaps you can put this event in your planner. I am a local member of Mile Hi Church and should you need directions, feel free to email me.

And just what is Mile Hi Church anyway? It is completely different from any church that I have ever been to. It is a refreshing breath of fresh air in its acceptance, its tolerance, its holding to its own tenets of belief. It is a place to allow you to come to Spirit on your own terms. Mile Hi Church is a place where all walks of faith are welcomed, because at its very core, all walks of faith lead to the Eternal One. Mile Hi Church is the place where I can be MyBestMe.

Every human being is a doorway through which the Infinite passes into the finite, through which God becomes human, through which the Universal becomes individual.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A sewer, a snake, and the law of attraction

Are you thinking a cobra, boa, or a rattler? Cool snakes, but not quite.

For a couple of years I have been studying The Law of Attraction. I've watched movies, read books, gone to seminars, all in an effort to design my perfect life. It's funny how the road I was on took a detour.

Several years ago, I had gotten into the fix and flip business. Handyman that I am, I had just about every tool needed to rehab any house. You may have guessed it, what I lacked was a power drain snake. My business went belly up and I no longer do fix and flips.

If you happen to be a follower of The Law of Attraction yourself, you may have come across somebody talking about 7 universal laws. I even came across a website that said there were only 5 universal laws. I figured these laws needed another law. I call it The Law of Distraction.

The nice things about my Law of Distraction is you can make up anything that fits within this law. I've tried many times to attract wealth and it hasn't happened. I've tried to attract numerous things and it hasn't happened. So I started wondering how could this be. I thought I was doing all the right things, visualizing, writing goals, building desire, cutting out photos for the vision board and even going to seminars, but I still have not felt like I had attracted the things that I desired. The things that did pop up in my life made me wonder if the universe had a twisted sense of humor and I was on the receiving end of a practical joke.

When I came across the series of books written by Esther and Jerry Hicks, I began to see things in a new light. I had been focusing on the things that I wanted, but I would drift also to the things that I did not want. A visual metaphor that works for me is like the difference between a ping-pong table and a golf tee shot. In life you can be the golf ball and be launched or you can let yourself be just bouncing back and forth like on the ping-pong table. The more distractions that you have allowed to take your eyes off your goals, the more like ping-pong the game of your life gets.

So what does this have to do with a sewer, a snake or the Law of Attraction. I had wanted a 50' powered drain snake to run through the sewers of the houses that I rehabbed. Seeing how my business didn't make it, I dropped that idea of ever needing, much less owning a drain snake. Sunday night, Lisa asks me why is there so much water on the basement floor. Like a good handyman, I go get my flashlight and investigate. Our sewer was plugged up and all the water, from the sinks, shower, laundry, toilet was on the floor. It was late at evening and we couldn't do much other than promise each other we would not flush. The next day, you guessed it, I got a new 50' powered drain snake. I really don't know anybody else that would get thrilled by a purchase such as this, however, I am an avid tool nut.

So, as a word of encouragement, hang in there with the things you are looking to attract. Distractions will always be there. You can let distraction become a law to you, but hey, it is your life, make it exactly as you want it, not what circumstances dictate.

I still have not attracted wealth, but I do have a much better attitude. I bet you were waiting for me to write that I have a much better attitude to enjoy my poverty, and that may be true, but I have attracted the love of my life in Lisa, I've attracted a family (I never had kids), and now I've attracted a 50' power drain snake. I really enjoy the increase in happiness, and the rest will follow in good time.

Friday, January 16, 2009

To clean or not to clean

When you have a skin sensitivity to normal cleaners, what are your options? Sometimes, where there is a skin reaction, there is also an allergic reaction in your sinuses, burning in your throat, and tearing in your eyes.

Chemicals do a phenomenal job in our modern world. Without chemicals, we wouldn't have many of the things that we take for granted. That "new car smell" is outgassing of chemicals from the manufacturing process. Carpeting and furniture have a new smell as well, and the reason behind the smell is the same. And in our homes we find a myriad of chemical laden items, from the paint on the wall, to refrigerators, circuit boards in all our electronic devices, fertilizers, pesticides, and perhaps in many cleaners as well.

When you have allergies, is our chemical world partly to blame? I'm not a doctor or a chemist, so I will pass on that question. What I will comment on is how my body reacts to various things around my house.

I had worked in a chemical plant running machines when I was in my early 20's and my body always reacted in a certain way when I was at work. While at work, my throat would get tight, my eyes would burn, my sinuses would run. Yeah, I know, fun stuff. What is funny to me is I get that exact same feeling from almost all name brand or store brand household cleaners.

In my quest for cleaner cleaners, I found some that I like. One thing that I've learned is not everybody reacts the same to cleaners or even body soaps. Things that irritate my body have no effect on another family member, or visa versa. I liked Melaleuca laundry soap, but Lisa broke out everytime her clothes were washed in it. The kids love the smell of super scented Tide laundry soap and Irish Spring body wash, and I'd have to leave the house until the vapors dissipated.

The cleaners that we have all fallen in love with come from Veriuni. You can go to for a lineup of their all natural cleaners. At first glance, it appears like their prices are a bit high. However, these cleaners are all in their concentrated form and when mixed with water, go a bit farther than many other brands. What I really like is all the ingredients are spelled out right on the label.

It makes one wonder what possibly could be in various cleaners that could cause reactions like I have. When I worked for the chemical plant and in the printing business, we had what was called an MSDS which means Material Safety Data Sheet. These aren't supplied to the consumer because anything that could cause problems are in such small quantity as to be deemed safe. Just for fun I did a search for the MSDS of cleaners to see what kind of goodies are in the formula. Much to my surprise, I even came across one household cleaner that employs heavy enough chemicals to be considered toxic waste in California. It was a real eye opener. Not every cleaner or body wash had bad chemicals. Bad is a relative term which for me is something that causes me to have an allergic reaction.

You can Google the MSDS of your favorite cleaner by typing in msds and the name of your favorite cleaner. There isn't much government oversight as to the accuracy of the MSDS, so don't be surprised if everthing isn't broken down in detail. If you have little children, take into consideration that the MSDS is based on a healthy adult. Also, that great pine scent after cleaning is an indication of residue on the surface that was cleaned, and sensitive baby skin may get irritated.

So when you clean you house, if you do a spray and run until the air clears, consider using an all natural cleaner. Your local store might have some good ones or checkout Veriuni because they are really that good.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

You Eat Puppies & Doggies???? Come Again!!

Olga had an absolutely bewildered look on her face when she asked with astonishment and shock, "You Eat Puppies and Doggies"?

Years ago, I worked in the printing business running machines in the bindery. A bindery is the part of the printing industry where you take the printed material and make it into fliers, books, pamphlets, coupons, whatever. I worked with many Hispanic people who were absolutely wonderful to work with. We did have a huge language gap, though. I had 2 years of Spanish in high school, which I passed, barely, with a "D". The folks I worked with had only some schooling with almost no high school. We had to work together, so we had to figure out a way to make this situation work, if we wanted our jobs. Fortunately, there was always somebody around who was fluent, or at least quite good at speaking both languages who could come to our rescue if needed.

Over some weeks and months, my lessons from high school would pop back into my head and I could remember short phrases or words. From time to time, my coworkers and I would ask each other how to say things in each others language. We became quite good at communicating with each other and I really thought that I had gotten this Spanish thing down. I was quickly brought back to earth when another Hispanic person whom I did not work side by side with spoke to me. Have you ever spoken to somebody and their sentence seems like it is just one very long word? It really seemed that way. They would talk so fast and I could comprehend maybe 3 words out of a paragraph and I guess "my deer in the headlights look" gave away the fact that I just wasn't getting it. Hence the need for the translator in another department.

My coworkers and I had eventually, unwittingly, come up with our own 3rd language. It was a blend of English and Spanish and body language and facial expression thrown in for good measure. I actually found out how important body language was when I tried to speak on the phone to them, and didn't understand what was being said! Over time, as we got to work together through the years, we had brought each other lunches or traded rides to work, or borrowed money, whatever, we became a close knit department.

One night I had made poppy seed dumplings for dinner. It is an old Polish recipe that my mom had handed down to me and I find this dish one of my favorite pigout foods. So I thought this would make a great lunch at work. I asked Olga, one of my coworkers, if she would like to try some poppy seed dumplings at lunch today. She looked at me with an "I don't understand" look, and I simply repeated if she would like to eat some poppy seed dumplings at lunchtime today. I had no clue how to even come close to Spanishizing these words and I figured that if she didn't understand the meaning of my words that I would just be trusted that this food was not only edible, but delicious. Olga had an absolutely bewildered look on her face when she asked with astonishment and shock, "You Eat Puppies and Doggies"!

I wasn't ready for that question. I roared in laughter and she was still in shock. Olga was speaking the only words that she knew of, and I was laughing at her. So how do you tell someone that doesn't speak your language completely about your favorite ethnic dish? I tried, gave up, and let her have some at lunch and yes she loved them.

There's another reason for this story. I was in quite a down mood yesterday morning. I went for a walk to blow off some energy and it didn't help. The saying goes, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade". Well there was a gap in time between the being handed lemons and the making lemonade part, and in that gap was absolute frustration. I have been doing much studying about how our thoughts aren't just nothing, but when directed can be an incredibly creative force that cannot be stopped, yet when unfocused can create mayhem. OK, great, here I was confronted with a problem, and my thoughts about the problem magnified it by 1000% and I was not a happy camper. I tried to change my thoughts and I could not do it.

Later, while Lisa was cleaning out the refrigerator, she ran across an unopened cottage cheese which we had bought to make poppy seed dumplings, and I had not done so yet. "Just leave the cottage cheese out, I'll make it right now", I said. So I made the dumplings, thought of Olga, had a laugh to myself and got out of the funk I was in. Isn't it great that our lives are so rich? Our memories can be such a tremendous resource. What a great way to change an attitude, by remembering good times from long ago. I'm sure most people won't understand the difficulty and determination it took to get to the point where Olga and I could even talk about puppies and doggies, but for me,that memory was just what I needed to give me a boost back to where I want my life to be. I don't like being crabby, and neither does Lisa!

If you're interested in learning more on how your thoughts create your life, in other words, change your thoughts and change your life, go to

If you're interested, here is the recipe for puppies & doggies, I mean poppy seed dumplings. I am going to appologize ahead of time, my mom didn't measure anything on this recipe, so I have no specifics, but the results are delicious.

1 large container of cottage cheese
2 eggs
lots of poppy seeds
enough flour to form an easy to roll dough

add cottage cheese and eggs to mixing bowl and while mixer is mixing your batch add the poppy seeds. I add enough to make the cheese pretty dark because you will add quite a bit of flour which will cause the seeds to be fewer than it looks right now. Slowly add flour, I add about a tablespoon at a time and allow it to mix in well. When the dough begins to stick to the beater, I stop the mixer and if the dough is real sticky and still loose, I add more flour. I like the dough to have a little stickyness because they cook better. Have a pan of water boiling. In a bowl, add several tablespoons of flour. Coat the palms of your hands with flour, yes this is going to be a mess, but what a fun mess it is. With a spoon scoop a bit of dough and roll between your hands into a ball. Once firmly rolled into a ball, I roll it into a long finger length dumpling and then drop into the boiling water. When the dumpling is first put into the water, it will sink. When it has cooked, it will rise to the top of the water. I let it sit in on top for an extra minute (approximate) before removing it because some of the thicker dumplings may not be cooked all the way through when it first rises. You can eat the dumplings right out of the water or you can brown them in butter. I enjoy them both ways. Perhaps you can create your own variation of the dumplings. You can dip them in sour cream or add in small pieces to salad, etc.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Small things add up to a big difference

Perhaps this is the year that you have decided to make a difference. You may have decided to cut your environmental footprint by going organic, walking more, buying sustainable wood products, or whatever.

The saying goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. Loosely, I'd like to change that to, when one is ready to live a conscious lifestyle, a company with that same philosophy will appear. OK, 100 years from now, nobody will remember that last line ;). However, I would like to talk about a company which I discovered about 10 years ago and how they have influenced my purchasing decisions. That company is Gaiam.

I find their corporate philosophy refreshing. The name Gaiam is a fusion of Gaia - an ancient word for Mother Earth - and "I am", symbolizing the connection between the Earth and all living things.

Philosophy is great, but unless you can express it somehow, it becomes another idea to banter about and then shelve when you've made your point. So Gaiam walks its walk and talks its talk. You will find hundreds of items from organic cotton clothes and bedding, to meditative and stress relieving devices, exercise and yoga equipment, numerous hand made, sustainably harvested items that are made by fair trade artisans around the world.

When I discovered Gaiam, I was beginning to realize how my choices affected our country and countries internationally. My purchases were only that of one man, yet I shared the same ideas as millions in this country. What that had meant to me was if change was going to happen, it had to begin with me. I have enjoyed the products from Gaiam, yet more importantly, I enjoy my place on the planet., Inc

Monday, January 12, 2009

Spiritual movies to brighten your soul

Dr. Wayne Dyer has just released a new movie, Ambition to Meaning. The movie takes you from our Ambition based drive, anchored on our ego, and moves us to Meaning. What takes place after you achieve your goals? When you look back at your successes with pride, do you feel complete, or is there still a yearning?
Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of 30 books, has created numerous audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

Hay House, Inc.
How much power do you have? Do you have healing power in you? Do you have the power to be whoever you want? Do you have the life that you really want? I have watched this movie by Louise Hay several times, and I am awe struck each time I have seen it. The movie highlights how many have benefited by merely being led to love and accept themselves as there are right now. And the thing that is so amazing, is when they had accepted themselves with their flaws, illnesses, shortcomings, then great healings had taken place.
Western Medicine is incredible in its ability to diagnose and through surgery or medicine, bring about healing. Yet, there are many times when Western Medicine gives up because there just isn't enough knowledge available. This movie is very inspiring and can lift your spirits when medicine just isn't enough. The movie is not just about physical healing, but you can create a life that is everything that you could ever want.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Global Garage Sale

Hey, calling all garage sale lovers! Don't you just enjoy summer sales? The temperature is perfect, great time to clean out your closets or browse other neighbors wares. My mom was always the great bargain hunter at garage sales, estate sales, even thrift stores. I enjoy it also.

But, it's the middle of winter, are you missing one of your favorite past times?

Well, I've got something new with you in mind. I have started a new web store and on the website, anyone can post their things that they no longer need. Consider it the worlds largest garage sale. Do you make crafts or artwork? Put it on my store! Do you have things collecting dust? Put it on my store! Do you work with a dropshipper? You guessed it, put it on my store!
And of course you make the money when it sells. Click Here to visit the global garage sale!

I am an affiliate with SFI, a company in Lincoln Nebraska that has a global reach in over 200 countries. So I invite you to drop in and browse or post your unwanted items. If you would like to have a store like this of your very own, becoming an affiliate is easy, and free. Click Here to become an affiliate.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Say NO to heart disease

Good health plays a huge role in our ability to be our best. Perfect health is desired by almost everybody. The body is an incredible organism capable of repairing itself of environmental, viral, and bacterial stress. Yet over time, the body shows signs of succumbing to the onslaught of life through normal aging.

Can we reverse this process of the body breaking down? Is there a fountain of youth from which you and I can drink? Science has unlocked one of the keys to not only allowing you to live a long life, but a healthy life as well.

The Nobel Prize winner in Medicine in 1998 was awarded to Dr. Louis Ignarro, Dr. Ferid Murad, and Dr. Robert F. Furchgott for the discovery of the signalling properties of Nitric Oxide in the body. Blood vessels use NO to signal the surrounding smooth muscle to relax, thus dilating the arteries, increasing blood flow, and maintaining normal blood pressure. These blood vessels deliver oxygen and nutrients to, as well as remove waste products from, every cell in your body.

In short, NO maintains healthy blood pressure, reduces cardiovascular aging, promotes immunes system health, acts as a neurotransmitter which may help with memory, and more. NO is a very important molecule, and a large percentage of people are deficient in their production of NO, which places them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

You can enhance the production and effectiveness of NO in your body by exercising for 20 minutes, 3 times each week. You want an activity that will force you to breath deeply. Fast walking, jogging, bicycling, tennis are a few examples. You also need to have a healthy diet that is rich in L-Arginine, L-Citruline, Taurine, and Antioxidants. Supplements can also be a big help to ensure that you have the right balance to enhance NO production.

Dr. Louis Ignarro has endorsed Niteworks from Herbalife as the supplement for NO production. You can learn more from Dr. Ignarros' website and you can order Niteworks from

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Left turn to a long day

It started out as a normal day. Put the coffee on, opened the curtains, and basked in the warm glow of the morning sun.

I went outside to start the car and scrape the frost off the windshield. I got to the corner and I needed to turn left. Traffic was clear and I made it almost all the way across the street when I finally noticed that I had pulled in front of a car that was making a left onto the street which I had just left. I was quite startled and asked my girlfriend, where did that car come from? She snickered at how rattled I was. So I told her I had not seen that car until I was across the street.

I find it interesting how an incident like that has such power over me. For the rest of the day, I couldn't get it out of my mind. And while it was on my mind, I had a hard time focusing on the good things in my life. I had unwittingly opened the doorway to a negative stream of thinking, and my good mood had gone sour. My inner critic tied me to the whipping post.

In years gone by, I would have chalked it up to One of Those Days. I mean, any kind of excuse would do as long as I didn't have to see myself as the cause.

I am beginning to become aware of the cause and effect relationship in my life. I enjoy reading and recently have gotten hooked on The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks . Their insight has really helped me see how my thoughts create my mood, my day, my week, my life. So I am quite a bit more deliberate now in my thinking, and I pull myself back to a better attitude before too long.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Michael Beckwith coming to Denver

Michael Beckwith, the founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, is an incredibly dynamic speaker. He is coming to Denver, Colorado area on Friday January 9 at the Mile Hi Church in Lakewood at 7pm. Michael has been featured in movies such as "The Secret" and "The Moses Code".

Tickets still may be available at

I enjoy hearing various speakers at events such as this. I am having some difficulty with finances and attending events is not even a consideration right now. So I volunteer to help with book sales for authors who promote their books at events such as this Friday featuring Michael Beckwith. I still get to see the authors speak at engagements and it doesn't cost a thing. And I get a good feeling from helping out the staff and answering questions from book buyers.

In this new year we still have carried over many of the problems from the previous year. We need to be the change that we would like to see. Perhaps volunteering for something that you enjoy will bring change into your life that really excites you.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Do you have a home business also?

Are you finding it a struggle to keep up financially? I find myself in that same situation. So I keep my options open, by trying to pick up some sideline work or by affiliate programs on the internet.

The internet is such a great place to set up a business. It seems everywhere there are outrageous claims of making buckets of money with little effort, and equally there are claims of everything on the internet being a scam. It would be nice to have a little balance here.

And having a business that has real goods that can be run from home has its own challenges. I pick up some sideline work fixing things for people.

Being a simple guy with no college degrees and no marketing skills, I look elsewhere to find ideas to make my home businesses successful. I found a website, Internation Association of Business Entreprenuers, and it is has a wealth of information. Not just for internet websites, either, but for services or retail / resale shops that you can run from home.

IAHBE has some freebies which is great for members. Free book of the month, free software downloads, audio seminars, video how to's, and lots more.

I really enjoy the audios. I have taken seminars, and found that I am terrible at taking notes. I remember what my notes mean immediately following the seminar, yet several days or weeks go by and I'm quite hazy about what I meant. So being able to listen again has been a real treat.

If you could use some help and advice from successful entreprenuers, IAHBE is definately worth a look. It is a membership site with the first month for free. Check it out, it just might be the catalyst toward your success.

Good luck in your business ventures.