We All Have a Voice

One of my goals for this year (2013) is to write something every day.  During the past year, I've sporadically written on my blog and I've seen other people that I know launch new blogs.

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I have been surprised and entertained by the stories that I've read, the lessons that I have learned, and the laughs that I have enjoyed while reading the content that other people have produced.

My wife started her blog, CurlyMom.com, and managed to build a following of people who have expressed their enjoyment of nearly anything she writes.

There used to be so many barriers to expressing yourself through writing or speaking.  You had to have enough money to publish your book or start your own radio show or podcast.  Now, with a computer and an Internet connection, you can get started sharing your cause, your message, or anything else you want to share.

As much as possible, I want to encourage many people to share their thoughts with the world.  Whether it's my wife, who I think is an amazing writer, or people who I haven't yet met, I want to hear what people have to say and how they choose to deliver it.

I'm not sure how much I will write every day, but I'll give it a shot. Stay tuned!

12-12-12 Specials (One Day Only)

Since it’s 12-12-12, I have decided to make a few cool offers for clients and their friends and families.

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We’re coming up to the Christmas holidays and the last thing anyone needs is a slow, vulnerable computer to close out the year.

Between now and midnight, you can purchase a PC Cleanup for $12.12 or lock in a year of PC Cleanups at a price of $12.12/month.

Just click the purchase button below and I’ll make contact with you to arrange your Cleanup.

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Stop Bad Habits, Start Good Ones

I must admit that I have several bad habits.  Starting today, I intend to stop those bad habits and start new, good ones in their place.

We sometimes settle into bad habits because of stress or boredom and since it takes time to start those habits, it takes time and intentionality to stop the habits.

Here are a few bad habits that I want to get rid of:

1)  Nail biting – it's not sanitary and doesn't create a good end result

2)  Avoiding exercise – I need to lose weight and exercising is half of the equation

3)  Sitting with bad posture – this doesn't help me avoid back or neck pain, so I need to get it under control right away

4)  Not waking up when my alarm goes off – I'm a busy person with a lot of projects on my plate. If I go back to sleep, it will cause me to get behind schedule. If I get behind schedule, it usually throws the rest of the day off.

5)  Eating high-fat foods – the other half of the losing weight equation is eating lean, healthy foods.  I have to avoid the junk and be more intentional about what I eat.

Here are a few  good habits that I want to develop:

1)  Drinking more water – water is good for all of us.  I know that my body needs a certain amount in order to function efficiently, so i want to drink water throughout each day 

2)  Cooking more – my wife cooks nearly every meal. The others are usually provided courtesy of a fast-food restaurant or casual dining eatery.  I cooked many meals before we got married, so I figure I can cook sometimes.

3)  Writing something every day – much of my dream as an entrepreneur has to do with teaching people and packaging my knowledge into products.  If I don't make it a habit of writing, I won't create anything and I won't make a profit either.

Well, that's my side of the story.

Question:  What are some good/bad habits that you're working on?

Do It Today

Sometimes it's hard to make up your mind to get something done right away.  It may be on your to-do list or your calendar, but you may not have that "feeling" like you want to get it done.  

It's sometimes easier to push it off for a later time when you feel better.

I have often been in this situation and the results have not worked in my favor.  

Whether it is cleaning up the kitchen at night instead of in the morning, exercising, writing, praying, reading, creating a project, or planning a date, I have not enjoyed what happens when I put it off for later.

A day and a half ago, I went up to my attic to bring down our Christmas tree and decorations. While I was up there, I believed that I smelled something coming from one of the gas lines.

I second-guessed the situation, but while it was on my mind the next day, I decided to place the call to the utility company.  

They came out and it turns out that there was a small leak and they were able to take care of it.

What started out small could have harmed my entire family and I'm so glad that I decided to call on the day that I did.

Now that the situation is fresh on my mind, I want to make sure I am getting the most out of each day whether I "feel" like doing necessary actions or not.

My health, my family, my income, and so much more depend on "doing it today".

Benefits of Waking Up Early

There is just something about early in the morning.  Even though, many times, I am very tired and could use another hour or two of sleep, I find myself being super productive in the wee hours of the morning.

In this post, I want to share 5 benefits of waking early in the morning and how they can help you the rest of the day.

1) Opportunities for prayer and meditation – if there is no other time of day when you can have the peace to seek God or meditate on His word, the morning can be that time.  If you wake up before everyone else, you can have uninterrupted time

2) Opportunities for exercise – there's nothing like getting your blood flowing first thing in the morning.  Exercise can provide you with energy for the rest of the day and if you need to lose a few pounds, a morning routine can certainly help

3) Planning for the day – if you get up early in the morning, you can create a to-do list based on what you anticipate for the day.  If you have to make phone calls, send emails, or run errands, you can make a quick list while your mind is clear

4) Catching up on emails – if you have any emails that you need to check or send, the early morning time is a good time to do it.  You can focus on what needs to be said and quickly respond or send emails.  

5)  Cleaning – by waking up early, you can sweep, mop, wipe off surfaces, or do any other easy cleaning tasks before anyone else wakes up.  You'll start off the day with a clean house and everyone else will appreciate your efforts

Though I don't always get all of these tasks completed, I often feel much better when I wake up early in the morning ready to conquer the day.  

I am doing a 30 day Early Rise Challenge and I plan to get up at 5 a.m.. every day for 30 days to develop the habit and to be more productive.  

Maybe you should give it a try too and find out what benefits you may gain by getting up earlier each day.

Question:  What are some of the benefits you notice when you wake up earlier in the morning?

The Goal of My New Book

I have been pondering ideas for my next book project for some time.  I found the process of working on my first book to be very exciting and rewarding.

Instead of a technology-based book, I plan to share on the topic of Embracing Inconvenience.

We live in a society that is all about QUICK and EASY.  If something requires too much work, we tend to avoid it.  If it takes too much of our time, we shy away from it.

Just think about it.  It's much easier to order around the back and pick your food up on the side of the building….but is this the healthiest option?  Does it add any of your own personality to the meal?  Do you miss out on opportunities to teach your kids in the process of meal preparation?

The idea that my book will present is maybe we shouldn't be so quick to avoid the inconveniences that we face each day.  These inconveniences may be the opportunities that develop positive character traits in us.

I haven't finished my outline for the book, but I plan to write over the course of the next 3 or 4 months.  Be sure to sign up for my email list so you'll be notified when I make progress. 

 

A Thankful Thursday

This morning at 3:40 a.m., my third son was born.

It happened pretty quickly and, since we didn’t know the gender, we had a surprise.

Every time we have had a baby, I have been thankful that they are healthy and being such a blessing to us.

Once again, I am thankful for another child that we can pass on our legacy to. Thank God for the gift of children!

Decisions and Consequences

If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result

Many times, we find so much arguing about politics, religion, and other areas.  I believe this quote is fitting as a means of finding solutions.

So many people who make decisions aren't affected by the choices they make.  This is perhaps why our nation is in so much debt.

Let's move forward with holding more leaders accountable.  This is not about a political party or any particular group.  It applies to us all.

Celebrating Small Victories

One of my goals for this year was to spend more time writing .  During the first two quarters of the year, I could not confidently say that I was a writer.

I had a desire to write and I had a desire to see the results of writing, but I didn't have the discipline.

After completing my first book in May, something clicked inside of me.

I no longer just had a desire to write, but I felt that I was a writer and an author.  Writing became a part of who I am.

I have developed a consistency in writing every day during the week and even sometimes on the weekend.

It feels good to have a small victory to celebrate.  

Sometimes, that is what we need the most.  We look at the big picture and focus on what success we will have when we "arrive", but I believe it's better to celebrate the fact that we have taken action and it is moving us in the right direction.

I'm not sure how I plan to celebrate, but I will.  

Question:  What small victories have you had lately?  Have you taken some time to celebrate or share them with someone else?