Winter got you down? Try these tips!

It is that time of year, isn’t it? Winter has finally arrived, and I’m not loving it. Sure, I am not getting socked like those up in the North East, but still, I’m not pleased. Here in the mountains of Northern Georgia, we spent most of this winter with very mild temps. It was even in the 70’s on Christmas this past year! After a very mild January and February, I was pretty certain we were in the clear. Obviously, that is not what turned out to be correct. Knowing that I certainly don’t have it as bad as all you North East living folks, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the things that help get through those winter months of “blah-dom”.  I grew up in Northeast Ohio, so I know my share of snowed in life, don’t you worry!

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Winter weather got you down? Try some ideas for things to do when you are stuck indoors on those winter days!

There are plenty of things you can do when it’s winter and even some that might carry into spring and summer! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Start some hobbies:

Have you ever thought of trying some new things that you’ve just never got around to? Why not dive in when you are stuck inside and freezing?

  • Start a blog – A blog can be a great hobby, just for fun, or sometimes even to make a little extra income on the side. Either way, it’s great to keep your mind busy and work on your writing skills. A great perk of blogging is meeting so many new friends. The blogging community is full of wonderful people who love to chat and share tips and tricks. Check out Michelle’s post on how to start a blog here, She actually makes over 100K a month blogging! So there is good info on turning your hobby into something more!
  • Learn to knit/crochet – Believe it or not, those things are not just for little old ladies anymore! There are tons of people out there making very cool things. And yep, you guessed it, you might even be able to make some extra money selling your handmade goods on Etsy, or something like that!
  • Start a journal – Even if you don’t feel like putting your words out on the big ol’ web, just start writing them down for yourself. It’s really quite fun to start, even if you don’t know what to write about at first. There are plenty of prompts to get you going, check out this post for some great prompts. Once you get on a roll, it’ll almost become habit instantly. There are some really nice journals out there, or you can simply grab a plain notebook from the dollar store!
  • WORK OUT – It seems like winter is the time when we all slack off a bit on our workouts. Is it because we aren’t outside as much? Or is it because we are eating too much comfort food and we just aren’t as motivated as in the warmer months? Whatever the reason, it isn’t the time to do so! There are plenty of exercises we can do right from the comfort of our homes. Even without equipment! Personally one of my favorites is yoga. It’s a wonderful stretch, as well as strength building activity that not only works your body but also your mind.
  • Color! – Believe it or not, there is a big push for adult coloring books lately. There are so many great ones out there with very intricate designs that will really keep you busy. Not only that, it can totally relax your mind! Amazon has a great selection of them here! You can also try your local hobby stores, although I’m not sure there will be more variety there. I have fallen in love with coloring lately, such a great stress reliever.

 


Read some books:

I love to read so much, and there are some great books out there. Some you might have heard of, yet some you may not be familiar with.  But why not check out some of these? Who knows? You might find some you really like!

  • Settle For More by Megyn Kelly – I am loving this one. I have been a fan of hers for quite some time, and although she is no longer on Fox News, I still think she’s an inspiration in so many ways. She talks about her rise up through struggles, even mentioning her time asking questions during the debate. Definitely a great, inspiring read!
  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – Who doesn’t want a little pep talk from time to time? I love the bluntness in this book and the way she words things. A great read for anyone who might be looking for some motivation to go bigger in life! Certainly great for the entrepreneurs out there too!
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Minimalism seems to be a hot topic these days. While I’m fully devoted to it, I did enjoy this little nugget of wisdom. It’s the Japanese art of decluttering and I think it has some very good tips and tricks to live by. Definitely worth a read, and it’s quite an easy one as well.
  • The Life-Change Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight – Yes, this is a “parody” of the prior book, and if you are in anyway offended by the “F” word, it is not for you. I do like the meaning behind it, though! Like the title says: “Stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to.” That was the kicker for me! We are all guilty of it I’m sure, but we don’t have to be. Get out there and own your life again.
  • Aim True by Kathryn Budig – One of my favorite yogis, Kathryn Budig has written this great book. Not only does she share what it means to “aim true” but she shares recipes, self-help ideas, etc. I loved this one quite a bit, and she is certainly a great yogi to follow.

What other things do you like to do to beat the winter blahs??

I’d love to hear more suggestions on books or ideas that get you through these cold months! For now, I’ll grab my blanket, my laptop and my books and head to snuggle with my pups and my blanket to keep warm!

Need some indoor ideas for those snow days? Winter boredom getting you down? Check out some tips to beat the winter weather blahs!

 

Cutting the Cord – Is it worth it?

Cord cutting has been a hot topic for a while now, in the cable sense that is. Every year it seems we would sit and watch that bill get higher and higher. It didn’t matter if we had cable or one of the dish companies, they all did the same. And let’s not forget the premium cable channels with their great shows! In these money-conscious days, we now live in, we are always looking for ways to save a bit of hard earned money.

 

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Have you thought about cutting the cord? Looking for a way to live more simply? See some pointers here to go cable free!

After paying way too much for way too long, we talked about what we could do to cut the cord. We moved up into the North GA mountains, after getting tired of the city hustle and bustle. While it definitely has its perks, we certainly had to learn some alternative options for things.  One of the biggest ones was the lack of decent cable service. With only 1 provider here, we were stuck, not only with mediocre service but at a premium price! We decided to go with DirectTV and hoped it would be a good choice for us.


DirectTV works out OK here. However we can get some wicked weather from time to time, and that can definitely affect your viewing time. One of my biggest pet peeves with it, or most of the services out there? Why the heck do we have to pay for so many channels that we will NEVER watch? There are hundreds of them, and we watch MAYBE only 10-15 of them, so why the high price for all the others? There really should be an option to let you pick a la carte, in my opinion. That, along with the high cost, definitely contributed to our decision to attempt the cord cutting, for sure.

The First Stages of Cutting the Cord.

So we began our research, looking into what our options might be if we decided to dive right into it. It turns out there are so many more options than we had even imagined! First of all, how about local channels? While we don’t watch a ton of local tv, there are times we check some shows out. Due to that, we began our look out for an antenna. Of course, like I mentioned, we are living in the mountains, with lots of trees. Because of this, we tried several different antennas, about 5 or more. Not a single one of them gave us more than 3 – 4 channels. And the only ones we got were Home Shopping and different Telemundo channels. So we decided to give up on that.

Because we have Netflix and Amazon Prime, we were less concerned about some things. But there are some shows we like that we couldn’t find on either one or at least not current episodes. I’d already binge-watched all of The Walking Dead that was available on Netflix. There are also a couple of other shows I started on Netflix, and then got caught up to DVR. Because of that, I needed certain channels!


Streaming Devices?

Of course, I had some knowledge of those streaming devices that are out there. Neither one of us was super familiar with any of them, so we started researching. There are SO many out there! Luckily my husband is a strong researcher. After looking over all different makes and models, we finally ended up with the Roku 3. It’s a great little streamer, and it even came with a free trial for Sling, which gave us some locals. But that only lasted 7 days, then we would have to pay monthly. And several of the apps had that same little snag. It seems many of the major networks had some form of one, but they are were going to add up fees.

After doing the math, looking at all the add-on fees we were about to start incurring, we realized we weren’t going to save much at all if any. Yes, I could have given up some of my shows I like, and probably should have. But it’s not like I watch a ton of TV, there are just a few I enjoy and don’t want to stop watching. We do love the Roku, however!

So did we cut the cord?

Not entirely. We DID get rid of all of the satellite boxes from the bedrooms, which included ours, the guest bedroom, and my stepdaughter’s room when she is with us. We also cut our package down to pretty much the minimum that still left me The Walking Dead. She got a Google Chromecast since she’s not much on TV, but YouTube and games. We got a 2nd Roku for our bedroom, which is great for streaming audio or general channels as background noise. Because we don’t have a whole lot of guests over, we haven’t decided on what to do with that television yet, but we will. One of the funniest things about it all is we now watch so much more TV (well it’s almost always on as background noise) and we even leave it streaming for the dogs when we are not home with them.

Have you cut the cord? Are you thinking about it?

I’d love to hear successes or even the unsuccessful attempts!

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Child-Free? What’s wrong with you?

There are a lot of mom bloggers out there. So many things gear to the stay-at-home mom or working mom. While I do have the utmost respect for the moms out there, what is the harm in choosing to be child-free? I made that choice a long time ago. And I’ve taken flack for it too! Why is it so hard for some people to understand that there are some like us out there? What is wrong with making that choice? Absolutely nothing. Also, it’s not really anyone’s business to question that choice. That’s exactly why I felt the need to write about it.

 

 

Did you choose to be Child-Free? Do people make you feel inadequate? You are NOT ALONE!! Read this post for more.

 

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First of all, how do you know I made the choice? How do you know I didn’t try and fail? How do you know I didn’t lose a child? While none of those apply to me, it’s still not ok to stick your nose in other people’s personal business! When did that become ok? I knew from quite a young age that having kids didn’t really appeal to me. When my mom would repeatedly ask “when am I getting a grandchild?”, I simply reminded her to discuss that with my brother. (Thank goodness he answered that one for her 16 years ago!) She finally realized somewhere in my 20s she wasn’t going to get any from me, so thankfully she gave that question up. I didn’t have to constantly remind her that I was making the choice to be child-free!

 

 

Maybe it was years of bad babysitting or being spoiled as an “only child”. I just knew that I had no interest in becoming a mom. Even when I got into my later years, I still didn’t have interest. As I started dating I was constantly asked how many kids I wanted. My answer to that was most often the cue to whether or not that relationship was going any further. Still, I’d get questioned by my family and friends. “When are you having kids?” Why don’t you want any kids?” Ugh… why was child-free so frowned upon?

 

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Fast forward through several failed relationships, and yes, even a couple of them had children already. My husband has a daughter, and I’m so fortunate that she is a wonderful child. No, she doesn’t live with us full time, but when she’s visiting, it’s fantastic. And now instead of asking when I’m having them, I get the “why don’t you have any children?” question. Ok again, why is this any of your business, especially when you don’t know me that well? I’ve had strangers ask me at parties, and it really drives me crazy! I chose this lifestyle because I could! And I really get miffed when people make assumptions that I’m not worthy because I’m living child-free! Instead of lashing out, I generally just respond with “I do have children, they just have 4 legs instead of 2”.

 

It's ok to be child-free! Why do we feel shamed for NOT having children? What is so wrong with that? Read about my NON mom journey!

Biggest Mistakes Direct Sales Marketers Make

There are certainly a lot of different ways to hustle some extra money these days.  Direct Sales seem to be at the top of many lists. However, thinking you can simply sign up and money will come flowing in is one of the biggest mistakes many of them make. I am an Independent Distributor for It Works Global. Yes, I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I’m here to share some of them with you. No matter what your direct sales company is, hopefully, these tips will help you!

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Not stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Sure, you have lots of friends on various social media platforms. Thinking you can strike it big by only going through them is one of the first mistakes DS people tend to make. Network Sales are tough, and you really don’t want to pester your friends and families with the information so much. Trust me, they’ll get really tired of hearing about that crazy wrap thing, or your awesome lip color. So reach out. It is NETWORK selling for a reason. Go out and build a network. Step out of your comfort zone. Go out and blitz in public. Reach out online in other areas you aren’t currently saturating. Find people that share your interests, then reach out. Make a connection. Be real, and be amazed at how much better you will become. You’ll also end up making some new friends along the way!

Don’t make false claims.

This should really be a no-brainer. But please don’t make the mistake of telling prospects things that simply cannot be backed up. No, the skinny wrap will not make you drop 20 lbs and 10 inches with the first application. Nope, you can’t eat all you want and sit on your butt all day and expect to drop weight, it’s that simple. No, your wrinkles will not disappear after the first application of this product. Get the picture? Instead of using false claims, why not share the information they need. Remind them results vary with every body. Everyone will have different results. Share the good parts, and leave the fluff out.

 If you don’t love it, don’t sell it.

Period. If you’ve never tried it, please don’t think you can sell it. Be a customer first before diving into Network Sales. Please don’t just see something that looks cool and think you can make a ton of money selling it. I hope I don’t need to include this one, but I have seen it happen way more often than it should. If I were a vegan, I wouldn’t be selling Omaha Steaks. People will see right through you that way, trust me. No one wants to be lied to, remember? See the point above.

Do not give up!

This is probably one of the first mistakes made. You get one or 2 “nos” and decide you just can’t do it. Guess what? Nothing in this world is instantaneous. If you are looking for instant gratification, perhaps you should rethink your pursual of money making. Did you say yes the first time? Probably not, right? I know I didn’t. But I love the products, and I continue to use them while I am working as an Independent Distributor. Have I had my fair share of “no thank yous”? Ummm, yes. Plenty. I am not giving up, and I know bigger things are still to come.  Make sure to surround yourself with a great team. Keep pushing your limits and following your dreams. With that, you can do anything you put your mind to!

 

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