Archives for October 2013

What is your Plan B? Five interesting ways to make money from home

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I’m a huge advocate for creating additional ways to make an income. No jobs are 100% safe, so it’s important that you have a Plan B in place to protect you.

So today I’ve decided to put together a list of things I’ve done or things others have done, in order to create and additional income. Some of these may work for you, some won’t.

I just hope that by reading through these ideas you’re inspired to take some action to protect yourself and your family from suffering what so many have, when a job is lost…

Ok, so here are some ideas that may spark some interest!

  1. Affiliate sales – selling another company’s products from your own website, and receiving a commission on sales. I have a site that promotes and sells a workout program, as well as protein and other supplements.
  2. Selling your own items – on eBay, sites like Gumtree (in Australia), or your own website. A good cull of what’s in your house might be a good way to get started, then go from there.
  3. MLM (Amway) – Ok ok, Amway has gotten a bit of a bad name over the years, and unfortunately due to the few who believe that “tricking” people into seeing the business plan is an ethical way of doing things, people are wary. I’m in Amway but not for the business side. I’m in there for the various products I like to buy from them. I have friends who have become quite successful in the business side of things with Amway, and this company has been around for 50+ years, so there’s a lot of credibility there.
  4. Freelance writing – I did this for a while, and still have a few clients who I write for. I write content for websites, I write ebooks, and I even write tweets for Twitter, or Facebook posts. If you want to learn more about how I got started with this, please contact me.
  5. MLM (World Ventures) – This one is by far my favourite, and is definitely showing signs that it’s going to be “the one” for me. It’s based on cheap travel (what’s not to like about that??) and the concept is easy to “sell”. In fact, there really is no “selling” at all. You just show people the promo video and they decide for themselves if they like it. If they do, they sign up. If they don’t, then they don’t. Easy! More info on this can be found on this site here (watch video #2).

So there you have it – five interesting ways to make money from home.

Need any more info on any of these? If so, then contact me!

What would happen if you lost your job tomorrow?

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It has been said that most of us are only 3 paydays away from bankruptcy.

What this means is that if you were to lose your job tomorrow, and with no other means to make an income, it would take only 3 paydays before you’ve run out of cash.

Ouch!

I had a very vivid dream last night. In this dream I was made redundant from my job and throughout the dream I was in a panic about how I was going to survive financially.

I would have to move out of the beautiful home I love and possibly go and live with my parents in their already overcrowded home, I would lose my car, and things would NOT be looking good at all!

Well… thankfully this did not happen, and even better, thankfully I’m working on my Plan B. Plan B for me includes generating an income that will eventually replace my current income. I’m getting there slowly and with very little effort, but the fact is I’m moving toward my goal.

What are you doing to protect yourself against a job loss?

If you’re looking for ideas, stay tuned – I’m going to post soon with a list of things I’m doing right now. You never know… one of these things may work for you!

Weight loss – My experiment to improve my chance of success!

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After a winter of laziness and probably a wee bit much to drink, my middle is telling me that if I don’t do something about it soon, then I’m going to have a tummy that sticks out further than my boobs.

The horror of this is what has sparked me to get off my butt today and complete a strength training workout, followed by 15 minutes of intervals (running/walking).

I probably chose the most humid day of the year so far to do this, but after a stretch and a nice long shower, I’m feeling pretty good about my efforts so far!

Here’s my problem though…

I just LOVE food. ANY food! And what this means is that I often find myself eating foods that are not supportive to a goal of fat loss.

What I’ve done in the past is to completely fix my diet, only eating healthy, supportive foods, and exercising three times per week. The exercise I’m usually ok with and when I make the effort, I find half an hour, three times a week do to my thing.

But all too soon my food habits die and I’m back to my old habits again.

So here’s what I’m going to do instead…

  1. I’m going to work out three times a week as planned; and
  2. I’m going to tweak my eating habits. So I’m not going to completely go healthy, but rather improve each week on what I’m doing. So in my case, this could mean ensuring I eat a healthy breakfast every day, and having at least one or two healthy meals during the day after that. The following week, I’ll add in another healthy meal, and so on.
  3. I’m not going to get hung up on whether I’m eating the right thing or not. I know what’s healthy, and I know what’s not. And I also know that the more regularly I work out, the less inclined I am to want to eat unhealthy food.

I hate feeling guilty, so this new way of doing things may be the start I need to gradually incorporate healthy eating habits into my life, without beating myself up. I’m wondering if that’s why I’ve given up in the past?! Maybe!

Ok, I’m off to the shop to buy some ingredients for some healthy protein balls! :)

Living in the moment vs future thinking

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I’ve posted a lot about dating and relationships lately, and that’s probably because I’m single and have plenty of single people around me, some of whom I have coached along the way, so why not? There is always soooo much to learn!

One of the biggest “traps” women tend to fall into when joining the dating scene is “future thinking”. I’m guilty of doing this in the past too.

My friend Amy had just come out of a terrible relationship with a man who was just not right for her at all!

I remember receiving many late night calls from her in tears, after yet another argument with her man who was clearly not right for her.

Thankfully her relationship only lasted a few months, but the scars left from the experience were deep, but she also learned a LOT!

Shortly after the breakup she started dating a guy who was absolutely smitten with her. Things were definitely going very well and finally she was smiling again. I was relieved!

But then she started to worry, and began to stress about the future and what his intentions were, and what if things went bad again, and, and, and….

So here’s what I said to her… “Amy! How do you feel when you’re with him?”

Amy: “I feel cherished, and I just feel amazing!”

Me: “If you feel that way, then stop bloody worrying about the future! Focus on NOW! If he’s treating you right and you’re happy with him, then what is there to worry about? You don’t know what your future holds, and neither does he. And if you spend the entire time worrying about what your future may hold, you won’t have the chance to enjoy NOW!”

She took my advice, and already marriage is on the table. Not only that, but I’ve never seen such a cute couple in my life!

Her future thinking was really holding her back from letting things progress naturally.

Future thinking is basically just a natural inclination for many of us women to get a little ahead of ourselves when we first meet a man. Instead of staying focused on getting to know him and learning more about him, we start to fantasize about what he’ll be like as a husband, or worse, we start to fear that he may be using us for sex or that things won’t work out and we’ll get badly hurt.

This future thinking can often turn us into clingy, needy messes!

When getting to know a man, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to consider if he has long term potential though. If you meet a guy for the first time and he tells you he can’t stand children and you have 3 littlies at home, now would be a good time to cut the date short, because you know it’s never going to be a long term thing!

When you start dating a man, you first need to ask yourself some very important questions:

  1. How do I feel in his presence?
  2. Does he treat me how I like to be treated?
  3. Is he leading things, initiating regular contact, and showing genuine interest in me?

If you don’t feel great in his presence or if you feel uncomfortable, why is that? If something’s not feeling right, get clear on why this is.

A guy who initiates contact and “leads” is showing you that he is interested in you in some way. If you were always texting and calling him first, then you’re not giving him a chance to show his interest in you, so you’ll never be quite clear about how interested he actually is.

Men can also be quite turned off by women who regularly “chase”, so best to leave that part to him!

If all of your responses to the questions above were positive, then you’re off to a great start!

It doesn’t mean wedding bells are in the future though, and this is the hard part…

Now is the time to:

  • Just “be”
  • Live in the moment – enjoy your time with him! Stop spending that time worrying about what your future may hold.
  • Stay focused on how you feel when you’re with him. If you feel good, then great
  • Let go of future thinking. Nobody knows where things will lead with you two. Yes, he may be an arse who uses you then moves on, or he’s just a sweet guy who’s taking his time getting to know you before he’s prepared to take things to the next level. Try to let go of control and just go with the flow…
  • Until you are clear where things stand with him (he will let you know his intentions eventually), date other men! Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Not all men are ready, willing, or able to commit to you, so don’t allow yourself to get invested in one of these. Keep your options open.
  • Have FUN! Life is meant to be enjoyed, so make the most of the attention coming your way. Allow yourself to receive from these men.
  • Enjoy every moment, because life is waaayyyy too short.

By letting go of that control, and having to know where things are leading, you will find that you will feel so much freer just to enjoy life without any hangups. Yes things may not work out, but there’s a chance they will. Either way, wouldn’t you rather enjoy the journey rather than spend the entire time worrying??