Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Not Easy

When someone you love is in critical condition in the hospital it's not easy to concentrate. It's not easy to come up with a blog post. It's not easy to care about the mundane daily details of running a business. It's not easy to focus on client work. It's not easy to focus on your children when they are worrying about what they are going to wear to graduation. It's not easy to be your normal cheerful self. Basically nothing is easy. I found myself not wanting to do anything productive. But then I remembered that is what life is about... it's about the little details that seem unimportant. It's about being present in the moment. It's about getting up each morning and facing the day and hopefully making someone else smile at some point during that day.

Today was a better day. Although, it's not easy... I'm back!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

I Believe in Miracles

I've been gone for the last few days putting all my energy in to Grace. Grace is part of my extended (and very complicated) family. She was involved in the big crash on the Golden Gate Bridge the other day. I spent the night at the hospital with her the other night and have had the song I Believe in Miracles You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate in my head ever since. Please send healing thoughts and prayers to Grace.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What Are You Doing?

What are you doing? You can answer that question over here at Twitter.
If you don't know what Twitter is, here is a great video explaining it.
I love my Twitter!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Blog Of The Week (Week 10) - Extraordinary Women Thrive

This week I pick Lisa Hunter's new blog Extraordinary Women Thrive.

I'm so excited to see she has a blog that I wanted to share it with all of you!

Lisa is my coach and she is awesome!

She happens to be offering a special 5 session coaching package to spirited, go-getting, (possibly stressed out) women who want to thrive.

Prosperity or Poopy Thoughts?

Are you having prosperity thoughts or poopy thoughts?

Stop right now and listen to that chatter inside your head.

What do you hear?

A. I'm a failure. I can't do this. I don't think I can handle this. I'm so stupid.

or

B. I am a successful business owner. I love learning new skills. I am smart. I can do this!

If you are hearing things like A then you are having poopy thoughts. Next time you catch yourself having a poopy thought stop right then and change that thought to a positive/prosperous one.

If you are hearing things like B - Congratulations! You are having prosperity thoughts! Keep up the good work!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

You Can Heal Your Life

Woohoo Louise Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life is now a movie!



That little book and Louise's wise words helped me through some very difficult points in my life. I can't wait to see the movie!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

SPECIAL OIVAC DISCOUNT


Now through Sunday (5/18/08) Managing Your Thriving Business For Success is on sale!

50% off! We are offering this special discount in honor of IVAD!

Enter the code: OIVAC to receive your discount!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Fast Track to Goal Setting

Did you know if you write down your goals they are much more likely to happen?

Have you ever stopped to think about what you really want to do with your business?


How many hours a week do you want to be working?

How much money do you want to be making by this time next year?

What kind of clients do you want to work for?

How many clients do you want?

How much do you want your monthly income to be?

How about doing something for yourself this week? Or better yet, right now! Take a piece of paper or open a Word document and answer the questions above (or post your answers in a comment right here). Don't forget to write the date on your list of goals. A year from now I will bring this post back up to see how you did with your goals.



Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you hard working women out there!

“When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.” - Erma Bombeck

"The best academy, a mother's knee." - James Russell Lowell

“When you feel neglected, think of the female salmon, who lays 3,000,000 eggs but no one remembers her on Mother's Day” - Sam Ewing

“I know how to do anything - I'm a Mom.” - Roseanne Barr

"We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up." - Phyllis Diller

“Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young” Unknown

"I'd like to be the ideal mother, but I'm too busy raising my kids." - Unknown


Today is the last day to get $10 off Managing Your Thriving Business For Success . Enter the word "productive". Offer expires at midnight tonight. Great book for business moms! Learn new ways to balance work and family.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Co-Authors Nominated for Prestigious Virtual Assistant Awards

Bragging time... Thanks Yvonne for writing this press release!

Co-Authors of the book "Managing Your Thriving Business for Success", Sally Kuhlman and Yvonne Weld have each been recognized by their industry as nominees of these awards, Kuhlman for the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction and Weld for the Janet Jordan Achievement Award.

The Virtual Assistant industry is gearing up for the 3rd annual Online Virtual Assistant Convention (OIVAC), which will be held from May 15, 2008 through to May 17, 2008. The highlight of the event will be the International Virtual Assistants Day (IVAD) celebration on Friday, May 16, when the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Janet Jordan Achievement Award and the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction will occur.

The OIVAC website states that the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction is to "honor a Virtual Assistant who has been in business for at least 5 years and who has contributed to the industry in such a way that it has provided a positive impact on many others and helped them to build a successful business." The OIVAC website also states that the Janet Jordan Award is to "honor a newcomer Virtual Assistant who has been in business for less than 5 years and has reached a milestone in their short career in the industry. This milestone needs to be an accomplishment that has helped to boost their new business to an overwhelming success."

These nominations prove that Weld and Kuhlman truly know what they are talking about and they also give their book credibility. Many books on the market today are filled with repetitive materials that are unsubstantiated. In other words, not too many authors "practice what they preach". The fact that these authors have been nominated for these awards goes to show that they are truly running successful businesses and are being recognized by the industry as leaders and role models.

"My goal in writing the book was to share with business owners the elements of my business that have attributed to my success such as goal setting, boundary setting and good time management", Weld stated. "Many business owners struggle to determine why their business isn't working without first looking at themselves and the management style they bring to their business."

Kuhlman believes "most people can be taught good management skills and, by utilizing those skills, run a successful and thriving business." "We don't want others to make the same mistakes we have and wanted to provide a resource that would give entrepreneurs the tools they needed to run a successful business." Both Kuhlman and Weld have learned their management skills through trial and error and life experience.

About Yvonne Weld
Yvonne Weld is the owner of Canadian based ABLE Virtual Assistant Services which opened in April 2004. Yvonne brings knowledge from a number of resources including personal experience (8 years in her previous employment as an Office Manager), education (graduate of several courses at the Small Business Centre, London, Ontario) and her love for information through reading and internet research. For more information visit the Web site at www.ableva.com.

About Sally Kuhlman
Sally Kuhlman is the owner of Virtual Simplicity located in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been providing virtual support to entrepreneurs since 2002. For over 15 years she has been professionally engaged in business management and administrative work. Sally has a bachelor's degree in Social Ecology specializing in Psychology and Human Behavior. For more information visit the Web site at www.virtualsimplicity.net.

About Managing Your Thriving Business for Success
For more information about Managing Your Thriving Business for Success and how to start organizing your time better, visit the Web site at www.thrivingbusinessmanual.com/managing.

About OIVAC
The 3rd annual OIVAC is to be held from May 15-17, 2008 and will include several training teleseminars and workshops as well as an opportunity to network with Virtual Assistants from around the world. For more information visit the Web site at www.oivac.org.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Goals Start With Ideas

"Goals are a system of deciding what you want, planning how to get it, then taking action and working towards getting it. Many goals never materialize because people forget about them, We all get busy in our daily lives and forget to stay focused on the big picture. Keep a notebook where you can write down ideas, goals, inspirations, etc. Keep this notebook easily accessible and whenever a great idea pops into your head, write it down. If you write down your ideas you will have a much better chance of reaching your goals."
-excerpt from Managing Your Thriving Business For Success

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What's Your Excuse?

Do you think you are too old to get started with an internet business?

If so, you might want to check out this new ebook: Put Your Old on Hold: A Baby Boomer's Unconventional Guide to the Making of a dot com business" by Karen McGreevey.

She's funny, she's witty and she knows what she is talking about.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

What is an Affiliate and how can I be one?

According to wikipedia, Affliliate Marketing is "is a web-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate's marketing efforts."

Have you thought about becoming an affiliate for a product that you like but you're not sure how it all works?

Did you know you could be making money while you sleep if you are an affiliate?

It's easy to be an affiliate! All you have to do is sign up and then you get your own unique URL for whatever product it is that you want to promote. You can put this link on your Website, on your blog, or email it to your friends and lists.

If you haven't tried being an affiliate before how about trying with our book: Managing Your Thriving Business For Success? You can earn 30% commission on each book sold. To make things easier for you we have set up an affiliate tool box with a free affiliate manual to give you some ideas on how to get started. If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly.

To join our affiliate program click here. To learn more about it click here.



Monday, May 05, 2008

Bragging Rights

I got interviewed at Virtual Assistant Forums this month! You can read the interview here.

In celebration of returning from FoVA and being interviewed at the Virtual Assistant Forums I'm offering a discount on the book Managing Your Thriving Business For Success. Just enter the code word productive to receive $10 off. This offer lasts through May 11th, 2008.

Thanks!

FoVA - Forum on Virtual Assistance

Last Thursday I got on a plane in San Francisco and flew to Toronto for the Forum on Virtual Assistance. After a long day of travel and getting through security and feeling a little dazed and confused I walked through the customs door in to a sea of people. I was pleasantly surprised to hear my name being shouted out (loudly) by Patty and Yvonne. It was great to see Patty again and to finally meet Yvonne in person.

Yvonne & Sally







Considering I am incredibly jet lagged at this moment I'm going to post a few photos from the forum and wait for my head to clear up before attempting to post anything intelligent. These photos are from the socializing part of the weekend... I'll get down to business later this week and tell you about all the wonderful workshops.


When we arrived at the lovely Delta hotel we were greeted by Princess Terry.












We then went up to our room to get pretty before it was time for the cocktail reception.

(Left to right: Victoria, Jaime, Yvonne & Patty)






Patty's husband won VA husband of the year again. He sent flowers to her hotel room (again).












Barb our fearless FoVA leader told us all about what we could expect from the conference.












Michelle told us a bedtime story.













Some of the VANA volunteers posed for a picture with Tawnya wearing their new sweatshirts.

(Sally, Patty, Tawnya, Terry, Yvonne)









Stay tuned for more photos and stories...