virtual-assistant2You’ve heard the term and you think a virtual assistant might help your business but you haven’t a clue how to go about finding a virtual assistant that will work with your business.  Let me help you make things a bit clearer.

Take a deep breath and pause before jumping in…

Don’t jump into the process of seeking out a suitable virtual assistant.  It’s necessary to take some time to think about the types of tasks you need done and how you would envision the virtual assistant interacting with your business.  Do you want someone who will become a partner in your business, someone who will step in when you’re not available to be able to take care of things. Or do you simply want someone who’s available to complete the odd task for you without the need for knowing the aspects of your business.

I personally believe that one of the greatest benefits a virtual assistant can offer is partnership.  Many virtual assistants have a desire to see their clients business succeed for the simple idea that your success is the VA’s success.  If you see your need simply for typing and data entry hire a local high school or college student for half the rate and move on.

When you’re ready for a collaborative strategic business relationship then source out a virtual assistant.

Do your homework

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Don’t Just Plan – You Must Take Action

 

There are aspects of my work life that I find very easy and pleasant, and others where I’m conscious I have some real weaknesses. One of my greatest failings is that I enjoy learning about a new subject — a new technique, a new subject and I am a sucker for every career quiz. I prefer doing all of it much more than I enjoy getting down to work. If you are like me, here is the top advice for us. You and I must take ACTION!

I’m not sure exactly why I find it so hard to take action. I don’t think the pop-psych generalities are necessarily accurate in my case … I’m certainly not afraid of success, nor do I believe that I’m incapable of achieving good work.

Part of the problem, I believe, is that I like to fully understand something before I start working on it. I’m one of the mythical customers who actually reads the manual … I’ve never been willing to just jump in, get to work, and learn new software as I go. At least, not in a situation where the results actually matter; if I’m investing time and resources in order to have a better life, I don’t want to get things wrong. I joined the newsletter, it’s a truly awesome confidence boost.

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Is creativity better than Intelligence?
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The majority of educational organizations and businesses still continue to value intelligence above creativity, but this begins to change. You can find increasingly more attention for innovation and creativity.

Just lately, I was reading an interview with Gatorade inventor Dr. James Robert Cade’s daughter, Phoebe Cade Miles, and she states that creativity is a more substantial forecaster of success in a persons life than intelligence. Phoebe strongly believes in the power of creativity. She explained that indeed intelligence is easier to measure, easier to control, and easier to recognize, but that it is definitely worth to check out creative people and to educate yourself to think in a creative way because thinking creatively will result in success.

Cade Miles is now busy working on the new project, The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. This museum, is scheduled to open in 2015 and it explores the history of the famous Gatorade athletic drink, and highlights the vital role creativity played in the invention.

How To Be More Creative

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Speak Kindly To AND About Yourself

“Speak kindly to AND about yourself. No more “I’m so stupid” or “This is a dumb question” or “I am so behind!” Words create LIFE. ~Sandi Krakowski~
It’s well known knowledge that negative self talk comes from negative talking to a child hammering in that little one’s head like “you’re so stupid!” “dummy!” “you’ll never amount to anything!”

Have you ever heard those words as a child? Do you find yourself believing those words? It doesn’t have to be a parent it can be any person that’s supposed to be a role model to you. I know that as a child I grew up with soooooo many negative words. It took me quite a long time to finally realize that I am not stupid or dumb or anything else negative that I was told as a child. And I know I am not the only one, in my work as an education consultant I have seen plenty high school dropouts with the low self esteem as a direct results of belittling their capabilities in the childhood.

It’s verbal abuse and it’s amazing how many adults abuse children verbally.

When you realize all the negative self talk stems from your childhood you can start to give yourself positive self talk or like Sandi Krakowski says you can “Speak Kindly To AND About Yourself! You can, it works and it turns things around for you.

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Meaning, sometimes we have to work at our happiness. Good news is there are plenty that we can do. Here is a list of wonderful ideas to keep that upbeat energy.

1) Mini dance breaks. Turn the music up and just dance around for a bit. It will make you smile. You’re smiling right now thinking about it, why not just try it out to see how happy you really can be!  Go to Pandora right now to get going.

2) Create something. Whether it is a painting, a poem, a gallery of pictures, a beautiful bulletin board for your wall,  or just something you can be proud of. Feeling productive is a great boost. Check out Pinterest for some ideas!

3) Meditate. Take 10 minutes, close your eyes and relax. Breath in and let go of anything stressful because in the end it is all going to be okay anyways.

 

4) Treat yourself. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure, or a little gift at Duane Reade. Treat yourself for all the hard work you’ve been putting in lately.

5) Try something new. It may be scary to step out of that routine of yours, but sometimes a little change can spark a whole new adventure in your life. You are guaranteed to meet new people, learn something exciting, or in the very least feel accomplished. Check out Meetup.com to see what exciting events are going on in your neighborhood.

 

If you have any great mood boosters you want to share let me know. I am always up for a new activity. And it may very well be featured in the next happiness article!

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Perceptions of Electric Cars

Based on the results of an Indiana University study, American drivers don’t understand electric cars, and base most of their judgments about plug-in vehicles on preconceived and faulty notions. This lack of awareness could hinder the auto industry’s push to produce more electric and hybrid vehicles.

The study, run by Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, surveyed 2,300 adult drivers in 21 different U.S. cities. Misconceptions about price and mileage were most common.

Price Perceptions

Ask a car enthusiast about the price of 1986 mustang parts and he or she can probably give you an accurate response. Ask the same person about the cost of electric cars, and they’ll often be way off the mark.

People understand electric cars are more expensive than gas-powered vehicles, but they don’t realize the difference can be expressed in thousands of dollars. Instead, they expect to pay a few hundred dollars more for a plug-in car. So when people go shopping for electric cars, they’re shocked by the extra cost, which makes gas-powered vehicles seem more attractive.

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I had my ear flushed yesterday afternoon and second only to childbirth, it was the craziest medical experience of my life. The syringe my doctor used to shoot water in my ear was one of those giant metal ones that you see in like, cartoons, and the stuff that came out was disgusting, yet totally fascinating. It sounded like there was a tornado going through my head but when it was done the ringing had stopped and I could hear. Hallelujah! Did you read that, people? I could hear. All around me angels were farting, and I could hear them. Oh, happy day.

However, while I was driving to the doctor’s, part of my front tooth chipped off. I’ve had problems with this tooth for a long time – the bottom of it chipped years ago and has been bonded numerous times for the sake of appearance. The last time my dentist bonded it he said the tooth was too fragile to have it done again, and if the bonding continued to chip away I’d have to consider a more permanent solution, like a porcelain veneer. This was just before my wedding and wouldn’t you know it, the week before Dave and I got married a huge chunk chipped off. I didn’t do anything about it, however, because at the time I was too absorbed in wedding crap to really care (and I was so bogged down with morning sickness that the thought of reclining back in the ol’ dentist’s chair sent me running for the toilet). The chip wasn’t visible at all and being the procrastinator that I am, I left it for as long as I possibly could.

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30 Typical Dutch Things

Updated July, 2016. The Dutch popular national newspaper Telegraaf asked its readers what is “typical Dutch”. They compiled a list of the 100 top typical Dutch things. Thanks to my Dutch girlfriend I created this post with 30 typical Dutch things based on the votes of Telegraaf (Dutch) readers

  • Windmills- Molens –Think about windmills network at Kinderdijk- this place is also on the World Heritage List of UNESCO
  • Sinterklaas is also known as Sint Nikolaas or Saint Nicholas
  • Clogs-Wooden Shoes-Klompen– are one of the most original items to take back home from Holland
  • Orange Color Sentiment – Oranje  (gevoel) during international soccer tournaments involving the Dutch team  everything in the Netherlands turns orange, including the Dutch themselves. Another reason to go orange is the King Day
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UP AND RUNNING!

I am absolutely ecstatic to announce that my hiatus from running has finally ended, and although I’ve only got about 3.5 miles under my feet so far this week, the ankle feels good as new, and I’m ready to take on my own personal trail turkey trot tomorrow.

I know I have been pussy footing around getting back into running. Erring on the side of caution in order to push back my return to doing something I love so much, going mildly psychotic in the meanwhile,and growing more and more irritable as the days went by. I have to be honest though… I probably could’ve started back a week earlier, but I was scared.

First of all, I only started running in April, so I know how bad it sucks when you first start running. At least for me it did. It’s uncomfortable, your lungs hurt, your legs hurt, your pride takes a beat down, it’s time consuming… Starting running and sticking to it takes balls. Since I have been injured, I have been counting the days I’ve gone since running, knowing each one that passed would make my “comeback” that much more like starting all over again. Yet when I started feeling better, I just tried to push back that first run even longer, because I knew how horrible it was going to be, and following the Paleo diet wasn’t all that easy as well. 

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The Diversity Of Canada

diversity-canadaA month ago I went to Montreal for 4 days. Although it’s freezing cold, I’ve never been to this part of the country before and I was keen to how our French friends compared to the real deal.

This got me thinking about the amazing diversity of scenery and culture that we have here in Canada. I’ve spent 2 weeks in a car driving from London up to a ferry to cross over to Ireland, around Ireland, back on the ferry and up to Scotland, then back down to London and I have to say that much of that time was spent watching green rolling hills go by. By the end I missed the hustle and bustle of London and was sick of seeing green grass and cows.

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