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6 Excuses Stop You From Starting Your Home Business

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Your excuses  stop you from starting your own home business.  You moved into the New Year excited that things would be different for you this year. But, things come that stop you from starting your home business.  You are upset because you are stuck.   You want to get your business off the ground, but you are at your wit’s end.  You promised yourself!!  Your desires and passion put you in front of the computer to figure it out.


1-28-2016 6-32-40 PMI have been reading The War of Art by  Steven Pressfield. Steven calls this state, “The State of Resistance”.  This state of “Resistance”, keeps us in a state of fear and in immobility.  We fear the aloneness of being on our own.  When we go to a job, we have our co-workers and a boss and our duties are clearly defined.  When we start a business we are on our own, we’re afraid of being alone.  

We are going to have to figure it out ourselves.  The truth is we are never alone.  As we step out, the dream we have for ourselves sits like a little lady bug on our shoulders wishing us well.  If we call for our courage, in the deepest part of ourselves where the desire to better ourselves comes from, we will be able to support and sustain ourselves.  There are many out on the internet where there is free training to help you get started and figure it out. Don’t let your excuses stop you from starting your own home business.

Are your Excuses just Excuses?

The excuses we make for our selves, is just procrastinating.  Anyone can succeed if they are willing to go out and gain the knowledge and learn the skills that will make a person successful.  Say, you want to work online, or you want to be successful in a network marketing business, it will take setting the time aside to do the learning and then doing the work that is required of you..


If you make excuses and spend your time in front of the television, the knowledge you need to learn for your new craft won’t happen.  Regret word cloud concept

It is resistance to what your heart desires, to really change your life and your finances that stands in your way to make the move to move forward.  


Are any of the following 6 excuses holding you back from starting your own home business?

  • I don’t have the money. Is there  ever a time where you have enough money?  Before the internet it took lots of capital to start a business.Thanks to the internet you can start a business for less than $100.Work with what you’ve got. be careful not to buy every shiny object out there.  Make a decision and try to stay focused.  Concentrate on what will help you the most.
  • I don’t have the time. There is a saying, if you want something done, find a busy person, they get it done.How do people who are in business do it?  They make sacrifices.  They don’t watch TV, They give up socializing as much.  Focus on the time that you do have, where you are not sleeping.  Make the sacrifice and make your dream a reality.
  • The market is flooded. McDonald’s and Burger King are in the same market? If you want to do business on the internet, it’s a myth that the market is saturated. The market is ready for new ideas and marketing strategies.  You need to be willing to take the time and effort to learn and get into action.
  • I’m too old, I’m too young.  Are you on your deathbed? If you’re not, then you have wisdom and life experience that can go into your business. Stop thinking of yourself as old, think of yourself as capable with time and resourcefulness to succeed.  If you’re young, you have time, energy and motivation to learn new things to succeed.  If you believe in yourself, you can prove everyone else wrong and do it for yourself..
  • I don’t have the skills or experience.  That may be the case at this moment.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  Most entrepreneurs who get in a business do not know everything when they first get started.  You can accept that you’ll learn along the way ( and usually from your mistakes) or do something about it to make sure you do learn.
  • Who will help you? There is plenty of help out there.You must help yourself.You will need to look in forums, blogs, youtube, websites where you can learn and grow.  Your confidence will grow as you learn and overcome the obstacles that will show up.  Take responsibility, don’t wait for someone to help you ,move forward. Stop excuses concept.



What are your excuses for not moving forward?


Is your Resistance and your excuses keeping you from achieving success. Take the time to figure out your “excuses”, are they what is preventing you from what you really want? Or are you getting in your own way?Hand writing: In The End We Only Regret the Chances We Didn't Take


If you got some value from today’s post, Are you letting your excuses hold you back from moving ahead?, please feel free to leave me a comment below.  It’s always appreciated.


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Johanna Baker

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Habits for a successful year


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Let’s face, it, another year is beginning and we want this next year to be better than the last. But, we don’t like making a New Year’s resolution that we end of not following through on, because it will make us feel like a failure.


Instead, this year make a commitment to make real changes and develop habits that will make you feel great about who you are and who you want to be.


Many people have written about balance in their life.  How do you have balance in your life when you want to forge in a new direction that will truly make your life better.


From my experience, it can only happen if you make a commitment to yourself and you do it through a process of making incremental positive decisions and develop habits that take you in the direction you want to go.


Running a marathon is not easy.

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  You can’t decide today that you’ll run a marathon a month from now.


  It’s going to take training for weeks and months before your body is ready.  


  My daughter decided to run a half marathon in her desire to get herself stronger and healthier.


She made a plan of how far she would run on each day to build up to the time of the race.  


Breaking her desire into manageable increments of distance and then increasing distance, making the sacrifices to do it several times a week made it possible for her to run successfully.


There are no magic bullets.  You have to put in the time and practice, and do it incrementally.


Reality Check

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Let’s face it, life is complicated


How do you balance wanting to get ahead in a side business, your family, your job, your health.


Truth is it easy to get way out of balance.  If you work too many hours, your health can suffer.


You spend so much time on your business your family suffers.


First thing you will need to do is assess what balance is to you.  You also understand that things change from day to day.  One day may be totally devoted to your family, your next may take much more of your time on your job and you still are doing something on the side, so there needs to be time for that.


If you don’t take care of your health, by the decisions you make about what you eat and the exercise you get, your health will suffer.


Priorities and Boundaries


Time is the essential ingredient of the entire balance problem.  It is important to be aware and schedule your time so that you can develop a routine where you have the time to  exercise. have the the time for your job, the necessary time to grow your business, and you can’t neglect the most important people in your life.

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Put things on your calendar.  You want to have special time with your spouse or your family.

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   Schedule your personal time for paying bills,laundry, cooking, shopping,  personal growth, reading and listening to things that will make you a better     person and have a good attitude.

    In other words, block off time for what is a priority.  Sometimes things are out of balance because of what needs to be done.  Sometimes sleep                  suffers.  You just can’t do this all the time or your health will suffer.




Having the Slight Edge

Make the decision that you will do things to reach your goals and that you won’t give up on yourself.  Jeff Olson wrote a life changing book called The Slight Edge.  It is about turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness.


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There are a few people  who have made their dreams come true.  These people seem to have inner direction that does not let them stop until they reach their achievement.


They seem to have this Slight Edge.  Reading this book is a help in having an understanding that it will take more than just the how to’s to make the change in you that will lead you to success.


Why do so many diets fail?  It isn’t that they are put together poorly. I know for myself when I have gone on a diet and my mindset for the success of that diet isn’t there, I am not successful.  I have sabotaged myself in many different ways. How many people do you know that have done as well.


What do you need to do to make it happen?  Discover the one thing that will help you achieve your goal and a life long dream and the ladder to your success. As Jeff explains, it takes much more than the how to’s.  Not that they aren’t important, but the changes that lead you to success come from within you.  Once you discover how your philosophy…. creates your attitude …. creates your actions… which will in turn create your results


Jeff talks about the essential key being our philosophy and attitude.  Self help books, all the how to’s are not enough.  I encourage you to read Jeff’s book and create The Slight Edge in your life

Continuous Improvement

Start Small


If you want to improve your health and you are just getting started to exercise, start with 5 minutes, walk when you can.Papers with inheritance tax and testament form Notepad with healthy life guide, apple and measure tape


With your diet, make good food choices, write down what you’re eating for the next week.


Add things to your routine.


With your family,  write a note of gratitude to your spouse, write a note to your friends,  With your children, make sure you carve out some individual time time with them.


With your business, focus on improving a skill or learn something that you need to know.


If you are in a job, make sure that you are doing more than just getting by.  What if I hate my job and the people I work with.


Hating or disgruntled, that attitude will not help you get very far when you are in business.


To be a leader and help others you will need to have an attitude of helpfulness, appreciation, and gratitude.  00 quotation-gratitude-1


There will be times in your life where you will need to work harder, it will be OK.


Don’t be afraid, that sometimes you will not be successful or that it is taking longer.  It is during this time, we usually learn the most.


Your long term business success will come from making little improvements every day and that is where you will find your Slight Edge.


Having intention and commitment that you will pursue what needs to be done and to learn your skills will enrich your life and give you the success you are looking for.


So if you’re ready to make this next Your Year –  if you’re bold enough to commit, get the mentor-ship and help you need to build a successful business, with residual income – then go ahead and check this out!

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Become Unstoppable

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Become Unstoppable. What does that have to do with Improv and our life?

Have you ever been in a theater group?

Maybe in High School?

What is the most fun and also the scariest?

Improv is like life because we need to respond in the moment as we go through life in different situations, when we interact with people and build relationships.  We don’t have a script about how we are to respond or act as we move through life. We need to trust our gut and go.improv-as-an-actor-makes-you-present-in-the-moment-you-listen-youre-attentive-youre-not-acting-so-quote-1


The reason I liken Improv to life is because it lacks preparation for being in the moment.

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When we think about Improv, many of us think about comedy and wonder, how can they be so funny and in the moment?


I did some research on Improv and discovered there are guidelines that Improv players follow to make it work.  I discovered that these guidelines are actually helpful as you look at being successful in business. Why is improv a lesson to becoming unstoppable?


Being in your own business where you are the boss, holds you to a higher standard.  You are now reporting to yourself.  You will need to become fearless, think in the moment, keep your limiting beliefs at bay.  Think about a person in improv, are they not fearless, in the moment and they are thinking outside of the box as they are responsive in the moment?


When you first make the decision that you want to start your own business and enter the arena of Entrepreneurship and you may want to do this online, you do this with your intellect, but your emotions are there to validate or nix the idea.


What are the secrets to building an unstoppable Self Confidence?


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  • Believe in yourself.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  When looking at others, you are only seeing the surface.  Build on your strengths, build your skills, focus on your goals and how you will get there.
  • It doesn’t mean that the loudest people are the most confident.  Learn to trust yourself and your own strengths.  Think about the people you admire the most.    Is their strength showy and braggadocios?  (Many may be feeling insecure.)  Most of us admire someone who has depth of character and helps others.
  • Keep the things you believe you’re not good at at bay. Focus on what you’re good at and use your strengths to advance yourself. Even people who are successful have things they aren’t good at.  Use your strengths to overcome obstacles that may get in your way.
  • Use positive affirmations that you believe will become your reality. Your positive self talk may not make you the most confident person, but successful people are good at positive self talk.  The best way to help yourself through your own doubts is to remind yourself of what you have accomplished and what you are still capable of doing. Your positive self talk can become more believable to you and changes will come from there.
  • Self confidence is about how you feel about yourself. Self confidence isn’t what others are thinking about you.  Your self confidence is about who you are, where you are and want to be in your own life and in leadership.  When you are sure about what you know and who you are then your self confidence and your ability to lead will be a natural consequence.
  • In the Serenity prayer:  God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,  The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.  This prayer gives clarity and understanding of what you can do and what may just be a waste of time to move you toward your goal.  Make daily choices that will lead you to your goal.                                                                                                          


  • Jim Rohn, a leader in the personal development arena, had a great story he would tell about judging character, giving you insight into what you can change and what you can’t change.scorpion & the frog 8749346  He tells the story about the frog in the lily pond.  A scorpion comes along and asks the frog for a ride across the pond.  The frog says, “No way will I take a scorpion across the pond because scorpions sting frogs.”  The scorpion declared, “Why would I sting you, I want to get across the pond?”  The frog sighed, “If you promise you won’t sting me, I will take you across the pond.”  The scorpion promised.  So, they set off across the pond.  They were pretty close to shore on the other side, and guess what?  The scorpion stung the frog.  The frog asked,”Why did you do that?” “ I am a scorpion and that is what scorpions do, they sting.”  Know what you can change and become a good judge of character. Just as a leopard can’t can’t change their spots, others will do what they do because of who they are.


  • Decide to be committed to yourself. If you are true to what you want and are committed, then every day you will accept responsibility for doing the things that are necessary to reach your goals.  If you stumble or have setbacks, mount that horse, dust yourself off and don’t give up on yourself.  Even if you fall off the horse again, mount the horse again, don’t procrastinate, be true to yourself. Do what it takes to get to the goals you created for yourself.





When you are brand new to online marketing, you will benefit from learning a number of skills. What are the principles to having a business online?  First off you need to discover why you want to earn money online.  Some may say, I don’t like selling face to face and I hate the rejection. When you market a product of value, everyone will want what you have.


When you embark on a course of training you will discover how and what you want to market. You will learn about sales funnels and Lead capture pages. What are you going to email people once you have their name captured?  What kind of value will you bring to the person who is reading what you’ve written.  How can you help them?


What are the many connections with business and Improv?

Getting back to Improv and the connection it has to owning your own business. The guidelines for an Improv is that you enter without preparation and you respond in the moment with your feelings and intuition.  In our line of work in online marketing we need to be an Improviser, we need to be in the moment and connecting with stories. When we are talking with people we need to be listening before we respond, another principle in Improv.  Communication and Creativity are key in Improv and also key in our business. Improv is also about teamwork and building rapport.  Aren’t those key elements important in owning a business?


Let me tell you about Paul, one of the persons that is looking to change his life.  He has done a lot of odd jobs,construction, which takes a lot of physical exertion. He is looking down the pike and thinking, he doesn’t want his body to wear out and be working this kind of work when he’s in his 40’s.50’s and 60’s.  Work is up and down.  Sometimes it’s great and other times the times are lean.  Sometimes he needs to travel to where the work is.


I ask him, why does he want to work online?  He wants to learn new skills so he  can develop a  stable long term income.  He doesn’t want his body to wear out before he can have any fun in life. Does any of that sound familiar?


Getting back to improv.  If a character starts going on a story line and his partner says yes, the story can become very entertaining.  But what if, he says NO.  What happens next?  Nothing.  Everything stops.


So if you want the story to go on…. what is the answer that keeps it going?  Yes.

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Saying YES gives you Possibilities.


Many are afraid of failing, so they never start.  Failure is a way out.  Failing does not mean you’re a failure, you just start again. Fear is what is so immobilizing.


The following is an excerpt from Keith’s Winner’s Path Weekly Newsletter.

I was speaking to a client recently when it struck me how often I find myself coaching people around their fears and worries. Although we may want to better our lives and accelerate our productivity, many of our decisions are governed by fear. We want more, but avoid risks, so we continually produce similar results over again. We fear change, for we may lose some degree of control over the outcome. We fear expressing how we feel or what matters most to us, in fear that it would make us vulnerable. We fear leaving what’s predictable and comfortable, although it may not be best for us. We fear not having and not getting, having what we want and losing it, even getting what we want and no longer wanting it!



If your desire to succeed is strong enough then you’re willing to recognize your fear, realize it and push through it to become unstoppable.  Fear is a funny thing, because your old programming can get in the way of you seeing clearly  what you can do to work and push through it. transform fear into action iStock_000022997726Small-583x387


Listening with every part of your being makes it possible to make the best response.  It is also a willingness to change and to play the game that you are choosing.


Johanna Baker is offering you a Challenge

You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t want more in your life.

When you get that queasy feeling in your stomach, be bold, it’s your fear that has just cropped up.

You are your biggest critic.

Your doubts and fears, scare you, but once you decide what you want and step out your world will change.

Make a commitment to yourself.

Yes, I want positive change in my life.

Yes, I am going to be an entrepreneur.

Yes, I am going to build my own business.

Yes, I want to make a difference for me, my family, my children and grandchildren.

Yes, I want to build my legacy.

Yes, I want to leave a positive impact on this earth, that will touch many lives.

I challenge you to be the change you want to see in the world.

You have it in you.

You have a passion and a fire to make a difference.

You may be facing a little fear, can I really do this?.

I challenge you to face the fear and do it anyway.

Be Bold and unstoppable.

See your influence ripple out into the world and make a difference.

Be 10 times Bolder with intention.

Decide to give it your full commitment and willingness to learn and act.

Promise yourself that you will continue to learn and act till success shows up

Only Action produces results.

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What plagues most business owners is, what actions will I be taking?

What actions will produce positive cash flow?

A business not making any money will not be around for the long term.


So if you’re ready to make 2016 Your Year –  if you’re bold enough to commit, get the mentor-ship and help you need to build a successful business, with residual income – then go ahead and check this out!You can Continue to Burn a Hole in (1)




To Your Success,

Johanna Baker

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Do you love animals?


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Many of us have grown up having animals as companions as we grew up.  I believe that these dogs and cats and perhaps you had any number of species of animal teach us to become better human beings.  Do you love animals because of  those early years? Their unconditional love touches us and strikes a  deep chord in us.  When you look into their eyes you understand that they are also sentient beings on this beautiful planet we call home.


Many of us may remember Jon Stewart from the Daily Show.  You may be wondering what is he doing with his life now? Why do I bring him up in the context of animals. You may have wondered   what is he doing now that he has given up being on TV on a daily basis.  Jon’s wife Tracey has had a love of animals her whole life.  How has this passion for animals not only grown into a best selling book Do unto Animalsbut it also caused Jon and Tracey to change the course of their lives.

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Jon Stewart Quits Comedy, Starts Animal Sanctuary to Rescue Abused Factory Farm Animals


What changed for Jon because of his wife’s passion?

Jon and Tracey bought a farm in New Jersey and have made a commitment to be a part of the Farm Sanctuary Movement.Jon & Tracey10-29-2015 1-02-29 PM


This dramatic shift in what happened to the Stewart’s put me on a path of not only thinking about my own love of animals but also what is possible in a person’s life when they have the money to do what they really love and be able to teach their children the values they hold most dear. Do you love animals and want to make a difference?


We all want that our lives to be better and that we can co-exist  in harmony with the many people who live in our communities, our country and our world.  I have been touched by what Tracey Stewart wrote about how we can live and make the lives of animals better and would like to share with you what I’ve learned from her.

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Who is Tracey Stewart?

As a young woman in her early 20’s Tracey had a life changing experience when she rescued “Enzo”, and then later realized he “rescued” her. ” I certainly have also felt rescued from the love of the dogs that have come into my life.  I have felt pain, when I’ve had to say Good bye, but what they brought into my life is immeasurable. They have made me a better human being “


Tracey is a strong advocate of volunteering at local shelters, getting to know the animals in a shelter so that information can be provided for help in finding these great animals a forever home.  

She and her children were regular volunteers at their local animal shelter where they made toys and played with the animals.  Doing this allowed them to learn more about who that dog or cat was. They then wrote a profile about the animal.  This way the person looking to adopt knew more than what they initially saw through the cage they were in.


Tracey has done a beautiful job of taking a very holistic approach as she has written this book.  She looked all the animals and bugs that we live with.  She taught her children bird watching and the things they do to nurture their bird families and the insects they eat  She taught them that every animal needs to eat and a place to thrive. I believe this is an important lesson for all of us to remember.

How does all wildlife fit into Tracey Stewart’s work?

She planted gardens  that were not only beautiful to look at but served other purposes as well.  She has flower gardens for the butterflies and the bees.  She made a case for what to plant to provide food for the butterflies and the bees.


monarch imagesWe no longer have as many of the beautiful orange monarch butterflies, because there are no longer as many places for them to nest.   Our butterflies are part of the pollinating family.  They pollinate our flowers.  Adult butterflies are attracted to white pink, purple, red yellow and orange flowers.  Blue and green flowers are butterflies’ least favorite.  Bees can see yellow, blue-green, blue, and ultraviolet.  They can’t see red or green and are warned off by black.  Having a garden of many colors, keeps our gardens healthy and keeps our pollinator’s busy.  

I did not know that milkweed is essential for the butterflies can lay their eggs. Planting more milkweed is a benefit for the monarch butterflies. Milkwood is part of the agenus of evergreen trees and shrubs.  If you look at the map you’ll be able to see the path of the Monarch’s and where the Milkwood trees are growing.  The map indicates the summer monarch production area.  Production generally increases from S to N and decreases from W to E.  Fall monarchs with the highest probability of reaching the overwhelming sites in Mexico originate from the area outlined in yellow.  milkweed map fig2-large



I learned that spraying our plants with a solution of garlic spray will help keep the bugs from eating all the leaves  It still allows the bugs and plants to survive. This works for our vegetable gardens as well.   As she said everyone needs to eat. She encourages us to provide habitat for our bees, because we so need them for pollination.  She also pointed out that when we plant more flowers it helps support our bees which are in trouble.


mason beesI never knew about the Mason bee, which is different from the honey bee and the bumble bee.  This bee is a solitary bee that is her own queen.  She builds her own nest, and is her own queen. She builds her own nest, , collects her own eggs without any help from other bees.  She said it’s important to know the differences in our bees, She gave instructions on how to build a place for nest making. I’ve included a picture here.hqdefault


If you watched Tracey in the video she talked about the glorious moment she had with a pregnant cow.  The cow  was pregnant and down and was not able to deliver.  Sometimes this cow is sacrificed and sold to the slaughter house.  In this case they decided to use a lift to lift the cow and put the cow in a pond, where they massaged her legs and she was again able to stand up and able to deliver her calf.  Tracey was very moved when it was all over to see that all the cows in the meadow  came to see the newborn calf  and welcome to welcome her into their midst’s.

Why does Tracey have such an emotional connection with cows?

Tracey has a real love for cows. Cows are deeply emotional, very attuned to friends and family.they love soothing music and like elephants they never forget when someone has wronged them. The bond between a mother and her calf is strong and they will stay side by side grazing together for years. The cows also babysit for each other.

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The pain a mother cow feels when her baby is taken from her is very painful. You can feel it when you hear their moo.


Pig in the clover 10-29-2015 1-01-16 PMDo you remember Wilbur the pig from the book “Charlotte’s Web”.  Tracey talks about pigs being a smarter version of our dogs. She  gave some data on the treatment of pigs that has me wondering why PETA and the Humane Society  are not coming unglued about the treatment of these poor animals.  Maybe it means we all need to be more aware.


What she described were pigs that were put in a cage with pipes where the female pigs are held for impregnation and then delivery most of their life in a gestational crate.  The Sow  stays in this 2 foot wide crate that sits on a concrete floor for her entire pregnancy which is 274 days. They don’t have  enough room to turn around. Once she delivers her piglets, she gets impregnated again.  She has 2 ½ litters a year for 3 or 4 years before she goes to slaughter.  Some go insane trying to chew their way out of their cage.Gestation_crate_(Farm_Sanctuary)


When I did my research on gestational crates this is what I found: In the United States, the progress and no progress is documented in Wikipedia and is noted below.220px-Piglets_Nursing_in_a_Farrowing_Crate


In the United States gestational crates have been banned in Florida since 2002, Arizona since 2006, and California since late 2008.[11] A Rhode Island law banning the crates, passed in June 2012, took effect in June 2013.[19] They are also being phased out in Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Ohio and Oregon.[20]

What can you do to make a difference?

As of 2013 New Jersey had a pig population of about 9,000[21] none of which, according to the Humane Society, are kept in gestation crates.[22] In survey conducted in 2013, 90% of New Jersey voters were in favor of banning the crates.[23] In June 2013, Governor Chris Christie vetoed S1921,[24] a bill to ban pig the gestation crates.[25][26] which had passed in the General Assembly with a vote of 60-5 and the Senate 29-4. An attempt to override the veto did not come to a vote.[27] In October 2014 the New Jersey Legislature adopted S998[28] with a vote in the in Senate of 32-1 and in the Assembly 53-13 (with 9 abstentions)[29] On November 27, 2014 Christie vetoed the bill.[30]

How are farmers penalized by big corporations and why are they trapped?

Her love of animals continued with her love of goats, sheep and horses. She also has turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese. She points out that Corporations are taking the ability of family farmers to enjoy full ownership and control over their farms.  With what has been happening with the control of seeds and GMO’s, farmers find themselves trapped.


CBS 10-29-2015 1-03-33 PMThe small farmer is saddled with unmanageable debt and forced to be complicit with unhealthy practices and inhumane treatment of animals.  It has become almost impossible to compete with the industrial farms..  What Tracey points out is that we are all busy, but there are a lot of us and with our action a lot of good is possible.


There are organizations we can become involved with like Farm Sanctuary where we can join their Compassionate Communities Campaign, where we can spread the word about vegan and vegetarian living and educate others about the horrors of factory farming.  We can join the ASPCA and become part of the ASPCA’s work to help with farm animals. 

Because of your heart for animals. Here is an additional article on what you need to know when adopting a pet.


You can become involved by finding out what is going on in your area at

You will be able to find ways that you can support these farms that give relief to some of the farm animals.


What does this mean for you?

Why do I tell you about something that means more about the quality of life we are living?  If you are a person who has a lot of heart but is short on resources to be able to do the things you would like to do for your family as well as the environment, you may want to consider your options in how you can bring in additional money to your family.  Is there something you would like to do for yourself and your family and you don’t know what to do?


Jon  Stewart started out as a comedian and didn’t hit it big until the Daily Show on Comedy Central.  He worked that show and through comedy helped us make sense of the Political World we live in.  He became an Icon and someone we all depended on to make sense of the wild things that are going on in the world.  He handed his position off to Trevor Noah.  The work he did has now  allowed him to become financially free to now pursue and become a Farm Animal Advocate, by buying a farm in New Jersey.


What is close to your heart that you would like to do?  Are you looking for a way to learn how you can change  the financial path you are on?  If so you may want to check out how you can learn how to work online and develop a pathway that is right for you  If so Click Here to learn more. 


I hope this article has given you food for thought.


I look forward to being your advocate.


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10 Tips To Be Successful

Success comes from the Inside Out not from the Outside In









What are the 10 tips for success? It’s not about positive thinking.  How many of us have tried that and not had it work?  (Not that a positive attitude won’t serve you.).  A key to making a change is changing the way you think about yourself. As per Maxwell Maltz of Psycho Cybernetics, , he said ”it is folly to try to put new material over an old garment or putting new wine in old bottles.”   The 10 Tips to be successful are actually the 10 Things you must give up to be successful. You have to undergo some fundamental changes


I believe Maxwell Maltz is trying to say there needs to be a fundamental change in how we see ourselves.  If we try to use being positive about a particular situation and we have a negative concept of Self, just being positive may not be enough, if the internal view is negative, it feels fake. Once our Self-concept is changed, we can accomplish tasks easily without strain.

How does a Cosmetic Surgeon discover that changing Looks does Not change the Person?

Maxwell Maltz was a cosmetic surgeon.  He discovered some interesting things that happened to people after cosmetic surgery.  Some had a dramatic turn around when they saw themselves as more attractive. For others, things stayed exactly the same because they saw “no change” in their appearance.  So what is the difference in this Self-image?

What does Self-image have to do with Success?

He discovered that the Self-image needs to be something you can live with that is acceptable to you. You need to not be ashamed of who you are, so you can express yourself freely.  This self- image includes your strengths and your weaknesses, it is a reasonable approximation of “you” being neither more nor less than what you are.


Dr. Maltz left cosmetic surgery to work with people to help them with their ”psychological, emotional and spiritual face lift’,  because the change he wanted people to see in themselves would not necessarily come from the change in physical appearance.


Why are these concepts of Self-image so important in your success?  As you will read about the 10 things you need to give up (written by Stephen Covey), you can change these things for yourself by making a decision, taking responsibility and putting your intentions into action by consciously applying these principles in your life.  You may not have a mentor that believes in you, and so you’ll need to do these things for yourself.

Examples of Change in Self-image

In my last Blog, I wrote about Self-image and behavior. I gave examples of the trauma and difficult circumstances in which Oprah Winfrey grew up.  She had a change in how she saw herself after moving in with her father.  He was a strict disciplinarian and expected the absolute best that she could give. The change she experienced after being required to read, write, and do well changed her.  Her self- image changed and what she did changed. Remember, I wrote that behavior follows Self-image.


I also wrote about Dwayne Dyer in my last post.  He came from difficult circumstances being in foster homes for a number of years before he was reunited with his mother. He said his lesson learned was self-reliance.  He learned from this experience and grew to where through his books and lectures he is now helping millions of people to take responsibility for themselves and to forge a new future.

How does Your Self-talk affect You?

Self-talk is very powerful and can limit who we are and what we are able to accomplish.  We are always hardest on ourselves and the negative Self-talk is a direct sabotage of who we are and where we want to go in our lives. Negative self- talk perpetuates a negative Self-image.  Our own Self-image and what we see as possible for our self; is the most critical factor in our achieving success.

What is My Brother’s Keeper?




This last weekend I watched a documentary called “My Brother’s Keeper”.  This is a program that President Obama started to help male youths of color gain a new image of themselves so they can become contributing members of society.  He wants to break the patterns of African American, Latino, American Indian boys who may have had very difficult childhood experiences. He wants to give them the opportunity to make big changes in who they are if they are ready and want change for themselves….so that they will become the leaders of our future and not be a statistic of the many youths of color who find themselves in prison.


The “My Brother’s Keeper” program is an opportunity for boys that have decided they want something different in their lives  It’s about taking responsibility for themselves and getting help through a hand up that the program provides.


In the film, there is an Academy in Chicago where these young men (ages 14 to 18) are going to a school where they are challenged academically and personally to be their best selves.  They wear jackets and ties with white shirts as their uniform.  How do you think these boys see themselves?  In the graduating class they have 100% of the boys going to college.  There are other organizations BAM Becoming a Man, that are working with youth who may have had problems and with the effort of caring adults are turning around the self- image of these boys.  Remember behavior follows image.


What are they teaching them?  They have to take responsibility for themselves and their actions.  They may have had some tough breaks, but this is now and they can no longer make excuses for themselves. They are there to learn and get an education and to become better, have delayed gratification to do what is necessary to become better, to be at the top of their game.


They need to become more articulate, become a leader, no cursing, no smoking, no fighting.  They have to be ready to make a change.  When they want to make a change, someone is there to help them along to make that change.  It’s never too late to make a change.  Life is a journey, not a straight line, and with the decision that comes from wanting to be better and more, there is always time to make a change. President Obama said “the actions of who we are have to match who we want to be.” The accumulation of our actions is who we are. He went on to say “that the individual must have the internal strength to know what’s right or wrong and to do the right thing.”

Why do I tell you the Story of My Brothers Keeper?

Why do I tell you the story of “My Brother’s Keeper”?  Because we are no different if we want to change our life and our future.  The situation may be different, but we need to take responsibility for ourselves and we need to want to change, and be willing see ourselves as successful.  First off, we need to decide that we need to change:. that we want to be better, that we intend to do better and become more.

10 Things to give up to move forward







Steven Covey in “Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” identified 10 things that we need to give up in order to move forward.  I wanted to outline them here, because it may be easier to see the simple things that will set you on the right path.  It is easy to become overwhelmed and not know where to start.


These things will help you to change your Self-image and your developed habits to propel you to where you want to be. If you want to start a business and be successful living these principles will be essential to your success.


10 Things you must give up to move forward Stephen Covey


#1   Letting the opinions of others control your life

  •  It’s not what others think, it’s what you think about yourself that counts.
  • You have to do exactly what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else


#2   The shame of failures

  •    Your past does not equal your future.
  •    All that matters is what you do right now.


#3    Being Indecisive about what you want

  •    You will never leave where you are until you decide where you want to be.
  •     Figure out what you want and then go after it passionately.


#4   Procrastinating on the goals that matter to you

  •     There are two primary choices in life:  to accept conditions as they exist or accept responsibility for changing them.
  •      The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.  The second best time is now.


#5   Choosing to do nothing

  •       You don’t get to choose when you’re going to die or when.
  •       You can only decide how you’re going to live right now.
  •        Everyday is a new chance to choose


#6   Your need to be “right”

  •       Aim for success, but never give up your right to be wrong.
  •        Because when you do, you also give up the right to learn new  things and move forward with your life.


#7  Running away from problems that should be fixed

  •       Stop running from what you need to face.
  •       Face these issues, fix the problems, communicate, appreciate, forgive, and LOVE the people in your life that deserve it.


#8   Making excuses rather than decisions

  •       Most long term failures are the outcome of people making excuses instead of decisions.


#9    Overlooking the positive points in your life

  •       What you see often depends on what you’re looking for.
  •       You will have a hard time ever being happy if you aren’t thankful for the good things in your life right now.


#10    Not appreciating the present moment

  •    Too often we try to accomplish something big without realizing that the greatest part of life is made up of the little things.


You Can do it


I know that times are tough right now, but you can do it. You can create the lifestyle of your desires.  I am here to assist you.  If you got value from this, please comment below.


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5 Things you must know to make money

What is Your Self Talk?

Rags To Riches





Most of us love to hear the rags to riches story because it gives us a belief  that the average person can make it.  It’s part of the American dream, that opportunities are out there and if we work hard, it could be us. It does make us wonder why some make it and some do not.


You may have experienced watching the infomercial shows that were on in the 1980’s with real estate gurus telling you how with no money down you could make a killing or the people that were telling you how to invest in the stock market.  I was one of those people who watched and hoped that I could learn something that would work.  Unfortunately for me, they did not work for me.


Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to have a gift for making the right moves at the right time?.  Were they lucky enough to have parents  that were perfect and taught them the skills and a way of thinking that made it so much easier for them to win at anything they tried?  Was it that they were lucky to have a better education than you?


Do you know people that had perfect parents who gave their kids everything and they still messed up?  So it seems that the notion of having perfect parents may not have been the key to having them live a more successful life  every time.  So what is the difference? What is it that is so elusive?


Life Experiences and Choices


Let me tell you a  couple of stories  that will help illustrate how individuals were able to overcome obstacles, perhaps even more than we’ve experienced ourselves.  What would you think the chances would be for a girl born to a 14 year old unwed mother born in  poverty in a rural  area of Mississippi. and at age 9  to 13 she was sexually abused by men relatives..  What kind of emotional scarring would that have done to this poor girl?oprah_gallery1


At age 14 she had had enough and ran away  and was picked up to go to juvenile hall.only to find they had no more beds and she was out on the street fending for herself.  She became promiscuous and became pregnant.  She ended up losing her little boy.


After that she went to live with her father.  Her father was a strict disciplinarian and expected her to read a book a week and write a report on it.


He expected her to do her best and she lived in a structured environment.  It was here that she excelled and became an Honor Student and won awards in oratory and dramatic recitation.  This unlikely child became Oprah Winfrey who we all love and admire.  What was it in her that she did not accept that she would be ordinary? What experiences helped her see that she was more than the earlier life experiences she endured?


dwaynedyer Wishes fulfilledLet me tell you about another individual..  This is in his own words.   My mother had three small children under the age of four; and an alcoholic husband who walked away without ever providing any support. She placed one of my brothers and me in a series of foster homes, while my other brother lived with my grandmother until I was ten years old. This is not a story of pity or blame; it’s precisely what had to take place in order for me to learn about self-reliance first hand.”’  This man is Wayne Dyer who has helped millions of people to not blame their circumstances and become more, take responsibility for their life and start on the journey of personal growth.


When I spoke earlier about people who may have it easy in life, what may be missing in their life is emotional resilience.Trials and tribulations often make a person learn more about what they are made of.


In the lives of children who come from difficult circumstances,if they have a person who was kind and encouraging at some point in their life, their self image can be changed to a more hopeful future.


Start with your self talk


What are the elements that make the difference for people to have success? How you talk to yourself and what your subconscious hears makes a difference. Your thoughts affect the belief you have about yourself.  Your belief about yourself affects your identity. The strongest force is our personality is our identity. The way we see our identity needs to match our behavior.


One of the strangest things about our personality is that our identity matches our behavior even if our identity is negative.  This negative self talk is directly connected to our self image and our identity.  If you have a negative view of who you are then your behavior will follow suit to match the way we feel about our identity.  Let’s clarify what I mean about the effects of negative self talk.


There is a huge difference in feeling stupid, doing something stupid, because we all do stupid things at one time or another.  If you know you are stupid then everything changes.  It may seem like semantics, but it makes a huge difference in how you like your life and what potential you see for yourself


The negative self talk and the belief about who you are colors every single behavior of what you do for the rest of your life.  These limiting beliefs totally affect all of our decisions.


How does your self talk show up?

Limiting Belief Examples


You get a 60 on a math test.  I’m not good in math and need to figure out something in a career where I don’t need math skills.  A limiting belief


English is my second language so I can’t do videos because people won’t understand me.  Limiting belief.  Examples, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Ariana Huffington.


What about being 10lbs over weight and you look at your body and say I am fat. Another way to sabotage your identity.


I procrastinate.  So sometimes I procrastinate, don’t put yourself in the box as a procrastinator.


I’m always late.  How can you switch that around, to being a person that is sometimes late, so your blanket statement doesn’t put you in a box.


Everything turns to crap. Here you need to tell yourself, it’s a temporary setback.


Language affects who you are.  You must change your language, your self talk because your behavior will follow.  How do you change it?  When you hear yourself say something negative, say cancel, cancel that. Don’t allow the negative self talk poison you.


Change your language patterns.  As you change your language pattern, you will change your identity and you will start to change.


If this is something you are struggling with, I would like to recommend 2 books. Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz and Personal Power II Creative Power by William Walker Atkinson.  Both of these books are inexpensive and available on Amazon in Kindle version.  There are assignments to help you process and change yourself.


How to make more money from Home

What are the 5 things you must know to make money?


First off you MUST change your negative thoughts about yourself to positive ones.  If you are expressing yourself in negative ways about who you are, what you can do, you need to avoid doing that because this is a journey and it doesn’t serve you.


Talking about how broke you are, you don’t have any money creates an energy of lack and no amount of education will be able to improve it.  Embrace the journey and don’t sabotage yourself before you get to the finish line.


Recognise that your financial freedom is on its way and you are learning more and more on how to successfully make money from home.  Don’t allow yourself to stay in the doom and gloom that you may currently find yourself in.


Next Step

Change the questions you are asking yourself.


1 How can I make more money while improving my lifestyle and spending more time with my family?  Believe that you can do it. No negative questions about what why someone else is luckier than you


2  How can I take my annual income and make it my monthly income?


3 The next question is important.  It’s not how do I make more money, but how can I bring more value to the marketplace, solve more problems, be a Solutions Provider.


The 5 things you must know to make money and to live to your potential are listed below and said best by Mahatma Ghandi.


Valuable Quotes


You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goal.  Instead pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can take their eyes off you – Maya Angelou


Your mindset matters. It affects everything – from the business and investment decisions you make, to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being. Peter Diamandis


Mahatma Gandhi  clearly stated the 5 things you must know to create the greatest potential in your life and to reach your heart’s desire and your destiny.

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You Can do it


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What is your Passion?

What is your Passion that burns inside you?

I’d like to tell you my Aunt’s story, because her passion might inspire you.  She has developed a passion that drives her daily and will touch your heart.   I call her Tante Anni.  (“Tante” is Aunt in German.) Her actual name is Anna Weiner.  She was born in Yugoslavia and when she was 7 years old, her mother died.  She had several sibling and the kids were parceled out to relatives.  She was given to her mother’s sister who really didn’t want her.  Her reluctant aunt told her, she was too skinny and wouldn’t amount to anything.  She said many mean things that would devastate anyone. She was not treated kindly is an understatement. (It kind of reminds me of the Cinderella story, but this is a real person that  I love deeply and it really happened to her.)

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Where did she come from?

Tante Anni always tried to do her best  as a child. She grew up  during the depression of  the 1930’s.  That part of  Yugoslavia where she was born, was inhabited by German settlers who had lived there for over 200 years.  In 1942 many Germans fled Yugoslavia as refugees.  Josef Tito, a Russian Communist and close to Stalin, was President of Yugoslavia at that time.  He started rounding up Germans and put them in Concentration Camps  My father helped many Germans escape Tito’s grasp. Many fled in box cars with what they could carry.   Tante Anni was among the Germans that escaped and became refugees in Austria.

Falling in love changed her future

Tante Anni  met Sepp  (short for Joseph) my mother’s brother, and they fell in love.  They were refugees in Austria at the time.  Her brothers Rudy, Franz and Tante Anni immigrated to the US being sponsored by the stepmother’s family in the US.  She landed in Cleveland. My father and mother were sponsored by the Catholic church and came over on a freighter with me in tow as a baby. ( You can see the picture on the American Freighter with my mom on my Facebook page )


My father sponsored Onkel  Sepp, and he lived with us for a short time.  I was about 5 years old and fell deeply in love with him.  He was funny, charming and he liked this little 5 year old.  With Tante Anni now in the US  they got married. Upon meeting her, I fell in love with her too.  She had an incredible figure, and  was a foot shorter than Onkel Sepp.  I wanted to get married to him too.  They got me a little ring and I felt very connected to both of them.  I wanted to grow up to be just like her and find a husband just like him.


What did she do when her husband got sick?

Onkel Sepp developed heart problems and retired from being a painter, he painted movie stars homes.  He was no longer able to do that kind of work.  Tante Anni took a job as a teacher’s aid in the schools. She loved people and she especially loved children.  She was a natural with the children that didn’t speak English as their native language.   She remembered how she learned to speak  English and was prepared to teach these young children English and make it fun. She taught them by what they could see and learn to name.  It worked and she became even more beloved.

She became a star

She was such a shining star that the administration moved her from school to school. She was very good at developing methods to make things easier for the school, for the teachers and for the students.  As an example, buses were leaving children  at school, with no way to get home.  She developed a simple system where all the children who came to school by bus also went home on the same bus.  A simple system and kids always got their ride home. She was a natural problem solver with a lot of common sense.

Life without her Husband

In 1984, my Onkel Sepp died of heart failure.  Tante Anni had  a job with the schools which continued to be a blessing.  She has been able to receive a Pension from the schools. It’s not much, but she has been able to stay in her home.

What was Tante Anni’s Passion? How did she get on the cover of her local paper?

Tante Anni’s passion comes from her heart and her love of people.  No one is a “stranger.”  She gives out small self adhesive ladybugs pins.  Usually 5 of them to anyone that catches her eye and that she feels should have them.  Ladybugs are considered good luck.  She knows the name of the ladybug in many, many languages.  (No other language calls it a “bug” only English.)  In other languages the name is a tribute to Mother Mary because the lady bug kills the aphids and kept crops alive. (in German it is a Marien Kaefer which is considered a beetle.)  She has been doing this for 14 years. People she doesn’t remember, now come up to her to say hello and thank her for touching their life with kindness.  She is such a phenomenon that the local paper featured her on the front page as “God’s Little Bird Shares Love”.

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Who gets her gifts?

Anyone she sees with whom she can connect gets a handful of little lady bug pins.  She is warm and disarming. She brings sunshine wherever she goes. I asked her,” why do you do this? “ She explained that her “passion comes from wanting to brighten another’s day”.  She explained that she had  such suffering as a child at the hands of the aunt who raised her that “ I want to bring hope and love and kind words to anyone who comes my way”.  She is on a mission to bring sunshine into their lives.  I have witnessed her in such encounters and the recipients are joyful to have met her and received her gift.


So my question to you is, “What is your passion?”  What drives you when you get up every day? Do  you have a burning desire to make changes in your life? I know I am one of those people.  Are you? What do you want to change?


How do want to make the world a better place? Is it doing something like my Tante Anni does?  Think about it and please leave me your comments.  If this story touched you,  please share this story  with someone you know if you think it will brighten their day. Please share it on any of the links below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Mu husband Jim, my great nephew Graham and my beloved Tante Anni

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Stuff Breaks Down

Stuff Breaks down

3:05 Friday afternoon

I’ve been washing clothes getting ready for the weekend and the washing machine stops. Water and clothes still in the washer, partially spun, it could have been worse, the machine could have been full of water, it stops. Can’t be revived. You know how it is, best laid plans and you have to take a detour. So what to do?home disasters

I remember we have a Service plan for the appliances. I give them a call, they can’t come out till next Wednesday. Good news, it won’t cost us anything when the repairman arrives, but we need to wait 5 days. Groan….

It seems that these hiccups happen to us all the time. They come to us in all different kind of ways. So how do you stay on track with where you want to go when as the saying goes “life gets in the way.” For me it has to do with intention and the desire of where I want to go and that its stronger than the things that take me away from my intended tasks and ultimately my goals.

For me I need to calm myself down after the interruptions. Take some deep breaths and forgive myself for my own upset and get my bearings again to stay on track. I am a pretty disciplined person and I still have trouble getting refocused to get back to what I was doing and getting myself back into a state where I can do that. Often times more things come up that need to be dealt with. If it has to do with people, they most often take priority. It is very easy to get swept up with the urgent and never get to the important.

How do you prioritize?

So what do you do to stay sane, deal with the urgent, and also not forget the important before they become urgent and then it may too late. Identifying and prioritizing is what will serve you best. Having enough flexibility to deal with what comes up and having a plan that lets you get the important done and worked on so you can reach your goal.

What are you going to do if you want your life to run more smoothly, you want to be able to make your life be more productive and get results? Its not going to happen by just wishing things won’t be getting in your way. First you will need to forgive yourself. Quit beating yourself up.

When you look at your life and the direction you are going, you need to make an assessment about how much are things bothering you. Do you need to make some changes so that you can get back on track? . Are you fighting your own nature?, Are you listening to your heart ? Is the direction you are going, getting you where you want to go?

Things need to start with the first step. You can’t run a marathon, exercising and running only once a week. Make a to do list, set an intention of where you want to go and decide to do it. When you feel you have more control of your work, you will start to feel better. You will start to make progress.

Just as the washing machine breaks down, we may have lapses, breakdowns, we need to pick ourselves up and start again. Learn to be kind to yourself and believe in yourself and that you and your goals are worthy of being achieved and that you will get there. Loving yourself through this process is essential as you continue to grow and and achieve a better you. With your determination, you will be able to achieve your goals of creating a better life for yourself and your family. Keep believing in you, your goals and your deepest desires and Dreams. As Winston Churchill said, “ Never , Never, Never give up”.

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