Changing Direction

I have been writing 2 books. One is about running a part-time business.  I am writing it for myself but also for part-time business owners. It’s about finding out if I really want to run a business, what are the struggles I am having to make money with my business, all the while trying to find the time to have a life with my man and the other important people in my life.

I also have 2 blogs, and I’m having trouble keeping up with both of them. One of them is called La Femme Ottawa. It’s about ways to save money, make money and have fun in your life. The other is called Tina Lalonde. It talks about ways to make money in your part-time business.

I heard a great podcast from Kim Anderson on her podcast Just Keep Blogging. The podcast was called “Don’t go changing your blog”. It’s interesting that I found that podcast because, I am contemplating changing my blog and what I am writing about on it.

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I lost $10 dollars when I was trying to figure out how to make more money

10 dollars

I was going for a walk near my house because I was trying to set a new 30 day get healthy plan because the last one I did, I stopped. I committed myself to 30 days to drink 3 liters of water a day, do 30 minutes of exercise daily and eat 1 green vegetable a day. Well, guess what happened? I failed! I didn’t get to 3 liters, I skipped at least 1 or 2 exercise a week, and I didn’t eat greens every day. So, at the end of 30 days, I wasn’t feeling all that great, but I didn’t give up on myself. I’m human and things get in the way, so what did I do? I started another 30 days commitment starting today. I got up early so that I could go for a 30 minute walk and decided I would drink my coffee as I walked. I got dressed and was getting ready to poor my cream into my coffee but when I opened the cream, it smelled rotten. I can’t go without cream in my coffee, so I checked to see if the drug store was open so I can go get cream, but it didn’t open until 9:00am. Now because I didn’t want to get unmotivated and not go for my walk, I put milk in my coffee, A LOT of milk because the coffee was strong and I don’t do sugar anymore. It didn’t taste too bad, but I wasn’t planning on switching to milk just yet. I still needed cream for the rest of the week. So, I was going to pick up cream on the way back home. So, I grabbed $10 out of my wallet and put it in my loose pocket along with a Starbucks card, just in case I couldn’t stand the taste and could just grab a coffee and go. Before I left the house, a little voice was telling me “you’re going to lose your money. It’s going to fall out.” I heard it and decided to tuck it in the card that I had in the pocket. My little voice said “go get the little wallet”, but I thought to myself, “ahhhh it’s too far upstairs. I’ll just be sure to tuck it in the card.” So, I ignored my little voice and off I went. I was listening to a podcast on marketing and writing stories for your blog, which is how this story came to be. Continue reading →

Date idea

Date night idea box

I was looking for things that my man and I could do and came across over 300, but some of them are specific to a date like Easter, Halloween, but a lot of the other ones aren’t. So, what I did was put together a list of all the dates we could do and cut them up and put them in the date night idea box I made.

Each week he gets to pick one and so do I. If we like one, we do it and save the other one for the following week. Some of the dates involve looking on places like Groupon for daily deals, but mostly it’s a list of places and things I’ve been wanting to do, but I also added a few guy things:)

I also found a great idea from a TheMashWife who puts ideas together for her hubby when he’s deployed. I am going to put together a fun collage of all the things we like to do or did.

Here’s to more romance.

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Creating a webinar and the 12 lessons I learned

image of google hangout

Last week I did my very first live webinar. I had prepared the material I needed to teach people the material. I was doing this for at least 2-3 hours every night for a few weeks. However, I didn’t know how to do a webinar or what was involved. I didn’t know what software I needed and I didn’t want to spend a fortune as I’ve done in the past. I wanted to teach people at a low cost and easy to follow instructions. A few weeks before my big event, I got an email from someone I admire who was doing a partner webinar with someone I didn’t know on how to create a webinar even if you didn’t have a product or service to sell, so what do you think I did….I signed up. And the program was in US dollars, so it cost me quite a few extra dollars. I learned a few things, but the price I paid for the program was not really worth what I paid. There wasn’t a lot of actual instructions, but rather sales pitching about using this softare and that software. When it came time to do my webinar, I was only able to use a few of the software applications she suggested because…they were free. I already spent $600 US, I wasn’t going to spend anymore until I got a return on my investment. The software she was recommending had a monthly cost associated to it that I wasn’t prepared to purchase. Continue reading →

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