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I Don’t Work In My Pajamas

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I started working at home back in the ’80’s when it wasn’t so cool or even a trend.

As the time progress and working at home become more and more the “norm”. Big business started to incorporate this options to their employees.  It was cost effective, more productivity, and flexible. It was a total win-win for both the businesses and the employees.

The idea was sold with the concept of “work at home”, work in your pajamas, telecommute, save time and money, work from anywhere, be your own boss!

However, it’s not all that flexible, easy and you really shouldn’t work in your pajamas. As the virtual world keeps involving and you have more and more virtual conferences, webinars, meetings and so on.

We the virtual employee or freelance individuals have established a more professional look. Not only does it give us more credibility, but it does set us apart from the typical workforce.  We have incorporated a look, “The Causal Business Friday Look” as our regular look.

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Why? You may ask……Simple, practical, professional, productive, credible, stylish, and above all the beginning of the minimalist trend.

If you are in the new workforce and have the power to work at home. Follow these simple rules.

  1. No Pajamas
  2. Exercise
  3. Eat healthy
  4. Daily Grooming
  5. Dedicated Work Space
  6. Take Time Off

Remember, all work and no play can hurt your morale and make you depress and stressful.

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Divorce 101

Hi everyone, you have all become a part of my family and I give thanks for visiting my blog. Today I will be discussing my opinion on this topic. I hope it helps someone out here.

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Divorce is never easy. We all go thru some changes in our life and adding divorce to the pot really doesn’t help at all.

It really doesn’t matter how many times you have been thru this it really doesn’t get any easier. Your life as you have known it for a while has turned again. You need to get yourself out of these murky waters and re-evaluate what you want out of this.

 

For starters Think about yourself. Yes “Me” comes first and the rest will follow. You will have does moments that you will feel you made the right decision and you will have other moments when you are second guessing yourself. So Stop!

Do not second guess yourself. Move forward. The same energy and dedication you put yourself thru trying to make the relationship work are now needed in order for you to survive.

I know, going it alone is not easy. You now have the added stress of feeling like you failed again, but you didn’t. Commend yourself for walking away. Yes, you will still have the same financial problems from the past, but you are now in control to handle them.

No matter what, children are always hit the hardest. Lossing a parent or a segregate can be very hard on them. Explain the best you can, why this is happening. Do not make promises you cannot keep. Regardless, if those children are biological or not it will impact them emotionally and they are hurting too.

If this is your first divorce or you have been thru this before. I can assure you, they are not the same as it wasn’t the same in your relationship. If you need time for yourself, take it.

If you do not have the luxury to have time, financial matters need to be set and met. Then handle that first. Get a job, set a budget, maintained your household. Economised were you can, and do without were you can. Once you are stable enough you will be able to expand and get those added luxuries again.

Set realistic goals for yourself. Meet them head on. Do not give up. Be confidence.

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You do not have to do this alone. There are others that have gone thru this and are always there to help. So seek them out. Join a support group. It helps to talk about it. You can do this.

I believe in you, and you will be okay. As I am going to be okay as well.

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The Ultimate Guide To Working At Home

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So you have finally done it, you are working from home. Yes, the luxury of not getting up early. Dealing with commuters, traffic, parking space. You can now enjoy that cup of coffee or tea. You do not have to dress to impress or even worry about a bad hair day. Yep, you are in heaven.

Sorry to disappoint you, but you are going to have to rethink your game here.

Rule #1 – Set up a schedule

Yes…..yes….and yes. I did say it “Set up a schedule.” Why? You do not want to over-extend yourself or simply burn out. Yo want this to work, right? So set up a schedule.

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Choose your the hours you want to work. If you want to work early morning, mid-day or late afternoon. Set your hours and stick to them. You are your own boss. These hours are not set in stone. Do a two-week schedule. See how that works for you. Do not forget to set as well your days off. You can have your weekend off, or every other weekend. Some people like to have one weekday and one weekend day off. Set your appointments around your work schedule, not the other way around. You are not free all the time and you do not have the luxury of missing a deadline because of it. You need to build a good solid reputation. If you do this, you will always have steady work.

Rule #2 – Do Take Your Breaks

Is a lot better and healthier if you take your breaks. Especially lunch or a dinner break. You do not want to gain extra weight by munching all day in front of your computer. Eat somewhere else. Do not eat in front of the computer. This is your workspace do not confine yourself. You will regret it.

If you have a patio area. Have your lunch there. Go to another room, enjoy your meal. If you are a smoker or a vaper. Do the same. Take your breaks. It has been proven people who stay home have a tendency to smoke or vape more.

Rule #3 – Get Out Of Bed

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The bed is for sleeping and not for working. Have a designated work space. You will be more productive, it’s easy to manage, you will be more organized. Have a work computer, laptop or tablet for work only. Use your spare for leisure time. Do not mix work with your personal stuff. Do not check your email every second or think you will catch up on your twitter or facebook. You have a mission, you need to work to make money, pay your bills and save for your vacation.

Rule #4 – Budget

Yes, do a budget. You supposed to be saving money. That is the #1 reason you decided to work from home. Put aside the lunch money you were spending, the money you had for clothes and other things. Remember you are now responsible for your fast internet, a good workable computer and a phone. So make sure you have your priorities on your spending.

Rule #5 – Do Not Neglect Your Health 

You are being less active now. You are not running up and down stairs. Jogging for the train or even walking two blocks from your parking place. You need to exercise. If you already do, another 15-minute workout will help. Meditate. It will keep your mind active.

Socialized more, you are alone for most of the day. You still need time to interact with others. Do not turn yourself into a hermit. Remember, if you are Freelancing, a contractor or an employee chances are; The company you are working for may not offer you a health insurance  package so you will be responsible to get your own.

Rule #6 – No Pajamas

You can dress casually or even wear your house clothes. But do bathed and smell good. You will thank me later for this. Remember you want to give always the image you are employed not unemployed. The public is good at sensing how someone acts when you are employed. You always hold your head up high. You do not look like your scraping pennies when you go grocery shopping. You have a positive attitude about yourself. So always think positive.

Rule #7 – Do Not Be Ashamed or Apologetic

The work@home trend has been around for over 20 years. Now it’s becoming more popular. Your title is you want to choose one is, you are a “Telecommuter”, “Remote Agent”, ” An Out-Source Contractor”, “Freelancer”, or even a “Virtual Technician”. Do not sell yourself short by saying “I work from home.” Be proud of the company or companies you are working for. If you feel respected, you will be.

Rule #8 – Set Up Your Work Space

Be comfortable. Set up a desk, good chair for your back, a nice picture or even have your work area in front of a window. Make sure you have good lighting. You are not too cold, or drafty and you feel good where you have decided this is “work”.

When you are not working. Avoid the area altogether. This is where you go to work. You should sit in that area only for work, not for play.

Rule #9 – Avoid Burnout

Depending on your schedule and the type of work you are doing take a break. Go out! Do your research, go out and take pictures. Go window shopping. Go to the park, do something. You are not in jail. Get out of the house. Get some fresh air, Take the dog for a walk. It might help you think.

Rule #10 – Get Plenty of Rest

People who work from home, become workaholics. They just will not stop. Every waking moment they jump back into their “office” and go at it. Not good at all. When you are “off the clock” that is what it means. You are off work. Tomorrow is another day.

You need your rest. You need your sleep and you need to relax. You will not be productive to anybody if you crash.

Well, I hope these little rules help you out. I have done this on and off for the last 35 years.

 

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Is your blog used as a stepping stone by others?

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Is your blog use as a stepping stone by others? If you answered yes, you are right. No matter how much you try to protect your blog or  you did your  best with copyrights. Your blog can and will be used by others as a bridge to get better status.

Should you be sore about it? No. The reason you made a blog was to share information. As long as you get the recognition from the other bloggers you should be fine.

So why they have more followers than you? I know it’s not for the lack of trying. Remember these rule:

  • You need to blog every day
  • You have to be consistent with your chosen theme
  • You have to let people know you are out there. The web is huge, you are just a speck in its infinitive universe.
  • Social Media plays a huge part in this as well.
  • Choose your topic well.
  • Grammar is everything. Double check or even triple check for errors.
  • Pictures get their attention.
  • Captivate your audience with your title
  • Make sure you keep their interest so they can keep visiting your site.
  • Accept comments and engage with your audience. Make them feel special.

Never give up on your dream. If this is what makes you happy and you are dedicated to it do not stop.Maybe your stardom to fame will come later than sooner. You are here to built a solid foundation, not a trend or a passing wonder that eventually people will get tired of it.

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Things Happen For A Reason…..

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Good Morning, everyone. I hope your weekend was fruitful.

This morning while checking my daughter’s backpack I came across her bible verse for this week.

It got me thinking. I know we all have questioned one time or another, events that have happened close to us, and sometimes not so close.

I believe this verse should get you in the right direction to the answers you seek.

Enjoy your Monday. Remember to think positive. All things happen for a reason.

We may not like the answers we seek, but the truth never lies.

 

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Who Doesn’t Like Free Stuff!

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providencepublishersandmedia.com is doing something great for all Pet Lovers and parents giving their exclusive magazine Max and Friends for free. The September 2016 issue started this and now in October they have continued to honor their magazine once again.

For how long, will Providence Publishers  continues to offer this wonderful magazine for free. Time will only tell. But for now. Let’s just enjoy it.

 

So please drop them a line. Tell them how you feel.

I just going to get some coffee and enjoy my Saturday reading.

 

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Animal Abuse and Why Should U Care.

“Wow,I am up to my 241 posts here at “thepooramerican.com”. I am very happy that everyone has stopped by to see what I was doing.”

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Animal Abuse and Why Should U Care………………….

I understand we cannot save every animal that is out there in agony and pain. I understand there are many many children and less fortunate that need our help as well. I understand whatever happens in another foreign country within their culture is not our business and we should not judge or intervene.

You are right. We shouldn’t but we do. We do it because of our moral obligation of knowing what is right and what is wrong. We do it because society as a whole needs to speak and say “This is wrong!”. We do it because if you post your abuse on social media, then it is my right or our right to say you are wrong. You are seeking acknowledgment, I cannot stay shut and look the other way.

It saddens me how abusive human have become toward their animals. It saddens me how angry and barbaric they have become. I cannot change Yulin, I cannot change S. Korea and other Asian countries, but I can fight my battle here with the awareness that animal abuse and cruelty are happening too many times here in the United States.

So, how can you help?

Listen, I am not rich. I am struggling financially like everyone else is. All I can do is pass the word. Please do the same. Pass the word. Retweet, share on Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media. Someone out there may have more resources and would be able to help. Your cost is nothing. Zero dollars, just a few minutes of your time. Your reward priceless.

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Into ThisMaxi and Me

Is Not hard. Try it you might like how you feel.

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Never Give UP….Work Hard!

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Nobody said life was easy. You just have to work hard to get the things you really want.

 

Good Morning! Have a great Monday and a super prosperous week!

 

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Do Numbers Really Count….

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Do numbers really count for you when you blog? Are you blogging for money, recognition or just because you enjoy spending time writing content on your blog?

Do you have a Twitter or a Facebook Account? Does it bother you when you lose followers or friends in these accounts? Does it make you lose sleep wondering, what you did wrong?

When you started blogging, the main reason was to help others with the knowledge you have. To seek others like yourself and share your information.

For me, it has never been about any type of monetary compensation. It has been about sharing my opinion. Sharing the articles, bringing more awareness to issues that matter most to us.

For the new bloggers out there, welcome to the blogging world. My advice to you, write about what you like. Do not worry how many followers you have or didn’t get today. You are informing a community, you are helping someone out there with your words.

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You have opened a road, “the road of knowledge”, you are their voice. You are their inspiration. The words you write today will be immortal. Choose them well.

Have fun! Bring irony to the situation, but most of all always bring hope and peace in the article you write. You have taken a very important job. Self-satisfaction will be your reward.

 

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