Meaning Of Memorial Day

meaning of memorial dayMemorial Day in the United States for 2017 is May 29.  Memorial Day originated as “…Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic… established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.” (Wikipedia) Memorial Day became the last Monday in May with the passage of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968.  The meaning of Memorial Day in the United States varies by age group, locale, and service in the armed forces, but generally it is a day to honor fallen soldiers from past wars.

Traditionally Memorial Day is mean to honor war dead and decorate their graves, but also marks the unofficial start of summer with Labor Day marking the end.  Memorial Day is also the first widely observed holiday in the United States following New Year’s Day, although there are several minor holidays, often called banking holidays, in between.

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How To Calm Your Mind

how to calm your mind - with beer i guessMy mind is busy today with all kinds of things so I thought I would write.  By write, I mean something a little more interesting than some of the dribble I have been publishing lately.  So today, grasshopper, I am going to teach you how to calm your mind.

As always, I like to write about things I have problems with myself.  Quieting my mind so I can focus is one of them.  But I know some things that work for me and perhaps they will work for you too.

Stop and Stare

Often busy work gets overwhelming, especially if it is not productive busy work.  Reading email, checking out social media, surfing the web, or interrupting myself with a random thought that leads to more busy work.  The best thing to do when you need to regain your focus is to stop and do nothing.  I usually stare at my computer until I can regain my composure.

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Spider Patience: Sometimes It Takes Time

Spider Patience - Chicago Cubs 2016The Chicago Cubs have waited 108 years for a World Series championship.  Talk about spider patience.  Especially those Chicago Cubs fans that continue to go to games or watch on television year after year expecting different results than the previous year.  How is it even possible to have that kind of patience?

Sometimes in business having patience, even spider patience, can be a virtue.  Sometimes being more aggressive is in order.  How do you tell the difference between the two situations?  As a rule of thumb, you want a new business to show a yearly net profit within 5 years.  Some businesses will show a good amount of revenue early, some will not.  It is up to you to determine what to expect and when to expect it.  Here are some things you can research or be on the lookout for:

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Website Statistics: Improve Your Traffic In 30 Days

website statistics - analyticsWould you like to improve your website statistics in the next 30 days?  I bet you would, so would I.  So let us explore this together.

I spent the last 30 days looking at my blog, trying to figure out why my traffic is so low and what I can do about it.  Many suggestions I could make are already covered out there so first let me cover the unusual:

My URL was redirected

In the past year we had moved, and there were a lot of activities which led up to the move and a lot of activities after the move.  I completely ignored my web properties and when I finally looked back at my blog, the name (URL) had been redirected.  So my blog was gone from the web and Google had picked up pages from the website it was redirected to.

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Focus On Focus

Focus On - Waiting At SamsI am having one of those days.  One where I have tons of work to do but cannot seem to focus on it.  Why do we have such a problem getting the things done we know need to be done?  How can we avoid being scattered to the wind and regain our focus?  This article will explore focus and give suggestions on regaining focus for what you need to focus on.

Need To Change Your Prescription?

Sometimes when we think focus we think about our eyes.  How when our eyeglasses or contacts start to age how we can see things fuzzy.  Then it is time to visit the eye doctor to update our eye glass prescription so that things appear to be in focus.

Similarly, our mind can blur and think about a hundred things at once.  We can try to start on one think only to be distracted by another, often finishing neither.  Somehow we need to find a way to tackle a task, preferably our most important one, before we move on to the next.

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How To Make Money From Home

How To Make Money From Home - Desk in empty houseI have been working from home recently, trading my consulting time for money. These days because of technology, you can be employed full time and work from home. You can have a business that you run from home. You can sell products, sell your time, fix things, create new music, write a book, have an online business, and so many more possibilities. In this blog post, I am going to try to stir your imagination on how to make money from home.

Trading Time For Money

Probably one of the easier things you can do from home is sell your time.  You could be employed by a company or running your own business.  You could be hourly, on salary, or on contract.

For some ideas on the kind of work you could do: You could be a customer service representative, you could work for a call center, you could do data entry, you could do information technology work, you could design web sites, you could do financial analysis, or you could help someone market their product.  There are probably 100 more types of jobs that can be done exclusively from home.

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Contingency Fund Example

contingency fund example - change in a jarA contingency fund is cash set aside by a company or an individual to be used in the event of unforeseen need.  Unfortunately, unforeseen needs happen all the time, from the bill that was not expected to the loss of a major client.  A contingency fund example is a savings account with up to six months worth of revenue.

Liquid Money

Set up your contingency fund with liquid, spendable, money.  Cash under a mattress would be a good contingency fund example where the cash is easily spendable.  However, cash under a mattress would be susceptible to theft, fire, or flood; or some other sort of loss.  Cash in an FDIC insured account would be a better idea, as long as the amount of money is below the maximum insurable FDIC amount.

Gold, stocks, bonds, or other investment vehicle would not be liquid money as they must be converted to cash in order to be spendable.  The time involved for conversion may be a factor as the emergency event may be time critical.

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Eternal Life – The Search For The Unknowable

eternal life - the unknowableWhen we talk about God, or Jesus, or eternal life, we are venturing from facts and figures into faith.  Faith is not a bad thing, just saying that Google will not tell you if heaven is real or how long God has been alive.  It will tell you about people’s beliefs on such subjects, but cannot possibly tell you if these beliefs are facts.

A new health area has cropped up in recent years that is searching for ways to keep people alive longer, much longer than ever thought possible, and healthy for that matter.  Is this humanity’s answer to eternal life?  Of course, you cannot prevent accidents but you can theoretically prevent disease and postpone aging.

What Kind Of Eternal Life Are You Searching For?

So this begs the question: Are you looking for ways to extend your human lifetime, or are you looking for a spiritual eternal life?  And what could I possibly have to write about either?  Yes, true, I know what I believe about spiritual eternal life, but I cannot really tell you that what I believe is fact.  What I believe is faith.  So could that possibly even matter to somebody searching for answers?  Unfortunately I do not think you will find anything better.

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Retirement Age Coming Up?

retirement age - who says you can't stay active?I know my retirement age is coming, that is the age when people traditionally retire.  It is still nearly 15 years out, but I can hear it like the pounding of a drum.  I also see age discrimination.  It is harder and harder to get full time employment because people think you are not as sharp, that your career life is shorter, that you are bound to incur more medical expenses.  Truthfully, I am not sure what form age discrimination actually takes, but I can tell it is there.

Perhaps you want to retire but like most Americans, your savings is not enough, and will not be enough at the right time.  One solution many take is to increase risk.  While the promises of high returns are enticing, the downside could wipe out much of your savings.  Similarly, people take on risky behaviors to fill in the gaps.  The promise to get rich quick is always there, but almost always designed to take your money rather than provide you more.  So what reasonable options do you have to provide enough for you and your family into your golden years?

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Help Others Expecting Nothing In Return – SplashPlan.com Lesson

help others - splashplan.comI thought it was about time to write a little about SplashPlan.com, which is our system to help network marketers.  How does it help?  Well, it is free to sign up.  You get free leads by promoting your SplashPlan.com site.  You get free training.  And you can earn a little affiliate money while you are building your network marketing business.  In this lesson I will explain why it is so important to help others and expect nothing in return.

People That Join Belong To Other Network Marketing Companies

When you sign up and start promoting your SplashPlan.com link, something like SplashPlan.com/yoursite, you will get leads that are people that belong to other network marketing companies.  Your job is not to recruit them to your program, your job is to help them be as successful as possible with their program on SplashPlan.com.  While this may seem counter productive, you want to be seen by others as being helpful and unselfish, so you help others without expecting anything in return.

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