Balance Work and Life During the Holidays

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Preparation + Schedule + Self Care = Balance and enjoyment during the holiday season

The stores are ready to sell you items months in advance but are you ready to start planning that early? If you were to follow their lead and prepare yourself for a fun and enjoyable holiday season you would need to follow these simple tips.

  • Prepare by using an organized system year after year for gifts and card sending. By creating a gift giving template or spreadsheet with the headers Name/Gift 2015/Gift 2016/etc. you can list the people you need to buy for and what you purchased them year after year. For your Holiday card you could use the system that I use, SendOutCards. The system keeps your contacts in a group; Holiday Card, and you simply create your 2015 Holiday card with photos and text and select the group to send it to and the company will print, stuff, stamp, and mail it to all of your contacts in that group!
  • Schedule your parties and events on your calendar and include the address and what you are bringing and wearing to the event. Saturday morning of each week, while enjoying a cup of coffee, look over the upcoming week and make sure your outfits and accessories are all set to go and add any items to your weekly shopping list so you are prepared with the gifts and necessary meals.
  • Self Care ~ What do you need to do for yourself in order to stay happy and healthy during the overwhelming holiday season? Make a list of your favorite healthy foods, purchase some bubble bath, your favorite tea, schedule time for exercise and meditation, coffee and lunch with girlfriends, and make sure to have a couple of your favorite movies on hand. Do what you need to do to nurture yourself during this time.

Jewels Muller, wife, mother of twins, full time traveler, CEO and Founder of Chicks Connect Mastermind Support Network Connecting women globally in Action, Accountability, Personal and Professional growth and development all built on a foundation of Love, Fun, Friendship, Service and Support!

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Dare to Know Why….

Yellow padDare to know Why…

I posed this Dare on my Facebook wall this morning to see who was up for the challenge. I also Dare YOU!

“I dare you…. Take 20 minutes today, a pen, and a yellow notepad. Ask yourself Why you are doing what you are doing. Then ask Why again. Keep writing and writing and writing. Keep asking why, deeper why, even deeper why. Do this for at least 20 minutes. I dare you! Let me know if you are up for the dare. I will share my results in my blog later this afternoon. Who’s up for the challenge? I would love to read your results. What action steps will you take from here??”

As promised, here are my results…. Again, I would love to hear yours in the comments or you can send me a PM or post them right in the comments on the Facebook Post by Clicking Here…

During times in my life when I needed support and hope, women were there for me. They listened, held me up, set me straight, and provided a safe place for me to share my feelings. A place where I could be the REAL me. The vulnerable, exposed, and hurt me.

These same women supported me, encourage me to keep doing the next right thing, and celebrated me with each positive growth step I would take.

No jealously, competition, or judgement. Simply unconditional love, support, honesty, and friendship. They truly wanted what was best for me. They wanted me to be the ultimate BEST version of myself.

As I met women in my daily life, I realized that not all women had this loving support. I would hear things like,

“I don’t like other women.”

“I don’t have women friends, they are backstabbing.”

“I can’t trust other women so I mainly hang out with men or stick to myself.”

I was left asking myself, “What do other women do? How do they make it through life without this support, love, and a safe place for them to be real? Who is celebrating these women as they accomplish amazing things every day? Who even notices them?”

My heart would ache for these women. For years I would go on with my own busy life, continuously meeting these women, who upon first meeting me face to face, would open up and share something that they never shared with anyone else. Why me? Why do they feel safe with me? What does all of this mean?

I knew that many of these women didn’t have the support they needed. I knew that many of these women put themselves LAST on the To Do list; if even at all. I knew that many of these women had a voice that wasn’t being heard. I knew that many of these women had a story that needed to be told and they needed a safe place to share that story. I knew that many of these women had gifts that weren’t being shared because they were stuck in fear and lack of confidence. I knew that many of these women needed tools and skills to transition into the new world of computers and felt lost and confused. I knew that many of these women needed to feel loved. I knew that many women needed to be touched with gentle heart to heart hugs.

I knew these women and I later knew that my calling was to provide a space for them to join together in support, safety, growth and celebration of one another. I knew that by providing a structure and a community these women would thrive. These women would be empowered. These women would do amazing things for themselves, their sister chicks, their families, their communities, and the world.

The women of Chicks Connect are confident and they show up in the world  in a Big Way because of the support of their Sister Chicks. Because they have other women Celebrating their success in life and business. Because they are loved, heard, and cared for by their Sister Chicks. This is my Why…. knowing that I can bring this to at least 1 other woman, 10 other women, 1000’s of women, knowing that I could possibly be helping millions of Chicks…..  find love, growth, support, and celebration…..

Well, that is the Why that makes me Cry….

Jewels Muller HeadshotMuch love to all of you and thank you for reading my Why…

xoxo

Jewels Muller

CEO ChicksConnect

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How to Create a Content Calendar

editorial calendarHow to Create a Content Calendar

When you want to be effective with your content marketing efforts, it’s important to develop a content calendar. A content calendar will help you plan out the content you will need to create. It will help you publish your content at the right time, in order to promote the events, products, services and information that your audience needs.

The point of creating a content calendar is to ensure that you, as well as those with whom you work, can all be on the same page in regards to content creation for your business. This may include content for your blogs, social media accounts and more. Plus, all of the content needs to go together to get the marketing results that you want.

* Identify the Topics You Need to Cover – Before you get started creating a calendar, you need to know what type of topics you need to cover. It’s important to identify a specific niche and then work from there.

* Know Who Your Audience Is – Understanding your audience is one of the most important things you can do. This will help you with content creation, because you will know what your audience needs to know about your niche in order to decide to make a purchase from you.

* Determine What You Already Have in Terms of Content – Check the inventory you already have regarding content. Update anything that needs updating, and practice good internal linking to bring attention to other content to your audience.

* Make a List of the Products and Services You Want to Promote – What are the products and services you want to promote right now? From that list you should be able to create at least five to ten pieces of content for each product or service.

* Know the Objective of Every Piece of Content – When you create any piece of content, you need to know what the ultimate point is. Is it to get newsletter subscribers? Is it to make a sale? Is it to educate before pitching the product or service?

* Note Launch Dates for New Products, Events or Services – Within the calendar, note the launch dates of any new products or services that you plan to promote. This will enable you to work backwards into the calendar to push out content at the right time.

* Make a Spreadsheet with Logical Headings – You’re going to want your spreadsheet to make sense and include logical headings like article title, assigned to, draft due date, objective, promotion, keywords and so forth. Leave a space for anything you want to track, including social media networks and so on.

* Track Everything – Within your spreadsheet, leave a space for tracking the results of your content marketing efforts. What you track will be what is successful.

There are some awesome tools that you can use such as Google Drive’s Google Docs to set up the spreadsheet that everyone works from. If you want to take that a step further, you can use something like Kapost.com if you have a high volume of content needs.

Jewels Muller HeadshotJewels Muller ~ CEO Chicks Connect Mastermind Support Network

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How to Make the Most of your Membership

Jewels Muller HeadshotHow to Make the Most of Your Membership

When you join a membership it’s imperative to find a way to make the most of your membership. When you spend money on something, you need to do so with a business mindset of how much your return on investment will be, and how you will ensure that you do get that ROI you believed you would get.

* Join the Right Membership – Joining just any membership is not going to work to help you expand your business or your knowledge. You need to be choosy about which memberships you join based on the results that you want.

* Read the Materials Provided – Every membership provides some sort of welcome material, plus a newsletter of some kind. Make sure that you read all the information, because you never know when an opportunity will occur that you want to take advantage of.

* Take Advantage of Any Opportunities – Often members and the group will have opportunities that enable you to show what you can do. Even if you have to do some things free or for a discount, it can help you get the word out. Go to educational events; even if you know the information, you never know what can happen.

* Volunteer – When you join a group you need to be willing to volunteer your time toward the efforts of the group. This is why it’s imperative that it’s the right membership so that their goals align with your own values and goals. Take the time to join in with the group and do your time as leader, or host, or take part in the charity work that the membership does.

* Get Involved – Outside of volunteering, when you show up at a meeting, offer your thoughts and opinions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get involved, because there are likely other people who are thinking about the same things you bring up.

* Go to Every Meeting – Of course things happen, but it’s important to make the time to go to the meetings because that’s where the relationship building happens. Sure, it’s nice to get a link back to your website as a member, but without the relationships to back it up, it’s not going to do very much good.

* Get Prepared before You Go – You want to appear professional at every meeting and interaction with the members of the group. This is how they will judge you in terms of wanting to work with you or recommend you to someone else. Keep in mind that even if the members who show up aren’t the right clients for you, they may know the right clients for you. Set a good impression from day one.

* Give Out Marketing Materials – Get a professional business card made, and even a brochure if it’s relevant to your business. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, you might want some examples of how awesome you are in your brochure.

Chicks_round_logoMemberships are wonderful ways to network with potential new clients and get referrals to new clients, as well as a great way to learn new skills. But, you must choose the right membership to join, and make an effort as an active member to reach your goals.

Linking Methods for Affiliate Marketing Programs

Linking Methods for Affiliate Marketing Programs

If you’re a small business owner, an affiliate marketing program is a fantastic opportunity to make a lot of money without having to have a lot of capital or overhead costs. If you have a web page, affiliate marketing is a great way to make quick cash without adding a lot of extra work.

But just because you find a popular webpage to promote your product or the right product to promote on your page, doesn’t mean it’s going to work. In affiliate marketing, it’s all about the link. The kind of link you use and what you link to are going to make all the difference.

Here are the most common methods of linking for affiliate programs:

*Text links. These are a good way to put links on your site because they stand out, but at the same time, still look natural and don’t have the appearance of an ad. When you have a related word in your text, like Women Mastermind Group, just embed a link in the word to a product or website. But if you overload your text with links, it will become unreadable or just annoying.

*Banner Links. These are ads that are usually at the top or side of the page. They can be plain, but are often catchy to try to get the attention of the reader. If you are an Amazon Affiliate you can post Text Links and/or Banner Links like this…

Just remember that people who surf the internet a lot see hundreds of banners in a day and ignore pretty much all of them. If you’re going to make advertisement banners, make something that’s going to stand out and get you noticed. The more clever and unique, the better.

*Search Box. Most people are familiar with search boxes embedded in a website that will do a Google or Yahoo search of the web. You can embed search boxes that will do this type of search, but search a marketer’s webpage instead of the whole internet. That way people can search an affiliate marketer’s website, sometimes without even knowing it. And they can find exactly what they’re looking for, even if the marketer has thousands of products.

Just because they’re linking to an affiliate marketer, doesn’t mean all links are the same. The link depends on what the affiliate and the vendor want. Here are the most common options:

Website main page. This is better if you’re selling services or simply looking for business connections rather than selling specific products.

Specific product. This is a good idea if you have one product that is expected to make high sales and pertains directly to the website it’s linked from.

Vendor Storefront. If a vendor sells a variety of related products, this is a great idea. If there is more variety in the products, you may be better off using a search box instead of a direct link.

Just remember that links aren’t everything; you still need quality products and a popular webpage to make money on sales.

To learn more about our support network of women please visit our site. www.ChicksConnect.com

To become a Chicks Connect Affiliate and earn money sharing the movement visit our site here www.ChicksConnect.com/affiliates

Hugs,

Jewels

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3 Tips to Even Better Decision Making

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Being a good decision maker can help you in business and life. It’s been said that highly confident people make decisions clearly and stick to them rather than changing their minds or being indecisive.

And even if decision making doesn’t come naturally to you, it is a skill which can be learned. Here are a few tips to help you:

#1 – Start small. Even making small everyday decisions will help you accomplish the bigger goal. Small decisions such as what food to eat at a restaurant are not to be underestimated. A good way to start is the next time you’re eating out, look at the menu and decide what you’d like to eat. Then put the menu down and don’t change your mind. Don’t ask your companions what they’re having and base your decision on that – make the decision on your own and then stick to it.

Small steps like this can be empowering and help you to tackle the bigger decisions to come in the future.

#2 – Approach decisions logically. Many of us tend to make emotion-based decisions rather than logical ones. In business this can spell disaster. A good way to help you approach decisions in a logical manner may be to write down a list of pros and cons.

Simply grab a sheet of paper and label one side pros and one side cons. Then list all the good and bad points of your choice. Logically think through your comments and then make your decision. This way you can leave emotions out of the equation and concentrate purely on the facts.

#3 – Cut yourself some slack. Making decisions is a skill which can be learned but even pros don’t always make the right choices. Realize that making decisions effectively takes confidence and is a great first step, but your decisions may not always be the right decisions. If you happen to make the wrong decision, give yourself a break and take comfort in the fact that you thought out your decision clearly and logically and made the best choice possible at the time.

Being a good decision maker takes time and practice. However, it’s a worthwhile skill to develop. Making decisions regularly may help build your confidence level and also help people know where they stand with you – two great entrepreneurial qualities. Join the Chicks Connect Movement and connect with other women who will support you in life and business!

Increase Your Productivity! Take a Break

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Increase Your Productivity! Take a Break

Are you working and working but just can’t seem to focus and get stuff done? You might be considering changing careers or even seeing a doctor, but the solution may be much more simple than that – just take a break. Taking short ten minute breaks throughout the day can help you refocus and reenergize so you’re more productive once you get back to work.

Scientists and psychologists have actually done many studies that show how effective breaks can be. In fact, many large businesses have now started adopting break times into the course of the regular day. Employees are actually paid to sit at their desk and read, research topics they enjoy on the Internet, and do other things that interest them. It’s been shown that allowing these breaks actually increases productivity and employee satisfaction enough to compensate for the lost time plus some.

To get the most good out of your breaks, try making your activities something that will help increase production when you return to work, rather than something that simply distracts you. Some great options include aerobic activity or relaxation exercises. They’ll clear your mind, while producing chemicals in your body that will boost concentration when you get back to work.

If physical exercise isn’t your thing, or you just don’t have the chance to do it at work, there are other things you can do to relax and clear your mind so you can get back to work. Meditation or other breathing exercises only take a few minutes, but can help you feel better mentally and physically. Not only does it help you focus, it can also lower your blood pressure and help reduce the physical signs of stress.

The biggest danger in taking breaks is not getting back to work when the break is done. A lot of people will try to skip breaks because they’re afraid they won’t get back to work and the work won’t get done. But when you skip breaks, you can significantly decrease productivity and actually end up getting less work done. The key is setting a time limit to your breaks and sticking to them. If you have trouble, try setting a timer when you take a break, or having someone back you up by making sure you get back to work. As Entrepreneurs we need to help and support one another. I encourage women to join Chicks Connect for added support and education around personal and professional growth and development.

If you’ve been pushing too hard and have reached burnout, a ten minute break just isn’t going to be enough. If you are finding yourself feeling sick, tired, and only ever in a negative mood, especially about work, you are probably burnt out. In this case, you not only need to incorporate short breaks into your day, you also need to alter how and when you work and may even need an extended vacation.

Breaks are an easy and effective way to increase your results and become even more successful with very little effort.

Boardman Marina & RV Park Boardman, Oregon

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We decided to break up our drive from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Bend, Oregon by stopping in Boardman, Oregon.

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This RV park is beautiful and affordable with full hook ups. (Goodsam discount)There is a market very close by for food and movie rental but not much else in this town aside from a museum and a Boardman Agri-Business drive tour. Stop by the SAGE center to tour the museum (around $5 adults and students free) and to purchase some Tillamook Ice Cream. They will give you a map that explains all of the different bussinesses on the drive tour like; Boardman Chip Company where they grind logs into chips that are then barged down the Columbia to pulp mills and made into paper. There are 39 stops in all and quite educational.

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There are huge Papayas and many authentic Mexican cooking supplies available.
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Right after we pulled in we were all HOT so we blew up the air mattresses and jumped in the river. Harley took a swim as well. Across the river there is a dedicated swimming space along with volleyball nets, BBQ’S and a covered picnic area.
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This is a great park for boating as well. We were only here for a quick stop but those staying longer could enjoy bike riding, fishing, boating, hiking and playing outdoor games. We didn’t see a family lodge or swimming pool but we didn’t look too hard. The bathroom and showers were clean. You might also enjoy the Boardman Park/Port river walk. They have the second largest port in Oregon. The Port of Morrow.
Enjoy your summer and be sure to share your travels with us!!
Jewels

Laundry Love ~ Sandpoint Assembly of God

imageSandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

Have you ever felt that you just need to do something right now, even when other people offered to help you if you could just wait a minute?
Well that happened to me last Sunday night when I had the sudden urge to do our laundry. TJ said he would go with me in 30 minutes and I initially said ok then said, no I need to go now!

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I left the RV park not knowing where I was going and pulled over upon seeing a woman standing next to her van at the entrance of Bonner County Fair Grounds which was where we were staying. She told me of the nearest Laundromat, which was just down the street and I went on my way.
I walked in the door and was greeted by a man, Josh, holding a baby. He asked, “Are you here to do some laundry tonight?” I, looking confused replied, “Yes.” He said, “Well, today is your lucky day. We are from the church and we are paying for your laundry. Just find one of us with the payment cards and we will cover the cost of all of your laundry.”
My mind was racing and I knew that I wanted to talk to the person in charge to find out more. I prepared all of my laundry in washers and Josh came back over and asked if I was set to go and he paid for all of my loads of laundry! What a blessing. I just kept thinking….. I am an excellent receiver. I will allow them to bless me with this gift and I will graciously accept the support.
3 years ago, when we first hit the road this opportunity would have brought me to tears. 3 years ago, finances were tight as we set off to fulfill a dream and a calling. I thought that the best thing that I could do to support the church was to write this blog and provide awareness. Here is the story and a link for you to contribute to Laundry Love.

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This information was provided by Kathy who was the woman in charge that evening.

“Laundry Love was created by a woman down in California who ran into some people who were going to work in dirty clothes. She asked them why their clothes weren’t clean for work and they replied that they needed to pay rent and have money for food. There wasn’t any money left to pay for laundry. Her heart went out to these people and rather than be sad and do nothing, she took action and created Laundry Love. One of the members of the church in California moved up here to Sandpoint, ID and started the program here.”

They would love to expand this idea to other churches and continue to provide for their own community by supporting them 1 time per month, the first Sunday of the month from 5pm-7pm. Please consider donating to this wonderful cause.

Sandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

I spoke with some of the people who were doing their laundry and this is what they had to say,

“There is a woman who has a very sick son with bowel issues and they would have to put the laundry on the porch and wash it outside. They lived off the grid and had 5-6 children. She found out about Laundry Love and came in with tears streaming down her face. She was so thankful for our support.”

Another woman that I met, Ann, shows up each month with bedding that she has collected from garage sales and thrift stores. She washes it up, folds it and donates what she doesn’t need to the homeless or new moms who need the children’s blankets.  She called it People just helping People.

A member of the church, Jenna, told me that this church also provides free dinners for people on Monday nights. She loves her church!

The church is able to collect around $400 per month for Laundry Love by taking collections form the congregation! My hope is that some of you will send a few dollars their way and brighten their day! Like I said, this service would have brought me to tears 3 years ago and perhaps you know what I mean or can imagine what it might be like to need some Laundry Love!

Sandpoint Assembly of God ~ Follow the link and the donation button is at the bottom on the left hand side. Make sure to put LAUNDRY LOVE in the comments when making a Paypal Donation. Thank you!

Jewels Muller

 

My Month! Time to Celebrate July

I was asked, “What will you do differently knowing that this is your month?”

Great question! I encourage all of you to answer that question as well.

Here is what I had to say…

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I will be even more excited about each day!

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I will soak in the sun.

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I will embrace my birthstone (Ruby)

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I will show off my sign (I am a Leo) I stretch! I roar! I let my hair down.

I celebrate my birth, July 30, 1969. I was the third child. There is no evidence of my birth. Just teasing, but the few photos that there are of me are at my parent’s house. We will have to do a reverse aging application to figure out what I looked  like 45 years ago! I was pretty cute!

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I celebrate my marriage.

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I celebrate this amazing country and our independence and our freedom that our brave soldiers have created for us.

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I will celebrate the reuniting of my traveling family.

 

Extended family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will enjoy time with my extended family.

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The purchase of our new Toy Hauler Road Warrior 420 (Power of positive thinking).

This is my month!! ♡♡♡

What is your month! Create a Blog Post of your own and share the link with me! I would love to see what month you LOVE to Celebrate.

Much love and support,

xoxo

Jewels