Thursday, January 26, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The rules for this award are:
1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link back to them. ( Thank you
again In Love by The Beach!!)
2. Tell 7 things about yourself. (see below)
3. Pass this award on to 10 newly discovered blogs and let them know that they’ve
received an award.
Seven things about 4MyKiddos:
1. I started this blog as a way to share some of our families creativity, share how being a WAHM has changed our lives and stay in touch with family. It has grown into so much more for me though!
2. I believe that in all things we do we should do them to our best ability to glorify the Lord.
3. We are currently in the process of our basement remodel, so I spend a lot of time hopping to other blogs that have done the same thing.
4. I believe everyone has the ability to change their futures and family circumstances if they make the commitment to do so.
5. I love riding horses, it's such a great way to free the mind and great exercise.
6. My favorite movie is The Little Mermaid. The girls love it too!
7. Today marks 5 years of being a Work at Home Mommy for me!
10 Blogs that I love and
awarded the Versatile Blog Award to are...
Friday, January 20, 2012
As a Christian and a family focused entrepreneur, I believe that faith is a key ingredient in small business success. In this current economy, the people of God must remember that if you honor God through your business he will direct your path.
Each year, I pick a bible verse as my theme for the New Year. As I considered which bible verse would guide me in 2010, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorites. Use these bible verses in the good and tough times in your small business.
1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Learn something every day. If you only lean on your own knowledge in your business, you will not be able to grow. You must grow yourself to grow your business.
2. “Behold, I am doing something new! It’s already happening; don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.” Isaiah 43:19 (GOD’S WORD® Translation) Sometimes your business will need to move as the market pulls you in a different direction. You might need to reinvent your business, and you should not be afraid. God’s always got your back.
3.”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV) One of the most important things you can do for your business is to pray every day.
4. “Faith without works is dead.” James 2:26 (KJV) You can’t just pray for success. Develop a plan and work your plan. If you can do something about your situation, then do it. Stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, and do it!
5. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV) There will be contracts that you really need that you will not win. There will be days when you drop the ball on your customer service, but you can not let that define you or your business. You will get another opportunity and even if you don’t, God is with you always.
6. “As I think in my heart, so am I.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) Your thoughts can be your number #1 asset or your biggest liability. When you are alone in your office or back bedroom, your thoughts can easily turn on you. Your ability to stay positive, learn from all experiences and shake off mistakes quickly will be a big asset to you and your business.
7. “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) Making decisions in your small business based on fear is never helpful. For that matter making decisions in anger is not good either. Try hard not to be reactionary with clients, vendors or employees. Use factual information and up-to date financials to make sound business decisions.
8. “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day.” Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB) You need to understand that God’s time is not your time. There may come a time in your business when you just know you have a contract, one that you really need and things fall through. Those are the times when you need to trust in the Lord the most. When we accept God’s timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems.
9. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;” Proverbs 3:13 (NIV) You need to be a life long learner in order to be successful in business. You should constantly seek to improve yourself and increase your knowledge about the business of running a business.
10. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV) This is my new bible verse for 2010. It came to me watching a college football game. I believe I was only watching the game to see it.Remember, whether you are religious or not you can always pray about your business.
Special Shout out to Joyce Meyer Ministries for her book The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word which gave me guidance for this post and to Pastor F.L. Anderson who gave me some biblical wisdom for this article. Read his blog http://www.flanderson.com/.Do you have a special bible verse that has helped you in your business? Please leave a comment and tell me about it.WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE, E-NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE? You may, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:Melinda Emerson “SmallBizLady“, is a Veteran Entrepreneur, Small Business Expert and Social Media Coach who hosts #Smallbizchat on Twitter. #Smallbizchat is the trusted resource on Twitter to discuss everything entrepreneurs need to know about launching and running a profitable small business. Melinda’s first book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 months. A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works will be released by Adams Media in March 2010.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Here's an up close of the material we choose.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
1. Do Something Difficult.
2. Exercise 1st thing everyday.
3. Make a Commitment to be Rediculously Good at what You do.
4. Avoid distractions and spend time devoted to Deep Work.
5. 1% wins!
6. Learn something new everyday. It's amazing what Knowledge can do for a person!!
7. Get Fit. I take this as Mind, Body and soul.
This page is in the front of my binder. It has everything I need for a daily task sheet. And I've used those plastic insert pages. Here's why I choose to use them:
1. Keeps the pages safe and neat.
2. I can use my dry erase pin to write on the outside of the page and save paper :)
My binder includes tabs for all of our family tasks:
6. FinancialThe above page is such a time saver for me! Each year when we start calving I have my own personal list of cows who have calved along with the birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight. Honestly by using this one page it's really shown me the power of organization.
Do you have a Family Planner? If so I would love for you to share your link in the comments section!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
One popular new site is Digg.com
Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. Such a valuable tool when it comes to marketing your blog or web page!
Here's the gist of it... Articles, blog post, how to guides, breaking news, off beat stories all can be published to Digg.com. Then readers have the chance to Digg (positive voting) or Dugg (negative voting) on the published post. The more people that Digg that post means the higher ranking it has and the more likelihood that that posting will make its way to the front page of Digg.com.
3 Tips to Become Good at Digging it:
- Spend time daily becoming friends with others in the Digg community.
- Spend time reading and voting on those friends stories.
- Study Digg to define what makes stories popular so you can recreate that likeness on your own blog posts.
By keeping up with the above 3 steps you'll gain a reputation within the community and therefor others will want to promote your stories that you post in the Digg.com community.
Happy Digging!Pin It