Suzi Beech and Family

This blog is about my family and my trials and tribulations as a work-from-home mom of twins.

Six Things You Can Do to Maintain a Positive Outlook June 17, 2009

I have decided that, no matter what, I am going to maintain a positive outlook on life.  Now, I have troubles, my life hasn’t all been a bowl of cherries, but I have learned that how I react to negative factors is really all that matters.   Sure, bad things will happen, it’s a fact of life.  On the flip-side, so will good.  I believe it’s high-time I start placing all my focus on the good and let the bad slip away.  Life isn’t going to be perfect, but enjoying all the goodness will certainly help!  So, in that vein, here are six things I’ve been doing that are helping me stay positive and focused on the good.

Try to remain positive!!

Try to remain positive!!

1.  Count your blessings.  Seriously.  Wake up in the morning and, if nothing else comes to mind, be happy with the fact that you’ve woken up to another day.  It sure beats the alternative!  Today is another opportunity to feel good and accomplish positive things.

2.  Look outside.  Is it raining?  (I live in Oregon, so this is a very common occurrence!).  Think how happy all the flowers and tress will be for the rain.  Is it sunny?  Think about all the good Vitamin D you can soak up free, thanks to Mother Nature.

3.  Read something inspirational.  This is my favorite sight for quotes:  inspirational; motivational; humorous; etc.:  http://www.great-quotes.com I often browse through them!

4.  Make a list of things you are grateful for and refer to it whenever you’re feeling down.  Keep it handy!

5.  Choose to look at the silver lining.  This is NOT always easy.  It is something I have to continually and consciously make an effort to do.  I can lean toward being a pessimist and work constantly on turning my focus to the positive, optimistic point of view.  This is an ongoing process – something I work on each and every day.  Like everyone else, I am a work in progress! 😀

6.  Surround yourself with the most positive people you can.  Negativity seems to rub off.  Conversely, positivity is contagious, too.  If you notice you have more negative influences in your life, try to seek out new relationships that will bring more positive energy into the mix.

This list is a small compilation of some things I work on and think about.  In the end, I believe that maintaining a positive outlook has to come from within.  I am striving to bring out the most positive aspects of myself.  I hope you can, too!

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The Top 5 Things I’m Thankful for this Memorial Day Weekend May 23, 2009

Kicking the weekend off with a splash!

Kicking the weekend off with a splash!

1.  First and foremost, I’m thankful that I overcame years of infertility and was given the gift of my children.  It was a long, difficult battle, but we took it on and were victorious.

2.  I am thankful for my husband, who stands by my decisions and remains supportive and encouraging, in good times and bad times.

3.  I am thankful for friends who inspire me to be better.  People who offer ideas and opportunities I wouldn’t have found on my own.

4.  I am thankful for having the opportunity to take chances in life.  Things might not have always worked out as planned, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

5.  I am thankful for living in this era.  It is wonderful to be able to connect on a global level  with so many people with so many differing viewpoints and strategies.

I am also thankful that you are here reading this.  I hope we can connect in the future to share our joys and sorrows, successes and failures. I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

 

How to Find a Legitimate Online Business May 19, 2009

Award of Excellence Working from home is more popular than ever. The advent of the internet and modern computer technology has made working from home easier and more economical than in any other time. If you are considering becoming a work-from-home employee or starting your own business from home, there are a few steps you need to take to get started.

Search online. Start with a search engine such as Google or Yahoo. Type in the kind of work you’d be interested in or are qualified for, such as sales, data entry, or marketing, to name just a few possibilities. Make sure to include “work from home” or “home-based business” in your search. Try to make your search as specific as possible using keywords that pertain to your experience or education such as “work-from-home administrative assistant” or “work-from-home tax advisor.”

Ask around. Your friends might have some good leads or words of caution for you. Someone you know might have just started an online business they’re really excited about or they may caution you against one you’re already considering. Remember to take everything they say with a grain of salt. You’re looking for the right business for you, which doesn’t always mean it would be the right business for them. Subscribe to online forums centered on the kind of work you would be doing. You can gain valuable insight into companies by listening to what those involved in them are saying.

Check with the Better Business Bureau. Make sure you are diligent in researching any companies you’re considering getting involved with. The BBB is a great place to start. You can type in the company name and see how many or if any complaints have been filed against them. In addition, you can see if the complaint was resolved or if there are many outstanding complaints.

Use your best judgement when moving forward. Search for a variety of companies and jobs. Talk with others involved or previously involved in areas you’re considering. Ask questions online or, if provided, call the company directly. Use the internet to your advantage and explore many potential companies and jobs before making a decision.

 

How to Find the Right Business Opportunity for You May 18, 2009

A bit of information for you!

A bit of information for you!

Times are tough for many right now.  You may have been laid off or fired from your current job.  Your company may have closed or cut your hours.  Your friends and relatives might be out of work or struggling.  You may be trying to save for retirement or college for your kids.  There are as many reasons for wanting to work for yourself and be your own boss as there are opportunities out there.  I’m going to outline a few steps for you to help you get started in finding a business opportunity that will suit you best.

Start with your interests.  Make a list of businesses you think you would like to own.  Face it, if it’s not a business you could see yourself enjoying, then you probably won’t stick with it once your initial enthusiasm wears off.  Do you like to work on your own or with people?  Do you want to work online from home or do you want to go to an office or other location?  Would you like to learn something new or utilize a skill-set you already posses?

Define your goals.  Do you want to work part-time or do you plan on dedicating yourself to your new business full-time.  Do you intend to earn a six-figure income or are you interested in making a little extra cash.  Do you have money to invest or will you be working on a shoestring budget?  Will you have large chunks of time you can dedicate to your new business or do you plan on working in small snippets of time, when you can?

Research, research, research.  Look for potential opportunities and ideas by utilizing search engines such as Google and Yahoo.  Talk to friends and neighbors, relatives and coworkers.  Network!  Make sure everyone within earshot of you knows you are open to listening to opportunities and are actively looking for a new venture to involve yourself in.  You never know who might have the inside scoop on something or have an idea that you haven’t thought of.  Talk to other business owners, especially those in fields you are considering.  Make sure to ask them about any hidden pitfalls, expenses or obstacles they’d with they’d known about when they were making their ownership decisions.

Be savvy.  Working for yourself is still working.  Owning a business is very fulfilling, but also a lot of pressure.  As someone once told me, “If you treat your business like a hobby, you will pay for it like a hobby.  If you treat it like a business, it will pay you like a business owner.”