How To Decide What To Blog About

How To Decide What To Blog About

What to blog about when you have multiple things you love?

Many of us are passionate about many things, it can be hard to pinpoint a few ideas to write about. And it can be worse even if you have not even started a blog yet. You will be beating your head against the desk trying to figure out where to start.

Have no fear, we are going to go through some ideas and look at some topics that you will love to write about.

How to pick a blog topic you can profit from?

Many of us have hobbies and interest that we all love to do, some of us we have to many hobbies. If you are like most beginning bloggers you want to write about them all. I am sure that you have read how important it is to choose a niche at stick to it in order to monetize your blog and start making money.

The question still is how do I pick that one niche market to blog about that will make me a profit?

It can feel impossible, you can do research, study other blogs, read books on writing, and talk to friends or family but the jest of it is you just need to start writing. Just Do It!!!! When I started this blog, I first started to write about budgeting and finances and it did not take long before I realized that my focus was more on small business ownership and marketing. Now if I did not start writing and blogging then I would not have narrowed down my niche. The time and effort that I had already put in on my previous post was not a waste of time. Every business needs to start somewhere and there is no better way to learn than by doing.

I feel that the time I spent working and creating by blogs was time well spent. It takes time to figure out the in’s and out’s and techy stuff to set-up a blog. A large majority of blogs use WordPress as their base, creating and crafting WordPress is not something you learn over-night. WordPress has many variable called plugins and it takes time and practice to design and create a professional looking blog.

I am not a computer or blogging nerd. I have been involved with computers since the key punch card days of COBOL programming but I am not a nerd. Over the years I have written several blogs, some self-hosted and others on Google Blogger, these were my learning blogs.

How to decide which topic will fit your blog?

First find a relevant topic to talk about. Google some phrases and topics and see if they are relevant today. Then the key is to write your blog post that are related to the topic that you choose.

For Example.

Let’s pick cooking for an example. You can post about recipes, cookware, kitchen gadgets, food groups, slow cooker recipes, bar-b-que ideas or recipes, dieting, kitchen organization and anything else that has to do with cooking. As you can see this all has to do with cooking. Then you monetarize your blog with cooking advertisements.

Do not make the cardinal sin of picking a topic that you cannot write about daily.

You need to have a topic that you can come up with 500 to 1000 words every couple of day that is relevant to the main topic of your blog. Usually you will have a passion for your main topic so coming up with articles to write about should not be a problem. For me it is business and an entrepreneurial mind. One of my current blogs is about computers and computer repair. Computers change every day, so there is always fresh new content that I can write about daily. I have had that blog up and running for about 3 years now.

When you are deciding what to write a blog about, you need to think about long term. When I was contemplating about writing about computer repair I knew that this would be one subject that I could write about for many years.

Please keep this in mind when you are asking yourself if this is really what I want to do or what I have a passion for.

Posted by Tom in Business, Lifestyle, 0 comments
Can A Copy-Writing Service Benefit Your Company

Can A Copy-Writing Service Benefit Your Company

What is a copy-writing service and what do they offer the people.

We first have to look at the definition of what is a copy-writing service. Copy-writing is the use of words to promote a product, a service, a business or an idea to the general public. In essence copy-writing can be summed up to be the promotion in any sort of form, it could be television, newspaper, magazine, social media, or the internet. With social media and the Internet copy-writing has gained popularity significantly over the last several years with using materials produced by a copywriter more people are touched through this medium than any other form of promotion.  The business of copy-writing has gained great popularity over the past decade do to the advancement of technology, copy-writing services can be done through businesses, freelancers, or by ghostwriters. There is a great market of clients that are looking for individuals to help them promote their work or their businesses.

A business cannot survive without getting the word out to the general public and in today’s business market companies need to aggressively promote their business in order to stay ahead of the competition. Many businesses hire copywriting freelancers to assist them in writing promotional material that will promote their company in a positive light to the public.

Many companies have marketing and public relations departments that are assigned the task to promote the business. Some department’s hire freelancers to write the promotional material for them because they do not have the time or knowledge to do the writing for themselves. Marketing departments get stretched so thin with other task it is just good business sense to hire freelancers to handle the writing for them.

The main function of the copywriter is to promote the business in a positive way using words that will engage the audience to take action steps. The copywriter may need to work or meet with personnel of the business in order to set a base of demographical information to begin the process of forming a promotional package for the business. Some of the information that a copywriter would gather to begin making a promotional package would be; identify the potential customer base, earning income of the customers, the spending habits, and etc. This information provides you a base to know who you are trying to reach when promoting a business.

If you are looking to hire a copywriter it is always good to look at some sample work or ask the copywriter if they have a portfolio that can be viewed. Also ask the copywriter if they have a testimonials from other clients that they have done work for. A copywriter needs to be flexible and open minded for any suggestions or ideas and input from you since you are the one hiring the copywriter.

The copy-writing industry is a tool that can be a great resource and benefit for a company. The industry is growing and offering a wider variety of services to businesses and organizations. Most companies hire people that offer copy-writing services to help build and promote their business in order to drive up revenues and profits for the company. If you are looking to expand and grow your business then I would recommend looking into seeing what a copywriter can do for you and your company.

Posted by Tom in Business, Freelance, 4 comments
Should I Be Feeding Chickens Table Food

Should I Be Feeding Chickens Table Food

Feeding Chickens Table Scraps

Feeding chickens table scraps is a topic that many people on the internet debate about. We will take a look at some of the pros and cons of feeding chickens table scraps and offers some suggestions if you decide to spoil your flock with human food.

Most experts agree that feeding your chickens properly is a key to their overall health and longevity and will produce more eggs from your hens. For most backyard hobbyists, feeding your chickens a high quality commercially produced chicken feed is all you really need, but chickens are like other pets they love a treat now and then. These feeds are specifically designed to meet the needs of your chickens depending on the stage of development your hens and roosters are in. A good quality chicken feed is not that expensive and can be purchased at any store that sells animal feed and supplies.

However, I personally do feed my hen’s food scraps especially fruit and vegetable scraps. I do not feed them any meat products or bones. Believe it or not chickens do love potato peels and they love egg shells. I find feeding them fresh vegetables like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots and watermelon seems to be their favorite fruits and vegetables they love to eat. Most green’s like spinach and collard greens keep the yolk of the egg a deeper shade of yellow.

Table scraps should never take the place of your regular chicken feed, however. Table scraps simply do not contain the needed nutrients your flock need’s in order to keep them healthy and to live longer. As an occasional treat giving them scraps is fine, but you should never try to sustain your flock over a long period of time with just table scraps.

It is very important to also understand many forms of table scraps can actually be harmful. For example, feeding your chickens table scraps that contain a lot of spices or salt can be very harmful to their overall health. I never give my flock any sort of fish since there can be hidden bones in fish that could injure the birds. Also, like dog’s I never give them any chocolate to eat.

It is important to monitor your flock after feeding them scraps. If there is any leftover food on the ground, you can be sure they do not enjoy that particular meal. You should clean left over table scraps up as soon as possible as this material is almost surely going to spoil and will most likely attract wild animals that could hurt you birds.

Conclusion

Feeding your chickens is ok to do (In my opinion), just be careful not to give them anything that could harm them. That is why I stick to mostly fruit and vegetables. Chickens are pets just like dogs and cats, so you do not want to harm them by giving them something that will make them sick. Make sure that if you give them table scraps you only do it as a treat and not in place of chicken feed that contains the nutrition they need to be healthy and produce good quality eggs.

Posted by Tom in chickens
Should I Raise Chickens In My Urban Neighborhood?

Should I Raise Chickens In My Urban Neighborhood?

To Raise Or Not to Raise Chickens in the City

Should I or should I not raise chickens in my urban area?

For everyone that cannot decide whether or not to raise chickens in my local ne9ighborhood, let me assure you, it is not only beneficial in that you can get free eggs and other nice benefits, like free fertilizer, and keeping the yard bug free, it is also tons of fun as well as easier than one might think. All it takes is a little bit of research and some planning to get started. One of the first things that should be kept in mind and considered is that chickens are social animals and require the company of other chickens so, if you do decide to raise chickens in the city, you should get at least two chickens.

Here are some of the questions that you will need to answer first, and probably the most important, do the city ordinances, in the city I live in, allow me to raise chickens in the city limits? If the ordinances do not allow for chickens you will end up having to try to get rid of the chickens you have purchased, so before you purchase anything check the ordinances of not only your city but if you live in a deed restricted community you will need to check with the home owners association.

The next question, which will determine along with your local ordinances (some city’s limit the amount of chickens you can have), will determine how large a coop you can build or purchase. If you haven’t guessed it, the question is “How much space, do I need for a chicken coop?” The size of your coop will partially determine how many chickens you can keep because, overcrowding your chickens will adversely affect them, especially if you are raising chickens in the city for their eggs, unhappy or crowded chicken’s will not lay eggs on a regular basis.


Speaking of eggs brings us to the next question, “Why, do I want to raise chickens to begin with, is it for their eggs or is it for meat?” This question is important when determining what breed of chicken is best for you. Chickens bred for meat will reach slaughter weight in about twelve weeks and as with most chickens, will lay eggs at around six months old however, since bred for their meat the egg production may be spotty at best. Now on the other hand a chicken bred for her eggs will begin to produce around six months old and if kept happy and stress free, will lay at least one egg per day for many years to come.

Now you are probably asking yourself do I really have the time for taking care of chickens if I do decide to raise chickens in urban neighborhood? For my wife and I the chickens take less time to take care of them does my family dog or cat.  If you allow your chickens to roam freely in your backyard, they will keep the yard bug free, between feeders that will have to be refilled every two to three days and the bugs in the backyard, feeding is fairly easing. The only thing left is to make sure they have plenty of fresh water, we usually will give them fresh water every day. A clean place to bed down for the night that is secured so they do not get attacked during the night from wild animals. In our case we have two guard dogs that keep wild animals out of the yard from harming the chickens.

Conclusion

Chickens are fun and economical to raise. Just check all the ordinances where you reside to make sure you will not be breaking any laws. My friend lives in a gated home community and she was told that she could not have chickens, she has 10 chickens on her property and the way she has their coop designed no one in the community even know she has chickens. So if you are thinking about raising chickens just do a little research and if your city or home owners association frowns on the idea of raising chickens do some research I bet you can find a way to have chickens without anyone knowing you have them.

IF you have any ideas or thoughts on this drop us a comment.

 

Posted by Tom in chickens, Urban Homesteader
Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eat Healthy To Prevent Dementia

Eating healthy for your brain

Is it true that Alzheimer’s and dementia could be linked to what we eat? If it is true then I am in serious trouble as I put a piece of pizza in my mouth. As I am approaching the age of being in my mid 50’s I am becoming more aware of what I eat and how much stress I am under. You see my father and uncle both had early onset Alzheimer’s when I was only 15 years old and they were in their mid-fifties when they were diagnosed. Back then there was not much known about the disease so we had nothing really to contribute to why my father and his brother came down with this terrible disease.

While doing some research on another article I came across several articles about this new fad diet called “The MIND diet”. Seeing these articles peaked my interest since I am constantly thinking about what are my chances of getting Alzheimer’s since it can be passed down through the jeans. Research has shown that dieting, exercise, keeping the mind active, getting plenty of rest, and stop smoking or using anything with nicotine in it will help significantly reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer’s or other dementia diseases.  As I was reading these articles I found that the one diet they all talked about was “The Mediterranean Diet” or a combination of this diet along with “The Dash Diet”. The combination diet called “The Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay” diet or (MIND) diet relies on banning five unhealthy food groups; red meat, butter or margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and of course everyone’s favorite food which is fried and fast food.

This past week some new research was released during the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference which took place in London that older adults that followed a eating plan of plant based diet like the Mediterranean or MIND diet lowered the risk of dementia by a third.

What is the MIND or Mediterranean diet?

First off the Mediterranean diet is not a typical traditional form of Western eating. Say goodbye to red meat, pork, butter, refined sugar, flour and fats. The true diet is very simple, the majority of the meal is fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil.

People that follow the MIND do not reject everything that the people reject in the Mediterranean diet but they stay pretty close to Mediterranean diet but add in a few other key ingredients. The MIND diet consist of six servings a week of green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collards broccoli and other green vegetables that are packed with vitamins A and C. This along with other forms of vegetables made a difference in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. The MIND diet also recommends at least five servings a week of whole grains and nuts is a must. Nuts contain healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants which help to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Along with this they add in at least three servings of beans, two servings of berries, two servings of chicken or turkey and at least one serving of fish per week. Too top things off the MIND diet also includes one glass of wine per day. Wine is considered part of the top 10 brain healthy food groups that works in conjunction with the foods above to help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease.

With the MIND diet you do not cut out all red meat but they limit the consumption to no more than four servings per week. Butter and stick margarine is limited to only a tablespoon per day and use extra virgin olive oil in place of butter. When it comes to cheese, if you want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s than only eat cheese once a week. Sweets and pastries not only are  bad for the waistline but they are terrible for the brain. The MIND diet says to limit your consumption to no more than five treats per week.

Conclusion

It has been noted and published that people that consistently eat by the MIND diet will be healthier and reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Even if you slip up on the diet once in a while researchers still say it can still be beneficial to you and will continue to reduce your risk of developing this terrible disease.

Three great articles about dieting and dementia:

The MIND diet

CNN – Mediterranean style diet to prevent dementia

Dementia News


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
How To Become A Freelance Writer

How To Become A Freelance Writer

Writers are artist with a passion for crafting words into a picture.  People that are looking to make a living from writing can make a serious income from writing at home or anywhere there is an internet connection. The writing industry has many people that have become successful from writing, one of the most successful careers that a person can have working from home is writing.  What is stopping you from being one of these people that have given up the corporate world in order to become a freelance writer?

How to start?

This is probably one of the biggest questions that most people ask. Most people do not know how to get started especially if they are starting from scratch.  First you need to know what your goals are, for me I wanted to replace my full time income as a General Manager with a large corporation. I needed to do this because I was the primary bread winner for the home. Let’s take a look at 4 questions that you need to ask yourself.

  1. What are your long term goals?
  2. What are you willing to do or give up in order to become a freelance writer?
  3. How much money do you need to make the first year, the second year, and etc?
  4. HWhat will be your driving force to make this dream come true?

Many new people in this business tend to have no understanding on how to get started.  You do not know where to start first even if you have plenty of ideas in your head. For me it was like a scrambled mess of enthusiasm and great topics to write about but I had no outlet to share my topics with. What you and every writer needs to have is a blog. This is a great way to get started and recognized in the writing industry.

Start a Blog.

Every writer needs to have a blog. A blog is one of the best places to share your work, develop your skill for writing, and to find an audience and establish an online presence.  A blog is a great place to express your passion for the business of writing. It does not matter whether your blog is about business, finances, cooking, politics, news, photography, or a lifestyle blog, blogging gives you the connection to likeminded people who also share the same passion as you do.

When you start a blog don’t just write a few articles and walk away from it. Many people will sit down and hammer out twenty to thirty articles and stop. Most successful professional bloggers write on a regular basis and will try to put out three to five fresh articles a week.

Writing consistently will help to fine tune your writing skills. Even the big dog high profile bloggers did not have good writing skills when they first started. Many of them pro-claimed to be terrible writers in the beginning, this is why they tell the message of “If I can do it, so can you”. Here is a great article from the Huffington Post of why people blog – Article.

Where do I find clients?

You will need to seek out clients to find writing jobs, clients will not come to you in the beginning you must go search for them.

There are individuals, companies, bloggers, magazines, and website companies that hire freelancers on a regular basis to write for them. This is why having a blog is one of the first areas to focus on getting started. With a blog you will be able to show off your writing skills to these potential clients.

Here are some places to find additional information or freelance opportunities.

  • Upwork – A great place to match up your writing skills with businesses that are looking for freelancers.
  • Simply Hired – A simple job board but you can find many writing opportunities on this site.
  • com –  has many writing jobs on this frequently updated job board.
  • Flexjobs – Great place for writers looking for freelance work.
  • Contently – a place to show off your portfolio. This site shows off your work to businesses who may want to recruit you.
  • Writers Market – This site charges a small fee of $5.99 a month. This is a small price to pay for the connections that you will gain.

Conclusion

Stay positive and don’t give up. Many people start out with a lot of enthusiasm but they lose that drive after a few weeks. Remember that you are doing this for your dream, do not let anything get in between you and your dream. If you are just starting out then now is the time that you are building a foundation to become a freelancer.  Freelancing will give you the resources and opportunity to show people that you are a professional writer.


Posted by Tom in Freelance
Methods For Smoking Meat

Methods For Smoking Meat

Smoking Meat

Smoking meat has two complete different purposes, one is for flavoring the meat in order to consume it for immediate use and the other is for storing the meat for a later date. Here in the south both methods are used by many people.

Who does not like to have a rack of smoked ribs for dinner or a half of chicken that has been slowly cooked in a smoker. These are two main meat dishes that us southerners love to consume. Today home smokers are sold at almost any large box stores or you can pick one up online from places like Amazon.

Smoking meat can be an art, like mastering how to make fall of the bone barbecue ribs. Smoking meat for dinner is done by starting the smoker in the morning and letting the meat slow cook at a low indirect heat. Cooking something like a pork shoulder roast with the smoke contained in the smoker while cooking a low heat can make some of the best pulled pork that is delicious and tender

Now if you are wanting to smoke meat for preservation you will need to decide if your going to cold smoke or hot smoke the meat . If your looking to cold smoke the meat you will want to use a brine to cure the meat. Cold smoking is done by hanging the meat in a smoker where the temperature in the smoking chamber is between 75 – 120 degrees. Using the brine can make the meat saltier than normal smoking of meat, but by cold smoking you will need the brine to cure the meat for later consumption. Cold smoking of meat can make the meat last for years even when the meat is not refrigerated.

The second form of smoking meat for consumption later on is called hot smoking. Hot smoking takes less time than cold smoking since the temperature in the smoke chamber is between 14 – 200 degrees. The shelf life of hot smoked meat is less than cold smoked meat since you do not need to use brine to cure the meat. Some people will use a little brine for flavoring purposes but it does not need to be added if you want to stay away from salty meat.

Both hot smoking and cold smoking of meat help to preserve the meat from insects or bacterial growth on the meat. Salt cured meat or un-smoked meat will draw insects to contaminate the for consumption.

Like I mentioned above, smoking meat can be an art just like cooking can be. Try some practice runs using less expensive cuts of meat till you get the hang of it before spending money on fancy cuts of meats that you may ruin. There are thousands of recipes on the internet for smoking meat, give some a try and let us know how they turned out.

Posted by Tom in Homestead, Urban Homesteader
Don’t Get In The Way Of Your Dreams

Don’t Get In The Way Of Your Dreams

Do not sabotage your dreams.

Do you dream of the day when you can stay at home and be a business entrepreneur working on a project that you are passionate about? Many of us have this dream, for most people the only thing that is holding you back is yourself. What I mean by this is that you are in a comfortable position right now and you are afraid to leave your comfort zone and follow your dreams.

Many fall into this trap and we constantly find ways to sabotage our thoughts and behaviors that hold us back from getting out of our comfort zone and do something that we are passionate about.

Here is a list of thought that I have come up with that kept me in the past from stepping out of my comfort zone.

  • The wait game – Many of us play the wait game. We tell ourselves and others that when I have accomplished X – Z I will start my business. If you have a strong desire to have a home based business then there is no time like the present to get it started. If you do not start now then you will probably never will get started.
  • Looking for help – Starting a home based business can be intimidating and many of us are waiting for someone to come along to hold our hand while we are scared to take the leap of faith. I use to feel this way but I found support from online communities and forums on the subject that I wanted to start my business in. Asking people that are in like businesses on forums can be a much better resource than waiting for someone to hold your hand. Many people in these forums have been in the same boat as you are right now and they can guide and direct you in the correct direction.
  • Make the time – We all can come up with the excuse that we do not have enough time. We tend to let distractions get in our way and keep us from focusing on our business. Each one of us are blessed with 24 hours in a day, the question is, what are you going to do with that 24 hours to be a successful at home based business?
  • Remove distractions – We all have distractions in our lives that eat away at our time. We need to focus on shutting down the noise that distracts us from what we are trying to focus on. We need to be 100% focused on what needs to be done in our business first in order to be successful. Turn off the phone, shut off the email, and stop letting social media eat up your time. If you run a home business you need to prioritize your time and your first priority of the day needs to be your business and your cliental.
  • I don’t have the education – Don’t use this excuse to keep you from doing what you are passionate about. Stop telling yourself that you are not smart enough or I don’t have the education to be successful. You don’t have to be a business professional to have a small business that you can run from home.
  • Be positive – Many people fail at home based businesses because they focus on negative comments from family and friends. People today want to see us fail, news and gossip only focus on negativity and not on positive results. Don’t let what overs may say spoil your passion and keep you from succeeding. Keep telling yourself that you will succeed.

Conclusion

If you have the dream of being a successful stay at home business owner then don’t fall into one of these traps that I have mentioned above. Don’t let others or your own mind sabotage you from doing what you are passionate about.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, if you have anything you would like to add we would love to hear from you.

 

Posted by Tom in Business
Keep Striving For Financial Independence and Freedom

Keep Striving For Financial Independence and Freedom

Financial Independence Is A Achievable Goal

Dare to achieve financial independence. Cross the threshold to personal freedom. Make the commitment for your financial success. Remember, the secret to achieving financial independence and real wealth is to establish the mindset of wealth.

In order to earn more money, improve your marketable skills in an area of demand. Focus on personal development to increase your value in the market by becoming better at what you do or by doing something that is more in demand. Look for opportunities to do what you love most in a way that provides service to others on a massive scale.

Pay yourself part of everything you earn. Saving leads to wealth.

Learn to invest your money wisely. It’s true that a fool and his money are soon parted but a wise person and his money will enjoy constantly increasing levels of abundance. Get expert help in your investments, but make your own decisions.

Focus on achieving the levels of wealth in their order of importance. First comes protection, followed by independence. If your investment income covers your essential needs without having to work, you are already financially independent. If not, make this your first major objective after you have a protection fund in place. And once you have achieved financial independence, you opened the door to ultimate freedom. Whatever you want can be yours.

Achieving more wealth will empower you to expand your service to others and, in the process, become more than you get.

Keep money in perspective. It is only a means to an end and not an end in itself. Do not let money control your life. Be the master of your money, not its servant.

Be grateful for what you have, always count your blessings even when you do not think you have any. Gratitude will open the doors to abundance for you.

Follow these exercises to achieve your goal of financial independence.

  • Accept the dare: Resolve to become financially independent.
  • Determine how much income-producing wealth you need to accumulate in order to live in reasonable comfort without having to work the rest of your life.
  • Implement a strategy for wealth-building:
  • Increase your earning power. Determine how you can increase your value in the marketplace and initiate a step-by-step program to do so.
  • Reduce or otherwise control expenses.
  • Pay yourself first. Save part of everything you earn.
  • Establish a Financial Protection Fund: Build a reserve of funds sufficient to live on for one or two years.
  • Start an investment program. Study and practice to become an intelligent investor. Capitalize on the benefits of compounding earnings and “value investing.”
  • List five ways you can contribute to a better world when you become financially independent.

Last but not least, share what you have. Nothing builds character more than helping others. Whatever you do to help others will be returned to you tenfold and more. Achieving financial independence can easily be more than just a dream, you have everything you need to reach your goals right now.

  • Move forward and achieve the level of wealth you desire.
  • You can do it. Try it.
  • I dare you!



 

 

Posted by Tom in Budgeting, Lifestyle
Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

Start Each Day With A Grateful Heart

We all have been taught from an early age to be grateful for what you have in life. Most of us go from day to day surviving and we do not take the time to be grateful. Even I find myself not appreciating the things in life that God has allowed me to have. As I am around people I find that not many people have a gracious and warm heart anymore. It seems like we are always in a hurry, we have to work more hours to earn more money, we expect more out of our children, and we don’t relax anymore.

Gratitude is found in our hearts, gratitude does not come naturally. We must make a conscience decision to have a grateful heart and we must practice showing acts of kindness. What does gratitude do for us? Gratitude will help us to be less anxious, have a calmer spirit, reduce our blood pressure, make us happier, and if we practice daily being grateful it will cause us to be more confident in ourselves.

There are many ways to bring happiness into our lives, we just need to make a conscience decision to have a grateful heart and start ignoring the negative that attempts to invade our lives.

Arise every morning thanking God for breath of life, this should be the first thing we do each and every morning. Many of us wake dragging ourselves out of bed and the first thought that enters our head is usually something negative. We need to wake being thankful that we have another day on this earth to be a positive example to someone that down and out.  We need to set our minds to be thankful and positive throughout the day, even when our co-workers and others around us are focusing on being negative.

How can we stay positive and bring a life of gratitude to others?

When negativity starts to bring us down, we need to stop and take a deep breath and focus on the blessings that we have been given. This can be difficult but the more you practice it the easier it will become a habit. Showing acts of kindness to co-workers, strangers and your spouse are some good habits to show gratitude to others. I practice opening the car door for my wife whenever we are together, she appreciates each and every time.

Practice starting each day with a grateful heart. Gratitude does change everything.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle