Brain Challenge – How Strange are you?

Good  example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a  strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer’s is a long, long, ways  down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.

To  my “selected” strange-minded friends:
See if you can read the following paragraphs.
 Only very good minds can read this.  This is weird, but interesting!

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The BEST day EVER!

Production Begins!

Several months ago, my first book, a children’s book was accepted for publication. Through multiple edits, revisions, etc.. We are finally in the production process and I hope to have a finished book in my hands within a couple of months!

The book is called “Sammi Jo and the BEST day EVER”. It is intended to become part of a series,so if people like it and buy it, there will be many more adventures to come!



Sammi Jo is a lonely little girl desperately seeking a friend to spend the summer with. The story unfolds as she begins the journey to their summer cottage with her parents. They encounter several adventures before she begins to uncover clues that lead her to the discovery of her “new friend”.



I can’t wait for you all to read it!


“Courage and willingness to just go for it, trying new things that are scary – it is a really attractive quality.”


– Alanis Morissette 



Check out my new book!

As you all know…

I have recently had a book published!!

I love to read and have enjoyed reading my whole life. As a child, I was a military brat and lived all over the world. Most places did not have television, or least not American television, and because I am an only child, and there were no electronic devices in those days, I read…

I’m sure that my love of reading is what allowed me to develop some great adventures in my head! This story was created as a bedtime story for my own children when they were small.

This is the first book of many Sammi Jo adventures. It tells you a little about Sammi Jo’s life and how she came to meet her mysterious new friend. Subsequent books will “dive” into many more great adventures that you can explore with Sammi Jo and Screech! Be the “first kid on your block” to own a signed copy of the first book in the the “soon to be” series of undersea adventures!


Have you ever needed a new friend?

Sammi Jo desperately needs a new friend as she heads to the shore with her parents for the summer. She is an only child and plans on spending a very lonely summer at their cottage while her parents work on their latest books. Much to her surprise, she meets a new friend in a most unusual place! Sammi Jo gets to explore the sea with her new friend, Screech, as her guide. Dive into adventure with Sammi Jo as you learn about her life and how she meets her unique new friend.

20% Pre-Order Discount through March 31, 2014

Click the PayPal button below to get the 20% discount – there will be a shipping and handling charge so that I can hand sign and mail it directly to you!


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10% of all proceeds go to the Fisher House in honor of American veterans!

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20% Pre-order discount

Our deepest fear…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Marianne Williamson



Affirmations for today:

It’s okay for me to shine.

It’s okay for me to share my success.

It’s okay for me to be ambitious.

My first book signing event

As I sit here in the wee hours of the morning, I gotta tell you I am so excited!! I have my characters “Sammi Jo and Screech” – all packed up and ready for an ADVENTURE!!


Sammi Jo

They plan on helping helping me sell their story today at big craft fair. They know that if we don’t sell a BUNCH of books we can’t buy any more of their next big events!

We have books, bags, water and snacks ready to pack into the car so we can make it through this very long day and my excitement is overwhelming!

This day has been a long time coming and I simply hope that the world is receptive to these new characters that are attempting to worm their way into the hearts of children, their parents and their teachers!

Wish us luck!




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Sammi Jo and the BEST day EVER!

The 10th person to order Sammi Jo from Amazon will receive a signed Hard Cover book for FREE!


Anyone leaving a stellar review on Amazon will have a character named after them in the next book in the series!



Read as often as possible


You gain knowledge….

Imagine other worlds….

Visit different times….

Follow your favorite characters….

Enjoy the journey!

Word of Mouth Referrals… Does it Really Work?

wordofmouthWe all talk about advertising, right. However, what is the best advertising for you and your business? Is it social media, blogging, Pinterest, LinkedIn, flyers posted around your neighborhood, posters on the windows of local businesses…? The list goes on and on, but what truly works for you? A tried and true method that has been around since before the printing press and certainly before the days of the internet and social media… It’s called Word of Mouth!

I was recently at a networking event and stood up to announce my business and myself and before the event was over, I had a new client.  There was no advertising involved! I simply talked about my business.

explosionWhen you are engaged in a conversation with someone, simply talk about what you do. You never know where it may lead. You may be able to help them; they may be able to help you. The power of conversation is remarkable!

I might say, during the course of a casual conversation…

“I want to work with small business owners who are struggling to keep their heads above water.”

A response might be…

“How would you make that happen?” or “I know a small business owner who needs your help…”

Then phone numbers are exchanged and an introduction is made and perhaps a new client is made!

In the middle of a casual conversation, you can check something off your marketing checklist by simply asking for a referral. It may not go anywhere, but then again, perhaps it will.

talkingThe key to Word of Mouth marketing is recognizing opportunities and simply starting the conversation. There is no agenda to fulfill and there is no guarantee of the outcome, the simple fact is to bring up your business during casual conversation and see where it leads.

Therefore, here is my request to you.  Ask for a referral right here on my blog. Look for what other people have requested and perhaps you can help! Perhaps they can help you! In the perfect world you would both get the help you are requesting and we can all work together to help small businesses succeed!

How a Virtual Assistant Can Help Your Small Business Flourish!

If you are just starting a small business or considering starting one you must be overwhelmed with all the tasks at hand. Getting the right office, employees and work materials can be a stressful process. Not to mention the administrative labyrinth you will have to go through, taxes, medical insurance… This two sentences are enough to get your head spinning, right?

But things don’t have to be THAT hard. There is a way to get your business going and still be happy and confident about it. It is the thing that the whole world is raving about. It is the thing that will lift a heavy weight of your shoulders. Behold the Virtual Assistant!

Unlike full-time employees, you do not need an office for them, because they work for you at home, wherever in the world that might be. You do not need to provide them with software, travel expenses nor medical expenses. You communicate with them by Skype, Messenger, E-mail or whatever means you choose. You decide how many hours a week you need them and when.

This can be very helpful for a small business owner that is just starting up and wants to cut the costs down to a minimum. And let’s be honest, a full-time employee doesn’t really work for 8 hours a day. Every business in the world is the same story: They show up late, spend hours on social networks, take endless lunch breaks, coffee breaks, even play Pokémon go! Of course there are always fine exceptions, but they only confirm the rule.

Of course you are aware that your small business couldn’t handle having irresponsible employees around and you can’t afford wasting away time and money in the very beginning (or ever). So today, make a decision to hire a VA, or two. Let them know what it is that you need to be done, tell them how many hours you estimate for that task and let them do their magic. Since they are payed per hour they will be more than happy to finish the job for you.

Having to do something over the weekend but you need to take a fishing trip with your son? Not a problem anymore. Assign the task to your very own VA.

It is more efficient to have two Virtual Assistants working on focused tasks for you then a room full of unmotivated physical employees that are praying for their working day to be over with. Life is so much easier when you know something will get done in 3 days, than having to remind your secretary about that thing from last week while she’s doing Face time with her spouse. See, a VA will earn money based on actual hours of effort so it is in their best interest to nail that task for you and keep you happy.
Of course, you have to be open and willing to let someone take the reins on something in order for the relationship to work. If you find the right person, and your confidence in them grows you will wonder how you ever did without them.

If you would like to hear more about what we can do to help you slow down and STOP racing the clock.  Click HERE to schedule a FREE consultation call.

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Because… if you don’t have an assistant, you ARE one!