Take It Personally..

How often have you heard someone tell you “not to take it personally”? This is often the disclaimer given when negative or insulting comments are being spoken about you. You may be tempted to dismiss negative comments simply because they conflict with the image you would like to have of yourself. While you can’t mindlessly believe everything a person says about you either, you might want to selectively absorb pieces of information and use them as fuel for motivation.

If several people in your life have mentioned that you seem to be lacking in purpose, or you’re too timid, shy, unconfident, or any other unflattering description – ask yourself why they might have this impression of you.

If only one person feels that way the idea may not hold merit, but if several people all seem to have the same impression of you, there may be something worth looking at there. Think about these comments objectively and ask yourself whether they might contain a grain of truth.

Make a list of the unflattering things people have said to you (or you frequently say to yourself). Then go down the list and honestly assess whether they hold merit. Some of them probably won’t, and you can cross those off the list. The others, however, hold a big key to your personality – and you are in control of those things!

If you discover areas of your personality or habits that could use some improvement, use the feedback you’ve received to make positive changes in your life. You don’t have to remake yourself in one fell swoop – just start working on changing them little by little. If you’ve got a pessimistic attitude, begin trying to see the best side of each situation or opportunity. If you lack confidence, begin building a stronger belief in yourself and your potential.

Not only should you take your personal development seriously, take your goals and aspirations personally! It’s helpful to be objective while defining your goals and preparing your strategy, but the importance of your goals in the big picture of your life should be a very personal matter indeed. Take it seriously, and take it personally. If you experience a setback, question why it happened. Did you try to take a shortcut instead of giving your full effort to a task? Did you make mistakes that caused a setback to occur? If so, internalize those insights and use them to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

Personal development and goal achievement alike are very much a process of evolvement. You first must open your mind to the possibilities, learn through self-discovery, take action and continually test your limits. If you take both of these processes personally, you will hold them close to your heart and place immense importance on them, which means you’ll keep working toward them as long as it takes to make them a reality.

The more you work on yourself, the more motivated you will become to keep doing so. And as you improve as a person, so will your goals and dreams begin to grow larger and fuel your motivation to continue.

Author: Iain Legg


YouTube ~Candle Making & Casting Molds~

There is always something for everyone in the world of crafting.

Today I visited ~YouTube~ again to learn more about candle making and molds.

This is not a craft I am planning on pursuing but I did find it very interesting to learn about.

I however may try my hand at making my own molds for jewelry & baking so this was a good nights work for me..


Making Candles

Martha Stewart Making Candles and Casting Wax

Using Molds in Candle Making: How to Make Your Own Candles

Part 1: Recipe for Making Your Own Candles

Part 2: Recipe for Making Your Own Candles

How to Make a Soy Candle Part 1

Search Results for “Soy Candles Candle Making”
Molde silicone

How to make a simple Silicone Mold Part 1

How to make a simple Silicone Mold Part 2

How to make a two-part mold

How to make a Latex Mold

Foam Latex

Search Results for “how to make silicone molds
Search Results for “how to make jewelry casting molds

Search Results for “make rubber stamps

Make Custom Rubber Stamps with FastLight

Tips and Techniques: Make Your Own Acrylic Embellishments

Hand made plastic acrylic art demo and info

Start A Home Business Affordably

Everyone these days needs to make more money, why is that?

It seems like an easy to answer question yet, there really is no easy answer to be found.Today society is pulling  us back and forth for  us to spend to keep the economy alive, yet spending is also creating a back draft so to speak. Spend more, have less! The housing market is one way to look at how we spend our money. We have an imbedded idea of how we should live comfortably. Marketing companies do their absolute  best to encourage us to live the American dream.We should live it, after all the country was founded on freedom.

How do we continue to pursue the dream without spending everything we make? How do we continue to buy without forfeiting real life necessities? How do we learn to trust our own instincts like the good old days? There is no simple answer, yet there is an answer if we search for the right ones.

Start living like we used to live. Learn how to incorporate what you love into actual monetary value.  Sit back and think about how people made money in the old days.

Remember time, travel,  and  communication was a not easily attainable way of living.   Settlers from town to town grew to know each other through social functions. and word of mouth advertising.  Those in the good old days who had  an established brick & mortar business relied on small print advertising, plus viral marketing.    We certainly have more opportunities to build a business than our past generations of home entrepnuers. We have access to products from sources sea to sea. We have unlimited access to free information.  So, starting a home business can be accomplished affordably.

What can you start that cost very little from the beginning plus is needed in your surrounding area?

Here are some samples below..

In-house catering business

If you enjoy the art of cooking or baking, did you know many people no longer do these things themselves. There is a need for catering in most areas especially around the holiday season. Many older community members do not cook large meals due to the size of their household. More importantly some just can not do it anymore. A service that specializes in home cooked {catered meals} is often needed and people are willing to pay for ~GOOD FOOD~

As with the first part of this section there is a need for homemade pastries and cookies. Again, around the holiday seasons

many people will purchase home baked goods to give as gifts or for entertaining. Mainly those search for these offers are retired community members and disabled person’s. Though you should never rule out the younger generation because sometimes

home cooked meals are not something they utilize often.

{ Yes, fast foods have replaced quality foods in many areas}

Design craft patterns

Being an avid crafter myself and self taught craft designer, I love to create new things. Did you know that there are thousands of people who are willing to pay for tutorials on how to make crafts. Of course you already are aware of the billion dollar craft book industry, but are you aware that you too can sell your designs to other crafters for decent money…

All you need to do is be organized when you are designing your craft. Learn how to work in steps through the creation process

and take photo’s and write descriptions of each process. Compile your work into a printable format and start offering it for sale.

You can do this quite cheaply by joining craft pattern groups online, indie craft groups, craft communities and also offering

craft booklets for print locally. There is so many possibilities with this venue, but first you must learn to become a organized

craft designer to make it fly..

Start a creative childcare business

We all already know about child/daycare businesses. They are not cheap to start. Especially with today’s childcare laws.

But you can start a simple creative child care business that does not need to meet state strict standards. How about offering

a one night a week craft club. Crafts kits that cost as little as .50 cents per kit can be obtained easily online or in many

specialty shops. If is a great way to meet new people in your surrounding area by offering parents a night out + giving back to

the children. Many children have lost their creative spirit and you can help them get it back or expand their creativity.

First and foremost, you must like children of all ages..Second, you must be organized to work in a group setting…And third,

you must be able to accommodate the space needed to set up a creative work space for your weekly business.

The best place to get your business free advertising is through your local chamber of commerce, church and through social

groups like Girl/Boy scouts and so on. Getting involved with children will also get parents involved with you!

Home clean up service

Did you know that many apartment/housing owners need reliable home cleaning services. If you live in an area where there are apartment buildings many rental owners & realtors may be able to use your service. I know for a fact that once an apartment has been vacated it needs to be cleaned & spruced up for the next tenant.

Not only that, most past tenants leave belongings behind for the owner to get rid of. This is such a huge hassle for those in the rental business. If you can put together a simple yet precise cleaning contract you will likely have a good   chance of becoming recognized as a professional clean up service. Your service could offer detailed cleaning, additional painting, window cleaning, garbage removal and so on. You can even offer to the renters your service for packing & moving.

Of course, once you transport another’s belonging you will need to be insured and bonded. So check with your local government

offices on how to do this correctly.

Personalized ~House & Yard~ Decor Service

Ok, here is one service I’d be willing to pay for myself.

I am not always on top of decorating for holidays nor do I want to purchase seasonal decorations. { Or Store Them}

So how about starting a service that specializes in house and yard decorating.

All you need to do is purchase good quality & unique in door and out door decorations through out the year.

Once you have a few nice displays you can offer your service to homeowners. Many home owners do not have the time

to create welcoming yards. {Most work 2 job these days just to make ends meet} But we are a society that loves to see

beautiful things, so this is an opportunity to help others while helping yourself.

This business will take planning and products to buy to get started but can be started on a shoestring budget.

Think about the seasons. Think about what people see during these seasons and start purchasing unique items to keep as inventory.


Summer time it is wonderful to look at flower gardens while taking walks. Many people don’t have time to maintain flower gardens, but

your service offers for rent 3 large planters: {You are in charge of setting up the planters and also taking them away at the end of the season}

You may also in your yard service contract offer year long service, so this means when one season is done it is your job to create the

next seasons decor.

Summer Season:

One with fresh herbs

One with Lavender Plants

One with Vegetables or other unique flowers

The beauty of this service is you have a unique business that can be worked all year long!

Winter Season:

Inflatable Yard Decor or decorate the inside of the home with wonderful, and unique products. The homeowners will feel they are on vacation all season!

Fresh Greenery { Wreaths for the doors, ect..}

Hanging what I call~ MAGICAL Christmas lights~ ok, they are just Christmas lights but they do bring on a sense of magic for the season!!

You get the idea..

With me being very creative, I would also opt for more unique items such a creating seasonal entertaining elements both for home & outdoors.

You can find wonderful products at wholesale with no purchase limits in our wholesalers print directory..

Just remember this home business is one that needs to organized from the start. You will need to purchase products to offer your client to rent.

This will cost money but if you do it right, you will make good money also!!

Community ~Welcome Wagon~ Newsletter Organizer

This is pretty easy to start. All you need to do is start a campaign for organizations to list their events & business information is your

business directory.{ Offered online in a ezine setting or offline in a print format}

At first you will need to offer very affordable or a one time listing fee that can be updated when needed.

Moving into a new community is not always fun. It can be scary and sometimes a bit sad for some. Moving into a area where you

have no friends is hard. This often makes the new community member a stay at homer.

We do not want that!! We want our community to be welcoming in both growth and spirit.

As a newsletter organizer you can start a business setting up the above clients plus offer new community members a nice welcome

newsletter for a said period months to help them feel comfortable in their new surroundings.

{After six months you can then offer them a paid subscription as an option}

Please note, this is not a business that will make you millions of dollars, this is a business that can build upon itself through product expanding such as:

~Welcome Gift Service~

~ Vacation Sitting Service~

~Moving Forwarding Service~

Co-op Newsletter Organizer

~Start your own print or online ezine for people in your town & surrounding area to post 4 sale items or Want Ads~

All right most newspapers already offer this section in their paper, but advertising is sometimes expensive..

So start your own Co-op for items that are for sale or items people are in need of. This can be done with very little expense at all.

If you have Internet service then you have the availability to create a community posting board for free.

To make money with this you will need to get your service out into the public. This can be done free also by posting fliers in venues that people

See often such as church bulletin boards, doctor offices, chamber of commerce and so on..

You can make money by first and foremost keeping it affordable for the community to place their Ads. I would suggest a simple one-time fee for unlimited posting

In your Co-Op newsletter. You will need to do the figures yourself as only you know your surrounding area.

If you are offering a print newsletter again do you math so you are making money not loosing money. I would suggest getting started by offering a ezine.

This is an online format for publishing. You can set up free accounts with WordPress or Blogger. You may already have an account with another blog site, so expand there if you wish.

I personally like the ezine format because you a format that saves postings. This is nice to have an archive system. This will also help you in marketing because

new comers into the Co-op can review the past Ads and learn what works and what doesn’t.

The best thing about this business venue is each person can make extra money with very little effort. Being a garage sale junkie myself, I would love the ease

of just getting online and seeing who is selling what and knowing I can email them to hold it until I get there to pick it up. This is a great service for everyone involved!!

These a just a few suggestions that cost little but offer expandable opportunities..

Of course there are always the stand by small businesses to look into too:

Pet Sitter/Walker

Year Round Lawn/Yard Maintance

Winterizing Boats, Cars, & Campers

Year Round House Cleaning Service

There are many services your community needs to help others get by with daily living. You can also check with

your local chamber of commerce & of course religious institutions for services needed on a steady basis.

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