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31 Days of Wishes – I Wish for Less December 6, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 2:33 pm
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My wish is for less… or fewer, whichever word is grammatically appropriate. 🙂

I could list a whole stack of things I would love to have more of: time, vacation, friends, money, and so on. Isn’t it nice to think about what you would wish to get less of? We are born conditioned to want more and more and more. And yet many of us all realize at some point that more really isn’t what we want at all.

What we really want is: enough.

Over the weekend, I started to realize that wishing for more time is just a waste of time. So I refocused my wishes to something that actually would give me more time.

I wish for:

  • less wasted time on thoughts or memories that I can do absolutely nothing about but still somehow manage get me down a bit
  • fewer times that I get so stressed out and tell my kids…” just a minute” then realize 20 minutes later I left them hanging just so I could… you know… “just get this done really quick!” :{ Yeah, I did that too much this year.
  • fewer detours
  • fewer illnesses
  • less depressing junk (wish I could use another word there) on tv or in my reading materials
  • less junk food… (This is the most difficult time of the year to with for that isn’t it?!

Most of all I wish for less stress. Maybe that means I need to wish for fewer moments to occur in which I allow things to pile up and come crashing down. Maybe it means that I need to wish for less impatience when things don’t go perfectly.

☆ Happy Holidays ☆ with less of what you don’t need. 😉

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Thanksgiving. November 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized,Work at Home — kena-virtuallyassistingyou @ 11:01 am
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The last shreds of fall hold on like the stubborn leaves on an oak tree. You rake, and rake, but when you look up you realize they are still hanging there waiting for their OWN time to drop.

This year, Thanksgiving seems like one of those leaves. We have to wait for it to come before we can spring open the gates of the Christmas season. Around here, our neighbors seem more eager than ever to get on with the season of giving. So many lights are already up, days before the turkey is served, and the sales started weeks ago.

This eagerness points to the reason Thanksgiving is so perfectly placed. It might just seem like the road bump holiday that gets shoved out of the way in a mad rush to the Christmas season, but maybe instead, we should think of it as a starting point for all we celebrate at the end of the year.

After all, how can we give, if we do not first know what we are thankful for?

This year there are many blessings that bring us thanks. Family: who love and support us in what sometimes seems like a wild adventure. Children: who are the reason for the work we do. Friends: old ones who can be with us daily to bring joy and new ones that are physically miles away but always close in our hearts. Clients: whose enthusiasm is contagious, and whose success is part of our reward.

We are thankful too, that the Internet is bringing us together in new ways. Social media is something to celebrate. It is an opportunity. And the chance to pass its power on to others is a great blessing.

Thank you for your business.

Thank you for your friendship.

And as your thanks turns into giving this season, we wish you much happiness with those you love.

 

Exercise? Blah, It Just Sounds Like More Work… November 8, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 4:02 pm
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Back in September I wrote a post about how I really needed to make myself get more sleep. Well, I have done that 8 hours of sleep thing almost every single night since and I tell you what… I didn’t realize how tired I was until I actually started getting enough sleep.

It’s like that whole boiling frogs experiment… What!? Some of you have never heard of the boiling frogs experiment?

OK, there was a teacher that would make his/her students boil water and then throw live frogs in the water. Don’t worry though, as soon as those frogs hit the water they would immediately jump out.

Next the teacher would have the students put semi warm water in a pot and put the live frogs in… (They probably swam around all happy.) However, the student were told to gradually heat up the water until it got back to a boil.

The same frogs jumped out of the boiling water the first time ended up being slowly boiled to death.

Gross isn’t it? But what does this have to do with exercise? Well, let me answer the question with another question:

What is your environment like? Is it an optimal for you to stay healthy and happy? Or could you possibly be slowly boiling yourself to death?

I was definitely on a slippery slope to the latter. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, I was stressing out about everything, I wasn’t eating right, I wasn’t exercising.

I was constantly busy! And yet, busy doesn’t always equal active. Ninety five percent of my work is on the computer, so, I have to change something else.

Last year, I gained a good 5 lbs during winter and I still have yet to be rid of it. So, this winter, I am not going to let myself gain another 5 lbs because I am too busy to exercise! Winter is quickly approaching and I had to ask myself: “Am I going to fall into the same cycle of less physical activity for another 3 to 4 months this year?”

My answer is: “Um… No!”

So, last week, I started exercising again.

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So, I dug out my old Denise Austin Pilates video and even the kids got out their yoga for kids videos this weekend. I am going to save myself from slowly allowing my energy to deplete even more because I am not keeping my body strong.

I like Denise Austin because she is so encouraging and authentic in her videos. The Denise Austin: Mat Workout Based on the Work of J.H. Pilates is my favorite. It is so challenging, but not too challenging.

She says things like “These exercises will help you strengthen and tone your muscles to be able to move around with everyday ease…”

Sounds nice right? 🙂 And she gives you work-arounds for some of her more challenging moves so that you aren’t plagued with sore muscles and joints!

I got my kids involved too

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This last Saturday, we (myself, my daughter 8, and my son, 4) decided to also get out my daughter’s old YogaKids video and do that together. It’s a set of two DVDs and we did the one called: “Silly to Calm”. It says it’s for ages 3-6, but my daughter and I both enjoyed it very much. 🙂

If you have a favorite video or activity to share, please do so in the comments! I am going to need some input to make sure I don’t get bored.

Remember to stay active this winter…
The hardest part is getting started.

 

Your Inner Dialogue is a Self-fulfilling Prophecy August 23, 2010

Filed under: Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 11:37 am
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What kinds of thoughts do you have? Are they positive or negative?

  • I am so tired.
  • I am never going to get this done.
  • This client is so picky they are driving me batty!

If these are thoughts that you are having on a consistent basis, you might be guilty of self-sabotage.

A bad mood will often lead to a bad day. Your outlook often gauges your success. If you try to gain a client but keep thinking, “Oh my gosh, I don’t know if I am good enough!“, then you can bet that they will not be sure if you are good enough.

Positive affirmations are a great way of changing your insecure thoughts into ones that lead you to a confident and more fulfilling life at work or home.

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Try saying something like this out loud. Hearing it in your own voice, is like giving yourself a pep talk everyday.

Remember, your thoughts are often your self-fulfilling prophecy. The good news is that they are not set in stone.

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What I learned on my summer vacation. June 28, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 10:58 pm
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I was so inspired by Walt Disney! This man really cherished the past, conserved the present, and shaped his own future. He shaped our future too.

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What Gets You Inspired? June 18, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Work at Home — kena-virtuallyassistingyou @ 11:14 am
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What gets you inspired?  For us inspiration sometimes comes when we sit on the back porch sipping a cold glass of lemonade.  Other times, inspiration comes in front of a computer screen.  Then there are times inspiration doesn’t want to come at all.

We like to see people find their inspiration and expand their horizons.   Maybe, you’ve already done that by jumping out of a formal office to grow your business, or maybe, that’s still a dream.

We’ve starting this blog to talk about those things that get us inspired and get us connected; social media, virtual assistance, working from home, family life.  Since I live in a small town, I know how important it is to have neighbors to help each other out.  We want you to think of us as a neighbor (one you like).  If you feel like you need a little help or motivation, we hope you can find it here.  This is a positive place where you can get some ideas on how to connect to new resources, to grow your business, or maybe just spend a little time hanging out with us on the back porch.

I know this is a short post this week, but it is summer time and I’m spending the weekend at the lake with my family and friends.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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Search for Renewal, Find Inspiration June 14, 2010

Filed under: Learning By Example,Work at Home — Amber Whitener - Virtual IT Assistant @ 1:48 pm
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I am on vacation today, but I couldn’t help but take a moment to share with you my experience of inspiration here at the Walt Disney World Resort. We, virtual assistants, are creators of our own content; and like Walt Disney we can be inspired by the world around us and then add our own “magic” to make it even better.

I am saddened that my app, WP2go, doesn’t have the option to add a video. (At least not as simply as I can add a picture.) So, I am going to share a photo I took the first day (and brightened with Photoshop Mobile). Stay tuned because next Monday I am going to share a small video clip in hopes to inspire you other designers as well.

For now, I want to leave you with this thought: “Real life affords us no retakes.” So enjoy your family, friends, and travels… Now I am going to go enjoy mine! 🙂

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