Totally Self Disciplined and Focused and Dare I Say Crazy?

I would love to know who I should thank in my family for my self disciplined personality and driven to succeed attitude? Maybe that is all me. Maybe I am a self taught awesome work from home woman, but I think some has to be credited to my parents as well as grandparents and aunt for pushing me to be who I can be. All I can be. I was the first born and a lot of responsibility was placed on my shoulders. My Dad is pretty laid back but always used to refer to me as the responsible child.

For instance, back in my younger years when I felt my parents just didn’t get me or mostly my Mom didn’t get me, I ran away. I drank alcohol and no need to mention all of the other trouble I got into. The thing that shocks me thinking back is that I was the girl who ran away to stay with her boyfriend but made her boyfriends older brother bring her to the bus stop to get on the bus for school every day. Seriously? Who runs away from home and makes sure to hold the responsibility of going to school? I do.

I also remember drinking all hours of the nights. Sneaking out of my bedroom and so much more. I would go and take my high school finals one year with a buzz from drinking so much the night before and still pass with an A on that final exam. Crazy. I think it’s just who I am. It is who I was built to be. I made horrible decisions yet on the other spectrum of life, I made good decisions.

I am one mix of a person but working from home has not only been a blessing that I am able to do, it has been a life saver. I have my hands full with a tween daughter, a hyper four year old and a son who is six years old diagnosed with a mood disorder/bi-polar. The kids have so many appointments, sports and events that if I held a normal 9-5 office job like I used to, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the things I do enjoy with my kids nor would I probably make many work hours because of the appointment load with my middle child.

So when my cell phone is going off. Facebook is blinking at me from my cell. Instagram people are commenting on my photos and twitter is telling me I have new replies. I let them be. I do not look at every ding and beep my cell phone makes, not during my work hours. If I have no kids, then I am working. Wednesdays you can just about forget reaching me unless I have already made an appointment with you. That is the one full day of no kids for me and is the one day I work all day, to include setting lunch dates with prospects or clients for my VA business.

Life is good. Life is Great. But there is a song much prefer to quote “God is great, Beer is good and People are crazy”. If ever crazy were used to define me, which it sometimes is by my closest of friends and tween daughter, it would be meant in the most positive of adjectives ever.

Things That Irk Me About My Cell Carrier #HelloBetter

I currently have a not to be named cell phone carrier that has decent service, although where I reside it is always in roaming due to lack of towers and having a not as popular cell phone carrier for the area.  The plan is reasonable and I enjoy unlimited data, which doesn’t work lately but I can’t call to speak with my carrier because they need a pin assigned to me during my plan sign up.

The problem with my pin? That when I called this company to deal with an issue signing up for online access to my plan, they reset my pin and the phone line hung up on me while on hold. Meaning, when I called back I am unable to have them help me with my account. This pin number that is assigned is the only way to allow any access to my personal account information including my cell phone plan details. The thing that really irks me about this fact is that I can’t travel to the nearest retailer for it’s over two hours away and they say there is nothing that they can do to help me. They can’t use last four digits of my social, confirmation of my personal details for account access, nothing. They stated they can not even mail me my pin number to address on billing statement.

I am stuck, without knowing my account information of any overage in minutes or roaming charges because I can’t drive two hours to get a PIN that was reset by THEIR worker while I was on HOLD and hung up on. Sigh …

U.S. Cellular launched a Hello Better Campaign in which they are asking everyone what upsets them most about their current carrier. Love your carrier or not, there usually is something that upsets you about them. Take people in the Northeast; 1 in 3 people say their carrier is okay or worse. 54% in the pacific northwest stated that they were unhappy with their cell carrier in the past year. More than half in midwest are unhappy with their cell carrier and in the southern states, 1 in 2 people say that they stick with their current carrier because they feel all carriers are the same.

U.S. Cellular has come up with a rewards program to help keep customers happy and to help disgruntled customers of other carriers realize that U.S. Cellular has options outside of their normal cell carrier. You see, in as little as 13 months you can start using rewards earned whether current or new U.S. Cellular customer towards free phones, accessories and more. Learn more about U.S. Cellular Rewards Program today!

I participated in this sponsored post campaign for One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Survey Finds All Consumers Want for the Holidays is a Phone Call

Technology makes it a lot faster and easier to simply express your holiday wishes to family and friends through Facebook or a text message, but what consumers want is a phone call, that is based on results from a VTech Communications survey that was conducted. This was a survey that took the pulse on holiday behaviors and attitudes.

  • Parents want to get everything done and still have time to enjoy the season, but moms (33 percent) and dads (32 percent) say that find that balance is a challenge and causes stress. In fact, 48 percent of moms said if they had an extra set of hands to get things done, they’d spend more time with family and friends.
  • Shoppers are still feeling the effects of the economy, with nearly half of respondents ranking having “more money to give presents” as their top wish during the holiday season. In addition, 47 percent of consumers said not having enough money is the most stressful thing to worry about during the holidays.
  • A special moment with family and friends is all consumers want for the holidays.  The holidays are known for great food and special traditions, so it’s no surprise that consumers embrace the season for its togetherness. Survey respondents ranked a holiday meal (24 percent) as the No. 1 thing not to miss during the holidays, followed by a special family tradition (22 percent). The holiday spirit rings strongly, as the overwhelming majority of consumers don’t want to miss out on any seasonal festivities with only 13 percent of consumers saying “bah humbug” to holiday cheer.

I personally use a VTech phone for my MagicJack home phone line and I also have it connect via BlueTooth to my cell phone when my cell service is reliable enough to do so.

DS6421-3 Connect-to-Cell VTehch Cordless Phone features; Three-handset system equipped with DECT 6.0 digital technology for the best sound quality, security and range in cordless phones, Connect-to-cell™ functionality uses BLUETOOTH® technology for connection to cell phones and cordless handsets, HD audio– choose equalizer with four audio profiles to match users’ hearing needs for superior sound quality and Expandable with up to 12 handsets, or 10 handsets and 2 headsets with only one phone jack – (uses DS6401 accessory handsets and IS6100 cordless headsets) among other features!

This is a great option for a holiday gift or way to upgrade your current phone system at home. I love that VTech has options for people who still have a land line but also those who only use cell phones. Learn more about the DS6421-3 Connect-to-Cell.

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3M Natural View Screen Protector Review

I admit I have had these for a while now and have yet to actually place them on my cell, but luckily I waited because I recently switched from a Blackberry Curve to a HTC Droid Incredible! I was able to test out the new 3m Natural View Screen Protector on my new Droid and here is my review of my thoughts on both the product and the process of placing this product on my Droid.

First, let me tell you I have tried other screen protectors and had no such luck with them, oh sure they worked great but I had bubbles, was unable to get them on just right or they were too small for my cell. With 3M’s Natural View Screen Protector they have a little applicator that comes with it to help assist in keeping those bubbles out, a grid to use for matching the size up to your cell phone, as I received a universal protector instead of one specified for my particular phone.

First step was to measure out the screen I wanted to protect using the grid, next I attempting to cut the natural view screen protector with scissors and I must admit I did a pretty good job for someone who can rarely cut straight. The next step was to place this protector on my cell, this is when I cringed with fear that I would totally mess it up and have to use the second protector. I did an awesome job, there were a few bubbles in the screen protector but the applicator that 3m includes on it’s package worked awesome at getting those little bubbles out!

I now have the Natural View Screen Protector on my Droid and let me tell you what, I know what they mean by natural view, it is bright, vibrant and as if I have no protector on there at all. I love this protector and can say I definitely highly recommend it to you all!

Now for all the product bullet points, so that you know what this product offers you:

  • Protects cell phones, iPads™ and other mobile device screens against smudges and scratches — and is proven to be scratch-resistant to 3M’s steel wool test.
  • Easy to apply with no air bubbles and removes in seconds with residue- and spray-free adhesive technology.
  • Features stay-clean edges so dirt and dust do not collect along film edges. (now I keep cell in pocket often, I can say this has been a HUGE benefit for me)
  • Maintains clear, crisp image on your screen, while reducing reflections and improving contrast in ambient light conditions.
  • Compatible with touch screens. (yes it is compatible, as my Droid is all touch screen)
  • Last but certainly not least, this product has a lifetime warranty.

Purchase 3M Natural View Screen Protector Online at Shop3M or Amazon.com

Making Others Miserable To Build Yourself Up

All my life I have struggled with sticking up for myself, I like to be happy, smile and avoid conflict as often as possible. If a person in my life is full of jealousy, rage or similar traits I don’t do well with it for two reasons 1) It upsets me very deeply and 2) I don’t do anything about it except leave the situation. One thing I have been working on lately is being more assertive. When it comes to business and online marketing I am highly assertive and can be completely 100% confident but if it comes to a personal situation I back away and shut my mouth for fear of causing hurt feelings or anger.

Always a sensitive person I can’t be around people who like to fight, yell or treat others disrespectful it’s nothing I want in my life or my kids life and it actually gets me so upset that I cry. I could be driving down the road and see two strangers fist fighting on the side of the road and I would have tears in my eyes over it. I don’t know why I am like this, I have no clue but conflict or negative confrontations just do not sit well with me.

What I am learning is that the reason I get myself into situations of having friends who shouldn’t be my friends or in the past getting into not so great relationships is because I don’t stick up for what I want, what I need and what I expect from a friend or a significant other. Since my family situation is different now I am ready to start focusing on being more assertive and telling people that how they speak to me or treat me is unacceptable and making sure that they are not a part of my life. Now this does mean that I will have to lose some cell phone numbers and stop talking to some people I have known for many years, but reality is friendship is about helping each other and supporting each other not bringing the friend down so that you can make yourself feel good.

There are people in this world who thrive on bringing others down, it’s as if their life isn’t happy unless they have made someone else’s life miserable. Those are the kind of people who can not be in my life for the reason that they will start to destroy the happy, positive attitude I work so hard to keep. I may not be 100% assertive when it comes to other people but reality is there are nice ways to be assertive. I have always thought being assertive and sticking up for your personal feelings was being mean and rude to another person, but no longer do I feel that way. I now realize that in order to truly be 100% happy in life you need to speak up in a respectful way and tell others to stop treating you badly because if they continue then you will no longer be in their life in any way, shape or form.

Questions for Thought: Have you ever had trouble with confrontation? Were there times when you didn’t say something but wish you had? Like one of those moments you relive in your mind “I should have said …”.

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