Stop Explaining Yourself. Just Stop.

The real story of your life doesn’t need to be explained. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to explain nor get anyone else to understand the decisions you make in life. Sure people may shake their heads. Sure some may feel that you keep making the same mistakes. Who cares? I am sure every one of us makes similar mistakes over and over again in our lives, we are human.

You Make your Own ChoicesIt’s difficult for me, as a writer and avid talker, to not get caught up in explaining myself or my decisions. I have been raised in a way that I always felt the need to explain in detail why I have made decisions that I have made. Finally, one day it dawned on me that no matter how much I explain my scenario, no one else, aside from those walking in my shoes will fully comprehend the place I am coming from. The only people I take fully into consideration when I make decisions in life are my children.

That means when I have to move or spend money on something, or find more work; the ultimate goal is to ensure I am making a decision that benefits my children. I am not always perfect, occasionally I may make a decision that I feel isn’t bad for my children but may not be the best decision in the long run for my complete happiness. Yet, when faced with the scenario of having to make a choice again, I get caught up in the whole “what will people think” mindset. I need to just stop!

Those who are true to me, those who truly love me and care for me as a person will realize that they don’t need to accept, understand or comprehend my decisions; they simply need to be there to support me in all areas of my life. I have a few close people in my world and while I know full well they don’t always agree with my choices, they will support me and let me know that this is my life; at the end of the day I am the one who has to decide what’s best, not them. They respect that and I admire them for that choice they make, for those types of people are the ones I will go to time and time again for insight on my thoughts. 

Having my middle child recently diagnosed high functioning autistic, made me step back and realize even more so that I don’t need to explain anything. My son may look at people with a serious face that comes off as a glare, he isn’t trying to be mean; he is simply a very serious child who smiles at home in his comfort zone but overall doesn’t show emotions in the way everyone else expects him to. I want to raise all of my children through example that they, too, will never have to feel as though they must explain themselves to anyone!

So the next time you find yourself sitting down with someone and trying to explain to them why you made the decisions you made, remember that it doesn’t matter why to any outsiders. No one but you and maybe those who reside with you need to hear your reasoning, but even then, at the end of the day, you are your own person and must ensure that you are following your path in life. A happy person makes a happy environment.

Find that voice in your head that says “JUST STOP” each time you find yourself over analyzing, over explaining or feeling as if the world may shake their head at you. The world doesn’t matter, you matter most! Take care of you.

Picture Keeper PK4 Review and Giveaway #holidaygift

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Today I am introducing you all to Picture Keeper, an easy way to plug and save photographs. Picture Keeper PK4 stores up to 4,000 pictures, this is an estimate and will depend obviously on size and type of picture file it is storing.

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I am telling you this is the easiest way to backup pictures ever, no software required makes it even more of a favorite of mine. Also I like that you can use it for both PC & Mac.

Some Features of Picture Keeper:

  • Skips duplicate photos
  • No software to install, wires to connect, passwords to remember, or monthly fees.
  • Use on multiple computers; both PC and Mac compatible.
  • Once one Picture Keeper fills, just use another and the second will continue where the first left off.
  • Works well with all photo organizing software like Kodak Easy Share. 
  • Easily use with your digital photo frame, favorite print kiosk or keep in a fire proof safe.

There are other options for Picture Keeper than the PK4:

  • PK 4 Holds up to 4,000* photos $29.99 Keeps up to ~4000* pictures safe! *ESTIMATE – based on an average size of 1 MB per picture
  • PK 8 Holds up to 8,000* photos $59.99 Keeps ~8000* pictures safe! *ESTIMATE – based on an average size of 1 MB per picture
  • PK 16 Holds up to 16,000* photos $99.99 Keeps ~16,000* pictures safe! *ESTIMATE – based on an average size of 1 MB per picture
  • PK Pro Holds up to 250,000* photos based on a 1MB photo size. ( drive color may vary) $189.99 *ESTIMATE – based on an average size of 1 MB per picture

Today I am hosting a giveaway for the Picture Keeper PK4, this would make the perfect holiday gift for that special family member. Store some family photos on it and use it in a digital photo frame as a gift, or use it yourself to store all of those holiday photographic memories! Whatever you choose to do with your Picture Keeper PK4 I am sure you will be pleased with the ease of use and love having all of your family memories backed up.

Connect with Picture Keeper on Facebook and visit Picture Keeper’s Website to view all details and options for the Picture Keeper today!

Enter for your chance to win one Picture Keeper PK4

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on December 6, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Concierge Personal Shopper; Make Money Buying Products You Want #PersonalShopper #ad

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I am a Personal Shopper through Sears/Kmart and it’s such an easy way for me to earn money for products I purchase.  Since I am a huge fan of being a Personal Shopper, I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that you can become a Concierge Personal Shopper and make money on products you purchase and recommend. It’s super easy to do!

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Once you sign up at ShopYourWay.com using this form  you will have a dashboard area where you will see catalogs you can make of products you want to purchase, have purchased or think others would enjoy in the family. Using your referral link, which can be found under your clients tab, you will hot only be able to earn revenue by referring people over but also earn revenue by simply creating “catalogs” online of your favorite products. It’s free to sign up. It’s something that allows you to make extra cash just by shopping as you normally would.

Those of you who know me, know that I am all about making extra cash with any program that is free and requires little attention. The Personal Shopper program is one simply, easy-to-use program that earns you some extra cash for your household. I think that you should at least give it a try and if you ask “why?” I can only respond with “why not?!”.

How Does this Program Work?

  • For every purchase your client makes, they earn points that will total up to cash that saves on their next shopping trip.
  • Clients {people who sign up using your invitation link} will earn 10 points on every dollar spent with every eligible purchase they make at Sears, Lands End, Kmart and mygofer.com.
  • 1,000 points = $1
  • There is no minimum amount of points to accumulate for your clients to utilize i store, have $1 on account? Clients can use it on their next shopping trip.
  • Clients can use their Shop Your Way Rewards membership when shopping online as well as in store.

Ready to try it?

So what do you think? Do you want to give this a try? It’s easy,  leave a comment below which will give permission for me to share your email address with my direct Personal Shopper contact so that they can reach out to you with a personal invitation to the program. Not sure yet? Check out ShopYourWay.com to see what this is all about before committing! You really can’t go wrong with this program. I hope to see you added to the team of personal shoppers soon. If you are interested, you can click here to fill out this form showing that you wish to sign up and someone will be in touch.

Cheers.

“This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.”

My Work PC is Back

I had one choice and one choice only, if that meant spending zero dollars on my work PC … that was to downgrade my motherboard because the one I had in my work PC apparently decided to go all chaotic and no longer work properly. So I made that choice because I use Magic Jack for an office line, the Magic Jack had to be plugged into my laptop while the work PC was gone and that was ruining my laptop battery and life period because of having it on all of the time.

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I now have my work PC back and even if it was downgraded, I am just thankful that 1) it works again and 2) ex hubs could downgrade it for me without any cost. I am thankful for his help and excited that I am now more productive when in my home office working.

So I thank J for fixing my work PC and returning it to me in my beautiful black and purple case he built for me many moons ago! I can now work so much quicker again!

Still No Working Personal Computer, Laptop Only

While I love my laptop and am grateful as well as thankful and appreciative that I have it – my personal computer that I use for main working days in the office has been down for a while now. My ex husband, thankfully, is taking the time to figure it out but I am not rushing him because he has other things going on that keep him from putting my PC his first priority. That I completely understand. To be honest with you all, he DID fix it, return it to me and somehow it died. Again. We are pretty sure it may be a power supply because the PC was running through all the tests at his house over a weekends time just fine. BUT he is going to investigate it just to be sure.

In the meantime, I am going crazy here without Microsoft Office on my laptop, I am right now trying to get the setup to work but it keeps timing out. Big surprise. It seems lately everything I try to do ends up working after a ridiculously long process, but I keep plugging away.

This week my time to work was here, I had little for appointments and lots of time but I just couldn’t be as productive without my personal computer. I really am hoping to have it back soon.

Luckily I do use Xmarks for bookmarks, therefore no bookmarks have been lost. I also use the Firefox add-on Password Exporter so all my Passwords are transferred from one PC to the others. The only issue I have at the moment is that lack in access to my server computer that stores all pictures, business files and client data. I cannot get my laptop to connect to it at all.

Right now I am just doing the best I can with what I have … which means work isn’t as productive but it can get done and it will.

This too shall pass. So they tell me.

 

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