SIMPLE PIMPLE POPPING

Hello! Pimples are such buggers aren’t they?! As for me personally, I don’t get them very often, but when I do, if I don’t drain them, they will NEVER go away. So I have absolutely no real choice BUT to pop them. Does this apply for you too?

It is common belief that if you pop pimples, you are doomed to be scarred for life! However, this need not be the case. Sure, they can take FOREVER to heal, but as long as you are vigilant in your care, you can speed the process along.

So, as for the actual popping part, there’s 2 different methods I employ:

  1. First, I disinfect the outer layer of the pimple and my fingers with alcohol, witch hazel, or ACV. Any of those work wonderfully! Then, GENTLY, with a mirror inches from my pimple, I put pressure on 2 sides of the base of it, and push inward, to cause it to rupture. Sometimes, a readjustment of the placement of my fingers is necessary, especially when dealing with really painful ones. Now here is the key to getting rid of that thing as quickly as possible: You must do your best to COMPLETELY drain it of pus. The best way to ensure this is to squeeze until blood comes out too. Sometimes, if I do that and then wait a few more seconds and squeeze again, I will find leftover pus coming out. Once it is drained, IMMEDIATELY cover the pimple with your disinfecting agent (the alcohol, witch hazel, ACV, or whatever else you may have chosen). This is the method I use 99.9% of the time.
  2. Alternatively, there is a tool that you can buy called a comedone extractor. This is a long, thin piece of metal with circular holes at the ends. To use it, you place the hole over top of the pimple and basically swish it around to cause the pimple to burst. Although I have had one for many years, I probably used it less than 5x. They are relatively inexpensive, so if it won’t break the bank, it might be worth your money to buy one and try it out. You might decide that it’s the best thing you’ve ever bought in your life (haha, not likely, but who knows? 😉 )! Check this one out: Professional Blackhead and Blemish Remover – Pimple Comedone Removal 2-In-1 Extractor Tool – by Utopia Care (Square)

Hope this helps, please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Please check out my other articles for more all-natural skin care tips!

Take care, and God bless!

 –Jennifer

HOW TO: GET RID OF FINE LINES

Hi there! In case you weren’t aware- fine lines are actually wrinkles, only much more shallow. Think of them as wrinkles in their beginning stages!

There are two main factors that contribute to the formation of fine lines AND their eventual evolve: wrinkles.

  1. The main causes are bad muscle habits and muscle weakness. On a person’s face, these two things will affect ALL of the muscles, even if only a few are directly contributing to the issue. Your best weapon for this battle is to find a facial exercising program that you will follow without fail- the truth is that it takes A LOT of continuous, dedicated effort to fix naughty muscles. As you strengthen the muscles, the lines will gradually become more and more shallow- with the possibility of eventually disappearing completely. But I want to stress to you: this is not a lightning-fast fix- time plus effort equals results.
  2. The secondary, less impacting cause is that of the quality of the skin. Skin, our biggest organ, is affected by many factors: genetics, environment, and mostly- what we put into and onto our bodies. The food we eat, how much water we drink, and what types of products we use (if you use products or consume products with a high content of chemicals/pesticides/additives, your body must work harder to try to purge these things- not to mention that OF COURSE you are under attack by their negative effects on you- this all adds up to serious effects on your skin’s health). Trying to eat healthier (organic if you can afford it- I just recently read of a study conducted a few years back that concluded that after just ONE WEEK of eating a MOSTLY <meaning not entirely!> organic diet, there was a 96% reduction in the pesticide level of the tested persons’ bodies. WOW!!), drink plenty of plain water, and opt for safer personal products (free and clear laundry detergent is a great place to start!). Additionally, a good skin care routine of proper cleansing and moisturizing, along with sufficient ‘beauty rest’ will improve your skin dramatically. Good skin care need not be expensive nor time consuming, just appropriate.

Please check out my other articles! My website is very new, and I am in the process of learning how to optimize it for my readers- but I have a few articles posted, with more to come soon! There’s already some info about several facial exercise programs I have personally tried, as well as safer products and ingredients you can use for skin care. Take care, and good luck!! 🙂

Until next time,

Jennifer

Eat it? Or Put It On Your Skin? Both!

How to care for sensitive skin?? First thing first: what is sensitive skin? There are four types: 1) acne 2) rosacea 3) burning and stinging 4) contact dermatitis. Each of these creates different symptoms, but they all have one thing in common – inflammation. So WHAT, exactly, creates irritation for the inflammation? Almost most people […]

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BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN ARTICLE ABOUT COCONUT OIL :)

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5 EASY STEPS TO GET CLEARER SKIN

    With so many assaults coming at us from every direction- chemicals and toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use- the negative impact of it all will, without fail, show up on our skin. From hyperpigmentation, to acne, to excessive dryness or oiliness, there’s so many different issues that we will all need to face and overcome at some point or another in our lives. On this site, as time lapses, I will be presenting article after article of methods and routes you can take to help yourself achieve clearer, more vibrant, more beautiful skin. As always, my focus is on natural, inexpensive, easy-to-find -and-use types of skin care.

    This post is intended to be a brief, but informative, introduction to this subject. Just in case you are not aware of something obvious: Every method, suggestion, or product WILL NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE! Every person on this planet has a different body chemistry, due to genetics and environment, as well as many, many other factors. What works for your sister, co-worker, or friend MAY NOT work for you. Please remember this in your experiments with ALL new things, as well as while you are wondering why something you’ve tried didn’t work out for you/gave you a bad reaction/etc.

     I am not a medical professional, and I don’t make any claims to be an expert. All of the information that I provide to you either comes from my own research and experimentation, or from those of reputable sources that I have deemed appropriate to share with my readers. I care about you, even though I don’t know you, and it would crush me to find out that what I share here had a negative effect on someone or their health.

    As with all products, I recommend trying to use organic if you can afford it (FYI– as organic is becoming more and more mainstream, it’s becoming more and more affordable- you might be surprised!), and also cruelty-free.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, I encourage you to comment below. So here we go~

  1. Cleansing: Unless you need to wash off makeup or excess dirt more than 1x a day, rinsing your face with plain water in the morning, and using a natural soap before bed should be sufficient for cleansing your facial skin. By ‘natural soap‘ I mean one that is free of dyes/perfumes/chemicals/additives. If you look around a bit, even in your regular neighborhood supermarket, you should be able to easily find these types of products. With the consumer-conscious marketing strategy of the modern world, companies are becoming more aware and accommodating to people with allergies and special wants/needs (thankfully!).  Of course, the internet makes finding exactly what you’re looking for, at a great price, an absolute cinch as well. Beware of natural soaps that have a strong scent to them- very recently I had to throw away a whole 3-pack of honeysuckle-scented natural soap, after realizing that it was responsible for my week-long headache 🙁
  2. Makeup and its removal: Personally, 99.9% of the time, I don’t wear any type of makeup on my face, other than mascara, lip moisturizer with tint, as well as moisture/tint on my eyelids. However, for emergency cases, and for just-in-case-it-fancies-me, in my bathroom drawer lives some liquid concealer (for those darn pimples that show up at the most inconvenient times!)  and foundation/blush. I have taken to buying only Physician’s Formula brand (mostly because I find coupons and great deals via sale prices), but I know for a fact that there are quite a few great mineral-based makeup brands out there, which are much better for your skin- especially for those who wear makeup for hours-on-end. Now, as for removal: Of course, I will state the obvious, like don’t scrub your skin until you need bandages, but I have also learned a few AWESOME tips over the years- (1.) Buy and use cotton rounds/pads with soap&water- and wipe the makeup OFF of your skin, not INTO your skin- this is ESPECIALLY important for dark eye makeup (mascara and eye liner)- often, women have huge dark circles under their eyes due to a phenomenon called ‘makeup staining‘- I learned about this (and tons of other cool stuff!) from reading a fantastic book called “The Japanese Skincare Revolution” written by Chizu Saeki-san: The Japanese Skincare Revolution: How to Have the Most Beautiful Skin of Your LifeAt Any Age  and (2.) If you ever wear waterproof makeup, you probably know all about the frustrations of getting it off. In case you didn’t know- it is VERY easily removed using oil. I occasionally wear waterproof mascara, and every time that I have, olive oil and cotton rounds removed it quite nicely. I have never experimented with other oils, but I would assume that probably just about any type would get the job done!
  3. You are what you eat: Dare I say that most skin issues find their beginnings in what we put inside our bodies. Acne, although easily formed from the things that touch our skin on the outside (THIS INCLUDES THE CHEMICALS/ FRAGRANCES/ ADDITIVES found in our laundry detergents! Opt for ‘Free and Clear‘), is also a result of a bad diet- too much sugar being a major culprit (actually to sum it up, too much sugar can be a major factor in almost every type of skin problem!). Hyperpigmentation (discoloration of skin via inflammation, age spots, etc) results often from a build-up of waste materials that our cells can’t eject. These waste materials can be anything from heavy metals to pesticide residues found in cheaply produced ‘food’. If you have age spots, I want you to know that they don’t come from ‘age‘, so much as ‘buildup‘- be that buildup of waste, or buildup of bad habits. I will get more into that in future articles. Moisturizing is a tricky element to good skin care- it is very easy to clog pores, which will result in acne. This is hard to give general advice on because there are 3 different skin types in the world- dry, normal, and oily. Each type needs different strategies for care. FYI- many people have a combination of all 3 types! Several quick things to mention about it though: OF COURSE natural products are better (I don’t care what anyone tells you otherwise), but a good tip for any skin type is to hydrate your skin both on the outside, as well as making sure that you drink PLENTY OF WATER! Water is so so (SO!) important for us, our bodies, and all of our processes. I can’t stress that one enough. Lack of decent hydration EASILY leads to dehydration (and this includes not only drinking enough water, but also limiting diuretics- slow down on that coffee, darlin!) The most common diuretics include anything with caffeine, as well as many prescription medications. While certain health conditions warrant the use of Rx drugs, I strongly urge you to look into and try to fix the cause of your ill health, rather than merely handling the symptoms. After upping your daily water intake, you may find that many health and beauty complaints simply fade away..
  4. Hair removal: Ah, the shaving bumps. Do you still shave? I do, every once in a while, when I need hair gone fast without immediate irritation showing up. That’s usually the case (at least for me), I shave, it looks good, then hours later BUMPS! REDNESS! IRRITATION! INFLAMMATION! (actually, all of those things fall under the category of ‘inflammation‘). Then there’s the other options: plucking, waxing, NAIRing. All yuck. But I wonder if many of you know exactly what an epilator is. I found out a few years ago, and haven’t looked back. Check this one out: Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & dry epilator, 6 accessories Here’s the thing with epilators, if you’re not familiar with them- I ain’t gonna lie to you 😎- (1.) Depending on the length of the hairs you’re removing, it can be painful, (2.) There will, until your skin becomes accustomed to it (which should happen after only a few sessions!), be some irritation, and (3.) A good one will cost you at LEAST around $30- but believe me, especially if you go for waxing- it pays for itself quickly. And with waxing, you usually need to go back and pluck out or shave missed hairs anyway- besides the cost and pain (and I won’t even MENTION the embarrassment when you go for a bikini wax 😭). Epilators are pretty much a whole bunch of tweezers- once you turn that baby on, they all go whizzing in a circular motion all at once, and can pull out many hairs at a time. My aunt was TERRIFIED to use the one I bought her as a gift (I think they make a great gift, by the way.. is that just me though?!)- because she was so sure it was going to just cause her to die from the pain of it. Haha. She’s still alive. And has a very good natural hair removal strategy now 😉. Try it out. A few times. Less hair, less skin issues. All natural. Great stuff!! 
  5. Wrinkles and fine lines: Like most of things in life, many factors play a role both in the creation and the destruction of wrinkles. Just in case you didn’t know (or don’t care to admit it to yourself!)- fine lines are just shallow wrinkles. One and the same. Things I’ve mentioned before- diet and hydration, mostly- as well as things I haven’t mentioned yet, like PLEASE PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SUN DAMAGE! play a HUGE role in acquiring those dreaded lines. However, what you may not realize, is that many wrinkles appear simply as a result of poor muscle tone. If your muscles (even just some weak ones will have an effect on the stronger ones) are left to the devices of gravity and bad habits, spaces/divides will form between them. I like to refer to those as ‘canyons‘ (if you looked at them under a microscope, that’s what they’d look like, right? Yep.) So here’s the thing: I won’t go too far into this subject here- because good, natural skin care and facial muscle exercising are the two major things that my business focuses on. In future articles, I will really lay it on you, promise! 🤝 But for now, I would like to tell you a few things- (1.) Try to use gravity to your advantage (AKA smile more!), and (2.) I don’t mind if you look into other facial exercise programs/books, until I get mine out publicly- in fact, I recommend it! Here’s some really good ones to check out for now (I have read and learned from every book I listed!), but PLEASE REMEMBER to check back often for MY version- which will aim to be easy-to-follow, and an economical program for your time and effort. And of course, I will be teaching many things for free!!

Carole Maggio Facercise (R): The Dynamic Muscle-Toning Program for Renewed Vitality and a More Youthful Appearance, Revised and Updated

The Yoga Face: Eliminate Wrinkles with the Ultimate Natural Facelift

The Yoga Facelift

Fitface

Five-Minute Face-lift: A Daily Program for a Beautiful, Wrinkle-Free Face

Eva Fraser’s Facial Workout (Penguin Health Care & Fitness)

As always, thank you SO MUCH for your time and interest! I hope that this article (and my site) was interesting and informational for you. Hope to see you around again soon! Take care, God Bless you and yours! ❤️

Yours truly, 

Jennifer

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Cheap, Vegan, Organic: Skin Care — La Vie Soit Comme

Cheap, Vegan, and Organic. A relatively new idea it seems to most of the people out there making skin care products for the rest of us to use and love. Being vegan, of course I would want whatever is going on my face, and entering my system via my skin to be equally as vegan […]

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53 Organic Living Tips — ummuhananblog

1. Faucet water contains fluoride in all 50 states. Purchase a reverse osmosis filter to remove it. A Britta filter won’t be enough. 2. Chlorine in water will evaporate after a few hours. Just leave it in a filter or jug in your fridge overnight. 3. Though Nalgene bottles are BPA-free, they’ve been found to […]

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Me: My Past, My Present, and My Future

 

    Hi there! So this article, my first article on this website, is pretty much an ‘About Me’. Although there is already a completely separate ‘About Me’ section on this page, look there- up there near the top of this page⬆️yep, see it? Haha. That link, if it pleases you to click on it, will open up a very-toned down, much more brief version of what I am writing here. I admit this is a little difficult, dare I even say intimidating! .. writing about oneself can be one of the toughest subjects to put words to, since there’s so many different angles you can take- including the one that may (completely opposite to what you intended to do) put you in a BAD light, i.e. make you seem self-centered and egotistical, in enumerating your accomplishments and deeds. Which is just one more reason why we should put ourselves in other’s shoes, and realize: HEY, maybe that’s NOT what their intent wasmaybe I was too quick to judge.

    There are many many lessons to be learned by examining our own faults closely; in fact, I believe this is where most of our wisdom intrinsically comes from. Amusingly, I just thought of a tweet that i read earlier, one that I had re-tweeted sometime last year (this occurred while i was examining and pruning my ‘professional’ Twitter account for way-too-personal tweets that had accumulated there during my periods of depression over the past year) (my sentences get SO run-on, don’t they? ^_^) please stay with me here.. Anywho, I tend to re-tweet ‘words-of-wisdom’ types of tweets, and this particular one stated, “we are very good lawyers for our own mistakes, but very good judges for the mistakes of others” (author unknown).  True, so true. I try to live my life by remembering, always, that one just simply does not know the reasons why many things happen. Even those things that you know SOME of the reasons for, are still results of other factors that you may NOT be aware of. Understanding- understanding THAT idea specifically, is a very important lesson to get under your belt in the journey of growing up. There are people who die every day, who never even acquired that. Maturity does not come from age as much as from opening your heart and mind. So here’s what happened. Yesterday was a very enlightening, eye-opening, exhilarating day for me. It’s just so funny to me, so AMAZING really, when things happen, and you don’t realize it necessarily at the moment, but maybe somewhere down the road you do.. That that thing happened for an important reason. That it is in fact tied very intimately to other ‘things’ in your life. Like missing puzzle pieces being found. ‘AH-HA’ kind of moments. Ever have those? Let me talk a little bit about my background and history, before I tell you exactly what happened yesterday. Maybe that way, you will see the puzzle pieces clicking together, like I did.

    First of all, let me tell you a few things about myself; my habits, if you will. There’s 2 major issues that I have- and I call them ‘issues’, because they are things about myself that I have never really been pleased with, but never seemed to set my mind to fixing correctly. The first one is disorganization. I am a magnet for clutter, both physically and mentally. As I have gotten older, and my children have gotten older (and less messy!) the physical part has improved quite a bit. Piles of clothes still seem to quickly appear seemingly out-of-nowhere, and paperwork (oh paperwork.. 😩) still accumulates endlessly all over the place (both of which irk me as much as the next person, but I just can’t seem to get it together!). However, I’ve definitely noticed improvements as far as how much I will let aforementioned items accrue before I finally tackle them. My second issue, which bothers me much more by far, is my tendency to not finish things I’ve started. It goes deep, too. I’m talking about starting a new tube of toothpaste before completely emptying the prior one, same for loaves of bread, jars of peanut butter, and business projects (a great example being the fact that I have owned my website domain since August 2015, and over 2 years later, I am JUST starting to develop the site). This also reeks of procrastination, which is a whole ‘nother ball of yarn. More on that one at a later date.

    Anyway, of far more concern than the toothpaste and peanut butter, is the business thing. It all really started when I was just 20 years old, in 2001, right before September 11th happened. I had my own computer for the very first time-  well, it belonged to another member of my household- but I had access to it pretty much as often as I wanted. This was when I first became active on the internet. What a world of possibilities and opportunities to be found! I was amazed. And very naïve. I found a get-rich-quick scheme, quite easily, (who couldn’t?), and with my nice shiny credit card (correction: my MOM’S nice shiny credit card) willingly charged over $4000 to it, BINGO, in just a few short moments. The company was connected to an herbal supplement and weight-loss product company (which I won’t name, since as far as I know, THAT company is a legit business that does well, and I don’t want to have any negative impact on their name), and almost in the blink-of-an-eye, I had almost $4000 worth of weight-loss pills and powders sitting in boxes in my living room. I remember a sinking feeling in my stomach as I looked at all those boxes, wondering what the HECK had I gotten myself into?! To make a long story short, most (most being about 99.5%) of those products ended up being sold at an EXTREMELY discounted price to a fellow ‘distributor’ (as we were called)… and I also ended up filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy a few years afterward. What a way to begin adulthood. However, even with all of that negative experience, still I knew that the internet contained riches to be had, and I was intent on figuring it out one day- how to tap into that fortune-to-be-made.

    From there, it was one business idea after another, everything from selling custom-made wedding gowns, to flipping real estate notes, to becoming a children’s book author, to being a successful eBay seller. Maybe as I am telling you this, you are thinking that my passion was actually in just getting-rich-quick somehow, but really, I simply wanted to be my own boss. Especially having two young children during those years, and needing to have a job-a decent-paying job– was a requirement- but having a flexible job- one where I could decide on what hours I wanted to work, was way more desirable. I didn’t want to be ‘rich’ as much as I wanted to be ‘comfortable’. I wanted to keep my full-time job completely intact (being a mother) (which runs very deep for me, since my early childhood consisted of having a single mother who had to work all the time and was barely seen), and I also wanted to be able to get rid of the constant dread of never-enough-money. I hated looking at our bank account, hating seeing the credit card debt continuously increase, never decrease. Worrying about the electric getting shut off because we were so far behind in payments (which thankfully never happened, but our phone and cable did get shut off a few times)- it’s real fear.  Didn’t need to live in a mansion, but also didn’t want to live a life of fear.

    So my latest, greatest, idea for a business has been in the works since 2010. Have I made a penny from it yet? Nope. Not a one. But I knew, getting into this one, that it would be a while before I would be able to get to that point. I’ve been through so many scams, and have become quite savvy about spotting them. This idea, however, was far different from all of the others. How, you may ask? Because THIS one is ALL ME. It started from a ‘hobby’, a desire to improve myself physically, with no intent for money to be involved. But as time passed, and I gained knowledge, I began thinking that I could share it. That i SHOULD share it, and make money doing it. That, I realized, was the best kind of job for me to have. I have always been a person who likes to help others, in any way that I can, and to be able to do that while earning some bucks? Heyyyyyyyy. My kind of career goals. As the thought progressed, and I started working with it to eventually turn it into a profitable business, it turned out that I was able to marry other hobbies with it.

    Reading has ALWAYS been a great passion for me, but also, as I mentioned earlier, I enjoy writing as well. A book appeared after many months (ok, years) of dedicated effort- book written by ME! Although some ideas have since changed, and others have evolved, still, it remains that I possess an entire book written by my hand. That is SUCH an awesome feeling!! More on that in a minute. So this business idea is currently still in the works, still being shaped, and still journeying from idea to reality- but it will get there. No matter what happens, this one is my keeper. The best part of it is, that proof that the system/program that I want to teach (which is another passion that I have- teaching what I know to other people) (are you seeing all of these pieces fitting together?) will only become more and more abundantly clear with time. Please say a prayer for me, that for once, I will finish (and by finishing, i mean ‘achieving my goals successfully) what I have started 😁

    So, back to yesterday. Actually, (sorry!) one more slight step back, since I want to tell you, that of COURSE, I still have other money-making schemes constantly brewing in my brain. That’s a no-brainer, it’s just part of who I am. As of this past summer, we moved out to Oregon, from New Jersey. I had been a school bus driver for 16 years, and it seemed a meaningful coincidence that we moved into an apartment which stood only a block away from the major school bus provider in our area. However, as time passed, from summer to fall, several things happened. For one, I realized that I had absolutely NO desire to go back to being a school bus driver (for various important reasons, which I intend to share with you in upcoming posts), and also, I just couldn’t (can’t, since this is also the feeling of the present) shake the feeling that this is the time of completely new beginnings. I mean, yes, a move all the way across the country, from an eastern coastal state to a western coastal state, is definitely a new beginning, a big change, different and exciting- but I just didn’t know what a BIG difference it was going to turn out to be.

    I am just so HAPPY here, so at peace.. the air, jeez, I just can’t get over how cleaner and fresher the AIR is here. I still wake up in the middle of the night occasionally, just to breathe deeply of the intoxicating sweetness of it. It’s incredible. The people are so different too- I mean there’s jerks everywhere, but here, it seems that the difference in the ratio of nice people:jerks is much much greater. I smile at people, and they actually smile back! And often, oh, how it still catches me off-guard and amazes me every time– when I look at another person’s face here- a complete stranger, mind you- THEY ARE ALREADY SMILING at me! I don’t want to paint NJ in a bad light, that is not my intent in the least. But I lived there for 36¾ of my 37¼ years on this earth, and I don’t speak rashly, nor in an arrogant exaggerated manner- this is from my personal lifelong experience. I miss my family terribly, but I wouldn’t move back there if you paid me to. Truth. It’s just such a better overall atmosphere here, and I absolutely LOVE it. Moving so far from everything I knew was very scary and overwhelming, but every day that I have been here, I have fallen more and more deeply in love. 

    Another truth- there’s actually two complaints that I have about this place, up to this point- (1.)the pizza (ohmygoodness the pizza I’ve had here has been so terrible thus far (🤢), and (2.) while not a complaint per se, but rather a disappointment and a frustration, is the terrible amount of homeless people here. Being a Christian, and an extremely sensitive person, this has been quite upsetting to see on a daily basis. I would like to help them, but as of right now, besides giving one of them a few dollars here, a bottle of water there, or a blanket over there, I’m not sure of the best route to take with that yet. But I desire to learn more, and I will. Learning, to me, is the zest of life.

    So, it is a new beginning in many ways, and I am quite intent on definitely making it a new beginning for my success in the ‘outside’ world, as well. Although I have been unemployed for a few months now, still I keep a positive mind, and my eyes are set on improvement. I live every day with the goal of improving from the me of yesterday. I am the kind of person who believes in bad moments in a day, rather than in bad days. Glass half-full? Yep. https://www.16personalities.com/isfp-personality That’s my personality, through and through. Amazingly right on the mark! (Those personality tests are free, I dare you to give it a try!) It’s tremendously insightful.

    So as for having an actual paying job, I’ve been thinking of what I’d like to do- again, as always, it’s been the search for flexibility with decent pay. I have been thinking I’d like to be a tutor, which would not only give me that flexibility, but also allow me to work with my passion for the English language (and that teaching thing again!). It could work out, but that remains to be seen. I have not yet worked with any students. Online tutoring would be optimal, but I am still looking into that whole idea.

    Finally, we have arrived at ‘yesterday’ and its revelations. You still there?! 🤣 So, yesterday, I decided that I should find a part-time ‘reliable’ job, until I can get the tutoring thing going. By reliable, I mean an hourly-paying-job with an established company, i.e. a minimum-wage job. Not something I really WANT to do, but I need income. During my online adventures yesterday, while filling out applications, I also started filling one out for a tutoring service. Part of the process with that company is to have a video interview recorded, where they have a few preset questions such as “Why do you think you would be a good fit for this company?”, and your responses are recorded and uploaded to them. I decided to do a few practice questions, to see what I looked like, how I sounded, and whether I was able to present myself professionally. While I thought that I had answered the questions thoroughly, I INTENSELY disliked what I looked like and how I sounded. I didn’t come across to myself as looking professional at all. It was quite upsetting and a bit shocking, because I noticed quite a few things about myself that I just wasn’t pleased with.

    So, surprising to my character (sarcasm 🙄), a few minutes later, I found myself on YouTube, with the intent to watch tutorial videos on speaking in a more professional manner. A funny thing happened, and that is what started the ball rolling, the reason why I am now HERE, TODAY, writing you this giant essay on my life. Haha. The ever-elusive missing puzzle piece I’d been searching for, has finally been found! Before the video I had picked to watch could even load, I had to sit through an ad. Unusual, right? 😉 But this ad, this ad spoke so deeply to me. To ME.. I felt like it was put there JUST FOR ME (it was, I know now). Instead of watching it for the obligatory 15 seconds and then clicking to watch my video, I found myself wide-eyed, staring (maybe even with my mouth hanging open haha!), and just absorbing every bit of information I was hearing. Gulping it down, because I couldn’t WAIT for it to end, so I could start researching fully what the guy was talking about.

    First, I clicked directly onto his site. I wanted to see his presentation, what he was offering for free, and what he actually wanted money for. Nothing wrong with that- being paid for giving someone information sounds like a really great deal. However, since I’ve been-there-done-that-before (too many times!), I am very wary of people on the internet trying to get me to pay them money while offering me only false promises. As it turns out, this guy seems to be legit, with a real system for making good money. But I knew that he had already provided me with most of the information for me to learn to do what he was doing, for free. I am no genius, but I’m no idiot either. Which brings me to my next point. Even though I have long had interest in using technology to make myself some money, the base issue with me doing that has always been my lack of interest in technology itself. I love to read and research, but I never felt the need to understand things like what a ‘widget’ is, or what ‘RSS’ really stands for. I am NOT the type of person who is adjoined at the hip to my phone (actually I hate talking on phones with a passion), nor, at this moment (although I plan on making a business account soon) do I even have a Facebook account. Unbelievable? Believe it. Because of my lack of interest in learning the technical stuff, I let it get in my way. It deterred me, because I let it. If I set my mind and interest to something, like most people, I can learn about it progressively, given some time. But if I am NOT interested, out comes the procrastinator in me.

    So after deciding that that guy’s method (he signs up for affiliate programs) for making money made good sense to learn for myself- with my interest totally piqued, I started reading. And reading. My notebook quickly went from having 5 open tabs to having about 30 open. Since yesterday, I really have picked up a lot of useful information, and I fully intend to put it all to work for me. Here’s some of the sites I’ve been reading- I’m recommending them to you, because they are very helpful and easy to understand. I have no connection to the authors, other than that I avidly read their stuff. Those links will not make me any money, but I would love if they would help you to!

http://websitehelpers.com/

http://problemwebsites.com/

https://bobwp.com/setting-up-external-products-and-affiliates-in-woocommerce/

https://websitesetup.org/

http://www.searchengineguide.com/jackie-baker/site-clinic-content-is-key-to-attract-cu.php

    Since I already owned a website, it was just a matter of learning how to get it to do what I want it to do. I love writing, so that’s the easiest part of it all. With my site set up in this way, I don’t have to buy any products, or sell anything myself- no real risk- and nice potential for a huge return. Hopefully some income will come from it soon, which  will indeed spur me to keep researching, writing, and sharing- I love the thought. You, my dear reader, can help me greatly by sharing my site with others, and in turn, I will also be doing my best to help others too. I love to promote others; if I read some great information somewhere, I am absolutely obliged to pass it on to the next person. We are all in this together; there is more than enough for everyone to have a decent sized piece of the pie. We can all help each other. Treat others as you want to be treated. That’s a great way to live. 

    Although I am quite limited in what I can directly state here, I can imply it to you- so please read between the lines: The advertising on my website is here because I chose for it to be so (remember what I said about that guy 2 paragraphs back?), and for a good reason. When my readers follow through on a product or company they see here that they are interested in, it benefits all. You came to my site because you had interest in what I have to say, and could end up with a great product, also. Did you comprehend? 🤣 It’s a win-win. But I am also interested in providing information to others like me, who are looking for that ‘flexible job’ to supplement their income. I want YOU to know that it’s really not that difficult to set up- what interests you? What could you write about and share with others? I’ve read about people making a GREAT living doing this- $500,000 a year sounds like a pretty sweet income to me! How long until I get there? Will I ever get there? Will you? Who knows? I don’t know about you, but I am going to set myself up to try. I have the desire and am willing to put in the time and effort. Are you? And if it’s not for you, maybe you can think about possibly sharing the idea with someone you know who could benefit from it. Who knows, maybe they will do SO well with it, that they’ll remember you when those big checks start rolling in! Worth a shot, yes? You betcha. Good luck, whatever road you are journeying on, friend.

        ….Funny, as much as I love writing (can you tell yet?), there were actually a few moments last night when I worried about what I could and would put on this website. I scoured my brain for ideas that I could write about. Silly woman. I’ve already written a WHOLE BOOK! Article after article is already written, in files, on my computer. Ready to go. I have only to open them up and edit them. Needless worrying. And the best part is that all of that information that I will be sharing will help to get my business rolling along. I will get into all of that in future posts. I can’t wait to start getting this site REALLY going.

    Please check back often for new, hopefully interesting, dare I say EXCITING?! content. Thank you for all of your time. God bless you!!

 

Sincerely yours,

Jennifer

 

 

 

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