7 Keys You Need To Increase Your Faith

In order to have any success in life, you must learn how to increase your faith. You and God are a majority and he can take you places that people can not. Watch today’s quick motivation.

 

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LaTersa

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Achieve Your Goals With Motivational Soundtracks

Much like any great movie, music plays a vital role in your pursuit of success. When you set a goal for yourself, music can help you achieve it. Whether you listen while you work out or just work, certain songs can get you pumped up and ready for whatever challenge you may face.

 

nicki manaj Achiving Your Goals With A Motivational Sound trackOf course, musical tastes vary and your own individual playlist will be different from someone else’s, but there are a few styles of music that are staples in the motivational music scene.

80’s Montage Music: These songs are prime choices when creating a motivational soundtrack. The prime  example of this is the soundtrack to the Rocky series. That main theme has been used in many a montage and it’s still applicable in many real world situations. That’s just the beginning. You also have songs like Europe’s The Final Countdown as well as Joe Esposito’s You’re the Best Around as options. The latter is most famous for its use at the end of The Karate Kid, where it plays while Daniel makes his way to the finals.

 

When it comes to motivation, few songs are better suited than You’re the Best Around. This song will give you the energy and confidence you need for success. It’s so affirming that a confidence boost comes even as you read the title! Another great one is Roar by Katy Perry and really one of my all time favorites. One that I love to work out to is “I gotta feeling” by Black Eyed Peas and “Annaconda” by Nicki Manaj. Love it love it, love it.

 

Movie Soundtracks

 

This overlaps with the aforementioned genre, but there are quite a few movie scores that can have a positive effect on you.

 

You can’t go wrong with John Williams’ now classic Superman theme. Much like the hero himself, this tune gives you the positive energy you need to focus on your goals. It helps you believe that you’re capable of great things, and that’s the exact sentiment you want to feel in the music for your soundtrack.

 

Oldies and Classic Rock: Try adding a few tracks from the golden days to your playlist. Whether you’re a Beatles or Elvis fan, oldies have a positive energy to them. You’ll just feel good listening to them! It’s the same with classic rock. After listening to a song like Rush’s The Spirit of Radio, you just may feel better and energized. You can then transfer that positive energy and emotion into whatever your endeavor may be.

 



Epic Music: These are the type of songs you find in movie trailers. Songs like Nightwish’s Ghost Love Score or E.S. Posthumus’ Pompeii make great background music while also filling you with a sense of excitement and anticipation. Just hearing the song can be an awe-inspiring experience and that’s great when you want to elicit the same reaction from others.

 

Music is a major part of anyone’s life. It has an impact on us that’s hard to define, but impossible to ignore. While it’s not the only factor in improving your life, whether it’s getting in shape, impressing the boss with hard work, or boosting your own self-confidence, it’s a definite asset to your efforts.Try listening to these songs and others to create a motivational playlist that can spur you on to success!

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5 Ways To Make Money From Your Crafts



I am a crafty gal at heart! My happy space is when I’m doing my crafts and for those of you who have been following me for a long time, you know that I started my first business The LaTersa Diaper Cakes™. When I began my journey in the gift business industry, I had no clue where to start. I began selling through my online store. Along the way, I got better and better at how to fully function as a gift business owner. Now, mind you I was the freebie queen and it took me a long time to realize that the questions I had in my head were not going to get answered from searching YouTube or Google. After my first year in business, I made a -$3,000 of my income return. It frustrated me so badly, that at that very moment, I made a decision to try something different.  This was a turning point for me and was when I hired my first coach and the icing on the cake was that she was also in the gift business industry. Today, I want to take some time to share with you some of my favorite ways to make money with your crafts.

3 Ways To Make Money From Your Crafts

  1. You can sell your crafts at local craft shows. Usually, the fees include your admission to the show and your table. The highest I ever paid was fifty-five dollars. I must admit, my very first one was not so profitable, even though I made a little amount of money, I didn’t make a profit. You have to count up the cost of inventory and your fees to attend the event.
  2. Sell them to your family and friends. Everywhere you go, tell people about your gifts and what you have to offer. Remember, people won’t know what you have to offer or sell, if you don’t open your mouth.
  3. Sell them on online crafts sites. When I first started selling my diaper cakes, I opened a free shop on Bonanza and their fees are pretty reasonable. You pay once you make a sell.

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I hope this post gets your creative juices flowing! Let me know some of the ways you are making money in your gift business. If you enjoyed this post, please share this with your family and friends.

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How To Keep Yourself Business Oriented

For most home businesses, the computer and the Internet are an integral part of the success or failure of the business.

However, just like when you are at work, there’s always the temptation to check your email, talk to friends online, or play a game when you are not busy. However, just like at a job that you commute to, this should be something that should be avoided when you are working at your home based business. Stay tuned for a couple of ways to stay on track with your home-based business.

1) One way to help avoid doing this is to set up an account on your computer that is just for your home based business.

2) Set up an email that is just business, set up an instant messenger that is just business, and use the web browser to just do things that are part of the business.

The temptation is still there, of course, but if you start doing this right away you will find that it’s not so difficult.

The other reason that setting up an account that is separate for your business is good is because when you are doing things that are personal on the computer you will be less likely to work during your ‘off’ hours.

One of the biggest mistakes that people who work from home make is that they are ‘always’ working. They never allow themselves time to be ‘off the clock’.

This isn’t something that is healthy, and it’s something that should be avoided. Having a separate account on your computer helps to prevent this from happening.



I hope these few tips helps keep you business focused and become more productive while working from home.

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5 Tips To Get Over Your Past

We all have had our fair share of disappointments and have done things in our past that we would care to forget right? I can tell you a thing or two about learning and move forward from your past.  See, your past is where you learned the valuable lessons and your right now and your future is where you teach what you have learned. The thing that stings the most about your past is, you will have times where family and friends would care to remind you about way back then and I will discuss that a little later. But, for now, let’s focus on getting over your past.

5 Tips To Get Over Your Past

  • Change your perspective on your situation: It took me years to do this one thing because, at one point in my life, I was so hurt and filled with guilt and shame that all I did was worry my pretty little head off. I didn’t want people to know how hurt and broken I was. But just a few short years ago, I got a new perspective on it and it has made all the world of a difference in my life.

 

  • Ask God What Is It that he wants you to learn: See, instead of asking God why this had to happen to me, change it and see what you are supposed to learn. Because every experience has a lesson hidden inside of it if you are open to it.

 

  • Realize that there is nothing you can do to change it: We all wish we had a magic wand to wave and make it not happen, but the truth of it, is that you can’t change it. The only thing you can do is to do better the next time something similar occurs.

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  • Stop talking about it. Yep, I said it: Sometimes the reason why you can’t get over a thing is that you keep speaking about it, reliving it over and over again in your mind. You have to get to a point in your life that you silence the negative voices in your head.

 

  • Let it go and accept it for what it is: When you are tired and sick and tired of your own mess, that is when you will decide to take another direction. Sometimes, you like to play the victim and tell everybody about it because you want a pity party.

I hope these few tips help you to realize that at this very moment is all that matters to you and your future looks ten times better than your past.  Please share this with your friends and family if this has been helpful to you.

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3 Ways To Get Things Done With Your Children



Moms, I know sometimes it might feel like you want to pull all your hair out. You are always busy and it just doesn’t seem like it’s enough time in the day to get every thing done on your to do list.  Does any of this sounds familiar? You are running after toddlers most of the day, changing diapers and still in the midst of all this, you are trying to start your own business.

I did a video on this very thing and I share a few ways that you can began to get organized and get a lot more done around the house even with the little ones.  Watch the video below and leave me a comment below:

 

 

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Product Review 001: Garnier Fructis Curl Nourisher

I have been on my natural journey since 2014 and I can tell you I have tried so many hair products, I should be on the cover of a magazine. I actually have two reviews because I have to use them together. I even use these on my daughter’s hair and it works wonders. When I first began, I thought I was going to lose my mind because my hair still was transitioning from being relaxed for so many years. I didn’t do the BIG CHOP because I just wasn’t comfortable at the time doing it. So, instead, I did little by little.

I think that was one of the greatest decision I made. Now, about this Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner, it leaves my hair and my daughter’s hair so soft and less tangled. I have to comb my hair very slowly and make sure I get all the loose and tangled hair. Then I put the leave-in conditioner in and then run my fingers through it and I’m done.



My daughter’s hair, I have to add one more step, I apply the Aunt Jackie’s Knot On My Watch detangler and boy when I tell you, it’s been a God sent.  My daughter’s hair is very thick and course but on a softer grade. I have learned to let the detangler sit for about twenty minutes before combing it. So if you have a little mini-me, try this on her hair because all that crying works my last nerve.

I will be doing more reviews on the various hair products I try so stay tuned. Leave me a comment below;

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5 Reasons Why You Are Not Making Money

Making money at home and in your business is the ultimate goal of why we are in the business in the first place. Moms want to be creative and be able to make money while taking care of their children.  The biggest frustration that I hear about when I speak to moms is they are not making money in their business and then they end up not doing anything at all because it’s too painful. Majority of the time, moms always put themselves last and do without so that their kids can have what they need. I know all too well about how this feels because when I first began my first business, The LaTersa Diaper Cakes, I wasn’t making crap and when I tell you, I was broker than Peter and Paul put together, that would be an understatement! My first year in business, I was in the -$3,000.  

I was so hurt that it almost made me throw in the towel early. See, what I learned is that you have to be willing to put in the work, even when you are not seeing the results that you desire. Here are five reasons why you are not making money whether it’s in your business or at home:

5 Reasons Why You Are Not Making Money

    • You are not focused: You are trying to do too many things and when you are allowing yourself to become a jack of all trades, nothing sticks. You confuse people because one week, you are a jewelry maker and next week, you are a coach. If you need to gain clarity, don’t hesitate, do it today!
    • Not promoting: If you keep all your products and services to yourself and never tell anybody, how can you expect anyone to know that you are a solution to their problem.
    • You give up too quickly: Every time you hit a rough spot, you give up and start something else. You have to keep at it until you see the results that you want.



  • Too proud: You don’t want anyone to know that you are struggling and you need help. Everybody needs help and coaching at some point in their career.
  • Freebie queen: You think you will always find your solution on YouTube or Google.  Here’s a newsflash for you; no one will ever give you everything for free. It’s time you give yourself permission to get answers to your questions. Another reason is you might be giving away your products for free all the time.

Before you decide to throw in the towel, hire a coach so you can skip the drama and gain the clarity that you need. I always say you are your biggest investment and until you gain clarity, you will continue to go down the same path and keep getting the same results.  I hope this post has blessed you in some way or another. Please share this with your friends and family!

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How To Save Money With Couponing



I must admit this is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to saving money. I have been couponing for over five years and I can tell you now, that I have saved hundreds of dollars. I get excited just talking about it. Being a stay at home mom, I can tell you first hand that every dollar has to be accounted for.

When shopping especially for groceries, you have to strategically plan out your shopping trips. I’m going to share with you some of my best tools to save you money. I will admit though when I first tried to learn how to coupon, I became very frustrated and threw my entire binder in the trash.

5 Things to do before going grocery shopping

  • Plan your trip. You need to go through your cabinets and refrigerator to be sure you don’t get double of the same thing you already have.
  • Write your grocery list down. Only put on your list what you need. This will keep you from overspending.
  • Print coupons for things on your list. I use coupons.com,  Smartsource for most of my printing.
  • View your weekly ads from your Sunday’s paper. I always compare sales in various store ads
  • Organize your coupons. Grab a smaller wallet or binder to carry them in so you won’t lose them.

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5 Couponing Apps to use to save money

I look forward to hearing from all your savings from couponing. See how this mom saved $5,000 a year on groceries with her smartphone.  If this post has been helpful to you, please share this with your friends and family!

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How To Start A Blog

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how to start a blogI’ve been a work at home mom since early 2009. I can tell you first hand that when starting a blog with little to no knowledge of what you’re doing can be a pain in you know what. Since starting my very first blog, I have learned a lot of things and I can tell you this; your blog has to have the proper resources in place in order for it to function.  Earlier this year, I lost all three of my blogs due to hacking and malware.

Now, that I got The Mommy Maven’s Blog back up and running, I have taken the necessary precautions to make sure my site is protected. I will be sharing with you tools and resources that I use on a daily basis to make sure my blog is running properly.

 

 

Several Tools Needed To Start A Blog

There are a few things that must be in place before promoting your blog to the world. Blogging platform, hosting, domain, SEO tools, backup tools, plugins and etc.



Blogging Platform: I highly recommend wordpress.org because it gives you more control and ownership of your content and blog.  In order for you to have a hub for all of your blogs, you need to understand what a platform for blogging is and it is simply your content management system.

Hosting: Is a website server that houses your content such as blogging, videos, and etc. I use Siteground for my blog.  You can get hosting from them for as low as $3.95. I find that you save more when you opt to pay annually instead of monthly. I paid $92.00 for an entire year for the business package. Before switching to Siteground, I was with HostGator and I always had issues with them; like shutting down myself without notice or warning. It was always something.

Domain: A domain is what you will use to direct people to your site. www.latersablakely.com is an example of a domain and you can grab domains for as little as $0.99 at godaddy.com.

Blog Design

Now, that you have your blog up and running, it’s time to design it and make it feel like you. Well, my first blog was Moms Wearing Multiple Hats and I uploaded an already mommy blog from one of my mommy friends, while it was nice and all, I couldn’t make changes to it because it wasn’t my own.  I kept it for years because it was very appealing to moms, which is my ideal audience.

I also changed back in 2011, to optimizepress because I wanted to be able to create my own landing pages and not have to continue to pay a designer to change my banner or create a landing page for me. I was spending tons of money just to update a banner. Yes, it can get very expensive if you add it over a year’s time.

If you want to stand out in the crowd and not look like everyone else, you should get an avatar or logo made. I have used a few designers in the past, but I recommend when starting out, invest at the level that you can afford. Fiverr is a great one starting at $5. Always look for the designers with the top ratings. I now use Canva for business and that is what I highly recommend to all of my clients.  I still use picmonkey for backup and it’s super user-friendly.

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How To Make Your Blog Run Smoothly

Congrats on getting your blog up and running. So now you want to make sure it’s running properly and I have a few tools you want to incorporate within your site. These are plugins. Just add a new plugin and search for it.

  • All-in-One SEO
  • Jetpack
  • SG Optimizer
  • Speakpike (allows your visitors to leave you voice mail)
  • SumoMe (allows you to get visitors to opt-in to your list)
  • Askimet (spam plugin)
  • Shareaholic (allows your visitors to share your content via social media)
  • Wordfence (Antivirus and spam control)

How To Get Your Blog Visitors

Social media.  Are social sites that bloggers and mompreneurs use to get traffic to their sites. My all-time favorites are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Plus. Now, my advice to you is to start with one platform and get good at that before you start trying to be all over the place. You want to share consistently on a daily basis because with how social media works, if you are not showing up regularly, people will forget about you.

Guest posts/Writing. You can sign up via other people’s blog that are within similar niches as your blog and do guest post. I have done this a lot through out my career.  In order for readers to visit your blog regularly, you have to have great content that they love reading. But, please don’t make the habit of just rushing through writing because I promise you, you will have a few typos. I suggest you use Grammarly, it’s one of my favorite

Email Marketing.  This is a way that you communicate with your audience. I have used Mailchimp my entire time working at home and I highly recommend them when you are first starting out. You can stay in contact with your readers via emails.

 

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