How To Be an Effective Blogger in 6 Easy Steps

Sharing your thoughts with the world can be very intimidating but not sharing your uniqueness is worse.  We all have something to say and there are people out there who want to know stuff.  If you enjoy sharing your latest cleaning hack or slow cooker recipe on social media, why not write a blog about it instead? If you have a flair for expressing yo'self, then blogging is for you!  Blogging or article writing can be extremely effective when you are passionate about spreading knowledge, step-by-step guides or lyrical musings. 

The creation of the internet has made spreading information and prose easy until you realize no one is reading your work. Writers are born every minute because the platform is available, free and the potential of it reaching hundreds or maybe thousands of readers is very high: but only if you follow a few important techniques.
In the past couple of years, I have written content for others ranging in the high hundreds and in my spare time, some of my own as w…

Online Study - Is it Legitimate?

Knowledge any way you can get it!Since the beginning of time, we instinctively search for knowledge to improve our lives, learn a new skill, upgrade an old skill, seek professional certification or just for fun because many of us are information junkies.  Whatever draws you toward more learning, it's all good.

Traditionally, we sought out books and mentors, teachers and professionals to guide us, and impart their knowledge, some with gentle guidance and others as subtle as a sledgehammer.  And this is still a tried and true method.  Whatever method you were guided to, that was meant for you and, yes it's all good.

Modern times, specifically since the early 1990s, technological advances changed the way we shop, share information, love, send greetings and invitations, connect with friends and family miles away, in mere seconds. And yes, it also changed the way we learn, study and gain valid professional certification. Yes, this is still all good.  Connecting, engaging and learning…

If the Door Won't Open, It's Not Your Door! Really? Yes, Really!

Who ever coined the phrase, "if the door won't open, it's not your door", was a freaking genius! She probably had a brother who said "when opportunity the freaking door"!!

Yes, I'm emotional about how powerful this little nugget of wisdom really is!  It's a game-changer in so many ways but people generally prefer not to see the proverbial silver lining.  Yes, there is always a silver lining but you need to look for it as it won't slap you across the head if you prefer to wallow in the whys and hows something didn't work out for you. Let me give you an example.

Since 2012, I literally fell into, was guided towards, was made sick so I could learn, Reiki healing. Nobody can change my mind about that.  It was so well orchestrated by God, His infinite wisdom and His co-conspirators in our great big Universe. When I gave into this fact, but no sooner than November 2016, I received clarity and the chips that fell began to align into…

Need To Put Your Thoughts Into Words? Call me!

Lucy Toppetta, Blog and Content Writer

Express yourself!! 

The current trends for new entrepreneurs, and businesses in general, are all about visibility. Social media including Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and so many more apps, are the way we communicate today. If you don't get on board, even in a very small way, your business will lag so far behind the crowd that is making waves and getting noticed. Gone are the days of pamphlets in your mailbox and under car wipers!

As so many of us are cutting the 9 to 5 life style out of our existence, and taking that proverbial leap of faith to become entrepreneurs, marketing in some way, shape, or form is priority number one.  This post is a prime example!

Let your unique abilities and skills shine high above the crowd with the right marketing tools that fit your business and lifestyle. 

Do you have great ideas but don't know how to put them into words?Do you have so much to say but don't know where to begin?Do you wa…

Want to have an easy $1,378 by December 31st, 2016?

It's that time of year for many of us to review our financial health over the past year.  Some of us can boast a healthy stream of money into our coffers, while others see another lean year trying to make ends meet, and some lie somewhere in the middle.  As a single mom of a university student and one ornory cat, I've always been blessed with a common sense and flair for being creative when it comes to my money. I would not consider myself a spendthrift - but when I do shop, I always shop for deals. I am also as guilty as the next person for once buying things for the simple reason that they were on sale and appeared useful at first - until they sat in a dark corner of my closet collecting dust.

I am very sentimental about certain things - maybe too many things. I love to feel nostalgic and I get that from seeing and touching items that trigger a wonderful memory.  I've streamlined much and installed decorative boxes in my closet to store treasures I look at a few times a y…

Writing on Purpose: How do I feel about the writing challenge thus far?

Lucy - 7 : Procrastination to write daily – 0
I procrastinated about starting this challenge until the registration deadline.As much as I wanted to write more, I had a sinking feeling I would fail two days in.To my great surprise, in the first 3 days words flowed from a reserve I didn’t know I had. A random rhythm-less poem shot out of me like arrows from an expert archer never missing his mark. I thought at that point, surely I would have nothing left in me to continue the challenge. The well must be dry. Where will I find 50 new words to string together coherently, let alone 300? I have little imagination to write eloquent dialogue pouring out of interesting or complicated characters but somehow I do still have something to say. 
I do not know how to categorize my writing if I were to, but it appears to me as a spilling of words onto paper, describing any sentiment, emotion, thought, passion or perhaps, challenge. Sometimes the words flow like a rushing brook and at times they drip ou…

Writing on Purpose: If I were a vegetable, what would I be?

Squash Me
The squash comes in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. From the deepest orange of pumpkin, to the greenest green of a zucchini, from the pretty shape of the acorn squash to the bottle formed butternut squash, this vegetable is probably the most versatile. I discovered today that the squash got its name from the Native American word askutasquash, which means "eaten raw or uncooked." I also learned that they can date these vegetables back over 10,000 years. 
For many years, I would come across butternut squash at my local market but didn’t know quite what it was. We never had this vegetable on our dinner table. I was attracted mostly to its shape with its long narrow neck and mostly perfectly shaped round bottom. It had a beautiful pale yellow exterior and was very smooth to the touch.

When I decided to take one home, I learned that once I cut through its thick hard skin, the squash had a beautiful orange colored flesh interior, and in its round belly were little a…