Somthing New

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When you start something new, there’s a learning curve, right? It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newborn baby and your “something new” is life itself, or you’re a 65 year old man entering retirement and your “something new” is a fixed income and reprogramming your body not to wake up at 4:30am for your shift at the factory. New things bring with them excitement, wonder, and optimism, but they also bring anxiety, doubt, and difficulty. Starting a new business or attempting to market your existing one to the next level is no different.

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When I decided to become a freelance writer, I couldn’t wait to get started—but short of just transferring the thoughts and ideas in my head onto my computer screen, I had no idea what to do. I had to go through the aforementioned learning curve. That required plenty of research on exactly what a freelance writer does, what topics I would write about, how to get my writing seen, how to market myself, how to be published, how to appeal to my audience, and how to make money doing it. As technology, people’s interests, and the world in general change, I have to learn to adapt. I am constantly learning new ways to use technology, brainstorming ways to stay relevant to my readers, and researching ways to grow my audience.
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I parallel my journey to becoming a successful writer to that of a baby’s journey to becoming a thriving adult.

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Unfortunately, I went through the beginning of my aspiring writer learning curve solo. I didn’t realize the importance of having the right people around you with similar interests and mindsets, but more experience and solid success. As I start my latest endeavor with Empower Network, I’m anticipating the learning curve but the great thing about it is that there are so many training resources and knowledgeable, successful members that my learning curve thus far has been pretty narrow. Having such a strong team of people to support you and guide you around the learning curve is amazing. Whether you’re bold enough to take the Empower Network plunge and start living your dream on purpose, or you have some other “something new” going on, make sure to surround yourself with a great support system.

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So keeping all of this in mind, what is your “something new?” Are you embarking on a new career, buying a new home, or just trying to get your life and your income to the next level? Whatever your “something new” is, don’t get discouraged as you swing around that learning curve. Just hold on tight and lean into it. You can do it!

Let’s help each steer this learning curve and make some moola in the process.
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Top 5 Tips on Using Social Media in Education (Presentation)

Great post to help us teachers incorporate technology in the classroom!

I have just finished a webinar for Optimus Education entitled ‘5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning’ and I wanted to share the slides. Have a look and feel free to download if you like it.

On the 15th October I am also speaking at ‘Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum‘, again, for Optimus Education. It will a great day and you can sign up using the link.

If you would like a speaker at a school, conference or webinar head over to

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Skin-Savin’ Summer Survival Tips

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Summer is in full effect and so is sunburn and sun-fried hair!  As the temperatures go up, the amount of clothing we wear goes down.  Our hair spends countless hours going from being drenched in saltwater, saturated with pool chlorine, and then baking in the scorching sun.  While you’re out and about having fun in the sun, your skin and hair are silently screaming for some reprieve.

You can still look your best in your swimsuit, super-short shorts, or strapless sundress while your hair blows in the summer breeze without spending the other 10 months of the year in damage control.  Keep reading for a few simple ways to protect your body while still maintaining your summer sexy.

Red or yellow, black or white—we ALL need sunscreenDark skin DOES burn in the sun and those with it CAN get skin cancer.  Regardless of your skin tone, always wear a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it frequently.  Sunscreen helps protect you from sunburn and certain forms of skin cancer caused by UVB rays.  Dark skin may burn slower due to the higher amounts of melanin in it, but it still burns—and melanin does nothing to protect you from skin cancer.  Nobody wants your flaky, sunburnt skin blowing off in the breeze and floating in their poolside pink lemonade. 

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Don’t forget your lips!  Basking in the sun, riding the ocean waves, and sipping Mojitos by the pool all suck the moisture right out of your lips.  Dry, burnt, cracked lips will seriously damage your summer sexy.  Carry a tube of SPF lip balm and use it every hour or so to keep your lips supple and lips

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Acting shady is a good thing.  Your skin, eyes, and hair will actually appreciate your throwing them some shade to give them a break from the summer heat.

  1. Shade your eyes with a cool pair of UVB/UVA blocking sunglasses.
  2. Carry a towel, blanket, or light jacket to cover up exposed areas periodically.
  3. Cover your hair with a sexy scarf wrap or brimmed hat like a baseball cap or floppy beach hat that can also block the sun from your face.
  4. Head inside for a few minutes to cool off and give your whole body a break from the heat.

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Eat, drink, and be merry.  Whether you’re going hard in a game of beach volleyball or just relaxing on a beach towel while reading the latest James Patterson thriller, the sun can quickly drain energy out of you.  Make sure you’re eating healthy meals regularly throughout the day and carrying energy-boosting snacks with you if you’re going to be out for a while.  And do I really have to tell you the importance of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day?  Not only does being in the sun cause you to sweat out massive amounts of much needed hydration, but so does that case of Corona by the pool.  Having to be rushed to the emergency room for dehydration might be a real damper on your pool party.


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Take care of yourself this summer—your body will thank you for it!

Prevent Summer Learning Loss​ with Summer Tutoring


Studies have shown that over summer break children lose almost three months of what they learned during the previous school year. 

​Make sure your child starts the next school year ahead of the game instead of behind–enroll them in a summer tutoring program.

​From June 17th-August 12th I will be offering summer tutoring sessions to ​help reinforce reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and study skills.

Certified to teach Middle Grades Language Arts, I have classroom experience with up to 20 children and experience tutoring in small group and individual settings.

​Hourly/weekly rates are available and discounts are given to families with more than one child in the same session.  Sessions can be held in your home or at a neutral location, such as a public library.  Your presence during the sessions is optional.

Contact me for a free consultation/assessment.

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What could professionally written web content and marketing material do for your business?

A) Attract a larger volume of clients.

B) Boost your credibility.

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D) Give you a higher rank in search engine queries.

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If you answered ‘E’ All of the above, you’re exactly right! 

Professionally written material tailored specifically for your clients can work wonders for your business or organization.  Whether you are a small business owner, a decision-maker for a large corporation, or a professional artist/entertainer​, you need to communicate with the world in order to get your ideas, products, and services out there.  Don’t make the mistake of trying to write your own web content, proposals, biographies, profiles, or other business communication.  You are a busy professional—you don’t have time to concern yourself with grammar, sentence syntax or SEO results.
I am an experienced freelance writer specializing in web content, blogging, articles, and promotional writing.  I am dedicated to writing premier content to promote the products, services, and talents of major corporations, small businesses, the self-employed, and individual entrepreneurs.

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