Back from Vacation and Ready to Kick Some Ass



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My view from the beach.

Ahhh, vacation.

I’m currently sitting in my kitchen drinking a glass of wine while I write this, but I spent the last week enjoying the sun and shore of Corolla Beach in the Outer Banks.

Actually, we got back Saturday evening (we drove the 400+ miles each way), went to a friend’s BBQ/pool party on Sunday, and today I’ve been focusing on getting things done around the house.

I really needed this vacation as I’ve been feeling very run down lately. The stress of my mom’s death in July and some other personal things had gotten me very stressed and I needed some time to decompress.

It was our first trip to the Outer Banks and I can honestly say I can’t wait to go back.  The beach was beautiful and so was the house we rented.  We went out to dinner twice and both meals were delicious, and the other nights we cooked at home.

The one complaint I had was due to mother nature. Some storms offshore caused some dangerous rip currents.  Swimming was prohibited almost the entire week and we didn’t really get into the water until our last day.

My sister and her family spent half the week with us too and they missed out on the ocean altogether so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much!

Now that I’m back and feeling re-energized, I’m ready to come back to blogging with a vengeance!

Being away has made me realize that I have been spreading myself too thin and yet not dedicating myself fully to building this blog to its full potential.  I have a whole list of tasks I need to take care of on the back-end, plus I want to increase the number of articles I’m pumping out.  I also need to spend more time networking with fellow bloggers and writing some guest posts on other blogs.  I had some nice successes with that strategy in the past but I let it slip away out of my own laziness.

Anyway, that’s about all I have for today. Stay tuned for more updates and make sure you follow me on Twitter so you don’t miss a thing!

 

 

 

 

 

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Will You Be the Next Entrepreneur Success Story?



Are you sick of the rat race? Tired of your boss barking orders at you? Thinking of telling them all to “shove it” so you can start your own business and answer to no one but yourself?

You’re not alone. Millions of people dream of going into business for themselves and becoming the next great entrepreneur success story.

The United States has long been a nation of innovators and entrepreneurs, dating back to the days when steel and railroad tycoons ruled the world. With every new generation, seemingly ordinary people step forward with brilliant ideas that change the world. Some of the more memorable entrepreneur success stories include:

Colonel Harland Sanders, who started selling fried chicken that he prepared and cooked in his own kitchen. But when he perfected his deliciously “finger lickin’ good” recipe and took it on the road, the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was born.

Oprah Winfrey, who single-handedly built a media empire that includes her own talk show, magazine, and book club. Her rise to stardom has made her one of the wealthiest women in the world.

College dropouts Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who used their genius with computers to create the world’s largest search engine when they founded Google. Today Google is one of the most innovative and successful businesses of our time.

Americans love to hear stories of people who rose from rags to riches and built huge empires just by following their dreams. They want to believe that they too can be successful and write their own entrepreneur success story.

And while any business owner will tell you that they have their fair share of headaches, there’s nothing like being your own boss and answering to no one but yourself.

If you have the entrepreneurial spirit in you, you should know there has never been a better era to start your own business. We live in the information age, where the internet has opened all sorts of opportunities for ambitious minds. You don’t need tons of cash to start up a business on the internet. In fact you could do it practically free with just a computer and a high-speed connection.

All it takes is a good idea, a lot of hard work, and a bit of luck.

America is still the land of opportunity. There’s no reason you can’t be the next Oprah or Colonel Sanders.

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