Sunday, May 31, 2009


So what is about pessimists? Are they people that have just given up on hopes and dreams? Have they always been this way? Maybe they were burned one too many times and just decided to give in to negativity.

There is nothing worse than having a pessimist in your life. They seem to think they have the right to jump in and tell you why "this is not a good idea" or why "that just won't work". It seems as if they have thrown the towel in. They walk away from trying to do more.....To try harder.....To Want more.....To be more.....To desire more.....

A neighbor just recently exposed himself to me as a "Pessimist".

As my neighbor was holding a little puppy, I had made a comment that we can't have animals where I live. And then I made a comment of how it will be nice to move and eventually get a puppy. He then told me about these townhouses that are available by him. I told him that I wanted a house on about 2-3 acres. I could not believe what he was about to say.

He said "Cindy, I make way more than you and I can't even afford a house on 2-3 acres. You need to aim a little lower, you have your goals set too high". I replied "We'll see" and walked away.

Just then it hit me. What if I had said that same thing to my son....My son has made comments
about what he would do if he were president.....I can't even imagine looking at him and saying "Well son, I think you are aiming to high....Why don't you just settle for being a janitor" or "You'll never be the president".

Words like that can just shatter another persons belief in something. Making them question whether they are capable and worthy. Especially to a child. So I am here to say to all the pessimists...."Don't doubt me for I know where I will be". And the truth of the matter is that the pessimist is only saying what he or she feels and believes in their self.


Cindy Ashworth is a single, work at home mom. Providing a REAL work at home business with one on one coaching and mentoring. The way it should be! Also the owner of and

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Working At Home

Working At Home may be the solution you are looking for.

So many people are looking to work at home but are not sure what is legit and what is not.
I know when I started my venture in looking to work at home it seemed that everything I found online was a scam. I had filled out a ton of applications that I had seen and then was swamped with emails and phone calls from everyone. And because of that, I went into shut down mode. I stopped looking, put my dream of working at home on hold and continued my life as it was.

Circumstances led me back into looking to work at home again. I started the process over of online searching and came across a few more scams but finally found the right position for me.
And because of what I experienced, I want to emphasize to everyone how important it is to get the credentials from the company you are considering to work for. If the company you are considering is not listed with the Better Business Bureau as a good, honest company, then run the other way. If the company is not listed period, run the other way.

By taking my time, trial and error, a lot of searching and digging, I found the perfect work at home business for me. You may have to go through a lot of the crap in order to find your gem.

Cindy Ashworth is a single, work at home mom. Providing a REAL work at home business with one on one coaching and mentoring. The way it should be! Also the owner of and

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

I will make sure to watch when I tell my kids to "Zip It".....LOL.


Chemicals Increasingly Linked to Obesity

Obesity has become a national epidemic and it is increasingly creeping into the youngest of our population. In fact, an alarming new study reports that 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, up 300% since the 1980s, and many more are considered seriously overweight. This epidemic has compelled many to predict that our children will be the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. What's going on?

Popular opinion says that poor nutrition and lack of exercise is the root of this problem. But, while lifestyle choices clearly play a major role in personal health, studies are increasingly showing something far more insidious - everyday exposures to common chemicals may be increasing our waistlines.

One of the most recent studies found that overweight young girls had significantly higher levels of phthalates in their bodies compared to the general population of children. Phthalates, a type of hormone disruptor, are used in plastics (most often PVC) and in personal care products.

According to Dr. Philip J. Landrigan, a professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai, and one of the lead researchers on the study, the results are preliminary and do not prove that phthalates cause obesity, simply that they seem to be linked. "Right now it's a correlation; we don't know if it's cause and effect or an accidental finding," Dr. Landrigan said. "The $64,000 question is, what is causal pathway? Does it go through the thyroid gland? Does it change fat metabolism?"

Even if we don't know exactly how phthalates and obesity are linked, we do know phthalates are not the only potential offender. A small, but growing body of evidence in both animals and humans are finding a variety of hormone disruptors linked to obesity, including tributyltin, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), organotins, BPA , and PFOA.

Reduce your exposure by following these simple tips:

Over 90% of all phthalates are used in PVC plastics, so avoid purchasing PVC products and packaging. (Check out PVC: The Poison Plastic for more info). Phthalates are also used in personal care products, so read labels and use to find the safest products.

HCB has been banned, but still contaminates soil and water, which results in the contamination of our food. The US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recommends eating low fat meat and dairy to reduce your exposure to HCB.

Tributyltin and organotin are in the same family of chemicals. The US ATSDR recommends these tips for reducing exposure to these compounds:
  • Reduce the amount of canned products you eat or drink and store unused portions in separate containers.

  • Reduce your consumption of seafood from waters that may be contaminated with organic tin compounds and your contact with household products that contain organotin compounds (for example, silicon-coated baking parchment paper).

To avoid BPA, eat foods that are fresh, frozen, dried or in glass jars or tetra packs instead of canned (same for beverages). Also, avoid polycarbonate plastic (PC or #7).

Reduce your exposure to PFOA by replacing those easy-to-clean Teflon pans with cast iron, avoiding clothing and carpeting marketed as "stain-resistant," and avoiding greasy, pre-packaged foods (and microwavable popcorn). You should also know that most take-out packaging is coated with Teflon, so try eating in or asking about alternative packaging. Learn more at Environmental Working Group.

by Janelle Sorensen

Janelle Sorensen is the senior writer and health consultant for Healthy Child Healthy World. She is also an independent consultant, public educator and freelance writer who has worked with a wide variety of environmental organizations, government offices, schools, and parent groups across the country. In her spare time, she loves cooking, reading, gardening, biking, hiking, and lavishing her children with squishies and smoochies (i.e. hugs and kisses).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Will You Dance With Me?

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away..... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Simple Marketing For You

Let's use an online store as an example of a business that you have. Here are some very basic steps to take in getting your business recognized.

Whether it's an ad, an email or even a splash page, you need to have a catchy headline. If your headline is not catchy, why would someone keep reading any further?

Make sure you offer something of value for free to your visitors. Possibly something like free shipping on orders over a certain amount sounds good to me.

If you are offering "Clearance Items" or "Special Promotions" make sure to show your readers where those offers can be found.... You need to guide them as to where you want them to go.

Keep track of your marketing methods and where your interested individuals come from. There are tools available that can help in your tracking methods.....If you are placing ads then you need to ask what ad your prospect came from.....Ask the very common question: "Where did you hear about me from"? Or, "Who referred you to me"?

If you have already accumulated a list of faithful readers, customers or followers, then keep in touch with them and offer them your finest deals, your words of thankfulness and continue offering your business to them. They have decided to choose you for a reason... Let them know that you appreciate them

Cindy Ashworth is a single, work at home mom. Providing a REAL work at home business with one on one coaching and mentoring. The way it should be! Also the owner of and

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men.

They bear hardships and they carry
burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are

They fight for what they believe in.

They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution..

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel and
cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much
they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their family and friends.

Women have vital things to say and everything to give.



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Before I Was A Mom

Before I was a Mom,

I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,

I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom

Monday, May 4, 2009


Happiness does not depend on whether or not you always get your way. However, when you do choose happiness, events will more often go your way. You do not need to accumulate a lot of things before you can be happy. Yet when you are happy, you'll open yourself up to all kinds of new abundance.

Happiness is not something that you can obtain by taking it from others. On the contrary, the more that happiness flows out from you, the more of it you will enjoy.

If you limit your happiness only to certain specific situations or conditions, it will almost always elude you. Yet when you seek to bring happiness to every situation, it will be your constant companion.

Happiness is not the exclusive experience of just a lucky few. It is always there for anyone who is sincere and open enough to choose it.

Happiness is always there to choose, in any place, at any time, under a whole wide range of conditions. Give happiness to the moments of life, and you will surely know it well.

Source: Lead Power

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Giving Your Home Based Business A Boost With Blogging

Blogs are like ripe apples hanging on the tree ready to be picked, beautiful and oh so delicious. Indulging to it will never be a poison. . It can also be likened to a virus but the difference is the benefits blogs give and also because they are vastly and fast spreading around the globe.

That’s for the giants of the arena of business, but how about those smaller enterprises? Does blogs suit them? By all means, yes.

Small businesses or home based ones needs more blog than any other business. Since their business place is far off from the central marketplace, people need to be informed and be aware of the existence of these smaller enterprises through blogging. By means of blogging, these types of businesses are given chance to be known and be noticed.

To add to that, let us take these advantages of blogs for home based businesses:

»Blogs are all-you-need package. HTML is hard to learn and a little time consuming. By using blogs you will no longer problem the appearance since it is preset for convenience purposes.
»You can post anything on blogs without any hassle at all. Plus you can post anytime. Nonetheless, posting is not a problem.
»Since basically blogs are not e-mail communication, spam has no place in it.

With these entire advantages all for free means a business with high profits.

Remember you must update your blog every now and then. New updates mean another to look forward to on the side of your audience. In as often as possible, you may update your blog at least twice every week. It will let your audience ask for more. Never overlook all current information and issues that will surely catch their attention.

Your blog should have a place for comments, reactions and suggestions. It will help you reach the audiences tastes and desires through their own feedbacks. Criticisms are very essential tool for your websites growth. Just take every criticism positively.

Do not forget to link your blogs to other resources. It will help not just you and your business but also your customers.

Simplicity is not ugly. Complicated layout and color will attract customers easily and also can shoo them easily too. Always keep in mind that content is more important than anything else in your blog.

The entire earth is waiting for your business to be known. Take that mouse and make your own blog.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

I Just Don't Get it!

Ugghhhh!!! I just don't get it. I have put this off for so long that I can't stand it anymore..... lol. really, this drives me crazy.

So I have this neighbor that has been with this guy about 10 years now.....She says every 3-4 months he leaves for awhile....Goes back to his ex or to someone else....I have heard this the 6 years that I have lived here.... He comes and then he leaves....She sobs and then seems to build some strength up to move ahead but he comes back and things go back to where they were.

It's not my business... And to know me is to know that I HATE gossip. I have so much going on in my life that I can't keep up with everyone else's drama..... I have enough here... LOL. Honest to goodness, I hate gossip.

So this lady tells me that her man left one more time....Something kicks in me and after listening to her go on about how she is bored without him....she was proud that she did not text him to come back....(whatever texting is, I don't even have a cell phone).....I even went and bought flowers that we could plant in the the back together to help keep her busy. Yes, she is a big gardening freak.... lol.

I tell her after a few days how proud I am of her.....I let her know how things will get better.... That she can make it on her own. She seems to get it....Believe it....And know it....I begin to feel happy for her..... But!!!

Yes, he is back.... He just pulled in a few minutes ago and staked his claim. She'll let him in.....He'll be here for awhile and leave again....She'll complain....And frankly, I don't want to hear it.

Why? Why do women continue to go back to what they DON'T want??? I just don't get it and don't even want to try.