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Suffocating Thoughts

Why is it so easy to think negatively? Well, how simple can it get, really.  Our active mind finds it simple to imagine the negative outcomes of your new business plan, your next uttered phrase or that meeting with a client you have coming up the next minute or the next day.

Queer as it may seem, it’s easier to visualize all the things that can go wrong.  Can’t help it, you say.

Here’s what is obvious: when you visualize clearly, and keep thinking about it over and over again, you don’t actually lessen the chances that you’re going to mess things up.

Snow creeps in and all great ideas get frozen, useless. (photo courtesy of Shawn Shepheard)

 

In fact, you may be fueling your chances and increase the odds against your favor.

When you choose to visualize the positive, the wonderful, the profitable, the awesome…voila! you’re more likely to keep your gems and in fact create the opportunity for great things to happen.

It is such a bad habit to cultivate something that leads us to failure.  It has never brought much success, if it brings any at all.

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Blogger Interrupted

I have what I call The Blogger’s Block.

Trust me, it’s more unwieldy than Thor’s hammer stuck in day-old mud.

Thor Unlimited

He can make anybody’s mind whirl.

All hunched over my work desk, I suddenly sat back, my fingers digging tiny potholes onto my throbbing temples.  My mind was unforgivably blank except for this black mass hovering over my brain, wanting to be extracted by any means.  I reached for a pen and one of the new planners I’ve been intending to use for ten months.

Then I gratifyingly drew a line across the first page I came across: New Year’s Resolutions.

I need one more arm to write down a neat list

How many more days to go before 2013? I don’t intend to bargain with time —I never won a single battle.

Have you asked yourself more than once: Is this the perfect time for me to start reorganizing my stuff, and most especially my life (if we haven’t yet)? Believe me, there will always be no perfect time unless you make time for it.  I always try to come up with 1,001 reasons not to get up from a warm bed in order to work out at six AM.

A full-blast Pinoy breakfast of crunchy salted fish, diced tomatoes and steaming rice nicely complements a heavy workout

You do have your own favorite way of welcoming anything new with more than a great bang —hopefully it doesn’t go pfft after a couple of days of stuffing oneself full of holiday leftovers from the fridge.  Hope is not lost when one seeks a more organized and enlightened mind (at least it has to start somewhere).

In a reckless second, I close my eyes and take the plunge: I’m planning for the New Year.  Have you figured out what takes the top sweet spot on your list? Let me crumple Santa’s Christmas gift list first.

Ovaleye’s Kathy Nelson

Before becoming Chief Decision Maker at Ovaleye, she used to be hailed as the Original Napster.

(photo taken from theworkathomewoman.com)

I came across her video on YouTube while I was lazily looking for a makeover tutorial and I immediately hit the Subscribe button.

Organizing Your Team and Keeping Productivity Up

There’s something about her that makes you trust her instantaneously and from then on, I religiously watched her on Ovaleye TV, followed her and her daughter Jenn on Facebook (who’s Director of Operations) and valued her SOHO tips (small office-home office).  She inspired me to start blogging once more but this time, following a more solid and worthwhile direction.

Her humility and grace is awesome; I felt as if I was aiming for the moon when I sent her a message with a simple request: if I can feature her on my blog, saying that I have nothing to offer her aside from my earnestness to share with you all the wonderful things I learned from her.  And she agreed! More than that, she warmly reached out and made me feel very welcome.

What inspired her to start Ovaleye?

My husband and I owned mainstreetmusic.com from 1999-2005. We competed with iTunes and Walmart music downloads back then. It was a crazy fun business to be in. We had thousands of people visiting our website daily and it created many down times for us. So we bought a couple of servers and put them in a safe location in downtown Seattle and were able to handle our traffic easily. But then Walmart bought our database providers and mainstreetmusic.com stopped. I had two servers now what do I do with them? My husband and I started Ovaleye.com back in 2006 helping our local businesses with their websites and hosting them on our servers. Our daughter Jenn joined the business after she graduated from college. We now have many servers in that same secure location and Ovaleye provides hosting and cloud services to all our members all over the world.

I know how challenging it is to get investors. How did she find investors for the business?
Finding investors can be easy if your business is sound and full of potential. I had a couple investors at one point but it didn’t work out. I learned some very valuable lessons that year. I learned that no one is as passionate about your business as you are. Your work ethics are different from the investors. I am sure there are great investors and partnerships out there. At the moment there are no plans to find another investor.

Her take on the most difficult part of starting the business
Starting the business was the easy part. You have to sustain the business and help it grow with decisions you make every day after that. I would say the hardest part for me so far is year 5 and we got through it.I hadn’t gone to that level with mainstreetmusic.com so it was new territory.  Partners, adding new services, and marketing efforts all were hit and misses.  But if you don’t try these you can’t get to year 6 and beyond.

Kathy and Jenn on Ovaleye TV (photo taken from theworkathomewoman.com)

Her expectations for the future regarding Ovaleye
My expectations for the future are good.  Ovaleye uses tons of tools in our tool box of technology.  We have the love of technology and what it can bring to our members.  We have so many things to offer that we haven’t even begun to bring to light.  It’s very exciting!

With her various roles as Mom, grandparent and Chief Decision Maker, here’s how she manages her time
There is not enough time in a day (I agree, Kathy!).  From day one I have never made rules on what time or days I work. I wake up early and start working if needed and work with my daughter and grandson at the Ovaleye headquarters.  In the evenings we have shows on live stream and weekends are filled with family and work.  It seems to balance out after 6 years.  I wouldn’t do this unless it was fun and exciting!

Being Grandma (photo taken from http://www.urbanblisslife.com)

Her top 3 lessons that she learned and which can help us

  1. Start a business you love that you will enjoy spending oodles and oodles of time on.
  2. Learn every day something new about building a business with books, videos and tips from business leaders.
  3. If you don’t try something every day you don’t succeed.

Watch Kathy on Ovaleye TV, follow her on Twitter and Facebook.  She also has a wonderful and inspiring blog.

Mom says she is a “lovely girl”.

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Many thanks and continue living that awesome life 🙂

Surviving 24 Hours

Working online has its perks:

  1. You get to spend a lot of time with your family while working (assuming you work from home and if you happen to live with your loved ones)
  2. You work at your own pace wherever and whenever you want (provided you are not working on something urgent and/or location-specific)
  3. You don’t have to dress up grandly or go out of the house to check email or touch base with your virtual team.

But there are days when, to borrow my Mom’s term for it, “you just can’t hack it”.  What are the most delirious ways you can come up with to survive a day (and night!) filled with fiery deadlines, nerve-wracking feedback and migraine-inducing colleagues?

DITCH THE GADGET

You do work online, but the Internet must not rule your business and your life.  I travel with just an iPhone and it’s all I need because this way, it leaves room for bottles of formula, water, baby diapers and baby clothes that I always lug around on one arm as I carry my baby on the other arm.  During breaks, I put my phones on silent and get back to them as soon as I resume work.  The world doesn’t end if you fail to answer an SMS or call for JUST a few minutes.  Do remember however to return calls and messages as soon as you get back to your work chair and shift to work mode.

BOOK AHEAD OF TIME

When my family and I go malling or stock up on a few grocery items, I always multi-task and bunch together a few tasks.  The day before, I confirm the travel schedule with Brother #3 (whom we hitch a ride from) and proceed to plot our itinerary in my head.  If someone needs a haircut, I book an early appointment and as soon as we reach our destination, that person goes to the salon while I do the grocery and my brother settles his business.  We find this setup extremely stress-relieving, time-saving and cost-efficient.

We also do the same thing when eating out —we order ahead of time most of the time (provided we have already made up our mind where to eat).

LET THERE BE LIGHT

First thing I always do upon waking up is drawing the curtains and letting the morning sunlight in.  It never fails to light one’s mood up!

Photo courtesy of @endangeredangel

TIPPING POINT

I learned a valuable lesson from Brother #3 and Sister #2: always leave or give a nice tip.  Most of the time, I get good service because Filipinos are inherently hospitable even to strangers.  On occasions when I come across someone mean or intolerable, I report the staff immediately to the supervisor and don’t leave a tip.

For more tips on local shores, you may refer to this article.  Also, let me know if this resembles your tipping style.

UPGRADE

What is the secret to getting an upgrade? It’s no secret, really.  When traveling, try to utilize as few providers as you possibly can.  You will attain a certain kind of privileged status and they will exert a special kind of effort for your comfort because they know you’re a valued consumer.

And one bonus tip:

OWN YOUR JOY

Live your life as if your life depended on keeping yourself and others happy.  Find reasons to be positive even in the direst situations.  I have a friend who laughs at her bald reflection every time she looks at herself in the mirror.  She is currently undergoing chemo and she has never relinquished her joy to the cancer cells slowly ravaging her body and her hair strands.

At the end of any stressful day, it all boils down to one thing: did you live it to the fullest knowing you did your best?

What are your survival tips?

Let’s Hear It From The Girls

I love these two women. They both inspired me to finally put my ideas in a blog at a time when I felt as if I was going nowhere near my personal and professional goals. Their clear and concise and fun ways of explaining stuff never cease to amaze me.

Who are the great women in your sphere who have influenced you to make that life-defining and altering decision?