4 Ways to Maximize Your Energy and Results

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by Chris Atley

Here are 4 ways for you to maximize your energy and your results :)

So how does one go about getting into this energy my mortgage broker was talking about?Well, there are a couple of things to be aware of.

1. Adapting the belief that there is an unlimited universe, God, Source, Light, Higher Power, Divine energy (whatever your belief system is on this), is there to support you, nourish you and GUIDE you. If you’re having trouble believing this, then adapt someone else’s belief in it. Who do you know that believes this unconditionally and is living their life by it? Believe in their belief in it until you do too.

2. Know that the ego will try to throw you off and pull you into a negative energy. The ego is thought system that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough and basically unlovable at the core. It’s where guilt, shame, blame and fear live. It is not real, but it sure does feel that way. We are all connected and from that same, diving loving energy. We are love and we are powerful, creative beings. Becoming aware of the ego and it’s sneakiness will help you tremendously so that you can catch-it, shine a light on it and move around it – notice I didn’t say through it – and that’s because you can just choose to focus on loving thoughts instead. It can be that easy.

3. There are only two kinds of energy; love and fear. Source is love and the ego is fear. We can choose how we want to operate in every second of every day and with every decision. The ego will give you a run for your money and that’s why having the awareness is key.

It’s okay if you slip into fear. It will We are still humans having human experiences. Operating out of love and in love is the ultimate form of enlightenment. If we judge ourselves or beat ourselves up, we’re right back in our ego again. The more we can accept how we’re feeling, allow ourselves to process it, the more we are actually operating out of love. Love for ourselves, for those around us and this is the ultimate healing.

4. Something I love to do every day, is to ask how I can GIVE and RECEIVE love that day. It might be something that pops up in my company or it might be something to do with my kids. I had the honour to take Ella (our 6 year old) to the orthodontist the other day for her first visit ever. Yes it cut into my work time, and in the past this would have driven me crazy and created a lot of anxiety around not having enough time. That was because I was living in fear – fear around finances, and caught in an ego trap. This time was different, and I was able to be fully present with her. We had a great time in the waiting room and I was able to hold her hand later when she had a little procedure done. She was so brave and so was I when I saw her in pain. I felt such a strong connection to her and was so happy I could be there for her in that moment. There was no anxiety around time, no worrying, and just giving and receiving love.

Being in the moment and being grateful sets the stage for all of the good waiting to come into our lives. It just can’t get through to us if we live in fear.

I love you lots and hope this article in some way provides a sense of peace and the ability to finally cut yourself a break xo

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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How to Work Remotely and Travel While Staying Productive

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by Victoria Hill

Working remotely overseas is not just a distant fantasy. Many freelance professionals are doing just that. In fact, one of the biggest things that attracts people to the freelance lifestyle is the flexibility and freedom to work when and where they want. With that flexibility, some choose to travel or live abroad.

There is great appeal to living a nomadic lifestyle, but it also presents challenges. Staying productive is difficult when you're always on the go or experiencing the new demands and distractions of living in a foreign locale. Still, if moving overseas has always been one of your dreams, you can learn how to workremotely without compromising your productivity.

Plan Your Days in Advance

This is essential regardless of where you live, but having a plan is even more important when you work remotely and travel. Such a dramatic change in lifestyle can be stressful and unpredictable. Establishing some organization and routine is crucial to help you relax and adjust to your new way of life. Select a day each week to sit down and plan the week ahead. Determine what your goals and deadlines are, and formulate a list or schedule to help you remain focused and productive.

Know Your Work Style

If you’re not a morning person, don’t attempt to get your work done first thing in the morning. Pay attention to when you feel the most alert and focused, and schedule the bulk of your work for that time. Many people can work for hours without disruption, while others work better in shorter increments, with regular breaks. Get to know your working style, and design a schedule that suits your approach.

Handling Distractions

One of the greatest things about living abroad and traveling is getting to experience new places and cultures, and meet new people. When living abroad and traveling, the desire to explore your new surroundings can be a big distraction. A good solution is to designate specific days for work and others for recreation. Knowing you have something fun to look forward to each week can boost your morale and help you stay focused.

 Take Care of Yourself

When you're working independently it can be easy to slack off on self-care, but if you don't eat, drink and care for yourself properly, your health and productivity will quickly diminish. Understand what your needs and limits are, and make it a priority to do things that nourish you.

Public Work Spaces

Many cities around the world have public work spaces that freelancers can utilize. There are free public work spaces and some that are available for a monthly fee. These spaces are designed to provide an atmosphere that bolsters productivity, and also provides opportunities to connect with other freelance professionals in your area.

Now that you have some tips to help you stay productive while freelancing overseas, here are five cities with a positive reputation among remote workers.

Best Places to Live and Work Remotely

When considering factors such as the cost of living, the weather, how much English is spoken, safety, and Wi-Fi accessibility across hundreds of cities, below is a small list of best cities for digital nomads to work remotely and travel at the same time.

1. Bangkok, Thailand: If you prefer bigger city living, with ample cafes and other public work spaces, Bangkok has a reasonable costof living compared with other big cities. Bangkok has everything from rooftop bars to the Infamous Khaosan Road. From Michelin-star restaurants and excellent $1 street food, you can experience it all.

2. Koh Samui, Thailand: While it might not be the cheapest place to live on the beach, the island of KohSamui, boasts a relatively low cost of living, blended with a laid back way of life and miles of beautifulbeaches in Koh Samui. It also has plenty of restaurants and entertainment options to for when you’re not working.

3. Taipei, Taiwan: This cosmopolitan city offers a little bit of everything. This bustling city has plenty of coworking options. Cost of living is fairly low, compared with other cosmopolitan cities, and there is plentyto do around the city when the sun goes down.

4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: With affordable living costs that have remained mostly stable while rising in other popular cities, HoChi Minh City is attracting more people who work remotely. The city offers the appeal of a large metropolitan area with plenty of coffee shops, while surrounded by a lush, green landscape.

5. Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain: Among some of the best warm places to live and work, this city is part of the Canary Islands in Spain. The area is popular among remote workers because of its natural beauty, friendly locals and low cost of living.

Whether you're staying for a few months, years, or planning to permanently settle in a foreign locale, living and working abroad can be a wonderful experience. Even so, it does present challenges, requiring a strong commitment to this new way of living and working.

About the Author: Victoria Hill has been writing as a ghostwriter ever since she was in college. Her favorite topics are human development, business communication, modern and pop art, minimalism, and self-development.


Goals vs. Intentions - What Gives?

by Chris Atley

Goals v. Intentions

What I’ve come to realize is what’s rubbing people the wrong way about “setting goals” is that it tends to be about pushing. Pushing for more, wanting more, never being satisfied with what you have, and continuing to strive. Bottom line meaning you are not enough. Whatever you have now is not good enough, meaning you’re not good enough, as most people measure their self-worth by what they have or don’t have and not by whom they are on the inside. Their worthiness comes from the external and is not internal.

This is the ego.

Those thoughts that are telling you don’t have enough and need more. That you need to keep striving so that one day you can finally feel good enough after you have “made it”. Whatever that means.

Here’s the thing though. The ego is never satisfied. So if this the thinking you are identifying with and listening to…


You will get there only to find you need more, and the cycle starts all over again.

So when people are getting upset with the term goal setting, what I really believe deep down is that most people are setting goals from their ego. And this is why it feels off. We’re tired of this. We want a new approach that actually makes us feel good as we are now and not as though we are lacking in some way.

What does that look like…


When we set an intention to be the best version of ourselves and create the most incredible life that reflects that, we are coming from a completely different place. We are coming from a place of love instead. We yearn for more connection, peace and love. We want to expand this out to others.

That is very different than an ego centered goal – which is all about you.

We then need to make the DECISION.

The decision to follow our hearts and what brings us joy, and then the decision to show-up differently, heal our pain, and blocks that are in the way of giving and receiving (true abundance). We need to create new thoughts, feelings and habits, that will in turn connect us to what is already inside of us.

It’s not about trying, it’s about remembering.

When we try so hard we are coming from fear and doubt deep down that it’s not going to work.

When we remember who we are and what we are connected to, everything flows easefully. When we let go of the stories, the shame, the blame and the pain, we can do it.

Whether you call it a goal or an intention, it really doesn’t matter. It’s what you’re bringing with the word – is it coming from ego or love? What is your true intention behind what you’re wanting to create more of?

What pain do you need to heal, what loving feelings do you need to create more of? And HOW can you incorporate this into your daily life so that it becomes your experience?

That’s what matters the most.

Namaste friends, love you all xoxo

Written by Success Speaker & Coach Chris Atley, CEO of Chris Atley LLC ~ Decisions by Design. For complimentary success tips for business and life, please visit www.chrisatley.com.

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6 Ways Businesses Can Give Back to the Community

by Yazi

It is important for every business to take an active role in their community. After all, everyone has a social responsibility to give back. By helping others, a business can make a difference in their community, which is a good thing for everyone.

It is also a good opportunity for a business to network and collaborate with their community in a proactive way. It can be very motivating for others to see a business giving back and promoting volunteers from within.

There are many ways for businesses to give back to the community. Here are just six of them.

1. Donating Knowledge

Every business starts somewhere. One of the ways businesses can give back to the community is by donating their knowledge to other business that may be just starting out.

By helping the small business in the community, a larger business is encouraging growth and promoting good relationships. Information can be shared between businesses. No one knows everything, and it can be a good thing to help each other.

Business should encourage their employees to network with each other and share their knowledge and skills. Community events can even be planned by the business where everyone is invited to teach and learn together.

2. Encouraging Employees to Volunteer Their Time

Time is valuable. A business should teach their employees good time management skills, and learning to use that time for a good cause should be among those skills.

There are many ways to do this, either by setting aside time for employees to accomplish volunteer work of their choice, creating an annual plan or specific strategy, or setting a reward system for the employees that volunteer.

Every business should have a way to support and encourage their employees to volunteer in some type of organization or charity. This promotes employee morale and good standing within the community. Encouraging and allowing employees to volunteer their time is one of the many ways businesses give back to the community.

3. Sponsoring or Organizing an Event

For ways to contribute to your community, try sponsoring or organizing community-wide events. This benefits not only the community, but the business as well.

At these events, a business gives back to the community in an obvious way. Being active in a charity event allows a business to get promote their name in a non-aggressive and proactive way. It's better to choose an event that is important to the community and be sure to get the employees involved as well. A business can even sponsor a sports league or something similar. Making it an annual event can be even more exciting for the community.

4. Participate in Prize Draws from Charitable Organization

A business can create their own fun way of donating to a local charity by providing chances to win a car orsomething similar in a prize draw. By selling raffle tickets for an annual prize draw, a business can keep their community excited and give back to it by donating the money from selling raffle tickets. It might even be a good idea to offer employees extra raffle tickets for volunteering their time. Everyone likes an opportunity to win prizes, after all.

For instance, in Australia, yourtown has been running its art union prize draws every year. Their head of marketing and fundraising, Tracey Gillander, said people employed a range of luck-giving tactics. Again, such a tactic works great because it gives people all the excitement and the ease of mind that money will be used for a good cause.

5. Taking Suggestions

Give back to the community by listening to the community. A business can conduct surveys to find out what the community needs and wants from them. If a business takes suggestions from the community, then they really can't go wrong.

Find ways to help your community, make a plan, get your employees involved, and then take action. This will also promote the business' reputation and develop strong relationships. It's good to listen to people and let them know that you care.

6. Staying Positive

Wherever the business is involved, make sure that the involvement stays positive. Start with the workplace. Positive employees make for an environment that is ready to give back to not only the community, but to the business as well.

Be sure to also keep the social media and website positive. A business should interact with their community and provide help where it is needed. If they stay connected, then it will be easier to give back. A community wants positivity. And a business should be ready to be that positive influence that the community needs.

Find a Way to Give Back

Giving back to the community shouldn't be difficult or a chore. Given that time and resources may be limited, a business should still find a way to give back to the community that houses them. There are more ways than just giving money. Involvement in the community should be fun and easy, and it's a business' responsibility to make it that way for themselves and for their employees. There are good ideas and opportunities all around, so share them with each other and make it happen. Giving back to the community makes a positive change in it and has a great impact on the business. Be proactive and inspire others to do the same. It will benefit both the community and the business.

About the Author: Yazi is an inspired writer who enjoys writing about personal growth, self-help tips, and women's lifestyle.


"Accountability: Why It's Essential for Business Owners" with Kerry Heaps on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #465

Kerry Heaps returns as co-host for a conversation about accountability, and why business owners have to practice it for success. 

-What is accountability and why is it important?
-What's the advantage of having an accountability partner?
-Why it's important to follow through and be accountable in your business relationships. 

Kerry Heaps is the Publisher of Pageant Platform Magazine and the host of Pageant Platform Podcast. She is the Founder of Kerry's Studio, a full-service Pageant training company that offers training to women ages 16+ all over the world. Her passion is to help women succeed in Pageantry, build a successful platform and use it to build a successful career or business after exiting pageantry. 

Her story starts in the spring of 2005, working in the corporate world as a recruiter she spent a lot of time at networking functions and participating in putting them together for other organizations. "It's a lot of work putting together events and I thought to myself if I am going to do this, I should do it for myself. I was working part time to save money to start my image consulting firm, so I figured this would be a great way to add in some revenue while the business gets up and running." She left her corporate job in the fall and started getting business owners together at a local book store café. "I still remember my first Monday after I left my job, I got up that morning and thought, what have I done??? Although there's been a lot of bumps in the road I don't regret my decision one bit. My passion is helping others succeed in their marketing efforts, I know how scary it can be to start a business and no one should feel alone on their journey." After a life changing evening in 2016, Kerry retired her marketing business to focus on her true passion, beauty and pageantry.

She is the Founder of Pitch like a Bitch Media, an online resource to gain more media exposure and the Author of Pitch like a Bitch, Top 10 tips to pitch like a Pro (Dec 2017) and the Create your own Media series for Podcasting, Publishing and Publicity. She has an extensive background in Sales, Networking, Recruiting, and Training. She is a former Model who specialized in Trade Show and Print work. She is also an experienced judge on the beauty pageant circuit. Kerry is also a contributing columnist for www.sbmarketingtools.com, www.swaaymedia.com and she also writes occasionally for www.sheownsit.com and various other publications. 

Kerry has interviewed celebrities such as Co-Host of Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Authors Larry Winget, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Former Miss West Virginia and QVC Talk Show host, Kim Parrish and many more successful business entrepreneurs. She is a sought-after guest for many media outlets.

Pitch Like a Bitch Media: www.pitchlikeabitchmedia.com 
K|Kouture Cosmetics: www.kkouturecosmetics.com 
Image consulting: website: www.omegaimage.com 
Pageant Training: www.kerrysstudio.com


Sharon Levy, CEO and Founder of Taking Tea InStyle on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

Show #468

Sharon Levy "Lady Tea," Certified Tea Consultant, CEO and Founder of Taking Tea InStyle, a lifestyle tea boutique, uses tea as a means to connect people.

Ms. Levy is passionate about bringing civility back into society. As Program Director, she creates empowering and engaging social tea gatherings and workshops where individuals come together to learn and celebrate with each other.

Her goal is to create healthier and culturally savvy society where individuals are more open minded, respectful and compassionate.

These programs are enriched by Ms. Levy’s certification in Tea Education by the Specialty Tea Institute (STI), a division of the Tea Association of the USA.

Ms. Levy comes from a diverse corporate background, working as a Project Manager, IT Consultant and Executive Assistant for companies like: American Express, AT&T, IBM, Merrill Lynch and UBS.

As an entrepreneur, Ms. Levy finds the time to volunteer in the community and believes it is essential to give back.  She currently volunteers as a board member for NJCASA, Project Coordinator for Jersey Cares and volunteers at several other non-profit organizations.


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6 Problems Homeless Women Face and How You Can Help

by Yazi

Being homeless is difficult. It is multiple times more difficult for women. Below we will talk about six harrowing challenges specific to homeless women and ways you can help.

First, let's share some general information about homelessness. It is shockingly more common than you think. Endhomelessness.org reveals some grim statistics: Due to increasing economic instability in the U.S., rising costs of living all around with no changes to incomes, and many other factors, homelessness increased nationally by 0.7% between 2016 and 2017.

In 2015, there were 565,000 homeless people in America. About 40% of those were women. Many of them are single mothers simultaneously caring for children.

Homelessness can happen to anyone. Challenges homeless people face do not discriminate. Some of the most successful people have been driven to homelessness at their lowest points before their hopes and dreams were realized. Dani Johnson, for example, tells a harrowing account of experiencing homelessness and her excruciating journey before she eventually become a millionaire.

1. 1 in 4 homeless are women running from domestic violence.

Greendoors further provides that about 63% of sheltered homeless women report that they have endured some form of domestic abuse.

Homelessness does not simply happen to people who are lazy or incompetent at their jobs. Many women who end up homeless come from “picture perfect lives” on the outside, complete with 2 kids, and a white picket fence.

They may have given up their own lucrative careers to care for their children while their abusive spouse served as breadwinner. What began as a sacrifice of financial independence to care for their children can spiral into homelessness when the abusive situation with a partner gets so desperate that a woman has no choice but to flee.

Choosing homelessness over staying in a dangerous, violent situation is often an act of protection for self and children.

Homelessness and domestic violence are intimately intertwined. Homelessness may actually be less dangerous than staying at home, if a woman can access the resources she desperately needs. Women who are trying to get out of abusive relationships and care for children undergoing severe stress and trauma resulting from home and family instability are in need of basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, a place to bathe and wash themselves and their children, and childcare. In addition, they need emotional support during their time of crisis.

How You Can Help: To help, consider volunteering at a domestic violenceshelter in your home city. Two other national organizations to stay up to date with and get directly involved with in any way you can are the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

2. Risk of sexual assault in unprotected areas.

Homeless women are one of the most vulnerable populations in the world. In many areas, it is unsafe for them to be seen alone at night. Restroom facilities are so sparse and particularly dangerous at night.

Many women restrict their water intake at night so that they do not have to use the restroom at the most dangerous times. This leads to dehydration, fatigue, urinary tract and bladder infections and other related symptoms. Single mothers with children have also reported restricting their children’s water intake at night for the same reasons.

Aljazeera America’s research found dangers even using shelter-provided showers. In some facilities, there’s nobody stopping both genders from entering the same shower facilities and sexual assault and theft are common throughout.

These issues compound themselves: imagine escaping from a violent spouse to meet further physical and sexual violence both on the street and in what ought to be “safe zones” like supervised shelters. Imagine having children to care for that are witness to all of this.

How You Can Help: One of the most important sources of help for homeless women in this case are women-specific shelters. These facilities can save a woman and her children a world of fear, stress and suffering at the hands of predators looking for an opportunity.

There are several regional organizations dedicated to providing accommodation and support for homeless women. For instance, in Australia, Anglicare Southern Queensland run a range of services including nursing, first aid, wound care, physical health monitoring, health education and more. To make a local impact, consider donating to or volunteering at your nearest women’s shelter.

3. Homeless families are headed by single mothers.

The challenge of pulling oneself out of homelessness by getting and keeping gainful employment while also caring for young children is a terrifying challenge that homeless women face every day on top of the stress of shattered trust and the daily stress of keeping the family clean, fed and safe in shelters that may or may not be safe.

Childcare is almost always a necessity for homeless mothers with young children seeking employment. A means to pay for that while acquiring safe housing and escaping hopelessness is a feat that cries out for our support.

The catch-22 here is that many homeless women are hesitant to openly seek help from authorities and other organizations in what ways they can because they are terrified that their children will be taken away by the state.

An additional tragic irony here is that there are several government-supported programs specific to helping homeless women and children get what they need and get back on their feet, but mainstream society has stigmatized them significantly in the past decade, saying things like only lazy, inadequate people would stoop so low as to use them. It’s time for these myths to die so that those in need can be free to partake without shame.

How You Can Help: The truth is that government programs like Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Office of Child Care (OCC) were started to provide exactly what these mothers in dire straits desperately need.

Support these organizations in any way you can by donating, volunteering, sharing articles about their work on social media, and generally spreading positive awareness. When there is social support free of stigma for these, they will get the financial momentum to really make exponentially increasing differences in affected families’ lives.

4. Finding a place to bathe and keep clean can be difficult or next to impossible.

Cleanliness is connected to dignity and self-esteem, which is connected to the ability to make the right connections to end homelessness. To succeed at a job interview means arriving presentably.

The restroom and shower facilities available to homeless women are severely limited, plagued by dangers like sexual predators and other assault risks. Showering and staying clean is time-consuming, especially during menstruation, which can last up to 10 days!

One mother who stayed at a shelter with her disabled son said that the showers were so dirty that she spent what little money she had on disinfectants and would clean the facility before using it for her son.

How You Can Help: One thought for how to help homeless women in this situation is specifically for business owners in areas where there are homeless women and people: Consider structuring your business model around directly serving the homeless.

Some restaurants have set up programs where for each paying customer, a homeless person is served a free meal. You could consider opening your restrooms to the public. It may mean some extra clean up for you, but as discussed earlier in this article, homeless women are in desperate need for a safe place to freshen up and take care of day to day grooming.

5. Feminine hygiene products for homeless women are in dire short supply.

Pads and tampons run upwards of $5 per box, a high expense for homeless women. Using wads of toilet paper every single time is unsustainable because bits of the paper break off and can end up staying in the body leading to infection. Using bits of cloth or paper towels can be unsanitary and also lead to infection. Reusables are a possibility but very, very, hard to clean with limited restroom facilities.

How You Can Help: You can help by directly donating pads and tampons to your nearest women’s homeless shelter. Please also consider donating menstrual cups where you can. These are incredible products that every homeless woman would be lucky to have. They are easy to clean and disinfect instantly. They do not carry risks like toxic shock syndrome. They can be left in longer than a tampon. They can last about 10 years! They are also very expensive, and a donated menstrual cup can mean a world of difference, dignity and self-esteem for a homeless woman.

6. Obtaining and keeping a job while homeless an uphill battle.

From sexism in the workplace to the gender pay gap to finding trustworthy, reliable childcare during work hours, problems faced by homeless women here are intense and challenging.

The truth is, over 50% of homeless women do not have a high school diploma and limited job skills due to home problems like domestic violence or early pregnancy created by attempts to escape abuse at home. Such hardships make finishing high school difficult for teens under tremendous pressure.

How You Can Help: You can help by supporting an organization like Coalition for the Homeless, which specifically offers job training programs for underprivileged citizens to give them the new economic start that they need.

Last Thought

Women and homelessness are some of the most pressing social issues of today. We hope that the above resources for homeless women inspire you to lend a hand where you can to uplift a population that desperately needs a leg up and a chance to begin a new and healthy life again after tremendous hardships and challenges.

Reaching out to your friends and family, sharing the article about homeless women on your social media to spread the word about the need to support are also counted as ways you can make a difference.

About the Author: Yazi is an inspired writer who enjoys writing about personal growth, self-help tips, and women's lifestyle.
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