Tuesday, November 29, 2016

23 Sites Where You Can Get Free Stock Images For Your Blog

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Many bloggers rely on Pinterest to generate visitors to their sites, which means that ALL bloggers need high quality images on their blogs. This typically isn’t too difficult for fashion bloggers, who usually include images of themselves on their blogs that can then be pinned to Pinterest. It’s also not too difficult for food bloggers who usually share drool-worthy images of their creations.

For the rest of us though? Creating Pinterest-worthy images can be difficult, to say the least!

The one thing you absolutely don’t want to do is search Google and use any old image that you find on your blog. Using a photo without permission could land you in legal hot water. Stories of bloggers paying hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines for copyright infringement are all over the internet.
Thankfully, there are plenty of sites where you can purchase stock photos, such as BigstockPhoto.com (my personal favorite) or iStock (which is owned by Getty Images). I’ve had great luck purchasing stock photos in the past, but it can be expensive!

Luckily, there are plenty of places online where you can get free stock images! Free stock images will help your site look great and you will be able to create Pinterest-worthy graphics that will help draw visitors to your website.
Need photos? Bookmark these 21 sites where you can get free stock images for your blog!

1. Death to the Stock Photo

Register for their list and each month you will receive a new pack of royalty-free stock images that you may use any way you like.

2. Free JPG

Free photos for commercial and editorial use with no restrictions.

3. Free Images

Images are free as long as you stick to the rules in the Image license Agreement. Also, in some cases you may need to notify the artists about using the images and sometimes you need to give credit to them. You can see these restrictions under the image previews, right next to the Download button. You also need to sign up for a free account in order to download images.

4. Gratisography

Free high-resolution photographs that are free of copyright restrictions. New photos added weekly.

5. Jay Mantri

The images found on this site are Creative Commons Public Domain, meaning you can “copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.”

6. Magdeleine

Hand-picked free photos. Some photos require attribution.

7. morgueFile

Free high resolution stock photos for commercial or personal use.

8. Negative Space

Free stock images with no copyright restrictions. Premium photos are also available at a cost, although you set the price you want to pay and 50% of that is donated to charity.

9. New Old Stock

Vintage photos from public archives. “Free of known copyright restrictions.”

10. Pexels.com

10 new high-quality stock photos are released each day at Pexels. No restrictions on use.

11. PhotoPin

Use PhotoPin to search through hundreds of thousands of free stock images. They provide HTML code that makes it easy to provide attribution to the photographer or original source of the photo (see above!). You can also sort by license type (commercial or non-commercial) to make sure you are getting the correct attribution.

12. Picjumbo

Download beautiful free photos for commercial and personal use.

13. Pixabay

Hundreds of thousands of images are listed on Pixabay. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. This is one of the first sites I recommend searching if you are looking for free stock images for your blog.

14. Public Domain Archive

100% free high-resolution stock photos from the public domain.

15. Refe

High-quality, royalty-free, natural-looking photos. Please note: “Photos cannot be resold or redistributed on its own, or used in a product offered for sale where the item contributes to the core value of the product being sold.” In other words, you can use these photos in projects, but not if you plan on selling said project.

16. Splitshire

Frequently updated free stock images for commercial use. No copyright so these images can be used almost anywhere but they cannot be resold.

17. Startup Stock Photos

Free images depicting everyday life at a startup/ in an office.

18. StockSnap

Frequently updated archive of free stock images that are free from copyright restrictions with no attribution required.

19. Stock Vault

Printing and reproduction of the images on Stock Vault is prohibited. Images can be used on non-commercial websites.

20. Travel Coffee Book

You’ll find beautiful travel photos at Travel Coffee Book, all of which are public domain and can be used in any and all projects.

21. Unsplash.com

10 new high-resolution photos every 10 days. No attribution required.

22. Free Food Photos

If you love using photos of food on your site you will love FreeFoodPhotos.com, where they have tons of stock food images that can all be used for free – even in commercial projects – as long as attribution is given.

23. Good Stock Photos

One new photo is added to this site each day. Photos can be used on personal and commercial projects.

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30 Ways to Promote Your Blog Post for Free: Digital-Marketing

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How to promote your blog post for free? Where to promote blog post without any cost? How to get more traffic to your blog? There’s a lot of work that goes into running a blog. It used to be that you could just write a post and more or less forget about it, but these days writing is the easy part. The hard part is all of the promotion you have to do afterward to ensure that people actually SEE your post! If you’re trying to figure out how to drive traffic to your blog, here are 30 places you can share your latest blog post.

How to Promote Your Blog Post for Free

Pinterest

This is pretty much a no-brainer at this point in time. If you’re not yet on Pinterest, you need to join, period. Share your blog posts… and repin and like other the stuff shared by others.

Quick Tip: According to Social Warfare,* which is a social sharing plugin that I highly recommend, the best image size for Pinterest is 735p x 1100p.

Pinterest Group Boards

You need to create your own space on Pinterest, and once you’ve done that you should join Pinterest group boards. Pinterest group boards are just that — they are boards that have a bunch of different collaborators so you can all take advantage of one another’s followers to promote your posts even further.

If you’re unsure of where to find group boards to join, check out the following Facebook group, which is for anyone who wants to collaborate on group boards:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/pinterestboards/

Twitter

Like Pinterest, it goes without saying that you should share all of your blog posts on Twitter. You should tweet them out multiple times, in fact, as the average “shelf life” of a tweet is just 10 minutes! Don’t spam people, obviously, but you definitely shouldn’t just tweet something once and then forget about it.

In addition to sharing your own content, don’t forget to retweet the content of others and share content that isn’t from your blog. Try to make your Twitter account a good source of information for others in your niche.

Twitter Chats

Keep an eye out for blogging-related Twitter chats that you can join, as some of them will let you promote your blog posts. Becky Bedbug has a good list of blogger twitter chat times if you are interested in checking out a few.

Twitter Hashtags

Use the appropriate hashtags to get your posts found by others. For instance, The Blogger Hub does #BloggerSunday, where you can share your latest blog posts… and hopefully others will see and share your posts, too!

Click to Tweet

Click to Tweet isn’t something you can do to actively promote your posts, but it may encourage more shares of your content! With Click to Tweet you write out the text of a tweet – perhaps a quote from your post – and include a bit of code within your blog post. Your readers can then click a button and have your pre-written tweet get sent out automatically!

Click to Tweet is a must-have tool for bloggers! It's an easy way to encourage your readers to share more of your content.


The ability to do this easily comes packaged with the Social Warfare plugin, or you can go to ClicktoTweet.com to create the code.

Your Blog’s Facebook Page

While you will hear every blogger under the sun complain about the Facebook algorithm and how it means that nobody who subscribes to your page will ever see your post (and this is true and I complain about it, too), it’s still worth having a page because you just never know. Use your page to share your content, as well as related content that you think your fans will enjoy.

Your Blog’s Facebook Group

I don’t know if Facebook Groups are a newer phenomenon or if I am just late to the game, but creating a Facebook Group for your blog is a great way to connect with your readers. One of the reasons a Group is awesome is because group members will receive a notification whenever you post, which theoretically means everything you post won’t get lost in Facebook-land! However, remember to have a conversation and not just spam your group members with links to your posts.

Tiffany wrote a great post about the differences between Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups, if you’re unsure of whether you should choose one or the other or both.

Create a Facebook Live Video in your Facebook Group

Facebook now gives you the option of streaming live video within your Facebook Group. This can be a great way of letting your group members know when you have a new post, talking about the post a little more in-depth, or even answering questions about the post.

Personal Facebook Page

It never hurts to promote your blog posts on your personal Facebook page. Theoretically you’d be sharing with the people who know you best, so they might even be inclined to share for you, too… if you ask nicely.

Facebook Social Sharing Groups

While you might have your own Facebook Group, I would also recommend joining some Facebook Social Sharing Groups. With these groups, others will share your content in exchange for you sharing theirs. It’s a great trade-off that can drive instant traffic to your site. Honestly, I think it’s one of the best ways to promote your blog post for free. You can ask people to share your pins, retweet your tweets, or like your Facebook posts. These types of groups can really help generate buzz around your posts!

Google+ Page

I’m not going to pretend Google+ makes any sense to me or that I spend anytime on the site because frankly I get a headache just looking at it. BUT there are plenty of people who do still use Google+, so I recommend setting up your Google+ profile and sharing your posts on your page. There are rumors that Google still favors items being shared on its platform although I’m fairly dubious about that since nobody seems to have proof that this is true. That being said, it never hurts to do whatever you can to curry favor with the Google gods.

Google+ Communities

A few weeks ago I learned that Google+ Communities are a thing. I honestly had no idea. They’re a little like Facebook Groups, except that a lot of them are HUGE. The nice thing about Communities? You can find communities that fit your niche and share your blog posts! Some communities don’t allow post sharing, so be sure to follow the rules.
Depending on how many communities you join, this can be a great way to promote your blog post for free and get it in front of lots of eyes. To find the Communities feature, log in to Google+ and then look for “communities” in the panel on the left side of the page.

YouTube

Much like using Facebook Live to promote your posts to your Facebook group, you could do the same on YouTube. You know how some authors are creating book trailers for their latest releases? You could do the same on YouTube. Or you could use Youtube to go more in-depth about the topic in your post and then leave a link to your post in the comments.

Are you an active YouTube user? We’re just getting our channel set up to include more blogging tutorials. I’d love it if you’d follow the Oh, She Blogs! YouTube channel!

LinkedIn

I’m not sure that LinkedIn is the best platform for ALL blog posts, but depending on what you’re writing about it could be a great place to share with like-minded people. Some LinkedIn Groups will let you share posts and you could also created a business page for your blog to share all of your posts there.

Reddit

Reddit is one of those internet things that’s just too big for me to really conquer. Reddit has its own rules and ways of doing things. Some will tell you to get involved in subreddits and then casually insert your blog posts when appropriate. I’m not going to do that because I don’t know enough about Reddit culture. What I will recommend is checking out the Blogging Board on Reddit because there’s an area where you can submit one new blog post each week. That board is here:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Blogging/

Note: You will need to register for a Reddit account to participate

Tumblr

Tumblr is a very unique blogging community where people love to share the stuff written by other people. You could build up a community there by posting some of your content or supplementary content and then linking back to your blog posts.

Put your Blog URL in your Instagram Profile

Instagram allows you to use one clickable link in your profile. Use this space to direct people back to your blog!

Some people update the link every time they post something new on their blog, while others have it linking to their homepage. Either option is fine, just don’t keep that space blank!

Be sure to check out Oh, She Blogs! on Instagram while you’re setting up your link!

Instagram images

Is there a way that you can post something on Instagram that ties back to your most recent blog post? Fashion bloggers do this regularly by posting a photo of what they’re wearing and then directing people to click the link in their profile to get more details from their blog. Try to think of creative ways that you can harness the power of Instagram to send people back to your blog.

Send a Blast to your Email Newsletter

If you’ve set up an email newsletter on your blog, be sure to send out a blast whenever you’ve updated your blog. You can do this automatically with many services or you can do it manually. Regardless, these people have signed up because they’re interested in the content you are creating so be sure to let them know you’ve published something new! 

Claim your Blog on Bloglovin’

When Google Reader shut down (RIP), Bloglovin’ became the number one RSS feeder that was directing traffic to my site. While anyone can add your RSS feed, be sure to claim your site so that you can get access to analytics and such.

Make an RSS feed available

Bloglovin’ is an RSS feeder used by some, but there are tons of other RSS aggregators out there so be sure to make an RSS feed available so that people can stay up-to-date with your posts.

Reach Out to Other Bloggers

I’m not going to tell you to reach out to every blogger you’ve ever heard of whenever you publish a new blog post. Frankly, ain’t nobody got time for that. BUT, if you’re mentioning a blogger in your post or just flat out think it will be something they love, why not? If you don’t want to email the blogger directly, include them in a Tweet or send them a message through their Facebook page.

StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon can be a great site for sending traffic your way and it’s a great way to promote your blog post for free, although what you’ll get from StumbleUpon is typically not high-quality traffic that will keep returning. Nevertheless, it never hurts to get even a temporary bump in traffic! The thing with StumbleUpon is that they really frown upon you only submitting your own links, so to get the most out of this site you will want to make sure you are sharing content that’s not yours as well. Not only that, but you should regularly visit the site to Stumble and give a “thumbs up” to posts that you enjoy.

Triberr

I don’t really use Triberr – although I just set up a Tribe on there – but it appears you can start or join Tribes to start sharing your blog content. You can also view the content being shared by others.

I’ve been seeing a lot of people with cool email signatures and I finally bit the bullet and registered for Wisestamp yesterday when I saw that you could use your email signature to promote your latest blog post. There’s a free version that includes Wisestamp branding (it’s not too obvious) or you can get the branding-free version for $4.99 per month. Wisestamp works seamlessly with Gmail and I am seriously in love!

If you don’t want to use a service like this, however, you can always update your email signature manually with your latest blog post.


Social Media Buttons
While adding social media buttons isn’t an action you can directly take to promote your blog posts for free, you need to have these buttons on your site to encourage your readers to share! I will generally share posts that I find compelling, but I won’t go out of my way if I don’t have easy access to a share button. I use Social Warfare on this site, which is a paid option, but SumoMe is a fantastic free option.

Ask Readers to Share

This one seems pretty simple, but sometimes it’s as simple as asking your readers to share your content!  Some bloggers put a little blurb above their social links that says something like, “If you’ve enjoyed this content we would really appreciate you sharing it with others.” You can even add something to your post. Sometimes people just need to be pointed in the right direction.


Comment on Other Blog Posts

I feel a little iffy about adding blog comments as a way you can promote your blog post for free because there’s no way of knowing if commenting will send traffic back to your blog immediately. What it will do is build up good-will with other bloggers and create a backlink to your site. Backlinks are always a good thing! Some bloggers also install CommentLuv, which is a plugin that will add a link to your latest blog post along with your comment.

One thing I absolutely do not recommend doing, however, is just leaving comments that are links to your blog. I promise you that nobody likes that!


Link Parties

Back when I first started blogging Link Parties were all the rage. I’m not sure if they’ve fall out of favor or if I’m just not seeing them as often, but they are definitely a great way to promote your blog post for free. Whenever I participate in one, which is admittedly rare, I see a nice bump in traffic! The way a link party works is that you add your blog link to the virtual party via a form that is provided, and then you visit some of the other participants and they return the favor.

My Joy Filled Life has an amazing list of 200+ Link Parties that are listed by the day of the week, which I highly recommend checking out if you want to make link parties a part of your promotional strategy. There are bound to be at least a few that fit your blogging niche.

And a Bonus…
IFTTT

While this isn’t a specific idea, I highly recommend seeing if you can use IFTTT to promote your blog post in any additional places. If you’re not familiar, IFTTT lets you create “recipes” – or use other people’s recipes – to automate processes. For example, whenever I post something on Instagram it automatically gets shared on Twitter and Facebook.

IFTTT works with tons of different services and they’re always expanding, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the site just in case a new way that you can automatically promote your blog post for free appears.

*Despite the number of times I mention it, this post is not sponsored by Social Warfare. They’ve just created a great app that I love and use quite a bit for blog promotion purposes!


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6 Tips To Make You A More Productive Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs can be one of the most frustrated sets of individuals! You want to know why? This is because it can be very difficult excelling as an entrepreneur considering the peculiar challenges that entrepreneurs encounter. Entrepreneurs who do not learn how to cope with peculiar challenges such as absence of regulatory mechanism, poor internet connection, infrastructural deficits may end up becoming unproductive and eventually frustrated. In this post, you will learn about tips you need to know in order to more productive as an entrepreneur.
6 Tips To Make You A More Productive Entrepreneur
Constantly Write Down Your Goals – Big or Small: As simple as this may sound, there are many entrepreneurs who go about their daily activities without having goals for the day. They believe in the principle of “do it as it comes”, or “anything goes”. The fact remains that such attitude towards work would never lead to efficiency and productivity because such entrepreneurs do not have a guide or anything to measure their level of success or accomplishment at the end of each day. Setting goals as an entrepreneur helps you to stay focused in the course of carrying out activities, whether daily, weekly or monthly. Also, setting goals helps you to measure your level of success as an entrepreneur. 

Make Plans Ahead of Time: This point basically underscores the previous point on writing down your set goals. Multitasking leaves us forgetting a lot of things we are supposed to do hence, it’s advisable to always take notes as you go along. To overcome the challenge of being under undue pressure and missing out important details, it is best you meticulously plan your tasks for the year, breaking them down into monthly, weekly, and daily activities. With this, you have a structured and organized plan on the activities you have to carry out on daily basis.

Leverage on Available Resources: To achieve some goals you just have to tap into the opportunities presented by others. Leveraging on other people’s accomplishment provides a cheaper and faster way of getting things done. You pay little or nothing to leverage on other people’s expertise; they could be  friends, relatives or just acquaintances. With the avalanche of operational softwares at our disposal, there are so many free applications entrepreneurs can introduce to their businesses that will aid effective and efficient execution of tasks and activities.

Learn to Cut Cost: As much as every entrepreneur has the dream of ‘starting big’, you need to put that on the back burner and actively come up with plans on how to bootstrap. At times, the first few years of setting up your business can be very stormy and to forge ahead during this period, you must reduce your cost. For instance, it would be illogical for a fledgling entrepreneur to budget a very huge chunk on marketing and advertising.

Delegate and Outsource Tasks – You Can’t Be A One Man Army: To be a productive or more productive entrepreneur, you must learn how to delegate tasks to other members of the team. The fact is you cannot carry out all the activities that need to be done on your own. You can reserve only core tasks that require your utmost attention for yourself. Delegating tasks helps you to concentrate on the few most important tasks you have allotted for yourself and provides you with ample time to concentrate on coming up with innovative ideas to move your business forward. In a case when you can’t find any member of the team to deliver on the task, then you can outsource such tasks to experts. There are a thousand and one freelancers both online and offline who charge very little for helping you get some tasks done within a short time.

Take Breaks: Working non-stop may be the best way to grow your business as an entrepreneur, but on the flipside, it could also be counterproductive. Research has proven beyond doubt that taking intermittent breaks from work helps re-energize the body and gives you a fresh outlook on things.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Earning Money from Your Articles

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I often read of internet marketers extolling the virtues of article marketing — how it is a great way to market a website, get more backlinks, more traffic, and establish the writer as an expert in the field. However, I’ve seen very few people talk of how a small online business actually make money from their content through syndication.

In the early 90s with the dotcom boom, content syndication seemed easier to do, even if you have a small online presence. In the pre-Adsense era, you don’t have to be a Reuters or Associated Press to earn money through syndication. Companies such as iSyndicate (bought out by YellowBrix) and ScreamingMedia (bought out by Dow Jones’ MarketWatch) accepted even small content providers — and getting accepted and syndicated by these agencies assures you of earning a few thousands a month.

Instead of giving away your content for free in websites such as EzineArticles.com, check first if you can generate revenues from them. Today, here are some companies that can help you earn more money from your content:

    Mochila = free to join and you will set the price for your content. Mochila gets 30% of the selling price while the publisher gets 70%.
    Uclick = syndicates works of cartoonists, puzzle constructors/developers and gamers
    iCopyright = one of the leading reprint solutions today allowing publishers to earn by selling reprints of their content. Publishers pay a percentage (about 10%) of the closed sale done through iCopyright technology
    Associated Content = pay range is about $3 to $20 and accepts both exclusive (never been published before content) or non-exclusive (previously published).
    YellowBrix = top tier content providers; hard for small businesses to get accepted as a provider
    Suite 101 = they recently relaunched the site and now accepts freelance writer for a revenue sharing proposition. Writers earn a percentage of the income earned from Google Adsense ads served on the article pages. The downside is that they want to be first place where you publish the article, and wants the article to be exclusive to Suite 101 for 1 year – after which you can republish in other places including your website (a significant downside if you have your own blog and website)

If you know of other places that can help in syndicating and monetizing content, please let me know.
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How to Earn from Stock Photography

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If you are an amateur photographer or simply someone who loves to dabble in photography, you may be able to earn money from your images. The business of stock photography has grown significantly on the Web, which in turn has allowed photography enthusiasts to find a marketplace for their images.
 

How to Earn from Stock Photography
If you have good images, you can easily earn anywhere from $300 to $1,000 a month. Here are some places where you can sell your photos and earn money from them:

  • Shutterstock = one of the most, if not the most popular micro stock photography sites on the Web today. Some photographers earn about $600 a month from this site alone. The site pays you $0.25 per download of your images, as well as referrals both in terms of other photographers and photo buyers.
  • Alamy = as a contributor, you get 65% of the sale of your photos while you retain copyright and editorial control over your images
  • Photoshelter = this site has over 25,000 buyers including magazines, advertising agencies and other high profile types of organizations. They will host your images, the number of which will depend on your subscription plan which ranges from free to $49.99 per month, and they take 10% of every sale you make.
  • Fotolia = a UK website, this site provides commission to photographers of up to 80% though the average is about 52% of the total sale price. You can choose to sell your images on an exclusive or non exclusive basis.
  • iStockPhoto = royalty structure is 20% if non-exclusive and 40% if exclusive.
  • CanStockPhoto.com  = earn a commission ranging from $0.30 to $13.25 per download. Photographers earn 20% for single image license. You can also earn $5 for referring a photographer for every 50 photos they sell.
Other sites that you need to check include:

    Acestock http://www.acestock.com/
    Corbis http://www.corbis.com/
    Dreamstime http://www.dreamstime.com/
    BigStockPhoto http://www.bigstockphoto.com/
    Fotolibra http://www.fotolibra.com/
    Photostockplus http://www.photostockplus.com/index.php

If you are an amateur photographer or simply someone who loves to dabble in photography, you may be able to earn money from your images. The business of stock photography has grown significantly on the Web, which in turn has allowed photography enthusiasts to find a marketplace for their images.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Meditation makes you more creative

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Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking. Particular types of meditation can generate insight and new ideas, according to recent studies.

Benefits of meditation

Together these two studies suggest that different types of meditation may be useful for different aspects of creativity.
For generating new ideas, an open monitoring style performs best, then for solving an existing problem, a more focused attention style provides the best results.

Meditation makes you more creative
It also may begin to show why the previous studies on the connection between meditation and creativity have provided such mixed results.
Two ingredients of creativity

The study investigates the influences of different types of meditative techniques on the two main ingredients of creativity: divergent and convergent styles of thinking.

Divergent thinking

Divergent thinking allows many new ideas to be generated. It is measured using the so-called Alternate Uses Task method where participants are required to think up as many uses as possible for a particular object, such as a pen. 

Convergent thinking

Convergent thinking, on the other hand, is a process whereby one possible solution for a particular problem is generated. This method is measured using the Remote Associates Task method, where three unrelated words are presented to the participants, words such as 'time', 'hair' and 'stretch'. The participants are then asked to identify the common link: in this case, 'long'.

Analysis of meditation techniques

Colzato used creativity tasks that measure convergent and divergent thinking to assess which meditation techniques most influence creative activities. The meditation techniques analyzed are Open Monitoring and Focused Attention meditation.
  • In Open Monitoring meditation the individual is receptive to all the thoughts and sensations experienced without focusing attention on any particular concept or object. 
  • In Focused Attention meditation the individual focuses on a particular thought or object.

How Meditation Benefits Creativity

While meditation has benefits for everyone, creative sorts cite specific ways in which meditation boosts their creativity.
Meditation:

  • Increases self-confidence. Artists who lack self-confidence get in their own way. Through non-judgment meditation clears the way for the creative process. 
  • Eases artistic anxiety. Being creative is a risky enterprise. By creating a safe space within, meditation provides a platform from which to takes risks. 
  • Allows you to be yourself. Meditation puts you in touch with your true and authentic self, which is what makes each person unique. Knowing the true self makes it possible to express that self in creative ways. 
  • Makes you less vulnerable. Artists open themselves up to the criticism of others when they show their work. Because it puts them in touch with what matters to them, meditation makes artists less vulnerable to other people’s critiques, whether positive or negative. 
  • Fosters kindness to yourself. Sometimes the creative juices flow and sometimes they don’t. Being hard on yourself makes it even harder to connect with your creativity. Meditation makes you kinder to yourself (and others). 
  • Changes brain activity. Studies show that meditation increases brain activity in the areas of the brain that are associated with creativity. 
  •  Keeps the world at bay. Through its focus on the moment meditation increases concentration and makes the artist less susceptible to the distractions of the mundane world.

Different types of meditation have different effects

These findings demonstrate that not all forms of meditation have the same effect on creativity. After an Open Monitoring meditation the participants performed better in divergent thinking, and generated more new ideas than previously, but Focused Attention (FA) meditation produced a different result. FA meditation also had no significant effect on convergent thinking leading to resolving a problem.
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Friday, November 4, 2016

20 Tips To Have An Amazing Day To Be Happier

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Happiness won't walk to you alone, you have to catch happiness by your heart, to become happier person. If you can be happy everyday, definitely you will be much productive than any other person in your industry. Successful people are always happy, they are happy not for their success, but they are succeed because of their happiness. Adopt these habits to learn new things and grow personally and professionally daily!

As entrepreneurs and business owners, it can sometimes be very easy to fall into the routine and adopt the habit of not really seize the day. 

Find The Key to happiness and Be Successful

Here are 20 ways to turn that passion and that will help you have an amazing day.
20 Tips To Have An Amazing Day To Be Happier
1. Never stop doing things. Avoid procrastinating leaving all "for tomorrow."

2. Imagine doing different activities. Dream big and let that dream in your mind, body and spirit.

3. Spend time alone to think and visualize.

4. Write your most important goal on a card and watch it five times a day. Repeat it aloud and convince yourself that will come true.

5. Drink plenty of water. It is impossible to operate and take your best potential if you are dehydrated. Our mind and body need water to function.

6. Come to win. Stay away from junk foods; remember that we are what we eat.

7. Exercise. One of the best productivity tools is to exercise in any part of your day.

8. Read a book for 15 or 20 minutes. Just as your body needs exercise, our mind should be fit.

9. Spend time with people who support you and support your vision. On average we spend more time with five people, choose them well.

10. Make time to grow. 30 minutes away your day and find ways to grow personally and professionally.

11. Turn off the music from your car and listening to an audiobook. Many of us spend several hours in traffic, use that time to improve and learn.

12. Keep a journal. Record your thoughts, ideas and strategies. We have approximately 20,000 to 60.000 thoughts per day. Do not let an idea or strategy to waste. Do not rely only on your memory.

13. Think of five things you're grateful. It can be something as simple as how beautiful nature is or how amazing your family. Thank you have and eventually end up having more.

14. Come almonds. They are a great source of protein, minerals and vitamins that will increase your energy levels.

15. Say "I love you" more often. Do not let a day pass where you do not tell those who love what they mean to you. Life is short and simply say these words will give you great satisfaction.

16. Treat others as you would have them do. In business and life people matter. If you want to win both, have all the people you meet feel important.

17. Take a green smoothie. Instead of resorting to caffeine, trust mother nature and prepared an energetic and delicious drink.

18. Take a post it or a card that move you, inspire and give you power. There will be times in the day that will make you angry or discouraged. Feed your mind with words that inspire you help you put your feet on the ground.

19. Eliminate distractions. When it's time to work, do it. When it's time to relax, do it. Aim to be away from Facebook and other social platforms when working on the computer. If you're in the office hangs a sign that says "do not disturb".

20. Take responsibility for your life. Accept your mistakes and not fall into the trap of blaming everyone else.

Adopt these winning habits is one of the safest ways to get where you want. What we do every day determines the results we ended up with. If you do not like what you've been doing change your routine.

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5 Traits of The Future Entrepreneur

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Effective leadership will help you to become a successful entrepreneur. Weather you are doing full-time job or just studying in college its perfect time to start practice to start your own business. Find out how you can perform in your current job to go shaping your character as the owner of a business.
5 Traits of The Future Entrepreneur
If you are currently employed by a company, but you want to become an entrepreneur and running your own business, pay attention to these tips to perform in your current job that will help you achieve your goal and to make the leap successfully:

1. Draws attention

Not enough to do your job well and deliver on time, because in this way onlooker being a good employee, but not achieve access to a better place.

You must be proactive and show interest in other areas, so your bosses will note that can occupy positions of greater relevance. For example, if you see any errors in the reports you arrive, you realize your superior. He immediately see your skills and may be the first step to getting your dream.

2. Break the rules

There is no person who has failed to emerge following the rules to the letter; you need to get out of them to show that you can do much better things. Surely you will have one other problem for this but to realize the benefits that you get, it's all worth it.

3. Make note to your boss when he makes mistakes

If you see that the company is in trouble because of a mistake made by your boss, but he has not yet been realized, not afraid to tell him that was wrong. Believe it or not this can save the company and at the same time make upgrading.

4. Attitude, determination and intelligence

Maybe you're tired of being used and pushiness the possibility of never reach your goal, but do not despair. The opportunities are always presented in the most unexpected moments and when yours arrives, do not pass it.

To address a decision you should only have the willingness to want to change your life and not hesitate a second. Remember the saying: "He who dares not, does not cross the river."

5. Do not spend more than you earn

It is said that those with salaries millionaires always have higher costs than they earn, so it is best to start saving and do not expect to achieve your goal. In addition, it may mean you the opportunity to invest in stocks and finance your own business.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

10 Simple Things You Can Do To Achieve Authentic Happiness

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You want to feel happier. Do you want to know how to be happy?
Happiness, the thinking often goes, is one of those things you either have or don't have based on some unknown combination of life.
Feeling down?
Questioning your purpose?
Drowning in chaos or overwhelmed by boredom?
We've all been there at one point or another. We're human. Being unhappy is a part of life, however you don't have to settle for staying in such a state.

10 Simple Things You Can Do To Achieve Authentic Happiness
If you want to proactively lighten your mood and insert positivity into your life, then check out the following list of simple things you can do. C'mon, let's get happy. :)

1. Get organized.

Having things in order improves every area of your physical and mental life. I've never heard anyone say that they're happy with a mess, so organize something. Even if it's a tiny area of your home or decluttering your email inbox, the order will create a light feeling. 

2. Clear your mind.

You must be of sound mind to be happy, so it's important to be aware of your thoughts. Just like your physical space, having a cluttered mind can be depressing and overwhelming. Choose to be happy by quieting the chaos in your head.

3. Be charitable.

Whether it's volunteering your time or donating money to an effort that you feel passionate about, do it. No matter how big or small your donation is, there is an authentic happiness that comes with giving to others.

4. Surround yourself with positivity.

Surround yourself with people and things that only make you smile and be happy. How positive could you really be if every time you walked in your house you saw an item that reminds you of something bad? Or how happy could you really be if your friends are drama queens that are always complaining?

5. Adopt healthy living habits.

Things like exercising and eating right, organized living, everything in moderation, waking up happy, living consciously and so on are paramount. Start with one habit you'd like to implement or change for the better. Come up with a system that you can stick with. Once you've done it for a few weeks and the habit is second nature, then move on to implementing another one.

6. Be on time.

Be on time for everything. If you're always running late, then you're always in a rush (which sucks). You could be happy (much happier) if you end this practice of chasing time by doing everything a little earlier.

7. Don't over promise and under deliver.

Do what you say you will do. If you're constantly over promising, then you're also constantly disappointing others and consequently disappointing yourself. Keep your promises, so be mindful of what it is you are saying you will do. If you are always saying yes when you know you can't actually commit, then start practicing saying no. If you are unsure of how to gracefully decline opportunities, then do a quick Google search. You'll find some great, simple advice.

8. Find the positive.

There's a positive side to absolutely everything - find it, think it, live it. This is a great practice if you're wondering how to deal with stress. Read more about being mental in a good way in my Life Lessons book and read about the positive takeaways from any experience in my music festival short stories.

9. Keep in touch with family and friends.

A phone call, a text message, an email, a Facebook post, a Twitter shout out, a postcard, a greeting card...anything that quickly says, "I'm thinking of you" will lighten someone's day as well as your own.

10. Do what you love.

Not everyone is lucky enough to work in a field that they love. If you are one of these lucky ones, enjoy every second of it. If you're not, then make a point to get involved in your passion in your free time.

Now over to you, what activities do you partake in to lighten your mood and improve your life? I would love to hear your thoughts on how to be happy in the comments below.
What vitamins make you feel good?
To date, researchers have studied the association between foods and the brain and identified nine nutrients that can combat depression and boost our mood: calcium, chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and zinc Understanding Nutrition, depression and mental illness.
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5 Tips to Help Parents Get Kids Adjusted to School

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Parents across the area are headed back to school today with their children.
They’ve got enough on their minds as parents – being sure their kids have the clothes they need, that they’ve had their vaccinations, that they’ve got their school supplies and had their eyes checked, et cetera.

But what about preparing kids mentally for the start of the school year?
Faith Crittenden is a licensed social worker who helps oversee Family & Children’s Services school-based counselor program.
Although classes at Tulsa-area schools started Wednesday and Thursday, Crittenden said it’s not too late for parents to follow a couple of quick tips to get their children ready for the year.

5 tips to help parents get kids adjusted to school
These will all add up to helping children reduce their anxiety or stress level during class – when they need to be paying attention – something that can be even more beneficial for children who have mental, emotional or behavioral health issues.

1. Get children in gear for school by helping them transition from a summer to a school mentality. They’ve been going all summer without having to follow a teacher’s rules and directions.
“It’s hard for them to turn their brain on after unstructured, doing-what-you-want time, to now going back and listening to a teacher tell you what to do all day,” Crittenden said.

Do this by initiating conversations with children about school starting, discussing who their teachers are. Ask if their friends have had them, and what do they say about those teachers?

2. Get children to look up their teachers on the school’s website.
Often, each classroom will have its own website through the school’s site. Usually, teachers will have a biography on their class home pages that tells students who they are.
Knowing a bit about teachers’ stories helps make them seem more approachable and familiar to students during that critical first week of school.

3. Take children to “Back to School Night.” Usually a few weeks after school starts, it can be a great way for kids to meet teachers outside of a formal classroom setting. It can also help with learning their school’s layout, something that’s especially helpful for children who may be changing classrooms during the day for the first time.

4. If children have emotional or behavioral health issues, parents should set up a meeting with teachers and principals to discuss their children and what has worked in the past. Parents will especially want to do this with any new teachers. Not only will this help their children, it will also help teachers work with students in the classroom to ensure they receive an optimum classroom experience.

“That way, when those kids walk in, those teachers feel armed with things to do and have a plan so that when something does arise, it’s not just willy nilly things that we’re pulling out of the air. We’ve actually got a plan that we’ve talked about and that we’re going to implement and do.”
5. Finally, parents should get to know their school’s counselor, especially if their children have struggled or are struggling with emotional or behavioral health issues. Additionally, it is also helpful to go by the school’s office and asking who the school’s mental health provider is, Crittenden said.
That counselor can refer help directly or refer you to other services offered.
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