Are you going with the flow or swimming upstream?

by Anne King Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement
Sometimes 'going with the flow' can be fine for a while.  You may have invested a lot of time and energy into a certain project and now you're taking some 'me' time.  We all need to take time out of our lives, even if it's just 30 minutes a day, to rest, re-calibrate and take stock of where we are, mentally and emotionally. After taking some time to invest in yourself, it will soon be time to 'go against the flow' ...
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Where would the world be today if no-one took risks?

by Anne King Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement
Imagine if nobody ever took risks - where would we be in life? - if Thomas Edison never invented the light bulb - if Alexander Bell never invented the telephone - if John Logie Bear never invented the television - if Martin Cooper never invented the cell phone and the list goes on. Anything from starting a new relationship to starting a new business involves risk.  Risk takes us out of our comfort zone, challenges us, stretches us. Nothing great was ever accomplished that didn't require someone ...
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Some important reasons for having a mentor when embarking on a new business venture

by Anne King Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement
Embarking on a new venture, setting up your own business, is an exciting undertaking but one that can pose huge challenges and of course a certain level of risk.  Having a mentor who has already travelled this path and has experienced the successes and failures along the way is well placed to advise and help and will be an invaluable resource for your success. Here are a few ways a mentor can help you: 1.  They can provide information and knowledge, saving ...
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It's Never Too Late to Re-Invent Yourself

by Anne King Internet and Businesses Online, Finance, Self Improvement
Have you suddenly had the rug pulled from under your feet? Has the company you've worked for announced major cut-backs in staffing? Are you feeling as though you have no future, no secure retirement plan? The good news is that there has been an enormous growth in online marketing businesses that are  available for anyone who has the courage to take the leap into the unknown. You may feel that you are too old, too set in your ways, you're just not tech savvy ...
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A Merry Heart Does You Good Like a Medicine

by Anne King Health and Fitness, Home and Family, Kids and Teens
The title of this blog is found in the bible in the book of Proverbs chapter 17 verse 22.  I've been reading about the benefits of laughter and how it can actually improve our health and well-being. Laughter is a person's physiological reaction to hearing or seeing something funny and involves the contraction of 15 different facial muscles as well as giving your body a good work-out and leaving you gasping for breath. Laughing works the cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure, increasing ...
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'Don't despise the day of small beginnings'

by Anne King Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Self Improvement
Starting a new business can feel exciting but also somewhat overwhelming.  You may have hundreds of ideas about how you would like to set up and launch your new business but there may be so many new skills that you need to learn as well as potential challenges to your plans. I've always wanted the freedom to be able to work from home, being my own boss and choosing when and how to spend my time.  It felt like a dream ...
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Online Marketing - Are You On the Fence?

by Anne King Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Finance
Are you wondering if online marketing is for you? Is online marketing for the tech-savvy generation? Will I need a qualification in information technology? Will I need to invest a substantial amount of cash to make a start? I'm coming up to retirement - how could I possibly start a new business? If online marketing is something that you've heard about, but dismissed it as 'something that other people do' then think again. Whilst it may seem that successful online entrepreneurs are young go-getters this is ...
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Freedom to Pursue Your Dream

by Anne King Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Home and Family
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go where you wanted, when you wanted, with nothing holding you back? Check out this handsome fella - as elegant as he is, he's decided to explore the local petrol station.  Why would he chose to do this?  Perhaps - just because he can.  He has no restrictions, nothing holding him back, just indulging his curiosity. I live in the town of Corsham, Wiltshire (UK) and in Corsham we have a muster ...
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Buyer Beware

by Anne King Home Based Business, Internet and Businesses Online, Pets
Buyer Beware Some years back I set out to purchase a particular breed of chicken to supplement the chickens that we already had living on our school grounds. It had been suggested to me that buff orpington hens were particularly beautiful (which they are) as well as being friendly and gentle which indeed they are. I trawled through a variety of websites and selling pages to discover that buff orpingtons are quite hard to come by;  many breeders living miles from my area.  ...
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Chicken dust bath

by Anne King Home Based Business
Chicken Dust Bath Chickens love to have a dust bath and it is vital to provide one for them if they don't have the opportunity to get out of their run and enjoy a bit of free ranging. Dust bathing enables them to cover their feathers right down to the base of the feathers, killing any potential pests through asphixiation.  Watching chickens have a dust bath is hugely entertaining and you are seeing them at their ultimate level of contentedness.   When they've finished ...
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Happy Hens-2

by Anne King Home Based Business
Happy Hens-2 Yesterday I shared briefly about my happy hens.  They each have their own unique character and I could spend hours watching them interact, chasing bugs and having communal dust baths.  In this picture they are looking for insects and other tasty bugs in my flower border.  Needless to say they do cause some 're-arrangement' to my flower borders! My journey with chickens started 5 years ago when I first introduced them to the school where I work.  I visited a ...
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Happy Hens

by Anne King Home Based Business
Happy Hens Hi, I'm Anne and I'd love to introduce you to my hens.  Some of them started life in an incubator, others were hatched by my broody hens. T They enjoy free ranging either in my back garden or in the large gardens at the primary school where I work, helping children who have extra needs. Watching children run with the hens, feeding them, rounding them up at the end of the play session is immensely rewarding - both for myself and the ...
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