3 simple focus steps 2020 (smart goal setting)

Are you sometimes struggling to focus on yourself and what you need to do, especially when you are working on a smart goal for yourself or business? Or, if you need to study for your upcoming exam?

Here are 3 ways you can help yourself to start effective focus habits…

  • Have no phone conversations or texting during your focus time. The phone can be a huge distraction these days, for example you might have had a great idea in mind just before you got distracted by your ringing phone, now it’s gone because you focused on your call or got distracted by the sound of a notification.
  • Have a quiet space of isolation to focus, like a room or garden area. A tranquil space is what you are looking for, where your focus is at it’s best. Play some favorite background music, but keep it low volume so you can still focus on your smart goal or task. Wireless headphones can be a great tool to block out background noise for focus time. My recommendation for a good quality headphones (click image below) and it could be a great gift as well.
  • Wake up early and start a morning routine without electronics, which will help you to have a healthier and less stressed morning. Go for a walk and listen to nature sounds or write the book you always wanted to write in a comfy chair.

Great weekly, monthly and yearly planners:

There are many ways to help yourself to stay focused, (click on image below). The planner is also a great gift for someone for the holidays.

For more information on one on one Goal setting sessions and or how to stay focused, you can contact me directly and I will give you some planners and goal setting charts for free. Email me on ladiesenrichmentclub@gmail.com or visit our LEC Youtube channel to get inspired by women worldwide in business.

I will be back with more blogs on goal settings and how to stay focused on achieving them.

Want to start your own Photography business in 2020 to earn more and spent less?

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Greetings readers,

These days some of us want to start our own small business OR much bigger business (if you are brave enough). Saving on advertisement costs will save you some money which you can rather use to buy your own camera equipment and if you invest in a starter photography pack now, you will be able to create your own product, business or service photoshoots.

Online Marketing is one of the more talked about topics on many posts I read on social media.

In order to promote your product successfully, you would need to have good images to make it stand out above the rest. How do you do that? Well, just like I did a few years back.

In 2008 I started my freelance photography business, it started slow and it took me a long time to learn the settings of the camera and lights. In 2020 there are many options available to do a successful photoshoot in the comfort of your home.

Mentioned on the website atozphotographydubai.com there’s a few camera options for you to consider that will not break the bank. These listed options are important for you to start a home based studio, later you might need more equipment.

Beginner photographers should take my advice, you Do Not Need expensive photography equipment just yet if you are starting out. Some famous photographers started with their own make shift lights and small studio spaces.

Nowadays I use professional Canon cameras and lenses, but in the beginning I used a beginner camera set (as mentioned on the website) to learn and fail and learn and getting better! Yes, you might need to read more on photography to understand dept of field etc, but it is a fun hobby and you can make money by helping others to do photoshoots as you get better. Remember to practice on your family and friends, it is the easiest way to learn and do photoshoots on products readily available in your house.

Check out some of my products on the Redbubble store, these images on the products was taken by me (some many years back).

Enjoy photography and always try new ways to do photoshoots by bringing out your personal style.

Ladies Enrichment Club Worldwide

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Effective planning guide for 2020…

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Dear Ladies,

Do you want to get more focused and have a simple system to help you prioritize what’s most important while carving out time to recharge throughout the week? 

-First thing you need to do is to visualize achieving your desires and goals.

-Take care of yourself by Self care planning

-Write down what you have achieved during your last week and celebrate.

Say no to things that is not so important and focus on the important tasks.

Write down your learnings and things that inspired you during the past week.

-When you fail, it gives you feedback on what not to do next time.

-Ask yourself who you can help during this week and also who can help you. Write the names down.

Write down things that is on your mind and feelings that you have, take action on your list.

Write down your 3 top priorities for the coming week that will make a change in your business or personal life.

Plan daily, weekly and monthly goals. You can start goal settings by looking into learning new software which is the way forward.

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4 Keys to Healthfulness

Hi readers, I read this article by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD and wanted to share her very important behaviors with you, especially during stressful times.

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10 Healthy behaviors (beyond the four basics) that contribute to wellness and satisfaction with one’s lifestyle:

  • Brush and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease.
  • Get a good night’s rest. Well-rested people not only cope better with stress, but may also have better control of their appetites. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can put our “hunger hormones” out of balance — and possibly trigger overeating.
  • Enjoy regular family meals. This allows parents to serve as good role models, can promote more nutritious eating, and sets the stage for lively conversations. Being connected to family and/or friends is a powerful aspect of a healthy life.
  • Smile and laugh out loud several times a day. It keeps you grounded, and helps you cope with situations that would otherwise make you crazy. Read the comics, watch a sitcom, or tell jokes to bring out those happy feelings.
  • Meditate, pray, or otherwise find solace for at least 10-20 minutes each day. Contemplation is good for your soul, helps you cope with the demands of daily life, and may even help lower your blood pressure.
  • Get a pedometer and let it motivate you to walk, walk, walk. Forget about how many minutes of activity you need; just do everything you can to fit more steps into your day. No matter how you get it, physical activity can help defuse stress, burn calories, and boost self-esteem.
  • Stand up straight. You’ll look 5 pounds lighter if you stand tall and tighten your abdominal muscles. Whenever you walk, think “tall and tight” to get the most out of the movement.
  • Try yoga. The poses help increase strength and flexibility and improve balance. These are critical areas for older folks especially, and both men and women can benefit.
  • Power up the protein. This nutrient is an essential part of your eating plan, and can make up anywhere from 10%-35% of your total calories. Protein lasts a long time in your belly; combine it with high-fiber foods and you’ll feel full on fewer calories. Enjoy small portions of nuts, low-fat dairy, beans, lean meat, poultry, or fish.
  • Last but not least, have a positive attitude. Do your best to look at life as if “the glass is half full.” You must believe in yourself, have good support systems, and think positively (“I think I can, I think I can…”) to succeed.

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The product supports the digestion process, accelerates the metabolism, helps maintain normal blood sugar levels and allows the body to cleanse toxins. Piperinox is a great choice for all, regardless of the degree of excess weight or obesity and lifestyle.

See how well you measure up on the researchers’ four keys to healthfulness:

Stay safe and stay healthy.

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4 Pillars to a meaningful life

Greetings readers, today I want to share a short but meaningful article written by Emily Esfahani Smith.

Being happy is the goal in life, isn’t it? Isn’t that what we all aim for? For most people it looks something like this: good grades, popularity at school, good education, great job, ideal life partner, beautiful home, money for great vacations.

Meaningful

Yet, many people have achieved exactly this and still feel empty and unfulfilled.

Is there something wrong with expecting happiness to result from success in life? Clearly it’s not working.

The suicide rate is rising around the world, and even though life is getting objectively better by nearly every conceivable standard, more people feel hopeless, depressed and alone.

Is there more to life than trying to be happy?

Writer Emily Esfahani Smith thinks so.

In her search she found out that it’s not a lack of happiness that leads to despair. It’s a lack of having meaning in life.

What is the difference between being happy and having meaning in life?

“Many psychologists define happiness as a state of comfort and ease, feeling good in the moment. Meaning, though, is deeper. The renowned psychologist Martin Seligman says meaning comes from belonging to and serving something beyond yourself and from developing the best within you,” says smith.

“Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but I came to see that seeking meaning is the more fulfilling path. And the studies show that people who have meaning in life, they’re more resilient, they do better in school and at work, and they even live longer,” she adds.

Her five-year study led her to the discovery of four pillars than underpin a meaningful life. The first three I might have guessed, but the last one caught me off guard. And it’s really a crucial aspect of the meaning we give to our lives.

“The first pillar is belonging. Belonging comes from being in relationships where you’re valued for who you are intrinsically and where you value others as well,” says Smith.

But she warns that not all belonging is desired belonging. “Some groups and relationships deliver a cheap form of belonging; you’re valued for what you believe, for who you hate, not for who you are.”  This is not true belonging.

For many people, belonging is the most essential source of meaning. Their bonds with family and friends gives real meaning to their lives.

The second pillar or key to meaning is purpose, says Smith, and it’s not the same thing as finding that job that makes you happy.

The key to purpose says Smith is using your strengths to serve others. For many people that happens through work and when they find themselves unemployed, they flounder.

The third pillar of meaning is transcendence. Transcendent states are those rare moments when you lose all sense of time and place and you feel connected to a higher reality.

“For one person I talked to, transcendence came from seeing art. For another person, it was at church. For me, I’m a writer, and it happens through writing. Sometimes I get so in the zone that I lose all sense of time and place. These transcendent experiences can change you.”

So we have belonging, purpose and transcendence.

Now, the fourth pillar of meaning is a surprising one.

The fourth pillar is storytelling, the story you tell yourself about yourself.

“Creating a narrative from the events of your life brings clarity. It helps you understand how you became you.

“But we don’t always realize that we’re the authors of our stories and can change the way we’re telling them. Your life isn’t just a list of events. You can edit, interpret and retell your story, even as you’re constrained by the facts.”

This is so true. It boils down to perspective and that can make all the difference: the difference between a miserable life plagued with misfortune or an inspirational life filled with gratitude and insight.

No matter what has happened in your life to break you, you can heal again and find new purpose in life like so many people who have allowed the bad in their lives to be redeemed by the good.

Stay safe and enjoy your life.

Ladies Enrichment club

30 Minutes morning break?

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Take a Morning break…

So often life can get too busy and you have lots of things on your mind.

Try to make a new routine and start your morning half an hour earlier by taking a walk, reading a book, say your morning prayer, meditate or write a story. It’s so good for your mental health.

It’s essential to get a good nights rest if you want to wake up earlier. Just try it for yourself, it’s an uplifting experience that might stick for the rest of your life.

Life is precious, we saw it during these past 8 months with COVID-19. Live your life one second at a time, make the best of your day by blessing someone today even if it’s just with a smile on your morning walk, or giving a homeless a bag of groceries.

Anything good is better than Nothing.

I took a morning walk today with my family before school and work, we all felt refreshed and ready for our new day.

Stay safe and enjoy your life.

Zelda

Founder of the Ladies Enrichment Club Worldwide

PS. Tracy Kennedy shared and interesting article on her website

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How to save on advertisement costs 2020, simple ideas that work.

Greetings Ladies,

As some of you might know by now, I am the founder of the Ladies Enrichment Club Worldwide and would like to invite women to advertise their businesses, products or services for free on the LEC social media platforms.

Our social media platforms caters Worldwide for anyone that doesn’t have the budget to pay for online advertisement or just need an extra space to advertise. We started Very recently with a Youtube channel and have received many requests to advertise, we are working on publishing videos every week, but we still need more.

I encourage you to become part of this type of advertisement and spread the word to grow this medium. Why should we pay if we can use mediums like this one to advertise. Ask me how.

Why free? Well, I feel the need to support women in business and to help others so we all can grow stronger together. Online advertisements costs a lot and not many of us have the budget to spend during these times. As a photographer and social media influencer I create a space for those that needs to advertise at no cost.

To get more information on free advertisements, you can email ladiesenrichmentclub@gmail.com.

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What is up with LOL dolls?

Hi Parents,

Just this morning I heard about the LOL dolls news. How could this cute, innocent toys for girls be sold? What’s the intention of this toy maker? My daughter has some of them and for sure we would need to bin them after I investigated her collection and find it in appropriate.

I just feel frustrated that this toy maker made so much money from these dolls, while parents paid for this and now need to explain to their girls why it needs to be binned!

Unfortunately the dolls come in a package as a surprise doll, so much for surprise. Mums, If you wish you can read more on this topic click here.

Toy companies should be sure not to offend anyone with their designs before selling them. We as mums should protect our kids from so much these days like online games, staying healthy during the Covid time, etc. We should not be concerned when we buy a cute doll for our girl to play with, I guess that’s why they call it LOL surprise.

Stay safe, healthy and aware.

Greetings

Ladies Enrichment club Worldwide

@toys @childsafety @beaware

 

12 Lady Authors you should support

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Dear Ladies,

In support to Lady Authors out there, I did some research and came across female Christian authors By fanawards.com

I encourage you to read books written by these lady authors and if you are a writer and would like to be featured on my social media platforms, please contact me on ladiesenrichmentclub@gmail.com

 

Here are some female Christian authors in fiction…

KAREN KINGSBURY
If we were to name a queen in the court of Christian fiction, there’s no doubt that Karen Kingsbury would be a contender. When she was just starting out in her 20’s, the author specialized in crime novels full of grit and mystery. By the late 90’s Kingsbury had changed course by becoming a romantic fiction author. Since making that decision, she has written dozens of novels over roughly two decades. Among her most popular books are the Baxter Family collection (featuring “Love Story” and “To the Moon and Back”) and the “Angels Walking” series.

JAN KARON
Author Jan Karon has lived a long and complicated life. From family drama to a long line of different occupations, her journey to becoming a writer hit more than a few bumps. Her first major work, “At Home in Mitford,” was published when Karon was in her late 50’s. The novel turned into a long-running series about an Episcopal priest in a small town. There are now over a dozen books in the Mitford Years series and the author has released several related works as well.

BEVERLY LEWIS
With many female Christian authors in fiction, one setting or group of people may come to dominate their work. For Beverly Lewis this area of focus is the Amish community and similar folks. The author has been transporting readers to this simpler setting for more than two decades. Mystery, romance, and coming of age tales are all part of the stories that Lewis has written in series like the Rose trilogy.

PRISCILLA SHIRER
Our next author is known more for her non-fiction than her literary works, but Priscilla Shirer recently joined the ranks of the other female Christian authors in fiction on our list. Her epic series “The Prince Warriors” has already released a number of installments with more on the way. The books follow a group of young people who are transported to an enchanted world where they must fight evil. Of course if you want some good non-fiction content, you can also check out books of Shirer’s like “Fervent” and “God is Able.”

FRANCINE RIVERS
If you were to poll readers on the ten most popular works in Christian fiction, Francine Rivers’ “Redeeming Love” would be on the list. The author has always specialized in romantic historical fiction, be it in the early days of America or all the way back to Biblical times. Her most recent book, “The Masterpiece,” was a bestseller that received rave reviews from fans. The book’s story is closer to a present day setting but still has the themes of redemption and romance that readers have enjoyed for years.

LYNN AUSTIN
Like many female Christian authors in fiction, Lynn Austin started her writing career while she was raising her kids. The long years of work paid off with the publication of Austin’s first book series in the mid-to-late 90’s. The Refiner’s Fire series which won multiple Christy Awards for its effort is among her most famous work. The collection of books follow a variety of women as they navigate the Civil War.

RACHEL HAUCK – FEMALE CHRISTIAN AUTHORS IN FICTION
For fans of contemporary Christian romance and Hallmark films, author Rachel Hauck is one you’ll want to look for as soon as possible. The recent wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Meghan for those of the lay person.) may inspire you to pick up the author’s Royal Wedding series that features a trio of love stories fit for a princess. If you’re not into the royalty thing you can also check out “The Writing Desk” and “The Wedding Dress” for stories that span decades and speak to the heart.

KRISTEN HEITZMANN
Untangle a mystery with author Kristen Heitzmann when you take on the Michelli Family trilogy. These stories, much like the writer’s other work, are all about understanding the past in order to make sense of the present. Readers can also bond with Morgan Spencer in the Rush of WIngs series, as the character deals with tragedy, romance, and finding himself. If you don’t want to commit to a whole series, “Freefall” gives you a self-contained story about a young woman who can’t remember who she is and the man investigating her past.

COLLEEN COBLE
Colleen Coble is another one of these prolific female Christian authors who began her writing journey well into her adult life. Having married and raised kids at a young age, Coble decided to fulfill her dream of writing a book. More than two dozen titles later, Coble is a respected author who has served as the CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. Among her bestselling works are installments from the Rock Harbor mystery series and “Tidewater Inn.”

TERRI BLACKSTOCK
Author Terri Blackstock has been writing romance and mystery novels for decades. Her most recent series kicked off in 2016 with the publication of “If I Run.” The books follow a woman wrongly accused of murder as she attempts to find the real culprits. Blackstock’s main focus is on suspense novels, but if you’re looking for something less squeamish, check out “Covenant Child” or the romance anthology “Chance of Loving You” which she co-wrote with Susan May Warren and Candace Calvert.

LYNETTE EASON
Another great writer of suspense is Lynette Eason. Her work often revolves around law enforcement and other groups designed to protect. One of her most popular book series is the “Elite Guardians.” The books are about a bodyguard agency fully staffed by women. Readers can also look for the “Women of Justice” series that follows (as you can imagine) different women in law enforcement and related fields. Eason’s work is great for fans of female characters and mystery/suspense.

PATRICIA BRADLEY
The last entry on our list of female Christian authors in fiction is Patricia Bradley. The writer keeps up our list’s current trend of suspenseful authors. Bradley is behind the successful Logan Point series. It tells a variety of tales involving the events of a small Mississippi town. Criminal profilers, women on the run, and private detectives tracking missing persons are just some of what the series has to offer readers. Staying in the South, the author’s current series follows the cold case files of the Memphis police. It all begins with “Justice Delayed,” a story about finding a killer before the wrong man is given the penalty of death.

We know there isn’t any shortage of great female Christian authors in fiction as there are many other storytellers would could go on about, but these 12 writers are a strong representation of the talented individuals who are creating fun and captivating reading material for faith-based audiences. The K-LOVE Fan Awards is all about celebrating entertaining music, films, and books that are making an impact on Christian communities. Find out how you can be a part of the ultimate fan experience by clicking on the link below.

Thank you to fan awards for doing research and giving us the information to share.

Greetings,

Ladies Enrichment Club Worldwide

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