It’s a New Year!! A New Challenge!! I’ve got New Goals!! How about you? I’m excited about 2011.
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Now, back to my regularly scheduled blog post…
Since it’s 1-1-11 I thought I’d share 11 things you probably don’t know about me (yet).
- I’ve spent most of my life in Alaska. I was born in a fishing town, then moved to western Alaska when I was 4 where I lived 13 years before my family moved back to the fishing town I was born in. I moved away when I got married at 18. Then managed to convince my husband to give Alaska a chance so I’m back in Alaska again.
- I’ve never lived in an igloo, but I have built a few good snow caves in my time. I don’t actually know anyone who’s lived in an igloo. The coldest weather I’ve been in is 103 degrees below zero windchill (not real temperature). Real temperature probably 40 degrees below zero. School got canceled at 70 below windchill when I was a kid. That’s really, really cold. And the radio used to play announcements reminding kids not to touch the power lines on the telephone polls because the snow would drift that high.
- I’ve been in a vehicle driven on a frozen river. The Kuskokwim river freezes in the winter it’s a well-driven ice road to the surrounding villages. Really.
- I’ve been online almost as long as I can remember. My father was in management for a phone/cellular/internet company when I was a kid. My family had an internet connection in 1987 but I wasn’t really allowed online until a few years later when I was 8 or 9. So I remember when Google wasn’t around and Lycos, AltaVista and WebCrawler were the “cool” search engines. When internet speed was 28.8 and I thought that was fast. Alaska’s one of the most “connected” states per capita and by households. Now if only we had roads everywhere…
- My husband used to be a pastor. He’s got degrees in Biblical studies. We stepped away from it when we left the church that we’d both grown up in.
- I homeschool my three kiddos. I’ve got 5th, 3rd, and 1st grade this year. Most days I absolutely love it.
- We have a pet Russian tortoise. The kids wanted a pet. We compromised on a tortoise after looking at lizards and spiders. I can’t handle anything that requires live food. We also have a slightly snooty but lovable black and white cat named Whiskers. I had a Siamese as a kid and would love another one, but we wanted to rescue a cat and he was the one the kids wanted at the shelter.
- I love Science Fiction and political thriller novels (Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Daniel Silva, Robert Ludlum are some of my favorite authors).
- I’m terribly uncoordinated but did gymnastics as a kid. It was one of those overcoming my fears challenges for myself. I wasn’t great at it, but it was fun.
- I was an entrepreneurial kid. I babysat, tutored other students in math and science, taught young children to play the piano, and designed websites while I was in high school. I also worked two part time jobs (barista and waitress). I like being busy.
- About 10 years ago I sat on my floor crying, holding a crying toddler. We had almost no food in the house and no money. That’s when I made the decision to consciously build a business that could help support us. I had been doing website design and working as a virtual assistant online for a little while but more as a hobby than a real business. That was my turning point. There’s a lot more to the story that I’ll share, someday. But years later here I am. My business brings in a dependable income and we’ve never been in a situation without food since.
I blog because I want to help others who are working hard to create online businesses to support themselves and their families.
I know what it’s like to not be sure how you’ll buy food for the next day or to try to figure out whether to pay the electric bill or the phone bill because you can’t pay both. I know what it’s like to try to build a business without knowing where to start or how to market it, or even what business to go into.
And I know that with a lot of determination it is possible to build an online business that changes life for you and your family. Because I’ve done it.
I’d never tell you it’s easy. I’d never tell you it happens overnight. But what I can do is give you hope. It’s possible. And I can help you with the technical and marketing side of things like how to get your website online, how to get out there in social media and market yourself, how to get a blog going, how to set your products or services up for sale on your website, and all those little roadblocks that can get in your way as you’re building your businesses online.
So if you’re new to my blog, or new to business online, or could just use a little of that hope and guidance, consider this your invitation to stick around and learn from me, and grow with me. I’d be honored to be a small part of your online business journey.