Looking into affiliates

I am the kind of person that would never recommend something I didn’t use myself, and I didn’t believe in.

Since I started my blog I have been looking into affiliate programs for the things I do believe in. Unfortunately a lot of them make it difficult for a blogger like me who is starting out. I feel like those companies should make it easier for anyone no matter how big or small to share their products and/or services and to earn something for sharing it. Every person reached is better than none plus it’s not like it costs them much to make this easy for all.

P.S. What do you think of affiliate programs?

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30 days no sugar

So after watching this Buzzfeed video 30 days no sugar challenge which is about 3 people who took the challenge of having no sugar for 30 days, my husband and I have decided to give it a try.

I have done similar things in the past, and it never sticks with me, but perhaps having my husband do the challenge with me will change the outcome of it.

We will be starting it next Monday where I will give you my starting weight and measurements and a short video showing us, so you can also see how we are looking and feeling. (Brave of me, I know!!) I will also do a blog update every Monday and let you know how it is going and how I am feeling. Wish us luck!!!

P.S. Would you like to do the 30 day no sugar challenge with us? Let me know in the comment section below.

What’s in a name?

I figured I’d let you know how I came up with the name Wise in Disguise.

Well, for one thing, I am wise. 🙂 I’ve always been considered an old soul with wisdom well beyond my years and experience. Plus, my wisdom tends to come about in an unconventional way. Meaning that I do not always go about looking at the world the way others do, or even in the way others would expect me to.

The other reason is that my family name is Wise.  My last name is different now since I got married, but I will always be a Wise therefore I am a Wise in Disguise.

P.S. Do you think that your name affects your personality?

How we communicate

We all have different ways of communicating. It might be through using your body by talking with your hands. It could be through using your vocal cords by giving a speech. It might be through the arts by drawing a picture.

Or you could be like me, I am good at expressing myself though words by writing down what I want to say. Since I am good with using my words to communicate, many believe I am also good at communicating through speech, but this just isn’t so. I actually have to think about what I want to say and how I want to say it before I express myself vocally.

P.S. How do you best express yourself?

Just One Small Voice

You have a right to be upset. You have a right to protest. You do not have the right to attack anyone. You do not have the right to steal. And don’t you dare use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a justification for your violence. He stood for many things, but violence was not one of them.

You’re right that race is an issue, but this world has a lot of issues. You’re right that police target young black men, but they have been programmed into this by what they have seen and experienced. Stop waiting for them to change. Instead change yourself then perhaps they will start to listen. And hear me on this one, Violence Does Not Solve Anything.

I am a proud white woman. I would not change who I am for anyone. And I won’t feel bad, because I was born white. I also won’t feel sorry for you just because you were born different from me. Instead we should celebrate each other’s differences while joining together to peacefully make ourselves heard. People tend to listen to someone who informs them what is going on and tune out those who are screaming at them. Sometimes, it is in the quietness that we hear the truth.

I think this video of my daughter singing really sums it all up. I love her so much, and I want her to be proud that she is a mix between her father (a black man) and me (a white woman). Sometimes, it just takes one small voice to change the world!!!

Embrace that change, be that change.

Navigating social media

I can distinctly remember the first time I signed up for a social media site. I was in the military and everyone I knew was on it. It was so new and so much fun to interact with everyone on there. Now a days people look at MySpace and think it’s ancient or just for artists, but when I was using it, it was as big as Facebook and Twitter are now. Even though I had been on that site, social marketing didn’t really take its hold on me until a few years later.

In 2010, I was finally able to devote my time and energy to finishing my college degree. I decided to get a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in marketing. After I graduated in 2012, I started working full time at an auto painting shop. I was in charge of many different aspects of the business including the online presence for it. That is where I really started to dig deep into understanding social marketing.

Since then I have been in charge of social media for 3 very different types of businesses, but I have found that I actually enjoy it and am quite good at it. If you would like some advice on any of your sites, then check out my gig on Fiverr at https://www.fiverr.com/s2/3b29b4487e.

P.S. What was the first social media site you signed up on (i.e. Myspace, Facebook, etc.)?

Being free of…

debt, stress, a stable income, etc.

Most people want to be free of debt and stress but a stable income not so much. Yet, many people are becoming freelancers which is not stable at all. Why is this?

It’s because they are free. Free of the confines of a 9-5 job, free of working for someone else, free of not moving up fast enough, and free of having no control of their job. When you are a freelancer, you are in control. This can be a great thing or not. It all depends on you. I know I enjoy being a freelancer, but any money I make on the side is extra, because my husband has a full time job that supports us. But, perhaps one day after I have been freelancer for longer, I will be able to make more money, and my husband can go back to freelancing and doing what he loves to do. Of course that will not happen until we have gotten rid of our debt and are a lot more stable financially, but it is possible.

P.S. What kind of job do you have (freelancer, 9-5 job, etc.)?

There’s an app for that

Recently, I was looking for some money saving tips when I found some information on a couple of different apps that gave meal plans and helped create shopping lists for those meals.

After some research, I decided to try eMeals which has a 14 days free trial. I can say without a doubt that it is awesome. I have cooked a couple of lunch and dinner meals that were healthy and budget friendly plus for my family of 3, we usually can get another meal or two out of the leftovers.

It also makes it pretty easy to go shopping. Once I decide which meals I want to cook, I add it to the shopping cart and it creates a shopping list which I go through to take off things I already have at home and presto I have a shopping list.

My free trial is about to end with them, and I am going to sign up for their lunch and dinner meals, but I am still going to save money because there is a Groupon available for them right now at a discounted rate. You can get 6 Months of Weekly Online Meal Plans from eMeals (Up to 46 Percent Off). Three Options Available. http://touch.groupon.com/deals/e-mealz-9-tampa-bay-area

P.S. How do you find meals to create, and how do you create a shopping list for the grocery store?

Does Embellishment = Lying?

You already read what I think about the news media these days. I think they do it all for ratings. People are drawn to drama even when we say we don’t want anymore drama in our lives. The books we read, the movies we watch, etc are all filled with drama. The news shouldn’t be centered around this though.

I don’t think news needs to be boring, but I do think it should be about facts, and it should be delivered in an opinion free manner, because once someone’s opinion takes over then it is no longer about the facts but about the opinion.

Obviously I am all for people expressing their opinions, I do have a blog. I just believe that our news channels should not be that way, or if they do put their opinions in there, they should state that this is their opinion and not a fact.

Here is just one example of what goes wrong when we trust what our news media is spouting to us. Brian Williams Investigation

P.S. Do you believe that what our news media tells us is the truth and nothing but the truth?

When you need a break

I have been married to my husband now for 7.5 years and knew him for a year before that. I remember when we were engaged people would tell us the first year would be the most difficult. Then while we were in our first year of marriage people would tell us that the first 5 years were the roughest. When we had our daughter, people would tell us that a child will change our marriage. I have come to the conclusion that marriage is like any other relationship. It will change. It will go through it’s good times and the not so good times and that is okay.

We change as we get older. I know I am not the same person I was when I was 20. Therefore, I know that my relationship with my husband will change too but that does not mean the death of my relationship with him. These days the divorce rate is so high, and I think this is in part due to people jumping into a marriage with their eyes closed then when they finally open them their relationship has changed. Change is not always bad. It can be very good as long as you grow with your change and understand that loving someone is also loving their changes.

Every person and relationship is different, so why do we try to group every marriage into the same categories. I know that there will be rough patches. I mean there are times when I need space from my mom, dad and sister but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. If I need a break, then I take one. It’s okay to take a break every now and again then go back to it. It’s a great way to make sure we stay sane.

P.S. Do you think a person changing is a factor in the ending of a relationship?