Drama will destroy your business, your life and you.
Surround yourself with positive energy, positive people,
positive words and you will go far!
When life get's you down ---> RUN from the DRAMA!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Power Listing Day

Thursday, I participated in the Power Listing Day on Virtual Online Learning with Danna. This challenge motivates you to set a goal on how many listings you think you can do and then you see if you can meet or exceed the goal. It is a very motivating challenge to me. I set a goal of listing 5 items, auction only. I haven't listed many so I wanted to list an amount I felt I could do. Well I met the goal. It felt good to be able to set a goal and meet it. I will try for double in the October challenge. Thanks Danna for setting up this challenge. Here is a link to my listings on ebay.


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Pumpkin Time

We are now officially in my favorite season. Fall. It is time to break out the long sleeve shirts and jackets. It is time to take walks in the afternoon to look at the fall colors of the leaves as they change from greens to brilliant oranges and reds. It is time to see the corn fields bare after the combine has made short work of the crop. It is time to pick out your favorite pumpkin to carve and put on your front step, or maybe even best of all, have your grandma bake a pumpkin pie with her recipe that you are sure is the best in the world.

Why do I, in particular, love the Fall of the year? It was in the Fall that I first fell. Fell in love with my wife I mean. We met and went on a chuck-wagon date where we ate steaks cooked over an open fire and sat around a camp fire with people that my wife knew, but who were mostly complete strangers to me. I loved the Fall before that, but I sealed the deal with my favorite season the year I met my wife.

Do you have a favorite season? What memories do you associate with it? I can only hope that they are as fond and pleasant as mine.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Another time management tool

Another time management tool; but this one is to manage the time when Drama Starts creeping in, just click on a circle and throw it against the wall.
Take care, Jim

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Always Give Thanks

Always Give Thanks

I guess lime most people we all look forward to a new day, week, month or year. We have been going through a very good spell, our sales are up, we have been able to source some wonderful items to list, people are talking to you, and there are no cross words with anyone. You could say life is good.

But then we wake up one morning and from the time you open your eyes to you go to bed everything seems to be going wrong. Orders do not turn up, you get bad feedback, and those people who were your best friends seem to have dropped you for a new set of friends. You look at your life and say "I have done nothing different what has gone wrong" - Well it could be Life. You see in life we have good spells and bad spells. But it is how we re-act to the bad spells is what matters.

When "Bad" stuff happens we should not lash out at people, or when we get a return, we should not take it personally, but we should say "Ok,I have had a bad spell, So what and move forward and not dwell on the bad hours or days in our lives.

Yes we may go through long spells on a down period, but it is how we react, that makes us grow. We need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get on. Yes we may fall over loads of times, we need to pick ourselves up and watch our steps. Check our roadmap for ourlives and see if we need to pick another route, a route with less stones in it to trip us up.

But even when we trip up and fall down we need to say what have a learnt from that fall and how can I make a difference from what I learnt when I got back up. And no matter what if we have had a good day or a bad day we need to give thanks to those around us, to those who support us when we feel down and to those who give us a smile or a phone call.

More important we need to say Thanks to God, for the wonderful day, we have had, for the air we breathe and the birds in the air. We need to thank Him for the clothes on our backs, the internet we use day in and day out to make a living. Just a Simple thanks will do, but it will make all the difference.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Love People, Not Things

"What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things, instead of using people and loving things."
       -- Author Unknown
 When I came across this quote, I had to stop, reread it, and then thought about what I had just read. How true this statement is! Today, in this crazy fast paced world that we live in, we have a tendency to forget what really is important, and the basics of what we were taught as children. If everyone would just take the time to behave towards one another as we ourselves would like to be treated, life would be less hectic and chaotic. People would respect one another, and the love of things would decrease.The stress to be the best, regardless of who gets stepped on in the process, would be less because everyone likes to be treated with respect. No one likes to feel like a door mat and be walked upon. Even the little things add up. So as you go through daily chores, and come in contact with other people, remember to treat them as you would like to be treated. Don't let the love of things take priority. Put the love of people first and use things not the other way around.

Greetings To All My Poetry Friends


Greetings to all of my friends and fellow poets.  I just wanted to take a moment to write and let you all know that I have been sick and unable to do much on the computer as of late.  I hope to be in a better place soon so that I can write and post again.  I miss it, which is a good sign because for a while now I have not cared about writing or the computer or anything.  So I hope you are all well and I look forward to hooking up with you all again soon.

Also I have been wanting to share something with you.  I have a friend who makes dolls.  Her name is Jodi Gains and she has made over a thousand dolls and shipped then world wide.  As soon as I discovered her I knew that I had found the doll maker who could make my dreams come true.  She made a doll of me and my scarecrow (from when I was a boy), and Ryan and his monkey, (his boyhood toy that is in heaven with him now.)  Nathan also had a stuffed monkey when he was a boy.  The dolls remind me of Coraline who I love a lot.  She has Coraline dolls by the way!  She did  an awesome job and the dolls have been so comforting while I have been struggling with my mystery illness again.  This time I am seeing a neurologist and I hope she will shed some more light on a life long battle.

So I will write more about the ragdolls and about what happens in the weeks ahead soon.  Don’t give up on me!  I will be back.  In the mean time check out my dolls and Jodi’s sight and blog.  She is so cool and the dolls are very nicely made.  One day she will be famous and these early works will be collectors items.  I will get more dolls from her if my fortunes ever change.  I already have some new ideas.  Please check her out!  She is most definitely worth the time and the dolls are priceless.

Thanks and hope to be back up and running again soon.

love, asa



Alan Ryan Monkey Scarecrow Dolls

image collage by; asa, ragdolls by, Jodi Gains of Tattered Rags

Saturday, September 4, 2010

5 Happy People to follow on Twitter!

I like to tweet. Twitter is fun and friendly and drama free when you are tuned in to positive people. These friends will make you smile. The stream of updates they put out are inspiring, interesting, and nice!

@kathykeefe This lady is super smart, genuine and friendly. She shares news, tech trends and ideas for small businesses. You can tell she is having a blast.

@AnitaNelson puts out hugs, smiles, cheers, funny stuff and tips for entrepreneurs and twitter success. She has a lot of klout and a huge heart. She is at the top of my positive people list!

@lovepeaceunity for inspirational, feel good reminders all the time.

@lorinmoreno lovely quotes, the stream theme is love and giving.

@seasonedWTime is a friendly ebay seller with a passion for books and puzzles. She treats others with kindness and is another positive person to follow.

You can follow me too @elegantKB. Happy tweeting!

Fall Weather - Time For Pumpkin Cookie Mix

This mix is a wonderful gift for someone that likes to bake but doesn’t have much time. It is also good to make ahead of the holiday time crunch. You can make homemade cookies later when you are short on time.

Pumpkin Cookie Mix

Makes approximately 12 cups dry mix

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
2 tsp allspice
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups butter or margarine, softened
3 ½ cups uncooked rolled oats
1 cup nugget cereal
1 cup raisins or craisins
1 cup chocolate chips

In large bowl, combine flour, sugars, cinnamon, allspice, and baking soda. Using pastry blender or knives, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in oats, cereal, raisins, and chips. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

4 dozen cookies:

6 cups Cookie Mix
1 cup solid pack pumpkin
1 egg, beaten
1 TBSP vanilla extract

Blend cookie mix, pumpkin, egg and vanilla, mixing well. Drop rounded tsp onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove from pans to cool on wire racks.