Getting Festive For July 4th

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If you’re a Bostonian, you likely celebrate (and groan) at the sight of a calendar when Evacuation Day, Patriots’  Day and Bunker Hill Day come into view. The day off from work, an extended weekend or vacation and even more competition for that sneaky parking spot at the end of your street. Well, prepare yourself, stock the fridge and get yourself some traffic cones because Independence Day is on the way! Keep reading to see some of my favorite ways to celebrate the 4th of July!

What to do: Navy Week and OpSail ships visiting Boston

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Back in Business

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Sweet, sweet Internet. How I’ve missed you.

We’re here at our new house and we are LOVING IT. Last Thursday night I hit a point where, upon looking around my house and seeing just what we were up against – the boxes stacked so high I couldn’t see over them, the piles of garbage bags, the stacks of, like, shit – I wondered why the hell we’d ever considered moving. There was so much work ahead of us and all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and forget about everything.

But we’re five days into our new house and we already feel at home. We’re not fully unpacked and there’s still a lot to do but it just feels like home.

The move was a disaster, from start to finish. The movers were pissed at the amount of stuff we have and were prickly pears for the entire day. We ran out of room in the truck and had to have a second truck come that took two and a half hours to arrive. The movers flatly refused to take anything that wasn’t packed in a box, forcing Dave and I to pack our cars and a trailer hitch and make trips out to our new house – in another town – and dump our stuff on the sun porch and in the backyard until we got the keys. We ended up making five trips back and forth, and because it was a holiday weekend here the gas prices had skyrocketed. It sucked.

The move lasted well into the evening and once the movers left Dave, his dad, his stepmother, his brother, his brother’s girlfriend and I dove into it. We worked until midnight trying to make sense of the chaos, crashed, woke up and started again on Saturday. Knowing the kids were coming home that night, we worked all day setting up their rooms, the kitchen, the entertainment area (read: TV and DVD player) and a toy area. My dad, my brother, Dave’s dad and his stepmother came over and between the six of us we made a lot of headway. We were disappointed but not surprised to discover during the day that several pieces of our furniture were either scratched or damaged – given the way things went on Moving Day, I kind of expected stuff to get a bit fucked up. We’re in the process of taking care of that with the owner of the moving company.

We’ve worked our asses off since we got here and it’s starting to look like an actual house, as opposed to a warehouse. The kids love it – Oliver took a few days to settle in but he’s right as rain now. Julia loves the house and tells me so about a dozen times a day. And Dave and I…we’re happier than pigs in shit. We knew when we saw this house that it was The One, and it is.

I’ll never catch up on all of your blogs but I’ll be by as soon as I can, in between unpacking and hanging pictures and rearranging my kitchen cupboards for the umpteenth time. One thing I gotta tell you is the stuff the previous owners left behind – five fugly, funky wrought iron barstools with pink seats, a shitload of cleaning products, a giant wooden table for the back patio…and a Getting Started kit of Viagra nestled in the back of the bathroom vanity.


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Reality and Perception

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There is a gas station/mini-mart about a half mile up the highway from my house. I frequent it every week or two, but not to buy anything. Are you kidding me? Do you know how much they want for a box of frosted flakes? And the gas— give-me-a break! You won’t find higher prices anywhere in town. Nevertheless, it is one of the few convenience stores that I have to say I am honestly grateful for, even if the owners cannot say the same for me.

I do feel guilty though. Oh, it’s not what you think— I’m not a thief, at least not in the standard sense of the word. I simply take full-advantage of the restroom facilities that are offered to paying-patrons, even though I’ve already established the fact that I am not one of those. I’m not a bum, either, just a long-distance runner, who knows the whereabouts of every Sani-Hut, park lavatory, and high-priced gas station/mini mart along my route. The first two-mentioned places, I can go into without question, whereas with the latter, I tend to feel a little conspicuous. I always have a disclaimer.

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Sharing With You My Father’s World

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mydadMy dad didn’t have an amazing childhood, but he never speaks bad about it. His parents struggled through each month just managing to pay for necessities and rarely buying luxuries. His father had been in the war and, from what I remember of him, he wasn’t a happy guy – but he totally adored my nan. My dad had two sisters who we only see at Christmas these days, and spent most of his childhood playing in the street and supporting Manchester United. My nan died of breast cancer before I could ever meet her but the only stories I hear of the “good old days” usually come hand in hand with laughter, and huge smiles. My dad loved his mum more than anything in the world and we rarely speak of her now because he still hasn’t really accepted her death, even though she passed in the early 80s.

He went away to university and studied Fine Art, and I think that’s where my creative streak comes from. His artwork is just stunning and he has the most amazing eye for detail – I’m so proud that my father has such a huge talent. He just about graduated but got a job somewhere that is completely the opposite of where an artist should work. I shan’t tell you where but let’s just say there are slot machines and huge amounts of cash in his view every night. Did I give it away? Well that’s where he works as a manager.

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How to Motivate Yourself

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Looking to get your career going, but don’t know where to start? There’s a ton of information out there. Some of it’s good, and some of it… not so much.  Since  I decide to change my career, I’ve hit just about every roadblock out there. Now that I know they’re there, there’s no reason that you should have to run into the same problems. First of all, make sure that you are qualify. If not, go back to school and get credentials you need. But the idea of going back to school was terrifying at first. 

Many people have plenty of opportunities, free schools yet they never get their HS or even GED diploma. I know something about it, I was there myself. First you try every resource that offer free prep. But these paid classes are expensive especially if you have no job so you end up looking for excuses. Fortunately with internet on your phone you can find free online courses for GED or any other subject you want.

That’s right. I hate social intervention. I break out into cold sweats just thinking about all of those people, and all of those possible interactions.
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Enough is enough 11 things I’m tired of hearing about

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Stop the madness! I wanted to share some things that I am sick and tired of hearing about both online and offline.

1. I am really getting tired of all the Progressive and Geico commercials to the point that I want to bitch slap FLO that annoying spokesperson for Progressive. Because of your annoying commercials I am not only not going to switch insurance I want to pay more to keep annoying commercials like yours off the air !

2. I don’t give a rat’s ass about Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. Ms. Hilton spent more money on Halloween costumes than 90% of Americans make in one year and how the hell does Ms. Lohan get to get set all over the world ? I mean isn’t she broke by now? Are people so devoid of having life that they care about these air heads?

3. Who cares whether an iPhone loses a signal when it’s held? Only the people who were dumb enough to stand in line and wait for to give Apple their money.

4. Are people so lonely that they have to use Foursquare to “check-in” and tell people where they are so they can earn badges? Come-on have more of life than that ha?

5. Why people complain about dropout crisis. Not everybody needs to have a HS diploma, there are plenty of GED schools and online classes for those who want to go back to school. Nothing wrong with getting to the college with the GED diploma. How convenient

6. Put down the damn cell phone. You just pulled out of the driveway and already you’re on the phone? Then there are the people who go around the grocery store shopping while they talk to people on cell phones. Hint: try talking to people in person you would be surprised what you can learn and you even might get to understand that person better.

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Never Settles For A “Default Future”!

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As a person who controls future events you know that if you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you already have!

When I heard this phrase, 1 year ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks and I realized that if I want anything to change in my life I have to make changes to my life. Those changes had everything to do with my thinking. The way I perceived just about everything in life and especially my attitude.

This concept was reinforced again to me at Jonathan Budd’s Unstoppable Entrepreneur event, which was full of powerful messages.

Never Settles For A Default Future!
The result is that I no longer feel like I have to accept a “default future” and that I am creating a future of my choice.


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What is Attribution and What You Need to Know About It

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There is an old saying in marketing that “half of my marketing budget works; I just don’t know which half!” This saying has its origins in the difficulties that marketers everywhere have in knowing what parts of their budget work (generate positive ROI) and what parts don’t! Marketers will often run multi-channel campaigns on radio, TV, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and more. Leads and sales are generated but knowing which medium generated which sale has always been a challenge. Things are further complicated by the wide-scale proliferation of media and that many new customers will have been impacted by several touch points before actually deciding to become a customer.

Let’s take the company GED  that provides  GED Classes. Suppose that Roland is looking for a GED preparation classes in Iowa. He will likely Google “GED classes in Iowa” and perhaps click on a pay per click advertisement that GED Easy is running. He browses their site but doesn’t call them just yet as his phone rings and he needs to tend to some other issue. He forgets about this for a while until while browsing the net, he again sees and ad for GED Easy as  they are running a re-marketing campaign on Google’s display network. He sees the ad’ but doesn’t click on it but does think “o ya, I’ve got to call those guys.” That night, he is at home browsing Facebook and again sees an ad’ for online GED classes provided by GED Easy as they are also re-marketing on Facebook. He clicks on the ad, again browses the site for a bit and decides to call them first thing the following morning. In the morning he Googles “Educate the USA GED” and clicks on the top natural result and calls the company. So, the client started his journey by clicking on a Google AdWords advert. Remarketing ad’s on Google’s display network and on Facebook helped things along before the organic visit closed the sale.

So which channel gets the credit? In the below infographic, we look to help companies untangle the attribution web in order to get the data that they need to make informed decisions on their marketing mix.


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Tips for the Passive Income Newbie

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Passive income is such a misinterpreted phrase that it’s losing it’s meaning. Not for everyone, mind you, but for people who think they know what it means, but they really don’t. Some people think passive income is money that just sits there and continues to grow as you look at it in the bank.

Kinda, but no.

Still others think passive income is a “genie in a bottle”. You shine it up real nice, put it down and a genie will pop out and grant all your wildest dreams, from cars to mansions.



In my opinion, passive income means neither of these things. I believe passive income is indeed smart income. By smart, I mean, yes, it will work for you. But, it’s not gonna work for you on its own. There is a lot of work that has to go on behind the scenes in order for the income to be passive. For instance, many of us want our blogs to be the vehicle to passive income. We churn and crank out blog posts everyday and place Adsense and other affiliate links on our blogs. Then we check our Alexa rankings and Google Analytics in an effort to try and find the best way we can start generating income.

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Mind Controlled Relaxation – A 2 Hour Nap In 15 Minutes


For the past couple months I have been studying and implementing various “rituals” in my daily routine in order to accomplish more work, improve the quality of my work, and to improve my physical and emotional states. However, I am seriously challenged because I actually never really get a true “daily routine”.

For two weeks every month I am out on a boat working with a schedule of 6 hours on watch and 6 hours off watch, continuously for two weeks. This means I have two mornings and two nights every 24 hours. So the most sleep I am going to get at any one time is around 4 hours. Now take into consideration we may be running offshore in high seas which means the boat is rolling around – imagine trying to sleep on a mechanical bull! And to top it off, the noise from the engines running or turning off an on can wake you any time.

The past few months, on the two weeks off the boat, I have been traveling for my personal business and basically living out of hotels and having to fly everywhere. Needless to say, there is no set routine doing that either.

I found that the rituals I started to implement when I had some consistency in my life were not going to work for me now, but I had to find a way to make time for “rejuvenation” practices. Yoga, meditation, some unique bodyweight exercises, dance, and feeding my mind with personal growth material are what I do to rejuvenate myself throughout the day. But this was becoming very challenging and I was starting to get stressed out… until, I went to a workshop hosted by Ed Foreman. If you have never heard of him make sure to look him up. Everything changed!

Ed introduced me to MCR – Mind Controlled Relaxation! And while I had already been practicing elements of his technique, he showed me how and why I could accomplish my rejuvenation goal in 15 minutes, anywhere, and feel like I just took a 2 hour nap! Read More

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