Life is Like a Checkbook - Keep It Balanced

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a minister named Bettye Walker at a women's retreat. Although we don't see one another very often, we've kept in touch through the wonderful world of technology. I'm always trying to learn something new and Bettye showers me with words of wisdom. Recently, she sent me an article, Put Yourself First, written by Rebecca Pratt. It reminded me of why I learned to work hard and play hard .

As a woman business owner, it's easy to fall into the trap of trying to do it all and getting worn out. When it's all said and done, life is pretty short. So take care of yourself. If it's important for your employees, spouse, children or family to exercise, eat right and get plenty of sleep, it just might be important for you also.

I love the way the article ends - "Your life should be like a checking account, balancing out on a regular basis so that you always have assets to draw upon. By making even small deposits - taking care of yourself with a 10-minute walk or a nutritious meal - you'll be amazed at the interest you'll reap."

Social Networking 101

FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter...social networks are all the rage lately. If you are new to social networking, you're probably just like the rest of us were at first...wondering what to do with the on slant of information.

What's all the hype about? Who should I connect with? How safe is it to share my contact information? Why are people asking me to connect to them? When will I find time to keep up with yet another communication tool? What will these social networks do for my bottom line?

If used properly, social networks can be a powerful communication tool and provide an avenue for you stay connected to your customer base. Mark Amtower, the Thought Leader on Government Marketing started using LinkedIn two years ago and is now reaping the benefits of having done so. Check out his Ultimate Jumpstart Program on Social Networking. It's a step-by-step guide on how to use social networks to expand your presence, connect with potential clients and much more.