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Got Goals? How To Walk The Talk In 2011!

In Uncategorized, Your Guest Writers on January 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Image Credit Nikola Hartmann

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: “I hate my job, but I’m stuck.” Welcome to the club. Truth is there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of worker bees humming the same tune. In fact, it seems that job dissatisfaction has become the norm. And, well, frankly it’s so ’90s!

Part of the problem is that too many folks are functioning on auto pilot and fail to devise a game plan to get out of their 9 to 5 hell. Perhaps it’s even you. If so, take heed.

You need to get some goal planning going. 

Goals serve like a road map to navigate your path on the road to success.  How can you go the distance if you don’t even know your direction?

With this in mind, here’s how to walk the talk.

  1. Bust a move! Stop dreaming and start doing. Identify the obstacles to career success. Do you need to go back to college? Become more computer literate? Blackmail your boss? Decide and then deliver.
  2. Establish a deadline. To quote a popular expression, “a goal without a deadline is just a dream.” For example, where would you like to see yourself next summer, (besides the beach)?
  3. Write your goals down. Studies show that individuals that commit their goals to paper are much more likely to see them manifest.
  4. Share your goals with a friend, family member, or coach. Ask them to keep you accountable.

And remember my sage words of advice, “He who creates goals creates gold!”

Follow these four tips in 2011 and “resolve” to have the career you’ve always wanted and deserve!  Live well with less stress.

Jennifer Brown Banks is a veteran freelance writer, Columnist, and Pro Blogger.  You can find her work at  Pen and Prosper, Coffeehouse for Writer’s and

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Classic Wisdom For The Professional Life

In Your Books on May 21, 2010 at 10:50 AM



by Bryan Curtis



What secret do Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Iacocca and J. K. Rowling share?        

Bryan Curtis’ book, Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life is in its simplest form – a book of quotes.  But not just any quotes from anyone. Through a series of quotes from Ulysses S. Grant to Giorgio Armani, John D. Rockefeller to Jeff Foxworthy, Curtis shows that the happiest and most successful folks are those having a love affair, with the way they earn a living.    

It’s a book about getting good at doing what you love.  This is the secret of success and the answer to my question; Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Iacocca and J. K. Rowling are happy working in their professions.  Curtis’ book points out that many folks spend eight hours a day, five days a week at jobs they don’t enjoy …  

If you don’t find a way to do something as work that is fulfilling and enjoyable, then your life is going to be really sad.    


Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.EARL NIGHTINGALE   

and that the road to happiness is lined with toll booths, construction zones, roadblocks, and potholes along the way.  

Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged.  That’s not the  place to become discouraged.THOMAS EDISON   

Classic Wisdom For The Professional Life gives you the courage, the inspiration, and the moxie, to believe in yourself and the wisdom to understand that you should be happy in the work you do. The book’s message is clear, insightful and presented in a simple style that is enjoyable to read.    

5 Bags



This is the perfect book to give new grads, bosses, co-workers, friends and family, and those who are, and definitely those who aren’t, happy in the work they do.   

What about you? Are you the type who wakes up dreading that it’s a work day?  Or are you one of the luck few having a love affair with the work you do?   Be good to yourself. Pick up a copy of Classic Wisdom for the Professional Life. You’ll be happy you did.  

Book Sneeze – I receive books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I’m not required to write positive reviews; the opinions I express are my own.  I’m disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


In Your Guest Writers, Your Home on April 15, 2010 at 7:20 AM

By: Jennifer Brown Banks

Image Courtesy of Louis Hall

In today’s economy, an increasing number of Americans are working from home.  This change in venue may be the result of losing a 9 to 5 gig, or the desire to test entrepreneurial waters as “job security” becomes a thing of the past.

Whether this space at your place will be used to consult with clients, or merely serve as a haven for a working writer who needs a private nook, there are a few things to consider for ultimate success.

Aside from stylistic preferences, it needs to be affordable, attractive, and functional.

Here are some terrific tips to help you approach this:

Attractive surroundings:

  1. Choose a theme that fits your personality. For instance, my office is conservative and classy, decorated in black leather (and some vinyl) furniture, with beige carpeting and animal throw rug. The colors are well balanced, yet striking. It’s also very warm and inviting. Yours should be too, particularly if you expect to have in-home clients.
  2. Choose colors that inspire you. I love soft muted tones. Others may prefer vibrant colors like red or orange to get their mojo working. Whatever you decide, choose carefully because you’re likely to spend a lot of time there.
  3. Accessorize with live and artificial plants. It adds warmth and a touch of nature.
  4. Keep reading materials like books and magazines on shelves, tables, and baskets. Literature adds a look of professionalism and conveys an image of being smart and well read.


  1. Remember that it’s not where you shop, but how you shop that matters. If you’re clever, “quality conscious” and creative, you’ll find great deals at your local Dollar Store outlets, thrift shops, and even amidst Craigslist offerings.
  2. Ask family members and friends to donate nice pieces that they may no longer have a need for.
  3. Add intimate, inexpensive touches by taking family photos, vacation pictures, and treasured friends, and placing them on display in beautiful frames that you can purchase or make yourself from items at arts and craft stores. Be creative!


  1. Don’t overlook the importance of a well-organized office. It doesn’t have to meet your mom’s standards, but at least be able to see the top of your desk, or locate important documents when in need.
  2. Strive for furniture that is “comfy” yet well constructed.  A desk chair that offers good back support is a must.

Follow these decorating dos and don’ts and you’ll be a diva who has a home office that speaks “royally” of you, and in a language your pockets can appreciate. Work it, girl!


Jennifer Brown Banks is a successful writer and entrepreneur who has enjoyed working from her home office for the last seven years.  And she’s lovin’ the view!

Meet Photographer Malissa Sisson

In You on March 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Welcome to You!

We’ve added a new page to your magazine called You and it’s literally all about You, our readers.   We know how hectic life can sometimes get and we appreciate you taking time to visit our site.  To show our appreciation, we created this page so that we and your fellow readers could meet, chat a bit, network, and get to know each other.  We love talking with our readers, even though most of our conversations and interviews take place electronically.  Click here for more information on being featured in You


Malissa and Jon

First Up – Meet Photographer Malissa Sisson

 Good Morning Malissa.  Thank you for taking time to sit down with Live Well For Less.  You are our first reader “interviewee” and we’re pretty excited about the opportunity to visit with you.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

My husband and I have seven children and three grandchildren.  They range in age from 27-7.  Our granddaughter will be three in May and our grandsons are 18 months and two months.

 We understand you are a photographer.  How did you become interested in photography?

When I was a little girl my parents were very interested in photography.  We had a dark room in our home.  I really enjoyed spending time with my parents printing images.  I became much more interested over the years as I photographed my children. 

Michaela, daughter and Gabriella, granddaughter

What types of subjects do you shoot?

I do children, maternity, engagement, wedding, pets and families.

There are many types of cameras on the market, what equipment do you use?

My camera, lens and flash are all Canon.  My studio lights are Alien Bees.

What do you like best about your job and what do you find most challenging?

The thing I like best about my job is spending time with the children that I photograph.  The most challenging is trying to keep newborns awake long enough to get a few good shots and making teenage boys smile.

Jaxson, grandson

What advice do you have for women who are thinking about becoming photographers?

My best advice is to go for it!  Don’t let anyone convince you that you can’t do it.  Do your homework so you know what you are doing and have fun!

Where can our readers find your work? 

On my website, Treasured Reflections: and my Facebook also has some of my work.

How does your family Live Well For Less?

One way that I stretch our budget is when I find items on sale that we use on a regular basis, I stock up.  Another way is that we rarely throw away our leftovers.  You would be surprised how much money you save by bringing home leftovers from a restaurant and saving the small portions that are uneaten for meals at home.  Using those for lunch instead of cooking something is going to add up in a significant savings over time. Finally, a really good way to stretch your budget is by learning to tell your children “No, you don’t need that.”, when you are at the store and they want nearly everything they see! 

Any closing remarks?           

I have a lot to learn about photography and I am looking forward to exploring all of the different aspects of the art.  

We’ve had a really great time chatting with you Malissa.  Thank you!