Small Business Owner’s, Diversify!

Diversify

If you’re a Small Business Owner then you probably already know that diversification is the name of the game. If you don’t diversify and grow your business almost daily then you will die a very painful death.

I know several Small Business owners that do one thing and do it well, but over the long haul they are loosing their buyers. You can buy the same product once maybe twice (the second time as a replacement or a gift) and then the buyer is done, they no longer need or want your single product. At this point your buyer moves on to someone else that has grown their business by adding to their product line. They have diversified and their business is growing!

Change or diversification is constant and if you want to grow your business then you to must change and grow. Stretch those creative juices. Look around you, what is your competition doing that you aren’t? Are they on more than one site? Do they promote their business on social media sites? Do they blog, send emails? Take a close look, why are they out selling you.

Don’t allow your business to become stale, reach for that brass ring. When you diversify test the waters first by making a few of your new product and see how that item goes over. No Small Business wants to be stuck with a lot product that bombed out in the market place. Go slow, test a few new products and make sure you market and promote your new line.

If you have a product that didn’t make it, CUT the price, put it on sale, get it off your shelves and make room for what your customer really wants.

“Just as variety is the spice of life, diversification is the key to success in business.” McNulty

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Grow, Live Life

Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau~

Unless we are willing to grow, change, challenge ourselves we will never become the person we were meant to be.  The best way to chronical our every changing lives is to journal.  You don’t need to journal evey day, try three times a week.  You will be amazed what you find out about yourself.

Spontaneous Natural Growth

1.Ignore negative input from family and others

2.Read

3.Study, Search, Investigate

4.Meditate

5.Discover Yourself

Developing and writing about our personal insights and thoughts can help us recognize our goals and passions in life.

Establishing and understanding our personal independent nature, uniqueness and our place in the design of life – past, present, and future – is an ongoing quest.

Learn from the past, live for today, and plan for the future.

“You should live every day like it’s your last day because one day you’re gonna be right.”   Ray Charles

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Allergy Journal

Allergy Journal

I have found over the last few years that I have more food allergies then you can shake a stick at!  It all started when I could not keep any food down and the doctors could not, with all their tests, figure out what was wrong with me.  This is when I started keeping a food/allergy journal.

A food journal is not a substitute for the guidance of your physician. Rather, it is a supplement.

Food allergies are quite common, especially in the young and as you start aging.

Begin by eliminating the most common triggers of food allergies:

  • Berries
  • Buckwheat
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Egg Whites
  • Mustard
  • Nuts
  • Peas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pork
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat
  • Yeast

Then after one week, with none of these foods in your diet, start introducing them back into your diet, slowly, one by one and write down, in your food journal, how you react to them.  Jot down if you seem tired, irritable, happy.  How do you feel, what is your mood, grumpy etc.  Do your joints burn, do you have dancing legs, sleepless nights.

Each time you eat, mark the time and write down every food you eat, (in a single colum) including brand names, beverages, and frying oils. Note any additions, toppings, sides or additives. The goal is to be as complete and truthful as possible. Do update your journal immediately after eating; this is one of those tasks that is easiest to do after each meal or snack. Write it down while you still remember.

If you experience symptoms, in the colum next to the foods, write down a brief discription of your symptoms/reactions. While your physician is in the best position to determine whether the most recent meal or any snack item has actually caused the symptoms, this is a good way to keep the journal organized.

A lot of people are allergic to the additives in processed foods.  I now make my own bread in order to avoid these additives.  I also grow a lot of my own vegetables to avoid GMO’s or Genetically Modified Foods.

Nightshade Allergy Symptoms

The first symp­toms of the affects of night­shades are sleepi­ness, abdom­i­nal cramps, diar­rhea, dancing legs within the first hour after ingest­ing and often migraine headaches within 24 hours. Many peo­ple suf­fer with chronic joint pain due to a sen­si­tiv­ity to night­shade plants, which will even­tu­ally lead to arthri­tis if ignored.

The nightshade family of plants are eggplant, peppers, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, pimentos, huckleberries, tomatillos, paprika, ground cayenne pepper and hot sauce and yes . . . even blueberries and tobacco. These plants have alkaloids which can cause inflammation and cause allergic reactions. If a person is allergic to one nightshade food, then there is a 75% chance they will be allergic to all nightshades.

Nightshade allergies seem to have more symptoms than other food allergens. Here is a partial list of symptoms which can result from a nightshade allergy:

  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Skin swelling

Treatment

MayoClinic.com states “The best treatment for an allergy to nightshade vegetables is to eliminate them from your diet. If you accidentally consume nightshade vegetables, use an antihistamine to treat minor allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, watery eyes and hives. Over-the-counter digestive medications will have no effect on digestive symptoms until the proteins pass.”

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/320713-allergies-to-nightshade-vegetables/#ixzz1tS6qr5FF

Eliminating foods in the nightshade family may provide pain relief for arthritis sufferers. Research suggests that some people may be sensitive to the alkaloids found in nightshade, or Solanaceae, foods. Along with joint pain, the nightshade foods may cause muscle spasms and digestive upset. You may find some common substitutes for the nightshade foods helpful.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/265055-list-of-foods-for-those-allergic-to-nightshade/#ixzz1tS7SrSc8

I am not an expert, but this is what helped me determine my food allergies!

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No more War

It seems like all my life we, as a country, have been involved in one war or another.

1950-1953 Korean War United States (as part of the United Nations) and South Korea vs. North Korea and Communist China
1960-1975 Vietnam War United States and South Vietnam vs. North Vietnam
1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion United States vs. Cuba
1983 Grenada United States Intervention
1989 US Invasion of Panama United States vs. Panama
1990-1991 Persian Gulf War United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq
1995-1996 Intervention in Bosnia and Herzegovina United States as part of NATO acted peacekeepers in former Yugoslavia
2001 Invasion of Afghanistan United States and Coalition Forces vs. the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to fight terrorism.
2003 Invasion of Iraq United States and Coalition Forces vs. Iraq

http://americanhistory.about.com/library/timelines/bltimelineuswars.htm

As a young girl, living in Ohio, I can remember visiting a shopping mall where we got to tour bomb shelters. You could buy one of several different sizes and put one under your back yard. Not that they would have done any good, but it made our parents feel safer. It terrorized me. How many back yards in the Midwest still have these shelters underground? How many of them have been forgotten.

I remember vividly the Bay of Pigs, I didn’t sleep I was so scared. That was all any adult in my small farming community could talk about.   We even made and rolled bandages, we were preparing for the worst. My cousin was on a Navy blockade ship and I was so afraid I would never see him again. War, conflict, is a social disruption and economic destruction and has a way of instilling fear into your heart and soul.

So why are we still involved in someone else’s war, even though we are not wanted there. Why do we as a nation think we need to be the “World Police”. Why can’t we be the “World Peacemakers”. There has to be a better way.

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