Trying Out #MicrosoftWord For Posting Blogging

Microsoft WordI’m working on centralizing and streamlining my business so I’m experimenting with different tools to find out which ones work, which ones work best, and which ones work together.

I would love to be able to post from #Word but I’m concerned that it’s going to stuff a lot of unnecessary code in to the post.

If you try to copy and paste an article from Microsoft Word for blogging you need to check the code because there is so much unnecessary code behind the scenes now that it dilutes your #SEO impact.  One suggestion would be to open #MSNotepad and copy and paste into notepad first, and from there copy and paste onto your blog.

We’ll see, and I’ll keep YOU posted!

Your partner in NO B.S. online success,

Tracy Batwinas

#HIN #HaveItNow

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How To Get Sarted On eBay

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How to get started on eBayAs someone looking to shop online, eBay is your best bet when looking for great deals and product diversity.

eBay is easy and inexpensive to use.   It’s interface is designed to be the most efficient it possibly can be, and is easy for beginners to learn, with help available every step of the way.

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Latest Instagram Photos

RIP Samantha – Latest #Instagram Photos

I love photography and I’m currently mostly using my iPhone to take pictures and I love sharing them too.  You know what else I would love?  To connect with you on Instagram


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Your partner in saying YES! to online success,

Tracy Batwinas

#HIN #HaveItNow! #HaveItNow


20 Facts About Me

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Facts About Me - Tracy BatwinasSo here I am taking the 20 Facts About Me challenge.  I was inspired by a fellow blogger because talking about myself isn’t high on my list of fun things to do so its a perfect challenge for me.  Here goes…

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The Spammer’s Bible Revealed

Spam Shark

SpammersI almost feel kind of sorry for the guy because he is so not understanding the instructions for being a professional #spammer and he posted the below comment exactly as you see it below.  I’d always kind of vaguely wondered how they went about it all and now I know the inside secret and you will, too!  It’s not the most exciting secret in the world but it is intriguing.

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Update on My #Klout Review

Klout - Be known for what you loveRecently I wrote a review of Klout and was just thrilled about its capabilities. If you’re not familiar with Klout it provides a report card of your Social Media Influence and is now offering content curation; it serves up content suggestions tailored specifically for your followers

Well – since then the other shoe dropped. (If you’re not familiar with the saying it’s popular here in Virginia to suggest that you’re tense about the bad news coming, as in, “I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop.”) You can only have one type of Facebook connection to your Klout account and I just changed the setting from my personal profile to my business page. Suddenly I felt like Bill the Cat with a hairball. Ack! Klout doesn’t currently have the capability to post to Facebook Pages; only to Twitter and personal Facebook Profiles. They’re hoping to offer that service at some indefinite point in the future.

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eBay Seller Resources

eBay Seller ResourcesI thought it would be a great idea to take a moment to post some great  eBay Seller Resources.

Most of the eBay resources listed here are free.  I’m Scotch-Irish and that means that I’m frugal on one side and downright cheap on the other, so I *love* being able to provide you with free or low cost services and tools.   As a former Professor I place a very high value on education and some of the classes that will serve you best are not inexpensive.  They’re “scrape it up and git ‘er dun” suggestions that will save you either a steep or expensive learning curve. or both  Although I do work with several Affiliate programs I will never recommend a product or service that I can’t rave about.  Like really!

When I review or offer anything it’s something I believe in.

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Miracles Quotes

I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.
Anais Nin

I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light.
Anne Morrow LindberghChurch candles.

When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen.
Arland Gilbert

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
Helen Keller

All technique is about one thing: making the actor strong and willing to allow the miraculous to occur.
Larry Silverberg

We live in a world of theophanies. Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb. Life wants to lead you from crumbs to angels, but this can happen only if you are willing to unwrap the ordinary by staying with it long enough to harvest its treasure.
Macrina Wiederkehr

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Hair Identity – One Womans Search – Part 1

“To the as-yet-unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life.

I have caught life. I have come down with life. I was a wisp of undifferentiated nothingness, and then a little peephole opened quite suddenly. Light and sound poured in. Voices began to describe me and my surroundings. Nothing they said could be appealed. They said I was a boy named Rudolph Waltz, and that was that. They said the year was 1932, and that was that. They said I was in Midland City, Ohio, and that was that.

They never shut up. Year after year they piled detail upon detail. They do it still. You know what they say now? They say the year is 1982, and that I am fifty years old.

Blah blah blah.”

“Dead Eye Dick” by Kurt Vonnegut

For identity to play such an important part of the lives we design – or living like”nothing they said could be appealed” – I’ve become very Splat's Lusty Lavenderattached to finding my hair identity. I’ve had a box of Splat’s “Lusty Lavender” under my sink for over 5 years and pine to try it every time I open the cabinet door.

What’s held me back? My own idea that it would be unprofessional to express myself outrageously with a vividly unnatural hair color. So I’ve fantisized about Ombre, highlights and bangs and playing with hairstyles that would allow a more natural color to fall over the outrageous color to hide it.

Diagram 1 of my natural hair color

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Vain? Shallow? Just plain silly? Maybe. But oddly, the less I felt like I could have it the more I wanted it. All right, not so oddly – that’s just the way we humans seem to work, but its led me to be very creative in trying out different hair colors. Since my hair pulls a very brassy color, I’ve had to wear some dooseys. Whoosh. I’m going to rummage around my hard drive and see if I can find some of the more entertaining ones, so be sure and stay tuned, but in the meantime here I am. I’m pondering Who am I? What would fully express who I am? and How do I make it work in my life?

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Mastery Quotes

There are lessons to be learned in every place. The mark of spiritual mastery is the ability to remember God wherever we go, and through whatever we experience.
Alan Cohen

No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.Buddha sitting
Albert Einstein

Only one person in a hundred will dedicate themselves to achieve true mastery.
Alexander Everett

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence of but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control – these three alone lead life to sovereign power.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Our weaknesses are divine gifts that when embraced will enable us to make our purposeful contribution to the whole, which is why we incarnated in the first place.
Andrew Schneider

One of the most important global beliefs that you and I can adopt is a belief that in order to succeed and be happy, we’ve got to be constantly improving the quality of our lives, constantly growing and expanding.
Anthony Robbins

The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur.

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Arnold H. Glasow

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Gratitude List for Today

I am gratefulDeveloping an attitude of gratitude is a powerful way to release resentment, heal anger, appreciate the life we have more and will transform our lives in many other ways.  I strive to create a gratitude list every day and here is mine for today.

I am grateful for…

My imagination
A loving and supportive husband
Our budgies
Air conditioning
Great pillows
Loving and powerful friends
Being asked to be part of the team creating a very special training
For a good days work and accomplishing a great deal
Learning to manage my energy more effectively
My writing skills
For a mom that taught the love of reading
You creating me
For both my physical and emotional healing
For being healthy enough to start getting excited about life again
That my coaches are so spectacularly awesome!
For all the technical gear and apps that make my work easier
For a dishwasher
For a husband that loves to cook and does it really well
For getting in to the habit of practicing gratitude daily

What are you grateful for today?


Why You Are Underestimating Your Klout Score

Klout - Be known for what you loveI first joined Klout immediately after they started the service.  Klout is a Social Media web site that wants to help its users “be known for what they love”.  I set my profile up and have completely ignored it until recently.

I joined a Facebook group that was a group of people supporting each other in promoting content and services of the other members through Social Media and one of the Social Media sites we were using was Klout. I participated but couldn’t really see the value of increasing my Klout score and it seemed a bit obsessive the way people followed their Klout score. It was like watching someone check their watch every five minutes.

I even asked the group what the value of increasing my Klout score was and no one could answer me. I also asked the group if Klout had helped them to sell more products and obtain more leads or clients and again no could answer me. That left me kind of scratching my head about the whole business. I have a fairly high Klout score for someone who had been ignoring them for so long (61) but frankly, I was puzzled.

When Twitter started including Klout scores on profiles I sat up and took Klout a whole lot more seriously. If Twitter thinks they’re important, I need to pay attention.

What I discovered is that Klout is totally rockin’. I love it and I’m becoming a regular user.

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A Life That Matters By Michael Josephson

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end. There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

Family at the BeachSo too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not your success, but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example. What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone. What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters. It really matters!


The Gratitude Challenge

Gratitude ChallengeFor any of you that’s been reading what I’m up to these days through Twitter or Facebook, you know I’ve been having a tough time.

I’m working on doing all the right things, juicing more, eating better, spending time in the morning before I start my day with prayer and meditation.

On my way in to church yesterday I was praying that God would speak to me.

Well, sure enough!  The sermon was all about a heart of discontent and all the consequences it brings in to a person’s life – trust me when I tell you I have all the symptoms – and the power of gratitude to transform it.

I’m putting myself on a personal gratitude challenge.

I’d love to have you join me (and if it’s easier to make it a conversation look for me over on Facebook), but here’s this morning start and the beginning of my prayer and meditation for the day.

I’m grateful that I have a new laptop to keep up with my online activities on.  My husband bought me the laptop (and even though we got it at a FANTASTIC! price with another thank you to Sam’s Club) it took a lot of courage and faith for me to take the leap and spend the money on it.

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Your Thoughts ARE Your Results

Your thoughts ARE your results. Change your mind – change your life!
Tracy Batwinas

Your thoughts ARE your results

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