Thursday, August 29, 2013

What The Heck Is Pajama Affiliates?

I know that everyone sees me posting a link to a sales page and wonders if I got hacked or something on Facebook.  So I am taking the time to write a blog post explaining a little bit about what this product is that I am promoting and why I have chosen to promote it.

The product I have shared with all of you is called Pajama Affiliates.  It is an online study course comprised of 17 videos.  This course aims to teach you the basics of affiliate marketing.

So what is affiliate marketing, you ask, and why do I keep talking about it?  In a nutshell, my friends, affiliate marketing is a great way to earn extra money online.  It is especially great for anyone who loves to blog or express themselves online in any number of ways.  This is something I have known about for a long time and been very interested in, but until my dear friend (in real life and online) named Robin Cockrell created this course herself, I did not take the time to learn it. 

Sure, I knew basically what affiliate marketing is.  That's because I met Robin years ago and slowly watched her build her online business to the point that she makes a full-time, very comfortable income.  I read her blog posts and articles when she shared them on Facebook, and she had reached out to me a few times to tell me that she thought I'd be a good fit as an affiliate marketer.  Why did she feel that way?  Well, because I'm a passionate person who loves to write about the things that interest me.  That and some commitment is really all it takes to be a really great affiliate marketer.  

So anyway, learning about all this was on my list of things to do, but I felt overwhelmed by it.  If you Google "affiliate marketing" or "how to begin in affiliate marketing", you will see that there is a wealth of information out there on it.  It can be very confusing to the person who doesn't have a clue where to start.  

So that's where this online study course comes in.  Robin has crafted this course for the true beginner, a person like you or me that has no clue about online marketing or even blogging and needs to start from the very beginning.  She guides you through every single thing you need to know in a very down to earth, easy to follow manner.  She made this course because she felt like she could teach people how to do this and make it a lot easier on them than it was on her, because when she started out, she had no real guidance and a lot of her success came from three years of trial and error.  

I have taken this course recently and already gotten started on my own affiliate marketing business.  It is something I can do in my spare time, in addition to my regular job, to both earn income and build my future.  And the best part is that this type of marketing allows you to produce quality content that truly connects you with your readers, and make a lasting impact on the world by sharing your knowledge and passions.  There are affiliate marketers who write about all sorts of things: cooking, farming, motorcycles, cars, spirituality, fashion, dating and relationships, diet and fitness, product reviews, computers and tech-related stuff--honestly, the sky is the limit! 

I personally am writing about all the stuff I care about, which is weight loss, fitness, hula hooping, crochet, travel, relationships, self esteem, and much more.  I couldn't be more thrilled to have found a way to do what I was already doing--sharing what I love with people who care--and make some extra money.  Because lord knows we all need some extra cash.

I have already made way more than enough money at affiliate marketing to pay for the mere $49 I spent on this course.  I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to take control of their future and--as Robin loves to say--work at home in your pajamas! :D

So if you didn't already click on the link I provided on Facebook, here's one last chance for you to get on board with me.  Once you purchase the course, you will have access to all the course videos and you can take it at your own leisure.  You will also be put into an exclusive Facebook group where Robin and other seasoned affiliate marketers will provide support and answer any questions you have as you learn.  Plus, I'll be there and am happy to help however I can as well!  Click the link below and grab this course up before she raises the price, which she is planning to do very soon!  Trust me, this course is worth way more than $49.  When you finish the course, you will feel more than ready to dig in and get started on your own unique path into the world of affiliate marketing.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The liberated woman.

I'm currently reading Woodswoman by Anne LaBastille. This is the true story of a woman who, following a divorce, decided to buy 22 acres of land in the Adirondack wilderness and live off the land, alone in a cabin she built herself. I knew it would be a great read simply because I really enjoy stuff like this, my favorite being Dick Proenneke's Alone in the Wilderness. But I'm feeling more enlightened than I even anticipated so far. I'm feeling like all the usual feelings woman have (myself included), even the feelings we independent women don't like to acknowledge, are being acknowledged and faced. And overcome. Like I've had this shift in my self-understanding, self-belief, in my resolve. That I believe I could totally do whatever I want completely on my own, even live off the land in the Adirondack wilderness if I feel like it.

Thoughts on my elementary school gym teacher.

If only physical education classes in elementary, middle & high school had been enjoyable the way my time at the YMCA now is. I love going to the gym because it is a friendly, healthy, positive environment where no one makes anyone else feel inferior or incompetent and everyone is happy to encourage everyone else along their journey. In elementary school, I learned from the get-go that phys ed was going to be a shitty situation for me. The teacher constantly singled me out for being overweight and made me feel embarrassed that I could not run as fast as the other kids. Not once did she ever try to actually get me excited or enthusiastic about exercise. Quite the opposite. By high school I was a pro at finding ways to get out of gym class. I remember the last day of my freshman year when I realized I would never be forced to go to another gym class again in my life, I felt like dropping to my knees and thanking baby jesus. The YMCA now is such a great experience for me. Who would have ever thought I would actually LOVE being in that gymnasium, sweating my ass off, grinning widely while running back and forth across the gym doing drills...yeah that's me. In your face, stupid elementary school gym teacher, you old hag.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Reflections for My 31st Birthday.

I just finished a book called She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.  It was written in the early 90s.  I remember seeing it on my mom's bookshelf when I was growing up, but I finally took the time to read it this year.  I think it's an excellent read for just about anyone, but especially females like me who have been overweight most of their lives.  The book is at times emotionally difficult to get through, but there is a lot of hope and learning to be gleaned from those pages.

The book transported me back to my own childhood, the 1980s, when hardly anyone was fat yet but brightly colored snacks wrapped in cellophane packages were becoming the norm in grocery stores across America.  By the end of that decade, Americans everywhere were hoping Walmart would build a new store in their neighborhood next.

I look back on the 80s as a time of ignorance for the American people.  We were so excited about how the world was changing that we never stopped to think about how it was going to affect us all.  Obesity rates have sky-rocketed, and diabetes, too.

I was a lot like the character in She's Come Undone back then.  Although I did not have a fucked up childhood like hers, I did use food to manage all of my emotions.  Anxiety, nervousness, happiness, sadness, anger, you name it.  My favorite were the coconut covered raspberry Zingers.

I know all about stuffing my face with 9 or 10 lemon donuts to erase the pain of being made fun of for being fat, the pain of rejection.  I know what it's like to worry that my four years in college were a total waste of time because no one was ever going to want to hire the fat girl anyway.  I know what it's like to be terrified of sex because it meant showing my naked fat rolls and stretch marks to another human being.

I know what it's like to try and try and try to lose weight and never seem to succeed.  And then stuffing my face until I'm literally sick to deal with the pain of failure.  I know what it's like to run through a drive-thru and eat in the privacy of my car so that others can't see what a nasty fat pig I am.  I know what it's like to take absolutely no pleasure in anything except greasy french fries and chocolate cake.

Fortunately, I've come a long way since those days, although they are never far from my heart and I know I could slip right back if I'm not mindful and precise every single day with my choices.  As a fellow Lose It member discussed recently, it isn't climbing Mount Everest, it's having the self-love and the determination to follow through with our simple routines day in, and day out.  Value myself enough to take the time to pack my lunch.  Take the time to go to the gym after work.  Take the time to drink enough water.  It is in between these moments that miracles bloom.  Not at the top of Mount Everest.  After all, as the old Zen masters know, "The only zen you'll find at the top of the mountain is the zen you bring up there."  I will always be a fat girl inside my childhood heart, but the grown me knows I'm in control these days.

The book reminded me of just how far I have come in my life and how proud I am to be where I am today.  I'm about to turn 31 years old in four days, and I've never been healthier or more confident as an adult as I am right now, this very moment.  It sure is good to be alive, fat rolls and all.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hooper girl!

Thought I would take the time to write a quick update.  This weekend was Memorial Day weekend, meaning an extra day off from work!  I am very proud of how well I did in terms of my diet and exercise for those three days, especially considering the gym was closed on Monday AND people brought lots of junk food to my house.  I spent several hours on Saturday hula hooping with my friend Katie who is apparently an amazing hooper.  She can just stand there and not even think about the hoop and it will stay up and twirling steadily around her waist.  Me, I still have to give it my full focus to keep it up, but at least now I can keep it going for probably longer than 60 seconds.  I think I need to start timing myself, to see how long I can actually keep the hoop going.  Losing weight is going to help a lot, because my not-flat belly sometimes throws the hoop out of whack.  A flat middle would make the hoop go around much easier and smoother.  Good thing I'm well on my way already! ;)

So after I hooped for many hours on Saturday, I honestly felt like I had improved quite a bit with my hooping  by the end of it.  Then yesterday, my cousins who are in an amazing bluegrass band came over and played their awesome music, and I had to bust out my hoop again and hoop while they were playing.  I was really pleased with my progress and I want to keep trying to improve my hooping every day.

I just had a random thought.  I should start practicing my hooping while I am watching TV or movies sometimes.  That's extra time in my day I could be using to not only catch up on True Blood or Game of Thrones but also practice my hoop!

Also I took a short bike ride yesterday on my new bicycle.  I got a new seat for it because the other one was severely hurting my ass bones lol.  So the new seat is much more comfortable, and I rode over to my Papaw's house and back.  I was seriously sweating by the time I got home!

I did eat fried chicken, macaroni salad, brownies, and 3 beers yesterday.  All in all I went over my budget by 1,000 calories for the day.  But I'm very proud of myself for logging everything instead of saying 'meh, I'll start again tomorrow' like I usually would.   Also proud of myself for trying to burn some of it off through hooping and bike riding.

Tonight I'm back at the gym for another five days in a row.  Power yoga tonight.  Can't wait.  I seriously need some planks and downward dogs in my life :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Progress pics so far.

So here are my progress pics so far.  I'm bummed that the progress from April to May is not nearly as obvious as the progress from March to April, but I guess that might be because I had just started the gym in February, and the initial progress happened faster.  I have started taking my measurements, too.  From March to April, I lost overall about 15", but from April to May I only lost about 6".  However, I'll take it.  Progress is progress.  And I'm still working hard, going to the gym 5 days a week, and carefully calculating my calorie intake.  So I just have to stay consistent.  

Anyway, here's the pic: