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Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Jul 29, 2016
Permission To Rest - RN 042

The topic is simple. Many of us go non-stop and don't allow ourselves time to recharge. I'm giving you the permission you won't give yourself ... the permission to rest.

There are no bullet points here, no lists. There is only one goal and it's up to you to achieve it if you're feeling drained. You're no good to yourself or anyone else without keeping fuel in your tank and giving yourself some time to cool down.

So take my advice (I'm preaching to the choir) and get some rest every day. You'll feel better, perform better, and you'll thank me for it.

This week's Positive Review: The ROADIE app

Jul 22, 2016
Court Your Spouse - RN 041

Marriage has its good times and its bad. It's called living life. I have over two decades of marriage experience to share and I know first hand what it's like to be in a marriage rut. There are pitfalls, but the good news is I have some advice on how to avoid them. And the better news is ... if you've already fallen into one or more of them, you can always climb out.

Pitfalls to avoid:

Avoid being lazy (Appearance, Attitude, Home Ethic)

Avoid getting bored

Avoid getting complacent

Avoid getting selfish

 

How to avoid the pitfalls:

Get intentional

Get excited

Get creative

Get physical in a non-sexual way (Loving touches, hugs, kisses, holding hands)

Get listening

Get back to dating (Set a night you never miss if possible)

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This week’s Positive Review: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Jul 15, 2016
Six Ways To Earn Extra Income From Home - RN 040

6 Ways To Earn Extra Money From Home

If you’re like me, you know what it’s like to have too much month left at the end of your money. It’s one of the things that drives my entrepreneur minded life.

There are things you can do from home to help ease the burden and bring a little extra money into your life. Most of them won’t make you rich unless you get really lucky, but they are legitimate income streams.

These six ideas can be categorized as either “active” or “passive”. The first two are active and the second four are passive.

Active/Passive Definition:

Active – More work is required after initial release for sale, i.e., shipping, production.

Passive – Little or no work is required after initial release for sale. Most work is done on the front end. For instance, Digital or downloadable products or products available through a second party drop shipping arrangement.

  1. Sell art or photography prints on sites like Etsy.com or Ebay.com
  2. Sell services you can perform from home on sites like fivrr.com
  3. Sell art or photography prints on sites like shutterstock.com
  4. Write an ebook and sell it online on sites like Amazon KDP
  5. Create an online course in something you’re experienced in (usually a video format) that you can sell as a digital download
  6. Create an online how-to guide (usually in a text format) you can sell as a digital download

No matter what you decide to do on the side for extra income, there will always be some work, especially continued marketing, that you will need to do in order to make it viable. But if you’re willing to put that work in, whether on the front end or over the course of the sale, you may be able to find something that will help ease that financial burden.

This week’s Positive Review: CafePress.com

Jul 11, 2016
How To Write The Book That Is Inside Of You - RN 039

I sincerely believe that every person has a book inside of them. I believe we all have an interesting story to tell. With a heart that yearns for more art in the world and the preservation of literature, I hope you’ll consider sharing your story. If you don’t care to, that’s okay. However, many wish that not only could they write a book before they die, but also that their story might live on. Their only drawback is that they don’t believe they have it in them to pull something off as lofty as writing a book.

If you’ve ever wanted to do that, then here’s a little inspiration and the “How-To” of writing that book.

1. Just get your story down in the first draft. Sculpt in the second draft, and finish it off in the final draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect at first. In the past, my biggest obstacle and what made me burn out the quickest when I tried to write something was that I thought every line needed to perfect in the first draft. Don’t worry about that. Just get the story down, then worry about sculpting later.

2. All it takes is a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper to get started. You don’t need a computer or an agent or a publisher. Those things are great for aspiring professional writers, but even then, the only thing ANYONE needs to get started is paper and something to write with.

3. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling at first. That’s what editors are for.

4. Use your true voice. Write like you’re speaking to a friend. Be authentic.

5. I didn’t mention this in the show, but never think you’re too old. Some of the best works have been penned by people in their elder years. Just write it down.

My suggestion for work flow is this:

First Draft – Just get the story down (No one reads it. It belongs to you alone at this point)

Second Draft – You sculpt your story until it resembles something you think you like (Now you can let “Beta” or “Test” readers see it {if you choose} to give you advise about anything that needs to be fixed that you might not have noticed)

Final Draft – You take the advice from your test readers if you like what they have to say – and it’s okay if you don’t because it’s your story – and you make a finalized manuscript.

 From this point on, what you do with it is up to you. You may choose to have one copy only professionally bound and put in a safe place for future generations or you may want to publish it. If you'd like to see it published or even if you plan to self-publish, it will be smart to have it worked over by an editor. There are many avenues to choose from this point on and I will happily converse with you on those options if you want to contact me about it.

This weeks Positive Review: Six Flags Theme Parks

Jul 1, 2016
Disney Hacks - 15 Ways To Make The Mouse More Magical - RN 038

During our trip to Walt Disney World, we learned a few tricks to enhance the experience.

Disney Hacks

 

  1. Take a cooler. The largest size cooler you may bring is 24” x 15” x 18”. No alcohol and no glass containers.
  2. Hold on to your cups and water bottles to refill them at water fountains without spending money every time you want water.
  3. Ask a cafeteria for a cup of ice. You may get it free and they may even fill it with water for you.
  4. The Starbucks at Hollywood Studios gave me a cup of ice water when I asked and it was free.
  5. Get a small fan that hangs around your neck for the hot season and avoid buying the expensive water spritzing fan bottle they sell at the parks. It keeps you hands free and saves money. (Unless you just want a water spritzing fan bottle. Then buy one somewhere else and bring it with you.)
  6. Go in January. Great deals are available during this time and it’s the slowest time of the year in terms of attendance.
  7. If you’re going with a large group, rent a house instead of staying in hotels. You can get a nice house for a few days at a fraction of the cost when you break down the fee between everybody.
  8. Use the My Disney Experience app.
  9. If a member of your party would benefit from a wheel chair, rent one. This give special access to your party at SOME attractions. (Shorter wait times.)
  10. Use online resources to plan your trip. You’ll find special offers and even more tips and tricks to make it better.
  11. Watch diapered children closely for diaper rash, especially during the hot season.
  12. Save phone battery. Bring a time occupier that will fit in a pocket like a book, small sketch book, crosswords, sudoku, etc.) If you desire to use your smart phone to pass the time in the long wait lines, carry a mobile recharger. (Don’t forget the cord.)
  13. Buy your souvenirs on the way out. It allows you to view everything before you decide what to buy and you don’t have to lug all that stuff around all day.
  14. Ride popular rides during the fireworks and light shows. Most folks are up front watching the show and the wait lines for rides are far shorter. (This tip is best observed if you have two days in that park. We watched the fireworks the first night, then rode rides during that time on the second night.)
  15. Get there when the park opens. You might be surprised how empty the parks are immediately after they open. Then schedule your fast passes on the most popular rides for busier times of the day.

Positive Review: Poddy Break (Podcast) - with Tim Hawkins

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