Sam and I spent a week away in the Adventure Van at the beginning of October. We had four lovely days in the Lake District and the rest of the time relaxing in Moffat, Scotland.
This was a perfect opportunity to test out the newly installed virtual private network (VPN) using wi-fi provided on the caravan sites.
Turns out the VPN wasn’t an issue but the wi-fi was. I didn’t manage to get connected on either site due to a poor signal.
I did have a giggle to myself when I tried logging on to the wi-fi in Scotland. A message popped up to tell me to move closer to the router. Not that easy when we were snuggled down in the caravan on a wet autumn day, having been allocated a bay at the far end of the site. I wasn’t going to sit outside the site reception in the rain on my laptop so I could be closer!
In the end I tethered my mobile to my laptop so it was still important to have the VPN...
Well, I’ve begun looking into how I can work safely on the internet (and not use all my mobile data allowance) whilst we’re away in the Adventure Van. And my goodness, it’s been an eye opener!
I’ll start by saying that I believe most of us are fairly security conscious. We lock our doors and windows, we leave things out of sight when we park our cars, we look out for any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood.
But what if I told you that it isn’t just the villains on the outside of our homes we need to watch out for anymore. We are unwittingly inviting invisible, silent villains into our homes. Many of them are corporate companies as well as lone wolfs (hackers), all because most of us don’t actually realise what’s going on in the background.
To put things into context, here are a couple of my findings:
The last time I stayed in a caravan was many, many moons ago when I used to go on holiday to Scotland as a child with my siblings and parents. I wasn’t quite sure how our maiden voyage would go in the Adventure Van. It’s a bit different when you’re an adult. There’s a lot more to think about.
Having managed to finally book a caravan pitch after calling 6 different camp sites, all we had to do was pack everything we needed, hitch up the van and away we ago.
If only life was that simple.
Unless you do your research before setting off (which thankfully we did) you have to take into consideration the amount your car can tow and the weight of everything you want to take with you. Not to mention the nose weight of the caravan when everything is packed.
Yes, I know. Nose weight. Who knew?
With all the technical stuff checked, backing the caravan out onto a main road was a little bit hair raising. Thank goodness our van came kitted out with wheel movers and a remote...
Last week I ‘fessed up to how I’ve felt lately. Sam and I have both missed our annual outdoor adventures which is partly why my head has not been fully in the game.
One night I was laid on the couch watching something or other on tv when Sam handed me his iPad. He loves sifting through eBay finding vintage Lego and jigsaws.
“Look at that” he said, “There’s a whole pile of board games and jigsaws but look what comes with them for the price!”
I looked. Then looked again in disbelief.
“Shame all the board games and jigsaws come too,” I said teasingly.
Then at the same time, a little light bulb switched on in both our brains. Sometimes we don’t need to say anything to know what each other is thinking.
We both realised that this could be a way to get back into the wider world with minimum impact on other people during the Covid-19 crisis.
Spoiler Alert: It’s not earth shattering!
The board games and jigsaws came...
Things have to change. I am going to be honest. My head has not been in the game recently. I’ve been suffering from cabin fever for a while now. Since the pandemic started, I have hardly ventured out apart from walking the dogs around the block once a day.
Normally Sam and I are lucky enough to have been abroad once, maybe twice by this time of year, and had many great adventures in between. We LOVE to explore.
By the end of summer, we would normally have completed a charity walk, usually around 25 - 30 miles, to raise funds for our chosen charities and been on many walks beforehand to build up to the big day.
We would have travelled to Wales and Scotland visiting parents, with day trips and weekends away involving walks along the beach, bacon butties and large pieces of cake.
Of course, this year everything has been put on hold.
Now don’t get me wrong. I completely understand why everything is as it is – this...
In my previous blog I covered 5 ideas about how to get your motivation back.
Here are six further ideas to win back your motivation and fall in love with your work all over again.
1. Align your work with your life purpose
If you combine your area of genius with a deep, inner life purpose that drives you, regaining your motivation comes naturally.
Your life purpose is not external, like “teaching kids to play football”. That would just be a manifestation of what drives you.
The sort of life purpose to identify and embrace is spiritual, even if you are not.
It gives your life meaning.
It’s something you want to live for every day, like “leading by example”.
Even if you don’t like journaling, this is a highly useful tool to embrace when you are on an inner journey. Articulating your thoughts on paper helps you quickly see through premises or statements that aren’t really true (just as it does if you talk about a topic in a group). It...
Feeling a little unmotivated? You know you’ve got things to do but just don’t feel like making the effort?
We ALL feel like that from time to time. There’s nothing to be ashamed of.
If you’re running your own business or in the process of getting your VA/freelance business up and running, girl, you’ve got to get up and move on. And quick, before the rot sets in!
Question: What do you do, (or would you do) if a client were demotivated? How do you help your clients to motivate themselves?
Answer: You ask questions, encourage them, call them out on avoidant or excuse-based behaviour, praise them for steps forward.
ALL of this you can apply to yourself.
Become YOUR OWN client.
Here are five ideas to win back your motivation and fall in love with your work all over again.
1. Recognise that goals and paths are two different things
You’ve been focusing on your goal but not really getting closer. Your business is much too busy, and you feel...
Let’s step away from the opt-ins for a moment and explore another option.
Before you start getting sweaty palms and shouting at the screen because the thought of running a live webinar was definitely NOT on your strategy list, let me tell you something.
If I can do it… you can do it.
I have worked behind the scenes for the last 20 years supporting a variety of clients. I am used to being behind the scenes. I actually quite like it there.
The thought of running a webinar made me wobble a bit initially.
But you know what?
It’s true what they say.
If you’re confident about the subject you’re talking about, you forget you’re speaking to ‘live’ people.
So, here’s how free webinars can explode your list.
People love video because this medium is the closest thing to seeing you in person. Your audience members don’t have to travel or leave the comfort of their home to see you in action. They will see your face, hear...
If you already have a website, is it working for you around-the-clock to bring in new subscribers?
It could–and should–be!
Gone are the days of boring old websites that serve as business cards on the web.
It’s time to up the ante on your current website and accelerate your growth.
And if you don’t have a website yet, this article is still worth a read. You get to start the right way and save yourself loads of time.
Okay, so previously, we talked about having a landing page with an opt-in form. Well, here’s the good news. You can also easily add your opt-in to several other places on your site to ensure nobody misses out.
No matter which of these options you choose, you’ll want them to be similar to your landing page: You’ll need a headline, short description, opt-in form and call to action button.
Option #1: A pop-up opt-in form
You’ve seen these pop-ups: You’re visiting a site and then like magic, a special offer appears. These...
In the last blog, I talked about the one thing you shouldn’t skip in order to attract new subscribers.
Now that you know what you’re offering, it’s time to figure out how to get people opting-in to get it. To do this, you’ll need a simple landing page, as well as enticing copy to reel in new subscribers.
If you have a WordPress site, first, search your WordPress theme for a landing page template. If you have one built into your theme and you like the layout, then move onto writing compelling copy.
If you don’t have a landing page template, then research platforms like LeadPages or Click Funnels. Both can create attractive, eye-catching landing pages with a drag-and-drop interface and built-in templates. Both platforms also have split testing capabilities, so you can test different versions of your landing page to see which one converts more views into sales.
Another option is to check with your email service provider if they have landing page...