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Month: January 2016

Accept Disapproval

Accept Disapproval

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Graciously and enthusiastically accept that others will disapprove, no matter what you do. And delight in the freedom of doing whatever you know is right for you.

The sooner you understand, accept and embrace that no matter what you do, there will be someone who will not be pleased or will tsk tsk with disapproval the sooner you can get over it and continue to do what makes you happy.

“Thank you for bringing that perspective to my attention”….a loaded statement that conveys respect on the front end followed by a “shut up” on the back end. I’ve used that statement during pivotal moments in my life. Marrying my husband after dating for what others thought was a short time. Moving to another state and becoming a first time homeowner. Undergoing infertility treatments…twice. Taking time for my heart to heal after my grandmother and father died within two weeks of each other instead of focusing on a job search. Hosting a women’s conference. Writing a book. Hosting another conference. Writing a weekly blog. Planning another conference. You see where I’m going with this? If I didn’t delight in the freedom to do what was and is right for me, I would be robbing myself of joy.

Don’t let the naysayers (I’m not referring to the necessary Naysayers on your personal board of directors) and the negative nellies keep you from doing what you know is best for you. Don’t give three damns about what they have to say. Do you. Be extraordinary.

With love,

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Is Your Money Acting Funny?

Is Your Money Acting Funny?

imageDo you have a financial hangover from the  holidays? Are you trying to figure out which bills will get paid and which bills will have to wait until next month?   Are you hoping your tax refund will be enough to pay off any extravagant purchases you made for your family or for yourself? If so, you are not alone.  According to Forbes, Americans were estimated to spend $630.5 billion this past holiday season, 3.7% more than last year. Unfortunately, a huge portion of those purchases will be made on plastic and causing some of us to carry even more debt.

To help all of us out (Yes, I’m including myself), I’ve put together a list of websites and blogs that provide advice and resources for personal finances. I’m not endorsing anyone and I’m not getting paid for providing links to these websites or blogs. I hope you find some information that will help you make better financial decisions or help you create plan that gets you closer to your financial goals.

Get Rich Slowly – Named a top blog by both Time and Money magazines, this blog is based on the philosophy that building lasting wealth takes time.

Wise Bread – The tagline of the blog says it all, “Living Large on a Small Budget”. The blog cover a broad range of topics.

Money Crashers – They offer logical and sensible advice for all ages and stages in life including investing and small business.

Michelle Singletary – She is a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and her column “The Color of Money” is carried in over 100 newspapers providing a laymen’s insight into personal finance.

Kiplinger – In addition to providing personal finance tips, they also provide business forecasts. There is a variety of content from slides to news columns to videos.

Banking Sense – Provides valuable information without using overly technical jargon. It promote a sense of community by encouraging readers to interact and comment so they can learn from each other.

Cash Money Life – Featured on websites such as The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times  and MSN Money this website is a reliable source of advice on personal finance and small business.

If your favorite financial blog or website isn’t listed, please leave the link below in the comments 🙂

With love,

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Work Your Package Women’s Conference 2016

Work Your Package Women’s Conference 2016

The 3rd annual Work Your Package Women’s Conference will be held on Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 in Laurel, MD.  The roster of speakers is shaping up to be a cornucopia of subject matter experts whose main objective is to make sure you leave the conference spilling over with optimism and ready to be extraordinary.

Here are some quick facts about WYP2016:

  • Convenient payment plan
  • Beautiful, newly renovated venue
  • Subject matter experts in personal development, career, health and wellness and finance
  • Four meal options over the course of the weekend

Find out more and reserve your seat by clicking here: http://ayannacastro.com/work-your-package-womens-conference-2016/

 

Answer the door…Opportunity is Knocking

Answer the door…Opportunity is Knocking

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When an awesome opportunity comes your way, what is your initial response?

Is it fear? OMG!!! What!?!?!

Is it doubt?  No way in the world am I supposed to be here.

Is it skepticism? They must want something from me. What’s the catch?

Or do you look at opportunities as a way to show your talents? Do you embrace opportunity as a way to give to others or display servant leadership? Do you honestly believe you deserve the opportunity?  Do believe you were born for that moment when you received that call, text or email telling you that all the work you have done, often unnoticed or unappreciated, had finally paid off?

Missed opportunities are the parents of regret and a lifetime of “what if’s”.  Opportunity doesn’t have a tendency to knock twice. Even if you don’t know the “how” embrace the “now”, learn as you go and enjoy the journey.

With love,

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