Try This Fun Personality Test

If you are anything like myself, you take the many quizzes that you see on Facebook each day.  Quizzes like “Which Friend’s character are you” and “What city should you actually live in” tend to litter my news feed, and I take a moment of my time to do them.


Because they’re fun.

Today was no exception.  I tried a couple of regular quizzes like I see during the course of each day, but then something different caught my eye.

There was a meaningful quiz in my feed.

I gave it a look and ended up at Sounds Like Me , , which seeks to discover your personality through the music that you like.

It might sound a lot different than other quizzes, and it should – this quiz is based on the scientific discovery that their is a link between personality types and the types of music that we listen to.  While the notion of the quiz being based on scientific proof is important, I honestly feel that there should be a relationship between the types of music that you listen to and the type of person you are.

I tried taking the quiz myself, and I was pleasantly surprised that the personality traits that they thought I should have were indeed present.

It was actually quite amazing.

Curious about your personality?  Check out the test here:

We Averted a Costly Home Repair

I always thought that new houses were strong enough to withstand just about anything.  Yes, I do realize that a tornado, flood, fire and hurricane would make quick work of a house.  But for the rest of the stuff that mother nature could throw at it, a new house should be just about indestructible, right?

This past winter was characterized by wild variations in temperature, from warm to cold and right back to warm again.  I watched ice form on my house until some beautiful icicles formed.  I really loved to take pictures of them in the morning with the sun shining through them.

I thought to myself: “Isn’t winter beautiful?”

Little did I know that there was a problem developing on my home due to the temperature swings.  We would have never known unless the gentlemen who was doing ice dam removal ann arbor popped by and knocked on our door.

He said that the was going around the neighborhood checking on houses to see if there were problems needing attention before they got out of hand.  I didn’t think that we would fall in that group, but I was willing to let him have a look.

When he took a look at the ice forming on the back of our home, he warned me that if we didn’t do something about the ice, we were going to have big problems.

I was shocked.

But after he explained exactly what was going on, I understood.  We hired him on the spot, and our issues were resolved in short order.

We are just lucky that he stopped by, otherwise we were going to be stuck with costly home repairs.

Natural Methods Provide Safe Treatment for UTI

If you suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs), you know that it is a painful and uncomfortable condition.  Difficulty urinating, vomiting, and foul smelling urine are common symptoms that can make your daily trips to the washroom a nightmare.  Many people suffer through this condition and are only offered powerful antibiotics to provide relief.

One of the biggest frustrations for people with UTI is that more than fifty percent of them will have a recurring problem.  We all know that it isn’t healthy to take multiple courses of antibiotics, but many have no choice.

Thankfully, there are companies that now offer natural treatment for UTI.  Instead of providing a band-aid style solution, these natural remedies focus on getting your UTI under control and prevent you from having recurrences in the future.  There are no large pills to swallow, and you are not taking strong and damaging antibiotics.

These natural remedies can be mixed with water, then all you have to do is drink it.  They prevent bacterial growth by creating an environment in your body that makes it hard for you to have another urinary tract infection.  In fact, the EU and Health Canada have approved these types of treatments – they have some of the most stringent requirements when it comes to approving new medicines.

So, the next time that you suffer from a UTI, consider trying out a natural treatment.  They are more effective at treating and preventing recurring urinary tract infections.

Look Like James Bond at Your Business Meeting

Stylus Pen Laser When I think of James Bond, I think of one thing: spies are cool.  All of the gadgets and toys they use, their life of adventure and all of the lovely ladies that they meet along the way make all of us guys want to be a spy ourselves.  Most of us will never live life so dangerously, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t have some gadgets up our sleeves.

I recently discovered a new gadget that James Bond would be proud of.  It is designed to serve three purposes:

  1. To be a laser pointer
  2. To be a fully functional pen
  3. To be a stylus.

The best part is that it all fits in a tiny package.  If you want to see what I mean, check out the following video:

You would think that something like this would be very expensive, but trust me it isn’t.  After searching around the net, I was able to find a discount code for you, “ILIKEPIZZA” , which saves you 50% on the device as well as gets you free shipping.

Wouldn’t you like to show up to your next business meeting with your new spy gadget to show off?  You bet.

Order your own stylus pen and laser pointer by Kyasi now.

I Caught My Husband Cheating

One of the things that I always believed was that when I married my husband, that was it – we were going to be together forever.  But recently my hubby started to act really weird and distant around me.  I thought that he was just having a few off days, but it became apparent that something was going on.

I decided to confront him, but all he would tell me was that everything was going to be okay.

It sure didn’t feel that way.

I needed to find out what was going on.

We had only one computer in the house, so I thought that maybe I could look there.  Strangely, all of the site history, cookies, and programs were wiped clean.  I suppose that it could be he just did maintenance on the computer, but really, it felt like he was hiding something.

Figuring a way to find out what he was doing without letting him know I was spying would be tough if I wasn’t such a tech expert.  I installed some pc monitoring software to record the movements of anyone using the computer.  I hoped that looking at what he was doing on the computer would help me get to the end of this mystery.

And it did.

As it turned out, he had been seeing another woman that he met on an online dating site.  When I confronted him, he tried to place the blame on me and then he told me that he would never do it again.  I firmly believe that once you cheat, you will cheat again.

I think it is time for a divorce.

Starting A New Website

For the longest time I have been considering starting a new website.  It has been a long time since I had any interest in making another one, but after some of the things that my family has been through over the past couple of months, I have learned about being an executor, and I thought I could monetize my newfound knowledge.

I really wish that I didn’t know what to do as an executor of a will, but after my grandmother passed away, I had no choice.  For the past two months, I have been dealing with executing her will, and it has been a steep learning curve.  But during that time, I did document everything so I have some great notes that are perfect for blog posts.  I figure I could come up with fifty or so posts, and I have even toyed with the idea of creating my own ebook or report – but I don’t want to jump ahead of myself at the moment.

Right now, I need to focus on setting up the site.  I have been trying to figure out which are the best wordpress themes for adsense as I will be using Adsense to monetize the blog.  I want to find a theme that will work on tablets, phones and computers, so I have been having some trouble finding some that will work.  But I will continue looking until I find one that works well for me.

Next, I have to get some content up on the site.  I did manage to write a couple of posts and get them up on the web so that there is something up there, but it will need to be a bit larger before I start marketing the site.  I have setup a content writing calendar so that I can plan my posts out and so that I don’t get overwhelmed by all of the writing I need to do.  It feels a lot better trying to write five hundred words at once instead of 50 articles in one sitting.

Things are coming along, and I expect to have a live launch in just a couple of weeks.  As long as I get some content out there, I will be able to start marketing the site and making some money.

Persistence Pays Off

One of the things that my grandfather taught me when I was seven was this:

If you ever want something in life Steven, you need to keep putting yourself out there until you get it.  Being persistent gets results.

His lesson is something that still defines my actions today.

A prime example would have to be when I tried to get my book published.  I took my book to some literary agents that I knew for them to review my work and pass it on to an editor in a publishing house.  Both of them laughed me off and said that my work was never going to be published as it wasn’t good enough.  I thanked them for their time, and decided that this wasn’t going to be the end of my road as an author.

I wanted my writing to be published.

So, I setup meetings with every agent in town, and I was sure that someone would like what I wrote and get up to bat for me.  It took seven appointments before I found someone that liked what they saw.  He has passed my manuscript on to an editor, and I have been assured that I will know by the end of the week if they will publish my work.

My persistence paid off.

I am sure they will publish my book, but if they don’t, do you know what I am going to do?  Be persistent until I get the result I want.

Unhappy With my Lost Pictures

One of the biggest challenges I have had moving to a digital world is trying to figure out what to do with my old pictures.  I have years and years worth of pictures of my children as well as negatives from a box of photos my grandparents left me.  I have known for a long time that they have been deteriorating, and I looked into ways that I would be able to preserve them in a digital format.

My first thought was to buy my own slide scanner.  It seemed like a smart idea as I would have something left over after I was done.  But after speaking to a couple of my photographer buddies, I realized that I was going to end up spending more time that I had to get everything scanned.  They actually suggested to me to hire one of the companies that sell this type of service online.  It made a lot of sense, so I started looking to find one.

After a quick search on Google, I found a company, PhotoBin, that seemed to offer reasonable rates and a short time frame to get the work done.  I placed my order, shipped off my negatives and waited patiently for the digital version of my pictures to arrive.

I received the confirmation email that they had received my package, so I thought nothing of it.  But the due date came and passed by.  I tried to email the company to see what was going on, but all I received was a generic email reply.

I wasn’t happy.

I started to get really worried, but the package from them showed up a week later, and I opened it excitedly.  I used the DVD that they sent and put it into my computer to see if they were able to digitize all of my pictures.  After looking through most of them, I noticed one thing: a bunch of my pictures were missing.

Worried, I went through and counted all of my negatives and check the number against the count I did before I sent them – they didn’t match.  I tried contacting the company, and I was told that they returned all of the negatives to me.

Which wasn’t true.

Unhappy with what happened to me, I decided to share my story on this PhotoBin review website.  The negatives that were lost can never be replaced – I just want to do my part to make sure that someone else doesn’t lose their photos too.

AdEcho Makes Online Advertising Easy

Juggling marketing your website and operating your business can be a tiring process.  Many business owners find that there is not enough time in the day to do both.  But without marketing, your website traffic, rankings and sales will grind to a halt.

What if there was an easy way to market your website and save time?

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Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Our Kids

Lemonade Our household is a lot different than many of our friends.  You see, since I started my writing business so many years ago, I have had the freedom to be there for my kids no matter what activity they were doing.  I have been able to make it to so many recitals, band concerts, Christmas plays and doctor’s appointments that most of my friends have had to miss.  I have been a content writer for hire for a long time now, and my profession has given me the time to do what is most important to me: spend time with my kids.

While I have had many freedoms, it hasn’t come without sacrifice.  I have lost count as to how many nights I have stayed up late working on a last minute project.  Our kids have never seen that part of running an online business, but that is about to change.

My wife and I have decided that we are going to work to cultivate the entrepreneur inside of each of our children.  I know that they are still young, but there are lessons that can be learned at any age.  We are not doing it to try and force them to choose a career path that they don’t like, but rather educate them that there are opportunities for a better life that you just can’t find in a traditional job.

We started our “training” this summer when we setup two different things for them to do.  First, we let them setup and run a lemonade stand.  We helped them figure out costs and prices and then sat on the sideline and watched.  We were surprised at how well they did and the questions that they came up with after they were done.  It was great to see them thinking like a small business owner.

Our second lesson is going to be this week as we launch our lawn cleaning business.  We had a number of brain storming sessions where the kids discussed what they wanted to do.  This time around, we decided that they should try a business where they were providing a service instead of selling a product.  They already have some customers lined up so we will see how this business venture pans out.

Needless to say, this has been a great learning opportunity for us and the kids.  I love to see them be challenged and overcome the obstacles that we all face as entrepreneurs, and I really hope that this experience ends up shaping their lives in positive ways.

At least we are having fun!