Author Archives: trk2n
- March 18, 2021
- March 12, 2021
Category : Mastering the Art of Living
I have something I want to run by all my friends and readers. I have been given an incredible responsibility from a dear friend who has trusted me to help plot out her future. Normally, much of my work is helping business owners find incredible employees or dads find their manliness, but this time I’m being asked to help an incredible woman find a husband.
Further down you’ll hear from her, but I want to tell you a couple of things about her that she didn’t reveal below.
- She is a top professional in her field. I’m talking world-famous. As in, in her field, she goes by a nickname instead of her real name. Yeah, that’s right. She’s like the Batman of her field.
- I know looks aren’t everything, but she is a gorgeous young lady.
- Before anyone even asks me why she isn’t doing the dating apps and stuff, I’ll pre-answer that question by saying that she’s not the type to play that game. She’d rather meet someone by getting to know them through friends or colleagues.
- Location isn’t important. She’s willing to move if necessary, and her job is mobile if need be.
- Also, she’s not a weirdo, isn’t a hoarder, and doesn’t own 20 cats.
- If I were younger and not married, I wouldn’t be telling you all this.
And now, I’ll let her tell you about herself. If you think you’re the right guy or you might know the right guy, please contact me at my e-mail- email@example.com. I’ll work out getting you in touch with her after I make sure you’re not a weirdo or serial killer.
And here she is…
This world is very different than I had envisioned. Growing up I dreamed of having a large family and lots of extended family members to help bring up my children in this crazy world. To show them the days gone by and anchoring their roots in truth. Who knew our crazy world would be full of a nearly 20-year war that has no end in sight, the destruction go the family unit, the complete denouncement of Christ, and an entire generation addicted to screens who are left confused by the simple fact of which bathroom to use at Target?
I suspect you might feel the same way, which has left you reading a letter from a woman possibly on the other side of the country.
I am still that little girl who wants to return to the family being the cornerstone of this country with Christ at the center. I am looking for a teammate who wants to tackle this head-on. A man who longs for a family to provide for and protect. Someone who can give me the space to be the woman I have been created to be not the worldly standard of femineity. A man that can lead his home spiritually. A man I can parent with and raise the leaders of tomorrow with. A man that understands marriage and having children is about sacrificing yourself for another as God did for us.
~A woman looking for an adventure with the security of roots
Interests and hobbies
- I am pretty crafty. I love creating things by hand. Gardening is a passion. Yes, all my house plants have names. One day I hope to have land and a garden I can feed my family from. Canning and preserving are rewarding and a lot of fun to see your hard work pay off.
- Antiques are great fun for me. The hunt is thrilling and helps me feel connected to the past in a way all while preserving their values of being frugal and not wasteful.
- Cooking is my form of artwork. I truly enjoy cooking for others. There really is nothing better than coming home to a fresh loaf of bread straight from the oven. Nothing. The “Oh my gosh, this is amazing” is the best ego boost this woman could ask for.
Things I am working on
- Medicinal herbs are a passion. I love learning about foraging, growing, and making medicine. I would also like to be better at sewing as I would like to make some of my own clothes. In shooting I am not bad, but I could be much better.
Something I want to try
- Archery and shooting competitively
- I have an addiction to books. It’s a problem I have tried to work on for years. I recommend you embrace it. I have failed miserably.
Favorite TV shows
- Downton Abbey
- Call the Midwife
- Translation, anything from the BBC that is a period piece
- I am not a fan of horror or phycological thrillers or violent-themed movies.
- I secretly hope time traveling is real. I am obsessed with Scottish culture, French food, and the Italian countryside.
- Some call me bossy I call it leadership skills. I have a fear of water. I hate lima beans. Hate them. I drive too fast at times and others I am like driving Miss Daisy. When I do not feel safe, I shut down and retreat. I love black licorice, and I am snobby about what kind. I am opinionated and do not go with the flow.
- March 4, 2021
I wanted to run this opportunity by my readers first before it goes wider. One of my largest long-term clients Ocean Breeze Exterior Remodeling in Myrtle Beach SC is selling his business. The client also happens to be my dad.
My dad’s health hit a road bump last year, and he suffered several mini-strokes and quite a few stays at the hospital. Not only that, but he’s not getting any younger, and he’s ready to hand over the reins of the business.
He’s decided it’s finally time to retire, travel, play around in the woodshop, and take it easy.
So I’m helping him sell his business.
That’s my dad there on the right, leaning on the company’s first work truck. He started the company way back in 1987 when we were all much younger. I even still had hair.
The company is in great shape. That’s not why he’s selling, but with lots of potential areas of expansion planned in coming years, he wants to get a new owner in that has the energy to put those new ideas or their own into action. As a matter of fact, he just started construction on a new updated showroom.
If you or someone you know might be interested in taking the helm here, please get in touch.
Here’s the main website to see more about the business sale:
Here’s more basic info if you want to pass it on:
- The main product lines are sunrooms and shade (pergolas, patio covers, awnings, etc).
- They average around a million dollars a year with less than a dozen employees.
- They do over 400 projects annually.
- There isn’t a slow season. Work is year-round.
- There is enough infrastructure and facility-related projects to stay classified as an Essential Business in disasters.
Please check in with me if you have any questions.
- February 25, 2021
Here’s a great guest post written for my by Julia over at Outspiration. Check the bottom for her bio.
Make Your Money Work For You — From Home
There are millions of home-based businesses across all industries in the United States. From the freelancer looking to supplement her family’s income to the CEO of an online company, homegrown success can be found in all 50 states. If you are looking to carve out your own piece of the American pie, launching your own enterprise from your home office is a great first step. Here are a few quick pointers on how to grab the business world by the horns and carve out your own path to success.
Know your resources.
When it comes time to start your own business, it’s easy to feel as though you have to do it alone. You don’t! There are plenty of resources, from Square and Fiverr (as recommended by Dr. David Powers) to your local Chamber of Commerce. You can also look online for resources from the SBA to your particular industry’s trade groups. Something else to take advantage of is e-learning. Taking classes, courses, or certifications online can help you learn valuable business skills that you may not realize you need, such as customer service, accounting, or inventory management.
Business owners are rarely exactly alike, but most possess a few common traits. These include the ability to fail and learn from the experience and to see opportunities where others see obstacles. Evaluate your personal traits, which includes acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses. You can take an online personality test to identify everything from your temperament to entrepreneurial type. While quizzes aren’t always 100% accurate, they can serve as a starting point as you begin to recognize what you are and aren’t on track to accomplish on your own.
Establish a business structure.
Skipping ahead, you know your resources and you’re ready to get going. Ostensibly, you know what you want to do — you already have experience doing it. It’s time to establish your business structure. For most small business owners, forming an LLC is a smart move. An LLC will help to protect your home and other valuable personal assets in case of an unfortunate legal issue with your business down the road. You don’t have to hire an attorney for the process, but you do need to do your research. Each state has different regulations, so practice due diligence before you file.
Find your customers.
For many, branching out into the world of marketing is a daunting task — it’s not always comfortable to talk about yourself in a sales pitch. But as American Express points out, there are many ways to acquire new customers that don’t require you sounding like a walking infomercial. First, decide who you want to sell to and where they are likely to hear your message. You also want to make sure that you are an absolute expert in your field. You can use social media, networking, and even direct response marketing — the last of which includes things like referral programs and mail.
Once you start to gain momentum, don’t let yourself get too far ahead of the game. Sustainable growth is crucial through all stages of a business’s development. By increasing your customer base slowly and steadily, you’ll enjoy higher customer retention, better engagement with your community, and be able to quickly recognize and rectify mishaps or missteps in your operation.
There are many other steps on the path toward starting your own business. Those mentioned above are just the ones that are most often overlooked. From evaluating yourself to forming a business structure to maintaining sustainable growth, everything you do now matters. Don’t be afraid to start your own business, even if your office is a back bedroom. You never know — you may be the next home-based business success story.
Dr. David Powers is a skilled inspirational speaker, adventurer, author, and master of his own world. See how you can work with Dr. Dave to enrich your life and business.
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- December 22, 2020
The year best signified by an image of a dumpster fire also happened to be my best financial year ever.
It was the year of the pivot for me, and that’s the lesson I want you to walk away with. You have to learn to pivot and be adaptable. It’s always been true, but the pandemic really brought it to light.
The businesses and individuals that came through 2020 relatively unscathed were the ones that made the potential for change a part of everything they did.
*from the book Devolution by Max Brooks
It didn’t matter if it was sickness, riots, government shakedowns, or anything else, the ones that refused to change did not make it.
Here’s the short version of what I did to pivot. If you’d like more detail, just ask.
As soon as the lockdowns started in other places, I started my pivot. I was better prepared a few weeks later when all my speaking engagements were cancelled, and I could no longer travel to my other clients.
I was consulting for a small remodeling company near where I live. I kept serving my other clients by distance, but I poured myself into this local company. They were considered Essential and kept working through everything, so I was able to stick with them.
I helped them pivot, put safety protocols in place, and increase sales. As other similar companies fell apart, they were growing.
Instead of laying off workers, they hired two new ones. They had their best year since 2008 when the recession almost killed them. As 2020 wrapped up, they were scheduled almost four months out.
All because they embraced flexibility and change.
So…what can you do right now to make every facet of your life more adaptable?
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- November 30, 2020
If you’re a fan of Mark Twain’s dry wit, oft-hidden humor, and tales of a bygone era on the Mississippi, then you’ll love The Desert Rat Scrapbook. Imagine Mark Twain stuck in the desert with no riverboat and a bunch of crusty cowboys instead of river rats.
The Desert Rat Scrapbook was first published in 1946 by Harry Oliver, a lifelong desert rat, Oscar nominated artist, and humorist. It’s a collection of humor fact, and tall tales collected from the lives of him and others in the southwestern United States. Oliver eventually handed the reigns over to Bill Powers, who published the final issues.
In it’s hey-day the paper was mailed all over the United States and several foreign countries. Although the volumes have been collected piecemeal in print over the years, they’re rare to find. Desert Historian Bill Oakes managed to compile an entire collection and digitize them for posterity. Without his assistance, it’s likely many of these issues would have never been seen again.
SINGLE ISSUE NOTICE- There are single issues of The Desert Rat Scrapbook also available.
Both the compendiums and single issues are available on Amazon
- September 23, 2020
Welcome to one in a series of many Rugged Dad of the Apocalypse Prepper Compendiums. This one focuses on materials you might need to survive a chemical/biological/radiological incident.
Here’s the versions of this book in order of importance:
1. Print. Yup, like a regular book you put on the shelf and everything.
2. Kindle. This way you can read it on all your devices, at least until the world ends.
This book is a self-study manual that is part of a larger series of courses and texts that comprise Prepper University. For more information on a formal learning process to prepare you for the apocalypse, get in touch.
PDF format with BONUS add-ons. INQUIRE BY E-MAIL ABOUT THIS OPTION.
- September 16, 2020
Have you thought about deschooling your kids, pulling them out of the public schools and doing something different?
Homeschool – School from Home- Pandemic Pods- Travelling Fulltime- Roadschooling- Unschooling
It doesn’t matter what you call it. The main thing is that you are now in charge of your child’s education, not the government and not strangers.
I will answer the two main questions you probably have: How do I pull them out and what do I teach? Then I’ll answer a lot more questions that will come up- SAT’s, socialization, sports, expenses, resources, and more.
This book will show you how easy it can be to take charge of your kids and what they learn before you turn them loose as adults.
- September 8, 2020
This might be the most valuable free training opportunity you’ve ever seen…
But first a warning… there’s a great big catch. It’s something you have to watch out for.
So it’s a live “Launch Masterclass” with 10+ hours of training – for free.
It’s all about launching your course or product or service (or even your full business if you’re just getting started), and it’s by Jeff Walker (the guy who invented online product launches). It’s the course I use for all my launches and those I do for my clients.
There are three different sessions, each building on the prior lesson.
The three sessions (or lessons) will make up a complete course (that’s why it’s a masterclass). There’s going to be a bunch of other cool content available too.
And it’s all completely free.
You can get registered for the masterclass at this link:
Here’s the catch: the entire training is going to be delivered LIVE… so this is a time limited offer. There will be recordings available, but only for a limited time. So you need to go sign up and get registered now:
P.S. The “Launch Masterclass” is only going to be available for a few days. Get it here:
Product Launch Formula Masterclass
**The links above are affiliate links. It means if you click on them and buy, I make a few pennies off each sale without you spending more. It’s a neat way I help supplement my income and help out people I know with their launches.