The Holidays Are Approaching

It was 10 years ago when I bought this domain name, and around the same time, my son was preparing to leave for Marine Corps Recruit Training. Too many of our military members will miss yet another holiday this season; and with the climate that America finds itself living through, reaching out to others in kindness ought to be a paramount priority for everyone. I mean, people are leaving here too soon . . .

Anyway, a LOT has changed over the past 10 years, and I wanted to share two personal stories related to a company I joined weeks before my son left for boot camp. I had no idea what had been offered to me or how it would enhance my life.

A Missed Birthday

My son arrived on Parris Island a few days shy of his 20th birthday and I had no mailing address to send him a birthday card. We were NOT on the best of terms back then, but I did want to wish him a Happy Birthday. It was because of a volunteer organization I discovered online shortly after he left,, that I learned that parents of recruits had unknowingly been drafted, and our primary daily responsibility (aside from praying for them) was to write letters to our recruits. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

You have NO idea what a challenge that was for me in the beginning! But here’s where things stand TODAY:

(When you click the image, you can listen to the replay)

Mom’s Christmas Card List

The other story is about my Mother and Christmas. She was the dedicated wife of an Army officer, and an avid Christmas card sender during his 20 year career and beyond. I remember the various dining room tables wherever we lived at the time, being covered with boxes of Christmas cards, envelopes, stamps, pens, and pages of at least 300 handwritten addresses! My Mom would spend days and nights hand addressing every envelope, and signing her yearly greeting from the Johnsons inside every card. And then we would visit the post office to get them all mailed before the ‘rush’. Seriously, Mother started in November because she didn’t believe in late Christmas cards. 🙂

And she absolutely HATED receiving Christmas cards that had news about someone passing away since last Christmas. Invariably, there were cards with that sad news, but they, along with the hundreds of others, hung on our door frames and adorned our tables and mantles as Dad handled the rest of decorating the house for Christmas, and sometimes, the holiday parties hosted by Mom.

Fast forward to 10 years ago . . . I taught Mom how to use SendOutCards (“SOC”) to send her Christmas and birthday cards. She even sent a few to my son, her first grandchild.  She simply chose the card she wanted, typed her name and left the rest to me when it came to sending her personalized Christmas cards . 🙂

Of course, the number of mailing addresses had naturally dwindled over the years, but having those addresses made it almost painless when I had to notify relatives and friends that Mom passed a week after her 80th birthday in May 2015.

I still clearly remember thinking of her as I hand-addressed every 11″ x 16″ manila envelope to relatives and friends and inserted her Memorial and her remaining family’s contact information.

And while I wrote, various images of Mom at a table years ago flashed through my mind.  And I smiled knowing she would so approve of people learning of her passing at any time other than at Christmas, in a greeting card.

Again, I AM SO Thankful for SendOutCards being in my life. Their service has been absolutely life-changing and priceless.

Do You Mail Greeting Cards?

Before the internet, people typically mailed their greeting cards.  Nowadays, sending REAL greetings card through the mail has become a lost art.  Instead, people send ecards or texts wishing others whatever.

At SOC, we believe in acknowledging and celebrating the people in your life while they are living.  So who do YOU know that has a birthday?  Or, how are you getting your holiday cards done this year?  Spending big bucks by having a big box store do them for you?  SendOutCards has THOUSANDS of pre-designed cards and well over 200 Christmas cards:

But the BEST cards are the ones you create by adding your own photos to the inside of any card, or if added to the front, you will be creating a PicturePlus 2.0 Card, a unique, one of kind card limited only by your imagination.  And our cards are typically less than ones you buy from a store.

Click HERE to See How Much It Cost to Send a Card

Of course, you are invited to TRY SOC FOR FREE by sending someone you know a card.  When you go through the short guided video tour, you will be creating a card to mail and will finish by creating your free account, my compliments.  And of course, you can then send cards easily from your smartphone!  (If you sign up from your phone first, be sure you use my ID:  27748; otherwise, start from the website so you can be walked through how to send a free card on me).

If you have any questions, I AM happy to help answer them. Of course, you can also watch the replay of the Virtual Event HERE.

Or even better, attend the next LIVE Atlanta event happening Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST so you will not only be ready for the Holidays but for 2018 too! 🙂

My Hiatus Is Over and That’s Good for YOU!

Almost a year ago, I ran a New Client Special and gained several new clients in a matter of hours. That was an INCREDIBLE day and feeling! There was no sales page, but a wonderful client posted about it on Facebook, and people got an idea of how I could best assist them from

A lot has transpired and changed in the past year. I have been on hiatus while life as I knew it in Daytona Beach came to an end, and I reluctantly found myself back in Atlanta. There’s a testimony I’d love to share about it all, but instead, I want to share what I’ve been up to offline, and the reason WHY I’m offering this New Client Special again.

A week after returning to Atlanta, I was offered a job at a small downtown law firm.  But after 30 days of being offline for 12-14 hours every day, I gave that job back, and decided to drive for Uber instead! You can read those details here.

Who knew I would actually enjoy driving around in Atlanta’s notorious traffic to give rides to strangers? Especially since I had been resisting coming back to Atlanta for over 6 months BECAUSE of the traffic!

I’m so grateful, however, that God’s Blessings (the name of my car), has provided the means for me to semi-climb out of the financial disaster that was my life this time last year.

Since August, I’ve driven over 35,000 miles, easily met and driven over 1,500 people, and currently have 800 5-star ratings. But I’m not trying to kill my car! Besides, I REALLY miss working online as I had been doing for the past 10 years.

To help with increasing my income while simultaneously trying to reduce my driving time, I applied for a few work at home positions that I thought could provide predictable pay. One company was particularly attractive until I discovered that their clients would be in control of the time of day that I work, and that simply is NOT going to work for me.

And this past weekend, I call myself starting a bartending gig at a local establishment. Friday night, I was SO tired and cold when I left, I couldn’t even make myself Uber the St. Patrick’s Day drunk crowd!

Saturday was spent in bed, in pain, with a cold. 🙁 Needless to say, I didn’t go back for my second night on Sunday. Instead I chose to drive to make up for time missed Friday night and Saturday. Confirmation that I made the right decision was earning more in 1-1/2 hours on Sunday than the 7-1/2 hours I donated to that local establishment on Friday!

When I ponder where I was in my life this time last year, compared to where I am now, I AM THANKFUL. He’s making ways out of no way, and I am reminded of the miracles I experienced last year. One of them was the overwhelming response to my New Client Special.

Now that my hiatus is over, I want to get back to helping people who need what I offer online. Below are portions of the email sent last year:

“If you are in need of some virtual assistance help, this is the week to get it – at a “Try It Before You Buy It” discounted rate.

Here are a few of the projects I have been working on for clients:

– Completed a full membership site in a weekend, beginning to end, from scratch
– Revised Powerpoint slides, updating from an older template to a newer template
– Listened to replays of past teleseminars and took notes to help client create slides in PowerPoint
– Created a sales page for a free telesummit and the download page for 19 speakers’ audios
– Created a squeeze page and thank you/download page
– List setup, integration, and initial email messages
– Answered support questions via email
– Researched help desk support platforms and set up a FREE help desk system
. . .
Here is short list of the programs I use:
– Aweber
– Infusionsoft
– Instabuilder and IB 2.0
– Optimize Press 1 and 2
– Powerpoint
– Teamwork
– Wishlist
– WordPress

So now . . . about that special deal I mentioned. You can pick up a package of 5 hours of work for a FRACTION of the usual fee. Just $97 gets you 5 full hours of work, done as quickly as you need it done . . .

There is no sales page for this, so if you have questions, go ahead and email me now.

Obviously, there has to be a limit – because my time is limited like yours. I can only offer this to the first 5 people who send $97 to my special PayPal link. When I see your order come in, I will email you right away and we can get started.
. . .
Now is the time to get those projects out of the way, off your plate, and DONE. I can help. But you’ve got to act now because this special offer goes away soon.

I’m looking forward to working with you!

If you decide my technical skills and expertise could be of assistance and benefit to you, please accept my New Client Special at a discounted rate (available for a limited time) HERE.

If you would rather have a conversation first to see how I can best assist you, then feel free to schedule a date and time on my calendar and Let’s Talk!

Here’s to knowing that I’m looking forward to Making YOU Look Good, and Making Things Work Right!