Relationships – The Balance Between Love and Freedom

Love is not an exclusive relationship; love is a quality and depth of being. Our outer relationships are a mirror of our basic inner relationship with ourselves. Relationships are a balance, a development and a dance between our male and female qualities. All people seek love, joy and harmony in their own way. We all want to be loved for who we are. We all want to be acknowledged and accepted for the unique individual we are. The problem in relationships arises when we seek our own center, our own source of love, in another person. We seek a source of love outside of ourselves.

The problem in relationships is that the other person also seeks after his own center, his own source of love, in the other person. In this way both persons will sooner or later feel disappointed and cheated, because of their expectation on the other person. It is first when we let go of the idea and expectation that the other person will give us the love that we do not have inside ourselves, that the base for a really loving, satisfying and meaningful relationship is possible. It is first when the relationship becomes a giving of love, instead of a taking of love, that the relationship becomes really nourishing and satisfying. As long as we look for the source of love outside of ourselves, we will eventually become disappointed and disillusioned.

It is first when we can relate from our inner being, from our inner center, from our inner source of love and truth, that relationships becomes really loving, creative and satisfying. It is first when we discover the source of love within ourselves, which is our true nature, that we can become really happy and satisfied. As long as we need another person to cover up our inner feeling of emptiness, to cover up our inner darkness and loneliness, the relationship will sooner or later end up in disappointment frustration and disillusioned expectations. It is first when we no longer need the other person to fill our inner emptiness, that we consciously can relate from our inner being, from the authentic self, from our overflowing inner source of love.

When relationships are based on the expectation that a partner should fill our inner emptiness, it is like offering an empty cup to our partner with the expectation that the partner should fill our empty cup – instead of overflowing from our inner being and filling our cup from within ourselves. The difference between acting out of our inner being, from our inner source of love, and acting out of our inner emptiness, is like the difference between acting out of light and darkness. I have noticed how much of my professional life – as a therapist and a course leader – that has been a way to fill my own inner emptiness and a way to receive love, acknowledgement and acceptance. I notice what a difference it is to be in contact with another person from a desire to get love from the other person or to be in contact with another person without any desire to receive anything from the other person.

When I can rest in my own inner source of love, it creates a joy and a relaxation in me. It also gives me the freedom to give others the space to be who they are in the moment. I have also learnt not to act when I am not in the light. I have learnt to wait to act until I am in the light again. I have noticed that when I can be in contact with myself – instead of reacting automatically and searching love outside of myself – I can witness my own inner feeling of emptiness, my own need of love from without myself. This awareness changes my need to look for love outside of myself and it makes my own inner source of love begin to flow from within myself. It is awareness and acceptance that allows me to be with myself and witness my own feeling of wanting love from without myself. It is like being with this feeling and embrace it like a mother embraces her child. This awareness and acceptance makes me come back to my own center, instead of seeking source of love from without myself. I also notice that the more I can accept both when am in the light and when I am in the dark, the more this awareness and acceptance makes more light than dark moments arise.

A key to relationships is to know the difference between when it is time to hold on and when it is time to let go. The criteria are the degree of joy and satisfaction that the relationship creates. If there is love and truth in the relationship, life will sustain the relationship by itself. If there are not love and truth in the relationship, it will change. Expectations are the basic problem in relationships. Expectations are ideas of I should be, how my partner should be and how the relationship should be. When the relationship does not fit with our preconceived ideas and expectations, we become disappointed.

When I told a beautiful woman who I had a relationship with that I loved her for the first time, she did not answer back that she also love me. Instead she was silent for a long time and then she said: “You are courageous to say that!” Her own truth was that she was not ripe at that moment to say that she also loved me. At that moment she was not ripe to take the commitment that it means to say to another human being that “I love you.” I had no expectation that she should say that she also love me. For me it was a giving without expecting anything in return. For me it was a way to overflow from my inner source of love and truth. Instead of asking if she loves me, it is simply more creative to ask myself if I love her. It is a sharing of my love – and then it is up to the other person what he or she wants to do with it. He or she does not have to do anything with it either.

What is the difference between the love pole and the freedom pole in relationships? Relationships are a balance between love and freedom, where often one partner chooses the freedom pole and the other partner chooses the love pole. The freedom pole means that the partner chooses his own freedom, independence and individuality before the relationship. The love pole means that the partner chooses love, to be together and the relationship. It is like the image that one partner is always trying to run away from the relationship, while the other partner is running after. Earlier I have almost always chosen the freedom pole in relationships, but in one of my latest relationships I found myself in the love pole as she continuously chose her own freedom and independence before the relationship. It did not bother me as I loved her and it was also a valuable meditation for me. But I could also see that if the relationship should be alive and develop, both partners need to have a basic commitment to the relationship. Both partners need to have a love for each other so that these two poles do not become a mechanical way of reacting. If there is love and truth in the relationship, life will sustain the relationship by itself. If there are not love and truth in the relationship, it will change.

Through learning to both be alone with ourselves and to relate in love with other people, we can easier appreciate and accept when life offers us periods of both love and aloneness. It also makes it easier to see when it is authentic to be alone with ourselves and when it is authentic to relate to other people. Some people cling to relationships to avoid meeting their own aloneness. Other people chose aloneness so that they do not have to relate with other people and risk being hurt or betrayed. Through learning to both be alone with ourselves and to relate with other people, it gives us a new freedom to relate to life. It gives us a new joy and freedom in both being happy and satisfied in our own aloneness and in relating with people in joy, acceptance, trust, friendship, humor, playfulness, understanding, compassion, silence, sincerity, freedom and a sense of oneness in love.



Source by Swami Dhyan Giten

Choosing Dingy Davits For Your Boat

One of the pleasures of cruising is dropping anchor out at your preferred gunk hole and launching the dingy and taking in the sights of the area or visiting other vessels; it’s a great way to meet new acquaintances. But if your dingy is not very accessible or hard to launch, you will not likely use it often.

All tenders require adequate storage. Towing is not always practical and can be dangerous in bad weather. The same goes for on deck storage; a big wind and you may lose it. But if properly setup your yacht with the proper davit system, your tender will offer carefree service.

However before you select your davit system, you’ll need to select the right tender for your boating needs. Do you prefer a rigid dingy or inflatable? Remember punctures are very common with inflatables? Where will it be used? On the high seas or inland waters? How big do you need her?

Many of the answers to storage locations and systems lie in how large it is and much your dingy weighs.

There are 4 standard davit systems ready to store a dinghy:

· clip-on, where the dingy lies on its side on the swim platform;

· stanchion mounts on the transom, the dingy hangs over the stern;

· rotating davit mounts on the decks; and

· hydraulic – powered lifts mounted to a swim platform to raise large dingies or personal water craft.

Clip-on davits are a great product. Weaver Davits, one of the lead marketers, are an economical selection for trawlers with swim platforms and small tenders and outboard motors up to 10 horsepower. But the outboard must be removed from the tender before hoisting out of the water. Most boaters have an outboard motor storage rack attached on the transom for easy access. Another worry is raising the tender from a horizontal position in the water to a standing position for storage. Weaver Davits are limited by the weight of the tender. I have the davit system on our trawler and I could not be more pleased. We can launch and recall the tender in less than 10 minutes.

Stanchion mounts are secured to the rails, deck or transom. Designed for heavy dinghy-engine setups, these davit systems come with universal riser arms for a custom fit to your yacht. Big dingies may call for optional support kits attached on the transom or swim platform. When properly installed, the tender rests horizontal from the stern of the boat. On these installations, the tender outboard motor can remain in place. On a negative side, the tender setup requires a fair amount of hand-operated labor to lift the dingy using 2 block and tackles. These are common setups on sailboats.

Rotating davits raise, rotate and place the dingy onto the foredeck or sundeck. If the deck can sustain the load, these systems can be directly mounted, or the supporting post may be based on a lower deck. Most setups are provided with an electric winch to mechanically lower and raise the tender. Dingies with large motors (15 horsepower or more) often combine a rotating davit on the transom with a cradle for the tender mounted on deck. The setups provide retrieving for the heaviest of tender/motor arrangements. On a down side, these arrangements may place the operator at heights that could be dangerous in rough waters. In addition, care must be made to keep the outboard motor from striking the mother ship as the tender is raised or lowered, breaking windows or damaging the gel coat.

Hydraulic – powered lifts have become popular on large boats to lift big dingies or personal water craft. Most are complicated and not easily owner installed. Prices for these davit systems increase as the lifting ability increases- the heavier the dinghy, the more high-priced the davit system. To use, the lifts are brought down into the water and the tender is driven onto the cradle. A negative feature is that these units may not work well in a following sea.

In most examples when purchasing a used boat, the dingy and davit system is already in place. You will just need to familiarize yourself with it to see if you like it. If you do not, there are other options for you.



Source by Michael W. Dickens

How to Create Your Own Product 2 – Setup and Marketing Approaches

MODULE 1

CHAPTER 12

How to Create Your Own Product 2

– Setup and Marketing Approaches

1.0 Introduction

2.0 Objectives

3.0 Main Content

3.1 Definition of Business Model

3.1.1. Types of Business Model

3.1.2 Email Marketing (Freemium Mixed Model)

3.2 Experts and Friends Appraisals

3.3 Payment Processor

3.4 Traffic, Traffic, Traffic

3.5 Launching Your Product

3.6 Two Important Decisions

3.7.0 Selling on Your Own Personal Website

3.7.1 Benefits

3.7.1.1 Be Your Own Boss

3.7.1.2 Cashing in on Your Virtual Authority

3.7.1.3 Ever-flowing Streams of Residual Income

3.7.1.4 More Opportunities

3.7.1.5 Top Secret Reason Why You Should Create Your Own Product

3.7.1.6 Expert-In-The-Making

3.8 Challenges

3.9 Selling Your Products on Third Party Websites

3.10 You Are In For the Long Haul

3.11 Rinse and Repeat

4.0 Conclusion

5.0 Summary

6.0 Assignment

1.0 Introduction

I covered most parts of this process in the preceding chapter. I purposely did that so I can have enough time and space to discussed other critical factors that may affect the profitability of your digital product(s).

The area so far covered include:

  • The Process
  • The Act and the Art, etc.

The following areas are to be covered here in details:

  • Your Business Model
  • Your Long-term Strategy
  • Friends and Expert Appraisals
  • Payment Processor
  • Product Launch
  • Traffic, Traffic, Traffic
  • Two Important Decisions
  • Among Others.

2.0 Objectives

At the end of this ecourse, you will be able to:

  • Know the different methods you can use to market your information product in online marketplace
  • Choose the best method to market your information product for higher profits
  • Choose the best method to market your information product for better control

3.0 Main Content

3.1 Definition of Business Model

Business model is the approach you are using to run your own business, in this case selling your own information product.

There are many definitions of the phrase ‘business model’.

It is only one of them that I am going to use here because, it is not too academic for our practical use.

That one is the definition provided by Investopedia which states inter alia:

‘A business model is the way in which a company generates revenue and makes a profit from company operations’.

3.1.1 Types of Business Model

In this case I want you to decide ab initio on which of the following models you are going to use to do your business:

  • Information Marketing (Mixed Soft/Hard Selling)
  • Email Marketing (Freemium Mixed Model)
  • Blogging (Mixed Soft/Hard Selling)
  • Guest Blogging (Mixed Soft Selling)
  • Forum Marketing (Soft Selling)
  • Niche Site Model
  • Review Site Model
  • There are many more models that could be listed…

You need to get used to one model and stick to it for a while, when you have become conversant with it then you add another one and so on and so forth.

For this reason I will only review only one model here.

3.1.2 Email Marketing (Freemium Mixed Model)

This is the best, simplest and possibly the fastest model to set up your online business and run it into 6 or even 7 figure in the shortest possible time, initially using free and later even paid resources to scale it up for higher profitability.

Running your business on this model involves 5 simple steps namely:

  1. Traffic
  2. One-page website
  3. Autoresponder
  4. Thank You Page
  5. Broadcasting (to email or phone sms)

You can find details of these steps here.

3.2 Experts and Friends Appraisals

Whichever model you choose to run your business on, do not forget to test-run it by yourself as well as using some experts and your friends, before opening it up to the public.

The experts are people with impeccable experiences in your chosen field who are willing to mentor you for success. They will later become your business associates (Joint Ventures) or provide some revered testimonials that will positively impact on your profitability.

On the other hand, you are going to sell to ordinary people like your friends and relations, thus their own side of views can give you some insights that will make your product to be readily absorbed in the market.

So give a sample copy of your own newly created product to them and request for their assessment and testimonials.

3.3 Payment Processor

The next thing to consider is how you intend to collect your money from the sales you make for your information product.

Today in most parts of the world, you can use online payment processor to sale any kind of product on the internet. This was not the case ten years ago when I first began this business.

Just Google for payment processor and you will have enough to choose from, ranging from PayPal, Shopify, WooCommerce, 2CheckOut, Stripe, AuthourizeNet, Amazon Payment, to Google Wallet.

The setting up process is getting easier by the day. Also the instructions on how to integrate them to your website are available on each site. Go there.

3.4 Traffic, Traffic, Traffic

Even when you plan to use other marketers to sell your products as affiliates, you will still need to do marketing by yourself to some extent. This is advisable so that you can get some proves to convince your affiliates on the marketability of your product.

For most beginners with little or no budget, using social media is the preferred way to go. This should be combined with other methods of free or inexpensive traffic like EzineArticles.

I will write more on this in another chapter of this ecourse.

3.5 Launching Your Product

The most important thing to do before your product launch is: planning.

Make a detailed plans of how you are going to swing the market momentum to your side to ensure the profitability from your product sales.

Such plan may include but not limited to:

a) Plan your launch date to start as early as possible, i.e. early planning

b) Get the Big Wigs of the Industry involved – possible make them joint venture partners, give certain percent of your profit.

  1. Make it easy for many people to learn about your product – Social Media
  2. Make Your Product Mobile-Friendly – today the mobile web holds the market sway, it will be foolhardy to ignore it
  3. Make it an Event
  4. Create a Suspense towards the launch date to heighten desire and expectation. This has been proven to increase sales on the launch date.
  5. Take beta pre-dated orders at a reduced price
  6. Use a Press Release
  7. Focus on your Avatar/Persona and not your product
  8. Create Your Universal Selling Point (USP)

There are other details on product launches here.

3.6 Two Important Decisions

There are 2 important decisions that you have to make after your new product is ready for sell. These are:

  1. To sale it on your own personal website or
  2. To sale it on a Third Party Website

3.7.0 Selling on Your Own Personal Website

If you are selling on 3rd party websites, most of the steps discussed above will be a walkover for you, as the company will do them on your behalf.

However there are some benefits that you will also miss for doing so.

3.7.1. Benefits

Such benefits include those listed below among others.

3.7.1.1 Be Your Own Boss

Selling on your own website controlled (managed, hosted) by yourself is the best way to become your own boss. You set your prices, you set your targets, you set your commissions, you set your own time of work, and you set and plan for the level of profits that you want to make.

Have you seen any other business that is sweeter than this?

You are really your own boss in the truest sense of the word! You are in full control and it is you that determines all of your monetization methods.

Building your information product is actually the easiest way to achieve everything that you want in life as well as helping others to realise their destinies and their dreams.

But you will miss all these and subsequent ones if you are selling on third party sites.

3.7.1.2 Cashing in on Your Virtual Authority

As a product owner you gradually build up your Goodwill over time. Of course I suppose that you and everyone else know the importance of a Goodwill. If you want to know more, ask the corporate giants and they will tell you that their Goodwill is worth Billions of Dollars.

And that is worth relying on over time as a product owner. To develop a high-value Goodwill, you need to develop a good product and not a scrap, as well as use your blog, vlog and social media skilfully.

3.7.1.3 Ever-flowing Streams of Residual Income

Residual income is type of income that you don’t regularly and actively work for it to provide a continuous cashflow. You only set up and forget, and the money keep flow ceaselessly to your bank account.

This is different from employment income that you have to work for it on a daily basis.

For your own information product, the initial work may be intensive, but subsequently, you only update it once in a while to keep up with trends in your industry.

The work is decrementally negligible while the product is incrementally profitable.

This means if you have 2 or more products, you can quickly attain a special status: unemployable.

3.7.1.4 More Opportunities

At this level of success you will be open to opportunities to joint venture with the captains of the Industry. And do not be surprise if you thenceforth experience not just success, but astronomical success: unlimited income.

Deals website like Groupon, Bloggers and other marketers with large Lists when properly targeted will open up a whole new world of internet marketing for you full of unlimited pleasant surprises.

3.7.1.5 Top Secret Reason Why You Should Create Your Own Information Product

– Affiliate Program. This is one main reason why you should own some information products online. When many people are selling your products for you, you will surely experience income explosion in your own business.

I have already noted elsewhere that affiliates bring to your business their own expertise as well as their large lists of free and targeted traffic. These are great assets that will have great impact on your business.

Setting up an affiliate program is getting easier by the day. Software like iDevAffiliate and Post Affiliate Pro are almost turning the process of selling your own products through affiliates to an all comers’ affairs.

3.7.1.6 Expert-In-The-Making

Everyone see you as an expert when you write a book. Even if you are just beginning, it is only you and your spouse that know that secret – that you are only a beginner.

If your info product is professionally written (even by a Ghostwriter or Ghostworker as they are often referred to) it opens up several windows of opportunities for you. These include but not limited to Conference Speaking, Guest Blogging, Joint Venturing, etc.

Purse for a while and think on these avenues, it is only expert that are invited to participate at such meetings. But even one product owned by you can open up those opportunities for you. As a newbie when they begin to come, do not be afraid to accept those invitations and confidently perform your work.

The basic truth is that even with this ecourse alone, you know more that 95% of your audience, you are already an expert (at least in the making).

3.8 Challenges

But there are some challenge along the way such as:

– having to deal with Customer Service and

– the Learning Curve involved, etc.

It is for these very reasons that some people prefer using third party websites.

3.9 Selling Your Products on Third Party Websites

There are so many third party websites that are waiting and ready to sell your own product for you. They include but not limited to ClickBank, Send Owl, JVZoo, Payspree, Commission Junction, DPD, Post Affiliate Pro, iDevAffiliate, and others.

You can also sell at Amazon by creating your product in their special format known as Kindle Book to be downloadable and readable in their special device known as the Amazon Kindle Device.

The main advantage all of them have are:

  • the setup speed (some are free, others one-time payment)
  • their wide array of experienced affiliate marketers,
  • payment processor
  • professional customer service and
  • free promo

But they will take the control of most aspect of your business from you. They can also de-list you at will and without any specified reason(s).

I want to state here that for obvious reason, it is better to learn and use both systems to maximize your profits over time.

3.10 You Are In For the Long Haul

When you have a product in the market, you are in this business for the long-term benefits.

What you do now will surely hunt you in the future for good or bad. So be a man of your own word, deliver on your promises and when not possible give cogent reason(s) as soon as possible and make refunds where applicable.

That is: – Transparency.

Over time this will result in positive reputation and a good public image for your business. These are the souls of Internet business.

Notice that most people that you deal with in this business do not know you in person. They only act on trust, please do everything possible on your side to preserve that trust.

Once beaten, twice ashamed, I think that’s a valid saying here.

As you might have suspected this is not a get-rich-quick kind of business. So if you were looking for such type of business, please dumb this one and look elsewhere.

However if you can pull yourself through the learning curve, I can assure you that there is no other business that can pay you returns on your investment that is as high as this one.

You will be unemployable!

3.11 Rinse and Repeat

The process of creating a digital product is as simple as that. Well, as you become more experienced, you can go on to add the fancies and jingles, but for someone who wants to make money as soon as possible, this is all that you will need to set up a successful business.

As the profits roll in, you can then think of other ways to upgrade your product for greater profits. You can also expand to create products in others niches with the sound reputation you built from your initial market niche.

Never be discouraged if you don’t make much money with your first info product. You only need to make sure that it is as solid as gold in terms of quality.

Down the road you will discover that it was the launchpad to your newfound success, a major milestone that shot you to limelight.

4.0 Conclusion

With a good product to sell, you need a little knowledge of market research, SEO and copywriting to launch out profitably. Some of them have been covered while others will soon be covered in other parts of this ecourse.

5.0 Summary

This is the concluding part of what you need to do to set up the information product you created and sell profitably.

Two powerful software (websites shown as images) were also introduced to simplify the process for you.

Next, you will need to create and set up a salespage and that is what we will discuss in the immediate chapter of this ecourse

6.0 Assignment

By now you might have started this business using Affiliate Product. This is important so that you can be making money along the way while working on your new product.

Please go over the last two chapters again and start experimenting on those ideas in your mind.

Yes, you can!



Source by David Udofort

Christie Marie Sheldon’s Love Or Above – Unbiased Review Of The Love Or Above Toolkit

Have you tried manifesting your desires with little – no success? Do you feel like the law of attraction and other associated practices are working against you?

If so then the following Love or Above review may be the most important post you’ll ever read!

When I first got wind of Christie Marie Sheldon’s Love or Above toolkit I was instantly intrigued as I had previously finished her Unlimited Abundance course and found it to be very useful. I immediately signed up for the Love or Above breakthrough kit to see what I could learn about the “toolkit” and Christies new program.

That’s why in the subsequent Love or Above review we’ll break down what Love or Above is and what it’s intended to do to help you make a more educated decision on whether or not it’s right for you.

So what is it?

The Love or Above toolkit is an online coaching program for individuals looking to achieve more in their lives and generally live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. It’s delivered in a series of audio, video and documented sessions whereby intuitive life coach Christie Marie Sheldon teaches people how to raise their vibration.

Assuming you’re already aware and familiar with the term raising your vibration, you’ll already have a good grounding for understanding what Love or Above is intended to do. In case you aren’t familiar with the term it basically means to increase your state of consciousness/ awareness.

Raising your vibration is associated with many different practices, both spiritual and science based. The law of attraction for instance lays reference to raising your vibration and even spiritual practices such as meditation center around increasing a person’s state of consciousness.

As you can see the understanding of raising your vibration certainly isn’t new! Meditation alone has long been practiced by many different cultures and civilizations and is just one example of many.

How Does It Work?

There’s been many publications written over the years around this topic and vast amounts of research which do indeed signify that raising your level of vibration can be beneficial. One of the more prominent figures to research this subject was Dr. David Hawkins who actually went onto release a book on the topic from which Love or Above references.

As a result of his findings David charted the scale of human consciousness which could be used as a guide to categorize the state of consciousness associated with a person’s vibrational frequency. The lower section represents emotions such as guilt and anger, as you climb the scale the emotions become more positive and represent emotions such as joy and love with the scale capping once a person reaches “Enlightened”.

Although the accuracy of this chart remains to be seen it is a useful tool for roughly gauging a person’s state of consciousness. Shockingly though, David concluded that the average person is reaching somewhere in the region of just 205 on a scale of 0 – 1,000!

The problem for many is that they are carrying too much emotional baggage and have negative energy blocks that stop them from raising their vibration. This is where Christie Marie combined her own extensive knowledge with that of the finding’s of Dr. David Hawkins to develop the Love or Above toolkit.

Essentially Christie teaches you how to remove these negative energy blocks and start climbing the scale of human consciousness. The aim is to reach the “Love” milestone which measures at 500 on the chart. Anyone said to reach the Love milestone is living at a state of peace and content with the attitude required to manifest positively.

Conclusion

To wrap up my Love or Above review I would definitely recommend the course to anyone wanting to make lasting changes in their life. I was already a fan of Christie Marie and what she teaches from her unlimited abundance coaching course and Love or Above is a great addition.

There’s a great little community to get involved with as well, sharing your progress with like-minded individuals is always beneficial. Before committing to change though it’s important to understand what you want to change and how you plan on changing it.

Christie is a great coach and certainly someone worth listening to. The sessions are short, packed with useful information and leave you feeling positive and ready to take action. Love or Above is definitely going to grow a wider audience and worth checking out.



Source by Ricky P O’ Shea

Using Freshwater Aquariums to Decorate Your Home

The simplest form of fish to display would be using a single fish bowl or a small 2-gallon aquarium. Using either would require some type of substrate (gravel) and decorations. You might decide to use cold water fish such as Bettas (Siamese Fighting Fish) or Goldfish. Both like colder water, which means it’s not necessary to have a heater. Fishbowls also don’t require filtration. Both Bettas and Goldfish enjoy a simple diet or flakes or pellets and would require weekly water changes. Be sure to keep them away from high traffic areas as too much activity is stressful to any type of fish. Bettas tend to be aggressive, so you can only have one in a bowl or aquarium. Goldfish do just fine alone or in groups.

Even if you are a beginner aquarists, you can keep warm water fish that are simple to care for. Warm water fish require temperatures between 72-82 degrees, meaning they will require a heater. Easy care species include Black Mollies, White Clouds, Danios, Swordtails and Guppies. These fish can dwell together in a community tank with few problems. All of these species are hardy, lively, can live on flake or pellet diets, active, small and long-lasting. The aquarium would require a 10 percent water change to keep the water fresh and healthy.

Aquariums can be decorated according to your personal taste, using any color preference and the many types of decorations are limitless, so matching any décor would be very easy to do. I personally have a 55-gallon aquarium with one Red-bellied Pacu. My tank is located in my dining room. My living- and dining room consists of off-white and black furniture. My aquarium has white gravel with black slate rock pieces, as well as a solid black background. Before the Pacu grew large, there were also black and white plants as well. The tank is on a black wrought iron stand and blends in perfectly with the surrounding décor. The only downside to an aquarium of this size is not being able to move it around at will. It is in an ideal spot away from windows to prevent algae growth, and it is also away from heavy traffic areas.

The aquarium is a great conversation piece, as visitors are always enthralled with the size of my Pacu and its care. My Pacu is about the length of my forearm and will eventually need a larger tank to support his girth. What started off as a way to fill empty space has evolved into a large aquarium that holds a lone fish species and is a very beautiful decorative accent in my home.



Source by Marvis L Burdette

Norton Internet Security Overview – All About Norton Products, Subscriptions, and Customer Service

If you want the best possible protection you can get for your computer and phone, Norton Internet Security is worth consideration. There are different versions available at various prices, depending on the level of security you need. You can choose Standard, Deluxe, or Premium, all three of which defend against viruses, spyware, ransomware, malware, and other types of threats. There is also a free Basic version, which is worth trying, but has its limitations. It’s better to go with a subscription plan.

Regardless of which version you choose, you can count on a 100% guarantee. From the moment you confirm your subscription, Norton experts will be there to help you install the software on all of your devices. Customer service is available 24/7 and easy to get a hold of.

Norton Internet Security is compatible with Windows, MAC, Android, and iOS Operating Systems, so you can install a version on every device you have. The software installs in minutes and is rated very high in usability. There is a 100% guarantee. If you end up with a virus, you will get your money back. Norton is so confident in their protection capabilities that they give this guarantee.

Cybercriminals are a big threat nowadays. It’s not enough to use a free basic antivirus program to keep your identity and personal information safe. This is why you’ll want to consider Norton security products. They help protect users against all types of cybercriminals who would steal your financial and private information. You’ll also be shielded against scammers and phishing emails while you’re surfing or socializing online.

Importance of Norton Internet Security

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Source by George Botwin

The Importance of Differentiating Between Love and Infatuation in Relationships

In one of the local dailies, there’s a popular segment where people usually seek advice on relationships or matters of the heart and is a must read for many couples. I usually read it to get an insight on what really happens behind closed doors of many relationships and I must confess marriage as an institution is slowly crumbling before our eyes. Recently there was one lady who gave her age as 21 years whose story caught my attention bugging me into writing this article, she was lamenting about a situation that had befallen her and was seeking advice on what to do. She had fallen in love with a married man who was also her boss, and at first she thought it was lust but as days passed it matured to love. Now the gist was that her love interest was transferred to another work station which meant more responsibilities for him and less time spent together but he always find time for her whenever around. The prolonged absence as a result of his busy schedule was affecting her work performance and other socio-related activities as he had promised within a year to settle with her. Now she was confused about the relationship and started having doubts whether it was tenable.

The first thing that popped up in my head after reading it was:-

· Is it possible she was confusing Love with infatuation?

· Blurring her reasoning and making her oblivious of the fact that such relationships will never see the finish line.

First what is infatuation? Oxford Dictionary describes it as very strong feelings or attractions for somebody or something especially when these are unreasonable and do not last long, while Love has many definitions, the best one for this situation is a strong feeling of affection for somebody that you are sexually attracted to.

Hence from the above definitions is it likely that the lady is infatuated with the guy? Or it’s just pure Love in the making, and probably she just wants to have a family with him. Those advocating for Love, please review the above situation, and compare it with your version of what is Love or my above definition. Does she really meet the threshold to call that Love after your careful review, personally my compass is pointing at infatuation but maybe I’m influenced to view it in a narrow perspective due to pre- conceived notions developed by the society in such situations.

As a realist, I’m forced to say she’s suffering from infatuation and defending my position with the following reasons and facts. First, she’s starting to have doubts and is feeling confused with the whole arrangement showing her indecision about the relationship. Secondly, the strong feelings she has for him coupled by his absence and busy schedule are rendering her unproductive at work despite the guy making time whenever he’s free. Thirdly, outrageously expecting the guy to leave his family and genuinely start a new one with her within a year. Fourthly, she’s becoming unreasonable by demanding to spend more time with the guy knowing he’s married and his busy schedule.

In fairness, the lady is still young and maybe lacks the experience in discerning true love and infatuation. Due to her strong feelings for him, she’s blurred in seeing the obvious tell-tale signs of a doomed relationship and clings on a flickered hope soon to be extinguished by reality. It might be a harsh lesson for her in the end but she will gain an invaluable life experience in preparing for the tough road ahead.

Most of us have been snared by infatuation at some point in our life making us believe that we’re truly in love but due to the strong feelings our reasoning is blurred and we often ignore the cold hard truths about such relationships. We choose to view such relationships in a single perspective that fits our dimension and shut out anyone deviating from our thinking making us develop unreasonable demands from the other person with the hope of sustaining such relationships.

Infatuation is like a fad as time passes by doubts start creeping in, our reasoning starts to become clearer and the strong attraction wears off gradually as reality sinks in, and automatically we’re inclined to move on to the next best thing.

Even though it’s difficult at first in differentiating Love from infatuation, we should try as much as possible in being level headed and view any relationships with a different perspective to see its viability. Take time and see if those strong emotions or attractions can develop into Love, check the circumstances that led to it, lastly ask yourself if it’s making you to be unreasonable.

In the end you’ll know if it’s true Love or Infatuation.



Source by Van Nchogu

House Insurance Companies Guide: Questions to Ask When Looking for Insurance Coverage

What is home insurance, exactly? A Typical policy will cover repairs or even reconstruction of your home if it is damaged by common dangers such as fire, lightning, vandalism, etc. If you live close to a body of water, you might get flood coverage as well. Most house insurance companies will offer coverage that pays for medical and legal expenses if someone other than you or a family member are injured in your yard or in your house.

Some inside items are protected, like your furniture, appliances, walls, and windows, but items such as artwork, jewelry, and other collectibles are not covered – at least in a general policy. Typically, you would have to request special coverage for such items. If you have an expensive collection of art, antiques, jewelry, etc. that you want coverage for, check and see how each homeowners insurance company covers it when comparing quotes.

Another thing to consider is the cost of local hotel rates, or the cost associated with having to live with relative, should your house become unlivable for a period of time for whatever reason. Perhaps it’s being repaired or even rebuilt. Would it be worth it to have coverage in your policy that will help with the additional living expenses if you do have to stay elsewhere? Or do you have relatives or a safe place to stay nearby and are confident that those expenses won’t add up to much.

House Insurance Companies’ Importance of Location

Location obviously plays a huge role in how much house insurance companies are going to charge you for your payments. It’s going to be a big factor, whether you like it or not, if you live in an area vulnerable to a lot of natural disasters. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to afford it, however. You might be able to get discounts if your property has some weather-proof features. Even having a sprinkler system and alarm system setup will go a long way in helping you save.

What does your bank or mortgage lender require? You might only be required to have enough coverage to pay off the mortgage, and not necessarily to repair or replace the home. If you’ve already paid off the mortgage, then calculate the cost of NEWER materials if your home has to be rebuilt. Don’t think about how much the property is worth right now, think about how much it will cost to rebuild each room as well as the entire house. If it’s an older home anyway then would it be better just to have basic coverage and take a risk?

These are all questions you’ll have to ask when you are researching house insurance companies. The best place to start right now is with Lemonade Home Insurance. This company offers a unique, affordable approach to insurance and works with all of the major lenders. You can easily get a quote in seconds.



Source by George Botwin

A Review On The Best Web Hosting Service Providers

Before you pick on a web hosting company you have to make a review of the best web hosting service providers available; you will discover how beneficial they will be to your business and how they will suit your budget. Here is my best web hosting companies:

1. iPage

iPage is an old company which has been in the web hosting industry for the last decade. It holds the top spot with the highest number of distinct features which are accepted by website owners who opt for the company. The company didn’t fare well when it started. But after a few years it returned with a plan aimed at giving cut throat competition to its rivals.

Here are a few features of iPage:

• Virus Scan – this scan takes place on daily basis. It scans for potential malicious attack on the website as a result of visitors uploading or posting on the website. Its security system rectifies any problems that may be discovered by the scan.

• Design tools – Any website needs to look great so as to attract browsers. As a result, website owners will require design tools. Some of these important tools are guest comment bars, photo galleries and blogs. No site can appear appealing without images. Thus, iPage provides all these tools that are necessary.

• Marketing – the company will also aid in the website’s marketing techniques. It ensures that the website trafficking is on a positive level through advertisements in social networks. It’s crucial that the service provider connects the site with the yellow pages.

Pros and Cons of iPage

Pros

• Cost: Unlimited web hosting package costs only $3.5/month.

• Setup is totally free: Absolutely no set up fees for iPage hosting.

• iPage Features: Free advertising, 24/support, and much more.

• Green Web Hosting: iPage is counterbalancing its power use with wind-generated alternative energy certificates. There information centers/ workplaces are typically fully eco-friendly powered.

• Anytime Money Back Guarantee: iPage guarantees 100% refund once you close your account within the registration period.

Cons

• Occasional Up-selling when logging in.

• Webalizer stats for sites aren’t listed separately.

2. Bluehost

Bluehost is among the best options for web hosting for individuals and business owners. It has a well-known repute and was founded in 1966. Bluehost provides a couple of mandatory features such as domain name registration, dedicated web hosting, shared hosting, VPS, and many more.

Features

• Excellent 24/7 US-based Customer Support

• SSH Secure Shell Access

• FTP Access with Web File Manager

• E-Commerce features such as, Agora Shopping cart, OS Commerce Shopping cart, Cube cart

• Password protected directories for enhanced security.

Pros

• Uptime and reliability: Bluehost doesn’t provide for any given uptime guarantee, but assures their customers that it has the most in the hosting industry. Their website’s uptime proves them right at 99.9%. Most of the servers rely on a 10 GB connection, UPS power backup, and robust server hardware to ensure both stable work and elevated productivity.

• User friendly: Bluehost’s cPanel is really great as its interface has been used by millions and millions of users. The cPanel consists of a set of easy tools that aid in the management and administration of clients’ sites.

• Pricing: Bluehost prices are standard for the industry of web hosting; with huge discounts, but only at three-year commitments. But still, the monthly package is very reasonable.

• Support: Bluehost offers various different contacting methods, including 24/7 phone support, email (ticket), live chat, and forums. Their video help center has only 60 seconds, so it isn’t as extensive as a number of its rivals.

• On-click WordPress and E-Commerce setup

• Unlimited bandwidth and disk space

• Free domain with one year purchase

Cons

• Average customer support

• Most of the tools are not included in the base prices, you need to upgrade

• Shared hosting can at times be slow

3. HostGator

HostGator is the world’s leading provider of dedicated hosting, dedicated hosting, vps hosting and reseller hosting services. It’s one of the top web hosting company in the world with over 12,000 servers under management. It hosts more than $2 million domains, making 1%of world’s internet traffic.

Features

• Their web Linux web hosting plans are powered by CPanel, and the Windows hosting plans are powered by Plesk panel.

• Hosting plans include special website building tools, including free website builder and SiteStudio, plus 4,500 free site templates.

• It meets all membership standards for BB Online participation and better Business Bureau.

• Provides Eco-friendly web hosting service (green hosting)

Pros

Price: Their pricing is 20 percent in the initial year. They have promo codes, for example the Swampland25, which gets you 25% off. They have a baby plan of $5.72/month.

Great Service and 24/7 Uptime: It guarantees 99.9% uptime and promises 24x7x365 quality service.

Great Transfer Service and Quick Installation: They have an incredible service of transferring your entire website for you. They also offer a one-click WordPress installation.

Unlimited Everything: They offer everything unlimited except for Hatchling plans (Unlimited domains and sub-domains, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited FTP accounts, etc).

Easy to Use cPanel: The cPanel is open source and is at industry standards. It has lots of documentation and you can receive help form anywhere on the net.

Eco-friendly facilities: clean energy is produced

Cons

Apparent Complexity: Even though it provides support, tutorials and documentation, it does not really try to make the process look easy. Its cPanel is very minimal and portrays a geeky feeling.

High TTFB: TTFB refers to Time to First Byte, which is the time taken by the server to respond to a request. Hostgator’s TTFB is a bit high.

Few Goodies: HostGator gives you 100 dollars in AdWords credit, plus a 45-day assurance in addition to a great site builder. Other web hosting companies gives away cool added features such as, Flickr, Yahoo, and Fotolia ad credits.



Source by Justin Nthiga

Love Or Money

People need love. They also want money. For a poor, unemployed, and depressed family man, it isn’t easy to decide which counts best between the two choices. Love is important; but the wife demands money too.

Dilemma. The one last thing the man could ask his wife, for heaven’s sake, is simply to shut up and listen. And that is, for all human standards, one form of love. Although he has nothing to show his wife, the man clearly understands the value of money. The worst scenario, however, is that the wife understands more clearly the value of both love and money. And probably at the moment she needs money more than love.

There’s this funny story of a couple. Due to a natural and biological cause, the man became extremely lazy. He didn’t want to work. That explains the very fact why he had no money. The wife was a christian. By religious rules and regulations, she had to love her husband until death – a task so herculean that would merit both earthly and heavenly favours. On one sunny, but a little bit windy afternoon, after having seen nothing on the table to eat, she felt a little bit worried. She knew she had to invent something to let her husband go to work. “But how?” she asked herself.

Finally an idea came over her christian head. “I need to talk to my husband immediately,” she mused to herself, “This could only be the solution to the problem,” she added.

So on that sunny afternoon she approached her husband who, at that very moment, was in front of the television watching football. “Dear,” she began. “I have something to tell you.”

“What is it?” the husband replied without turning his head.

“I’ll agree to your proposal to make love three times a day.”

“That’s great!” with a light of a smile, he started to turn his head to where the wife was standing.

“On one condition,though,” she sweetly added.

“Tell me.”

“Get to work so we’ll have something to eat,” she said.

“Alright! That’s fine. Tomorrow I’ll look for a job. You can count on it!”

The wife was very happy. On the other hand, the happiness of her husband was to the fifth degree higher than that of the wife.

The husband knew that the wife’s proposal was the only remedy to his natural laziness.

Sometimes, men are different.

Love or money!

In the final analysis, the two wives referred to above needed both love and money.

Frankly speaking, is love without money possible?

The answer is yes, if not altogether a sincere, resounding no.



Source by Allan Hinautan Amoguis