Do You Remember….

“The Northeast blackout of 2003 was a widespread power outage that occurred throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario on Thursday, August 14, 2003, just after 4:10 p.m. EDT.”

Who remembers this event?  I do and for very different reasons.  You see, we had spent that day at the hospital, with my dying father. He had been diagnosed with cancer five months prior.

My whole family was there that day and after spending the whole day there, we left for the night.  They were all staying with us and it was wonderful for all of us to have the support from one another during this difficult time.

No sooner had we arrived home that the power went out.  It was dark, and so we decided to have an old fashioned camp fire right in my driveway.  It was so dark!!  Not one street light, only the stars, and the moon.  The evening was beautiful and we had a wonderful few hours reminiscing and laughing.

As a reader, there might not seem to be anything extraordinary or mind altering about this night, but for a family knowing that our father would be gone soon, it was sort of bittersweet.  It almost seemed like God, or the Universe had decided that this man deserved a moment in time.  We certainly felt like he did. We always remember that night, and we remember it with sadness, and joy and togetherness. 

We received the call at 5:00 am, that morning and we all returned to the hospital. Our father passed away at 7:31 am on August 15th, 2003.  The sun had just risen.

It was the first time I had seen someone die, but I am glad I was there. Life is so short, time passes, and if you can take one thing from my experience, perhaps it is that to remember to take the time away from your business or busy lives to spend quality time with your family.  We are only on this earth for a very short time.

Tonight is the 14th anniversary of the special evening leading up to a very monumental moment in time for our family.

We miss you, Dad. XX00

 

 

Never Give Up on Your Dreams

Earlier this week I posted on my Facebook page, about remembering the most defining moment of my life, which began with a phone call from a lawyer. I also promised to write a blog post about that experience.

On August 11th, 1998, right out of the blue, my mother who was living with us at the time, received a phone call from a lawyer. She immediately called me at work to relay the message and I will never forget the excitement and confusion I felt when she gave me the message.

The lawyer had told her he had a placement for us. Now what exactly did he mean, I thought? Well, regardless, I called him back right away and he cleared that up for me and in seconds, my whole life changed. “We have a baby for you,” was what he said.

He explained that a young mother had given birth 3-weeks prior, and had decided to give the baby up for adoption because she knew that she could not provide for him, the way she felt he deserved. He said, “Now, I know this is sudden, but if you would like to meet him, we can arrange for that today.” I immediately, and without any hesitation, said, “Yes! We are coming today.”

After I hung up the telephone I sat for a moment, in disbelief.  My head was spinning. The years of infertility, followed by the years of searching for a baby to adopt had finally paid off! At 38-years old, I was going to be a mom! A mom!! When I came back down to earth a bit, I ran out of my office and my colleagues all looked at me and wondered why I had tears in my eyes and looked like a crazy person!

Needless to say,  when I told them what had just happened to me, there were shouts of joy and many tears! Everyone knew how much this meant to me.

I suddenly realized I better get moving. I needed to tell my husband and I needed to tell him in person.

When I got to my husband’s business and ran into his office with tears in my eyes, he was immediately concerned.  I had a hard time telling him about the phone call, because of my tears, but his eyes filled as well. He later told me that once I had explained what had just transpired, and he saw the joy in my face, he turned into a pile of mush himself.  We had almost given up on our dream of being parents, and now in a moment, our life was about to take a very different turn. .  Having a large family had been something we talked about when we first started dating at the age of 15, and now finally 23-years later, we were having a baby!!

So this is a beautiful, joyful story, but it also brings out some very good lessons in life.  We may not always love the cards we are dealt in life, but we can’t give up on our goals and dreams.  Never! My husband and I never gave up on our goal to have a child.  When we saw that it wasn’t going to happen naturally, we found another way.  We wrote over 200 letters to doctors, lawyers, or anyone we could think of who might help us reach our goal.  We reached out to everyone the old fashioned way.  Not one email,  or PM, or Facebook message was sent out.  I don’t even think we had Facebook then. We got our home study done so that we were prepared.  We took all the steps we needed to so that one day if we were blessed with a child, we would be ready.  Of course, you are never really ready, but mentally we were prepared. Eighteen years prepared!

We can use these lessons in our business as well.  If you are not getting the results you are hoping for, then change the plan.  Never change your goal, but change the way you are trying to achieve that goal.  Never, ever give up on your dream – no matter what that is!  Believe in the Universe, or God,  or whatever your belief is – BELIEVE, and make it happen!  We are in charge of our own destiny.  We really are!

Today, 19-years later, my son is on his own.  We have a great life with him – some challenges, but he has a kind, loving spirit and we are so proud of him.  We are so thankful for him and ever grateful to have had this experience.

BELIEVE in your ability to get what you want out of life – NEVER give up.  Go for the gold – be a GOAL digger.

Optimizing your Facebook Business Page

 

 

Thanks to Kim Garnett of Brainy Girl for teaching me!

Follow these steps:

Go to your business page, click on SETTINGS – top right of the screen, then on GENERAL. (left side of screen)

Address each item on this page — edit where necessary (for your preference or need)

Special notes about important settings:

  • PAGE VERIFICATION — Get page verified (follow instructions)
  • VISITOR POSTS — ensure proper publishing options are on
  • REVIEWS – turn ON
  • AUDIENCE OPTIMIZATION FOR POSTS – check on ALLOW
  • MESSAGES – Allow people to contact page privately (ON)
  • TAGGING ABILITY — good way to increase exposure (ON)
  • OTHERS TAGGING THIS PAGE — (ON)
  • COUNTRY RESTRICTIONS — edit accordingly
  • SIMILAR PAGE SUGGESTIONS — CHECKED
  • COMMENT RANKING — Most Recent
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  • NOW CLICK ON MESSAGING

To the right of page — scroll down to Response Assistant

Response time — update or change to your preference

Stay responsive when you can’t get to your computer or phone – YES

To personalize — click CHANGE

Type your personal message SAVE

Send instant replies to anyone who messages your page OFF

SHOW A MESSENGER GREETING — ON

SAVE

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UNDER FACEBOOK COVER PHOTO –

CLICK ON PAGE (top right menu bar)

CALL TO ACTION BUTTON — great way to lead them to a landing page, your e-mail address

COVER PAGE PHOTO — USE this to impact lead generation on FB page.

Use this area to draw attention to promotions, courses, downloads etc.

Create a great image with Canva or Pikmoney

EDIT DESCRIPTION OF COVER PHOTO — click on the photo and add a description in the box to further describe services, or website link, hashtags etc.. CLICK on DONE editing.

(this will ALSO Show up on photos on FB PAGE)

LOGO — Should be company logo, not personal one

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CLICK ON MORE TAB (under cover photo)

To view the page as a visitor – check to ensure it is exactly how you want it to be. Check for spelling errors, etc.

TABS on front of page —

ABOUT TAB —

This is KEY to optimiZing your page   – ensure all your information is visible.

Page NAME — the first word in page name is what google pays attention to — doesn’t have to be the same as business name   (just follow page naming tips on that page)

USER NAME — need 25 likes before you can get custom URL   www.facebook.com/username

SHORT DESCRIPTION — super important — snippet that you see when you go to Google search. Fill it with keywords that will be used to find your page (155 characters)

LONG DESCRIPTION — (use all of the keywords here — no specific character count) Thorough description of what you offer plus hashtags.

PRODUCTS — if you have something to sell

Fill in everything you can.

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LEAD MAGNETS AND REARRANGING TABS:

Manage Tabs —

Templates — choose one that is right for your company.

OR

Go to bottom of page and drag tabs in order you want them to see

For example

ABOUT

VIDEOS

POSTS

PHOTOS etc.

LEAD MAGNETS

(if you use mail chimp or LeadPages)

Go to your Leadpages landing page — publishing options — publish as a Facebook tab

MailChimp (or possibly other mail service providers) — go to account, over to integrations, down to Facebook, log in, complete list to use

Last thing — view page as a visitor. Make sure all looks as it should.

should you have any questions about these tips and procedures, feel free to reach out for clarification.  I would love to hear from you!

Why do you need a VA?

 Being a virtual assistant can be demanding.  It leaves little time for your own business marketing, but self promotion is key to being successful.  So, today, I am taking a few minutes for MY business and I’m going to write my first blog post on my new website. It sort of reminds me of being a mom.  We always find time for our children, but have very little time to even shave our own legs! Well today is  the day.

The one thing I have wanted to write about, ironically, is time management and to describe how a VA can be so helpful to you in that regards.  Having worked in the administrative field for so many years, I know how difficult it is to reach the goals you set for yourself, when you have so many interruptions all the time.   Most of my clients, thus far, also have other irons in the fire.  That’s to say, that some work full-time in the corporate world or some have more than one business interest. When you are working two and sometimes three jobs, it is difficult to build a business. It is difficult to create brand awareness, increase traffic to your website, engage on all the social media sites you should be engaging on and the list goes on.

We have to realize that our specialties may not lie in setting up processes, or graphic design or content creation and such.  The time comes when we need to accept that if we want to be a success, we just might have to accept a little help.

The Virtual Assistant of today is quite versatile.  A VA can be your personal assistant, or your administrative guru.  She can be your organizer, and travel planner.  She can be your technical genius.  She can be your right hand ‘man’ and the person you brainstorm with.  There is no end to what a VA can do and the return on your investment is high!   You may not find all those things in one person, and you may need to hire more than one.  One thing for sure though, once you learn to let go of all those tasks that are bogging you down, you will see your business boom.  You will be spending more time with family and friends, and you will wonder.., “Why did I wait so long?”

 

~ WELCOME ~

Welcome to my new website!

I am a virtual assistant who is dedicated and loyal.  I want to see you succeed.  Your success is my success.    If you are struggling with brand awareness,  and the skills you need to make that happen, then you are in the right place. I can help you!  I invite you to book a complimentary discovery call where we can discuss your business needs!

https://tina-marie.youcanbook.me/