Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Best purchase under $100: The Cord Roll

Our Best Purchase under $100 series continues with a cool little travel companion, The Cord Roll, created by pilot, Shane Thompson. 

"I am a full time international long haul Pilot for QANTAS Airways here in Sydney... so I travel A LOT (!).

18 months ago I launched a brand dedicated to solving those small problems that we all face, particularly when travelling - that end up taking you away from 'the moment'. 

With a passion for design that started as a child, my first product came from a very authentic place, after using my phone all around the world to listen to music and find my way. This first product is The Cord Roll. Made from full grain cow hide, it allows the user to keep their headphones and charging cables in the one spot, and UN-tangled."

Learn more about The Cord Roll at www.afternoonswithalbert.com

Sunday, 14 January 2018

HOT SPECIAL: Boheme Leather Retro iPad Case/Folio NOW $100 (was $149.95)

This stylish leather folio is perfect for travelling business people. It features a number of pockets and compartments to accommodate your phone, wallet, pens, notebook, documents and even your iPad or tablet - you'll be prepared for anything! 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Inspiring People: Damon Nailer, www.daril.org

Many people (myself included!) aspire to write a book. But how can you maximise the reach and impact your book has on your readers? If you are writing a non-fiction book, then creating an online course that complements your book could be a viable option. This is exactly what Damon Nailer did, and how he did it...

1. Tell us your story:
My name is Damon Nailer. I currently reside in Monroe, La where I serve as a consultant, educator, author, motivational speaker, and program/online course creator. On the personal side I am a devoted husband and proud father.

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
I had conducted research about creating various ways to earn income from your book besides books sales when I discovered the concept of converting your book into an online course. This idea truly resonated with me since I am an educator. Therefore, the goal was to create an online school by developing my book and newly released coaching program into two full-fledged online courses.

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals? 
I devised a plan which was to convert 4-5 chapters a week which would give me about a month as a deadline to complete the course. 

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
My biggest challenges were carving out time to do the work as well as finding the most suitable platform to host my online course. I miraculously found time to complete the conversion and after research I discovered the best platform for the course. 

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
What inspires me the most when I face a challenge while pursuing any endeavor is looking forward to experiencing the exhilarating feeling of completing the task/attaining the goal after overcoming the obstacles.

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
1. Set realistic, tangible/measurable goals. 2. Make sure to create a timeline and set an overall deadline but be prepared to make adjustments in your time frame to accommodate unforeseen obstacles and circumstances that may arise. 3. Stay the course and remain focused until you reach the goal. 4. Have patience. Sometimes reaching the goal takes longer than you may anticipate. 5. Be flexible because you may have to alter your strategy or methods to obtain the goal.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve? 
My next goals are to create more courses for my online school and publish another book and inspirational eBook within the next 1-2 years. 

Damon Nailer is truly a "Renaissance Man" wearing the following hats: consultant, speaker, author, educator, and program/online course creator. Learn more about Damon at www.daril.org

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Friday, 29 December 2017

Customer Comment of the Week

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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Inspiring People: Olivia Djouadi, online psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor

At nine years old, Olivia Djouadi was told that she may not live past 30. When she passed this milestone, she started to rethink her life and career. Olivia is now an online psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor and we are excited to share the story of how she got there...

1. Tell us your story:
I am Olivia Djouadi UKCP from London UK and now work in my dream career as an online psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor. The training took a total of seven years and I continue to update my knowledge yearly. As a student in the 1980s my family were lucky to have a Apple 2E computer and my love of these machines that connected people began. During my training my computer gave me access to expertise from both America and Europe and I thought people who are time limited due to work, activities, and disabilities could gain my expertise in order to improve their wellbeing and for some a path out of trauma.

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
I had been given a sort of lifeline when I lived past 30; I heard at 9 my type 1 diabetes may finish my life at 30 and I really believed it. Suddenly having a future took some excavating in my past, so I got therapy which was life-changing. I knew this was the career I wanted and knowing it took years to train challenged me to make a long-term goal. Reaching that goal meant I could not only assist individuals in my own area, but online as well after additional online training. 

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals? 
I researched my university options. After the first year at one place, I transferred to another which was a great fit. I knew the training involved both class time and placements at a variety of clinics and GPs. I saw it as a step-by-step process that would continue even after training ended.

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
My biggest challenge was a mild stroke I had four years into training. At the time I was training at one university in traditional psychotherapy, training at another in online counselling, and doing placement hours. I stepped back from client work until I was ok, then I continued on my training journey.

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
The clients I had were so inspiring and I saw each one progress in their own ways. I also saw some overcome some huge emotional situations and achieve new goals. I work with severe trauma and also chronic illness which is challenging but also saves lives.

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
Keep going, you may get tired or stressed however little steps along the way will help you reach your goal. Break your goal into steps because the entire goal can seem too much at the start. Get a mentor. As well as getting therapy I also contacted experts in my field.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve? 
I would like to establish a worldwide trauma network that people can go to so they can get the support they need either in their own countries, or in another with qualified practitioners. 

Olivia Djouadi UKCP accredited psychotherapist and online counsellor and supervisor in the UK and worldwide. Connect with Olivia at www.therapywitholiviacom.ipage.com/index.html, or on her Facebook page 

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

My Top Gift Tips: Tegan Groombridge, Digital Marketing Manager

Tegan Groombridge is an advocate of "put more thought in than money" when is comes to gift-giving. Tegan kindly shared some of her other gift tips and experiences with us...

1. The best gift I ever received was...
"A bangle that said I love you to the moon and back. My husband has said this from the first time he loved me and still tells me everyday. I wore that bangle to death and even though the silver has worn it's now in my memory box."

2. The top gift on my wish list is…
"Shoes, always shoes - This year it is sparkly silver stilettos from Debenhams by Faith. You can never have to many shoes."

3. The best gift I have ever given was…
"When I gave my husband a pin celebrating the Liverpool Football Club Treble from the year he was born, I gave it to him on our wedding day as part of my speech as his something old - he cried."

4. The hardest person I have ever had to buy a gift for was...
"My Uncle. He hates surprises, he hates people guessing and I really don't like buying something off his list. He is always very grateful for what we give but I would love to surprise him."

5. The best last-minute gift is...
"Socks. Everyone needs socks and we all love socks but we don't like having to buy the essentials for yourself. They are a great budget present, easy to find and you can't upset anyone with a good pair of socks."

6. My hot gift buying tip is… 
"Put more thought in than money. I bought a t-shirt at my friends wedding abroad and when she had her son I gave her this silly child's t-Shirt that said "Someone that loves me went to Mauritius" (I kept that t-shirt for 5 years and it cost pennies) - she also cried when i gave it to her!"

Tegan and her husband, Colin

Tegan Groombridge is the Digital Marketing Manager for My Favourite Voucher Codes, a money saving voucher codes website who donate 20=% of their profits each month to worthy causes. In her free time Tegan is a keen rugby player for her local team Chipping Sodbury Ladies, she loves running and is currently trying to beat her PB of 5km in under 34 minutes.

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