When Physical Challenges Overtake You

When Physical Challenges Overtake You

 When Physical Challenges Overtake You

In September I had the joy of sharing in a special Facebook live filming of “Fave at 5: Conversations on
the Purple Couch.” With me was our very own Karen Rae who talked openly about health challenges
earlier in her life. Karen talked about physical limitations that for a time reduced her day to one single
activity. Hearing that, I immediately remembered the recall of my own hip replacement.

For ten years I’d dealt with the debilitating pain of failing joints. After finally having hip surgery, the
parts were recalled. “Like the car brakes, Mom?” “Yes, Kyle, like the car brakes.” Pain stopped me in my
tracks. Friends would look at me hopefully and ask, “How are you doing?” And I’d reply, “Fine…”
knowing I wasn’t fine at all.

And then a morning devotional reminded me that our walk with God is not a journey that insulates us
from the world; it’s a journey that gives us hope in the midst of brokenness and despair. A Monroe
street sign may have said it best: “Joy is not the absence of difficulty, but the presence of God.”

Looking back now, I can see God in the details: in the skilled care of a wonderful surgeon, in the loving
care of my family, in the unflagging support of my friends and church. I was not alone in my struggles.

As you know, Karen is passionate about storytelling, knowing our experiences are important connectors.
Why? Because whether we’re celebrating the great times or whether we’re facing yet another
challenge, our shared experiences, those moments of genuine understanding, bring us together. They
encourage and empower us. They fill us with Love and Joy and Peace and Hope, God’s capitalized
versions.

Yes, we’re a community of passionate, driven women who are doing life together! And together, we’re
simply better. Together!

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Deanna Nowadnick

Deanna Nowadnick

Speaker | Writer | Author
www.FruitOfMySpirit.com

about

Deanna Nowadnick

Before my father died, he reminded me that Mom had asked me to write a book. At the time the boys were in college, and the notion of writing was unfathomable. Writers write books. By the time my boys were adults, I’d run out of excuses. I was also at that age when I could pause and reflect.

Fruit of My Spirit: Reframing Life in God’s Grace was my first publishing endeavor. My second was Signs in Life: Finding Direction in Our Travels with God. Both are collections of stories that tell of God’s love and faithfulness. Both tell of His remarkable grace and mercy.

When not writing, I serve as the Client Service Coordinator for The Planner’s Edge, an investment advisory firm in Washington state. I’m active in my church, serving on the Leadership Team and gathering with a wonderful group of ladies to study and giggle over lattes and chocolate. On my desk is a rock with the words “Choose Joy!” etched in it. It’s my inspiration for each day. As an author, it is my hope that my own words might share that joy we find together as children of God.

With Him, it can be so.

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Five Things Your Website Must Have

Five Things Your Website Must Have

Five Things Your Website Must Have

You are moving forward with your business and developing (or improving) your website!
Whether you are starting your site from scratch or improving the one you have it’s
meant for one thing – to grow your business.

There are many features, plugins and extras you can have on your website to make it
look nicer, be more user friendly and fit into your industry standards. A lot of these
things are nice to have, but not necessary. Today we are sharing the five things your
website MUST contain to expand your reach and be more impactful with your site
visitors.

Call To Action Above The Fold

Marketers are constantly debating whether to put the call to action above the fold or
below the fold; unsurprisingly, our vote is above the fold. If you are unfamiliar with the
term, above the fold refers to web content that is visible above the border when a page
first loads. Below the fold refers to the portion of the page that requires the user to scroll
down to view. Putting your call to action above the fold will immediately grab your
visitors’ attention, boosting your conversions.

Secondary Offer

Not everyone is going to purchase your product or service right away, it might take
some time and some more information. A secondary offer is something that allows you
to keep in touch, such as a subscription to your newsletter or following your company on
social media. Your secondary offer should be something that allows you to continue to
provide valuable information that leads them down the path to becoming a client.

Repetitive Call to Actions Throughout Website

Adding multiple call to actions throughout your website can lead to 20% more
conversions. Strategically placed CTA’s gives the site visitor multiple chances to take
the next step in obtaining your product or service. Make sure that your repetitive call to
action is the same offer throughout the site. You want to avoid confusion and keep the
user thinking about the same opportunity as they are reading.

Less Verbiage, More White Space, Video, And Pictures

As much as you want to explain your product, services, and brand, sometimes less is
more. Adding too much verbiage can cause visitors to get lost rather than be inspired to
take the next step.

Keep your website simple and clean, and if you feel like you’re getting too text heavy,
put it in a video! Not only does video reduce the amount of text, but it allows the website
visitor a chance to pause and truly interact with your content instead of scrolling through
pages of text.

Focus On A Unified Message

If you don’t know exactly what you’re offering, your client won’t either. Understanding
your target audience and message is essential in obtaining clients. Clients need to know
what to buy, why they need to buy it and how they can buy when they are looking at
your site. If you are not providing a clear path your message is more likely to resonate
and convert site visitors into clients.

These five simple things are essential for a converting website. Use this list to review
your current site or map out your new site plan. Adding these elements turns your site
from an information resource to your companies #1 sales tool.

Also Read: The Power of Long-Form Landing Pages

Five Things Your Website Must Have

about

Danielle LaFleur

Danielle has over 27+ years in Marketing, IT, and Network design, development, and workforce leadership training. She is the owner of Gray Lux, Inc. She understands the real needs every small businesses has in creating value online and in-person with their clients.

She is dedicated to creating successes for her team and her clients.

Danielle has helped hundreds of small businesses maximize extra revenue streams, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

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The Power of Long-Form Landing Pages

The Power of Long-Form Landing Pages

The Power of Long-Form Landing Pages

When a potential client finds themselves on your landing page the goal is for
them to take action on the offer you are making. One of the more effective
tools is the long-form landing page. Today we are sharing why we think this is
an amazing tool for business owners who offer a product or service that needs
more explanation or asks for a big investment from the client.

Long-Form Or Short? What’s The Difference?

A long-form landing page is composed of a lot of relevant information and
ends with a call to action (CTA).  A short-form landing page feature less
information and gives the CTA sooner. It is commonly thought that long-form
is great if the website visitor needs a lot of information to make a decision and
short-form is better for CTA’s that do not require much more than your contact
information.

Why Use A Long-Form Landing Page?

Long-form landing pages offer a lot of information to a potential customer, this
style of page is excellent if you’re looking for visitors to buy into a specific
result or outcome. If you’re asking them to invest in a high dollar product or
service or into something that is highly detailed this type of landing page
allows for a lot of information, and answers to any questions the potential
client may have. By answering all their questions and concerns you mitigate
any objections to the sale. This is necessary as unanswered questions can
often turn potential customers away.

Why Long-Form Landing Pages are Powerful

Consumers appreciate long-form landing pages because it offers them ample
information. If presented well, consumers will feel informed and ready to make
a decision about your product or service.

Since there is a lot of information you will be providing on a long-form landing
page, it should be visually clean and easy to read. Use a basic but powerful
header, and clean design with ample white space. If there are minimal visual
distractions, there’s less room for you to lose that potential customer’s
attention and their business.

Most importantly, make your CTA clear,  compelling and singular.  You can
make the offer a number of times, but you want to choose one action step that you
are asking them to take. If you offer too many options, the visitor may
choose none. If you have one clear offer and all of the page content leads
them to that offer you are more likely to convince them to take the action you
want. You can say it as many times as you organically can on the long-form
landing page, with different wording, even if you like. Just make sure that in
the end, you’re asking your potential customers to do one thing, and you give
them clear and easy ways to do just that.

If you are selling products or services that ask a lot from the consumer, long-
form landing pages are the way to go. When consumers are given the
information, they didn’t even know they needed, they feel less anxious and
more informed about completing the purchase, and that’s a better outcome for
your business every time.

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about

Danielle LaFleur

Danielle has over 27+ years in Marketing, IT, and Network design, development, and workforce leadership training. She is the owner of Gray Lux, Inc. She understands the real needs every small businesses has in creating value online and in-person with their clients.

She is dedicated to creating successes for her team and her clients.

Danielle has helped hundreds of small businesses maximize extra revenue streams, and has created a process for extracting an ROI from an ROE in training and development which is currently being used in over 100+ corporations.

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5 Things I Stopped Doing In Midlife

5 Things I Stopped Doing In Midlife

5 Things I Stopped Doing In Midlife

You heard it all the time when you were a young mom/wife/career girl who thought 28 was
‘old’ and couldn’t even be bothered to read the labels on skincare products. Why bother with
skincare products? You had great skin! “Wait until you’re my age,” would come from women in
their 40s and 50s, and you’d think ‘my age’ was forever away.

Somehow you blinked, and now you’re the one thinking, “Ha. Just you wait!” The good news is
that while there’s much we leave behind when we hit midlife, there’s also so much we pick
up—ironically by quitting something. Here are five things I stopped doing in midlife, and in
stopping, I started feeling amazing about myself and life in general.

I Stopped Worrying About Whether People Meant What They Said

How much of my life had I wasted worrying about whether or not someone was doing
something because they really wanted to, or they just felt like they ‘had,’ to—heaping guilt on
me for their obligation filling?

When I hit my 40s I realized two really important things:

I did not have to say, “Yes,” and it was completely okay for me to say, “No!” And, I didn’t have
to make up any excuses about either answer.

More, I learned that other people had that same right, and whether they chose to exercise it or
not was not my concern. If I was going to grumble about volunteering for the school carnival,
then I was just going to say, “No, I can’t.”

On that same token, I stopped worrying about whether or not someone ‘really’ wanted to do
something I asked of them. Instead, I expected that their “Yes” meant,”Yes,” and their “No,”
meant “No.” And, because that’s how I started living my life, I never felt guilty accepting
someone’s positive (or regrets) answers. It’s empowering, and it makes everything I do
something done with intention and purpose.

I Stopped Doing Things I Didn’t Want to Do

Realizing that I didn’t need to analyze the intentions of everyone else gave me the motivation
to look at my intentions as well. There are tons of things in this world I still want to do, and I
don’t need to sacrifice those dreams by filling my life with things I do out of obligation and not
desire. Life’s too short not to do everything with a joyful heart, but that means giving yourself
permission to simply say, “No, that’s not something I want to do, but thanks for thinking of me.”
It feels a little awkward at first, but it’s really a matter of prioritizing so you can give your very
best to the things you really want to do.

I Stopped Being Judgmental of Others

Isn’t it funny how the older we get, the more we realize we didn’t know as much as we thought
we did? Hitting midlife gives you the opportunity to look at the way things actually panned out
vs. the way you *thought* they would. You learn that everyone has a story, nothing rarely ever
goes as planned, and compassion and grace in situations feels much better than passing
judgement. At this point in life, showing compassion and understanding is easier than sitting in
judgement. It takes less energy and it open you up to too knowing people you may have
passed by if you were being judgmental.

I Stopped Being Judgmental of Myself

Why are we so much harder on ourselves than anyone else? Why do we settle for so much less
of others but expect we have to be some sort of superwoman who does everything perfectly,
never messes up and always meets everyone’s expectations? Maybe it's our desire to maintain
some sort of control in our lives, but it is perfectly fine to give ourselves some grace. We cannot
be everything to everyone and we cannot expect to be perfect. Look at all the good you do for
your family, friends and community and be proud of yourselves instead of our own worst critic.

I Stopped Living for Tomorrow and Started Living for Today

Tomorrow is never guaranteed. The nurturer in me has always been one to prepare, prepare,
prepare. If I didn’t have a plan and two back-up plans, I felt a bit…lost. But the 40s and 50s are
when you realize that there’s so much to soak up in this moment, in this day. Yes, we need to
take efforts to ensure tomorrow is full of opportunity too, but not at the cost of missing the
beauty of today.

Midlife is a great time to start all sorts of things in life. But, there’s a lot of merit in stopping
some things too! Take a look at your life and figure out where you can say good-bye! You’ll be
surprised at the amazing things that can fill that space.

5 Things I Stopped Doing In Midlife
Karen Rae

Karen Rae

Owner, Fave Lifestyles
www.FaveLifestyles.com

about

Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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Can Compression Socks Help You?

Can Compression Socks Help You?

Can Compression Socks Help You?

For some athletes, compression socks could be beneficial. Here is information on what compression socks are, what they do, and how they might help you. As always, consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

What are compression socks?

Compression socks are snug-fitting socks that apply gentle pressure on the ball of the foot, around the ankle and on the plantar fascia. They are the tightest around the ankle and gradually get looser up the leg. The pressure helps to ensure that things stay in alignment and blood flow is improved while you’re wearing the socks. Compression sleeves work the same way but don’t cover the foot, just the leg.

What Do They Do?

The two most critical things compression socks or sleeves do is improve blood flow, which can lessen pain and leg swelling, and reduce your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a type of blood clot.

The compression helps your blood vessels function better by putting limited pressure on them, allowing blood to flow more easily. As a result, they can keep your legs from feeling tired and painful, keep swelling down, and help prevent varicose veins. Because they keep blood flowing, they can help prevent blood clots from forming.

Who uses compression socks?

Some athletes swear by compression socks. Better blood flow brings more oxygen to the muscles. Not only is this helpful during exercise, but the improved circulation can help muscles recover more quickly following intense or lengthy workouts.

If a doctor has prescribed compression socks, then you should follow their instructions carefully. (Some insurances will cover their cost if they’re prescribed by a physician.) You can also purchase compressions socks and sleeves without a prescription.

Although many athletes believe that compression socks and sleeves improve their athletic performance, there’s no direct evidence of this.

Also Read:  The benefits of wearing compression socks

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