Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Winner is......-New Attitude Give-away 2

The pay-pal give away is closed and it is time to announce the winner. 


The winner is Gricelda Castro.


Please send me an email at lionbiz25@gmail.com with your pay-pal information.  Another winner will be selected within 24 hours if the prize is not claimed. 


Congratulations to the winner!!!!!! Thank you to all persons who participated.

What Words Can't Say.......-Positive Wednesday


Monday, February 27, 2012

Your Successful- Really?- AHHHH MONDAYS

I am feeling very reflective as I type this post. The New Look, New Attitude -Lioness Rebirth Blog Event is all but over. The final give-away (Pay-pal) will close on Tuesday night. A number of blog friends, readers, followers, fellow bloggers came and showed their support. With all of this said, I am feeling very appreciative today. 


I keep reading the comments that says 'congrats on having a successful blog'. I have had the conversation with my mom about what it really means to have a successful blog.  I have learnt in my 29 years on this earth that success is relative. The definition of success varies depending on an individual's perceptions and beliefs. Do I think my blog is successful? The answer for me is neither yes or no. For me, my blog was successful the day I gained my first follower and the day I had my first blog comment. For me, the fact that I had one other person reading my posts, besides me, meant that my blog was successful. 


I don't look at the number of followers, or the stats, or the number of blog friends, or the awards to gage my success in blogging. Yes, they are important; I don't deny that. But, would I still be blogging if I did not have the validation (the proverbial pat on the back)? My answer is hell yes.


In Jamaica blogging is not a common practice. It is not apart of the culture. Many don't understand it and so many don't see the need for it. Besides my immediate family, most persons in my everyday life don't know I blog. Therefore,  my audience is from around the world. They are people I have never met and might never meet. But, we are all joined together by our love for the written word, our personal triumphs and failures. 


So my friends, this has been a journey and what I love about this journey is that I cannot predict the ending. I have said this countless times, the possibilities are limitless.  









Have a fabulous Monday!!!!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

How to Gain More Readers Through Infographics- D.I.Y. Sundays


While a blog is famously known to consist of articles (i.e. made up of words), often times readers need a visual aid to help them digest the information—and no we’re not just talking about having a complimentary photo to make an article look more attractive. We're talking about the very popular growing inforgraphic. 

Inforgraphics tell a story in their own way by creatively and artistically displaying factoids and other interesting tidbits of information on a chart or other animated image. There are extremely eye-catching and can offer an interesting new way to post some of your content. Not to mention they do great for search engine optimization, especially if it gets popular on Twitter or Facebook and goes viral. This means you get tons of new readers.

While typically you need to have some background knowledge in graphic design to create one, there are a few websites that have made it easy for the average blogger to create his or her own infographic for free. The top 3 sites are listed below.

1.      Wordle—Like the name suggests, this infographic-making tool does some really neat things with words. Simply type a few words or even an entire body of text into the appropriate box and the site will automatically convert it to an artistic "word cloud." If you don’t like what the site has created for you, you can tweek the artwork yourself and change colors and fonts as well as themes. It's free to use but make sure you have the latest edition of Java or it won't run—if you don’t know worries, it can be easily downloaded for free. You can then directly post the infographic onto your blog or print it out for free for your records.

2.      StatsilkThis site gives users the opportunity to creatively display a set of statistics that pertain to the U.S. or the world as a whole. This is because this visualization software creates really intricate and interactive maps. Thus, if you get your hands on a set of facts or stats that deal with a certain region, state, or country why not make a map? You can literally paint a better picture for you audience instead of just using words.

3.      Creately—Lastly, this website lets bloggers create all kinds of "creative" diagrams, flowcharts, and concept maps. You may think that you'll never need to use one, but it can be a fun way to explain how something has evolved over time or use it to compare and contrast ideas. The possibilities are endless. The only downside is that the site only offers five free diagrams. Once those are used you have to pay to use its services.
While infographics surely aren't the only way to step outside of the box, they are a great way to start. Don’t forget about video blogging and podcasts too—they can make your readers really engaged. 




By-line:
This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99 @gmail.com. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Look, New ATTITUDE Pay-pal Give-away 2

I cannot believe this day has come. However, my readers made it possible. So,  today is the day that I am able to give back to my readers.

This give-away is to say THANK YOU for: commenting, reading, putting my blog on your reading list, giving words of encouragement and for taking the time to be here in this moment. You are ALL appreciated.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Attitude Blog Hop........

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes. "


~ Charles Swindoll







Monday, February 20, 2012

New Look, New ATTITUDE Give-away 1

This give-away is brought to you by the author of the e-book, The New Death and others, James Hutchings. Mr. Hutchings recently contacted me and requested I do a review of his book. Let me make this clear, I am in no way being compensated for this review. Also, the views expressed are my own. 


First Reaction
I was freaked out when I saw the cover of the book. I honestly think that it does not do the book justice. After examining the cover I thought the book would be filled with savagery and zombies. Just think of anything dark and sinister and that came to my mind. However, that was not the case. For me the cover doesn't adequately  capture the essence of the book. Basically, I am saying don't judge a book by its cover. This is one such book.




The Book
First let me say, I love good literature. I love to read material that will enable me to sink my teeth in it, that will play on my imagination and leave me wanting to turn to the next page.  This book offered all of these things for me. I really appreciated the mixture of myths, legends, folklore and satire that Hutchings presented in the novel. To me, he was in a sense making a commentary of how society has replace certain values with commercialization. However, he did not offer his point of view in a rigid manifesto format or endless paragraphs of triads. The great thing about this book is that you are reading his stories and poems which are enlightening and witty,while us giving food for thought. With all of this in mind, I think the book offers a good balance whereas some of the stories fell flat for me; I found that there were a lot more stood out in my mind. 


You can find copies of this book on Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble




WORLDWIDE GIVE-AWAY


This is my first ever give away on Lioness Rebirth, therefore you must know this book must be deemed a worthy prize.



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Creating Your Brand- DIY Sundays

Today's D.I.Y Sundays post will kick start our New Look, New ATTITUDE week of events, February 19-25, 2012. Remember to stop by tomorrow for the  New Look, New ATTITUDE  give-away #1.



Branding 

When most of us think about a brand the following readily comes to mind:


Meaning: (of goods and merchandise) marked or labelled by a distinctive word or symbol indicating exclusive rights


Context example: branded merchandise is that bearing a standard brand name


However, Angela Bain takes it a step further. According to Bain "a brand is more than the name or visual element used to represent your company. It is the emotional and psychological associations that a person makes with your business, product or service."  Today, we will look at how to create such a brand.



5 Steps to Creating Your Brand


Get a Logo


Get a  logo and place it everywhere. In blogging I have come to realize that a blog's logo often take the form of a blog button. There are certain blog buttons that are synonymous with the blogs they represent. once you see that button you make a connect to the blog. that for me is great branding. In essence I am saying that your logo should be unique should stand out, should represent what your blog has to offer.


Develop a Tagline


Develop a tagline. Write a memorable, meaningful and concise statement that captures the essence of your brand. This was hard for me to do because my blog did not have an obvious niche. For me, my tagline: providing information that matters helped me to carve my niche. It sounds weird but it did. Now i have a better idea of what i want to offer to my readers and my readers will also know what to expect form Lioness Rebirth: the Blog.

    Have a Mission Statement



    I have learnt that on your blog you should have a section that clearly states what your brand is about, what is your brand message and your tagline. This is usually found on the ABOUT page of most blogs. This will help your readers to understand the concept behind your brand. It can also let your readers' to identify with your blog if they agree with or like your massage.


      Have a Voice



      Create a "voice" for your company that reflects your brand. This voice should be applied to all written communication and incorporated in the visual imagery of all materials, online and off. Is your brand friendly? Be conversational. Is it ritzy? Be more formal. You get the gist.

        Be True and Consistent 

        Be true to your brand. Customers won't return to you--or refer you to someone else--if you don't deliver on your brand promise. This has been something that I am often mindful of. There are a number of things I would like to show case on my blog, however I have to be mindful of the fact that my person likes and preferences might no be those of my readers. Also these likes and preferences might not be linked to your brand.  Also, remember to  be consistent.  This can take the form of posting regularly. This was a major challenge for me in year one. I would build a momentum after weeks of regular posting and then stop posting due to the pressures of work or home. This i realized, caused me to lose consistent readers. I had to learn to write on the weekends and schedule my posting for the coming week. Remember if you cannot be consistent, your attempts at establishing a brand will fail. 


          BLOG DESIGNER

          On a note of branding, I would like to say thank you to Jacqui from Wacky Jacqui's Designs. She is responsible for the new look (redesign) of Lioness Rebirth. It has been a long and scary journey to get to this point. Long in the sense that I have wanted to do this for a while now and finally, it is done. Scary because I was afraid that the end result would not be what i liked or wanted.
          I must say that I love the design. I must also commend Jacqui for her time and patience. I know I was a very picky customer but she listened to my ideas and suggestions as well as she gave great advise (you were right about the date). More than anything I love the fact that I was able to get great service for a really affordable cost. If your on a tight budget and want great service and quality check  Jacqui at Wacky Jacqui's Designs.



          Resource site
          http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/77408

          Friday, February 17, 2012

          3 Incredible Health Benefits of a Smile- Guest Post

          This is the first instalment for the New Look, New Attitude Lioness Rebirth Blog Event.

          A smile- whether it's achieved consciously or subconsciously, it’s seen as a symbol for  
          w        warmth, happiness, and  friendliness all  around the world. While it’s understandable that        
                     there may be a time where you don’t feel much like smiling, it’s important that you do-  
                     smiles are  actually a powerful tool that can promote health and overall well being. 
                     That said, to learn why you should never forget to smile even on your  saddest days, 
          continue reading below.                   

          Eliminates Moodiness
          Smiling is not only a by product of being happy—it can actually help produce happiness. This is why some researchers suggest that forcing yourself to smile even when you’re moody can actually lift your spirits and make you feel better. In fact, one British study says that one single smile has the same effect as eating 2,000 chocolate bars—which means you get the added “feel-good” chemicals that chocolate provides like dopamine and endorphins without the risk of gaining weight.

          Can Expand Life Span
          According to another study from Wayne State University, your smile may actually also predict how long you will live. These findings were concluded after researchers examined the photos of more than 230 Major League Baseball players from the early 50s. Those that had large, “beaming” smiles lived an average of 79.9 years of age, while those with only partial smiles lived an average age of 75 years of age. Those who didn’t smile at all only lived an average of 72.9 years of age.

          Boosts Immune System
          Lastly, smiling can help boost your immune system because it triggers a portion of your brain that makes it believe that everything is “ok” when you are stressed, anxious, or scared. Thus a smile can stop the production of adrenaline—a stress hormone that can actually hinder your immune system.  Therefore a smile could potentially make your body stronger to fight illnesses.

          By-line:

          This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online universities advice.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com.



          Thursday, February 16, 2012

          New Look, New ATTITUDE!!!!!

          For the week of February 19- 25, 2012, Lioness Rebirth will be all dressed up and showing off our New Look, New ATTITUDE!!!!!!. 


          This week long event is designed to introduce the concept of Lioness Rebirth (information that matters) to our new follower and embrace and appreciate our loyal readers.


          It is also an event that will reassure our loyal readers that although Lioness Rebirth has taken on a new image our core values will not change.Therefore, the essence of Lioness Rebirth that you hold dear will not be wiped away with this new ATTITUDE. This essence will only be enhance.


          With that said, there will be a number of exciting posts, reviews, hops, prizes and give-aways as a part of  The New Look, New ATTITUDE Event.


          Here is a break down of the Week's Events:


          Sunday, February 19, 2012
          DIY Sundays- Creating Your Brand


          Monday, February 20, 2012
          New Look New Attitude Give-away 1-  (Give-away ends Thursday, February 23)


          Wednesday, February 22, 2012
          New Look, New Attitude Blog Hop (begins Tuesday and ends Friday)


          Friday, February 24, 2012


          New Look, New Attitude  Pay pal Give-away (ends Wednesday, February 29)

          Wednesday, February 15, 2012

          Words of Wisdom- Positive Wednesday

          This week I am giving you some 'food for thought'. Here are some words of wisdom from Maya Angelou.


          “I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. 


          I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.


          I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."


           I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.


          I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. 


          I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.


           I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.


          I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. 


          I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 


          I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

          Monday, February 13, 2012

          AAAHHHH MONDAYS- V DAY.......

          V- DAY is tomorrow. Truth be told, I am not feeling V-DAY. I have placed V-Day on hold for a few years now. Maybe one day I will take if down from that old shelf and dust it off. Until then, I will be on the sideline enjoying the red and white confetti. 


          A Brief Overview of Valentines Day

          Source
          Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. It was first established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD, and was later deleted from the General Roman Calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.



          By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").



          Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.






          Resource site:
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day








          Sunday, February 12, 2012

          Remembering Whitney.......

          There will be no D.I.Y Sundays today. Instead, I want to remember Whitney.I woke up to last night to hear that Whitney Houston had past away at 48 year old. I am not one of those persons, who is wrapped up in the lives of celebrities; I do not stalk them on the computer, television or radio. However, last time tears came to my eyes and they keep rolling. I had no idea how much my life had been impacted by this person I have never met or knew personally until the tears came. I guess that is the power of music.




           I do not want to speculate so, I am not going to do so. I will however say, like so many others, I was waiting for her to bless us with her gift from God once again. I wanted to see her doing what i thought she was born to do. However, i guess God/Fate/Destiny had other plans.



          This last song is very dear to me. It has got me through a number of situations that would have broken my spirit. So, I wanted to share and say rest in peace Ms. Houston.












          Saturday, February 11, 2012

          Still Working Out The Kinks.......


          The redesign is coming along nicely. I think it is safe to say that by next week  every thing should be up and running.

          On a different note, I must say I am absolutely loving Reggae month- February. In honour of Reggae month I would like to present the musical styling of Ken Boothe. I almost fell off my chair when I found this video. This video was recorded long before my time, but it's still rocking today. Enjoy.
                                       

          Thursday, February 9, 2012

          Lioness Rebirth is Under Construction


          The winds of change has swept across my blog: Lioness Rebirth. By now you would have noticed that the blog is currently under construction.


          I am so excited that I am almost at the end of this journey. Like you I cannot wait to see the final product. I will do an unveiling ,so to speak. Until then, I would like to say thank you all for your patience during this period of transition.



          Wednesday, February 8, 2012

          What are your ROOTS????- Positive Wednesday



          We are often so busy trying to be someone else that we have not taken the time to really sit down, so to speak, and examine/appreciate our roots. 


          It seems reinvention is the order of the day. Let me just say that reinvention is often a good thing. But, just remember that your roots are what keep you grounded. They are like a shield against the trails of life, without them we are often swept away by life's adversities. 


          So, embrace your roots today.




          Source




          A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
          Marcus Garvey





          Read more:
          http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/marcus_garvey.html

          Monday, February 6, 2012

          Trench Town Rock- AAHHH MONDAY!!!!!

          Source





          February is Reggae month in Jamaica. If you did not know, Jamaica is the birth place of Reggae.  Bob Marley is one of the many icons, who is synonymous with Reggae.


          Source


          On Saturday I went to Trench Town for the first time. I was there with my family to celebrate the earth strong (birthday) of the King of Reggae. It was also a chance to expose my five year old to the culture first hand. She just started learning about Bob Marley in school and she had no clue about who he was. Ask her about Bruno Mars or Justine Berber and she as no trouble rapping out a song. The tides are turning i can feel it.


          I am almost ashamed to say this, but is was my first time time in Trench Town. I know that I will be back. Thousands came out to participate. We had people from worldwide just there to enjoy the music and soak in the culture. The mood was electrifying.  There was a lot of positive energy in the venue. It was also a chance for me to see a number of Jamaican artistes preform.  I also noted with pride and admiration that the Marley children have done their legacy proud.









          Sunday, February 5, 2012

          The Versatility of Shampoo - D.I.Y Sundays

          Yesterday, my mom gave me the idea for today's post. She was washing and I saw her using shampoo to remove the stubborn stains from the collar of her blouse. Then it hit me, like baby oil, shampoo should have a variety of uses. So here we go.


          What is Shampoo?



          Shampoo is liquid preparation  that is used for the removal of oils, dirt, skin particles, dandruff, environmental pollutants and other contaminant particles that gradually build up in hair. This is done by washing the hair with the product.


          The Various Uses of Shampoo
          • Shampoo can be used for cleaning out combs and hair brushes. Just soak the items in a solution of shampoo and water, then scrub them completely clean.


          • Shampoo can be used mixed with conditioner  instead of shaving cream. Use a ratio of 1:1 and your face, arm pits, and legs will be soft and smooth.


          • Like i said before,  Shampoo can be used to as a spot cleaner and it will remove stains, as well as ring around the collar.


          • A mixture of  shampoo and baking soda can be used to clean chrome on vehicles. This gives it a nice shine. Remember to rinse thoroughly before buffing it dry.


          • A nice beauty tip is to fill a small bowl with shampoo and soak your fingernails and cuticles. This not only cleans, but softens.


          • Shampoo can brighten your walls too. Use shampoo and a clean, damp rag to wipe your walls. Wipe the air clean and allow the area to air dry.


          • Shampoo is great to clean the outside of your refrigerator and stove. It will remove greasy spots, as well as dirt and other food spills too. 


          • Rub shampoo into worn areas in circles to clean and bring back the colour of your accessories. It will protect your shoes from salt stains as well.


          •  Shampoo also does a great job on soap scum because it rinses clean. You can use it to buff a shine into your chrome faucets as well.


          So, today make shampoo your new best friend.  Remember these suggestion have not been scientifically proven, so use your own judgement. 


          Please take a few seconds to take the poll at the top of the side bar. Thank You!!!!!! 



          Resource sites
          http://www.essortment.com/25-uses-shampoo-59089.html
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shampoo
          http://www.rd.com/home/how-to-use-shampoo-14-ways/



          Friday, February 3, 2012

          Just When........

          Just when you think this is it, i need a break. It is often right at this moment the sun begins to shine.  The sun is shining for me tonight.


          All week, I have been so busy with paper at my full time j.o.b, that I could not even think about blogging. Tonight as i scour over the papers i took home for the weekend; i did not even want to consider my blog.


          However, I could not stay away. It is a blessing that I logged in because I would not have read the comments that were left by my reader at that exact moment. I would not have seen the following responses to the Positive Wednesday question: What is your dream?




          My dreams involve making a better life for my children, both through what I can do personally at home, and leaving a better planet for them to grow up on... 

           My dream is that they will find a cure for the diseases that plague our country. Carli Alice


          As corny as it sounds these responses turned on the sunshine for me tonight. Have a great weekend!!!!!! Remember, reach out and touch someone positively this weekend.......

          Wednesday, February 1, 2012

          Positive Wednesdays- What are Your Dreams Today?

          One man had a dream that changed the entire planet. What is your dream today? 


          I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."


          From the "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963




          Read more: 
          Martin Luther King, Jr., Quotations — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/mlkquotes1.html#ixzz1l7oORFjm





           
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