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8 Things I’ve Learned From Fallout Shelter

I admit it–I play Fallout Shelter on my phone when I have a few minutes around the edges of other tasks. It’s a game where you can take a minute or two to direct your players, then exit out and come back later to pick up where you left off.

So for What We Learned Wednesday, I decided to use Fallout Shelter as my inspiration (future posts will include the TV show Contagion as well as the board game Survival by Doom and Bloom).

What I Learned

  1. Specialization might be good sometimes, but only works if you have enough healthy people to cover all the necessary jobs. In the beginning of the game, you may need to move people around to different rooms to help get levels of the different resources up (food, water, electricity). Later in the game, when you have more people, your players can become more specialized toward working for each type of resource.
  2. Physical fitness is important. Explorers (hunters in real life?) are sometimes out for many hours and need to be able to react to people and events that they find while out.
  3. Even people who cannot work (children and the elderly) need food and water. Plan for extra stored food for the times when people cannot work. Even healthy adults may need to stop work if sick or injured. There needs to be enough extra put away to allow for times like that.
  4. When the raiders come, you need to be able to defend your home. You need to have the right tools to do and know how to use them. It also helps if you can reinforce points of entry. For windows, I recommend this window film. It helps slow down anyone trying to break your window, allowing occupants more time to react to the threat.
  5. Children happen. Plan accordingly. Maybe start planning using the books “Where There is No Doctor” and “A Book for Midwives,” both available from the Hesperian? Both can be downloaded for free. Although, Hesperian is a non-profit, does offer the books bound for sale, and also accepts donations if you are able to do so. Also, there are a lot of books available on Amazon with information about natural childbirth and midwifery. Bonus points if you luck into living close to a midwife or OB/GYN! If you expect to have anyone with you that may become pregnant, you may also want to look into getting a script for childbirth hypnosis.
  6. Pets can be really helpful, even if it is “just” to show us love and help us destress. Of course, many types of dogs can be trained to do “work,” but how many of us actually know anymore how to train a dog to herd or protect? There are a lot of books on Amazon about training herding dogs, as well as several on training your dog as a service dog. Obviously, some dogs are better at some jobs than others.
  7. Store medicine ahead of time. We don’t heal as quickly as players whose health bars refill at the tap of a screen, but keeping first aid supplies and needed/helpful medications on-hand sure go a long way toward helping. Ever seen those people standing in the cold medicine aisle at the grocery store or CVS? Don’t be that person.
  8. Video games are a time sink. It’s great to have something entertaining to fill a few minutes here and there, but make sure you keep it in perspective. If it’s eating into the time you’re supposed to be getting ready for work, maybe it’s time to delete it for a while (guilty; I had to do this before).

I think it’s really neat (do people say that now?) the kinds of useful things you can learn from games! Do you play any prep- or homestead-type games? Which ones do you like? I got us Survival by Doom and Bloom for Christmas. Look for a review soon!

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Create Situations that Suit You

This is the fourth post in my series on networking as an introvert. See post #3 here.

If you’re an introvert, you may find networking in person uncomfortable. To grow your business or career and reach the next level of success, you’ll have to network at some point. But that doesn’t mean you have to drop everything and attend the biggest conferences in your niche right now.

You wouldn’t try to learn how to swim in the middle of the ocean. No, you’d start in a smaller environment, like a community pool. If you’re afraid of the water, you may even start by simply putting your feet in a wading pool. It’s the same concept with networking in person. Start with a small pool and it won’t seem as scary.

Make plans for your meals.

Making a plan to eat a meal with other attendees in advance is one way to slowly wade into the networking waters. Before the event or on the first day, make lunch or dinner plans for the rest of the event, prioritizing the people you really want to have a personal chat with.

These meals don’t have to include a lot of people. If you’re happiest at dinner with two or three other people, make that happen. You don’t have to accept invites to big group meals if the thought makes you uncomfortable.

Don’t hide in your hotel room.

Socializing with other attendees is an important part of networking events. If you don’t know anyone, it can be tempting to hide out in your hotel room. But don’t be a hermit. At the end of the day, invite one or two people to join you for a glass of wine or a snack. This gives you some uninterrupted time to really connect with other attendees.

Ask for what you want.

Don’t be shy if there’s someone at your networking event that you’d like to get to know. Introduce yourself and ask if they have time later to meet up. If the other person agrees, don’t stop there.

Now, you want to nail down the specifics. Try to arrange a meeting in a quiet place where you can both talk. For example, you might say, “I’m excited you want to meet up. Do you think we could get together tomorrow afternoon about three in the lobby?”

If you don’t get down to the specifics, you and the other attendee won’t make the meeting. You’ll go home wishing that you had taken the time to connect, even if it was only for a few minutes.

Don’t let the thought of networking intimidate you. Just focus on dipping your toes in the water for now. Later when you’re ready, you can try bigger pools and eventually, you’ll find yourself swimming in the ocean.

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Look for other posts in this series!

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Watch The Vibes You’re Sending

This is the third post in my series on networking as an introvert. See post #2 here.

Most introverts feel uncomfortable when they’re networking in person. You may feel nervous and hesitant, too. Sometimes, your discomfort can make you seem unapproachable and causes other attendees to feel like you aren’t interested in talking or interacting with them. That’s why it can be helpful to keep the 4 B’s in mind when you’re networking.

Be aware of your body language.

Your body language often communicates louder than anything you could say. If you keep your arms crossed during most events, people will assume you’re unfriendly. If you spend the entire event wrapped up in your phone, other attendees will think you’re bored or unapproachable.

Take a few seconds during each event to observe your own body language. If your shoulders are hunched, relax them. If you’re looking at the flooring or ceiling, stop and look up. Meet the eyes of other attendees and give them a brief smile. Adjusting your body language may seem simple but you’d be surprised at how approachable it makes you look.

Be the first to say ‘Hello’.

Don’t wait around for someone else to start a conversation with you. Even extroverts can be nervous in social situations so take the lead. You can start by introducing yourself and asking a simple question. Ask what upcoming projects the attendee is excited about or ask how they got into their profession.

Be fashionable.

You’re not attending this networking event to impress everyone with your runway skills. When you’re uncomfortable with how you look, it’s hard to feel good about yourself. That’s why you should wear clothes that make you feel confident.

If possible, add an accessory to your outfit that makes you happy. It might be a pair of cute earrings, a small handbag, or a pair of fancy shoes. Wearing something that brings you joy is one simple way to keep your confidence level up as you network.

Be chatty.

You may feel awkward and nervous when you’re in a conversation with someone you don’t know. It can be tempting to use one word answers or just nod along as the other person does all the talking.

But a big part of the reason you’re at a networking event is to socialize. That means opening up and participating in conversations, even if you feel uncomfortable at first. Instead of answering questions with just a word or two, try to provide a bit more detail. For example, if someone asks what you do, don’t answer, “I’m a marketer.” Instead try something like, “I’m a video marketer. I help small companies learn how to use livestreaming and vlogging to get more customers.”

It’s normal to feel a bit uncomfortable at a networking event, especially if you’re an introvert. But don’t let that stop you from socializing and having a good time. Stay approachable and if you see someone alone, don’t be afraid to start a conversation with them.

Discover how to make networking simple and fun when you download your free workbook.

Look for other posts in this series!

P.S. Check out the FREE Autoimmune Revolution Summit January 30 – February 6, 2017. Over 30 experts talking about:

  • Conquering chronic pain and autoimmune conditions
  • The connection between autoimmune diseases, diet and lifestyle choices
  • 6 diet and behavior changes you need to make to radically improve health
  • Breaking the cycle of medications and dependency on allopathic treatments

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Last Chance! Get The Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle


Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized, but is it possible?

You’ve got great reasons for wanting to be more organized. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.
But sometimes it just feels so hard.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

But what if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super-short opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 38 digital products on topics like how to organize your photos, decluttering, family systems, meal planning, time management, and much more. All together, it’s worth over $650! I bought it and the Homestead Management planner has 100 tools in 108 pages–this planner alone is worth the price to me, which makes everything else bonuses!

Plus, it comes with two brilliant bonus offers worth over $40:

    • SaneBox – An exclusive credit to save you 12 hours per month ($20 value)
    • YNAB – A FREE four month trial to the popular budgeting software ($20 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $650 worth of amazing products for a whopping 95% off!

Here’s how it works:

      1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this Super Bundle, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
      2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, printing out planners, and redeeming your free bonus products.
      3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the area you want to tackle first and start getting organized!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, January 30th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE to learn more or buy the bundle.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you.

No one should have to feel overwhelmed one more minute because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need. By finding systems and strategies that really work for us, our home and daily life is much calmer than it used to be. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you and your family.

Choosing Events That Stress You The Least

This is the second post in my series on networking as an introvert. See post #1 here.

Networking when you’re an introvert doesn’t have to feel like you’ve just stepped into a horror movie. Networking can actually be fun and enjoyable if you familiarize yourself with the different types of events and know how to pick the ones that will work best for you.

Know the Difference: Single Track or Multi-Track

Single track events have one thing happening at a time. You might listen to one speaker, have lunch, then listen to another speaker. Everyone is following the same schedule, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to connect with other attendees.

But multi-track events may have several speakers presenting at once so you have to choose between which sessions to attend and which ones to miss. Multi-track events can be overwhelming and make it harder to find time to interact with other attendees. I’ve attended several trainings in this format and find it difficult to connect to others since I’m rarely in the same room twice with the same people.

Whether you choose a single track event or a multi-track comes down to your goals. If you’re looking for a relaxed pace and a chance to connect with others, then opt for a single track. If you’re trying to absorb a lot of information on a particular topic, then a multi-track event might be a better match for you.

Size Matters: Small Events vs Big Events

Networking events come in all shapes and sizes. Some conferences boast thousands of attendees while a small retreat may only have a few guests. Smaller events like the retreat allow for more intimacy and more one-on-one interaction. Since you aren’t trying to memorize dozens of names and faces, you can relax and focus on getting to know other attendees on a more personal level.

Larger events may allow you to meet dozens of people but you’ll have to work extra hard to remember who’s who. This can make it hard to bond with other attendees and form deep relationships. If you’ll be attending a big event, try to choose one with plenty of down time included in the schedule so you can spend time with other attendees and really get to know them.

Talk It Out: Contact the Host

Reach out to your host if you really want the inside scoop about a networking event that you plan to attend. Your host can tell you about the flow of the event, how much down time will be in the schedule, what the seating arrangements will be like, and anything else you need to know.

When it comes to selecting an event, be choosy. Look for one that excites you and makes you feel energized when you think about attending.

Networking doesn’t have to be scary when you download your free workbook, Networking for Introverts!

Look for other posts in this series!

P.S. Check out the FREE Autoimmune Revolution Summit January 30 – February 6, 2017. Over 30 experts talking about:

  • Conquering chronic pain and autoimmune conditions
  • The connection between autoimmune diseases, diet and lifestyle choices
  • 6 diet and behavior changes you need to make to radically improve health
  • Breaking the cycle of medications and dependency on allopathic treatments

Sign up for the free summit here! Sign up to be an affiliate here!