Enjoy And Share Live Videos With Facebook Live!

Have You Heard?

Facebook wants you to enjoy live video … on Facebook! So much so that the company recently released a dedicated video space on its mobile app and online platform in the hopes that you will watch and broadcast more videos live.

1460033419-12288-Facebook-IncFacebook Live videos are real-time video posts on Facebook. Live videos from public figures you follow and your friends will appear in your News Feed. When you’re watching a live video or a video that was live, you can tap or click Subscribe to get notified the next time that Facebook account starts a live broadcast. With Facebook Live, you can show your expertise in real time, take people behind the scenes, and much more!

Facebook’s efforts to get you to watch and broadcast live videos isn’t arbitrary. With more than 1.5 billion users worldwide, Facebook and Facebook users have a real opportunity to showcase breaking news, intimate personal moments, and behind-the-scenes stories from just about anywhere in a way that surpasses TV networks and other media outlets. All of which is pretty incredible!

Before you create the next Facebook Live video for your business, personal life, a non profit or networking group you are a part of or more, be sure to review and follow five tips for creating and promoting your video from Social Media Examiner by Clicking Here.

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Written by: Matt Tyson of The Virtual Assistance by Anita Team

Gratitude List

thank youHappy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow is the day we celebrate this day of turkey, football and yes, gratitude. Thankfulness is something I take very seriously and in fact a few years ago I began a “month of Gratitude”; posting at least one item each day for the entire month of November that I am grateful for in my life at my Facebook personal profile. I have also encouraged others to share what they have to be thankful for with me as when we all begin to focus on the positive, more wonderful, positive things happen.

This is the exact reason why I have embraced an entire month of gratitude as over the past 5 or 6 years my life has had one gift upon another upon another building my health, my confidence, my business and my life into something more than I could have imagined. By focusing on the positives in my life and being grateful for them, they multiple. Just like by giving, you receive so much more! The philosophy discussed in Bob Burg & John David Mann’s book, “The Go-Giver” and the motto of BNI (Business Networking International) of “Givers Gain” are both examples that I am surely not the only one who embraces the ideals of giving without expectation of return. And that the more you give, surely without even realizing it, the more you receive.

This Thanksgiving of 2013 I have an extremely long list of gratitude items! My beautiful family – Danny, my partner in life and business for over 20 years now, who is truly my best friend; my gorgeous 3 children, who though not perfect are very special, each in their own way and truly gifts in my life! My friends who have decided that I am their family; who have supported my business and helped me and whom I know will not ever let me fail; they are my family and my inner circle here on earth. I lean on them for encouragement and they give it! My friends who are a part of my social media life as I adore you and know that I can find you in my news feeds for a smile or some inspiration, for my wonderful home which is the best one I’ve lived in for many years thanks to one of those above mentioned “family” and my awesome Realtor, my opportunities in both of my special networks – BNI and Rotary Club of Columbia. These folks have truly surrounded me with support and caring and I am so grateful.

I am thankful for the love of my pet, Shadow, my sometimes crazy black cat. And I give thanks for those special folks who give me gentle encouragement on what I need to do everyday to continue to improve my health. Big hugs to you – yes, Shari and Maxine – this means you! lol! I am listening… most of the time!

For our totally awesome and super special clients whom I have the pleasure to work with and help – I am deeply grateful to have YOU for my clients!

May the sun shine upon your face and the world be filled with gifts of joy and peace this Thanksgiving for you and your family! Hugs!!! ~Anita (Catch up with me & my family at Facebook this year for photos of the holidays!)

 

 

What does Success mean to YOU?

Well here it is – the day after Thanksgiving! I have so many gifts in my life over the past years that now I embrace the entire month of November and each day I give thanks for at least one thing in my life.

In the past years my life has many successful areas. But, it depends on how you define success.  I define it by having a family and husband whom I adore with a stronger relationship now than almost 20 years ago when we were married. Success for me is also a business in which I get to do what I LOVE and with clients whom are amazing to work with every day. Success for me is being surrounded by people who truly are there for me.Success is also continued improvements in my health.

How did I get all of these gifts in my life that I am so thankful for you ask? Magic? Pixie Dust? Nope! I KNOW it was many different things that gave me this success. But, one of the most important to me is that I began to adjust the way I thought.  That is right – it was with me. It was the way I was thinking. Once I began to embrace the fact that I could achieve something more for my life, my business and my future, it began to happen. Once I began to take steps (sometimes in faith) of action towards my goals, then success came to me. Once I put others needs before my own and identified solutions to help others, then, solutions were available for me.

My success is that of learning to think of not what was wrong in my life, but to think of what solution I could find, learn and do to make my life better. When I began this business, before one business card was printed or my website was launched, I had already embraced the idea that it would be successful, I would have clients, there were resources and people to help me. Once I began to think in that way and stopped blaming everyone and everything around me, things began to change.

Then I learned that one success meant that I could now find success in other areas of my life also. My relationship with my husband has improved because I began to see where i could make changes, took action to do so and now my relationship is stronger for it.

What is your goal? What success do you want in your life? Try to rethink about how you can come up with action items and steps to make this happen for you.

Recently it was my great joy to have someone ask me this question – “How are you so successful in such a short time?”. It brought a huge smile to my face because I don’t think I am successful yet as everyday there is more to learn, new people to meet and the future is exciting! This is only the beginning. But, my answer was something like the graphic in this blog.

Honestly, there are no secrets to success, just learn, do and have an attitude of gratitude. Be more today than you were yesterday.  That is success… in my humble opinion!

Happy Thanksgiving to All! I am grateful for you in my life!

Drug Free Charlie Appearing LIVE at Six Flags!

Greetings! I hope this finds everyone having a fabulous summer! Usually I blog about social media, email, relationship building content or some other related business topic, but today I want to change gears and tell you about a wonderful opportunity.

My friend and one of the wonderful clients I have the joy to work with, Richard Van Dyke, has a great program for children called “Drug Free Charlie“. For years now he has been bringing his vision of Drug Free Charlie helping our children to stay free of drugs by learning at an early age through engaging and fun songs and activities! As a person who has spent 20 years of my life dedicated to helping our children, I was immediately drawn to Richard and Drug Free Charlie.

Drug Free Charlie is now appearing at Six Flags on August 18th for two shows – 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.  I assure you that he will have your children laughing, singing and dancing to drug free songs! In addition, Six Flags and Drug Free Charlie are offering discount tickets to the amusement park, water rides, and the Drug Free Charlie Shows! Visit www.sixflags.com/america and enter the Promo code in upper right corner – “DFC”. Tickets are just $28.00 including tax!

You may find more about Richard Van Dyke and Drug Free Charlie, one special clown, at www.drugfreecharlie.com

Thanks for tuning in and hope this info will help you to enjoy a wonderful day with your children, grandchildren, nieces, Girl or Boy Scouts, or anyone who is young at heart with Drug Free Charlie at Six Flags America!

Why I love Dragonflies

Many folks ask me, “What is it that makes you love dragonflies so much?” or “Why did you chose a dragonfly to accompany your logo for @Virtual Assistance by Anita? Well, there are many reasons, but one of the main ones is that I’ve always loved the grace the dragonfly has as it flies from land to water to air and never misses a beat!

When I began my business two years ago, I knew that my life was beginning a new, positive transformation. This is more than just a business, a career, or a source of income. My business is a source of joy, energy, and people who care truly about me. I am surrounded with a positive influence on every flight! I am a Dragonfly!

The power of Dragonfly lies in its ability to see around things by looking from different angles. Using its ability to transform colors and lights by reflecting and refracting them, the Dragonfly shows us that life, like light, can bend, shift, and adapt in various ways.  This makes life’s appearance never be what it appears to be.

The Dragonfly’s magic shows us to see through life’s illusions and find our true vision. It calls us to transform within our lives and reminds us to feel deeply so we will have the compassion necessary to help ourselves and others.

May 2012 help you to fly to new heights! 🙂

Thanksgiving – Every Day

happy-thanksgiving-pookin“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”  ~Edward Sandford Martin

When I was a little girl growing up, my dad used to say that every day of the year is a day of Thanksgiving.  I did not completely understand that then but I certainly do now.  As an adult with a husband, three children and especially as a business owner,   Every day is a day of thanksgiving.

Sure there are lots of things in my life that I could ‘complain’ about, but what good will that do for me or anyone else around me? Instead, I try to find something to be grateful about or thankful for each day.  In the month of November, I usually tell my family each day what I am thankful for as they need to hear it.  I ask them to try to do the same – my kids just ‘love’ this – haha – but being thankful, outloud or in writing, affirms this feeling!

My way of thinking seems to be working for me.  I have been very blessed with new paths to fly at in business, in my personal life and health and in my friendships.  Each day of this past year, I  seem to find a new person who helps me, a new piece of technology to help my life to be better; and to help the lives of others to be better! Although there are still ‘challenges’ in my life, I am so thankful for all that I have been given.

This is truly the way Thanksgiving should be – A time of the year that we remember more often to be thankful for all the gifts in our lives – But mostly I want to remember, to be thankful Every day of the year.

I guess Daddy was right, Every Day of the Year is Thanksgiving!  Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  🙂

Blogs – Everyone's got one?

I have had this blog for about 3 months now.  I am forever wondering what other folks are blogging about.  I decided to do some investigating today, as my curiosity just could not stand it any longer.

I researched and found so many options but here are a few that really impressed me.  This gentleman, Evan Carmichael, has this nifty little guide – “The Top 50 Social Media Blogs of the Year“!  It has links to many other blogs of all types and subjects.  It’s pretty interesting.  It is one of those places that you can connect to a bunch more helpful sites.

One thing I thought was really interesting was that there are so many Women’s Blogs.  There is even a website that is a Directory of Blogs by Women – BlogHer.com.   I think this is so coool!  I suppose that is because I am a Woman – LOL!

There are so many seasonal blogs; like Thanksgiving sent out a pouring of “I am thankful for” so will the holidays coming in December: Christmas, Hannakah and Kwanzaa, as it is at Valentines’ Day or St. Patty’s day, my personal favorite, being Irish!

But I was actually shocked at how many of us are blogging about helping others.  We are blogging about paying it forward, about charities that we support, about videos that others are posting that are about helping others, and about our favorite organizations that we love to help.  Helping others is a top of the list subject for blogs!  Yea, this is great news as it means that many of us are doing  this – Helping others!

It seems that Everyone’s Got a Blog.  Many of us seem to be using them to communicate.

I love input – What are you blogging about? – What is your favorite subject to read about?

B  Well – Anita

Helping Others..

Since I can remember as a little girl in First Grade, in Western Maryland, I have always been of belief that you should help others.  As a little girl I participated in many church and Girl Scout activities that I had the joy to help others.  From soup kitchens to sorting clothing for homeless, I believe  I’ve experienced a wide variety of helping others.  I have received more joy in these moments than in any other.

As a Virtual Assistant now, I am always searching through Social Media sites and I watch for those that are promoting helping others.  I was impressed with this video on YouTube about students helping others.  As a Girl Scout Troop Leader, I believe strongly in the Girls giving back to their communities and helping others.  I hope you will spend just a moment to watch this video:

Please – I’m always looking for feedback – Tell me Your Thoughts, ~ Anita

Blue Marble 4Life Project

As a Virtual Assistant with TKM Virtual Services, I have been given a new, exciting chance at a career! As if that is not enough joy in my life, I’ve been also lucky enough to meet a new, dear friend, Glenn Garnes.   As the chain reaction effect goes, I have also become a member of The Relationship Marketing Center (RMC).  RMC has so many resources for me;  I could probably blog about these things, but another time.

Through The Relationship Marketing Center, I have learned of this Amazing new project – The Blue Marble 4Life and I am so Excited about it!  I am a long time believer in helping others, making our world a better place and giving back more than we take from this earth.  As a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer in my community at soup kitchens and food cupboards, I try to do all for my world that I can.  

The Blue Marble 4Life project is what my life is all about.  Their mission is to spread peace and compassion.  This is such a great cause that I hope you will check out the video on their website.  In addition when you join, you become a part of the “Attitude of Gratitude”!  And – you receive a beautiful blue marble  and become connected with your world in a whole new way.  Check it out!  ~ Anita 🙂