Independence Day: This Is Your Financial Independence Day

As we’re about to celebrate the US Independence Day on July 4, I’d like to submit the idea that we can also hope for and work towards our financial independence day. Just as our founding fathers fought for our independence back in the day, so we can today also fight to become financially independent, and for some of us, mark the day on our calendar when we found ourselves there, on our very own financial independence day.

Today, I’d like to talk about a training program that I’ve been looking into over the past month called, Wealthy Affiliate. While I’ve been a web developer for over 10 years now, I’ve found the training quite useful in terms of learning how to market a website, do keyword research and generate traffic.

What does this have to do with financial independence or independence day?

The training helps ordinary people that aren’t writers or marketers find out that they can be and that they can make income on the side or even a living out of it. When you think about it, everyone is an expert on at least one subject. Wealthy Affiliate provides the training on how to put that to good use and also provides the tools to succeed.

And Wealthy Affiliate is so much more too. Wealthy Affiliate is also an online community of over 800k active members from all walks of life that help each other succeed through forums, chats, and training built from past experiences. Members share with each other what works and what does not work. Also, members help each other when they get stuck. And, members give constructive criticism and provide feedback on each others’ websites to further boost search engine rank and community engagement.

How does the Affiliate in Wealthy Affiliate become Wealthy?

Affiliate marketing. The training provided at Wealthy Affiliate is a step by step guide on how to create a new website (with WordPress) and through thorough keyword research generate organic search engine traffic. When there’s traffic on the website(s), there’s also the potential for affiliate links. Affiliate links are, essentially, links to services and products that are related to what your website is about our products and services that we recommend. Once a user clicks on such a link and buys that service or product, the website owner receives a commission. Many website owners have become quite wealthy with this strategy.

Make it your financial independence day with Wealthy Affiliate

I’d like to challenge you today to mark this day, Independence Day, as the day that you begin your journey towards financial independence by giving Wealthy Affiliate a try and give yourself a chance to benefit from the many services and features that Wealthy Affiliate has to offer.

What can I do with the Starter Membership?

Here’s a comparison chart that shows exactly what’s available with the Starter Membership vs what Premium members get. Oh, and by the way, when you’re using the free Starter Membership, you get a discount to upgrade to Premium Membership. I recommend taking full advantage of the first 7 days of membership and learn as much as you possibly can, then, if you decide that Wealthy Affiliate is for you, upgrade your membership right before the 7 days are up and take advantage of the huge discount.

In closing, I’d like to offer anyone who is interested in learning more about the program at Wealthy Affiliate, please reach out to me with any concerns or questions. I’m here to help. You can use the comments below or send a message via the contact form.

 

Open an Account with Mission Federal Credit Union and Earn $40

When you take this coupon to any Mission Federal Credit Union branch, please make sure that you get all the details from us to fill in the blanks.

For reference, here is the email we got from Mission Federal Credit Union today.

Your loyalty keeps Mission Fed growing strong
We’re nearing the milestone of 200,000 members—and we want to thank you.
  • Refer a Friend to Mission Fed and you’ll both receive $40
  • As extra thanks, we’ll enter all members who Refer a Friend into a drawing and five members will win $200 each
Sharing is caring
Be sure to tell all of your friends and family members about this great offer, and have them bring the coupon from our website with them when they visit the branch. There’s no limit to how many people you can refer!
Tell your friends to open an account by October 31, 2016!
Plus, we’re giving back $1 Million to our members in 2016 with Mission Fed Money Match. Are you next?
Like a good friend, we share the details, too. Minimum age to participate is 18. The new member must be the primary member opening a Mission Federal Credit Union Checking Account and cannot be a signer on a Mission Fed Account within the last 12 months. The new member must meet the minimum opening deposit required for the Checking Account type by 10/31/16. Youth Account joint signers are eligible. The new member must be eligible for membership and all accounts are subject to approval. The new Checking Account must remain open a minimum of 90 days and receive a minimum Direct Deposit of $250 within the first 90 days of account funding, or have a minimum of ten (10) “qualified transactions” completed and posted to the account prior to the 91st day of account funding. “Qualified transactions” refer to a signature-based Mission Fed Debit Card transaction or a Mission Fed Credit Card transaction. Transactions can be ten (10) of either of these or a total of ten (10) between these two combined. Upon satisfaction of the above requirements, the $40 will be automatically deposited to the new member and referring member accounts by the 110th day of the new member’s account funding. To win a cash prize, you must be an existing Mission Fed member. One entry per new member referral during the Refer a Friend promotion 8/1/16-10/31/16. Five winners will be drawn by 11/18/16 and receive $200 each. Certain restrictions may apply. Visit MissionFed.com/Refer-A-Friend for Full Rules. No other promotional offer may be used in conjunction with this special offer. Programs, rates, terms, conditions and services are subject to change without notice. For Mission Fed Money Match, certain restrictions apply; visit MissionFed.com/MoneyMatch for Official Rules. 8/16

Pokemon Go did what Michelle Obama could not in nearly 8 years

Yes, we downloaded Pokemon Go (or spelled correctly “Pokémon Go”) and let the kids have a go at it.

Pokemon Go

For those who don’t know what this latest craze is all about, here’s a blurb from its Wikipedia page:

Pokémon Go (stylized as Pokémon GO) is a free-to-play location-based augmented realitymobile game, developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise. It was released worldwide in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices.

The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby. It can be viewed as an emerging massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) although the social elements are not directly internal in the game.[2]

The game received a mixed critical reception, and attracted negative attention due to reports of accidents and public nuisance associated with it. However, it was the most downloaded smartphone app in the United States in its first three days of release and was a boon to the stock value of Nintendo, which owns part of The Pokémon Company.

Apart from the negative reports of people wandering around, glued to their phones and exploring places on foot that they usually would never visit outside of the game, I propose to you that what Pokemon Go did do is something that Michelle Obama was not able to accomplish in nearly 8 years: getting Americans and especially children and teenagers to get out more and get more exercise. What’s actually funny too is that when I set out to write this article, I did not know that other blogs were writing the same thing… I found several other websites that have a similar headline after publishing this one… Here’s a sampling:

Pokemon GO got more American kids off the sofa in 4 days than Michelle Obama’s 7 years of haranguing

5 things we learned from ‘Pokémon Go’

Pokémon Go may be the greatest unintentional health fad ever

I won’t lie to you… the game can be slightly addicting. And we let the kids try it out on one of our phones (thankfully, they don’t have iPhones or Android and can’t play it!). They really enjoyed it since they’re already big Pokémon fans anyway. But it was kinda funny to what one of them walk to the store, phone in hand and playing Pokémon Go, and sure enough, nearly walked into a sign post because he wasn’t looking where he was going.

Apart from being slightly dangerous if you’re not paying attention, Pokémon Go seems to be helping with getting us to be more active. And the game also seems to be bringing us more together as a family, having something to talk about and do that we’re all interested in.

Funny how stuff like that can work out like that sometimes!

Open Your Mind from GoodOnYa Deli

Today, I tried the “Open Your Mind” and I was actually pleasantly surprised by this drink. I’ve heard a few positive things and a few negative things about adding butter or coconut oil to your coffee and decided to test it out for myself. I think by blending both into the coffee with a hint of cinnamon and raw honey (these were optional on my part), GoodOnYa Deli was able to pull it off excellently!

Here’s some excerpts from their ordering page:

Organic, 100% Grass Fed Butter
Organic, Raw Coconut Oil

We blend that together with Dark, Rich, Organic Coffee.

The healthy fats shoot to your brain and give you energy and focus. They also balance out the caffeine.

The butter and oil together make turn it into a creamy latte drink you have to taste to experience.

Superfood Power Smoothie with Navitas Naturals

Last week I ordered a number of Navitas Naturals products and decided to experiment with a Superfood Smoothie. The following is what I was able to come up with and has become a favorite for us. Here it is in a nutshell:

In a blender add:

1 cup almond milk (we use Blue Diamond)
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze

2 cups warm drinking water (around 80 F is fine)

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Goji Powder
Navitas Naturals Goji Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Camu Powder
Navitas Naturals Camu Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder
Navitas Naturals Lucuma Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Acai Berry Powder
Navitas Naturals Acai Berry Powder

1 tsp Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder
Navitas Naturals Pomegranate Powder

2 heaping tsp Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder
Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder

contents of 1 capsule of Nature’s Way Elderberry
Nature's Way Elderberry

contents of 1 capsule of Nature’s Way Echinacea
Nature's Way Echinacea

1 eye dropper of Solgar Vitamin D3 (5000 IU)
Solgar Vitamin D3 (5000 IU)

2 eye droppers Omica Organic Liquid Stevia (with vanilla)
Omica Organic Liquid Stevia

1 tbsp (local) raw honey
Local raw honey

1 pinch of ground turmeric powder
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Blend all ingredients for about 1 minute.

The reason why I use warm water for this is so that the honey would dissolve better (note that the raw honey should not go over 110 F or else you’ll kill the enzymes that make it so good for you). Well, it’s like drinking a hot chocolate that’s cooled off quite a bit. So, if that’s not your favorite way of drinking a chocolate smoothie, other alternatives that we’ve tried is to simply add a few ice cubes and then blending it again, which makes a tasty cold chocolate drink, or dissolving the honey in the warm water beforehand and then having it cool down in the fridge before making the smoothie.

 

 

How To Wake Up Like a Billionaire

When you imagine how ultra-successful people wake up, what do you imagine?

I bet whatever your thinking right now isn’t meditation.

But recent studies have shown that waking up with a functional, intentional morning routine, including some form of mindfulness practice, is tremendously effective in increasing confidence, focus, productivity and abundance.

Too many people jump into their work day without taking care of themselves first. Sound at all familiar?

If you’ve been slacking on starting your day in a healthy way, I’ve got some great tips in my ebook, “The Ultimate Morning Routine” that you can get right now as a bonus gift when you pre-order my new cookbook Eaternity:

Pre-order Eaternity and Get My Bonus E-book

I outline powerful, actionable practices for getting yourself grounded, clear and energized to start the day with radical focus and passion, including:

– How to Alkalize Your Body Instantly Upon Waking
– Why Meditation and Breathwork is Key
– The Best Foods for a Quick, Healthy Breakfast
– Simple tips for Organizing Your Daily Work Flow

There are many more tips I share in “The Ultimate Morning Routine”. Get it now as a bonus gift when you pre-order my new Hay House book, Eaternity:

Learn The Ultimate Morning Routine

Much love and light always,

Jason

How to Survive Growing up in Detroit

When people learn I’m from Detroit, they ask, “How’d you survive THAT?”
It’s a funny question, because I don’t think it’s any tougher growing up there than any other big city.
Sure, there’s sometimes rampant crime, environmental pollution, abandoned buildings, drugs, gangs and (gulp) really long, awful winters.
But you know something? There was a much greater threat to my health than all of those things combined…

It was what I chose to eat every single day.

With Detroit being world famous for it’s chili dogs (aka Coney Dogs), fried meaty delicacies of all kinds and more liquor stores per block than you can even imagine, it was a real challenge to eat healthy once I realized what I was doing to my body by eating so much processed food. It wasn’t exactly easy moving from a Standard America Diet to a whole food plant-based way of eating. But I learned some powerful ways to transition from wherever you’re at with your current diet toward a more sustainable, energized, mindful and vital way of living. And I know how to help you avoid some of the major pitfalls along the way.

That’s why I spent the last two-and-a-half years writing my new book, Eaternity. I wanted to create a powerful, user-friendly guide to help you optimize your health and wellness with fun, delicious recipes and functional benefits for a variety of foods. Whether you’re looking to eat for weight loss, a healthier heart, good sleep, better sex or strong bones – there are 14 chapters and nearly 400 pages of powerful, actionable content to empower you with conscious food choices that can strengthen and heal your entire being.

Right now, when you pre-order Eaternity online, you’ll enjoy a hearty discount off the cover price. Plus, I’ll share three exclusive bonus tutorial videos and my new ebook with you just for ordering. And here the real juice… you’ll be able to enter my $3,000 Grand Prize Giveaway with a plethora of amazing healthy living products, including a new blender, knife set and a variety of superfoods:

Pre-order Eaternity and enter the Grand Prize Giveaway

I know firsthand how difficult it can be to make changes in your lifestyle… because I’ve been there myself. I know the mental challenges, the incessant cravings and feelings of confusion. If I can survive (and thrive) growing up in a place like Detroit and find my way to a happier, healthier way of living… you can too!

Just know that you’re supported every step of the way and all the resources you need are out there. You’ve got this. I believe in you.

Much love and light always,

Jason

I’ve waited almost three years to reveal this to you

I’ve been waiting for this moment for nearly three years.
Put in a lot of love, sweat, tears and stains preparing for this moment.
And I’m ecstatic to finally share my brand-new book, Eaternity, with you!

As of this moment, you can be one of the first people to pre-order Eaternity – and in doing so – you’ll be eligible for a potentially life-changing experience. Oh, this is a juicy one, my friend…

I’ve partnered with some incredible natural foods companies, including Blendtec, Sunwarrior, Sweet Earth Natural Foods, Robert Welch, Miyoko’s Kitchen and many more.

So, when you pre-order your copy of Eaternity before April 12th, you can enter my Grand Prize Giveaway with a chance to win over $3,000 worth of healthy living products, superfoods and high-end kitchen equipment. Plus, you’ll get 3 exclusive bonus videos and my new ebook “The Ultimate Morning Routine” – all full of useful information on how to alkalize your body, build muscle, slim down and start your day like a champ.

Click below to pre-order the book and enter the epic giveaway:

Pre-order Eaternity and enter the Grand Prize Giveaway

With 14 chapters worth of healthy living tips, functional foods, the latest nutrition research, 154 deliciously easy plant-based recipes and nearly 400 pages, Eaternity has been a massive labor of love. And you know what? I couldn’t have done it without your support, enthusiasm and kind words over the years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I look forward to hearing your feedback on the book soon. Oh, and look for some extra tips and inspiring stories from the book coming in the next few weeks. I’ve got some really amazing things to share with you.

Much love always,

Jason

GoodOnYa Deli

We first got to know GoodOnYa Deli because I (Daniel) was working as a contractor off of Ruffin Road, where GoodOnYa Deli is located closeby. What we found and began to love about GoodOnYa Deli is that nearly all of their products are organic, gmo-free and locally grown. Add onto that their line of gluten-free pastries and made-from-scratch milks and animal stocks. While a little on the pricey side, we’re very pleased to recommend GoodOnYa Deli as a good source of nutritious food that tastes amazing!

From the about-page on their website:

When you give us money, and we give you something to put IN YOUR BODY, we see that as a huge responsibility. We are 100% transparent with our ingredients and sourcing. If you have a question we have the answer or we will get it. It’s important to know where your food comes from, how it’s made, grown and processed. It’s not about worrying; it’s about knowledge and understanding that the food you eat is a major contributor to your overall health.

You can read the rest at goodonyadeli.com

As of this writing, their hours are:
Monday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
(But make sure to go to their website or call ahead to make sure, unless you’re the adventurous type 🙂
Phone: (858) 277-9275)

Located at:
Address: 9275 Sky Park Ct #101, San Diego, CA 92123

Please let us know when you visit and tell us about your experience. And say hi to Conor from Daniel.