Category Archives: Home Business

Occupational Wellness

By Martha Robards

Occupational wellness, one of the eight aspects of wellness, is about enjoying your occupational endeavors and feeling like you are making a difference and contributing.

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Sometimes, however, occupational endeavors seem to be more about making a living and putting food on the table. There are times when enjoying our jobs and doing it just to have an income seem to collide.

If you don’t enjoy your current job, there are things you can do to help. You can try to find something that better suits you. To do that you have to know what suits you. You do have to take some time to get to know yourself and what you do and do not prefer. HINT: It takes time. Do what you can now, do the best you can where you are, be consistent and don’t give up. Your time will come.

Check Your Attitude

Sometimes simply changing our attitude about our own circumstances and position in our current jobs makes a big difference. Here are some tips to help you come up with ideas to make your current job more enjoyable:

  1. Get motivated to face the day to day. Do some positive self-talk. It’s okay.
  2. Keep your work in perspective. Do the best you can in your current situation, keeping the bigger picture in mind.
  3. Remember you are more than your work. You are not your job and your job is not you. It’s what you do.


Make a Change

If you are looking for a different occupational opportunity, take your time, do your research and stay employed while you do that. Side hustles (aka moonlighting) are as popular now as ever.

When you look for something to earn extra money, keep in mind that it will take time, energy and organization to pull this off. You can do it, but have a plan. Do research to fully understand what is involved. Think about:

  1. How much time will be involved?
  2. What is the learning curve?
  3. What kind of training does it provide?
  4. Is it a solid company?
  5. Will you work from home?

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Mainly, be persistent and consistent in your efforts. Don’t let things easily discourage you. There are aspects about every job, every side hustle – every day life, that are not necessarily fun. Get through it with a smile.

I finally found one that’s worked for me for awhile. I love it.

Martha is owner of, a business mentoring website.  Martha’s work consists of opening shopping accounts for an on-line wellness company (think Costco meets Amazon), presenting, speaking, mentoring and coaching and people building. You can reach Martha at 505-750-7847, by email at, on Facebook, here on LinkedIn, Twitter, or through her websites at, here, here, or She’s not hard to find. For those in the Phoenix area, the next workshop will be on the topic of How To Make Your Home Non-toxic, February 20, 2018.

The photos in this article came from the TPNSystem.


Making a Good Presentation

If you present at one time or another in your

‘work from the luxury of your own home’ business,

get good at it. Know what you are doing. mlr

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Here’s how:

Make an Emotional Impact:

Use pictures, graphs, illustrations, but keep them simple.  Don’t put too much on one slide.

You want them to help your audience make a decision, not give them so much information that it makes it difficult for them to make a decision.


Use facts that can be checked; be honest, transparent, and never misleading in any way.


Tell your story briefly at different points through the presentation.   People want to hear a little about how you got here.  It adds to the emotional impact.

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Additional tips are:

Be prepared.   Practice, practice, practice.

Know your product or what you are talking about.  Spend the time.  It’ll be worth it.

Know your audience.  Spend a few minutes letting them know at the beginning of your presentation that you hope to be reaching each one of them in some way.

Be yourself and be natural.  Smile.

Go here for more ideas on giving and preparing presentations.


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Proactive versus Reactive

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In so many areas of life, it’s better to be proactive than reactive.  For instance, stay well versus get well.  There are also many areas of life that involve wellness.   There is physical wellness, mental and emotional wellness, financial wellness, and natural and spiritual wellness.  Being proactive in the important areas of life makes us happier, healthier and more prepared.

Some of those important areas of life might be our personal lives and relationships, our home businesses, our friendships, our work or our even recreation.  I need to take the time to reflect on these and sometimes I have to remind myself to do that.  I always feel better when I do.

Be proactive now.  Call me and we’ll talk about starting a home business or just a way to earn some additional income.  I’m Martha.  My cell phone number is 505-750-7847  and my email address is if you’d rather email me.


Difficult to Control

So many things in our lives are difficult to control. When we have our own home-based business, again, there are many things that are difficult to control. Fortunately, there is help.

Time: We can’t control time. We can, however, control our own business hours. Make them, abide by them. Conversely, do not work during times that are not business hours. Your family will appreciate that.

It’s difficult to control runaway time, but when we begin to control our time more, we see how valuable it is. It makes good business sense.

Activities: We Can’t Control What Others Do. We can control only what we do. Do activities every day that will benefit and grow your business. INVITE, INTRODUCE, EXPLAIN, TEACH, COACH. Whatever it is that you do, do it. If you must make phone calls to make appointments, do it; or connect with people on LinkedIn or other business websites, do it; or go to networking meetings, do it. It’s difficult to control what others do, but when we begin focusing on our own actions, things begin to change.

Focus: We Can Only Focus on One Thing at a Time. Multi-tasking can be great and many people pride themselves on their skill at it, but really, when we have to give something our whole self, we must focus on that thing. That’s okay. By focusing on that one thing, we have control over what we are doing NOW.

I would love to hear your comments on this article. For more information on my home business, please contact me, Martha, by private message through LinkedIn, email at or by phone at 505-750-7847 (cell). My health and wellness website is, and my mentoring website is


On Purpose

Let’s live our lives on purpose. Let’s know the reasons we do things and the reasons we want things. That becomes the “why” of how we live our lives. When we do this, it helps us to think more clearly about our everyday activities and the roads we take. Our everyday activities are what begin to lay the foundation of our future. Within a decision to start a business that we can do working from the luxury of our own home, change our eating habits to become healthier, change our shopping habits to save money or help the environment, change our reading habits to become a more spiritual person (the list could go on and on, for instance, drinking, cleaning, talking) — within each decision we make, there is a reason (why). Whatever the decision is, it will take some kind of an everyday action to accomplish, so let’s make sure our ‘why’ is strong enough to keep us doing that, because we will need to think about it often. Let’s start today. mlr


Do it on purpose

Ask Yourself Why

The Power of Empathy – Always Working on It

“The greatest gift of human beings, is that we have the power of empathy.” — Meryl Streep

To me, this means (in the context of this post) that we can try to feel what the other person is feeling, whatever the situation is. The power is in us to do that. It could be that they are apprehensive to try a new product or a new way to shop, commit to trying a new business or being coached, or shy about voicing their personal preferences about their nutritional products. Please know, I understand how that feels … I work on it every day. :) I work on reaching out, and I work on reaching in. Call me at 505-750-7847 and lets talk, or email me at