How to Package Your Expertise (turn what you already know into an additional income stream)

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Package Your Expertise- Downloadable Audio TrainingOpportunities abound in this day and age, with the rise of people looking for answers and solutions via the Internet. Did it ever cross your mind that perhaps you already have something that people out there are looking for or waiting for, something that will help solve their problems or help make their lives better?

Yes! You can help and serve people with what you already know through your: expertise, knowledge, experience, skills.

Enter the world of info products — You can package your expertise/ knowledge/ experience into info products, which take on a variety of formats. What do these products offer? Simple. Each product offers a specific solution to address a specific pain point or problem of a specific market.

Take note that it’s important that you have a heart to help people with the solutions and answers you already have.

So here are 7 Steps to help you do this:

(FREE: Download these steps — the Package Your Expertise Blueprint PDF — right here. Type “0” in “Name a fair price” because it’s free!) 

Package Your Expertise

Step 1: Evaluate Your Expertise. Assess your skills, talents, hobbies, experiences, knowledge. Choose the top 3 that you are most excited about.

Step 2: Come Up with Your Big Idea. Out of the top 3, choose one and consider how it can either help others solve a problem, add value to them or make their life better.

Step 3: Validate Your Idea. Ask if your big idea is something that others want. Research to find out if others are already doing something similar.

Step 4: Promote Your Offering. Promote your offering to the right people — those who want what you have and will gladly pay for it, and whom you would absolutely love to work with.

Step 5: Produce Your Value-filled Package. Create your offering — whether it is a physical product, info or digital product, or a service offering.

Step 6: Deliver Your Promise. Fulfill what you stated in your offering to meet expectations.

Step 7: Offer the Next Step. Give others the opportunity to continue their transformation.

You already have the knowledge, skills and experiences that others want and need. They’re just waiting for you to get out there and reach out to them. Your God-given gifts and abilities were meant to help, not just yourself, but others as well.

So wouldn’t it be nice to do something that you love, something that you really enjoy, something that lights you up, and at the same time, know that you’re making a difference in other people’s lives?

If you would like to learn more about how to Package Your Expertise, the Package Your Expertise audio training is currently at 90% Off. For a limited time, you can avail of the training for only $1. Yes, one dollar. Use promo code: pyepromo. Click here to order. 

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In this training, you will learn:

  • How your knowledge, skills, hobbies and experiences can be turned into information products that people want and need
  • How to match your expertise with your ideal customers and clients
  • How to speak the language of your target audience through your copy

This first version of the Package Your Expertise: Downloadable Audio Training is close to an hour’s worth of training excerpted from the Package Your Expertise Workshop. Spoken mostly in English (and interspersed with Filipino), the lesson expounds on the Package Your Expertise Blueprint — a 7-step process to turn your knowledge, skills and talents into an additional income stream by leveraging the Internet, among others.

This mp3 download also comes with the following:

  1. Package Your Expertise Blueprint PDF
  2. Package Your Expertise Activity Sheets (2)
  3. Package Your Expertise Slides

So click here to avail of this limited offer — 90% off on the Package Your Expertise audio training. Use promo code: pyepromo

Download the training at 90% off right here and TAKE ACTION today!

God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings. (1 Peter 4:10, TLB)

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Here’s to YOUR Happiness!

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1We’ve reached a little over half of January already — whoa, that was fast! — but I’d still like to greet you: HAPPY New Year! (We’re still in the first month of the year after all.) Yes, emphasis on HAPPY.

Has your New Year been happy so far? I hope so. Of course, life will always have its ups and downs, its seasons of triumphs and trials, of ease and challenges. But during the downs, the trials, the challenges, I’ve learned something — you can actually choose to be happy. You don’t have to be a victim of your circumstances; rather, you can be proactive about your situation.

It took me years to learn this. Yes, years. And I am still learning. Ten years ago, I had to come to grips with a major life change (namely, relocation to a provincial city) and I allowed myself to succumb to so many negatives. I struggled, I griped, I resisted. I became miserable. I was unhappy.

By God’s grace, I realized I wasn’t meant to have a miserable life, but life to the full! Little by little I learned that I could be happy — and that I could actually do something about it! And once I realized this, there were less tears (I cried every night in the beginning) and more smiles…yes, even more laughter.

So why am I telling you this? It’s because I want to let you know that no matter what your situation, you can choose to be happy! You can be happy on purpose. And when you’re happy, you make the world a better place, beginning with the people around you. And well, you can’t deny the fact that when you’re happy, you feel good.

Which is why I’d like to give you this free PDF: 25 Happiness Boosters (vs Happiness Drainers) chart. What I share here is not just theory; I actually experienced all these! Save yourself the misery and start gaining a happy attitude. And if you’re already happy, then it’s time to increase your happiness meter!

Download your free copy here.

After you’ve downloaded and read through the list, let me know which of the happiness boosters is your favorite, or which one you decide to focus on in the next few days. I’d love to hear from you! Post your comments below. :)

To your happiness this year!

 

 

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Want to Have a Stress-free Christmas?

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It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon over here. It’s been raining the whole week actually. But amid all the rain (read: storm, even!) and cloudy skies outside, my eight-year-old son’s Christmas program pushed through this morning.

The program was aptly themed, “Christmas Joy,” as the youngsters portrayed the first Christmas alongside holiday tunes with creative presentations (songs, dances, and a youth band with instruments such as electric and bass guitars, a flute, saxophone and cajon). It was indeed a joy to see the children and youth perform and celebrating the Reason for the Season. And the school president’s message was inspiring — he talked about how Christ always brings about new beginnings.

Imagine that! We have so much hope and joy! Have you experienced it yet? Or have you been super stressed because this season has been ultra-busy for you?

Whatever the case, I invite you, dear sister, to quiet your heart and find some time to reflect. Take a deep breath right now and allow God’s peace to fill your soul. He calls you to Himself and to find solace in Him.

And if you want to have a mini-retreat right now, I invite you to “Stress-free Christmas: A mini-course for busy moms.” It will help you:

  • Reduce unnecessary stress
  • Let go of the pressure of perfection during the holidays
  • Go from panic to peace
  • Enjoy what matters
  • Celebrate the Reason for the Season

This mini-course contains:

• 5 Audio Files (Estimated Total Running Time: 33 minutes)

• 25 Slides with Key Points

• 2-page Reflection Sheet

Listen to a sample right here: https://soundcloud.com/michnicolas-1/file-1-objectives-scenarios/s-dDovf

And here are some sample Key Point slides you’ll get:

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Ready for some respite amid all the busyness of the season? Then click here: https://gumroad.com/l/stressfreechristmas

Blessings!

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‘Tis the Season to Be Stress-free!

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  • Do you feel stressed because of the seemingly endless things on your to-do list this season?
  • Instead of holiday cheer, are you more in the zone of holiday mess and panic?
  • Do you want to get back to what truly matters and find meaning at Christmastime?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then “Stress-free Christmas: A mini-course for busy moms” is here to help you:

  • Reduce unnecessary stress
  • Let go of the pressure of perfection during the holidays
  • Go from panic to peace
  • Enjoy what matters
  • Celebrate the Reason for the Season

If you are looking for a more meaningful, happy and stress-free Christmas, then take hold of this mini-course. It won’t take much of your time, but it will help you get that peace and joy you’ve been longing for.

When you purchase this mini-course, you will receive the following:

  • 5 Audio Files (Estimated Total Running Time: 33 minutes)
  • 25 Slides with Key Points
  • 2-page Reflection Sheet

To get your copy of the mini-course, click here.

Blessings!

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When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

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Do you see yourself in any of these scenarios?

  • Your To-do List is longer than your toilet paper roll.
  • You’ve got dishes to wash and rooms to clean and pets to feed.
  • Oh, don’t forget, you’ve got kids! Oops…now where is the schedule of my eldest… She’s got ballet tomorrow?!

  • Work deadlines are fast approaching. Argh…why did I even procrastinate??? you tell yourself.
  • You find yourself constantly stressed out…and you just woke up!

If so, then you probably are experiencing some overwhelm in your life.

According to Merriam-Webster, to overwhelm is “to subject to incapacitating emotional or mental stress.” And to incapacitate means “to render powerless, ineffective, or unable to move.”

Overwhelm has a way of paralyzing its victims…and I’m sure you don’t want to be there.

Well, I’ve got GOOD NEWS for you! Overwhelm does not have to be the norm for you. YOU CAN THRIVE. I am so sure of this truth because God already said it in His Word.

Jesus said, “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (John 10:10, AMP).

Wouldn’t you want that to be the picture of your life? It is possible! It may not come overnight, but certain things can set you in the right direction.

One of the ways to overcome overwhelm is to breathe deeply and focus your attention on God. 

The Lord God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Genesis 2:7 (NRSV)

God is the Author of our every breath, and each breath gives us life. The simple act of taking deep breaths has many benefits.

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax. (webmd.com)

As one who has experienced anxiety attacks, I find deep breathing a simple, natural and immediate solution to a panicking body. Truth is, anxiety attacks are harmless; the brain is just being tricked into thinking that danger is imminent. Which is why it’s so important to set our minds on the Lord, our Prince of Peace. Thus, the promise:

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

TRY IT NOW!

  • Take a few moments right now to close your eyes, take three, slow, deep breaths and welcome God’s perfect peace into your soul.
  • Smile! :)

5 Simple Waysto Overcome Overwhelm-min(This article is an excerpt from the FREE PDF Guide: “5 Simple Ways to Overcome Overwhelm For Busy Moms.” Download your FREE copy here.)

 

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Looking for the Good

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Over the weekend, my husband, son and I visited two new places in our area, both of which only opened a few months ago. One was a hotel with modern interiors and wide spaces, and an infinity pool that seamlessly segued to the awesome view of a peaceful river and mountains on the horizon. The other was an old house turned into an elegant restaurant that gave us a delightful culinary experience (so much so that we went there two nights in a row!). We tried various dishes — from Chilean sea bass, to truffled fettucine , to Wagyu burger…and choco lava cake (so yummy!).

To me, this is cause for thanksgiving.

You see, nearly 10 years ago when I relocated to the countryside, there was no mall, no coffee place, no fancy restaurant. Prior to relocation, I grew up and lived in a very busy city with vast choices. But when I moved to the countryside, I honestly struggled with having to live without my usual creature comforts.

At first I found myself complaining and seeing all the negative things about my surroundings. I grumbled about what was missing and focused on what I didn’t have. Can you guess how that left me? Miserable.

Thank God I realized that was not the way to live. So what was one of my antidotes? Gratitude. I decided (yes, decided!) to have a thankful heart, even if I didn’t feel it. I decided to focus on the positive. I decided to highlight the beautiful. I decided to look for the good. Can you guess how that left me? Happy.

Since then, I’ve always been on the watch for new things in our area, and been promoting the good. (Some people say I can even put up a travel agency with all my recommendations to family and friends!)

I am also drawn to do this because of what God says in Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT) —

“Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

God has placed me where I am for a purpose. I know I am here to build it up, among other things. And whoa, “its welfare will determine [my] welfare.” What a great promise. But having a change of vision to see the good and a change of heart that expresses gratitude — well, that is welfare enough.

Now that’s good.

Questions: What good things can you thank God for today? What good might you be able to extract from a seemingly negative situation? How can you “work for the peace and prosperity” of where you are at the moment?

Post your answers in the comments. :)

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Experiencing a Major Change?

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Recently, I was talking to a young woman who told me about her fear of the future. She’s now waiting for the results of a recent board exam she took, and the results will somehow determine her next steps. She feels uncertain but continues to put her trust in God. At the same time, she also asks, “What now?” And since she’s transitioning from being a student to being part of the workforce, she feels like she’s being pulled out of her comfort zone.

Ever felt that way? I know I have. And I told her it was normal. The reason she’s feeling this way is because she’s in a period of major transition. I’ve gone through many changes in my life, and one of the major ones was…can you guess? Relocation.

Major life transitions are almost always uncomfortable. There might be a period of waiting. And since we live in an “instant” world, the waiting might be agony. We have absolutely no control, seemingly nothing to hold on to.

Then there’s that time of adjustment. We might need to adjust either physically, emotionally, mentally. There might be a learning curve involved, and patience and determination are essential, even crucial. Otherwise, it’s easy to give up.

Though change toward the good might be hard and messy, God gives us hope with this promise:

I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19)

Isn’t that such a wonderful promise? Know that whatever transition you’re going through, God is always looking out for your good.

Questions: What changes are you experiencing at the moment? How do they make you feel? How are you dealing with them?

Would love to hear from you! Post your comments below.

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Home Away from Home

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Just want to share a little insight I got this morning, as I was pondering on the relocated life.

This lifestyle has been a “game-changer” in so many ways. One of which is how it has given me a deeper longing for my true home — heaven.

From not feeling at home in my relocated environment, to being proactive about finding ways to feel at home, to asking God, “How long?” till we moved into a bigger and better apartment (I close to loathed our apartment, haha)…all these things pointed to a deeper desire, and of my deeper need for God.

Yes, living on this earth is my “home away from home” where I can experience and enjoy the fullness of life that God has promised. But those longings, those tugs at the heart, remind me that there is more that awaits.

As a Bible verse reads: “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior” (Philippians 3:20, NLT).

Whatever unfulfilled longings you have, bring them to God. Allow Him to be your true Home.

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Have you relocated as well and feel homesick at times? Then check out the Thrive Guide for the Relocated Woman right here: http://citygirlcountryhome.com/thrive-guide-for-the-relocated-woman/

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A Post for Mother’s Day (How’s that for an original title? haha)

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This was written about two and a half years ago, the unedited version of what came out in Good Housekeeping Philippines in April 2012. Hope it blesses, inspires, entertains you…or even makes you laugh! Happy Mother’s Day!

(And oh, no photo at the moment…gotta go to the grocery for now!)
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Mommy Journey Thus Far

I never dreamed I’d become a mom. I had seen medical TV shows of women giving birth, and they never gave me this fuzzy feeling of mothering. It scared the wits out of me!

But when I got married, I wanted to start building a family of my own. Prior to getting pregnant, though, I had a valid concern. Since getting married, my lifestyle had drastically changed. My husband and I were trying to find a balance between the city where my work was based, and the countryside where his work was based. We would often take a nine-hour bus ride back and forth — about four to six trips a month. Now how in the world was I supposed to carry a child in my womb with this hectic schedule? But I did. Up until about a couple of weeks before I gave birth!

My due date was in the middle of September. It was August 31. I was so sure I’d give birth mid-September that I was still at work that day, ignoring a mild pain in my tummy. Then in the middle of the night, as the pain became more intense, I started checking the signs of childbirth in a pregnancy book. Then it hit me: I am having contractions! My husband was out of town, and I didn’t want to wake anyone up (I was staying at my parents’ house), so I waited till the sun was up. Come morning, I announced, “I think it’s time,” and they all scrambled to get me to the nearby hospital.

It turned out that I was already dilated by 6 cm. Surprisingly, I wasn’t scared at all. At the delivery room, my doctor and her staff prayed for me. With every intensifying contraction, I would imagine myself on a rollercoaster saying, “Whee!” in my mind. I found it funny that the medical staff would ask me questions and even request for my signature while undergoing this excruciating ordeal. Can that wait till after this contraction?

Two hours into the final stage of labor, and no baby in sight, my doctor advised a C-section, to my relief!

As I was wheeled into the hospital room, my husband and two friends were there to greet me, in all my disheveled hair glory. I finally gave birth. Now what? My doctor’s parting words were, “Enjoy your baby!” I had no idea what that meant. I was honestly trying to fight the feeling of dread. Because I had no idea how to take care of this baby or how the landscape of my lifestyle would now look like.

The first few weeks of motherhood were crazy. I was in the middle of finishing my editing work for a book (way past my deadline!), and dealing with the agonizing wound from my C-section, post-partum blues, breastfeeding frustrations, the absence of my husband (he had to go back to the province for a few days for an important event) and, oh yeah, a baby in tow!

Then came the traveling part. The bus ride was not an option, so air travel it was. Of course, I had my concerns once again. What about ear pressure? Will his ears hurt? At only two months old, our baby had his first plane ride to the province, the first of many. He recently turned four years old, and he’s never had trouble flying.

My son and I now stay, collectively, about half of the year in the city, and half in the countryside. When we’re in the city, it’s my husband who comes every weekend. I have the privilege of being both a working mom (city) and a work-at-home mom (countryside). Sure, I’ve had those monster mom moments. But the Bible is right when it says that children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). God has been so good to give me this gift. I am happy and blessed. And yes, grateful.

— By Mich Nicolas

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Jesus Is Everywhere

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Many things have happened since my last blog post two weeks ago. Since then, I’ve helped organize two Christmas gatherings, traveled back to the city with my family for the holidays, went to the office, got together with my Bible sharing group for lunch, coffee and the sharing of lives, accompanied my son and his cousins to their Christmas presentation practices for their homeschool group, had dates with my husband, worked from home for a few days since the nanny hadn’t arrived as planned, de-cluttered the room, went shopping…and more!

I’m guessing your life the past few weeks have been similar, maybe even busier. But you know what? In all these things I mentioned, I found Jesus!

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Jesus was definitely there when we celebrated Him in our missions community. Our theme was simple: Happy Birthday, Jesus!

He was also there during our homebase community Christmas gathering that we held in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last month, the title of which was, “Jesus, Our Hope.”

I found Him in the company of spiritual sisters where we all shared about our birthday gifts for Jesus this year.

HBD JESUS!

I found Him when I was stretched out of my comfort zone to have to attend to something new, in a place unfamiliar, in ways different from my own. After all, who could be more out of His comfort zone than the Son of God, who had to leave glorious heaven for messy earth, who had to lay His tender head on stuff made for animals, who had to settle for a manger instead of a cradle, to send the message that He was the Bread of Life for all of humanity, aptly born in Bethlehem — the House of Bread.

I found Him and His peace in a cramped and cluttered area one morning, with a note of thanks and blessing on a paper bag from a pastry shop to my left, birds chirping outside, the aroma of Spanish cuisine being cooked from the kitchen, the noise and laughter of kids playing makeshift basketball in the garage.

I found Him while de-cluttering our room. While cleaning up the dust bunnies on the floor, what came to me was, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Clean up my heart in repentance to make room for the King.

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I found Him while waiting in a long line at a food court to order my lunch. Advent is all about waiting, about eager expectation, knowing that what I wait for is, well, definitely worth the wait!

I found Him at Mass yesterday, the third Sunday of Advent — Gaudete Sunday — which celebrated joy. During the homily, as the priest was explaining the Gospel, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about something I had been praying about. What joy that brought me!

There are still other instances left unwritten, and I am thankful for all of these. Sometimes (or maybe many times), these encounters happen in the most unexpected places, but He is there, ready to surprise, ready to bless, ready to make me happy…and to think, He is the Birthday Celebrant! I love You, Jesus!

Thank You, Jesus, that in the midst of this busy season, I find You. Thank You for showing Yourself to me. I still look forward to all the wonderful moments I will spend with You throughout this time. Be born in the stable of my heart once again. Amen.

 

Have you found Jesus in all the busyness of Christmas? If so, how and where? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments! God bless you!

 

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