What is Life?

I don’t know what you think but I believe Life has to have a meaning! Think  about what goes in your mind when you experience certain occasions or life events! I mean, surely everyone thinks of Life when down emotionally or when watching a special event? For instance, watching sunset gives a person a mix of feelings and probably motivations that lets the person feel good, focused, and satisfied! This is what I'm talking about!

I have written about this subject before in my blog topic, Life. However, over the past few years I have experienced many ups and downs and I went in a circle then I found myself coming back to write about what really is life! I’m sure like me, you sometimes come to have a moment with yourself and actually start thinking about life...So, what makes life matter? and let me I ask you personally, what is life for you?

Everybody loves life. Seriously! Who does not? However, the question is, what exactly is that thing that we are all chasing after in life? I mean, we all have different aspirations and dreams. Some come true and some never even materialize!! BUT in you and me, there must be something greater than just these physical or worldly things that we all experience and die for!! Maybe it is relationships, or for those who are workaholics, maybe it is work. May be life is about making money...having lots of money! or the joy of seeing the outcomes of a hard work. It may also be that life is the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the life of someone else or doing acts of charity and helping people. Who knows! For many people, it may be simply, being health with all your body parts intact and functioning not being disabled or God forbid, laying paralyzed on a bed and needing continuous assistance to even breath...So here, health is life! Wait on! May be just having a happy family is life for you, right! Or how about just being able to feed your pet and take it out for a walk means the world for you!!!

Well, there's got to be something specific that everybody looks for to define the meaning of their lives. So, what is it that makes life worth living for you! Personally, I'm not so sure what is it that makes up the meaning of Life for me! Nonetheless, I have come to notice that sometimes, what matters to me may be changing according to my age or the state of mind that I am living in! In general, I love challenges. So, anything that challenges me and makes me feel I'm doing something meaningful gives me the satisfaction especially when I accomplish things. Okay, in general, having a satisfying marriage that is based on love and respect, being secure in my family life, having enough financially to sustain our needs with a surplus and so I don't have to worry about my family’s future, and experiencing the love of my close relatives...brothers and sisters, etc., and friends, means a great deal for me. I think these should count as close as giving a meaningful life to me!

Interestingly, there are many people around us who kind of do not have a direction or do not experience the true meaning of life. “They are living just for the sake of living!” I mean… as astonishing as it may sound, yes, there are! They are all out here ... and their lives goes on!! I like to think that the sooner someone works on finding out what is life for him or her the more focused one will be and can then enjoy having a purpose.  In my opinion, I believe it is worth taking the time to think of what makes life matter to you? what gives you satisfaction? how do you motivate yourself to keep working hard or keep moving forward? what makes you willing to give up on your bed in the morning, get up, get ready, and go out? What makes you able to bypass the challenges that get thrown in your way? Because that is what helps reset your mind when you’re experiencing a down time or low moral moments.

Having a clear understanding of what is life for you is important. At least you ought to be able to identify things that give you motivation to keep pushing on because that can save you from going down into undesirable paths and psychological disorders such as depression.

Let me share this, many of the stories we come across of those who were going to commit suicide but ended up being saved from acting on their suicidal plans come to rest on the fact that these people always disclosed that they did not feel there is purpose for their lives. A lot of people say that they have come to a point in their lives where nothing matters, and some say that life is just so hard and is not worth living. I don’t suggest going there in your thinking! That’s just like beginning the road to nowhere and it doesn’t usually end well if you know what I mean! In any case while I was searching online, one comment stood out for me. Someone commented in a video that I shared here, stating that "Life is not worth living in my opinion because the way my life is for me cause I'm not happy I'm failing in school a disappointment to my family and everyone hates me in school I have some friends but only cause I'm trying to change me to be "cool" so they like me which I have stopped doing and now have no friends so yeah life sure is great!"

If you're out there like this individual but you’re still thinking that being "cool" and doing what others do will make your life great, let me tell you...STOP! You will just lose direction and you will develop a nomadic outlook for life...I mean literally, you are destining yourself to becoming a person of a nomadic personality. You will be jumping from a purpose to another...you will always be searching...and nothing will be fulfilling to you at the end of your days! By the way, do not think that you get what life is by trying to earn people’s acceptance or approval. You cannot make everybody happy, period! Find the purpose of life in yourself.

Coming to a conclusion, when I was writing this topic, I did not think there are other's out there who are also wondering about "what life is for them!" like me. I guess there are many!!  So, while searching to find some answers, I came across a short video online, which I really think sums up many of the thoughts and struggles that many of us, me and you are facing in defining what is life. Well, I decided why not share one of these thoughts that someone decide to illustrate in a form of a video:

Please leave your comments about the topic if you have enjoyed reading it, may be it will help others who happened to feel just like you. Thank you for reading.

Ann, Azande Girl


How To Make Money Online!

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With the economy going south quite often and the technology booming, one always looks for other more flexible and liberal ways to make money. Hence, out of necessity, making money online has become the norm and the exciting means for supplementing one’s income. But is it really possible to make money online

Da! Of course, it is possible. Just look around you! If you research online, you will find that a lot of people nowadays have become internet millionaires, while many more are already on the way to becoming billionaires! On the other hand, many people may not have gone as far as being millionaires, but at least are earning decent incomes from doing stuff online!  Guess what! People are even becoming celebrities just by being social media “influencers”, earning hefty profits from companies and brand businesses. Isn’t that an exciting thought! I’m sure you’re already thinking what can I do to earn money, right? Now, the question is…how to earn money online? That is the million-dollar question…I guess! There are so many ways to earn money online. Examples of how to make money online include:
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Taking online surveys
  • Reviewing apps and websites for cash
  • Selling your school notes or essays online
  •   Doing small internet tasks for pay such as web search
  • Publishing and selling ebooks or reselling ebooks
  • Joining “cash back programs” such as ebates.com (or ebates.ca for Canadians)
  • Making money with your voice by becoming a voice actor
  • Blogging by having your own blog site or writing for other sites
  • Uploading YouTube videos (you earn from ads and marketing businesses)
  • Starting your own website where you can use ad networks like Google AdSense to earn money
  • Becoming a social media influencer, you get reached by companies and brands to market their products, and services to your fans and followers
  • Selling gigs or services online such as writing articles or offer virtual office assistance. You will need to join freelance networks like freelancer.com and Fiverr.com,
  • Trading markets online…and the list goes on and on

One of well-established ways of earning money online is through the affiliate marketing as I mentioned. The reason is that you do not need to carry any inventory, you do not need to setup a complicated system (most of the time!), and you usually start free. You are basically marketing other people’s stuff! To become an affiliate marketer, you either join an affiliate marketing network such as Commission Junctions or you join individual affiliate programs that belong to businesses such as online retail businesses.

If you’re a newbie :) new to the online business, you are interested…I mean really interested in starting to earn money today and you have a blog or a website, you have a social media account, or you are a member of online forums, you may want to start with affiliate marketing. One such program is the Star Affiliates Program. This affiliate program is one of the best emerging affiliate programs. The Star Affiliate Program is part of Downtown Fashion Mall, a unique and bestseller online mall for downtown fashions that ships worldwide. Downtown mall carries high-quality and most trending chic apparel, jewelry, accessories, shoes, and bags for women, men, and children. In addition, this online mall sells fashionable home décor, kitchen-ware, and bathroom accessories. Check out the Star Affiliates Program home page to learn more about their program. 

Let me help you a bit  more, if you want to get the detailed ins-and-outs of affiliate marketing, and you would prefer a a step-by-step video based training on how to build a very successful online business, then sign up and join Wealthy Affiliate. Wealthy Affiliate was established in 2005 with the initiative to help people succeed in making money online. Right now, it has 10 years of experience in helping over 1 million internet entrepreneurs succeed. If you join the Wealthy Affiliate community, you will be met with affiliate boot-camps and lots of internet marketing tips. You may want to sign up to both programs, the Star Affiliates Program and the Wealthy Affiliate community  to learn and use the knowledge to succeed in marketing the mall products.

The fact is, this trend of making money online is constantly evolving. One needs to carefully research to find out what is feasible, and what is a big waste of time! The word is that there are currently over fifty ways to earn income online. The problem is, how to find a legitimate method. A method that really yields earnings, costs less, requires little to no experience, and is NOT a SCAM!

The second fact is, some of these internet jobs require no experience at all, like completing online surveys, which is mostly based on your own experience. If you have ever shopped, then you can take surveys! If you have a social media account and some friends and family following, you can post your affiliate links and someone out there will like something and go buy it...Ta da! you're an affiliate marketer and will earn a commission! Very simple, right? However, some of these internet jobs may actually compel you to invest in gaining a specialized training to excel and stand out, which ultimately earns you better income.

This have been my brief introduction to how to make money online. Check back for new and detailed posts on more ways to earn income online.

    Ann Ann, Azande Girl


Shop & Get Money Back!

Is it Possible to Get Cash Back for Shopping?

Have you ever wondered why do I have to pay this much? or Can I not get some cash back from these folks for buying from them? Exactly! Everybody is becoming expectant of getting at least some reward or compensation for their loyalty to shop at particular stores that are their favorite or just for continuously shopping at same stores! Well, it must be just as good for these companies too to have you coming back always, right? Because as you keep coming back, they keep chopping money from your bank account, right? May be you even bring more friends who end up buying from them too (merchants love word of mouth!)

And because majority of people, may be even you, are shopping nowadays “online” Someone figured out, why not reward shoppers with some cash back! How nice! That’s what I’m talking about! Earn money while they, merchants cash in from your money...hmmm! Well, I did some little research and came up with this first one to highlight to you, Ebates.

Wait a minute! I'm sure you're now asking, I have heard about it but, is this for real...not a scam? Here is some background

Ebates (www.ebates.com)

Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping. The company was founded in 1998 by two Deputy District Attorneys in Silicon Valley who used to prosecute online fraud and identity theft before starting Ebates (so you can be sure they are very into secure online transactions!). Joining Ebates is always free - you'll never pay the site anything… It gets more interesting! Four times a year or more, they will mail you a BIG FAT Check, or transfer the money to your PayPal account if you'd prefer. The company also offers to send the money (your award) to your favorite charity! All 100% free.

Ok! I’m sure like everybody, you will ask: "This sounds too good to be true, how are you able to do it?" It really is quite simple. Just like almost every other online shopping center, Ebates gets a commission from their partner stores when you make a purchase. However, Ebates elected to share part of what they earn with you, the customer, if you become a shopping member with them on www.ebates.com. Isn’t this more than fun?

What happens is that over 1,700+ of the world's top online stores are happy to pay a bonus to attract new, valuable customers. Ebates takes this as their mission to send shoppers to these highly reputable stores.

It is such a lucrative opportunity to be able to shop, yet receive cash back for what you already love doing, or at least are obligated to do anyway! In conclusion, www.ebates.com promises to continue to send BIG FAT Checks to their satisfied customers across the globe as long as you shop through Ebates partner sites.

**You may want to know that Ebates Inc. websites have paid over $200,000,000 in cash to its members since the inception of the company.

So, let the fun begin, go ahead, sign up and start shopping now with Ebates. Don't throw money without getting some back. And believe me, it adds up pretty quick, so soon you will get a handsome check in the mail or your Paypal.

** Are you wondering if you’re at the right authentic Ebates site? We all know there are many dummy sites that scam innocent people like you who are looking for such money back opportunities. So, just click here (www.ebates.com) and it will take you to the legal Ebates site.

*FYI (For Your Information!)*
Ebates has it’s sister site exclusively for Canada as Ebates.ca

Ebates Canada, is headquartered in Toronto, ON, Canada. It is a division of Ebates Inc. The Ebates brand supports a strong community of millions of savvy shoppers around the world. If you’re in Canada and want to try the Ebates Canada too, just go here: www.Ebates.ca  

Hey! Thanks for visiting again

Ann Ann