How to Protect Your Family Photos From Natural Disasters


Nothing is more heartbreaking than watching a victim of the latest disaster digging through the timbers of her home looking for the things she loves most: favorite photos.

The worst part is this type of loss is so easy to prevent! Why are we so good at backing up our smartphone pictures – including the one of yesterday’s lunch – five different ways? But the photos we love most are hanging on the wall unprotected!

  • Before hurricane, tornado, wildfire or volcano season catches you unprepared, grab your photos off the walls and scan them at home or at your local copy shop.
  • Back up the scans to several different locations in and out of your home, including your PC, portable hard drive, safe deposit box and the cloud. That way if anything ever happens, all you have to do is reprint your favorites and hang them up on your new wall.

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Do you live in hurricane, wildfire, tornado or volcano country?

Want to hang on to all the things you love?

Then you need a copy this free downloadable book.   Ready turns it all around BEFORE  disasters strike. Just go to to pick up your free downloadable PDF copy.  No catch and you don’t have to pay for shipping.

You’re probably wondering why we’ve decided to give away copies of our own book.

It’s simple.

After the recent hurricanes and wildfires, mom and I launched Get Ready, a campaign designed to give families who were impacted by those disasters the vital tools and resources they need to deal with emergencies before they happen.  With the help of sponsors including Iridium Satellite Phones, our goal is to donate at least 200,000 free downloadable copies of the PDF versions of newest books Ready, Connected & Listo En 10 to families in Texas, Florida, California, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The books will be available for a limited time, so hurry up and get your copy using the links above while they last.

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Never Chase A Paycheck Again

What if, instead of chasing after money, money started chasing after you?

How would that change your life?

Well, according to Dr. Robert Watkins, that dream can absolutely become a reality.  In his book Never Chase A Paycheck Again, Dr. Watkins lays out clear, actionable Bible-based steps that anyone can take to break away from nine-to-five dependence and build real wealth.


By chasing your purpose instead of a paycheck.

We recently spoke with him to discover his insights on creating wealth.


LG: “Dr. Watkins, in your book you talk about the importance of finding your purpose.  Can you share how you discovered your own purpose?”

RW: “I never met my birth mother and I never met my birth father.  I was a ward of the state of Michigan.  So you can imagine, growing up with that type of insecurity.  My own mother didn’t want me, my father didn’t want me.  So I struggled for most of teenage and adult years with one question. Who am I?”

It wasn’t until he became a Christian that he realized that there was a special purpose for his life.  “What changed my life was when I read Jeremiah 1:5, I’ve known you from your mother’s womb. I started asking questions and started reading books and I realized that I’m here on earth for a reason.”

“The day I discovered my raison d’etre and began to focus on my God-given gifts, skills and talents was the day my life changed and I stopped chasing a paycheck.”

In the years since, Dr. Watkins has helped countless people identify their purpose.  He suggests that you ask yourself a series of questions like:

  • What are you most passionate about?
  • If money wasn’t an issue what would you be doing with your day?
  • What makes you angry in the world?
  • What problems in the world would you like to see solved?
  • What makes you smile?

“The moment you have clarity on your purpose,” says Dr. Watkins, “take one small step towards its fulfillment.  Then take another small step every day.”  For Dr. Watkins the small step was starting a small bible study in his home.  “One step every day.  No doubt, no fear.  Once you have clarity, don’t let it go.”

Seven Or Even Eight Streams Of Income

One of the most important parts of not having to chase a paycheck, is to create multiple streams of income that consistently bring passive income cascading into your life.  For many people, locating even one additional source of income is a problem, but Dr. Watkins suggests that people aim for seven or eight!

When we asked him to shed a little light on this, he laughed. “It’s based on Ecclesiastes 11:2, Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” Talk about not putting all your eggs in one basket!

What we loved most about Never Chase A Paycheck Again, is that it’s filled with advice that you can take, no matter what their background.  And that includes having multiple of streams of income to enhance that paycheck of yours.  “For example, writing and selling an eBook.  Everyone has a book in them,” says Dr. Watkins.  Whether it’s sharing information that can help others or simply telling your life story, writing books and getting them out there for sale on the internet is a great way to make extra income.

Another stream that anyone can take advantage of, is affiliate marketing income.  Anyone with even a small blog can sign up as an affiliate of products or companies and earn money every time one of their readers purchases a product or service that they recommend.

Here are seven streams that Dr. Watkins recommends:

  • eBooks
  • Purchasing small amounts of stocks
  • Raising money on GoFundMe to fund projects or start a business
  • Creating a product and selling it
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Turning a hobby that you’re good at, into extra income
  • Finding an additional job

The best type of income is passive income.  Going back to the example of the book, once you write it and post it for sale the money will continue to come in for years to come.

That reminds us of one of our favorite increase experts, Bob Harrison, who began speaking after getting his start as a car dealer 40 years ago.  Most of his talks are based on the wisdom he gained during his dealership days and he loves to say that that old job is still paying royalties!

Growing Your Income Streams

But once the additional income starts to flow, how do you make it grow?  Dr. Watkins suggests starting small, putting a dollar away every day.  Thirty dollars a month invested at an annual return of 10% would give you nearly $68,000 in less than thirty years with almost no effort.

Finding a 10% return though, isn’t always easy.

“I always tell people to invest in God-made things,” says Dr. Watkins.  Things like gold. Things like real estate.  Things like people.  Anything that you sow into, invest into that’s God-made will yield a return.  Whether it’s real estate or silver, it’s not going away. It’s so valuable because God’s not making any more of it.

No matter what you invest in, Dr. Watkins suggests that you learn as much as you can about whatever you’re investing in, before making the investment.

Gathering Of The Angels

One thing we love about Dr. Watkins’ company Conquer Worldwide, is that they not only teach about having multiple streams and building wealth, they help the process along for local entrepreneurs.  It’s called the “Gathering Of The Angels,” and is described as, “a Shark Tank-style competition where small business owners pitch their business idea for the opportunity to receive immediate financial investments and business advice.”

The Importance Of Leaving A Legacy

We all know that it’s important to leave a financial legacy for your children, yet many billionaires have signed pacts that they will give away most of their wealth before they die.  In closing, we asked Dr. Watkins how he felt about this.

“Proverbs 3:22 says that we have a responsibility to our children and our children’s children,” said Dr. Watkins. “That’s three generations.  Then when that’s taken care of, once you fulfill that, you can start going into your community and taking care of problems in the world.”

It all comes back to purpose.  No matter what purpose you were sent to earth to fulfill, following the Bible-based steps so beautifully laid out by Robert Watkins, will put you on the path to lifelong prosperity, not just for you and your family but for your community, your businesses and everyone that you touch, around you.

Do yourself a favor.  Get out of the 9-5 trap and grab a copy of this book today.  Never Chase A Paycheck Again

When Disaster Strikes: How Satellite Phones Like Iridium Can Keep You Connected

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To us, one of the worst things that all of the recent disasters had in common, was that they left millions of people — millions of families — disconnected from everything that they needed not only to survive, but to recover. 

I’m happy to say that we have joined forces with a company whose mission is to keep that disconnection from happening in the first place.  We’d like to welcome Iridium, makers of extraordinary satellite phones to the Connected family.  They’re joining us as part of our Get Ready campaign.  

Here is a little more about Iridium…

Natural disasters can strike at any time, leaving you and your family stranded without the ability to do something as simple as make a phone call.  In 2017, the United States experienced wildfires in California, tornadoes throughout the Gulf Coast, flooding near rivers and devastation caused by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.  While physical essentials like food, water and shelter are often limited during disasters, communications are often overlooked as an emergency resource.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico experienced an outage of their land-based networks that are used for landlines and cell phone usage.  First responders relied on satellite communications in order to coordinate relief efforts, and afflicted families were able to connect with their loved ones using Iridium® satellite phones.

In a disaster, there is a risk that telephone lines may fail quickly – and those that don’t can be overloaded with users attempting to place calls.  Satellite communications may become the only alternative as your ‘cellular tower in the sky’.  Iridium provides satellite connectivity with its network of 66 Low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that brings reliable service to anyone throughout the world.  Satellite connectivity is a critical emergency resource and backup communications source that allows you, your family, and colleagues to stay safe, aware and connected during a crisis. 

Why Iridium?

Iridium is the only provider that offers truly global coverage for mobile satellite devices.  Some providers have large stationary satellites placed in space over 22,000 miles away in Geostationary Orbit (GEO).  Given the distance away from Earth, satellite providers with LEO constellations, like Iridium, tend to experience lower latency on phone calls and provide coverage in areas that cannot be served by GEO constellations.  For example, if you’re stranded in a mountainous area, you may struggle to have a clear line of sight between your satellite phone and a GEO satellite.  With LEO satellites, terrain blockages resolve themselves as the satellites move overhead.

Iridium’s network of 66 LEO satellites continually orbiting the earth supplies clear and reliable communications no matter where you are.  Iridium offers easy-to-use satellite phones and devices that can quickly connect you to the Iridium network, and allow you to place calls during a crisis, especially when cellular connectivity is unavailable. 

How do I choose a satellite device?

Another benefit of a LEO network is the compact and mobile products associated with it.  For example, Iridium GO!® is a small ‘modem’ that connects your smartphone to the Iridium satellite network.  Simply load the Iridium GO! mobile application to your smartphone, connect it to the Iridium network and place a call.  Iridium GO! provides multiple options to stay in touch. You can check email, send a text, update your social media accounts or send an SOS message when in need.   


The Iridium satellite phone, called Iridium Extreme®, is suitable for users on the move. It has a rugged design that can withstand harsh conditions, and features an SOS-button for emergency situations. The SOS button  automatically dials the GEOS emergency response center, a part of the International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC), providing a connection to a live support representative.  The SOS-functionality requires users to register online in order to initiate this emergency response service, and once pushed, the SOS button will send location data for response coordination with local public authorities. The button is programmable so corporations or organizations can have emergency calls routed to their internal response center if needed.

How do I use a satellite device?

An Iridium satellite phone is nearly as easy to use as a regular phone. However, here are some tips to keep you connected at all times. When using your satellite device, it is important that you ensure the device has been fully charged.  When placing a call from a satellite phone, make sure you have a clear view of the sky in order to connect to the network.  To place a call, simply dial 001 (US country code) followed by the phone number.

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Having an emergency plan is a necessity in any household.  Ensuring you have a guaranteed and reliable communication source that works with you wherever you go is the best way to stay safe and connected during a disaster.  When preparing for a disaster, be sure to include Iridium in your emergency kit.  You can test your satellite phone for free using Iridium’s Test Your Satellite Number: 001-480-752-5105.

For more information on Iridium and where to purchase, please visit:

Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…


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Quick Way To Raise Money For Your Kid’s School

The worst part about having to raise money is having no idea where to begin! But don’t worry we’ve found a great new way to raise money quickly that’s not only easy, but fun.

Our plan comes straight from social media where everyone from moms to millennials are using it to bring in extra income. To do it, you only need three things: A Product, a Smartphone and Social Media. Since this post is about raising money on a deadline, we’re going to add one more element to the mix.


Here’s how it works.

The Plan

First, pick a product to sell that has jaw-dropping before and after results.  It can be a beauty product like a gorgeous glossy lipstick or eye popping mascara, or in this case, a show-stopping whitening toothpaste. We’re choosing the toothpaste because, people love it, it’s easy to sell and well, everybody uses toothpaste!

Before you settle on a product, make sure that it pays enough commission per unit to actually make money. In our example, AP24 Whitening Toothpaste has amazing results and pays a decent commission. Check.

Setting Up (Virtual) Shop

Next, you and the other fund raising moms (and dads) will have to the company that makes the product and sign up as a distributor. It could be Avon, Stella & Dot or NuSkin. Some direct sales companies charge a small fee to join, but in our case, NuSkin, makers of AP24, is free to join.  All you have to do is sign up under a sponsor and you’re in business.

You can sell your product in one of two ways.

  • You and the other parents who are raising funds can take orders personally (think Girl Scout cookies) then order a big box of the toothpaste in bulk and distribute it to your customers when you receive it.
  • You can direct buyers to your distributor website (furnished by the company) the website, where they can purchase the product directly and it will be shipped right to their home.

One thing to keep in mind, is how quickly your kid’s school or team is going to need the money. Companies can take a month or more to pay you commissions that are earned through your distributor website. If you’ll be needing the money more quickly, taking cash, PayPal or even Square and distributing the product personally, might be a better option. Just don’t forget to factor in taxes and shipping costs when setting your price!

Gather Amazing Before And After Photos

Now for the fun part! Gather five or ten amazing, jaw dropping before and after photos of your product in action. You can get them from the company website, the person sponsoring you or from other satisfied customers. If you have enough time, you and your friends can order the product yourself, use if for a week or two and then your own before and after photos.

Here are a few that we have for the whitening toothpaste.


Amazing, aren’t they? That’s one of the reasons we chose it over all the other products available. In most cases it makes a spectacular difference in people’s teeth in just a week or two and it makes a fun, easy to document before and after.

Make sure that:

  • Your photos show a dramatic difference.
  • The before and after photos are taken from the same angle, in similar lighting, so you can actually see the change.
  • Are real, non-photoshopped photos of real customers.

Once you’ve chosen your photos, start spreading the word. If your organization has an emailing list or newsletter, send out a message about the fund raiser, with the product offer, a few before and after photos, along with the information on how to purchase it.

Are you raising money for Little League or another sports team? Then make sure you have handouts or post cards with product details, before and after photos and purchase information ready to go. Sitting in the bleachers with the other moms is a great way to make sales. In fact, if you’re selling product directly, just bring several of them with you in your bag, accept cash or Square and you won’t even have to worry about distributing it afterwards!

If you want to go bigger – and why not, you’re trying to raise money for a great cause – go to Facebook and send out a few short messages like this one.

We’ve found from experience that following that type of wording works best. The idea is to build a sense of mystery, excitement and momentum. Don’t include the name of the product or the price. Just ask people to comment below or message you for details. When they comment or ask questions, answer as quickly as possible, telling them you’ll DM them with details. Then you can tell them how they can grab their own tube (or even better tubes) the price and any other details that they’ll need.

There are only two things that you absolutely need to stay organized and stay on top of reorders.

First, you’ll need a tracking sheet to keep track of customers. Otherwise you’ll have no idea who bought what, whether they’ve paid and if they already received their tube. Now is not the time to scribble sales on a gum wrapper!

Second, you’ll need a small card with reorder information attached to the toothpaste tubes, so your customers will know how to get in touch with you to get more tubes.  Be sure to include your name, telephone number, email address and the link to your distributor website so they have everything they need to reorder.  In the case of the toothpaste, it lasts about 8 weeks, so it’s a great way to make passive income on referral.

Once the campaign is over, take a few minutes with your “team” to see how everything went. Was it a big success? Are there things you would do differently next time around?

Rinse And Repeat

Just because you began this as a fundraiser doesn’t mean that you have to hang up your track shoes when the campaign ends. If you have as much fun and success as we hope you will, you can always turn it into a side business. Don’t leave your customers in a lurch! Let them reorder through you, giving you a nice source of recurring income. Keep adding more customers and then the next time you do a fundraiser, you can simply send a note to your regular customers telling them if they order in the next two weeks, a specific percentage of their purchase will go to benefit your kid’s team or school.

And if you really want to get creative, next time you and the other moms can choose three or four products that work together and create an awesome beauty box. Maybe a facial wash, luxurious polishing body bar, anti-aging cream and nail polish. You can sell it as a high-end beauty box, by ordering each product in bulk and then getting the team together to assemble the products in a pretty box with tissue, a few dollar store accessories and a card on top with details on how to reorder each product – with your distributor number.

If you’re interested in doing the fundraiser, just as we did in our example, with AP24 Whitening Toothpaste, here’s more information about NuSkin.

Whether you use this plan to raise money or to bring in some much needed extra income, selling one simple product is a great way to put your family’s financial future firmly back into your own hands.