Baby’s Initials on Onesie

It’s time to get a gift for the baby shower, so you want to make it special, unique, colorful, fun … something the parents will really love. How about a personalized onesie with the baby’s first initial?

colorful rainbow letter s on baby onesie - perfect for baby shower gift

 

Order quick and easy through Red Bubble. Pick your size and style.

Find babies’ and children’s clothes including onesies, hoodies, t-shirts, and even masks.

And beyond kids’ clothes, you can also get your own initials or favorite letter on a water bottle, adult t-shirt, hoodie, iPad cover, phone case, dress, even bath mats!  Give one to yourself and wear yours to the baby shower, too.

We also have the rest of the alphabet, plus names, words “hope”, “joy”, and “love”, and “friends” and “adventure”, with so much more to come. Then, soon, you’ll be able to order customized names.

Thanks for your support!

Lisa Johnson, Yumbassador
Live Yummy

You are the Medicine

Today I discovered this advice from Maria Sabina, Mexican healer and poet:

“Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead. Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always remember … you are the medicine.”

[see each Pinterest pin I’ve made, for each section of this poem, below]

What a beautiful phrase: You are the medicine.

It’s easy to heal yourself with love when things are all going smoothly.

For me, that’s when it’s warm weather (about 7 months of the year here), the fruit trees are blooming or fruiting, the great blue herons are flying overhead, and I’m outside under the comforting sky.

But when:

  • it’s cold (18″ of snow dropped on us this morning)
  • the dogs are barking out of control
  • my teens are arguing
  • I burned the dinner, and
  • wordpress just ate my whole post (because somehow I failed to save anything I wrote in the past hour – ugh)

… that’s when it’s a little harder to focus on how love will heal me.

But of course, that’s when love transforms most powerfully. I don’t need healing love so much when I’m blissed out in the garden on a sunny summery 75-degree day!

So I post this today to help us on those days when we need more love, more healing.  Because sometimes the waterfalls and sunshine, the rivers and bare feet, are still months away… but the ability to dance, laugh, and sing, is only a breath away…

Maria Sabina, Mexican healer and poet - you are the medicine

 

Maria Sabina, Mexican healer and Poet - heal yourself river waterfall

 

Maria Sabina, Mexican healer and poet - Heal yourself light sun rays moon

 

 

 

9 Ways to Flourish ~ Even in this Mess

flourish prosperity thrive burst joy business full growth

A year ago we had challenges.
But we also laughed out loud at cookouts and hugged our friends, shopped and went to school and never once wondered if the air was safe to breathe.

Now people are dying, going to a job is risky, and businesses are failing.

It’s another world, isn’t it?

The thing is, this nightmare will end. It will turn around. 

And when it does, there will be people who flourish, and people who falter. It happens every time there’s any kind of crash. Some pick up the pieces and build anew, and some stay crushed.

What differentiates the phoenix from the char?

I’m only in my 50’s, so I didn’t live through what happened after the last epidemic 100 years ago. But here’s what I know about surviving and thriving in the everyday trauma that is business.

1. If you are extremely adaptable, you will do better than those who live in the past.

2. Knowing and relying on your strengths gives you a head start. Be more you.

3. “I just want to make more money” doesn’t motivate anyone to support you, but being of service, knowing your Big Why, and clearly stating, “I want to solve X problem for Y people by offering Z” will.

4. Going it alone limits creativity. Plus, it’s lonely and not as much fun as dynamic collaboration.

5. Gratitude is the most attractive attitude.  Enthusiasm is next.  Give back generously. Mentor others, and bring them along as you grow.

6. There is zero excuse to not have a robust online presence. Those days are over. Embrace technology that helps you share ideas, understand more, and reach your customers.

7. Chronic fear is a killer. Kills dreams, kills creativity, kills possibility. Useful fear gets you out of the way of the bus, but chronic fear, worry, anxiety, is an unproductive loop that siphons off energy and drains away possibility. 

8. You have to take care of yourself first, so you can usefully help others.

9. Laughter and friendship, support from colleagues, and a safe place to experiment with new ideas, all foster growth and create the perfect environment for success. For flourishing.

We can do all these things now, even in this mess, so we’re in the best possible position for tomorrow.

I invite you to our conversation about Prosperity (or Flourishing or Succeeding, or Thriving, or Storming, or Blooming, or Crushing).

Are you flourishing? succeeding? thriving?

Do you have enough free time, support, self-care, good work to do, health, and financial resources to have peace of mind on a daily basis?

Are you being the living example you want to be, for your children and friends?

My #3 from the above list?  It’s about you:
I want to help entrepreneurs (and potential entrepreneurs) earn a profitable, ethical online income by helping you choose your next step forward.

Join us for this conversation. It’s a solid next step.

After you register (here), send me an email Lisa <at> ZSeekers <dot> com, and tell me how your business is doing. How are you personally doing? Honestly, I want to know.  

(Oh, and, when you go to register, don’t let his slick-looking suit put you off. when you hear more about where he started from, his gut-wrenching childhood and his escape from bleakest poverty and abuse, you’ll understand. He’s just like us inside.)

Lisa Johnson, Seeker
Z Seekers

We Are Not All in the Same Boat

I created this today, and put up on Pinterest. It’s a quote from Damian Barr that you have probably seen around a lot on social media these days, but I have not seen anyone give him credit. It begins, “We are not all in the same boat ~ we are in the same storm. …”  

First, here’s mine:

We are not all in the same boat quote by Damian Barr

But you’ve probably seen ones that look like this. A version of his quote, with no attribution to him as the author. So many. Here are a few:

Damian Barr's quote in image w no attribution

Damian Barr's quote We are not all in the same boat with no attribution Damian Barr's quote We are not all in the same boat with no attribution We are not all in the same boat Damian Barr's quote w no attribution no attribution Damian Barr's quote We are not all in the same boat

It’s easy to pass on a cool quote, and that’s fine in some cases. But when a person has crafted a lifetime of words, and you see or hear something cool in it and change it a little to pass it off as your own, or to not “waste time” or “waste space” by adding a by-line ~ that’s absolutely not okay.

We need to give credit to artists.

Get inspired, and share ideas!  That’s what Pinterest is all about. But also, take a second, google the quote, and see who said it or wrote it. Then give them credit.

I’m not perfect at this ~ in fact, I shared a version of this on Pinterest a while back. But I am working hard to improve. And, hilariously, I had to make myself remember to hunt down the links for the examples I gave above, so they get credit for their artwork. Humility 🙂 

 

It’s especially egregious, though, when we in a traditionally power-holding demographic lift work without credit from someone in a traditionally reduced-power demographic.  We can do better.  

Ironic, isn’t it? A quote about social justice being used without attribution? 

Now, for another viewpoint, which is fair: sometimes quotes are so generic, or become spoken so often that they become part of the general culture. This quote is not far from a Bible story, I think.  Did this contribute to the casual repetition?

Or, maybe someone else will argue that Damian Barr wasn’t the first to say it, so it should actually be attributed to someone else!

What do you think? 

Lisa Johnson, Yumbassador, Live Yummy

Test Kitchen: Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

My family doesn’t eat keto with me, so today there’s a raspberry pie and a bunch of pumpkin bread on the counter. Argh! Keto chocolate chip cookies to the rescue!

(original recipe, improved recipe, and video below)

To deal with living in a flour and sugar household, I like to always keep a keto treat around. Otherwise, sometimes I suddenly come to, and find I’m shoving a hunk of pie in my face.

So I tried a recipe I found in the Amazon reviews for Lily’s Chocolate Chips, and I modified it a little. I’ve never in my life followed a recipe exactly the way it was written, and I wasn’t about to start today.

Here’s the video so you can get a visual:

Here’s how the test kitchen went today.

Original Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe:  
[see my improved version below]

2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup Lily’s chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup Pyure or Swerve (keto sweeteners)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe - the original
this Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe is on an Amazon review for Lily’s Chocolate Chips

Original recipe called for one bowl for dry ingredients, and one for wet… but I find with keto cookie recipes like this one I can get away just fine with simply mixing everything in one bowl, so I did that. Honestly, who has time and energy to use another bowl for no reason? One less bowl to wash, if you ask me.

***Note: Don’t pour hot melted butter onto your eggs in the bowl, or you’ll cook your eggs – blech!  Either cool the butter first, or pour the butter over the almond flour. ***

Spoon dough onto cookie sheet lined with silicone mat or parchment paper. Recipe says to flatten ’em, which is fine if you want flat cookies. I tested them rounder, too, and they came out just as well, so leave ’em scoopy-style if you want.

Bake for 8-12 minutes (mine took 13) at 350F.  Let them sit for 10 minutes on the hot cookie sheet to firm up, then move to cooling rack. I got 26 nice little cookies out of this batch.

How I made the process simpler:
It’s an easy recipe, but honestly that’s partly because I ignored all the complicated mixing directions and just put everything in a bowl and stirred.  The recipe says to flatten the scoops of dough once you get them on the cookie sheet, but I didn’t find that was necessary. Flatten them if you want flat cookies, leave ’em scoopy-style if you want them rounder.

My Improved Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe: [*changes*]
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup walnuts (optional, but they add nice crunch)
1/2 cup Lily’s chocolate chips
1/2 cup *salted* butter, melted (cuz it’s what I had)
2 large eggs
1 *tablespoon* vanilla (more flavor)
1/2 cup *granulated monk fruit* (it’s what I had)
1/2 tsp salt (left it out cuz I used salted butter)
1/2 tsp baking powder

and I added:

  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds

I think this recipe is crying out for some spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice for flavor, and a tablespoon of vanilla instead of just a teaspoon, because I’m a fan of more flavor rather than less. 

Fats can make all the difference, so in the future I’d like to play around with different fat combinations in this recipe. If I use a little coconut oil in place of some butter, I wonder if they might brown up a little better. A little cream, or cream cheese, might also give them a even richer consistency. I’ll try that next time.

All together, I give the original recipe:

  • B+ overall
  • B- for flavor
  • A- for consistency
  • A for keto-ness
  • B for ease

With my improvements, it earns:

  • A- overall
  • A- for flavor
  • A- for consistency
  • A for keto-ness
  • A for ease

It’s not “sex in a pan” or anything, but it’s a good keto standby cookie and will keep my face out of the sugar bombs tempting me all around the house, while giving me a little great fat to sustain me.

Here are three Pinterest pins I made to show off this recipe. Which do you like better? Pin your favorite!

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Easy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies on Pinterest

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies-green

 

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ethical – Doing the Right Thing, Even When Nobody’s Watching

Ethical is doing the right thing, even when nobody's watching

An ethical person does the right thing, even when no one is looking.

What does that mean in practical terms?  Here are my 9 promises to you:

9. I won’t sell you stuff just to sell you stuff.  We start by creating a personalized Roadmap just for you, so we first find out what you want to accomplish, and then see what will help you get there.

8. I won’t take you on if I think you’re better off getting a solid job. If I can help you find one, I will. Some people truly are not meant to be entrepreneurs.

7. I will tell you the truth.  You may really want to sell on Amazon, but if I don’t think you’re a match for it, I’ll tell you that truthfully. You can do what you want with that information, of course. But I will always lay it out for you.

6. I’ll tell you that truth, even if it costs me.  Let’s imagine I have the perfect Amazon course, and I stand to make money when people buy it.  And I know of another program that costs less, or is even free, in the arena where I think you’re better matched. I’ll urge you to go with that venture, even though I will earn less, or nothing.

5. And even if you don’t like it.  Chances are, I won’t reflect anything back to you that’s a surprise. But if I do, and you don’t like it, I won’t lie to you about it. I’ll tell you the truth ~ even the hard truths.  No one who lies to you is your friend. 

4. Sometimes I might send you away.  If I don’t have the best training or opportunity to help you, and one of my many (also ethical) collaborators has just the thing, I’ll give you their name, free and clear.

3. I honor my time, so I’ll honor yours.  I have two kids, two dogs, a spouse I love, a big garden, and an art studio. My time is precious to me. So I don’t waste it. And I won’t waste yours. I’m not gonna send you emails just to have something to send. Or suggest links or articles just to sound knowledgeable. If I send or recommend something to you, it’s because I think it’s valuable.

2. I will never sell you a back-alley deal.  Everything I offer as a solution to you is either a program I have studied myself, or an opportunity tested and vetted by someone I deeply trust.  Training, course, program, business-in-a-box ~ whatever I offer to you is trustworthy.

1. No magical thinking.  There are literally thousands of “courses” out there, all claiming to make you money while you sleep, turn you into a millionaire this year, and fulfill all your wildest dreams with no effort on your part at all. Hogwash. Online incomes require work. Very different work than when I was mopping floors, grunting out farmwork, or cranking food out in a diner, and with a bigger possible upside. The only thing worse than no job at all is a minimum wage job you think you can’t live without, because it steals your time, as well. Passionately I believe in the beauty of entrepreneurship, the drive to create more value for our customers and more income for ourselves. But it’s not magic. It’s work. I’ll never tell you otherwise.

Choosing to behave ethically is not always easy. 

Sometimes it costs time, and money, and even friendships. But I can sleep at night. Make sure you can, too.

At Z Seekers we are committed to helping you earn a profitable, ethical online income, because I’m committed to doing that for myself.

Yours, Lisa

Lisa Johnson, Seeker at Z Seekers

Why You Don’t Have an Online Income (Yet)

why you don't have an online income yet

Of course you don’t have an online business yet. 

There are at least three really good reasons.

1. You‘re scared you’ll waste time & money trying things that won’t work, or that won’t work for you.

Well, of course you are! It’s really easy to spend loads of money on ideas, trainings, and directions that look good at first, but don’t pan out. Most everyone I know in this industry can point to tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars “wasted” or “invested”, depending on your point of view.  That doesn’t mean you want to do the same!  Let’s find a way to save you all that unnecessary expense.

2. Of course you’re smart to avoid most of the “gurus” out there who just want your money.

Just because someone is rich and famous doesn’t mean they’re ethical or a good teacher!  A lot of people in the online marketing industry — I’m sad to have to say it — really are slimy, greedy, uncaring hucksters. And you’re right to be on the lookout for that in everyone who comes at you. I am only in this business right now because I am part of a group of highly ethical, customer-focused, trained professionals, and it is a privilege to work collaboratively with them, so that we can all help our people even better. Let’s bring you in to this powerful, amazing group. 

3. And of course you’re intimidated by something you haven’t done before. And who wants to lose a bunch of money?

We all are. It’s human nature. If I were going to consider going into business fixing cars, I’d be intimidated to start, because it would be new to me. I might be perfectly capable, but I’d be taking a deep breath, because I’d know, okay, I’m gonna have to learn a lot, be really uncomfortable for a while, not know what I’m doing exactly, and take this risk. I know what that feels like, and it takes a lot of courage. I applaud you that you’re about to launch into it. So let’s make everything so supportive, that you are as safe and encouraged as you can possibly be.

Starting into the world of a digital side income can be so overwhelming and frightening that most people never do it. But if you’re reading this, it’s because you know it’s the direction you want to go. It’s the present, and the future. 

So let me help you get started down a great path, one personalized to you based on your experience, skills, resources, and desires. 

Start by signing up as a Seeker, and together we’ll create a personalized Roadmap for you. We can do this!

Purpose of Life

The purpose of life (despite what we’re told) isn’t to win in constant competition with everyone else.

It’s to enjoy our brief lives and to help others.

-Lisa Johnson, Z Seekers

The purpose of life is to enjoy life and help others
The purpose of life is to enjoy life and help others

When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings

When our friend hurts our feelings, no matter how old we are, it hurts. 

But some kids learn early that ^everyone^ goes through this pain, not just her.  We want our daughters to be resilient, to learn that occasional hurt feelings is just a part of life.  And if we can bring ourselves to face the discomfort, we can usually work it out.

Ella's Soccer Diaries - What 7-9 Year Old Girls Learn on the Soccer Team - When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings
Girls learn dribbling and scoring on the soccer team, but also how to be a friend

Ella is a pre-teen soccer player, and runs into a rough patch with her friend. 

When your friend hurts your feelings
After Ella’s friend said something mean and hurt her feelings


Of course she’s sad about it, and now what will she do?

Ella's Soccer Diaries - What 7-9 Year Old Girls Learn on the Soccer Team - When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings
It is not easy for any of us to talk with our friends after hurt feelings.
Ella's Soccer Diaries - What 7-9 Year Old Girls Learn on the Soccer Team - When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings
Ella finds her way back to friendship after talking together.

With a little courage, Ella is able to talk with her friend, and work out their hurt feelings.

This book is meant as a discussion starter for children and their caregivers. 

The earlier in life we learn how to handle hurt feelings, the less pain we’ll suffer and cause others as grown-ups. Dontcha think?

Ella's Soccer Diaries - What 7-9 Year Old Girls Learn on the Soccer Team - When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings COVER PAGE
Ella’s Soccer Diaries: When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings is available via Amazon for Kindle

Fully illustrated, simply written with easy rhyming lines.

Featuring a racially diverse set of friends, supportive parents and especially the love of her dog Crystal, Ella’s Soccer Diaries can help you have those conversations that prepare your child to be resilient through the everyday pain caused by human interactions.

You can read Ella’s Soccer Diaries: What 7-9 Year Old Girls Learn on the Soccer Team — When Your Friend Hurts Your Feelings for free with Kindle Unlimited, or buy it for Kindle through Amazon for $2.99.