Entrepreneurship

Lessons learned throughout my business

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Faviola the CEO HUSTLER

Lessons Learned Throughout my Business

#TheRiseTheFallTheComeback 

Faviola the CEO Hustler

By FAVIOLA ARANDA 'THE CEO HUSTLER'

MAKE IT HAPPEN! 

 

TRUE STORY📖 I started my business in 2000 all with a Dream & Vision, but NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think I had it in me to build a Top-Notch Corporate Business, but I did it! (I built a 6-figure business in less than 3-months)😱

 

▶️I didn’t have a plan, BUT…

▶️I did have a Vision & Dream

▶️I didn’t have a degree, but had tons of experience in Business!

▶️ I never let ANYTHING STOP ME 🛑 or get in my way to succeeding!

But then something happened…

“The Rise, The Fall, The ComeBack, I am Faviola #TheCEOHustler”

Life happened; I suffered an auto accident while coming back from San Francisco, CA.  I had all 3 of my kids in the car with me when we got rear-ended and I almost lost my small child, but Thank God, he’s OK, unfortunately, I ended up with severe neck/back/tissue/tendon injuries (still suffer from these same pains)!

 

A few months after we were at the Lake (our favorite place to relax) where unfortunately our middle child suffered a severe fracture (Jetski injury) and was in a body cast (femur fracture) for months!!!

 

And, if things couldn’t get worse I was pregnant (which it’s supposed to be the best time for a mother, right?) unfortunately for me it was such a horrible time and such a bad experience because I almost lost my Baby Girl due to a bad pregnancy due to (severe cholestasis), I was in/out of hospital 🏥 for 6-months until finally my husband couldn’t handle me anymore and had to get me hospitalized (admitted into hospital) for care and treatment and well my daughter was finally born (premature baby at only 32 weeks), but as you all see from my family pics thank God she’s a beautiful miracle princess!  

 

Unfortunately during this same time frame, my father was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, we were so devastated with everything going on…I was recovering from Auto Accident, Son in Body Cast, then I got pregnant 🤰 almost lost my daughter all while my poor father was slowly dying from Brain 🧠 Cancer and all while the economy was collapsing…S*** 💩was literally happening all at once!

 

⚠️Unbeknown to us the business was also starting to go downhill all due to these

⚠️”Life Situations and Unforeseen Circumstances)!

⚠️And of course, things just got worse I started getting sued left & right, getting harassed, threatened (interpreter literally coming to my home threatening me!!!

😢) who FREAKING DOES THAT?!!!  I had 100s of clients who owed me money 💵 who were not paying, the government shutdown affected my business so000 bad, yet I wasn’t at my client’s homes/doors/place of business harassing them or threatening them, but hey we are ALL DIFFERENT, RIGHT?!

 

And then S*** 💩😢happened my father passed📿 all while on verge of losing my house, losing everything I worked so hard for 💔no money, in pain, sick, devastated, defeated, etc…It felt like a knife “ripping through my chest”💔!

 

Life was happening behind the ‘scenes’ but sorry to say that the “ruthless” interpreters/contractors’ who for years I provided work too, who I always put first, took them to eat, gave them awards, stipends, opened the doors to my house, invited them to workshops (for free), provided them with FREE Training  (because without them my business would not have grown as big as it did), but when S***💩hits the fan everything I did for them went out the window and they forgot who I was and smeared my name like I was nothing!

 

Now I have forgiven because I’m sure (they were going through similar situations due to the economy) but honestly they were being brutal & didn’t understand or cared about my situation…They didn’t care that 1. My family was depending on me 2. 10 other employees & so many others were too…

 

Unfortunately, after my Dad passed I no longer gave a S*** 💩😢 and had no choice but to file for Bankruptcy and Closed my Doors! 

 

I felt like a total failure, defeated, depressed and just TIRED!!!

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BUT!!! I #NeverGiveUp if my father taught me anything that was to Never Give Up!

 

After a few months of therapy, counseling and letting the storm pass, I decided to get up and #BossUpandRise 💯🔥I dusted my self off and went back 🔙 to the drawing board!

 

Looking back I don’t regret ANYTHING, but wished I could have done better, been better prepared, but hey God does things for a REASON!

 

I NOW appreciate that experience because;

1️⃣ I understand that God does things for a reason and this experience was necessary for me to learn & understand that we must prepare for the future & for ‘unforeseen circumstances’, but also take care of ourselves before being able to take care of others.

2️⃣ It helped me so that I can help others AVOID these same struggles, challenges, but more importantly, help them prepare for the future and give back through training and development!

3️⃣ It helped me to be the person I am today. Share+Learn+Grow+Prepare+Plan for the Future and continue to Help Others!

You see, we all make mistakes, but we can all learn from them & help others AVOID these same mistakes.🙏

We have 2 Choices..Get up ##BossUpandRise or Stay down and be defeated!

 

Regardless of the circumstances #KeepOnGoing

🚨#TheRiseTheFallTheComeback @theceohustler ™️🚨

Health and Fitness

How to Go Vegetarian the Healthy Way

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How to Go Vegetarian the Healthy Way

Get Healthy and Fit…

Listen to your body and (try) maintain a stress-free life…

FAVIOLA VALENCIA, THE CEO HUSTLER

THANKS TO BLOG CONTRIBUTOR SHEILA OLSON

Eating a vegetarian diet comes with many benefits: It reduces harm to the environment, cuts down on animal cruelty, and promotes health in the body, to name a few. However, while many people think that going vegetarian will automatically help them lose weight and live healthier, the vegetarian diet is much more than simply not eating meat. In order to lose weight safely and maintain your health, you have to make sure you are still getting the nutrition your body needs. Here are some essential tips for those who are considering the vegetarian lifestyle.

 

Cut Calories Wisely

 

No matter what kind of diet you do, eating fewer calories than you burn is how you lose weight. While it can be tempting to want to lose weight as fast as possible, it’s important that you do it gradually. Otherwise, you’ll be starving your body of the nutrition it needs; not only is this unhealthy, but it will make it more difficult to manage your weight once it’s down. Set a goal of losing no more than two pounds a week, which generally requires a deficit of 1,000 calories a day. You can also aid your weight loss by adding exercise to your routine. Be sure to consult your doctor to make sure your diet plan is safe for you to take on.

 

During your diet, there may be times when you feel hungrier than usual. Plexus offers Slim Drinks that are great as meal supplements or snacks, such as the Slim Hunger Control and Slim Microbiome Activating. These drinks are completely vegetarian, and they can help you feel more full while fostering your weight-loss goals and supporting your glucose metabolism.

 

Choose Healthy Carbs

 

Many who are trying to lose weight on a vegetarian diet often get tripped up by carbohydrates. If you simply eat more pasta, cereals, chips, and other processed carbs in the absence of meat, however, you won’t lose weight; actually, you’ll probably gain weight. Your calories should consist of no more than 40 percent carbs each day. Limit the amount of bread and pasta you eat and opt for whole-grain when possible. Try to get the bulk of your carbs from vegetables and fruits like kale, spinach, bananas, apples, and carrots.

“Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos .Aenean non turpis vitae ligula tristique sagitt isras varius erat pulvinar eros pretium”

Get Your Protein

When you live a vegetarian lifestyle, you have to make sure you eat enough protein in your diet. In fact, 30 to 40 percent of your daily caloric intake should be protein. While meat is a primary source of protein, there are more than enough vegetarian sources. For instance, chickpeas, quinoa, beans, lentils, tofu, and tempeh are common vegetarian foods that provide protein — and they can be included in a wide variety of dishes.

Choose Healthy Fats

Finally, it’s essential to make healthy fats a part of your diet. As with protein and carbs, how much fat you should eat depends on your body size and type. As a general rule of thumb, about 20 to 35 percent of your calories should consist of fats each day. Whatever kind of diet you follow, good fats are preferred over bad ones, and there are many ways to get good fats on a vegetarian diet. Avocado is one of the best sources, and it’s also one of the most popular among vegetarians. Other sources of healthy fats are oils, seeds, olives, flaxseed, and cheese.

If you’re going vegetarian, it’s important to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrition you need to remain healthy. Remember to cut your daily caloric intake gradually so that you can stay healthy and maintain your weight once you reach your goal. Look into all the good sources of protein, carbs, and fats so that you can form your meals and snacks around them. The vegetarian lifestyle can be very beneficial if you approach it mindfully.

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Entrepreneurship

Getting Started in the Gig Economy

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How to get started in the Gig Economy

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Are you tired of clocking in and out of your job every day? Do you long for the freedom to work around your own schedule? The freedom the gig economy provides helps millions of people work on their time while making enough money to support their dreams. However, working through the gig economy isn’t for everybody. It takes resources, dedication, and discipline. Read on to help determine if finding a job as a freelancer is right for you.

 

What Is the Gig Economy?

 

First of all, what even is the “gig economy?” This is a modern term we use to define a workforce where organizations contract independent workers for short-term working engagements. Oftentimes these workers find their “gigs” through technological platforms that help connect freelancers with people or companies that are looking for temporary help. Predictions estimate that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers will be freelance, independent contractors. Popular gig economy websites include:

“Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos .Aenean non turpis vitae ligula tristique sagitt isras varius erat pulvinar eros pretium”

  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Turo
  • HopSkipDrive
  • AirBNB
  • OneFineStay
  • OpenAirplane
  • ToolLocker
  • ParkingPanda
  • Closet Collective
  • Postmates
  • Amazon Flex
  • TaskRabbit
  • Upwork
  • HelloTech
  • SpareHire
  • Freelancer
  • Etsy
  • Feastly
  • Udemy

Freelancing has its benefits. It allows people to work from wherever they are without having to adhere to a regular office schedule or regulations. However, there are definite drawbacks to working a gig. Freelancers have to be in charge of things other companies outsource to human resources departments.

 

If you want things such as health insurance and a retirement package, you will have to do the research and invest in them yourself. Furthermore, independent contractors in the United States work through 1099 contracts, meaning they get paid in full, and state and federal taxes are not withheld. When working as a freelancer, it is important to set aside money for tax payments while also tracking business-related expenses for deductions.

 

Getting Started with Gigs: Resources, Dedication, and Discipline Deciding what kind of freelancer you want to be that will depend on the resources you have.  Resources refer to both the things you own and the services you provide.  If you don’t have a car or a driver’s license, you can’t drive for a rideshare company.

 

The same thing goes for freelance work such as copywriting — if you don’t have the technology to connect with people online or the writing skills to do the task, there’s not much chance for you in that field. To decide what kind of gig is right for you, do a self-assessment of your assets to determine what works best for you.

 

Beyond your resources, you have to have dedication and discipline. Without a boss breathing down your neck, there is no one to hold you accountable for completing your work. If you want to freelance, you have to be a self-starter who sees your projects through. If you don’t manage your time effectively, you will end up disappointing your clients and failing to get hired again. Furthermore, you won’t make enough cash to make your living as a freelancer.

 

Tips for Freelancers

 

So you’ve determined your best route for gigs and you are ready to get going — great! Set yourself up for success with these helpful tips:

 

  • Set up space where you live for a home office. Even if your gigs take you out of the house, you need a space where you can organize your documents and schedule. Make sure you have your wiring and communication needs met in this area and personalize it with custom chairs, desks, and other furniture. Establish rules in your home office that provide structure and discipline in your working area separate from the relaxation and fun you have in the rest of the house. 
  • Connect with other freelancers. Not only can they provide you with helpful tips and social support, but they may also be able to connect you with other clients in need of your services. 
  • Don’t neglect your branding. Any time you advertise your services, you should stick to a particular set of visual rules that will create a visual imprint in a potential client’s mind.

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The gig economy provides freedom and flexibility to work on your own schedule, but there are drawbacks as well. Budgeting for insurance, retirement, and taxes are just a few of the responsibilities a freelancer has to do on their own. However, if you have the resources, dedication, and discipline, there is nothing stopping you from pursuing a career you love!

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Entrepreneurship

Your Voice; Keeping it Healthy

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If you work as an Interpreter, Dispatcher or even in a call center, your job depends on your “voice”, and you are considered an occupational voice user.
Meaning, you are “The Voice” and that is your tool and the most valuable tool you have in order to convey and get your job done.
So, whether your an Interpreter, Conference Interpreter, Dispatcher, or work in a call center, or as a scheduler, your voice is your only link with the customer, correct?
So, it’s important that you take care of your voice and that you maintain a healthy voice in order to get the job done.

Because just as neat professional attire is essential for face-to-face interactions, having a clear voice is essential for your day-to-day business operations.
A hoarse voice from an Interpreter, or call center agent (CCA), dispatcher carries the same negative impression as a worn-out outfit and can detract from building credibility and or doing your job the right way, do you agree?

 

Little Story: A few years back I was doing a Conference appointment for the State, I actually had a team interpreter (who was sick) and was coughing up a storm.  Having a sick interpreter onsite who’s unable to do his/her job (use their voice to speak) not only did it affect the overall assignment, but it was a major distraction and also put on more stress on me, because I had to complete the job myself because my partner was sick with laryngitis.

 

So a healthy voice is crucial, but because you are constantly talking and using your voice to do your job and if you don’t take care of your voice, you are at risk for damaging your voice and developing hoarseness.

 

A 2002 study on voice problems among CCAs reported voice problems in 31 percent of CCAs, with several negative outcomes, including:

  • Increased sick days
  • Fewer calls per hour
  • More breaks away from the phone
  • Needing to repeat themselves
  • Needing to force the voice out

Overall, Interpreters, Dispatchers, CCAs with voice problems are bad not only for the CCAs, Interpreters, Dispatchers, Schedulers, and those who use their Voice to work but at the end of the day it’s bad for business.

I’ve learned from some Voice experts who now think that voice problem is a form of repetitive motion injury because the vocal cords are being injured by overuse, similar to the way data entry personnel may develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Did you know that when we talk, the vocal cords vibrate about 200 times a second for women and about half that for men? That can add up to more than a million cycles of vibration during a workday at a call center causing vocal injury this is also true for singers, interpreters, dispatchers, call centers, etc.

 

As a professional conference interpreter who’s constantly working and who uses her voice to work, it is so important to take care of your voice!

True Story: About 4 years ago (I was a major workaholic) 🤔😊working all day, every day and would not take breaks in between and didn’t like working with other colleagues (I had bad experiences with other agency interpreters), so I was working for a whole straight month non-stop during the winter months and around November while working at a conference my Voice literally starting squeaking, I could NOT Speak, my voice started sounding horsy like, my chest started to hurt, my throat was just feeling horrible, I started to sweat, got dizzy and literally passed out! Apparently, I had walking pneumonia and laryngitis and was in the hospital! I failed to listen to my body, I was just so excited about the work, I love what I do and was just “Go-go-go” non-stop that my body finally gave out in the middle of an assignment!  This little scenario ended up costing me months being out of work until I was able to get my Voice back and recuperate from this horrible experience!

So yes, dear interpreters, dispatchers, CCAs, Schedulers and all of you who use your work to fulfill your responsibilities TAKE CARE OF YOUR “VOICE”!

Here are some recommendations and things that I do and have done so since this episode.

Posture

Taking frequent breaks and being able to move around is so important because it reduces the tension in your body and will prevent you from having other joint/muscle problems.

Breaks

Taking frequent breaks will give your voice muscle a rest, so try to rest your voice – meaning no talking, or drinking cold drinks.

Voice Pacing

Voice scientists advise those who use their Voice to work “to think of voice pacing on three levels:

  • Breaks within phone calls
  • Breaks between phone calls during the workday
  • Breaks between workdays”

Tips

Besides posture, breaks, and vocal pacing, you must also practice good voice hygiene. These tips have helped me keep the throat moist and free from irritation so that my vocal cords are less likely to be injured:

  • Drinking lots of (room temperature) water (or non-caffeinated liquid) during the day.
  • Keep water with you at all times.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are drying to the throat.
  • Avoid excess coughing and throat clearing.
  • Don’t smoke! Smoking causes irritation and can lead to cancer and other health-related problems.
  • Don’t work if you have a hoarse voice due to a cold or upper respiratory infection.
  • Seek medical attention to manage any medical conditions that can cause throat irritation including acid reflux, postnasal drainage, allergies, asthma, and endocrine conditions, etc.
  • Avoid dry interior climates
  • Avoid high-risk areas they are known to cause damage to your voice.
  • Eat good and moist meals and avoid spicy foods, they cause acid reflux or GERD
  • Use a humidifier in your room or home, especially in dry climates.
  • Avoid mouthwash (it contains alcohol), if you need to gargle use lukewarm saltwater
  • Take vitamins or eat fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins, A, E, and C
  • Drink lemon tea with honey (instead of  coffee)
  • I made my own paste that I add to my teas and helps with phlegm and it also has helped me from getting sick; it includes:
    • Ginger
    • Honey
    • Coconut oil
    • Pepper, etc…I will include the paste recipe in my next food meal article.

Get Help Early; Listen to Your Body

Seek medical attention early don’t wait until you have lost your voice to seek medical help.

Pay attention to the signs that your voice is getting tired such as– dry throat, raw or tired feeling in the throat, increased mucus in the throat, feeling like talking takes more effort, feeling throat strain — in addition to a raspy or hoarse voice.NIDCD-TakingCareOfYourVoice-Figure1

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The Keys to Total Fitness for Busy People

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Life and Business

The Keys to Total Fitness for Busy People

 

For most people, fitness brings up images of running at the park or lifting weights at the gym to have a slimmer waistline and bigger biceps. However, you could have both of those things and still live in abject misery if you don’t take the whole body and mind into consideration. That sounds exhausting, as well as time-consuming, which means it probably won’t fit into your busy schedule. Think again and take a look at what you need to do and how to make it work.

 

Enjoy Your Exercise

 

As one celebrity fitness coach tells Shape magazine, “there’s not one magic workout schedule that will make you burn fat and build lean muscle.” So what do you need? A bit of cardio and a bit of strength training. Activities like team sports, ultimate Frisbee, and yoga meet those requirements. Choose something you like and the fun will keep you coming back for more.

 

Take Some “Me” Time

 

It’s perfectly okay to spoil yourself as it may do you some good. There’s no reason for this to be expensive or time-consuming if you’re willing to think creatively. Imagine an at-home spa where you and a friend take turns giving each other hot rock massages followed by skincare treatments, all while sipping on your tea with relaxing music playing in the background.

 

Learn to Eat Healthfully

 

That exercise isn’t going to do much good if your lunch comes from a taco truck. It’s time for a change, but cooking brings up images of slaving over a stove for hours on end while your tummy grumbles. Banish the thought because you don’t need much time to cook balanced meals, and you’ll save a lot by doing your lunch in large batches that you put in the freezer then pull out later to fill up a Tupperware container that you bring to work.

 

Stay Hydrated

 

There are many people who don’t drink enough water, and the consequences for their health are dire. If you’re one of them, there’s an easy solution: Bring it with you wherever you go and take regular sips when you’re thirsty. You may have read that you need eight glasses a day, but there are very few doctors and fitness instructors who agree with that assessment, as the correct amount depends on your size and how active you are. Just pay attention to your body.

 

Spend Time Outdoors

 

You need sunshine; otherwise, your body can’t produce enough vitamin D, which is vital to warding off conditions such as osteoporosis to depression. That’s just the beginning when it comes to the benefits of nature, says a writer with ZLiving. In numerous studies, the outdoors been shown to improve people’s mood while helping them focus, and all it takes is a lunch break outside. You can also get the fresh air by drinking your coffee outside in the morning.

 

Meditate to Find Calm

 

Have you got five minutes? That’s enough for a mindful session that will not only calm your nerves but give your self-esteem a boost and put you to bed on time. There’s little mystery as to how it works: By slowing down your breathing and focusing your mind on your bodily sensations, you cut short the “fight or flight” response and engage your parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down your heart rate and gives you a relaxing reset.

 

Practice Your Hobby

 

Sometimes all you need is something to look forward to at the end of the day, and activities such as playing the guitar, knitting scarves, or painting portraits deliver that and a whole lot more, says lifestyle website Your Zen Life. Becoming skilled at a hobby naturally makes you more confident while also sparking the creative side of your brain.

 

It does take some effort fitting these activities into your schedule, but it’s worth it if you value your happiness and sanity. Reflect on what you do with your time, then make a few adjustments. You can fit them in.

 

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