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Welcome to Opportunities For You (AKA: O4U)!

As I do with many other things in my life, I tend to think outside the box. Although I offer challenges, the word “challenge” sets my teeth on edge because all I think of with that word is: “Oh great! One more thing to cram into my schedule“.

Therefore, I was whining to a friend one day (Sharyl) and I explained my dilemma and because of a mentor that I had (Bert) who teaches doing everything in life in a positive direction, I wanted to put a positive spin onto the challenges. Even though most challenges offered by other webmasters are helpful, from my perspective, most of them are missing one very important ingredient: a sprinkle of fun! Sharyl immediately popped up with the term: “opportunities”, and then “Opportunities For You”, and then “O4U”.

Let’s face it – getting organized, saving money, building quality family time (and getting your teens to buy into that!), and learning to live frugally all involve work. And yet, each of those tasks is well worth the time and effort. So, I thought it would be fun to combine a variety of O4Us with holidays, celebrations, national check-off campaigns (which are the basis for many national and international celebrations), and a host of other tasks, and turn them into OPPORTUNITIES with a sprinkle of amusement. That’s my idea of a win / win situation!

Most people have more on their plate than they can handle. Therefore, rather than offering O4Us on set schedules, I prefer to include PHASES in each O4U. I would suggest that you complete one phase before moving to the next phase. Every phase will bring a sense of accomplishment when you complete the phase. No stress. No pressure to try and complete by a certain date. They are OPPORTUNITIES that will help you and your family. The goal is to move forward rather than beat the clock.

Topics will cover a wide range of subjects:

  • Checklists
  • Dealing with bullying
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Food Works: not just more recipes but rather fun things to do with foods
  • Free stuff to do in your area, and many others
  • Generations: what motivates each generation and how to use that info for positive results
  • Getting organized
  • Getting your teens to “buy in” and willingly and actively participate in family events
  • Holiday prep and family activities
  • Quality family time
  • Saving money
  • Then and Now (trips down memory lane (for those of us that are seniors)

Some O4Us will be timed so that you can take advantage of sales that tend to surround certain awareness days or upcoming holidays. As I do in many of my webpages, I will provide links to a variety of resource websites because of their expertise in an area. The bottom line is hopefully you find a variety of techniques and tips and tricks that will help you and your family.

Oh Yea – one more tip: Bert taught me is that it makes no sense to wish someone “good luck” because they have no control over their luck. Rather, he suggested that because people do have control over their success, you should wish them “much success”.

MUCH SUCCESS in tackling O4Us and making them work for you.


Traveling Nana

By the way, you can get the book that Bert wrote titled: “Taking Charge of Your Positive Direction“. His name is J. Bert Freeman and his book is available on


Updated: October 24, 2017 — 2:11 pm

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