Land of the Free

Today is Independence Day here in the States. Since I’m leaving for a good while, I feel it is necessary to write about why I love being an American.

Regardless of all the political spin and protesting (which is an altogether different reason why America is great), our Founding Fathers set up an effective government. We have a solid framework in the Constitution, which grants us freedoms only dreamt about in other parts of the world. Our system of checks and balances limits power and reduces corruption. Thanks to our system, if we don’t like something, we can change it. Vote for Giuliani, Obama, or Scooby’s your right.

No, seriously..Vote Travis in ’08

Our military will defend us to the ends of the earth. American armed forces are unmatched the world over. Think about where our nation would be without the bravery exhibited in the Revolution or World War II. Yes, we’re in Iraq. And yes, many people don’t think we should be. But we’re there, so support our troops. We don’t get walked on, and our military is the reason why.

The next thing I love about my country is its capitalist economy. Hey, I have to act like a business student at some point. Anyone with enough resources can start a business, invest, and reap financial gain. The state (for the most part) allows market forces to mandate the successes and failures of a sector, business, or product. We control our own destiny. That individualism translates to a motivated workforce and an economic superpower on the global stage. Cha-Ching.

To stay within the context of this blog, I’m also thankful that I’m free to travel and further my education. The American government has sponsored my exchange experience in Germany, which in itself illustrates the endless opportunities Americans have in today’s world.

I’m proud to call myself American. I hope I’m able to represent my country well during my year in Germany.

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Content and Stress Free

Feeling content is a constant practice. In yoga we call it Santosha. It is a place of being at peace with exactly who you are and where you are. Sounds like a great place to be right? What about when life throws curve balls that smack us right in our content and peaceful face?

In my own life practice I am constantly flowing between waves of extreme contentment and unrest. Unrest from having a long list of goals and life dreams combined with the motivation to help them manifest. For a long time I was not ok with staying put, getting bored or waiting for things to happen “if it was meant to be”.

Practicing Santosha has helped me turn a frantic, stressed, “trying too hard to make things happen” frame of mind, to a steady pace of awareness and patience. Santosha has taught me to trust universal timing and enjoy the process of achieving goals one sweet moment at a time.

Grandma Isabel was practically the pin up model for Contentment Magazine. She single-handedly made lunches for all the kids before school, did every one’s laundry, knitted a cover for the living room couch, helped the kids with homework after school, made dinner, washed up and had everyone in bed before 9pm. All of this done while Grandpa Joe was traveling for work. Not once did I ever hear her complain or threaten to throw in the towel. She was absolutely sure of her role and expressed it without hesitation, doubt, rebellion or stress.

Like I said, Santosha is a practice so if you are feeling the very opposite of contentment it is ok and very human. These practices exist so we can enjoy the fullness of life. Have fun with it and stop to laugh at yourself when you are taking things way too seriously!

Consider these questions:

1. Are you content in this moment?
2. If not, why?
3. What needs to change for you to feel content?
4. What can you do to make those changes?

Diane M. Cruz is an inner-prenuer, Yoga Teacher and Life Coach in San Diego, California. She believes in cultivating a strong body and mind to keep you moving on your spiritual path. Her classes and coaching sessions will empower you by providing life-enhancing tools to apply immediately to your life. Visit her website…

Free to Serve

“Service to many, leads to greatness” is a quote and a truth that I shall never forget or take for granted, and is the ultimate mission of and purpose of my life. Service! There more I study this term, the more I understand its practice is indeed the key to freedom and prosperity. Why is service to many a pathway to greatness? As the term denotes and means to act in a way of helping and aiding someone in need, thereby attracting to the one who is serving and the one being served an energy of gratitude and fulfillment.

I am one that believes people should be an attitude, spirit, and desire to serve. It is in this spirit that I write this article. One of my mentors and spiritual teachers once said “the best and greatest religion on earth is treating people the way we want to be treated.” There’s no particular name given to this religion, just a profound practice of good. Everybody inherently wants to be treated with care and love. It is in this spirit that I choose to serve humanity.

One of the ways I serve is by answering the call and prayer of many who desire change financially and economically, which produces, on another level, spiritual and mental freedom. The freedom I speak of is the freedom the think outside of the proverbial box, to do some good in a world that is screaming for change.

In closing, I wish to convey that it is my heart felt intent and desire that we strive to all that we can be in service to others, thereby increasing ourselves in every way. Feel free to visit us on online at website at the bottom of the page. Myself and business partner Jay actively involved in the service leading people to financial freedom through teaching skill sets that last a life time. Peace and blessings, as I look to connect with, in more ways than one, those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired of not being in position of true financial freedom.

Free Traffic Methods

If you’re like most website owners/webmasters, getting any kind of traffic at all to your website is a blessing. Getting the kind of traffic you want is a Herculean-size task, which you have to struggle just to reach their destination. Whether it’s a webstore or a website that is promoting a service, you need a certain amount of traffic to make sales and accomplish goals. Without them, you can’t make any money.

How do you get people to browse your website, without paying a dime in advertisement? The answer to this is easier than you think. Below, you will see how you can use your writing skills to get more traffic for your website. Here we go:

1. Write medium length (400-500 word), SEO-based articles and submit them to major article directories. This is a sure way of getting people to your website – through a well-written article on your website. The key to using articles to do this is to use keywords that are popular and is rich. For example, if you’re writing an article on how to earn extra money from home, use keywords like financial, freedom, work at home, and work from home. Those are very popular in the search engines and will cause it to rank high in the search engines. A 400-500 word piece is best, when writing them – and don’t forget to use backlinks that direct people to your site.

2. Use high ranking sites to build pages. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, you would write free, SEO-oriented articles, and send submit them on free sites like, or These sites have an average PR ranking of 7 or 8 – which is very high – and in turn, allow your submissions to gain more exposure than article submission sites like ArticleCat or ArticleCity.

3. Making/submitting videos on YouTube. Another good method to use to generate free traffic to your website is making videos and placing them on YouTube. Make the video(s) (length don’t matter) about your website and tell people why they should go there. Doing this can generate a lot of free traffic to your website. It’s easy, fun, and drive people to your desired destination.

4. Write blogs on top social bookmarking sites and sharing it with others. You can write these blogs on your MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, or Digg page – or any other of the top social bookmarking sites available. To make the process real simple, create RSS feeds for your blogs, so your subscribers can keep on top of any new blogs you post.

Greg has been a full time internet marketer for almost 3 years now. You can learn more about free traffic methods at his site

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