Sunday, March 28, 2010

Helping Haiti and Other Natural Disasters

Sometimes a good things comes along that take time away from how we would usually spend our time, but for a good cause.  Just such a distraction came my way after the
earthquake in Haiti.  Rather than focusing on my blogs and income based items, I decided to write a "lens" on Squidoo called Natural Disaster Relief - What Can I Do? Since that earthquake there have been other natural disasters, including some flooding right here in my are of the US, and the site has been updated a few times.

I was also asked by one of the organizers on Squidoo to do another lens that would be a place where people could add their lenses (that's what they call a one-page site on Squidoo) that are set for 100% charity, with the funds going to Hope for Haiti. Usually on Squidoo the writer, someone like myself, receives a percentage of the things that sell when someone buys through my lens, but in this case, it all goes to Hope for Haiti.  Take a look at RocketMoms Help for Haiti to see what I'm talking about, at this typing, over 80 lenses have been added to support the people of Haiti.  This requires a little bit of managing on my part, a little time, but time well spent....I'm not making money doing this, but feel blessed and gratified to be helping in some way, especially since I don't have a lot of money to give.

Home Business Plus Many Grandchildren = Fun

After receiving a legal secretarial degree from Bryant and Stratton and working at GE for engineers for six years, I quit to raise our two boys, born exactly one year and three weeks apart. (My husband said, “We’re not going to have your mom watch TWO, are we? Mind you, I was sobbing at the time as he went out the door with our oldest.)

Seven years later a third son arrived on the scene and I worked at a quaint little local restaurant an evening or two a week to bring in a little extra cash. (And, admittedly, to remind myself that I still could “process thoughts” – Oh, the stories I can tell!!)

I’m thankful to have been able to work around our family, but where does a closing-in-on-40 year old woman go to find a job? For me it was an Oral Surgery satellite office 20 minutes away which I managed for two doctors. They kindly allowed me the opportunity to work while updating my computer/office skills. Six years later, with one son in college, another a senior in high school and the third closing in on high school, I needed a full-time job to help with college expenses and high school extra-curricular activity bills. And that is how I ended up at a local business as a sales coordinator for nine years.vI know – trained for lawyers and worked for engineers, doctors and salesmen – nothing “relates”, does it?  Plus, nobody needs “secretaries” anymore – everyone does their own thing on computers! And, NOW I’m closing in on SIXTY!!

After we were blessed with 6 (yes, six!) grandchildren, with two more on the way, I left that job two years ago. In hindsight I am even more thankful because my father went to be with the Lord (and mom) this past Dec. 26.  These past two years were filled with many medical appointments for him that I am SO thankful I could do.  (I was thankful at the time, but even more so now!) I LOVE being with my grandchildren, but I’d also like to help my husband financially. Plus, they say our brains “go to mush” if we don’t use them.

Ameriplan®, USA, offers the chance for me to do it all. Yes, it’s network marketing and I’m learning, learning, learning – which is FUN! It’s VERY affordable to begin your own business. Plus, this company provides things I NEED in addition to a paycheck – discounts for dental, vision, prescription and chiropractic needs, as well as help with child ID, legal fees, medical expenses, identity theft (the fastest growing crime in America) and much more.

 If interested, I’d love to hear from you via e-mail at DJohnson70 at or by phone at 716-355-4223.
We women need to STICK TOGETHER!! And we aren’t getting older, we’re GETTING BETTER!!
God Bless you all!
Debbie Johnson