Stimulating Sunday – Life Lesson

This is where I blog about something silly yet stimulating and let you know what the life lesson is.   The life lesson can help you with your personal and/or professional lives.

February 2, 2014

I live in the country and I have 2 chickens.   A rooster and a hen, the rooster is an Ameracauna and the hen is a Barred Rock.  I haven’t really given them names.  I wanted to name the rooster Captain Ameracauna but my daughter said, “NO WAY”.  So I’ll call him Sylvester for now and I’ll call the hen, Brigitte.

Happy in the coop!
Happy in the coop!

Anyhow it’s been bitterly cold and the chickens have no electricity in their coop.  I felt bad for them and I tried moving them into the barn especially when it was below zero but they refused.  I prayed and hoped for them and they’ve been fine.  I saw them last night out the window and they were actually outside of the coop in the run to my astonishment just sitting on the 2 feet of snow just “chilling out”.  I imagined Brigitte telling Sylvester in a Zsa Zsa Gabor voice, “Dawling, we’ve been cooped up here for faar too long.  Let’s take a holiday!  We are free range for goodness sake.  Let’s stay on the snow and bask in the moonlight.  Isn’t that romantic?” and Sylvester says, “Yes, dear.”  Then I feared, either they will be eaten up by one of the creatures of the night or die of cold. Coop in snow

This morning they were still in their places on the snow.  I went out to give them their water and they were back in their coop looking very much rested.  Holiday was over.  So what’s the point of the story … We need to adapt.  We are not in control of everything in our lives especially the weather.

When the front door is frozen shut, the van is stuck in a snowdrift the size of an avalanche, and gasoline frozen in the snowblower we let the stress get to us.  We have to keep looking at the brighter things in life and hold onto them to keep us sane.

When you think you’re going to be left out in the cold with no help, think about who’s there with you.  Do you have the support that you need?  Family, friends, colleagues, etc.

Who’s with you to take a holiday in the snow to bask in the moonlight?

I’d like to hear from you.  I have 3 questions for you.

  • What do you do to relieve the stress in your life?
  • Do you ask for help when you need it?
  • What should I name my chickens? LOL

Take care and Blessings to you,

Lillian De Jesus

What’s Up… with Google Docs?

Google Docs is a remarkable product and if you haven’t had the pleasure of using it, I suggest you start.

Now I started using Google Docs when I first received my MacBook and I didn’t have Microsoft Office.   I have to say I was lost… I mean I was groomed and nurtured all my work-life for Microsoft Office and I have this new laptop (a Mac, which I was not too thrilled about) to explore and figure out how to produce documents.   I then discovered Google Docs for the first time and it was easy.   Google Docs provides you with same type of programs that Microsoft Office Suite provides but better.

First, you must set-up a Google account and log-in.   You’ll want to click on the Apps square button on the top right.   This will open up all the Google goodies you can access.

Google Drive is the cloud storage space of where all your Google Docs will be saved to and shared from.This means you can access it anywhere and any time as long as you have internet access.

Imagine you are working on a document that you need an off-site coworker to take a look at and make some edits.  You can share the document directly with the coworker.   This is great when a virtual assistant needs to share and update documents with a client.

Here’s a tutorial I put together for your viewing pleasure…

Let me know what you think of it and also if you’ve used any of the additional apps to your Google Drive.

Take Care,

Lillian De Jesus

Social Media Management for Small Businesses & Non-Profits

Many small businesses and non-profit organizations still don’t use social media to their advantage because they feel it’s too time consuming.  It definitely can take time to stay on top of several social media accounts such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.

How can you focus on social media when you have other priorities?

Let me tell you, social media is crucial to the success of your business.  Did you know that 72% of all internet users are active on social media?  It doesn’t surprise me… since my mama is on Facebook!

Say what!SHOCKING

This means your customers or members are looking for YOU on one of the social media networks.

  • Facebook has over 1.15 billion users.
  • Google+ has 359 million monthly active users.
  • Twitter has 215 million monthly active users.
  • Pinterest has 20 million active monthly users
  • Instagram has 150 million active monthly users

How do you know which social media sites to use and should you use multiple sites? 

You want to use social media to reach out and connect with your customers/members.  The sites that have more capabilities than others are: Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.  With these social media sites you can easily post contests and coupons, which means there is more engagement with customers/members.  At least have 2 social media sites to work off of.  Google+ is supposed to be more popular in the next couple years than Facebook, keep that in mind.

What will help you manage your social media networks?

The key is to have a social media management system in place and there are several out there some free of charge.  Here’s a few of them: Buffer, Hootsuite, and Netvibes.

The wonderful thing about social media management systems is that you can schedule your posts for any time you want.  There is a bit of science to when you should post to get the most engagement and clicks.  Basically content marketing is what you aim for in social media networks.  You’re not out selling your products.  You use social media networks as a tool to provide the skills and service you have in a fun way so people can see what you’re really about.  This is to show you’re professional but REAL.  Show your customers/members you care about them.

When should you schedule your posts?

The best time is when your customer/members …

  • Wake up in the morning – people check their smartphones as soon as they rise in morning.
  • Between work and dinner – you know people always check their smartphones in their commute going home.
  • Bedtime – when they get ready to lay down they have to check-in to see if they missed anything during the day.

According to Huffington Post Tech, it’s tricky to really pinpoint the best time because it depends on your audience.  They did find that user engagement rates were higher on Thursdays and Fridays for Facebook and the weekends were best for Twitter.  You will need to analyze your postings and see what works best for your company/organization.

Lastly, the social media management system is a great start in getting engaged with your customers/members and will save you time.  Try posting every day or every other day and schedule your posts.  Once you have your scheduled posts done, it will only take a few minutes to view any comments or discussion you will have on the posts.

Of course, your posts and comments will become greater in number because YOU ARE that awesome.  That’s when you need to think about hiring a Virtual Assistant to help you with your social media management.

Let me know what your thoughts are on social media management. I’d love to hear from you!

Peace,
Lillian

References:
http://www.business2community.com/social-media/22-social-media-facts-statistics-know-2014-0747014#1IM4hUA5HUDGPGG5.99

http://www.pamorama.net/2013/05/12/50-top-tools-for-social-media-monitoring-social-media-analytics-social-media-management-2013/

http://socialmediatoday.com/index.php?q=danielle-cormier/1510911/when-best-time-post-facebook

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/belle-beth-cooper/a-scientific-guide-to-pos_b_4262571.html

Non-Profit Organizations Are Spectacular!

Hello All!  If you are just getting to know me I have to tell you that non-profit organizations hold a big place in my heart.photo_22838_20121126

I worked 13 years in non-profit organizations and I have had the pleasure of using several non-profit organization services.

One thing I learned when I worked for non-profits is that their membership is absolutely number 1 to them.  They go all out for their members and provide quality service.   I’ve worked for corporations and it is completely different to work for an association.  The culture is what’s different and I love it!  Non-profit associations and organizations really know how to pull staff together for a cause and work as a team.

Now I stated I’ve used their services before and let me tell you I have used MANY organizations’ services.  All have served my family and I in spectacular measures!  My daughter is a leukemia survivor and that is how I had the absolute pleasure in meeting so many people and organizations.  It’s amazing through such difficult times there was always an organization there to lift our spirits and I mean when we thought we had gone to the depths of no return… there was a group out there reaching out to us.   Therefore I plan to designate each month with a featured organization.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE … 

This month’s featured non-profit organization is…

Give Kids The World!  Some people are saying what is that.  It’s so funny (not haha but strange) that nearly everyone I talk to about Give Kids The World (GKTW) have never even heard of it.  Yet this is THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH.  Yes, not to be mistaken for that other place. Okay yeah everyone likes the MOUSE and yes Disney is nice BUT GKTW takes the cake baby.

Imagine a little village that caters cancer surviving children from the moment they awake from their beds with toys on the dining room table which secret visitors had placed while you were asleep and to having the bunny rabbit Mayor Clayton laying them down to bed for the sweetest dreams they can possibly have. Then in between dawn to dusk you can play in a dreamland village with:

  • a swimming pool
  • fishing area
  • horseback riding
  • a real life Candyland game which you are the game piece
  • eat breakfast and dinner in a Gingerbread house
  • have a star with your name placed in a castle tower
  • ride a mushroom carousel that have whimsical animals to ride
  • a star fairy in the castle to show photos of you enjoying your day
  • a lovely spa for manicures and makeup
  • an arcade
  • a train ride
  • miniature golf
  • a movie theater
  • and the best thing yet is the Ice Cream Palace where you can have ice cream from when you wake up till you’re ready for bed.

That could be done in one day and that’s not all they have.   Also the volunteers are incredible and there are so many of them.  They do nothing but make sure you are having the best time of your life and if there is a concern they have it taken care of.  The place is amazing!   If you are looking for a place to be generous to or really want to volunteer for something worth while, check out Give Kids The World. It’s well hidden in Kissimmee, FL.

GKTW = PURE LOVE

If you have any questions or know about GKTW let me know.  I’d love to hear from you!

Blessings,

Lillian

Who’s Tigerlily and What’s a Virtual Assistant?

Firstly, you may ask what’s going on with the name?
Where did it come from?   Who’s Tigerlily?

Tiger lily is a type of lily that I’m quite fond of and I’ve always had a preference to lilies due to my name being Lillian.  I guess you can say it’s my namesake.

Tigerlily

A tiger lily is a strong resilient wild flower. I’d like to think of myself as strong and resilient. I’m ready for whatever comes my way and I’m able to adapt quite easily. Oh yeah, that’s me!

 

 

 

In other words, if you have an office challenge… Bring it on baby!

This is not me but hey she sure looks like she is ready for anything!
This is not me but hey she sure looks like she is ready for anything!

 

Virtual Assistance – What is it?

Virtual means by means of a computer or simulated. I’m a Virtual Assistant, which means I can do all that is possible via computer and phone to get your administrative office work completed from my location.

Assistance is a controversial word to use in the “Virtual Assistant world”.  From my research, many virtual assistants prefer to be called consultants or office specialists and those are fine titles.  However I’m not ashamed to use the word Assistance.  People may say I’m giving off the idea that I’m still in “employee mode”, although I’m a business owner, and the word “assistance” is subordinate.  Okay I understand how you feel about that.  However I’m providing a service.  That’s right.  I’m serving others in what they may need in office productivity.  I’m not ashamed to serve clients and as a matter of fact I proudly proclaim I’m a Virtual Assistant.  I’m looking to work with small businesses and non-profit organizations to make a difference in their jobs by providing quality work.  There are so many small businesses and organizations that are trying to make this world better and I want to be a part of that.

I’m the Virtual Assistant helping you get those loose ends that just seem nearly impossible to get done because there are so many high priorities. Let’s face it… if you have a small business or a non-profit organization there is so much to do in such little time!  Tigerlily Virtual Assistance can help you and make you succeed in office tasks that you know you need to get done but keep putting on the back burner.   If you’re not sure what I can do for you, check out my Welcome or Services page.

I would love to hear from you!  Let me know what’s on your mind by leaving a comment or email me at tigerlilyva11@gmail.com.

THANKS FOR READING!

Blessings,

Lillian