Five Simple Steps to Clarifying Your Priorities

So many people think that they have priorities. They know that their jobs and families are priorities. They know that eating well and exercising are priorities. So why are so many people over weight, stressed out, out of shape and divorced?

There is a difference between knowing what should be a priority and actually setting and sticking to them. So if you think you know your priorities, but have a chaotic, unsatisfying life, it’s time to think again and then reassess!

First thing you need to do is to create a life vision. When you know exactly what you want for you life, you can easily assess what needs to stay and what needs to go. Create a vision board or journal what you want your life to look like. Make sure you cover all life areas: Career, Finances, Personal Development, Family, Relationships, Fun, Health, and Environment.

After you have your life vision compare what you have right now, to it. Where are the disparities? If you want to be fit and healthy, what is stopping you? Why are you 40 lbs over weight? What excuses are you giving yourself?

Now start to clear out the “clutter.” Keep in mind that there is emotional, physical and mental clutter and it all needs to go. Physical clutter (like a messy office), lead to mental clutter (trying to remember where you put the Visa bill and if you paid it) which leads to emotional clutter (going shopping to escape the stress, which then results in more physical and mental clutter!). Anything that doesn’t fit into your life vision needs to go.

While you are clearing the clutter you have to remember to stop the flow of things into your life. You need to learn to say no. Think of this as self preservation instead of selfish. When you take good care of yourself, you have more space to give from love instead of from resentment or obligation.

The last thing you need to do to help clarify your priorities is listen to your gut. You probably have people and things in your life that make you feel uneasy. And yet they stay in your life. Why? Your intuition is trying to tell you something so you should listen!

Those five things should help you at least get started on viewing your life. You deserve to only have people, places and things in your life that represent who you are and help you attain success, happiness, health and wealth.

How to Go Shopping For Halloween Costumes

So you have nailed down on a great Halloween theme for the family and is anxiously thinking of how to get the right costumes. Make your shopping for Halloween costumes a fun experience. These are some ways to make your shopping trip an enjoyable experience.

Make a Trip To The Local Costume and Novelty Shops

Before you decide to make a trip to the local costume and novelty shops, do a web search to get some ideas related to your Halloween costume themes. Selections are aplenty on the web and are easy to pick some costumes that you like. Map out a visual image of your favorite costumes. Make a trip to the local costume and novelty shops and check out the costumes featured there. Even though these stores may have limited selections when compared to web stores, you are likely to see their most sellable items prominently displayed; this gives you a hint of the popular trends. You can also get to feel the real garment, its quality and material, accompanying sizes etc. Very likely, the same costume you find and like at the local store will be also available from the web. Just note that costume prices at the local costume and novelty shops may be slightly higher than those featured in the web stores. But at the same time, you might be lucky to find a piece with substantial discounts, with some bargaining of course. The real advantage of buying from a local store is the ease and convenience of returning a faulty costume.

If you are planning to buy a costume online, make sure that you plan your purchase early. These are the things to look out for when making online Halloween costumes purchase online:

  1. Make sure you choose a reputable store with a good selection of costumes
  2. Check for shipping policies, rates and delivery time lines. You could save on any free shipping orders or consolidate your orders to qualify for free shipping (if any).
  3. Note the store return policy which may be printed in fine prints. Read the procedures related to item returns.
  4. Check out any Money-Back guarantees.

For online Halloween costumes purchase, the key is to plan and make the purchase early. Do not overlook the delivery lead time in order to receive your costumes on time. Having your costumes delivered earlier give you the extra lead time in case of returns due to faulty costumes. Remember, for online purchases, there are procedures and associated lead time for item returns; so comb through these procedures carefully. Very likely, you are required to file for a RMA (Returned Merchandise Authorization) notification, return the item by postal services and wait for the replacement costume. If not carefully planned, you might risk having to pay extra for priority shipping. Factoring these contingencies will help you. Risks associated with possible merchandise returns would potentially ruin your Halloween party.

Due to the seasonal nature of Halloween, some online shoppers prefer to wait till the last minute commit to an online costume purchase, believing that they might get substantial discounts during the rush last minute shopping spree. This is not always the case. Any marginal discounts gained would be negated by having to choose for the more expensive priority shipping methods. Besides, due to the end seasonal frenzy shopping spree, the costumes you have seen eyeing all this while may well be out of stock by then. Avoid any disappointments by planning your purchase early.

Swapping Halloween Costumes

If you have used Halloween costumes, consider swapping them with others. There is a growing trend to swap Halloween costumes nowadays, as judged by the growing numbers of website and forums dedicated to Halloween costumes swapping. Joins community groups in your neighborhood, or start one such group if it does not exists and gleans much fun from swapping costumes. The only drawback for costume swaps is perhaps the limitations to generic themed costumes. For more popular, trendy, movie oriented themes like Transformers Halloween Costume, GI Joe Snake Eyes Halloween Costume or Cleopatra Costume etc, most would opt for outright purchases.

Buying Used Halloween Costume

You can also get great value Halloween costume by buying a used one instead. Most of these costumes are “almost new” but be prepared to inspect the quality first. Perhaps a little refurbishing is all you need to freshen up the costumes and keep them in future to swap for others if necessary. These are the good places to find a used Halloween costume:

  • Online auction like eBay
  • Thrift Store and Flea Market
  • Garage Sales
  • Friends, relatives and coworkers
  • Classified Ads

Choosing Top Shopping Cart Software

It is a good idea that you are reading this article. It means that you are actually putting some serious thought into which shopping cart you choose. Some people will simply go in head first with a shopping cart that they are unfamiliar with just because they are in a hurry to get their website up. However, this is a very important step. It can make or break you later on down the road. Below are some things to think about when making your choice for which shopping cart is right for you.

Easy to Maintain

Even though you may be only selling a few products upon the release of your site, there is no telling at this point whether you might have a desire to add other products in the future. If this is the case, you do not want the process to be extremely difficult for you, or something that you have to dish out more money to make happen. The purpose of having a quality shopping cart is to be able to do these types of things pretty easily as well as making the ordering process simple for your customers.

It Has the Features that You Need

One of the biggest priorities in choosing a shopping cart is that you must have one that meets your needs. There are many people who take a look at a shopping cart, they buy it, and their intentions are to modify to fit their needs. However, with the vast amount of shopping carts on the market, you should be able to find one that meets most any need right out of the gate. The only exception would be if you just had some idea that was so unique that it would almost have to be custom built. Then, I would consider having your shopping cart built from scratch, not purchasing one with the intention of having it modified.

Not Too Bloated with Unnecessary Features

Having all the features you need in a shopping cart is priority over finding one that has too many. However, you still want to find one that is not overly bloated with features you will never use. This just makes maintaining your site more complicated. As well, the shopping cart may have questions and other things that are unnecessary during the ordering process. These are called bloated questions and should be avoided when possible. For example, if your product is sent via email or available to download, then you probably do not need a shipping address. If you can find one that meets your needs, then stick with that one. Too many features is not a good thing.

Good Customer Service

Although you may have found a shopping cart that has everything you need, there is still one key thing you should be looking for before making a purchase. You should verify that the developer of the script has good customer service. Although many popular developers will have forums and you can see how active they are, others may only take questions via email. If this is the case, simply send an email to them and ask them a few generic questions about the shopping cart. You can evaluate their response and determine whether it is sufficient. It will be a good indication of what you can expect as well if you run into a problem of any kind after the purchase.

Updated Regularly

This is not always a requirement, but it is something just to take a quick look at. Almost always any script will have some problems with it. It may have a few features that are not working properly or some processes that could be done better. The best of shopping carts are no different. Typically, a shopping cart in beta stages or one that has not been updated for a very long time may be okay, others may have problems that are not being addressed. You should verify with the developer selling the script how often the script is updated with new features or fixing bugs. This is also a good indication that if you have a problem, it might be addressed by the developer quickly.