Retirement Living On A Low Income Can Still Be Fun!

There is a lot of misinformation coming from financial institutions and the media about how retired people with low incomes can’t have much enjoyment in retirement. Perhaps these “experts” on retirement should check out some research performed by Claritas, the organization that classifies American neighborhoods demographically for marketing purposes.

One of the groups classified according to the Claritas PRIZM system is called the Hometown Retired. There are just over 1,200,000 Hometown Retired households (1.11%) in the U.S. They have an annual household median income of only $26,000, much lower than the national median income. Almost a third of these households are renters. If they own their own homes, their houses are aging – half were built before 1958. The value of their houses or condos is a far cry from the national median value of houses and condos.

Because most never made it beyond high school and spent their working lives at blue-collar jobs, Hometown Retired households’ retirements are extremely modest from the financial point of view; typically they get by on social security and modest pensions. Despite being below the national average in income and assets, most Hometown Retired households don’t consider themselves poor, however. One of the reasons why this group is relatively comfortable financially is because the majority live on the fringes of large cities. Here it costs less to live than it costs to live in the cities themselves.

Hometown Retired households are comprised of retirees, two-thirds of whom are over 65; nonetheless, don’t assume that these people don’t do much more than hang around the house and watch TV all day. On the contrary, the typical retirees comprising Household Retired households are just as busy as when they were working full-time. Best of all, they are enjoying retirement.

How do these retirees get by financially and enjoy themselves on their low incomes? According to Claritas, Hometown Retirees shop at Woolworth’s or a reasonable substitute such as Wal-Mart. They use lawn maintenance services, belong to a veterans’ club, drive a Chrysler Sebring car, eat Wheaties, and own a microwave oven. They buy Firestone tires, heavy rock music, and rechargeable batteries. They dine at the places such as Golden Corral.

Hometown Retirees spend a portion of their time vacationing on bus tours, trying to quit smoking, bowling at least 20 times a year, and partaking in karate or martial arts. They are also collecting stamps, playing cards and chess, volunteering for political causes, shopping on the Internet, and drinking low-alcohol beer.

Hometown Retirees are reading True Story, Discover, Audubon, Field & Stream, Hunting, Soap Opera Weekly, and Ladies Home Journal magazines. They are listening to easy-listening, nostalgia, and soft-contemporary music on the radio. And when they find time for it, on TV they are watching soap operas, the Montel Williams Show, the CBS Sunday Night Movie, the NCAA swimming and diving championships, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the NBC Nightly News.

The real gem of information Claritas gives us is that the large majority of Hometown Retired households isn’t complaining about not having enough MONEY to do the things they want to do. Their biggest complaint in life, in fact, is not having enough TIME in the day to do all the things that they want to do. Above all, hometown retirees prove that just because you are a retired person with a low income doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun in life. As Harry Emerson Fosdick once remarked, “Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.”

Fun Run: What is Your Ideal 5K?

So you’ve decided that you’re going to participate in a 5k fun run this year. Good for you! The only thing left to figure out is what kind of race fits you best, so that you can be sure to maximize your fun while you run. And lucky you, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a list of the best 5k races and separated them into three different fun filled categories to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for a new type of 5k challenge to spice things up, or new to the running scene and looking for something silly to peak your interest and keep you motivated you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here.

Fun Run – For The Big Kids

Insane Inflatable 5K

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Age Requirement: None – But You must Be At Least 42” Tall

Run, bounce, jump, and slide your way through this 3.1 mile long obstacle course. Since the entire race is not comprised of inflatable bouncing obstacles, they can be skipped if you start to run out of steam, but since the race itself is more about having fun and being active than it is about making good time, why not at least try them all? This is an untimed race that is open to all ages, as long as you meet the 42” height requirement, for safety and mobility on the inflatable obstacles.

The R.O.C. Race

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Age Requirement: 13+

The R.O.C. Race stands for Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race, and trust us, the race stands up to it’s name! This game show inspired fun run, has something to satisfy the adventurer in us all. From the sweeper: thats goal is to literally knock you off of your feet, to the jump balls: that will test your balance and will power, and even the hippo: a four story tall water slide, this race is every bit as ridiculous as the name promises. Due to some obstacles, the R.O.C. race does have a 13+ age requirement, for the safety of all active participants.

5K Bare Dare

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Age Requirement: 18+

This race is unique in the fact that it is completely clothing optional. It is held at a private resort in Florida called Caliente, and marketed towards runners who are looking to shed their inhibitions and their clothes, for a freeing and natural naked run. About 85% of participants choose to run the race in nothing but sneakers, although it is completely up to the individual about how much, or how little they want to wear. A great fun run for the bucket list, but leave the kids at home for this one.

Electric Run

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Age Requirement: None

If running isn’t really for you, but you’ve always wanted to try a 5K, then this might just be the perfect fun run for you. With the blaring music, and the flashing lights, this race seems more like a high energy dance party than a race. There is no age requirement for this race, but since it does take place at night with loud music, it might be best to leave the little ones at home. Feel free to invite the older kids to come and party it up with you though, since this race is a great opportunity to introduce even the most reluctant runner to races.

Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series

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Age Requirement: None for 5K, 12+ for Half Marathon, and 18+ for Full Marathon

While the rock n roll marathon series races can be a ton of fun with the high energy, live music blaring throughout the route, and spectators cheering you on from the sidelines, it is recommended for experienced racers, as it is a timed course with a time limit. Also no strollers are allowed, for the safety of all participants, so it may be best to leave the young ones at home.

Fun Run – Get Messy

Color Run

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Age Requirement: None

Participants of all ages and fitness levels are welcome in this fun run. Runners are encouraged to wear all white during the race, because colorful powder is thrown onto them throughout the race to brighten their wardrobes. These races boast the self given title of the “Happiest 5K on the Planet” due to their laid back nature and focus on fun. The Color Run has donated over $4 million dollars to charity since its beginning in 2012.

Foam Glow 5K

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Are Requirement: None

Since this race is dedicated to Childhood Cancer Awareness it is open to runners, and participants of all ages, and is designed to be fun and festive for everyone involved. Runners under 5 are even free and strollers are welcome for the tiniest of tots. Participants are encouraged to wear as much white as possible so that at the after party they’ll glow brightly under the blacklights with all of the foam glow colors that have been sprayed on them throughout the race.

Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run

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Age Requirement: 14+ and remember you must be a girl to participate

This is the first all-female 5K, open to girls of all ages and fitness levels. It has fun themed obstacles like: the hot mess, down and dirty, get over yourself, you go girl, and runaway bride, that are designed to push and challenge you pash your limits. Due to the muddy nature of the run it is advised that you don’t wear your “good” gym clothes or anything else that you would mind getting stained with a little dirt and mud.

A Closer Look At My Fun Life MLM Business Opportunity

The multi-level marketing world is abuzz with excitement as the My Fun Life MLM was officially launched this 2013. Thousands are joining the fledgling system as they try to take advantage of the opportunities that it offers. A newcomer in the MLM might want to join right away but may want to hold back first and see if the system can help them earn additional income from home. An intermediate marketer may also want more details to see if this new kid on the block can offer new features that other MLM’s lack. Here are some details which can help you determine if it is right for you.

A Brief Background about the System

My Fun Life offers services for travels and accommodations around the world. They also have the ChaChing booking engine that can ease your travelling worries. You can get all these benefits with just an inexpensive monthly membership fee. You can also avail of the system’s compensation plan. If you’re willing to recruit people to the system then it will reward you with additional bonus. If these referred people were able to earn from their own matrix commission then you’ll be able to get a percentage of their earnings as well.

Unlike other compensation plans used by other MLM strategies, the My Fun Life MLM uses a unique approach to keep their members earning. In the unfortunate event that a member drops out of a normal compensation plan, his or her position’s earning capabilities are forever lost. However, this system prevents that from happening since any member below the affected position will simply ‘compress’. This setup help individual members based their earning potential on their own hard work and leadership potential.

An Advantageous Partnership

My Fun Life differs from other MLM’s since it combines the time tested multi-level marketing system with the convenience of a smart phone app business. Jacob, one of the founding members, has used his BIZZAMBO distributorship to cleverly assist the system’s members. The distributorship has partnered with The Instant Downline (TID) to provide any team member access to an automated yet free team recruitment method that can give them an edge in their recruitment initiatives. This scheme also helps tech savvy members to be able to quickly grasp the principles of the MLM business.

Final Thoughts

It’s up to you to see if the new My Fun Life MLM opportunity is the right road for you towards prosperity. At the end of the day, this opportunity is relatively new which is can be both advantageous and disadvantageous at the same time. On one hand, the company still lack enough experience to see if their business model can greatly affect the field of MLM. On the other hand, this might be the next big thing and you might be able to earn more money by simply being there when the company was still developing. There are a lot of risks involved but you cannot get the riches that you deserve if you don’t try opportunities like these and see it for yourself.

How To Profit And Have Fun Blogging At The Same Time

Nowadays, everyone’s all wrapped up in finding ways to profit from their blogging, but what if I told you there was a way to make money and have fun blogging at the same time? Sometimes as bloggers we can get a little bit too caught up in the end goal we are trying to achieve: get visitors, build loyalty, grow blog income, that we forget that all this can be achieved while enjoying ourselves in the process. Here’s how to profit and have fun blogging at the same time:

How To Profit And Have Fun Blogging At The Same Time #1: Blog About Your Passion

The best way to have fun blogging is to blog about topics that you’re passionate about, even if it doesn’t pay as well as other niche topics. Everyone knows that financial loans, stock and Forex trading and weight loss are the big money spinners online, but while the money is there to be made, the competition is cut throat as well! If you’re passionate about collecting antique mugs for example, you’re better off centering your blog around that, because you’ll have less competition and your passion will translate itself to your writing.

How To Profit And Have Fun Blogging At The Same Time #2: Get To Know People

Blogging will get pretty boring if you’re just churning out post after post in a bid to get more traffic and more clicks/sales. There are real people reading your blog who are interested not only in what you have to say, but who you are as well, so why not take some time to get to know them and engage them in a conversation instead of just writing “at” them? Not only will you find many like minded people all around the world that you can talk about your common topics with, you may learn a thing or two yourself and increase the depth of your blog posts.

How To Profit And Have Fun Blogging At The Same Time #3: Don’t Take It Too Seriously

Even if you’re passionate about what you’re writing about have having lots of fun blogging about it, chances are you’ll encounter that odd day when you’re not feeling up to posting. Don’t take it too seriously and beat yourself up over it! We all have up days and down days, and when you’re having a down day perhaps your body is telling you that you need a rest and a break from it all. Listen to your body, do something else that’s fun, maybe even get out of your house and away from your computer altogether! Soon you’ll be recharged, and fresh with creative ideas to implement on your blog again!

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Have You Ever Thought You Could Have Fun Blogging?

When you hear of a blog these days you think of people making money. Even though it is mainly used for that reason you can actually just have a blog for other fun things. Having a blog does not limit you at all you can use it for whatever reason you chose. Many people use blogs for telling a story about themselves, their family or just sharing information on anything that they are interested in. Below I will share with you some of the ways you can incorporate fun into your blogs.

Blogging to Stay in Touch with Friends

Family and friends can sometimes move away and having a blog can help you stay in touch with them. You can add events on your blog to let them keep up with what you are doing. You can add photos of your different trips that you have recently been on. You may have a new dress that you would like them to see you in and you can add it to your blog. Yes we do have phones and emails but having a blog is so much more fun. You have the site up so they can go back and check it out whenever they feel fit.

Having a blog also gives you the advantage to introduce other family members you’re your family have never met before. The internet is such a great place isn’t it? Blogs also have a great feature which is the comment section. Your family members can post comments on each post that you write. You also have the option to answer back with a comment. Having a blog also allows you to make even more friends. I say this because your blog is there and you are sharing it with your friends and family but also your friends and family could also refer others to check it out and then wow you are getting to know new people.

Blogging To Promote Your Talents

Some bloggers begin blogging to promote themselves. A friend of mine just recently sent me a link to his new blog and it was basically his resume. He is in the Technology field and he just post topics on various projects that he has been involved with. I have a sixteen year old son who loves writing poetry, he is great at writing and he uses a blog to express himself. People would come to read and get inspiration. He also He is also into drawing and he just draws and post his drawings for others to see. Think about the potential if a company who is looking for someone with these talents come across you blog you could get hired to do something you are naturally good at. You may be thinking oh my gosh I don’t want everybody viewing my blog, well you can make it private. This is an option where you only allow the people you wish to view your blog. Think of this as online journal instead of writing in a book you can do so on the blog.

As a blogger, you also have to be careful when expressing yourself because you do have some people out there that will invade your life and turn it into a living hell. So be very careful when posting your deepest expressions. Remember your blog will be online for the world to if you chose to so make sure you post topics you are comfortable with.

Blogging to Keep a Record of Events

Blogging can also be use d to record events in your life. Some examples of important events can be vacations, pregnancy, sporting events, weddings, graduation and so much more. As I stated earlier, you can make the blog private but you can use it as a tool to keep track of important things that you can always refer back to and can shear with your family members at a reunion. Think of it as a scrapbook of your life. Wouldn’t it be great to have a scrap book of your pregnancy? Later on in life your child could go back and look at the events that leads up to his or her existence. The sky is the limit as to what you can do with a blog, these are just some ideas on how you can use a blog to have fun.

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Fun Blog Marketing Methods

You’ve been blogging for a while now, but you want to take your blog to the next step. What do you do? Start marketing your blog. Spread the world about your blog and never stop.

Blog marketing is on-going, it’s equally as important as your content. If you have good content, but don’t do any marketing your blog won’t be successful. If you market like crazy, but never update your blog it won’t be successful. You need to spend time creating well written posts and even more time promoting your blog. Just because a blog exists doesn’t mean it’s easy for everybody to find.

Blog marketing isn’t hard it’s just time consuming. Although, it’s also up to the blogger. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time promoting your blog, that’s your choice. If you have a lot of time to put towards promoting your blog, the more successful it will probably be. Not only does the blogger have to spend a lot of time promoting, it can also take a little to notice the results.

Most bloggers use the same ways of promoting their blog such as improving their search engine rankings and exchanging links. However, there are other blog marketing methods that are more exciting.

The first is pretty easy. If something newsworthy happens and it is related to your blog topic, make a post about it. Then if people are searching for information on the event, they may come across your people. People are always checking out current events. That is also something to remember. Don’t bother posting about old news. Post current news, that people will be very interested in.

A great way to market your blog that many people don’t do is conduct interviews. Interview people that are authorities in the market you write about. You can turn your interview into a question and answer post or turn it into an article. People will be very interested in reading an interview. You can even put the post on an article submission website and include a link to your blog at the end. A lot of people look on article submission websites and having a link to your blog from one of those websites improves your search engine ranking. This has the potential to drive quite a bit of traffic to your blog.

Another marketing method that most bloggers don’t try is sending out press releases. A blogger can go online and find out how to write a press release or hire someone else to write it and send it out. It usually doesn’t cost that much either. A press release about your blog can be sent out to news websites and published. Their readers will read it and check out your blog.

Most bloggers take advantage of using comments on blogs and it really is an effective way to market a blog. Always responds to any comments left on your blog by readers. Also, search for blogs that are in the same market as your blog and leave comments that include a link to your blog.

A fun way to promote your blog is to hold contests. Even if it’s just something really simple, people love contests. It will keep people coming back to your blog and if you are giving something away your readers may even tell their friends to check out your blog. If you just get people to go on your blog once, they may like it and become a regular reader.

Although blog marketing can be time consuming it can be a lot of fun. Many people think blogging just involves writing posts, but there’s so much more. Blog marketing allows you to build relationships with other bloggers and your readers. Leaving comments, interviewing people and running a contest can be a lot of fun and it makes blogging even more exciting than it already is.

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Blogging – Fun Or Business?

Blogging back when it started was thought to only be a passing fancy. But that idea has proven time and time again to be so untrue today. There are millions of bloggers online today and some are making tens of thousands of dollars a week doing it too. The viewpoint of the individual presented without bias and honesty is treasured by their readers by the millions.

There are really two areas the most blogs will slide into and they are the business blogs that are built to make money or just share information about a business. The other area is the fun blog written for pleasure and you may think that no money is made with this type of blog but you would be wrong.

When a blog is built for fun most often the blogger puts their heart and soul into it and the popularity of a great blog makes it turn out to be profitable. Just because it is designed to be fun and built for enjoyment don’t think for a minute that there will not be money made from it.

Business Blogs

Business blogs are the perfect platform to promote a business or the businesses products or both. If you are wondering why this is true here is the answer. The business blog will be updated on a daily basis and the readership will be the first to know about new developments and new products. After all who do you know that does not want to be the first to know about something new?

For both types of blogs business and fun when built with quality and integrity grow virally because you have all the necessary factors working for you. The readership will tell others and other bloggers will make posts about the information on your blog and the attraction can grow beyond belief sometimes.

Use a popular or controversial subject or good information about a well know celebrity and one simple post can bring in millions and millions of new readers very fast.

It is also very important to not make people mad at you because the word spreads like wild fire and your readership drops off like a stone. Blogging with subscribers in the millions has become a great source of power in the world today.

Blogs do many things by getting people elected to public office. Blogs can make or break the popularity of a new movie release. Blogs even move new music into or out of the spotlight.

Considering all the possibilities available to the blogger when they can use words in the written format, audio and video can be added also. Let me tell you audio and video added to the business or fun blog is simple that most of you children are all ready doing it today.

Blogging fun or business possibilities that are available are endless. From personal or any one of billions of niche’s there is a profitable blog subject to start or help you do anything you want to do.

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Blogging For Fun and Entertainment

In China, the majority of it’s youth today are now Internet addicts. Buying stuff online, chatting online, playing games online, etc are growing everyday since the dot com burst. But what else can they do to have fun?

Blogging! Well it does seem un-entertaining at some point. Where you have to write for your blog as a personal journal or diary online and have people read them or private invitation to some of your trusted colleagues or associates to comment on your work. But what do they write about mostly?

In some part of the country or world, there are some individuals who feels or have thoughts and they wish to share the world about their perspective. Apparently, anyone who sees blogging as either a job or their personal journal of their own thoughts is nothing compared to having fun blogging at. Blog shouldn’t be considered a job or a duty to anyone because you are not getting paid to blog. You blog at your own pace, at your own style, and live in your own world. So just blog for fun! Sure there maybe people who spams and trolls on your blogs, but do not worry about it and don’t let that get to you. Blogging is meant to be fun and where your world of possibilities can change to however you feel.

Your blog in particular, can change from, personal journals of your research, thoughts, feelings, events, news, current event happening at home, work, play, to a job of maintaining your daily readers impressed, interested, and desire for more. Once you have daily readers and maintain constant traffic or increase of traffic, it’s best to monetize your blog. Of course it’s no good if you only focus on spamming advertisements here and there and affiliations, etc. It’s best to be moderate and whatever earnings been made from your fun blogging, be grateful!

For example, if one blogger has found that they’re readers are like they’re own small community or fans or their “online family”, it may tough to consider closing down his blog after years of blogging and maintaining his solid reputation as a problogger. That, my friend, is called a duty to readership. Bloggers around the world have a duty to their readers and making sure that each and every reader who read their blogs are warmly open visits and leave their blog satisfied after spending a few minutes reading their blogs. After such a duty has turned into a habit, to a blogger its fun posting more blogs about whatever field they love talking about. It may be about flowers, animals, world, politics, business, games, etc. As long as one enjoys blogging, it’s not a bad job to spend doing it.

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