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My ideal day

I am going to cover my ideal day & my Goals & Visualisation as I was instructed to do so by my Six Figure Mentors. I awake naturally well rested at 6ish. we’re staying in a luxurious coastal private villa in Indonesia, surrounded by thick tropical gardens. My wife Anna, & our two daughters Mikayla and Keisha are still asleep. I venture to the roof which is well elevated above the breaking surf below. I spend 45 minutes stretching and doing yoga. The room is open aired, & spoilt by 365 degree views of mountains in the distance, waterfalls and lush jungle with walling crystal clear waves consistently roll in below me. I end this session with 10 minutes of meditation and visualisation.

I head downstairs and meander from the elevated villa through lush manicured gardens towards the stand alone gym at the rear of the one acre property. I slide open concertina wooden doors to the beach in front & workout for 45 minutes. A quick dip in the ocean cools me down and gets me invigorated for the day ahead. Then back up to the villa for a shower, I sneak into our bed and enjoy 20 mins of motivational audio to get in the right mindset for the day. The family are starting to wake up so we venture out to the verandah & enjoy cooked breakfast and fresh fruit with friendly service on hand. After breakfast I spend the next 30 minutes checking emails and responding to anything important. The rest of the morning we spend quality time at the villa as a family enjoying games, reading and listening to music. Around 12pm a healthy picky style lunch is bought out. Once we finish I head down to the garage and start up my Indian Scout 1133cc Cruiser style motorcycle. I ride through the balmy air to a beach near by and meet the media team to put together content. We work on still images and audio visual content & we have fun with it. We shoot a Facebook live and answer questions focusing on giving value and keeping it light yet honest. At the end we fly a drone and get some location shots to use at other times as well, which I love the creative side of.

After a couple of hours I ride back to the villa then as a family we go out shopping and enjoy an ice cream. Once back at the villa I jump online for an hour and call our ‘Not For Profit Foundation’ Manager to see how our various charityvprojects are progressing, before wrapping up the arvo with a sunset surf. I shower in our private outdoor ensuite then put on fresh clothes made of light fabric. Anna & I sit together on the verandah and enjoy a drink and cheeses for about 30 mins.

Anna, Kayla, Keisha and I sit down to a seafood dinner with like minded friends we host at the villa. We enjoy each other’s company & all have a good laugh. The guests leave at a reasonable hour. Anna & I finish the evening talking and connecting. We meditate together then enjoy intimacy before retiring and ending my ideal day.

Define your work ethic?

I can not fault my work ethic. I am now in my late 30’s and have spent my working life jumping from job to job, looking for greener pastures. I have worked as a ‘Cray/Lobster fishing Deckie’ working 7 days a week for 7 months, starting at 5am. I have done night shift packing bricks into a jig on an assembly line at a fast pace. Worked for a month on week off ‘swing’ in roof spaces banging ducting air conditioning together in a climate that is 40c plus every single day wearing full length safety clothing and breathing masks. I fixed residential ceilings and installed itchy batt insulation for years. Mixed mud for plasterers and eventually plastered walls myself, both render and white walling. I have worked as a real estate investment coach (Relationship Mgr) phoning leads when not in workshops/meetings with clients. Worked 60 hour weeks as a used car salesman. Worked on the mines (12h hour days) again in remote 40c + temperatures as a Reverse Circulation Drillers Offsider.

If it is a shitty testing job, I have done it. I am not afraid of hard work. My downfall has been searching for the golden bullet. I have worked online for the past 12 months and had little success. One positive is I am now aware I can find a solution and learn anything despite not being trained in using technology. I am consistent. Even when on holidays I still work on having a presence online. I have no doubt at all that I have the work ethic needed to persevere and take massive action.

What is your WHY? What drives & motivates you?

My why is family. They have never whinged or expressed frustration with doing it tough. Although I have worked my ass off over the years we have only ever ‘just got through’ There is always more month at the end of the money. A massive driver for me is being able to take the family out without having to add up the cost as we go, in case we ‘go over’ what we have budgeted for the night. Also being able to take my lovely fiance out for say a seafood dinner and not share a meal because we love that style of food but need to watch the pennies. Having security to not stress if we have an issue with our car or a major unexpected bill come in that we are able to sort it without shuffling funds or waiting for 2 weeks until our next payday. Another driver is not building someone else’s dreams, but putting time and effort into our future. When working as a Relationship Manager with property investors we would delve into their goals and use scare tactics to secure a commitment from them in regards to investing. We would make them aware of the fact that most of us aren’t prepared for an illness or loss of job. Or the fact that most us have enough super to live the life we desire for about 6-8 years, not the 25+ we may last. When leveraged to the hilt with no back up plan, we are a slave to ‘The Man’. I will have the peace of mind that if I am made redundant or if a family member needs my care I am able to support myself and family for a long long time. I strive to have a diverse range of residual/passive income. I will invest in property for both income and long term growth. One driver is to acquire commercial properties with nice long secure leases being paid. My fiance started a community based mobile App to warn fellow water users of sharks or closed beaches. I will start other projects such as this. Where the work is put in and once produced has the ability to feed income well after completion. Time freedom is probably the main driver for marketers and I am no different. To have the geographical freedom to work from ANYWHERE is something constantly on my mind. Life is very short, I feel strongly about being in a region of the world warm and appealing to enjoying the outdoors daily. whether it be exercising, playing sport, surfing, dining outdoors on a balmy night or any number of things. Even little things like having a private ensuite situated outdoors is an experience that has stayed with me since experiencing it at a flash hotel on the Gilli Islands in Indonesia. I will start a foundation or legacy to help the under privileged, with a focus on children. I feel strongly that far too many kids are living a hell on earth. Over 80,000 children go missing every year in India alone.

I do not want to struggle my life away, I want the life I truly believe my family and I deserve.

Multiple Choice Answer; Commitment- Pledging and obligating myself- Engaging my efforts long enough to see results.

Explanation;

I have fumbled about online for over 12 months now. I realise the importance of having guidance in most areas of our lives. Especially in starting an online business. I liken it to a young man or woman saying they will become a skilled electrician then NOT becoming an apprentice, but simply trying to ‘work it out’ themselves. This path would be ludicrous and to expect to gain the skills needed by not having guidance would be virtually impossible, and if it did happen I would guess it would take 100 times as long. I have chosen commitment because the desire to live a laptop lifestyle has consumed my being, it is something I think about a majority of my time awake, and perhaps asleep. I will not have it any other way. I will fire my boss within 18 months and my majority of income and focus will be on SFM/DEA’s systems.

 My ideal week.

Would entail a mix of producing daily vlogs and once during that week a substantial piece of video content that’s part of a series 90 mins long and full of value.  My assistant would do dictation for my written blogs perhaps 4 days a week upload and manage for me. I will meet with my team once a week & keep it fun and lively.
I will liaise with my investment broker about how our properties are performing and what investments are available. I will have contact with a project manager curating our charity projects both in remote Australia & overseas. Anna the kids and I will fly to Sydney for her latest movie premiere. We will stay 2 nights in a 5 star hotel overlooking Sydney Harbour with friendly staff available 24/7. We will charter a staffed yacht to cruise around the harbour. Also enjoy an afternoon shopping and exploring the city.
As a surprise for the family instead of an Uber to the airport to fly home the Concierge leads us up to the roof of the hotel. A large helicopter is waiting for us. We all chuckle with excitement and disbelief as the motors fire up & I feel a sense of major gratitude knowing the family are about to experience something most people would not is simply mind blowing. We enjoy flying low and at height over the city and beaches of Sydney for over an hour before heading to the airport once we are there we go through a private customs within the helicopter company. Then the family & I jump in a chartered vehicle which chauffeurs us to the flight.
My week is scheduled into 2/3 leisure 1/3 business, most is automated. The tasks that I am active in I thoroughly enjoy.
I am physically active 6 days a week and thoroughly enjoy a variety of fresh foods prepared on the spot and in bulk for convenience. Family time will dominate my leisure time.

The above was prepared for my mentors and is an essential step in establishing foundations. Mindset and being clear on your ‘why’ is vitally important. I would love to know your ‘why’ in the comments below. To go through these steps take free TEST DRIVE Start HERE

My Bucket List

The above was prepared for my mentors and is an essential step in establishing foundations. Mindset and being clear on your ‘why’ is vitally important. I would love to know your ‘why’ in the comments below. To go through these steps take free ‘test drive’ 
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Refinement, Luxury & Perfection

A big thank you goes out to the owner of these stunning machines Troy. Cheers for your time & great nature.

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NYC Taxi Medallions Worth Their Weight In Gold

NYC Taxi Medallions Worth Their Weight In Gold…well they used to be worth their weight in gold, up until a few years ago.

A medallion is required to operate a New York City yellow taxi cab, the only type of vehicle allowed to accept passengers who hail cabs on the street. Until the streets were flooded with independent operators like Uber & others, those medallions could sell for over one million dollars! Cabs have been reported to be around on the streets of New York since the late 19th century. By the 1930’s their numbers had slowly grown over the years to a whopping 30,000 zooming around the streets unregulated. In the late 30’s the city introduced the medallions costing $10. Since that era they experienced extraordinary growth of almost 8000 times their initial price at their peak.

The gentleman that owns the most medallions in the city Andrew Murstein has found a lot of green in yellow, reportedly owning at least 500. These days credit unions mainly own and lease out the medallions like LOMTO Federal Credit Union have 628 medallion loans totaling about $138 million. For decades, taxi medallions were among the safest financial bets around. Many New Yorkers got rich by purchasing a few and watching their value soar over the years.

A couple of years ago owners of New York City’s taxi “medallions” filed a lawsuit (PDF) against city regulators.  “With companies like Uber operating in the marketplace free of regulatory burdens… licensed taxicab drivers have left the taxicab industry in droves, choosing instead to drive for Uber,” The taxi drivers that have stayed are at risk of losing everything,  earning an average of only $22,000 per annum and having no chance of paying their loans.

In this current financial climate and the direction the world is heading traditional brick and mortar businesses and seemingly bullet proof investments are certainly not what they used to be. Affirming my personal feelings around working online and building my own personal brand. In doing this, being the absolute best version of myself and helping as many people as possible I feel security and freedom (eventually) that I would not get as simply an employee. The cab drivers of New York, New York are commendable, especially the ones that had the foresight and belief to invest in a medallion. However anything can happen. I feel very strongly in diversification and also personally have a love for the online platforms with billions of eyeballs looking to cure different pains. My personal focus is helping people be a healthier version of themselves. Lead generation and quality traffic, for ANY business niche & more recently I have a desire to share digital training and motivational content. With the latter you can help multitudes of people long after doing the work, by way of eBooks or audio visual content. From a business sense you can still see remuneration without the need to be on a call or at a meeting where you are swapping your time for money. Many connections of mine talk about a goal of, or are already coaching or consulting. Yes the money can be substantial, however again you are needed physically to be present. Similar to an employee you are trading your time for money, probably more money than a typical employee. If time freedom is the ultimate measure of success, digital products are the ducks nuts, for mine!

Different tiered products are an important part of the equation also. Apple’s products are a great example of having different price point offers. Purchasers may have bought a iPod years ago, next its the iPhone, time passes and an iPad is essential. Before you know it your investing in a flash desktop Mac because it all syncs up seamlessly and you just gotta have one…well O.K. maybe not, but you get the point. With different tiered products, purchasers may pay $7 for an eBook, then over time a course for hundreds, then a mastermind for thousands. The key is to provide 3 times the value minimum, compared with the price being paid.

Online is the future whether people like it or not. Give value, value, value non-stop, build brand ‘You’ and I guarantee you will go far, even long after all these corporations fall to the wayside!

 

Andrew Murstein (Mega Medallion Owner)

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You Should Have Picked Up The Phone!

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When I think back to a previous job position I was in, coaching and mentoring property investors. One of the senior Relationship Managers was a real wordsmith, or another term I have heard used is copyrighter. He had some great advice on how to structure an email, and also cut out some of the unneeded BS, getting straight to the point. I don’t know if you agree, but as a rule, I communicate better via written word. However there is definitely times when a phone call, even though, they can be nerve wracking at times, are a far more suitable way to go. We are also in an era where it looks like phone calls are fading especially, it seems, when a sensitive subject is concerned. I believe there is value in not hiding behind the screen, taking a deep breath, and dialing. That also helps to instill a sense of empathy. Not too long ago, researchers at the University of Michigan found that there was a 40% decrease in empathy among certain populations, which correlated with an increased use of technology. It’s a symptom of hiding behind a screen and, therefore, not being able to associate emotion with what’s being said.

So when is one of these times I find a call is better than the humble email ?

An apology holds a lot more weight and will come off more authentic if a person can hear the remorse in your voice when calling to apologise. Although it is hard to admit we are wrong at times and even harder to actually say out aloud those words “I am sorry.” I think we all agree going down the path of quickly typing it out in an email or text message is a lot easier especially if you’re afraid of screwing up an apology.  You may be worried about babbling (especially in my case) or going off script. A little life hack can be to still write down what you are wanting to convey before you make the call. Actually having a script or bullet points. I personally find this helps me a lot. I am a lot less lost, umming and ahrring and generally get across what I want to say more clearly and confidently. Do make sure it is natural however because if the other party senses you are reading it, it will not come across authentic at all, and could do more harm than good. Most of us grow up understanding that, when we do something wrong we should say, sorry 96% of parents think it’s important for kids to apologize when they deliberately upset someone, and 88% believe the same is true, even when it’s unintentional. 

Let’s admit it, in life sometimes sh%t just happens!  Which can take us away from getting to our day job. In these instances it is far better to call the boss and let them know what is going on and explain the situation rather than text or email. So when you need to bring up something personal like a family emergency or medical issue have a real conversation about it instead. I can guarantee the person at the other end will have more empathy for what is going on. I have even been in workplaces where it was a prerequisite to call and not text when needing to not show up for work, no matter what the time of day…or night.

If you have something to explain that is complicated a phone call over an email or txt can be crucial at times. Written instructions are always helpful however if you are trying to follow a series of complicated steps, or you’re simply new to what you’re doing it’s very helpful to have someone walk you through via spoken word. There is a reason why telephone support still exists I know I certainly would rather pick up the phone if I need support rather than ask a question via email and possibly waits at least 24 to 48 hours before getting a response, that may even need more clarification.

I clearly remember a friend of mine explaining when she needed to discuss an upcoming project she specifically chose to have a phone conversation rather than go over the details via mail. Calls that have a lot of questions are typically harder to handle over email, because that’s not a real-time conversation. With a phone call you can go back and forth on one question until it’s clarified and then move onto the next one making it a far more efficient way to communicate addressing all questions in a single phone call, rather than emailing back-and-forth. When going down the path of emailing back-and-forth it can be easy to lose track of what has been asked and what has been covered. A great way to go, is chat over the phone and be sure to take notes during the call. Combine the phone call with a follow-up email to ensure that both parties are on the same page after chatting, this will also give you both a point of reference down the track.

If you have taken far too long to respond to an email taking the effort to actually call a person and address the issue rather than responding with an overdue email that is just going to flood his or her inbox too speaks volumes. Let’s admit it most of us have unread emails in the double digits at least! It can be easy to overlook an email and have your heart skip a beat when you do come across it. Have you ever marked an email as “Important” only to forget about it again for days?

Keeping that human element is very important especially in this day and age where people would rather write and say it and it is easier to hide behind a screen. All you need to do is look around on a train or out in public to see where people’s attention is focused. Often glued to their screens. There is plenty of literature on our preference to type.  I am a little old school and love to hear the emotion or conviction behind what someone is saying.  A business mogul and mentor of mine used to say  “If you can make the call over an email, then do it!”

 I would love to know your thoughts please leave a comment or feel free to share this post.  In summary let me be clear in saying that I do not disregard the impact or value in emailing or text, which is super popular in this day and age, I do love a good email. You can’t beat a good chin wag on the old dog ‘n bone!

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MARKETING TERMS FOR NEWBIES

MARKETING TERMS FOR NEWBIES

I have been marketing online for some time & looking back it has been a very steep learning curve. In this article I will shed some light on Marketing Terms For Newbies . The great thing in the “laptop lifestyle” community is peoples willingness to help others. We were all “Newbies” at some stage. No-one just hopped online and had an instant following, were able to give massive value and in turn make bucket loads of cash money…despite what some will try and tell you.

The reality is you need to put the time in, learn systems, realise shortcuts, use the knowledge of people around you, that have done what you are striving to achieve. The other analogy I like to use is; think of a baby, crawling, then slowly standing sometime down the track, small steps are then taken, along with falling many times on it’s nappy bottom. Before long that little bubba is walking around on its own and then eventually running all over the house and yard.

Below is an index of marketing terms for newbies that if you are getting into this space you will see bandied around a lot. If you are currently working with me online feel free to add terms to this list in the comments below then I will add them to this post..our newbies need us!!!👈

MARKETING TERMS FOR NEWBIES

ASKHOLE: A person who constantly asks for your advice, yet always does the opposite of what you told them.😂

AFFILIATE: An individual who promotes products or services for a merchant like Six Figure Mentors, in exchange for receiving compensation for their sales

AFFILIATE LINK: A link provided to you by the merchant like Six Figure Mentors that includes a unique tracking code specifically assigned to you for the merchant to track the sales you have generated.

CLICK: This refers to someone who clicks on your affiliate link that takes them to the merchant’s website. *Clicks and leads are not the same thing* ✋hand to face

PROSPECT: an individual who you have contacted via organic (free) traffic methods and whom you ask specific lines of questioning to qualify them for your offer so they become a targeted lead.

LEAD: an individual that expresses an interest in your goods or services. *Your leads are your emails and phone numbers that you receive from your clicks*

SALES FUNNEL refers to the buying process that customers go through when purchasing products. A sales funnel is divided into several steps…in your case it’s a landing page, sales page then order page

PAID TRAFFIC: this comes in many forms but is basically when you pay to get visitors to your link ..example would be PCC- pay per click

FREE TRAFFIC: also know as time consuming traffic… is when you you get visitors to your link through social media, SEO, YouTube, forums, blogs, etc.

CPC (Cost Per Click): Cost of an individual click when paying on a per click basis. (paid traffic)

OPT-IN-RATE: The percentage of people who subscribe to your mailing list out of the total number of people who were presented with the opportunity.

CONTENT MARKETING: is the marketing process for creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience

NICHE: A specific topic or vertical. Example – if you own a site about dogs, then your niche would be dogs – as well as pets in the broader definition of a niche.

Add on from comments:
SEO: Search Engine Optimization. The practice of optimizing your website to get it to show up higher in the search engines for specific topics and keywords.

AUTORESPONDER: Used to store your email list and send out automatic and manual broadcasts. They help you automate your campaigns and manage communications with your recipients.

OFFER: The program, business, product or service that you’re promoting. e.g. ‘send traffic to your offer’

ROI: Return On Investment. The Return should be greater then the investment put into achieving the returns.

VALUE: something you provide to a prospect, lead, or signup that may help them to succeed, this is not always monetised, value often comes in form of useful information in video or text form (i.e. this post)

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How quickly things can change!

I had a lesson on how quickly the winds of fortune can change today. Saturday’s are usually one of our busiest, if not our busiest day of the week. However saying that it is retail and you never know what can happen. So today we were actually having a quiet day. We had four staff on myself and three others including our Area Manager, that manages all of the stores and two other co-workers, all with several years of experience selling fitness equipment.

We have what you would describe as a coffee table at the very rear of our large shop with some knee-high padded stools around. All four of us had pulled up a pew. Our  Area Manager Tim was on his laptop working while our store manager Gavin and I were woofing into some barbecue chicken and salad sandwiches. I had only just finished constructing two sandwiches myself when my other work mate Brian, who is in his 60s, said “Ryan you’re up!” Referring to customers coming into the store. While I am an enthusiastic person most of the time, we had had a pretty quiet day up until then & had not long ago sat down early afternoon for lunch…let’s just say I wasn’t jumping out of my skin to serve. This was a pivotal point however where I realised how quickly things can change. The customers that I walk down to greet and who had got perhaps one third of their way into the store before I got to them, asked the question as I got close by “Are you Ryan?”  Which immediately put a smile on my face as I replied “yes I am.”

The couple, in their mid 50s explained that I had emailed them almost a month ago regarding an elliptical machine that I recommended and they were down from the country to secure one of the machines for themselves. While I was serving this couple I had gone up to the till to negotiate on price with the powers that be, when I was introduced to a lady that I believe to be with her granddaughter. I had been following up this lady for the last fortnight. My colleague had served for me while I was demonstrating the features on the elliptical machine. And in turn had sold an upright bike and put it under myself, which was uplifting. While I was wrapping up the with my couple from the country & had almost finished I just needed to process payment etc, a father and son that I’d served almost an hour earlier walked back in to purchase a treadmill that we have narrowed down to be the right piece of equipment.

I reflected immediately on how quickly the situation can change.  I admittedly sighed when I was first interrupted from my lunch.  Although these three sales are not going to break and records it was just a wake-up call for myself to keep the chin up and try not to let the environment affect me me because you never know what the universe may throw at you.  All customers in that little rush had been followed up at different points and I probably got disappointed during the process when they were not willing to purchase at the time or were not looking like coming in in the near future. However a good analogy is to look at it as filling a pipeline. Put the work in, and do the right thing, you never know when you may benefit from the fruits of your labour. I know I am not going to be able to remain upbeat at all times, I am only human, and we all have our moments. However reflecting on how quickly things can change can definitely help when having a down day or seeming like you have been dealt a bad hand.

Fitness

The No.1 Way To Eat (In My Opinion :-)

For sometime now I have been using intermittent fasting as part of my life. Another name for this lifestyle is five and two (5:2). I have tried many different diets or styles of eating including cutting carbohydrates doing the paleo diets and also looked at the Atkins diet. What I have found with other eating patterns or diets are that you need to be super strict all of the time. Personally I find I can hold strong on these diets for four or five days however I find when you break them you break them bad and really go all out and possibly wreck any good doing that you have done.

One of the things I love with the five and two style of living is you only need to be strict on two days of the week you can loosen the rains on the other five days of the week because effectively you are eating 3500 less calories per week by being strict on those two days. Although the two days that you are fasting you are still allowed 500 cal for women and 600 cal for man. I know in some cultures they go without food or even water for long periods of time and I keep this in mind if I feel I’m being hard done by on the fast days. I also think about my body burning my fat stores on my FD (fast days)

Some of the foods I personally like to eat on these fast days are boiled eggs, small tins of tuna, cup-a-soups, or yummy salads. The other thing I like to concentrate on is feeling my belly with fluids, I will have a large green tea or black coffee A large pints of water this is not only healthy for the body it also feels you when you are thinking about food on these fast days. I heard a professor from the a professor of dietrics and nutrition from the University of Queensland talking about the 5:2  diet and she spoke very highly of living this way. Some of the benefits she spoke about were rejuvenating the body, saying as humans we put far too much fuel into our body that is not needed. Giving your body time to reset and actually have less is beneficial for hair growth your skin and generally producing new cells, I think she put it as.

I find that I think about eating heavy on the day after my fast day on my NFD or as they call it non-fast day. However I believe eating light on my fast day probably shrinks my belly and makes me more conscious of food so naturally I tend to eat less.

Another huge benefit I believe is if I do eat a burger driving through the drive through or eat a line of chocolate I don’t feel like the world is going to end! Which is how I have felt when trying to live on a no sugar diets or when trying to cut carbs for long periods of time. I have found as I have got older that my focus is more on my health rather than trying to cut kilos to get and Instagram style wash board stomach. (which I must add I’m never actually got to ha ha ha)

Above I have included a photo of a simple explanation of the 5:2 diet and there is a link to the 5:2 Facebook page also there is over 50,000 members on this page and it is a priceless resource if you are wanting to try this style of living, the community is fantastic also. Feel free to leave any comments or ask any questions I’m no expert but am definitely a large fan of living this way

PS if I miss a week or two during the festive season I know this style of living get you back on track fast

Fitness

Sample Bike

We received a sample recumbent bike today from the brand Sporttop. The other staff and I were keen to see it built and test it out for ourselves as the two elliptical machines that we offer from this company have a lot to be proud of. All I can say is I hope that the powers at be decide to stock this bike. The first thing you notice is the super comfortable seat which is something that customers get caught up on quite often when testing out this style of bike.The bottom part of the seat is super soft but the extra bonus was having the backrest on a gas strut and easily movable back and forward into any position.

The other thing I notice from the get go was the handles to the side of the seat. These are super comfortable and have cut outs to fit your hand ergonomically which is really cool. The other thing I like is being able to adjust the resistance or mode on these handles not just on the console. The other noticeable difference between this and other bikes was how smooth use the resistance or load was after changing up or using it in a interval style programe the difference between an easier level and the higher levels was not ridiculously noticeable because the bike was so smooth. You can really feel it has a good large flywheel. Fingers crossed we end up stocking this item super impressed from the get go without knowing too much about this bike.

Food

Sloppy Service

I like to keep positive I don’t like to spew out negative crap, however I have a gripe regarding driving through and grabbing take-away from the fast food outlets.

I regard myself as a relatively healthy person however I am not perfect and enjoy fast food from time to time. I have noticed a trend when going through the drive through at fast food outlets and maybe it’s just me? I seem to receive a bag full of the wrong items…no I should correct that, normally most of the items are right, however there seems to be at least one mistake each time.

Even when I make a point of asking for something specific, like a toy for a female child, if possible, they seem to forget it. This I can live with I understand it’s not life altering. My major  gripe is ordering a couple of large messy burgers to drive off down the road and tackle, then reaching to the bottom of the brown paper bag to find no napkins! This puzzles me. Are the staff so young they have never driven a car and tried to eat a messy meal? or is it simply a situation of just not giving a hoot? I wonder am I being too sensitive? Is it the fact that I worked in hospitality for a number of years and it just seems obvious to me if you are eating you are going to want a napkin whilst enjoying your meal.

The best service and quality of fast food I have received is actually overseas. Most recently on a trip to Bali. I love nothing more than enjoying the Indonesian food. The first thing I want to do when I get off the plane is hook into a large mound of Nasi Goreng or similar. However on late nights commuting back to the Hotel  I find we shoot through a drive through all race into a fast food restaurant to get an easy fast meal. I could not fault the customer service, even with a communication breakdown at times. The freshness and temperature of food and also getting the order correct with bulk condiments and napkins. It is obvious that the employee’s & management take pride in what they are doing. Again I don’t like to bitch and moan however I feel the service they are providing is not rocket science.  It is a tried and true method of what should be speedy service and a simple yet effective meal when on the run.

Statistics show that as many as one in eight Americans have at some point worked in that largest franchise restaurant train chain in the world at some point in their life it is staggering that same chain serve as many as 68 million people worldwide per day. I’ve gotta say as wired as ‘The Golden Arches’ has it, I personally like to support the burger chain that started in good old Innaloo, Perth Western Australia 45 years ago, just minutes away from where I work most days of the week. They say ‘the burgers are better’…and Jack Cowan the founder has an estimated net worth of over one billion dollars and has part ownership of KFC, Domino’s, Channel Ten & Fairfax Media just to name a few. It is staggering looking at some of the statistics for what both fast food chains have done.

Some of the other statistics I found interesting in regards to Australia setting benchmarks for the rest of the world are the McCafe which believe it or not was introduced in 2004 and has gone on to boost McDonald’s brand in sales by a reported 60% and has spread to a other parts of the world. The “Create Your Taste” idea was another Australian first that has gone on to be popular and introduced in some of the other 118 countries that McDonald’s operates in. For interesting statistics & history on both companies click the link below. Please feel free to comment also. I would love to know if you find service frustrating at times. Or even what’s your favourite menu choice when eating fast food? Personally I’m a burger head!

McDonald’s Info

Hungry Jack’s Info

Food

Add WHAT? To Easily Peel An Egg?

One of my absolute favorite foods is eggs. They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet. Taste super yummy a variety of ways, are quick as to prepare and are not expensive for what they are proven to do for your body. Boiled is an easy way to carry eggs if you are not hooking straight into them and it is one of the simplest healthiest ways to eat them. Don’t you just hate when peeling them becomes a monumentus pain in the behind if you score a stubborn batch? Well read to the end & I have a super easy addition that will make peeling your googie simple and fast every time!

-Eggs Are Incredibly Nutritious A whole egg contains all the nutrients required to turn a single cell into a baby chicken. Really… eggs are pretty much the perfect food, they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.

– Eggs Raise HDL (The “Good”) Cholesterol Egg consumption consistently leads to elevated levels of HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, which is linked to a reduced risk of many diseases.

-They Are High in Antioxidants That Have Major Benefits For Eye Health-The antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin are very important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. Eggs are high in both of them.
-Eggs Are High in Quality Protein, With All The Essential Amino Acids in The Right Ratios-eggs are an excellent source of protein, with a single large egg containing 6 grams.

-Eggs do NOT Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease and May Reduce The Risk of Stroke-In one review of 17 studies with a total of 263,938 participants, no association was found between egg consumption and heart disease or stroke.

– Eggs Are Highly Fulfilling and Tend to Make You Eat Fewer Calories, Helping You to Lose Weight-In one study of 30 overweight women, eating eggs instead of bagels for breakfast increased feelings of fullness and made them automatically eat fewer calories for the next 36 hours.

On top of everything else, they are also cheap, easy to prepare, go with almost any food and taste awesome.

So how do you take the headache out of peeling a boiled egg?-Add a tablespoon of bi-carb soda and a teaspoon of salt to the water. I cook mine for exactly 7 minutes, then straight into cold water to stop the cooking process and voila. You will have an egg that just wants to pop out of its shell! Please feel free to leave a comment. How do love to eat your eggs?

Dad

Touring Penguin & Seal Islands

I actually had no idea what to expect. The tickets were bought for us as a gift from my sister Holly who works for the company who run the tours. We were very happy to hop on the glass bottomed boat and drift off into the aqua coloured bay, on a beautiful day. There was a slight breeze running from the south-west, which is a common occurrence in this region of the world. This time of year we have what we call The Fremantle Doctor. By roughly 11am or midday at the latest the breeze comes from the south off the ocean at very high speeds. The Doctor was light when we took off and luckily for us it didn’t really affect us, as the boat we were on was very stable and set up perfectly for when the ocean sweeps up from the windy conditions. Most of the canopy surrounding the boat had openings but you could tell they were well equipped for what nature presents as the versatility for opening and closing different sections of the canopy surrounding the glass bottomed boat was ideal.
Quite soon after we took off we headed for Seal Island which is situated to the right, or North of Penguin Island looking from the mainland . Seal Island as the name suggests is in inhabited by Sea Lions the tour guide or host on the boat mentioned how lucky we were to have an actual seal that had just bared a pup, and was nursing it on one of the secluded beaches separate to the other Sea Lions. It was explained to us that these seals are normally only found in colder climates like the Antarctic and we were very lucky to have this seal and its pup calling our Seal Island home for the time being. The others Sea Lions that we could easily see perhaps 20 or 30 m from the boat were all males lazy relaxing in the sun and we saw four males play fighting and being quite boisterous both in the water and on the shore. The females are pregnant for over 18 months and as soon as two weeks after they give birth they are pregnant again and out looking for food during pregnancy. The males have a good wicket and spend most of their life sleeping and laying about on the warm sand sunning themselves. If I come back I believe a Sea Lion would not be the worst reincarnation . After we spent time loitering around Seal Island we went back out into the bay and witnessed three dolphins hanging around a large,  2+ meter wingspan stingray. The dolphins have it wired, they hang around the large stingrays to get an easy feed. They were actually getting a sleep in at the same time. I had no idea but dolphins actually sleep with one eye open and one eye closed, they get short periods of sleep, (minutes at a time) approximately eight hours toatal during a 24 hour period. They do not fully shut off as they need to control their breathing. So we witnessed the dolphins cruising along slowly, bobbing like a cork at the surface of the ocean and it was explained to us that this was the way they slept. The host or MC on the boat was very informative, we got a schooling for the full 45 minutes.

After sometime hanging around the dolphins  we then headed to Penguin Island. Once on the island it is advised to keep to the boardwalks and just appreciate the nature around you. Penguin Island brags that it has no ground based predators like foxes,which I really enjoyed hearing. My father is a nature lover and during my life has been with many naturalists groups and being an avid photographer of wildlife has mentioned many times how destructive predators can be, especially the introduced kind. We saw fluffy little baby penguins, lizards, a variety of bird species with their young and enjoyed the lovely sunny weather that our region has to offer. I must say I truly felt very relaxed today as we really didn’t have much booked other than seeing the Penguins get fed, it was all about just appreciating the moment. We sat at a sheltered beach on the eastern side of the island away from the howling wind that had really picked up over the hours since we left the mainland. It was lovely to watch Keisha, our little four year old having a ball in the shallows, not having to wear floaties  as the water was dead still, super shallow and a beautiful aqua colour. For anyone living in this region that has not ventured over to Penguin Island or Seal Island, I highly recommend this! Especially if you have children, as I believe this is a great experience to get in touch with nature. I must say it doesn’t feel forced either, my stepdaughter Mikayla, who is 17, took an interest in the wildlife around her & enjoyed the day.
Penguin Island Link

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Dad

Daddy & Daughter Adventure.

Daddy & Daughter Adventure. Our four year old daughter, Keisha and I went for a ride on our push bikes this afternoon. Not long after we ventured off we rode through some bush land. Keisha hopped off her bike & asked me to lift her high enough to grab leaves hanging from a tree to the side of the path we were on. After she grabbed a handful of leaves she requested we go & explore. The bush we were in was dry and brown, however about 50 meters away was plenty of paperbark trees in what would be described as swamp land. Keisha found fun in finding sticks everywhere & attempting to pick up as many as possible. Her attention then turned to whacking trees, baseball swing style, our little girl definitely has a boisterous side!

As we ventured further into the thick paperbark trees we came across some substantial bike jumps. This took me back to my youth seeing the methods used to build these structures up to something peaky enough to help get some serious hang time while jumping gaps or table tops to then sail smoothly down the other side. Keisha was happy to hoick boulders and sticks around the place while I admired the handy work that had gone into making these jumps. I also felt a feeling of restored faith that kids still get outdoors & not all of today’s youngsters are totally devoted to computer games and their mobile phone screens. We were strolling past the jump pictured above when we noticed a Kangaroo casually chomping on grass meters from us. The marsupial was not fazed by Keisha and I, & was happy to pose for a piccy or two. Short Video Shortly after a group of young lads turned up and explained the triumphs and frustrations experienced putting the jumps together and talked about how stoked they were to be at the start of their 6 weeks of Summer school holidays.

The boys were good value and happy to hang with us despite our obvious age difference. Only one boy had his BMX bike with him, and was fine for me to snap photos of him taking on the jumps. However his first attempt proved to rattle his confidence as he over shot the table top all together and ended up stacking it. It was quickly explained that the bike was not his, and his preference was Mountain Bikes, not the smaller frame he was riding. We moved some pellets to try and fix one of the jumps and I was prepping to get some action photos however the young bloke decided against it. It ended up being quite a cool little adventure for Keisha and I. Earlier in the day our little one went to a birthday party which had a mermaid swim up mid party in the Dolphin Quay Marina. I know she will sleep well tonight. Tomorrow we have a family trip Penguin Island off Safety Bay.

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