Going on a family beach vacation brings up contradicting desires. On the one hand, you want everyone to have a wonderful, fun, relaxing, memorable vacation. On the other hand, most people don't want to do what's required to preserve the memories.

We will show you how to have the best of both worlds. By providing photography tips, you can capture outstanding beach vacation pictures, enjoy taking the photos, and ensure that when you look at the photos at home, you won't be thinking: "Was this our vacation!?!"

Can’t-Miss Beach Vacation Photo Tips

1) Packing the Right Equipment

When you pack for your dream beach vacation, remember these essential items: Camera, batteries, memory cards, camera case, battery chargers, external flash (if available), tripod, and portable digital storage device. If you have an abundance of memory, you can leave the storage device at home.

2) Consider These Purchases

I know… you’re already spending more than you want to on the vacation. So the last thing you want is some stranger suggesting you spend more on photo accessories. But, read on and find out what these low cost accessories will do for you before you skip to Tip #3.

Vacation Photo Tips

Consider purchasing a circular polarizer filter for your lens. Strongly consider it! It will be one of the least expensive accessories you can buy, and you will Love the results. What are the results? A bluer sky, the ability to see objects under water, and creating colors that will “pop” off the page.

3) Insurance

Do you have insurance on your possessions? Did your camera cost more than $25.00? Then do yourself a big favor and buy a UV filter to place over your lens for protection. If your lens becomes damaged, your camera is ruined. You can probably get a good UV filter for under $20.00.

4) The Magical Landscape Shot

If there are colorful bluffs, harbors, or other landscape picture opportunities on your beach vacation, you want to capture them, of course. Not only that, but wouldn't it also be impressive to add some family member(s) to the shot and have the people and the background in focus?

Set your F-stop for a high number (at least F-11, or at the "infinity" or "landscape" setting of your camera). Position the people in the foreground, the landscape in the background. Focus on your human subject(s), while being at least 15 feet away (25 is even better, if you have a telephoto).

Adjust the circular polarizer filter to obtain the desired shade of blue in the sky. Skip this step if you didn’t purchase a filter. Don’t worry, though. If you don’t like the vividness of the sky after the print is developed, you can always take out a magic marker and color the sky. (You didn’t hear that from me.)

Finally, gently squeeze the shutter and… voila! A perfect “postcard” photograph.

5) Silhouettes

Silhouette beach vacation pictures (or, non-beach vacation pictures for that matter) produce one of the most artistic and/or emotional-looking photographs possible. Most people never take silhouette photographs, and yet, they are just as easy as photographs taken during the day light.

The best time to take silhouette photos is from approximately 1 hour before sunset, to ½ hour after sunset. Use evaluative or matrix metering (which is probably your default metering mode anyway), and focus on the Human Subjects, with plenty of the cloud-filled sky in the background. Then compose the shot, as desired.

Did I mention that sunset shots without clouds are fairly disappointing? Sort of like winning the lottery and losing the ticket. 

The silhouette effect results from the camera thinking the overall scene is brighter than it is, and therefore under-exposes the dark areas (human subjects).


Give me twenty minutes and I'll teach you step-by-step my secret writing your own success system. If you follow this 5 steps formula of writing, you'll never fail in this age of persuasion. Keep reading! 

My 5-step formula consists of 
  • Find Your Goal and Purpose for Writing 
  • Write Down Your Goal 
  • Visualization 
  • Write Like You Talk (KISS rule) 
  • Make It Perfect 
Let me explain it to you step by step! 

1. Find Your Goal and Purpose for Writing 

Every success begins with a simple goal which includes hypnotic writing. You should come up with your main goal for writing. SUCCESS=GOAL+DEADLINE. Once you set your writing goal in your mind, you'll know the path to success. You must hold that point when you want to really achieve something valuable. Please see the example below. 
Bad: I just write.
Good: I want to write this letter to persuade Joe to give me a book for free!
Better: I certainly CAN write a hypnotic letter to persuade Joe to give me a book for free before 01 July 2001. 
If you follow this 5 steps formula of writing, you'll never fail in this age of persuasion

2. Write Your Goal Down 

Have you ever read the story of John in Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen's original Chicken Soup for the Soul? On one rainy day, when it was too wet outside to play, he decided to write a list of goals. John continued writing until he had 127 goals. These goals included exploring the Nile River, climbing high mountain peaks around the world and learning 3 foreign languages. Do you know the result? 

Of the 127 goals that he listed over 60 years ago, John has achieved 108. 
Because he Wrote It Down! 

You must write it down on your desk, your wallet, your bath room and even on the wall in your men's room. Every time you see that bold goal, you'll notice you must take action now. With many repetitions, the words themselves will send a mighty command to your subconscious mind to make your dream into reality. Try it today! 

3. Visualization 

You mind think uses images instead of words. Therefore, Imagination X Vividness = Reality. 

Learn to meditate. Then do it. No miracle will ever happen if you neglect this step. You can practice writing and persuasion skills in your mind. Practice makes perfect! 

4. Write Like You Talk (KISS rule) 

You can't write one sentence, right? 
But you CAN talk non-stop about anything for a whole day, right? 
Put your talk in writing. That's your masterpiece. 
Simple, right? 
It works! Keep It Simple Stupid. Write like you talk. Wite to your best friend. Write to your dream lover! You aren't afraid where to start, go and stop. What you say to your listeners is hypnotic and magic in print. 

5. Make It Perfect 

You can't achieve your goal with just one word or an attractive headline, right? 
You can persuade anybody with your whole message. The sentence, structure and word combination make you a winner. You must think about the organization of your material. Every word. Every sentence. Every punctuation mark. Remember everything has a common function for your result. You are not training a MVP of the year. You must own a Dream Team.


In a study conducted at the University of California at Irvine, researchers found that the stress of commuting takes a major toll on health. According to the study, it has direct physiological effects of raising blood pressure and releasing stress hormones into the body. Not only that, long commutes (more than 18 miles one way) may also increase the likelihood of having a heart attack due to exposure to high levels of air pollutants, which appears to be a risk factor for heart disease. 

By lessening the stress of getting to work, you are conserving enormous amounts of energy that may be lost over stressful commuting. It doesn't only leave you a lot more energy to do your job and become more  productive but it also makes you feel good and gives you a good reason to always start your day right. 

Although there is no antidote to stressful commuting, there are lots of ways to shoo off the energy vulture. Here's how to thrive while you drive. 

1. Prepare in advance 

One of the best ways to lessen the strain of road rage is to prepare everything the night before. Clothes, documents, attache cases, and even packed lunches should be set the day before to avoid the morning rush. With everything champing at the bit, you'd save plenty of time to do your morning routines, devour a good breakfast and enjoy special moments with the family. Best of all, you can dash out the highway free of traffic congestion. 

2. Sleep well and wake up early 

A good night's sleep rejuvenates the body. Make it a habit to have enough sleep and to rise early. If you are already stressed out the day before, an incomplete repose takes over cumulative stress effects into your life at work and at home. Your frustration levels at work eventually rises, your brainpower falters, and your mood at home sours. You have no energy left for enjoying life. 

stressful commuting

3. Juggle your work hours 

Why pack the freeways with all the other "9-to-5"ers when you can try a ten-to-six or an eight-to-four shift? Depending on your company's work policy, try to check out other shifts that fit your lifestyle. Choose one that would help you get rid of energy-depleting stress and allow you to lighten your highway woes. 

4. Share your ride 

It may be a hassle to coordinate your arrival and departure with another person or two, but carpooling is worth it. Studies show that ridesharing lowers commuter stress significantly. With carpooling, there is less air and noise pollution, less traffic congestion, and you can relax more while someone else does the driving. 

5. "Cocoon" in your car 

Instead of getting worked up when traffic is at a standstill, utilize your time wisely. Listen to the radio or pop in some music tapes to take your mind off the stop-and-go driving and traffic tie-ups. If you like to read but just can't have time to flip pages of a book, check out books on cassette. Many libraries have full-length books on tape as well as abridged versions. You can even learn a new language or do some car exercises like shoulder rolls, neck extensions and tummy tucks to help you stay awake and relax. 

6. Pillow your back and squirm 

When you're standing, the lumbar area of your spine (the lower portion) normally curves inward, toward your abdomen. However, when you're sitting, it tends to slump outward squeezing your spinal disks and putting stress on them. According to back expert Malcolm Pope, Ph.D.,director of the Iowa Spine Research Center at the University of Iowa, it helps to support your back by tucking a rolled towel or a pillow in that lumbar section. In cases of longer drives, since sitting in one position for longer than 15 minutes gradually stiffens you even with a back pillow, make necessary adjustments for a comfy ride. For instance, you can try putting most of your weight on one buttock and then the other. Then, shift the position of your seat or your buttocks slightly. You may even try sliding down in your seat and sit up again for fun. 

7. Work out after work 

Since the evening rush is worse than the morning rush because of the compounded fatigue from the workday, it is best to wait out the traffic. Work out at a gym near your office or take meditation classes to relieve your stress. If you plan to go to dinner, see a movie or go shopping, try to do these things near work, delaying your departure enough to miss the maddening rush. 

8. Give yourself a break 

It may be a good idea to give yourself some day off from work. Many companies today offer compressed working hours or longer working days to give way to work-free days for you to unwind.

9. Move your office 

If your job is a long drive ahead everyday, inquire at work if the company would allow you to work at home some days of the week or if you can work near your place. An alternative work schedule would make you feel less tense and in control thereby reducing stress. 

10. Occasionaly change your routine 

An occasional change of commuting habits may be advisable too. Try walking or bicycling sometimes for a change. There's nothing like a good walk to ease tension especially when it means you don't have to get in your car and fight rush hour traffic.


You may think some of the ideas below are pretty far out and perhaps downright Weird... But that's okay. Different strokes for different folks. So just pick a couple to start with, and see how they help you. Simply read through the list. See what "jumps out" at you. Don't try to do too many at once. (You may stress yourself out even more.) 

1. Hide a Toy in Your Pocket 

What? How will that help you say? 

It will remind you each time you stick your hand in your pocket, not to take life too seriously. 

Remember how you felt when you were a child and life was carefree? Grab on to that feeling each time your fingers touch that toy. 

2. Schedule Your Worry 

If you have stress that comes from worrying, do this: 

When you start to worry, tell yourself you're not going to worry about it now, that you've set a time to worry. Say, each day between 7 and 7:30 pm, you've scheduled as Worry Time. 

When it's 7, then sit down. Better yet ---- Pace the floor! Then WORRY! 

Really get into it! Worry BIG! Catastrophize! 

Awfulize! (I don't think that's a word, but you get the picture.) 

Worry like you've never worried before! 

You'll feel really odd doing this, but go at it. 

I know it sounds crazy, but trust me. I've recommended people do this and it helped them. 

No kidding! 

These are ways Real people have used to cope with Stress

3. Do Something Silly 

Eat Twinkies for breakfast or something. 

I know, Twinkies are junk food, but break your routine once in a while. It's good for you. 

4. Curl Your Toes 

Huh? Yes, tighten your toes for 15" as tightly as you can, then relax. Do this with all muscle groups up through your body. All the way up. Finish with wrinkling up your face. It works. 

5. Grab Your Pillow and Beat the Heck out of the Bed 

(If you've got a feather pillow, be sure to check for holes first!) 

Beating on the bed is good for releasing stress that comes from anger. 

I knew a lady who actually put a punching bag in her basement just for getting out her anger! 

She swore by it. 

6. Don't Answer the Phone/Door/Cell Phone/ Pager... 

(Say, Does anybody out there still have a pager?) 

Sometimes you don't feel like talking to anyone, right? 

Give yourself a break and don't. 

7. Nuts -- Eat Nuts! 

Good for "anger stress" to crunch on something. 

Go ahead. Take out all your aggression on the Nuts. They won't mind! 

You could eat crunchy raw veggies, but the nuts are better. 

8. Get good at Procrastinating 

Egad! Heresy? Sometimes it's the very best thing you can do for yourself. 

Ask yourself, "Will something Awful happen if I put this off til later, to cut myself some slack?" 

If you answer No, then put it off, as long as possible. 

9. Act Like a 2 Year Old 

They're Real Good at saying No, aren't they? 

You gotta take care of yourself. 

If you don't, who will? 

Say No more often to the demands others want to heap on you. 

10. Act Like an 84 Year Old 

Now wait a minute! 

You just told me to act like a 2 year old. 

Now you're saying act like an 84 year old? 

What's up with that? 

Well, here's it is. 

When you're in stressful situation, ask yourself... 

"How would my 84 year old future self handle this or say about this?" 

See what wisdom surfaces from within you. 
I sincerely hope these ideas will be helpful to you. To Your Health, 


Can acne be the consequence of poor nutrition? I think the jury may be out on this one, but, for myself, I came to believe that my excessive eating of chocolate and a lot of sugar products were contributing factors to my acne. But, in my case, I did not see any correlation before my medical treatment and it was clearly medical intervention that helped me.

There are certainly many naturopathically oriented practitioners and some medical doctors that share this view, though. Not everything in medicine is a hundred percent clear cut and every acne victim should certainly research all the alternatives.

Acne is a common skin condition, which can be extremely mild or quite disfiguring. Having had a rather bad case as a young adolescent, I know the kind of socially embarrassing consequences it can have for the victim but I also remember it being sore and painful, filling my life with discomfort.

It lingered a long time until I went to a dermatologist who used a type of freezing process, mechanically removing excessive puss from the lesions in relatively non-painful way. There were also topical notions. The result was total success, without scarring.

these myths have stayed around

Until I went to a dermatologist, though, there was little or no gain in getting rid of this foul condition. I, like other children, were subject to disturbing concepts of its origins. Although this was a long time ago, these myths have stayed around - often causing grave delays in seeking treatment.

One of the myths is that acne is caused by everyday dirt and surface oil on the skin and that the solution is frequent and vigorous washing of the skin.

Vigorous washing of the face to cure acne is a myth. The fact is- the problems that have caused chronic acne are deeper, beneath the skin’s surface and that only a mild washing of the face is in order, often accompanied with specific solutions prescribed for treating the acne by a dermatologist.

Vigorous washing of the face, particularly with harsh soaps, can lead to a further irritation of the tissue. There is, in part, a bacteriological condition that contributes to acne and it is below the surface.

Another idea is that acne is caused by stress. Scientific research seems to indicate that stress alone probably does not lead to acne, but it may be aggravated by stress. But, unfortunately, acne can result from certain prescriptions that are used to treat stress.

So, if you are on certain drugs related to stress, you should certain talk to your dermatologist, the appropriate type of physician for dealing with this problem. Lithium, a substance sometimes used in profound psychological disorders, can aggravate an acne condition.

Another myth that can lead to profoundly unpleasant consequences is that one should let acne run its course, “grow out of it.”

As I myself know too well, acne can linger for years and get worse and worse. At the end of my experience, my acne was very disfiguring and covered my whole face and part of my neck. It was hard to keep my hands off this uncomfortable, scaly, itchy and sore condition.

I was certainly a candidate for scarring. I had a kind of skin emergency and I am glad that my parents were smart enough and lucky enough to get me to the right place at the right time.


People who dwell in larger cities constantly breathe in poisons released in the air. Research on this pollution problem is well established. Pollutants coming from cars and trucks are responsible for lung disease, lung cancer and asthma. 

But that's not all. New research has shown that the poisons coming from our cars and trucks are responsible for increases in many types of cancers, heart disease, and even Alzheimer's disease. 

Vehicle owners nationwide have the same complaint; the high price of gasoline. It's as if you're going to work just to pay for the gas to fill up your tank. 

Everyone knows when the price of oil goes up, the cost of everything else rises. And the price of keeping your engine running smooth always puts you back in the hole financially. 

 Let's keep Planet Earth fresh for our children and grandchildren to enjoy

An Easy Way to Help Stop Pollution and Save Your Lungs 

A good suggestion would be to find a product that reduces toxicity in the air, while extending the life expectancy of your car's engine. Ideally, the product should be effective when used in small amounts and be unique (can be used in gasoline, diesel, RFG, biodiesel, and propane).

 This product is known as a fuel catalyst, which has been used successfully for over 9 years by thousands of people, as well as city governments, large trucking lines, railroads, farming, and boating companies. 

Save Money While Improving Your Mileage 

Your product should save you money by reducing fuel consumption and engine maintenance, in addition to the positive environmental effects. 

If your product can supercharge your gas, you'll spend less but drive further on every tank of gas! Getting up to 35 ncrease in gas mileage would certainly be worth your money and time. 

Just make sure that your product is affordable, yet able to work in all gas vehicles. 

To recap, you should look for a product that 
  1. doesn't poison our air, 
  2. keeps our lungs healthy and strong, and 
  3. stop wasting money on gas and engine repair. 
Let's keep Planet Earth fresh for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.


Online, there is a large market for individuals who can write in a persuasive style. Persuasive copywriting is what draws the attention of prospective customers.

Sure, everyone has their own specific style, but the only thing that truly matters is sales. Unless the words draw the customer in and help them to make a purchase, the words are wasted. 

If the customer has a dollar to spend, he will spend it on your website or on another. The words that are on that page are what will make the ultimate decision as to whether the customer stays or goes. It is that simple. 

But what makes the sale to the potential buyer? This information changes with the specific product. And, in all cases, it is up to the writer to determine the best method for getting the attention and securing the sale. It is not up to the business owner to do this, but up to their writer to know the right words to use. 

Persuasive copywriting is the style of writing that every business needs in order to get customers to purchase something

For those who are looking for a career in copywriting, they will need to prove themselves time and time again. Just because it sounds good does not mean that it is the most beneficial to the website. The freelance position is often the most sought after since many businesses like to have a one on one relationship with their writers. This helps them to establish the text that they feel is most beneficial. 

Persuasive copywriting is what draws the attention of prospective customers. They see your product and are drawn it. But what makes this happen? What words can win a customer over without having them laugh at overstatements and hype? Persuasive copywriting is the style of writing that every business needs in order to get customers to purchase something. 

The good news is that those who are effective at what they do will likely have business come back to them time and time again. Once a comfortable relationship is established, freelance workers can count on having more business come their way. The power of the word is the most important qualification to these individuals. 

For those looking to begin their career, they will need to possess truly powerful words - persuasive copywriting words.

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