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Amazon Prime…Is it Right for You?

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It was Christmas day in the afternoon, the presents were opened, we were relaxing at home and I wanted to watch a movie. We had subscribed to Netflix for years, but when they raised their rates I was one of those people that left (good selection for kids, but really old movies for adults). Then we tried Blockbuster’s online version, very similar to Netflix, so we cancelled that too. We became Redbox fans, but living about 15 miles from the nearest one, it wasn’t an option on Christmas day for me.

I was online looking at some of my Christmas list items that I hadn’t received when I remembered that Amazon offers a prime membership that is supposed to include video. I went online and looked it over, the movie selection looked pretty good, I glanced at the book selection, and then looked at my own order history. I still wasn’t convinced that the $80 annual membership was worth it, so I did what most people do, I Googled “Amazon Prime evaluation.” Lucky for me,  USA Today had run a complete evaluation of Amazon Prime a few months prior. Here is a link to it if you want to read it too,

After reading this article, I was pretty convinced that a Prime membership was for me. I am every marketers dream, you offer me free shipping on a $50 order and I am going to make sure I get to that $50 mark. I was guilty of doing this on Amazon often. I completely support shopping locally, but sometimes my local shops don’t have what I need so then I turn to Amazon. Also, my sister has four kids and lives in a different state so I love using Amazon to order gifts for them and have Amazon mail directly to her. I realized by signing up for Prime I would be saving myself money in the end.

So, I did what made sense to me, and I signed up. I hated spending $80 right up front and not having something tangible in my hands to show for it. I got over that pretty quickly. It is mid-January and I have already order  three things from Amazon that I couldn’t find locally, have watched many movies (so has my son), and Season 1 and 2 of Parenthood  (absolutely addicted).

If you skipped reading the USA Today article, mentioned above, one item they do point out, is that Amazon will add movies to their Prime members free list for a designated period of time. So, with that in mind, keep checking back for more movies to watch and add to your watchlist.



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It is that time of year again to choose if you are going to set resolutions for the next year, or just continue with the way you are. I have to say, either way is good with me. I have had years where I set resolutions, stick with them for all of three weeks and then go back to being me. I have also had years where I set goals, keep them going for about six months, then something knocks me off course and I don’t get back on course.

This year, 2012, was a pretty good year for me when it came to resolutions, but I want 2013 to be even better. I was thinking about my 2013 pledge of change last week when I stumbled upon this article online from Inc. magazine, “Make Goals for 2013 You Can Achieve,”

One of the first things this article says is that if you are a right-brain person, then you need to write your goals down. I am a right-brain person, and don’t typically put things in writing. If I am honest with myself, it is probably because I think if I write my goals on paper, and don’t achieve them, then I am a failure. But, by not writing them down, am I causing myself to fail before I even begin?

I have decided that I am going to put my goals not only in writing, but I am going to share them on my blog for all to see. By doing this, I will, hopefully, remain on track with my goals.

Goal 1: Be more active. While I would like to lose about 10 pounds, the reality is that I like food too much to do this. So, instead of cutting out the foods I love, I will simply try to cut back and be more active. Hopefully, this will help me to create a better lifestyle. I also plan to drag my son along on this adventure.

Goal 2: Be more organized. This is a goal I set for myself almost every year. I typically try to get more organized around my house, and this works for a while, and then life gets busy and I start slacking.

I got a jump start on this goal and asked for a divided laundry hamper for Christmas. If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I hate doing laundry. One reason that I dislike it so much is the separating of clothes. This hamper should make it easier to just grab a load, throw it in and not have to do all the separating.

This year, my goal of getting more organized goes beyond just keeping the house clean. I am on two boards this year and need to get more organized so I can be a good board member, instead of one of those board members.

An extension of Goal 2, is that if I am more organized with my household and work items, I will have more time to dedicate to the things that I enjoy, such as this blog that I have greatly neglected, and my scrapbooking.

So, those are my resolutions for 2013. If you are a right-brained person and want to set goals for yourself, I suggest reading the article above. Inc. magazine also has lots of other great self-help articles if you explore the site.
Happy goal setting, if you choose, and I wish everybody a happy, healthy and productive 2013.

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