2018 A New Year

GoalsNotImpossible
The First Month of the Year!

Yes, it’s the first month of another new year, 2018,
and I can hear you right now, saying,
“OH NO!! Not THIS again! Another BORING article on Goal Setting!”

However, ask yourself:
“Have I achieved everything I set out to do last year?”
The answer is most likely, no!

As I sit down to write this for you, I’d like to give you
a simple 4-Step Formula and a SURPRISE AT THE END
that you can use throughout the year

that can help you change the direction of your life,
your health, fitness, finances, family, relationships,
business, and perhaps help you to accomplish more than
you ever thought possible!

What immediately comes to mind in the first month
of a new year is usually:

What do I want to accomplish now?

So many of us have dreams but for a number of
reasons never make them a reality.

This article is for YOU!

4 Simple Steps

There are 4 Simple Steps that you can use
to reach ANY goal you want to attain.

As we go through this, it’s very important
that you WRITE DOWN each step
with all the specific details in each one.

It has been noted that those who write down their goals
and the steps to attain them have a MUCH HIGHER
success rate than those who don’t.

So – Get out your paper and pen…
OR use your notepad on your computer!

 

4 Simple Steps For Achieving Your Goals

1. DEFINE YOUR GOAL
Make it as SPECIFIC and DETAILED as you can.

2. BENEFITS and REWARDS
Write down WHY you want to reach this goal.
How does it benefit you, your life, your family?
What change will it make in your life?
What will get GET out of it?

3. LIST POSSIBLE OBSTACLES
What possible obstacles could stop you from
achieving this? These can be physical, emotional,
mental, inside and outside.

What is going to make it difficult to accomplish
this goal? Who might interfere?  How will you make
the time to get this done?
What are the 
negative things you are telling yourself?
“I’m not able to do this..” “I’m too tired.” “I’m not good enough.”

Be prepared to meet these obstacles head-on 
or know how to steer clear of them before they occur.

4. CREATE A PLAN
Write down how you’re going to achieve this goal,
step-by-step and assign a date to when you’ll

have it done.

 

Once you achieve your goal, set another the same way.

If we’re not growing and learning, we’re dying!
Keep life Moving Forward.
Take Action!
Accomplish what you WANT in life!

When you have achieved it,
don’t forget to reward yourself!

CELEBRATE!
You earned it! 🙂

If you like this 4-Step Formula and use it,
let me know how it 
helped you!

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NOW HERE’S THE SURPRISE I PROMISED YOU:

“Now is the time to fix the next 10 years.” ~ Jim Rohn

How are you at achieving the goals you set for yourself?
Do you make significant progress?
Is it more like taking one step forward and two steps back?

As you look toward the next 12 months,
what’s your plan to keep yourself going,
learning and achieving?

“What you become directly influences what you get.” ~ Jim Rohn

If you are building a business online, you need to become
an entrepreneur, a marketer, an income earner!

Did you ever see a construction crew build a building
WITHOUT USING TOOLS?  That would be very hard to do. . .
perhaps even impossible!

Well, if you’re building a network marketing business online,
you need the proper tools and training how to USE the tools,
how to NETWORK and how to MARKET using the tools!

Here is the SYSTEM I use. It covers ALL the bases!
Check it out!

Reach out to me after you join for free
so I can send you the 10k a month video
and extra training!

Talk with you soon . . .

Loretta
lorettahelpsyou@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Is Packed With Activities

My 2018 is PACKED with activities! Is yours?

Breeding birds gives me great satisfaction and joy… There’s ALWAYS something new happening in the bird room! I share SOME of this on my fb page.

Then I turn to the Bible and keep up with my reading, meditating on the scriptures to get the most out of them, and preparing for our meetings and sharing Bible truths with those who listen.

Family is so important! Always open to having a visit and eating out while we catch up on things! (Note: Having birds that need constant attention, and diabetic neuropathy … nerve damage in my legs and feet, I am not able to go visit Them… so they often come here. If you suffer from anything similar, we can compare notes if you’d like to.)

Then it’s time to look at my Trading Charts on the Foreign Exchange and place an order or two if the indicators look promising! Plus, learn another strategy and try it! Supplementing my income. 

Helping others to learn how to market online and sharing the tools and training with others also gives me satisfaction! 

The 3 phrases that I continue to see everywhere are:

Move Forward
Take ACTION
Serve Others

I endeavor to absolutely use those each day!

What are YOU up to this year? Care to share?
If you have any of the same interests as I do, want to talk?

Email me at
lorettahelpsyou@gmail.com

I’m looking forward to a FABULOUS year…
Are you?

The Gloster Canary

The Gloster Canary

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Gloster Canary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identification:

 The adorable Gloster Canary, (Serinus canaria domesticus) will put a smile on anyone’s face! As a “type canary”, the Gloster Canary is bred for physical appearance rather than color or song and may be the single most popular of the types. These attractive little birds have a roundish compact body and are quite lively and bold. The Gloster Canary has two versions, the crested bird is known as the ‘Corona’ while the plain headed bird is known as the ‘Consort’. Though the crested version is favored at shows, both types are of equal importance in the propagation of this breed. Other than the feathers on the head, the basic body types are the same for both versions of this bird. Due to genetic issues, do not breed crested to crested. They are often confused with Crested Canaries. – although one noted difference is that crested canaries are larger than glosters and not as commonly available. Although some Gloster canaries do sport cute “Beatles Haircuts” also referred to as “crests,” the “crested canary” was recognized as a separate breed in 1925.

Geography:  England

Song / Call: Click to hear the Gloster Canary

Size / Weight:  4 1/2″ (11.5 cm)

Lifespan: 10 years

Sexing: Difficult to visually know the gender.

Temperament: The Gloster Fancy Canary is a perfect choice for the beginner as it is lively, very hardy and will readily breed. They have a pleasant song, though folks who prefer a song canary may find it a bit louder and more choppy than they prefer. They are good-natured social creatures that do well when kept in cages or in aviaries. They are timid birds though and should not be housed with parakeets, lovebirds, or other hookbills that tend to be more aggressive birds by nature. Male canaries should be kept in a cage by themselves to ensure quality singing. Males can be territorial and pairing up with two male canaries in a cage can cause fights. In a spacious aviary canaries can generally be housed with other canaries, finches, and other hardbills.

Breeding: Canaries breed easily and readily if provided with quality food, lighting, secure surroundings, and conditioning and are best bred in breeding cages. Breeding the Gloster Canary is no different than breeding colorbreds or any other variety of canary…with one exception, Glosters should only be bred corona to consort (see description above). Other pairings could create a lethal factor and there have also been reports of bald headed birds and poor crests.

Diet: Canary Seed, Dried Egg Food, Mineral Grit, Millet, fruits and veggies

 

 

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American Singer and Color Bred Canaries

American Singer and Color Bred
Canaries

Intense Yellow

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Yellow, Variegated, White American Singers and
Red Factor Color Bred Canaries

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White American Singer

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Variegated Yellow/Green American Singer

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Yellow and White American Singers and 3 Red Factor Color Bred Canaries

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Red Factor Color Bred Male

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Identification: Over the centuries, canaries have been a popular bird species among bird enthusiasts. They have attractive yellow feathers, are great singers, and are naturally friendly – which are the very reasons why they are also great to keep as pets. Who wouldn’t be enticed to keep a pet canary? Your boring days would be gone as soon as you hear them sing. Their harmonious and melodious singing would keep you entertained. Caring for a pet canary would definitely bring you immeasurable joy, unparalleled companionship and lots of satisfaction.

Geography: Yellow Canaries are resident breeders in much of the western and central regions of southern Africa and has been introduced to Ascension and St Helena islands. These small songbirds in the finch family originated from the Macaronesian Islands, including the Canary Islands.

Song / Call: Though female canaries are also capable of singing (but not that often), male canaries are undoubtedly the better singers. Click to hear the Yellow Canary

Size / Weight: 13cm (5.1″)

Sexing: Difficult to know their gender.  The males sing and the females lay eggs! You have to watch them carefully. When they are a little older, often you can blow on their bottom and see if you can determine the difference! 🙂

Temperament: A Yellow Canary makes a fun pet for the right family. While these birds are colorful and active and the males are pleasantly vocal, they are not “hands-on” pets. They are too small, fast, and nervous to be handled. However, if you enjoy watching birds and listening to their interesting sounds, a canary is likely the perfect pet for you. Canaries are the “lone wolves” of the bird world; they actually prefer to be alone. Yellow Canaries are extremely territorial, especially the males, and will squabble with and even injure other birds in their territories. Even male/female pairs will fight outside of breeding season. Bird cages play an important role in the health of your pet. As for canaries, they want a very big cage since they love to fly. Having a big cage would also keep their health in check because flying is equivalent to exercising.

Breeding: Breeding canaries requires some advance planning, specialized equipment, specific food, and luck. Breeding these birds the proper way is important because it ensures a stress-free environment for them, as well as a greater chance of producing offspring.

Lifespan: A pet canary can live approximately 15 years. A canary’s lifespan depends on its gender, level of care, breeding activity and basic safety practices. Male canaries tend to live longer than female canaries. Female canaries used for regular breeding usually live only about six years. 

Diet: Canary Seed Mix,  Greens such as spinach, collard greens, broccoli, cucumbers, squash, etc. They also eat oranges, bananas, apples, corn, strawberries and many more fruits.

 

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Australian Lady Gouldian Finches

Australian Lady Gouldian Finches

“Normal” Green Back – Red and Black Heads

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Yellow Back

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 This blue back has a “straw head”

Blue Back Straw Head Male Gouldian Finch

 

These 2 have black heads – Gorgeous!!

Blue Back Gouldians

Identification: The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould’s finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird endemic to Australia. The Gouldian finch was described by British ornithological artist John Gould in 1844 and named after his wife Elizabeth. It is also known in America as the rainbow finch, Gould’s finch, or the Lady Gouldian finch (although Mrs. Gould did not hold the title lady).

In Australia, it is predominantly called the Gouldian finch. It is a member of the weaver-finch family Estrildidae, which is sometimes considered a subfamily of Passeridae. Both sexes are brightly coloured with black, green, yellow, and red markings. The females tend to be less brightly coloured. Gouldians are small, but they make great aviary birds and appreciate a large, planted garden setting. Green-back Gouldians are known as “normals”.

Geography: Northern Australia

Song/Call: Click to hear the Lady Gouldian

Size/Weight: 5.5″ / 16 – 17 g

Lifespan: Up to 10 years

Sexing: “Normal” Green Backs with red or black heads are generally easy to determine gender. The female Lady Gouldians tend to be less brightly colored.

  Yellow-backed Gouldians are not always easily sexed visually. However, generally speaking, the males have a darker purple breast and the females have a lighter purple breast. Some have white breasts and are harder to distinguish the sex.

  Blue-backed Gouldians are not always easily sexed visually, however usually the male has a dark purple breast and the female is lighter.

Temperament: Lady Gouldians are pleasant “watching only” birds as they don’t like to be held, and can even panic and die when handled. Stress is deadly for these fragile birds. They are not recommended for beginner avian enthusiasts.

Breeding: Lady Gouldian finches generally make their nests in tree-holes, generally within a kilometer or so of water. They usually breed in the early part of the dry season, when there is plenty of food around. The male courtship dance is a fascinating spectacle. When a male is courting a female, he bobs about ruffling his feathers to show off his colors. He expands his chest and fluffs out his forehead feathers. After mating, a female lays a clutch of about 4–8 eggs. Both parents help brood the eggs during the daytime, and the female stays on the eggs at night. When the eggs hatch, both parents help care for the young.

Gouldian finches leave the nest at between 19 and 23 days and are independent at 40 days old. Goulds should be at least a year old before they are bred. They prefer to nest in a small, covered space, like a wooden nest box or covered basket. The box is preferred because the finch can’t accidentally catch a toe in the woven straw, and the box is also easier to access. Gouldians don’t build great nests, so put some material in the nest to get the parents started.

Diet: Gouldian Finch Seed, Mineral Grit, Cuttle Bone, Dried Egg Food, Herb Salad, Millet Sprays. Liquid iodine is also very important for the lady gouldian diet.

 

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Society Finches

Society Finches

Light and Dark Brown

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This one is “crested” with a funny hair-do!  🙂

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Identification: The pied society finch (North America) or Bengalese finch (elsewhere), Lonchura striata domestica or L. domestica, is a popular cage bird not found in the wild.  Although their history is not clear, the Society Finch was developed through selective breeding of other finches, and its ancestry included the White-rump (or White-rumped) Mannikin Lonchura finches.

Because the Society Finch is so tolerant of others, they do well housed with other species and are often used as foster parents for other finch species. I use them to foster Lady Gouldian finches who tend to throw their offspring out of the nest!

Society Finches like to be close together and tend to all roost in one nest if kept in a group. In an aviary they lay eggs and crowd into a single nest, interfering with incubation (which is performed by the female and lasts 16 days) or damaging the eggs. Thus they breed better if kept as single pairs in individual breeding boxes.

Geography: Asia

Song: The Bengalese song tends to be a squeaky warble or rattle of notes. Songs vary among individual males and may sound more like the song of the male who raised them (even if fostered by a different species).

Size / Weight: 5″ / 11 gm

Live Span: 7 to 8 years

Sexing:  Society finches are unable to be sexed visually. You need to catch the male when he sings and dances, wanting to court the female.  The female lays eggs! That’s a sure way of knowing! It’s very hard to determine their sex unless you watch them for a while!

Temperament: The Society Finch is one of the most peaceful of finches. It is gregarious, calm and social with others of their own species as well as other finch species. They are rarely aggressive and will be the first to back down if confronted by another, more aggressive finch.

Breeding:  Society finches are easy to breed.

Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Dried Egg food, Mineral Grit, Cuttlefish Bone
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Zebra Finches

Zebra Finches

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PIED ZEBRA FINCH

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The wonderful Pied Zebra Finch adds excitement to any aviary. It is a favorite to Zebra lovers everywhere. Originating in Australia, this wonderful bird has become the most common household finch in the United States. These species are hardy and relatively easy to care for, so are an excellent choice for the new owner.

White Zebra Finches

 

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BLACK CHEEK Zebras

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Identification: The Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata [formerly Poephila guttata] is hardy and relatively easy to care for, so they are an excellent choice for the new owner. This darling little Finch has amazed finch enthusiasts for decades. Originating in Australia, this wonderful bird has become the most
common household finch in the United States.

Geography: Australia

Song / Call: Zebra finches are loud and boisterous singers. Their calls can be a loud beepmeepoi! or a-ha!.

Size / Weight: 4″

Sexing: Zebra Finches are easily sexed because the males have orange cheeks (or black cheeks)

Temperament: Zebras are social birds who live in groups in the wild. For this reason, they need a lot of social interaction with other birds in order to stay happy and healthy. It it best to keep at least two zebra finches together. Pairs can be same sex or opposite sex, though females tend to get along better together than males. If a same sex pair is kept, a nest or nests should NEVER be placed in the cage or fighting may occur between the birds. Zebra Finches make wonderful pets.

Breeding: The Zebra Finch breeds after substantial rains in its native habitat, which can occur at any time of the year. Birds in captivity are ready to breed year-round.

Lifespan: 5-7 years

Diet: Classic Finch Seed and some fresh green like chickweed, sprouts or dandelions. Their seed dish should always have seed in it and be refilled daily with fresh seed. A source of calcium is extremely important for finches; owners can give them a Cuttlefish Bone or Eggshell. They should also be given a bit of Mineral Grit to help their digestion, but as some finches can have difficulties if given in large amounts, only a tiny bit should be given at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Realpet

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The Cordon Bleu

The Cordon Bleu
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Identification: The Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu Finches (Uraeginthus bengalus) – also known as Red-cheeked Blue Waxbills, Uganda or Abyssinian Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus – are attractive, small African finches with bright red cheeks (hence their common name) and sky-blue plumage details.
Geography: Africa

Song / Call: Hear the Red Cheek Cordon Bleu

Size / Weight: 4.9 – 5.1 inches / 0.31 – 0.39 oz (8.9 – 11 g)

Lifespan: 5-10 years

Sexing: Red Cheeked Cordon Bleu finches are easily visually sexed as the females have a duller plumage, less extensive blue feathering and lack the red cheek patches.

Temperament: These finches are generally docile, peaceful and quiet and can grow quite confiding. The Red Cheek Cordon Bleu is often seen feeding on the ground in urban areas.

Breeding: Unlike most other finches, which usually roost inside next boxes or in sheltered areas, the Red-cheeked Cordon Bleus generally like to roost on open branches, which makes them susceptible to low temperatures. For nesting, they usually accept the readily available finch nest boxes. During the breeding season, males can get quite aggressive towards other males. These finches are not tolerant to nest inspections or disturbances in general when nesting, and often abandon any eggs or chicks. This should also be taken into consideration with respect to placement of the aviary.

Diet: Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus mostly feed on grain, grass seeds and other seeds, as well as Millet and Egg Food.  Classic Finch Seed offers a balanced mix of seeds. Occasionally, they also eat beeswax. When raising young in particular, they also take insects (meal worms) – as the chicks require a diet rich in protein to support their rapid growth.

 

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The OWL Finch

THE OWL FINCH
Owl Finch

Identification: The double-barred finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii), or Owl Finch, is an estrildid finch found in dry savannah, tropical (lowland) dry grassland and shrubland habitats in northern and eastern Australia. They are sometimes referred to as Bicheno’s finch; and also as owl finch, owing to the dark ring of feathers around their faces. The name of the species commemorates James Ebenezer Bicheno, a colonial secretary of Van Diemen’s Land appointed in September 1842.

The Owl finch needs generous housing, and does best in a larger space. An aviary is great, one that’s full of branches and safe foliage. They will get along with most other Australian and Old World finches, as well as canaries, but they don’t like to be crowded.

Geography: Australia

Song/Call: Click to hear the Owl Finch

Size: Approximately 4.33″

Life Span: Up to 10 years

Sexing: Monomorphic (visually difficult to sex). DNA testing is available to ensure desired gender.

Temperament: Social, friendly, active, peaceful. Owl finches are also active little birds and curious, too. They will come check anything new added to their aviary or flight cage.

Breeding: These gregarious seed-eating birds build their nests in grass, a bush or low tree, and lay four eggs. Owl finches are generally good parents, but some can be a little too carefree with their sitting habits, or can toss the occasional baby out of the nest. It’s convenient to have other similarly sized finches nesting at the same time, such as zebra and society finches, who will generally willingly foster the eggs or babies. Owls that are good parents will also foster other species as well.

Diet: Classic Finch Seed, Millet, Dried Egg Food, Mineral Grit, live food (mealworms), greens

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There’s no doubt about it — stress is a killer

And when left unchecked, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and even diabetes.

Fortunately, some researchers from the University of Georgia recently discovered two miracle plant compounds that can help shield your body from the devastating effects of stress.

They attack stress right at the source – and may end up boosting your brain and vision in the bargain.

I’m talking about lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful nutrients found in leafy greens and other veggies.

For years, scientists have been studying them, because they can help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and help keep your memory in tiptop shape.

More recently, scientists looked at how they can help quell your stress.

For the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, researchers split up a group of participants. Half took lutein and zeaxanthin supplements, and the other half took a placebo.

Before the trial and at six and 12 months after starting the supplements, all participants had their blood cortisol levels measured as well as psychological stress and mood ratings.

Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone,” and it’s been linked to lots of the health problems associated with stress.

After six months, the lutein and zeaxanthin supplements significantly decreased cortisol levels, and improved patients moods and psychological stress ratings.

Even better, after 12 months, the results either maintained or improved.

Experts believe these two nutrients are so powerful because they’re antioxidants, which can hunt down free radicals and fight oxidative stress — two key drivers of all disease.

In this study, participants took a 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin.

It would be challenging to get doses this high from your diet.

So your best bet would be lutein and zeaxanthin supplements.

Contact me if you’d like to know where I get mine from and
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Remember to always Live Better!

Loretta

 

* This article was written by Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily