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NowLifestyle – Could This Home Business Opportunity Prevent Old Age Debt Problems?

Is Dean Holland's Quick Start Challenge The Answer?My gran was a remarkable lady and I often used to visit her.  She always wanted to reach 100 years of age and no-one had any doubt she’d make it.

She was in a nursing home but wasn’t the eldest there.  I know of at least two who were well over a hundred.

Indeed, one day, my mum went to visit Grandma and was met at the door by a well-dressed lady of 102 who was about to go for a walk outside.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s the water in this area, but there do seem to be a lot of exceptionally old people around, which is a bit scary if the statistic on the BBC news the other week is anything to go by.

It said three out of ten over 50’s have debt problems.


You see, even if we retire in our late sixties, or early seventies, that still leaves an awful lot of years to survive without a regular income, and if many of us are in debt at fifty, the outlook is likely to be pretty bleak, isn’t it?

Many people will end up at home too poor to go out or live a healthy lifestyle.

My gran always said it was okay getting old as long as you have your health, but it doesn’t help to have a bit of money behind you as well, does it?

One possible way to solve that is to get involved with something you can do at home and keep active at the same time, and one person who can provide that opportunity is Joel Therien.

He’s on a mission to help as many people as he can to get fit bodies and fat wallets!

It’s quite an opportunity and his NowLifestyle is something you might want to check out if you want to stay stronger for longer before it’s too late (like me).

Good Luck!

Crabby Old Man – Please Share This Poem!

Last night I went to see the film Quartet.   It’s about a home for retired musicians and was funny and sad.  It’s also very true, because we all age and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Unfortunately, when people get old, often they’re treated differently.

They say life is for the young, and it does seem when you get to a certain age, you do become invisible or a nuisance.

As long as you’re active and have your mind it’s okay, but beware when things start to break down.

It’s a real concern.

Anyway, Crabby Old Man  is an absolutely beautiful poem, which I do hope you’ll share.

I received it in an e-mail so I cannot verify the story, but apparently when an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte, Nebraska, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.   One nurse took her copy to Missouri.

The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.


What do you see nurses? – What do you see?
What are you thinking.- when you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man – not very wise,
Uncertain of habit – with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food – . and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice – ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice – the things that you do.
And forever is losing – A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not – lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding – The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? – Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse -. you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am – . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding – . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of Ten – . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters – who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen – . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that soon now – a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty – my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows – that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now – I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide – And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty – My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other – With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons – have grown and are gone,
But my woman’s beside me – to see I don’t mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play ’round my knee,
Again, we know children – My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me – my wife is now dead.
I look at the future – shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing – young of their own.
And I think of the years – and the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man – and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age .-look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles – grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone – where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass – a young guy still dwells,
And now and again – my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys – I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living – life over again.

I think of the years, all too few – gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact – that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people – open and see.
Not a crabby old man – Look closer – see ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!


The best and most beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

My Two New Books And Why Dawn Kay, Chris Reid And Joel Therien Are Such A Bother!

My youngest son has autism and is frightened of domestic animals, like cats and dogs.

It’s because they invade his space.

He’s never been frightened of large animals like those you see on farms or in zoos, though and that’s what gave me the inspiration for my latest two books, Jodi Goes To The Farm and Jodi Goes To The Zoo.  I have to say I’m quite proud of them because they are both in rhyming verse – no mean feat, I can tell you.

That’s my son in the picture.  He’s almost 24 years old now and hates shaving.

He says, “It’s such a bother!”

I’ve never written children’s books before, but they were a doddle compared to the non-fiction ones I usually produce, and the best bit about them is unless I’ve made some typo’s or something, I won’t have to re-publish them.

Not so, The GVO Story and The 7MinuteWorkout Story, both of which I have to update.

The 7MinuteWorkout StoryIn the case of The 7MinuteWorkout Story, Joel Therien and Chris Reid introduced a brand new compensation plan earlier this month for those who want to be resellers of their brilliant health and fitness program.  It’s such a good deal, and pays out a 100% commission for those interested in getting a fit body and a fat wallet, I obviously had to add it to my book.

Thankfully, I’ve already got it done, but…

…it was such a bother.

Then, Joel Therien has something else up his sleeve, which means I have to re-write The GVO Story too!.

At the beginning of March, he’s introducing a brand new business opportunity called Pure Leverage.  The name should give you a clue about what it’s about, but basically it provides online marketing products and services people want and need, at a price they can afford.

Not only do the products all integrate together, but if you wish, you can become a reseller of them and leverage the efforts of the people you introduce, thus getting 100% commission on your efforts.

It’s never been done before and all indications are Pure Leverage will change lives, so yet again it’s something I need to update my book about.

I only found out about it last night so clearly haven’t done it yet, but watch this space.

It’s such a bother.

PodcastBloggingUncutThen, there’s Dawn Kay, who is the only person ever to have turned the tables and interviewed me.

Usually, I ask the questions.

Anyway, she’s just come out with a brilliant inxpensive new product called Podcast Blogging Uncut, and I’m featured in it.  I had no idea, but have to admit I’m secretly flattered.

The trouble is, the product is all about creating podcasts and because I’ve already done several interviews in the past, it would be a good idea to turn them into podcast versions too.  Actually, because I was mentioned in the course, I sort of feel obliged to do it, so that’s another thing to add to my to do list.

As Jodi says, “It’s such a bother!”

Actually, I don’t really mind.  All the books, products and programs have the potential to give pleasure, help people and improve lifestyles, so spending my time updating and tweaking is a small price to pay, wouldn’t you agree?

However, The GVO Story and the podcasts haven’t been done yet, so as I said earlier, watch this space, unless of course you feel like me sometimes and it’s all …

…such a bother!

Take care


Your Health – Whose Agenda Is It Anyway?

Smoking Gun courtesy of The Knowles Gallery From Flickr

Smoking Gun courtesy of The Knowles Gallery From Flickr

I believe a combination of mercury from MY dental amalgams and HIS childhood vaccines, (especially those he was given when he was first born) was the smoking gun behind my son  Jodi developing autism during the second year of his life.

I also believe the MMR vaccine pulled the trigger.

Now, admittedly that particular vaccine doesn’t contain the thimerosal (49.6% ethyl-mercury), which is found in most childhood vaccines and is the subject of much controversy,  BUT when the immune system is already compromised with heavy metals and other environmental toxins, I think you’ll agree injecting three live viruses at the same time into a child whose brain is still developing may not be the wisest of moves.

So – whose agenda was it?

When my son received his MMR, it was a very new vaccine, and we were informed it was safe.

The manufacturers had said so, and surely they wouldn’t have made it available if there had been any cause for concern, would they?

Prior to to its introduction, children caught the viruses and built up their immune systems naturally, or had their Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines given separately over a period of time.

However, it meant at least three visits to the doctor, which was often “inconvenient”, so someone, somewhere, decided to combine all three to save time and money.

The idea was simple, and easy to sell to health care professionals and parents, especially as no-one was then aware of the possible adverse effects.

I certainly wasn’t.

Certain guidelines should have been in place though, but no-one at that stage picked up on the fact my son was less than thirteen months old when he had his first dose of MMR, or, more importantly, he’d been hospitalised with two febrile convulsions when he was ten months old due to a very high fever.

Jodi should NEVER have been offered the vaccine.

No-one told us.

The thing is, once you’ve had a vaccine, you can’t take it out.

Vaccine damage is for the most part irreversible. That’s why the drug manufacturers really must reveal all the possible adverse reactions they’ve experienced in any trials and certainly report all deaths.


The drug manufacturers give their own assurances, the medical profession believe them and the general public are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated in the belief herd immunity will stamp out certain preventable illnesses.

Sadly, some people people pay a heavy price, often unwittingly.

Recently the Italian Health Authorities paid compensation to a young lad because they conceded the MMR had caused his autism.

His lawyer, Mr Ventaloro said, ‘It is wrong for governments and their health authorities to exert strong pressure on parents to take children for the MMR jab while ignoring that this vaccine can cause autism and linked conditions.’

[If you have the time please read this story and watch the videos on Dr Mercola’s website, which discuss  vaccines and herd immunity.  It will really open your eyes and make you realise Kaa was right in The Jungle Book when he hissed, “You Can’t Trust Anyone!”]

It seems the big boys have selective amnesia when it comes to any issues that might harm the uptake  and therefore the financial profit of their products.

Research and Development is always expensive and few companies want to waste their investment, but apart from Merck who are behind the MMR vaccine, two other cases have recently been highlighted in the press concerning  huge drug companies which should make us question their agenda.

Profit seems to be the main criteria when it comes to convincing us to take their vaccines, pills and potions, otherwise why would GlaxoSmithKline allegedly promote some of their products for marketing medicines for unapproved uses, and Roche offer inducements to get medical professionals to use their drugs?

It’s not just the drug companies either who are guilty of putting profits before people as you’ll see if you click on the link by the image 

The  infographic reveals some disturbing facts in visual format concerning the very real dangers of smoking.

Smoking Infographic

  Click here for the link to the Smoking Infographic



Both smoking and obesity will destroy your health and most likely make you dependent on long term drugs, which makes you wonder if there’s  a conspiracy theory going on, doesn’t it?

Certainly YOU have to look after your health and be responsible for what you put in your body.

You’re in control of your own destiny.

Everyone has an agenda and you need to make sure when it comes to your health, the one you’re following is your own!

The 7MinuteWorkout StoryMine is to follow the 7Minute Workout.

Maybe you’d like to join me?

It’s a healthy lifestyle program primarily based on simple, effective exercises which you do for seven minutes a day, three times a week.

I know, it sounds too good to be true, so I’ve written a book about it .

One of the members whose stories I’ve included in my book  is Mike Reid, and if you Click the link below you’ll be able to listen to him


Check out 7MinuteWorkout




A Pint Of Milk And A Few Hours Sleep, Please!

falling asleepIt’s early morning as I type this blog post and I’m up even before the birds, but yet again I can’t sleep.

I want to and need to, but can’t.

Still I’m not as bad this morning as I was a few days ago when I went to Tesco’s at 3.30 a.m. to do some food shopping!

Unfortunately, sleep, or rather lack of sleep has been a recurring problem with me for some time, but I’m not alone.

According to the BBC news yesterday morning, one in three of us suffer from lack of sleep, and it’s affecting our lives.


The long term consequences of not getting enough quality sleep not only creates health problems, but also our lifestyle. It’s hard to work and live life to the full when you’re worn out, and the recommendations to help promote a good night’s rest were

  •  gentle exercise
  • keeping to a bedtime routine
  • using lavendar
  • switching off the tv and computer an hour before bedtime
  • taking a warm bath
  • breathing deeply
  • having a milky drink

Of course my situation hasn’t been helped because I’ve just returned from a holiday in Canada. It was lovely, but as I live in UK, there is a time difference, and apparently for every hour it takes one day to recover.

That means I should be back to normal after a week, although that still means I won’t be sleeping as much as I know I should.

I honestly don’t know how airline staff cope with the constant jetlag, and I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents or irritable flight attendants.

Whilst I was in Canada, I listened to Captain Chesley Burnett Sullenberger III talk about the day he and his crew landed his plane full of passengers safely on the Hudson River in January 2009. Thankfully, he was very alert as he’d only just taken off, but it might have been a different story if the flight had been a long haul one and they were at the latter end – at least that’s my observation from what it says about pilots on an infogram I read recently.

Apparently, pilots drop off an average of 22 times during the last 30 minutes of a 4+ hour flight if they don’t nap.

Hmm …no wonder I can’t sleep!

Autism Awareness – What Do You Know About The Disability?

autism awareness
April is Autism Awareness Month, and 2nd April is not only World Autism Awareness Day but also my son’s birthday.

He has autism.

Jodi is now 23 years old and has just moved into supported living with two other lads of a similar age.  One has Downs Syndrome and the other unspecified learning difficulties.


It’s a move I never thought would be possible, especially as when he was first diagnosed with the condition, the “experts” told me I’d most likely end up putting my son in a home (read “institution”) by the time he was a teenager because I’d never be able to look after him.


With the right help, advice, support and dedication, a lot can be done to help a person with autism become the best they can be.

However, the range of problems for people on the autistic spectrum is huge and it’s certainly true if you know ONE person with autism, you KNOW one person with autism.

No two are the same!

If you want an easy to understand insight into the disability, I highly recommend you read my first book – I’m Not Naughty – I’m Autistic – Jodi’s Journey 

It will make you laugh and cry and is my son’s true story.  Admittedly, I wrote it 12 years ago, but the problems faced by people with autism and those who love and care for them are still the same.

The book is incredibly easy to read and will give you a very good overview of what it’s like to live with the disability.

Believe me – it’s not easy!

Anyway, today, as I said is my son’s birthday and this afternoon he had a bit of a party at his house.  All the guests enjoyed food prepared by the three lads and tonight they are off to the circus.

I know how lucky he is.

Most people with autism, especially higher functioning autists lead very sad, lonely and miserable lives.  Totally misunderstood, people can be very cruel to those who are considered “different”.

Hopefully, the Autism Awareness month will help people get over their fear and ignorance about autism, but the sad reality is more people are becoming aware of the issue anyway.

When my son was diagnosed with the disability, autism was very rare.  Statistically it affected more boys than girls and that hasn’t changed over the years, BUT whereas in 1990 the likelihood of your child getting some form of autism was about 1 : 2500, now as many as 1 : 100 children are on the autistic spectrum.

That’s scary, because  autism doesn’t just affect the individual.  Its tentacles are far reaching and very destructive to families and loved ones.

Also, as autism is a disability, not a disease, life expectancy for anyone with the condition is normal, which means our autistic children will eventually become autistic adults, all needing some sort of support.

Usually, that’s provided by parents , but if the laws of nature are anything to go by, children generally outlive their parents, so who’s going to look after them?

It’s not something I like to dwell on.

Anyway, as I said a lot can be done to help people with autism and if they ever discover what actually causes it, one day there may just be a ” cure”.

Until then though, we just have to be as open minded as we can and try to support everyone affected by the disability.

Here is a video  by a young girl who explains a bit about how autism has affected her life, but remember what I said earlier, if you know one person with autism, you only know one person with autism.

They are ALL different, so you might like to check this video out as well.  It’s also about a girl with autism and made me cry –

Look and learn!

Take care.








The 7MinuteWorkout Story – Finished My Book Just In Time For Maverick Monday!

The 7MinuteWorkout StoryOne year ago on 11th March, 2011, Joel Therien and Chris Reid launched their 7MinuteWorkout program and I became one of its first members.

That gave me the title of “Maverick”.

Now if you look in Thesaurus an alternative word to “maverick” is “rebel”.

Somehow I’ve never thought of myself in those terms, but apparently the desription is “someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct”, so I guess by being a Maverick Member of the 7MinuteWorkout, I am a bit of a rebel.

You see the concept of the program goes completely against everything I’d ever learned about exercise, and whilst there will be many skeptics, especially in the younger generation, there’s no doubt about it, exercising just seven minutes a day, three times a week works!

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

That’s what I thought too, but I tried it anyway, and am really glad I did.

Not only have I been able to interview lots of people about the 7MinuteWorkout, write a book on it, but also change my health.

It’s not easy in as much as you do have to push yourself with the exercises, BUT it’s only for seven minutes, three times a week, and it’s well worth the effort.

You can do the exercises at home, when you want, or you can do them at the gym. Most people who go that route find it takes them longer to actually get to the gym than it does for them to workout!

The whole push yourself for hours until you drop type attitude towards exercising is certainly changing though, and only last week I watched a program on the BBC where a scientific study revealed concentrated exercise of only 1 minute a day can prove just as, or even more beneficial, than an hour running on a treadmill.

That’s good news for those of us who don’t particularly like exercise and live in a time strapped society.

One interesting thing I discovered about the 7MinuteWorkout program is the majority of members are middle aged and above, and I suspect there are two reasons for this.

Firstly, most of them don’t want to go to gyms alone where everyone is younger, fitter, stronger and more energetic than they are, so like to go with someone else for moral support, and secondly they either haven’t got the time or the money to go that route.

However,the 7MinuteWorkout program allows two people to share the same membership and as it’s an online program, you create your own profiles and don’t both have to exercise at the same time or even be in the same house, city or even country!

It’s just a “buddy” system for moral support.

Another thing about the 7MinuteWorkout program is you can earn money from it if you wish to do so as there’s a global home business opportunity affiliate program you can join for a small one off investment.

I don’t know any gyms that offer that, plus if you do decide to go that route, you actually get SEVEN memberships, not just two.

Anyway, if you want to grab a couple of chapters of my book and see what it’s all about go here –

Take Care and Stay Healthy.


During my last interview , the topic of the name of this blog came up again.  It’s not  really surprising as it has absolutely nothing to do with the menopause in the usual sense of the word.   It’s mostly my thoughts on all sorts of different subjects.

However, just to set the record straight,  it came about because I was introduced to the world of the internet during one of my “menopausal moments”.  You know, those times when you act completely out of character.

Anyway,  at that time I had no idea about the importance of keywords and relevance as far as the search engines are concerned, and now I know better, but…

…this blog is comfortable.  It’s familiar like an old pair of slippers and I’m reluctant to change it.

I  have this idea if people are meant to find me, they will.

You did!

Anyway, that’s how the blog started, and since then I’ve done many things “out of character”, including joining some mlm/network marketing companies, which is something I’d never considered was really “me”.

To be perfectly honest, it still isn’t, BUT I can see the potential of earning residual income for promoting GOOD products,  and that’s the only reason I’m involved.

They’re  ALL , not just “good”, but GREAT products,  and I use them, and would use them regardless of whether there was an income opportunity involved, or not.

To me, that’s secondary, but I know a lot of people are making a LOT of money by actually making the introduction of the work from home mlm opportunities to others their sole business.

I just tell people about them because I like the products, know they can help people, and if anyone buys or joins as a result of my recommendation, then great.

It’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

As you can tell from this site, I am a huge fan of everything GVO.  I’ve interviewed and even written a book about Joel Therien,  and I don’t put my name to things lightly.

I hate hype, and that’s one thing you don’t get with GVO, although I have to admit I hate it when they launch any new products, because everything is geared to the serious  mlm/network marketer type of person, rather than those less interested in that sort of thing…

… like me.

That’s the situation at the moment with MeetCheap, which is a phenomenally,  inexpensive, web based, collaborative tool, due to launch to the public on 23rd January, 2012.

At only $19.97 per YEAR for a 20 seat conference room, where you can hold live webcasts, web meetings, sales presentations, etc., anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection , and which has an mlm business opportunity included in the price as well, I guess they can be forgiven for a bit of hype.

After all, there’s NOTHING currently to compare to it out there in cyberspace, especially as it can be linked to ViralWebcaster so the webcasts can actually be held inside of Facebook!

That hasn’t been released yet either, but I’m reliably informed it’s very powerful and, “WILL BE the TOOL of 2012”

Viral Webcaster is the brainchild of Tissa Godivitarne and Mark Call, another two hype free people I like, because they are genuinely nice and helpful.  They also make a very profitable living from holding webinars so clearly they know what they’re doing and have implemented the best of everything in this new product.

If you want to check it out before it even launches, you can go to the ViralWebcaster page on Facebook, where there’s a short video explaining how it works.

Apparently, you have to first, click the LIKE button and, second, Click ALLOW, and then Mark Call gives you the details

Anyway, if you  also want to check out  MeetCheap, or any of the other GVO products, you can go to my 10 Questions page and scroll to the bottom.

They’re all listed on that page, because (according to those in the know) they all satisfy the criteria for the questions you should ask yourself before getting involved with any home based business.

The 7MinuteWorkout satisfied the criteria too, and is a great health and fitness lifestyle program, which I’m sure many people will appreciate in the New Year, especially if they indulge just a bit too much over the festive season!

Here’s  a video I made about it, and if you want to see more I’ve written about it, you can check out my 7MinuteSuccessWorkout site.

Finally, there’s ONE Group.

Now this company provides certified organic skincare amongst other things, and certainly doesn’t fulfil all the criteria for the 10 questions, BUT I suffered from mercury poisoning and had to get rid of as many toxic chemicals from my body as possible, and you’ll be surprised how many your everyday items contain.

I was!

Anyway, these Miessence, Mi-Vitality and Mi-Environ products only contain beneficial and active ingredients from food and plants, (which I can pronounce), rather than potentially dangerous Lab concocted toxic synthetic chemicals, (which I can’t pronounce).

That’s why I use them, and as I personally use a sufficient amount each month to fulfil the required order level to become an Independent Representative and potentially earn commission, then it makes sense to choose that option, doesn’t it?

If you want to read my story, you can check out my books at, or you can get my free organic report here.

Now, here’s a video I made about ONE Group, incase you’re interested in either purchasing,  or building a home based business with chemical free products , BUT it certainly isn’t for everyone, and of all the mlm opportunities I’ve found myself part of, this is probably the hardest to sell.

Of course, it doesn’t bother me, because I just want to use the products, but that may not be the case for you.


Anyway, that’s why my blog is called , “Jeans’s Menopausal Moment”, but  I guess my moment of madness  has  already allowed me to meet hundreds of people worldwide,  and led me to become an author, an interviewer, a blogger, an article writer, a ghost writer, video producer, webmaster, and an mlm and network marketer, albeit unintentionally.

That’s not bad is it?

The menopause is supposedly a time of change,  and I certainly haven’t stood still.

Wonder what 2012 will bring?

Best wishes for the festive season and take care.


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