2017… here I come!

I am wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!!!

I am praying really hard that 2017 will be a very good year to me. I need more boost this coming year. I also need the creative juices flowing really well so I can churn out more novels and get to write many more.

I can’t wait for the year to unfold!

Thank you and goodbye, 2016!

Hello and welcome 2017!!!

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The year that was…

2016 was a mix of ups and downs for me. The year started out tough. Really tough, in fact. I had very little income coming in from blogging. No other source of income but that. I struggled and I became so frustrated I ended up taking it all out on other people. I stopped speaking to some people I was close to. I resented the fact that they were earning more than I do when I was the one who introduced them to this lifestyle. I resented the fact that I couldn’t do what they were doing, couldn’t give my 100% because my mind was all over the place. I was thinking of so many things and my emotions went haywire. It was one of the toughest periods of my life.

But through perseverance, hard work, lots of support from my immediate family, and faith in the Lord, I was able to bounce back by middle of the year.

First off, I swallowed my pride and went back to the corporate world. I left it 9 years ago to become a full-time blogger and I told myself that I wouldn’t go back anymore. The stress was just not worth it, I said to myself. But here I am now, back in the rat race, back in the world I thought I left behind. No worries, though, as I am enjoying every bit of my “comeback”. I am lucky enough to find a company that gave me the salary I was asked for. Plus, I was blessed enough to find a job where the workload is tolerable unlike the previous ones I handled.

Since I am busy with work, I stopped with blogging for a while. I continued with the blogs I have left but was not able to get back all those I lost when I didn’t have the money to renew the domains. It’s okay because I know I really can’t focus on blogging the way I used to. I have a couple of blogs left but Sasha-says.com is still, and will always be, my baby.

I am grateful that there are still companies who trust my blog and are putting their business here. Thank you! I will try and post regularly. I will make sure that this blog of mine and all the others I have left will improve come 2017.

I am just glad that the year is about to end and on a good note at that (fingers crossed).

Goodbye 2016! Thank you!

2017, please be a great, great year for me!

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Shopping day with Groupon coupons!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.


My sister and I make sure that we have a shopping day at least once every two months. We always tell ourselves that we work so hard to have enough money to live a comfortable life, we might as well use the extra ones we earn to pamper ourselves with, to buy the things we like so much.

Our go-to resource for our shopping day? Groupon Coupons! Our first step in shopping is to check out the coupons that we can use from Groupon. Like right now, my sister found a top that she plans to wear on New Year’s Eve. She is excited to use a Bebe coupon where she can save up on free shipping for orders over $100. I, on the other hand, found something from Coldwater Creek which I plan to wear to our holiday party in the office. Can you imagine buying and saving money in the process? Woohoo!

I know they say that we should save up for the rainy days ahead but my sister and I think that we should also indulge ourselves from time to time as rewards for working hard. Anyway, when we use Groupon Coupons, we save money in the process.

There are so many other coupons you can use. Know more about it by following Groupon in Facebook and Twitter.

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Security Clearance at the National Level Explained

With everything that is happening in the world today, both at home and abroad, national security has become a critically important issue. Along with this comes the question of who should be granted access to some of the most serious issues affecting the national security of American, and how that access should be granted. Out of this has arisen the need to talk about security clearance issues at the national level in an effort to ensure that information does not makes its way into the wrong hands.

Security Clearance Defined

It is first important to define what security clearance involves. As Tully Rinckey has stated, security clearance is the term used by the United States Government to identify which people or companies are eligible to access various pieces of information that is deemed to be classified. With this comes the term referred to as eligibility for access. This run parallel with security clearance and is commonly used today in many government record systems. It is important to note that there are two main types of security clearances in play today, and these Personnel Security Clearances and Facility Security Clearances.

Various Levels of Security Clearance

Rinckey also notes that there different types of security clearances granted by the respective agencies of the United States government. The primary agencies concerned with granting such clearances include the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Out of these agencies, the Department of Defense handles roughly eight percent of all security clearances. The there main levels that a person or company can be granted are: Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret.

Information Required To Gain Security Clearance

The application form to gain security clearance is quite comprehensive in scope. Among other details, one must include a great deal of personal identifying data. This includes questions related to citizenship, education, resign, employment history, any foreign connection and travel abroad, as well all all family an associates. Applicants will also need to reveal any information about past criminal convictions, any involvement with illegal drugs, financial issues including any delinquencies, the attainment of any mental health counseling, military service, and any prior national security clearances that have been granted.

Length of National Security Clearance

A person who is granted a national security clearance classification will generally retain it for as long as the position is held for which the clearance was granted in the first place. As soon as a cleared person no longer can justify the need for access to classified information may have their clearance level downgraded or withdrawn until it is required again at a later date. These provisions are in place to help streamline the process, get access to classified information to those that truly need it, while making certain that it does not fall into the wrong hands once such clearance is no longer necessary.

Security clearance at the national level is a serious matter. A clearance can revoked at any time, particularly if information contained on the initial application is later found to be false or misleading. As times continue to become more precarious, the process will likely become more involved in an attempt to keep information classified and in front of only the very people that need to know.

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For the love of traveling.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Traveling has been my stress buster. I am always on the lookout for anything travel-related and you know what my latest find? Groupon Goods! There are great deals on luggage sets, travel accessories, carry-ons, backpacks, kid’s travel bags, and so much more. It is perfect timing considering the family is preparing for a 3-city tour by March next year. We will need new stuff for my 3-year-old nephew who will be traveling out of the country for the first time.


I am not sure if you feel the same way but I feel a renewed love for everything and everyone around me after traveling, even for a short period of time. That’s why I make it a point to travel at least once every three or four months. It helps strengthen my love for life and gives me hope for something more.

Now, if you are a traveler like me, or a first-time traveler like my nephew, check the deals and coupons at Groupon. Who doesn’t love a discount, right? I know you do. We all do! Save some money on stuff you need for travel like luggage. Use the money you save in your other travel expenses.

It’s win-win when you shop using Groupon!

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Effectively Communicating Your Needs

Communication is a complicated skill. While all people are born with the ability to communicate, not everyone will be given the same advantages. There are people who are natural communicators because it effectively aligns with their developing personalities. This does not mean, however, that people without an innate ability for exceptional communication are stuck in their positions. Becoming a better communicator is simple if you take time to think over your course of action. Whether you are thinking about going to USC to finish an advanced degree or you simply need to open up more, there are ways to improve.

Go Back to School
One excellent way for you to become better at communicating is by going back to school. When you have already obtained your undergraduate degree, it might seem like a burden to head back to a college environment. In truth, you are likely to see many benefits when you go back to school. Not only are you able to learn more about a chosen area of study, but you will also be given the chance to become better at communicating ideas. Obtaining your undergraduate degree is a start, but an advanced degree can work wonders for your abilities.

Communication is sort of like an art form. The more that you practice communicating your thoughts and ideas to a wide range of people, the easier it will be for you to see if your words have had an impact. This is not always possible in the working world, where your thoughts might go unheard for years. If you are looking to continue your career while simultaneously improving the way that you communicate, it is a good idea to look into the programs available through institutes of higher learning such as USC online.

Reach Out More
Outside of going back to school, there are plenty of other options for you to think over. Communication skills are applied to many areas of your life. If you want to get better at communicating, you can start at home. Talk to members of your household, whether you live with family, friends or strangers, and be sure to express how you are feeling. When an issue arises, a solid communicator will be able to take stock of his or her thoughts and feelings, then get those thoughts across to others in a calm and rational way.

You are not going to be perfect at this on your first try. If you are someone that is naturally shy, quiet, nervous, or unable to get your thoughts together, then this will require practice. The only way to get better is by honing your skill at every chance that you get. Speak to everyone that you can, specifically about ideas or thoughts you need to get across, and you will find that you are getting better at speaking to others in the way that you would like.

Start Today
Communication skills can always use a bit of work. Whether you decide to go back to school to obtain your advanced degree or you start your trials at home and begin to speak out more frequently to those in your circle, you will find that each day brings you closer to your goal. Once you have found the path that works for your needs, you will have no trouble communicating like an expert.

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On Insurance Claims

When you have been injured in a car accident or hurt from medical malpractice, there comes a point in the claims process where the insurance company makes an offer to settle your claim. Typically, the insurance claims adjuster represents the insurer during negotiations. Their job is to get a settlement that is favorable to the company. For obvious reasons, your focus is to get the best offer for yourself. Medical expenses, time from work and ongoing treatment are financial burdens you simply cannot afford to bear without some type of compensation. Once you present the insurance company with a demand letter, negotiations begin. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this process on terms that ultimately resolve in your favor.

How Negotiating an Insurance Claim Works

The initial call with the adjuster is typically the time when both of you make points about the validity of your claim. Expect the first offer from the adjuster to be much lower than the amount that you listed in your demand letter. Your counter offer should be lower than the demand letter request but higher than the adjuster’s initial offer. This process may take two or three telephone calls before the settlement figure falls somewhere between the adjuster’s low and your high figure.

Determine What Your Claim is Worth

Throughout the negotiations, you should have a settlement amount in mind, which is the lowest that you are willing to accept. Never let the adjuster know your bare minimum; keep that to yourself when you feel pressure during the negotiations.

Never Accept the First Offer

Jumping at the first offer is never a good thing. The adjuster will usually offer you the lowest amount first. This is often used as a tactic to see if you are aware of the process. Counter reasonable offers and never accept an amount you know will not cover what you have lost because of the injury. Countering with an amount that is slightly lower than your demand letter amount demonstrates that you are willing to compromise.

Get the Agreed Settlement in Writing

Once the negotiations are complete and you have agreed to a settlement, make sure you get it in writing from the adjuster. You can also confirm the amount in a letter to the insurance adjuster. Include everything that the stated settlement should cover: your injuries, damages and the date that you expect to receive settlement documents.

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Opening Your Frozen Yogurt Business

The frozen yogurt industry is one that is growing every year. More people are looking for a healthy alternative to desserts, and frozen yogurt is a product that gives the satisfaction of a sweet treat without the higher calories that are seen in ice cream, cakes and cookies. You can add slices of fresh fruit and other items to the yogurt to give you the flavors that you desire. Owning a frozen yogurt store is a fun way to sell the product while interacting with customers. It’s best to contact a frozen yogurt supplier to find out exactly what is needed in the store to keep the product cold and to get a few tips on the flavors that sell best at various times of the year.

Do a little research about the customer base before you open your store. This will help to determine the kind of products that you should sell and what people are looking for in a frozen yogurt shop. Surveys are a good way to find out what flavors people might like and to see what decorations and amenities that they might like to see when they enter the store. You want to talk to people from all backgrounds to see what they think about frozen yogurt so that you can cater to the target area of customers who will buy the most from your store. Think about the income levels of the people who live in the community. You don’t want to set the prices so high that customers can’t afford them, but if you know that customers can spend a little more money, then you might want to consider a slight increase in order to make a profit.

Look at the competition in the area. How many stores are similar to yours, and do those stores sell anything in addition to frozen yogurt? Before opening your store, you need to make sure all of the paperwork has been submitted to the county and the state and that you have followed all of the regulations that are set forth by the health department so that you aren’t breaking any rules with the business.

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