Fox 10 Phoenix’s Morning show weather guy, Cory McCloskey, tried out the latest craze in the Valley, Simply Smashing Rage Room.
“A Safe Place to Lose Control”
Technology: love it or hate it, you have to live with it. Sometimes I have the desire to go live on a cruise ship — off the grid. But, alas, I have a business to run and clients to serve.
However, it does get a little difficult when your business email stops working or your website domain name (URL/web address) all of a sudden points to the wrong site. That happened to me last week.
I host my website with Siteground. I moved it from GoDaddy on the advice of a friend of mine who’s a website specialist after my site was hacked twice in 2014. My domain name (the .com web address) was still registered with GoDaddy and pointing to the site hosted (residing) on Siteground.
Everything was running smoothly until I started getting notifications from Sucuri, my security company (also signed up for that after the hacks) that my DNS address had changed for my azsocialmediawiz.com domain. I thought it odd, but didn’t think too much as I was busy doing work for clients. (The DNS address is like telling the post office where your house is located.)
Where’d my site go?
I wanted to copy a blog post of mine to repost it on the SCORE blog and my site wouldn’t come up. What was coming up was my old giselleaguiar.com domain and subdirectory which I had set up when I first started my business. Yikes! What’s going on! Since it was a domain issue, I logged into my GoDaddy account and looked around to see what could be wrong. Not finding anything out of the ordinary, I called tech support.
They said it was a Siteground issue. So over I go to Siteground and started a support chat. There were a few issues and they cleared it up and my site was back up.
Then every time I wanted to send an email from my business email, I’d get an error message that iMail can’t connect to the server. That happens every so often and it usually clears up on its own.
Now, my email was left at GoDaddy and everything was working fine till Siteground made some changes to the “MX”. I won’t go into detail, but it has to do with which mail server your domain name is pointing to. So after the tech support person at GoDaddy told me to go to Siteground, I decided to move my email over to Siteground — have everything in one place.
The reason you want to have a business email address with your domain name is that it looks more professional. Having a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL address is OK, but to look more legit for branding purposes and to give yourself credibility, it helps to have and address like “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
With that said, I was getting anxious that anyone who’s been trying to reach me via email was not getting through. I emailed my clients and some business contacts to use my Gmail address (it’s a backup – which is why you always want a backup email). I switched my site’s contact form to go to Gmail as well as my email on Facebook and LinkedIn.
So after spending hours with the Sitegound tech support, it seems my Mac’s iMail program doesn’t like their servers or firewall and we couldn’t get the mail setup. Tried to go back to GoDaddy, but that wouldn’t work. I ended up having Siteground set up a forwarding to my Gmail account. So now my business email forwards to Gmail. I don’t have time to deal with it. That will do for now.
If a technology company doesn’t have 24/7 tech support don’t use them.
I’ve had my business email address for over 6 years. It’s everywhere — directories, business cards, flyers, social media profiles — everywhere! Having it down was crazy! It wasn’t till a client called me that he tried to email me and it bounced that I knew I had to drop everything and deal with it.
We can plan to retire off the grid, but in the meantime, learn to live with technology — it’s all around us and like it or not, we need it to function.
By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and marketing specialist.
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Here is a different type of “Break Room”!
“Ever get so mad you want to break something?”
Everyone does at one point or another.
It’s no secret that stress can wreak havoc on your metabolism. When your body is under stress, it releases the hormone cortisol, which causes an increase in appetite and cravings for “comfort foods”. In addition, it makes it much easier to accumulate belly fat. To make matters worse, excess belly fat releases chemicals triggering inflammation, which increases the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes, as well as other disease states.
Exercise – Aerobic exercise decreases cortisol and increases chemicals that relieve pain and improve mood. Exercise also helps to speed up your metabolism.
Mindful Eating – When you slow down and tune into your sensory experience of eating food, you’re able to tune into subjective feelings of hunger or fullness. This can help to avoid overeating and lead to fewer binges, as well as reducing depression.
Substitute Rewarding Activities Instead of Eating Food – Activities like reading a book, taking a hike, attending a yoga class, getting a massage – can all help to relieve stress without weight gain.
Write a Journal – Writing down how you feel can occupy your mind, may give you insight into reasons you’re feeling so stressed, and draw focus on expectations of yourself that may be increasing any pressure you’re feeling. Writing about life goals can improve both mood and health.
We’ve got your answer in a the Simply Smashing Rage Room! Opening soon in Tempe, it will be a place for you to de-stress and smash stuff to your heart’s content!
Nothing can compare with the stress the residents of Florida are feeling right now with Hurricane Irma aiming to go right up the middle of the state. As someone who’s lived through 6 hurricanes in her lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami in 1992, you basically have 3 choices when you hear that a hurricane is coming:
The problem with #1 is you need money and a place to stay to do that. It also takes time. There are only so many roads heading north in Florida. Being a peninsula, unless you can fly or take a fast boat, you have to hit the roads – along with millions of other people.
A shelter is good for those living in the coastal areas that are prone to storm surge or live in a mobile home. After Andrew, I helped out with a charity and we visited a mobile home park. It was decimated.
The 3rd choice of boarding up, stocking up and hunkering down is what I did. I parked my car near a baseball field with a concrete building, far from any loose stones, trees or debris and nothing happened to it. Everyone who left their cars in the apartment complex had damage from the decorative pebbles.
That’s just the beginning.
I’m sure the people of Houston, TX weren’t thinking they would get flooded like they did. Nor the folks losing their homes in the fires out west or in the earthquake in Mexico.
By Giselle Aguiar, Entrepreneur who now lives
After watching Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and Florida,, you can’t help but stop and think, “I am prepared in the event of a natural or manmade disaster?”
I’m not a “prepper” or a “survivalist”, however, I have lived through 6 hurricanes in my lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami. Even if you home fares well, be prepared to live for a few days without power. I was 2 weeks without electricity after Andrews. My one lesson was not to wait for 4 hours at a grocery store for ice that melts in 2. Way not worth it!
Having at least these items will keep you sane, reduce stress and anxiety.
The best advice I can give in whatever situation you find yourself in is:
Be wise and be safe.
By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and hurricane survivor and currently lives in Phoenix, AZ (no hurricanes).
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