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About Annie Jean Brewer
I am Annie Jean Brewer, the mind behind Annienygma.com.
I come from the wrong side of the proverbial railroad tracks, the daughter of an ex-con and a dancer, raised in the shadows of the Appalachian mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
I was taught to cuss, shoot and play cards with the best of them as I helped my father bootleg and run a weekend card game to supplement our income after he lost his leg in an accident.
By the time I was 18 Father was dead from cancer; by the time I was 19 I was pregnant with my first child. By 22 I had child #2 by the man I would eventually marry and saw my mother dead in a car accident.
By this point in my life I hated myself; I was an unwed mother 2x over, considered by many to be a slut and a whore (including myself). After Mother died things became steadily worse.
There was still a little fight inside of me and among other things I attempted college twice, the Army once and a whole slew of get-rich-quick schemes. I enjoyed writing so I would submit short story after short story to any magazine I thought may read it. I received a ream of rejection slips and finally decided that not only was I a failure in life but a failure in chasing my dreams as well.
I eventually married the father of my second child, which (while the proper thing to do) was definitely NOT the smartest thing I've ever done. Let's just say I spent the next several years walking on eggshells in an attempt to avoid his wrath.
Constantly berated by spouse, family and friends I literally wanted to die. When I found myself seriously considering this possibility I KNEW it was time to change.
I knew I had to get out.
I applied myself even more to creating some sort of income for myself. I signed up for Amway. I did Tupperware. I sold the Excel phone service. I tried to learn medical transcription. I splurged on those medical coding kits that are supposed to teach you everything you need to know to create your own at-home medical billing service (Yeah, I was that dumb).
I tried those at-home sewing gigs. I tried the doll-furniture making gig. I even bought the home foreclosure stuff that was being sold on some late night television program!
My salvation came in the form of two registered Cocker Spaniels that were given to me in the local Wal Mart parking lot.
I spent most of what money I had that night on dog food and took those pups home to learn how to breed those critters and make money.
The profits from those pups purchased an old 10×50 mobile home and when I finally convinced my husband to take a job over the road I moved the kids (now 3 of them) into that tumbledown hovel and dug in for the fight of my life.
Freed of my marital chains, I attended computer repair school and graduated with ease. I found myself working full time at a restaurant by day with my evenings split between computer and cleaning jobs.
I supplemented my high-school education with books borrowed from the local library and even gained a love for classical music and literature. I even reigned in my tongue and gained control over my horribly foul language!
I had the "dream" as I remade myself but I was working my ass off to get it.
Eventually we were forced to relocate to Western Kentucky and it was there that my real journey began.
I discovered that the less I owned, the easier it was to clean.
The less I owned, the less I had to trip over.
The less we had, the less I had to work to pay for it!
I work and support my daughter entirely from my laptop, taking my work with me wherever there is an Internet connection--but my favorite work location is at home.
Something changed inside of me when I made the mental shift from acquisition to minimalism. The less I owned the happier I became.
Nowadays I can do almost everything from my pet laptop. It is my workplace, my stereo, my library, my mailbox, my telephone, my television and my video player.
My monthly bills--including rent on our 1-bedroom cottage are less than $500 a month. This includes insurance on our paid-for van and gives us room for extras as well.
This minimal amount has allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a writer--I rarely even work on computers anymore because I no longer have to.
Instead I spend my days writing books and blog posts while caring for my daughter and the menagerie that we have acquired.
We love grabbing our sleeping bags in the summer and camping in the woods or sleeping wherever we end up in our van.
We enjoy random trips to visit family and friends.
We enjoy mountains of experiences that would be impossible if I worked a conventional job.
I cherish being a stay-at-home single mother and having the opportunity to watch my baby girl grow up.
I am proud of the fact that I do not need a boyfriend to support me. This frees me to look at men as men instead of as financial lifelines.
I definitely enjoy a lot more spare time!
I have learned something very valuable and I hope to pass it on through my blog and books: you will succeed if you keep trying.
If you keep working, if you keep looking, if you keep searching the answers will come. If you don't limit yourself, your answers may come from the most unexpected places (like a couple of dogs in a Wal Mart parking lot).
If you keep looking, total strangers will give you clues to help you along. I once had a computer repair client press a book in my hands that entirely changed my life--and I thought she was nuts when she did it!
The only true failure in life is if you STOP trying.
These are my journeys; be they good, bad or ugly. This is who I am. I achieved my dream of becoming a writer and a stay-at-home mom and I KNOW that you can achieve anything you desire if you only focus and keep trying.
I want you to know that if I can do it; the backwards country girl whom everyone said was destined to fail--if I can do it, I KNOW you can too! I want you to see my success and share yours every step of the way.
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We all hate to clean our homes.
We secretly envy that spacious, super-clean look but don't have a clue how to get it. We hate our messy homes so we try everything that lands on the shelf looking for a miracle.
That miracle is NOT going to happen.
All of those magic potions and super-duper cleaning tools are not what makes your home clean: YOU are. In fact, you can get your home cleaner using a lot less stuff while spending a lot less money than you think.
This new edition of The Minimalist Cleaning Method not only shows you how to clean your whole home faster and cheaper, it also shows you how to keep your home clean as well.
In addition to an expanded cleaning recipe arsenal, this new edition includes tips for spring cleaning, auto cleaning and a completely new method that requires almost NO chemicals whatsoever.
If you are tired of the old inefficient, expensive ways of cleaning this book contains the answers you have been looking for.
Written by a frugal living expert who practices Minimalism, this book provides practical tips and a lighthearted look at Minimalism and the Minimalist Method of house cleaning.
Filled with tips, tricks, and stories, there is something for everyone within these pages.
The author draws from personal experience to show others that you CAN start out (or over) with very little and you CAN make a success of the endeavor. You don't have to suffer, but you do have to have certain basic items. This book takes the guesswork out of what you will need.
Tip #6: No car. Annual Savings: $6,364.
Tip #49: General Cleaning. Annual Savings $216.
Tip #58: Carpet cleaning. Annual Savings $100.
Tip #86: Salvaging stained clothing. Annual Savings $50.
Tip #105: Printer ink. Annual Savings $150.
Tip #114: Software. Annual Savings $200
Tip #135: Movies. Annual Savings $52
Tip #140: Television. Annual Savings $1,200
Tip #154: Credit Cards. Annual Savings $480
Tip #169: Where to work for Maximum savings.
Annual savings $1,011
Tip #315 - Housing. Annual Savings $3,600
What could you do with that much extra money?
As a bonus, the author has included a number of articles she has written to help the reader save even more.
Frugality expert Annie Jean Brewer is the bestselling author of "The Shoestring Girl." She is the mind behind Annienygma.com, one of the top Minimalism/Simplicity blogs on the Internet today.
Annie combined minimalism with extreme frugality to achieve her dream of being a stay at home single mother. The tales in this book cover:
Going without shampoo
Winter coats and maternity clothes
The Pepsi point summer
Ghetto auto repairs
Eating out for half-price
Each of these stories are true and shared here to entertain and inspire your inner cheapskate.
Do you Want to Earn a Living from Ebooks?
As a single mother I asked the question: How can I be at home with my child but still pay the bills?
Job after job kept taking me away from my daughter's fleeting childhood. My frustration grew every time I missed another milestone in her life.
I combed the Internet in search of the answer. I found several places online where you could work from home but many of these meant that I was literally chained to a computer for hours on end. There had to be a better way!
One day I stumbled upon a blogger selling ebooks from his website. Not only selling them, he was actually earning his living from ebook sales!
"I can do that!" I thought.
I contacted him, buttered him up and picked his brain.
Gleefully following his instructions I finished my first ebook, published it online and drooled at the screen in anticipation.
I sat, I watched, I waited. After my first few sales the money dried up like a puddle in the desert.
What was I doing wrong?
I went out in search of more writers and picked a few more brains. I stayed up late at night researching and experimenting, determined to become a successful ebook writer. I refused to give up and quit.
I discovered the secret to ebook success.
Now I spend my days at home instead of at the dreaded day job. I take long walks with my daughter instead of punching a time clock. Money comes automatically now so I can relax and enjoy my life.
Anyone can make a living with ebooks, GUARANTEED
If you follow the steps in this guide you are guaranteed to earn money with ebooks. I am so convinced that you will be able to earn a living entirely from ebook sales that I offer you a 6-month money-back guarantee. If after 6 months of applying this method you are not earning money from your ebooks send me a copy of your purchase receipt and I will refund your purchase price.
This guide teaches you:
• What equipment you need to write ebooks
• What bank accounts you need
• How to financially prepare to live off your ebook royalty income
• Where to find the time to write
• The importance of a blog
• Where to practice writing in preparation
• Where to find subjects to write about
• How to create your ebook
• Where and how to create an ebook cover
• Ebook descriptions
• Where to distribute your ebook
• Ebook pricing
• The importance of a backlist
• Social media
• Making the leap by quitting your day job
• And more
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius.
Will you take that step today?
Annie Brewer earns her living entirely from her blog and ebook sales. You can learn more by visiting her website Annienygma.com.
When you are depressed, nothing seems to help.
I know, I've been there.
The day will come when you've finally had enough, when you are sick and tired of laying in your bed waiting for yet another day to pass. What will you do?
Most self-help books are so filled with fancy theories and trite advice that they forget the biggest problem that you are facing: You need something that works right now, something that will jump start your life.
Be Happy Now
Be Happy Now is the one book designed to help with immediate results. There is no fluff, no "expert opinions" and no Bullshit involved - just the exact methods I have used personally to overcome depression in my own life. Inside you will find:
• That the only one responsible for your happiness is you.
• How to create your personal Happiness Snowball and start it rolling downhill.
• How to exercise your atrophied Happiness muscle.
• Visualization techniques designed to allow you to mentally take control of your problems and vanquish them.
• How to keep those happy feelings you have gained.
Why Can I Trust You?
Just like you, I've battled depression. I've lain in bed while my kids tiptoed through the house whispering "Mommy is sick." I've felt even worse listening to them because I couldn't bring myself to get up, get dressed and take care of my precious babies.
I've been scolded by others who just didn't get it, who didn't understand my depression, who thought I was just being lazy, who didn't realize that they were actually making things worse.
My brain was so mushed that I couldn't focus on traditional methods to battle depression. I needed something simple to focus on.
This book contains the answer.
I used the tricks in this book to climb out of that deep, dark hole. I got out of that bed and, using the quick and dirty methods presented here not only overcame my depression but changed my life. Instead of feeling like a victim I took charge of my life and gained the courage to follow my dream of becoming a writer. Now I am living a life that others dream of - and I couldn't have done it without the first steps outlined in this book.
What this book is NOT:
This book is not a Depression database listing every single feel-good method available. This book lists the most basic, elementary steps designed to gently reprogram your mind to focus on the positive instead of the negative quicksand you are buried in.
This book is not based on theory. This stuff works.
This book is NOT designed to be a long read. It is designed to be a quick rope you toss to yourself or to a friend. It is designed to give you just enough to get started.
This book is NOT designed to overwhelm you. Most self-help books are filled with so much stuff that you think "oh, I can't do all that!" and they get set aside as a result. This book is short, sweet and designed for you to say "that's simple enough - I'll give it a shot."
What Do You Have To Lose Except Depression?
Minimalism can free you to achieve the dreams and goals that you may have thought were impossible. By eliminating the excess in your life you are free to apply your time and resources to the pursuit of what you love.
book guides you through the process of choosing a subject, outlining the steps,
what software to use and how to create one even if you don't own a computer!
After creating your ebook you will learn where to go to market your masterpiece,
how to encourage others to sell for you and even how to collect the money!
This book takes the mystery out of ebooks, and dispells the myth that states you
have to use expensive software to create one!
One day a complete stranger pressed a book into my hands. That book was "The Secret" and it completely changed my life.
Within six months I went from working multiple jobs to a single work-at-home position.
I went from a unit in the projects to owning my own home.
In time I was able to quit working entirely - I retired at the age of 41.
This book contains my story and shows how you too can design the life of your dreams.
This book covers:
What Is The Law Of Attraction?
How To Tell a Law of Attraction Expert From a Fraud
I Attracted a Home (and more) Using a Vision Board
How to Use the Law of Attraction
The Positivity Journal
A Kickass Playlist
The Best Thing To Attract
How To Get The Life You Really Want
How to Attract Money
Give it Over To The Universe
The Dark Side of Attraction
Miscellaneous Attraction Stories
The Bible and The Law of Attraction
If you have ever wanted an honest report on the Law of Attraction, with proven tips and tricks to help you design the life of your dreams, this is the book for you.
Annie Jean Brewer is a frugal living expert and author of over 20 books, including “The Shoestring Girl: How I Live on Practically Nothing and YOU Can Too,” and “The Minimalist Cleaning Method.” You can learn more about her at the #2 Simplicity Blog of 2012, Annienygma.com.
"The Slavery of Extreme Minimalism" - A warning about the dangers of taking minimalism too far.
"Five Myths of Minimalism"
"Minimalism: About boundaries, not stuff" - Minimalism is about setting boundaries in your life to unlock your potential.
"Minimalism is a life hack"
"How to be minimalist in one step" - Minimalism described in as few words as possible.
"How minimalism changed my life" - a personal account of how my life has benefited from minimalism.
"Minimalism is perfect for the poor" - an essay countering the accusation that the poor cannot benefit from minimalism.
"The history of simplicity (and why I call myself a minimalist) - the difference between simplicity and minimalism, from a real-world viewpoint.
"The problem with simplicity" - everything has it's problems, including simplicity and minimalism.
"Minimalism and wealth" - how minimalism affects your wealth by changing what you spend on.
"How to apply minimalism to finances" - how low can you go?