Network Marketing – So is This Some Kind of Pyramid Scheme?

Okay, so I am sure anyone who has ever been in a network marketing company has heard the reply, “Is this some kind of pyramid scheme?” Although, this question is annoying and somewhat insulting, stay friendly and don’t reply with a snooty comment. When I am faced with this question, I first ask them to … Continue reading “Network Marketing – So is This Some Kind of Pyramid Scheme?”

Okay, so I am sure anyone who has ever been in a network marketing company has heard the reply, “Is this some kind of pyramid scheme?” Although, this question is annoying and somewhat insulting, stay friendly and don’t reply with a snooty comment.

When I am faced with this question, I first ask them to tell me what a pyramid scheme is in their own words. Most times he or she is dead wrong and quite frankly have no idea what answer they are searching to receive. In other words, they are clueless about network marketing and the power of the business model.

Your goal in this situation is not to convince them to join your company or tell them how wonderful your products are. Rather you want to educate them on what a pyramid scheme is and encourage them to do some research on their own. The reason you don’t want this individual in your organization is because they are already giving off a negative vibe and probably will complain about everything along the way.

No one wants to drag someone along who is just kicking up dust and not really there to achieve anything. I promise you, you will thank me later after you have spent several weeks, even months tirelessly training this person on how to run a successful business. However, this person will not grow your business or theirs because they do not want to put in the sweat equity to achieve success.

So some of you reading this blog post may not know what a pyramid scheme is and that is perfectly fine. I am here to enlighten you. For those of you who do, good for you!!! Put simply, a pyramid scheme is an illegal money game, where money is exchanged and no product or service is being delivered.

For example, most pyramid schemes are based on a strategy where people are recruited to make payments to others above them and then expect to get paid from people recruited below them. Ultimately the number of new recruits fails to sustain the payment structure, and the scheme collapses with most people losing the money they paid in.

This sounds very similar to a network marketing company. Well it is based on the same principle. However, there are 3 main differences between network marketing and pyramid schemes which are listed below:

1.)Distributors can get paid solely by selling the product not just by recruiting.

2.)The compensation plan is capped at a limited number. In other words, there are restrictions the company puts on its compensation plan that limits the number of people who can get paid on a sale. This control makes the business model sustainable and erases the theory that you have to get in at the top. With this structure, it doesn’t matter where you come in, at the top or at the bottom so to say as everyone has the same opportunity to make money.

3.)The company has been around for several years and has a proven track record. Yes, there will be new start-up network marketing companies that will be legit and not pyramid schemes despite lacking an established sales history. For a new company, do a lot of research as well as study the compensation plan. If you are not savvy with compensation plans, ask someone you know who is to review the plan for you.

Another angle I use to divert from the negative connotation behind network marketing and the pyramid scheme is to announce the real pyramid scheme that CEO’s and shareholders cover up by giving it a clever name: The Corporate Ladder. The structure of a network marketing company is similar to a corporate structure with the CEO at the top and the general laborers at the bottom.

However, the biggest difference between the two is that you in your own network marketing company get to be the CEO of your business and expand your business down. General laborers do not have the authority to act as the CEOs of the companies in which they work nor do they have the ability to make more or even as much money than the people above them in the company’s hierarchy structure.

It takes long years of dedication and education to climb the corporate ladder, but takes far less time to build a successful network marketing company, especially with the explosion of social media. I am left bewildered by this paradox and irritated that we are the ones who get called crazy for thinking up a better box to live our lives in!!!

Guys – How to Turn Your Username For Your Online Dating Profile Into a Hot Chick Magnet!

So you want to know how to turn your username for your online dating profile into a chick magnet?

Most guys are clueless when it comes to picking a username. In fact, most guys pick a name that’s a “Chick Repellent.”

I used to be clueless, too. In fact, my username sucked and practically screamed at girls to click “Next!”

But, I have a secret for you – and it’s this: I discovered how to turn my username into a chick magnet and so can you! And get this – all you guys can be just as successful in attracting hot girls with your online profile with the right username.

So this is good news for you and I – especially since we want to know how to turn your online profile username into a personal and automated chick magnet for you.

We can do this using some little-known secret tweaks and turn these secrets to our advantage.

I want you to think about this – your username is one of the first things girls see when you send them a message or they check out your profile. What is your username telling girls about who you are?

Here’s 3 username FATAL MISTAKES most guys make you must avoid like the Plague!

Mistake #1: Picking A Username That Makes You Sound Like A Loser

Names like “HopelessRomantic”… “IWantLove”… “Looking4Luv”… “LonelyAndNeedingLove” – these names signal to hot chicks that you are a lonely loser with low social value.

Mistake #2: Picking A Username That Uses Numbers

Usernames that are full of numbers don’t say anything about who you are! These types of names will leave girls confused and are hard to remember.

Mistake #3: Picking A User Name That Makes You Sound Like A Perv

Don’t use names with extreme sexual connotations like “Allof9Inches,” “HardAndReady,” or “BiggestDiscoStick.”

This is BIG TURN OFF to hot girls.

Your username is a chick magnet when it conveys that you are a confident, social, fun and passionate guy.

You can be funny. You can name yourself after something you find passion in. You can create mystery. And you can use “sexy” or “hottie” in your username but keep it unique and classy.

WARNING: Do not neglect the above secrets to making your online dating profile a chick magnet! Be sure to take this advise seriously if you want to start flooding your profile with responses from hot, fun and sexy girls.

What Does MICR Toner Mean? All You Need to Know About MICR Printing

Remember Frank Abagnale, Jr. (or Hollywood hottie, Leonardo DiCaprio, to you!) in the movie “Catch Me, If You Can?” A lot of scenes there showed him cashing Pan Am Airline checks that he wrote using a typewriter. Well, that is not possible now with the emergence of MICR or Magnetic Ink Character Recognition.

Banks have started to find ways to streamline their handling of checks as more people grew mobile and (perhaps have grown rich) found more use for bank checks. To automate the processing of these, a standard electronic processing, handling and reading system was established. This is now known as Magnetic Ink Character Recognition.

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) defines MICR or Magnetic Character Recognition as the accepted machine language specification used in payment transactions on paper – that’s bank checks for you. These are characters printed (MICR Printing) in a special magnetic ink (MICR Toner) that is then read by high speed magnetic equipment that is especially made to recognize these. MICR printing follows an agreed pattern or syntax that, besides authenticating the check, provides the bank with the necessary information like the account number, bank routing number, check number and even the amount requested.

Printed with an E-13B font or CMC-7 font, these MICR characters have to follow a standard arrangement of numbers and symbols for these to be read by a high speed check sorting and reading machine. Just like some barcode fonts, these symbols have a pre-determined prefix and suffix that serve as codes for these machines-there’s no way Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could decipher this as MICR printing follows a lot of strict conditions such as the positioning of the printed lines in relation to the Clear Band Area of the check.

MICR printing involves a special formulation ink called the MICR toner, and these can be printed using a laser printer or printed on a printing press or w/ impact machines. The MICR toner is magnetically charged so that the reader-sorter machines can recognize them through each character’s unique shape. And since it is a machine that optically recognizes these characters, it become important then to have an even or consistent print quality, correct placement of characters on the designated printing area to ensure readability.

MICR Toner

You can use your regular desktop laser printer in MICR printing as long as you use MICR toner. MICR toners are specially formulated magnetic inks that are not the type that you usually use with your printers. These may be readable to the human eye but what the reader-sorter machines are looking for are the magnetic signal or the electronic “fingerprints.” Trying to pass a check in a bank with invalid MICR codes will have them rejected at the clearing center, may cause you a lot of delays, or worse, the bank teller may suspect a modern Frank Abagnale, Jr. who is totally clueless about Magnetic Ink Character Recognition.

Paint Jobs – How Much Does it Cost to Paint? Estimating Paint Jobs

Nobody wants to work for nothing, but many painting businesses do when they don’t charge for all the things that are part of each job. If you intend to do a complete job, and your customer is asking for a complete job, then you should be charging for a complete job. Leave something off of the estimate and you are working for nothing. Doing a complete and thorough estimate involves everything that takes time whether it be screwing that switch plate cover back on or painting the altar in that church. Many painters brag about what they describe as an almost mystical experience, like walking into a room and a price comes into their head. I never liked that because it is inaccurate, lazy and likely to end up poorly, at best you will just miss something and work for nothing on that part of the job. Another reason why this lump sum magic is bad is that someone is always surprised when the customer finds something that wasn’t done and they thought it was part of the job. And they tell you do it or don’t get paid. I talk about this when I discuss the Proposal itself.

Setup – Whether it be driving 100 miles to the job or 2 days setting up scaffolding or 20 minutes unloading drops, ladders and paint, it is part of every job. And because it is part of the job it is included in the cost of the job and needs to be estimated. Some thought should be given to special circumstances as mentioned above, or keep a percentage to use as a formula for each job. For example: if you are scaffolding out that church steeple to scrape and paint, then you need to figure everything involved with this stage including take down. This type of setup is likely to be much more costly than the actual paint job. Whereas painting the interior of your average customers home can be done room by room as a percentage of the total hours. For example: if you are dropping out a room, removing switch plates, moving furniture, etc. Then an easy way to do it is to take the total hours painting and multiply by.1 or.2 or whatever you think is an average time. Estimating setup, prep, and cleanup as a percentage on average jobs saves time when estimating.

Preparation – Lots of times this costs way more than the paint job. For example: we did a paint job on a big 1840’s wood clapboard monster of a house. 15 weeks removing paint before one drop of paint went on the house, the painting itself was about 3 weeks. Not only time but lots of sanding disks, respirators, disposable coveralls, cleanup daily, and removal of all dust and chips was all a big deal because of the size of the job and because of the old lead paint. The opposite is the average home interior that can be estimated like the setup example above using a percentage. Most of the time interior prep is just small surface repairs, and some caulking, the stuff that is the same from job to job. Special repairs or problems should be itemized.

Painting – What amount of time does it take to paint 5 wood casement windows on ground level without a ladder? How much time does it take to paint those same 5 windows at 40 feet on a hill when each window is 8 feet apart? Probably more than 2 times what it takes to paint the ones on ground level, each time moving and setting up the ladder on uneven ground most likely involving 2 people to move and setup the ladder for each window. So an easy formula to use on heights above 25 feet would be 2 times or 2.2 times or whatever the time it takes to paint the same window without ladder. Most of the time estimating painting costs can be done with a formula that works pretty well from job to job.

Cleanup – This part of the painting job is likely to be glossed over or ignored from an estimating position. This is a big mistake because it can take more time that the actual painting, depending on the job. If this part of the job is not done well the client may view the entire job as poorly done. And if done really well it may just put the crowning touch on the job. Estimating the time to properly cleanup after each job is critical to your estimate. If you short this part of the estimate, by not allowing enough time, then something has to give and the outcome is likely an unhappy customer. Average jobs can use a factor to estimate time. Example, an 8 hour interior job can be cleaned up in 8 hours x.1 =.8 hours.

When I watch some of these “home remodeling” shows blow through the painting as if it is nothing, I laugh but then I think how much ignorance they create. When Norm does his woodworking magic it is an event to behold; but, when Carlos spends 3 hours vacuuming, dusting and cleaning windows after a paint job, it is nothing, it is not even mentioned. Some many home owners tackle paint jobs and are totally clueless as to what is really involved. Like the time when we were called in to touch up walls in this multi-million dollar mcMansion following a $25,000 audio system wiring job where the technician cut holes in 11 different rooms. Each room had a different color, so we cleaned rollers, brushes, cut buckets etc. after each color. The owner gave me a big argument about charging her for the time to clean our tools. If it is part of the job and you wouldn’t be doing it except for their job, then they should be paying you for it.

How To Make a Woman Horny Within Minutes Of Meeting You By Using 3 Under-The-Radar Seduction Tactics

Most guys have don’t have a set strategy for interacting with a woman when they decide to approach her. They take a hit-and miss approach and hope that the next woman they try to seduce will respond favorably to their advances. If you have been one of these guys, don’t feel bad. The only difference between rookies from master seducers is having the correct mindset when approaching a woman and employing a certain set strategies while interacting with her. Although this article can’t teach you how to become an overnight success with the ladies, it will give you a solid foundation which you can build upon on your journey to becoming a seduction wunderkind. It will give you insights into what you’ll need to do to attract your dream woman.

* One of the most basic skills that all guys need to have if they want to attract women is having good social skills when interacting with them. This means that you must feel completely comfortable and confident when you talk with them. This is extremely important because it will enable you to establish rapport and make her comfortable as fast as possible. This will make her more likely to make her genuinely attracted to you. If you feel uncomfortable and act awkward when you’re with her you stand absolutely no chance of establishing any kind of connection with her. You need to understand that women love “alpha males” – guys who are confident and take control of the conversation she enjoys without becoming overbearing or too aggressive. Therefore

* Another characteristic that will attract high-quality women to you is the level of energy and enthusiasm you have when you talk to her. Most guys that try to seduce a woman tend to be plain boring. You need to learn to stand out from the crowd and one of the best ways to do this is to have lots of enthusiasm and high level of energy when you talk to her. However, you also have to be careful not to come across as too overbearing and too aggressive as she will likely feel suffocated.

* One factor that is most likely to determine whether a woman will feel attracted to you is your ability to create sexual tension while you are with her. If you want to become romantically involved with her you simply must ignite a sexual spark and have a healthy dose of chemistry in order for her to feel sexually attracted to you. If you fail to do so you the best you can hope for is maybe getting her phone number and being relegated to the dreaded “friend zone”

Why Is My Boyfriend Not Talking to Me Like He Used To? Here Are the Possible Reasons Why

Probably one of the most common relationship questions that baffle many women is “Why did my boyfriend suddenly stop talking to me?” Most of the time, women are so clueless with what the real reason is behind the icy attitude. Here are 7 probable causes:

He saw something that he found unappealing in you.

It could be the way you carry your dress or the way you tactlessly comment at other people. No matter how minute these things may seem to you, your man might feel a revolting distaste for the way you have behaved and not talking to you is one way he’s dealing with it.

He has a problem that he just can’t share with you.

Perhaps it’s too personal that’s why he’d rather keep mum about it. And because men have been brought up to keep things inside of them, he might be uncomfortable to open up about a concern that he might have.

A third party might be involved.

He might have met someone that he deems better than you. No matter how painful this may seem, just let him go if this is the reason behind his indifference. There are many other worthy guys out there. Just be thankful that he cheated on you while you’re still not married to him.

Before you wreck havoc…

…consider if he’s also busy at work on a certain project that he needs to get done. Maybe his boss has been pressing him to finish something and here you come with all your unwarranted drama! Imagine how he’d feel.

He’s not in the mood.

Hey, girls aren’t the only ones who have mood swings. Remember that he’s still a human being and so he’s also subjected to the same rigors of pressure and stress. Perhaps he just had a bad day at work and his silence has nothing to do with you at all.

He realizes that you’re not compatible.

When he looks at you or whenever he’s with you, this man doesn’t feel the chemistry at all. Too late did he realize that you’re not the one for him. So instead of confronting you about his real feelings, perhaps your man would rather slink away so he wouldn’t hurt your feelings.

He’s not ready to let go of his bachelorhood.

Perhaps he also suddenly realized that going out with you has already placed too much strain on his schedule. His freedom to go out with his male buddies or to be on his own is clearly hampered so he’d chosen to just ignore you.

Anger Management: You’ve Got To Own Your Anger To Manage It

We do not fall into neat little categories no matter how hard others may try to classify us. Still, in my psychotherapy practice I do notice a strong correlation between folks with chronic anger management problems and those who exhibit self-defeating personality traits. Many of us organize our identities around a core belief that we are “victims.” We believe this to be true because we continue to suffer from parental improprieties long after growing up and leaving home. As much as clients express sincere wishes to move forward with their lives, making these wishes a reality are easier said than done.

Each and every time they are angry, the experiences feel as if salt is being poured on their incompletely healed emotional scars. They are especially resistant to the notion that their parents and themselves for that matter, did and still do the best they can given their limitations and the limits of the support they receive from loved ones. They prefer to collect grievances and hold grudges even though such dispositions hold themselves back from breaking with their dissatisfying pasts so they might create more satisfying lives.

With the fervor of evangelists many of us will settle for no less than one of the following:

1) An end to our pain and suffering,

2) Escapes at will from our pain and suffering,

3) Revenge or

4) Special entitlements to compensate us for our misfortunes.

It doesn’t matter whether we recall our parents as being miscreants of the most premeditated variety, or just very limited and clueless about what motivated apparently automatic and mindless methods of parenting. On an emotional level we hold tenaciously to demands that the justice be served.

Many of us present as unlucky and unfortunate souls who have not separated who we are from how we were treated as children. We tell our stories of woe certain there are signs pasted on our backs that read: “Go ahead and kick me everyone else does!” In truth, the sad ironies are that we are not by any stretch of the imagination victims any longer. We are in actuality unwitting architects who preserve and perpetuate our pain and suffering. We are victims of our own self-defeating patterns of behavior that we deny and/or minimize responsibility for.

As implied in the preceding paragraph buried and forgotten and primed to be relived in the present is our investment in being victims in search of ideals of fairness and justice that cannot and will not be served. How these rigid and unrelenting patterns shape our chronic anger management problems is the subject of this article.

My introductory remarks beg the question: How could it be that at 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or even 80 we still experience ourselves as not responsible for our own destinies? Well, intellectually we know we are however, the logic of our emotions operate according to a different set of rules. We believe that managing these problems should not be our jobs because we didn’t bargain with our parents to be saddled with such problems. Thus, we link “not deserving” such a fate with not needing to own and manage these problems. We’re scared to death that we might not be able to do anything about these problems and/or find having them so abhorrent as to ensure a future of suffering of our own making.

Now that’s quite a parental legacy to have to shoulder! So we resist committing ourselves to fixing our problems because we find the unfairness and injustice of it too intolerable to come to terms with. We may keep banging our heads against the walls in broad daylight hoping that others believed to have been treated to more privileged childhoods will do something to help us. The implicit entreaty is: “Will you stop standing there and please do something to end my suffering!” Unfortunately, only we can solve our own problems if we can accept responsibility and discard our propensities for self blame. This state of affairs never did and will never have anything to do with deserving such mistreatment.

We may presently be victims but, it’s not of our childhoods. We may indeed be victims of our own guilt perpetuating machines that run 24 hours a day. We may be blind to it in ourselves and eagle-eyed when expressed by others however, we are in truth as capable of cruelty, sadism, anger, rage, envy as anyone else walking the planet. The crux of our problems are that we do not see ourselves as un-saintly like the rest of the human race unless we are provoked. We have not learned to own and contain such feelings, wishes and impulses without feeling horrible about ourselves.

Consequently, absent an external provocation we are at the mercy of internal mechanisms that demand punishment and self-sacrifice for what are universal aspects of human experience we equate with being bad, evil and destructive people. Thus we try unsuccessfully and ineffectively to defend against what is “evil” and “destructive” leaving these feelings out of our control to wreak havoc with us. Our guilt demands self-sacrifice. Oh, how envious we may be of those who live lives of pleasure and plenty.

What is human for others and does not interfere with their pursuit of happiness oppresses us folks, burdens us and limits our capacities to be happy. We may be inescapable victims of the need to suffer because we learned growing up that we suffered as a precondition of being cared for. “Being” did not make us eligible for much at all. We had to earn whatever we got and usually did so with a pound of flesh or guilt. “What do you mean you’re not hungry? There are kids dying of starvation every day in Africa.”

Do you get the point? In addition the rules of engagement inside these homes were such that no one owned up to being responsible for what exacted so much self-sacrifice. In fact, if anyone felt anything regarded as evil and destructive the accepted myth was that someone else must have “made them feel this way.” So, these so-called assaults on each others’ self-esteem led to sanctioned acts of retaliation. As was to be expected in such environments the children being weak, small and relatively defenseless took the brunt of the attacks.

It’s not uncommon for victims to beget victims. We are condemned to remain victims until we develop the mindset that we can change ourselves. Short of this we walk around wearing our unhappiness on our sleeves as our currency for paying for what we feel entitled to. We are notorious for apologizing for anything and everything. We apologize for taking up space, breathing too much air, and we may even ask permission to go to the bathroom. The message is that we do not feel entitled to much and we assiduously ask for little to avoid frustrations and disappointments because if we do not get what we feel entitled to for all our suffering we are likely to feel that we are being attacked as completely worthless when in fact we have devalued ourselves to the point that we may become desperate for appreciation and recognition for our dutiful service. Absent this, we are likely to blame others for what bubbles to the surface. I’m referring to all that we regard to be evil and destructive which we will need to blame someone for.

As I indicated, we have anger management problems that stem from the fact that we remain victims of those who raised us. As long as we feel helpless and hopeless to change we regard being held accountable for our anger as adding insult to injury. The unfairness and injustice of being stuck with an impoverished sense of entitlement is compounded by the fact that to own our hostilities toward our parental figures is to render us entitled to nothing. They might as well be dead. At least if they surrender to demands that they work, sweat, suffer without complaints when they are treated unfairly they are then, entitled to ask for something. The sense of injustice eats away at these folks and they cannot forgive their parental figures who they continue to avenge in part through their self-defeating acts.

Many of us fit the profiles of battered spouses; men and women. We may feel so guilty over our hostile wishes, feelings etc., that we are at the mercy of efforts on the part of the batterers to justify what is unjustifiable. If the attacks continue a point is reached where the battered party will feel so bad about himself and so resentful of the aggression that the will flee what has become a re-living of his role as child and identify with the aggressor; the aggressive parent from the family of origin. It’s not uncommon for us to wind up in court arrested for a domestic violence incident when in fact, the police reports read largely like muggings and we may have started out as the victim of aggression who then, retaliated. Once again two wrongs don’t make a right but, the mentality of an angry victim is not unlike the mentality of a child who identifies with what he has learned.

When my clients come into my office not only do they bring their chronic tales of woe, they also bring with them the guarantee that I will be asked to enact with them scenarios similar to the ones they describe to me. We call such enactments, compulsions to repeat history. If we are victims of history then, we have to find ways to control its impact on us. We will try and shape that which we know how to deal with: To control its influence, destroy its influence or change its influence. The compulsion is indisputable evidence that we still resist mourning our losses so we can’t move on and liberate these energies for more creative and satisfying pursuits.

For example, my clients will come in, regale me with stories of how they are being taken advantage of, reject my efforts to explore what it all means in terms of their motives for such self-defeating actions and then, forget to pay me for weeks on end. Misery loves company and passing the role of victim on to others is a way to stave off envy, and affirms a sense of entitlement to be compensated for all our pain and self-sacrifice. Our actions express a logic that can only be understood by blurring the boundaries between the past and present: “What right do I (their psychotherapist) have to get consideration for my time and trouble when y clients do not consider themselves and do not ask for their due from others?”

In my psychotherapy practice I help many in a variety of ways.

1) I model healthy self-interest, and help clients resolve their conflicts over identifying with myself. I respect y clients as capable of growing, changing and coping with unfairness and injustice in life that we all must learn to accept, in order to lead reasonably happy lives.

2) I normalize the feelings my clients believe are evil and destructive, establish ground rules for acceptable ways of expressing them, mirror expressions of these feelings with acceptance and understanding, and reassure my clients that they will not destroy me with their anger. I also reassure them that I will not retaliate should they express anger and disappointment towards myself.

3) I encourage, and acknowledge their expressions of healthy self-interest and resist rewarding self-defeating actions. Conversely, I model healthy self-interest.

4) In addition, I also model healthy assertions of authority to empower my clients to challenge their guilt, challenge time-honored notions that glorify self-sacrifice, and neutralize their attacks on themselves that for so long left their self-esteem and mood in ruins.

5) We reframe their anger as an emotion that is a starting point to assess what they are getting too little of or too much of that they would like to change, and then how to use their anger to assert their rights to be treated with more respect and consideration and

6) I provide these clients the corrective experiences of being re-parented so that they can mourn their childhood losses and shed their identifications as victims.

I have attempted with this brief article to describe for you the origins of anger management problems experienced by any of us who exhibit self-defeating personality traits; our characteristics and how they can be addressed through psychotherapy. One can teach someone everything they need to know about assertive communications, fighting fairly, de-escalating conflicts, mindfulness, etc. However, if we are still at war with images of abusive and neglectful parental figures, then until we are ready to wave the white flag all the anger management classes in the world won’t empower us to change until we are ready to own the consequences of what growing up has left us with as our problems to solve.

Greek Wedding Customs

Greece is an ancient land, with many longstanding and fascinating customs. At no time is this more true than at a Greek wedding. Whether you are hoping to incorporate your Greek heritage into your wedding, or are simply looking for inspiration for some meaningful and beautiful wedding traditions, you will find that there are many wonderful customs integrated into Greek weddings.

Many of the prevalent wedding customs in Greece are used within the Orthodox Church marriage ceremonies, although the origins of some of them date back to antiquity. Whether you are planning to be married in Greece or Stateside, these customs have very nice symbolism, and would be quite easy to work into your own wedding ceremony. If the majority of your wedding guests will be unfamiliar with them, it might be a good idea to include some brief explanations of the Greek customs in your wedding programs.

There is one Greek wedding tradition, in particular, that would be beautiful to include in any wedding ceremony, and that is the stefana, or wedding crowns. This is an ancient Greek custom, and no Greek wedding would be complete without it. The bride and groom wear a pair of crowns that is bound together by ribbons. The crowns symbolize the nobility of marriage and the fact that the newlyweds will be forever bound together in their new family. In an Orthodox service, the priest will say a prayer over the stefana and the newlyweds, wishing them all of God’s blessings in their new life together, as well as hoping for the family to be ruled wisely.

The marriage crowns are extremely important to a Greek couple, and will be saved after the wedding, and often placed on display in their new home. Some people are even buried in their stefana, they are that important. The ribbon that binds the two crowns is to be kept intact for a lifetime, as it represents the lasting union between the bride and groom. Traditionally, the crowns were made of materials ranging from lemon leaves to vines to gold and jewels. Because they are considered a lasting keepsake, brides today will often have custom bridal jewelry created to match the look of their crowns, or vice versa. The bridal jewelry and the stefana can both be handcrafted of the same fine materials, such as pearls, sterling silver, and Swarovksi crystals.

There is many other wonderful Greek wedding customs. One of these concerns the role of the best man, called the koumbaros. This honored position is often filled by the groom’s godfather, although any other close male friend or relative can have the role. The koumbaros has very special duties on the day of the wedding, including leading the bride and groom to the church, and helping them with their stefana.

Other Greek wedding customs pertain to the guests. It is customary for the guests at a wedding to wear good luck charms in the form of an eye to help ward off evil spirits. You could have a basket of these available at the door of the church for your guests to put on as they enter. Another beloved wedding custom in Greece is the breaking of plates at the reception for good luck, amongst much cheering and revelry.

The traditions of a Greek wedding are wonderful to include in a wedding today. You certainly do not have to be Greek to appreciate their beauty. If you are looking for ways to add more meaning to your wedding, than including the customs of Greece are a great way to do it.

The Premises of the Exodus

The story of the Exodus represents one of the most dramatic and rich in meaning parts of the Bible as it narrates the enslavement and liberation of God's people on the background of numerous miracles performed by God Himself and His chosen as well. This section also makes reference to the journey to the Promised Land and to a set of moral laws that has had a long-lasting effect upon modern society.

For Christians in general the story of the Exodus is a proof of God's greatness, but for Jewish people it is a tale of primary importance because it shows how God kept His promise to look after the chosen people.

In order to establish a comprehensive background for this part, one has to go back to the book of Genesis, to the characters of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. They had a son Isaac who grew and started his family as well. His wife Rebekkah gave birth to two boys, Jacob and Esau. They were very competitive but Jacob finally succeeded in becoming the family patriarch. One can find how he did it by reading chapters 25 to 27 from Genesis, but these details are not relevant to our subject. Up to this point, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. Jacob was special in God's eyes and he actually wrestled with God, or possibly an angel, all night long. At the end of this exhausting confrontation, Jacob won and God changed his name to Israel, which means "struggles with God".

Later on, Jacob had 12 sons out of whom he favored in particular the youngest one, called Joseph. His brothers, out of envy, sold him as a slave and told their father he was eaten by animals. Joseph ended in Egypt and was bought by a wealthy official. Thanks to his wisdom and good looks, Joseph earned his master trust and entered in favor with him. Nevertheless, after turning down the advances of the official's wife, he was accused of trying to rape her, which sent him to jail. But his staying there did not last too long due to his ability to interpret dreams and predict the future. He deciphered the Pharaoh's nightmares and also helped the Egyptian ruler to prepare for a future extreme drought, which brought Joseph the reward of being assigned as one the highest officials in Egypt.

After a period, Joseph's predictions came true and a dry spell hit Palestine, which determined his brothers and their family to travel to Egypt to stock up on food. After several encounters between Joseph and his clueless brothers, the former revealed his identity and they all rejoiced the reunion. The whole family immigrated to Egypt and lived happily a period. But a next article will reveal what interfered and changed everything around.

A Step By Step Process For Giving Your Woman SEXUAL PLEASURE And Making Her Addicted To You In Bed

In this article, I’m going to share a simple, step-by-step process with you that will enable you to give your woman incredible sexual pleasure and make her addicted to having sex with you.

First though, a little background…

Many men struggle to give their women clitoral orgasms. This statement is backed up by the fact that 30% of women have never had an orgasm.

The majority of women have only ever had clitoral orgasms — we’re talking approximately 70% of women here.

However, did you know that women can have vaginal, multiple, squirting, anal and nipple orgasms? Heck, some women have had orgasms without any touching at all.

Women are wildly sexual (or they at least have the potential to be).

So what’s going on… How come so few women are experiencing the amount of orgasms and type of orgasms which they are capable of?

Well, there are a few answers to that question — the main one being that most men are totally clueless in the bedroom and/or selfish. And that’s not a good recipe for a woman’s pleasure.

Since you are reading this, I’m willing to bet that you are A real man — meaning that you do care about pleasing your woman.

Am I right?


Let’s move on and look at…

The Step-By-Step Process For Giving Your Woman Sexual Pleasure And Making Her Addicted To Having Sex With You

Ideally, you would use this process the very first night you took a woman to bed. However, you can still use it if you have been in the same sexual relationship for years — simply take note of the steps that you have not yet used.

Have fun with this…

On the first night, massage the front of your woman’s vagina as deeply as you can. This area is called her DEEP SPOT. More than likely no other man will have ever done this before and it will show her that she does not necessarily need clitoral stimulation to experience sexual pleasure.

After doing this, have penetrative sex.

On the second night, it’s time to make sure you make her come. Give her oral sex and stimulate her clitoris with your fingers. Do this until she comes.

Then, use The Deep Spot Method to give her a vaginal orgasm. Then proceed to full sex. By the way — if you follow the process up to this point you have already given her multiple orgasms on the second night! Do you think she’ll be impressed? You bet she will.

On the third night, do the same again, but this time give her two deep spot method orgasms before penetrating her. So one clitoral and two vaginal orgasms before you have sex… then have intercourse.

This time, talk dirty during intercourse and help her to achieve a climax during sex — not just during foreplay.

Follow this simple pattern and I can guarantee that your woman will be totally addicted to having sex with you because you will have given her more sexual pleasure than any other man ever has.

When it comes to getting everything you want in the bedroom — the simplest technique in the world is to give your woman great sex. And great sex must include vaginal orgasms during intercourse.

If you fail to give your woman vaginal orgasms during intercourse, your woman will crave it elsewhere. Why else do you think 50% of women have cheated on their men?