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Cesar Millan: Our Dogs Are Laughing At Us!

Posted by borlokva on May 19, 2009

I was so excited today. My partner and I have two dogs – both part Australian Shepherds. Cesar Millan had a program on today where he was explaining to an owner how to keep two rambunctious super active and very inclined to do some extreme roughhousing boxers calm and submissive.

Our lesson for the day was how to straighten up, throw our chests out, and become pack leaders. Easy, right? I mean we had one of the best mentors in the world. Cesar Millan just straightens up, throws his chest out, strides toward the delinquents, points his arm, and throws out an occasional pssst! You know what? The dogs become instant obedient, well-trained pooches – I know without a doubt that he really is the “Dog Whisperer.”

All right. It’s time to practice our lesson. We take control of our beloved Aussies and stride out into the back yard. We did great! We really were the pack leaders. They were meek and mild as we went to the “play area.”

As we relax our rather over-endowed rears into our comfortable lounge chairs, we release the pack for play time. They get so rough; however, that we’re really afraid they’re going to hurt each other. We mentally rehearse how I should bring them back into a submissive mode.

Now picture this, if you can. I’m only 4’6″ tall. I straighten up, throw my chest out, purposefully stride towards the dogs, point my arm, and give a firm pssst. Caesar Milan, I swear I saw them rolling on the ground in glee. They take off at a run, knocking each other over, pushing, shoving, and just being very much the bad, bad dogs they can be. You know what else Caesar Milan? My partner and I SWEAR they were laughing at us.


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Borlok VA Takes the Plunge

Posted by borlokva on December 28, 2008

Criminy Christmas! We did it. We took the plunge and got our feet wet and have migrated once again (again) to Borlok Virtual Assistants.

It will have new bells and whistles as soon as I figure them all out. I won’t be dismantling this blog for awhile so you can check both.  Come Check Us Out!

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Shop Until You Drop

Posted by borlokva on December 20, 2008

Oh, the joys of Christmas shopping for someone you love. Run here and there, get what’s on this wish list, what’s on that wish list. The joy of seeing their faces when they wake up early Christmas morning makes the memories of standing in line for hours due to a shortage of employees all fade away in a blink of an eye.

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Who Says You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Posted by borlokva on December 11, 2008

You’ve all heard the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” right? Well, I’m here to dispute that fact. Of course, you have to realize that the old dog we’re talking about at this time is me, okay? I get so excited sometimes about the things that I learn each and every day – new things on blogging, internet marketing, affiliate marketing, article writing – I can hardly contain myself.

If I were to give any new virtual assistant some benefit of my knowledge that I’ve gained over the years, it would be to definitely look at each day with new eyes. Search for opportunities to learn, and tuck the gold coins of knowledge in your memory library for instant recall later on in life. You will be amazed at how much you have learned over the years.

For me, I’m very glad this old dog can learn new tricks.

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Are You a Night Owl?

Posted by borlokva on December 7, 2008

Are you one that has recently upgraded to digital cable with or are you thinking about it? Maybe you are someone that either stays up all night because you work all day or you just can’t sleep?  Are you getting wavy lines across your TV, glitches in sound, notifications that there is no data available, or even worse yet the “This station is currently unavailable. Please try again later message?” This happens to every single station?

We are. We are elderly individuals that leave our TV on to sleep – you know, like some people leave the radio on for the sound.  We like to listen to Country Western music softly or even have programs on. Recently, we’ve been experiencing the above problems EVERY NIGHT starting between 11:00 and 12:00 PM Phoenix time. And then, we wouldn’t get our stations back until 8:30 or 9:00 o’clock in the morning. We actually ended up with less stations than what we had before upgrading to digital.

Now, here’s the kicker. Did you know you have to turn your TV off every night? It seems that COX does upgrades to digital EVERY night between 1:00 – 6:00 in the morning; and if you have digital cable, your box won’t get the upgrades. Yeah, that’s what they told us!  And that’s why we don’t get channels – no sound – nada – zilch. You have to put your TV and box to bed, just like you would put your child to bed. Hmph, doesn’t that beat all. So much for technology improvements.

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Recap on the Benefits of Becoming a Virtual Assistant

Posted by borlokva on November 28, 2008

So, you’ve taken the bit in your teeth; and you’ve decided to take the leap and start your own virtual assistant business. Have you really thought this through? Do you have the equipment you need for your office? Have you decided on what services you will provide to your clients in your specialized niche? While I have seen it written in reports that most small businesses won’t even begin to turn a profit and start to become successful for two years, don’t let that dissuade you.

There are many reasons to start a new virtual assistance business, even in this downturned economy. Well, as I sit here and think about it, here are a few of my personal favorites. Number one benefit is that you get to see new and sometimes exciting scenery. As I sit here reflecting on the benefits of working out of your home, I gaze out the window and see the birds twittering and singing in the trees. Look! There is a grackle at the bird bath dipping his food in the water to soften it, even in the soft falling rain that is falling on this wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Usually it’s a piece of dog food that he has stolen from some unsuspecting dog that’s catching forty winks. It’s such a hard job, you know, being a watchdog.

My faithful cat, Yoda, sleeps next to me keeping me company. She’s not too interested in the birds now; she appointed herself as guardian of the birds and has been watching them all morning. She’s tired now. Sshhh, don’t disturb her; it’s time for her catnap.

Second benefit is that you have climate control. Brrr, it’s cold in the house. Hey, Sis. Would you mind turning the air conditioner down? Can you beat that? You can adjust your own thermostat to the temperature YOU like. You don’t have to wait for maintenance where you’re working to say – Well, everyone else is just fine. You’ll just have to put a sweater on or quit your gosh-darned complaining. Put some clothes on!

Now I know you will all like this benefit. You get to take your break when you want to. You can decide what hours you want to work. Got to take your child to the doctor? No problem. It’s up to you what you want to work, as long as you get out what you commit to to your client. Speaking of my sis, she’s sitting next to me playing solitaire. She says “This is my breakfast break.” Shame on her — she should be working! She says “My job is done! You’re the cog in the wheel now.”

Oh, I forgot to tell you. When you work virtual, your faithful canine companion gets to lay by your side helping you work. The benefit? Your dog or cat does not have to be alone all day. If you have children, you are home when your children need you.

Oh, did I mention that the stress level is nearly, totally gone? You don’t have someone breathing down your neck. You don’t have scheduled annual or semi-annual reviews. Your supervisor doesn’t constantly harp that you must be a team member, you must do this job this way, etc. You can even have the radio on or the TV on low.

Working virtual is rewarding. I warn you, however, when you start your business, you will undoubtedly work more hours than if you were working full-time at a company. You know what though? You will enjoy it much more because you will be doing it for yourself.

Your expenses will be lowered. Now wait until you hear this. You won’t have to buy gas, commute, travel long distances, or get stuck in traffic. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

What about the clothes you wear for work? You won’t have to buy an expensive wardrobe. You can work in your pajamas if you want or dress as casually as you want when you work at home. Don’t feel like putting on makeup or slaving over your hair, Ladies? You got it. You can work from your home (as long as you don’t have clients coming to your home) being just the way you want to be. Shed those jackets and ties, Men. Relax and wear your grungiest t-shirt if you want.

Here is the main benefit – it is just wonderful and self-satisfying. So if you are considering delving into the world of creating your own virtual assistance business, let me reassure you that you can do it. With perseverance and drive, you can do anything you set out to do.  Why not take the leap and do it now!

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We’re Here Now!

Posted by borlokva on November 27, 2008

Welcome to Borlok VA’s new blog site on WordPress. We plan new and exciting things for you, our readers. If you want to let us know what types of things you’d like to see, let us know.

Check out our website when you get a chance, too – Or you can catch us on Twitter at

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