Author Archives: Cynthia Ann Leighton

I Love You Lord – I Am Writing!



Dream! How To Make Money With Your Mailing List

Why bother with mailing lists when you’re just starting to dream?

How do you make money with your mailing list anyway?

These are two questions people ask online in many different forms.

Recognizing the value of your dream

Good news for you! If you’re wondering about your dream and how that might fit later with email lists and how to make money with your mailing list you’re on the right track.

The first step is to begin to recognize the concept of the value of your dream.

From there, don’t worry. Take action, instead — most importantly, do the dreaming in your heart and mind!

The rest will follow. You’ll learn.

As you learn, you’ll naturally feel a little bit of excitement build. When you feel excited, you’ll take action.

Taking action

When you take action your have a good chance. I say a chance because 80% of all businesses fail.

Scary thing to say! But that’s an offline statistic for the USA.

80% of businesses fail in the first three years.

Here’s another statistic: it takes 5 to 7 years to build a business.

That’s an offline statistic. As in something that’s been measured about offline businesses.

But if you think about it, everything takes time to build.

I mean, most people don’t take action about anything on a consistent basis.

Those who do, advance, whether it’s in learning how to sing in a choir, how to lose weight or how to learn to walk again after injuries.

Those are specific examples for me! I’m learning to sing (4 choirs;), I’ve gone from a size 26W to a size 12, and am walking again after serious injuries.

Your dream

When you’re willing to invest yourself, you can succeed. And if you want to learn the soft stuff about how to go from raw dream to reality online in getting started, I am happy to help you – enroll in my email list if you want to learn from me.

But if you think reading (and listening and watching because I’ll have freebies you can listen and watch too!) is enough? You’re in the wrong place.

This place is for people who are willing to do something about their dreams. You’ve got to be a doer not just a reader in order to succeed.

Life’s like that.

Success online and success in anything requires effort.

If you’re looking for some kind of three clicks to success (or one?) then I cannot help you.

But if you’re willing to work? Then you’re going to get help by enrolling in my email list.

You’ll get to see my journey and the journey of some of the folks I help.

Do you want to learn? Then simply fill in your name and email, press join, and go to your email inbox to confirm. You’ll get a free gift, a recording that teaches you how to start your business right. It’s an audio event called, “You Can Laugh At Money Worries By Following This Simple Plan” —

Thank you Lord – Grounded in You!

Thank you Lord for giving me access to blessings from Your church today through one of Your servants who is doing Your will in serving Your church.


Thank you for grounding me in prayer.


Grounded in You

I live



Grounded in You?

I can live


and each



Thank you Lord!


Thank you for being able to get the blessings of Your church today.


Thank you for being able to then sit with you,

content to be in Your Real Presence.


Thank you for access to my favorite prayer,

for the ability to attend daily Mass




That’s a great




Thank you for calling people to serve.


Thank you for all our clergy.


Please guide them through each



Please bless them as they each seek to do Your will



Please especially bless those who lead…

with extra blessings


I Love You Lord – Thankful

“I love you Lord

I am thankful for your birth, death

and resurrection

for me!


I am appreciating

Your gift  of life.


I am so happy and grateful

now for my life, O Lord!


Thank you Lord!! I am aware

that Everything I need comes to me from You,

in ever increasing quantities,

through multiple sources, on a

continuous basis, and I am delighting in

being able to share

Your abundance, especially through Your

church O Lord.”


by Cynthia Ann Leighton

(From my abuse recovery prayer, “I LOVE YOU LORD!” Card 16)

How To Test What Works Online And What Doesn’t Work Online

How do you test what works and what doesn’t work online? That’s a question that’s often overlooked. You’ve got to test and you’ve got to work from your heart. Both are crucial.

SO congratulations for thinking about working from your heart and for checking out how to test what works online and what doesn’t work online! That’s a powerful step. You’re already well on your way by the simple recognizing of a need to work from your heart and that testing can help.

Starting over

To some extent, how to test what works and what doesn’t work online is a matter of going off and doing stuff. Let it fly and see what happens.

I did that when I released my test products. One flew off the proverbial shelves of online sellers. Two others sold a few. The rest flopped to a grand total of Zero.

But? Who knew that in a short time $41,650 could be generated?

Not me. Not til it did anyways.

That was on 100% commission to the sellers. And I wasn’t ready… so I didn’t build a list for the back end benefit.

I’m writing my journey so you can skip the painful parts! You got it: not having a list in a list building feeding frenzy can be painful.

You need to be ready…


Testing whatever you’re doing right now is how to find out what works online and what doesn’t work online. Seriously.

Each time you offer something new, you’re starting over.

You’re starting over at the beginning of the process! It can be exciting when you keep your focus tight.

That’s what entrepreneurs do. Day in and day out, starting over with something new.

Innovation and marketing

On the other hand, when you start over from scratch it may look like the worst of times. Yet how to get where you’re going as an entrepreneur includes gaining insights on helping other people that you can only truly appreciate by being there.

That proverbial walking a mile in someone’s shoes! It’s real.

It’s part of entrepreneurialism, too. And it’s the value of innovation and marketing that gives you the answer to how to test what works online and what doesn’t work online.

Personal growth

Brokenness occurs in all walks of life, all income levels and at all ages. How to get where you’re going as an entrepreneur includes how you grow as you overcome all kinds of problems.

The personal growth you gain as an entrepreneur is part of what you impart to your buyers. You’re delivering results, and results come from what you’ve survived as much as from everything else.

Brokenness in business is not just about finances, technology or the start-up process. How to get where you’re going as an entrepreneur is as much about your personal and spiritual growth.

Your online business is a process

When you’re an entrepreneur, you’re building your own process. Your vision for your business and what you deliver comes together bit by bit.

Your process must include trying things out. Your testing must include tossing stuff out too!

When you go broke you’ve got your whole life ahead of you to look forward to. That’s where I’m at right now as I start my life over again.

You learn

I’ve learned a lot! And in the process of starting over, I’ve applied my background and education to the Internet.

My psychology degree focused on the psychology of learning. So I’ve got that to bring to the table for my clients!

My computer science degrees included opportunities to teach, as a tutor in college and as an instructor at graduate school. Those are skills that are proving useful now.

Whether you’re already in business as I am (and starting over!) or if you’re simply starting from scratch, you’ve got a first step that’ll serve you well as you learn how to test what works online and what doesn’t work online.

Look at you!

Look at you, yourself. Consider all your skills.

Find ways to update your business and your skills so you can try something online like I did. If you don’t have a company (I own Software Enterprise Limited) get the advice you need locally to start one.

Then let it fly. Learn. Trust yourself!

Put in effort over time. Start helping people! Use what you already know how to do.

You’ll find out along the way how to test what works online and what doesn’t work online.

By the way, do you want to unleash the power of the Internet for yourself because developing an online business feels attractive but not knowing how to start the process of changing from You Today to You in Success gets in the way?

If so, go get and instantly download my free audio training – then confirm your email so you can get email lessons, more trainings (including live!) and more. Join here:

Thank You Lord – Your Grace Today


Thank you for your grace…

Thank you for your guidance…

Thank you for giving
someone to turn to,

Someone who helped me pray

When I could not.
When my heart broke.

so few words
to be cruel
when delivered
with hatred…
familiar hatred
eyes glowering
like lightning bolts…
from brows furrowed…
voice tight in fury…

Thank you Lord

For the grace
from you…
right now…
I can want
to pray for her

This is
my way of praying
for her

Please, Lord…
I pray that You help heal
whatever cruelty she experienced
which causes her own cruelty.

Please heal me too…

Her cruelty brought up
so much pain,
such a broken world…
unable to bear


Heal our broken world

P.S. Wondering who is Someone who helped me pray? God has truly blessed me in the friendship and caring concern of Fr. Bill Watson, a Jesuit priest and founder and executive director of Sacred Story Institute. It’s a non-profit I’ll be funding as I get on my feet financially so to speak.

By the way, do you want to be blessed too by Someone who helped me pray? If so, you can learn more by clicking here: Sacred Story Examen

Or do you want to change the world?

If so, fund further work of the Sacred Story Institute, run by Someone who helped me pray!

How? I’ll tell you how!

Go read about SSI Examen For All Christians

Click here to find out how your gift of one million dollars will change the world today.

Or click here to learn more about making tax-exempt gifts or gifts in kind to the Sacred Story Institute.

I Love You Lord – Increasing My Faith?!

“I am thanking You

LORD for increasing

my faith!”


by Cynthia Ann Leighton

(From my abuse recovery prayer, “I LOVE YOU LORD!” Card 16)

How To Build A List SO You Can Get Paid

How do you get paid online? You help people.

Keep it simple

You help people. That’s the bottom line.

And it is  the bottom line in business and in all of life, isn’t it?

We’re here. We’re here to help!

When we’re helping people what we’re doing really matters.

I’ve found that when we serve others we are at our best. I’ve also learned that’s when we feel best about ourselves.

How list building creates value for your online business

How does helping people connect with how to build a list? How to build a list is like how to hold a hammer.

Just like your hammer can be a way to get your nail in your wall to hang your picture! Your list can be a way to help people online.

Using a tool gives you leverage

Your list is your vehicle for helping people online. It’s just a tool.

But like all tools, your list gives you leverage. Sure, you can get one nail into the wall without a hammer. Use your shoe!

When you think about any tool, you find that you’re leveraging your work. One nail, even ten and your shoe’s sufficient.

Much more than that? Well you’d need new shoes for one thing…

That’s how list building creates value for your online business. Leverage!

Want leverage?

Your list makes your life simpler when you’re helping people. Your list does the detail work so you can be free to focus on helping people.

Your list makes it easy for you to give your help. Your list enables you to become efficient and effective in helping many people online.

Your list maximizes your helping-times. Your list also minimizes your frustration-times.

What’s this SO you can get paid stuff about?

You know stuff that other people want to trade their money for. You have a lot to offer that’s valuable to the world based on your own experience.

People want to pay you. And they will!

At least, if you’ll go to the work of letting them find you and pay you.

Seriously. You do. They do and will.

How do you learn the online parts?

Learn the stuff I teach here! Over time.

But? If you’re looking for a quick fix you’re in the wrong place. Because what I teach is a process.

In my experience, life’s like that in all respects. We may have goals but getting to our goals is a process.

As is setting each next goal!

What do you need to learn?

The fast free answer to that question is content marketing. One part of which is article marketing!

‘Til you master that at least a wee bit by actually writing and publishing something? Please don’t pay to advertise because unless you as a business owner understand some of the basics about being online you’re not going to get a return on investment that fits you best.

Learn for yourself

You’ll be more effective when you wait until you’ve figured out a bit about how the Internet works and how to connect with people online. You’ll be more efficient too.

Why care?

Even if you’ve got a big stack of money, you’ve got to know some stuff yourself. People will come and go.

You need to rely on yourself! In any case, when you’re more efficient and effective you can afford to help some folks free. Even if only for a few tiny pieces of content.

When you give what you know freely online you serve the world better. When you serve better you tend to get more experience that becomes more valuable for the people who want to pay you for more!

And if that’s not enough reason for you? Here’s another reason1

It’s how you’ll demonstrate your ability. When you demonstrate your ability, you give a taste of what it’s like to work with your business online.

That taste matters! It gives confidence to others. Specifically, to the very people who feel good about giving you money to help them in more depth to achieve more results.

If you pay attention to the online world closely right now, you’ll notice this is exactly what’s happening. A little bit at a time! Everywhere.

In fact, you’ll find that it’s the model that’s evolving for business. Help at different levels, some free, some paid a little, and some paid more.

Getting paid online is easiest when you offer free stuff too

Your freely given content catches attention of people with an interest in your area. That puts you in the line of fire, so to speak.

That is, your free stuff helps you attract people so you can ask for contact information. That’s where your list grows.

Your list is not static

Like the moon? It’ll wax and wane – people will join your list, people will leave your list.

Embrace that. It’s part of life, kind of like the lunar cycle each month.

Shorter term you can see it with sunrise and sunset… and longer term with the seasons as summer turns to fall, then to winter followed by spring.

What is this about lists?

Your list is the contact information of people who want more from you. That’s all!

What about list technology?

Aha! When you’re online it bloody well makes sense to automate stuff.

So? Yup! You’ve got a good question when you’re wondering about technology and lists.

Lists work. Lists are what keeps your life simple when you succeed online!

Contact information

Contact information includes stuff like someone’s email who wants you to send some information. For myself, I’ve found I need a person’s name because I feel connected to a real person that way so I can help each real person as a person rather than some “out there” imaginary situation.

You’re going to need list technology so you can get a little bit of contact information from each person. Sure, if you had 10 people you can track it yourself.

But when you go online, it quickly becomes too much. Kind of like ruining all your shoes to hang up the family pictures instead of getting a hammer!

Why? Because you’ll attract attention (and contact information!) — for lots of people.

Nature of the Internet

There are lots of people online. That’s simply the nature of the Internet.

Many will stumble upon you and ask for more. Most are simply curious.

Your list technology will help you know this so you can delete them when they don’t open your emails.

Or if they simply don’t respond after opening lots of emails! If that’s where you’re at on any given day!

Your part as list owner

You see, you’re in charge of letting people stay or sending them on their way.

Your subscribers part as list subscriber

And your subscribers are in charge of whether to ask for information in the first place and when or whether to stop getting more.

Connecting with people

Doing business online requires connecting with people. Use a list so you can get paid to help people!

Business is about relationships. As a list owner, you’re building relationships by helping people.

Connecting with people leads to helping because you know what is needed so you can deliver that part of what you know. The list stuff just helps you use computers to manage the technology parts of connecting with people.

Automated list building

Also you need to automate so you can stay sane. That’s sane as in not spending time for stuff you can let a computer do for you.

You want automated list building happening in the background! That’s so you can let people join your list and leave your list without any kind of action needed by you.

Old vs. new

Think back a few years. Not very many, either. To a time before this kind of list technology was so widely available.

Yikes! It’s like we were doing business using tin cans and bear claws.

You’ve got real power available

You’ve got more power than the Apollo moon launch in your hands when you hold a live cell phone nowadays. Seriously!

When I did my Bachelor’s thesis in Artificial Intelligence (way back in 1982) I was told computers would never have the kind of power to do that kind of stuff. What I wrote about is stuff that started finally using the name of Expert Systems.

Now pretty much every time you touch a computer you benefit from expert systems. Even typing in your phone with the simple step of automatic capitalization of First name and Last name…

Back to my Artificial Intelligence story!

Anyway, they liked the game program I wrote. So I passed.

With a ‘C’ as a letter grade. But as my psychology advisor said in encouraging me to say it was done?

What do they call the person who graduates last in their medical school class?


Yep. Doctor.

You earn one tiny thing at a time

Whatever. You really do learn and earn just one tiny bit at a time even with larger achievements.

Each of my GPA’s still showed up well over a “B” so my thesis didn’t cost me my full ride scholarship for graduate studies.

Not turning it in would have. My professor was right.

I learned a lesson. I completed my Bachelors degrees.

One in psychology. One in computer science. Plus a minor in mathematics.

Then on for that graduate work where I earned the next one. I got to teach, too, as I worked toward and got awarded a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Staying in touch with subscribers

And in terms of being able to stay in touch with people who find you and want more? Getting list technology is the difference between getting something going online so you can succeed online … and not.

So whenever you’re ready to succeed online? Copy what my psychology professor advised me… turn it in!

 Tin cans and bear claws

Don’t worry. It’s a process. There’s no green pill or red pill (The Matrix, right?)

You’ll learn about everything you need to succeed online. You can do it.

Return here and learn. But you’ve got to do more than read. You’ve got to do.

Be a doer not just a reader

Like the Bible says in the letter from James, you’ve got to be doers not just hearers. That’s true!

It’s a factor online too. Because that’s the truth with how you can get paid online.

Again, it’s a process! It won’t happen overnight – and when others say it did for them, check the facts and you’ll find out they did the work before it happened for them too.

Keep it simple so you can be a doer not just a reader.

Aweber 30 day trial

One way to get started is with a list technology called Aweber. Right now as I write this:  Aweber lets you play for a buck for a month.

The company that makes and services Aweber is called Aweber Communications. It’s a US-based company that “lives” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

(I remember that Pennsylvania goes by that “Commonwealth” because I went to college and graduate school in Pennsylvania! ‘Tis a great state of the USA!)

Aweber refers to this as a trial. You pay a buck!

It really is a great trial, too. You get 30 day Aweber trial but you do have to give payment information. They will put in a charge, too, for that one buck.

You can then cancel before they charge you more than that buck. And if you’re not going to use it, please remember to do so so you don’t waste funds! (again, big stack of money? donate it rather than waste it;)

Aweber offers both videos and live webinars that show you how to get started. When you’re ready to check them out, that’s when to enroll!

Again, these are “How To” words. To succeed online you must then apply what you learn.

Be a doer not just a reader!

Ready to try Aweber?

If you’re ready to do so, I encourage you to make a plan so that you can

(1) turn your readiness into willingness

(2) turn your willingness into action

(3) turn your action into results

Do you want to succeed online in the next 30 days? If so then I encourage you to invest a buck ($1 USD) so you can start faster with Aweber.

I use Aweber

That’s what I use right now. It works. There’s training. There’s support.

After the trial, your investment is worthwhile if you want to earn online. But you can cancel or let it lapse if you prefer.

Aweber 30 day trial with no strings attached

So if you want to invest a buck in Aweber and watch the training videos (and do!) so you can find out if you’re ready to handle using list technology to run your online business for you so you can focus on the “work” part of your online work…

I’m about to give you my affiliate link! If or when you’re ready please do use this as your way to enroll so you can let me get paid a commission (it does not cost you more if you end up buying later, it’s simply the way how Aweber Communications decides as a company to pay for people sharing about Aweber software … a way that’s open for you later on if you realize you like it and you happen to recommend it)

Anyway… back to that Aweber link!

If so, then you can get a month trial for a buck if you simply click here and follow what it says to do.

Return to get Aweber

Or? If you’re not ready, please don’t get it!

But if you become ready another day? Then please do come back to this blog post whenever your “later” happens and click on my affiliate link above.

Don’t get it if you’re not going to use it. Don’t get it before you’re going to use it.

It’s a rental not a purchase. SO please do wait until Whenever you’re ready!

Not before you’re really ready to act

Why? Because it’s only one month for a buck!

Then it’s more each month.

Why? because you are basically renting  a very powerful set of software that comes with support.

And that costs money. If you’re in business, it’s a simple business expense and because it’s very affordable it makes sense.

If you’re not in business, it’s simply a cost. Why? Because unless you work it’s not going to work for you!

Aweber is a tool and it’s just a tool. As with any tool, the Aweber tool gives you power when you use it right.

A hammer’s a tool. Aweber like a hammer in that if you just buy it and leave it alone nothing good’s gonna happen.

Aweber pricing upto 500 subscribers

Right now as I write this? The investment varies. Aweber pricing upto 500 subscribers has one charge.

That monthly investment for the Aweber tool is USD $19 per month. Discounts are available for paying quarterly and annually.

Aweber pricing over 500 subscribers

First off, you’ll be able to choose to delete folks who don’t open emails over time. Your number of Aweber subscribers is therefore in your control.

Cross over 500 right now? Aweber pricing over 500 subscribers means Aweber charges you an extra $10 to support you and your subscribers ’til you cross the next “bumper” in pricing.

It’s right there in the link information for the trial though so take a peek for yourself whenever you’re ready.

Commit to the process of learning

So if you aren’t going to do anything yet you should wait.

Note: This is an affiliate link!

I own my company so if you do get the trial for a buck and later buy, there will be a commission that gets paid to my company that I own.

SO? If you do give the 30 day trial, here’s a great big “Thanks!” from me right here and now ahead of time;)

How to build a list SO you can get paid

You need a list so you can help people. You need a list SO you can get paid. Both are true!

You get paid when you make a difference in someone’s life. You’ve got to do it in an area where you’ve got a good overlap of what you’re best at, who you’re best at helping, and what those people are willing and able to pay for.

Sometimes? You’ll help people with your free small-version help. Other times? You’ll help more and you’ll get paid.

Both matter. You get to change the world both ways! For people you help more in-depth, you get paid enough to continue helping them, helping others free – and to support yourself.


Abundance is a result when you help enough people over time.

Not overnight. But over time.

Be a doer!

Do what you’re good at. Do it again and again.

Be consistent. Be persistent.

Economic demand

There’s plenty of people who need what you’ve got to offer. They don’t know you exist though!

The fact that people need what you can offer is called demand. Economic demand!

And when you’ve got what you offer well defined, so that people who are willing and able to pay can recognize what you offer as fitting their need, that’s called supply.

Solving problems changes lives

Think about it. You yourself have solved problems.

Some solutions transformed your life. Your life before and after are significantly different.

Face it. Admit it! You’ve had problems that you really changed your life by solving, right?

Do you prefer having those problems to having the solutions you came up with?

If so, don’t bother reading more right now because I can’t help you!

Why? You’ve got to have a willingness to help people with stuff you know how to do.

That means searching inside yourself. Being willing to admit what problems you had and how you solved them.

Then being ready to help others. Being willing to act. Taking action!

No magic pills. Life’s not a movie.

Unleashing the power of the Internet

You can deliver those results you got for yourself to others online. You’re going to have to work to figure out how to package it up.

You’ll have to work to help people find you online too! That’s called marketing.

You can do so over time when you invite people who find you online to come back and learn more from you.

Yep, that’s the list part!

What people do you help?

That’s a question I find online all the time. But do you know what? You already have the answer.

It’s hiding deep inside of you. It leaks out when you help people and feel good about it.

God made you to help people!

We’re not flying solo. God’s with us. God’s helping us help others, too.

Our love for one another grows day by day when we let it. When we let God in, we let God’s light shine into the world through us.

How do you feel when you help people?

Ever notice something? When you are helping others in ways God has given for you to serve, you feel good.

You’ve got skills and you’ve got your own special touches. You can help heal our broken world in the ways you’re best at contributing. When you let yourself…

Helping people feels good, doesn’t it?

You feel good about yourself in person when you are in the presence of people you’re helping. That’s true in the online world and it spreads into you feeling good about yourself 24×7 as you realize you’re helping people.

There’s lots more to it. SO come back for more! You’ll learn how to help people. You’ll figure out what you’ve got to offer others that God gave you as a gift to the world. You’ll learn how to build a  list SO you can get paid.


I Love You Lord – I LOVE YOU LORD!


Come Holy Spirit!

Increase my faith

I am creatively visualizing
my life

I am remembering what I learn

I am grateful to be here”

by Cynthia Ann Leighton

(From my abuse recovery prayer, “I LOVE YOU LORD!” Card 1)

I Love You Lord – I Am Praying Always!

“I am praying always!

I am living and breathing in prayer

I am learning to use
more of my mind
and to use it in better ways.

I am sharing myself through the
smiles I give to others.

I am letting Your Love
flow through me

I am letting your light shine
in me and into the world



by Cynthia Ann Leighton

(From my abuse recovery prayer, “I LOVE YOU LORD!” Card 2)