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joekalis

Internet marketing, personal branding & blogging expert. Helping people become their own boss by creating multiple residual income streams!

The Dark Side of Business Growth
Business

The Dark Side of Business Growth

Some believe that “the American Dream” is to own your own business and grow it up to the moon…which supposedly will create massive riches and nobody to tell you what...

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November 30, 2016
The Perfect Day Formula (Book)
Business, Success Mindset

The Perfect Day Formula (Book)

I walked into a conference room in Austin, TX, with my brother Dan, to join about 150 of the smartest entrepreneurs around (legitimately, though…people who have created and run businesses...

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November 18, 2016
Music

Favorite Bands

POP/PUNK/SKA **Blink-182 **New Found Glory Taking Back Sunday Ataris Midtown **Less Than Jake **Reel Big Fish Catch-22 Cruiserweight The Impossibles **MxPx Slick Shoes Skanic Slapstick 88 Fingers Louie **The Suicide...

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October 03, 2015
What Do You Do?
Business

What Do You Do?

I get this question all the time, and it’s extremely hard to answer. Even my wife doesn’t really know what I do! My most common response is in a joking...

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August 12, 2015
The Point Of No Return
Business

The Point Of No Return

I love roller coasters. I hope that as I continue to get older, my stomach and everything in my head will continue to allow me to enjoy them, unlike many...

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August 01, 2015
Business

So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur, Huh?

I was pretty pleasantly surprised by the (rather unexpected) positive response received with one of my last posts about an update on my online marketing business. I had about eight...

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July 12, 2015
Positive update on my mom
Family Life

Positive update on my mom

About a month ago I wrote about how my mom was dying. Well, at the time that I wrote it, it certainly seemed like she was…even acknowledged by all of...

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December 17, 2014
Susan Katherine Wierzbicki Kalis
Family Life

Susan Katherine Wierzbicki Kalis

My mom is dying.  Not really something anyone likes to think about, let alone say out loud. But, it’s true. If you think about it, aren’t we all? When you...

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November 07, 2014
5 Ways To Help Avoid Annoying Colds (and why we get sick)
Health

5 Ways To Help Avoid Annoying Colds (and why we get sick)

Aren’t you annoyed when you catch a cold, or worse? According to WikiPedia, the “common cold” is… …a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract which affects primarily the nose. Symptoms include coughing, sore throat, runny...

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May 24, 2013
Success Mindset

A tribute to all the haters…

… thank you for affirming that I’m doing something substantial with my life! I’m going to start this story off with a picture… it’s worth a thousand words! Yes, this...

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May 20, 2013
Financial Mindset

Firing up the debt snowball

I remember a time shortly after college when I first heard about “the debt snowball”. I was so excited!  That was the first time I realized that finances (furthermore, all success)...

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May 04, 2013
Financial Mindset

Financially Savvy Kids

This Forbes Article talks about communication being the key, and leading by example. We, as parents, owe it to our next generation to learn about proper money management, set proper expectations...

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April 27, 2013
Fitness Journey

Breakfast of champions

Scale says 212.6, think I’m finally catchin’ my groove! Learned a lot (good & bad) about what I’m doing over the last 2 months…March is my time!! Protein, fruits/veggies, electrolytes...

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March 07, 2013
Fitness Journey

BodyMedia armband

This armband is so fun! Syncs w/a calorie tracker & gives detailed stats & %s so I can stay in line w/proper levels for my Carb Reducer body type! Excited...

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January 27, 2013
Fitness Journey

Benefits of working out

One awesome benefit of working out again; muscles are awake again & my body feels stronger all around! Walking around, going up & down stairs, in/out of the car…I can...

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January 19, 2013
Fitness Journey

Insanity Fit Test!

Jumping back into the pool, 2013 is the year for real, sustained change! Insanity, here we come! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=korrnsprKs8 Share this post:

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January 14, 2013
Family Life

Prayer Board: Pinterest-worthy craft time!

The other day, Heather told me she almost bought a “prayer board” for her bedside…somewhere that should could pin up personal prayer requests, meaningful scriptures and reminder of who we...

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April 03, 2012
Fitness Journey

Today’s weigh in

Weighed in at 208.0 this morning! This whole eating healthy thing is worth it’s weight in gold! Excited to get in more of a workout routine to accelerate the progress!

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March 29, 2012
Fitness Journey

Eating habits

Hi blog, long time no talk! I owe you a conversation about the juicing cleanse I did not too long ago and the pretty radical transformation that has occurred as...

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March 29, 2012
Fitness Journey

Historical wellness journey

Just made a snapshot of the last 27 months of my life…time to stay on the tracks this time! Summer is right around the corner! (yellow is obviously my future...

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March 13, 2012
Fitness Journey

The juicing bandwagon

I’m jumping on the juicing bandwagon! Ordered ours yesterday, following the lead of many successful people before me. Ordered some wireless headphones for the gym and plan to get back...

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February 10, 2012
DIY Home

Kitchen Backsplash…at last!

At long last, we’re doing the kitchen backsplash. Interesting timing…starting this project 4 days before Christmas Eve when we’re having 25 family members over!

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December 23, 2011
Fitness Journey

Summary of progress and goals

Weighed in at 208 today, down 11lbs since 7/26/2011! Monthly Goals: 8/26/2011: 209 (Achieved!) 9/26/2011: 199 10/26/2011: 189 11/26/2011: 179 Year End: 175 Gotta love having goals to shoot for!

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September 10, 2011
Fitness Journey

It’s been a good month…

Saturday will mark one month since starting to work out. I’m now at 209, down from 219. Same 10lbs/month pace as last year, but this time, i’m also adding muscle!...

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August 26, 2011
Fitness Journey

3 weeks in the books!

Today marks 3 weeks since re-kickstarting my diet/workout plan, down from 219 to 211, slightly ahead of the goal of 2lbs/week. Also feeling/looking stronger, pictures to come soon once there’s...

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August 19, 2011
Fitness Journey

Ready for week 3!

Beginning of my 3rd week, upper body work out went great! down to 213 as of today, feeling great! Calories & carbs are way down, but I realized I need...

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August 10, 2011
Fitness Journey

In a groove!

Well, I’ve worked out 9 days in a row and feeling good! Learning my weight limits and getting in a groove!

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August 05, 2011
Fitness Journey

Body for life

Wow, didn’t realize it’s been an entire year since my last post here! Sorry for the hiatus, i’m BACK! Workout plan to coincide the eating plan this time – http://www.BodyForLife.com/ starts today!...

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July 27, 2011
DIY Home

Mega Update!

So, I haven’t been here in a long time…my deepest apologies! As we progressed into the repairs and updates, it became way too much of a hassle to DO the...

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April 11, 2011
DIY Home

Sanding and priming and painting, OH MY!

Today the family is celebrating my birthday as well as Kori, my sister-in-law! They came over to help prime/paint and eat some celebratory food. We’ve just been too busy to...

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March 20, 2011
DIY Home

Wood Paneling….the worst!!!!!

It is with a slight amount of guilt that I write this entry…Heather and her mom have been at the house the past two days sanding the wood paneling by...

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March 19, 2011
DIY Home

Mo’ Money, Mo’ stuff…..

Field day at Menard’s today! Went to buy our countertops, and i’ll spare the drama from this post about their misleading advertisements. Needless to say, we spent a lot more...

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March 14, 2011
DIY Home

New oven!!

Thanks to Abt, we got a new oven! In the previous post, you noticed that we cleared the way for it by ripping out the wall oven and range top...

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March 12, 2011
DIY Home

Time to break stuff!

Sunday, what a great day! After an awesome church service, we headed straight over to Ashley Furniture to pick out our couches!    We ended up choosing chocolate brown couches...

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March 07, 2011
DIY Home

Major progress!

I come to you this evening with very weary hands. Today was an amazingly productive day at the Kalis House! 10am we had a friend come out to give us...

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March 06, 2011
Family Life

Friday Fun (& some visitors!)

First of all, tonight is the beginning of a new adventure for the Kalis Home blog; VIDEO!! We snapped some fun videos this evening and are excited to unveil them...

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March 05, 2011
DIY Home

Orphaned furniture

Tonight we took ownership of two brand new (to us) pre-owned couches! Some friends from church are excited to be getting new furniture for themselves and offered their old couches...

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March 02, 2011
Family Life

Our first visitors!

Today Tom and Kori (Heather’s brother/sister-in-law) came over to check out the new digs and lend a helping hand! While Heather and I were in Lakemoor helping someone in our...

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February 28, 2011
DIY Home

Time to spend some $$!

At long last, after much pondering of what we should buy to start out our updates, I got to go to the store and spend some money! Woohoo! Off to...

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February 27, 2011
DIY Home

IKEA – Disney World for adults

So as Heather and I were looking at the dozens of cabinet doors, we decided that maybe it would be better to buy new doors instead of re-finishing them. Not...

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February 26, 2011
Family Life

We did it.

Well, it’s official. Heather and I have in possession keys to our first home! Since people know we’ve been looking and had a closing date schedule, we’ve been getting the...

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February 25, 2011
DIY Home

Let the madness begin!

Almost immediately, Heather and I went to work on our first project: the kitchen cabinets! Once we got started working, Linda (Heather’s mom) found some disturbing news about our drains;...

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February 25, 2011
Fitness Journey

Day #3: Legs

Extra bonus tonight, hot tub and steam room. booya! Tomorrow, more cardio and more prayer that i can bend my arms by Saturday for upper body day #2.

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July 30, 2010
Fitness Journey

Lowest weight ever!

Scale said 195 today…lowest ever! Excited to keep up with this biking routine, seems to be kickin my butt! I was also denied a cookie I really wanted yesterday, glad...

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July 09, 2010
Fitness Journey

Getting back on track!

Just got back from a 13 mile bike ride, feeling great! It’s a straight shot from home down to Lake Arlington (2.5 miles there, 2.5 miles back and 2 miles...

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July 06, 2010
Fitness Journey

Running Day #4

I can hardly believe it myself, but I’m about to go running for the 4th straight day. I was going to post yesterday, something to the effect of “if you’re...

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May 21, 2010
Fitness Journey

It’s been a while!

Turns out I haven’t written in a while and I wanted to let everyone know i’m still making progress! Within 2 months of starting, I got down to 207 (22...

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April 07, 2010
Fitness Journey

Setting a goal for May

I’ve been running some math in my head about where my weight will be by the time we go to Myrtle Beach on May 14th and I realized I should...

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March 09, 2010
Fitness Journey

A summary of the system

I’ve gotten the question several times…”what are you doing to lose the weight?”. To my surprise, I guess i’ve never really made a simple outline (it is a very simple...

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March 01, 2010
Fitness Journey

Morning workouts are sweet!

I’ve been telling myself that I should wake up early in the morning before work and do a quick cardio workout and read the Bible daily to get my day...

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February 18, 2010
Fitness Journey

Still kickin! Down 13 pounds!

Well, I’ve fallen off the wagon with my blog updates, but the Trim Body System diet has continued! Heather and I have been pretty busy lately; made a trip out...

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February 03, 2010
Fitness Journey

Week 3 Measurements

Week 3 measurements are in…drumroll please!! 01/03/10 01/24/10 Total Loss Bust 49 48 -2.04% Chest 47 45 -4.26% Waist 50 48 -4.00% Hips 44 44 0.00% Thighs 29 27 -6.90%...

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January 25, 2010
Fitness Journey

Time to step it up

Delicious stir-fry this evening, thanks Linda! This weekend I let myself down. I was going strong for the entire two weeks and then we had a business conference over the...

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January 19, 2010
Fitness Journey

My wedding suit

Heather was asked to take pictures of her wedding dress by a friend, so when she put it on, I felt urged to put on my wedding suit! For 3...

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January 15, 2010
Fitness Journey

Hip Hop abs

So, I’ve never felt more Caucasian in my life! I almost quit this workout 5 minutes into it because of how stupid I knew I looked and couldn’t get the...

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January 10, 2010
Fitness Journey

Even I can cook!

This was my first crack at helping cooking – beef fajitas! An array of different, beautifully colored peppers, onions & beef…all seasoned nicely with some taco seasoning. We used wheat...

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January 10, 2010
Fitness Journey

A moment of honesty…

It’s Friday morning and i’m enjoying a yogurt for my AM snack. Confession: Nearing the end of week 1, I had a craving for some junk food for the first...

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January 08, 2010
Fitness Journey

Inspired to change

Well, friends, here we are. Inspired by many friends (Steve Schreiner & Joe Sharrippa in particular), I have decided to pursue the Trim Advantage Body System by Nutrilite. With the...

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January 07, 2010

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