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The Checkerboard Game of Life
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Vickie Edwards Smith takes readers on journey, shows them ‘The Checkerboard Game of Life’

RANDOLPH, Mass. – “When life starts to throw curveballs and you feel like you have nowhere to turn, what weapon will you pick up?”Author Vickie Edwards Smith asks this question and invites readers in an odyssey as they plunge on “The Checkerboard Game of Life” (published by iUniverse) to answer the aforementioned question. Her book first published in 2015 brings readers on a journey with a character that they may relate to – following her life’s challenges from childhood, teenage and adulthood and witnessing the decisions that the character made, in order, to conquer.

Traveling on Eva’s journey through her situations in life, will give the reader a clearer understanding of how to develop inner peace and understand how they arrived where they are today. The reader will learn how to create a map for living a balanced, more fulfilling life and see life as a baton of knowledge and decision making worth passing on to the next generation.

“The Checkerboard Game of Life” reminds readers that everyone has been instilled with a joy within that no one can take away.  It can only be given away.  Everyone is given the gift of life and purpose, and the author reckons it is time to understand and recognize one’s purpose and where his or her strength for success comes from.

“Everyone goes through obstacles through life. The obstacles are not what’s important. The decisions that are made, in how to handle the obstacles are key,” Smith says.

The Checkerboard Game of Life
By Vickie Edwards Smith
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 110 pages | ISBN 9781491772935
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 110 pages | ISBN 9781491772911
E-Book | 110 pages | ISBN 9781491772928
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Vickie Edwards Smith graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in information systems/systems analysis, and studied psychology. She is the owner/broker of Smith&Smith Real Estate and the founder of the Networking Secret. Smith is a motivational and inspirational event speaker whose calling, purpose, and mission is to motivate and inspire youth and adults in viewing themselves in a different light of being a “true believer” in enjoying the gift of living through the choices they make through life’s struggles.

Posted by admin - March 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

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This Is Your Year for Success….Your Year for Change… Your Year to Step Out from Being Afraid… Your….

Are you Ready for Change?

Do you ever dream of having a different life?

Are You Ready to Strive?

Are You Searching for the best way to do it?

….       It’s not too late.  Let’s Start Now…

Are you Ready for the Details?  railroad track Asim  Are you going to be on the train or watching the train leave….

        Your Train Has Arrived…  If You Jump On Board


Posted by admin - January 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

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How To Look At Gold In A Profitable Way

Looking at Gold In A Profitable Way

When you think of making money with gold, do you think of Gold Jewelry parties. Looking at Gold in another way can be profitable beyond your concept.

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If you have heard of the New International Gold Money let me help you reach the level of success that you have chosen for yourself.  Everyone’s definition of success is not the same. Some may be saying “If only I had $200 more a week I will be fine,” while another may say, “If only I could make $30,000 per week, I could setup a legacy for my family.” Imagine if money was no object, “What would your definition of success be.”  No matter what your definition is, pay close attention.  There are many who do not know about us yet. But, now, “You Do.”

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Posted by admin - September 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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Networking With People Financial Opportunity: People Need People To Reach Wealth

Expert Author Vickie E Smith

Benefits of Networking with People; It does not matter whether it is an acting role, corporate or selling.
A number of people claim that they do not like communicating with people. The person who stated that comment communicated with another person. A scientist who stays in the lab, creating new discoveries needs to step out of the lab and speak to others for testers. When a corporate CEO is standing on stage giving a lecture on a new car or project, people are needed to listen then buy or perform. All of it is selling. Do you agree?
Those same people are needed to build your empire. The communication line is already planted. It is fascinating, not really, almost laughable to see so many people bringing billions to corporations, peanuts to themselves but claim they could never do network marketing. I sit and watch people stay up all night; I was one of them, completing projects that someone else took credit for, and the Company’s CEO nor owner never knew that you exist.
It Is Your Time Take all of that energy, all of those nights of discovering for someone else and discover something of your own. You are, now, recognized for your hard work and achievements. Those sleepless nights are now for you. You are now getting paid for all of your hard work, all of the sleepless nights, bloodshot eyes, restless attitudes, falling asleep over the computer. The work that you are putting in is giving you the skills to recognize your ability to change or make a difference in your life and so many others. You have led people to be people of dreams again. The direction that you have taken has given other people the courage to do the unbelievable.
See What Is In Your Back Pocket While you have a job, think about what it is that you would really like doing if money was no object. Create a blueprint in what it will take to get this blueprint off of paper and into action as a business. Write down the category of people you would be networking to. Find the best way to reach the group of people, and begin your journey on networking with people for your business opportunity. There are many meet-up groups that one could affiliate with and begin networking. Start networking with people of meaningful value instead of the people who have no vision and no goals.
Vickie Smith is a professional marketer who has studied Psychology and Graduated with an Information Systems/Systems Analysis Degree. Discover more about Vickie and how she has exported precious metals Internationally. She is now using her education, knowledge and journey in helping others uncover the truth about financial opportunity by networking with people in her New Networking with People Financial Opportunity Guide. Learn more about How Networking with people could set you up for life by Reviewing the 12 Week Plan to Wealth

Posted by admin - August 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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Need To Escape Financial Stress: Strategies in Dealing With Life Situations

By Vickie E Smith  d and me
Stand Tall for Your Belief

Do not attempt to influence any person of your beliefs; escaping the financial stress will not occur… The stronger your belief the stronger obstacles will come and try to shut dreams down. Levels that may be climbed and every level reached there are new struggles that one must conquer. Your wings are growing.

Ever stopped and looked at a caterpillar turn into a butterfly? How free and beautiful the butterfly flies with grace and effortless. The butterfly’s journey did not start that way.

Do not let past circumstances shape your financial journey. Situations are always going to be there. Disappointments will always be there. How situations are handled, depends on one’s mindset.

In order to succeed, one must move toward the life of a butterfly, taking a risk and fluttering wings where the wind will carry. Many times people are asking others about the direction of their life’s financial journey. Why do people think that other humans know them better?

Everyone has an inner voice. People do not stop for a moment, get in their dark corner and listen to their inner voice of reason. That voice will guide in standing, then moving your faith towards the beautiful life of a butterfly, full with financial freedom. Your voice of reason is preparing for the victorious good things that are about to come.

Belief in oneself is the first step. There is no way to fake it.

Need to Escape Financial Stress
It’s time to stop being afraid. Looking in the mirror, there are two(2) choices.
1. Stay where you are… or
2. Move your feet and step out of the dead-end financial situation. People feel that their cocoon is their protection, their bubble from a harsh or unfriendly environment. This cocoon is hindering peace, security, and the need to escape financial stress.

Belief Teaches How to Fly
Ever sat back and wondered why them. Why did he/she get to fly to the moon? Why did he create the light bulb? Why did she make it, in a huge way, being a talk show host? Why is he/she making so much money? Why were they chosen to have created Facebook, Microsoft or Tennis shoes? Why? Faith in themselves was the only thing they had… their belief in their cause.. their belief in their product and their perseverance.

Faith takes a person to determination. When others are sleeping, they are working. When others are eating, they are eating while working. They let their belief carry them to freedom. They stepped out of their financial cocoon, spread their beautiful butterfly wings and flew into their glorious financial destination and escaped financial stress. Belief gives the ability of not looking left or right… but keep looking straight ahead and moving forward to fly.

Life is A Journey
Get a piece of paper. Write your name and the date. On the left side, write down strengths. On the right side, write down weaknesses. Be honest with oneself. It is the first step to healing, first step to growth. Look at weaknesses, then go to the book store and read on how to strengthen those weaknesses.

Individuals are the only ones who can change and make a difference in their life journey. If finances are not at the desired figure, stop trying to point the finger at someone else or past circumstances. It is time to get out of your own way.

If belief in oneself is not strong enough yet, let the belief in the vision for the family, carry you. Belief will grow beautiful wings for an unbelievable life; escaping financial stress.

Vickie Smith is a professional marketer who has studied Psychology and Graduated with an Information Systems/Systems Analysis Degree. To find out more about Vickie and how she has exported precious metals Internationally and how she is now using her education, knowledge and journey in helping others uncover the truth about positioning like the wealthy in the Need To Escape Financial Stress Report

Learn more about Escaping Financial Stress by Reviewing the 12 Week Plan to Wealth

Posted by admin - August 2, 2014 at 6:18 am

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Saving Money for Retirement: Are You Ready for Retirement?

By Vickie E Smith
Article Word Count: 428
_MG_5770 copy largerRetirement Was Such a Wonderful ThoughtI remember when I was a little girl. I use to hear my parents talk about when they retire how they were going to relax and travel. What a wonderful idea that was; and still can be if people are prepared.

The thought of retiring and having nothing and the possibility of still becoming homeless is a frightening thought.

People are married for years. Husbands think that when they die their wives and families will be well taken care of because his wife has her social security and now his. Little does he know that after he dies, his wife is left with the same bills that she had when he was living and only one(1) social security check. How defeated he must be feeling to be looking down on his beloved wife with tears in her eyes wondering how she will pay for the pure necessities that she needs for her medical issues or just to be at peace.

There are people who think that they are waiting for their date of retirement, instead they are given a pink slip. That is enough to give someone a heart attack, if you are not prepared.

Elderly Struggling

The fact is, young people and baby boomers need to take a long look at their future instead of the little box in which they are living for the now. If a person has a job, are they preparing themselves just in case that job is gone tomorrow. It is time to step out of the “box.” There are steps that may be taken to secure finances in preparing for retirement:

* It is essential that people pay themselves first

* Open an online Savings Account, an Ing Account for example. The money is taken directly from a paycheck or checking account and moved directly into an online savings account. Opening an account of this nature eliminates the thought process or the burn of seeing the money first and feeling like something is taken away.

* While a person may have a job, also find a company that is fun to work with that builds a residual income. A residual income would be ideal before and after retirement. The residual income would be a great supplement while receiving social security and pension pay.

The Worst Feeling

Working all of your life, going in a full circle like a baby; coming in this world with nothing and leaving this world with nothing would be the worst feeling. Do not wait until tomorrow to get started with your future.

Vickie Smith is a professional marketer who has studied Psychology and Graduated with an Information Systems/Systems Analysis Degree. Discover more about Vickie and how she has exported precious metals Internationally. She is now using her education, knowledge and journey in helping others uncover the truth about how to prepare for retirement and have fun doing it in her FREE Preparing For Retirement Guide.Learn more about Retiring With No Stress by Reviewing the 12 Week Plan to Wealth

Posted by admin - June 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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Why Wealthy People Have Gold: Online Wealth


vickiesizechangeWealthy people have gold in their portfolios because they understand the value of precious metals of the earth. There is a lot to be said about moving or exchanging paper money into a precious metal, such as gold.

Think about it: “Riches of the Earth”, means materials of our planet will make you wealthy beyond ideas. Gold, Silver, Diamonds, Copper, Pearls are all natural materials of the earth which are of extreme value.

The Dollar or Gold

Many people have forgotten how the dollar bill was acquainted with gold. In 1944, a new financial system was created to stabilize the world once World War II ended. The US Dollar was chosen as the world’s reserve currency. People have forgotten that the dollar was tied to gold. Gold is what gave the United States’ Dollar its value.

The Downfall of the Dollar

The downfall or should I say the “down value” of the dollar started on August 15th 1971, when President Nixon created a system where all currencies were backed by nothing. He cut the ties of gold from the dollar. His system led the average person to borrowing money. The system also forced people to borrow well above their means and to get deeper and deeper into debt.

The Wealthy Empowers Themselves

Wealthy people understand how currency has been devalued, so heavily. They have silently been taking a stand to secure their future with where the true value started; GOLD.

* Gold is Protection for individuals against the government
* Gold is the only competitor to a National currency.
* Gold is money and the National currencies are money substitutes that circulate in place of gold.
* Gold is financial insurance

Note: The following is for informational and food for thought purposes. It is not meant to be tax advice for a particular individual or situation. Check with your tax accountant about any concerns.

Wealthy people use gold as a hedge to put their currency because gold cannot be taxed. Gold can only be taxed once it is exchanged to a currency.

There are a number of countries that are recognizing gold “again” as currency.

Change is Interesting

Embrace the change in the world and realize the power of precious metals; Gold

In summary, there are many who want to be rich. Rich people want money quickly, overnight. It could be gone just as fast as they got it. Wealthy people look for longevity in the growth of their financial security.

This article can be freely published on a website as long as it is not modified in any way including the author byline and active hyperlinks.

Vickie Smith is a professional marketer who has studied Psychology and Graduated with an Information Systems/Systems Analysis Degree. To find out more about Vickie and how she has exported precious metals Internationally and how she is now using her education, knowledge and journey in helping others uncover the truth about positioning like the wealthy in the Position Yourself Like The Wealthy Report

Learn more about Living Wealthy vs Rich by Reviewing the 12 Week Plan to Wealth

Posted by admin - June 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

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Ever Wonder Where Life is Taking You?

Noticing Life Passing

Have you ever pulled off on the side of the road, looked at  people, and wondered where is everyone rushing to. I always watch people walking, jogging, riding bikes and never meeting eyes with one another just to say good morning. Do you realize that a smile or a hello could actually save someone’s life. People are always saying where they want to go in life.  Have you ever stopped to think about where people have been. It is a sad story to know that people have worked so hard, all of their lives to get nowhere. What will your story be.

Life through the Homeless

I took my children to feed the homeless so that they would know about all kinds of people and to never look down their nose at anyone.  People do not wake up one morning and say to themselves, “I think I will be homeless today.”  It opened my eyes when we were taking someone home one day and they lived in an apartment.  When we drove away, I heard one of my children say, “WOW”, they live in an apartment, what is wrong with them.  I was shocked. Children are taught what they see.  What are you exposing your children to.  What are you exposing their eyes to see? What visions are developing in the minds of these little humans?

Traveling Life through a Looking Glass

With my children growing up in a house, in a home, they took it for granted that everyone lives in a home; that everyone lives like us.   Is this how you are looking at your life;  through a looking glass of your past and you cannot move forward because of the way you were taught,  the things that you have seen? And you think that you do not know any better? No one knows which life track they are traveling in on. But the question is… which track are you going to leave your life on…

Posted by admin - October 28, 2013 at 11:30 am

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Leaving Gold for My Family

Gold has been known 2,600 years ago-but the whole world recognized, only in ingot form, for payment in 194 countries around the world. Money affects our daily lives. Do you agree? Who has a little want more of it. Anyone who already has money want to secure and protect it. But how? There is a way that you may take advantage of the secret of the wealthy. I have been involved with exporting the precious metals of our earth, Internationally, for a while. While exporting, my eyes have been opened to the wonder of the riches in the Earth that GOD has presented to us.

Why Exchange to Gold?

What is your paper currency worth today? Press Here to Find Out?

Gold is the most valuable and most sought after metals of the financial elite.  Not only does Gold stand for security, it is a symbol of status, influence and wealth.

Monetary gold bars are the best way of securing value when everything “goes down the drain,” monetary gold bullion can never be worthless.

Monetary gold bullion in small units can easily switch, piece by piece, into other values, or goods, which is impossible with large units.

Secure with Gold

Take control of your finances and stop leaving your destiny to the government.  You were given a brain. It’s time to use it for the best interest for you.  If you want to continue the pain of NOT Having, of NOT Sleeping, of continuing to take from Paul to pay Peter, then continue on the path that you are on. If you want better, there is a solution, the Gold Solution.

Posted by admin - October 14, 2013 at 6:20 am

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Creating a MultiMillion $$ You

Tips for Developing You

There are a number of individuals teaching, on how to become a millionaire. There are also a number of individuals instructing on how to build multimillion dollar businesses and empires.

If your foundation is not built, your Empire will not stand firm.

“Developing You” is Huge in understanding the gift of life.

I am going to share five ways to creating a MultiMillion $$ You…  to create a strong and solid foundation of inner peace. When your foundation is solid, you are then, capable of developing the leaders around you.

#1 You Must Be Honest

While taking your journey on developing oneself, a person must be honest with themselves.  Write down where you are today.  How is your lifestyle, your home, your family. How are you treating people. How are they treating you? Then, close your eyes. Go on, close your eyes and open the door to the Wonderland of how you want your life to look. Do not think about the “How.”  “How” is creeping in your mind. Get it out of there.

#2 Your Beliefs for You

Don’t let the challenging situations of what you see, shape who you are. Have you ever sat back and wondered why them? Why did they get to fly to the moon? Why did they become so famous? Why did they make so much money? The only thing that they had was believing in themselves and working hard for what they believed in. Live your life as though your success has already been accomplished.

#3 Leader of You

You must be the leader of your life. Don’t look to the left, don’t look to the right. When you are developing your positive and futuristic mindset, you must stay focused. You must have a passion and determination for the steps that you are taking while developing you. You must be willing to do the work that it takes to reach your success level . Each individual has been planted a seed inside of them waiting to birth. The question is, will your seed stay there and always be a seed? Or, is the question, what nourishment will you feed, your inner seed, for your growth potential. A person who considers themselves a leader is always reading, listening to CDs, attending seminars, broadening their knowledge so that they are growing as a person. A person who grows can teach others to move forward and grow. You will influence many without realizing it.

This is the year to Vote. There was a time that women and races could not vote. Your vote matters. It’s not the government that will change the state of our world. It’s the people… and you can start by letting your voice be heard and your vote counted.

#4 Your Life Must be balanced

On a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I want you to rate the six areas of your life… And be honest with yourself… your Family/HOME, your Finances and your Career, Spirituality, your Health and Fitness, your Social and Recreational, and your Educational and Mental State. After you have rated yourself, I want you to look at your numbers and see what measures do you need to take to become successful and balanced in all areas.

#5 Do Not Quit during Your Journey of Developing You

You have to walk, talk, and carry yourself as a Winner with Confidence …. When you walk with confidence, you attract confident and positive people. Remove all Negativity away from you… Surround yourself around positive people who know how to laugh, and around people who are doing the type of things that you want to do…  I went on a woman’ s retreat. One of our activities was hiking. At one point, on the hike, there were so many bees. A number of the women wanted to turn back. I kept saying let’s run through those bees. They cannot stop us. They finally agreed. We ran and ran until we were clear of those bees. Oh My! The beauty on the other side was breathtaking. Those bees were symbolic of the confusion and complexity of life. You have to push through those bees of your life. Do not QUIT! If you quit, you will never know how close you were to creating the MultiMillion $$ you..you will never know how close you were to “Developing You.”

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