Robot with WiFi symbolAs many of you know we just completed another military PCS (primary change of duty station).

It was last-minute. It was unwanted. It was unplanned. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Orders came down at the same time that I launched my new books Right Side Up & Stories Around The Table.  If that wasn’t enough the entire moving process from taping that 1st box to unpacking the house happened in just 10 short days .- OH did I forget to mention that we did a FULL DITY just the 2 of us? No kids at home + travel peeps say there isn’t enough time to schedule movers = you “get” to do it all yourself :) ).

Funny thing is that when you don’t have time to think about how crazy military life is, things just seem to fall into place. Which is exactly what happened in a wacky sort of way… all except for one little issue – I had no idea how long I would be “off-line”.

I think – no I KNOW that the most difficult part of our last-minute orders was the whole internet/”being connected” piece.

I had no idea where we would be living nor what service provider would be available once we did find housing. I had no clue how long we would be without internet – which for those of us who run a business out of our homes spells D.I.S.A.S.T.E.R! I had blogs to write, marketing to do and let’s not even talk about interview prep. Without my desktop I honestly didn’t know how I would get through this PCS and still have a business to come back to. Have I mentioned that the timing of this PCS couldn’t have been worse!!!

So I was stressing about this and remembered a tip I share with other military spouses. I tell them that when you are overwhelmed with a specific thing and can’t see the solution yourself that is the time to “ASK For Help”. So I did.

I mentioned my concern to a few of my #VZWBuzz* pals who are amazing, brilliant and TECH Geniuses to put it lightly -by the way you have the opportunity to pic their brains with me every Friday at 3pm ET on twitter. Great prizes! Just follow #VZWBuzz and don’t forget to say hi to me @JDavis55) – and they asked why I wasn’t going to access my hotspot technology to stay connected?  SAY WHAT?

Did you know that you can use your smart phone as a portable wireless hotspot AND tether all your devices? Up until I got a reality check from our fearless tech leader I had no idea that I didn’t need to wait to be connected to an internet provider to be able to use my laptop, tablet and phone to access my documents, emails etc. In fact my smartphone is like I have internet in my purse :)!

I had no idea that was even a possibility (yes I am still on such a HUGE learning curve) so you can imagine how excited I was to let go of my  “can’t connect without a provider” mindset and stay connected,  productive  and sane by simply turning on and using a feature that my smartphone already had. Who knew that I could be my very own internet provider!

I don’t think I was ever so excited by technology as I was in that very moment so I decided to share with you so you can do it yourself!

Creating your own personal Hotspot

It’s was a simple process taking only a couple of minutes. I created my hotspot using the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from Verizon but I’m sure the process is similar for any smartphone! Enjoy and be sure to let me know how it works for you!

1. Turn on your Hotspot on your phone:

- Make sure your Wifi is set to OFF
– Go to your Settings Tab
– Click More settings
– Switch the Mobile Hotspot to ON

2. Find your mobile hotspot identifier number & the password for your connection

- tap the words Mobile Hotspot that have the green on light and you will open the tab  which will have the identifier/password

3. Connect other devices

-Turn on your wifi connection on the device you want to connect to your “traveling internet” hotspot
-Search for the hotspot name that corresponds with the info you got in step 2
-Enter your password and connect :)

The only caution that I want to remind you of is that this will use DATA so I did tailored my use (and restricted my hubby from using Netflix too often) and we stayed well within our plan because we were able to get connected within 10 days. If your PCS is longer you can  call your provider and up the gigs of data for the time you will be using your hotspot exclusively to keep within your budget! 

I laugh as I write this thinking back to a year ago when I tried to balance military life without technology and I honestly don’t know how I ever did it. Having a mobile hotspot available to me throughout our move kept me sane! All I can say is how glad I am that I took the leap….



*As a member of the #VZWBuzz team I receive various devices and accessories. No additional compensation was given and all opinions stated are my own. As always whenever I talk about products you will get the real scoop not something someone asks me to write icon smile

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What Can Inspire YOU to Create YOUR Best Life?

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by Judy Davis - The Direction Diva on October 27, 2014

This morning I had to get up literally at the “crack” of dawn to be on an early conference call. When I woke up at 4:50 am, about the last thing I wanted to do was get my butt out of bed.

Now I am a morning person, but 4:50 am is a little much even for me. So instead of my perky self, I was annoyed that I had to get up and be “on” so early. And then something incredible happened and my annoyance quickly disappeared. I opened the door to let the dog out and in front of me was the most incredible sunrise.

The colors were magical, all gold, yellow, and purple, with the wisp of feathery clouds…the moon was brilliant and “watching intently” as the day burst into being. I had to stop and catch my breath, it seemed as if the world was igniting to start something spectacular and I had better be ready.

In that moment it dawned on me that every day there is a sunrise with all its color and awe; every day is the start of something incredible. A sunrise marks the beginning; a chance to start fresh and “awaken” to new ideas, experiences and so much more.

Out of the darkness came a tiny light that over time burst into the sunshine of a new day. I knew in that moment that I want my life to be like that. I wanted to find inspiration in the miracles that happen in every small and big thing…you know the things that I am often to tired to notice.

This sunrise inspired me. Its beauty and mystery had me dreaming of all the possibilities that were before me. It gave me hope, and got me motivated to create a day that I can be proud of.

In general I think inspiration is something that all too often gets overlooked when we think of the tools that can help us create a better life. It is a great tool that we can use to help us move forward in our lives.

This sunrise was just the reminder I needed today to remind me to find and draw inspiration from the things I often miss throughout the day.

For me it was as simple as a sunrise…. so I ask what inspires you?

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