Sunday, November 14, 2010

Reach Your Goals By Constantly Planting Seeds

A Great Friend wrote an article that I wanted to share! I met Martha Blanchard through our business and she has become so much more than a co-worker. She has become a mentor, confidant, cheerleader and friend! Martha is a wonderful mom of two beautiful girls. She is a daughter every mother prays for. And a true friend, through thick and thin. I am truly the blessed one in this relationship!

Enjoy her article! I hope it inspires you, as it does me...

I believe in you too!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

My Reflections on Hard Work and God's Blessings

We got some really fun news today... A promotion in my business, of sorts!! I say 'of sorts' because a promotion is something you get at your job when you've worked hard to have someone else see that you are worth a better position. That's not really what happened here... Because I own my own business, I am the one to give myself a raise or keep me at status quo or even fire myself!!

And in this case, it was not a matter or "deserving" a promotion, it was a matter of setting a goal for myself and my business and working until it happened. Is not most of life like that? We have dreams, we set goals, and we work toward them... or not! Most of us stop at having dreams. A few of us set goals. Some will start working. Most don't keep working until we reach them.

That used to be me! Mostly because, until I starting working with some really smart people, I never understood the value of setting goals and making plans to get there. I was in the "that would be nice and I hope it happens someday" mode of life. Not much chance of that happening!! In fact, when I first started setting goals... I thought it was kinda hokey. I knew what I had to do, why'd I have to write them down? Well, writing them down and being specific has made a difference!! I just reached one of my biggest goals ever!

Writing the goals is only one small step though... You gotta work!! And often work HARD! And often fail! But keep going... you will get there if you persevere and learn from your failures.

One other piece of this pie, in fact, the largest piece... live your life so that you can receive the blessings of God. Do everything ethically. Don't cut corners, don't cheat along the way. Help others and make them the priority of everything you do. You will be a much happier person and God will be "well pleased!"

Off to celebrate and enjoy the fruit for a couple days, then on to new goals! :)


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

They Grow Up Fast!

The past few weeks have been busy but fun! We've gone to recitals, graduations, weddings and enjoyed a new baby in the family.... all a new generation growing up fast!! And making me feel old!!!! :)

These 2 video's are from Jordan's Recital. He's only been playing guitar for 3 weeks! Drumming for a while longer. (Yes, I am a proud momma!). The rest of the kids are all his good friends.
- Guitar - Drumming

My oldest nephew's new son, Jayce. I cannot believe that my brother is a Grandpa!!

The 1st of my neices to graduate, Rachael!

The 2nd nephew to get married, Ben!

The "babies" of the family... now 9, 8 and 11!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Essence of A New Day

A friend gave me a card the other day with this great quote on it:

The Essence Of A New Day ~

"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good."

What a great way to think of each new day! We are all so privileged to have today. What will you do with yours?

Sunday, April 11, 2010


What a great end to a great weekend!! What a privilege to be with these precious faces EVERY day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Family - An Amazing Word

Hello Everyone,

I'm feeling pretty sentimental tonight! The last few months have made me re-examine my own commitment to my family as well as NOT taking them for granted. Serious health issues for my husband, completely altering day-to-day life... Ongoing concerns for my father's health... Having a teen son that is really a great kid and watching him become a solid young man, and realizing he will be in high school and old enough to hunt this year and driving in another year after that!.... Having my pre-teen son change from a little boy to a teen.... Having my 8 yr. old baby still love me but realizing I was not the woman he wanted to marry someday.... Having a new baby, my great-nephew, born, a whole new generation.... And having everyone together this weekend for my neice-to-be's wedding shower, except my brother and missing him a ton!... Dear friends who are facing unbelievable challenges with their son... and that's just to name a few! :)

Family... it's a word that can bring on any and every emotion that you can conjure up. It's a word that encompasses incredible amounts of our lives. It's a word that I love!

God has blessed me abundantly! I am so grateful for the joy that Family brings me. I am overwhelmed at what a blessing they are. Thank you, Lord, for my family!! And Thank You, Lord, for all the time that I get to spend with them!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

12 Success Factors to look for when choosing a Home Business

With over 4 years of having my own successful home business, my husband and I have built a real residual monthly income that has allowed us to be debt free with savings and security for our family, children and our future. We have been able to do so right from the comfort of our home and have helped and continue to help so many other families to do the same.

With my experience and with researching dozens of different types of home businesses, I would like to share that when choosing a home business, there are some key success factors that I believe are critical for long term success. Every one is just as important as the next.

If the company you are currently representing or the company you're considering meets all of these Success Factors, I'd love to know what company it is. The only one I've found so far is the one I represent..:)

1. Company track record - How long has the company you're considering representing been in business? What are the company's annual sales each year since in business? Does the company print average income statistics for business builders? It should and you should ask for them. Proof of long term sales, success and growth is critical with choosing any business.

2. Financially sound - Does the company have outstanding debt? Joining a company that is debt free is something I highly recommend to lessen any risk to you.

3. Strong management team - What are the backgrounds and credentials of the management team? You want to join a company that is run with integrity and strong leadership.

4. Unique consumable products - Are the products of the company, products that people actually need, use, run out of and repurchase month after month. Do the products have any trademarks or patents allowing for exclusive rights meaning no other company can copy them. If the products are not consumable, meaning something that a person would only buy once, then that is a business that will not be viable long term. If the products are consumable, however not necessarily a need, that will lesson your chance for long term success. Products needed, and consumed monthly makes for a solid business model.

5. Wide market appeal - Are the products something everyone needs and uses? If the products are specific for a certain gender, age group or body size for example, you lessen your market as it is not something for everyone.

6. Competitive prices - Are the products comparable in price or less expensive than the competition? If they are too expensive this is not a business that will produce great results.

7. High customer reorder rate - Does the company share it's reorder rate? Meaning how many customers that purchased from the company last month, reorder again the following month? If the re-order rate is low, the business will not be viable as new customers simply replace your old customers producing no real growth or a secure, residual income.

8. Low initial investment - If the cost to join or start is too high it makes for more risk and difficulty in attracting customers and business partners.

9. Low monthly requirement - If there is a high monthly requirement, customers/business builders may end up with an inventory or products they do not need. If there is a low monthly product requirement, then customers are getting what they need for personal use each month, and from a business standpoint you know customers are purchasing each month which creates the security and true residual income.

10. Rewards for leadership development - Does the company reward you for helping others in your business succeed? If there is any way the company could remove business builders from your business because of their success, be very careful about joining. There should never be potential for you to lose great partners.

11. Risk-free - Is everything 100% guaranteed? If not, I would advise against joining?

12. Anyone can be successful - Is the business plan set up for anyone to be successful at any time? If it's a company that says "Ground floor" opportunity, or "Get in Now", be very wary. If only the people who join at the beginning can be successful, then eventually people will get hurt.

Well, how does the company you are with or considering measure up?

Hope this was helpful..:)


P.S. Want to learn more about my home business,