Monthly Archives: April 2013

Growth, belief and a vehicle for change. Network Marketing at it’s best!

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This weekend I am in the midst of a training conference with Arbonne. We are in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand and there are 14,000 Independent Consultants here. All gorgeous, all positive, all living proof of the amazing culture of Arbonne. (Seriously guys, if you are single, the MGM Grand was THE place to be this weekend).

Walking around to and from our training sessions I have sat back and watched people, marveling in the culture of love and acceptance that this company has created.

Honestly ladies, when was the last time that you have been surrounded by hundreds or thousands of other women, looking equally amazing and NOT felt judged???? For me, the answer is easy, never. So why is this the case? Is it just me, basking in the glow of hearing “I believe in you, I believe in you, I believe in you”? Perhaps, or maybe we just ‘get’ that success in this life can really only be achieved if we connect and feel like the success of others is required for our own success?

I am continually impressed by so many aspects of this company. Arbonne perpetuates living a culture of belief in self, driving the personal development of their Independent Consultants to create the fire that has resulted in 10% growth of the company since May 2012 in a sluggish economy. CEO Kay Napier has created an unbelievable new marketing team. We are all fired up and for a great reason!

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A Mother’s work is never done… Scheduling for greatness #1

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I was washing the floor this morning and trying to wrap my head around our schedule for the day. I can really think when I wash the floor. Maybe it’s because of the repetitive ‘push-pull’ of the mop. Maybe it’s because my children have to be preoccupied so I can keep them off the floor. Either way, I can really think things through and follow my train of thought when I am in full house-frau mode!

Anyways, speaking of train of thought… I was pondering a remark a friend of mine had made about how she cannot understand how I fit everything into my schedule. Part-time shifts at the hospital, son back and forth to preschool, daughter down for naps, working my Arbonne business, dinners out with my husband, keeping a Facebook page and now a blog up to date and even popping out for a social night of West Coast Swing dancing once a month. This made me really think about how we can fit so many things into a day and not go crazy with stress. So, maybe I can share a few things that work for me.

1. Involve your children – These little people love to be a part of the family dynamic. They want to be considered an integral part of the family. Make them feel like you could not function without them! Make sure that you run some plans by them, even a day or two before it happens. My son in particular really needs to be given advanced notice of things and I always regret it if I throw something at him he does not expect! FREAKOUT session! Nothing like a screaming 4 year old to create stress. The conversation usually goes something like this…”This week, we have a few things that we need to do and I need your help…” Then I give him a list, reinforcing the days of the week as we go through (teachable moment!) and often end up writing him out a little schedule if some activities are related to him directly. He loves it! He even posts it up in his room and crosses the days off himself!

2. Involve your spouse – OK dear, time to pitch in! It was so unbelievable clear to me how difficult it would be if I was a stay-at-home Mom when I returned to work after both my maternity leaves. A full 12 hour shift where I did not have to be responsible for anyone but myself…HEAVEN! So, by staying home all day with my children, my husband understood how challenging the day was and now he is always ready to offer me time away whenever I request it. Errand time, gym time, shopping time, you name it. He appreciates my hard work and likely his own opportunity to be with the children and then escape to his job again the next day!

3. Take time for you!!! – This one is huge. I struggled with this and still do, but now realize the importance of this simple concept. After a full 12 hrs with my kids I felt too exhausted to even think about cleaning up and heading out. I also really wanted to spend a little time with my children and husband all together, as a family. But, I end up drained from doing the same thing ALL day with no time for me. Choose 2 or 3 days each week where you get a full hour or two away and to do whatever you need to do: exercise, shop, go for coffee with a friend. You choose! It will likely work very well if this is exercise! You WILL have energy if you just get your body moving! Get out in the fresh air with no little people to herd. You will have SO much more patience and energy for everyone else if you allow yourself to recharge.

More tips to come in the future….and don’t think I have all these things perfected.

I too, am a work in progress!! It takes persistence and perseverance to build habits for great success!

Starting a new business? Oh heck, why not?

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Exciting things are a-muck!!!

This pretty much sums up my last few months. Working part time in critical care at a local hospital, raising 2 small children and supporting my husband as he completes his thesis for his EMBA…as if this were not enough to keep me out of trouble!

In December of 2012 I became aware of some really great personal care products sold via network marketing. I was so in love with Arbonne‘s products and their standards, I was compelled to find out more.

So began my journey into the world of multi-level marketing.

There is something so compelling to me about gravitating to a new field of study and just going with it in a huge way. For example: watch some golf, try some golf, have some golf lessons, watch some pros, play tons of golf, become a golf addict…does that pattern sound familiar? A huge learning curve consisting of goal setting, scheduling, prospecting, sponsoring and online marketing ensued. I am LOVING the control and being my own boss!!

There is a huge component of network marketing that centers around personal development. Enter in Robin Sharma and other amazing success coaches. You cannot succeed with this type of business if you do not have focus, momentum, vision and  a clearly understood reason for bothering to try in the first place. I am expected to ‘strive for excellence’, be ‘world-class’ and never settle for mediocrity. Finally! Leadership worth listening to!

My reasons to succeed? Spending time with family and paying off debts. Simple but yet profound in our current rat-race lifestyle. What started as a way to make a few extra hundred dollars a month is changing quickly into one of the most positive, empowering journeys of my life. Who knew? Being brave enough to start my own business has built confidence that I didn’t know I was lacking. I am more centred, calm, reflective and connected than ever before. Those outcomes were certainly not in the brochure!

Words To Live By

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I have heard this quote several times and every time it gets me. How many moments have you had that take your breath away? Are they so numerous that you could not possibly count them? Are they so few that it tugs your heart a little too much to think about it? In my work as a critical care Respiratory Therapist I see so many deaths but each one just spurs me on to find more out of my life. To be more, go for more, want MORE! We can easily create moments that make us gasp and wonder at the world. Choose today to open your eyes and really SEE the people and the things around you.

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.  -Maya Angelou
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

-Maya Angelou

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Motivational quote for April 19th 2013

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Oddly, this quote reminds me of the slow but intentional changes that my body went through when I was pregnant. From the loosening of joints and bursting bra-size to the infuriating inability to sleep more than 2-3 hours in a row. Our bodies go through changes and do the work. All in preparation for what is to come our way. In this case, birthing a giant watermelon, feeding it and being awake for a year!

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“Readiness and ability for any work is not given before the work, but only through the work.” Andrew Murray

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Terrifying Things I Tell My Children or No Wonder My Kids Don’t Sleep

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This is just too fun not to share.

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Written by Emily

My children aren’t great sleepers. But then why would they be? Although I’ve tried everything to encourage them to love their beds, yesterday’s Easter celebration made me realize I’ve also inadvertently told them all sorts of terrifying things, things that have planted little seeds of fear that they can’t really name or understand.

The Easter Bunny:

“Oh, come on,” you’re thinking. “Bunnies are adorable.” Maybe when they’re not the size of a human being. But you’re probably right, there’s nothing scary about a giant rabbit magically entering the house while the little ones are sleeping, depositing eggs in dark nooks and crannies. Where do these eggs even come from? The same place babies come from?! Isn’t the Easter Bunny a he? Gross.

And what was the ONLY animal that bit Noah at the Farm Show? It wasn’t a horse or a goat or even a chicken. It…

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