Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Priorities and Their Shifts

I am leaving a pretty good impression of being inconsistent with this blog and my other one as well. I'm not sure if it's an out and out choice or perhaps just circumstances that I haven't been on here consistently but I do know there are those areas of my life that take prominence and they are forever taken care of.
Whether I post about it here or not, my family and their needs are met - in love, in their care, in just getting done what needs to be done. Perfectly? Never!! But, even in its imperfect way the laundry gets done, meals are cooked, the house blessed and most importantly, the hubby is loved on and supported for who he is - the head of our family and provider of so many things, both spiritually and physically.
My work though ,,,, that's another topic of discussion.
I am faithfully an It Works Wrap Girl.  Many times that has meant I am a faithful customer of our products (how can I not be? I love my health!) and I always - like daily -  post on Facebook and Instagram and sometimes add Twitter and Pinterest - sharing their goodness with others who come to know and appreciate them as well. I pretty consistently add customers ... but that isn't what is going to GROW my business.

Basically, that slow but steady, safe existence meant I've been idling - just meandering around the tarmac, never have given 100% towards a magnificent take-off. Oh, I've risen a little ways - just barely scraping over the treetops but, quickly came back on to runway. A safe zone, no crashes. Why? Not enough fuel? Fear? Lack of preparation? Ignorance on how to keep flying? Perhaps all of those have had a hand in my bare-bones existence. But, I have not closed my doors!! And it's not been a loss - or a waste of time - I have learned SO much and gained confidence in myself. And so, it's all come together finally - with wisdom, grace for myself and from the Father (I see His fingerprints all over my story), a trust in my own abilities, good choices and a conscious decision to choose flight!
Sharing all that leads be to say - there is going to be a shifting in my priorities. It's 'all' still going to get done, I can work just fine under the pressure and with an agenda, if I keep my strength up - and best of all,  I'm claiming discipline - knowing that upsets, and need for engine repair, reassessment will come but, by in large I'm getting ready for take-off - and hallelujah - it's not by myself! There's others on our team ready to soar as well - so, I have inspiration in seeing that happen too! I'm busy, gathering momentum, working hard, fueling up and ready.
So excited in all this. Denying fear the chance to take hold, Eliminating disappointment before it grows. I'm claiming and rejoicing a quiet, but bold sense of coming home and an expectation of delight in where we'll be.

Our team, soaring, heading to the place where dreams come true.
Life - its journeys are ever amazing and full of wonder. Don't you just love it?

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Last Pumpkin - Who Loves Food?!?!

I am so very very grateful the Creator God gave us FOOD!! and taste buds to enjoy it and the sense of smell to savor it! So many precious memories revolve around food - for me at least. I just really enjoy eating!
I love all kinds of food - from so many ethnic backgrounds. I am thankful too to be married to a guy who loves the ever succulent adventure of trying new foods and then re-visiting those dishes whenever we can. There are very few things I've tried that I have utterly disliked - or perhaps I've not acquired a taste for it yet.
I love to eat on my own, in a group, or just with my honey. I love the gathering of friends and family to savor moments that center around food - after time has thoughtfully been spent in the kitchen. I love when I have been invited to a home and get to smell unique spices, to taste those flavors that are particular to that culture. We have lived in three countries plus visited others where we were invited to the sacred rite of sharing a meal in someone's home. Amazing! just amazing!
Food can be taken advantage of or even abused but I believe that God meant for us to enjoy all these tastes and a variety of unique dishes with relish and with no guilt!
Serving sizes matter, though. Use discretion and don't stretch your stomach into always requiring more to feel full! Drinking lots of water - even a glass before a meal can help you control the amount you want eat. All things in moderation and eating is truly an absolute joy!
I do have my own thoughts and opinions about food. I really believe that the more natural we go and try our best to use and prepare food with unprocessed ingredients, the better it is for our health. I think also, that home-cooked and fresh prepared is the best. It may take extra time but is worth it! Additives, preservatives and chemicals accumulate in our bodies and eventually may wreak havoc on our health. When we cook from scratch we can control the quantity and the quality of the ingredients. We decide our portions ... it is up to us to use self-control.
All that is not to say I always choose wisely or perfectly in my eating but my general way of life and eating is pretty clean and natural.
this is what I ate yesterday - started with a sliver of home-made pumpkin pie & coffee, then, pimento cheese with sliced olives on a piece of toast, for lunch was white corn nachos w/ jalapenos and cheese, afternoon snack: 1/2 banana, 1/2 tangerine & a few almonds, supper: a lean hamburger patty, sweet potato and salad. Wow! that's alot of food!!
I know, I know, I am so very blessed ... and all of us are who have a couple of meals a day. And so, I count my blessings daily, and am ever grateful for food!!
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Still November, Still Thankful - for Family and Friends!

Family - this small, little six letter word encompasses so much. Especially for those of us  who are Christians. It may sort of seem that when I covered Home I could have covered family too but not really. Family is so much more than the place where my 'immediates' live. And well, yes, that can even change through the years.
There are times we have no choice in the matter, like our blood relatives - I was born into the family of Clyde and Naomi and already had in place two older sisters. The one nearest my age had Downs Syndrome so, there was going to be definite influences on my life that are probably different than others. I already had a  whole gigantic slew of relatives because Dad was one of 13 children and Mom the youngest of 9. So, I had bookoos of cousins, and uncles and aunts. I only had one set of grandparents though because my Mom's parents had already died. Anyway, this was what I was born into, a set culture, background, a spirituality already being lived out on both sides of my family. It was a  pretty marvelous group to be born into. Not perfect by any means and our own set of negatives to overcome, but a good foundation and I am SO very grateful. So much to be thankful for and also, a feeling of responsibility to keep a standard of respect and integrity for this family.

Some of us marry into family and that becomes ours as well ... by law and by someone's choice. Dad and Mom in laws, sister and brother in laws, uncle and aunts, grandparents, the daughters and sons in laws .... all these are ours! Sometimes this group is very small and sometimes it becomes really, really big! And also, with this comes responsibility - to keep love and concern flowing, celebrations of life and death. Sometimes those in laws are ours because of someone else marrying but they matter, This is all ours.
I have chosen a family along the way - when I became a Christian and was added to the Body of Christ on February 16, 1969, God made me a part of a universal spiritual family that knows no boundaries of location, culture, color, gender, or time ... yes, I am able to count generations of long-gone folks as my brothers and sisters. Pretty amazing!!I believe a lot of joy and responsibility comes with this choice.

Friendship leads to family-like ties sometimes too - when you feel so close to someone who has no other tie than that of friendship but the hearts just mesh in a unity that is really cool. A favorite little poem of mine is:

Some friends are summer friends, fragile as flowers they are delightful in life's milder hours. I love the winter friends; wind tossed they bow but do not break nor lose their luster in the snow and ice. (unknown)

And of course this verse is so true!!

Friends come and friends go,
    but a true friend sticks by you like family. Proverbs 18:24 (MSG)

So, anyway, I am so very thankful for all the people in my life who make up family - they have been and will continue to be part of who I am. For sure, I have been affected negatively by family members - that unspoken affirmation, the longed-for presence that never appeared, those sought for words that were never given. But, for the most part I live for and have always dwelt in the positive. Hugs, joy, laughter, singing, amazing fellowship, support when I couldn't go it alone, the knowing that I have been surrounded by prayer warriors my entire life!! All of this ...  molding and defining who I am.
My own prayer is that I will be a positive influence on these people - that my impact will always bring light to places that could be dark otherwise. I know I have messed up various times. But, I pray I will never underestimate the power of my word, my encouragement, my positive reaction to their good news, my sorrow lovingly expressed in imminent, unavoidable losses. And, just that my love and influence will always be a beacon shining the way to heaven's gates as I follow day by day in His steps.


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Deals - Buy One, Get One ... Free!

Who doesn't like a great deal? I know I do, especially if it lines up with a real need or want that I have.
Well, this is the time when so many of us are in the middle of the holiday season - food, family and fun!! And for me, and others, we still desire to be in our best shape - healthy - looking and feeling great!
And that's what makes these BOGO deals so sweet!
Our Crazy Company loves to tease us and build up to its specials so, we saw these little Elves around for several days in anticipation for the Special Black Friday Deals ...
Too Cute!! 
there's lots of stories that these little guys have been a part of ... always special!
I absolutely LOVE that we offer our Black Friday specials over a period of several days .- no desperate rush in crowds, from the comfort of your home.
each of these products offer so much goodness - our aim is always the quest for each of us to be our very best, healthiest self!! Have I said lately how I love what I do?!
Here is a video my daughter and I made about FatFighters - one of my favorite products and it is among our BOGO Black Friday deals!!!
And Guess What?!?! If you have questions about any of our products as a current customer of mine, how to become one OR how to go about being a part of this business with me ... my team is hosting an online event this Sunday evening!!! I will be so happy to join you there!





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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Start

Here I go again ... really wanting to set up some definite goals for my It Works business and see the fruition of them. I seem to get so distracted with good things in life which takes me from the concrete happening of my business growth. But also, I seem to have a mental block … even though I practice affirmations with myself and try to set up definite times to work it hasn't fallen into place for me to see the success and growth that I need and want - or do I want it? I feel like it's different now. Several things have happened over the past few days to help me believe that the time is NOW.
I am going to just START! I am allowing myself the permission to stop treating this as a hobby or part-time activity and I am really prepared to throw myself into it full-time – or at least doing the actual business-building activities on a more regular basis. I don't have to do this eight hours a day to make it work – I just need to work it correctly. I am actually giving myself permission to be successful. And always being ready to 'work'.
One of the best things about being a Network Marketing professional is the fact that you must indulge in self-help, motivational books and surround yourself with positive people – it's like a mandate for success. A second great thing about being a network marketing professional is that you will NEVER succeed if you don't have it on your heart to serve others - and seriously, who doesn't need to practice that in life?
One of the worst things about being a Network Marketing professional is that you find yourself being out of the norm – people don't take you seriously, or even think you're off your rocker to consider this career as the real deal. But basically I have accepted that it doesn't really matter what the Negative Nancys or Dream Busters of life think about me. They don't pay our bills or have our international dreams of helping others. It does kind of bother me that people seem afraid to even be encouraging. hardly anyone asks me how I'm doing or even seems to care. But, actually I must share here that one of my biggest fans in what I do is my friend Nancy ... she is always there to love me, pray for me, has been a terrific customer, attends my online parties, and overall is just the best person for my heart.

What do I do to help myself?? – well, I keep taking care of who I am! I maintain great habits!! Yep, I pray regularly, study my Bible, and I rest, eat right, exercise, listen to training calls offered by successful people in my business, I treat myself to being a part of positive pages and groups where knowledge, enthusiasm and great testimonies are shared. I learn about the products I offer, I use them and totally believe in them. I am able to have intelligent conversations with people interested in what we have to offer.

I am re-reading the highlights of two books that deal with my industry and help me to take myself seriously. Rock Your Network Marketing Business just reiterates to my soul that I am a part of a powerful business – the business model itself being not only smart but brilliant! Basically it is allowing me to design my professional life to fit around the rest of my life. That's so important to me and where I am on my own journey right now – there's so many dreams we have to fulfill as a married couple and a family. I buy products that I love, that truly work for me and others and then, I get paid to talk about what I love. My customer base grows. I get to choose who I partner with – I am praying over and creating a dream of a team! And we celebrate our success together as it unfolds for each of us. And this is where my leverage grows – creating residual income for myself and others. I truly am in business for myself, but never by myself! The personal development activities I mentioned above not only help me in my business but, truly help me in life! I am growing in leadership skills, confidence and am learning how to better communicate with my family and fellow church members – even in the community! 
 There is no magic formula to success and it definitely doesn't happen overnight but, I have grown little by little and have been learning every step of the way. The process has been remarkable. I am developing proficiency and am writing my own unique story as I go. I am truly CEO of my own company. Nobody is going to build it or make it happen for me. Now it's time – to be accountable for my daily actions and activities and I will own my results.
The second book I've pulled out is the Magic of Thinking BIG – I am practicing making my successful actions habitual! I am practicing it and letting it become second nature to me rather than a hit or miss part of my business. This book has reminded me of some key things that will work in my favor:
I have great health, I know how to use my knowledge in a positive way, I am the perfect age and I attract loving, positive people and results.
I really like who I have grown to be over the years and better yet, I am in love with the life still to come. 
So, just like the training teaches in our back office, we will only be successful IF and when we decide to make it personal and practice "Build Your Own Business" - BYOB. Yep, it's my name on the paycheck and month by month I will see it increase in accordance to my income producing work. I kind of really like that! 
vbgf233v      222222222 ... do you see those letters to the side? courtesy of Gabby-cat. I dream of working from the beach - isn't that an awesome photo? but in reality I build mainly from the wifi in my own home and my cat allows me to share the desk.
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Home - My Heart Sings its Thankfulness!

So, yes, during these notes of thankfulness in November this post is pretty much on the top of my list!! It encompasses so many parts of who I am. Thankful for Home!
Home is such a dear place. A  good home does not happen by accident. A good home, a thriving home, is the result of making godly choices day in and day out, month by month, year by year, decade by decade and then you can look back after almost 38 years of marriage and be so incredibly grateful for a good home. 

Life is surely not all easy and in our life we definitely have had our share of trials and just hard times. Our most difficult moments were probably the result of poor decisions – because we don't always listen or obey like we should! But, then, again, life just happens. You know, whether it be car accidents, or the death of family members, financial struggles due to emergencies or bad choices … for real, no one is immune to struggles.
How we react to those hard times, now that is the clincher on how the family will grow – into a deeper relationship with the Lord and His family, or the opposite – taking us further from Him and the loved ones He has provided in Christ. Know this: God is never stingy on providing wisdom for daily living. In fact, wisdom is personified in the book of Proverbs as a woman longing to share with us. She calls for us to come and drink of all she has to offer. Another place Christ is shown as the embodiment of Wisdom – when we truly seek Him then the best answers to living come to us!
So, my thankfulness for home goes deep – to the generations gone before me. Thankful for the 'follow the Lord' decisions that were made by my grandparents and parents. I am so glad that years ago, Lowell sought to follow the Word and become a Christian and that the Lord saw fit for our paths to meet – this girl from the north who met and fell in love with a boy from the south. Every day I am appreciative of a husband who is a godly head of our family – never easy in this world. I am glad I had a Mom I could learn from and emulate in life. 
Seriously, I am so very grateful for our four young adult children who have chosen well and are leading lives that make the world a brighter place just because they are in it. 
Oh my! and now, these grandchildren of ours ... we see the legacy of right living continuing in and through them ... brightening the corners of their world. 
Home - such a sweet and amazing place, with songs, love and laughter bouncing off the walls, and in times of distress, hearts that are humbled in surrender to Him. 
I try hard to be my best self. I open God's Word morning by morning. Lowell and I make a point to pray together daily. Because we've gone to God throughout our life, we see the fingerprints of the Father! We drop everything and pray when needed and we are heavy on Praise as well. And laughter! we have laughed our way through so many situations in life. We choose adventure regularly. We forgive each other - even when we fail to ask for that forgiveness. I am so thankful I have a husband who believes in me when it's hard to believe in myself. My kids are the best in the world I guess ... they just warm this Mom's heart when I need it most. 
I am so so thankful for My Home - a home that was created one day at a time, decision by decision ... it shines bright but, the dark times have been there. Shadows are necessary for the picture to be seen as reality.
My heart is singing. 
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