Hope Wissel

Fall into Thirty One

13900129_1316099998400603_4952567617660917123_nI know that we are in the middle of the summer.  I know that we have been dealing with extremely HIGH temps.  I have not totally lost my mind…..

The truth is that August brings Thirty One’s NEW Fall/Winter catalog.  I have been sitting on it since I came home from National Conference.  I didn’t even open the boxes with my FREE products because everyone knows that I stink at keeping a secret.

So, here it is……

#1 – August’s Customer Special will help you get ready for Back to School!  The special is spend $35 and get either a Cinch Sac, a Wander Tote or the Go To Tote for 50% off.

#2 – Going to the beach or sitting around the pool? Doing things with the kids? Share the catalog and you will be surprised at how fast those orders come in.  Did you know that just 6 orders of $35 will get you FREE and discounted products? 13920688_849527973434_7394069642411413830_n

If your party hits $600, you can get this AWESOME Hostess Bundle.  A Deluxe Utility Tote PERSONALIZED (yup, that is new), a Top a Tote (yes, more newness) and an Essential Storage Tote.

13716106_10207170652527815_9171519645294669837_n#3 – Thirty One is so much more than a purse.  It is so much more than just a GREAT $99 pink box full of AMAZING products.  From my upline, the Beacon of Hope team to my personal team, the Rays of Hope – our mission is to #impactasoul.  Whether that is just a random act of kindness, fundraising, helping someone find financial freedom or fill in what every matters most to you; we are hear to help.

In addition, when you enter $600 in orders every 30 days for the first 4 months, you get to pick ONE of these AWESOME bundles. That is an additional $150 in FREE product in the first 30 days on our StartSwell program.  Better yet, if you enter a $1,000 in orders during that same period; you can get some additional perks:13710023_10209242702041291_3026050067061658217_n    13707665_10103510441444268_3409463371428474050_n

Thirty One LOVES to celebrate, encourage and reward their consultants for doing what we do every day.  Now through September 30th, you can also earn DREAM REWARDS! You collect points based on your sales and new team members with the chance to earn up to a $1,300 gift card!


So for a $99 investment you will get LOTS of FREE product, a gift card AND you earn commission. You will get paid to have fun and #impactasoul.

Not sure if any of this is for you?  That is okay, check out my VIP customer page by clicking HERE!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!





Hope Wissel

Catalog Changes

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This past weekend was Thirty One’s Fall Premiere.  For those in direct sales, you know that the introduction of NEWNESS creates a lot of excitement.  You are eager to share the catalog with friends, family and customers.  You want everyone to be excited so that YOU can fill your calendar.  Well, that is great if the catalog starts in the next few weeks.  What happens if you get a sneak peak in June and the catalog doesn’t start until August 1st?

As a hobbyist, I was one of those people who wrote off June and July and eagerly shared the new catalog.  I didn’t have a plan on how to get through June and July, I was just pushing for the Fall.  I mean my customers have seen the same catalog for the last several months and they were ready for something fresh.  When I did that, sales were down.  Could I have expected anything more?

I am blessed to be a part of an AMAZING team with Thirty One.  As a result, we banded together with our fearless leader, Hope Shortt, pulling it all together to create the Damage Control Campaign.  It was a great way to help new consultants but also those who would consider themselves “seasoned”.  In short, it was daily emails with a variety of videos and tips from the leadership team on how to make the most of the summer season.  It’s crucial to set GOALS and have a plan.  This way we can kick off an AMAZING Fall and holiday season.

Here are some of the tips:

  • Use Customer Care Card or Door Prize Slips to secure bookings and leads at events.
  • Use Hostess Stacking and booking games at parties.
  • Use games to keep the party fun and help to fill your calendar. To keep your business growing, your goal should be at least 2 bookings from every party or event.
  • Build strong relationships with customers and hostesses. Communication before, during and after the party is the key that builds trust and begins building a solid relationship.
  • Think outside the box of a home party in July. Everyone is on the go, so, why not take your party on the go? From a backyard bbq, an afternoon at the park with your girlfriends and the kiddos, a pool party, the beach, a night out with girls, and traveling with friends and family.
  • Knowing what is available, and what is coming in the following month helps to build consistency. It encourages conversations with potential hostesses.  It allows you to have a one on one conversation,  making them feel special because you are providing them with a sneak peek of the upcoming hostess and customer specials.
  • We all want to keep our July booked and busy even though our customers are going to want to get their hands on that new catalog.   Offer a fun enticing way to get them to book in July. Give your hostesses the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the new fall catalog at their party in July.
  • July is a great month to offer last chance opportunities for the current catalog. Last chance/ first glance parties.  These give your customers a chance to purchase retiring product as well as get a glimpse of the NEW items. Encourage your hostesses or customers to plan parties or purchase early in the month, as items begin to sell out closer to the end of the month.

So, what is YOUR best tip for keeping your calendar full during a catalog change?  Share your tips with us.

Have ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)

Just when I think I can’t hear God.  Just when I think I don’t know what God wants me to do, he whispers in my ear.  It means stepping out of my comfort zone.  It means sharing things with others that have been buried deep inside.  It means trusting without fear that God has this.

But when I thought about today’s blog, this “crazy” thought popped up and I needed to share.

We ended our Leadership Retreat last weekend with what some might say was a true “come to Jesus” moment.  Okay, so it may have been 2 hours but it felt like only moments.  As Becky Spieth shared her story with us, tears flowed from everyone in the room. Not because of her story but how her story touched each of us that day.  We may not have walked the same path.  We may not have had the exact same experiences BUT we all needed to hear her words.


As she played Amazing Grace to settle our hearts. I cried like a baby.  God was asking me to open my heart.  He was reaching out to me.  It was the first time in a VERY long time, that I  was not worried about what others thought.  These were my Thirty One sisters. God has a plan for us – we are going to move mountains with “this purse thing”.

At the end, Becky invited each of us to come up (if we wanted) for individual prayer.  In the background was a song that I hadn’t heard in a long time – At the Foot of the Cross.  It was at this moment that I realized that on the outside I was doing all of the “right things” while on the inside I still harbored doubts and fears.  I still believed that my past filled with sin kept me from God’s grace.  I still believed that God really didn’t speak to me.  I still believed that I didn’t deserve love – unconditional love from anyone including my hubby.  I was standing in line for prayer to support someone else – not for me.  It was then that the roles were reversed and God truly touched my heart.  I felt a warmth that can’t be described.  As we left, I felt renewed and ready to hold fast to God’s love.  I realized that I had been “emotionally divorcing” from my life in an effort to “look good”.  This was the only way for me to not “appear” to be a chronic whiner or complainer – a Negative Nellie or Doubtful Debbie.

Only a few days after being home, I let the routine of life fill me with old feelings.  I struggled to find the courage to believe that my business was going to be successful. I struggled not to “emotionally divorce” my life.  I struggled to tap into God’s word.  Then I was doing my devotions when I realized that I haven’t really been doing devotions.  Yes, I read God’s word but it was that quick read in the morning via an email on daily devotions.  I wasn’t praying about it nor was I asking God what he wanted me to get from the reading.  I wasn’t actually reading the Bible and having a relationship with God.  As I read my Leadership Bible, I realized that I needed to return to having conversations with God.  Believe it or not, hubby has a better relationship with God than I do.  No, he doesn’t go to church BUT he talks to him each day.  Okay, so he might get mad about things but he actually asks God for guidance. I feel like my conversations have returned to those old “foxhole” prayers from my days of addiction.

I ask that you listen to the words of Amazing Grace and At the Foot of the CrossLet them touch your heart as God begins to work in your life.  I pray that this blog has touched someone’s heart. I pray for healing, for comfort and for grace each of you reading this today.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!



Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Change for You or Others

Today is the last day of our Beacon of Hope Leadership Retreat.  It will be nice to head home and snuggle with hubby.  As far as my business, watch out!  I am energized, motivated and ready to ROCK like a STAR again.  Words can’t express the magnitude of this past weekend Spent with AMAZING Thirty One sisters, and learning from the AWESOME Becky Spieth and Hope Shortt.  My Goals are in place.  I am focused on my emotional why.  I am ready to DREAM BIG and the sky is the limit.

To reinforce the positive energy, God sent me a message through Tiny Buddha:

“One of the most freeing things we learn in life is that we don’t have to like everyone, everyone doesn’t have to like us, and it’s perfectly OK.” ~Unknown

“Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.” – Mother Theresa

After being in a room filled with over 50 leaders in various stages of their business, I entered looking for validation and acceptance; feeling less than, insecure and wondering if I belonged.  Funny thing is that the only one that really doesn’t accept me is me.  I won’t say that everyone likes me and that is a hard pill for me for me swallow?  See I am a people pleaser from way back.  I want people to like me.  Not always a great trait as a Social Worker or a boss.  I struggle with conflict especially if I know that the end result will be a person who doesn’t like me.

This weekend was another SMACK in an effort to teach me this lesson.  I know that when I finally learn it, the blessings will flow.  You are wondering how I know that?  I know it because I keep repeating the same lesson over and over again.  Sort of like repeating the same grade in school – keep doing it until you get it right?  It is like when I used to practice the piano, practice and practice getting it right until the very end.  Then PLINK!  A wrong note and I had to repeat it again and again.  I figure God is trying different ways to teach me this lesson, short of hitting me with a 2 x 4 board.

I have a few soul connections – you know people that are always there for me, who love me, support me in tough times, and bring me back on track.  I have been reflecting on the reasons why they like me.  Not easy since some days I don’t like me.  It is forcing me to see myself through the eyes of people who truly like me and accept me wholeheartedly. I am desperate to be that person.

As of TODAY – I am DONE with feeling bad about myself because of what others say.  I am DONE with taking on other’s insecurities in an effort to fix a struggling relationship.   I no longer want to compare myself to others while seeking their approval.  The truth is, there are some people who will never approve of me or what I do. It is okay.  Isn’t that why we have 31 flavors (or more) of ice cream?

Of course, we want people to like us, but it’s not healthy to dwell on it if they don’t. I love this:

I learned from this bitter experience that you cannot force anyone to like you, but you can like yourself for who you are. How others will perceive you is none of your business. As long as you are happy and satisfied with yourself, you are good to go.

As Marcus Aurelius correctly said, “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

I am changing my thoughts and my actions.  I am starting to do things that make me happy and I am noticing a ripple effect. I am not quite that same old person, laughing, giggling, and enjoying life to the fullest but each day I get a little closer.

Is today the day that you stop focusing on others and start focusing on yourself?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Will You Ask for Help


Today is the first “official” day of the Beacon of Hope Leadership Retreat and I am sure it will be a roller coaster of emotion for me.  How do I know?  Because we are going to be working on our vision and tying it to our emotional why.  YIKES!

For those who know me, they will probably agree that asking for help is not one of my strong points.  I will readily admit my weaknesses but I always feel like I am “bothering someone” when I ask for help.  I remember watching my dad build and fix everything when I was growing.  Mom never asked for help either – even when my parents divorced and things were tough.

I leaped into my first business “Special Tots”, handmade premature baby clothes with both feet.  I struggled because I had no real business sense.  I was a crafter who loved making the clothes and helping parents of prematures – long before there was a market like this.  I ended up closing that business because I was not ready for the next growth spurt AND I didn’t ask for help.

When Belinda arrived on the scene, I was a single mom working full-time and in the midst of my addiction.  Did I ask for help?  NO!  Family offered and in only extreme cases I did ask or should I say “drop subtle hints” for help.  I often felt alone and very unprepared for this season of my life.

Then came recovery from my addiction.  WOW!  If that wasn’t a wake-up call.  I needed to ask for AND accept help.  Although people were willing to help, on the outside I was gracious but on the inside, I was a mess.  I felt like I was a burden, inconveniencing people, whining and so unworthy of any praise for accomplishments along the way.

There’s a world of wisdom, open hearts, caring arms, and gentle smiles just waiting for an opportunity to give in some way. (Matthew 5:16)

How I wish I could have realized this truth sooner. How many tears I could have saved and how much stress I could have relieved myself from! Satan wants us to believe the lie that no matter what our “need” is, we are a bother to someone or an inconvenience. 

Whenever I hear that lie being whispered in my ear, I think of the people that I know who would drop anything and come running to help or encourage me.  I freely give the gift of me to others but when it comes to receiving, I definitely struggle.

So, as I seek my emotional why today and visual my goal; I will ask for help.  I will not believe Satan’s lie that I am a bother, a complainer or unworthy.  I will receive the gift of someone’s help so that they can feel the same blessings that I feel when I give to someone else.

All of this was on my heart as I prepare for today and I hope that it has touched someone who is struggling.  Struggling with asking for help whether it is in your personal life or your business.

We all fall short and sometimes it is not easy to admit that we need help. That we need someone to pull us out of a deep abyss.   If you are one in need, ask for help, trust me – someone is just waiting to be asked.