Hope Wissel

What Do You Think?

what's your happy? jump

I have been blogging daily for almost 3 1/2 years. I have shared my struggles, my hopes, and my dreams.  I have offered tips on organizing your home, uncluttering your life, starting a business and a variety of other things.  My goal has always been to share my strengths, hopes and experiences with YOU so that I might #impactasoul.

On this “Throwback Thursday”, I would love to hear from YOU, my readers. I would love to know which topics interest you the most.  What would you like me to continue to write about that targets “your happy”?

I want to hear from YOU – whether you are a fellow blogger, a friend, a family member, or just someone who stumbled upon this today.


Over the years, the acronym for my name has changed many times BUT the feelings behind it are always the same – to make a difference.  Here are some of them:

Helping Others Plan Effectively

Helping Other People Everyday

Helping Others Pursue Excellence

I would love to hear from you…. the good, the bad and the ugly!  You have been reading about the things that are important to me over the years, I would love to hear what is important to you.  Post your comments on here or feel free to message me at HopeWs31@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you…. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!



Business Tips and Tricks

What Are Your Obstacles?


When I graduated college, work was all about moving up in the corporate world.  I never thought about being my own boss.  To me that was a lonely life – I needed people.

My first home-based business was “Special Tots” a line of premature baby clothes.  I designed them, cut them out, sewed them and then marketed them.  I loved it but I was not ready to be my own boss.  Then came “H.O.P.E. Consultants”, a grant management and consulting service for non-profit agencies.  A success but I missed the daily connections with people.  When I closed those doors to go back to non-profit development, I never thought I would be by own boss again.

Then life changed – Belinda was living in North Carolina, the commute to work was 4 hours round trip, I got married and there were some health struggles.  The pros of being my own boss: making my own hours, no commuting and doing something I loved far outweighed the BIGGEST con which was the lack of people.  YUP, I was ALONE.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my business.  But it tends to be solitary work. I write alone. I sit in the office alone talking to people on the phone.  I coach alone, mostly by phone.  I work from home, my team scattered about this and other states. The crazy part is that I question my passion when being “alone” gets lonely.

What’s missing is the connections!  Connection isn’t just “networking.” Connection isn’t just collaboration. Connection isn’t just communicating with people. I love how Valerie Burton describes it: “Connection is love. It is the moment, however brief, when your soul aligns with another and you serve one another’s needs in some way. It could be a smile, a touch, an idea, a word of encouragement, or act of support. But connection makes life and work juice”.  This is just one of the hurdles that you can expect when you work a solo-preneur.

How about blending Your Work Life with Your Home Life?  Most people enjoy the fact that an office job gives them the ability to leave their work at the office. This is tricky if you’re working in your home, and even tougher for those you live with. I have a separate office space in the house – a spare bedroom.  It prevents my business from intruding into every aspect of our personal lives– for the most part.  At least the physical aspects of it.  The advantage is that there is  no commuting!  Blending is a lot easier if you build your business around something you’re personally passionate about.

How about working longer and harder than ever before?  Many entrepreneurs say “I work from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to sleep.”  That may be the case some days, but it will be especially true in the beginning.  You will do whatever it takes to get your business going.  The advantage is that you will work longer and harder, but it’s ultimately for your own gain.  Nothing is more satisfying than that!  While you will make time sacrifices, you’ll also have more flexibility.  I ultimately have the ability to change my schedule when I need to. There are certainly sacrifices toward owning your own business, but for successful entrepreneurs, the advantages far outweigh the difficulties.

No matter what the obstacle in owning your own home-based business, there is a solution.  The passion you have for your business combined with the desire to reach your goal will help you find that solution.  Need help finding those solutions, reach out… I will be more than happy to help you on your journey.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!



Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Lost on the Web


The weather has gotten colder, the holiday season (and shopping frenzy) is just around the corner AND everyone seems to be on the web.  They are hunting for the best deals, online shoppers are stalking websites for the perfect gift and in the midst of all of the craziness, they come across you and your website.

If you are in direct sales, our websites are designed by the company and are pretty standard.  There is nothing really that makes one stand out from another, right?  Type “Thirty One” into Google and see what you get…Chances are you come up with the company website or if you are a crazy blogger (like  me) you might find one of my blogs in the midst of that list.

So, why would people decide to clink on my website instead of someone else’s.  I have talked about branding and being clear on what you have to offer.  As a Thirty One consultant, I know that I offer “simple solutions to life’s challenges with fun, fashionable and affordable purses, totes, organizational products and accessories”.  Yes, I changed my commercial just a little – trying out something new.

Here are some ways to update your online presence to increase the chances that people will click on YOUR link:

1. Create or revise your tagline:  A tagline is a great way to sum up the purpose of your website and introduce your brand to new visitors. A lot of people avoid creating a tagline because it can be overwhelming.  I guess mine is “Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!” or “H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Pursue Excellence”.  These are the two things that stand out when I talk to people.

2. Update your bio:  When was the last time you looked at the “About” page on Facebook? Have you updated your bio on all of the social media sites?  Don’t overthink it!  Just tell your story and then share it on all of the social media pages…

3. Clean up your categories:  If you’ve been blogging for a while, your categories and tags can start to get unruly. You may be highlighting categories on your website for topics you no longer discuss, which can be confusing for your readers. Take a few minutes to clean up your categories and highlight the ones that represent the purpose of your website.  I LOVE this advice since I have several categories that I don’t use very often.  Plus, the ones that I use all of the time could probably be broken down into smaller categories to make it easier for my readers.

4. Professional Photo: I have to admit that I don’t have a professional head shot on Facebook.  I LOVE the picture that was take by an AMAZING photographer, Christine.  It is by a professional and for me,  it shows who I am in a fun way.  I know that I need to change it up once in awhile but it is how people know me.  Do you have a photo of YOU on all of your social media sites, if not, it is time to change that so people begin to put a face with the product.

What are some of YOUR best tips for improving your visibility on social media?  We would love to hear them.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!