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Looking Forward to 2017

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My word for 2016 was CONFIDENCE. 

CONFIDENCE to believe when the way is rough.  CONFIDENCE to hang on when the going is tough. CONFIDENCE will guide me when my business is slow.  CONFIDENCE will guide me as I move forward with the Rays of Hope – Angel Connection.  CONFIDENCE will guide me as I overcome doubt with my new contract working with a grassroots non-profit.  CONFIDENCE will guide me as I learn to live with my recent diagnosis of MS.  CONFIDENCE will guide me as I see and believe in the person that others see in me.  CONFIDENCE will guide me as I squash the inner gremlins that have haunted me all of my life.

As a wrap of to this year, I’ve been reflecting A LOT as well as praying on what my word will be in 2017.  I love the beginning of a new year, with all of the hopes and possibilities of what’s ahead, but I know it’s also easy to feel overwhelmed with having 12 brand new months to tackle too. By sharing some of the things I’m looking forward to next year, my hope is it will encourage you to think about what you’re excited about in 2017 so you can enter the new year feeling ready and raring to go!

1. 5 Year Anniversary!

I can hardly believe hubby and I will be married five years and we have been together for 16 years.  My goal is to earn the Leadership Incentive Trip with Thirty One so I can take him on a cruise for our special anniversary.

2. Adventures, big and small!

We’ve been lucky enough to do a little traveling – North Carolina to visit the girls and I headed to Ohio for National Conference.  We had adventures like traveling the State to see doctors about my MS & the many symptoms.  I want to embrace the mini adventures next year too – day trips out to explore new places, and weekend breaks.

3. Full-time in my business

I have been in direct sales for almost 6 years and I am really excited to see what this next year has to bring. I am committing to my business full-time so it will be my main source of income to help with the household bills.  No more part-time job.  I am so grateful to be able to work from home with so many amazing women.  Along with my direct sales business, one of my biggest priorities in my business next year is to continue to create different ways to show up and be of service to the community.  I feel so grateful every single day this is my job, and I want to just give it 100% and show up fully for my business in 2017 along the way.

4. Continuing to embrace less stress, more joy in work and life

This has been one of the biggest takeaways for me in 2016 – a mindset of less stress, more joy is what serves me best in my work and my life. Keeps MS symptoms at a minimum and makes for a happy Hope.  I am learning how to embrace the seasons in my life.  I’m feeling focused, productive, and inspired as I end 2016.  In 2017, I want to give myself permission to live my creative life on my own terms, and embrace my own natural ebb and flow of rest and hustle too.

5. All the growth, discovery, and lessons ahead to come

I don’t know about you, but I learn, grow and change so much during a year.  In 2016, I’ve discovered so much more about myself, who I am, and what is most important to me.  I feel so much more aware and connected to what matters most in my life. I’m so excited to experience all the lessons 2017 has to bring.

I want to thank you so much for following my blog this year.  I’m so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you every day.  My vision in everything I do with my business and online presence is to support, encourage and inspire you to be the best YOU, you can be.  I hope to continue to do it in 2017 too.

I believe this is each and every one of you…d41d60aa5f46b43b9c0545e7f97b07c5

What will your word be for 2017?  Share it with us and let’s work together to make this year a success….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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Lovers and Haters

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Today is HUMP Day!  I can’t believe that it is only 8 more days until Christmas.  My importantly, it is only 6 more days and the girls will be home for Christmas!  Are you winding down your business as you prepare to spend time with family and friends this holiday?  Why not take some time to work on your dreams?

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I received an interesting email from one of the many business coaches, April O’Leary about “lovers and haters” in your business.  As a struggling people pleaser was “I want everyone to love me”.  The truth is that we need to start looking at haters as a gauge that we are doing something right.  There are going to be people who “hate” us or our business or our dreams just because  we are following our dreams and being who we are.

So, how do we attract more lovers and haters?

1) Have a CLEAR vision

Some people dream,   some wish but the majority of people think success or a happy life are a part of ‘luck’.  They do not see the hard work and persistence that goes on behind the scenes.  Have you ever noticed that when you are clear about what you want out of life and you continue to work for it, that you make people uncomfortable.  You outshine them without even trying and as a result their self discouragement comes out at you.

As you shine, you will attract others who are shining and expose those who aren’t.  The imbalance causes a lovers and haters scenario.  It’s normal.  Just stick with your vision.

2) CLEAR your own path

When was the last time that someone mocked you because you took the path less traveled?  How many times, especially in direct sales, have we been told that if we do things the ‘proven’ way we will be successful?  At heart they don’t want to see you fail.

Their best intentions can have you second guessing yourself.  You need to learn to trust your internal compass.  Think about the pioneers.  Everyone thought Columbus was crazy until he found the New World.  If he had a YouTube video at the time saying the world was round, he would have been #1 on the haters list, right?

3) Be CLEAR in your communication

Articulate what you want to the right people.  The ‘right’ people is actually everyone.  Soon the right people will be there to help you accomplish your mission.

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I’m  sharing my dream.  The chance to make a difference in the lives of women and children who have been affected by addiction, domestic violence and other life struggles.  Some people laugh.  Some people support it.  Some people doubt it.  That’s fine.  Think what you want.  I am sharing it with everyone that will listen.

Why are you doing what you do each week?  What’s your end game?

Think about this…When you live your life with a clear vision,  you clear a new path for yourself and you clearly communicate what you want and you will attract lovers and haters.

The secret is…to accept the lovers and the haters.  Then don’t let their words bother you.  You won’t abandon ship when someone criticizes your new venture.   You won’t feel discouraged when someone doesn’t ‘get’ the concept.

Live life in a way that suits you and let the opinions of others good, bad or indifferent come and go while you remain the captain of your ship.

What is your dream?  Are you working towards it or do you jump ship every time a “hater” steps onto your path?

Share your thoughts with us.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!