Hope Wissel

Fight Hunger – Help A Child

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People start businesses for many different reasons.  Many will say it is to make money or to have a flexible schedule.  While others have a passion that isn’t tied to money.  I know that may sound crazy BUT the truth is my motivation in my business goes far deeper than being able to pay bills.

My passion has always been to make a difference in the lives of others.. my business is no different.

My purpose statement is Bringing a smile to face of a child who is hurting because of no fault of their own ensuring that for even a moment they know that someone cares.

Many of you have been a part of my “giving back” programs.  Chemo comfort bags, USA HERO zipper pouches for our Vets.  We have raised money for Smiles for Trevor and Relay for Life, Suicide Awareness and have helped families with medical expenses.  Each of you are helping me to make a difference in the lives women and children so that they know that someone cares!

You have heard about the “Back to School” campaigns that provide kids with backpacks and school supplies, right? These programs help each child start off the school year on the right foot.

Last year, we provide 31 children with THERMAL LUNCH TOTES filled with some healthy snacks.  Let’s be honest, the FREE lunch program doesn’t always have kid friendly foods. No hate mail PLEASE because I know that there are some places that have great meals but let’s be honest, not all of them do.

We will be doing this AGAIN this year.  For $20, you can sponsor a thermal tote filled with healthy snacks for a child in need. If you want to help BUT you don’t have $20, donate what you can – $1, $2, $5, or $10. Maybe finances are tight BUT you know a business that may want to help, GREAT! Let me know or forward this information to them. I will supply a list of business sponsors in every thermal tote along with blogging about them – FREE advertising for helping out a great cause. Where else could they get FREE advertising for $20 or $40?

Won’t you help to make a difference today?  You can fill out the form below or contact me directly. I will be happy to invoice you. Let’s bring a smile to the face of as many children as we can this school year.  The deadline is July 9th!

Won’t you help to make a difference today? You can fill out the form below or contact me directly. I will be happy to invoice you. Let’s bring a smile to the face of as many children as we can this school year. The deadline is July 9th!

Have ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Operation Zipper Pouch

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May is Military Appreciate Month.  I want to THANK our Vets for all that they have done and do for us every day. I want to show those who have come home after serving our country and have been forgotten that we appreciate their sacrifices for us.

When was the last time that you thanked a service man or woman?  Bought them a cup of coffee for no reason.  For me despite the fact that I “heard” the stories from my dad and step-dad about their time serving our country, it never really clicked.  I never really thought about how it directly affected me.

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Then came “Operation Freedom” some 15 years ago.  This is when the commitment of our military men and women and their families HIT HOME! My best friend’s husband, Bill, was deployed for what they said would be 30 days. There were the 3 boys – Sean, Ryan and Shane as well as Jen who were all in school, active in various activities and not really understanding what would be dad’s first deployment. The days leading up to Bill’s deployment were filled with lots of paperwork – wills, living wills, etc. The weeks after Bill left were full of emotions – tears, anger, frustration – it was just too hard for the kids to understand that dad wouldn’t be home for awhile. A 30 day deployment turned into 6 months. Tough times for everyone – financially and emotionally.

When Bill returned home, there were struggles.  Not just financially but emotionally for everyone.  There would develop a new sense of normal in the house.  It was then that I realized what the battle scars of war were all about –   the toughest was the emotional toll which leaves a permanent mark.  On the outside, all may be well but on the inside they carry memories that will haunt them forever.

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Over the last five years, with the help of my family, friends, customers and hostesses, I have been blessed to make donations to various causes near and dear to my heart.  So, I am again asking for your help to make a difference in the lives of the men and women who have protected our freedoms.

For just $25 you can sponsor a personalized Zipper Pouch. I will use 100% of my commission to fill them with candy, trail mix, gum, crossword puzzle book, a thank you card and a small American flag. My goal is 31 zipper pouches sponsored by April 28th.  The bags will be stuffed and delivered to a local program that works with Veterans and their family.   Payments can be sent via Paypal to hopesgiftcloset@comcast.net – you don’t need to have a Paypal account to do this.  If you want, I can invoice you, it that is easier.

So, who is with me? For $25 you can bring a smile to the face of one of our honored Veterans.

If you see someone in the military – stop and thank them, let them know that you appreciate what they are doing for this country.  Remember to STOP and say a prayer asking for the safety of our men and women near and far who serve this country.  Won’t you help to make a difference today?


Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Unclutter Your Life

Shopping on a Budget


Have you ever heard the saying “one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure”?  Okay, so maybe I paraphrased a little but you know what I mean.

Growing up, I can’t ever remember shopping in a thrift store.  In fact, I am not even sure they were around in the 60’s and 70’s.  I remember donating items to those who were less fortunate but I don’t think I ever saw where they ended up.

As a single mom, thrift stores were a fun place to go – not just for me but also for my daughter.  We checked out rummage sales at the local churches and scoured the thrift stores for goodies.  From toys to books to kitchen stuff to clothes.  We always found some treasures that would make the day a success.

There are two sides to all thrift stores in our area – you get to help out a charity by donating and then again when buying from them.  You get to make a difference in the lives of others.  When donating items you no longer need or want the charity is then able to sell it to someone who needs or wants the item.  The money raised helps others in need with food or other essentials.  A win-win for everyone.


Let’s bust some of those myths about thrift store shopping:

Myth #1: It is shameful to go into a thrift shop.

Remember that you are giving to a great cause and getting yourself a bargain at the same time.  The items you are getting aren’t dirty but have been carefully sorted. Give your items a quick wash once you’ve bought them and they will be just like new. I even think for a period of time, this was the preferred way to shop.

Myth #2:  Sometimes thrift shops can be considered ‘expensive’

I know you think that is kind of crazy, right?  The truth is that everything is not “cheap” – a dollar or two.  Things will be cheaper then buying brand new but there are those occasions when they could be a little bit more expensive than what you expected.  Thrift store employees know value too.  Their goal is to offer items at a reasonable price while helping raising funds for their cause.  So, that designer dress may be cheaper than a brand new one but it is not going to be given away for just a few dollars.

Myth #3:  You should just stick to one thrift store

The truth is that frequenting the same thrift store on a regular basis is good.  Don’t limit yourself to just one – find your favorites and stick with them.  How else are you going to bag yourself some amazing bargains?  Check in once a week to see what they have new.  My mom and I spent the day a few weeks ago exploring some new thrift stores.  We met some great people, got some bargins and will definitely head back to a few of them.

Myth #4: You can’t try the stuff on!

Yes, you can actually try the clothes on in most of them. Don’t see a dressing room, ask if they have one.  If they don’t, ask what their return policy is so you can try it on at home and return it if it doesn’t fit.  Don’t be afraid to ask!

Just like shopping at the mall. the most important part of all this is to have fun. Thrift store shopping isn’t grimy or dirty.  It’s a fun thing to do while grabbing bargains at the same time.

Remember to keep to your budget.  It can be just as easy over-shopping in a thrift store as it is at the mall.  The idea is to keep within a budget, when the purse strings are a little tight. Don’t go overboard otherwise you’ll defeat the objective of thrift shopping!

Let me know what you think about second hand shopping. Share some of your favorite places with us

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Trades of Hope


I can hardly believe that it has been over 4 years since I met this AMAZING woman.  This is how it all started: I got an email from a local Thirty One Director. She wanted to know if we could connect. I have to admit that I was hesitant. I was a new Director and feeling a little overwhelmed by leadership. God nudged and I responded. I am so glad that I did. I am blessed to now call Karen Peet a friend, and a sister in Christ.  I am blessed that Thirty One brought us together.

Here is her story about God’s tug on her heart:

Did you ever feel like you had a missing puzzle piece in your life? Well, that was me. I love what I do. I am involved with a local non profit, Step of Faith Ministry. We do lots of local mission work and have a large ministry in Haiti. It is all wonderful and I love it! Our ministry helps many but still I felt a missing piece. One of my friends in Haiti said that ” “Haitians need to stop taking. What they need is a hand up by learning how to work!” That conversation never left me. One day in August 2014 I found it…that piece. It is called Trades of Hope (TOH). Trades of Hope helps provide sustainable income to women mostly in third world countries through a party plan model business. They are being given an opportunity that they have never received before, which is to learn skills, work and provide for their families. We are giving a voice to the voiceless and empowering women all over the world one product at a time. I am helping to provide for my family and at the same time helping another woman across the world provide for hers. Plus the products are beautiful, great quality and handmade made with love.

I asked Karen to share the TOP 3 things that she loved about their products…It’s hard for me to name my top three things I like about our products but here it goes!

1. I love that our products are fair trade. That our woman make a living wage and can feed, provide a home and education for her family. TOH makes sure she has enough to do all that.
2. Our products are teaching skills! Not only do our artisans learn skills to make our stunning products but they learn more (designing products, budgeting, buying goods to make our products, travel to buy, accounting and more)! Plus women are teaching women. It has a ripple effect.
3. When you buy a product you are getting more than a piece of jewelry or home good, you are providing HOPE! I love that being a Compassionate Entrepreneur for TOH gives me the opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless. I am speaking up for those who did not have an opportunity in their desperate situation. We represent woman in extreme poverty, victims of sex trades, slavery and more! Hope is one of the most empowering things you can give.

Check out Karen’s website at www.mytradesofhope.com/karenpeet or if you have more questions you can reach out to her via phone at 732-687-0215.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks

Change the World or Money

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The 3 components of a successful direct sales business.  We have heard it all before, right?  It is drilled into our heads from the first day.  For many, the book and sell is easy.  But when it comes to recruiting, they freeze.  Why?  Fear of having to lead others?  Fear of competition?  Fear of having their sales drop because their best hostess/customer is now a team member?  Or maybe it is the fear of not knowing what to say?  How do I share the business without being a “pushy salesperson”?  How do I find the right person?


I came across this great analogy:

Finding new recruits can be like attending a birthday party for 7-year-olds. Some children run and jump. Some scream and laugh. And some sit and watch. When you meet a new person who is interested in your business, it’s natural to assume that the same things that motivate you will motivate them. But you don’t know for sure, do you?

There is the theory “Share your why and talk about the benefits to you” and others will want some.  Or, “share about the income and what it has done for you”.  In both of these, it is all about you.  You have no clue what is going to appeal to the other person.

You jump right into your story, your heart’s in the right place BUT many back away.  WHY?  Because they feel like you want them to support YOUR goals and they will get little in return.  The good news is that there’s a way to share the business opportunity and be 100% authentic.

There are two types of people in the world:

Those who are motivated by money and titles, and…
Those who are motivated by making a difference in the world.
Almost everyone has both types of motivational styles, but usually one is dominant.


When “money and titles” motivates, hearing about promotions, bonuses, trips, and other incentives excites them.

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But if they want to “change the world,” they will love stories about how your products improved customer’s lives, the financial freedom experienced by your team members, and how customers and team members have achieved their desires and goals. They love the friendships that are developed and seeing people becoming all they can be.

So, how do you find out which type of person they are?  Get your ASK on!!!  Share AFTER you have asked some questions so you know how to appeal to them.

Ask questions that will reveal what inspires them and how your business can best serve them:

What has been your favorite job and why?
Did they tell you about the job that made a difference in people’s lives? Or did they talk about the fantastic money they made?

What would you do with an extra $500 a month?
If they are clear about what they’d do with $500, they’re likely to be a “money and titles” person. If they’re vague and seem uncomfortable, they are likely to have a “change the world” motivational style.

What is your favorite part about your current job?
This way you can share your business based on how your business can offer them the thing they most enjoy in their current job.

If you could change one thing about your current employment, what would it be?
This let’s you know what their motivation style is and what aspects of your business you should share with them first.

Now it’s time to share the opportunity. If their motivation matches yours, share your own story. If it doesn’t, file some stories in your memory to share about other successful people in your company who are inspired by the same things your recruit is.

Recruiting or finding new team members is all about building relationships.  It is about asking questions to find out their interests, motivational style, and employment situation.  When you spend more time talking about them than about yourself, you will understand what inspires them, and you’ll double your team building efforts.

Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day!