Unclutter Your Life

Thankful Thursday: For Truths Not Shared

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Truth is defined as “that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.”.  As my MS progresses, my memory is sketchy.  My truth relies on the memories of others…. I wonder sometimes if their truth would have been my truth in the same situation.  I am sure those around me are tired of hearing “I don’t remember that” or “here is a random memory”.    The bits and pieces of my truth are a struggle but I trust God has a plan and his will prevails.

This blog post was one I found but really seemed to apply to how things are going today….I had the pleurae of meeting Traci Bild at the Mom Grows a Business Conference several years ago.   She talked about the “7 Truths that Women are Afraid to Share“.  Here awesome excerpts, see if any of them apply to you:

1. We’re Guilty, like ALL the time: WOW!  I thought I was the only one who felt like this, so nice to know I am not alone.  The word “sorry” is something I say a lot and most of the time it is for stuff I can’t even do anything about.  I am learning to not say “sorry” except if it is something I have actually done which is definitely hard for me.

2. We WORRY about EVERYTHING: There is never enough time in the day and no matter how hard you try, you will never get everything done. There is simply too much to do.  Is your To Do List way too long with things that could probably be done with the help of others?  Just for Today, I will turn things over to God and let him handle things.

3. We’re Letting our Health Slip:  In the past, I used to do this and yes, I still do sometime.  Having a diagnosis of MS, letting things go is not an option.  There are others in my life (primarily hubby) who tend to put me before their own health concerns.  Do you have a tendency to say “I am fine” even when you are not feeling great?

4. Our Work-Life Balance Looks Like a 2-year-old on a Balance Beam: A nice term, most women simply can’t strike it. So busy living life, you don’t have time to work ON your life and find ways to create balance.  I LOVE this.  My feeble attempt to work on balance was to take the notifications off of my phone so the only time it “rings” is for an actually call OR a text message.  Novel concept huh?

5. Our love lives are on the Back Burner:  GUILTY!  Enough said.

6. We are in Constant Comparison Mode:  From my ability to maintain my goal weight, to the amount of dust bunnies taking up residence behind the couch to my business – I always compare myself to others!  Social media plays a factor in this craziness for me which is why I have left groups, unfollowed people and just try to limit my time on Facebook.  Being in recovery, I am learning more how NOT to do this.  Spend more time living your life than watching others live theirs.  

7. We’re Still Not Happy!: The end result is people are not happy. While women have more opportunity than ever before, we are more unhappy than at any other time in history. You have the power to create happiness but it requires tough decisions, laser focus on your priorities and standing by them at all cost.

So, how many of these truths are you?  Let’s be honest with each other…Just for today, I am going to focus on me, and spend some quality time with hubby and family.

Have a blessed day!

 

Unclutter Your Life

What Do You WANT?

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It is Monday morning……

  • Are you dragging yourself out of bed to start your week? OR are you looking forward to the week ahead.
  • What do you WANT out of today?
  • When you put your head on your pillow tonight…what would you like to have FINISHED?
  • What PROGRESS could you make on your goals today?

I am blessed with no “brain fog” this morning.  I may still move a little slower getting out of but I am ready to start the week.  What about you?

I had the pleasure of meeting Traci Bild at Mom Grows a Business Conference a few years ago.   Traci was also a guest speaker at Thirty One’s National Conference that same year.  Traci’s message seemed to go in one ear and out the other.

A few days ago, her video popped up (a God wink, I am sure). Obviously, God has a message that I needed to hear which is why she keeps showing up in my life.  I am thinking that there is someone else out there that could stand to hear the message too.  Click the link and take just 45 minutes to listen to the video! unnamedI have been soaking up like a sponge her daily words of inspiration – check her out on Facebook.  The first thing that hit me with a SMACK was the importance of not just setting business goals but also setting personal goals. It makes sense, right?  We have set business goals all of our life but when was the last time you wrote down a goal for your personal life?  Think about the things that matter most to you then write a goal with 3 action steps.

I have said it a zillion times BUT it needs to be repeated…

The KEY to being happy and successful – personally and professionally – is changing your current mindset and belief system.  It is this thinking that keeps you stuck or repeating the same habits in your life and your business.

Just for today, let’s make a change.  So,

If you REACT all day long, there is no progress.
If you DREAD your day, there is no progress.
If you RESENT your bills, your schedule, your kids, your job, there is no progress.
If you SURF, read, piddle and social all day, there is no progress.
If you WAIT for a better time, there is no progress.
If you WISH for someone else to be more supportive, there is no progress.
If you WANDER through your list, your desk, your mail, your email and your tasks…there is no progress.

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Today, make PROGRESS on PURPOSE.  Even if you just set a timer for an HOUR (okay, make it 15 minutes to start) so that YOU can move FORWARD.

What will you do to move forward today?  Share with us so we can CELEBRATE you.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Hope Wissel, Personal Causes

Truths Not Shared

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The best laid plans go out the door….. Remember when I said that hubby and I were scheduling office hours for me?  That worked great for about two weeks THEN we didn’t compare our schedules.  For some reason this week has been a struggle.  The lack of accountability to my hubby seemed to throw me into a tail spin.  Was it that or could I blame it on some health issues?  Either way, I don’t feel as productive as I have the past two weeks.

I saw a great blog by Traci Bild who I actually had the privilege to meet at the Mom Grows a Business Conference.  She talked about the “7 Truths that Women are Afraid to Share“.  Here awesome excerpts, see if any of them apply to you:

1. We’re Guilty, like ALL the time: WOW!  I thought I was the only one that del like this, so nice to know that I am not alone.  Most of the time, I just feel guilty about silly stuff – according to hubby.  The word “sorry” is something that I say a lot and most of the time it is for stuff that I can’t even do anything about.

2. We WORRY about EVERYTHING: There is never enough time in the day and no matter how hard you try, you will never get everything done. There is simply too much to do.  Is your To Do List way too long with things that could probably be done with the help of others?

3. We’re Letting our Health Slip:  Thankfully, I don’t have a serious illness but I do let my health concerns slip.  After nursing hubby back to health last year, I focus on him and his appointments.  The thing is when he starts to focus on health concerns he has for me, I just push them away saying “I am fine”.  Sound familiar?

4. Our Work-Life Balance Looks Like a 2-year-old on a Balance Beam: A nice term, most women simply can’t strike it. So busy living life, you don’t have time to work ON your life and find ways to create balance.  I LOVE this as a recovering workaholic.  My feeble attempt to work on this balance was to take the notifications off of my phone so the only time it “rings” is for an actually call OR a text message.  Novel concept huh?

5. Our love lives are on the Back Burner:  GUILTY!  Enough said.

6. We are in Constant Comparison Mode:  From my ability to maintain my goal weight, to the amount of dust bunnies taking up residence behind the couch to my business compared to others…this is me to the hilt!  Social media plays a factor in this craziness for me which is why I have left groups, unfollower people and just try to limit my time on Facebook.  Forget about the other forms of social media, I don’t even check them.   Spend more time living your life than watching others live theirs.  

7. We’re Still Not Happy!: The end result is that people are not happy. While women have more opportunity than ever before, we are more unhappy than at any other time in history. You have the power to create happiness but that requires tough decisions, laser focus on your priorities and standing by them at all cost.

So, how many of these truths are you?  Let’s be honest with each other…Just for today, I am going to focus on me, my business and spend some quality time with hubby (who took an extra day off).

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Blogging, Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Get a Life

Thank you Traci Bild for the “Quit Your Job and Get a Life“.   I had a chance to actually meet and hear Traci speak at the  Mom Grows a Business  conference.  Her energy was infectious.

I feel like I am getting a life this week.  Sounds crazy right?  Well, I have given up my part-time WaWa job for a variety of reasons but the main one is that I am TOO OLD to stand on my feet for 6 – 12 hours a day with only a half hour break.  I am not wired for that – my feet ache, my legs feel like they can’t move and I am just plain tired.  You would think after loosing 100+ pounds, I would be full of energy.

The focus of Traci’s article was that “Everyone has a natural gift or talent- something they are good at that comes easily to them while perhaps difficult for others to do.”  I am always trying to figure out what my natural talent or gift is, you know that one thing people comment on that you do so effortlessly.  Writing seems to be one of my gifts.  Of course, it isn’t paying the bills so I have to look a little further.  I LOVE bags – my Thirty One business lets me share that passion with others.  I am close to my monthly goal for paying the bills.  Still, I was looking for that “little something” to bring in the extra cash so I could still do the things that I LOVE while gaining financial freedom.

I get lots of compliments when I am at vendor shows and around groups of people – I LOVE people.  So, how do I turn that into something that makes money.  Yes, I have decided to take a different part-time job.  One that doesn’t require me to stand for long periods of time and allows be to be around people (hopefully with lots of opportunity to share the gift of Thirty One).  I will be working in an office that has a lot of foot traffic for 25 hours a week.  Not a lot of hours but the hourly rate is good AND it is set hours so I can GET A LIFE.  Although, I am not sure that is exactly what Traci meant when she said to get a life.

I am re-energized by the fact that I can work my PASSION which is my Thirty One business consistently so that I can truly have it as my full-time, full income job.  I have heard there are lots of ways to make money from blogging but I haven’t gotten there yet – I still wonder if anyone reads my blogs.

So what about you? What is that one thing that if given the chance, you would do every day? Life is too short to spend half of it at a job that drains your soul. Take the time to explore your gifts, play with ideas as to how you might convert them into income and imagine a future where you get paid to do what you love!

To download the first chapter of Traci’s forthcoming book, Get Your Girl Back,click HERE.

 

Hope Wissel, So You Want to be a Leader?

Leadership Live

I am always surprised when I attend a Thirty One event – you would think by now I would know what to expect, right?  When we arrived, we were greeted by Mike Clouse, Manager of Sales Field Development

Mike Clouse  and given our gifts:  Make Today Count

As I circled the room connecting with many of the women that I had met on Facebook over the last few months, I realized that I was different.  I felt like I belonged in this group – 5% of the company who are in leadership.  The transformation that took place last month at Mom’s Grows a Business continues to help me succeed in my business.  I was a little nervous being out of my comfort zone but that didn’t stop me from walking up to people that I didn’t know even from Facebook and introducing myself.

The training was AWESOME.  I realized some of the things that I used to do that helped me to book parties that I no longer do.  I found some new tricks that might help me to succeed in booking more parties and recruiting.  I was in awe of the fact that Thirty One paid their Directors and above over $3.4 million dollars in commission in just the Northern region in the month of April.  Not only does Thirty One invest in their leaders but in all of their consultants.  Since conference last year (July 2013), Thirty One has spent approximately $9.3 million dollars on our six Celebrate and Connect meetings.  These are bi-monthly training meetings that are hosted by local directors where EVERYONE who attends receives an amenity when they leave.  FREE product to help us grow our business plus training – what company does that for ALL of their consultants?

Yes, I love Thirty One – the people that I have met, my Thirty One sisters, the company’s vision and its products, the changes that it has made in my life – so I am sure I drive people crazy with my passion but I LOVE what I do and I LOVE to share the gift with others.  The cherry on the top of the cake was a visit from Cindy Monroe, CEO and Founder of Thirty One.  She hit two cities (Baltimore and Phillie).  She not only inspired us with her words but she answered countless questions, had her picture taken with everyone individually and signed our John Maxwell books.

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I was nervous meeting Cindy but I held back the tears!  Can you believe it????  I am so excited to see what the future holds for me with Thirty One.  I am being intentional about my goal:

I want to be an Executive Director making a minimum of $5000 per month. I want a strong team who is “helping others pursue excellence”, making a difference in the lives of the women and families that they touch.

Thank you Thirty One for continuing to help me grow, for allowing me to help other women reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!