Celebrate and Connect, Hope Wissel

An Act of Kindness

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Today is Throwback Thursday and I got to thinking…. I know scary, right?

I am going WAY back to about 8th grade and freshman year in High School.  I had a good friend, A.  We spent lots of time together.  We shared secrets.  Our boyfriends were friends.  We walked to the beach almost every day in the summer.

Then my memory gets a little foggy.  Somewhere during our high school years we grew apart.  Hubby and I talked about her once in awhile, wondering what had happened to her.  Fast forward to our 40th HS reunion.  I saw her name on the list and couldn’t wait to reconnect. It was awkward at first but I wanted to hear all about her life.

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In the midst of talking, she shared that she would be starting chemo treatments when she got home.  The realization that the dreaded “c” was wrecking havoc on another friend’s life hit me hard.  After the reunion, she was headed home but the thought that she was going to be going through life long chemo kept nagging at me.  I reached out to someone on the Reunion committee for her address.

I talked with hubby and we agreed that we wanted to do something that would hopefully encourage her as she traveled this long road.  I ordered the bag above and had it shipped directly to her.  I didn’t include a note – just the packing slip would be included in the box.  I wasn’t looking for accolades, I just wanted to make her smile.  I wanted her to know that someone cared.  I wanted her to know that her friendship all those years ago meant so much to me.

Then I forgot about the order.  I didn’t even get a shipping notice so I didn’t know when it would be delivered.  Then I get a “tag” notice on Facebook.  A announced to everyone that I had sent her this gift and what it meant to her.  It makes me smile even today as I think of the blessing that I was able  to give someone else.  As she started chemo, she shared how the bag was packed and ready to go.  She was taking it with her all the time.  A constant reminder of her “courageous“-ness.

Okay, so what is the point of this story, right?  It is not about selling a bag.  It is not about the thanks we received.  It is about bringing a smile to the face of someone who is struggling.  That is my mission….

The mission of my business is to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD women (children too).  To bring a smile to their face when they are struggling.  To share my strength, hope and experiences that they might know that they are not alone.  It can be with a coffee/tea break, happy mail, a gift of a product, some business tips or a girl’s night out.  I want those who are struggling (and maybe don’t even realize it) to SPARKLE!

Do you know someone who could use some sparkle?  Let’s see if we can turn that frown into a SMILE!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Business Lessons

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This past weekend I connected with members of the Class of 1975 from OTHS at our 40th Reunion.  As we looked at graduation pictures, reminisced about days gone by, I realized something…… I was different.  In the past, I would have clung to the old thoughts of who was in what “clique” in HS and what someone would think of me, my business and my life.  This time is was different, I drove to the reunion with a confidence that I have not had in this type of situation before.  Why?  Because I am the CEO of my own business.  Okay, so maybe it isn’t that simple but I truly believe that it has helped in me growing as a person and as a result having success in my business.

I have a new respect for me and my business.  In the past, I was shy about telling people about my direct sales business.  I mean most people look at the “home party business” as a hobby and truthfully despite saying the words – I think deep down, I did too.  Are you ready to get gut honest about YOUR business and what you think of it?  On the surface, you work your business like a business but deep down, do you think “this won’t last” or “it is fun for now”?  Do you believe it is a career or just something to pass the time until something else comes along?

I have gained CONFIDENCE and I feel good about who I am.  My life’s journey may not look like others but it is mine and I am proud of all that I have accomplished.  The good, the bad and the ugly.  When I shared about my business this weekend I talked about “honoring others positive energy with a variety of products for you, your family, your home and your business”.  Those that were interested asked questions, if they weren’t they just smiled and said “that’s nice”.  It was okay because I LOVE my products and I know that they have value.  Thank you Eryka Peskin for teaching me how to celebrate the inner gremlins so that I can squash them.

I learned how to celebrate successes.  Large or small, it doesn’t matter they are YOUR successes.  Not what others see as success and not other’s goals.  I LOVE celebrating my customers, my hostesses, and my team for orders, birthdays and milestones of all kinds. So why didn’t I celebrate my own successes.  I usually let them pass by without considering their significance or achievement.  What about you, do you celebrate your successes and if so, how?  I CELEBRATE at least 3 things every day NOW and as a result my perspective changed.  I share the positives with the Universe and in return, I receive more positive things. Did you know that if you don’t celebrate your successes, you have a higher chance of burning out or being left with the question of “why am I doing all of this?”  Who wants that, right?

Last but not least — and perhaps the most important lesson of all — I learned to be utterly genuine. Yes, I still have a prideful streak.  Yes, I still play the comparison game on occasion. I have learned that when I genuinely share my strengths, hope and experiences that doors open up.  People begin to put value in what you say and do – even if it is a “purse thing”.  So, I always try to be kind and genuine, and offer value to to my customers.

What have you learned from running your own business?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Thirty One Business

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50th OTHS party

Today, I am headed out to hang with some old friends… This is me with just a few hundred of my classmates at the OTHS Class of 1975 – 50th Birthday Bash.  Today, we will be celebrating 40 years since we graduated HS…. I can’t believe it.  It is a BYOB day for our picnic so, I will be carrying a Thirty One thermal….

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I will be open for business today with my canvas crew thermal tote (a hostess exclusive), to keep my wine cold.  The big problem comes as I try to decide which bag to carry.  I mean this is a Bar B Que and who wants to carry a purse, right?  These are my top two options but there are so many to choose from:

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street style

I am leaning towards the crosstown wallet because it is more casual and fits my style.  Of course, I will have business cards with me and maybe even a few mini catalogs to share with everyone.  It is easy to share Thirty One when you are out and about because the products are cute, fun and fashionable.  Will you be open for business this weekend?

Thank you to Christina’s Creations for the graphics.

Which opportunity is for you? Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel, Personal Causes

Graduation Day

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Congratulations to all of the Graduates in Brick (and everyone else too)!  Last night was graduation for both Brick high schools.  I don’t get the idea of having both graduations on the same day even though they are at different times but who am I to question tradition, right?

It was 39 years ago, that I graduated from Ocean Township High School.  Yes, next year we are celebrating our 40th Reunion – I can’t believe it.  I remember the night of graduation like it was yesterday.  I don’t remember a lot of things (you know momentary senior moments) but that night stands out.

The day started of a mix of sun and clouds with a prediction of rain for later in the evening.  Graduation at OTHS was always outside on the field.  The graduates sat on the field facing family and friends in the stands.  I was particularly nervous because I had to SPEAK!  No, nothing like Valedictorian – I was co-Editor of the Yearbook and had to present it to the school principle. Sound simple enough right?  But that meant standing in front of people, speaking – my lack of confidence can be traced all the way back to high school (probably about my Sophomore year).  I could do this!

As we lined up to walk onto the fields, the clouds started to roll in a little thicker.  The Administrators, in their infinite wisdom, felt that we could get through this BEFORE the rain started.  Okay, I mean we were only the 400+ students walking out onto the field with no covering.  Family and friends came armed with umbrellas just in case the heavens had a different plan for the day.  The gym was set-up as a back up plan.  Chairs in place for the guests and the bleachers ready to hold the graduates.  The problem was that if we moved inside, many of the guests would not see graduation as seating was limited to only 4 tickets per student.

I am sure you can see where this is going… we walked out onto the field and I think we made it through maybe 1 or even 2 speeches when the heavens opened up.  Now the mad dash to the gym…it was crazy.  Now there would be no walking across the stage to get our diplomas (or empty cases).  I did get to make my speech but after the calamity of scurrying inside, who could be nervous, right?

What is your favorite memory from graduation?  Share it with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!