Business Tips and Tricks

What Is Your Vision?

I am taking this week as a week of reflection, a time to clear my head and get ready for the New Year.  I feel more focused in my business then I have in about 2 years – is it the new medicine, the physical therapy or is the remitting MS finally remitting?  Whatever the reason, I am excited to think about and plan for the upcoming year.

When I started my journey in direct sales, I had a dream…  What about you, what is your vision or dream when it comes to your business?

I wanted to quit my job and work from home.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved my job but the commute and the desire to make my own hours again was calling me.  Maybe you want to pay off debt. Maybe you want some ME time. Maybe you want to travel. Maybe you want to be able to give back to the community. Think for just a moment, what was the FIRST reason you joined your direct sales company or you maybe are now considering joining one.

Yes, I wanted to have my own business but I never really thought it would be in direct sales; I actually thought it would be a storefront.  When I starting with Thirty One, it was for the discounts.  With the discounts, I could provide gifts to women and children in need.  I wanted to fundraise to help others. Although sometimes I squirrel off my true course, I do always come back to it.

My “why” is and always has been to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our “why” is what motivates us towards our vision. It is the emotional connection you have every day with why you are doing what you are doing. For some this takes time to find – I am a true testament to it taking a long time.  For others, it is easy.

Sometimes our vision will hit us at the strangest moment and it is like a SMACK on the head from God. As I reflect on the last year, a smile comes to my face when I think about the opportunities I have had with the help of my customers to make a difference.

  • Dialysis Bags
  • Chemo Comfort Bags
  • HERO bags for our troops
  • Pamper Kits for new moms
  • Random Acts of Kindness with my Give Back With Me Program
  • Fundraisers

My BIG dream is to create a non-profit focusing on bringing smiles to the faces of women and children in need.

The truth is “kids are my heart” and anyone who knows me, knows I have been saying it since I first started with the South Jersey AIDS Alliance all those years ago.

I want to be able to use my Thirty One business to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD kids and their moms who are struggling. Why kids? They didn’t ask to be brought into this world and in most cases have no control over the cards they are dealt. God has a plan for each of them; even those who are struggling. I want to be the light which shines in their life. I want to show them there are people who care. I want to make a difference.

The vision is cast, the goal has been set, now to put a plan together to reach the dream. If it is God’s will, it will happen – in his time, not mine.  I have been casting the vision for two years now, baby steps.

What is your bigger than seems possible (scare the crap out of you) DREAM or VISION? Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

WooHoo Wednesday In Honor of Our Veterans

USA Hero

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans.

Today, I want to thank those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. I want to thank the dedicated soldiers at home and deployed across the seas for defending our freedom. I want to thank the families of these dedicated men and women – see they pay the ultimate price too as they share their loved ones with us. Life for a military family isn’t easy either so today I honor them too for their service.

My dad served in the Army. He never really talked a lot about it but I do know that he changed his birthdate on his birth certificate so that he could join the Army. It one of those stories that we always wondered if it was true. My dad is great for TALL tales….. I never really knew many in the military growing up.

I do remember one year that we had a few soldiers come for a holiday dinner. Dad picked them up and they spent the whole day with us while they enjoyed a home cooked meal. Then I would have to fast-forward to my next real encounter with the military – enter my best friend – Steph, her hubby – Bill and their kids – Jen, Sean, Ryan and Shane. Our families become melded into one during Bill’s deployment during Operation Freedom. It was my first up close and personal experience of the sacrifices made by our military and their families.

Now, my nephew, Jimmy, is stationed at Guantanamo Bay for the next 6 months – I am again faced with the reality of the sacrifices made by our military men and women along with their families.

This day is for you… if you should see someone from the military today, thank them. Better yet, buy them a cup of coffee or lunch. What better way to thank them for their selfless service that with a random act of kindness.

As for me, I will be again doing OPERATION ZIPPER POUCH…For just $23 you can sponsor a Zipper Pouch personalized with USA HERO. I will use ALL of my commission to fill them with mints, candy, trail mix, gum, crossword puzzle book, a thank you card and a small American flag. My goal is 31 zipper pouches sponsored by November 30th. Yes, that is only 15 days away but I have faith in all of you. The bags will be shipped out so that they arrive around the holidays to show our military men and women how much we appreciate them.

So, who is with me? For $23 you can bring a smile to the face of some one who is far from home defending our freedoms. This project is near and dear to my heart – for my nephew and as a reminder of the days and nights spent with my best friend and her 4 kids while her hubby did TWO tours in Bagram during Operation Freedom.

Payments can be made via check or through Paypal at If you don’t have Paypal, I will be happy to invoice you.  Won’t you help to make a difference today?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!