Archive for November, 2014


FullSizeRender (8)Somehow, over the last decade or so, we have lost our way when it comes to the holidays. It has become a stressful time that we have to ‘get through’, where we trying an jam all of our shopping into as little time as possible to ‘get it all done’, all while spending as little money as possible on as much crap as you can find on sale at as few stores as possible. Then we complain about the crowds and the parking lots and how rude everyone is and how that clerk had the nerve to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Well, I have to say, we have done this to ourselves. What do we expect to happen when our intentions go from ‘truly putting thought and care into giving while focusing on time with loved ones’ to ‘sacrificing time with family so we can fill our houses with cheap crap from giant corporations who underpay their workers’. That’s the bad news. But the good news is, we can turn this thing around! Here are some tips to keep your money in your communities and support your neighborhood families this holiday season:

1. Buy from local business: Instead of going to Wal-mart or Amazon, try to buy at least half of your xmas presents from local shops. Does your city have a small book store, music store, or hobby shop, or toy store, or boutique, or pet store? I don’t know about you, but Target has enough of my money!

2. Buy from local vendors: examples of local vendors are someone who sells Shaklee products (me), or Avon, or Origami Owl, or Thirty One bags, or Arbonne, or Pampered Chef, etc. These companies are great opportunities for people (mostly women) to create a business for themselves. When we support women and mother’s that live in our neighborhoods, we are supporting children and families.

3. Support small, non-chain restaurants, bars, wine shops: Not saying that places like Olive Garden are somehow not worthy of our time, they are staffed by local people who rely on steady business too. My point here is that, they usually have a steady stream of people coming in regardless. They are already busy. Instead, lets support the new restaurant that just opened. Or that neighborhood wine shop where you might pay a dollar or two more, but they are staffed with people passionate about wine who are getting paid appropriately. Or, buy gift certificates to that cute little restaurant that is always offering farm to table menu options. By doing that, you are supporting a local business owner, the servers who are working their butts off (tip them!), and the farmers that are supplying the food. Win-win-win-win. And, very often, the food is better anyway. #firkin #shanty #adlibgeocafe #nirvanawineandgrillerie #stevenssteakhouse

4. Hire local, independent contractors, artists: Instead of going to JC Penny for family photos, hire a local photographer. You will support a local family and (likely) get way better quality photos. Instead of buying a picture from Pier 1, buy an original from a local artist. #katebogot #lifeographyphoto #youfail.com #basementtshirts

5. Give: Last, but certainly not least, give stuff to people! Buy less stuff for your family, and buy more for those in need. Think about the family that can’t afford a Christmas while you are watching your kids open their 16th present. I’m not saying you can’t enjoy presents and spoiling your kids, but there is a fine line. Make a point to talk to your kids about helping those in need, about donating things that they don’t use anymore. Have them pick out a present for a kid in need. #toysfortots #northernillinoisfoodbank #caringforkidsclothingdrive

If you are looking for a vendor event, there is going to be a great one on Dec. 8th at the Savana House in Wadsworth IL. Here is the info:

2014 Holiday Sip and Shop
Savana House
38905 Route 41
Wadsworth IL
Monday Dec. 8th, 2014
6pm-9pm
Shaklee, Jamberry Nails, Norwex, Jewelry in candles, Beach Body, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Thirty One, and Younique Makeup

Not to mention PRIZES and WINE and MARTINIS and BEER and…. đŸ™‚

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This weekend was a whirlwind! As many of you know, back in May I partnered with Shaklee to start my own business. When I first signed up, I had no idea what I was doing or whether or not it had any potential, but I knew that I had very little to lose and that I could trust the brand. At that point, the best my limiting brain could do was say, ‘maybe I’ll make enough to pay my gym membership’. Since then I have been doing a lot of learning. Learning about the products, learning about direct selling, learning about business, and learning about professional development. Fast forward just a few months and now I have set my sights a lot higher than a gym membership!
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This weekend was the Shaklee regional conference in Chicago. This was my first Shaklee conference and I had no idea what to expect. I knew that it would be exciting, and I knew that some big-wigs were going to be there, but I expected to sit anonymously in the back of the room taking notes. Boy was I wrong! A few days before the conference, one of the people from Shaklee corporate called me asked if I would share my story at the conference. They heard thru the grapevine that I had a funny story about how I didn’t believe in the vitamins when I signed up and gave them away to a friend. I immediately peed my pants (figuratively) but said ‘of course!’ (literally). I honestly didn’t know what I was committing to. I thought a hundred people… Maybe two… Turns out it was like 700 people! I am glad I didn’t know that ahead of time. But, I did it! I did it without throwing up, tripping on stage, without tears or trauma of any kind. I actually said what I meant to say, and it came out the way I wanted it to.
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I got to meet the CEO of Shaklee (who was awesome by the way) and tons of other very successful people in this business. There is something to be said for surrounding yourself with successful people and just absorbing their positive energy. I got to sit and listen to people who have been doing this business for longer than I have been alive. People who have been using these products for decades! I have never been in a room full of older people with that much energy. I didn’t know it was even possible! I mean that with as much respect possible. If I didn’t believe in these products before the conference, I do now. I saw them in action. These people don’t age!
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I got to hear the science behind what Shaklee is all about. I am a science gal. I like the nitty gritty details. I like to hear about ‘why’ this stuff works. I like to hear about ‘why’ our products our different. I like to hear about ‘why’ someone thought to extract this tiny little substance from a chardonay grape seed using only water and how that helps improve circulation to your brain! It’s fascinating.
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But, perhaps more importantly, I got to hear about how other people have found success. I got to hear stories of people who made it work in really tough circumstances. And, not just in direct selling or in Shaklee. But succeeding in life, in sales, in business, in any venture. I got to hear over and over the importance of knowing what you want in life and fighting like a maniac to get it. I got to hear about believing in yourself and what you are capable of. I got to hear about how we are all destined for success and happiness and awesomeness; we just need to get out of our own way.
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Freedom is my ultimate goal. It has always been my dream. That is what I am working for. And I am well on my way.

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My New Venture

FullSizeRender (4)The other day, as I am getting ready for work, I looked down at the shit-show that is my bathroom sink. I mean, every surface covered! Makeup, bobby pins, hair-styling waxy stuff, face lotion, you name it. And this is coming from someone with no hair that wears little makeup! As I am noticing all my ‘stuff’, my husband walks in and swipe swipe- deodorant, brush brush- clean teeth, kiss kiss- off to work. Jerk. So, I decided it was time to write down my thoughts on the ridiculous double standards our society has for men and women.

Makeup:

Men- Good job on that face! Don’t change a thing…seriously!

Women- You better fix that shit or no one will ever love you. We’re gonna need you to spend about $1,000 a year on ‘product’. Men like you to be pretty and soft.

Clothes:

Men- Pants? Check! Shirt? Check! Brown shoes? Check! Black shoes? Check!

Women- Follow trends, but not too closely. Dress pretty, but not too flashy. Show some skin, but don’t be a tramp. Oh, and get some shoes that push you up on the balls of your feet and walk around like that all day. Men love that.

Reproduction:

Men- Yay sex!

Women- Periods, cramps, pregnancy, stretch marks, delivery, breast feeding, and default parent for the rest of your life.

Parenting:

Men- Where’s mom?

Women- Mom, mommy, mom, mommy, mama, mama, MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hair:

Men- Having hair in places where your hair grows is not only awesome, it’s manly! Don’t change a thing.

Women- Even though that is where your hair literally grows out of your body, you’re gonna need to fix that shit. Preferably by ripping it out by the roots with hot wax. Wait wait… you’re not done -turn around and bend over this table.

Sounds about right. Did I miss anything??

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