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This is Sally. Sally is a nice person. Sally is trying her best to make a great life. Be nice to Sally.

Okay, confession, Sally is not real. Today we are going on a fictional story following Sally on two possible paths. Sally 1 and Sally 2. But first- Sally’s background story.

Sally has always had a passion for ‘candles’. As soon as she was old enough, she always had candles burning, giving them as gifts, recommending new and exciting scented candles to anyone who would listen to her. To her, candles were not ‘work’ just something she loved. But, Sally had to grow up and go to college and get a real job. She decided to major in business and figure out what to do with that later. After college graduation Sally has to decide what to do. This is where our sliding doors, two-Sally-story begins.

Sally 1- she decides to take that new business education and open a new store in her home town. She has to take out more loans (on top of the loans she has from school) to pay for this- but it’s her dream! She is going to sell candles and other related items. She announces this to her friends and family. Everyone shows her an outpouring of love and support! Everyone wants to hear more about it, wishes her luck, and promises to stop in soon to support her business!

Sally 2- Sally wants to use her new business education and figure out a way to follow her passion for candles. She is considering opening a shop but doesn’t want to take out more loans and knows that it will be years before she makes any money. So, she does some research and finds a direct selling company that has the best, highest quality candles on the market and other home decor products. She can become an independent distributor for a couple hundred bucks. She can directly sell the products to her network and anyone else she meets. She announces this decision to her friends and family. She is surprised there is such a negative reaction. Some people seem curious and supportive, but it seems like everyone else is avoiding her. She even got a few Facebook comments like ‘oh great! Another one’ and ‘didn’t you just finish business school and THIS is how you’re using your degree?’ and of course- ‘isn’t that one of those pyramid things?’ Lucky for Sally she has pretty thick skin. She is going to stick with it despite the fridged response.

Sally 1- owning your own business is hard work! She is loving what she is doing but she is working 60 hours a week and struggling with a social life. But, she has lots of local friends and family helping her by coming into her shop as well as spreading the word for her. Word of mouth marketing is a total boon for her business. Her parents are SO proud of their little business owner!

Sally 2- she is doing pretty well with her little business. She is off to a fast start and is even being recognized by her company. She is frustrated though because she still can’t convince her parents that this is a legitimate business. She has shown them the business model and has tried to explain the potential of residual income, but they don’t want to hear it. Dad even commented- why did we spend so much on college then?

Sally 1- she is doing pretty well now but is looking for ways to expand and reach more people. She decides to sell her products on-line too. She makes a website, starts a blog, and gets to work. What an entrepreneur! Everyone is very impressed that she is taking her small business ‘nation wide’.

Sally 2- things are coming along nicely for Sally 2. Her customers are happy and continue to support her. Occasionally they tell their friends too and she is getting referrals. Sally 2 also wants to expand outside of her immediate network. She creates a website, starts a blog, and try’s to spread the word. She tells her friends, some of them like her page but don’t really engage. She is seen as ‘another mommy blogger’.

Sally 1- Sally 1 starts realizing that other people and shops are interested in selling some of her products as well. They ALSO love candles! And since Sally 1 has already perfected the business model, it’s just smart to join her. Sally 1 welcomes new business partners. Why not? That’s smart business! Now she makes money on what she sells and she makes money on what her partners sell. And the partners get to walk into a successful business. Win-win-win. Wow- we are all very impressed with Sally 1!

Sally 2- a few people have noticed that Sally 2 is doing well and seems to be having a lot of fun in her business. She is always doing something fun and seems to have tons of free time and flexibility. She gets some new business partners and they model their business after Sally 2. Why re-invent the wheel? She announces her new partners on Facebook and still gets a luke-warm response. She hears that one of her friends said- SEE! It IS one of those pyramid things. Those things never work! People think that the new partners are suckers… People just ‘don’t get’ Sally #2.

Sally 1- carries on with her life, is totally happy with her choice, and loves the support she received along the way.

Sally 2- carries on with her life, is totally happy with her choice, and wishes she had a little more support along the way. But, remember, she has thick skin. She’ll be fine (more than fine- silly-happy)

BUT, Sally 2 is going to work really hard to change how people perceive her business. Sally 2 feels responsible for elevating the entire profession. You have not seen the last of Sally 2.

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calendar with pinsI am busy. Like, really busy. And, I know that you are too. We all are. Today’s post is about how I maintain a high level of productivity despite the fact that I am being pulled in a million directions all the time.

1. I take care of myself: This may sound like a no-brainer but I have heard from about 79-too-many moms out there complaining about not having time for themselves because they give it all away. Well, I for one am not impressed by the mommy-martyr. I choose to put myself on the top of the list. If I need to work out or go out or write in quiet or spend a little investing in myself, than I will do that. My family needs me sane and happy so they accommodate that.
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2. I take care of my health: The #1 killer of productivity is not being in great health. I eat well, I exercise, I take my vitamins, I get plenty of sleep (see #3), and keep my stress low.
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3. I get plenty of sleep: During the week, I am very rarely up past 10pm. Most nights I am in bed between 9 and 9:30. I get about 8-9 hours of sleep on most nights. Now, the exception to this is those of you with little babies. But, if your kids are sleeping thru the night, so should you. Don’t stay up checking emails or goofing around on facebook. Put (insert new game for iPhone I don’t about here) away and go to bed. Leave the laundry until tomorrow or the weekend. Sleep is more important.
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4. I do what I love: I don’t mind working on my ‘work’ because I love it! I really do. Both of my jobs! When I am talking to someone about small changes they can make in their lives to make them healthier, happier, feel better, it fills me with joy. That’s not work. Also, when you get to make your own schedule, you can work during your periods of high productivity.

5. I do very little multi-tasking: I find that my mind works better and I produce better work when I am focused on one task. Doing it all at once, doesn’t work for me. If I am working on something and a distraction pops into my brain, I ‘capture’ it somewhere, and continue with what I am doing. If you have too many balls in the air, you WILL drop one.

6. I take professional development seriously: I read books and watch videos and do trainings and ask questions and go to conferences. The better my skills are, the more productive I will be. In this day and age, there are so many resources no matter what you do for a living. There are free TED talks on every possible topic, watch 2 a week. There are approximately a bazillion books written on sales, marketing, business, etc. Read one every month.
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7. I say NO: I talk about this a lot and it was very hard for me to get used to. But, I say no when I don’t want to do something. I am already so busy doing things I DO want to do, why waste times on things I don’t want to do.

What about you? What do you do to stay productive?

*****Work with me**** If you are interested in taking a little more control of your schedule and want to create something of your own, send me an email. I’d be more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have. creimholz@gmail.com

*This post contains affiliate links. I make money on sales from my Shaklee site. I share my own personal experiences, and am not trying to diagnose or guide your own medical care.

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.

Are you like me?
My New Venture

Hi everyone-

I am writing this today to see if anyone is like me. To see if anyone feels the way that I do.

You see, a while back I wrote a post about my new endeavor. I had decided to become a user/lover/distributor of Shaklee products. This was after months of me wandering around my house in my off hours wondering ‘what should I do with my life?’ I do this a lot. I always have. Doesn’t matter what age I have been, I have always thought to myself ‘what should I be when I grow up’. I recently went part time at my job for many reasons. Most important of those reasons is that I simply wanted to. I felt selfish for deciding that, but I knew deep down that it was the right decision for me. We don’t have a lot of extra money, so this was definitely a sacrifice. I knew that I wanted to do something, but had no idea what.

I found Shaklee, and immediately started to feel inspired. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for me. I could work on my own time, when I had time. I didn’t have a boss telling me when to be there, or have to choose between home time and work time. It was something that I was already passionate about- health and wellness. It was something that I could create into something that was uniquely mine. And, having this side business offered the option of writing as well. I could blog about my health, my business, the products, AND all of the other stuff that I already write about.

More time for me, more time for writing, more freedom.

I was lucky enough that a few of my favorite ladies wanted to join me right off the bat. Now we have a great team, a great blog (well I think it’s great), and a great time working together. On top of that, we are making a little bit of money. When I first started, I thought, I just want to make a little bit of money to put towards groceries or a gym membership. But, now that I see the potential in this, I am setting my sights a little higher. Maybe this is how we go on vacation every year? Or, maybe I can be like one of the many ladies that I know that have made this a part time job with a full time income. I don’t know… What I do know is that I am having fun and doing something that I really enjoy.

So, back to the original question: Are you like me? Do you still have no idea what you want to be when you grow up? Are you looking for something else that is just ‘for you’? Do you want to be passionate about what you do? I’m stepping out of my comfort zone a little here. Normally I am the kind of person that would just sit by computer and hope that you reach out to me and magically sign up to be on our team. But, that is not a good way to run a business. This is my nervous face:

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We would love to have you join us. There is a lot of support to take advantage of when you start and we have a whole team of people that are anxious to help you get rolling.

Check out my web-site: candicereimholz.myshaklee.com

Check out our other blog: onelifedoneright.wordpress.com

Check out our facebook page: One Life Done Right

Feel free to comment below, private message me, post on my wall, send me smoke signals- whatever. Let’s connect.

Thanks for listening. Love,

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