Never Forget

  It is Monday morning and we should be heading to Royal Carribean’s Majesty of the Sea for 5 glorious days of my pink bubble. Irma has had other plans and I am home reflecting on so many things…

It is a morning filled with lots of emotion…as a nation, we honor those who were lost on 9-11.  We continue to struggle with the evil which plaques our nation.  We mourn for those lost and honor those whose lives have forever been changed.   This day is one of few memories which I can clearly remember…  I remember as if it were yesterday.  I was working at Mia’s Christmas Shop in Ocean City, NJ.  We had just opened when I was called into the office by Charlie, the owner, who had the television on showing the attacks.  Charlie immediately started to collect money for those whose lives would be changed as a result of this horrific event.  I got to share the events of the morning with many people who were on vacation and CLUELESS about what was happening.  Those days were filled with words like: Hero, Compassion, Love, Kindness, and Bravery.

Edythe

September 11th took on a new meaning in 2011 when Heaven gained another Weston angel – Edythe, my aunt, my friend  and my mom’s middle sister.  Growing up, I spent ALOT of time with Edythe (and Elsie). When I was younger, they were my babysitters.  As the years went on, they were a BIG part of my support system.  Edythe (along with the rest of my family) helped to raise Belinda. As Belinda grew up, lives changed – the world moved a little faster and we lost touch with the exception of holidays.

The words describing those involved in the September 11th attacks and recovery efforts could now relate to Edythe: Hero, Compassion, Love, Kindness, and Bravery.

Life seems to be full of moments which ask us to let go when we long to hold on.  I don’t know what you face right now, what season of life you’re in, but my prayer for you is simple and from the heart. May you know the comfort and strength of the One whose love will never fail you, and whose mercies are new every single morning!

As we reflect on this day, hug the ones you love, forgive the ones who you believe have done you wrong and enjoy the moment with those you love.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

When Worry Weakens Your Soul 

Thank you Sharon Jaynes for today’s message focused on one of my favorite passages in the Bible…

My husband, Steve, and I sat anxiously in our seats. I wondered if I was going to be able to endure the ride, especially knowing my propensity for motion sickness. But we began nonetheless.

The guide strapped all passengers into the tiny boats and gave last minute instructions. Of course there were life preservers, but what good would they do in the fierce rapids that threatened to suck its prey below the surface?

The crew boarded and began the journey down the mysterious Amazon. The calm meandering waters quickly gave way to fierce torrents, rushing rapids, and rocky crags protruding from the foaming waters. Alternating between plunging into the water and flying into the air, the boat made its way through the first set of rapids. My body relaxed, thankful that was over. Several times along the journey calm gave way to chaos as passengers maneuvered to keep the boats afloat. Often, I closed my eyes and waited for the turbulence to pass.

When we finally reached the end of our journey, I picked up my popcorn and walked out of the theater.

No, I wasn’t really on the Amazon River strapped in a tiny boat. I was comfortably sitting in a cushioned chair in the IMAX Theater watching a documentary about the Amazon River. In the five-story domed screen covering 6532 square feet of projection surface, large images put you in the center of the action, and the surround sound gave the illusion that you were indeed wherever the screen took you. It wasn’t real.

Yes, I did get a bit queasy from the larger-than-life movement down the river, but I was never in real danger. Even though the producers and engineer tried their best to create a realistic experience, I knew it wasn’t true. It was a movie. I would walk out unscathed.

That is the peace of walking, or in this case sitting, in the truth. Every day the enemy seeks to trip us up by stirring up worry about the future. It’s not real. It’s imaginings. Something that most likely will never happen.

Worrying is like sitting in the IMAX Theater watching a documentary about the Amazon River, but thinking you’re really in the boat. You’re not. It is your imagination running wild.

So what do you do?

Stop looking at the screen…the imaginings in your mind.

Leave the theater…the cinema where the worriers in you heart loop round and round.

Trust in God…the only One who knows what the future holds. He’s got this.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Saturday Spotlight: Wine Shop At Home

Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE wine.  I love sweet wine and usually a Moscato or even a sangria is good.  What better way for some girl time then with a wine sampling party, right?

Meet Lisa and see why she loves her business:

I’m Lisa Bynum and my job is to keep good people from drinking bad wine. I represent Wine Shop at Home, a winery based in Napa, CA. Our award-winning wine maker gets grapes from around the world and makes hand-crafted, small batch artisan wines on site at the winery. How can you bring Napa to your doorstep? By hosting a tasting! Simply invite up to 14 of your friends, pick a sampler package of 6 wines, and provide a few cheese and chocolate pairings. I guide you and your guests through the wines and give fun wine tips along the way.

Why do I spend my limited time with this business? Wine, Money, Friendships. Where else do you have the flexibility to work a business on your own schedule, get to try new wines and meet fun people while being highly compensated along the way? Wine Shop at Home is debt free, experiencing high growth and is the only winery out of 4700 in California which makes 4 new wines a month. I’ve never felt more support from a company and am proud to be a part of this business.

Check out Lisa’s website at:  www.wineswithlisa.club or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/wineswithlisa  

If you love wine as much as I do, you will want to check out Wine Shop at Home.  Share your favorite wine with us…..

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!

Saturday Spotlight: Usborne Books

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It is time for Saturday Spotlight and today we are featuring Usborne Books & More business by Marcy Drexler.   Here is what she has to say about her business:

As a team leader and being part of the company for 3 years, I have been able to books into the hands of children. Not sure there is anything better than helping the future leaders of tomorrow find their love of reading.

Literacy is so important and Usborne Books & More offers so many ways to make quality books available to children and their families. As our Mission Statement reflects, “The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We provide economic opportunity while fostering strong family values. We touch the lives of children for a lifetime.”

Marcy gets to work with school, libraries, daycares, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and of course moms and dads to get great, educational and FUN books into the hands of young readers. One of her favorite things is what I call Book Benefits. Helping out families during financial struggles, when they are touched by death or health issues or need fundraising for adoption – we run a Book Benefit and they get 100% of the commission earned and much of the time all the free books!

To SHOP Usborne Books & More
View the current catalog which features the complete line of Usborne and Kane Miller titles.
To Join Marcy on Facebook

I wish I had of known about this amazing company when Belinda was little or when I was working as a Social Worker with kids who were struggling.  What a great way to get books into the hands of kids!

Looking for something to carry those books in?  Why not check out Thirty One’s Cinch Sac. So cute and sporty! Toss all your items for ballet, soccer, school and sleepovers into this bag, pull the drawstring and you’re good to go! There are so many patterns and colors to choose from to make it uniquely yours. Measures approx: 18.5”H x 14.5”W

What book are YOU reading now?  Share it with us..

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Let’s Close the Deal

Yesterday we talked about getting out of the summer slump, today is all about the ASK!  Yes, you need to ASK for the sale.  Yes, you need to ASK if they want to host.  Yes, you need to ASK if they want to join your team.

Do you think “all my friends know I sell (your DS company), if they wanted anything they would ask”?  How about “I have posted all of the GREAT things hostesses can get, if they wanted to have a party, they would ask”?   Or, “if they wanted to make some extra money, they would ask about joining my team – it is only a $1″?

We have all been there.  I was at my niece’s wedding last weekend and to my surprise, someone actually said “I didn’t know you sold Thirty One“.  Okay, it wasn’t someone I see a lot BUT I thought everyone I knew – KNEW!

ASKing seems like a non-brainer, right? When was the last time you asked a friend or family member to buy, book or join your team?  I don’t mean just mentioning it, I mean flat out ASKING!   With more and more parties being online and NOT face-to-face, we sometimes forget about the ask – or at least I do.  You would think it would be easier because you can’t see their facial expressions or body language when you ask.  But I find, it is sometimes the last thing I do.  So whether you are partying face-to-face or online or Facebook or whatever party platform you use…. here are some tips which might help you “close the deal”.

Blogger, Pam Terry wrote an article called the Do’s and Don’ts for Selling at the End of Your Presentation“.  Granted she is talking about home parties or face-to-face parties but I believe we can use some of the same wisdom in our Facebook/online parties.

The biggest take away question for me was: “Have you ever failed at providing an offer at the end of your presentation?”  When I look back at my last parties (all on Facebook) I realize the answer is a DEFINITE YES!  We talk about full-service checkout when we do home parties but shouldn’t we offer the same thing to our guests when we party online?

YES I talk about recruiting.  YES, I talk about the benefits of hosting your own party.  YES, I share the gift of Thirty One.  But during a full-service checkout at a home party, I ASK each of those questions when I talk to each customer.  Why not do it with an online/Facebook party?

Here are some tips from Pam and I am going to shed some light on how we can use these same tips for our Facebook parties:

  1. Your presentation content should tie closely to your offer, but not sound like you are selling during the major part of your talk.  During our Facebook parties, we play games and share information.  I share products and the versatile uses of Thirty One‘s purses, totes and accessories.  I sprinkle in booking and recruiting seeds BUT I usually fail to remind everyone how easy it is to get all these things FREE or discounted by being a consultant or booking a party.  What if you asked each one in a private message after they placed their order?
  2. Prepare your offer so that it creates value and is at a special discounted price just for today.  I heard someone recently talk about offering “packages” to customers to make it easier for them to shop.  I have done “bundles” with discounted prices based on the monthly Customer Special but the concept of offering 3 packages took this one step further.  It is like building a set of products to be used together with the more you buy, the greater the value.
  3. Provide a way for your attendees to easily sign up for your offer.  Once you have ASKed or made the offer, you need to be ready with your calendar to book a party or have recruiting information ready to send someone who may be interested in the opportunity.  I am always ready but if I don’t ASK for the PARTY or offer the opportunity what good is it?

Pam’s concept of building audience trust and fostering a relationship works in ALL businesses.  The key is DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR THE SALE or THE PARTY!  This is something I sometimes forget to do because of FEAR.  So, who is ready to close the deal?  Who is ready to book those parties and find those new recruits to offer the opportunity to make their dreams come true?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!