Giving Back

Since I began my journey with Thirty One, I have provided a fundraising component to my business.  It didn’t matter whether it was a small goal or a HUGE goal, I wanted to help.  I have also been able to donate to various causes…

I always wanted to give back to the various communities that have helped me personally and professionally over the years.  If I couldn’t give to that group specifically I wanted to do “random acts of kindness”.

This group of zipper pouches were donated to the Pediatric Unit at Ocean Medical for Easter..

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I was blessed to be able to donate these mini zipper pouches to Enchanted Makeovers to add a special touch to a magical night

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This was my favorite response…these kids were able to go back to school with bags like everyone else in their school colors.  They couldn’t wait to show them off.

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No, I am not telling you all of this to toot my own horn. I NEVER do any of these projects without the help of my AMAZING customers, hostesses, family and friends.  Individuals who believe in the cause, or just want to help.  Okay, can you guess where this is leading…. YOU GOT IT!

In 2015, my goal is to do a Random Act of Kindness every month in 2015 with YOUR help.  In January, I am looking for sponsors for Chemo Comfort Bags…

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The $25 sponsorship will pay for the bag and I will use ALL of my commission to fill them with a variety of things including a blanket, notepad, pen, mints, candy, lotion, warm socks, chap stick and crossword puzzle book.  They will be donated to local cancer care centers.  My goal is 31 by the end of the month.  Yes, that is January 31st.  This way the bags will arrive in the beginning of February so that I can stuff them and deliver them to local centers around Valentine’s Day.

So, who is with me?  For $25 you can bring a smile to someone who is fighting the cancer battle.  This project is near and dear to my heart.  It is a tribute to my Weston angels – Edythe, Elsie and Pop-pop – who all had cancer.

You can sponsor a bag in memory of someone, in honor of someone or just anonymously. Payments can be made via check or through Paypal at hopesgiftcloset@@comcast.net.

Won’t you help to make a difference today?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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A Line in the Sand

It is the weekend and today I will be enjoying the day with some AWESOME women as they prepare for the She is Me Annual Event.  I am excited to be able to be inspired by their heart-warming stories and their successes of the past year.  Stay tuned for pictures and a blog focusing on today’s activities.

As Deb, a fellow Weight Watcher member, would say – I am drawing a line in the sand TODAY!  I have talked about setting the RESET button but truth be told, it has just been words.  Weekly Weight Watcher meetings have been a BIG part of my weight loss journey although lately, I have been there in body but not in mind.  I am sure you know that feeling.  The one where you are half listening but the message doesn’t really sink in.  Or, you are listening and at the same time checking emails and Facebook messages?  Thursday’s meeting was my mental health therapy for the week.  Being down .2 pounds didn’t seem like much of an accomplishment, so I didn’t celebrate  I mean how could I compare that to those who lost 5 pounds in a week or even those who lost 1 pound.   When I got home, the first thing Rob asked me was “How much did you loose?”.  When I told him .2, he said “THAT IS GREAT”.  I kind of frowned at him and he said – it is better than a gain, right?

Then I started thinking about all of the inspirational things that were said at the meeting:

  • A sign in the meeting room shows Jennifer Hudson and says “I’m not perfect, I am HUMAN”.  A cliche saying for some but it was a dim light bulb moment.  It didn’t rock my world but it did make me think about how I compare myself to others.  Then Nicole asks what is an ANT?  As we all looked around for the answer, she reminded us about “automatic negative thinking”.  The light bulb went from DIM to BRIGHT.  I have ANTS!  I am not perfect but no one is.
  • This is a journey without a finish line!  My weight loss has been a LONG journey that seems like it will never end.  Truth be told, it never will even when I reach my goal weight which is within 7 pounds.  A light at the end of the tunnel – NO, a light to no more monthly payments to Weight Watchers. LOL.  For once I reach my goal weight, my goal will change to MAINTENANCE.
  • Enjoy the journey – thank you AnnaMarie.   You are an inspiration to me.  Your positive attitude helps me to put things in perspective.  I need to slow down and enjoy this journey, even if it is a roller coaster ride and I am NOT a fan of roller coasters.  It seems like we are always rushing to something or somewhere when we need to “stop and smell the roses”.

The line is drawn in the sand and I have again found a strength that I sometimes think is not there.  Thank you to my Weight Watcher family for this week’s lessons.  I will be applying them to my business as well as working my Weight Watcher’s program this week.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Time for a Reality Check

Happy Friday!  This has been a rough week for me – emotionally and spiritually.  The roller coaster ride this week, has left me exhausted and seeking refuge.   Satan had a field day with me so as a wise woman (thank you Hope Shortt) likes to remind me – Satan fights the hardest when God is ready to bless us.  So, I have been fighting Satan all week, trusting in God and believing that if I continue to lean on HIM, my prayers will be answered.  As of now, they haven’t been answered – or at least not in the way I expected or in my time but I know that it isn’t all about me, right?

Here are some wise words that will guide me into the weekend:

  • I love a quote from yesterday’s blog radio broadcast from ETTM “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!”.  Thank you Lynette Barbieri.  This was a great reminder that I shouldn’t just sit back and WAIT for an opportunity – I need to BUILD one.  How many of you are waiting for opportunity to knock?  Waiting for the PERFECT time to do something?  Why wait?
  • Robin Beelman, a Senior Executive Director with Thirty One shared this on her page from Darren Hardy….
    Focus your attention on ideas, information and knowledge that can help you grow, prosper, create and contribute to making a positive difference based on your unique talent, skills and effort. Turn OFF the rest… it will change your world and your life! What will you turn OFF tomorrow?  This is a KICK in the BUTT for me since I struggle with comparing myself to others.  When I am drained – Pity Patti, Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie form a tag team to try and keep me from focusing on my strengths.  What is YOUR unique ability and are you focused on it?
  • As Vanessa Coppes said in a great blog called “7 Ways to Call Yourself Out on Your Own Bull$#!T”:  When you’re feeling drained…unplug. Yes that means not checking your mobile device every 5 minutes. Reconnect with your spouse, your children, go for a walk, pray. Take at least 5 minutes to center yourself. If you do this every day, I promise you it will remind you of your why. And your why is what matters.  LOL.  Yet another struggle for me which is probably why I am struggling this week.  Rob has even said, “Your head is always facing down” meaning that I am ALWAYS looking at my phone. You would think that would have been enough of a reality check, right?

So, I am ready for the weekend to relax, reflect and recharge.  Tomorrow, I get to spend some time with some AMAZING women at Enchanted Makeovers as they prepare for their annual “She is Me Event“.  I will do all I can to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD them in Thirty One style.  A gentle reminder of the many blessings that Thirty One has given me and the greatest gift is to share that with others.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful weekend!