Are You Ready to Quit?

We are coming to the end of  a “J month”…. one of those months when people don’t typically spend.  It includes June and July too.  I’m grateful Thirty One set us up for success with an AMAZING outlet sale at the beginning of the month.  Did I have incredible sales?  NO!  Did I beat last year’s numbers?  NO!  Did I panic and think about quitting?  NO!  I didn’t but some on my team did – they saw incredible success during the holiday selling season and in just 2 short weeks, they were ready to throw in the towel.

Whether you are in direct sales or have your own business there are times you may have felt like everything is going against you? You tried everything and nothing worked, right?  Maybe instead of your business growing, your business (and your confidence) was shrinking?  Been there, done that and got the t-shirt!  Have you ever wondered why you’re doing this at all?  Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel and calling it quits?

Believe it or not, you aren’t alone. I have felt the same way over the past 8 years and especially when health issues flared up.  I’ve been self-employed (only income) for 2 plus years.  It has its highs and lows but even when I feel like quitting, I know things will even out, settle down and start working again if I simply hang on.

How do I know?  Because I’ve seen it work the same way time and time again, for myself and for others.   I have faith in the foundation I laid in my business.  I know there is no success without failure, no confidence without fear and no rewards without sacrifice. It’s part of the process.  Do I still have fear and doubt?  Absolutely!  Honestly, it is one of the reasons for my word this year is “COURAGE”!   As difficult as it is, we need to learn to trust the process,  growing through our difficulties instead of giving up.

Here are 4 things I have learned about working through difficult times in your business (and life):

1. Take a step back and rest. When I am feeling overwhelmed and like nothing is going right, I simply take a step back.  Crazy, right?  It is usually a key sign I need to give myself some space and time to rest, renew and refresh.  Despite our best efforts, we can’t pour from an empty cup.  We have to take care of ourself first before we can take care of our business and others.  The “people pleasing” me wants to help everyone so I definitely struggle with this concept.  When things are the toughest or we are smack in the middle of a difficult situation, all we can see is what is in front of us.  We don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.  So, when it happens – take a short break. I have found when I take a step back and get out of the mix, I can actually see the bigger picture.  The creative side kicks in with new ideas and a glimpse at the light at the end of the tunnel.  .

2. Go back to your vision & your why.  One of the worst parts of my MS is not remembering – not only do I not have memories of important times in my life BUT I tend to forget my “why” or have a link to the emotional aspect of it.  The truth is, when you take your eyes off your why, your vision or your goals, you’ll start to get off track and before you know it, end up in a ditch of despair.  Revisit your vision, if it doesn’t resonate anymore, create a new vision board, new goals and a new plan for success. Take some time to write out your 30 day or 90 day or 12 month vision for your life and business. Reconnect with what makes you feel excited and passionate and purposeful.  Keep focusing on your goals, don’t look in any direction but straight ahead.

3. Get out of your head and get into momentum.  “Inaction breeds doubt and fear while action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie   After you take a break and refocus on your vision, take action. Don’t overthink the action you take.  Yup, that’s me.  I want to overthink EVERYTHING.  Or I should say, I want to fix, manage and control everything.  It is a real internal battle for me some days to do something positive to move my business forward.  When I’m struggling, I focus on an area which comes easy to me, one I enjoy and can get some quick results and wins (sales) with.   Why start there?  With a sense of accomplishment, you get the momentum going so you feel more positive about your business.

4. Reach out for help and support.  I need to practice what I say instead of what I do….I’m learning AGAIN to reach out and ask for help.  Another lesson as a result of my relapse.  Everything feels worse when we try to handle it by ourselves. Always being expected to be the “rock” clouded my thinking and often causes me not to reach out for help.  The truth is we don’t have to go through the tough times alone. Reach out to a team member, your up-line, a fellow direct sales sister, a friend, or a family member.  Despite those nasty inner gremlins, we are not the only person to have struggles and it doesn’t make us any more brave to try to get through it by ourself. Be willing to accept support, encouragement and help. In doing so you can make some great connections, friends and accountability partners. You will also realize others go through the same struggles, so you will be able to learn and gain confidence from their experiences.

You aren’t alone. We are all on the same journey, just at different places with different stumbling blocks and paths we are going down. Keep going because there are brighter days ahead.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

I know, the holidays are barely over AND maybe you are just putting your decorations away.  The kids just went back to school and you are trying to get a grasp on the New Year…..Have you been in the stores lately?  Christmas sales are GONE!  Valentine’s Day, St. Pattys and even Easter decorations are out. It is CRAZY!  So I figured I would jump on the bandwagon since Thirty One is having an AWESOME Outlet sale. What better time to shop then during a sale, right?

Thanks to a little help from Thirty-One Gifts, you can convey a message to leave a lasting impression on that special someone’s heart. Forget the box of chocolates – there’s nothing sweeter than a shared memory or sentiment which holds a special meaning. If you want to touch someone’s heart with a truly special gift, check out these customized ideas sure to become their all-time favorite gifts.

Straight from the heart

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without giving someone your heart, right? But if you’re not quite ready for a commitment, why not give a heart on a pillow or tote instead? The new heart-themed print designs allow you to add a heartfelt message to your gift. Each is a graphic print you can add to any of several Statement Canvas products including throw pillows, custom wall art, a Mini Shopper or Zip-Top Pouch.

Bundles of love

There are lots of things which come in small packages, BUT think of all of the AMAZING things which could come in a BIG Thirty-One bag! Why settle on one gift when you can pack lots of love in a tote, caddy or bin?  Create a special gift set with everything your sweetheart can appreciate throughout the year.  Check out some of these ideas:

Design a bin just for him

Put together a sports-themed Essential Storage Tote with game tickets, his home team’s jersey, sports magazines, signed memorabilia or a new pair of running shoes or cleats. Or design a fishing-themed Catch-All Bin with new tackle supplies like bobbers, hooks and lures or packed with a new tackle box or fishing hat!  Guess what??? Those Catch-All Bins are part of the outlet sale (you can save up to 70%)!

Create a special spa package

Fill a Mini Storage Bin with bath bombs, sugar scrub, slippers, beauty products, a sleep mask or even a gift certificate to a local spa or massage therapist. On a budget? Search for DIY bath product recipes on Pinterest. And YES, these are also part of the outlet sale…

Have a romantic indoor winter picnic 

Treat your honey to a personalized Picnic Thermal Tote with chilled champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, fancy cheeses and crackers. (The Leak Lock® lining means you can fill it with ice!) Just spread out a blanket in front of the fireplace, grab a couple of champagne flutes and toast to the perfect Valentine’s Day!  The best part is you can use this year round when you want to take the picnic outdoors.  It is great for tailgating, trips to the park or even road trips.

Add a little sparkle

Were you thinking more of jewelry??? If you want to whisper sweet nothings in her ear, make sure they’re properly dressed for the occasion. Our Gallery™ Earrings and Luxe Loop Dangles are the perfect start to any romantic dinner or a night on the town.

Make her blush

While we have your attention, gentlemen…you should probably know she’s had her eye on these fashion-forward styles in her current favorite color since we introduced them this season! For a fail-safe Valentine’s Day gift she’ll love to carry all year long, choose a Convertible Belt Bag, Rubie Mini or Studio Thirty-One™ bag in Rose Blush Pebble and personalize it with her monogram in tone-on-tone Blush embroidery. (You can thank us later.)

Share the love, ladies!

Even if without a significant other this Valentine’s Day, you can always be Valentine-mates with your best friends, your kids, your mom, your dad, your brothers and sisters – anyone and everyone you love. Valentine’s Day is about appreciation and letting others know you care. We want you to know we care, too! Lots of love to you this Valentine’s Day.  Thank you Thirty One for today’s tips….

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

New Year Sale………….

Why not kick the NEW year off right….  Instead of an after Christmas sale to clear out inventory, Thirty One is offering a Customer Appreciation Sale in January.  They are letting us say thank you to all of our amazing customers with a SALE!  A HUGE 70% off sale!  15492136_10211696471794095_1349140670617066369_nI don’t know about you but this time of year is a love hate relationship for me.  Trying to kick off the new year by sticking to my resolution to stay on budget AND stock up on some of my favorite items as gifts.  What is a girl to do???

We are preparing for a catalog change (March 1st).  It takes a lot of time to prep – at least for me.  LOL.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all of the NEWESS. I can’t wait to weed out my inventory and get new product (especially when I earn lots for FREE). I HATE the fact some of my favorite products are always on the chopping block. If you are in direct sales in any way – a customer, a hostess, a team member – you totally get this.

Of course, as a consultant I will know what is coming at the end of January – maybe you will be able to find out too IF you book a last chance first glance party with me OR join my team. 🙂 I know when some of my favorites head out, there are some AMAZING things being revealed in the new catalog.

Did you think I would reveal the new catalog?You are so silly!  Those who are getting a sneak peak are my Hostess of the Month Club members. OR my Elite VIPs.    The rest of you will just have to wait a little while longer….  .Now, if you were thinking of joining my team, this is a GREAT time to do it! Why?

#1  The Winter Enrollment Kit! You have TWO options – signature and deluxe.  Which one would you pick?

#2  Host your launch party, have a $1000 in sales and YOU will earn Wishes Rewards PLUS a commission check! You get to use Wishes Rewards however you want – VISA gift card, Disney Bucks, or for “stuff” for you business.  Every time you sell $1000 in products during the first FOUR months of being a consultant, you will earn these rewards!  You can join TODAY and take advantage of the outlet sale to start earning your commission AND your Wishes Rewards.

 

#3 Ask a friend to join you on your journey.  If they join you in your first 4 months, and they sell $1000 in their first FOUR months you will get additional Wishes Rewards. Sounds like a game of dominos, right?money contest#4 The January customer special is AWESOME!  I love how customers can shop the outlet sale AND take advantage of the January Customer special  Ready to get organized?  Here is your chance with TWO of these products for every $35 you spend.

#5 The BEST part of being a consultant is  when you enter the $1,000 launch party, you’re going to earn $250 in cold hard cash!!  Would that help pay the bills from the holidays?  If customers shop the outlet sale by January 15th, YOU will get paid on January 25th.  You can earn back the money you spent to join AND have some extra.

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Did I mention that you get ME too. I’m the one in the “mouse ears”.  Each year my customer pick that hat I will wear to National Conference!

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I am here to help you on your journey. Let me know if you have an questions about joining Thirty-One. I LOVE to answer questions.15492270_10158024558590220_5889916502994262920_n

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Here is how you can reach me:

Website: www.partywithHope.com

Facebook: Hope Wissel

Email: HopeWs31@gmail.com

Tasty Tuesday: Cherry Pie Oatmeal Bake

Thank you Hungry Girl for today’s recipe…

1/6th of pan: 241 calories, 6g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 336mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 9.5g protein — SmartPoints® value 6*

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned oats (I use gluten free)
5 natural no-calorie sweetener packets (like Truvia)
1 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 large eggs’ worth)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 cup frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed, drained, chopped
3/4 oz. (about 3 tbsp.) sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8″ X 8″ baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, sweetener, chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  3. In a medium-large bowl, combine almond milk, applesauce, egg whites, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until uniform.
  4. Add mixture in the medium-large bowl to the large bowl. Stir until uniform.
  5. Gently fold in cherries. Transfer mixture to the baking pan, and smooth out the surface.
  6. Top with almonds, and lightly press them into the mixture.
  7. Bake until top is light golden brown and entire dish is cooked through, about 35 minutes.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Headed to a picnic?  Take this along in either one of these Thirty One thermals:

The Rolling Cooler keeps you cool wherever you go this season. This roomy cooler featuring wheels and a telescoping handle for easy transport was a Hostess Exclusive BUT it can be yours in the Christmas in July Outlet Sale (the sale ends on 7/11). Handles make it a breeze to carry, and the leak-lock lining keeps contents cold and helps prevent leaks. Dimensions: 14″H x 15.5″L x 11.5″D

 

Head to the beach, campground or family picnic with your favorite foods. The Picnic Thermal Tote has a Leak Lock Thermal Lining which can hold ice when you need to keep things cool for a longer time. A removable, adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy to carry when you have your hands full, and the zip-around closure ensures everything stays put while you’re transporting it from the car. It has a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, an exterior front pocket and is approx. 13″H x 11″L x 6″D.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

After Christmas Sales

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The day after Christmas – a HUGE day for retailers between returns, after Christmas sales to clear out inventory and everyone using their “gift” cards to get the best deals.  Well, let’s add Thirty One to the mix!15492136_10211696471794095_1349140670617066369_nThis time of year is a love hate relationship for me.  We are preparing for a catalog change. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all of the NEWESS. I can’t wait to weed out my inventory and get new product. I HATE the fact some of my favorite products are always on the chopping block. If you are in direct sales in any way – a customer, a hostess, a team member – you totally get this.

Here is what is going away at the end of January (if not sooner)….

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I know when some of my favorites like the Go To Tote and the Perfect Party Thermal area headed out, there is something AMAZING things being revealed in the new catalog.  Did you think I would reveal the new catalog?

15541541_10153992203232461_6362283721541955244_nYou are so silly!  Those who are getting a sneak peak are my Hostess of the Month Club members.  The rest of you will just have to wait a little while longer….

15317734_1130002677049134_6690085779265471014_nActually, you don’t have to wait very long because when you make a purchase at the Outlet Sale December 27 – 29th, you will receive a NEW Spring Catalog and February sale flyer with your order.

15541350_1600930156587547_1714346335291808724_nNow, if you were thinking of joining my team, this is a GREAT time to do it! Why?

#1 The Fall Enrollment kit! You get over $400 in product (plus all the order forms, catalogs, and more to get started) for just $99.

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#2 Host your launch party and enter $600 in your first 30 days and YOU will earn your 1st Start Swell! You get to choose ONE kit when you submit $600 in your first 30 days. Submit $1000 and you will get an added bonus. Which one do YOU want?! And in your first 4 months, you have a chance to earn FOUR of these kits! Each kit includes business supplies. The BEST part is because we are so close to a catalog change, you can wait and use select your Start Swell with all of the NEW products and prints.

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#3 Ask a friend to join you on your journey. If they join you in your first 4 months, and they they qualify within their Start Swell period, you earn $100 BONUS! There is no limit!!!!

money contest#4 The January customer special = a GREAT start for you!

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#5 The BEST part is that when you enter that $600 (or $1200) launch party, you’re going to earn $150 (or $300) in cold hard cash!!

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Did I mention that you get ME too. I’m the one in the “mouse ears”.  This year’s Customer Pick for me to wear to National Conference!

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I am here to help you on your journey. Let me know if you have an questions about joining Thirty-One. I LOVE to answer questions.15492270_10158024558590220_5889916502994262920_n

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Here is how you can reach me:

Website: www.partywithHope.com

Facebook: Hope Wissel

Email: HopeWs31@gmail.com

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