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5 Books for Personal Development

Kathy Nicholls Book Nook

This past month at my local networking meeting, I shared a couple of books I have been reading that I found to be really great. I’m an avid reader, first because I love to read and second because I believe we need to always be developing ourselves and our minds. One of my friends reached out and said “You should just make a list,” and so I have. This is part 1, some of the books I love for personal development. This list is much bigger, so today I’m only sharing 5 of my favorites or the most recent books I have read. I hope you find something of value! Note: The links here are my link to Amazon, which means if you decide to purchase something through that link, I do get a few pennies for it. I’m just starting my affiliate account with them, so it actually helps me build that part of my business. So, if you decide to purchase, thank you!

The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success

I have always loved Andy Andrews. I follow his blog, love his writing, and really love his sense of humor. I also love how he winds history into his books. This book is perhaps my all time favorite book in personal development. It’s full of golden nuggets of wisdom. I usually have a few copies of this one because it’s one I love to pass along to others. If you haven’t read it, put it at the top of your list!

Year of Yes by Shondra Rhimes

This is a book I’m doing in an online book club for the month of January. First, I’m a lover of shows like Gray’s Anatomy and Scandal, so I thought gee, it might be fun to read something by the creator of my favorite shows. Little did I realize how the book would impact me! Year of Yes is all about saying yes to things that scare you. It was created because Shondra’s sister said the words “you never say yes to anything.” Think on that. Sometimes we’re accused of not being able to say no. But how many things do you NOT say yes to because it’s too scary? This is an eye opener and one I think everyone should read. How would your life be different if you had a year of yes?!

Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy by Mallika Chopra

This one is all about finding purpose in your life. She gives an action plan for figuring out the intent or purpose for your life. I love this book! So many “self help” books are written from a viewpoint of “I have it all together and let me show you how you, too, can be like me.” This one shows the bare honestly and humanity of the author. I love that she shares her personal struggles with things. There have certainly been times in my own life where I have been that speaker on a stage and have been wondering to myself how I could possibly be teaching a topic when I knew I didn’t have things together myself. I love how she shares her vulnerability. I love how she shares a simple roadmap to move from thought, to action, to outcome. I love, simply, that she gets it. I believe this is a great book for anyone who’s in that place in life where you’re seeking to find your own intent. I believe this is a book I will pull out often and go through again and again as I define the intent for my life. I am so glad I found it.

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson and John David Mann.

This book is full of some awesome concepts. “Simple disciplines repeated over time will create success; simple mistakes repeated over time will create failure” This one is a great read if you’re looking for things you need to add into your life and be disciplined about.It reminds us that nothing is built overnight, no habit is developed overnight, and that we must take small, simple steps to get where we want to go.

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield

This is another of my long time favorites. The War of Art describes how we must conquer the resistance. What’s the resistance? It’s that thing that says you can’t do something, you won’t be successful, you can’t be different. Pressfield gives it a name, the resistance. Only by conquering the resistance can be truly go out and create the art we are meant to create in life. What’s holding you back? Grab this one and learn how the resistance is impacting you and what you can do about it!

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My Three Words for 2017

It’s that time of year again. Tomorrow starts a brand new year, and it’s often the time when we look back on the year and decide what resolutions we will make for the new year. Several years ago, I came upon the idea of simply selecting three words for the year. It works much better for me than resolutions. The idea is pretty simple. You select three words that will define your next year. They then become the north star, guiding what you do and the decisions you make along the way. I have loved doing this and find it really does help me be focused. So, here you go: My three words for 2017!

Inspire

inspiration

This has been one of my words consistently for several years. The idea of being inspired and inspiring others has always spoken to my soul. I want to be inspired by the things around me. I want to be inspired to always been growing and improving. I want to be inspired to write more, to create more, and to share more. I want to inspire others to see in themselves what they can’t and inspire them to find the success and happiness they deserve in life.

Intention

Live with intention

Intention. In 2017, I will do all things with intention. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s a reason for the things we do, the things we say, the way we act. I want to always have purpose and intention in life. For me, that will include what I fondly call BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals), focus, and action. Living with intention also means being intentional about who I spend my time with. It’s said we are the product of the five people we spend the most of our time with. Sometimes that means you need to really evaluate where you’re investing your time. It means I will be very intentional with my business, always being sure that the things I do are focused on the end goals. It also means I’ll be intentional with relationships. Sometimes it’s so easy to just speak without a pause button, I know I’m guilty of that from time to time. Intention will require me to slow down, think, and then speak.

YES

Year of Yes
This year will be my “year of yes.” In January, I am participating in a book club with the book Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I’ve read it and cannot wait until our discussion starts tomorrow. It is an amazing book, filled with lots of insight if you really read and apply it to your life. It’s about saying yes to things that petrify you. We live in a world where we are always being told we just learn to say no. And while there are some times in life when it’s good to say no, what if we started saying yes to some things? How about saying yes to health, yes to personal development, yes to creating new opportunities, so many things. I cannot wait to see where this one takes me!

So there you have it! My three words. How about you? Have you picked a word, or words? If so, I’d love to hear what you have chosen in the comments! I look forward to this new year and all it will bring!

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Attitude of Gratitude, Day 2

Attitude of GratitudeYes, I know this one is late! It’s just been one of those days. So today’s post will be short and sweet.

Today I am thankful for a group of folks in my company who gave me an opportunity to do a meeting with them today. You see, I’m passionate about education. I love sharing knowledge with others. And I was invited to come to their team meeting and do a little training.

As you know from yesterday’s post, I’ve kind of been in a funk. Today, I got on that call and wow, I walked away blown away. They were so incredibly kind. I’ve heard that word “edification” used a lot at our company. Today I saw it in action. And by the time they were done introducing me, I had tears running down my face. Okay, deep breath, and get rolling! And we had a great time of sharing! And gosh, I know they listened because today has been full of questions and messages asking for help or clarification. Today was a day when I was totally in my element, ALL because this team leader asked me to be a part of their meeting.

So, to those folks with team Go Big, Go Beyond, my thanks! You totally made my day today and I am very grateful!

What’s on your list today?

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Attitude of Gratitude, Day 1

Attitude of Gratitude

It’s that time of year again! Hard to believe it is already November, and yet here we are. If you’ve been following my blogs for awhile, you know that I always do 30 days of gratitude during November. I keep a gratitude journal all year, however, find that November people just get a little more focused on what they are grateful for in their lives. So, today is day 1! I hope you will join me in this journey!

Gratitude really is an attitude, isn’t it? Sometimes life throws us curve balls. Our family has had several of those in the last month. And, during those tough times, sometimes it’s hard to remember that you’re supposed to focus on gratitude. It’s much easier to wallow in pity and self-doubt. And yet, what does that really serve? I can tell you, from personal experience, not much!

Today I’m thankful that even in the hard times, there are still things to be thankful about! I’ll give you a few examples based on the last few weeks in our house.

  • Our beloved dog, Turbo, died last month. He was our baby and what an incredibly sad thing with so much pain to lose him. I sure wasn’t ready and I still miss him every day. I’m thankful he was my forever dog for so long. I’m thankful for an awesome vet who dealt with him and us with such compassion. And I’m thankful that he didn’t have to suffer a lot before he died.
  • Not too long ago, I tried to do some repair to a somewhat broken relationship. It’s been one that’s been on again/off again and I had hoped to change that. The conversation didn’t go well. And so, I walked away. Another very painful situation. What could there possibly be to be grateful for in that?! Well, I’m grateful that the drama of the past isn’t a daily or weekly part of my life anymore. Even when I miss the relationship, I am reminded that it was very often filled with drama and emotion. Not every relationship in our lives is meant to be a forever relationship. As the saying goes, some people come into your life for a time and some for a reason. And it’s all good.
  • Okay, last one! Last month, my husband returned to his old job after leaving for a few weeks. He found that even though they had begged him to return, they brought him back with a 30% cut in pay and gave him only 12 hours a week for three weeks in a row. Yes, that created some major stress for our family! Not to mention, they just signed him up for family insurance without telling him, which took the entire check! Yep, a month of no income and working for insurance that we don’t use! So, let’s see what’s to be thankful for. My awesome husband, who got up one morning and said he wasn’t going to take that, got in the car, applied for a new job, studied all day long for a certification test and went out the next day and passed it. Then while he was studying, he was offered another position, one that he’s now doing and loving. I love seeing how happy he is, even when he comes home exhausted at the end of the day. I am grateful that he has such initiative.

    God Always Has a Plan
    And in this one, I’m grateful that my life verse always applied, even when I can’t see it. I long ago claimed Jeremiah 29:11 as my life verse. It’s my favorite verse and gives me hope and focus when I need it. This is just one more example of the truth in that verse!

  • So, there you have it! Day 1! I want to challenge you to do a couple of things. First, develop that attitude of gratitude for yourself. It really does matter, even on dark days. Second, stop by here every day and share in the comoment section what you’re grateful for today. I look forward to hearing the things you have an attitude of gratitude about! Until tomorrow….

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    Your Chance to Make a Difference

    Make a Difference

    If you’ve been following my blog, you may recall reading my experience with the community service day in September while at my national conference. It was a combined effort between the Youngevity Be The Change Foundation and My Story Matters. It was a great lesson in how every story matters.

    As a writer, this idea really grabbed my heart. I love storytelling, I love writing, and I love the idea that you can help someone else tell their story. It is originally why I fell in love with the lockets I do. The experience of hearing someone else’s story is like nothing else. I came home from that conference determined to find a way to bring that concept to my own community.

    It’s also no secret to those who know me that I have a heart for our military families. I am so grateful to those who serve. I also have a heart for the spouses and families who are left behind when someone deploys, handling all of the every day things as well as the things that go wrong during that time. It’s been a long time goal of mine to some day be able to do things that really matter for those families.

    While we all have stories, I decided to put some focus on telling the stories of the children of our military. It’s the life I grew up with and one I know pretty well, although a lot has changed since then. When I was young, we didn’t have social media, and when our father deployed, there were no phone calls, only regular letters. The world has changed a lot since then. And yet, I know there’s a story there with some common threads. Because of that, I went about trying to make it happen.

    And it’s a go! I have the project set up now. Through my business, we will be doing a day of service with one of the bases in my area. I reached out to Fort Carson, we had lots of discussion, and will be doing our first project with the Survivor Outreach Services! This group works with those who have lost a family member who was in the military. In discussions, we will be focusing first on children who have lost a parent who was in the military. It will be done in conjunction with My Story Matters. I am beyond excited! Our actual event will take place in April during the Month of the Military Child.

    YOU can help!

    There are lots of moving parts to this, and I’m asking for your help. We never want a child to be asked to pay for their book that is created, so it’s fundraising time! I am asking you to reach into your heart and sponsor a book for one of these kids. There are 65 kids, and each one needs a sponsor. Any amount you can do will help make this happen. We do this using points from our Heritage Makers system. So, here’s how you do that:

    Visit my website
    Find the My Story Matters Points Packages
    Select which point package you’d like to do
    Purchase one and help support this project!

    Each child’s book requires 25 points to create. You can make a difference by becoming a sponsor for this and helping get this project done. I hope you will!

    For those of you who have a business, we also have a need to raise some cash for the project. If you’re interested in helping there,
    please message me
    ! I would love for you to be a part of this as well through your business!

    Let’s show these kids that there are caring people out there! I cannot wait to do this project and thank you for being a part of it and helping out!

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    Every Story Matters

    My Story Matters

    Last week while at the Youngevity convention, I had the opportunity to participate in our first ever community service day. It was amazing, and my heart was incredibly touched. I want to share the experience with you for a couple of reasons. First, I continue to be amazed at how much this company cares and that we are out there making a difference in the community. It also touched me deeply that before we got off the bus to begin our day, our company president started our day with prayer. In a world where everyone seems to be so worried about being “politically correct,” I am blessed to be in a company where faith matters as well. Also, I’m hoping to do more with this organization and just want to share why I think it matters!

    My day was the morning session. This event was done through our Be The Change Foundation with Youngevity and the organization, My Story Matters. My Story Matters works to create books for kids that tell their stories. Some of the groups they work with include refugees, homeless shelters, kids with life threatening illnesses, and parents who have lost children. It’s a way to show those children that no matter what their story is, no matter if it’s been hard or easy, it matters and they are important. The process is awesome and I felt so blessed to have been a part of this event.

    We began by meeting our student volunteer (on the right in the picture). Having an adult work with a young person is pretty awesome; it often helps the kids come out of their shell a bit. My volunteer was absolutely adorable and so much fun to work with. Throughout our morning, we did interviews for two kids for their books. This picture was our second interview.

    Interviews bring out information from the kids about where they are from, what kind of things they like, what their family is like. It also helps them to vocalize that it’s okay to be both happy and sad, and that they are indeed strong. In the end, they are asked to select one word that they would like to use to describe themselves. During this process, pictures are also taken to go with each topic. They take serious pictures, and they take fun pictures, pictures with friends, pictures doing things they love. Then it all goes to a team of writers, who create the “draft” book. Each child gets to approve their own book. It is, after all, THEIR story and they have the final say. Once they have done that, the book is created and presented to them.

    When I signed up for this event, I said I think lives will be changed. As a writer, I get the importance of stories. Being able to articulate your own story and then have it in a book as both a remembrance and something you can share seemed pretty cool to me. What I didn’t realize was just how much it would change lives–not just the kids, but ours as well. After our event, I found myself reflecting on the experience all day long, often with eyes full of tears for the things they kids had shared and for what I had seen. Now, mind you, those were not tears of sadness. Honestly, they were tears of amazement that these kids have gone through what they have and remain so resilient. I want to share two takeaways, one from each of my interviews.

    In my first interview, I asked the young woman “If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?” Her response was “nothing.” I asked “so, the world is perfect?” She said, “not at all. But if I changed things, then I would never learn the lessons I’ve learned from the hard things in my life.” She is 17 years old! Her family is from Mexico and life has definitely not been easy for her. What insight for so young!

    In the next interview, one of my questions posed was “You’ve had a tough life the last 10 years, what has been your greatest lesson from all of the challenges?” I was not at all prepared for this young man’s response: “I learned to always be humble.” He went on to explain that until age 7, his family was intact and they had everything they could ever want. When he was 7, his father left the family, leaving his mother to raise four children and they “had nothing.” Mind you, while some of what he talked about was “things,” most of it was not. It was simply life’s necessities. He told me “when we had things, we weren’t always kind. You never know where life will take you, so always be humble.” His spirit is amazing. He’s not bitter and he has such insight into the world and his future.

    I found myself thinking what if we learned those lessons early in life? So many times, life happens to us and we become bitter, angry and cry out wondering “why me?!” We forget that with every hardship or challenge comes a lesson, something we are to learn from it. Then we find ourselves in good times, life is going great, and we sometimes forget where we came from. Some develop an attitude of superiority, never thinking that everything can disappear in an instant. Always be humble.

    This event has left a lasting impression on my heart. I hope to bring an event like this to my own community. There are so many stories to tell and I hope to be able to facilitate more of that. And yes, no matter where you are, you can help. These kids are never charged for the books they create. Each book costs $25-30 to make, a very small price to give them something that lasts forever. My Story Matters makes the books through our Heritage Maker program, and you can help sponsor a book for a child. If you’d like to do that, there are two options, one for $15 and one for $25. Sponsor a book today! Every little bit helps to allow more kids to understand that, indeed, their story matters.

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    If you follow my blog here, you know that my company has been in transition the last few months. What was South Hill Designs is now Youngevity, under the Mialisia brand. And while transitions are never seamless, and this one hasn’t been without challenges, I do feel good that the company has worked really hard to make it smooth for people. The reality is that most transitions just don’t happen as fast as this one has, so there are bound to be bumps along thee way. What remains constant is the knowledge that it’s a company who cares and wants to make things work. So today’s post I’m writing for my SHD family, because we’ve all been through some “stuff” in the past few months.

    So let’s talk about what happens with a transition. First, you have that shock that your company is no longer. It’s almost like having a death in the family, particularly for those who have been with the company for quite awhile, in this case some since inception. So it starts with that feeling of shock, numbness, sometimes despair, often grief, and then wondering what in the world you will do. Now, that’s only a part of what is happening for many people. If this business happened to be your sole income, then you’re also reeling about how you will pay your bills and support your family. And let’s not forget the time you spend fending off the “vultures” in direct sales, those who jump on your misfortune to tell you immediately why you should now join their team, often people who don’t even know you, with no regard to how you are feeling at the moment.

    The Grass is Always Greener, or is it?

    For some people, they will jump to other opportunities. You see, we have this notion about the “grass being greener” and so we move. Or maybe it’s a new opportunity, so we hear those words “Ground floor opportunity” and think we must jump because how many times can you get in on the ground floor?! Sadly, sometimes we move just because our leader or our friend moved, kind of following the masses. Whatever our rationale, these things all happen.

    Now, there’s just a little challenge in those rationales. First, let’s talk about the reality of grass. It gets green because we water it. So is the grass really greener, or are you just watering one more than the other? As for “ground floor” opportunities, for me, that’s what South Hill Designs was so when someone approaches me to move, I tend to scream in my head, “I HAD a ground floor opportunity!” When sponsors and friends leave, well, it happens. Personally, I’ve never relied on my sponsor for success in my business and I’ve never been a follower of the masses. So those things just didn’t apply. That said, I realize that for some people, they do.

    Then there are those who “stick around to see how it goes.” These are the people I hope hear this message today. What happens? We fall into what I love to call “paralysis by analysis.” We simply analyze things so much that we fail to do much to work our business. Oh, we check in, we might even throw a few posts on social media. And yes, if a customer asks to order something, we certainly won’t turn their order away. But in the meantime, we’re just “waiting to see how it goes.” After all, doesn’t this make sense? We need to know all the facts before we can proceed with a new company! What if, heaven forbid, someone asks a question and we don’t know the answer!

    In that analysis mode, we may, or may not, start to learn about other products. It may be that we’re just not interested in any other products. Either way, we spend lots of time analyzing whether this is going to be a good deal for us and our families. And in that analysis, we become paralyzed.

    Then it happens. Two or three months in, we look at our checks and realize that our income has dropped. Not just dropped, perhaps plummeted is a better word for some. And the conclusion? “The new company just isn’t working.” Or “I can’t survive on this!” And guess what that impacts? Every single part of our lives.

    Time for a Reality Check

    The grass isn't always greener
    Okay folks, here’s where we get real, and honest, and time for some real soul searching. Because I’ve been in all of the above situations in the past few months. I get it. And it’s not pretty when those things happen. And it’s time to step up and be honest with ourselves.

    Let me start by saying, this isn’t to say these things aren’t hard. And it’s not to say that it doesn’t create major stress and pressure if you’re in a situation where your company is closing and you may not be getting paid. I’m talking here about those specific times where your company transitions to another company. Even in those instances, sometimes we don’t get paid. And there IS major stress with that.

    Here’s my challenge. Is the company not working? Or is it YOU who isn’t working? If you hit this wall, it’s time to stop and really get honest with yourself. If in the past you were doing parties and making sales every week, and now you’re stuck in paralysis by analysis, then you have to think about what’s not working. None of our businesses will bring in money if we aren’t working them. And yes, I get it that it’s so much easier to throw the blame to a company that’s not working than to take it on ourselves, but in the end, that won’t grow your business either. In addition, remember all those customers you had? If you’re not taking care of them, I promise you there is someone waiting in the wings who will be all to happy to step in and do that. And they will if you’re not there.

    So let’s get on this one! Honestly, what I see is this. We have an amazing opportunity. We can continue to do the products we know and love, we can branch out and do additional things, or we can do something completely different. But see that key word? DO! So ignore the naysayers, bless and release those who have chosen to move on and wish them well. If you’re here, it’s because you decided to stay. Start today “doing” so that you can reap those benefits. We have to DO something. We have to stop being paralyzed and move. And when we do, the company WILL work. I’m positive of that! In the end, we all get to write our own stories. Write a good one!

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    Transition Update

    This past week was the Youngevity Leadership Summit. What an amazing meeting. And while I was unable to attend in person, I was very blessed that many team members live streamed much of the event! Isn’t technology wonderful like that?

    It’s no secret that transitions can be challenging. As those who follow me know, South Hill Designs became a part of Youngevity the last part of January. As each of us struggle with the “loss” of what we believed we had in our business, the challenge of who will continue in this new venture, and the understanding of an entirely different model, it would be naive to say there haven’t been some interesting experiences with it.

    When your business changes like this, you have some choices to make. You can, of course, choose to do nothing. Just simply let the transition happen around you and see where the chips fall. There’s one problem with that one. While you are “sitting doing nothing,” your customers are still out there looking for help. And when you aren’t around to help them, someone else will. So that’s a risk. Another choice is to just continue to work your business like you always have, because with this transition we did have that option. Just continue to what you’ve always done. (What’s that saying about the definition of insanity?) Then, in this case, we have a third option: Learn a new system, learn about new products, and move forward.

    I would venture to say that within our teams, we have some of all of the above. Each person gets to decide how they want to handle any transition in life.

    A Personal Analysis

    For me, here’s how things have gone. I’m analytical, so, of course, one of the first things I did was look at the new compensation plan. I do this business to help support my family so that part is important to me and not something I apologize for. I believe South Hill had an awesome plan and I needed to be sure our family could still be good with this new one. There is a difference in a network marketing opportunity and a direct sales opportunity. After studying this one, I could see so much more potential. So, okay, I’m interested!

    Now let’s talk products. I could continue to simply do South Hill Designs, our lockets are still available, and there was no requirement to do anything else. However, Youngevity has lots of things we already use as a family so why not explore them. First, essential oils. We have used oils in our house for several years now. I got a few to test and compare. And guess what? I love them!

    We decided to try some of the health products to see if they would make a difference. I’m very fascinated by Dr. Wallach’s research. Coming from the healthcare industry, I have long said there is no vested interest in curing things because that would put physicians and the pharmaceutical companies out of business. Both my husband and I started the healthy body starter pack, and I added a few things for my arthritis. In six weeks, we are both feeling better and find that we have more energy than before. Next stop? In the next week, I plan to start a weight loss challenge. Stay tuned for more on that (And if you’d like to join me, let’s connect!)

    One other thing I looked at were the pet products. Turbo, our wonder dog, is getting up there in years. The last several months, he has had a horrible time getting up, and when he does finally get up, his back legs would drag along behind him for several steps. It was heartbreaking for me to watch and feel like there was nothing to do to help him. He never went to the door anymore either to greet us when we came in or even to be the watch dog he has been since I got him. We started him on Arthrydex just to see if it would help at all. Honestly I wasn’t terribly confident it would help because he is 15 years old and his breed is just known to have things like hip displasia. In one month, he was no longer dragging those back legs. Then it happened. I was sitting in the living room one day, he was lying on the floor, and the door was open. He jumped up (yes, I said jumped, and okay, it was a slow jump, but nonetheless, a spry movement that I haven’t seen in a long time), went to the door and started barking. WHOA! Turns out there was a dog walking in the school yard across the street. My guard dog was back and so pleased with himself. You know, we treat our pets like our children and if nothing else in this company worked, this made it all worthwhile for me.

    There are so many more things I could share with you! The coffee is awesome. And let’s do chat about that coffee. It’s grown on our own plantation in Nicaragua. The Be The Change Foundation with Youngevity donates all profits from that coffee to support some very worthy charitable organizations. And when those workers in Nicaragua needed to work and have their children in school, the company built a school right there for those children. I love that! And I love that I can be a small part of making a difference for others with these products.

    I also love the mineral make up. Now, I’ve never been a mineral make up fan. It just never offered enough coverage for what I like. This one does! And it’s something I will be using going forward. So, in the end, we have simply changed where we shop for many things!

    The Real Game Changers

    In the last three months, I can clearly identify three things that have happened that led me to know I’m in the right place at the right time. The first was that I was able to attend a Youngevity Road Show in Denver. Since it was in my state, it was easy to get there. I learned a lot more about the company, but more importantly I saw and felt the heart of the people.

    The next thing was a couple of weeks ago. I was really struggling over not being able to attend the Summit because financially it just wasn’t in the cards for us this time around. There were a few other things I wanted to get some answers to, and because he offered, I asked for a call with the company president, Dave Briskie. I must admit when I sent that email, I really didn’t have much hope that we would connect. And yet, he called. And we talked, for quite some time. And you know, WE talked. I felt heard, I felt valued, and I felt a sense of hope. It was pretty awesome to hear the company president tell me he heard something in me that would lead to success. He will probably have no idea how much that impacted me, but it did.

    The third thing was the Summit this past weekend. It was awesome to be able to hear the speeches through the livestream of team members. The speakers were inspiring, and I learned so much. The new things that are coming available are nothing short of awesome, and you are going to want to watch this blog this week because I promise, you do not want to miss it!

    God Always Has a Plan

    God Always Has a Plan

    In the end, I am reminded that Jeremiah 29:11 is my life verse. Sometimes during times of stress, it’s easy to forget that. And yet, when I see it play out, I’m always drawn back to claiming this promise a few years ago. I love how it is consistently shown to be true!

    So, there’s my analysis! Stay tuned tomorrow when I plan to start sharing some pretty amazing new things with you! I can’t wait!

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    What Inspires You?

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    It’s been a sort of crazy couple of weeks! As you know from previous posts, the South Hill Designs products are now a part of the Mialisia brand under the Youngevity umbrella. The time ha been spent learning a new compensation plan (an exciting one, I might add), trying to help team members with their plans for moving forward, creating some training calls, attending training calls, and working the business!

    So today let’s talk about inspiration. Inspire has been one of my three words for my life for several years now. Each year, I pick three words to guide my year instead of creating New Year’s resolutions. I pick this word to always remind myself that I want to both be inspired by others and by the things around me and be an inspiration to others so that they can see in themselves what I see. I have always loved the word. This week, I changed my Facebook business page name and it is now called Inspiration Station. I hope you will stop by!

    I believe we all find our inspiration in different places. For me, there are so many things that inspire me. One of my greatest inspirations is watching other people succeed. It is one of the many things I love about this industry. To be able to mentor someone to grow their own business, create their own strong economy, and make a difference for their family, that’s inspiring. Those kind of celebrations are tons of fun! Already this month, we are starting to celebrate promotions within this new company structure.

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    I am inspired by the potential that this kind of a business model has to change lives. Take a look at this graphic for a minute. So many of us start our career with this “40-year plan” and somewhere along the way, that plan simply gets derailed. For those who stick it out, only a few really attain the success they dreamed about. That makes us start to look for other ways to earn money. While one might make money with investments or buying a franchise, you’d have to have money to do that. You could work a second job or increase your hours at your current job; however, in many instances these are times when companies are trying to cut back on hours and they don’t often allow for extra hours. Then there’s the option of starting your own business!

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    So what if you developed a 2-5 year plan? Do that with your own network marketing business, and then you have a plan for some real success. I love that in this industry someone can start a business for very little money down and really create something that makes a difference for themselves and their families. The support from both the company and the team is amazing, and you really can accomplish so much more.

    So here’s my invite for you. Check out Youngevity! There are so many things to offer there and the start up costs are minimal. I would love to share more on how you can take this amazing journey with me. Imagine being able to start your own business and create your own strong economy for yourself and your family. That’s what I call inspiring! How about you?

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    South Hill Designs Joins Youngevity!

    New Beginnings

    There have been some major changes with South Hill Designs in the last two weeks, and I believe I have wrapped my head around it now so that I can share it with all of you. It’s been a roller coaster ride the past two weeks, so stay with me! Many of you messaged me in the last two weeks to check on my as you saw things on social media saying the company was closing. Then just as fast as we thought that was the case, we learned we were being invited under the wing of Youngevity, under the Mialisia brand. So let me share my thoughts.

    The Pain, and Pleasure, of Change

    Naturally, when you’re hit with a big change like this, there are so many emotions. The first is often “I don’t want my world to change.” I find those are usually the time when I also imagine God is sitting up there laughing at my naivete. Then it’s quickly to, “okay, so it’s changing, what does that mean?” And almost simultaneously, it’s “oh boy, this is not going to be good.” And through a few more steps, to where I am today. Which is WOW! What an amazing opportunity we have. In the middle of that, I must say the thing that most helped me is that I have a life verse I claim daily. Those who know me well are aware that Jeremiah 29:11 is my life verse. In essence, it says God promises that He has a plan for my life, one that will prosper and not harm me. You cannot imagine how many times I recited that verse the last two weeks. I simply hunkered down and learned as much as I could. A bonus for me is that I had been affiliated with Mialisia in the past so I felt like I knew some of those folks. I reached out to friends who are there, chatted with them, and gathered as much information as possible. Then I started chatting with my team. I have an awesome team of people and I have a wonderful mentor in my national director. Together, we are figuring it out and making it work!

    What I Now Know

    As I began to explore some of the things, I came to one big realization. This company has so many products! And many of them, I already use! I already use essential oils and spa products, I drink coffee, I love chocolate, I love Mialisia jewelry as well as South Hill products. Oh, then I saw they have pet products. My fur baby, Turbo, really needs help with his arthritis and I’ve been looking for something for that! There’s also mineral make up! While I have always been fascinated with that, I haven’t really found one that works for me, yet, I see rave reviews from others so I just have to give that a try. Oh, and who loves to do scrap booking?! To me, that’s something I want to learn because it’s another w3ay to tell the stories of our lives!

    I started thinking about my family and friends. So many of them also use many of these products. This might be awesome for them, because there’s even a plan where they can buy at wholesale prices! Okay, it’s looking up!

    What I know is I’m excited that there are so many things to share. While I don’t believe a woman can ever have too much jewelry, I do have some customers who have said they just don’t have any more room for more. So, they might like to try something different! I can do that!

    The other thing I know is that I know the folks involved here. Our owners at South Hill Designs have always had our well being in their hearts and minds. I applaud them for finding a way to keep us in business and provide new opportunities for everyone. They have always given so much of themselves and are amazing, I’m excited to be able to continue this journey with them. As I’ve sat in on calls the past two weeks, I hear the heart of the folks at Youngevity. For me, that matters and it matters a lot. When we select a business, it needs to align with our own feelings and speak to our heart. This does, for me. Transition can be hard. And yes, there will be bumps. But you know what? We got this! And I’m confident that in the end it will be an even better opportunity than any of us imagined!

    New Beginnings and Opportunity

    This change brings about so much increased opportunity. I think of folks who have previously wanted to do a business, but just couldn’t make it happen. I can help there! You can even get started on my team for only $25! Imagine doing that and starting to build a business that matters for your family. Or maybe you simply want to shop and try some things–you can do that in a couple of ways! You can do that same $25, shop wholesale, and even get bonuses when you refer others. Don’t want to do that? You can get a free customer account and still shop at wholesale prices (although I’m pretty sure you are going to love things so much you’ll want to share them, so really think about that one!) This allows me to help more people start their own business and mentor them to really build something that matters for their family. For that, I am feeling truly blessed!

    I love that we are also available in more countries now! I look forward to having a great team in Australia one of these days very soon! Stay tuned right here in the coming days as I will be sharing some of the new products and things we have to offer!

    So, I invite you to check out my new website! Browse through some of the things, ask questions, and if you are so inclined, join me on this journey! It’s going to be a fantastic one!

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