Why did I chose Network Marketing?

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This is the million dollar question isn’t it?

So many people ask, Do you actually make money? Is it worth while? Or they say “but it’s not a real job” and my response is, yes I do make money, it is VERY worthwhile and not just because of the financial aspect. I spend hours of my day creating content, making connections with people and promoting my business and products, so it is a real job, it’s just not what people call a conventional one.

I train everyday, I am always learning, growing, becoming a better leader and person as every day goes by, when I first started this business, it was just to make a little extra cash, I had no idea just how amazing my company, business and network marketing really was! Now I see it for what it is, a way to help people, a way to stay at home and be here for my babies, yet still be able to work, bring in a wage and fulfil my passion and purpose.

Network marketing or MLM companies are NOT pyramid schemes, which are illegal I may add, they are legitimate ways to make an extra income, or to literally change your life, if you put in the work. Don’t just take my word for it, do what I did, research it, understand it and if you can’t, or just don’t want to, at least stop making assumptions based on hearsay, or judging someone for their choices, without even trying to understand why they are doing something different. I am so glad I took the time to look at what I was joining before I leapt and I am even happier that I gave it a chance, because if I hadn’t, I would still be stuck, broken and living a life no where near it’s potential. Now I get to work for a company with a beautiful mission, with a team of ladies that I love dearly and they all feel like family to me, I see them succeed and I feel so much pride and joy for them, as they do for me when I achieve something great, we raise money and awareness for an amazing cause, helping sexual abuse survivors and defending innocent children and adolescents from exploitation, How can that be seen as anything but positive?

Final thought… Just because a persons path is different to yours, it doesn’t make them wrong, or lost, it just means they have their own path to follow, we all do and it’s so important to remember that, in business and in life. Thank you for reading xoxo Lisa

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Before the last petal falls

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1991, the year I was first introduced to the magic of Beauty and Beast, I can remember watching this for the first time and wanting to be Belle more than anything in the world, she was smart, beautiful and loved books just as much as I did. It has been my favourite Disney movie since that day and when I found out they were going to make a live, action remake, I was really excited, but a little worried at the same, this movie has had a special place in my heart for 26 years, no other Disney movie has ever managed to take it’s place.

When a very good friend of mine, brought tickets for my two daughter’s and i to see it on opening night, we were over the moon and full of gratitude to say the least! On the day I was so excited and couldn’t wait to see my favourite movie brought to life on the big screen. Sitting in the seats, my children beside me, hearing that all to familiar and much loved intro, I was bubbling over with excitement and I can honestly say, I was not disappointed by the movie, casting or music at all, everything was even better than I imagined.

I loved Dan Steven’s as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey and obviously until now, Emma Watson had always been Hermione Granger, they were the perfect Belle and the Beast and I couldn’t believe just how close they got with Luke Evan’s as Gaston, the likeness was brilliant. Josh Gad was hilarious as Lefou, my only criticism there, was they missed a golden opportunity, when Gad as LeFou, was waiting out in the snow for Belle to arrive back at the house, to have him as a snowman, like Lefou was in the animated version. I loved Gad’s character Olaf, from another amazing Disney movie “Frozen”, I think that would have been a great moment for all Disney fans.

As the movie went on, the old familiar songs gave me, my children and every person in the cinema the familiar feels, it was great to sit amongst strangers and everyone was singing along to the known songs and clearly enjoying the new ones. I am so glad my children and I got to see this on the very first night and I am overjoyed at how amazing the movie was, that it surpassed my high expectations, I love that it has been a smash hit world wide, it thoroughly deserves it, as do all the amazing actors and actresses involved.

Final thought… If you haven’t already seen this, I highly recommend that you do, it has something for everyone, laughs, love and drama, perfect for families and a must for all Disney fans, I for one can’t wait for it to come out on DVD, so that I can wear that out, just like I did the VHS the first time round, yes VHS was around when I was younger haha. Thank you for reading 🙂 Lisa xoxo

The importance of finding that work/family balance

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The key to living a happy and healthy life is balance, when you work all the time and have no time with your family, so many problems arise and not just personally, physically as well, as I have found out the hard way this week, as much as I love my business, I struggle with finding the right balance between how much time I put into work, how much time I spend solely on my children and how much time I spend on me, more so the last one.

Until January this year I felt like I wasn’t putting enough into my business, nor was a spending enough time with my children, but how much time I spent on myself, I never really thought about that, the one thing I have learned this week over anything else, is if I don’t look after myself, if I don’t take time out for me, then I am no good for my children and no good for my business and I am definitely no good for myself. Since January I have been working my day job 5 days a week, working my business from the moment I wake up, to the time I go to bed, then I find it hard to sleep, as my brain just refuses to shut down. This has had negative effects on my body, as I have left myself mentally and physically exhausted and run down and then got hit by a sinus infection, as I just didn’t have the energy to fight it off.

We live in a world where everything has a price, some bigger than others, we slave away day in, day out, some of us in jobs we don’t even like, just to pay the bills and make ends meet, so the price there is our happiness, our health, the more we work, the less time we spend focused on our family and children, the cost there is our relationships start to suffer, we feel guilty for not paying as much attention as we know we should, so we then start mentally kicking ourselves. This week, feeling as exhausted and unwell as I have done, it really gave me the time I needed to prioritise things, it’s the reason I started my business in the first place, so that I could be here for my girls whenever they needed me, so that I could do something that gave me a purpose and joy, but I have to remember to stop, breathe, be in the now and take time for myself, as well as be in the present with my children when we are having family time, work will still be there after the movie, or after we go for a walk, it’s ok to just put the phone or laptop down for a while and enjoy life.

What is the point in working in a job you hate, if money is the only positive you get from it? What is the point in working on a job you love, if it means you don’t have time for yourself, or to really focus on family and your children? Life is too short to wear yourself into the ground working, yes we have financial obligations, but we also owe it to ourselves to enjoy the one life we have, we don’t get a do over, this isn’t a dress rehearsal, we get ONE shot at this! So we need to make it count, we need to find a balance, a way to meet our financial obligations and be happy and healthy as well, to make sure we meet our personal obligations.

I for one do not want to feel so exhausted every day, I don’t want to feel guilty, when I ask my daughters to just give mummy one more minute whilst I finish some work off, I will be taking time out each day for me, for my girls, because in the blink of an eye they will be grown and starting their own adventures and I don’t want to regret missing any part of it.

Final Thought… Do what you love and love what you do, spend some time every day connected with the here and now, doing something just for you and make time everyday to spend with your family, no  matter how busy you may be, life is for living not just working. Thank you for reading, Lisa xoxo

 

Top Tips to staying positive when negativity strikes

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Negativity can be all consuming if we allow it, we stay in toxic relationships too long, we allow ourselves to get sucked into other peoples drama, current world events, it’s everywhere, life can change at the drop of a hat and we have to give ourselves a fighting chance against negativity, or it will swallow us whole.

  1. Don’t take things personally

You have the power to stop allowing peoples negative words or  actions effect you, once you take that power away, your life will be so much happier for it. Not everyone means to be negative, sometimes life throws curveballs and not every one knows how to cope, so they become consumed by their worries and distractions and the people around them get sucked in to. Their insecurities, anger and fear are the only way they know how to deal with their current situations, but always remember it’s about them, not you.

2. Be grateful, even when things go wrong

We find it so easy to focus on what we don’t have, or when things aren’t going the way we planned them, if we focused more on the things we do have, things would seem so much better, would it change the current situation, not directly, but it’s so much easier to solve problems in a positive and grateful frame of mind. An attitude of gratitude has the power to make even hard times seem bearable, it shows us that not everything is about us, about our immediate surroundings.

3. Remember everyone’s journey is different

Not everyone is going to agree with your path, or understand it, but that’s ok, we all have our own views and opinions, but that doesn’t mean we have to force them on others, or theirs on us, we all have different things to learn in life, but we have to get their in our own time.

4.  Start looking at your problems as challenges

The reason for this, is that challenges can be overcome and every challenge is a way to  increase your personal growth. Perception is key, just altering it slightly can help you put yourself in someone else’s shoes even for a little while and maybe understand where they are coming from and why they are behaving a certain way.

5. Take time for yourself

Time to yourself is important for everyone, we live in a world where everyone is in a rush, no longer truly connected to the world around them, taking life and nature for granted. Life is full of stresses, parenting, work, family and so much more, so it’s really important to take time to reflect, to do things that you enjoy, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play and it shouldn’t be. Take a walk, enjoy reconnecting with nature, meditate, meditation can bring you the clarity needed to re-evaluate challenges you may be going through and see things in a more positive light.

Final thought… Negativity can cause us mental and physical harm, it can manifest in our bodies and our minds, we need to take time everyday to connect with ourselves and the universe and stay positive, positivity has the power to make even the darkest times seem a little brighter. Thank you for reading, Lisa xoxo

 

 

 

Happiness Board Vs Vision Boards

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Until I started my business back in September 2015, I never knew about the concept of vision boards, considering I was always cutting out of holiday brochures and home magazines growing up, it’s weird I know. For months after starting my business I put off creating a vision board, mainly because I didn’t see any of the things I wanted coming to fruition. The more my confidence grew, the more I finally believed that I could achieve all the things I wanted in life, for myself and my two beautiful girls, so I purchased a huge board and bright pink pins and started working on it with my daughters, I loved that we were envisioning our dreams for the future together as a family.

I have the vision board hanging in the living room, where we can see it every day, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude every time I look at it and this pushes me forward with every goal I set myself.

Recently though, I came across the concept of the happiness board, this is less focused on dreams for the future like the vision board, more happiness goals, things that make you ALWAYS make feel happy and make you smile, so quotes, current fashion trends, books, music, brands you like, that kind of thing. Now I do like this idea, as I think it’s important to stay in the now, whilst working on the future, or we can miss out on important parts of our journey, but I also love my vision board, seeing all the places I dream of going, how I want my kitchen to look, my first home I purchase and whatever my babies add.

So for me, I think I would prefer to combine the two and create my Happy Vision board, a place my Hopes and dreams can go side by side with all the things that make me smile and happy, quotes, a picture of my daughters, family, books I like now, or from my childhood, memories, a place where my happy past, present and future can coincide.

Final thought… envisioning our future is important, keeping our eyes on the prize so to speak, it keeps us motivated to stay on track with goals, but it’s also important to not completely focus on the end goal, our journey doesn’t just have a beginning and an end, there is so much in between, on the path to our final destination and we have to enjoy and embrace every moment, life is short, it’s up to us to make it sweet ❤ Thank you for reading, Lisa xoxo