Archive for December, 2012

End Of Another Year

We are approaching the end of another year. Years seem to be flying by. In just a few short hours now we will be welcoming in 2013.

How was your 2012? Did you have a wonderful year?

What are your plans for coming year? This is the time of year that people start to make all sorts of resolutions. Some want to lose weight. Others want to make more money. Others vow to work harder, do more and change their lives.

I see people with a list of things they want to change every January. They start off with all good intentions, yet, somehow by February or March, those resolutions are long forgotten as they fall in to the same old ways. Does that sound familiar?

How about you? As we get to the end of another year, how will you make the next year better? IF you do plan to make resolutions, be sure to chart a course that will carry you thru the year, and keep you on track. Resolutions are great, but we all no many people with good intentions. Intentions won’t get you anywhere. It takes action, to get the job done.

I’d like to wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR. May 2013 be the best year ever.


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Another Year Will Soon End

Well, another year will soon end. Tomorrow we will be the last day for 2012.. I guess the Myans were wrong. If you’r reading this you and I are both still around. Was 2012 a good year or bad year for you?

This year was a mixture of highs and lows for us. We did a bit more traveling than normal. Were making up for the lost years when we couldn’t afford the time or money to go. I was up in Minnesota for a month early in the year as my son in law had kidney surgery. I went up to help with the grandkids.

We got home back for about a month and then headed out to Vegas for a convention. We stayed over after the convention to spend time with some of my team and also see the Grand Canyon. It was a lot of fun. From there my husband flew to Minneapolis for Fathers Day and I went home.

He was home for a few days when we took a flight to Seattle and spent time with some other team members, and then took an Alaskan cruise. It was our 3rd Alaskan cruise and we plan to do it again as It’s one of our favorites.

I also took a road trip for an event in North Carolina with some of my team mates and had a great time. Hubby went hunting at his hunt camp a couple of times.

I went to Minnesota for Thanksgiving, and also to help out the kids as my grandson broke his leg at school. I did some holiday shopping and my husband flew up later, to stay with my grandson when I came back.

In December we ended the year by going to Europe and taking a river cruise to see the Christmas Markets. If you’re following my blog I’ll be writing about the trip in 2013. It was our first ever river cruise, and it was very different from big ship cruises. Other than the LONG LONG LONG plane trip, it was very pleasant and much more laid back than big ship cruising. They also had a lot of the side trips built in and they served, wine, beer, and coke with meals so they didn’t nickel dime you to death like the bigger ships. We liked it so well we plan to pick another trip and go again sometime next year.

Traveling where high notes, the low notes we had to put our beloved dog Coco down. He was 17, and had gone blind and was going down hill. He had little strength left and it was so sad to see him suffer. We miss him greatly. Because we loved him so much, we had had to let him go rather than see him struggle. He had no quality of life left, so it was very sad.

So 2012 for us was good and bad. How about you?


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Merry Christmas

I’d like to take a moment to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful day with your friends and families.

Take time to count your blessings and enjoy the season.


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You Made it.

Today is December 22, or the day AFTER the world ended. If you’re reading this you made it. You are a survivor. The Mayan Calendar was wrong.

Now it’s time to start thinking about your future. Are you any better off today, than you were last year? If not, why not? Also, if not, what will you do to change things in the coming year?

Time to give it some serious thought.


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Become A Rock Star

Do you want to build a great business and become a rock star? Are you willing to do what it takes to succeed and get there?

Your ride to the top, will be full of ups and downs. Just think of it like a roller coaster. If you’re on a roller coaster and you hit the bottom, do you jump off or do you stay on the climb the next hill?

When you start your new business, it takes time. There is no fast way to go. If you plan to go super fast, play to do it in 60-90 day spurts. After that reward yourself, take a breather and do another sprint. If you try to give up everything because you are excited about your business, and you attempt to go super fast you will also burn out super fast.

Life is about balance. If you want to become a rock star, you have to balance your life. Learn to be consistent, over time.

Have you ever watched water run down from the top of a mountain? I was just on a cruise recently where we cruised thru mountains that had glaciers on top. It was summer so some of the snow turned into water and it was running down into the water. I could clearly see that this must have taken place year after year, as the rock face of the mountain now had streams from the water pounding down over all that time.

It must have taken hundreds of years to develop those carvings in the rock for the water to flow down each year. Your business does not need to take hundreds of years, but it does require commitment to doing activities over a period of years.

Give yourself time. Plan to work your business for a few years. Stick with it and be consistent and if you want to you can become a rock star. Remember, it starts and ends with you.


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Christmas Is Only 9 Days Away

Can you believe the Christmas is only 9 days away? It seems to me this year has just flown by. If you believe in the Mayan Calendar, you’ve got less than 7 days left, and you won’t be here for Christmas.

I really don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. I believe our life after this one will be much better. I know where I’m headed….do You?

I think the older you get the faster time flies, so it’s a good time to think about where you’ll be in your next life. This world we live in now has become quite evil. I think that all this started when we allowed people to take prayer out of our schools. Why did we ever allow that to happen?

I hope and pray that good people will rise up and start to work together to change all this. IF you’re still around after the 21st, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. Spend some quality time with all those you love and care about. Do the things you’ve always wanted to do before it’s too late.

I’m looking forward to a brand new year, and seeing if I can make a small difference.


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Holiday Cards

Have you sent your holiday cards yet, If now,- NOW Is the time to do it while things are on Sale.

If you have a card account with me, simply Log on to your account,
Click on SOC gifts – Holiday/Seasonal – Christmas
(some other categories there are free shipping too!)

Don’t have an account yet — message me I can help you get one set up. You can be set up and ready to send cards in 3-4 minutes. Click here to learn more.

Customer accounts are FREE. You pay only for your cards and postage. Merrry Christmas


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Is Network Marketing For You?

I’m very grateful for my life today. That was not always the case. I was a stay at home mom We were happy but lived from paycheck to paycheck and there was never enough money to go on vacations or do anything extra.

Once my children entered school, we found the school system in our state not the best, so I went to work part time to pay for a private school for them. Once they got older, I decided to find a great full time job with benefits. I found a wonderful company within a mile of my house and took a traditional JOB.

Things were looking up and we had a little more income so we could do a little more. After about 8 or 9 years, things started to change. They layoffs started. WHile I didn’t get laid off, each week they would walk out 40 or 50 people. Because it was in the defense contracting industry, they would pay them 2 weeks severance pay, but they had to leave the day they came to tell them. Over the next couple of years, the company went from 2700 down to about 800 people, and everyone was doing the work of 2 or 3 people. I went from a fun 8-5 job to one that was more like 7 or 7 or even later, sometimes 6 or 7 days a week.

I began to search for a way out, and got introduced to Network Marketing. At the time, I had No experience or no clue if this was good or bad. I only knew that the job world was not working and I didn’t want to end up dead or dead broke.

So I went to work, studied and taught myself to become independent. I made mistakes along the way but learned from them and moved to the next step and the next.

Today, my children are grown, and I have 5 grandchildren (3 in college). Because of the NWM industry, I have true freedom. I am able to vacation, and come and go as I please.

I always wanted to travel and see the world. I’ve been all over the USA, seeing many places. I’ve been to Alaska (my favorite) 3 times, on Alaskan Cruises. I’ve been to many other countries and seen some very amazing sites. As I’m sharing this, I’m getting ready to take a Rhine River Cruise thru Amsterdam and Germany.

My life is much different. I can come and go and still have an income that is much greater than back when I was working 60-70 hours a week. I have no debts. I drive the car I choose and I’m able to help others reach their dreams.

I’m thankful for Network Marketing. Is network marketing for you? Only you can find out.

You may have heard NWM doesn’t work, but I can tell you different. It works IF you work. It does take work and effort. It does not make you rich just joining company after company. It does not work if you are not willing to work it. However If you are willing to work, it can work for you as it has for me.

There is life and hope outside the traditional JOB world. It worked for me and it can work for you if you start to dream again. If you want to read more about me, click here to visit my web site


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Hobby Lobby Stores

I received a disturbing letter that shows us all where our country is headed today. I checked on Snopes to see if it was true, and unfortunately it was. Perhaps we should all start to pay more attention before we see more of this.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/hobbylobby.asp

A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby � and my family � are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American � and no American business � should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.
Sincerely,
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
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