I recently saw an article on the 25 hardest jobs in the world. I’m not going to try and compare network marketing to being a police officer, a firefighter, a prison worker, a mortician, a farmer, or any of the other physically, mentally and emotionally draining, and even dangerous jobs that appeared on that list. I’ve had challenging jobs, from scooping poop and corralling vicious dogs at an animal shelter to working for very demanding clients at a PR agency, but by far the most personally challenging and fulfilling work I’ve ever done is network marketing.
You see me on social media smiling with my team, raving about my products and sharing how amazing the opportunity to be my own boss is. That’s all authentic, but it probably oversimplifies what this profession takes and makes it look easier than it is. It’s more difficult to convey one of the best, and at times the worst, aspects of the network marketing profession – the consistent level of introspection it takes to be successful.
I just got back from an amazing summer beach weekend with my family. There was a time when the high of a fun, carefree weekend would have been overshadowed by the return home Sunday knowing that I was returning to work the next morning. Sunday night blues were always heightened against the contrast of special time with my family.
Now, I wonder why I didn’t do more to change it during all those years I was unhappy with work. What keeps us stuck in work we don’t enjoy, workplaces that limit our potential and with bosses who make our lives miserable? Why did I let myself go from a driven, fulfilled professional into the half-hearted clock-watcher who ran for the train the earliest I could sneak out?
While in corporate America, I was missing the push for personal development and building an empowered mindset. Therefore, that critical inner voice that likes to keep us in a box won out. A big part of my identity was wrapped up in being a professional working mom, and so I listened to that voic...
I sometimes wonder how much different my life would have looked had I been exposed to network marketing when I was in my 20s or 30s...
I remember that sense of confidence after graduating from college as I set out applying for jobs. My mom bought me a couple great interview outfits, I had a solid GPA on my resume, I’d done an internship, and I’d been active in my sorority. Of course I’d get a great job. After a couple months, I took an administrative assistant job paying $7 an hour.
Twelve years later, I chose career and kids, and I remember envisioning pushing a stroller in my heels and thinking it would be somewhat glamorous. I took 6 weeks off after having Olivia, dropped her off at the on-site daycare panting in my flats and got yelled at upstairs by a crazy boss who thought a new mom lacked commitment to her career while Olivia cried downstairs. It was more glum than glam.
I’d heard of Amway and Mary Kay in my 20s and 30s, but I didn’t know anyone who made a real income in direct sal...
Guilt. It’s a universal emotion amongst moms. Moms feel guilty for all sorts of things, whether we work or stay home and whether our aim is a household that looks as idyllic and balanced as Joanna Gaines’ or to just get through the day with our kids in one piece.
We tell ourselves if we were a better mom, the house would be clean, laundry folded and a home cooked dinner on the table every night... or a better mom would have a messier house because she’s so busy spending time playing with and reading to her kids... or maybe a better mom would have a clean house, played with kids and never be on her phone, with her friends or on Facebook. Mom guilt tends to be a no win situation because to meet our expectations as a mom, there are usually sacrifices somewhere else. And we can’t sacrifice what makes us “us” if we want to be the best moms we can be.
The reasons and degrees of guilt vary greatly from mom to mom. Personally, I think I feel a comparatively low amount of mom guilt, but then I fe...
Moms want to do the best they can when it comes to their family and nutrition. But with our busy lives and as complicated it can be to sort out the good from the bad, it’s challenging.
My family does not eat perfectly, but we’ve made some simple changes to improve healthy eating habits over the past several years. Before that, I was doing some things right. My kids have always loved their fruits and veggies and we mostly avoided soda. Yet, we were an on-the-go family that ate dinner from drive thrus once a week, and “center aisle” foods made up the majority of my grocery cart.
When I started the nutrition program that vastly improved our family’s habits almost five years ago, it made a good portion of our nutrition choices simple, quick, all-natural and extremely nutrient dense. And, I was exposed and more open to good information and clear recommendations on how to eat cleaner and more healthfully around those products.
As I started feeling better than ever and noticing how my family was...
I distinctly remember opening THE box nearly five years ago.
My best friend had asked me to start a nutrition program with her that she’d heard good things about. We’d tried several diet fads together, with little success. But, there was that little voice in my head asking “what if this one actually works?” I was a skeptic, but I also didn’t want my friend to get skinny without me.
She gave me the number of a woman to call who was an associate with a nutrition network marketing company. I half tuned out this friend of a friend who was telling me about the products and how much better I would feel. When my box came, I was turned off by the accompanying literature on how to earn money sharing it with others. I had worked in healthcare communications for 20 years. I was not interested in making money from a network marketing company. I tossed it all in the trash.
Long story short, the products worked. I was obsessed with how good I felt. I started doing some research, and I was impressed by...
“I can’t do what you’re doing. I like food too much.”
“I couldn’t possibly drink shakes the rest of my life.”
“Don’t you get bored?”
I hear comments like this all the time. And, 4 1/2 years ago, I was the one making them. At that time, my typical breakfast was a bowl of cereal. Well, until I got bored with that. Then I’d switch to peanut butter toast for a couple of weeks. And if I didn’t have time for that, there was always the breakfast burrito waiting for me at the McDonald’s on my way to work.
So how could I possibly give that up? Breakfast was a highlight of my day.
Wait, no it wasn’t. It was something I grabbed and shoved down in two minutes, and then a couple hours later, the carbs and sugars would burn off and I’d hit a mid-morning slump.
According to a recent ABC News report, four in 10 adults skip the most important meal of the day. Among those who do eat in the morning, a third say they have to wolf it down – rising to half of those under age 45, likely because...
Ever have those days when you look up and 2 hours have passed and it feels like 10 minutes but you can't believe how much you've gotten done? I LOVE when that happens, but unfortunately more often, I look up and 2 hours have passed and all I got done was respond to 3 emails, comment on a few social media posts and drop off my kids' lunches at school.
Flow is “a psychological state where a person is fully focused or immersed on an activity or task.” Those times when I experience it, I'm not worried about how many emails are stacked up in my in box, the dishes in the sink since I work from home or the person I forgot to text. I'm totally absorbed in one meaningful task at a time, I'm engaged with what I'm doing, and I'm totally effective and efficient.
The first step to finding flow is to love what you do. I've got that covered. But here's some additional tips I found useful to find that state of flow more often.
Choose a key item on your to do list. There’s work you love that’s easy and u...
A friend of mine just reminded me that the ultimate goal is not really that 10 pounds we want to lose, the 10k we want to finish or the healthier body we want in 2017. It's really how we want to feel. So, ask yourself, how do you want to feel in 2017. Do you want to feel motivated, successful, happy and healthy, energized? I want to feel consistently like I'm living full-on... with my health and fitness, with my business and with my family and friends. I want to enjoy each moment and not make excuses and get sidetracked by things that are less important or throw me off how I truly want to feel. So I'm excited to launch the year with my team and our Winter Melt Challenge as it's a great way for me to keep myself accountable, motivated and supported as I make 2017 my year to live full on! I'd love to have more accountability partners. How do you want to feel in 2017? If you'd like to have a simple, superfoods nutrition system to support you in your goals, I have an amazing one I'd love t...