Stuck?

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Do you feel “stuck” in any way? In your career? Emotionally? Health-wise? Relationally?

Last week I had the surprise “honor” of getting my car stuck in the snow.

I had just dropped off my kids at the bus stop and decided to try to make my way up the bank as I had done many days before…Except this time there was snow. I had a new vehicle with 4 wheel drive, so I thought I was fine…Until I started slipping backwards! I learned later that the entire bus saw the whole thing, which was a little embarrassing to my kids (but hey, all kids need a good dose of embarrassment every so often!).

My vehicle ended up getting wedged between two rocks on the left side, and I didn’t feel confident about maneuvering over them, so I just waited. I waited ’til the bus left and all the other cars went on their way. Then I tried a little more on my own, to no avail and then decided to call for help. Unfortunately, Don was away on business in Chicago, so I was on my own.

I saw that my oldest son Gabe had texted and called to make sure I was okay. I called him back, and I think I would get stuck all over again to hear the love and concern and maturity from him.

He asked if I was okay and if I needed him to come back to help. I said I was fine, and he said, “Are you sure? I could be there in an hour.” I don’t know what he was planning, but I figured he thought he could get off at the next bus stop and run home or get off in Breck and take the Summit Stage back home to come to my rescue. Regardless, I kinda got choked up knowing that he really meant it and would do it if I needed him to.

But I was fine. I knew I would get unstuck. Just wasn’t exactly sure how.

Well, long story short, while I was waiting for my friend who lived up the road, another gentleman in a huge truck came by and asked if I needed help. Another man had asked before, and I made the mistake of saying that someone was on their way. This time, I said, “Yes, please!”

He assessed the situation and told me how to move my wheels. He got down on his belly and moved the big rock around the front wheel, told me to just roll right over the big rock behind me, and Voila, I was free! It was the best feeling in the world!!!! I wanted to roll right back up the hill in my excitement, but used my better judgment and took the regular route and made it back home.

I couldn’t tell you how happy and grateful I was to just be back home with my car in the garage. Such a mundane thing that meant the world to me!

And it just got me thinking about the whole concept of being “stuck” in life. Usually it’s not your car. Often it’s our emotions, finances, or health. Or our dreams and pursuits.

Have you ever felt like that? Like you just weren’t sure what to do next? You’ve been trying lots of solutions but not really making any progress forward.

Here are a couple things I was reminded of in my own experience:

  1. When feeling stuck, always believe there is a way out. I knew my car would not stay there forever. I believed it could be moved. I just wasn’t sure how.
  2. Ask for help. There are people who know more than you do. Who have gone before you. Who know which way to turn the wheels and who are strong enough to move those rocks in your way. Accept their help. And look for ways to repay them back tenfold in gratitude.
  3. Appreciate those who care. Often during those hard, “stuck” times, the ones who love you express their care and concern. Have eyes to appreciate them and remind yourself that you are not alone. Gabe made my day that morning.
  4. Learn from your “mistakes.” If there was a decision in particular or a pattern of habits that got you stuck, don’t go back and do that again! Why get stuck AGAIN? Embrace your freedom and use it to go after bigger and better things in life.

We have a long winter ahead of us. I can’t guarantee that I won’t get stuck again somewhere, but I know that I won’t get stuck in that same spot, that’s for sure!

If you’re feeling stuck somehow in life, and there’s a way that I can help – please reach out and let me know. Maybe I can offer the wisdom or perspective that can get you moving in the right direction again – or just the care and concern to remind you that you are not alone. Happy to help!

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Dream Big

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Don’t stop dreaming! I have some pretty incredible friends who have gone after some big dreams in life. (One of them just launched a new brand of amazing shoes for young women this week!) And I personally feel like our own life is one big dream. We would all say that every bit of courage or struggle was worth it to see those dreams come true.

But I have these little stars above my bed leftover from a recent Girls Writing Workshop as a constant reminder to KEEP dreaming, and to dream BIG. Life gets too mundane and small if we don’t. And it can quickly become about just us. Our day. Our routine. Our comfort.

Blah.

There’s more to life than that. More impact and love to spread around.

It’s not always intuitive for some people like me to DREAM BIG – I think others may have been born with a special bent for that! But no matter, we can stretch and grow and choose to make it a natural part of our fiber as well.

I’m going after new big dreams these days, and looking for others who want to dream big with me! With this vehicle and platform of Arbonne, we can create amazing opportunities for our families – financial and experiential, inspire others to do the same, and make that big impact in our communities and world around us.

And whether or not Arbonne is your path, keep dreaming big! If you’re going to dream anyway, why not dream big! 😉

Change Breakfast


Not everyone who chooses to commit to the 30 Days to Healthy Living Program with Arbonne jumps in all at once. Our friend, Json Marruffo was approaching 40 and wanted to cross that milestone with great health and energy, but was feeling pretty crappy when we connected with him last year about this time. He was always tired, not sleeping well, overweight, and on-the-go. He knew he wanted to make a change but was skeptical of just another fad diet scheme.

We started sharing with him about this special program with Arbonne and suggested that he start with one simple new habit. Change breakfast. Start the day with a healthy vegan protein shake, and see if you can keep that up for 30 days.

He did, and the rest is history. After a month and a half of that habit, he was able to jump in more easily to the full 30 Days Program, and even did a second month to achieve greater results. Overall he’s lost almost 50 pounds, and has a new normal based on new healthy habits.

We interviewed him tonight and got the full, behind-the-scenes scoop on the thought processes along his journey. We had been walking with him every step of the way, but it was still neat for us to hear how much the support meant to him – from us, his family, his colleagues and the Private Facebook Group.

Some things from his story that may be helpful if you are considering this program:

Start small – If you don’t feel like you’re up for a handful of new habits, start with breakfast. Keep it simple. Fill your Vegan Arbonne Protein shake with spinach, frozen berries, chia seeds, and fiber, and get your day started right.

Decide – Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? It’s time to commit. Decide that this is going to be your “harajuku moment” and don’t look back. Make a change that you want to stick with for the long haul.

Garner Support – We can’t do this alone. Arbonne’s 30 Days program inherently has the support from the consultant who invited you as well as the Facebook Group Facilitator and hundreds of others doing around the country doing it with you. But it’s also wise to solicit support from those closest to you. Your family, especially. Json got his family on board, and his kids were surprised that healthy food could taste so good!

Surprise Yourself – Some of the surprising byproducts of the program for Json included: dinner time prep conversations with his kids, no more snoring, colleagues becoming inspired and more mindful of eating healthy, and an overall sense of just feeling great! All of those things were even better benefits than the weight loss! You never know all the symptoms that may be remedied by just eating organic, real foods and staying away from the nutrient-weak convenient foods and cleansing your body of a long-term build up of toxins.

I loved what Json said about where he’s at today: “When you’re driving a Beamer, you don’t want to go back to driving a Jalopy!” #gethealthy #stayhealthy

If this is something that sounds interesting to you, let me know, and I’d love to share more info and help get you started.

A Series of Conversations

I think at its core, business is human.

It’s about adding value in life – to the individual, family, or community – whether through a product, service, or employment.

At a simple level, products or services should make life either easier or more enjoyable, productive, meaningful or memorable.

Sometimes that need is sought out. But sometimes there’s a bit of education required to communicate that benefit to those who didn’t know it previously existed.

In my Arbonne business I have a mix of both. Sometimes people reach out to me because they hear the great results others have had upgrading their health in our 30 Days Program and creating sustainable habits and choices. Sometimes they are looking for another stream of income or a virtual business, and have heard I’ve found a great platform that allows a legit, fun way for income and growth.

But other times, I just reach out first to share with people who may be running so fast, they haven’t had time to think much about their health or career choices more than the status quo. I set up phone calls or Zoom meetings or coffee dates to reconnect or check-in.

I love catching up and listening well to hear where they are coming from and what issues, minor or major, they may be dealing with. And then, I love following up with a few creative ideas on how I may be able to help.

Sometimes it’s with a product, sometimes a referral, and sometimes it’s sharing about this amazing business opportunity.  Regardless, a door has been open for a series of conversations, and it’s those interactions that make life most rich and meaningful.

Sometimes they lead to a sale or a partnership down the road, but that journey is surely more of an art and magic in timing that a rigid science of predictions and quickly-drawn conclusions. I enjoy doing business with people who approach it similarly with great confidence and freedom. It’s human. 🙂

Running to Smell the Roses

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I was running along a trail in Breck today and spotted a beautiful flower, so I stopped to snap a photo of it (and take a breather since I had just come back to life at 10,000 ft!!).

It was a simple act, pretty mundane actually, but when I let myself really pause and admire the flower and focus on capturing the photo at just the right angle, it made me smile big. And then as I was running back, that little act got me thinking about why people say to “stop and smell the roses.”

It changes EVERYTHING.

I started to look around more keenly at all of life passing by. I didn’t just glance at the fairy village on this special trail, but I let myself stop and admire it and notice the intricate details. I smiled big again thinking about the person who took time to create it.

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And as I got back into the main village of Breck, I started to look for beauty, for noteworthy, for special. It was ALL around me. The soothing sound of the Blue River. The afternoon light on all of the flowers. The musicians delighting a crowd. A couple holding hands or smiling at their child.

All the wonderful things that life is made of.

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So what if I had to stop my run for a second to appreciate it? It was totally worth it.

I feel like that happens a lot in life. We are all running towards something. The next event. The next goal. Something better, something easier, something more.

But what is the point? I would argue that one of the “points” of the running is so that we can have the luxury of stopping to smell the roses.

Well, why wait? 

Stop now. Pause now. Live eyes wide open now.

Play that game with your kid.

Smile and say hi to everyone walking by.

Listen. Really listen. To the person in front of you. To nature around you.

Write that postcard to a friend.

Watch the whole sunset or the moon rise.

Take a walk.

Sing, play your instrument, dance to the music playing loudly.

There’s so much good. So much to see and appreciate.

I really do try to live life like this daily. It keeps my heart grateful. It keeps me from taking for granted those little things, and keeps me connected to real life – the people I love and the beautiful world God gave us to enjoy and explore.

So, let’s keep “running.” Let’s keep in shape and keep going after those big dreams and goals in life. But let’s enjoy the roses – the people and the beauty – all along the way!

 

 

 

Managing a Digital Business

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Don and I have worked with business owners around the country for years, helping them to grow their business through strategy and sales and marketing systems. Creating and executing systems around prospecting, nurturing, follow-up, closing and servicing is most important but can be challenging.

However, a few simple habits along with a commitment to a set of basic digital tools can help you be most effective in growing your business. It also affords you the luxury of working from anywhere! We prioritize fun and adventure as a family, and so we like systems that allow us the freedom and efficiency in order to play a lot!

We choose to use Google Apps to manage our business. Here are a few tips you may find helpful:

Google Contacts

Your contact list is your biggest asset, so treat it accordingly. Take some time over a weekend and do a “deep clean,” to make sure it is updated. If you are missing a new cell number, physical address or email and are connected to them via Facebook or Instagram, reach out for the info and make sure to update it right away.  Delete those names of people you just can’t seem to remember.

Keep your contact list useful. One of the best ways to do this is choose a few simple groupings to organize them. I use, “Prospects,” “Clients” and “Consultants” in my Arbonne business. And then each day, spend a few minutes reviewing your lists. Who do you need to reach out to? Who should you add to your Prospect list? Star 5 contacts that you want to connect with today and then reach out with a phone call, a relevant article, a valuable referral, or even a surprise gift. Be creative in the ways you add value to people’s lives.

Google Calendar

The critical piece of any sale is a conversation in person. In Arbonne, we seek to educate prospects on our products and business opportunity, and that is difficult to do over text or email.

Sometimes it works to just pick up the phone and call someone randomly, but most people do not like to be interrupted these days by phone. One young Arbonne consultant from England shared humorously that her first thought when she gets a phone call is, “Is someone dead!? Did someone die?!” That’s the severity of a call to some people!

Better to try and text/email first and then schedule a phone call, Zoom call, or coffee date. Google Calendar works beautifully and syncs with all your devices. You can set it to automatically send a reminder right before the meeting. This keeps your interactions professional and also allows you both to set aside the time and attention to really focus on the product or opportunity at hand.

Be thorough in your calendar invite description – add the location and address or personalize the Zoom invitation. Sometimes I will attach the “Discover Arbonne” Presentation. Make it easy for your guest to have the info they need for the meeting.

Then deliver a killer presentation that genuinely connects, and make sure to follow up with an email summarizing your main point and next step. This keeps the ball in your court and moves the sale along.

Google Drive

We are paperless as a business and family. I use Google Drive to store all of my important documents, and I have a special folder for resources that I need to share easily with other consultants or prospects. I have the App on my phone for easy access as well.

Google Tasks

You can use Google Tasks as your “brain dump” to remember those random ideas that come to mind or things you’d like to do one day. But it’s best to also have a list or two that is very functional and that you can commit to. I have a “Daily” list for Arbonne that includes –  Look at at Dashboard, Check in with Detoxers, SAVERS (from Miracle Morning), Social Media Post, etc.- and I try to shoot for that each day. I appreciate the “GoTasks” App also that syncs with my phone so I can access my lists from anywhere.

These powerful tools really do work to give you business results. However, your commitment and consistency will be what really determines your success with them. For some people, organizing and maintaining these systems is natural and easy. For others, it’s more challenging because of their personality and bent. We’ve found it very helpful to walk people through a Strength’s Test and Consultation so they can better understand their tendencies, and we can offer creative solutions that fit their style. Would be happy to share more if interested!

 

On the Road With Arbonne

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Last night I shared some ideas with our team about what it’s like to travel with a family while growing your business. We’ve been on a summer road trip from Colorado to DC and back through Chicago and have pretty much slept in a different bed each night! It’s been an awesome mix of visiting family and friends, seeing historic sites, and participating in Nike Sports Camps. It has been both a rewarding and challenging whirlwind!

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But Arbonne is perfect for travel as it is a lifestyle business. Arbonne makes it easy for us with online ordering and convenient packaging! Here are a few tips that we’ve learned from experience that allow travel to be a beneficial way to both grow and enjoy your business!

Be a product of your product

We use Arbonne products every day, so it only makes sense to travel with them. We bring a big bag with us of Chocolate and Vanilla Protein Powder, our Fiber Boost and the Greens Balance into our hotel or home.

Each morning for breakfast we’ll use our Shaker Cup to mix a basic smoothie for ourselves. It’s a great way to get quick nutrition (20 g of Vegan Protein!), get out the door and on the road without worrying about where to find a healthy breakfast.

I also travel with my gold bag of the fabulous RE9 Facial Care Products and love that even with long days of driving, my face doesn’t look as tired thanks to the corrective eye cream and facial day cream!

I also use our awesome big purse from GTC to store the rest of our Arbonne products like full size hair-products, Fizz Sticks, Phytosport, Digestion Plus, catalogues, and samples of RE9 sets, Protein Powder, lipstick/gloss color packets.

Be ready to share

Traveling is fantastic because every time you meet someone new, you have an opportunity to share what you do. Have your 60 second story polished to deliver with authenticity and enthusiasm. I also like to ask questions and really listen to where people are at – it’s amazing what strangers choose to share! I genuinely care about helping people feel better and more healthy, and find it a privilege to be able to help along that journey.

But depending on their needs, you can offer to let them sample products. Ask for their cell number right away so you can text them more info about what they are sampling. And ask their permission to friend them on Facebook or Instagram – an easy way to keep in touch for the long haul. I’ve done this many times on our trip. And let them know you’ll check-in with them soon to follow-up.

Visit friends and family

It’s not always easy to share Arbonne with friends and family when you are long distance, and so try to visit them in your travels! Bring them a gift – something from Arbonne and another from somewhere else like BeWee or My Intent or Mara Mugs.

Offer to make them a shake for breakfast if you stay with them. Share some of the spa products or ask if they’d like to use your RE9 set for the night/morning. Make it comfortable and fun, keeping it real.

I loved being able to be there for a grand opening for a new consultant during our visit to Austin and launch her off in person. If you’d like to be even more strategic, plan your travels around friends who are willing to host a party for you or schedule one-on-one coffee dates in advance!

And if the timing is right, be ready to pull out your laptop and help them sign up and order right away. If not, have fun growing your relationship with them virtually, continuing to follow-up regularly and making a difference in their lives.

No doubt about it, traveling is fun and memorable, and what a treat to be able to grow a business while doing it! Will share more in another article about the digital systems we use to manage it all efficiently on the road!