Networking Niceties: The Value of Support Systems in DS Companies

12193781_10100476130757746_7873075486611397163_n    Hello, Lovelies!

I hope that you had a blessed and perfectly perfect weekend in every way! My little was dressed like a kitty, and she loved it except for the face-painting part! There’s nothing like this time of year. I’ve definitely had a good weekend and week as a whole since I spent a lot of time reviving my direct sales businesses. As I did so, I came across a COTM group (see previous post) that changed my entire perspective. I came to realize that, more than ever, we as reps need to be helping one another. After all, how can we expect the public to purchase our products if we ourselves don’t take the time to support one another when we can?

Of course, it’s impossible to ALWAYS make a purchase for a ds rep, but the overall community of direct sales truly should start from within. As we choose a company, it’s so crucial to form networks with others since we, of all people, “get” the challenges of initiating and closing a sale. It’s tricky, and good word-of-mouth is absolutely essential. I’ve changed my entire focus and am now completely committed to encouraging, promoting, and purchasing from other reps when possible. For instance, I don’t need to hit the drugstore for makeup when I have a fellow consultant who would likely value that business! Of course, we can’t purchase everything from other reps, but supporting when we are able will breathe new life into direct sales…Building that community and exchange of opportunity would make a huge difference!

I’ve met so many incredible ladies this week who are also “catching the vision” of what I’m doing in the vast realm of marketing, and it’s been a blessing to share my passion for ds with them and to help them in any way I can. Here’s to hoping for a productive, exciting, and encouraging week as we work our business. Never forget your “why!” Mine is right beside me, cuddling and snuggling as the rain drizzles down. ❤

Much Love and Blessings for the Week Ahead,

K.

Tired of Struggling in DS Companies? Behold the Magic of “Consultant of the Month!”

Okay, so it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, and I’ve missed it SO much! I’ve been “in and out” of the business circuit for about 3 years or so, give or take, and I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned WHAT to do and, most importantly, what NOT to do. Wanna know the secret to getting your sales boosted, meeting quotas, and more?

The COTM (Consultant of the Month) group.

Don’t laugh. It’s going to change the way you think about direct sales. I’m in two companies, and I can promote them both, so now, I don’t have to choose. Here’s the lowdown:

The group works on a rotation, and you make a purchase a month, and we when it’s your month to host, you get 5 guaranteed sales from your buyers! It’s a good way to meet quotas and goals. The best thing is that anyone who joins the group makes an initial purchase to start, so if you know other reps who would benefit, you can really add to your sales FAST! I’m at the $20 per month level, which keeps things very manageable since I always could use something for a gift or for myself.

Essentially, you’re getting paid from others who join under you, you’re making 5 guaranteed sales, you’re promoting, AND you’re supporting other reps with one purchase a month. The change can be simple. You can buy your makeup from a fellow rep instead of going to a drugstore, you can buy a present for a teacher, friend, or family member, or just something you need for yourself! I started at $20 a month because I always spend this much per month on stuff I need, anyhow!

I do hope you consider joining a group, namely my group, which has almost 4,000 members to date! If you’re interested in learning more, comment below!

Much Love,

K.

Three Crucial Truths Every Freelancer Should Recognize…

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As many of you know, I’m a freelance writer. Indeed, the name, “freelance,” definitely is a loaded word since there are countless perks to what I do, but my journey has certainly had its share of pitfalls. Just like the raw, uncut nature of my pieces before submission, I am a definite work-in-progress as I learn and grow as a writer and as an individual. Whether you’re an established freelancer or are just dipping your toe into the water, here are three crucial truths to keep in mind as you create an alternative stream of income while chasing the vision.

1. You Will Fall Forward — Often Multiple Times Per Day: Indeed, as a freelancer, many of the available gigs out there are heavily evaluative. In other words, each and every day that you tackle a project, there is a strong chance that your work will be heavily criticized or rejected outright, depending on the nature of your assignment. In my 3-year career as a freelancer, I experience rejection at least once a week. Last week, I encountered three instances of having my work either rejected, excessively criticized, or sent back for additional editing. However, the week before was a virtual gold mine of successful projects. There is a certain “ebb and flow,” and it’s essential to build a tough skin, learn from your mistakes, and fight to retain your place. It’s all part of the freelance lifestyle, and there’s simply no room for fear.

2. There is No Guarantee: When I first started freelancing, I expected guaranteed hours, just as one might hold at a traditional day job. However, I have discovered this to be nearly impossible. Again, your work is often strictly usage-based, so some days, you’ll experience more work than you can possibly manage. Other weeks? The “well” is far too dry for comfort. Therefore, the goal is to create multiple opportunity streams. In all honesty, I don’t think it’s possible to have too many opportunities lined up as long as you are meeting deadlines and staying organized and ahead of your game.

3. Get Ready to Work: Most importantly, as a freelancer, you must accept the fact that you might have to learn a new skill — to do what previously might have seemed impossible– in order to be successful. When I started content writing, I truly felt that I could never produce consistently solid content so quickly. However, I kept experimenting, practicing, learning, and taking the advice from my superiors to heart. Now, thanks to God’s grace and long hours of labor, I’ve been granted professional-grade status at two companies where I submit most of my content. It’s been tough.There have been many tears, many rejections, and many exhausting nights and days, but following a passion has never been easy for anyone. I’m done with complaining. I’m over it.

A lot of people talk a lot of flack about content writing, but I’m grateful that it puts food on the table while offering me the opportunity to share my voice. My companies have truly been good to me and respect me as a writer,  and, for the most part, my clients are generous, kind, and passionate about their projects, which is why I keep pushing forward.

Simply put, the most relevant advice I can offer you is to be both consistent and extremely teachable. Be hungry to learn, and never lose heart even though you will likely experience those “dark days of the soul” that leave your cheeks burning and your heart shifted a little to the left. Keep pushing, my friends, and never forget what drives you to follow your passion to the ends of the earth.

–Katie

Photo courtesy of http://www.shrinemont.com

But We Believe…

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My grandmother passed away this week. That seems so impossible — so radically hard to grasp. I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that it did, indeed, happen. Her house is empty…there is a stillness that is absolutely stifling. And we’re left wondering why something so tragic had to happen to such a wonderful woman. She loved God. She loved her family. But these tragedies make us wonder why we’re even here. Why would a loving God inflict such pain on a family who misses their loved one more than they can bear?

My nights are filled with the tears that just refuse to stop shedding for her. All I can focus on is the pain of it all and how I wish that I could have borne that pain for her. Watching someone die it the ultimate test of faith, I think. It was a room full of people, but she was all only with her God. In her deepest agony, she gave up her suffering and flew to the arms of her Savior.

In the world’s eye, it’s a tragedy. In the eyes of her beloved friends a family, it’s a beautiful life that ended so bitterly. But for God, it was a joyful reuniting with Him in Paradise. Now, that’s hard to understand for us finite beings, but I know it’s true. All day today, I felt absolutely surrounded by her love — as if she was in the room with me and watching little Faith play and laugh. I can feel her right now as I’m sitting “hunched” over my computer screen (something she always chided me about!).

When you think of her laughing and playing with all of those sweet babies up above, Death loses its sting. Mammaw is no more pain. All of my life, she struggled in agonizing pain — diabetes, fibromyalgia, two occurrences of cancer, and so much more. Her body was weary from the burden, but she is now light. She can run again — playing again in the great outdoors that she loved so deeply. Our lives will never be the same — our life with her is over, but for her, it is just beginning. She’s praying for us by day and night and urging us to keep on staying strong. She fought bravely to the very end.

And now, as my eyes once again fill with tears, I leave behind the powerful, timeless Sonnet X by my beloved John Donne:

 

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou thinkst thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow
And soonest our best men with thee do go
Rest of their bones and soul’s delivery.
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppies or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke. Why swellst thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally,
 And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die!

Poem courtesy of http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/proud/.

Needing a Change…

Hello, friends,

I wondered if I might borrow a second of your time…

Due to everything that’s been going on, I’ve had to place some things waaay on the back burner…I’m updating because I’m facing so many challenges and need some changes. Basically, I’m having trouble finding the time to work as much as I’d like. I’m determined to therefore grow my Beachbody business so that I can REPLACE my income while giving back 50% of all earnings to missions. Sound impossible? With God, all things are possible, so here’s where this is going:

I’m looking to work extensively with two individuals so that they can achieve Emerald coach status by summer. The group is “30 Days to Emerald” and will get you on the path to success in healthy living by helping and encouraging others. If you’re looking to supplement or replace your income (as I am), then we’re just going to do it! 🙂

First two commenters will receive Shakeology and tons of information. I hope that you will consider as I would absolutely love to have you on board as we seek to change so many lives, starting with our own. This business is HIS, so it’s time to trust that He will help us in all things as we seek better lives for ourselves, our families, and for each other.

What’s Our Purpose?

 

 

 

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It’s been one of those weeks. I don’t think I can get out of bed in the AM, but it’s gotta happen. My grandmother suffered a massive stroke, and my mother apparently had a heart attack at some point and is at the hospital on the same floor. What I’m feeling now is so intense, and all I can think about is how much I deeply love my family and how resolved I am to change for good.

I want more than anything to take care of my family — to truly be there for every precious minute that I possibly can. Life is so short. I’ve heard this all of my life, and it really makes sense now. It made sense before, but seeing two people whom I deeply love suffer and look so frail has completely broken me. It makes all of the stupid things that I fill my time worrying about seem ridiculously pointless.

We’re all going to have to look Jesus in the eye and account for our time. It’s a scary thought if that time wasn’t spend helping others as much as possible. By serving others, we serve our Father. I’m saying this because I’m really seeing the point of it all. That “cup of water” given to the thirsty, that kind word spoken to someone who is hurting. Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed by the precious friends who are praying for my family. Their words are like honey — they are worth more than the rarest of gems…

There’s so much more to life. There’s other people who are waiting on the divine hand of Providence to grant them peace and help in a time of trouble. I’m ready to put this into action. My upline coach always stresses the importance of developing SOLID relationships with people — helping them as much as possible. And her goal is really powerful. I’m starting to see life in a completely different sense…in terms of that cosmic question, “What are we here for?” Is it for wealth, fame, self-worth? All posh if you consider that we’re all going to account for our time spent on this earth.

Words. Actions. God says that we’ll recognize Christians by HOW they live, and this has really convicted me. I’m not going to worry about money or image anymore because I know that God is going to meet my needs if I keep the focus on doing His work. The image of Christ is success enough.

 Viewing the temporal, vulnerable state of our existence is a powerful thing. I humbly ask for prayer and that you let me know of any prayer requests. I can be reached here or at cafegirl777@gmail.com.

Here’s to hoping for a better week!

~K.

Best Rewards Shopping Programs…EVER!

Dear All,

I’ve really gotten jazzed about rewards shopping, and so far I’ve found an awesome one to share with you guys, and that is Extrabux.com. What’s so great about it? Well, for starters, you’ll get $5 just for signing up! Then, you can enjoy amazing discounts on products ranging from groceries to footwear. If THAT doesn’t excite you enough, then you should also be aware that you will receive 5 extra handy buckaroos for every friend that you refer to Extrabux.com. Your savings will be deposited into your PayPal account (or any payment method that you choose), OR you can even donate to charity! Yep, this program seems to be a proverbial win/win. I’m pretty excited. 😉 You can sign up at the link below!

http://www.extrabux.com/r/5332e67143

I’ll have more news and notes for you in the AM. Peace and love~!

–Katie ❤