Cha-cha-changes

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I’ve been so busy writing for others that I have failed this forum miserably! My last post – in January, yikes! – was a turning point for me. I found great solace on that snow day. I mentioned I was contemplating taking a walk and did indeed enjoy a snowy walk in my riverfront neighborhood.

Shortly after this post, and a moving Non-Violent Communication workshop and lots of insightful reading and talks with loved ones, I made the decision to leave my comfortable salary and go out on my own. It was an exciting, refreshing, scary and challenging decision all at once. And having an unexpected outpatient surgery the month I executed this decision threw me for one confusing loop. I made it work. During recovery, I took on last-minute writing assignments and wrote in bed. That’s when I knew I could make it.

Since April, I’ve been writing, editing, social media managing & more for publications, businesses and individuals. Life after reporting to a specific office every day has been an adjustment and time management balancing act. Not having to ask for permission to take off a few days from work for a trip has been nice. Now I can just work anywhere. My most recent boss was very understanding and flexible, however, so that was never a big issue. I was lucky and am very thankful for that job and my other places of employment, which, unbeknownst to me, were grooming me all along for this current journey.

It’s an ever-changing one and there’s never a dull moment. Just how I like it. I’m running with it and couldn’t be happier.

Yogi tea musings

It’s a snow day here. Quiet around the neighborhood, except for yells from kids playing in the snow.

Yogi Tea quote says, “Let things come to you.”

A simple saying, but harder to really practice. We spend so much energy trying to get the answer, figure everything out, and we become so anxious in the process forgetting to just be in the present moment.

Nice reminder, Yogi Tea. Today, my intention is to not fret over the outcome of things. I’m going to simply be and do and see what shows up. Maybe even take a stroll through the crunchy snow before the sun does its thing.

Happy New Year!

Compassion

Connection

Courage

These three words are sticking with me. I started reading a book last night about learning to accept yourself, flaws and all, and embracing them rather than shaming yourself.

Wow. How many times do you do something and then beat yourself up with thoughts like, “Why am I such an idiot?” “Why did I do that? I know better!”

On a journey to embrace wholeheartedness with those three big concepts at the core, I look forward to seeing where this book takes me. And other books. I really want to read more this year.

I don’t have any major resolutions this year and just want to continue striving to be the best version of me.

I am starting off the year back to a more clean diet sans wine and all. It’s time to get “clean” again!

Hope everyone had happy holidays with loved ones! Mom and I had the best time being with Mitch and Jessica in the Bay Area and discovering their new ‘hood in Oakland.

Cheers!

Gratitude

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Mine was a bit different this year, but we have much to be grateful for and I’m looking forward to a California Christmas in a few weeks. It’s hard to believe 2015 has almost run its course.

So much change has taken place this year, and I recall stating it would be a year of change on this forum. Living situations have changed, relationships have changed… Good and bad, it’s all about perception, right? We can’t always control outcomes, but we can control how we behave in response. One thing I’ve taken to heart this year is letting myself go through ugly emotions without judgment. I’ve found coming through to the other side is more manageable when I let myself cry, scream, laugh, yell – whatever the emotion may be – than when I try to be “strong” and keep it all penned up. It always comes out eventually.

One thing I’ve struggled with lately is gratitude. It’s so easy to focus on what we’re lacking and forget all the wonderful things right in front of us. A yucky cold has forced me to stay inside the past few days. I was moaning about being sick, but I think it’s just what I needed – solitude, time with my things and minimal exposure to all of the everyday distractions. The quiet time has me also working and reflecting on my home-based businesses. I’m grateful I have the patience and passion to continue working on building my publishing and Arbonne businesses. Especially during this season of consumer overload, I’m happy I can offer people personal service so they can find their loved ones something special.

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How do you practice gratitude every day? (I could use some pointers! 🙂 )

 

Being a giver

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Weeks ago I was asked to share my “Why” at our multi-region Arbonne monthly meeting. I started my Arbonne journey last year, you might recall. Love for the products led me to starting my own business with the 35-year-old Swiss-based skincare & nutrition company. (It’s like a “business in a box,” as one of my friends has said. You don’t have to stock up on inventory or pay rent for a brick and mortar store. Becoming an independent consultant costs less than $100 and you can start making money immediately with tools and distribution at your fingertips.) I’ve heard many leaders in the business say your Why continually changes as you change and grow, both personally and professionally. I full understand that now.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to share at the meeting, I realized my Why has changed. As I shared recently, my mom underwent surgery to attack the cancer she found out she had a few months ago. I recently celebrated a birthday, and I’m not usually one to get caught up on age, but this birthday hit me. Twenty years ago if you asked me where I’d be right now in my life, I think it would look a lot differently. I wouldn’t have been divorced by the time I was 30, and I wouldn’t be living in Arkansas (mostly because I didn’t live here at the time and it wasn’t on my radar). Basically, I thought I’d be headed down a more traditional path. My journey has led me elsewhere and I think about what I want and how I can be the best version of me now more than ever.

My family has given so much to me. Sometimes I feel guilty for how much they have helped me through the years. I’m tired of being the receiver. I want to be the giver and be a better person for my loved ones. I’ve been focused on personal growth for a while now, and I know I have a lot more to do. Just like learning, I think you can never stop evaluating and recognizing things in your life, triggers that evoke certain responses and everyday behaviors. How else can you know yourself, love yourself, and in turn, love others and allow them to love you?

I started writing this post the day after sharing my “Why” and hadn’t come back to finish it until recently when I stumbled upon this image.

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As hard as that is to hear sometimes, it’s so true. No matter what has happened to you, how someone has wronged you or hurt you, you have to take personal responsibility in the matter. Falling into the victim trap can be so easy. It’s so easy to point the finger and blame others for loss and struggle in relationships, financial situations or whatever the case may be.

Every day, I try to remind myself I am not a victim. I take personal responsibility for where I am on my journey and for the situations, the things and the people in my life. I’m hopeful this truth will help me be a better giver as I work to serve others.

Vision it

I finally got around to making a vision board! I started it with some friends earlier in the week and completed it today. I simply went with my gut (after all, much of our serotonin – the hormone that makes us happy – resides in our gut. The gut is a good thing to listen to) and cut out images and words that spoke to me.

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Travel. Freedom. Opportunity. Harmony. Love. Water. Mountains. Meadows. Light. Living. Doing. Being. Pretty cool how our intuition reveals itself.

Opening doors of opportunity through network marketing

“Be an opener of doors … ” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One of the many beauties of a business I’m fully embracing is learning from others who are doing the same thing. The support and sharing opportunities top the list of things I love about network marketing. Yes, I said network marketing – a smart, equal-opportunity business model but the model that’s still taboo in many circles.

Go read Go Pro by Eric Worre to learn more about the industry and especially if you’re a network marketing professional and have yet to read this enlightening book.

One of my sideline partners in Arbonne shared this post the other day. I love how she addresses some of the common misconceptions of network marketing. Thank you for letting me share, Molly!

“Network Marketing

When I was approached with joining Arbonne as a consultant I said NO! Why?
1. The pressure: asking people to buy a product from me made me uncomfortable. It’s one thing to recommend but another to promote and then get paid (I thought people would see me as desperate).
2. Small Network: I only had about 2 people interested in the clean eating Bootcamp. Sure I could sign them up, but then what?
3. It’s a pyramid structure: only the people above you benefit from your efforts right?
4. The market is saturated: if there were 150 people in the last challenge then everyone interested has already joined. Also, my sponsor knows a lot of the same people I know and is already working with them. Whose left for me to help?

These were my reasons for not wanting to do any network marketing company.

What changed my perception:
1. EVERYONE can be healthier (kinda like insurance, you just have to have it! If you don’t you’re going to get in some deep financial issues if you haven’t prepared yourself and your body!
2. It’s not about selling a product. It’s about introducing people to a different way of living!
3. Who benefits from my efforts: MY CLIENTS first and foremost! This is about them. Arbonne then pays me for helping them. Honestly, financial planning, insurance, any form of consulting works the same way structurally.
4. WHY Arbonne: the company has been providing safe, pure, beneficial products for 35 years. They’ve never changed their mission (commitment), great compensation plan and bonuses,
$79 to start, no additional investment required. Your sponsor launches you with their products. As you build a team your team is able to help so many more people than you alone and you all do it together! Arbonne spoils you (pays for your trips, pays you back for the Global Training Conference in Vegas, gives you lots of free products, just loves on you)!

You might be thinking well all that’s great but it’s only for people at the top level, nope! From the very beginning they offer their consultants gifts!

It really is very similar to any other company out there that is providing a service or product to enhance someone’s life! Arbonne just happened to get it right with their multiple safe product lines!…”

Molly describes this profession so succinctly. My Arbonne business allows me to help others looking for feasible ways to make healthier and more informed decisions about what they put on their skin and in their bodies. I believe wholeheartedly that being aware of these ingredients can greatly impact our overall health and happiness. The plus side is there is an awesome business opportunity for those who also want to share with others and help them redirect their spending on products they would use anyway.

Last month at GTC (Arbonne’s Global Training Conference), I met so many people who, just because they said yes to Arbonne, are places in their lives now where they can be more, do more and give more than ever thought possible. Ignorance is fading and people are realizing this business model can unlock so many doors of possibilities. And not just for a select group of people. This business is for everyone no matter your socioeconomic status or education level. It is possible to make a corporate CEO income without sacrificing your sanity and time with loved ones. And for the creative minds, a network marketing career allows you time to hone your craft and not starve at the same time.
I can still do the things I enjoy in work such as grow my small publishing company, write and be part of a team that produces a local monthly magazine. My heart is fuller as I stretch myself, grow as a leader and reach out to help others. My worry over making ends meet and securing a future for myself fades as I keep growing and serving others.
Go ahead and open a new door, explore a little and you might be surprised at what you’ll find – things you once thought impossible now totally possible.

It’s live: living in the moment

2f2990c3f9bb359010ba2caf95fab3c2 The alarm went off at 5:05 a.m. “Hot yoga or more time in my warm, cozy bed?” That was the question at this early hour. I didn’t get to bed as early as I had planned. Who am I kidding, I never do. At least it was before midnight. After the alarm’s sound and a couple of snooze hits, I tossed and thought about skipping my morning mat time with the rest of the early bird yogis at Barefoot Studio. “Nah, get up. You won’t regret it. Come on!,” said my inner voice.

I’m glad I went, of course. Nothing like a good sweat and power flow to start the day as the sun rises. Instructor Marcus always prefaces the class with how the music might tie in to the practice. Today it was all live music. Whenever your mind starts wandering, imagine you’re at whatever live show is playing, he said. Get lost in that moment like you would at a show as the band ignites whistles, applause and “woohoos” among the crowd.

We get so busy living in our heads and wherever our bouncy thoughts take us. We obsess over the past, how we might have done things differently, or jump ahead to the future and how much we want something not yet attained. We forget about the present moment. I was reminded today to enjoy the very moment I’m breathing and honor all the moments that led me here to the now.

It’s a new day, a new month. Lots of moments to live. Enjoy.

Believing is seeing: how Arbonne changes lives

I’m not a particularly peppy person. That didn’t matter.

I don’t particularly like being in a crowd. That didn’t matter.

I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve yet sometimes have a hard time expressing when I feel an overwhelming sensation of happiness or sadness. I had no problem freely letting my smiles shine and my tears flow.

The scenarios I describe above happened at the Arbonne Global Training Conference (referred to as GTC) in Las Vegas. Last week at this time, I was tired and probably sleeping on the plane ride home from Vegas after four days in the city that never sleeps. We had late nights followed by early mornings. My feet hurt. I never felt fully rested. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Having my always reliable Arbonne supplements – energy fizz sticks, digestion plus & immunity booster – made the packed days more doable. And that de-puffing eye-cooling gel – thank the skincare and scientist gurus at Arbonne for that!

I came back a more proud, more confident Arbonne Independent Consultant. This company is top-notch, friends. I’ve never been around a more professional, genuine, transparent, honest, do-the-right-thing corporation. Since making one of the best business decision of my life a year ago by becoming an independent consultant, I’ve listened to recorded calls and trainings from professional and open-minded women and men in the business who have made a hugely successful career out of Arbonne. I came to GTC expecting to see more of this professional culture. I didn’t expect to be blown away.

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Being among nearly 18,000 fellow Arbonneites (as I like to say) from around the globe – the UK, Canada, Australia, Poland and launching in Taiwan soon — was electrifying. We believe in the vision that Arbonne founder Petter Morck established 35 years ago. His pure transformation mission lives on today. Pure transformation can mean different things to different people, but I love this description: “Body, mind, spirit, friendship, community, earth. Wherever you decide to start, one change leads to another … and then another. Over time, many little changes can equal one total transformation.”

For me, this transformation started with body. I fell in love with Arbonne’s vegan nutrition supplements when I accepted the healthy living challenge last year. That physical transformation soon began to transform my mind and spirit, and I gained new & inspiring friendships. I now am part of this community of like-minded women and men. We’re caring for each other and the earth. We’re lifting each other up, and as we help each other grow and flourish, we individually grow. It’s a beautiful thing. I love that Arbonne means “beautiful tree.” That image is so symbolic of what happens when you see and experience the Arbonne advantage.

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This photo pretty much sums up what I’m saying. Breezy, my yoga instructor, re-introduced me to Arbonne. Together, we’re growing together. And just like when we take tree pose in yoga, we sway, we fall down, we lose our balance. But we get back up because we can and we know the journey is so worth it.

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