Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I was very encouraged this morning when I opened my e-mail and found this article from Prevention Magazine: Small Changes That Take Off Big Pounds
So, if you're working on those resolutions for 2010, read the rest here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Monday, December 21, 2009
I checked the temperature (-12°C or 10°F) on our temp gauge at home but neglected to check the temp with the windchill (-18°C or 0°F w/wind). I dressed well for the -12, but not warm enough for the -18. Sigh. Gotta remember that for future.
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com and maybe join my challenge!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Just wanted to let everyone know that my Calgary-based business Little Traveller is for sale due to our expanding family (a new baby is due in March). This well-established, home-based baby equipment rental business is a perfect part-time opportunity for a stay-at-home mom or someone looking for more flexibility with their hours. The asking price is $10,000. I spend around 12-18 hours per week on it.
The sale includes complete rental equipment inventory, office equipment (computer, printer, desk, software etc), fully functional website (www.LittleTraveller.ca), and all logos/branding/marketing materials.
Until the sale is finalized, Little Traveller will continue to provide top-notch customer service over the holiday season. For more information, contact Kara at 403-242-4067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, November 28, 2009
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Following that my husband and I took a week off and went to Montana. Training wasn't even slightly in the picture.
Read more of the story here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
He must have caught me at a weak moment, because I said yes.
"What?!" he exclaimed, in shock "You'll WILL?!" He must have been having a bad day, because you would have thought I'd just handed an eight-year-old boy his first puppy.
We laughed about that, and he told me the person in charge of my area would be in touch.
A few weeks later I got a phone call, set a date to get my packet and some brief training, and I was "in".
Friday, November 13, 2009
And there's something about today's society that makes this kind of lifestyle something to be deeply proud of. I mean whenever someone asks you how life is, "busy" and "stressed" seem to be appropriate, praise-worthy responses. Weird.
In my Monday's Post I shared about the trip my husband and I took to Montana and the incredible sense of rest that it afforded us. My own faith stresses highly the importance of Sabbath.
This is an idea that has been buzzing around in my head and my heart for a long time. I actually do start each morning very slowly with time for devotions, praise, walking, and the like before I hit the ground running, but the idea of a whole day of Sabbath every week? That's tough. Weekends are so short and so fully of "busy-ness" that it's hard to figure out how to make it happen.
I believe more and more, though that it's a vitally important part of true wellness, regardless of your spiritual beliefs - or lack of such. It takes some work to make it happen (that sounds like a contradiction in terms...) but the results are well worth it. Here are some links that you might find helpful (if you're not religious, these ideas can be used as a starting place and be adapted to suit your own needs):
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Monday, November 9, 2009
The mornings were slow - we got up when we were awake, not when some alarm beeped, and had coffee together overlooking the lake. The views fed my soul with rest, relaxation, and deep peace.
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Friday, October 30, 2009
Your ideal weight is not some magic number pulled from the air, or some hopeful number that works best for your beautiful best friend.
Your ideal body weight is your lean body mass plus your "ideal body fat" percentage based on your age. You need a certain amount of body fat to be healthy, and women need a little more than men.
So, here's how you do the calculations:
Read all about it here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So, what are you going to do?
Now, I'm no doctor, nor am I a medical person of any kind. However, here are some of the things I've learned in the past that seemed to work for me quite well when I had the flu last week:
Get the tips here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Monday, October 26, 2009
So, I've been AWOL from my walking since last week. I have lots of excuses, but I'm thinking mostly it's a motivational problem. I hate the cold. Probably not so legitimate. I've also got hit "quick and heavy" with the flu, and found that while the most uncomfortable symptoms passed within 36 hours, I was tired, foggy-headed, and just dragging myself around for a good week afterwards. I decided to take the week off and just go slow.
So what do you think? Was that right? Was that wrong? Was I just lazy? I find I'm a genius at rationalizing my behaviour. Years of practice have made me an expert. It's hard to be objective.
The good news was that I was out and walking this morning.
Read the rest of the story here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A combination of weather (sudden dump of snow), lack of shoes to walk in said snow (Vibram is all out of the winter version of funky feet), and an extreme bout of the flu from which I'm just now slowly recovering, has put me totally out to pasture for the past two weeks.
However, I've tried not to be too idle. I've had lots of time to experiment with my iPod Touch (gotta love that thing - when it works...) and I've discovered the coolest thing! Not only is the content amazing, but the delivery is stunning. You've gotta check this out!
And no, you don't NEEEEED an iPod to use it, but it's a really fun way to take in the technology.
Oh, and the 90 second fitness program? Well, anyone can do it (though it's a challenge) and whew, do you feel it when it's done!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I warmed up well, started out by climbing up a reasonably steep but short hill, and proceeded through what was a beautiful, not-terribly-strenuous walk to complete the first 5k loop. I found that although I wasn't breathing hard or feeling like I was exerting myself beyond my comfort zone (keeping up with about a 7 on the RPE in my estimation), I was pushing myself beyond my ideal heart rate, and my muscles got very tired, very quickly - which is unusual, as I walk a 10k or more almost every week with no issues whatsoever.
Read the rest of the story here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I am hoping this Video Family Portrait idea takes off, because I would LOVE to spend more happy afternoons with families like this one.
Small Wonder: Cherished Moments on Video
Friday, September 11, 2009
Part of the problem is that when I offer my services I actually have the time, but when I finally get the stuff they want me to do, I get everyone's all at once.
That's kind of where I was yesterday - overwhelmed and overloaded.
When I went for my walk I just gave it to God, and didn't really worry about it anymore. Thoughts flitted back and forth in my head, and I just kept giving them back without stress or worry. By the end of the walk I had solved on of my most nagging issues, and was delighted.
I love how walking intentionally gives me that kind of clarity.
This morning I was going through some sites on the Internet and I found this:
"Everyday I usually go for several walks during which time I ask the Holy Spirit to speak to me. I usually begin by praying that God cleanses me from all my sin with the blood of JESUS. Then I pray in tongues, followed by praise and worship of God. I then ask God a question I would like an answer to. I become quiet inside and listen carefully for His voice. When I think I hear it, I ask Him to use my voice to speak to me, and then I begin to speak aloud the words I hear within."
Thought it was right in line with what I had been experiencing myself.
Why not give it a try the next time you're feeling overwhelmed and frustrated?
Monday, September 7, 2009
It's a very confusing topic!
I think that part of the problem seems to be that most people who create weigh loss plans have only half the info, and build whole principles out of misunderstood facts. I also think that nourishment as God planned it, is much more complicated than we like to think. An apple isn't just an apple. Everything works together in synergy, and if we remove bits from the apple (the parts we think are beneficial) we aren't getting the whole synergy.
As I study books by actual, trained nutritionists - folks with at least a couple of doctorates in nutritional research - I am continually stumbling upon some interesting things. One of them is the idea that we need to eat fat to lose fat.
Now, I knew that we were on dangerous ground when we started feeding our kids skimmed milk and low-fat products because research has shown the importance of saturated fat for developing brains. However, I didn't know that saturated fat was important for weight loss!
Some of the books I've been studying that advocate this are "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan Rubin, books by Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, and the "The Slow Burn Fitness Revolution" by Frederick Hahn.
Now this morning I find a new post about it on Tim Ferriss' fascinating blog.
Not sure where I am on all this, but it's very interesting, and they seem to have some rather compelling research to back it up.
Check it out, and let me know what you think!
Friday, September 4, 2009
What great fun! Lots of laughs, beautiful scenery, fabulous ship (Holland America's "Volendam") and wonderful service. A great way to travel, to be sure. Another cruise is definitely in my future somewhere, this time with my hubby and kids. My parents actually won a 7-day cruise on this cruise, so they're all geared up to go again as well. Cool anniversary present!
I was terrified to go on the cruise because I kept hearing about all the food, and I have worked so hard to lose weight that I didn't want to gain it all back in a 7-day cruise. Neither did I want to go on a cruise with all that food and eat only lettuce.
Read more of the story here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Here's a sample...
Summer Vacation 2009 Sample
And don't forget to keep the camera handy for all those school year moments!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Well, it has been common knowledge since the mass distibution of televisions that the most effective form of advertising is video. But creating a TV ad and buying airtime is expensive, too expensive for most small business owners.
Web Video makes things so much easier. You already have a website, and you spend time trying to attract people to it. There is nothing like video on the front page to get their attention and keep them there. You can demonstrate the advantages of your service, or the features of your product. You can take as much or as little time as you like. It doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars to produce, and there are no airtime costs.
One of the big bonuses to Web Video is you can upload your video to YouTube (and/or any other video sharing site) and make it available for the whole world to see, driving even more traffic to your site.
Web Video can be compelling and entertaining. It can bring people to your site, and keep them there. It will allow you to fully explain and sell your product or service, and allow potential customers to get a strong sense of how you can help them. It's true. Sometimes words are not enough, especially when it comes to doing business on the web.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Mom to Mom Show and Sale is a semi Annual event that takes place in the Spring and Fall. It is held at the Okotoks Centennial Centre.
This Sale brings Moms, Dads, Grandparents and kids together to buy and sell their gently used baby and kids items. Everything from Valco Strollers, Nursing pillows, Cribs to Gymboree clothing can be found here!. Over 75 tables will be filled with a lot of great finds.
Another great addition to the sale is the Kid's Marketplace. This is a special section that features local products and services suited for parents and kids.
We also support local charities by donating alot of baby and childrens items at the end of the sale.
Attendance is expected to be full as this show has received a reputation for being one of the better shows within the Calgary Area.
Tables are available for rent for businesses and Moms alike!. There is a definate need for any unique businesses out there!. Okotoks does not have enough variety and it would be great to reach a new customer base!.
Contact myself at email@example.com for more info
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I am planning on coordinating the trade fair 2 times a year in Feb/March and Sept/Oct. I am so excited to see how much bigger this could get.
I just have to say that I am VERY thankful to Sara, my past partner, for running the show for the first 2 years that it was held. Thank you for getting the ball running, teaching me the in's and out's of the show and for making this so much easier for me! :)
Thank you to Donna, for helping out this time around. You are a huge asset to the show! :)
Anyways.. just wanted to share my excitement and spread some love!
In Success & Joy,
Saturday, August 1, 2009
- Website Video-Produced video on websites is fast becoming the most common and powerful tool for selling your product or service. There is nothing like actually seeing something in action to convince consumers to buy.
- Business Plan Video-Including video of your proposed or current location, product or service samples and your personal explanation of your proposal could help investors see the value in backing you.
- Training Video-Many, many large corporations use video training to cut down on costs and standardize training information. Use it to train new employees, provide overall company info or for franchising.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Of course, I know that not everyone is going to be able to edit their own videos of every long weekend camping trip and afternoon at the zoo. But there are some occasions where it is worth it to gather the photos and videos and pay someone (me, for example!) to create a lasting collection of memories.
Wedding Planning-The Maid of Honour or someone else close to the prep process can snap photos and take video of the dress and tux fittings, bridal fair visits and all things related to the planning of the wedding. Then have it edited (I'll do it!) to music as a wedding gift to the couple. It makes a great compliment to the Wedding Day video.
Family Reunions-Have all the family photographers and videographers send their digital files to one point person, who will then bring it to an editor (possibly me!) to create a keepsake of the family event. The cost can be shared, and everyone will love to share the memories.
Graduations-Assemble all your child's school photos and video of select concerts, sports days and science projects, as well as some photos and video of Graduation festivities. Bring it to an editor (could it be me?!) with a couple of their favourite songs, and create a montage of their school years for them to take with them to college. A great keepsake for you, too!
Video Scrapbooks. Not just for babies.
Small Wonder: Cherished Moments on Video
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Anti-Aging Industry will never be the same, can you imagine reversing and preventing the aging process in a matter of minutes!! This is'nt just dealing the the signs of aging , it's changing how we age. Get the full scoop at www.ageloc.com you will be blown away at what you see, then call me Josie 403-988-6326 for a demonstration.
Vote Now for Small Wonder to be Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur!
Small Wonder is entered to win $15,500 and I need your votes to help me win.
The SavvyMom Mom Entrepreneur of the Year Award is a readers' choice contest designed to find Canada's top Mom Entrepreneur. The winner will be announced in the fall, and will be rewarded with a $15,500 that was designed to help take that business to the next level.
I have been working hard at making Small Wonder a success since 2006. I know it will be what I imagined it to be, and this is one of the ways I will make that happen! So vote for me, please!
If you haven't already, check out the 'Mom Entrepreneurs Gallery' at www.mompentreneuraward.com. Small Wonder can be viewed by clicking on this URL...
And look through some of the other nominees, because there are a lot of talented and gutsy Moms out there! And if your one of them, nominate yourself. I'll vote for you!
Voters are also eligible to win prizes provided by Mabel’s Labels, Starrytime Keepsakes and Joe Fresh Style in the voter sweepstakes that accompanies this award program.
So there's a bonus for you, too!!!
Monday, June 15, 2009
First, a confession: I stole this word for word from the "WoW Power Walking" blog, dated Wednesday, June 10.
Johnny Rowe Marathon Walker
Been walking much lately? How about 3,200 kilometres? Today's Globe and Mail obituary described the life of famed Canadian walker Johnny Rowe who averaged this distance every year for 27 years and who died on May 28. According to the Globe and Mail, Rowe described marathon walking as "a chance to accomplish something without mechnical aid". I suspect he would have scoffed at those of us chained to our GPS devices.
Continue the story here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today was one of those trigger days, and I found myself wrestling with this to the point of complete frustration. By 5:00pm I was at a loss as to how to get peace and move on. I decided to go for my walk, which still needed to get done.
I set my Nike+iPod to a 1 hour walkand set it to play a shuffled playlist of soaking music , put on my Funky Feet, attached the dog to his leash, grabbed a poop bag, and headed out the door.
Read what happened next, here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Friday, June 12, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
We attempted an en suite bathroom renovation three years ago. It’s still ongoing. I doubt it will ever be done.
So now, we’re doing the main floor, but we learned our lesson, and this time we’re hiring it out. New floors, new paint.
I don’t like renovating. I don’t even like houses - too much work for shelter. I’m not houseproud, I don’t like decorating, and I don’t really care about style and fashion. However, the kitchen floor is coming off, their are nail-pops in the living room, and the wall-paper is peeling. It’s time!
While the kids and I sat there scraping off the wallpaper in prep for painting next week, I thought about how house renovations are much like soul renovations.
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Thursday, June 4, 2009
YAY!!!! I am so happy, and it looks so different.
So stop by and check it out, and give me some feedback, I would love to hear what u like and don't like baout the site!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
We have just about the most perfect dog on the planet. He's a 9-year-old Bichon Shihtzu named Nicki, in perfect health. Lots of energy, doesn't shed, yap, demand attention, pee on my floor, jump up on me, or display any other annoying tendencies, and is incredibly flexible with our lifestyle. He's easy to train, and behaves himself wherever he goes.
He's been kennel trained since birth, and happily goes to his kennel when we leave the house or at bedtime. I'm a stay-at-home mom of two home schooled teenagers, so we are mostly home. Nicki usually gets a walk every day, and lots of one-on-one play time, mostly with my 16 year old son who adores him.
But here's the problem:
Read about it here: The Impossible Dog Challenge
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I go to these momcafé events because at every single one of them, there is a moment when I think "This is my message for today. This is the reminder I am supposed to take with me."
My reminders for this event...
Stop resisting your true self. The world needs you to be who you are, not someone else.
With every economic downturn there will, at some point, be an economic upturn.
Oh, I also go for the lattes, danish and 2 hour break from the toddler. Well worth the price of admission!
I started 2 months ago, when lia sophia first launched in Canada, and it's been such a great decision! I can't wait to share it with my family!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Sometimes we need to make a big change in order to get a fresh start. Such has been the case for me!
Last week I finally came off a 40 day computer fast. That was a challenge, I assure you. It's hard to imagine how much of a fixed place the computer has taken in my life. It's a good thing to let go of from time to time, though! Amazing how much free time I had each day! I got lots of deep cleaning done both in the house and in my soul. New revelation, amazing experiences, and a fresh start. I feel like a new woman.
Read More Here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Friday, May 29, 2009
My name is Jocasta, I'm from New Zealand but I live in Calgary and am the proud mother to my gorgeous smiley little son Oliver. I'm so happy to have finally joined the wonderful community of WAHMs!! It's taken me a while to find the right fit of business for me and I'm so happy to have finally done so in OnlyGreen. I haven't felt so good, and so passionate, about something in way too long! How could you not get pumped about selling eco-friendly green products, improving people's lives and the state of the planet? I'm just loving the feeling of knowing what I'm doing is so right. I look forward to getting to know you all better and sharing our ups and downs and business ideas!
How does everyone else bring it up in conversations??
I have been losing inches so it is noticeable and I get the odd comment which does bring it up and I go from there.. but it's hard to just bring it up out of the blue.
Any ideas or advice?
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
But I started my business at the end of March, and just sat down and looked at what I did in the month of April! I actually shocked my husband! I more than exceeded my expectations, I doubled them! My sales, higher than I have EVER sold before! Recession? What recession? I did just over $5800 in sales in 4 parties! One of my shows had 23 guests! I started 6 new team members personally, and my team has already recruited!
I have to keep at it! I have to show my husband that I can be successful by working from home, because that's what our 3 boys need, is their mom home when they come home from school.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Do you realize that there is a great, untapped pool of potential customers at every market or trade show you'll ever do. Time and again I've observed how they are neglected even though they are all around at every show. Who are they? Other vendors!
Remember that all the other vendors are busy people who need to shop for products and services too. Plus they are keen to support other business people they get to know and who treat them well.
So next time you do a show ensure that you:
- Visit as many other booths as you can either before or during the show to meet the other business people there. Shake hands, introduce yourself and get to know as many other vendors as you have time for:
- Offer a vendors only special like a free sample or a discount. Trading product can also be mutually beneficial:
- Get their contact information and follow up with a phone call to say what a pleasure it was to meet them and that you look forward to seeing them at another event soon. Next time one of their friends wants a product like yours who do you think will get the referral?
Some of my best hostesses are business women I've met at trade shows and markets. I'm doing a party this week with a woman who was in the booth next to me at a Christmas Craft Show! I strongly encourage you not to neglect this group of wonderful customers right under your nose!
Have a Spicy Day!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I'd like to propose that the most important phase of every trade show begins after you get home! Follow up is essential to maximizing your investment and realizing a measureable business boost.
Capture contact information from everyone you engage with at the show. Offer a draw and invite everyone who speaks with you or makes a purchase to enter. Bring a clipboard, draw entry forms and pens and pass them to your customer to fill out. If I'm not too busy I hold the clipboard and fill the draw form out for them so I can ask them additional questions and make some notes. This is a great opportunity to learn more about them and their needs!
Call everyone within two or three days after the show. You don't have to be nervous or feel like you are being pushy. Just call and say thank you for stopping by the booth. Then tell them that you really appreciate their interest in your business and that you would love for them to be a valued customer. If you do a monthly email newsletter this is also a good time to ask permission to add their email address to your list. Easy peasy right! Check whether your contact would like further information or products at this time. If not, ask permission to follow up with them in a month or whatever interval seems reasonable to you and then make sure you call them as promised.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I just wanted to take a minute and wish all of you a Happy Earth Day tomorrow. Please remember that it is the small steps that we take everyday that will lead to big change tomorrow. Don't throw away that paper cup recycle it or better bring your own stainless steel mug instead! I also wanted to share a picture of a new product I just received in today I thought it was fitting to share this lovely play silk hand dyed in Canada and named for the earth with all of you today. Have a great day tomorrow!
As WAHMs we know that each day is chock full of all the stuff we have to attend to – tending to the children, preparing meals, doing laundry, cleaning the house, running errands as well as getting our work done. We never seem to stop and there is rarely any down time. Many of us are tired, cranky and run down – hardly what we dreamed it would be like when we decided to be a WAHMs.
Here are 5 tips all of us can use to be happier and healthier.
- ME Time. Oh, we’ve heard it before, but how many of us actually do it? We think we’ll get some time for ourselves later, but it never happens. Make it happen by scheduling it, just like any other appointment. Book that spa treatment or dinner with a friend you’ve been meaning to have. Plan a solo shopping excursion. Arrange time at the gym or sign up for a course. Book a sitter in advance or be sure to remind your partner that you’ll be unavailable. For example, my hubby is happy to be at home with the kids, but he needs me to email him a reminder otherwise he is liable to double book himself!
- Quiet Time. If you have children who nap or have quiet time during the afternoons, you probably try to do some work or homekeeping during this time. Instead, try to have a bit of quiet time yourself. A few minutes reading a good book, meditating, stretching or taking a cat-nap will invigorate you and give you energy to get through the rest of your day.
- Don’t Always Be A Night Owl. Although many of us start our second job after the kids are down, you need a little down time too. Schedule some light work for a couple of evenings a week, and do something fun or relaxing on the other nights. And, remember that you need to get a good night sleep to be your most effective during each busy day!
- The Love Connection. Don’t forget about scheduling time with your hubby or partner - whether it’s for a date night or just a few minutes holding hands on the couch talking in the evening. It may not seem very romantic to schedule time with your loved one, but it is crucial to maintaining a good relationship. And besides, knowing that you have time with your partner gives you something to look forward to!
- Comfort Kit. What are some little luxuries that you enjoy? Chocolate or other snacks? Wine? Specialty coffee or tea? A favorite shower gel or bubble bath? Scented candles? Make sure you have a few of these items on hand and treat yourself to a little happy each day. For me, a great day includes a hot shower with a favorite invigorating shower gel, homemade iced coffee and a yummy granola bar as my afternoon snack, and 15 minutes reading my favorite magazine with my feet up. Sometimes little things can make a big difference.
Taking time to take care of you really is one of the most important things you can do in order to be a better mom, wife and business woman. And when in doubt, just remember the old saying: If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!
Monday, April 20, 2009
I've seen connections happen purely by magnetic pull between likeminded women. I've seen one attendee leaving another attendees house as they made a connection and shared their services. I've had about 90% of attendees return and all them of them will continue to return as life, kid and husband schedules allow. We have room for more! Each event has us at about 75% capacity. I'd really love to see some of you make it out and discover some truly meaningful learning and connecting. I am so inspired by the inspiration of those who have attended and the power of their enthusiasm for their businesses and mine. The reciprocal support and encouragement has been beyond my expectations, but everything I'd hoped (planned for).
The next event is focused on the concept of "brand." I firmly believe that as a one-woman show, a business owner where YOU are the heart of your business, that brand goes WAY beyond the obvious. While it is easy to understand branding to encompass the visual elements of our business (logo, graphic design) and our name, it really starts with who you are, what your values and goals are, and how you operate your business. These things exude your company in every way and if every output is consistent with this vision, you will create a marriage of customer perception and brand. Surely you want the way you present your company and what your customers think of you to be the same!
Our guest speaker at the next session is Nichole Menard, owner of Over the Rainbow Children's Boutique in Calgary (130th Avenue S.E.). Njchole took over a popular consignment store, kept the business name anticipating leveraging the well known name while converting the store to a specialized boutique of new and trendy children's items. Come hear Nichole's interesting story about brand and the challenges she has faced as she continues to evolve her business.
Next event is Tuesday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. in Copperfield. Full event details and registration are on my website. http://www.mpoweredmarketing.com/Events___Services.html
I'm so happy to hear about the successes you are all having and enthusiasm you are experiencing this Spring. I am enjoying reading all your posts!
Of course, it will always be a work in progress...
Take a look and let me know what you think.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Just wanted to share some great news. I know Ive been silent a while. Just been dealing with some crazy stuff at home. So my business was put on the back burner a bit. And suddently I realized that I had totally lost my momentum with my parties. Just my luck- Belinda Ellsworth was in town the week after and I went to see her speak. Belinda is a Direct Sales specialist with 20 years of experiance in the industry.
I decided to relaunch my Passion Parties Business. And OMG...its been amazing. I now have more parties on the books than I ever did. Im booked up all the way to end of May and party of June too. Yikes!!! Who said the economy was down??? Doesnt look that way to me.. Anyway I just wanted to share my excitement.
Thanks for every one who keeps posting awesome tips!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
It made me think about my clients and whether they are offering a “good enough” product in their product mix (in addition to their higher end offerings). Middle of the road may sound boring to you, but there is plenty of demand for “good enough” products that won’t blow the budget. Think of the example of razor blades with their ever increasing number of blades, moisturizing strips and ergonomic handles. Between the $20 razor and the $1 disposable razor that leaves your legs looking worse than when you started, there is room in the middle for that razor that is “good enough”.
The same thinking can apply to the size of your product. Offering a smaller size is an excellent way to lower the cost and provide customers with what they are looking for. Have a look at your products or services and see where you can add-in affordable options.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Stock your cards, brochures and catalogs behind your table where you can easily access them but they can't be randomly gathered by passers by. Many people who attend shows will grab any and all materials whether they are interested in the business or not. This is a waste of your materials! Most of the time these harvesters won't call you and your expensive catalog will end up in their blue box (best case).
Offer catalogs only to customers who truly engage with you and are interested in your product or service. I offer an Epicure catalog with a Dip Mix sample for $2 and the customer's contact information. No contact information no exchange! Then I commit to following up in a couple of days to help them with their first order. Of course I reduce the cost of that order by the amount I've collected for the catalog. By following this process you will regularly identify quality prospects and will have an invitation to call them after the show - the beginning of that personal connection you are working to create!
Holding a draw is a great way to capture the contact information and offers more value to the customer for engaging with you at your booth. When the customer pays the nominal sum for my catalog I hand them a clip board with a draw entry slip and a pen. I encourage them to provide name, phone, email and to recommend the best time for me to call. I let them know what the prize is and remind them that I will call within the next couple of days to follow up.
Hope this was useful. It sure has helped me to get a lot more out of the shows I do. My next post is on follow up and I'll try to publish that later today. Have to see as my little guy has a rotten cold and needs lots of cuddles.
If you are in the Edmonton area this weekend drop by and say hi at my Epicure booth at the Mompreneur Marketplace. 10am to 4pm, April 19th at the Mayfield Inn. Free addmission, fab swag and I'd love to meet you in person!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I'm getting ready to take my Epicure Selections business on the road for The Mompreneur Marketplace in Edmonton this Sunday April 19th. Got to pack carefully so I don't forget anything vital. Luckily, Edmonton is my hometown and I will be visiting my parents so I've got an on the ground support team!
Vendor shows and markets are great events for direct sellers working to grow their customer base and many community events are really inexpensive. If you've never done a public show I'll be posting some tips over the next week to help you have a successful event.
Tip One - Design an eye pleasing booth you can work in.
Plan your booth in advance and practice setting it up at home.
Invest in a durable, washable solid color tablecloth large enough to cover an 8' by 4' table generously.
Resist the urge to have every product in your catalog! Take some of your top sellers and keep your display clean and organized. Don't worry about missed sales. I'll be writing about capturing customer information and followup in a couple of days!
Ensure all your inventory, empty boxes & assorted supplies will stow under your table and are covered by your table draping. Lots of stuff piled at the back of your booth looks cluttered and unorganized plus it could be a tripping hazard when you and your co-workers get busy.
A tidy, organized booth and your friendly smile will be all you need to make a great first impression!
Drop by my Epicure booth at the Mompreneur Marketplace Sunday April 19th at the Mayfield Inn in Edmonton. I'd love to meet you.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
1. Begin meal planning. If you aren't used to this start by planning just 2 dinners per week and work up to including a week's worth of dinners. You are creating a new routine so give yourself and your family time to practice.
2. Before you go grocery shopping make a list of all the ingredients you need to make the meals you've planned and check your cupboards and fridge to see what you already have on hand.
3. Plan meals that can do double duty. For example prepare extra roast chicken one night to make chicken and vegetable quesadillas the next night. Also, prepare extra portions of dinner recipes and take leftovers for lunch the next day.
4. Once you get into a good meal planning routine you'll need to grocery shop only once per week. When you shop get everything you need to prepare 5 complete meals. This should help to eliminate the last minute desperate dash to the store after work that is so stressful.
5. Involve your family in meal planning and preparation. Make note of favourite meals to make again soon. Teach children to help prepare meals, set the table and tidy up afterwards.
6. Make friends with your freezer. Double recipes of meals that freeze well and put them away for next month.
7. Consider having your groceries delivered if a store in your area offers this service. The fee is usually modest and you can save a lot of time and money by ordering online and scheduling the delivery. I know that I used to spend way more than the $7 delivery fee my store charges on 4 or 5 frantic shops during the week. When you take time to plan you make healthier, more economical choices.
For more information on how to reduce stress, save time, save money and feel great contact me about Epicure's new family wellness program A Healthier You Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook This beautiful, wipe-clean binder contains more than 120 delicious, family-friendly recipes with over 60 full-page, full-colour food photos. It includes Epicure’s Plan for Health Weekly Planner: Plan out your week’s complete menus and activity time, and create a to-go shopping list - saving you money, time and stress!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The third event in my marketing training and networking series is upon us. It is this Tuesday, April 14th. Our focus is on goal setting. I am providing a very 'get to work' approach to my training session this week. I know for myself that the personal goals and business goals overlap, and without goals, I end up in quite the muddle in how I manage my time, make decisions with income. More importantly, without goals it is easy to lose focus on both the 'why' we started our businesses in the first place and the 'how' we are going to succeed. The goal is the 'what' in the equation.... 'what' specifically do you want to achieve? The 'specifically' part is the critical development step in goal setting, and that will be what Tuesday is all about. I aim to have everyone leave the Tuesday session with a set of specific goals that inspire, motivate or reinforce business focus immediately.
As with all training sessions, we have a wonderful local guest speaker coming to support the training topic with their real-world success or challenge story. This week Sundi Hoffman, owner of Bugalug hair accessories will share her interesting marketing strategies and business development angles. Sundi has travelled North America to promote her business to all kinds of customer and business to business audiences at events, including some celebs. She won the Prairie Region Savvy Mom of the Year award. It's going to be a great session!
Registration: only $25, pay at the event by cash or credit card on the Events page at http://www.mpoweredmarketing.com/
This is personally a great week for me to narrow in on my goals. It helps manage my own expectations of myself and what I can accomplish as a mom of three young girls, with limited childcare, minor league hockey playoffs for my husband, and a growing marketing event and client-based business. Thursday evening, 15 minutes prior to rushing out the door to get my girls to their dance classes and with an evening of Easter weekend road-trip packing to do, I dropped a big glass & stainless steel pot lid on my toe. It honestly hurt as bad as labour at first, but of course, I put it in the category of stubbed toe and sucked it up. About 26 hours later, road trip completed, I found myself in the ER to get a seriously black and blue toenail taken care of (disgusting, will not expand). In my distracted state with a throbbing foot, from trying to get my family organized to leave Calgary Friday morning, I forgot to pack myself underwear and more than 1 shirt. I forgot some Easter Bunny treats. I forgot I wrote a list to remember the forgotten items. But I did remember my girls, their favourite toys, and clothes. As my toe seems to be beckoning another doctor visit in the near future, and has to be elevated a fair bit, I am just focused on my goals. I'm going to get us home tomorrow with the least amount of stress and fuss. I'm going to write my presentation with my foot up on the dashboard. I'm going to ponder marketing strategy and budget for more take out. My goal this week is simplicity. Sometimes easier said than done. But since it is now my goal, and I have some tactics around it, I'm sure I'll be able to achieve it. The best thing about great goals is that they have a timeline. Come Friday, I'll know how I did in the simplicity department to evaluate it for the next time I am clutzy in the kitchen!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and I also hope to see some of you tomorrow evening for a great marketing session just for a women in business like you!
As for the store it's slow right now and I am still having some issues with my shopping cart but we are trying to resolve them. I have set a number of good sales please feel free to check them out and pass them on to anyone you know! http://www.smallstepsecostore.com/ as well I have set up a facebook group for the store too feel free to join for the latest news!
Fans of Small Steps Eco Store
Friday, April 10, 2009
Visiting family in Northern Ireland is not the best way to keep up with weight loss plans! We stayed with my husband's sister who's a fabulous cook. Thankfully, she's also a healthy cook - lots of greens, farm-fresh food, and a good variety. We also ended up eating out a lot with various combinations of family members, and were not always so lucky with the food selections (though all were delicious!). We both came back with a couple of extra pounds, but we chose to enjoy our time with the family, and put that ahead of keeping trim.
We did, however, keep up with walking. Ireland is a beautiful place to walk! Rolling green hills, lots of birds, fresh, moist air (compared to the near-desert air of Calgary) and restful scenes. I loved walking there!
I posted my walks on Facebook, and I'm putting the links here in case you want to check them out. Some great pictures there!
Check out the pics here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Today we're going to look at how to get out of the bondage of this spirit. Here are Bill's words:
How to Overcome the SPIRIT of POVERTY
The Bible teaches about poverty and its effects on people. To write or speak about a spirit of poverty does not fall into the arena of prosperity teaching. A spirit of poverty has nothing to do with how much anyone owns what they eat or wear. A spirit of poverty can oppress, and not infrequently does, wealthy people. Many people below the "poverty level" are not oppressed by this spirit. It has nothing to do with wealth or lack of it. It is related to greed and fear of loss.
A spirit of poverty can be defined as a demonic spirit empowered by iniquity and sin in the areas of giving and receiving. It operates generationally through iniquity; therefore it is a familiar (or family-line) spirit. This spirit is related to Belial, the destroyer, described in Psalm 18:4 and 2 Corinthians 6:15. A spirit of poverty is a condition in a person, a people, and / or a land.
WHAT EMPOWERS A SPIRIT OF POVERTY:
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Monday, April 6, 2009
Founder of Millionaire Training Circle
LESSONS FROM GREAT LIVES
will be in Calgary
Wednesday April 15
Hilton Garden Inn
2335 Pegasus Rd SE
corner of Barlow Trail & McKnight
6:30-7 pm demos & scanning
7-8 pm Presentation on the business of a lifetime
Registration $20 p.p.
or call Josie at 403.988.6326
CAPTURE THE ANTI-AGING REVOLUTION
ERASE THE PAST
PERFECT THE PRESENT
Friday, April 3, 2009
Today I want to tell you about another great fitness program that also incorporates faith (isn't it wonderful how many people have figured out how to work faith into fitness? Very cool!)
This program is called "Fit for Faith" by Kimberley J. Payne. I've had the pleasure of a couple of conversations with Kimberley, and I really like her humble, down to earth style. Great lady.
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So I just wanted to say... do some research and hire an appropriate account... in the long run it will really benefit you and your business! I'm kicking myself for not spending the extra because I honestly think it would have made life way easier for me and my family!
As you read this, I am in Northern Ireland visiting family. So much easier to do my walking here! No snow!
We have the second to last installment of the "Spirit of Poverty" series by Bill Axtell today. Basically it's a continuation of last week's post on the Words of our Mouths. Great stuff to remind ourselves about!
Faith is not a feeling. Feelings are a result of what happens to us, whereas faith is a matter of our will! We need to speak or confess that which we believe.
Also notice, in Matthew 12, that Jesus said, "Therefore I say"
Jesus spoke and lived faith! He taught what words meant and cost us. We are either justified or condemned by our words.
Matthew 15:11, 18-- "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.'' But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man."
Read more here: www.PraiseWalker.com
Monday, March 30, 2009
Rain: Glue silver sequence to a piece of cardstock paper. Scatter the sequence around the paper. Allow your child to place the sequence on the paper for improving hand dexterity.
Clouds: Pull cotton balls to make them look like clouds and glude them onto card stock paper.
Sun: Trace a circle on yellow paper (use a yogurt cotainer), cut it out, and place it on a different color card stock paper. Gather some yellow feathers (available at local craft store) and glue them around the sun to represent the sun's rays. This is make a great effect to show the strong rays of the sun.
Fog: Find some grey paint to represent the color of fog. On very light color paper, have your child use a paint brush, and color the whole paper grey.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
For my business I have been looking at my product lines and what is selling and what is not selling and there are two lines I want to get rid of but am not really sure what the quickest way to do said thing would be? I have tried putting one on sale but it hasn't worked so my next thought is maybe ebay or kijji? I would like to free up space in my office and my bank account. I have also been trying to consider what to do next product wise to try and draw people to my site and I am very intrigued by Waldorf toys I love imaginative play and toys that encourage that. I am bringing some play silks as I have customers requesting those and I am also looking at some wooden toys that are very much like Haba toys but less expensive and handmade. I really want to look for things that are well made, simple and encourage children to use their imaginations. I am also thinking I want to get out of my cloth diapers and clothing to focus on Handmade and play things.
So I guess the plan for now is to work on developing a plan to simplify and declutter!