My son has dyslexia…

My 16 year old son was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in 3rd grade. We went through absolute craziness to get him the help he needs and I am so incredibly proud of how far he has come. Here is a short vlog he made about his life with dyslexia and what it took for him to “make it” in high school.

#dyslexia

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Praying mantis eating a fly

Ewww. I’m sitting here bored on a Snow day trying to leverage a corporate promo in my mlm. I’m tired of thinking about selling/recruiting, etc so I went back through my You Tube videos and came upon this video I had totally forgotten about! This was on my screen door. It’s both gross and fascinating at the same time. Who can pass up a video of a praying mantis eating a flyūüė≥

Direct Sales Blues

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog! I’m in a little valley with direct sales right now. Sometimes the overwhelming negativity from people gets to me. Seriously, people can be downright nasty about MLM. I think I am a more practical consultant too….I don’t think I “own my own business” (I realize I am a consultant for a large company), I am not pushy, I don’t tell people being a consultant is all roses and they will be able to quit their full time jobs, etc. But still, some people refuse to buy from MLM because they don’t like the structure. This is bizarre to me. Unless you only shop at mom and pop stores and never go to walmart, target, shop rite, you always support large companies! I love buying from my mlm friends, but I always have. I was always the one to have the parties and always buy from other peoples parties.  Sigh. Oh well, sorry this post has no real substance, just wanted to vent for a minute 

Anthem of the Seas- a Review

We recently returned from a 9 night vacation on Royal Carribean’s Anthem of the Seas (https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/anthem-of-the-seas) and my¬† review follows. I really touched on the overall main points, feel free to ask specific questions!

Little background- this was our 7th cruise, we have been on 3 Carnival Ships, 1 Norwegian ship and this was our 3rd Royal Caribbean cruise (the other two were on the Oasis of the Seas and the Liberty of the Seas).

First, we live in NJ so one of my favorite parts of this cruise was leaving out of Bayonne, NJ. No flights, hotels, long travel days, etc. Home to on the ship in under 2 hours!

Embarkation was very easy. We got checked in at the port and waited a short time until they started boarding around 11:00am. We hit the buffet and checked out the ship while we waited for our rooms to be ready at 1pm.

The Room: We had a very nice Royal Family Suite category stateroom. The stateroom had a living area, two separate bedrooms, a master bathroom with full tub and a second bathroom with shower. The room really was amazing and the balcony was huge. Our room was always clean and towels were always fresh. Our stateroom attendant was extremely nice and helpful, although I wish she was a little more accessible. I had a question regarding laundry one day so I called several departments and was told I would have to speak to the attendant but I couldn’t find her. But, that’s really the only complaint about the room, so I call it a win!

They have a very nice Suite program but it is only available on a handful of ships (http://www.royalcaribbean.com/royalsuiteclass), the Anthem being one of those ships. Basically, if you book a suite class room, you get perks based on the level of suite. We were in the middle category so that entitled us to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the suite only restaurant, free wifi, access to the suite sun deck, transportation on the private island, use of the concierge lounge (free drinks and appetizers daily from 5-8pm). These perks were really a nice added touch to our stay! Most of these perks are not included with the lowest tier suite class though, only the top two.

The food: The food was just ok. I try to eat on the healthier side and it was very difficult for me to find things to eat. I ended up with the everyday options of salmon or chicken almost everyday. Honestly, even if I didn’t watch what I ate, most of the choices just didn’t sound appealing. The salmon and chicken were very good, I would have just liked more variety. There also weren’t many choices. Realistically, with 4,000 passengers, I would assume they have to limit the menu choices a bit or it would get tough to feed everyone and get them out for the next seating. Speaking of seating, we had “my time dining” and made our reservations for dinners on the first day. When we ate in the main dining room, our reservations were always for 5:15ish, which I think was a good time, as we got in without having to wait. Often, we would leave and there would be a lot of people waiting to be seated- even those with reservations.

We did eat in the Coastal Kitchen, the suite-only restaurant, a couple nights. Again, the food was just ok, a half step up from the main dining room but still not many choices. The best meal we had was at Chop’s Grill. The upcharge for Chop’s was (I believe) $42 per person plus tip. We had a room credit, so this was the perfect use for it! Now this was an amazing dinner! I would definitely recommend trying it at least once! I did want to try Wonderland but we never got there.

Forget eating healthy on the buffet for lunch. You can have some dry lettuce and that’s about it. Only one day I was able to find¬†a simple protein (fish) that wasn’t covered in a rich sauce.

The ship: The ship itself is beautiful. I loved the d√©cor.¬†It was very new and modern looking.¬†I was a little disappointed in the Promenade, as that is Royal Caribbean’s signature deck! The Esplanade, as they call it on the Anthem, is smaller than the Promenade of the other ships. I did hit the Caf√© all day for easy access to coffee and water. It was the perfect spot for that! The sports deck is indoors and very nicely set up. The only problem is that the “highlights” of this ship (roller skating, bumper cars, circus school) all take place on the same floor, so they are only available during very limited hours. As you can imagine, the line for these activities was really long so we never waited for any of those. The ifly, indoor skydiving, was pretty neat. Luckily we made reservations on the first morning because it booked up for the entire week very quickly! The whole process is about 40 minutes (watch video, get suit and helmet, receive instructions) but you only get to fly for 1 minute, which was somewhat disappointing.

The shows and activities: The shows are definitely better than other ships. They put on really nice productions. They were all worth seeing Рthe comedians were funny, the production shows were well put together (their signature show, The Gift, was a little hard to follow but still worth seeing). The other activities around the ship are fairly typical: excursions/shopping talk, trivia, pool games, music, dancing. All well put together. I do like the activities on Royal Caribbean overall better than on Carnival. I feel like Royal just has more to offer.

MLMGATEWAY for recruiting- my review

If you are in mlm (direct sales), unless¬†you have 100 friends and family that jumped at the chance to join your business opportunity, you have most likely done some research on recruiting from your cold market. A quick Google search will land you at mlmgateway. This website ‘promises’ several new leads per day! Sounds amazing- sign me up! Here are a few things you should know:

  1. Yes, you can join for free, however, you are very limited as to what you can do with a free account. You need credits, which can be purchased in bulk or on a monthly basis. For example, 30 credits will cost you $14 up to 600 credits for $189 or you can subscribe monthly to become a premium member, which starts at $24.95/month. You need these credits to actually send a connect request or accept a request from anyone.
  2. Most of the people on mlmgateway are looking FOR recruits,¬†NOT looking to be recruited. In all reality, unless you live under a rock, you don’t have to search and join a website to find a direct sales company to join. Google will give you hundreds of results and a click on anyone will present someone who will be more than happy to have you join their opportunity. The basic premise of mlmgateway is “you try my opportunity and I’ll try yours.” So if you are not looking to try someone else’s opportunity, you won’t have much luck.
  3. Getting people to reply to you can be tricky. It will cost you 1 credit to send a connect request but 20 credits to accept someone’s connect request. That means if you get 20 people per day that want to connect with you, it will cost you 400 credits to connect with all of them. For this reason, people tend to be a pick picky about which requests they accept.
  4. Having said all of that, there is potential for you to find someone that is an mlm junkie and will join you. Who knows, maybe you will end up with someone that already belongs to 10 direct sales companies but¬†wants to work yours as well. It’s better to have that person on board than not.
  5. There is potential to connect with other people and end up with new customers. You may form a ‘relationship’ through email with someone, discussing your opportunities and you really like the other product, or vice versa, so one of you decides to purchase from the other.
  6. You really have to go into it with an open mind and look at it as a way to get your name seen by others. If you have a great deal to join, put it in your “interested in” comments so it shows up in the members list with your info. Even if you register for free and maybe purchase a small credit package, it may benefit you just by forming relationships. I wouldn’t completely discount it, but start slow. Don’t buy the $180 package and expect recruits to knock down your door.

If you would like to try mlmgateway, you can follow my link below.

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Childhood is temporary

We have almost 16 year old twin boys and a 14 year old boy. I had almost every complication possible when I was pregnant with the twins. I wish the internet was then what it is now, I would’ve blogged everyday for the 16 weeks I was on full bed rest. When I was going through that, everyone said “don’t worry, this won’t last. Once the babies are born you’ll wish you could lay in bed. This is only temporary.” The babies were born and they ate and cried all the time. We were exhausted and we kept saying “it’s ok, it’s only temporary, we can make it through.” When the twins were 18 months old, baby #3 came along. Triple the diapers, triple the crying. But, not to worry, it’s only temporary. Soon they will be potty trained and be able to tell us when something is wrong. Then came following them around the park and worrying they will fall off the slide, then play dates, and helping with homework. Each stage brought it’s own challenges and we kept reassuring ourselves that each stage was only temporary, it will get better. Then we moved on to running from sport to sport and splitting the driving duties every night and weekend rushing each season so we could get to the week or two in-between¬†seasons when we could relax at night and eat dinner as a family again. It’s ok, we can make it through 10pm hockey followed by 5 am ice time the next day, it’s only temporary, the season only lasts a few months. Now, the twins are ready to get their driving permits and the younger one is ready for high school. Where did these 16 years go? As we kept wishing away each stage of development waiting for it to get easier, we wished away their childhood. Soon they will all be out of the house and my husband and I will stare at each other over dinner with nothing to say. They all can’t wait to get real jobs and make money. Too bad they (and us) don’t realize they (and we) should enjoy every minute- childhood is only temporary.

 

via Daily Prompt: Temporary

What’s Your Why?

What’s your why? If you are in direct sales you’ve no doubt heard this many times. Right? The number one step in building your business is coming up with your why. When I restarted in mlm after 10 years, I tried coming up with my why. Because I want extra money, I want to buy nice things. Who knows.  Coming up with a why didn’t seem super important to me- obviously I wanted to make extra money. Does anyone go into direct sales for fun? After some research into the idea of why, I came across this amazing Ted Talk Video. This is a game changer…running your business from your why will drive your business! Forget what you sell (makeup, food, skincare) or how you sell it (“all natural, quick meals)…run your business from your why! Start with your why- why do you do what you do!