Abundant Living

Packing and Unpacking

I am not a list maker by nature!

Morning packing!

I like to pack for a trip by getting up in the morning and getting dressed.

I put everything into my cosmetic bag that I put on, as I use it.

I usually take too many clothes, and sometimes not the right things.  At least I think about what I might need.  Shoes are the single most important item.  Nothing is worse than being unable to walk because your feet hurt.

I love the excitement of getting ready for a trip.

I usually get more done just getting ready to go.  It is the best time to clear my desk too.  Sometimes I take organizational tasks with me and find it easy to take care of them while I’m gone and there aren’t so many things to do!

However the main thing is being able to focus on having a good time and “being with ” everyone you’re with on a trip!

Think of everything

Pack the best attitude possible and the rest will fall into line for you!  It always does for me.

Would YOU enjoy traveling more?  Click here for more information on how to travel 5 star on a 3 star budget?

 

 

To your abundant life!

Louise

 

 

 

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Three Reasons to Travel

Packing bags, getting ready seems like such a job.

Details, details, details.  I’m not a list maker, but I believe I will become one!  Going away from home for more than a weekend there are many things that just simply have to be done.  Bills paid?  Everyone notified? Arrangements for other people to do things every day? A place to stay?  Reservations for a car and activities? Documents in order?  Laundry? Packing?  So for the first part, a great deal of planning and energy goes into getting ready.  This builds anticipation of something fun to come and that is exciting.  Getting ready is a booster to morale!  There is a drop-dead deadline.  When it is time to leave for a flight, you’ve got to be ready!

Then the relaxation begins.  Even before arriving, there’s some time to read, to think, to relax.  Traveling itself is very exciting and fun.

Could the sky be any bluer? Seeing all the other travelers is interesting if you are a people-watcher!  Whatever your view, you get to see it from a new angle!

 

The Promise

Nice that a vacation in another place is the experience of a time-stops-still kind of pace.  Instead of clock time, everything is “in the moment.”  Drink it in, savor it.  It is a click-click-click in the mind as though a camera were recording every moment!

What is bluer than sky? Water!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third reason for me is returning.  It is not with sadness, it is happiness and a new perspective!  Energized!  Being refreshed and having been pampered there’s a new energy of expectation of how I want my life and surroundings to be!  So a part of the “vacation brought home” involves the vision of and what I can do to be better and to do better.

Our last view on this trip of Hawaiian Sunset!

In case you want to experience travel as I do, ask me about it and how we are doing this much in our retirement!

To your abundant life,

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Louise

 

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Why I Love/Hate and almost Quit Network Marketing

 

My earliest intro to MLM was with a home party program for some type of household decor.

I got some kickoff leads and started holding home parties.  It was fun to be the presenter and people make orders left and right.  I got a few bookings and was right into profit mode.  The downsides, as I recall, included mainly the fact that I had to pack up all the stuff into my car, unload and set up a display at someone’s home, and then repack it after taking orders at the end of the evening.

So I looked for something I deemed “easier.”

I always wanted something fun.  I loved having clear beautiful skin, so skincare was for me!   We had a system of doing demonstrations on one half the face.  The team I was with drove across two states to attend trade show events.  We did complimentary demonstrations and pushed our product!  It was a LOT of fun for me being with this group and we were go-getters.  We also had mailer postcards in which we claimed to make you look 10 years younger in about 10 minutes.  Each upfront sale netted about a hundred dollars, so it was paydirt, up until you actually added up driving costs and hotel costs for the trip!  As time went on I was so excited about this product, I could only think about it and nothing else.  I visioned getting all my actual friends to use it. I was obnoxious.  I know they have a saying that “ignorance on fire” is a good thing, but for me, it led me quickly to the NFL (no friends left) club.

Therefore, I began studying how to “Keep My Mouth Shut.”

This method didn’t work so well.   While I continued to try new network marketing products, I continued to keep my mouth shut, and so,

I essentially Quit Network Marketing!

Want to find out why I’m still writing about it now?

 

To your massive success!

Louise 

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I’ll get going right after…I remove the finger prints from the TV screen!

Right after I pay the bills, I’ll write my blog post for today!

Right after the closet is rearranged, I’ll make appointments.

Right after I wash up these dishes, I’ll invite some friends for a get-together.

Right after I take out the trash, I’ll get started on social media posting.

Right after the kids go back to school, I will begin my new home business.

You get the point!  I’m the queen of “Right After.”  You may be also!

It all comes back to What do I really want?

Do I really want to be a blogger?  Do I really want to make appointments that turn into sales?  Do I really want to help other people become successful in doing the same thing?  Do I really want to run a successful home business?

So two-step tango really:  1. Write down what you really want and 2. Write down what you will do.

Then do it right away!

 

To your massive success!

Louise

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Important steps to become a successful network marketer.

  1. Join a company with a valid product you really love or can become passionate about.
  2. Decide and begin quickly to promote.
  3. Get going every day to repeat step 2!  Do not over think it, and do not complicate it!

When you check out the company, spend a little time researching how long it has been in business, how many reps are already selling the product, whether they truly have a unique niche product that people will want.  Many companies go out of business each year and many new companies launch each year.  Getting into one that’s on the startup side of things allows more possibilities to take a larger market share if you are in the earlier stages!   Make sure you absolutely love the product and do a little looking around.  Maybe nearly the same thing is available somewhere else.  Make sure the product does what is claimed, suggested.  Health and wellness companies are springing up daily it seems.  Once in a long while there’s something really new, but most companies are in the “me too” business.  What they offer is also offered elsewhere —  ( and sometimes that’s right there in your local health food store, drugstore, or grocery).

Joining a winning person or team can also help you, but ultimately these types of business have as a selling point that you will be in business for yourself, so the adage, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”  is true.  So ultimately this requires self-confidence.  I can point you to some great sources for that! 🙂

Look around and join someone who you can feel comfortable will be there to help you, but not manage you. You want someone with leadership but not someone who wants to hold your hand!  After all, isn’t what you are looking for something you can hold in your own hands? 

 

To your massive success,

Louise

 

 

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How we began again with Leonbergers

Back in the last decade of the last century, like many near empty nesters, we shifted to the canine children.

My husband says, each time a kid left, we got another dog.  We generally favored the female sex, and it has taken me nearly thirty years to be able to call them bitches.

Our sweet girls are “the girls” to us!

Our first Leonberger came because my husband went to a social event at the home of some folks with a Leonberger who quietly mingled among all the people there leaving vases and coffee table crudites for only the guests to enjoy.  But this was an illusion, I call “training.”

By nature, all the Leos we have had have happy tails which wreak havoc to those types of coffee table items!

Here is Dick back in 2013 with Maisy – who was our fifth Leo, and is still the most* loved!  She was born in May 2013 and was the sole survivor in her litter.

 

Maisy is a fighter who came with us having undeveloped lungs and a broken leg.   She was sorely wanted to fill a vacuum we had and lots of love have gone out to Maisy.  It is a miracle she is still with us today!

  • each one is “most loved,”  as each one is special.   Those are the feelings I have when I talk or think about each one.  The same with children and grandchildren, actually!

To your massive success!

Louise Shickle

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