I'm an author, sometimes a speaker, and a relational coach on a fairly regular basis. To put things into perspective, it takes 3-6 months to create a new product (such as an e-course, a workbook or journal) before I can put it out for sale. It takes me a year to write a book. And that doesn't include the time it takes for promotions. Speaking engagements are kept to a minimum unless I happen to be in a somewhat close proximity, and coaching is kept to one or two small groups per week.
So, I paint you this picture so that you can see that my income structure is sporadic and difficult to determine from one month to the next. I haven't really been looking for another income stream, because my plate is pretty full on any given time, but I'm always open to hearing about new opportunities.
Enter It Works!
Full disclosure. I discovered this company as a client. I use their products and I love their products. I think they are well made and they really do all the things they promise. They are worth every single penny. My daughter started selling the product and she loves the company side of things too! So, with some convincing, (not much, actually) I decided to sign up to be a distributer too! It's now a family business!! Lol!
In case you haven't heard of It Works, it is a company that offers Health and Wellness products that are sold through Independent Distributors. Their products are plant-based which makes them an instant "YES!" to vegans or those who have a difficult time getting their daily requirements for a healthy body. (Which I think we ALL struggle with! Lol)
It offers weight loss, hair, skin and nails, a full skin care line, healthy shakes, help with stress, digestion, and so many other wonderful and well made products. There literally is something for everyone! Check out their products here.
I love it already because it doesn't add a ton of more items to my already explosive list! No inventory. No parties. No cold calls. No expensive sign up fees or subscriber fees.
Did I mention that I now get a really great discount on the items I'm already using?! Lol!!
I spend a lot of time on social media and blogging already, so this is was just an extension of things I'm already doing. The company is very clear that they don't want a bunch of pushy sales people. They just want you to tell the people you are in contact how you feel about the products.
I can do that!! I AM doing that!! And, people come to me. It's amazing. It helps that the company has a good reputation and a recognizable product.
So, here I am, letting you know I'm here for you! I'll probably be blogging a bit more about the products but I promise not to take away from the amazing content already found here. (Maybe I'll start a different blog?)
If you are interested in product, let me know! If you are looking for a real, honest-to- goodness work from home option, let me know. I am happy to brag about this one! I am so impressed already!
If you want to dig around the site to see what it has to offer, here ya go. Just click here!
If you have any questions about anything (as always), please reach out to me and ask!
If Only My Teens Would Hear These 35 Things…
By Elizabeth Bourgeret
If there was a window of time that teens would allow me to spill out all of my years of advice and wisdom from being a life-coach and mom, this short list is what I’d like them to know…
I know it’s hard to see past this time in your life and you may feel disconnected, but, I promise you- you WILL make it through and you will be able to look back and reminisce about these very days sometime in your distant future. (Probably when your teens are going through the same trials and you wish nothing more than to be able to ease their stress)
I have made it my personal mission to help teens get through the tricky time between high school and adult life though classes, workshops, coaching and essentially being the “other Momma”. But just in case I don’t get a chance to meet up with you, here are just a few things that you probably won’t learn in school, and the test you take on your comprehension of said items, is not a pass or fail grade but a level of success and happiness to be found in your daily life.
So if I’ve kept your attention this long, my easily-distracted teens, keep reading. Here comes the good stuff.
1. The choices you make today will impact your future. You may think that the things you do right now don’t matter, but even when you turn a giant airplane’s direction a fraction of a degree, it completely changes its destination.
2. Your destination is not pre-determined. You have the power to create the future you choose. Don’t ever let anyone tell you anything different.
3. No one owes you anything. If there is something you want, go to work for it.
4. In order to have friends, you must first BE a friend. And not all friends are true friends. Those are few and far between and should be treated as special as they are.
5. Goal setting and taking action is the key. Even if it is a small action. Work toward your goals a little bit every day. And you WILL reach them eventually.
6. A goal without action, is just a wish.
7. Always, always take the high road and walk in integrity.
8. Anything you share on social media is NEVER private. If you don’t want your mother to see it, don’t post it. Don’t send it. Don’t… you know what, better yet, delete it. Delete it right now.
9. Get enough sleep. Your brain and body need it to help you in this huge mental and physical growth spurt you are enduring.
10. Choose your friends carefully. They have more influence over your decisions than you realize. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Who you spend the bulk of your time with will shape how far you will go in life.
11. Never stop dreaming. When you see your dream to reality… dream a new one.
12. Read something positive or influential every day.
13. Choosing a spouse is the single most important decision you will ever make. Do not rush into a lifetime commitment, but once you do commit, never let go.
14. Learn to take responsibility for everything in your life. Your words, your choices, your actions and reactions. By taking responsibility (even though it sounds super scary) is actually the key to your freedom.
15. Value your family.
16. Keep your commitments. You are only as good as your word.
17. Technology cannot and should not replace human relationships
18. If you feel your parents would disapprove of something you are about to do, practice the Pause. Think it through to what the consequences might be. Those “gut” feelings are there for a reason. Take heed and if you must proceed, proceed with caution. But trust me- you don’t want to walk willingly into regret.
19. Manners make a difference.
20. Life is hard. It’s supposed to be. It’s molding you and shaping you into the person you were meant to be. Don’t give up. You appreciate things more if you have to work for them.
21. What is your story? Who are you? What do you believe about yourself? When you know your story, the answers to many of life’s toughest questions are already answered for you. Have faith in your story.
22. Be good to your parents. They are doing the best that they can, and really do want what is best for you. (They are not out to ruin your street cred!)
23. Don’t waste your time, money or brain cells on drugs. Need I say more, cause I can go on for days…
24. Take photos. Smile. Commemorate your life. Appease your mother when she insists on family photos. You’ll be glad to have them to look back on when she is gone. These small capsules of your life will keep you company when you are lonely.
25. Don’t judge others. You have no idea what they may be going through and you don’t like it when it’s done to you.
26. Be kind to yourself. What you tell yourself everyday will either lift you up and make you stronger or break you down and suck the self-confidence away from you.
27. Always be willing to help others.
28. Don’t’ take anything for granted. Be thankful for the good, the bad and the lessons learned.
29. Always be kind to others. There is absolutely no reason that you can’t be kind.
30. Don’t ruin a perfectly good today by dwelling on a not so good yesterday. You can’t change what has already happened, but the future is wide open.
31. You don’t HAVE to be in a relationship. Enjoy your own company! Figure out who you are. Be patient. Love will happen when it’s time. Work on becoming the right person and the right person will come to you. (Not necessarily in high school, but someday.)
32. Sometimes things don’t have a solid answer. Sometimes things aren’t all black and white, either, or, this or that. Don’t spend your nights thinking on things that just don’t have answers right now. Sometimes you just have to accept things as they are and let the rest go. Eventually all the pieces will fall into place, just right.
33. Actions speak louder than words. Without exception. Actions prove who someone is. Words only show you who they think they want to be.
34. If you continue to live your life thinking that everything should be about you, then eventually, that’s all that you will be left with… just you.
35. And one last thing; You are unique and precious and so worthwhile. You fill my life with sunshine and give me purpose. You- yes you- can accomplish anything you put your heart to… and I’ll be right here cheering you on.
(motivational teen-life coach and creator of the Total Truth Workshop for Teens. Find out more about Elizabeth Bourgeret by visiting her website: www.elizabethbourgeret.com or following her on Facebook.com/EBourgeret)
A Financial Planner may be your Best Gift to Yourself
There are many ways in which you can plan for your financial retirement. The first step in making the right moves is always the step that involves actually creating a plan of action that you can follow as a family. Many people focus too much on the now or too much on the later and have a great deal of difficulty when it comes to creating a happy medium for savings and investing.
Throughout our lives we will have both long and short-term goals that need to be assessed, addressed, and often revisited. Whether you need to find a way to pay for your children to attend college, home improvement projects, or a method for saving for your retirement you can find information and assistance for all these things and so much more if you seek the services of a qualified financial advisor.
A good financial advisor will help you find that balance that so many people and families lack. He or she will also help you assess your means in comparison with your long and short-term needs in order to see where your funds would experience the greatest return in order to suit your specific needs with minimal risk. It is important to remember that going with a financial planner or advisor does not eliminate the risks that are an integral part of investing but it does help you learn to better calculate those risks.
Investing is a risky business. Learning how to weigh the odds and go for the prize is the best way to earn the biggest possible return on your investment no matter how modest your investment may be. We are all starting from different means, isn't it amazing to know that we could all end up with very similar abilities when all is said and done and we are living out our 'golden years'?
Good financial planning is the key to success when it concerns your financial retirement. With so few people around the world adequately prepared to retire it is great to know that there are options and assistance that is available to help you get started on your retirement no matter how late in the game it is. Even better is the knowledge that limits are lifted a little once you reach the age of 50 and retirement is much more eminent. This allows those who got a late start on their retirement planning or who have hit a speed bump or two along the way the opportunity to 'catch up' on their investing and work up to the place they need to be in order to establish a more comfortable retirement for themselves and those they love.
401 (k) plans offer some of the best retirement benefits your money can buy at the moment. They certainly allow you to make the maximum possible investment for your money. If you aren't taking your company up on their offer to match your investment in a 401(k) then you should seriously rethink that thought. Seriously, you're throwing away free money.
When it comes to the murky water of retirement investing it helps to have a guide to get you through. Utilizing the services of a financial planner may be the best move you've ever made in your life when it comes to the financial health of your family and your retirement.
Are you married or do you currently live with you partner? For many couples, marriage or cohabitation, often spells trouble for many relationships. While there are a number of different reasons for the cause of this common issue, it is often attributed to a lack of romance. To help you keep your relationship with your live-in partner or your husband going strong, it is important to keep the romance in your relationship alive.
As nice as it is to hear that you should keep the romance alive in your relationship, you may be wondering exactly how you should go about doing so. When creating romance in your relationship, it is important to know that not all couples are the same. For that reason, you may want to keep your partner’s wants, needs, or interests in mind. This is another key to having a happy and healthy relationship, compromise.
One of the best ways to keep romance alive in a relationship is actually quite a simple concept. That concept is affection. Unfortunately, many couples get into a groove where they just become comfortable with their daily life. This often leads many couples not to hold hands anymore, kiss, or even talk about their day. It is important that you do not let your relationship get to this point, as it often spells trouble. As much as possible, you will want to express your love and appreciation for your live-in partner or spouse, both in action and in words.
It is also important to get out of your house. As with showing affection, many couples, after a period of time, stop going out on dates. Whenever you have a free evening, you may want to consider going on a date. What is nice about dates is that just about any activity can be considered a date. For instance, you can go out to dinner, see a movie, or go have a few drinks at a local bar. All of these activities can be viewed as a date. Social interaction, both with each other and with other couples, is important to the health of a relationship. For that reason, you and your partner should get out and socialize.
As previously stated, a relationship is all about compromise. Compromise is also a way to keep the romance alive in your relationship. As compatible as you and you partner or spouse may be, you may still have a few differences. Often times, these differences show on date nights. When it comes to going on a date or just doing a simple activity with your partner, it is advised that you comprise as often as possible. This may include having alternate date nights. For instance, if your husband wanted to attend a baseball game, you can agree to do so, as long as he agrees to go the movies with you next time.
As outlined above, there are a number of different ways that you can go about keeping the romance alive in your relationship. As difficult as love and romance may seem, it is important that you put forth the extra effort. Not feeling enough support is an issue that the two of you can resolve, but divorce may not be. That is why it is important to not let it get to that point.
When you were younger, do you remember having a disagreement with your family, namely your parents or your siblings? As you increased in age, there is a good chance that many of those arguments and disagreements disappeared, but, in adulthood, you may see them reappear. If and when the time comes, do you know what to do? Unfortunately, many people are unsure as to where they should stand or how to handle this important issue.
When it comes to adulthood problems with family members, many people automatically think of problems that they have with their spouces or their romantic partners. While these are complications and issues that need to be dealt with, it is important to realize that there is a difference between your partner and the family that you grew up with. That is why it is important that you handle those situations and issues differently.
One of the many problems that people have to deal with, concerning their family in adulthood, is that of sibling rivalries. This is particularly common if you come from a family with three or more children. If one of your siblings is having disagreements with another one, there is a good chance that you may be pulled into the middle. If, at all costs, you are advised to try to stay out of it. There is nothing trickier than having to choose between one sibling and another, especially in adulthood. Although you may not think about it at the time, this is when many families experience rifts that cannot be repaired.
Another situation that many people are placed in is between disagreements or, in worst case scenarios, divorces between their parents. When parents divorce, we often think of young children having to deal with the ramifications of divorce. With that in mind, the problems can be just as bad, if not worse, when everyone is an adult. In messy divorces, it is not uncommon for one parent to expect their adult children to support them and them alone. While you have complete control over your decisions, it is important, like with your sibling rivalries, that you stay as neutral as possible. The last thing that you want to do is cause a rift between you and your parents, especially when you may not have all the time in the world to repair that rift.
Although it is nice to hear that you should avoid any family complications in adulthood, at all costs, you may be feeling pressured. If that is the case, it is important that you explain your feelings to your family members. After all, they spent their lives either raising you or growing up with you. This means that they should understand where you are coming from. Simply ask your brother, sister, mother, or father to put themselves in your shoes and image how you are feeling. If that does not do the trick, it may be a good idea to seek assistance from a professional counselor.
As a reminder, you have the ability to handle any family issue that comes your way, any way that you see fit. With that in mind, it is important that you use your best judgment. Unlike when you were a child or a teenager, you may not be able to get a quick fix. With no guarantees on how much time you, your parents, or your siblings have left, why take that chance?