Good Vibes Only


I recently read this Forbes article. It is an interview with author and business leader, Mark Sanborn. He wrote a book called, “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader.” Which I plan on picking up! Part of this interview really spoke to me and I wanted to share what inspired me with you all.

August is traditionally been a super slow month in network marketing. Every August since I started as a network marketing leader, I have heard how much worse it is than previous years. And I bought into that way of thinking up until a couple years ago. Now, I would go out on a limb and say that’s absolutely false. When we are feeling uninspired, we tend to come from a negative perspective. This HAS to be the worse August ever! It’s the only explanation why my business isn’t growing, why my people are quiet, why I am failing!

But that’s not the truth. The truth is, after a full summer with everyone busy, and back to school stress hitting most families, we become disillusioned with a lot. We back up and back off. And we decide that our business must be going backwards. I have a little secret to tell you though, it’s not your business that is going backwards, it’s your thinking. It can all be turned around!

And all you have to do is change your perspective. Maybe sales are down, then it’s a great time to work on personal growth! Read your books, reach out to friends and those who inspire you with just something simple like “I am thinking about you and hoping you are having a great day!” Offer to fill in a gap in your group if you see it. Start making plans for your holidays. Reach out to someone you might have heard something inspiring from and ask them if they have a moment to chat. Don’t expect others to fix your situation, rather look to them to inspire you. Try something new. 😉. The magic in all this is when we stop looking at the negative and start focusing on positives, things really do turn around!! I know this from personal experience!

“In tough times you need both information and inspiration. Information is essential to understand what’s going on. Some say, “Don’t read the news. It’s only negative.” That is shortsighted advice. If there is news of an upcoming storm you need to know so you can prepare. Ignoring it won’t make the storm go away. We all need to face reality.

We also need to be inspired by focusing on what we can do to respond successfully. Neuroscience has shown that we aren’t just happy because we are successful, but we’re successful because we’re happy. Focusing more on the good than the bad, focusing on what we have rather than what we don’t have – these predispose us to doing better and achieving our goals.

I like to offer people hope, which I define as having something new to try and being willing to try it. There is no hopeless situation if you can find something different to try and you are willing to act on the idea. Keep searching for new solutions and don’t let lack of past success in dealing with a problem trick you into thinking there’s nothing you can do.” – Mark Sanborn…/20…/08/25/titles-dont-make-leaders/

The Perpetual You

(Photo courtesy of Kay Nass)

About a year ago I stumbled across a collaborative group through Instagram.  Lee Lee Thompson had commented on one of my photos and as I looked over her feed I became curious about her group, The Perpetual You.  What I discovered was this was a collaborative group of women who were putting together an online magazine along with website and blog that is all woman focused.  I inquired about submitting an article I had written, The Tree Mamas.  Lee Lee was very enthusiastic about me posting this to the blog and a friendship was born.

Since then I have written more for the blog, photographed the essential oils for a monthly column, was one of the quarterly panelists offering my perspective on thematic questions for a monthly column in the magazine, and now I am the book photographer for the recommendations section.  I love working with these women!  We come from all walks of life and it’s a wonderful feeling to support and be supported.  An honest collaboration of ideas and gifts to create something so beautiful and honest.  I am so grateful Lee Lee commented on that long ago photo!


Something cool happened this month with our little collaboration.  We are now in print!  That’s right, we are a full fledged, in print, monthly publication!  And let me tell you, it’s even more beautiful that I expected.  To be a part of something from the ground up is an honor and to share it with you all is a delight!

Check out our subscription information.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  As women, especially in the world today, we need to support each other and raise each other up.  Would love to see you all a part of this new venture.  You are always welcome…

A Few Beautiful Blogs


I wanted to share a few blogs on my blog roll this week.  With rainy days all week, these are a few of the places I am visiting when baby is napping.  All are beautiful in their own way.  Relax and enjoy!

Attic 24 – Oh the color!  The yarn!  The patterns!  The crochet!  I absolutely adore this one so very much!  Lucy is most inspiring!

Sew Liberated – After a hiatus, Meg McElwee is back with a revamped blog that I adore!! I have both her sewing books, Sew Liberated and Growing Up Sew Liberated, and love every pattern.  Definitely one of my favorites!

A Beautiful Mess – Talk about inspiring, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman have created a gorgeous lifestyle blog that is beyond beautiful!  I want every photo to be my life!

Design Mom – Another lifestyle blog that I could stare at for hours.  Gabrielle Blair created a gorgeous blog full of gorgeous things.

Magic Onions – This is a sweet Waldorf Blog I have been perusing for years.  I love all the crafts and ideas!  Many of these have been created in our home when the girls were young.  I love all things Waldorf.

So there you have it….a few blogs I am reading this week!  Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, you may be here awhile!


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Review: Creative Kids Photo Guide Craft Books


Just received a set of books that are perfect for summer!  Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide Craft books!  Along with a couple extra bonus books.

The Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide series leads the way with step-by step instructions.  Sewing, crochet, knitting and bead crafts!  Super easy instructions with clear photos of every step.  Tons of great projects that will keep the kids entertained through the summer!


For a little more variety, dip into the sparkly side of life with Charm Love Friendship Bracelets and Rubber Band Glam. They are both sure to be a hit with kids from about first grade through middle school.  Easy enough for my 7 year old grandson, and holds the attention of my 13 year old daughter!

My kids are already diving in and excited about all the projects layed out.  I am excited to share them with you!


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I have to let you all know about a great children’s book that was sent to the girls over the holidays. It is called, “Spring A B C’S” by Dodie Sparks. It is a wonderful little book! A sweet poem on each page for each letter of the alphabet and the illustrations are gorgeous! The girls love it so much that it is usually in the stack of books they bring me to read at bedtime..:) Dodie is Jonathon’s grandmother and has always been very close to me. She has been wanting to write a children’s book for as long as I’ve known her, 24 years now! Please, do yourself a favor and check out this book for your kids or as a gift! It is worth it, believe me. Also, check out Dodie’s Website for more information! You can also find this delightful book at Amazon.