Sunday, July 15, 2012

Visit to GA

I had two weeks with family in GA.  It was probably the best visit home since I moved away 12 years ago.

My uncle came down from Jersey with his family.  Izza and his son,  my cousin and her cousin of course, were inseparable.   Izza got to ride on a three person float with her cousins.  A first for her and she loved it.  We also went to analternative arcade amusement complex where the Izza and her four cousins had a ball.

We had dinner with my in-laws, which allowed Izza to meet her Uncle Scott and Aunt Rhian in addition to two more cousins. 

It was great spending time with my parents not doing anything planned...just being together.

Since I worked some of the time from the VA facility I was even able to have lunch with some of my former co-workers.  It was great to see them again.

It was awesome to spend this time with the family.  I miss everyone so much with living so far away, but I have to say it is also nice to get back to my regular life.  There is no place like the home you make for yourself.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Patience of a Diamond

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul- Simone Weil

I read this and it is like...hell, yeah...that is what I am talking about...I wish more people could "hear" those words and get what they mean...

I used to be an Amway Independent Business Owner (IBO).  I was young and not very experienced in life.  I was told what I needed to do to be successful in the Amway business, but I just did not get it.  I was not willing to do what I was told and again...I just did not get it.

It is now 8+ years later and I ironically came in contact with the Amway business again while I was on vacation at Disney World right before Christmas.  The man I met has reached a significant level in the bonus payments from Amway.  I asked him some questions, questions that pertained to part of why I did not stay with the Amway business.  He had good answers...gave me a lot to think about.

On the way home my husband and I talked about this opportunity that had come around to us for the second time in our life.  It was a no brainer, we had to become Amway IBOs again.  We are mentally in a different place than we were back then, we are wiser, and we see Amway in a whole different way than we did back in the 90s and early 2000s.

Then we get our access as IBOs and we sign up for the training and we are so surprised and happy to find training like we never received before.  We find ourselves being told how to sell the products in a way that no one ever explained to use before.  We see this business in a whole new light than anything we had ever experienced in the past.  We are excited.  We can't wait to market our products and we love the Amway products, have never stopped so it is just like anything else we have experienced in retail, accept that now we get paid for telling people about products that we love and referring them to the store that we got them from.

So, yes...I so get this quote...our efforts before, did not see any results, but in the last two months we have already made more in this business than we ever made in the six or seven years we were in the business before.  So much of that success in the past two months is due to what we learned before and our life experiences since leaving Amway.  With big dreams and goals we can see the light.  With patience and hard work we will be successful and get to have the most fun in life ever.

Don't ever give up on those dreams and goals.  With hard work and the patience of a diamond we can all shine. Banish discouragement and feelings of impossibility by working hard, doing more, and not giving in! A diamond was only made beautiful after millions of years as a lump of coal.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore, author

So true.  In the last year I have had some significant opening and closings of doors.  I had adopted the best little girl in the world.  I  had surgery to help me lose weight.  I started a new job closing the doors on a career I had been in for over 21 years.  I have had friendship doors open and close in the past year and am fine with that.  I believe all friendships go a course.  And now we are back in a business that we left over 8 years ago and I can see so many doors opening.

I am so excited about the doors that are opening and expect that we will have some close along the way as we become different people and lead totally different lives.  It is a journey I am ready and willing for...let's go!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

One True Friend

If you have one true friend you have more than your share.
- Thomas Fuller, English clergyman & historian

This is a quote that was on one of my daily emails.

I just had to blog about it...

I have at least four people in my life I consider true friends, so I have way more than my fair share and a day does not go by that I do not count myself blessed for these people in my life...We all live far apart now and most of them have met each other, which is a great bonus for me of course...but distance has not diminished the love I have for these people in  my life or the trust I have in them.

I hope you too have at least one true friend.

Vacation - December 2011

We had a great time with Mom and Dad in was tiring, but a great vacation...

Disney Vacation 2011
I took a ton of pictures and I still need to purchase the pictures taken by the Disney photographers with our Photopass, but here are a good many for you to get an idea of how the trip went...

We were there for four days, sadly Izza got ill on the 4th day after just one ride so we ended up not doing anything that fourth day and that really was supposed to be the big ride day...We went on the Space Mountain and though she was excited to go on it, we believe she held her breath and caused herself to get a migraine on the ride.

So, we have plans to go back for Halloween this year for a weekend in October to experience the Mickey's Not-so-Scary Halloween party...and have a day at Universal Studios...Can't wait!!