Georgette George | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Georgette George offers assistance to women who lose their children to the system, through her ministry, Dayz After.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
I work towards helping women heal after the losing their child to the system. We stand on intentional living. Doing things purposefully to bring about the change we seek.

How did you get started in your business?
I started with a social media presence and I am working my way up. I don’t have a place. I work out of home for now until I graduate from school with my masters in social work in 2016.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Marketing. Getting people to see the potential that I see in my ministry.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I live it daily. It makes me more aware that it is needed and so I keep fighting.

Favorite book for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being grateful for things we don’t deserve yet still have been offered. It’s grace shown.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate my children for being honest enough to have the strength to make me aware of areas where I lacked and they needed me when I thought I was protecting them.

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Neesy Croft | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series | #breastcancerawarenessmonth

Neesy Croft founded Survivors & Thrivors On Purpose after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
Survivors & Thrivors On Purpose is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt community-based Cancer & Support Services Center. Our mission is to provide support services to those who have been touched by cancer and other life-threatening debilitating dis-ease through education, prevention, advocacy, services and research. We believe that improving ones quality of life saves lives.

How did you get started in your business?
This organization started out of a need that wasn’t being addressed in my community. A centralized location for all cancer support services making them easy to locate and accessible M-F and after normal business hours.  Organization started out of a need that wasn’t being addressed in my community.  A centralized location for all cancer support services making them easy to locate and accessible M-F and after normal business hours.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Starting the nonprofit organization with limited funding and support from the community. No available model in the USA that I could use as a model, lead me to use my own experiences and needs identified during my cancer journey.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I have become much more of an advocate for cancer awareness and education at the community level. Providing educational classes that make you more informed so that you can be an active participant in your treatment plan.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
I live the life of gratitude, daily, so to define what it means to me is just like asking, “why do you breathe…”

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate the oneness of my relationship with God, unwavering faith and devotion.

To define what gratitude means to me is just like asking, why do you breathe? @BreastCancerSurvivor Click To Tweet

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Martica Sherman | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Martica Sherman offers Private College Planning through her business Trailblazers In Motion AKA “MsCashforCollege”.  Her passion for helping students see the vision and purpose in continuing their education inspired her to start a GoFundMe to be able to give back to a deserving student(s) who wishes to further their education.

Describe your business (work, passion) in 3 to 5 sentences.
Empowering students and parents through college awareness and preparation. Allowing them to get the most out of their education through funding, research and application.

How did you get started in your business?
Through a personal experience in 2009 and not wanting to see another family go through what I did sending a child off to college.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Getting out of my own way in thinking, as well as, understanding. Knowing to give is my choice and not to be taken advantage of because I provided a service.

How has this hurdle made you better?
It made me rethink about my cycle of people who saw the need for my service but didn’t see the vision and the purpose. I had to realize just like any other business owners who provides a service I deserve to be paid and not taken for a ride because you didn’t see overnight results.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?
The Bible, Act Like a Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey (affiliate link), and my journal. Why my journal is because as I write how my business day went and I’m truthful to myself I’ll know how to handle the next day.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude to means is going outside of myself to help others in ways I’ve never been helped. I always want to do things and help a cause greater than myself. If that’s helping someone promote their business if I can’t do it financially then I’ll volunteer my time. It’s also means gratefulness to me. Grateful they followed their dream so how can I help.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
It is more of what do I appreciate for me. I appreciate my past and my past failures. My past because of what I’ve gone through in life with people has only made me realize how a persons mouth can say a lot but there actions tells their truths. My past failure is simply because those people have shown me what I don’t want to be like as a person or even a business owner. (Just speaking my truth) We all have to live let’s not live off of another’s persons kindness by being selfish yet more selfless.

Kandas Rodarte and Martica Sherman at Conroe Coffee

Kandas Rodarte and Martica Sherman at Conroe Coffee

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Gratitude to means is going outside of myself to help others in ways I've never been helped. @Sherman_Martica… Click To Tweet

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If you are a parent, what is the number one thing your want to know (or wish you’d known) before sending your child off to college?  Leave a comment below.

Arletta Duke | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Arletta Duke is an independent Consultant with Pure Romance, an in-home party company specializing in relationship-enhancing products.

Describe your business in 3 to 5 sentences.
I empower, educate and entertain women through in home shows of bedroom enhancement accessories and fun.

How did you get started in your business?
I met a Pure Romance rep at a networking meeting.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Fear that others would judge me unfairly.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’ve accepted that there will always be those who judge you unfairly but staying true to one’s self is priceless. I’ve also learned to Fear nothing but Fear itself and I will be able to accomplish anything.

Best book for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude is priceless. Whether it’s me giving it or receiving it from others.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
My husband and my close group of friends that support me through the good and rough times. Why? Because they are honest & compassionate even when I really don’t want to hear what they have to say.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Always try for your dreams, so your regrets will be fewer.

Arletta Duke, Independent Pure Romance Consultant

Arletta Duke, Independent Pure Romance Consultant

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Share in the comments about a time when someone gave you advice you needed to hear before you were ready to listen.

Claire Peters | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Claire Peters is the owner Paparazzi by Claire, and the President of the Senior Sisters Chapter of Wealthy Sisters Network.

Tell us a little about your business.

I am in the business of making women feel beautiful with Paparazzi Jewelry, and for just $5 each the ladies don’t feel one bit guilty purchasing them. Jaws drop when our ladies see and wear Paparazzi Jewelry – we have even seen celebrities wearing it!

Why did you choose Paparazzi?

I bought several pieces of Paparazzi Jewelry, loved it, and decided I wanted to be part of this company.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?

My hurdle had to do with adding consultants to my team. I didn’t seem to be able to convert prospective consultants.

How has this hurdle made you better?

I spent some time with Becky Spieth, my business coach, and she totally re-grouped me and gave me the tools I needed.

What are your top three books for business and personal growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?

I am grateful for so many things. I am grateful to be active and able to do what I want to do, at age 75. I am grateful that my husband respects my desire to grow Paparazzi, and now a new business – I am now taking a course to be certified as a life coach. I am grateful for everything that is positive in my life – and there is much!

I am grateful to be active and able to do what I want to do, at age 75. - @paparazziclaire Click To Tweet

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Who do you appreciate?

I appreciate my husband, my friends who encourage me, and the mentors in my life, both within Paparazzi Jewelry and outside of it. Doors have opened and I appreciate being able to walk through them.

What else would you like to add?

In addition to my passion of being a Paparazzi jewelry consultant and Team Leader, I have yet another passion. I have been named president of the Senior Sisters Chapter of the Wealthy Sisters Network. Starting in early May I will be the host of the monthly Senior Sisters Town Hall conference calls, in which I hope to engage with, inform, educate, and empower women over the age of 60, with the help of various experts, and the audience members themselves.

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Jan Goulden | 30 Women Who Mean Business Series

Jan Goulden is an Independent Rodan + Fields Consultant.  She was a vendor at the Conroe Women Who Mean Business Expo.  I like her enthusiasm and am looking forward to getting to know her better.

Share a little about your business.

My business is to develop relationships with people so that I may share my Rodan + Fields business opportunity and/or skincare products with others. My mission is to help as many people have financial flexibility and premium skincare as I can reach. My goal is to provide training and support to my business partners and excellent customer service to my clients.

How did you get started in your business?

My husband and I have three sons and we spend tons of time outside. As a result, I had a lot of sun damage from using inadequate sunscreen. (Don’t worry, I always took the time to put plenty on the boys). I was looking for skincare products that would help me repair and prevent further damage. I attended an information session at a friend’s house to learn about the Rodan + Fields products. I was so impressed by the company and its products that I immediately signed up to become a consultant. I haven’t looked back and that was over a year ago.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?

I have always had complete confidence in my business and the products but I doubted myself. My biggest hurdle has been to reach outside of myself to strangers and even to acquaintances about my business. My self-doubt often paralyzed me with fear of sharing my information. I was afraid to bother people or to look too forward or aggressive.

How has this hurdle made you better?

This hurdle of self-doubt has been difficult to overcome but, in my journey to overcome it, I have met many new people. These people have enriched my life; I have learned from them. I am even developing true friendships with some of them.

What are your top three books for business and personal growth?

Gratitude can be hard to express but is often felt very deeply. - @janmgoulden #30WomenWhoMeanBusiness… Click To Tweet

What does gratitude mean to you?

Gratitude is a feeling that you have when someone, or a group of people, help you. Gratitude makes you feel loved and valued and having self-worth.

Many times, people don’t even realize the impact they have had on a person or how grateful that person feels towards them. Gratitude can be hard to express or shown but is often felt very deeply. Words, card or gift may not seem adequate to show how much gratitude you may feel towards another.

jangouldenheadshotWho do you appreciate? 

I appreciate my parents because they have always encouraged me to dream big and then work towards those dreams. I also appreciate people who push and challenge me because this is how I learn and grow. I hope that, in return, I push and challenge those people to grow and learn, too.

I also appreciate Kandas for including me in this series. She is someone who is pushing and challenging me to learn and grow!

Aw shucks!  You made me blush!  Anything else you’d like to add?

I am always looking for new people with whom I can exchange business information. I like to learn about other businesses so that I may make referrals when I am asked. I also appreciate it when other business owners refer me to their clients.

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Michelle Bowers, Fiber Artist Interview

Michelle Bowers, Fiber Artist Interview

Yesterday, my little family spent the afternoon at First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas.  We brought along our video and podcasting equipment with the intent of finding three artists to interview for our Handmade in Texas website.

I know what you thinking.  Yesterday was not the first Saturday of the month.  It’s been raining here for a few weeks and the market was rained out and postponed the first 2 Saturdays of January.

Yesterday was gorgeous.  Perfect weather for an arts market and the turn out at the market was incredible.

The first artist we interviewed was Michelle Bowers from Katy, Texas.  She is a self-taught fiber artist who developed her skills while playing with her small children.  Now that her children are older, she has turned her hobby into a work at home business.

I am so excited to share this video interview with my work at home audience here at Gratitude Geek first, before we release it on Handmade in Texas!

Here is a link to the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/TinAtDvV5Jc

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Hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did.  Michelle Bowers, fiber artist, proves that you can turn a craft that you love into a business while raising your small children.  She will certainly inspire moms with young children to pursue your passion profitably!

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Tips for Clearing Clutter with Susie Glennan, The Busy Woman | Podcast Episode 25

Susie Glennan is the owner of The Busy Woman.  She has written over 200 articles and e-books on topics ranging from time management, to organizing, to life transitions.

Her latest publication is Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter.  According to Susie, there are three types of clutter:  physical, emotional and mental.  She discusses strategies for clearing all three in our interview, recorded January 1, 2015.  Happy New Year!  To listen to the podcast, click the play button in the black bar right below the title.

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Making Room for Happiness, Tips for Clearing Clutter is currently only available until January 4, 2015 as part of the Work-At-Home Success Kickstart Bundle which includes over $400 worth of resources that will help you work-at-home successfully.

Before Reading Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter

Before Reading Making Room for Happiness: Tips for Clearing Clutter

After Reading Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter

After Reading Making Room for Happiness: Tips for Clearing Clutter

Susie is a big fan of Barbara Hemphill’s book Taming the Paper Tiger.

Finally, Susie is offering a 50% discount through January 15, 2015 off her e-book Personality Based Time Management.  Use Coupon Code: PBTM50

While you are on her website, be sure to read the touching story she mentioned about her Grandmother.

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Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Susie and I met in an online networking group for work at home moms about 15 years ago. We developed a rapport over time. We know, like and trust each other, because we would “show up” at the same online events.

Wednesday, I picked up some breakfast tacos at a locally-owned taqueria for my nurses on the way to chemo.

The restaurant wall filled with what could only be regulars. Everyone seems to know everyone else. One fellow asked a man at another table for the name of a roofer. Deals are made in a place like this.

The lesson here is consistency. Show up often enough. Develop a cordial relationship. Relationships lead to referrals. Referrals lead to business. Relationship marketing works.

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