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Breast Cancer Support Group

Lisa, one of my custom furniture clients introduced me to an online breast cancer support group.   Lisa is a breast cancer survivor and had found much comfort from this particular group.

I was hesitant to join because I find that many support groups are populated with negative whiners and I have worked very hard to surround myself with positive people.  I know I must sound harsh in my criticism, and I have been known to whine myself.  But, it is counter productive.

I want to be around winners, not whiners.

I finally bit the bullet and joined the support group.

Boy was I pleasantly surprised!  This group of over 3200 thriving survivors is welcoming, warm and wonderful. If you are looking for an online support group, contact me privately and I’ll give you more information.

Practicing Gratitude

As a thank you to Lisa for sharing the support group information, I sent her a butterfly survivor ornament. This was her post about the gift in the support group:

Butterfly Survivor Ornament

Butterfly Survivor Ornament

“So the mailman drops a package off today and I open it and inside is a beautiful butterfly ornament that says “I’m a Survivor – Bless this Day.” Who is this from? Found a card. Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte sent me this sweet gift and card to thank me for recommending this wonderful support group. Kandas, please know that you are in my heart forever and thank you so very much for this beautiful gift. You are a strong and amazing woman and may God bless you and heal you.” – Lisa

I didn’t send the butterfly survivor ornament to receive accolades, I sent it because I truly appreciated the gift of support that Lisa had given me.

Yesterday, I read a blog post by a professional musician about the importance of daily practice. It dawned on me that I, too, have a daily practice. Every day I do what I can to reach out in kindness to others, be it a smile, kind word, joke to invoke laughter, in hopes that they will pay this kindness forward.

As the Gratitude Geek, I also practice (and teach) appreciation through the age old tradition of sending a thank you card.

Two decades ago, I watched a documentary about Mary Kay Ash, founder of the makeup empire. I learned two very important business lessons from that show:

  • When someone asks you how you are doing, regardless of how you really feel, answer with “I am fabulous.” I have been following this advice for 20 years!! To this day, I still surprise people with my answer.
  • On purpose, throughout the day, be on the lookout for people who deserve a special thank you and send them a greeting card telling them why!

While I implemented lesson one immediately and continue to practice it, lesson two took a lot longer for me to learn.

You might not believe this but for almost a decade I was a very lonely work-at-home mom. The story of how I overcame the loneliness is an entirely different blog post. However, a huge factor was SendOutCards.

Butterfly Survivor Ornament

The butterfly survivor ornament I sent to Lisa was from SendOutcards. SendOutCards now features a selection of Pink Ribbon themed items in the Gift Shop and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to support breast cancer research and funding.

Do you know a breast cancer survivor? Would you like to send her (or him) a gift this month to celebrate her thriving life? Or perhaps, you’d just like to tell her how much she inspires you? Contact me privately for information on how you can do so for just the cost of postage.

Butterflies have always been a symbol of freedom, beauty and peace. This ornately designed Butterfly Survivor Ornament enhanced with diamond like stones, lends 2 powerful sentiments “I’m a Survivor” and “Bless this Day”. Perfect for displaying at home, at work or even from your rear view mirror. Never go another day without this simple reminder of freedom, beauty and peace.

Ultimate Blog Challenge | October Recognition Holidays | Battling Bertha 11 | #BlogBoost

Keep Calm and Fight Like a Girl

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Click the card to send a card to someone fighting Breast Cancer today. It’s free (on me).

Ultimate Blog Challenge

Welcome to Day 1 of my Ultimate Blog Challenge! It is my intention to blog every day for the entire month of October, and even throw in a few videos and podcasts!

I plan to share some intimate details about my boobs and my breast cancer journey, including some funny, or not so funny, stories about chemo, surgery and radiation therapy. I’ll even take you wig shopping!

Don’t worry, I also have marketing and business tips to share! So, there will be a little something for everyone this month.

National Make a Mistake Day and other October Recognition Holidays

You have 22 fantabulous reasons to send a greeting card and gift in October and here they are:

  • October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • It is also Pharmacist Month.
  • October 1 in National Make a Mistake Day.  You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be nice!
  • October 2 is National Custodial Worker Day.
  • October 3 is Techie’s Day.
  • October 4 is World Smile Day.
  • October 5 is Do Something Nice Day.
  • October 5 is also World Teacher’s Day.
  • Emergency Nurses Week is October 5 – 11.
  • Customer Service Week is October 6 – 10.
  • National Physician Assistant’s Week is October 6 – 12.
  • October 6 is Physician Assistant’s Day.
Time to Get Healthy

Celebrate physician’s assistants, emergency nurses and medical assistants this month with a thank you card. Click the card to send one FREE today (on me).

  • October 8 is Emergency Nurses Day.
  • October 11 is World Plumbers Day.
Let a Plumber Fix It

World Plumbers Day is October 11. Send a card to your favorite plumber for FREE (on me) by clicking the image.

  • October 12 is Farmer’s Day.
  • October 13 is Clergy Appreciation Day.
  • October 14 is Columbus Day.
  • October 16 is National Boss Day.
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Week is October 20 – 24.
  • October 22 is Medical Assistants Recognition Day.
  • October 23 is TV Talk Show Host Day.
  • October 24 is United Nations Day.
  • October 31 is Halloween.
On Halloween You Can Be Anything You Want

October 31 is Halloween. Click the image to send a Halloween Card for Free (on me).

Any day is a great day to send a real paper greeting card.  Your first card is FREE, on me!

September Recognition Holidays | 20 Great Reasons to Send a Greeting Card and Gift

September is the month for gratitude with 20 great reasons to send a greeting card and gift to someone special.

I know it’s the 4th already and I’m a little behind getting this list out. I appreciate your patience! Pun intended.

September Recognition Holidays

September is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month

September 1 is Labor Day.

National Grandparents Day Greeting Card

Here is a cute card to send for National Grandparents Day on September 7th. Click the image to send the card.

September 1 is also Building Code & Staff Appreciation Day.

September 4 is National Newspaper Carrier Day.

September 7 is Grandparents Day.

September 7 to 13 is Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week.

September 8 is Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day.

September 8 is also World Physical Therapy Day.

September 11 is Patriot Day & National Day of Service & Remembrance.

September 13 is Positive Thinking Day.

September 14 to 20 is Surgical Technologist Week.

September 14 to 20 is also Healthcare Environmental Services Week.

September 15 is National Thank You Day.

September 16 is Mexican Independence Day.

September 16 is also Working Parents Day.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 21 is International Peach Day.

Patriot Day Greeting Card

Thank a soldier with a greeting card on Patriot Day. Click the image to send the card.

September 21 is also World Gratitude Day.

September 22 is Business Women’s Day.

September 28 is Good Neighbor Day.

Ta da! 20 great reasons to send a greeting card and gift in September!

Pay It Forward

Speaking of gratitude…

I sent a greeting card and gift to a friend who is struggling with her health and received this amazing thank you on Facebook. Cozet’s response just goes to show that a tiny gesture can make a huge impact.

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Greeting card and book that celebrate the power of being happy. Click the image to send this card today.

7 Apps and Websites For Your Small Business

This week AmericanExpress OPEN and MSNBC shared the favorite apps and websites used by seven small business owners to increase productivity, or just make business easier.

 

7 Apps and Websites for Your Small Business

Proprompter is an app for your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch that works like a teleprompter.  If you are making videos for your business and having trouble memorizing your script, Proprompter may be a good solution for you.

Flipagram is an app compatible with iPhone and Android that you can use to create short videos set to music with images that are stored on your phone.  You can share the videos via text, email, and social media.

Eventbrite is a website I use frequently.   You can create a landing page for your event and collect RSVPs and even payments by attendees.  It’s a great solution for any size event.

SendOutCards is near and dear to my heart.  Face it, people just don’t open e-mail anymore.  If you want to make an impression, you have to do something different.  SendOutCards is old-school: real paper greeting cards that are delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.  You create your own personalized custom greeting cards that you can send to one person or 1,000 in a few mouse clicks.  You can even include gifts!  SendOutCards is an easy to use automated marketing system that allows you to personalize each card so that you are reaching your “clients in a high touch way.”

I use SendOutCards to appreciate my Custom Furniture clients.  I like it so much, I added it as another income stream.  I’d be happy to show you how the system works!

ContactSync lets you sync your Google contacts with your smart phone.  I could not find a website for this specific app but a Google search for ContactSync did result in several possible matches.  I have an Android phone and my Google contacts are automatically synced.

AppointmentCore for InfusionSoft integrates with GoToMeeting, Google calendar and Free Conference Calling so you don’t have to manually update your calendar.

Mobit takes text messaging to the next level.  We all know that email marketing just doesn’t work anymore.  Mobit helps you connect with your clients with images, videos and responsive websites all via their smartphone.  A word of caution, be sure you have your clients’ permission before you text your marketing messages!

I am sure you’ll find at least one useful app or website from this list of 7 shared by AmericanExpress OPEN and MSNBC. Be sure to leave a comment below with YOUR favorite app or website.

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July Recognition Holidays | 12 Great Reasons to Send a Greeting Card and Gift in July

pursuitofhappinesscardCelebrate Independence

In the USA, Independence Day stands out as the big July holiday!

Independence, like many abstract concepts, means different things to different people.  To me, independence means freedom to make choices.  I choose to be an entrepreneur, and I am grateful to live in a global economy that allows me to have an international business from the comfort of my home.

 

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On July 4th we celebrate our freedom.  Colonialism is so far in the past that freedom has also taken on a new meaning.  I’d love to hear what freedom means to you!  Leave a comment below with your definition of freedom.

11 Additional July Card and Gift Holidays

July 1 is Canada Day.  Show some love to our neighbors to the north.

July 5 in National Workaholics Day.  Remind the workaholic in your life that true happiness can not be purchased.

July 6 though 12  is National Farriers Week.  I know a few folks in the local area with horses.  Why not send your farrier a card?

 

 

happy4theaglecardJuly 16 in National Personal Chef Day.  My favorite personal chef is Tanya Furtado.  You should check her business, Edible Love.

July 20 through 26 is National Zoo Keeper Week.

July 20 through 26 is National Independent Retailers Week.  Those “mom and pop shops” out there are owned an operated by some amazing people.  Send them an card of encouragement to let them know their hard work is worth it!

 

celebrate-freedom-cardJuly 22 in National Rat-catcher’s Day.

July 25 is Culinarian’s Day.

July 25 is also System Administrator Appreciation Day.  Send your favorite geek a card!!   I love geeks!

July 27 is Parent’s Day.  Mom and Dad deserve a note of thanks.

July is also Social Wellness Month.  Celebrate the folks who support a healthy lifestyle in the workplace.

There you have it!  Twelve amazing reasons to send a card and gift in July!

Contact me if you’d like a free trial of the online custom greeting card system I use, including 50 greeting cards.

 

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June Recognition Holidays | 15 Reasons to Send a Greeting Card and Gift

June almost upon us.  Every day is a great day to send a greeting card, but if you need a better reason here are 15:

June is National Candy Month.  "Old Fashioned Licorice Caramels" are a unique candy newly added to the Gratitude Geek gift shop.

June is National Candy Month. “Old Fashioned Licorice Caramels” are a unique candy newly added to the Gratitude Geek gift shop.

1.  June 1 is Say Something Nice Day

2.  June 2 is I Love my Dentist Day

3.  June 3 is National Healthcare Recruiters Day  (I recently met Lauren, a Healthcare Recruiter.  Until then, I had no idea this position even existed.  Her job is to find compatible and competent physicians for a local hospital.  Basically, she gets paid to take Doctors to lunch.  Groovy job, eh?)

4.  June is 5 World Environment Day

5.  June 9 through 15 is National Auto Service Professionals Week.  (I bet a greeting card will make your mechanics’ entire month!)

6.  June 12 through 19 is Nursing Assistant’s Week

7.  June 13 is Nurse Assistants Day

8.  June 15 is Father’s Day.  (This one is a no-brainer.  If you have a dad, send him a card!)

For the Dad Who Has Everything!  The Father's Day Game is an entertaining way to share some laughs.

For the Dad Who Has Everything! The “Father’s Day Game” is an entertaining way to share some laughs.  Also available from the Gratitude Geek gift shop.

9.  June 15 is also Worldwide Day of Giving.   (If you don’t have a dad, then give someone deserving the gift of your words of admiration, respect and gratitude.   If you do have a dad, do this anyway!)

10.  June 23 is Public Service Day (Go ahead, send a card to your Congressional Representatives!)

11.  June 26 is World Handshake Day

12.  June 26 is also Beautician’s Day (Love your hair stylist?  Send a card!!)

June also happens to be:

13.  National Candy Month (So send some candy to a few folks you love!)

14.  National Safety Month

15.  National Effective Communication Month (Seriously, can you think of a more effective way to communicate than a greeting card?)

Karen Palmer on Being the Mom of Your Dreams | WAHM Interview

Karen Palmer and Her Family

Karen Palmer and Her Family

Karen Palmer, author of License to Play and co-author of License to Dream, helps moms rediscover their dreams by equipping them with the skills they need to build a network marketing business that will give them freedom with both their time and their money. Karen believes that every person on this planet was created for a purpose. She helps women, especially moms, find their purpose and give them hope that they can fulfill it.

License to Play

Favorite Color?
Blue

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Restaurant—but not fast food. No clean up!

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Not following through. And people who don’t take responsibility for their actions.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Exercise, read my Bible. And check e-mail & FB—trying to break that habit. 😉

Where would you go if you were invisible?
Sleep.

What’s your motto?
You can do it. 😉

Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?
After being in my network marketing business for a little while, I realized that it was not only helping me earn money, but helping me recapture dreams I had forgotten or thought were impossible. Especially after writing License to Play & beginning License to Dream with Judy O’Higgins & Kristi Lee, I really felt like I needed to specifically focus on helping moms.

Who inspires you?
People who are making a difference in the world.

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
As a team, Judy, Kristi & I are different because we offer three different personalities, ages, styles, etc. But with a passion to help women succeed.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Be a mom. And move across the country from my family.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I have no idea.

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Time. And doubt. Worry that I’m not doing enough or not doing the right thing.

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Faith and a big why.

What are some of your favorite books?
That question is too hard. 😉

Define your style?
I’m a jeans and t-shirt gal, but I have a friend who has taught me how to glam my casual style up a bit. My personality is very driven, though. I don’t like to just sit around (unless I’ve got a good book to read). I like having a very clean house. I like to do things right. A bit of a perfectionist.

Tell me about your typical day.
Wake up. Exercise. Eat breakfast & read my Bible. Get the kids upstairs for school. Lunch. Work in the afternoons. Sometimes at home, sometimes at the office. Evenings, I try not to work too much, but often work on writing my dissertation or meet with my team in the evenings.
How do you juggle work and family? Everything goes together. It’s tough, but if you start with who you are and what God wants you to do, the rest falls into place.

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?

    1. Just do it.
    2. Make sure you choose a company that you’ll love for the long haul—not just the first thing that comes along. Do your research. I’ve run into too many women who spent a ton of money and then felt stuck with the business they chose.
    3. Stick with it. Don’t jump ship.

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
Word of mouth. Meet other people. Join groups. Lifestyle.

How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
I’ve rediscovered who I am—at least in part. When I had kids, I had a really hard time figuring out what to do with myself. I wanted to stay home with them, but my identity was rooted in the academic world—achieving goals and feeling like I’d accomplished something. Then, just as I was getting used to being a mom and relaxing in that role, I had to go back to work again. Network marketing helped me to look outside the boxes I was putting myself in to see who I actually am and start thinking bigger—the current circumstance doesn’t have to be the same for always.

License to Play by Karen Palmer

License to Play by Karen Palmer

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Start your own business. NOW. And I’d probably have some good ideas of where to start.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On a ranch with my kids enjoying life.

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
I really appreciate my hubby and kids. They have always supported me—and not just that, they’ve helped me to grow myself and my business. When I feel like giving up, they won’t let me! I also appreciate my upline mentors, like Judy, and my team members. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What else would you like to add?
A lesson that I’m having to learn over again…don’t compare yourself to anyone else. The picture we get on Facebook about people is just the part of their lives they let show. Don’t judge yourself by the glamorized images on social media. Just do the best you can and be proud of your accomplishments. Focus on your goals.

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Diane Walker on Growing Your Network Marketing Business Your Own Way | Podcast #19

Diane Walker Nudges Her MLM Team to Find their Geatness:  with Sue,  Joy & Kandas at the 2013 Gratitude Convention

Diane Walker Nudges Her MLM Team to Find their Greatness: with Sue, Joy & Kandas at the 2013 Gratitude Convention

“I’m too stubborn to quit anything.” – Diane Walker

Every network marketing company has Superstars, larger than life leaders who inspired, motivate and sometimes intimidate new distributors.  Diane Walker is what I like to call a Silent Film Superstar.  She works behind the scenes to nudge her team on to greatness.

Nudging the Team to Greatness

Diane is a 21-year multilevel marketing veteran and the top female income earner in her network marketing business.  She the co-author of Navigating the World of Network Marketing and she is respected and admired by thousands in the industry – including many of those larger than life Superstars.

Listen in as Diane shares some of the ups and downs of her MLM career, leading with your strengths, the importance of attending company sponsored events, Facebook marketing, bowling and much more.

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