Consistency

Consistency is extremely important if you want to make it as an entrepreneur. Especially when you just started your business. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have. If you advertise or are on Facebook pages people will only remember you when or if they see your name on regular basis. Which means you have to be out there. Every day at least once.

If you are not out there, if you are not consistent in bringing your name out, people will forget you. In my case if I am on a Facebook page once in a while to advertise my oils nobody will remember my name. Simply because it is not a common name, which makes it difficult to remember.They will remember my products and as soon as they decide to try an oil or if they like to sign up, they will find someone else.

So post something. Every day, at the same time. Like my blog. And as soon as it is published I have it appear on Twitter and Facebook too. So if I don’t make a post on my facebook page, I still have something. It doesn’t matter if it has anything to do with my business. They will see my name.

I know it is difficult to keep up with that. When I started I just had no clue what to write about. But for some reason I seem to find a subject every day. Or more once a week. Because that is the nice thing of all these social media platforms. You can schedule posts. When I am on a roll I just keep going. And you don’t have to make essays. Just an inspirational quote or something you just did or experienced is enough.

But I am not perfect and like last week I just lacked the motivation to do something. And before you know it a week has passed. Waste of time? Yes. But don’t beat yourself up over it. Pick up yourself and start again. It won’t be the last time something happens like that. It will happen over and over again.The time in between will just be longer and longer. And that is what you need to achieve. That is what you need to keep going. Especially in that dreaded first year.

So have fun with your business. Write about it. Post about it. Tell everybody what you do, how you do it and what your product(s) are. Success will follow!!

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Water

Living on an acreage is for me the real life. Something I always dreamed of. Our drive way is 500m long, slowly going up a hill and because of that we have a beautiful view over the Rocky Mountains. I would not change this till the day I die if possible. It is close to town, close to schools, stores, doctor, library etc. We have great neighbours, all with huge equipment who removes snow from the driveway when our tiny tractor can’t handle it anymore, bring up big bales of hay if necessary or just help when you ask for it. The house is small compared to the houses around us. There is a lot of work to do inside but mostly outside but I don’t care. Although it can be frustrating sometimes.

Water comes from a well and is pumped into the house and from the house to the barn. It took some years to get the supply to the barn under control during the winter. Insulation, heaters, heater tape. When do you have to turn it one? Which heaters (there are so many) do you need? When to plug-in? Keeping the water flowing is expensive during the winter. All these heaters use a lot of electricity. After a couple of weeks of minus 20C and lower it went up to 400 dollar. Not good.

Turning them on to late means frozen pipes so no water. One year I had to bring buckets of  water from the house to the barn (glad I only had 2 horses then). I don’t want to repeat that. One horse drinks a looooot of water during the day.

A well means our own and good tasting water but… There is always a “but”. Last summer we noticed that there wasn’t much water left in the well and slowly it went from not much to barely anything. First we had to reduce bathing time, then shower time, flushing toilets, then laundry wasn’t possible anymore. Placing the pump lower didn’t help and replacing the pump didn’t help. We even reached a point that we had to haul water in for the horses. No fun when winter starts.

Because we had to haul the water in anyway, it was useless to keep the supply to the barn on so we closed it off. And then we noticed an increase of water again. We had enough water for showers. Always nice to know that when you use shampoo you have warm water to rinse it out again. Then we had enough water to do the laundry too. Everybody could shower without any water shortess.Maybe we had a leak somewhere between the house and the barn??

But after 2 months of winter it was so freaking cold that we decided to turn on the tap to the barn just long enough to fill up all the troughs  with buckets. That worked great. We still had enough water in the house and we didn’t need to haul in anymore. So we kept on doing that.

Till we forgot to turn the tap off….

No more water. Again. A leak between the house and the barn was now confirmed. Guess what we are going to do this summer. At least we have a couple of months to safe some money because not knowing where the leak is means digging up the entire line between the house and the barn. All 100 meters. Oh, and there is no drawing where the line is too. That’s going to be fun.

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Deep Relief

Young Living Deep Relief is an oil blend which has returned to Canada again lately. I loved it previously and I still love it. And I am happy it came back on the Canadian market again.

I used it primarily for my muscles after too much workout, but also when my muscles in my neck were tied up again and because of it headaches started again. Combined with PanAway it was a lifesaver when the pain was severe. One of the reasons why my ibuprofen use went down. I even used it for my horses.

A couple of the following essential oils are in DeepRelief:

  • Peppermint, used in aromatherapy to help relieve joint and muscle pain associated with sprains, strains, or rheumatoid arthritis, making this blend a great companion for your trips to the gym and busy daily routine.
  • Wintergreen, together with Peppermint the oils provide a refreshing, cooling sensation during or after a workout, with an invigorating scent that inspires an upbeat and energetic approach to whatever keeps you active.
  • Dorado Azul,
  • Helichrysum.

All these oils are known for their soothing and long-lasting benefits, to create a convenient blend ready for on-the-go use or when relaxing at home. In aromatherapy this blend is used topically or inhaled:

  • As a nervine and calmative, enhancing relaxation
  • As a carminative and antispasmodic for symptomatic relief of digestive discomfort
  • To help relieve colds and coughs

Young Living provide us with the following product tips:

  • Treat yourself to an on-the-go mini massage with Deep Relief oil along the nape of your neck and shoulders or onto any other area you choose.
  • Use the energizing scent during your gym session when you need a quick break. Swipe it across your neck, temples, forehead, or chest to recharge before you get back to work.
  • Keep Deep Relief in your office or living room for a quick pick-me-up and cool, refreshing relief.
  • Apply to your skin and enjoy the cooling sensation of Peppermint in this popular blend.

If you have joint and muscle pains on regular basis I can highly recommend this blend to you.

The oils still surprise me, and this is one of them.

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Information from the Young Living Website (https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA/products/deep-relief-essential-oil-15ml-ca)

Medicinal Ingredients:Peppermint essential oil (Mentha x piperita – Twig flowering) 35.25%

Non Medicinal Ingredients:Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Citrus limon peel essential oil, Abies balsamea needle essential oil, Eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud essential oil, Copaifera reticulate balsam essential oil, Coconut oil, Gaultheria procumbens (Wintergreen) essential oil, Helichrysum italicaum flower oil, Vetiveria zizanoides root essential oil, Hyptis suaveolens seed oil

Time management

When I started this blog I wanted to share my life. But thinking it over I realized my life was not just one stream of stories but was divided in 3 parts which were all connected to each other.

First of course I have my family. Married 25 years ago, 3 great daughters and a great husband is part one. I love them all but the taking care of them isn’t much of a challenge. Especially not now the children are all adults (18+), at school or at work all day. I clean the house a bit, do the laundry, make diner and do groceries some times. I have a stake of books in my bedroom (I have to sell them or give them away) which I started last year. I finished them all and added them to the stack on regular basis. No book under the 300 pages. So I read a lot.

Second part of my life are the animals and most of that time goes to the horses. Unfortunately not time spend riding them but time spend on mucking stalls, feeding, repairing and building. I just read a nice post from another blogger with the same “problem”. She is also taking care of boarding horses and got the question from someone if it is fun to take care of your own horse by yourself or if it is better to board it somewhere else. This week the temperature  is around the minus 20 (feels like minus 30). What do you think?? Okay not completely true. Despite the harsh temperatures I still like to do it. (Most of the time.)

Third part is setting up my business (yes MLM is business), trying to find customers, trying to figure out what works for me and trying not to give in into all my doubts. And that is the hardest part.

The 3 of course interact. I can’t do 2 hours one thing, then 2 hours the next, then 2 hours the third.Generally I start in the morning with feeding the cats, taking the dogs for a walk and letting the horses out and feeding them. That takes up my first hour and then I am ready for the oh-so-needed coffee and breakfast.

Till 2pm I can fill in my agenda as I like. Then I kind of repeat the above. Taking the dogs for a walk and feeding the horses. Depending on my mood, energy levels and/or weather, I will muck the stalls and have all the hay ready for the night too. But on regular basis I leave that for 7.30pm when we bring the horses in, because then I have Darya who almost always helps me with everything and on regular basis Frederique and Brandon are doing the water. So yes 7.30pm is round 3 for horses and dogs. Bringing the horses in for the night and feeding them.

So 3.5-4 hours a day is spend on the necessity of taking care of the animals. 3 hours is breakfast, lunch and (making) diner. (I know. I take my time.)  When I go for a run I spend 1.5 hours on running/taking a shower. Leaves me with 6 hours for everything else. Good thing that my business is a part-time job lol.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because time-management is really important part of your life if your like to reach a goal. Finish a course. Finish college. Finish your assignment. etc. I really need to focus on time management. I have my agenda filled in with every half hour of what to do. Otherwise I slip and forget things or just extend my breaks or miss deadlines I set up for myself.

Procrastinating tasks is very easy. For me it just means I lose a day.

If you have the same problem as I have I would say use a huge agenda and fill it in. Don’t leave any blank spots. Go for it. Unless of course you like your life as it is now…..

 

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Motivation

For a week now I so can’t find the motivation to do anything at all. Since my 2 day trip with Frans to Banff there is nothing. Can’t get my mind set to start working again. To do anything at all. No blogs, no finishing my e-book I started, no continuing of my course I am doing, no running. And that is probably (as I feel it) the worst part. I eat, and eat, and eat and sit behind the computer and do nothing. Well that’s not entirely true. I am gaining weight. And thanks to the dogs and horses I still move a little bit daily.

I kind of know what the reason is. After working hard for almost 3 months on my website, on landing-pages following advertisements, promoting myself every where, trying to get people interested in a night about essential oils, I still have nothing. No sign-ups, no sales, nothing. It so feels like a waste of time and money. And hearing from other people that they signed up people almost daily….. What am I doing wrong????

I know I have to see this as a learning curve. I know I should not compare myself to others.  I know I am to impatient.  I know it will take time to find customers. It will take time to get my name out there. I have to continue what I am doing.

Consistency is the key to successI can NOT give up!!!  

And I should use my oil blend “Build your dream” more often. And I have to start running again. And the first blog is done now.Yeah!

7 Mistakes successful people don’t make again

I received an email this week from Success with an article from Kimanzi Constable about mistakes succesful people don’t make.

Reading the entire article (link is below) I must say I did do them all. Because of common sense and experience I realized they were mistakes and I won’t do it again. Some I am still working on.

What are these mistakes? This is the list:

  1. Successful people don’t allow toxic relationships into their life;
  2. Successful people don’t spend years doing work that doesn’t fulfill them;
  3. Successful people don’t let doubt and fear dedicate their choices;
  4. Successful people don’t chase other people’s dreams;
  5. Successful people don’t underestimate the power of physical fitness;
  6. Successful people don’t do things they know they don’t want to do;
  7. Successful people don’t copy someone else who is successful.

Personally I think nr.5 is a very important one. 20 Years ago I was so done with my weight and the way I looked that I started running. I still remember as if was yesterday how difficult it was for me to reach that first corner of the street. How I was completely out of breath. How after 3 month I realized that I passed that corner and the 2 after that without any problem. How I got addicted to running and kept on running everyday 6 times a week for an hour. How great I looked (dropped a couple of sizes), but most of all how great I felt.

I could handle any problem without stress, my confidence was sky-high, I never felt so good and happy. I had to run every day (10K) but I didn’t care.I loved it.

And that is the part which you need to be succesful, to reach your goals, to make your business succesful. And that is the part I have to work on again. I want to work on again. I want that feeling back again.

The only thing is, just as building your business, it takes a couple of years before you reach that point. I lost more than 20 lbs last year, just by starting to run again. I don’t have that addiction-feeling YET, but I will get there. And I will lose another 20 lbs this year. While I am building my business at the same time.

I agree that taking care of yourself is the best way to start to be succesful in your business, but also to be successful in your overall life.

 

http://www.success.com/article/7-mistakes-successful-people-dont-make-again?utm_source=Maropost&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Newsletters&utm_term=Inside%20Success&mpweb=574-2613159-742185286

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Housekeeping

I have never been a great housewife and I am extremely glad I married a great guy who doesn’t have a problem with helping to keep everything rolling. He can cook, and he does almost every weekend. He can clean, and he does clean the washroom on regular basis because I forget on regular basis. He gets groceries, just because he comes by the supermarket on his way home. He knows where to find the vacuum cleaner.

Doesn’t mean I don’t do anything in the house. It’s just minimal. I don’t like to do it, I never have and I never will. And I stopped feeling guilty about that a long time ago. But I know how to use the vacuum cleaner, I do the laundry, I take care of diner, I take care of my children and I take care of the animals. It isn’t spotless in our house. You can even say it is a mess. But it is a fairly clean mess.

I love to do work outside though and looking around you can see I have done a lot to improve things. We have 2 brand new shelters. One I build myself, the other my husband did but I finished the roof. Every where you look you see nice white board fence. Three of my horses have a stall with run out for the night. I have a tack room, insulated and heated (the cat loves it). And I am not done yet. Still have a lot of fence to repair/renew. And I want a barn (replacing 3 small sheds) for my hay and tractor and lawnmower.

But most of that kind of work is done during the (part-) spring/summer/(part-) autumn time. Winter is different, especially during cold spells. Nobody in his right mind likes to be outside by then. That’s why I have my business. Only thing now is that it consumes so much time I don’t have much time or energy left for that dreadful household work. That’s also a reason why that business of me should start rolling. I like to do this. More than I would have imagined, but it is a full-time job by now.

Where is the promise of running a (MLM) business part-time, in your pyjama’s??

Getting desperate.

This last week the Young Living essential oil starter kit is on sale (10% off) and I am trying to sell it. I created 2(!) advertisements on Facebook and the reactions are really decent. But after 2.5 days I still haven’t found anybody who would make the next step and sign up and buy the kit. And I need a minimum of 4 people who would buy it to have the costs covered.

Why do they not sell? That is the big question and I have to figure it out. I probably expect to much. I probably should be happy if 1 or maybe 2 people sign up somewhere this week. I probably have to change the next step. Instead of having people go to an “sign up” link of Young Living, I probably should try to send them to a landing page and convince them from there to sign up. I think that I am going to try that. I have still 5 days till the “on sale” is over.

This is the problem with advertisement. You have to try different options to see what works best, and that cost time. Unfortunately, also money which I am a bit short on at the moment. I have fixed my goal for next month to finally earn some money and finally have $2000 on my bank account. I don’t think it is a very unreasonable goal. The only thing I start to believe is that I maybe should create some patience and set that goal for over 3 month. It’s just that I would love to see some results after 2 months of hard work.

Ending on a positive note:  I got 15 people who liked my Facebook page because of my ad’s.

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Visit in Camrose

Sunday we (Frans and I) went to Camrose to visit our daughter and girl friend. Both are attending the University of Alberta in Camrose. Both play basketball for Augustana, the university team. Shea is in her last year, Beliana has just started her second year and has still 3 year to go.

Once in a while we visit them and then combine it with watching a home game. Unfortunately that wasn’t possible this weekend because of the market I attended and Frans had to work too.

I was nice to visit them again. We hadn’t seen them since christmas and because of basketball they are always busy with training, basketball games and school. Because of a terrible headache they had to endure the air of peppermint through the entire visit though. But it worked for me. No pills necessary this time. Very proud of myself being an ibuprofen addict.

For an early diner we went to Edmonton instead of staying in Camrose to eat “all you can eat” indian food. Worst place to go to if you don’t train so much anymore as I do. I always seen to manage to eat way too much  at that kind of places. And because I don’t seem to find the energy or time lately I haven’t been running much the last couple of weeks either. Bad combination. Which at the moment is resulting in gaining weight instead of loosing. But that will change again soon.

Diner was good though and it gave us also the chance to meet Shea’s father. Her mother couldn’t come because of back problems. I told Beliana she should give Shea’s mother some of her big jar with coconut oil and essential oils which she uses for her muscles and joints. Funny thing is that Frans told her exactly the same when we left.

Anyhow… what would life be without essential oils. It gave me the opportunity to enjoy the day even more.

Market in Canmore

It has been a long day today. I spend the day in Canmore (Alberta) trying to have people sign-up for my newsletter.

Well that didn’t go so well. Nobody signed up. But I will get there. There are other ways to have people added to my list.

The market itself was fun. Lots of people passed by. A part was absolutely not interested, a lot were using essential oils already (not always YL but that’s alright). A surprisingly big amount didn’t know anything about the oils or just a bit. So there is still work to do.

I handed out a lot of brochures which I printed yesterday. I gave somebody a little pot with PanAway to try it out. I had somebody very interested in the starters kit. And I sold a bottle of Lavender. So overall not bad.

Now I only have to find out how I can make people sign up 😁