Kiss Your Comfort Zone Goodbye-(Week 21 MKMMA)

What am I pretending not to know?

What would the person I intend to become do next?

What are 5 concrete examples of actions steps I could take to leave my comfort zone? In my relationships, in my business, and in personal growth

What am I waiting for?

Why won’t I finish (drafting!) my DMP!?

These are all examples of the questions that have been going through my mind this week.

I just about typed “it’s been a challenging week…” and then I started laughing.

(It’s 11:14pm on Friday night.  I’m sitting at my dining room table, with my laptop out. Everyone is FINALLY asleep, knock on wood. And I am trying to get my blog post out for the week.  I’ve been writing it in my head for a few days now.)

Who am I kidding, in theory I guess I could say that about every week…there’s a mindset switch that needs to happen surrounding that sentence, RIGHT HERE and NOW. I don’t think I could honestly say I remember a week that HASN’T been challenging, for several if not many years.  As in “gosh, this was a pretty easy laid back week.” HAHAHA

Ok- so on that note. I think my approach needs to be expecting and ACCEPTING and EMBRACING whatever variety of challenges come up any given day or week. Just plan on it, and plan to hunt for and discover the growth opportunities, like a TREASURE HUNT.

This week: A got tummy/fever sick Sunday night, and stayed home both Monday and Tuesday because she had to. D’s Monday afternoon class got cancelled due to inclement weather. A wanted to stay home Wednesday morning – I think she was still just feeling a bit beat from her illness though technically she could attend. By 9:30am though, she would not stop asking to go to school, so I took her around 11:15 so she could have lunch with her friends and finish her school day. D had his usual Wednesday afternoon class. Thursday and Friday were already scheduled days off for A for the whole school.  What does this mean? It means that the little chunks of time I might normally be able to squirrel away with only the two boys home,  or the time D is in school when I only have C (and sometimes C naps), were non-existent.  I could feel my frustration and negativity building as the length of my to-do list grew and the opportunities to cross those items off disappeared.

Also, my sweet feline sidekick of almost 12 years started acting funny on Monday around dinner time, and following my gut I got her into the vet on Tuesday morning, accompanied by 3 helpers. Unfortunately, the general exam & and xray revealed an abdominal mass approximately 2″ in diameter on her right side, slightly displacing some organs. She is super furry/fluffy, and that fluff had disguised how distended her poor belly had become. We don’t have a for sure diagnosis at this point, just some possibilities. I am heartbroken.

So, all that might not seem like much, but it was enough of a detour from our routine that it really threw me for a loop.

I am so grateful for my father.  He surprised me on Tuesday by showing up with subs and parfaits for lunch about an hour after we got back home from the vet. While we waited for him, the kids & I put in some serious playdough creation time!

Grampa also came bearing interesting pamphlets and info on community activities & events to show the kiddos. And my mom’s bottle of OPC-3 to share some until my order arrives. The kids were so happy to see Grampa.  Today I got both a text and an email from him asking if he could come down and spend some time with me and the kids, go on a bit of an adventure.  I replied that yes indeed that sounded lovely and also I could really use to grab a shower.  🤣 We skipped part of the adventure in favor of C getting his first decent morning nap all week long (Praise God!) and we went out for lunch instead. I got to see a dear friend of mine, who I haven’t seen in far too long.  I was able to fly through a handful of items on my list that were time sensitive to this week and that required me to apply some critical thinking skills to complete while Grampa played with the kiddos. I got my shower in.

I connected with our mail delivery person. Her name is Colleen, and I know specifically how I can help her with her job over the next 2 weeks.

I followed up with a few potential clients that I am confident that I can help with some of the products I broker, and even if they choose not to become clients, I know I am adding value to their lives simply by providing education and resources to them.

I learned something new about social media today from my friend Carrie AND I took action on it right away instead of “waiting for a better, more convenient time.”

I have some pictures i’d like to add in, but I hear someone stirring, and I still have to brush my teeth.

I feel like that moment between knowing what I need to do and doing it is shrinking, that hesitation is there less and less often. The space between the ‘a-ha’ and the action.


(Week 18 MKMMA)-Do You Believe In You?

Every Sunday afternoon, our fantastic leaders blast out another amazing 2 hour webinar and mastermind, covering the coming week’s Haanel lesson and concepts. I rarely have the chance to participate live, to be honest, and find myself waiting eagerly for the replay to be posted so I can get cracking on listening to it in 5-30 minute increments. I cue it up, and since it’s via Safari on my iphone, it doesn’t play in the background or while I have any other programs running as primary.  It demands sole attention, which is good I suppose but also kind of a pain, convenience-wise.  I put it on while I am running my son to & from school, in the rare moments of silence while the 2 boys are occupied and playing as I tidy up the kitchen after breakfast or lunch, during naps and at night, and with earbuds, once the boys are in that zone of asleep enough not to be curious but not asleep enough yet to have me vacate the room without having to start routines over again. I get it in bits and pieces and bite sized chunks of information and revelation and a-ha’s.

We’ve also been reading one scroll each month from Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World.   The question was posed to us, “What would make someone the greatest salesman?”  And the answer boiled down to being sold on ourselves. Having enough belief and confidence in ourselves to be 100% all in on our own value, goals, dreams, etc, that no one else’s opinion (really) matters.

(the above two paragraphs were written last week Thursday, 2/8…and now that I am back on my laptop again, (my keyboard case for my ipad stopped functioning again…send good vibes! I aim to finish this post today, 2/12)

We unexpectedly lost an amazing family friend mid-January. He was only 72.  As I sat in the service to honor him and celebrate his life, I was struck by the fact that there was SO MUCH I didn’t know about him.  He lived his life to the fullest. He had a huge grin and ready laugh and sharp wit that was contagious to anyone within 10 feet of him. He served in the military, he gave back to and was involved in community organizations, he was an entrepreneur through and through. His loved his wife and children and grandchildren fiercely, with every bone in his body.  His daughter, a childhood friend of mine who is now an incredible wife, mom, and youth minister in Colorado, performed her father’s service.  It was an incredible message of hope and truth and joy beyond present circumstances.

Tim Mangless, Len, fast track business commitment

The Hero’s Journey- (Week 17HJ-MKMMA)

This week on the webcast we watched this incredible Ted Talk by Aimee Mullins,

(Aimee Mullins is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs.)

We also highlighted “what is a hero?” So often people might imagine a hero being “not them”, when really, we all have the opportunity to step into that role of being a hero. By the definition below, much of it depends simply on how we choose to handle adversity, and which character traits shine through us time & time again despite our circumstances.

The image above outlines a classic trope we see in storytelling, whether in literature or in tv/movies. It is a formula we know well whether consciously or subconsciously.

According to Wikipedia, In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero’s journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.[1]

This journey into the unknown this past 18 weeks, to change the #worldwithin, has definite been an adventure for me.

It has required courage to peel back the layers. For once you see the truth and have those “a-ha” moments about yourself, it becomes impossible to unsee them. And then you are faced with a choice, at every juncture. It can be something as seemingly insignificant as creating a new habit of finishing a mundane, household task every week to program the subconscious that “I finish things.”, to those painful realizations of “this is a terribly hurtful pattern I have in how I handle conflict, that needs to stop NOW.”.

The journey has demanded self discipline, creativity, and resourcefulness from me. It has required me cutting through a stack of my excuses, mostly personally but in business too.

There are only 2 months left in this course and I am determined to make the most of the journey and the support from guides and my companions/classmates. No turning back, no easy way out. There is only forward.

TLS Trim Tea- Fave Product Highlight! ☕️

Every so often a product comes along that is a game changer for many, many people. There are a ton of great products on the market in general, from reputable companies, that help provide a solution to a challenge someone is facing. What we don’t see quite as often is the product that is SO REMARKABLE that it addresses multiple challenges and has a variety of benefits for people from all walks of life, ages, health conditions, etc. And, also very cool- is backed up by a double blind placebo 10 week controlled study on top of an abundance of personal success stories.

I’m talking about TLS Trim Tea! It’s a gluten-free, thermogenic slimming tea formulated to promote a multifunctional approach to weight management support. Trim Tea sold out twice … when it was first released it sold out in a few days, at its second release, within minutes.

Here is a 12 minute clip of amazing testimonies of Trim Tea users! 🌟🌟🌟Worth the listen! 😲💪🏼🎉

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Two ingredients- black tea extract and Welltrim IG (African Mango Seed extract).

  • A cup a day.
  • Can be enjoyed hot or cold.
  • Contains only 21g of caffeine (comparable to a decaf tea).
  • Does not induce a laxative effect.
  • Contains antioxidants which provide cardiovascular health support.
  • Delicious and mild tasting, no strange or bitter aftertaste
  • Packaged in easy to use stick packs

It IS NOT some magic wand or a substitute for conscientious choices when it comes to how you fuel your body with food or a replacement for moving your mass. It IS, however, a support product that is demonstrating its value in spades!

Just look at these numbers!

Much of the illness and disease we encounter can be traced back to systemic inflammation and gut health…and our body being taxed by excessive inflammatory load, that is, more inflammation that our body can stay on top of managing. Inflammation can be caused or increased by everything from chronic stress (physical, mental, emotional), to not enough sleep, to illness, to eating poorly- refined sugar, simple carbs, or simply not enough good fuel, to hormone imbalance, to a sedentary lifestyle, you get the picture. One of the best ways to help our body balance itself is to look for ways to reduce inflammation, via food or supplement or lifestyle changes. (C- Reactive Protein is one of the values on a lab test measures the amount of inflammation we have.)

Even people who are not overweight, or seem physically fit, or who are making great choices overall can still be carrying a higher inflammatory load than is ideal for their bodies.

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Check out these results from the 10 week controlled study I mentioned above!

(Note: 3 boxes of Trim Tea are needed to correlate to results in the 10 week study- 90 day supply breaks down to only $1.33/day)

Some additional benefits you could expect to see include:

  • Helps curb appetite
  • Supports leptin sensitivity to help manage hunger and stimulate lipolysis
  • Supports metabolic balance
  • Moderates enzyme activity to reduce the amount of ingested starches that are converted to triglycerides and stored as fat
  • Supports levels of adiponectin to help maintain healthy insulin sensitivity
  • Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels
  • Helps maintain normal insulin activity

Search #trimtea on FB or IG to see what people are saying about their results!

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“…a river, not a reservoir…”

“It is a law of nature that you cannot reap without sowing. That’s why it’s so important to give first, before you expect to receive. The compounding, positive result of practicing this principle for many years has now given me an immeasurable return on my investment into people’s lives. People are not only making a difference, but they are also investing in others who are making a difference. I’m seeing season after season of harvest in the lives of others.

This give and take is natural, like breathing. You take in air; you blow it out. You can never just breathe in. Nor can you just breathe out. Both are continually essential. Likewise, we give to others and receive from them. Our lives are to be like a river, not a reservoir.

What we have should flow through us to others. The moment the good things we have to offer begin flowing from ourselves to others, the miracle of intentional significance begins to happen. The more we share, the more we have. The more we have, the more we can give. We don’t hand out significance in little doses over time. We unleash it. That’s how we build a life that matters.” –John C. Maxwell

Motives Color Correction Quad- Holiday Must-Have!

As a full time mom to 3 littles, a homemaker, an internet entrepreneur, and a family engagement liaison for our school district, this season in my life is busy (in a productive, valuable way, not busy for the sake of being busy). The sleep deficit over here is for real. When I saw that Motives was releasing this Quad last year I was SO EXCITED. I have used it often over the course of this year- it really gets the job done. The idea is that instead of using only a concealer that closely matches your skin tone to cover up dark circles, blemishes, etc, you can rely on color theory to help correct those things. There is also a guide available, so you know which color to use as your solution. For example, I use peach and yellow often to counteract the purple/dark circles under my eyes from lack of sleep.

Sometimes it’s not a blemish or lack of sleep- I love these two examples. The first is an example of someone who had a broken nose.

The second, a bride who had a curling iron burn!

The Quad also works great to conceal tattoos whether for work or a special event, etc. In the pic above, the make up artist was able to conceal a tattoo on the bride’s forearm.

I love how concentrated and highly pigmented these are. A little bit goes a long way. I like to use a damp blender sponge to apply and press into my skin, dabbing vs back & forth.

So whether you’re a busy mom or grandma of littles, a hardworking exec, a carefree fun loving 20-something with a line up of holiday parties, makeup junkie, or someone who just loves having that ace up their sleeve to look their best on days when they need a little boost- this is it. Best secret ever. 😍

Solutions for Soothing Winter Skin-Product Spotlight. 

A couple months after my now 4 year old son was born, he started experiencing major dry skin and the accompanying symptoms- irritation, inflammation, itchiness, redness, rawness so bad it was weeping. He would start scratching in his sleep, and when he’d wake up crying I’d go in to check on him and find him just bloody. My heart ached for him. 

He was EBF, so at that age had had zero solid food and zero formula. I tried adjusting my diet, eliminating common triggers. So much of our skin’s health is dependent on our gut health. The majority of skin conditions can be causally linked back to gut health.  And most of the immune system is located in the gut. We saw a dermatologist. He prescribed a steroid cream. His pediatrician suggested a well known moisture barrier cream.  I felt like I was spinning my wheels. Neither of these options addressed the gut nor did they promote actual healing.

 I started him on a favorite infant powder probiotic by DNA Miracles. I mixed it with just a tiny amount of Ultimate Aloe juice and some breast milk and gave it via syringe, daily. 
That helped us regain some ground, so that his whole cheek was no longer raw and open (to the point that I was very concerned about potential infection). We still had a long ways to go though, to reach healthy skin. The pictures below- this was hardly even the worst…it had already started to clear up from the internal efforts. My poor little guy!!😭

I decided to order a just released product, the DNA Miracles Soothing Ointment, to see if that would help us.  I knew it was only a topical remedy, but figured it would be great to address his condition inside and outside.  I knew that to reach a more long term result we couldn’t only do one or the other. It needed to be comprehensive. 

The pictures below were taken within that same week…I know they don’t show “after” of his torso, but we did see the same significant improvement on his torso as well. He started sleeping better and I could tell he was a lot less uncomfortable ’round the clock! 🎉 He still had flare ups that first year, but so much less severe or frequent. I knew I could catch them early on, too,  and be very proactive with those go-to products for successful relief.

We also made sure we were using a free & clear detergent. I love this one by SNAP.
This set of home solutions products wasn’t out 4 years ago, but these days they are my favorite! They are a terrific kid-safe, eco-friendly, budget-conscious option! (4 bottles and the equivalent of 16 bottles of cleaner!) 

The Soothing Ointment I used on baby D in February 2014, I still use on all my kids now, AND on myself. It also works great on chapped lips, and I’ve used it to help with minor cuts/scrapes/burns/bug bites. 

As my kids have gotten older, I’ve added the DNA Miracles OPC-3 into the mix too. It’s anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antioxidant properties for cellular & immune health make it part of our front line of defense. 

For your winter skin woes, I can’t recommend this highly enough! ❤️❤️❤️