Market Your Community to Sell Your Home

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Home Sales Tips: How to Market the Community Around Your Home to Prospective Buyers

Selling a home is more than real estate listings and making the home appealing to potential buyers. One factor to take into account when buying a home is its location, meaning the community that surrounds the home.

For sellers as well as buyers, it’s important to highlight the benefits of living in a particular community.  After all, neighborhoods will have an enormous impact on the future buyer’s living experience.

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It’s All About Walkable Neighborhoods

According to a Portland, Oregon-based company, City Observatory, there’s a growing demand for homes located in walkable neighborhoods. A Decades-long love affair with commuting from suburban areas, to work in the city has greatly lost its appeal.

Also, the growing demand for walkable neighborhoods is fueled by people desiring convenient access good schools as well as to entertainment options like movies, restaurants, and shopping. There’s also an appeal for easy access through reliable public transportation.

Fifty-five percent of participants said they would gladly get a small house with a small yard if it meant easy access to stores, schools, and restaurants. Plus, a walkable neighborhood also significantly increases property values. So play up the nearby community benefits that would entice potential buyers.

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Other favorable community amenities include bicycle paths, libraries and parks. These are great bonuses for neighborhoods to attract fitness-minded individuals and promote a family-friendly atmosphere for buyers with kids. Speaking of kids, living in an excellent school district usually yields higher home values.

According to a survey conducted by the Demand Institute, almost half of participants wanted a pet-friendly neighborhood. In fact, this factor ranked higher than easy access to public transportation and even public schooling.

 

Safety is a top concern for most home buyers. Although, there’s little one can do to quell neighborhood violence there are things an owner can do to make their home safer. They may want to consider studying security features on homes in their neighborhoods and adopt what they can, within reason.

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What Potential Home Buyers Don’t Want In A Neighborhood

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), fewer home buyers were least impressed with communities with golf courses, a high population, gated communities, and mixed-use communities.

Homeowners, when listing a home, seek the help of a professional real estate agent experienced in listing the best features of both the home and the community surrounding it.   Redefy offers Charleston’s ONLY full service, flat fee of $2,500 to sell your home.  Interested in learning more how we can market your home creatively and make you more money?  Contact me at SPhillips@redefy.com or 843-471-7315

I look forward to earning your business!

Shawn

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Five Ways to Tell If It’s Time for an Upgrade

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Have You Outgrown Your Current Home?

Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your little corner of the world has been feeling cramped and you find yourself eyeing those larger homes. Is it time to pull up stakes and move on from your starter home?
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If you’ve added to your family in recent years, you may have more bodies than bedrooms. A two-bedroom home may have been a great idea when it was just you and your spouse, but with two kids, you’re starting to have turf wars over the play area.

 

Overflowing With Stuff

outgrown 3From an overflowing toy chest to closets packed so tightly with shoes and coats you risk an avalanche every time you open the door, your home just doesn’t have the space to keep all your things. You may have even had to move some things off-site, spending money to rent storage space to keep that antique dresser your grandmother left you or the set of state spoons you carefully collected during your college years.

No Rest For The Weary

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You’d love to spend an afternoon soaking in the tub, but before the warmth of the water can take you away, there’s a banging on the door of the only bathroom in the house and a chorus of “hurry up!” invading your quiet time. And the man cave you dreamed of? Those visions of a big screen television were shattered by the realization you needed somewhere for the kids to sleep.

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When you first moved in, the two-car garage doubled as your woodworking shop. Now, the equipment has been sent to storage to make room for the family’s second car. You’d love to take up organic gardening, but your tiny yard barely has room for a grill and a lawn chair. You’d love to host your friends visiting from out of state, but there is hardly room for their luggage, much less them.

 

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You may have opted for a starter home when you first entered the market because you had a smaller income. Now, thanks to changes in careers or promotions at work, you can afford a home with greater square footage and room for your growing family that will provide the space you need for many years of happy memories.

 

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Interest rates are lower and you can very well afford more house for the money!  Contact me  today  at sphillips@redefy.com or at 843-471-7315 and take advantage of the opportunity to give your family the most space at the best price now.

 

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Ready to Become A Homeowner?

 

home sweet homeWith all of the creative financing available, if you can afford to rent you may very well afford to buy!  Are you ready to make that leap from living at home or renting to owning a home of your own? While everyone moves at their own pace, here are some signs that you can use to determine if it is time to own your own home. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you can use to justify your decision.

 

Are You Sticking Around?

If you plan on moving soon for a job or think that you won’t be in town much longer, it may be better to rent. However, if you are thinking about living in the same town or within the same county for years to come, it is time to put down roots. The stability that comes with home ownership may make you more prepared for a marriage and/or a family if that is something that you want. This stability may make you more attractive if you are single and searching for a long-term relationship.

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Do You Have a Steady Job?

Those who have a steady job and know that they have a stable salary may want to make the move to home ownership. As long as there aren’t any other major debts eating into your income, you can probably handle a mortgage and other costs associated with home ownership. The equity that you build in your home can help you build wealth for the future if and when you want to retire. There are tax advantages to owning your own home.  Your home may also make a great rental property in the future, which can help you diversify your portfolio and keep you solvent for years to come.

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You Are Spending More Time Watching Television Shows Related to Home Ownership

You may have caught yourself recently watching shows revolving around people or couples who are looking for homes. You may also be watching programs dedicated to giving tips as to how you can upgrade your home. If you watch these shows frequently, it may be a sign that you are ready to move out on your own and take on the exciting challenge of being a homeowner.

Are you ready to be a homeowner in the near future? Only you can say for sure if it is time to make that leap. However, those who are looking for a long-term housing solution may be ready to make that move. For more information,  shoot me an email at SPhillips@redefy.com or call me at 843-471-7315.

I will put you in touch with a mortgage specialist who can help you determine how much home you can purchase and the various home buying plans.

 

 

 

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Tips for Selling a Home with Tenants

 

Trying to Sell a Home with Tenants Still Living Inside? These 3 Tips Will Make Your Life Easier

Are you thinking about selling a home that you have rented out for some additional revenue? If so, you’re likely trying to discern how to best inform the current tenants and conduct the sales process in a way that works well for all of the parties involved.  How the tenant reacts can make or break your sale.  These three tips can make the process easier.

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#1: Review Local Laws and Your Tenancy Agreement

First, you’ll want to break out your tenancy agreement and download any state, provincial or municipal laws that apply to landlord-tenant relations. Selling a home with renters living in it can result in a number of sticky situations. You’ll want to ensure that you conduct yourself in accordance with the rule of law as you may end up in court if the process goes sour.

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#2: Communication is a Vital Part of the Process

Next, you’ll need to ensure that you’re communicating with your tenants every step of the way. Meet with them to let them know that you would like to place the home on the market, and explain how the sales process is going to work. Allow your tenants to ask questions and to state their case as they may be willing to buy the home from you if they can afford it. Be polite but firm; you don’t want to encourage any hostility but this is your property and ultimately, your decision.

Don’t forget to fully inform your tenants as to how home showings will work, as they’ll likely be concerned as to who is being provided with keys to their home.

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#3: Incentives Can Sway an Unruly Tenant

Finally, if you’re faced with some unruly tenants that are making the sales process challenging you may find that financial incentives to help the process go smoother. You’ll need their cooperation in keeping the home relatively clean and tidy, so you may want to consider offering some gift certificates or paying a portion of the rent in exchange for their help. If you’re hosting an open house over a weekend, offer to put their family up in a nice hotel somewhere in town where they can enjoy a weekend together.

 

While selling a home with tenants living inside is rarely easy or fun, it’s certainly doable. When you’re ready to learn more about the home selling process, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or SPhillips@redefy.com.  I will share my expertise and guidance to ensure you get the most from your sale.

 

 

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Buy a New Home & Grow Your Wealth Faster

 

happy-family-sold-house.jpgThere can be many downsides to both renting and buying, depending on what side of the coin you are on, but if you’re leaning towards purchasing a home it can have added benefits for your bank account that renting does not. While renting can certainly alleviate many of the costs that go along with property ownership, here’s why purchasing a home can have positive monetary affects in the long run.  Furthermore you have the satisfaction of living in a home that reflects YOUR individual tastes.

Whose Mortgage do You Want to Pay?

Keep in mind that you will be paying someone’s mortgage – either your own or your landlord’s.  Home prices do go up and down in cycles over the short term but if you stay for a long time you are likely to see an increase in value.  Many people see a good return on their investment.

The Good Impacts of Inflation

While inflation is often seen as a dirty word, a real estate purchase can see the positive side of inflation with how your home purchase investment will grow over the years. Putting money into rent will mean that money is gone and out the window once you’ve paid for the month, but investing into a property will come back to you in future gains that are made in the real estate market. While buying a home will be more expensive in the short term, it can also provide you with greater financial flexibility and equity in the future.   In the long run, rental and housing prices have gone up significantly in recent years and will probably continue to do so.  So doesn’t it make sense to buy now and watch you money grow?

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Tax Benefits

Home ownership can reduce the amount you pay in income taxes each year. Mortgage interest and property tax payments may be deductible from your federal taxes and many state taxes.  The biggest bulk of your mortgage payment in the early years goes toward interest so the tax deductions are greater in those years and can put a significant amount back in your pocket.

Create the Home YOU Want 

Home Sweet Home!  Tired of beige walls and carpet?  Owning your own home offers the freedom to create your dream environment.  You can paint the rooms whatever color you want, change the flooring and carpeting, and own pets.  You don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission or live with a bland environment.

Renovations Will Increase Home Value

While changing up the bathroom or the paint on the wall in your apartment isn’t going to add any extra lining to your wallet when you move out, making upgrades to a home that you own will have the very opposite effect! Renovations can certainly be unpopular while they’re taking place, but no matter how small or large, they can mean an easier sell and a higher profit when the home finally goes on the market.

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The Opportunity For Rental Property

An apartment you rent won’t offer opportunity for investment if you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, but a home you own may serve as an ideal investment property at some point in the future. With the success of Airbnb and unique modern housing needs that may only require a home rental for a short period of time, being able to use your house as a rental property can be a significant boon for earning money you would have otherwise been without.

In Conclusion

Becoming a homeowner comes with additional responsibilities but also incredible rewards.  It can require a lot of number crunching in the beginning that rent does not, but it can also provide significant financial  benefits down the road that might not exist without such a purchase. If you’re considering purchasing a home in the near future, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or SPhillips@redefy.com .

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Selling Your Home FAST & for MORE

This could be subtitled “You DO Want to Sell Your Home, Right?

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In many part of the United States, and certainly in the Charleston area, there is a seller’s market.  Housing costs have risen and more property is being sold compared to last year.  However this doesn’t mean everything sells quickly or at a great price.  Sometimes sellers sabotage themselves.

 

Not every home looks as beautiful as those from the iconic “rainbow row” in downtown Charleston.  Judging from some of the homes I visited recently,  home sellers can use a reminder of what does (or doesn’t) make a good impression.  Don’t forget you typically have once to create desire for your home and to obtain the best price.  So in no particular order, here are some hints.  This isn’t an all-inclusive list but it’s a good start!

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Declutter– ever notice how bare and tidy a model home looks? You are going for the same appeal.  This is the time to simplify your life.  Get rid of things you don’t want or need.  If you still have loads after throwing and giving things away, pack up almost all of your items that aren’t necessary for daily living.

I have advised sellers to have a pod delivered and use it for their packed boxes and excess furniture, etc.  They can have it taken away and then later delivered to their new home. I advise them to have the moving truck take the stuff that’s left, unpack it and THEN have the Pod delivered.  (Note: This works for messy garages too!)light bulb.png

Light bulbs – a light, spacious feeling is most attractive. You may have gotten used to the house being dark or may be trying to conserve energy.  Whatever the reason, we no longer live in caves so invest in some lights and electricity!

 

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Front door – this is crucial. You want curb appeal so trim the grass and shrubs, clean up the front porch and paint the front door!  I like bright colors – red, pink, yellow, blue – something that grabs attention.  Curb appeal is the strongest and first impression so make sure shrubs are trimmed, etc.

 

Paint – you would be surprised how a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color really brightens up a room. Neutral paint (and decor) appeals to most buyers.  I suggest light grey (stylish), beige, off whites.  This isn’t the time to get too grey

creative. Save your red accent wall for your new home but pops of color can really liven up a room. Remember that color trends do change and you can instantly update a house just by using the newer hues.  A beautiful grey is Silverpointe by Sherwin Williams.

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Carpet –  If a good steam cleaning isn’t touching those stains, it may be time to replace it in some rooms.  There are a number of reasonable carpet stores and you don’t have to go for the most expensive.  If you don’t have the money to replace the carpet, consider giving a carpet allowance.

 

 

Pets – it is crucial that your pets be locked away or are off site when the house is shown.  They are either freaked out or protective about having strangers there and it is distracting to potential buyers.  Make sure any pet smells are eliminated.   Clean out the kitty litter box and get rid of those doggie “land mines” in the yard!

Knobs – either clean or replace door knobs both outside and inside the house. Consider replacing kitchen knobs as needed.

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Air Fresheners – A stinky house just isn’t appealing and it leaves a lasting BAD impression.  Invest in some air fresheners and while we are on the topic, it might be time to cut down on fried foods (especially fish), garlic and onions.  I’ve seen some sellers go so far as to bake cookies (refrigerator cookies) and leave them out for the showing with a sign “help yourself”.  Ok it was overkill but it worked!

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Clean –  You have heard it said that cleanliness is godliness.  I can’t stress this enough. .  Do a thorough cleaning or hire a service.  Don’t forget to clean around the air conditioning vents and grates.  Clean the ceiling fans too (you would be surprised how often this is neglected).  Looks great?  Keep it up!  I  recommend a quick dusting, using the Swifter on tile/lineoleum, and vacuuming every other day.   Wash the dishes. Make the beds.  Put away all your hair care products, make up, etc.  I realize this is a form of tyranny but if you follow my advice, it won’t last long.

Your realtor has become an expert in what to do in order to sell your house quickly and for the most money.  If  you are interested in selling your home in the Berkeley, Dorchester or Charleston counties of South Carolina, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or SPhillips@redefy.com .  I’ll explain how we have changed the way homes are sold with a full service, flat $2,500 fee.

You can also learn more about our unique program at Redefy Blog .

 

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Relocating to the Charleston Area?

Charleston+Night.jpgHome buyers are looking for more than just a building with nice carpets. The neighborhood and community amenities have become one of the primary reasons buyers choose to buy in one area or another. Lifestyle has become more important and Charleston, South Carolina offers residents the full package. This is why home buyers are flocking to this popular location.

 

Charleston has been a thriving tourist destination for decades, but as more home owners are turning to their community to provide interesting activities and recreation, its picturesque and historic location has attracted home seekers as well. Charleston and the surrounding areas offer a variety of housing options.

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Charleston, South Carolina simply exudes Southern hospitality. The relaxed lifestyle and gracious living welcomes new residents.  It’s so easy to enjoy the city and nature here! New home owners find they can quickly settle into the pace of Charleston, make new friends and enjoy the beautiful amenities. The mild weather allows an outdoor lifestyle. Residents can enjoy the natural beauty of the Charleston area’s beaches, parks and trails. This historic community has world class shopping and restaurants as well (some you can even boat or paddle board to).

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Long considered a great place to own a second home, the community still has a mix of full and part time residents. Our booming economy attracts many who are relocating for a job.  Retirees find the perfect combination of relaxation and stimulation.  Investors can capitalize on the tourist population for short or long term rental properties and increasing property values.  Some common considerations include:

  • Historic homes
  • Near beach
  • Waterfront
  • Near work
  • Near schools
  • Community living

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Home buyers will find their housing options range from quaint cottages or townhouses to stately historic homes. Families with young children will be greeted with award winning schools and plenty of extracurricular activities. A popular retirement location, Charleston is easy to navigate and close knit community is easy to fit into.  There are several areas in and around Charleston to consider including:

  • Downtown Charleston
  • Daniel Island
  • James Island
  • Johns Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Mt Pleasant
  • West Ashley
  • Summerville
  • Sullivans Island
  • Isle of Palms
  • Goose Creek
  • Seabrook Island

 

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Relocating to Charleston, South Carolina is like coming home. It immediately feels like you’ve lived here all your life. It’s no mystery why so many home buyers are attracted to this atmosphere. Working with a relocation specialist is one key element to finding the right Charleston home for you.

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My husband and I relocated here 5 years ago and love it!  Our adult children have also moved here.  I can help you decide which area is best suited for your lifestyle and budget.  There is so much to choose from and it can be daunting!  I’ll take the time to help you decide where home is.

If you are considering a move to the Charleston area, please contact me at 843-471-7315 or SPhillips@redefy.com .  I’ll take the time to get to know what’s important to you and together we will find your home.

I look forward to earning your business!

Warm regards,

Shawn

 

 

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Listing Service For The New Internet World

 

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The Internet has changed the way we get information. A quick Google search will produce how-to videos for everything from changing the oil in your car to adding a bonus room onto the back of your house. Information is everywhere. The real estate market has thrived in this environment. The National Association of Realtors® said that last year 92% of buyers started looking for their next home online. Real estate is changing, in every way but the way agents are compensated.

The advent of Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and other online platforms has created a new way to search, and list homes for sale. Most agents, however, are still doing things the same way it was done 20 years ago. Today’s buyer/seller needs a new approach and Redefy Real Estate has the solution. Redefy utilizes a team approach to bring full service real estate services to its clients for a low price. We leverage our technology to sell a home for a flat rate of $2500 for homes under $500,000 and just 1% for homes above $500,000.  Of course the buyer’s agent commission remains the same (typically 3%) which encourages other agents to bring buyers.

Here are some examples:

Property Selling Price   Traditional 3% Listing  Percent Redefy Listing Fee Savings
$200,000 $6,000 $2,500 $3,500
$400,000 $12,000 $2,500 $9,500
$500,000 $15,000 $5,000 $10,000
$700,000 $21,000 $7,000 $14,000

This is not a discount, hybrid, do-it-yourself service; this is full service real estate representation at a lower cost.

Redefy uses modern technology and Internet marketing to bring buyers and sellers together. Redefy’s agents are experienced agents who work to give buyers and sellers outstanding service. This is not a discount, impersonal order-mill; clients are supported by a team of people who specialize in their craft. Do we make it up in volume? Yes, of course….because when you create a reputation of value and service, your business will naturally grow.

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What’s the catch? There isn’t one!  The fact is that it just doesn’t cost that much to sell a home as it did 20 years ago. Why shouldn’t this savings be passed onto the client? We streamline the internal process and pass that savings onto our sellers in the form of lower commission costs. Additionally we have an experienced negotiator who is able to obtain the best price for your home and to mitigate costs for any issues arising from a home inspection.  So you not only save money in commissions, you also save money in repairs and obtain the best possible price for your property.

We represent you, the client. Let us show you how we use the latest innovations in marketing, processing and team work to save you thousands of dollars on your listing, while ensuring that you receive the best possible representation.

Do you or someone you know want to buy, sell or invest in property in the Charleston area?  Contact me at 843-471-7315 or SPhillips@redefy.com .

Want to learn more about what Redefy Real Estate can do for you?  Take a look at Redefy Real Estate blog .

I look forward to earning your business!

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

12309669_10153655706211068_4910153458816766635_oWho doesn’t love Spring and Summer?  New life abounds. Old trees get new leaves. The sun and rain caresses the earth and urges rejuvenation.  The light streams in my bedroom window and awakens me sweetly and naturally.  I slip on a light summer dress and some sandals. I want to feel the warmth and gentle breeze on my body.   The birds are bursting with song as I enter my garden and I smile at the brave fragility of a flower.  I  walk around my house and note that not all made it through the winter.

Some plants weren’t hearty enough to survive the cold.  Some branches on a favorite tree seem dead.  I’ll need to cut back the parts no longer healthy.  I’ll need to replahydrangea.jpgce the plants that no longer serve.  I am saddened to lose what were once favorites but recognize the opportunity to recreate my little haven in a different way.   Maybe I’ll add some purple.
Hydrangeas near the screened porch?  Climbing roses against the fence?  I think I’ll order the one that is almost giddy with color.  Gladiolus between the camellias?  I daydream. Maybe it is time to create a little English garden – perfect in its imperfection.

I sip my coffee and philosophically consider the changes.   It strikes me how analogous this is to our lives.  Not everything in my garden needs to be changed.  The core is good.  Maybe cleaned up a bit but not a total revamp.  There is no need to rush.  In fact the situation calls for contemplation, consideration, and anticipation.  I need to slow down.

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How often do you stop, get quiet, and rethink your own life?  I love a saying, “You had a purpose before anyone had an opinion”.    Realize your worth and that your core is perfect.  Remember when you were a child and your life seemed full of possibility?  It still is!  Then ask yourself is it is time for you to trim back portions of your life that no longer fit the garden that is your purpose?   Are you living authentically and fearlessly?  Are you allowing the world to see the beauty of your soul?  Are you joyful?  Are you taking time to have intimate conversations with friends and family? Does your body, perfect in its imperfections delight you?  Can you imagine casting off the anxiety that haunts you and trusting that it will turn out fine, albeit not quite as planned?

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The Divine made you perfect and you were born with purpose. In our hearts we know that the Divine is deep within the earth and in the cells of our bodies. You are sacred and perfect.  It’s just that sometimes we get so busy doing that we forget to contemplate where we’ve been, where we are, and where we want to go.  We feel a longing that we can’t define.  We worry about what others think of us.  Some of us retreat to food, alcohol, etc. to feed the hungry soul.  Something isn’t quite right but we can’t put our finger on it.  An elusive memory of hope and joy hides in the shadows.   So we continue living the same way, not knowing what or how to change it.   The beauty is that we can choose to embrace our uniqueness, our sensuality, our exquisiteness.  Nature reminds us of this choice.

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My advice?  Get off the speedway of life. Slow down.  Walk away from distractions.  This is you time! 

 

 

Spend some time contemplating the garden of your life.  Reflect on the memories that have brought you happiness.  Find the core of what fuels your passion.  What metamorphosis do you need to experience for empowerment and delight?  After you have stilled the noise and listened to the wisdom in your heart, it is time to take some action.  Trim back the dead, weed as necessary, add beauty in whatever colors suit you, and rejoice in your perfect imperfections!  Trust me, we can’t wait to see what grows and blooms.

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Transformation and Evolution

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This article just appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Focus on Fabulous magazine which concentrates on revealing the unseen beauty in today’s woman. 

 

I awakened this morning thinking about punctuated equilibrium. Evolution is a slow, gradual process but it isn’t entirely smooth.  Small changes occur over time until a large difference occurs in a stepwise fashion.   Punctuated equilibrium is an evolutionary theory that explains the rapid change one can find in the fossil record followed by long periods of stability.   And since evolution presumably happens physically and behaviorally, one can assume that this has happened with the behaviors that help the species survive.

A rather nerdy introduction, I know but stick with me.   Think back on your life.  How did you get where you are now and where would you like to go?

I know in my life I have experienced periods where things were relatively stable and changes were very small and then suddenly there was a rapid burst of change.  I might have been doing some self-exploration, reading motivational books or learning more about spirituality and then suddenly I had a revelation that encouraged a jump in my consciousness. My relationships could have been toxic and I was surrounded by negative people for years and then I recognized that I wanted a different life and needed to move on and get new friends.    An area could no longer feel like home and I moved a great distance away.   A job could no longer be fulfilling despite a good salary and I decided to take the plunge and become an entrepreneur.   Over the years there have been huge transformations – marriages, births, divorces, moves, career shifts.  I suspect this could be said for many of us.

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From the outside it would appear that these abrupt alterations with little thought but internally there were a number of imperceptible modifications until finally there was little choice but to burst out of a cozy rut and revamp life.  Once the huge change was made, there would be rocky period when everything seemed off kilter and then gradually an adjustment to the new. It became the norm.  During this period one makes small, incremental modifications.  These are the basis of creating lifelong habits.

For instance a year or so ago I could not even fit my “fat clothes”.  I have been making small modifications in creating optimal health.  There is no question that over time there have been positive results but I am not where I want to go and I am prepared to take one of those huge jumps.  I know that a clean me is a healthy me and I am planning to kick off my weight loss journey with a TLS 21 Day Challenge .   The first 7 days will consist of detoxification to curb my cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods to renew and replenish.  Next realizing a lean me is a better me, I will accelerate my program for 14 days to burn the fat so to repair and reshape my body.  This will allow me to shed some stubborn fat and shed extra pounds to feel better physically and emotionally.  From thereon I will continue to eat “clean” and to schedule daily exercise. After this dramatic change my plan is to make small, simple modifications toward optimal health.  My goal is to create life-long healthy habits.

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Back to you – are you in a period of stasis or equilibrium?  Spring has been a time of renewal, hope, growth throughout cultures and history.  Take time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature. Take walks in the park, hike through a forest, and walk along the beach, lay in the grass.  As you do so pay special attention to all the new beginnings around you – plants, animals, insects, birds.  Meditate on the natural cycle of change and replenishment.  Now look within. This is a season of great promise and renewal. Life is visibly continuing and yet there are alterations.   Is there something you need/want to dramatically adjust in your life?  Do you need a rekindling in one of more aspects?  Is something or someone making you feel unfulfilled or even sapping your soul?  Have you accepted someone else’s view of what you and your life should be rather than following your path?  If so I challenge you to start your plan toward regeneration.  It is easier to live with the status quo but you were born to be special and you owe it to yourself to manifest a wonderful life and reach your highest potential.    So look within and determine what is holding you back and what needs modification.  It could be physical, emotional or spiritual.   Be bold, be brave.  It may be time to empower yourself and make a transformation –  your own punctuated equilibrium.

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I had submitted this article in January and have completed the TLS 21 Day Challenge.  I’ve lost a total of 15 lbs and feel wonderful!

 

 

 

Interested in learning more? Please email me at dreambigshawn@gmail.com.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn

 

 

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TLS 21 Day Challenge

12309669_10153655706211068_4910153458816766635_oWho else is already thinking about losing weight in the new year?  Maybe  this has been spurred by 4 holiday parties in the past week or plans for the Christmas eve dinner or both but I’ve decided to lead a group of people dedicated to optimal health in the new year.

 

I have been making small modifications in creating optimal health.  There is no question that over time there have been positive results but I am not where I want to go and I am prepared to take one of those huge  jumps.

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I know that a clean me is a healthy me and I am planning to kick off my weight loss journey with a 21 day challenge.  The first 7 days will consist of detoxification to curb my cravings for sweet, salty and fatty foods to renew and replenish.  Next realizing a lean me is a better me, I will accelerate my program for 14 days to burn the fat so to repair and reshape my body.  This will allow me to shed some stubborn fat and shed extra pounds to feel better physically and emotionally.  From thereon I will continue to eat “clean” and to schedule daily exercise. After this dramatic change my plan is to make small, simple modifications toward optimal health.  My goal is to create life-long healthy habits.

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You can purchase the kit here:

TLS 21 day Challenge

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Getting healthy and fit is way more fun and successful when you have support. Together we can all win the TLS 21 day challenge.We will be sharing our progress, challenges and solutions on a  private Facebook page.

Come on!  What do you have to lose except fat?  Join us in looking spectacular in 2016.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn

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TIPS TO PROMOTE YOUR EVENTS

 

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Wonder how to use social media to promote your events?  While this is not the only way, social media can be a potent tool.  However before we begin you need to start with the obvious:

 

 Create and Use Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook and other accounts – This takes a bit of foresight but you need to be taking advsocial_media_strategy111antage of these free social media accounts.  Post frequently (at least daily), import your contacts from your email address books, and make it personal, not just sales oriented.  (Hint:  Join online and actual clubs and networking organizations and ‘friend” those people too.)  I find it helpful to use the online service Hootsuite to manage and efficiently post to various social channels.  Once you have these active accounts, you have an engaged and friendly audience.

Now you are ready!

  • hashtagCreate a Hashtag: Create a short hashtag that you are going to use across all media.  It should be on everything including your infographics.  This makes it easy for people to find what you are sharing and the comments others have too!
  • Pictures: Posts with pictures are 150% more likely to be viewed.  Have pictures of presenters, items that will be sold/discussed, etc.  Take fun pictures at events and use these in marketing next events. having fun at conference Switch it up so people aren’t bored.  Wonder how others make such amazing posts?  Canva.com is a great website to create visuals including infographics for web or print.
  • Use videos: Visual images convey the enthusiasm and energy in a highlight reel from prior events, audience testimonials, and even snippets from your presenters.  These videos can consist of a slide show from previous events.  Make the benefit of attending your event clear.  Don’t forget to post it on YouTube!

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  • Blog: Here is your chance to elaborate.  I use WordPress as it is relatively simple to navigate and you can embed videos and other media.  This is your webpage that should have all the branded information.
  • Leverage Shareable Information to Fans, Attendees, Teammates, and Affiliates: Send them the information in the form of infographics, links, etc.  Let them help you convey the excitement and enthusiasm.  Ask them to post it and email it to others.
  • Create a Facebook Event Page: This way you can invite your friends (I target specific areas rather than invite everyone.)  You can boost the event for $10 and reach thousands in your target area.   An event page allows your attendees to easily share the information with others.  Do keep in mind that a relatively small amount of people who say they are coming actually do so don’t depend on this alone.fb event page

 

  • Use Email: Do you have any idea how many emails most of us send out daily?  Add a paragraph at the end of every email to let people know about the event.   Send information to your supporters and ask them to send it to people they think would be interested in the event.
  • Don’t forget the personal touch: Call and email people and ask them to attend.  Thank those who have responded they are coming and encourage them to bring others. call people

 

  • Post your event on online community calendars: Many newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations have community calendars where you can post events for free. And don’t forget Craigslist! They list events and classes, too.

Use all of these social media tips to promote your next event and see your attendance soar.

This article was included in the Mirelli Entrepreneur Training for Women newsletter.

Interested in learning more about how you can be a successful entrepreneur – in business for yourself but not by yourself?  Drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we can set up a time to discuss your opportunity.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn

 

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Beauty Starts From Within

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All women have their own form of beauty.  However whatever that beauty is, it must start from within.  If you aren’t healthy, no amount of skin care products or make up is going to make as lovely as you could.  The winning trifecta is a combination of supplements, skin care and Motive Cosmetics.

For optimal beauty and health I recommend four supplements to help women look their best.  These are to be taken in addition to the 5 key products I always recommend – Isotonix Multivitamin, Isotonix B Complex, Isotonix Calcium Plus, Isotonix OPC-3 and Heart Health Essential Omega III with Vitamin E.   In this article I’ll discuss all four beauty supplements that I recommend to enhance your natural beauty and their benefits.

The Winning Combination for Beauty

For general skin nutrition I recommend Isotonix OPC-3 Beauty Blend, NutriClean Complete Greens and Ultimate Aloe.  In someone worried about the effects of aging on their complexion, I add Timeless Prescription’s Oxygen Extreme.

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Isotonix OPC 3 Beauty Blend is formulated to help maintain skin elasticity, support normal collagen production, replenish essential vitamins and minerals for the skin, and provide the skin and body with an antioxidant defense. This isotonic product helps maintain skin health at the cellular level nourishing and rejuvenating skin cells with some of the finest antioxidants available today.   It supports a healthy, smooth, soft and even-toned complexion.  Because it promotes healthy functioning of the skin at the cellular level, your skin will look healthy and vibrant.  It also plays a role in maintaining elasticity of capillaries in the dermis, which helps maintain healthy blood flow and minimizes the appearance of spider veins. The main ingredients are:

  • Pine Bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) 40 mg- is a powerful antioxidant, selectively binds to collagen and elastin protecting from breakdown. Mild anti-inflammatory benefits, promotes hydration and skin elasticity
  • Hyaluronic acid– helps maintain skin moisture. promotes healthy cell production and attracts moisture to the skin and helps retain the moisture within the skin.
  • Biotin– helps promote strong healthy hair and nails, necessary for healthy skin.

Beautiful AsianDigestive Health is Key

Perhaps you have heard it said that digestive health supports overall wellness.  There is an intimate relationship between your gastrointestinal tract and your immune system.  Some surprising signs and symptoms of digestive health dysfunction include: congestion, sinusitis, anxiety, depression, fuzzy thinking, acne, dermatitis, migraine and other headaches, joint inflammation including arthritis, and hypertension.

NutriClean Complete Greens® and Ultimate Aloe®   help with overall support to your digestive health and immune system, thus making your complexion clear and glowing.

Complete GreensWe all know how important it is for our health to consume the proper amount of fruits and vegetables each day, yet a world full of fast food and processed meals have led people to choose less healthy alternatives. This leads to deficiencies of the nutrients that are needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. Poor diets of unhealthy, processed foods, sweets and fats, help set the stage for health risks. A vegetable-rich diet is a smart way to start looking, feeling and living better. NutriClean Complete Greens offers a diverse range of benefits from green vegetables and natural grass fibers that are low in sodium, fat and calories, contains no cholesterol and are a good source of iron, vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium. Greens helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract, with natural enzymes, and provides nutrients to the body’s organs. Adding natural grass juices and other natural vegetables and fruits to your diet regularly, helps provide the body with the means to cleanse itself. Naturally-produced grasses and other fiber-rich greens can enhance diets which may lack the correct amount of fruits and vegetables needed as a part of a daily regimen.  While Complete Greens has a unique blend of over 50 ingredients, these three are key in keeping you healthy and looking great:

  • Soy Lecithin 549 mg: supplies an exceptional source of choline that is a major component of cell membranes. It is important because it supports essential nutrients in entering and leaving cells.
  • Barley Grass 98 mg: contains many nutrients that help the body to stay healthy. Has health-promoting functions. A common use of barley grass is supporting digestive health.
  • Wheat Grass 110 mg: contains nutrients and amino acids that are essential for health. It also supports digestion.

Ultimate aloeBecause the typical diet consist of many foods unintended for digestion, maintaining a healthy digestive tract is important to the overall health of the body. Ultimate Aloe contains over 200 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, including 13 of the 17 essential minerals needed for good nutrition. Studies have shown that aloe consumed orally promotes normal digestion, supports a healthy immune system and helps to provide digestive comfort.  Ultimate Aloe® Juice has the IASC (International Aloe Science Council) seal that certifies the aloe content and purity. The aloe vera in Ultimate Aloe is harvested and processed according to sanitary manufacturing practices that use specific time and temperature guidelines. This preserves the natural properties of the aloe vera plant so you receive the maximum benefits of the product. Ultimate Aloe Juice contains three times more polymers than aloe gel and 50 percent (50%) more active components than is required to achieve maximum benefits by being consumed orally. Ultimate Aloe Juice delivers superior results, which our customers can depend on time after time. There is one main ingredient in Ultimate Aloe: 

  • Whole Leaf Aloe Vera: aloe vera contains nutrients, amino acids, enzymes and water which are all vital to optimal health and the formation of certain key enzymes.

For Anti-Aging

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Oxidative stress caused by free radicals accelerates the aging process and plays havoc on our skin.  Some free radicals arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes the body’s immune system cells purposefully create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can also spawn free radicals. The best way to fight free radicals is with a collection of antioxidants. There is not one single antioxidant that is most effective. In order to be effective, there must be a team of antioxidants all working together. When you supplement with a team of antioxidants, you will find that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Your skin – much like the rest of your body – can be negatively affected by free radicals.

Oxygen ExtremeBy combining both botanicals and vitamins in a single product, Timeless Prescription™ Oxygen Extreme provides strong antioxidant protection.  It supports healthy immune function. This supplement helps maintain cardiovascular health and helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It promotes a healthy digestive tract and supports a healthy liver. It promotes eye and vision health as well as cognitive health. It supports healthy reproductive systems. Finally it promotes your skin’s health with both an antioxidant and herbal defense. No other product combines the variety of ingredients in Timeless Prescription Oxygen Extreme. The main ingredients are:

  • Vitamin A: Beta Carotene is converted to Vitamin A to maintain health.
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Oxidation causes aging of the skin. This acts as a free radical fighter, Vitamin C helps the body maintain its youthful qualities.
  • Vitamin E: Promotes a healthy immune system. Works to protect skin from free radical damage.

MotivesCatalogCover.14591626_std (1)In summary how our skin looks is important to most of us.  A healthy, youthful, glowing complexion is the cornerstone of beauty.  No amount of skin care products or Motives cosmetics are going to make you look good if you aren’t healthy.  While it is important to eat a variety of healthy foods with a rich supply of vitamins and nutrients, it is almost impossible to ingest everything we need to support our overall well-being and support our skin and digestive health.  In addition to the 5 key products I recommend to everyone, I highly suggest other supplements to enhance health.  If you are concerned about beauty, you should add these supplements daily.

You may learn more and purchase these products by clicking on these links:

OPC 3 Beauty Blend

Complete Greens

Ultimate Aloe

Oxygen Extreme

Want to learn more about our products or opportunity?  Contact me at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we will set up time to talk.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Be well and dream great,

Shawn

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Look 20 Years Younger?

Yesterday I was having lunch with a nurse who wanted to learn more about our products, services, and the business.  As one does in any introductory situation, we spoke of our backgrShawnounds, our careers, our hobbies, and of course our families.  She told me she had teenagers and we laughed about teen antics (our own included) and then asked me the ages of my children.  When I told her they were 39, 29, and 25 her eyes grew wide.  She politely suggested that my eldest two must be my stepchildren and that my husband was much older.  Of course I told her that no, all three were mine and that I was 62 she looked absolutely shocked.  She blurted out, “I thought you were my age – in your early 40’s!”

I’ve always been told I look younger than I am although some mornings the mirror doesn’t agree.  So what do I attribute my fountain of youth?  Well several things.  I don’t smoke. I drink very moderately. I use sunscreen and don’t sunbathe.  I take our daily essentials kit (Isotonix multivitamin, B complex, Calcium Complex and OPC 3) , omega III’s and aloe every morning.  And I use Lumiere de Vie skin care.

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The Lumiere de Vie skin care line uses the power of the sea and the earth to help provide vitalized radiance providing that youthful glow.  It has  powerful age reversing ingredients to help turn back the hands of time.

I use these products daily and they have truly transformed my skin.  But the miracle product yesterday was the Lumiere de Vie Needle Free Serum.  This serum is amazing!  It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, smooths out the skin making it look firm and smooth, and it hydrates so your skin truly looks youthful.  The Needle Free Serum contains collagen and elastin filler.

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Upon aging, cells are no longer able to produce collagens and elastin effectively. By providing a new source of bio-energy this production is reactivated. Needle Free Serum contains Neodermyl® which boosts your skin’s fibroblasts .  Neodermyl is a nLumiere de vie needle free 3ew source of bio-energy which recharges the skin’s beauty.  How? Neodermyl leads to an increase of collagens I and III (youth collagen) synthesis. Thus you see an improvement of skin density and firmness. The increase of elastin production leads to improvement of skin elasticity. Bottom line?  A visible reduction of wrinkles’ depth and volume in only 15 days. Of course the longer you use it, the better the results.

Interested in trying Lumiere de Vie Needle Free Serum?  I highly suggest you purchase the Lumiere de Vie Full Regimen set  to get the best results and save a bundle!  This kit contains 8 products which work together to create youthful looking, luminous skin.

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You can order this amazing kit for only $295 by clicking on this site: Lumiere de Vie Full Regimen Kit  (http://tinyurl.com/p7ze4sp).

I can’t promise you someone will think you are 20 years younger but I can promise you that your skin will look and feel wonderful and yes, you will look younger!  As always if you have questions about our products, services and/or the network marketing business, please drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com .

Be well and dream great!

Shawn






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Network Marketing Changes Lives

I see it all the time.  From the single mother working two jobs and just scraping by who now can spend time with her children , to the construction worker who can’t count on his body or the work to sustain his family who can now rest easy at night knowing his family is taken care of and children will be able to attend college, to the immigrant who arrives on these shores only to find their language is a barrier and finds that through this business they can achieve the American dream, to the person who worked for 40 years and still didn’t have enough to comfortably retire but can now.  Network marketing changes lives.

I’m not saying it will be easy. I am saying it can be worth it.  We work hard  to change lives, beyond their own. Your pour your time and talent into those you mentor, to help them find their purpose.  This is no hobby. It’s an honorable profession and it takes education, time, commitment, and a passion to help others succeed. By doing so, we succeed too.

I loved this  touching video.  I hope you do too!

If you know you were meant for something better and want to change your life and those of others around you, please drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we will set up time to talk.  There is no reason you too can’t be a success.

Be well and dream great!

Shawn






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Ladies – Get Ready for a New You in the New Year!

ShawnThis article was just published in the winter edition of Focus on Fabulous magazine.  I am honored that this lengthy article was chosen for a two page spread.  I hope you enjoy it!

Every day I meet women who are fed up with one or more aspects of their lives.  They feel they are just going through the motions and have lost the dreams and passion they had when they were younger.  It’s no wonder.  We frequently put our well-being at the bottom of the priority list.  Women are natural nurturers.  We take care of our families, friends, co-workers, animals, and even strangers.  Unfortunately we frequently forget to take care of ourselves.  We owe it to ourselves and others to take care of our physical, emotional and spiritual portions of our lives.  One cannot get refreshing, clear water from a dry well.

Who am I?  I am a change agent.  My mission statement is simple – to be healthy, happy, and help others.  I consider myself an Entrepreneurial Expert.  I work with members of my team gain optimal health, accept and embrace their destiny and create financial freedom.  I intentionally chose a company that offered people various divisions so that regardless of a person’s passion, we probably have something they would be interested in.  Every day I help women transform their lives.

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The wondrous thing about humans is our resilience and ability to alter our lives.  My winding path to discovery and change has happened throughout my 62 years.  At times it seemed like my very existence was a snow globe that was shaken.  Large pieces of my life were free floating only to land in a very different spot with the snow settled.  Sometimes fate (divorce, job layoff, major health issue) shook that snow globe and other times I did so myself.  Whatever the cause I’ve always done more than survived, I’ve thrived.  Approximately a year ago I was the instigator.

From an outsider’s perspective I had it made. I was a hospital administrator with a six figure income, a long term and loving marriage, three amazing sons, lived in a home that was way too big for a couple of empty nesters, took exotic vacations, and was blessed with amazing friends.  The only signs that perhaps not all was well was that I was taking a handful of prescriptions each day, didn’t sleep well, and had deep stress lines.  Sure I still had a sense of humor and I think most people would have been surprised to know how miserable I truly was.   I knew I was just marking time.  I was grateful for what I had but wondered if there wasn’t more to life.  I felt trapped.  I had physical and mental pain.

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I was very grateful for my blessings but it was time to modify two major areas needing modification – my physical state and my work life. I started a new business. I started taking supplements. I exercised more. I ate better. Six months after starting my new business I resigned from my position, sold my house and built a smaller one in a more affordable area.  I am a work in progress but today I am able to live a life almost prescription free. My body no longer feels like a traitor.  I have energy, enthusiasm and I rise each morning refreshed and ready to face the day with passion and excitement.  I no longer have the prestigious and high paying job but I have created a business with partners in several states and in another country. I teach almost every week. I meet new people and am constantly amazed at the courage, commitment and exuberance inherent in entrepreneurs. I love what I do so much that I dream about it.  Furthermore while I haven’t yet replaced my salary, I’m certainly on my way to do so.  By all accounts I have made amazing progress during my first year in business.

But this isn’t about me.  If I can transform my life at an age when many are cons12187819_10207990681755551_383212612194527358_nidering retirement, so can you!   It doesn’t matter your age, your past, your educational level, or whatever impediment you believe you have to achieving a successful life. You don’t have to settle for mediocracy. You were meant for better.  So are you ready to demand an excellent life?  Are you ready to alter your path?  At the end of the day financial freedom, good physical, emotional and spiritual health are ideal and should be available to everyone.

I think most of us agree that we are here to fulfill a basic purpose – to make the world better for having been here.  We all had dreams of making an impact with our lives.  But somewhere along the line many of us got derailed and 95% of us end up working in dead end jobs for someone else’s success, not taking care of our bodies, and feeling frustration with our existence.  Does this resonate with you?  Ready for a change? Let’s do it!

Let’s start with the physical.  Who doesn’t want a vibrant, healthy, strong body?  Who wouldn’t like to feel younger and ward off illness?  There are a number of contributing factors that lead us to not having optimal health.   I am sure you already are aware that we are surrounded by far more pollutants and toxins than previous generations.  At the same time our fruits and vegetables contain 50% less vitamins and nutrients that they did even a mere 20 years ago.  This is creating a perfect storm as this generation is facing the largest amount of oxidative stress this planet has015bb8a6d83dc807ecf3f77b0ab545d3.jpg (800×600) ever known and we have less ability to defend ourselves. This gap in our protection is due to a variety of influences including a reduction in exercise, an increase in eating processed foods, not getting enough sleep, and the depletion of antioxidants and supporting nutrients contained in the foods we eat.  While we are living longer, we are facing a higher percentage of debilitating chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke.  Many face problems associated with inflammation such as arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.  Approximately 75% are taking vitamins and supplements but are unaware the minimal daily requirement of vitamins and minerals is only enough to avoid diseases such as scurvy and rickets. Furthermore they are not absorbing the very nutrients they assume these pills are providing.  With some minor changes we can turn all this around.  Over the past year I’ve learned that wellness is more than the absence of disease. We want to feel our best.

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I urge you to have a good strategy to achieve and maintain good health, to understand the impact of lifestyle on wellness, and to consider simple nutrient based solutions. While I advocate more exercise, less stress, and better eating habits, I realize this isn’t enough.  In order to obtain optimal health, women need to take a good multivitamin as the foundation for health, as well as Omega 3’s, a B complex, a calcium complex and a strong antioxidant.   I consider these to be the daily essentials.  You would be surprised how much more energy you have, how great you look (beauty starts from within), how much stronger your immune system is, and how much better you sleep when you take these essentials. Consistency is key.  You need to take them every day.  One upside is that many women report they have lost weight.  Once the body gets the nutrients needed, this signals the brain that the cells have what is needed and they can quit eating.  Little steps taken over a period of time can lead to amazing results.

Next in line for transformation are our financial/emotional/spiritual sides.  How many times to you find yourself surrounded by negative, unhappy people at work?  Most people go to their job and do as little as possible for a boss who pays them as little as they can get away with.  What kind of life is that?  We spend more time at work than we do with our loved ones.  Now I’m not advocating that everyone fire their boss tomorrow.  What I am suggesting is that you might consider a plan B.  We need options in case we get laid off, a relationship ends, or something else happens.  Other women feel trapped in a relationship that may even be abusive as they fear the “feminization of poverty”.  They are sacrificing their joy for security. Others tell me they just feel tired of everything. They have given up on the quest to fulfill their dreams and are just going through the motions of life.   The good and bad news is this: You are going to have to be the alchemist creating a golden life.  Only you can achieve this.  You can’t depend on or blame others.  But that gives you the power!  One of the quickest ways to tell who your real friends are is to decide to make a change.  True friends will cheer you on.

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There is a great quote by Napoleon Hill, “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” You need to spend some time soul searching.  What has your mind conceived?  What do you believe?  Do you really want to achieve it?   First you must take responsibility for your own life.  Move beyond fear. Move beyond guilt. Move beyond the little voice that tells you that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, pretty enough.  You are enough!  .  No one else is responsible for your happiness.  We all live the lives we choose.  The moment you realize this, you have the ability to recreate your life.  You are no longer the victim – you become the victor.

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I work with women who know they are not living up to their full potential and something must change.  If they have the motivation, it can be done.  I firmly believe in the power of positive attraction and that “like attracts like”.  Together we work to concentrate on and enhance the unique qualities inherent in that individual and to focus on being upbeat and positive.  Perhaps you have heard that every moment we dwell on the past is a second in the present you are missing.  We can’t change what happened. We can only realize that the future awaits.  By focusing on incremental changes we can make every day, we can make strides to a beautiful future that awaits.  This helps the woman to gradually take charge of her own life and to evolve into a self-confident and fulfilled person. I am not saying it is easy.  It takes a spark of self-love to initiate change. But suddenly the woman becomes the heroine in her life.  Suddenly people are looking up to her and she becomes a leader.  Sometimes the only way we can do it is to use someone else as the focus.  Recently a woman told me she realized she had to change so that her daughter would not accept less than she deserved in her own future.  Whatever the impetus, I think there are some basic elements of transformation.

It alreinvent042412.jpg (377×318)l starts with an honest assessment of who you are.  What is your passion?  What do you feel are your attributes?  What are you drawn to? What excites you?  Start there.  Learn from the leaders in that area.  Commit to your education and motivation.  It is also important for a woman to have a network to support her efforts and to applaud her successes. However as important as a network is, it is crucial for the individual to realize others can’t want it for her more than she wants it for herself.  Women who are serious about transformation must be willing to challenge themselves, and to not accept less than a rewarding and meaningful life. No one can live your life for you.  This is your spiritual quest.

Most importantly we have to have fun.  Work doesn’t have to be drudgery.   Life is meant to be enjoyed.  We need to be able to laugh and take risks.  We need to be able to delight in life’s absurdity and in our own mistakes.  No regrets.  We learn by doing.  Dynamic change happens when we accept joy.  The best times are when we are able to step outside of the “should be’s” and recapture that childlike exuberance and creativity that is a birthright.

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An individual’s progress from being in a rut to feeling meaningful varies.  Some make rapid changes and others take a more methodical approach.  Not everyone is willing to shake their snow globe vigorously.  What is predictable is that at some point the magic happens.   As a woman builds upon her successes, challenges herself to fulfill her destiny, becomes financially independent, and is happier with her life she then draws people and situations that are life-affirming.  There is nothing more attractive than someone who has a passion for something, is positive, and seeks to better themselves.  While misery loves company from other miserable people, joyful people are beacons to others who love life.

I urge you to take this new year, this time of beginning afresh to transform your life into the one you choose.  Take some time as the days grow shorter and the darkness returns to go within and discover what inspires you, what you want to transform.  As I recently remarked to a 40 year old woman, there is no reason for the past 40 years to determine what the next 40 years will be like.  You have the power to create the life you choose.  Your dream life is just beyond your fear.

I close by sharing one of my favorite quotes:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Marianne Williamson

Are you looking for a change?  Do you have dreams that haven’t been fulfilled?  Would you like to learn more about my opportunity? Do you want to have some fun and work toward financial freedom? Drop me a note at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we will schedule some time to talk!

Be well,

Shawn






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Enhance your weight loss with thermogenic (fat-burning) foo

As we prepare for the holidays, it might be wise to be moderate in our eating. Less to worry about after the feasting.

Check out this useful list of fat-burning foods!

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Don’t want to wait until after the holidays?  Ready to lose?  Try the 21 day challenge!

21 day challenge

Just go to http://www.tlsslim/dreamgreat and start losing.

If you are interested in hearing more about this program or would like to hear about how you too can help others get healthy, send an email to dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we can set up a time to discuss your interests.

Be well,

Shawn






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Proud to Be Listed on the Mirelli Entrepreneurial Training for Women Site

http://mirellietc.com/money-more

Considering joining the fun?  Want to learn more?  Drop me a line at dreambigshawn@gmail.com and we can set up some time to talk.

Be well,

Shawn






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Why I Chose Market America (and maybe you should too!)

In order tShawno be a successful network marketer you have to believe – in yourself, in your products, and in your company.   My passion is to help people feel better, look better, and make more money.  This is why I chose Market America as opposed to any other direct sales/network marketing company.  I am sure there are other reasons, but these are mine:

  1. The products!  Isotonix, TLS Weight Management and Motives are of such quality that health care providers and salons offer them.
  2. We can work with individuals, groups, and business to business.
  3. Everyone gets commissions and retail profit for 100% of their volume.
  4. We are global. We can sell our products throughout the world and have expanded into several countries.  This is so important!  It’s not enough to concentrate just on the US when we can help so many throughout the world.
  5. We have sales requirements. This is no pyramid scheme.
  6. You don’t need hordes of downline business owners to make good commissions.  It takes fewer than 200 business owners to make $10,000/month as opposed to many companies where you would need thousands.  Keep calm and build residual income
  7. We have products in over 10 billion dollar markets. We are not a one trick pony business.  You don’t have to pick one product or business line (such as weight loss). You can market them all and better yet, appeal to others whose passions may be different than yours.
  8. You can make more than your sponsor.
  9. We have more ways to make money.
  10. We offer shop.com – a way to save money and get cash back by shopping for those items you already purchase online.
  11. Our sales volume carries over until you get paid. It doesn’t get erased monthly or quarterly.
  12. You work hard, you get paid. Simple as that.
  13. We have a number of divisions – if you have a passion, we probably have a fit.
  14. There are no breakaways, percentages or levels. Everyone gets paid based on productivity.
  15. As we help others create health, beauty and prosperity in their lives, we create health, beauty and prosperity in our own lives. 12189970_983492871708542_6338604249149704195_n
  16. We have been in business over 20 years. Over 1,000 competing companies during that time have started and failed.
  17. Our company is debt free.
  18. Unlimited income potential.
  19. We get compensated in cash.  Weekly.
  20. There is no glass ceiling – it doesn’t matter what sex, race, religion or ethnic background.  We can all prosper.
  21. The nutraMetrix division was an excellent fit for me as I am passionate about helping transform medicine in this country from one based on sick care to one based on health care.
  22. Our corporate team has not changed. They are still as engaged as ever in making this the most innovative network marketing company in existence.
  23. Our commission structure fosters cooperation and teamwork. By helping each other, everyone benefits.
  24. We have a training system second only to the US military. We hold these trainings across the country and online so we can recruit anyone, anywhere and know they can get the training needed to succeed.
  25. We have a blast. Teamwork is the dreamwork.

These are my reasons from joining Market America.  Does any of this resonate with you?  Want to join the fun? Let’s jump on a call and see how I can help you put more money in your pocket and improve your family’s health at the same time. Email me at dreambigshawn@gmail.com to set up a time

Be well,

Shawn






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My First Year in Network Marketing

ShawnIt has been just over a year since I discovered a business that has made a powerful change in my life – becoming a network marketer. The amazing thing about this business is the roller coaster ride of the emotions and success during this initial year.  First it sounds challenging and then it sounds so easy. I was advised that there were only a few steps.  “Long term success consists of building a team and instilling vision.”

  • Use the products
  • Sell the products
  • Recruit others to do the same
  • Attend events

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However like most things in life, I found it a bit more challenging than first anticipated and I learned by doing.  Yes, I made plenty of mistakes and watched others make even more.  I found they could be categorized as following and these will be addressed in this post.

  • You don’t know it all
  • The Devil’s in the details
  • Law of attraction/positivity
  • Develop rhino skin
  • It’s a numbers game
  • Stick with it.
  • Be realistic

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

  • If you want to make big money, you must treat it like a profession. You would not trust your life to a physician who had not attending medical school or car to someone who had not learned to work on them. I don’t care how successful (or not) you were at your previous business, you MUST spend time learning.

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  • Many people jump into network marketing and just expect to start making money right away. You have to be willing to take the time to develop the skills necessary to grow a profitable business.
    • Listen to audios/watch videos
    • Read the books
    • Attend seminars and conferences
    • Learn from mentors
    • Practice! You can’t just be book smart. You have to try things out.

 It’s important for you to realize that this business can give you and your family a wonderful lifestyle. It doesn’t matter if you have a great education, what sex you are, what race, or any other reason you might not have been promoted and successful in the past. You don’t have to just view the top earners through a glass ceiling.  You can dream and achieve BUT you have to be willing to invest in yourself.

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Leaders Read!

One of the themes you will hear over and over is that every leader in this business makes it a practice to read.  The more you know, the more successful you’ll be.  Everyone has favorite books.  Start with Mark and Rene Yarnell’s book, “Your First Year in Network Marketing”.  It is an excellent foundation and provides you with insight into the basics of the business.  In fact for the first Christmas in the business I purchased this book for all of our sons (who are business partners).

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Another fabulous trainer is Eric Worre.  This book is chock filled with ideas and skills you need to acquire:

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Audio Files and Videos

There are loads of audio files and videos on line too.  I don’t believe this or that is the best way.  Read books, listen to audios while you exercise.  Watch a video while you cook dinner.  I like to switch it up between the leaders in my company as well as others in the field.

 

Success Leaves Clues

You don’t have to go this alone and shouldn’t!  I was extremely fortunate to have a very supportive, encouraging upline.  I realize this isn’t true of everyone but if you don’t have a strong leader, find one in your business.  Mentors will shorten your learning curve and help you avoid errors.

  • Use your senior partners as mentors
  • Mentors have had success and can teach you how. Some will even attend business presentations with you.
  • They have been through the struggles and situations and they can inspire you when you are feeling low.
  • Pick their brains! Ask their options, seek guidance.
  • They will help you gain focus. One of the best in my company reassured me once that she was nothing special.  She did so on a day when I was questioning my innate ability and it helped me realize if she could do it, so could I.

Yes You Do Need to Attend Events

As important as books, audio files, videos and mentors are, there is no substitute for attending the events.  This build belief, confidence and skills. You are able to support your team, learn by seeing things first hand and eventually you will duplicate this.  Keep in mind that you will be successful by creating leaders so you have to lead by doing.

  • Weekly training
  • Home business presentations
  • Local seminars
  • Regional conferences
  • World conferences

The Devil’s in the Details

Every company has its rules, policies, etc.  Learn them!  If you have a monthly or quarterly requirement, learn how to do them and keep track.  I’m not a detail oriented person and this bogged me down on more than one occasion.  Put the dates in your calendar.  Don’t procrastinate on doing them.  Trust me if you wait last minute to submit your online form, that will be the time when all the power goes out and you have no internet connection!  Save yourself some stress and don’t lose money for stupid reasons.

The Law of Attraction

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  • You can use your thoughts and emotions to attract what you want in your life.
  • Cut the negative talk (and self talk). If you tell yourself you can’t do it, you won’t.  If you allow others to smash your dreams you will achieve nothing.  Don’t sit there listening to it and don’t allow yourself to internalize it.  I don’t care what your background has been, you can change your future by changing what you say and think.  Use positive affirmations and act accordingly! One of the best things about this business is that you are around upbeat, positive people. Be one of them!!!
  • Don’t listen to those who tell you this is a pyramid scheme, no one ever makes money, etc. Some people just can’t stand to see others achieve more than they have. Instead of being supportive and encouraging, they do everything they can to pull you down.  Don’t let them!
  • One of the million dollar per year earners told me that we all deal with that nagging voice that tells us we aren’t good enough, we can’t achieve our dreams, etc. She said she would look in the mirror and repeat to herself:  I am a success!

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  • Feed your mind positivity. Don’t forget that garbage in = garbage out!
    • If you feed your body junk, you won’t feel well. Same goes for your mind!
    • Stay away from drama and gossip. Don’t be a drama queen (or king) yourself. There are emotional vampires out there.  Be compassionate but walk away.  It will only distract you from achieving your goals.
    • Don’t be a news junkie.
    • Surround yourself with people who are positive and on the same mission. You will be happier and wealthier for this.
    • You want to be the 10th! If you hang around 9 negative, low achieving people you will be the 10th.  On the other hand if you surround your life with 9 positive achievers, you will be the 10th.  Which 10 do you want to be?

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Develop Rhino Skin

  • It is important for you to always keep at the forefront of your mind that you are building the life of your dreams and leaving the system. Create your personal mission statement. Have fun making a dream board and keep it prominently displayed. Know your why!
  • Friends and family may not want you to outgrow them. They may be fearful.  Don’t worry, they will join you once you have shown them it can be done. This is your opportunity to be a leader.

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  • Don’t let anything deter your focus or vision. Shrug off your self-doubts and the obstacles. Keep the goal in mind and stay on the path.
  • Have tunnel vision – only concentrate on what you want.
  • Hang around positive people who have achieved or are achieving the lifestyle you want.

It’s a Numbers Game

  • Sometimes your warm market is a cold market but regardless of how supportive your friends and family are or how popular you are, eventually you will run out of warm market.  You are going to need to expand your scope of influence.
  • You need to network. Don’t hug a tree!  Don’t continue to go back to the same people and count on them to join you. Yes, follow up with them but don’t nag Aunt Millie to join you. Get out there and find others.  You have something of value to sell – products or business – and there are millions of people who need what you have to offer.
  • Getting information more important than giving information. Not having a business card will not deter you from growing your business. No one really calls you based on them anyway!  The goal should always be to get the other person’s information – name, email address and phone number. When you go to a convention or an event, just walk around learning more about their products and the people.
  • I don’t know what your number is – whatever it is you need to exceed it! How many presentations do you need to do to get a partner?  One in twenty?  One in ten?  One in thirty?  Whatever it is, you will get better but know that to be successful you need to double, triple it monthly.

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  • People need our products and business. This bears repeating.  If you believe in your products and business then you owe it to others to spread the information.  We need to help others and so many need us.  Quit being selfish and keeping this to yourself!

Quitting is NOT an Option

  • Some are successful quicker than others but eventually all who do the business achieve success. I can’t tell you how many times I hear people complain that they quit and their friends continue only to see years later how much better off their friends are.
  • Realize all new businesses take investment in time and money
  • You will have people leave the business. Recruit more!
  • Life’s issues occur. We all have illnesses, job problems, deaths, divorces, distractions in our lives.  If we quit we will have those problems AND no money.

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  • Strong people preserve through obstacles and find even greater success on the other side.
  • What is your why? Your why wasn’t just to make more money. You wanted it to be able to put your children through college, to be able to travel, to have a wonderful life.  If youkeep doing the same things over and over, you wo
    n’t have a different result.  Your life will still suck.  Don’t allow this to happen.
  • The people on the stage didn’t quit!At the major conferences you see the millionaires on the stage. They all had the same obstacles and problems. The difference between them and the losers are they didn’t quit.

Be Realistic!

I don’t understand why people are upset that it will take them a few years working part time to make a six figure residual income but will work  long hours forever at a low paying job.

  • Overnight successes are rare and they worked harder than you do! Are you getting 20 no’s per day?  That’s what one successful network marketer did – day after day for a year.  If you aren’t working that hard, why would you expect the same results?
  • Our top earner went out 5 days/week and got 20 names/day for 5 years. She held home business presentations constantly.  She lived, breathed and ate her business.
  • How many names do you get per week? One?  Two?  Well that’s fine but it will take you longer!
  • Don’t blame the company for not working if you don’t. The good news is the 2-3 year plan starts when you do.

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  • You won’t be rich after the first year but you can be break even. (Sell the product!)
  • Averages
  • It will take you average of 3 years of 8-15 hours/week of following instructions and working hard to achieve replacement income.
  • Many take 5 years to earn six figure incomes (but how long will you work at your current job to achieve a six figure residual income?).
  • It can take 7-10 years to earn high six to seven figure residual income.

For the most part this is not immediate success but realize that you are under compensated in the beginning to be overcompensated for your time later.

Summary

The first year in network marketing can be a wild roller coaster ride of elation and disappointment. It takes far more self-discipline than I imagined.  I found that my previous successful career did not adequately prepare me for this one and that I needed a fair amount of education.  However I am absolutely passionate about this business and I love it.  I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

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I’ve done well this year and am taking this to a whole new level during my second year.  Are you looking for a vibrant, successful team to join?  Are you looking for a leader who will not disappear right after you join the business?  I’m looking for motivated, coachable people who want to be professionals.  If you are that person, email me at dreambigshawn@gmail.com to see if this is a good fit.

Be well,

Shawn






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