Thanksgiving celebrations are over – but being thankful should continue everyday.  My friend over at The Blogger on the Mount has nominated me for a Liebster Award!  So now, I am thankful for that nomination.  I haven’t been blogging very long but this is the community and support I was hoping for when venturing out into the “blogosphere”.   Go check out his blog where he spreads the Word of God and makes it very applicable to our current society. (Actually, I don’t know if The Blogger on the Mount is male or female – guess I just assumed, male.) Here is the info about the Liebster award

These are my answers to the questions:

  1. How and where do you write?    I think about what I want write about a lot – usually while driving.  Then I just sit down and start typing.  This is the same way I wrote papers when in school.  These days I usually write at work.  Okay – don’t tell my boss!

  2. What is your favourite colour and why?  My favorite color is pink.  I like pink because there are quite a few shades of pink and each reminds me of roses, my favorite flower.

  3. Do you have a favourite quote? If so, what is it?  If you believe it, then you can achieve it.

  4. What’s the most inspiring book you have ever read?  The Bible.  This Book tops them all and I believe The Word is what inspires the many other books in publication.

  5. What music do you listen to if you need cheering up?  I listen to anything by Al Jarreau – it’s upbeat, lively and just feels happy.

  6. What time of the year is your favourite and why?  My favorite time of year is Autumn – I love the cooler weather, the crispness in the air. It just smells different when the season changes.  I love that kids are back in school and life seems more organized. The leaves turn color and start to fall and everywhere you go you see pots of chrysanthemums.

  7. Name the best place you have ever visited?  St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands – beautiful beaches, lush green with colorful flowers, great shopping, friendly people.

  8. Has a particular experience shaped the way you think? I don’t think one particular experience shaped the way I think.  It is more a collection of experiences from childhood through adulthood.  I believe it is an ongoing process – new experiences can change how I have thought in the past.

  9. How do you like to spend your free time? with my family – at home.  We all love watching sports, eating popcorn and I love knitting at the same time.

  10. In what way is this Christmas going to be special for you? Each Christmas is special but we usually follow the same traditions in my family.  All my children and grandchildren will be at home with us.  And, we have a great surprise for the grandkids.

  11. My blog is about faith and learning more about God. What does faith mean to you? To me, faith is belief.  It is trust without seeing or touching.  Personally, I see faith as something given to us by the Holy Spirit. Faith is also one of hardest things to explain!  I guess that is because you can’t see it or tough it – it just is.

Those were great questions!  Wow, they really made me think.  Here are my nominees for the Liebster award. This is a great way to get to know others and I can’t wait to read their answers.

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Cyndi Lenz





The Four Year Career

Welcome back!  Here is part 3 in my series on Network Marketing.

beach-office Because I want a job I can do on the beach and a job I don’t need to take a vacation from, I am building an international business.  After a lot of research, a lot of education and a lot of hours in the workforce I found that network marketing is the only way to go!

It is just such a misunderstood profession.  There is an excellent book by Richard Brooke, “The Four Year Career” that clears up any misconceptions.  This is a business for almost anyone – anyone who has a dream and is willing to work hard for a short time to achieve that dream. The best part, helping others achieve their dreams.

Ask yourself this:  If I keep doing what I’m doing where will I be in 5 years?

Network marketing can be very low cost to start.  Unlike traditional businesses there is very little overhead.  If you have a voice, a computer, a cell phone – you can run a global business working as little as 10-20 hours per week.  It is low risk – what have you got to lose?   Take advantage of the company which will provide shipping, research and development, customer support, training, websites, etc. for you at no cost. If you hate your current job or find it is taking up all your time, keeping you from family and things you enjoy – this may be the only option to get out.

How Does it Work?

Find a product and company you truly believe in and are passionate about.  If the product is consumable (used daily and re purchased, like shampoo or soap or a daily drink) then you will have repeat business when customers need the product. Check out the company also and they support they provide, their business history.

Use the products, talk about the products, share your passion with everyone!  Find people who need what you have and go help them. Share the great business opportunity and help and support people as they start their own business with your team.

Stay “plugged in” – listen to others in your business, read positive mindset books,  listen to trainings from your company.  Find someone to mentor you – they can show you a simple system for success.

What’s In It for Me?

1. you receive a commission on everything you sell
2. you get your own products at a substantial discount
3. if you help others start their businesses, you get paid on the work they do, the products they sell
4. if those people use the products, share with others and help others start businesses – you get paid on those sales! 

This continues on and on from one person to another.  The “ripple effect”:  by helping one person build a business you can actually be helping someone across the world build a business.  It is really amazing when you think about it.

A lot of people will say, “I tried that – it doesn’t work.”  No, it doesn’t if you aren’t willing to work and be consistent. Most of those people quit after they didn’t get rich in a few months.   I know quite a few successful people – who work less than 20 hours a week, vacation regularly – and receive a 6 figure paycheck MONTHLY.  

So, check out that book, The Four Year Career.  You can take a look at my website for an example of how I run a business with amazing products and no inventory .  Feel free to comment or even email me.  I love sharing info about network marketing and would love to talk with you – no strings attached, no sales pitch – I promise.


Go chase those dreams!


Have a great day, thanks for reading – and most of all, I hope this brightens your day and makes you realize you can dust off those dreams, take them down off the shelf and start living them!   deb.

It’s a Relationship Business

Network Marketing, Part 2

Yesterday I shared the negative ideas about network marketing.  Today I want to show you why I am so passionate about this profession and how it may even be something you are looking for.


Networking done right is really about building relationships.  We meet and talk to people and discover what their dreams are, what they need and are looking for.  Then we show them a product or how this business can meet those needs.  If they are interested, great!  They can build a business with the support of an entire team of successful leaders.  That is my joy – helping others and seeing them succeed!  This business is not about forcing people to buy things they do not need or cannot afford.  It is not about signing them up to start a business they really aren’t even interested in.

What’s so great about Network Marketing?

There are so many reasons I am passionate about this profession.  The person who introduced me to the business is still my greatest supporter and friend.  We have a bond that is so strong and she is always there for me, and vice versa. It is a business that changes peoples’ lives.  I have seen people be able to avoid foreclosure, make their car payments, survive despite job loss.  It is many things to many people.

 1. You are a business owner.  No boss but you.

2. You decide when and where you want to work.

3. Tax benefits – write offs for business expenses, phone, car, meals, supplies, travel.

4. Unlimited income – you get paid based on what you do.  And then you keep getting paid on that initial work.  You can get paid while you sleep or vacation.  What?  yes, it is called residual income

5.  It’s a personal development program with a pay check at the end.  The people that are successful really work on developing themselves.  Positive thinking, changing your mindset, developing self confidence.  I have seen shy, quiet people grow into leaders who light up a room and speak confidently in front of huge audiences.

6.  Working together, going through struggles, supporting each other develops great friendships.  I have great relationships with people across the globe as a result of building my own business.

7. Retirement income and the ability to enjoy the retirement years with a lifestyle many just dream about.  There is no other job that provides for retirement years in that way.

8. Incentives and bonuses.  Does your job reward you with Tiffany jewelry, send you flowers on your birthday, send you on cruises or to Hawaii with all expenses paid?  No, probably not.  Mine does – luxurious trips at least twice a year with wonderful experiences that I could only dream of before.

If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.

Okay – part 3 tomorrow – how does network marketing work and the ripple effect.

Beach-Chairs-Wallpaper-WideThanks for taking time to read about my passion.  Please, comment or contact me if you have questions or need more info.  deb

Network Marketing, A bad word?


If someone asks what I do and I say “network marketing”, the usual answer is “Oh, you aren’t getting me in one of those pyramid schemes. ” Others just try to think of an excuse to get away and then don’t answer telephone calls or texts.  So,  I have set out on a mission to educate people on what exactly network marketing is.  I believe there are quite a few people out there who need network marketing.  This is a business with so many benefits and it really has changed a lot of lives.  Look at Robert Kiyosaki up there in that picture – he knows networking is the best business model.

Networks are simply the people we know and talk to – friends, family, co-workers. We share ideas, experiences with them.   Think of it this way:

You go to a new restaurant that just opened.  The food you had there was so good and the service was great.  So, you tell a few friends about the place and they go there for dinner.  Then they tell a few friends, and those people tell a few others and so on.  Does the restaurant send you a commission check?  Of course not – but they should because you sent them business.


You have to be pushy.  You should just focus on selling your product and signing up people. Network marketing is a way to get rich quick. You don’t have to work hard.  It costs a lot of money to get started and you have to buy a lot of inventory.   All, not true.  Oh yea, I know there are a lot of pushy people out there trying to sell you things you don’t need and they just won’t go away.  That is how network marketing became a bad word.

The Truth

No one likes pushy people, so being pushy is not the way to go.  True networking professionals believe in their product and their profession.  They see their job as helping others.  So if my product isn’t for you, I’m not going to try to sell it to you.  If you are struggling or maybe just lost your job or need a little extra income – yes, I am going to tell you about my business because I believe it may be the answer for you.

The Business for the Current Economy            The days of being rewarded for your loyalty are long gone.  Our economy has changed. We are moving to a productivity based system.  You have to work harder and harder to meet quotas and the big bonuses that are out there are nearly impossible to attain – but they do get you to work harder and harder.  So, you go to work and use your time to build someone else’s dream.  The more time you give them the more money you get.  The problem is you only have so much time you can trade for money. Not to mention that your boss can lay you off at anytime.  Then what do you do?  You definitely need a Plan B to fall back on.  Don’t wait until it is too late . . . .

Let me know in the comments what you think of network marketing.  Feel free to email me for more information or if you have questions.


Part two tomorrow – what’s in it for you?

Veterans Day

On this day set aside to honor our Veterans, I think it is important to remember not only the Veterans but also their families.  Having lived in a small military town for awhile, I saw first hand what a struggle the families of our armed forces go through.  One can never be quite prepared for sending your husband, your wife, your son or daughter off to battle.  Meanwhile, here at home life goes on and we don’t give a second thought as to how drastic life changes when a family member is off on active duty.  Not all of us are brave enough, selfless enough, to sacrifice for others.      Serving in the armed forces is the ultimate sacrifice – giving of yourself to protect your country and the freedom of others.  I cannot even imagine what it is like to be constantly vigilant, fighting among the enemy in a foreign land with little rest.  Is it any wonder that these young men and women return with post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression?

So . . .take every opportunity to thank a Veteran for their service, tell them how much you admire and respect them.  Not just on Veterans Day – but everyday!

The Key to Success?


I was challenged to review my blog title and see if it needed to be revised or changed.  I thought about it all day:  Dream Big then Believe.  That is exactly it!  Not only is it the title line on my blog, it is the key to success!

Have you noticed how many people are making lots of money as motivational speakers or writing self development books?  I have listened to many of the speakers and have read many of the books.  There is something that is common to all – they are passionate, positive and dreamers.  The speakers motivate you by getting you to dream big and believe that you can achieve your dreams.  And it works!  After listening to a good motivational speaker I believe I can achieve anything I set my mind to.  Dreaming makes us happy, believing we can achieve our dreams motivates us and gives us energy.  Unfortunately, there are obstacles along the way, there is a lot of negativity and there are setbacks.  Over time, the positive attitude and belief in our abilities starts to fade away.  Negativity takes over, we are less motivated, and we end up putting our dreams on the shelf.

Okay – get those dreams off the shelf and dust them off!

The key to success is belief! how do we stay positive, keep believing and charge forward through the obstacles, setbacks and negativity?  Here are a few suggestions I have gotten from reading and studying the subject ;

  1.  Really see your dream – picture it every night before you go to sleep, see yourself living your dream.
  2. Create a dream (or vision) board – post pictures of where you will live, what type of clothes you will wear, places you will travel things you will do.  Whatever you dream of – put it where you can see it daily.
  3. Write down affirmations – positive sayings or goals and say them several times every day.  Speaking words imprints on our subconscious.  So speak up!  Say those affirmations with belief, conviction and out loud!
  4. Remember – whether you think you can or you think you can’t . . .you are right!  Speak positively and believe!

There you have it – build a dream so big and so strong that you cannot help but work toward it everyday.  Please comment and let me know what you think or how this information helped you.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Blogging with a Purpose

        I started blogging with a vague idea of what I wanted to accomplish. Then I decided people would like to know what my blog is about so they could decide if they would like to follow along.  Besides, organization just makes life simpler.

My purpose in blogging is not unique – I want to share information.  I want to share information that people can really use and get personal benefit from.  Then if they share the information there is a ripple effect.  One piece of information shared here might help someone way across the world.  It is quite interesting to be able to blog and have conversations with people all across the globe, where anyone can comment.  I think reading the comments about my posts is the most enjoyable part of blogging.  So, if you are reading this . . . . leave a comment :).

The information I plan to share on my blog is related to health, wellness, personal development and beauty.  A “little something for everyone”.

As a medical professional I like to share information on health and wellness that is reliable, based in science and useful to help people feel their best.  This information is not meant to diagnose or treat, it is just good information that some people may find helpful.  I will also be sharing a lot of information about diet and nutrition.  That is such a “hot topic” but such a misunderstood topic with a lot of crazy information out there that could actually be harmful.

I will share information on skin care and some of the harmful substances in the products we use,  then I will throw in some make up and beauty tips.

I am a business owner, building an international Arbonne business so I will be referring to these products throughout my posts.  I’m not just promoting products and advertising – I really believe these are the best products out there – for everyone.  Also, I don’t think most people are really aware that products we use everyday can actually be harmful to our bodies.  This isn’t just some spam or promotional gimmick – there is scientific information and I hope to share that with my readers.

I have been doing a lot of reading and self development lately. So, in an effort to pass that on, look for posts with book reviews and positive self development information.  It will be interesting to review this in one year and see how far I have come and how many followers I gain, new people I meet virtually.   deb