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Autumn is Coming

Yay! It’s the Oneth of September and I’m happier than the average bear. September is the month that brings us the beautiful Autumnal Equinox which falls officially on September 22nd, my birthday.  Is it any wonder that I love Autumn? I was born for it.

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Autumn signifies order and routine as the kidlens head off to school. Autumn leaves blow in the cool breeze, bringing sighs of relief from the summer’s icky heat. Rain tap-tap-tapping on the window panes always encourages me to slow down and take the time to cuddle up with a favorite book. Autumn brings thunderstorms that wash away the Old. And best of all, Halloween is almost here.

What are your favorite things about Autumn?

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Today kicks off the Taboo Word Challenge created by Eric, author of the All In A Dad’s Work blog. Click the link for details and to participate!

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File this under “Good to Know”

One of the ugliest phrases in the English language is “Rumor has it…” Rumors can kill friendships, careers, and reputations. In fact, rumors can kill the human spirit; unfortunately, we females usually tend to be on the fuzzy end of this particular lollipop. If ever you have the opportunity to be the person who stops a rumor in its tracks, just turn it off and shut it down. We gals have to stick together.

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What Are You Waiting For?

Not long ago, I ran across a really nice set of calligraphy markers and thought Holy cow, I still have these? Cool! I’ll use them now. I was so excited that I’d found these amazing markers and was totally stoked to use them. Recent events have reminded me that life is short, so I was grinning from ear to ear as all sorts of imaginative designs went whirling through my head, and I thought Maybe I’ll even frame it! as I got ready to create. (I just love little moments of excitement like this, don’t you?) Yeah well, apparently I bought these prodigious pens back during the second Bush administration because when I finally set these magnificent markers to parchment, the lil’ bastards were as dry as a bone.

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Profound wisdom from Mr. Edward Albee.

I’ve always been in the habit of buying fun and pretty things (especially when they’re on sale). I’ve also always been in the habit of setting these fun and pretty things aside. Of course, I always intend to use everything I buy. I’m not looking for an award in accumulation or anything. But some things are so fun and pretty I dare not use them except, you know, for “special occasions.” Presumably this means that I’ll use them to honor or impress someone who is special. Right? Well, since neither Jessica Lange nor the Adele have offered to visit my home any time soon, my good intentions oft turn into things akin to dried-up ol’ useless marker sticks.

So, what exactly is a special occasion? When is a day truly worthy of Fun and Pretty Things? Aren’t I special enough for these things everyday? If a friend asked me this question, my immediate answer would be a resounding:

Hell yeah, Girlfriend!

Of course you are worthy

ALL day EVERY day.

 

So why don’t I offer myself the same respect? I was so upset by those damned dehydrated markers that I mentioned my plight to a dear friend of mine.

She shared her sympathies as well as a sad story about a beloved relative she once had who did the same sort of thing I was doing. She said that after this relative had died, she and her mother had gone to clean out and organize this woman’s belongings; and while there, they came across set after set of lovely nightgowns and dressing gowns, still carefully preserved in their original wrapping papers and boxes. Just stacked neatly on a shelf. Waiting for a special occasion. It seemed wasteful; but even worse, it seemed so sad. Didn’t she deem herself worthy of wearing a lovely peignoir? Why hadn’t she wanted to go to bed looking like a million bucks? Oh sure, we all have our own cherished comfy cotton jammies, but do we never have an opportunity to wear something truly delicate and lovely … just for ourselves?

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So I decided to get a new set of calligraphy markers. These are even better than the old (brand new, dammit) ones because not only do they still draw, they’re also double sided. Score! As you can see, they’ve already been used several times.

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These beautiful bastards are outta the box!

I’m no longer waiting for a special occasion because today is a special occasion. I encourage you to do the same. Wear that slinky negligee, open that extraordinary bottle of wine. Burn and enjoy those fancy shmansy candles – you know the ones – and sport those ritzy designer shoes. Who cares if you’re just dashing over to Sprouts. You’ll be lookin’ good and feelin’ fabulous. And when you get back home, drag out that awesome fondue set, the one you bought for that lavish dinner party you never got around to hosting, and treat yourself today. What are you waiting for?

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Feast on This Friday

We humans, especially we female humans, tend to look for happiness, influence, and inspiration from outside sources. Why is it that we feel we need to be on the sidelines cheering everyone else on and supporting others to achieve their dreams and goals? Though there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a supportive friend and ardent ally to others, how long has it been since you’ve been that attentive to and wild about yourself?

Here’s a thought to feast on, Friends…blow your mind

Choosing to be a Work-at-home Mom

Before starting my family, I was a high school English teacher. I loved being a teacher because I was blessed with challenging and amazing students. But, I left the classroom when my husband and I had agreed that I would stay home with our children while they were young. Of course, we assumed I’d eventually go back to the classroom to teach once our children were themselves all in school full time. Little did we know twenty years ago that our stair-step family was going to end up including seven children in thirteen years. In fact, our youngest just started kindergarten this school year – I  haven’t sat behind a teacher’s desk for almost 20 years. What?! Frankly, I could never go back to teaching now.

I’ve been my own boss for over a decade.  

I can’t even fathom having to work on someone else’s schedule. 

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While I thoroughly enjoyed being a SAHM [stay-at-home-mom], after years and years of Barney, Tonka trucks, and Barbie dolls, I was beginning to feel isolated – not to mention a little fuzzy in the brain. It finally came to a point that, when I was honest with myself, I realized that I was tired of having my most decisive duties center around diapers and dinner. On one hand, I reasoned that I didn’t have my precious children just so someone else could “raise” them and enjoy all the fun. I wanted to be the one to take them to school and visit them at lunchtime, go on field trips, volunteer on field days, and have all the grand adventures I enjoyed having with them.

One the other hand, I wanted to generate income — my own income — that I wouldn’t feel guilty spending.  I was in serious need of some adult company. I was starving for camaraderie, especially with like-minded women. I missed being rewarded for a job well done.

Let’s be honest, how many times have you received an award

for finishing four loads of laundry in record time?

I wanted something that was mine. I needed an outlet that, unlike my energetic and curious toddlers, I could really control. While looking over the pros and cons, it dawned on me: Why shouldn’t I enjoy the best of both worlds? Why not work and stay home?  I decided to bite the bullet and go from being a SAHM to a WAHM (work-at-home mom).

 

I’d be a lying if I reported that the transition was easy. Being the owner of your own business can be tough stuff because, let’s face it, the buck really does stop with you. While I can rejoice in my successes, whenever the profits are lean, I have no one to blame but myself. That can be a rude awakening.

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My littlest has grown up in the biz.

The good news is that with a little ingenuity, creativity, and a lot of persistence, I saw my business take flight. I could see my successes, both small and big, and I could take pride in a job well done. And, because my family has always come first, I enjoy the flexibility that being my own boss affords. I am in control of my work schedule — it revolves around my family’s needs instead of my family having to work around a supervisor’s schedule. If I want to take a day off, I do. If I feel like giving myself a raise, I batton down and get it done. Yay! I’m in control. At least, that’s what I tell myself.

One of the biggest perks has been letting my family take part in parts of business. It gives the young ones a sense of accomplishment (not to mention extra spending money) and pride — in themselves and in their mom. Which, I must admit, is a real joy for me, too!

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My teens love Avon’s mark. products and advertise them whenever possible.

If you’re considering making the move, I say Go For It! Of course, you’ll want to do your research first and be sure to speak with a seasoned independent representative of the company that will give you the good, the bad, and indifferent of their experience. If they tell you everything smells like roses and rainbows or that you’re going to be rollin’ in dough practically overnight … I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts they’re flat out lying to you. If they tell you the company sucks and they lost their entire investment, they may not have really worked their business professionally. In my experience, hobbies cost money. So at least find someone who’s happy with their company and willing to share their own formula for success.

Best wishes to you in all you strive to achieve!

———– XOXOXO ———-

Of course, if you’d like to learn more about the Avon opportunity, visit mickitheavonmom.com or contact me at micki.avonmom(at)gmail.com.

But it Was on Sale: Surviving the Tragedy of NBR

Non-buyers remorse, known in retail therapy circles as NBR, is that cruel condition wherein the consumer experiences intense regret for failing to finalize the purchase of a much desired item. Regardless of the precautions we take, it happens to even the best of us. When it strikes, the results can be devastating.

Symptoms can include hand-wringing, lip-biting, and general agitation, including weeping, as well as feelings of humiliation, shock, and even despair. Though rare, in severe cases, one may experience heart palpitations and even night sweats.

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I first heard of this dreaded condition while I was on a trip to the mall with my mom the summer of my Freshman year in high school. We were on the hunt for my “back to school” wardrobe. We’d come across an incredibly stylish pair of tasseled leather Cole Haans slides that I would have slapped a stranger to get my hands on. But after looking at the price tag, I cautioned my mother that, alas, they were really too expensive. Although reluctant, I was going to pass on the purchase. My mother gasped and clutched her Double-F Fendi bag to her chest. “The only thing worse than buyer’s remorse, my dear, is non-buyers remorse.”

She went on the explain that, while it’s impossible to turn back time and grab the item when you really need it, it’s always possible to return the purchase if you get it home and decide “What the hell was I thinking?” Well, at least for thirty days (with receipt). Needless to say, we bought the shoes. And, I’m actually pleased to report that, several re-solings later, l still have them.

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Simple Ways to Get Started with Your Avon Business

YES! YOU’RE IN BUSINESS! … So, what comes next? In order to achieve the success you both desire and deserve, you need to first understand that this is a business. As you’ll often hear me say, “You are the captain of your very own ship.” The amount of time and effort that you put into your business will directly correlate with the amount of success you can expect.

Why?

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NEVER FORGET WHY YOU STARTED YOUR OWN BUSINESS. In in order for you to succeed you’re going to have to work at it. There will be nobody pushing you — it’s easy to get side-tracked. Keep your dreams alive by putting your goals and dreams somewhere you’ll see them every day.

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OPEN A SEPARATE, PERSONAL ACCOUNT FOR YOUR AVON. Don’t mix your Avon business money with your personal accounts. You don’t want to give Kroger the money you should be using to pay for your Avon products. Also if you allow others access, they may inadvertently spend money that you have earmarked as business expense.

Who?

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WHO IS NUMBER ONE ON YOUR CUSTOMER LIST? YOU, OF COURSE! Change your buying habits; if you can buy it from yourself, then by all means, go ahead and do it. The more of your own products you use, the better recommendations you’ll have for your customers. And, you needn’t only buy for yourself and your family. Think of upcoming birthdays, holidays, and any occasion where you can purchase your own Avon products to share as gifts. Think FROGS

  •  FRIENDS (both local and long distance).
  •  RELATIVES (both local and long distance).
  •  ORGANIZATIONS (schools, teams, clubs, church groups, etc.)
  •  GEOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES. Acquaintances you meet on a regular basis (hairdresser, receptionists, cashiers, pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.) Think about where you go in your normal routine and write it down, you don’t have to know their name, only who they are.
  •  SOCIAL MEDIA (everyone you follow and everyone who follows you)

How?

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! The more knowledgeable you are, the better prepared you’ll be. Avon provides world-class training via AVON University at youravon.com. Many of the questions you have will be answered if you invest the time and educated yourself. Being the CEO of your own business requires fortitude and self-reliance.

Join AVON Today!

Interested in starting your own independent Avon business? Well, ordering your AVON Starter Kit for only $15 is quick and easy. Simply go to this website:

www.start.youravon.com

(Be sure the reference code is mickiallen in order to be linked to my team.)

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Learn more about the AVON Opportunity here.

Fill in all your information, and five minutes later you’ll be an official independent Avon Representative. Print the last screen with your account and district number, so you can log on to youravon.com, set up your web page, and take some training. Your starter kit with your brochures will be on your doorstep in 3 to 5 business days.

Your starter kit will have everything you need to get started right away and will look something like this:

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I’m a bottom line kinda gal. So here is the bottom line:

AVON’s Payment Structure

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I’d love to have you join my team. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about starting your business today.

Best wishes and have AVONderful day!

Micki Allen
Independent Sales Leader since 2004
Team Beauty for AVON