What are we here for

I'm not on this earth to be popular. I'm not here to be a pleaser. I'm certainly not here to whinge about my life and do nothing about it.

I'm a do something kinda gal. I'm here to make a better life for my family and loved ones.

I'm here to give back. Im here to serve and help others - should they wish to help themselves first, that is.

I'm here to find out what true happiness is and find ways to live it every day.

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Pyramid my arse.

One year ago, I decided to stop swapping time for money, and start a network marketing business.

I decided to make some time for it in amongst the other office work and businesses I run, and supported by my gorgeous thriller-writing husband, who knows what reoccurring income is all about (and how hard you have to work for it), and got started.

A year is going to pass whether I start something new or not, so it was fantastic that the natural energy I had for the business combined with consistent learning, being coachable and being open, oh and that special ingredient determination and elbow grease, is now paying off.

From a year ago, there's now a network of thirty of us doing this business, some fast, some slow, as well as a network of clients numbering in the hundreds who choose our pure, safe and beneficial 500-strong range over the toxins that appear in store bought products.

Still though, there's something we continue to come up against, time and again, which is the preconceived idea that a network marketing business is akin to running a pyramid scheme.

To that, I have to say - quite politely, but firmly:

Pyramid my arse.

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AUTHENTICITY AND STORYTELLING IN PERSONAL BRANDING

People find inspiration in unexpected places. This morning, inspiration struck whilst wandering into a room featuring an upturned wicker basket of small people’s shoes.

The inspiration was not due the pint-sized jogger-shaped mess on the floor - created by one four year old simply to wanting to see what was at the bottom of the basket – rather the framed words of wisdom from Dr Seuss buried amongst the stuffed toys, Thunderbird rockets and Lego blocks on the shelving nearby.

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KEEP CALM AND PAMPER

As the happy recipient two young boys under five, a gorgeous thriller writer husband, two businesses and a slightly neurotic poodle, life is full, funny, busy... complete with a two year old who would prefer to be a nudist all-year-round but especially during winter. 

But just sometimes, it's hard to carve out time to bring one back to one's pre-bridal, youthful, radiant self. Especially without having slept in - oh - years.

For those of you that haven't made it your business to test out of your favourite botanically-based Swiss beauty range, here's my Top Ten Arbonne pamper picks for women, men, and a few gift ideas that will have any lucky recipient in raptures.

  1. Makeup Primer - Did you hear? Not to prime is a crime. Don't be a law breaker; get that silky stuff on. It helps foundation stay flawless for longer, which helps when one has fallen asleep in one's makeup and is running late for school drop offs the following morning. ($51) 
  2. It's a Long Story Mascara - Our high performance product opens the eye as it lengthens, so you can put your eyelash curlers to better use, like assisting with making mud pies at the correct consistency.
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Ten Rules for Business and Life

This post first appeared on my first blog in July 2010. Four years on, Dad's business advice is worth re-sharing - and wishing him many happy returns for his now 88th birthday on 30 July! Love you Dad - and thanks.

Born in 1926 in Detroit, Michigan, this quiet American, known as Mal Grigg, has sailed oceans, managed large-scale refrigeration companies in three countries, brought up half a dozen kids, enjoyed the company of the same number of grandkids, and is as sharp and active as ever.

Maybe his everlasting youth is in part due to his 'childbride' (my Mum), who keeps him on his toes by arranging adventures away, gets him off to the local gym, makes a mean Manhattan and creates unforgettable home-cooked meals.

These days, it's less common for our family to sit together at the dinner table, receiving  Dad's nightly lectures on politics, finance, philosophy and everything in between. Still, I get articles and letters from Dad, furthering my life's instruction via the postman. 

I received a great dissertation from Dad last September, the no nonsense 'Ten Rules for Business and Life.' 

With permission, I have copied down his classic 'Mal-isms': this smart man knows, both literally and figuratively, how to hit the nail on the head.

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