Do you know about horses?

Horses are something I have a healthy respect for, but I know nothing about. I’ve probably ridden on two or three in my lifetime (and they have all scared me rigid!). I’ve felt so high up and totally not in control: they are just not my thing.

But I know that stables and the equine industry would be really good contacts for my Forever Living Aloe business.  The problem, is if I approach these types of businesses about the products, it doesn’t matter how wonderful the products are, I am sure that they will smell the fear of horses on me and I will  lose all credibility.

What really matters in my business is sticking to my strengths, and building a team  of people with the skills I lack, and then growing our businesses together.  Network marketing with Forever is about teamwork and helping others, as you can read in my previous post on working as a team.

Forever Living do help us with information we can use to reach out to those with the skills we want to grow our teams, though.  The latest company magazine has Mary King on the cover: those who love horses will know she is one of Britain’s most successful equestrians, with  a career spanning 30 years and many medals from World Championships and Olympics to her name.

Mary discovered Forever through a mutual friend who approached her and told her all about the benefits of the products.  This is where having the right connections comes in, as being introduced by a friend has much more meaning than approaching someone cold and with no knowledge.  Ask  me to show you a copy of the magazine.

So, do you know anyone who owns a horse or loves horses, or anyone with friends who live at the stables?  If you do I would love a short chat with them to  share with them what Mary and many other leading equestrians and vets love about Aloe Vera.

Mary King on the Cover of Forever Magazine

Mary King on the Cover of Forever Magazine

Why do you start off taking quarter of bee pollen tablets then go to 3 a day?

SiliconBullet:

Find out more about Bee Pollen – an integral part of the Clean 9 Cleansing system.

Originally posted on musingsofacoeliaclibrarian:

This is one of the many questions I have been asked by customers when they start taking bee pollen to increase their energy levels, to help with managing when the pollen count is high or as part of the Clean 9 or Nutrilean programmes.Forever-Bee-Pollen

As Mary Poppins says – lets start at the very beginning (inspired by the recently released film Saving Mr Banks which I am hoping to see over Christmas).

Bee pollen is a mass of pollen that has been packed by worker honeybees into granules with added honey or nectar. When the pollen ball is complete, a single female lays an egg on top of the pollen ball, and seals the brood cell. Pollen balls are harvested as food for humans. Bee pollen is sometimes referred to as ambrosia.

Foraging bees bring pollen back to the hive, where they pass it off to other worker bees, who pack the…

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Looking Back and Going Forward – 2013 in review.

So it is exactly a year since I posted my personal review How life changes – looking back and going forward so now is a perfect time to look at how I did with those challenges set on 1st January 2013.

I decided last year to start running, and did my last run of 2013 yesterday ( a quick 2 miles to break in gently after the Christmas break) I think we can safely say that challenge gets a big tick!

I  did two 5k races when there was snow on the ground late January and early February, joining my husband and daughter, and at this stage I was still doing ‘interval’ running, alternating walking with running, but these events were cross country and a real challenge.

As I already enjoyed cycling and can swim ( although I hate swimming now as before my hip was replaced swimming was all I could do and I got completely sick of it), with being able to run I had no excuse not to join my friend Jo, husband and daughter at a Triathlon in April.  The distances are short, and it is a great way to try out the discipline and get used to the transitions between swimming, cycling and running.  The 2.5 k run at the event was the first time I had run without needing to stop and walk – another great milestone.  Jo did really well too as she was carrying a small passenger!

Super Sprint Triathlon Medals

Super Sprint Triathlon Medals

In September I entered my 2nd Triathlon, again a short super sprint event for me, and I was very pleased to  improve on my times from April.  Since this event I’ve been running more regularly and managed to regularly run 3 miles round Salcey Forest, sometimes getting very very cold and wet, but I now almost look forward to it and feel very twitchy if I can’t get out and do some kind of exercise.

in 2013 I have also consolidated on my weight loss and got more comfortable at my new lower weight.  I’ve tried to dress better for my size, getting better fitting clothing and lobbing some of those old favourites which just hang on me now.  The running, cycling and Zumba have meant my shape has changed even though the scales have not, so I can feel more confident in my clothes.

With my Forever Living business I gained a promotion in January, and I have an established retail business and I am now growing my team and helping them to do the same.  I continue to drink Aloe Gel daily and take supplements to control my cholesterol, improve my Vitamin D levels and increase my Iron stores.  I am sure I would not have the energy to do all my exercise without the support of these products,  I get tremendous satisfaction from seeing how others have benefited from the Aloe Vera products.  The business is primarily about helping others.

I’ve also been able to encourage and support as my sister has managed to improve her health and lifestyle in 2013, leaving her job and going self employed, and she too now is almost unrecognisable from this time last year.  Kate has lost 3 stone, and improved her health with her change of lifestyle. We had a family party for my brother’s 50th birthday on the 29th December and we had a fantastic time – what a great way to end the year!

Kate and I with our family.

Kate and I with our family.

So what will 2014 bring?  More triathlons and more running definitely as I have the bug there.  I would like a road bike as at the moment I use my mountain bike which is very heavy, the hardest part of the triathlon I find is lifting my bike onto the racking!  I’m not sure I want to increase my distances as although I am doing really well I do have to remember my titanium and ceramic hip is almost 8 years old now, and I don’t want to wear it out, but I can work on improving my times.  I did my first Park Run recently and enjoyed it so would like to do a few more of those.

I’m also a member of Northampton Gilbert and Sullivan Group, and we have our next show week commencing 20th January, which is HMS Pinafore at The Royal Theatre in Northampton.  (Tickets now on Sale!) We did an anniversary show this year singing extracts from our favourite shows, and I had the opportunity to sing the part of The Plaintiff in A Nice Dilemma from Trial by Jury.  My first solo in a packed theatre was very nerve racking, but again I had so many compliments I may try for a main role in next year’s production of The Mikado.

This will be my 5th production this year – and looking back at the photos from when I was in Pirates of Penzance in 2010 just shows me how far I have come in the last 4 years.

Pirates in 2010 and Iolanthe in 2013

Pirates in 2010 and Iolanthe in 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Working as a team.

I have run my own business now for about 15 years, and I’ve always been the sort to try to do everything myself.  If I can get the task done and I have time, why should I pay someone else to do it?
Trying to do too much.
Since I have been a keen networker, though, over the last four years I have gradually learned that doing everything yourself is not necessarily the most cost-effective and best way to run your own small business.  When those jobs that you really don’t enjoy start to pile up, isn’t it better to outsource them to someone who can do them quickly and efficiently and then get on with the jobs you know that you are skilled at? I have now met many other small business owners, and by trading services and assisting each other, we can all help each other to grow.

I joined Forever Living in June 2012 and I am learning even more how great it is to work as a team.  My expertise is in IT and Bookkeeping.  It’s something I can talk about forever, excuse the pun, and it can be really satisfying to be able to help team members who often have never been in charge of their own accounts before, making sure that they do the right thing and keep the correct records, and helping them to find the right tools for the job.

I also recognise that in building a strong team in my Forever Living business, with people from different backgrounds and with different skills and knowledge, the sum of the parts working together can be stronger than the individuals each working on their own.

Forever Living has an ethos of those who are further on with their journey sharing how they have got there, and what has worked for them. When you go to the company trainings and team events you will always hear inspiring stories and useful practical advice on how you can improve your business.  We share resources online as well as in person, too, and it means that team members become great friends as well as colleagues.

So, I am looking for people with particular knowledge and skills to grow my team, as there are sectors which I know our products are perfect for but I know little about. If you know anyone with expertise in any of the following areas, please put me in touch with them, as the other thing you learn when networking is one good referral is more effective than 10 cold calls!

And just think – who would you like to work with to make your business more effective.  If you ask for referrals yourself, you might just find that your job gets easier too by spreading the load.
Working Together

What is Garcinia and how can it be used?

SiliconBullet:

I used Garcenia over Christmas last year to help me enjoy my food but not suffer all the consequences. Together with Forever Lean they make a powerful combination of natural supplements to aid weight management.

Originally posted on musingsofacoeliaclibrarian:

When talking about the contents of a Clean 9 pack I am often asked about the Garcinia tablets that are included. This is my attempt to explain a little bit about garcinia.

Garcinia is a natural substance which comes from the fruit of southern Asian tree called the Garcinia Cambogia or the Malabar Tamarind or Brindle Berry. The fruit of the garcinia is as about the size of an orange, but looks more like a pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in colour. It has been used for centuries in southern India and Thailand for culinary and medical purposes.

Garcinia works by:

  • Aiding natural metabolism. RTEmagicC_Forever-Garcinia.png
  • Helping lower cholesterol and fatty acids and
  • Aiding in the development of healthy hair, nails and skin.

As a result it is ideal for sports people to quickly energise the body, as well as as having the potential to aid weight management in the

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What is Network Marketing?

So you’ve  seen a great film. What are you going  to do after you’ve seen it?  You are going to tell people about  it.

You might post on Facebook or strike up a conversation with the person next to you in the queue at the post office,  or tell your friends in the office or gym.
If you like something - you tell people about it.

If you like something – you tell people about it.


And when you bump into them again the following week and you find they’ve been to see the same film and loved it too, it gives you a lovely warm glow. You’ve helped someone to have a great experience just by telling them about something you’ve enjoyed.
There is  no greater feeling.
That is the essence of network marketing.

It’s not rocket science or complicated  It’s chatting.  That  is why when you are looking for a network marketing company to join,  and there are many to choose from,  you need to find one with products that you can fall in love with and talk passionately about.

It might sound strange,  but that is how I feel about Forever Living Aloe Vera products. I’ve experienced how the products can make a difference to my life in simple and earth-shattering ways.  I’ve shared my experiences with others I have seen the products make a difference in their lives, too.
There is no greater feeling.

Do you like talking to people about great products you have tried or good service you have received?  If so you are just right for my team – get in touch to find out more.  What are you waiting for? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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