All that is Crazy

These days seem to get crazier and crazier as we approach the end of the school year and summer. We have recitals, birthdays, visitors, James skipping school, product launches, back in stocks, pampered chef orders arrived, diets, new classes starting, school ending, camps, trips and so much I can’t even continue and finish this blog tonight. Laila has her recital this weekend. So of course her rehearsal is tomorrow night. The entire and I mean entire immediate family is coming to her show on Sunday. On Saturday James is volunteering with my dad at Gettysburg helping restore the historic site (they do it every year). Joel will ditch me to go to a meet. I’ll need to hit the farmers market(s) Saturday too. I have to distribute those tickets at some point this weekend. I also need to distribute my last PC order that came in to the people who purchased. My family is staying with us. Joel’s brother’s birthday is this weekend. So somewhere in this madness we have to find time for him. And that’s just the next 3 days.

Today and yesterday I had product launches and I needed to balance Archer’s progress sessions with James’s physical therapy sessions to make sure I worked around my launches. It’s been bat shit crazy. James is missing school tomorrow because it’s graduation day so the under class-men are allowed to leave school early with permission. HOWEVER, since they are watching a series James has already watched (lost) in English and in AP history they will be watching the history of gladiators tomorrow it’s safe for him to miss the day. I’m have a class once a week to help better develop myself as a human being. It’s called Jack Jacobs Mastermind (jusstjack.com). It’s awesome but it has homework sometimes and honestly I need the homework to keep me grounded with all this crazy.

I’m just about 20lbs down. Even my cheat days stay in my calorie range. My neighbor has made these amazing desserts lately and you know what….. I work them into my diet because they are amazing and what’s the point of living if I can’t eat what I want. I’ve learned great self control. Which is greatly helping with Laila’s constant determination to never use a potty…. or poop. (That poop issue is serious like suppository serious)… I don’t even want to talk about that I’ll get aggravated. Laila can’t go to Princess camp, that is non refundable paid for unless she is potty trained, and don’t get me started about Pre-school in the fall.
We also took away all bottles and sippy cups today… I may not survive this weekend.

James is planning a road trip with his buddy in NY…. the kid is 17 with a new license. Do I even need to explain my hesitation? At least his parents feel the way I do about this. He’s also planning his NY trip and his summer away. Because come August 1 his ass is back in football getting ready for the new season. Biggest issue we’re having honestly is he’s no longer big enough to be a lineman… he has thinned out a lot and it maybe time to look into skill positions but he’s hesitant because he only knows lineman positions. Speaking of trips… so someone this morning planted the seed in my brain to head out to Disney for a weekend to do the whole Avatar thing… and now that’s in my head. Not to mention we’ll be on the other side of the bay bridge in 2 weeks so I’m thinking of making it a ocean city beach weekend kinda thing.

I don’t know… we’ll see but for now at least I scheduled my family picture before my brother decides to move his ass to Australia.

Bitter Sweet Weekends.

This weekend was awesome, it was also sad. We had an amazing neighborhood BBQ with my favorite neighbors. The weather was kind enough to hold out for us but it was an eye opener. I realized that our dynamic is changing and with one of our trio moving. Then we had the Eagle Scout Court of Honor which is officially our last act as a scout. But it’s over a decade of dedication that has paid off and come to an end. My family was ALL here and just as quickly gone. Then there was the Baptism which again was great the kids played with their cousins and food was amazing. Lots of love all around but the feeling of knowing you’re done having kids when you don’t really want to be done always lingers.

I have been super blessed with neighbors who, although are in different stages of life, we have this amazing friendship. We have the slightly older than me mom with young kids who’s done having more but is established in her career and her life. Me who is right in between with both old and young kids and A young couple (Joel’s age lol) who is just starting their family with one toddler and the possibility of expansion. That’s the couple that sold their home and will moving soon. We love them and can’t really picture the neighborhood with out them but we’ll have to. I’m sure we’ll keep in touch after all as big as this town is, it isn’t that big. Plus who doesn’t want neighbors that are amazing cooks. Tracy makes bake goods that should be sold at only the finest bakeries on the planet, Ashley’s Ice cream cookie cake and salads are so amazingly delicious. The irony is the three of us seek the same thing. We all purchased our homes to be downtown and reap the rewards of being young and childless. Well I wasn’t childless but James was older. We saw potential for equity in these old homes with the highly coveted lots in the middle of the city. However, now with our stages of life, all different, again we seek the same thing… great schools, acreage, bigger homes and less maintenance. The city as great for walking and eating as it is… is no longer for us we want to be further out in the peaceful suburbs. It is truly bitter sweet. I however suspect we will once again find our way to being neighbors… after all we are all looking for the same exact things. Life is funny that way I mean how ironic is it that Toby and Joel are born on the same day, on the same year and maybe even the same time and have the similar hobbies or that Tracy, Ashley and I all share our love for things natural. But this was just our Friday….

Saturday was just as action packed. First, yes I was late to my own party lol. We had James’s Eagle Ceremony. Although James finished his work 2 years ago and officially completed his board of Review in April, we still had to have the ceremony. Well we didn’t have to but it is STRONGLY encouraged. In fact it’s pretty rare not to. The whole point was to not only honor James but have an example or goal for the other boys to achieve. The first Eagle of our troop Connor who is now away at MIT made it down for the ceremony, so it was a nice surprise for him to put the scarf on James as a passing of the torch. I ran around all morning to get ready for this which felt like most of my decade plus in scouting. Always crazy always hectic and usually last minute. I was thankful (and surprised) my make up made it 14 hours flawlessly with all the sweating involved. However as the last event it was bitter sweet. That’s entire chapter of my life and most of James’s life that I’m closing the door on. The door isn’t locked because eventually it’ll be Archer’s turn but for now it’s closed. I do hold onto the Advancement Chairperson rank which doesn’t require much since our troop is so small but I was a little sad to be done with James. It was our thing and it’s over. My brother for the first time since Archer was born joined us for the occasion with my parents. It’s sad because they weren’t here long and the kids adore him. It’s even sadder knowing I don’t have many of these moments left with him before he moves over seas. I enjoyed my time but again totally torn.

Then there was Sunday… The kids went to their baby cousin’s baptism. It was awesome. So many cousins and 2nd cousins and 3rd cousins and 4th cousins. They had so much fun that getting them to leave was hard. They rode scooters and got adults to take them on wagon rides around the neighborhood. They played with everyone. It was a great time. When we move, we’ll miss them and the idea of family play like that. It was the first time in years they got to play with that many cousins in one spot. Realistically it’ll be years before it happens again, even longer if we go through with our plans to leave the state.

As bitter sweet as everything was this weekend the lesson here is that we need to live in the here and now. The moment is now and regardless of what the future holds for us I know that these memories are worth making now and not wondering what’s next. We’ll get to the what’s next later but for tonight I’ll live for today.

Mother’s Day

Realistically Mother’s Day was created because there was a need. Not a need for something to be commercialized but a need to recognize the women who give us life, who sacrifice themselves, their bodies, their life practically to give all they have into the little shits that are children who ultimately don’t appreciate their mothers until they get something they want, the mom dies, or they are older and that “You were right” moment occurs (it will happen). Kids are assholes… there is no if, and or but about it. At some point in life your kid, my kid, that kid over there will all turn into little assholes. Some start early, some start in pre teens, some in teens, and the late bloomers as young adults. We have ALL gone through that stage and when we did it, it was hard on our parents/ step parents.

Damnit!!! Parenting is hard!! That’s why there is a father’s day and a mother’s day. There are amazing parents, step parents, adoptive parents, foster parents and guardians out there doing awesome jobs who for one day need a break. Tough shit you’re not getting that break lol. Sorry there is no such thing as breaks in parenthood. Sad truth… there is such thing as love and appreciation though and if it only lasts for a second, absorb all of it.

Let’s talk history for one second. Mother’s day has been around since Greek and Romans had festivals to celebrate Mother Rhea and Cybele which evolved into the Christian “Mothering Sunday”. In Europe on the 4th Sunday in lent it was “Mother Church” so people would return back to the church. Here in the good old U S of A it was Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia in 1868 who created “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to teach young women how to be good mothers. Right behind her in 1870 was abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe that created “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace, that day is now June 2nd. There were other women like Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. HOWEVER, Ann Reeves Jarvis’s daughter Anna Jarvis helped create the Official American Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. She set off her efforts when her own mother died in 1905 and by 1914 Woodrow Wilson made it an official holiday nationally. She never got married or had kids of her own and was disgusted with how commercialized it had gotten.

Now we have today where we go out and pay $5 for a card, $20 or more for flowers that will die (because it’s like Valentines day and there is an up charge). We squeeze into restaurants to give ourselves a break from cooking along with the rest of our population. We are Anna’s nightmare. BUT let’s not forget why we have this day. It’s not so our kids can make us crap and tell us they love us (even if they don’t mean it lol) because face it they don’t really get it. Hell sometimes we as adults don’t really get it.

Today is about reflecting on our awesomeness even if no one does a damn thing for us. Not all mothers are deserving, I can personally say I know a few cum dumpsters that should never have had kids or had custody of kids. It happens BUT the rest of us have earned our right to today. Even if what we want includes our every day routine. Some women haven’t successfully conceived or have had to hear the horrid news that their hopes of motherhood have been ripped from them because their bodies won’t cooperate. In that case, tell those women how amazing they are. Most of them are aunts or god mothers. My neighbor, never had children. Her and her husband tried for many years, they turned to the church and prayed and now at 60 those hopes have died but she is an amazing Sunday School teacher. Her own mother died a few years ago so she is all alone but for a few hours every week she is those children’s guidance. Tell people like her she is awesome, be compassionate and loving. Mother’s day is different for everyone. For those that lost their mother’s but are mothers the day is bitter sweet, let’s give a hug for the grief, and promote the positive.

So today even if you do nothing else, tell a mom or any woman they are awesome. Appreciate your fellow woman. Do not exclude the step mom, some of those women work harder for family than some of the birth mothers. Let today be a day of good human interaction, a day of love, and support.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone… I need to go make breakfast and clean my house… because with out me none of that exists in my home even if today is Mother’s Day.

My gift today from James was 24 hours of his time…. I’ll take that over the crap flowers (he’s allergic to them) and card I end up tossing any way… because I’ll make him babysit for free and clean with that and help is totally the best gift of all.

Depression

Let’s talk about that taboo topic real quick. I realized a long long time ago I am or maybe was depressed. It’s a hard transition to go from being a person climbing that corporate or business ladder flying quickly or even steadily toward your dreams and then all of a sudden you are a stay at home mom because it’s not financially beneficial to continue your previous life. Then you have an incurable illness, then you have a curable illness that can potentially lead to death. Your entire life plan changes. It’s a quick blow to the ego, it’s a blow to your happiness and a dark cloud forms. You feel your self worth diminish because no matter how important of a job you are really doing society makes you feel like you aren’t.. Everyone has an excuse to why your job is crap is theirs is so much more difficult because they think they do your job and more but they don’t realize they are wrong. Realistically this happens to more than just me. In fact it’s huge. There are legitimate mommy wars about this stuff. So huge that there are tons of medications just to treat the emotions… Too bad there is nothing to treat the stigma.

So I’m going to talk about this journey both in the blog and today on my lunch time chat on facebook. Clearly the above was the beginning of round two down this road. I’ve actually suffered from Depression most of my existence. I can self treat. I don’t self medicate but it was manageable. I say was because somewhere after I moved to Maryland it was no longer manageable. I sought treatment and that’s how we discovered I had fibro. Depression can do damage to a person. Depression is defined by: “A brain disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.” Some of those impairments include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, self-esteem, mood, cognitive changes and thoughts of suicide. For me, it was self-esteem, daily behavior, loss of sleep, appetite changes and just blah. So here’s the thing. I wear sweats, i wasn’t doing my hair, my face or anything really. I didn’t want to leave the house, I didn’t want to be around anything or anyone.

If you have seen me in real life you will a frumpy mom who looks like her kids are driving her insane with activities and a schedule that is too busy to breath. It’s not the wrong impression. It’s how I feel. We have cut back on activities for my own health… most forced cut backs like the little gym. We use to go every day at 9am. It was hard on me and my body to get up and get out and then be out after that. I skipped breakfast the kids ate in the car and it just wasn’t healthy in that aspect. But it was amazing for the kids, they love it, we love the staff they were awesome but when I had surgery I just couldn’t do it alone. So it had to go until all this surgery crap is done. Piano. Laila loved piano… on good days and wanted to do other stuff and threw fits on others. I just cut piano. I can teach her what he was. It means that there is no rush to get out the door and go to the mall on a Saturday when she wants to sleep in and play with her friends or go to the farmers market etc… Piano had to take a break too.. he also pissed me off soooooooooo yea. I have sports season in fall I’m prepping for that August 1 James starts football. Archer and Laila will start Lacrosse and Soccer (not sure if Lacrosse is offered but if it is they will) Laila will be in dance. Over the summer Archer is in creative movement, Laila has princess camp (assuming she is potty trained), and in dance still. Joel has shooting hobbies and his motorcycle and races to watch… are you noticing one person is absent from having their own anything?

I still have some of these days, it’s most days. Now here comes the part that sounds like a sales pitch but it’s really not, it’s what changed. I still suffer from depression most days. Now I come on lives, there are days I put on make up and feel pretty and then I’m compelled to get up and get dressed. If I get dressed I’m compelled to go somewhere… the mall, the supermarket… anywhere. That’s because with Limelight I am held accountable. I’m suppose to be positive and happy and supportive and I show my products on my self and all of those things improve my mood. It’s literally forcing me to be a better person. They hold me accountable to be those things because that is my essence I just have gotten so far away from it that it was work to get back to it. Limelight is my light. Now that’s not to say Pampered Chef is crap, it’s not. I joined pampered chef because I love their products, they are amazing. I was hoping it would help me be more social and to a small extent it did but that was when I was out doing shows or at shows. Limelight I have to wake up every day and be accountable to do my lunch time lives even if I’m late. If I accept a challenge, I’m accountable to complete it. My friend, who is also my upline, keeps me accountable. She checks in on my posts not to see the content but to see if I’m mentally doing okay. If I’m happy with my life. If there is anyway she can help me feel better. Wanting to get up and show the world how amazing I feel when I do an invigorating scrub in the shower, or how pretty I feel with make up or with my skin healed is an awesome feeling. I enjoy feeling happy, it sure as hell beats the other emotions associated with depression. Every sale gives me a confidence boost, not because of the financial support but because I truly feel like I’m helping people feel better and look better and feel better about how they look, just like me.

Subconsciously I feel like everyone is an extension of myself and when I help them I feel like I’m helping my self get better all over again. They say the 2 most important days in your life are the day you are born and they day you discover why. I think I discovered why a long time ago. I feel like I’m suppose to help people in some way… with advice, being a ear, helping solve issues etc… and that’s been the best motivation to not stay depressed every day. Some days Depression wins but any day it doesn’t it’s an amazing day.

What in the lack of common freaking sense is this?

So I’m fuming right now. Like face looks like a bright red apple, blood is about to spray out of my eyes mad. I’m not angry at any one person. I’m mad at the stupidity that is this damn greedy ass hospital. It is 2017 and since we moved here in 2011 I haven’t been late on a single bill, especially our medical bills.

So imagine my surprise when I get this thick package addressed to me from the Hospital. I thought maybe they are updating their policy or were returning the copy of my living Will. Nope. It was a series of bills from literally Archer’s birth until now. I paid for Archer’s birth. I paid the Dr.’s separately, I paid the facility fee. But evidently the nursery isn’t party of the facility so today I got an extra 400+ charge for that. Never mind that Archer stayed with me the entire time including his botched circumcision. Yes I went and I watched but it was not the nursery and I paid that charge already. So what Nursery? I don’t know. In total the bills will come to a debt of $3000 literally. But wait there’s more… (say that in a game show host sounds way better) there are almost $600 in bills that were sent directly to collections without ever generating a bill. They have now been flagged for review because had I been billed they would have been paid like the $25000 we have already paid them over the last 3 years. Their system literally showed the representatives (and I used an S because more stupidity will follow in the next paragraph) that no bills were ever generated after they collected money from the insurance company. I literally went over 3 years of bills and checks issued with this lady. No seriously.

Now you’d think we could loop this all together for a payment plan right? nope. So 5 of the bills are with one business, 10 are with another business and then there is a 3rd balance. They are all the freaking FMH billing department, just different companies. but my payments… they all go to the same damn PO box. Seriously?!?!?!? You have one place to pay but 3 places to bill so I still have to write 3 freaking checks to send them to 1 place so they can be applied to 3 different places. So I can consolidate into one payment what’s with each company but not the total amount. The frustration is crazy… seriously. Does that make any sense? It doesn’t to me.

And for the record I never was notified or billed by collections on those 4 bills either, I only found out because the lady started mentioning amounts I didn’t have in my hand and when we researched them that’s how we found out. Crazy right?

The reality is I can get as angry as I want at this but it was important that I don’t take that anger and frustration out on the people who are helping me research this bullshit. Remember customer service people are just doing their job. It is the upper management that ultimately makes these decision to be greedy and create bullshit charges and back bill, their loyalty is not to the staff, the patients or helping others it’s to their share holders and as someone who has worked in the hospital I understand this, doesn’t mean I like it though.

Who is SarahMal?

My dad always said nothing good ever happens after midnight. This may be the one exception to the rule (aside from child birth). SarahMal happened by accident, seriously. It’s what happens when your name is not unique. There are over 850 Sarah Fritz’s on Facebook. Don’t get me started about how many Sarah, Sara, Sera Maldonado’s there are. In fact, Joel’s cousin’s wife is also Sera Maldonado. When I signed up with pampered chef I needed to create a name that would be on the end of my website. Well… Sarah was taken. Sarah Fritz was taken. Sarah Maldonado is too long and it was taken. Maldonado was taken and if I thought Sarah Maldonado was long, Fritz Maldonado is even longer. So I picked a name quickly. SarahMal. Didn’t even think it was important until like 5 months later.

Here’s the thing. I took marketing it was my minor in college. You’d think I would have remembered that your brand is everything. Literally, we typically have our names as our brands our whole life and we are judged by who we are, but when your name is the same as others it’s easy to get lost in the sea. So as individuals we create this person that stands out and is different. I, knowing I didn’t want to be absorbed, hyphenated my last name after I got married. My whole life I knew there were other Sarah Fritz’s. I knew getting married there were other Sarah Maldonado’s BUT there is only one Sarah Fritz-Maldonado. However, that is a long name period.

So when I joined limelight I’m like for the same of ME remembering I just used the same name SarahMal. After taking a class with Jack Jacobs #JusstJackMastermind or #JusstJack or JusstJack.com however you want to refer to him (and you’ll here me talk about him in FB lives along with my Friend Erica Kuiper also know as #TheSuperKuipers) I realized I’m suppose to have a hashtag so people can find me easier. So naturally I used the user name I picked for my 2 business websites out of sheer laziness. Still I didn’t realize I created a brand. Talk about dense. Here I am putting my hashtag on my cooking videos, my life advice, my make up stuff, my pictures etc… and I still don’t realize what the hell I have created.

So last night around 1 am I decided I’m tired of typing http://www.limelightbyalcone.com/SarahMal so I looked at the most successful people I know. Thehotjem, TheSuperKuipers and SuperKuiperSmile, Jusstjack and a few more people. Notice something in common? they created websites that direct you to the long www……. OR that are just their site. Their Brand! and BAM!!! Light Switch turned on!!! so off to Go Daddy I went and SarahMal was born, well not born but bought. I am SarahMal I should own it. I’ve been using the hashtag. The only person I’ve seen and I clicked to make sure that used SarahMal was a wedding in Ireland on instagram a few years ago. So when you look up SarahMal it’s me. It’s me on youtube, it’s me on facebook, it’s me on instagram. Okay on youtube the world mal is used separately and some creepy videos in other languages come up too but sill lol. Even my twitter handle is @_SarahMal, my instagram is _SarahMal. I don’t even use twitter. Seriously I mean the last picture is of when Laila was 1 and Archer was an infant on there… Laila is going to be 4 in Nov. I’ll start using it eventually. Maybe. It use to be BitterSweetSarah on everything. But Sarah’s not bitter anymore so it’s okay to let go of that name now.

As we grow and we evolve it’s important to Brand ourselves as the person we aspire to become. SarahMal is no longer okay of just being one of the Sarah’s or one of the millions of Fritz’s or millions of Maldonado’s. She… Me.. Is ready to be me. I no longer want to blend in with the crowd, not sure if I ever did but I want the world to know. SarahMal is my evolution. She is the Finance person who became an Engineer that turned into a house wife. That house wife turned into a business owner of not 1 but 3 successful business (one I have since phased out and only provide support for since I believe my Co-owner is ready to take that company and thrive, I have stepped back to let her soar). I may changes businesses again because you never really know what life has for you, but doesn’t change is my Brand, My brand is me. For now I love what I do and I love the companies and products I promote. I get to say every single day that I sell products that were so elite, and so coveted it was never available to the general public until now. That’s freaking awesome and even more awesome is I got to define my identity in the process.

I’ll see you guys on fb at my lunch time lives. If you don’t have me as a friend add me I’m friendly.

Westgate

I did a live earlier last week about this deal Westgate offered us for being owners.  The deal is less for us and more for you.  Now if you buy a time share yea my parents get a commission but honestly it’s not about that.  I’m here saying take the opportunity for a vacation.  If you love it great and want to buy that’s on you but you won’t get that pressure from anyone in my family.  So lets talk about it.  What you need are the dates you want to go on vacation, you’ll also need the discount code of  9118109070.  I have not gotten navigating the website down which is Wstgt.com/9118109070 so I’m going to tell you to call 1-800-610-0459 or 1-800-837-1460 (theses are the numbers on the fliers the website has a different number) instead to make sure you get your deal.  The deal on the flyer which I will post here says 4 Days/3 Nights for Just $99. I’m going to assume this is for a one bedroom.  (Couches pull out just so you know)  You can probably upgrade for a few more to more bed rooms.  I’m not sure but I’m going to say I think that’s why there’s an asterix by the 99.

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Now there is some fine print so lets go over that.  It says:  “Qualified participants are between the ages of 26-68 who must attend a 90 minute discovery tour and sales presentation of Westgate resorts.  If married or cohabitating, both parties must attend the presentation together.”

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So lets go over that.  You cannot have toured westgate on your own (like if you were there on an exchange week then went back a week later on this deal and toured both times…. that’s a no no) in the last 12 months.  You can only use this type of offer once per life time.  So with that said IF YOU ARE NOT MARRIED:  I see it as each of you can book the deal once, especially if you have different addresses you can use.  If you are married it’s one per couple.  Once you complete the tour (they usually feed you too) you get your gifts.  Tours can last hours.  So let them know if you are not interested in buying at the very beginning and tell them they have 90 minutes and not a second more.  If they can’t sell you in that time frame then that’s them you are still entitled to your gifts after 90 minutes.  Gifts can me meal gift cards, they can be discounted theme park tickets etc…. choose your gifts wisely, they’ll give you options at check in when you set your tour time.

It mentions 60k and married and 60 miles.  Ignore that statement that’s the this offer was designed for which doesn’t mean you have to meet that criteria to use it, because they obviously don’t have resorts in every state.

Now lets talk about the resorts:

There are 8 locations:  Orlando, Park City, Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Branson, Williamsburg, Miami.  They just acquired a location in Cocoa Beach.  I’ve been to all those places just not through Westgate.  The Orlando (Kissimee) is the one I frequent.   I’ve been to Westgate Lakes once (don’t remember much other than a pool) but I’ve been going to Westgate Vacation Villas for 30 years.  So I’ll speak to that.  This location has a fitness center that’s pretty nice, picnic areas throughout, grills, more pools than I can remember (an adult pool with bar), tennis, volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer, bikes, shuffleboard, game room, drafts sports bar & grill, onsite pizza, daily activities at various pools like make your own rocket or build your own icecream sunday, miniature golf, maria with paddle boats, full service deli, market place, hershey’s ice cream shop, starbucks, onsite water park, tickets2you attraction ticket desk (this is separate than the discount tickets you get for doing the tour), convention space etc…. Now the rooms have an open concept living dining room, leather sleeper sofas, large flat screen tv in living room, tv in each bed room, “fully” equipped kitchen (my definition of fully equipped is different lol), marble jetted tub, private terrace and washer/dryer.

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Not every resort has the same amenities so I made it clear to only talk about the one I know.  This flier is the one we got at check in with our tour reservation.  Our tour prizes (this is us personally as owners) was tickets at their cost which tend to be cheaper than you can find online usually a 30% or sometimes more discount, 2 gift cards to a restaurant, 10 free water park passes, owners resort amenities card (makes things free), savings card and coupon book and a breakfast buffet.  You do have to make a 20 deposit but you get that back as soon as your tour is done.  They just want to make sure you aren’t booking a time and having a person waiting for you if you aren’t going to show.

This deal is open to anyone who wants it even if I don’t know you, If you want a paper copy I’ll mail you one.  Sharing is caring.  Enjoy.

I’ve seen a bunch of other deals on the website so I don’t know what all that is about but if you want the whole 4 day/3 night thing for 99 call to make sure you get that!!

Interviewing???

This blog post is different.  Well every post I have is different but this post is asking those who read it for tips.  It’s been 6 years if not longer since I’ve had to interview anyone for anything.   I’m sure make up lovers by now know that Limelight is on a hiring freeze for beauty guides.  Freezes don’t last forever and it’s time I get ready for the thaw.  They wanted to make sure every person they had accepted was well trained before those people go out and they want to make sure those people who buy into this business are people who genuinely want to be part of it.  I personally thought that was awesome.  Not sure what other direct sales companies do that.

I know you’re still confused about the interview thing.  So with pampered chef anyone can go to my site and sign up to be a independent consultant.  With Limelight you go through some prepping and some training and an interview.  There are almost daily live that give the ability to hop on and ask questions and learn or catch the replays.  There are so many resources in your green room and the facebook group support is phenomenal.  Not saying P.C. isn’t, there are some of those things too but not as much from corporate.  (I love P.C. it’s just different) .

So back to the question for help.  What is it you, the readers that conduct interviews, look for or ask?  How do you express your love for your business with out sounding like a marketer?  Because look I love what I’m doing, I love what I’m making,, I love helping people but if you think I’m trying to recruit you then you’ve missed my message.  So how do you tell a potential partner (because although I’m interviewing I’m not their boss I’m just the person that will help them and coach them to be successful, they are their own boss).  What kind of questions do you ask to make sure these potential people are genuinely interest and understand what this business is about?

You don’t need experience but you need to have a drive.  How do you interview or define drive?  Put your suggestions in the comments either page comment or on the facebook posts???  Serious post, I totally feel green about this and I know Limelight will have answers for me but I want to know what my friends do.

Knowledge is the key to everything!

Never stop learning

Learning is one of those things that we never really stop doing.  There are many different types of learning.  We can go to school and learn, we can self teach, we can watch and learn etc.  I’ve pride myself on continuously learning something about everything.  It usually doesn’t take much effort.  Except with my new ventures I find myself in new territory.  Cooking and kitchen I know and I know well but make up and skincare that’s different.  This post is not business specific by the way.    So with one of my businesses I’ve been given homework.  For the first time in my life I’m back in class.  I won a contest for selling a specific number and my prize was a course with Jack Jacobs, he teaches a Mastermind course.  It’s mind blowing.  Seriously, if you are in direct sales or anything that requires marketing he is well worth the cost.

So my first class was last night and my first one on one was last night and do you know what I did after?  I ordered my books and took my sick ass to bed.  But this morning I woke up and played my video for homework.  I wrote up my homework and started to implement my lesson.  It looked so overwhelming on paper.  It wasn’t, what it is… it’s enlightening.

This blog post is short but my point is whatever it is your are doing…. continue learning.  Be that expert, get that extra degree, take that course!  Continue to grow continue to learn!!!  Don’t forget sharing knowledge and collaborating are all parts of success!!!!