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Advice from the Australian Bake Off

monique australian bake offWe all face challenges, but how we deal with them determines the outcome

I admit it, I’m addicted to reality baking shows on TV.

I watched as many episodes of the Great British Bake Off as was available on YouTube. Now I’m on Season 1 of the the Great Australian Bake Off. 

My European and Australian accents are coming right along. They are, in the words of Paul Hollywood, “well done!”

Even the best bakers can have a bad day. Baking is a science. So if some element is off, even the slightest, the result can be a flop.

Australian contestant, home baker Monique Bowley was under the gun to finish her dessert during a “technical challenge” when it was not going as planned. When questioned about the challenges she was experiencing with that particular bake, she responded:

There’s no option at this point, but to push on. – Monique Bowley

How true is that in life?

Whether you’re facing difficulties in your personal life, or your business seems to be hitting all sorts of roadblocks, push on.

What’s the alternative? You could quit. You could focus on what isn’t going right. You could get derailed by all the anger, frustrations and disappoints you’re feeling; or you could push on.

Which will you choose?

If you’ll excuse me, I must go check on my biscuits now. They’re quite lovely indeed. (Biscuits in EU and AU is what Americans call cookies)

How to Keep the Convention Motivation Going

zig ziglar motivationIt’s summertime. That means many direct sales companies just held or will soon be holding their annual convention.  Most who attend such gatherings will tell how your inspiring, exciting, motivating and energizing the experience is.  Most will come home on fire – ready to take their direct selling business to a new level.

However just like any post-vacation or other post-positive-experience event, once you get back to the real world, surrounded by real life and an abundance of personalities, it’s not long before you lose that honeymoon feeling.

Is the Honeymoon over?

Just like any relationship or marriage, the honeymoon phase doesn’t last. Though there are some steps you can take to keep your positive momentum going, long after you’ve finished laundry, uploaded your trip pics and put the suitcase away.

Consider why your convention was so inspiring. I’m sure you can come up with a number of reasons and the number one contributor was because you were inundated with positive, energetic people who share the same goal. Attitudes are contagious. If you’re in a convention center with thousands of pumped up consultants, how can you not catch the fire? Continue reading

How To Be Happy

Follow these 3 steps to be happy –

mind your own businessThere’s an old Johnny Soul song that says, “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life never make a pretty woman your wife. So for my personal point of view get an ugly girl to marry you.”

I don’t embrace Johnny’s philosophy about happiness. Rather I have a different view. It’s quite simple actually:

  1. Don’t concern yourself with what everyone else is doing. Horses sometimes need to be made to focus and blinders keep the horse’s eye focused on what is ahead, rather than what is at the side or behind. That is why race horses are often given blinders – for the purpose of keeping them focused when racing around a racecourse. Can you imagine how focused and how happy you would be if you weren’t distracted by what others are doing?
  1. Worry about yourself. If you don’t believe me, take it from two-year old, August.
  1. Mind your own business. If you can’t mind your own business, then don’t bother with others either. If it doesn’t involve you, then it shouldn’t concern you. I’ve heard some consultants say that what every other consultant is doing concerns them. No. If someone local to you is selling out of a retail location and you’re struggling to get home parties booked, then you could say that behavior does concern you.

However, if you rarely work your business online and you see someone posting a personal special, leave it be. If that consultant wants to dip into profits, so be it. It doesn’t matter if it’s out of compliance or not. There is a compliance department to hand that. Mind your own business and you won’t have time to even know what others are doing.

If for whatever reason, you took the above as being snarky or chastising in any way, please don’t. See the above title, this is called How to be Happy. The three tidbits, which really amount to the same thing, are giving you a tip on achieving that happiness.

Perhaps you need to unfriend and unfollow some people or groups. You can limit your exposure. If you’re pretty sure that reading what others are doing may get under your skin, why would you even want to give way to that unproductive emotion?

When it comes to what others are doing, often ignorance is bliss.

 About the Author: Laurie Ayers is a Michigan work from home mom and a Superstar Director with Scentsy. She enjoys helping men and women start and maintain a home based fragrance business in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Germany, Ireland, UK, France, Austria and Spain. To download a FREE Start Up Guide which provides more details about how to start a home business as well as to learn about our compensation plan go to or for updates on Facebook LIKE and on Pinterest

Are You Customer Focused?

are you customer focusedYour Call to Action – this means what do you want your audience to do? If you want them to buy, host, or join, you need to invite them to take some action.

The call to action is never about you. If you lead with “I’ve been challenged” or “I only need x-more to promote, earn, etc.” it may work temporarily but you won’t be able to keep going back to that well if they were only buying, hosting or joining to help you.

Your call to action is about your customers, hosts and potential team members.

Are you customer focused?

What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)? That’s what your audience wants to know.

How can you best serve those you want to do business with? How can you make their lives better? Now think about all we have to offer – our products, our host rewards and our business opportunity – what suits their needs? What do they need most from you?

This mindset should be in the forefront of every communication you have about Scentsy.

Michigan Single Mom’s Business Soars Despite Narcolepsy

Michigan Single Mom’s Business Soars Despite Severe Health Challenge, Recession

JENISON, MICH.(March 6, 2016) – Finding work in a tough economy is hard enough, but this single mom found success while dealing with an even more daunting problem: Narcolepsy.

“Life takes some interesting twists,” said Laurie Ayers, a mom of two in Jenison, Mich. “I never thought I’d be supporting my family with wax!” She credits working at home and the home fragrance business Scentsy and its wickless candles and scents for saving the day.

This smiling, redhead single mother lives with a-typical narcolepsy, a chronic neurological disorder that affects the part of the brain that regulates sleep and wake cycles. It is characterized by overwhelming drowsiness and difficulty staying awake. There is no cure. Medication and lifestyle changes at best can only manage symptoms – though with little success and strong side effects.

Contrary to stereotypes, narcolepsy is not related to depression, seizure disorders, fainting, lack of sleep or other conditions that cause abnormal sleep patterns. “Lazy, or depressed, that’s exactly what many people think,” Ayers said.

And, despite enduring narcolepsy for most of her life, Ayers worked outside the home with a career with the Federal Government. But as her narcolepsy progressed, she was no longer able to keep her eyes open to work a traditional eight-to-five job. Continue reading

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