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Finding Your Home-Based Business Bliss
It seems to me that finding networkmarketing was “meant to be” on my life journey. I genuinely enjoy the flexibility and freedom of learning new things while working toward my personal goals and defining my time, my way. It can sometimes feel like play, even though it does require a strong sense of self-discipline and vision. Certainly, even on the toughest days, it still feels like a blessing. While I do love the indulgence of a relaxing retreat when refreshment is needed, the fact remains, most days I would much rather be busy; putting in a good work day, planning rewarding experiences with others and advancing my education. It’s “fun” by my standards. I realize not everyone sees it that way. But even those that claim they prefer or need the comfort or illusion of stability in a “traditional job”, I still maintain that network marketing often guarantees a greater safety net, backup plan and additional source of income entirely worthy of pursuing.
Layoffs, downsizing, automation… all of it is commonplace in this generation; adding up to job insecurity, employee instability, and extra stress! It may not be easier to be your own boss, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Understandably, we do what we must within our consciousness and resources to stay afloat. I am far from alone in feeling privileged to enjoy the independence that my home-based business provides and it’s an added blessing sharing the journey with others who also hold a vision for making reality of dreams. Growing up, I was never one that watched much television. For many years, even as a young adult, I didn’t own a television. I’ve always been more drawn to music, art, research, pampering, studying and fresh air. While I have found pleasure in recent years discovering shows that I enjoy like Project Runway and The Profit, it’s still the exception for how I invest my time. Reality television shows entered my life while on bed rest during my first pregnancy when Ty Pennington was on Trading Spaces. I have admittedly found myself smitten with shows like it, enjoying the intrigue of watching others achieve amazing feats in the space of thirty minutes. Fixer Upper, American Idol, The Voice and so on… that quick dose of possibility condensed by the camera empowers and inspires me reliably.It’s that half hour of magic that fuels my imagination and motivates me to want to keep working toward creating my personal definition of completion.
Few things in life feel more glorious than overcoming an obstacle, defying a limiting belief or coaxing out a swan part of myself (or someone else) from the proverbial ugly duckling. In my mind, all these curious acts of exploration encompass a storehouse of hope, faith and progress. Together they embody the full spirit of humility that believing in something bigger than my own understanding will dare to deliver results beyond my wildest imagination. And so, I confess, I can’t prevent some from falsely believing that chasing dreams is like pining after an elusive mirage. I can only testify to my truth. As a thirsty desert dweller in barren Arizona, I believe that resisting on’s inner vision of fulfillment is folly and futility. Rather than thirsting in the desert, surely it is better to venture out, grow your talents and live a dream size life.
Only through finding the confidence of sometimes falling short or feeling your smallness in the universe, will you truly appreciate and witness the positive ripple effects and breakthrough milestones that await your conquest. If desert visions are always mirages, then standing in one place guarantees certain death. On a whole, small measured risks still prove to be more lucrative than attempting nothing at all. You will make mistakes, we all do. It will sharpen and humble you, as well as, strengthen and train you. Consider it pure joy! Make it your bliss to fail so many times that success is inevitable. Your heart will be better for it. Your spirit will be better for it. Small efforts over time will and do yield big results. Calculate the hours of your life that you’ve already lost while fulfilling someone else’s dream. Then consider the commute time and the time spent outside of that job showing up for that job in the name of “other duties that may arise.” Luckily, home-based business bliss is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Did you know that Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and the Ford Motor Company all began as home-based businesses? According to the Small Business Administration, “more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home.”
Nothing beats the mobility and low startup costs of a network marketing company, not to mention, the built-in comradery and mentorship of other team members mutually invested. The support group effect is tremendous and over the years as my family has relocated, I’ve found it a relief to be able to pick up and move easily with little if any risk of losing customers, revenues or equity. While transitioning my children to new school environments and exploring new communities, it’s been a pleasure for me to enjoy residual income while taking on the mantle of responsibility that comes with volunteering. Whether PTA, BSA, MOMS Club, baseball leagues or even co-creating the non-profit www.heartgalleryla.org ; I’ve found greater purpose and satisfaction in having the freedom to nurture my passion for philanthropy.This particular quality of having a home-based business contributes significantly to the bliss I often feel as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. The science lover in me appreciates the therapeutic benefits and health aspects of the company products; my spirit soars as I witness the butterfly effect of our good faith resources being leveraged to lift others up globally through the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. It’s only voluntary, but it’s so easy and rewarding to support these charitable causes. It just feels great elevating people out of poverty or illiteracy, or vicariously liberating a child trapped in sex trafficking – thanks to fearless big-hearted initiatives like Operation Underground Rescue. In no small way, I am both wiser and more gratified for these opportunities.
Because of doTERRA, I wake up each morning with greater purpose and focus. My entire family is healthier for using doTERRA essential oils consistently and our finances have improved as a side effect. I can’t possibly claim to know everything there is about anything but I’ve learned a lot about essential oils and continue experiencing the joy of sharing this wisdom with others as they share with me. In the exchange of knowledge and best practices, I’ve noticed a few similarities among our top-tier leaders. First and foremost is transparency, followed by a willingness to objectively reflect on areas of strength or improvement, and the recognition that each member of the team is unique. But above all perhaps is persistence and consistency. Yet not one team leader has escaped mistakes, perfection is a theory and a long process of learning. Years later, I remain steadfastly committed to what began as a hobby home business and eternally grateful for all the new friends I have made along the way.
But it’s also been important to take time out for me personally. I’ve recently adopted a morning meditation to my schedule allowing for quiet reflection time which I’ve come to refer to as my ‘fifteen minutes of anonymity.” Wherever I can find it in my day, I actively set aside some time where no one in my family or anywhere in the world demands from me. I journal, I breathe, I study. I devote fifteen minutes to organize my priorities and set a plan for the hour which aligns with plans I’ve already made for the week, the month, the year and forward. By allowing myself this window of time, I find I am more productive, more peaceful and more prosperous. It might mean that I don’t get the dishes done on time, or that a load of laundry waits another hour or day. But this dedicated focus time is precious and it is mine. I typically include a rotation of essential oils dependent upon the factors of the day. I often feel the benefit of dabbing Melissa oil across my heart to commence. Citrus Bliss, Motivate, and InTune are often rotated throughout the week and sometimes even Forgive blend. One of my favorite personal diffuser recipes I’ve created for this time of day is combining a drop each of rosemary, grapefruit, basil, bergamot, clary sage and chamomile. It creates a fresh, uplifting and gently energizing fragrance that aids in my efforts.
I’ve also combined some ideas from a show I watched recently titled “Every. Brilliant. Thing.” (HBO, I believe) It’s the story of a man who grew up facing daunting difficulties in his daily life being raised by a suicidal parent and how he faced them to survive. He made a list of every brilliant thing that kept him going. Some of the items were silly and others more profound. But I loved all of it because sometimes we can spend way too much energy on editing, perfecting, critiquing. This repetitive pruning isn’t always helpful which is why unrestrained brainstorming sessions are so liberating. His list is well into the thousands by now as it is decades in the making. But, I was incredibly moved by his story and felt the desire to carry his ideas forward in my own way. So, I’ve chronicled a list of affirmations that consistently surface during my quiet contemplation. For now, I just have them written out on random pieces of paper but my intention is to gather them in a book or jar so that I can keep them safe and retrieve them as desired. I’m finding that these very personal statements help me remember my “why” which is so important in staying true to the goals that I set. Perhaps this practice will help others build greater bliss in their business too. I will share some of the affirmations I’ve set here, but I’d love for others to add to the list also.
1- My life works best when I have the freedom and flexibility to adjust it.
2- I enjoy learning, sharing, discovering and higher pleasures.
3- I am my most serene when I’m able to empower choices that serve the greatest good.
4- Authenticity is a necessity of my contentment.
5- The more I succeed, the more I can help others succeed and the more I can I help others to succeed, the more successful I will be.
I hope this message will help others along the journey as it has me. I hope to hear from some of you about things you do to stay grounded in gratitude.
Blessings from Jena
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