Do what you love and the money will follow!

When watching shows on the Travel channel or others like HGTVs “House Hunters International,” it is easy to sit back and dream. People like to live vicariously through those TV programs and say “How do they do that?” or “I sure wish we could live somewhere that beautiful.” But then they get up each morning and head back to their corporate America job that they may or may not like. Well I would just like to say stop dreaming and drooling, stop going through the day-to-day motions and just make it happen. People do it EVERY. DAY.

That is just one example of going after a life you may desire. Maybe it’s not about living somewhere exotic for everyone but, my point is, that TRUE happiness is more than making money to pay the bills. If your life does not align with what you really want to do and feel, you can have all the money in the world and still not be happy.

“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” -Bob Marley

I feel like people are confused and it seems frustrating. They confuse having more with a better life. They are not willing to try something different and break away from what is “comfortable.” They forget that this life is not meant to be stagnant and just because if has always been done a certain way (in their area of the world) that that is the ONLY and best way. Maybe what we are used to is not the best way. Maybe if we follow the passions that our higher power (whatever that may be for each person) gave us, not society, we would actually live a greater life of abundance and happiness.

In todays society people are so extremely conditioned to think if they have lots of money, a nice car, own a big house, etc that they have been successful and will then be happy (if not now but when they finally get to retire) but so much of the time that is NOT the case. Look at how many successful people suffer from anxiety and depression. They work so many hours a week spending so much time away from their family, only so they can have that week vacation finally doing what they do want to do. They are not happy. Sure, they have lots of perks in life but chances are good that they are not following their heart or passions. That alone is slow suicide.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Are you really happy or just comfortable?
  2. Do you have a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning?
  3. Do you know who you really are (not who society says you should be)?
  4. If you could do anything and get paid for it, what would you do?

If you do some soul searching, and open your mind, you will find that you CAN live the life you desire. This life may not make as much money or have the same benefits (OR maybe it will actually have more) but once you figure out what you value and what matters most I believe you will find that that life will be just as plentiful and so much more rewarding. If you do what you love, the money will follow!

“Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” -Tim Tebow

Of course no change comes without making friends with fear, overcoming obstacles and probably being a bit uncomfortable along the way but those things are easy to overcome if it is for a life you love. Wouldn’t you rather live your life in a way that you don’t need a vacation from in the first place? What if instead of saying “wouldn’t it be great if we could do that someday” you just get off the couch and do it?

Take the example of the dream of living somewhere tropical and exotic. There are plenty of inexpensive places tropical places still out there to live. If you are worried about healthcare, many areas of Mexico, S. America, etc have wonderful inexpensive healthcare (way more economical than in the US). If you are worried about income, find something you can do online (easier and easier nowadays), start a business you love, or join network marketing and start making a residual income. What about the kids? Well first of all, who wouldn’t want to give their kids the gift of learning and living in another culture? There are SO many wonderful international schools that are likely better than many you would find in the USA. If living somewhere else is your goal just MAKE IT HAPPEN. Everything else will fall into place.

If your goal is to stay home with your kids DONT WAIT (they grow too fast). If you want to run a marathon START RUNNING. If you want to join the circus DO IT NOW. Whatever the case, the world is filled with an abundance of opportunity. Stop worrying about that career in corporate America and get out there, explore, and live the life you imagine (because after all, this is NOT a dress rehearsal).

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Top reasons that I am so over-the-top-in-love-with USANA!

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Top 10 reasons I am in love with my business!!

As people ask me why I chose USANA and there are just so many reasons that I am so over-the-top-in-love-with about this specific company and products but, to simplify, here is my list of top ten:

1. I can SEE first-hand the difference the products make in my customers (and my own) health (I mean they are top-rated according the the Nutrisearch Supplement guide)!

2. The business comes with EVERY tool I could possibly think of and need to be successful right at my fingertips (email, website, videos, trainings, online back office, etc)

3. All I have to do is tell people how amazing the products are and once they are enrolled, USANA does the rest (And I get a weekly paycheck)!

4. Speaking of a paycheck, USANA has an award winning compensation plan!

5. CONVENTION! Again, award winning. It is seriously amazing.

6. I can expand my business internationally. Currently USANA is open in 19 countries and expanding.

7.  If hundreds of Elite and Olympic Athletes trust USANA with their health and careers, I certainly know I can!

8. About those products…what other company tests EVERY single batch of ingredients and manufactures them all in house (and lets you tour it) to be sure it meets top-notch criteria (pharma grade and FDA certified)?

9. I get to work with a team of people that I love and we all help each other grow our business while supporting each others goals!

10. CONVENTION…yeah its worth mentioning twice!

So there you go! Life is good and I could not ask for a better opportunity!!!

 

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THIS is the book you need to read!!!

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Freedom requires responsibility to choose who we are above and beyond our immediate impulses, needs, and social pressures, so that we can genuinely express the type of person we want to be, live the life we truly want to live, leave the legacy we desire.

I recently started reading “The Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard and, honestly, I could quote any words in this book. As soon as I started reading it spoke right too me! His words poetically flow off the page as he talks about freedom and motivates you to live that life you imagine! If you love the idea of freedom in your lifestyle, THIS is the book for you!!! Definitely expect a blog post when I finish it! Right now I encourage you to check it out for yourself (or as a holiday gift for others) and yeah, I really wanted to share this picture (featuring me haha) and this incredible book on my silks!

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Is Network Marketing a Scam?

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Some people are skeptical about Affiliate marketing (aka: network marketing, MLM, etc). There are so many companies out there in this consumer nation and its hard to decipher what is real and what it all means. Here are some things to be aware of:

There are always companies trying to “scam” people (always have been and always will be) and  for one reason or another affiliate marketing takes the brunt, despite people not actually knowing much about it. But if you look at the bigger picture some scamming companies are probably ones you even buy from. Think about all the products that say “all natural” and make you believe they are good for you, despite not labeling as actually organic. That is a scam. What about the vitamins that don’t actually put the correct percentages of antioxidants and minerals in that they claim. Scam. Those are just a couple examples. But because Target or Cub foods (or other big chain stores) are selling them, no one questions those scams.

So what people need to look at is the quality of the products they are buying. I urge you to not buy things that really don’t align with who you are. I know that is hard to do. BUT wouldn’t you rather choose a great product from word of mouth rather than because some commercial says it is good? That is the only difference in network marketing. We use a product, love it, and let people know (and when people buy we get compensated so you are also helping your friend, neighbor or family member with their small business at the same time).

Times have changed and things have gone form door-to-door sales to running an online business. Affiliate networking is really taking off as more and more people see first-hand the freedom it truly gives. Of course there is a “rent” (if there wasn’t I would be more skeptical haha) to own your business center in that we buy a certain, amount of products monthly but that only makes sense that you want to use what you are selling (small cost compared to opening a physical store and can easily be covered as you grow your business).  However, I do not have extra products because I actually use ALL of them (and USANA ships all my customers products directly to them so I don’t even handle those).

Before making judgments do some research and don’t let the illusion of this being a “bad” industry stand in your way of the life you desire.

Here are just some things to consider when choosing a company:

1. Every company has a different compensation plan so be sure to check that out (make sure it is award winning).

2. You also want to look at longevity of the company. How long have they been around (some of these new fangled companies might have a good product but how do you know they are in it for the long haul?)?

3. Make sure the products are consumable, #1 rated and, (again) align with your values. You certainly only want to recommend a product and company you truly believe in right?

I did my research and have found USANA to be the company that I truly believe in and am so proud to be partnered with them! I love the products and I am making money (so I can assure you it is not a scam). It has been a life-changing experience and I always look at the bigger picture now. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. Really you have nothing to lose!

If you would like more info, feel free to let me know. Never any pressure, I only want to educate!

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A call out to Moms (And Dads)!

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A call out to Moms (And Dads)!

Don’t let society (or certain politicians) tell you that you cannot stay home and raise your children, or that by doing so will cause you to get less wages when/if you do return to the workforce. Don’t be afraid of “losing” your status or place in a career field (if you are meant to return to that career it will happen). If it is about the money, there are options. And if it means enough to you or “you would give anything to stay home with them” (which I hear ALL the time) then do your research and take that step.

Now if you are currently working, and would rather be with your kids, step back and think about what your “job” is costing you. Emotionally (don’t you miss your kids?), physically (stress, sedentary lifestyle), money (what do you spend on gas, car, business clothes, childcare, etc), life experiences (you only get days off when your boss approves it, right?). Is that really worth it?

First of all, take away all that money you spend having that “job,” along with things maybe you don’t NEED to buy and see what you actually need for that 2nd income. It is probably not as much as you think. Second, look at the possibility of residual income as an affiliate with a great company. You can make extra money and have the freedom to stay home and live life in your own way (NOT the way a politician tells you is “good for America”).

Choose your priorities. Is shaping your children more important or do you want the government to do that (I certainly do not)? Is taking your children out in the world to learn more important or would you rather be sitting in that cubicle doing paperwork for some corporation (is THAT why you are here on Earth?)?

These are life-changing realizations. Let’s get real. The time is NOW. We don’t know what the future holds but I can tell you that if you don’t take the “risk” then what is the point of it all? I know people want change, I know we can work together as a community to create this change. Take action and Join me!

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IGNITED 2014!

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There is a time in your life when something happens or you experience an event and it forever changes the way you can move forward. For some people, it might be a near-death experience. For others, it might be a job cut or a diet change. Sometimes you just know too much and you cannot look back. I have had MANY experiences in my life and, yes of course they have all altered my path in some shape or form. This one, however, I cannot let go of. It means too much.

During the past week I was at the USANA Health Sciences 2014 Ignited convention and, I know this might sound crazy, but I learned too much. Not is a bad way but in a “it would be wrong NOT to share what I know with the world now” kind of way. You are probably wondering what all the hype about “just another company” is but you have to understand, this is not just ANY company. The energy and spirit of the people, all working towards the greater good of Health and Freedom. These are people are, not just talking about it, but literally changing the world and how you can live your own life.

So now maybe you are thinking, “oh well these people must have come from money, or know lots of people, etc.” Actually, they are just like you and me. They had a dream (and still do) and just plain said “I am not giving it up.” One lady was abused by her husband and ran her business from the bathroom so he wouldn’t know. Another young guy was raised in such a bad area, he would have been dead by not if not for being introduced to USANA. Another speaker was deaf and had to grow his business without even talking. The amazing stories go on and on.

Between the amazing speakers such as motivational Tony Robbins and health oriented Dr. Oz I learned so much about health and what it REALLY means to be ALIVE! At the same time I felt another calling. I learned that every cent donated to the USANA True Health Foundation goes directly to the cause (including disaster relief and Children Hunger fund). Those people deserve the same health and freedom and USANA helps them try and achieve it as well. This has inspired me to make monthly donations and I plan to also donate a percent of ALL money I continue to make with USANA.

This is a company I can be proud to LOVE too much. They TRULY care about every person and follow their vision of a world free from pain and suffering. This post can barely summarize what it is like to be part of something so amazing. So who am I to not tell people about this amazing life changing opportunity, where we all stay healthy and help each other live a life of freedom? It is the real thing.

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*Touring the USANA main office Headquarters! Yep that is correct that let you see where all the science and action takes place!

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*USANA True Health Foundation 5K! Superheroes running to raise money and awareness!

OUT TO LIVE!

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Out to live!

We all know life gets busy. No matter what, it is hard to keep up with things and, sometimes, even what we consider a priority can get put on hold. I am reflecting on this as I realize how long I have been absent from my blog.

The last few months have been packed FULL of life experiences. We have been on an amazing 17 day camping road-school journey from Minnesota to Savannah/Tybee Island, Georgia. Since returning my husband has been on a month long work trip so the boys and I have been taking local camping trips, exploring the world and staying as busy as possible until we are all together again.

As a Wife/Mom of two, having “my other half” away puts freedom in another perspective. I realize their are many single parents who do this forever and I give them all my respect. It is not easy and the hardest part is helping the children understand what is happening. At one point my almost 4-year old son told me he no longer has a daddy but wished he did. That is hard to hear.

There is always a chance that a loved one can be gone or taken from their life/family because of orders from another authority (boss of some sort). I am thankful that he is enjoying his experiences but I can’t help but think about the time missed having experiences together.

Regardless, I am always so happy for the opportunities to travel as we do and I cannot wait to do it on a permanent, full time basis, TOGETHER. With this amazing business, these opportunities are truly endless. Time to stop putting things on hold and MAKING them happen! Who is with me?!

#BringBackOurGirls – A mothers day note

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In light of mothers day, I cannot help but think of all the Mothers out there who are missing their babies. I am so lucky to have my two healthy little guys and show them what love is all about! My mission is for other families to have the same freedom as I am achieving, to spend time together and not be held down by institutions. In the big scheme of things, what I am trying to do is such a small thing compared to families that actually have children missing from them and, therefore, truly can never feel free.

EVERYONE deserves true health and true FREEDOM. There is a huge issue with slavery on a much higher scale than we can even fathom. Put down your phone now, close your computer, stop thinking about your job. Today (and everyday) hug those babies and live life to the fullest WITH them!

To all those missing children, their Mothers, and their families out there, we love you!
Amy

Why I don’t care about money.

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I don’t care about money. I really don’t. I know that I need money to live and follow my dreams but, honestly, my passion is living life to the fullest and money is merely my vehicle to do that. I actually don’t even look at our bank account (my husband does though).

In many cases, I feel that people live to work instead of working to live. The difference is drastic. Think. If you live to work, it comes before everything. Family. Leisure/play. Hobbies. Travel. The list goes on and on. Some people never even use the vacation days they are issued because they care more about the “work” that needs to be done. Or they have that quick week of vacation every year to escape but then get right back into the hustle and bustle of money-making. On the contrary, when you work to live, you are really combining the vehicle in which you make your income, into your life and passions.

Let’s break it down. We have maybe an average of 80 years (note that I didn’t use any actual statistics here), more if we are lucky, in this physical form here on earth and lets say the first 18-20 growing up are for learning life and what we want (or in some case what others want for us) to pursue in the next few years of life. We then spend 45 years or more working as much and as hard as we can so that we can retire and FINALLY live our life. By then, most people are around 65. That is 65 YEARS of just trying to make money but not necessarily living. So that leaves a few years but really, by then, we are tired and the things we would have done at 30 or 40 or even 50 are no longer a possibility or a reality.

Now, I am not talking about being reckless with the money that you do have and throwing it out the window. However, money should not be the overbearing reality of your life. Don’t neglect actual life JUST to have a bigger bank account. Why not build a life around what you love rather than one you just wish you could escape from.

I know from this recent journey into blogging and social media that more and more people are throwing the “live to work” way of life out the door and just working to live. It is refreshing. What it comes down to is that people are realizing that, by finding their passions, they can use those as the way to make the money they need, in order to live the life they want. The bonus is they ENJOY doing it!

I just want to be healthy with my family and explore the world together. I don’t care about the money.