Keeping the Body Strong

So how are you all feeling now that the days are shorter and it keeps raining???? Exhausted perhaps?

Morning walks are in darkness and the thought of a walk after dinner is out of the question?  I know how you feel.

How did we go from flip flops and barbeques, tons of exercise and who cares about lack of sleep to THIS????

It’s called an adjustment period I guess.  Last week for the first time in years I came home at 3:00 one afternoon and slept the rest of the day away.  I also cut back a couple of days of walking and slept in.  Went to bed early a couple of nights and even embraced snoozing on the couch by 7:30pm.  A wonderful thing happened this week, I FEEL GREAT!!!

I know that we sometimes get fixated on exercise and eating healthy to give us energy and keep the body strong but I do believe that sleep may very well be the hottest commodity this time of year.  Ever wonder why the flu runs rampant in the fall?  We’re all adjusting, exhausted and trying to keep up with it all.  Well I say, nap, sleep, snooze and repeat.  The gym will always be there the next day, week or month.

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Mother’s and Daughters

A couple of weeks ago was the Third Annual Mothers and Daughter’s weekend at our family cottage!

What a great time!  We mixed things up a little this year and had an early Christmas Market for all of the neighbours.

I had my julz of course, Audrey was there with Norwex, Brenda with her beautiful clothing line and my Mom was selling my brothers awesome T’s!

It was such a great afternoon! Friends and Neighbours shopped till they dropped and little daughters ages 3- 13 were eager and willing to help make sure the event was a success!

What a great way for these young girls to learn! They felt so empowered.  It’s pretty amazing to see how beneficial it is for children to be around Mom’s and Dad’s that live their passion!  I think it makes such a difference for them as they grow and mature.  From my observations these kids seem to have fantastic common sense and the confidence to take initiative when simple things need to get done.

School isn’t always able to teach kids these skills and I am in complete adoration of my friends that do take the time to be patient with their children and let them try new things!

Sure it’s probably easier to make your kid a snack because he or she might make a mess but after a few tries they’ll get it right and maybe be the next Jamie Oliver later on in life!

Feeling Thankful

I hope you all enjoyed the beautiful Thanksgiving that we just had. Sunshine, trees glowing in full colour and an extra day to spend time with loved ones.

Every year at Thanksgiving I think we are all reminded to think of what we are most thankful for.  This year it really hit me that my health and the health of my loved ones is what I truly treasure.

Health is something that most of us consider a number one priority. Eating well, exercising, surrounding ourselves with positive people.  All great ways to stay healthy.  Sometimes those things are not enough, many people are dealt cards in life that some of us will never have to face.  I have close friends that have had to deal with so much turmoil, grief and fear in their lives and they truly are the strong ones!

I want to introduce you to one of those people.  A dear friend Janet Cockburn who is a two time breast cancer survivor.   Through all of Janet’s suffering she had the strength to make her pain her passion.  She translated her experiences into helping women just like her, to empower them, help them feel comfortable in their own skin and she has become a new friend to many.

I invite you to check out Janet’s website and read her story, I know it will move you.

http://www.janacsportswear.ca/mystory.htm

Janet is a powerful woman that teaches us all to believe in ourselves and that sunny days are always ahead.

Change is good

So this beautiful trip I took across Canada in September was truly inspiring in many ways.

As many of you know I picked up a dear friend who has been living in Kelowna for the past 12 years.  She made a decision to move back to Ontario for many GREAT reasons.  Still, she left behind family, mountains, and beautiful lakes to make a major change in her life.  I was so proud to stand by my friend and bring her back to Ontario.  The way she embraces change is so motivating.  She’s always been a friend that has loved change and craved it and as a result has lead a pretty exciting life.

What a healthy outlook.  The trip across the country and our conversations in the car with the music blaring and the windows open made me realize how much of an adventure life is!  Sure things can become, mundane, routine and ordinary and often we crave changes but are too afraid to make them because we fear how we will cope with them.

For me the traveling has really become an addiction and way I LOVE to spend my time and generate new business.  I do however remember a time that I did not feel that way.  I had traveled with friends in my 20’s to Europe and other places and then again with Wayne but the thought of making that extra leap and actually visiting places alone was something that felt a bit scary.  I started by making little changes.  Visiting small towns in Ontario and staying the night in a hotel on my own.  Those one night trips turned into 2 or 3 days and before I knew it I was off to Florida for 2 weeks, British Columbia for a week and Ottawa and Montreal for a week at a time.

As a result of making those little changes I eased into something that is painless and FUN and the way that I prefer to do business!

The BEST part is when I get home and Wayne is at the door so proud of me and eager to hear about all of my adventures!

 

 

 

Oh Canada!

Ever wanted to be in two places at once?  I figured out how to do it!  Ha Ha!

This is such a cool picture, a friend in Calgary took this Panoramic shot of me on a beautiful morning walk last week!

Did I say Calgary?  Yes I did!  I should also say, Vancouver, Kelowna, the Okanagan Valley, Canmore, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Brandon, Winnipeg, Dryden and Thunder Bay!

That’s right!  I drove across Canada with glamjulz!  What an amazing experience.  My dear friend Jen had decided last year that she wanted to move back to Ontario from Kelowna.  What a huge decision for her and Wayne and I really didn’t want her to take on that drive on her own.  We talked about it and decided what a GREAT opportunity!  I could go over and help Jen and then we could take our time seeing this AMAZING country together while I visit tons of beautiful stores along the way.  So Jen and I made a plan!  And we DID IT!!! Once in a lifetime opportunity.

I loved it all and honestly feel even more proud than ever to be Canadian.  I do have to say that the drive into Ontario was so breathtaking.  The Canadian Shield is so powerful, I had goosebumps!  I am so priveleged that my work can take me through all of these wonderful adventures.

Hmmmmmm…..now I need to make a plan for the next road trip….Nunavut perhaps?

 

 

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

Have you ever met someone and realized that they walked into your life at the right time for all the right reasons?

That’s how I felt when I met Amber of Amber Richmond Photography.  We met at a Wedding Show in February and hit it off right away.  Amber’s positive energy and lust for life was contagious, watching her interact with the brides lifted my confidence and helped me have a GREAT show!

An exchange of business cards and an email back and forth and that was it.  Then almost 6 months later I was doing an in store event in Port Carling and Amber walks in!  Looking gorgeous checking out my necklaces…took us a minute and then we realized our connection!  So great to see each other…..Amber had her eye on one of my pieces but had to dash and we said, let’s get back in touch!  I felt so happy to see Amber and thought, this is a girl that I need to connect with and talk about how we can help each other in business.  So I got back to the studio that Monday, wrapped up that necklace and sent it to Amber with a note.

Amber was thrilled!!!! The gesture blew her away and she wanted to meet for a coffee.  We made a date and the day before I had been feeling not myself, challenged, overwhelmed, scared….lots of crazy feelings, which come along with being an entrepreneur.  I wanted to re-schedule with Amber so that when I saw her I was sincerely POSITIVE and UPBEAT and not ruin our meeting while in my rut.

Amber walks into Starbucks and as soon as I see her I feel like I’m looking into the eyes of an old friend.  So we just start talking…..Amber starts by openly sharing with me all of her fears and what keeps her up at night running a business.  I could have cried!  We had sooooo much in common it was unreal.  We were able to share our insecurities and pump each other up with kind words of re-assurance and reminders of why we do what we do everyday.  Together we realized that we all have fears, doubts and insecurities.  Sometimes it’s okay to embrace that dark cloud, have an outburst.  We put so much pressure on ourselves to be strong and not put anything “negative” out there!  That’s okay though, feelings are important no matter what they are.  It is our inner strength that makes us powerful and capable and one of a kind.  We need to realize that no one has it right, there is no right or wrong, there is JUST DO IT!  Be out there, surround yourself with what you love and be passionate, allow the good to flow and it will come fast and furious!

As Amber said to me, “I AM and I WILL”…………………..yeah baby!

 

 

Making it Just Right

As you all know most of August was taken up by moving into our NEW studio space.  We are all loving the new space and owning it makes it even more special.

When we started packing boxes at the old place I felt so overwhelmed!  How am I ever going to get to unpacking?  How do people in business handle a move?  There will never be enough time to take care of all this!  I need to be out there promoting  glamjulz!!

I was having one of those moments where I felt like I had to “control” the situation because no one else would understand how things needed to be organized.  Was I ever wrong!  Wayne and Dawn took the bull by the horns.  They are the ones that spend most of their time in the studio so they needed to make it functional for them.  Absolutely amazing, I never unpacked one box!

By staying clear and allowing those two to have “control” the studio is more efficient and organized than I ever could have done myself.  Shelves are labeled, we have a proper shipping area, we have a lounge area, the showroom is perfect and the bead wall looks great!  Wayne’s even created an area where he can do all his photo shoots and video work.

Sometimes we just need to let go and let the people that support us take over!

 

 

The How’s Don’t Matter

Do you ever over-analyze EVERYTHING???? I sure do!  I think it’s what makes us the smart, intelligent, powerful women that we are!  But when is enough? Enough?

Dawn and I sat down a while ago and talked about how we were working the business and whether or not our “jobs” were in line with what we do best!  Dawn started the meeting by saying write a list! I want to see all of the things you do everyday that you don’t enjoy and then I want to see a list of what you LOVE to do!  Hmmmmm….easy enough! “Now, she said, I want you to tell me what’s stopping you from doing what you LOVE to do!”……okay you just had to make this hard didn’t you Dawn? LOL!  Wow!  What an eye opener.  I realized that most of the time I am not doing what I LOVE because I am worrying…..worrying about what? How are we going to get all these orders out? How are we going keep up with customer demands? How are we going to handle custom orders?

Dawn quickly pointed out to me that these thoughts of worry and panic and fear really had nothing to do with me at all!  She said, “Do you think I worry about HOW you are going to bring in the sales?”….”of course not, you just do it because that’s what you LOVE to do”……

Getting the orders out, making the julz, managing production…..hey that’s Dawn’s job….that’s what she LOVES to do!  BINGO!  Epiphany!! Bright light!

At the end of our meeting Dawn said, “Never worry about those cursed hows…have faith, trust and believe” that’s how things get done!  Thank you my wise friend.

New glam girls in Bruce Mines

Last week I headed out with my favourite traveling buddy, my Mom, and went to see all of my Northern Ontario customers!  Along the way Mom and I stayed in a little town outside of Sault Ste Marie called Bruce Mines.  We stayed at the Bavarian Inn, a quaint little motel right in the heart of town with beautiful Lake Huron right behind it! By the way, Mom and I attempted to take a dip while were were there and YOWZAH!! That water is colder than Lake Ontario on New Years day!  We saw our toes go from pink to blue and opted not to swim!

That night Mom and I had a lovely dinner at the Bavarian Inn, Mom had the Whitefish and I had a T-Bone Steak.  The service was fantastic and the food was mouthwatering!  This is a picture of the two women that made our evening so wonderful.  Chef on the left, waitress on the right!  I gave them each a little pearl floater for making our evening so special and they were both so grateful and appreciative.

I often think about random acts of kindness and how important it is to make people feel great.  Especially when those people go out of their way to make you feel important and well taken care of.  It could be anyone, the teller at the bank, the checkout girl at the grocery store, the girl that does your nails.  Whoever it is I think it’s important to let them know that they’ve made a difference.  How many times to you get a card in the mail? How GREAT does it make you feel if someone sends you a little thank you note?  Acknowledgment of the good in people is something I think we need more of in this world.  Not everyone has a supportive family to go home to, a loving partner or a caring friend.  These little acknowledgments can really change a person’s perception of their world.

Next time you are at a card store, just pick up a bunch of beautiful blank cards and start sending them, through the mail, to people that have a made a difference in your day.  You’ll feel WONDERFUL and so will they!

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Something New!

Not to get into all the details but about a month ago I met with my Insurance lady and decided to get coverage…..you know just in case stuff happened…..but I’m healthy, fit, feel great….chances are slim to none that anything would happen…especially not deliberately because I’ve always seen myself as more on the side of scaredy cat vs.  dare devil.

I’m not sure what changed in me….is it being over 40?….is it getting insurance and knowing that everyone will be okay if??…..you know!  No idea what brought out the girl that wanted to take a risk but it happened!  I learned how to ride a dirtbike!  Good friends of ours are motorcycle instructors and came up to the cottage…..I knew Wayne was gonna try it, but me? Really?

I was not dared to try, I was not pressured to try….I just listened, I learned and I loved it….even the major wipe out that I took!  I LOVED it all and especially enjoyed showing off my bruise with my short skirts selling jewelry the following week!

Taking risks in my business is something I do everyday!  Sometimes with my eyes closed, sometimes strategically and sometimes with apprehension!

This little lesson on the bike taught me something new, falling down is okay……it’s all about getting back up and making that ride count!  That’s what we are all here for anyway!  No one knows how to do it right, no one has the same perspective as the next guy….all we can do is try and try again….enjoy every minute of it whether we get it right or not!

Now, I’m gonna go pop a wheelie!