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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I'm on vacation this week!  What I love about blogging is I can schedule this post and not break my chain.  Here is a very appropriate article I'd like to share with you from The Success Factory.  I will be using this as part of my addition to the ABC's of CTMH Class at convention.  My letter is "B" for "balance"

Vacations.....But I just want to get away from it all and not even THINK about my  business for one entire week…isn't THAT OK?

So…you want to just get away from it all for a  week or two and NOT think about your home business. You really just  need a clean break to relax, refresh and rejuvenate…is that  allowed?

We love our businesses so much we think about  them all the time. The fact that we work from home only makes it that much  harder to `go home from work' so-to-speak. EVERYONE needs a break and it is  important that you take one once in a while. So, what are some strategies to use  to really get away from it all?

Communication is key - let your team and your customers  know that you will be away from your office by an automated email and voice mail  message.  Be careful not to be too specific though, for security's sake.

Consider running a sales or recruiting contest to your  team while you are away - that will help keep your team sales statistics up  while you are gone.

Run a special phone sale for customers while you are  gone so that you have orders to place when you return.

Double up on your sales and recruiting activity for the  days in the month that you will be working in order to keep your goals in place.  For example - if your goal is 8 parties a month and you will be gone for two  weeks in July, you will need to do 4 parties a week when you are in town vs. 2  parties a week throughout the month. Make sense?

Share with your team what you are doing - it is  important to role model responsible business behavior to them.

If you are seriously getting away (and we DO recommend  that you afford yourself this luxury at least once a year) DON'T bring your  laptop or Blackberry on vacation and don't check voice mail.

Consider building in an extra day when you get home.  Plan your vacation so that you return one day before consultants or  customers are expecting you. The same can hold true for returning to your office  after being away at convention. One extra day to regroup with your family and  your laundry is an important gift to give yourself.

Do what you LOVE while you are on vacation and be 100%  present. That way, you will truly come back ready to get back to  business!

Shout-Outs for my 1st Downline:
This week I'd like to recognize the team members celebrating 5 years with CTMH!  You are the generation who have always submitted orders online, used My Acrylix clear stamps and the How-To Programs.  Had the CTMH  website and bulletin boards.  I envy how much Faster, Simpler and Easier running a CTMH business has been for you!  Congratulations to you all!

Tracey Raczkowski
Serena Sweeney
Samantha Thomas
Rei Spickelmier
Phyllis Wagner
Pamala van der Veldt
Michele Kuelling
Mary Browning
Lisa Bzibziak
Linda Powell
Laura Kowalski
Laura Bruni
Krista Lana
Jennifer Wisher
Jayne Martin
Jackie Cole
Emily Roper
Denise Georger
Dana Weckel
Courtney Bronzo
Catherine Horton
Annemarie Luca
Amy Davis
Amy Benson

Team News: 
The Oregon Team meeting will be held on Saturday July 30th in Salem, OR.  Watch your email for details.  There will be TONS of news to share from convention!!!

Once again:  Convention Attendees, don't forget to wear something PURPLE on Thursday!!! I can't wait to see you there!!!!

Creative Corner:

I went crazy over this unique way to use our cleat cards shared at the Washington Team Meeting!  It's a basket made from a round scalloped clear card.  The clear card is embossed using the Cuttlebug swirl die then shaped into a cone and secured with 4 brads and a ribbon handle.  So CUTE and clever!!

Quote of the Week:

"Until you commit your goals to paper, you have intentions that are seeds without soil."
Author Unknown

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