Down to Size

It’s About Living Better is where I started trying to deal with no work, or different work, or a different lifestyle, or how do I explain it?

It was a regular thing to hear a few years ago… and maybe now.  “Our company is down-sizing and you are now out of work”.  Or a few sentences similar.  Everyone I knew professionally, was in the process of regrouping.  Either they were looking for a new position, or adjusting to a new position that allowed them to continue working, or making a decision to improve their odds of remaining with the current company.

I tried a few things, researched many more and made a few starts.

Finally, I’m here.  Working. “Semi Retired” is my description to my friends.

I am among the fortunate.  I live in a small rural area where connections are still made at lunch or walking down the street. No interview required, just an agreement and bam!

I absolutely love working now.  Probably better than I have for years.   My work is tailored to the company’s needs, and my schedule at home.  I give them my all. They receive way more than the agreement pays for because I care about them-and they, about me.

I work for someone who cares more about the people than any workplace I’ve ever been in.  Because of that, the workers are loyal, the work is well-done and everyone is engaged.   It’s not perfect for everyone.  And, it’s not perfect for them. But a consistent, caring company giving consistent, caring service, as a means for earning, is the goal.

There will always be those who take advantage of this atmosphere.  Supervising the milliniels hired into this workplace requires much patience and a steady head.  However, the loafers will eventually weed themselves out. This is the company that you join when you know you are good at what you do, enjoy working with others and want to earn your own way.

I should send my former company a thank-you.  Without that down-sizing, I may never have found this peaceful, caring and engaged company.

I wish this for you.

Time for a New Project

We are officially remodeling.

Last summer, we worked diligently on the yard. I hired my girlfriends to come “help”.

For me, that meant I get to take baby steps into this new world.

1. I don’t have to dig.

2. I don’t have to plant.

3. I will water.

4. I will shop for plants and other fun stuff.

5. I will still be organizing the world around me. (control freak).

6. I will pay money to NOT dig and plant.

Ha! I enjoy sitting outdoors looking at “our” hard work. When I drive up the driveway, I am pleased and proud that “we” did all that hot work!

 

Fast forward 4 months. Here we are in January, starting a new project. No girlfriends. Just us.  You can pray for us, if you are so inclined.

So step one was to get Ronnie to commit to the project.

Wow! I can’t tell you how many objections I had to overcome.  I know that objections are just requests for more information, so I tried to use my best marketing techniques to answer his questions and sell him on the idea.

It must have worked, because three months after I began the campaign, he showed up for the appointment with our new friend Gail at Lowe’s.   She’s a magician, let me tell you!  We know we are over our head when you talk about construction.

The new project:

The front bathroom. The one our visitors see.  Our home is around 30 years old, and it needed to be redone.  We didn’t want to spend a lot, just enough to update it for selling purposes, in case we decide to downsize.

We decided to use a GC (General Contractor) to install a simple walk in shower and hardware and replace the vanity and countertop.  We were pleased that Gail came by first to take a peek and take some general measurements. Then, she brought the GC by and took even more measurements.

We spent a lot of time talking about what I thought it should look like when it’s done, the colors, textures and any changes we might consider.  I really felt like they listened well, and didn’t try to sell us on anything extravagant. The budget was always at the top of mind.

I’ve always loved the furniture vanities popular in some custom homes, so it was decided that I would be in charge of acquiring that piece of furniture and finishing it to match.

Gail found the most beautiful granite top, called Chaldonea, so the race is on!

I searched all the online garage sales and used a couple of apps to locate the perfect piece.  A beautiful maple Bassett Buffet.   IMG_4775

Today, I find we are starting in 6 days!  I ran to my favorite “paint” store and quickly got directions from Melanie at Sisters Restored, in our cute little downtown .  Picked up a few supplies and off we go!

Step one:   WASH the buffet.  Really, that’s what she said.  With Dawn.    That was too easy.

Step two:  Ronnie will repair the one drawer that has a loose groove.   GLUE.

Step three:  Let it dry.   I got this!

Step four : Paint.  We are using Annie Sloan Graphite… recommended by Melanie.

vanity

 

Here we go.  The buffet was a bit more narrow than the previous cabinet, so we have a little work to do.  A panel for each side, painted to match, will take care of the fit.  All in all, we are happy with the look.  Now to find cute little ways to disquise the makeup, lol.   I do enjoy cosmetics, so we need a place to keep them organized.  Stay tuned!

 

A Return

Regardless of your definition of success, one thing is true: It’s up to you!

I happen to believe in goal setting and goal achieving.  I also happen to believe in baby steps that grow with maturity.

It’s time to build a team.  I’m not so interested in personal shoppers (although, if that’s all you want, I can provide you with that opportunity) but my interest is in real entreprenuers who choose to work with the iconic Avon brand.

Now, Avon has gone through a ton of changes… each for a specific reason and to address a specific issue… all with the purpose of increasing Representative earnings (and therefore, their own).  So, although some of the changes are not perfect or even likeable… I have seen their value and figure I can work around it.  Can you?

Name one company that has done more for women?  One company that has rewarded more women for their efforts?  Name one company who has kept the same business model for over 100 years in Direct Marketing?  Just one!

So, if Avon is not for you… great! Don’t sign up, because I care about the ones who want to be successful and either earn or save money for themselves and their family.

Key to Success

For more information about the upcoming East Texas July 1 Registration Day… call ME! Let’s see if you can use Avon for yourself and your family.  Contact me before you sign up… you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!

I’m returning to the “one that brung me”… so grandma would say.  My team, customers who depended on me for consistency, knowledge and recommendations, and the business partners who influenced my path.  It’s time to reactivate the team Sunshines! Ready?   Join my FB group and let’s just see if you fit!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/michellessunshines/