You know when you get that feeling.. Something bad is going to happen..

11 months ago when I had to make a tough decision and walk away from a company that I really did truly love when I started.. It was because of what was happening around me, and because my inner voice was telling me this is going to blow up and blow up big and I want no part of it.. I love the Industry of Direct Sales.. Just as I Love Real Estate,  you find another home you just don’t quit when a company doesn’t fit you…. Those that know me in Real Estate know that change doesn’t scare me.. What was scary in Direct Sales and leaving Visalus was I had to walk away from a team I loved .. I was making good money.. Most of my working team members were making money.. Money each and every one of us needed for our families..  but for me it wasn’t worth my sleep, conscience and integrity.. now I am not saying that those that stayed even though they saw the dogs being enrolled, the fake orders and all the hype.. They truly just don’t see it being a wrong thing to do.. To me it was so wrong and just as I would have walked away from that “Wrong” deal in Real Estate.. I walked away from Visalus.. Now, Financially it hurt.. We had to sell our TOYS.. (RV, MotorCycles) we had for years, to put money back in our household to keep a roof over our head.. I had days when I was like.. I should have just stayed.. maybe my little voice was over reacting.. But todays video shows that is not the case..

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And yes I read all 60 pages.. I sat here and read the same stories that were happening to me and I have never talked to these people.. it makes me think.. How many others are out there…I don’t know.. It does sadden me.. but then as the Pastor at my Church said this weekend.. What doesn’t break you.. Strengthens you.. That your setback was to position you for your comeback.. You learn along the way.. I know that I have a lot to offer this industry.. The Truthful side..  If you are thinking about the industry of direct sales.. don’t let this scare you away from it.. do your research and pick the company based on the people you can trust.. get to know them.. ask questions and chose the Who.. not the what.. Put your Heart and Soul into it.. Stay True and lead with Integrity.. and just don’t quit.. You will find success..

I am glad I listened to my inner voice.. but at the same time I am sad for all the people I love,who are still at Visalus.. Keeping everyone in my prayers.. Be Blessed ❤

Ever wondered what Onyx is?

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THE GEMSTONE ONYX

Onyx is a gemstone whose description can have several connotations. Its most accepted gemstone definition describes a solid black Chalcedony, or a banded or layered black and white Chalcedony. The term Onyx is occasionally used to described any engraved stone with a solid color base, or it may describe any banded gemstone with parallel banding. In its solid black form, Onyx is the most traditional black gemstone.

Chemical Formula SiO2
Color White, Black, Banded
Hardness 7
Crystal System Hexagonal
Refractive Index 1.54 – 1.55
SG 2.63 – 2.65
Transparency Translucent to opaque
Double Refraction .009
Luster Vitreous
Cleavage Indiscernible
Mineral Class Quartz (Chalcedony)
Onyx is an ancient gemstone, having been used in jewelry and as an ornamental gemstone for carvings since antiquity. Onyx has traditionally been one of the most important engraving and cameo gemstones, where its most common form was a black base with a white upper layer. Although still used a minor gemstone today, the significance and value of Onyx has been diminished as compared to ancient times.When Onyx is banded black and white, it can be jointly classified as both Agate and Onyx. However, many require Onyx to have banding in roughly parallel lines, whereas other forms of Agate can have wavy or concentric forms of banding.
Onyx is usually cut into cabochons and beads, where it is mostly used in bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. It is also an important cameo and intaglio stone, and carvings and small statues have also been cut from it.
VARIETIES
FALSE NAMES
Limestone Onyx, Mexican Onyx, or Onyx Marble – Travertine or Tufa that exhibits color banding from layer deposition. This material can be polished and dyed and used as an ornamental stone.
Green Onyx – Often refers to Chalcedony dyed a deep green color; may also refer to Agate banded light green and white. Sometimes also incorrectly used to describe green Onyx Marble (above).
Onyx Opal – Banded, dark colored Opal.
Rhodochrosite Onyx – Banded variety of Rhodochrosite (Rosinca).
Sources of Onyx include India, Brazil, and Uruguay.
SIMILAR GEMSTONES
Black Onyx can be similar to Black Diamond, though it is much softer and less lustrous. It is much harder than Jet. Black Onyx lacks the metallic luster of Hematite, but it can be very difficult to distinguish from Melanite Garnet and Schorl Tourmaline.

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Jack of All Trades, Master of None..

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We have all heard this “Jack of All Trades, Master of None”  but what does that really mean in your life.. I sit here shaking my head as I have seen so many people jump from one trade in the same field to another.. and the only reason is the last trade wasn’t easy enough.. Or they were not finding the success or income if you may at the previous field.. I am going to use a harsh but true example.. In the real estate industry I am a Broker that does sales.. buyers and sellers and it is what I always did.. Did the rug get pulled out from under me.. Yes it did as it did with so many others.. Did I add another stream of income.. Absolutely.. something I could do while I was pushing through the economic downturn in the housing market.. What I didn’t do is switch it up in the Real Estate Industry.. I know what I do, and I do it well.. I pushed through.. I didn’t switch to lending, appraising, underwriting.. it’s not what I do.. I did get into networking.. Which in turn brought me clients on the real estate side.. In the bigger picture.. it really is the same skill.. Meet potential clients, put them in “Funnel”  Add heartfelt value to them as you can, and one day they will refer you, hire you or join you ❤

I sit here and see people that post all over social media about how their lives suck, yet one day they are going one direction and the next they are the exact opposite direction.. It’s like a carnival ride.. Find a Path and stay the course.. Tyler Perry did a Video last year that really stuck with me..

Now that being said.. I did make some changes on my path 7 months ago.. Although I didn’t change my beliefs, or my industries.. I partnered with different people.. doing the same thing I am good at..  People make a huge difference in your success as far as keeping you motivated to do what you do every day.. You have to love where you are to do what you do successfully.. you also have to be committed to the work that is involved..

Decide what you truly want.. Be a scholar of that industry.. there is more to a TITLE then a name tag.. get the knowledge that you need to be credible at what it is you want to become and stay with that course..  Lead by example.. Treat others how you would want to be treated and Love and Trust in GOD.. That is my secret to SUCCESS.

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If you would like more information on Networking or Real Estate.. Fill out the form below.. I would love to talk with you..

Busy and Blessed

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There are many companies you can align yourself with, they all have a product, the biggest difference is who you chose to partner with and what you put into your business as far as effort and time. I chose to go to Nutrie because I knew I was partnering with a great group of leaders in a company built without hype. Has being in a start up company been tough? Yep it has, but that doesn’t scare me. The reasons I came to Nutrie are still the reasons I am with Nutrie. Many have jumped to other companies already but I am here for the long haul and I am blessed by those that have chose to Run with me.

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I had a pastor tonight make a reference of Divine meetings coming into his life and he felt him meeting with My business partner and myself was a divine meeting, put in his path by God and I could so relate because I felt the same way when I saw someone I respected make the choice to go to Nutrie, I knew I had to go. I felt it was an answer to my prayers. I have no regrets. I love this company and the people involved. It just feels right. So one meeting at a time, whether it is face to face, in a group or over the phone, in between showing homes, taking listings and negotiating deals, being a mom, a taxi driver (for my kids) and a wife, I will make the time and I will build this team. Who is ready to build with me ❤ I am not “busy and stressed.” I am busy and BLESSED”

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Top 100 Inspirational Quotes

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1) Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill

2) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs

3) Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost

4) If you can dream it, you can do it. –Walt Disney

5) I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

6) Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth

7) Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon

8) Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

9) Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –John Maxwell

10) The mind is everything. What you think you become. –Buddha

11) An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates

12) Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. –Napoleon Hill

13) I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

14) Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso

15) You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus

16) I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou

17) Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

18) Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford

19) The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain

20) Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21) The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra

22) Inspiration exists, but it must find you working. –Pablo Picasso

23) If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh

24) There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

25) Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. –Henry Ford

26) The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

27) Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau

28) When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck

29) Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” – Brian Tracy

30) Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

31) Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair

32) Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. –Christopher Reeve

33) Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe

34) When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

35) Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb

36) When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller

37) Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucious

38) How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank

39) When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu

40) The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will. –Vince Lombardi

41) Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama

42) The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. –Arthur C. Clarke

43) First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle

44) If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb

45) You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown

46) Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. –Vincent Van Gogh

47) Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown

48) Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine

49) The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. –Walt Disney

50) Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

51) Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. –Jim Morrison

52) I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin

53) In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby

54) A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

55) The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb

56) There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach

57) It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot

58) You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey

59) I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh

60) A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

61) It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. –Ann Landers

62) If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren

63) Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray

64) Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. –Frank Zappa

65) Education costs money. But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser

66) Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

67) It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius

68) Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

69) Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama

70) You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou

71) Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan

72) Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.

73) Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt

74) The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

75) Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem

76) It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison

77) You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills

78) Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt

79) Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses

80) The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand

81) When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford

82) It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln

83) Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent Peale

84) Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin

85) Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn

86) The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs

87) If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

88) Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein

89) You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

90) Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone

91) We become what we think about. –Earl Nightingale

92) If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins

93) The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb

94) Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen

95) Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi

96) We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato

97) Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt

98) I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci

99) People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig Ziglar

100) What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan

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Which one best describes you?

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Entrepreneurs take full ownership/responsibility for their business
Employees won’t take ownership but wants to have a business

Entrepreneurs have a vision and create their own path
Employees listen to and follow the crowd

Entrepreneurs take immediate action
Employees procrastinate due to fear

Entrepreneurs are not scared of mistakes
Employees always worry about what people think

Entrepreneurs have the ability to sell and understand the importance of sales.
Employees don’t like sales and/or have the wrong impression of it.

Entrepreneurs are self-motivated
Employees always need someone to get them going

Entrepreneurs have resources and are creative
Employees have limited resources and cannot see outside the box

Entrepreneurs have problems but are solution oriented
Employees have problems but they focus on them

Definitely something to think about.. If you are the Entrepreneurial type then I need to speak with you.

Call me,

Kathy
209-652-2257

Taking a Negative and Making it a Positive..

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I came a crossed this video on my Facebook feed this morning and it really made me think.. As a Child growing up I did not have the childhood experiences that most have.. but it is something I never talk about.. It has always amazed me when I hear people blaming their past for their present.. it actually quietly infuriates me.. Why, Because at a very young age I realized with what I credit God for, showing me that “I can be the change I want to see in my life..” I can break the cycle, the circle, what ever the Buzz word in Psychology today is.. I was about 11 years old.. From the moment  I had that message delivered to me in a spiritual way as I sit in the corner of my bedroom crying in fear I knew “I had to be the Change” The message that came to me in a bright light was just what Aurora said in this video..”Take the negatives and make them positive” “You don’t have to have this life”

As I look back and think of how things have evolved it takes a lot to just really think about what could have been..Those memories are buried deep within and I just don’t like to think about it.. but when I think of the other possible outcome and I have a vivid picture of what could have been and I will explain that later.. It is a sad reminder that all though over the past few years things changed directions on me, Economy driven mostly.. I sit here almost angry that I am not where I wanted to be.. but I need to remember how far I have come.. and embrace that.. Even in this economic downturn there is a positive.. I am meeting new people whom I already adore.. I am learning new things and this path very well could take us to a whole new level that could never have happened without this change.. Take the Negatives and Make them Positives..

Now for the people out there that are wondering about, Was it really that bad.. Think of it this way.. I have one sister whom I was raised with.. She is 15 months older.. She had her first child at 15, Was in Prostitution by the age of 18. Dropped of school at 15, Drugs, 2 more kids that she never raised as the state took them from her..spent most of her adult life in jail and prison and now she is on permanent disability living on merely Govt. help.. Choices.. The only difference.. I chose a different path..And believe me when I say that for years I tried to pull her up with me..she just had no desire to be better..  As far as my mother whom no matter what ” she did the best she could “. She found the love of her life on marriage # 14.. You got to hand it to her for never giving up.. It was not what she did that caused so much damage to us girls.. It was what she allowed the men she was with to do to her girls that caused the damage..

All I can say to the people out there that might be struggling.. Fight through it and be the example of change.. Only you can make that difference.. thank you Aurora for making me remember.. and giving me the courage to at least tell part of my story.. As this is more than I have ever told.. You are my blessing today..

God Bless