{ good advice }

I was at an event yesterday with 150 other colleague business members.
I love hearing others share their story because there’s always a lesson to learn.
But I pick that lesson, you see I do have one rule; I never take advice from someone that I wouldn’t trade places with!

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{ gratitude }

Buying a product 4,5 years ago that a friend recommended was an ordinary thing that turned out to be a blessing.
I got relief for stress which resulted in better days and nights. I started sharing and helping others, built a business and discovered this network marketing organisation was not like I had what heard it was like.
I am grateful for the lifestyle i have discovered, the things I have learned, the friends I have made and the people I have been able to serve. But most of all i am grateful for the fact I was able to retire my husband from his corporate 9-5 and that I get to work and live life on my terms.

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{ booktips }

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I have so many books on my kindle (fiction) and on my bossbabe bookshelf but I just can’t pick. What is a recent your fave of yours?

To relax I like to read (historical) fantasy fiction focussing on witches, vampires etc.
Educational I like easy reading books like the go getter and the energy bus.

Hit me with your top 5 💁‍♀️

{ stick to your plan }

I was asked to share a biz tip this week with a group of business colleagues and this is what I shared. Oh and it shouldn’t matter if you work in network marketing or not this can be applied in any business venture 😉

My advice was; if you’ve tried something for your business and it’s not successful, don’t quit, try something different. Always stay true to yourself but try different things until you find the perfect fit!change the goal never the plan

If you run out of ideas, ask those who’ve gone before you, in your team, crosslined or join a group of businesswomen for inspiration.

Just plse don’t quit, you were made to share your talent!

{ seasons of our life }

This photo was taken 4 years ago and everytime I look at it I am reminded we really need to do a new shoot. The smallest of the bunch is now the tallest of us all…
As the boys were growing up we used to do a shoot every year and to my disappointment 4 years ago came the moment that we just couldn’t afford it anymore.
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But here we are 4 years later and I am itching to set up a photoshoot with our family, you see a  lot can change during that time.  We have come from long-term unemployment (and for a while even both of us were unemployed) and barely making ends meet to starting a business that is now thriving and it supports our family in many ways, not only financially. But to be honest, coming from where we’ve been but financial freedom is what it has blessed us with the most.

No more stress to make ends meet, no more stretching the household account but the most important thing is NO more sleepless nights. Those who struggle financially know what this can do to your mind and your body.

Not a lot of people know we went through this over the course of  the last 4 years but I am sharing this to let you know… if you are going through this, I get you 💚!
Things can and will get better, just don’t be afraid to take a different path to change your future because you never know where it will lead you 👊

Because I am talking about financial freedom I am required by law to share the young living income disclosure (for your reference I am currently a proud platinum team leader 😊) https://static.youngliving.com/en-US/PDFS/incomedisclosurestatement_us.pdf

{ do it scared }

A big portion of my job entails public speaking; whether it be in front of a small or bigger group educating about oils, how I got into this business or how we use young living products . Depending on what I talk about, to whom and the size of the group it can be easy or a bit nerve wrecking. But I don’t let that throw me off, even the greatest speakers need to prep, calm their nerves and to be the best they can be.

This month Young Living it’s biggest event in the Netherlands to date and I was asked to share my story which of course I love doing always that hoping that our story will inspire someone to not give up no matter what.

But … that doesn’t make it easier to speak in front of 400 people or so. I prepared what i wanted to say and wrote it all out, rehearsed, oiled up and still was afraid I would forget something vital I wanted to share.

Right before it was my turn, a few of my friends spoke before me, my nerves almost got the best of me. I literally thought, after standing on stage for 30 minutes waiting until it was my turn, that I was going to faint, until I got a hold of the microphone … and my blood rushed back and it was game on for me!

Turned out that that was enough to calm my nerves and do my thing, strange how my body relaxed at that moment. Which was strange since it was quite the audience, my friends, my family (husband & mom), my team, other team members, my colleagues and Gary and Mary Young, founders of Young Living. I was so lucky to have many of my tribe there supporting me and being my cheerleaders as always.

People listened, laughed, clapped and appreciated my talk and my cheat sheet remained safely in my pocket (you can see it on the photo below) so I could not be distracted and even though I forgot some things it was ok, my presentation was imperfectly perfect.

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Again, as so many things in my life, this has shown me that even though something may be scary but it usually ends up being something great and if you can do something even though it scares you you can do anything.  My mantra:

do it scared

And until next time I will focus on methods to calm myself before I speak, finetune my presentation skills because I will do this again, scared or not, I will!

VERTALING NEDERLANDS:

Een groot deel van mijn werk is spreken in het openbaar, dit kan voor een grote groep mensen zijn of kleinere groepen. Vaak ben ik aan het uitleggen hoe je etherische oliën kunt toepassen, waarom ik ben gestart als zakelijk distributeur of welke producten wij in ons gezin gebruiken. Afhankelijk van waar ik over vertel, aan wie en hoe groot de groep is kan dit soms wat van mijn zenuwen uit balans brengen. Maar ik laat me daardoor niet weerhouden, zelfs de grootste sprekers bereiden zich voor, moeten hun zenuwen de onder controle krijgen om een goede presentatie te houden.

Deze maand organiseerde Young Living hun grootste event, tot op heden, in Nederland en ik was gevraagd om ons verhaal te delen. Dit vind ik altijd leuk om te doen, ik hoop altijd dat ons verhaal iemand inspireert om niet op te geven en door te blijven gaan om hun dromen te realiseren.

Maar … dat neemt niet weg dat het best wat is om voor ongeveer 400 mensen te moeten staan. Ik had een korte presentatie voorbereid, alles wat ik wilde vertellen had ik uitgeschreven, geoefend, ingeolied  maar ik was best onzeker of ik het wel allemaal zou onthouden en niet iets belangrijks dat ik echt wilde delen zou vergeten.

Net voordat ik aan de beurt was, een aantal van mijn vriendinnen waren voor mij aan de beurt, werden de zenuwen echt wel een dingetje. Geloof me als je 30 minuten staat te wachten op een podium tot je aan de beurt bent gaat je lichaam echt tegen je werken en ik dacht letterlijk dat ik flauw ging vallen! Tot ik de microfoon in mijn handen kreeg … en het bloed weer terugkeerde en kon ik mijn ding kon doen!

{ filmpje }

Het bleek dat dat voldoende was om mijn zenuwen de baas te blijven en was ik weer mezelf, mooi hoe mijn lichaam zich letterlijk ontspande. En dat is best bijzonder want het was een behoorlijk publiek, mijn vrienden, mijn familie (man en moeder), mijn team, andere team members, mijn collega’s en Gary and Mary Young, de grondleggers & eigenaren van Young Living. Ik voelde me bevoorrecht om zoveel van mijn tribe daar te hebben om me te steunen en mijn cheerleaders te zijn zoals altijd.

Er werd geluisterd, gelachen, geklapt en ik voelde dat mijn verhaal werd gewaardeerd en gehoord en mijn spiekbriefje bleef in mijn broekzak (die zie je zelfs op de foto) zodat ik niet afgeleid kon worden en ook al vergat ik hier en daar iets het was ok, mijn presentatie was niet perfect maar perfect genoeg.

En wederom, zoals zoveel dingen in mijn leven, ook al is iets eng kan het zo’n geweldige ervaring zijn en als je je angsten kan overwinnen en het toch doen kun je alles. Mijn mantra

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En tot de volgende keer dat ik weer gevraagd word om te spreken zal ik mijn focussen op mijn presentatie skills, technieken leren zodat ik mijzelf kan kalmeren voor ik ga spreken. Want ik ga dit zeker weer doen, bang of niet, ik ga ervoor!

{ working from home }

I love working from home, it does come with a few challenges, but seriously it was the best decision I ever made. Friends, family and potential team members often ask me how I do it, what it’s like and I give my Oiled by Nature team (made up of mainly moms) insights and coach them to make the most of their working at home experience.

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Since I love watching others succeed at their business I have decided to share a little bit of my life as a work from home mom through Facebook. To share the good, the bad and the downright nitty gritty how to survive as a Ladyboss with all the guilt and all the glory!

If you would like to know more about working from home, starting your own business, or sharpening your WAHM skills follow me through my Facebook page Dutch Bossbabe.

 

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