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Hello, FanTABulous Women!!

Just wanted to let you know that my website has been updated and redesigned and I have a lot of blog posts over there that you might like.

Go check it out!

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Happy Valentine’s Day (and tea party report)

My Valentine’s Day Potluck Tea Party was a blast!

I hadn’t thrown a full-blown tea party since February 2009 so it was a treat for me to plan and host this year!

I had my house all decked out…

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Asian teas.

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Fairy tale/princess table.

 

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My tea-cup collection for them to choose from.
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The peach tree even bloomed for the occasion!

…my mom gave a little “tea-torial” (I made that word up!)…

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…the spread of food was incredible…

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Check out my loaded plate!

…the ladies were happy and festive…

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Tiaras are highly encouraged.

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Isn’t she elegant??

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Hats are encouraged, too.

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Prizes for festive food and attire!

…and my make-shift photo booth was a hit.

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Me and my mama!

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My sister-in-law knows how to “bring it.”

 

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My mom, hamming it up!

It was a delightful day and I am blessed to be surrounded by so many FanTABulous Women!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Create your Vision Affirmation Statement

New Year’s resolutions, goals, a word or phrase…there are many options for the how to enter the new year with purpose and clarity. This one has to do with affirming what you want for 2014.

This is an exercise I did as part of a “The Story of Your Life Vision Board” class and I thought it might be useful to anyone looking for an affirmation of their vision for the coming year.

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Vision affirmations are all about stating it as though it is currently true and if you’re not use to affirmations, it may feel awkward at first, but you may grow to like.

So grab a pen and paper and get started!

Vision Affirmation Exercise

Exercise: {write down}

(1) What words describe the kind of life you want?

(2) What do you want people to say about you?

(3) What do you want more of in your life?

(4) What do you offer the people in your circle of influence?

My example:
(1) Peaceful, creative
(2) She was a teacher, she blazed trails
(3) Love, joy, authenticity
(4) inspiration, opportunities to connect

Now, like Mad Libs, use the above to fill in the blanks and draft your Vision Affirmation statement.

I am living a (1) ____ life that allows me to (2) ____. I am attracting more (3) ____ into my own life while bringing (4) ____ to the people around me.

My example: I am living a peaceful and creative life that allows me to blaze trails and teach others by my own experiences. I am attracting more love, joy and authenticity into my own life while bringing inspiration and opportunities for connection to the people around me.

You try it!

Of course you can go back to tweak your answers and give your affirmation better flow and meaning. Have fun with it until it sounds like something you can really believe in.

What do you DO with your Vision Affirmation statement?

  • Print copies to put in places where you can read your affirmation when you need it.
  • Use it to guide your decisions about what to say “yes” and “no” to.
  • Share it with loved one who will help you bring your vision to life.
  • Use it to help you create a Vision Board. Take the words, phrases and word pictures you used and find images to go with them and create a board that serves as a visual reminder of your vision.

Stay tuned! Tomorrow’s post shows you HOW to create your vision board based–and I’ll show you mine!

Do you have other ideas for what to do with your Vision Affirmation Statement?

I hope this helps you!

Do me a favor and let me know if you try it?

Leave a comment or hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page to share.

Happy New Year and I wish you all the best in 2014!

Want to contribute to my book?

During my Birthday Brainstorming session, my tribe and I concluded that it’s time for me to get published! But…

I want to publish YOUR story! 

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My stories can wait. I want to get YOU published in a FanTABulous Women compilation book! I’m thinking of short stories of about 500 words, submitted by you and edited and curated by me. Let ME get YOU published!

I’m not sure if the book will have one central theme with many different stories that fit the theme…or if the stories will have several themes that emerge as YOU submit them. I believe that will become clear as I begin to collect them–like something of a patchwork quilt.

Let’s get started! 

For now, I’ll be collecting your stories (and eventually a short bio and possibly a picture, too) and see where it goes. Of course I’ll keep you in the loop as the project evolves. I’d like to feature CEOs, stay-at-home moms, grandmas, 20-somethings…anyone with a story to tell and a willingness to “put yourself out there.” Submission guidelines and such will also be a work in progress.

I know some of you have a story in your heart, just waiting to be set free! Some of you may have dozens of stories! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Suggestions:

  • overcoming a challenge
  • getting a new perspective
  • story of a faith journey
  • a funny story of virtually any topic!
  • lessons in motherhood (step mom issues, pregnancy loss, learning to let go, etc.)
  • secrets to business success
  • life taking an unexpected turn
  • lessons in love
  • dealing with loss
  • finding joy
  • so many others!

So! Wanna get published?

Want to be a part of a collaborative effort that results in a digital and hard copy of a beautiful book that you can give to your friends, family and colleagues?

Get on the mailing list! Don’t worry, I will only contact you with pertinent information, deadlines and updates. And the first step doesn’t obligate you to ANYthing. Yes, eventually there will be waivers and such but for now, I just need to know who is interested.

Know someone who might be a good fit for this project, too? Feel free to send them the link to the Book Project Page or share this post on your social media sites.

Expect an email at the first of the year to launch this very special project!

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Announcing some new partnerships

I am celebrating my two-year anniversary with Mary Kay AND my one-year anniversary with “Let Me Rephrase That” this month and VERY excited about what’s to come in 2014!

Changes are in store!

I am now thrilled to be working with three amazing and inspiring female business owners:

:: editor and ghost writer for Linda Stanfield of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing (based in the Phoenix east valley)

:: Content Strategist for Jasmine Holmes of 910 West (a marketing firm based in Gilbert, AZ)

:: Project Manager for Shari Braendel of Fashion Meets Faith (based in Charlotte, NC and pictured with me and my mom, below).

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Supporting these women behind the scenes (and occasionally in front of, too!) is truly a dream come true and fulfills the mission I had when I began this journey two years ago!

You’ll be hearing more about it in the months to come and you’ll see me streamlining my offerings and services so that I can focus more on them and their needs. It’s going to be exciting!, and YOU will benefit, too! 

I’m back!

I unofficially extended my Tabbatical into September but I’m slowly coming back, albeit in a more focused way.

I got myself a brand new website for my Let Me Rephrase That writing business, too! I’m having a lot of fun geting that going.

My youngest in now in preschool and my oldest is now in football so life got even busier. It’s a good thing I’d decided to re-prioritize and regroup or I’d have been in WAY over my head.

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Even now, I am trying to be strategic and focused with ALL of my activities, including FanTABulous Women.

I want to produce quality content and useful offerings to best serve you.

As a people pleaser and “yes woman,” it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed and stretched too thin. I know I cannot serve you well if I am stressed because I’m trying to do too much!

So, be on the lookout for more of a focus on color, image and marketing for professionals. You’ll see more from the writing side of what I do, too, which I hope will help you.

Please let me know what I can do for you and I hope you’ll connect with me in real life!

 

The #1 Secret to How I Built a Business I Love In Two Years

Two years ago, I came home to the east valley of Phoenix when our little family packed up and moved into my parents’ neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona.

When we relocated, our mortgage payment increased along with our our living expenses. Our sons were ages two and five and quite independent.

My husband affirmed what I had been thinking: It was time for me to find a job.

I had been “working” from home since my first son was six months old, but mostly dabbling in various direct sales companies and even running an Etsy shop for a couple of years.

It was time to get real.

But…I didn’t want to get a “real job” in an office or in a retail store. Having one son still at home during the day, I determined in my heart to become a work-at-home mom. I wanted to create a small business all my own and work from home so I could earn money to help our family while also parenting our sons, managing our home and volunteering within the community…and enjoy every aspect of it.

So I set out to build a business for myself. Boy, oh boy, has it been a journey! 

I am being absolutely vulnerable and authentic when I tell you that only in the last two months or so have I moved past being a “hobbyist” to actually turning a profit.

But I did it all in two years and with virtually zero capital (along with a very supportive and understanding husband by my side and a LOT of help from my parents, friends, extended family and cohorts).

In a way, I wish I had started sooner or could have sped up the process…but looking back, each obstacle, phase and success was another perfectly timed and vitally important step of my journey. I can honestly say that I have no regrets. 

Whether you think building a profitable home-based small business from scratch in two years is impressive or pathetic, if you’re still reading, I bet you’re wondering how I did it.

What’s the secret, you ask? I can summarize it in one word: networking.

 

Anyone who works as their own boss or works on commission knows about the power of networking.

There is a lot of power in the use of marketing and sales strategies, social media, honing your skills, personal development and the myriad of other areas of growth for a young small business—but networking is the one that fuels and propels them all.

See these business cards? They are just a small sampling of the cards I amassed over the last two years.

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I didn’t, however, merely go from meeting to meeting collecting cards! These cards represent hundreds of connections, contacts and resources shared. Many of these cards belong to people that I now call “friend!”

In my opinion, networking is a key component of any small business’s success. It took me two years to build my network to the point that it buoyed a profitable small business.

 

Yes, I’ll be writing more about this topic in the weeks to come and revealing the actual secrets to effective networking. I have a lot to say on this topic! Stay tuned!

What about you? Are you a master networker, a newbie or something in between? What do you want to know?

 

I’m featured in Go Gilbert! magazine!

Now, THIS is something you don’t see every day…ME in a magazine spread!

I am featured in the current issue of Go Gilbert! magazine about working moms in Gilbert, Arizona.

For those of you who don’t know, I am an active (and outspoken) member of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber gave Go Gilbert! my name for this article and I am so grateful for the opportunity! It was a blast to fill out the questionaire and to go to Scottsdale for my photoshoot.

I am thrilled with how it turned out and feel honored to share the pages with the other amazing local working mothers!

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The online version is HERE. And while you go look, tell me…is it just me, or does the pink font they used look an awful lot like my blog…??

There are lots of other great things to check out in the magazine, too, especially if you’re in the Phoenix east valley. Yes, I will also have hard copies available to autograph soon. For my parents.

Ready for the behind-the-scenes story?

I love coordinating my outfits on any given day but when I had the chance to go to a photoshoot, I paid EXTRA attention!

Dress: $16 from Ross (the print was called Tea Room, which is perfect because I love tea!)
Jacket: $30-something from JCPenney (it looks like a blazer but is soft and VERY comfortable–perfect!)
Shoes: Old heels from who-knows-where
Faux tan (and digitally re-touched–yes, I agreed to let him touch up the moles on my face and smooth my legs but he probably did more than that…and Spanx don’t hurt, either)
Bracelet: $60-something from Brighton, borrowed from my mom

Little-known fact: I took “modeling classes” at the age of about 13. Yes, we learned how to walk a catwalk, pose for pictures, apply makeup for both color and black and white photographs and a lot more that I still draw upon to this day. Am I photogenic? Maybe, but I also have a lot of practice!

Here’s the best part. I was number five to be photographed and the photographer showed me the pictures from the gals that had already had their turn so we could choose some new poses.

I went back to a conversation my mom and I had had the day before as I modeled my outfit options.

“Ooo, Mom! Remember this from the 80s Glamour Shots?” and I tossed my jacket over my shoulder with one finger and gave her a lethal stare.

“I kinda like it,” she said and we laughed.

“I could try the jacket-tossed-over-the-shoulder look,” I suggested to the photographer.

“Let’s see how it looks,” he said.

We did a few different angles and a few over each shoulder, modifying my feet and arms a few times and five minutes later, we were sitting at his computer, choosing our favorite.

“Wait until my mom hears about THIS!” I cackled all the way home.

Just when you think those modeling classes will never come in handy…

Oops, I Did It Again

Did WHAT again, you ask?

I started a new blog.

That’s not all.

I actually purchased the domain name, too.

I was shocked that no one had snagged it yet! I know my fellow domain purchasing addicts can relate.

I am now the proud owner of…

…drum roll please…

CraftYourStyle.com!!

Crafting? Style?? My two favorite things?!?! COMBINED?!?!

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Well, the truth is, my three favorite things are crafting, style and chocolate but Craft Your Style While Eating Chocolate is a tad unwieldy. 

Anyway, I’m smiling ear to ear tonight as I’m nearly falling out of my desk chair at 12:43am. It’s not just a new blog, of course.

It’s another step toward MY big dream.

Here is what YOU need to know.

I have a LOT of big dreams for FanTABulous Women and for this blog in particular. Maybe not even dreams but a VISION. This was never meant to be my space–it’s supposed to be YOUR space. I’m just getting it going for you.

I want to bring a LOT more women onto my team. Coaches, moms, designers, stylists, consultants, wellness experts…anyone who wants to share their gifts and their wisdom with other women.

I want FanTABulous Women to be a place where women in the Phoenix valley can ban together and combine their passions to help women live a more FanTABulous life!

You know what I’d love? If I could use this space to help women connect and grow…and I could hole up in my craft room, working on Craft Your Style.

This is just the beginning of a lot of fun adventures for ALL of us!

Stay tuned…and hop on over to take a sneak peek!

Craft Your Style blog.

My Easter Ensemble

My Easter ensemble was a dazzler, eh??

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I served on the “First Impressions” team at church for the first time and they’d just gotten these spiffy vests for anyone serving on campus. That me and my new bud, Chuck, greeting near the main parking lot.

I honestly didn’t mind it. After all, neon is totally on-trend right now!

When are you asked to be a little less fashionable than you’d prefer?

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