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My Joyful Team

Want to know why I love my job?

How cool is that that not only have I found a company whose products belong in every home and can change the world , but I can also run my business my way! And my way is to work joyfully.

Of course it’s more fun to work joyfully, but it’s not just fun, it works better! Think of what your face looks like when you’re worried. Did you know that same scrunching happens inside your brain? Now think of your face when you’re joyful and excited. That’s happening inside your brain too! We have way more access to creative ideas and finding the best solution when we work joyfully!

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So how do I lead my team of world changers?

I will never push you to get out of your comfort zone. We will expand your comfort zone.

I will never tell you to do something you don’t want to do. We will connect with your internal motivation and find a different way to get to where you want to go that does feel good.

I will never hold you accountable. (You don’t need it.) We’ll get clarity on your goals and dreams and help you keep your focus there.

Sound like a team you want to be on? Here’s where you sign up!

If you want to connect with me without becoming a Norwex consultant, we can do that on my Lovin’ Life with Louisa page. But if you want to be joyful AND earn income AND save the planet, then my Norwex team is the perfect spot for you!

The Easiest Way to Set an Effective Goal

Lots of people have lots of ideas about goals, but here’s how simple it has become for me, and how I coach my team:

  1. What do you want?
  2. State it in a way that gives you a little thrill of excitement!

Do you have to be specific and measurable and give yourself a time deadline?

ONLY if it feels good to you!
For some people, setting a specific time goal gives a rush of energy. Do it!
For some people, setting a specific time goal feels panicky. Don’t do it.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say that you want to be an Executive Sales Leader. Here are some different ideas of ways to state your goal. You pick the one that FEELS best to you.

  • I want to be an Executive Sales Leader by November.
  • I am an Executive Sales Leader.
  • It was so fun to celebrate Christmas as an Executive Sales Leader!
  • I am in the process of becoming an Executive Sales Leader.
  • I don’t even really know how it happened, but now I’m an Executive Sales Leader!
  • My team grew like crazy and now we are an Executive team!

The “right” way to state your goal is different for everyone. Which one makes you smile?
Look in the mirror and say them? Which one makes your eyes sparkle?

Want to work through your goals with me? Connect on Facebook!

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This is how you change the world

One of the highlights of our Norwex national conference was hearing from the founder of WashedAshore.org. Angela, a retired art teacher, talked about walking the beaches near her home seeking solace after the death of her husband. But instead of comfort, she found…garbage. She was shocked by the volume of trash she saw washed up on the shorelines and of course wanted to take action.

This is my favorite part of the story: Angela was wise enough to know that people aren’t inspired to take action when they are discouraged. She wanted to find a way to spread the message in an uplifting way. And wow, did she ever.

From their website: “…community members of all ages work together to clean up our beaches and process the debris into art supplies to construct giant sculptures of the sea life most affected by plastic pollution. This has resulted in thousands of pounds of debris removed from local beaches and turned into works of art…90% of the debris we collect is petroleum-based: plastic items, nylon ropes and net. We are able to use 98% of this trash to create sculptures, including a walk-through replica of an ocean gyre, a Styrofoam coral reef, Henry the fish, a plastic bottle sea jelly, an oil-spill replica, and a musical sea star…”

The results are stunningly beautiful. And as you take a closer look, hugely impactful.

 

seahorse washed ashore

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How can we help?

  • Use less plastic! Lightweight items like plastic bottles, plastic bags, and plastic straws blow out of garbage cans and landfills and end up in our waterways, which bring them to the ocean. Filter your own water and use reusable bags and reusable straws .
  • Follow WashedAshore.org on Facebook and YouTube, and bookmark their blog for some amazing behind-the-scenes stories!
  • Share this post to raise awareness!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

Scary Facts About Plastic Water Bottles

These facts appeared in our Norwex consultant newsletter (because this is the kind of thing that gets us motivated!) and I just had to share:

Did you know…

  • More than 60 million plastic water bottles are discarded every DAY.  At best, they are ending up in landfills where they take up to 700 years to decompose.  Sadly, many of them end up as litter or in our lakes and rivers.
  • Just in North America, the plastic water bottles we use in a year require more than 15 MILLION barrels of oil for manufacturing, transport, and disposal.  That would fuel about 100,000 cars for a YEAR.
  • The energy used by consuming single-use plastic bottles could power 190,000 homes.
  • Recycling ONE plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for 6 hours.
  • The Recycling Institute says only about one in six plastic bottles sold in North America is recycled.  That means, of every 60 million water bottles we use, 50 MILLION end up in landfills or as litter.

Are you moved to action?  Will YOU be the one making sure plastic bottles are recycled at your next family or company event?

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

Can you really make money working from home?

I’ll be honest with you here.  I never thought anyone could make more than a little play money working any business with home parties.

Portrait of tired young business woman at the office

I was wrong!  Hooray!!!

I started doing Norwex parties just because the Enviro cloth knocked my socks with what it could do on the greasy walls around my stove.  I decided everyone needed to know about this magical new way to clean!

I had been searching for alternatives to cleaning chemicals based on my research into suspected causes of auto-immune diseases like lupus, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, and asthma.  (We have a little bit of everything in our family and I wanted to know how to give my kids the best shot possible at avoiding them!)  But the natural cleaners I had tried were a lot more work.  And like any busy mom, I’d rather things be quick!  So when I scrubbed every nook and cranny of my kitchen that night (WAY out of character for me) because it was so unbelievably easy, I knew I had to share.

Because of the growing awareness of the dangers of chemicals, and because I discovered I love mentoring others to succeed beyond their wildest dreams, after three years in business I had passed up my pre-mom full-time income as an E-Learning Consultant.

Do you wish you could test-drive a business like this with no risk and no obligation?  Your wish is granted!  In September only, Norwex is offering a Join For Free special. Get a mini starter kit and full consultant privileges, including the opportunity to earn all consultant incentives, for only $7.99 shipping!  No obligations or requirements!  Join a team known for building leaders and encouraging each other.  At the least, you’ll be able to help friends and family make their homes a safer haven.  At most, you could just find yourself living the dream of setting your own schedule, working from home, and answering to no one but yourself!

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(What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!  You can even sign up online and jump right in TODAY.  You can do it!  You’re worth it!  I’ll be with you all the way!)

New reusable produce bags – HUGE impact on plastic waste!

One of the healthiest things you can do for your family is eat fresh vegetables and fruit.  So don’t you wish there was an alternative to those plastic produce bags?  They’re really hard to re-use because they’re so thin, which makes them single-use-and-to-the-landfill plastic.  Ugh.
Plastic Produce Bags

Eco-friendly shoppers have gone to great lengths to find alternatives. But you know me, I want it both easy AND green!

So I am SO excited about the brand new Norwex Reusable Produce Bags! They’re so EASY to use!  Durable (strong mesh polyester weave), washable, and of course BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and lead-free.

Reusable Produce Bags

You can:

  • Scan and weigh produce inside the bags
  • Wash, rinse and store right in the bag!

You’ll not only need a set for your own house, but what an amazing teacher gift, hostess gift, or housewarming gift!

If our family uses these bags once a week, we’ll save 150 plastic produce bags a year.  Last year in the US, 1,440,000 homes purchased Norwex products.  If all of those homes switch to reusable produce bags, we will use 216 MILLION fewer plastic produce bags in one year!!

Won’t our oceans be happy?

Reason #237 I Love Working From Home

Yes, working at home has a downside. Work is always there. Like, for example, it’s 11:45 pm on a Tuesday evening and I’m in my office at my computer. But I’m in charge! No one is making me work. I’m having fun! I’m setting goals and hitting them out of the park!

And look who my work companions are:
Dog Under Desk

Meet our two rescue babies. Zelda loves to sit under my desk. (She doesn’t seem to mind that I stretch without remembering she’s there and bump her occasionally.) And Sarah is tucked in right next to my chair. Our vet’s best guess is that these two were breeders in a puppy mill before they were rescued, so they needed lots of extra time and attention when we first got them. And because I work from home, I was able to give that to them!

Here they are the day we brought them home from the shelter:
Kids in Car

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the world while still setting your own schedule, take a closer look at my work at home job!