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Something From Nothing Leaves Greatness!

A View from Avon’s former CEO Andrea Jung–“You are about to read Avon’s “fairy tales,” except these are true stories about real women who have changed their own lives and the lives of so many others. Over the past decade, I have met and recognized these 22 women on stage many times. I have listened to their individual stories with amazement and witnessed first-hand their impact on countless others. They have personally inspired me, and so many others, to reach further and believe that with direct selling dreams can come true. Each of these extraordinary leaders has a fundamental belief in the power of sharing their successes and the responsibility that comes with serving as the company’s ultimate role models”.  Andrea Jung Executive, Chairman Avon Products Inc.

A few months ago I got my hand on a copy of the latest book from some of Avon’s elite leaders, “A View From The Top.” Inside the leaders share their stories and strategies to succeed.

I found the book to helpful and motivational. Since reading it, I’ve meet so many other leaders who are not only forthcoming, but anxious to share information and strategies to assist with my business. I’ve been adopted by one as an honorary team member, a guided spiritually by another. This book is not a step by step guide to build your business, but inspirational memoir of those who did not have, and climbed their way to the top with different levels of knowledge and education. What I’ve learned from these testimonies is that it’s possible for anyone to succeed, you just have to want it bad enough. To want it bad enough requires you to possess the will, and determination to grasp your future by throat and say, “Let’s go! You’re coming with me!” Set your eyes on the prize of what your vision of success looks like. Not now, but what it looks like once you’ve completed your drive to the top.

At the end of each chapter the author/leader’s contact information has been included. Why? To make the end of the chapter look good? To separate one story from the next. No. It’s so you can reach out and ask them for guidance. I used to think that once you arrived at this level in Avon you were untouchable. These ladies and gentleman are anything but untouchable. They instill the strength and hope that keeps us all going everyday. Especially on the days we feel like giving up.

Anyone interested in Avon for making a little extra income or searching for a new career should read this book. If you’re already a representative you should read this book. Don’t think this is not for you, because when you read between these pages, what you’ll find are men and woman who’ve been down on their luck. They’ve wondered where and when their next meal may come. They’ve been alone, and looking for a change. Something that would take them to a place of refuge in their lives. You may even find someone, who was where you are right now.

Read their amazing stories, and find encouragement to succeed within yourself. We’re all different. What may work for one, may not work for all. What you have to brand into your mind is to never, ever give up. When you reach the end of your rope, and you’ve tied a knot, and hanging on with one hand…use the other to reach out to one of these gracious leaders for help. It may be the call that you need to reach your envisioned future.

Purchase this book from Amazon, or any of the AVON Leaders inside.

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Be your best, with the best. I want to hear from you.


Review: Out of the Blue: A Book of Color Idioms and Silly Pictures by Vanita Oelschlager

Out of the blue Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by VanitaBooks LLC

ISBN 0983290423 (ISBN13: 9780983290421)

Out of the Blue shows children the magic of idioms – words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different.
Children are curious about words, especially phrases that make them laugh (“Tickled Pink”), sound silly (“Shrinking Violet”) or trigger images that tickle a child’s sense of the absurd (“A Red Letter Day”).
Out of the Blue uses outlandish illustrations of what the words describe literally. The reader then has to guess the “real” meaning of the phrases (which are upside down in the corners of each spread). At the end of the book, the reader is invited to learn more about these figures of speech.

The first book of idioms, Birds of a Feather (2009), dealt with birds, insects or animals. The second, Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries (2011) uses food idioms. Out of the Blue uses color idioms. All three are fun – and instructive.

What a great idea for a children’s book! My daughter is only two and a half, but for an older child who questions everything and has heard a few of these familiar idioms, it’s a fun way to explain them. Out of the Blue is wonderfully illustrated, with a lot of silly pictures. Even as an adult I giggled a little. Even though my daughter isn’t old enough to understand the idioms, this book is a great teaching aid for moms. With my little one I found the book can also be used to teach children about colors, animals, and even counting.

I absolutely love this book! This is one for the family library. I plan on checking out Birds of a Feather, and Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries well. Great end of summer reads to get those little minds geared up for school.

Jill Smolinksi’s Objects of my Affection

Let me just say this book pulls you in from the start. You have two women, from different walks of life, they seem so different, but soon find they’re more alike than they know.

Marva—the 65 year-old artist, alone by choice, surrounding herself with “things” rather than people to comfort herself in the house she’s inherited and lives out of necessity. Lucy on the other hand has given up everything in her life to send her drug addicted son to rehab. Both women has loved and lost but see’s people an things in two totally different ways.

Blend these two personalities together in what seems to be a hopeless situation, trying to clear out Marva’s home which could be featured on the next episode of Hoarders you get a wonderfully witty and emotional story about two woman trying to find their way in life after losing the things that were so important to them. Find out how these two women find common ground in a house filled with “things”, two sons that hate their mothers, and past loves and tribulations to bond together in Jill Smolinski’s latest book, Object of my Affection.

Smolinski has written a warm, entertaining read that ask what’s important enough in life to keep and what mean so much less and that we need to know when and how to let go.

I definitely recommend this book for your to be read summer pile.

Gabrielle Donnelly’s The Little Women Letters

The Little Women Letters

As a fan of the original March girls, I was very interested in reading Gabrielle Donnelly’s The Little Women Letters.

Ms. Donnelly, breathed new life into a story that had fallen to the back of my mind and been simply forgotten as an adult. Sisterhood holds a bond that is completely sacred to those involve, and Donnelly captures that spirit blending our March sisters of old with the lives of the Atwater sisters. As a teen, I wondered where these women would go in their lives. What happened to them? The middle daughter Lulu, discovery of the lost letters helps shed light on the lives of the March girls and their family after the book. We find out there’s a different bond between the first sisters and the new set: Jo is the grandmother.

Lulu is on the road to self-discovery. Her older sister Emma is the centered, focused woman of the family, much like Meg in Little Women. Sophie, the baby of the family is young, vivacious, with talent to lead her to be the next big actress.

As with the original set of sisters, these three are very different with one main character bringing them together: Lulu. Words from her grandmother’s pen help Lulu to find her way as well as put things right for her family as well.

In a time where books about vampires and werewolves rule, The Little Women Letters proves to be a nice refreshing change. I recommend this book for any fan of the original Little Women, and any little women they may know. What a great summer read to take along to the lakeshore, beach or just a quiet porch.