A New Adventure!

I have decided to bring back this blog in order to tell the tale of my new adventures in business! As many of you know, I published my first in a series of memoirs on February 2, 2016. It is doing as well as I had hoped if not better and I am ready for the next adventure to begin. For those of you wondering, yes there most definitely will be a sequel, but I am still hungry to do more! I never in a million years thought this day would come. I dreamed for years about writing a book and fantasied about the day it would become reality.

The manifestation of this seemingly unreachable dream has given me the courage to reach for the stars. If what was once thought to be impossible has become possible, then what else can I achieve? The sky is the limit now 🙂

One of my dreams is to be in a place financially where I have several sources of income to keep me not just afloat, but living the lifestyle I have always dreamed of. Nothing luxurious, just the ability to work on my art, travel and spend quality time with my family in friends. I think that is probably most people’s dream really.

When I first began this blog, I was on a journey of not just success in business, but success in personal development and freedom. Well it has been a long journey, but i have managed to reconnect with myself and gained the confidence and security that was once so lacking in my life. With this new lease on life and a better me it is time to find my success in business once and for all!

In the next few weeks, I will take you along on my journey exploring a new business opportunity that I am extremely excited about getting started with. I am not looking to solicit customers. It’s just that I value everyone’s feedback and if this ends up being the financially fulfilling en devour that I believe it will be I want you all to know first hand how it happened.

I went out in search of a somewhat passive source of income to supplement the money coming in from the book and my full time accounting job. I wasn’t interested in sales and most of what I found at first was exactly that. I had sold Party Lite back in the day and even had a few Lia Sophia parties. Sure I have tons of awesome candle stuff and my jewelry collection is great, but the extra money that was always promised never really panned out.

I am not a fan of the “tupperware” party, pyramid scheme business plans that run so rampid  all over the internet. I was interested in a business model where everyone benefits. Kind of like Ebates where you receive discounts and rewards on all your purchases, just by signing up (for free). Amazon Prime is similar. Although it is not free, the benefits of subscribing for a small yearly fee ($99.00 if I remember correctly) is beyond worth it. If I am going to shop there anyway, why shouldn’t I reward myself for doing it?

For example, every year for Christmas, I do most of my shopping online. Either through Amazon or another online store. Most of those stores participate in Ebates. So, if I am going to shop there anyway, why wouldn’t I go through their portal to get an additional discount or cash back? Seems silly to not to. It isn’t really a substantial source of income, but it is an added savings on top of your regular purchases.

I have also explored surveys and research websites and I have made a few dollars doing that. The only problem is that although you may get a free sample in exchange for your $.75 credit, you are usually responsible for the shipping charges and have to remember to cancel the product by a certain day. This can get a bit mucky as you may imagine.

I also looked into another “business opportunity” last summer that promised me the world, but the products they were selling were not something I could really stand behind. I will not promote any product I do not feel completely confident in or one I have any reservations about myself. I wanted to find a company with the same ideals as myself who were associated with products that I would feel confident in promoting.

I believe I have finally found the company I have been searching for. In the days to come, I will discuss with you my journey in the sampling of these products. Not because I wish you to purchase them, but rather because I am interested in the opinions and experiences of my loyal readers. Should my experiences spark your interest, that is great and I am happy pass along the tools to get you started, but again I am not sharing this with you solely for that purpose.

If I find a product I am particularly fond of in the process, I am happy pay forward some free samples. So if something appeals to you, please let me know.

I am very interested to hear your feedback and to share the inside scoop with all of you!

Stay tuned! I will be posting my first product review this weekend 🙂

 

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What are You Striving for in Life?

In my last post, I mentioned that my temp job would be ending soon (today is my last day) and I had planned to take the next month off to work on marketing the book and kick starting my journey back to raw food. Plans have changed just a bit. I will still be kick starting my journey back to raw food and working on marketing for the book, but I will also be working now as well.

I must admit that I was really looking forward to the time off, but another short-term opportunity came up and I thought it would be silly to turn it down. Especially considering the extra boost it will give me financially. It will be less hours per day, but I will be making roughly as much as I am currently making as an executive assistant. My biggest fear with this new opportunity is that it will take away from the momentum I currently have going into the next phase of publishing the book.

I just finished reading, Platform, by Michael Hyatt and I am feeling much better about the marketing platform that I have already built, but there is still so much more I need to do. This is a great book for anyone looking to build a marketing platform for any product or service. It is easy to comprehend and literally takes you through every phase of the process step by step.

I have the necessary social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. I have my own website (TheTiffanyRochelle.com) and I have created a fan page for the book on Facebook (Insane Roots: A Memoir). However, all of these pages are in need of some major TLC and there is also the question of whether or not to use my last name rather than my middle name. For obvious reasons, I am not a fan of my last name (my mother’s alias), so I have been using my first and middle name on most items related to business. Unfortunately, the handle on twitter was not available, so I had to use my last name instead (@TiffanyBybee).

Just typing all of this makes my  head swim!

With all of this on the horizon and still needing to maintain a certain flow of income to support my lifestyle, how can I ensure I stay on track?

A post on BodyMindHeartHealing had the answer! Their most recent post: What is Your Mission Statement? discussed the very importance of creating a mission statement in order to ensure that you do not lose sight of your ambitions amidst this enormous world of distractions.

She writes, “A mission statement shows you where your time and your energies are best spent.”

I thought to myself after reading this, that this is just what I need!

So, I decided to spend the morning writing my own mission statement. I had a bit of trouble at first, but here is what I have come up with:

“To live life to its fullest, honestly, and faithfully. Striving for success both financially and spiritually in an effort to inspire and encourage others to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams, no matter how far from reach they may seem.”

It’s a bit wordy, but I think it is a good starting point 🙂

What is your mission statement?

P.S. If you are having trouble, I found the following article helpful in formulating mine.

The Five-Step Plan for Creating Personal Mission Statementsby Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D

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New Horizons

I have done a lot of thinking and planning since my last post. I have been dealing with some highly emotional issues over the past week or so, which I have been dialoguing in my original blog: Insane Roots.

For those of you who do not follow that blog, basically my biological mother (the subject of my book) has popped back in to my life along with several other strangers who were confused by my last name and believed that I may be their relations. As it turns out I am not related to them, which is actually a good thing because it would have shattered the small amount of truth about my biological father that I have been relying on all these years. Needless to say, it has been a bit of a whirlwind!

I can not tell you how many times I have been in the same situation that I was last week. Several years will pass without any word from my mother (mostly due to her time in prison) and then all of a sudden she will reappear to do a number on my psyche. However this time, I found myself in a much better place mentally to be able to handle the situation. I don’t know if it is because I made the decision years ago to cut ties with her or if it was the realization of how pleasant my time without her has been or maybe it was a combination of both. Either way, I am so thankful to have such a strong grasp on the situation that I was able to do what needed to be done without much indecision. As the years roll on and I become more and more in tune with who I am and what I want, I can see my confidence level begin to rise.

For many years, I have struggled with my self-worth and continued to sell myself short in regards to my abilities. I have always been my worst critic. I would cut myself down regularly and became mentally and physically broken. Getting ready in the mornings, I would remind myself of all the ways I had failed in regards to my physical appearance. I would tell myself I was fat and disgusting pretty much every time I looked in the mirror. It was a very sad existence and I realize now that in addition to the fact that none of this was true, I was setting myself up for failure.

Upon moving to Denver, I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to make a new start. I would no longer set limitations on myself or fill my mind with self-doubt and ridicule. I also decided to begin working through all the painful moments in my past instead of pretending that everything was okay and go on continuing to struggle to keep it all inside.

Over the past few months I have kept my promise and I truly feel like a completely different person. My morning routine is now filled with uplifting mantras rather than insults and I find myself reaching for dreams I didn’t even know I had. I tell myself I am beautiful, powerful and wise. I don’t obsess over the scale or the occasional blemish on my face. I am learning to embrace my true essence.

For so long I have let fear rule my life. I worried constantly about my appearance and the opinion of others. I was afraid to be confident and self-assured, because I didn’t want to appear as though I was arrogant and narcissistic. I understand now that being courageous, hopeful and bold does not mean that you are full of yourself or that you believe you are better than everyone else. It simply means that you are content with your own beliefs and that you believe in yourself against all odds.

Setting goals for yourself that seem to be unreachable does not make you presumptuous or over-confident. Instead, it makes you fearless and daring enough to reach for the stars!

The biggest push for me to gain control over these self-defeating emotions was when I sent in the final manuscript of my book. I knew I needed to get over my worry of coming across vain and over-confident if I was ever going to be successful in promoting it. Self-promotion was not something I was particularly looking forward to, but it is a necessary evil in the publishing world, so I knew I needed to do my best to embrace it.

I have a  conference call with my publisher that is rapidly approaching and I am sure they will be inquiring as to what steps I have taken in regards to marketing. One of the items on the list for me to have completed was to create a fan page on Facebook (for the book). I have been putting this off for months, because of the above mentioned concerns. However, I knew that the procrastination needed to stop if I was ever going to create a successful marketing platform.

After going back and forth with myself several times, I finally mustered up the courage to create the page: Insane.Roots.A.Memoir. In two days time, I had more than 60 likes! I sent requests to everyone in my friends list and I am up to almost 80 likes as of today. The first few days, I had some mixed feelings about who responded to the request and who didn’t. I started to take it as a personal dis from anyone who didn’t respond, but then I reminded myself that it is not about that. We all have people in our lives that are more of an acquaintance than a close friend and many of them exist on our friends list, but we rarely ever interact with them. Is it really feasible to expect them to support you in everything you do? No and it should not be taken personally.

I realize that my book is not everyone’s cup of tea and that is completely fine. I am just so proud of myself for having the courage to stick my neck out and ‘go public’ as I like to say. This in itself is a very big step for me and I am not sure I would have been brave enough to take this step a few months ago. I am blessed to have the support that I do and I am beyond thankful for all of the wonderful people in my life.

Times sure are changing and I look forward to the road ahead as treacherous as it may be!

I know I have said it before, but it is just so fitting, so I will say it again…

Believe in yourself and the rest will follow 🙂

Thanks for reading!