Paparazzi Jewelry Elite Leader Debbie Parkin

Debbie Parkin is one of the top Elite leaders in Paparazzi!  She is a beautiful person inside and out!  She is a dedicated leader who loves her team, Paparazzi, and her family.  Let’s jump into today’s training so you can see why Debbie has reached the highest levels of success in Paparazzi.

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Debbie Parkin photo Debbie Parkin photoDebbie Parkin is an amazing person!  She is a mom to 4 boys.  She joined Paparazzi in October 2012 and works with her husband and business partner, Ty.  She has reached the rank of Fashionista and is Crown Club 100, which Paparazzi actually created after Debbie hit it 3 months in a row!

Debbie is the team leader of Dazzling Divas and she has won the grand prize for the Paparazzi Accessories Passport Vacation 3 years in a row!

What is your Paparazzi Why?

Debbie: My why has changed a lot from when I first started.  When I first started my why was because we wanted extra money to go travel and do stuff and we thought Paparazzi would be able to do that for us.  As my business has progressed and grown, my WHY has shifted to my team.  I work Paparazzi because I want to see my team succeed. And their success is just so awesome.  I love those moments when they share their awesome moments with me.  And that’s why I do Paparazzi now.  It’s more for my team than for myself.

Awnya: I think that’s a great point that your why doesn’t always have to be the same, it can grow and evolve as you grow in your business and in your life.

What is your worst Paparazzi moment?

Deb: This is probably my favorite question because it keeps it real for everyone.  Everyone goes through a snag here and there.  If you just preserver through it and push it off to the side, your Paparazzi business will continue to grow.

My worst Paparazzi business was about a month into my Paparazzi journey, I was invited to participate in a Christmas boutique, like a holiday boutique at someone’s house.  So there was me and several other Direct Sales people.  We went to this house and seriously, I’m not even kidding, no one showed up.  Not one person for like 4 hours.  Me and Ty were just like “what the heck is going on”.

It turns out that this lady didn’t advertise it as well as she should have. She only handed out like 100 flyers to her neighbors.  And for a big boutique like that, there should have been more advertisement.

So no one showed up.  I was the only one who sold anything that day because the other Direct Sales people ended up buying jewelry from me!  Me and Ty walked away and got in the car and were like “What the heck was that?! That  was like a waste of time.”

We could have just thrown in the towel then.  But we decided to chalk it up to experience and move forward.  I look back to that day and think “What if we did stop.  What if we got so discouraged to the point of not doing Paparazzi anymore?” And look at what we would have been missing.

I think the lesson in all of this is yeah, you might have a party or an event that isn’t stellar. But hey, you did it!  Learn from that and just move forward. It’s in your past.  Today’s a new day and a new day for new experiences.  That’s the worst moment I’ve had.

Awnya:  When you have a bad boutique or event or home party, you think, “Those Elite leaders they never have that problem.  They always have great parties!  It’s a trick our minds play on us.  The truth is, you guys have had them too.  It’s a numbers game.  You’re gonna have a bad event.  You’re gonna have a bad party. You just have to push through.

Debbie: Oh yea, absolutely! I still have bad parties or bad Facebook parties, but at least I try and it’s a good example for my team.  Just because it’s bad for you, it might help someone else try a FB party or try another home party.  They see you working and they want to see if they can do it as well.

Awnya: Somebody said to me once “You never know how close you are to success. You never know when the next party you do will be your $1000 party or where you’re gonna sign up 6 consultant.  So if you quit today, what’s to say that the next thing you did or the next day, you wouldn’t have had AMAZING success.”  You just gotta push though, you gotta keep going cuz you just never know!

What is a habit you have that contributes to your success?

Debbie: I have lots of habits because after a while, Paparazzi just becomes your life and everything you do, think and say is about the business!  One of the habits I think helps the most is Follow up!  You need to follow up with those that are interested in the opportunity or in having a party.

If someone comes up to you and says “Hey, I wanna join.” and you say “Great here’s my business card,” and that’s it, then what are they going to do?  They are either gonna loose interested and not join or they are going to find someone who is going to help them join!  So I think following up is key in growing your team and also in having parties.

Follow up!  Very important.

Awnya: There was a girl when I first joined paparazzi, 3 years ago, who said she was interested and wanted more info.  So I did and I followed up with her and followed up with her and followed up with her and she was still interested but it wasn’t the right time.  After about a year, she said she would let me know when she was ready.  I kept contact up with her but didn’t actively try to recruit her anymore.

Not even kidding you, after 2 ½ years, she called one day and said “I’m sick of waiting, sign me up to Paparazzi!”  I thought she was never going to join.  The message is – you just never know!  Follow up with those people.  Keep in contact!  It might happen 2 ½ years down the road and that person might be your next rock star!

What advice would you give to a brand new consultant just starting out?

Debbie: You are gonna feel so many emotions.  You’re gonna feel excited like you just can’t wait, but your also gonna feel like “What am I doing? Can I do this?”

What you should do is focus on those first feelings.  Be excited.  Your excitement is going to rub off on other people and they are going to be excited.  If you make a big deal about the jewelry by wearing it and being a product of the product then they are going to love it and they are going to feed off your excitement and energy.

Now you might say “Oh, I’m so shy, I don’t know what to do.”  I’ve been there!  I’m still there.  I’m still shy!  I did a video called Fake It ‘til You Make It and I think I go over stuff on how you can fake your confidence kind of. Like you aren’t going to be a fake person, but you just want to be the person you want to be, that you strive to be.

I strive to be a leader.  I didn’t know what being a leader looked like.  So I pretended that I knew what I was doing and sooner than later I realized I could actually do this.

Be a product of the products.  Be excited.  Try not to think of your nerves and if you are scared.  Your enthusiasm will rub off on other people.  They will either want to buy your jewelry or join your team and feel that same enthusiasm as you.

Awnya: How simple is that.  You don’t need a million dollars to buy a billboard or advertise in the phone book.  Or get in the best place in Google.  Just share and be excited and happy about your new business venture.

What advice would you give to someone who is feeling stuck in their Paparazzi business?

Debbie: If you had a great start and you find your business slowly going downhill, go back to the basics.  That sounds so weird because what you did at the beginning might be completely different from what you’re doing now.  What worked?

Go back to the period in your Paparazzi journey that you were rocking it.  You were getting parties, you were getting new team members.  What did you stop doing that you were doing when your business was stellar?  You need to take a step back and go back to the basics.  “Ok, that’s right.  I was doing this and this and this.  So I’ll try this and this and this again.”  And pretty soon if you do those things that helped in your business, they will help your business grow.

Awnya: I’m a classic case of ”Shiny Object Syndrome” so if I go to a meeting or a Paparazzi event and somebody says “Have you tried this with your parties? It’s so amazing.” Then I will go home try it and when I don’t have the success they did.  Then I start to think “What’s wrong with me?!”

Get back to the basics.  Get back to what works to you.  Just because it works for me or for Debbie doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you and your customers.  Go back to the place you found success and focus.  Focus in on that.

What is a quote that inspires you?

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I liken this to goals.  If you work, work, work, and you don’t have a set goal you are going to be working forever and find no satisfaction in what you are doing.  Slow down, find a goal and make sure you achieve that goal.  It doesn’t matter how fast or how slow you get to that new rank or get to “I want to do 10 parties.”  What matters is that you are going in the right direction to get to that goal.

Some have been in Paparazzi the whole 4 or 5 years that it’s been around and are still directors or not even directors but they are still working it and they are still dedicated to their business and I think if the direction your moving is forward and not backward, eventually you will find the success you are going for!

What is a parting piece of guidance you have for us?

Debbie: Be dedicated!  With your own business it’s so hard to loose motivation and think this is silly or that you aren’t going anywhere but you have to work past that and move forward.  Don’t think about those bad thoughts that you aren’t worth it because you are.  When I first started and even now, my own family, my parents, brothers and sisters, they are very negative about Paparazzi.  I will even be like “Look! I won this contest.”  They are like “Oh.  Well, you can’t make any real money with Paparazzi.”  Or “Yea, sure. “ And that really hurt my feeling.  This is my life and they just shut it down.

I think a lot of people have this in their life.  It could be your spouse.  It could be your friends.  It is hard to do but in order for you to move forward, you need to not let them go out of your life completely, but maybe let them go out of your business a little bit.

Like right now, if my family askes how Paparazzi is doing, I say “It’s going really well” and leave it at that cuz I don’t want those hurt feelings.  When I get those hurt feelings I start doubting myself and all that I do.

My parting words of guidance are  – keep out the negative.  You’re worth it!  You know what you’re doing and you’re going to rock at it.  It will be fun one day to be like “See I did it!, Neener, neener.”  Just believe in yourself!  And I know you can do great things with Paparazzi!

Awnya: That is the best thing you can do!  Believe in yourself.  Know where you are going and if somebody needs to take a back seat in your life instead of being your copilot in life- now I’m not talking about your husband or anything– I’m not saying go get a divorce!  But if someone is being a negative Nelly, don’t keep them right next to you!

Don’t call them up every time something happens and ask for their opinion.  Let them take more of a backseat to your success. Because you are really are worth it.  Deb, you put that so perfectly!

Awnya: Thank you for coming on this call and sharing all your knowledge with us!  Can you see why I love Deb so much?! She is one of the sweetest people I know!


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Limiting Beliefs

Do you have beliefs or thoughts that are holding you back from your goals and dreams?

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What are the messages that you tell yourself every day?  Do you have some that you don’t really like?  Or maybe even some that you aren’t even aware of?  Your world is governed by the thoughts and beliefs that you have about yourself and the world around you!

Don’t believe me?  I want you to think the following thought 3 times. “There are SO many white cars on the road!” “There are so many white cars on the road.”  “There are so many white cars on the road!”  Now when you are out driving next, say the same thing 3 times.  Now watch how many white cars you see!!

Are you thinking this is just a coincidence?  Try another experiment!  My kids recently started playing the Slug Bug” game.  I was convinced that there weren’t any Volkswagen Beetles in our town until they started this game!  Now, every time we are out running errands or coming home from school, we see AT LEAST 2 Beetles.  I was completely amazed!  I just hadn’t SEEN them because I wasn’t looking.

Your brain filters through hundreds of thousands of important and less important messages every day.  Your subconscious mind filters through each of those messages and decides what is most important and not as important.  This filter is created by our life experiences, the things that we are focusing on in our lives and the positive and our self-talk.

I shared recently in a call about a consultant who BELIEVED she couldn’t wear a Hippie Headband and so whenever she put it on, she felt silly, when in reality, she looked AMAZING!

Her self-talk, her beliefs caused her to think that she looked silly, but if she had been telling herself messages like “I am stylish and trendy” then she may have thought differently about those Hippie Headbands and may have even been wearing them all along.

Let me tell you a story from my life.  When I was in 6th grade I had a teacher that helped me form a belief about myself that has haunted me for years.  I loved to volunteer to help the teacher, to read out loud, to write on the chalkboard…pretty much anytime the teacher asked for a volunteer, I would raise my hand.  I loved helping out my teacher!  There was this other girl in class named Jessica. We were the tallest girls in class and she was a lot like me only blonde and a little more developed.  For some reason, the teacher liked Jessica a lot more than me.  She quickly moved my desk to the very back of the classroom and always had Jessica’s desk right in front of her.  She called on Jessica to read out loud and help her almost all of the time, even when her hand wasn’t raised but mine was.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that she was the favorite.  And then I started to wonder why.  In my mind, I formed the idea that I didn’t have a voice people liked to listen to.  I must read in a boring way.  I must not be interesting.  I must not be someone that others want to follow.

It has taken me a LONG time to realize that these thoughts aren’t true!  It was one of the things that stopped me from doing team trainings for a LONG time!  I still have a difficult time raising my hand to answer questions in a class or group setting and don’t even get me started about reading things out loud!  I still struggle with these thoughts that I’ve had for SO many years.  For the longest time, I didn’t even realize that I HAD them!  It was just a little voice in the back of my mind that say, “you can’t because you aren’t interesting”.

Is this sounding familiar? Do you have some kind of belief that is holding you back?

What can you do to change these beliefs?

I AM statements are SO powerful.  These are statements (also called affirmations) that you can say to yourself to help create the world and the results that you want.  For example, I have one affirmation that is “I am strong and healthy”.  Although was not as strong and healthy as I wanted to be when I started this affirmation, I found myself making better eating choices and finding time to work out.  I was amazed by the results that I had!

An amazing book that talks more about the science behind out thoughts and affirmations is Train Your Brain by Dana Wilde.  (this will be linked up in the resources section of the show notes).  This book has totally transformed my life and has helped me be more aware of my self-talk and work on changing it into more positive messages.

Another great way to help your brain focus more on what you want to have happen is a vision board!  I am now a firm believer in vision boards and that focusing in on what you want to see happen in your life will make it happen!

One last way I want to talk about changing your limiting beliefs is “acting as if”.  There is a kind of phrase out there that says “fake it till you make it” and I REALLY don’t like that sound of that!  To me, that means you are being fake and I feel it’s important to be authentic in all that we do.  Acting as If is my way of saying to ACT like you are already what you want to be.

For example, if you want to be a world famous piano player, you have to act as if you are already a world famous piano player.  You study, learn and train the way a world famous piano player would.  You practice.  You study and practice your technique.  You surround yourself with the best teachers, music and colleagues.  You go to a school that teaches expert lessons in piano or take private lessons!  You do everything that a professional piano player does or has done.

You don’t become a success by accident.  It’s work.  HARD work sometimes.  That’s what makes it worthwhile when you get to the end!  People don’t see all the work that it took to become a success, they only see the end results.  Do you think Michael Jordan became the superstar he is today just by walking onto the court one day and thinking “I think I want to play basketball.”  No!!  He was actually CUT from his high school basketball team!  Did that stop him!  No!  He kept working and practicing and working some more.  There are times he would stay after practice for 2 hours working on his free-throw.  He was always the first one at practice and the last one to leave.

There is an amazing TED talk that kind of walks through Acting As If.  It talks about how you can use how you stand and sit to increase your confidence and also to be more energetic.  In the TED talk, she talks about how several people were interviewed while they were sitting in either a confident or a non-confident position and the differences it made to the person who was interviewing them.  Check it out- you’ll be glad you did!

So what are the beliefs that you have? Are there some that might be holding you back?!  It’s time to make a change and start creating the life you want to live and reaching towards your dreams!


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Listen to your self-talk this week.  What are some things you are telling yourself that might be hurting your self-worth?  What are some phrases that you think are helping you achieve your dreams?  Find 1 that you want to change and use an I AM statement to start creating the results you want!

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Paparazzi Accessories Elite Leader Michelle Johnnie

Today I have the privilege of interviewing Michelle Johnnie who as of today is one of the 2 highest ranked leaders in Paparazzi Accessories.  Let’s listen as Michelle shares some words of wisdom for us today on the podcast.

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Awnya: Today we have on the call Michelle Johnnie, one of the Paparazzi Elite leaders.  Michelle quit her job as a SPED teacher when she started having kids.  Money got tighter and tighter as 3 children joined the family and she was always looking for ways to bring in extra money without going back to work full-time.

When her 3rd baby was only 5 weeks old, she saw some cute $5 jewelry at a festival booth.  She knew it was a million dollar idea.  She could sell something that was only $5 and was super cute.  So she jumped in and started working towards her goal of making a few hundred dollars a month.  Within just a few months she was making a couple thousand dollars a month.

Her husband quit his job  9 months after she started Paparazzi.  And that’s been supporting their family for the last 4 years.  Michelle is a Maven A-lister and has one of the biggest teams in the company.  She enjoys heling others learn how they can pay their bills with Paparazzi.  She is grateful for the relationships she has built and the places they have traveled and how Paparazzi ahs improved their finances and their lives.

Michelle is Crown 25 and she has reached Life of the Party Bronze access.  If you know Michelle, you know she truly is “the life of the Party”!

Michelle:  I am the life of the party.  Come on, let’s be real.  I have fun wherever I go.  That’s what life is all about.

Michelle, what is your Why?  Why do you do Paparazzi?

Michele:  When I first started Paparazzi we just needed a little bit of extra money to make sure that we could pay our bills and have a little bit left over for fun things to do with the kids.  I thought when I saw Paparazzi for the first time, I could sell $5 Jewelry and bring in extra money and that could help our family.  When I first started it was to bring in some extra money.

Now, I still need to make some money because that supports our family.  I really love helping people now and teaching them to do what I’ve done and teaching them how to sell and to get places.  I love all the friendships I’ve made with Paparazzi.  I am just a happier person now than when I joined Paparazzi.  Way less stressed and I have way more friendships in my life and more money.  And my family gets to do really fun things because of Paparazzi.

Bottom line, I joined because I needed money and I still do it because I need money but at the same time it has enriched my family’s life so much that I’m grateful that I can keep contributing to the family and have some freedom and flexibility and do these fun things with the family because of Paparazzi.  We just got back to Utah from 9 days of traveling to Washington and Idaho and doing trainings and seeing the sights.

In a few weeks we are heading back to the Midwest to do some trainings there, sightsee and amusement parks.  There are so many reasons why I keep doing Paparazzi.  It’s just been amazing for my family.

Awnya: One of the things that you said in there, is that your why changed and that your why when you started was just money and now it’s so much more.  Meeting people, helping people, growing your team, it just kind of evolves, doesn’t it?!

Michelle: yeah.  One of the trainings I was doing last week, I just started crying because I can actually donate money to places now.  And some of my best friends now are people I’ve met thorough Paparazzi. And not just teammates, but like customers and hostesses.  They’ve become my friends.  I just feel like every part of my life has been improved because of Paparazzi.  The why I do it now is like 10 fold instead of just 1 reason.

Awnya: I feel the exact same way.  I couldn’t have said it better

Let’s take a bit of a shift.

Draw us a picture, take us to your worst Paparazzi moment

Michelle: I had to think hard to come up with a bad moment with Paparazzi.  I don’t know if this is the worst one, cuz I don’t feel like I’ve had a lot of bad moments with Paparazzi.  There’s little things like once in a while someone will cancel a party or something slightly disappointing will happens, but I had to think hard!

There’s a little one when one time I didn’t weight down my displays well enough and a wind came along and it leaned on a customer, but like they caught it.  I thought that was a little bit embarrassing but it wasn’t a big deal.

I was thinking back about one thing that was like *sigh*.

I thought about a show I did in Los Angeles, in LA.  So my husband had quit his job, but before he quit his job, I just went for it.  I had booked these shows thinking, I’m gonna go big and I’m gonna get this huge team all over the country and the way I need to do that is to travel to other states and do these huge evens and sign up tons of people there.  So I booked these 3 events, the were called Ultimate Women’s Expos in San Francisco, LA, and Phoenix and I live in Logan Utah (northern Utah).  All of them were $1100 booth fees.  We’re talking major investment.

I booked these before my husband quit his job and I just had to do a little down payment on my booth. So then my husband quit his job and they are all in the same month, in October.  I’m like super stressed because we have nothing to fall back on.  It’s Paparazzi or nothing, right?!  And keep in mind, when my husband quit his job, I wasn’t making $5000, $10000, $ 20,000, a month.  I was making $3000 – $3500 depending on the month.

And So, I had to come up with the rest of the money and I thought I would have team mates in the areas by the time they get here because I booked them in like March.  I thought “yeah, people will be joining my team there and they can come help me with these events.”  In San Francisco I had teammates there and I stayed with them.  They came and helped me with the event and they got to keep the leads for teammates and parties.  Same with Phoenix.

I didn’t have any teammates in LA.  I was begging people to come with me to LA.  I was begging other people from other teams, just any one come with me.  I thought “I cannot do an $1100 event with 20,000 – 30,000 women all by myself.”  Nobody could come.

And then a miracle happened.  If you really want me to go into it, I feel like God is part of my business and I was just praying so hard that this would work out and I could find someone to come with me to come to LA or meet me in LA and do this show with me.

The night I was leaving for LA, somebody joined my team and put me as their sponsor, and they lived and hour and a half from LA and I had never talked to this person before.  I was like “Oh My Gosh this is like a total answer to my prayers!”  I called her and was like “Welcome! I’m so excited for you!  Guess what?!  I’m coming to LA tomorrow.  Do you want to come help me with this event.” And she did.  Talk about an answer to prayers, right?!

Anyways, I went to LA, right, and I was exhausted because I’d done 2 shows out of state the 2 weeks prior.  And the driving and I was just so exhausted and being stressed that I didn’t have a place to say, because I usually just stay with people I know.  I was gonna sleep in my car.

I get to LA and I could feel my voice going and I was getting sick.  And I’d paid all this money and I have all this jewelry, right.  To have an $1100 booth fee, you have to have a lot of jewelry to sell at least $3000 in 3 days.  I needed to make at least $2700 to pay for the booth jewelry and the gas down and everything and here I am getting sick.  I sounded like a frog.  I have this new person show up that’s never done Paparazzi.  She had only been to 1 party. Luckily I had her though!

The event did not go amazing.  We’ll just say that.  I only sold like $2400.  I didn’t sell as much as I wanted.  I couldn’t talk and I was just so disappointed.  I don’t know. It was a great learning experience.

Maybe I pushed a little too hard, got a little too big.  But at the time, I thought things would be ok because my husband had a job and I was earning extra money.  That was probably one of my worst moments in Paparazzi when I’m doing this big show and I sound like a frog.  And my throat was killing, and felt overwhelmed and exhausted and like “What did I get myself into?!”

But I came home and recovered and hit Fashionista that month and that helped ease some of the stress and the money issues.  The person that came and helped me she booked a couple of parties from it.

I just realized one event is not my whole business and it’s not going to determine if my business is successful or not successful.  It is just one event of many and I can move on.  And I did.  I‘ve moved on and learned from it.  But I still remember that one time that I did that really expensive show out of state with almost no help and I couldn’t talk.

Awnya: That would be completely scary.  I admire you for taking that big of a risk.  And I think that’s kind of the message that comes out to me in all of that is you’ve gotta take risk in order to get rewards.  I’m not talking like 3, $1100 shows in a month.  I mean if that is your cup of tea, do it.  But if you don’t put yourself out there, if you don’t try things you’ve never tried, then you’re not going to get the big results.

And Michelle went out there and did these shows, even though some of them didn’t turn out exactly how she wanted, she’s gotten the results because she took risks in her business.

Now Michelle, what lesson do you want Paparazzi to learn from that?

Michelle: There’s a few things I’ve learned from this.

1- You don’t have to do really expensive booth fees to grow your business. I don’t do shows like that anymore because I decided in looking at numbers and everything that I could use my time and energy more effectively elsewhere than traveling out of state and doing these huge shows.  They can be fun, but I don’t always think they are the most effective thing.

2- Plan ahead and be ready for the unexpected. I learned after that month and those 3 events that that’s not my business.  That’s not where I want to be doing the business.  I want to be doing the business on a smaller or medium show level. And doing things more locally or through social media rather than having to put myself out there and having to travel and all that stuff.

Awnya: I like how you try it.  Like, some people they just say “Oh, I’m not a Facebooker, I don’t do Facebook parties.”  They never try it.  But you’ve been there, you’ve tried it and now you can be educated when you say “It’s not my thing, right”

Michelle: And you know what? I’ve been able to help other people for their bigger shows and help them prepare, so I’m glad that I did it.  I’ve done everything.  And as a leader I feel like I can say “I’ve done everything.  What do you need help with? I can help you with that.”  I’ve been here and done that so I can help them with that.  I’ve done bigger shows so I know what to expect.

What is a habit you have that you feel contributes to your success?

Michelle: I think I have a habit of just going for things and just putting it all out there and going BIG.  Not even going big, but going hard.  You know in everything I do,  I just do it.  When I first started, that’s what I did and I feel like just going for it and not thinking about it too much or analyzing and doubting – I don’t do that.

You go for it and give it your all and you’ll be a lot more successful than if you are like “Oh, I’ll try.“ or “Oh I’ll just do this little thing here and see if it works and then if it works then I’ll do a little bit more.” But if you go for it and you give it your all at the very beginning, you’re going to have a lot more success and a lot more results than if you just do a little here and there.  And in the end, you are going to be a lot more successful when you give it your all then if you just give it a little effort.

Consistency is huge.  I have a habit of being consistent.  If you’re consistent in your business you are going to have more business.  And then another thing that I feel like I have a habit of doing is just being nice to people.  Talking to people.  Like caring about people.

Paparazzi, any business, is a people business, right?!  You might be selling a product, but if you want people to join your team, if you want customers and hostesses to come back over and over and over and over again, you have to build relationship and you have to care about people.  So I feel like if you have a habit of caring about people and, you know, keeping in touch with people then your business will be a lot stronger.

I could talk about a million habits that I feel like contribute to a successful business, but I think those are 3 big ones.  Going for it, being consistent and just being a people person and talking with people and caring about people and letting them know that because when you show that you care about them and that you’re their friend, they are going to come back to you over and over again instead of just having to keep finding new people to sell to and host and join and all of that.

Awnya: I’m going to draw a quick correlation here.  At convention, I want to say it was last year, there was a consultant I was talking to.  And I love hippie headbands, since the day they came out, I wear Hippie Headbands all the time.  So I’m at convention and a consultant comes up to me she is like “Oh my gosh! Those look so good on you, I could never wear that.” And I said to her “Girl, what is stopping you?  Like, put it on and just rock it.  You are just overanalyzing it.“

She said “I’m too old to wear it,” and I said “No you are not.  Just put it on and you rock it cuz you are what you say you are.”  So jumping back to your first point there.  Don’t overanalyze.  Don’t psych yourself out.  Like, she totally rocked a hippie headband. It was all in her head that she couldn’t do it.

Stop psyching yourself out.  Go big or go home.  Just do it. Stop putting these limitations on yourself.  Your business is not going to thrive if you are putting limitations on it.  Take the first step.  Get there. Do it.

Michelle: If you would have asked me when I joined Paparazzi if I could see myself where I am now?  No way.  Absolutely no way.  When I heard Robin Frank say she got a $5000 check, it was like “Oh my gosh!  That would be amazing to make that much money. But I don’t know if that is me.  Like, I don’t know that I can do that.”

 And yet, after I kept hearing a couple of stories I was like, I’m gonna go for it.  I know that this can change my life.  And I did.  I went for it.  Those stories are really motivating.  When you hear people say they started in the same place where you are and now I’m here.  But it is work and consistency and just doing it.

Awnya: One step at a time, right?

Michelle: Yep!

What advice would you give to a brand new consultant?

Michelle: Go for it.  Go for it! Go big.  Don’t think, “Oh, I hope I can sell 10 pieces at my launch party.” You are going to sell 50 pieces at your launch party.  Be confident that this business is going to work for you.  And if you’re confident in that, then you are going to treat it like it’s going to work for you.

Get your jewelry in front of lots of people.  Don’t be afraid.  Don’t make excuses.  Like “I can’t do this because my house is too small.”  I hear excuses all the time. But if you want this, you’ll just go out and make it happen and you’ll do it.  I had a 5 week old and a 3 year old and a 5 year old and my husband worked full time and I babysat kids in my home for the first 5 or 6 months while I was doing Paparazzi.  And I had a blog and I had church calling and all this stuff.  My life was busy.

 I just went out and made it work. You just have to go out and make it work.  And be excited.  If you act intimidated, if you act shy, if you act like “Oh, ya know, like, if you wanna come to my party, like, that’d be cool,“ you’re not going to get the same response as if you go out and say “I’m so excited.  I have this awesome product, it’s only $5.  It will help you look beautiful and it will save you money.  Come to my party.  On (whenever you’re doing it.)“ You’re going to get better participation.

And then once you get the people to see the jewelry you need to keep in touch with people that like your product.  One of my biggest, biggest, biggest regrets is that in the past 5 years, if I would have kept all the email addresses of the people that bought from me or the people who said they wanted me to keep in touch and I didn’t, I would have a list of like 5000 people that said “I like your stuff” and I don’t have that because I didn’t keep in touch with people

Awnya: So many gems in that.  Keep in contact with people. That is huge.  Like, follow up is huge.  Relationships.  We’ve talked about that several times.  Relationships are huge.  Show that excitement.  You’ve got to be excited about the product.  I mean, you just joined the business, we know you are excited about it.  Don’t let those negative people get into you head or into your excitement.  Just block it out.  Show ‘um your excitement and then wear the product.

Be a product of the product.  You’ve gotta wear it.  And you never know when like your mailman or your neighbor across the street will be like “Cute headband. Where did you get it?”

Great point Michelle, I just love those.

If you could suggest 1 thing to a consultant who was feeling stuck in their business to get things jump started again, what would that be?

Michelle: It would be what I just talked about. Go back and contact your past customers, your past hostesses, your like past people that have shown interest in Paparazzi.  Do a Mystery Hostess party or another party.  Ask them if they want a bunch of free jewelry, you know?!

Show them some of the new pieces that are out.  I feel like the jewelry is so much cuter now than when I joined.  It just keeps getting better and better and better.  And if someone hasn’t bought from you in like a year, they may not know all the cute stuff that you have, so go out and contact the people that have supported you in the past.

Also, talk with those people that work in places with lots of other women and try to get baskets out.  If you go back to the people who have liked Paparazzi in the past, most of them are still going to like it. It’s just that maybe they don’t know that you are still selling it or maybe they haven’t heard from you in a long time.  So that would be my suggestion.  Go back to where you had success with people in the past and make that happen again.

Awnya: Now if I could add just 1 thing to that, it would be (and I’m sure you meant this because I just know you), I know that you didn’t mean to send a mass text to everybody begging for a party or go on Facebook and post it to your wall.  You have to do that PERSONAL contact people.  It’s the relationships.  Call them on the phone.  Talk to them in person.

Michelle: Maybe I should say, “make a personal contact.”  I’m a firm believer that if you are face to face or if you are talking to somebody in person, it’s a lot more effective than just posting something on you wall or mass texts or group messages.  They don’t…  No. No.  No no no no.  It’s personal.  Everything you should do is personal, personal, personal.  If all you do is rely on 1 post on your wall, “I’m going to post this on my wall and if it doesn’t work, this is the end.” You aren’t going to be very successful.  I’m just putting that out there.  Like, you have to make it personal.

I get mass invitations to parties all the time.  I see people post all over their walls about stuff.  I don’t volunteer.  If they really want me to come to a party, if they really want me to help them with their business, they are going to ask me personally.  They aren’t going to do a group whatever.  Or just put it on the wall.  That takes no effort to put something on their wall.

Awnya: Call up those people on the phone.  I know it’s scary!  Do some jumping jacks get some anxiety out of you however you do it.  Make it about the relationship.  Offer to make it a theme party, do whatever you gotta do but it has to be personal.

What is a quote that inspires you?

Michelle: How can you just narrow it down to one quote?  Right?!  It’s by Pele. He’s a soccer player.  He said:

Pele quote

I know that success is not an accident.  Like I didn’t just join Paparazzi and “Oh my gosh. I’m successful! Holy cow, I don’t know how’d that happen?”  It is not an accident it is work!  Sometimes its sacrifice.  I still listen to training calls.  I am learning from other people.  I’m studying what the other successful consultants in our company are doing and trying to share that.  It’s not an accident people.  You gotta go out there and work it!

Awnya:  Its hard work, right?! It’s blood sweat and tears.  But that’s what makes it so rewarding!

Michelle: Every once in a while a little bit of blood but not much, luckily.

A: It would ruin the jewelry if you bleed too much, right?

Michelle: yeah.

What would you say is a must read and why?

Michelle: When you hit Executive Producer in the company, they send you the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, (and I think they still do that).  This is probably one of the most read books or inspirational books or whatever category you want to put it in – of all time.  And I can see why.  When you are in a business, how to win friends and influence people is something you want to do.  You want to build the relationship. You want to influence people in a positive way, this book just – everything about it is good.  It can help you in every part of your life not just in business.

So that’s a good one. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most popular books of all time

Last questions.  Give us a parting piece of guidance. 

Build relationships in your business.  Build them with your customers, build them with your hostesses, build them with your teammates.  If you have them with those 3 groups of people, you are going to have a business.  If you don’t have any relationships, your business is going to be way, way, way harder and not as fun!  Right?!  Relationships are what make a business fun.  So I would say build relationships.

If you are at a party, joke around with people.  Have fun.  Don’t be anti-social.  Care about them.  I have customers who have kids with cancer or who have lost family members.  I have done nice things for them not just because they are my customer, but because they are my friend also and I like to show that I care.  Make people your friends.  Have fun with this business.  Get out there and talk to people.

Get it in front of people whether it is in person or on the computer, you just have to get it out of your house.

Awnya: I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Thank you so much for coming on the call today.  I know this is probably going to be one of THE most listened podcast episodes because of all the gems you’ve shared with us and how fun you are!

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Fear of Being Pushy

Do you worry that you might be too pushy to your friends, family or customers?  Let’s talk about what it means to be pushy and why you probably aren’t…

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We all have that person in our lives who doesn’t seem to know when they are being pushy.  They might seem a little like a used car salesman.  They ask again and again and again for the same thing. Sometimes they ask in a different way, but if they want something to happen, they will push and shove and do everything in their power to make it happen.

Ick!  Just thinking about that kind of person makes my skin crawl a little bit.  The reality is, that we are in a business that sells products and so being afraid of becoming that pushy sales person is a totally legitimate fear.

Let’s talk about some of the works you would use to describe a “pushy person” with.

  • Disrespectful
  • Doesn’t listen
  • Self absorbed
  • thoughtless
  • insensitive
  • Doesn’t take No for an answer
  • Annoying
  • Rude

Now I want you to think for a minute.  What words would you use to describe yourself?

Now compare the two lists.  Odds are, these aren’t the same.  You want to know why?  Because you care about your friends!  In my mind, it comes down to the fact that you wonder if you are being too pushy!  A pushy person doesn’t do that!  They don’t care about the person they are talking to.  They care about themselves!  By worrying about your customers, family and friends, you are providing customer service which is never pushy.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is

Faith and Fear cannot exist in the same place. 

To me, that means that if you are constantly worrying and being fearful that you are being pushy, then you are not moving forward with positive energy towards your goals and dreams.  You are spending your energy in worry, fear or doubt.  We don’t want that kind of negative energy sucking our positive energy and strength.

So to get rid of that negative energy, those fears, find something to focus on that is positive.

For me, that is customer service.  When I am being of service to my customers, I know that I am not being pushy.  So instead of worrying about being pushy, I focus on being OF SERVICE.  I SHARE instead of tell.  SHOW instead of force.  LISTEN instead of talk.

These things help me feel like I am helping and serving my customers.  It is something that comes from my heart and I feel that shows through in my business.  It is easy to tell when someone is focused on the results that they want and when they have only themselves in mind.

Let me share a quick story with you.  I have a Paparazzi friend (let’s call her Jane) who was struggling sharing the new items she was getting with her customers.  She felt like she was pushing them into buying and because of that, she stopped sharing the new items with her customers.

After a few weeks, one of her friends asked her why she wasn’t seeing anything new.  Jane shared her feelings about being pushy and you know what her customer said?  “We are all big girls.  If we truly don’t want something, we won’t buy it.”  This was a light bulb moment for Jane.  She decided in that moment that she would SHARE the new products, sales, specials and everything with her customers.  They WANTED her to!  And by not sharing, she was actually hurting her business!

One of the things that initially drew me to Paparazzi, as I’m sure it did to some of you too, was the $5 price.  That’s it, $5.  When people see the quality of the jewelry AND the price tag, the jewelry practically flies out the door!  You can literally just stand there and say “Everything is only $5 each” and do really well.

This is totally different from most other companies out there.  Sure, we can talk about how everything is nickel and lead free and how it is budget friendly fashion.  We can mention that such-and-such item is a best seller or the Pantone color of the year if we want to, but the $5 price is totally KILLER and it doesn’t take a lot of convincing (or selling) after they know about that!

So think for a minute, what will you do now that you aren’t afraid of being pushy?  Will you share with your friends about your Paparazzi business?  Will you post your brand new inventory in your Facebook group?  Will you call your old hostesses and ask if they want to have their friends over to see your new spring and summer inventory?  Will you talk to someone who you think would be GREAT at Paparazzi and see if they’ve ever thought about trying something like this out?

Don’t push your self out of greatness and away from your dreams by your fear of being pushy!  The best is yet to come and you are meant for amazing things!  Focus on service, kindness, love and respect and you won’t ever have to worry that you are pushing someone into doing something they don’t want to do.

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What are some of the words on the list that you made that describe you or your business?  What are some ways that you incorporate those words into your business?

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Paparazzi Accessories Elite Leader Robin Frank

Today we chat with Paparazzi Jewelry Elite Leader, Robin Frank. Robin is an amazing leader, grandmother and friend.  She is a cancer survivor and one of the most positive and uplifting people I know.  She loves sharing and training other consultants and has some amazing stories and advise to share with you!

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Today we have on the show Robin Frank.  Robin is married to Tom and the mother of 4 boys and 1 girl.
Her daughter is Brittany and she is Robin’s best friend and business partner. Robin has 12 ½ grand kids, including 2 sets of twins, and all are under the age of 7!

Robin is a Maven A-lister in Paparazzi and has a Channel purse!!  She ROCKS that purse!  You will see her sporting it around convention this year (don’t miss it!!)

Robin Started Paparazzi Sept 26, 2010 and has consultant number 1028.  The Consultant numbers started out at 1000, so Robin was one of the first 28 people to join Paparazzi.  Robin lives in Draper Utah which is in the Salt Lake City area.

What is your Paparazzi Why?

Robin:  My husband is a realtor, Tom is a realtor.  We were flipping homes and Brittany, our daughter was our assistant. Life was going well for us and we were doing well and then 2008-2009 the real estate market crashed.  We lost 7 properties to foreclosure and short sales.  As many of you know, when finances come up you kind – when you don’t have enough money to pay your bills, it weighs on you.  I gained weight and didn’t want to be around anyone and I just felt horrible.

One day, Brittany hauled me to a show at a convention center called What a Woman Wants.  We went in there and walked around and just looked at stuff.  We found a five dollar jewelry booth.  We went in there and we though “this is cool” and I figured I could buy a necklace for five bucks.  That was really all I could afford cuz I had no income.

Brittany and Misty and Rachel Kirby talked me into wearing a headband.  At this time I was 55.  I mean, I wore a headband when I was 12. So that was the beginning.   And they told me “You wear a headband and wear it around this show and if you don’t like that, you bring it back.”  I do that all the time now!  I tell people, “you buy this headband and you wear it around and if you don’t like it, you can bring it back, you don’t have to keep it!”

So I walked around and it was ok but nothing wonderful happened.  They next day was Sunday and I wore it to church.  And for several months I’d felt like this big fat looser.  When I went to church, 3 or 4 people stopped me and told me I looked really nice.  They didn’t say “oh, you have a really cool headband”, they just noticed that I looked really nice that day.  It changed my life.

We had Misty’s card so we called her the next day.  When we had been at the event the day before, we sat and watched the booth and they were always busy and there were tons of people walking around with these little pink bags.  And we needed a job.  So the next day we called and then drove down to Hurricane Utah which was 4 hours away and purchased jewelry (which I had no money to buy). And then drove home.   I don’t’ know about any of you that have started. But when you get your first kit or get so excited and jump into in and then on the way home I had this remorse and I thought “what have I done.  I’m a looser, I have no money.”

But we came home and jumped in and went 90 miles an hour.  And we put every penny right back into our business.  We bought 1000 pieces to start with for $3000.  We did shows and 2 and 3 home parties a day.  I would do one and Brittany would do one that same night.  This was September.  We didn’t pull one penny out of our business.  We soaked every penny back into our business .  All we did was buy more jewelry and pay our credit card minimum payment which was $25 a month.

We just went to town. We loved selling jewelry.  That is my biggest why.  I know we can change a woman’s life by putting a $5 item on her and I’m not asking her to break he bank.  I don’t’ know what her financial situation is, I don’t know what she has at home.  All I know is that I can put a piece of jewelry on someone and they stand a little taller and they’ll smile. And someone will tell them they look beautiful .  And that’s why I do Paparazzi.

That was the beginning.  WE just got going and thing were wonderful.  We’d never been in direct sales before.  Brittany is my best friend and business partner and things were going along just great and then Brittany got pregnant with twins.  She had her 2 babies at 25 weeks.  Little 2 pound boys.  They were there for 2 ½ months.  As mom and grandma we kinda checked out for a while.

Ya never know what happens in life.  We went through the financial thing and paparazzi pulled us through.  And then we went through the medical thing and our Paparazzi sisters were there for us and pulled us through.   If we needed some extra money we could go out on the weekend and sell!  And then I ended up with cancer and almost died!  The last Why of my life is all these sweet Paparazzi sisters who have become my sisters who have prayed me better and lifted me up when I didn’t want to live anymore.

I love selling jewelry and I love the relationships I have.  And that’s why I love selling jewelry.

What is your worst Paparazzi moment?

Robin: I love, love, love doing large events.  WE do everything we can find.  Fights, races, dance competitions, fights, gun shows.  Anything we can think of where we will find a woman or some women.  So we found this fight – it was a boxing match or ultimate fighting.  It was a $50 booth fee and from 6pm till midnight.  It was a last minute thing cuz I just found it.  When I got there, I didn’t have any bags.  I really wasn’t prepared!   How do you go to a show and not have bags to put your jewelry in?!  My niece was with me and ran and found some clear plastic bags for us, so we were all set up and ready to go.

 They were starting to come in for the fight.  It was in October and at this fight a lot of people came dressed up.  It was near Halloween.  Again, I’d only been doing Paparazzi for about a month.  I wasn’t sure I knew what I was doing. But they came in, hundreds and hundreds of women.  They set us up in the foyer where they bought their tickets and then everyone went in to find their seats in the fight in the arena.  And we’re out there with some t-shirt people and some food people.

Ladies would come along and I’d talk to them and show them the jewelry and they’d say “Yeah, that’s great.  I’ll come back later”.  Well as the night progressed, everyone got drunk.  You’d think that would be a good night.  Because they are drinking and they will come and spend more money.  Well, very few people even came to my booth.  I did sell one bracelet in 6 hours and the booth fee was $5.  I sold one bracelet.  There were some girls who came over right near my booth she threw up all over the floor.  It was awful.  “Oh, I kept thinking why did I do this?”  Why, why, why???  And we do that!  We get in to these boutiques and events and we don’t make enough money, we go in the hole, we are thrown up upon and I thought “I will never do a fight again.”

But we learned.  And the one thing I did learn was I met a photographer there who taught us and trained us in taking pictures.  At the time we didn’t have stock photos that we could use with Paparazzi and three people picked up my card, well, several did but 3 called me back, and I got 3 parties off of that.

And I learned a lot about fighting that night!  Then when it was over because so many people had been drinking a lot, the underdog won, the gentleman that was next to me selling t-shirts said “you girls better get out of here” so we packed up and left.  So do every event, everything you can and learn from it and go forward and you never go in the hole.

 I believe, I truly believe, that God puts us in places as stepping stones to learn for the next thing.  He taught me a lot of lessons there that I will never forget and it doesn’t matter what I do, I will always learn something!  So look for the things you are learning, the little gifts you are given to learn from in every instance you are at.  It’s not always about the money,  it’s about the relationships and the next thing that he is leading you to.

Awnya:  Another thing that I kinda want to bring out just a little bit more is that after wards, you only sold one bracelet, but afterwards people called you!  You thought it was a horrible event and you still got things afterwards.  So ladies, even if you are doing an event and you are totally bombin, hand out those cards, talk to people, talk to the other vendors there.  See what other relationships you can build.  You  never know, you might have someone call you in a week and say  “Hey, I want to join your business.” Or “hey I wanna do a party for you”.  You just never know.

Robin: The photographer did join as a matter of fact.  She really did.  And one of the people called me, it was about 6 or 8 months later.   And she said, “I had your card and I say you at a fight” and I was like “Where did you see me?”  I had really kinda tried to put that out of my head.  But, yeah!  It was good.

A: What habit do you have that contributes to your success, Robin?

Robin:  The one think that I feel like I would like to suggest to everyone or what I love to do is I love to smile and I love people.  My life has been so touched by people that love me that I feel like that if I can just reach into anyone’s little heart because there’s a lot of people out there that are having sad days.  And if you can send them just a little bit of love, and I always talk about Paparazzi everywhere I go.

I always wear a headband.  I always wear bracelets and a necklace because it’s a conversation starter.  And I’m Paparazzi’s advertisement,  I’m the billboard.  I feel that people look and me and know that my jewelry makes me happy!  It does!  So always smile and love the people around you.  I think that’s been my best success habit.

What advice would you give to a brand new consultant just starting out?

Robin:  Just exactly what we just talked about.  Number one, have information, have a business card, a flyer, carry it with you everywhere!  But BE the advertisement.  LIVE Paparazzi and smile and love the people around you.  If you go out and open your mouth.  I’m telling you there are some consultants out there who have grown so quickly just because they love the product and they talk about it.

When I first started, at my first party I stood in the back corner and somebody said “well, who do I pay?” and I raised my hand “over here, over here.”  And now, I know that I just have to get out there.  You may not  know this but I was kind of a shy person.  Remember, I was the kind the looser and I’d  gained weight.  I don’t’ care what your personality is.  If you just smiel and just share with people why you started, it will change your business.  It will!  And make sure you give them your information.  Ya know, the jewelry sells itself.  So just share it with people.  Just open your mouth and talk about it everywhere you go.

Awnya:  I love it!  I love how SIMPLE that is.  You don’t need $400 to and buy business cards or to advertise on a billboard.  You have your smile all the time if you just wear it

Robin: and if you will smile when you are on the phone, I promise you people will feel that.  I mean, I can feel your smile, Awnya. You’re always smiling, you’re so sweet.  Awnya’s always happy, bless her heart.  And you feel that, you feel their smile even on the phone or whenever you talk to them.

If you could give one piece of advice to a consultant who is feeling stuck in their business, what would that be?

Robin:  bnI would tell them to call their downline.  Call their team.  Call their friends.  If they are just starting out and don’t’ know where to get started, call someone in Paparazzi.  But if you have a little team going and you haven’t made contact with them, Oh my gosh!  Then all you have to do is call them and let them know that you love ‘um and care about ‘um.  And that is something that has really opened my eyes that I’ve tried to start doing in the last little bit.  Misty pushes that a lot.  Make a phone call.  We’re all texters or we message a lot but that personal contact means the world and it changes your life.

It does!  Whenever I’m feeling down all I have to do is talk to a couple people and I just live my life.  So pick up the telephone . That’s the best.

What is a quote that inspires you?

Robin:  My favorite quote is Love your Life.  Because I didn’t love my life for a long time.  Sometimes you don’t love who you are or how you look, how you feel or how much money you have or what your weight is.  But with every step you take every day if you think “I love my life, I love my life, I love my life.”   It’ll change your life.  It has changed mine!   6 months ago, I wasn’t where I am today.  A year ago I wasn’t where I am today.  But I’m so blessed and I love the life that God has given to me.

Awnya:  And you do, you embrace life.  That’s one of my favorite things about you.  No matter what stage you are in.  Even when you had your cancer and were at convention and you had lost all of your hair you were wearing a darling pink wig, you had given them out to everyone who was there that year.  And you got up on stage and you threw your wig out into the audience and you had the biggest smile on your face!  You just embrace loving your life, whatever stage you’re in.  It’s truly who you are!  I love that!

What book would you say is a must read and why?

Robin:  My very, very favorite book is The Secret.  I don’t care where I’m at with it.  When I’m feeling down.  And it’s all about “If you believe it, it will happen”.

I believe in vision boards and I believe in affirmations and that’s what The Secret is about.  If you believe it, and you declare it, it will happen.  I don’t care what it is.  You want a million dollars?  It will happen if you believe is and you put it on a vision board and you say it, it will happen.  You wanna be Maven A-lister and carry around a Channel Purse?  It will happen if you declare it!

Awnya: I have to tell you a story around that.  After Empower Me Pink this year, we came to your house for training afterwards.  Robin and Tom were talking about vision boards.   And so on the way home I was thinking about it – it’s about a4 hour drive for me.  So on the way home, I was thinking “Ok, what would I put in my vision board?  What are some things I want changed in my life?”   At the time – I’m gonna start crying now, Robin – we’d been living in an apartment.

The financial market that Robin was talking about, it hit us hard too.  We just had our house and we ended up having to short sale that.  And we were told we couldn’t buy a house for 7 years.  And so we were in the middle of that 7 years just waiting for time.  WE have 7 kids and then my husband and I and we were squished in a tiny 3 bedroom apartment.  We didn’t have a yard, we didn’t have even a garage.  We had a parking space that sometimes the neighbors would steal.

So on the way home, one of the first things I put on the list was a house.  I wanted a house so bad.   From what we’d been told several times we had to wait that full 7 years.  We had to wait.  So I put it on my vision board thinking, eventually, someday we’ll get into a house.  Well, this is June, so we are talking 3 months later.   And I’m talking to you today from my house!  YAY!!

We have a yard, garage, we have 4 bedrooms.  With 9 people its still a little squished, but it’s a house and it’s ours.  And it was on my vision board!

So even this thing that I never thought would be able to happen because of the past and everything, it totally happened, and in 3 months, Robin!!

Robin:  See?  See??  I’m telling you, Awnya!  It’s so Amazing!  I’ve known Awnya  for 3 years and I tell you, if there’s anything I can teach, anything, is that if you put it out there, all you have to do is ask.  And put it out there and believe!  Three months for you.  A HOUSE!!

Ok, last question, Robin!  What is a parting piece of guidance for us?

Robin:  Just love yourself and love your sisters. And to believe that you’re beautiful.  You make a difference in people’s lives!   I so believe that God gives us things.  I don’t believe in chance. I don’t think you just get things cuz you’re lucky.  I think God puts you in situations to learn and to grow and to help other people.

And it just makes me sad that so many people don’t believe their beautiful.  And it doesn’t matter how much money you have. I doesn’t matter what you need and what you want.  If you believe in yourself you can get it.

And this is a little saying I have that says:

believe and dream quote


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