Archive for July, 2010

What in your life would you change if you could?

What would you change?Your age? Your retirement plan?  Your job? What is it, that if you could do it all over again, you re-do?

Right now, I am looking back on a lot of different events in my life that have brought me to the point I am today. Would I change any of them?  Sure! BUT would I be the person I am today – where I am today and would any of it be “better”?

I really and honestly don’t believe so.  I believe that there is a plan for our lives, and that He brings us exactly where and how He decides. Has it always been pleasant? – Heck no! But without my children I would never know my grandchildren.  Without a babysitter quitting on me at night and having to find daycare before morning would I ever have been in the right place to find my church home at Pleasantview here in Phoenix through their private Christian K4-8th grade school more than 20 years ago? I doubt it.

Every path we go down has a benefit or a consequence…I think that every path I’ve gone down has had a benefit (although some would say consequence) and now, with new paths in front of me again, I just pray for the guidance to choose the one that will bring benefit to everyone I know…because we are NOT in this alone – We are all touched every day by the people all around us.

Without recent financial situations, would I have been open to the suggestion of starting my own home-based business?  Probably not – but it has been a ball and continues to open my eyes to the wonderful possibilities that lay before me with a future that is wide open!  And the people I am meeting, like the award-winning author, Marcia Fine, and the effervescent Gia Heller, and the women at the Arizona Women Networking organization – Oh my – what fun!!!

So many neat things to learn and do and learn some more and may it all count for His gain and naught of my own – for without Him, I am nothing.

Writing this post made me remember a song from long ago (I found the words and am going to sing it Sunday) – it goes like this.

(Mylon R. Lefevre)

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be
Without Him how lost I would be

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Can We Do It Better?

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The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides.

We can NOT control the pollutants outside…We just can’t…BUT, we can control the pollutants in our own homes and workplace.

Bleach, ammonia, aerosols, phosphates, formaldehyde (used to embalm bodies and you can find it in 3000 products under 27 different names – including the dryer sheets used to dry the pillow cases you lay your head on each night!).

All these things are manufactured and shipped to your local stores and put on the store shelves with massive media hype and advertising telling you that these things are “good for you”. We must have them to be clean, to “sanitize” and yet more and more of us are sick with things not heard of 20 years ago – ADHD, ADD, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,, Autism, just to name a few…

And WHY? – The one thing that has consistently been a part of every life has been the agents we use to clean with. – We’ve had them around a long time, but with every generation we become a society that is more and more unhealthy. We have the best doctors in the world, right here in the United States, and yet they struggle to come up with even the diagnoses let alone the cure.

We can take back our own lives with better, safer products – we can regain our health with better and more effective vitamins and supplements.

BUT – we have to do it!

We’re Not Getting Any Younger?

In a report put out by the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, “Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging”, the authors have indicated ways to reduce exposure to some of the toxicants in our every day lives. – Exposures to some environmental chemicals can increase the risk of a number of different diseases, including chronic pain, chronic fatigue, inflammation, as well as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and the list goes on and on and when gathered from different resources it is mind-numbing at the least and can’t fit all in one blog.

There is some very clear direction in this same piece however on how to reduce the exposure to toxicants. It is suggested we take a multi-level approach to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals and substances such as pesticides, metals and solvents.

They first recommend you consider the following:
• Where you can be exposed – such as home, school, daycare facilities, workplace, and sadly to say hospitals and care facilities.
• How you can be exposed by food, air, water & soil
• When you can be exposed, including seasonally
• What products you purchase that may result in exposure – including cleaning, personal care, lawn and garden maintenance.

Here are some steps you can take to address major potential routes of exposure:
• Inventory your home for hazardous materials – including cleaning, maintenance, lawn, personal care, and pet care – Dispose of these products properly (call your local waste disposal company and/or landfill to confirm what and where you can legally dispose of them), and replace them with less-toxic (non-toxic) alternative products or processes. (Note a previous blog – Bleach is NOT a non-toxic alternative).
• Assess your drinking water quality and filter it as necessary. The appropriate approach to filtration will be determined by the actual contaminants found in your water source.
• Eliminate or reduce pesticide use in the home and lawns & gardens, or they recommend adopting an “Integrated Pest Management” approach that includes several different measures to prevent or eliminate pests.
• Reduce consumption and waste, recycle materials and always conserve energy.
• Last but not least, it is recommended that you work with the appropriate people to reduce the use of toxicants where you gather most often, including your workplace, school, community and care centers.

There are many ways we can take care of each other – We’re NOT getting any younger!

Every Day!

Although this doesn’t refer to the science of “science”, this posting does work to remind me why we get up every day and do the things we do for the “science” of our “business”.  We need people who need us – and it doesn’t get any more basic than that! – – “Elementary, my dear Watson (as my fav detective of all time has said on more than one occasion).  This blog is from Paul Castain’s Sales Playbook – I’ve read it over and over and over – – now, I thought it time to pass it on to my readers…

Everyday . . .

  • A new business is born that requires your product or service.
  • A business wants to grow and they need your help.
  • A sales rep goes M.I.A. leaving an orphaned account for the taking.
  • A business moves into your area finding it easier to deal with a local company.
  • A new buyer joins the company looking to make a name for them self. That old buyer who used to tell you “No!” may have left.
  • A vendor drops the ball creating an opening for you.
  • A vendor gets complacent creating opportunity for you.
  • A rep fails to offer an idea that you have that could impact your prospect’s business.
  • A buyer just doesn’t like their rep.
  • A buyer feels like they have to continually “babysit” their vendor.
  • A buyer is managing too many vendor relationships and needs a “one source solution”.
  • A buyer hates the buying process with their vendor.
  • A buyer wants to deal with someone who isn’t just about the commission check.
  • A buyer feels like they are over paying for what they are getting. A rep misses a deadline.
  • A rep fails to communicate properly giving you an opening.
  • A company needs the benefits of your offering to help them streamline their process.
  • A company needs to get better market share . . . your idea can help.
  • A company needs happier customers, employees and shareholders . . . you’ve got the cure!
  • A buyer wishes they could find a vendor that would “get it right the first time”.
  • A referral from an existing account is there for the taking . . . you need only to ask for it!
  • A “low ball” company can’t sustain quality.
  • A sales rep gets caught in a lie to a customer losing credibility.
  • A vendor implements some stupid, non customer friendly policy.
  • A vendor raises their price making the buyer reevaluate the situation
  • A Buyer needs your awesome idea to make them look like a rock star!
  • A buyer gets FED UP!

Our job is to find these people!

Compliments of Paul Castain’s Sales Playbook

http://yoursalesplaybook.com

Lock Up The BLEACH???

“Are you among the millions of consumers who believe that because it is sold on the grocery store shelves it is safe? Well, think again! The dangers of bleach and other cleaning products are well documented and often reported in the news.

There are no regulatory agencies that monitor the products that are brought into your home. There isn’t a Federal Drug Administration for cleaning products. And the manufacturer is protected from revealing their ingredients by trademarks and copyright on the proprietary formulas of the products.

If you are using bleach in the work place OSHA (Occupational Safety And Health Administration), which regulates the safety of the work place, will require you use a mask and gloves to handle the chemical to protect yourself. Do you use those precautions at home? Were you even aware you needed to?

Did you know that the Sanitation Department will not dispose of full containers of cleaners because they are classified as hazardous material?

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) recorded many exposures to household cleaning products that were serious enough to require hospitalization and physician care. The largest number of hospital occurrences in 1993, were from exposure to cleaning products such as drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, bleach and detergents.

Bleach is a strong corrosive material. It will irritate the eyes, skin and the respiratory tract from just inhaling the gasses. The dangers of bleach extend to mixing bleach with other cleaners. When this happens a poisonous gas is released that can cause bloody noses, neurological disorders, headaches and even death.”

Just in having the bottles of bleach, dishwashing detergent and other cleaners containing bleach do what is called “out-gassing” which means that the cleanser actual leaches the poison out through the bottle.

“Health issues. There are a number of different health issues that can be associated with bleach or household cleaners that contain bleach. These include respiratory problems, burned skin, and damage to the nervous system. In many cases, the use of bleach and cleaners with chlorine irritate problems that people have including allergies and asthma. These are caused as a direct result of the product itself and can be potentially serious.”

Excerpted from Seventh Generation’s Information Bulletin, “Facts about Chlorine.” “Should I worry about chlorine in household cleaners? In a word: Yes. Whether found alone or in a mixture of other chemicals, household products that contain chlorine pose a number of serious health risks. Products of special concern include: automatic dishwashing detergents, chlorine bleach, chlorinated disinfectant cleaners, mildew removers, and toilet bowl cleaners.

Many household cleaners contain chlorine, though it often masquerades behind aliases such as “sodium hypochlorite” or “hypochlorite.”

Breathing in the fumes of cleaners containing a high concentration of chlorine can irritate the lungs. This is particularly dangerous for people suffering from heart conditions or chronic respiratory problems such as asthma or emphysema. And the risks are compounded when the cleaners are used in small, poorly ventilated rooms, such as the bathroom. Chlorine is also a highly corrosive substance, capable of damaging skin, eyes, and other membranes. Chlorine was listed as a hazardous air pollutant in the 1990 Clean Air Act, and exposure to chlorine in the workplace is regulated by federal standards.”

There is a better and safer way to clean – non-toxic products that do more than just clean – they save your family money and time.  Contact me at distinctinspirations@gmail.com to learn more!

Toxic Affects On Aging (1)

I know I may sound a little bit like chicken little, but…what I want more than anything is to teach people about the number of toxins in their homes right now.  And to share that I have the answer to educate those who are interested in providing safe products around their homes and families.  None of us is getting younger (I happen to know that for a FACT!) and the hazards of household toxins can reap misery on a family. Some toxins are just irritating allergens, but many have long term or fatal health risks.

Homeowners assume that if a product is on the grocery store shelf or in the neighborhood dollar store, then it is bound to be safe. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. The government has not required chemical manufacturers to list many of the most harmful ingredients in household products.

There has also been a serious void when it comes to understanding the impact of the ingredients. Without private research regarding chemical reactions and hazards of household toxins, consumers would still assume their products are safe.

It is amazing to note that chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health. The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900’s) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.  [Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University]

Some products release contaminants into the air right away, others do so gradually over a period of time. Some stay in the air up to a year. These contaminants, found in many household and personal care products can cause dizziness, nausea, allergic reactions, eye/skin/respiratory tract irritations and some cause cancer. [American Lung Association]

This is a process that goes on inside our cupboards, laundry rooms and anywhere we store cleaning & other household products – the process is called “out-gassing” where the chemicals in the containers seep out through the containers.

According to the EPA “health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later…health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.”

I sincerely hope that in following this blog I not only show you what is happening to us but also how to make a change, one home at a time! Please contact me at distinctinspirations@gmail.com for more information on a safer way to live!

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