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7 Timely Quotes on Maximizing Your Time

By Amber,

Eighteenth century British statesman Lord Chesterfield is quoted as saying, “know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it.”

At Initials, Inc., we’re all about snatching, seizing and enjoying every moment life presents. In the midst of ever-shuffling schedules and never-ending deadlines, it’s important to stop and just enjoy life. As we react to the past and prepare for the future, it’s important to simply experience the present.

We hope these timeless quotes inspire you to make the most of every moment and to celebrate the freedom and opportunities that are available to you as an Independent Creative Partner with Initials, Inc. Be sure to share your favorite quote on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and let it inspire others.

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We all have different ideas of what “creative” means, but the fact is we were all created to create. What are you creating today?

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Enjoy the now! Though we try so much to control time, “manage” time, we quickly learn just how little control we have over it. But we can always experience and enjoy the time before us.

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Our schedules show us what we truly consider to be important. How do you define success? Does your schedule show it?

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Don’t be fooled; getting the most out of our moments doesn’t typically come naturally. It takes intention and commitment. Time is our most precious resource. Use it wisely.

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Change is inevitable. And change can do some serious damage to our plans and schedules. Roll with it, and continually seek out the best ways to use the time you have right now.

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The best moments so often come from the spare moments. A handful of minutes here and there. Cultivate these spare moments. Recognize them. Appreciate them.

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Waiting to get your ducks in a row is a surefire path to failure. Don’t wait for time to unveil some magical moment when everything is in its proper place. Whatever it is, do it now.

As an Independent Creative Partner with Initials, Inc., you have a special advantage when it comes to maximizing the moments you are given. You’re building a life filled with special, spontaneous moments. You’re committing to improvements in your life that are opening new doors for you in terms of how you use your time. You can even turn spare moments into income. Most importantly, you’re unleashing the true you on a daily basis, creating the life and lifestyle that affords you the freedom to enjoy time and all it has to offer.

Interested in learning more about becoming an Independent Creative Partner with Initials, Inc.? Get connected with a Creative Partner in your area here.

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A Survivor’s Heart

By Amber,

10014953_575677467284_8819155302274301280_oTo many, Debbie Taylor is a warm friend, a loving mother and grandmother and a Qualified Creative Partner at Initials, Inc. However, there is no singular word that can describe this woman. Hardships and the strength to overcome battle after battle made her a fighter. It made her a survivor.

Debbie was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30, shortly after she gave birth to her second child, a son. Complications occurring for longer than would be consistent with giving birth made her concerned for her health, so she enlisted the help of her then pregnant sister to get her an appointment with the same specialist. The doctor’s office told her that she wouldn’t be able to get an appointment until the end of the year. Luckily, they had a cancellation the same day as her sister’s appointment, and Debbie was able to undergo a much-needed exam.

After undergoing several exams and routine checks, the doctor became suspicious of a small spot and asked Debbie about it. She had undergone a mammogram just three years prior to this incident and believed the spot to be part of her fibrocystic condition, which is common among women. The doctor then told Debbie, “When in doubt, check it out.”

Debbie with her son and daughter-in-law.

Debbie with her son and daughter-in-law.

“At thirty, you’re invincible. You’re on top of the world. You have the perfect family, perfect job, perfect life. Cancer is the last thing on your mind,” said Debbie.

Still, she went to have another mammogram done, which increased concern. She was to see a surgeon as soon as possible to figure out what was happening. The surgeon did a biopsy and scheduled a radical mastectomy. Three of Debbie’s lymph nodes tested positive, making her diagnosis stage two cancer.

“In 1986, the way that you detected cancer and the treatments you did for cancer were totally different,” said Debbie.

At that time, doctors didn’t know about checking for hormone receptors. Because she was so young, and her cells could regenerate faster than someone twice her age, Debbie’s oncologist in Anderson, South Carolina created a chemotherapy protocol that called for twice the dosage of drugs that would be given to 50 or 60-year-old patients. The regimen called for some of the most toxic medicines on the planet, including Adriamycin, known as the “Red Devil.” The treatment destroyed her body over its six-month run. Many of the medicines she was given are no longer used to treat breast cancer today.

In 2003, after a staggering 18 years of remission, Debbie found herself facing another diagnosis of cancer in the wake of her husband’s death from a long involved illness. She believes the stress that came from this difficult time in her life contributed the new cancer. Due to the timeline between the first and second diagnoses, doctors had no reason to believe her previous cancer had come back.

Before this second diagnosis, Debbie had visited her doctor for a pinching feeling in her breast that was unrelated to the cancer. However, they found a visible and tactile bump that showed up on an ultrasound but not on the mammogram.

“That’s what’s so important about my story: to stress the importance of that self-examination. You’ve got to know what’s normal to be able to see what’s abnormal,” said Debbie.

 

Debbie and her Initials, Inc. sponsor.

Debbie and her daughter at National Conference.

She then had a biopsy that tested positive for breast cancer and a second mastectomy was scheduled. This procedure was less invasive than the first. Instead of removing lymph nodes and killing nerves in the underarm, radioactive markers were used to determine whether the cancer had spread beyond the breast tissue. She was back home within the next day, as opposed to her first surgery almost two decades before that required her to stay in the hospital for five days.

Today, after undergoing both mastectomies and reconstructive surgeries, Debbie’s positivity radiates.

“I have the sense of balance, or being in balance again as a woman,” said Debbie.

For this second round of cancer, Debbie opted out of chemotherapy, instead turning to a Tamoxifen regimen that would allow her to be whole enough to take care of her son, then a senior in high school.

“I’m here today because I was diligent and had a medical team that was willing to move quickly and loving, heavenly father led me to the places where I needed to be to be taken care of,” said Debbie.

Debbie with her granddaughter.

Debbie with her granddaughter.

Debbie actively supports breast cancer awareness and the research being done in the field as she is living proof of the strides made in the past few decades. She also shares her story whenever she can. As for those affected by breast cancer either directly or indirectly, Debbie had this to say:

“You can survive cancer. Just surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Keep a positive attitude.”

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Circle of Excellence: A truly Inspiring Honor- Christa Rubino

By Amber,

blogThe highest of honors one can receive as part of Initials, Inc. is the Circle of Excellence. Not many women have achieved this award, but those who have possess many characteristics of a leader, as well as a team player. The list of goals needed to achieve in order to win the Circle of Excellence is extensive:

1. Recruiting- 12+ qualified personal recruits
2. Sales- $30,000 or more in personal sales
3. Leadership- promoting 2+ leaders from personal team

This is not a simple task, nor can just anyone accomplish it. Christa Rubino, Senior Creative Director, achieved it for 2014, and shared some of her experience and wisdom in the following interview.

Initials, Inc.: What piece of advice can you share to those Creative Partners hoping to achieve Circle of Excellence?

Christa Rubino: “Set your course. I was systematic. I broke down month by month what I needed to do, set goals each month and kept track of them. I used leadership, sales and recruiting as a road map. I never guessed, I knew exactly where I stood, I stayed the path and it works!”

II: How did your sponsor/Director/peers motivate you to achieve success?

CR: “I relied on other Directors that I knew like Maggie Benevento or Joy Pratt, and I would ask them a lot about their personal businesses.”

II: How has this recognition impacted you personally?

CR: “It’s a very empowering feeling to set a goal and reach it. Once I obtained that, my sights are set even higher going into next year. I set a standard, I achieved it, and now I want to go for more. I now know my own personal potential, and now my goals can be even larger and more grand. It’s a game changer knowing I can do this. Dream bigger.”

II: Where do you find your inspiration?

CR: “My three beautiful children. When I first started, I thought it was going to be about money, but now it’s about what this business can do for my children. Things I never thought four years ago I would be able to do-take my family to Disney, send my kids to Catholic school, treat my husband to a vacation-I can now do. I thought the mountain was unclimbable, and to be able to climb it and give them a greater quality of life is what inspires me. They are my greatest work and why I was put on the planet. They are my source of motivation. I keep a picture of them next to me at my shows as a constant reminder of why I do this.”

II: What was your biggest obstacle to overcome on your journey to the Circle of Excellence?

CR: “The scariest part was saying out loud to my team that I was going to get it, because as women, we are all afraid to fail. I had to embrace the fact there is so much growth in failure and the possibility of it. I had to overcome fear and put everything I had in it to do it. I had to show the team and lead the way, and you have to work hard for it and want it in order to succeed.”

II: What does Circle of Excellence mean to you?

CR: “For me, it’s one of the greatest accomplishments I’ve had because it’s in every aspect of your business, and it’s like you have complete balance. You bring your team along, and it’s like ying and yang, the pinnacle of achievement.”

II: What is next for you and your Initials, Inc. business?

CR: “I hope to be in the Circle of Excellence again. I am very anxious to promote the women within my organization. Leadership development is going to be big with me because I feel like delving into my team, and those women and serving them. I am also looking for my next promotion as Executive Creative Director!”

Christa’s choice to invest in her family and take the reigns by starting her own business exemplifies the success that can be reached through becoming a Creative Partner with Initials, Inc. She has achieved what only a few women have been able to achieve, and she deserves our biggest CONGRATULATIONS!

Circle of Excellence: A truly Inspiring Honor- Rosemary Reo

By Amber,

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The Circle of Excellence is the highest honor bestowed to a member of the Initials, Inc. family. To be named a recipient of this distinguished award, one must complete several goals in three, key areas:

1. Recruiting- 12+ qualified personal recruits
2. Sales- $30,000 or more in personal sales
3. Leadership- promoting 2+ leaders from personal team
This is not a simple task, nor can just anyone accomplish it. Rosemary Reo, Senior Creative Director, achieved it for 2013, 2014 & 2015, and shared some of her insights with us:

Initials, Inc.: What piece of advice can you share to those Creative Partners hoping to achieve Circle of Excellence?

Rosemary Reo: “If that’s your goal, then you need a plan to get there. You need short-term goals, and those lead to long-term goals.”

II: How did your sponsor/Director/peers motivate you to achieve success?

RR: “She saw the potential in me and said ‘You can do this,’ and she was there for me every step of the way to hold me accountable for the plan I made and to help keep me accountable for myself.”

II: How has this recognition impacted you personally?

RR: “Winning Circle of Excellence for the second time put those people in my life who had doubts in what I was doing at ease. It gave me credibility in my business, where I could go and how far this business could take me and my family.”

II: Where do you find your inspiration?

RR: “I’m very team-oriented and I love my team. Circle of Excellence takes a team in order to achieve it. My team is proud, and I am proud because of what my team has done to help me get there.”

II: What was your biggest obstacle to overcome on your journey to the Circle of Excellence?

RR: “Time. Really stopping and saying, ‘If I’m going to do this, I am going to have to focus and make the time and be efficient with my time.’ It’s always an obstacle for me because of my family structure and my kids.”

II: What does the Circle of Excellence mean to you?

RR: “As much as it gives credit to other people, I can say ‘I did this.’ This was a goal that I set, and I reached that goal, and it wasn’t a small goal. It was a big goal, and once you do that, you realize that you can do anything once you make a plan and set a goal.”

II: What is next for you and your Initials, Inc. business?

RR: “I hope to move up the career plan. I want a bigger organization!”

Rosemary has been dedicated to living her best life and the results show in all she does. Not only does she meet the hard-to-earn criteria to win this award, but she also takes the time to be a team player and credit her other team members and supporters for their help in her successes. CONGRATULATIONS Rosemary!

Circle of Excellence: A truly Inspiring Honor- Kim Briese

By Amber,

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The Circle of Excellence

This prestigious honor is reserved for a very elite group of people. In fact, it’s the highest honor one can achieve here at Initials, Inc, and the criteria needed to receive the award is extensive:

1. Recruiting- 12+ qualified personal recruits
2. Sales- $30,000 or more in personal sales
3. Leadership- promoting 2+ leaders from personal team

This is not a simple task, nor can just anyone accomplish it. Kim Briese, Creative Director, achieved it for 2013, 2014 & 2015, and was willing to answer some of our questions in the following interview:

Initials, Inc.: What piece of advice can you share to those Creative Partners hoping to achieve Circle of Excellence?

Kim Briese: “You have to be consistent. Do something every day to work your business.”

II: How did your sponsor/Director/peers motivate you to achieve success?

KB: “Aimee (Armstrong) was a huge cheerleader. At every milestone she was cheering me on and encouraging me just to keep doing more.”

II: How has this recognition impacted you personally?

KB: “It’s a confirmation of all my hard work. My friends and family now see it as a business, where as before, they thought of it as a hobby. It’s made other people interested in what I do. And, it’s just really made my entire family really proud of me.”

II: Where do you find your inspiration?

KB: “Ever since I was young, I’ve always wanted to be the best at everything I do. I excelled in sports, school, college and my teaching career. This is just one more thing I was going to excel at, because I can’t live with myself if I don’t. I need to also credit my team. I couldn’t have achieved it without their hard work and dedication.”

II: What was your biggest obstacle to overcome on your journey to the Circle of Excellence?

KB: “Promoting leaders and finding people who want to make it a business like you do was the hardest part for me; the leadership development. You have to go through so many to get that one that wants it like you. It’s like finding that gold nugget in the pan.”

II: What does the Circle of Excellence mean to you?

KB: “It confirms that what I am doing is working, and it means I am doing something right. It’s the highest honor you can have in the company, and I am very proud of it, especially achieving it two years in a row.”

II: What is next for you and your Initials, Inc. business?

KB: “Triple Crown! I want to work on building leaders, help people on my team get what they want and help them achieve their dreams.”

This woman has really captured the essence of what it means to work with Initials, Inc.. She works hard to achieve success not only in her own business, but also in her team’s business. She has achieved what only a few women have been able to achieve, and she deserves our biggest CONGRATULATIONS!