Have You Ever Temporarily Lost Your Confidence? #Makeovers

Which side looks more confident? Even subtle changes can make a world of difference in your outlook!

Which side looks more confident? Even subtle changes can make a world of difference in your outlook!

You know the tell-tale signs of a dip in self-confidence: slow or poor decision making, feeling of dread and the instinct to retreat from any type of challenge. We ALL experience these feelings every now and then. Sometimes it happens for no apparent reason, but often, it is the result of some exterior event such as loss of a job or divorce/break up. These are real problems that need to be worked through internally. However…you can speed the process and give it a boost from the outside… that’s right, I’m talking “MAKEOVER”~!

I know a lot of people think that makeovers, makeup, fashion, etc. are shallow, but have they considered how important it is to “act as if”? This is probably not a new phrase to you, but it is no less magical upon rediscovery! The best advice I can give someone who is sad for no apparent reason is to “act as if” they are happy. This is not the same as “put on a happy face”, which has the connotation of faking for the benefit of others. “Acting as if” is for your own personal benefit to retrain your brain, to form the new neuropathways you need to function in a more balanced way. Your brain needs repetition to learn new ideas and change the chemicals that rule your emotions.

While much of this is indeed done in thought, it can be sparked by changes on the exterior and certainly reinforces the idea that you are happy. To those naysayers who feel that caring about your skin, appearance, looks is a shallow or vain practice, I would say, “Get a haircut!” After your new ‘do, you will notice SOMETHING. It might be a little bounce in your step or just the fact that you look into the mirror more to check it out. Looking into the mirror is an excellent time to do some reinforcing thinking and self-talk that will keep you well on your road to happiness. I am in no way suggesting you should stare at yourself all day in the mirror or that all women must wear makeup or that all men should not – these are all personal choices and should be respected as such. I am merely suggesting that taking pride in your appearance is not a shallow action. It has real and lasting benefits to boost your self-esteem and should be respected as such. You know your brain is playing a tape constantly forming neuropathways, why not help determine where they go!

by Anita Nelson @ModelSupplies on Twitter – Follow me!

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Hottest Summer on Record Globally…So Let’s Have Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

Christmas in July!

I don’t know how many of you are sweltering in the July heat like me, but according to CNN it is a record number this year – at least in June and expected to be followed up by July. What’s a girl to do when it’s THIS HOT? Why SHOPPING of course~!!!

You may know I’m a member of Virtual Online Learning a place to learn and network online while making friends. This is an awesome community that is centered around selling on eBay, but covers, oh so much more! I have taken classes on email marketing, blogging, YouTube, Facebook, HTML and even taught a class on Twitter lists! @VirtualOnline is truly a place to take a class, then go right out the same day and make money! My friend, Danna Crawford @PowerSellingMom started it one year ago and the progress is just astounding! There are around 100 members so far and I was the very first! I’m very proud to hold that distinction and encourage everyone who wants to do marketing online to join us! Danna is the woman who told me when I met her that I would be a Powerseller -and WHAT MONTH it would happen! Guess what?! She NAILED it~! And I thought it was impossible!

So back to the topic at hand…. as I wipe my brow and adjust my laptop before it scorches my thighs. Again. THIS hot July is MUCH different than last hot July! Besides being much, much HOTTER, Louise from Herbs-Crafts-Gifts and a helper at Virtual Online, set up a “Christmas in July Sale” for  the members and their stores! What a wise woman! I am one of those that always gets to the Holiday stuff after it is sold out – so my customers miss out on all that good stuff. It always goes MUCH sooner than I think it will and already, things are selling OUT! Now we have all banded together to bring you the good stuff before it’s gone, let you get a leg up, give you the shopping edge! Please go check out the stores below! They all have different items and are separately owned. If you wish YOUR store was listed here, you should join us at  Virtual Online Learning please tell ‘em Anita sent you! And don’t forget to dip your toes into the snow while you’re there!

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Want to try a 24kt Gold Mask for your skin for Valentine’s date tonight? STOP!

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Not the time to try a 24kt Gold Facial Mask for the 1st time!

If you’ve watched the Style channel around the time of any red carpet event, you have no doubt seen the beauty procedures designed for stars before a big Hollywood party. The primping and pampering, massages and facials, fittings and steams. Well, I am here to tell you that one of the best things you can do for your big event tomorrow night is….

NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY~!!!

Yes, that’s right! If you want to look fantastic tomorrow night, the best thing to do is stick pretty much to your usual rituals! Even lay off some of those steps that are likely to cause eruptions or irritations. I know you have been dying to try that new mask, but most masks are designed to eliminate the impurities from your skin and that is not a pretty process to behold! The only healthy way out for impurities in your skin is to come through the surface, causing a blemish… a pimple… a ZIT~!!!

Definitely not what you need for a special night! There are others who crave extra exfoliation today to prepare for tonight or tomorrow – STOP~!!! You may set into motion a sensitivity to abrasion, chemical or even natural ingredients that you didn’t know you had. Consider the 24 hour test for hair coloring… if you wouldn’t take that chance with your hair (or even if you would, you vixen!), do not take the chance with your skin! The results are on a roulette wheel and you never know which way your luck will run. This is NO TIME to discover a brand new allergy, is it?

To look your very best, trust your own wisdom and intuition that you used to set up the routine you were on when you were ASKED out on that date! Save the 24kt Gold Mask for the Friday night of a 3 day weekend you plan to dedicate to spa luxuries. Concentrate instead on a new shade of lipstick, slightly different hairdo, pop of color on your shoes or other unexpected place and… remember that men just love black… They just do… Wear black and an unexpected pop of color to make your night special and draw the attention to you. So just keep being your beautiful, unique self!

If you want a Happy Valentine, Be a Happy Valentine ♥

(This goes for men, too!)

You have a lot of other things to think about besides your skin, after all, don’t you? I promise most men, real men will not even notice the things we women obsess about – that even includes cellulite. We, women would do well to follow suit. And dark chocolate is not only filled with antioxidants, it is also a true aphrodisiac! Have a beautiful Valentine’s Day and let your heart swell with love!

Two Hearts Beat As One

Two Hearts Beat As One

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Thank you so much to everyone for watching!

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Anita Nelson @ModelSupplies

How To Handle Your Online Business In The Face of Personal Tragedy

Despair.

Despair.

These events unfolded in such a ridiculous way, my life is on hold until I can explain them. I looked for a guide to help me during this time and did not find one. This is not a typical blog post for me. Perhaps this can serve for someone in the future.

Despair. Ludicrous events. Unbelievable.

The customer service end of my online business is probably the most challenging. It can sometimes take up to 20 minutes to craft the proper response to a customer inquiry or complaint. It needs to be concise, very brief and to the point. Easier stated than crafted.

The beginning of this sounds like the segue for a joke: we just paid off our car a couple of days before and it wouldn’t start. It would start again if we left it alone for a few hours, sometimes overnight. I was convinced through my Googling that it had something to do with the car’s anti-theft system or electronic keys. As it was, the car couldn’t be trusted and, if it started, needed to be left on wherever it went – less than ideal. Since it was likely a security issue, it would need to be taken to the dealer. The dealer always means big bucks. We milked it until it stopped for good on Christmas Eve 2009.

Everything we were supposed to attend, forget it. We didn’t even have food in the house. The only thing there was to do was tweet. In my tweets, I did not want to bring others down, so barely mentioned my situation. We had to wait until Christmas was over to get the car into the dealer. And on December 26th, the car started to go to the dealer! Well, it saved us money for towing. It turned out to be the starter, something my husband could have fixed, instead it was over $400 at the dealer. While the car was in the dealer and during all of this, shipments were getting delayed and I got word that my father was in the hospital and it was pretty bad. I should find a way there. Shipments were delayed and stress was mounting.

The dealer remarked to my husband that the brakes were going to need work very soon and that we should plan on that or just get them done that day for an additional $1,200. He told them he would do them himself. We figured we had another month to get the parts and tools needed for that job. We were wrong. The brakes were quickly starting to fail and we had to consolidate shipping days.

I didn’t get to the hospital at all. That’s ok. It will be alright. Dad will be fine and I will get up there in a day or two.

By New Year’s Eve, the brakes failed completely. The car could not be driven at all. Both the front and rear brakes as well as the two rear wheel cylinders were out.

And we JUST paid the car off.

It was frigid in Michigan during this time, below zero with wind chills and in single digits without the help of the wind. We had blowing snow and no garage to shield the car or the man working on it who happened to be my husband.

I didn’t get to the hospital at all. No shipments were going out.

This process took days. And the days became longer and longer. There was little I could do to actually help. My husband literally walked a mile to the parts store to make sure he would get the right parts.

You’re probably wondering why someone didn’t drive us, etc. In Michigan, during the winter, people really do not see each other much. If we needed to ask for a favor, it better be a big favor. From what my sister said, that favor was going to need to be a ride 60 miles to the hospital. My husband assured me that I would not need to ask anyone for that favor. Shipments were delayed. I can still feel the stress.

I like to ship same to next day. I wanted to see my dad.

I began to realize that I was very behind and put my eBay and Etsy stores on vacation, putting the reasons in the space provided for notes to customers. I also noted my situation on my Me Page at eBay and tweeted it for good measure. I wasn’t sure anyone would see anything. Orders still came in, God Bless them.

Finally! On January 8th, 2010, we got to the hospital to see my dad, shipping just before going.

My dad was far worse than I imagined. He couldn’t even look at me, speak or anything except an almost imperceptible hand squeeze. I held his hand the whole time I was there. I wasn’t sure we should leave, but my husband had been under a car in horrific weather conditions for days. We needed to rest. The stress had been exhausting, too.

I never thought that would be the last time I would see my father alive.

The next day, January 9th, 2010, my dad let go at 6:30 am. I had been planning to go see him later that day, but he was already gone. Everyone said he held on to see me.

In this blur of emotion, this raw suffering, I still had to think about what to do with my business. I wasn’t sure what to do. I knew this would delay or further delay shipments and that I needed to address the public. I updated my vacation store status on eBay and Etsy, changed my Me Page and finally sent each person a copy and paste note about what was going on. It took a long time to write the note, but the copy and paste was therapeutic in some way. It was something I could manage in between helping with the funeral service and arrangements.

Talking to my friends was especially helpful during this time. Kelly (not on Twitter ;-) reminded me what I would do in a situation like this – I would contact everyone, of course. @PowerSellingMom listened to me and advised me on the morning of the funeral. She calmed me down for 20 minutes, allowing me to go over my checklist of things I needed to do for the business. I am eternally grateful to Danna for that time. She also suggested I do this blog post.

I made sure I emailed or messaged everyone personally. I gave the option in the note to simply request a refund. I think that was pivotal. Of all the orders, only one opted for a refund and I was able to do that swiftly and without any hard feelings. Here is the note:

Hi,
My father passed away yesterday after struggling through the holidays. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. All shipments are delayed. Please request a refund through eBay messaging if you cannot wait. Talk to you soon. Your patience is BEYOND appreciated.

Thank you again for your order.
Anita @ModelSupplies & DNAshopper

So far, no one has left me negative, neutral or nasty comment. My customers are truly the best.

It is my hope this information will be useful to someone during a time when they find it difficult to think. It may sound strange that I would be so worried about my business during such personal tragedy, but there is not much separation between my personal and business life and I love it that way. I am still grappling with the loss of my father and still get delayed a couple days here and there. I cannot predict when it will happen, but knowing my customers care for me like I care for them has kept me going. Grateful cannot begin to describe my feelings for you. Thank you so much for standing by me during this time.
x0x
Anita Nelson @ModelSupplies

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Most of you know that I am a vegetarian, middle of the road Democrat and against animal

testing for cosmetics. What you may not know is that I am a supporter of the right to bear

arms and, while I do not hunt or eat meat myself, I can see the need for others to do so

and hold no “beef” with them over it. In fact, I have recently begun selling Pella hunting

wear and gear in cooperation with PheasantPhun.com and TeamHuntress.com and am finding a

new appreciation for it!

I believe it is extremely important for us to keep our minds open, live and let live and

not attack one another over our beliefs. There is room for all of us in this world and

plenty of room for varying opinions.

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