Who’s happy with storms?

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Note:  This is an article that I contributed to Networking Times, the premiere publication for network marketing professionals worldwide.


Happiness

As I prepared to write this article on happiness for Networking Times, I wondered at the appropriateness of the topic for me. You see, I have just been through one of my most hellish and emotionally brutal 2 weeks in recent years. And it’s not over yet.

So as I began to write this, I decided to throw out my prepared outline that I was struggling to work on and chose instead to go for my fail-safe, which is to just speak from my heart.

Being happy is usually seen as dependent on circumstance, people, or both. Most people would see it as a feeling that results from receiving, accomplishing, experiencing something good or being with someone who makes them feel good.

So what happens to happiness when circumstances go awry, when storms come, when people hurt us, when instead of the good, the worst happens?

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Me and the Word “No”

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On a recent phone interview for a book feature, I was asked by the author about how I developed a healthy relationship with the word “No”.

Now if you know anything about me, you’d know this relationship has gone from frosty to cordial over a long period of time. And I can’t say it’s in the pink of health. So as I pondered my answer to the question, I was reminded of my paternal grandmother, Estelita Imson.

My wonderful wonder grandmother Estelita Imson, who recently turned a fab 88.

My wonderful wonder grandmother Estelita Imson, who recently turned a fab 88.

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From Lalli to Mom

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My daughter, Lalli, wrote a wonderful article that was featured in Networking Times’ Nov-Dec 2011 issue. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I’d like to share it with all my readers.

 

A Traveling Mom

by Lalli Kier

Lalli and Mom

Lalli the Love of Mom's Life, and Mom

I did not grow up in a normal household situation. I was raised in a single-parent household with my mom taking on the role of both mother and father. We moved around a lot so I constantly had to make new friends and because of Mom’s profession as a network marketer, she had to travel quite often.

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A thankful job

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After a month of fasting and counting one’s blessings, the holy month of Ramadan is about to draw to a close. To all my Muslim friends, I wish you a happy and blessed Eid!

In the spirit of gratitude, I’d like to share this article that I wrote for the July/August 2011 issue of Networking Times.

Networking Times

A Thankful Job

A thankless job. Something we never dreamt of having, yet often feel we’re stuck in. No wonder over 70% of employees want to be their own boss.

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Cover story in Obtainer magazine

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Last month, May 2011, I had the honour of being featured in Obtainer Worldwide, the biggest MLM and direct sales magazine in Europe and the Middle East, as one of the most influential females in Network Marketing. The icing on the cake was when I was chosen to appear on the cover!

I consider it a privilege to be part of this issue that talks about the power that women have in this business. You can browse the entire magazine here or you can read the article below:

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Restarting right

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This article appeared in the May-June 2010 issue of Networking Times

On June 30, 1993, I did something I’d never imagined I would do: I signed up as a distributor for a network marketing company.

I was both clueless and uplineless: my friend Mel, who worked for this company, had informed me that it was running a free registration promotion, and all I needed to do to become a member was sign on the dotted line.

Not knowing what I was supposed to do next or who my upline was, I didn’t do anything. Mel couldn’t help me, either, because employees weren’t allowed to get involved in the field. Given the circumstances, I should have become another attrition statistic for network marketing, but things turned out very differently because of three factors:

1. Several months after that uneventful sign-up date, my friend Joe presented the opportunity to me again. I could see how having an upline I knew, liked and trusted could make a world of difference. After his presentation, I spoke with the company owner, who happened to be a mutual friend of Joe’s and mine, and he agreed to let me transfer to Joe’s tree. I now was no longer alone and in the dark.

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