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Playing in Traffic

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Daisy was my dog.

August 18th is Daisy’s birthday.  It reminded me of that goofy little beagle that adored me.  We had to put her to sleep a few years ago.

We don’t think of dogs as having the same possibilities of developmental delays or disabilities as humans, but I’m convinced that Daisy had some doggie special needs or something.  She didn’t have the highest IQ, but she was incredibly sweet.  She knew no strangers.  She lived to make us happy.  When we were mad at her she was usually confused. God love her, that dog could be dumb.  She would have played in traffic if I ever let her off the leash.  In fact, though she usually got let out in the back yard, on the occasions that I did take her for a walk by the road, I had to make sure our Extend-O-leash was locked in its shortest setting, because she would lunge after moving cars.

I think God must feel the same way about me sometimes.  “Boy, that Ed, he’s so nice, but man he is dumb. Can’t let him off the short leash.  He’d just go get himself hurt.”  I’ve remarked in earlier posts how God has been so faithful to us in ways financial and otherwise and is teaching us to rely on Him, but how short the leash seems to be sometimes.  As I reflect on our time with Daisy, I’m starting to get why that might be. Continue reading

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Being a Thirty-One Husband

Emily and I just got back from the Thirty-One Gifts 2013 National Conference in Atlanta.  16,000 hootin’, hollerin’ consultants and a handfulof husbands.  I loved this video they showed of some of the husbands taken during last year’s Leadership Incentive Trip to Cancun.

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Direct Sales Tips: Stop, Drop and Respond

Emily has learned a lot about sales in a relatively short period of time with Thirty-One.  I know she has raved about the tips she has gotten at National Conference every year.  She has learned by the examples of other Directors.  She has listened to her fantastic coaches. But some things you learn the hard way.

When someone contacts you about buying something, setting up a party or for more information on joining your team, you must respond immediately.  Chances are, that person has made inquiries in more than one place.  The person who responds with a thoughtful answer first is more likely to convert that sale or sign up a new team member.  We learned this the hard way back when Emily still worked full-time in addition to her job as a Senior Director with Thirty-One Gifts. She would not be able to call or email in response until that night or maybe even the next day, by which time the person would have in many cases moved on.

That’s why the new mantra is STOP, DROP and RESPOND.  Emily Page Thirty-One Thirty One Proverbs 31 work from home business income sahm wahm husband christian faith father dad

No matter what else is going on (sometimes including sleeping and eating), those initial inquiries about joining Thirty-One or a new customer get answered immediately.  So far, this policy is yielding dividends.  Note:  while it is important to be attentive to current customers and team members, this policy is for new inquiries only.  It would be way too stressful to apply this to every single business call or email and have the potential to run you ragged.   It’s like ER triage in a way; the existing team members and customers are like stabilized patients and the new contact is fresh off the ambulance.  Both require attention, but it’s important to prioritize.

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Review: Financial Peace University

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. ~ Proverbs 22:7 NIV

Breaking Chains Financial Peace Debt Emily Page Thirty-One join Thirty One Proverbs 31 work from home business income wahm sahm entrepreneur job husband burdenDo you ever get to the end of the month and wonder who you’re actually going to work for?  You earn money, but it all seems to go to the rent or mortgage, the power company, the gas company, the water bill, the phone bill, the car payment, the student loan, the credit card, the equity line, the tax man…   There are months where all the money you work so hard for goes right out the door and the scripture above rings truer than ever, and that assumes you can even make all the payments.  All that stress of owing so much to so many is THE major strain on a marriage.  When you do have a little left over at the end of the month, the differing priorities about how to spend it become significant.  How can you take control of your finances and get the priorities back in your life and the sanity back in your marriage?

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ReBlog from Jason Cox: Why Are So Many Husbands Antagonistic to Their Wife’s Business?

Great blog post from Jason Cox:

Top 5 Reasons Husbands Are Antagonistic to Direct Sales

1. Control

2. Jealousy/Pride

3. Misinformation/Misunderstanding

4. Fear

5. Lazy

This is going to be an uncomfortably direct look at the reasons behind these attitudes. No punches will be pulled today.

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Movie Review: Fireproof

Fireproof is a few years old, but it is still a very moving story about a firefighter (Kirk Cameron) and his strained-to-the-breaking-point relationship with his wife.  They are angry with each other, hurt over perceived wrongs done by and selfishness of the other, and very seriously considering separating and divorcing.  Then the firefighter has a literal come-to-Jesus moment and begins living and serving his bride to win her back.  It is an inspiring example for all husbands and gives hope that no marriage is too far gone to save when viewed through the forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ.

The church that produced Fireproof, Sherwood Baptist in Georgia, has produced other excellent and inspirational films (including Courageous, which I recently reviewed), and has bible studies and other motivational texts to accompany the film.

Buy it on DVD, rent it, stream it on Netflix.  It’s well worth it.

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Having a Thirty-One wife

Emily Page join Thirty-One Thirty One Proverbs 31 work from home business income wahm sahm entrepreneur job husbandMy wife Emily is a Thirty-One Gifts Senior Director.  There are so many great things about that, including the income it generates for our family, the incentives and trips she has earned for us, and her increased pride and purpose from her work.

But my readers should know how much I love being married to Emily.

She opens her mouth in wisdom,  And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household,  And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and bless her;  Her husband also,  and he praises her,  saying: “Many daughters have done nobly,  But you excel them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,  But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands,  And let her works praise her in the gates. ~ Proverbs 31:26-31

She is funny. She is smart. She is caring.  She gets me.  She needs me (no small thing for a husband).  She is my best friend.  My wife’s business has prospered at the same time she is honoring God as a mother and wife — perhaps because of it.

With Thirty-One, she is able to pick our girls up from school in the afternoons.  She meets new friends as customers and colleagues.  She is diligent and shows our daughters the value of hard work.  She earns trips to take her husband to Cancun and her family to Disney World.  And she does it all with silent and invisible pain of fibromyalgia.  I couldn’t be more proud of my lovely and talented wife.  I hope I can do my part to help her continue her success as a Thirty-One Director and a Proverbs 31 wife.

If you are a husband whose wife is considering becoming a Thirty-One Gifts consultant as a way to bring additional income to the home, as a flexible career, as a second job, as a way to work from home, or as a way to own her own business, I hope you prayerfully encourage your wife to do so.  It is a great company and can bless your family and your marriage.  Join up with Emily and let her show you how.

If you have questions about Thirty-One, please explore Emily’s blog or post a question here.

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Opportunity Knocking

The economy stinks.

Recent reports indicated that unemployment rose in 81 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in November.  77% of Americans just saw their taxes go up.  A ton of folks took to social media in the last week to complain about the withholding in their paychecks going up.  Americans have suffered layoffs, unemployment, and underemployment.  Staggering numbers of recent college graduates cannot find work in their chosen fields.  It’s getting harder and harder to eke out a living in these here United States.

Emily Page Thirty-One Thirty One join Proverbs 31 work from home business income sahm wahm husbandAnd yet, opportunity knocks for everyone in need of work or additional income.  I firmly believe that the free market principles that made our economy the envy of the world and that brought our people greater prosperity than any civilization in history will be what sees us out of this mess.  It starts with free enterprise.  It starts with entrepreneurship.  Why rely on someone or some company to provide you with a job when you can go out and make one for yourself?

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work – Thomas Edison

If you or someone you know is out of work, looking for part-time income, or a way to earn extra income or work from home, I strongly consider you to consider starting your own business as a Thirty-One Gifts consultant.

As with all businesses, what you get out of it depends on what you put into it, but I can attest that if you work at it diligently, the rewards are huge, and anyone can do it.  You can set your own hours.  You sell a fun and useful product.  You have a home office that is extremely supportive of its consultants.  You get to meet new people and make new friends.  You can earn great incentives (Emily is working on earning us a trip to the Dominican Republic.  She’s already taken us to Cancun and Disney World).  Before you know it, you can be the head of your own small business.

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H.O.T.: Husband of Thirty-One

I am a Thirty-One husband.

Emily Page join Thirty-One Thirty One Proverbs 31 work from home business income wahm sahm entrepreneur jobI love my wife.  She is my best friend, my daughters’ mother, my better half.  She is talented and loving and fun.  And she spends money on some ridiculous stuff.

It is no secret that money, and the differences of opinion in how it should be spent, is one of the major stresses on a marriage.  To a guy like me, who has had 3 wallets in the last twenty years, buying multiple purses, handbags, wallets, totes… is a frivolous waste of resources.  I mean, that money could go to buy football tickets, a good steak dinner, basketball tickets, a new HDTV, satellite subscription or video game console.  We could save up for a motorcycle!  Real, worthwhile expenditures.

A few years ago, she saw an acquaintance with a bag she really liked and had never seen anywhere.  It was a Thirty-One bag.  It turns out that Thirty-One is a direct-sales company, kind of like Avon, Mary Kay and Tupperware.  The Thirty-One consultant has a party in which the hostess invites friends to come see the products, hear the pitch, and hopefully make purchases and book parties of their own.  In exchange, the hostess gets free gifts and incentives based on how much is purchased at her party.   At a good party, the hostess can make off with a good amount of free products. That’s how Emily got started.  A party for the bag.

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