Category Archives: Indie Beauty

Do You Have Sight or Vision?

Sight is the ability to see things as they are. Vision is the ability to see things as they could be.

Once upon a time there was a shoe salesman who went to Africa to scout the market. Seeing everyone bare-footed, he became discouraged and wired his manufacturer: “There’s no business here. They don’t wear shoes.” The company brought him home. Meanwhile, a competitor who was in the same region sent a message back to his organization. Excitedly he said: “This is an unbelievable opportunity. They all need shoes and no one else is selling here!”

How often do you stay on the track of “what is” rather than to challenge your initial reactions and ask “what might be?” When you only focus on the problems of your life – revenues are down, employee conflicts – you are near-sighted. You allow your vision to be obstructed by what you see now or what you believe based on past experiences.

Success truly begins in your mind. As the motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said: “You must see the reaching before you reach the reaching.” 

The question of vision is a very simple one – what do you want in your life?

Be aware of the things that are influencing you. For example, what books do you read? What words do you speak? What thoughts do you think? With whom do you spend the most time? If you’re constantly mixing with people who talk about how lousy life is, these people form the basis of your reality. Be careful about what you allow into your head because these things shape your views and eventually your vision.

These are things I am thinking about today…what do YOU think?

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

 

Advertisements

If you don’t have the talent you want, use the talent you have.

He Couldn’t Sing, So He Whittled

By Zig Ziglar

I came across this story today and thought it was awesome!  I highly encourage anyone interested in business to subscribe to Zig Ziglar’s newsletter.  He is brilliant with business and it is FREE!

Antonio was a lad who lived in Cremona, Italy, during the 17th century.  Cremona was a musical town where great acclaim was bestowed on those who could sing or play.  Unfortunately, although Antonio wanted recognition for his musical talents, his friends called him “squeaky voice” when he tried to sing.  He tried to play the piano and the violin, but his skills were limited.

As Antonio walked through the streets of Cremona with his friends, he listened to their beautiful voices.  Unfortunately, the only thing he could do was whittle on a block of wood with his knife.  One day, while sitting at the edge of the street, whittling, watching and listening to three of his friends play and sing beautiful songs, he noted that the people passing by frequently dropped coins into their hands to reward their efforts.  One gentleman stopped longer than any of the others and even asked them to repeat a song.  When they finished, he dropped a coin into the hand of the singer, then moved on down the street.  Much to their shock, the boys discovered it was a gold coin, which was quite a bit of money to give a street singer.  But the man who gave it could afford to do so.  His name was Amati and he was identified as the greatest violin maker in all of Italy.

That evening at home, Antonio thought about Amati and decided that he, too, wanted to become a violin maker.  The next morning he went to the home of Amati and persuaded him to let him be his apprentice.  For many years Antonio learned from the master and in due time his work became known throughout the whole world.

Antonio’s last name was Stradivari.  To this day, musicians still make music from his violins, which now sell for six figures plus.  Message: If you don’t have the talent you want, use the talent you have.  Do that and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!  (Thank you, Don Wildmon, of the American Family Association.)

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Get off your rich ass and help somebody

My friend and mentor Donna Maria shared this video, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. The title contains the first (and probably last) piece of profanity I have ever used at this blog. I assure you, it’s justified. Watch this video, by Ron and Tasra Dawson, and you’ll see what I mean.

I agree with dM, “If you are among my regular blog readers, and you watched this video, and can now think of a single thing to complain about, then shame on you. And shame on me too, if I start feeling sorry for myself.”

While not every assumption applies to us all, the general premise does! A grateful heart coupled with hands that help is a VERY powerful combo indeed!

Follow Donna Maria on twitter and read her blog here.   Learn more about Ron at his Twitter page and his blog, and also at their Teen Identity Project.

Now get off your rich ass and go help somebody …

What will you do to make a difference for someone else???

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!



Excellent Service…or not?!

Last week we had a problem with a cell phone that reinforced my desire to treat our Blue Moon Candles customers like gold!

Scott purchased a new cell phone (Droid X) and after two days a button FELL OFF! Now that is not a huge deal, because I was sure a simple call would remedy the situation…right?!  Wrong.  Not only was his store sales rep rude and uncaring, she tried to charge him over $80.00 for a “deductible” on a two day old phone, and stated there were no supervisors on site.

Long story short I was able to intervene and remedy the situation, but it took my time and caused him undue stress.  Something I never want to do to my customers!

In this age and economy it seems like everyone is talking about “coaching” and “consulting” when really in my opinion the number one thing that I wish companies would just get back to excellent customer service! People WILL pay for a superior product that comes with excellent service.  I know I am careful how I spend my money and am FAR more likely to spend it where it is appreciated and brings me the biggest value.

Our customers are Valued and we want to leave every one with a giant smile on their face!

Do you have a customer service horror story?  What did you learn for that experience?  What about a time you experienced Fantastic Service?  Enlighten us!  🙂

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Oprah’s OWN Show

Join us here at Blue Moon Candles in voting for Donna Maria (@IndieBusiness) to be the Star of Oprah’s OWN show!

If you know Donna Maria at all, you know she can keep you interested and on the edge of your seat!  What better way to keep all of America entertained AND fill them in on the literally hundreds of Independent Small Business owners working for themselves, making great handmade products and history?!

Join us in voting and commenting on her video on Oprah’s site!

Thanks you guys!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Gothic Hollywood Glamour

To me Maila Nurmi is an icon-one of the world’s most beautiful women.

In the early 1950s, Malia was close friends with James Dean, and they hung out together at Googie’s coffee shop on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Her explanation for their friendship: “We have the same neuroses.”

Malia knew Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and briefly dated both Marlon Brando and Orson Welles.

She was the Original Elvira.  Nurmi made television history as the first horror movie hostess.

Nurmi was featured in Life Magazine June 14, 1954


Nurmi was an Indie Business owner and opened “Vampira’s Attic”, an antiques store in her home on Melrose Avenue. She also sold handmade jewelry and clothing. She made items for several celebrities including Grace Slick of the music group Jefferson Airplane and the Zappa family.

She was ahead of her time, an innovator, icon, inspiration and cult classic glamor girl.

I have her picture on the wall in my Candle Shop, inspiring me every day as we create our Gothic Candles and Bathworks! ♥

Vampira on the wall at Blue Moon Candles!

I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.  ~Karl Lagerfeld

Viva Vampira!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Oprah “Next TV Star” Bloopers

Check out my friend and mentor Donna Maria’s Video Bloopers for her pitch to the Oprah Show!  She also has a Fantastic blog you can read here!

It is refreshing to see someone like dM be REAL and Funny and Fresh.  Thanks for making us laugh and inspiring us to excellence dM!  🙂

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!