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Lessons I Learned from the North South Trail


north-south-trail1I have just started the Master Keys Master Mind Alliance. Since traveling is one of my favorite things to do on the planet, I will constantly refer to this class as my journey. Although, it is not a physical journey, it is still a journey. It is just a different type. It just so happens that my husband Alan is also preparing for a journey. He is preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail and walk from Atlanta to Maine in one shot. He has started getting into AT shape. Two weeks ago, he hiked the North- South Trail walking 78 miles in four days. He is not ready to hike all 2,176 miles in five months. How will he get into shape, you ask. He is taking shorter hikes. It’s the old “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” adage. Cliché, but SO true!

But I digress…

My point is that I am starting a journey just as challenging, maybe more so. The difference is that the real estate I will be hiking is located between my ears – pretty rough terrain if you ask me. We are all creatures of our habits. The cement overlay is settled and solid. I am chipping away at the old cement to uncover what lies within. Being of a certain vintage (as I like to say), I agree with Og Mandino when he says that the value of experience is overrated, usually by old men and women who nod wisely and speak stupidly. We have heard the quotation: It’s not the years in your life; it’s the life in your years. Are you noticing a theme here?

jiminy-cricket2What is the best way to live the best possible life in the years that have been allotted to me? Jiminy Cricket told us we could wish upon a star, but wishing and hoping is NOT a strategy. When I was a child, it made sense. Now, not so much! While I love Jiminy, I need a plan. Alan doesn’t expect to complete the AT by wishing and hoping that he is in shape, or disciplined, or going in the right direction. He is doing everything he possibly can to get the outcome he so passionately desires. In order to acquire the results that I desire, I am following a strategy.

appalachian-trail3Just as my husband needs a map to complete the AT, I need a map to complete my journey. Right now, The Master Keys is the map I am following. It resonates loudly with me. In life, geography is not my strong point. Those who know me well are laughing hysterically at such an understatement of one of my most obvious shortcomings. I have my share of them; but if you have ever followed me to a destination, this one is obvious. I received a full scholarship to college, but I was given a “D” in geography. I disclose this to make a point. I am fairly well traveled. I rely on those with skills far greater than mine to get me to the destinations I am passionate about visiting.

I will rely on the Master Keys to provide a roadmap as I navigate my journey of discovery. The map is here. I am disciplined to do the work. I am excited.

Let the journey begin.

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A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our Gloria Gemma Fundraiser a BIG Success!

Team Qivana would like to thank everyone who sponsored a tee sign, donated something for our raffle, sent in a donation, or came for a night of pizza and golf! We raised $1,249 at the event for The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation, AND the donations keep coming in! Everyone had a LOT of fun! The event was such a success that we have already scheduled our 2014 Mini Golf Tournament. It will be held August 14, 2014, so save the date! You’ll have plenty of time to practice your swing!

Here’s a clip of the evening.

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Musings While on Vacation


As you can see from the video, it is indeed a beautiful day in the neighborhood! I am on vacation on “the Cape.”. To those of you who are not New Englanders, that would be Cape Cod! You would have a tough time finding a New Englander who actually says, “Cape Cod!” What I love about this industry called network marketing is that I can be making money anytime, anywhere – even while walking the beach in Provincetown, MA. I am very grateful for that.

If you are not familiar with network marketing, you owe it to yourself to learn about it and explore the possibilities of how it can impact your life. I am a BIG advocate of the industry, just like Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and Warren Buffet. My company of choice is Qivana. It is in pre-momentum. Again, if you don’t know what that is; you might want to check out that phenomenon. If Qivana is not for you, then find a network marketing company that is. You can supplement your lifestyle, or you can work for a complete life change!

If not now, when?
If not you, who?

History is being written right now.
The story it tells is up to YOU.

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Do YOU Believe in Miracles?

lake placid ice rink edited

Lake Placid Olympic Statium

As I’ve already written, my husband and I vacationed in upstate NY last month. I felt compelled to go to Lake Placid. I had never been to Olympic Stadium where the US hockey team won the Gold Medal in 1980. I had told the story time after time and integrated it into some of my trainings. Years later, I now find myself on another type of team – the Qivana team, with the captain of that 1980 Olympic hockey team – Mike Eruzione. As I walked into the stadium, I got goose bumps. I was walking on hallowed ground.

For those of you of a certain vintage, you may remember February 22, 1980. US morale was low. We were feeling the residual of Vietnam, Watergate, the oil crisis, and the Iranian Hostage situation. The Cold War was heating up.

Plan B went into effect: Hire Herb Brooks as the Olympic hockey coach, have some success at the games, and boost morale. The team was comprised of amateur and collegiate players. The Russians had older experienced and legendary players who played on world-class rinks! They had won EVERY world game and EVERY Olympic game since 1964.

In order to win the Gold Medal, the team would have to beat Finland. However, they would have to get by the Russians to do it – a task deemed nothing short of a miracle.

herb brooks sign editedIt was similar to David going against Goliath. Well, if you are familiar with the story, you know what David did to Goliath. Most people inhabiting the planet on that day know what Team USA did. It was SO well known, that Sports Illustrated ran its March 3 cover with absolutely NO words-just a picture of the winning team waving the American flag. No words were necessary. Everyone knew that Team USA had beaten the Russians!

How did it happen? Herb Brooks didn’t look for the most skilled players. He gave each player a personality test. He was building a team – not just a bunch of guys wearing the same jersey, not just a bunch of guys with their own agenda. He was building a TEAM. According to Myers-Briggs, a team is “a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, set of performance goals and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.”

When they were trailing, Herb goes into the locker room and tells the guys that THIS is their moment. That if they do not go out onto the ice and win, they will regret this moment for the rest of their lives. What he said is so true. One of the strongest human emotions is regret. It is often said that most people will not regret the things they did. Most people will regret the things they did not do.

Mike Eruzione and Janet edited

Mike Eruzione and Janet DeLeo

How many of us are not going the extra mile? How many of us have given up on dreams? Remember, when we were kids? We all dreamed. We dreamed before we allowed life to beat us up. Go back to that time when you thought all things were possible. One of my favorite sayings is that you can be the best jockey in the world and just be on the wrong horse. Think about what you want, “what you really, really, want”. If you know the prize, you will be willing to pay the price. Is there a price? Of course, there is. Anything worth achieving is worth working for.

Don’t ask yourself if it’s easy; ask yourself if it’s worth it? What can you do with your moments?

If a rag-tag bunch of kids can play the game of their lives and beat the best hockey team in the world, anything is possible.

Sports Illustrated named the moment the Top Sports Moment of the Twentieth Century.

Miracles can and DO happen. Know what you want. Believe that you will get it. Develop a written plan of action as to how you will achieve it. What miracle would you like to occur in YOUR life?

I am passionate about network marketing. I think it’s the average person’s best chance to develop a residual income. You may have a different plan, but get a PLAN for something to happen for you.

After the game against the Russians, Herb went back into the locker room and cried. Obviously, those tears were tears of joy. What kind of tears will you shed? Will they be to celebrate what you did, or will they be to regret what you did not do?

Herb Brooks died in 2003 before the movie “Miracle on Ice” was released. Al Michaels, who announced the game all those years ago, was hired to recreate his announcing. The last ten seconds, however, are from the original broadcast when Mr. Michaels yells, “Do you believe in miracles?” “YES”. It was agreed that he could never recreate the emotion of that moment. Those of us who remember the moment know that is true.

The ice rink at the Olympic Stadium was renamed the Herb Brooks Arena.

Those goose bumps are back…..

Become the hero the people who love you believe you are….


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Impacting a Life is a Blessed Feeling!

While I was at church recently, a woman in her late seventies who attended the same service, came up to me.
Maxine with flagWe met a few years ago, and she had severe digestive issues then. Her doctor was prescribing different solutions with no success. There were times she was afraid to leave the house for fear of an accident. There were times when she was brave enough to leave, and the embarrassment was not prevented. I suggested that she use Qivana’s Probiotic.

To make a long story medium (as one of my friends is fond of saying), she has used our probiotic successfully for over two years. She has her life back – she is always out enjoying her life. She can go to church anytime she pleases. I’m sure she included a great deal of gratitude in yesterday’s prayers.

Sure, we all work for monetary reward, but how blessed do you think I feel to have impacted a life this way! This is the part of bringing Qivana to the world that I am most grateful for.

One of my favorite quotes is: “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” I guess I’m an artist – good thing because my sketches are terrible!


Freedom Has Never Been Free

Janet&Alan -Fort Ticonderoga

Recently my husband Alan and I visited Fort Ticonderoga – the site of the first successful battle of the Revolutionary War.

This successful battle was accomplished without the firing of a single shot because the British soldiers were not expecting any visitors! They were caught sleeping (literally.)

Just the Facts….

We all will become a statistic. Will you be caught sleeping just like the British soldiers were at Fort Ticonderoga? Well, here are some statistics from the U.S. government. I’m just the messenger.

Of 100 people at age 65 . . .
•1 will be rich
•4 will be financially independent
•5 will be still working
•54 will be broke and dependent on family, church or state
•36 will be dead

What Price Will YOU Pay for YOUR Financial Freedom?

What is interesting is that I’ve been quoting these statistics since 1984. They never change. I have my own theory as to why these statistics never change. We all become the average of the five people we are around the most. When most of us have a great idea (anyone who has ever taken a shower HAS had a GREAT idea). Usually, we run that idea by the people we are closest to, right?

What do they say if we say we are going to start selling health and nutrition products, or jewelry, or makeup, etc.? They urge us not to waste our money. What do we know about building a business? What are we crazy? I call those people shovel people. You know them. You might be related to them. You might be married to one of them.

Every time you get what you think is a great idea, you run it by them. You expect support, a “Go for it”! Just when you least expect it, they hit you in the side of the head with a shovel. It doesn’t mean they don’t love you. It’s because they DO love you that they are trying to protect you. I won’t make any judgments here, but the people most of us ask opinions of are in the 95%. Why would we ask them their opinion? But, I digress…

Robert Kiyosaki’s Cash Flow Quadrant

cashflow quandrantMost people would agree that they want financial security Some people have big dreams and are looking for financial freedom.

Robert Kiyosaki is a very prolific writer. His “Cash Flow Quadrant” teaches about the four quadrants each of us fall into: the Employee and the Self Employed are on the left-side of the quadrant. The Business owner, and the Investor are on the right-side of the quadrant.

CLUE: The people on the right-side of the quadrant are financially free. The people on the left-side are NOT financially free.

Your Fairy Godmother

Fairy GodmotherIf your fairy godmother could grant you a wish, and if you could pick what quadrant you would like to be in; my guess is that most people would want to be in the “I” Quadrant-the Investment Quadrant where money works for you. Well, read what Mr. Kiyosaki recommends you do in order to get into that quadrant.

You’ll find his advice in “The Business of the 21st Century”. Spoiler Alert: It’s network marketing! Well, I wouldn’t wait for your fairy godmother – or Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny or that matter either. Spoiler Alert: None of them are coming to the rescue. Are you ready to do something about your long-term financial freedom? If not now, when?

Call me, link up, tweet, email, etc., but get the facts about this industry. I’ll be conducting my generic network marketing workshop on Saturday, October 19, in Warwick, RI, from 10 AM – 1 PM.Details and registration information will follow next week.  I’m passionate about this.

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(So, you might as well think your future up!!)


Could Network Marketing Be an Option for You?

Once upon a time…….

TypewriterI’m a business teacher by trade. Most of what I became certified to teach is obsolete. Does anyone still own a typewriter – just askin….

Back then, job security was not an oxymoron. People actually expected to have a career working at one place for forty years! Translation: one job, one career for a lifetime. Social Security was something to depend on for a secure retirement. That was then; this is now.

USA Today conducted a survey. The results shocked a lot of people. According to the survey, the biggest fear Americans have is running out of money in retirement!

It’s probably time to examine your options:

You can:
1. Work for someone else
2. Start a small business
3. Own a franchise
4. Win the lottery
5. Start a home-based business

As a teacher, I obviously chose Option #1. When I needed to make more money, I went out and chose Option #1 again. I wasn’t making enough money full-time, so I went out and started working part-time. Does any of this sound familiar?

If you are ready to get proactive about Option #5, you can explore the possibilities of network marketing. There are certainly other options for starting a home-based business; however, network marketing provides a turnkey operation with a very minimal cost to get involved. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, AND you will have a support team to help you.

Network Marketing Workshop

There are many things to examine when you are choosing a company to wrap your arms around. All companies and teams are NOT created equal. Know what to look for.

I will be conducting a generic network marketing workshop in RI on September 7. The workshop is entitled, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Network Marketing, But Were Afraid To Ask.”

The details will follow in another post. In the meantime, you can go to the following site to start your due diligence. Go here to check out the facts about the industry. It’s real. It’s not easy. That’s why the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.I would never infer that this industry is easy, but I have found it absolutely worth it! One of my favorite descriptions of network marketing is that it is a personal development plan with a compensation plan attached to it!

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Are Your Muscles as Healthy as Chewbacca’s?

Chewbacca and janetEveryone out there probably recognizes my friend Chewbacca. Why have I included this photo here? I want to make a point about muscle health. What better model than Chewy?

You can’t necessarily evaluate muscle health by looking at someone. Good muscle health will help you avoid illness and recover more rapidly if you do get ill. We all know the dangers of falling and breaking something as we age.

According to Dr. Donald K. Layman, “Muscle size and strength are usually associated with body builders and athletes, but the latest research is proving that healthy muscles are critical for adult health. Average life expectancy continues to increase, but along with the blessing of longer life comes the risk of age-related diseases. The risks for obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers increase with advancing age. Excluding individuals who die early in life from an accident, injury or acute illness, we all expect to live healthy and robust lives well into our 80’s or beyond. For adults over the age of 65, the real risks for loss of health relate to muscle function and mobility. The measure of functional mobility is defined as the ability to perform activities of daily living or ADL. ADL is a measure of independent living and directly predicts morbidity and mortality – how healthy will you be? … and how long will you live?”  To read the rest of this great article, click through.

Of course, I can’t guarantee that you will age as well as Chewy has since 1977!!

The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to CREATE It!