Tuesday, December 31, 2013


The New Year's Eve holiday is actually one of my favorites.  I just love the feeling of anticipation for what is to come, the feeling that anything could be possible in the coming year.  As Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."

I love Vessel for the same reason.  Anything is possible!

We are all given the same amount of time in any given hour, day or year.  If we are smart, we will choose to use that time to hope, plan and create the kind of life we want.  We won't wait for things to happen TO us, but will instead understand that "If it's to be, it's up to me."  Some people find that thought scary.  I find it exhilarating. 

I really appreciate these thoughts on time, by Stephen B. Cloud:

"Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.

   As we look into the meaning of the word "year," we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchase it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life.
    The gift of time is not ours alone. It is given equally to each person. Rich and poor, educated and ignorant, strong and weak—every man, woman and child has the same twenty-four hours every day.
    Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.
    And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.
    The new year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count?"

Or how about this recipe for a good year (by Anonymous):

    "Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.

    Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor."

Sounds like great advice! 

Any way you slice it, a new year is another chance to become our best self.  We will not reach perfection, but perfection is an illusion anyway.  I like the often-quoted maxim: "My wish for the new year is a fat bank account and a thin body - and hopefully these won't be mixed up like they were last year."

As Oprah Winfrey said ... Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right!  

Happy New Year to you all! 




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Why wait?

by: Dioni Marie Morales, National Sales Manager

On the Monday following Thanksgiving I wasn't feeling very good about myself.  I was feeling quite "body-conscious." After a weekend commonly known for eating, I stepped on my scale and I felt awful. I started thinking that it was only the beginning of a season of celebration in which almost everything revolves around food.  If I wasn't feeling too good about it at the beginning, it would likely only get worse if I didn't do something about the situation. So the following day I joined a popular weight loss program, with the goal of losing 15 pounds.  My mom thought I was crazy.  She wanted to know why I wouldn't wait until after the holidays to embark upon a weight loss quest.  My answer was very simple: "Why wait?"  And now I am happy because I have lost about seven pounds in two weeks, and I feel so much better.  I know that if I would have waited, I would not only have the 15 pounds to lose in January -  but likely another five or ten pounds as well.

This really got me thinking.  Why wait until January to start setting our goals for the coming year?

2014 should be your year to shine, your year to really take your Vessel business to new heights.  You can absolutely become a Ruby Director and be part of the Founder's Club, for example, and help others do the same.

Just think about it - this is the time of year when you get to see, message or talk to many friends and family members you don't get to connect with on a regular basis throughout the year.  So take advantage!  Let them know what you are up to.  Wear and show your jewelry.  Tell them about the Vessel business and how easy it is to make extra money or get free jewelry by hosting a party.  Make sure they know you would love to answer any questions they have.  Share the excitement and possibilities so that they will think of Vessel when they start thinking about their own goals for the year, about what they want to achieve. 

Right now is exactly the right time to do this.  It is a time when everyone will be reminiscing about  2013, and dreaming of what 2014 could bring.  If you truly show enthusiasm for your business, for how you are becoming financially independent, for how you are building your future, you are in fact demonstrating that they could do the same.  Invite them to come along for the ride!  You and Vessel might be exactly what they have been waiting for.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Giving Guide for Gentlemen

Gentlemen, if you're looking for great gift ideas for all the women and girls in your life this holiday season, here is your perfect gift-giving guide.

Ladies and girls, if you need to give a little hint about what you want, just refer him here!

For your sweetheart…
Laura Chain, Large Heart Locket,  Pearl, Garnet, and Heart & Key Charms,
Red (Heart) ScentSpheres with Flirty Fruity Fragrance

For your daughter…
White ScentSpheres, Heart Charm,
White ScentSpheres with Berry Kisses Fragrance

For your sister…
White Ribbon/Cord Necklace, Teardrop Locket, Chrysoprase and Snowflake Charms,
Apple Green, Ruby and White ScentSpheres with Sparkling Floral Fragrance

For your mother...
Alexa Chain, Circle Locket, Peridot and Star Charms
Apple Green ScentSpheres, with Vanilla Orchid Splash Fragrance

And don't forget your best furry friends...
Pet Bone Locket, Bone Charm,
Ruby ScentSpheres with Amber Vanilla Fragrance 

Pet Paw Locket, Bone Charm,
Apple Green ScentSpheres with Cucumber Green Tea Fragrance
Use your imagination and creativity to personalize a Vessel piece for your loved ones.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's not about how many times you fall....

by: Dioni Marie Morales, National Sales Manager

I have heard many times the phrase: "It's not about how many times you fall, it's about how many times you get back up."  However, this last Saturday that phrase took on a literal meaning as we were driving to Los Angeles, which is about a two hour drive from where I live.  My sister was telling us that her kids had gone ice skating (a big deal here in the desert). She told us that when they came home, she asked her four kids who had done the best job at it.  The kids all agreed that Otis, her 15- year-old, had done the best. Then she followed up by asking who had fallen the most.  Again, they all agreed that Otis had.  In his defense, Otis noted that it was because he kept trying new things, taking more risks.

We had a good laugh, but immediately the reality of it just hit me.  This is so true in so many aspects of life ... and especially in this industry. The most successful people in this industry, without a doubt, are the ones that go out and try everything, the ones that risk more, and probably the ones that hear more "NO's" than anyone else.

I can think of so many great quotes on this topic :

"I've not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work"  - Thomas Edison

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure"  - Paulo Coelho

"Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. " -  Unknown

After many years working with people, I have realized that these sentiments are incredibly true.  My husband and I know of someone who keeps jumping from company to company looking for success. As we were talking about what the reason behind this might be, we came to the conclusion that he's just not willing to truly make the effort required.  It seems as if he's just looking for a "stroke of luck."  I think you can agree that things seldom work out that way in this business, or in life for that matter. You have to be willing to make the required effort.  You have to show our beautiful jewelry.  You have to ask your friends and family to have Home Parties, Catalogue Parties, and/or to join as Stylists.  They won't just knock at your door, will they?

Vessel offers you all the tools and the structure needed for you to reach your dreams. But unless you decide to go out there, risk a bit, try a few things and hear a few "No's" (which will eventually help you get closer to the "Yeses"),  then you won't get to see, tell and - most importantly - live your success story.