Changing Attitudes

When you find your passion, the reason to get out of bed each morning, you will give it 100% focus and make plans and take continuous action. This is what I have found recently, as I became a little jaded with the path I was on so therefore I took some time out and now I am back to begin the next chapter of my work from home journey.

What has changed?
Let me introduce myself especially if this is the first time you are reading my blog. I’m Sharon, mum of two and full time carer to my daughter, Ellie who will be 10 next month. Ellie has Down’s Syndrome and my life changed direction when I gave birth to her. Not only did I become a new mum at 34, but I had a child with a disability and a disability until then that I had not heard of.
Fast forward ten years and I am now a work from home mum. I take both children to school, to their clubs and not missing Ellie’s appointments. After being in work full time since I was 16, becoming a full time housewife was not for me and as such an enjoyable journey working from home. Three and a half years of Network Marketing has helped me build a network of friends, business skills and a lot of social media tips but the passion for me wasn’t there in the end.

Meet Ellie & Billy

Which brings me right up to today. After a coaching call with @LeonaBurton from #mumsinbusinessassociation I was advised to journal daily and reflect on what I enjoy, what excited me, what I don’t enjoy too and with a tonne of personal development daily I chose to find ‘me’ again. I want to find something I can do that will help others, something that is inspiring to others and that brings me to sharing my version of ‘Changing Attitudes’, the inspiration derived from my children. I am now on a mission to help, with many others, change the attitudes towards people with Down’s Syndrome. In addition, help my daughter and others feel accepted, included and above all reach their full potential.

Do I know how, not yet? But isn’t that the exciting part? I’ve taken the first step and put this blog out there for you to read and I hope you will follow my journey as I plan to play big and share regular tips, ideas and inspirational stories from now on.

Thank you for reading, if you would like to connect with me, you can via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley and comment below if you know someone that has Down’s Syndrome.

Sharon x

Simple or Easy? You Tell Me!

How many times do you hear the saying ‘It’s easy’ and you are there thinking if it is that easy why am I struggling? Stay tuned as I dissect this further.

Two things I like to talk to you about are my own health journey and my own work from home journey and this fits in easily with both or should that be simply?

However today let’s talk weight loss; it should be easy shouldn’t it? Eat less calories, exercise more but if it really was that simple why am I not at a healthy weight yet, why does it feel like I’ve been on some type of diet all my life, why do companies consistently come up with new products to help me lose weight? It just ain’t that simple is it? WHY?

Let’s look at other things that could be affecting the ‘eat less, move more’ theory. I am a busy mum and I am also a full time carer, I take care of the running of the house and I am working from home, therefore sometimes actually eating a decent healthy meal takes precious time to prepare and cook and I often reach for something I know I shouldn’t either to satisfy the hunger pangs or when I realise I’ve not eaten yet. It’s quick and convenient, so time needs to be factored in here and obviously organisation.

Another consideration which plays a huge part is mindset and I talk often about this because when you really are truly in the zone, it does feel simple, it does feel easy because you want it strongly enough and you are taking actions to achieve your goal. You have the right mindset. When that starts to falter you will come up with every excuse not to exercise, you will tell yourself you are happy with your weight. So mindset is also another huge contribution to this debate.

Therefore is it really that simple to lose weight? I would say yes; with the right mindset, some organisation and time to plan your meals and your exercise, it can be. Is it easy, not at all as you have to stick to it?

I hope you have found this useful and maybe can relate to this, if so please comment below I would love to hear from you. Click follow to see further blogs and thanks for reading.

Until next time,
Sharon x

Why more Mum’s are turning to Network Marketing

As a Full Time Carer, my career was limited, I even thought over, as I had chosen to give up teaching to become a full time carer and be there for both my children and that is how I stumbled upon the term ‘Network Marketing’.

What is it? It is quite simply a marketing strategy for the sale of products or services from a company through a representative and the individual can earn some money doing it. Other terms such as ‘MLM’ and ‘Direct Sellin’ spring to mind too. How did I stumble across it? To cut a long story short, I got involved seeing an advert on facebook that quite simply said earn money from home. I had no idea what it involved but being a bored stay at home mum in need of some instant cash, I inquired. That was in 2016 and I have not looked back since.

Why are more mum’s joining the industry, again another easy question to answer.


As Ray Higdon states ‘It’s the lowest cost with the lowest overheads for the average person to be able to create a business’

You tell me, who doesn’t want to earn some extra spending money? It’s a lot easier to do that selling goods or a service to friends and family than taking on a second job or putting in overtime. The fun can really start to happen when friends and family see what you are doing and jump on board to do the same and here is another famous quote, “Teamwork makes the Dream Work” and this is where the pennies turn into pounds. There have been many success stories of mum’s giving up their full time jobs, retiring their husbands and all whilst being at home with the children

Does Network Marketing work for everyone, the answer is NO and the main reason for this is it does take work, just like any other business and to learn some new skills; many do not believe they can achieve what others have done before them and quit before success. Given that more and more mum’s are turning to network marketing it is not surprising that network marketing is turning more mums’ into self made millionaires.

I hope this has given you some thought into the industry and will certainly be talking about it some more soon. I personally am not a quitter and therefore I am in it for the long haul given that as a full time carer there really iss nothing else that will make me afford the life I dream. If you would like to connect with me, please do @linktr.ee/shaz_crowley and do comment below if you are in or have participated in network marketing.

See you soon,
Sharon x

How to Overcome A Mental Block.

First of all, let me apologise for being AWOL recently. This is my first blog of 2019 and we are already in March, yikes. Why have I had some time out, well quite simply I have hit a crossroads in my business life and I started to doubt what I was doing and therefore unsure of what to write about. I had a mental block.

Today I would like to share how I have since taken the courage to start back up and trust my journey and the process. Thus the title of my first blog of 2019 is ‘How To Overcome A Mental Block’. As a mum we often face challenges on a daily basis; some small, some huge. Smaller ones like fighting with our children over what to have for breakfast to getting ready on time to bigger challenges like bullying and financial issues. We simply have to find a way to overcome these and I hope how I have overcome my current block can help you too.

Not sure where to go

First, I decided I had to admit my block to myself, rather than stifle it inside and this allowed me to acknowledge it existed and understand it was having an affect on myself as well as my business. Second I knew I had to share it and this I didn’t find easy, admitting I was unsure about my business, I mean who would trust me from then on but I knew it was necessary to move forward. The best part of this stage was it allowed others, my friends and colleagues to share their mental blocks too and we began to not only trust one another more but help one another. Then I sought coaching, this was from various people who I found I could be truly honest with and not judged, there is nothing worse than trying to be open but inside holding back through fear of being criticized.

Finally I began to journal and seriously if you haven’t tried this yet, I would strongly recommend it. I hadn’t believed in journalling before but it has allowed me to often write down my thoughts, without over thinking and question myself on paper and then give myself answers in a pragmatic way. Simple but effective. With the help of two courses I’m currently taking let’s get the show of 2019 back on the road.

So to sum up actions to take if experiencing a mental block
1. Admit it to yourself
2. Share with others, they may be able to offer some advice
3. Ask for expert advice, people who can be non partial and be prepared to listen and take action
4. Journal your thoughts on a daily basis

Thank you for reading and if this has helped in any way or you could add to the tips, please leave a comment below. If you would like to know the courses I’m currently taking then comment below or message me via @linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

See you very soon,

Sharon x

Why lack of sleep could be affecting your weight loss?

As a mum I don’t believe you will ever get enough sleep again. From the joys of a newborn through to the strife of a teenager. I’m not here to slay being a mum in fact it’s one of the areas in my life where I am so proud looking at my two children. 

However, lack of sleep which comes with this fact can be having an impact on your weight loss journey, how? Let me tell you, your hunger hormone increases which is why you always feel hungry and revert to sugar cravings. As loss of sleep also messes with your leptin hormone it makes it much harder for you to feel full and satisfied.

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As you cave into your sugar cravings and start to over eat another impact is your metabolism starts to slow and this increases with age (disaster). Do you find your emotions start to increase with interrupted sleep and you become more emotional resulting in you choosing less healthier options. 

So how can we stop what is a given fact, most parent sleep less. Try these four little tricks to see if they have an impact on your sleep routine 
1. Stick to a routine even at weekends so your body gets used to being tired at a set time and waking at a set time.
2. Have your food prepared, those that plan their meals succeed more than those that don’t
3. Try a little daytime nap, 40 winks should do it but if you’re not sure what that is set the alarm for no later than 20/30 minutes and grab a power nap.
4. Take some vitamins that can help with sleep/and or with energy. Nothing wrong with a little help along the way. 

I hope this has helped as it made me realise what an impact lack of quality sleep can have on your body if you’re also on a health journey too. I would love to chat to you if you are struggling with sleep, please reach out and comment or connect with me via (linktr.ee/shaz_crowley)

See you soon,

Sharon x



Stop With the Excuses

How many excuses do you tell yourself every day?
How many excuses do you let your children get away with?

If you want it, you need to work for it and that means working to achieve your goal when the tough gets going; when you’re sick, when you’re tired and simply when you don’t want to.
Consistency + Action = Results

You have to understand why you want a certain goal and visualise how you will feel when you reach it. Write your goal down and look at it every day.. Journal about it, do you feel better when you’re a step closer, write down times when you don’t want to take action and see if there are any coincidences.

If the goal isn’t that important to you, then that’s fine also. A common goal is most women want to lose weight, but deep down many (including myself I might add) are just not willing to take the appropriate action to get the results they need. In this instance; smaller steps, smaller habits and some progress is better than none.

However if the goal is extremely important keep reminding yourself why you started working towards your goal and stop giving yourself the excuses not to take action on a daily basis. img_09251

I would love to hear if this has helped you get back on track with your goals.
Feel free to share to someone that continues to have the same New Year goals.
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See you soon,
Sharon x

 

 

How To Cope After A Bad Nights Sleep

How many mum’s out there for one reason or another has had a bad nights sleep? Teething, nightmares, illnesses, are three main ones I can think of but it isn’t just about the children. Snoring; feeling too hot or too cold and if you’ve drank way too much water any of these can make for a restless sleep.

A good nights sleep is vital for many things; your energy, your mood and it is now linked to our eating habits. So whilst this blog isn’t about helping you get off to sleep, (I’ve wrote about that before), this blog is to help you the morning after a restless night and to help you get the most out of your day.

Here are some Top Tips that I took from an article

  1. Climb the stairs;  10 minutes of walking the stairs can give you more energy than drinking half a cup of coffee
  2. If you do need and rely on that caffeine boost avoid it in the afternoon or you’ll be having another restless night
  3. Eat within an hour of waking for both an energy and mood boost; however avoid the sugary cereals. Oats or eggs are ideal.
  4. Don’t hit the snooze button, you’ll feel groggy once awake and will have wasted valuable time
  5. If you’re struggling have a mid afternoon nap but no more than 30 minutes or you’ll not be tired for your evening sleep
  6. Stick to a regular schedule and let your body adjust
  7. Get some fresh air and consider a walk, as they say blow the cobwebs away

sleep deprivation

Please do let me know if you have found this of value and feel free to share or get in touch if you can add a top tip to it. As a busy mum and FT carer I’m always looking to connect with others and you can connect with me via linktr.ee/shaz_crowley.

Until next week, sleep well

Sharon x

How to Create MORE Hours in the Day

Hey, and do you like the title? How to create more hours in the day, it’s something I’ve said to myself often and hear many a friends say it too these days. Now the realist in me knows this is impossible given that everyone only gets 24 hours in a day HOWEVER you can start to use your time more efficiently.

I did go live with this subject on my profile today but due to the bad weather, the sound wasn’t so great therefore I decided to write this blog.

Here are my top tips to help you maximise more time with your day.

  1. Plan your day and write down all your priorities that needs to get done and slot in the times of when you are going to complete it, ensuring they get done.
  2. Avoid distractions; yes that means getting lost in a book, watching too much TV or simply scrolling through Facebook (this is considered time wasting)
  3. Delegate;  can you delegate chores to any other members of the family thus saving you some time.
  4. Get your big stuff done first, this simply means the items you’re not looking forward too or the ones that will take the longest time to complete
  5. Don’t try to book in too much in one day, which is something I myself am currently working on. Booking tasks in your diary 9-10, 10-11 etc is only going to cause a backlog and lots of  stress.
  6. Can you multi task? This simply means completing a task whilst doing something else for instance watching TV,  for me, I personally like to listen to an audio book whilst ironing/cleaning. I have just finished Gary Vee’s “Crushing It” and if you are looking to improve your following on social media I would strongly recommend it.
  7. Always, always, on a daily basis make time for yourself. Most mornings I wake up earlier than my kids so I can have my coffee in peace, plan my day and get my head together.

I hope at least one of these tips might help you with your time, I would love to hear from you if you have any tips that work too. Feel free to share and if you start to do just one of these and feel better for it, do reach out and let me know; I always love to personally say Hi and chat or conenct with me @linktr.ee/shaz_crowley

Have a great week and go create more time,

Sharon x

How to deal with Stress?

Stress, typically these days is part of most people’s life, especially mine. Being a busy mum, kids can send you roaring from 0-60 in seconds and with busier lifestyles than ever before, it is difficult to not feel that tension in your neck begin.

How do you deal with stress, do you have any tips or do you simply lose it or in my case reach for the wine. Whilst I understand as I get older both of these are not long term solutions and therefore I decided to do a little research to deal with stress a little healthier for all the family.

Thus let’s look at the top 7 best ways to deal with it and I would love to hear how you deal with stress, or which one of the 7 is your favourite.

  1. Chew gum; chewing gum is recommended to help lower the level of cortisol a known stress hormone.
  2. Colouring; the chance of doing something that doesn’t require a lot of attention or focus like doodling or colouring can bring a sense of calm.
  3. Change of scenery; if you find yourself in a stressful situation, try and go into another room or step outside as if you are closing the door on the situation and therefore reducing the stress.
  4. Focus on action; sometimes stress is caused by a factor that you can no longer do anything about; an illness, an accident. In this instance take action and on something you can do like considering tidy a drawer.
  5. Sing; belt out a tune, stick some music on and sing
  6. Concentrate on your breathing; the old saying of ‘count to ten’ certainly rings true here. Deep breaths will always reduce the stress and then consider adding in some meditation for extra relaxation.
  7. Pamper Time; spend 10 minutes a day minimum on yourself. Time to yourself is paramount, a book or a bath to help enjoy your time alone and ideal for assistance in thinking clearer.

 

I hope this has provided some value and do feel free to share. My go to as previously mentioned was alcohol and it certainly doesn’t help in the long run so I too will be putting some of these top tips into practice. Reach out if you use a better trick as I always enjoy connecting with my readers or connect with me here linktr.ee/shaz_crowley
Have a great week and I’ll see you next Monday.

Sharon

Why I love Network Marketing

Most people these days have heard of Network Marketing, Direct Sales or MLM, many have tried it with companies and it hasn’t worked out for them so why do I love it?

First of all, my situation. My teaching job that I gave up when my daughter started school, she has Down’s Syndrome and my hours included night classes, travelling and not always the same school holidays due to different boroughs. I wanted to be there each day to speak to her Teaching Assistant and I knew before and after school clubs wouldn’t be for her. So from a family perspective, I became a stay at home mum. However after always being a career minded person this didn’t sit too well and that is how I stumbled across working from home.

This was nearly three years ago and I haven’t looked back, why?
Here are my 5 top reasons

1. Simple, I earn money; it really is that simple in that for every order I place I earn commission. For each level both myself and my team achieve we earn a monthly income and if I work towards certain company incentives then that is more money again. This money means I have my own independence and I can use it on any treats I want so therefore not impacting on the family money.

2. I make new friends; being at home most days it can become hard to connect with new people, however with social media as it is I now connect with new people daily and often find that they turn out to be long lasting friends who I can chat too.

3. I love learning; Network Marketing really is a profession rather than just a hobby so recently I have started treating it like a business which means learning skills. Skills that are needed most are confidence and people skills. In this profession people share regularly their tips, advice, techniques and it is great to be part of this culture.

4. I am my own boss; I seriously work my own hours and take time off as and when I like. In addition to the school runs I can attend Sports Day, Assemblies, have lunch with friends and a pamper any time I choose without asking permission.

5. I see the future; so many jobs are no longer secure, so many shops are shutting down, so many companies are relying more and more on technology, in that our future of employment is changing. This profession has only just started and the future looks great.

I hope this has been of value, if you are in Network Marketing, do you agree with my five tips? Have I missed any points. If you are not happy with your current situation could this help you? If so, please get in touch and we can chat, what I do may or may not be a fit for you but we could still chat. Feel free to share if you agree.

See you next week
Sharon