Follow Your Bliss

FOLLOWYOURBLISS

Maybe you are like me and you have worked hard your entire life to make someone else’s dreams come true, all the while neglecting your own. I have certainly done that – over and over again – more times than I care to admit. A shiny, new, great opportunity sneaks its way into my life and I push my dreams aside all the while reasoning that they will be waiting for me later when I am ready.

Whether it is working for great money or working for a great cause, I have fulfilled visions others have laid out. I have worked for big corporations and I have worked to make small differences in the world around me. I have had everything I thought I could ever want – and lost it all. I’ve rebuilt. Somehow through it all, I have managed to maintain this void of my own unfulfilled dreams, while chasing others’ dreams. And chase them hard I did.

At this point in my life, I am certain of one thing. No longer will I run myself into the ground fulfilling dreams and visions of others at the expense of my own. While I would not trade the experiences I have had for anything, it is also time for me to make this declaration for myself: nothing is worth more to me at this point in my life than being the one unique person I know I was created to be and going after that, wholeheartedly, following my bliss.

Big things are ahead and I could not be more excited! If you have traveled any part of this journey with me, I thank you with all of my heart, and am excited to see what this path ahead holds. I may not do it perfectly, but this time at least I know this path ahead is my own. Onward!

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Two Steps to Jump-Start Your Efficiency

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One of the core beliefs of trendy trade clothing swap events is that if you use what you have wisely you will never be in need. As the old proverb says, “waste not, want not.” It goes hand in hand with being efficient.

Efficiency: preventing the wasteful use of a particular resource

Clothing aside for one moment, one of our most treasured resources is our time. Consider this — you can work hard all day long at spinning your wheels. You are still working hard, but you are not getting anywhere. Busyness and working are not the same thing.

How do you know if your work is efficient? Look for two things:

  • One, you are exerting effort on the right thing with little to no wasted effort and
  • Two, you have something to show for that work when it is done.

When working, focus your energy towards accomplishing a task – focus gets you working efficiently. The work will then end in something – you will have an end product or a result to show for the energy you have exerted.

You can’t do anything halfheartedly and expect to get the full result. Maybe it is just the Midwestern farm girl in me, but I believe hard work pays off and anything less risks breeding entitlement. The reward you seek for a job well done comes to you based on your efforts.

Working does not mean staying busy. If you find you are staying busy, but not accomplishing anything, it is time to reevaluate how you are working. Are you focusing your energy on the right things and in the right way? Eliminate what is not working – discard the waste — and try something new.

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trendy trade Phoenix Clothing Swap Event Preview

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Ready to spring clean those extra clothes right out of your closet? If so, we have a solution for turning those valuable items you have sitting around into something that you will love to wear.

Join us for the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event coming up Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. All women are invited to attend. Plus, we help women in need by donating unclaimed items at the end of each event, so you can feel good about helping, all while having fun.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. You’ll want to bring a minimum of five items to trade. We accept stylish dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home. So, bring five, take 5 or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories; some pieces even with the tags on it.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event will benefit UMOM, a local organization that helps mothers and families become self-sufficient after hardship.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE VENUE

Trendy trade loves supporting women and also loves supporting local business, so we find it completely perfect that a woman owned local business will be the venue for the next trendy trade in the Phoenix area. Join us April 11, 2015 at D’Vine Gourmet, located at 4955 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler.

You will love D’Vine Gourmet, run by Tucson native Denise McCreery. McCreery and family established D’Vine Gourmet to share their love of food and wine and their culinary creations with others. During the event, you will have the opportunity to shop their gourmet treats and gifts, plus see their beautiful brand new location!

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN THE SWAP

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $12. Register online in advance at the link below.

REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING TRENDY TRADE CLOTHING SWAP EVENT HERE!

SUPPORTING LOCAL WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS

Here is a sneak peek at the women run businesses featured at the next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event.

Sak Saum Representative Audrey Heine Sak Saum serves the exploited and vulnerable of Cambodia. Though no two stories are alike, the outcome of trafficking and abject poverty is the same: brokenness, hopelessness, shame and life-crushing despair. Sak Saum works to end this devastating cycle by restoring dignity and transforming lives. They believe in seeing people set free through love so they can be empowered for their future. trendy trade is proud to support Sak Saum’ through showcasing their mission and products at our events. For more information about Audrey’s involvement with Sak Saum, please check out our blog here: A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 1A Life Repurposed: Audrey’s Story – Part 2

Denise McCreery of D’Vine Gourmet D’Vine Gourmet was established by the McCreery family to share their love of food, wine and their unique culinary creations with others. D’Vine Gourmet’s beautiful new location boasts their gift shop, wine cellar and commercial kitchen all under one roof. Come see the treats as they are being made! D’Vine Gourmet is also the venue for our next trendy trade Phoenix clothing swap event and can be found at 4955 S. Alma School Road, Chandler next to the Good Egg. Their hours are Monday – Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm. Visit them online at http://stores.dvinegourmet.com/.

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Veronica Shaw and Karen Cummings, Co-Founders VISION Marketing & Consulting VISION’s mission is to contribute to the continued success of small businesses, primarily within the healthcare & wellness industries, by becoming an integral part of their business and collaborating to implement tailored, affordable and effective inbound marketing solutions. VISION Marketing & Consulting was created with the client in mind and knows how overwhelming and intimidating marketing may seem at times – so they’ll help to make it simple. With their healthcare marketing services, they’ll do all the hard work and you can reap the rewards! VISION provides small businesses in the Phoenix-metropolitan area with simplified, effective marketing solutions to help grow your business. They make the extra effort to listen and learn what makes a business unique in order to present a customized and effective plan of attack. They are passionate about marketing and excited to see their efforts take small businesses to the next level. For more information or to contact them, please visit their website at: http://www.visionmarketingaz.com/

Lilli Spano and Laurie McPhie will be in attendance with a special offer from Jenny Craig. Join Now For Free + $50 in Food Savings. (Disclaimer: *Plus the cost of food. Plus the cost of shipping, if applicable. Monthly fees of $39 apply. $50 food discounts to be used in $10 increments for each weekly food purchase of $90 US/$95 CAN. Valid at participating centers, Jenny Craig Anywhere, and jennycraig.com. New members only. Program enrollment required. No cash value. Offer ends on 5/29/15. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Restrictions apply.)

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trendy trade San Diego Clothing Swap Event Preview

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Sunshine and swaying palm trees set the stage for the next trendy trade clothing swap event coming to San Diego soon! You won’t want to miss out so be sure to scroll down to find out how to get your tickets today. Space is limited and the event is open to all women. Plus, when you register online by March 16, you’ll receive a bonus pick!

Join us for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event coming up Sunday, March 29, 2015. You can do some good while having fun as unclaimed items at the end of each event go directly to helping local women in need.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Bring a minimum of five items to trade to participate in the event. We accept up-to-date and dry-cleaned or laundered clothing with no stains or signs of wear, including: pants, tops, jackets, sweaters, coats, dresses, skirts, purses, like-new shoes, belts, hats and other trendy accessories.

The number of items you bring is the number of items you get to also take home, so it’s like going through the closet of all your friends and taking whatever you want home with you. Bring five, take five or bring 20, take 20! For just a small admission fee, participants can walk away with ‘new-to-you’ clothing and accessories. Typically, items show-up that even still have the tags on them. You never know what treasures you will get to walk away with at a trendy trade clothing swap event.

Unclaimed items at the end of each trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event will benefit local women in need through the San Diego Rescue Mission. SDRM exists to help the homeless and poor create better lives for themselves as well as build a better community for all. To find out more about San Diego Rescue Mission, you may visit their website at sdrescue.org.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Marina Village Conference Center & Marina, located at 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109, is the backdrop for the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event. You’ll find us in suite D6. Parking is in the lot out front and it is free. Just look for the trendy trade signs.

REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SECURE A SPOT IN THIS EVENT

Trendy trade clothing swap events are open to the public and all women are invited to attend. To ensure that you have a place in the swap, get your ticket in advance. (City regulations prevent sales at the door.) Admission to swap an unlimited number of items is just $15. Register online in advance here.

ARRIVE EARLY FOR RAFFLES AND PRIZES

Local women business owners will be giving away raffles and prizes at the beginning of this trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event, so be sure to arrive early to get in on the action. Here is a sneak peek at the women owned businesses featured at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event.

Barbara Maisonet runs YOU Choose Life & Business Coaching. She works with top-notch managers and individuals committed to creating a work/life balance, gain clarity on purpose & direction, and have more fun and more freedom on a daily basis. For more information, visit her website at: www.youchooselifecoaching.com/

Nicole Wright with Promise Organix will be a featured woman business owner at the next trendy trade San Diego clothing swap event! Join us, along with Nicole as she showcases her unique skin care line and products. We are excited to have her joining us and hope you find her products helpful and a good fit for your lifestyle. It might just be what you’re looking for.

Rosita McLaurin is a San Diego realtor who will listen, advise and guide rather than push. She is committed to helping her clients every step of the way.

Emalyn will also be joining us with her fabulous spa-like body wraps! Don’t miss it and come pamper yourself!

Paula Shoemaker with Flowers in Balloom makes unique, handcrafted flowers made from balloons! The balloon flowers are made in an array of colors, shades and patterns that range from the realistic to the surrealistic, and from the identical to the whimsical. Each flower is tastefully and creatively embellished with rhinestones, embroidery, beads, stones, pearls, sequins, fur and various other materials. And, since every flower is made by hand, no two flowers are alike, which makes Flowers in Balloom a one-of-a-kind floral creation! Flowers in Balloom can be used to decorate hair, hats, clothing, gift packages, and in many other ways!

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What is a beautiful exchange?

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What makes an exchange beautiful? We believe that an exchange is beautiful when both sides involved in the exchange win. It’s not beautiful if someone comes out ahead at the expense of someone else. That’s not an arrangement we want any part of and so at each trendy trade clothing swap event, you will find a series of beautiful exchanges.

The primary exchange is the clothing that is being traded. Item-for-item, you’re attending and trading clothing, accessories and other items you don’t use for items you will use. That’s beautiful and just plain smart too! You are spending less, saving more and making the most of what you already have by exchanging unused items for items you will love to use. That’s beautiful.

A secondary exchange that happens is a product of the clothing swap events. Without fail, we have a surplus of clothes and we have found a way to make the most of these as well by helping women in need right here in our community. At the end of each trendy trade clothing swap event, unclaimed items are donated to a local women’s charity. They receive the clothes, which become a valuable resource for helping to transform lives, and at the same time we are given the opportunity to feel good about helping other women in our community.

One of the most beautiful exchanges that is made during a trendy trade clothing swap event is through product sales. The only items sold, and not traded, at a trendy trade clothing swap event are handmade items from Sak Saum and Living Hope Maternity Home. They offer us a beautiful product to use and enjoy and in exchange, we can pay for that product knowing that money is being used directly to change lives. Yes, you can get the same thing at a store, but here we know exactly how our money spent is making the world a better place.

Another beautiful exchange is the exchange of knowledge and encouragement that happens among the women at our events. Whether it is between the women that are attending and sharing uplifting conversations and encouraging words with one another or our vendors and local women business owners providing education about their products and services, beautiful exchanges are going on all around during our trendy trade clothing swap events. Local women business owners have been selected to attend and share their knowledge, products and services with attendees. You are getting information, products and services from a quality vendor and being connected with women that can become a valuable and knowledgeable resource for you at the same time. We love seeing the doors that open and new opportunities created for women when these types of connections are made.

There are layers upon layers of beautiful exchanges happening each time we gather for a trendy trade clothing swap event. The impact ripples out into the world around us and we’ll spread the impact as far as we can reach. Each time you attend, you are also supporting women locally and globally, just by having an afternoon of fun and walking out the door with new fabulous favorite finds – that is just plain beautiful.

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