You Are Entirely Up To You, A Journey Worth Taking



I love that quote! Think about it. What does it mean to you? For me, it is so empowering.  It reminds me that anything IS possible in this life we have been blessed with. This  quote says when you travel life’s road you will be given choices. How you look at these choices and react is up to you. This is how I live my life every day. I am 53 and the possabilities are endless .

Think about this. If you have the ability to imagine something in your mind that you want-  and you can see it as a target- then the dream is possible.   What you do next is THAT which will define you. Your next step IS entirely up to you. It is up to you to create a plan to achieve your goals.

And think about your journey. This  road trip will have some twists and turns, but that is what makes a trip fun. No one wants to drive on a straight road for hours with nothing to see! BORING. It IS the twists and turns that make us look forward to what lies ahead .

This road trip may have some detours or roadblocks along the way . No one said this would be easy.  How you react to the  roadblocks – that will be your defining moment.

  • So you can  be “Debby Dreamer” and stare out the window just sight seeing hoping something magical will appear.
  • You can be a “Betty Blamer” and find every reason why you can’t or haven’t reached your final destination.
  • You can be “Negative Nancy” and focus only on the bumps in the road- poor me, nothing goes,my way. It figures there is a road block-nothing is ever easy .

Or you can simply  rise to the occasion.  Make a plan and when you hit a roadblock adjust the journey. Look at the “hiccup ” as an opportunity to see more sights.  The roadblock is just a means for you to  find another way around to your end point . You might have to back track a bit and regain your bearings, but that is how you learn.

If you can realize that every day you make a choice of who you  are going to be and that “You are entirely up to you, ” life’s journey will never be a disappointment.





Deciding to cut the ties from your steady eddy job and venture forward with an unknown future business is brave and frightening all at once. But even more challenging is overcoming the fear of making the right choice.  Fear of failure …Fear of scrutiny from your family and friends…Fear that you are starting  too late . Well it is never too late, you will always meet resistance and naysayers and you could fail. But the real failure is in giving into your fears and not focusing on your dreams.

More and more people are out there working home based businesses and touting their benefits.  We are the champions ! We are the people who dare to do more ! So, how do you choose?

I will tell you how I chose and how many people go about their new journey.

  • Have an open mind and listen to all opportunitues.  Not only will you learn about the company, you will get experience on the do’s and don’ts of a product presentation .
  • Look into the leaders in the company . Who are they ? What is their track record?
  • Look at the numbers. What is the company grossing? How much have they grown? What is the future growth opportunity?
  • Look at the product itself and reviews . Remember there are never going to be perfect reviews . Weigh the good and the bad.
  • Then look at support . Success does not happen overnight . It might look that way but it comes from work and dedication . Will you have the support and tools to succeed?

This is what I did when I joined the Rodan +Fields  team. I had already run my own business for 9 years. I was looking for supplemental and renewable income with a group of really fun people, a product I could stand behind and a means to make more money but share the wealth . I also wanted to keep my overhead low. This works for me!

I can work anywhere from my phone any time and I do not have to have inventory in my home .

Think about what you have a passion for. “You are entirely up to you” – unknown author

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You Have Brains in Your Head. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ” – Dr.Seuss

18684Words to live by from one of my favorite and timeless authors. Dr. Seuss may not have realized how often we all need to be reminded of our endless possibilities. We forget that we steer our ship. We are responsible for the direction we take  because we  are the people who make the choices. Now the choices in front of us may not always be fantastic but we always have a choice.

As someone who has been in business for myself for well over 8 years I know how complex and scary some of the choices are that are put before us as entrepreneurs.

1. Should I bring on a partner or stay solo?

2. Who can I trust? Who should I not trust?

3. Do I need a line of credit or do I get investors?

4. How will I support my family if I lose a client ? To be my own boss or work for someone else?

6. Who’s pitch do I listen to? There are so many.

7. Should I just go back to my corporate life or do I stick it out ?

Choices are boundless.  But that is a great thing. That means no matter what we do we have an opportunity to learn from the last choice and then take another step with our feet in our shoes and choose again!

The key is to embrace the fear of the unknown and know you can steer your ship.  The key us to be open to opportunities so your choices expand. The key is to use the brains in your head combined with imagination and faith and the know future possibilities are endless.

Take a look at some if the most successful people in history. They steered their ship.

Look up President Abraham Lincoln and you will see how many times he failed before being elected president.

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because his editor said he “lacked imagination.”

Vera Wang failed to make the 1968 U.S. Olympic figure skating team. Then she became the editor at Vogue, but was passed over for the editor in chief position. She began designing wedding gowns at age 40 and has a business worth over 1 billion.

I look forward to watching you steer your ship or joining you in that adventure! Keep me posted! I will do the same!

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.” – unknown

20180111_210137You can live your life watching opportunities pass you by, blaming everyone else and every situation you experience as the reason you have not achieved your dreams. Or, you can learn from experience and accept all that happens as one step closer to achieving your dreams.  I choose the latter.  I control my destiny. That doesn’t mean times have not been tough on this road to being the CEO of me. Of course it has. I would be lying if I told you the last 9 years have been smooth sailing. But what I can tell you is that I have learned to be open to new adventures. I have embraced networking. I assume “no” is a given and I move forward. It will take you sometimes 100 No’s to get one Yes, but when it happens, the feeling of success is so sweet! So if you have dreams of working for yourself then make them a reality. Be prepared to put in the effort because contrary to popular belief success does not happen over night but it does come to those who work every night putting in the effort.

When you are ready to start a new path, I am here to help! Looking forward to partnering in business with you! Cheers!

Christine Lapointe, Co- Founder Aesthetics360,LLC

Independant Consultant Rodan+Fields


Not Enough Time In The Day

clocks.jpgDo you ever feel like there is never enough time in the day to accomplish your tasks? “I just can’t add one more thing to my list!” Do you find your list is never ending? That can become a large problem when you start working for yourself.  It is easy to have a tendency to over promise in order to get the work . You probably have every  intention of following up with your deliverables but maybe your deliverables are unattainable.

When this happens is it is time to reprioritize. You may have a list of current projects but lists are only effective if they help you accomplish your tasks and manage project goals. Here are some tips:

  • Add no more than 3 items to your daily list of  “to do “for that day”
  • Start with the easier  tasks that you can complete quickly, this will give you more time for the others.
  • Add deadline dates to the additional list items that are in process
  • Use a visual aid, like a calendar, to view your deadlines by week and month-This will help you view your timeline to see if it is manageable or if it needs to be adjusted.
  • Set appropriate expectations on completions of work – Don’t automatically tell customers you can have something to them in a week, if you already have multiple projects due at the same time.

Most importantly make time for things that count. It is important to take care of you. Whether that is a 30 minute walk, a trip to the gym or doing the crossword puzzle. You are no good to anyone if you are emotionally drained. Stop and recharge and take care of yourself daily. The tasks will still be there tomorrow!

Running On Empty

“Looking out on the road rushing under my wheels, Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields, In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up 101, I don’t know where I’m running now, I ‘m just running on.”

-Jackson Browne, Running on Empty

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It can be daunting, trying to get ahead, running your own company and accomplishing your normal every day tasks.  I would be lying to you if I told you I never feel like I am ‘running on empty.’ Sure I feel like that sometimes because it is normal.  I just returned from three weeks of non stop travel for Aesthetics 360 and always having to be “on.” I love it!  But, this momentum it can take its toll on anyone.

The key is to sit back when you feel this way and readjust. Refocus and look at your current state. Are you still in motion to achieve your desired state or did you get side tracked and derailed? All business plans require adjusting and fine tuning from time to time. This is what you need to do when you see yourself spiraling a bit out of control.  Stop, look at what you are doing and own it. Then work on your plan.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself and remember why you have started the path of working for yourself. My reason for working for myself was to have more control over  how I live my  life and how I can help other people. I am the boss of me.

Quick tips:

  • Do not take on extra projects  just because you see dollar signs
  • Know what you can do and do what you know
  • Ask for help. It’s not failure to reach out to your colleagues and friends-it is smart.
  • Be prepared to spend money to make money. That means sometimes outsourcing  for some projects that would normally be all yours and paying out more for labor and less for your take. Because growing your business means taking on projects and showing you can deliver!
  • Know you cannot be the expert on everything. Find your talent and don’t oversell. This way you will always over deliver.
  • Hire people who may be more talented than you! Create your dream team. Meet mine!


Stereotyped In One Job Position?

Have you ever felt you just can’t break into a new career or you have excelled so well at your job that you feel you  have sabatoged your chances of advancement? Maybe your current employer will not allow you a chance to spread your wings because they are subconsciously afraid they will not be able to find anyone who can do your job? Maybe you are simply not  Excited about what you do anymore but you still feel  you need the stability of your paycheck and insurance.

When this happens it is time to reevaluate, adjust and consider what makes you happy. Think about what motivates you.  We call that your “why” and the time to take your Leap of Faith

There is no magic age to change career paths but there is that moment when you need to be open to opportunity.Don’t Miss The Opportunity!!!!  When you stop prejudging things like network marketing and become open to group events inviting you to learn more about earning an extra pay check… you simply become open to a change in direction you will be amazed what doors become available to you.

You begin to brainstorm and your creative juices begin to flow again and the world is open to possabilites! And it is fun!

Tips to finding your new career path:

  1.  Ask your friends what they think your best qualities are and tell them you want to branch out in your career or start your own business. You will be surprised what doors will open.
  2. Ask your friends and family for support. Share your ideas with them.
  3. Accept all invitations to events. You never know what door will open or who you will meet.
  4. Believe in yourself.  What is the worst thing that happens? You tried and fell and you can get right back up and try again. Inspire others by your courage!36595.jpeg
  5. Decide if you want to work alone or with a team. This will help you craft your business plan. Team or no team
  6. Think about low risk ready to start businesses  versus starting from scratch with a line of credit or investors .  Decide what is best for you! Check out
  7. If you are my age you might feel you need some help learning about social media platforms -there are many free programs at libraries and on line. If you Google social media you will learn  a ton from blogs like mine. Check out things like “Think with Google” to learn about consumers and the internet.