Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I Am A Proud Network Marketer

flames It seems like I do this every couple of months ...

It's time to step back again and reassess my entrepreneurial endeavors.

For the past couple of months (maybe longer), I've been approaching my online activities from the perspective of a Blogger, who happens to have a Network Marketing business.

I think this approach has been totally backwards.

The simple fact is, when it comes to how I earn extra money; it would really be much more accurate to describe myself as a Relatively Successful Network Marketer ... who also happens to have started a few Blogs.

The problem with this backwards approach is that while blogging is fun, and interesting, and I'm meeting some great new people, it's definitely taken away some (or maybe even a lot) of focus from building my business. Ultimately, I expect that my blogs are going to be an asset when it comes to building my network marketing business. After all, blogging is a great way to meet people who may want to know, like and trust you ... the essence of networking.

But in the short term, while I have made a little money from my blogs, I still earn many multiple times as much from my candle business. It seems silly not to give the actual money making endeavor the majority of my attention.

In short, I'm going to to continue to blog (because I really like doing it).

But, I'm Not in any way attempting to learn how to be a "pro blogger".

I think in the long run continuing down the path of a Successful Part-Time Networker will prove to be much more fruitful.

Keep havin FuN!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hawaii Sunrise Over Wheeler Army Airfield


It's not always fun to get up at "O' Dark Thirty" in the morning to go to work. But occasionally, I do enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian scenery that we enjoy even up here at Wheeler. In this picture, the sun is rising over the Ko'olau mountains, reflecting off the clouds and the helicopters in the foreground.

Monday, February 18, 2008

I'd Like to See Obama Win the Hawaii Caucus

I'm pretty much middle of the road when it comes to politics. I honestly haven't 100% decided yet who I'll most likely vote for in November.

Even though I live here, I'm not a Hawaii resident, so I won't be voting tomorrow. But, I thought this would be good opportunity to offer my opinion of the two remaining Democrats.

In making a choice between these two candidates, I think it's first important to define how you view the job of the President of the United States ...

Is the President primarily our chief executive? ... the person who "runs" the country.

Or ...

Is the President primarily the Leader of our country (and the world)?

In this context, the contrast between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is actually pretty clear. From a purely administrative point of view, I wholeheartedly agree with Hillary Clinton when she says that she's the one who's most prepared to assume the job of President from day one. She is clearly a smart lady, who knows her stuff. However, you only need to listen to Obama speak for a few minutes to realize that he's got the clear edge when it comes to Leadership. Even if people aren't exactly sure of the details behind what he's saying, they sure do come away feeling inspired.

We've just experienced almost 8 years, where more than half of the country was (pretty much continuously) dissatisfied with the occupant of the oval office.

Of all the candidates left in the race (from both parties), Hillary Clinton would be the most likely to inherit (and carry on) this bitter divisiveness. I'm not even sure it's totally her fault; but there's no doubt that Mrs. Clinton elicits some pretty strong feelings from those on the right ... and in many cases the center and left as well.

Obama is just the opposite. For the most part, even those who disagree with his political views can't help but admire what he's doing on the campaign trail. I listen to a lot of talk radio while I'm stuck in my car on the drive to and from work. As it's becoming more obvious that Obama has a real shot at getting the nomination, the right is starting to take their shots at him. But it's obvious that as much as they want to go after him with both barrels, they don't have the same zeal in their attack as they would/do for HRC.

With McCain basically all but having sewn up the Republican nomination, this the first opportunity in a long, long time for those of us (the majority of people in our country) who fall somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum to actually vote for a candidate in November, who is not the "lesser of two evils".

... provided Obama get's the Democratic nomination.

Wouldn't it be great if in the summer of 2009 we have a President with a 60 or 65% approval rating? ... giving him the political capital necessary to tackle some of the truly daunting challenges that our country faces ... and which will surely require bipartisan cooperation to solve.

For the first time in a long time, I'm pretty hopeful about the Future of America.

Just my opinion of course.

Todd :)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Bellows Beach


This is the first post in series I intend to do on Hawaii Beaches. For me, the best place to start is with the one that I know best ...

I've been going to Bellows since I was 8 years old. When my dad was stationed at Hickam AFB in the late 70s, we used to drive to Bellows every weekend. That was back before the H-3 opened, so most of the time we'd take the Pali Hwy ... and sometimes even stop off at the Pali Lookout. A real treat was when on the way home, we'd go the long way around Makapuu Point, where we'd stop to see the Blow Hole, and dream about our next visit to Sea Life Park.

Not much has changed these days (other than it being a little shorter drive to get there). My kids love getting the chance to go to Bellows.

Bellows Air Force Station is located on the North East shore of Oahu near the town of Waimanalo. There are two sections of beach. One that is open to the public on the weekends. And further down, one that requires a military ID card to enter. Both are among the most picturesque beaches on Oahu.


One of the main reasons we go to Bellows is to Boogie Board. Most of the year, the waves are a relatively family friendly 1-3 feet. However, occasionally during the winter, things can get a bit more exciting (and nerve racking if you're a parent of a fearless teenager).


In addition to the great waves, Bellows also has a number of other attractions. There's a putt-putt golf course, a driving ranges, tennis courts, a couple of playground for the kids, and even a nice little restaurant. Plus, one of the main attractions for active and retired military members is the cabins. For about $75 a night, you can stay in a cabin right on the beach. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely not "four-star", but all the cabins come with two rooms, a couch, table/chairs, a small kitchen and cable tv. My parents and their friends come over and rent a cabin for a week every year.


I might just be because of all the great childhood memories I have ... but as of right now, I think I can fairly honestly say that Bellows is my favorite beach in Hawaii.

Keep havin FuN!

Focus On What you Already Have, to Get More of What You Want

Do you have Goals, Dreams, Ambitions?


Of course you do ... we all do.

The eternal question for most of us, is how to go about obtaining more of the things we desire.

I think one of the keys, is to spend a bit of time focusing on what we already have ... things that we're thankful for.

When I write on my dream board, two of the questions I like to ask myself are: "what I am thankful for today?", and "what do I like about myself today?".

Setting myself up with positive questions, helps to ensure that when I set my goals, I'm actually asking for what I want ... as opposed to hoping not to have so much of what I don't want.

I recently reacquainted myself with this concept when it comes to building my part-time candle business ...

I'm extremely fortunate to have a nice sized group of people in my downline. However, most of them are with me as either a direct, or indirect result of work that I did 3 or 4 years ago.

Now, even though I consider myself a "successful" networker; over the past couple of years, I have to admit that I've definitely experienced some periods of difficutly when it comes to bringing new people into my business.

Then I remembered how I built my group in the first place ...

Even way back when it was just myself, Cille, and a few others, I spent the majority of my time focused on helping those who were already in my group build their business. The funny thing is, while I was doing this, I never had a shortage of people who were contacting me asking for information.

Ironically, the only times I've really struggled when it comes to sponsoring new people, are are the periods when I've actively focused on looking for them.

It makes much more sense to simply focus on what we already have ... and "let" more of what we want come to us via the power of attraction.

So ... where is your focus today?

Is it on what you Want?, or what you Have?


Update: I submitted this post as part of Don's Group Writing Project at Making Sales Making Money. Already several other good articles there ... well worth checking out.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Best Pizza in Hawaii

I know that's kind of a subjective statement. Everybody has their favorite kind of Pizza ... and their favorite places to get it from. There are many good pizza places here in Hawaii. But, by far our favorite place to get a slice here in Ewa Beach is Boston's Pizza.

They have a wide variety of pizza, subs, strombolli, wings, salads and even desserts.

The pies are quite big too. Two large pizza's easily feed our family of six ... usually with left overs.

I'm not sure if this applies to all the Boston's Pizza places here in Hawaii, but at the Ewa Beach store, they always give us coupons ever time we order.


That one on the bottom left, 2 Two Topping Pizzas fro $26.99 saves us about $14 over what rings up on the register. Be sure to tell them you have a coupon when you call to order.

So, what's your favorite pizza place here on Oahu?