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#IamThankful #SocialChallenge Blogging on Thankfulness

Kicking Business in 2014

Amazing Accomplishments in the Making

WOW! What a year this has been for me in the business world of things.  I’ve been wanting to open up my own business and not a direct sales business for 20 years. This finally happened for me this year! October 2014 was the month that started my 20 year dream of opening my own business.  Bri’s Place was officially opened November 1, 2014.  Bri’s Place is a Women’s Inspirational Boutique/Photography store.  It’s inspirational because of the focus of Bri’s Place. I wanted a place that women could come, see a pretty store that felt like home to them, a place where when they left they felt loved and maybe even inspired, and it’s also a place where Heaven Bound Women’s Ministries is held monthly to inspire, encourage, and equip women through the word of God.

Bri’s Place is a place that you can currently rent for small business training classes for direct sales companies, it’s a place to get your photos taken, to find that cute little shirt or jewelry that you’ve never seen, and it’s a place to come and hangout with Bri (me).

I am so very thankful for this business opportunity that God has blessed me with.  I am blown away by how much actually goes into doing this and I’m blown away by the support I have had from friends and family.  There have been some challenges and I’m praying that they are easy fixes and they won’t be a challenge any longer.  I do know that being in Old Town Spring has been a fun experience so far and it is exactly where I’ve imagined having my store.  So thankful to God for how He is always faithful in helping us reach our dreams.

Hope to see you soon!

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What if the turkey got burned…

What if the turkey got burned? …..or worse yet, it wasn’t cooked at meal time!

The turkey, 12 years ago, only cooked 4 hours instead of at least 8 for 20 lbs. I had to catch a Greyhound at 5:00 and it was 2:00. We microwaved the outer layers of the huge bird and the potatoes and vegetables completed our meal. Gravy was not made as the broth was not cooked to a well heated consistency. And stuffing encountered the same scenario. But you know what?

We had time to play with the kittens and laugh, play with the kids and plenty of hugs before my 2 hour Greyhound bus ride back home. I was so happy to see my daughter and share these moments with her that day. So thankful for my daughter.  Love You Deb Debs 🙂

Ellen Towne

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Business and Personal Growth

Owning a Business Can Change You

For better or worse….My personal business has changed me, therefore #IamThankful!

I began on a journey in January of 2013 with the decision to start my own business with a multi-level-marketing company. I loved the skincare products and knew I could share information about them with others, so I figured it was a winning idea. Why not get compensated to share with others about what I am using on my skin? At the time I began, my son was only about 6 months old, and I knew I wanted to continue to stay home with him and my older daughter. Starting a business would allow me to feel like I was contributing to our family and still raising my babies! I knew this would be great fit for me.

I have built a client base over the past two years with clients that continue to enjoy the products and purchase them on a regular basis. I do love that this is a residual income for our family and I certainly appreciate my clients. They are an awesome group of women and men that are using dermatologist created skincare regimens to fight the signs of aging, reverse sun damage, unblemish acne prone skin or soothe sensitive skin. I myself, being a former science teacher love that I am still able to ‘teach’ others about how to care for and protect their skin. I am also proud to offer them products that are award winning and guaranteed to do what they say they will do!

In 2014, I have stepped out in new and different ways. I would have never embarked upon anything in the journey of 2014 without encouragement from other women in business. As I enrolled in a social media mentorship program with Portia Chandler, I never realized how my path would twist and turn or how much I would be stretched to learn. This mentorship program has been a gift. It has encouraged me to try new things, step up as a leader, step out of my comfort zone, be creative and just embrace life! I am still learning, growing, and changing as a person and as a business owner. I am determined to never stop until I have my ultimate goal accomplished. Many things are vehicles that drive you along the road in life and I intend to keep going until I reach mine!

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Best Thanksgiving Turkey

What’s in your oven on Thanksgiving morning?

Everyone has their way of cooking their own turkey and my mom always did hers in the oven the morning of Thanksgiving really early. When I moved out and started cooking my Thanksgiving Turkey, I did the same thing and still kind of do. However, I’ve changed the seasonings a little, but I do still get up early and put the turkey on.  I have a counter top cooker that I use to cook my turkey and it’s the best thing ever because it frees up my stove and oven to cook all the other goodies.

Anyways, I take my turkey and rinse it off really good. Then I inject it with Tony Chachere’s Trukey injections and then I rub butter all over the outside and inside. Once I’m done with that I sprinkle turkey with the following: Powder garlic, salt, pepper, & lightly sprinkle with Tony Chachere’s.

I’m telling you what, when it’s done and you cut it open, the juice just runs out.  It’s so juicy and so YUMMY!! Give it a try I promise your family will love it!

Let me know if you need more directions with my recipe!

Happy November! #IamThankful

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Serve Before Being Served

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How can I help someone less fortunate on Thanksgiving?

November is normally the month where most people will spend time sharing the things they are thankful for. I believe this is why this is my favorite month of the year. I tend to take a somewhat different approach. Each day during my devotional time I ask God to use me to help at least one person. It is deeply planted within my fiber to serve others.  As I reflect on the month at hand and brainstorm ways I can help someone less fortunate on Thanksgiving, I came up with one idea that I have pondered for years. This year I am going to volunteer to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. This will give me an opportunity to serve someone else before I serve myself a big plate of food, fun, and laughter with my family.  This may not save the world, but it will be a way to give back and to show my gratitude and thanks to God for choosing me to live such a vibrant and fruitful life.

 

Happy Serving!

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The best Thanksgiving ever was when…

Thanks for taking a couple of minutes to listen about my best Thanksgiving ever.
Please share with me what your best Thanksgiving ever was in the comments below. I would love to hear about it!
I appreciate your time and comments.

Tara Buck, #IamThankful
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Bri’s Place is ROCKING!

Bri’s Place…A Place You Will Feel WELCOME!

At Bri’s Place you are able to benefit from several services and products. Bri’s Place’s Boutique offers a wonderful selection of clothes, handmade jewelry, purses, scarfs, and rustic wall pieces.  I’m also in the process of starting a consignment rack of good brands & in still good condition items! It’s called the New to YOU rack. This will consist of clothes & shoes to select from!!

Bri’s Place Photography is where you can book a photo shoot of your choice! Whether you are looking for something as an individual, for the family, children, seniors/graduates, sultry Boudoirs, professional business headshots, or just for fun! I have great rates and promise to make every photo shoot lots of fun.

Bri’s Place also houses a women’s ministry named Heaven Bound Ministries that reaches women where they are to inspire them, encourage them, and equip them through the word of God.  Heaven Bound does community outreach such as taking up donations for the local Montgomery County Women’s Center. We have monthly gatherings to hear a devotion, fellowship, and pray for each other.  This is open to any women whether you attend a church or not and of course no matter what your religious affiliation. Our Christmas Party & Dinner will be December 6th at 6:30 pm. Please call and RSVP at 832-791-5501. We would love to have you there!

When you have time stop by Bri’s Place and hangout with me, but if you can’t make it in, you can always see our selection online and shop anytime!

Happy November!

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#IamThankful for Thanksgiving Travel

Where we go for Thanksgiving

The last few years we’ve taken turns to either go to my Aunt’s house in Arkansas, my parents ranch in Madisonville, TX, or my house.  I love to travel on the holiday’s and of course I love to cook so I always enjoy having people to come to my home as well.

Over the years, I’ve learned that family isn’t always blood. This year we’ve been invited by a member of my church family, the Forga’s, to join them and their family for Thanksgiving.  We’ve decided to join them because we love them so much and because I opened a small boutique a few weeks ago and since this is the largest shopping weekend of the year I want to be open.

I will of course miss my family and our traditions but I’m also really looking forward to making new traditions.

Happy November!

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Hmmm via @askportia #iamthankful for LIFE, HEALTH, & STRENGTH!

10 Things to be Thankful For

I believe life is a gift that must be appreciated in order to see its true beauty. I am thankful for every experience I have had in my life. The good and the bad. The first 10 things that come to mind as I reflect on gratitude are:

1. Salvation ( my life now has meaning)
2. My Man Model ( my life now has great company)
3. My Sons ( Men are a sign of Strength)
4. One Beautiful Princess ( The way she admires me is indescribable)
5. My Mother ( Strong Woman)
6. My Father ( Caring Man)
7. My Gifts & Talents ( they have truly made room for me)
8. My Friends ( although they are few, they are true friends)
9. Great Music ( it has carried me through some sleepless nights)
10. Amazon ( A.D.D. ALTERNATIVE MEDICATION THAT WORKS)

#iamthankful: What I Am Most Thankful For In My Business In 2014

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Thank you for taking a few minutes to watch the video.

The Three Cs of my thankfulness in 2014

Courage

Consistency

Collaboration

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Love and Blessing!

Jennise

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