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Referring is KEY to Business

Are you referring business to other small business owners?

Referring business to other business owners plants seeds that you will one day reap as a business owner. Referring is the lifeblood of business! Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. Isn’t that the golden rule in life? So shouldn’t that be the golden rule of business? If you offer referrals, others will also begin to think of you when they know your business and ideal client.

Radical Referrals The Woodlands is a whole new way for independent business women to grow their businesses! Do you need more leads for your business and want to increase your reach? All Radical Referral members are committed to referring business to each other. We are also coached to ask for business at the handshake so we can build our business stronger!

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Do you know someone that would have an interest? Please share with them.

We believe in business first! Join us as a guest to see us in action, or check out www.radicalreferralsusa.com. Connect with Alison Strobel Morrow on Facebook or find us on meetup to join us at the next meeting.


#SocialChallenge Day 7: Dream Job

tarabuck_7_dayseven7_socialchallengeActually my dream job would be owning my own Boutique. I would love to have the best boutique in town and it would be awesome to be able to fulfill this dream.!!!!

I love making people feel beautiful about themselves and this is away that I could do that even if it’s for the day.  Us women need to stick together and find ways to build each other up instead of bringing each other down.

This would be a place that every woman would want to come to because it’s just such a fun place to let your hair down with the girls and enjoy you some “YOU” time!’

Oh this place would be decorated up with dark mauve color, with black, and yellows.  Of course it would be blinged out and smelling good but not to over powering.  It would be a place that friendship are created and turn into life long friendships. You know the kind you could make back in the old days at the salon.

 I could see it now…… Bri’s Place

#SocialChallenge Day 6: The Hardest Thing

tarabuck_6_daysix6_socialchallengeThere have been many things in my life that have been hard and even unbearable at times. Seeing your 18 year old daughter being taken advantage of by a family member and not being able to do a thing about it is more than a person can handle at times.

We have reached out to police, other family members, and have talked and pleaded with her till we are blue in our face.  But she is so blinded by the lies and filth of this Uncle of hers that she can’t see the truth. Her young life being destroyed daily and because the law says she is free to do what she wants at 17 here in Texas there has been nothing we could do.

Being the praying woman of God that I am. I pray and seek God’s deliverance for her daily.  Knowing the future isn’t fun, matter of fact it puts a deep fear in the bottom of your stomach that stays and never goes away.

Having Faith that God will remove the blinders from her eyes and set her free is what has kept me sane.  Dreams of watching your little girl go to prom, college, move into her first place and get to help her decorate, help plan her wedding, and so many other dreams are gone for now.

I have faith that God will change her heart and open her mind to things that are real and moral.

The hardest thing is knowing that your daughter is in a situation that you can’t protect her from but needs you to.

#SocialChallenge Day 5: 5 Things That Make Me Happy Right Now

You know what can be one of the most depressing things you can do? Watch the news. Every day there is some news story of madness or mayhem that makes you want to stay in bed and never leave home. Bad things happen all the time. Does that mean you have to focus on it? No. You can always choose differently. So that’s the theme for today, finding things that make me happy right now. Five to be exact.

tarabuck_5_dayfive5_socialchallenge1. My hubby. He’s pretty awesome. He loves me. He works hard. He’s great with the kids. What more can a girl ask?

2. My children. Right now, my children are happy and healthy. Sure they fight and leave the house a mess, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. Their smiles would melt any mother’s heart and I am thankful they have smiles for me.

3. An ice cold Coke. There is nothing like have an ice cold Coke after a long hard day at work. Or after a good workout. Or after cleaning the kitchen. Or after doing just about anything. I am well away that it’s not healthy. But come on. It’s a Coke.

4. Steady Income. I don’t know about you, but the struggle is real. Especially when you are trying to transition from working full time for someone else to making the leap and working on your own. And there have been times when we didn’t always know where the next meal was coming from or if the mortgage was going to be paid.

5. Blessed Assurance. No matter what happens, I know where I will go when I die. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I continue to be a work in progress and some days I miss the mark by a mile. But I continue to run the race. My goal is to hear God say “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I know I am in God’s hands, even when bad things happen.

Now it’s your turn. Are you choosing to be happy today? What are the things that make you happy?

#SocialChallenge Day 5: The 5 things that make me most happy


Five things that make me most happy:

1. It makes me happy to know that I not only know God and how Great He is but that I have His favor upon me.

2. My 3 beautiful girls growing up to be confident young women. They are all so different and have different gifts. But I am so happy to see how they are growing up with a good self image and that they are in good health.

3. It makes me so happy that I am able to work from home most of my days and I have the flexibility of taking time off when I need to.

4. Not being in a bad relationship and enjoying the joys of being a single independent woman makes me happy at this time in my life.

5. My loving family and the fact that I have them and that we all have our health makes me the happiest!!

#SocialChallenge Day 4 – 10 things I would tell my 16 year old self

Excited about getting a 2nd chance to redo a few things! Ha!

1) Take that modeling/acting opportunity those people came to offer you that late afternoon. Opportunities like those only come once in a lifetime honey!

2) Believe in yourself! Love yourself more! You Are Gorgeous momma!!!!

3) Don’t be ashamed of that voluptuous body you’ve got girl! Many would kill for it!

4) Go straight to a 4 year university. Put those brains to work! You’ve got potential in academics, use it!

5) Ask your mom to buy you a bible and read it. It gives you instructions to life.

6) Spend more time with your little sister. Become best friends.

7) Learn to sew as good as your mom.

8) Ask your dad to teach you how to cook! This will come in handy 🙂

9) Forget about joining the military. Your mom and siblings need you.

10) Stop worrying about what others think of you or expect from you. Strive to please God alone ♡

#SocialChallenge Day 3: My Relationship with my parents


My Relationship with My Parents

I love my parents! My step mom has been my mom since I was about 4 and thanks to her she made sure I grew up knowing what little girls needed.  My father is a loving and protective father of course but he has always been a father who provided and we never went without.  My mom loves to shop so I of course had the best in clothes and shoes and there was never a dull moment around our house.

The one thing that I wish that my parents had done more of when I was a child was attend more school functions I was in and encouraged me to do more extra activities like sports, choir, or things like that.  My parents both work even today and at the same companies they’ve always worked at.  They love the country and look forward to every weekend going up to the ranch to get away from the city.

My parents love their granddaughters and would do anything in the world for them.  Which makes me love them even more!  I have often thought about not having my parents on this earth and every time it takes my breath away. I don’t know how I could live a day without them.  I would say that my relationship with my parents is stronger now than when I was a kid, and I look forward to my weekly multiple chats with them and going to see them at the ranch.

I have my dad’s laugh that’s for sure. My dad and I laugh deep in our souls.  I mean when we think something is funny you going to know it was funny! We both love the smell of a fire in the woods and we enjoy pulling out the last pack of boudin (which really means there are a lot left but he always says “yeah, I think I got one pack left ha-ha) and eat it out by the fire.

My mom is the best cook I know besides me. She can cook and bake all kids of things.  Every year for Christmas she bakes all kinds of candies, fudges, and yummy goodness. She also makes some really good country breakfast and dinners.  I mean those kind that leave you full as a tick and begging for more. My favorite meal that my mom makes is meat loaf, homemade scallop potatoes, fresh green beans, and corn on the cob. I mean my mouth is watering just telling you about it. I enjoy learning her cooking tips and having our kitchen chit chats.

I sure pray that my girls look forward to coming and cooking with me or spending time out by the fire in the winter time telling stories like I do with my dad.

#SocialChallenge Day 3: Relationship with my parents


My Relationship With My Parents

My relationship with my parents is pretty normal. No drama!

My parents are both kind, loving, good people and they will be celebrating 50 years of marriage in September. The have been great role models for the way marriages and family life should be like. They support and take care of one another. Their love for each other shines through in both their personalities.

From my dad I learned, hard work, good ethics, honesty, trust. He is loyal and true to his word. He works hard every day, sometimes too hard!

From my mom I learned, caring, love, selflessness. She has such a giving spirit and would do anything for her family!

#SocialChallenge Day 3: My Relationship With My Parents


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In order to effectively cover this topic, I will have to split my parents up.  As my parental unit, our relationship is pretty simple and boring. When it’s the three of us, we talk about mundane crap like the weather, or food, or whatever show happens to be on TV at the time.  Most times, we talk about the pets.

Me:  (pointing at a huge red, bald spot on their dog’s back) Hey, what’s wrong with Skippy?

Dad: What are you talking about? There’s nothing wrong with that dog.

Mom: Oh, he’s got a rash….he keeps aggravating it.  I keep telling your dad to buy him some ointment.  But, he hasn’t yet.

Me: You want me to go buy some?

Dad: NO!  He’s fine.  Worry about your own dog.

Mom: (rolling her eyes) Babe! He has a rash! He needs ointment.

At which point my Dad walks away and my mom whispers to me how wonderful it would be if I’d buy some ointment.  She’ll even pay me back.

That’s about it.

It’s not very exciting, is what I’m trying to say. We have nothing else to talk about.  My blog entry would stop here if I didn’t separate the two.  And, I know y’all are at the edges of your seats wondering what kind of crazy ass parents someone like me must have, right?  So, I’ll keep going.   You’re welcome.

My Momma

When I was a kid, my Momma was my world.  I remember wanting to wear her clothes and jewelry.  It was through her that I learned to love to read.  In my teenage years, we bumped heads quite a bit as I tried to discover who the heck I was.  As it turned out, she was right about a lot of things that I stubbornly wanted to learn the hard way.  Now that I’m an adult, my Momma is my friend, my confidant AND my mother.  I appreciate her words of wisdom and I admire her thirst for life.  If it weren’t for her obsession with saving the world from itself by shoving petitions in my face all the time, I’d say she was perfect.  (For more on my how I feel about my Momma’s petitions, click here: One-Eyed African Tigers Can Kiss My Ass.)

My Dad

Dad is a man of few words.  He wears a permanent scowl on his face.  He works ALL THE TIME.  Growing up, we didn’t see him much and when we did, he was mad a lot.  Work will do that to you.  That’s one of the reasons I’ve given up on stressful jobs.  If I ain’t saving lives, it ain’t worth my sanity!  But, he was raised in a different time and under different circumstances.  I didn’t really know my Dad growing up.  He was there, but he wasn’t really THERE.  Kinda like now, except he’s not as mad all the time any more.  I will say that I feel a bit closer to him (which still isn’t all that close) now that he’s an old fart than I did when he was a younger, more vivacious buck. I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time with him over the last few years – at doctor’s appointments, surgeries, etc.  There was this one time I even had to protect him once from my Momma’s physical abuse after he had back surgery.  She thumped his face and patted him hard on the back – love pats, she called them. She obviously “loves” him differently than she loves her children. (Click here to read about that incident: Turns Out My Parents Are Into Some Kinky, Sadistic Sh*t!.)

So, as it turns out, my parents are only a fraction of the crazy that I turned out to be.  Not sure where I get it from.  Maybe all the lead paint I chewed on as a child?

#SocialChallenge Day 3: The Miracle

The people I trust the most are my parents.

I have one of the most heartfelt relationships with them.  They are the two people in my life that I know will always be there for me.  Parents are the angels God gives us on this earth to help us go through life.  My mother was told before I was born that she wouldn’t be able to have children because of the removal of one of her ovaries and the other ovary was very weak.  So my parents had planned to adopt children.  I was their miracle after 7 years of trying to have a baby.  My mother has always told me the gifts I have are from God because I was sent by Him into her life.  Little does she know she was the miracle I needed in my life and that is why God chose her to be my mother.  I pray that one day I will be the woman that she is.


I find my strength because I have witnessed what she has done in her life and the strength my father has as the man that provides for his family.  I have nothing but awe and amazement for my parents.  I have seen them struggle financially when the oilfield was down and my father was laid off back in the 80’s.  I have seen their faith rise up above the struggles of life, when they not only had to care for their 4 children but also for their 3 invalid parents.   I saw them come together and solve problems together.  They have never given up on each other or on me.  As the oldest of 4 children, I learned what it was to be a team and to take care of one another.  My parents are the most loving and giving people I know on this earth.  I learned compassion and charity from them.  I learned that we are blessed to give back to those that do not have much.  My love for them is everlasting.  Respect, Love, and Joy is what fills my heart when I think of them.

Enjoy the time you have with them because one day God will take his angels back home.