Monthly Archives: November 2013

It’s Called Work, Not Playing on the Internet


I know many of my fellow bloggers will understand what I am saying. I’m working, I’m not playing. I’m researching, I’m not surfing. I’m engaging, I’m not gossiping. I’m not playing on the internet… I’m working.

Some get it, some don’t. Those family and friends that understand, they will respect my time on the computer, Those that don’t understand, they think I’m just playing, I can be interrupted over and over, I am here to chit chat, I am there to get what they need, let them try the products free, give, give, give.. and they will take, take, take.

I have a full time “day job” in social services. I have approximately 45 minutes each way that I have to commute. I’m out of the house at 7am, I get back home at 5:30pm. That is if there is no crisis, not mandatory overtime, no staff needing one on one assistance. A good day is being home at 5:30, eating supper, and getting to work on the ‘other jobs’ by 7:30pm.

I’m a consultant for several companies, Thirty One Gifts, Younique, Stampin Up, Jewelry in Candles and an affiliate for Leonie Dawson. I blog, I tweet, I post, I update fan pages, I message, I email and I drink a lot of coffee to get it all done.

Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do.. but I just don’t think others around me always get it. I don’t think they realize that I’m falling into bed at 1am because I’ve been working.. I’ve not been playing on the internet. I’ve not been wasting time. I’ve been trying to earn a little better living that what I have right now. I want something.. something for me. I want to be successful and I want to enjoy myself while I am doing it. These are my stepping stone, my due paying, my winding path.. let me find it. Let me explore it without discontent and snide comments. 

Did I spam your facebook because you had two Younique posts show up in one day? Well, I didn’t mean to spam you, you do know that you can hide my comments, correct??? It won’t hurt my feelings, I’ll never know.

Did you get an email from a company I represented? I didn’t mean to clog up your inbox with my one message. Did you know that you can just click unsubscribe at the bottom? Again, I won’t know it.. it won’t hurt my feelings.

Did I message you with a new product and idea? Don’t ignore me. If you aren’t interested, just tell me No. It gives you confidence to protect your time, and it gives me confidence to move on to the next person. If you don’t tell me that you aren’t interested, then I don’t know!

Did I bother you when I gave you a catalog? Remember those 2 bridal parties, 3 baby showers and 4 birthday party invitations you sent me? I’m not demanding you buy anything from me, I only want to show off my proud moments, share my ‘babies’ with you like you have with me. I bought you gifts out of love, with that same love, i would like you to let me talk about stuff I like. 

Do I want anything out of you? Yes, I want respect and honesty, just like I have given you. 


How to Set Up and Host a Successful Facebook Event Part 1


This will be a several part blog in which we talk about Facebook Events. We will start with the basics of setting up an event, hosting the event, promoting the event, and finally.. how to successfully close the event! 

Social Media is slowly, but surely taking over the ‘home party’ market at the new and innovative way to have direct sales parties. While many of us still enjoy getting together for a Girl’s Night Out and having a fun in home party, our schedules, our commitments, and our families sometimes make it impossible to get together for a night out with our friends.. so here comes the virtual party!

This segment is going to be a step by step tutorial to get your event set up on Facebook. I have selected Jewelry in Candles for this event.

1: Go to your Facebook Profile, look to the left under your profile picture and you will see the event link: 




2. Click the little EVENT tab and it will take you to a new screen with a calendar. This will show you all events that are going on and that you have been invited to participate in. Right under you notifications, you will see a tab that says, “Create Event”, click it.



3. When you click create event, you will get a pop up (make sure you have your pop ups enabled). 


4. Fill out the pop up.. give it a snappy title, tell your guests what the event will be about. If this is coinciding with an at home event, post the address. Give it a date and make the decision if your guests can invite their own guests. It should look something like this. When you have it filled out, click “Create”


5. You will then be taken to your event page. 


6. It is a little bare looking, so let’s dress it up a little by adding an event picture. To do this, locate the tab that says “Add Event Photo”


7. You can either use a photo that you already have on Facebook or you can upload a photo. I’ve decided to upload a photo.



8. Once your have your photo just like you want it, click save changes. I recommend adding a photo because it makes your event look more official and less ’empty’. 


So, now your event is created.. tomorrow we will talk about getting your event ready to invite your guests and some of the pros and cons of having an online event. Stay tuned!!!

Vacation All I ever wanted Vacation Had to get away Vacation….


I bet those of you that are 80’s girls will know exactly where that title came from!!!!! My vacation, all I ever wanted (at least for the last 6 months!) has officially started.

I work for the Department of Children’s Services as a supervisor. My days are filled with endless intakes, case readings, pictures, staffings and conversations about child abuse and neglect. I try very hard to ensure that all of my staff takes ample vacation time, burnout is a huge risk in our job.. and balance (that’s what I call it) between our work and our real lives is something that I promote to my staff all the time.

So, now is my time to balance out. Two weeks without discussions of child abuse, not having to debrief on neglect, not having to read a case, not having to make that decision of who to assign a case to and no one minute of checking work email. I’m not going to lie, I’m a workaholic and this is going to be hard for me. So, I’ve made out a plan:

Saturday 11/2: I’m going to put the finishing touches on my Be Younique With Dana facebook page. Take a peek, it’s very new… a work in progress, be kind LOL

Sunday 11/3: I’m going to be setting up new Younique parties (remember, I’m giving away a free crease brush for any hostess this month!!!)

Monday 11/4:.. that’s too far away…. I’ll stay busy this weekend and then figure out on Sunday night what I am going to do on Monday LOL!!!