Friday, November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Diary

To keep my self "sane" throughout the Hurricane Sandy ordeal, I kept a log, a diary, of each day as events unfolded.  I will type those messages here over the next few days.  It was about 5 days worth of thoughts, observations, concerns, etc. 

There is a donation button to the right of this blog, if you are inclined to help us.  I had no work so I have no paycheck this week.  Hubby has been struggling to find work and I imagine that is going to get much harder now.  The kids are home, which means the food has gone a bit faster than expected.  ANY help is greatly appreciated.

Love & Blessings,



Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: Take A Left at New Jersey

Well, I managed to get some sleep last night.  Not much, really.  I fell asleep after 3, inbetween gusts of wind creaking the trees in the yard.  Without school or work, I slept "in", waking up just before 9.  Somehow, I don't feel rested though.  I was relieved to get through the night, because as well all know, dangerous, evil things always happen in the dead of night.

I check for updates this morning, only to find that Hurricane Sandy must in fact want to check out the Jersey Shore.  Over those few hours I slept "she" make a left turn headed straight for the shore.  My stomach lurched when I saw that.  To think we would escape once again?  Naive at best.  Outside, it looks like no more than a windy storm.  We get them in the spring and in the fall, typically causing some minor problems, but never real serious.

A strong gust blows every 30 seconds or so, rattling the house and giving an occasional flicker of lights.  Sadly, this is going to be the norm for the next 10-11 hours, with Sandy expected to make landfall sometime after 8pm.  Yep, Sandy is headed for us in the dead of night.  As much as I'd like to take a little night-time tonic, to help me sleep, the idea of being unalert when she arrives is discomforting as well.  And to think I was feeling "anxious" yesterday. 

It is a ghost town, as most stores are closed.  Employees of emergency services the only ones allowed on the roads.  Even though she hasn't arrived yet, Hurricane Sandy has already taken its toll on much of the shore, with areas flooding and historic places such as Atlantic City are losing its boardwalk.

Well, power dipped so headed off for now...

Stay Safe!

If you are local, check out news on Jersey Shore Hurricane News, a facebook page started last year for updates about Hurricane Irene.  Invaluable source!!/JerseyShoreHurricaneNews


Hurricane Sandy at the Jersey Shore

As Hurricane Sandy looms, friends and family have been forced to evacuate.  Our children will not be headed to school before Wednesday and now we just wait.

Hurricane Sandy

At just past Midnight, October 29, 2012 we listen to the endless streams of reports coming from neighboring states, and counties.  I live a few miles inland, and so will not need to evacuate.  However, many of our friends are in areas that are closer to the bays, rivers and Atlantic Ocean and they have been uprooted from their homes, not knowing what will happen next.

Local shelters have been set up throughout the state.  And, as we watching a live stream from the news channel, there is an eerie feeling as we see places like Grand Central Terminal, in New York shut down without a single soul present.  In our local area, major roadways, ones that typically are crowded will be silent this coming Monday morning.  Stores, schools, everything completely cut off until Hurricane Sandy unleashes her wrath on the area.

An ironic thought came to mind tonight... what if this was happening next week?  What if this was happening on Election Day?  What would that do to people?  Would it sway their thoughts?  Hmmm...

The winds bustle now.  On and off throughout the day and now into the night.  With each 30+ mile an hour gust of wind, my stomach flips, wondering if a crash will follow.  And, knowing that these "breezes" will weaken trees, power lines, structures... well before the true winds come... it is very unnerving. 

I am a person of Faith and know God is  in control.  But, I am human, and not having any control lets fear creep in and nudge at my faith.  Last year, Hurricane Irene was scary, but we were blessed in that we didn't lose power or suffer much damage except for downed foliage.  Am I foolish to hope that this time, despite the colorful maps pointing Sandy to our doorstep, we will make it through once again?

Yes, I have taken the time to tell people that I love them.  I am grateful for the opportunity to do so, when in most cases, those moments are not made available.  Friends since childhood, distance relatives, close relatives... even online friends who I've never met, but cherish them dearly.  There is no time like the present. 

Be safe my friends.  Pray for those in the path of Sandy. 

I Love You!  Thank You for being a part of my life.

When the tides recede, I will see you again.




Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What's Cooking?

So I've been quiet here for a while.  And, you may (or may not) be wondering what I've been up to.  Anyway, whether you have been curious, or maybe you just see me floating around the social networks, I figured I'd share a little here today.

For one thing, I have had a lull in my bracelet making.  If you haven't seen my bracelets, just visit my blog HERE to see them.  I really, REALLY enjoy making them, but ran out of supplies so I've been quiet there.  I did have a P.R. company ask for a few pieces for a couple of their actresses and I am so honored and humbled...and SCARED!  Of what?  Well, of them not liking the pieces, for one.  But, I think I am scared that they will LOVE them and before I know it, people around the world will be ordering them.  The idea makes my stomach tumble even now.  Fear of success can be as damning as fear of failure.  So, I have yet to send them out, but by week's end, the jewelry will be on its way to Canada, where the P.R. firm is located.  I refuse to let fear rule me!

Moving on, I had to find a way to bring in a little extra cash, so I took on some "gigs" on Fiverr.  By far, my favorite "Gig" is reviewing Kindle books.  When I did a couple of books for one author, I was completely inspired!!  I started writing, typing and scratching away at notepaper.  I hadn't felt that energized in quite some time.  Before I knew it, just a few days later, I had a novella fleshed out.  I am still editing that one, but find myself already crafting another story.  Anyway, most of the books, so far have been fiction of one type or another.  It has really put me back in touch with my younger self; a girl that dreamt of true love's first kiss and happily ever afters.  I am reading a new book a day, either purchasing my own or review for a Gig and it has been thrilling!

Beyond that, we have the daily routine of getting the kids to school, walking the dog, getting the kids from school, homework and other day to day activities.  As the fall rolls forward, bringing us closer to winter, I look forward to the birthdays and holidays that are coming.  I feel things are turning around for us now and I am truly excited about it.

Oh and one more thing, I started a blog for my author persona, and woul love to have you come on by and visit (and subscribe/follow too!) just click HERE.  There I will share my musings and snippets of my work.  Please be sure to share, like, comment, follow and all that other good social "stuff".  Thanks! 



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thankful Thursday Oct 4

Thankful Thursday

This is my personal blog.  I have many interests, a few passions and a long list of experiences.  I like to share what's on my mind, what I am learning and what is happening in my life. 

For those that follow along, it may seem like a whirlwind where my feet never touch the ground.  However, that is ME.  I love my family and friends. 

If I have a job, I give 110% of myself and learn every possible aspect of it I can.  If I am working online, I make new friends and learn new skills. 

I am passionate about helping other people and being creative.  I am interested in learning new skills in many different areas such as internet marketing, crafting, writing, coaching and more.  I love to teach what I learn, share what I know and guide people in the direction they say they want to go. 

Some people mention that I don't finish what I start or that I am always trying something new.  Yep... I do move around a lot.  I am pretty transparent about who I am, which is how people know that I am always "in to something" and I am not ashamed of that. I feel that I have a gift to inspire and encourage others...and that tends to take me in many different directions. 

For example, if I join a different business opportunity every single month, it isn't because I can't finish what I start.  It's because it is a new opportunity to touch other people in a way that I would never reached them before.  I am like an iceberg, just as most people are.  What you see on the surface is only a small percentage of what there truly is.  Whether or not you take the time to see the bigger picture has more to do with you, than with me.

An "A-HA" Moment

Something occurred to me last night.  People proposition me with business offers quite often.  And sometimes, I do the same to them.  But my "a-ha" moment was this:  people will pay my way in to their business, just so I am on their team. 


Because I am a master salesperson or recruiter.  HECK NO!  *LOL*  It dawned on me that this happens because they want to work with ME.   So, I thought about why anyone would want me to be on their team if there was no monetary gain to it.  And I realized that there is more to ME than even I realized.  I offer people something that makes them want me with them.

The same way my kids will follow me wherever I go, never giving me a moment's peace.  ;)  I am a MAGNET.  As much as I wish I was a money magnet, I am not.  I am a people magnet.  And with that comes great responsibility.  I must continue to be transparent.  I must continue to be ethical, honest and humble.  I am setting an example for others.  And, above all, I must focus.  After all, people don't do what you say; they do what you do.

I still do not have a full grasp on why people are attracting to me.  I don't have a knock-out figure, giant white smile or killer looks.  Hmmmm... itmust be deeper than that.  ;)  I do know that I care very much about people.  I love to sow good seed and see others BLOOM.

Going Forward...I Think...

So, where does that lead me?  I am not sure, to be honest.  I believe only God knows what my future holds.  I do know that if I leave my life in His hands, I have nothing to worry about....EVER.  He is the Great Provider and I humbly accept whatever He blesses me with.

On this Thankful Thursday, I want to thank YOU, my friends.  You bless me every time you drop by.  You bless me when you share something I have said to you.

I may not get it right.  I may stumble and fall.  But I do know that I have Favor.  I do know that His grace and mercy will carry me.

In closing, I want to hear  from you. Please... leave a comment below and share your heart with me today.  You mean so much to me and I am very grateful to have YOU in my life, in whatever capacity that  may be.

Love & Blessings,

PS:  If we aren't already connected, please pop on over and connect with me...

Joy A. Marino
Author of "The Flip it Around Method" Book (Amazon)
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Internet Millionaire Wants To Coach YOU!

Well, those of you that know me, know that I am NOT that Internet Millionaire!  LOL  I am a wife, a mom of 5, a writer and craftpreneur.

But, I am working with an Internet Millionaire who is LOOKING FOR STUDENTS and has asked me to share the news with others.  So, here I am, sharing!

Have you ever heard of Russell Brunson?  He started out about 10 years ago with a potato gun.  Yes, a homemade potato gun.  That gadget turned a whole new page in his life as he began to learn Internet marketing and teaching others with killer content that most guru's refuse to share.  Now, he has his company name on a plane, has done an interview with Tony Robbins and the list of accolades goes on and on.

But, what impresses me most is not the airplane or the interviews, it is the fact that he actually cares about seeing others be successful and make money online.  And his company's mission is amazing. 

He says it's his mission and goal to:
  • 1st - help 100,000 people to make their first $100 online
  • 2nd - help 10,000 people to FINALLY fire their boss
  • 3rd - help 1,000 people make 6 figures a year
  • 4th - help 100 people become online millionaires
This is absolutely awesome! People are making money with this left and right
(I know, I've actually chatted with a bunch of them on Facebook)

And now, he's asked me and some of his other students to spread the word to others.  He wants to coach you this month, and get you to the $100 level... on his dime!

Isn’t that cool?

So you think it's too good to be true?  Let me tell you something about Russell, he under promises and OVER delivers EVERY SINGLE TIME HE SPEAKS.

And, he is coaching us for 30 days for ONE DOLLAR, yep $1!!

So, for the price of.... well, not much is a $1 anymore... LOL

Let's just say, it's a great deal, k?

Get started HERE


Joy Marino

PS:  I don't know how long the offer is open for.  I truly don't.   So, check it out today and see what it's all about!  Go to this LINK.

Friday, September 21, 2012

On a Personal Note...

I want to say Happy Birthday to my first born son, Robert. 


Today, he turns 21!  I haven't seen him in quite a few years, and I don't want to discuss that sad, long story here.  I just want to put it out there that I love him, I miss him and that I pray one day we will reconnect.  I also pray for his safety and for abundance and prosperity in his life.  I hold no grudge towards his paternal family.  I hope one day, I can share my side of this journey with him.

I love you Robert M. Centrella....

Rob Centrella
Photo I 'borrowed' from his FB profile before
he blocked me and then deleted the account.
One day, I hope he will meet his (half) siblings.  They've heard so much about him, but cannot remember him.   Well, he moved long before they were born.   But, the pictures I find, I share.  Most are baby and toddler photos.  I think they would be shocked to see him all grown up; as would I be.

Anyways, with hope...

Love Always and forever..NO MATTER WHAT....

Your Mom,


Sunday, September 16, 2012

New Page at

I am pretty excited to share the new page I have created. 

At the top of this blog, you will see tabs.  Those are my pages.  As you may already know, I have a wide variety of interests.  And, as time goes by friends, family and associates ask ME questions.  I began to notice a trend.  I was getting a LOT of pet questions recently.

I decided to apply for an "expert" position online answering common pet questions.  I am still waiting for approval on my application.   However, in the mean time, I thought, "why not create my own blog to help others with their questions?"  I tend to shy away from being called an "expert" simply because  I don't know everything...although I doubt any experts do.  But, I also didn't want to let anyone down.

Well, I am open to offering advice, based on my experience.  I can deal with that.  And, yes, there is a huge disclaimer and warning on the blog.  Using an online resource can lead to problems.  It is important to know when to go to a professional; ANY time you have a doubt/hesitation or that small voice in your head says "this is an emergency"... then GO.

In fact, at one practice I worked at, we despised "Dr. Google" as it was nicknamed in our office.  You know, how we humans google our symptoms, treatments and other info?  It is a great resource to see what potential problems we may be facing, but when you go in to your doctor or veterinarian, just don't tell them you know better than they do (because you found it on the internet).  It slaps them in the face and makes them feel like the 8-12 years of schooling the endured, was for nothing.  ;)

Okay, so the tab up top will take you to my Vet Tech Answers page.  There I will post information, answer questions and share resources.   Like I said, I don't know everything. However, I love to research and can find you a 1/2 dozen articles in an hour, that will give you more specific information.  I don't mind doing that at all, because I know that in the end, your pet is loved and deserves the best!

I will also occasionaly share resources that may offer me a small compensation for sending you their way.  And, there may be ads on this page from time to time.  I don't ask money from you, I just ask that you allow me to share some resources and allow that company to pay me for my efforts.  This is a free blog and I am giving my time willingly, so I hope you won't be offended or deny me a couple bucks for giving advice.  :) 

So, go on over and check out the blogSubscribe to it by filling out your email in the box near the upper right hand corner.  This way, you get alerts to posts specifically about Pets.  Or, just bookmark it and come back to it whenever you like.  If you like it, please share with your connections on Google +, Twitter and Facebook.  And, of course, if you have any questions, just click on the "Ask the Vet Tech" page and leave your question in the comment area available there.

Thank you for your love and support!



Friday, September 14, 2012

Empower Network Didn't Work For You?

In the latter part of 2011, I joined Empower Network.  A platform that utilizes blogging and community to help people generate tons of leads and traffic to their primary business, all while providing the ability to earn 100% commissions on referrals brought on to the team.

I really enjoyed being with  Empower Network.   And, just as a disclaimer, this post is in NO way a "dig" or "slam" against the company or it's community in any way.  I learned a LOT being a member and participating on training calls and utilizing the tons of information in the back office.  And, I am still friends with MANY awesome people that I met through EN.  However, I did feel like a small fish in an ocean of greater fish; the types of people that just seem to be successful at everything they do.  Yet, for me, having not been successful in most things I've tried, I found it hard to continue to encourage others to join me. I want to be crystal clear and totally upfront; it was me that had the problem, not the company or leaders.  I am smart enough to know when it's me...and when it's not.  ;)

Anyway, if you don't know much about Empower Network, the basic concept is, without a doubt, phenomenal.  You blog daily, about whatever floats your boat and you share your posts.  Your blog attracts leads, which you share EN with them.  Once they join, you have the option to share your primary business with them as well, if they do not have one already.  It's basically a funded proposal, using blogging.   And, for many people it was the first time they ever made money blogging, in their primary business OR online at all.

However, the members that joined me shortly dropped off, one by one.  For the most part, they were people who HATED BLOGGING in the first place.  Now, I love to blog, but I find sitting down and typing daily can be a challenge.  As you've probably noticed on my own blog, I don't post for days, and then I post a LOT in a short span.  Consistency is very important with the Empower Network blogs.   So, if a member hates to blog, it becomes a chore and that means they are not going to stick with it.  I totally get that.

What I have noticed is that many people that did not stay with Empower Network left because of 3 main reason (but I am sure there are others):  the learning curve was way too much for them, they hated blogging and/or they couldn't bring in members and maintain their own operating costs.  And, again, I could relate.  I left Empower Network after my last member left.  I was not financially positioned to continue the path I was on.

This post isn't about Empower Network nearly as much as it is about YOU. 

If you are struggling in your business and want

  • to generate leads
  • LOVE the idea of 100% commissions
  • you don't want to blog
  • desire a step-by-step...KEEP IT SIMPLE marketing system
...then, I'd like to extend an invitation to you.  I can share a system with you that offers a free 14-day trial.  During this trial you have FULL access to everything in the back office.  You can look at what you want and take copious notes, IMPLEMENT what you are learning and see if it is a fit for you.  If not, no big deal, just cancel the trial and you will never be charged anything.

So here is my invitation to you....

Send me an email by clicking here.  A new window will open.  Just let me know that you want more information about the system I just mentioned.  It does NOT interefere with whatever you are currently promoting AND it can be used to build up your current business.  You don't have to tell me what went wrong with Empower Network (it's none of my business) and please... do NOT bad mouth the company.  I am not looking for people that want to point fingers, blame others or cannot take responsibility for their own lack of success.  We will be working together, so please keep that in mind before emailing me.  Thanks!

So that's what I have for you today.  If what you are doing right now is not working for you, please consider my invitation.  Send me that email and just grab your free trial today.  Nothing to lose and no obligation to purchase anything.

And, be ready for some FUN!  We are having a blast.   Our leaders are putting together videos and we have a Secret Group on facebook where ALL questions are posted and the community answers.  No overloading or bombarding sponsors with the tons of questions.  It is really going amazingly AND very exciting, but NOT in that hype-y way.

Anyway, email me :)

Joy M.

PS:  You will not see this system being posted online much, if at all.  You have to be INVITED and, you have to communicate with others.  We DO use the internet, but we build relationships, not spam or hide behind fake accounts, images or names.  LOVE IT!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My First Bracelet Giveaway!

I am so excited to be doing my very first bracelet giveaway. 

Just click on the "Hand-Crafted Jewelry" tab above to go get the scoop on this exciting event.  And, please share the giveaway with your friends, family, Twitterers, Facebook friends, G+ friends...any one you think may want in on a free bracelet!  To make it easier, there are tabs above this post to send  by email, to tweet, to recommend on Google + or share on Facebook.  :)

All of the rules are there, in case you want to know.  The giveaway officially starts TONIGHT (Sept.14th) at midnight and runs until the end of the month.

All you have to do is FOLLOW my BraceletsByJoy blog by submitting your email in the box, in the upper right hand corner.  That's it!  A winner will be picked at random.  I will pay ALL shipping costs!

So, click on the tab above, that says "Hand Crafted Jewelry" and go enter after midnight tonight.  Again, please share with others and thank you in advance!

Good Luck!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Reality Bites!

It was painful.  I had to do it, yet I was scared of what I would see....
The pain was not physical; it was emotional, mental and spiritual.  My self-esteem took a nose dive.

Last night, I took full body pics, to document my journey.  And, when I saw them, I couldn't hold back the tears.  I can hide in clothes and look fairly "fit" but when the clothes are off... well, it just makes reality a bit more.... well... real.  And, NO, I will not be sharing them any time soon!  Don't worry...  :)  But, I had to do it. 

This is me, just this past May, with 4 of my 5 children.  Although my weight and BMI are within normal range, I am unhappy with my arms and the spare tire I am hiding beneath the shirt; the dimples on my legs and the rolls forming under my neck.  Many think I look good because I've had 5 kids.  And, I understand that...but I am not healthy and not happy... and society's standards of what is 'normal' is based on some pretty unhealthy examples.

I had to  SEE what I looked like, all of me.  And, because people see me, only when well hidden in clothes, they think I am "crazy" when I want to lose weight... I am supposedly so "skinny".  But I know I am not healthy... and now these pics show I am not "skinny" either.  The amount of inches I have to lose is a fair amount.  To tighten and tone is going to take some work.  But, again, I knew if I didn't have "Before" photos, people would not believe me.  I didn't take them to sell a product or service... this time it was to SHOCK myself... to WAKE MYSELF UP to the reality of where I am headed if I don't DO something NOW.

So what am I doing?  Well, I am actually doing a few things, but mostly I am changing the way I eat, the way I exercise and the way I take care of my body.  Yep, that's it.  I know, that is everything, right?

So, first I am getting my head straight.  I have to work daily on being grateful for what I have AND that in order to keep it I must take care of it.

Then, I am changing what I put in my body.  I am no longer settling for cheap junk.  I don't typically eat fast food, only on occasion.  I stopped eating McDonald's because it ran right through me.  I don't usually have the money on hand to buy other fast food, so I just eat what I can.  However, I can go almost all day without eating anything.  NOT healthy!  Now, I will have to eat around every 3 hours.  But, I also have to stop eating processed stuff, because it is not much better than fast food.  No more Ramen noodles or Spam or anything like that. 

And, I've already begun on an exercise regimine through a woman who is much like me.  Never really liked exercising, a mom and a wife... who one day said ENOUGH!  Now, she inspires hundreds and thousands to get their SEXY BACK!  I will share more about this as I go through the program.

I also just began reading, The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin.  What a powerful testimony this man has.  He dealt with so many health challenges that I can't even remember them all.  In essence, he is 6'1" and at one point was ONE HUNDRED and FOUR pounds.  Prior to becoming ill, he was about 180#, athletic and energetic and loving life as a 19 year old.  His story, and what his testimony shares, is about hope.   It is also about what we are doing to ourselves by eating modern day 'convenience foods' and is a real eye opener.

So, mentally, spiritually and physically, I am on a journey.  It is a journey I have yo-yo'd with for some time, but finally... I have had ENOUGH. I want a transformation.   Because I know my mother's medical history, and my family history, I can DO something to change the path I am on... and the path my family is on.

I invite you to follow me on this  journey.   I promise, I will share photos soon enough.  To follow along, just use the "Follow" button in the upper right hand corner so you can receive an email everytime I post.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Shop NOW for the Holidays!

Most of us wait until the last minute to make our holiday purchases.  This leads to stress, anxiety, driving in traffic and countless other annoyances.  Why not start shopping NOW??  I mean, after all, if you did a little bit each week, wouldn't you avoid throwing that "have-to have" present on your credit card?  Plus, most of the good stuff is out already! 

As I add new bracelets to my Etsy shop each week, I think to myself that people need to be shopping NOW to avoid paying more later.  Because you know that if you wait, you will have to buy far more and/or pay more in shipping than if you bought it early.

Yes, I know, you are waiting for Black Friday, right?  Let me tell you that if you are waiting AND actually enjoy the chaos of Black Friday sales, then do yourself a HUGE favor; start setting aside the money NOW.  Do NOT use a credit card in November for anything!!

Try this... look at your spending from last year.  How much did you spend on holiday gifts, food, clothing, pictures, count EVERYTHING.  Let's say that came to $1,000 for example. There are roughly 15 weeks until Christmas... which means about 11 weeks until Black  Friday.  Set aside $100 or more every week in a bank account EXCLUSIVELY for shopping...with a debit card option (no checks needed) and use a separate bank, NOT attached to your primary bank, direct deposit, etc. Hold yourself accountable and use ONLY THAT ACCOUNT for your holiday spending.

Here are some more tips:

  • Also, check out who offers layaway plans, when they start and what the rules are.  See if you can grab some of those "hot" toys or electronics before everyone else does, and put them on layaway.   Use your exclusive bank account to make payments on that order.
  • Make a list NOW.  Include those items the family says they want.  Also, include items you will need such as food and clothing, or travel expenses. 
  • Shop clearance sections NOW there are plenty of summer items now on sale, as well as back-to-school sales.  Use this time to find great bargains for holiday gifts.
  • Save your receipts!  Make sure that you keep the receipt with every item purchased.  If asked, yes you want a gift receipt.
  • Know refund/exchange policies before purchasing items.  If you buy too early and it is the wrong size or color, you don't want to be out of luck when you need to return it in January.
  • Clip coupons!  Yep, it may be a hassle but either clip them out of the paper or go online for printable coupons.
  • Wish lists and gift registries are available at many sites nowadays.  If you are shopping online, share this benefit with friends and family so that you don't get 3 of the same wii games for the kids!
  • Online shopping is a great way to save money.  Make sure you are buying from reputable retailers and are not getting raked over the coals on shipping.  Take the long, cheap shipping, since the holidays are months away, anyway.
  • Have an accountability partner!!  Sounds like a fitness thing, but really, if you and one other person (not a spouse, usually) keep each other accountable, you will save money and keep each other sane.   Do NOT pick the person who shops 4 times a week at boutiques!!  Sorry, but this will have you broke in no time.
  • Quality or quantity?   You want to be sure the items are quality items.  I'd rather have 3 well-made sturdy pair of pants, then 10 pairs of pants that rip at the seams in a month. 
  • Outlets are available in many areas.  Take your accountability partner and ONLY your ID and cash or bank card for the aforementioned account, when shopping at outlets.  In fact, if you can, tuck your credit cards in a shoebox in a closet until January!
Well, of course there are tons more ideas.  But, this is just to help you get ready.  Planning out "big" events helps everything go much easier when the big day comes.  Imagine waiting until a month before the day of your wedding to get the dress, tux, flowers, caterer, etc.  NO ONE DOES THAT...why?  It is absolutely crazy!  Even a small, intimate wedding usually needs more planning than that.

So, think ahead.  Be smart.  Have an accountability partner.  And, remember the REASON for the SEASON!


Joy Marino

Monday, August 27, 2012

Become A Walking Reward For 10 Thousand

A few years back, I was struggling to make money with my network marketing business.  I was looking for mentors and a community that could teach me how to bring out the best in me AND make money at the same time.  I found such a place called the Million Mind March and I loved it there.

One thing I learned from  Joe Schroeder and Diane Hochman there in the think-tank, the mastermind called the Million Mind March was that you need to surround yourself with people who CELEBRATE you.... not just tolerate you.  I learned about digging deep within myself and being honest with who I was.  And, it was there that I heard the phrase, "Become A Walking Reward For Ten-Thousand."

Now, when you are building a business, 10,000 is a HUGE number.   Especially when you can not seem to find 10 people or even 1 person who sees a bigger picture---a picture that goes beyond a cubicle and the 9-5 rat race.  I didn't know how I would reach 10, 000 people.  But, I knew deep down that I could---that I had to.

I pledged to be a walking reward for ten thousand.  I wrote it down on my goals and I reminded myself constantly.  And, everytime I could help just one person with something,  I knew that the ripple effect would help countless others.  Over time, I realized that I may never know if I hit that 10,000 mark.  And, I decided that if I did the best that I could, I kept a servant's heart and gave my all, that I was okay with never knowing the number.

I didn't have a list to keep count or any other measureable way.  And, somewhere along the way, I pushed the 10,000 number to the back of my mind.  Until, last night.   WOW.  I was really blown away when I did some quick calculations in my head.

See, I had written a book back in May.  I self-published using Kindle.  My book, Flip it Around was being received well amongst the 2,000 friends I have on Facebook.  I also shared it with the 1,000+ followers on Twitter to increase exposure.  And, I hade 4 5-star reviews on my book.  It was very exciting.  But, what really boosted my book was doing Free Promotions with Kindle, where people could download my book for free.

Last night, I did a quick calculation and found there was over 9,500 downloads of my book from May to August.  I said to myself, "wow, what a blessing, almost 10,000 downloads...10,000 people reading my book."  And, that's when it happened.  I immediately remembered myself saying I would become a walking reward to 10,000.


It has been a few years.  I thought I was meant to reach the masses with a network marketing company.  And, when I left that industry, I never thought the goals I had set in the past would be achieved.  It was last night that I realized that I had set this whole thing in to motion years ago.  I realized that goals happen when you don't give may change direction, but you don't give up.

And, as I drifted off to sleep last night, ALL of my other goals came flowing back to my mind.  Ones that I had set years ago, but had lost faith in seeing them come to fruition, using the methods I had previously tried.  If this one goal could happen, finally, so could the others!   And, in one way, it took YEARS, and at the same time, it only took 3 months.  Sometimes, you just have to go a different direction then you originally thought, to get where you want to go.

I want to encourage you today to keep going after your dreams and goals, but also, to be open to going a different path to get there.  I invite you to download my book Flip It Around and I hope that it helps you.


Joy Marino

Author of "The Flip it Around Method" Book (Amazon)
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Monday, August 13, 2012

Viking Knit Jewelry

viking knit bracelet
Over the past few weeks I have crafted/created a number of Viking Knit bracelets.  I have sold one so far and have received numerous glowing comments on my work.  As I said in an earlier post, I would update you as things moved forward. So, here it is...

Okay, working with the "work from home" company making viking knit jewelry turned out to be a bust for me.  Although I've practiced with similar type wire, in different sizes, I had a very difficult time using the stainless steel wire.  Although my knitting came out fairly well and mostly uniform, it caused my hands to swell and throb for days.  And, for whatever reason,  I couldn't get the hang of working with the memory wire in just the exact way that they required.  Thinking about going through the process, to make 8 bracelets a week and get paid $120 just didn't excite me anymore.  Could I stick it out?  Probably, but I know myself...and dreading to craft something means I won't do my best.  And, that's not fair to me or the company.  So, I am returning my starter kit and await the refund of the security deposit.

viking knit bracelet

The bright side of this is that I have a deeper appreciation for the wire I do work with.  I had ordered some green wire from and they shipped it right out, so I received that the other day.  And, after working with the stainless steel, let me tell you, I LOVE artistic wire!  LOL.  SO much more flexible, forgiving AND less likely to slice my eyeball.  Oh and yes, I pricked my fingers many times with the stainless steel wire! 

Another positive point to make is that I also learned about working with memory wire.  Now, if I am not restricted to using it a certain way, and can make my loops/end caps however I want, I am thinking memory wire is going to be awesome.  I have to pick some up at the store this week so I can finish off some bracelets.

viking knit bracelet with beads

Moving forward, I've decided to stick to crafting and creating my own pieces, selling them at market value.  It may take awhile and honestly, I don't see a 6-figure income from just bracelets, but I am willing to do the work and I reman grateful that I have good eyes to see what I am doing, strong hands to complete the work, a creative mind to craft my unique pieces and experience with online business.  Perhaps in the near future I can create a product that will help other Craftpreneurs build successful business too.

I've inserted photos of my latest pieces here in this post.  All are my own creations.  Enjoy!


Keep It Crafty!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

What Makes You Light UP?

What makes you light up? What is it, that when you think about it, you just feel your heart leap, your stomach goes SMILE so big your cheeks hurt? 

 There are a few things for me, one of which is my family. Now, mind you, much of the time, my kids are driving me nutsy, but when I get that hug, surprise kiss on the cheek, or someone grabs my hand, just because...I get goosebumps! I love my kids so much. But, professionally, there have been a lot of ups and downs for me. Perhaps you can relate?

 For instance, I love working with animals and my career as a Vet Tech was a blessing. There were times when I just loved what I did...unfortunately there were times when being human, and doing the humane thing, just flat out stunk! And, as emotional as I am, I rarely could ever hold back the tears.

 But, now that I am a stay-at-home mom, working on my crafts is one thing that really gives me peace. Not only do I get giddy over creating, but the feedback from admirers really boosts my confidence. But, there was still that part of me that longed to be a coach. After all, that was the reason I left my job as a Vet Tech. 

There was a part of me that just naturally coached, without me even realizing it. Anyway, those two worlds are about to join, and the result is one I think many Creative people, like me, are going to benefit from AND I hope they enjoy.

  Enough about me, what about YOU? Answer in the comments below. I would love to hear what lights you up and makes your heart SING. 

 Joy Marino

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Life as a Yo-Yo

Over the years, people that know me have seen me "yo-yo" from idea to idea, business to business, website to website.  I confess, I have a knack for finding and sharing new things. The downside is that some people don't seem to know what I am truly all about.  Those that have talked with me or chatted online know that I have a HUGE heart for helping others, I love my family, I love animals and I take great pride in being creative and trying new crafts.  Many know (but not all appreciate) that I am a Christian and love sharing His love with others. 

What do you know about me?

Maybe you can relate to search your adult life looking for the "perfect fit" for you. Perhaps it is a soulmate you seek, a career you will blossom in or a business that will pay you well for doing what you love.  On the flipside, there are obstacles that will try to knock you down when you are on the right  path.  And, all those negative things people have told you (and you may have told yourself) over the years begins to "prove" that you aren't intended for greatness.

My life as a yo-yo, although it appears I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, is actually just a journey I have been on.  In fact, most of us go through similar stages, but most people do not publicly share it on a blog, social network and so on.  One thing I have always strived for was to be honest and transparent with people.  Yes, I've bounced from this to that and my interests include a wide variety of things.  However, I share all of that because I don't believe it is right to hide my talents, abilities and gifts.  I don't think you should either. 

Do you know this quote:

"I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work."  ~ Thomas A. Edison. 

What does that mean?  That means that Mr. Edison did not let failure stop him.  It means that he kept trying something new to get to his goals.  I am sure he had times when he threw his hands in the air and felt like giving up.  But, he must've gotten back on task.  You shouldn't be afraid to try something new.  You won't fail; you only "fail" if you've learned nothing. 

Honestly, how many toddlers stop trying to walk after they fall once?  Or, one hundred times?  They keep going at it until they learn how to do it and get the results they want.

The beauty of a yo-yo is that even if it doesn't roll back to your hand, it is still just a length of string away.  It is not lost.  And, you can roll it back up (reset it) and try again.  It just takes practice and persistence...the yo-yo will do it's part if you do yours.

My life...and a journey.  Regardless of how it appears to others, you must continue to try to create a life you love being your authentic self.  If you come against obstacles...go through them, around them, over them; whatever you need to do to get beyond them.  If people think you are behaving like a yo-yo, don't get mad or defensive.  First, take a little bit of time and see if their point is valid AND what you can learn from it.  Then, go forward with that new understanding.

You have greatness within you...I know you YOU?


Joy Marino

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Procrastination a Dangerous Web

Is there something you should be doing right now?  Is it something that you've been putting off?  Yeah, me too.  Procrastination is dangerous I tell ya.  Why?  Because we put off the things we don't feel like doing until they transform into gigantic red-eyed, green, hairy monsters waiting to jump out from under the bed at any moment.

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Okay, so that was a bit dramatic perhaps.  But, things get easier when we put them off?  Don't they seem to weigh so heavily on your shoulders that you feel like you are treading through quicksand?

Do this right now... take 3 things you've been procrastinating about and do them.  Take ACTION right now.  Even if you cannot complete the full task, do something to move you forward right now.  So, if you have a pile of laundry the size of Mount Rushmore (like I do) take 15 minutes and make a dent in that pile.  Fold and put away as much as you can in 15 minutes.  Put on your favorite music and turn it up LOUD and sing while you work.  Or, maybe you've got to clean the rings around the toilet...UGH!!  Well throw some cleaner in there, swish around the brush and flush.  Just be done with it already.  You don't have to get it clean enough to eat out of...(ewwww)...just clean enough to keep the bacteria away.  You get the point here.  Just take some action steps RIGHT NOW...well, first, comment below on the 3 things you will tackle and what you are going to do for each one..then...GO DO IT!


Joy Marino

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Viking Knit Bracelets

If you've followed my blog(s) or Facebook posts for any length of time, you may have noticed that I have a creative, crafty side to my nature.  I've made and sold hair bows and Disciple Crosses.  I enjoy the ability to create new things and use my hands in doing so.  I love to learn to make new crafts and how to work with new materials and methods. 

Just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me about an opportunity to work from home, that actually paid you to make jewelry.  And, of course, I did my research because I've known for a long time that most jewelry assembly programs aren't profitable.  In this case, however, my friend had already been paid a couple of times for her submitted work.  I looked further in to the company, the jewelry itself and other details and felt it was worth a try.

As much as I wanted to work for this company, my problem was that I was not able to gather enough funds to pay the security for the kit and material.  And, I had been burnt on similar "deals" so I didn't want to send my money without knowing if I could do the work required.  So, while I am saving up money to get started with them, I decided to see if this was a craft I could do; if it was a skill I could learn and master.  The viking knit bracelets appear to be very difficult.   I scoured the internet looking for information that would help me to learn the basics.  I found a great deal of information, including videos and tutorials.

My mission was to learn all that I could about making viking knit jewelry for this company, including the type and sizes of wire, the tools needed, the time required and so on.  I went to the local craft store and picked up some wire that was in the size I would probably be using for the company.  I hand-made a drawplate using photos online as my guide.  I created my first bracelets watching videos on YouTube.  I also read through the forum on the thread that discussed the company hiring jewelry assemblers and learned more about the company, materials, payments and so on.

See, I wanted to be sure that I could craft the bracelets to the standards of the company.  I wanted to practice and at the same time see if my hands could handle it, if I had enough hours in the day, and if my finished pieces looked like those being sold online in stores such as eBay and Etsy.  I also wanted to learn the skill so that I could make my own creations later on down the road.

As with most crafts, there was quite the learning curve.  There was frustration when the wire didn't seem to want to cooperate.  There were sore fingertips and I almost poked my eye out once (really).  I had learned about a couple of different methods such as an allen key in a vice, using a crochet needle, mandrels and the laizee daizee tool.   I had also learned about making 4, 5 and more "petals" which basically means how many columns of "knots" going down the bracelet, creating a wider piece.  I also knew the company would require me to make 1 bracelet using single knit and 1 bracelet using double knit, so I had to practice both.

It took me hours the first time.  I lost track of how long it took me, because this is a craft that you can set down and pick up again throughout the day.  I do know it involved most of the day for 1 single knit piece and it was shorter than a real bracelet would be. My fingers were sore!  But, I related it to learning to play the guitar (which I tried once) and reminded myself that it would get better in time.

It's been about 2 weeks now and I've made over a dozen pieces of viking knit.  In fact, yesterday, I made 3 bracelets with BEADS!  That was something I saw online and decided to try for my own pieces.  With enough practice put in, I am getting better AND faster!  I made those three bracelets over the course of 5 hours.

The only part I haven't gotten mastered yet is finishing each piece! I have to learn to make my own end caps as well as how to apply pre-made end caps.  My biggest concern up until now was learning the techniques, getting used to working with the wire, and being consistent in my knitting.  So, the next part is finishing each bracelet I have made.

I will be sending in my security deposit to start making bracelets for that company, as soon as I have enough.  I kind of dipped in to the savings to buy a few supplies, so I will have to save a bit more.  I will keep you posted as I go through the journey with them, so that if you wanted to work for them, you'd also know what to expect.

Meanwhile, I will keep creating new bracelets and maybe start selling my own.

Here are a few pictures I have of the ones I've done so far...

First 3 practice pieces

First full length actual bracelet.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please comment below!

Stay tuned and I will continue to update you on my journey with these beautiful Viking Knit Bracelets.


Joy Marino

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Friday, July 20, 2012

30 Day Intention Challenge

Hello friends!  I know it has been awhile since I apologies!!  It is summer time and the days have been long and HOT!  I am enjoying my days making bracelets, and swimming in the pool with 2 (of my 5) children!  Today it is raining and cool, so what better time to blog than right now?!

Bracelets I've Learned to Make This Summer:
Viking Knit!  Pretty Fun Actually!

I stumbled across this 30 Day Intention eCourse and decided to give myself a challenge.  To visit the source, simply click HERE

I invite you to join me on this 30 day Intention "Challenge" where every single day, I will post an intention for the day.  Now, it is not just about what I say (or type) but moreso, it is about what I project to the world.  It is good to say I will do something, but the people that know me best will wait to see what I actually DO. 

You may be a little but like me...I have a HUGE heart to serve others.  But, I tend to want to help everyone, all the time.  And, to make matters more complex, I tend to attach myself to the "outcome" which leads me to make decisions based on emotion, rather than logic (or the facts).  It has led me on a roller coaster for many years, in fact my whole life. 

Anyway, whether you are like me, or not...I want to share this 30 Day Intention Journal with you.  I will post my intention for the day on my other BLOG.  Please know that each day, I will be saying my intention out loud, multiple times a day AND acting on it.  That is very important!

Then, the next day, I will come back to my Coaching Blog and share my reflections on the previous day's Intention and share the current day's Intention for you.

So, to get started I posted on my Coaching Blog and will also post here.  After today the remaining posts will go only to my Coaching Blog.  Ok?  ;)

Today is Day 1

"I intend to see the best in those around me,

and compliment them on it!"

I will also be keeping a daily journal to reflect on my words and actions of the day.

So, subscribe to the blog to get a daily reminder to work on your own intentions, and keep "tabs" on me as well!  ;)

I want to take a minute to thank YOU for being a loyal reader.  I hope and pray that I have blessed you today.  You mean the world to me!  Your love and support helps me continue on this journey, called LIFE! 


Joy Marino

PS:  If you like what you read, please comment below. Thank you!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

What a wonderful experience it is to see changes in your life.  Even if, at first glance, the changes seem difficult...over time, we can see how much these changes cause us to grow.  I have been working on much the past few months, and have yearned for an outlet that would inspire hundreds, touch thousands and impact millions.  Not that I could do that alone...but that I could help one person make changes that would begin a ripple effect of great magnitude.

So what have I been doing?  Well, I've been studying life coaching and writing.  I've also been learning about physical fitness, nutrition and living healthier.  It's been a tough journey, because no one task was ever easy and many brought nights of restless sleep and teary moments.  I want to be so much more than I am right now.  And, in order to do that, I have to learn and grow.  To help myself, I must help others.  What an amazing thought.  Most of my life, I believed that helping others was my gift and sure enough IT IS.

But, how can I help others?  I was challenged to figure this out.  I wanted to make a lucrative income as a life coach, yet I lacked an audience.  I wanted to write amazing books, yet I lacked confidence in myself.  I wanted to be healthier and stronger, yet I lacked discipline.  Ahhh, but I have learned these things.  And, by learning what blocks I have created, I can figure out how to undo them and alter my future.  People say they would go back and do things differently, if they could.   Not me.  I would just want the chance to keep going forward and be able to do more.  Changing anything in my past would change my present and future.  I may not be where I want to be, yet...but I am most assuredly on my way.

My book, Flip it Around isn'ton the New York Bestseller's list.  However, it IS published on Kindle and it is selling DAILY.  It was my first book and I published it myself.  Now, I also want to write fiction (yes, I am multi-faceted) because I love short stories to read and write.  Because of my first book, I know I can do it again...and I will.  Although my coaching practice didn't result in a 6-figure income overnight, I was able to  "coach" through my book.  And, the 4,000 downloads mean that I have been able to touch far more  people that I ever imagined.  That is a gift!

My physical fitnes journey has also been touched with obstacles.  I was doing very well with my eating and exercise, but then finances became tight and eating became more challenging.  I do have to vent about this for a second.  Why is it more expensive to eat healthy than to eat poorly?!  Of course, I understand how it all works and next year I will have a garden to supply my veggies.  But, I just had to spout that out.  *LOL*  Very frustrating to try to do the "right" thing when you have to juggle feeding your family and making ends meet.  I don't lose heart, however, because I know that I am more than capable of getting right back on the horse and will do exactly that. 

Why this post?  Because the Winds of Change are upon me again and I wanted to share this with you.  In case you are going through your own set of obstacles, facing challenges yet desiring more than the status quo... I want to encourage you to keep your faith and stay the course.  When things get tough, take a step back and review what has happened so far.  And, see if you are going off-course, or if you just need to push through the blockade before you.  Sometimes, it is hard to tell.  Always, grateful for what you have and look for the lesson in all that you've endured. 

You are not alone.  And, you can get through this.  You were born for something great!  Even if you can't see it yet, know that most of us cannot. Just keep moving forward!  Believe it is there for you.

Love and  Blessings,

Joy A Marino

Saturday, February 11, 2012

YOU... You Are Great!

I just saw this video for the first time and HAD to share it!




Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Little Bit About Joy Marino

What is your story?  This is just a part of mine...

My name is Joy Marino and I am a wife and mom of 5 children.  I work from home as a marketing advisor.  I enjoy helping other people utilize their talents, gifts and abilities to branch out, increase their business volume and achieve their goals.

As a child, growing up, my parents owned a luncheonette.  We served food as well as provided products to the local public.  I always had my parents around, since they were the only ones running the store and we lived in the apartment above the storefront.  Even though they struggled, they were their own bosses and were able to be involved in my life.

As a teenager, my parents ended up leaving the store and getting regular jobs and renting a home.  It was definitely a different time for my family and I struggled with many of the issues most families face these days.  I was unattended after school and although I had a part-time babysitting job, I often found myself hanging around and doing a bunch of nothing.

As an young adult, I definitely struggled with many challenges.  I learned a lot of things, the hard way.  I was married, had my first son and divorced---all by the age of 20.  While my friends were exploring "life", I was all-grown up already.  In some ways, it made sense, because I'd always been a bit "older" than most of my friends.  In fact, many of my best friends, growing up, were the adults that frequented my parent's store.  So, I matured in many ways sooner than my peers.

Nowadays, I stay at home with our 4 youngest children.  I crave the interactions with other adults and often socialize on networks throughout the day.  One thing that has always been a passion of mine is helping others.  Combine socializing and helping others, network marketing seemed to be the perfect fit for me.  However, time and time again, I struggled to get my business(es) off the ground.

I began to grasp the fact that I was looking at NWM from a non-profit standpoint.  I was helping people left and right, but never really making money.  I was motivated by their successes, but depressed by the lack of my own.  I had watched person after person start at the same spot I was in, and in no time, they propelled past me at a blinding speed.  I failed to see why it happened for everyone else, but not for me.

The problem, which you may relate to, is lack of focus, discipline and consistency.  These 3 elements are how everyone else finds success when I do not.  It's like the saying about stopping at the edge of your breakthrough; you work so hard to get there, but give up or give in...right before your life was about to change.  

My other problem was that I was a people pleaser.  I cared far too much about other people's opinions and I allowed that to keep me just beyond my breakthrough.  I would start something...then stop when I thought it might "upset" or "offend" someone else.  I was under the impression I need someone to hold me by the hand and direct my every step, giving me praise and approval at every juncture.  And, every time I didn't get that, I would turn and walk in another direction, probably a few feet away from my "fortune."

Recently, I decided that I had enough.  I had short-changed myself for far too long.  I still care enough not to intentionally hurt other people's opinions, give credit when due and be respectful of other people's time.  However, I can't expect anyone to hold my hand anymore.  I am almost 40 for crying out loud.  I've been broke, beaten down and counted out for far too long.

Now, I work for me...for my family.  Those that see the value in what I can offer them will show up to learn.  Those that want to partner with me in business, will.  Those that want their dreams to come true will do what they need to do, in order for it to happen...just like me.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts, your story, your commentary.  Just leave me some comment love and share what this article has spoken to you.


Joy Marino

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