Tag Archive: Spiritual


I have not been very “Consistently Persistent” lately.  In fact I have fallen off the wagon over the past couple of months.  I was so inspired when I started this blog and I was even more inspired when I built and started pitching my website (www.OurHealthyVillage.com …Check it out! 😉 ) back in March.  I thought I would be an automatic success and I would be able to blog about it, maybe write a book and do some talks and help others achieve their goals… And then I realized delays and set backs.  I basically ran out of money to live off of while I was getting my website out there.  As a result I have had to put things on the back burner and work towards other aims just to get by….

But “this morning I woke up feeling brand new, I jumped up, feeling my highs and my lows, in my soul and my goals…”  I love Talib Kweli!

I started the day off with a quick meditation and took a walk.  While I walked I was listening to a Seth Godin podcast and Tom Ziglar, Zig Ziglar’s son, was being interviewed.  If you have never heard any of Zig Ziglar’s talks, I highly recommend that you check him out, especially if you are a fellow entrepreneur.  Very motivational.  Anyhow, so Tom Ziglar mentioned an idea of his dad’s which was the idea of being consistently persistent.  I looked inward and asked myself if I was truly being consistently persistent.  Just the fact that I haven’t written a blog in months answers that question.  So here I am, giving it another shot.

The best part of where I am sitting right now is the fact that I have experienced a great set back and a huge disappointment after spending so much time talking myself and my ideas for the website up to where I thought it was going to be too easy.  It has been a good reality check, but at the same time, to tell myself that I won’t back down, that I want to make this work, that I AM going to make this work… I am going to work towards being consistently persistent and success will just follow!

Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂

The Jump Off!

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Have you ever had that feeling in your chest…that feeling of uncertainty…that feeling of uncertainty of whether or not you are going to be able to take another breath?  In my mind there suddenly is nothing surrounding me.  My environment falls silent and still.  It’s not anxiety necessarily.  It’s this deep level of excitement!  It’s this energy in my chest, in my heart, that makes me feel very expansive!  I’ve heard people describe “living in bliss” in this way!  Once I slow down enough to realize what I am really experiencing, it makes me that much more excited!… Am I using too many exclamation points?!  I am using too many exclamation points!… It just dawned on me that this is the Jump Off!

After years of talking a very convincing game, testing out the entrepreneurial waters and failing a couple of times, I believe I have finally found my rhythm.  After years of studying, planning and plotting…After countless Business and Marketing Strategy Plans…After resting in a contemplative state for at least 20 minutes a day trying to devise that master plan to create a particular type of life for myself and my loved ones, all while serving others…I sit here, at my laptop experiencing the most unreal outer body experience!  Cloud nine, for real!… I finally committed to the Jump Off!

I launched my website and let it be known to the beautiful people of the ethers tonight!  I am elated because at this point there is no turning back.  I have more than just my mom and my brother to answer to.  They’ve heard the spiel so many times, I literally have to start bringing in some serious money before they will believe me.  Which is fine.  I totally get it… But this time is different!  I built this website and today I was going door to door selling my idea.  This time I am more than just all talk!  How frightening it is to realize that!  What an amazing feeling!  Now, don’t get me wrong…it took all those years studying and planning and figuring out how to talk a decent game (which I am still working on!).  It was all in preparation for the right place, at the right time.  So here it is, the beginning of an amazing trip!  I finally caught my breath and I am feeling more comfortable with the spinning of the room!  I am so thankful to finally be at the Jump Off!

So please share your positive vibes, if you don’t mind…

Check out my website   http://www.ourhealthyvillage.com, like it, share it, etc…. 

Like my business page on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/OurHealthyVillage… 

Follow me on twitter   https://twitter.com/martyne_tolbert…

Join me on pinterest  http://www.pinterest.com/martynemarietol/ideas-for-building-a-healthy-village/…. 

And I will return the “like/share/follow” favor!  Within reason, of course.  And if you would like to strike up a conversation about your entrepreneurial experiences, I for one would love to hear all about it, so leave a comment below.

So here’s to you and me and the success of our future endeavors as we so bravely step up to the Jump Off!

Great Bill Cosby Quote!

Great Bill Cosby Quote!

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I had heard that so long as you could spell entrepreneur, then you’re in!  Oh, all the lovely fantasies about being your own boss, making your own schedule, creating something, impacting other people’s lives, starting a movement, AND the vacations you will take!  I have already purchased my dream home…in my mind!  The idea of financial freedom is so incredible!  E-N-T-R-E-P-R-E-N-E-U-R!!!!!  Sign me up!

So I went ahead and made the decision and completely abandoned the idea of ever getting a real job again.  I have read countless books, articles, and magazines!  I have subscribed to countless podcasts and newsletter!  I’ve got my dream board up on my wall and I stare at it in a meditative state as I channel all my energy into manifesting my dream life.  I can see it so clearly I can almost touch it!  And of course I’ve read Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”…THREE times now!  So as far as I know, I have completely prepped my psyche for being an innovative entrepreneur that is really going to make a difference in this world!  At this point I am ready to get to it!  I’ve been studying and planning…now it’s time to start DOING!

Now there is no turning back!  I’m making that leap!… So now what do I do?  All that research…surely I would know what to do first!  And then it struck me!  I am my own boss, I make my own schedule and what that means is I do not have anyone to tell me what my deadline is and I do not have anyone to answer to.  I have no one else’s expectations to meet but my own.  I have to keep myself motivated, and inspired and constantly remind myself of my purpose and that everything will be ok!

We go our entire lives being told what to do and when to do it.  Suddenly entrepreneurship became a little frightening!  Like being thrown out in the deep end of the pool, not knowing how to swim and having to just figure it out as you go.  And what happens when the inevitable big mistake or failure rears it’s ugly head?  A moment that most all successful entrepreneurs say is important to embrace, by the way…Fantastic!  It is up to you to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and keep it movin’!

I took a deep breath and told myself I am just going to take it one day at a time.  I’m going to keep my eye on the prize and continue to research my questions and concerns as they come up, after all Google does know everything!

When I start to get overwhelmed or discouraged I think about the Napoleon Hills, the Henry Fords, the Thomas Edisons, the Soichiro Hondas and the some 85% of successful entrepreneurs who started from the bottom.  I also think about all the resources available to me today.  There is absolutely no reason to not, at very least, give it a shot!  And one last thought…

“Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

–     Alfred Lord Tennyson

I do not want to wonder what could’ve been.  So here I go!  I’m going to take the plunge!  I’m all in!

Entrepreneurship…I do!

Homeless…In a BMW

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I walk through this beautiful park in my neighborhood everyday on my way to the gym.  It’s set in suburbia land amongst grand victorian homes and new custom homes that range from $500,000-$800,000. The town is a little gem in the Inland Empire of Southern California, populated by some of the highly esteemed Doctors, Lawyers, and Entrepreneurs in the region.  It is very unusual to find a vagrant roaming the streets.  I grew up in this quaint town, and although my family certainly wasn’t anywhere near the upper echelon, I did attend high school with kids who drove raised trucks, supped up Camaros and sporty BMWs…

As I walked through this exceptionally manicured park I noticed a BMW SUV in the parking lot, jam packed full of boxes and luggage.  Initially I didn’t think much of it.  The first thought that crossed my mind was that these people were on a camping trip.  I didn’t consider any other explanation, even though the park does not have any sort of camp site area, I mean come on…It’s a BMW!

A week later I saw the same SUV in the parking lot.  I walked slowly past (unseen by the occupants, at a bit of a distance) and really investigated what was going on just because I was perplexed.  A young family emerged from the very tightly packed car.  A father got out and grabbed a stroller and then went to the backseat to grab his little one out of the car.  The mother opened up the back hatch and started pulling boxes out in search of something.  It then dawned on me this wasn’t a family going on a family camping trip, nor were they just moving into town, being that their car was in the same condition a week later.

It suddenly struck me that none of us are immune to the prospect of falling to such a horrible fate.  It has been said that most all Americans are one illness away from bankruptcy.  I may have misinterpreted the situation but it made me think about thinking twice the next time I see a homeless person or the next time I am asked for money.  I am going to make a point to give whenever I am asked because many of us aimlessly blow $5 here $10 there and to a person down on their luck that $10 means the world to them.  It means no longer worrying about how to get that next meal, and my problems aren’t nearly that bad.

I feel we really need to make a shift in our awareness and recognize how important it is to look after our fellow man.  Not every homeless person is a junky, clouded by a lifetime of bad decisions and if this family is in fact homeless, living in a BMW, they are a testament that sometimes bad things happen to people who at one point had the ambition to at least be in the position to purchase a BMW.  Just another reason why we need to work on building that healthy village together!  Let’s stand up for each other!  Let’s brainstorm together on how to fight this growing epidemic of extensive unemployment, homelessness and disconnect form community!  This is my “call to action” because there are far too many beautiful minds out there, wasting away worrying about where they are going to sleep and how they are going to get there next meal.

ImageSo here we are… 3rd blog!  And 4th day of working on my empire, from scratch!  After my experience, Thursday, with going door to door to local businesses pitching my idea, conducting research, I decided I need to get my house in order.  I started conducting research on how to have a website built.  I have looked into having a web designer do it for me and going off on my own.  To have a website built is free…To get it noticed is a whole other story!  Even when you study up on all the services available it’s hard to find out which option is the better deal.  And if you aren’t online marketing savvy, it all begins to sound like a foreign language!  And what is the difference between a $25 a month Search Engine Optimization package and a $159 SEO package, anyway?  My head is spinning!

   Now thanks to this blog I have met a couple of interesting people who are into online affiliate network marketing.  Basically advertising other peoples products on your page.  I’ve spent the day watching recruiting videos and googling the company’s for possible scams.  It all sounds great and most check out!  And it is made to sound easy, but without truly getting into the details as to what work is involved on my part.  So again, what is the difference between the $25/month affiliate program and the $159/month affiliate program?  Are we seeing a trend here?

   I came across a link for a motivational speaker, Kevin Trudeau.  He had some interesting points in his lecture.  He made reference to some of my favorite entrepreneurs/motivational speakers and suggested that many of these other speakers offer a lot of valuable information but they are missing a couple of major points….And for $159/ month all questions will be answered! 😉  (Kidding!)  Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to all the positive affirmations, every day in fact!  But it has been suggested that some people have made a lot of money talking about how easy it is to make a lot of money and really have no personal “come up” story… Wait… Brilliant!!!!!! 

   Writers write books to sell books, motivational speakers sell lectures, and online affiliate marketers market to sell space.  Is there really anything wrong with all that?  Unfortunately, a couple of scams out there in the ether have left a bad taste in the mouths of the novice.  And it is especially disheartening when you come across a philosophy or technique that resonates with you and then is discredited by others…. So, Yes I want to join your book club, but how do I know your book club is right for me?…I suppose that is the ultimate marketers dilemma.  How to get a person on board?  How to sell an idea?  How to get my blog out to the masses?…The million dollar questions!

   Chapter 4: Faith from “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill… In this chapter Hill discusses having faith in your desires, knowing that it is very possible.  I’d like to think that if I maintain strong faith that everything is going to work out (along with working hard, of course), then I will align myself with the right people and opportunities at the right time!

Sweet dreams all you beautiful people! 🙂

   Just a quick follow up…Well maybe not too quick!… I was on one last night!  Started my first blog, activated my twitter and LinkedIn accounts and linked them all up to my Facebook!  I have suddenly become Social Media Friendly, which is strange for me because I am not very savvy.  Nor have I ever thought that I would have the need.  Well, in this fast pace world the New Age Marketing is Social Media… All you aficionados are thinking “yada, yada, yada” I would image. 😉

   So anyway… I was in the zone!  Woke up excited to start the day!  I get out on the street and hit up every business down a very busy main street in my area.  What I found was that there were moments when I thought I was really enjoying this door to door sales thing and then other times I thought to myself “Man I can’t wait to pay someone else to do this shit!”  Of all the businesses I did make contact with only 25% of them gave me an absolute NO, not interested.  75% possible acceptance on day 1?!  Not too bad, right?!  Tomorrow, day 2, I am going to try cold calling and see if actual face time truly makes a difference.

   On a side note… Napoleon Hill wrote “Think and Grow Rich” in 1937.  He did a 20 year study on the wealthiest people in the country at that time.  He studied the likes of Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and John D. Rockefeller, so I would imagine you all would agree that Napoleon Hill would’ve been considered an authority on the subject of growing wealth.  When I get ready for work I put on a Napoleon Hill lecture via youtube.  I even went out and bought the book “Think and Grow Rich” because I heard that reading plants the seed further into your mind and writing, even more so.  The second chapter of the book is entitled “Desire: The Starting Point of All Achievement.”  In this chapter, Hill suggests writing down your one true desire if you knew you had no limitations.  So my question to you is this… What is your true desire?  If you knew you had no limitations what would you be doing with your life?  If you knew money was in fact no object, where would you be right now?  I think it would be so amazing to start a conversation on the subject!  Get a lil feedback!  I know I am new to this social media deal but if my blog happens to reach you, where ever you are, post a comment! The insight gained would be greatly appreciated!

   I’m glad we had this talk!  Tomorrow is a new day, new opportunity to try something new, test a better technique to get my message across.  I am looking forward to it!  Good night all you beautiful people! 🙂

   One last thing!!!…

Namaste! 

   I have led a pretty amazing life thus far!  I have spent pretty much my entire life going to school and tending bar.  I have been so fortunate to try out many different majors and have finally decided to graduate!  Every position of employment I have ever had has always been an improvement from the previous!  I have a beautiful, loving and very supportive family!  I have met some incredibly fascinating people throughout my journey.  I have been deeply in love a couple of times and I have had the opportunity to learn from heart break, as well!    I have never been abused in any way.  I have pretty much walked through this life unscathed!…And then suddenly, things came to a head!

   All within the past two weeks I received a notice that my very hefty student loans were going to go into repayment, my place of employment that I loved so much decided to do a little restructuring which meant getting rid of a couple of us with seniority, and my supposed twin flame and I decided to go our separate ways.  I once heard that the universe will not give us more than we can handle, but as I sit obsessively staring at the postings online in search of that next much improved opportunity, I start to think.  I begin to ponder, is this really what it’s all about?  The old, supposedly reliable hamster wheel?  This is not me and it is definitely not what I want to be doing with my life….

   We’ve all heard the story about the self-made millionaire and how he was down on his luck, unemployed with nothing but the shirt on his back and a dream, and with his last $500 he built a multi-million dollar empire.  Well I decided that I want my story to sound just like that! I think we should all have a story that sounds like that!

   So here I am blogging to the ether in hopes that someone catches the signal.  The Grand Master Plan is to tell the world my “Break Through” story as it unfolds.  My back is currently up against the wall and the pressure is mounting.  I’ve suddenly become a part of the growing statistic (the jobless graduate), but I refuse to succumb to the pressure.  The time is now!  I will start my own business!

   I have started my research and have written a business plan.  My vision is to help local small businesses increase their revenue and thrive by administering sound cross-marketing campaigns geared towards the immediate community.  The targeted businesses would be those that offer products and services in the realm of health, wellness, fitness and beauty.  So in essence I want to build a healthy village.  As I continue to study, research and try different strategies, I will blog about what I’ve learned, what’s working, what’s not working and I hope you will reach out to me and post comments.  Let’s open up a dialogue, learn from each other and maybe others will want to take from this conversation and start their own business.  Maybe if we could watch the progression from the beginning, we will realize that not only is anything possible, but anyone can do it.  So let’s do it!  Let’s build our healthy villages together!

   Tomorrow is day 1… Marketing Research.  I will go door to door to ask business owners if there is any interest in my services, find that possible niche.  Wish me luck! 🙂

   I’ll leave you with this… Les Brown is one of my favorite motivational speakers.  This video speaks to me.  Hopefully you’ll find some value in it as well.  Namaste!