Thursday, August 26, 2010

Women's Equality Day - Everyday!

Women's Equality Day

August 26 is designated in the United States as Women's Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920.

At that time, the vote rested in the hands of one voter, Harry Burns. Evidently, Mr. Burns voted in favor of the amendment thanks to a note from his mother reminding him, "Don't forget to be a good boy and vote for suffrage".

Bella Abzug was known for her passionate work in the peace movement, for civil liberties and for feminism. She was truly a leader in increasing public awareness that women are not to be treated unfairly in any way, shape or form.

The full text of the resolution is as follows:

'Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971 Designating August 26th of each year as
Women's Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex;

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26th, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as "Women's Equality Day," and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place."

Every day, across the globe, millions of women are still treated as second class citizens, or worse. Here in the U.S. it is witnessed in our Government, in the work place and in the playing field; literally every aspect of life. We have come so far, yet still have such a long way to go.

I urge you to celebrate Women's Equality Day every day (and so does your mother!)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Time to get rid of that "Inner Mean Girl" and start talking nice to you!

You are worth it!

This afternoon is a big day for me! I am joining women all across the country to get rid of that "Inner Mean Girl". I know it's hard for some of you to believe that "The Bliss Lady" actually has that "not so special" someone nagging at her insides now and then. Well, I do and it's high time she hit the road!

Last year I was very fortunate to run across Christine Arylo and her 40 Self Love Challenge. You may remember that we hosted a "Self Luvapalooza" right here in Birmingham, Michigan. I've been following Christine ever sense and love her wit, her charm and her ability to share simple secrets on connecting with who you really are - like how to fall in love with yourself on a daily basis.

My own "Inner Mean Girl" is constantly vying for center stage. For instance, yesterday I decided to take a walk and meditate. She let me know that I "should be working on my site, my blog and my clients list" instead of out playing. Playing, wrong - me time, YES!!! Fortunately for me, she didn't win - I DID NOT take her on a walk with me.

Today is the beginning of a 40 Day Cleanse on getting rid of that nasty little girl who sometimes roars loudly to say, "You are not doing it right" or "That's not good enough". We all have heard that voice before. I am joining Christine Arylo and Amy Ahlers in a revolution ... stepping into the light of love and teaching that little girl how to be free from lack, insecurity and self hate. I hope that you will all take this opportunity to join me in letting go and living your life in BLISS!!

It's not too late - click here now and see for yourself! Oh, and did I mention it's FREE!!!! What have you got to lose? Oh, yea, a lot!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Back Pack Thing

Last year my friend Judy Davids and I were "crying over breakfast" about the state of affairs our community was in - mainly job losses (including ours) and foreclosures - bottom line, homelessness. People were losing their jobs and homes and ending up in the streets; some were people we knew, many were strangers. We wanted to help in some way, even though we had both just been effected by "downsizing".

That same night Judy met a man - Roy Watson from the South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless, also known as SOCH Welcome Inn. We knew our mission was to help him and his organization in aiding the homeless in our community, even if only in a small way.

We reached out to our friends at Moosejaw for backpacks and they offered to help in A BIG WAY! The team at Moosejaw decided they would do something really nice and offer 20% off the purchase of a new backpack when an old backpack was donated.

Why Backpacks? Because homeless people need something to carry their personal belongings in. Hundreds of backpacks were donated. THANK YOU ALL!!!

Fast forward to 2010. Once again Moosejaw is doing something nice - and so are a lot of other people, The Bliss Network, Judy Davids, Postegram and me. "Everyday people" are donating backpacks and money to help SOCH Welcome Inn make a difference in our community and you can too!

From August 16 through Augusts 22, bring in a gently used backpack to any of the 5 Southeast Michigan locations of Moosejaw, from Ann Arbor to Rochester, and you will receive 20% off the purchase price of a new backpack - just in time for school! If you're anything like me, you probably have several floating around your house - now you can put them to good use! You'll lighten the load of a fellow traveler. Remember, it could easily be someone you know - a family member, a friend, or a local teenager.

If you can't get to Moosejaw, you can connect with in Berkley or email me at and I'll send additional drop off locations!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Passion Exists In YOU - Not The J.O.B.

While in college I wrote a paper titled, "The World is My Network". (Not going to mention how long ago that was!) The paper detailed the pros and cons of Corporate America vs. Direct Sales and working from home. At that time, web pages were basically word documents and cell phones were about 15 times bigger than they are now.The point of the article was to describe my experiences with both types of positions, including the benefits to both.

Here's the short version:

At the time, I was a single mom working in Corporate America, as well as attending college and running a direct sales business. What I found was I could market and build my own business where ever I was: hockey, cheer-leading, the pool, PTA meetings and traveling around the country. Not only that, as the internet grew, I could maintain an income by reaching out across the globe - consistently making a difference in people's lives with the products I carried.

In my Corporate position, which was so like a pyramid scheme-you know, only the people at the top, like the CEO's, CFO's, etc...were the ones making any money, I was rather stuck. Since there were so few of those positions available, it was going to be very difficult for me to get ahead, especially since I had two kids at home that needed a whole lot of attention. It didn't matter how many clients I spoke with in one day, I was still going to be in the same boat, financially, a year later.

Fast forward to 2010-Seems like today there are more direct selling opportunities popping up every day and obviously, the internet is exploding. Jobs in Corporate America are dwindling and unemployment is at record highs. I personally love direct sales. With the ability to market globally through the net, and the right products, entrepreneurs can create great success. When I look for any product, I look for safety, quality, ecology, return policy and pricing. The products need to be life enhancing and user friendly - whether I'm purchasing them for my family or for my network. Two that I love are Swiss Just-USA and Send Out Cards. (Click the links to find out more about each). Both products enhance my life, my families lives and the lives of those I share them with.

If you are an entrepreneur and/or one of the many who have been affected by layoffs, downsizing and cutbacks there is no better time than now to start your own business. Whether it's through direct sales or something you've created, the time is right. (I live in both worlds, having my own business and earning additional income through Direct Sales.) There are many companies that offer exceptional quality products at fair pricing. Check a few out and find what SPARKS your interest. We all share stuff we love-movies, restaurants, shopping and more-why not get paid for it.

Remember passion exists in YOU - not the J.O.B....
live your passion today.

Bliss ON!

P.S. Visit and bookmark Abec's Small Business Review and read my article! My story will be included in Patrick Abec's book, due to release this fall! Woo Hoo!!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

30 Days of Smiling

We found the following challenge posted on Facebook and can't seem to locate where it came from, to give credit to the person that first mentioned it. We think it may be from an article written by Reggie Odum, and intuitive consultant. We are offering it up here, at The Bliss Network! If you know where it originated, please let us know!

Today we challenge you to go out and make one person smile a day, for 30 days. It's that simple. Take notes and at the end of those 30 days see how you feel. See how others feel around you. Please share your tips on how you made someone smile, even if it's a simple as smiling at someone else!

It's so simple and can be so enormous! Here are a few ways to make a smile happen:

  • Give flowers to a stranger
  • Send flowers to someone you love
  • Help someone
  • Let someone in front of you at the store, coffee shop, etc
  • Cook a meal and donate
  • Cook a meal for a neighbor
  • Bake cookies and donate them
  • Bake cookies for a neighbor
  • Fill up your kids gas tank
  • Fix lunch unexpectedly for your husband, wife, mother, friend
  • Take a friends dog for a walk so they don't have to
  • Pick up your mom/dad and take her/him someplace they haven't been
  • Tell someone how much you really care about them

Need more? E-mail me at I've got a list of ideas; at lease a few will make someone smile.

Bliss ON! Teri Williams, Bliss Ambassador

P.S. Here's a great article on "more smiling" by Reggie Odom. She talks shares info on one of my favorite inspirational leaders, Thich Nhat Hanh.