Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sneak Peek_Reflection

It is that time of year again. Reflection time. The time of year when I close down to get renewed, rejuvenated, and maybe get some new revelation.

Sneak Peek-When I reopen:
  • New fragrance line for women introduced.
  • Smell Goods' annual sale! This is for one day only! If you are a subscriber to our email list, you receive something extra! Not a subscriber? Subscribe to the right -->
  • Indie Artisan Giveaway will have two sponsors! Win environmental products from 3E or beautifully designed jewelry from Power of Refinement!

Until then, you can read my thoughts from last year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

September's Winner!

Congratulations to R. Carter, winner of this month's Indie Artisan Give-away!

Thank you to the sponsor:
Tomoka's Twist

Winners were selected using:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

After The 8K Challenge.

Early this morning I participated in an 8K (in the woods). I did it! Everyone operates in a comfort zone below their level. So, I am glad that I challenged myself The course was rough, rough, rough, terrain. I jumped over tree roots, leaped over fallen trees, slid on wet leaves, was close to the edge of drop-offs, ran up steep hills. My weekly workouts of mountain biking, Perfect Push Ups, and strength training kicked in. I felt empowered! Funny, this was my first time doing something like this, but I am ready to go again....

After the 8K I came home and took a long nap. I then woke up to soak in a tub of warm water and Alaea Detoxifying Soak. I followed up by massaging Essentials Soothing Balm into those worked muscles. I feel relaxed and I am going to go chill out.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Think on this: Are you operating in a comfort zone? What can you do to get out of it?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Update-Radio Interview

We just received a phone call. The radio interview has been postponed until this Thursday (9/17). Same time.

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Smell Goods is the Sponsor of the Satin Doll Give-Away!

You have until Tuesday, September 22nd, to submit your entry for the Satin Doll give-away!

Win a 16 oz Spiced Apple Fantasy Almond Whipped Cream Scrub by yours truly.

Itiel McVay On Blog Talk Radio Today

We are inviting you to tune into The Royalty Network today. Today's radio show will feature Itiel McVay, Smell Goods Lady. Tune in today at 4 pm, est.

If you do not have access to the internet at that time, call in, (357) 857-3274. Remember to mute your phone during the interview.

If you miss the show today, it will be archived on The Royalty Network's page.

The Smell Goods Team

P.S. Itiel is a little nervous. If you can, she would love your support.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chart New Courses

I received this write up in my inbox, courtesy of I often say these words in my head, and this write up is confirmation.

Chart New Courses
By Lance Winslow

Often entrepreneurs start a new business and start becoming successful at what they are doing. Much of their success is because they listen to their customers, and exploit small niches in the marketplace when they find that people are willing to pay them for something they had not considered, but they are very capable of doing in their businesses.

Still, as their success grows they define themselves by their industry sector niche and will join an industry association. Any industry association they join will have classes, seminars and trade journals that explain how to do things a certain way. The entrepreneur then discovers that they can become more efficient if they use the methods described by the industry Association.

Of course, at some point everyone in the industry is doing everything the same way and therefore it’s just like NASCAR where all the cars are basically the same speed, same technology, same tactics, and going around the track the same way, for the same number of laps. You cannot break away in such a situation.

That’s why I recommend that entrepreneurs chart a new course. That is not to say you should not study everything that your industry is doing, and all the best management practices and methods they utilize. You should, and you should know your industry and business model better than anyone else in the entire world in my professional and personal opinion.

However, if you really want to win in business you need to chart a new course and find and more efficient way to serve your clientele and find niches that they had not discovered yet because they were too busy trying to do everything just like everyone else. You must differentiate yourself and you must go for it. Please consider all this.

Lance Winslow is a retired franchisor – Lance Winslow’s Bio. Lance Winslow is formerly the CEO of WashGuys family of franchises for instance one of Lance Winslow’s favorite companies on the team; /.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Indie Artisan Give-Away! Tomoka's Twists!

Open to US, Canada, and UK residents only.

This month's Indie Artisan Give-Away is being sponsored by Tomoka's Twist!

Before getting into the give-away: Follow Tomoka's Twist on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook! Also, I highly suggest you check out the Gallery when visiting Tomoka's Twist page today. The Gallery will give you splendid ideas on how to wear your Twist. Yes, your Twist! You are going to win.......

Tomoka's Twist-Tomoka's Twists was established for the desires of the growing number of women embracing their natural hair to creatively and functionally to adorn their crowns. Tomoka's Twists are flexible, comfortable, and unique. Uncoil a Tomoka's Twists and let the creativity begin.

Goldie Locks II or the S. Luxurious. Winner can pick either. Retail value $16.

No purchase is necessary to win. You simply have to go to Tomoka's Twist official website and take a look around. Leave a comment. Your comment is your entry. Only one comment per person, duplicate entries will be deleted.

Your comment should include:

-Your name and a way to reach you (email address) should you win.

-The name of your favorite item in the shop(s) or the URL to it.

The contest ends on Monday, September 21st 9 p.m.(est). The winner will be selected using and announced on Tuesday, September 22nd.