Thursday, November 26, 2009

breaking the wishbone

At Thanksgiving, breaking the wishbone is a tradition for many families. One person picks it up and extends it to another in the hopes that they both will be lucky and “get their wish”. They both grab hold of the same thing and pull, each one hoping for the best. In this case, only one person “wins”, even though it took two people to make it happen. With Thirty-One, wishes are not limited to just one person, but it often involves one person reaching out to another to extend that wishbone. The best part is that everyone can “get their wish” and receive blessings far beyond what they may have imagined when they were reaching for that wishbone.

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and appropriately begins with us giving thanks for all the blessings we have received. While we celebrate Thanksgiving each year and work feverishly in preparing the annual feast (and that wishbone), it’s easy to take for granted the history behind this special day.

The original Pilgrims were English religious separatists who sailed to North America in search for a home where they could have the freedom to practice their style of religion. After arriving in the “New World”, a harsh winter had claimed many of those original colonists. That spring, leaders from two Indian tribes helped the colonists to survive and become self-sufficient by teaching them how to fish, hunt and farm various crops. The celebration we know as Thanksgiving was originally created by Governor William Bradford to give thanks and recognize the help those Indians had given to help their fellow human beings to find their way.

While our manner of living is not nearly as severe as back then, many families do struggle with their own challenges to provide for the ones they love. As you’re celebrating Thanksgiving and all that you’re thankful for, ask yourself if you are a Pilgrim or an Indian? Like the Pilgrims, you may have come to Thirty-One looking for freedom…. Freedom to work your business around your family… freedom to determine your own income….or even the freedom of getting out of the house a few nights a week. Some of you have taken on the role of the Indians in helping others learn to “survive” and find their freedom with Thirty-One. You’ve worked alongside them and taught them the basics of this business and watched them grow and thrive. Regardless of whether you’re a Pilgrim or an Indian, like that first Thanksgiving table, there’s room for everyone in Thirty-One.

As you celebrate Thanksgiving, think about the people you know or come in contact with who would benefit from having their own Thirty-One business. Whether you’re looking for other Pilgrims to join you, or decide to become an Indian and guide others, really think about who’s looking for some of the same freedoms you enjoy in your business.

Reach out to them and extend that wishbone…. Some may pass on the opportunity, but others will grab on to it and never let go. And unlike that wishbone, you’ll both win!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fleece Blanket

Grab a chair and a cup of tea to cozy up with our super snugly fleece blanket!

Mini Zipper Pouch- Chocolate Spots

Great for corralling the little must haves you keep in your bag. Room for lipstick, and extra mascara, or gym passes!

Weekender Tote- Medallion Vine

This large canvas tote is perfect for the weekend getaway. It's spacious enough for clothing and personal items. It has a zipper closure, two outside pockets, cellphone and zipper pockets inside. The inside vinyl lining makes it simple to clean!

Small Organizing Utility Tote-Happy Dot

Things just laying around taking up space? Well here's your answer. This storage tote is versatile and spacious for all sorts of stuff. Made from extra tough nylon with stain resistant and water resistant lining. Five pockets perfect for water bottles, picnic utensils and more!

Zipper Pouch- Happy Dot

Thermal Tote- Chocolate Dream

Personality Bucket

These buckets are so versatile. You can use them for just about anything. Use them for household cleaning supplies, toys, pool items, or decorate in style by filling with your favorite plant, rocks, or kitchen gadgets. Great for a gift bucket as well!

Absorbant Coasters

Our absorbant personalized coasters make a great or addition to your own home entertaining wear.

Business Card Holder

Perfect for your business cards! Hard case that will not bend your cards! Pick one up today!

Zipper Pouch in Tailored Stripe

1001 uses and counting! You definitely need a few of these to keep up with loose things. Perfect for school supplies! Also great to carry your bathing suit with it's water and stain resistant lining!

Shower Caddy

Carry your shampoo and conditioner, razor, and soap to the shower and hang them on the glass or tile with the included suction cup. Mesh pockets and bottom make for fast drying time.