Inspiring Women to Live with Poise, Flair, and Purpose

It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint!

Today I’m going to brag a bit about my family, but I also want to talk a little bit about empowering—and empowered–women. First, the bragging part: Our home town, Cincinnati, holds a marathon the first Sunday in May called the Flying Pig Marathon. It’s a huge event—this year more than 43,000 participated in the weekend! Well, on Sunday, my daughter, Lauren, finished the 26.2 miles of the Flying Pig!

I was so proud to see her be successful at something she had trained for, for months. And the example that she has set for all of us, to set a goal, to work hard for it, and accomplish it, is truly inspiring.

But there is a lesson here for all of us: You know, it hasn’t been that long ago that women weren’t allowed to run marathons. Katherine Switzer broke ground some 50 years ago by being the first woman to register and run the Boston Marathon. In the Olympics, men have been running the marathon since 1896, but it took nearly 90 more years for the women’s marathon event to be added to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Why? The so-called “experts” thought running would be bad for women’s reproductive systems!

Well, we know we’re stronger than that! But the same traits that let us run marathons, let us succeed in our businesses: Setting our sights on what we want to accomplish, coming up with a plan on how to do it, then work the plan.

A recent article in Inc.com looks at the primary trait that makes female entrepreneurs so successful, and it’s perseverance. Not every day is going to go smoothly, not every party is going to be a big sales day, but perseverance will get you where you want to go, whether it’s a financial goal, or a finish line.

Stay with it, it’s a marathon, but just like my daughter, you can do it!

Want to read more about female entrepreneurs? Read the full article here.

Learning to Be a Leader

You take on a lot of responsibility when you become a Pure Romance Consultant: Not only are you running your own business, but you are teaching others to do the same while you counsel the women who come to parties who may ask you questions that they may not want to ask anyone else, even their doctors.

That’s why it’s important for you to be a leader in your business, and in your life. An interesting article in Forbes talks about how women can send off the vibe of being a leader, without even saying a word. The Secrets of Leadership Presence for Every Woman Leader looks at what we, as women, can do to command a room without saying a word.

“We surveyed 25 rising women leaders and found that 65% identified leadership presence as a skill they are most eager to develop,” the authors said. The reason? They know that this is the one asset that will help them receive the respect in business they need and that they deserve.

So how do you project leadership? The article suggests three areas to work on:

  • Often, the articled says, women blame themselves if something goes wrong (“I wasn’t good enough”) while men blame someone – or something – else.
  • Establish your unique voice. Few of us like to hear our own voice, but it’s a good way for you to learn how others hear you. Record yourself talking: It can be as elaborate as a video of one of your parties, or as simple as hitting ‘record’ on your phone and talking into the screen. Listen to how your voice sounds. Do you use verbal crutches like ‘um’ or ‘you know?’ Work on sounding authoritative without sounding bossy. You can catch people’s attention just by speaking confidently.
  • Check your physical presence. Do you stand tall? When you meet someone do you look them in the eye? Do you engage in conversations? All these messages project a physical engagement with those aroundyou.

These are simple techniques that all of us can, and should, work on to stand out, to command attention, to look authoritative but confident. Giving a presentation? Ask for feedback. How did I do? It will help you refine your leadership skills.

Read the full article here.

Thank You for 25 Years

25 years ago, if you would have told me that I would be celebrating my 25th anniversary as the Founder and Chairwoman of my own company, a company that gives women across the world an opportunity to change their lives and empower other woman along the way, I would have stared at you in disbelief.

Like many of you, when I started Pure Romance, my “Why” was to provide a better life for my family. Over the years, Pure Romance has grown into something much bigger than anything I could have ever imagined, and I could not be more grateful. There are so many people I would like to say thank you to:

  • To the people who believed in me and our mission. 

  • To those who stayed with me when they could have 
chosen a different path.
  • To my children, who started as my reason for this journey, 
but have since become a part of the journey and our growth.
  • To the people who helped me print my very first catalog.
  • To the vendors that help us create the best of the best.
  • To all the women who have stayed a student.
  • To all the strong, forward thinking women.
  • To all the Consultants who bring our mission and 
products into people’s homes every single night.
  • To everyone who believes in our products.
  • To the women who believe in more than just the sale of a product.
  • To the naysayers for fueling my fire.
  • To the women who believe in empowering and educating women on their sexuality, sexual health, and providing a safe environment for these women.
  • To the women who believe in changing lives, whether it be their own, their families, or someone else’s.
  • To the Consultants we’ve gained in acquisitions for embracing change and joining the 
Pure Romance family.
  • To every single one of you who have taken a leap of faith and believed that you can do this.
  • To the Pure Romance staff. The best advice I was ever given was to surround yourself with the best, so that’s what I’ve done. Without their dedication, hard work and passion, I would not be where I am today.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart to every single person who has turned my dream into a reality.

Looking back, I don’t know that there would be too many things that I would change throughout this journey. I never thought I would build a company that my family would be involved in, that we’d grow as much as we have, or that the city of Cincinnati would support us in the way that they have. It’s amazing to know that each and every day, we are continuously opening up more doors and providing more resources for not just women, but for all people to learn more about their sexuality. We will always be a company, that educates, a company that fosters acceptance and understanding, and an organization on the cutting edge of research and discovery. We don’t just sell products. We better the lives of those around us, and those experiences positively impact people every single day. That is why we do what we do.

In the beginning of my journey, my “Why” was my family … Today, my “Why” is still my family: it’s you. And together, we’re creating bigger and better dreams for women all over the world.

It’s been 25 years, but our journey has just begun.

The Benefits of “Staying a Student”

Welcome to World Conference Week!

We’re celebrating our 25th anniversary of Pure Romance with World Conference in our home town of Cincinnati! We are thrilled to have you here and are excited about all you’ll experience, whether it’s your first time, or if you’re a returnee.

You know that I love to talk about the importance of #stayingastudent, and World Conference is a great way to learn best practices, sales tips and business management from some of the top experts in the country. But there’s scientific evidence that shows if you #stayastudent, it’s good for your health, too.

An article in the Harvard Business Review tells us that lifelong learning habits are good for not just your brain, but for your wallet and your social life. Author John Coleman notes that reading, even for short periods of time, can dramatically reduce stress levels—and don’t we all need that these days!

Coleman also notes that “those who dedicate themselves to learning and who exhibit curiosity are almost always happier and more socially and professionally engaging than those who don’t.” Think about when you come to World Conference: You get to interact with fellow Consultants from around the world, you have the chance to exchange ideas, and you get to party with some of the best party people around! That’s a terrific combination.

Coleman concludes: “The reasons to continue learning are many, and the weight of the evidence would indicate that lifelong learning isn’t simply an economic imperative but a social, emotional, and physical one as well.”

Want to read more? Visit https://hbr.org/2017/02/lifelong-learning-is-good-for-your-health-your-wallet-and-your-social-life for the full article and we look forward to seeing you this week at World Conference!

The Birds and the Bees

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” Those, the words from the famous poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. But now there is scientific evidence that there is something to that adage about a man’s, and woman’s, libido kicking into high gear this time of year.

According to an article in Women’s Health Magazine, springtime sex can be, well, rather sexy. Some of the reasons are pretty obvious: Milder weather means we can finally chuck those sweaters and overcoats and show a little skin (time to use some Pure Romance Body Boost!).

Also, we’re now four months into the new year and (hopefully) have had some nice weather to go out and exercise. The holidays, and the big dinners, are behind us, and with any luck, so are the extra pounds that came with the celebrations.

Now that it’s Daylight Savings Time (again, for most of us), we have longer evenings to sit on the porch or on the deck, have a nice relaxing drink or dinner with our loved ones, and reconnect after a long day. Let’s face it, when it gets dark at 5 p.m. all you want to do is go home and pull the covers over your head. Spring just gives us those extra moments to enjoy our relationships.

And remember, you want to look sun kissed, even if you can’t get out during the day to soak up some Vitamin D, so get your glow on with some Coco Glow Tropical Sunless Tanner. You’ll look as good as you feel, and you’ll feel terrific as you reconnect with your partner on these warmer days.

Need even more reasons as to why Springtime is the sexiest time of year? Read the full article article here.