Monday, July 30, 2012

Be Inspired by 100 Change Makers in 100 Days

Today I'd like to introduce you to Natalie Sisson. Some of you may know her. And, if you've been around here at all, you've heard me talk about her. Natalie is The Suitcase Entrepreneur. She spends her time travelling the world, having all kinds of great adventures and raising money for worthy causes, all the while running her business from her laptop!

You may have heard about one of her recent EPIC adventures: Natalie rode in the Tour d'Afrique. Yup, she rode her bike 4,000 miles across Africa and raised $12,612 for Women Win in the process. Pretty amazing, huh?

More recently, she was in Portland, Oregon for the World Domination Summit. At the end of the weekend, Chris Guillebeau gave everyone who attended $100 (basically gave away $100,000 in 7 minutes!) and asked them to do something with it - start a project, surprise someone or do something entirely different.

Natalie dreams BIG... and does BIG. She's also passionate about helping others, especially women entrepreneurs. So, with her $100, she decided to start a whole new HUGE initiative to make as big of a difference with that $100 as she possibly can. (You can read the post on her blog about how she came to the decision.)

This initiative is called $100 Change. It's designed to change hundreds of entrepreneurs' lives and to show people that they can achieve major change in their lives and the lives of others with $100.

$100 Change initiativeHere are the details in Natalie's own words: "I’m going to get 100 change-makers to share 100 pieces of amazing insight and resources (in different formats from video, to text, to audio and even bonus giveaways). I’m then going to provide these in a set of daily kick-ass emails that ensure you get one step closer to creating your ideal lifestyle business.

These short and sweet nuggets of wisdom will guide you towards making significant change in your life and business so that at the end of 100 days you are inspired to take bold and purposeful action.

I’m going to do this, I promise you that. It’s big and bold and daunting but many change-makers have already stepped up and I’m thrilled."

The initiative launches on September 1, 2012. You’ll get 100 inspiring emails for 100 days containing insight, wisdom and advice from 100 Change-Makers for $1 a day.

Over the course of 100 days you’ll be guided on how to make significant change in your life and start a business or project that matters and at the end of the 100 days you’ll get all of these emails in a beautiful digital guide to keep.

These emails will be short and sweet, but oh so valuable. Some will contain written wisdom, some short videos, audios or even gifts.

Plus at the end of this 100 day period you’ll have the opportunity to apply for 1 of 10 scholarships to get your business or project off the ground (details to come)!

And, as if that weren't enough, everyone who gets on her early notification list and completes a couple simple tasks to spread the word, will be entered in a drawing to win a ticket to the 2013 World Domination Summit (value = $500) that will take place Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 6pm EDT!!

Are you inspired? Then head on over and check it out!

I think this is so amazing and inspiring. One of my favorite quotes is "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" by Mahatma Gandhi. Congratulations to Natalie on an awesome idea for change and I wish her the best of luck and success!!

Much success,

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Get to Know Your Customers Day!


Did you know that today is Get to Know Your Customers Day? Well, it is. We actually celebrate this day 4 times every year. For Designs by Debi, I want to make this one extra special... but I need YOUR help.

As you probably have seen, there hasn't been a whole lot of activity on the website. That's because I've been working on making it better. Unfortunately, there's a lot of programming involved and it's taking longer than expected because, as I explained in my last post, Niko is very sick. As a matter of fact, he'll be having surgery soon to remove the mass in his belly. So, for now, the website renovation is on hold. I've been focusing on fulfilling orders and direct customer care because that always has to come first. So the website will wait a bit longer.

But that also gives us a wonderful opportunity! The jewelry I design is for YOU. The Designs by Debi website is for YOU. So I'm hoping to turn this delay into something productive. I'm hoping that you will take a minute (or as long as you want... I LOVE hearing from you!), and leave a comment below or send me an email or write on the Designs by Debi Facebook wall... and tell me what YOU want to see.

What do you like? What don't you like? 

What should I keep around? What should go? What would you like to see added?

What would make the site, blog and/or newsletter better for YOU?

And, just in case you need a little incentive, there will be a giveaway attached to this. It doesn't matter how or where you choose to give me your input, I will be writing it down or printing it out and, once Niko is well enough for me to continue the site renovation, I will select a set of jewelry and one of you will win it. Sound good? Ok then, share your thoughts with me.

And I not only want to get to know you today, I also want to say THANK YOU! That's why I chose a magenta rose to make that image for you, and why the rose in my logo is magenta... dark pink roses symbolize appreciation... and I don't think there are words to express how much I appreciate you!

Without you, there would be no Designs by Debi at all. Thank you for your purchases. Thank you for trusting me to design precious keepsakes for you. Thank you to all of you over the past month who so graciously told me to "take care of Niko. He comes first. I can wait." And thank you to all of you who have sent prayers and well-wishes to us and those of you who donated to Niko's fundraiser. All of these things mean more than I can say. In a time when so many people are struggling, I feel truly blessed for the business (and repeat business!) that you've given me. Thank you SO very much!

Ok, now get sharing!! I want Designs by Debi to be a truly awesome experience for you always!

C'mon... you can do it... click on comments below and tell me what you're thinking :) Yes, I really DO want to know...