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When talking to people about the opportunity of joining the Forever Living business we are often asked about the cost. This post by my sister is an excellent reprise of why the New Distributor Pack (or business in a box) is such good value.
I think the more significant question is what is the cost of not buying it – to your potential to achieve your goals in the future and to make a positive change to your life. I used to own a pet shop with my husband and it cost considerably more than £200 to start off the business and we never did really break even.
Get in touch with me if you want to talk about the potential that investing this £200 could have on your future.

Silicon Bullet Forever

So, you have looked at Forever Living, and you like the products, and you think that you could work with the person telling you all about them (hopefully me!), and you are interested in starting your own business. Your next question is always, “how much does it cost?”

This is quite often a stumbling block for prospective new team members, as they may be looking at the business because they need more money, and can’t find the funds in order to join the company in the first place.  It’s a Catch-22 situation.  So how can you get over this barrier?  You know the phrase ‘you have to speculate to accumulate’, or ‘you can’t make money without spending money’.  How many new businesses can you start with no investment at all?  I know of very few.

No Joining Fee

Firstly, there is no joining fee to join Forever Living, but you…

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IMG_0239Until I started my Forever Living business I did not realise that there are around 400 species of Aloe plants found in the world. They are each beneficial in their own way, but there is one species that has been recognized for millennia for its magically soothing abilities – the one that Forever Living use. It is the most potent and effective aloe and is called the Barbadensis Miller.

The History

Aloe Vera is one of the oldest recognised botanicals and records of this plant exist on Sumerian clay tablets from as early as 2200 BC.  An ancient papyrus from 1552 BC which is a medical treatise on listing the use of plant materials as cosmetics and drugs include 12 different formulae for Aloe Vera preparations. So maybe the stories that Nefertiti, Cleopatra and Alexander the Great knew of the value of Aloe Vera is correct.

The name Aloe Vera (True Aloe) is thought to derive from the Arabic word alloeh, Syrian alwai, or Hebrew   halal, meaning a ‘shining bitter substance’. This is why the old laxative remedy ‘Bitter Aloes’ is still listed in the US Pharmacopeia.

The virtues of the plant have been recorded by a number of other great civilisations including Persia, the Middle East, China, Greece, Italy, India and the African continent. It is still a vital part of the health care regime in China as part of their herbal medicine systems. It is also identified as one of the most valuable plants in the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine.

In the early 19th century it was being described in Great Britain as the ‘silent healer’.

It has been endowed with so many marvellous properties that it has been given thousands of evocative names over the centuries. My favourite one is the Japanese ‘ISHA IRAZU’ which means ‘no need for a doctor’. 

What about the Aloe that Forever grows?

One key element to the success of Forever’s products is our commitment to quality and purity. Forever’s aloe vera is grown without using herbicides, pesticides or any artificial colourings or preservatives Forever’s patented stabilisation process ensures that our aloe vera is essentially identical to the inner leaf gel. Forever’s aloe is certified by the International Aloe Science Council which is a confirmation of excellence.

Forever’s aloe vera is not certified organic because a lot of our aloe is grown in the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as in the U.S, in order to meet the huge worldwide demand. Texas and U.S. organic certification officials are not allowed to visit Forever’s aloe fields outside the U.S, as Forever do not subscribe to the Texas and U.S. organic certification programs which, allows the use of some materials that Forever do not consider environmentally friendly.

This video below shows what the Forever Living Aloe Vera fields look like in the Dominican Republic

What does it do?

It is known for:

  • its beneficial effect on bowel function aiding healthy digestion and acting as a natural ‘balancer’
  • balancing the immune system as it acts as a immunomodulator
  • working on the skin where it is first produced deep in the epidermis by providing essential nutrition to feed the basal cells where they are formed
  • increasing the activity of fibroblasts which are specialised skin cells that produce elastin and collagen
  • soothing muscles and maintaining healthy joints and flexibility because it contains salicylic acid and plant sterols
  • being a useful source of a wide range of minerals, vitamins and 19 of the 20 amino acids needed by the body (including 7 of the 8 essential ones the body cannot make itself)
  • soothing minor burns and stressed skin
  • helping to aid in your skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself

The Arts Council England (ACE) have published this document on the 13th September 2011. It is intended to demonstrate how the strategic responsibility they are taking on for museums and libraries from October 2011 fits with their existing strategic framework ‘Achieving great art for everyone‘.

I have found it an interesting read, especially in relation to my role as Black Country Library Services Project Manager. I can see a lot of synergies in what I am trying to achieve with the ambitions for the sector as set out in this document. I am looking forward to seeing how this develops.

In particular I think the long-term goals for libraries and museums they list will be a useful reference point as library and museum services develop and change over the coming years (especially when difficult situations are being faced):

Goal 1: Excellence is thriving and celebrated in museums and libraries
Goal 2: More people experience and are inspired by museums and libraries
Goal 3: Museums and libraries are sustainable, resilient and innovative for everyone today and looking forward
Goal 4: The leadership and workforce in museums and libraries are diverse and highly skilled.
Goal 5: Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of museums and libraries.
There are some particularly useful statements that I am sure I will see quoted in a number of key strategic documents in the future.

What has been particularly useful, as far as I am concerned, is the literature review that has been done to support this document. I have not seen this kind of review on library evidence in the past. The literature review clearly shows where ACE has found gaps in evidence and what they are planning to do to fill these gaps.

I wait to see with interest what colleagues in libraries think of their proposals, especially the idea of a one day census of library use.

There has been a lot of information/ posts about this subject recently – I am not intending to give instructions on how to use social media in libraries here – that can be found in a number of places. What I will be doing is giving some of my own views on why social media is useful for libraries and librarians, although I am always aware that a medium that works for one person is a complete anathema to another. So please bear this in mind when looking at social media and considering whether it is useful for you or not!

This post was inspired by a post called “the vocal employee” about the actions of some Domino’s employees and what their company did about it. …….It made me think about the fact that not having a social media presence does not stop bad things happening about your company (or library) – and maybe if the company listened to and worked with its employees this situation could have been averted. In my view the risk of not being there is greater than the risk of being an active presence.

You only know what people are saying about you if you are in the same places and listening to/ monitoring what is happening in the places where people go to talk. And if you are there listening /monitoring, surely it is better to interact and contribute to the conversations rather than being a ‘lurker’. This needs to be part of a planned communication programme so that the messages in all of the media you use (and face to face is one of these) and professional BUT the style used needs to be appropriate to the format you are using. For example, the tone of a news release is very different to a piece of information put onto Twitter. Twitter is a long conversation you dip into and out of and so you need to be interesting and concise. Information on Facebook is a mix of the two. Staff using social media need to be trained and made aware of the ‘do’s’ and ‘do nots” but without taking away their own voice – so long as that voice is appropriate to the image you want to give. One good example of the use of humour is the twitter feed for Orkney Libraries.

It is also excellent PR to be seen to respond to the bad comments – not necessarily to answer them as some issues may be too sensitive – but to say something like

“thank you for your comment – I have passed it onto ………. who will answer you directly”.

You are acknowledging the issue and being seen to respond. It may be that your answers are made public afterwards but the complainer’s points will be made public anyway.

You will also have positive comments and feedback that will be in the public sphere and seen by others – never a bad thing.:-)

The recent issue of how Twitter and Facebook were used during the riots is a case in point. Yes, they were used for negative things, but there was also a major positive element to their use which would be lost if they were switched off during similar occasions in the future. In Wolverhampton, Twitter was used to help to calm down the situation in a very positive way through Superintendent Payne noting the misinformation that was going out and posting information about what was really happening (or more often not happening). This has been continued by regular updates about what has been done about the rioters by the police along with continuing to do his regular posts about the job.

From all of my news feeds I usually find out about what is happening first on, maybe because I check it quite regularly. I can then go to sites with more information either from the tweet or directly to the webpage.

I currently don’t make much use of you-tube or other social media sites, so this musing is based on the ones I find useful .

In my mind the benefits of using social media well outweigh the problems.

I have decided to have a go at writing my own blog having started reading ones that other people have been writing. I also often have conversations with myself about issues and just general thoughts, so ‘why not share this with others and see if they want to join in’ I thought – so here are my musings.

Coeliac and librarian are the two words that I use the most when identifying what I am. I have to use coeliac every time I eat if I am not at home – this was not a choice but is a medical condition. Librarian because this was my first profession and I still use it to describe myself if I am asked what I do even though I haven’t managed a library directly for many years. I am still responsible for a library service though.

I also wanted to try to post some positive thoughts about libraries as there is so much negative information about them around at the moment. This does not mean that I want to denigrate the postings of those people fighting for libraries, but just that I feel the positive things libraries, and librarians do, is lost in all of this. I have been particularly inspired having just visited the wonderful Newcastle Library for the first time.

The building is lovely, and the art work inspiring – a really good mix and a lovely advert for libraries still having a place.

I will also be writing about my experiences as a coeliac – which may not be as positive as the library posts – as this is a real identifier for me as it has an impact on any experience that includes food I am not preparing for myself. It is quite surprising how differently I react to the experiences I have as a result depending on my mood, health or stress levels.

So there it is – I hope some people find it interesting, but if not I can look back at my conversations with myself, which I can’t do when they are in my head ;0)

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