The above was only half the stuff I need to bring to convention. I definitely needed to figure out a better way to pack if, especially, if I did not want to pay for luggage fees.
I quickly realized that time was running out and I needed to get packing. I turned to my FB friends for some help and it turned out that many were professional packers and told me how to go about packing for #o2nationalconvention.
Then I took to packing and shared the picture with the O2 Convention Group of Ladies. It was received well and I thought I would make a video too. So, here it is:
Below is the final result of what my luggage looked like after everything was rolled. There was still room to spare even after adding my Gala dress and White Out outfit!
Give rolling clothes a shot and see how much you can fit in your luggage to #O2NationalConvention =)
See you soon!
No Origami Owl DIW saw it coming, but it came. Here it is. And it says…..
“Congratulations! Your time has come! You are just a few moments away from beginning your new career with Origami Owl as a full-fledged Designer!…”
What will you do?
A. You can read further and click on the link to sign up now and no longer be an Origami Owl DIW, or
B. You can let it pass you by. You may even choose to delete the email. If still unsure, you can even archive the email. Maybe even request to be in front of the line in a future wave.
Either way, you will be making a choice. A decision to join or a decision not to join.
Let’s assume, you’ve chosen to proceed and be an Independent Designer.
You have another choice to make, if you have not already: Choosing a Mentor.
For most people, this is easy. They have had a Mentor in mind (for several months now, actually), they have their Mentor’s ID# tattooed to their brain and ready to enter the split second that Designer Application Form arrives.
But many, have no clue who their Mentor will be, where or how to choose, or what to even look for if they were not to let the system randomly choose a Mentor for them.
Your Mentor can be any current Independent Designer with Origami Owl. This person can be a full-time seasoned Independent Designer, the girl next door who does it casually, a newbie just like you, or anything in between. There is no wrong or right answer in what your Mentor can be with Origami Owl but you probably know better than anyone else what a good Mentor is for you. You can choose a Mentor or Origami Owl will choose one for you. Choice is powerful, you have it, make it. Regardless who chooses, the Mentor is yours to keep forever. Tell fate to step aside and you do the choosing on this one.
Here is what I recommend for those with invites and not have a Mentor in mind:
Search for a Mentor. You may ask your grapevine, scope out your neighborhood, search online, or contact OrigamiOwl.com for some help in finding you someone local. If you received your email today, you have until June 22, 2013 to decide on a Mentor.
Take a look at my recommendations on how to go about this in my links below.
Then, once you have a picture of your desired Mentor, interview some of them. You have the right to know what and who you are coming in with. It is permanent and its effects can be lasting. Meet with them, phone interview them, email back and forth. Hint: Technology is a great tool to help in finding the right mentor for you. Don’t let the websites or the number of their FB friends be the ultimate decision maker. Some of the best in the company is nowhere to be found online. It ultimately comes down to, who would you like to work with day in a day out? I recommend personality first, everything else is second.
Third, find out what they will do for you after you sign up with them. Will you ever hear from them again? Do they have plans for you to grow and to help you in your first baby steps? Are they reachable, are they approachable, do they have the heart of a teacher? Think on these things.
With these three things, you can be an Origami Owl DIW who makes a well-inofrmed decision. Lastly, let your desired Mentor know that you are interested in joining with them. Get plugged in to his or her Origami Owl life and knowledge. Glean all you can, utilize his or her knowledge and resources she has gathered during her path with Origami Owl. A great Mentor is always willing to share and want more for your growth than she wants for herself. May you find your beloved Mentor and I wish you the very best with Origami Owl. There are over 25,000 amazing Independent Designers you can sign up with. How will you choose?
Jennylou Raya, Mentor & Independent Designer #1186
Feel free to read up on past posts on Mentorship and my life as an Origami Owl Mentor:
Interested in becoming a part of Origami Owl? Sign up on the Waitlist at http://locketsandcharms.origamiowl.com/join/how-it-works/
Of course, the waitlist is the only the beginning. Connect with your Mentor or if you do not have one, check out http://youtube.com/locketsNcharms to learn more about me and the kinds of things I do with my team one one one.
Having this blog site up for almost a year now, I have learned and have gotten to know who many of my readers are. Some are customers, even more are fellow designers, most are DIWs (designers in waiting) and a fast growing number of my readers are Poachers. Poachers are those that come to a competitor’s terrain, such as to this blog and various sites, to drop in on me, my readers, and commentators and fulfill their desires with an alternative such as their company’s products or say to them, “Why not join my ________, there’s no waitlist.”
Uhm… I say to you “Why is there no waitlist? Because the demand for yours is not as high…. and… why are you on my personal Origami Owl blog? Please make your own avenue to promote your business.”
Anyway….the question of “Should I Try Out Another Company While I Wait?”
My opinion is NO. Why not join the others? This industry is all about serving the desires and need for a particular product. A DIW who has a market waiting for her to be an active Independent Designer for Origami Owl but goes and does another, that DIW would not be filling the customer’s desire for an Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. You can fulfill their desire for a locket with the help of your future Mentor. They want an Origami Owl locket, not just another locket or custom jewelry of another company. If they wanted something else, they can just go to Etsy or the many sites that sell something similar. Do not provide your circles and possibly only market an orange for an apple. Not even a granny apple if they want a red apple. You provide them something else, chances are, you will never hear from them again because you were not hearing what they were asking from you from the beginning.
I am honest with people I interact with that there are alternatives out there – have been for many years online and many more will come – but it is Origami Owl that have brought it in to the popular and mainstream with their amazing products and amazing look and quality above the rest. An Origami Owl locket is what they want. Get your Mentor and get it to them! Not only is Origami Owl the best in everything when it comes to product offerings, Origami Owl has amazing marketing know-how too that brings customers and new Designers (for now, DIWs) to the company, bringing on greater demand to you to build your business while other company’s reps succumb themselves to the most undesirable tactic to promote business: poaching.
You know that something good is going on here at Origami Owl when our Independent Designers don’t have to go to the reps of other companies to poach their people. These poaching tactics have worked on so many DIWs I will just say this: I hope you made the best decision for you. I am all for your success and I want you to experience it too.
As someone who has been with Origami Owl from the very beginning (I was one of the first 200 reps). It IS nice being one of the first “Founders” of Origami Owl. It is even nicer knowing that I have grown along with so many others here because the company brings me and everyone else people to join our team. Bella and The Nest have no need to poach on the reps of other jewelry companies with letters of their so called empathy written all over it, highlighting the growing pains and how they are so much better. I know what I am talking about as I have experienced it myself as a co-founder and owner of “new companies” have done it to me, my team and DIWs, and several others in the company.
To those getting these letters: think. Think about your real intentions, your real goals and your real desired results with Origami Owl, and act accordingly.
I am all for everyone finding what path is right for them I tell my team, “If Origami Owl is not for you, please set yourself free and find your real dreams just as I have found mine here.” If you are not sure if Origami Owl is for you and have nothing to lose, feel free to try other things out. But if you are thinking of definitely coming back to Origami Owl when you receive your invite, I highly suggest to skip the trying it out phase, or doing another company, while you are on the waiting list. Why? Because innocently trying things out is costly to you and your intended future Origami Owl business.
Don’t do the temporary switcharoos as many as I have been seeing from many DIWs. You are shooting yourself in the foot, killing your future Origami Owl business as you you lose face with those around you, if you have not already. You excitedly told everyone around you and their friends that you are so excited to start your Origami Owl business and a week later, they receive a this Facebook Page invite to your “not Origami Owl Page” cognitive dissonance at its best. Even worse, months later, they receive another invite, this time, to “Like” your Origami Owl Facebook page.
The other companies want you to “try it out” because of one truth: Their written letter stating they “hope you try it out, even if while just on the waitlist with no strings attached” is written with the pure intent that you stay with them permanently. Duh! And there is nothing wrong with that. They want a decent paycheck too but do know that it isn’t just so you can try it out, and you can leave just as easily, if you don’t like their company after all.
Admit it or not, you will be “stuck” one way of another just as they had hoped:
1. You have confused and lost credibility with your previous and intended Origami Owl market by having “tried” something else out. You can’t just grow a new market or new circles as easily as you lost one.
2. You feel obligated to stay with the new team reps and customers you have led into another company using the same tactic used with you – the “try it out” method of the company.
3. You like the vanity title of “Founding” rep, member, etc… and want to keep it even if you know you could be selling so much more as an Origami Owl Independent Designer.
What is a public title if nothing in your personal bank account reflects it anyway?
This is a case where the saying “There’s no harm in trying it out” does not apply. Even if you really wanted to go do Origami Owl after trying “it” out, your market may or may not forget the little stint you pulled on them for a short while. Innocently “trying it out” may end up crippling your original plan and much bigger path. The trying out you just did may have pushed them to another Origami Owl Independent Designer and keeping you from building a strong Origami Owl business and wish you had just stayed the course.
So what to do? I suggest, instead of trying something else out, why not start building you Origami Owl business now instead of later? Check out my blog Archives to read up on the many ways to start buidling you business today or watch my YouTube videos for endless ideas!
DIWs, may you make the best choices for you today. Wherever you may go, may you serve others by offering them what they desire. I wish you the best in finding your vehicle to reach your dreams. I have with Origami Owl and I wish the same for you.
All is worth the wait. I promise.
I have secured my venue for the “Origami Owl Information Night by Jennylou”
What is this information night covering? Watch my video-invite for you to find out:
I just ate at this place yesterday and decided this place would be a perfect blend with customizable jewelry. You know how with Origami Owl, you get to pick and choose everything to make your locket? At Brother’s Provisions, you can pick and choose all the pieces to your meal and make a combination all your own. Origami Owl lets you choose from hundreds of charms while Brother’s Provisions lets you choose from hundreds of artisan drinks to add to your meal.
So come check out this event hosted by me, Jennylou, an Independent Designer with Origami Owl. Appetizers will be served. I hope to meet and connect with you Monday, March 25th at 6pm PST. An RSVP to LocketsandCharms@gmail.com would be nice but not required. See you there!Written by Jennylou Raya, Origami Owl Independent Designer. Join us at:
16451 Bernardo Center Dr.,
San Diego, CA 92128