Leader Summit

I recently received this question from a friend, ” I know that you attend a lot of leadership summits and read books of the like. Do you have any book or summit/conference suggestions?”

I thought it might be fun to turn my response to her into a Blog post.  Some of you may know I have been involved in the Network Marketing industry over the last 20 years. I started with Mary Kay Cosmetics waaaaay back in the day, then Southern Living @ HOME, then Arbonne International.  I am currently with Jewel Kade, a handmade artisan jewelry and decor company out of Alpine, Utah whose mission is “Reminding Women Everywhere of the Power Within”, and I could not be happier.

There are many perks to being involved in Network Marketing.  Some are:

1.  The ability to start your own “franchise” for an extremely minimal start up fee, thus allowing most people to become “cash positive” within their first few months of business.

2.  The ability to work from home or other remote locations.

3.  The ability to set one’s own work hours.

4.  The ability to “be one’s own boss” and therefore promote when one desires.

5.  The ability to leverage one’s time and earn residual income.

One of the MAIN perks to me though, is the ability to receive continual (almost free) leadership training.  I love that in order to be successful at Network Marketing one needs to constantly grow oneself as a Leader.  Most Network Marketing companies (such as Nu Skin, Beach Body, Jewel Kade, etc.) offer constant leadership training.

The Summit I just attended was the Annual Leadership Summit that Jewel Kade offers its’ Crystal Leaders and above.  It was absolutely phenomenal of course!  What I love most though, is that the leadership skills I learn at these type of events help me in all aspects of my life…in leading myself, my family, my church/volunteer work, AND my Jewel Kade Team better.  It’s a “Win-Win” for all!

Outside the Network Marketing industry, I have found the work of John Maxwell to be excellent.  John C. Maxwell is an author, speaker, and pastor who has written more than 60 books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold more than nineteen million copies with some on the New York Times Best Selling List.

My daughter Holly, is also an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker on The John Maxwell Team. (www.johnmaxwellgroup.com)  John’s mentorship program has been invaluable in Holly’s life, as she has been able to attend quite a few of his seminars and spend time with him personally, by being on the John Maxwell Team.

Of course there are many other inspiring authors and speakers to choose from, on a variety of subjects.   I recommend doing a least 15 minutes of personal development daily by reading, listening, or watching your favorite books, CD’s or videos…on whatever subject your trying to improve on at the time.  For example, I’ve recently been reading a fabulous home decor book entitled, “Inspired You”, by Marian Parsons…it’s helped me tremendously in that area of my life…so much so that I wrote my last Blog post on it.

Let’s enjoy learning, and remember, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  –Benjamin Franklin

Have a wonderful day,

Katherine 🙂

‘Inspired You’

If you have ever felt insecure, inadequate or uncomfortable about your decorating, please do me a favor and read, ‘Inspired You’, by Miss Mustard Seed (www.missmustardseed.com) Marian Parsons.  What a breath of fresh air!  I had the wonderful opportunity of reading the first few chapters on my way to Texas yesterday, and wow, was I inspired!

“It’s pretty rare to have all the time, money, and skills required to turn every square foot (of your home) into all your heart desires,” Marian states.

She continues, “We’re constantly bombarded with images of gorgeous rooms in magazines, on TV, and all over the home-decorating blog world.  It’s easy to feel like everyone is good at it but you.  Like everyone is living in an “after space” and you’re sitting around in your “before”, hoping a celebrity designer with a crew will show up on your doorstep.”  (Haha…I’ve so felt that way, have you!?)

Then she adds, “I am not denying that it would be awesome for that crew to swoop in and create a dream home in three days, but there is so much satisfaction and self-discovery that comes when YOU transform your home.  I’m talking to YOU.  YOU can create a beautiful home.”

“Let’s now redefine what a beautiful home is.  It’s not about big budgets and magazine-quality perfection; it’s about making the best of what you have and finding contentment despite what you don’t.  It’s not about keeping up with the hottest trends, style setters, or the neighbors; it’s about creating a space that feels inviting, is functional for your family and shows off the style and interests of the people who live there.  You don’t need a huge budget, a degree in interior design, or to start with a dream home.  Your journey can start today, with what you already know, what you have, and whatever time your schedule allows.”

I just love that!  I must admit, I’ve never read a decorating book in my life, or even a decorating blog until yesterday.  But I bought this book for a reason, and now I know why!  It has already changed my life!  As I’ve mentioned before,  ”The day I let go of what others think of my decorating style was a great day. I honestly just like throwing things together until I get that “yes” feeling… and that’s the extent of it!  It’s fun, and doesn’t have to be “perfect” or “right”.

Let me fill you in on something, I have felt inadequate at times…and looked at what “wasn’t” done in my house or on my ranch.  I’ve looked at some of the gorgeous things my neighbors have done to their yards and thought, “bummer…I’ll never be able to afford that.”  I’ve looked at my overall decor style and thought, “it’s too frilly…people must think it looks outdated.”  I’ve wanted to get a decor project done, and simply not had the time to do it without sacrificing my family’s well being, and thought, “I’ll never have the home I truly desire.”  … And then I’ve had to change my thinking, and get into gratitude … FAST!

‘Inspired You’ has helped me feel better about my decision to let go of that crazy imagined image of perfection I get from time to time, that simply doesn’t exist.

One day I posted on my Facebook wall, “My house would be clean, but we live here.”   You would be amazed at the number of likes/comments I got from stressed out women just basically saying, “Thank you!  I needed that!”

When it comes to decor, most of us are limited by time, money and skills, and that’s the reality.  No one lives in model homes, and that’s why they stay perfectly clean all the time.  Let’s be grateful for what we have and for how far we’ve come:

I remember Mark’s and my first apartment…it was 600 sq. feet with avocado counter tops , green cement tile floor, and ‘cottage cheese’ ceilings.  Somehow we turned that into a little dream home where our first two children were born. And it was wonderful.  That’s the kind of stuff that truly matters, and that’s the kind of spirit with which I want to approach the decor of my current home.

Have a wonderful day, and I hope you enjoy ‘Inspired You!’

Katherine 🙂


Is it in…or out?  Wallpaper is BACK IN, and there’s no better way to transform a room than with a gorgeous roll of wallpaper.  But it can be difficult to accomplish.  Why?  Because very few stores exist currently where you can view wallpaper books in person.  It’s kind of like record stores…they simply don’t exist anymore.  So, what’s a designer to do? That was my dilemma a few months back.

Here are a few things that helped me tackle the wallpaper dilemma:

1.  Realize it’s actually an advantage that we now have everything online.  You can now simply Google, “yellow toile wallpaper images” for example, and hundreds of images will pop up before your very eyes.  Once you sift through the images that are actually wallpaper for computer screens haha, you will still have plenty of images to choose from.  When you click on the image you will usually find a reference to the name or pattern # of the paper.  You can now go to one of the numerous sites like American Blinds Wallpaper and More to place your order, or simply save the photo on your Pinterest Wallpaper Board for later possible ordering.
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2.  Understand that you are going to need to spend a few dollars ordering samples.  How a wallpaper looks on your computer screen is not necessarily a strong indication of how it will look in person.  Obviously lighting makes a difference, and numerous other factors.  Even patterns may look a certain way online, and different up close and personal. Understand that you are going to need to order samples at $3-5 each until you find that certain wallpaper that works for you.  I recommend budgeting at least $50 for samples.  Wallpaper is a relatively costly investment, therefore “try before you buy”.

3.  Once your samples arrive remember “less is more” when it comes to wallpaper.  If your wallpaper is a busy pattern, it will look even busier when hung.  If it’s bright, even brighter when hung.  Keep this rule of thumb in mind when trying to achieve the look you desire.  I personally love wallpaper in bathrooms, on single walls, or even as many designers are doing now, just in a relatively small squares or rectangles.  Wallpapers make a statement behind couches, bed frames, etc.  But, once in a while, a fully wallpapered ballroom, dining room or entryway can look absolutely phenomenal in wall to wall paper, especially if wainscoting and trim/moldings are present. Therefore, wallpaper away!  It’s fun…what’s the worst that can happen?!


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Master Bedroom Inspiration

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Not my room (to the left) but this is the wallpaper I had hung on one wall of my master bedroom recently. Love it so much I may do all four walls!

I have wainscoting 1/3 of the way up and crown molding on top (to the right) so it may work.

Visualizing Z Gallery white fabric headboard (above) against it. We’ll see!

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Hello world!

Thank you so much for taking the time to view my blog.  I’m so excited to visit with you and share ideas… and truly hope ‘Lifestyle by Katherine’ will add value to your life in 2014!  Here we go… Don’t you just love Orange?  Just looking at this collage brightens my day… hope it does yours as well!

Have a great one,

Katherine 🙂

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