Why I decided to launch my Network Marketing business

I have to be honest…. I used to roll my eyes every time I heard the term “network marketing.” I had no time for the people who put up those “working from wifi” posts and really thought it was a ridiculous industry that people never stuck at…. but then I joined the Network Marketing Industry.

I have been partnered with a Network Marketing company now for 5 months and haven’t looked back. My once limited, arrogant mindset, looking down on people that joined this industry is gone and I can’t imagine myself not working in the industry, so what changed?

After being approached time after time about joining the Network Marketing industry, I decided one day to look into it. I researched the different companies, looked into what they actually did and investigated and researched until I knew I had to be a part of it. It always seemed like a scam to me “we want to pay our partners more commission than anyone else” – no business would ever say that, would they? After much time and research I found that this ever growing industry and the company I am partnered with do say this, because they can! It is a multi-billion dollar industry.

For anyone that ever challenges me on this industry I encourage them to research it. If you research it, you will find tens of thousands of success stories. From people wanting to earn a little extra cash (which is what many of us will associate with Network Marketing) to Network Marketing made millionaires – the industry is going no where. Did you know there are professional Network Marketers?

For me, I get to earn an extra income, work at a time and place to suit me, work with likeminded women, run my business how I want to and run it alongside my current commitments. What isn’t to love? I can earn how much I like, not how much someone is telling me I am being paid (a massive shift from the traditional working mindset).

I think for so long, this industry has been seen as a get rich quick scheme (maybe that is why some people don’t stick at it?) and it isn’t. This is a business, just like any other. You have to work at it and you have to work at it consistently. If you invested £100,000 into a business tomorrow morning you wouldn’t just show up 2 days a week would you? Then you shouldn’t just show up 2 days a week in your Network Marketing business either! It takes hard work, determination and sometimes a thick skin for the criticism you can receive but each time I receive that I laugh at their ignorance about the industry. For me it is simple, if you researched the industry and researched it thoroughly, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to be a part of it!

So the next time you see a friend or family member launching their own online business, think before you eye roll. Do you really know enough about the industry?

If you have ever wondered about Network Marketing or what it is I do then get in touch! Even if it is just to ask a question, if you never ask you will never know!

 

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Building Our Dream Home: Part Three

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. This weekend has just flown by…why can’t weekdays go as quickly! (*sigh!) This weekend I spent the majority of my time flicking through Pinterest, Instagram and blog pages trying to make decisions for our self build so I thought I would also update you all on our progress so far.

Our final set of plans (hopefully!) were submitted in the Summer. Three sets of plans and 18 months later, we thought we had what would suit us as first time self builders but would also suit the planners – it was not an easy task.

Note: I have quickly learnt that in this process, when someone tells you they are going to do something by a date, they may not always stick to it. If I can give you any piece of advice thus far it is to take matters into your own hands and follow up with all involved in the process regularly! We could have easily saved 3-4 months if I had of known this which is disappointing but hopefully we can stop others falling into the same trap.

After a follow up call with the planner and architect two weeks ago, they explained that our plans had been recommended for approval and were now being sent to the Senior Planner therefore we should have them (hopefully approved) in around 5 days…… that was 2 weeks ago!! I have followed up and followed up but still nothing – I don’t think these people realise how impatient I am.

Behind the scenes, it had really given me the boost to start decision making and planning further using NI companies. This week I have been to see kitchens and bathrooms and honestly what I thought I wanted has been totally thrown out. Originally we wanted a traditional Shaker kitchen but after seeing more modern kitchen styles in Richardson Cardy’s in Lisburn I think we may jump ship. Similarly, after visiting Soaks Bathrooms we were originally going for a mix of a traditional ensuite with modern main bathroom but now we have switched these or may even ditch the traditional.

Note: I cannot recommend these two showrooms enough for their help, ideas and assistance. We are dealing with Ian in Soaks and Andy in Cardys and both men are fantastic and very patient.

If you haven’t guessed by now decision making is not my strong point. I think I know what I want but then I get distracted and confused (nightmare!). Although I love the traditional style, I know my current kitchen is a nightmare to clean with all the nooks and crannies in the cupboards but on the flip side, a modern kitchen ages far more quickly.

In short, we are three steps forward and possibly two steps back but I’m not complaining – I’m just glad we are finally moving in the right direction again. Please let me know if you have any recommendations for showrooms or advice on the traditional vs modern…. it could take me another 6 months to decide which to go for.

My Country Cottage Hallway Inspo

Recently I told you that we have submitted hopefully our last set of plans to build our dream home! Since submitting them I have been pinning away over on Pinterest and have become homeware obsessed all over again!

I thought I would share some of my hallway inspiration with you today but hopefully you can give me something in return… Who are your favourite interior designers? Where do you love shopping for homeware? Who are your favourite interior bloggers?

I need inspiration to keep me going!

Choosing my career and my family

2018 is the year for women!

If you haven’t heard that statement already, you must have been living under a rock.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations and 100 years after we gained the right to vote, women have chosen this year in particular to grab hold of their voices, take a stand and acknowledge their pride for being a woman. For me, this year is about returning to work after my maternity leave and choosing my career and my family together – not one over the other.

CREATE A LIFE YOU LOVE

During my school years, one of my teachers often said this to us and it never really meant much to me. Create a life you love. Huh? Mrs, I’m just trying to grasp my way through A Level English Literature! When I started university however it all made sense. My years in university taught me how to become an individual, to have freedom to make my own choices and to create a life for myself that I would love.

I spent those first few years post university really finding my feet. After a brief stint pretending that becoming an Accountant was the dream (sorry to any Accountants out there but that definitely wasn’t the dream for me!) I fell into working for my current employer and it was there that I remembered what I went to university for in the first place – to help people. Three years on and I have went from the bottom of the ladder to the top of it and I am damn proud of that! Why shouldn’t I be?

You see, I love my job. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t easy. In managing a domiciliary agency we witness death, journey through a clients illness with them and their families, trek on through the bad weather and work the hours that no one wants to. You take the good with the bad. I have cried with staff and clients but thankfully laughed with them more, it is all part and parcel of the job, but I love it and sure as heck don’t want to give that part of my life up.

So for me, 2018 is the year for women and it is the year for me! It is the year that I become a working mama. My maternity ends in less than four weeks and while I cry every time (seriously, EVERY time!) I think of leaving my beautiful baby girl I can’t wait to get back into the world of work and to pick up where I left off. I have created a life I love and it includes babies and business!

BUILDING OUR DREAM HOME: PART TWO

So the last time I blogged about building our dream home in Northern Ireland was June 2016! 19 months ago! Time really does fly in but honestly not a lot has happened since then. They do say self-building is a long process.

Shortly after we received word that our outline planning had been passed, things went on hold as I found out I was expecting Annie. We knew building was a stressful process and so was having a baby, so we didn’t want to add more pressure and stress into the pot! However, after passing the 3 month mark I got excited about the prospect of building our dream home for Baby Hill so we hit the ground running again!

In late March 2017, we submitted our second set of plans (our first set was for our outlining planning and our second then was what we actually wanted to build – the fun part!) We had no idea were to begin designing our home and spent many, many months creeping on houses on Property Pal and nosing around show homes. It took around 4 months before we designed, what we thought, was our dream home.

We knew we wanted 3 or 4 bedrooms, an open kitchen-dining-living room, a good room etc but beyond that we really didn’t have a clue so we needed help, and a lot of it! Thankfully my mum and dad have built two homes and they really became our guiding light in the entire process. Dad and my brother also work in the building trade so they were amazing in giving us ideas and inspiration on what might work and what might not.

Now they say the line of a self-build home never goes straight and boy are they right. Shortly before Christmas we found out that it is pretty unlikely we will have our plans passed. WHAT?! All that hard work and months of planning was down the pan! Somehow though, we weren’t disappointed. Yes, I know that may sound crazy, but after having Annie Carl and I quickly learnt what was our dream home as a single couple was definitely not our dream home as a family and we really wished we could have changed our plans.

Low and behold, this weekend we have finally settled on our ideas and designs for plans number 3. Can it really be third time lucky?! I will keep you posted!

The Glitz & Glam of Belfast’s Cabaret Supper Club

If you have followed me for a while, you will know I love the weird and wonderful or out of the ordinary. Give me a paintballing party over a night out in a bar anytime (although if a close friend of mine is reading this I will never forgive you for paintballing – the bruises!!)

So when a friend decided to go to the Cabaret Supper Club in AM:PM for her birthday this year I couldn’t wait! Now to be honest, it definitely was not what I expected but if you want great craic, a girly night out and some nudity then this is for you. Here are my top four reasons you should check out this explosive concotion of comedy, singing, burlesque and creative genius.

(Image from cabaretbelfast.com)

It is the perfect night out for everyone!

AM:PM was filled with hen parties, birthday parties, staff nights out and those just after a great nights fun, flip there was even a couple on a date when we were there! The groups were filled with all ages giggling, enjoying the flurry of fun in front of them proving it is perfect for everyone.

The staff are great craic!

From the bar staff to the burlesque dancers everyone is there for a good time and it shows. Warning: your face will hurt for laughing the next day and your muscles from dancing.

(Image from cabaretbelfast.com)

The singing = wow!

Now lets be honest, sometimes at these things the singing isn’t great but last night it was unreal! The music ranged from old school classics to R’n’B hits that you are guaranteed to know the words to.

Food, glorious good!

It is a supper club so of course there was food. We were treated to a main course as part of our package and the food was beautiful. I had the pork – definitely try it!

So what do you need to go along to Caberet Supper Club?

1. A good sense of humor

2. Not being afraid of a little bit of nudity

3. A great singing voice for belting out a bit of Whitney Houston.

AM:PM’s Cabaret Supper Club truly brought some 1920’s glitz and glam to the heart of Belfast last night and we loved it. Hats off to the Creative Director Ross Anderson-Doherty, you have the best job in the world so I’ll leave the last word to him…

You’re in the Caberet Supper Club, you’re getting some culture b**tches!

My Country Kitchen Inspiration

We are still no where near being able to start building our dream home (what on earth takes planning so long anyway?!) so this week I have been curbing my inability to be patient by looking up our dream kitchen. I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to continue the dream country theme throughout the house or to tackle an ultra modern theme but I think I have finally decided on the first. There is just something so home-y about a country cottage style home.

Here are some of my favourite country kitchens I have been stalking on Pinterest. Have a browse while I go phone planning and try and bribe them with Gin & Mulled Wine (it should work… right?)

Living Room Lovin’

It’s scary to think we have been living in our little country cottage for 4 years in September. We moved here temporarily until we could build our first home but 4 years on we are still here and surprisingly I now wouldn’t change it.

If you don’t know the story behind it. Carl and I lived in Belfast for the our first two years. I was still in university and Carl was brought up in the city so it made sense, but two years in and coming up to our wedding day I was dying to go home. I had always lived in the country and there is something about fields for miles that makes you feel calm and at home – although Carl will still say it’s creepy without street lights. It was then that we decided to build. With no chance of that happening before the wedding we decided to renovate the cottage that had always sat on my familys farm.

We spent the first 3 years just “getting by.” I hated the cottage and was always embaraamssed to bring people over. We had pretty much just made it habitable until we could get our house built but when we found out Annie was on her way it was time to suck it up and make it pretty since we knew our house wouldn’t be built any time soon.

The living room definitely took the most work, in fact it is a miracle there wasn’t a divorce over it. Every wall had to be replastered as the stone walls showing through, the floor had to he levelled, fireplace ripped out – it was chaos but now it is my little happy place.

On another decor note, I am over the moon to now be a Brand Rep for Very Vez who sell personalised and custom prints. I love prints in my home making it unique to us and they have a massive collection to choose from. You can use 10% off on the Very Vez Etsy store using code “JENNA10”. 

Who is she?! Who is she?!

A huge thank you to all of the people who have liked my blog recently. I don’t know how you found me but I’m glad you did! It is for that reason I thought I would do a new post introducing myself or re-introducing myself for those of you who have been here a while. I haven’t done one of these posts in a long time so it is probably long overdue.

I initially started my blog (then called The Belfast Bride) in 2013 as a creative outlet to share images and content that inspired me in the lead up to my wedding. Four years later, the blog has grown into something much, much more. Whilst developing the blog I grew as a person and as a wife, so it was time for a change. A change in content and a change in name!

Jenna Annie Hill – The Blog emerged in 2015. Jenna, the person is twenty five, a farmers daughter, currently in the process of building her first home, three years married, the manager of a domiciliary agency and managing life as a new mum with newborn baby Annie. In school and university, we digest textbooks to get through exams but no one teaches us how to get through life. Hence the blog. We can learn to get through it together. I blog about what I love and know. Be it hotel stays, beauty, my country home, cooking and baking, learning how to be a mum to little Annie and of course weddings!

In 2016, after working in weddings for 3 years Jenna Annie Hill – The Wedding Planner emerged. After blogging about weddings for three years and being obsessed with everything wedding related, I took the plunge and established my own Wedding Planning service. I adore what I do and believe that truly shows in the work I complete with brides and grooms in N.I. (You can read more about my wedding planning service here.)

It has been a crazy four years but I have loved it!

I have been blessed to work with amazing local companies and attend some amazing events. If you would like to collaborate with me then feel free to drop me an email (jennaanniehill@gmail.com). I hope you enjoy an insight into my little world.

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Love,

Jenna Annie Hill x

Champagne Lifestyle on Coca Cola Wages

Saving for a Wedding but still trying to maintain any form of a reasonable lifestyle is not fun! Especially if your friends aren’t saving and they still insist on their weekly night out and three weekly nail appointment. Meanwhile you are counting every penny, be it for your new house, hen party, honeymoon or Wedding Day. I’ve been there, done that and bought the t-shirt… it isn’t fun! However, having a life and saving simultaneously is possible!

Carl and I are saving non-stop at the minute to build our first home but the thought of not getting another break until Christmas is slightly depressing, so this week I went on a mission to find a trip away that I could justify whilst saving and I booked two!

Top tip number one. Sky Scanner is your new best friend.

The first trip we booked was to Alicante. My family were already heading out in September so Carl and I sneakily booked on to gatecrash them. To get to where they are staying I googled it and found we could fly to Alicante or Murcia as both were the same distance to the apartment. We tried from both Belfast and Dublin and got our flights return for £84! (See similar below). As we have been there before, we know that the taxi journey to and from the airport is £80 return and with family staying in the villa and us tagging along the accommodation is costing £0! 

 

Total cost? £164 for a week in the sun! See you in two weeks Alicante!

The second trip we booked was London for some Christmas shopping (don’t hate me for mentioning Christmas!). Back to Skyscanner and we got return flights for £36 flying from Belfast to Stansted (see similar below). The flights to London fluctuate so much so make sure you watch them. We have got them for£25 return before (bargain!). We always stay in the St Giles when we go to London. The hotel is in the best location being just of Oxford St & Tottenham Court tube stations is right outside – really handy you want to do some sightseeing. For £100 each for two nights its really inexpensive and a bargain. However, if you wanted something fancier, watch ut on Travel Zoo & Secret Escapes as they always have really good London deals. The Stansted Express is really handy for jumping on from the airport and it was only £30 each. 

   
Total cost? £76 each for a weekend break. Christmas shopping is organised!

It’s so important to not let your saving take over your life and if you are anything like me you watch bloggers have the most amazing holidays and wish it was you. Saving & living isn’t impossible! 

 

Getting back to basics…..

We all know how easy it is to fall off the bandwagon and how much harder it is to jump back on it again. I have been so busy this summer, as it was my first as a Wedding Planner and it has been hard trying to juggle the other aspects of life something I think all brides can relate to in the run up to their big day. As things calm down this week, I am counting my blessings and going back to basics. I am an avid lover of Joanne Larby aka The Make Up Fairy and even more at her determination and her results! On Snap Chat this week she said how she writes down weekly goals she wants to accomplish… so here goes! 

 Joanne Larby aka The Make Up Fairy

I always say to the brides I work with, that a wedding is massive and can be extremely overwhelming when you look at it as one big day, so break it down. Personally, I am going to set myself a few weekly goals that I want to accomplish each day this week. For you, these can be lifestyle, fitness, wedding goals or maybe a little mixture of both, that you want to achieve this week. 

 So this week, lets take a different take on things. Lets calm down, breath, reach our goals and go right back to basics, enjoying the last of the beautiful Summer weather.

My Top 6 Favourite Snap Chatters

I am obsessed with Snap Chat. I love that it lets you get to know someone or a business on a more personal level. 

I think we all use it to let followers get to know us as a person rather than what our job etc may be. I love that followers feel more able to ask me a question on it than if they are asking it publicly on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I have been a little quiet on Snap Chat recently – as its wedding season there is little going on in the world of wedding events so it is definitely more of my life on their at the minute. From renovating my home to building my first home, cooking and baking, fitness and make up you are guaranteed a big variation of snaps reflecting my own life and day to day goings on. If you want to follow me it’s @thebelfastbride. 

 Those that I follow on Snap Chat are just as varied as the snaps I put up. For that reason, here are my Top Six Snap Chatters.

1. Lydia Millen

Lydia is a beauty and fashion blogger based in the UK. I absolutely love her style and always click on her snaps first. She has a beautiful home, goes on amazing holidays and shares her “big” purchases! 

   

2. McElhinneys Bridal Rooms

From New York Bridal Fashion Week to their new collections, McElhinneys Snap Chat showcases their amazing collections & makes me so jealous that I do not work for them! Perfect for any bride considering her wedding dress. 

   

3. So Sue Me

Suzanne Jackson is my ultimate girl crush. Dylan (her BF) recently proposed in the Maldives so Sue is just beginning her wedding planning journey. As a blogger, she features her favourite fashion & beauty products including her own So Su range as well as her fab holidays. 

   

4. Spoilt Belle Boutique

Spoilt Belle Boutique is based in Magherafelt. I first heard of the boutique at Belfast Fashion Week and I am now obsessed and have travelled up a few times for outfits. The girls are a lot of fun so as well as seeing some fab outfits, including the Olivia Burton watches, you also get a giggle.  

   

5. The Body Coach

If you haven’t heard of Joe Wicks then you must have been living under a stone the past year. Joe initially started posting pictures of his own food online as a PT and now has a best selling book and another due to launch in a few days! He is the ultimate fitness encouragement #winnersocclock #midgettrees 

   

6. Rosie Connolly

Hearts, Heels and Handbags blogger Rosie is the ultimate MILF. She regularly features her day to day goings on as mummy to Harry as well as being a fiancée, MUA & all round stylish babe!

   

 
Who are your favourite Snap Chatters?! 

Jenna x