January 18, 2019

Magnabilities 2019 Winter/Spring Collection

Magnabilities Badge Holders

In August, 2018, my friend gifted an adorable magnetic necklace to me.  The necklace came with two magnetic inserts - a beautiful silver rimmed insert and an insert of a photo of one of my girlz - a photo that my friend took of my Rhode Island Red chicken.  It was such an amazing gift!  We were going on vacation, and I was thrilled to bring the photo insert of my girl on vacation with me.

I researched the company and learned that they were headquartered near me.  I LOVED the idea of supporting a local direct sales business.  After a few days of thinking about it, I decided to become a Magnabilities Independent Consultant.

Magnabilities Charming Inserts When I joined Magnabilities I wasn't thinking about the beautiful inserts that were designed by the company.  I couldn't wait to have custom jewelry made featuring photos, my artwork, and quotes that were important to me.  After joining, and seeing the gorgeous variety of inserts in person, I decided I wanted to purchase some of those, too.  The metal, stone, and glass inserts have become my favorite inserts.

I joined a few weeks before the beautiful Fall/Winter collection was released.  Today, the new Winter/Spring collection has released.  The new collection of metal inserts, and the Piccollini Collection are amazing!  You can see the new arrivals here.
Magnabilities Engravable Classic Heart Pendant I love that the new line includes engravable items!  The beautiful Classic Heart Pendant and insert will make a gorgeous Valentine's gift for someone special.  Both the pendant and the inserts are engravable.  Engraving is only $10!

Do you have a word of the year?  My word of the year is "inspire" and I am definitely inspired to wear my word each day.  I may wear it on the new engravable heart bracelet.  The bracelet is $15 and engraving is only $10!  I might even get the gorgeous red bracelet band (only $5) to wear for Valentine's Day.

Magnabilities Piccollini CollectionThen there is the new Piccollini Collection.  These tiny interchangeable magnets are adorable!  I can hear my teenage daughter right now - "oh, how cute!"

I love the Piccollini ring.  LOVE, love, love it! Shop for your gorgeous glass gems here!  Or, better yet!  Host an online party and earn FREE jewelry!

If you are seeing this beautiful line of jewelry, and wish to be a Magnabilities Independent Consultant, too, please contact me.  I would be happy to help you start your very own Magnabilities Independent Consultant business.

Visit my Pintertest page to see the rest of the 2019 Winter/Spring Collection.

December 1, 2017

Small Business in Changing Times

While sitting in the food court of our local mall, less than a month before Christmas, I found myself feeling a sense of loss and wonderment. The time was late afternoon, and the mall was nearly empty. What has happened to the great storefronts of the past? Deep down, I already knew the answer. Business is changing. It is changing rapidly. The question is, how are we (small business owners) going to change with it?

I recognize I have played my own part in this change. As a consumer, I have drastically changed my shopping habits. I went to our local mall three times this past week - yet, it was only on one occasion that I spent any money there. I treated my son to an afternoon snack from the food court. That was it. My purpose for coming to the mall all three of those days was to pick up packages from the mall's Amazon locker.

During the 80s and 90s, local malls seemed to be THE place to be.  As a teen, it was our hangout.  As a 20-something, it was our hangout.  Times have changed.  Our younger generations no longer hang out at the mall.  Youth sports, activities and video games have taken over their lives.

In less than 10 months, as a start-up business owner, it has become necessary to modify my business plan.  There is a need to make my service available to customers at a reasonable cost without my overhead expenses eating up significantly more than I bring in.  I am closing the year 2017, my first 10 months in business, in debt.  I will pay my final lease payment this afternoon and release my business from some overhead expenses.  By January, 2018, I will no longer operate a brick and mortar art studio.

Socrates has been credited to have said "The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  With a sense of sadness, I reminisce how the world used to work.  But I know that I must move forward and embrace change.

As the year closes in on 2018, I have much to be grateful for and much more to look forward to.  It is time to build on past dreams.  It is time to create something new.

My name is Renee Clark.  And this is my point of view.