Archive for November, 2008

A Dream and a Home-Based Business

Welcome back! With Thanksgiving over, have you gotten off your ‘hind and started walking? Doesn’t it feel good to just move? Perhaps you’ve noticed things around you that you’ve never noticed before. It doesn’t cost a penny. Have you thanked someone recently? Again, it doesn’t cost a cent.

Your head would have to be buried in the sand to not know that our economy is in a sad state of affairs. Hundreds of thousands of people have been laid off or in some cases offered an early retirement package. Personally, I did not know anyone who lost a job … until last week. And a couple of weeks ago, I lost two friends to cancer … women in pre-retirement and retirement. Women who had a zest for life and had their lives cut short.

Do you have dreams? Or do you just daydream? According to Dream Coach Marcia Wieder, dreams are the aspirations, goals, and hopes that you most want for yourself, your family, friends, and business associates. Achieving your dream, she says, is a three step process:
1. Clarify what you want. What are you passionate about?
2. Write it down.
3. Share your dream with others.

My dream is to establish an educational foundation in memory of my parents: The Mark and Dorothy Murakami Educational Foundation. Its purpose is to give scholarships every year to undergraduate students. One will be in the field of elementary education. Mom wanted to be a third grade teacher, but her family could not afford to send her to college. Dad wanted to be an attorney, but World War II broke out when he was a first year law student and he never went back to law school. Instead, he became an entrepreneur in the field of insurance. Coincidentally, my son recently partnered with another attorney and they opened their own law firm, Hixson Nagatani LLP, and his wife is a third grade teacher.

Unlike many foundations that are funded through donations and fund raisers, this one will be funded via a network marketing business (a.k.a. MLM). It’s taken a lot of research to find a right combination of great products and a great compensation plan. In the process of researching, I came across a group called Mentoring for Free. In my last company, I thought I had chosen a company with great products and I liked the fact that I could understand their compensation plan … until Mentoring for Free asked me the $10K question. That was an eye-opener. Here is the question: How many distributors and customers on autoship do you need to make $10K/month? I was appalled at the huge number. They told me it wasn’t my fault that I wasn’t making any money and they explained the different kinds of compensation plans. What an education that was. So, I decided to join them as a Mentor and Coach and now I help others in any network marketing or direct sales company around the world.

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What is your dream? I invite you to share it with others.

Happy Thanksgiving!

With this being the week of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d acknowledge people who have come into my business life recently and let them know how grateful I am for all they have done. I want to thank my coach and mentor, Richard Dennis ( Because of his care for his team via conference calls, phone calls, and e-mails and his willingness to share information to insure our success, I finally got my blog up and running. I’d taken a course a couple of years ago and have been thinking about it off and on for many months. But now, it’s a reality. Thanks, Richard.

Another person who is always willing to share what she knows is another coach and mentor, Roxanne Green ( Her brain must be at least quadruple the size of mine — it is a huge storehouse of information. And the best part is, she shares it and helps everyone who asks for help. She is also very logical and whenever I need another opinion, she will help me look on the other side of the coin. Whenever you opt to join a company, it’s the people that make all the difference. Thanks, Roxanne.

I’m a co-founder of the Women’s Network of Springfield (VA). The other co-founder, Paula Adkins (, and I met about three years ago at a BNI (Business Network International) chapter in Arlington, VA. WNS will celebrate its second anniversary in January. The fact that we’ve worked so well has contributed to the growth of our network and the wonderful friends we’ve made and I’m thankful to have such a great and responsive business partner. Contributing to our growth as well is Sonia Gow ( whom I met at about the same time through the Capital Express Network, a subsidiary of the American Business Women’s Association. Sonia works behind the scenes for us to produce professional Constant Contact e-mail. Thanks, Paula and Sonia.

Perhaps the person who works hardest and silently behind the scenes is my husband of 38 years, Ron. Although he does not want to be a part of my business, he takes care of many household duties and leaves me free to work my home-based business which is to fund an educational foundation and to help other people with their network marketing business via Mentoring for Free ( How many people are lucky enough to have a husband who will ask, “What time would you like to have breakfast?” … “and lunch” … “and dinner”?! Thanks, Ron.

There are so many things and people to be grateful for that this blog would be endless. I have a wonderful family with two married boys and recently a darling granddaughter was born into the family. I am so fortunate to have the perfect business that enables me to work anywhere in the world so that precious visits to see our granddaughter are possible.

I wish all of you a safe and very Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you most thankful for?


Hello World and welcome to my blog!

This blog is dedicated to everyone who is interested in living life to its fullest before and during retirement — away from prescription drugs and money flowing into their mailbox every week.

This is NOT for you if your thinking is, “Why should I take nutritional supplements? My prescription plan pays for my drugs.” It is also not for you if your mantra is, “I can’t afford to retire” or “I’m retired; I can’t afford it.”

Let’s get away from the negatives. If you’re interested in taking control of your own life, financially and healthwise, then welcome and come along for the ride. I will write periodically and will also invite experts to join me.

Isn’t it true that if you have your health, you have everything? When you have your health and you’re feeling in tip top shape, you can do anything you want. So if you’ve retired or about to retire … today is the start of your life! What ONE thing can you do … what baby step can you take toward getting yourself in shape? How ’bout walking? Get off the sofa, get away from that computer … and start walking. Just 10 minutes to start … perhaps three times a day. That’s a total of 30 minutes! Just do it!

The best things in life are free. What a way to get started on your way to health. But only you can take control of your life.

Personally, I wear a small, simple pedometer. My original goal was 10K steps a day and sometimes I do reach that goal, but considering my lifestyle, I decided that 7K steps/day would work best for me. This was something I added and committed to do after reading The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life by Jeff Olson. He says, “If you learn to apply The Slight Edge, your life will become filled with hundreds of thousands of small, seemingly insignificant actions – all of them easy to do, none of them mysterious, complex or difficult. And those actions will create your success.”

Please join me in walking your way to health….