Letting Go and Staying Strong…

When I was a little girl I never could imagine a life without my parents, let alone the day when I would have to say goodbye to them.  Well recently I had to say goodbye to both of my parents as I lost them on the same day.  I have had the difficult task of going through all of their personal belongings so my family can sell their home.  Going through their stuff has been very bittersweet and brought up a lot of fond memories.  I discovered old photographs which brought up so many great childhood flashbacks like going on vacations and camping.  I absolutely loved camping as a child, it was always such an adventure.  I would go on long hikes to explore and play hide and seek with my cousins.  We made forts and pretended that we were there all alone with no grown ups to watch over us.  Making food from berries and cooking with pine needles.  Riding motorcycles and swimming in the lake.  We truly had a blast!

Some of my favorite moments were at Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite.  I will never forget the time a huge bear came up to my sister while we were sitting around the camp fire.  She literally jumped over the fire and yelled louder than anyone I have ever heard!  The good news is she was much quicker than the bear and she scared him off before my father could even get over to her!  I will always remember those days of happiness and smile!

Although letting go and purging my parents belongings has been very difficult, it has somehow given me the strength to know that if I can do it, I can do just about anything.  I was given this amazing gift along the way, the gift of inner strength.  I am not sure exactly when it happened, while spending countless hours sifting through my mom’s card collection or dad’s mounds of endless paperwork.  I have truly come to realize that I can make it here without them even though it is hard and I miss them.  I have also discovered this amazing sense of accomplishment while finding inner strength which I didn’t realize existed.

There are times in life when we are challenged and have to face difficult situations which will shake us to the core, yet somehow we always manage to get through it.  This is one of those times.  I challenge you to look at your own life and think about what might be holding you back or what you may need to let go of.  Seek to discover that sense of inner strength that you have inside of you!


Make Your Dreams Come True!!

Have you ever dreamed about working for yourself?  Have you wondered what it would be like not to have a boss to answer to?  Have you ever longed for a job where you could work the hours that fit best around your life and allow flexibility?  Have you ever thought about making more money or having more financial freedom?  Have you fantasized about taking a tropical vacation or maybe just having some extra spending money to pay off a few bills which have piled up on you?  Well if you have ever thought about any of these things, a career at South Hill Designs is the perfect answer for you!  You get to work the hours that YOU want to work, you work ONLY for yourself and don’t have a boss to answer to– yet you have the support of a terrific team to cheer you on and give you help when you need extra support!  You get the best of all worlds at South Hill Designs!  I would love to have you join my team and help make your dreams come true!  Contact me at http://www.southhilldesigns.com/melissadare or 408-891-7944 to discuss how we can make your dreams become a reality today!


How To Host The Perfect Social Gathering!

If you haven’t guessed by now, I absolutely love my job!  One of the best parts of it is the fact that I get paid to play with jewelry and have fun!

One aspect I love about my job is hosting Socials!  It gives me so much joy to share my love for South Hill Designs jewelry while learning my guests most personal stories as they build their own locket pieces.  The process is so personal and it touches my heart every time I hear a story from one of my guests while they build their customized jewelry.

So how do you have a successful Social you may ask–the ingredients are quite simple.  All you need to do is gather up a group of friends, colleagues from work and family members and invite them over for a few hours of fun. A lovely gathering with those closest to you, what could be be more fun than that?  At the Social you will want to offer something to drink and have a small snack prepared.  I find that having a themed Social can really be quite fun.  Something such as wine and cheese or margaritas with chips and salsa –or something simple like tea and crumpets.  Any drink with a finger food is really all you need as you want the focus to be on getting together and having fun while perusing South Hill Designs jewelry.

The real key to success is to keep it simple and have fun doing it– and fun you will have!  I have not hosted one Social yet where we didn’t have a great time!  I have had a few hostesses ask how much food or what type of food they should have for their guests.  I always encourage my hostesses to pick some sort of theme or snacks that they feel will appeal to the majority of their friends and family–and go from there.  I remind them that they are not providing a full meal, but a snack and it is about spending quality time with friends and loved ones while looking at beautiful jewelry.

Another question I have had from a couple of my hostesses is how do they pick a date that will work for everyone?  First, I always remind my hostesses that there will never be a date that will work for everyone.  Then I recommend that they run a date by a couple of their closest friends to see if it will work for them, then choose that date for their Social and stick with it.  For those who cannot attend due to scheduling conflicts, they can simply order products online or through the catalog and the hostess will still receive full credit towards free and half priced jewelry!

So what are you waiting for, let’s plan a Social with your friends and family in the next few weeks!  I would love to host a Social with you so you can earn both free and half priced jewelry!  Besides, there is always a gorgeous piece of jewelry offered each month as a bonus incentive if you book a party of $500 or more.  For September it is the beautiful graphite earrings and bracelet pieces offered below.  I can be reached at melissadare21@gmail.com or 408-891-7944..


South Hill Designs Promotion!

I absolutely love it and get so excited when we offer promotions to our customers and prospective customers!  Well we have an outstanding promotion available starting August 25-31st.  With the purchase of ANY locket, you get 3 free charms (that’s a $15 value)!  This is a great deal and way to add to your South Hill Designs collection or to simply start one!   To order, please visit my website at http://www.southhilldesigns.com/melissadare.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions…My Best, Melissa