So you wanna work from home?

More and more people are turning to the Internet these days in search of something, just about ANY thing, to help them get out of the financial mire. Whether they created their own mess, or they’re a victim of the recession, or not even in a mire but are simply looking for the exit ramp from the dog-eat-dog expressway, or headed for retirement without a clue or a means to support themselves for the next 20-50 years.

Even in good economic times, people just get tired of the rat race! The lousy boss, the office politics, the long hours, the long commute, lost time with family and friends… Not having freedom just to LIVE! Sure you gotta make money to pay the bills, but at what cost? That’s not living – that’s slavery!

What they really need is a real Plan B.

Big House and Fancy CarWe hear that people make a killing online and we want to know how they do it so we can do it, too. We want to stay up late and sleep in, spend our days shopping or watching TV or “playing outside” and still be able to afford the good life: a big house (or 2 or 3), fancy cars, a maid, weekly spa treatments, long vacations to exotic locations, etc.

But slow down a moment… is that REALLY what you want? Or is that just someone else’s fantasy life they’re trying to sell you? Maybe it IS what you really want. Or maybe, you’re like I was and only want FREEDOM! Financial freedom to stop worrying about how the bills are getting paid, and time freedom to enjoy life.

So before I help you find the path to the life you desire, you gotta do some thinking. Strike that! You gotta do some soul searching. Here are some questions you need to think over and be deadly honest with yourself on the answers. If you get these wrong, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment later.

  • Do you want a job or a business?
  • Are you dependable and self-disciplined?
  • What are your passions? If time & money were no object, what would you do even if you weren’t being paid to do it?
  • Most importantly, are you teachable? To get what you want, you gotta learn how to get it from someone who already has it. If you’re not teachable, you’re setting yourself up for frustration & failure.

But if you’re willing to learn and you can follow the leader, click here and fill out the form on the next page. I’ll get back in touch with you and introduce you to a system that works. In 20 years of experience, this is the first thing I’ve found that is fool-proof.

Hello, World!

DanniOct2014This is Dannielle Romaine Wood Hixson. Most people know me as Dannielle, but I’ve known myself as Danni since birth (yes, I remember it well! LOL). My name and pictures of me have been on the Internet since 1996. So, this really isn’t my first hello to the world. Just maybe my first hello to you.

Why did I start doing this blog? Because quite a few of my friends and business associates convinced me that I have something to say, and that the way that I write is engaging. In other words, they made the suggestion, then I found reasons to justify the efforts.

This blog will mostly be about Network Marketing and related topics. Since it belongs to me, it might contain other completely unrelated topics. Your feedback will help me know in which topics you’re most interested. It will also let me know whether or not those friends and business associates lied! ;)

Don’t look for political correctness, in my writings. I don’t believe in it. For example, pronouns will be “he” or “she” depending on my mood (but consistent within the context), and I will point fingers. I can at least guarantee that my posts will be mostly grammatically correct, usually contain proper sentence structure, and usually use proper punctuation. It’s hard to believe that an Alabama redneck could be so snobbish about such things, but I am. Both – an Alabama redneck and a grammar snob.

I’m a Mom-preneur of one, specializing in coaching others to succeed more easily than myself. If you’re looking for, or struggling with your Plan B, request a no-strings-attached, free <a href=”http://www.danniellewood.com/consultation.html”>consultation</a>.

Ok, that’s my hello. You’ll be hearing from me again…

Danni

How much does God love us? Really?

People go around saying, “God loves you” all the time. To the point that it has become an expression devoid of any real meaning and power to most of us. You’ll often hear that we can never know HOW MUCH he loves us. We all grew up singing “Jesus Loves Me… for the Bible tells me so.” John 3:16 tells us how much God loves us: enough to sacrifice His own Son to atone for the sins of the entire world, past, present, and future, so that we could all have a relationship with Him for ETERNITY. That’s a kind of love that none of us can fathom. To love others more than yourself… even more than your own (favorite) child.

Yet most of us really still don’t get it.

In 2008, I had an experience during which God, Himself, SHOWED me how much he loves us. He has requested that I to share this experience “any chance I get.” One day, it occurred to me that, since I have a blog, wouldn’t that be the best way to share this message from Him with the most people at the same time. Since then, I get the feeling God’s been nagging me to “get it done.” Therefore…

I was Lay Delegate to the North Georgia United Methodist Church Conference that year. It’s a three-day Conference with twice daily worship services… and a lot of Church business & meetings, of course.

At one of the morning worship sessions, the speaker (I don’t even remember who… Pastor, Bishop, whatever) had us all bow our heads to pray. First to consider the person to our right, without speaking to them, nor knowing what their need was, offer their need up to The Lord.

Being the smarty-pants I can be, I said, “God, I know you love Claudette. Being our Heavenly Father who loves her, I know you want her to have anything and everything that is good…” He gently told me to shut up and listen.

He said, “Let me show you how much I love Claudette.”

God Is Love

God Is Love

If I hadn’t been sitting down, I’d have fallen down. Immediately, I was absolutely floored by how deep is God’s love for Claudette!!! She is the most important person on Earth! I knew instantly, that God would indeed move Heaven and Earth to provide for all of her needs. Feeling His overwhelming Love for her, I was astounded at how SPECIAL Claudette is! Words fall pitifully short for describing HIS LOVE, and the sense of urgency and priority attached to CARING for her and her daily needs.

While I was still reeling at how special Claudette is, the speaker had us consider the person on our left, which was someone I didn’t know, offering up their needs to The Lord.

And God said, “I love this person just as much as I love Claudette. They are both My Children, who love me, and I them. And their every need and hope, in My Name, is already fulfilled.”

Then He said… to this wretch… “Danni, this is also my Love for you.” And I was “done.”

As my own worse enemy, I felt unworthy. HOW could He love me as much as He just showed that he loves Claudette?!? To this day, I’m still reconciling myself with that reality.

I have to be honest in saying that this love he showed me is deeper than my love for my own child! Which is the deepest love I have for anyone!! Nobody else even comes close!!

We are all our own worse enemies, and beat ourselves up as unworthy of God’s Love. And that may be true by our human standards. But His ways are not our ways. And thank The Lord, HE LOVES us more than we deserve. HE LOVES US so much that anything we ask in His Name, according to His Will, He will move Heaven and Earth to Provide!

This Experience (yes, it deserves to be capitalized) has served to show me, and keep reminding me, over and over and over again, that:

  • If He be for us, then who can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)
  • Fear and doubt have no power over us. (1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 43:1-2, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 23:4)
  • I CAN do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Imagine what you could accomplish in your life, knowing these things, and how much God Loves You and wants to provide for your every need.

Most important, this has served as a reminder to LOVE.

Love everyone. Some people are hard to love, but God tells us they are His and He loves them, so even when we have hard hearts, we should share His Love for them. Love everyone as if they’re the most important person in the world. Because to God, they are.

And love yourself!! It is not selfish to love yourself as He does! You are His. Your body is His Temple. Care for His Temple. Keep it in His service in all ways, even if only by example. You represent Him and His Love, so when you don’t love yourself as He does, you’re not being a good steward of the best Gift He gave you: your very life. (Preaching to myself on this one.)

I hope that the next time you say or hear, “God loves you,” it will have a more powerful meaning for you as it does for me now.

Repeal and Replace? How About Repeal – Period?

The Racket We Call Health Insurance

Remember this… The whole insurance industry was started when a man made a wager on the date of another man’s death. (Or would that be better described as a wager on his life expectancy?) This grew from a popular gambling past-time into a hedge fund that a finance company managed. Once the concept caught on, it took on a new name (“insurance”) and was used to gamble on the loss of life, property, and health. The hedge fund management companies, known as “insurance companies,” grew pretty smart… To the point that they now hire actuaries to figure out mathematically what makes these bets a good deal for them.

Healthcare, in the form that most people use, is actually a LOT cheaper than we’re paying for insurance. The insurance companies have gotten so good at selling insurance, they have us believing that what we’re paying is a good deal. They’ve convinced us that we shouldn’t gamble with the possibility that something catastrophic will happen. “It’s not a question of if, but when.” And have convinced us to pay thousands of dollars per year in premiums (not to mention deductibles), all the while knowing that what they’ll pay out is much less than we’re paying them.

I have nothing against a company making a profit. What I do have an issue with is our government FORCING us to purchase something that’s 1) a wager and 2) should be our choice of participation.

And don’t forget… The pharmaceutical companies have gotten so good at convincing us that we don’t need to take care of ourselves naturally, but that we can spend “catastrophic” amounts of money on their drugs to combat whatever is ailing us. Knowing full well that those drugs cause other problems, for which we’ll need more drugs to manage.

I made it pretty well known that I was against Obamacare before it was ratified by Congress. The Republican Part hated it, too. But here we are given the opportunity to be rid of it, and instead, Trump wants to “Repeal and Replace,” and the House of Representatives just introduced the new Republican version of Socialized Medicine.

The Leviathan

Leviathan by Hobbes

Leviathan by Hobbes

When will our Congress understand that IT IS THE LEVIATHAN (in our current age, in this country)?

How can anyone who believes in the concept of FREEDOM under which this country was sought and created by the brave people who left the supposed security of their home country, not only support, but promote such a monstrous concept that curtails those very freedoms?

It’s bad enough that we (those of us with insurance) have the insurance companies coming between us and our doctors, but now the government wants to put their nose in our private business, too. Not just to have their say, as it pertains to our health and health care provided by healthcare professionals, but to decide how much it should cost us.

Before ObamaCare, many families opted out of the insurance gamble and simply paid cash for any doctor’s visits – or long-term payments on hospital bills. (The Amish in particular do not believe in insurance, and were supposedly exempt from the penalties based on religion.) After ObamaCare, these families were penalized for not participating. So let’s call it what it is: Mandatory State-Sponsored Gambling.

Now the Republicans in Congress think they can do it better. For one thing, they’re still enabling 20-somethings instead of teaching them to grow up & stand on their own two feet.

I haven’t read all of it yet, but I will continue to believe that the government needs to get out of the healthcare biz. It’s an Unconstitutional infringement of our freedoms AND is a means of supporting the SPECIFIC Welfare, not the General Welfare, of its citizens.

And non-citizens, but that’s another conversation.