Sunday, April 2, 2017


One of my favorite things about my Arbonne business is that most years I earn an all expense paid trip to somewhere beautiful 🙂 The last trip I earned was to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. The beat thing about the trip is being surrounded by incredible people who are visionaries and global thinkers.  Normally you can't pick who you get to vacation with, but with Arbonne you know you will be surrounded by positive, energetic and motivated people. Here are some of my favorite photos.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Quinoa and Vegetable Pilaf

Quinoa and Vegetable Pilaf

1 3/4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegan version)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained two or three times
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup diced orange bell pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup chopped asparagus
1 cup diced zucchini
1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1/2 tsp pepper, plus more to taste
1 Tbsp lemon juice, plus more to taste
1/2 cup crumbled feta 
1 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1. In a saucepan, bring broth to a boil. Add quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
2. While quinoa cooks, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, bell peppers, asparagus, and zucchini. Season with salt and pepper and cook until tender, 7 to 10 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, lemon juice and feta. Add additional lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Soon into a serving dish and top with fresh parsley. 
Per serving: 330 cal, 35g carbs, 11g protein, 17g fat, 15mg chol,710mg sodium, 5g fiber

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Power of the Mind

I have been in a very good place mentally for quite some time now. Years of consistency and a positive mental attitude have resulted in incredible momentum in my business and peace and joy in my family life. I am so grateful everyday for my life and the people in it.

I have my own little saying, "Life is a mind game". I have said this for years. Everything is in how we perceive it. I marvel at how people will react to the same situation in such a different manner. Another little thing that I have learned is that on the rare occasion that I think the worst of someone or some incident, I tend to be proved wrong, so I have decided to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Back to the theme of this blog, the power of the mind. Business has been going very well lately. Most people that I meet with want to join my team and I have truly amazing and incredible people working with me. I am so impressed with the caliber of my team. The other day, I had met with several people in a row and they all wanted to join my business and for the first time in months, I had a little bit of concern, just a speck of doubt. I want to do the best for every person that I sponsor and coach and train them to be very successful. I actually had the thought that I could not handle anymore, that I was spread too thin and there weren't enough days in the month to do a fantastic job for everyone. No sooner did I have that passing thought when I got three 'No's" in a row!!! I called my sponsor who assured me that she would be able to help me and my growing team in May and I felt comforted and reassured and I was off and running again! This caused me to realize that for months now, I haven't had any doubt, no indecision, I have laser beam focus, my goals and dream board are in front of me. I was not finished hitting goals in April and I was already mapping out May. My goals went to my upline first thing on May 1st. Focus, intention, the power of the mind....BELIEF!

I recently attended a conference and we heard repeatedly that the secret to success is Belief, Action, and making other people feel good. Could it really be that simple? Isn't this what we all want to know, the secret to success?

To quote my friend, Kelvin, " Master your mindset and master your life".

Guard your thoughts, guard your mind. Only allow good and positive thoughts in. I have recently gotten very good at identifying people who bring down my energy even a tiny bit and I am making my way away from them.

We read all of these things frequently and since I recognized what happened recently, I thought I would share it with you in hopes that you, too, can be aware of mastering your mind.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nicole's Favorite Family Quote of 2012

Recently, I was working on chiropractic billing in my home office. I love working from home because the kids are usually in the room, one or more chatting about life.

The best thing I overheard this year was a conversation between Cassidy and Emily.

Emily, "Have you ever noticed that relationships get fixed at our house?" Cassidy, "Everything gets fixed at our house....PEOPLE get fixed at our house."

My heart just felt so full in that moment. It is such a simple formula, be here and present for all who walk through the doors, listen and accept people unconditionally whether you agree with them or not. Love people, just love them. It seems that especially teens are not getting the love they need. Kids need adults in their lives in addition to their parents. How often have I mentioned that I love the village that helps raise my children? Yes, I love the adults that nurture and care for my children as I would when I am unavailable and I am here for their children, too, to serve in the same capacity.

Love and's as simple as that.

You only have 18 summer with your children

 The Boise Balloon Festival. I love that we usually have extra kids with us.
 My beautiful girls, Emily, Morgan and Cassidy.
 The whole family this summer, photo taken for Meridian Life Magazine.
 My beautiful Cassidy down by the Boise River.
 Donovan's graduation day.
 May 25th, 2012 my oldest son graduates.
 Donovan's Senior Photo
 Morgan and Emily having a blast!
 Victor tubing in McCall, Idaho this summer.
The balloon festival in Boise this fall.
Highlights of 2012

I have mentioned to many friends that a lot of things have changed in me this past year. I was on a path of getting quite a bit better, but in November I actually received some tough love from a good friend. She was so accurate with her assessment and I can only be abundantly grateful! It came at a time where I was becoming more aware of things about myself that needed some improving and I was open to even more improvement.

The tough love portion was that I hide behind my camera and my phone. I tend to distance myself whenever I become uncomfortable instead of immersing myself in a situation and figuring out why I am uncomfortable. I know she was right because now when I have that tendency to pull away, I actually take the thought out and analyze it. Why am I uncomfortable? What challenges me in this situation? I find I am facing my fears even more in the past two months than I have been in the past five years and I have been facing my fears, but I am doing better now with it.

The other thing is that I spend too much time on my phone and the computer. I took that to heart and have really pulled away and I am focusing on my relationships that are right here in front of me. I make a point to have my phone on silent and to put it away from me when I am with people. My kids have all mentioned how much they LOVE that I am not on the phone so much anymore.

When I was at my very first GTC with Arbonne, back then it was called NTC, I heard our former president, Rita Davenport, say two things that forever changed my life. The first was that you only have 18 summers with your kids. The second was that you are a combination of the five people you spend the most time with. These tidbits really impacted my life and I am so grateful!!

I had been doing lots of charitable works, involved in local clubs and volunteer work. I realized that the most important place to spend my time is with my children. I know for a certainty that I am called to be a huge influence, teacher and guide to my children. They were entrusted to me. My oldest son graduated this past May and decided to move with his dad to Southern California. It has hit me so hard that the kids will be graduating every other year for the next several years and there is nothing better that I can do than to be present and spend lots of time visiting with them, listening to them. I swear the older they get, the more time they need us! I often think of how blessed I am right now to have at least four of them still at home. I am reminded of a quote near the end of Water For Elephants, "Those were the salad days, the halycon years! The sleepless nights, the wailing babies; the days the interior of the house looked like it had been hit by a hurricane;.....Even when the fourth glass of milk got spilled in a single night, or the shrill screeching threatened to split my skull,....they were good years, grand years." The kids will be growing up and moving away and I will have plenty of time for charitable works, but for now, the best place for me to be is focused on those who are right here before me.

Regarding being a combination of the five people you spend the most time with, well, the older I get, the more aware I am of how much people influence me. I definitely want to be around those that have higher thoughts, are moving forward, care about diet and exercise, are positive thinkers and do-ers, those with a similar mindset. I do find that when I am with people who are healthy, eating raw vegan etc, I get very intrigued and want to learn more and eat better. When I spend time with healers, I am fascinated and want to delve into that. When I am with a woman who loves to cook, I am excited to take her ideas and tips and go apply them right away. I happen to love to decorate and when I am with something that shares that love, my ideas and creativity flow easily. We are easily influenced, let's make sure that we spend time with people that we admire and want to be more like. And, don't forget, never take advice from someone more messed up than you ;) Five years ago when I first heard that about being influenced by the five people you spend the most time with, I had some very negative friends, they really thought the worst of people, their intentions, the world was out to get them. I immediately knew that I needed to distance myself from people who thought along those lines. I choose to spend time looking for the best in others and drawing those people into my life.

I didn't mean to write even this much, these were a couple of thoughts that were racing through my mind this morning. I am so pleased with where I am today and where I am going and with who I am becoming along this journey of life. Just in case something resonates or someone needed to read this, I figured I would share. Plus, I keep getting nudges from so many people to write more. I have never particularly wanted to write, it has not been an aspiration of mine, but I have many friends who have asked me to start writing more. I will make an effort to write an occasional blog post.

2012 has sure been a wonderful year and I am truly looking forward to all that 2013 will bring. I look forward to sharing this life journey with you!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jan becomes a Regional Vice President

Jan's Journey to Regional Vice President with Arbonne
Pictured with Monica Baconrind, Nina Henson, Nicole Sanchez, Jan Camp, Kerry Bradshaw, Elizabeth Thomsen

Can we do this? 

Yes, we can!

Is this really happening? 

Where are we now? 

Down to the wire
Jan and her husband, Ed, on the phone with our National Vice President,
Christy Dreiling, discussing this triumphant moment!

It's time to celebrate!!!

The journey to Regional Vice President with Arbonne has been a long one for  Jan.  I have been on this journey with Jan for  five years now, almost six!! Jan has been in Arbonne for seven years. There are some people that go straight to the top and others are in for the long haul. Well, no matter what, we should all be in for the long haul. We often say that the best thing about this journey is who you become along the way, well, that and the people who come into our lives. When I started Arbonne, I knew nobody in the area, I had just moved here. It is through handing out samples of products and building relationships that I have my current network of INCREDIBLE friends!! Arbonne is a company that focuses on our personal development. You will only grow your business as big as you grow yourself. The people who are joining our team now are promoting much quicker because Jan and I have a system for success that is incredibly powerful and, well, yes, successful.

I have learned so many things along this journey. I have literally felt like I was floating most of this last month as so many things have fallen into place beautifully. After all of these years, Jan and I are in the momentum that we have always dreamed of. I do want to try to put things into words so that they can benefit other people who are on a similar journey.

The biggest thing that I have seen change in us is our belief. Our upline National Vice President, Christy Dreiling, has been pouring belief into Jan and I. She is telling us that we are ready, that we can do this, and that now is our time. We went to Christy's home in Kansas on the first of November for a few days for a retreat and some time with Christy and also National Vice President, Leslie Humphrey. This was one of the most life changing events of my life! I learned so many things. I learned:

Successful people are pretty normal.
Successful people get uncomfortable daily.
Successful people immediately implement new things that are known to bring more success.
Believe. Believe. Believe.
Never Quit. 
You are creating a family, a support network, you NEED each other.
You must gracefully accept constructive criticism.
Always put others first....always!
Do what is best for everybody.
Being a coach means being tougher than I am used to being.
If you help someone to dream, you better help them achieve (requires tough love).

So, Jan and I have hung in there together, through good times and bad, we have been a team, sometimes of only two ;) In the past few months, things have really started changing. I believe it is all in the mindset. Making a decision and believing that you will be successful and never quitting. Yes, our road has been a bit longer than some, but you know what? We are still here, still moving forward, still promoting and doing what many will NEVER do.

Congratulations, Jan, you have earned this! You do deserve it and you have been an incredible leader and friend to me. I am so grateful for your presence in my life! Here's to being a Nation in the near future!

~Camp Region Christmas party and celebration~

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's time to get uncomfortable

There have been so many amazing things happening in my life recently. Most of them have been occurring inside of me and that is what is changing the external landscape of my life. So many people will say that the shift happens from something inside of them that changes. They are just meaningless words until the shift happens in you and you get the "Ah-ha" moment. I am going to attempt to put some of these feelings into words to share and hopefully help others along their path to being their best selves.

One of the big realizations that I had was that I was never going to be comfortable again. In order to get where I want to go, I need to do things daily that make me uncomfortable. I have been rolling this thought around  in my head for quite some time. I basically came to the conclusion that I definitely want to be better every day and if that requires that I am uncomfortable, then, so be it.

Well, in this last month, there have also been about four days that I have thought, "This is the best day of my life", "I can't imagine life being any better", "I could not possibly be happier". I have had so many moments where I am utterly filled with joy, my cup is overflowing,  I know that I am radiating the glow and that life is grand.

Is it any coincidence that upon embracing being uncomfortable, these other incredible days and feelings just flow into my life? I think not. I believe they are all related. Embrace being uncomfortable because in the discomfort, there lies the tremendous freedom, growth, inner peace, contentment and so much more that comes from challenging ourselves daily to do more and be better.

Go ahead, enjoy being uncomfortable today.