About Cecilia

 

 I've Always Been An Adventure Seeker.

As a teenager I indulged in karate, canoeing, Youth Hostelling, camping, walking, cycling and anything else that seemed interesting.  I joined the army at 16 and this propelled me from one adventure to another.

The military is a great way to travel and do all manner of interesting and adventurous things that just would not be available to the average civilian. I was able to take part in many activities such as free fall parachuting out of light aircraft and helecopters (including a chinook – you know that huge helecopter with twin rotor blades), Ski-ing in Bavaria, climbing and abseiling.

I became a member of BSV Belsen, a ladies football team in Germany and played many local games with them. Europe became much smaller as I explored many countries and regions whilst based there.

The Far East

Being based in Hong Kong for two years was ideal for me to explore the Far East – exotic places like Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Portuguese principality of Macau with its casinos and black sand beaches, and into China with its Great Wall and in the city of Beijing with its pandas, Forbidden City and infamous Tiananmen Square.

I was also lucky to be part of an expedition to Nepal, trekking for three weeks around the Annapurna Mountain range. Later on a much smaller scale I ventured into the Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand with its indigenous hill tribes, opium and elephants.

Hong Kong itself was a fascinating place and was also the place I met my husband who at that time was serving with the Royal Navy on HMS Wasperton, one of the minesweepers used for patrolling the waters of Hong Kong and the Far East.

Redundancy

After 17 years in the Army, coming out on redundancy, I was keen to be self-employed. I never did like taking orders from anyone 😉 So I took resettlement training and qualified as an Approved Driving  Instructor (ADI). Life was great for a few years as my own boss with the freedom of the open road. It didn't really seem like work.

Then in 1998 a rear end traffic accident caused whiplash injuries and multiple other problems which were instrumental in changing the course of my working life. Dreading the thought of getting injured again I ended up getting a job with a publishing company selling advertisements but six months later, sick of the petty office bureaucracy and penny pinching in a small firm I quit and became my own boss again.

Multi Level Marketing (MLM)

After some unprofitable months in the publishing industry I joined a very large MLM company. It was my first introduction to Network Marketing and life was a lot of fun. We had meetings all over the place, locally, nationally and internationally. Some were small in peoples houses, in hotel meeting rooms, in conference centres and some were massive Extravaganzas in stadiums all over Europe. We spent a lot of time travelling to and from these events but I soon found I was spending more than I was earning.

Whilst I loved their products I just wasn't making any real money. I had spent a small fortune buying leads to find customers and to introduce people into my business but with somewhat limited success. I thought I was doing pretty well when I qualified for a special dinner and party with the Company CEO but my business just wasn't growing in the way I had hoped. Distributors drifted away as they found it hard to make a decent income.

A slipped disc then prevented me from doing much work at all for several months and eventually led to spinal surgery. I certainly wasn't up to the ‘old school' MLM method of handing out flyers, conducting questionnaires in the street and running around after customers.

This period of  forced inactivity did provide me with an opportunity to reflect on my MLM  business. I thought it was all my fault that my business wasn't growing but then I witnessed droves of  distributors whom I'd considered to be successful were leaving.

Then The Penny Dropped.

Some might call it a light bulb moment.  I was trawling the internet and came across some information which open my eyes to the truth about MLM. I was stunned at the truths revealed to me. I decided that enough was enough and offline MLM was not the way forward.

I then discovered my current business. I saw it was ethical, honest and with a high end product but with no inventory. There was nothing out there that is anything like it and it inspired a new excitement.

I now work as an online entrepreneur helping other people to achieve success.  Click Here To Work With Me!

 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Max Alter April 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I like you blog, Cecilia 🙂
I hope your new venture will work out better than our old one. MLM is not for everyone (myself included).

Onwards and upwards!

Max

Cecilia April 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Thanks Max, 🙂
MLM gives us all a fantastic lesson in hard work, determination and personal growth. The time spent is a journey to our final destination. However it didn’t teach us what we need to succeed on the internet in the modern world.

As we address that we do indeed go onward and upward.

Good Luck with your own ventures.

Cecilia X

Carole Wildman May 5, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Love the blog Cecilia.
You are a very interesting person.
Great information also!

Thanks,
Carole

Cecilia May 8, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Thanks Carole
Everyone has something interesting about them…to someone!
Cecilia :O)

Darrick Timmers May 21, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Hi,this is Darrick Timmers,just observed your Blog on google and i must say this blog is great.may I share some of the article found in the web site to my local mates?i am not sure and what you think?in any case,Thanks!

Cecilia May 21, 2010 at 6:38 AM

Hi Darrick,
Thanks for you comments. Do feel free to share…

Grant Thomson July 7, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Hey Cecilia

Great job on your blog. Didn’t realise we had so much in common. Maybe even crossed paths whilst trekking around Annapurna!!! Keep up the awesome work.

Grant

Cecilia July 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Hi Grant,
Thanks for your comments.

Nope, don’t remember seeing you on the foothills of Annapurna (or 18,000 feet up)!!! There were a couple of Irish guys on bicycles we crossed paths with though. They were having a a spot of bother carrying their bikes up a particular footpath that was vertical and where you needed both hands on the guide rope to pull yourself up.

Ahh.. Happy Days. Nepal was Awesome!!

Something else that’s awesome is where I find myself now.

Off to Jamaica next week.

Cecilia :O)

Moses L. B. September 17, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Cecilia,
Someone mention that you were an interesting person. I do agree! But let me add: “Interestingly Ambitious”. In my opion, that’s the best way to describe you. We all have “Potenial”, but we don’t come alive until we discover it. Without this key ingredient, the recipe for life is bland and tasteless. When we discover our true potential, we become excited about life, and we go on to discover that OUR success has no limits should we apply ourselves. I think you are an example.

Moses
Carson, CA

Cecilia September 17, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Moses,
Thank you, you’re very kind. It’s a pleasure to have you visit my blog.
Be well and to future success,
Cecilia

susjoy October 17, 2010 at 2:36 AM

I am inspired by your life’s account and appreciate your courage in facing challenges in life. I wish you all the success in your new business venture. Be happy and make others happy. May God bless you.

Sharron Palos February 10, 2011 at 4:41 AM

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Kari Buonaiuto February 10, 2011 at 8:19 AM

some really interesting information, well written and user friendly .

Nuno July 18, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Hi Cecilia:
Great your blog.
I’m using thesis on mine too but still struggling to have it done.
Your content is great.
Nuno

Cecilia Chapman July 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Hey Nuno,
How are you doing?
Thanks! Thesis takes a bit of getting used to but is very versatile. Just keep it simple at the beginning until you get used to it. Then play around with the look/settings. It helps to load some content and your links early on. Using widgets is the easy way to do stuff.
:O)

Cecilia

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