Archive for March, 2011

Is Your Current Mind-Set Keeping You From Success?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Dear Friend,

I was 40,000 feet above the earth coming home from my European Speaking and Book Tour. From Stockholm to Florence to Paris… and I started to think about these extraordinary cities and the distinct “mind-sets” each of them represent. I’d like to share with you my perspective of these 3 cities and ask you to discern which “mind-set” most resembles yours; especially as a woman, building big in the business world…

First, I did a presentation in Stockholm. The Swedes are amazing people. They love to learn and expand themselves; which can be challenging for them as the mindset with most Swedes is to be “good” but not “too good”. Create success. But not “too much” success.

Were you raised with that mentality? Many women in our industry want success, but not too much success. They fear they will be judged for “showing off” and/or “making others feel bad about their progress. Hmmmm…. Maybe it’s the caregiver side of women who think they are somehow taking away from another when they are “too” successful.

Did your mom, dad or guardian tell you not to “show off” when you received an award, straight A’s or a trophy? And how is that mentality affecting you and your potential today? Where are you allowing it to stop you from really taking on your business and building BIG?!

Then there’s the “Corporate” mentality in Sweden. Most of my Swedish clients are new to entrepreneurialism and still work full time for government or a corporation. And rightly so; the corporations in Sweden treat their employees very well. When a couple has a baby, they BOTH get maternity leave. And the woman is guaranteed her position back even if she chooses to take a year off being a full time mom. One of my Swedish clients got my Quantum Leap Coaching program completely paid for by her employer!

Don’t get too enamored… this can be a trap!

It’s the trap of the ‘golden handcuffs’; you may know it well. You don’t want to launch that business idea as to lose your J.O.B.’s health benefits or severance package or retirement fund… What a trap of crap! Ha! But this mentality is prevalent in most women because we were raised to gravitate toward “security”. But, my question for you is: “What is security?” Hmmmmm… Where are you allowing the “Golden Handcuff” mentality to stop you from pursuing the calling in your heart and transforming your beliefs about what “REAL SECURITY” is?

What I love about Sweden is it’s full of potential! The Swedish people are so eager to learn personal development and have such a hunger for expansion and growth. I have spoken in Sweden 5 times and once to an audience of over 10,000 people! They show up early, drive from great distances and stay late to “talk to me” more!

The day after my presentation I had a business owner hire me to come back to Sweden this coming September to present to his organization. And after that call I received another from a Swedish publisher who bought the rights to “Conquer Fear!”, “Don’t Mess With the Princess!” and my “Money Makeover Kit” and they have over 250,000 people in their data base. The Swedes can’t get enough of personal development and have an amazing hunger to learn and grow. Maybe you are like the Swedes; full of potential, possibility and hunger for growth. What are you doing today to feed that desire for spiritual and personal growth? Where are you willing to transform your limiting beliefs around “showing off” your success and your definition of “security”? Hmmmm…. Give ya something to think about.

Then I flew to Florence…

Ahhhhh Florence! The mindset of this magical city is family, food and leaving a legacy. I spent a week there planning my next Mastermind Retreat in Tuscany. I had the opportunity to set up excursions and meet the owners of these family owned businesses. Incredible! First, I went to The Leather Academy and Show Room. This family owned business was founded nearly 100 years ago and is now run by the owners’ daughters. Laura is the marketing director and spent 2 hours showing me pictures, telling me about her family, her father’s vision and the legacy of the Leather Academy. Her older sister is one of the main designers of the handbags and Barbara, the youngest sister is the bookkeeper. This company is a global organization and yet their greatest pride comes from being in Florence and leaving a family legacy.

What is the legacy you are leaving behind in your business and life? Have you written out you 100 year business plan? And, most importantly, DO YOU REALLY GET THE IMPACT your success has on others ~ all over the world?!! Hmmmmm… gives ya something to think about!

Then I visited Lorenzo Villoresi’s perfume factory located next to the Ponte Vecchio. Again I witnessed an international business that has its roots in “family” and “Florence”. Angela, who is Lorenzo’s assistant showed me around the offices and shared the heritage and vision of Villoresi’s family.

The Santa Maria Novella company is one of the largest global distributors of body care products. You’ll find this amazing product in every Four Season’s Hotel and other fine spas around the world. And again, even though they are an International company their heritage is family and Florence.

Hmmmm… It got me thinking about the teams I’ve created to grow my company. After spending time in these companies I am present to the importance of creating a legacy with my company and the mission I’ve been given. What about you? Do you know your “assignment”? Have you realized your purpose in your business? Do you “own” the privilege of being able to impact families and make a difference in their lives and in leaving a legacy?

What a grand opportunity you have as a woman leader to impact the families and the legacy they leave behind for generations to come!

The most powerful way to accomplish this is by creating a “Culture of Family” in your organization. This is accomplished by promoting events wildly and taking a stand for each one of your distributors to be a part of these events. Spending time together creates a “Family” and cultivating “Family” creates a legacy!

The stores in Florence close for 2 to 3 hours every day so the shop owners can have a meal with their family. Delicious pastas, meats, fish, and of course wine is revered communion to a Florentine. And the mealtime is sacred. Where are you creating rituals and special memories with your teammates and your employees?

Then, I flew to Paris. Remarkable, amazing, delicious Paris! I spent a day training one of my Ambassador Level Coaching clients who’s building a global Network Marketing business. I’ve been to Paris 11 times and even lived there for a summer (the first summer after getting divorced). So this city has incredible, healing memories for me.

The mindset of Paris is “larger than life!” When you stand before the Eiffel Tower and the thousands of lights begin to twinkle… you’re speechless. The breathtaking architecture, the Louvre Museum filled with art from the Master’s, the operas that are performed, the ancient bridges that cross the Seine River…

It’s larger than life!

I was in Paris this past Christmas and I actually saw Chandeliers hung in the open air over the famous street Rue de Rivoli! Chandeliers above the streets! Ha, only in Paris!

Where are you being “larger than life”? Do you believe in abundance and do your actions reflect that abundance mentality?

Think about nature. You cannot doubt the fact that nature, just like Paris, reflects the Law of Abundance. Everywhere you look Nature is lavishly, wastefully extravagant! Every seed that grows brings forth fifty, a hundred and even a thousand fold. There is abundance of health, happiness, ideas and prosperity for everyone and your supply is available for the asking ~ and the believing!

I brought my 3 children to Paris one summer and we lived in a flat on the Champs Elysees. After spending that time exploring Paris, my son Beau remarked, “Paris is the best of human potential!” When you gaze upon the art work, admire the architecture, view an opera, walk across an ancient bridge, you realize that Beau is right on… Paris is the best of human potential.

You know what? I bet Michelangelo had to remind himself from time to time that HE WAS A MASTER. I’m sure Leonardo da Vinci questioned his talent on occasion. It’s probable that Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and I.M. Pei (the architect who designed the Louvre pyramid) wondered if they were truly masters.

What about you? Have you given yourself permission to “BE GREAT”? Do you really get that you have been called to express your unique talent and greatness? And, have you decided to create the best of human potential in your career and life?

It reminds me of Esther in the Old Testament. She was “just a little Jewish girl” who became Queen of Persia and chose to believe that she was “created for just a time as this” and was THE ONE who saved her people from annihilation. What are you willing to do today to take a step into your destiny and realize that you have been called for “just a time as this?”

My hope is that this article helps you get present to:
1. Your commitment to personal and spiritual growth;
2. Your purpose, mission and the legacy (heritage) you are creating; and,
3. Your “birthright” to live large, be large and experience a bold and audacious life!

I’m heading out to Bali, Indonesia for my Mastermind Retreat! We have like-minded entrepreneurs coming from 4 different countries, all with ONE goal: “To Live Large and Make a Profound Contribution on the Planet!”

And then, I’ll be with YOU at the “Real Savvy Success” Event in Orlando, Florida! Have you reserved your seat? If you’re serious about growing your business, you’ll be in the front row taking copious notes at the “Women of MLM 3 Day Mega Event!” April 14 – 17th, 2011 in Orlando Florida. Reserve your seat NOW and I’ll see you there! Go to:

Until then,

Live full out!


Lisa Jimenez M.Ed.

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Building a Successful Business is a lot Like Being In Love!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Building and Maintaining a Successful Business Is a lot like Being In Love…

What does it take to build and maintain a successful business?

Does it take talent? A Business Degree? The Perfect Business Plan? Relentless Hard Work?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this subject lately – especially since I’ve just spent 7 days in Bali, Indonesia for my Mastermind Retreat with my amazing clients from 5 different countries and 4 different industries.

While in Bali, I’ve had a front row seat into what makes people successful and what holds them back. It has been enlightening!

You know what I’ve noticed? I’ve discovered a great similarity between building a successful business and being in love. Yes, you read that right. I said being in love. So, today I’m going to take you on a journey of LOVE. I want to explore the many parallels in building a business and being in love.

We’re going to take a close look at what causes one to be in love, what love really is – and what it’s not – and how to grow and maintain it. I believe after taking this journey of love, you’ll have a blueprint for building and maintaining the business and the life of your dreams.

Let’s begin with a fundamental truth:

The one core ingredient needed to build and maintain a successful business is that you are IN LOVE with your business and the dream you have for it.

How do you know when it’s love?

I recognize five stages to being in love. The first stage is CHEMISTRY!

Stage 1: Chemistry

You can’t explain chemistry. You can’t manifest it. You can’t force it. It just is. You’re drawn to that person. Chemistry is like a Supernatural force that magnetizes you and pulls you in.

Chemistry is the initial ingredient to being in love and it is the first step in building your business. Answer the following questions to identify the chemistry in your business…

1. Are you drawn to your career by an unexplainable, powerful, magnetic force?

2. Did your career just kind of “find you”?

3. Does your business fulfill you in ways nothing else can?

4. Do you believe you are fulfilling your life purpose through your career?

5. Do you find fulfillment in this career that extends beyond the monetary?

If you answered these questions in the affirmative, you’re on the right track. Chemistry will attract you to your soul mate and your soul career. Chemistry is the first step in building your successful career and dream life!

If you’ve got chemistry, you are on the right track!
Don’t be afraid of that chemistry. It is a must! However, be relentless in identifying the difference between love and lust within that chemistry.

Lust is a craving or a need. It’s a “one night stand.” Lust never goes beyond the chemistry. It dies out. But love goes beyond a craving or a need. And love evolves. Love moves you to the next stage…

Stage #2: Consistent Preoccupation

Remember when you first fell in love? Think back to when you first met your spouse or your life partner. Remember how you found yourself thinking of that person all the time! You’d wake up in the morning and think of them. You’d go to school or work and think of them. You’d find yourself thinking about their safety even before you’d think about your own. Your thoughts went something like this:

“I wonder what she’s doing today. I wonder how she got to work this morning. I wonder if her car started okay. I’m ‘gunna call her and see how she is.” Or, “I’ll just text her to say good morning!”

These thoughts of preoccupation might surely have been the first “self-less” thoughts of your life! You couldn’t help yourself. Your mind just thought about that person constantly.

This is the second stage of being in love and a much-needed stage for building a successful business. You don’t even have to try to think about your business. You just do – all the time! You’re in love with the concept. You’re consumed with the idea. It’s a consistent preoccupation! You’re passionate about it!

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “Lisa, it sounds like you’re telling me to be out of balance.”

Yes, I am – for a season. I believe you need to be out of balance at times to create a momentum and find balance within that momentum. This stage of complete and incredible PASSION is temporary but vital to the process of falling in love (and building a successful business.)

A rocket ship uses 80 percent of its fuel at take-off! The 20 percent of its fuel that’s left is used for the entire journey and the return! (That’s the power of momentum!)

It takes a lot of fuel, love, energy to launch a successful business. But, the beauty is, if you Love your career, the energy is just there!

When I first launched my career, nearly 17 years ago, I was totally consumed with it. It was all I thought about, talked about, dreamed about. It was a constant preoccupation. I stayed up late and got up early… and it was pure joy!

It’s the same experience with being in Love. You’ll talk on the phone until 1:30 or 2:00 in the morning and get up at 6:00am to go work out!

You have a supernatural amount of energy! That’s what being in love will give you. So, enjoy Stage 2 and allow yourself to be totally preoccupied ~ for a season.

Please realize, it takes this kind of intense and consistent preoccupation (and the memories that get imbedded in your brain) to build the bridge for the next stages of being in love and maintaining that love.

Stage #3: Willingness to do the Outrageous!

Chemistry draws you to a person. Consistent preoccupation leads you to passion. Passion gives you the desire and the fuel to do the outrageous. And, it’s the same with your business…

Again, think back when you first fell in love. You did crazy things. You were bold. You found untapped courage in you that you didn’t even know was there! You did things with and for that person that you’ve never done before. And doing these things was not a burden. Doing things for and with that person brought you pleasure!

I’m not talking about sacrificing your happiness for another. When you’re in love you are willing to do things you’ve never done before – and you find great joy and fulfillment in doing it. You do them because they bring you pleasure.

It’s the same scenario when you’re in love with your business. It’s not a sacrifice to make cold calls. You can’t wait to pick up the phone and share your great product with someone. It’s not a burden to give opportunity presentations. You can’t wait to tell others about what you’ve got! It doesn’t drain you to learn and practice your craft. You’re learning about something that you love. It is a pleasure to ‘work hard’ because you’re in love!

When I came up with my business idea of Mastermind Retreats I fell in love! There was a chemistry there that was beyond powerful. I thought about these Retreats ALL THE TIME! I talked about the multitude of exotic cities I would have these Mastermind Retreats in. I was “IN” and totally consumed with the idea… I chose Paris, France as my first destination. And then, I did the outrageous!

All this chemistry and preoccupation led me to a BOLD act. I bought an airline ticket to Paris for the weekend. I spent 3 delicious days in Paris putting the Mastermind Retreat together. I booked the hotel rooms, reserved the meeting space, chose the exotic excursions, bought some of the gifts my clients would receive each night…

I put $15,000 US on my credit card that weekend and flew home on Monday with the entire Mastermind Retreat booked and ready to go. There was only one missing piece… Clients!

Not only did I not have any clients. I didn’t have a any brochures, business cards, website or any marketing materials to tell people about my new business! But, I had something even more powerful than marketing. Can you guess what that was?

DESIRE! (Chemistry)

I had desire, coupled with a vision that fueled my actions and gave me the energy to do everything (or attract the people who would do it for me) that needed to be done to create success with my Mastermind Retreats.

Within one week of returning from that Paris weekend, I bought another airline ticket. I took myself to New York City for a weekend to write the marketing letter and craft the strategic plan. (Can you tell I get inspired by amazing cities?!)

Within two weeks I had a website with my marketing letter, pictures of the Paris Mastermind, investment schedule and the on, so important, “click here to register” button. I shared the Paris Mastermind Retreat in every speech, radio interview, conference call, every article I wrote and in every conversation I had.

Then, the phone rang…

I heard a voice say, “This is Lilja Prieur and I just read your book, “Conquer Fear!”. I’m from Namibia and am calling to find out if you take on International Coaching Clients.” I replied, “Yes, I do. Tell me about yourself.” To which she responded, “I was born in Namibia, Africa and now I live in Paris, France.”

Wow! That phone call was such a confirmation that I was on the right track! That all of my love, chemistry, constant preoccupation and outrageous actions were worth it!

Lilja registered for the Paris Mastermind Retreat and has been to 7 of the 11 Mastermind Retreats since then.

These “gifts of confirmation” will happen to you, too when you step outside your comfort zone and are willing to be BOLD, daring, outrageous and even unreasonable with your actions!

Boldness Gets Rewarded.

Stage 3: Willingness to do the outrageous, is such an important step in the process because it “changes you”

These bold and unreasonable actions transform your self-image. They change your mind and transform your heart. It’s like a deflated balloon that is finally being filled up with oxygen. It can expand and alter its shape. AND, that is exactly what it is meant to do.

Falling in love with your business (or your soul mate) will change you. It will alter and shape you for the better. You’ll discover qualities in you that will touch, move and inspire you! So, let it! Be wild, bold and ostentatious with your actions, your conversations and yourself!

What WILD action step are you willing to do today to grow your business? Boldness Gets Rewarded!

What are you willing to give up that is not serving you in your love of building your business?

What are you willing to learn to grow your love?

When you’re in love, you’ll do things that you never thought you would. You will surprise yourself. And these things are not burdens or sacrifice. You do them because doing them brings you joy.

Stages to being in love:

1. Chemistry
2. Consistent Preoccupation
3. Willingness to do the Outrageous

Falling in love is an experience matched by no other! Chemistry draws you to a person or a career, which leads you to consistent preoccupation, which leads to a willingness to do some outrageous things – things you never thought you’d do, which leads you to…

STOP right now!

You are about to enter Stage 4 in this cycle of love. And there is only one question that needs to be asked at this time… And it is this: “What am I doing?” or better yet…

“Dear God, what the hell am I doing?!”

This is a normal (and needed) question to ask at this time because the natural flow to falling in love is about to get… serious.

You are about to take falling in love to a higher lever and transform it into being in love…

Stage #4: Desire to Make a Commitment
You’re “IN”

The best marital advice I ever received came from Dr. Gary Smalley. He said, “Keep your eyes wide open before marriage and half shut after.”

Read that statement again.

This advice applies to building your business as well. Making a commitment to your business is a two part process: First, you need to count the costs. You need to make sure this is the “one” for you (keep your eyes wide open.) and you are willing to do whatever it takes to make it succeed.

Second, after making a commitment you need to ignore the annoyances and inconveniences that inevitably come with every business venture (keep your eyes half shut.) This is the type of commitment that will empower you to never give up!

There were lots of times in launching my Mastermind Retreats that I wanted to quit. I thought it was just too big of a project and gave myself lots of realistic data… But I had already gone to Stage 4 and I was “IN”. The commitment was made and that was all I focused on.

I had made a promise to myself. And that was enough.

What about you?

Are you ready to make a commitment to your business? To your love interest?

Making a commitment is a vow. There is no other option other than total and complete devotion.

I know many people today laugh at taking commitment this seriously. But look at the attrition rate in Direct Sales and Network Marketing; the divorce rate; the amount of small businesses that fail. Look at the increased rate of troubled children who have been forgotten.

What causes this?

Here’s the bottom line: It is guaranteed that every person in a marriage will at one time want out. It is guaranteed that every person in business will at one point want to quit. The ONLY type of commitment that can withstand these gusts of turmoil and uncertainty is a rock solid vow. A promise you make to YOURSELF!

Look at the people who do take their commitments like a vow. These are the rare few who make up the top 3% of company compensation plans. These are the few who experience relationships for life. These are the few who walk through the shadow of hell with their troubled teen (or stop it before it gets that far) because they view their commitment as a vow and they will do whatever it takes to make it work!

I remember when my son, Beau was showing interest in some seriously bad things. One day I took him to lunch, sat him down and said, “I don’t care how far down this dark road you go. I will follow you. I don’t care how long it takes for you to stop this behavior. I will pursue you. I will be a relentless force who will NEVER give up on you. I know who you really are and I will never tire of taking a stand for your greatness because you are worth it and I love you that much.”

Well, after he stopped shaking (just kidding) he sat there processing everything I said. And after several seconds he slowly began to nod his head, smile at me, and say, “Thanks, Mom.”

I can’t impress upon you enough how vital it is to make your commitments as a vow. If you are creating big things, you will inevitably face big challenge. You must have the solid conviction of your commitment to face and transform those challenges, be willing to do whatever it takes to win, and never give up.

The ONLY type of commitment that can withstand these gusts of turmoil and uncertainty is a rock solid vow. A promise you make and keep to yourself because you have integrity. And THAT is who you are.

Have you made this type of commitment to your self, your dream, your business, your spouse, and your children? Do you want to?

Making a commitment that you view as a vow takes you from falling in love to being in love. It becomes a part of your very being.

The great promise that evolves from this is when commitment and devotion is a part of your very being it becomes natural! It’s just who you are. The internal struggle is over. You don’t even have to think about it. You are just committed, loyal, “in”… because you made a vow.

Being loyal is the climax and the ultimate goal. However, it is not the end of the story. And thinking it is can be one of the biggest reasons for unhealthy, loveless, passionless, boring relationships.

These four stages are actually a continuous cycle. They are a moving, circular cycle of every love story. The more times you move through the cycle, the deeper and stronger your love grows and the better you become.

Put this truth in a business context:

Stage #1: Chemistry
You find a company, a product, or a business idea that you love. You’re drawn to it with an incredible powerful force.

Stage #2: Consistent Occupation
You can’t get it out of your mind. You want it so badly! You eat, drink, and sleep this idea.

Stage #3: Willingness to do the Outrageous
You are bold, courageous and wild with your ideas, actions and follow-up! You risk and you love it!

Stage #4: Desire to Make a Commitment
You count the cost and decide to make a commitment. You’re willing to give it all you’ve got. You’re excited and so hopeful for your great future! You’re “IN”.

Inevitable setbacks and challenges come up. You don’t feel like being loyal to your commitment. You don’t feel like making cold calls. But you do it anyway. You don’t feel like giving an opportunity meeting. But you do it anyway. You make the effort fueled by discipline and the integrity of WHO YOU ARE in the vow you made.

The next thing you know, you’re feeling better. You break through that tough time. You begin to see results. You’re energized! You’re back to Stage 1.
You’re chemistry is hot and your passion rekindled!

You’ve started the whole cycle over again.

You’ll go through these four stages (the LOVE cycle) throughout your entire career and your entire marriage. And every time you go through it you become stronger.

What stage of the cycle are you in today with your business? What stage of the cycle are you in today with your spouse or life partner?

It’s all a journey, my friend… A journey to enjoy and play FULL out in!

This Continuous Cycle of Love is a blueprint for building a healthy, passion-filled, successful business and marriage. I trust you will apply it to the loves of your life and let it grow you into the person you were always meant to be.

Rich in the spiritual. Rich in the material. Rich in character. Rich in love.

If you are interested in experiencing one of my LIVE events or participating in my Coaching Program and Mastermind Retreats, check out my schedule and get yourself registered. I promise you, it will be the ride of your life!

Live Events:

September 8th – 10th, 2011 in Newport Beach, California

“Crafting Your Vision” 21Ten Super Saturday on October 1st, 2011 in Tampa, Florida

QLCoaching Team 19 begins on October 25th, 2011 (6 Month Coaching Program)
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Tuscany Mastermind Retreat October 9th – 15th, 2011
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Richest blessings,

Lisa Jimenez M.Ed.

Never Settle!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Dear Friend,

What’s driving you?

Is it security? Love? Success? Fear?
Is it family? Proving yourself? Looking good?
Making a difference?

Every person is being driven by SOMETHING!

The problem is most people are driven by
Negative things…

I want this article to change all that for you.

If fear is driving you… If doubt is driving you…
Or any other limiting force, it can only mean ONE

You haven’t gotten present to Your “WHY”!

Your “WHY” is that one thing that is the CORE
of who you are and what Lights You Up!

Today, you can transform the negative things
that drive you into the one, empowering force
called, “YOUR WHY”.

When you can identify what drives you,
(Your WHY) you give yourself a powerful space… it’s
called: Being Self-Expressed!

And when you are “Self-Expressed”, watch out!

Can you imagine what life would look like if
you identified your “WHY” and allowed it to
replace the limitations and negative patterns?

But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself…

When you are being driven by negative things,
your “WHY” still exists. It’s just in the back seat!

You can move your “WHY” into the driver’s seat
with one powerful step…

That step is a DECISION.

It is a decision to “Give Yourself Permission to BE
Great.” Because when you have identified your
“WHY” and you follow it, you will be BRILLIANT!

This decision is so exciting! I’ve witnessed it
hundreds of times with my clients (and myself!)

You see, the trick with success is realizing
that it isn’t so much about overcoming fear,
doubt or insecurity as it is about not settling
for less!

Never settle.

Never, Never, Never Settle. You don’t have to.
And, when you have the courage to go for what
you really want (your Why) that “WHY” begins to
drive you and overrides doubt, shatters fear and
brings out a brilliance from within!

And this makes a difference on the planet.

People who are “Self-Expressed” and have the
courage to fulfill their “WHY” move others to action.
They are the movers and shakers that transform
our world and inspire others to give themselves
permission to BE GREAT, too!

I want you to be a part of that community…

So, what is your “WHY”?

What really “Lights You Up”? Email your “WHY”
to me today. I want to be a part of manifesting it
for you! Send it to:

Never, ever, EVER Settle!

Here’s to creating your BEST LIFE,


Lisa Jimenez M.Ed.