Vicki Gunvalson

Vicki talks about the boat trip and spanking Danielle.

on Apr 10, 2011

This weekend I celebrated Briana’s 24th birthday in Las Vegas with her friends Danielle, Jessica, John Santos (aka: Pocket Panda), David Culver (my employee), and myself. We stayed at the new Vdara hotel which was fabulous. I loved it because it is a casino free hotel which made it so easy to get in and out of, and you don't have all the loud noise to deal with in the lobby. It was my 49th birthday last weekend, so next year we will be celebrating a quarter of a century and a half of a century as we will be 25 and 50. We are planning a cruise with all of our friends and family, which will be so much fun. Friday night we went to "The Bank" at Bellagio and seeing Briana up on stage dancing and singing made me so happy. It's so much fun going out with her and her friends, as she has such a positive attitude and is so much fun to be around.

This week's episode you see my family and I spend the afternoon on a Duffy boat in Newport Beach. It's a great way to spend time with one another without costing a lot of money, and it is only twenty minutes from our house. I left work around 4pm and met everyone at the Duffy Boat rental place around 4:30. I had it all planned out the night before and brought wine, cheese, appetizers, and beer which makes for a fun afternoon. When I watched the episode, it made me realize how hard it is for me to really relax and break away from my office and how I need to really try and work on more of a balance in my life. When I said I didn't want to go out with them after we were finished with the boat, it was because I had not finished all of my work for the day and it's important for me to complete all my emails/voicemails and client files at the end of each day so when I return in the morning I can always start with a fresh clean desk. My quiet time at night is the best time for me to brainstorm and work on projects and goals because I am uninterrupted. I ended up going to dinner with the family, which was the right thing to do, and stopped by my office on the way home to do my unfinished work. Everyone was happy (including me) at that decision.

You heard me talk to the kids about their drinking, but it's one of my worries. Whenever I see Mike and Briana drink, it makes me very nervous. Their biological father is an alcoholic, and so is his father (their grandfather). I worry a lot about either one of my kids having any type of dependency on alcohol as I have seen the destruction it causes in families including my own first marriage. They have never ever given me a reason to be worried about them, it's really a fear that I have in my own mind. I guess that's what a mother's role is…to always to try and protect them, no matter how old they are.

In the office I rewarded one of my new employees, Mitch, for writing his first life insurance application with a $20 bill. Also Mike was the top salesman of the week and was awarded $100. I'm so proud of Mike, as he has consistently been doing great at work, and he loves the insurance business. He has three of his friends working at Coto Insurance ( which shows me that he is proud of the career path he has chosen for himself. Our company specializes in internet life insurance selling, and we are a broker to all the major insurance companies. This guarantees the client that they are receiving the lowest rate available. We even have a product now that insures up to $1M without even a physical.

Insurance selling has provided me a consistent income stream and freedom to call my own hours while never setting an income limit on what I can earn. I think Mike has realized that working in this industry will allow him a great opportunity and a great lifestyle for himself and his family one day. If you are interested in seeing if this career might be a good fit for you, visit my website for more information.