Friday, September 16

A Special Thank You!

Words cannot begin to express how thankful I am to have such an amazing group of women who I can call my customers.  Yesterday we came together and raised funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, we pushed towards business goals and purchased more mascaras than ever before. 

For those of you who participated, I will draw our lucky Satin Hands winner this weekend!  Orders will be shipped early next week - my inventory ran out of mascaras and more had to be ordered.  (What a wonderful problem to have!)

Such a joy to work with each of you.

Happy Friday & Much Love,

Thursday, September 15

Giveaway #2: Satin Hands All Around!

Today, I'm stretching more than I ever have with my Mary Kay business.  Today, I'm selling 100 mascaras.  Yes, 100!

These mascara sales will help me reach my quarterly business goals as well as raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer's.  On October 1st, I'm walking in the Duluth event in loving memory of my grandmother who we lost in 2008.  I want to make a difference by selling 100 mascaras in her honor!

ANYONE who purchases from my website today will be entered to win a FREE Satin Hands set.  For those of you who don't know about Satin Hands... you're missing out.  Think of a manicure at your sink.  Fab-U-Los.

I've selected my two favorite mascaras to include links here... check them out!
If you're looking for va-voom volume, try the Ultimate mascara.  Think bigger, bolder, longer-looking lashes with extreme volume.  Check it out HERE.

Want to try the new Lash Love for extreme definition?  This mascara defines, defends and delivers four times the volume without looking overdone.  Check it out HERE.

Looking for a little more?  Check out the NEW Lash Love Mascara Bundle that includes the Lash Love mascara and our top selling Oil-free Eye Makeup Remover (free gift included!).  Check it out HERE

Much appreciation to all of my wonderful customers who have helped me thus far.  As of 2:00 pm, we have 57 to go!!

Mascara Love to all,

Wednesday, September 14

Switching into a Legacy

Today I was blessed to spend some time chatting with the amazing Connie Kittson.  Those of you who are not in the “Pink Bubble” do not know how amazing her achievements are – just take it from me, I was honored for the time.

We spoke about my current place.  Not necessarily where I am physically, but mentally & emotionally; how these places are changing my business; how these places are helping my family – hurting my family.  She said several things that I scratched onto a piece of paper that will be carefully folded and stuck into my purse for future pick ups.  Some I have to share here.

“Switch it off”

One of the troubles I’ve had is balancing the hats I wear – I’m a wife, a marketing professional, a Mary Kay beauty consultant, and a friend/family member/stranger/etc.  Each part of my life should receive equal parts and right now, I’m not doing the best at switching from one part of life to the next.  Connie described it as this:

Men are able to focus on the task at hand.  When they are at work, they work.  When they are playing golf, they golf.  They do not think about the negative environment here or the deadline approaching there.  Women, on the other hand, scatter from one corner of life to the next always blurring the “hats” by crossing negativity or positive thoughts from one place to the next.  It’s time to think like a man.  (chuckle here)

The box shows the 4 portions of my life at this time.  As life changes, my boxes will have to tweak to accommodate.  As you see, I’ve split everything equally to show that every part of life has its time, its place and its importance.  Of course, I’ll always be a wife, but now I’ve got time set aside for that and only that.  “Be present in the present”.

“What legacy do you want to leave?”

I want to be known for so much more than just the marketing coordinator of an art gallery.  Life should be about making strides in the lives of others; it should be about using the talents that God blessed each of us with.  When Connie asked me that question I didn’t have an answer – never before have I thought about what I want to leave behind.  Living each day for the day, I’ve missed on thinking about the longevity that will last long after I am gone.  What DO I want to leave when I’m called home?

It is time to start living for my legacy.  I shall “step into [my] greatness” and “allow the talents God gifted [me] to shine”.

Much love, BIG dreams & blessings,

Friday, September 9

Baptism Photos

Lookie what came in the mail from 12Stone this week:


 If you missed my previous posts about my baptism on August 28, 2011, check them out here and here.

Thursday, September 8

Winner! Winner! Winner!!

 Whew... it's been busy around here with life, redesign and much more.  So much so that I almost forgot about selecting our winner for the FiberOne Package.

The winning comment was:
"TLK said...
Hello! Yogurt was my hate food anytime but you want to set a good example for the young kids around you. So, I add Fiber One Cereal to it and WOW!WOW!WOW! It is perfect to have a container of cereal in the frig with the yogurt on top as a grab any go to eat on the morning train/bus ride. Once I got a sample of the bar from a friend and keep in it my purse. A week later, I need it and was surprise how nice it held up. Growing up, we ate BIG breakfasts, and light meals/snacks over the day. Big dinners were for holidays and served at 3pm. When I got away from that I gained over 100 pounds. Going back to that style of eating I'm back to a comfortable weight without sugar problems. Breakfast does more than what anyone knows."
Please send your mailing info to so I can get your prize on the way!

Perhaps we'll do it again someday...

No Bubble Bursting ‘Round Here Please

You heard me… I said “NO BUBBLE BURSTING.”

We’ve been there – a moment of rejoicing and celebration, destroyed by one statement, one look, one person.  The happiness is quickly dispersed as if it were a bubble, pierced with a negative response.  Shame on you Bubble Bursters of the world, you Dream Crushers and Momentum Barriers squeezing the life out of every shining star!  You should be an active participant in the good tidings shared with you, but instead you’re dead weight mind set only destroys.  Shame.  On.  You.

I found a quote online that made me smile after an encounter with a Bubble Burster…
Each of us represents a star in Heaven. Sometimes we shine with the rest, sometimes we twinkle alone and sometimes, when we least expect it, we make someone else's dreams come true.

Just remember, no matter who you are, you will make an impression on someone.  It’s just your choice if it is a good one or not. 

Wednesday, September 7

Heartache and Tears Shared with Friends

This morning while scrolling through tweets I’d missed from the previous night I stumbled upon one from a dear friend sharing the news of her grandfather’s passing. Immediately my heart began to beat faster as I remembered the feeling of losing a grandparent. Tears of sympathy began pooling in my eyes – for my friend and, selfishly, for myself. October 15, 2008 – a day that I’ll never forget. You see, this was the first time I’ve ever lost anyone so close to me. Barbara Edmondson, “Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother” as read on her headstone, was such an incredible woman.

My thoughts and prayers go out to my dear friend and her family as they celebrate the life of a wonderful, God-loving, man.

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Friday, September 2

Dear Self, Please Forgive Me

I’m trying is all I can keep telling myself after a night of stomach pains and expelling my evening meal exorcist style.  This gluten free living is hard work when you still lust after cheap Chinese food and mounds of spaghetti.  Last night, my fat kid cravings got the best of me and I gave into temptation, tossing aside all memories of past experiences and giving myself over to the demons of Chinese take out. 

When selecting my poison of choice I was giddy – bouncing on the tips of my toes as my fingers ran along the list of combination dinners.  Arriving at C19 the tiny pepper grabbed my line of sight and my mouth began to water as I read aloud “General Tso’sChicken”.  Selection made I dialed the number and relayed our order to the ill spoken voice on the other end of my conversation.  Upon hanging up I had a slight moment of sanity – my mind trying to call out to my stomach and advise against the pending doom.

Of course, you’ve all experienced the results from bad decisions made.  In my case, they were felt about 20 minutes after I had devoured my serving of chicken, rice and pot stickers.  The rumblings of gluten intolerance began to ring and my “I knew I shouldn’t have” come to the forefront of my mind. 

How am I supposed to tame these urges for foods that used to satisfy and comfort?  Today, I’m fine recovering.  My body feels as though a fierce battle was raged overnight leaving behind a single victim.  Achy joints and uneasy stomach leave me to believe I was sleepwalking to the local drinking establishment last night instead of balled up in bed. 

Here is my cry for help – other g-freers out there, how did you stop your cravings for the foods that cause so much damage?