April Showers Bring New Opportunities

Hello everyone! I know I’ve been absent for a while. A LOT has been going on. I’m finally here to fill you in.

My husband and I are making an extra effort to focus on our health and spending QUALITY time together. We have been meal prepping and exercising more. It has already made a noticeable difference. I’m less stressed about what we are going to eat, there’s less binge-snacking and binge-watching, and we’re spending more time TALKING and less time staring at screens. I’m loving what it is doing for our bodies, minds, and relationship.

I also made a HUGE leap out of my comfort zone. I am by no means a social butterfly. I’m not chatty, I don’t make videos of myself, I don’t have a huge group of friends, I don’t party every weekend. But there was something tugging at my heart for a while. I spent months overthinking as I do with everything, but I finally took a big step at the beginning of the month.

I became an Independent Stylist for Color Street! For me, this is a big deal. I’ve never been a part of an independent sales kind of company. This company focuses on one-to-one contact and relationships. So, what is Color Street? What do they sell? And why should I buy their products?

Great questions. Color Street is a new company (as in less than a year!), and it is thriving! It is constantly growing. They make and sell nail polish strips. Maybe you’ve heard of them. But what makes theirs special? Well, first of all, they are NOT wraps. They require no fancy tools, no heat, no glue. They are made with 100% real nail polish, no adhesives. They are also almost 100% dry and super easy to apply! There are over 2 dozen designs, including nail art and glitter! Each set comes with 8 different sizes (16 total strips), nail prep pads, a cuticle stick, and an adorable mini nail file. They also have french tip styles, which are always buy 1 get 1 free. All of their other styles are by 3 get 1 free.

Color Street stylists make connections and sales through nail bars. These parties can be held in person or virtually through Facebook. The awesome thing about a Facebook party is that hosts can more easily get friends to participate because they can join the party from literally anywhere as long as they have access to Facebook.

I just had my launch party last night, on Facebook. Unfortunately, I haven’t had quite the interaction I had hoped for. I am still waiting on sales. I am trying to not be discouraged, though. I am continuing to attempt to engage Facebook friends and family members through my Facebook business page and my VIP group. I am hoping once I start sending out samples, more people will get interested.

No one ever said starting a business would be easy. I’m doing my best to stay motivated. I hope April continues to bring opportunities for my husband and me. Speaking of which, he is currently in the process of possibly making a career change. Fingers crossed April brings us good news!

Hopefully this month will also bring more posts! I will try to get back into the habit of posting B&W photos!

Thanks for reading!

In Reflection: 2017

I know it’s cliché, but I keep feeling pulled to writing about this past year. I mean, who doesn’t spend Dec. 31st in reflection? For me, this whole month has really been full of reflection. I’ve reunited with old friends and even begun a new tradition of Friday night Game Nights with them. This weekend my high school class had their five-year reunion, which was an interesting experience. It’s always strange gathering with people you haven’t seen in a while, then add alcohol and a dark bar basement, and you get a loud, crowded, crazy night. It was a good time and definitely had my husband and I reflecting.

According to the world of the internet, my opinion of 2017 may be an unpopular one. When I look back on this year, I overall feel pretty great about it. What did 2017 hold for me? First of all, my dear husband. We were married at the beginning of 2017. We had a wonderful honeymoon to the Lake of the Ozarks, then Honeymoon 2.0 in May to Florida. Also in May 2017, after one of the toughest semesters of our college careers, we both graduated with our bachelor’s degrees. Then August came around and we both were given great opportunities to start new jobs. In November we moved closer to where we work, our own space to really grow closer as a couple. We’ve been working hard at our jobs, on our relationship, and on ourselves. I personally had a great 2017. It presented many, many challenges, but we’ve overcome them all. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Here’s to a year of happiness, health, and blessings. I hope everyone else has a great new year as well!

Thanksgiving

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I didn’t get a chance to post last week because Wednesday I was home sick, and then, well – Thanksgiving! A lot has happened.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a baptism service. I witnessed 13 people make a commitment to their church and to Jesus, and got to witness some beautiful testimonies. It was a beautiful way to start the Thanksgiving week.

Monday and Tuesday I went to work as normal. Wednesday I stayed home sick and (FINALLY!!) had internet installed at our new apartment. Since we have wi-fi up and running, I will be able to start posting some photo blogs. I’m really excited to start sharing my photography. I will also be able to write some more in-depth posts, since I can write from my computer instead of my phone.

I know it’s silly, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I really am thankful to have wi-fi! I am thankful to have this blog and for those that read it. I am thankful and excited for the future of this blog. I will try to post some photos soon!

Until I can post again, please enjoy these pictures of the turkey I made! This was the first year I ever made a turkey and I am so thankful for how amazing it turned out. Life tip: Stuff your turkey with citrus fruits and cook it in an oven bag, it will be amazing.