A Post in Which I Ramble About Having Dreams and Being Passionate

If you’ve been following along with my blog over the years or you know me in real life – you probably know that I have big dreams but that I tend to let the little details get in the way. Typically when I take on a new adventure (learning a new skill, becoming a business owner, etc!) I go full force, the excitement wears off a bit, and then I’m left with the doubts about what I’ve gotten myself into. When I started taking aerial silk classes I thought about giving up several times, but I became passionate about becoming an aerialist in a way that I never expected. I wouldn’t give up because I truly loved it and so the journey of perfecting my skills started to look more like a pathway and less like a road block. I changed my attitude.

I signed up to be a Pure Romance consultant back at the end of April of this year. I remember right after I signed up I talked to A LOT of people about my new business and it felt easy because it was new and exciting. But then I found myself shying away from talking about it because I felt like I was just going to bother people. I wasn’t, but I started projecting that attitude because that’s how I felt. I accepted rejection before I was even rejected! I let my low self esteem talk me out of sharing a fantastic opportunity with other women all because I was afraid to bug them or to be asked a question I wasn’t sure how to answer. But I’ve had to remind myself that the beauty of this company is that we don’t just sell a product that no one really needs. We have customers who thank us all of the time for sharing information with them that they haven’t gotten anywhere else, customers that thank us for selling them a product that resulted in them spending time with their partner that they wouldn’t have otherwise spent, even customers who thank us for helping to save their marriages!

I said ‘yes’ to the Pure Romance opportunity because I am passionate about the products and what we stand for – Educating, Empowering, and Entertaining women. I’ve never been a salesperson of any sort (unless you count my weird ability to get people to sign up for credit cards when I worked retail, ha!) and had no interest in it at all. I became a consultant because I went to a Pure Romance party having no idea what it would be like (with a little bit of a preconceived idea of what it would be like) and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was fun and classy and there wasn’t anything embarrassing about it. It made me want to change that misconception that some people have because there is something for everyone! I always have to giggle when people say they don’t need anything because I said it too! If you shave, wear perfume, and take baths/showers – there are AT LEAST 5 products for you! ;] I also said yes for my own selfish reasons, of course! Nate and I want to be able to do life differently! We want to pay off debt, save more money, buy things for our home, travel, be able to visit my family in Florida more often, take classes that interest us, buy that pair of shoes (Nate buys shoes way more often than I do!! Ahem, being a marathoner ain’t cheap), HAVE A BABY (OH yeah, I said it), and party on the weekends until we decide to have that baby. ;] And the discounts, free products, free trip incentives, and $500 gift card drawings just for pinning things don’t hurt either.

I needed to say all of this to remind myself that this new business venture is just like the silk classes in the way that they were difficult at first but once I kept at it I built momentum and my progress snowballed. I got better and better every time I went and it got easier. I’m still learning/getting better and of course I will continue to grow based on the time and effort I put into it. And this is the exact same thing. This isn’t something to be shy about because I’m sharing something good, something that might help someone, or it might just give them a delightful bubble bath. Haha. But whatever the case may be – it’s something I want to share, not just sell someone on – share. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to run my own business and to work it as much or as little as I’d like to, to make a little extra money (or a lot!), to take extra trips, and to be able to save up for all of the “extras” in life. I wanted to write this post because I want to be able to look back in a month, six months, a YEAR – I want to remember when I made myself accountable and reminded myself that there is no limit here! I have been doing well with my goal of one party a month – that’s all I wanted when I signed up. But I see the potential for so much more now and, y’all – I’ve got to go for it!

Feel free to follow my Pure Romance blog or ‘Like’ my page on Facebook. I need you guys to keep me accountable too! What are you working on right now that you’re passionate about? Tell me in the comments and if you’ve written a blog about it, I’d love to read it!

Kentucky Favorites: The Night Market

Night Market in Lexington, Kentucky
Night Market is a fun local event that we have here in downtown Lexington that features all sorts of vendors – food, craft beer, hand made items, coffee, etc. There’s live music and lots to look at! We went several weekends back and I’d love to go again. I spotted a few vintage dresses and some beautiful handmade jewelery that I wish I had picked up. And the food – ohhh the food! These are the kinds of things that make me sad to see our Kentucky summer evenings slipping away!
Night Market in Lexington, Kentucky
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Night Market in Lexington, Kentucky

The Bluegrass 10,000

2014 Bluegrass 10,000
Nate ran in the Bluegrass 10,000 on the 4th of July. I struggled to get up and go with him but I was so glad that I did because the weather was just perfect. It was a beautiful day to be outside! I find it so difficult to get up and get going but I am always so thankful once I’ve made myself do it. I walked around while Nate ran, sipped some coffee, and made sure to be at the finish line when he crossed! I tell ya, being a spectator is the only place for me when it comes to running. There’s a small part of me that wants to try to enjoy it but I think I’ll stick to silks classes!

We are headed to Chicago in October so that Nate can run the Chicago Marathon. I will be more than happy to be on the sidelines for that! Chicago is such a fantastic city and I can’t wait to take tons of photos and enjoy a long weekend there while Nate gets to do something he loves!

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Live On Coffee and Flowers.

Live On Coffee and Flowers
This has been a full summer. A summer full of just being a twenty-six year old, which I’ve decided, is kind of a weird age. On the one hand it feels a little bit like I should be spending my free time budgeting and meal planning but on the other I know that these next few years may be the last before we have real responsibilities. So, I fall somewhere in the middle of being a truly responsible adult and someone who stays out a little later than they should on a week night. And I’m mostly okay with it, because I’m having the time of my life with my husband this summer. Plus, our idea of staying out late is typically like.. 10:30pm. ;]
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Just last week my cousin, Ellen, came up from Florida to stay with us for a few days while Nate and I had some time off of work. Nate and I went to Warped Tour right before she got here and then we all went to Forecastle. It was a blast! It was so great to spend some time with her and show her around Lexington! We stayed up until 5am sitting on my kitchen counters talking all night, just like we used to do when were kids (minus the Strawberitas). Every now and then I can recognize a period of time in my life that I know I’ll never forget. I think these past few months are on my list of treasured memories and I think the next few will probably make the cut, too. I’m not trying to wish away our wonderful summer weather but I see a pretty fantastic fall ahead of us!
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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer so far! I have a few posts from earlier in July that I’ve been meaning to share. Stay tuned. =)

**Photos By: Nate Hargis

Outfit Details:
Lace Top: Forever 21
Skirt (dress folded down): Vintage – handmade by my Mom!
Purse: Vintage Coach – Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted
Sun Glasses: Aria – St. Armands Circle
Necklace: Vintage – family heirloom (Nate’s family)

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