365 Project 2015: Days 8, 9, 10, 11

365 Project 2015: Day 8
365 Project 2015: Day 8

Wednesday night I did a Pure Romance party for some close friends. It was an absolute BLAST! Between my demo and their hilarious input, we kept each other laughing the entire night. My face actually hurt from laughing when I got home. I walked in the door, walked upstairs, collapsed on the bed and thought about how lucky I am to get paid to have girls nights out! This is the good kind of tired!

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The excitement of the night before left me pretty tired the next day. I went to an aerial class, came home to Nate making a yummy dinner and we went to bed a little earlier than usual.

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It started snowing Friday afternoon and into the evening. I love snow on the weekends! We awoke to a winter wonderland on Saturday morning. We got around 5 inches – definitely the most snow we’ve seen this winter.

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I woke up early yesterday to get on top of some of the things on my to do list. Nate went with me to the post office to ship out a few Pure Romance orders. I worked on some of my business related to-do’s when we got home and filled out our bill/important date calendar for February. We met my Mother-in-law a little bit later at Babies R US to pick up the crib we ordered last weekend (she has a large vehicle)! While we were there we ran across a Graco Pack and Play that was on clearance. They gave us an extra 30% off since it was a floor model – it is *so* nice and in perfect condition. In total, we spent $30 on our crib and pack and play combined due to using gift cards and coupons! I can’t complain about that! A bit later we went back out to buy Nate a new pair of shoes and to pick out some paint for the nursery. I kept going back and forth on what I wanted to do – statement wall, no statement wall? I haven’t picked out bedding yet but I know the general color scheme I’m going for. So after browsing Pinterest for a bit in the car I decided on a swatch, walked in Home Depot, and asked them to mix it up! No standing around in the paint section for a year.

Nate painted the first coat last night and I am IN LOVE with it. The Behre paint that we always get has a primer already in it, but I was really skeptical about a light color going over a super dark color without a lot of effort. Uh – this stuff is amazing. Two coats will be perfect! We definitely bought too much of the paint in preparation for 3 or 4 coats – so we’ll be using that second can in both of our upstairs bathrooms! It’s the perfect neutral color and it really brightens everything up!

I did a little bit of cleaning and a little bit of relaxing with my iPad while Nate painted. Pure Romance has a new section to their consultant online office called “Party School”, which basically walks you through exactly how to be the best consultant you can be. I get points based on the sections completed and I’ll get free stuff for completing them – so I spent about an hour laying in bed with my iPad attending Party School/watching videos! It was funny because whenever I sat my iPad on my stomach, baby boy would KICK it and send it popping off my stomach a bit. Such strong kicks from such a little guy!

Sometimes I Ramble About Breakfast and Confidence

365 Project 2015: Day 4

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The weekend mornings that I make it out of bed for breakfast while it is still actually considered breakfast time are my favorite. I get so much more done and feel so much more productive. There was no part of me that wanted to leave my warm, heat-blanketed bed this morning – but I knew I had a busy day planned! I made it to Buti Yoga just in time, enjoyed my class, drove home, got ready, and headed back out for my Pure Romance party. It’s the first party I’ve had in a while. Looking back on it, I realize now that I was a lot more tired in the first trimester of pregnancy than I thought I was. I wasn’t sure if I was just over Pure Romance, just feeling lazy, or what – but I wasn’t interested. Now I can kind of look back and see that I was just .. newly pregnant. I’m glad I didn’t let it all go during that time!

If you would have told me a year ago that I would ever have the courage to stand up in front of a room full of women and discuss sexual health and why we as women need to take better care of ourselves, all while making it fun and entertaining – well, I would have just laughed in your face. The nerves are always there but my confidence is building with every party. And making $400 in 45 minutes? Well that is the icing on the cake!

365 Project 2015: Day 3

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Project 2015: Day 3

365 Project 2015: Day 3

Happy Friday everyone! Nate and I went out for a very yummy dinner with Jackson and Kristie and now we are hanging out at home relaxing. I practiced my Pure Romance demo for him (he’s such a good Husband) because I have a super quick bachelorette party tomorrow! I only have 45 minutes to talk and take orders! A regular party is typically about 3 hours from start to finish (including intro, games, ordering, etc). SO, I will be talking fast! I timed myself this evening and went a little over because I just want to share EVERY detail – so let’s hope I talk 3xs as fast tomorrow! =D I love bachelorette parties – they are always so much fun!

Right now I am feeling so optimistic about this little part time business! I’m having a lot of fun with it. Plus, I love being part of the team that I’m on. We’re currently doing a “booking blitz” contest where we are split into smaller teams and we are competing to see which group of ladies can book the most parties for February and March! It’s a really exciting incentive to get us all to put ourselves out there!

I’m looking forward to a busy weekend of buti yoga, Pure Romance, baby planning, and friend time! I hope to take a really nice long nap at some point during that time as well! Always living for the weekend. =)

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 ‘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!

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