When things get better

So many thoughts…

Life has been challenging for me for so long, (like the last 5 years) so I suppose it is understandable that others have come to expect me to be in a hard place.  Some people don’t seem to believe me lately when I say that things are good.  At first, those reactions made me scratch my head a little bit, and wonder why people almost seem to want to hear that I am struggling . . . but I think it is not that. I think people have good intentions, and like to be helpful.

But the short of it is, that, well, at this time, I don’t actually need counseling if you can believe it . . . .but would very much appreciate someone rejoicing with me that things are good!  I still have hard things happen, but it’s okay because my eyes are set on bigger things and my hope is fixed on a rock that doesn’t waver.

So why was that hard for me for the last five years? I had that same hope didn’t I? Yes I did. But it was still the longest hard season of my life. I may never know what it was all for, but I know there was growth – and growth is good.

I can see the end of this long dark tunnel I’ve been traveling through for too long.

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So what is going well? Well for starters, I feel like my head is screwed on straight for the first time in YEARS. I feel like myself again . . . I keep seeing little hints of me popping out . . . and I like it.

I missed me.

What else?  There have been absolute MIRACLES in my home this year and I would be a fool to dismiss them as anything else. Prayers are heard, my friends.

Also, Andrew and I are very much feeling a pull towards more. We’re refocusing on purpose. I’m dreaming of things that go against my nature and will be impossible for me in my own strength, but excite me nonetheless.

And all of these seeming impossibilities highlight for me the importance of listening to the Spirit. I do not know what my future holds, or how big or small the adventures will be, but I know what I need and who will get me there.

I need to follow Christ.

xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She Joined A Cult.

What in the world?!

Can you believe it?

I have joined a cult. A lipstick cult.

Okay not really, but kinda.

Never say never, my friends.

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Not long ago,  (okay, maybe five years ago?) I was pretty turned off by direct marketing.  I unfollowed people on Facebook if they mentioned products. I politely declined every invitation. So if that is you today, I get it. And I respect your decision completely, because I understand. I didn’t want people to sell me things on social media, period. No matter how wonderful it was.

But then, in these past couple years, a friend started selling It Works, and another friend joined younique, and still others starting selling norwex, lularoe, doterra and isagenix . . . and these were good people that I had love and respect for . . . and it completely messed with my prejudice against multilevel marketing.  I heard their stories, I watched them improve their lives ad I actually began to feel a little inspired.  And I began to feel-out if any of those businesses were right for me. But none of them quite fit.

And then I bought some lipstick from an awesome friend. And I loved this lipstick. And there are not many lipsense distributors yet, so I thought . . . it’s probably a good time to join. And then I thought: worst case scenario: I get makeup that I love at a serious discount. Best case scenario: I make so much money I can quit my 9-5 and be a stay-at-home mom again. And so, hey, why not?!  And I signed up.

And now I am all like… why the heck DON’T we buy all the things we need from our friends?! It’s AWESOME.

Here’s what I want you to know: I am still the same Amy – still first and foremost your friend, sister, cousin, niece etc. Your relationships are PRECIOUS to me, and I never want to do anything to compromise that.

Because we are friends, I will understand if you never want to talk about my business because you JUST don’t want to. That is okay and I respect that. And I want to keep talking about babies and food and coffee and matters of the heart.

And because we are friends, I want you to understand why I am doing this.  To completely explain will be another blog post altogether, but the short of it is, that this business makes me hopeful = and I could use all the hope I can get right now.  So at the very least, humor me?

Sharing makeup with my friends is fun in a way no job has ever been for me. It gets me out of my house and talking to friends more than I normally would – and I am finding that to be very good for my heart. So that is one thing.  Also, there is the earning potential. Direct marketing is a fabulous for empowering women to be their own boss, and work when and how they want to.  I am pushing in this business because I want to enjoy these last few years I have with kids at home. I want to be present, and this business may help me get there.  Can you fault me for wanting that?

So here is what you can do – if I start posting too much, and it’s annoying, tell me so! I promise I am trying to be conscientious about my posts . . . but seriously, it is HARD because I am so excited.  And if you are not annoyed, AWESOME. Spread the word, please! If you are not wanting to ever buy anything from me, I will never be offended – but word of mouth is EVERYTHING to me. So if you hear of someone who may enjoy a makeover or something – please share my name and contact information. It would mean the world to me.

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And that is where I stand today. Each day we make choices, good or bad. We aren’t always sure where they will lead, but I am glad I have strong support around me.

Thanks, friends!