Thursday, November 10, 2016

Welcome Original Thinkers

I was given this short fun personality quiz called the Welcome Original Thinkers:
www.wotquiz.com


Kimberly-Clark thrives on original thinking and has launched a new recruitment campaign, “Welcome Original Thinkers,” to find great talent.
www.wotquizinfo.com

I'd love to know what kind of Original Thinker you are in the comments below.

Apparently I'm a Nonconformist =D
This reminds me of my friend's birthday party in 2nd or 3rd grade. We got to paint these ceramic unicorns and had 2 choices for colors. All the birthday girls' friends picked this one color....I think it was a peachy color. Her younger sister picked this purple color. When it was all done and dry, we all loved the younger sister's color better. From that day I "vowed" to not do the same as everyone else. If there's a a project we're supposed to copy, I always try to tweak it some way to fit my style.=D





Wednesday, October 19, 2016

32nd Wellness Wednesdays - Aromatherapy Lockets

I was able to review an Aromatherapy Locket from my friend Jessica at Moore Custom Jewelry


I love how simple this was to use and the felt pads lasted for over a week. I love using my essential oils, and this is a great way to use them so I can benefit from the aromatically.

Jessica has several of these to choose from with pretty and fun designs. I love that you can choose from the metal chain or the black chain. Seeing as my daughter loves to play with the oils and my jewelry, the metal chain ended up breaking with my 5 year old. So if you have young children, you might prefer the black chain.

Hopefully in the future she gets some gold lockets as well. Since I've been doing Dressing your Truth, I'm a Type 1, I would love a bright gold locket. I might just paint this one with some gold nail polish at its affordable prices though.

If you use essential oils and need to benefit from the more aromatically (especially to uplift your moods and balance emotions), check out her lockets on her Facebook Page. Jessica is friendly and super easy to work with.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

31st Wellness Wednesdays - Meet Meghan Stolp

Meet Meghan - a fearless fighter of anxiety, panic disorder, depression, and ADHD.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY // Martha Keyes http://www.marthakeyes.com/



 "If I had to say one thing to anyone that was going through what I do, it is possible to overcome it. While it may never go away completely, it is possible to be happy and to live life in a normal way -- no matter what other people say, no matter what labels you may feel like you put on it. You're still a person."

  
Her Blog, My Journey to Healing, has many inspirational posts. I just love her quotes on her side bar. 
 

One of her posts, No Longer Living in a Misconception, was a great reminder to me. She shares,

(Google) defines the word selfish as: lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.” Note that nowhere in that definition did it say that to do what is best for us personally is a selfish thing. Being selfish is when you are so self-consumed that you don’t care how it affects anyone else around you.


Thank you Meghan for sharing your story. It was amazing to work with you <3 font="">

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

30th Wellness Wednesdays - A WAHM with Depression

Tips for other WAHM (work at home moms) with depression
Trying to do it all like I sometimes try to do? Feeling pulled every which way. Guess what you can't do it all and it's okay! Here are some tips to try to focus on what you want most and get the support you need to reach your goals.


1. Support from Spouse (or Family & Friends)
Sometimes you just need to vent to hear it out loud and then move on. I've told my husband this and when I say something that he can just reply back, "That must have been frustrating" or something to that effect. Now when he says it to me, I smile knowing that he understands and can move on. I'm so grateful for his support especially this past year.



2. Time Blocking or Designated Days
I learned this tip from some of my leaders at a training. Schedule your week out having set times to do things: chores, time with family, business activities, self-care, church responsibilities, etc. Then stick to those times unless it's an emergency!
This past year I was called to be the president of a women's organization within my church in a very high needs ward. So sticking to my time blocking has been helpful in not making feel so stressed out. If my time right now is blogging, and someone from church calls (I use a Google Voice number just for church calls), then I only answer if they leave a message saying it's an emergency. I have found that people aren't as in a hurry as they want us to think.

That is why I'm super excited for the Erin Condren planner new hourly weekly layout! I have this on my wish list so I can take my time blocking and other planner stuff on the go =) Right now it's just on my bulletin board by my computer.
 "He who gains TIME, gains everything..." -Benjamin Disroeli

For those with young kids at home, you might have to do smaller increments of time like 15-30 minutes. I've tried to play with my kids for 15-30 minutes and then tell them mommy has to work for 30 minutes next. Having set days for things also might be helpful. Since a lot of my business is currently on FB and Wednesdays aren't the best days for sharing on FB, I try and designate most of the day Wednesdays (and part of Saturdays) for cleaning: laundry, floors, counters, big organization jobs, etc. Yes my house can look crazy the rest of the week, but I'm not great at cleaning so this works for me otherwise again I can feel like I'm pulled in too many directions, get stressed out which can trigger my depression and then I all I want to do is lay in bed hiding out.

3. Focus on Strengths
Cleaning is not my strength, but organizing is so I'm much happier doing that more often ---- that's why major cleaning is only one day a week for me. Don't worry my husband is an awesome cleaner so he helps the other days if needed =)
Business wise, social media comes naturally to me so I do most of my business on there to help spread my business nation wide, not just locally.
To learn more about your strengths and putting energy into that, then sourcing out for your weaknesses when you can, read The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. I get so much more done when I focus on my strengths than my weaknesses.
If you really want a weakness to be a strength, then find a mentor and ask them how they do it ----great tip I just read recently from a personal development book I'm reading, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Be willing to be educated so that it can become a strength faster....or you might learn that you don't enjoy it like you thought you would. Yes you could learn how to do everything by yourself, but that's not very effective.


4. Personal Development Books
Motivational books that help me understand and develop myself more so I can continue to grow in all areas of my life. I mentioned two in my #3 tip. Reading just 10 minutes a day can help you grow exponentially. Ideas form for me from reading and also help me to help others in my business and in my church responsibilities.
One of my favorite personal development books is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.  Reading that helped me to know that the little things I do matter and will make a difference in time as long as I am consistent. Too many times, people quit right away because something doesn't work out. I've found if you keep going especially in something you love, you'll learn and grow and find what works for you as long as you're consistent in it. It's all about one step at a time and added together compound exponentially.



5. Self Care
 For me this includes proper nutrition, eating right. I love 100 Days of Real Food's ideas on nutrition. For me I use essential oils and essential vitamins and supplements to keep me focused, motivated and energized each day. When I don't do this, my day tends to drag and I get irritable easier.
Other parts of self-care for me include yoga, meditation, joyful breathing, reading, praying, journaling, something from my joy list: crafting, dates with my husband, etc. I try to pick 1-2 of these each day. Life is so  busy and you need time block this as well. When I get my self-care in, everything else tends to fall more into place.

 What tips do you have to share as a WAHM especially when people ask how do you do it?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

29th Wellness Wednesdays - Kylie's Fight Song

Meet Kylie -- a fearless fighter of ADD, anxiety, depression, rape, and sexual assault.

I am grateful to her for sharing her story so honestly. There are so many people who need to hear this. She is so courageous. I loved getting to know her and was impressed with how smart she is and all the cool things she is doing with her school and her work. #dontstop

PHOTOGRAPHY BY // Martha Keyes http://www.marthakeyes.com/


"Anyone else that's gone through any of this: there are so many people out there. It's amazing once you open yourself up and acknowledge that you have a mental illness but they are treatable. You can do it! But once you acknowledge it, for me that was the first step in being able to be strong enough to get help and be able to look for other people. Now I'm parts of support groups... the support will save you. It saves everything."

To anyone struggling with mental illness, domestic violence or addiction, you do not have to go through this alone. You are amazing and you are loved. Don't let anyone let you think any differently.



Friday, November 13, 2015

141st Fashionable Fridays - BeBop

Need some Brightness to your Day?

Here's an outfit I wore this past summer. My husband nicknamed me "BeBop" when wearing this outfit because it looked like I was going to a sock hop smile emoticon

Top from Dressing Your Truth store http://maryannen.dressingyourtruth.com/
Necklace from my friend...I think she got it at maurices
Earrings from Paparazzi Accessories - Jana Bake Independent Consultant ($5 Accessories!)
Belt (I think) and Skirt from SexyModest Boutique
Shoes from Kohls.... my yellow wedges broke = ( I've had like 3 pairs of shoes break in the last couple months.


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