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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day 365-December 31, 2014

This is the last day of the year and time to reflect. I have tried a couple of companies with no luck but did discover a few things about myself. I discovered that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. I have been keeping my depression and my anxiety under control without medication, moving out of my comfort zone, started making improvements on myself and my life. I have become a better wife, mother, stepmother and now grandmother.

I have started getting myself more organized. Making more decisions about my future and the future of my family. I have stopped second guessing myself as much and have started looking at things from a more positive view rather than constantly looking for the other shoe to drop. I have steered away from drama and negativity and will continue to do so. I know where I stand and who I have beside me. Considering how I have been all my life, this is a HUGE deal for me. I speak my mind more but am more considerate about how I do it. I think more about how someone will take it and how I present myself rather than just not caring.

I have started getting out of my comfort zone and talking more to people. I joined the bowling league with my father-in-law's church with my husband, father-in-law and brothers-in-law and instead of just sitting at the back and keeping to myself I have started stepping out and talking to people. I have stopped caring about the bad things that people say about me. I don't care what they say because if they can't say it to me then it doesn't matter to me. I have stopped letting people run over me and started standing my ground. I may not be the same person that I was this time last year but I am definitely a better person than I was. I am proud of the person that I am becoming. I stopped trying to find the person that I was and started redefining who I wanted to be and I like this person a lot better.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Day 364-December 30, 2014

Tomorrow is the last day of 2014 and I have not accomplished much this year. I did get a lot of trial and error out of the way so that 2015 I might get closer to my goal. I know that getting to be a sahm is not something that will happen overnight and I know it will take a lot of hard work but still have to get there. I will get there.

I still make my $35000 list like Mary Kay Ash said to and still complete all of the things on the list. Right now the list concentrates on organizing my business and doing research. I have looked up a couple of local directors on Facebook and will message them today to get some ideas and some input. I have several ideas for the coming year.

I am going to do a fundraiser. I am going to set up a tailgating event with me and I hope to get a few more people involved to set up somewhere for a fundraiser to raise money to donate in my Aunt's memory to the local Breast Cancer center. I would also like to do something like a Pink Lady Bag for the patients but don't know how to go about doing that. I have emailed my director and told her my idea and she said that we would talk this week about it and see what we could do.

I have my mobile office ready but still need to get ink for my printer, design some cards and get some card stock to print on. I also need to get the addresses of these ladies that are on my 150 woman list so that I can start sending out the cards once I get them done. I can design one and take them to Office Max or Office Depot to get copies done. Maybe even order them off of the MK website.

It really has been a rough year for me. I have had more issues with my depression and my anxiety and the holidays have not helped. I miss my Aunt and my grandparents more every year it seems. I just have to keep pushing forward and making them proud.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Day 363-December 29, 2014

Only a couple of more days left in 2014 and I have not reached my goal. I have had several trial and error attempts and have seen that it does take longer to reach a goal like this. I will not give up. I will be continuing this blog to help keep myself in check.

I took one of my boxes from when I sold Thirty-One and made a mobile office, I have my 150 woman list that I will start getting the contact info on today. I will also start getting the addresses to some of the local beauty salons and offices to send flyers to as well. I have not decided if I am going to do flyers or postcards. I am thinking postcards might be a little easier to do. I will have to create one or maybe get some from MK website and mail them out.

I am also starting a newsletter at the first of the year talking about some of the specials I will be having each month. That way I can get more exposure. I will be posting my links to my blog that will focus mainly on the MK business. I will also be posting on FB about my newsletter and ask who would like to be added to it. I can add them to the MK website and then do the newsletter from there so that it will be emailed to them.

Let's see how this goes. I also have my samples done so that I can set up to get profiles to get some leads.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day 362-December 28, 2014

I have decided that this year I am going to concentrate on my Mary Kay business. I have reorganized my mobile office thanks to a pin on Pinterest that seems more efficient than what I had already.

I did hear from my upline again and we will be going over this 150 woman list that she had me make. I am feeling positive. I am still $87 away from my goal to be able to get my 50% profit so if I don't get it before income tax comes in I am using some of the return to get what I need to start an inventory. Then only to get hubby to build me an office. I think I can get him to do that for me. 

I have so many plans and can't wait for the new year. I have to keep reminding myself that I want more than a JOB (Journey Of Broke) and that I want better than that. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Day 361-December 27, 2014

I am working on the rest of the bookmarks today and then on to a plastic canvas box for profiles. I have to measure the profile sheets then I'm moving my canvas yarn over to a bag to make a box for the car with my Mary Kay items in it. 

This is the last week of the year and I am going to spend it getting my Mary Kay business more organized. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day 360-December 26, 2014

Day after Christmas and I have made my sample goody bags while drinking coffee and had them done before the family even got up. Also looking at some ideas for the coming year. 

Day 359-December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! Things are going well. Not doing much but spending time with the family. Thinking about what's up for the new year. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Day 358-December 24, 2014

Happy Christmas Eve! I am working my day job today and thinking about some things for the new year. I was talking to hubby last night and he said that because I do so many different crafts that I should start a magazine. He said that I have also done so much with direct sales that I could do a direct sales magazine. I could sell ad space in the DS magazine but also sell ad space in the crafts magazine too of some of the people that have etsy shops. Here is what I have so far.

  1. Craft Magazine
    1. Letter from the Crafting Queen
    2. Crafter of the month
    3. Sections for each craft
      1. crochet
      2. knit
      3. plastic canvas
      4. quilting
      5. embroidery
      6. sewing
    4. Pattern of the month
  2. Direct Sales Magazine
    1. Letter from the Master
    2. Consultant of the month
    3. Section for each category
      1. jewelry
      2. bags
      3. cosmetics
      4. skin care
      5. weight loss
      6. cooking
    4. Tip of the month
I don't know if these will pan out but we will see.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Day 357-December 23, 2014

Tonight I am filling goody bags. I have the small snack sized baggies that I can put them in. They will have one sample and one business card. I am still looking at places to set up but also have to make my sign tonight to put in the window of my car with my info on it. I am just putting my name and email address and website. I will not put my address or phone number on them. On the back of the business cards I will put that they get a 10% discount on their first order. Maybe that will help get them to order but will still give me some leads and I can use the surveys for ideas on what to buy for my inventory.

I heard back from my upline (director) and we are having our conference call tonight. She will get with me about the 150 list.

I still have to measure the squares on my girls baby blankets to get an idea of the size I need. I have seen quilts sold for $75-150 each depending on the size. I am going to start with throw blankets and go from there. I may also ask my quilting friend what would be the best project to start with.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Day 356-December 22, 2014

Monday morning and back to work. I am past this flu crud and feeling a lot better. Here is what I plan to do today. After work, I am going to start making plans for after the first of the year. I plan on setting up for "A New Year A New You" tailgate event. I will have small sample bags and profile cards and tell each person that stops that if they fill out a profile card that they will get a free sample bag and entered into a drawing for one of three free gifts. That will help me generate a few leads.

I will also look at the names on my 150 woman list and look them up on Facebook and get the email address that they use as well as look them up in white pages to get their addresses and after the first of the year I am going to start building my inventory with MK and find a good bag to use to keep things organized but at the same time I will be creating and printing postcards for these ladies to mail out and offer them a discount on their first order or a free gift if they book their beauty class with me.

Let's see how this works out.

Day 355-December 21, 2014

Spent all day looking online to get more MK ideas. I was thinking about last minute certificates but might wait a little longer for that. I have also been looking at some patterns for the quilts. I know it will be hard to start making them but I have a friend that I can turn to so that I can get help when I need it.

I have been concentrating on getting things done for Christmas that I have not really thought about my businesses as much as I should.

Day 354-December 20, 2014

Spent part of the day on the couch and got to see my stepson. Finished Christmas shopping and got everything wrapped and under the tree. Didn't really do much else but starting to feel a little better. Kids get to take their goody bags in after the first of the year so that they can give to their classes since I didn't get to finish them before the parties.

Day 353-December 19, 2014

I didn't get much done because of being down with the flu. I laid on the couch but did look at different ideas from other consultants to help plan my next step with MK.

I also looked at more patterns or some things to make with LBE and started making my list of materials that I need. I am hoping to get those things started soon. I was looking online and handmade quilts are selling for $100-150 each. I think that is one route I want to take.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 352-December 18, 2014

Came home early yesterday from work and went to the doctor. I have the flu. I have not finished the bookmarks but will be sending them to the class when they go back in January. 

I am feeling like crap and doing nothing but laying around. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 351-December 17, 2014

Wouldn't you know it I would be sick today. I have this horrible cold and body aches and only thing not wrong with me is I don't have a fever...knock on wood. I am still here at work because I can't afford to miss work to be sick. I don't think I am going to be done with the bookmarks in time for the kids' parties in the morning so I am just going to tell the kids that they can take them when they come back to school after the new year and that will give me time to get the bags filled more with candy and such.

I finally heard back from my upline. Turns out she was out with family issues but is back and sending me things to help me succeed. I still have to message the ones that another consultant gave me to contact for ideas and help. I have been looking online for how to make lead boxes to put in different places. Then all I have to do is figure out where to get the sheets to fill out. I am also going to post online about getting people to do a survey and also offer 10% off all orders when a survey is filled out. Then also a drawing for a mini satin hands set. I have three of those.

I am putting my LBE business on hold as far as advertising until I get more inventory built up. I have several other things I want to make to add to the website before I really get it going full force. That may take a while though but it will be worth it.

I plan on sitting on the couch tonight messaging people and also offering gift certificates for last minute gifts. See how that works.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 350-December 16, 2014

I had an epiphany this morning. I have to finish the bookmarks for the kids parties that I thought was on Friday but is actually on Thursday because they don't have school on Friday. So now we get into freak out mode. That is okay though because I get more done in this mode. We have bowling league tonight and then I will work on them and until about midnight or so and then work on them all afternoon tomorrow to get them done. I will have hubby pick up some candy canes for them.

I am still looking for ways to get orders with MK. I am going to keep my website up on Etsy for LBE but will concentrate on MK while I build up an inventory for my LBE. That gives me time to get things in order and decide exactly how I want to do it. I know I want to pick one item and make it in bulk before I get started on the next item. I just have to decide what to do next. I need to get material (plastic canvas, yarn, fleece, cotton fabric, etc) and get started. I have to get my sewing machine up and running. Just have to get it threaded and I will be in business. I have to get the girls' baby blankets and measure the squares so that I know what I am looking at. I still want to make my granddaughter a baby blanket as well as my grandson. I want to embroider their names into the blankets.

While I am working on getting my inventory done, I will be working on getting more orders with MK. I am going to call some of the local beauty shops about putting lead boxes in their shop. I will look on the website and see what they have that I can use to get leads. I will also see about getting a Beauty Coat to wear. I will look and see what else I can get off of the website to help me.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Day 349-December 15, 2014

We are halfway through the month and almost to my 365 day goal. I am nowhere near where I need to be but will keep blogging to see how long it takes me. Seems like the first year was pretty much trial and error and figuring things out. Now that I see that I am on my own I can build from there.

As far as my LBE business, I am still going to update my FB page on what I am working on and play a few games and try to get orders there and get traffic to my Etsy page. I will continue to look at patterns but am going to start concentrating on making things in bulk like ornament sets and gingerbread houses. I will also make some hand sewn items like tote bags, change purses, and baby items. But I will concentrate more on the inventory than the orders for a while until I can get a good amount of things built up.

As for my MK business, I will keep talking to people, concentrate on building up my inventory, making bundles for cash and carry items, etc. I will be posting online about my business and even post something on craigslist and other outlets. There are a few people that hold training classes but they are on the same night as my bowling league with the church and hubby. I will figure this out. I have the names of the directors in my area with MK and will reach out to them for input.

I will be also looking into ways to get my blog noticed and post daily like I always do and tell what my plans are, my struggles, my accomplishments, etc. I am also going to use Google and Bing to get ideas for my businesses.

Day 348-December 14, 2014

I didn't work on much because we were getting things ready for the kids to go to practice for their Christmas play at the church. They did really well and I am really proud of them. I was also feeling a little under the weather. I think my cold is getting worse.

I didn't get to advertise at all today because we were so busy. Still have not heard from my upline but still will get this done for my MK business. I have some small black and white polka dot baggies that I can do a booking game with and looking to get some online parties going.

Day 347-December 13, 2014

I worked on bookmarks and almost have them done. I have a few finishing touches and they will be ready to go. I didn't get to advertise much today because I was working on the bookmarks.

I have still not heard from my upline and it has been two weeks already. I am thinking about things to do to help me get my calendar booked up but also have a disc to listen to and will look up youtube videos on how to do the parties.

I am still looking at patterns for my LBE business and will look at Walmart for some patterns when we go to finish our Christmas shopping this weekend and see what I can find to make.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day 346-December 12, 2014

I am bound and determined to finish the bookmarks this weekend. The party is in one week. I have to have these done. I have checked my LBE website and I am seeing more traffic than normal but still no sales. I am working on that though. I am also working on posting on FB about my MK business so that I can get bookings. I am just going to have to watch some of the videos online and see how to do the parties. I will also watch the video that came with my kit about it and see what I can learn. I will set the bookings for January and use the whole "New Year New You" approach.

I saw some things online that I liked and thought about looking at again when I Googled ideas yesterday. I will look at them again and also look up step by step ideas to do the beauty classes and also to filling my datebook.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Day 345-December 11, 2014

I did work on some bookmarks last night and will have them finished by the weekend. I feel like I am working two full time jobs trying to get things done for my craft business. But it will be worth it the day I get to tell them I quit. Just have to tough it out until then. I am so tired and stressed but I know it will all be okay when I get things going.

I emailed my Director with MK and still have gotten no response. So here I am, again, alone in my journey. I just have to get things rolling and don't know how to go about it. I will email my adopted Director and see if she has any options or ideas for me. I will also look at Pinterest and Instagram and such to get ideas. I need to pull up some of the videos on YouTube and see what I can find on there too. I can Google some tips on getting sales online and in person without doing the beauty classes. I have so much going on with the kids and with us being down to one car now that I have to figure this out another way. Maybe if I look up some of the other reps in my area and email them to see about ideas.

In the meantime, I have been looking at things to get that are inexpensive to order for cash and carry items. I will also look online and see if there are any ladies that have older catalogs that they are not using so that I can use for advertisements.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 344-December 10, 2014

I didn't get to work on the bookmarks last night but I brought them to work with me to work on them on my lunch break. I have to get these finished. I don't know what I will start next other than the coffee cozies for the teachers. Then I will start looking at other things to make for my LBE business and still looking for places to set up. I was going to set up this past Saturday but it was so cold and rainy I ended up not going.

I have upline about the 150 woman list. We didn't have our weekly conference call last night and still have not heard from our Director. I am going to Google the 150 wedding list training and see if I can find out what to do from here. I need to sit down and create my little baggies of sample and order more samples and more catalogs. I have to get these goody bags sent out too but having to wait until I get the rest of my Christmas gifts bought. I need to get the material to make the neck warmer for my Mother-in-law while we are out too.

I am really tired of signing up with a company just for my upline to abandon me and that is how it is feeling. Like I have been abandoned. At the beginning it is like they want nothing more than for you to succeed and then after the new wears off you are on your own. I like Mary Kay and have always thought the products were pretty good but then now it seems like they are just like every other company that is out there. I will have to do this on my own and will not worry about contacting my upline again. There is a local Director that has "adopted me" and I spoke to her one time. Then turned around and she was telling me about her meetings each week and told me that she charges for the classes because she actually talks you through how to do a class so she tells you to bring at least one person with you. I have been thinking about doing that but I am not really wanting to do the beauty classes. I can and will do this on my own. I will meet with people one on one to look at the catalog and go from there. I will also start using my commissions (or a portion) to get items for my inventory.

After Christmas I am going to make a ton of things for babies (bibs, changing pads, burp rags, etc) and make baskets to take to the local OBGYN offices and also to the local delivery departments at the hospitals for display to get orders. I will also see about posting in some of the pregnancy groups on FB. I just have to get the items made. I may also put a baby blanket in there as well.

I will also look at cash and carry items for MK.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Day 343-December 9, 2014

Tonight is bowling league. I worked on bookmarks after the kids went to bed and only have about 10 more to finish. I am still dealing with a sick little one but she seems to be getting a little better. I am going to work on the rest of the bookmarks after bowling tonight and hopefully get them finished.

I still have not heard from my upline and don't even know if there will be a conference call tonight. I have not heard from her and neither has my friend that I signed up under. I am starting to get worried because she never goes this long without checking in and returning emails.

I still don't know what all I want to do about the 150 woman list. I think I will use like I was thinking about and getting addresses and seeing about getting postcards or something sent out. I will look on the website and see what I can find to send out. I know it will be a lot for the stamps but that is okay. I have to do this to get my name out there.

I have to post some on my LBE and MK Facebook pages but don't know how I want to post. I was thinking about still getting a YouTube video page called Journey to a SAHM or something like that. Maybe something like MK Momma. I will figure out the name. I want to feature not only my MK but my LBE business. Maybe call it LadyBug Talks or LadyBug Queen Speaks or something like that. I will figure it out.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Day 342-December 8, 2014

It is Monday morning and I still have not heard from my upline. I will figure this out on my own. I have done it before. I worked on the bookmarks some yesterday but didn't get them done because of taking care of a sick little one. Poor baby has this horrible cold and it's making her miserable.

Here is my plan for today. When I get off work I will be working non-stop on the bookmarks until I get them done. Then I will start cutting the pieces for the coffee cozies and start those. I have to find out when their Christmas party is for sure to know when to have everything done by. I have to get the baggies and the candy and things for them this week to be on the safe side. It won't be much but still something. My kids are getting so big and I only have a couple of years left of this for them.

After I get these done I am going to look for some patterns for some gingerbread houses to start as well as some ornament sets to get done. That way I will have all year to get Christmas things done. I will start the stockings for next year in March so that I have time to get them done since they take so long to do. I can give an ornament set or a gingerbread house to the teachers next year.

Now,  as far as my businesses go I will find a place to set up once my business cards get here. I will sell my crafts but then I will also have MK catalogs set out and let them know I also sell MK. I will also be looking at addresses for the businesses and offices around my area to deliver baskets to for both businesses. I will do this all on my own.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 341-December 7, 2014

Today is Sunday. I am sick. My youngest daughter is sick and I am so tired. I will work on the bookmarks but not sure about the cozies for the teachers. I will make the cozies but just not for the teachers I'll put together gift bags for them or something. 

I still have not heard from my upline but I didn't email her either. I'm going to do that when I finish this entry. I am going to give it until the end of this month and if I don't feel like I am getting any help I will contact them and resign and keep up with my craft business. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day 340-December 6, 2014

It's a rainy Saturday and all I'm doing is sitting on my butt finishing the bookmarks and snuggling with my grandbaby. 

I will emaily upline one more time about the 150 woman list and if I don't get an answer I will figure out things on my own. I always do. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Day 339-December 5, 2014

Finally Friday. I still feel a little under the weather but still kicking. We have our granddaughter staying with us for a few days and I will only be able to work on my crafts while she is sleeping. I still have a few more bookmarks left to finish so should be done by tomorrow I hope and then I can cut the pieces for the coffee cozies. I still have to find something to do with the 4"x4" squares of fabric that I have. I think I might make some potholders or some fabric coasters with them. I will look online for things to make out of scrap pieces. I can also make some fabric blocks for the baby. Just embroider little things on them for her.

I will also be working on my MK business. I have to get the five goody bags done and get them mailed out tomorrow. I will text them all today and tell them who won the free gift. I will write each one a little note and put my info on it. I am also going to get a small piece of poster board and put my MK decal on it and my contact info to set in the window when we are out. I will get all of that done this weekend.

I am still waiting to hear back from my upline about the 150 woman list that she had me make last weekend. She emailed us Tuesday night and told us that the conference call was cancelled and that she would update us soon but we have not heard back from her. I am getting worried. I will, however, figure this out on my own. I will look on and get the addresses of these ladies on my list and mail them out a greeting card telling them about my business and how I would love to help them. Maybe that will help. I just have to figure out what all I want it to say and how to go about doing it. I can get a couple of stamp books a week and get them all mailed out. I will also go online and tell them that I would love to add them to my mailing list and get to them that way.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Day 338-December 4, 2014

Didn't do much last night because I was not feeling good. I have started getting this cold and it sucks. I feel horrible and we are getting the grandbaby tonight. I am going to try to work on more of the bookmarks. Hubby would not let me do much last night. He knew I was not feeling well and didn't have a good day at my day job and he was trying to help me the best he could, bless his heart. He normally sleeps on the couch when I have to work but last night he slept in the bed with me and cuddled me because he knew I felt horrible.

As far as my home business goes, I want to work on the bookmarks and hopefully finish them by Sunday and then will get on the coffee cozies. I am still thinking about doing swag bags but have to come up with another name for them. I want to target local businesses. I will make 100 bags for $10 filled with little things from each business. Only one business per bag so that there is no competing. Then I can go around to office buildings and around the flea market and different places around town and hand them out for people. I just have to figure out how to get that out there. I will also be doing this for my MK business and my LBE business too. I can get the bags cheap on Amazon. I will talk to hubby about adding this and see what he thinks. It would be extra money. I could pick up the material from the companies or get ink for my printer and print out what they email me and then take it somewhere to get copies done. I would have to see what it would cost per hundred sheets. That is just a thought though.

I am so tired and hate being here. I really just want to be at home. I know I sound like I am whining but it is true. I really don't like my job anymore. People that have not been here as long as me trying to act like my boss. I just have to keep motivated. Thinking about getting mom to help me make a ton of things but don't know about that yet.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Day 337-December 3, 2014

We had bowling league last night and then watched a movie and crashed out. I don't have anything going today after work so I will be working on the bookmarks that I really need to get finished. I will also be looking at boxes of greeting cards to send out to people to tell them about my MK business and my LBE business. I am going to try to set out 2 hours a day after work and have 1 to concentrate on MK and 1 for LBE. That way I can concentrate on getting done what needs to be done and I can work on my craft projects while I watch TV. This way I can keep myself motivated and hopefully get closer to my goal.

I woke up this morning exhausted but still need to get things done today. It is like I am working 2 full time jobs. What time I am not at my day job I am working on MK and LBE. I am going to restrict my posting from my personal website to just my FB pages and then just share on my personal pages. I am going to email my upline to see what I need to do about the 150 women list that I made the other day that I still don't know what to do with. I have been missing the conference calls because of the bowling league that is on the same night and I don't get home until after the call is done.

I am tired of being unhappy with my current situation but don't want to burn myself out trying to change it. I have to plan carefully and have to plan accordingly.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Day 336-December 2, 2014

I didn't work on my crafts last night because I was not feeling well and neither was my youngest daughter. We just piled up and watched TV and played games on the tablet. I have bowling league tonight and will be working on more bookmarks while I watch my show tonight.

I am still not feeling well today but this is the kind of day that I want to be sitting on the couch with my crafts and covered up with a comforter and just relaxing. My crafts are kind of my therapy. I conjure up a new creation when I am stressed. It is like I put everything bothering me into every stitch. I have even taught all three of my girls to do my crafts.

I am finishing the bookmarks and starting the cozies this week for sure. I am forcing myself to. I like it better when I have customized orders because it seems I stay more motivated. Once I finish these items I will start looking for my next creation. I have to get my inventory built up. Once I get enough things together to set up, I will start by setting up out back of the flea market in the outside booths and see how I do and then work my way inside. There are two in my area so I will have to look at which one has the bigger crowd and talk to some of the vendors about how many actual customers they get on average. Then I will decide. I will also look at the Farmer's Market and see about the vendors and customers there.

I plan on making blankets and quilts too. I love to embroider so I will have to look at some patterns. You can pretty much turn any picture into an embroidery pattern. I made my 150 woman list like my director asked me to and called her last night like I was supposed to and she was not there. I emailed her and am just waiting on a response.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Day 335-December 1, 2014

Here it is the last month of the year and a month until my deadline. It is becoming obviously clear that I am not going to make it but that is not stopping me from carrying on. I will reach this goal but will still be blogging here to keep myself in check. I am still trying to decide if I want to set up and sell the crafts that I have. If I do then I will have to start from square one on my inventory but then again if I do, I will have extra money to get more material with. Just don't know yet. Today is only Monday so I have a few days to decide.

I will be posting today about my Cyber Monday Free Shipping coupon ( code LBECM) all over Facebook and will also be looking at some of the patterns I have so that I can get started on more inventory. I am looking at some ornament sets to start next. Maybe I can make some and sell them quick. I know most people are putting up their trees now so they will need ornaments hopefully.

I have to do my MK list of 150 women today that I am still not done with and to call my director tonight. Wish me luck.

Day 334-November 30, 2014

Still working on the bookmarks. Don't have them finished but will soon. I am making 8 of each  color and there are 5 colors. Then I have to get more material for the coffee cozies. I think I have an idea on them though.

I have to finish my list of 150 women that I have not actually even started yet. I have been working on the bookmarks trying to get them done. I am still trying to decide what I should do. Should I set up and sell my inventory and start from scratch or should I hold on to them and keep building up. I don't know what to do. I may post on and see what others would do. Just do a poll or something.

My stepson had to report back to his Army base today and made it there with a little over an hour to spare. We let him take over the payments on the car that my husband was driving so that we could get my husband a truck. My stepson even told me that I should concentrate on the craft business and also my stepdaughter told me the same thing. I have to get my head together. I am going to do the craft business full time but need to decide what all I want to sell.

Day 333-November 29, 2014

Spent the day watching movies and working on the bookmarks for the goody bags. I have to make 40 of them and I have about half of them done. I can get the rest done tonight or tomorrow I hope. Then I have to make the coffee cozies for the teachers. I tried to work on my MK business but could not get any responses. I am going to look at some things to make after my Christmas gifts are done. I have a few ideas going for my craft business though.

I am thinking about setting up somewhere in town on Saturday and hopefully will get some of the items sold that I have made. But then again I am also thinking about holding on to those and just building up an inventory. I will decide before the weekend. I am also looking at ideas for my Cyber Monday sale.

I was told by my MK Director to make a list of 150 women that are in my life. I am supposed to call her on Monday night with the list and we will go from there. I am still trying my MK business but will be working more on my craft business. I need to get more material though.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Day 332-November 28, 2014

It's the day after Thanksgiving. Most of the people I know are hitting the Black Friday sales. Not me. I hate crowds. I really don't see myself fighting people over a sale. I don't need anything that bad. 

I am spending my Black Friday posting about my crafts and my MK business. Maybe I will get some sales. If I get the order with MK to reach my goal of $87 then that will get me where I want to be but if I get them with my crafts I will use that money to get me to my goal. 

All I need to sell is 3 Satin Hands Sets to get me to my goal. Should not be that hard. I am going to pick a winner today on my goody bag drawing. I was hoping for 10 but I only got 5. Still better than nothin so not bad. They are still leads. Then when I get paid Friday I will mail them out. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Day 331-November 27, 2014

It is Thanksgiving and we spent most of it with family. I did work on the bookmarks but only have about a quarter of them done. Over all it was a good day with the occasional fighting between my step kids. 

I am really looking forward to this new year coming. I am going to look this week for a place to set up my crafts next Saturday and sell my crafts. I'll write the website info for my MK business on the back of my craft business cards. 

I am sitting here watching a movie while the kids and hubby are sleeping. It is actually quiet right now. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Day 330-November 26, 2014

Just a few more hours and I get to start my three day weekend and my crafting marathon. I am still working on some things with MK but I am concentrating more on my crafts. I still have a ton of little things bagged up to give out as samples and thinking about setting up somewhere this weekend to hand things out and set up my table with what I have made on it to make some extra money. I just have to get everything out and tag my business card to it with the price on the back. I have to take stock of what I have and see about getting some more canvas as well as seeing what I can make with the scrap pieces that I have.

I am feeling really motivated and will have my girls stuffing the cards into baggies to add to my sample set. I will also make some awareness ribbons to put in there and also make some little lapel pins and key fobs. I still have to get the material cut for the coffee cozies but trying to decide if I have enough material left for that. I love the idea but don't know exactly what I have left. I am going to search today online and make my list of plastic canvas and sewn items to see what I can make and what I want to add to my inventory. I am thinking about getting some fleece and making the no sew blankets but looking at making some stuffed monsters and seeing how that fairs out.

I am also adding centerpieces and party favors to my list of items and will still customize the occasional order if need be. I can't put items on my website that have things that are copyrighted but I have been known to make them for gifts. I am getting really excited about my plans for this business. I will also make items that will be featured items around each holiday. I will have ornament sets and door hangings as well as wreaths for all of the holidays and military items and patriotic items for 4th of July and Veterans day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Day 329-November 25, 2014

It is still early in the week and I didn't get much done last night. I was spending time with my kids and grandbaby while hubby was fishing. I did post on Facebook last night about the Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials but also posted about the goody bags. I now have 5 of the 10 that are claimed. Then I will start booking you and two meetings to look at the newest catalog and check out a couple of products. But I will wait until December 1st to do the bookings.

I am feeling really tired and my head is hurting but I will be working on the bookmarks this evening. They don't really take that long to make either. I have been really trying to figure out how to do the coffee cozies but I need to stop stressing about it until I get to them. I don't think I will embroider anything on them. Just make the solid colors. I do want to go to one of the local quilting shops and take a couple of bags and get scraps to make quilts to sell. I can get a bag full (as much as I can fill in it) for $3. That is not a bad deal.

I have been thinking about this for a long time and have decided for sure this is what I want to do. I want to have my own storefront for sure. Maybe, someday turn it into a direct sales business when I get a lot better at making things but I really do want to have a storefront. I will start with the flea market booth and build from there. Every item that I sell from here out will go into my paypal account that I only use as a savings account to get more material with and then only use what I have to. I will be making no sew blankets and baby blankets and such. I will be embroider little things on the panels. I will get my daughters' baby blankets to measure the panels to see how large my grandmother did them to see what I need. I am really getting excited about this but it might take me more than the 365 days to get there but I will keep up this blog to see how long it takes me to be my own boss.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 328-November 24, 2014

I did get to work on the bookmarks yesterday but I think I might can finish them either tonight or tomorrow night. I decided to do them stripe colors. They are already looking pretty good. Then I will start on the coffee cozies for the teachers.

I also started posting about sample goody bags and will put them together tonight. I posted on Facebook that the first 10 people to message me their contact info of address, phone number and email not only gets the goody bags but gets in a drawing for a free gift. I will mail the gift out with the goody bag. That should be fun. I can use the Ziploc bags to get the things together and then get the padded envelopes to mail them and move everything from the Ziploc bags to the envelopes. I only had it posted a couple of hours and already had 4 people respond and the funny thing is that one of them is a man. I told him that this was for Mary Kay and he said that he understood and that he would love to enter. I am not turning away a potential customer. I am going to post again today and then Tuesday and then Wednesday and start inviting people to the Black Friday event that I have set up on Facebook. I am still only $87 away from my goal and I hope that this gets me there.

After Thanksgiving I am going to start getting my crafts in order and getting things going to build up an inventory.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Day 327-November 23, 2014

Working on my crafts today and working on my sample bags for my MK business. From here out is full in business as much as I can. 

Day 326-November 22, 2014

Spent the day with family and watching football. Didn't work on much but will do the bookmarks today. Trying to decide if I want to do multicolored bookmarks with tassels or solid color and multicolored tassels. We plan on watching movies today and I can work on it while watching the movies. I'm also going to make sample bags and post that the first 10 people that send me their contact info in private message gets the bags. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Day 325-November 21, 2014

Here it is, Friday. I am tired and exhausted and ready for the weekend. We still have our son here with us until next weekend so we are happy for now. It is going to be depressing when we have to let him go back to base but he will be back for Christmas.

I am working on the bookmarks still and planning out how to do the coffee cozies. I have emailed my upline about what to do to get sales for my MK business and just waiting to hear back. I am planning out my Black Friday sale. I will have the orders mailed to me and then I will send them out. I have to post on FB too. I have the flyer that my upline sent me so that will help. I have it set up where if they place an order with me on my website that it will email me the order stating what they ordered and then tells them that I will contact them with their total so that I can give them the discount.

I am also going to work on some other things with my craft business to get things put up for me to open up my storefront at the flea market. My goal is to open up at the flea market by Spring so that even if I can't get one of the booths inside I can get one of the booths out back and not freeze my butt off. I will have the bookmarks finished this weekend and get the coffee cozies started. I have to get my sewing machine threaded up first though.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Day 324-November 20, 2014

I have decided that I am going to still do MK but start making more items to sell for my LBE business and get enough things to set up at the flea market. I can put my MK info on the back of the business cards I have a serve two purposes instead of one. I am also looking at new patterns for sewing and for plastic canvas and thinking about how to go about revamping my Pink Lady Project.

PLP was originally going to be putting together gift bags for breast cancer patients but then I got to thinking that there are so many people all together that need help and could use a little cheering up. I have decided to do a PLP Facebook page and get some PL Ambassadors to help organize the same things in their areas. I am also going to look at quilt patterns that are quick and easy and make things like coffee cozies to sell and post that for every item sold will go to making things for veterans, cancer patients and more. I need some crafty momma's to help me on it too. I am going to post in some of the craft groups on Facebook and Cafemom and anywhere else I can. I really want to get this started.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Day 323-November 19, 2014

Didn't do much last night because of bowling league. I will be working on the book marks tonight and decided that I will just make them multi colored and make them all the same. I am not putting words on them and then putting tassels on the bottom. Then I will start my coffee cozies. I might hand sew them instead of the machine but I don't know yet. I might even get fleece to make them with. I am going to looking at patterns for hats to crochet and sew and see what I can come up with. I want to add more things to my website but need to get these Christmas gifts done first.

I didn't post yesterday about MK but will do that today. I am thinking about different ideas. I can't really do any discounts seeing that I don't have my full $225 in orders in yet to get my discount. I only need $87 to get to my goal. But I need it before the end of the month. I am just so tired and can't come up with any ideas.

I am thinking about making some makeup bags as well as the coffee cozies. I am going to make a list of things I want to make to sell as well as looking at some items to post from MK to get some orders. I am going to message a couple of people and see if they will do a catalog party for me.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Day 322-November 18, 2014

My son left today to pick up his girlfriend to bring her to meet us. He made it there safe. Tonight we have bowling league but will be working on the bookmarks while watching my show and winding down. I have been posting to get some craft orders and some Mary Kay orders. I have slacked off because of my son being home but still have been doing a little. I  also going to post about another boot camp. Hopefully I can get that started up. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Day 321-November 17, 2014

Woke up this morning to my son walking through the house. Feels good having him home. I will probably post a little here and there today about MK and my crafts. I am wanting to sell some ornament sets but need to get a picture to post with it. I have been so nervous about his visit because it has been so long since we have seen him but it was actually funny last night. He was talking to us and joking and saying some really off the wall things and had us cracking up.

Tonight we have cornhole at the church but I will try to get a little done on the MK and posting about the ornament sets.

Day 320-November 16, 2014

Hubby and I spent the majority of the day driving the 5 hours round trip to pick up our son from the airport. It was wonderful. Finally having him home and he is such a trip. The Army has made him grow up a lot! I am very proud of the man he has become. So, as you see, I didn't get anything done yesterday and probably will not work on much until Wednesday. We have games at the church tonight and then bowling tomorrow night. I am still deciding what patterns for the bookmarks to use.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Day 319-November 15, 2014

Well the fabric bookmarks won't work. So I cut 40 pieces of plastic canvas and now have to decide what to put on them. I will get clear bags and put candy in with it and pencils and such. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Day 318-November 14, 2014

Finally Friday! I didn't get anything done last night but spend time with my hubby and kids. Tonight I will start the embroidery but have to cut the interfacing first. I want to get all of those done first. I will also put some of the pieces (the extra) up to make a blanket or something later. Once I get all of the embroidery done I can get them sewn shut and get started on the coffee cozies. I plan to work on that most of the weekend until time to leave to get my stepson from the airport. Going to be a busy weekend.

I have decided that I am going to make two baby blankets. One for my granddaughter and one for the upcoming baby. I just have to get the material. I am also going to sit this weekend and plan out the week coming up for my MK business. I really want to get things going in full swing but just have to figure out how to get there. I am still $87 from my goal and then I start making 50% profit. Since everyone pays up front I will make my money as soon as the order is placed.

I am trying to figure out how to get myself set up somewhere. I have to do my business cards tonight. I will put them on the back of my LBE business cards until I can get more ink and business cards for my printer and then I will make my own. I am also going to make a sign with my info for my car window but also one to put my cling on to put in the back window that is removable when hubby is driving the car.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 317-November 13, 2014

Today is Thursday and I have been looking online for patterns to embroider on the bookmarks that I am making. I am going to cut the batting material to put in the center of it to make it look kind of quilted. I am going to pin the material together and then start the embroidery and then sew them closed. I am also making four coffee cozies for the teachers. Each of my girls have 2 teachers each. But I am only making the bookmarks for the homerooms. I have looked at zombie designs to put on the ones for the boys and then some "girly" designs for the ones for the girls. I am looking at things to embroider on the coffee cozies now.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 316-November 12, 2014

It is Wednesday and we are half way through the week. I had my MK conference call last night and got a few ideas but I took my day planner and wrote down some of the things I need to do and broke them up into a seven day plan where each day concentrates on one certain aspect of the business. Maybe that will help keep me organized and I can also plan my to-do list around that aspect and maybe get more done. Hope it works.

I didn't work on the bookmarks last night like I was going to. I got home from work and my hubby invited me to go with him to the church to play cornhole and I really needed some time out. It was really fun but the men at the church were picking on me saying that I could not play as good as a man...that is...until I beat It was relaxing and when I came home I was able to sit and concentrate on what I needed to do and that was get organized.

I had another customer order come in and will deliver that one tomorrow. I am getting closer and closer to my $225 goal. I just have to figure out a way to get there...soon. I emailed my upline and waiting still to hear back on some of the things. We did talk about a few things last night on the call but still looking for ideas. I am thinking of doing a Turkey Trot to get some orders. I think I will post about that later on today on FB and see where it goes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Day 315-November 11, 2014

Tuesday morning and I am feeling a little better and more positive. I delivered one order to my hostess from the catalog party and then I have one more that I have to deliver tomorrow. I still only need $87 in orders to get to my goal of $225. I can do this but I just have to figure out how. I am thinking about talking to some people about meeting up for coffee here in a could of weeks and bringing my kit to let them test things on their hands and go from there. I still have to go thought my patterns to look for ornament sets and start cutting them. I also have to get started on the bookmarks for the kids' classes. I have so much to do.

I think tonight I will get out the embroidery thread and hoop and get started on the embroidery. I will put things on there like "Imagine", "Adventure", and things like that on the bookmarks. Just something simple.

I emailed my upline for ideas to do a fundraiser for my pink lady bags to give to cancer patients. Just waiting on a response. We have a conference call tonight and I will ask about it then too. I really want to do well with MK and really want to be able to quit my job. It is not just that I want to be at home with the kids but I love spending time with hubby while the kids are at school. I know that after the first of the year I am going to have a week's paid vacation and am going to start planning that out this week as well. I want to do something like a Pink Lady Lunch and do mini sessions during lunch breaks and while I am there with them I can talk them into doing a catalog show.

I love MK and my crafts. I am also thinking about getting more items made and then going to the flea market. But I have decided that since I don't have my business cards yet for MK I will put my info for MK on the back of the business cards for my LBE business. That way I can get more out of it. When I get more ink for my printer and get the business cards to print on I will be printing on both sides of the business cards and make dual cards.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Day 314-November 10, 2014

Monday morning and I am still tired from the weekend. We had my daughter's birthday party Saturday and then her birthday was yesterday so I didn't do much of anything as far as my business goes. I did post a 24/24/24 event on Facebook to get 24 orders for $24 in 24 hours. I will work on that some tonight too. I also need to work on the kids' Christmas gifts for their classes. I don't have all I need for the hand warmers so they are becoming bookmarks and hopefully will turn out well. I just have to do some embroidery on them to make them look a little better. It will be good I hope.

As far as my MK business goes, I will be posting online about getting to my goal of $87 in orders to get me to my $225 goal. Then things will be better because for every order I get I can order inventory for cash and carry items. I just hope that things go well. I really need this in order to get to being a sahm. I am so tired of struggling. When income tax comes in I will be spending some of it getting inventory and getting me a carry all bag for them. I want to start doing vendor shows but need to plan them out more so that I can. I will also be making more items to sell with my craft business. I am going to do both. That should double my chances of getting where I need to be.

I know I will get there but might take me more than the 365 days to do it. We will see.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Day 313-November 9, 2014

Today my little girl turned 9. He is growing up so much. I have spent the weekend with my family and relaxing. Tomorrow it is back to the hard core Mary Kay. I have created an event for a 24/24/24 which is 24 orders for $24 in 24 hours. I did the event on Facebook and Hope it works. All I need is $87 and I am at my goal. Also will be looking at new goals tomorrow and how to get there. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day 312-November 8, 2014

I talked to my upline yesterday and found out I am only $87 from getting my 50% discount. I just want to get there. I'm still thinking about posting a channel on YouTube for my Mary Kay and my craft business. I am exhausted. Spent the entire night up talking to hubby. Didn't go to bed until 4am and back up at 8am. Have my daughters birthday party today. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Day 311-November 7, 2014

Finally Friday!!! And payday!!! We are having my daughter's birthday party this weekend and then her birthday is Sunday. So, she starts running a fever this morning. Poor baby can't catch a break. And daddy is the one there with her. She is going to be 9 on Sunday and still wants mommy when she is sick but where am I? At work. I hate this. This is why I want to be a sahm.

I have been posting more about Mary Kay and even offered a free gift for doing a catalog party and no one is biting. I don't know what I am going to do. I still have to get $312 in orders to even start making money. How is that possible? I can't get anyone to book pampering sessions even offering my home to do it. I don't know what to do. I am also working on my crafts again.

It being close to the holidays I am going to get some holiday things done after the bookmarks for the kids. I have to dig out my business cards and work on some ribbon pins and lapel pins to give out too. I need to start giving out more of the things I have in the car. I am also going to finally make the signs for both Mary Kay and LBE to get things going. Maybe something will come of it.

I am tired of stressing out all the time. I will work day and night and not sleep if I have to so that I can get away from here. That is what I need to do. I will go through some things this weekend and see what would be something good to make as far as the ornament sets. I know hubby is tired of me being stressed all the time. He would rather me do my craft business. I think I can do both but I am not comfortable doing parties so I will stick to my online stuff and see where that goes. I will also be posting things around town to get orders.

I will get with my upline for ideas.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Day 310-November 6, 2014

I am so tired and stressed and my depression is peaking its evil little head. I just want to be at home in bed with the covers over my head. I have been trying to get orders with my MK and having no luck. I was talking to hubby last night and while he is supporting me being with MK he still wants me to do my craft business. And that would be fine but I have nowhere to work where it will not disturb everyone else in the house. I can do my plastic canvas and that not bother anyone but my sewing machine is loud. I need my own office/craft room. I want to do my crafts but I like feeling like I am a part of something. I am just tired all together. I am over getting fussed at because of something someone else does. I am tired of not even making it paycheck to paycheck. Hubby got a job offer but has not been able to start the job yet so it is still leaving just me. Everything lies on my shoulders and I can't deal with. it. I want things too. I am tired of having to be the responsible one and having to put my dreams on the back burner so that he can live his. I told him last night I didn't know what to do. I told him that I didn't want to work for someone else the rest of my life but that I was just going to give up. I told him I would stop selling MK if I didn't get anymore orders by the end of the month. I told him that I would quit my craft business too if I didn't get any orders. I can't do this anymore. I want to be a sahm but that is not an option for me. It would be if he were working full time (even still umpiring with it) but that is not going to happen. I am the one yet again that has to give up everything to take care of my responsibilities. When will it be my turn to be happy? What did I do to make God hate me so much that I have to live this crappy life? I love hubby and my kids but I can't do this anymore.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Day 309-November 5, 2014

It is Wednesday and I am already over this week. I need to get something going soon to get out of here. I don't know how much longer I can bite my tongue and keep to myself. I got off work yesterday and my blood pressure was up so high I was sick to my stomach and my head was pounding. I didn't tell hubby what was going on but he could tell something was up. He got me laughing and talking about other things until my blood pressure was down. I love that man. Then he told me to give him until the end of the year or at least until Christmas before I quit and we would go from there. He wants be to be able to be at home and not deal with things anymore.

I have been looking at the hand warmers and will start those back today. I will also be texting and messaging everyone I can think of telling them that this is my goal and that I really need their help. I have several people that are interested in being models so that will work for me too I hope. I can get them to do catalog parties and book pampering sessions.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Day 308-November 4, 2014

I am fighting a migraine today but the thing is that it didn't start until I got to work. I am so over this place and can't get out of here fast enough. Good news though. Hubby got a job offer last night that is $18 an hour and will work around his baseball. If all goes well, I should be able to quit my job soon. Lord, I hope so. I can't take the judgment and being made fun of anymore at this job. It is horrible. I thought when I was hired in full time after my 90 days that this was a good job but it has slowly turned out that I was wrong. I go home wanting to cry. That is not the kind of job I want for myself.

I am still working my Mary Kay and have decided to get models for a portfolio and that will get me leads.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Day 307-November 3, 2014

Here it is, Monday, and the beginning of the month. I have a goal of getting $450 for the month. I am not going to stop until I get there. I have been talking to my upline about things to do this month to get there. I have done my $35000 list and these are the thing on it.

  1. Book 2 catalog shows
  2. Book 1 pampering session
  3. Email Director about doing a portfolio
  4. Ask friends to be models
  5. Study my beauty book for upcoming booking
  6. Post on my fan page
I have until the end of today to complete these tasks. Should not be too hard. I try to put things on there that I know I need to do but try not to overwhelm myself. I have to print my November calendar out from my Director and then tonight I will sit down and plan out my month and what I need to do. I have four weeks this month and that leaves me needing $112.50 in orders each week. If I do one catalog party each week that should do it. Now just to get them to book it. I will also shoot to do the things that my Director has set for me on the calendar on top of what I plan. It will be a busy month but I can do this. I just have to stay positive and go from there.

I really need this change in my life right now. I am tired of struggling and it is getting worse at my day job. I am really not happy there. My plan is still to be out of here by the end of the year but if it takes longer I will deal.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Day 306-November 2, 2014

Happy Sunday. This week I am working on bookings. If I get the bookings I can get the orders. I got my first booking. I am also going to try to get a couple of catalog parties going. Maybe I can get something going. I am not going to stress. I submitted my first order yesterday so that is a good start. I am about to do my daily $35000 list. I am only putting a few items on it so that I don't get overwhelmed. If I am not at work I will be all about Mary Kay. I am also talking to my upline about Black Friday sales. I am going to talk to my BFF to see what she is doing and working on things for myself. 

I am also thinking about posting daily on a YouTube channel that I will call Mary Kay Momma. I will talk about products and sales and talk about the opportunity and maybe get my name out there more. I have my fan page up and will post the videos to it as well. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day 305-November 1, 2014

Okay. Kids racked up last night and I handed out about 2 dozen goody bags. The kids racked up with candy. I submitted my first order that was $103 before tax. Still have to submit my order for the satin hands set Friday. Then I have $312 and I start making profit. I am talking to my upline to get ideas. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 304-October 31, 2014

It is Halloween! I have my goody bags ready for tonight and have my costume all planned out. I will be a Mary Kay Construction Worker. I am using my Pink hard hat from work and hubby's old tool belt from when he built houses. I will have the goody bags in my pouch to give out. I will be handing them out at the church and then sending texts and messages on Facebook to local friends to get pampering sessions booked. I am also going to talk to a couple of people about getting together at my house for a practice session. I will also look at youtube videos and the ones on the website and see about how to do one. I will talk to my upline as well about how to do one. I will talk to hubby tonight about using our house next weekend for the open house.

I will take my markers tonight and make my signs and put them on boxes and such. I am also going to get with my upline and see what we can do for black Friday or something like that.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 303-October 30, 2014

It is the day before Halloween. Not only am I no where near my goal of 6 Satin Hands Sets by tomorrow night but I also have to finish getting my goody bags ready for the party tomorrow night. I have so much I want to do. I am looking for $450 in orders and I have $112 and waiting on one $35 payment. That leaves me $303 to get to my goal. Then I can get my 50% commission. I may just go ahead and order what I have and then go from there. I have emailed my upline to get ideas and will be posting about $10 items and such. I will also have a drawing that everyone that places an order over $20 gets in a drawing for a free gift. I am also going to talk to a few people about catalog parties for me and then maybe set up this weekend somewhere with a sign to see your MK consultant. I am going to get a few things made up too like goody bags. I am going to do an envelope drawing too.

I am not feeling very well this morning and hubby was ill last night. I hope there is not something going around. I can't afford to be sick. I can't take off work if I do get sick. I will be, from here out, what time I am not at my day job I am full on Mary Kay until I get to my goal. I am going to call my cousin Kathy about setting up outside her shop for a few hours this weekend and do on the spot pamper sessions. I still need to find out if my upline has gotten with the local director to help me get to my $450 goal. I will also message a friend of mine that does it too and see if she can help me with ideas. I know she will help me.

I just checked my PayPal and one person has paid for a Satin Hands Set. YAY! Only 5 more to go by tomorrow night. I can't wait! I am so excited! I am thinking about if I can't set up at my cousin's beauty salon then I will just find a place and set up. I will have my chair, my bag and my sign. I can do the pampering session on their hands and go from there. I will do this but have to get my head straight. I know I keep saying that but it is true. I have to keep telling myself it will happen and that I will get there and stop getting discouraged. I have to stop getting it in my head that I might not be able to do it. I just have to remind myself that it will come and to do one thing at a time. I have to remember that I don't have to do it least not all at once. I just have to get over this one hurdle and I will be good to go. I have send the email to my upline and just waiting on a response. I still have six more hours of work and I can get started so there is still time. I will message my friend on my lunch break along with some others about getting orders. I have a sample set of the Satin Hands so I will use that as a prize to get orders. I really want to do this. I truly am excited and want to get to the point where I can quit my job. I will get these orders and once I am there I will find out what I need to make Saphire status and go from there.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 302-October 29, 2014

I created my first $35000 list and before bed last night I had 3 of the 6 completed. I put the 3 that were left on  the top of my list and added 3 more. We had our conference call last night and I have set my goal to have 6 Satin Hands Sets sold by Halloween. They are $35 each plus tax. That is $38.41 total after tax. I am even going to tell people that I will wrap it up for the holidays. I am going to call it "Thankful 4 Mom" Set. I am also going to take a picture of hubby's cracked feet and then use the Satin Hands on them and then take the after picture in a few days to show how well it works. I will do that in a few days though.

I am still feeling a little under the weather but that is okay. I will still carry on. I have to. I am starting a newsletter as well to send out through email from my website that will feature the hostesses and things coming up. That should help me too. I am going to tell everyone that I am starting this news letter and that I will be sending emails and that all I need is their email address. Then we will go from there.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Day 301-October 28, 2014

Tuesday morning and I feel a little better than yesterday. I did accomplish most of the things on my $35,000 list. I made a new one and will put it on a post it note to keep on my planner to see all the time. I also called and spoke to my Director last night and she was telling me that to place my first $225 order that I need $450 in retail sales. I have $112.55 so that leaves $337.45 so she told me to sell 5 Satin Hands Sets and that would get me there. She told me that for my first "party" that $112.55 was a good start. And I have contact info for six new customers including my hostess. Those are leads and not a bad start to them either.

I told my Director that I made my list and that I read the book and she told me that most Consultants don't read the book and that she has seen that the ones that do seem to grasp the concept of Mary Kay better. While I was meeting with my hostess we started sharing ideas and are talking about doing a few things together. I explained to my Director that my goal was to set up and give out info at hubby's tournaments next season and she said that we could not sell at those but it was a great way to get leads. I told her my goal was to get pampering sessions booked from them. The sales would come after that. I also want to save up and have hubby build me an office. Not just an office but a place where I can hold these sessions if a hostess tells me she doesn't have room in her home. I know I can get him to build it. But first things first. Once I start getting sessions booked and get the orders coming in I will be able to get to my ultimate goal of being a sahm.

My daughter has a field trip today to the Nature Center and I would have loved to have gone with her but having to work, I couldn't. She told me last night that she understood and then her and her little sister asked me what they needed to do to help me be able to. I love that my kids and my hubby are being so supportive. Seems like we are all getting closer now and that is one of the things I wanted was a better relationship with my family.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Day 300-October 27, 2014

Monday morning and I am exhausted but in a good mood. We didn't get back until way late last night but it was worth the trip. I have a lot to do today after my day job. I have to meet with a hostess right after work and pick up her orders from her catalog party. I then have to go home and get all the info entered and then get it paid. I will then count my commissions. This will be my first set of orders so I am excited to see how I did. I know it will not be much but it will be a start and that is all I need. All of my commissions are being used to get inventory with. That is money that will not be touched. I can't wait to see how much though. I told my hostess that I would give her 10% off of her order or one item at half off whichever is larger. The thing with my MK business is that I can do it how I want. I will still make money.

I am also going to make my goals list and tonight I will make my affirmations on post it notes and leave them on my planner since it pretty much goes everywhere with me. I have to log my miles too for the meeting so that I can keep up with how many miles I am putting on my car for "work." Let's get this thing started.

Day 299-October 26, 2014

I spent the entire day at the ball field all day again and didn't get home until after midnight. That was a long day and a long drive. But while there, I finished reading my MK book, thought about a few things and had time to bounce ideas off of hubby on the way home. I know he was tired but he still listened and gave his input. There were a couple of ideas that he thought that I should wait on, like, the 10 party day, until I get a little inventory built up and I have to agree. He did tell me that I need to make signs. Not flyers, but signs. He told me that I have all of that printer paper and post office shipping boxes that are just sitting there. He told me to create and print some signs to put on the car while we are parked, some to post around town and he would help me put them up. I did tell him that I wanted enough inventory built up by the first of next year so that I can set up at his ball tournaments and told him that the kids could help me. He said that would be good and that the kids could help me make goody bags with info and they could hand them out as people walked in the gates and then if they were interested that they could come to the booth when time was good for them. I told him we made a good team.

I did tell him that in the MK "Bible" that Mary Kay does talk about a $35,000 list. I explained the list and he told me that this would be a good thing for me to start doing. But told me that I first needed to make a list of my long term goals and break them down into smaller goals and then create my list from those smaller goals. I was already going to make the list but didn't think about it in that aspect. I told him that the book said that it was important for my family to understand why I am doing this. He understands why. He knows I am not happy with my job and knows I am doing what I feel I need to do to change it. It was amazing to get to go out of town with him this weekend just the two of us (even if most of the time we were on the field) but not so amazing knowing that getting in after midnight that I still had to get up and go to my day job. I told him that there WILL be a day where we can all pick up and go out of town with him and not have to worry about getting up for work the next day or being tired before the trip even begins because of working all day the day we leave. I know I won't be able to really work on my $35,000 list until I get off of work each day but I can and will do this. I also told him that there WILL also be a day where we can wake up, get the kids off to school, get everything done (work wise) and be done by the time the kids get home from school and all the bills be paid and still have money after all is said and done. I am not looking to get rich but I am looking to better myself and my family's situation. I want us to be able to look at a field trip slip from our kids' school and not have to wait until the last minute to pay the fee because we have to wait until one of us gets paid.

I was talking to hubby last night too and told him that I have busted my butt at a job that I am not happy with and pushing forward when I didn't feel like it (being sick, depressed, etc) and did it so that he could get established in a "career" that he loves and enjoys (he umpires baseball and I have never seen him happier) and that now it was time for me to get myself established in a career that I love. He agreed. I told him that I would not quit my job until I knew we could afford it but that I was going to need his help getting started. He is behind me whole heartedly. This will work.

I am going to make my list of long term goals, break them down to short term goals to help me get there and then send to my upline to see where I need to go from here to get there. My upline has been amazing. For the first time in my life I honestly feel like I can do this. It may take me longer than the 365 days stated in the title of this blog but I will still post and keep updates until I get there. Then it will be Day 1 as a sahm. Let's do this.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day 298-October 25, 2014

Sitting at the ball field all day I see a sea of pink from not only parents but players. The more I see sports supporting breast cancer awareness the more I respect the sports themselves. But it has made me think. I have been going about life the wrong way. Worrying about the bad coming about and less about the beauty behind it all. As much as I want to e a sahm the more determined I am becoming. I was reading the autobiography that came with my MK kit and every word seems like she is talking right to me...and to my heart. That is where I need to start. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 297-October 24, 2014

Here it is Friday. I have one hostess that I am meeting with on Monday to get the orders that she has collected. She told me last night that she has 3 of the 5 orders that she was asked to get. I told her that she would get one item half off or 10% off of her order whichever was greater. I cannot wait to see what she gets. This will be my first order and I am going to see about using the profits to get things for my inventory. I need to get an inventory built up. But I want to find out what sell best. I am going to email my upline for suggestions. I have an amazing upline and have already gotten more support from them in the three weeks I have been with them than I did the entire time I was with Avon, Initials Inc or Thirty-One.

I am looking forward to some of the things that I have in the works. Like trying for one of the 10 parties in a day. Just have to figure that one out. I will talk to hubby this weekend and see what we can do. He will help me out. He always does.

When I leave my day job today, we are taking the kids to my mom's and leaving for a weekend of baseball tournaments and alone time with hubby. I can't wait.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 296-October 23, 2014

Yesterday was completely draining. I am so exhausted still but am back at my day job today. I will be sitting at home today and getting things done for MK. I have a couple of ideas. I am figuring out what day I can do the 10 party day. Where you hold two parties, five separate times per day. Just have to get my details together. I have also been thinking about 24for24in24. That is 24 orders for $24 each in 24 hours. Maybe that will generate some leads. I will also do envelopes tonight for discounts and let them chose Deal or No Deal. We will see.

Day 295-October 22, 2014

I didn't do anything. Took the day off from my day job (unfortunately don't have vacation days until the first of the year so I don't get paid...another reason I want to be a sahm) but had to take the girls to the dentist for their cleaning, then take them to school. Then I went to the funeral home for Hubby's godmother's funeral with him. I was close to her too so it was emotional for all of us. Then went to spend time with their family for a little while until time to get the kids off the bus from school. After that, I went to the doctor (ours is open late) to find out why I have not gotten rid of this cough after 6 months. The doctor got on to me for not coming in sooner. Come to find out I have severe bronchitis and said that it could have turned into pneumonia. Now I am on antibiotics and steroids. Big fun.

In hind sight I could have taken some goody bags into the dentist and the school but was thinking more about the funeral and getting there on time. It has really been a long day. Tomorrow back to official MK business.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 294-October 21, 2014

I have a couple of errands to run after work so when I finish those I am going to be full on MK until the conference call tonight. Then after that my favorite show comes on to help me forget about all of the crap of today. I am over this job. It is nothing but cliques here and high school behavior. I am too old for this.

I am going to look at getting some bags and ink for my printer to get some goody bags together and sit out somewhere with a sign stating to come and get their free MK goody bag. I am going to get a couple of friends that are in direct sales in my area to get out there with me.

I will work on some of that tonight and talk about it in the conference call.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 293-October 20, 2014

I will be taking the night off from Mary Kay. I am going to the funeral home with hubby tonight. His best friend lost his mom Saturday to cancer so we are going to show our support. My son has come back to his home base from deployment so he is back on American soil. We might get to see our granddaughter this week too. I will still be posting on FB tonight when I get home but not doing much more than that. I will be doing the same thing on Tuesday but will be going to the funeral Wednesday and then it is back to the MK business.

I am going to sit down and post and message people that I talk to on a regular basis and get people signed up for the emails to get my business going. I am also going to make a list of places to send flyers to. I have set a couple of goals and am on my way to meeting them.

1-Book 3 sales appointments
2-Get 1 recruit
3-Book 2 beauty classes
4-Get 2 new customer orders

I met with a customer yesterday to give her some order forms and a catalog to get orders with. I told her that I would give her one item at half off or 10% in free product, whichever was greater.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Day 292-October 19, 2014

I met with a customer today to give her the info for a catalog party she is doing for me. I am messaging a couple of other people to do catalog shows for me. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Day 291-October 18, 2014

I added some samples to the ziplock bags for Halloween. I am trying to figure out a few more little things to put in there.  Hubby is out of town working until tomorrow and then. There's also the picnic at the church that the kids are going to with their grandfather. I am going to clean out my car and then work on my sewing machine and work on the hand warmers. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 290-October 17, 2014

I found out last night about a picnic at the church this weekend so I made some goody bags to take to the ladies of the church. I am going to hand them out while I am there. I have a few more things to put in them and they should be good to go. I am thinking about having an open house one weekend here soon when I know hubby will be gone. I may talk to my cousin about doing it at her house. I am also going to start posting and messaging about doing one on one appointments. I need to get my envelope parties going.

I heard from my son and he messaged me about 1am and told me he was at the airport. It is almost a 12 hour flight from Kosovo to Ft Hood. I just hope he makes it home safe. It is going to be a long day waiting on him to let me know he has landed.

Hubby will be gone all weekend so I can work on the tension on my sewing machine and get some of the hand warmers done this weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Day 289-October 16, 2014

I advertised a little last night but have a couple of things to do that I am looking at. I have decided instead of making gift bags using the Halloween ones at the Dollar Tree that I will use the Ziploc bags I have at home. They are snack size but will work. I will have my kids bring me some shiny pennies to put in there too. I will work on that tonight. Instead of getting confetti for the bags I will take orange and black yarn and cut little pieces to decorate them up. I have it all planned out.

I am also going to post my own thing about the $100 in free MK from my director on my FB page as well as on some of the yard sale groups for my area.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 288-October 15, 2014

We had a conference call last night and we have a couple of challenges. We have to get 5-6 women to do bag parties where we give them an envelope for the money and we give them a book and order form and go from there. They have to get $100 + tax from at least 5-6 of their family and friends with contact info. This will also help get the money together for more inventory so that we can go from there. Then we have to book classes off of those that order from us. Every one that books a class gets in a drawing for $100 in free product and they get their name entered once for booking and then once for every guest they invite and then the drawing will be the middle of next month.

I am also challenged to get at least 2 people over for a class to practice. I am challenged to make goody bags with info in them to hand out at the Halloween party at the church to the moms. I am also wanting to make bags up to put in baskets and ask if I can set the basket up at my cousin's salon. I also want to talk to a couple of ladies about taking baskets of goody bags to their offices and see what happens.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 287-October 14, 2014

I spoke to my Mary Kay director last night and we were talking about getting my business off the ground. I was talking to her about "tossing bags" and Pink Lady Bags and such. She has challenged me to do two things. I have to have two people over to do a "test" class for and get their opinions on how I did and help me get my presentation jitters gone. And I have to do some goody bags of MK and hand out at the church on Halloween. I am going to dress up and wear my MK pin and hand them out. I can't wait. Maybe this will help me get started.

I also still need to do my FRANK list again. I will do that tonight. I also want to look over the things in my kit again and go from there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 286-October 13, 2014

I emailed an idea this morning to my upline. When I was with JuJuBelle we had this thing called Princess Parties where the parents would buy the kits and they would let the kids make their own necklaces at the parties. I want to do that same concept with my Mary Kay. I was thinking about getting together bundles and then sending invites where they would pay a discounted price for the bundle and they would come and listen to me talk about the products, the opportunity, and any specials I wanted to offer. I would have them "reserve" their spot at the party and that would be all they would pay and I would have the product on hand already packaged for them. I am also posting for the holidays that if you order for someone else you get items free and I even gift wrap it for them.

I have decided that I am going to go through my FRANK list and start it over. I am going revamp that list and then contact them about Mary Kay. Then I will start making my list of doctors offices and dentists offices as well as hair and nail salons to take "baskets" into that will have books, order forms and a contest for the hostess rewards. We will see how that turns out.

Day 285-October 12, 2014

Watched movies and curled up on the couch all day but still posted in several groups on Facebook. I thought about a few ideas for getting a customer base but don't know how to go about implementing them. That is what I have an upline for, to get ideas.

I talked to my son most of the day and he gets to come back to the state on Friday. I posted about ordering for others and getting product for free and me even gift wrapping them. Maybe I will get some hits from that. I am going to sit with my computer paper (since I don't have ink right now) and make flyers to post all over town. I am also looking at some other advertising ideas that are inexpensive or free to do as well.

I have been fighting a headache as well as not sleeping. I think it might be time to go to the doctor.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 284-October 11, 2014

Didn't do a lot but did make a few posts about Mary Kay. I'm planning on posting a lot today and talking to some people about getting orders for me. I am also going to post about taking baskets to the local offices. I'm going to offer a free item. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Day 283-October 10, 2014

It is finally Friday. I am going to work on getting a couple of people under me in the hopes that I can start building my team. I am going to get with my upline tonight and see what tips she has and what tips she has to get started getting orders. I am also going to work on baskets this weekend and things to get together to take to different offices. I will start making my list of salons and offices to see what I can do there. I am going to also start making a list of addresses in my area to toss advertisements to. I will then work on ideas to create advertisements to toss. Maybe look into the Penny advertisement that my upline talked about.

I am not feeling well so most of this weekend I will be resting and working from the couch. I have horrible heart burn and just don't have much energy.

I am trying to figure out what I need to put in the bags. I can go to the dollar tree in the morning and get what I need but just have to decide what to put in them.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Day 282-October 9, 2014

I did advertise a little last night but not like I wanted. I have a couple of things planned to do between now and Monday. We have had some personal issues going on. We had an altercation with my stepdaughter and with everything that is going on we find out we are going to be grandparents again. She is 17 and pregnant with her second child and neither child has the same father. We have been working with CPS and hopefully we will have custody of the baby here soon and can go for the new baby once he or she is here. It is stressful but I have my work and Mary Kay to keep me busy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Day 281-October 8, 2014

Okay. Here is what I am working on.

  1. Referral Program: Every person that refers someone to me gets one item 1/2 off up to three people.
  2. Pick a prize: Every person that places an order over $20 gets to pick an envelope with prizes that can be anything from a free item to % off of an item or anything else.
  3. Mystery Hostess: Everyone that places an order gets their name in the hat for every $10 they spend with me. Order must be placed through me. Once we get to $225 in orders three people get a free gift from me.
  4. Phone-a-thon: From 6-9pm two nights and everyone that places an order over $30 gets one item 25% off.
I am going to email this to my upline and see what she thinks. I will also work on the things in the email that she sent me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Day 280-October 7, 2014

I started a raffle today to get some sales going. I have also started advertising about my Pink Lady Project today. I will try to get the raffle going and see how that goes. I will sit down and see what other ideas I can come up with. Hope all goes well. Today is hubby's birthday so I will be spending time with him as well.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Day 279-October 6, 2014

I am sitting here at work and I am completely exhausted from not getting much sleep over the weekend. This week will be filled with not only my full time job as usual but also me talking to people about my Mary Kay business and Pink Lady Project. I was going to create an event but instead I think I am going to make a list of all of my friends on my friends list and then add them to my group and post in there. People pay closer attention to things in groups than in events anyway. Most people don't even look at the event. I am going to post about it and email about it and see where it goes. I am also going to add a hash tag to every post too no matter where I post it on Facebook. That way when someone clicks on it, they will see all of the posts linked to it. I am going to talk to some of my friends about letting me tag them in posts about the project. That way their friends will see it too. I will be talking to my upline and I want to do this Pink Lady Project twice a year. Once to have them delivered by November 17th which is my aunt's birthday and by March 16th which is the anniversary of her passing. One will celebrate her life and one will celebrate her passing. I am going to talk to my friend's wife and see if she is up for it.

Day 278-October 5, 2014

I sent an email to my upline with a little more info about what I want to do and have gotten a great response and also have thought about making fliers to post all over town advertising it. Maybe we can get this thing going. If I cut it off on October 31st then I have time to get the items I need to do make the gift bags and have them ready to drop off by November 17th. I just have one more thing to do. I had told a friend of mine that I would help his wife get her Mary Kay business started so I am going to recruit her for my Pink Lady Project. That will help both of us get our businesses off the ground. This way I can get mine going and still keep my word to my friend. I will text her today and see if she is up for it.

Day 277-October 4, 2014

I didn't work on my crafts because football was on. I had been up most of the night before because my stepdaughter was at the ER because of being dehydrated only to find out that she was pregnant again (her daughter is only 4 months old...btw) but we are going to handle whatever is thrown at us. I did, however, go over some of the videos on the Mary Kay website and look over the material some. I got an email from my upline telling me about an idea to get sales and said we could tweak it however we wanted. I decided that instead of doing an adopt a senior I would do an adopt a warrior or pink lady project. It will be getting bundles together for ladies with Breast Cancer. I am thinking about recruiting some friends to help me with this. That way I can get it going and tell them that for every order over $50 that someone places with me that an Pink Lady bundle will be donated in their name to a Breast Cancer patient to help pamper them while they are taking treatments. Each bundle will have info on my Aunt that I am basing this around and then go from there.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Day 276-October 3, 2014

I looked over some of the MK website last night. My kit should be at the house today and I can get started. I will spend the weekend talking to people and letting people know what I am doing now. I am going to get with my upline (my best friend) and work out a game plan.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 275-October 2, 2014

Well, I did it. Not only am I signed up as a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant but also have my website set up. I have had enough people so far sign up for boot camp that I had enough to pay the one year fee of $30 for my website. I don't have to pay that again until October of next year. My kit has shipped so I can go from there. Now, when I get home this afternoon I am going to get my sewing machine working and then get to looking over the material on my website and see what I am looking at and what I need to know. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Day 274-October 1, 2014

Well, I still have not gotten to the point where I can quit my job but still working on it. I still have not had anyone sign up for boot camp but one good thing did happen last night. My best friend is a senior consultant with Mary Kay and has been asking me to join her team and I told her I wanted to and that I was going to use some of the money from boot camp to sign up. Well, as a gift to me, because she is the best friend a girl could ask for, she paid for me to sign up. So now I am a Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay! I am actually happy about this. I love their products so why not sell them...right?

Here is what I have planned. There is another rep that is the wife of a friend of mine in this area and I am going to get with her and map out an area of "attack" (so to speak) and plan out our game plan. We are going to help each other with this. I promised her husband I would help her and I am going to do that. I am still going to do my craft business but I am concentrating on this too. I have a great leader in my best friend. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 272-September 29, 2014

I am having issues with getting the tension right on my sewing machine so I stepped away for the evening because I didn't want to get more frustrated. I have been trying to get my next boot camp going so that I can not only pay my electric bill but also get signed up with my friend with Mary Kay. I am still doing my crafts but I will be doing both.

I am so sleepy and stressed and I hate feeling like this. I still feel lost but have to find my way out. I am finding more and more that I need to get out of here. I am tired of being talked to like I am nothing more than the dog that wet the carpet. I am better than that. I did make it to Starbucks to get the coffee sleeve to make the teacher's gifts.

Day 273-September 30, 2014

Okay, it is the end of the month at work and I have finally gotten everything caught up. Yippee! I made my boss more money! Hope you can sense my sarcasm. I have all of the pieces cut and just have to get my tension right on the top of my sewing machine, then I am in business. I am so tired but I know I have to keep moving forward to get to my goal.

I still have my boot camp getting started. I am holding 30 spots and if I can get the money together from that I will start selling Mary Kay. I use the products, so why not sell it? I just hope I can get enough people together. I messaged my best friend last night asking her to help me get people in the boot camp to help me get signed up as soon as possible. It sucks having stress on top of headaches on top of knowing that I need to get done and not being able to get it done fast enough. :(

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Day 271-September 28, 2014

I cut all 160 pieces of fabric for the hand warmers. I have to cut to 160 pieces of t-shirts too for the inner lining of the hand warmers. I am still thinking about what to make the teachers and I think I will be making the coffee cozy. I have to get the rest of the pieces cut and then get them sewn and they will be ready to fill and be done. I have to run to Starbucks later to get the coffee sleeve for my pattern but that won't take just a few minutes to get there and back.

I have been struggling with getting my head together. I want to have be a part of something but like the idea of working for myself. It is killing me. I don't know where to turn or what is best for me. Seems like as soon as I think I have found myself I lose myself again. I don't know which direction I want to go and what would be best for me. I spent part of the night last night crying and feeling like a complete failure instead of feeling like I am moving forward. I just want to cry still today. I don't know where I am going or what I am doing. I will concentrate on getting these Christmas gifts done and maybe I will figure things out by then. If not, I may just give up.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 270-September 27, 2014

I am spending the day sending emails to friends that do direct sales and advertise my advertising business. I am watching movies with my girls and will be finishing cutting my pieces and will get started later on with the sewing machine. I am starting to psych myself out. I just have to get my mind around it. I always get like this when I start something new. I am looking forward to this but still worry they won't turn out right. I guess I am just a worrier.

I had a dream last night about my craft business and I had my own store front and was able to work while at my shop. I saw shelves of blankets and baby items, hangers of purses and totes, shelves of baskets and more. I also saw an area where my sewing machine was and a room where my fabric and plastic canvas and yarn stays. It was amazing.

I have been looking at several places to be able to open up and there are several places near my house that are in a busy area. I am going to make a bunch of bags up and hand them out as goody bags at Halloween and baskets for the local offices like I was talking about for the advertising business. I will post pictures of the hand warmers when I get them sewn. It will be next week before I get them filled. I have to make 40 sets but will make as many sets above that as I can.