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Mary Kay. To Sell or Not To Sell?

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing week and weekend! There are so many things coming up this next week and I am beyond excited for it! My brother and parents are coming into town for a week, SLCC begins on Thursday and I made an AMAZING Belle Cosplay from the Live Action version of Beauty and the Beast, and the next thing that is happening is in the title of this blog post. Mary Kay.

I am writing this post in the hopes of actually getting some help on making a decision with Mary Kay. To back track here, one year ago, I signed up to become a Mary Kay Consulatant along side my long time friend. I was really excited for the new opportunity, but after a month and a half, I found myself in a position where I didn’t feel like I had the time to do it. I became discouraged and frusterated quickly and would rather go back to my normal day to day life than deal with Mary Kay.

After leaving it, I felt better to an extent, I felt like a failure. I didn’t really give this a true shot. I felt pressured into buying an inventory for Mary Kay products when I couldn’t afford one. I was being pressured to convince women to try and build a team with us, when I wasn’t about that. I want to help women and even men to feel confident about their skin, or to feel good in their skin. That was the main reason I joined Mary Kay with my friend. None the less, I felt like a failure for not giving my all.

Then two weeks ago, one of my other dearest friends who is getting married in a few months won a free makeover through David’s Bridal with Mary Kay. I was invited to attend, I did. I figured that since I knew how the show is run, I wouldn’t participate. Once we got to the party, the consulant was quite rude. She knew that I had a different consultant so therefore, she didn’t see any potential dollar signs above my head. When she would ask the questions if we knew what certain products were used for or why we should use them, the other girls didn’t know why. But I did, so I answered them. The consultant was impressed with me knowing so much and said that I should be one too. I told her that I was once, but figured that it wasn’t for me. She then asked the following question, “What did you do wrong?” I told her that I tried to through together a few facial parties, but nothing ever came of it, “Well, no wonder, you weren’t doing well because you were doing everything wrong.” She refered to my voice and my attitude. This made me mad.

I thought that she was up high in the clouds, she didn’t know me. She didn’t know what I was going through when I was in Mary Kay. I thought to myself that I should join Mary Kay again to prove her wrong. I quickly changed my mind, because I didn’t want to be around such negativity. But I began to re-evaluate who I am as a person and why I joined Mary Kay in the first place. I began to do research and now I am here. I want to ask you all, whoever reads this blog.

What do you know about Mary Kay? Am I crazy to resign up with them and give it another go? Have you had any experiences with consultants? What can I do to be better and be different than other Mary Kay consultants?

I am reaching out here, becuase if I decide to do this, I want to do it right.

I appreciate you all hanging in there and reading this spill, but I really would appreciate some feedback guys. Thank you all!!!!

~Bailey

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Difficult Times · Life

School and Work (Life Update)

Life update here!

School started a week ago and I have been working for the last two and a half weeks now. It has been quite the challenge already. I have never had to juggle work and school before so it is a little more intense than I even thought possible. Now admittedly, I am only taking one class this semester and working part time. It defiantly sounds like there is no room for me to talk. I personally know people who are working two part time jobs and are going to school full time. I envy that they can do that. With my anxiety and depression, it is a HUGE struggle for me, even after the therapy and lifestyle changes.

I am mostly doing this to start breaking into a new routine. I want to add more classes as the time goes on. All while working and saving, saving, and SAVING. See, I could only afford one class this semester and if it wasn’t for Financial Aid, I wouldn’t have been able to take even this class! With work, it is has been a little bit of a struggle. We are currently “building” a store for the last two weeks.

When I say the word “building” I mean that we are putting in all the new merchandise. It is receiving 26 to 30 pallets of products a day that are taller than the average human being. It is breaking down these pallets in a timely and organized manner. This store opens in a week from today, and our managers and other employees are losing their minds. It’s been SO MUCH FUN.

I just realized that this post is more of a rant than it is an update. How about I finish it like this… I am more than grateful that I am finally able to get my education rolling again, after so long. I am more than grateful to FINALLY have a job. I spent almost 3 months looking for one, and nowhere was even giving me call backs. I was beginning to lose hope, but the Lord helped me get to where I am now. There is so much gratitude in my heart with being given all these opportunities in the end of everything.

Have any of you ever worked full time and went to school full time? If so, I stand and applaud you. You are the MVP’s when it comes to having the energy and ambition to go for the gold!

You all are amazing and I hope you have an amazing rest of your week and I will see you all in September!

~Bailey

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This Last Week in a Nutshell

Thank goodness that it is Friday!

It felt like that it would never come. This week, well that last two weeks, have been INSANE! A lot of things have happened. From unexpected company, to a mental break down, to anxiety attacks and ending it all with hope.

Last week, we had 5 extended family members show up, that needed a place to stay for a few days. We all thought that it would be alright, our house isn’t very big. Well, a few days (like that were discussed.) Turned into 5 days. It was hectic to say the least.

Once they were gone, I fell apart. I went through a very nasty break down. I am not going to go into details about what happened. Let’s just say that I got a first hand experience in disciplining. I wasn’t expecting to play “Mom” while everyone was here. I also was going through some day to day stresses.

Josh and I took the weekend of last week to re-cooperate our strength in playing House.  He wasn’t feeling well, I was feeling well. It wasn’t pretty. Then it moved into this week.

It went off very well! I had a job interview and was told “Welcome Aboard!” at the end! *Insert Fist Pump* Then it went a little rough, with the concern for the well being for a very dear friend of mine. I will not go into that.

This is when the rest of the week began to wind down. I did my laundry, the weather was beautiful enough for me to hang my sheets outside to dry. I began working super hard on Christmas gifts, even made my own Pattern for a afghan that I wanted to make!

Until I started to not feel well again. It has piled up. I felt that I was falling into despair. I thought that I wasn’t going to have enough money for school this semester, I thought that I there was something wrong with me because things were going right. But that’s when I needed to take a serious step back and look at the big picture.

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I am only in control of a few things, I can’t control the rest of the world. I took SEVERAL deep breaths, and kept pressing forward. I DO have enough money for school, I am fine. Stressed? More than likely. But I am fine. If it weren’t for my essential oils, I would have gotten a LOT worse.

Then to make things better, another friend of mine showed me a link to a charity/service project going on within the next few months. It’s called Click for Babies!

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If you crochet and knit, go to: http://www.clickforbabies.org This is a wonderful project to help spread awareness of the Period of Purple Crying to prevent shaken and abusive head trauma in babies. It is amazing! I am going to be participating in this as well! Check to see if your state is on the list! If not, don’t let that stop you! If you have a relative living in a participating state, see if they would be willing to take your caps to a drop off station! You can also donate yarn! Just needs to be purple!

I hope you all have an amazing Friday and weekend!

~Bailey

Difficult Times · Knitting · Life · My World Wednesdays · Uncategorized

Knitting: Past Time and Relief

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Hey Y’all! It’s Hump Day! Almost through the week!!

It’s about time that I make a new post. I have a few ideas in the back pocket, but here is one that I have been thinking about posting for the last few days.

My family has been going through a lot over the last few weeks. My dad’s health isn’t great, my hunt for a job could be better, and we had a tragic death in the family. I also have been struggling with something I have re-discovered about myself. I’ll do a post on that later, after I do some more research.

Even with the bad, there has been some good too. Josh’s niece was in town and we got to spend some time with her, and his family. I’ve starting meditating again and I have been starting to feel better about my situation now.

But one of the things that has been helping me get through this difficult time has been knitting! I picked up knitting almost 5 years ago, by watching YouTube videos. You see, my family crochets. My mom, my grandma, my great-grandma’s, and it goes on and on. Even my brother can crochet! Me? Nope. For the life of me, I cannot crochet. I decided to give knitting a try, but my family cant knit. Or at least they find it difficult. (I understand that struggle.)

So I grabbed my phone, and found how to knit videos, and I picked it up extremely fast! I can’t knit many things, but I am really good at scarfs! 😉

The reason I am posting about it, is that I find knitting to one of my escapes from my anxiety and depression. I am always finding different things to cope with my short comings, and without medication.

And the other day, Josh’s niece asked me if I had any favorite hobbies. I told her a long list of things, then I mentioned that I knew how to knit. Before I could ask her another question, she gasped in excitement asking if I would teach her how to knit too.

I love when you can pass down skills like knitting, sewing, and other like hobbies that our ancestors relied on to survive.

Do any of you knit? How did you learn? How long have you been knitting? Feel free to leave a comment!

I will talk to you all later! Have a great day!

-Bailey

Difficult Times · Life

Remembering 9/11 & Proud to be an American

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via Pinterest via Yahoo

It is so hard to believe that 14 years ago today, America was attacked. I was only 6 at the time, and had a hard time understanding what was happening. But once it was explained in a way that I could understand.. I felt so scared, and so sad that this had happened. I was in fear of what would happen next… Was there going to be another attack? Where would it be next?
14 years later, I still feel sorrow for those innocent lives that were taken, and I keep them and their families in my prayers. But I am no longer afraid. In fact, I get a bit angry when I think about it now. This event has also made me more proud to be an American than ever before.
We are so lucky and so blessed to be in this country. Yes, we are facing some problems, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t place our hand over our hearts when we see the flag. Or not thank a U.S. solider for his or her service for protecting our home and rights.
Our founding fathers fought hard to give us such freedoms and rights, and to give this country to the people (us!).
I will not, nor cannot forget what happened that day, and I will always stand next to you, to defend our beautiful country.
Never forget. 9/11/01.
Always
~Bailey

Difficult Times · LDS · Life

Shall I Falter, Or Shall I Finish?

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Found via Pinterest via courtneyaitken.blogspot.com

Hello Climbers,
It has been a little while. A lot of things have happened in the course of a month that has been keeping me and my family busy. I got more hours at work, my family is preparing for a move, we have a family member in the hospital, and lost a family member as well. It has been a rough go. In this time of grief and sorrow, there has been a feeling of dread, misunderstanding, and abandonment throughout the home. I too have felt this and wondered “Why? Why our family? What have we done to deserve this?”

The answer is simply, “We haven’t done anything wrong, this is part of our plan, and it is up to us to decide, Will we falter? Or will we finish?”

I found this answer through prayer, scripture study, and through a message given by President Thomas S. Monson in October of 2013 General Confrence.
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/10/i-will-not-fail-thee-nor-forsake-thee?lang=eng
Heavenly Father has not punished us, instead, he is giving us more than we can handle so that we can fall to our knees, ask Him to help us, and become stronger in faith, stronger in spirit, and stronger in a world where Satan is running rampant. He loves us in ways we as mortal beings will never truly understand. Like in the story of Job. Job was a man of faith where he loved and feared God and hated the devil. Satan, being the cunning and deceitful being that he is, wanted to prove to Heavenly Father that Job did not love him and was just saying he did because of his fortune. Heavenly Father then stepped aside and let Satan into Job’s life to prove that Job did indeed love him and will never deny him.
Job lost his family and friends, lost his land, crops, and possesions. Satan then tempted him to “Curse God and die.”
Job then declared, “Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.”
“I know that my redeemer liveth.”
Despite all that Job endured and suffered through, He knew that Heavenly Father loved him and that His Savior lives, he would not let Satan run his life and decide his fate.
I too will not let Satan into my head and drag me down with him, I have decided to Finish this trial. It will be hard. I understand this, but I will not let it be an excuse to falter from the testimony that I have and the truth that I know.
I will keeping fighting.

Difficult Times · LDS

Difficult Times

These past few days have been pretty hard. Mostly it is trying to adjust to my new job! Long days standing on my feet with a not-so-great back and lifting heavy objects, it was taking a huge toll on me. Not just physically, but emotionally. I love the people that I work with, don’t get me wrong, but it is the stress that I am putting on myself. Okay, “Hi, my name is Bailey, and I am a perfectionist.”
Because of this, I push myself too far, beyond my own limits. It starts to break me down. Today, as I was going through one of these moments, My wonderful Mom showed me a quote from Elaine S. Dalton. “There is no more beautiful sight than a Young Woman who glows with the Spirit, who is confident and courageous because she is virtuous.” Satan wants nothing less than to make us feel like we are worthless and alone. When that is one of the most common lies we often feel. This is NOT TRUE! We always have Heavenly Father with us through our most difficult times and loves us with an infinite love.
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Through our most difficult times to our not-so-difficult times, Heavenly Father is always there for us, we just have to put our trust un Him. Now, I feel better and I am able to pick myself back up and keep going. We are not alone in this fight, we are always being watched over. 🙂 Have a great day guys!