Life is changing!

So, remember in the last post I said I was going to fill you guys in on a new adventure that I was thinking about? Well, it took until now to make sure everything was going to go as planned. Y’all….I’m going to be a LuLaRoe consultant!!!! I’m so excited! I sent in my paperwork back in March, but I didn’t want to say anything until I was officially onboarded (i.e. ordered my inventory) in case I backed out. I’m one of those people who thinks something is a wonderful idea, even if it is risky, and then backs out because common sense takes over and I’m not one to take risks. I mean, I don’t really have money to throw around on business ventures that might go belly up,  but after much praying, contemplation and MANY pep talks from my dear husband, I went through with it. I officially onboarded this past Friday!

So first, what is LuLaRoe? It’s clothes! Basically I order the inventory and then sell it, kind of like Tupperware parties, I guess, except you don’t have a book you order out of and there are only a limited number of prints. There are only 2,500 prints of a single print made to distribute across the whole country. So the clothes you buy from a consultant are pretty unique for the most part. I think that’s the biggest draw for me and where the addiction stems. I love getting all the awesome prints and the variety is amazing. Today I sat in on a company update call and they said that 600 designs are coming out A DAY! Can you imagine?

I’ve been a LuLaRoe addict for about half a year before I decided to become a consultant. I actually looked into becoming a consultant back in January and decided against it because I just didn’t think it was something that I could do. Let’s face it, I’m not one of the most social people in the world. It takes a lot for me to ask anyone to do anything for me, let alone buy anything from me. I keep telling myself that I can do this though, and I can. I read an excerpt the other day that said that as long as you are determined, you can sell! You have to be super patient and not get your hopes up and not to compare your sells to other consultants who’ve been in the business longer than you and have already developed that customer base. It’s all about exposure and customer service and as long as I keep that in mind, I can do this.

Does it sound a little bit like I’m still trying to convince myself? Because, I probably really am.  I try to keep reassuring myself. If I’m honest with myself, this is my test to myself to see what I can do. I’ve never had a lot of confidence in my abilities and this, this, is going to let me see what I can do. I feel a little crazy about going through with starting my own business now. I’m still in grad school, I’m planning on doing the Gold Level in the leadership program at school which is an ENORMOUS commitment, and I’m still working full-time, while being a mommy and a wife. I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous about not being about to juggle it all. If I’m going to drop anything, it’s going gold in the leadership program. Obviously, I don’t want my regular job or school to suffer and I’m definitely not going to put anything before my son or husband. They come first always. But, if I can make this happen, I honestly think I can make a better living for my family. Having that extra income will give us the freedom to do things together. There’s just something about having to tell your kid they can’t do such and such because we don’t have the money right now. I cannot stand living paycheck to paycheck like we are. My husband already works two jobs but only one of those checks goes to bills (the other is reserved for farming expenses). So we need more income and what better way to do that then with something I’m already obsessed and passionate about? As a bigger sized person, this line doesn’t penalize you for being bigger (a.k.a. you pay the same amount for the clothes whether you are an xxs or an xxxl). The styles are flattering  for both bigger women and smaller women. Not only that, but they have a kids line and recently introduced a men’s shirt line.

I sent in my paperwork back at the beginning of March and I just got the call last Friday to order my inventory. I placed my order and now I’m just waiting to see when it will ship. As soon as it arrives, I’ll be taking pictures and adding it to my group. If your interested in seeing what all this is about here is the link to my group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoebyCallieCoward/. This is where I will post inventory, host parties, and line up pop ups (where I come to your home and you invite friends. Basically a boutique that comes to your house. How cool is that?!). So until I get my inventory, I’ve been ordering supplies like a crazy person: business cards, hangers, racks, bags, mailers, mannequin, and other odds and ends. It’s been so much fun planning all this out and honestly, I’m so glad I waited until the end to do all that kind of shopping. It’s pumped me up and got me excited all over again about this business venture. I can’t wait to introduce people to this awesome clothing line and what all it has to offer.  So, stayed tuned for exciting adventures of LuLaRoe by Callie Coward. And if any of you are thinking about becoming consultants, I can totally fill you in on my experience and you can see if it’s for you or not. My sponsor onboarded a long time before I did so the process was different. Besides, it’s nice to hear all the different perspectives and hear about everyone’s experiences, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Oh, and soon I’ll post on my new awesome Pinterest project as soon as it’s done! Y’all, my husband out did himself. I doubt he’ll ever fall for one of my projects again, but it truly looks amazing and it’s not even done yet! So proud of him!

 

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World Baking Day!

I had some excellent news yesterday! After 9 years of annual MRI’s to document the progress of my Multiple Sclerosis, I finally get to step down to every other year! I’ve been pretty stable since I was diagnosed, minus a small hiccup while I was pregnant/breastfeeding my son. I was off my medication during that time so it’s completely understandable that I would have a flare up.

In case you haven’t heard my story, I was diagnosed my senior year of high school. My stomach went numb first and we just thought it was a pinched nerve. When the numbness started spreading to my leg, we decided to go to the doctor. After multiple MRI’s, a little electric shock to my nerves, a spinal tap (which ended up not closing up which resulted in me losing spinal fluid and practically passing out in my classes which sent me back to the hospital for them to inject blood in it to help it scab over), and a lot of blood work, I was finally diagnosed. I will never forget the moment I found out.  Since I was underage, my mother found out first. She promptly called a family meeting in which all of us (my brother, sister, my sister’s husband, my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and myself) found out at the same time. I’m not going to lie, I kind of resented not being the first one to know. I mean it was my condition after all and she was treating it like she was the one going through everything. But what’s done is done and after so many years it doesn’t bother me anymore, but please, if you are a parent, PLEASE tell your child about their condition BEFORE announcing it to everyone else. It will make for a more trusting and less dramatic outcome. =)

Anyway, I’ve been plotting a way to celebrate ever since yesterday afternoon. Imagine my joy when I discovered today is World Baking Day! I seriously LOVE to bake. What I don’t love are the countless pounds I gain afterwards since I’m the only one that really eats sweets in my house. Sometimes I totally wish I was like my husband and could just turn my nose up at sweets, but my willpower is practically non-existent. Sugar is my kryptonite.

I’ve been looking around at recipes all evening to see what I want to make this weekend. It’s the least I can do to celebrate the holiday and my good news, right? My favorite place to go when I’m looking for something new to make is the home economics pamphlets collection that we have digitized. I could spend hours looking at all the old recipes. We have cookbooks, pamphlets, and government documents, all containing something to do with cooking and baking.

Here are a few (you can click on the image to go to the actual pamphlet with recipes):

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We have some pretty great stuff as you can see. The cooking for a man one really cracks me up! It definitely sets the tone that A1 sauce and a slab of meat is the way to win your man over. I really wish my computer/internet would cooperate so that I could share my favorite kind of “eww” ones (ugh! Satellite internet is NOT my friend, y’all). We have one pamphlet called All about Lard and several that are about jello and aspics. They are pretty cringe worthy if I say so myself.

If you get a moment, I hope you can check them out and get ideas what to make to mark World Baking Day, especially if you are a baker like me! Happy baking, y’all!

Measuring up…or not…

As I sit here munching on a gummy octopus (yes, my child’s candy. I have no self-control whatsoever, and am only slightly embarrassed at this point to admit it) catching up on Dr. Blake mysteries, I can’t help but reflect on my day, or really the last few years  my whole life, if the truth is really to be told (typed? You know what I mean). If your thinking this is going to be a debbie-downer post, you are 100% right, but with a twist, so please let me get it all out and hang on for the cliché light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-positivity at the end.  Even positive people need a little downer post every now and then, amirite?

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Another semester bites the dust

You know, it really is true. Time really does pass quicker and quicker the older I get. When I was little, I always kind of just nodded my head when older people told me that without taking it to heart (and maybe incorporating a little eye rolling in that nodding during my teenage years). I think the truth of the matter is that time doesn’t pass quicker (obviously) but that our lives become so much more complicated and busy that it just goes by so fast. Here lately I’ve been dreaming of the day when I can get back to that slow pace when everything seems to take forever. Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments when things still take forever, like buying a house. Will we ever be able to buy a house? Right now that’s a BIG negative, or so it seems anyway, but that’s another conversation for another day.

I finished my fourth semester on my road to obtaining my Masters just this week, which probably explains the silence on my blog for a while. I took Library Administration this semester which I fully expected to struggle with but it wasn’t too terribly bad. I came out with an “A” but it was in a format that almost made it impossible for  you to get anything but an “A” as long as you did the work. I’m not a take-charge kind of person, so it was an interesting experience to write papers on critiquing leadership styles and how to handle high-charged situations. Thank goodness I took all those leadership classes. That really helped a lot.

Speaking of leadership classes, I completed my silver level of leadership! I only have the gold level left! I contemplated just stopping at silver but I seriously want to complete the full program and get as high as I can in this program. It’s going to be a 60 hour program, but I have a whole year to do it. I can do it, right? Maybe? Possibly? Yes! Yes, I can! Luckily, I have the most supportive mother-in-law in the world who will watch my wee one. Not only will I have this on my plate but classes, a full-time job, mommy, wife, the parent representative on my sons daycare baord) and a new adventure that I’m embarking on which I will talk about in a different post (because all exciting things deserve their own post, right?) I told you I have the most supportive mother-in-law ever! She’s usually the one who ends up having to pick up my son and watch him while I’m doing all this crazy stuff.

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With my medallion after the ceremony!

Speaking of my little one, he has exploded! Not literally exploded but like blossomed, changed, grown up, all those kind of words! Exploded is just more dramatic, kind of like my wee one (but what 3 year old isn’t dramatic, am I right?)! His vocabulary is just amazing and he’s just so smart! Poor guy is struggling at the moment with allergies, but he’s making it through. He had surgery (yes another one!) in February to remove a cyst on his neck. I wasn’t prepared for that one like I was with the hypospadias surgeries (yes, plural. He had three of those in the past, poor guy). This one took a lot longer and he reacted not as well to the anesthesia. Throwing up after you just had your throat cut into is not fun, by the way, in case someone needed to tell you that. He was miserable for a day, but by the next day my crazy guy was back to normal, surprisingly. My little guy is seriously my favorite person in the world! He just lights up my whole life. I mean, who wouldn’t love a kid who says “Aw, shucks” every time you give him a kiss (I’m thinking he picked that up from Bambi? Or was it Cinderella? One of those creatures says “aw shucks” at some point I think. They watch a LOT of movies at daycare in the mornings until everyone gets there so I have no idea where he picks up half his phrases). =)

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My wee one playing music on fruit and veggies at the UNCG Science Everywhere event. 

By the way, in case you didn’t already know, it’s gardening time! We had a spring garden for the first time ever this year. I planted strawberries, lettuce and broccoli. The lettuce has done amazing, the rest hasn’t produced yet so we will see how it goes. It’s definitely time to get the tomatoes, green beans and peas in the ground, though. I wish it would stop raining so Icould get this all done but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. Such crazy weather!

I think that’s all for now! Stay tuned for my fun post on my crazy new adventure later on! I just have to end with my painting I did yesterday! I had so much fun with one of my oldest friends yesterday! She seriously lights up my life!

 

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My Truth Be Told painting I did with a bunch of awesome ladies yesterday!

 

Cards

A sad, happy {unknown feeling} day has come to this library tech. We got a letter in the mail at work the other day and now they have made it official….card official that is.

catalog cardsYou are reading that correctly, OCLC is no longer going to produce cards! The cataloging card environment is officially coming to an end (at least for OCLC users). I know, I know, I can hear the question now, “you still order cards?” Why yes, yes we do. Not for everything of course; that would just be insane. We order cards for the material housed in Special Collections. They contain all of the book specific notes and Spec Coll (as we lovingly refer to them) will write acquisition information on the back of the cards.

Now to be completely honest, I have a love/hate relationship with these suckers. They are awesome for storing information and having a back up if technology fails (which it has, once to be exact, since I started working full time here). They are awesome for migrations. On the other hand, they are a pain to keep up with, we constantly were having to reorder them because they would never come and we sometimes would even get the dreaded “z” card *gasp*.

So until September 30, 2015 we have the privilege of cataloging and ordering as much as we can. After that date, life as we know it will change, hopefully for the better.

It’s my anniversary! Blogging anniversary that is =)

I finally logged on to my blog today. I know, I know, it’s been months! Life and internet get in the way. One major drawback of living in the country is that you only get so many MB of data to use a month and let’s face it, mine all go to school. I mean that IS the reason we got internet in the first place. Before we just had one of those little wireless cards that was my mother-in-laws that we tried to use only in “emergency” situations (or when my husband decided he NEEDED to watch that YouTube video.

I got a little notification when I first logged on saying that it was my anniversary. It told me I had 6 years under my belt! If you look back you’ll see that there is NOT 6 years of blog posts. I created an account all those years ago to vent my frustration about my life and basically used it as my place to have a pity party. I kept it all hidden so no one had to see the complaints of a 20-year-old that felt like she had the weight of the world on her shoulders. College was happening and my personal life was a wreck…like a serious wreck. I’ve never told y’all the story of my parents and it’ll be a while before I probably will. I mean it was their life more than mine, I just had to live through it too. Parents: please remember your children when you are going through troubles. I know it’s so easy to focus on how much you are hurting and how difficult it is for you, but your children need you to understand that they are hurting just as much. I think some people get swept up in their own despair that they can’t see/don’t care how it impacts others because they are so consumed by it. Even after my parents got divorced the ramifications of their behavior still linger today. They’ve been apart for 9 years and have both remarried and it’s still extremely difficult. I know this all sounded vague but slowly I will spill the details of my past. It’s a doozy for sure but I know others have gone through a lot worse than I did or are going through the same thing.

After seeing that notification and the flood of the past hit me in the face, I’m so thankful for my life as it is today. Sometimes I get frustrated and want more. I want to travel so bad I can’t stand it some days. But when I’m reminded of the darker times, it makes me so happy to be at home, listening to Old McDonald had a Farm for the millionth time, trying to squeeze pennies to pay to replace the clutch that went out on one of our vehicles, and getting frustrated that my dog got sprayed by a skunk AGAIN (the joys of living on a farm, right?). We all have frustrations in life, but compared to where I have been, this is heaven. I have a son who loves me unconditionally and a husband who (I hope, he hasn’t given me any reason to doubt lol) does too. As cliché as it sounds, I have a roof over my head, yummy food that we can eat, clothes to cover us (maybe getting a little snug but by golly I can wear them haha), and I have love. That’s really all I care about and sometimes I just need a little poke to remind me of that.

I’m sure some of you are going through really hard times right now and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just remember that the tunnel will end eventually and a beautiful, blue sky with a huge warm sun is waiting on the other end. You will get there. I promise.

Ok, enough of that. Thank you WordPress for providing a FREE place to store our thoughts, cool things we find, and a way to share with everyone what exactly we think about something. You are awesome! I hope I have many more anniversaries with you.

P.S. I celebrated my work anniversary in May too! Five years and counting! Being a library tech and, one day in the next few years, a librarian is the best job I could ever have. You know you love your job when you are mentioned in a library blog post (it’s nice for others to recognize how much you love your job). I’m the one who loves to research books: http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2015/03/in-recognition-of-national-library-week.html haha. I’m sure you would have guessed that though. =)

I’m free, Free, FREE (until June…)!!

Today is my last day of class for this semester! I’m listening to the recording as I type this. Should I be paying attention? Probably….but when the teacher decides to record the presentation instead of having “live” (I’m taking the program all online but we meet at designated times online and interact through chat and talking into our microphones and that kind of thing) interaction and then start that record by saying he didn’t see any reason why we needed to meet since all of our material has been turned in, it kind of puts a damper on getting excited. Plus, he’s just talking about being sure you are in the right program and doing a recap on everything we have learned this semester. Yeah….no. I’d rather be thinking about what I’m going to do with all this free time I have on my hands.

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Blogging

Let’s face it, I’m terrible at being a consistent blogger. Not that I don’t try. This blog is my personal blog, so unfortunately it’s at the bottom of the list which stinks since it’s my therapy blog haha. I enjoy writing about crazy things I come across or just mundane things that I do day to day. It may be a boring read at times but at least I’m organizing my thoughts in some sort of fashion…see therapy =).  Continue reading

Short one

So much has been going on in life, that it makes it hard to get on as much as I want. Trust me when I say, I have tons to say and think about out loud…well in writing I suppose. I started grad school, which I’m sure I’ve already mentioned, back in January so between that, working, and being a wife and mommy, it’s hard to keep everyone up to date with everything!

We had an event early this month which I was pretty proud of. We called it “Vintage Viands”. We put out an all call to people in the library to help us showcase our online digital collection of home economics pamphlets by making something out of the pamphlets and bringing it in for the students and whoever else, to sample. It was a lot of work but I think it was a huge success! We had a friendly competition of the worse and best recipes. The best were Gingersnap Balls and the worse was Turkey Aspic (so gross!).

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This monstrosity took the winner of the worst

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I successfully squeezed orange and lemon juice for the first time for my recipes! I made this awesome raspberry lemonade and I made fudge and of course I had to try my hand at an apsic too!

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This was my aspic. It has gelatin, tomato juice, onion, salt and pepper, radishes, and cabbage and a little lemon juice. Needless to say, I will never make this to eat, just to eat.

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This was our poster and flyer that was designed by my co-worker and tweaked a little by our supervisor. It turned out well I think.

I think we have decided to make it an annual event. It went smoothly and people seemed to enjoy it a lot. I even had people ask us to hold it again next year!

I’ve also had this going on:

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Nothing like a dose of snow to bring the child out in you. I’m back at work today, unfortunately, while my sweet husband (who tubed into the night like a big kid last night) and my sweet son are sledding it up today. I’m sure all that white stuff will be around tomorrow so I can play too. =)