I’m baccckkkk

Oh man, you guys. I’m really not a slacker. Well….take back. I am kind of a slacker, but only when it comes to doing things for myself. Blogging is really just a big therapy ball for me, so when things start going crazy in life, the first thing to drop off is blogging. I would say it’s exercising, but let’s be real, I don’t exercise. I tried a few times, you know, thinking I could do it the next time and the next time. This most recent time, I lasted for three months before I gave up. That’s an improvement, right?! I was pretty proud of myself.  But for real, one of the big reasons I dropped off the blogging world as long as I did was because I did a crazy thing and deleted the Google Authentication app off my phone. Not a big deal, right? Well only not a big deal IF you still had your back up codes printed out somewhere. I apparently did not have them printed out. That, or I threw the list of codes away eons ago during a wild and crazy cleaning day. Those get kind of crazy, dontcha know.  Thank goodness for WordPress for getting me back up and running. What’s the phrase the youngins use these days? You da real MVP! I think that’s right, but it just sounds so wrong in my head, probably because I sound like an old lady.

School has been all-consuming and of course LuLaRoe. Let’s not even mention being a mom and wife. Holy smokes. Sometimes I feel like I bit off more than I could chew. Probably because I did, but we won’t go there. I only have ONE more semester of school after this one. THANK GOODNESS. I absolutely cannot wait to be done. Honestly, though, it’s been really enlightening and sometimes really challenging. I need a good challenge to make sure my brain is still operating and can think about things logically. Do you ever get scared that the creativity and the learning parts of your brain are just going to shrivel up if you don’t use them? I am super paranoid about that, so I try to keep it functioning so that it will keep working for me. So far, so good. I’ll let y’all know if I start slipping. My burning question at the moment is why is it soooo easy for me to write things like this, but when it comes to writing papers for class, my paper looks like the North Pole. White. Ugh. It’s probably because “I’m not in to it”. Not that I’m into myself either, but it’s way less time-consuming to write my thoughts because they are already in my head. Class papers require me to put things into my head to get that stuff down on paper and there’s not a lot of room for new stuff. Hello, data dumps.  EVERY semester, y’all. Every semester.

Business is going well. It’s waayyyyy more work than I anticipated initially. I don’t know what I was thinking to be honest, but I will say that it’s rewarding. It makes me feel good when I can make someone’s day or if we find just the right dress for that special night out. It’s nice to be able to contribute to someone’s happiness, no matter how trivial it may seem. A smile is a smile, y’all.

My boy is growing up on me. He’s FOUR, you guys. FOUR. How is that even possible?! Doesn’t it just feel like yesterday that he entered this world? He’s terribly handsome if I do say so myself and most of the time he’s too smart for his own good. He got his first report card a couple of weeks ago. I know what you are thinking and yes, it was like a legit report card. I had the same reaction. He’s four. HE’S FOUR. But, I will say it was cool to see what he’s excelling at and what he’s struggling with. He’s smart as a whip, but he struggles with listening on the playground and well listening in general. He has this bad habit of being a typical kid and only wanting to do what he wants to do. Serious business, y’all. For real though, I know he should listen and we are talking to him about it, but if that’s the worst thing he does, I’m okay with that for now because I really do think it’s just a thing kids his age do.

Work is going well. I’m still at my library. Let’s face it, I’ll probably never leave. We had our fourth Vintage Viands event. It was pretty awesome. It was featured in Our State magazine and 1808: Greensboro’s Magazine, so that’s been interesting and fun. It was so nice to have people from the community come and sample recipes from our collection. They had fun and we had fun in the moment at least. The clean up afterwards is always a doozy, but we made it through.

We added a new member to the family. Everyone, meet Turbo Whiskers. I betcha can’t guess who named him.

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We got him in August because the animal shelter was having free adoption month. He was five months old when this was taken, so he’s grown a little bit. He already looks full-grown. Surprisingly, our dog really doesn’t mind him. They play all the time. Sometimes the cat gets a little rough, but the dog just yelps and the cat slows his roll. My husband is less than thrilled with the cat. We (as in me and our son) might have gone and gotten him one day while he was working. I was feeling rebellious that day. It was two against one, let’s not forget. I have no regrets. NONE.

I think that catches us back up for now. Now that I’m back in action, you’ll probably be hearing from me again. I’ll be sure to bring my awesome work stories and recipes back to the table. I did get my very own old school jello mold the other day. My aspic game is about to grow stronger, so y’all know I’m going to sharing the love with you guys.













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!