The leap of faith I was referring to in my last post is about becoming my own boss. I took the plunge after months of debating to become a LuLaRoe consultant. I researched and researched. I kept purchasing items from several consultants (as research, wink, wink!) to the point where items were being delivered everyday. Friends would come up to me asking if I was selling and I would kindly say no. I kept thinking to myself, why the heck not? So I researched some more. I watched success story after success story. One night after work in one of my crying fits to my Mom she said, “you need to be in business for yourself.” I had not shared my idea of becoming a LLR consultant so I talked about it with my sister first and then my Mom. She spoke to my Dad and they agreed to help me out to set my freedom. I signed up on LLR the next evening and spent the next seven weeks in the “Queue”. I have to be honest that I did not take this seriously. I was scared and second guessed myself everyday. I think this comes from being knocked down so much in my current job. I know I can do this and I will do this. I got my call on Tuesday, December 20th and it caught me off guard. I told the lady I wasn’t ready so she called me the next day but we were driving through the middle of nowhere on our way to the Polar Express. She left a message saying she would call me back on the 27th and I sat by my phone all darn day. Nothing. I sat by phone the following day. Nothing. I got home from work that night and watched YouTube videos until 4 AM. I kept thinking this isn’t for me. Then my inner stronger self broke through and said you will do it. The next morning we took the kids to see Rogue One. I had my phone face-up during the entire film and nothing. We were on the 78 freeway at Sycamore and I got the call. I was shaking and said I am ready. I placed my initial order and then went home and placed another order. This new job, my new future is going to bring me out of my comfort zone. Over the next few days I created my Facebook boutique and ordered all my business supplies. We are converting our “Atkinson Farm” playroom into my office / the kids new grown-up playroom. I am ready. Now, all I need is the clothes! I am happy my Mom kept pushing me and I am thankful for my parents assistance and belief in me. I am also super, duper thankful for Jim believing in me. He keeps the positivity going! Deep down he cannot wait to become a #LuLaBro. Stay tuned for more amazing LLR amazingness!
After all the stress last night the kids (and I) survived the first day of the school year. The day didn’t really go as planned, our back-to-school traditions weren’t done, but I am the only one who really noticed. Payton loves her teacher and is so happy that her best friends are in the same class. Brayden loved his day, though it was too long and hot for him, he survived. This school year is going to be a good one.
As I lay wide awake just hours before both my babies enter elementary school, I am pondering how we got here so quickly. I know this is the most redundant question a parent asks themselves over the course of a lifetime, but seriously, why does it happen so fast? Payton is entering first grade and Brayden is beginning transitional kindergarten. Payton is over-the-moon excited that she got the teacher she wanted and the friends she cannot live without. Brayden has no idea what to expect, but has been very clear that he does not want to do homework and wants to play as much as he can. When he lined up today during a practice run of what to do when the bell rings, I found myself (yet again) looking over at my son. I was beaming with pride that 1). he did not cry 2). he handled walking in late to orientation and after I urged him to sit in back, he walked right up front and plopped himself front and center 3). he is the second tallest and though he gets scared with learning and tends to quit I know he is going to kick butt in TK.
Our Summer vacation was fast and while it seemed to me that we did nothing, we did. The first weekend of vacation we made a bucket list as a family. Most of the items seemed to be way easier but as the days moved quickly so did our work schedules. We joked that the kids would only gets baths in the pool and we would be lucky if they washed their hair. This was almost a correct assumption as the first month was swim lessons every day and then post lessons they were in our pool until the sun went down. The good thing is, we escaped without green hair and Payton didn’t end up with dreds, parenting win I tell you! Theres still time to knock a few things off our list like: baking cinnamon rolls, a Padre game (this week to be exact), Palm Springs, library visits and a backyard light show. I am sad that Summer is unofficially over with the school year beginning, but I am also excited for my kids. I love watching them become better tiny humans with larger hearts and sarcastic souls.
A big thank you to Little Blue Bow Photography for capturing our beautiful blue eyed babes!
Over the weekend my Mom treated all her girls to the bunny brunch + an amazing shop trip at the American Girl store in LA. It called for an early morning wake-up call but it was worth seeing the girls so excited. My nieces had been to the store before but it was a first for Payton. She got a doll for her birthday at one of the holiday pop-up shops so going to the mecca was outstandingly overwhelming. We arrived to the store quarter to nine. The store was quiet, every doll in place, every outfit perfectly hung. We made our way upstairs to the café and were seated at table one. They quickly helped the girls get their dolls in their seats and brought over the signature cinnamon rolls. They were tasty, but doll sized. Since it was a brunch we had four options to choose from: blueberry pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, french toast or scrambled eggs with potatoes. Since there were six of us I nibbled on everything. Everything was good, my sister said that their lunch menu was more impressive. As we were done eating it was our turn to take a picture with the Easter bunny. Each girl got an individual photo with the bunny and then we had the option to take a group photo with our own camera. When we returned to the table dessert was served. It was the signature flower pot chocolate mousse and a bunny sugar cookie. Both were very good but rich. The meal experience was memorable but the girls could not wait to start shopping. My original plan was to only let her doll get her hair done and ears pierced plus an outfit. That plan quickly changed once her cousins were getting a new doll. We now have a new member of our family, Lea, the doll of the year. I couldn’t say no to this doll, she’s adorable and with our upcoming family trip to Hawaii in the Fall she was the perfect addition with her island flair.
After the doll shopping we made our way to Nordstrom where Grandma spoiled them even further. Matching dresses, mini Easter stuffed animals, sandals, etc. If it couldn’t get any sweeter we ended at Dylan’s Candy Bar where there was no limit. It was a magical day for the girls. They truly have one amazing Grandma!
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Like most families we are always on-the-go. Last September we made a lifestyle change and started working out together vs. going our separate ways. It has been fun working out together, encouraging one another and making fun when we simply have nothing left. I seem to burn out a little quicker on some days because I struggle with getting enough protein in my diet. I was recently introduced to EAS® 100% Whey Single Serving Packets. They are perfect because I keep them in my center console on days when I can’t run right home after a workout. I simply keep a blender bottle and water in my car and mix right after the gym. We don’t have a lot of time as our workout is right in between dropping the kids off at school and then by the time we finish our workout we are running to pick-up our youngest at preschool. The ease of EAS® Protein Powder makes our already healthy lifestyle easier to stay on track.
Working out with my hubby has been the best thing we have done together. We might not always get our date nights but having our time in the gym together has been amazing for us. Making sure you give yourself the proper protein is essential to build lean muscle and maintain total body health! Make it convenient and easier on yourself and try EAS® Protein Supplements!
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