Summer Recap!

Well, the last couple of months have been oddly busy!  I took 3 road trips, kids went to Indiana for 3 weeks, I went to Cookie Lee Fashion Week, celebrated my birthday, and my 11th wedding anniversary!

I’m going to write a separate post about Cookie Lee Fashion Week because it was SO amazing and lots of pictures to share!

Here’s a brief recap of everything else! :-)

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Hubby surprised me on my birthday with a trip to Sedona for the day. Got his mom to watch the kids and we went up to where were married 11 years ago. (My birthday and our anniversary are only 3 days apart). They totally surprised me because I thought we were going out to family brunch – everyone LIED to me! :-)

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For my birthday I bought a puppy. ;-) Hubby is less then thrilled but the kids and I are happy.

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Her name is Maggie. She’s a sweetie. Trouble, but a sweetie.

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Been spending a lot of time at the gym. Lost a little bit of weight. Slowly. But I’m definitely more fit then I have been in a while! (Don’t mind me, I literally roll out of bed, brush my teeth, get dressed, and go workout!)

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Zoe has been spending a lot of time dressing up.

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Quite the diva.

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This is how someone at a Starbucks in Texas spells my name.

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My husband HAD TO eat at Franklin BBQ in Austin. We waited in line FOUR hours. I had to go to the car and change my shirt and take off my jewelry. It was SO humid and hot!

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We went to San Antonio and saw the Alamo.

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This was our after shot at Franklin BBQ. I’m not a meat eater so this was ALL for him. He was very appreciative. And he owed me a day of shopping in an air conditioned mall after this.

We had a lot of fun in Texas … On the way back we stopped to see Prada Marfa.  It’s literally a free-standing building in the middle of NOTHING along a highway in Texas just outside Marfa.  (It’s not an actual store.)

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I left my favorite bow earrings (as seen in a couple pictures above) at the hotel in San Antonio. SO bummed.

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It’s been vandalized a few times over the years. They’ve had to put up cameras and take out the bottoms of the bags to put in security devices to let authorities know if the items have been moved.

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Real Prada bags and shoes!

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I was pretty happy to see this random bit of art in the middle of Texas.

photo 1 (2) photo 2 (3) photo 4 (4) Sorry to just dump a ton of photos into a post but it’s the best way I could recap without being too boring.

The kids are back from visiting their grandparents so we have been trying to get back into our normal routine.  So far, so good!

How’s your summer been?!

LOVE!

Seriously.  I would keep all these pieces for myself!  Actually, I think I say that about ALL the jewelry.

Earrings are always my go-to piece of jewelry.  Sometimes I don’t want to wear a lot because it’s hot, or I’m out doing things with the kids….But earrings, they never get in the way!  Great way to add a little something to your outfit. Here’s a few new pairs I just got last week!

New Inventory

I love these gold pieces!  They go with just about ANYTHING!  Dress them up, wear them with just a t-shirt and jeans!  Perfect for any style.

Marrakech

And I know gold isn’t for everyone.  I have a friend who said it makes her look jaundice – to which we both giggled.  So here’s a little silver! I absolutely love the bracelets because they come as a set of 4!  I’m constantly mixing and matching them!! Necklaces are also a set of 2, so again, lots of versatility!

Silver Tassel

Which one is your favorite?!

Get Together & Give Back!

I struggle sometimes with wanting more … Don’t we all feel that way sometimes?  More money…More clothes…More vacations..More STUFF.  I think it’s part of our society now…Are we ever satisfied?!  Seems like there’s always something new to want!

So I was thinking…I have “enough”.  I have my basic needs (and a little more) met.  But there are families out there who need those basics.  I have been blessed with my business and I want to use it to give back.

Schools here in Phoenix start in August.  So I decided July would be a good month to collect donations for school supplies – pencils, paper, notebooks, backpacks, etc.  I also want to raise money to help provide uniforms and shoes.

I think when we work together as a community, society, country, we can accomplish SO much.

Here are some details of you how YOU can help!  (And you DO NOT need to live near me!)

Get TogetherIf you want to get your friends and family together we can do an online party or you can collect orders and we can raise money – for any cause or charity you want! The point is – to Give Back!

So I’m challenging you … There’s something EACH of us can do to help one another.  Will you join ME?

weekend recap …

It’s Thursday and I’m just now recapping my weekend?!?

Well, my weekend consisted of a very sick little boy (the really nasty kind of sick!), lots of laundry, and an unsuccessful sale!  BUT I did get a lovely email from someone I emailed months ago and a show booked.

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to one of my closest friends who’s moving across the country!  Our kids are good friends too so that made it doubly hard. UGH!

Continuing my workout routine and I LOVE working out!  I have never been someone to LOVE working out!  But now I can’t imagine not going.  It helps that hubby goes too.  And he makes up all our routines.  :-)  I bought a couple cute tank tops at Old Navy yesterday, perfect for working out, and they were on clearance!  Even better.  But seriously…I’m obsessed.  All I want is workout gear.  It’s totally a new me.  (I still have quite a few pounds to lose but I do see a difference in my body shape and a few pounds lost!  Just the beginning!) I downloaded FitSnap to sort of keep a digital journal of my workouts..I just ALWAYS forget to snap a pic at the gym!  Yes, I’ll be that person taking a selfie ha!  No shame.

Anyway, boring update, but it’s been a really long, yet fast week!!

Oh and also, I forgot how challenging it is to potty train a puppy!!  Yikes.  What did I get myself into!?!  Luckily she’s cute!

 

 

My Cookie Lee Story

I think a lot of people wonder why I got started in direct sales.  And I also think there’s a bad reputation with direct sales, when really it’s just a different business model. Anyway, here’s my story…

I started with Cookie Lee in January of this year.  I had first heard of Cookie Lee from a customer of mine when I worked at Nordstrom 10 years ago.  I went online to check it out and get some more details about joining and immediately I fell in love with all the sparkly, trendy, fun, jewelry. I just knew this was for me!  It would combine my love of fashion and shopping.  I could set my own schedule and it was something that would be mine. Not to mention earn a little money because hey, who doesn’t need a few extra bucks each month?

My first couple of months were awesome…I was excited.  My family was excited.  I worked really hard.  My warm circle of friends and family ordered from me and booked shows.  Things were going well!

After a while I started to focus more and more on the money.  I had ideas and plans for this money I hadn’t even earned yet!  I was focusing more and more on booking shows so I could make that money. I started to get selfish and greedy.  I started focusing on me and what I wanted.  What I thought I “needed” from my business.  But the harder I focused on all these things, the worse I felt! The less motivated I felt!

Then I started to hit road blocks.  In trying to get out of my warm circle of family and friends and really build my business, I got a lot of nos.  Lots of doors slammed in my face.  My Cookie Lee Sisters kept encouraging me.  Kept building me up.  So I kept going.  But each time I got knocked down, I found it harder to get back up.  And finally I just didn’t.

I took a couple weeks “off”.  Didn’t touch my computer.  Didn’t make any phone calls.  Couldn’t handle any more slammed doors or heartache!  I was putting all of me, my heart and soul into this business and not being able to go forward was totally heartbreaking and gut wrenching!

I really did consider quitting.  But I didn’t want to!  I had no idea what direction to take or how to even get started. I was totally stuck.

Then one night I started reading a couple devotionals that were sitting in my inbox.  (Normally I only get one but for some reason I had gotten 2 that day.)  And I respect if you aren’t a Christian.  But I am and my faith is the core of who I am and how I try to live my life.

I read Psalm 25:4-5. Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.

Ummmm hello!  That’s pretty loud and clear.

The second one I read was Col. 2:2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ,

I realized that my attitude and my actions were not of God.  They were of the world.  I’m called to be an encourager, a light in the darkness.  But here I was BEING the darkness!

My business is a complete gift. It’s brought people in my life that I would have never met without Cookie Lee.  It took me out of a depression and a funk I had been in for years.  It built up my confidence (and at the same time tore it down!), it made me really look at myself and who I am.

At the end of the day, I don’t “need” anything.  I have food, shelter, clothes, and a healthy family. Anything my business gives me, is truly a gift.

I decided that night that the foundation of my business is GIVING. It’s not about the money.  It’s not about the jewelry.  (The jewelry is just the sparkly, fun, tool!) It’s about me giving back everything I’ve been given.  It’s about giving love, encouragement, light, love, independence, and time.

The foundation of who I am is encouragement, love, and positivity and I lost total sight of that.

I feel like I hit all those road blocks because I wasn’t going in the right direction.  God was stopping me.  And boy did He!  I’m not saying that now I’ll just sit and wait for God to grow my business.  I know I have to put in the work.  I have to put it into action.  But now I know that at least I’m going in the right direction.  Now I have the hope that God will open the doors He wants me to walk through.

And as if I needed more proof of what I was praying about, feeling, and thinking … This was my devotional yesterday.

Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive.  Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.  The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.

So, to start things off right, next month I’m doing a Get Together and Give Back campaign.  I’m collecting food for our local food bank as well as backpacks for homeless and underprivileged kids. I’ve set a goal and I can’t wait to work together to achieve it!

New Summer Look Book!

I am so excited for new jewelry and more scarves!!  When we launched our new accessories in May (scarves and sunglasses) the scarves sold out like the first month!  So if you want one, better get them NOW!

Summer Scarves

a) Jewel-Tone Paisley Scarf

b) Blue Pattern Pop Scarf

c) Garden Party Scarf

d) Swirly Girl Scarf

e) Stars and Stripes Scarf

 

Here’s the new jewelry! I love the colors, the sass, and of course the versatility!  These mix and match well with each other and with pieces from our Spring/Summer catalog.

Summer Look Book 1

a) Blush Bliss Necklace $42

b) Sunray Statement Cuff $34 (available 6/16/14-email me to order!)

c) Seafoam Spritz Earrings $14

d) Checkerboard Abalone Necklace $38

e) Paradise Posies Earrings $20

f) Seaspray Bouquet Earrings $20

 

Summer Look Book 2

a) Aqua Dipped Mesh Necklace $24

b) Twisted Hoop Set $24

c) Boho Beach Necklace/Wrap Bracelet $34

d) Crystal Blush Statement Earrings $26

e) Waterfall Rush Statement Necklace $32

f) Sculpted Curve Bangle $28

g) Blush Inspiration Wrap Bracelet $24

h) Filigree Breeze Earrings $24

i) Golden Sand Dollar Bracelet $32

I personally love the Aqua Dipped Mesh Necklace, the Waterfall Rush Necklace, Crystal Blush Earrings, and the Seafoam Spritz Earrings. Among others! HA! Tell me what’s calling YOUR name! (Don’t you just want to go to the beach now?!)

Lemonade?

What’s that saying?  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?!  I’ve been away trying to work on making lemonade! 

I’ve been constantly struggling to find my voice.  Find myself.  Find my purpose.  Find my calling.  And I think I’ve found it. I just don’t know where or how to start.  (Does that make sense?!)

I started my business and I was going strong … And then door after door after door after door has been slammed in my face.  So many negatives.  So many bad things!  For a while I’ve just wanted to quit.  Stop trying.  Stop having my heartbroken!  This business means SO much to me.  And I absolutely hate the toll it’s taken on my confidence, my heart, and my soul!  I totally get why not everyone chooses to have their own business.  It’s HARD.  Emotionally.  Mentally.  Spiritually.  It tests who you are as a person.

BUT, I believe I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.  I believe I have a call to leadership and to mentor other women and moms.  I’m just still trying to figure out my game plan.

In the midst of all the business ups and downs, my son Noah (he just turned 2) has been struggling with some behavior issues as well as speech issues.  And yes, I know they are linked!  He gets so upset and so mad and frustrated and I know it’s because he just can’t say what he needs to say!  So we’ve started speech therapy!  And it is a welcome blessing. I’m hoping it’ll help in some other areas we struggle in.  But I love his therapist and he loves her too, so that right there is a good sign!

Now it’s late.  But I plan on being back here though!  Working. Writing. Sharing more then just my love of fashion but also bits of my life that I was really hesitant to share before. 

As always, thanks for reading. Meet me back here again SOON.  ;-)