A Chick-Fil-A Christmas Treat

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

It may be in the upper 60’s here in Florida. But you can bet that I am all cuddled up in my boots and scarfs. Oh yes! ‘Tis the season for scarfs and cute boots! What else is there not to love about this time of the year? The cold…which I try to not let it bother me anyways. It at least puts you in the mood for Christmas! I enjoy walking around checking out Christmas lights with my kids. Unfortunately they have been sick and therefore we haven’t seen a lot of Christmas lights yet. Except for one night we did see some at a place I never thought to look for Christmas lights. It’s a Chick-Fil-A Christmas Story!

Chick-fil-A

I don’t recall seeing Chick-Fil-A all dolled up in Christmas lights before. I have seen them decorate for Christmas on the inside and it is quite a wonderful feeling! But to see lights on the outside was something totally new for me. Wait!? What? Something is new for me at Chick-Fil-A? I don’t believe it.

It was a starry-starry night

It was a restful evening, after a busy day we went off to Chick Fil A for dinner. Best way to unwind from a crazy week that’s for sure! Although it seemed to be colder inside the Chick-Fil-A than outside! I love eating outside at this particular Chick-Fil-A as their seating is plentiful.

greetings to you and your kin

Walking up to this Chick-Fil-A it was beautiful and really celebrated Christmastime! Outside we are greeted by these beautiful candy canes!

#ChickfilaMom, Chick fil A, Chick-Fil-A

Then adorned on the window high above near the play area, is the word “Joy” to remind us all to keep Joy in our lives this holiday season.

As you walk towards the double doors of this Chick-Fil-A you are greeted by two nutcrackers. Here they are all lit up with lights and ready to greet fellow customers who walk in.

Then we walk inside and the first things my eyes see is this beautiful Christmas tree. I think they are trying to make me hungry for candy canes.

While heading towards the line I see these beautiful decorations. There were so many decorations throughout this Chick-Fil-A that I couldn’t possibly take pictures of all of it! It was the most beautiful sight you have ever seen!

So Long…farewell..

As our dinner time came to a close we headed out to the car. What was even more beautiful was this photo.

I love that no matter whether you were headed out of the restaurant or if you were going through the drive thru, you were able to see this beautiful sight!

Chick-fil-a Christmas

Christmas and Chick-Fil-A are a wonderful combination. I love being able to blog about this Chick-Fil-A and how wonderful their staff is along with their decorations being amazing! I love being able to spread Christmas Cheer and showcase Joy all season long (and all year long) is my favorite part of this time of year. Christmas just seems to bring back happy memories for most and it is a joyous time of the year. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Merry Christmas!

Sprinkling Joy this Holiday Season

Sprinkling Joy

349 days, 6 hours, and 40 minutes is the amount of time it took me to finally find “The One.” “The One” I am referring to, is “The One” whom God chose me to bless or also known as sprinkling joy to someone. For the past 349 days I have prayed, thought, and cautiously moved forward in blessing someone special. I knew the Holy Spirit would direct and guide me and let me know who I was to bless. But first..a little backstory

Backstory time…

Sprinkling Joy, $5, blessing others, 5 dollars, five dollars

Grab some popcorn and hot tea and get ready for this back story! On December 13, 2016 I was at a homeschool co-op. I loved participating in co-op and being part of the group. Let me tell you, there was no drama here and a whole lot of love! That seems to be very rare these days. Anyways, this was the annual Christmas party that was to be held that year. Prior to that though (as with every co-op meeting) the pastor would say a few words and pray before heading to our respective rooms. This particular day he had talked about giving and blessing others. He then handed out $5 bills to every family at the church and challenged them to bless someone with it. You can imagine all the excitement and thoughts that went through my mind. I couldn’t wait to bless someone with it.

But I didn’t want it to be just anybody…

The Temptation…

Temptation…oh the sin of temptation is so great some days. This party was at a time when I was in a very hard place financially. It was tempting to keep the $5 for myself or use it for food. I kept hearing others say “It’s okay, you can use it for yourself.” But I rebuked those thoughts and kept it in a safe place. It stayed in that same place during turmoil and terror that ensued the following weeks. I never once touched it or thought about touching it. It was safe. It was for someone special. Someone who I wasn’t sure who it would be quite yet. But I would make sure they would be blessed.

Missed Opportunities

How many times do we kick ourselves for missed opportunities? I was so close to blessing someone with the $5 but he left the area too quick for me to catch up to him. I felt so bad. Then, I had another friend that I kept forgetting to give it to. But it just didn’t seem like the right person. I argued with myself stating that this was the person who I was supposed to give the money to. But I kept forgetting and my thoughts were “keep saving it.” So I wouldn’t call those badly missed opportunities because I did show some love to those at the time it just wasn’t this $5.

The Friend backstory

Now that you know the background story of the $5 bill. You must know this friend background story as to whom I gave the $5 to. We met back in 2010-2011 (somewhere around that time frame) and I knew we would totally be best friends. She moved away and we lost contact but I always thought about her. I always wondered what she was up to, how her life was, and everything about her. I wanted so badly to connect with her again as we always had great talks! A few months ago I saw she was back in the area. I was excited to see her again and talk to her. We exchanged contact information so we could stay in contact. This was definitely on my top ten lists for the year stories! It was incredible to be reunited after all these years.

Sprinkling joy to friends

Sprinkling joy, Spreading a little laughter, Send a little love in their hearts. Doesn’t it make you feel good when you spread love, joy, hope, and laughter to your friends? I know I love blessing others especially my friends. Sometimes that is buying them a Starbucks drink or bringing them Chick-Fil-A when they are having a bad day. Sprinkling Joy can be as easy as giving someone a hug, texting a friend, or calling said friend if they are having a rough day. It doesn’t have to cost anything or it can cost as much as you want it to. It’s the thought that counts not necessarily the materialistic amount of the gift.

realizing who to bless

Blessing others through sprinkling joy

I was at a restaurant one afternoon with my family. It was the most relaxing and fun time I have ever had a restaurant. I reached in my wallet to leave a tip for our fabulous waitress. Then it hit me out of the blue. This waitress (who was also my amazing friend) was whom I was to bless. It may have taken me 348 days to figure it out. But I couldn’t wait to give it to her. So I sent her a text message that night and she was free the next day.

Being a friend

Sometimes you can be a friend to someone who is hurting. But sometimes they just need someone who has gone through what they are going through. The holidays can be difficult for someone who is alone or is going through a rough time. I know last year was very hard on me. Thankfully, I had amazing friends and still do have amazing friends that help me get through the holidays. Even the loss of a loved one can be rough during the holidays. I know many friends who are dealing with that. Be a friend to others, let them know that you are there for them. Lend them a hand if they are in need but most of all love them.

THe Reveal

So, I was insanely anxious for my friend to come over. I kept checking the clock and in excitement extremely ready to bless her. Finally, she texted that she was on the way and I was so excited.

I’m more excited than a kid on Christmas morning who has entirely too many gifts.

Yes, I was that excited to bless someone. But not just anyone though it was one of my good friends.  Since it was a beautiful day outside, we had the kiddos play outside. While we talked and caught up on our lives. I then told her the same story from earlier, gave her the back story about the $5. Prior to her coming over and prayed over that $5 that it would bless her tremendously. I also prayed for it to bless her later on in the day as well.

a giving heart

Sprinkling Joy, gift, blessing others

“Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” ~Matthew 6:4

I contemplated writing this blog post. I didn’t want this to come across as a “Look what I did and give me all the glory” blog post. No, this blog post was to show you the story of how this $5 bill from co-op one day had a long journey before it came upon it’s rightful owner. A lot of friends blessed me over the past year. I have so badly wanted to repay them. The only repayment I could afford was a thank you and a hug. The best way is to bless others just like how you are blessed. I have even been blessed recently.

A dear friend paid for our dinner (totally in secret, that’s for sure) and you have no idea how much of a huge blessing that was. I really wanted this story to be told that if someone says “bless others” that you really put thought into it. Give them something that they could really use, even if it’s just a hug or paying for their meal. Don’t go around telling the world how you bless people. Bless people without the attention and telling others. Like I mentioned earlier, I really debated about blogging about this story, but I think it should be told. There are many hurting this holiday season and I know what that feels like……

Blessing others by sprinkling joy

Anytime you are able to bless someone, sprinkle some joy into their life. Do what you can to bless them. Leave an extra tip for the waitress who may be working multiple jobs. Bless the single mom who may not have enough money for clothes for her kids or Christmas presents. If someone seems upset or sad give them a hug. Just being there for someone in need is the greatest blessing of all. Go out and keep sprinkling joy to those around you…

QOTD: How are you planning to go around sprinkling joy to others? 

 

Running around….the Christmas Tree?

Thanksgiving Table setting

After Halloween it seems the craziness of the holidays is upon us. We all start to get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas during November. Christmas parties have already started to fill up our calendars and it seems exhaustion comes before any of the festivities take place. We just run around all throughout the holidays. It’s as if we are running around the Christmas Tree instead of being present in the moment.

ThankFULNESS AND GRATEFULNESS

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and it seems as if we all sit around a table and talk about what we are thankful to have in our lives. There is much to be thankful for in my own life.  We are grateful for those people who are in our lives as wonderful friends and family. We are grateful for all of our luxuries in life and those who pour in their love around us. It seems on a day that we are so thankful for that we would also understand the thankfulness of the word “No.”

Thankful for the word “no”

Saying “no” to commitments during the holidays is something that troubles many. It’s hard (especially when you have a servant’s heart) to say that word….NO! I am pretty sure that is not in my vocabulary, I only know “Yes” and “How may I help?” But the reality is being spread so thin out during the holidays can make you run around the Christmas tree but never fully enjoy the moments.

Thankful and then…

This is a problem we have in our materialistic society. We gather around the table at Thanksgiving and talk about everything we are thankful for. Nowadays, you hit the stores up on Thanksgiving Day prior to Black Friday. For what reason? To be thankful and then fight over the last toy hit of the season? Coach Bag that’s on sale? I am pretty sure that is the opposite of being fulfilled with gratefulness and content. Being content with what you have and who you are around. Always remember to thank those in your life that mean so much to you.

Running around the Christmas tree….

So there is this crazy thing of running everywhere at Christmastime. There are Christmas parties for work, school, family, friends, and even with the kid’s activities. It seems we spend more time running around to various events than actually spending time with family and friends around the Christmas tree. Ever realize that the holidays seem more exhausting rather than making fun memories? What do you remember most as a child? Running around to various holiday parties? Or enjoying family traditions together and enjoying each other’s company? There’s a difference between showcasing your presents to the gift receivers and being present in their lives.

And I was running and running….until I couldn’t run anymore

During the holidays we tend to get so caught up running around that we forget to embrace those around us. So stop this holiday season, and breathe. Cut back on the outside commitments, go out to eat instead of cooking, and just enjoy your family. Go to a theme park, picnic, build a snowman (we don’t get many chances to do that here in Florida though!), and spend time with those whom you love. These moments you won’t get back and soon life will pass you by.

Don’t keep running around and neglecting your family this holiday season. Embrace, drink hot chocolate, drive around seeing Christmas lights, make sugar cookies, and invite friends over for a family friendly game night. Most of all love your family and hold them tight. You never know what the following year will hold.

Looking Back….Keep Moving Forward

How many of you are on Timehop? How many of you look back at your memories that Facebook pops up everyday? It’s always interesting to see how much can change in a year. A lot can happen in your life, family’s life, and dynamics changing in a family within a year. Looking back at where my life was a year ago makes me realize that to keep on going and moving forward is the way to go in life. See, it was a year ago that we learned that Jasmine had Masticatory Muscle Mitosis (otherwise known as MMM). There were other personal struggles going on as well that I was dealing with a year ago.

One Year ago today…

Jasmine's update, update on Jasmine

 

Jasmine was at the Vet to be tested for MMM, one year ago. I remember begging for prayers for God to heal her or just let something be stuck in her jaw. It’s hard to see your family member suffer and it was a very painful experience. Not only that, but there were some personal issues going on in my life that I struggled with. It’s so funny to look back at where I was a year ago in my life. Of course, a year ago I was so stressed out that I couldn’t look towards the future. I just couldn’t understand why….

Why didn’t god answer my prayers?

This….. it’s not necessarily God didn’t answer our prayers. But rather that our prayers weren’t answered in the way that we want or expected them to be answered. It’s easy to “think” we know God’s plan for our life, but in reality we don’t know. But we do know that God is in control and that he has a plan for our life. I remember a year ago praying so hard that God would just heal Jasmine or just let something be stuck in her jaw. Why does she have to suffer with this horrible disease? What if it couldn’t be cured? Will she ever be able to open her jaw wide again? Will she ever be able to have full function of her mouth again? The worry was ever present in my mind. Pain and suffering isn’t exempt from this life but there is something called, hope. 

Hope is defined as: “a feeling of trust”

Anxiety, worry, fear, the unknown future, angst, foreboding,  trepidation, fright, and dread go through our thoughts and minds. In our day and age in our lives, we seem to live off of anxiety, fear, and dread. A lot of people dread going to work everyday. There is the fear of living pay check to pay check. The anxiety of not knowing what the future holds. But there is a way to cope with that and it’s hope. Hope for a future…. God’s plans are to prosper us, but we must seek him and trust him. Trust is something that’s hard for many people to deal with. But walking in obedience and learning to trust and obey is key.

4 months later….

Golden retrievers, jasmine, sofia

Sofia and Jasmine are best friends

Remember hope and praying? I was devastated that Jasmine did indeed have MMM. I am not going to lie, but I felt hopeless. Why would God allow this to happen in my life? It felt like my life was crumbling around me at this time. My hopes, dreams, and future seemed to be completely down the drain. I felt like I was at rock bottom. I look back and I wish I could tell myself a year ago that everything is going to be more than fine, just trust in him. But, I was too busy worried about things I had no control over. 4 months later Jasmine was completely healed from MMM. I think part of that was due to Sofia helping her “overcome” her obstacles. It may sound silly but it is true!

Looking back BUT keep moving forward…

Don’t dwell on your current situation or your past for too long. It’s okay to look back at the struggles you faced but keep your outlook towards the future. Know that there are better days ahead, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Life is ever changing and it’s too short to feel miserable or down. I look back at how much sorrow and pain I was in a year ago. Now though, I couldn’t be happier in my life. I know if it wasn’t for the struggles that I went through I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now. If you are in a dark place or a place of sorrow or pain keep your chin up. Focus on the hope of tomorrow, hope of the future, and the beauty of what lies ahead of you.

Keep Moving Forward…..

Live Today hope for tomorrow

moving forward

Look out world…Here comes a new Amy! She’s ready to tackle you and all that you throw her way.

My struggles are part of who I am. It’s so easy to read this blog but not fully understand it. I was there a year ago, I know how it feels. You feel so hopeless, pain, sorrow, and your heart aches. Live out your life today as you won’t get today back. Run a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, or even just a mile if you feel like it. Be the best of who you are even in the tough times. I promise you to keep your head up is so worth it. It’s okay to be weak in the moments but know that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.

I heard from countless people telling me that everything would be so much better after the dark times in my life were over. At the time I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. Happiness in life is based upon your reaction to stressors in life. If you want to be miserable then feel miserable all the time. But if you want to be happy then be positive and upbeat. No one likes to be around a negative individual so be the person who everyone wants to be around. Be the happy, upbeat, positive friend that those who are hurting around you need.

Live. Laugh. Love. 

Be a light to those in your life today. You never know who is facing a difficult time or trial. Some people are great at hiding their trials and could just use a friend. Be that friend….

To read the post that announced her diagnosis click here.

 

 

Chick-Fil-A’s Mom Panel 2017-2018

Chick-fil-a Mom Panelist 2017-2018

If ya’ll know me then you know how much I LOVE Chick-Fil-A. I would eat at Chick-Fil-A for all three meals if the opportunity presented itself. Oh wait, it has on road trips! You know when I do go on road trips, I make sure not to travel on Sundays, because Chick-Fil-A is closed. Where are you supposed to eat on Sundays if Chick-Fil-A is not open? Are there really any other places to eat? Maybe Panera, but other than that, where is my favorite place to eat? Chick-Fil-A.

I am so excited to announce today that I have been included on the Chick-FIl-A’s Mom Panel for the 2017-2018 year! I feel honored to be part of this amazing experience and I look forward to helping out in anyway possible.

I’ll also be blogging about local events at the local Chick-FIl-A’s. I also will have a special blog post about my experience working with an amazing marketing director for an event.

Chick-fil-a’s Mom panel welcome goodies

Last week was pretty hectic with planning a 5k and therefore I was unable to enjoy my moment of receiving my Chick-Fil-A mom’s panel package. After running errands last Friday, gathering up some last minute items for the Night to Shine 5k, I came home to this…..

Chick-fil-A mom's panel

Always as good day when you arrive home to a box from the Chick-Fil-A mom’s panel!

I was so excited when I received this and was hopping like a crazy person all throughout the house. My excitement was short lived though as I had to quickly finish gathering up the packets for the 5k. Ironically, I had just came home from being at Chick-Fil-A so to arrive home to this amazing package was exciting!

I opened the box and found this….

Chick-Fil-A

Welcome Bag from Chick-Fil-A

Do you notice my large Chick-Fil-A sweet tea in the background too? LOL!!! I told you I am a Chick-fil-A addict!!!! I am also an a Silver A-Lister and have the app on my phone. Y’all I can’t wait to tell you how amazing Chick-Fil-A’s ordering app is! Be sure to stay tuned for that blog post about how easy it is from this momma’s perspective.

I know you are dying to know what awesome goodies were in my bag. Drum roll please…….

Umbrella, Beach ball, cow, free food coupons, a mini plush cow, and a water bottle! This Chick-Fil-A momma is happy!

I am so honored and excited to be able to be part of this year’s Mom Panel and I hope that you will enjoy the ride along as I blog about my favorite place to eat!

Hiding Behind a Screen

Hiding…

Faking…

Pretending…

We all are guilty of doing this at some point or another. Especially as moms we have a tendency to showcase on Social Media how perfect our lives are. We showcase the random flowers our significant other picked up for us at the store, but yet that was the only time flowers were ever picked up. We post a photo on our Instagram and it shows us doing Pinterest crafts with our kids. It looks to others that we have it all together. Social Media is about as deceitful as the devil himself. That picture of a perfect family on their way to church? Nope, there were a lot of retakes of that photo. There was also possibly a lot of arguing or bickering prior to that.  We don’t know the true stories behind each picture that we scroll through on social media.

But…

To others looking on the outside in, it looks as if we are living the American Dream. We have a beautiful house, the minivan with the automatic doors, kids who are well-groomed and dressed, a mom who reminds you of June Cleaver, and the husband who goes to work everyday and comes home with a smile on his face wanting to play with the kids. It seems as if nothing in our lives is going wrong. We don’t want others to see the torment, pain, and heartbreak that is really going on behind closed doors.

What if….

What if we were real….

What if we were real and allowed others to see our vulnerabilities, our imperfections. Would our friends still be our friends? Would our family image be ruined? Why do we care so much about what people think anyways?

I think we are afraid that we will be lonely and that others may see us differently. They will see our struggles, pain, and our imperfections. They may judge us based on that and possibly not be friends anymore. But shouldn’t we all just be authentic with each other? I have told my struggles to some friends and they have told me their struggles. Sometimes our struggles can bring comfort to those who are suffering.

What if you reached out to your friend/sister/acquaintance and told them that no matter what they ever told you that you would still be there for them? That could (in some instances) be a life saving grace. I have read about domestic violence and experienced it. I can tell you that if one person was brave enough to say “I’ll be your friend regardless” that things may be different. It’s only after something drastic happens do we typically end up telling everything that has happened in our lives to a “safe” friend. But there are many women who aren’t as lucky. They are those who are battered and beaten. They are the ones who lie around in their own pool of blood. The dangers of putting on a perfect life on social media can be deadly to some. What if… What if those who are abused had a friend who they could trust? A friend who wouldn’t judge? A friend who was constantly there for them no matter what? Things could have a different outcome if they felt safe enough to text a friend.

Social Media has a lot of positives and is great when used in capacity. But showing off a fictitious life can be detrimental. Be authentic, show your bad days, good days, off days, crazy days, silly days, etc.

Remember it’s okay to show the real you and if you get unfriended because of it…then they weren’t a real friend to begin with.

 

 

Life Changes

This year has been probably one of the hardest I have had to endure. Going from married to single in a matter of months was no easy task. Add in the mix going from being a part-time working (stay at home) mom to having to juggle multiple jobs just to make ends meet (which sometimes isn’t even enough). Thankfully I have great and supportive parents but I see so many others who struggle and do not have a supportive family.

After staying at home (9 years) and doing real estate part time for 7 years it’s hard to be able to find a job that works for me, skill sets, and my schedule. So this shall be quite the journey that’s for sure. This year already has been interesting trying to find the right job. On top of that, I am still homeschooling and obviously I haven’t been keeping up with this blog since I haven’t posted in quite a while.

To keep myself distracted from all the negativity in my life I was focusing in on doing a fundraiser for Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine event. That has done a good job at distracting me and keeping my mind busy. But it’s also been a new experience and another thing on my plate. It’s exhausting trying to juggle work, life, school, and volunteering. I miss the luxury of having time to myself. Sure, I’ve gone out with friends here and there to my favorite local places. But alone time just isn’t on my timeline.

It’s easy to doubt myself and my abilities. Am I a good enough real estate agent? Am I a good enough mom? Could I do everything better? My self-doubt talk kicks in and negative feelings seem to arise. There are so many unanswered questions that cause confusion in my life. I don’t know which way to go. Should I continue with certain career paths? Should I switch my career? Go back and achieve my Masters degree? I am feeling left with wondering why or what I should be doing with my life. I am at a fork in the road career wise and not sure which way to go.

Life keeps on changing on me. I had to sell my first house that I bought and that was rough. I am so happy for the family that bought it, but at the same time I really loved my house. I just keep on praying and thinking that God has something better in store for me. It’s just hard to see what exactly he has planned at the moment. It feels like I’m walking in a fog but I know things will get better I just have to trust him.

Anxiety is aggravating and it’s hard to cope with sometimes. But I am a fighter and a warrior so I will survive. This storm may have seemed like a category 5 hurricane but the calm will be felt after it has passed. I feel that it is finally passing over now and that the calm will be here soon. Everyone goes through storms in their lives, relationships, and work. It’s just the way life is. But how you deal with the storm can make you or break you. The storm I went through  pretty much causes the majority of people (who have been in my shoes) a lot of stress and anxiety. I had to cope dealing with stressors and not let them bother me. It’s a process but once I get into the swing of things I’ll be okay. I’m almost to that point it just takes time.

Life changes and it’s how we cope with change that creates our character. How will we cope with the change….

Forget Everything and Run

or

Face Everything and Rise

Selling a house, moving, job, relationships, family, and all change is and will be scary. But how will you deal with the change? How will you fit what you know is comfortable into your life? Do you embrace the change? Or do you run from change? Life wasn’t meant to stay the same as we all have challenges. It’s about how we deal with the changes that makes us a better person.

Leave a comment below stating how you deal/cope with life changes!

Small Business Friday Highlight ~ Laney

My Happy Family!

Rewind the clock to 5 short months ago…I was a quiet stay at home mom who kept to myself and my small circle of friends.  I would never dream of putting myself out there for possible failure.  My confidence level was at an all time low.  I was used to having a full time job making very good money and feeling like I was contributing to our household.  Even though I knew I was just by taking care of our 22 month little boy it still didn’t seem the same.

In February I was approached about becoming an ItWorks distributor.  I listened, but didn’t really give it much thought.  A couple weeks later someone requested me as a friend on Instagram and I was looking through her pictures.  I noticed she was also a distributor.  I read through her posts and was intrigued.  I decided to reach out to her…just for the heck of it.  She told me how I could make anywhere from $200-$6000 plus a month.  Of course my mind went to “yeah right”.  But something told me to continue to follow her and just keep watching.  As I was seeing her posts I was seeing her success.  I thought to myself why couldn’t this be me???  But I also had every excuse in the book…I live in a small town, no one I know will buy anything, I’m too quiet to do this, I only have 101 followers on Instagram…and the list goes on.  So, I talked with my husband.  We discussed the $99 to join and was IT really going to WORK??  Or are we just throwing $99 down the drain that we could be using to buy diapers?!?  I then found out that with this new distributor kit I would get 4 of the skinny wraps that I was REALLY wanting to try.  So…it was decided!  I was going to do this!  I was going to be THAT girl!!  That so called #BOSSBABE or  #MOMBOSS!!  I was excited yet nervous about putting myself out there on social media.  The thought of failing made me want to throw up!  But the thought of being successful was way stronger!

And so the adventure began…I had no idea what I was doing.  But when I say the support is amazing, that doesn’t even begin to describe the support I had.  I started posting.  I started requesting more friends.  I started putting myself out there.  The first few weeks…NOTHING!!

I thought to myself “thats it, I’m failing”.  “I can’t do this”.  “I want to quit”.  

Just like everything else in my life!  If I don’t succeed right away…I’m done….I’m over it.  I talked to a couple girls on my team.  They told me to stay positive and keep trying and promised me if I do that “it will happen”.  I decided I would give it another month and see what happened.  I kept plugging away, posting daily, following up with people, doing everything I was supposed to be doing.  Then it happened.  I was nearing the end of my first 30 days and in 2 days I got 4 customers!  I was ecstatic!  It was just the lift I needed to put my mind into positivity mode!  Over the next month I continued to get more customers.  In May I got my first promotion to Executive leader and between May and June I had 12 distributors sign up under me.  This was when I knew I could do this.

I am continuing my success and it feels so good!  What I was hoping to be an extra $200 or $300 a month has turned into so much more!  It is helping my family.  It has given me my confidence back.  I have made so many friends in this business!  It has paid off debt and we now have financial freedom!  Most of all it lets me stay home with my son.  Every day I get to enjoy him, see him grow up and be there for him and for this I am so thankful.  This is why I love this company and all that it stands for!  And, if you are asking…YES IT REALLY DOES WORK!!!  The business aspect of being successful works and the products work!  I would not be successful nor would I be working for this company if I truly didn’t believe in these products and this opportunity!  I prayed and prayed for God to lead me in the right direction!  And here I am today 5 months later thanking God for guiding me to my decision to say YES!!

I would love to talk to anyone about this business opportunity and to work one on one with you to help you build your business and become successful!  I know I can help you and your family find financial freedom or I have a product to help you with your heath goals!  Contact me and lets chat!

Email   laneyann@hotmail.com

Text   724-651-2935

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Visit my website  www.laneypickel.myitworks.com

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Triple Time by C. Kevin Thompson Review

I was very blessed to receive a copy of C. Kevin Thompson’s new book Triple Time to review on my blog. I want to give a huge shoutout and a huge thank you to him. Triple Time is book 2 in a series called the Blake Meyer series. I have read series books before and I love them! So I’m excited to be able to write this review today on his book.

Prior to reading “Triple Time” I had read a huge book series by Ridley Pearson, I will not lie that it was Kingdom Keepers. So thankfully prior to reading the Blake Meyer series I knew what to expect in books that went along in a series. The first book in the series is 30 Days Hath Revenge and it’s a pretty intense book (I thought, at least compared to the Juvenile series of Kingdom Keepers).

“Triple Time” is a book that is full of intrigue, mystery, and once you think you figured out the mystery something is thrown in the mix! The chapters are perfectly laid out and I love the way C. Kevin Thompson wrote it. I love at the beginning of the chapter you know where you are in the book, no guessing in the middle of the chapter or rereading to figure out where your character is. I can’t stand when authors just leave you hanging trying to figure out where the characters are. If they are in Jacksonville, I want to know that prior.

The only downfall to this book is that it is so intriguing that you can’t put it down. I feel like I get to live my dream of being Belle from Beauty and the Beast who “couldn’t put the book down” while reading this book. Reading before bed was probably not the greatest idea but I have no other time to read during the day. I didn’t sleep much since I kept wanting to read more and more. I finally told myself, just to compromise and read 10 chapters. That went okay the first night, the second night I had limited time to read and so I only read about 7 but my goal was to put it down after 3-4, and the third night back to 10 chapters but ended up reading 15 chapters. This pattern continued but the book is so good you will not want to put it down.

The characters in the story are (most notably) Blake Meyer and his family. I don’t want to give too much away but when I was reading this story for some reason I was taken back to a friend’s daughter’s birthday party. Having close friends/family at the birthday party, luckily the unthinkable didn’t happen at the real party like it did in the book. (No spoilers here you are going to have to read it!) There are other characters in the book but I don’t want to give too much away in this thriller novel.

The book flows flawlessly from the beginning to end. After reading the book in it’s entirety I would still have the same conclusion. This book reminds me of the thriller books by Ridley Pearson (I’m a huge fan of his Kingdom Keeper books). So, the ending of this book leaves a cliff hanger and ready for the next book in the story.

If you are looking for a good book to read, I highly suggest this book! It’s a great thriller book that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to read it constantly. It isn’t boring and the storyline moves along and makes you want to read more of the story.

I do know how sensitive some subjects are to certain people. Not all people can handle books with sensitive subjects in them (i.e. rape, human trafficking, domestic violence, etc.) so I just wanted to put a trigger warning below. I enjoyed reading the book and there were some intensive moments. So to be polite to others who may potentially read the book, I wanted to just put out a trigger warning. The trigger warning is listed below.

*Trigger Warning*

I would like to disclaim that there is talk of human trafficking in the book, this is a real problem in our world today, so if this subject is sensitive to you I would read with caution. You could possibly skip over those parts and still understand the book, but just note that it is important to the plot. I had some issues reading about the human trafficking but I was able to not become emotionally involved, except for a few parts and I wanted to yell at the characters in the book.

 

Thank you for reading my review this book! Leave a comment below stating who your favorite character is from the book!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would write a review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Small Business Spotlight ~ Real Moms Blog

Hi there! My name is Lynsey, I am the founder of Real Mom Blogs. I am a wife, a mother, medical records director, and blogger! I wear so many hats, including the aunt of 7, sister to 6, daughter to 3, and best friend to the many few. You know who you are! As you can see, my life IS CRAZY. 

My family and friends are everything to me! So, I go out of my way to make sure the important people in my life are well taken care of. Sometimes that means just being there, being supportive, and listening. Other times, that means I need to provide financially for my husband and child. To keep a roof over our head and food in our bellies. We also like to have fun! I take my son everywhere with me. Every Saturday we go to my little brother’s baseball games. When we can, we go to my sister’s dance or singing competitions. At least once a month, we try to get all of my mom’s kids together for a big family dinner. I also have my husband’s family that we have family dinners with. Then there is also my dad who lives an hour away. We like to see each other as often as possible. Having most of my family living in Utah makes things very nice. Utah is easy to travel, even when we are all spread out! 
I only have boys. A furry, 7-year-old, mini schnauzer. An adorably frustrating almost 4-year-old, and my overly handsome husband (who sometimes is like another child). I would like to eventually expand our family, but for now, it’s just the 4 of us! We are your average family. Nothing special here. 
I started Real Mom Blogs because I was tired of reading mommy blogs about “perfect” moms and their “perfect” families. There was SO much to say and nowhere to get it all out. I wanted to start a blog written by a real mom. So I did! I started Real Mom Blogs in November of 2016. It was slow at first, but I feel it picking up. It demands more and more of my time every week!
So I have a full-time job, full-time blog, and more than full-time family! How the heck do I manage? Well, I enjoy every minute of it. I have chosen to do things with my life that are things I love! Sometimes there are scheduling conflicts, and those suck. I have learned that it is okay to say no sometimes and I don’t have to make EVERYONE happy at the same time. Most of the time it all works out, and others I end up running around with my hair on fire!
My best tip on surviving life is to take time for yourself. Even if it is just 20 min a day. You have to take care of yourself too!
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