November 25, 2014

when you realize the job isn't for you

friday, november 28th...

that's the day.  the last day of being a newspaper sales rep.  some of you may be wondering "what? when did you become a newspaper sales rep?" um about 3 months ago, which makes this job the shortest career i've ever had.

let me tell you how this all got started...

i previously worked as a customer relations manager at our local chevy dealership, and i loved it!  i loved the people i worked with, and my boss was amazing.  but the money wasn't the best.  so i decided to start looking elsewhere.  a friend of mine was a sales rep for a local newspaper and was in the process of moving.  so after a couple glasses of wine, and a plate of nachos later, her job sounded like the best thing since sliced bread.  "the freedom, oh the freedom" she said.  and the money didn't sound half bad either.  so i decided that i would talk to the publisher.

a few weeks later i was driving to my very first day as a newspaper sales rep.  to say that i was nervous was an understatement.  i hadn't sold a damn thing in my entire life, and now i was going to be selling newspaper ads.  something that most people don't want to buy.  what was i thinking?  i wasn't.

fast forward to a few months down the road...

so everything that i did to make myself look decent on a daily basis all went out the window.  i just didn't have time.  shaving my legs was not at the top of my priority list, and to this day i still have the same polish on my toes that i did before i went to mexico (that was 2 months ago).

so needless to say, i was stressed to the max.  i slept all the time, and when i was awake i wobbled around like a character on the walking dead.  i was also starting to despise my car.  being in your car all day every day gets to be a bit much.  i had to do something and quick.

for those of you that don't know, i'm not a quitter.  i hate quitting anything.  i feel lousy!  and the feeling of letting people down just sucks!  i kept thinking to myself, "just hang in there" but it just kept getting worse.  so i decided to do the unthinkable.  i quit...

i pulled my boss upstairs to the conference room and started bawling.  i'm talking big, BIG tears!  i was a complete mess.  he knew right away how unhappy i was.

i gave him 3 weeks.  and as soon as i walked out of the office, i felt like the weight of the world had been lifted.

never in my life did i ever think that i would be so unhappy at a job.  but in hindsight i'm glad i tried it out for that short period.  i learned quite a bit.  i now have a whole new respect for newspapers. i've met some pretty amazing people along the way, and i think i can say that i've toughened up a little ;)

so all in all, this definitely was a life changing experience.  i will be taking a week off next week, and then i start my new position as a receptionist on december 8th.  i will be working at an ear nose and throat doctor.  it will be less hours, which will leave time to assist my husband in his business when needed.

so a little word of advice for anyone who feels like their in limbo land with their job situation.  it's way more important to be happy, than it is to make money.

November 6, 2014

life changes


wow has it really been almost 5 months since i've written on my blog?
i'm ashamed :(

there have been a ton of changes lately.  i've changed jobs, not only to a different business but also to a different town.  i started working for the local newspaper in the next town over. it's been a crazy, stressful, and hectic change, which is why at the end of this month i have decided to move on to something different. i don't know where God will decide to take me next, but i'm willing to go wherever he might lead me.

i'm hoping to start writing again.  i've missed the blogging world and all of the amazing women i met through my blogging journey.  i hope all of my followers are doing great, and i look forward to catching up with everyone.

June 20, 2014

my thoughts on modesty

i don't know about you, but since warm weather has decided to show up, i keep seeing more and more posts on social media about modesty...

you know what i'm talking about.  the posts that ramble about women respecting their bodies, and how we as women should be wearing one piece bathing suits instead of cute skimpy bikinis, or my personal favorite, which is one i read recently, is about a wife who wants women to stop wearing clothing and bikinis that show cleavage or perfect cellulite free legs because she's afraid her husband will want to look...  and they all end by saying, i'm not judging anybody, and it's clearly not your fault, i just think you should stop wearing clothes and bathing suits that show anything at all.  but seriously, i'm not judging you!  um yeah i think you just did!

i'm all for women respecting their bodies, your body is a temple, and was created in the amazing image of God, but it's not my job to tell other women how to dress.  it's your job to decide what you wear and what you shouldn't wear.  there is a time and a place for certain attire.  i'm not going to wear a short dress with my cleavage showing to my office.  it's disrespectful to the people around me and to our customers.  it's unprofessional, however, if my husband and i are going out on the town for the night, you better believe i'm going to wear something i feel sexy and confident in, and if that means showing off a little cleavage and wearing a skirt that comes above my knees, so be it!  my body my rules!

i talked to my husband regarding this issue, and his response was that he enjoyed seeing me wear things like that when we go out.  truth is i enjoy wearing things like that.  i feel confident and sexy!  i don't think i should feel ashamed of that at all.  there's nothing wrong with a woman feeling sexy for her husband.  it keeps things interesting ;-)

now if you're worried about your husband getting certain thoughts in his head because a woman is wearing a skirt that comes above her knees, or a shirt that shows a little cleavage, i think you need to gain a little more confidence in yourself.  newsflash, men are going to look, hell even women are going to look.  we're human!  it's what we do.  i know my husband looks at other women, does that mean i have to nag him and tell him to stop, no!  i understand he's human and he's not perfect.  i also trust my husband!  and i know that he would never break that trust.

i believe that if you have confidence in your marriage and in yourself, seeing a woman wearing something a little revealing shouldn't bother you.  i see women like that and applaud them.  their confident and that's awesome!  i also believe that some women can go a little overboard.  there is such a thing as showing too much, and i'm sure you know what i'm talking about.  but again, it's not my place to judge them.  and it's certainly not my place to tell them to cover up because i'm afraid my husband will look...

i guess what i'm trying to say is use good judgement.  as adults we should know what's appropriate and what's not.  respect yourself, and your body, but most importantly be confident in yourself and your marriage!  and if you want to show off a little leg, go for it!  you're a woman and you can do what you want! 

June 13, 2014

introduction to essential oils

i was recently introduced to the young living essential oils, and i have to admit that i've become pretty addicted.  if you haven't heard of these amazing oils, i suggest you start doing some research.

i came down with a head cold this week, and instead of heading to the local drug store to load up on meds, i turned to my good friend stephanie who swears by these. 

i had been thinking about these for a while, and figured now would be better than ever to just try them.  so that's just what i did.  she gave me a bottle of thieves, peppermint, and lemon oil.

that night i filled a big pot with warm water, olive oil, and thieves oil, and soaked my feet in it for about 30 minutes.  i also mixed peppermint oil with coconut oil and rubbed that on my throat.  i woke up the next morning with my sore throat completely gone, and i could breathe easier!  and i didn't even have to take over the counter medicine.  after that i was hooked!  i told stephanie that i needed more of this amazing magic oil, so she put together a box for me with lavender, lemon, stress away, and many others!  i now use virgin coconut oil and lavender oil for my nightly face cream, and for my daily face cream i use lemon oil with the coconut oil.  just in a matter of 3 days i've seen a HUGE difference in my skin, and not to mention i'm sleeping better as well.  here is a list on some of the oils i have and what they can be used for.

lemon
. use 2-3 drops in a spray bottle of water to cleanse and disinfect.
. mix with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil and use as a daily moisturizer.
. use it to marinate chicken or fish.
. mix 1 drop of lemon oil with half a teaspoon of raw sugar and a teaspoon of coconut oil to make an energizing face scrub.
. rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands for a quick sanitizer.
. put 1-2 drops in your glass of water.

lavender
. mix 1-2 drops with a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and use as a nightly moisturizer.
. mix 2-3 drops into a spray bottle of water to use as a room re-freshener.
. run a drop on the back of your neck to use as a sleep aid.
. place a drop on the tip of your tongue to reduce nausea
. help reduce the swelling of a cold sore by place a drop onto the affected area.
. mix it with butter to make an amazing tasting spread.
. helps with acne! (major plus for me)

stress away
. i put this on my temples, behind my ears, and on my wrist to help with anxiety.

frankincense
. inhale to improve your mood
. disinfect cuts or scrapes
. place a drop onto a bug bite to help the itch.
. place a drop on a difficult pimple to reduce the swelling.
. apply 1-2 drops onto the lower back to help relieve pain during labor!

thieves
. place 1-2 drops onto open wounds to prevent infection
. mix 2 drops with a carrier oil and rub on chest to help with the common cold.
. put a couple drops directly on the soles of your feet to help prevent cold and flu.
. diffuse in your home to help kill mold and keep the germ count down.
. apply orally to help maintain healthy teeth

peppermint
. use to calm an upset stomach
. put a drop onto your temples to help with a headache
. mix with water to use as a mouth wash.
. mix 1-2 drops with coconut oil for a chest rub when you are having respiratory issues.
. put a drop in your hot tea.
. put 2-3 drops in a warm bath to help you relax.
. use in a carrier oil and rub on achy muscles.

i could go on and on about these oils.  truth is, they're magic!  no really they are.  i can testify to this.  if you have any questions please feel free to email me bowen106@gmail.com :)


June 12, 2014

switching gears

2 months ago i never would have dreamed of posting a photo of myself without make up.  but i'm proud to say that i am now acne free!  i've gone from hating the way i look to embracing my inner beauty and loving every second of it...

so what am i doing different you ask?

well for starters i've changed the way i live.  which brings me to my next announcement.  i'm switching gears on you guys :)

i've struggled for a few months now trying to figure out what direction i wanted my blog to go in.  i was having trouble trying to come up with things to write about.  i would get an idea, and then realize i've written about it before.  i even thought about deleting my blog.  but i decided to keep it going and just go in a different direction.

i've come to realize that my calling is helping people better themselves.  whether it be helping them lose a few inches by putting a wrap on them, educating them about the food their eating, or lifting their spirits with a simple encouraging bible verse.  a dear friend of mine moved up here in january and was having a hard time dealing with her recent separation.  she needed some guidance, a good friend, and some encouragement.  that's where i came in.  a year ago i didn't even know this girl, and now i consider her to be one of my best friends.  we've cried together, laughed together and we've been each others shoulder to cry on.  i realized that all she needed was someone not to give up on her.  she's come a long way since january!  she's happy, and getting healthier by the second.  she is a big reason why i've decided to focus on this type of living.

so i want to help my readers feel better about themselves, teach them how to live a healthier lifestyle, and to let them know that they are all strong beautiful women!

2 months ago you never would have seen me post a picture like the one above, but i've changed my eating habits, chosen natural products instead of artificial ones, and focused more on my happiness and well being.  all of those have led to my acne free skin!  which is another reason why i'm so excited to share this journey with you guys :)

so stay tuned to my ol' blog, because it's about to get exciting!!


June 4, 2014

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May 15, 2014

there's always a first for everything

hey guys! linking up today with some of my favorites ladies today for a fun little linkup!
i saw this and immediately knew i had to join in on the fun :)


Helene in Between

first blog post

oh goodness here we go...

it seems like blogging is the it thing to do these days so i thought i would join in the fun! i have wanted to start blogging for quite some time now, so the fact that i have actually sat down and finally created my blog is a huge step.

me and the future hubster 
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that was way back in 2011 lol. even before we were married!

my first instagram picture
typical...

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first time dancing on a bar


so there ya have it, a few of my firsts.
happy thursday!! :)

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