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Making a Life

Making a Life

So much of what I thought I wanted has changed so drastically in the past few months. I had a very wise friend not to long ago tell me honestly I didn’t need to hate money or dealing with the financial aspects of my business because I could do so much with it if I would just allow myself to. She was right and it has changed my perspective so much.

I used to want to make more money with both my soap business and with my Beachbody business so I could do more, have more, be more, but, now I realize I want to be financially independent so I am free to GIVE more, more time, more money, more hope.

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I want more than to worry about making a living, or even having to budget down to every last penny with the absolute fear of a big car repair bill, or medical emergency could wipe out everything. I want when my 8yo says he wants to go to Uganda to help kids be able to say “ok let’s do it and plan that trip and go”. I’m feeling called more and more to give, to help, to LIVE, to love.

I’m more concerned these days about making a life. With my husband mere months from eligibility of military retirement I feel more and more stress about how I have failed to live as frugal of a life as I should have so we would be in a better position for him to retire. I feel like because I didn’t get my thyroid taken care of earlier so I could be a product of the product I have failed. I feel like my fear of working out after we discovered it was my thyroid for fear that I would still be obese and none of it would matter anyway I have failed. Most of all I fear like I have failed my kids with my poor money management skills and not having an adequate savings, or not being able to “say sure let’s do” it more often or sometimes even at all.

It changes now. I understand it now. I want to make my life, not just a living now. Here is how I’m starting to give more, but, I need YOUR help. This year I will be launching 2 new soaps. The first HOPE and every time you buy a bar of Hope I will set aside another bar to send to Restore International for them to send to their Orphanages. Heck if you are feeling very generous you can even send your bar too it will be an option during checkout. Additionally $1 of each sale is going into “Rory’s Africa Fund” to help make his dream a reality. The second DREAM and dream will work similarly except the extra bar will be going in donation to my local food pantry and homeless shelters. I envision the extra $1 going into a fund where we can just do random acts of kindness for people, I love seeing how just paying for the coffee or meal of the car behind you can snowball into something so much bigger.

I had thought to end it there. I thought those two would be enough but while I was typing that all out I thought of a third way to give. The third  LOVE and with that YOU can tell me where you want your extra bar to go. I’ll split the $1 into the two above funds.

If you are local to me in Port Angeles, WA I’m sure you have noticed the fingerless gloves, hats, and other knit items made by me and let you know that the sales of these items has also been going into Rory’s Africa Fund. Non locals if you see me posting such items on social media and you want them please speak up and we can make arrangements.

In the meantime so I can clear out stock and space for these as well as the new soaps I’ve got up my sleeves for you I’ll be offering all of my INSTOCK items in my shop at 25% off using code NOURISH expires January 30, 2015 so I have time to get all the new goodies listed for you for February 1! Valid in my SHOP  and on ETSY.

Once again I THANK you for your continued support.

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Hello Holidays!!

Hello Holidays!!

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‘Tis The Giving Season

Happy Holidays!

I know some of you may be groaning and mentioning that its barely November that there is still plenty of time but what you might not be aware of is how early Hanukkah is this year. I know I’m still shocked that it starts BEFORE Thanksgiving. Thats right while most of you will be doing your Thanksgiving Prep we will be sitting down to Brisket (maybe) knowing my kids I’ll just make 2 small turkeys this year vs one large one, and lighting the candles of the first night. My personal favorite part is that Breakfast will easily be taken care of with some leftover Latkes, I hope the kids will save me one!

SHIPPING CUT OFF DATES to ensure delivery in time for the holidays to receive gifts in time for the 1st Night of HanukkahNovember 27 please place your order by November 18 and use coupon code BRIGHTLIGHTS (expires December 5, 2013)

For Delivery in time for Saint Nicholas Day December 6 please place you order by November 25 and use code STNICK (expires December 6, 2013)

For Christmas Eve December 24 please place your order by December 13and use coupon code HOLYNIGHT (expires January 6, 2014)

NOTE these cut off dates apply to domestic (United States) shipping only and NOT international shipping for international shipping cut off please use your country’s average shipping time and plan accordingly. 

The coupon codes are all for exactly the same 30% discount it will just help me keep track for the future! I won’t be offering any big Black Friday Deals because I’ll be spending the time with my children and making their gifts I hope you understand only so many hours in the day and all. I am however hoping to get some of the knit items I’ve been making for my children this year ready for you. If you are interested in a custom knit item please message me ASAP CONTACT ME

 Frankincense & Myrrh Soap

Rory Wants to be an Elf Soap 

ButterBeer Soap

Santa’s Forest Soap 

 

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support I wish you the very Merriest Everything!!

 

 

Through his eyes.

Through his eyes.

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So often when I see pictures of myself I don’t see the moment of why I took that picture. I don’t enjoy it. I only see how far I still have to go on my weightloss journey. I let all those limiting beliefs creep in.

Today I stepped so far out of my comfort zone I let a 4 year old little boy pick out my outfit. I admit I was pretty scared when he opened my closet and asked that I wear something from there. You see there are clothes that don’t quite fit me they are a little snug and then there is a pair of jeans my mini goal jeans that REALLY don’t fit, though they hang there where I can’t miss them even if I’m just grabbing some yarn.

He didn’t pick anything crazy, he picked the beautiful dress I bought myself in April and never got a chance to wear. It was a little big in some places but I made it work. He handed me mascara and told me I look beautiful when I wear makeup so I pulled out my eyeshadow brushes & added a little lipgloss too. I wore my yellow sandals instead of my vibrams and he wore a button down shirt, some cargo shorts & his favorite old worn cowboy boots handed down from someone that his brothers have worn too. He grabbed his wallet full of hard earned coins from helping around the house and told me about the fun we would have on our date just the two of us.

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When your the youngest of six you don’t always get alone time as much as you would like, especially when for the past few years your daddy has been gone more than he is home.

My intent when we left the house was to go to the fabric store to buy more muslin because I ran out & needed more for wrapping soap. While we were there however I thought I should probably buy the bits of fabric I needed to make Elise & Owen their Christmas Stockings, and then there were a couple other fabrics calling my name. Finn asked for some monster fabric so I could make him a “real” wallet and not just the snack pouch he has been using. He was so good recommending fabrics helping me decide even when the line at the cutting table was long. He looked at our number ticket and compared it to the one on the display and told me it wasn’t our turn yet they didn’t match and asked what the words were for the number (92) so he could listen as well. There were people all around us getting annoyed but not Finn he was for this once taking it in stride listening carefully helping me decide of we needed lots or just a little of our various fabrics. 20131018-003255.jpg

We got Aidan the crotchet hook he needed as well and I didn’t even buy any yarn I’ll have you know. In the long checkout line he was great again so happy because he knew that at the end he could get a candy of his choosing anything he wanted with his own money he was so pleased. He picked sour skittles I didn’t even rain on his joy for that little bag of corn syrup & artificial color and flavor filled poison because I chose that moment to see the gift I was being given in the joy & pride on his face knowing he could pay for it with money he earned.

Driving home he told me I was pretty good and nice at the store so he would like to take me for a burger for lunch for a date. I took a deep breath wanting to say no that we were over our budget & we could eat at home but at that moment how could I say sorry mommy needs a newer truck next year instead of spending this time with you. In the long run the $27 we spent on lunch (and his dinner & later a snack for him & Rory) is much better than whatever else it would have gone towards.

He asked for the pepper place which he started actually calling chili’s while we were there. We shared my salad I enjoyed my first burger since August probably a bit too much. He told me jokes, shared dreams, told me he loved me and I looked beautiful today. He said we should take pictures on our date. We did. 20131018-003804.jpg20131018-003748.jpg

That’s when it happened. For the first time in a long time I didn’t see myself as the fat person. The person with a long journey. The person who not long ago had given up on herself. I saw myself through his eyes. I saw someone who loved. Someone happy. Someone smiling. Someone who was loved. Someone beautiful because a 4 year old boy told me it was true.

You are beautiful too. Don’t give up. I haven’t. But I do know there are many hard days ahead. I’m finding. No I’m forging my path I have little boys who deserve to see me care, to see me happy. To see the light. Please join me we can do it together because I know I can’t do it alone and you shouldn’t have to either.20131018-003826.jpg

Whole30 Progress & a Sneak Peek

Whole30 Progress & a Sneak Peek

IMG_4562Yes I’m doing Whole30 again.  No I’m not starving to death as you can see from my above salad. Yesterday I totally cheated. Little known tidbit is I have an ulcer I’ve had them off and on since child hood. I stress. It’s my superpower.

I play that darn what if game so hard in my head and sometimes when I see that to do list I see the whole darn thing in my head instead of the bits and pieces.

I see that I need to make 5 lbs of tattoo balm or almost 300 POUNDS of soap over the next 2 weeks that’s approx 800 bars of soap btw. I have about 10 lbs of lip balm to make. I still have 5 kids to homeschool oh and my husband is leaving in less than a month for a 6 week class will be home for a couple weeks and then redeployes for a few months. I have big goals this year. And sometimes my big goals are super overwhelming (like placing $$$$) supply orders.

So I have some issues.

When I have to struggle to drink my shakeology, and I’m curled up in a fetal position on the floor of my office because its cold and I’m fighting being sick and Steve asks what will make me feel better and the only thing that I want is copious amounts of tea and salt & vinegar fries. That’s exactly what happens.

Today for food I’m going off whole30 as well we are going to have baked potato soup it’s comfort food when that’s what I need. Oh and we put cauliflower in it to lessen the amount of potatoes.

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I’m not usually this bad until the 2 weeks before Christmas I applaud myself for getting it done early this year and while I have another adult around I know Lexi is grateful. I’m also hopping this makes everything less stressful. I’ve already mapped out most of my personal holidays to do list. It contains lots of crafts, lots of socks & a couple sweaters even. Not only that I’ve started on it.

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I just need to remind myself of moments like this.

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In the meantime I’ll also let you know that BIG things are on the horizon for this little soap company of mine! I’ve got all your fall favorites coming back, your Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Cranberry Orange, Orange Spice, Cranberry Fig, Spiced Milk with Honey and TWO more fall editions as well as a couple other soaps up my sleeve that have great possibilities to being in our everyday lineup. The rest of the new Facial Serums will be released as well as TWO new lip balm flavors in addition to all the lip balms being back in stock! I’m pretty excited even if I’m having to take time during the day to just let it all go from my head so I can stop seeing that HUGE list.

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So get ready Friday September 13, 2013 is the FALL RELEASE DAY!!

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What is going on?

What is going on?

I had this great thought out post I had planned to share with you today, however I was finishing up so many other things I had been procrastinating and I just never got the chance to crunch the numbers for it. Maybe Friday I bet you are on the edge of your seats waiting right? Anyway I know how much you miss me so I thought I’d share a few pictures from the past month!

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The Most Amazing thing that has happened in the last 30 days is I became a Grandmother! Elise Jessie was born on June 19.

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I knit a monster. Knitting does make me happy these days.

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Rory gave himself a haircut!

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Finn found a new favorite shirt. It gets washed a lot.

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So what have you been doing this hot wet summer?

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