10 DIY Projects That’ll Fill an Empty Wall With Style

10 DIY Projects That’ll Fill an Empty Wall With Style

When I saw this, I knew I had to share.  I don’t know about you but I do have some empty walls or walls that just don’t seem to have a theme, just sort of a hodge-podge of assorted things with no rhyme or reason.  I think these projects are just so cool; there are some really great ideas.  So, pick a wall in your home to update and let your creative juices flow and have some fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/diys-to-decorate-an-empty-wall-4153097?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10908270&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

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Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

Apple Cinnamon Chimichangas

So, I thought I would give you all a change and do a dessert.  Now, it’s still a 5 ingredient recipe because I’m just on that kick right now, so this is super simple and quick.  And who doesn’t like that, seriously?  We weren’t all made to be gourmet chefs, at least I wasn’t!  I hope you enjoy it, I know I will because I do love apple cinnamon anything!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/246853/apple-cinnamon-chimichangas/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=17059&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=cardslot%205

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

I just don’t know what to do, so I’m going to try to work it out here

I just don’t know what to do, so I’m going to try to work it out here

Ok, as you all know I became a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant about a month and a half ago; it has been no bed of roses for me I can tell you.  Don’t get me wrong, Mary Kay is a great company and has great products that I just love, truly.  But you see I’m a pretty good actress, so my recruiter sees only what I want her to see and that is that everything is hunky dory or at least as much as I can make it seem; my husband, however, sees behind the mask, backstage and knows that this has been an emotional roller coaster for me and that is never a good thing when you’re already on one due to mental illness.  My husband has seen all the tears, my recruiter has not.  So, I’m trying to decide if I want to continue with this Mary Kay thing or just call it quits and be done with it.  The problem is I’m conflicted and I need to make a decision soon.  So, the question I’ve been asking myself is if I would regret walking away so soon after starting it or would I feel relieved?  And that is where the conflict comes in because as far as I can tell the answer is both.

My husband is thinking I should quit because all he wants is a happy wife to come home to and I have not been that at all.  He also thinks that this whole Mary Kay thing is just not for me with the personality that I have, he knows that I could do it, but he doesn’t think it’s been the fun hobby it was supposed to be.  You see, my nature is very introverted, as you all know, and I would much prefer to be home with my animals reading, writing, doing housework even – anything but out in public plastering a smile on my face saying hi to people I don’t know.  I’m just not a people-person; I’m an animal-person!  I’d rather talk to a dog than a person; let’s just leave it at that.  Not that there’s anything wrong with people, I just have always tended to avoid them.  So, why on God’s green Earth did I decide that being a Mary Kay Consultant was a good choice for me?  I thought that I needed to stretch out of my comfort zone and have more confidence with people and I thought Mary Kay was the vehicle for that change.  I still do too, it’s just I underestimated how uncomfortable that change would be.

I also know that I have not been working it the way I should be.  We have these things called facial boxes that we put around in local businesses that offer complimentary facials with, usually, a gift certificate with initial purchase type thing, all you do is fill out a short form and put your name in the box.  I know of consultants with over 20 boxes out and are getting all kinds of leads and bookings as a result of being out there really working hard.  And congratulations to their success, they’ve earned it!  Now, I have two out and they are doing nothing for me.   I have a wonderful friend who offered to drive me around the parts of town that I don’t know much about to get more boxes out there.  As I have been told, it’s all in the numbers.  The more people I reach, the more yeses I get, that kind of thing.  And I totally get that, I do.  So, why haven’t I put out all kinds of boxes all over town?  That’s a good question that I don’t have much of an answer to, other than I just don’t care much.  Shouldn’t that be a good indication that I’m just not that into this whole thing? Would I feel differently about things if I had a bunch of boxes out and had leads galore and making a booking a day and selling several hundred dollars a week?  I would think that I probably would, unless that would just be more than I can handle and lead to more stress and tears. Let me put it this way, with my other business, I work on average twice a week for two different women and I work 2 hours in the morning with one then have a hour break then two hours in the afternoon with the other one, and there are days when that is more stress than I can handle and I have trouble with the tears.  So, would more success really make me happier?  I just don’t know, but somehow I doubt it.

As you can probably tell by this post, I am all over the place about what to do.  One moment, I’m telling myself to walk away and the next moment I am telling myself to try harder and give it a chance.  And I could poll all my friends and family and get different answers from them all, and in the end, still have to make the decision myself, because no one can do it for me.  I plan on spending time in prayer and really think about this, because I don’t want to do anything rash.  I tried very hard to think this through when I signed up to be a Mary Kay Consultant and I need to put a lot of thought into what I want to do now.  I had hoped hashing it out in this post would help, but unfortunately, it hasn’t.  I’m still conflicted.  Maybe, I just need to let it go for a couple of hours and just cuddle up with my dog and read a good book and let my subconscious work on this for a while.  Ultimately, it’s in God’s hands and He already has an answer for me, I just have to be quiet enough to hear it.  Thanks for reading and if you have any advice I would love to hear it!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

62 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Decorations

62 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Decorations

As I said last week, I love the fall.  I love all the holidays.  Halloween is especially fun if you take the time to really decorate and get in the festive mood; that holiday spirit starts with Halloween.  Below is a link to a bunch of DIY projects to make decorations for your home to help start that holiday spirit.  Pick a few and have some fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/spooktacular-diy-halloween-decorations-1103829?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10850562&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Mushroom Pork Chops

Mushroom Pork Chops

I have just been in this KISS mode, keep it simple sweetie!  I hate recipes that take chef experience to create, God bless those who can do those recipes, but I like things simple.  So, I’ve been googling simple recipes and came across this one and thought it looked good enough to share.  I love mushrooms and I love pork chops, so how can you go wrong with this recipe!  Enjoy!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/14746/mushroom-pork-chops/?internalSource=hn_carousel%2002_Mushroom%20Pork%20Chops&referringId=17057&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&referringPosition=carousel%2002

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Making sure your priorities are in order

Making sure your priorities are in order

I will be the first to admit when things have been out of whack for me; and I assure you that they have been recently.  I tend to be obsessive, maybe it’s just me or my bipolar tendencies, but it can be bad.  Ever since I started this Mary Kay thing, I have been obsessed with it and it has wreaked havoc with me emotionally.  I was attracted to the idea of Mary Kay because of the company’s philosophies.  Mainly, God first, family second and career third.  You’d think that since that was the compelling reason I wanted to be a consultant that I would have that under control.  But, nope!  Now, I don’t know about you but when things are out of whack with me it doesn’t take long before it takes an emotional toll on me enough for me to realize things are just not okay.  This past Monday was my wake-up call; I had planned to do all these things for my businesses and woke up instead and spent the morning crying, so depressed.  I was just out of control and I remember praying to God for help, for help in thinking what He wanted me to.  Soon, I realized that my priorities were not in order and that I had taken the whole Mary Kay thing way too serious and it was affecting the other roles of my life.

You see, I take my role as homemaker very seriously.  I had convinced myself that I would be this fancy career woman and have a housekeeper.  First, I have never been that into being a career woman, I mean if it happens fine, but I’m not going to spend the time and effort to make it happen.  Second, taking care of the house is my job, period.  Yes, I know I sound old-fashioned but that is because I am.  My husband helps around the house, but the core of the upkeep still falls on my shoulders.  That whole God first, family second, career third had been thrown out the window.  That is why I was so out of whack, I wasn’t thinking and living according to my priorities.  When God is first in your life, everything else just falls into place.  I was sitting in church unable to concentrate on the proceedings because I was thinking about Mary Kay and how to grow the business, etc.  Not proud, but it’s true.

I guess the point is that you have to live life according to your priorities or you are in for a world of hurt.  How you believe should dictate your every action, your every thought.  I had gotten so out of sync with my priorities that I had a little mini-breakdown, so I don’t recommend that route at all.  Live according to what is important to you and things will be a lot better.  Ever since I re-evaluated my priorities and got things straightened out, I have been much happier.  My recruiter even said I looked radiant.  I am at peace and very grateful for how my life is going right now.  A grateful heart is a very good thing to have because it affects your attitude.  My attitude has definitely improved!  I still am doing both businesses, but I consider them the distant third priority that they are supposed to be.  Being a homemaker makes me happy, gives me contentment.  I suggest that you spend a few minutes and really think about your priorities and then arrange your life to go along with those priorities.  That’s my suggestion, and I learned that the hard way!

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

6 Inexpensive Festive Fall Mantels

6 Inexpensive Festive Fall Mantels

I love fall!  I love the crispness in the air, the colors and I can just go on, but you get the idea.  One of the things I love also is the start of the decorating season.  First, we decorate for fall and the holidays there and then again for the Christmas holiday.  I love decorating, don’t do it as much as I used to, but I still love it.  Here is a link to six different decorating ideas for your fall mantel, or shelf – whichever works for you.  I hope you find one you like and have some fun decorating for this wonderful season!

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/seasonal/fall/6-inexpensive-festive-fall-mantels-281474979547608/?utm_source=bhg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=decorating_092917&did=174564-20170929

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth