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Closer and closer!

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in LuLaRoe | 0 comments

Hi!  I do realize it’s been way too long since I blogged last, and I don’t have any excuses or specific reasons.  I’m still waiting in the queue, I’m hoping to get my call within the next 2 weeks, which is SUPER EXCITING!!!!  I’m still working on getting my LuLaNook and LuLacloset together, and I’ll post some pictures here as soon as I have it done.  I’m still working on my desk, because I’m the ultimate procrastinator. image1-3

Things that I have done: business cards image1-1

poly mailers, Dymo 4XL, hair ties (I still have to tie them), hangers, tripod for live sales, tissue paper, style cards turned into canvas which are so cute! Here’s a picture… image1-2

 

Things I still need to finish, my desk, unboxing all the hangers, care cards, car decal, numbers for live sales except I’m pretty sure I’m going to use names from all my favorite fandoms instead of numbers, I just have to find someone to make up cards for me, post it notes, desk chair.

I have to add all the description stuff to my group page still, I’ve been adding a style a day to get people familiar with the fabulousness that is LuLaRoe. I also did a live video last week just to chat and let people get to know me and LLR.  I’m in the home stretch! I can’t wait to get started making women feel beautiful and comfy at the same time!  I’ll be back when I have my desk finished, it’s going to look so nerdy and cool! Have a magical day y’all!

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The absolute worst parts of being a grown up.

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Random cool stuff | 2 comments

Being a grown up sucks.

Yup, it’s the truth.  It’s not unknown, most adults know that being an adult isn’t nearly as fun as you think it’s gonna be when you’re a child. I hear my kids say all the time, I can’t wait until I’m a grown up so I can do that, to which I respond, stop it.  Just stop.  Have you guys ever seen that movie Freaky Friday?  Either version, the one with Lindsay Lohan or the original, although I prefer the original.  Anyway, that movie is like my dream scenario, go back to being a child just for a short while?  Yes please!  I’d even be a teenager again, which was definitely the suckiest time of my life, but to just not have the responsibilities of adult hood, even for a short time, yeah I’ll take that.  Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love everything about my life right now, except the bills part, being a mom and a wife is the most fulfilling thing ever, but there are a few aspects about it that I would GLADLY give up

  • Laundry.  It’s my absolute arch nemesis.  Once I became a teenager, I had to do my own, and I hated it then, but it was just me so while I thought it sucked then, I had no idea!  Now I have to do laundry for 6.  SIX PEOPLE.  I definitely didn’t think about that when we decided to have 4 children.  The laundry is never freaking ending.  NEVER ENDING.  There’s nothing fun about laundry, there’s nothing satisfying about laundry. Laundry just flat out sucks and if I had a ton of money, I would literally hire someone just to be my laundry person.  Right now, as I’m typing this, I’m feeling all kinds of guilt because there is currently 4 baskets of clean clothes in my room that needs to be dealt with, and at least 3 loads that need to be washed.  Someone come save me.

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  • Dishes.  Ugh.  Again, there are 6 people living here.  3 meals a day, plus snacks= too damn many dishes and I don’t want to deal with them.  Most of the time I pawn it off on a child, my oldest 2 boys are old enough, and my daughter is getting to the point where she can clean the kitchen well also, so it’s not as bad as it was a couple of years ago BUT the struggle to get them to clean it properly, is real.  If someone wants to come here and give a training session on how to load the dishwasher, I’d be forever grateful. Or if you could come here and train my perfect children to put each dish into the dishwasher when they’re done with meals, that would also be amazing.  Unfortunately, I don’t have robots, I have kids and you pick and choose your battle, I don’t have the energy to ask each child each time to please put their dishes away.  Let’s be honest, it would be more like PUT YOUR DAMN DISHES IN THE DISHWASHER!  WE DO NOT HAVE A HOUSE ELF HERE TO DO IT FOR YOU!  I HATE DISHES SO WASH YOUR OWN DAMN DISHES!  So ultimately we end up with a sink full of dishes, and me yelling at various children, at various times, to get the kitchen clean. Wait, I guess that’s kind of a perk of being the grown up… I get to tell them what to do.  LIGHTBULB!

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  • Cleaning the bathrooms.  Hands down the absolute worst part of having 3 boy children is cleaning the bathroom.  Now the boy children are older, so I don’t do it anymore!  I do a once a monthish deep clean of the bathrooms, but on a weekly basis, I put my minions to work on cleaning toilets, tubs and counters.  Having older minions is a beautiful thing, but I still have nightmares of the days when they were all younger and I was the only one that did the cleaning. /shudder  Seriously, this list is just making me realize that being a grown up with older kids isn’t as awful as I was thinking it was when I started this list. HAHA!

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  • Paying for crap.  Paying the electric bill, the internet bill, the car payments, the mortgage, although the mortgage is still kind of fun for me, because we just bought this house a few months ago and it’s amazing to be a home owner; however, it sucks to put our hard earned money into such stupid non fun things like electric, and insurance and stupid water bills.  As a kid, I had no idea that bills were a thing, I tell my kids all the time to enjoy the crap we buy for them because as adults, you don’t get to just ask for things and have them appear (my kids might be spoiled, because I live vicariously through them) you have to actually go to work to get the money to buy the things you want.  Of course, I also tell them that work is fun and they’re going to find a job that they love and so everything they earn is going to feel like rainbows and skittles.  They’ll figure it out as adults that I’m full of crap.

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  • Having to go to work.  Ok, so I don’t work right now, I mentioned in my last post that I will soon be a LuLaRoe Consultant and I’m so stupid stoked about it, but I used to work!  I used to work at a hotel, and while I loved my coworkers, I hated having to go to work each day.  I’ve had a work from home job as a chat agent and while it was fun at first, it eventually became monotonous and boring.  Then I did Q&A for awhile, and it was absolutely fantastic to have that opportunity for income, but like chatting it quickly became monotonous and boring.  I’m not a fan of boring, I like things to be fun, so it was a daily struggle.  Honestly it was a relief when the job ended because I was hating the daily grind.

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  • Being a grown up and having to work sucks, but searching for a job that you desperately need sucks more.  That’s what I went through after losing my Q&A gig, it was stressful and terrifying and all the rejection letters were so disheartening.  Then I decided to do LuLaRoe and now everything feels exciting again.  I can’t wait to be my own boss while making ladies feel beautiful and comfy. I would prefer having a gazillion dollars and spending all my time at Universal Studios pretending to be a wizard, but I’m a grown up so I have to be all responsible and crap instead.

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  • Last but not least, having to deal with bugs.  When I was a kid, I didn’t have to squash the spiders!  I didn’t have to swat the flies!  BEING A GROWN UP SUCKS!  Especially when your husband has a huge phobia of spiders so you legit have to man up and handle it.  Ugh.

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It’s not all awful…

Being an adult isn’t all bad though, being a mom is amazing, being in love is amazing, the ability to eat chocolate absolutely any time I want is REALLY amazing.  Other than those times when I had to hide in the bathroom to eat my candy bar because I didn’t want to share with the vultures that I call children.  Luckily they’re all old enough now that I can just tell them I’m not sharing and send them away, that’s another perk to adulthood!  Childhood is beautiful though, and I strive every day to ensure that my kids keep their innocence for absolutely as long as possible. I want them to enjoy being kids, and I live my life every day making sure that they do, and at the same time, I get to be a kid again, which is way better than dealing with adult crap!  Adulting is overrated, so I’ll be at home playing video games and watching Harry Potter if you need me.

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The road to LuLaRoe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in LuLaRoe | 1 comment

And so a decision was made…

I have a friend, she’s a beautiful soul and I wish that we lived in the same city so we could hang out in person. Alas, we do not, so I make do with facebook interactions. So a few months ago she started selling LuLaRoe.  For those of you that don’t know what it is, they make the softest, butteriest leggings you’ve ever put on your long, lovely, legs as well as a ton of other beautiful items of clothing.

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Aren’t they cute?! This is a halloween pair, and they are like wearing nothing, so comfortable!

Long story short, I’ve decided to jump on the train and sell LuLaRoe as well and I am so STOKED.  The onboard process is a bit long, there’s a queue that I have to wait in and it does take about 8 weeks to get through it and become an actual consultant.  In the meantime though, I can spend my time getting my business ready.  I get to build a LuLaRoom and make the space beautiful and I just can’t wait!  So, I thought I would blog throughout my entire journey and hopefully it will be useful to others who are considering or in the queue to become a consultant as well!  A few days ago I made my first purchase for my new business… hangers! I was so excited!

I decided I want an old desk and I’m going to repaint it, so David and I went to several different Goodwill stores but I didn’t find anything.  I was a little disheartened, but then I came across a buy/sell Facebook page and someone had an old desk and a matching wooden filing cabinet for sale.  It was kismet!  We went and picked them up, and now they are in the garage waiting to be painted.  Today I am starting on those, so wish me luck because I’ve never been a crafty person and this is my first time doing something like this

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Yeah, it’s upside down, I have no idea why.  That’s what the desk looks like after David sanded it, I’ll definitely share the after photo in an upcoming blog.

Queue Calls

So they call us Quebies, isn’t that cute?!  Each monday there is a webinar that gives us great info to help us get started.  This past Monday was the first one that I was able to be on and it was such a wealth of info!  They talked about having a 72 hour game plan and making a list of people that you think might be interested in purchasing these little pieces of buttery soft heaven.  I am so excited to make my list! So at the end of the call, they pick 5 people that are on the call randomly and those 5 incredibly lucky individuals get onboarded THAT DAY!  No matter how long they’ve been in the queue they get called that day to start their beautiful adventure!  I was so anxious while listening to the names being called out, fingers crossed, anticipation… but alas, I was not chosen.  It’s a good thing though, because I’m not ready!  I still have to get the desk painted, then put into my LuLaSpace, then I have to get my LuLaCloset ready to receive my inventory which means I have to move all of my clothes out and get the hangers ready.  I have to purchase business cards, as well as shipping supplies.  That’s just a small bit of what I have to do!  So much to do, and approximately 4-5 weeks to get it done!

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Ok, I’m outta here, I have a desk to paint!  Wish me luck, for real. I’m skeered.  Someone hold me…

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TWD: The episode that gave me so many feels, Season 3 Episode 12: Clear

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Fandoms | 0 comments

Heeeey!  So I’m currently in the midst of a rewatch of The Walking Dead, to prepare for the new season which starts Oct 23.  This particular episode resonated with me the first time I watched it and this time it is AGAIN making me feel all the things.  There’s so much beauty in this episode, yet so much sadness.  Alright, so let us start at the beginning, shall we?

Back to where it started

The Governor has pretty much called a war between Woodbury and Daryl’s group. (I know, everyone calls it Rick’s group but I’m #teamDaryl so I’m calling it what I want!)  daryl-the-walking-dead-episode-10

Rick has decided that it’s time to go back to the old neighborhood and see if they can find any supplies and weapons so they can fight against the Governor.   Carl begs to go and Rick allows it, so he, Carl and Michonne set off to a new adventure! #cheesy

While driving they pass a dude running along the street begging for them to stop.  I’m sad for him, but I understand why they don’t stop, as they definitely have to have a trust no one  way of life at this point.  It’s clear that Carl is sad about passing him up as well, but he keeps quiet  about it.  Michonne is driving and has to go around some stopped cars on the road and of course, the car gets stuck.  Zombies show up, a bit of chaos ensues, they kill all the zombies and innovatively (pretty sure I just made that word up) they use zombie body parts to get themselves unstuck, zombies CAN be useful!  The whole time, dude is running along the street screaming for them to wait for him.  They don’t, because at this point you have to fear the living, right?

As they get closer to the neighborhood, there are many warnings written on walls and on the ground.  Those should certainly be ignored, because most likely the people that wrote them are dead anyway.

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The trio get to the town and discover that it’s been taken over by booby traps, but that doesn’t deter them as they work their way through the traps until a man on a roof starts shooting at them.  They have a decision to make, leave as the man is telling them to, or take him down so they can push forward.   They discuss it, because there’s obviously time for that since the guy is literally counting to 10, and they decide to take the guy out.  Rick tells Carl to go to the car and in true Carl fashion, he doesn’t.   Instead he shoots the guy in the stomach.   Rick lifts up the guys shirt to see if he was hurt and found that he was wearing a bulletproof vest, lucky for that guy!  Eventually he gets around to taking off the guys helmet and then my world was rocked.

MORGAN IS BACK!!!! MORGAN IS BACK!!!!!

YES!  It’s Morgan, the guy from the very first episode, who literally saved Ricks life. I was a huge Morgan fan from the get go ( I guess I was a Lennie fan, I loved him in Jericho, so I just wanted to see him again) and was sad when I realized he wasn’t going to be a part of the main cast, so I was SO SO SO beyond excited when I saw his face again!  Of course, he’s unconscious so I have to wait anxiously for him to see that Rick is still alive.  They get Morgan inside the building and find that he has all of the weapons that Rick was trying to go get.  Michonne wants to take the weapons and go, but Rick is adamant that they will stay until Morgan wakes up, he still has a huge sense of loyalty to him and I LOVE that!  Michonne starts eating Morgans food, which Rick questions, her reply of “the mat says welcome” is literally what made me fall in love with Michonne.  I love me some smart ass.  Carl tells his dad that he’s going to go find a crib for Judith, and Michonne says she will go with him while Rick waits for Morgan to regain consciousness.

Michonne and Carl bond

It’s so sweet.  Carl has totally had mixed emotions about Michonne until this moment, they come across a cafe that Carl and his parents must have frequented often because there is a framed photo of them on the wall.  There’s zombies, rats as bait and lots of gore while Carl is trying to get the picture.  Eventually they are overrun and have to leave the building.  Carl gives Michonne the big eyes and she goes back in and gets the photo like it’s no big deal.  She also grabs a painted cat sculpture for reasons, seriously this woman is the shiz.

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Meanwhile, Morgan is awake!  It’s pretty apparent once he wakes up, that he is a few zombies short of a full horde.  The first couple of minutes after he wakes up results in him trying to kill Rick, he claims that Rick is “wearing dead man’s faces.” and ends up stabbing Rick in the shoulder, no big deal for Rick though, he finally talks Morgan down and they are able to sit and have a semi civil conversation.  We find out that Morgan’s son Duane was turned by his mother which is absolutely the most heartbreaking thing ever, if Morgan had simply shot her in the head like he really really should have, his boy would still be alive.  Tragic, and the story brought me to tears, (Lennie James is a phenomenal actor.) Rick tells Morgan he should come back to the prison with them, but Morgan has already figured out that there’s a war based on their need of weapons.  He agrees to give Rick the guns, but has no desire to be a part of the war.

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I’m heartbroken again as Rick, Michonne, Carl and a pack and play head back to the prison minus my second favorite character.  They start the drive  and pass a mess of a human on the side of the road, a few feet further is a pack that looks exactly like the pack that was on the dude that was begging them to stop for him.  They reverse the car, grab the pack and are on their way.

In closing…

I loved everything about this episode.  Michonne showed her sassy side and it was everything.  I plead with The Walking Dead Gods that Morgan will come back and actually become a full time cast member.  (Spoilers, he does and I can’t wait to get to that point in my rewatch!)

I really enjoyed doing this blog, I think I might do recaps of all my favorite episodes from all my favorite fandoms!  If you don’t already watch The Walking Dead, you should.  It’s got gore, it’s got love, loyalty, friendships, more blood and guts and stuff and super creative ways to kill zombies and your favorite characters!  It’s on Netflix, you should watch it.  For real, just go now.  Report back when you’re done!

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Introverts unite! It’s OK to keep to yourself.

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Noobness | 53 comments

What is an introvert?

Webster says it’s a shy, reticent person.  I had to google reticent because I’m obviously brilliant, and it means not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily.  You learn something new every day!  So, yeah that describes me.  Hi, my name is Amanda and I am an introvert.  Please do not approach me to make small talk, as it’s pretty much my nightmare situation.

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What does being an introvert mean?

It basically means that we prefer to keep to ourselves.  Introverts aren’t really very party friendly, and prefer to have a small core group of friends rather than a whole bunch.  Introverts don’t really like to go out and do things, preferring to stay at home and be comfortable.  Personally, I get very stressed and uncomfortable in new situations.  I am perfectly happy being at home, on Facebook, or reading a book.  I do like to game on the PS4, and it does mean talking to new people, but it took me a really long time to get where I am now.  2 years ago when I started playing Destiny, I literally would not talk in a party lol, it was just way to weird for me and definitely out of my comfort zone.  When my husband and I started playing, I would only talk to him in the party, then after we had played with a work buddy of his for a bit, I would talk to him once in a while.  Fast forward to now, and I happily chat for hours with my Destiny friends, and the occasional new person.  I overcame that particular fear, but it would be OK if I didn’t!  There’s nothing wrong with an introverted person, it’s 100% OK if you don’t want to go to parties, or new places because it’s scary; however, you might be missing out on something that you could really love in life.

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My husband and I went to a marriage retreat sponsored by the Army a few years ago.  It was an amazing opportunity, we left the kids with some close friends and it was just he and I for the weekend.  The weekend was spent in classes, which had a speaker that actually talked about Introverts and Extroverts and how they impacted a relationship.  We found out what we already knew, which was that we are both introverts, and it makes for a very interesting couple lol.  We don’t talk much, I mean we talk about the kids, and we do love to have discussions on things that we are both passionate about, but we are not small talkers, so there’s a lot of comfortable silence between the two of us.  While in the class, the speaker asked a lot of us to stand and talk about things and let me tell you, I literally was sweating, dry mouth, nervous.  Just the thought that I might be called on to stand up and talk made me feel sick to my stomach.  Luckily, my husband has become used to talking in front of people, because of his time in the Army, so I deflected everything to him!  We did leave that retreat with a lot of really great info, and I realized that I really am no good at social situations. It’s not something I really have an interest in working on it though, I’m ok with being socially awkward.

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Is being an Introvert a bad thing?

Short answer.  Absolutely not.  Every single person on this planet is different, and that is absolutely OK.  Should you get out of your little introvert box and maybe try and socialize more?  Maybe.  Doing new things is good for the soul, and if you feel that you should interact with people more, then go for it!  If you feel that you are perfectly content with not be a social person, cool!  You do what you are comfortable with, keeping in mind that you might be missing out on some fun parts of life by staying in that box.  I’m fine with being in my box, but I do get lonely at times.  I have online friends, but as a military wife, we move a lot so I don’t have many IRL friends.  Once in awhile I get the urge to go to dinner or a movie with a girl friend, but then I have this little voice in my head saying nah, you’ll be much happier if you just stay at home and watch some more Doctor Who.  I usually have to be prompted to go out, and there have been many times where I have literally felt relief at a cancelled event.  I get myself all kinds of anxious when I think ahead about having to socialize.  Going to any kind of event is a big ball of stress for me.   Oftentimes that stress manifests itself into anger or irritability and I have to find a way to diffuse it without coming across as a mean person.  Sometimes I fail and people get the wrong idea about me, because really I’m nice, sometimes it doesn’t seem like I am, but it’s just because I’m so uncomfortable at the time.  Those that take the time to get to know me, find out that I’m actually awesome.

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Don’t take it personally.

There are times when my phone rings and I have to put it to voicemail.  I just don’t have the mindset to talk on the phone.  It’s an introvert thing.  Even talking on the phone is socially stressful!  It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member, a close friend, or a business.  I get stressed at the thought of having to carry a conversation.  I literally get anxious when I know that I have to make a phone call, it seems silly but it is what it is.  I prefer talking via text or messaging, as it’s MUCH easier for me to express myself through typing words rather than speaking words.  So anyone out there that is NOT an introvert, don’t take it personally if someone avoids your calls or invitations out.  It’s possible that the person you’re calling or inviting is just not socially adept!

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Work through it.

While I am totally fine with being socially awkward, I’ve decided to really work to extend myself outside of my introvert box.  I have made the huge decision to become my own boss and sell LuLaRoe, which means I have to get over my fears!  I’m absolutely going to have to get out of my comfort zone if I want to be successful.  I’m going to have to learn how to chit chat with people, face to face and not be awkward.  I’m not really sure how to not be awkward, but maybe I’ll just keep being awkward and people will find it endearing.  I don’t know what’s going to happen but I do know that I’m going to work hard on face to face interaction through selling a product that I love and hopefully everyone that I sell to loves.  It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be so stressful and I’m certain that at the end of each day I’m going to be exhausted while at the same time feeling so fulfilled, hopefully!  I’m a proud introvert, but I have aspirations to do well in my job so I’m going to bust my booty to get myself out of that box.  There are a ton of introverts throughout history that have made a huge impact on the world, Dr. Suess, Rosa Parks, Steven Spielberg and Mark Zuckerburg (thank you so much for creating my favorite social platform!)  J.K. Rowling is an introvert, and she’s pretty much the most amazing author ever.  These people did it, so I can do it too!

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I’d love to hear from those of you that are introverts, or even those extroverts out there, if this opened up your mind to some of the differences between us!

For those that want to proudly display your interovertness, here’s a cute shirt! Comical Shirt Ladies Introverts Unite Were Here Uncomfortable and We Sport Grey XL

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