Do you know there are hundreds of types of fear, there are even websites dedicated to describing every type of fear a human can have. I have a theory though, that one fear reigns supreme.
Fear of Failure.
I signed up skeptically. Worried that maybe I didn't have what it takes. Worried that I would have to pay $200 if I wasn't successful. And we did NOT have $200 if I blew this chance.
I blew that goal out.of.the.water. Hitting my $2,000 in sales in just 5 weeks. To be honest, most people on the team hit their goal in under 2 months too.
Summer break starts today. It's just me and a couple of hooligans for the next two months. And by the looks of this ornery pair, it'll be a showdown soon.
It's true, being a stay at home mom with school-aged kids can be a lot of hanging out with my friends, naps by the glow of Netflix, and quiet hours spent reading.
I do love the summer time with them home but I don't like summer. I know, you can hate me. I live in the right place at least! I love fall, winter, spring, summer. In that order. There are only so many clothing items you can take off before you realize you're still hot and out of options. In the winter you can pile more and more clothes on...and you're expected to stay indoors more. Yeah- I'm an indoor cat.
Do I love doing chores every morning? No! (ok, secretly, a little bit yes. I'm such a weirdo-yay Norwex!). But I ALWAYS love doing nothing. A whole fat lot of nothing. Some people feel twitchy if they aren't always moving. Not me. (That's also why I have to force myself to exercise so I don't look like Jabba the Hut, but that's a story for another day).
I keep a tidy home. Not like a hospital sanitized home, but a tidy one. With two kids, two dogs, two long-haired cats and a goldfish it requires constant attention. Our house has guests over nearly every day and I like it to be welcoming so I do certain things every day to make sure it doesn't get away from me. With so many of my friends telling me they need a schedule, I present for your use, MY schedule...but broken down so as to be easy to accomplish.
I love that my kids will have all these memories of the things Mom did with them. The little trinkets I let them get at the souvenir kiosks and swear them to secrecy so as to not make their brother jealous. And the whispered conversation I had with their brother that morning telling him he can have pizza for lunch and I packed a cookie for his snack, but don't tell your brother because it's a special treat just for you.
Today I want to shout out my spirit animal, Kimberly. She is funny, vivacious, unapologetic, and real. She has risen to the top levels in our company by not sacrificing who she is first. I saw her speak at Norwex National Conference 5 years ago, my first conference, and it was Fangirl at first sight. I LOVED how authentic she was (is) and how she is always herself. Always.
Norwex seriously gives the best hostess rewards! Check out that top left corner?! I mean, seriously, all things that I give to friends as gifts because those are some of my top most useful products! The grocery bag? Yeah, that has the BacLock in it. That means if my chicken leaks in the bag, I don't have to worry about it so much! That bag is keeping itself self-purified. A.ma.zing!! Don't wait!
I usually take a shower in the middle of the day. Not like you wanted to know that necessarily, but now that's a thing you know. I drop the kids off, do my office work, work out (I mean...occasionally), and take my shower before I pick the kids back up.
Some days the shower happens earlier, and sometimes I'm in the pick up line like this.
We live in a home built in the 1940s. And it was built really well. The "bones" of the home are so gorgeous and thoughtful. There are beautiful details all through our space and one of the best is the original hardwood floors. But like anything that is almost 80, the floors needed a little oomph to make them look nice again.
Listen, I'm as real as you are. There is a new study every day that refutes a study from yesterday and it's hard to sort the facts from the fiction. But there are some things that are worth taking a look at. You saw my post (didn't you?) yesterday about how we're all into cast iron cooking to get more iron in our day and to keep away from the toxic emissions that nonstick pans...emit.
New fluffy towels came out in August and they are so scrumptious it's ludicrous! And the pet towel is this soft too! (Shout out to Fido) These purple and blue darlings are technically kids towels, but can I confide in you? I use them. I use the heck right out of them. They are seriously so soft and plush that it's like settling into a favorite stuffed animal after a shower.
By now you've heard about my love affair with my stove, right? My little beauty makes our food and looks gorgeous while she does it. You know, like me! #shegetitfromhermama
Once a year I try to really give the old gal a good scrubbing (if you're interested, it's more often for myself.) Norwex Oven and Grill Cleaner is a dream product. Warm the oven to 100*, spray the enzyme, wait 5 minutes, use a soaking wet spirinett to lightly buff all the liquefied grease out off.