It’s been awhile since I’ve written a personal blog post here. I’ve been so busy—with work (times two; I’ll get to that later), NaNoWriMo, kid stuff, and just life in general—that I’ve truly neglected my blog. I’ll do a quick run-down for you all.

NaNoWriMo: I won! I really like the gist of my story, but I need to rewrite a good 60-75% of it, and I haven’t even finished it yet. Eep. I’m hoping I’ll have some time to work on that around the holidays, because I really do like the story and where I originally had it going. It definitely has some potential!

Debut Collective Anthology: I received both of my short stories back with their edits from the editors and will be making those edits in the next couple of days. I’m really excited about these! I can’t wait to share them with all of you!

Day Job: Things are going well at the day job. There was some upheaval over the summer as our company was bought by a much larger conglomerate, but things have—for the most part—stayed at the status quo, which has given a lot of us a chance to breathe and settle. There are still more changes to come, but the biggest changes have (supposedly) already happened, so it appears that everything will be alright.

Health: Health-wise, for the most part, I’m doing well. I went on a weight loss journey back in March and managed to lose about 60 lbs up to Thanksgiving. It wasn’t truly a diet, as far as the typical thought process goes on diets. It really became much more of a lifestyle, and I’ve learned a lot about my body in the process. I’ve back-slid quite a bit from Thanksgiving through now, but I’m allowing myself a little bit of laxity through the holidays, for a multitude of reasons.

The Intracranial Hypertension has been pretty good this year. I still have severe reactions to barometric changes, but thankfully I am an avid weather watcher and track barometric changes, so I know if I need to take extra medication to head it off at the pass. It’s helped immensely, with the exception of a particularly nasty storm that rolled through here in November where the baro pressure dropped lower than I’ve ever seen it. The extra meds did nothing to counteract that, unfortunately, and I lost vision (temporarily) in my right eye because of it. I’ve since seen my ophthalmologist who verified that there is some remnants of optic nerve swelling, but it doesn’t look permanent (yay!).

And then there’s Frankenankle. Yes, my lovely ankle that was operated on the day after Christmas last year. I just had it operated on again last Friday (the 4th). This time, it was to remove the metal plate/screws, and then for my doc to do a little exploring. You see, I’ve had awful swelling since the original surgery. Like, I don’t have cankles—the swelling is more like thighnkles! The MRIs I’ve had done, however, didn’t show typical fluid swelling, so we came to the conclusion that I might be reacting to the metal of the plate/screws in the heel bone. So, he went in to remove those, and to look at my tendons to make sure they’re holding up okay. He ended up having to shave my bone down quite a bit, apparently, and then also had to do a debridement of a nerve. That is not going to be fun when the feeling starts to come back. *twitch*

Family: Both girlchild and boychild have been struggling in school this year. Most of it is of their own making—it’s laziness and not completing homework. Of course, when they don’t write down what their homework is, we can’t enforce it at home. It’s been a struggle. Girlchild has really risen to the challenge in the last couple of months, though, and is back on track. Boychild, with some of his issues, does seem to be trying, so at least there’s that. Unfortunately, with the extent of his special needs (severe clinical ADHD and SPD being the two major ones), he would really benefit from being homeschooled. We just can’t afford to lose my income, though. But, this leads into…

Mary Kay: I began selling Mary Kay (again) a little over a month ago. I sold it back when I was in college—mainly to get the personal discount because I LOVE their skin care. I’ve honestly not found another skin care regimen that was comparable in both how good it made my face feel and in price. I wasn’t really big into makeup and such in college, so I never really focused on that aspect back then. Now, I wear a little makeup every day, but I rarely go all out. With my daughter beginning to learn about skin care, and getting all the lovely issues that puberty brings, I figured it was a good time to go ahead and sign up as a consultant again—and, once again, if for no other reason than the discount I would get for my products and for hers. But then I got to really thinking about it. I need extra income. I have debts that I need to pay off (hello student loans, ick), and I’d like to be able to get into a position where I could home school my kiddo who so desperately needs it. Additionally, I need extra money so that I can hire an editor and a formatter, and all of the other costs associated with publishing. I know I could make Mary Kay into a full-time business, but I need help with that, and that’s where you come in.

Now, you all know me. I’m not a pushy person, and I never, ever want people to feel obligated to do anything for me. That can sometimes conflict with the typical Direct Sales style of work, but there’s a huge difference in this from many other DS companies: I 100% believe in this product. Since starting to use Mary Kay again, my skin has completely cleared up. I haven’t had a break out yet (I started using it again at the end of September). The fine lines and lack of resiliency that I was noticing in my face and neck after losing so much weight is GONE. I look almost 10 years younger. And beyond that, I love that Mary Kay is about women helping women. Especially when it comes to their charity, The Mary Kay Foundation, which focuses on research and funding for cancers that affect women, and the Don’t Look Away campaign which is all about preventing/stopping Domestic Violence against women.

The biggest part of Mary Kay are the skin care classes—or parties, if you want to call them that. Chances are that you’ve been to one, or at the very least been invited to one. They really can be fun, and I know when I conduct a class/party, I have zero expectation for anyone to buy anything. For me, it’s about meeting some new people, and just sharing the love of the product. If people want to buy—FANTASTIC!! If they don’t, or they already have a skin care regimen that is working for them, GREAT! At least we got to spend a little time together and have some fun, and maybe I’ve been able to share a little something that they didn’t know already.

Okay, so I mentioned above that I need your help. I’m currently trying to raise enough money to hire an editor for my novel that I’ve been working on all year. I’ve figured it out that all I need is to sell at least 50 items that cost about $15 in order to make what I need to hire the editor I’ve chosen. Mary Kay’s mascaras are phenomenal, and they’re $15 each. The eye lash primer is also $15, and when used in conjunction with the mascara, the results are dramatic. I never realized how much of a difference the primer made, but it does! So, I’ve included both the mascaras and the primer in my promotion.

But not everyone wears mascara, or even likes mascara, and I don’t want to leave people out. I absolutely LOVE the Mary Kay Nourishine Lip Gloss. My lips have never been this smooth and soft in the winter—in my entire life. There are several colors to choose from—some are shimmery, some are high gloss, and some are just regular with a tint of color. There’s an option for everyone. My favorite color—because it’s a nice neutral with a hint of shimmer—is Fancy Nancy. I’m sitting at home right now, recovering from surgery, and I have my Fancy Nancy on because I love the way it feels. And I’m not even a big makeup person! So, that said, I realized I should include the lip glosses into my promotion as well. They make FANTASTIC stocking stuffers, too!

As an added bonus, for anyone who gets their friends/family to purchase a total of 10 items from me, I will throw in a free Satin Lips set (ARV $18) for free—OR allow that person to choose a mascara, lash primer, or lip gloss for free (ARV $15). Simply have them go to my website, place the order for the $15 item of your choice, and then have them type YOUR name in the Promo or Event Code Area on the right side of the screen. It looks like this:

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So, here is the promo flyer, and you are welcome to share this with your friends and family:

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