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I’ll sell everything I own at some point….

The truth is, I struggle with this blog so much because I really don’t know what to write about. And most of the time I am busy trying to figure out how to be an entrepreneur.   I now have a couple of little companies that sell products in stores nationwide and have learned a lot in the past few years. People ask me how to do it all the time, and truthfully, it’s not easy.  A perfect product, the perfect time and the perfect placement…. It is an uphill battle. But oh so fun and fulfilling at the same time.

Several people ask me how I got started. Well, it all goes back to the early days of eBay and online selling. It was basically an addiction. It’s all I did. I would get huge truckloads of items. Clothing, fine china, shoes, backpacks, you name it. Its basically how I survived college. I wish they had Instagram back in the day…the pictures of my living conditions would have been epic. I had piles of stuff in my room. It would just have a path to get to my bed and then jeans in piles wait high all around me. I would pay my sister to ship the items, she had to re-stack and fold them every day.  By the time I moved on to house wares and fine china I was basically swimming in bubble wrap and peanuts.  I prided myself in the fact that I could eat my dinner off miss matched Vera Wang plates with Wedgewood silverware on the nightly basis.

As time went on, the economy changed and bargains were easier to find, my margins became a little slimmer and getting a “real job” seemed more fitting.  While I was working full time my addition to online selling continued. I continued with eBay, moved on to Amazon, sell on facebook, local classifieds, and a few other platforms. I have learned a lot and several people ask how to do it. Since I don’t have time to teach everyone individually, I figured I could at least reference a few tips to help you out.

Time to clean out your closets and garage…. here we go!

2015 Goals

Its only February and I still have my Christmas garland up on my front porch steps so I figure it is not to late to be posting about my goals for this year.

I recently read a quote that said “Most people over estimate what they can do in one year, but under estimate what they can do in five years.” As I thought about that, and looked back on the big things I have accomplished, and can see how that holds very true. Watching a small business grow, graduating college, and a few other personal goals, over time great things really can be accomplished.  The cool thing is that by setting little goals nothing should seem that daunting.  For me, As I continue down the path of entrepreneurship, I have all sorts of little business goals. It seems that the more buyers, stores and professionals I meet, they all have little bits of advise to incorporate in my master plan, so its always evolving.  But that is goal Number 1 for this year.  I won’t bore you with all the details. But just know that great things are in store for this area of my life.

In addition to my big business goals that will take up the majority of my time, I did set some more fun and frivolous goals. They are important too!

1) Take an international trip this year – its in the works! I don’t want to spoil the surprise  of where for you just yet.

2) Wear more lipstick – I need to get to Walgreens to buy some ASAP

3)  Photography – Finally learn how to use my “fancy” camera.

4) Volunteer – I am still looking for the right cause to give some extra hours too. But I do feel like giving my time will make me happier. I don’t have a ton of time to give.. but hopefully I can give enough to make it worthwhile to me and the cause I choose.  ( I am leaning towards make-a-wish)

5) Document my life story – Both online and offline. And seriously, I realize that I may be the only one that ever looks at my blog.

6)  Get rid of my excess stuff – I figure I could shed about 25% of my belonging and not even notice. I have already started on some areas in my house.  I need to tackle my closet and garage.

There you have it… they are posted – I am committed.  Hold me to them. :)

 

2015

 

 

Have you forgotten about me yet?

This time every year I get an email reminder that I need to pay my renewal fees to keep my blog hosted and domain name. This year, I almost gave it up. I haven’t blogged on an ongoing basis, like ever, so why should I keep paying for it? Seemed logical, right? But a little part of me really really does want to document my life, and guess what, that little part of me gave in and won. I paid for one more year.. so, with a renewed hope to actually write my life story down. So stay tuned…..

Stadium of Fire – 2014

At this point, I don’t know what my July 4th would be like without the Stadium of Fire. I anxiously await for them to announce the performer, count down the days to the tickets being released and find it exciting year after year! This year it was Carrie Underwood. I love her. Always have and always will. I remember voting for her when she was on American Idol. And even though I have seen her perform a few times now, I will never get tired of her. She ended her performance with her version of “How Great Thou Art”  I tear up every time I hear it.

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Stadium of Fire wouldn’t be the same with out having Biz in town!

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Yes, I would take her legs any given day!

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Biz Loved the fiddler! I will have to admit.. he is pretty dang good!

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And As always, after all the performances the night ends with the most amazing fireworks show. In fact, the largest stadium fireworks show in the nation. Its always impressive!

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July 2014

I am a little sad that summer has come and (almost) gone again. I know July seems like it was forever ago, but lets take a little trip back in time to July… I love July and don’t want to forget it!

We started the patriotic weekend off with a little 1812 Overture by the Utah Symphony up at Thanksgiving Point. Its become a tradition to see it and I LOVE it.

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After the symphony is over they have a pretty impressive fireworks show over the waterfall in the gardens. Its literally right above you.

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These twinkly gold fireworks are my absolute favorite.. I find them to be rather magical!

To continue with the festivities I decided to run in the freedom run this year… I had no idea how many people ran this! It makes it so much fun!

 

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My sister actually came up from Arizona to join me… here is our horrible, we just finished “selfie.”

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Since we were already down in Provo we figured we might as well stay for the parade. I hadn’t been to this parade in years.. in fact, the last time that I went I was at a summer camp at BYU.. so it had to have been 20 years of so. Seriously, where does time go?

 

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This horse carriage with the miniature ponies was adorable.

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They also had all the missionaries that were currently at the Missionary Training center walking together. It was impressive to see how many there were!

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Then right behind them was the senior missionaries. Everyone stood up with excitement when all the missionaries passed by. It was pretty fun to watch.

After about 90 minutes of parade excitement we headed home to take a nap and get ready for the festivities of that night!

Hello Mr. Richie

Concerts, especially outdoor concerts in the summer, are one of my all time favorite things to do! Pair that with one of my all time favorite singers and we have a perfect night!

I have actually wanted to see Lionel Richie for a long time. Every time I looked up tickets online they were either sold out or incredibly expensive, and not anywhere near me. So when I got a little alert from Groupon on my phone that you could by a ticket for $25 I jumped at the chance. And seriously, the man lived up to every expectation I had for him. We couldn’t leave without these classic overpriced shirts that were worth every penny!

 

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Twins Take Utah

I have the cutest little nieces… twins that were so excited to visit me this summer! It was fun having them around for a couple of days and do some exploring with them! We went to Sundance, Took the Alpine Loop, cascade springs, the Homestead, Sundance, the new Natural Curiosity Museum and they especially thought that it was cool that they could go see two temples.  It was rather busy weekend to say the least.

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Girls Camp – 2014

This week the Young Women from my ward at church went to girls camp, and while I didn’t spend the entire week with them, I did spend the entire week thinking about them and reminising about the memories I made at the girls camps I had the opportunity to attend as a youth.

As a leader, girls camp didn’t seem as much fun to me. That is the old age in me leaking out, I guess. I loved girls camp as a girl. I had a total blast. The game “spoons” holds some very cherished memories! However, as I spent the closing night with my girls, we had the traditional testimony meeting, with all of our ward leaders there. Its was exactly the same as I remembered this night to be in my younger years.

Its amazing what a week in the great outdoors can do for the soul. Discussing the gospel, a little pondering time, a sky full of amazing stars, and building relationships with your peers and leaders can only lead to great things. As I got to camp I realized how much the leaders that did spend the entire week there sacrificed to be with these young ladies. My heart went out to them in gratitude and that may have been the start of my emotional evening.

One of our camp directors decided to start a new tradition, instead of “secret sisters” where the girls at camp give little gifts to each other, we had the “single sister project.” We asked the single women in our ward to each “adopt” a young woman from the ward for the week. Most of these women were elderly, lonely and widowed. Being on the leadership side, I got to see how excited these sisters were to serve these young women. They had a $2.00 limit per day and needed to include a letter of inspiration, a lesson learned, advice and on the last night they revealed who they were. The girls were opening the letters upon my arrival, most of which were very heartfelt. The young women were so excited to get back home and meet these ladies in person.

As the night grew dark and the testimony meeting began, it was exactly as if I was a teenager sitting there again. The spirt in that meeting is so strong and so familiar. I was amazed by these young women! Its so refreshing to realize that the things we have tried to teach them, and sometimes assume go in one ear and out the other, really have stuck with them. They are so eager to learn and serve our savior. One can only hope that they never forget what the way they felt at that meeting, the things they shared and the testimonies that grew this week.

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Hi Mom!

My mom is going to be most excited for this post…

My desire to blog again is back! What a perfect day to start blogging again, August 1st, And while I will make no promises as of to how long this desire will last, I do hope it sticks around this time. As the month rolled over last night I couldn’t help but think how fast this summer is flying by. I still have the majority of my “summer must do list” to go… Hopefully I can squeeze in some more play time and enjoy the great outdoors before Utah becomes a frozen tundra for the winter. I looked over a my extensive summer list and weeded out a couple of my priorities I want to make sure I do.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
Day trip to Mirror Lake
BYU Education Week
Take a Canoe Ride
Float the Provo River
Go Fishing

I know I can’t be the only person out there with a summer to do list.. if these are still unchecked on your list too, let me know, I’d love to have you join me! Here is to life and adventure, especially in finishing out this years summer!

Production Run!

Its in my blood! I really can’t help it. I move from one business idea to the next. I just got some production pictures of my next project I am working on since I can’t be there in person to watch.  Its one step closer to a final product! All this wood is bamboo! Be excited!

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