Recently my good friend Angi over at Schneider Peeps was gracious enough to do a giveaway for my new home business, Pink Zebra! You can read it here. The lucky winner was Patrick at Survival At Home. Go check out his blog. Lots of great tips and reviews over there. Big thank you to Patrick and Angi!! God bless y’all!!
Thanksgiving. Happy times, food, family, full bellies. Kids playing, laughter, gratefulness.
As I reflect on Thanksgivings past, these are the things that come to mind. At the center of it all was always my mother. I remember as a child waking up to the smell of her turkey and dressing filling my bedroom with sweet aroma. The excitement of which of my cousins were going to be there. This year is different. This year, my mother is not here.
I feel like I took for granted all those years we spent Thanksgiving together. Out of 31 years I only missed one Thanksgiving Day with her. This will be my second. But this time I cannot pick up the phone and call her. This year there is an empty place.
I don’t remember if I was every truly thankful for my mother being in my life. I mean really truly thankful. Loosing my mom this year has changed my perspective on so many levels. So I beg of you, hug your mother. Make up with that relative that you just can’t swallow your pride enough to say the words, “I’m sorry.” to. Let it go. You never know when you will get another Thanksgiving together, or even another day. I have pictures of my last Thanksgiving with my mother. I will treasure them forever. I have pictures of my last Christmas with my father as well. We are not promised tomorrow. We only have today.
May the Lord bless you and keep you safe as we celebrate what we are thankful for and reflect on Thanksgivings past.
The lounge chair on Emily’s wooden porch was just the right comfort that she needed this night. In the background hummed the sound of the hot tub. She smiled at the thought of the hot tub. It was the one she always dreamed of but never imagine or believed that one day this would be HER hot tub. The air was the perfect and the sound of the horses shuffling in the background gave her even more peace. It had been a long flight back from The Virgin Islands. Well worth it but long none the less. Her bones were a little achy so a nice dip in the colorful spa was just what she needed. That and a nice glass of her favorite wine.
I have to ask. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I bet you can’t guess where I imagine myself. Is this reality, no. In 10 years I could be a grandmother who opted for the nicer pool for her children and grandchildren to play. Heck, I may not even have a body of water around me besides the old pond. The only future we have that is secure is our faith in Jesus Christ. Because HE holds that promise. Not us. We as humans will always mess things up, sin will always get in the way. Until we are with Him, all the everyday struggles and chores will have to be dealt with. Fear, grief, jealousy just to name a few will be around.
I don’t know about you but I struggle everyday. Sometimes my life is the greatest ever! Other times, not so much. My children walking in the room with pictures they crafted just for me, the greatest!! Holding my mother’s hand as she took her final breath, not the greatest. Whatever your struggles are, trust God. I’ve tried so many times to just hand my tribulations over to Him. It seems like I always end up with them again. I’m sure I can do it better than Him. It’s just God, right? JUST GOD!? I don’t put my faith in myself, I put my faith in the One who CREATED me! If He can create this earth and us, why would we not take Him at His word that He is faithful? Why can’t we as humans understand this? Hello, the creator of the UNIVERSE said I’ve got this. And we go, well, umm, maybe I’ll try one more thing. I’ll pray to you that things go the way I want them to go. After praying do you sometimes, stop, wait a few, look around, and wonder if everything instantly changed because I just prayed for what I wanted? Funny thing is, I know that I really don’t want what I think I do. I really don’t “want” that hot tub. What I need is a closer relationship with my Savior and total trust that HE knows what I NEED. Now wouldn’t you rather have what you need than what you want? Would you trade that brand new SUV for a sandwich if you haven’t eaten in a week? Wants vs Needs. I think SO many of our wants end up in our need catagory. I need peace and quiet from my children. I need the rest. Is this a want or a need? For me too often it’s a want. I need a bigger paycheck so I can ______. You fill in the blank. Maybe God has you right where He wants you. Maybe that 3 bedroom house is all you need. Maybe He knows that by you staying in that 3 bedroom home, 2 years from now some people are going to move in next door and need you. That relationship with these new neighbors could be just what you need and could imagine your life without. But what if you would have moved into that huge 5 bedroom house that you could have had if only you had that raise you deserved!
These situations happen all too often in our everyday lives. So many Christians are just lacking. For lack of a better term. Myself included. We need more TRUST! All the things that I wanted that I “never” got are what makes me the person I am today. I needed my mom to stay on this earth with me. But that is only what I wanted. What she needed is to be in heaven with her Lord. Trust God. In times of sorrow, in times of want, in times of need. Trust that HE will do the right thing. He is God. He knows better. He knows our 10 year from now and our 50 year from now. He knew that before he ever said, “Let there be light.”
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
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I was promoted to an Executive Consultant this month. I am on the path to be promoted to manager in the next couple month. Very exciting stuff going on with my Pink Zebra business. I’ve been so busy lately, I haven’t had time to blog.
I do have to say, check out this new green crackle shade! These are a while supplies last, so don’t miss out. Our beautiful blue liner sold out yesterday.!
Don’t forget to take advantage of this months AMAZING enrollment offer! With $340 with a products, and 100 Pink Dollars to purchase whatever you want for Christmas!! If you are looking for a full blown career like I am, a part time supplement the income kind of thing, or just want the items and the discounts, this months special is for you!!
Excitement, joy, laughter, and tears. These are just a few words to describe my incredible adventure this past week.
This past Wednesday, Kenan and I along with one of my team members, Mallory, traveled to Houston for a Pink Zebra Rally to meet our founders and fellowship with each other. Over 2 hours in the car was more than worth it! The meeting was held at the Sam Houston Race Park. My brothers who live in Houston drove over to meet us there. I was asked to share my why story. If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here. It was so nice to have family come and support me during a difficult story to share.
When we went up the elevator to the club level, I was instantly met with the sweet aroma of Pink Zebra Sprinkles! The display set up was beautiful! I was greeted with hugs by my new Zebra family who I have only known for a short time. My husband started up a conversation with a gentleman. I heard my name mentioned and turned around. My husband was speaking with Tom Gaines! The founder and CEO of Pink Zebra. Tom remembered our facebook chats. I was floored. I had a great conversation with Tom while we were waiting to start. He likes to hunt. My kind of guy!
Dana, one of the few Pink Zebra Directors, started off talking about her story with Pink Zebra. She’s so funny! She joined Pink Zebra a couple of years ago just to get the discount. LOL! Now she has the #1 producing team for our company! Love you Dana!
Our company’s background is amazing! I am pretty sure that almost everyone reading this has at some point owned a candle made by Kelly Gaines. Kelly and Tom have manufactured candles for several of the biggest, as well as THE biggest named retailer in the US! These folks KNOW their candles!
I was so happy to hear that the vision they have for Pink Zebra is different than just making money. It’s about changing lives. Our ability to change lives through our HEROES charity is amazing. We heard a moving testimony of a single mom who benefits from our HEROES charity. She is now a Pink Zebra Consultant. 🙂
I was shocked when Tom told us that Pink Zebra was named the fastest growing company for UPS in the United States! Holy Cow! As the wife of a UPS driver, I know how HUGE that is!
We learned about the 3 phases of business development.
Formulation Phase: 90% of all Direct Sales companies fail in the first two years. (We hit 2 years 9/13)
Concentration Phase: We’re here now! This is where the company focuses on making the operation run smoother. Better software, faster turn around times, more products, etc. This stage usually last another 2 years, on average.
Momentum Phase: This is where a company EXPLODES. This is the buckle your seat belt and HOLD ON stage! (At least that’s what I call it.) Everybody wants in, brand recognition, and Pink Zebra becomes a household name. This is when our company of 10,000 consultants turns into close to an estimated 200,000! WHAT?!
Tell me.. don’t you want to get in NOW? If you can get into a Direct Sales company that is 100% in stock, growing 11x faster than their leading competitor did in their first two years, would you do it? Our host rewards are second to none, the compensation is amazing, incentives, bonuses, consultant’s rewards, we have it all! And not to mention FUN!! So, what is stopping you from joining my team? Fear, finances, time, etc? I encourage you to take a leap of faith like I did. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I’m only just beginning!
And the #1 reason I love Pink Zebra is they preach BE YOURSELF! I get to be that Christian, country wife, and mom of 5 from the South who loves horses and lives in the woods. I don’t have to be something I am not to “make sales”. That’s not what it’s about. This is about doing what you love, being yourself, and loving what you do!
I did indeed share my story that day. I got a few laughs and some tears from my group of friends. I stood up there and told everyone who I was and why I am who I am. I was contacted today by a woman who was at the rally. She told me that my story made an impact on her and she chose to become a part of the Zebra family that night. Our slogan “Change Your Fragrance, Change Lives” It is exactly what it says.
We had a raffle at the end of the meeting. My brother won the show stopper or “HOT FLASH” as it is called.
There are over 10,000 jealous people right now! I am so happy for him! Way to go Steve!
I received a gift for having the most new recruits for the month! WOW! I was tied with my awesome friend, Lupe! You go girl!
And we all walked away with a prize.
Kenan’s candle is on the right. Mine is on the left. I like mine better. (Sorry babe!)
Here’s a shot of my girl Mallory with Tom and Kelly!
And yours truly!! Do I look happy? Because I was ECSTATIC!!!
So.. what are you waiting for?! Join my team!!! I would love to have you!
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Until next time! God bless!