After an unintended six-month sabbatical, my good friend Skipah gave the me a shout out on his latest post, which, in turn, inspired me to get back at it. There have been far too many adventures here in the Maple Treehouse to catch up all of my loyal fans, so I will just hit the highlights today.
The biggest happening over the past few months, of course, was Christmas. Rugrat was spoiled to death, as usual. Mommy Santa spent lots of money on Lego Dimensions, both the game and the add-on packs. Needless to say, after about a week of playing nearly every hour he was allowed on the PS3, he lost interest and hasn’t played in at least two weeks. “But I’ve beaten every level now, Mommy.” Those of you with youngsters who are familiar with Lego video games know that just because you complete the “Story Mode” of each level does not mean you have finished the whole game. Convince my 9-year-old of that, and I will give you $1.00. In the meantime, I will be taking the highest bidder for about $200 worth of Lego Dimensions delight.
Grandma and Grandpa Mommy’s Santa were very generous as well. The kiddo got everything on his wish list and then some. My siblings and I also were very generously bestowed some gifts and cash. Cash is always good. I like cash. This year I was able to pay off some bills, but didn’t get much “fun” stuff out of it. I will take it, though. I HATE debt. PSA to college kids: DON’T GET A CREDIT CARD!!!!
In other news from the Treehouse, I’ve become quite the selfie queen. I’m usually pretty self-conscious about selfies, but I’m taking and sharing more these days in order to promote my new gig. Remember that make up demonstration for Younique I hosted last summer with my posse girlfriend, Patty? Well, you guessed it. I got so addicted to the stuff, that I became a presenter myself. The great thing is that I don’t have to keep an inventory, and most sales and parties happen through social media. This is quite unlike a previous cosmetic company I represented, where to be successful, you had to maintain an inventory and do in-home parties a couple times a month. The product was good, but I like this Younique stuff much better.
I do not intend to push the product or opportunity on this blog. That’s not why I write. However, I do get excited over makeup, and it has become a pretty important part of my life, so you will see posts that include it. I will try to include some general beauty tips from time-to-time for my female readers.
While Younique is fun and provides some supplemental income for me, I still sell real estate as my main gig. I love the diverse group of clients I meet, and most become friends that I continue to see regularly. I actually had a dear client of mine who lost his wife to illness shortly after they bought their house take the Rugrat and me to lunch a few months ago. I simply adore this man. I used to work with his son, and greatly appreciate the referral, not because of the income I received from it as much as the wonderful opportunity to know his parents.
Working in sales is not easy. It is quite difficult to be self-motivated and not have the accountability of someone requiring you work at set hours. However, the flexibility of being able to schedule work around my life instead of life around my work is fabulous, and as I said above, I LOVE the people I get to meet. I’m currently working with some very cool people who are looking for a commercial property to convert into a recording studio. I will have more on that in a future blog, but they are lots of fun to work with and have also become friends I hope to keep in touch with after the sale.
Life has been good to me, and I feel very blessed to live this one that God has given me. I have been chugging along, trying to be the best mommy, friend, daughter, sister, aunt and person I can be. It isn’t always easy, and Lord knows I’ve made a lot of mistakes and will make many more in the years to come, but I praise God every day for the chance to be my best.
Part of being my best is doing what I hate the most…housework. And the Treehouse is screaming in agony over chores needing to be done, so I’m out of here for now!