Friday, May 5, 2017

A New Venture

As you might have already heard, or seen, I've began a new venture in my personal life. 

I'm very excited to announce on here that I have started my own business!

I am a Independent Sales Consultant for Norwex.

 If you have never heard of Norwex, the company began in 1994 and was based primarily out of Canada. Six years ago they ventured into the United Sates. It is still a new company here in the US to most people.

Have you ever heard someone mention that they "Clean without Chemicals" or "Clean using only Water"? In all likelihood, they are using Norwex microfiber.

I know many people will roll their eyes and think "I can just buy some at the Dollar Tree, what's the difference?" Well, yes you can buy microfiber at the Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target and many other stores. There is a difference, and it's a big one!

To be considered microfiber, each fiber - the size of a human hair - is split 6 times. That's pretty amazing in itself. All microfiber is designed to polish your surfaces. Simple fact. It polishes.



Norwex microfiber is designed and proven to remove 99% of bacteria and contamination from your surfaces when used correctly. There are 3 ways that Norwex takes their microfiber above and beyond the microfiber you can purchase in any store.

Ask me how. I'd love to talk with you about it.



Overall, Norwex is a better, safer way to clean. The only chemical it uses is water since technically water is a chemical. Using only an EnviroCloth, Window Cloth and the Dusting Mitt you can get rid of all the chemical cleaners in your home. All of it! Takes up less space and saves you money in the long run.

There is an upfont cost involved, but if you take care of your cloths, they will literally last you for years! I'm just getting started in my Norwex journey but some consultants have had the same microfiber they purchased 10 years ago - and it still works!

Leave me a comment with your contact information to learn more! I'd love to teach you how to cut the chemicals.

~Karen
Independent Sales Consultant
karenspoo.norwex.biz
karenmspoo@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Bandaid Phrase ~ I'm Fine.

Have you ever asked someone how they are? Chances are you will get the Bandaid Phrase in response, aka "Im Fine." Taken at face value it sounds good. We all want to be fine, don't we?

I call "I'm Fine" the band-aid phrase because it covers a multitude of feelings. Deep feelings that we either don't feel like exposing or maybe it isn't the right person to open up to. Or maybe it just isn't the right time.

Look deeper into that person's answers. Ask them "I can see your feelings... Would you like to talk about it?" Or "I would love to talk to you if you have the time, pray with you." This lets them know that they are worthy of someone's time. Maybe they aren't feeling comfortable talking to someone because they don't think there are worthy of that person's time or that they aren't important.

Maybe what they are feeling is fine and everything is going well in their life. But it never hurts to double check if you sense that they are feeling less than fine. Some people are just waiting for the right person to ask.

Right now, if you were to ask me how I am doing, I would respond with I'm fine. But, I'm really struggling.

While I love being a stay at home mom, a lot of times I feel empty. It's like I am "missing out" on certain things. I struggle with feeling of jealousy and find myself scrolling through Facebook and Instagram to see what my friends are doing.

I know, I know. Social media has a way of displaying The Best Of people's lives. I get that. Truly I do. My favorite posts are about real life. Real happenings and sometimes it's just someone went to Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts and picked up a cup of coffee. Real people doing real things are a draw for me.

It seems that everyone has something that they are passionate about. There are people who have actual jobs outside the home, inside the home.... small businesses that they run, a side business. One friend has a "regular" job outside the home along with a side business along with a small business! Friends are selling essential oils, health and nutrition products, clothing, beauty items, or they know someone who is selling and I'm added to their online groups. I rarely get invited to parties because... well, most likely because I have turned down so many invites over the years (honestly not that many regardless) that they don't bother anymore - or I am just a dork and so socially awkward that people don't think I'd be a good fit for their party.

I also have something that I am passionate about. I'd love to be able to share it with everyone and spread the word, so to speak. But right now with Jeremy's health, I need to be at home in case I need to get him.

Quick update - Jeremy has some sort of virus. He has been very run down and all week last week I've had to pick him up early from school. He just does not have it in him to complete a full day. The doctor has ordered 2 rounds of blood tests for mono and CBCs. Everything comes back clear. No mono. It's just a virus of sorts that is causing him to be terrible run down and his lymph nodes to swell like crazy! We honestly had thoughts that it might be some form of cancer or a thyroid condition. Praise the Lord there is no sign or symptoms of either of those! Seriously happy about that and so relieved! We don't know what the virus is though. So .... mama worries. I have to remind myself to trust in God daily. Multiple times a day really. We are attempting to schedule an appointment with an ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor) to have them check to see if they can tell what's going on.

So it's exhausting. Worry is exhausting! I shouldn't do that. I should just do what we are supposed to do and Trust in God. My human mind is faulty and doesn't like to do that so I pray. A lot. I take comfort in the peace that prayers bring, along with the knowledge that there are other people who are praying for us as well. Each is appreciated!!! Thank you very, very much!!

All that said, I am here at home. The house is incredibly quiet while the boys are in school and although the dog is a great companion, Bella is not much of a conversationalist. I spend my days cleaning and doing laundry. I also watch vlogs on YouTube and listen to music on my phone or Pandora on my Roku through the tv. With the need to be nearby to get Jeremy if needed, I am stuck to a very small radius.

This does not keep me from wanting to have something for me. Something that is not a set schedule - like a regular "9-5" type of job. Something that is flexible, that I could do in my home - since I am stuck here, in a way. I don't want to wait until the boys are both teenagers to be able to do something. I have an interest and passion in a set niche that is not as well known in my area. To me that is the perfect time to get going with it!

I may as well just say what it is that I'd love to do since I don't see myself being able to actually do it. I would dearly love to be an independent consultant for Norwex. For those who don't know what that is, Norwex is a company that started in Norway. It is short for the Norway Experience. It is a brand of products for cleaning with - Get this! Products that use only water to clean over 80% of your home. No chemicals. They do have specialty cleaning products that would be totally awesome to have, but honestly you can clean so much of your home without them. Norwex is about products and things that are not going to hurt the environment, they are for sustainability and creating safe havens in the home by removing the chemicals that most people use to clean the home.

Anyway, who else is struggling with feeling of loneliness and a sense of boredom? I get it! I hear you. You are not alone!

God's Blessing to you!
~Karen

Saturday, January 7, 2017

January 2017

Here we are in 2017 already! It has been an entire year since I last posted. Honestly, I do not think anyone really noticed I haven't posted. Well, maybe one friend noticed. The new year brings a new start. A new chance to get things done.

It has been a year people! 2016 has been quite a year. I am happy that it is over. 2016 has brought a lot of emotions and situations that I am glad to have in the past...or soon to be.

What is your word for 2017? What is the one word that describes what you want to focus on this new year?

Think about it. There is a powerful word that comes to mind that will become your focal point for everything you do.

For me, that word is actually two words: Believe and Progress.  

Believe is a reminder to believe. To believe in myself, believe in my trust of God.

Progress is a focal word for me. Aim to progress, rather than aiming for perfection.

So, leave me a comment. What is your 2017 word and the reason behind it?

God Bless
~Karen

Sunday, January 3, 2016

2015 Reflections

Welcome to 2016 everyone!

Can you believe it's a whole new year already? In some ways 2015 flew by but in others it dragged so slow. How was your 2015?

Ok 2015 was a very long year. Between the return of schedules for the school year and getting the boys up for school and everything that goes with it along with homework and and so that's what's for lunch each day, when library day is and remembering to pack the book. Just waking up in the morning is a challenge because I am not a morning person. I love my sleep, so waking up at 6:45 a.m. or even 7 a.m. is a daily struggle.

We traded in our dying minivan for a 2014 Jeep Patriot in order to go on a road trip in the summer that never happened. One reason it never happened is because the boys cannot go for long periods of time or even short periods of time in the vehicle without arguing and being too loud and just a nuisance. Not going on the road trip turned out to be a blessing because my father in law had a massive stroke and was in the hospital and then the rehab and finally a nursing home where he will spend the rest of his days. We would have ended up driving home from out west.

My husband is co power of attorney along with his sister for my father in law because the stroke caused some mental issues and he is not capable of handling his bills and different things that need to be done. One thing that is needs to be done is my father in law's house needs to be cleaned out and sold because nursing homes are not cheap yall. Not cheap at all!

All of November and most of December I have been sick with a sinus infection and a full blown bronchitis which was not fun so I completely missed Thanksgiving at both houses that we would normally go to. My sweet husband made me a roast chicken dinner with potatoes and corn and gluten free stuffing so I could have my own Thanksgiving dinner even though I was in the house alone. At least my husband and boys were able to go enjoy the dinner and the enjoyment of being with the family.

In the beginning of December my mother, who is in her late sixties, had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. She is wearing a restrictive sling to severely limit her arm motions because she had pins put in her shoulder and stitches and all of that needs to heal and the muscle needs to regrow to mend. It'll be in a sling of some sort for 3 to 6 months.

I felt very indifferent to everything in the later part of 2015. When I was asked what I want for Christmas or for my birthday on New Years Eve I really had no answer. I usually have a really long list of things that I would like to have so there is a good selection. This year I really had no idea what I wanted. I really did not care if I got anything.

For New Years Eve do you think go away and spend time with family but this year it was just the 4 of us at home. We invited some neighbors to come over but they declined so it was another way that made the year very different.

I was just recently sent some updates on kids that I used to take care of at the daycare where I used to work and they were not positive at all between drugs and broken families and prostitution to one thing as being arrested for aggravated assault and hitting the policeman when he was being arrested to one even committing suicide. It's a struggle because these are children that I raised in a way since they were at the daycare for 12 hours a day from the time they were 6 weeks old or 1-2 years old until they were 12 years old.

This year has broken my spirit. It's not depression, I'm just lost. I will find my way though because life hasn't got me down and out yet and I've been through worse things.

My goals for 2016 are simple. One goal is to keep the kitchen clean. That means hopefully, hopefully going to bed with a clean sink with no dirty dishes waiting in there for me in the morning. I try to remember to prep the coffee and program the coffee maker so the coffee is ready and waiting for us in the morning instead of us having to wait on the coffee.

Another goal is to be more positive and thankful for things each day. I will admit I did fail at this last year but it's something that I really feel like I should work on and it's just something I need to do. So each day I'm going to TRY to think of three things that I am thankful for each day. I probably won't put them on Facebook and I certainly won't blog about it each day but it's something that I do want to focus on and to remember to do.

God's blessing to you my friends. I wish you a happy healthy and fun 2016.
~Karen

PS. I apologize for any typos as I am typing on my phone and spell check is not working.