Saturday, September 20, 2008

Where are they now?

So yes, it's been over a month since I posted on this Ground Breaking Blog about our journey through Advocare. You wanna know why?

Mostly, the reason I'm not posting here very often is that so much of our growth and learning is VERY hard for me to put into coherent words. Some of our lessons are so basic that it seems silly to post about them, and others are so monumental that I don't know where to start.

Tonight though, here's what's on my mind. Over the past few months, Big Daddy and I have endured some stressful times, courtesy of some people we considered very good friends. The attacks have intensified over the past few weeks, and have consumed our thoughts and emotions to a fault. To. A. Fault.

So BD and I were discussing this mess, AGAIN, and you know what I told him? There is one area of my life that isn't stressing me out right now. You wanna guess what it is?


That's right. Advocare. It's not stressing me out. In fact, it's giving me hope. Big Daddy? Him too.

One of the things I love about Advocare is that it's a company built by Christian people, based on Christian principles. There is no conflict between our faith and our business. In fact, we believe that our business is strengthening our faith.

Let me tell you something - when your faith becomes stronger, the enemy's attacks become harder and harder. Well, the jerk's not gonna win.

We will win.
God will win.

I'll keep ya posted.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Success School

In the few weeks after we signed up as Advocare Distributors, Paul and I continued using the products and told everyone we talked to about the company and the opportunity. We sold a few products to this friend and that, but no one seemed interested in signing up with us.

It was discouraging.

Our sponsor had mentioned Success School to us several times, but the month of August was already so full that we didn't want to make a commitment. Finally, around the end of July we committed to attend Success School August 9-10. The first 10 days of August were So Stressful and full, and my anxiety level was through the roof.

That fateful Saturday morning Paul and I overslept due to a late night the night before. Great way to begin Success School, arriving one hour late!

It didn't matter, y'all. Because as soon as we got off that elevator in the Sheraton Dallas, I felt peace. Sure, I was nervous throughout the day. I always am in new situations. But at the same time, I was excited. The atmosphere was electric, I'm telling ya, and the information and encouragement? Awesome.

But was Paul excited? It was hard to tell. Until that evening, when we sat in our bedroom and he started talking.

"Okay, so is what they said..."
"What do we have to do to..."
"Here's what I think we should do."

He was excited. Chapel and General Session on Sunday solidified it, and We Were Ready. All the way home and all night Sunday we talked about our plans.

But it was on Monday, y'all, that it finally clicked for me. We were at Advocare Headquarters picking up an order, and I went into the ladies' restroom. I was admiring the beautiful granite counter tops, and wanting to have beautiful granite in my home, and that's when I realized this:

We will never have anything more if we don't make it happen ourselves. The lottery or hard work - those are our choices. And we choose to work, with a company that has helped people change their lives - Advocare.

It will take sacrifices and it will mean getting out of our comfort zone. But you know what? We're ready to change our lives.

Watch us.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Beginning

I want to put my story here in writing so that I won't forget. I want to be able to look back a year from now, five years from now, and remember how it felt to embark on this journey.

In June of 2008, our life-long friend Kevin told us about his successes in Advocare, both financial and physical. At the time, Paul and I were desperate to lose weight. I felt trapped by my cravings and urges, yet longing for help and victory.

Our initial interest in Advocare was for health reasons only. I mean, sure, it would be great if I could get a discount on some product or sell some to a friend or two, but I had no interest in selling. Besides, who can build a business when they have no self-confidence?

Paul was even less interested in the whole deal than I was, which was frustrating for me, but I can't force him to be excited about something, just because I am.

So, we signed up. We took the products. I began losing weight. Paul did the Herbal Cleanse and lost 19 pounds. NOW he was excited.

But we still didn't believe that WE could build a business. That only works for other people, right?

Our Mission Statement

In August of 2008, Big Daddy and I attended Advocare Success School in Dallas, Texas.

We have made a committment to God and each other that we will change our lives, and here is how we intend to do it.

We have one goal: Self Discipline in all areas.

Area One: Our committment to and relationship with God.

Area Two: Our committment to and relationship with each other.

Area Three: Our committment to and relationship with our children.

Area Four: Our committment to get healthy. We believe that Advocare will help us achieve this goal.

Area Five: Our committment to take charge of our financial future. We believe that Advocare will help us achieve this goal.

Area Six: Our committment to help others. We will share God with everyone we encounter. We also believe that Advocare will be the tool we use to help others achieve health and financial security.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

It's Been A Long Time

I guess it was a whole month ago that I started to learn a little about tweaking templates and doing a little more than changing colors.

I love doing this by using scrapbook papers, and I hope that since I'm not doing it for money, I'm not violating any use restrictions with regard to the scrapbook kits.

What do you think about these two papers together?