Monday, January 31, 2011

To Tupperware or Not to Tupperware...

I feel like I have reached a crossroads in my Tupperware business.  When I first started selling it, back in 2008, I really didn't have any expectations of what I would do with the business, but as I got more involved with it, I became more successful.  Then, as time went on, life got a little busy, and Tupperware took a back burner.

I feel like I have so many things going on in my life that I don't have the time to commit to fully "work" the business.  I know what it takes to be successful in this business.  I have been to many training classes and sales meetings.  I am very lucky to be part of a wonderful Organization that has top leaders who are very talented and have taught me many things.

I have thought about quitting all together, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that I would love nothing more than to "restart" my Tupperware business and be very successful.  I wish that there were more hours in the week, so that I could have parties and share the products that I love and believe in with everyone.  With my work schedule lately, I never really know what time I'm going to be leaving work, so it makes it hard to plan ahead and schedule parties...

I think that I have decided that I don't want to completely stop.  I have several customers who place orders from time to time... but I really need to build my customer base.  Maybe if I can schedule some weekend parties I can get back into the swing of things.  I really do love the company... and extra money would be most helpful. So maybe, just continuing on for a few more months as I have been, and maintaining my active status will give me a little time to get things straightened out until I can devote more time to it.

(Shameless plug:  If you'd like to purchase some Tupperware, my website is www.crystaldunn.com)

Day 4/30: A Favorite Television Program

(yes, I know I'm running a day behind...)

I watch a lot of TV shows...DVR is one of the greatest inventions ever.  But if I had to pick just one show that is my favorite, it would be gLee... 


I love this show.  It is hilariously written, tackles current topics, has all of the drama that is high school, and all of that is even before we talk about the music.  From the pilot episode, I was hooked.  I haven't missed a show yet.  It is one of the shows that I look forward to every week... If you haven't seen it, grab the DVDs and catch up so that you will be ready for the next season!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 3/30: A Favorite Book

This one may also sound clique... but one of my favorite books is "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss.  When I was in 10th grade, our English teacher read us this book, and since then, I've been in love.  It is a great book that fits many occasions.  Whenever you want to feel encouraged, pick up this book and read it... by the end, you will be ready to go. Several of the "places" described in the book are so fitting for various times in your life.  Right now, I feel like I'm stuck in "The Waiting Place... for people just waiting..."


Waiting for a train to go 
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants 
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.



Working on some "real" posts soon!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 2/30: A Favorite Movie

Picking a favorite movie was a lot easier than picking a song... I know that this movie is the quintessential chick flick, and that many many women consider it their favorite... but Grease is probably my all time favorite movie.
In 1998, the 20th Anniversary Edition of Grease was released.  I had not seen the movie before then.  It was the summer before my freshman year in high school... and I literally watched the movie every day... I can almost quote this movie from beginning to end... I know all the songs... It is truly one of those movies that I can watch over and over and never get tired of... And for the record, Grease 2 wasn't nearly as good...

I'll leave you with a little treat from the movie...



Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day 1/30: A Favorite Song

So, I've tried this blog challenge thing before... and haven't always succeeded... but this one, I think I can keep up.  Earlier tonight while reading Kimberly's blog, I saw that she is doing a 30 Days of Things challenge of sorts. Each day, for 30 days, she will write a blog about a certain thing.  I figure since each day already has a topic assigned, I can actually stick to this one...

Here is the list of each topic:

  • Day 1: A favorite song.
  • Day 2: A favorite movie.
  • Day 3: A favorite book.
  • Day 4: A favorite television program.
  • Day 5: A favorite quote.
  • Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
  • Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
  • Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
  • Day 9: A photo you took.
  • Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
  • Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
  • Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
  • Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
  • Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
  • Day 15: A person you admire.
  • Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
  • Day 17: An art piece.
  • Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
  • Day 19: A talent of yours.
  • Day 20: A hobby of yours.
  • Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
  • Day 22: A website.
  • Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
  • Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
  • Day 25: A recipe.
  • Day 26: A childhood memory.
  • Day 27: A physical feature you love.
  • Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
  • Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
  • Day 30: A motto or philosophy.
So... here we go... 

Day 1 -- A Favorite Song
I always have a hard time choosing "favorites." I like lots of different styles of music... and many different songs come to mind when I think of songs that could be considered a "favorite." However, when I think about songs that I have loved for a long time, and that speak to me whenever I hear them, this was one of the first to come to mind. 


Patty Loveless "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" -- This song is from the early 1990s, and I have loved it since then.  "Life's about changing, nothing ever stays the same"  How true are those words? 

Monday, January 17, 2011

I Wish That...

  • I had a job that I looked forward to going to everyday, instead of one that I dreaded.  I long for the day when I feel like what I do is actually making a difference, rather than just attempting to pay the bills. 
  • I didn't have to worry about money.  I am thankful that I have income right now, when a lot of people don't, but it would still be nice to not have to scrimp and scrounge to make sure that everything gets paid. 
  • I could rewind and redo part of the last few years... only if I still had the knowledge that I have now. 
  • I was really as comfortable being single as I let on... and that this longing to be in a good relationship would vanish. 
  • I had more time to do things that I enjoy... like craft and other creative things. 
  • Sleep came easily and waking up came easily too. 
  • I could be all things to all people. 
  • I could focus on the good things in life and be happy. 

Book Review -- "The Bride's Baby" by Liz Fielding

From the Book:
Events manager Sylvie Smith is organizing a glittering fund-raising event: a wedding show in a stately home. She has even been roped into pretending to be a bride...a bride who's five months pregnant! The bride everyone is talking about! It should be every girl's dream to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it's not Sylvie's. Longbourne Court was her ancestral home, and she's just discovered that the new owner is Tom McFarlane—her baby's secret father. Now Tom's standing in front of her, looking at her bump....

Tom and Sylvie share a night together, Sylvie gets pregnant... doesn't tell Tom right away... Months later, Tom sees Sylvie, thinks the baby is another man's... Tom and Sylvie are secretly in love with each other, but neither of them wants to admit it...

This story was your typical misunderstanding.  The main conflict could have easily been solved had the main characters just sat down and had a normal conversation.  I found myself thinking throughout the book.. 'just blurt out that he is the father... '  While, it was a good read, I felt that it could have been a little less on the "who is the baby's daddy" side, and spent more time developing the relationship between the main characters.

Not too bad for another freebie on the kindle.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review -- "A Very Special Delivery" by Linda Goodnight

This book was another freebie on my Kindle.  I kind of went a little crazy downloading free books, solely based on title and overall rating.  This was one of the books that I didn't really read the description of, and just downloaded and started reading.  I did not realize that it was a faith based romance book.  That being said, it was still an enjoyable book. 

From the Book: 
It was the surprise of a lifetime for recluse Molly McCreight when single dad Ethan Hunter entrusted her with his infant daughter while he delivered medicine to an elderly man during an ice storm. Past experience had taught Molly how fragile life could be, but she was touched by this stranger's faith in her abilities. Once the storm had passed, though, and her guests returned home, normalcy eluded Molly. The Hunters' presence had brought much-needed joy to her quiet world, but their absence threatened to crush her forever. Still, was she ready to admit that this tiny family held the key to the future she'd always secretly craved?

The religious aspects, while very prevalent, weren't over the top, or pushy.  The book deals with loss, guilt, overcoming obstacles, falling in love and forgiveness.  This book was a quick read, and overall, I liked it.  Not bad for a book that I blindly chose... and the fact that it was free was even better! 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Book Review -- "Speed Dating" by Nancy Warren

I've kind of fallen off the reading wagon lately too... so much for that 2010 goal ... but when my Mama asked me what I wanted for Christmas... I knew I wanted a Kindle.  I've been wanting an e-reader for a while now, and with Amazon's latest release, there were some features that I liked above the other options out there.  When I opened the Kindle on Christmas Eve night, I wasted no time downloading books.  I love that Amazon has a free section!  A lot of these books are ones that I wouldn't normally select, but I like that it helps in expanding my very limited selection of genres.  The first book I read was "Speed Dating" by Nancy Warren.

The thing that attracted me to this book was the NASCAR reference, and that much of it was set in Charlotte, NC (and it was free).  The main character, Kendall leads a pretty boring life as an actuary. (I didn't know what that was until I read this book...) She is in Charlotte for a work conference, at which she is being honored with a prestigious award.  Minutes before she is supposed to attend a banquet, her finace confesses that he has been having an affair with a coworker, who is now pregnant and that he's leaving Kendall.  Enter Dylan Hargreave. NASCAR's pretty boy... one of People's hottest bachelors... Kendall's total opposite.. After a chance meeting, Dylan helps Kendall live a night that she will never forget.

This book was a quick and enjoyable read.  It was romantic without being sexy, but wasn't sappy.  It had characters that were easy to relate to, some you will hate, and some you will love.  An opposites attract story that is set in the fast paced world of NASCAR, but not strictly for only NASCAR fans.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Goals: January 2011

So, I started thinking about what my goals for 2011 will be.  After making, and not accomplishing several goals last year, I wanted to commit to things that I think are actually obtainable.  While reading through posts from other bloggers, I saw that Hope is doing monthly goals.  I really liked this idea because it will allow me to break bigger goals into smaller segments that will be easier to accomplish.  So, this year, I will be making a list of goals at the beginning of each month, and at the end of the month, I will report back with my progress.

Goals for January 2011:

  • Read (and write a review of) 4 books. 
  • Write at least 10 blog posts. 
  • Get 2010 tax information to Accountant and get taxes squared away. 
  • Fill out FAFSA for finacial aid. 
  • Clean out "Blue Room"
  • Organize craft supplies. 
  • Make decision about continuing with Tupperware. 
Hopefully, at the end of January, I will be able to report that all of these have been done.  Stay tuned for progress :) 

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