Friday, November 30, 2012

Facebook Official!

I've been blogging a little more lately (finally, right?!), so I decided it was time to make a Facebook Page for the blog.  I've been contacted a few times through my personal Facebook page about things that I've posted here on the blog, but I'd like to keep my personal page and the blog page a little separate.  So, head on on over and Like My Ramblings on Facebook! Once the Facebook page reaches 50 likes, I will be hosting a giveaway on the blog!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tupperware Tuesday: My Tupperware Story

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a Tupperware Consultant.  I try not to talk about it a lot, because I never want to be known as that "pushy" direct sales consultant who is always pushing her business.  I have struggled from time to time with the thought of even continuing in this business.  Well, all those doubts are gone now, and I see myself doing this for a long time! 

Me at 11 months, playing in my Mama's Tupperware Cabinet. 
For as long as I can remember, Tupperware has been a part of my life.  I grew up using Tupperware, and remember going to Tupperware parties with my mom as a child.  I loved playing the cheesy games and interacting with the people at the party.  Back then, there were only a couple of party plan businesses around.  I only remember Tupperware, Home Interiors and Mary Kay.  I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but I remember thinking, even as a child, I can be a teacher and sell something on the side.  

When I was around 10 years old, a Tupperware Director named Debby moved to our area and became good friends with our family.  She held several parties for my family members, and she attended our church.  After a few years, Tupperware offered her the opportunity to move again, and combine her region with one in the Raleigh area.  Debby still came back for visits.  In 2008, I saw her at a funeral and we caught up a little bit.  I told her that I had recently bought a house and that I was substitute teaching.  She told me that I should think about selling Tupperware.  I hadn't given it any thought until then.  A couple of months later, I saw a Tupperware booth at a local festival and looked through a catalog.  It had been a few years since I'd seen the products, but I saw the ones that I remembered from my childhood, as well as other new exciting products.  I decided that weekend that I was going to sell, and I called Debby on Monday to sign up. 

I didn't have any expectations going into it.  I didn't plan to make thousands of dollars or win any fancy prizes.  Being a Tupperware Consultant would be a chance to for me to get out of the house and to meet new people.  If I made money doing it, that would be great, but I was really looking for the other opportunities that would come along with it. I loved the products and I believed in them, because my Mama was still using the same Tupperware that she'd had for years.  I loved that Tupperware was a recognized brand and that most everyone had come into contact with it in their life at one point or another. 

Standing in front of the Friendship Fountain at Tupperware's World Headquarters in Orlando, Florida.
There have been some ups and downs in this business for me, but I love that I can work it when I want or need to, and if I need to take a break, I can.  One of the highlights of my time as a consultant was going to Jubilee in Orlando, Florida in 2009.  I had recently promoted to Manager and my team was going strong.  I won the trip to Jubilee and it was an amazing experience.  I got to meet and network with Tupperware Consultants from all across the United States.   I saw what owning your own Tupperware Business could do for you. I came back revived an on fire for my business... if those other people could do it, I could too! 

Things went well for a little while, and then my team started to fall apart, and I began working a lot at my new job.  I still remained active, but I was doing the bare minimum.  All the while, I had this desire to build my business, but I kept using excuses why it wasn't the right time.  Well, the time has come that I finally feel like I am ready to commit to making this business grow.  

I have made it my goal to become a Director with Tupperware by the time that I return to Jubilee in August.  I've already registered for the trip, and it will be a nice break from school before I enter my final semester.  I am already well on my way.  October was my biggest month in Tupperware. Ever. November has been a little slower, but it is still going good.  I've started building my team back up, and I am so excited to see where this journey takes all of us.  

Throughout all of the ups and downs, there has been one person there encouraging me to do what I can and helping and guiding me along the way... Debby.  She is truly an inspiration, and an awesome leader.  I can't wait to make this happen for all of us! 

Me and Debby at a Vendor Show.
I hope that you'll forgive me if I start talking a lot more on the blog about Tupperware.  I'm not trying to be pushy, but this blog is about my life, and right now, this is a HUGE part of it.  I hope that you will follow along on my journey to becoming a Director and that you will stop to offer encouragement from time to time.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

What am I blogging for?

I know that I have been very sporadic with my blog postings lately.  I always have the best of intentions about blogging.  I think of things to write, and then somehow, I always let it slip.  I've been going through some changes in life lately, and well, I am really going to try to be better at this whole blogging thing.  I love blogging, I really do.

When I first started blogging on Xanga back in 2005, I had no idea what I was doing.  Did anyone really know what blogging was back then?  I posted a lot of random stuff, but as I recently went back and read those posts, I realized that those posts reflected my life from those years... and what an up and down few years they were.  I was a depressed college sophomore, living in a dorm room alone as an RA, just starting to experiment with love and relationships.  That blog served as a journal for those things -- my first real boyfriend relationship and all of the turmoil that was associated with it, my struggles with school and work, the start of a new relationship that ultimately lead to an engagement, and the last real post that I wrote there announcing that I had called off my wedding.

After I decided to stop writing on Xanga, I turned to Myspace as a blogging outlet.  The posts there were a less frequent, but they had meaning.  However, they were still that "lay it all out there" kind of posts.  They were raw with emotion, and going back to read them now is hard.  Dealing with the broken engagement was one of the hardest things in my life.  Those posts got me through it somehow.

Now, 7 years later, just as I have changed as a person (thank goodness for that), blogging has also changed.  Back then, I treated it as my personal diary.  I shared some of the most intimate details of my life with the world.  (I have since gone back and made those posts private.) I wrote for me, as some sort of therapy.  Since then, I have been officially diagnosed with depression, and have been getting help with that for about a year now.  I know that the diagnosis came as no shock to anyone that had been reading my writing for a while.  It certainly came as no shock to me.  My writing here is a little more guarded.  There have been times where I have shared a lot, but I know where that line is now, and I realize that everything shouldn't be shared.

This blog has turned into so much more.  It is very random, as is my life.  It covers a wide variety of topics.  A lot of bloggers have their certain "niche" that they write about.  Whether they are fashion bloggers, mommy bloggers or whatever, they are still sharing their lives with the Internet.  I don't feel that I have that niche.  I guess this blog would best be categorized as a "life" blog... the ups, the downs, the celebrations, the heartache... that's what I write about.  And while I sit here and wonder "What am I blogging for?," I keep coming to the conclusion that I am still blogging for me... blogging is still cathartic for me, and that's why even though the posts aren't steady or regular, I still keep coming back here.

So what now?  I've been making a few changes over the past few months to the blog to make it more like a "real" blog.  I have some catching up to do and lots of things to update about life in general.  I have several series that I have left unfinished, and I will be finishing them up, soon I hope.  Expect a lot of posts coming in the next few weeks.  Chapters of my life have ended, and new ones are being written and others have still yet to begin.  I hope that you will buckle up and come along with me on this crazy ride, whether I'm writing about a fabulous party that I threw or if the topic of the day is boys.

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