A crazy little thing happened in August – I started my own business!
You may think only an insane person would take on something like that in addition to working full-time, blogging (a part-time job), raising a 3 year-old (another full-time job), and cooking all her family’s meals from scratch (arguably another part-time job), and to that I’ll say:
I have phone numbers for several excellent therapists.
Which I plan to use someday.
When I have time.
While my August mostly revolved around my 3 jobs, fun with my 3-year-old, and averaging 3 hours of sleep a night, I managed to find time to squeeze a few more things in – read on for the details!
August 1: The first “official” day of the Haven Conference in Atlanta for DIY and home decor bloggers. I helped the fabulous Haven Team with some behind-the-scenes, pre-conference tasks, enjoyed an afternoon with some blogging friends, and then the festivities officially kicked off with a fabulous cocktail party! (Check out all the details in my 2013 Haven Conference: Part 2)
August 2: More fun in Atlanta, with our first day of blogging and DIY classes, even more blogger friends, and yet another fabulous cocktail party! (Read all about it in my 2013 Haven Conference: Part 3)
August 3: Another fun-filled day of Haven Conference classes, meeting some fantastic vendors, even more blog friends, and a closing session that had me in tears. Thankfully, my dear friend and roommate Beth and I were soon joined by our local friend Kent and happy times were here again! (2013 Haven Conference: Part 4)
August 4: My time in Atlanta came to an end with a relaxing blogger’s brunch at my friend Heather’s beautiful new home, before catching a plane and heading back to my own. It was on this day that G and Kate gave me a wonderful surprise and a moment I’ll never forget! (2013 Haven Conference: Part 5)
August 5: This is right about the time when I should’ve crashed, coming down with a post-Haven hangover/cold sore/major illness, but crashing wasn’t an option for me this year – one day after returning from the Haven Conference, I hopped in my car and drove to my very first Wildtree Conference! Wildtree is an all-natural foods company offering the highest quality herbs, culinary blends, dressings, marinades, oils, and more – ALL free of GMOs, preservatives, artificial colors, additives, and fillers. At Wildtree, we believe in the value of making cooking quicker, easier, healthier and delicious – all at the same time. It’s been a goal of mine for years to help people find shortcuts in the kitchen and to show that ANYONE can make healthy meals from scratch, and now, as a representative for Wildtree, that goal is even easier! This conference was my “kick-off,” giving me tips and tools for launching a successful business, and getting starting on helping save people time, money, and stress in the kitchen!
August 10: Every year we try to get together with two of my girlfriends (Lisa and Kadi) from college and their husbands (children optional), and this year our annual summer get-together was a kid-friendly gathering at Jeff & Kadi’s house in southeastern Wisconsin. We were joined by Lisa and Jason and their three children (Jackson, Jessica, and Lia) and two of Jeff & Kadi’s sons (Will and Wyatt; baby Zachary spent the night at his grandma’s house). It was a fun-filled weekend with lots of kids activities including a treasure hunt and kiddie hot tub party. Once the sun went down the adults were ready to join the kids for bedtime, but we rallied and had some good ol’ grown-up fun as well!
August 13: My first Wildtree party! Back in June (before I decided to become a rep), I took my first step in sharing Wildtree with the world by inviting my readers to join me at my house for a Wildtree Freezer Meals party, and this was the night! I was so excited to have 9 local girls in attendance and 2 readers from out of state (Minnesota and Florida) appearing virtually. It was so much fun to meet so many new friends, and to stock our freezers with 10 restaurant-style meals!
August 15: My first step in starting my Wildtree business was to double launch with two Tasting Parties, and was my first one was on this night. I had five girls in attendance, lots of notes to reference, and very little idea of what I was doing! I’m still learning all the details of Wildtree’s products, but thankfully I have no problem talking about nutrition and the value of eating a chemical-free diet. I was so happy to have my first party (flying solo) under my belt, and even more excited to hear what an impact it had on my guests! One of the girls joined Wildtree that very night, another one booked a freezer meals workshop, and two more are interested in attending my next freezer meals workshop in October! One of the girls in attendance (who is pregnant with her first child) emailed me afterwards and said, “I’ve always thought about what kind of Mom I want to be and I want to start our child out with the best nutrition and I certainly need to set the example. Just since your party, I am finding myself reading more labels and putting things back and not buying them.” That is EXACTLY why I joined the Wildtree organization, so hearing this was music to my ears!
August 17: Check out this enormous backyard slip & slide! G, Kate and I attended our friends Sean and Keeley’s backyard party where they had this set up, and it was absolutely incredible! G and Kate had so much fun going down this…while I stood in the shade and drank beer. (Basically a perfect day.)
August 24: A fun-in-the-sun family day at G’s parent’s house on the lake! We were joined by our friends Andy and Deb and their boys Anthony and Carter, and our friends Todd and Robyn and their daughter Marit. We spent the day on the boat, tubing, playing on the sandbar and relaxing at the beach. Every weekend should be like this.
August 30: We welcomed my younger sister Brittny back from her summer of advanced training with the Army, and what better way to celebrate than with her favorite chocolate cake? (This time topped with strawberries – her favorite!)
August 31: G, Kate and I spent the day at my mom’s horse ranch with my sisters and Kate’s cousins. Kate had a blast swimming in the pool, playing on the swing set, driving my mom’s electronic vehicles all around the yard, jumping on the trampoline, and, of course, riding a horse with her Aunt Amanda! This year she also sat up on a horse all by herself while Aunt Apryl led her and Aunt Amanda spotted – she loved it!
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful start to your September!