Saturday, September 15, 2012

Week 5 Finally Done!

It took me 3 failures to finally succeed at running for 20 minutes as part of Week 5 Day 3 of the C25K.  It felt so good to finish it, I almost cried!  I did do a little skip on the way home.  :)

I haven't quite figured out if I am good fit for Pampered Chef or not.  I love the products and I have been practicing recipes as often as I can.  The biggest obstacle for me is that I am not "aggressive" enough.  I not a seller.  I am a buyer.  LOL!  I don't want to harass anyone either.  My first 2 "shows" resulted in 1 sale.  I am trying to find other people to finish 1 show with the hostess getting something.  It's sad.  I'll get there.  It will take a little time for me to get into a groove.  I have 4 more shows scheduled and the prospect of 2 more.  I better learn really fast how to do things, huh...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's already a red letter day here!

I woke up to the Baltimore Orioles in First Place in the AL East.  Ok, so they are tied with the Yankees, but still.  I don't think I've seen the O's in 1st place in September for over 20 years.

My Pampered Chef Kit has shipped, so I will hopefully have a clue pretty soon on what I am doing.  I have 5 shows booked and I'll be honest, I am scared to death.  I feel like I am missing something.  But the tally so far is $176 (Kit and Stamps for invites) and about 6 hours of my time trying to train, talk to people, and set up shows.  I sent out about 60 invites for my meet and greet with friends and neighbors.  It's very nerve-wracking!

We've played Cranium Hullabaloo about 10 times this morning and I've only won once.  But the kids are having a great time bounding around.  :)  Now it's Yahtzee time...well, handheld beeping games that they really don't play, but they like the beeping.  :)

Plus I have to run for 8 minutes today, twice.  And Grandma is coming up so I will get a shower and chance to clean up.

Hopefully my day will end as well as it started considering I am supposed to be in 2 places at once tonight.  :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm sorry..

I feel like I say this a lot.  I mean, A LOT!  Half of the time, I don't even know what I am apologizing for.  Well, to my friends and family, neighbors and acquaintances, I am sorry, up front, for pestering you with my newest venture - The Pampered Chef.  I am hoping that I will learn to listen to you, hear you, help you, and be a better all around person for taking on such a task that is pushing my boundaries of comfortableness.  I have stepped outside my happy place and have started to ask people for things which I normally shy away.  If you do not want to host a party, please tell me you aren't interested.  Do not feel pressured to have a show because you just happened to know me.  I will not be discouraged or hurt.  However, having a show is just a few hours out of one week, and could result in free and discounted quality kitchen tools/recipes.  Plus, someone else will cook some yummy food!  My goal is to for everyone have fun while at a Cooking Show.  I will say that I am nervous as all get out!  I have so many ideas floating in my head...I'm hoping I don't just freeze and pass out!

On a side note:  Week 5 Day 1 is done!!!  I really need to find a track so I can see how fast/far I am running.

Today is...

Ok. So today is a run day.  Looking forward to some quiet time so I can clear my head.  Today I get to run for 8 minutes.  I will say that 5 minutes was much easier after I did 2 things:  First, I had to do it twice before and Second, I starting counting laps around the pool.  I hope that 8 minutes doesn't kill me.  :)

Also, today is my first attempt at scheduling a real live Cooking show with Pampered Chef.  Thank Goodness for friends, really.  :)  I have spent a total of 2-3 hours training, setting up a website/calendar, and harassing family and friends.  I've also spent $163 on the new Consultant Kit.  So far, that's it.  Today I will also be testing the Chocolate Lava Cake recipe to see if it works in my Deep Covered Baker.  Not that I doubt it, I just wanted to celebrate my new business with cake.  :)  I did find out that you have to pay for the Pampered Chef website thing. get it free for 90 days and it's only $10/month after that.  I am a little confused because I was signed up for a different looking website and I didn't see anything about payment, but it was at, not  Maybe after breakfast, my brain will clear long enough to put 2 and 2 together.  :)

Today is also Labor Day.  A day of relaxation.  HA!  SAHM's know no days off.  So, today will be floors, but I'm bucking the system and staying in pajamas.  Take that Fly Lady.  Ok, I probably won't stay in them all day, but the kids are in sweatpants.  ;)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Alrighty Then...

Well, we started the "Taking Back the House" plan today.  Our weekly chore was clean the cabinets.  Will performed this task with such vim and vigor (I bet you haven't heard that term in a while), that I just let him go to work.  :)

Today was also my first full day as a Pampered Chef Consultant.  Last night, before I went to bed, I sent emails/messages to a few friends that expressed interest in having a party.  I am going to have to say that I am feeling a little (read:  A LOT) nervous about this endeavor.  This is really taking me outside of my comfort zone and making me rethink it.  It can't be that bad.  I mean, there are 1000's of people who sell Pampered Chef, right?  I started taking some training courses online to help with how to do certain things.  The first thing I was supposed to do was to determine my goals.  Wow!  Really, I was just doing it because I like to cook and I like Pampered Chef.  LOL!  Ok, I decided my goals were to have a flexible schedule and to have extra income.  I don't have a set amount in mind, but I settled on having 4 shows a month.  I have such a positive outlook that I am assuming I'll be able to find people to host shows.  :)  That, of course, is my biggest fear.  We'll have to see how well it goes.  I'm trying to be positive...:)

I did walk into a good opportunity to sell some items, but it's at a PTO FallFest for a friends' kids' school.  The problem is that I start thinking that I am not ready for this because she asked if I had anything to sell there.  That sets my brain into over time worrying about should I buy stuff.  What about signs?  What about...people who I don't know wanting to have a show?  The list is growing and I am starting to stress.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Week 4...GONE!

I am done Week 4.  So much has happened since the last time I posted.  Hmmm..maybe not so much, but some stuff has.  I am planning on becoming a Pampered Chef Consultant.  I'm also considering selling some jewelry.  I have issues, that's not news, but I feel the need to bring some money to the house.  I know that some people don't have the same feelings I do, but I have worked since I was 14 and I really do not like being totally dependent on someone else.  I realize that taking care of the boys is a job in itself, but at one point they will be in school and I really don't want to have to be at the whim of a permanent schedule, leave requests, and a 40 hour work week.  I don't think it's going to work with 3 boys in school, sports, after school schedules, and sick days.  Plus, I really enjoy being at home.  That brings me to another issue.  I have solved the dinner issue - especially with Pampered Chef.  Not only can I write off recipe ingredients on my taxes, I have 4 (and sometimes 6) guinea pigs for the recipes testing.  :)  The next dilemma?  House cleaning. Maybe I'm trying to avoid it by doing other things - that's probably it - but being a SAHM, I am EXPECTED to do all of it.  And I'm not really a great cleaner.  So, I am going to start finding easy ways to clean the house or, at the very least, a schedule to keep me up to date.  My goals will have to be very small at first...otherwise, I'll cower to a corner and hide behind the clutter.  So, let's see...Day 1 - find an easy to follow schedule.

Check.  Or so far...