Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Big, Wide Snow

Well, the much-anticipated snow has arrived – started snowing yesterday morning around 5:30. Today we have sunshine and strong winds.  This is been an unusual, crazy wide winter storm. On the news yesterday they said it was 750 miles wide – that means North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas were all involved. We have family in all three states – and we got pictures of various ones of us in the snow yesterday. It definitely is unusual for each of us to have snow on the same day, usually the storm is passing from one end over a matter of days. This storm is further North as well - and of course, those northern states are much better equipped to deal with this weather.
When I was a kid and then had my own kids we made Snow Cream - how about you? Now my sweet 's-i-l' makes it for the grandbabygirls.
Here is a common recipe.
I have friends in Vermont who actually add maple syrup instead of the sugar ... now, doesn't that sound delicious? Also, I have friends in Arkansas who add a spoonful of instant coffee and then drizzle it with maple syrup. Yums!!
There's probably loads of variants that make Snow Ice Cream very special!!
I love these cold but cozy days of winter. I am so happy with a few days of snow. Very soon I will be through with this joy and it will be replaced with a longing for summer temps.
Right now, I am content!


Friday, January 15, 2016

Treasuring the Time

It is TRUE ... I love what I do as an It Works Distributor!!!
WHY?? well here is reason #346,214,001!!!
Have you ever heard the term stay at home parents? What about full time family? Until I joined ItWorks I had never heard of these in my life. Most families in this society can't even afford to have one parent home, much less two. It is most common for both parents to work and to send young children to daycare.
I post about FREEDOM often in regards to It Works and my dreamboard but not sure if you actually catch what I mean ... this is not just about a random few in our company... Far from it actually! Here are just 8 other families that I've run across on my ItWorks journey who are a "stay-home-family". They humbly share their stories... they are not overnight sensations or win the lottery stories but rather their "by choice, not chance" stories of hard work, determination but as easy as following the Steps to Success over and over again. Not to mention, there are countless other ones throughout the company! This is a small fraction of the FullTime families in ItWorks

This company allows you to dream. To leave a legacy for not only your kids, but your grandkids. (like for us - a Poppy and a Grammy) To work from within your own home - or from anywhere you want - is a dream coming true. We are changing the norm. Breaking down barriers. Bringing Grandpas and Daddies home.Treasuring the time and creating moments day to day that impact the world in positive, wonderful ways ... materially, spiritually, physically ... living a life that shines.
We are the American <3 Dream ! We are It Works !
I honestly would be happy to share with you more about our opportunity and the amazing teamwork it involves - you own your own business, sure, but you are never on your own!


The Things I Love

I love so many, many things in life - one of them is creating. I've said before that I truly believe we are all designed by the heavenly Father to create beauty in our lives. Some folks create great music, others paint, still there's those who can cook an amazing meal from scratch. Oh, I am partial to authors who create written masterpieces for us to read and delight in.
Well, one little thing I delight in is when I take time to visit my craft room or studio ... which I did the first day of this new year. It was a fulfillment of a pact I made with myself to spend quality time in that sacred place this year and fulfill some dreams.
I took five little ones into Robin's Nest to make some fun little Owl Mobiles ... I decided to start simple. We had fun - and even if the results weren't quite like some Pinterest samples I had seen, our outcomes were great!!
Each one of these little ones made three owls ... well, littlest only managed one. We used sticks from the yard and jute string and voila! an owl mobile!!
These precious little ones are the great grandchildren of Clyde and Naomi Moore - my parents. Oh my!! They would have been so very, very proud and tickled pink with how bright, beautiful and brilliant these five kiddos are!! and how they would have adored their Papa and Nana Moore!! 
One day we will spend an eternity loving on each other 
as we praise our eternal King and Creator of all.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hero to Servant Leader

 Let me preface this post by saying I will be doing a series of true stories from It Works. So, here is the first of many to come....
***True Story***
You know what?
One of the 346,214,000 things I really love about It Works is that anyone, guy or gal, single or married, young or older (like me) has equal opportunity to be a success!!! If you have the gumption, fortitude, and desire then, you will be compensated. Here's a true story - a hero turned Wrap star.... and considers himself a servant. How cool is this? Hey, guys and gals, I am ready to have you on my team today ... and we'll be writing your "true story" before you know it!!

""My name is Erik and I am a Double Diamond with It Works Global! I want to start my story where it really begins. I'm a retired Army MP and was injured by IEDs in Iraq on September 22, 2005. I met my wife over a year later in October. She is the reason I'm here today for more reasons then I can list. After my retirement in May 2008 we decided to move to Indiana about 30 mins from where my wife grew up. My wife had a great job I was going back to school to train to become a heavy equipment operator- life was going pretty good but something was missing that I thought I would never be able to fine anywhere else... I struggled BAD with PTSD and tried so hard to find the camaraderie that I got to experience when I was enlisted. I thought I could find it through the VFW, going to the VA and doing support groups and finally told myself that it wasn't out there. After getting a job through the union as a operator and not getting enough work I jumped from job to job to help play catchup with all the bills. I struggled because I couldn't find balance or my "place" again. Through all of that my marriage struggled, we began to suffer financially, and it seemed like everything was falling apart!!! We both needed a big reboot. As soon as everything seemed to be at its lowest point with foreclosure on the brink and the idea that bankruptcy in our minds, Amanda found this business. We just knew something had to work and that revisiting the local food pantry every month COULD NOT become our normal. It was up to us and Gods grace to break the cycle we were in. My wife signed me up about a week after she joined back in May of 2014. At first I did all the background jive- laundry, dishes, cleaning and taking care of the kids. Definitely not what I wanted to do but I did what it took. I did as much as I could with what little I knew. I would chat people up at Walmart or in the drive through at Starbucks. It didn't matter where we were I would talk their ear off about this business even though I didn't really know what we had our hands on. In our minds just an extra $500 a month would have saved us from loosing EVERYTHING. So we figured we had nothing to loose. We are horrible at starting things and not finishing them. So we both held each other accountable and pushed each other. This wasn't just the best financial decision we ever made but this business gave Amanda and I a common goal and brought our marriage closer then it has ever been. We knew in our hearts that God brought us to this and He would bring us through it.... having Faith meant turning it all over to Him and trusting the process. So from May 2014 to Jan 2015 I did what I could to help and rode the coat tails of my lovely bride that was working her butt off. I knew I could help and knew more than anything supporting her and this dream would be the best thing I could do for her, for us. Conference January 2015 is when it became my vision too. Mark announced life changing bonuses and it was time to get to work!! Our time was NOW!! For the next several months Amanda didn't sleep at all. At this point I was still working my 9-5 J.O.B. and helping out with what ever I could around the house. But I added little by little to what I contributed to this wrap business. In Jan I took over my own Instagram account and started posting more religiously on Social media. We were working the business together and often times it was working through trial and error. I was great at posting, talking, and getting leads and her strength was closing. Before long we figured out how to do this and this amazing business became OUR business. I was able to finally feel like I belonged to something and I knew this would forever change our lives. I felt passion and excitement -- WORTH! Something I had not felt in a professional way in a very long time. Between the end of January and the end of March we earned 100K in bonuses and at the beginning of April 2015 I was able to come home and be a full time dad!! Something I never even knew was a goal of mine was suddenly my reality!! As an active DT, dad, husband, and servant I have found so much more than I ever thought I was even looking for. I spend my days traveling, charting, holding meetings, doing wrap parties (yes I will do them and actually LOVE them), giving back, and filling in wherever I'm needed. To say this business has changed my life seems so cliche but that's exactly what it has done for me. I am a PROUD CRAZY WRAP GUYand love being on this crazy adventure with Amanda and our girls!!

This Place

Hey hey hey .... this could be a bittersweet, mixed emotions post but I will choose instead to delight in it. You see, this 'office' of mine also serves as a bedroom when kids are home ... I miss Jake, but seriously, it's good to be back in this place. I love my work space.
Try as I may, try as I might, I can't or won't seem to get the hang of blogging on my phone ... ugh, just one more thing for me to re-learn and get used to!!