Mary Kay Fast Fun Facts

Hello Lovely Lady!

You may be reading this because:

  • You were recently at a skincare class of mine or another lady’s and you are considering starting your very own Mary Kay business.
  • You are about to go to a skincare class and your consultant shared this link with you, so you’d know a little more about Mary Kay and what it offers.
  • You may be watching this with your husband or mom so you can get a second opinion on whether Mary Kay may or may not be for you.
  • Or maybe you are just watching this to help your beauty consultant win an awesome prize.

Whatever your reason is, for reading and watching this, I’m beyond thrilled and excited to have you.

In this blog post you will learn a little about me, my Mary Kay business, I’ll also share some fast fun facts with you about Mary Kay, and then I’ll leave you with a couple questions to get you thinking.  Keep watching this link, as I’ll attach a Facebook Live video in this blog post as well!

A Little About Me & My Mary Kay Business:

Last night was my Business Debut Party! 🎉 We had a lovely turn out! I absolutely love the fellowship that Mary Kay creates. My director, Deb, awarded me with my Perfect Start Charm (for giving 15 facials to 15 women), my Power Start Charm (for giving facials to 30 women in 30 days), and my Pearls of Sharing Pearl earrings for sharing the opportunity with 3 lovely women. What other business rewards you like this for a job well done? Now I’m working toward my pearl bracelet and necklace! I want to give a warm thank you to all the ladies who were able to show up to help me celebrate. Also want to thank my mom for all the help setting up with delicious desserts and punch! ❤️ you @aberglundart! And also, thank you @intentional14 for the charms and earrings! I absolutely love them!!

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I never thought I’d be selling Mary Kay. Honestly, I never thought I would. I kinda looked down on the whole direct sales thing, which I had no clue. But that’s where I came from. I knew I would work for myself somehow, someday. And I wanted that to be sooner than someday. BECAUSE REALLY, we only have one life, am I right? Continue reading “Mary Kay Fast Fun Facts”

Why You’ll Never Be Able To Balance Your Life And Work

Have you ever feel like a trapeze artist walking across a wire balancing fine china on your arms, head, and shoulders when it comes to balancing your life with work and your writing?

Yes? I know I’ve felt that way before. But the truth really is… you only have one life, so it doesn’t come down to balancing life and work. It’s actually about learning how to manage your time and use it wisely.

Here are 7 steps that will help you get your work and life planned out so that you are getting more done and enjoying life.

1. Get Moving

I’ve found this to be so helpful. If you set aside 30 minutes a day to exercise your body will thank you later. Create a fit life now, so you can live the life you’ve always wanted to live.

I love “Friends”!! Isn’t it the best? You can relate to so many different parts of the show. Phoebe doesn’t have the best running form, but at least she is running. If you take care of your body your days will be less stressful. You will also feel better about yourself.

If you take care of your body you’ll be happier and you’ll feel better. As a person who sits at a desk for work, you should  try get in the best shape you can.

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A longer life = more written words. Another thing that goes with this is making sure you drink enough water and get enough sleep.

2. Get Up Earlier.

I’m to work at 9 am every morning. Lately I’ve been trying to wake up earlier so I can get a run in before work as well as getting some words written before I leave home. Check out this cool bedtime calculator. You can type in when you want to wake up and they tell you when the best time is that you should go to bed in order to wake up at that time.

3. Freewriting

I’ve been working on a new novel. I bring my novel freewriting notebook with me wherever I go. Whether that is to work or church or even on errands. You never know when an idea will pop into your mind. In this notebook, I answer questions that get me thinking about who my characters are, what kind of world they live in, and what the rules to their world are. I’ve really found it helpful.

4. Cook Before You Are Busy

Get a slow cooker.

Prepare meals on the weekend and then freeze them. Then before you go to work, throw your frozen prepped meals into the slow cooker. Your food will be ready for you by the time you get home from work.

This really takes a lot of weight off your shoulders knowing that you won’t have to slave away in the kitchen till 9 pm. Here is a compilation of good slow cooker recipes!

5. Relaxation

Make sure you set aside some relaxation time for yourself. Maybe that means a bubble bath or a massage on the weekend. It’s just important that you take care of yourself during your busy lifestyle so you can recharge.

Find out some awesome relaxation tips in “Creating A Fit Life”.

6. Take Time To Chat With Writer Friends

I have some great writing friends who totally understand the work that goes into fitting writing into your day. It’s nice to have people around you who understand your daily struggles and joys.

7. Go Someplace

Remember when Anne from Anne of Green Gables said, “There is so much scope for the imagination.”

She was right. There is so much scope for imagination in the world around us. Go somewhere on the weekend to fill your mind with new thoughts and ideas. Or go for a walk in a new place. Over the weekend, I went for a walk down my road and saw this.

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It’s a field. Honestly, I am so happy to live so close to the country. I live on the very edge of the city.

The secrets to living a healthy balanced lifestyle have to do with finding a happy medium in the many areas of your life.

What are some things you’ve found helpful to balance life, work, and writing?

You Know You Are a Writer When…

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  • You keep your phone next to you when you fall asleep, just incase you get a great idea to write down in the middle of the night.
  • You plan on writing all night, but decide once you get home from work to watch TV. fail.
  • Your search history could scare someone or bring the FBI to your door.
  • Your dreams are so vivid and you find yourself thinking mid-dream “Wow, that would make a great story!”
  • You have certain pens you work with and certain ones you hate.
  • Teachers told you “You daydream too much.” as a child.
  • You love writing, but hate it in the same breath.
  • You fight the urge to sit down and write.
  • You constantly think about stories. You breath, sleep, and eat stories. They are your air.
  • Your go to writing clothes are either your PJs or your workout clothes!
  • You don’t get enough time to read ALL the books you want to read.
  • You’ve heard one of these questions (or all of them) before, “Are you done with your book yet?” or “When are you going to be published?”
  • You either HATE editing or revising or you love it. I hate it. How about you?
  • Your overactive imagination scares you when you are home alone.

Add some of your own “You know you are a writer, when…” scenarios in the comments.

Join Me on a Virtual Writer’s Retreat?

Do you ever sit down to write at your computer all to just open up an internet window to quickly check if anyone has written you?

Facebook and social media are just a few clicks away, which doesn’t help when we get “bored” with our writing. So we think, “Oh, I will just go check Facebook, Twitter, and my email, quick.” That quickly turns from 10 minutes into 2 hours of wasted time, when you were supposed to be writing instead.

Want to beat social media at it’s own time wasting game?

Take up this virtual writing retreat to kick wasting time in the butt. (Click to Tweet) Read on to find out more.writers retreat, virtual writers retreat, writer, writing, #WritingHarvest, Dancing Poet Creative Media, Devin Berglund

Continue reading “Join Me on a Virtual Writer’s Retreat?”

It’s my MAY goals

It’s May!!

Can you believe how fast this year has been going so far?

We’ve only got 7 months left?

I have so many things I want to finish before the end of the year. So today, I thought I’d share my goals for the next few months. Johan is coming to see me June 30th. I am really excited for him to come here. I am definitely going to need  to buckle down starting now, so that I finish some things before he comes. Then I can relax with him while he is here.

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MAY

  • Finish a novelette
  • Send novelette to beta readers
  • Edit novelette
  • Submit novelette to anthology
  • Outline Dancing Poet Creative Media‘s Instagram book into PDF format
  • Do an intro video on the Instagram class & upload it onto Indigogo.
  • Get to at least 30,000 words on a new writing project. (More to come about it later.)
  • Plan wedding venue.
  • Help Dancing Poet Creative Media set up their blog network. (Interested? Check it out here.)

Continue reading “It’s my MAY goals”

What You Can Learn About Marketing From Vegas (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)

 Marketing is very important. Don’t mess it up!

I was just recently in Vegas. I looked out the hotel window of Ceasar’s Palace. All the neon lights lit up the night sky. The Bellagio fountains went off in sync to a song and hundreds of people walked the Vegas strip. It got me thinking about marketing.

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What could make a bunch of people come from all over to a small oasis in the middle of a desert.

The big M word.

Yep, MARKETING.

Have you ever felt like your brand is a small oasis in the middle of a desert, just waiting to be found? If so, read on. You will find out some of the good, the bad, and the ugly of Vegas Marketing.  Continue reading “What You Can Learn About Marketing From Vegas (The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly)”

7 Tips on Finding Beta Readers

7 Tips on Finding Your Beta ReadersI get a lot of questions about how I found my beta readers.

So, I thought I’d share that with you all.

How I Found My Beta Readers

1. First off, make a list of potential people.

2. When people (readers) tell me they are interested in reading my book (I write them on the list.)

3. Then I put up a beta reader application on my blog. You get really awesome warrior beta readers this way, because they are actually applying. Check out my beta reader application for The Mason of Hearts here. I found this step so helpful. (Once you have all the applications in, write all the applicant names on your list.)

4. Go through your list again. Decide who is going to make the cut. I think it’s important to keep your beta reader number down. Keep it smaller.

5. Send the applicants that made the cut an email.

6. Keep them in the know! Send them email updates.

7. Make sure they are dedicated. Otherwise, they might not be the right readers for your book.

If you liked this post, check out my post on getting your Novel Beta Reader Ready (Plus there is a FREE Beta Reader Questionnaire for you there.)

My Beta Readers Are Awesome! Love them!

Some of them have been updating me, with pictures! How awesome. Here are some. I hope you all find some amazing beta readers too!

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Have you ever had beta readers? If so, how’d you go about finding them?

Experiencing A Novel Writing Intensive.

Novel writing intensives
are great ways to
build yourself as a writer

I recently got back from a novel writing intensive with acclaimed authors Steven James and Robert Dugoni. It was amazing.

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Me, Robert Dugoni, Pam Johnson (Steven’s assistant & editor) and Steven James

The intensive was held on Whidbey Island in Washington, which was a beautiful place for a writer’s imagination to go wild. Or as Anne of Green Gables would say, “So much scope for the imagination.” I love quoting her. 

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© Devin Berglund

I learned so much!

The intensive was definitely intense… but, why would they name it an intensive if it wasn’t going to be intense? Continue reading “Experiencing A Novel Writing Intensive.”

How To Get Inspired To Write From A Camera

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Love journaling? Check out my post on journaling, over at the Rural Housewives Blog, today.

I had a sharp imagination when I was a child—I believe I still do today. But when I was young, my imagination seemed so much more real.

I remember my siblings and I would stay out in the woods for hours on end, as the evening slowly set in. I’m still greatly inspired by nature, and am always looking for new ways to capture the feeling I get when I’m in nature, so I can use it in my writing.

As adults, we live busy lives. But if we are constantly busy, we will miss out on all the story ideas around us. And if we don’t write them down, we do forget them.

Some of us also find ourselves stuck for story ideas because, instead of looking to the world we live in for inspiration, we see the rushed, unromantic lives we’re living.

But it all depends on the point of view. Look at your life through the lens of a camera, and then suddenly things will start to look different.

Have you ever gone on a trip and been amazed by the beauty of your surroundings? Do you wish you still had the sharp imagination you had when you were little? Do you wish there was a way you could keep track of the story ideas you get when you’re on trips, or visiting new places?

Here are a few tips to help you dig deep into that child-like imagination to capture story, character, and setting ideas through photography. Continue reading “How To Get Inspired To Write From A Camera”