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”

Back From My Blog Hiatus!

It’s been a while since I last posted. Took a little hiatus from blogging. There have been some big changes in our lives and things are coming up.

First off, we got a kitten. His name is Loki and we absolutely adore him. He’s so cute, isn’t he?

Isn’t he adorable? We love him so much. Such a cutie. ❤️ 🐱

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He was really little when we first got him. He’s grown tons.

We will also be moving into another town home soon! We are really excited about that.

Last week, we also FINALLY got Johan’s green card!!! It’s been about 2 years in the making. So happy we have that finally!!!

But other than that, we’ve been busy with work. Besides my day job, I’ve been getting tons of writing done. And I also started my own business with Mary Kay. (I know some of you might be rolling your eyes or thinking, “Really?”) I would have too at one time. But I really love it.

I hadn’t ever planned on selling Mary Kay, but when I heard their mission statement of: God First, Family Second, and Career Third, I just had to hear more. Because it seems many other companies out there are always: Career First, Family Second, and God lastly. It’s nice when God comes first and your family.

I also love that they ARE NOT a multi-level or a pyramid scheme company. So happy about that!

In my first month, I was able to do 30 facials for 30 women, which is totally exciting. Here’s a picture from my Business Debut Party.

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 want to share my heart with you…

When it comes to Mary Kay, I never thought I’d sell it. But when I tried their products and saw how well they worked and how good it felt on my skin, I thought, “Maybe, I could do this. Maybe I could make this a full-time job eventually.”

I absolutely love meeting up with other women and making them feel important and loved. That is my goal. Whether someone buys something or not. I don’t want to be a pushy saleswoman at all.

Goals For The Rest Of The Month

  1. Get my first team member in Mary Kay. It’s always more fun with other people.
  2. Get 10k steps a day.
  3. Do exercises at least every other day.
  4. Finish changing the POV from third to first person in my current book.

Be on the watch for more blog posts.

Character Conversations #4: Get Character Ideas From The News

Every month I like to put out a new blog post that has to do with creating believable characters. If you haven’t read any of the posts yet, be sure to check them out here, here, and here.

The news is everywhere, isn’t it? It’s on the radio, TV, in newspapers & magazines, as well as almost everywhere online. Since the news is overpowering and everywhere, why not use the news to collect character ideas?

I got this idea the other day when I was searching online for something. A news story popped up about a man who fosters terminally ill kids.

In the article, there was a video. He said, ““The key is, you have to love them like your own. I know they are sick. I know they are going to die. I do my best as a human being and leave the rest to God.”

When I read that, I got extreme goosebumps. I felt a story.

Start Collecting Stories From The News

1. Take some time every week to look through the news. 

Don’t spend too much time on news everyday or you might get depressed.

2. Look at news from other countries.

I really like looking at the BBC. Sometimes stories are waiting outside of the main news avenues that you are usually looking at.

3. If you get newspapers or even magazines, take a glance through them. Read the areas you don’t usually read. 

Take ideas from those sections and connect it to something you do like writing about.

4. Take notes where you are. If you are out and hear something that is happening, take notes in your phone.

Story ideas are everywhere. You just need to listen for them.

My Example:

From my example up above, I would be inspired to write two characters. An elderly couple, who takes in children that others normally wouldn’t. Here are my characters.

Here goes:

“Honey, are you ready?” Glenda called from the kitchen. In the study, her husband, Calvin sat at his desk and traced his finger around the face of a little girl who wore pigtails. On his desk were countless other small frames filled with different faces of kids who had been in and out of their house. Deep down inside he’d wished that they’d left to live with happy families to live the rest of their lives. But that did not happen, because he and his wife had decided to take the children that were sick and dying. It was a tough calling, but they were children who needed love. 

Calvin stood up and set the frame back on the desk. He turned the light off on his way out of the room. His wife, who wore an ebony dress and a locket, hugged him.

“We should probably head to the church now. So we can say good-bye.” She said. He felt an intense gurgle in the pit of his stomach. This was never something he enjoyed. Whenever they left, it was the hardest saying goodbye. It broke his heart every single time. 

Now It’s Your Turn…

Find a story in the news that inspires you to create a character. Then, write your character. Share it with us below, in the comments if you’d like!

Why I Left A Career In Publishing

There comes a time in a writer’s life where they need to make a very tough and important decision.

First off, a little back story: I went to college for English/mass communications with a certificate in publishing. I did multiple publishing internships and built a great portfolio (online and offline). Besides being an author, my dream was to work in publishing. For the last four years, I’ve been working in some form of publishing, which was a dream come true!

I’ve worked as an editor/writer at a couple different magazines.

While enjoying my last magazine job, I started feeling like I wasn’t dedicating enough time to my writing.

Don’t get me wrong, I was writing.

And writing a lot.

But I felt like I wasn’t chasing my writing dreams of being an author.

That’s when I decided to make a decision. A hard one.

I decided to find a job outside of publishing, so I could spend more time focusing on my writing goals.

So that’s what I did. I found a job where I could pick my hours and leave work at work, so I can focus on my writing.

I was just listening to a publishing podcast the other day while running, and they were talking about that same situation. They noted as well, that there comes a time in a writer’s life where they have to make a decision to either stay in their publishing role writing and publishing things that aren’t their projects OR find a way they can write and publish their own projects.

I am super thankful for the publishing jobs I’ve had in the past and really feel like I learned a lot and improved myself as writer. But am so thankful for the time that I get to chase my dreams as a published author now.

What about you? Are you a writer (who wants to be an author) who is working in publishing? Or were you once?

Some Things You Might Want To Know About Being In A Long-Distance Relationship

Are you in a long-distance relationship? If so, there are just a couple of things you might want to know about being in a long-distance relationship.

Some things you might want to know…

Tip #1: Quiet is okay.

Make sure that you know that when talking if there’s ever those little quiet spots that sometimes feel like awkward silences. Don’t worry about those. It’s perfectly normal.

Don’t get worried and think “Oh no we don’t have anything to say to each other.” Or “What’s wrong with our relationship?” Even in times when we are together like now, there are moments when she’s reading a book and I’m watching TV. We are sitting on the couch together. We aren’t chatting, but we are just being together. So why are we expecting this to be different with long distance relationships? You can be on Skype, just being there with each other and still do your own thing. You don’t have to chat the whole time. So don’t worry about that. It’s all right.

Tip #2: Your social life might change a bit.

When we started dating and went into the long distance Johan told me he didn’t always feel like he fit in with his single friends anymore because they’d go places and do things that didn’t fit with him anymore, since he was in a relationship now. And with couples as well—like friends who were married or in serious relationships—he didn’t fit in there either because he was missing half of his relationship. It just didn’t feel right.

If you ever feel like that, you may be in an awkward situation there. Anticipate this and be ready for it, because it might happen. But it’s normal.

Related Reading: A-Zs of Surviving A Long-Distance Relationship

Tip #3: Don’t let judge-y people bother you.

There’s been so many times in our long distance relationship within the 5.5 years, where people have said things that have really been hurtful and I think that people don’t really realize that these things can come across (hurtful) mean.

They’d say things like:

What are you going to do now?

Who is going to move?

Are you sure that he’s not cheating on you? (I was never asked this question, but know a friend who was.)

People in long-distance relationships are already thinking about those things anyways. They don’t want other people to remind them of those things.

Don’t let it get to you. I don’t think they mean those things in a bad way, they are just ignorant, and they just say things. Don’t worry about it. Shake off the dust and just move on. You know what you have in your relationship and just believe in it.

If you know someone who is in a long-distance relationship here are some things you shouldn’t say.

Tip #4: Don’t get scared of the future.

Yes, it’s okay to look to the future, but don’t let it freak you out too much. Johan said in the video, “I let it happen to us about one year into our relationship and it almost had some very bad consequences. Because I got scared of what was coming.”

Instead just set short term goals like “When are we going to see each other again?” and little things like that. Work toward those and also concentrate on living just every day life – day by day. Work on your relationship then and make it as good as possible, as strong as possible, because that’s where you’re at, at that moment. Make the most of it. Enjoy where you’re at. It might not be the ideal situation, but you can still enjoy your relationship and make it as good and as strong as you can.

If you want to make your long distance relationship THRIVE and you want to build a wolf pack-a community of people who are going to surround you and help you through everything that is ahead in this long distance relationship journey, then be sure to follow our YouTube channel.

What are some things you’ve learned about being in a long-distance relationship?

Character Conversations #3: How To Create Characters From Your Imagination

Over the past couple of weeks here, we’ve been having character conversations (for the character convos intro, click here) where we talk about creating and writing believable characters and how to make them come to life.

You’ve learned different steps and tips on how to create unique characters that feel real, even if they are fantastical.

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A couple weeks ago, you learned how to create a character from yourself.

Today you’ll learn how to create characters from nothing. That statement might come off as a bit strange, but what I mean is… that you are going to learn how to create characters from your imagination and how to look for characters in your daily life.

Alright, Let’s Begin Creating Memorable Characters

1. First off, where do you get inspired?
Brainstorm a couple of the different places.
Here are mine: the woods, the mountains, and on road trips with people I enjoy.

2. Now pick one of those places. (I will pick the woods. Wish I could go to the woods right now. So restful.) What place would you choose? Where would you go?

3. When you are in that place, sit down, shut your eyes, and listen. What do you feel? What do you hear?

4. After sitting there for awhile, take out a notebook and write those things down. What you were feeling? What you heard?

5. Ask yourself questions like:”What kind of characters live here?” (My Example: Trees live here.)

6. Create a character from your choice.
For me, my character is going to be a tree.

Now, it’s time to ask the question that all writers ask, which is: “What if?”

For mine:
– What if trees could talk?

– What if trees were filled with wisdom from the history they’ve seen?

– What if trees were protectors of man kind, I mean they do give us oxygen to breathe?

Write all your “What if” questions on paper.

Now… write about your character. Write a paragraph about them. Put them in their setting and give them some thoughts and maybe even a conversation.

My piece:

A meeting only happens once a month, when the whole moon brightens up the sky. A tall hooded figure walks through the forest. His long cape trails on the forest ground amongst the foliage.  With each step, he took the ground lit up with more vibrance. The greens became greener. The pink flowers shown brighter. Once into the middle of the forest he stopped. Wind whispered through the forest, shaking the leaves of the trees around him.

“I know.” he said, as if he were speaking to them. In a matter of moments four other tall men in hooded capes appeared around him.

“What are we going to discuss this month, King Spruce?” Elmwood King asked.

“There’s been a disturbance in the world. A pain. The creatures have been fighting and peace has been fleeting. How shall we help them see what’s important?”

What paragraph did you write? What character came alive?

Character Conversations #2: Create A Character From Yourself

Have you ever read a book and noticed the main character or one of the characters having similar characteristics with the author?

I know I have!

And I’ve created characters who have similar characteristics to mine.

This can be a super useful form of inspiration when creating characters. Look into yourself. There is a ton of information in there.

In this blog post, you’ll learn about creating characters from your unique characteristics, likes, dislikes, and more.

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First off, let’s do an exercise.

Step #1. List Your Characteristics, Annoyances, And Likes

  • What characteristics are unique to you?
  • What annoys you?
  • What kind of things do you like?
  • What are some rants of yours?

Write out your answers to all of the questions from above. You might even think of your own questions, as well.

Here is my list:

  • Dislike for people with certain names because I’m always disappointed with how they turn out to treat me. It’s like a name curse. As soon as I meet them and they say “Hi, my name is….” and I am secretly thinking “Great… here goes another ruined friendship or failed opportunity.”
  • Dislike it when people don’t reason and think about things before they speak.
  • Hate how negative and full of lies social media is.
  • Hate the US vs THEM mentality of today’s society.

Step #2. Now Pick One Of The Characteristics

Use that one characteristic to inspire you to write a paragraph in first person, from a person who is fully focused on that specific topic.

I’m picking the first one.

It really bothers me that certain names are just a mismatch for me. It’s like the universe keeps handing me bad apples in the form of people. People with these same names never seem to fail — they disappoint me.

Step #3. Answer These Questions About Your Character

When I was little, my dad told me about these 5 magic words you can insert in front of any sentence to get people talking and answering questions. Which are “Who, what, where, when, and how.”

Here are the questions to ask of your characters:

  • Who are they?
  • Why are they so annoyed with this?
  • What do they love?
  • What is their job?

Step #4. Now Write A Paragraph Creating Your Character

Here is mine:

It’s my first day as an intern at a my dream job. The lady who is going to train me, steps out and offers her hand. “Hi, my name is Shelia (Name is not name I hate… I am not sharing that here.) My stomach lurches and does somersaults as soon as her name leaves her lips. The last time I met a Shelia, which carved this hatred for the name, was when Shelia was convicted of murdering my aunt.”

So, see what I did there? I took something I hated “that name curse” I mentioned above, and then spun it into a story about a character starting as an intern at a company she wants to work at. Then you find out why she hates the name.

*Note: I don’t dislike the names that I mentioned above, for a matter such as my character’s above. I made that all up.

Please share the character you created below in the comments section.

How To Create A Mini Desk Vision Board

I feel like art and the fit life have a lot connected to each other. Art, creativity, and inspiration inspire me to be a better person and when I work out and do the things that make me a better person, I feel more creative. I also feel like accomplishing more.

Today I want to show you how you can create your very own Desk Vision Board. It’s going to be something you can set on your desk at work to remind yourself of who you want to become and to keep your vision and goals fresh and on your mind throughout the day. This can be for fitness or projects you are working on. The one I made for example is to keep my story on the top of my mind. It will remind me to keep writing.

What you’ll need:
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  • Mini canvas + easel (I got mine at Hobby Lobby. The canvas and easel came together.)
  • Paint
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • Cut out pieces of magazines, newspapers, print outs from Pinterest, and more.
  • Permanent Markers

Step #1: Think About Your Goals.

  • What are your goals?
  • What’s your vision?
  • Who do you want to be?
  • What do you want to accomplish? (Fitness and in life?)

Step #2: What Will Represent Your Accomplished Goals?

What will show your goals as though they’ve been accomplished? For example, I want to lose weight. For that, I’d find a picture of a healthy looking person. Or even some words that stand for the fit life I’d like to live. Or for my example, I want to finish writing this book, so this will serve as a reminder to get it done.

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Step #3: Start Creating Your Masterpiece.

Put some Modge Podge onto your canvas and start decorating it with different things. When you are finished let it dry.

After letting it dry, you can come back and add more to it. Or you can add words and phrases with a permanent marker.

There is no limit on this. This is your masterpiece and it’s meant to inspire you to be the best you. Also to accomplish your dreams!

Step #4: Decorate Your Desk With It

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Did you create one? If so, I’d love to see it. Share a picture on Instagram and tag me: @devinberglundjoubert

Are You Ready For An Awesome Book Club?

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Ever longed for a tightly knit group of friends who love discussing books? And chatting about things that can improve your lifestyle? Like healthy ways to eat better or how to get more steps in a day, while working a desk job?

If so, you are in the right place. Because this March, we will be having a book club focusing on Creating A Fit Life – A Woman’s Guide To Being A Fit Creative In An Unfit World. It will be held on my Facebook page (and Instagram Live), where I will do a Facebook (& Insta) Live video for each section.

Here is the link to where all the action is going to happen!

If you want to join on Instagram, go here.

Goody Bag and Buy Book Special

If you buy the book, Creating A Fit Life – A Woman’s Guide To Being A Fit Creative In An Unfit World, on Amazon then send me an email to devinberglund(at)live(dot)com (with CAFL Book Club in the Subject Line. This is very important!), with your email receipt to receive the book goody bag that’ll help you reach your creative and fitness goals this month.

Your Goody Bag Includes

Everyone loves a goody bag filled with fun stuff, right?

This is what is included in your goody bag:

  • Coloring sheets (Worth $30)
  • 3 printable motivational art pieces (worth $20 each)
  • Creative Reader To Inspire You To Live An Inspired Life Daily (Worth $25)
  • Video (Worth $30)
    = $105 total

That means you’ll actually get $105 worth of awesome goodies to help you on this create a fit lifestyle journey. And all for the price of the book.

Book Club Schedule

The book club will be held at 12:10pm central time and will run for 10-15 mins.

Monday, March 6th – Topic: Choose Yourself (Chapter 1 + 2)

Wednesday, March 8th – Topic:  A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes (Chapter 3)

Friday, March 10th – Topic: What About Those Naggy Thoughts? (Chapter 4)

Monday, March 13th – Topic: When People Disappoint (Chapter 5)

Wednesday, March 15th – Topic: Things That Can Hurt Your Confidence (Chapter 6)

Friday, March 17th – Topic: I Have Confidence (Chapter 7)

Monday, March 20th – Topic: A Great Place To Begin (Chapter 8)

Wednesday, March 22nd – Topic: Everyone Needs to Eat (Chapter 9)

Friday, March 24th – Topic: Fitness and Happiness at a 9–5 (Chapter 10 +11)

Monday, March 27th – Topic: Relaxation and Meditation at Work (Chapter 12)

Wednesday, March 29th – Topic: For When You Are Sick (or Just Tired) (Chapter 13)

Friday, March 31st – Topic: The Triple R (Chapter 14)

Itinerary Of Each Book Club Session

We will meet around the noon hour and I will read a section from the book. And then will give an action step for the day.

I really look forward to having you join us. Be sure to join the fun!

Character Conversations #1: An Introduction To Character Conversations

Back when my husband was visiting from Australia (before we were married) we were driving in the hot desert outside of Las Vegas. We were talking about different ideas and one came up about creating characters and showing people how to create their own from the examples.

I feel like some of the best ideas come while on road trips. There is just something so magical, freeing, and inspiring about going someplace new. Our whole conversation got me thinking, and I’ve decided to start a blog series on this, called Character Conversations.

First off, I want to start with some important tips for writing characters and then I will share my first Character Conversations character with you all.

In each Character Conversations post, I will share with you, how I created the character. What I used as inspiration and ideas so that you can turn around and implement those tips to help you create your own characters.

Each writer has an area of strength and I’ve talked to a few who have asked me about my detailed descriptions and my characters. So, I know this is something that people struggle with. Especially if you are more intrigued about writing plot driven stories instead of character driven. I love writing stories that are driven by characters and editors/agents/readers love a story with a strong character—good or evil.

4 Things To Keep In Mind While Creating Your Characters

  1. Your characters are real. Give them real wants and real flaws.
  2. People watch with a pen and paper in hand. Go someplace with a notebook and pen. Sit down and watch people. Just spend some time writing physical descriptions down. Write down facial expressions, clothes, confidence, and anything else you can see.
  3. Ask yourself the right questions. Many writers go to the character sketch before they even know their characters. I’ve never really liked that about character sketches. If you don’t even know your character yet, how are you going to answer those questions? So instead I opt for you asking yourself the right questions to start off with.This makes me think of a time when I was in Australia at a Character workshop and there was another lady there who was participating in the class and she asked, “So who is really talking when you write through your characters. Is it you? Or your character?” So you can see how there is a bit of confusion when it comes to characters.But if you take a little time to wonder and think about your character you’ll have a lot less trouble when it comes to soaking into her or his shoes when you are writing. Take your character notebook with you to your writing desk and ask yourself “How can I combine these physical descriptions and features into a character for a story or book?
  4. A word of caution. Be careful if a real person inspired a made-up character. I’ve heard of writers who have been sued over things like that. So if you want to write a character who might have similar characteristics as a person you know, then be sure to change it up enough that they would never know it was them.

Now, since we have the tips out in the open, let’s create a character.

I went out and did a little people watching as well.

Step #1: Come up with the character list.

This is the list I came up with: (remember, when you do this, you might be watching one person or many people. Take ideas from everywhere.)

  • frizzy hair tied up in a short pony tail that sticks out of her head like a palm tree in the back.
  • rough skin
  • eye-glasses on the tips of her nose.
  • shifting eyes
  • a secretary
  • a fan of gossiping

Step #2: What story do you want to tell?

(Write a character story sentence. This will tell who she/he is, what they want, and what their purpose is in the story.)

With this character, I can see her being the Demon Secretary In Hell. She takes her job extremely carefully, and she loves hearing the juicy gossip to tell the Office Demons she works with. She is the Devil’s secretary, except he could care less.

Once you write down your character story sentence, you can start writing.

Step #3: Start writing your character.

Edith Blackridge took her job seriously as she scribbled in her scrawling handwriting on the H.E.L.L admittance forms. They’d been getting plenty of new members. A glob of slime fell from the cavernous ceiling above and onto her desk with a splat. She humphed while pushing her glasses up further onto her greenish nose. Her hair was a knot of grey and black hair.

This was happening more than it wasn’t and she’d complained about it already. That janitor better get better at his job or else the boss isn’t going to be happy, she grinned while turning to look at the office door behind her. A sign hung on it, with blood red writing, which said: Satan.

Now, it’s your turn!

Step #1: Come up with a character list.

Step #2: What story do you want to tell? (Write a character story sentence. This will tell who she/he is, what they want, and what their purpose is in the story.)

Step #3: Start writing your character.

Each time you do this, you will come up with a different character and if you are using this exercise to come up with characters in a book that you are currently writing, think about what the purpose for the character is in the larger scheme of things.

How will they either help or cause more pain for your protagonist. There has to be a reason to have the character on the page.

Did you do the exercise? If so, answer the three questions in the comments section below. I’d love to see what you come up with. 

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