Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Take the Job

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Raise your hand if you always thought direct sales looked like a cute little hobby, but didn't believe that there was actually money to be made. *raises hand and types one handed* Seriously, my hand is totally up here! In fact, I had proof in not one, but three tries at it. No matter how much I loved the products, how many trainings I went to, I just never felt driven to go into peoples homes with a bunch of stuff and pitch it. (Now, with two of those businesses, I was lucky enough to break even, but one was a major loss...)

So when I heard about Beautycounter, I was super interested, but my past experience made me say "thank you, but no thank you" when Jen, now my managing director, told me she thought I'd be great at Beautycounter and asked me if I would be interested in learning more. She accepted my answer and seven months later, I decided, on my own, without ever being asked again, that it was worth a shot.

But what she should have said is "take the job, Liz, you have nothing to lose."

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Why Beautycounter? Why did I think it would be different?

Well, over those seven months I kept thinking about what I had learned during that very first social. How the US hadn't passed a law governing the industry since 1938. I kept thinking about how, when I ran out of everything, I wanted to buy Beautycounter. And here's the biggest one: I kept telling people about Beautycounter. I wasn't even using the products and I would chime into normal conversations about product recommendations with information about Beautycounter.

I made my first purchase as a birthday present to myself - 4 products: Nourishing Cream Cleanser, Nourishing Day Cream, Hydrating Face Oil, and Nourishing Eye Cream. And actually the day that I placed my order, I contacted my friend who I was ordering under and told her that I thought I wanted to sign up. She dropped off her set, so I actually got to start using the products that night!

The skincare blew me away. It was amazing and luxurious to use. But I felt good using it too. Knowing that it was safer for me.

And that was when it hit me.

  • I wasn't drawn to Beautycounter because I'm passionate about skincare. Honestly, I'm not. I like it, but sometimes I go to bed with my makeup still on.
  • I wasn't hooked by the business opportunity. Yes, I loved the idea of direct sales and working for myself. But I had tried and failed at that.
  • It was the mission. It was the fact that the company was focused on doing good as means to do well as a business.

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It's still work, but it's worth it

Some people pitch direct sales as a way to make extra money without adding in that it does take some effort. It is work. But, you know how they say when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life? Well, that's mostly true with Beautycounter.
  • If you love building and maintaining your current friendships, making new friends, and being a trusted resource in an important conversation about product safety, then you should Take the Job.
  • If you're looking for a flexible way to make some extra money while sharing an important mission, then you should Take the Job.
  • If you love skincare and makeup, then this is the perfect high end brand for you and you should Take the Job.
  • If you're unsure you'd be good at the job, but are curious, and think a discount would be nice, you should Take the Job.
  • If the only thing that is holding you back is that you don't think you have the time, then Take the Job and you'll make the time.
There really isn't anything to lose with Beautycounter. It's $85 for a full year, no hidden fees like website or back end system. You get a 44% savings(up to 53% savings right now with our current team specials) when you start with the products you need anyway. You're supported so that you start off strong and can build and grow a successful business, or just work enough to pay for your own products. And if you decide it's not for you, well, then you'll be turned into a member and get all the amazing perks of that program! 15% back in product credit on purchases, special sales, and free shipping on orders over $100! So... is it time for you to Take the Job?
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - Days 8-14 (the slip)

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Do you know how awful it is to rope a bunch of people into doing their first Whole30 with you, only to get to the END of day 14 and CHOOSE to slip! Yes, I CHOSE to slip up. I can't even tell you how bad I felt about it, and I'm not trying to make excuses, but I want to just write how it happened. But let's talk about the first part of week two first, since it was unremarkable and somewhat easy!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - Days 1-7

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Okay, so here we are, at the end of day 7 of my 2016 Whole30. This round has been both harder and easier than last year's round. First, I know that I can do it. So that's actually really nice! I also know what to expect. I know that the first week and a half is hard, but that it gets better. I also remember running really, really well. Like out of my mind good. So I am excited for my running to feel that good again. The other difference is, this time I am training for a full marathon, not just a half.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Recap of Running in 2015

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My #2015bestnine were all running photos, so it makes a great header for this post! 2015 was an interesting running year for me. I raced a LOT, but I didn't really run for myself. I was just running. I'm not really sure why, but every time I showed up at a race, I decided to run with someone. Sometimes it was decided way in advance, but sometimes it was just me deciding to run with someone instead of running on my own and pushing. I just didn't feel like pushing.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - meal prep, day 0

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I love calling the day before something, day zero. It's just fun to think of the day before the first day as day zero. So here we are, day zero of my second Whole 30 and I am both confident and nervous.

New Year's Day 5k - 2016

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The New Year's Day 5k has been a tradition since 2013. I haven't really gone out for New Year's Eve since then, aside from stopping by the Melting Pot for New Year's kiss with Reid, but with a 10am start time, I think I could do the New Year's Day 5k, even if I did go out the night before.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Fairfax Four Miler - 2015

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So here we are, another year, and another year of running, in the books! It's a lot to think about actually, so I'm gonna start with the race and go from there.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Planning for the Whole 30 - 2016

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Last January I did the Whole 30 for the first time! I feel like I was incredibly successful, especially for where I was starting. You see, I am a junk food-a-holic. And while celiac disease is awful and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it's silver lining is that I can't just go through a drive through and get fast food any time I wish. And I can't indulge on packaged party mix, every appetizer on TGI Friday's menu, and even worse, all of the frozen versions in the grocery store! But it doesn't mean I don't still eat junk food... I have certainly found gluten free fake foods to satisfy almost every junk food craving. Almost. There's no gluten free Burger King Whopper, but I digress.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Gluten Free, Chicken Zoodle Soup

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I would love to say that this is a totally new recipe, but I'd be lying. It's just a variation on my tortilla-less tortilla soup that I have made here and here. Only this version is even lazier and easier, but it's just a yummy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Army Ten Miler 2015

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Me, Lisa, Kristin, Amanda, Tess, Erin, and Lauren

We had quite a turn out for my 9th consecutive (8 on the books), Army Ten Miler! The ATM in 2007 was my very first race over a 5k distance (and I had only done two of those before!). I went to the expo with Diana, picked up my mom's bib, showed up for the race, and ran with no training. I could barely walk for the next two days, but I was hooked and determined to run the following year and ROCK it, and I did!

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