This time of the year always seems to be what motivates us to get our butts in the gym – between new year’s, spring break, summer… it leaves everyone in a rush to play catch up with their bodies in preparation for the upcoming weather + days inevitably spent poolside. I’m not much different – I always fall behind once summer passes and the holidays come. I’m currently back at my highest weight – the struggle of going from an incredibly physically active college student to a painfully sedentary young professional. I, too, am working on making the gym more of a habit than a “have-to” – for the sake of feeling comfortable in my skin again + for my health.
2017 was my first time to do Soonerthon. I had heard about it since before I started attending OU via social media from friends + acquaintances that were already here, and I always thought that it sounded like a lot of fun. 2017 was my first year to be involved and I was bummed I hadn’t done it sooner.
And it’s finally that time of year – on Saturday, March 3, I will be participating in my second Soonerthon Dance Marathon as an OU alumna with a fundraising goal of $500. Last year I reached my goal of $100, and I knew that this year I wanted to do more. It’s just such a FUN and fulfilling experience to be a part of, and here’s why.
Today is National Love Your Pet Day! And for any of you that follow me on social media, you know I treat every day like it’s Love Your Pet Day. My little Arlyn Wyatt (who’s not so little anymore!) has changed my life for the better in ways that I didn’t think he would. When I first got him (read that story here) of course a lot of me thought “oh it’d just be so much fun to have my own dog!” But I didn’t anticipate just how much joy + life he would bring into my life.
There’s just something about money that has the power to make you or wreck you, huh? Especially as a young adult – you’re just graduated, probably drowning in student debt, trying to find your footing in this professional world while trying to maintain your sanity. But that feels hard to do when more experienced adults constantly say “it never gets better.” I wouldn’t know, but I’m assuming they’re right – there are always going to be new bills, new expenses, new financial surprises as time goes.
Think about this scenario: if you’re looking for a certain solution to problem – whether that’s to lose weight, help with a skincare problem, hair problem, etc – are you more likely to listen to a paid actor on a TV commercial, or a friend who’s personally tried a product(s) + recommends it to you (and someone who genuinely cares about your concerns and want to help you find a good solution)?
The idea behind network marketing is that in this day of technology + constant communication, the word of mouth method between friends, and then their friends, and then their friends, and so on and so forth is the most effective way to market. Plus, a lot of people would probably prefer to financially support their friends by purchasing products through them instead of funneling money solely into a corporate company.
I’ll be the first to admit that when acquaintances or even complete strangers reach out to me on Facebook or Instagram, I’m guilty of rolling my eyes and curving their offers. Every time I thought, “they just want more money for themselves, they don’t honestly care about me,” and “I’m not an entrepreneur, I wouldn’t succeed in these types of businesses.”
But when close friends started getting involved with network marketing structured companies and explained the process to me, I realized that I’d be crazy to not take the opportunity. You usually pay a fee in order to “start your business,” and after that, the process can be as active or as passive as you want. However, be prepared that if you yourself are going to be very passive with the business, you can expect your income to mirror that. But if you’re passionate about the products and what the company has to offer, I promise, the distribution aspect of the job will come naturally (but the bulk of your success truly depends on how well you build your team).
Y’all, I’m so excited to share this post with you because it is my FIRST fashion-related post ever on The Southern Sooner! With Valentine’s day being right around the corner I thought I would bring a little somethin’ somethin’ to any of you that are looking for some cute + casual Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration!
Dreams can be intimidating. It sounds funny to say but sometimes we can picture something that feels so big – so beyond us – that we leave ourselves thinking, “that would be nice, but there’s no way that’s going to happen.” But often times it’s in the ideas that scare us that we find our successes; but it’s also where we can find an immense amount of discouragement, whether it’s from people around us or in our minds.