Soonerthon: Why I’m FTK

Soonerthon: Why I’m FTK

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.

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My 21 Reasons Why I Chose to Get Involved with Network Marketing

My 21 Reasons Why I Chose to Get Involved with Network Marketing

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).

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Do What You Can’t

Do What You Can’t

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.

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How You Can Support the Blogger in Your Life

How You Can Support the Blogger in Your Life

Blogging is becoming a huge trend and it’s not uncommon for everyone to know at least one person on a personal level that runs a blog. Some do it solely to have an outlet, others use theirs as a business and as an outlet – sometimes bloggers start out as just using it as an outlet, and it transitions into a business. And in this day where technology + social media run rampant, it makes sense that people are starting businesses that are centered around those things, right?

I know that this post seems like I’m basically saying “SUPPORT ME PLS,” but ultimately I’m looking to help the blogger community as a whole. There might be plenty of you that have a friend or family member that blogs (or at the very least follow a blogger on social media) and might have a genuine interest in how you can help them succeed in their endeavors.

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The Power of Community on Mental Health

The Power of Community on Mental Health

I’m a firm believer in the power that community holds. It might seem like sure a simple concept, but it’s true that the stresses and hurt we feel when we’re plugged into a solid, like-minded group of people is significantly less than when we feel isolated and alone.

If you’ve been keeping up with me at all then you’re no stranger to the fact that I was caught between a rock and a hard place this summer when my anxiety began to feel like too much to bear and made it hard to get out of bed. I experienced a lot of stressors within the course of 2 weeks – I lost a lot I didn’t anticipate losing. It came with a lot of damaged self-esteem, rejection, abandonment, and a lot of questioning if I’d ever be good enough. I know – it sounds pretty pathetic; but that’s the point the events I had gone through in such a short amount of time this past summer led me to. It didn’t really matter how many times I told myself “it has nothing to do with you,” or “this doesn’t define you,” I still managed to find a way to make myself feel as if surely there was something I could have done to make things different. That’s how the Enemy works; he has such a way of being able to twist our thoughts that even when we know things are out of our control, he can still find a way to be in the back of our mind saying “you weren’t good enough – and maybe you never will be.”

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The Heart Behind “The Southern Sooner”

The Heart Behind “The Southern Sooner”

This should have been one of my first posts to go up. But truthfully, this blog has gone through quite the evolution since the first post a year and a half ago. Ever since I became more disciplined about posting to The Southern Sooner over the last few months, I am frequently asked “what made you want to start a blog,” which sometimes feels like a loaded question.

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