Nerium Frenzy

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Between snow days, Michael working long stretches, and John having weekend practices for his upcoming concert band performance in Carnegie Hall I lost track of days. A whole week, actually. So I was screeching at John to go through his clothes and see what he needed for his trip two weeks beforehand. Of course he ignored me, and after a couple of days I realized we had a whole week longer than I’d thought before Spring Break. Of course he still hasn’t gone through his stuff and I’ll end up in Target as they’re herding the last shoppers out the night before he leaves (at 6 a.m.) trying to find socks and underwear. And I’ll buy inappropriate boxers just out of spite because that’s how I roll.

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 I rarely drive, since Michael and I have been “sharing” (insert sarcasm) a car for a year and a half now. But when I do drive I’m usually going somewhere I’ve never been before for a Nerium event. My Garmin is starting to get on my nerves. WHY is there not a Southern option to choose from in the accents? I’d just like to hear the street names pronounced properly. Is that so much to ask?

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The Nerium stuff has been kind of wild and crazy, actually, what with huge bonuses being offered and new Brand Partners being offered irresistible amounts of product. Canada and Mexico are going wild, and Korea is next up. World-wide within 12-18 months. So I answer my phone whenever it rings, no matter how early or late. I’m shooting for a bonus this month, so Michael’s been delivering a lot of samples and I’ve spent a lot of time in bed on the phone trying to make those last few sales to put us over the top.

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After I’ve taken my pain pill and bedtime muscle relaxer at bedtime I konk out pretty fast, so when someone calls before I fall asleep I probably shouldn’t answer the phone, but I do. That’s when I find notes the next morning I’ve left for myself that make no. sense. whatsoever. And I don’t remember writing them. Usually quizzing Michael about what he heard from my side of the conversation helps. Please feel free to call me after 10:30 p.m., but your order will get entered faster if you ask to speak to Michael. Just sayin’.

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I don’t know if it’s my overall stress level, the AWESOME stress of trying to rank up and earn a juicy bonus we REALLY need, or purely hormonal, but most days are one continuous hot flash. If Mom wasn’t a breast cancer survivor I’d be on hormone replacement faster than you can say boc fan, but that’s not an option. So I’ll just continue to live life in my own personal sauna.

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Even though I’m very enthusiastic about Nerium right now, and even have John using it because he wants to grow some sort of facial hair (I didn’t ask for details – saving that battle for later) Michael has been quite a pill about it. He has nothing but negative things to say about our odds of ranking up this month, he refused to even look at the pictures I took at Lexus of Louisville, and he’s not even using the product! As long as he keeps delivering samples I won’t complain, but this could well be our future. A fabulous and happy future at that. So if he thinks I’m standing on a stage with him all frowny-faced while we hold a massive bonus check he’s in for a big surprise.

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I have a terrible case of puppy fever. It doesn’t help that a spent an afternoon with a Golden Doodle pup and a St. Bernard pup the other day, and that a friend emailed my a chocolate lab pup picture. I may have to email my pic to all the local animal shelters with an attachment telling them not to let me adopt a puppy, that we’re at our two-dog limit. I’m not known for my self-control where animals are concerned.

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Challenges

“If you want something done, ask a busy woman.” ~ Anonymous

That’s an old saying I’ve found to be true over and over again. I’ve met too many people who spend more time making excuses for why they can’t do something than it actually takes to complete it. And so many people with a dozen balls in the air already – what difference does one more make? I was never one to back down from a challenge. In fact, I thought I did my best work when the pressure was on. Then I faced a challenge I couldn’t overcome – but had no idea how to admit defeat.

I worked in constant pain for two years. I worked full time, usually more than forty hours a week, at a job where decisions I made could mean the difference between life and death for my patients. I tried not to take the narcotic pain medications my doctors had prescribed, or the muscle relaxers – both made me groggy, and the very thought of being a nurse working under the influence of medications like those was against all I’d been taught. But the pain itself was just as disabling as the drugs. It was bad enough to have me running to the restroom to vomit many times, and twice I passed out from the pain. But I was under the care of doctors, I was at some sort of treatment or therapy nearly every day. How could I not work? I was the primary breadwinner, I carried the all-important health insurance.

But after my fourth surgery, when the pain was still no better, I didn’t return to work. I felt guilty, felt like a failure, but I kept trying to get better. Eventually a nurse practitioner sat me down and explained that I would never get better – that my disease was progressive and the best I could hope for was to slow it down a bit.  I was forty-six.

Since then my challenges have changed. Taking a shower is challenging. Drying my hair is impossible. Travelling an hour is a challenge. Travelling eight hours is impossible. Running a couple of errands is a challenge. Doing a full grocery trip (even with a handicapped placard and a teen to do the heavy lifting) is impossible. Spending thirty minutes at the computer is a challenge. Spending an hour there will put me in bed the rest of the day.

It’s been difficult, but I’ve adapted to my new challenges. In the future I’m sure I’ll have to adapt to more. Challenges are good, and the feeling of meeting a challenge is heady. But not every challenge can or should be met. We each have our own race to run, and it’s not a competition with anyone else. Just ourselves.

 

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My Own March Madness

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I spent last weekend at my mom’s in Lexington, leaving my husband and son stranded at home without transportation. They promptly turned it into a party with a bunch of John’s band friends sleeping over and playing computer games until the wee hours of the morning.

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 I, on the other hand, got to spend time with my mom and step-dad, and have dinner with my step-brother and his family. His little girl is simply adorable. We were in a packed restaurant, and every table this toddler walked past suddenly went silent. They stopped eating and just stared at her with goofy grins on their faces. She’s that cute. And to push me into cuteness overload there were two adorable puppies at the Nerium party Sunday! One golden-doodle ( I’ve been nursing a bad case of doodle fever for a while now) and a Saint Bernard puppy so new he still had puppy breath! My husband had to talk me out of my tree when I got home, because I was totally ready to go over our two-dog limit!

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It’s been many years since I lived in Lexington, and I’d forgotten one of the cardinal rules: Make no plans during March Madness, or if you must, then plan then around the Kentucky games. The whole tournament in Lexington is like Derby Week here in Louisville!

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My good friend Kerri and I talked on the phone for the very first time this week! We’ve been close friends for years, but have never met in real life, and probably won’t since we met because we both have chronic health conditions. We’d been part of a team of writers on a spiritual blog, but the blog owner unexpectedly decided to go solo, so we decided to launch our own blog, Obstinate Hope, because we both felt the need to have an outlet other than our personal blogs for our exclusively spiritual posts. We’re just getting started, so drop by and say Hi when you can!

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Another friend’s father passed away this week after a very long, very intense battle with cancer. She and her family are, of course, drained in every aspect of the word. Please keep Laurie in your prayers as she and her family mourn and begin re-building their lives.

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You may have noticed pictures on Instagram, Twitter, or FaceBook with the hashtag #happyacts. All that was leading up to today, the International Day of Happiness. LiveHappy is a company created by Nerium. Why? Because evidently it wasn’t enough to help people have healthier, more beautiful skin; to give them a chance at financial freedom; to give 30% of their profits to cancer research; and to donate over a million dollars a year to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They want everyone to be happy, too. I adore their magazine – it’s one of the smaller perks of being a Brand Partner, but one of my personal favorites. Check out LiveHappy‘s site to learn more about today’s festivities!

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And I know you’re probably just sick of me gushing about how much I love Nerium, what a wonderful group of people they are, and how incredible it is to be part of what they’re doing, but get used to it! The popularity of Nerium is spreading like wildfire (because it works and it’s easy!) and I don’t want anyone to miss the boat. Contact me via the little email icon in the upper right corner, take a look at the products, prices, and special offers for new Brand Partners through the link in my footer. Satisfy your curiosity, because this could be your Microsoft moment!

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