- Identify what happened to cause the change
- Why did it happen
- How can I use this for my personal growth
- What changes can I make to improve in the future
- Where can I find help or who can help
This morning I was struggling about what to post…. when this happens I generally scroll through the hundreds of past blog posts to see if something grabs my attention. I’m grateful for the long list of blogs because it is a reminder of my life – the good, the bad and the ugly.
As the end of the fiscal year with Thirty One ends and a new one begins – doubt starts to creep in. Weird since I had my highest career sales in 2020-2021 and most days I am comfortable where my business and my life are. It usually means, I haven’t taken enough time to seek God’s guidance in the morning.
Every morning in my Facebook memories, I see a quote from “Get Your Girl Back Movement” and no matter how old the message is, it seems to hit home! Today’s was…
You can do it Hope and if you couldn’t, God would not have given you the dream in the first place. If you would have put as much time into your dream as you do questioning yourself and your ability it would have already been accomplished. Now- stop asking and go make your dream come true!
Kind of funny because since the MS, I struggle with dreaming. I have a wish list of things I would like to do but not a BIG dream. My last BIG dream was to pay off my credit card debt and I’m grateful with the help of my side hustle, this is DONE! Financial freedom can be scary for an addict in recovery – money in the savings account, bills paid and the ability to enjoy each day without the stress of how to pay for things. I have to consciously remember how unmanageable life was during my addiction (yes, shopping can be an addiction too).
MS has taught me to live in the moment (most days) because who knows what tomorrow will bring. Planning long term can be stressful and tends to lead me into a fix, manage and control state of mind. Not good for my MS or my recovery. I think I squirreled.. LOL.
As I think about the new fiscal business year, I wonder what God would want me to do. I’m doing a 6-week training program so I am focusing on being intentional about what God wants from me each day. The problem is when a thought or idea hits, Doubtful Debbie pays a visit. What are my dreams? Are they mine or what I think they “should be”? Will they bring me joy? Will they help me reach my purpose in life? I know I am not alone, right?
Then out of no where the message “STOP QUESTIONING YOURSELF” appears. I take a breath and quiet my mind (not always easy). I know my purpose is “to make a difference”, as basic as it is, it is my life’s mission. From simply putting a smile on someone’s face, sharing words of encouragement, or raising funds for a cause – one small act of kindness can make a difference.
I’m not sure who needed to hear this, but I hope at least one person is helped by knowing they are not alone. How do I stop questioning myself? As soon as I realize it is happening, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and release. Bless and release. Sounds easy, right? Believe me, if you struggle with this – you know it takes lots of practice. If I can’t get out of my head I do something else – work on my puzzle, read, take a walk and enjoy God’s beauty or work on a blog post. I do things to bring me joy and help me to kick Doubtful Debbie to the curb.
What are YOU questioning yourself about? Do you have a dream that gets pushed to the side when life gets too busy? Or are you like me and when that happens, you begin to doubt your dream? Just for today, stop asking AND make your dream come true. Who is with me??
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Waves crashing, burgers grilling, bees buzzing – summer has finally arrived, and the outdoors are calling. Excited for that trip to the beach? Lounging poolside? Camping trips and backyard barbecues? Us too!
To help you start planning, we took a few of your faves and created fun, destination-ready bundles for all your summer adventures. Each bundle features our super-fun summer prints (and even a few personalization ideas to help make your adventures even more memorable)!
(Pictured L to R): Picnic Thermal Tote in Charcoal Crosshatch w/ Camper Icon-It™ in Caramel and Platinum; Large Utility Tote in RV There Yet w/ Rounded Font Message in White; Zipper Pouch in Soft Camo w/ Compass (II) in Caramel; Essential Storage Tote in RV There Yet; Round About Cooler Tote in RV There Yet.
Whether you’re camping, glamping or wandering cross-country in a fancy conversion van, it wouldn’t be summer without trips to the great outdoors. So, the next time nature calls, don’t forget these road trip essentials in our new RV There Yet print:
Large Utility Tote: blankets, hiking gear, flashlights, bug repellent, games
Essential Storage Tote: snacks, first aid, eating utensils, plates, napkins
Round About Cooler Tote: ice, soda, water, juice, hot dogs, condiments
Need more cooler space? Our Picnic Thermal Tote in Charcoal Crosshatch is a great choice (and it holds ice, too). What about some place to keep all those little essentials organized? Our Zipper Pouchis the perfect add-on and coordinates nicely in Soft Camo.
(Pictured L to R): Large Utility Tote in Rays for Days; Round About Cooler Tote in Rays for Days w/ Popsicle in Hot Pink and Turquoise; Essential Storage Tote in Rays for Days w/ Large Serif Initial in Hot Pink; Small Essential Storage Tote in Rays for Days.
Catch Some Rays
Sandy beach, neighborhood pool or weekend at the waterpark, splash into summer with this awesome pack & go bundle in our new Rays for Days print:
Large Utility Tote: towels, toys, floaties, cover-ups, hats
Round About Cooler Tote: ice, sports drinks, water, popsicles, juice boxes
Essential Storage Tote: goggles, books, sunglasses, sunscreen
Small Essential Storage Tote: phones, ear buds, reading glasses, lip balm
(Pictured L to R): Large Utility Tote in Tie-Dye Stars w/ Large Serif Initial in White; Tiny Utility Tote in Gnome of the Brave; Round About Cooler Tote in Tie-Dye Stars w/ Rounded Font Message in White; Clear Clip Pouch in Gnome of the Brave.
Grill & Chill
Planning for lots of summer celebrations and backyard barbecues with family and friends? Get in a festive party spirit with this bundle of bestsellers in Tie-Dye Stars and fire up the fun:
Large Utility Tote: plates, food containers, tablecloth, cups, chips
Essential Storage Tote: utensils, napkins, condiments
Round About Cooler Tote: ice, beverages, grill meats, cheese, produce
Know what goes great with Tie-Dye Stars? Our Gnome of the Brave print, of course! Our Tiny Utility Tote is ideal for condiments or utensils and our Clear Clip Pouch is the perfect place to keep hand sanitizer, sunscreen, wet wipes and more.
(Pictured L to R): New Horizons Tote in Patchwork Stripe w/ Popsicle Icon-It™ in Powder Pink and Hot Pink; Small Essential Storage Tote in Popsicle Party; Cinch Sac in Popsicle Party w/ All Caps Stamp in Navy Blue; Essential Storage Tote in Popsicle Party; Zipper Pouch in Patchwork Stripe w/ Sandy Flip-Flops Icon-It™ in True Turquoise and Navy Blue.
Kids love summer for the trips to the zoo, amusement parks and playgrounds. You’ll love how easy and enjoyable those trips are with this sweet solution set in our Popsicle Party print:
Large Utility Tote: diapers, snacks, wipes, water, umbrella
Cinch Sac: hat, sunglasses, medication, first aid
Clear Clip Pouch: sunscreen, phone, hand sanitizer
Looking for a couple more bags for your adventure with the kids? We recommend our New Horizons Tote and Zipper Pouch in Patchwork Stripe. The New Horizon Tote’s roomy interior and slouchy, casual shape make it ideal for hats, extra clothes, umbrellas and other larger items, while the Zipper Pouch is a convenient place for keys, wallets, tickets, receipts and other small essentials.
Love our new summer prints? Turn them into wallpaper for your phone!
Download your favorite prints to your phone and enjoy them throughout summer and beyond!
Products shown are from Summer 2021 season, available from June 1 – July 31.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Blind faith is defined as ““belief without true understanding, perception, or discrimination.” It wasn’t until recently it was pointed out to me, this is what I have. A positive thing instead of the negative thing I would have described it as.
“It will all work out” has been one of my favorite lines for years. As a single mom, I always believed things would work out. I didn’t know how, I didn’t know why – I just believed they would. I actually believe my relationship with God was pretty much nonexistent through HS, college and later in life. During my early years, I was active in church and a Rainbow Girl. I believed in God just didn’t have a relationship with him. Weird, right?
God was there even when I didn’t see or believe it. He had his hand on everything which is why I believe through my years of addiction, I was saved. I had a blind faith deep in my soul despite the odds. My first time in the rooms, I always said I was “spiritual” not religious. The Serenity Prayer was the closest I got to having a conversation with God. It was the thing which kept me going even when I was on the road to relapse and during my relapse. I thought it was more of a foxhole prayer at that point since I had made such a mess of my life.
Now, I have a relationship with God. Are there still potholes in my path? YES! Do I wonder if I am on the right road or following his purpose for me? YES! Do I still struggle with fear? YES! Do I still play the comparison game? YES! Fear and doubt didn’t not magically go away because of my faith. Satan loves to play with me especially on days when my MS flares up.
Every morning, I read my “Just for Today” and pause for a moment to thank God for his many blessings. Truth be told (have you heard this amazing song?), I don’t STOP and wait to LISTEN for God’s message.
There are some days, it is more obvious than others I haven’t listened. The days when the doubts come. The days when resentments build. The days when frustration and anger get the best of me. Those days, I wonder what happened to the belief God would take care of things?
Those are the days, when I forget it’s not my job to fix the potholes in my trail. I need to let God lead, and He will smooth the way. Whatever the path looks like, God has a plan for every step (Jeremiah 29:11). The path may be filled with potholes but no matter where I am headed, God is aware of every gap in the road He’s established for me.
Hubby pointed out to me recently “you have a blind faith”. I was shocked because I never thought about it. I used to believe people judged me for the decisions I made. Many times my decisions were not based on solid facts, just a feeling I had things would be okay. Sometimes they were and sometimes they weren’t. It wasn’t until I took my will back and stopped letting God lead the way, the road to relapse became a downhill spiral. Me trying to figure things out or fix things led me to a path filled with potholes. It kept me from letting my light shine and making a difference in the lives of other people.
It is time to embrace my blind faith. Time to stop trying to fix the potholes. Time to stop trying to figure things out on my own. Time to let God lead, have faith and let him show me the path he has prepared for me. It is “his will for my life, not mine”.
Are you trying to fix the potholes in your life or are you “letting go and letting God”?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Boring Easter baskets, meet your match!
As we gear up for Easter festivities, there’s one tradition which always spreads smiles, no matter your age – Easter baskets! These festive gift baskets usually come full of the standard fare: jellybeans, chocolates and treat-filled plastic eggs. But if you’re tired of the usual candy craze and looking to do something a bit more creative this year, look no further.
Whether you’re putting together Easter baskets for kids, teens, friends or even yourself, make this holiday extra special for the ones you care about with these four themed gift baskets fit for Easter-lovers of any age (chocolate bunnies encouraged, but not required). From ideas for the basket itself to fun fillers to who it’s perfect for, we’ve got you covered.
For this themed Easter basket, look to animals for inspiration! Fill your basket with goodies featuring your little one’s favorite critter or go wild with a variety of animal-inspired treats. For toddlers, we find the Littles Carry-AllTM Caddy and the Small Essential Storage Tote make the perfect mini Easter baskets. Plus, to make them truly zoo-themed, you can personalize these styles with your child’s name and an animal Icon-It™ – choose from elephants, fish, owls and more!
Fill this basket with:
- Animal stickers
- A stuffed animal
- A Cinch Sac personalized with an animal Icon-It™ (We also love the sloth, llama and fox designs!)
- Animal crackers
2. Easter basket stuffers for teens: Next stop, summer
When Easter arrives, we know summer is just around the corner! Your teens will be excited for summer break, so why not gift them a basket full of essentials they can use on their summer adventures? We think opting for a Small Essential Storage Tote for this Easter basket is a great choice for teens and tweens – it makes a perfect little goodie bag, plus they’ll be able to use it long after the holiday is over as a lunch sack or tote. Or, you can tuck their goodies inside the chic Felt Storage Bin, which transitions easily into a convenient room organizer after the Easter candy is long gone.
Fill this basket with:
- Tumbler or water bottle
- Gift card to an ice cream shop
- Clear Clip Pouch (This food-safe pouch is perfect for summer snacks!)
- Photo Key Fob (Personalize this keychain with a fond summer memory.)
- Fruity gummies
Everyone loves a thoughtful gift, which is why we believe Easter baskets aren’t just for kids! Gifting a friend (or yourself!) a sweet basket full of self-care essentials is a great way to show you’re thinking of them and that you care. For an elevated take on the Easter basket, go for a Tiny Utility Tote embroidered with the name, initial or monogram of the person you’re giving it to.
Fill this basket with:
- Eye mask
- Essential oils
- Notecards with encouraging words or a thoughtful note written on them
- Notebook or journal
- A cute makeup pouch (The Half-Moon Pouch is our personal fave.)
- Chocolate or homemade cookies
4. Easter basket idea for anyone: Cute crafts!
This one is an Easter basket idea (or birthday gift) for all! Get creative with an arts and crafts themed basket filled with colorful art supplies and stationery. Cater your basket to crafts you know the person enjoys or choose a variety of fun supplies so they can let their imagination run wild. The Canvas Storage Caddy has all the pockets you need to tuck pencils, pens and some sweet Easter treats inside, plus it looks even cuter when personalized with an embroidered monogram.
Fill this basket with:
- Decorative tape
- Colored pencils
- Colorful paper
- Sticky notes
- Pencil pouch (We recommend the Zipper Pouch or Mini Zipper Pouch.)
- To match this creative basket, go for a creative treat! We love these Easter treat ideas from Country Living.
We hope these creative Easter basket ideas for all ages help you make this holiday one to remember! For even more gift ideas and inspiration, check out our Easter collection, where we’ve rounded up gift baskets of every size and shape for you plus sweet little gifts to fill them with.
Looking for more gift ideas???? I’m happy to help you get creative to create the perfect gift. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Products shown are from Spring 2021 season, available from March 1, 2020 to Aug 31, 2021. For more information about product availability, contact your Consultant or go to mythirtyone.com.