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Two for Tuesday

Two days in a row blogging!  I have to admit, it feels good.  I really love to write.  I noticed yesterday that I was thinking about WordPress on and off through the day after I had it the Publish button.

I think that maybe I was SO diligent about writing in 2016, that it just took a back seat in 2017, which means that it eventually was so far back I couldn’t even see it. Not in 2018 though, I am anxious to get going again.

So…in 2017 Tuesday’s have been for Transformation.  You don’t really want to hear the real truth about the weight/inches transformation.  As, it hasn’t been good.  I mean, I have gained a few pounds and I wear mostly cloths that have stretchy waistbands (thank you LuLaRoe).

Anyway, we will work on that better after the Holidays.  I don’t have time to worry about what I am eating and drinking this close to the holidays!

You know what I can worry about though, what is always in the forefront of my head now?  Making my home a safe haven for my family.  I have purged so many toxic, chemical laden products in the last 6 months and just really think that I will be able to get rid of the rest in 2018.

It is such a process, but a little bit at a time.  Around the Holidays this is most evident with the lack of Bath and Body Works candles.  Fresh Balsam was my very favorite scent, I kept a 3 week candle around from Thanksgiving through New Years and would light it every day.

Not this year though, this year is full of amazing diffuser blends.  Right now as I type I have lemon and peppermint in my diffuser and it is simply amazing.  Christmas Spirit and Orange, Cinnamon Bark and Pine.  Oh, how the list goes on and on and I am just getting started!

Want to transform your house into a Safe Haven?  Start with a Young Living Stater Kit or a Norwex Household Package.  Contact me for details or find the links on my site!

I hope that you have an amazing Tuesday!

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Long Time

“Well, I’m takin’ my time, I’m just movin’ on
You’ll forget about me after I’ve been gone
And I take what I find, I don’t want no more
It’s just outside of your front door
Ah yeah, it’s been such a long time. it’s been such a long time
Well, I get so lonely when I am without you
But in my mind, deep in my mind
I can’t forget about you
Good times, and faces that remind me, yeah
I’m tryin’ to forget your name and leave it all behind me
You’re comin’ back to find me” Long Time by Boston
I have been thinking about my blog a lot lately!!  I tried making a new page, with a new theme about something that is now important to me and I couldn’t even get behind it.  Then this weekend it dawned on me, why in the world would I try to reinvent the wheel?  When I already have such amazing followers over here and an established blog where I can still talk about all the things that are important to me.
So, I deleted that page, because it didn’t make any sense.  I knew that to be true to myself, I had to just keep writing on here.  That my current followers might be happy to see me posting again and wouldn’t mind if I was talking about Norwex cloths or Young Living oils!  After all, my blog is Making Time For Me.  It has always been about Making Time For Me and now both of those companies have a part in Making Time For Me.
I started selling Norwex at the very end of July (the 29th to be exact) and ever since then business has been booming!  I have hit sales goals every month, received incentives left and right, paid for a vacation for my hubby and I and so much more!!
Toward the end of September, I talked to my girl Jess @ Oiled Up with Love  and decided to purchase a Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  I didn’t want to commit to the business part of it, since I had only been with Norwex for 2 months and that was really working for me.
Well Jess didn’t push and I am still not sure what the future is going to look like, but I got my first two sign ups this weekend.  I had an online Oil class and I had a couple of friends that bought the kit.  I am so excited for what this means for their family, but also for what it means for mine.  Both of these ladies happen to be Norwex customers of mine as well.
I have a dream to create Safe Havens.  After all, that is why I started purchasing my Norwex products to begin with.  To make my home chemical free one step at a time.  The oils just seemed to go with that, hand in hand.  I now use the oils to clean along with my Norwex.  Oils are constantly being diffused, instead of burning toxic candles.  I am wearing oil as perfume now and even using an oil product as deodorant (secret: it may be the same product that I use to brush my teeth)!
Anyway, the point of all this rambling on is….I know that I can talk to you guys about this stuff.  As soon as I created the new blog space I felt guilty and unsure.  I wasn’t as excited to go to it as I had been this blog for 3 years.  Now, I just have to work on coming back to write more often!  I forget how much it soothes me.
Happy Monday Everyone.  And just in case you have ANY interest in bringing these amazing products into your home….here are the links.
Stephanie’s Norwex Business Page:  www.stephaniechristie.norwex.biz
My Young Living Link: http://yl.pe/5crn 
Thank You All!
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My Beautiful Boy

Happy 10th Birthday James Peter! I love you beyond words.

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Today is my oldest biological child’s 8th Birthday!

He is truly the first person who taught me the meaning of unconditional love.  I remember finding out that I was pregnant with him.  One of the most special moments of my life.

I always knew that I wanted to be a Mom.  Just a few short weeks after getting married, it was right there “Pregnant” on a pregnancy test.  I was elated and so eager to start building this family.

He was due November 25th.  I gained 65 pounds throughout my pregnancy.  I was as big as a house.  My first doctor told me that I was too fat and needed to stop gaining weight.  Then, I found a new doctor…LOL!

At 10:22pm on November 28th, James Peter Valentino came into this world.  All 9lbs, 12oz and 20 inches of him.  After a 32 hour labor, a drug free delivery, everything…

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First Therapy Session

I wrote this two years ago. It still brings tears to my eyes. I am better now, but working every single day to make sure that I stay that way!

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So, this whole therapy thing is a pretty good gig.  You answer all these questions on an intake form, from that they can come up with a Million reasons why you may have landed in their office.  They start with the basics, listen to you answer them out loud and pay close attention to how you speak.  When your tone or your body language changes, you get a “tell me about…?”

For me, this seemed super simple.  Tell me about your household.  BAM….enough ammo for the first few sessions, LOL.  Talking about Paul and the kids.  Going into detail about when each of the kids is with us, how old they are and “whose is whose”.  From this, she knew at some point I had been with James and Jordan’s Dad and asked, “tell me about what happened there.”

This is when I started crying and I don’t remember stopping…

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New Website

Hello all my loyal and amazing followers!!  I hope that this week, this Wednesday is treating you well.

If you are anything like me, you have been dealing with some real emotional turmoil, I hope that peace comes to you soon.

I am writing because I wanted you to be the first to know that I created a NEW WordPress site.  This does NOT mean that I am getting rid of Making Time For Me.  It simply means, I am doing something different too.

I have taken on a new journey, business journey, health journey for my family and I would love it if you guys came on for the ride.  Even more, if you loved it so much that you wanted to share it with others.

Keep in mind that this is brand new and is VERY rough!!!  I will be working on it a little at a time over the next couple of weeks.

Check it Out HERE : Just Use Oil and Water 

I would love to hear feedback, suggestions, etc!  Thank you everyone who goes to the site, likes it and shares it!  I am excited for what is to come from this.  I promise to still write here too!!

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Why Today?

I want to write a post today.  I am not sure why today?  I mean, I haven’t written in over a month.

I have quite a few things going on in my heart, mind and home right now.  All things that I have realized are “Making Time For Me”.  Even though, I have taken time off from this blog, I haven’t taken time off of making choices for me.

The first, I started selling Norwex!  With the Norwex Microfiber System, you will not breathe, touch, or ingest chemicals—you simply create a cleaner healthier indoor environment.  I am creating safe havens one product at a time and I am LOVING it!

Interested in learning more?  Take a look at my site www.stephaniechristie.norwex.biz

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A couple of weeks after I started selling Norwex, I turned 37 🙂  On my 37th birthday I turned a closet in my house into my office space!!  It is beautiful and wonderful, even if it just my 1% of the house.

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I am just absolutely in love with this space.  My husband and kids bought me a new laptop for my birthday.  I have everything I need to make my business a success.

1 week after my birthday I started a LCHF WOE.  That is Low-carb, High-fat Way of Eating for those who don’t do acronyms.  My co-worker had been following this WOE for a few months and I found myself intrigued.  I dove in, head first when the scale read higher than it has at any time in my life other than pregnancy.

I am nearly 4 weeks in (tomorrow), as of last Thursday which are my weigh-in days I am down 8 pounds and 9.5 inches.  My clothes are fitting amazingly and I can sure tell when I look into the mirror.

Which brings me to the next thing..less than 4 weeks until I run my half marathon.  I haven’t jumped ship, I haven’t stopped thinking about it, though I may have derailed from my training.  Though, I decided that is OK.  I don’t care about a time, I care about crossing a finish line.  That is it!!  Small steps.

Last Wednesday we had an amazing yoga instructor into work.  I did Yoga and it was incredible.  I have now been getting my mat out every morning in my bedroom after Paul leaves for work and doing a yoga practice.  It has been relaxing me, bring my head and heart to a good centered place first thing in the morning.

Last, but not least last Friday I bought a Young Living starter kit.  For those of you who don’t know, that is essential oils.  My girlfriend Jess (also my kids stepmom) has been selling Young Living for awhile.  I have bought things from her and she has been introducing me to the products slowly but surely.

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I decided with cold and flu season rapidly approaching there was no better time to get a diffuser and all the oils.  Want to know more about essential oils, check out Jess’s page that she made dedicated to what she loves.  Oiled Up With Love

Welp…that is all about me!  What has been going on with you?

 

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How Do You Shut Out The Demons?

I found out yesterday that a friend of mine from college died.  Then I feel like a fraud for saying he’s my friend.  I haven’t seen or talked to him in over 6 years.

I went straight to my photo album from college to find pictures of us together.  I had more than a couple to choose from.  That was when I realized, he was my friend.  I mean, I had the proof.

A friend of mine on Facebook wrote a quote the other day about growing up and losing friends.  It referred to old friends as “strangers who share memories”.  Last night upon hearing the news, that was exactly what I thought.

We hadn’t had a falling out, go into a fight that resulted in being “unfriended”, we simply grew up and moved on after college.  My last 3 years of college are filled with memories of him.  Of his smile, his goofy antics, his mispronunciation of common words and mostly his ability to make everyone around him happy.  Now though, now we were strangers who shared memories.

I learned that he took his own life.  Friends and family are pretty certain it is the aftermath of the war, PTSD.  Last night after finding out, I cried.  I cried and I cried and I cried. What an amazing spirit to be haunted in such a way that he couldn’t be happy here anymore.

What makes one person be able to survive the demons and another person not?  This is a question I ask myself all the time.

The first time that I went to a therapist she told me that I had PTSD from my divorce. There were triggers that could send me right back to that bad place from 7 years ago.  A place where I could no longer differentiate between the past and the present.  When you get spooked by all the what ifs and the memories of what happened.

There isn’t a way to explain it to people without sounding crazy.  There isn’t a way to explain it to people without them getting super worried or concerned about your state of mind.  You just learn how to cope with it better, hopefully, if you are lucky.

I already was planning on staying at home and relaxing this weekend.  Surrounding myself with my kids and my husband.  As this is the time of year when the demons haunt the most, when everything spooks me and the triggers are all around because I am looking for them.  I don’t know if that will ever go away.  But, after 7 years, I am able to cope with it better.

To my dear friend from college, you have always been in my heart.  I don’t have many memories at Central that you weren’t a part of.  You were the first boy that I lived with! You were sunshine on a cloudy day and I know that this world is a little less bright because you left it.  Prayers and Love to your family and those sweet children and grand-children you left behind. RIP

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Waiting at the DMV

It has been so long since I’ve posted. Friends have told me that they miss my blog. Other friends have stopped writing themselves.

What has happened? Have I lost my drive, my motivation? Am I less happy without the writing or more happy because I’m not consumed by it?

I needed to write before, it was my therapy. The chance to turn a corner in betterment for myself.

Well, I did that. I accomplished that. I forgive my ex-husband. I’m friends with Jess. Our communication is incredible and our family is thriving as a result.

I’ve been married now for nearly 6 years to Paul. I have 6 beautiful children. We own a home now. After 5 1/2 years of financial struggle, we have money in the bank. I feel at home and at peace for the first time in so long.

I’ve gained about 20lbs in the last 3 years. I don’t remember the last time I was inside the gym. Though, I’ve gone out for runs more since we moved then in the previous 7 years.

I’m waiting in line at the DMV. The wait is over 2 hours and I’ve already been here for an hour and a half. I could have renewed my license online, but I need an enhanced license.

I need an enhanced license so I can run my half marathon in October. A run that I’ve been registered for 3 times prior to now and have only completed once. This is my year though.

2017 has been so good to me. Things still bother me, in ways that I can’t explain, but can often anticipate now.

It is the weekend before my birthday, still a rough one for me. I can’t explain it, life is good now, but I still get spooked.

Thank you for listening, for understanding, for waiting and for reading!

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*GIVEAWAY* Writing the Soul: 180 Degree Turn

Still awaiting comments to draw a winner for the *GIVEAWAY*! Comment on the original post to be entered! What do you think about mine and Jess’s story?

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A month or so ago I was approached to do this post.  I didn’t really know what to expect as I read the words and made sense of what was expected of me.  Tell my story?  What story would I tell?  How would I tell it?  Then it hit me…..the story of Jess and I!

I had the blessed opportunity to work with Nechamie a Personal History Writer.  When I first spoke with her I let her know my idea for the writing.  When I got the OK from her, I reached out to Jess to make sure that she was one board.  Both of us had telephone interviews with Nechamie telling “our side” of the story.  Then Nechamie put all of our words together into this beautiful writing.

Check out the way that Nechamie articulated the story of Jess and I here.

After reading that, who doesn’t…

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