Friday, March 11, 2016

My why...

Hey y'all!! So, I have needed to write this for quite some time.  I am opening up about my journey and knew this was the perfect place to do that.  Here goes!



Why did I become a part of ItWorks Global?

I have several reasons and will list them below!

1.  I needed to lose weight and get healthier for my family!



There was something about these products. I don't know what it was exactly, but I had a passion for the products before I even used them.  I know they work.  Now, having said that, for anything to work, we have to put our mind to it.  When I first started this journey, my mind wasn't set.  I didn't take the products religiously.  I am kicking myself for it now!  Where could I have been if I had made my mind up a year ago?

Why didn't I cut sodas? Why didn't I exercise regularly?  Why didn't I take my supplements?

I must stop wondering why? I just have to make the changes for myself NOW!  Thankfully, I have done pretty well and lost 12 pounds very quickly!

2.  Accountability.  I feel like I have some accountability with ItWorks!  We have a great support system.  I feel like ItWorks 'forces' me to make good decisions!I talk about healthy changes with my girls.  I hope to instill healthy choices in them now.  I pray they are never overweight and have to deal with the pressures of losing 100+ pounds.

3. Finances.  Is there ever enough?  Luckily, we have family who help if we need it.  They like to take us to dinner or buy the girls an outfit, for example.  We are so blessed to have so many people that love and care for us.  But, we do not have a big cushion.  We do not have as much money saved as we should for an emergency fund.  The girls college accounts are not growing like I wish they were.  We cannot afford dance AND gymnastics AND horse riding lessons.  I am sure more will come in the near future. Could we comfortably have more children? We need a bigger house.  The list goes on.

I have ALWAYS had multiple jobs.  There was one summer where I had 4
Jobs, literally.  I have always liked to make money. Before the girls were born, I had at least 2 jobs!  However, once they came along, I would not be working outside of my regular job.  I couldn't be gone from them all day and all night too!

When Rebecca started posting about ItWorks, something spoke to me.  I needed these products!! I also could really use this income.  I could work from home nights and make some extra spending money for my family!





4.  Lastly, helping others.  I will do just about anything if I know someone else is benefitting!  I love t help others!  I love to work with others.  I like to teach others!  What if I help someone make a big change in their own lives?!! How cool is that?!

So, here I am!  The statements above are my WHY's!

I would love your prayers for me during this journey! I would love your support! Can I help you achieve some goals of your own? Life can be hard sometimes, but if we all work together to build each other up, we will all benefit from it!

I hope you all have a blessed weekend! 😘

Hellllllooooo!!!!!!

So.  Here I am.  I have not kept up with this blog.  Sad.

Life is busy!!  I have my day job (teaching), my side jobs (Pink Cow Mootique and ItWorks), my family (craaaaazy), my dog (worst.dog.ever.), Church, TBall, etc.

So, Kelly posted a new Show Us Your Life Friday's.  That is the perfect way for me to transition into blogging agin.

Why?

1.  I love to read blogs, and love the communtiy about it.
2. I hope to share something positive with someone else!
3.  I want to share my side business with everyone!
4.  I just need something else to do! (haha)



So, Hi!  I am Kari!  I am 32 years old!  I live in a small, salty town.  Grew up here, my husband grew up here, and now we are raising our family here!  We both moved away for college (same college, actually, but at different times - GO UNCW), and moved back home!  We are a beach family, and salt water runs in our veins!

My husband and I were married in 2007.  We had twin girls(!!!!) in February of 2011.  Maddox is our sweet, thoughtful, helpful, hilarious older child!  Vivian is our spunky, loving, full of life youngest child.  They are 2 minutes apart and certainly let us know that! lol.


I am a high school science teacher by day.  I am a crafter and ItWorks distributor by night!  My mother-in-law and I started a small side business called Pink Cow Mootique.  We do a lot of random things, but our MAIN sellers are bows and monogrammed shirts!  We do mainly local orders, and stay pretty busy.  I want to sell more on Etsy, but that just takes time, and I need to work all the kinks out!

I have been overweight my whole life.  We love food (good food) around here!  And, genetically, being skinny wasn't in the cards for me.  I found out in college I had hypothyroidism.  Of course, that was after a 100 pound weight gain.

So, rewind 2 years ago and my sister's roomate in college started posting about these products.  I became interested and grabbed them.  BUT, if you do not have the right mind set, nothing will work.  I did not have the right mind set.  I saw results, I knew the products worked, but I was not at a place where I made a huge change in myself.  A couple months ago, I decided enough was enough.  My girls are 5.  I do not want them to deal with their mother being overweight.  I want them to be proud of me.  So, I decided to dive in full force.  In 3 weeks, I have lost 12 pounds!  I am so excited about the way these products make me feel and what they are doing for my health and my family.  Why didn't I start these years ago?
**This is not me.  I am not ready to do a before/after just yet! **

Anyway, because I am having such success with them, I am really wanting to share these with others.  I am a teacher, after all, so I want to teach others how to use them, and how to be a successful business owner with these products.  We are at a place financially, where we need more income.  My girls want to do more things, and it breaks our hearts to tell them they cannot take gymnastics, or horse riding lessons.

So, I have made my mind up.  I am going to work this business, and share this business with as many people as possible.  I am going to do better for our families health and wealth!

If you have any questions, or want to try our products, please send me an email!
kariwillis.myitworks@gmail.com

If you want to secretly look around, before contacting me, do it! ;)
kariwillis2.myitworks.com


I would LOVE to chat!

So, that is me.  Welcome back blog!


Monday, December 8, 2014

{Epic Weekend}

As you 'grow up', little things you do start to diminish.  I vividly remember the excitement that came with a Friday night in high school.  The week was over and it was time for a break!  I loved the Friday night basketball games, followed by trips to shell point (locals know!), sleeping in on Saturdays, hanging out with friends, doing it all over on Saturday night, then a low key Sunday.  Aaahhh, the memories!

But, life gets busy and we grow up.  While I would never think to trade my 'busy-ness' for anything else, it is nice when you get an unexpected amazing weekend, out of no where!

This weekend was EPIC.  So much so, that I want to write about it and keep it logged for future reference! :)

Friday night I kept my friends kids so she could sing in her Cantata at her church.  So, we played at home for a while, then headed out to the high school for a HUGE rivalry basketball game.  I knew I couldn't miss this game, but I honestly just wanted to stay home.  The thought of wrangling 4 kids up and down bleachers didn't sit well with me.  Long story short, we went, the crowd was amazing and we had a great time.  Thank GOD my friend Lindsey was with me.  She helped out so much and made several trips down the bleachers with kids! :)  AND, our varsity boys won to a {basically} sold out crowd!!!


After the game, we went home and I worked until 3 am on bows and other accessories for a craft show on Saturday.  We have a festival every December at Harkers Island, and this year, a craft show was inlcuded!  It was so much fun and we had a pretty successful day.  I was pleased!  I so enjoy doing stuff like that, so it was a perfect little Saturday!
After leaving the craft show, I went to my moms and saw the girls for a little bit.  My friend Lindsey stayed with me Friday night so she slept in with the girls on Saturday, then made 'sparkly' pancakes and just had a fun Saturday morning with the girls.  Also, she cleaned up my house.  Yes.  She is pretty amazing.  I owe her big time for all of her help.  No one realizes how much difference it makes if someone helps in simply putting away 1 load of clothes, or washing a few dishes, or something like that.  It means the world to a busy mama.


Ok.  We left my moms and went to an impromptu family reunion!  There is one weekend a year where the most family is in town, and that is the weekend of the decoy festival.  So, my mom put together a reunion at a local restaurant for 40 people!  It was so nice to see family from Colorado, Virginia and Raleigh.  I was only able to stay for 45 minutes, but it was nice to catch up.  I wish we could see them more!
I left the reunion and went to Blair's Christmas party.  The prime rib/shrimp was amazing!  It was a nice little party with his coworkers!


Now, I only had a few hours sleep the night before, and had been going all day.  I was exhausted and wanted nothing more than to go home and get comfy.  However, Lindsey had begged us to come to a local hangout where they were having a tacky Christmas party.  I don't usually do things like that, but she had begged and it was a fundraiser for charity, so reluctantly, we went.  I am so glad we did.  I didn't realize how much of a 'sheltered' life we live.  We went out of our comfort zone and it was so nice.  This certainly wont be a weekend ritual, but for a good cause, it was so nice.  Plus, we got to hang with some of our favorites for a little while!


Sunday morning came and we had Sunday school, followed by a relaxing afternoon at moms (nap included).  We then had play practice for the church Christmas play!

We came home, ate leftovers, baked cookies and just had a relaxing night at home (in a clean house, remember!!!!)  Yes, its the little things.


So, now that the weekend is over, its back to the bump and grind.  I had no idea going into the weekend that it would turn out so grand.  But, that makes it even more special.  It just happened...and thats the way I like things!
Next weekend is jam packed with Disney on Ice (Frozen), Christmas parades and Christmas plays!  Whew.  Tired already thinking about it! :)
Hope you all had a wodnerful weekend as well.  If not, make the next one even more grand.

Love.






I am leaving you with 2 photo bombs.  I didn't realize Maddox and I were photo bombed till I saw this to post!  (Not sure why she looks so ill).


Second, I sent this photo to Lindsey.  I had 2 nights of minimal sleep and on Sunday, I looked and felt like death.  So I took this photo to show her.  After I got dressed on Sunday, I HAD to put makeup on.  A no-makeup day was not an option (as you can tell...kinda scary).

Anyway, as soon as I took this photo, I heard Maddox say:  YAY!  I got in the picture!!!

Hahaha.  When I pulled it up in PicStitch, sure enough, I was photo bombed by a 3 year old.  She was so proud!  **We were sitting in my moms' driveway, getting ready to go in, so she unbuckled herself! :)




Friday, November 14, 2014

High Five for Friday!

Hey guys!  I am linking up with Lauren for the weekly High Five for Friday post!

I am thrilled its Friday!!!  Can't wait to spend a cold weekend with my little family!

Lots of things have happened this week, so here goes!

1.  Still pressing on towards BIG goals! Message me if you have questions about ItWorks!
kariwillis.itworks@gmail.com


2. Gallery Wall...DONE!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!  Can't wait to take better pictures this weekend, and will do a blog post about it, when the table is complete!


3.  Vivi had a fever on Monday! :(  Weird...no symptoms, just a fever.  So Maddox wanted to go to school without her (almost broke my heart!) so Vivi and I had a cuddly morning at home!  It was just what we needed!

4.  Veterans Day, and my sister's birthday!!

5. The sweet lady that cleans our house comes today!  My favorite day out of the week! lol!


How has your week been?!?!