Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mission Accomplished: A Year of Beautiful Redemption

***Backstory: Since I was asked to share this, I will give a very brief snipet of my life and why the following words are so significant to me. I am 30 years old and terminally ill. I was healthy for the first 15 years of my life, then at 16, my life started to turn upside down. It was a slow progression at first. I was still active in school, sports, band, and worked at least one job all the time. At 24, I started getting worse, then at 27 it was determined that I have Mitochondrial Disease (along with 26 other diagnoses) and it was terminal. My blog is where I write about the hope through healing, and the fact that I'm ok knowing I will not be healed on earth but in Heaven, with my Jesus! When I graduated undergrad I became a middle school severe and profound autism teacher and loved it, but lost that job due to my health. That's when I started getting way sick. Then I decided I wanted to try to go back to school to be a dietitian. I was doing VERY well with that and even had a job lined up (way part time) for when I graduated. I went into my last semester of classes with a 3.75 GPA and was  the only student who had never missed a class, even though I was literally dying and they weren't. My last semester of classes I had a professor that believed I couldn't be a dietitian because of my disabilities and so he failed me, I went down to a 3.04 GPA, and got dismissed not only from the dietetics program, but the school all together. So I set out in January this year to seek Beautiful Redemption. This to me looked like getting my degree done, but take a read below and see what happened! I hope you enjoy, sorry it's so long with the backstory and the blog together, but I wanted everyone to understand.**

It may not seem like it, but yes, I'm still here!

I haven't written here since the end of May and I am sorry for that, but a lot has been going on!

There is no way possible for me to catch y'all up on all the nitty and gritty that I have gone through since June to today, but I wanted to write anyway, and try to get the blog up and going again.

Honestly, I have been sick, really sick. To the point where I don't want to/can't do anything most days (including today). But I didn't want to leave y'all hanging anymore.

Whenever I have had energy at all, I've used it to work on my Thirty-One business which is really the best thing that could have ever happened to me!

If you recall, my word for this year was "Beautiful Redemption" and boy have I been redeemed!

When I started my journey for this year of Beautiful Redemption it was one thing. Now it's something entirely different! 

When I wanted to seek Beautiful Redemption this year it was to get my way back into the dietetics program, take that god forsaken class again, get an A, go to internship, and prove I would be the best damn dietitian there ever was--despite or because of my health situation. 

And let me tell you something. I am Beautifully Redeemed today! Don't go yelling and cheering because it's not the Beautiful Redemption I sought, or thought was the only way out. 

But this Beautiful Redemption is SO MUCH  BETTER!!!

While I was trying to stay afloat at school something happened. And it turned out to be something pretty big! In January, I became a Thirty-One Independent Consultant. I swore up and down to the person I signed up under that I would never have a party. I was in it for the kit and to to get paid supporting my habit. 

Well, let me tell you, that didn't happen. I started Jan. 9, 2015. To this day I have sold over $10,000 in products, I'm on par to sell $11,000 by the end of the year. I have over 100 customers. I've had 28 parties that qualified (more that didn't). I have had a total of 6 people under me, right now I have 4. 2 of them are qualified. 1 is less than $400 away from being qualified. I made Senior Consultant in September, just 8 months after I signed up. I am 2 qualified consultants away from being director.I have earned every incentive there is to earn. I run a Facebook group for other Thirty-One Consultants that has over 4,000 members. Home office knows my name. And my story.

If that is not Beautiful Redemption, I don't know what is. 

It's not what I was looking for, but it happened. 

I'm pretty sure it happened when I made the trip to Columbus for the Thirty-One National Conference that took hard work of many people to get me there. But let me tell you, that was the best 3 days of my life! I knew exactly where God wanted me, and it was with Thirty-One! The BEST direct selling company on the land! He helped me get there, so I could be Beautifully Redeemed. And He succeeded!

I run my own business with over 20 chronic/congenital/progressive/terminal illnesses and I am damn good at it. In fact, when I'm sickest is when my business seems to soar. And no, I don't use sympathy for sales. 

In January, I was dead. No I am alive! So Alive! 

I didn't go back to school, even though I could have. And I don't care. 

I don't spend all my days in health related boards focusing on the fact that I'm sick! 

I spend my days building relationships with my customers. I spend my days making graphics and Facebook scripts to help fellow Thirty-One Sisters. I spend my days living. Because now, I have a reason too. 

Sure my living looks much different than most peoples living. But it is still living for me. 

I don't want to get into where my health is at this point, because it's bad, and that is not what this blog is about.

I just wanted to tell you all that I miss writing so much. I miss my readers so much! 

But I don't miss not living. 

And I love knowing that even though it's not how I thought it would look, but that I, in fact, have become Beautifully Redeemed!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I like your thoughts. I must say that you have posted very appreciative content.

  2. Very inspiring and forward thinking article! Super success to you with your business and your health! It is your positive spirit and giving nature that will heal the limitations of others hearts!

  3. After reading this I have a new and profound appreciation for your determination. And I appreciate your work for Thirty-One even more. Thank you from one of your 31 sisters.