Five Faves- September 2016

I tend to like things in spurts. A while back I became obsessed with Mumford and Sons… their songs are sadly no longer enjoyable because I played them into the ground. I went through a hat phase and was rarely seen without one… now I feel much like Kathleen Kelly, most hats are a mistake. The point is that at any given time, there are some things I am really into and are current favorites. I thought it would be fun to list 5 of my current favorites! Hopefully I don’t wear any of these things out!

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  1. Thieves essential oil. I have dipped my toe into the sea of essential oils this summer, and I am glad I did. I ordered a starter kit from Young Living, and have used my oils for cleaning, fighting off colds, healing burns and rashes, and battling anxiety. My current favorite oil is Thieves, because I don’t go a day without using it. I keep getting a sore throat, and after using my Thieves roller, it goes away every time. PLUS it smells super good. 🙂
  2. Brie cheese… best if paired with Salami and Red Grapes. Seriously, this is a delicious combination. My love for Brie cheese began in France, so obviously it makes me feel very cultured, but it also brings back such happy memories. (Please note this hilarious and hidden joke referring to cheese cultures. Thank you.)
  3. LuLaRoe Carly dresses. Yes, I sell them- but I don’t love them because I sell them, I sell them because I love them. 🙂 This dress is seriously so comfortable that I wear it on days I’m not “doing” anything. I have NEVER been one to wear a dress just because… but the Carly is the exception. (If you want to shop, I have a weekly Popup on Thursdays in my Facebook group!) I cannot wait to layer these dresses with leggings, boots, and long cardigans!!!!
  4. Pumpkin French Toast Bake. I made this last weekend for our growth group retreat, and I am a fan. I am someone who struggles to make breakfast happen every morning, so I love making casseroles like this that I can just warm up. Minimal effort, people.
  5. Cam’s album Untamed. This ALMOST turned into a Mumford & Sons situation… but I quickly realized my trajectory (and remembered the graveyard of albums I used to love)… and took a break. So, now I’m back to loving the album. Even if you don’t like country, just listen to Burning House… and if you don’t cry, I’m not sure you’re human.

A Big Summer For the Cornelissens

Friends, the last few months have been packed full of crazy changes. I have been meaning to sit down and get back into blogging, but stuff just kept happening! So here’s a whirl-wind update on our summer. 🙂

May was a BIG month.
My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and went to Ireland for a few weeks, so we visited my brother Andrew in Columbia and celebrated his 18th birthday at Carowinds. What a blast! A week later, Josh graduated with his M-Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and started a full-time job at CarMax! He is working as a sales consultant, and frankly crushing it.
Aaron moved out! He is adulting like a boss, working 2-3 jobs, paying his bills, making meals, and we are so excited with him and proud of him.
We bought a car for Josh, because Aaron is using the Explorer. 🙂 We got a Nissan Versa from a motivated seller on Craig’s List, in our price range, and with crazy low miles.
I researched and prayed and decided to sign up with LuLaRoe. At the time, I thought it would be good to have something to keep me busy in the evenings and the weekends, because Josh’s work schedule requires a lot of evening and weekend hours at work. I was working full-time in May, but Josh knew I couldn’t shake the idea of starting my own LuLaRoe business. So the day he graduated, I submitted my on boarding paperwork.
ALSO in May we bought our first brand-spanking-new major appliance, a dryer. This may not sound exciting, but I could not have been MORE excited. Long story short, we have paid ridiculous power bills this year because a bird made a nest in our exterior dryer vent, and our dryer was running for hours without drying the clothes. Once we fixed the bird issue, we realized the dryer was just dead and we could keep paying ridiculous bills or bite the bullet and buy a new dryer. Obviously we bought a new one, and we haven’t doubted the decision once! (Also our power bill is HUNDREDS of dollars lower each month. Isn’t that insane?!)
I think was in June… but it might have been May… we took a short trip to Charlotte and hit Ikea for some LuLaRoe supplies and ended up meeting my parents for dinner! It was a great time away, even though it was short.

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June was frankly a month of struggle. Josh and I were both working full-time, and I cried a lot. Our schedules completely collided and my love cup was completely dry. I was gone from 7-5:30 everyday, and Josh was working mostly from 12-9 every night. By the time he got home it was 9:30 or 10, and I had fallen asleep because I had to get up early the next day for work. We agonized over what to do, and finally decided that the best decision was for me to quit my full-time job.
Growing up, my mom would always ask “What’s the goal?” Josh and I had a lot of conversations, serious conversations, over g-chat while we were both at work, because there wasn’t time to actually sit down and have a conversation. I felt so strongly that the goal of this season- just being married without anyone living in our house and before we have kids- is to focus on our marriage and make sure we are the strongest we can be. Secondary goals are to pay off Josh’s student loans and to gain direction for future ministry… but if our marriage isn’t strong, we won’t be able to accomplish much. Ultimately, we decided that both of us working full time may accomplish paying off the loans at a faster rate, but we might accomplish it at the cost of quality time and the ability to strengthen our marriage.20160725_085847

July was a month of endings and beginnings. Josh finished training at CarMax, I concluded my employment at my office job, and I got the call from LuLaRoe to order my initial inventory! We got to spend a long weekend with the Gilmores, and the dream of me spending more time at home because a reality. august

August was a month of excitement. The first week I was home, not working full-time anymore, Andrew came to spend the week with us. We did a lot of fun stuff, but we spent the most time playing Pokemon Go. 🙂 In the middle of his visit, my initial inventory arrived! At the very end of his visit, he bought his first car. Josh was able to find the perfect vehicle, in Andrew’s budget. Isn’t that insane? When did he get old enough to buy a car?!?!?!
A week and a half later, I had my official business launch. It was what I hoped! I had several friends come to my in-home launch and fall in love with the clothes the same way I did. It was such a joy to see the giant smiles on their faces, and you could tell how amazing they felt about themselves.

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Right now, I am loving the flexibility of my schedule. I’m establishing new routines and habits to take better care of myself and our home and enjoying the experience of owning my own business. Most of all, I’m thankful for Josh! He has been so supportive of my desire to spend more time at home, to pursue the dream of owning this business, and encouraged me to push outside of my comfort zone. I’m not sure what the next few months hold, but I am sure that we made a great decision putting our marriage first.

I have weekly LuLaRoe sales in my Facebook group (facebook.com/groups/lularoedeborahc) and THIS weekend I have an exciting multi-consultant sale! I’d love to see you there. It’s a great opportunity to try all the clothes on and get your sizes, as well as to see other styles I don’t carry yet. 🙂 Here are the details!
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How I Fell in Love with LuLaRoe!

I want to share something I am super excited about, and also a pretty big life announcement! A few months ago, I was introduced to a clothing company named LuLaRoe. I was invited to an online shopping group, where a consultant posted her inventory, and people claimed by commenting Sold. Some of my first thoughts were:

“What the heck is going on?”
“These patterns are insane!”
“How are you supposed to know if these clothes will even look good on you?!”
“Does that pattern come in another size? Can I please find it?”
“Why is everyone losing their minds over leggings? Leggings are leggings, people.”  *

Something else I noticed was that this was a group of women… and not a small group of women. There were over 1,000 women in this Facebook group, and they only had nice things to say to one another. I saw people tagging their friends saying “This would look AMAZING on you!” I saw women posting shameless selfies of their outfits, and other women (who probably have never met each other in real life) were commenting “You look fabulous!” “You’re rocking that, girl!” “I told you that you could pull that off, look at your amazing curves!”
It was like I had transported into another dimension. A place where women were saying nice things to one another instead of tearing others down to lift themselves up. A place where instead of focusing on the 15 pounds they’d like to lose, they were confidently posting pictures of how they rocked their outfit that day.
I wanted to try the clothes, so I found a local consultant in Raleigh that was hosting a pop-up (a pop-up is when a consultant takes their inventory and sets it up at someone’s house and people can come shop and try stuff on). I went, I tried on all the clothes, and I fell in love with these clothes. They are well made, ethically made, unique, flattering, and super versatile! Something that I love is that they can be worn throughout pregnancy! (No, this is not an announcement.) As you guys know, I love to invest in things I can get a ton of use out of… which is why I bought kitchen sponges I can throw in the washing machine, wool dryer balls, and I love that I can invest in a wardrobe that would adapt with my changing body as we grow our family in the future. (Have I stressed that this is not an announcement?) These are clothes I feel sooo good about purchasing because I am supporting small businesses, ethical clothing production, and it’s a wardrobe that can move through seasons of life with me.

Some of own shameless selfies. :)
Some of own shameless selfies. 🙂

I bought an Amelia dress, which is practically perfect in every way. It has a zipper, pockets, and hand-set box pleats. Wearing it, I feel put together, insanely comfortable, and never worry about modesty for a moment… and I want to tell everyone about LuLaRoe. I went from being completely oblivious about this clothing line to absolutely obsessed. It felt like every time Josh asked what I was doing on my phone I was looking at a new Facebook pop-up, just to see what they had even though I had spent my budget for the month.

An awesome thing about LuLaRoe is that only about 2,000 pieces are made of each fabric. That means that the likelihood of someone you know having the same piece of clothing as you is incredibly low… and it also means that it is always exciting to see what consultants have because everyone has different prints! When a consultant makes an order, they can only pick the style and the size not the print. Every shipment is like Christmas!

ANYWAY… I decided that if I was so obsessed with the clothing, and I was going to tell everyone about LuLaRoe because I love it so much, it only made sense to sign up as a consultant. Buuut that’s another story for another day. 🙂
(I don’t have a shopping group yet, there’s a long line of people waiting to sign up, but if you want to know more please email me or send me a message on Facebook!)

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*To answer the questions above:
LuLaRoe is a serious addiction, and the clothes are insanely comfortable. What was (is) going on? People were (are) feeding their LuLaRoe beast. Now I get it.

Even if I think some patterns are crazy, I really think each pattern has a person. I have found patterns I am in LOVE WITH and I am glad I stuck around to find them!

They will. They do. Trust me.

These are no ordinary leggings. Say goodbye to pathetic leggings that fall down and you have to yank back up… these leggings stay up and they are so soft and so comfortable sometimes you have to look down and reassure yourself that you are wearing clothes.