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So crazy a time recently!

First of all my youngest turned 18 and there is so much joy at getting all my children to adulthood with none of them making and bad decisions and with goals for themselves!   Of course the ying/yang of life means there is also a bit of sorrow that this venture is over , yet not really because he will be home continuing what he began this last year of homeschooling by studying and taking Clep tests for college credit.

Just getting use to this life change , when I went for a routine eye exam for new glasses, only to be diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder of Cornea Dystrophy. A dye test showed it has gone beyond the top layer of my cornea and I now have an appointment with a specialist on May 14th, to get more tests and a treatment plan.

Of course I see another side to this not good news because since this is a rare condition, it presents an opportunity for my 22year old who is still finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree , but has plans to become an eye surgeon.  I am hoping the specialist will humor me and allow him to see my eye with their magnifying equipment.

Naturally this has been a tough thing to take in and accept, two days of tears really missing my mother and my sister. Mom would have been my soft place to fall, my sister would have been researching DRs and been championing for me. It really hit me hard being the only female left in my family. Thank God , I do have a daughter,lol.

The Day before my life changing eye appointment, I had ventured into a new business of these fabulous completer pieces and was so excited! I am renergized after the Products arrived and they are fabulous. I ordered just one of most items and have priced them between $22 to $28.

The first way I am going to introduce them is a Live Sale in a Private Facebook Group on Tuesday , May 8th at 8:30pm EST.  You can request to join the group by following this link and please share with any friends you think may love these.

K&T Stylists – Fabulous Completer Pieces

If you are a blogger who would like a free item to review for me , please let me know and we can make arrangements!

Have a Fabulous Weekend!

 

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Dear Readers, I am so ready to get back to blogging regularly at least in spirit…

Once I get my taxes done and get all my products loaded up on Shopify, 

a real learning curve with Youtube to guide me, lol 

In the meantime, I thought I would pop in and show you my purchases for Spring that arrived today!

 

 

Sheryl Crow Beaded VestSheryl Crow Beaded Vest

Sheryl Crowe has a line on HSN and she has taken things she loves from her closet 

and remade them with a twist all her own.  

This Beautiful Beaded Vest 

                                                                                                is pricey, but a real show stopper piece that will spice up any outfit and comes in two colors.    

You can watch the presentation video to get a better look at this piece and here Cheryl Crowe explain it. 

Sheryl Crow Faux Suede Fringe Vest

If one Cheryl Crowe Vest is great, how about two! 

I am absolutely dancing over the fringe one above! 

This Suede one comes in two colors as well. 

Colleen Lopez Art Viewing Printed Kimono Top

 My boho self adored this sheer top for just $19.95 

I sized down to the XS/S on this one and I was right about that!  

DG2 by Diane Gilman Virtual Stretch Side Stripe Skinny Jean

These Diane Gilman with the stripe caught my eye too! 

I think they will be perfect with the Kimono style top, so look out for me to be

wearing those together soon.   

DG2 by Diane Gilman Classic Stretch Boot-Cut Jean

With Pink being such a big color for Spring,

Who Could Possibly Pass up these

 DG2 Bootcuts for just $14.,95!  

Sheryl Crow Beaded Girlfriend Cargo Pant

And the last purchase is another by Cheryl Crowe,

These Cargos with bead detail 

These also come in tan.  

Dear Readers, 

One thing I decided recently was that I have a good wardrobe, so pieces I add 

must really speak to me and be a bit more special!  

I think I hit that goal with these purchases and am set for Spring and Summer! 

I look forward to coming back to the blogging world after this long break of mourning and finding my way in the 

world without a sister and just two brothers left in my childhood family.  So strange to be the only girl!  

I also look forward to getting back to writing out

my daily gratitudes and will start right now!  

I am grateful for friends that help me get through this past 16 months! 

I am grateful to be feeling like myself and over the 3 weeks, I was sick with the Flu and Vertigo! 

I am grateful that I am facing getting my tax stuff complete as the dread is always worse than just doing it!  

I am grateful to be back on Weight Watchers and for their new Freestyle Program which is truly the easiest one yet!  

I am grateful for three days of Spring-like Temperatures in a row!  

I am grateful to have blogging to turn to and regenerate my creative outlet for putting together outfits! 

 

 

This holiday season hit me especially hard and that combined with my sister sending a psychic into my oldest son’s work with

messages, I spiraled into a crying mush for over 6 weeks!  

Be Strong Printable | Kids Prints Series Day 1 - The Girl Creative

While my sister’s messages for my son were incredible and letting him know she truly sees what is going on,

and reassuring him that he is on the right track with a new life decision, she told him to tell me to “BE STRONG”  

I resented the heck out of that, as I was always the strong one, always caring for her.  She joked all the time that 

I was more the big sister than she was and it was true. 

I was the one she relied on to counter her silly thoughts and keep her balanced. 

I was the one who stood up to her emotionally abusive husband, cause he actually tried to tell me his

twisted version of who my sister was, yeah right!  

I could write an entire blog on the ways I stood strong for my sister, but that is not the point. 

The point is that the BE STRONG message spiraled into a 6 week pity-party of being tired of being strong and allowing myself

for the first time in my life, to just not be strong….  

In the end, those 6 weeks and the “Be Strong” message were a fantastic gift and much needed for me to Soar Now!  

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A month before my funk I began taking CBD OIL and had amazing results of no more sinus

or migraine headaches, no more night sweats or hot flashes, improved sleep, and energy, 

more clear and focused brain.  I gave it to my son for anxiety and he was amazed!  

So, of course, I had to start a business to spread the word about this amazing

product! 

http://www.hempworx.com/TraceyJ

 Instead of me trying to explain to you all the benefits of CBD OIL

(derived from marijuana and hemp plants 

legal in all 50 states without the THC (the thing that makes you high) )

I am going to just ask you to please watch this video my brother found that explains whey 

CBD puts our bodies in a state of Homeostasis and how our bodies have been waiting for it!  

If you have any questions, please comment and let’s begin the conversation!  

Gratitude

I am grateful for finding a business that fills my soul and helps people 

 (my first contact was a daughter wanting it for her PTSD-Desert Storm Veteran Father )

I am grateful to be sleeping well and have no headaches especially with these crazy 30 degree swings in temperature! 

I am grateful to my brother who supports everything I do and for finding the above video! 

I am grateful for a great Monday spent with my hairstylists and will show my cut and color tomorrow

I am grateful that today I am going to lunch with a friend!  

I am grateful for MoviePass and the freedom to see a lot more movies for just $9.95 a month) 

I am grateful to MY DEAR READERS who take the time to read my blog!

 

 

Wednesday I went to my son’s homeschool bowling, popped home for a quick bowl of plain greek yogurt and peaches for lunch

before heading out to use my Movie Pass for the first time!  

$9.95 a month and my first movie was $9.05.   

I chose “Forever My Girl”, one of those movies I would love but DH would not, lol 

It was a cute story and I adored all the fabulous music throughout.  

I wore my Amelia James Olive Aleyska Sweater Again, Lol 

It was so tough to see the pictures and my weight gain, but it is my reality

and good for motivation.   I feel like so much of myself has been lost these past 

14 months of mourning, but am starting to slowly find my way back to being me.   

A busy day and weeks means multi-tasking and I did just that…

I was talking on speakerphone to my 22 year old  who is in college in Richmond.  

I have been wearing these Aerosoles boots a lot lately and am in complete awe of their comfort.  

I bought them last season ,  but did not wear them much and was disappointed to not find them still available for sale….

I am thinking next season I may need to stalk another pair of comfortable wedge version… 

My Facebook Amelia James Page

Follow this week to join my page and join me for a night of fun! 

 

I am in a bit of a pickle with starting this business to soon after my sister passed and am trying to get myself 

out of it,  I have joined a group to learn more about Social Media for businesses and am having a clearance of 

winter items tomorrow at 7:30 pm EST to see if I can sell of the winter items and not be stuck with that inventory

while I work on building my following to have better success in Spring and Summer!   

                                                                       Join me and share with friends, to help me sell these and generate funds to keep going with new fresh inventory.  

Gratitude

I am grateful for the time spent with my youngest and his bowling. 

I am grateful for my dearest friend giving me such a glowing review and asking her friends to support my business. 

I am grateful for all the online supportive women in business who all support each other. 

I am grateful that when my husband came home late last night with a friend from out of town to spend the night, 

that I slept right through , their apparent loud talking that my children heard….

 

No worries it is not a sign of my funk, but a sign of my vigor to restart my Amelia James business.  

I began my day dancing in the kitchen to my sister’s Ipod with 

Lady Gaga 

 

I love being the only one awake and freestyle crazy dancing ’cause no one is watching”, 

not that my family isn’t used to seeing me do it because to great music, I have to move!  

The rest of my day, I spent working on business marketing… Being 50 plus, there is a lot to learn

and today it was about getting the most out of Pinterest.   

I cleaned up my business board so that now all pins link back to my blog here or to my facebook page! 

And Pinterest now allows hashtags so I added those in too.  

It might not look like a lot of work, but it really was..

Gratitude 

I am Grateful for the new group I joined to help me learn the social media marketing stuff I need so much!  

I am grateful for a decent amount of sleep ( cannot take that for granted, lol) 

I am grateful my 17-year-old was safe at home today as I learned of a young man his age shot in Kentucky and having to have

his right arm amputated.  (turns out his mother is part of the new marketing group)   

I am grateful for being back on Weight Watchers, love their new Freestyle Program!  

Dear Readers, Back with an outfit post tomorrow, 

as I will not have a day in my PJ’s, lol I have homeschool bowling in the morning and

immediately afterward a movie with a friend.  

 

  1. Monday’s can be difficult, especially when you are trying to get yourself out of a funk.
  2.  
  3. A  solid Determination is Key and that was how I began my day! 

I had trouble falling asleep last night ( my sleep has been off for a week), but I managed to sleep until 10am, resulting in a good night’s rest! 

Music is such a mood booster for me, so I began by turning on my sister’s Ipod, that girl had great taste in music!  

I got some work things done, then got ready to go get my nails done.

I had been hibernating and fighting off sinus issues ( thank goodness I succeeded and it never got bad) , 

and had neglected my nails since before Christmas!   

                                                                     The other Key to my self-care of the day was that to get to the salon, I walked, hence my Sketchers for a shoe choice.  

It was a beautiful day in the 60’s and a bit windy, hence my flat hair in this shot, lol. 

I am wearing an Amelia James Aurora dress/ tunic, it actually goes to my knee like a dress.

I really love it and think it is such a versatile piece because it is a sleeveless dress that

can be worn layered, making it a full four- season piece.  

I only have one more left in my stock, a size 2X if anyone is interested.  

It comes in solid shades and I hope to order a few of those soon.  

My sweater is also from my AJ line and I have it in sizes 

XS, M, L, XL and 3X, comment if you’d like one. 

They retail for $50 ,but I am selling them for $35 now.  

Gratitude

I am grateful that my son’s financial aid came through before the government shut down allowing him a peaceful weekend. 

I am grateful that I finally got my nails, done they were driving me nuts and I am sure my DH will be happy to stop hearing about it, lol 

I am grateful for a decent amount of sleep as last week it suddenly went haywire!  

 

I am grateful for my parents, as today a group I belong to posted how emotions were dealt with in family growing up and I was the only one

who commented in a positive way… You see my mother was so funny, she told us that when she said No, we could plead our case and sometimes she might

change her mind, but others she would remain firm, but would always explain her reason.  She had telling us No in a compassionate way down to perfection!  

I can’t imagine what losing my father at 13 would have been like if our emotions were something that was allowed! 

I was truly blessed to feel seen heard and valued as a child! 

So that begs the question my dear readers, how was your family regarding expressing emotions?  

And, if you get in a funk, what do you do to help get yourself out of it?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Dear Readers, as most of you know I just survived a total year of mourning hell when my healthy ,vibrant sister suddenly passed on last November.  I am through the worst of it , but every time I say I am getting back on track, I get thrown for a loop and just can’t put it together. 

Not Anymore, this time I mean it! 

I am back on Weight Watchers and  Started with coaching for my Amelia James Business.   

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Bookending my Amelia James Memphis Ruffle Top With

My new for the season,

Isaac Mizraahi burgundy flat ankle boots.  

I am also wearing my much coveted Isaac Mizraahi leather jacket, that one piece I waited years to discover! 

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We had snow two days ago and it has mostly melted, unlike the foot the week before that stayed around and caused chaos for this unprepared southern region. 

We are in the 50’s today, but last time we hung onto freezing temperatures, so our normal wait a day and it will begin to work was not happening. Public School kids now have I think 7 makeup days! 

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Taking off the jacket to get real about my weight gain 

and have before pictures,lol! 

Just kidding, just showing my Amelia James Top, Available in all sizes Small -3X . 

If you haven’t already joined my Amelia James Facebook group page where I post pictures of items to sell and do live videos, please join me Here

Have a wonderful weekend, will start my Graitude Journal again Monday. I miss that and know it does wonders for me! 


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