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Where have I been?

I have a video for you that updates you on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Watch that first, and then I’ll go into detail on how I ended up there. But what’s really important is that you watch the video and then go over and check out the Pop-Up for a Cause for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where you can buy amazing LuLaRoe clothes and, for every single item, a certain dollar amount ($3-6) is donated to the cause on the sale on Tuesday, August 30th starting at 8PM central and going for about 48 hours. Or just check out the charity here. Or just check out my business here.

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Thanks for watching the video. Here are the links as promised:

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Now here’s how I got here:

I sit here, more than 13 months since writing my previous post and almost start to laugh at how much life has thrown my way in this past year. Well, really, past two years since I blogged regularly. Some of life has been incredibly, breath-takingly amazing: getting engaged to a man that is the best partner in crime, cheerleader and alarm clock a person could ask for (yes – it’s Jake! We’ve been together for five years now, and we’ll be getting married in October.), seeing my friends and family grow and prosper with new people and loved ones, learning intense lessons on the fly or when I least expected it working with kids and truly knowing that I make a difference in their lives. Some of life has been side-swiping, throw-me-for-a-loop, I-wish-I-could-re-do-all-of-this awful: dealing with death and grief from people in my life passing away far too young, experiencing what it feels like to lose someone to cancer for the first time, coming to the stark realization of my own mortality and those around me that I care so much about.

But it all comes full circle. Life isn’t black or white. It’s not amazing or terrible. It’s not yes or no. It’s a rainbow, a rollercoaster, a yes-no-maybe-okay-letsgo-letstry. There have been twists and turns in the road. I’ve done blind-landing backflips, and sometimes I didn’t land on my feet. I scuffed my knees up a few times, and I have a few more scars to show for it on my knees and on my heart. But at the end of the day, love is the answer. Love brought me to not just like working with kids but LOVING working with kids, especially when I chose to change schools before last school year to be at an elementary school that specialized in Dual-Language Immersion (half the classes speak Spanish most of the day) and is a level 3 setting for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It all clicked. I had a team that, together, we were able to solve any problem. I learned from them. The kids learned from me. The kids taught me more lessons each week than I have enough space for in a book. I realized that I was channeling my creative energy into problem solving with this kids, about these kids and working with these kids, and I loved it. The days I got to do art projects were the best. Some days, I couldn’t even believe they were paying me to do art with kids – something I feel like was sometimes more rewarding for me than even the kids that were the most excited about it.

Then I discovered LuLaRoe, and my world changed course again. I saw how these colorful, comfortable clothes made women look amazing and feel confident. I saw the beautiful patterns and fell in love. I saw how much people cherished their LuLaRoe and their experience with the people who sold it, and I decided that I wanted to be a person who brought that kind of joy into a person’s life, too. I signed up to be a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant. As you guys know from years of blogging, I never ever back products unless I truly stand behind them, and I would not sell them if I didn’t love them. Well, I love them. And because of LuLaRoe, I’ve already been able to start doing part of my WHY – stop living paycheck to paycheck. I started in May, and my goal is still the same: to provide a better life for my family (make ends meet for our wedding, buy better groceries, be able to grow our family on our terms) and to eventually start a non-profit where I can, again, work with kids doing what I love to do the most – art. I want to create a place where people who deal with THINGS – depression, anxiety (two things that I have and want everyone to feel comfortable talking about!), PTSD, the trauma of the loss of a loved one to suicide, Autism Spectrum Disorder, EBD and so many more things – can come learn one more way – art – to cope with the chemical imbalance, the grief, the feelings… the need to express themselves.

A month ago, I was making enough money with LuLaRoe that I was able to quit my day job in order to do LuLaRoe full time. I’m going to miss those kids so much, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve impacted hundreds of kids’ lives. Going forward, LuLaRoe will give me the momentum I need to impact THOUSANDS of people through giving back to charity, doing volunteer work and opening my own non-profit.

So, like I said in the video, if the past two years has taught me anything, it’s that life is chalked full of twists, turns and loop-de-loops, but I’m ready for some more adventure, and I hope you’ll join me. Come check out my Online Sale to benefit the AFSP on August 3oth HERE (running until September 1st), or come on over and join my VIP Shopping Group HERE where you can check out my inventory every time I have an online party. I can’t wait to see you over there and catch up. <3

Love forever and always,
Britta

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Interlude in IDK

This’ll be a quick post, but I wanted to make a point to post and let you know my thoughts on life at the moment.

I’ve been getting emails. Well, I always get emails, but I’ve been getting more emails (and comments) lately wondering where I am, what I’m doing, when my next tutorial will be, why I haven’t been posting all the time and more. I wanted to assure you that, yes, I still own my own blog and, yes, I will still be writing on it. But I Don’t Know the answers to any of those other questions. If you had a chance to read my last post, you may have realized that I’m in (as always, but different) a new chapter of life consumed with a new job + new business, volunteer work and new other adult responsibilities that I’m still learning how to handle with more grace and fewer naps.

This blog is more a diary of my life and inspiration than anything else. Would I love to be able to write a blog post every day? Absolutely. But that’s just not in the cards right now. I hope you understand and can see that although my blog isn’t the forefront of my life right now, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be my constant companion for years to come.

If you have been getting frustrated checking my blog for new material, please don’t hesitate to subscribe to my blog with a service that emails you when I post. I have a feedburner feed set up, and that’s how I make sure to keep track of blogs that I try to read on a regular basis.

I can’t leave without sharing a few things from the past couple weeks, though! Here are some pictures from my holidays. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my happy little family to yours. :)

I've been knitting a lot lately, including with this budget variegated yarn, because I'm running a knitting club for elementary schoolers in January. It's exciting, and it's going to be crazy. Leia is an especially big fan of the additional yarn in the picture.

I’ve been knitting a lot lately, including with this budget variegated yarn, because I’m running a knitting club for elementary schoolers in January. It’s exciting, and it’s going to be crazy. Leia is an especially big fan of the additional yarn in the picture.

I shipped off a large set of orders for ThingsCrafted - the second big batch! That makes me happy. You can order your own custom stamp at thingscrafted.com. ;)

I shipped off a large set of orders for ThingsCrafted – the second big batch! That makes me happy. You can order your own custom stamp at thingscrafted.com. ;)

Leia adores her Christmas gift - a seat that suction cups to the sliding glass door. She sits/sleeps on it about half the day!

Leia adores her Christmas gift – a shelf that suction cups to the sliding glass door. She sits/sleeps on it about half the day!

This is a present I designed for several of my friends. It's a woodgrain design with cursive inside jokes. It goes in the back of this shadowbox to collect beer bottle caps. :) The gift was a hit! (Drawn with my favorite marker and colored with copics.)

This is a present I designed for several of my friends. It’s a woodgrain design with cursive inside jokes. It goes in the back of this shadowbox to collect beer bottle caps. :) The gift was a hit! (Drawn with my favorite marker and colored with copics.)

The local brewery that first introduced me to craft beer, Surly, opened at its grand, new location. Man, it's so amazing. I highly recommend a visit if you're ever in the Twin Cities!

The local brewery that first introduced me to craft beer, Surly, opened at its grand, new location. Man, it’s so amazing. I highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in the Twin Cities!

I got sick with the flu. Really, really sick. Like 102 degree fever for four days sick. I don't have to guess where I got it from... it came from school and one of the 20 little gremlins that had it last week. Or all of them. At least I had audiobooks, my kitty and some Christmas gifts (here, I'm making soy candles for the first time - would you like to see a post about this?) to keep my mind off the terror that was my Christmas Flu.

I got sick with the flu. Really, really sick. Like 102 degree fever for four days sick. I don’t have to guess where I got it from… it came from school and one of the 20 little gremlins that had it last week. Or all of them. At least I had audiobooks, my kitty and some Christmas gifts (here, I’m making soy candles for the first time – would you like to see a post about this?) to keep my mind off the terror that was my Christmas Flu.

Friends Christmas, Year Two. 14 of us spending the day together at a brewery, a bar, our apartment and eventually falling asleep to several of the guys backseat driver-watching Star Wars Episode 4.

Friends Christmas, Year Two. 14 of us spending the day together at a brewery, a bar, our apartment and eventually falling asleep to several of the guys backseat driver-watching Star Wars Episode 4.

Another year with our 6-foot Christmas tree (this year with a gold and red color scheme). I love it and I can't wait to have at least three Christmas trees to decorate every year. Maybe two Christmases from now we'll have a house. :)

Another year with our 6-foot Christmas tree (this year with a gold and red color scheme). I love it and I can’t wait to have at least three Christmas trees to decorate every year. Maybe two Christmases from now we’ll have a house. :)

I felt well enough to travel home (a day late) on Christmas Eve. Jake and I spent our first Christmas together in the am and pm, and it was wonderful. All in all, we had 6 Christmases together. That's a WHOLE lot of Christmas.

I felt well enough to travel home (a day late) on Christmas Eve. Jake and I spent our first Christmas together in the am and pm, and it was wonderful. All in all, we had 6 Christmases together. That’s a WHOLE lot of Christmas.

My mom's decorating was amazing and as colorful as always.

My mom’s decorating was as amazing and as colorful as always. My mom said Jake will get a stocking as soon as we get married (we’re not engaged… yet), but he has to let her know a year in advance because it takes her so long to knit them. Lol!

I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with Jake's sister, Melissa. We love it so much that she likes good beer now. We get to go to the coolest Milwaukee bars!

I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with Jake’s sister, Melissa. We love it so much that she likes good beer now. We get to go to the coolest Milwaukee bars!

Jake's mom's Santa cookies were as delicious as ever. I know her recipe is awesome as it is, but the Santa shape just adds that extra bit of magic that makes the cookies incredible.

Jake’s mom’s Santa cookies were as delicious as ever. I know her recipe is awesome as it is, but the Santa shape just adds that extra bit of magic that makes the cookies incredible.

We spend some time with Melissa's ferret, Link, too. He's absolutely hilarious, and Melissa thinks it's awesome that I'm not afraid to pick him up. My argument: why would I be? He's like a short, long cat with racoon markings. Ha!

We spend some time with Melissa’s ferret, Link, too. He’s absolutely hilarious, and Melissa thinks it’s awesome that I’m not afraid to pick him up. My argument: why would I be? He’s like a short, lanky cat with raccoon markings. Ha!

But really when it all comes down to it, it feels amazing to be back home with kitty and my own bed. Leia's also a big fan of the promo fleece blanket that I picked up at the gift basket portion of Jake's extended family Christmas (it's crazy and the best tradition ever). She wasn't super excited about being wrapped up like a burrito but then slept like this for three hours. Hmmm... haha.

But really when it all comes down to it, it feels amazing to be back home with kitty and my own bed. Leia’s also a big fan of the promo fleece blanket that I picked up at the gift basket portion of Jake’s extended family Christmas (it’s crazy and the best tradition ever). She wasn’t super excited about being wrapped up like a burrito but then slept like this for three hours. Hmmm… haha.

Now I’m off to go continue resting. Thankfully, all of my flu symptoms are gone except a horrendous cough that comes every time I try to talk. Needless to say, I’m drinking ALL of the water and hoping I don’t have to do too much loud talking at work tomorrow. Yeah, right. ;) Thanks for all the love and support!

Love,
Britta

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