Amy Scott's Thoughts

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Here We Go!  May 7, 2017

Filed under: Selling, Building, Moving,Simply Me,Usborne Books & More — Amy Scott @ 9:50 pm

Well, I’m officially official in the world of selling books. Almost. I had my launch party on Thursday and it went great. I am thankful for the positive experience. I am also thankful for all the help that my forever friend, Maggie, has offered me as I figure it out. I think I have things mostly figured out, but we’ll find out for sure on Thursday when I run my first party on my own. Eek!!! This is where it gets real! I’ve learned how to schedule my posts in the party. They are created in advance and then appear at a set time without me. All I have to do is keep up with the comments. My launch party had a lot of comments so this could prove to be a daunting task. I will do my best! I’m extremely surprised at the number of parties that I have booked and then hopefully I’ll get more parties from those parties. I could be very busy! I’m thinking it might slow down, but maybe not. Usborne has awesome incentives in the first 12 weeks so I’m trying hard to get all I can out of this period of time with extra rewards. We’ll see how the summer shakes out in the book biz. I’ll keep you posted as I work through my first parties! I’m learning so much and stretching myself. It’s been good. I’m thankful for what I have accomplished thus far. God is good!

Things with MOPS are improving! I’m only one team member away from my goal. I think ideally I could use three more ladies, but we will be good if we get one more. I’m excited to see the team come together and I am thrilled to start planning next year with them. I’m praying that as we close this chapter of MOPS, the last few meetings will be sweet and hope filled. I’m doing my best to connect and share with other moms so they keep the vision for MOPS alive and hope to join us in the fall. My coordinator kit came in the mail this week (the same day as my Usborne Consultant kit – talk about a conflict of interest). I had a chance to look the kit this weekend and my passion for next year continues to grow!

Let’s see… what else… I’m still “momming” as my main gig. We’ve spent lots of time outside thanks to the weather improving. The boys are loving that. We went to Home Depot on Saturday and did the kid craft for the first time. Owen really enjoyed it. Graham wasn’t quite old enough but he still had his time with the hammer to “create.” It was fun to do the craft as a family and then Jeremy wondered around the store doing research for building a well house later this month.

When it comes to house stuff, we are still waiting. Haha! Surprised? We haven’t heard back for the appraisal yet. That means we haven’t closed in the construction loan. So we can’t get started… Jeremy has plans for the well house and digging some trenches. He hopes to do this in the next month.

Something will happen, soonish.

I hope. With my new business and MOPS commitments, I’ve been slacking on my Pinterest day dreaming. It’s probably a good thing I’m distracted these days. Too much day dreaming isn’t good. You can only look at so many blue doors before it’s no longer productive.

And that’s the update for now! Can’t wait to share with you the steps in my grand adventure! This life is a rollercoaster!

Graham would swing all day long if you let him!

Graham’s creation

A little dude and a hammer!

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He took his job seriously!

Reading “Nibbles” for the first time! The books in my consultant kit aren’t for my boys exactly, but I had to test out my new material and they loved it!

Meeting “Nibbles” for the first time!

The contents of my Usborne consultant kit! I’m in love!

Relaxing!

Hello Sunshine!

 

Spinning Around May 1, 2017

Filed under: Family Time,Parenthood,Usborne Books & More,Women in Ministry — Amy Scott @ 6:49 pm

I might not be in the best place to be blogging at the moment. My mind is spinning. Totally swimming through a sea of 90 million thoughts and responsibilities. I feel a bit loopy and dizzy. But the kids are on a walk with Nana and Papa. Jeremy is running a quick errand. And I am sitting in silence, alone in the house (a truly rare experience). I process my world by writing things down. Welcome to my therapy session.

The last week has been spent out of town. I was at conference from Monday through Wednesday. I was home Thursday and Graham was a sick mess. I had planned to be very productive with my one at home in between trips, but Graham’s illness made that complicated. Friday through Sunday I was at our church ladies retreat.

This was the first trip for me to leave Graham at home and my first time being truly kid free in two years. I had a dumb grin on my face the whole time. During the first trip I got lots of good time with my hubby and it was a blessing. I am amazed how much easier traveling is when I’m not pregnant or taking care of a baby. It was bliss to feel good and be able to focus.

The only slight stress factor was being away for a week while trying to launch a new business. I worked on some Usborne stuff while I was away. I ordered my kit and went through as much of the official training information as I could on Thursday (but remember Graham was sick and this was difficult because I also needed to do laundry and repack for my next adventure). Things with Usborne are going well and I am excited for my launch this Thursday. It has taken some time to go through the welcome and training information. I’m learning a lot and processing a lot. I know things will get easier with time but right now it’s a whole new world I’m trying to master.

Part of my stress comes from MOPS, I’m still seeking team members for next year. I’m working on planning and preparing for next year. In a lot of ways even though I’m coordinating next year, I’ve taken on more leadership at the end of this year than I expected. Especially in the form of two fundraisers that surprisingly have landed on my shoulders. I’m discouraged by the lack of participation in the fundraisers, leaving me to carry the weight.

My hope is that by the time I’m actively leading MOPS over the summer, I will have enough Usborne experience to feel confident with these two big commitments. I am the type of person who believes in doing one thing well instead of multiple things only okay. For me this has looked like a scaled back schedule so I could make motherhood my top priority. I created a relatively simple life so I could give my best effort, energy and focus to mothering. Now I’m responding to texts, sending messages, learning new programs, recruiting leaders, asking questions, planning meetings… I would love to say this all happens when my kids are napping or sleeping at night, but it doesn’t. My focus is split. I am distracted. Even if I’m not actively working on Usborne or MOPS, I’m thinking about them.

I realize this is a season of growth for me. I am learning. Things are changing. But I also know that I will get into a routine and a flow with these new commitments. They won’t always be new. They won’t always take the same level of interest or intensity. At least, I hope not. I’m praying for firm footing and confidence as a I move forward. I definitely want to be present with my kids. Especially with Owen as we move toward summer. These next few months will be the last I have with him home all day, every day. I want to make those moments matter. Owen has appreciated that I am home from my many travels. When he got up from his nap today, he asked me for the all hugs and kisses I could give him. It was a super sweet moment as I showered him with goofy hugs and kisses. I listened those giggles and smelled his little boy smell and just loved on him. He was happy I was home and I was happy to be there with him too. Bliss!

Now Graham on the other hand has been super cranky lately. He is unhappy soul at the moment. I think the main issue is teething, but he is no fun to hang out with. I love him dearly, but he makes my days complicated. It’s hard to multi-task when he is crying at my feet. I often think I can accomplish a list of little things to do through out the day, but that list turns out to be way more challenging than I expect because Graham just isn’t happy. Poor kid. Poor me. Here’s hoping he grows out of this stage soon. He is the cutest thing and he loves his Mama, but he isn’t all that sweet at the moment. I’m a part of a moms’ group that calls kids like him “Sour Patch Kids”. I think that sums Graham up quite well.

Anyway, all that to say, I am spinning around in circles. Trying to keep it all straight. Trying to do the best that I can with what I’ve got. I’m really pushing myself to connect with others on a lot of different fronts. Conferences were about connecting with people, starting a business means I need people to get it off the ground, MOPS needs people to lead and attend. I have greatly valued pouring into my family and having my connection energy spent on a smaller circle. I am having some growing pains as my world expands. Life will just keep spinning. What overwhelms me today, hopefully won’t be as overwhelming tomorrow. Prayers appreciated!

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Kid free time with my sweetheart!

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Working while away

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When we have free time, we look at appliances

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Enjoying a movie

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Look how happy I am without children!

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Had a quick dinner on the ride home with the E-burg crew! Love them!

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My book model! Helping Mommy get her business off the ground.

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Retreat weekend!

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The Three “A”-migas! Haha! Love my sis and mom!

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Home with my cuddly, cranky pants.

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Out for a one on one walk with Owen.

 

Jumping into Usborne and Keeping Up with Life April 23, 2017

Filed under: Usborne Books & More — Amy Scott @ 3:34 pm

I’ve semi-officially started my Usborne Books and More business. Because of how the rewards and incentives work, you don’t want to sign up too soon before your launch party because you lose time waiting for things to kick off. I will officially sign up and order my consultant kit this week. I can hardly wait! The beginning of your Usborne business starts with a launch party. I get to be the “host” for this party. I get the host rewards and the consultant sales. Then from there I am responsible for any parties that get booked from my party. My forever friend, Maggie, is my team leader and she will attend my first few parties to assist if I need her. It’s like starting with training wheels, once I’ve done it a few times, I will be off on my own. My two friends who sell Usborne books have gotten to the point where they have two parties a night usually about 2-3 nights a week, so about 4-6 parties a week. My starting goal is to have one party a week. Once I get more familiar with the process, I will try two parties a week. I’m not sure I’ll ever push for 4 parties a week, but I know that diligence leads to good money and more connections.

Because the beginning of Usborne starts with me hosting a party, it means that I was responsible for inviting as many people as I possibly could to my Facebook launch party. As an introvert, messaging 80 people and responding to about half of them in less than 12 hours was a bit draining. Luckily, in the future, I will be working one on one with the host and then interacting with the host’s friends at the party, I won’t have to message my Facebook friends continually asking them to come to my party. That is a relief. In a perfect world, I will book parties from parties. I’ve been told it takes about 3-4 parties to get out of your social circle. I think selling to strangers will be easier than selling to people I know. I’ll be less nervous about what people think of me.

I’m very excited about my launch party. If you would like an invite, just let me know! It’s going to be on Thursday, May 4th at 8:00pm. You watch short videos about what Usborne has to offer, I answer questions and make suggestions and then you shop! It’s easy, quick and addicting. I want ALL the books!

I’ve also been working diligently on MOPS. Getting the new team in place for next year remains my top priority. Just like Usborne, I’m making a lot of asks and connecting with people. It’s good, but stretching. My other top priority is getting information out to the community about the changes to our group. I was so blessed to find out that there is a local baby fair coming up this weekend and our handouts will be placed in each grab bag they give out. This means everyone who attends the fair will get our information! We also have local doctor’s offices that are letting us display handouts. It’s thrilling to see the word getting out beyond our current MOPS circle. I’m hoping this is the promise of good things in store for next year.

This next week I will be traveling quite a bit. I’m off to Network Conference with the Bethel staff and then off to Ladies Retreat with our Bethel ladies. I will admit that I super excited to have a few nights away from the kids. I love them dearly, but Mama needs some space! Truthfully, I just want to wake up because a) I slept long enough or b) I set my own alarm and choose to wake up when I did. The freedom of not sleeping with a monitor by my bed and being woken up by tiny human alarm clocks is exciting!!!

We had a fun time at the zoo on Friday. It was a sunny day and it seems like all of Portland decided to go to the zoo. When we arrived in the morning, the parking lot was full. We had this happen last month too, but we thought that was because of spring break. I have no idea why it was busy this week. We didn’t want to break Owen’s heart by not going as promised. We left for a few hours and came back in the afternoon. Luckily the zoo had cleared out a bit and we were able to park. We enjoyed our time. Owen got to do his first zoo train ride, so that was a highlight. We even stopped by a park on the way home from the zoo. A very good day, indeed. And then it rained all weekend… You have to take advantage of the sun while it shines!

That’s the update for now! I’ll have more to share about my travels and my Usborne journey after next week. I can see how God is stretching me and growing me through these new commitments with Usborne and MOPS. I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I feel brave. This takes courage. I won’t lie, I am also super nervous. New adventures could lead to failure, but I am choosing to believe with hope that good things are in store. I am constantly reminded just how much I need God through this whole process. When things seem beyond me, I rely on my faith to pull through. I know that God is meeting me beyond my comfort zone. This is scary and good all at the same time!

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Shoe shopping with Daddy. Life is better with popcorn.

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Graham is trying to figure out the bubble gun. Can you tell he is having fun?

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Nana & Papa took a trip to Alaska this last week. We pulled out our Usborne atlas and explored where Alaska was and how far away it is from Washington.

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Owen went to the airport for the first time to pick up Nana & Papa. Jeremy kept sending me pictures of the fun!

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Gotta love Target!

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Train ride at the zoo

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Inches away from the sleeping cougars

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Park time

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Park time

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Getting ready to start my Usborne invites! I love my new journal and planner! Feeling on top of things for the moment!