Missing in Action

MIA…That is what I have been.

Missing In Action!

Over the past year our lives have taken some interesting turns…some good…some not so good…and some just plain ugly!

Many things have changed in our lives and on our little acreage but I see that God has been working really hard in our lives and I am thankful for all of it.  That includes the not so good things and the just plain ugly things that have happened.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not like some of the events that have taken place but I will praise God for EVERYTHING because in the end God is in charge! We are not in control! We don’t know what the future holds!

What I do know is that God loves us as a parent loves a child and he teaches us through trials and successes. The trials are the times that are hard to understand.  Keep your eyes on him during the trials. Rely on our Heavenly Father just as we do with our earthly parents!  They are more experienced and wiser than we.  Just as God is!

I will update posts with new things that are happening or that have happened very soon and on a regular basis.

In the mean time I want to leave you with a few words of encouragement today…

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See  you soon and God Bless,

Crystal

 

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My Self Discovery Path

As mentioned in earlier posts I have joined an exciting new company called MONAT Global and it has taken me down an interesting path to self discovery.  I know that may sound strange to some of you.  How can a direct sales company do that?  What kind of self discovery can a person find in a hair care company? Hair care, really?  Hang in there because those were some of my thoughts just a few short months ago!

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Okay, where do I start??

I joined MONAT the end of February with much thought and prayer put into it.  That is a first for me!  I like to jump right into things without thinking about it first.  That usually gets me into trouble down the road.  This time I wanted to make sure that this was not just something that sounded fun or a way for me to get a discount on REALLY great hair care products.  I was not about to invest in something that may not pay off.  My family has been on a journey to cut back, de-clutter and simplify our lives and I didn’t see how jumping into a direct sales company fit into that lifestyle.  So I decided to leave it up to God.  I  spend many days and nights in prayer and conversation trying to weigh my options.  Boy am I glad I did!!  God lead me to MONAT for a reason, which at that time I hadn’t yet figured out what that was other than to make an income so I could stay home with my children.  What I didn’t know was all the other amazing things that would come this decision.

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After deciding to join, I jumped right in and began promoting my business.  I talked to many people!  I mailed out a lot of free samples!  I set up events to kick start my new business!  I read all the policies, procedures and other documents for my upline!  I was ready to make some money!!  And money I made which was great motivation to keep going.  I was building my team and making some very nice bonuses.  I really felt like I was doing just what I was supposed to be doing.  Now don’t get me wrong, all of those things are very important and that is the way to build a business but I was missing something.  Change is always hard and falling into the same old rut is easy to do for me.  My husband would agree that I like to start things but not necessarily see them through.  I needed something but I was unsure of what it was so I took it back to God in prayer.

Setting goals and figuring out my priorities has never been my strong suit!  I know that they are probably important but I would just made lists of what I needed to do or what I was going to accomplish and try to cross them off.  Simple, right? Easy, right?  WRONG!!!  My intentions were good but I had no plan for action and follow through.

SMART Goals

As I was reading my emails one morning about a week ago I came across something interesting.  I clicked on the link and to my surprise was a FREE 14 day course on how to Make Over Your Mornings by one of my favorite blogging moms, Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom! Morning have always been one of my biggest challenges.  I don’t like mornings!  I LOVE sleep!  But, I also don’t like arguing with my family in the morning while trying to get everyone up and ready all while trying to take care of the things I need to right away.  This has just been a lose-lose situation and I really need to change this aspect of my life.  So you can imaging how excited I was to find this.  The best part is that each day of this course was not time consuming.  15 minutes each day.  “I can handle that,” I thought!

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Now I am on my way to better mornings which will improve my overall day (or that’s the plan anyway)!!  Finding this great resource from Money Saving Mom reminded me that I had purchased the book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Isn’t it funny how things just come together when we put our trust in God.  He had given me all the resources that I needed little by little but I was not in the right place to put them all together until NOW!!  This book helps set priorities, write goals and make the changes needed to be productive during our day.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

So back to me not liking change.  I have come to realize that I don’t have to like things but I may have to change things in order to get a different outcome.  I need to revisit my priorities and figure out how to live a productive, purposeful life.  I have been letting life run me instead of me running my life!  This is not getting my anywhere and I need to do something different.  I believe that God has a very big plan for my life and I am now able to see that and I can put the puzzle together so I can see the big picture!

Think Big

My MONAT business has started out very good and I have made income but I realized that I need to really take on the leadership role and help those on my team and others reach their goals.  Many people join direct sales companies to meet a need and typically it is a financial need.  That was my initial reason for joining as well but I am beginning to see that there is so much more to it than just that.  I have always wanted to help others so why stop now.  I can become a strong leader and reach other to others to help them dream big and find the financial stability they are looking for.  I have been in many direct sales companies in the past but MONAT equips us in all the right ways with an amazing foundation! Read about why MONAT was launched here.  Our founder, Luis Urdaneta says, “To be truly successful, you need to invest in the success of those around you!”  I want to help others be successful, figure out what their dreams are and help them reach even bigger!!

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In closing, I believe that I am in the right place at the right time (God’s time)!!  ARE YOU???

With some good old fashion hard work and dedication my life is going to change.  Who wants to change their life with me?  Let me help you find what you are longing for!

www.crystalstevenson.mymonat.com

God Bless, Crystal

Life is Changing

Raising a family and being a responsible adult is HARD!!!  Trying to make the right decisions based on my faith and keeping our kids in line with our values is HARD!!  No one ever said, “Wow this adult thing and having a family is a piece of cake!!!” ever in the history of people!  Some days are much easier than others but the hard days or hard situation or seasons are a challenge.

I have talked a lot in the past about staying home with my kids and being about to teach them and have more time to do family things and instill my faith into my kiddos.  That has become my focus.  That is my goal. I went from full time to part time at my current job last summer then went back full time during tax season.  Tax season is over and I will be going back to part time within the next month!!  As excited as I am it is still part time which still limits how the days can go and the things we can do.  I am not complaining because that is what is going to work the best for our family at this time and what I believe God has in his plan for us.

You might remember a few months ago I posted about a new journey I started the end of February called MONAT!!  MONAT is a naturally based, anti-aging hair care company.  Let’s get back to using the things God gave us to use!!  I have been in direct sales on and off my who adult life and I can honestly say that I have NEVER found any company like MONAT!!  You are truly part of a family once you join even as a customer.  MONAT has a sister company that has been around for 16+ years and is still going strong.  Because of that MONAT was able to start completely debt free with zero overhead.

Wow!!!!  Do you know what that means?

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That means they have an amazing compensation plan for their Market Partners (Distributors)!!  Not only is it great but they throw out spectacular deals and extra cash earning opportunities all the time!!  Due to rules and regulations I am not able to share exactly what I have made with MONAT but I will tell you that going part time this summer will be very different than last summer and by different I mean much better and easier financially!!

Watch this quick MONAT Video!

MONAT has great family values and they want each and everyone one of us to succeed!!  I have never been able to make the kind of money I have made with MONAT in any other company.  I have a team of 15 right now and I just started the very end of February but didn’t really start working my business until the second week in March.  I think my favorite part of MONAT is that people can try it before they buy and there is a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!!!  Why not try the products!

A very unexpected blessing I have received since joining MONAT is the new twist it has created in my marriage!  As I said earlier, I have been in direct sales previously and my husband has never really been involved.  Not only does he love MONAT products for himself and our family, but he can see how it is blessing our family.  He knows how great the company is to us and he sees how excited and happy I am!  He sees the money I am making and the great leadership skills I am building.  He is more supportive than ever and it is improving our relationship.  We are kinda like business partners!  I just love what MONAT has done for my family. Oh and we all have great hair!!

I can see that MONAT is going to get very, very big and I am glad that I got in when I did.  This is a true ground floor opportunity and not only that but I am working toward Founder which will give me a part of the profit sharing!!  I am passionate about this company and helping people be able to reach their dreams no matter how big or small they are.  MONAT can get you there!!  Who wants to finally be able to go on that vacation you have been dreaming about or stay home with your family or pay off your debt?  I want to help you!!

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Contact me today to take your first step to financial freedom!!!

crystalstevenson.mymonat.com

rcworkshop2012@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/crystalstevensonmonat

God Bless

Crystal

MONAT-Modern Nature

A Decision has been made!!!

If you are not sure what I am talking about read my last post here.

I prayed a lot about this.  My husband and I talked about this.  I confided in my dear friend about this.  Then I signed up!!!

I joined a brand new (launched in October) company called MONAT (MOdern NATure).  MONAT is an all natural hair/skin care company.  The products have NO chemicals and are non toxic.  MONAT is based in the USA and the products are formulated in a state-of-the-art facility right here in the USA!

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MONAT is a revolutionary hair care line of naturally based treatment systems that address the effects of the environment, chemicals, product overuse and even aging.”

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MONAT is an amazing company that I am so excited to share with EVERYONE!!!  Not only do I want everyone to know about MONAT, I want everyone to try MONAT for FREE!!!!

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Contact me today for your free samples.  No obligations, no pushy sales person (I am not a pushy person) and no parties!!  This is not like any direct sales company.

Visit my site at http://crystalstevenson.mymonat.com

or my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/monat-modernnature.

Follow me on twitter, google+ and Pinterest as well!!!

You do not want to miss out on this!!!

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God Bless,

Crystal

Doors opening in God’s Timing

Over the past few years I have begun to realize that EVERYTHING happens in God’s timing and not our own.  I also understand that if something is God’s will he will try to get us to see and understand it but we must make the final decisions.  The question is do we make the right one or do we ignore all the signs from our Lord?

This can be really challenging especially when it’s hard to see all the signs at that time.  Hind sight is 20-20 but in the midst of these situations things can be cloudy.

So what do I do when I am facing a challenge or decision that needs to be made?  Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray!!!!  The first and foremost is to give it to God and ask him to direct my path.  I am currently praying about a decision that could potential change a lot in my life.  I don’t want to rush into it.  I want to research and pray and take my time in the decision making process.  I was approached about this awhile back and choose to pray about it before talking to my husband.  I also wanted to do some research so I could be knowledgeable when bringing it to him.  After a few weeks of prayer and research, I was leaning toward declining the offer. I didnt think this was right for me so I didn’t even talk to my husband about it.  I had decided against moving forward with the opportunity.

Wouldn’t you know, God must have different plans than I! I am pretty sure God knows best so I am listening a little closer this time.  My very dear friend called me last night explaining that God had placed me on her heart this past week and she felt very lead to talk to me more about this opportunity.  We talked more about it and I shared my concerns with her.  She encouraged me to pray about it and to talk to my hubby.  I agreed to do just that and said we would be in touch.

My husband was sitting in the living room during the phone call so he knew something was up.  We talked very briefly about it and I told him I needed to pray about it and just reflect a little before talking about it again.

My husband tends to makes me laugh which is just what happened this morning. He texted me asking me what I prayed about and I explained to him my prayers.  He then proceeds to ask, “so what did you hear?”  I giggled to myself before explaining that I had not “heard” anything yet, I just need to pray more and be patient.

Since we have not made a decision yet, I can not say anymore at this time.  Stay tuned because I feel that I will be sharing more in the near future. Prayers are welcome.

God Bless, Crystal

Greeting Cards and Our Loved Ones

I am so terrible at sending greeting cards but I really long to send them to my loved ones because I do think about them often especially on their special days.

I wish I had a better method for doing so.

Wouldn’t you know it I found a great way to make sure all my loved ones know I AM thinking about them on those special days!!!

Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom (my very favorite blog to follow and I am pretty sure her name has nothing to do with it:)) shared a great post from Rachel of Ordinary Homemaker a few days ago!

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Check out this great way to be organized with greeting cards here!

God Bless,

Crystal

Free Giveaway!!

It’s time for some fun!  Who likes drawings?  Who likes FREE items?  I will make this really easy!

For the rest of February I am giving away 2 free handmade wooden sign.

Head over to my Facebook page Country Chaos Blog and Like my page.  I will put all new likes from February in a drawing for an awesome handmade wooded sign!!!!
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My dad and I have a craft/woodworking business called The Crafty Wood Shop.  One of my favorite things to make are wooden signs.
Head on over to our Facebook page The Crafty Wood Shop and click Like.  You will be put into a drawing for another wooden sign.
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You can win both drawings!!!
I will let the winners pick a saying a colors on their sign but here are some examples of my boards.
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Tell all your friends so they have a chance to win also!!
Good luck & God Bless,
Crystal

Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts

If you are a procrastinator like me you probably looked at the calendar today and thought “Holy cow, Valentine’s Day is in 3 days!  What am I going to get _____________ for Valentine’s Day?”

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There are lot of things you can buy but Amazon has some nice gifts you can give your little loved one.

 

If you need a last minute gift check out these nice ideas from Amazon.

You can also see my previous post to make some nice gifts.

My favorite Valentine Ideas!!

I don’t get all wrapped up in Valentine’s Day and the big deal the world makes it out to be.  It has become a day to spend a lot of money and as a mother of four I don’t like spending a lot of money.  But I do like making special gifts for others and expressing my affection towards the ones I love. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Valentine’s Day.  I just don’t understand why only one day should be allotted for showing our love to others.

With that said, there are so many resources and great DIY projects out there but how do you pick which ones to do.  I have been on the look out for some really easy, inexpensive ideas for the big day.  As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching I want to share some of my favorite new finds.

1.     First and foremost, Who loves Big Hero 6??  Baymax is a huge hit especially at my house.  My younger three kiddos LOVED the movie!  We don’t go to the movie theatre very often but my husband and I thought the kids would like it.

Guess what?

They did and so did Mom and Dad!!

One of my new favorite blogs, Shortcut Saver, has a very cool idea for a Baymax valentine to share with others.  Check it out here!

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2.     What do you do when sending just one valentine message to your loved ones just doesn’t feel like enough?

Then you create some very special “Open When…” letters.  This is such a cool idea.  I think I am going to try and do this for each of my children in their birth month.  I am really loving how you can change it up to fit your personality!  A big thanks goes to the very awesome blog, Bravely!!!

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3.     Valentine’s Day appears to be mostly geared toward the female gender.  But we don’t want to forget the men in our lives, whether that be our dad, brother, boyfriend, husband, best bud or any other guy in your life!!  Here are some practical ideas for the boys for valentine’s day from Bravely!

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4.     Since having children and being a mother for the past 15 years I know how much kids love valentine’s day.  My kids like making gifts for others instead of buying the pre-made cards to hand out.  We have purchased them in the past to use but they enjoy making things for others much more than just buying for others.  I really like these Valentine’s Day Magnets from The Life You Live!

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5.     How about a gift the kids can make all by them selves and you only need two inexpensive ingredients?  That is right up my alley.  Check out the Glue Valentine Cards from Sarah Titus at Saving Money Never Goes Out of Style!  These are very cute and you can let your creative side come out to make them your own.

Glue Valentine Cards

 

So there you go.  When you don’t know what to get that special valentine and you want to something different check these out.  I want to thank all the creative folks that came up with these ideas!!!!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

God Bless,

Crystal

DIY at your fingertips!

Do you ever look at the bare wall in the den, that tired and sagging couch, or those tatty tablecloths, and feel absolutely overwhelmed by the thought of tackling any of them?

Which one do you start with? And then once you’ve decided, how do you know which steps, instructions or advice to follow? Just getting to the point where you’re ready to start can often take so much time and effort!

It’s frustrating, because you know just how satisfying it can be to create something of your own – that sense of accomplishment and fulfillment can’t be beaten. What you need is for someone to pull together everything that you need to get started, to make it as easy and painless as possible.

Good news – when the Ultimate Bundles team created The Ultimate DIY Bundle, they had you in mind! The Ultimate DIY Bundle is your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses.

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Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 5 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value),  a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to Fawnsberg.com, a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

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