Tell All Tuesday Series: Missing in Action

Q-Did you miss me?

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

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A-I sure missed you! When I began my little adventure (my Insurance class) back in November, I had NO idea that I would be absent for this long! I (foolishly) was under the impression that I would come out of the class licensed, and ready to tackle a new job, if that was the direction in which I felt was going to be best for my family’s future. Needless to say, that wasn’t EXACTLY how it turned out!

Class was great…a vacation from reality, if you will. But, as soon as class was over, I was thrown back into my “GO, GO, GO!” routine. Before I knew it, Thanksgiving was upon us, then Christmas, and all through the hustle and bustle of the season, I was working SUPER long hours. Then, out of the blue, I was called in to interview with HCA, which I ended up accepting. When I wasn’t working or running, I was hitting the thousands of flash cards that I had made, trying my best to retain all that I had learned. I finally tested out this past weekend, and am happy to announce that I passed BOTH exams! My hard work and countless hours of studying paid off!

So, I have spent the last two weeks as an HCA employee. I am a Patient Care Liaison, and work in a call center assisting patients who are looking for new physicians. I will eventually be moving over to ER Follow-Up, which basically means that I will be assisting patients who have recently visited the Emergency Room get scheduled for their follow up appointments. So far, I am truly loving my job! I have been working in child care for the past 12 years, and I must admit, it is a refreshing change (a breath of fresh air) interacting with adults on a daily basis, rather than children. There are certain aspects of the job that I do miss, but I am thoroughly enjoying this new opportunity! We even had a “Popcorn Party” on National Popcorn Day! I don’t know of too many organization’s that do that; do you?!  It is a fun atmosphere, and everyone has welcomed me with open arms. I am looking forward to seeing where this new path takes me!

I hope that things start to slow down soon, so that I may get accustomed to this new routine.  I am  anxious to get back to my crafts (oh, how I miss them!) and back to my writing.  Without these two, I am incomplete!  I am super disappointed that I’m not going to be able to meet my deadline for my book/workbook/inspiration pack, but know that I will complete it when the time is right.  Just wanted to check in with you, and let you know that I’m still kicking.  I’m SO happy to be back!

 

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Change is in the Wind

My lovelies…

I had not intended to be out of the scene for so long; I have had my hands in a little bit of everything this holiday season! When I left you last, I was headed off to take an insurance course. The class was wonderful, and I learned SO much! A much needed “vacation” from my daily grind. It just so happened that during that week it was time to renew our insurance policies. It was crazy timing! I understood absolutely everything that the agent discussed with me…FIRST TIME EVER!

Learn Something New Every Day

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On that first day of class I was convinced that I had made a horrible mistake! I was a blubbering idiot compared to the rest of the class (as they were already working in the industry), and low and behold, the first topic we tackled was the Tennessee state laws. NOT my forte, let me tell you! As each day passed though, I grew a little more comfortable in my abilities, and ultimately, became a sponge for knowledge. Learn something new everyday, that’s what I always say. Since class has ended, I have been reviewing my handwritten flash cards ( in excess of 1,000), and am nearing my comfort level to proceed further and take the exam to become a licensed agent. I took a mock exam a few days ago which consisted of 569 questions, and I scored a 95. I would have scored even higher than that if I had not fat thumbed some of the answers.

In addition to my diligent studying, I have been preparing for a memorable and joyous Christmas with my family, and have been stocking our home with delicious treats which come but once a year. Our Christmas was an absolute success, and everyone was surprised and overjoyed with their gifts.

My grandson Maddox turned one yesterday, and has been battling with RSV. I pray that the doctors can find the right medications to give our precious little bundle of joy to provide him the much needed comfort he so deserves.

Change is in the Air

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Also, during my absence from WordPress, I was offered (and have accepted) a position at the hospital in the next town over. I will begin my training on January the 9th. I have enjoyed my time teaching these past 11 years, and have formed some amazing friendships with not only my co-workers, but with my employers and their families as well. As much as I hate to leave, this is a wonderful opportunity, another open door, that I just cannot pass by. I pray that this transition be a smooth one that will enable me to get even closer to my ultimate goals in life. With love and support from my family and friends, I know that I will be successful!

I trust that each of you are happy, healthy, and loving life, and that great things are happening in your day to day. I have TRULY missed our interactions! As we move towards a new year, I wish you all the peace and prosperity that life has to offer. May 2017 be an unforgettable year for us all!

Krista’s World

Hi my loveys; I have some fantastic news to share with you this evening!

First, the Go Fund Me campaign (A New Lease on Life) that I organized for my husbands dental work has received 3 donations so far! Casey, Stephanie, and Linda, Thank you SO much for your contributions!!! Your generosity is truly appreciated! Also, quite a few of you have been sharing the link for this campaign on your blogs and on various social media sites, and I wanted to take this opportunity to express just how much I appreciate your help in getting the word out. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together!

Second, I have been saying since this time last year that 2016 was GOING to be MY year! Those who have followed along beside me on this journey can attest that this just has NOT been the case, despite my optimistic and hopeful outlook. At every single turn, conflict and obstacles ( A LOT of which I have not shared) have plagued my path. But, I believe that the tides are FINALLY beginning to shift.

Nose in the Books

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A fantastic opportunity presented itself to me (an open door if you will) this past week, and I wasn’t EVEN going to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I pounced on it! Things like this never happen to me, so you can imagine just how psyched I am! I have been given the chance to enhance my knowledge by attending a certification course. I am thoroughly excited for this newest chapter in my life, and am anxious to see what may develop next. Investing in yourself is ALWAYS a smart idea! I will be attending class all next week, so if it takes me a while to get back with you, please forgive me. My nose will be in the books. Wish me luck…

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend, and that you will create memories that will last a lifetime!

A New Lease on Life

I apologize for my recent absence. Life has had me going in a million different directions! From surgeries (Success), to funerals (RIP Sandra), and yard sales, to my day to day obligations. I haven’t had a moment’s rest.

So, I trust that each of you had a fabulous Halloween this past week. Ours was nice. We took our youngest door to door. I suspect that this was our last “kid” trip. He had originally told us that he didn’t want to go because he was “too old.” Such a shame!

For those who were with me last year, this next bit will be old news. My husband has been having dental issues for several years now. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma years ago, and due to this and the treatments that he has undergone, the enamel in his teeth has been disintegrating. I have orchestrated a Go Fund Me campaign for his dental work, and would appreciate all the support that we can get, either through donations or by sharing on social media outlets. To learn more about our plight, please click HERE. Thank you in advance for your support!

Go Fund Me Campaign

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I just wanted to touch base with each of you, and tell you how much I’ve missed our interactions. I hope that each of you have an amazing weekend!

WordPress Costume Contest

Happy Halloween

How many of you still dress up for Halloween? I would love to host a  friendly little competition here on WordPress, and be able to share in your festivities. What will your Halloween consist of this year? Are you going Trick or Treating? Do you have a spooky party planned? I would love to hear the details! Do you have some Halloween pranks in the works? Spread the good ideas.

Make sure to post a picture of yourself all dolled up in your costume ( in the comments below) to have a shot at getting voted #1 in the costume contest.

The Happy Thoughts Collection

It’s been a SUPER busy weekend my lovelies, but I am proud to announce that there are now 7 NEW Inspirational sticker sheets from my Happy Thoughts collection available in my Etsy shop, Krista Kemp Designs! These are only a few that I have been working on, I have TONS more in the works.

The Happy Thoughts Collection

Inspiring Quotes to Brighten your Day!

 

While putting these together, I discovered that there is a limited supply of beneficial printables available for Bloggers/Entrepreneurs/Etsy shop owners. So, I’ve added yet another project to my list. Are there any particular items that YOU have been in the market for???

I trust that each of you have had a fabulous weekend! Here’s to an awesome week!!!

Tell All Tuesday Series: Goals in Progress

Q-What goal are you working on right now?

Always Working

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A-Every waking hour that isn’t devoted to my day job has been spent on my upcoming book.  I live and breathe it!  To see it finally coming together after 12 long years of haunting my mind is thrilling to say the least.  I have been spending a lot of time designing the workbook that accompanies the book, and realized that a lot of the stickers that I have been creating would make a fantastic new addition to my Etsy shop.  Everyone loves stickers!  I anticipate posting my first pack by the weekend.  Anxious to bring some sunshine into the lives of others!

With that being said…

What goal are YOU working on right now?

Exciting Announcement

Are you stuck in a perpetual, never ending rut where you often lose sight of what to think, say, or even do? Do you feel trapped by your present reality with no prospect of freedom in the near future? Do you absolutely loathe rolling out of bed and heading off to your prison (a.k.a. Job) each and every day? Do you feel as though no matter how hard you try, you just can never get ahead? Honestly, how many times have you crouched down into a corner, crying your eyes out, praying desperately for a drastic change in your life?

Exciting Announcement

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If any of this sounds familiar, then I have a valuable announcement for you! For the past 12 years of my life, I have been seeking out and compiling a massive list of all the answers that each of us are ultimately in search of, and it all boils down to just ONE simple question…

What is my purpose in life?

In only 6 short months, I will be releasing to the world, exactly HOW to go about finding that ONE personalized answer!

When I was just 26 years old, I found myself consumed by a mid life crisis, far sooner than I should have. My sanity, reason, and logic had completely left the building! But, it was during this catastrophic period that I found the answers that I had been searching so desperately for. I unknowingly underwent an intense and emotional self-evaluation session, and soon discovered SO many things about myself that I had previously been clueless to. Since that time I have been progressing forward with pure intention and purpose. This was a very difficult time for me, one fraught with disappointment and heartache, but one that I wouldn’t trade for love or money. This transformation process allowed me to forgive myself and others, and to leave the past back where it belonged. It provided me the tools, insight, and the path that I was intended to travel down next. To say it was a life changing experience would be the understatement of a lifetime!

This step-by-step transformation process is 100% effective (provided you are honest and putting your heart and soul into it), and I am living proof that it really does work, as I have progressed From Food Stamps…to a Future. This discovery quest not only enabled me to make peace with all that had been sent to destroy me, but also presented a single idea on which to grow and prosper from. This was my seed. I planted that idea, watered and cared for it daily, and it has caused me to blossom into the empowered and driven woman that stands before you today. It helped me to realize where my passions lay, what I wanted and expected from myself and others, and which steps I needed to take to get me to my ideal life. In short, it opened that door so I could finally start following my dreams.

Because of this process, I was able to formulate my ultimate 5 year plan. It has served as the foundation of my blog, it fueled my passion to create Krista Kemp Designs on Etsy, and it has inspired me to strive for bigger and better things at each new stage along the way. It is opening doors so that I may expand and branch out into new industries. Speaking, coaching, and leading all stand in my future, and it will eventually allow me to open my organization to help those in need that others turn away. Each idea, each entity that my imagination concocts and entertains all fit perfectly together to construct that grand puzzle which is my future. Each and every avenue that I want to tackle coincides with a project that I’ve already begun. My future, my fate is answering each question before it’s ever even realized or presented. My destiny paved the road for me years ago, and it has been leading the way to accomplishing my dreams since. I no longer dread life, I now look forward to it!

Motivational speakers, life coaches, and your daily influences always want to throw around the idea of following your dreams, being successful in your life, turning your burning passions into future wealth and abundance, and so forth. But, the vast differences among us, our unique lifestyles make it difficult to provide just ONE specific proven way of going about it. There is no such guidebook in existence! What may work brilliantly when executed for one person, may be an utter flop for the next. This step by step process will provide YOUR unique answer, and aid you in realizing what steps YOU need to take to get the ball rolling. If you are serious about changing your present reality, and are willing to dedicate yourself to making the necessary changes to create your ideal life, then you have officially received your Golden Ticket. A professor of mine once said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life. How are you going to spend it?

Tell All Tuesday Series: Freedom

Q-What would FREEDOM mean to you?

Freedom

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A-A few nights ago, I ran across a video on YouTube that covered this exact question. A young man and his lovely new wife were up to their eyeballs in student loans and consumer debt. They had just had their first child, and were debating on whether or not to purchase their first home. After all, that IS the traditional order of things. But, everything within them was screaming, “NO! Don’t do it!” as the already existing financial strain was beginning to take a toll on their marriage. They sat down together at the kitchen table and took the time necessary to HONESTLY evaluate this one single question.

They concluded that their idea of “Freedom” was to rid themselves of all but 2 backpacks worth of possessions, and travel around Australia. That night was the ultimate tipping point of their existence, and it opened up doors that have made all the difference in their lives. They got rid of all of their possessions, paid off each loan and debt, and then hopped a plane to Australia with baby girl in tow. They had decided on a change (a drastic one at that), they executed their plan in a timely fashion, and they haven’t looked back since! This experience completely liberated them, and allowed them to follow their dream. They agree that it was BY FAR the best decision that they have ever made!

In my present reality, there are 4 factors that I believe would grant me Freedom…

One: Purge my Possessions:

I have been working on purging my home for a good year now, and have made a dent, but after watching that (and several other) videos, I have concluded that it’s time to increase my speed. While I HAVE been diligently putting my “Sell” items up in the attic as I go through closets and drawers, and have been posting and selling items on numerous online venues, my possessions are at a snails pace getting out that door! People blow up my phone constantly (sometimes waking me in the wee hours of the morning), wanting to meet up (Gotta have it, Can’t wait!!!), then…CRICKETS. I’m on the verge of just donating it all!

Advantages to Purging:

  • No Clutter
  • Easier to keep house-healthier environment
  • Free up time to focus on more important things
  • Less stress and worry
  • Monetary profit can pay down outstanding debts

Two: Work from Home:

My husband is almost twice my age. The older he gets, the more dependent he becomes on me, both mentally and physically. Plus, I only have a few years left to enjoy having my babies at home. I work from home on all of my business ventures anyway, so why not put myself into the position to focus on these projects full-time?!

Advantages to Working from Home:

  • Be there to care for my children and my husband
  • Sick days-even when I feel awful, I can still make progress and keep the funds rolling in
  • No juggling act to concern myself with in regards to appointments and deadlines
  • Exhaustion-If I NEED a 30 minute power nap, I’ll have that option
  • Need I say…All of the comforts of home

Three: Become a Property Owner:

As a renter, there are always those nagging hypothetical scenarios that plague you in the back of your mind…What if they won’t let us renew…Sure wish I could paint these stark white walls…I wish I could have a pet for the kids…If I could only grow a victory garden…Ah, to have a pool… Not to mention the fact that a mortgage is generally a WHOLE lot cheaper than renting. Yes, if something goes wrong or needs fixed/replaced, it’s all on you, BUT each item that you upgrade ONLY benefits the ultimate cause. You’re making an investment towards your future, and the resale value of your home, if you so choose.

Advantages of Owning Property:

  • Freely making changes to your property
  • It’s an investment for your future, or can serve as estate for your family
  • Saving money each month to use in other directions
  • No chance of hard feelings if a disagreement occurs with your landlord
  • The satisfaction of OWNING in and of itself

Four: Putting Myself on a Pedestal:

Being a mother, a grandmother, and a wife, my natural instinct is to put the needs of those most important to me FIRST. Whatever time, money, or energy that is left at the end of the day, I can devote to my needs and wants. While (in theory) this is a good mindset to have, MY needs are JUST as important as theirs are! I need to start placing myself higher up on that pedestal, and allowing myself the things that I want and need from life. As the old cliche goes… “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy!”

Advantages of Placing Myself on a Pedestal:

  • A happy, balanced life
  • I’d be making an investment in myself, which only increases my value to others
  • The more time I spend on me, the less stress and worry I will have, thus the happier and more content I will be
  • I will be better able to appreciate each blessing in my life
  • If I focus more on me, I will be agitated less, have fewer mental/creative blocks, and will increase the years that I have left to live

These 4 categories, I believe, will allow me the freedoms that I need from life. So, what does FREEDOM mean to YOU?

***I do realize that today is Wednesday.  This was my post for yesterday.  My granddaughter got sick at school, and I was tending to her until her mother got done with work.***

Tell All Tuesday Series: Product Launching

Q-Have you ever launched a product before?

Brainstorm Session

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A-I have created hundreds of products over the years, and have sold more items than I could put a number on, but I’ve always been SO excited to get my finished products into the hands of others, that I have completely skipped the process of “product launching.”  During my research over this past year, I have learned how VITAL it is to properly present a product/service to the community in hopes of achieving the longevity that you desire for the hard work that you have invested.

I have been dabbling with one project in particular, that I KNOW will benefit others, for the past 12 years of my life. I have finally decided to finish her up and place a deadline (launch date) to it. I have a few ideas that I would like to implement during this process, but am open to any and all suggestions that YOU, my loyal community have to offer. What have you or your company done in the past that was beneficial? What do you feel is the best approach to marketing a product launch? I am anxious to hear your suggestions and ideas! I will be sharing more details with you as time progresses.

I can’t wait to roll your thoughts, experiences, and input around in the ole’ noggin!