8 or so things to make you sparkle & shine

Diana Sumpter

Diana Sumpter

 

I am so excited to tell you about a luncheon I attended.  Two of my sweet co-workers & I went to a ladies luncheon where Diana Sumpter was the speaker.  She has a big ol’ list of stuff she has done.  For one she is a National Sales Director for Mary Kay.  So you can bet her pink Cadillac Escalade was taking up a space in the parking lot.  She also is a 8 year Air Force veteran. She was funny & motivating & inspiring.  And ya’ll she came around to our table & introduced herself to us.  She didn’t have to do that, but she did.  She’s just a nice person like that.  I like nice people.  She actually was from the town we were at.  To read more about Diana go here.  It goes without saying she is a downhome country girl at heart.  Here are some wonderful things she said to encourage us:

1.  Don’t take advice from someone you would not trade places with.

2.  Take the word quit off the table.

3.  Don’t let someone else ruin your manners.

4.  Don’t try to change others.  Change yourself.

5.  Do what’s right, even when no one is looking.

6.  Choose excellent friends.

7.  Bless others & be grateful.

8.  Live in the future, not the past.

Diana says we need to create positive energy wherever we go.  To use our time to encourage others.  She said to not let people get the best of us.  When a person gets on our last nerve:

1.  Imagine a visual list of names of people you are dealing with.  Wipe that person’s name off your list.

2.  Bless their heart.bless your

3  Spray some glitter in the air.  Because no one can be unhappy with all that glitter around!

The last thing I want to share with you, is an exercise Diana told us about- to be more productive.  She said once a week, write everything you have, on your mind, on a piece of paper.  When you are finished, go back & look at what you have written.  See what you can do to accomplish these things.  If you can’t accomplish them, go get someone that can help you.  This will help solve lots of problems & get things done.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  The weather was absolutely wonderful today.  WONDERFUL, I tell you.  I am thanking the Lord for that!  I hope you are having a great week wherever you are.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

 

photo credit: http://www.mypinkchic.com, junk gypsy

 

A shout out to my favorite stores

 

 

I know Christmas is way over.  However, I wanted to give a shout out to some remarkable merchants out there.  Since I broke up with Wal-Mart or Walmart or Walmarts (as my Mamaw called it) my cash flow has been much more flowy-er.  You can read about that here.

Just want to give a public & personal thank you to the following stores:

kmart

Kmart

dollar tree I

Dollar Tree

walgreens

Walgreens

dollar general

Dollar General (which my Mamaw called the General Dollar Store)

Thank you, understanding merchants,  for not having a maximum time you can visit your store, in a few days period.  Thank you for allowing me to patronize your store every time, which seemed like I had just left your store, & then I remembered something I forgot. For the nine days I was off work at Christmas, I shopped just like it was my job. You allowed that. No questions asked. After I went back to work, one of your dear employees probably was chatting at break with a fellow coworker & said

“You know that lady we saw in here so much that one week during Christmas time? I have not seen her in a while.”

That’s because I have to face reality and go back to my real job. But thanks for not judging me.

kroger

And I can’t not say something about these folks without mentioning Kroger.  Listen ya’ll, Kroger has been a life changer for me.  They give you free stuff.  Not just once or twice a year.  Every. Single. Week.  Just for shopping with them. They give you a free item every Friday.  You just have to get online & download the freebie.  When you check out, you give them your Kroger Card & it adds up on your ticket to be FREE. They also GIVE you in FREE UNITED STATES DOLLARS $.10 or $.20 off of each gallon of gas your purchase.  That truly makes me weepy.  I drove a gas guzzling Suburban for years.  Only to trade into a Ford Focus that gets 75 miles to the gallon.  Well, maybe not that much.  But after spending my kid’s inheirtance on gas for that Suburban, it sure does seem that way.  (Sorry kids.  I know you thought you got all that shuttling around for free.)

KROGER KRAZY

And I can’t say something about Kroger without mentioning the lovely Katie at Kroger Krazy.  That sweet girl just wants everybody to save money.  If she lived closer to me, I know we would be tearing the Kroger store down together.  Her blog is chocked full of life changing, game changing, deals.  I love Kroger Krazy.  Anybody that wants to do all the leg work for me, hey, we are friends for life.  (Katie, you may or may not want to put out a restraining order on me right now, ha!)  Seriously, this is a wonderful resource for anybody that want to save money.

dirt cheap

 

My next new store to patronize & love is Dirt Cheap.  Let me just say I bought a BUNCH of clothes for my Grand Baby Girl for not a lot in there.  We are talking Target brand shirts for Dirt Cheap.  EEEKK!  I get happy all over again just thinking of it.  And, too my daughter was a page for the Senate one year & got to meet the owner of Dirt Cheap.  He was some sort of government official.  He was a really nice man & held in high regard by his peers. I like doing business with nice people.

Some people may view my thriftiness as cheap.  No, no, no.  There is a difference.  I seek out bargains, but will spend the big bucks when needed.  As I get older, I realize, when it comes to my purchases, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. (Don’t get PETA after me.  It’s just a Southern expression meaning there’s more than one way to do something.)  With a little time & effort, you don’t have to pay full price for stuff.  I do think it kinda my responsibility to take care of my home & the people there in.  Just like the woman in Proverbs 31.  I love this passage because I believe this is still a wonderful example laid out for us today.

Proverbs 31: 27  She watches over the ways of her household,  And does not eat the bread of idleness. (NKJV)

If you get the chance, reading the whole passage about the virtuous woman, will truly bless your heart.  (Proverbs 31:10-31) It always inspires me to be better.  I have been blessed to be acquainted with some of the most wonderful virtuous women ever.  My Mama, Mamaw, Mama Boyce, & mother-in-law are the ones that come to mind.  They all were wonderful examples that I try to pattern my life after.  My Mamaw & mother-in-law would be tickled to death to see me saving money at the grocery store.  They both LOVED a bargain.

Mamaw & Mama

Mamaw & Mama

I hope you have gotten some use out of this little blog post today.  I know I love to shop.  But I don’t think I have to spend ALL my money.  Until there’s another sale at the dollar store, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: walgreens, dollar tree, dollar general, http://www.krogerkrazy.com , Kroger, Dirt Cheap