Sunday, May 24, 2015

It's hard to believe it's already been 10 months! 

One night, in September, I was scrolling through my newsfeed on Facebook, when I came across something that was posted by a friend. There was a lot of buzz about the company, but I had no idea what it was. My friend was looking for hostesses, and it got me curious. So, I decided to ask her about it. It didn't take long for her to convince me. She provided a link to her website, and gave me some info. I took one look at the products, and read over everything, and I signed up the next day!

At the time, while still working so diligently towards building my dream, I was in need of something else to do on the side. I was hoping to find something that would allow me to work from home, so that I could continue to concentrate on Skylar as well, but I also wanted to find something that would get me out of the house. Something that would be fun, yet challenging at the same time, and a life changing experience.

For those who have been following Skylar since it first began, you all know how passionate I am about this. As passionate about it as I am, it is time consuming. It's not that I am complaining. I love it! I truly do! However, because I am so dedicated to it, I forgot how to socialize. I tend to get cooped up. It seemed like the perfect opportunity for me, because I would get to spend more time with my friends, and I can make new friends as well. It would help me learn how to become social again.

Shyness is something I have struggled with my whole life. In school, I would hardly ever talk to anyone. In my classes, I was always so quiet. I think a lot of my classmates probably didn't even know I was there, and the ones that did, thought there was something wrong with me. Well, there was something wrong with me. I was way too shy!

By my late teens, probably about the age of 19, things began to change. I became more social, and I started to break out of my shell. I went a little wild, like a lot of youngsters do. In my early 20's, it was like I was a completely different person. I had so much confidence! I was such a social butterfly!

Somewhere along the way, I lost a lot of that confidence, and I went back into that shell, and became the shy girl I use to be. Long story short, I wanted to get that confidence back. I wanted to be that free-spirited, social butterfly again. I was so focused on building my dream, and I got a little lost in it. It was time for a change!

Well, I am happy to say, I have found exactly what I was looking for. I have found the change I needed. My life has changed already! It is still very new. I still have a long way to go, but I am loving this journey I am on. I have learned so much from it, and I'm learning all kinds of new things every day!

The best thing about it is I've got all of this new confidence! I'm becoming that social butterfly again, and I am coming out of that shell more and more every day. It feels amazing!

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

-Okay, not my best graphic, but I tried!-

A great way for people to get exposure, is to get in
"The Spotlight"!

The Spotlight will be a daily feature starting next Monday, June 1st. There will be 7 spotlights a week. The Spotlights will go along with whatever the theme is for that week.

Next weeks theme is going to be "The Blog World". I am looking for 7 bloggers to feature. For all of the details about "The Spotlight", please visit the page.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via email, 
or on any of my social networks.

There are lots of opportunities for people to contribute, and
be part of Skylar!

All this week, starting tonight, I will be sharing a new opportunity with you, and I will be posting them daily. There will be a post about the opportunities here on the main page, and each opportunity will have it's own individual page that will cover all of the details.

I have already created a page for the first opportunity, which has been posted. I will be telling you all about that next!

Be sure to check back daily, for new opportunities!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Skylar is going to be done a little bit differently. Each month, I'll be doing a different issue, and there will also be a different theme each week. I will be covering various things each day. The themes will go along with the issues, and the content featured each day will relate to whatever the theme is for the week. Some of the themes may be extended. There will be opportunities for people to contribute. You will be seeing those in advance, so you can contribute content for future themes, and up coming issues.

Life is going great! I feel fantastic! I've got all this new confidence, and I'm so happy! Happier than I've been in years! Why? Back in September I became an independent Thirty One consultant, and I am loving it! I'll be telling you more about that tomorrow, but if you would like to, you are welcome to join my VIP group for info and updates!

{Click on the picture to go to the group}

I still live with my mother, but I'm working hard, staying focused, and I'm definitely doing a lot better than I was. She recently retired, and she is really enjoying it. I'm really doing my best to help her out as much as I can. The great thing about it is, I'm getting to spend more time with her, and we are getting out a lot more. When she was working, there was a lot of stress. Now we are both much more relaxed, and have hardly fought at all. We've always gotten along pretty well, but we had our moments. I think that's because we've lived with each other for so long, and we are a lot more alike than we think.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

So... it's been a while. Actually, it's been way too long! It's been about 2 years since I put Skylar on hiatus. At the time, I was going through some difficult times. I was having health issues, and I ended up having surgery that spring. With everything I was dealing with, I just couldn't keep up.

The other reason for going on hiatus... it was time for a makeover! Sometime in 2012, or 2013 I started revamping, and everything was going pretty good. However, I still wasn't feeling it, and I was just so uninspired! It seemed that the logical thing to do was to put the blog on hold, so that I could concentrate on getting myself healthy, and also so I could achieve the look and feel I've always wanted for Skylar. It is still not exactly what I'm going for, but I think I just have to accept the fact that there is only so much I can do. I'm always trying to learn, and improve. It takes time though, and it's not going to be perfect. I'm okay with that! Skylar isn't, and never has been about perfection. It's about being real!

It took a little longer than I had hoped it would. I would get so close to getting it back on track, and then something would get in the way. I believe that was God's way of telling me it wasn't the right time! Then I finally thought I was ready, and I was getting ready to relaunch, and go figure... I got a virus! Thankfully, it wasn't too bad. I still have the computer! 

I ended up having to do a system recovery, and unfortunately, I lost a lot of my work, a lot of my articles, and a lot of the programs I had installed, were removed. One of those programs was Photo Shop. It was an older version. It was pretty ancient, but I loved it! It was still usable. I tried to get it back on, but it's just not happening! I think that might be a sign that it is time to look into getting a newer, more updated one. I couldn't even begin to tell you what all the new programs are now-a-days. If anyone has any recommendations, I would love to hear them.

For now I've been using Polyvore, Paint, and Pic Monkey. Pic Monkey is a new one for me, and I'm not real sure how I feel about it. I keep hearing how easy it is, but I am finding it to be  a little complicated. For me it's like the Twitter of graphics making. I just don't get it! I'm trying to get use to it, and I'm sure in time, I will get the hang of it. Still, the ones I'm using now, are pretty limiting. They will do for now, I guess. As always, I will find a way to make it work!

Before I went MIA for what seemed like forever, I had added some new features. Those aren't going anywhere! I am most definitely keeping those. There is lots of new stuff that I cannot wait to share with you! I will be doing things a little bit differently. You will be hearing more about that soon!

I'm super excited to be back! I did miss blogging, and while I have been working on all the visual things, I only recently started writing again. I just tried to focus on one thing at a time, and I also got hit with some writer's block for a while there. Thank goodness it's gone away, and hopefully it will stay away for good this time! It always has a way of finding it's way back.

What helped me get over it?

I started doing some writing exercises that I came across on Pinterest. That's how I've been starting my mornings. Not only has it helped me get back into writing, it has inspired me in other ways. It's helped get those creative juices flowing. If you are going through writer's block, or a creative funk, you will want to try them out. You can find the ones I've been using, here. They are a lot of fun, you should give them a try. Be sure to let me know how they work out for you. I'm always looking for new things to try, and I will be sure to share with you, what works for me.

Life is really good right now! I'm feeling great, loving life, and I feel like I'm on the right track. In September, I started a new journey. I will be telling you all about that new venture in just a bit. I cannot wait to tell you all about it!

I hope you are all doing great! I've really missed you guys, and thank you all so much for your patience and understanding. Unfortunately, I did lose some followers, but I lucked out, and didn't lose too many. You never know when you are gone for too long what people are going to do. I truly appreciate you all sticking around. You really are awesome!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Newbeats Bread And Butter (+playlist)

{I can't believe how high pitched the lead singers voice is! I always thought it was a woman!}