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My Rodan + Fields Story

1 Jun

Have you ever heard of Rodan + Fields? Some have, some haven’t. I had not heard of this amazing skincare company until last year. 

It was close to Christmas and they were about to launch Lash Boost! When I first heard about the product, I was very intrigued. You see, I have always had really short eyelashes and I had always used an eyelash curler and mascara to try to get the look that I desired, so when I heard about Lash Boost I immediately wanted to know more!!! A product that can make your natural eyelashes grow and thicken?! This would completely alleviate the need for an eyelash curler and would definitely save me time when getting ready!! 

I messaged Cassi, asking her the details. We had become Facebook friends based on the fact that she knew my husband. They had attended the same high school! She gave me the scoop and some info on ordering. She mentioned the business side of R+F to me but I politely turned her down. My thought was “I’m not a salesperson and I really don’t have time!” Ha! 
So I received the Lash Boost for Christmas and immediately fell in love with it!! In just three weeks I started seeing some serious results!! See below:: 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

I chatted with Cassi in February about my results and how much I loved the product. I also mentioned how envious I was because she seemed like she loved her job so much! She mentioned the business again and once again I politely said, “I really don’t think I have time.” Goodness I was not getting the hint! 🙄

Fast forward to April. I messaged Cassi about Rodan + Fields, expressing a little bit of interest in the business side of it. You see my sweet husband and I want to build our dream house very soon, so I wanted a way to speed up the savings process and my very first thought was R+F!!! We chatted, I talked with my hubby, and we prayed about it. I had so many thoughts about failing and not being successful, but Houston encouraged me. He told me that he fully supported me and that I was in excellent hands with Cassi as my sponsor. So I dove in…

In the first month, I have been promoted to Executive Consultant and have become so passionate about these amazing products! I never imagined loving this as much as I do. It’s funny to me how God can bring people into your life to encourage you and help you discover dreams you didn’t know you had! 

I cannot wait to see what the future holds with Rodan + Fields. With God first, the possibilities are endless! I am also so thankful that Cassi is my sponsor, I know that her help and encouragement are such a blessing! 

One final thing I have discovered, I LOVE helping women feel beautiful in their own skin. These products are amazing and everyone deserves to feel beautiful, because that is how God created you. You are made in His image! 

I would love to help you realize how beautiful you are and help you feel good in your own skin. Comment with any questions! 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 💜

More Me Than I Used to Be

27 Apr

First blog post coming to you as a 26 year old. I know, hold the phone, alert the media, there’s a new 26 year old in town!

Ha, basically I’ve had a birthday since my last post. Turning 26 has pretty much felt the same as 25. No big deal. Until I started thinking about it.

I’m FOUR years from 30.

Yep. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Because when you turn 30 you’re supposed to have your life together right? Let’s hope that’s not the case…the odds of that happening are pretty slim.

Whatever, I’m just thankful that God has allowed me to see another year. Super thankful for that!!!

When I realized this, about a week or so after my birthday, I discovered something else… Within the last 3 months of my life, I’ve become more me than I used to be. As many of my readers may know, I got a new job towards the end of January. Leaving where I was and arriving where I am was like whiplash. The differences are night and day. For (nearly) three years I was in such an unhappy place. A place that wasn’t for me. A place that I wasn’t meant for.

Saying that my current job, location, company, supervisor, and coworkers are an answer to prayer would be a huge understatement.

My friend and business partner Cassi, said it best in a post she made on Facebook/Instagram the other day.

“in His time”

Those three words resonate with me to the core. For what seemed like a very long time, I waited for God to open the door to a different job. My husband and family kept saying, “it will happen in His timing.” And let me just say, when you’re in the middle of waiting, that is not what you want to hear. But I waited (…and waited, and waited, and waited…) and guess what?! In His time, He opened the door. I am so thankful and blessed.

So did you catch that I said Cassi was my business partner?! That’s right, I am now officially a Rodan + Fields Consultant! I could not be more excited about this!!! I started about two weeks ago and goodness have I learned so much. I’m still learning in fact. One of the topics that comes up a lot is “what is your WHY?” My “why” is because my sweet hubby and I can’t wait to build our dream house! We have the land and now we are itching to build our forever home. A place that will be ours. My hopes for this new opportunity is to speed up the saving process. Amazing how God gives us dreams and opportunities we never knew we always wanted. He’s such a good Father.

Speaking of my “why,” I also decided to join Weight Watchers. I’m 9 days in. I’m feeling so great and excited about becoming the best version of myself. It isn’t a diet and it certainly isn’t easy (lets be honest, it’s down right difficult!). But I can’t wait to get to goal and feel better than ever. I’m not doing this because anyone wants me to or has told me I need to. I’m doing this because I want to. I want to love the skin I’m in and feel as beautiful as my incredible husband says I am.

Through all of these new “changes,” I could not be more thankful for my incredible husband and family. I truly have the best support system ever.

I also serve the most incredible God. He is such a good, good Father. I am constantly in awe of His never-ending grace and love for me. Last thing, also since I “turned 26,” I have started getting so emotional when thinking about God’s love and the sacrifice that Jesus made on the Cross for me and YOU. When I was younger, my mom would just abutly start crying in church and I never understood why. She would always tell me, “I’m just so amazed at God’s love and grace.” I get it. Now I know, now I feel the same way. Side note, I have the best momma in the universe. Thank you to her and my Daddy for instilling God’s love in every part of who I am.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. 💜

Two Years

6 Jun

Two years. 731 days (this includes Leap Day). This Tuesday will mark two wonderful years of marriage! Time has flown by, as it always does when you’re having fun! 

A lot has happened in the two years we’ve been married. From a new job to the birth of our second niece and everything in between. I could write a book on all the memories we’ve made in the last couple of years! So many wonderful times. ❤️ 

I honestly can’t thank God enough for blessing me with the husband I have. Being married to him has been easy, natural, and a joy. He is different than me in a lot of ways. Very laid back, never worries, and not easily angered. He has many traits I wish I had. God knew exactly what He was doing when He brought us together. Funny how He always knows what we need, right?!

I’ve talked before about being in a season of waiting. Well, I still am. I know God has a plan, but goodness it isn’t easy to wait. Our timing is so different than His; ours is imperfect, His is just the opposite.

Houston has really been there for me throughout this season. When I’ve cried, he’s been my shoulder. When my anxiety got the best of me, he assured me God was in control. He’s prayed with me and for me. He has encouraged me and listened. He is truly the definition of a wonderful husband.

So this post is dedicated to him. He’s my best friend and the love of my life. I never, ever want to imagine life without him. I thank God for blessing me with much more than I could ever deserve. Houston, I love you forever and ever. I truly cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us. 

Happy Anniversary. You have my heart. ❤️


Blessings, 

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

Home for Christmas

29 Dec

It’s hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone. The Christmas season is one that brings much anticipation and joy throughout the year. I have always been blessed to be home every year for Christmas; which is often something that I have taken for granted, that is, until this year.

My sweet husband’s 30th birthday was December 18th. Being his 30th, I wanted to do something really special for him. Something that would make this birthday unforgettable. So let’s rewind to June of this year. That is when the idea originated; take him on a surprise trip to peacock bass fish in Florida. This has always been a dream of his. See he LOVES to bass fish. Seriously though, love is probably an understatement. Anyway, being from the South, we don’t have these special type of bass anywhere. The closest they are is the southern most part of Florida. The water can’t get below 60 degrees in order for them to survive. They’re actually kind of pretty…but don’t tell him I said that! 😉

Peacock Bass

So the day after his birthday, we set off for our great Florida adventure! We flew out on a Saturday and he fished that Sunday and Monday. I think he had a blast!

See what I mean? 🙂

While he was fishing, I stayed at the resort to enjoy the beach and relax.

I didn’t mind this view at all…honest! 😉

Fast forward now to Tuesday; it was three days before Christmas and we were both exhausted and ready to be home. We had a long day of flying, busy airports, and a two hour drive ahead of us before we’d finally be home.

 

Exhausted in the Atlanta airport ✈️😴


We finally made it home about 1:30 that morning and needless to say we were SO glad!

The next few days were filled with cooking, eating, presents, family, and most important, celebrating our Savior’s birth! Here are a few highlights from Christmas this year:

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Adalyn was so excited about her cookies for Santa! 🎅🏼🎄😄


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My sweet husband got me a new Bible with my married last name printed on it…such a special gift that I will always cherish.

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Emery’s first Christmas morning! 🙂

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MeMe and sweet Emery Kate Christmas morning!

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She wasn’t sure what to think about everything! 🙂

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Opening presents Christmas morning!

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The wrapping paper was her favorite part! 🙂

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Love these three so much.

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Trying to get a good picture in front of our Christmas tree! 🎄❤️


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Opening presents at MeMe’s house Christmas night! 🎄

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Beautiful Adalyn in her new dress! ❤️

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Chels & Emery; love them lots!

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Adalyn helping unwrap MeMe’s presents! 🎁


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Adam taking a picture of me taking a picture of him taking a picture.. 😏

 

My sweet hubby & me; Christmas Day 2015! 🎄❤️

This year was my first time to ever travel around Christmas. It got me to thinking about the millions of people that travel every year for this holiday. The rush of the airports and the busyness of traveling makes it easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas and the blessing of spending time with the ones you love. I know that Christmas is over and we are closer than ever to the New Year, but I encourage you to take some time this holiday season to remember that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Thank Him for the blessing of family and cherish each second spent with the ones you love! 

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D. ❤️

Plans Change

12 Dec

It has been a few weeks since my last post. My apologies to any faithful readers…I promise to do better! 🙂

I’ve been thinking about plans a lot lately. You see, I’m a planner in pretty much every aspect of the word.  I enjoy making plans ahead of time and making sure I’m prepared for anything. I’m a planner in my career as well. However, sometimes plans fall through. It is that aspect of planning that I don’t deal with very well.

As I get older, I learn more and more that plans change. This happens whether we want it to or not. It is when things don’t go the way you want or expect them to that you have to make a choice as to how you react. Reacting to change is a big part of your character. This is something I’m still learning.

Today is one of the best examples of dealing with “plan changes.” It was four years ago on this day that my Daddy went to Heaven to be with Jesus. Losing a loved one, especially a parent, is not something you can ever plan or prepare for. That was the worst day of my life. My daddy had been sick for a long time. When we got to the hospital to visit him that day we learned that he might not make it much longer. He had been very touch and go for a while, but there was something different about this day. We spent the entire day by his side; telling him often that it was “okay to let go” and that we would be okay. And in that moment you don’t really realize what you’re saying. We knew that he was going to Heaven, that we were completely sure of. But we had no idea how hard it would be when he was gone. And we certainly weren’t emotionally prepared.

Our family...May 2011. <3

Our family…May 2011.

So let’s fast forward to today. Four years has passed and by God’s wonderful grace, we are doing much better. When you lose a loved one, you never ever get over it and you never move on completely. It is something that you adjust to, something that you just learn to live with each day. Just recently, this week as a matter of fact, I discovered something though. When we go through trials it is important that we use what we went through to help others. We must use our pain and grief to bring encouragement to someone else. If we don’t do this, we become emotionally stagnant.

I know that each person and circumstance is different. I’m not sure what you’re going through or what you have gone through in the past, but please let me encourage you. If you have lost someone you love, whether it was one year or 10 years ago; you can get through it. No you will never get over that loss and you will never forget your loved one, but it is so important that you strive to keep moving forward. Surround yourself with the ones you love. Hold on to each memory you have with the loved one that passed and cherish each new memory made with those still here. Don’t be afraid of making new memories either and don’t give up on something that you’ve been working towards. When my Daddy passed I had just finished my first semester of my junior year of college and the last thing I wanted to do was go back to school. But I knew that he would never want me to quit college. He would want me to keep going. And because I did, I know that he is looking down from Heaven smiling because I didn’t give up.

So when you feel like giving up, take heart knowing that God will never leave you. By His grace, He will carry you through each trial in life. Trust in Him. Keep moving forward.

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and loved more than you know.

May God bless you and keep you, always.

Blessings,

Mrs. Hannah D.

 

“Through All of It”

24 Oct

“There are days I’ve taken more than I can give, and there are choices that I made that I wouldn’t make again

I’ve had my share of laughter, of tears and troubled times 

This has been the story of my life

I have won and I have lost, I got it right sometimes but sometimes I did not, life’s been a journey, I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret 

Oh and You have been my God through all of it…”

–“Through All of It” by: Colton Dixon

 
This song has been on my heart the last few days. I was actually listening to it on repeat last night. Don’t you just love songs like that? 

I’ve been filled with a lot of stress and anxiety lately. A lot of it has been all in my head, some not so much. When I’m stressed and anxious I tend to cry and even feel sick at my stomach. It’s just what happens. 

The purpose of this post is not to bring anyone down though. Even though I’ve been stressed and anxious, there have been constant reminders of God’s goodness. 

First, there was an excellent sermon and praise and worship in church Wednesday night. The sermon talked about standing firm and waiting on God. How so often in life we want to fight our own battles against the enemy, but God is fighting for us. He will go before us and fight on our behalf. He is such a good God.

Second, encouragement from my wonderful hubby and family. They listen and give the best advice. They pray for me. I’m so blessed.

Last, but not least, God’s peace. A few scriptures I’m leaning on:

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” ‭‭-1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” -Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ 

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” -John‬ ‭16:33‬ 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” -Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ 

And this scripture, which has been an encouragement to me for a very long time:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭

Never forget, no matter what you’re going through in this life, that God will never leave you. He will go before you. He loves you so much and He has a great plan for your life.

Blessings,

-Mrs. Hannah D. 😊

Weekends

18 Oct

Weekends are my favorite. Like ever. The work week is done and it’s time to relax and spend time with the ones you love. What could be better?!

So this week, since Monday to be exact, I’ve been sick. Nothing major or anything, just a bad sore throat and a cold. So in the evenings after work I’ve pretty much been a slump. Thankfully I have a super understanding and sweet hubby that takes care of me and helps around the house. He’s the best, I’m so blessed. ☺️

Let’s fast forward to Thursday. Thursday’s are my Friday, three day weekends are the best! So that evening Houston & I went to meet my family for dinner. Thursday=Mexican food. 😜 Anyway, we get to the restaurant, and keep in mind it’s been 3 days since we’ve seen our nieces. As soon as we get out of the truck and walk over to my brother’s  vehicle I hear a sweet little voice saying “Uncle Houston and Hannah!!!!” The excitement in Adalyn’s voice melted my heart. Talk about making someone’s day!! Then sweet baby Emery Kate was smiling at me all during dinner. My heart could burst with love for those two. Being an aunt is the best. 💕 

Ya know, I’ve learned, and I probably say it often, but sometimes it’s the little things in this life that mean so much. 

Little things like having clean sheets to snuggle in at the end of a long week. Or spending Saturday morning cleaning and then getting a pedicure in the afternoon. Even spending Saturday night at home with your hubby; having pizza and watching Netflix. Nothing fancy, nothing super spectacular, but equally wonderful. 

You know, God is so good in so many ways. He gives us this life. A life that isn’t perfect with trials and all, but we have the opportunity to make memories and spend time with the ones we love. 

God is so good. I’m so blessed. Truly can’t say that enough. 

Until next time.

Blessings,

-Mrs. Hannah D. 🙂