9.12.16

HIS TIMING

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of major life decisions. Opportunity, after opportunity, after opportunity has been thrown in our face. If you would have told me back in October that in just under 2 months, I would be starting a business, Alex would be applying to go back to school and we would be moving, I would have probably thought you were crazy. But here we are. Before I get ahead of myself, I should mention that we are literally just moving down the street (so don't have a heart attack mom!).

It all started in November when I launched my business Lips by Beks (you can learn all about that decision here). Very quickly Alex and I felt that this business was going to be a huge blessing for our family. I was building my confidence, while doing something I absolutely love. As much as I love being a mom, I wanted something that was for me, and this was perfect. I quickly came to realize that I wanted the same thing for Alex.
One of Alex's passions is sports. That's why he had taken Journalism in university. It didn't work out however because it was WAY too time demanding for someone who works, and has a family. So he switched programs and graduated with a degree in Political Science. Since December 2015 Alex has been job searching, and it has been the hardest thing watching him not get jobs he really wanted. It was killing me. He had quite a few interviews, but there was always someone who was bilingual, which he was not, or had experience, which he did not.

Then 3 weeks ago I went out to talk to an old school friend of mine. She asked about Alex and what he was doing and I told her he was job searching. Then I mentioned something I hadn't thought of since 3 years previous. "He actually may go back to school to study Sports Business Management." Um where the heck did that come from? I literally forgot about that program I had found in years previously, but there I was talking about it. Little did I know, Alex was having the exact same conversation with my sister in law. Coincidence, I don't think so.

The more we talked about it the more it felt right. Alex has never been a fan of school, and I don't blame him for that, but this program is only for a year and you automatically get a co-op which you either get bridged into after you graduate, or get an amazing reference and experience! I've never met someone as hard working and as dedicated than Alex. He's someone who you have to spend time with to truly see his immeasurable value. Someone may have better qualifications on a stupid piece of paper, but I can guarantee they will not be as dedicated and constant as Alex.
I didn't want Alex to spend his life in a desk job that he wasn't passionate about, while I am doing things that constantly inspire and motivate me. He has been so supportive and encouraging through my business venture, so I wanted to do the same for him. I want to see come home and feel proud of what he has done. At the end of the day, sure he'd still be working a desk job that will still have it's frustrations and difficulties, however he will be working for a team. A sports team. Sports really is his greatest passion (other than family and God of course), and I feel he will be more successful in a field that has anything to do with sports!

Now onto the moving part. I've mentioned many times on this blog how much I am sick and tired of this apartment. So we've been looking to see if we could actually afford renting a townhouse. We ideally didn't want to move until we could afford buying, but sometimes you have to make changes to your original plan. We found a beautiful group of townhouse literally down the street from us for an amazing price!! It would only be $600 more a month then what we are paying now, and it 3 times the size, has a finished basement, a backyard, a community pool, and a perfect living space for what we are looking for! We went for a viewing yesterday and fell instantly in love. We're hoping we will be moving in by early spring.

All this to say, God sees the whole picture. And although there are elements to all this that are scary, we're mostly excited and willing to put our full trust in him. I can not wait to see what the future holds for us! Everything has just been happening so fast, but I know this all happened at the perfect timing.

Have you noticed that I am kind of uncomfortable with posting "style posts" unless I tell my life story!!!! ;) Also can we just take a moment and talk about the embroidery details on this dress! I can't get enough of dresses recently! Especially ones from Gamiss!

4.12.16

TIS THE SEASON

Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. For all of November and December I crank the Christmas music, decorate the house and get my Christmas shopping done. But for some reason, this year I just don't feel ready for Christmas. I don't know what it is but I feel we just got back from our vacation in Maine.. which was back in August. The time has literally flown by. I swear I sneezed and all of sudden it was December!
My family has always (always) put up the Christmas tree in the first week of November (and yes we were hipsters and did before it was the cool thing to do. No really all my friends growing up thought we were crazy...), and Alex and I have followed in that tradition. And yet, this year, I just don't feel ready to put it up yet. It's the weirdest feeling because I usually and decking halls as soon as the trick-or-treaters are in bed. I wish I could use the lack of snow as an excuse, but last year we had a green Christmas and our tree was still up early.

I had one of those "oh crap" moments today where I was mentioning the warm weather we've been having. I said something along the lines of "Our October felt like November, and our November feels like October". I was quickly corrected and realized we're now in December. It's just too weird. I love the whole lead up to Christmas, but I still can't figure out why it doesn't feel like a few weeks away.

I'm seriously at the point where I'm considering not even put up the tree since we're going to Winnipeg. Am I a horrible person for doing that? Ugh, I don't know.

I may not be prepared in terms of decor and Christmas gifts, but I have my whole holiday outfits picked and ready. Yep I'm shallow. And yep, I don't care. I may just have to wear this dress for the entire month ;) Zaful has so many gorgeous holiday dresses that are such a bargain!!

28.11.16

CUP-A-TEA

Lately our apartment has been driving me crazy. I really hate to be that person who is always complaining, but our apartment is really starting to feel small. It's constantly a mess, which I'm actually ok with since we have a toddler. However, the messiest places are actually our kitchen and bedroom, which are places that Calvin never goes into. We have barely any storage, I hate putting away laundry so it stays folded in our laundry bags until we do our laundry again and I've even avoided putting our Christmas tree up because I know our living room is going to feel even tinier.

Alex and I have been blessed in some many ways recently, and I'm not trying to sound like that spoiled kid who wants just "one more thing" and they will be happy, but I really would love to move into a bigger place. Technically we don't need a bigger place, I'm just being a diva. Our kitchen has always been my least favourite part of our apartment, so I avoid it like the plague. Which means the dishes get more and more piled up, we rarely ever eat a legit home cooked meal, and our dinning table is more of a dumping ground than an eating place.

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed, I make a hot cup of tea and breathe. Maybe it's my mom's British blood, or my horrible addiction to procrastinating, either way a cup of tea seems to be the perfect escape from inconsequential stresses. So this is what my late afternoons look like. Leggings, a cozy sweater (I'm obsessed with this one from Rosegal), and a nice warm cup of David's Tea. Now excuse me while I actually get some house work done.

15.11.16

Lips by Beks

Well the day has finally arrived. The day that I can share what I have been preparing for over the past week and a half. A couple weeks ago, I signed up to an independent distributor for LipSense. For the past week, I have spent every moment that Calvin has been napping or sleeping to watch training videos, design my logo, business cards, order product and supplies. It has been pretty go, go, go, but it has been so much fun and I am so excited to finally be sharing my new venture with you all!!!

Firs things first, for all my Canadian friends, you're probably asking yourselves: What on earth is LipSense? Well let me take this moment to give you the lo-down on a product that is the biggest game changer to makeup. For as long as I can remember, I have loved wearing lip colours, but I always hated how they would wear off, or dry out my lips. I always thought it would be perfect if there was a product that could stay on my lips all day, and not feel like I am wearing anything.

Well ladies, I am happy to say there is a product that can do all these magical things and more! LipSense is a long wearing lip colour that molecularly bonds to your lips. It is not a stain, but a 2 part system that involves a colour and gloss that locks these molecules in place. The gloss has ingredients like shea and vitamin E so your lips stay hydrated. I know it sounds kind of science-y, but it is 100% safe and all our products are created with proper pharmaceutical and cosmetic standards.

I remember seeing my first video about LipSense back in May and thinking: "This can not be real. No way can this product do all that claims AND be good for you." As the months went by I watched this company grow and grow and GROW! I slowly came to realize that this had to be the real deal and needed to try it for myself! I thought that it was only available in the States and that made me super frustrated. Then a few weeks ago one of my friends in Alberta posted a picture about her wearing LipSense. As soon as I found out it was available in Canada, I knew I wanted to be a distributor and get in on the ground level of this company. The company in Canada is currently growing a 1200% rate. THAT IS CRAZY!!!! I knew I needed to be a part of this team and bring such an incredible to Canada.

With all that being said, if you are in Canada (or have any Canadian friends) and are interested in learning more about this product, you can visit my Facebook Group Page, Instagram feed or send me an email at: lipsbybeks@outlook.com

I'm just busting at the seams with excitement and can't wait to see where this company takes me :)