Simple, ahead!

A few weeks ago I posted photos of the office purge / redo. I wasn’t done. I was still feeling cluttered; so I got rid of two large pieces of furniture.

Next I purged he master bathroom.   I intend on doing my bedroom closets eventually but with purging / reorganizing comes a huge mess, and I’m still working on that. It always looks better when everything is to Goodwill, the dumpster, or the garage, but for now I’ve still got a little mess. The kitchen will be after that. It’s a process though, and sometimes a girl just needs a night of nothingness!

For my Scentsy business; I’ve gone with the route of simple, and systematic. I feel like that’s carrying over into my everyday life as well. And it’s a great thing!

Creating systems, so I’m not spending 3 hours reinventing the wheel every time is most helpful. I never realized just how good having them in place feels, productivity wise. The consistency is awesome, and the simpleness of some marketing materials and such is great.

In other random news.  I intentionally plan out a night of “me time” where I disconnect from social media / technology [yeah right!] and I picked Wednesdays, but I have tonight free, and plan on hunkering down on some work. Maybe next week!

Now, I need to find someone to help me with a theme / layout for this blog. I’ts very blah, it’s free [I do not mind paying for it!] and has no rhyme or reason. I need simple and consistent!  I have a bit of an idea in mind, so if you know of anyone / anyplace that designs things things, send ’em my way,  please and thanks!

And that folks, is your dose of random everyday Jess.



Simple, ahead!

10 Years Seizure Free


10 years ago today [Sunday 9/10] I signed papers on a new-to-me car. I had to go to work, and hadn’t really driven it, other than half a mile home from the dealership, then to work and home that day, 3 miles max.

On 9/11 I pulled out of my driveway and headed to Iowa City to grab some new wiper blades. I’m a Rain-X girl; I had called the best friend, Shawn, in Nashville and woke up off and on in an ambulance.  According to Shawn she said my line went silent, she heard the phone drop, and then eventually hung up when I wasn’t answering. She thought the call just dropped. What happened was, I turned right, then drove a few miles on Highway 6 in West Liberty out of town towards Iowa City and ended up on the other side of the road on top of a fiber optic box.

The great people of WL came to my rescue in both as a passing car – Denny Wachs who managed to find and save my glasses, and call my parents, and the WL Fire & Rescue who are a great group of volunteer EMT / Firemen who took me to the ER.  I’m told at one point I was in and out of awareness and Dave who’s last name I cannot remember; asked me “Jess do you know where you are” and I apparently replied in typical fashion “I’m in a fucking ambulance I must have had a seizure” I don’t remember but apparently they were all laughing and agreed “Yup, she’s good”

A state trooped showed up in the ER room and took my license on the spot, long story short, he was the brother of a good friend who passed in 2003, and ironically my first reported seizure was the night of his funeral).

I had to stay overnight at the hospital, I mostly slept, a lot. I came home and slept for at least a full day, my dog rarely left my side.  My car had a punctured radiator, and had a few thousand dollars of damage to be repaired after I had signed paperwork less than 24 hours before.  I had some time to repair it, and it sat in a shed at my uncle’s farm.

My meds did not change the day of the seizure in fact the ER doc was kind of a dickhead. He thought my meds were working just fine. Yes, that’s why I had a grand mal. Working great.  It wasn’t until almost 6 weeks later I had a visit with my neurologist who switched my meds, to what I’m on now. 400 mg generic Zonegran and 50 mg of Topamax.  My dosage has changed a bit, currently taking 500 mg generic Zonegran and 50 mg of generic Topamax.

Previously it was just 500 mg of Topamax – at this time it was only name brand, since then the generic has become available.

This concoction is working well for me. My seizures are caused by stress and lack of sleep. In this time I’ve been at the day job for 9 1/2 years with a bit more normal sleep / work schedule vs managing the bar and grill my parents own with hours from 9 am – 9 pm.

Double digits, this is incredibly crazy, but it’s working. As long as I am on anti-epileptic meds I will have to fill out medical paperwork for the DOT – which I’m on a 2-year rotation so I only have to do it when I renew my DL.  I always toy with asking “can I get off the meds” then I get really tired and a tiny headache happens and I realize that you know, for the low cost of my meds monthly and the pain in the ass that it is to do the DOT paperwork and all that, it beats the hell out of a seizure and having to depend on others to drive me around.

I used to post each year about another year seizure free. I think from now on I’ll just let it go. Maybe at 15 I’ll bring something up.

I took the day off work to just do whatever I wanted. However, I’m running errands, chatting with my Scentsy mentor and will be sitting at the hospital with my great aunt, while watching Hurricane Irma coverage.  More on this later.  Perhaps I’ll do something for myself but honestly, I’m here, I’m able to drive, I’m healthy just chunky, and all is well.  I always say I’d rather be fat than have seizures.



10 Years Seizure Free

An office redo, again

This weekend; I had next to no plans. Just meeting Mom at 10 on Sunday to head to the local-ish outlet mall and do a little shopping.

I got this idea to once again, redo the office. A few weeks ago I had purged and reorganized. But I have this 6 foot wire shelving unit that I had a few things on and then two pull out storage drawers on the lowest shelf. I was tired of it. I was feeling crowded, like every wall had SOMETHING.  I needed some open wall space.  I once again went through and purged some stuff, moved things around and reorganized. I managed to get both the wire shelf and a rustic barn wood bookshelf out of the office.

It’s still in a bit if disarray, but one step closer.

This is what I’ve gotten removed and items on it have been stored elsewhere.

I haven’t decided if the 9 cube bookshelf thing I have coming this week from Target needs to go back and get an 8 cube one that’s only two high. Currently nothing is under the window

I really need something in front of this window…


I’ve got another 9-cube shelf on order to be here on Thursday but I’m thinking of returning it; and swapping for the 8-cube to go under the window on it’s side [2 high vs 4 high]; but then I was like maybe I should just leave it empty…   a less is more. Simplistic. Get some curtains and extend the rod so I can leave it open for the light to come in.

I would have to move the quote to the left of the window, but that’s not a big deal; and the board that’s to the right of the window could be moved over a bit or moved in general.

I’ve sold the barn wood bookshelf, and I need to get the wire shelf to my garage. I have two already in there, smaller, but they can be moved. I really don’t want to just get rid of them because they are great for storage, just not in my office anymore!

I’m still not sold on the set up but SIMPLICITY is best. And maybe I’m not sold on it yet because things are still kind of not quite in the right spot yet.


An office redo, again

It’s already September 1st!

This week has been crazy busy, but in a good way.  In the chaos of it all, I made a trip to WL to delivery Scentsy all around, and cooked dinner at home every night but that night; no brainer, I ate at my parents restaurant.

Last night I was up til almost 1 am watching the Month End Magic that is Scentsy. Our owners are insanely authentic in that they hop on FB Live and share their lives, cheer us on, maybe give a few hints at what’s to come in the new month ahead. I had an insanely great month. I was $164 shy of hitting a huge milestone for the month, one I never thought would happen in August!

My friend Jess, a fellow Scentsy Consultant, said it best; dealing with other peoples money is the not so great side of Scentsy. I had to wiggle around a few things due to a customer’s compromised credit card, and a few got in on the deal at the 11th hour so their checks will get to me.  It’s a weird thing for people to give you their credit card numbers,  and send you money. Sometimes it just makes me nervous.

I’m kind of kicking myself for not just ordering $164 more worth of product for events, but I wanted to go about it fairly, so I didn’t. It’s all customer sales. And for that, I’m pretty proud, but even better, my team rocked it. Watching the team numbers creep up was pretty amazing. I felt like a proud momma or something equivalent.

Today, I’m solo in the office. Back in January I had requested the day off, but others put theirs in and somehow mine was pushed to the wayside. Shit happens, and I’m saving a day of vacation.  It’s pretty quiet here, so very productive. Hindsight – it’s great. I’m taking the 11th off instead. More on that later.

I’ve managed to tackle a couple of huge things that I just needed a bit of quiet for.

Since the first is payday in my world, which happens only monthly; I had a few lists of things I wanted to purchase when the paycheck hit my account. I was able to snag that stuff. The store pick-up option at Target is an amazing thing; I can add things to my cart, and keep them in there, then order when able, then walk in and grab them and walk out. This is so much easier on my checkbook. I’m very guilty of walking every aisle and walk out with a few hundred less in the checking account and feel like I have nothing to show.

I also registered for the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University.  I’m not a church-goer, but I like the concept of his budgeting / saving. I’ve read the books, I just want the class for accountability and to actually start the process.

A long weekend ahead and the only plans I have are to get some groceries probably on Saturday, and head to the outlet mall with mom on Sunday.


It’s already September 1st!

Bad dreams

For as long as I can remember I’ve been one to remember dreams, good and bad. Last night I woke up from a bad dream.

First, a little back story. In the early 90’s there was a college basketball star for the local college; he was drafted by the NBA, and then played in international leagues and coached some. I hate basketball so I don’t really know. My stepdad follows basketball.

Fast-forward to maybe 7 years ago I was looking for rentals, and this guy owns a crap ton in the area; same college town that he is an alumni for. I never reached out, because I found some elsewhere that worked out better. Somehow he started messaging me on Facebook; and it was creepy, like I blocked him creepy. He showed up at the country bar I was a regular at acting all creepy, and would not stop gawking.  I’m not anything special, just a tomboy.

He got a little blunt one night; and TOTALLY crossed the line, and it’s tough to do so with me. I told him “wrong fucking answer” and walked up to the owner of the establishment, and told him that it was either he leave, or I’ll never come back. I was a bit embarrassed to tell him what was said to me, but I told him, and he was gone.  I waited around for  while and left too.

I unfortunately have to drive past this creeps condo on the way to my condo, and he knows its me…

I had a dream about him last night and I cannot shake it. I had a hard time falling back asleep. I know my condo is secure; that you have to have a key or be let in; but he’s a 6’10 stocky black guy; that I’m certain I’ve never seen smile. He owns property RIGHT next to my condo complex.

I just keep hoping that he’ll go back to Chicago, but his latest vehicle has Iowa plates, you know cuz all these years they’ve had Illinois ones.

… this too shall pass…


Bad dreams

Scentsy office reorganization / purge

Friday nights always seem to be nights where I’m in bed early. I had planned on doing a little reorganizing in my office. I’ve been here a little over a year, and I’ve moved things around already but finally getting them situated. After coming back from Scentsy Family Reunion last month I’ve realized I need to get some systems in place, make things simple but functional, work smarter not harder.

I crawled in bed Friday with the idea of tackle the office on Saturday. Boy did I!  I basically pulled everything out and put it back together, in a way I thought better fit, and got rid of a bunch of stuff I had either 1) moved from the old apartment and haven’t used since or 2) have no need for, and am just hanging on to it.

It was very nice to pitch some stuff!  And reorganize a bit. I might have overshared on Snapchat…  I did a load of laundry, had lunch and dinner, and watched two documentaries [The Story of Diana and He Named Me Malala] along with listening to some Scentsy trainings!

Fun with Snapchat

A few have asked for a tour of my office. Keep in mind; in January 2015 I decided to finally start working Scentsy like a business vs the hobby I had been working for the last almost 4 years prior; and my big goal was to move into a bigger place so I had an office. At the time I was in a 565 square foot tiny apartment.

Fast forward to April 2016; new condo [still renting] but twice the size, with a second bedroom, that is my Scentsy office! Here are the photos. As you walk in the door then spanning right to left. In order to stay in compliance you might notice some blurring…

And these pictures make it look cluttered; I promise it is not.


I’m totally enjoying the Dymo Label Writer for organization. I didn’t nap at all yesterday. I have a few bags of trash in the kitchen by the door to go out, but I think I’m going to crawl in bed for a bit of a nap right now. I was awake at 8am and met my Dad for breakfast. I think I deserve a nap.

For those of you who may have seen the office before, some might not look much different, but trust me, the purge happened. And a lot of much needed organization. Tonight; I’ll be sitting down to plan out some posts for my team and business page. But first, a nap.

Scentsy office reorganization / purge