LysMarie Photography

•January 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I am writing to encourage anyone who loves photography to check out the Facebook page for LysMarie Photography. I can not say enough about the beautiful, striking pictures on this Facebook page. And as for the artist taking the pictures, well she is truly spectacular. Notice, I said artist….not photographer. Granted, she is technically a photographer, she is studying photography in college and trying to start her own business. But the way she sees the world, is through the eyes of an artist. She is a true original, a young woman with a zest for life and a love of nature and beauty. I am blessed to know her, and I have no doubt that she will be successful in all her pursuits. I know the world of photography, like any art is a competitive world. And much is left open to interpretation. What one person sees as beautiful, another may see as horribly uninspiring. I wanted to write this post, because I believe in her. I think one of the greatest gifts in life that you can give someone is just your belief in them, your encouragement. And it doesn’t cost a thing; yet it can make all the difference in the world. I don’t have any connections to anyone famous, I don’t know any great photographers. I have no way to help her get connected. But, I can write. I can encourage and hope and pray that the right person will check out her FB page and give her the break she needs. Everyone who either owns a business or who became famous in some way, needed that first “shot” or that first customer. I know this girl has what it takes to be big! I hope you see her pictures and believe in her too! She is young, and just starting but I know given the chance she can take this world by storm. And the images she will create will inspire and stimulate your senses. So, please if you do nothing else, go check out her Facebook page LysMarie Photography and give her a “like”. UPDATE: She now has her rates established $75 for a single person photo shoot $125 for two or more people portraits. She also does a lot of nature photography, give her page a look! This young lady is going places!! Have a blessed day!

My only wish…

•August 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

My Family

I am blessed with a beautiful family; my spouse and our son. This picture represents hope, love, faith, perseverance, dreams, and God. We were on the infertility merry go round for many, many years; but everything in life happens in Gods time. I am blessed to be a stay at home mom and get to enjoy our little blessing 24/7 and it is a gift that money cannot buy. Neither is the love and support, the true friendship I have with my spouse; it is a rare and beautiful gift. I am so grateful; I am so thankful.

Despite all this, I still have ONE WISH.  This wish is something I think about constantly. It keeps me awake at night, and at times it breaks my heart. My wish is for FINANCIAL STABILITY.  Money…sigh, the one thing we have been unable to get control over. It’s something I just can’t grasp, and I don’t know why. My spouse and I have spent our entire relationship talking over what we would do if we ever won the lottery.

Number one on the list is always start a nonprofit of some sort, we’ve always been charitable minded people. Number two on the list is always to pay back all our debts and put money in savings for a rainy day.  Number three is to give anonymous gifts of money to friends and family that have been supportive to us emotionally through the years. That’s it, that’s our big plans. We have no plans to go buy a bunch of cars, to live in a lavish home or to throw crazy parties. We would love much like we do now, except without the ulcers that come with our financial woe.

I want nothing more than for my spouse to be able to be a stay at home parent as well. I want us to be able to run a home based business and just enjoy our life with our son. It literally kills me that she has to be away from him so much; and worse yet that her sacrifice of time is still not enough to provide for our family financially. I don’t understand why we can’t just seem to get a break! Every time we think we’re on the track for something great, the walls cave in around us. I believe if we didn’t love each other so much, we would of parted ways years ago.

I don’t really desire fancy things or material possessions. I just want us to be able to pay our bills, our debts and live a fulfilling life. I want our child to look back and know how much we love him, all the sacrifices we made; but most importantly, I want him to remember all the fun times we had together as a family. I don’t want him to grow up not having enough time given to him. I don’t want him growing up with the cloud of stress all around because we don’t know if we can afford propane for the winter.

Today is a bad day for me. For some reason I feel truly despondent. I feel like a failure. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like no one cares or understands. I feel alone. But there is also this tiny flame inside me that feels there is always HOPE! There is always a reason to believe the future will be better. My family’s picture is proof that miracles do happen. That God does have a plan for my family. My family is my every reason for breathing.

I just have this one wish! This wish that we could just breathe a little easier. This wish that we could take care of our own without so much worry, stress and sacrifice. I wish we could just have the startup supplies and assistance to start our own business. Or that a Franchise would be gifted to us. Or someone would realize my spouses worth and what she brings to the table & pay her accordingly. I just want to not always struggle. I want to be able to help others achieve their dreams too!!

Why you should hire my spouse

•May 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Why you should hire my spouse

•May 8, 2017 • 2 Comments

DEDICATION.  As a business, I think this would be the number one trait to look for. You need someone who is dedicated to helping you achieve your companies goals. Someone who believes in your message and core values. A person who will treat your business, as their business. There is no one I’ve ever met, that is more dedicated than my spouse.

RELIABILITY.  Running a business you need someone who will be there, to take care of business. My spouse was raised with old fashioned values, and does everything in her power to fulfill her obligations. She prefers to be early whenever possible! If you need someone who has your back in a crisi situation, then you want a reliable person, like my spouse.

ADAPTABILITY.  Sure, she’s got years of experience in merchandising, retail, inventory, setting planograms and just LIFE experience; but she also has a drive and desire to learning new things.  She’s not one to be stuck in the past or old ways of doing things (except for when it comes to morals & respect); she knows the value of change. If you need someone who can take on various roles and adapt to changing priorities, then you should hire my spouse.

ETHICAL.  You will not find a soul more honest than my spouse, even to her own detriment at times.  She will definitely look out for the welfare of your company. Where some see the gray in the rules, she sees black & white, especially when it is something that affects profits or the reputation of the company.

DRIVEN.  My spouse is driven to excel. She holds herself to a very high standard and loves to achieve great results.  Whether it’s merchandising, setting a planogram, customer service or a new skill, she loves to outperform herself and others.  But it’s not just about speed or sales, it’s also about thinking outside the box and achieving a great result.

PEOPLE SKILLS.  My spouse is the baby of nine, so she has grown up surrounded by a multitude of personalities.  She has never met a stranger and can quickly relate and talk to anyone.  She is earnest in her dealings with people and they trust her.  She also uses her people skills when it comes to leadership.  Once she learns what motivates people, she is able to effectively lead them in a way that makes for a harmonious working environment.

Well, there are many more reasons than the ones listed as to why you should hire my spouse.  But, I think you need to meet her and see for yourself how amazing she is. I know reading this, you probably think I am biased.  But that isn’t true at all! I can love my spouse & think they are a horrible worker, a terrible slacker! But, thankfully one of the traits I find so appealing is just how wonderful she is in her business life, as well as her family life.

This is my spouses resume:

WALMART:  March 1994- December 2010- During her years at Walmart she worked in various positions and gained recognition of different District Managers, as well as Regional Managers.  She received numerous merit raises, employee recognition and was pursued to move up into higher positions in the company. (Positions she turned down because of her dedication to her ailing mother) The positions she did hold was: department Manager, inventory lead, stocker and she was chosen by District Managers for projects involving inventory control, store remodels and merchandising.

CROSSMARK: June 2011- CURRENT -My spouse started in this position as a Glidden Paint Representative, which mainly serviced Walmart. She traveled all over a district and even expanded beyond that as her Manager came to rely on her to get the work done. After some time, she changed over to be a general Merchandiser and travels to CVS, Walmart, grocery stores, etc to set planograms, perform merchandise audits and build merchandise displays.

DOLLAR TREE: November 2011- March 2012 – She was an Assistant Manager.

PETCO: November 2013- April 2015- She was an MPT and traveled the district setting planograms and helping with inventory management. The funny thing about her experience with Petco was, she went to interview for MPT and the hiring manager wanted to hire her as an Assistant instead. He saw the value of her experience, but she thought she needed to learn more about the animal business first, to be an effective manager.

GRAEBEL MOVING: January 2016- July 2016- She was a Project Field Manager and enjoyed the challenging work.  She was even able to complete some jobs ahead of schedule and under budget.  She traveled the USA, to lead a team to liquidate stores. She was laid off when the contract fell through.

BASS PRO: November 2016- CURRENT- She was hired on as an Order Picker.  It’s her job to pick mainly to replenish the retail stores, but also helps to pick catalog orders.  The job is challenging and fun and she enjoys the people she works with.

So, what is the purpose of my writing all this about my spouse? I mean she enjoys her work she does now! Well, unfortunately it revolves around money and the need for more of it.  I am a stay at home mom.  I am allowed to be one because my spouse knows how important and vital it is for a child to have a parent home with them. She is the sole financial support for our family. She is looking to find a truly rewarding job, that pays enough to alleviate the stress our family seems to be under constantly.

I’m praying that whomever takes the time to read this will pass it along & help my spouse find what our family needs.  Or maybe that a better opportunity with her current employer will come along. Our family has struggled for the last 7 years, trying to recoup from her leaving Walmart. We’ve had to borrow from family and friends (and unfortunately that’s caused some hard feelings), and we just want to be able to be self sufficient.  And we’d like to be able to afford to repay our debts, both personal and otherwise.

I know writing this up, I could possibly get a lot of SCAM responses, but I’m hoping not. If you are a legitimate company (and I will check the BBB and Glassdoor) that has a job you’d like to offer my spouse, please leave a reply.  Looking for employment in the Springfield, Missouri market, thank you.




I believe in Miracles

•December 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Well, it’s Christmas season 2016 and I believe in miracles; in fact I’m praying for one. It’s all I can think about, as a mother, it’s what I so desperately need. It’s…

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Life is ever changing

•August 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

My life has been a whirlwind since our little miracle was born.  There have been days of great joy and love, and days filled with worry and despair; but still great love. When you become a parent, …

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Why I Want To Support Circle & Bloom

•May 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Why I Want To Support Circle & Bloom.

Believe in God’s plan

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Believe in God’s plan.

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