Sew Russia: I’m Backkk!

Hey everyone!

How has 2017 treated you? Honestly for me it was s step up from 2016. I didn’t get quite as many goals as I would have liked to accomplished, but I am surprised at the success that I have had. I felt that 2017 for me was the year of awareness. I became aware of so much in my health, career, and home. I feel that I have been awakened.

I haven’t been consistent in my social media because I have been trying to figure out the direction I would like to go. I have been running across all of his advice on the internet telling me to pick one things and stick to it. Well that doesn’t work for me. I am creative in every since, and although I would like to showcase my sewing I have so much more to share.

I decided to convert my blog into a lifestyle blog. Doing this will allow me to hit every creative and personal nail that I would like to share. Some days I will showcase my sewing, some days I may want to teach something, some days I may want to show a product I purchased, and some days I may want to share a sneak peak into my family life.

As we all know, there is no one side to life. Life is composed of so many things & you’ll never know what the day may bring. I am a very random person at heart. I love living in the moment and cherishing every moment. That’s just how I am.

So with that being said I will be sharing with you weekly here on my Blog and on my Vlog. I look forward to taking to along my journey!

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Sew Russia: The Amazing Test Of Faith

I honestly believe that if I can make it through this I can make it through anything. I have been tested hard since December 2015. It has been a rock and very mysterious road. The funny thing about it all is that people see me on social media and think I have it all figured out. They think I have it altogether. I have been forced to be authentic. I have been forced out of my comfort zone. I have been tested. I have faced things that I never thought I would.

I was fired from my job December 2015. Before that it was really hard to keep a job and even after. Either they were not helping to guide me in growth, or we were just not a great match for each other. Honestly, the type of person I am is not seen as normal in Louisiana. You’re suppose to do as you’re told, not question anything, assume most things are for the best, and hush your mouth before causing controversy. Your suppose to go to school and become a teacher, nurse, work for the state, or work at a plant. I have tried all of those by the way and all have turned me down.

I am not a match for most people and because of it I have been tested heavily. I tried to blend in and be like everyone else. I tried to tone it down. I tried to be who people wanted me to be. I tried to be quite. I tried to stay distant. None of these things worked in my favor either. I was damned if I do, and damned if I don’t. My back was against the wall. I started to question my existence. It seemed that if I spoke up I was wrong, and if I was quite I was wrong. If I was assertive I was wrong and if I was friendly I was gullible and naive. I am neither by the way. Surely I was put here for a reason. Then again…maybe not.

At one point the only thing that kept me alive was the thought of my daughter. How selfish would it be for me to take my life knowing I brought a life here. She didn’t ask to be here. She surely didn’t ask to be motherless. It seemed all of the odds were against me and that I was drowning.

I was suffering financially. I didn’t know what they hell I was doing as far as building a business goes. I had started, but I had no idea how to run it. I didn’t know how to get organized and get a system in place. The insane part about this is that I was a property manager who came into a neglected complex and turned it all around. If I could do that for a company surely I could do that for me. It’s different when you’re spending your own money to build something you don’t yet see; or better yet your spouse doesn’t see.

where I am from, African-Americans having a business means it’s a side hustle. Extremely few have their own full time business and the other portion has a full time job of some sort. Still I push despite the odds. Everyday is a learning curve, and although things have gotten better, there is still much to learn and work on. I believe I was handed this journey for a reason and I most definitely want to find out what is to come of it all despite the challenge.

Connect with me on social media. Like my Facebook Page Like my Instagram Page.  Watch my YouTube channel. I am also on Twitter and Periscope as @sewrussia. Thank you for reading my blog! Send me any suggestions of anything you would like to see me write about (sewrussia@gmail.com)! Thanks again for stopping by!

Sew Russia: I Am Changing My Eating Habits

Eating healthy is no fun! Says who? Just because it’s something that you’re not use to that doesn’t mean it won’t be a good experience or in most cases…good for you. Some of you are familiar with my PCOS journey. Some of you are not.

PCOS is basically a hormonal disease that can reek havoc on your body from time to time. Literally, I have had days where I felt like someone knocked me on my ass. It causes a list of things to happen. I will make sure I outline the details in another post later.

PCOS can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and/or cancer. What person in their right mind wants any of those? True, I am already insulin resistant, so ummm…yeah…that whole diabetes thing, I don’t want to rock the boat with it. The bad news is…I LOVE SUGAR. If I could marry sugar I would. I think world peace can be achieved with sugar.

Diabetes runs on both sides of my family and it is an ugly battle, just like all of the illnesses I listed above, including PCOS. It is never to late to change your eating habits to live a longer life. Many people have done it an won the battle. Think about it though. Everything we do depends on us eating correctly. You need a certain amount of energy and nutrients to keep going daily.

By incorporating more veggies and fruit into our diet we prolong our lives and feel better. When I eat correctly I feel amazing. Now there are times when I slip and find myself retracting. I am pushing myself to develop a habit of getting out of my own habits. I want to live my life to the fullest. I want to fulfill my purpose. I want to help people who struggle to change for the better. I believe I can. Starting with me.

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Sew Russia: Plan Your Weekly Meals & Save

Have you ever walked into the store with a budget in mind only to come out over on your budget and wondering where your money went?

Honestly I have been through this more times than I can count or remember. Who doesn’t like to save? I do! At the same time if I go into the store without a list I can get a bit wreckless with spending. A $100 budget can easily turn into $200 or more. Sewww…I decide to make two guides that I can use to arm myself while shopping. I do much better when I write things out and use a list. That’s just how I am wired.

I am sure that some of you can relate. No one likes the feeling of guilt after spending much more than you had planned to. In today’s world saving up is essential to survival these days. You just never know what can occur in your life to where you may need some extra cash. I have said to myself that I would rather spend as less as possible on food so that I can spend big elsewhere. I don’t want a bulk of my money going on food (Some foods we don’t even get around to eating anyway).

I thought that it would be really cool to share the guides that I have designed with my audience. I am sure they will help someone out who would like to travel along the same journey.

Below you will find a weekly meal planner guide and a grocery list guide. These tools are helpful for planning your meals for the week and listing the groceries you would need to make them. This will help you control spending and manage your time shopping ( I can spend 1 hour easily in the grocery store).

Download and print this Weekly Meal Planner-PDF 

Download and print this Grocery List-PDF

I enjoyed sharing this post with you.

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Sew Russia: My Blog: Life Is What You Make It

Can I admit I have been having some consistency issues with my blog? I always wrote for fun as a child. It’s was almost effortless to write growing up. Maybe that was due to the fact that there was no such thing as social media to distract you and blogging was actually called writing in your journal. I felt that I could myself 100% when I wrote in my journal. You didn’t have the world looking at you with judgement and you could say whatever you wanted to say.

The name of my blog is called “Life Is What You Make It”. I always loved that phrase and I believe it. I believe that each one of our lives is what we make of it. Our lives matter and are so precious. Every moment spent on Earth is very vital and dear. Deeper than that, I wanted to come out of my room a bit. When I was younger when I would craft no one was allowed in my room while I was doing so. This helped me to create freely and focus. I can also admit it shielded me from the judgement and objections of others.

I want to share my journey the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am not perfect and will never claim to be, but I am growing. At some points in my life I wish I had an example, something to read, or someone to talk to to help me get through things. Most of my experiences had to be learned on my own. I have always been an open book and don’t mind (at this point) letting people in from time to time to help them heal, get answers, and to become inspired.

Life Is What You Make It

I enjoyed sharing this post with you. Connect with me on social media. Like my Facebook Page Like my Instagram Page.  Watch my YouTube channel. I am also on Twitter and Periscope as @sewrussia. Thank you for reading my blog! Send me any suggestions of anything you would like to see me write about (sewrussia@gmail.com)! Thanks again for stopping by!

Sew Russia: How I Package My Items

Nothing is more satisfying than when my work looks clean. I work extremely hard to produce quality items. Now I’m not going to lie, I have made my share of mistakes. Who hasn’t? There is a learning curve to everything. You don’t just wake up one day and know it all. You learn each day, and one of the main ways we learn is through trial and error.

I spend a lot of nights researching. I would love to say mornings, but  I am honestly more of a night owl than a morning person. At night I get a little more free time when my husband and daughter are sleep (If they go to sleep). For about 1-2 years I have visualized how I would like my products packaged. I knew that I wanted my products in something that I looked professional.

It is very important to make sure that you check your items thoroughly before shipping them off to clients. You want your work to look as clean as possible.

In addition to the product(s) ordered you should package your business card, thank you cards, coupons/gift certificates, and any other communications such as fliers. This lets clients know how they can contact you for future orders. It lets them know you appreciate their business. It lets them in on any important information you want them to know that they may be interested in.

I ordered mine from Vista Print. They have really good deals. Their products are very professional looking. I have not had any issues with ordering from them. Items have arrived on time and in great condition.

I always think steps ahead. I like to plan for the worst or the “unseen”. What if its raining or snowing and the box that is being delivered gets wet or damaged? There should be extra packaging inside to protect your product. I sew and heat press shirts. So what would be great for this? Cello bags! There is one problem with that. The only cello bags that I found locally were only big enough to put cookies and candy in. I needed to find bags that were big enough to fit shirts and clothing in. I knew I would have to search online. I got 10 X 13 inch  self seal poly cello bags from Amazon here. It is one pack containing 100 bags. It’s perfect for what I need, and it gets the job done. I actually started using them immediately and had no issues using them.

I enjoyed sharing this post with you. Connect with me on social media. Like my Facebook Page. Like my Instagram Page.  Watch my YouTube channel. I am also on Twitter and Periscope as @sewrussia. Thank you for reading my blog! Send me any suggestions of anything you would like to see me write about (sewrussia@gmail.com)!