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End of Month

I’m a sales manager at a large company, and boy the end of the month can be exhausting!! I know all my sales reps out there feel the same way! “Thank god its over” some of us feel (when we have achieved or exceeded our monthly quota OR “I JUST NEED ONE MORE DAY” if we are not quite there yet). The last day of the month is something you feel you can celebrate or you can’t wait for tomorrow to get a fresh start.

Although I am a sales manager I also still do have to run a team and hit a goal myself. So I will do the same exact job they are required to do and in addition I train, coach, and do 2nd voice calls to get the deal across the finish line. The hardest part isn’t trying to hit the goal myself, the hardest part is seeing reps on my team just fall short of their goal, and the best end of month days are when I see them exceed and they walk out with a smile on their face.

Although the reps continue to improve and work hard, sometimes it just is not their month. Maybe it was that the customer walked last minute on them or our underwriting team just didn’t feel comfortable moving forward, but it isn’t easy to see the look on their face when its the end of the last day and they justttttt fall short.

I do my best to keep them motivated, and show them how they continue to improve month after month and how they have to keep them positive, and to continue doing what they are doing. I add something new to work on every month so changes aren’t overwhelming and it does seem to be working, just on a fast pace sales floor I think at times the information is an overload.

To all my sales managers out there how do you feel about the end of the month? Do you feel the same way when you see your reps just fall short? Tell me how you handle the end of the month, and the start of a new month.

April 2018 it was real May we are ready for you!


Girl on the Train

Finished my first book in a very very very long time. I have owned this book for over one year, and I knew the movie was coming out to rent on the 17th so I figured you know what Jess? Read the book, and then watch the movie. The movie trailer looked awesome, and the book has GREAT reviews so I was off to finish reading my first book in years. I mean I have started books all the time just never could finish, but with this book it was different. 

Yes, It took me a little bit to get into it the plot and connect with the characters, and build my perception of them. After that I couldn’t put the book down. I mean that…. I stayed up until 1:30am on a Tuesday not being able to stop reading…. I needed to know what was going to happen, and I finally had the mystery figured out in my head just needed to confirmation. 

Finished the book–Yes my guess was correct, and I didn’t want it to end. I almost didn’t want to be correct I wanted to story to go on. But for my own healthy and rest the book was finished. I finally find myself back in the world of reading. This book helped me earn my love for reading a book back, and away from the internet/phone/TV. 

I highly recommend reading this book even gifting it! The movie on the other hand give the book NO justice what so ever. There is just something about the suspense of reading a great book. The directors did a good job of matching a lot of the details from the book, but it just is not going to give you the same feelings that each character was feeling, and how they perceived one another. That is my most favorite part about the book– You get to read and learn about the other characters though each other’s eyes. Helps you develop your own perspective, and love/hate relationships for them as well. It’s a great way to get lost with your thoughts/judgements etc. 

Now onto the next book- The Couple Next Door – I will let you know how this one plays out! 🙂 

Acne Treatment

I have had cystic acne since 2010. I literally never wore makeup until this acne started to take place. I would be at work, and people who knew me for years would ask… is everything ok? you never used to break out? I was so embarrassed about this I just tried to cover it up with makeup which of course is going to be no help to sensitive skin.

I tried EVERYTHING: Proactive, Rodne and fields, clean and clear, washing my face religiously, not washing my face religiously, using just white dove soap, using acne medication & trying not to use acne medication– You Get the Picture.

Went to the dermatologist he put me on a medication called sperlactone which is a water pill this did take a few months to start to work cleared up my oily skin even my hair wasn’t oily anymore I could go 4 days not washing my hair which is unheard of for me. I still would get pimples not AS BAD but wasn’t great either. After a few months of using this the Doc wanted to put me an Accutane. He told me about all the symptoms of Accutane, and I said you know what I’ll do it it is for a few months I can suck it up to have beautiful skin again. At this point I would have done anything to have clear skin. We ended up doing all the blood work and the prescription was $500.00 my insurance wouldn’t cover it so I didn’t ever end of taking it. Which now I am happy because the side effects did scare me a bit.

My skin stayed O.K. from the sperlactone, and my doctor ended up leaving and going to a different practice. I also changed jobs, and found a new dermatologist right down the road from work. I no longer take sperlactone ( I don’t really like to take pills anyway)

My First visit to my new Doc he told me the following advice:

ONLY USE – Non Comedogenic Makeup/lotions/face washes **He said this is most important!

He then prescribed me Tretinoin Cream 0.025% to use at night only and then for morning routine i use 1% clindamycin phosphate topical gel mixed half and half with benzoyl peroxide 5%.

First Three months– Brutal!

Super dry skin so dry my face shined like a doll. It peels, and then I started to break out terribly so bad it hurt to touch parts of my face. Huge pimples that at times (maybe TMI) but they practically exploded, and the pain was TERRIBLE!

BUT: I am not in my 4th Month –My doctor saw me said my skin is looking great he isn’t worried about my acne scars says the Tretinoin Cream should clear all of it. I ask him ” So what is the plan? Do I have to use these creams the rest of my life? ” He said ” Eventually your acne will stop it is hormonal, but the Trentinoin cream doesn’t just help acne it will help with any wrinkles and I have plenty of patients that stay on it and they have BEAUTIFUL skin from it.” He upped my script to 0.05% for the Trentinoin and my scars are literally fading day by day. I feel confidant to go out without makeup on. I know my scars are still not completely gone, but it feels good to walk out of the house and not feel super self conscious of a huge pimple that turns purple not even from picking at it just because of the pressure.

If you are someone who gets prescribed the Tretinoin Cream I HIGHLY recommend waiting 30 Min after washing your face at night to apply the cream. Use TONS of chap stick at night it WILL dry your lips out like crazy. At first I was not waiting 30 Min to apply the cream and I kept breaking out after I read to wait 30min. until application that’s when I really started to see the results. In the morning when you wash your face wash your face normal and when you have the soap still on your face use a wash cloth to exfoliate any dead skin that will occur from using this cream.

I use neutogena sensitive skin face wash and any lotion that is non comedogenic I use PUR right now but I will just get something from neutogena it is cheap and a good product.

The fist 3 months are NOT easy but it is well worth the wait!!

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have. Trust me I know what it is like to struggle with acne, anything I can do to help or maybe give some insight on I would love to. Acne is not something easy to deal with, no especially hard to hide so I will be doing a makeup blog shortly. After many attempts, money spent, and lots of research I have finally found a make-up routine that works without looking like I have caked on a bunch of powder/foundation. 


My Very First Blog!

It’s Saturday night, and I have always flirted with the idea of starting a blog. I am 29 years old, and I have always been a guinea pig to try new things so I figured… Why not start a blog where I can give true advice on these things to help others (which is one of my MOST favorite things to do!!) On here I will post about different medications I have tried, diets, dog training help, recipes, and just things in our GENUINE LIVES! I’m excited for this new journey, and can’t wait to share all of the things I have experienced! I look forward to starting it with you all!!