why start a side business?

For those of you who have been around here for a while, you know that I’ve been making jewelry for a really long time. Like 14 years. Jewelry has been in my blood since the first beaded bracelet I made and sold my Freshman year of high school to earn money for Spring Break. It’s such a joy hearing the stories of what my customers have stamped on your items – memorials, celebrations, words that impact your lives.

Owning your own business definitely has its perks: you choose your schedule, you get all of the profits, the flexibility and being your own boss is amazing. But there are also some potential downsides to owning your own business: never knowing exactly what your income will be, sometimes having to work long hours during busy seasons, not being able to shut off your mind.

Three years ago I started a small side business here, simply because I felt like God had allowed me to go through some things in my health so that I would share what I was learning about food and natural living with others. I have loved this business and it brings me such fulfillment during the slower times with my jewelry business. There have been months where this side business has picked up the slack financially for us when the sales weren’t coming in over at amycornwell.com.

As a result, I have felt led lately to share with you all a challenge – why start a side business? This can be beneficial for so many, but especially those who already have a successful business. How? The readers and followers are already there. If you choose a side business that coordinates with what you are already passionate about and sharing, those followers will transfer over to your new business. I’m not talking about bugging all of your friends all day every day. I’m simply saying sharing what you love about this new venture in a natural way that fits with everyday life. Here are some examples:

Against All Grain – Danielle is a cookbook author and writes about Paleo living. Eating clean foods is super important to her. She just started on as a consultant with Beautycounter (makeup) and it fits with her current feed because the company is concerned about non-toxic makeup.

Livy Loves to Run – Diane gained a huge following when she lost 100 pounds by exercising and eating healthy. She recently started selling LipSense, which is an all-day lasting lipstick line. She’s doing really well with that and is building a brand new house as a result. While losing weight doesn’t really coordinate with selling lipstick, she wears her lipstick in some of her photos, which makes an easy transition for her followers that are interested.

These are just two examples of people who have huge Instagram followings who started a side business successfully. What if you don’t have a huge following? You can be successful at this too. I know of many friends who are hardly on social media that have created successful side businesses – some that are paying off mortgages and retiring their husbands. My friend Eva just shared the other day this great article about having a side job with your day job.

those who kept their day job while pursuing a personal venture on the side — or what the researchers called “hybrid entrepreneurship” — were 33 percent less likely to fail than those who quit their jobs altogether.

My side business is sharing wellness products with others. I love being able to make someone’s life better and I love that I can do it from anywhere (i.e. at a stoplight or on the beach). I love that I don’t have to carry inventory for my side job. There is such joy in hearing the testimonies of lives changed. The relationships I’ve built in this new business are invaluable to me. This doesn’t feel like a “job” to me, it truly is fun and fulfilling. If you want to learn more about my side business (which soon will likely surpass my jewelry income), please send me an email. I’d love to talk to you more about it and see if it’s right for you. If not, consider finding a network marketing business that does fit with your passions – it could change your life in wonderful ways.

what I learned from my first half marathon

img_0890On Saturday I ran my first ever Half Marathon in Indianapolis. No, I’ve never really run any considerable distance before more than 2 miles and yes, it was difficult. But the reason why I ran made it easier to do being that I’m not a seasoned runner. This whole experience was challenging and I learned a lot along the way that I wanted to share with you all. These are in no particular order and I’m sure as soon as I hit “publish” there will be more things that pop in my head so this list might be ever-growing and changing.

What I learned from my first half-marathon (and maybe my only half-marathon):

  1. img_0061stretching is almost as important as the running itself – I dealt with quite a few weeks of injury during my training. I’d venture to say that almost 50% of my training time I was under some sort of pain. I learned near the end of my training that stretching really is so important. On the days where I took time to stretch for an extended period of time, my joint pain lessened. When I added a foam roller to the mix to get the muscles that I couldn’t quite stretch on my own, it helped even more.
  2. it’s easier to run long distances with people cheering you on – before the run I heard people say to start slow because the adrenaline and people will make you start too fast. Boy was this the truth. I did start too fast but even in the times where my body needed me to walk, having those around me that were strangers but took time to cheer me on meant so much. And it’s motivating when you see people passing you to keep on moving too.
  3. essential oils, epsom salts and ice are our friends – my body was SO mad at me on Saturday night after the race. Specifically my knees. Ice was and is my best friend now. So are the essential oils that I used (PanAway and Dorado Azul) both topically and in my epsom salt bath. For the epsom salt bath I used 2 cups of an epsom salt/baking soda combination with 6 drops of essential oils and I soaked for 30 minutes. It did wonders to soothe and loosen my muscles and joints.
  4. don’t decide the fate of your next run on the day of your run – as soon as I crossed the finish line I said “never again.” Now that it’s over and my body is feeling better, I’m learning to never say never. God could call me to run again and raise money for clean water or sex trafficking or something else. I might want to run a half through Disney World. Time will tell. Right now I’m feeling like I’ll stick to 5K’s but never say never.
  5. split the run into small milestones to avoid “the wall” – when I started the half-marathon, I new that my parents and kids would be cheering me on at mile 5. I looked forward to that. I kept counting down the miles until I knew I could get a high five from them. After mile 5, I set other milestones for myself to keep myself going.
  6. img_0299listen to your body, to a point – the mental game with running is so hard. There were times during my training that I just wasn’t feeling it. My body wasn’t hurting, but my mind told me to walk. I had to will myself many times to keep going. There were other times where I simply had to listen to my body though and walk or skip a training day in order to prevent further injury. And you know what, it was okay! Skipping a training day (or sometimes a whole week) was what I needed to do in order to allow my body to heal so that I had a better chance to do 13.1 miles when I had to. You need to listen to your body but sometimes you just have to tell your mind to shut up.

If you’ve run a half- or full-marathon – what other things have you learned? Leave a comment and let us know!

running with purpose

Three years ago I went to Kenya with my church. After a long drive on a Kenyan “road” (literally made of boulders, I don’t know how we didn’t blow a tire), we came up to the village we were set to visit. We visited this village because our church had raised money for a well for the village – we came to celebrate and build relationship (the well was completed over a year later). One of the most eye opening and life altering moments was seeing the watering hole at Isinon.


This is the water that the people would drink. This is the water that their livestock would drink. This is the water that ran dry when there was no rain. Can you even imagine? This is the reality for so many people around the world. Many people have to walk miles just to get “clean” water and then they have to carry huge jugs back to their villages.

71722_10202239138484689_141922016_nFast forward to two months ago. I knew that our church had ran the Monumental Marathon to raise money for World Vision in the past. All of the sudden, a video comes up on the screen of normal people just like me who didn’t feel like they could run a half (or full) marathon but were stirred by the stories and faces of those who didn’t have clean water. It talked about the difference we can make by doing something like running a race. I looked at my husband and said, “should we go to the info meeting?” and we both said we probably should but drug our feet and never went. A few days later a friend texted and I mentioned us thinking about running the half and the rest is history.

This is so easy. $50 provides clean water for a person for LIFE. Can you even imagine? What a gift and one that is truthfully not a sacrifice for many of us here in the United States. Why am I not just donating the money myself since I don’t like running? Because that’s not what God has called me to do. He’s called me to do something that is beyond myself. That stretches me beyond what I can do on my own. It’s been tough so far – we’re halfway through the training and it’s been a mental and physical battle. But I know that I’ve been called to this. I’ve been called to do something challenging in order to change a life – hopefully many lives. Plus, by doing it this way I’m allowing so many more people to participate in the process of changing a life.

So here’s where you come in. I’m not even going to make you take up running. If you support Team World Vision with a donation, 100% of that donation goes to World Vision. I’ve already spent more than I’ve raised of my own personal money in buying things I needed for the run. I trust that God is going to do abundantly more than I can imagine through me running this race. I trust that many, many lives will be changed – both in Africa and here in the US as I hopefully inspire others to do things out of their comfort zones. You can donate whatever you feel led to donate here at Team WV. If you want, you can even donate to my husband‘s race. Again, we don’t get any of that money – we are spending money in order to be able to do this because we believe in it. I’d love your partnership and prayer as we run 13.1 in November. Remember, just $50 changes a life. How many lives will you impact?

perfect {and the miracle of the unfollow}

I posted this over at my business blog and it got such a great response on instagram that I decided to share it here as well…and to give you a heads up (at the end) that it might be quiet over here for a while.

unfollowLast Friday was a crazy day for me – just super busy and putting out fires for the market and working (etc, etc). That evening someone was at my house and she said that a friend told her that my life was perfect. In that moment  it made me really upset. Of course my life’s not perfect. Blessed? Yes. Perfect? Absolutely not. Sunday at church I stewed over that. People thinking my life is perfect. Why does that make me mad? I really don’t know, but I do know I never want to make anyone feel bad with the things that I put out there. I talked it over with Dave and he basically told me to take it as a compliment (hard to do when I figure it wasn’t meant that way). He said to let it go, which I probably should but just had to get this out today.

In the past few weeks I’ve come across a few blog posts about social media. They’ve been about the reality of it and how people show you the snippets they want you to see. People don’t post everything that happens in their day (thank goodness)! You see what they want you to see. We all know that. I’ve said it many times – I want this little corner of the internet to be a positive, inspirational place. I want my shop, blog, instagram, facebook – I want it all to give glory to God and inspire others in various aspects of their lives. Whether that’s using our gifts, becoming healthier, encouraging others. That’s not to say that I don’t have bad days or days that I raise my voice at my children. Days that I nag my husband or there’s a crazy amount of dirt on the floor. Days that I eat too much chocolate or gluten even though I know I’ll feel sick after. We all have those days. But who wants to see them in their newsfeed? Maybe some do, but that’s not my thing. Thankfully, God has made us all different – so if that is your thing, you can find it.

If my space is not encouraging for you, if it’s not uplifting you and encouraging you (and sometimes challenging you, which is not a bad thing) – there’s this wonderful little thing called the unfollow button. You can do it most anywhere. On Facebook if we’re friends, you can hide my posts. You don’t have to unfriend me, you can just choose to hide my posts. I’ll never know. Or you can unfollow on Instagram or other social media. I don’t check to see who unfollows me – because that will give me a complex and I don’t need that. Truth be told, I follow and unfollow people all the time. It depends on what’s going on in my life right then. One day I might want to follow a photographer with gorgeous nature pictures, then a few weeks later maybe I don’t want to see that as much. Maybe one day I want to see a really talented crafter, and later I realize that those posts make me feel bad that I haven’t taken time to craft in a really long time. It’s okay. Things change. Our needs and wants change. I hope that I can be an inspiration to you but if not, that’s okay. You won’t hurt my feelings if my style isn’t for you. We all decide who to follow. If you are a follower and continue to be, I appreciate you and your encouragement in that way.

I’m coming into the busiest time of the year so it’ll be a little quiet around here as I focus on fulfilling orders for the Christmas season. You can always follow along with what I’m doing on Facebook, Instagram or if you’re interested in wellness you can follow my new site and Instagram. Love and appreciate you all!

Why am I doing this?

If you knew me before today, you know that I’m a wife and mother as well as a business owner for the last 11 years. The business and my family keeps me busy most of the time, without a whole lot of extra (like so many other people). So why start a new blog and business? There are a few reasons.

The first is that when I started this journey earlier this year, I was gearing up to be the healthiest that I’ve ever been. I was eating well (or so I thought) and exercising 3-4 times a week. Then I had constipation, bloating and discomfort for the first time in my life and it wouldn’t go away. Months went by, trying different things and taking Miralax every single day. My friend Elizabeth told me about Whole30 and I figured, what’s there to lose? You can read about my Whole30 journey here. During Whole30 I had been sharing things about what I was doing and I had a lot of people asking questions. There were a handful of my friends that started Whole30 because I had shared what it’s done for me. That was a turning point for me…I realized that people were listening to what I was saying about health because they wanted to turn their lives around too. I don’t say that to sound prideful at all, but I felt a sense of responsibility to share what I was learning. I felt pressure, but also honored that they trusted what I had to say. I knew that I couldn’t just keep this information to myself, I needed to keep sharing it with whoever wanted to listen.

Another reason is that I’m a skeptic. While I’m learning new things and trying out essential oils to see if they’re the real deal, I can save you guys some time in not having to research the exact same things I’m researching. Of course, we should all do some of our own research and not just trust one person, but if I can be one place to spur someone on to a healthier life, then I’ve done what I’m called to do.

Another reason is a very practical one. When I started using essential oils, I was a skeptic. I bought the starter kit thinking that it would be all I ever bought from Young Living. I thought they wouldn’t work for me and I certainly didn’t think I was going to share them with anyone else to generate commission for myself. But you know what? They actually worked for my family (not all of them exactly how I wanted, but I’ll talk more about that later) and I was happy to share my results with other people. If that means that they sign up and use God’s natural medicine instead of OTC and prescription meds, then great! If they continue to be customers of Young Living under me and it provides a commission that I can use to buy my family more oils, even better! I’m not going to say that the commission aspect is completely out of my mind, because we all need to do things to provide for our family. But that is not my number one goal with this blog.

Recently I went to a conference and the speaker said something that pushed me off the edge in regard to starting this blog. She said something to the effect of “Don’t be selfish. Tell people in need about oils. People need to know.” I believe that if there is something that I know can be helpful to someone else, but I don’t share it, I’m doing God a disservice and am being selfish in not sharing with others. I’m not an expert and won’t pretend to be. I’m just like a million other people out there – a mom trying to do what’s right for her family. I’m excited to journey with you all in this.