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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Confessions Of A Garden Blogger

Being raised Southern Baptist, I never did confess to much of anything. We were taught that you could just tell God directly what you'd done wrong and keep it moving. This time I feel a confession is in order. Can I borrow sombodies rosary beads?

My fellow garden bloggers, I have been unfaithful. I have started another blog and spent some time previously devoted to garden blogging, blogging there instead. Let me explain.

I have decided to become an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International, a company who manufactures and sells this awesome skin care product that I've fallen in love with. The new blog I created, My Skinny Biz, is a blog sort of like this blog in that I want to chronicle my experience with this business. As usual, I have no experience and very limited funds, so I'll need to be creative.

I'm telling you this for a couple of reasons. 1. it explains why I've been M-I-A more lately. I've been extremely busy trying to get things going with my Arbonne business. Just like when I started gardening and didn't know what the heck I was doing, I have no idea what I'm doing! 2. And of course I'm hoping you'll visit my blog from time to time and for God's sake if any of you have any experience with this sort of thing, please feel free to give me suggestions. If any of you are interested in trying the products just let me know. I've been working hard on my website where my clients can purchase products so feel free to take a peak if you have a moment. Please alert me to any stupid spelling errors right away!

So in case you are wondering why I'm doing this - well I blame the end of the garden season! I needed something to obsess over because I was sinking into a deep depression after my last tomato. I need something to be excited about! Plus, I really really love this product! The fact that it is a premium skin care product that is plant based sorta made me feel garden-ish. In fact, when I was trying to think of a name for my website, my best friend suggested "plant your face", which I loved, but my informal focus group hated. I decided on the name goNatural because the products are not made with any animal products or animal by-products and they do not conduct testing on animals. Also, everything is hypoallergenic and fragrance free which screams Natural, right? Arbonne has also been committed to using recycled packaging long before it was cool which earns points from me.

As I mentioned on my other blog, I'm usually willing to sacrifice a little for things that are animal free and lord knows it always seems to cost more, but the best thing about Arbonne, and the reason I decided to become an Independent Consultant is because of the dramatic change it made in my skin. Since I was a teenager I've had problems with my face. Ive used all sorts of crap from Walgreens products to the fancy doctor prescribed stuff but never really been impressed with anything.

So, since I have such big plans for My Skinny Garden 2008, I decided that I needed to do something to earn some money to pay for all the glorious plants I plan to grow in my garden next year. I don't expect I'll be so hugely successful at this that I'd need to quit my day job, but man oh man would that be awesome if I could work from home and garden allllllllllll dayyyy longgg??

In closing I'd like to say thank you all for reading my garden blog. You're the best. I fully plan to continue writing here. In fact, I've got posts brewing right now about Jodi's book which I just received in the mail and cocoa cocoa hull pellets for seed starting. Stay tuned!


  1. Hey, congrats on the new business! I can offer no suggestions about it--I couldn't sell my way out of a wet paper bag unlike my sister who is a professional sales rep in the veterinary world--but I'll sure nuff cheer you on from here, and watch how it all blooms for you. I've never heard of this company before, but then I don't get out much...;-)

  2. Hey, Skinny. A gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do. Hope your business will grow like weeds !

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  4. jodi - thank you for the support! I'd never heard of this company either until my sister called me to rave about their products. They've had rediculous growth over the past 3 years so i have a feeling you'll be seeing more of them.

    carolyn - thanks!