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Family – no matter how

Family – no matter how

Family – no matter how There we stood, in the judge’s chamber, November 5, 2002.  The three boys looked stunned, the social workers were ecstatic, and I cried.  I couldn’t believe that after two years, our journey of wanting the boys to be a permanent…

Being Honest with Myself – Part of My Weight Loss Journey

Being Honest with Myself – Part of My Weight Loss Journey

My Weight Loss Journey – Being Honest with Myself I love the Self-Help section of the bookstore. There seems to be a “solution” for almost every issue one can imagine!  It’s almost ridiculous, the number of diet books and plans I have collected over the…

How We Support Each Other – Motivation & Accountability

How We Support Each Other – Motivation & Accountability

Supporting Each Other

When it comes to reaching goals and making dreams come true, motivation and accountability are two important ingredients. These two important ingredients are also helpful when it comes to a successful weight-loss journey.

I’ve been on the weight-loss struggle bus since I was the age of twelve. I didn’t need to lose weight at twelve, but I wasn’t built like my very tiny framed friend and my uncle called me fat – so – in my mind I needed to change my body, right? So, I went on diet after diet, ate my feelings, and tried all the different exercise programs until I had a weight problem. I continue my ride on this struggle bus, but things have been getting a bit easier, as I have found some new motivation through the Agnes & Dora clothing line.

Motivation

I am motivated when I see how the different styles compliment my body. I am motivated when I can size down as the pounds continue to come off. I am motivated when I see myself develop my own personal style and find confidence in how I look, thanks to Agnes & Dora. So, I decided to become an Independent Sales Rep for Agnes & Dora.

Another perk to being a Rep is that I have been lucky enough to gather a wonderful group of women on Facebook who support me and my small business. I didn’t want the group to be all about sales, I wanted to see how best to support these women in their goals beyond fashion and style.

Accountability

Last year I asked the group about New Year resolutions and – no surprise – many of the women are focused on health and losing weight. Since being an Independent Sales Rep for Agnes & Dora, I’ve held two weight-loss challenges in my Facebook group. We have had a great turn-out for those challenges and have seen a lot of success. But many women don’t feel comfortable taking a picture of their scale for the world to see, and other women are focused on other areas of health. So, this year, we are going to try something different to see how we can further motivate and hold each other accountable.

I am asking women to post what they are working on for four weeks at a time. Every Monday, the participants will post their triumphs and their disappointments. After four weeks, I will choose one lady who has posted every week, to be a winner of $50 shop credit!
I’ve seen so many women encourage each other and support the highs and lows of losing weight and getting healthy on this forum that is supposed to be about buying clothes.

So, if you are needing motivation and encouragement – join us on Facebook, Agnes & Dora by Carrie Craft. Find motivation in beautiful clothing designs that are also super comfortable, and appropriate for work and play. If you are needing accountability – join one of our challenges! Find support and understanding as we all share our highs and lows. It’s a lot easier when we are also looking amazing in our Agnes & Dora!

 

Join my Facebook Group here – for women only.

Boyfriend Cardigan – Beautiful Layering Pieces for your Holiday Looks!

Boyfriend Cardigan – Beautiful Layering Pieces for your Holiday Looks!

It’s SO COLD outside! Good thing these beauties are BACK in STOCK! Special Order Time! These would make a wonderful holiday gift! Beautiful Layering Pieces for your Holiday Looks! All items listed – best to size down one size. I will accept returns for store…

Couple Interview About Agnes and Dora Business

Couple Interview About Agnes and Dora Business

Real Couple Interview About Agnes and Dora Business Learn more about how a spouse views the Agnes and Dora Business, and what he really thinks of it. Hi, I’m Carrie Craft, an independent sales rep for Agnes and Dora and this is my husband Matt…

Why I Love Agnes & Dora Styles

Why I Love Agnes & Dora Styles

I love shopping! I never thought I’d say that, but it’s true!

There was a time that I dreaded shopping.  Being a plus-sized woman, attempting to find cute, trendy clothing that actually flatter my body was extremely difficult. Why do stores feel larger women LOVE peg-legged jeans? So, I bought peg-legged jeans, because that was what was offered to me. I have been plus-sized since early marriage. I was a foster parent for about seventeen years. Foster parenting is not for the faint of heart. I quickly learned that I eat my feelings. I ate my feelings to the tune of about seventy pounds. I’m still working on this habit.

Going shopping means getting into a tiny room with an armful of items, hoping they will work for my frame, just to be left frustrated with itchy fabric, ill-fitting designs, and sadness.

I don’t know about you, but I always feel like in some way, it’s my fault that things don’t fit right.  I feel like my body is the problem. If only I wasn’t so fat.  Or, if only I wasn’t shaped like this or that. If only I could change my hips or lower stomach.

Then I found Agnes & Dora

Agnes & Dora offers so many different styles.  It has been easy to find styles that work with and flatter my body shape. I have found styles that conceal or flow over the lower stomach that I am so self-conscientious about, layering pieces like dusters and cardigans, that create long lines to help lengthen my look. The fabric is also amazingly soft. Agnes & Dora strives to keep on trend with current styles, so I always feel stylish. In the past, I was never accused of being stylish, but lately – I am constantly complimented on my style!

Once I found this company – I knew I wanted to be apart of it. My husband and I opened our own A&D boutique. Now I get messages from other women, many who are also plus size, thanking me for helping them feel beautiful.

Extra Motivation

While I feel beautiful, stylish, and comfortable, Agnes & Dora clothing has motivated my weight loss journey. I thought, if I feel beautiful in XXL, I bet I’ll feel beautiful in an XL! So, over the last eighteen months, I have lost about 40 pounds and now wear a L or an XL in A&D, depending on the style.

The quality is on point. The styles are current. The fabric is very soft. The plus-sizes are just as flattering as the smaller sizes.

What’s not to love about Agnes & Dora?

Home

Home

According to Google, I’m middle-age and have been for a few years or so. Through my forty- something trips around the sun, I have been through a lot, as a daughter, wife, mom, sister, and friend. Lost my mother to cancer at twenty, found a…

Agnes & Dora by Carrie Craft

Agnes & Dora by Carrie Craft

High End Clothing by AGNES & DORA Carrie Craft sells premium women’s clothes online. These clothes range from plus size dresses, layers, and leggings to stylish skirts and tops. Make getting dressed everyday fashionable and fun with all the amazing clothes at amazing prices on…

Just Bloom

Just Bloom

Why I chose Just Bloom

Nike tells us to “Just Do It.” Face the fear. Get it done. No matter what, to just press forward daily. That’s what “Just Do It” means to me. Then there is, “Just Bloom.” Just Bloom is beyond getting it done.

Blooming speaks to more of a process, a transformation. There is a plan and steps that are followed when a flower blooms. Blooming is natural and full of beautiful organization. “Just Do It” almost seems haphazard in comparison. “Just Bloom” to me, is also giving you permission to be uniquely you, just like flowers in a flower garden.

We expect flowers to bloom, and they do, in their own time. Is it your time to bloom?

Flowers need sunlight, water, and proper nutrients in the soil. Environment Is also important!

So, ladies! What are you waiting for? Bloom where you are planted!

What does it mean to you – to bloom where you are planted?

How is your environment? Are you comparing yourself to others? (Don’t compare your flower to any other flower in the garden. It will only steal your joy, comparison is the weed in your garden – so – root it out!) Maybe you’re unhappy in your work?

Are you giving yourself the proper nutrients to bloom? Are you speaking kindly to yourself? Taking care of yourself?

Are you giving yourself permission to bloom? Be you!!

What do you need to bloom? Is there something missing in your life?