I Bought a Mirrorless Camera!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A year ago I would have asked you what in the heck you were talking about and now I’m wanting to tell the whole world I bought a mirrorless camera! It’s crazy how a year can make all the difference.

Last year I started an online course about photography because I wanted to become a better photographer. (My photography hasn’t improved that much but my knowledge has! Hey at least I’m learning something!) One of the first lessons in the photography class was about the different types of cameras that can be used. Of course you have the “point and shoot” camera, and the classic take-it-with-you-everywhere cell phone camera. But then you get into the more intermediate and advanced cameras like the DSLR. (This is the camera I’ve had for years and years!) Honestly, I thought it was the best camera you could ever get, but I was wrong. And I guess people could argue with me on this fact, but I learned about the mirrorless camera. It takes quality pictures much like the DSLR, but it has it’s own set of advantages and disadvantages.

One of the major reasons I began looking at a mirrorless camera was because of the size of the cameras! For the most part they are much smaller compared to DSLR cameras. I am going to Hawaii in September and wanted to have a small camera that would still take awesome photos and videos. And so the hunt began…

After using my Nikon D5500 DSLR camera for 2 years, I knew what I liked about it and what I didn’t like about it. And so I wanted to find a camera that corrected all of those dislikes so I could have cameras with the best of both worlds.

Some of the things I was looking for in my new camera was: size, weight, interchangeable lens, autofocus, tilt out screen, image stabilization, and not too expensive. A lot of times I found some really nice cameras but they were really expensive. Finally I narrowed it down to two cameras and just had to choose from those. After watching many YouTube reviews on both cameras I decided on the Sony α5100.

I considered the camera for months before actually purchasing it. (Just to make sure I actually needed a second camera.) Then when Best Buy was having a sale where it was $100 off, I bought it. I’ve had it for almost a month now and I still love it.

Watch my video above where I go into detail about what I was looking for in the camera and to see the autofocus in action. I also briefly touch on my few cons for this camera just to give you a well rounded view of it.

What kind of camera do you use to take pictures? Is your smart phone your go to or do you take a nice camera with you?

Living My Passion

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy May y'all! How have y'all been doing? I feel like nothing has really been changing with me but in all reality a lot has been going on. Everything from enjoying the weekends to reading to learning more about adulting to setting long term goals.

I've really been thinking about this whole 9 to 5 job thing. I had always pictured having a job that was in an office or lab and working my hours, going home and doing the regular adult life. But when I actually got into it and had a normal 1st shift schedule with a little family of my own (me, NPG and the dog... no big surprises) I realized that the 9 to 5 thing isn't really for me, at least not at this point in my life. It's taken me a little bit of time to come to terms with that fact. That you can actually be successful in life if you don't physically go to work everyday.

I've done a lot of reading and researching on the topic of jobs and making money in a non-traditional manor. The one thing I've learned from this reading is that people in my generation are doing it more and more, AND you can be really successful at a non 9 to 5 job.

So, after a lot of consideration, I decided I want to make Young Living my job. Right now I can't afford to leave my current job, but I have to start somewhere. I also want to write it down. It seems like the more you are able to have a support system, the more your dreams become goals and your goals eventually become reality.

This has been something that I really struggled with and have prayed over a lot. I always imagined working in a lab to design a drug that will help people feel better. But after doing some soul searching, I think maybe right now, this is where I'm supposed to be. Who is to say that helping people get unnecessary chemicals out of their lives won't be helping them feel better and making a big difference in their life. If I can help a family to visit the doctor less in a year then I feel like I've actually accomplished my goals.

I am starting to branch out and try to teach classes about essential oils. My first class was an online video class since I love vlogging I decided that would be fun. You can check out the class here. I was super excited to be able to share my passion with people in the class!

Starting a Small Business

Friday, April 7, 2017

I’m sure y’all noticed that I have been absent for the past few months. I posted that I wanted to have better relationships in my life and unfortunately blogging got the boot while I was working on things in my personal life. One of those things I’m really happy to share with y’all now.

My best friend and I started a personal care business using essential oils and products you would find in your kitchen. And the name of that business. . . A.H. Essentials, I’m guessing you can figure out what A.H. stands for since you’re here reading American Honey Blog. :)

We started the business earlier in the year. We’ve been to one craft show, have one lined up for May and have recently started a business Facebook page. I’m so excited to get the business fully launched.

This is our soap collection!

One thing I’ve learned after starting my own small business is that reviews can help get your business out to the public. Whether it is by word of mouth or on the internet, having a good review can truly help your company or small business grow. Unfortunately the reverse it also true. A negative review can have a huge impact on business and sales.

My personal business moto is to truly care about the customer. Because we have started a personal care business, we want to know what our customers have going on in their lives and how to help them live better. So it’s easy for me to say customer service comes first. I want to always make our customers happy. So if we were to get a negative review, my first go to objective would be to send out a personal note to understand why the customer wasn’t satisfied with our product? Is there anything we could do for them to change their opinion of A.H. Essentials? Did they expect more? Did our product not work for them?

While getting a negative review would be hurtful emotionally, it’s also a wake-up call on how to make our business better. And while I’m not looking forward to the first negative review, we will try to take it in stride.

I know for some companies, negative reviews can’t be fixed that easily. If the customer’s opinion of the company doesn’t change by reaching out to them and trying to fix the problem, a negative comment can be detrimental to the company. However one person’s opinion shouldn’t dictate if the company succeeds or fails. There are services that can help the company get its reputation back such as Reputation Management.

Every company deserves a chance. Every person deserves a chance.

We would be extremely happy if you took a minute to visit A.H Essentials Facebook page! Also keep checking back, there may be a giveaway in American Honey’s future!

Wednesday Already?!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I don't know about y'all but by the time Wednesday comes around each week I feel like I've climbed a big mountain and I can almost see the top before I start coming down the other side. No? Just me who visualizes the week as a mountain. Oh well.

I had so much going on this week (and many weeks past) I figured I would sort of resurrect What's Up Wednesday / If We Were Having Coffee / Let's Catch Up / you get the picture.

Oh before I get too much into this post I wanted to send a huge shout out and thank you to my friend Monica! She inspired me to stop thinking of posts to write and actually write them. Plus she's pretty awesome in general... you'll see why in a minute.

What I loved about this past week//

My job! I got a new full time job at my company in late January. It's full time employee with benefits and day shift. I'm not in the lab anymore, I now work on bringing products into our company and help to get products made correctly. This past week I had my first product being manufactured. It was a really long day but super exciting. I can't wait to work on my next project!

 What I'm looking forward to//

The Monument Ave 10K on Saturday. I haven't been training perfectly but I'm going to get out there and try my best. I strained my Achilles late last year and it hasn't quite healed yet. So I'm trying 30 sec / 30 sec during my runs. I'm excited to cross the finish line no matter how long it takes!

What I'm daydreaming about//

Hawaii, baby! My parents and I are going to Hawaii in September. This is my first time going and I'm super excited. Now it's time to start the weight lifting and toning to get in shape for all those beaches!

What I've been watching//

The X-Files! I've been binge-watching it on Netflix because they decided to cut it from their shows. I'm not very happy with you Netflix! Not Happy at all!

What I've been listening to//

Dylan Scott! He happened to be performing at Capital Ale House for free last Monday night. So Monica and I went. AND THEN because we donated to St. Jude's we got to meet him...in person! OMG! We were both so excited. I knew at least 4 of his songs that he played thanks to The Highway on Sirius XM! They are always playing upcoming artists new music. It was a pretty amazing evening! Ever since then I've been rocking out to his music!

What else is new//

Last December I discovered Young Living Essential Oils. They are so amazing. Do you ever feel like God put people and things in your life at the perfect time? Well, I feel like these are one of them. Anyway, I’m co-hosting a class about them tonight. I’m so excited to be a part of this. I will have to let y’all know how it goes! 

Hope y'all have had a wonderful week as well!

2017 and I'm Back!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hello stranger! Happy 2017! I already have a feeling it's going to be a great year! How have y'all been?

I know, I know. I've been the stranger for the past month. Or two. Well, lets be honest, probably the past whole year! But between cooking dinner, doing laundry, trying to keep the house straight, going to work for at least 40 hours every week and trying to have a bit of a social life, things can get really crazy and sometimes things have to give. Unfortunately the blog was that thing. I had decided to put the blog on the back burner to focus on life and my job and just having an awesome relationship with the people in my life. If y'all are anything like me, 24 hours in the day is not enough.

But now that the holidays are over, I think I am ready to jump back into blog life! I've missed it so much. My creative juices are flowing and I honestly feel like something has been missing in my life. Like I couldn't show my creativity as much and, well, that made me very sad.

I can't promise y'all that I will be back 100% posting 5 days a week. I'm going to start a crawl before I run! My goal is to post once a week. I'll see how that goes and if I have so many ideas I'm busting at the seems, I will increase it. But as for today, I figured I would start off small and dip a toe or two into the blogging water. Enough to tell you that I'm back, give a small holiday recap and let you know I'd be pleased if you still follow me and were on the lookout for new posts to come!

NPG and I had an awesome Christmas and New Years though! It went way too fast! Did anybody else feel that way? I felt like I was just getting off of work on Thursday before Christmas, I went to sleep and it was already Christmas day! And then back to work! Where does the time go?

We had a really nice Christmas though. NPG and I spent time with friends and family visiting everybody and just having a grand ole' time. We went to look at Christmas lights with some of my friends and then visiting my family Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Christmas was really about giving for me this year. I wanted to make sure I gave really thought out gifts. I think I did a superb job because NPG was elated with one of his Christmas gifts. Most of them were practical like warm winter clothes or heated gloves. Because really, who wouldn't want that when you get over a foot of snow at a time! But his biggest gift, and my personal favorite, was his biggest surprise! He had no clue what he was getting!

Texas String Art! He loved it. He had no clue I had been working on it. I'm happy we will finally have something on the walls besides my temporary Christmas decorations. Though NPG wants to put it in his office with his other Texas stuff. But baby steps y'all!

Thanks to Pinterest for the idea and getting down to it and making this cool project, I've come up with some of my next blog posts. I've decided to use my creative juices for getting back into blogging. Making this state string art will actually be my first real post back!

I've had the urge to create a vlog channel for a while. So I need your advice.

Would having blog posts and vlogs with tutorials be something you're interested in? 
Would you be interested in watching craft and recipe tutorials instead of just reading them? 

Please let me know in the comments below!