When I left my full-time corporate job to stay home with my kids, I knew I would have to find an alternative way to make some extra money, but I honestly had no idea how I would do it. I started reading blog after blog about all these ways to make money from home. I did surveys (waste of time), cut lots of coupons (huge time sucker for little savings), and started teaching myself to sew and hand knit so I could start an Etsy store. I quickly realized the quality of my products were not good enough to sell, and I would never make any money. And while I always had this blog in the back of my head, I was too scared to put myself out there.
About a month later my friend messaged me about a direct sales opportunity. I quickly shot her down because I was never good at sales. But a few weeks later I contacted her out of desperation. I had to find a way to make an extra $500 a month, so I had to hear her out at the very least. I did a lot of research, asked a lot of questions, and quickly realized that this was just what I had been looking for. I was able to work for 30-60 minutes a day in small pockets of time whenever I wanted to. And I could do it all from my cell phone. I didn’t have to host parties, and I didn’t have to carry inventory. Say what!? I had to wash my face with premium skincare products and tell everyone I knew about it! I could definitely fit that in with my crazy mom life.
It seemed a bit too good to be true as direct sales businesses often do, but I realized that this wasn’t like a lot of direct sales companies. This is a company built on a solid foundation, one that is backed by doctors who had previously built a billion-dollar global brand and are doing it again! I also realized that I had control of my future. My success was 100% dependent on ME. It wouldn’t necessarily be easy because if it were, everyone else would be doing it, but If I failed, I would have no one to blame but me. So, on January 30, 2016, I signed up to be a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant.
My unexpected personal development journey
What I didn’t realize when I signed up was how much my little side gig would also teach me about myself. Suddenly all my insecurities came to the surface. What would people think of me? Am I annoying them? Why didn’t they respond to me? Did I say something wrong? Will they be able to afford this?
I was lucky enough to join a group of amazing motivating women who made me realize that this was just what I needed to overcome my insecurities. I needed to step outside my comfort zone and form relationships with new people. I needed to stop worrying about what others thought of me and be my genuine and authentic self. I was representing a brand that I was proud of and one that has helped hundreds of women transform their lives. Why couldn’t I be one of those women?
All the stars started to align for our family, and because I was more involved at home, my husband was also able to find some time to start his journey of self-discovery and focus on building his future business. He encouraged me to start listening and reading personal development books, which along with my amazing team helped me change my mindset in many aspects of my life. I’m still a work in progress, but I now look at life through a completely different lens. I now have a glass half full, instead of glass half empty, mentality. When I hear others passing judgment, I now feel bad for them for being close-minded, instead of wondering if there is something wrong with me. And I can’t believe my little skincare business helped me do all that!
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