I Never Thought I Could Do This.

I never thought I'd be in direct sales or multi level marketing. Never.

I mean, sure, I've been to my share of makeup, makeover, jewelry, cooking, and romance parties. And sometimes...SOMETIMES I'd think to myself - I wonder if I could ever do something like this. And then I gave myself a bunch of reasons and excuses why I just couldn't possibly and that was that.

I've told the story before but just briefly, I was a teen mom, I graduated high school, went straight to college and graduated from a university ten years ago. I went to college because what else was I going to do? I think I grew up during a time and culture where that was just what you do. It was engrained. That was the next step. I don't regret it one bit. But I also wasn't being very true to what my life dream was first and foremost - having a family and raising it.

I could never say that out loud. I also grew up in a time where aspirations of being "just a housewife" were unpopular. Nobody wanted to do that. Are you crazy?! Except I did. That's what I wanted.

So I went to college - some of the funnest times of my life. And then I got a job and I was like Woah! This 40 hours thing kind of sucks. I want my part time jobs back!

But this is what you went to college for, Shauna. No more part time jobs. It's time to work 40 hours a week. Or more! Yes, you have a seven year old. But so do a lot of people. Time to work!


So I was off working. I changed jobs about every year. As soon as I found something better with a better schedule with better pay that was closer that was more meaningful...but really I was getting bored after six months on the job and then figuring out a way to move on.

I had great jobs and worked with great people. Don't get me wrong. But there was always something pulling at me. Something that told me there was more.

Fast forward to now and a total of three kids - one going into his senior year and one starting her first year in kindergarten. Over the last seven years or so I've had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom for most of it. But I started working in the evenings at a gym almost two years ago. After the magical six month mark I started getting antsy again. There must be more than this! 

More what? Who knows? For who? Me? It was nagging.


And then I attended an online party. And I was smitten. Smitten with the product. Smitten with the prospect of doing my own thing, having my own business, and I think it was then that I fell in love.

Actually, I think I might have fallen in love with this industry after I started building my team. No, wait. I think I fell in love when my life started to change. Then I fell in love when I saw the lives of others change. But I fell in love with this industry again when I learned that I wasn't alone. When you build a team, there's no competition. Which, at first, was hard for me to grasp being a somewhat competitive person. (The fun and friendly competitive type, not the crazy psycho mean competitive type.) But when I finally understood the support of a team, it hit me like a ton of bricks. So THIS is what female empowerment and support feels like. It exists! And it's right here!

But if I'm being 100% honest, I truly fell in love with this industry when I was able to leave my part time job and work my company full time. On MY time. 

I'll get back to the whole concept of MY time in a sec.

I've been doing this whole Direct Sales/MLM with an awesome company for 10 months. And I haven't been bored once. I've never been antsy. There's this strange drive I've never had before. I'm not looking for something better. I just want to make myself better, I want to help my team, I want to make my company better! 

I used to think I could never do something like this, but now I feel like I couldn't do anything else. Nothing else fits my life, my goals, or my family better than this!

Now, let's talk about time. Time is the commodity that means the most here. I am in charge of my own time. I don't answer to anyone. I work when I want and how I want. This is called freedom and it's better than money. I mean, money is important. But being in charge of your own time is priceless. Having the freedom to create your own day, decide where your time is spent, that's something I can't see happening anywhere else! I'm available for school recitals, dance class, sick days, I didn't have to find child care for the summer or frantically search for a summer camp. We're going to spend the whole summer hanging out, going on a few vacations, whatever we want!

I never would have thought I'd be here or that I'd love this so much. And where I thought I'd never do this, now I can't imagine doing anything else!


5 comments:

  1. Sounds like a dream job! You are really lucky. Most people can't just hop from job to job when they get bored since they need to support themselves and their families. You are fortunate that you've always had someone else to do that so you could find your niche.

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  2. I am very lucky. However, something I should clarify is that I was a single mom for six years and no matter what job I had, always wanted better and strived for better with nobody supporting me so I could "find my niche." And the jobs I hopped around to were all jobs that supported the family, as well. I just refuse to settle.

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  3. No one should have to settle. But I'm still confused - if you graduated from college ten years ago when your son was 7 - that means you had him when you were a sophomore in high school? And that would make him 17-18 now.....

    If you were a single mom for 6 years then a SAHM for 7 years after that - starting when he was 7 years old - he'd be about 20 or so now.....

    Did anyone help support you while you finished high school and went to college - your parents? Nothing wrong with that - it's great! Just can't get the timing right in my mind.

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    1. First, I'm just wondering who I'm talking to. Because it's strange to be explaining the timelines of my life to someone who has a profile that goes no where. Just wondering why you're so interested.

      Second, I had my son after my junior year in high school. And he's about to be 17. I've been a SAHM off and on for about 7 years. Between the time I graduated college and the time I had my second son I worked full time. When I say SAHM sometimes it meant not working at all. But sometimes it meant working at night part time and being a SAHM during the day, as I said in my post.

      So I apologize if you're confused by the timeline, although I'm not sure why that matters in regards to the blog post. Everyone deserves to find something that makes them happy. :-)

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  4. I'm not a weirdo - just someone who enjoys your blog. I created my profile just to leave my comment - I don't have a blog or anything that would require a profile. I'm not sure how I came across your blog, maybe through a comment somewhere else? Maybe on Don't Quote the Raven? I love the way you dress so fashionably, and the make up and jewelry - with 3 kids and a husband - it's inspiring when I don't even feel like changing out of my PJs some days!

    You're right - it doesn't really matter, and I'm glad you're happy.

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