Friday, August 18, 2017

In which I post about nothing adoption related but something SUPER EXCITING!

So here's the deal. A few months ago I started to think about what life would be like for me after all five of my kids go to school. People are constantly asking me, "what are you going to do with all of your free time?" I really started giving that some thought and kept my ears attune to different opportunities I could participate in that wouldn't be too constricting. I want to be able to go on their field trips still and volunteer in their classroom and go eat lunch with them without feeling like I needed to rearrange a ton of things to make it happen. Also lets be honest, five kids is costly and so is a bachelors degree, a graduate degree and three semesters of who even knows what I was doing (ahem playing The Sims and listening to the Dixie Chicks). I digress. Not only did I have more free time I also realistically could use some of that time to contribute financially....specifically to a nasty little lady named Sallie Mae. ;) Thanks to social media I started taking notice when a friend of mine began posting about her partnership with Rodan + Fields . I feel like multi level marketing and direct sales has changed so much in the last few years because of social media platforms but still I was very skeptical. Like EXTREMELY skeptical. Like I probably should see a mental health professional about the amount of skepticism I employed during the few months I cyber stalked my friend on Facebook. After weeks of on and off chatting with my consultant friend and scouring the interwebs for reasons why I shouldn't sell Rodan + Fields and why it's all a scam which was wildly unsuccessful. My sister shared a blog post that a friend of hers wrote and this blog post that ROCKED MY WORLD. Please after you're finished reading my blog post novel you must read it (it has nothing to do with Rodan + Fields and is not written by someone who sells the product). Her words struck me because the simplicity of saying "so what?" in the face of fear and insecurities is something that I personally have been dealing with over the last few years. I've worked thru some pretty serious doubt this week because I'm allowing the fear of what people will think of me to dictate way too many things in my life. What am I fearing you ask? Well as terrified as I am of failing I've decided to partner with Rodan + Fields skin care and start learning how to sustain my own business! I am learning that the two skin care doctors who started this now #1 skin care brand in the United States are providing products and opportunities for lives to be changed whether its on the business end of things or the consumer end OR BOTH! Changing lives might seem kind of kitschy to you but my life would be changed for the better if I could attack my student loan debt with gusto instead of paying on it like a 30 year mortgage. My life would be changed if I struggled with severe skin issues and someone helped me find a product that completely obliterated it!
So. Here's what this means. Yes I'm going to use social media to post some stuff about Rodan + Fields but it won't be all you see from me. Yes you'll probably get a message from me inviting you to one of my open houses or virtual events and asking you if you want to learn more about these products. I will not harass you. Yes I'll still make eye contact with you and be friends with you if you're not interested and I hope you'll do the same with me! No need to ignore or blow smoke, I'm a big girl. I can take it! Rodan + Fields is not a party/hostess company so I won't be asking you to help a sister out with that. So I'm asking, in the spirit of true friendship...would you be willing to support me in this new adventure? Would you be willing to pray for success in my hard work? Would you be willing to come to one of my open houses (schedule allowing) with no pressure to buy but simply a way for me to visualize who exactly is in my corner? I truly mean that. Message me with questions! I love to teach and inform and clear up misconceptions! Let me know if you sell it! Tell me about your experiences!
Like Kelly says in her blog "I’m learning there is more power in one so what than in a million what ifs. I’m learning that moving beyond a life of people pleasing is not about setting new boundaries, but smashing through the ones you’ve built yourself in order to love others without fear or expectation."  I am really so excited to begin this journey, and if in a year it's dead and gone I'll be singing the "so what" chorus at the top of my lungs, which in my opinion is better than the "what if" chorus. Promise.
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