One year ago, a Tuesday night would have looked very different. A year ago, I would have been home, curled up with my pup watching TV, worrying about the growing gap between my paycheck and the life I really wanted to be living. I would have daydreamed about places I wasn’t traveling to and the people I wasn’t meeting. I would have wished that things would be different, but would feel powerless to make them so. A year ago, I would have felt like the things I wanted in my life were beyond reach and that I should accept the life I had and “get over” the rest. I would have felt inadequate and like I had failed somehow. A lot has changed in a year.
On February 13, 2016, I took a leap of faith and submitted paperwork to start my own business as a LuLaRoe Retailer. My goal was simple, bring in some extra money to help fill the gap between a teacher’s paycheck and the high cost of living in New England. For six weeks, I waited. In that time, I planned and organized, watched and learned. I worried, and I waited for the day it would finally be my turn to open the doors to my new future and create the life I really wanted to be living.
On March 29, 2016, the day arrived. I was driving home from work when my phone rang. I saw the out of state area code and KNEW it was LuLaRoe calling. I pulled over into a gas station parking lot and could feel my palms start to sweat and hear the tiny shake in my voice as I placed my first order with the company. What I didn’t know then, was just how much that call would change things.
Today, just over a year later, instead of sitting home, watching TV with an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach, I’ve spent the last few days celebrating the changes this company is making in my life by working with my fabulous friend and sponsor (who flew up here from Florida) to help me lead a training for my local team members and other Retailers in the area. This past year, LuLaRoe has filled my life with amazing friendships like this one with women who push me to challenge old beliefs I had about myself and constantly force me to create new positive ones. With this opportunity, I am constantly being pushed outside of my comfort zone and am challenged to find new ways to grow and do better, something I had gotten comfortable with not doing. Today, I am happier, busier, and more inspired than I have ever been. I have a new confidence that carries me through the challenges of ever-expanding horizons and one that makes me incredibly excited for the future! I can not WAIT to see how LuLaRoe and this business of mine continue to bless my life and how I can use it in turn to bless the lives of others. More than anything, I am incredibly grateful for taking that leap of faith last March and for the world of opportunities that I can now see ahead of me. I now truly believe that my future will only be defined by the limits I place on myself and that through hard work and dedication, I can make all of these crazy dreams of mine into my reality. That is a gift I never expected and one I will be eternally grateful for.