“I don’t know how you do it all.” – I’ve been hearing that phrase a lot lately, and frankly I want to say: “I don’t.”
These last few months have been absolutely amazing for me as a business owner – I’ve taken on a new venture and have experienced a great deal of success, but finding the right balance has been elusive at best.
Truth: I was not prepared.
When I signed on with MONAT back in March, I intended for it to be a sideline business that would diversify the revenue stream on my blog. I wanted to add a tab, a button ad, incorporate their products into my posts and treat it much like any other affiliate brand that I work with.
What’s that saying? Man plans and God laughs? Yeah…well, that plan worked for about 3 days. My business has exploded.
I went from let me add $300 a month in income to matching my current monthly income in the first 6 weeks. I went from let me recruit some team members to share the load of sample requests to managing a team of 89 entrepreneurs in 14 states.
Things had to change and they had to change fast. I was not even close to ready for the time commitment involved. Sleep? Who sleeps? Not this girl!
So what had to give? This space, for sure. I’ve blogged less, but I think I’m finally in a place where I can get back to consistent weekly posts with content that you, dear reader, will find valuable.
I have hired Catie as my assistant to help with personal shopping and styling clients and asked her to join the creative team for the A-list Pool Party in August (which is going to be un-freaking-believable!). I’ve had to step down as co-producer of Roc’ella, but have left the position in the very capable hands of Heather of Roc City Creative and will be staying on as a corporate sponsor. If you know me at all, you’ll know what a hard decision that was – to say out loud that I can’t physically execute all the tasks needed with my current schedule. To pass the baton on an event concept that has been in my heart and my head for well over a year. To actually admit that no, I really can’t do it all.
The truth? These last few months have been a season of growth – of figuring out what gets to stay and what has to go. But you know what? I’m designing the life I’ve always dreamed of. Did I ever think network marketing would be a part of that equation? Hell to the no. But it is. And this plan is way better than the one I had for myself.
I’ve learned that it’s ok to listen to that voice that urges you to take a leap. It’s ok to re-prioritize, to grow, to say “no” and “not right now.” It’s ok to ask for help, to start fresh, to make a change and make a difference. Have I been overwhelmed during this transition? YES! But I kept reminding myself that despite being sleep deprived and more than a little stressed, I was managing blessings. My life was so full that I needed to share the wealth.
Do I have it all figured out? Nope, but I’m getting there.
My whole life, I’ve always wanted to make a difference; to help people. It’s why I became a teacher. It’s why I left teaching when I felt like I couldn’t. It’s why I write. It’s why I started my blog. As a stylist and personal shopper I’ve spent the last four and a half years helping people look and feel their best and teaching people how to present the very best version of themselves. MONAT is just another avenue for that desire. It might start as helping people experience their best hair day ever (which does wonders for self-confidence), but it goes beyond that. Now, I get to continue to work in the industry that I love AND take people with me. I get to coach entrepreneurs and show them how to use our business model to make a positive difference in their lives. I get to pay it forward. Yes, I still am in the business of helping people look and feel better, but now I get to change not just their hair or their clothes, but their bank accounts and their lives. There is such a peace when you know in your heart of hearts that you are exactly where you are supposed to be. That you’re ready. That change is good and growth is necessary.
I can’t wait to see what’s next.
PS- All this shampoo talk making you nervous? Worried there will be less Roc City Love in this space? Have no fear, I’m still your #shoplocalroc gal, still that same fashionista, I just have better hair and a brand new way for us to work together. Thanks for all of your love and support Rochester, I couldn’t do it all without you. 😉