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I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Find Your Why.” Basically, your “why” is the thing that motivates you to do what you do–the reason you’re up at all hours of the night slaving over your laptop while binge watching Netflix.
For many people, finding your why is easy–to have a little extra spending money for your family, to send your kids to a private school, or to be able to stay at home with your kids. Others, like me, have to dig a little deeper.
Here’s my story:
I had a devastating arm injury as a small child, which resulted in over ten years of surgeries, occupational therapy, and doctors visits. I have severe limitations in movement and strength. Despite that, I do everything I want to do in life, and always have. (Except learn to play the piano, which I know I would have been terrible at anyway #tonedeaf!)
I went to college to be a nurse–it was the only thing I had ever wanted to be. I adored the nurses who took care of me throughout my childhood, and I wanted to be just like them. I became a pediatric and then a neonatal intensive care nurse. I love babies, and that was a great job for me.
For a while.
Then, a few years ago, I started feeling what I call “itchy.” I was itching to do something new, something fun. As much as I love taking care of sick preemies and newborns, it was not fun. It was exhausting, heart wrenching, and, for me, physically tough. I was tired of long 12 hour night-shifts and being in pain. I was terrified of overdoing it and injuring myself again, which would require another surgery. I felt stuck, as if the only thing I could do was be a nurse, because I put myself in a box labeled “nurse.” I had a degree (and nearly a second one) in nursing, and I felt trapped.
Thankfully, around this same time, I found LuLaRoe.
I joined the direct sales world, via LuLaRoe, in the fall of 2016. Although I have since left the company, I will forever be grateful for my journey, because through it, I learned so much. It is even because of running my online LuLaRoe business that I decided to learn to do graphic design!
Also, through owning my own boutique, and later my small business doing design and editing, the following happened:
- My self confidence has improved significantly.
- The social and social media aspects forced me to put myself out there and tell my story.
- I made connections and dear friends in a new city where I knew very few people.
- I am now able to own my own business, and back away from nursing.
That is my why.
It’s not as selfless as others’s, those who do this for their kids, or to pay off their family debt. I do what I do for me. AND THAT IS OKAY! I have learned to give myself permission to be selfish in this instance. If your why also seems self-serving and not as noble as your peers’, that is okay. Find your why, own it, and live it.
Chase your dreams for YOU. Dream big for YOU.