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If you’ve been in direct sales for any amount of time, 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 to process and ship orders, the reason you spend hours taking photos of inventory and doing vendor events.
For many people, finding your why is easy–to have a little extra spending money for your family, or 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 neonatal intensive care nurse. I love babies, and that was a great job for me.
For a while.
Then, about two years ago, I started feeling what I call “itchy.” Itchy 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 nightshifts 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’m sure you’ve heard of the buttery soft leggings, and the crazy prints and colors. But LuLaRoe has been so much more for me than just fun, comfortable clothes:
- My self confidence has improved significantly.
- It has forced me to put myself out there and tell my story.
- I have made connections and dear friends in a new city where I knew very few people.
- It has been an opportunity for me to bless and uplift others.
- I have been able to own my own business, and back away from nursing.
That is my why.
It’s not as selfless as other’s, those who do this for their kids, or to pay off their family debt. I do this 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 teammates or peers, that is okay. Find your why, own it, and live it. Chase your dreams for YOU. Dream big for YOU.