The last two months has offered opportunity for growth and self reflection as my husband and I explore what our future may have in store when it comes to employment and self made opportunities. It has been a humbling time to say the least, as the process of applying to countless jobs and not having success in landing one can be a significant hit on the ego. For the most part this time has brought us closer together and showed us what a strong team we are, but we haven’t been without our disagreements and conflicts, which only makes the process more difficult.
We are people of faith and truly believe that there is a plan for us. I hold true that if I continue walking forward that life will work itself out. Not all the experiences we go through in life will be joyful, but they all offer us the opportunity to learn and to grow.
Over the past year I have been highly focused on our family’s diet and overall health. We have put a significant effort into cutting down on processed foods, sugar, animal products and byproducts, and increasing our vegetable intake significantly. Overall we have done really well and we continue to progress forward. With the recent time on his hands, my husband has actually become very invested in the research end of diet and wellness as well which has helped us progress even further with trying new foods and eliminating more negative aspects of our diet. We are finally finding the footing that seems to work well for us, but I’m sure that we will continue to modify and adjust over time.
I mention the diet because it ties greatly into a decision I have made in regards to my next path. I’m amazed at the fear I feel as I sit here writing about my venture. On one hand, I’m terribly excited and on the other I am fearful of judgment and criticism. No, I haven’t decided to sell any organs or become a sex worker. But, I have decided to enroll in a multi-channel business program. Gulp.
I’m sure you are no stranger to these opportunities. They are by no means new. In fact my mother sold Avon when I was a child and I used to get a penny for each sample marketing bag I delivered to someone’s front door. Lol. But it does seem that nowadays our social media feeds are full of them. I have numerous friends selling all different types of things – Stella & Dot, It Works!, Thrive, Advocare, Young Living, Norwex, Jamberry Nails, BeachBody, Rodan + Fields, LuLaRoe, the list goes on. The feeds come in and I’m not going to lie – it often drives me crazy.
My initial reaction is that the frustration stems from my feed being full of advertisements, but I challenged these thoughts and with deeper reflection I came to the realization that the anger is actually directed at myself. I was jealous.
Truly. I am envious that these individuals are taking the initiative to become consultants for companies that they believe in. They are being proactive and taking steps to better their lives, work towards financial freedom, and spread a message about products they believe in. I get angry, because I feel like I missed out on an opportunity that other people are taking the risk on. Well my FOMO is not going to get the best of me any longer. Lol.
Let me back up a bit, because really, my fear of missing out is not the reason I am getting involved in this new opportunity. In fact, the timing feels somewhat serendipitous. I have been approached on numerous occasions about my interest in different organizations and it has never felt right. At one point I even reached out to an individual about working with them because I saw the great work she was doing. I spent a good amount of time talking with my friend about the opportunity and reviewing the resources she provided me with, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger – it just didn’t feel right.
However, recently an acquaintance of mine from Orlando, Laura, reached out to me recently about a new journey she was on. She expressed that she had been following my blog and thought that it may be something that I was interested in becoming involved with. Normally I would simply brush the contact aside as I am not interested in getting involved with sales – in fact it is something I truly hate doing – but I was familiar with the product and actually interested to hear more.
The company is called BeautyCounter and focuses on safer skin care and cosmetics. Her mention of the company was not the first I had heard of it. I was actually introduced to it 2 1/2 years ago back in Florida. I had been invited to a social to learn more about the products and was completely intrigued. The problem was, that I was working part time at the counseling center and running a photography business – I was not interested in becoming a consultant for any company. Although, in retrospect I wish I had! I had also been scared off because the prices were certainly higher than the over the counter soaps and cosmetics that I got at the drugstore and I had never been one to spend much money on those types of products. Fast forward a few years and my feelings have changed a bit. Ironically, one of my first thoughts when she approached me was regarding the price, but when I perused the catalogue I quickly realized that I had inflated the prices in my head and over exaggerated the difference between over the counter products and BeautyCounter ones. They are higher than the low end, but I had certainly spent just as much on an item at CVS. And lately I’ve been trying to get safer skincare products using the EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database and have spent more money and time at Whole Foods than I’d like to admit and every time I’m there I feel like I’m going to have a panic attack because I am so overwhelmed – AND I still don’t feel like I have found a successful beauty routine.
So I told Laura that I was open to talking. She explained more about the company and their mission – “To get safer products into the hands of everyone”. Being the sceptic I am, my first thought of course was “Sure, what a ‘nice’ motto, but not everyone will be able to afford their products.” But, as I listened to understand (and held my cynicism at bay) I soon learned that the mission doesn’t mean the company expects everyone to buy their products, rather that as a company works to lobby for change in the cosmetic and skincare industry. And that they personally prohibit the use of over 1,500 harmful or questionable ingredients in their products. Now that’s something I can get behind.
I also learned that they have a 60 day return policy. I find that refreshing too, because I have spent a good deal of money on products only to find that the quality is less than par and I am out the cash. 🙁 I love a company that stands behind their product with a full money guarantee.
So, the company seems like one that I can really get behind. I love the mission and I have been trying to find safer cosmetics and skincare for myself. If I’m 100% honest – I have been really frustrated with my skin lately. I am noticing an increase in age spots and wrinkles that are really hitting my ego hard. I’m not loving the changes. I have been trying various DIY treatments, but haven’t had any success – in fact I think I’ve broken out more as a result. I was at the point of giving up, but then Laura reached out to me and offered a possible solution.
I noted earlier that this opportunity seemed serendipitous, in part because of the desire to help my skin in the aging process, but also because despite the numerous resumes that I’ve sent out – I have not had one person show interest in me as a candidate. Ouch. That truth bomb hurts.
I’ve been wrestling with the idea of starting up a new coaching business – and still may do this, but I know how hard and isolating it is to start a new business. Now that said, BeautyCounter will obviously take work, but the nice thing is I have a team of women that are behind me and will be there for support, advice, guidance, and encouragement – so it won’t be as isolating as going solo.
It feels like a risk – especially since there are start up costs involved and we don’t have any paychecks coming in at the moment. But I believe in this mission and I believe in the company, so after some serious deliberation and self reflection (and discussions with my husband) I’ve decided to take a giant leap of faith and become a consultant for BeautyCounter.
I am terrified and exhilarated all at once. I feel a little raw putting myself out there – this is hard! Please be patient with me as I figure out the balance of posting things on my blog and social media. I promise I will try not to inundate your feed with my business posts, but just know there will be growing pains.
I’d love your support in this journey, so if you want to know more about BeautyCounter OR if you are interested in possibly becoming a consultant yourself, please click here to email me (or comment on the page) and I’ll share all I know about the company and products and help point you in the right direction! I’d love to have some company on this journey! 🙂