Friday, January 9, 2015

My $23,000 Week, Pinch Me

Seven years ago I made just over $23,000 a year working in marketing and advertising.  My work was fun, but the hours were long and the pay was not good.  There were 200 people who wanted my job. I was replaceable.  Well, after the birth of our first daughter, Audrey, my husband and I took a huge leap of faith and I quit that marketing job to stay home and raise our baby girl.  I was excited, but scared.

I soon learned that motherhood was one of the most rewarding and most thankless jobs out there.  I was so blessed to never miss a moment as Audrey grew up, but this thought lingered in my head... would I someday have to go back to work??  And it scared me.  So in the meantime I dabbled in little projects.  I did some floral design on the side.  I wrote a blog.  I sewed and designed a line of infant & toddler sized hooded towels that were sold in local boutiques.  In a way, I realized a little entrepreneurial spirit was brewing inside of me, but I had no real money to make a go at any of them.

A little over two years later we found out, SURPRISE, we were pregnant with baby #2.  At this point, I almost did not feel ready to be pregnant again.  I felt I was starting this pregnancy at an unhealthy weight.  Were we ready to be a family of 4?  Would this change everything?  Could we afford another baby?

Well, sure enough Finley was born and she was perfect and completed our family.  And once home and happy and healthy I knew it was time to focus a bit on me.  When Finley was 6 months old and a new year had rolled around I officially committed to my own health & fitness journey.  It was time for this mama to do something for herself.  I ordered ChaLEAN Extreme, eventually Shakeology and about five weeks later signed up as a Beachbody Coach.  At the time I had only lost maybe 7 or 8 pounds, but I felt great, more confident than ever before and there was this little voice inside my head saying, "Do it!  Pay it forward!  What's the worst that could happen?  You'd get a discount, help a few friends and hopefully make $100 per week!"

We were a family that was just like so many other American family out there.  We were living paycheck to paycheck.  I sold things on Ebay and Craigslist to pay for Christmas.  We had credit card debt, a student loan, cars that were 10 years old and always needing repairs, and a mortgage that was underwater due to the tanking housing market.  With only my husband working and me staying home with our girls how was I going to help?  Was I going to go back to work full-time?  And when?  Now or once my girls were in school full-time a few years down the road?  All of those thoughts just turned in my head night after night.

So... I went for it!  What did I have to lose?  I was going to become a Beachbody Coach and I was determined to make this work.  If it had changed my life, it could surely help others too.

And well, nearly 4 years later with a team of 4,000 coaches, hundreds of transformation stories, and an income that has created true freedom for my family I guess you could say that one little decision was life changing.

I don't really believe in luck.  I didn't get here by luck.  I got here by hardwork, determination, perseverance and a belief that I could do more & be more.  And along the way I found my faith and I met God.  I never would have believed you if you had said my destiny in life was to be a top Beachbody Coach and help others change their lives, but the way God led me down this path is truly remarkable.  He gave me the light and in turn, helped me SHINE.




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