Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Chloe + Isabel Changed My Life

I know it's been *years* since I updated this blog at all, but I've been looking for every opportunity to talk about the amazingness in my life. Two years ago I decided that it was time for me to join the throng of women who work from home. I wanted a job that was flexible - no deadlines or forced sales requirements. I wanted a job where I could enjoy sharing something that I loved with friends, family, new friends, and total strangers. I needed to feel good about the product so that I didn't feel scummy. I wanted a job that did not require recruiting to make money. I wanted a job that would help me move outside the comfort zone that I built up around myself for the previous 12 years of motherhood.

I did my research. I looked into LuLaRoe, but didn't want to have to wear LuLaRoe every day. I looked into nutrition options, but frankly that felt hypocritical and too science-y. I looked at multiple websites comparing Direct Sales company options. I kept coming across Chloe+Isabel. I'd never heard of them before and never seen their jewelry. I was skeptical at first because the only other jewelry being sold like that I had seen was a certain $5 jewelry company that I knew I did NOT want to be with (for quality issues). So I asked my husband and Mom to each buy me a piece of Chloe+Isabel for my upcoming birthday. On my birthday I opened three pieces of C+I...and instantly fell in love! I could feel the quality, and the sparkle was even better in person than what I'd seen online. I wanted to wear these pieces every day! I was sold!

But I was still nervous about joining the company so I took my time and thought it through for a few days.  The morning that I finally completed the online form to join I was so nervous and anxious that I actually left the house as soon as I hit "submit". I took my kids to the mall.  And when I got back, I was IN! I had emails waiting for me congratulating me and telling me what to do next and how to set up my online boutique! Just like that!  A few days later a big box of $700 worth of jewelry arrived at my doorstep! I was so excited that I put every piece that I could on simultaneously!

The first two months of my business I was so on fire with excitement that I actually had trouble sleeping! I couldn't wait to jump back out of bed and get back to work! I learned that I am super competitive with myself! I love to set a goal and then crush it! I love earning the free jewelry incentives that C+I offers each month. My kids even get excited with me and love to ask "Did you earn that necklace for FREE?" And I love to tell them YES!  It was hard work, but it was very satisfying work. I've done home parties and vendor events and fundraisers and online selling and even setup in office building lobbies.

In the two years since I joined Chloe+Isabel (2 years this month!) I have pushed myself further out of my comfort zone than ever. In fact, my comfort zone has moved and expanded! I've had awesome months where I meet every goal and feel like the conqueror of the world, and I've had slow months where I didn't work my business much and feel a little sad about that. Actually, one of my favorite things about this job is that I CAN work it hard when I want to/can, and can ease up when I need to give my full-time job as Mother-of-5 more attention.  I've met so many awesome boss-babe fellow-Merchies (as we call ourselves) and learned so much from them! I've attended the Chloe+Isabel Convention twice now and each time come away with a renewed fire and determination as well as so much new knowledge and dozens of new "sisters". I feel like my self-confidence has soared to a place where possibly it has never been before. I think I'm a pretty awesome person - I like the {imperfect} way I look and dress, and I confidently take selfies wearing the jewelry now.

Overall, I can honestly and without exaggeration say that, Chloe+Isabel has changed my life! And I hope it keeps on changing! I'm just starting a path of leadership where I will be building my own team of empowered, self-motivated women who want to lift each other up as we rise together. I can't wait to work with these women. Learn together. See growth in them and in myself.

Perhaps the biggest change in myself is that I'm saying "Bring on the change!" I can see that inner change is growth, and there's no downside to that!

If this kind of growth in a job interests you, you're the kind of person I want on my team! Comment here, stalk me on Facebook, order yourself a piece to try...or just contact me and we'll meet up for a chat. You could have a paycheck next month! (Or another paycheck)  You can change your life.

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