I started blogging in March of 2013 when a business coach told me “brand yourself” and then promptly challenged me to blog.
My life has been a roller coaster journey -: growing up in middle class family, parent’s divorce, drug addiction, bulimia, single mom, social worker, entrepreneur, relapse and wife. The road has not always been easy but with God’s help, I have survived with many gifts and talents I want to share with those around me.
I started my Thirty One business for the discounts, I stay for the sisterhood and the money. Yes, the money pays the bills allowing me to work from home, make my own hours especially when there is an MS flare up. What the money can do is way more important to me. I want to make a difference in the lives of others. I smile when I see others smile. I smile when I know a random act of kindness has made a difference to someone who is struggling.
See, I was a struggling single momma who was an addict – work AND drugs. When the bottom fell out, I had nothing. I headed to detox and rehab not knowing what the future would bring. All I knew was I had this adorable 2-year old who needed me. When I came home from rehab, we were homeless living with family until we got back in our home. It was a struggle.
I had to tell my baby “no” many times. I had to find ways to do fun cheap things. I had to be creative for holidays and parties. We shopped at thrift stores. We used food pantries. We were blessed by amazing friends and family who helped us along the way.
When I became a social worker, kids became my heart. Kids suffer because of no fault of their own and I wanted them to know someone cared. I wanted to see their face light up. So began my journey of making a difference, one random act at a time.
What does it have to do with my Thirty One business? It is because of my customers, hostesses and team I am able to make a difference. From Chemo Comfort bags to Easter baskets to our Back to School Campaign – it is all about making a difference in the lives of others.
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