Take Time to Invest in Your Growth
In honor of Mother’s Day, I asked Laura, one of my clients who continues to rock it as a mother and business owner to share her own experience. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching her for the past several months in developing and growing as a leader within her business. Her desire to pursue her dreams, her openness to learn, grow and inspire others while mothering 4 boys is incredible.
Happy Mother’s Day! I am blessed and humbled that Sheeba asked to feature me on her blog on such a special weekend. I will confess - for many years, Mother’s Day was a HARD day for me. You see, becoming a mother was not easy. Even as I write this, I’m crying tears of healing, blessings, and struggle - all at the same time. My husband and I were married on May 8, 1999. Seventeen years ago, and it just so happens to fall on Mother’s Day this year. I told him this year needed to be big or he would be in the doghouse. ;)
We both dreamed of becoming parents. He wanted two children, and I wanted three. We ended up with a nice even number of four boys. We became foster parents and adopted. It was a long and crazy ride, but for the last eight years, we have lead a pretty “normal” life, if there is such a thing. HA! I remember there were some years I did not want to attend church on Mother’s Day because I knew they would be handing out flowers for mothers and I would not receive one. My first mother’s day I cried when they handed me Landon’s baby footprints and handprints. It meant the world to me.
I went to school to be a social worker because I love helping people and working with families. I held a few social work jobs, including Children’s Protective Services, which inspired us to be foster parents. Honestly, I did not like being an employee. I became a stay at home mom after we found out we could keep Landon. We then went on to adopt 3 more brothers - a sibling group.
In 2008, I remember going shopping at Sam’s Club and filling my cart up with a lot of processed foods. I remember standing in the checkout lane thinking, “This does not seem right to have all this crap in my shopping cart.” It was that moment I knew I needed to start making some changes to our lives. I started researching natural lifestyle and what that looked like. I invested in an Ionic Detoxing machine in 2009 and started detoxing friends and family out of our home. I felt SO much better and lost 50lbs that year. I had more energy and started to work out. 2009 was a great year and little did I know what was coming for my future.
In 2012, we were taking our children to Disney in December for 2 weeks. We could not wait! It was a trip of a lifetime with 4 boys. In October, I decided I needed to invest in Young Living (YL) essential oils to help keep our immune system strong and prepare for Disney. I am SO glad I did! That little investment of $150.00 (at the time) changed our lives forever! I only invested in YL for our family’s needs. I did not know that a year later, my friends would come to me wanting to build YL as a business, and we would do it together. I knew right then and there I needed to dive in and learn as much as I could. I started reading books and listening to TONS of CD’s.
Our team started to grow as we started to share and teach classes. In 2014, I started moving quickly through the ranks in the company. I went from Silver to Platinum in 9 months. My income had increased by $70,000 from 2014 to 2015. I was able to sell my Ionic Detox Business I had created in 2009 and officially leave the self-employed life. I did not have to show up at my office any longer to earn a paycheck. Now, it just shows up in my bank account once a month from Young Living, and the crazy, amazing part is my income continued to grow while I played at home all last summer in our pool with our boys. I am really looking forward to playing with them this summer. We have 5 more weeks of school left, but who is counting? Me!
I’ve coached my team every Wednesday for the past 2 years. I decided it was time to invest in myself and hire my own Leadership Development Coach. Sheeba is AMAZING! She has helped me become a better speaker. She’s helped me process through all of my ideas and time management issues. Sheeba helped me learn to adjust as my team is pushing nearly 3,000 people and beyond. It has been a whirlwind of a journey to working with this many people, but I have loved every moment of it. I am beyond grateful for this experience. Thank you, Sheeba, for being a part of this journey with me!
Isn’t Laura awesome? She is a great example of what mothers can do when they decide to invest in themselves. Maybe it is a passion you want to explore, a desire to impact others, a career you want to advance, a desire to be a better leader, or simply to spend more time with your family. Whatever it is, coaching provides the accountability and encouragement to help you reach those goals much faster and easier than if you did it alone. I’d be honored to help you on that journey.