Happy New Year!!!
IM BACK! I don’t know if anyone is still following my blog, but here I am. It has been way too long since I wrote here, and it has been killing me. Man, the last time I wrote in here was about the time I signed up to be a LuLaRoe consultant. That adventure has really taken over my life for the past year and a half. A lot of good… and a lot of bad… I guess it would be fitting to start my blog back up when I am stepping away from the business and getting back to my old self.
Most recently I’ve come to realize that while it was an amazing opportunity for me to get out and meet new people, the business was growing tiring on me and my family. Sales have been decreasing over the last 8 months which required more work on my part to make the same amount of money as I was before. But it was never about the money, it was about the experience. It was fun for me to get out and party with other people, make new friends and make other people happy at the same time. But the harder I had to work, the less time I would get to spend with my amazing family. I was starting to get lost in all aspects of my life. I tried to set hours for LuLaRoe, but with the decrease in sales, each inquiry because something I felt I had to respond to immediately in order to get the sale. I was losing patience with everyone and becoming generally unhappy. The stress of it all was becoming too much.
I wasn’t the best me, not even close to it. I had been toying with the idea of closing shop since August, but the overwhelming thought of sell off over 1200 pieces of inventory was terrifying. How would I do it? Won’t everyone be disappointed in me? It was awful. I eventually decided to suck it up and keep selling. It wasn’t until we were on vacation in September that I realized what life was like without LuLaRoe. A whole week with the people I love the most and no stress of checking facebook or email to see if someone wanted to buy anything. I felt so free. It was during this vacation that I decided that was it, I was done. I wanted to be free. I wanted to play with my kids on the weekends, go out with friends, workout and cook meals for my family again; all things that got lost along with those parts of my heart. Freedom. I wanted freedom from the chains of retail.
We came home from vacation and developed a plan to sell it all off. It started to feel achievable. My goal was to sell it off by the end of the year, but it has proven to be harder than I had anticipated. I have reduced my inventory significantly, but we have a long way to go before we are completely free.
But for now, I am finally at peace with my decision and I can feel the weight being lifted off of my shoulders.
It was bene a long road, but I am back and while I may not be a great writer, I realized that this was something I had always looked forward to doing. I am not sure where this blog will go, but I hope you all come with me on this ride.