Making money while doing something you love is a very empowering tool. It’s a win-win situation no matter how you look at it, at least for me it always has been. I have done many things over the years as a military spouse to make a few extra bucks here and there. I even did things that I really didn’t like in the past just to feel like I was bringing something to the table. As if being a stay-at-home mom wasn’t enough. I have done things over the years that I had absolutely zero passion for simply because it made me feel good to make money! It made me feel like a valuable player on the team because money can be a very powerful tool.
I’m going to share with you some of the things I did when my girls were little and it was also a time when my husband was gone a lot. He was either deployed or working late and this made things so difficult for me. It was like every time I found “that thing” that would allow me to make some money it would never work because I had no help with the girls and the cost of childcare was way more than what I would be bringing home.
I started hustling
So I did what any hustling mama would do and I found things that would work! I sold bags. That was cool for a little while until I went through all of my friends and had no one else to book parties. I also did what I like to call dumpster diving. You can make fun of me if you wish, you wouldn’t be the first. I actually think it was quite brilliant. We were stationed at Bragg at the time and you wouldn’t believe what people would throw out on the curb. So I would get in my van, load the girls up and do the thrift shop a favor. I would consign the items to the base thrift store and again a win-win situation. They would make money for a good cause and so would I. Was it a lot of money? No! Was it extra money, yes! Getting those monthly checks would just make me feel so good, or not guilty when I wanted to go out to dinner. I was contributing to my family financially and it made me feel worthy! I did other little side things like babysitting which to be honest I hated because I already had my hands full with my own children. I even started my own carrot cake business once too. That was fun until baking was no longer enjoyable. Oh and let’s not forget about that time I was cleaning houses on the side too. I was always doing something, nothing that would ever make us rich but darn it I was hustling!
I think it’s important for you to know that I’m a nursing school dropout. The plan was always for me to go back. This was a dream I chased for years and no matter what, the stars never aligned. Military life, deployments, overseas moves, kids, no matter how bad I wanted it, me going back to school was just never in the cards. I even tried to go to beauty school once, but quickly realized that my husband’s E5 pay was NOT going to be able to cut the cost of school and living all at once. I’m sharing this with you because I want you to know that it is possible to be successful when you find something you are passionate about. I have zero experience in sales or business, yet I have created and launched two successful businesses. I have blown my goals out of the water time and time again. I lead with passion and a personal story that my audience relates to. I found something that I believe in so it’s never a sale but rather sharing something that I know will change their lives like it did mine.
It’s not easy work, please don’t ever make that mistake of looking in from the outside and seeing only the good. I have worked hard to get where I am today and I’m not even close to where I’m headed. I have cried, I have quit over and over again in my own head, I have convinced myself that I’m not good enough and I have made mistakes but thankfully always learn from them. It’s a journey, to say the least, but this is my jam and I’m embracing it all. Even the bad and sometimes the ugly!
I was honored and a little shocked to find out that I had made number five for the top five MUTU ambassador sales for 2018. It’s a little reminder that hard work pays off! We all work to make money, but when the money you make is changing women’s lives it’s a feeling I can’t quite put my finger on. I have lived by the mantra of “you must get comfortable with being uncomfortable” and it’s been a game changer in this world of business. Every time I step outside of my comfort zone change happens and that’s why I do it over and over again!
In 2016 I took what I knew was a huge leap of faith, but also what I knew I was put on this earth to do. I made what I knew was an investment in myself. My own husband who by the way knows me more than I know myself most days wasn’t quite sure what I was doing. I simply asked him to trust me and he did! I went to Orlando and certified as a MUTU Pro. Within in the first month, I made my money back from attending the course by simply sharing a link. Sharing a link to a program that changed my life! It’s like finding something so good that you can’t help but share it with all of the people in your life!
I have come a long way from my dumpster diving days, and I know exactly what it’s like to start at the bottom of the barrel and work my way up! I’m not afraid to try new things and be completely uncomfortable while doing them! Because when I put myself out there I’m not just doing it for myself I’m doing it for all of the women who are suffering in silence with bodies that don’t work right or feel good. I’m being a world changer and making a difference and it just so happens I make money while doing all of that!
So here I go again today stepping outside of my little box where I stay nice and comfortable second-guessing why I’m giving business advice. I’ll tell you why I’m doing it. I’m doing it because I want to empower all of the women and military mamas sitting at home thinking you are not doing enough to take a leap of faith and try something new. You all have a story and we want to hear it!
Change will only happen when you take the big risks. The more scared you are the greater the risk. Will it be worth it? You’ll never know unless you try.