I think a lot of people wonder why I got started in direct sales. And I also think there’s a bad reputation with direct sales, when really it’s just a different business model. Anyway, here’s my story…
I started with Cookie Lee in January of this year. I had first heard of Cookie Lee from a customer of mine when I worked at Nordstrom 10 years ago. I went online to check it out and get some more details about joining and immediately I fell in love with all the sparkly, trendy, fun, jewelry. I just knew this was for me! It would combine my love of fashion and shopping. I could set my own schedule and it was something that would be mine. Not to mention earn a little money because hey, who doesn’t need a few extra bucks each month?
My first couple of months were awesome…I was excited. My family was excited. I worked really hard. My warm circle of friends and family ordered from me and booked shows. Things were going well!
After a while I started to focus more and more on the money. I had ideas and plans for this money I hadn’t even earned yet! I was focusing more and more on booking shows so I could make that money. I started to get selfish and greedy. I started focusing on me and what I wanted. What I thought I “needed” from my business. But the harder I focused on all these things, the worse I felt! The less motivated I felt!
Then I started to hit road blocks. In trying to get out of my warm circle of family and friends and really build my business, I got a lot of nos. Lots of doors slammed in my face. My Cookie Lee Sisters kept encouraging me. Kept building me up. So I kept going. But each time I got knocked down, I found it harder to get back up. And finally I just didn’t.
I took a couple weeks “off”. Didn’t touch my computer. Didn’t make any phone calls. Couldn’t handle any more slammed doors or heartache! I was putting all of me, my heart and soul into this business and not being able to go forward was totally heartbreaking and gut wrenching!
I really did consider quitting. But I didn’t want to! I had no idea what direction to take or how to even get started. I was totally stuck.
Then one night I started reading a couple devotionals that were sitting in my inbox. (Normally I only get one but for some reason I had gotten 2 that day.) And I respect if you aren’t a Christian. But I am and my faith is the core of who I am and how I try to live my life.
I read Psalm 25:4-5. Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior and my hope is in you all day long.
Ummmm hello! That’s pretty loud and clear.
The second one I read was Col. 2:2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ,
I realized that my attitude and my actions were not of God. They were of the world. I’m called to be an encourager, a light in the darkness. But here I was BEING the darkness!
My business is a complete gift. It’s brought people in my life that I would have never met without Cookie Lee. It took me out of a depression and a funk I had been in for years. It built up my confidence (and at the same time tore it down!), it made me really look at myself and who I am.
At the end of the day, I don’t “need” anything. I have food, shelter, clothes, and a healthy family. Anything my business gives me, is truly a gift.
I decided that night that the foundation of my business is GIVING. It’s not about the money. It’s not about the jewelry. (The jewelry is just the sparkly, fun, tool!) It’s about me giving back everything I’ve been given. It’s about giving love, encouragement, light, love, independence, and time.
The foundation of who I am is encouragement, love, and positivity and I lost total sight of that.
I feel like I hit all those road blocks because I wasn’t going in the right direction. God was stopping me. And boy did He! I’m not saying that now I’ll just sit and wait for God to grow my business. I know I have to put in the work. I have to put it into action. But now I know that at least I’m going in the right direction. Now I have the hope that God will open the doors He wants me to walk through.
And as if I needed more proof of what I was praying about, feeling, and thinking … This was my devotional yesterday.
Luke 6:38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
So, to start things off right, next month I’m doing a Get Together and Give Back campaign. I’m collecting food for our local food bank as well as backpacks for homeless and underprivileged kids. I’ve set a goal and I can’t wait to work together to achieve it!