My middle school daughter had a thought-provoking assignment this past week in school. She needed to write about a number of “non-traditional” things that she was thankful for. Her classmates were all recorded and I was able to catch a glimpse of all of these “uncommon” things that these children were thankful for. My daughter chose the mess in our basement, because it meant that her and her brothers had plenty of toys to play with. I have to say, this assignment really got me thinking too. I think at this time of year, we all talk about what we are thankful for, and we often start with some of the most important, but also the most obvious. I don’t want to diminish in any way what it means to be thankful for our family, friends, health, homes and those priceless things, but it was interesting to think outside of the box a little bit as it related to being thankful.
So, what did I come up with? There were a few different things that I was mulling around in my mind. But, for this blog, I wanted to write about how thankful I am for my career. I am genuinely thankful for the opportunity to work in an industry where I control my success and where I am making a difference in the lives of others every day. It’s kind of funny actually. Years ago, when I was working in corporate America, if you had asked me what I was thankful for as it related to my career, my answers would have been weekends, vacations, my paycheck and even the people that I had met along the way. I knew for a really long time that the corporate world wasn’t the right fit for me. It was a long, convoluted path (which you can read about in my Wall Street to Mops blog), but it ultimately led me to a career that I am truly thankful for. That career is being a work-from-home-Mom and Norwex Independent Sales Consultant. I’m not even sure that this blog will allow me to express all of the things that I realized I am thankful for as it relates to my Norwex career, but I thought it would be the perfect avenue to give it a try. So, here goes…
I am thankful that I can be home for my kids and meaningfully provide for my family at the same time. In the corporate world, there was always this talk of “work-life balance,” a concept that I never really felt existed. Now, I don’t miss any of the moments when I want to be there. I can be the preschool Mom picking up my son at noon and bringing him to the park on a beautiful day with his friends (and my friends too!). I can be the class parent, the Mom who gets to go on all of the class trips and the Mom who doesn’t need to call in when one of my children is not feeling well. If I need to get some work done during my kids Ninja Warrior training class, or when my kids are warming up before their soccer games, I can squeeze in a few minutes before the action begins. Don’t get me wrong, there are things that I miss along the way, but it is a conscious choice to miss those things.
I am thankful that I have an identity other than Mom or Wife. When I was working all those years ago, I had a really prestigious career. Leaving it behind to stay home with my children is the best decision that I ever made, but at the same time, I don’t think I realized that I would lose part of my identity with that decision. My current job has given me so much more than I ever anticipated. It has pushed me well out of my comfort zone, which is where the really interesting stuff happens. I have been able to step in to a leadership role, and help others start their own businesses and realize their dreams of flexibility and financial freedom.
I am thankful for the lives I am impacting every single day. Norwex is not just a company…we are an absolutely amazing company to be a part of. I educate people every single day how small changes in our daily routines can have dramatic impacts on our health, the health of our families, our communities and our planet. Acquaintances who I have met only once at parties come up to me in the grocery store and thank me for helping with their asthma, their child’s allergies, helping them to eliminate the use of paper towels in their homes or even just helping them to save time so they can spend less time taking care of their homes and more time enjoying them.
I am thankful for the challenges that I have encountered while pursuing this dream of having my own business. The company and products that I educate others about are truly incredible, but it certainly does not mean that it is smooth sailing all the time.
I am grateful for all of the “No” responses that I have received. Sometimes people aren’t interested in the products, or hosting a presentation, but if I keep speaking to people eventually one of those “No’s” will be a “Yes”.
And the amazing thing is that I never know where that one single “Yes” will lead me. There are times that I look at my calendar of parties and events, and it is completely empty. I am thankful for that too. It forces me to revisit my business, who I have spoken to and all of the new people who I have met, who have yet to learn about Norwex and all that we have to offer. It gets me out of my comfort zone for sure. And, I am thankful that my success is in my own hands. It is a blessing, but it is also a challenge. When you are Type A, like I am, and you are driven towards success, it can be difficult to pull your foot off the pedal sometimes. But, I am working on that too because I know my children will only be small for a short time, and I am trying to balance my desire to succeed with being present for my children. All of these challenges have presented opportunities for personal and business growth.
I am thankful for the recognition that I am receiving, just for doing a job that doesn’t even feel like work. I get to meet amazing people, educate them about an amazing line of products, and not only am I getting paid to do that, but I am earning tons of fun benefits along the way. Confession…I am totally one of those people who loves getting freebies and rewards and incentives. So, when I see incentives dangled in front of me that I can earn, like free products, fun rewards and even trips around the world, I am going to go for them. In 2017-2018, I earned a trip to Maui. I didn’t even think it was possible, but once I earned it, I decided it was time to start working on the 2018-2019 trip possibilities to Cabos and Norway. I’m well on my way to that next trip!
I am thankful for the incredible team of people who I work with. We collaborate, share ideas, and genuinely have fun with each other. At Norwex, we not only work together, but we truly do life together. I can’t imagine a better group of people to be doing my life with.
Finally, I am thankful for my husband, my children and my parents. It is a fun job, and a truly rewarding job, but it absolutely requires effort. My husband is the reason that I stepped into the world of direct sales in the first place (that story is in my first blog as well) and he supports me 1000% every step of the way. My children are the primary reason that I do what I do. I want the world to be better for them, and I want to be able to help provide for our family, while still being there all the times that I want to be for my kids. Not to mention, this truly is a family business…my hubby and kids help me label catalogs, stuff envelopes and even work vendor events. And of course, I am thankful for my parents, whose support network has made my business and my life so much better each and every day in more ways that I could ever write about in a single blog post.
I’m sure that once I read through this blog, I will come up with so many other reasons that I am thankful for what I do. I think this was a pretty good start though. Don’t be afraid to visit the uncommon things that you are thankful for too. I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and will cherish all of the precious memories as we head in to this often chaotic and overwhelming holiday season!!
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