I was the girl that rarely vacationed as a child. We had little time or money even for essentials so vacations were extremely rare.
My mom worked sometimes double shifts as a nurse while going to college to earn her bachelors and masters degree. I have very few memories of her as a child. 😢
My dad was a fireman and was gone for 24 hour shifts at a time and either coached or drove me to to soccer, on his days off.
They worked a lot of hours and I remember they fought a lot about money. There was never enough time or money. As a child I'd cry wishing I could "fix it" so I could see them more and they didn't have to fight so much about money. 😢
They saved and worked extra just for me to attend a soccer camp one week during summer and I had to earn & contribute my own money from the time I was 9 years old, for anything that was a "non-essential".
I am thankful for ALL of their sacrifices, it gave me purpose, I knew I was a contributor to my family and those lessons made me who I am today. 🙏🏼
I didn't intend to, but went on through my adult life repeating that same pattern. Work your ass off and while yet, have either not enough time or not enough money to provide what you like for yourself or your children. 😡. We don't intend to repeat that pattern, but that's kinda what we just end up doing, out of no design or viable options.
I sit here reflecting while our three children have annual passes to Disney, (which I never visited as a child growing up in Florida), sitting in our camper with plans to return home on a Monday (because it's the day WE chose to return- not our boss), and that we are in a position to say YES, to our children's dreams of going to Japan, Washington DC and volleyball camps this summer, and we can say, "yes-we can afford that and have the TIME to experience it all with you."
You bet your butt, as I had to, we require them ALL to earn and pay a portion of all their non-essentials -because having to have skin in the game is GOOD mojo for all of us. 🙌🏼
I am grateful that by the vision of my own friend, I was lead to Beachbody coaching. If it wasn't for her, I'd be repeating my own childhood on to my children. Work a ton, money and time for a little.
I still work a ton, but now they see it's on my terms, they see the lives I impact, that it's on my time and that WE control our time and income now.
👉🏼 Not a boss.
👉🏼 Not an HR department.
❤️ My heart is full of gratitude today for God for all the struggles He gave me as gifts, for my parents and the work ethic and sacrifices they made, for my family for their continued support and patience, for my team for their loyalty, vision and consistency, and for my up line, Lindsay, who by her own vision, showed me a change WAS possible.
I know, that some may think that network marketing is a scam. Im not sharing my story for those folks. My story is to provide hope for those that grew up just like me and are stuck repeating the SAME THING as adults wondering if change is ever possible.
It IS possible.
This business has brought my husband Neil home from working 80 hours a week at the car dealership. Our son has never known what it's like to have his parents miss events because we were working. Our children don't hear us fight and stress over money, they way I had to.
I believe this business's biggest blessing is that through hard work and consistency- it has forever changed the course of our family's future.
For that, I am very very grateful. 🙏🏼