There’s a lot of role filling that goes on in life. I remember in school having to make a list of who you ‘are’: mom, wife, sister, aunt, teacher, maid, diaper changer expert, etc. It’s amazing how you can get swept up in those terms and forget to think of what ELSE you could be.
That’s what happened to me. I loved my life, had what I wanted/needed for the most part, but I had forgotten what it meant to dream. To think about what could enhance or improve mine and my family’s lives… experiences, special treats, retirement plans (yah… self-employment really impaired my retirement planning), and at some points to keep us full of the requirements (food, electricity, gas, etc).
Let me put you in my shoes May 2013…
My second baby was two months old. My husband left to go to work out of town when she was six weeks old. That leaves me nursing, teaching again (self-employed means a very short maternity time), taking care of a newborn and a toddler (he was two at the time). We had relocated my preschool into a new school we built on our property (next to our house). This was a rebuilding/recovery year. My school’s enrollment was 1/3 of what it generally was. The income was 1/3 of what we were accustomed to.
There I am at the grocery store with toddler in the cart and baby in the carseat in the cart. We are finally going up to visit my husband and then his sister. I’m buying groceries to take with us, along with diapers and pull ups, snacks for the road, etc. Picture me, standing in the fruit section, looking at the delicious apples.
Bright, shiny, honey crisp apples: $712 a pound;
Red ‘Delicious’ apples (which, btw, are not delicious): $free.
Okay actual prices were not that extreme, but it felt like that! There was no way I could splurge and buy the expensive (and my favorite) apples.
I paid for our groceries, got us all into the car, and proceeded to have a small meltdown. I called my mom babbling about apples and no money and realized I was going to have to do something to change that.
That weekend we were up visiting my sister in law and she was telling her friends all about her energy business. It was a kismet moment. I was so excited to find something I could do, in addition to my preschool, that not only would create long term residual income (Hello, retirement!!) as well as weekly income… plus all she does is help other people save money!
I started May 2013 and haven’t regretted a day. I refer to that trip up there as a gift and a blessing… something that changed the direction of our lives. If you’re reading this you definitely should check out my website and learn a little more about it!!