My Latest Struggle…

Bear with me, this isn’t a sales pitch, just bear with me.

So once upon a time I worked for an insurance company, Meridian Insurance. (If you need quotes let me know, I will hook you up, everyone there is great!) I had just graduated from UVSC with my degree in Social Work and had high hopes of a profession in that field until I saw what they paid people with a bachelors degree. Practically nothing. I didn’t want to go back to school and was trying to figure out what to do…and I was depressed because for a myriad of reasons and life was rough for me at the time. One day I got a call from my good friend Jen and she asked if I had found a job yet and said they had just fired their receptionist and did I want to come in for an interview. Long story short, I was hired on the spot and 8 years later was leaving because I was having a baby and wanted to be a stay at home mom.

16 months before I left my job I had gotten married right before my 33 birthday.

3 weeks after leaving my job I had a beautiful baby girl and was suddenly at home all day long with just a tiny little baby.

It was hard. Really really hard. I loved that little baby so so much but felt like my world had suddenly been turned upside down and I just didn’t know what to do about it. That is a lot of big life changes in not a lot of time.

My husband has a great job and I have been blessed to be able to stay at home but I have just felt like I need something to do. Not a craft or a sewing project because I get all excited and go and buy everything and start it and then completely lose interest. I didn’t want to go out and get a job where I had to leave Olivia but just needed something that I could do for me. Something to feel like I was making a difference.

Over the summer it has just gotten worse. Not many people know this but we are buying a house and will hopefully be moved in by the end of the month. We have been really smart in planning and saving and it won’t cost us much more than our rent currently is but I have just felt the desire to help out. Whether it was grocery money or money for house projects or the fun things like a washer and dryer. I just have felt the need to contribute.

Then through some interesting conversations over the course of a weekend with my good friend Kathryn, I suddenly had an opportunity present itself. I decided to become an Usborne Book Consultant. Now I am not a sales person at all. At all. But this was books and I love books and want Olivia to have billions of them (literally). I loved the idea of sharing my passion for books with others and making a little income on the side. And it is perfect for me. I can do house parties (which I will in the next couple months) or I can talk to preschools, schools or do book fairs. But the most popular thing is parties on Facebook. I can do it all from the comfort of my living room after Olivia is in bed. I can do as much or as little as I want with it and again the best part is the books!

I have been doing this just over a month now and absolutely love it. I have already received a box full of books to start me off and am obsessed with them. I love my parties that last under an hour and during that hour I get to share awesome books with people. I finally found something that I am loving doing, something that is a stretch for me but I need this chance to grow. That large part of me that has been struggling for the past 14+ months isn’t struggling quite so much because I am doing something for me.

If you are wanting a little something to do on the side for you let me know. I would love to share more of what I am doing, maybe it is what you would love too! Or if you love books and want the chance to get a lot of free books let me know, you can host a party and I can hook you up…slight sales pitch there… 😉




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