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What do Scrapbooking, Makeup, Nail Wraps, and Retirement have to do with each other?

on June 18, 2015

For the last few weeks I’ve been thinking ​a lot ​about my direct sales businesses and being retired and how they fit together.
I started working as a waitress for my parents when I was 13.  I continued doing that until I got a “real” job after graduating from college with an associate’s degree.  I went to work for an electric utility.  Turns out it was a great place to work and I have lots to be thankful for.  I got married at 19 and had planned to work 2 or 3 years, and then get pregnant and start my family.  I was going to be a stay-at-home Mom and live “happily ever after”.  Well, it didn’t turn out quite like I’d planned.  I finally had the baby I’d dreamt about at 27.  But my marriage fell apart. I became a single parent pretty quickly and was thankful for the stable job and benefits I had.  Fast forward several years and I found myself at the age of 39 owing a lot on ​my charge cards.  Enter PartyLite, my first experience with direct sales​. It wasn’t easy but I did tons of parties and ended up paying off every last dime on those cards.  What an awesome feeling of accomplishment that was.

About 6 years later, along came a hobby to change my life.  Creative Memories.  I truly thought people were crazy to decorate pages to put pictures on.  I felt it was a success if I got my pictures into an album, nevermind all the hooplah that came with scrapbooking.  Four years before going to my first CM party, my niece Robyn tried to get me into it.  I honestly thought she’d lost her mind.  I looked at her catalog, handed it back, and said “no way”.  But there I found myself, at a CM party surrounded by all kinds of paper and stickers and telling myself that I had a hundred things I ​should be doing at home.  But it was my son’s girlfriend’s mother who had invited me, so I’d politely agreed to go.  She had this crazy idea that we could do an album for our​ kids​ for their high school graduation in June  (this was in April).  The first hour was torture.  But then something strange happened.  It suddenly made sense.  This was fun!  It was meaningful!  I loved it so much I signed up to sell it.  And for the next 2 months, 2 mothers made gorgeous scrapbooks of their kids’ lives, and yes, gave them to their kids the night of their graduation.

I retired from the electric utility in 2011 at the age of 55, thanks to an awesome formula that adds your age to your years of service.  Mine hit the magic number and I said I’m outta here.  I now get a paycheck once a month for not working.  I still wonder how this is even possible.  Some people may take a pension for granted, but not me!  I just feel so grateful and thankful for it!

I was at a Women’s Expo in early April this year and saw all kinds of amazing women representing their companies.  Two jumped out at me:  Younique and Jamberry.  I’ve known the Younique Presenter for years, and it was great watching her having so much fun with her business.  The Jamberry Demo was a cute ball-of-fire who took great joy seeing me go nuts over my sample accent nail wrap she had put on my little finger.  It was an impulsive decision, but I decided to join both companies.  (To be fai​r to myself, I thought I would be helping out: my husband had been laid off 6 months prior, and we had been experiencing the anxiety of job hunting and unemployment.  He’d found work fairly quickly due to it being the Holiday Season; but it was seasonal, so we still kept looking.  We finally thought he’d found the ​right place​ in February, but it turned out that he could never get 40 hours per week.  He would be told there was no work, so it would be 3 days one week, 4 days the next, then 2 days the following.)  So I ​had thought that I could help out by making some extra money.

Turns out it wasn’t a good idea for me to join 2 companies at the same time.  I spent hours upon hours watching videos, reading, learning, taking notes.  And I got stressed out.  And more stressed out.  What had I gotten myself into?  My doctor told me my blood pressure was way up and wondered what was going on with me.  I saw posts about people giving up and I didn’t want anyone thinking I was the type to give up.  And all the reasons listed as to why people give up didn’t apply to me.

​But I knew that this wasn’t working for me.  ​I can’t be involved in these businesses and not give my all.  It’s not in my nature.  I realized I was 59 years old and I was retired and I should be doing what I want to be doing.  I’ve done my time.  When I heard myself telling my Mom I couldn’t do something because I was too busy with my businesses, I asked myself what was the matter with me?  One of the main reasons I wanted to retire early was to be able to spend more time with her.  I’m one of the lucky ones who still has their Mom on this planet with them.  Plus she’s right here in the same town as me and I’m her only child in this town.  Then this past weekend I went to a yard sale with craft items.  I found some counted cross stitch kits and as I was holding the ones I wanted to buy, I said to myself that I really don’t need these because I have some at home that I haven’t done yet.  And then I heard myself say the following words:  “It’s OK, I can get all of them done when I retire.”  What?  Did I really just say that to myself?  That did it.  Time to make some changes.

So, I will happily now become a Jamberry customer not a consultant.  I’ll continue with Younique – very part time – because I have some inventory I’d like to sell and Younique doesn’t charge for your monthly website.  But primarily, I’m going to enjoy the time I can spend with my Mom; I’m going to enjoy getting back to feeling creative by scrapbooking and making cards; I’m going to enjoy going for walks with my Molly.  And I’m really going to enjoy not feeling stressed out.

Thank you Patty & Stephanie.  I couldn’t have asked for better leaders.

3 responses to “What do Scrapbooking, Makeup, Nail Wraps, and Retirement have to do with each other?

  1. lisastg says:

    What a wonderful story. I learned a couple of things about you that I never knew but one thing I’ve known since I met you is that you are a wonderfully caring person with a ginormous heart. I’m glad you’ve decided to retire (again!) and can peacefully enjoy the time you have with your mom. You have a beautiful family and a whole lot of friends that think you’re amazing. Thank you for always striving to bring us great products and sharing the joy it brings to you in making others happy.

  2. Constance Scaglione says:

    Hi Jane! Reading this was awesome. Writing it must have been pretty awesome too. I’ve known you your entire life …literally since the moment you were born but I too learned a few things about you from reading this blog post. I’m so envious of the precious time you have to spend with your wonderful mom. It’s a slam dunk to put that relationship first before any job. Good to read this and really good to talk to you today. You go girl with whatever makes you happy. Lots of love….connie

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