I wrote a post about my Scentsy business and took a photo of my beloved planner. Well, the day after I took that picture, I left my bag on the train and my planner was in there. My planner wasn’t the only valuable item in my bag, there were many other things in there that had sentimental value (and high dollar value). I don’t want to get into the details about what happened mainly because it’s the past and I can’t change what happened. I’m the type of person that tends to dwell on past things, hold grudges, and think about all the negative outcomes before I even consider the positive outcomes. That’s my personality, which I think was strongly shaped by my past, but that’s another post for another day.
Since yesterday was International Women’s Day, I decided that it was time to post about myself in hopes of finding like-minded women out there. This year, I decided that I was going to do my best to promote both of my businesses and get myself out there as a writer. I’ve been keeping my writing to myself forever and only managed to share my stories with three friends over the last four years. Since January, things have been looking up mainly because I set a goal for myself which I believe is attainable. I won’t lie and say that it’s been easy, there are times when I’m completely exhausted and ready to throw in the towel, but I don’t. Why not? You may ask. The reason is simple. I’m stubborn as hell and when there’s something that I really want, I go for it.
It’s funny how things in life can be going up this kind of escalator, where things are finally going in the direction that you hoped. Then all of a sudden, something happens and rips the rug from under you, causing you to stumble and even fall. There are a lot of things that I have been through in life and losing a bag isn’t the worst, not even with the things that hold sentimental value in it. There are women who suffer and who have suffered far worse things than I have and still get up and move forward.
What is it that gives some women the strength to stand back up and some to cower and run away? Is it experience? Is it personality? Honestly, I believe the answer lies within ourselves, buried deep within our hearts. Do you know what I’m talking about? Can you feel what I’m referring to?
It’s not the first time that the universe has thrown something nasty my way and watched how I dealt with it and it won’t be the last. If there’s one thing I have learned from all my bad experiences in my past it’s this: life goes on even when we feel like we’re at a standstill. When we feel like we are at our strongest or at our best, life will always throw something at us that might knock us down because it wants a reaction (or to make us stronger). Well, some women give up and run off while others continue to dust themselves off and try again.
So what is it about women like us that just don’t give up? The answer is simple. It’s the will, the desire, the passion we feel burning in our hearts and our soul that allows us to sit up, bandage our wounds, and push ourselves up again regardless of how much pain we’re in. There’s something so deep within us that keeps us motivated, whatever that thing is. For a lot of women, it’s their children or their families. I don’t have my own children, so it’s different for me. What keeps me moving forward in the face of adversity? It’s my desire, my dream, my passion to do what I love most: writing, reading, and selling Scentsy.
If I’m not figure skating, I’m writing or reading. These are the three passions that I’ve had since I was a child. Sure, I gave up on figure skating when I was a kid, but I picked it up again despite my age and being the oldest in my class. I don’t care how old I am. Figure skating is the only thing besides writing that relieves my stress the second I step out on the ice. Writing also relieves stress the moment I pour my heart out into my story or a blog post like this one. These are the passions I’ve had for as long as I can remember. They are etched so deeply into my heart that not doing them makes me feel disconnected from myself.
As for Scentsy, that’s something I picked up last year. However, there’s just something special about Scentsy that’s not only in the products, but in the family I have made with my sponsor, my director, and everyone in our group. The support there, the passion, and all the women (and men) that come together to share our passion of Scentsy is incredible. It’s something I never imagined existed or even dreamed about before. Being a teacher and Independent Scentsy Consultant have taught me how to be outgoing when I need to be and they have also shown me that by being outgoing, I can achieve my dreams with some hard work.
If you know me personally, you know that I am highly introverted. Being extroverted takes 98% of my energy, but when it comes to working towards my dreams, it’s worth it. Of course my dreams aren’t going to happen overnight, so I have to put a lot of effort and time into my businesses to make them work. Sure, it’s been really hard and slow, but I’d rather take my time doing it right than not giving it the time and attention it needs. That passion is burning strong within me and keeps me going even when things are rough.
What if you’re not one of the women that can get up right away? You just need to do one thing: find what you’re deepest desire or passion is. Is it your family, your children, your business, or is there something else that you desire? Once you find that, you need to think about what you need to do to achieve it.
I hope this post inspired you, or at least rekindled something within you to keep you reaching for your dreams. I also hope that this post helped empower some of you to become the strong women that I know you are.