I frequently like to think back on those first few months around the time of my decision to join LuLaRoe. I was so full of fear and uncertainty. It was like a crazy person had taken over my decision making and was pushing me forward. I kept repeating to myself, “This is the dumbest thing I have ever done, right?” But that crazy person in my head told me to put all that aside and just take the leap. Looking back on those early months, I’m so glad fear did not take over. I really wish I could talk to that version of myself and hand her this little gold bracelet I wear now that says, “Do it anyways.” Life would be so different if I hadn’t made that scary decision to move forward.
Before LuLaRoe I was a stay at home mom. I was busy enough running our three young boys around to school and activities. However, I felt like I was losing myself while fielding the constant requests (demands) for snacks and apple juice. Their needs were being met, of course – but were mine? I had no motivation to put on anything more than workout clothes even if I had no intention of working out. Days flowed into weeks. Nights were spent zoning out on the coach, turning off my brain. I felt disconnected, lost and like I was just stumbling around my life. It was in this state that I looked down, realized the void and recognized the need for something to call my very own.
At the time, LuLaRoe was like a faint whisper I kept hearing but it wasn’t until I intentionally carved some time out investigate it, that I really understood what it was. Scrolling and reading online I remember thinking, “Maxi skirts and what? Leggings? Huh?” I kept looking at it and looking at it until I felt like I fell into a black hole. I spent hours watching YouTube videos and joining groups that talked about LuLaRoe and sold the brand. I was obsessed. Could this been what I was looking for? Maybe, just maybe.
I came up with a list of questions that I needed to have answered and contacted a few consultants around the country. At the time it felt like a really significant investment to make so it reassured me when each consultant answered the important facts similarly and yet were able to provide me with their own personal experience with the company. This was my first exposure to the culture of LuLaRoe. Little did I know I was joining a tribe that would hold me up, show me the way and support my soon to be successful business.
The huge boxes with my inventory showed up and I panicked. What have I done? Who is going to buy this stuff? I don’t have a clue what I’m doing! I gave myself permission to freak out for 5 minutes and boy, did I freak out – cold sweats and all. I got that out of my system and then realized this is the moment when I needed to decide if I was going to sink or swim. I channeled my fear and started telling everyone that I knew what I had taken on. I laugh back on those days when no one had a clue what LuLaRoe was. I had to explain it over and over again but in doing so I was slowly but surely building my network. I still have plenty of customers from my first days and I am so proud of their loyalty to me.
Things grew from there at a speed I never could have expected but it was thrilling and I was able to hang on. I put my head down and worked….hard. Those first few months were exhausting but I loved every minute of it. I had come alive. I read every resource I could, I learned from the very best retailers in the company and developed my own best practices for my business. Many of those decisions I made in the very beginning I have been maintained today but I have improved upon them. In looking back there is one thing that absolutely clear to me now and that is I have come so far in such a short amount of time but there are still many miles to go. Cheers to what is just up ahead!
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