I received a great response to my last post that centered around my journey with body image. Here’s the link for that post in case you missed it. I think so many people can relate to struggling with body image, especially as women in our current society. We face so much pressure to look a certain way, and I want to be a warrior in the body image battle. I’m here to encourage you to embrace your beauty and find some love for yourself. Find your confidence and take care of yourself because you love YOU, not because you hate the way you look or you flat out despise yourself. For me, LuLaRoe has been a big part of my journey to finding my confidence again after several life changes over the past few years. Enter Part 2 of my journey….
The past few years have been a whirlwind for me. In 2012, I was doing my own thing, living in Northern Virginia (near DC) and working at a non-profit in volunteer & event coordination. I loved my job and I had established a decent life for myself as a single professional woman. Life was going pretty well and I was hoping to find someone with whom to share my life. We’ll keep this part of the story brief, so I’ll just skip ahead to the part where I met my Hunky Hubs. We hit it off pretty quickly and we were engaged about 8 months after we met.
So I’ll keep moving in fast forward here- Hunky Hubs and I got married in 2013 (yay!) and we moved to Colorado at the same time. Talk about a whirlwind. I moved cross-country and got married in the same week. I’m very blessed to have Hunky Hubs and our life together is more than I could have ever dreamed. I also LOVE Colorado so it was pretty fortunate that Hunky Hubs’ job brought us out here. Moving meant that I had to leave my beloved job and entered a saturated job market in Colorado. I did find work but it was just a “job” and not really a passion for me. In 2014, I became pregnant with Zane and had to leave my job due to some pregnancy complications (feel free to stalk my old blog posts if you want details). In 2015, we had Baby Z in January and I started my new role as a stay-at-home mom. We also moved to another city in Colorado in May 2015, which meant starting over again in finding friends and community.
Whew! So all of that happened in the last few years, and it’s been intense. It’s been fun and joyful, as well as stressful and trying. I’m thankful for the opportunities we have been given and for our amazing little boy. I’m thankful that I’ve been able to stay at home with Z and see him learn and grow every single day. We are blessed to have found great community within our city, both at church and through mom groups and Hunky Hubs’ work. All of those pieces have come together to lead us to a place where we have found our footing as a family. We are learning and growing on a daily basis.
Our life is not all sunshine and rainbows. I have definitely struggled with my identity as we have navigated so many changes in so little time. When I first moved to Colorado and I was searching for a job, I realized just how much of my identity I previously placed in my career. I’ve struggled in my role as wife, particularly since I had Baby Z and trying to figure out how to balance being a good mom and wife. I’ve struggled as a mom, sometimes on a daily basis, just trying to navigate this whole MOM thing. I’ve struggled as a Christian- how do I balance my faith and keep it as my top priority when I feel so overwhelmed? It’s been tough, overall, to navigate this season of life.
My “why” for LuLaRoe is because it is giving me back confidence that I’ve lost in the wind and waves of life. I find that being able to take some time for myself to pursue something “just for me” is actually giving me confidence and energy that I need to face the other parts of my life where I feel like I am giving so much all the time. I enjoy using my business skills (I have a master’s in it, afterall!) and being able to run this business on my own terms and schedule. The added income will be appreciated as well. Hunky Hubs and I have really discussed this in all aspects, as we jointly decided that I would be a stay-at-home parent. We think this is a great opportunity for our lifestyle, as it allows me to use my passions in a professional way while I can still stay home with Z.
Speaking of which, at the time of this writing, my store is not yet open for business. However, I hope to have inventory within a few weeks, so go ahead and join up on my Facebook group for the latest updates and giveaways. Finally, if you’re interested about the LuLaRoe opportunity, please contact me and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have as well as give you some information. This is a serious investment and it’s basically an opportunity to own your own store- so not for the faint of heart or those not willing to work hard – but it is so worth it.