As many of you saw yesterday on Facebook, my good friend and RIGHT ARM officially left Apricot Lane after 7 years! 7 amazing, faithful, loyal years you guys!! As we approach our 7 year anniversary Saturday, it hits a little harder because she was the very last “original crew” member standing. She cared about us so much to the point where she knew in her heart she was ready for change because of an amazing opportunity that fell in her lap (that enabled her to spend more time with her family), but cared about my family and I too much to leave me! Yesterday ended an amazing era as a dynamic duo and partnership that many don’t get to experience at work. When you work for yourself as a small business owner, and are essentially “the boss”, it gets lonely because people come, and people go. I’d be lying to you if I said that it doesn’t hurt to see employees go, GOOD employees that become family!! I know retail is hard, and you only live this life once and deserve to spend as much of it with your loved ones! That is why I’ve always, always, always supported direct sales.
I’m sure many of you know that Ashley Drissi is selling Monat. I’m sorry, let me rephrase, SLAYING the Monat game! Her journey started a year ago when she decided to give it a try as she had been using the product and wanted some extra income. What do you do in direct sales, well DUH, you sell to your friends and family. So of course I ordered the product, fell in love with it like many, and I’ve been using it ever since. Month over month, I sat back and watched Ashley thrive in this business. She never once worked “less” at her day job, but would stay up for hours on end at night working her Monat business hustling. Side note: the girl can hustle!!
I guess my point to this so far is that Monat changes hair, but it also changes lives. I’ve witnessed this first hand with one of my best friends. She had a freaking Bruce Jenner mullet and now has amazing hair you guys! She is driving a cadillac that she EARNED with Monat and her team just did 1 million dollars in sales in a month! IN A MONTH!!! She is able to stay home with her kids and enjoy every little piece of them because of Monat!
So here I sit, day after day asking myself why not me? I mean, I’ll never be staying at home with my kids because truth be told I have the greatest gig of all time as a small business owner doing what I am PASSIONATE about: selling clothes and helping women feel beautiful. BUT, that doesn’t mean I don’t care about my family, my kids future, their college funds, or giving them the moon and the stars!!! OF COURSE I would do any and everything for them!!! So why on Earth, month after month do I fight Ashley/ Emily/ etc on selling this amazing product that I use? I’ll tell you why! Because people suck, and I know people will talk smack and I guess a little part of me cares. I’m worried what others might think, worried that I’ll fail, and even worried that relationships I’ve made through direct sales might be mad at me! This might sound harsh for a moment but I’m pouring my heart ….. If I had the opportunity to change the future for my children, do I really even care for a second what “people on social media think of me”. The answer is no! When I really sit down to digest it, I realize that my faith is much larger than my fear. I feel as if I have this amazing opportunity staring me in the face, and I continue to fight it. I’ve read the statistics and the growth of this company is off the charts … and remember I’ve been using the product for a year … I’m a residual month after month customer so I can see WHY this company is exploding.
Well, without further ado, I am happy/excited/nervous to announce that I am going to start selling this magic in a bottle. I’ve “technically” been a market partner since January for the discount (gotta save money on shampoo’ing all these heads) but I needed the time to feel right to jump in. I don’t know what it is about tonight, but it just feels “right”.
I am super excited to continue my working relationship with a friend that I truly admire! Thank you for believing in me Ash! To all you nay-sayers and people talking smack after this post … I added the quote for you OH and the braid pic signifies ass & underwear joining forces yet again with amazing hair!
If you don’t already use the product I can promise you that you are missing out. Here is my Facebook group I just started https://www.facebook.com/groups/1932523900401328/ I hope that if you wish to learn more about the product or how it can change your life, that you’ll join!
Heres to leaving my comfort zone and the new journey with great hair!