It has come to my attention that the majority of my peers, friends, online connections and even my own family do not truly understand what I do for work. I can’t say I’m surprised—because sometimes even I have trouble describing to someone how I earn money, make ends meet, and find myself in a place where I am financially free.
I sit down to write this blog post because I know that many of the people in my community are yearning for the next chapter in their career path or passion project journey– yet don’t understand how they would EVER make the necessary transition.
I am 100% certain that people my age are struggling in this realm, because I seem to be someone that people feel comfortable chatting to about their career aspirations and struggles. Perhaps because I’ve always had a keen interest in job satisfaction and culture (my education is in Human Resources), perhaps because I have been through multiple career changes in my 20’s, or perhaps because I have swept up my pieces and bounced back after being let go from two dream jobs in the past 5 years– a devastating reality when you’re in such a malleable spot in your career path.
Whatever the case— our work + career choices + job satisfaction intrigues me.
What makes people tick intrigues me.
People’s unique paths intrigue me.
My own difficulty in communicating my work is not because I don’t have busy workdays, or don’t know where my salary comes from, or how I’m being paid, or what jobs I work—but because my work has evolved (and surely will continue to evolve) as time passes by.
I am still cutting through the noise of my busy-work, my branding, my values, etc. to UNDERSTAND my purpose—why I’m here and what I’m here to share.
If you don’t believe that getting into complete alignment with your work, family, values and lifestyle matters– and is critically important to your quality of life, this blog post is likely not for you.
P.S. Thank you to the kind + beautiful lady who reached out to me via Instagram asking me to share more about my story—and thanking me for being courageous on speaking up on these career challenges that we will ALL inevitably face at some point in our lives. The reality is that it’s our resilience and ability to fall forward that will make everything ok. XO
Let me take you on a short journey, in hopes that something from my story will resonate.
4 years ago—
Straight out of nutrition school, I found a job through a simple Tweet to a new grocery store opening downtown Toronto (I’ve always believed in social media—and sought out what I wanted through it).
This job turned out to be a startup project with Loblaw’s (ever heard of them?!) that brought a team 9 visionary individuals together to create the next generation of natural grocery store chains. Think Whole Foods, but with even MORE personality + community—cool, right?
6 months later—we found out that our project was being canned by the big guys, and we were not needed at work the following day, or ever again.
We cried, we laughed, we absorbed the shock—but above all, we used this incredible project to launch onto our next roles. To say it was an easy career transition would be lying. I half dabbled in launching my own nutrition business following the shift– in addition, I was teaching spin classes, and interviewing for roles all across the country to find a new Full Time gig.
I even interviewed up against one of my best friends for a job—and was the unlucky candidate. Funny and sad, right!?
I had to see the silver lining in this experience (ahem—another dream job would soon come available!).
3 years ago—
During my transition time, I was working in-store product demos for a company called Vega (again, heard of them!?). I fell in love with the company—eating, sleeping, and breathing the brand in every corner of my life.
I was naturally SO enthusiastic about the product and lifestyle that I helped grow our presence in Ontario with hundreds of thousands generated in in-store sales by leading a team of 15+ demo reps, creating memorable events, and curating our online presence.
I was exactly where I wanted to be in my career. I was so happy and grateful for my job.
2 years ago—
I got the call. You know, the one that says ‘surprise—it’s not just your boss, it’s the director of marketing for the entire company, and we’re gonna dial in H.R. — how does that sound with you’
Okay ya cool—I know exactly where this convo is going… #FML
4 weeks later, due to business needs and corporate restructuring—I was out of a job. The job that made me SO happy for over 2 years. The job where I adored my colleagues as friends and mentors.
I sulked for a while, but I also launched into my next chapter with urgency. I was so excited to have a blank slate, and finally tap into the business model that had me SO intrigued. The, dun-dun-dun, direct sales model. But wait, isn’t that just for Tupperwear lovers, con-artists, scammers, and people who want to steal your money by pitching you a fake opportunity.
Direct sales actually made SO much sense. I could be my own boss. I could self-motivate. I could sell. I could market. I loved people. I loved health.
18 months ago—
I did my homework. I learned how I could finally be compensated properly for educating my community on natural health. I studied the successful, visionary women who were blazing similar paths with wild success. I met these women in person and became friends with them.
I finally felt ALIGNED, in CONTROL, and EXCITED about every single workday.
People knocked me down when they didn’t understand my path—and at times it DID derail me. To hear someone say that what you pour your heart, soul and ALL your free time into is an illegitimate career path is possibly the worst thing for anybody to hear in relation to their job. I’m not sure where these hurtful words come from in others, besides poor understanding of what I actually do, but I guess that’s why I’m here and using my platforms to share the truth.
At the time, my weeks consisted of; sharing my healthy lifestyle guides, creating programs for new oil users, traveling around Ontario to teach workshops and classes, helping to guide other women on the business journey, etc.
I gave a lot of my time away for free, because I saw the impact I was helping to create on the healthcare industry.
1 year ago—
At this time– my business had solidified into a really good supplementary income, about $1,000 USD per month. I started to work with more and more women who were coming to me asking how they could start their own doTERRA business. I got the clue that I needed to start mentoring more about the business side of doTERRA, rather than just about the product.
People my age seem to be craving more fulfillment from their jobs. They are open to an entrepreneurial journey, and are willing to be mentored—but don’t want anything with high risk. And 9 out of 10 women will tell you that their dream job is in ‘health & wellness’.
The fact that doTERRA checks all of these boxes was what propelled me to blaze through the continual noise, and keep on showing women what’s possible.
I wake up each day to do what I love.
Put simply, I share the healing power of doTERRA. It’s not about the oils for everyone. Some people need the business model and community of awesome entrepreneurial women more than they need the oils.
I mentor other women in building, growing, and duplicating their business.
I get out into the community multiple times per week to share my lifestyle and learn from others.
I work for a top leader in doTERRA, supporting her business in a multitude of ways as I grow my own biz.
I have multiplied my monthly earnings by 4x since 1 year ago and have (with tons of hard work) finally matching the salary from my last Full Time Job, with my doTERRA biz.
Are you dreaming big enough and pushing your boundaries with your business?
Our time on this Earth is precious—and for me, I know I want to ensure that everything I devote my time to is WORTHY every single second.
There are SO many ways for you to craft this life of yours—so try out your options. If you have to work 5 jobs, go for it— this was me last year, and I was never so happy in my life. I felt true freedom, limitless potential, full authority over the creativity of my business, control over my schedule, more time with family + friends when it was needed. These are BASIC things we should ALL strive for in your work.
As always, I share to enlighten those who are on a similar path.
I walk you through my experience, because that’s all I know.
Have you ever been let go from a job? What did it teach you?
Has anyone ever tried to devalue your work? How did you handle it?
What do you think is next for you, and your career path?