Welcome to My Mid Work-Life Crisis?

Happy Friday Everyone!

I am super excited for today, mostly because it’s FRIDAY and I really really need a break. I’m also excited because my daughter has her second Cross Country meet tomorrow and I can’t wait to watch her run! She’s in junior high and giving XC a try mostly because we asked her to, but she has amazing (untapped) talent. She’s a natural and just doesn’t know it yet.

On the subject of untapped talent…

I think I’m going through a just-before-mid- life crisis. Does that even exist? Maybe I should call it a mid-worklife crisis.  I’m still in my 30s, so I don’t think it qualifies as mid-life, and it’s specifically about my career life, but either way, it feels like a crisis.Maybe it's not a midlife crisis

Just to give you the back story:

I’m in a job that I like…sort of. I have a great boss, the best boss, actually. I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for my boss, I would be looking for another job. Not to get into the details, but I come home frustrated Every. Single. Day. It’s like when you can see where you need to get and you can see the path to get there. But then others (that should be on your team) throw up obstacles and now I have to be an American Ninja Warrior to even see the goal. That is my day — every day. So, I’m grumpy a lot and I don’t like that.

I took some time to do self-reflection and to think about what I truly wanted out of life. I’m at a place where my kids are getting involved in sports and activities. I love to be able to go to all of their events and really hate to miss out on nightly family time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not leaving my current job. I’ve worked really hard to get into this type of position. I’m on several statewide boards that I love, and I have several projects that I could never walk away from. But I need something more, something fun and something that is about ME. My relfection points me to my passions: fitness, helping people feel better about themselves, wellness, etc.

Which brings me to two major (what I feel are major) steps to change the course of my work life…

The first: I had a phone consultation with a NASM professional about signing up to become a Certified Personal Trainer. What?! you say. How is simply having a phone consultation a big, life-altering plunge? This was a big step for me. I have contemplated becoming a CPT for years and have never told anyone! So a big step was talking to my husband and admitting that it is really something that I want and then to take it a step further and talk to a rep seems like a big step to me. Stay tuned to see if I actually sign up for the course!NASM

The second life-altering decision: I became a RODAN + FIELDS consultant! I know, you’re thinking, “network marketing”? I thought that too, but I’m doing this, you guys. I’m ALL IN. I actually started in early July. It has already been a great opportunity for personal growth. Besides making some extra money and getting a discount on really good skincare, it has opened me up to a whole world of networking. You might not know this about me, but I’m an extroverted introvert or an introverted extrovert (I’m not sure which it is). I like people, but I like people that I know. I am not good at meeting people and I’m uncomfortable in a room full of strangers. This network marketing gig forces you to be friendlier, meet more people, be more open… and… it’s been… AWESOME. I already feel like I’m actually making friends (with people that I kind of knew already). I’m not talking other consultants, but my neighbors, my kid’s friend’s moms. It’s already been a fun journey and I’m still figuring things out. In fact, it’s not about sales at all (thank goodness, because I’m not exactly rolling in the dough), it’s about relationships. I might actually make some friends doing this! (That’s a blog post for another day).

I’d be remiss (and a really bad consultant if I didn’t give you a quick rundown of what Rodan and Fields is: Drs Rodan and Fields are the same two women doctors that created the Proactiv formula and yes, they are also the dermatologists that formulated Lash Boost, the amazing lash serum that makes your lashes appear thicker, darker, longer (100% yours and 100% real).

Rodan + Fields Changing Skin Changing Lives

Sorry, I digress! Now, they are doing for anti-aging what they did for acne. As you know from reading my blog, I struggled with acne nearly my entire life, including most of my adult years. Not only is it tricky to find acne products that work, it’s even harder to find products that will clear up acne while at the same time help my skin age well. RODAN + FIELDS does that. I promise I won’t get pitch-y on you, but check out my website and feel free to contact me anytime with questions!

So, there you have it. My work-life seemed in shambles and this is what I chose to do about it. I’m working on me – – just me. How can I become a better version of myself? Because as a better version of myself, I will be able to do everything better. Plus, I won’t be grumpy anymore.

Whew, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I’m pretty private about things (I know, why do I have a blog??) but it feels so good to let you all know what’s going on in my life!

What’s going on with you? Have you ever tried a network marketing biz? Have you ever felt like you’re having a mid-life crisis?

Until Next Time,
Meg

Are You Holding Yourself Back?

I’ve never been the superstitious type, but I swear, today I had at least three signs that pointed to the same thing: Push past fear, get out of my comfort zone, and Get. It. Done.

Let me rewind to two weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I had a phone conversation with a friend of mine that is an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields. She along with her sponsor talked to me about an opportunity that I just didn’t think I could pass up. So…I said yes and now I’m a consultant for this amazing skincare company. The next morning I was thinking, “what did I do? I can’t do this!” I am so not a sales person!

I participated in webinars, read every single piece of information about the company and the products. I scheduled my “launch party” and asked my sponsor a million questions. Now, with the date of my launch party quickly approaching, I’m having anxiety and second thoughts.

Fast forward to today when everywhere I looked, there seemed to be signs telling me that I’m on the right path.

Sign #1: During my commute, my audio book malfunctioned, so I plugged in my iPhone and launched a podcast. I’ve been listening to Cassey Ho’s Sheroic series. This morning’s episode featured Sydney Olson (a free runner and stunt woman). One of the messages she left us with was, “find what you want and then go for it. There are going to be failures along the way. It is those failures that make the victory that much sweeter.” (something to that effect anyway, I was driving!)

Sign #2: After creating a graphic for my company’s FB page using Canva, a quote popped up just like they always do while waiting for the download. But the quote seemed to be tailored to me:

And finally, sign #3: While researching for a project at work about workforce trends/employee recruitment, I watched a Facebook Live from JT O’Donnell where her message was: Are you holding it in? What are you afraid of that is keeping you from success? She looked into my eyes (and the eyes of 800 others that were tuned in) and said: “don’t let fear hold you back from going after what you want.”

So, fear and all, I’m jumping into this business of selling GREAT skincare with both feet. I’m not quitting my day job or my fitness and wellness focus, but I’m going to do this and I’m going to do it well. I could use all the support I can get (in the form of encouragement and lifting me up, not purchasing products, though if you have any questions or want to try them, I’m your gal!)

Stay tuned!

Until Next Time,
Meg

August Ultimate Coffee Date

Oh how I’ve missed our coffee dates the past few months! The first Saturday of the month tends to sneak up on me! Thank you to Coco, Deborah and Lynda for hosting this fun Link-Up!

Let’s get started!

If we were having coffee… We would be on my new porch enjoying the coolness of the morning. You would, no doubt, ask me if we are getting settled into our new house. You’d ask about any renovations and moving highlights. I’d tell you that we are getting settled. I love my new 102 year old Queen Anne-style house and there are renovations, but they are actually kind of fun because the house is so cool!

If we were having coffee….the moving question would bring up the job topic and you would ask me if I had found a job yet. I’d tell you that I was lucky to be able to work with my previous employer through the end of July and that I have officially become “unemployed” only a couple of days ago. I cried when I received my “termination benefits” (what a terrible title for things like insurance close-out, final paychecks, etc). I loved my job and was very sad to leave it, but I was blessed to work from home these past two months. I have had the best. summer. ever. I have not ever been able to stay at home with my kids and this situation allowed me to do just that and we are having a great and priceless time together this summer. It is also a great opportunity for my husband and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

If we were having coffee…You would ask me what my dream career is or what I can see myself doing and I would tell you that I’m agonizing over finding a job that is a good fit for me now. I’ve been contacted by several Insurance companies about coming on board, but I don’t know the first thing about selling insurance and am not sure it’s my calling. I’ve met with a few key people at one of the major employers in the area and think that my skills would be put to work there, but have not had an actual interview for an actual job yet. I know that any day now, my husband will begin freaking out that I don’t have a job and I just want to have some good prospects lined up before that happens. My biggest fear is that I’ll end up taking the first thing that comes along just to get a job and then I’ll hate it. But, enough whining from me! I am a big believer that things happen for a reason and that the right thing will come.

If we were having coffee….you would ask me how my running is going? I’d tell you that I have found a gravel road not too far from the house that I like to run on. I am a creature of habit and I’ll likely run on this same road every day…at least until it is dark in the mornings and then I may have to figure something else out. I’m a bit of a chicken, you see, and I don’t want to be hit by a car. Most people that are driving in this rural area on these gravel roads are not expecting nor looking out for runners on the road. We will see what winter brings and I’ll fill you in over coffee late this fall.

I better sign off now, but I will see you next month and can’t wait to fill you in on all the latest!

Until Next Time,
Meg

 

Ultimate Coffee Date Link-Up

coffee date linkup

I can’t believe it’s already time for another Coffee Date! I have much to update you on. Thanks to Coco for hosting this awesome link up! Let’s get to it!

If we were having coffee….you would ask me how the moving plans are going. I’d tell you that we decided to list our house for sale by owner (because we weren’t in a hurry) and it sold in 8 days (barring any unforeseen loan or inspection issues on the part of the buyer).

If we were having coffee…you would want to know if I’m freaking out yet. I’d be honest with you and tell you that I am freaking out just a little bit. All this time, June 1 has seemed so far away. I hadn’t been looking too hard for a job, we thought it would take a month or two to sell our house… But yeah, it’s getting real now and a little too quickly! We are scheduled to close on our current house May 1 and the house we’re buying May 29. Notice a discrepancy?!

If we were having coffee…you’d tell me to take a deep breath and relax. Things happen for a reason and it will all work out. I would sigh, nod, and realize that there are much worse things to stress about.

If we were having coffee…you’d lighten the conversation up by asking about my running. I’d tell you that after a rather unmotivated February, I am ready to ramp up my miles again. I have once again set a 100 mile goal for the month. So far, I am right on track. I’d like to get ahead, but with the coming few days, that is unlikely so I will settle for on track for now.

If we were having coffee…I’d tell you thank you so much for the coffee date, it was good to vent a little and I feel much better about things. I’d promise to meet you again on the first Saturday of April, which is right around the corner…

Thanks for stopping by!
Meg