And, while this was what she had always hoped for, the path to it was a winding one and she is very frank about that, admitting to mistakes she made along the way but grateful for the opportunity to learn from them.
It’s her second marriage, the first being a victim of skewed priorities, and to fill a house with kids she loves she had to first learn she could not have children of her own, heartbreaks she know she shares with a lot of
And the career she loves … well that is something
she said she would never do and for years thought it was something that was invented to keep bored housewives busy! As for all the years she spent in school, not wasted of course, but the plan for that was quite different too.
So imagine her confusion when a retail gig she took to put her through
school took her all the way to the VP’s office with a salary much better
than her business/psychology degree could offer. It did not however
provide her with any joy. Working nights, weekends and holidays wrecked havoc on her marriage and most nights she lay awake wondering; Is this it?
After her marriage dissolved she had a plan: A PhD, open her own practice, help kids, which was always the goal, and it would pay well.
It was then that a friend begged her too come to a in-home cosmetic party, Michelle would be the fifth body necessary to make the evening happen.
Reluctantly she went.
Michelle thought: Well, if she can do this then I sure can, and just like she was in Direct Sales, the thing she realized Uncle Harvey must have been doing and that thing she thought was just for bored housewives.
Very quickly Michelle was making $5000 a month and her team was number one in the country for seven years in a row. She was making the kind of money that she was sure people exaggerated about when trying to attract new people to the fold.
For the longest time Michelle was still embarrassed about the work and when asked what she did, Michelle told people she (was at school or still working in corporate America) and had this thing on the side’ until one day she answered with:
I teach women how to run their own business from home.
loves and for the last 18 years has been training women how to become
successful running their own Direct Sales business. How to enjoy it and
grow it to be big as they want it to be.
As easily as Michelle once laughed at the notion of Direct Sales, she can
honestly tell you now she now considers it a gift. There’s no limit to
what you can make whereas “out there” most jobs have as salary cap. You are your own boss, you decide on the hours you want to work and how big you want to become. It gives you time for yourself and for your family which Michelle sees as being the biggest draw.
Soon after she remarried she found out she could not have children so she and her husband became foster parents and have since adopted three children they fostered; they are five, four and three years old.
These little loves were born addicted so there have been a lot of
appointments, therapies and costs involved with getting them healthy and caught up. Michelle’s work allows her the time and provides the
financial resources to help her children grow and succeed.
She has a happy marriage, house full of kids, handsome salary, derives joy and satisfaction from her work, loves helping other women find their path… it wasn’t the direct route to all the things she hoped for but
when is that path ever straight?