Back in 2005, I had this little idea for a night out for moms to benefit Jacob’s Heart, a local organization that helps families who have a child with cancer. I would not say that they event was a huge success, but it definitely planted some seeds of things that would continue to be important to me; raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer and supporting mom owned businesses.
This event took place before we were all on Facebook, and now I can’t image how I even told people about it. There were various direct sales vendors at the event, and the only one I really remember is a company called Luxe Jewels. I thought the concept of home parties where you made your own jewelry wan an interesting one, and followed this company to see where it would go. A few short years later Luxe Jewels became Stella & Dot, and unless you have living under a rock these past few years, you probably have heard of it. Over the years, I followed what Stella & Dot was doing, but never really thought the opportunity was for me.
In 2011, I went back to that little idea I had in 2005 for a mom event to benefit charity, the first vendor that I thought about having was a Stella & Dot stylist. While I was starting to see stylists everywhere, there was not one to be found in Santa Cruz county who was interested in doing the event. I thought about signing up to be a stylist then, but knew there was no way I could run the event and a table, so found a lovely woman from San Jose to come do it. As the years went on, I bought some S&D jewelry and watched many friends become stylists, but still did not think the opportunity was for me. As I watched women succeed, I also became a huge fan of the founder Jessica Herrin, and what she created to give women flexibility, opportunity, friendship & fun. But, that little voice in my head told me a few things that kept me from trying it. This voices told me these 3 things:
1. I do not wear a ton of jewelry.
2. What would people think of me doing this.
3. It is “those” type of women who succeed at this, I will never be successful.
When I saw that Stella & Dot was launching a skin care line last year, and I could quiet 1 out of the 3 voices telling me why I should not do it, I jumped in and signed up as a Specialist with Ever Skincare. And while maybe I have not yet had the huge success that I was hoping for, I do now have a much better understanding of what these businesses are really about and what leads to success. And as a huge bonus, my skin looks better than it has in years. I was lucky enough to qualify for an intimate training at the home of Jessica Herrin last year, and just last month attended another training led by her in the home office of S&D. It is one thing to read articles about a successful business woman you admire, but to hear straight from her about her passion to create flexible opportunities for woman..I got it now. I understood now why women love being Stella & Dot stylists and that you can be successful if you really do believe in something and can share that in an authentic way.
So that is what I am going to try to do. I’ll keep you updated on my success. If you want to see what Stella & Dot is all about, check it out here.
And back to those three things that kept me from saying yes over the years.
1. I actually realized that I actually do love to wear jewelry, because it is the easiest way to feel put together and cute.
2. I stopped caring what people think. (OK, that is not entirely true, this one will probably still haunt me. But..I am going to work on overcoming that as I go.)
3. The only difference between those “type’ of women and me is that they did not let fear get in the way of their dreams.