Welcome to the 21st century, where it seems impossible to keep in touch with everyone in the family, coordinate with all your friends schedules, work a full-time job, save all your extra money, travel the world, get a college degree, set the foundation for a career, fall in love and get married (check… and pending…), start planning for a family, eat healthy the MAJORITY of the time, follow a fitness routine habitually, get enough sleep every night, see your fave artists/bands in concert, read self-empowering books, support causes that are close to your heart, keep up with the world news, plan for all things “future” AND appreciate each present moment.
Anybody else enduring this struggle?
To be honest, I have some thought relating to each of these things every single day. It may seem like a lot but that’s just a glimpse of it all. This brain does. not. stop. Nobody’s really does but sometimes it’s just a bit much. I am a planner. An over planner. I’m also an overachiever. Not with the intent to be better than anyone, just to do and be MY BEST. I plan every detail about what I should be doing and if I follow it and achieve my goal, it’s an overwhelmingly beautiful feeling. There are always bumps in the road but I seemingly curve my plans to make everything work out.
This was just not something I planned for… at all.
You know when people message you about some business they just started and your first instinct is to ignore them? Why is that? What is it about someone being excited about a new journey that makes us scared or annoyed of them? Maybe you’ll even get a second message from them and this time you just say “not interested” or “I’m too busy” or “I have no money to start something like that”. Why is that? What is it about making an investment in YOURSELF that someone else is so joyously offering up to you that makes you want to distance yourself from them? You may even get a THIRD message from them but this time, at this moment, you’re curious as to what it really is that person is talking about. Why is that? How does time make such a HUGE difference as to when something becomes appealing to you? Think about it. Are there any foods or things you used absolutely HATE or LOVE and now it’s the exact opposite. Mine is tomatoes. Used to take them off of or push them away from anything else I was ingesting and now they seem to go well with just about everything. Another? I used to think teeth were cool. I’d get so excited when I would get a loose tooth so I could wiggle it and pull it out myself. You name a pulling-your-tooth-out trick and I betcha I tried it. Now? ABSOLUTELY DO NOT EVEN SHOW ME A GLIMPSE OF YOUR WIGGLEY TOOTH OR I WILL CRINGE. I have no idea when it happened but my poor future kiddos will not have their mama helping them with that business – that will be dad territory. 😉
ANYWAY, the thought of “timing” started to sit in my mind and when I received the THIRD message about this business, I decided now was a good moment to start this experience. I am working full-time and still barely making ends meet. There isn’t a whole lot of “extra” that I spend my money on – car insurance, car payment, phone bill, utilities (water, gas and electricity), and worst of all… RENT. And of course this is aside from the necessary gas and food and ya know, any extracurricular activities with family, friends or just to treat yourself. I’m about to start school again. I’m aiming for a promotion at work. I’m getting into a healthy routine for a strong heart and body to prepare myself for a baby. BUT I want to travel with my best friend. I want to own a home for our future family. I want to be a stay-at-home mom someday. I want to get my nails or hair done regularly. I want to selflessly donate to charitable causes that I am passionate about. AND I want to do all this without the guilt of getting over drafted in my account.
THIS CAN DO THAT FOR ME! So far, I have met (through social media) a whole ARMY of people who are supportive, nonjudgemental, incredibly helpful with all my questions (and there have been MANY), grounded in what they believe in, accepting of all backgrounds and lifestyles, and FULL OF GENUINE LOVE! Not to mention the products are plant-based and SO gentle on the body. I love that. Our bodies are our sanctuaries and they need fuel and strengthening to perform at their best. Health isn’t just a physical appearance thing, it’s a LIFESTYLE. It’s what is going to get you to your future plans and goals. Right before I signed up, I did not have the support I expected/wanted and it absolutely tore me in half. Part of me wanted to say “Never mind, this is a sign that I will fail and the Universe would make this easy for me if I were supposed to do it”. But really? Really, Erika? When has that EVER proven to be true? If there is ANYTHING in my life that I’ve learned, it is that I fiercely bloom after the most mountainous of challenges. I mean, I stopped breathing when I was a week old during my heart surgery but here I am today. If that isn’t a sign that I was meant to do something great then I’m not sure what is. Truth is, I can feel it in my bones, as weird as that sounds. There is just something in me that makes me feel like something glorious will come of this lifetime and this journey will prepare me for that – whatever it may be.
Whether or not you want to enforce health into your lifestyle, make a second income without sacrificing your current days off/free time, turning that second income into a six-figure income and quitting that full-time job or just wanting to join a supportive group of people who want nothing but happiness and love for you – let this girl know. Even if you just have some questions about the products or business. I can promise that I will be honest with you. If there is anything that I don’t know, I will ask someone who will know and get you that answer. If you are not interested, that’s okay, too! Saying “no” will not detour our friendship in way, shape or form. Trust me, I am rooting for everyone to be successful in their lives – whether we are close or not. There is too much negativity in this world to be rooting for anyone’s failure and I truly believe we are all here to make a difference. Whether that be to the world, a community, an organization, a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger. You never know who you are impacting in your day to day life. Just a simple smile can enlighten someone who is having a bad day. A genuine compliment can raise someone’s self esteem. A selfless act can restore someone’s hope. I want a business of my own. I want to show that genuine love and empathy is not to be forgotten. I want to be impactful in some big way. But for now, I am going to follow this journey and take in the experience and I am here with an open heart for anyone who wants to walk this journey with me.
B A B Y S T E P S . . .