My O2 journey is taking a turn this fall. I look forward to this next chapter in my business. I consider it the chapter of a girl who started this company a little bit of a scared mouse and has grown into leadership and training – I still can’t believe the transformation myself! I have done a lot of traveling around the country the last two years, working to build my Team Freatman All Hearts team into a wonderful group of ladies and gentleman that are thriving. This is not nearly all my doing. I have been blessed with the most amazing women leaders in my organization that have made the same transformation as I and are thriving in their own businesses. I am so thankful and appreciative to them! It is because of them that I am able to make a change in my business this fall. Don’t let me mislead you. Becoming an O2 Designer does not mean you are required to travel all around the country. This was something I chose to do to support my team and my personal business. The organization was so new, there were simply not enough leaders to teach. I have designers all over the country that are growing very successful business right in their own neck of the woods.
Why this change in my path for the rest of this year at least? You may also be wondering why I feel the need to share it. Trust me, I do not believe that everyone feels the need to know what is going on with my business or that I am changing things in my personal life structure. I share in hopes that my journey and success touches others so that they to can see that this opportunity with Origami Owl is not about selling jewelry, it is about changing lives. That anyone can do this and anyone can choose to change their life for the better at any given moment. I also want people to see that direct sales (social selling as we like to call it) does not deserve the stigma that it has. This business is going to allow me to stay home with my family and work part time while making a full time income for the next four months so that I can get my children settled in middle school. This is not income from my team commissions either (I consider that a bonus), this is from my personal Jewelry Bars. I struggled with this as I don’t want to let me team down, but that is simply silly because I can offer them all the same things right from home thanks to webinars and social media. I had one of those “a ha” moments this weekend that let me know my struggle with this was just silly and I am doing exactly as I should be.
I have a child with special needs. I won’t get into his story as that is for our family, but because of Origami Owl I was able to stay home and homeschool him last year. For him, however, school can offer more structure; and lets face it, I am not a teacher! I have been grappling lately as to whether my decisions about school, home, work, etc are all the correct ones. Just like every other mom out there – I realize this is nothing new. Now my ‘a ha” moment may not seem like much to some, but for me it was just what I needed at the right time. I feel like there was a greater spirit involved, and am moving forward so comfortable with my plans for this fall now.
I was attending a meeting in Hershey, PA, this past weekend. I almost did not go because I was overwhelmed with some things at home and getting the boys ready for school – my youngest is starting middle school and my oldest is re-entering public school along with starting middle school. I was attending this meeting for some training for myself, and my family told me to go so I did. I struggled a bit while there as these other things were on my mind, and I knew it was the last time I would be out in the field for a while with my fellow O2 leaders and designers.
Driving home the neatest thing happened. I was driving down Route 15 through PA. If anyone has ever bee on it, you will know it is a breathtaking drive through lush green mountains (well our little mountains that we have on the east, nonetheless – gorgeous!). You feel like you are floating through the sky around the tops of them and it is for me a very spiritual drive. I had my playlist playing on the radio and it was on shuffle. I have a very eclectic playlist. Here is the strange thing. It started out and after a couple songs it kept repeating a few of the songs – almost doing a mini shuffle within the shuffle. I was singing along contemplating my life while the songs played and did not even realize this was happening for a little bit – it was like I was working things out in my head as the songs clicked along. These songs kept rotating in over and over (it was a 70 mile drive so I found it strange that out of all the songs on my playlist these three kept owing up with only a couple random songs in between – City on a Hill, Automatic by Miranda Lambert, Meanwhile Back at Mamas by Tim McGraw, and Just Give Me a Reason by Pink. See the theme that I found ironic! All songs that dealt with my decision to ground myself and focus on things coming up this fall and family. Don’t get me wrong – when I travel it is usually for no more than two nights and on weekends, so I have the fortune to be home for my kids almost 24/7, but this fall I foresee needing those weekends home too. So as I drove through those hills I started feeling better and better and excited for my shift in how I run my business this fall. So here is the stranger thing. (Yes, it is ok if you think I am crazy by now!) There are two things that I love that I find calming – as strange as it sounds – hills (wooded hills) and water. Thus my love for the Finger Lakes region of New York and Keuka Lake. My son was staying at my parents who live there so I was heading to Keuka Lake first to pick him up. As I got to the New York/PA border and the mountains starting changing to the beautiful rolling foothills of Central New York those songs went away and the tempo changed (again I didn’t really notice this at first). As the moods of the songs changed my singing grew louder and I completely felt like I was happy with what was in store this fall, my redirection of commitment to balance, and all that was in store. I realized this was happening when the song On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons played for a second time right after All of Me by John Legend (which made me think of my husband) and Mirrors by Justin Timberlake. The funny thing is that the original songs that were making me think through all of this stopped repeating.
Yes, completely and most likely just a coincidence, but in the big picture it worked for me and combined with the beautiful scenery I was driving through it was very profound. Sometimes you just need to slow down and take in the scenery!