I couldn't stay away from business long.
Almost exactly four years ago is how long it has been since I quit my job as the head of one of the most successful retail locations (with my old company) in the Midwest. It's been almost exactly SIX years since my job before that was dissolved due to a liquidation I am STILL in mourning over that one).
What I loved about both jobs was the sales plans and the challenge of working towards a goal. I loved motivating a team, making sales plans, earning trips, recognition and other incentives. It was fun! I very rarely did not make my monthly sales plans and was well known to hit my sales regularly. I had a plan, I worked the plan and somehow always made it happen.
Probably because I was having fun.
I love teaching now. I know without a doubt that I made the right decision in my career. Despite my post last week about not wanting to go back to work after spring break, I do love going in to school everyday. I love seeing my "kids". I love building relationships with parents. I love teaching and learning - because I learn so much everyday. In fact, I don't even call it work - I call it "school"! Haha!
However, something has been missing. I did not realize it was missing until recently when I signed up to be a Stylist with Stella & Dot.
|Top necklace: the Sanibel. Bottom necklace: Devon layering necklace|
Talked it over with Bill a lot.
With every conversation, he encouraged me to do it. I still hemmed and hawed over it though. How can I possibly squeeze one more thing on my plate? I have summers off, so I can do this in the summer, but what if I don't do well? What if nobody comes to my trunk shows? What if people start avoiding me because, "here comes Amber and all she's gonna do is talk about jewelry?!"
|Pave arrow cuff and Interlock Cross bracelet|
I hit my initial goal within a couple weeks and I was having fun. Lots of fun!
|From left: Renegade bracelet, Enlighten bracelet and the Inspiration bangle|
Besides something "missing" from my career right now that was sales driven, my why for signing up was also driven by some hefty long-term goals that Bill and I want to achieve in the next 5-10 years. Goals like pay off our home and build a "dream" home in the country right outside of Des Moines. We've always known that to do something like that, we would need to supplement our income somehow.
I truly believe that Stella & Dot is the answer to those tough questions we have been praying about.
So, that's my new side gig! I am loving it and cannot believe I've only been doing it a couple months. In a very good way, it feels like I have been doing it much longer!
If you could do any side gig, what would it be?
|Top: Somervell in white and gold. Bottom: Engraveable charm with my wedding date engraved on it and Elephant charm.|
If you are interested in learning more about Stella & Dot, I would love to touch base with you. Email me at email@example.com with stylist questions, questions about how to hold a live or online trunk show, or about updating your jewelry collection. I would love to help!!