A Story by Jill Kay
My grandparents met in 3rd grade. My parents met in 5th grade. By the time I graduated from college I felt like an old maid. I wanted to get married, have kids and raise the “perfect” family – like my parents and my grandparents before them.
When I finally met my future husband, we had what is called a “cute meet.” Visiting our respectful friends at a beach house one summer weekend, he asked if he could trade his lounge chair for my raft. The rest was history…2 children, a dream house in the suburbs, a dog, and the white picket fence.
I loved my family. I loved being a wife and mother. I loved our life.
Apparently my husband didn’t. I’ll never forget the words he said the day my world would change forever… “I wasn’t where I said I was last night”.
End of Act 1.
He could have hit me with a sledgehammer and it wouldn’t have been as painful – the wind was knocked out of me. And, with it, went all my confidence and self-esteem. I was an empty shell of a person. Eventually I managed to pull it together for my children.
I was ready for my Act 2
Divorced a year later, I moved to another state for a fresh start. It turned out to be a great move (no pun intended). Next, I needed to go back to work. I looked for something I could do from home.
At this time, my father was working with a woman who recently started a side business with a company called Arbonne. She told him how within six months she was making a significant income. My father’s response to her: “Call my daughter”. My father’s email to me: “This sounds too good to be true…”
But what if it wasn’t? I was hesitant to get excited, but my wheels started turning with the possibilities of this opportunity. That night, after speaking with her (even though I knew nothing about the industry and had never heard of the company), I jumped right in. And boy, am I glad I did!
Best. Decision. Ever.
I initially started my business for financial reasons but it has given me so much more – I now wear an Invisible Cloak of Empowerment: when I look in the mirror I see a strong, confident woman. And, everyone else does, too.
I am happier now than I’ve ever been. I love my family of 3, I have a wonderful boyfriend, and I love what I do. And, if I can turn back time and someone should ask me to trade their lounge chair for my raft, I’d still smile, and say “sure”.
Dad, thank you for asking Linda to call me. Kids, thanks for being my biggest cheerleaders (and yes, Rebecca, you can join my Arbonne business when you’re 18).
And, to everyone reading this, you’re welcome to join me too. Jump in just like I did….the water is very warm!
photo courtesy donna&andrew