It has been said that “Everything happens for a reason” I believe this to be true in fact I wear a bracelet that says it to remind me of it daily. Throughout life there are many events that occur. Some of the events are bad, some good, some unforgettable, some we wish we could stay in that moment forever. Then there are those events that occur that are teachable and we are able to learn from them. I have found that no matter the experience, eventually you will be able to connect the dots and it will all make sense one day. Today, I feel every experience has prepare me for this very moment in my life. I feel I can finally connect the dots.
My journey truly prepared me for this moment in time. As of late a lot of people have asked me, “what is it that you do?” I tell them I invest in myself and help others do the same. After eleven years of marriage, three beautiful children, $90,000 combined student loan debt, ten medical surgeries for me, eight for my oldest son we were forced to declare chapter 7 bankruptcy. What a day! The feelings I had that day, I just knew for sure death had to be the only thing near. I knew without a doubt that what we were doing no longer was enough. My husband and I that year combined made over six figures and still it wasn’t enough. We both had great jobs but we had no time to spend with each other or our children. The fight financially just seemed to never end. I knew that we had to do something different and it was going to require that I put myself in the front of the line.
See what a lot of people don’t realize is that there is no such thing as job security. When you work for someone else you are always replaceable. Those great jobs I was talking about well… the company I worked for assured me daily I was replaceable. The 50-60 hours I worked each week, giving 110% didn’t matter to them. The company didn’t care that I truly loved helping people, even though that was the mission of the company. It did not matter to them that I was the most requested in my department. The company didn’t care about the money I spent out of my earnings to assist the students that were in need. The company didn’t care that the demand of the job required that I miss out as a mother. The company didn’t care about my medical history or my son’s medical history. The company only cared about what I could provide them and in return they would ensure I was paid every two weeks with a poor annual raise of 1-2%. After evaluating my statistic there over the last four years, the amount of revenue I had created for the company was well over three million dollars. I knew for sure that I was worth way more than they provided me. I knew I had to do something different. I knew for sure if I could make the company over three million dollars I for sure can figure out a way to create one million for myself.
After a while like most people I felt undervalued and that my time there had to soon come to an end. I can remember several times packing and cleaning my desk after those dreadful conference calls thinking “I have had enough”. I can remember driving to working considering just turning around. The anxiety I felt everyday coming to work was beginning to be extremely overwhelming. I decided I needed to make a ‘mom move’ meaning I needed to do what was necessary so that I could spend more time with my children and be able to have true freedom. I never had a problem working, in fact I have been working since I was fourteen years old. I watched my mother work 2-3 jobs at a time to provide as a single parent. At that point, my husband and I were working almost 100 hundred hours each week combined and it still wasn’t enough. I knew I had to do something.
Life can not only be interesting, but it could be cut short in a blink of an eye. After my tenth medical operation before turning the sweet age of thirty, I knew that my time and health were most important. I realized that after working years in the corporate world I had lost so much time and my health was heavily affected. I lost time with my family, I lost time to work on my dreams and goals. I realized, “time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted”. What we don’t recognize is that working for someone until you’re 65 years old or older that you don’t leave much of your life left to live. Retirement is simply unrealistic especially in America. Most of the time by the time you reach retirement age your health has depleted and the clock is ticking faster. The time had come that I tap into the person I have always desired to be. It wasn’t that I didn’t like working, or that I didn’t enjoy what I did. I helped changed lives of many people in my profession, some of whom I still mentor today; but it wasn’t enough and I felt unfulfilled.
Every day I was encouraging students to enroll in career programs and pursue their passion yet I hadn’t done so myself. Even though I was helping them gain a career, I was just telling them to do what most people accept as the norm. Which is go to school, get a good job and work for twenty-fourth years then retire. I didn’t believe in that as a choice for life any longer. My mindset had shifted, and I thought of all the hours I worked not even including the drive time. How could this be normal? Is what I asked myself, is this all there is to life? Will I ever be able to spend time with my family? Do I really have to work for thirty years? How old will my children be? How could I make a way so that my mother doesn’t have to work anymore? The questions went on and on I had to do something.
The complexity I felt everyday was beyond measurable. I just wanted to experience true freedom. I thought about the people in the in grocery store in the middle of the day, or the people who I saw running down the road exercising, while I rushed to work. I thought about my health, and how the stress of my job was heavy. I thought about all the time I spent away from my children and how I only saw my husband at bed time and on our off days. I thought about the school functions they had and if I attempted to attend my job would be on line. I just knew without a doubt there had to be another way to life. I didn’t want to live the life I had been living and I didn’t want to live the life I saw my mother living. I no longer wanted the restraints of an employer.
So remember I said everything happens for a reason! Throughout the years, I had tried many different entrepreneurial ideals. The only thing was ‘time’ I didn’t have much to spare. Being a wife, a mom of three amazing children, working beyond full time all while battling several medical conditions as well as being a full time student at one point. I just didn’t see how it was possible. I found that I enjoyed and saw the vision for the future but I never was able to get started good enough to quit my job. Throughout my different experiences I was able to make extra money. The key word is ‘extra’, I was making extra money but it wasn’t enough to replace the income from my job. I had tried several opportunities, and the common denominator was still ‘no time’. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine introduced me to the Foreign Exchange. The opportunity provided me the education to be able to trade Foreign Currency. This was completely new for me and boy was it a challenge at the beginning. I knew a little about exchanging currency, since my family is from Canada and I live in the United States, but my knowledge was very slim. I had read many books, I was constantly searching on the internet for income building strategies and ideals but I had never heard of this. I knew a little about stocks but never trading foreign currency. I knew that saving wasn’t getting me far. I knew my job was only going to provide me what I provided them, if not less. So after trying so many different avenues to create revenue, I figure why not learn how to make money in the most liquid financial market in the world. The Foreign Exchange is a 5.3 Trillion dollar a day industry. It is the most liquid market in the world, open 5 days a week 24 hours a day. Even though everything regarding the Foreign Exchange terrified me, I still wanted to give my best. I knew once I learned this skill set that I would have it for life. The best part was that I could trade currency right from the convenience of my cell phone.
So how do I help others learn this amazing opportunity that has afforded me the ability to spend more time with my family and create an amazing revenue stream. I decided that throughout the years I was always last. As a mother and wife that is natural, but that couldn’t remain the scenario. I needed to start living a life that I loved, I had to have a ‘No Matter what’ attitude. I started reading more books, listening to podcast, I invested in seminars and education systems. The investments I made in personal development over the last year, I lost count as to how much I actually spent. It didn’t matter, I knew that the greatest investment is self-investment. My mission is to take all the skills that I have learned and share them with as many people as I can. Starting at a young age I always wanted to help people. My mom would tell me the stories of when I would take our food or my clothes and share with the neighbors in need. I was destine to serve other people and there is no other platform better than the internet. I know that none of this would be possible if I had not taken the time to invest in myself. My goal is to help you put yourself in the front of line, invest in yourself and live true freedom.
“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.”
― Lisa Nichols
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