Last August, I fulfilled a months-long dream of signing up as an Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nails. Around the time I joined, the company released the location of the following year’s International Conference and it was a mere half an hour away!! Talk about a sign from above for what you’re supposed to do! So, I planned right then and there to go and officially registered in February.
Fast forward to July 2015. As the dates for conference quickly approached, everyone kept telling me how I was finally getting a break, and I so deserved it.
I’m a stay at home mom for our two beautiful girls, who are currently 1 and 3 years old. My husband works--a lot. So I am left with most of the parenting responsibilities. Do I need a break every now and again? Absolutely. But that’s when I get with my girlfriends and do some baking, or head out to dinner. I don’t need to go to a business conference to get a break from a life that I chose. I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I love being able to spend so much time with my children. They do things that drive me absolutely bonkers from time to time, but hey, they’re kids. It’s their job.
Let me tell you all something—and I mean this in the most respectful way: This conference wasn’t my way of trying to get “a break” from my everyday life. This conference was about investing in my business, and more importantly, investing in myself.
We had multiple amazing speakers from Valorie Burton to Ramon Ray to the CEO and CFO of our company. I took something away from each person that didn’t only give me inspiration for my business, but inspiration to be a better me. And let me tell you, they were all about you being YOU (no, seriously, the theme was Be You, Be Beautiful.) I got to meet so many lovely women who were all there for the same reason, to improve their business. I was able to be lifted up and help lift them up all at the same time, and we will continue to do so now. I made not only friends, but sisters. And as a bonus, I got to see the wonderful new things the company is trying to do in the future for our customers. I don’t know about you, but to me, that doesn’t just sound like a vacation from my kids. That sounds like so. Much. More. And it was.
So, please accept from the bottom of my heart my thanks for helping me be able to attend, whether it was childcare or mere support; for realizing how happy I was; for realizing I deserved this. I did. But not because I’m seemingly “stuck” at home with my kids all the time (in fact, I missed them quite a lot!). I deserved it because this is my business and my life. And it was a game changer.
Hello! I'm Lindsey. I'm a writer with a ton of random thoughts bouncing around in my head. So I share them here in hopes that they reach others with these thoughts.