When I was younger (I don't recall what age I was exactly but it was in my teenage years), I thought that I would never get married and never have children.
It wasn't part of my plan.
I wanted to be in a high flying executive role somewhere with the cute suit, shoes and bag to match living in a penthouse in the city.
To me, at the time, this is what success looked like.
After finishing University with a Bachelor of Management (Marketing) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Communications (Public Relations).
It was still my dream to be the high flying executive woman (this is how I saw success) however I had met the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with so the vision had changed slightly.
We hadn't talked too much about having children but I recall a discussion we had about having one child. We were married for a number of years and were both working our way up at our respective employers and every time the conversation came up about children, we were not ready.
However the universe had other plans for us and after I had been promoted to a management position with a non-profit organisation, we feel pregnant with our first child.
But it was ok, I had planned to take 4 months off work and return part time (4 days a week) so that I could continue to climb the corporate ladder and keep progressing in my career.
In my mind at the time, working my butt off was worth it because of what I thought was coming - a promotion to a more senior role (which I now know would have been an increase in pay but also an increase in the hours expected to put in).
However this dream and this vision all came crashing down when I was told that my position was made redundant from that employer. We had just built a house and had a four month old baby and our budget required that I return to work and I didn't want time out of the workforce to affect my chances of getting a promotion at the organisation I worked for.
Unfortunately, roles in marketing were usually full-time which I didn't want to do but felt that I had no other option at the time. This was an extremely stressful time for me - I was still learning to be a mum and had to get out and apply for jobs and attend interviews.
I was successful in securing a new job in my field, but not a management position and it was full-time. While I applied myself and gave it my all, it was tough having my baby in childcare - and my colleagues were very surprised to learn I had such a young baby when I started working there because most mums are still on maternity leave at this time.
After having my son my perspective on a lot of things changed - while I still wanted to be successful in a work sense, the vision of the high flying corporate role (with the suit and cute shoes) and living in the penthouse wasn't for me anymore.
2.5 years later, I had my daughter and was still working in the same role I started after being made redundant, and still working full time. After she was born, I had planned to have 9 months off on maternity leave but at the 5 month mark, I realised that being a stay at home mum wasn't for me and I went back to work - this time part-time. I was able to stimulate my brain (and drink my coffee hot) while also enjoying time at home with my children.
It was around this time that I realised that my children were growing quick and that I wanted to be able to create something that would enable me to work from home around family commitments where I could still be successful (in a different way to how I had initially defined it), so I started exploring some of my passions on the side. I had already been involved in Tupperware but I wasn't passionate about it (Really, I just wanted to deck out my kitchen with their products without paying for them).
I decided to learn about blogging and enrolled in a blogging course with a friend and ex-colleague (who is now a Premier leader on my team) with a vision of becoming a successful blogger.
I did this for some time but my heart wasn't in it - I was still searching for the thing that truly lit me up! So I began to design ebooks for other bloggers which I really enjoyed doing (and still do sometimes now as well as working on my own creative projects) but I was still searching for something that would enable me to work from home and create time and financial freedom for our family. I saw so many incredible inspiring women create a life and biz they love and I knew I could too with the right opportunity.
My dream and my vision had changed. I no longer wanted the high flying corporate role (with the suit and cute shoes). I wanted to create something from home, that I loved and that enabled me to attend school events and be there for milestones in my children's lives.
There were women around me doing this and many of them at this time were getting involved in doTERRA. It was all around me but I wasn't open to seeing the opportunity that was there and how incredible the oils could be for our family.
I was working on an ebook for a leader in doTERRA and she sent me some oils and shared the business opportunity with me. She had such a strong vision for the life she wanted to create for her family that I couldn't help but want to learn more.
It opened me up to a new business model.
A new way to work from home and earn an income doing something you love - it didn't take long for me to fall in love with the oils and with doTERRA as a company.
Although I had no experience in this industry and I certainly didn't understand the business model, I dived in.
I love the quote, 'start before you are ready' and I am so glad I did, because I still wouldn't be ready.
I didn't have an exisitng business or blog to plug this product into.
I didn't have a network.
I had all the reasons why it wouldn't work for me, yet the pull to dive i was so strong.
I was open to this being the opportunity I was looking for to create a life and business I love that would fulfill all my dreams, both in my work and for my family.
I, and countless others are showing what is possible with this incredible business model and incredible product.
Change your story - change your trajectory - this model is the vehicle to help you realise your goals and dreams.
If you are ready to change your story, to start a new chapter, then I invite you to book a call with me (email sarah @ theessentialsociety . com . au). I would love to chat to you!
If you are ready to dive in and purchase your kit of oils - follow the instructions below:
To purchase doTERRA essential oils go to: http://mydoterra.com/sarahpoppy
1. Select join and save
2. Choose wholesale customer (if you plan to be a customer only - you can upgrade later but we can chat about that) or wellness advocate if you want to build a business with doTERRA or refer your family and friends and earn some money back for doing so.
3. Fill in your details
4. Choose whichever starter kit you feel drawn to (my pick is the Home Essentials Kit + Fractionated Coconut oil as it has everything you need to get started, otherwise select the Introductory Enrolment Packet and add the individual oils you would like to start with)
For more info on how to purchase click here: http://bit.ly/1pnyOwc
Once you have ordered flick me an email (sarah @ theessentialsociety . com . au) and we can lock in your membership overview and welcome call + your mentor calls to get your business off to a flying start.