Recently I made the decision to end my time as a LuLaRoe consultant and start a new business as a Paisley Raye consultant. Many past customers have expressed sorrow at the “failure” of my business but leaving isn’t always about failure.
Leaving Isn’t Always About Failure
When I joined LuLaRoe two and a half years ago it was to make some extra cash. We were deep in debt and feeling the tightness of all that debt. Between school loans and lawyer fees from a long, drawn-out, custody battle, we were living paycheck to paycheck. And I hated it.
I stumbled across a business opportunity in the late night hours and had joined before I even owned a pair of leggings. My business quickly became successful and we were able to pay down most of our debt in a year.
After 6 months, I left my full-time job at a failing company and began selling full-time. With LuLaRoe I earned three cruises, visited places that before had seemed like only dreams and was able to work from home for 2 years. I even took our family of five to Disney Land and Universal Studios.
And then something changed…
I was away at a training in June of this year and realized that I was not happy with my business. I was working long hours. And by long I mean sometimes 18 hours a day.
My little one, who’s almost five, would say things like “Do you ever get a day off” or “Can you get off the computer and play with me”. And I realized despite the fact that I was able to work at home with him I wasn’t spending any time with him.
I began to hate going into the boutique. It had nothing to do with the product – I still loved the product. I just didn’t love the sales process. I wanted to work fewer hours but I knew that meant my sales and our family income would decrease as well.
After nearly a month of fear and indecision, I finally decided it was time for a change. I decided to leave LuLaRoe and seek out an opportunity that would offer me more freedom, fewer hours, and joy in my business again. It was in that hunt I found Paisley Raye.
In the last 12 weeks, I have liquated my inventory, joined Paisley Raye and found a joy that I had lost. But the one thing I struggle with the most if that feeling of failure that comes every time a customer says “sorry about your business”.
Moving on from here
Yesterday, I was reading Rachel Hollis’s book “Girl, Wash Your Face” – it’s our October book club read – and this quote is in the book:
Know this one great truth: you are in control of your own life. You get one and only one chance to live, and life is passing you by. Stop beating yourself up, and dang it, stop letting others do it too.
And I realized, my business didn’t fail. I made a conscious decision to leave so that I could start over and stop letting life pass me by. And today is the day to stop beating myself up about it. Leaving isn’t always about failure.
Today I put my computer down. I snuggled with my little guy on the couch and spent time just talking about his day. And when someone said “I’m sorry to hear about your business” I finally didn’t feel like a failure.