IN THE DETAILS
Let's rewind to May. On social media I noticed a lot of fellow bloggers getting involved with a certain company and becoming distributors of said product. I kept seeing video after video but I was skeptical. I felt that this makeup product was way too good to be true. As the summer went by I noticed the amount of growth that these ladies experienced and thought to myself "Huh, maybe this company isn't your typical direct sales gig?". Then last week I had so many promptings to join and becoming a distributor in Canada, which kind of horrified me if I'm going to be honest. This was something I had never done before, and never had an interest in doing, and yet I was being pushed. If I was going to do this, I needed to act fast so I could be a part of the growth here. So I talked to Alex (which I was hesitant about. I had no idea how he would act to me saying "Hey I want to sell makeup and fork out a few hundred dollars before I sell."), and he was over the top supportive! When it came time order the product he encouraged me to order quite a high amount which had a pretty hefty price tag. I have to give a shoutout to him and his amazing support. I still have moments where I think of all the what if's, but he keeps calming me down and telling me I can do this!
Here's the thing. Never in a million years did I think I would ever sign up to be a direct saleswoman. I hate sales. I always have. At my first job I was a cashier at a sports store. We were asked to sell keychains, the proceeds of which would be donated to children who couldn't afford to participate in sports. I was horrible at it! I seriously would sell maybe one a shift, while other cashiers would sell at least a dozen each! I remember my manager pulling me into her office and showing me the tracking sheet. And there I was all the way at the bottom with a grand total of 5 within a 3 week period. After that little chat, I actually did even worse. Knowing that I was being tracked made me so stressed. Next I had a job working with shoes. We were pressured to sell at least one pair of shoes and one accessory at every sale. We were tracked on our sales, but we weren't given commission. So I literally had no drive to be up-sell. Besides I hate pushy sales people, so there was no way I was going to be one myself!
With all that being said, I still feel that this was presented to me at the perfect time. First off, if I am passionate about something and love the product myself selling doesn't feel like selling to me. I'm literally busting at the seams, checking the mail everyday just waiting to get my hands on the product and tell everyone about it. I'm not mentioning the name, simply because I want the reveal to be a big thing since non of my Canadian friends have heard or seen this product. To all my American friends reading this, I'm sure you've already guessed what I'm talking about, please don't mention it in the comments since I really want to make the announcement BIG. And yes I have officially become an even more stereotypical Mormon blogger.. :)
After this experience, Alex found out that one of his co-workers, who gets full time hours, got a second job and will only be working one shift a week at his current job. Which means Alex can finally get full time hours! He's still job hunting, and wants to move on from retail, but knowing that we will be getting a bit more income is a huge blessing! Our entire marriage we have been blessed with savings and have been able to add to it every month. Since he graduated though, we've had to dip in a little here and there for our bills. We're really trying to save for a down payment of a house and so watching our savings slowly decrease has been a little stressful. We literally see our house getting further and further out of reach.
Yesterday when we opened our mail box we noticed a letter from OSAP (student loans). We kept reading and re-reading the letter, thinking we misunderstood it contents. Once we put Calvin down we immediately logged onto to his online account to see what was going on. A weight on my shoulders instantaneously lifted when I saw the total that we owed to be $2,000. The government gave us a few grants that forgave $18,000 of our student debt!!!!! Like WHAT????!!! We couldn't believe our eyes. I went to bed with my pillow wet, covered with tears of gratitude.
I guess it's true what they say: When it rains, it pours. These experiences have me reflecting and thinking to myself: "But what have we done to deserve this?" I feel completely undeserving. I feel like our family hasn't been as centered around the gospel and it should be, I myself get pretty easily distracted. And yet our Heavenly Father keeps throwing blessings after blessing at us.
This past Sunday almost every single testimony shared had the line: "The Lord is in the details of our lives." Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life, this concept isn't new to me. And yet it never seizes to amaze me how aware He is of me. I can't begin to express the overwhelming amount of joy, peace, and love we have felt as a family over these few short days. He is aware of us. He is aware of you.