I’m busy. I’m just so busy. It’s my go to excuse for pretty much everything. I haven’t made contact with a friend for months? Sorry, I’ve been really busy lately. My house is an absolute tip when someone drops in unexpectedly? Excuse the mess, the kids are keeping me super busy. I make no progress towards my goals? It’s just so hard to find the time to work on anything extra because I’m very busy raising four children and running a house…
It’s a load of crap.
Yes, my life is full. Yes, I do keep myself relatively busy. But I also
spend waste a lot of time playing on my phone, watching YouTube videos, and mucking about on social media. When I hear my phone ding do I think to myself, I’m far too busy to check that message right now? Nope. I check it. And I reply. And then I spend 15 minutes texting or voice messaging or just quickly checking my emails because I’m on my phone now, I may as well…
I’ve been working really hard lately on challenging myself to think more positively. I’m trying to be grateful, and (not too) hopeful, and I’ve been focusing a lot on what I want to get out of life. I love my children dearly, of course, but I have been at home for eight years now, and I’m itching to get out there and do some things for myself. I want to write, and perform, and travel. I want a career. I want a life outside of the home. And while all these goals are attainable, they’re not the sorts of things I can achieve overnight. I have to chip away at them, bit by bit, by finding time to make them happen.
I recently created a vision board, which has really helped me to figure out what is most important to me at this point in time. I know now what my main goals are, and I feel confident that I am going to reach them. I am sticking to my blogging and vlogging schedules (Tuesdays and Thursdays are for writing; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are for filming, editing, and uploading). I am working on my CV. I have not touched sugar for two whole months and am managing to exercise most days. But while I am squirreling away money for my first ever overseas holiday (Melbourne, here I come), it’s not building up anywhere near as quickly as I’d hoped it would. How am I meant to earn myself a bit of pocket money when I’m already so busy?
A friend recently approached me with a work-from-home business opportunity. She thought I’d do really well as a direct salesperson and she wanted me to join her team. I told her I’d think about it, that I really needed to test the product out for myself first, but I’d already decided I was going to say no. Not because I didn’t want the challenge and excitement of trying something new, and not because I didn’t want to earn some extra cash to help bulk up my holiday fund, but because I’m forever telling myself that I’m too darn busy. I’ve been using the busy excuse for so long, that I’ve started thinking it’s true. There’s no way I have the time to take a few orders, is there?
I tried out the nail wraps my friend sent me anyway, and was impressed. The nail polish I applied at the same time was chipped within days, but the wraps lasted for weeks. I liked the way they made me feel too – a little bit pretty and feminine, even on the days I was slogging around home in trackpants with my hair in a messy bun. So I enjoyed the product, felt like I would make quite a good saleswoman, and wanted a bit of money I could use selfishly for once… But I still didn’t have the time to go through with it. Right?
I started thinking about some other friends of mine. Mothers who are raising children while simultaneously focusing on their careers. They’re almost always on the go, but they still have down time. They do things for themselves and they have fun. They are busy, but are they too busy? Is there any such thing? I’ve often said that there’s always time, you just have to make it. It’s only now that I’m actually starting to believe it.
Yesterday I pushed past the fear and signed up as a Jamberry Nails Consultant (which, in the interests of authenticity, is just a fancy way of saying that I can supply you with some really fun, affordable nail polish alternatives). I don’t really know what I’ve gotten myself in for, but I feel like this whole venture is worth a shot. I think the product is awesome, and I can see myself wearing it every day for years to come. I also think that other women will think the product is awesome, which means all I need to do is make people aware that I’m a consultant and allow them to come to me, thus avoiding the title of Pushy Salesperson (which I must say goes against everything I stand for). I can make a little bit of time to fit Jamberry into my “busy” life, and I can use any earnings, whether big or small, to put towards making my dreams a reality. I want to leave New Zealand so I am making it happen. Being busy is no longer an excuse. If I just allow myself to find the time, I can build a life that works for me.
– Fern xxx
Okay, so here it is:
I’ve become one of those direct sales people.
But hey, before you run away, I’m promising you right now that I’m not here to push anything on you. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to buy things off me just because we’re friends, or acquaintances, or you pity me and my lack of international travel.
So, if you’re interested (and only if you’re interested) in finding out more about Jamberry, you can head to my Professional Jamberry Website (ooh) or my Jamberry Facebook Page (ahh) or you can just get in touch with me and I’ll send you a sample (with no pressure to buy if you decide it’s not for you).
I truly, honestly, think it’s a really cool product and (other than that trip to Australia) that’s the only reason I’m even attempting to sell it. Promise.