It’s Thursday again! This week for Three Things Thursday I want to share with you something I’ve wanted to share since the beginning of the new year. As most of you know I am a part-time Stella and Dot stylist. However, I’ve made the decision to retire fully from being a stylist this Spring. Don’t get me wrong, I love accessories. However, I’m not passionate about selling accessories. I found that I was putting my Stella and Dot on the back burner last year to pursue things I was passionate about like: writing, volunteering, working with children, and most importantly, Styling the inside.
I began my journey in direct sales two years ago, after owning and operating a multi-age childcare center. Once I gave birth to my third daughter, I decided that I needed a break from working with children and wanted to focus solely on raising my own. I did however, still want to make some extra money while staying home with my daughters. Thus, I decided to become a Stella and Dot stylist. I attended a few Stella and Dot trunk shows, and loved their stuff! I also loved the flexibility and the job was so fun! I would set up my jewels at someone’s house, help style the guests at the show, and in turn, help the hostess earn free jewelry. I was also surrounded by wine, yummy appetizers, and women. Yes… Women! Not children. No diapers. No tantrums. No cleaning. No mediating. Simply just hanging out with other women!
My first year as a stylist I was pretty successful. I consistently booked trunk shows, I grew a team of a few stylists and made some top Canadian sales while winning some great swag!
So why am I retiring?
Because… I feel like I got what I needed from working as an independent stylist with Stella and Dot. And… I can only put so much on my plate. I have to be realistic with my time and rank what is most important in my life.
This was a decision that made me feel at times like I was perhaps being a quitter. However, I simply knew my heart fully wasn’t in it any longer.
So what three things did becoming a Stella and Dot stylist do for me?
1. It pushed me out of my comfort zone, to try something completely different, after teaching children for many years.
2. It gave me a reason to talk to people. Instead of approaching a stranger and saying hi. I felt like I had a valid reason to say hi. “Hi, I love your necklace!” “Have you heard of Stella and Dot?”
3. It helped me build a network. After approaching my own personal network of friends and family, I had to push myself to expand this network further. I mean, my friends weren’t going to keep hosting trunk shows for me. How did I do this? I simply kept talking to people and following up with them. As a result, I built new relationships.
Stella and Dot was fun. I met lots of women, and made extra income while staying home with my daughters. I know some very successful Stella and Dot stylists who have been going strong for over five years now! I can see and feel how passionate they are with this career they chose. If you love accessories and fashion and are looking for a flexible way to earn some extra money, then I highly recommend becoming a Stella and Dot stylist.
Sometimes in life we are more successful at things than others. When our hearts are fully immersed in the job that we are doing, it shows in our work. My heart is fully immersed in things that I’m truly passionate about and it’s o.k to let go of what isn’t working any longer. It’s a part of life. It’s a part of growing. And, if it wasn’t for my Stella and Dot journey, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Now when I approach people to talk to them, I don’t feel like I need a reason. Working as a Stella and Dot stylist enabled me to approach people with courage and confidence.
I also have some pretty nice accessories to remind me of my journey with Stella and Dot!
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