8 Lessons Learned in "Living My Best Life"
I’m sure you have heard it, but I will tell you again. “I’m just trying to live my best life.” When I met my husband, we were barely adults with big hopes and dreams. We were pharmacy students who often looked at the upperclassmen and would think, ‘”I can’t wait until we get there!” Then one day, after many days of late night studying, countless budget-friendly date nights, and falling madly in love, we became pharmacists and homeowners. Shortly after, we had our dream wedding and I had married my prince charming. I thought that was it, I thought we had MADE it, until those student loans kicked in. I never stopped to realize that as our lifestyles changed, so would our needs. I’ve always dreamed big, and a lot of my dreams came true early on. It wasn’t until I found the industry of network marketing and met my mentors Mr. and Mrs. Jordan, that I started to expand my thinking. I have the Andrews to thank for that too! They really pushed my husband and I to think outside of our comfort zone. I realized that being a homeowner at 25, getting married, starting a family, having great jobs, that it didn’t stop there. So we stepped out and started a business. It is, no doubt, the best decision we have ever made. Never thought an investment less than $500 bucks would change our lives the way it has.
So here are my 8 most cherished and valuable lessons I have learned while pursuing entrepreneurship. May these lessons show you that, you too, can stretch and step outside of your comfort zone. It's completely worth it! Maybe it will encourage you to take that leap!
I am not lucky, but prayer is for sure a game changer.
Keeping God in the center of it all is huge. I am always on the go and my mind is always going 1000 miles per minute trying to make sure I am not forgetting something. Things can definitely get a bit overwhelming very quickly. So my husband helps keep me on track and does a damn good job of it too. There are moments when I just break down and find myself saying, “something just doesn’t feel right.” I share this with my husband, and the very best thing he will ask me is, “Did you pray? Lets pray together.” And just like that…things get better because of prayer.
Things won’t always go your way.
I guess you could say I have a type A personality. I am a planner, and while I am not super organized all of the time, that’s certainly always the plan. I have always been the type to put a deadline on a goal – I want to be a pharmacist by 25, married by 27, millionaire by 30….and the list goes on.
While some of those deadlines have been met, there’s one that I am sure sticks out to most of you. Millionaire by 30. That is my motivation to keep pushing, but if we are being honest, the journey of expanding our business hasn’t always been easy. There were times when people we loved didn’t support us, people decided maybe it was okay to not keep their word, and we’ve lost some “friends.” In fact, I’ve wanted to quit and give up. There were times when I thought, “Can I do this?” Then I took a look in the mirror and thought about my family, my daughter… and I knew I could because my “why” is big. The loans we have been able to pay off, the freedom, the solid relationships we have established, the legacy we are building for Madison – that’s what we do this for.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets
You can start working on your dreams and wait for the results, or you can wait to work on your dreams. Which one do you think will have the better results? Everything happens for a reason so if you’re afraid for what will happen after you commit, just do it anyways. The last thing you want to do is wake up a year from today and say, “I wish I had just taken the chance when I had it!”
Do what makes your heart smile.
So. One thing I’ve learned is they absolutely love what you’re doing. They just hate it’s YOU doing it. There are those negative people who may never see or understand your vision. That’s okay because it’s not their vision. If it makes YOU happy, then go for it. In the end, that is all that really matters anyways.
So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This too shall pass.
This is not a difficult concept to grasp. If you’re reading this right now, then you’re probably having an “a ha” moment. Listen, God didn’t bring you this far for you to only come this far. If you’re at a point in your heart where you’re happiest, don’t fall complacent. If you think you’ve hit rock bottom, you haven’t. You’re about to have a breakthrough.
Money cannot be the motivation.
Money cannot be your motivation. Think about it. If money was a true motivation, everyone would be rich. It has to be deeper than that. What is your reason why you do what you do every single day? What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without? My “why” is my family.
Here is what I know from experience, you won’t see the success before it gets there. You can try to see it coming, but you'll miss it every single time. It is all about keeping the faith. Afterall, faith is believing in something before what you will only know after. It’s a mouth full, I know but just read over it a few more times and let it marinate. Now, do you get it? For me, I never thought I would have fallen in love with blogging and sharing our story through words and pictures, and I never saw it coming that we would build a successful home-based business. We were just open and ready - ready for change, and knew that with God in the center of it all, we would be destined for success and to do great things!
Let go of your expectations
Realize that your best life is unique, no one’s will look the same. When it feels like life is as good as it gets, know that it’ll keep getting better! Life is all about adaptability and change. It’s about resilience. So what, if you have a few down moments. Did you expect it to be all highs? What’s the fun in that.
Listen, living your best life is relative but it is exciting! I strive to live mine every day, in every single thing that I do on this earth. Moral of the story is, whatever you set your mind to do, give it your all and have faith. There will be times you won’t mind giving up, and when you think about doing so, remember to think why you got started in the first place. If you take nothing else from this, please understand that you can’t compare your life or success story with anyone else's, you’ll drive yourself crazy doing that. You don’t have a clue what the person you’re comparing yourself to has gone through to get to where they are. Whatever you want to do, do it. You are good enough, strong enough, and more than enough to be anything in life. We were born to do more than just pay bills and die. It is important that we live in the moment, wherever you are be there. I promise you, life is so much sweeter that way!
Thank you so much for reading!