Oh, hey, I’m Windy, your overly-caffeinated, pink-haired, flamingo-loving bestie. I’m kinda new around here, so I thought I’d introduce myself. Joining the Sassy Suite team is literally a dream come true- and if you’ve been in The Socialite Suite for any length of time, you totally get it.
I joined Origami Owl in late December, 2014 because I fell in love with a locket. I was a true hobbyist, I had a great job I loved, wasn’t looking to make additional money, wasn’t looking for time away from the kids, wasn’t looking for a community. I just liked the product and thought it would be fun.
I had zero direct sales experience. Less than zero. I had never been to a home party- for any product- ever. Because, ewww, those are icky and the people who do them are THE WORST.
See, I was a highly-educated, professional woman. A fancy department head with staff and a budget and everything. I wasn’t the lady who lugged all of my crap to random friends’ houses and guilted their friends into buying my stuff.
Only, now, I was.
While I didn’t NEED to sell my product to make money, I am highly competitive (wait, Scrabble isn’t a contact sport in your family?), so sucking at this was completely unacceptable. I’ve never been driven by money, just a desire to be the best me I can be.
I bought a bunch of jewelry (oooooh, shiny) which promptly sat in our guest bedroom. I didn’t know where to start. I hadn’t done any research on selecting a mentor before I began because I didn’t know I needed to. And who I got was inexperienced and uninterested in mentoring. Which we need to discuss later, m’kay?
Enter the Suite
Somehow, maybe through sheer stubbornness, I managed to stay active and do ok. And by ok, I mean support my jewelry addiction. This was a hobby so my success or failure wasn’t impacting my ability to put food on the table. But it was frustrating to me that I wasn’t good at this.
Luckily, nearly 15 months into my direct sales journey, I tripped and fell into the Suite. My first training course was Epic Live Facebook Parties. It was my gateway drug. Attraction marketing, personal branding, funnel strategy, blogging bootcamp, video applications, whatever Brenda offered, I took. And slowly, my business transformed. To an outsider, it looked like I was an overnight success, but I had been slowly- painfully slowly- building up to this. That’s the thing about overnight success stories; they never really happen overnight, you just didn’t see it before this morning.
I grew a team and started making money. Not “let’s fly to Paris for the weekend” but “buy 3 Kate Spade purses on a whim” money. And then, I thought, Can I do this full time? Can direct sales replace my salary? I love a goal, so let’s do this!
Seven months after I joined the Suite, I had the best month I had ever had. I crushed my goals- like seriously crushed my goals. My team had grown by double digits, in one month! My social channel numbers were increasing, my VIP group was rocking, I should have been on top of the world. I had a private coaching appointment with Brenda and all I really remember about that call is tears and thinking, I had exceeded my monthly goal, why am I sad and crying? Because the goal at one time seemed impossible, but I met it and, nothing changed. Nothing.
Eventually, I figured out my block. I couldn’t be a successful direct seller because I thought direct sellers were icky. I was not those women. It was so simple and powerful and life-changing. Seriously, life-changing. Once I realized my perceptions were outdated and simply wrong, everything changed.
When Brenda asked me to speak at SassyCon, I was terrified, but I knew it was an honor to be invited, so I had to push my fear to the side, put on my big girl panties and do it. The morning of my presentation, I was in my hotel room practicing and I was so nervous, I had a pounding in my ear and thought hmmm, I wonder if this is what an aneurism feels like. Terror, y’all.
Brenda tells us that 20 seconds of insane bravery can change everything. It took less than 20 seconds for me to be brave enough to climb the steps onto the stage and everything changed.
As I was prattling on about branding, I looked out to the crowd and every single person in the room was looking at me. Not at their phones, not at their swag or having little “I’m so bored, when is this going to end” conversations. They were listening to me. I WAS HELPING THEM!
Before that moment, I had a vision of what my dream life could be. I would work from home, helping other people who had the same challenges that I had worked through, who wanted to make money on their own terms and spend their time how they wanted to. I could see this life, so vividly, but it was like it was on the other side of a plate-glass window; I could see it but I couldn’t touch it, I couldn’t get to it. And, in that moment on stage, a million tiny cracks formed in the window, it came crashing down and I was able to walk through to my new life. So, I did.
The End (Just Kidding, It’s Totally Windy 2.0 The Beginning)
I know the transformation that can come, not only in your business but in your overall mindset and general outlook on life, from this tribe called The Suite. It literally transformed me from the inside out. It’s not easy; if it was, everyone would do it, but it’s worthwhile and so damn empowering.
I am honored to join the Sassy Suite team and offer group coaching on three areas that are the backbone of success in direct sales: attraction marketing, personal branding and funnel strategy. I hope to see you there!