Hello friends! It’s been a while, I know. I’ve taken some time off to devote time to my family. I’ve been doing a lot of reflection, which prompted this post.
As of late, I’ve been torn about what to share or keep private on social media. I don’t share every family outing we take, mostly because I don’t have the time to snap many, if any pictures. Aside from that, I’ve been cautious with what people will think about the content of my posts. Then I realized, I don’t care what people think anymore!
Recently, my husband came home from work with red roses in hand, complete with a note he’d written to accompany them. He knows one of my love languages is words of affirmation, and from time to time he breaks out of his shell and spills his heart into a card, letter, e-mail or just a post it– whatever is on hand when the mood strikes. In this particular note, he penned many things that reaffirmed why I chose him as my life partner, but one line struck a chord with me. He told me he was proud of my hard work and all that I’ve accomplished.
I’m going to be 33 this month, and along with another year on this earth comes another year of lessons learned. One of those lessons is to embrace what makes ME happy and whole. Two months ago I went COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone (anxiety-ridden introvert right here) and on a new adventure when I joined Usborne Books & More. Finding work outside the home with 2 under 2 was never in my plan. I wanted to be home with the boys, but I also felt the need to do something for myself. I’d attended a few book parties and never really thought anything of it until an old friend planted the seed of joining. Not going to lie, the fact that’s it was super cheap to join and there were no strings attached really drew me in because we all know I’m a budgeting nerd committed to remaining debt-free. I never in a million years thought I’d be able to touch so many people and share something special with the world while simultaneously supporting my family. I am now able to pay our bills and it feels great to be able to contribute financially to the household! Usborne has shown me I’m capable of so much more than I thought and the library I’m building for the boys is growing by the minute! The books are amazing, my boys love them, I love them, and most of all, I love sharing the gift of literacy and learning with others.
I’ve always struggled with learning due to ADHD and learning disabilities. My mom went above and beyond to help me but there were just not enough caring educators or resources, which left me feeling defeated academically. Even so, I was able to push forward with her support and attain a master’s degree. As a book lady, I have the opportunity to put amazing books into the hands of children and maybe, just maybe I can help one struggling child make that connection and discover or rekindle a love of reading, and in turn, learning. The fact that this business awards me such an opportunity is something that brings me happiness and fulfillment.
If my husband proudly acknowledges my accomplishments, I should be able to openly feel the same pride. I no longer have any qualms about someone thinking I’m being salesy or pushy when I share things about my Usborne journey. I believe in my work, and in my ability to share literacy and a joy of learning with others. I love what I do and I hope you can join me in embracing your own passion without reservation.