Most of you know that when I started considering a side hustle with Beautycounter I wasn’t in a good place with blogging. I was lost as to how to progress this online space because my longer-reaching goal had not been (at least not for a long time) to create a cookbook or write a juicy tell-all memoir. I wasn’t sure what business or health coaching was, nor was I interested in becoming certified. All I saw stretching out in front of me was a future of zero-creativity blogging for the sake of paying bills, which was sad because once upon a time blogging WAS my passion and I really do love it.
When I started my Beautycounter business I expected two things: to make more money and to grow a business. Other than that I was unsure of what to expect; in fact, I didn’t have any expectations beyond that. I just knew that Beautycounter was a business on a mission that I could stand behind, so I signed up in January and hit the ground running.
It’s funny how the Lord works in ways that you least expect. Hindsight is 20/20 and I can see so clearly the way that he was caring about my own needs and the needs of my family through my journey to Beautycounter. Not only has having my own direct sales company exceeded my previous expectations, but it also has some pretty great side effects that I didn’t plan for!
- It has empowered me to make better choices for my family’s health. When you know better you DO better, and the reality is that I just didn’t know. I didn’t know that the personal care industry is wildly unregulated with tens of thousands of unsafe and untested chemicals on the market. I didn’t know that “natural” doesn’t actually have to mean good for you. I didn’t know that the food industry standards are not what I thought they were. I didn’t know that by believing marketing promotions I was potentially spreading toxins throughout my home, feeding them to my family, spreading them on our bodies.To put it bluntly it has been inconvenient at times, but now I know that prioritizing convenience is how we got here in the first place. I’m not perfect, but I’ve committed myself to learning more and doing better and I don’t believe I would have done that if it hadn’t been for Beautycounter.
- It has increased my creativity and given me a chance to dream again. I know that sounds hopeless and sad, but after 19 months of not sleeping and not prioritizing my health I was at a point creatively where I just didn’t care anymore. I had lost my zest and my ability to dream big, as being stuck in a rut will do. At the risk of sounding crazy, when I started my Beautycounter business I actually felt my creativity start up again, and I’ve felt it grow more and more the longer I do this. I needed to get out of my rut, and doing that has helped me to look further into the future at what I would really love to pursue.On top of that, seeing how lucrative this business is and the unlimited potential has helped me to understand that those big dreams can become a big reality as well!
- It has blessed me with the most amazing group of online friends. The other day I polled my Beautycounter team about their careers (past and present) with the desire to understand if there’s a certain “type” of person who is geared more toward Beautycounter and the response was overwhelming. Women from every kind of background you can imagine – CEOs, scientists, engineers, doctors, nurses, stay at home moms, marketing gurus, teachers, dietitians, college students, accountants, and more. What’s more than an incredible array of backgrounds and beliefs, though, is the fact that we are all on a common mission to get safer skincare into the hands of everyone. We share ups and downs, highs and lows, business and product tips and tricks. We share in one another’s successes, shoulder burdens, and celebrate every step forward…together. No cattiness or competition, just a huge group of women working and growing together!
This little side hustle that was intended to give me extra cash to pursue other things has very quickly evolved into a massive passion project that has me excited to hop on my computer during work hours. It’s helped me to set big goals and be willing to test the waters of adventure again. I have furthered my entrepreneurial reach, and not at the expense of my family. To say I’m thankful for what Beautycounter is and has become is an understatement!
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a consultant please shoot me a message at hsdisarro [at] gmail [dot] com or leave a comment – I would love to share!