As I went through a transition 3 years ago from being a career driven Family Nurse Practitioner to a stay at home mom, I struggled immensely with letting that identity go. I knew it was the right decision, but man was it hard. I loved taking care of my patients and helping others. And, I have always loved having my own identity and while I loved taking care of Elijah I needed more. More for me and my complete happiness. I was also struggling with practicing Western Medicine when my heart and path had taken me into a more holistic lifestyle.
I will be forever grateful to my incredible mentor, Michelle Skinner, for reaching out to me one night asking if she could come to CrossFit St. Croix to share what she knew about safer beauty and Beautycounter. I barely looked at the products, because let’s admit, I’m not a product junkie. I love learning and sharing how to live our lives to be healthier so this spoke to my heart and I knew I needed to be a part of this as this wasn’t about selling a product, oh heck no! It was about sharing a passion I had and working towards something bigger than what I could accomplish alone which was to help advocate for more health protective laws in the beauty industry.
You may be asking, why did I choose to be associated with Beautycounter vs. going at this alone? Because I believe strength is in numbers and I love everything that Beautycounter stands for and the change that we as a company are capable of. I love that we have safer high performing products that work exceptionally well so it makes it easy to help people make the switch to safer. And, at the end of the day I can’t argue the compensation plan Beautycounter offers. As we are worked on taxes for 2016 I am in shock that I surpassed what I ever made as a Nurse Practitioner and that it has allowed Lucas to pursue his passion of growing CrossFit St. Croix. This has been a dream come true for our family.
I happened to look back at the Facebook memories from a year ago and saw that I had posted this.
“I want to give a HUGE high five to my safe beauty tribe on reaching an incredible milestone of having a $100,000 month! We have been working hard month after month to get safe products into people’s hands and educating those around us on how to live healthier.
I also want to thank each of you for supporting this mission. The demand for safer products is apparent and we are demanding transparency from companies. I’m so proud of the work we are doing to shake up this industry.
Everyday I am so thankful to wake up and do what I love.
THANK YOU! ❤️”
Reflecting back on April 2017, I am in awe of all that my incredible team has accomplished over the past year. We have doubled our past April and had a $225,000 milestone! Since the beginning of the year we have gotten over $800,000 of safer products into people’s hands and have added countless voices to this mission. I am loving every minute of the work I do, which is on my own terms and helping lead almost 400 women on a journey that is on their terms. It took awhile for me to fully be ok with stepping away from practicing medicine, but I am the happiest I have ever been and I know I have found my calling doing what I love.