You don’t have to change to do this

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398158_10150542972256052_1225312895_nThis first pictures was 5 years ago. I was doing what I loved. Presenting for our Young Professionals organization to a ballroom filled with hundreds of people and sharing an amazing vision for what lied ahead for our community and its business leaders.

 

13902576_10101909824688105_4266820421790908425_nThis second picture was last year. I had left my corporate job in economic development and jumped into network marketing with Rodan + Fields. Most people thought I was crazy.  CRAZY! (so did I a little) But, I knew I was smart and I saw the opportunity.

And look, here I am, still getting to do what I love. Presenting in front of a room of hundreds of people and share an amazing vision for what lies ahead for my family, my teammates, and our company of business leaders.

I still am doing what I love. And now I get to do it on my terms. Around my family. Make more money. Provide an even better future. And dream bigger.

The moral of this story is, you don’t have to give things up to do this. You don’t have to change what you love to do this. You just have to BE YOU to do this and to have a big dream that you are willing to go after.

If you have been thinking network marketing might be a path for you, you know I’d love to connect! Reach out to me at michaelamschell@gmail.com.

Thinking differently can make bigger things happen

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We just achieved a major milestone…. 1 Million in sales in 2016. I can’t believe it myself. But it happened, and hit happened because we thought DIFFERENTLY. We stepped out of the box when starting a business.

Here is how…

Are you starting a business? It needs to be online.

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Headlines these past weeks announced Macy’s, Kmart, and Sears are closing stores. The Limited “closes all 250 stores, but their website will stay open for business.” More and more major retailers are admitting that the power of E-Commerce is stronger than traditional brick & mortar.
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Stores across the country are closing. In my hometown, I just heard Macy’s is closing it’s doors, laying off 53 employees. If you are in any kind of retail business, it is a time of uncertainty…. unless you are moving toward online sales.

Times are changing. Where did you do most of your holiday shopping this year? I went to one store for one gift. The rest of my shopping was online. We are creating this change. We love the ease of ordering from our phone at night sitting on the couch watching TV. We love that things get delivered right to our door. Online shopping is a trend that won’t be leaving soon.

So, what does that mean for those wanting to start a business?

You need to be online.

Many people thought I was a little crazy for starting an online business a few years ago. The idea of network marketing was a little out of the box still, but the fact that Rodan + Fields was a completely digital business is what made me take the leap. I knew the online shopping industry was only going to grow.

Click here to read the article Millennials, Hispanics and Online Sales Are Fueling Growth in $25 Billion Dollar Cosmetics and Skincare Market.
And that has been proven over and over again these past few weeks and even years with stores closing. But it isn’t just shoppers moving to the online trend. Business owners love the model too.
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It means that we can have customers not just in one town, but all over the country and the world. It means we don’t have to stock inventory, pay employees, rent, electricity, pricey insurance, and more. It allows us flexibility and time freedom. It allows us to best leverage growing social media marketing. The list goes on.

If you are looking to start your own business, definitely think digital. And I also highly recommend looking into a digital direct sales company. It is the way commerce is moving. You can either stand by and watch or ride the wave.

~ Michaela

As always, I would love to connect and am always happy to discuss with you if the Rodan + Fields opportunity or network marketing may be a right fit for you!

Haven’t found your passion? That’s okay.

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I’m exhausted. Exhausted from searching. It’s like a never ending game of hide and seek. My “passion” that I am supposed to be finding… it’s lost.

And I decided today that I’m done looking for it.

Okay, maybe that sounds a little extreme. Or maybe like I’m giving up. But I had a realization this week and I’m giving myself grace and embracing the seasons.

I have been feeling the pressure lately, and I think so many others are feeling it too. The pressure by society, by life coaches, by social media to find our passion. To do the “thing” we were put on this earth to do. To love every second of doing what we are doing and do it for the rest of our lives! Even as a kid we get asked… What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well, what if we don’t know? Or what if we thought we knew, but now things have changed? What if we are doing our passion but in a few years things change?

I realized that our passion isn’t something that needs to be found then held on to forever. Our passions are seasons. They come, they go, they change. We enjoy them and we look forward to the next.

When I was little, I thought my passion was Archeology. Loved it. I wanted to sit and dig in the dirt forever. Um… yeah, I’ve never been an archeologist.

But after college my passion was events. I loved the planning. I loved going to my job very

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Doing what I love, planning events. This one was a local winter triathlon.

day and thrived on the excitement and pressure of launching a successful event. But then a new opportunity came up and I switch careers and through my new career I found a love for community and helping it grow, especially in the area of young professionals. I dove in. I dedicated my job and my free time to making our community better for young people. I had plans of service on city council and foundations and boards. I was making a big impact in our city and how leadership was developed.

Then,  I had a baby. Oh, how things changed. My passion became my children. I left my

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Featured in our city’s women’s magazine for my passion.

job. Dove into motherhood. Made homemade baby food and started a family blog. I wanted a bit of a career too. I stayed a little involved in the community and young professionals organizations and was out to prove I could be a stay-at-home mom and a community leader too.

So far, that has been a lot of seasons of different passions I’ve been through. And now I am in another season. That of direct sales with Rodan + Fields. I’m motivated to help so many other business men and women succeed and still be able to be an at-home mom.

Until the other day I used the think that I still was searching for my passion. The one thing that was mine forever. Was it Rodan + Fields? Was it something else I should be doing? What do I love? What do I desire most?

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My current passion.. My Rodan + Fields job, inspiring others to follow their dreams and how they can do it through direct sales.

These questions made me feel so pressured. Like a failure for being in my 30s and maybe not have even found my passion yet. So, that’s when I gave up looking. Why was I searching? I realized all those things that I had done in my past and the career I have now… They all were my passions! I don’t have to be stuck to one thing. I am a human being. The best part about being human is the ability to change!

Our passions are seasons. We find what we love. We enjoy every minute of it. And, it better be something we are learning from, growing in. And if it is, well then, it only makes sense that we grow out of it! We learn more, become more, new things happen to ourselves and our lives, and we take a different path that leads us to a new love! The new perfect passion for this time in our lives.

All the passions I’ve had before have lead me to this current season in direct sales. It is the perfect fit for me. Allowing for the love of my family and call to be home with them yet feeding my entrepreneurial soul. I am thriving in this field! Do I look forward and wonder if this season will end? Possibly. It may. I don’t know when. Or maybe it will evolve. Lead me to another integral piece of my passion.

Ahhhhh. I feel like I can breathe again! The pressure is off! There is no push to find this unattainable perfect passion I am “supposed” do to for the rest of my life. I am going to stop and enjoy the season I am in. Enjoy the current passion I have found. And when the day comes when things shift and change, I will grow with them and explore new passions. I hope to experience many of these seasons throughout my life and look forward to them all.

Here’s to you and the passion your are in now and the passions yet to come! Enjoy your season!

~ Michaela

Please share with me your passions. What season are you in? What are you looking for? What are you enjoying? If you think you might find a season in the field of direct sales, please reach out! I’d love to chat more with you about it! If you want to see more of my journey, follow me on facebook.