My O2 Journey:
May 21, 2013, I took an early retirement from ATT corporation as a Sales Training Manager. I loved what I did at ATT but wanted free from the 60-70 hour work weeks. My goals were to travel on mission trips plus find something that would give me more opportunity to make money on a flexible schedule. Five weeks later, on June 29, 2013 I was on a month long trip to Paris, France. My husband and I received word that our oldest son, Thaddeus, had been hit by a car in Lexington, Kentucky. Asa (my husband), our grandson Alton (Thaddeus’ son) and I rushed back from France to Cincinnati. Ohio. Twenty-one days we waited for Thaddeus to wake up. We were at the hospital 32 days and then he was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital.
I became my adult son’s guardian to manage his care. I was a long way from home (Palm Coast, Florida) and had to find a place to stay indefinitely. I rented a house in Louisville, Ky. After months of rehabilitation in Kentucky my son has made some slow progress. During the first year I detailed my journey day by day. It was an easy transition to put those daily entries into a book. My book was published in October, 2014. Traumatic Brain Injury A Caregiver’s Journey is available now. WWW.TBICaregiverjourney.com is the easiest way to get a copy. The book is also available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, and Books a Million.
He is still in the NeuroRestorative Rehabilitation Program in Louisville, Kentucky. I travel every 2-3 weeks from Palm Coast to Louisville to spend time with him and work with his medical team. Origami Owl has been a blessing to me in so many ways. My initial excitement to build a team and customers was contagious! My sister-in-law, Pat Estep, in Ironton, Ohio, was my first designer in less than 30 days! Holton (my grand-daughter) and I did events and “book” parties to start my business. We wore our lockets proudly everywhere we went. My sister in law was selling to her friends and employees.
I started holding live Jewelry Bars. After some success, I decided to go to Convention 2014. My plan was to find out if this was a passing thing or a career. I registered for Convention. Then I struggled how I would pay airfare, take time away from my son, and go to Phoenix. The next Sunday evening I was flying back to Palm Coast from Louisville. Delta Airlines asked for volunteers to give up their seat. They gave me a $400 voucher. When I went to book my flight to Phoenix it was exactly $400. I was on my way!!
In Phoenix, I saw first hand that this is an amazing company. The genuineness of Chrissy Weems and the other founding leaders blessed my heart! I made my decision there to make a career in Origami Owl. I had my picture made at the “Gone to Maui” kiosks at the convention center and placed them everywhere around me. Next to my photo on the refrigerator is the saying, “Believe YOU CAN and you will.” I set my goals to become Team Leader, then Senior Team Leader, and then Executive Team Leader by Convention 2015. I made a new friend at Convention, Ming Kwong. She and I challenged each other to get our teams built so we could celebrate at Convention 2015. My starting point was reaching out to everyone I knew in Kentucky and Florida to book Jewelry Bars or just let me tell them my O2 story. I used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to get the word out. My pages attracted attention so I put up a Leader page with quotes from all types of successful leaders. I blended things from all my pages to gain more attention. On the way home from Phoenix I started reading the Networking Book Maggie gave us at our Director Team Meeting! Truly inspiring!! I love Maggie Stephens!
Sharing my story at Jewelry Bars and helping others share their story paid off. When things got slow I set up more events: Party in Pink events, a Trunk Show at a hotel and another at a French Bakery in St Augustine. I had the privilege to share my story and invite others to join me in this exciting business. Alice Carter from North Carolina joined my team after enjoying her meal at the French Bakery. I held 3-4 Jewelry Bars per month. One by one my hostesses and acquaintances began to want to be a part of my team! Peggy Comer and Brittani Reiter were hostesses. With the Maui promotion in full swing, I determined I would be on that trip. With so many Jewelry Bars and events I decided that I had to build up my inventory. I learned quickly that if I had product on hand people bought more. My average jewelry bars went from $500 to $1000 during those months. Jewelry Bars, helping new designers be successful, and building my inventory sent me to Maui!
I always wear a locket (or two). There is always a Take Out Menu in my bag, purse or car. I carry the new Recruiting booklet with me everywhere. Every hostess for me is a potential designer. I put plenty of information about how to become a designer in the hostess packets. When they see me selling $1000 at a Jewelry Bar with their friends they are interested. Robin Baggett watched me intently at two jewelry bars then joined my team. Every person I meet is a potential customer, hostess, or designer. My biggest excitement was when my daughter, Jessica Stotler, decided to become a designer. She is a stay at home mother of three and she loves Origami Owl. My newest team members are in Rex, Georgia. Stacey, Mark, and I talked for weeks in October-November about joining my team. She and Mark are now working together to start their new business. Today I am in the process of helping my middle son, Jeremiah, start his Origami Owl business. I love my team named “Leading Lights”. Leading Lights are the lights that line up to guide a ship safely to shore. I want my team to find their way to the shore of success in their Origami Owl businesses. Some like to shop wholesale. Some like to make money. Some like to make friends! Whatever their goals I am there for them!
My challenge is: How comfortable are you? Are you comfortable with $200 in your hands? Are you comfortable with $2000 in your hands? Are you comfortable with $20,000 in your hands? I believe Origami Owl will bring success no matter where I go in my business. Senior Team Leader will require me to mentor more designers who want to mentor designers. Customers, Jewelry Bars and Events are the way to meet my future team members!
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