I only worked there for nine months, but those months changed the rest of my life. When I quit that job, I didn't have anything with a purpose to do during the day. Engineering was the last thing that interested me at the time, so I started looking online for an organization I could volunteer for and use my talents in order to make that organization soar. Low and behold, the organization that was founded by my realtor (who I now consider family), Wishes & More looked like they needed help from someone like me. And I've been helping them soar ever since September of 2008, a month after I quit my engineering job.
After one year of volunteering for Wishes & More, I had a baby. He is almost two years old now and his name is Mason. I remember being reluctant to let Wishes & More know I would still volunteer, not knowing how I would be able to handle being in the office with a baby. Well a month or so went past, and I was back in the office volunteering a couple times a week with Mason strapped to my chest in a Moby Wrap.
When I was pregnant with Mason, the association I lived in asked me to sit on their board. I wore the Secretary hat for two years but played the role of President. What a mess! Now I wear the President hat and play the role of President.
At both Wishes & More and my association board, I am just filling a need. I want to be more than a need filler. Filling needs takes up a lot of my time. And what am I gaining from it? Do I need to gain anything from filling other peoples' needs? No. But do I need to have a life of my own? Yes. And when I found myself constantly filling other peoples' needs I had no time for a life of my own.
On April 28, 2011, my second son, Wesley, was born. The days leading up to his birth I was letting both Wishes & More and the board know that I was starting to turn myself off from the rest of the world in order to prepare my mind for the birth of my baby. I was SO busy with everything, I barely took the time to realize I was pregnant. I didn't relish in it like I did with my first born.
Boy did I LOVE that week or so before Wesley's birth. I didn't have anyone counting on me! It was just me and my baby and my family I had to worry about. What a GREAT feeling! I wanted to hold on to that forever. But I knew I couldn't. I needed more than dirty diapers, supper, cleaning and whining kids to take care of. I needed something that was going to give me a life of my own. Then I met my Norwex Team Coordinator, Sandie Cagaoan, at a kids sale at the MN state fairgrounds.
I had known about Norwex for five years and was getting more and more curious about being a consultant. When I saw that Norwex table, I couldn't get to it soon enough. I told Sandie I thought I wanted to sell it and she invited me to a team meeting. Once I saw the team of people I could grow with and learned about what Norwex really stands for, I couldn't deny that this opportunity was MEANT for me. I signed up to be a consultant on May 10th, Wesley was 12 days old. But I knew if I didn't do it then, I would just start filling my time with filling the needs of Wishes & More and my board and I would never turn back and do this for myself.
The core values of Norwex are Integrity, Trust and Respect. And a natural derivative of those core values is Honesty. These values reflect the complete OPPOSITE of my experience at my last engineering job. On top of that, I get to share with people how they can improve the quality of their life! I truly believe that EVERYONE needs to know the harm in using chemicals and how EASY it is to NOT use harmful chemicals! And I am more passionate than ever to present the Norwex opportunity to everyone who is looking for more purpose in their life!
I am honored to be invited into peoples' homes in order to share the message of LIFE with as many people as possible! Norwex holds the key to my purpose. It is filling a need, yes, but it has helped give me new life. I've never been more sure about anything in my life, aside from marrying my husband and the life of our two children. God has used Norwex to make me a better person. God bless Norwex!