Sharing my “imperfections” is really hard. Sometimes I wonder if others will stop believing in me if I share my struggles. I tell my team all the time, “People aren’t inspired by perfection.” So it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is.
I was asked by one of my coaches over the weekend, “How do you keep believing in this business when you struggle?” My short answer was, “Because I have no other choice. I’m not going back.” I’m not going back to the classroom. I’m not going back to nannying. I’m not getting a job at Starbucks. I will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to live the life I envision for myself. I will make whatever sacrifices I have to in order to continue on my path to financial freedom.
I’ve seen Andrea pay off $100,000 worth of debt in 2 years.
I’ve seen Joelle go from a broke college student to making 6 figures.
I’ve seen Amy go from a waitress to traveling the world with her husband.
I’ve seen Ashleigh go from bankruptcy, then going through a divorce, to doing whatever it takes to be there for her children.
I’ve seen Cindy bring her husband home from a job he hates.
The only difference between them and me….they’ve been doing it longer.
After I moved out, I had a hard time finding balance within myself and what to share with you guys. Those of you who have been following me saw me eating more extravagant, creative Paleo meals. We were eating steak and duck on a fairly regular basis because, well, there were 2 incomes.
Somehow, I felt that if I showed what my life was really like now it wouldn’t be as “impressive”. What I try to remember, though, is I talk to women every day who are going through divorce and have no clue what they’re going to do financially. I am SO GRATEFUL to wake up daily as my own boss, supporting myself. Yes, I get some help from my family until I’m fully back on my feet but the majority of my income comes from ME <3 So the reality is this: I know what it feels like to live paycheck to paycheck. I know what it feels like to count every penny. I know what it feels like to check your bank account and say a little prayer before that number pops up on the screen. I know what it feels like to stretch that meat as far as you can by adding in extra veggies. I know what it feels like to buy the can of pumpkin that's 20 cents cheaper because in the long run, 20 cents matters. "But Anne, you travel." I do...and I make sacrifices to make it happen. When I was in Phoenix I lived on Shakeology, lunch meat, carrots, guacamole and kombucha. I know it won't always be this way. When the day comes where I'm back to eating steak and duck again, you'll understand why that's such a huge deal for me and you'll know how far I've come.