When I had my first child, I took a full year maternity leave from my career in teaching. As much as I loved being home with my son, I needed something more. I was looking for something fun and flexible that could be an outlet for me to meet new people and have some time on my own. After I explored a few different options, a friend who was in direct sales said to me, “What are you passionate about?” My quick response was, "FOOD!" I remembered a gift I received from a friend a few months earlier and looked at the company's website to find out more about it. That was when I discovered Tastefully Simple opportunity.
My Tastefully Simple business is currently my only job, and I work it full-time – but around my family’s schedule. My husband travels for work and we have three busy children (hockey and baseball, dance, Girl Scouts, etc). I love how my business works around our life events and fits my family. It’s great to have the flexibility to work a little less in the summer when the kids are home, take vacations or travel with my husband when opportunities arise and schedule my work around the kids' important activities.
Working my business over the years has given us the income for our kids' activities and monthly college savings plans, vacations, home improvements, and the adoption from Guatemala of our daughter Molly.
I'm proud that my business has allowed my children to grow up seeing me as a business woman with goals, a business plan and a structure for success. More importantly, I am grateful it allowed me to be home for each of my children.
I am passionate about modeling giving back for our children and love that Tastefully Simple has given me an avenue to do this. I am honored to help any cause near and dear to a client's heart though fundraising efforts or donations.
When a fellow consultant, Kristy Van Wyhe, received Tastefully Simple's Abundancy Award for her mission work in Guatemala with Paradise Bound Ministries, I was filled with emotion. It touched me to the core, and knowing what we had seen and learned when we traveled to Guatemala to get our daughter Molly, I just had to do something. That fall, “GuateMolly Days” started! Every November and December, we send my Tastefully Simple income to Paradise Bound Ministries to either build homes or support children in their orphanage. In addition, friends have made donations and our kids have done various projects to raise funds.
My Tastefully Simple team, the Rocketeers, also does many things to give back. We have provided several Christmases for families and completed two “Cozy Comfort for the Courageous” events, which our clients sponsor through their purchase of Cozy Comfort gifts, augmented by our personal donations. We have used the events to honor cancer patients and donated over 200 bags to local cancer organizations; in our second year, we honored military families with gifts.
I never imagined my business would help me grow personally and professionally. Running my own business, growing a team and working with nonprofits for our fundraising efforts has given me unmeasurable amount knowledge and confidence, and empowered me to try things that I never thought were possible.
The opportunity to make your own business do what you want it to do is what excites me the most about being a Tastefully Simple consultant. Everyone eats … so everyone can benefit from our products. How you approach it and what purpose drives you is up to you.
Jennifer Briggs (NY)