My first experience with Tastefully Simple was an online party I was invited to years ago. I purchased the two things I remembered having in the past as a child: Bountiful Beer Bread and Spinach & Herb Seasoning. Then, in June 2014, I received an email about a Freezer Meal Workshop. At the time my two teenage girls were heavily involved in after-school sports, my husband and I were working full time, and there was just no time for dinner. Every night it was a debate between which fast food place we were going to grab dinner from on the way home from the ball field at 8:00 at night. The cost was outrageous and the health factor was completely missing. I attended that Freezer Meal Workshop … and was blown away at how good the meals were. I had no idea Tastefully Simple was more than dips and desserts.
I am such a picky eater, and not only did I love the meals, so did my family. So I attended another Freezer Meal Workshop in July. Again, delicious. So, I thought to myself, "Why not open an account and make freezer meals anytime I want? Why not get the commission on products I am buying for myself to offset the cost of groceries?"
I never planned on selling Tastefully Simple. You see, I am not a sales person. I am a family nurse practitioner with a full-time job. Much to my surprise, I discovered you don’t need to be a “salesperson” to be a Tastefully Simple consultant. Everyone eats. Everyone likes delicious food. And nobody has enough time in the day! Tastefully Simple is exactly what is needed to bring delicious, simple food back to your dinner table.
I quickly became very passionate about Tastefully Simple, the friendships I have made, the help I have given to those with dinnertime struggles, and trying new, healthy food. Tastefully Simple is my #3 priority. Family first (non-negotiable). Nurse practitioner second. Tastefully Simple third. And …it works! I touch my business for 15 minutes a day. I plan my calendar so I know what I am willing to do each month for parties and vendor events that take me out of my home. Then I look forward to these planned events and I am present as well as giving it all my heart.
I find that when I stretch myself too thin, everything in my life is chaotic. This structure has allowed me to balance my three passions and be successful with them. I have earned so much money with my Tastefully Simple business and paid for things that otherwise would have put a burden on our family budget. Examples include braces for two kids, clothing, school and property taxes, propane to heat our house and SO MUCH MORE. The impact my business has had on my entire family is immeasurable and so much more than just financial. I have earned trips for my family and have even taken my mother as well.
My oldest daughter is a sophomore in college and is in a dorm with three other girls and a kitchen. She called me before coming home for the weekend and asked if she could take a crock pot and freezer meals back with her. I. Was. Speechless. Literally my heart melted to the floor. My entire family have added some amazing friends to our tribe through TS. Most importantly, my girls see how being passionate and real and consistent with “work” can reap lifetime rewards both personally and financially.
The thing that excites me most about my Tastefully Simple business is when I am asked a question about a certain product or meal, and I am with someone like my mom, husband, or girls they jump in and go on and on about the product. This happens often, and reiterates to me why I am doing this. My passion for the product spreads like wildfire. In five short years I went from a girl who joined for the freezer meals, never wanting to “sell” one thing, to a Silver Leader with a team of 50 earning the award for top sponsor in the entire company for 2019.
This is not work, friends. This is not a job. This is living your best life. You DESERVE this. Don’t get me wrong; you can’t sign on the dotted line and expect sales and a team to fall out of the sky into your lap. But you can expect major success if you are passionate about what you are feeding your body and sharing that with others.
Sarah Sturgis (PA)