lularoe, travel

Time for the recharge.

Colorado Edition.

I love to travel. I almost typed “I usually anticipate the trip more than this time”, but that’s not true. I bought my ticket more than a week ago. I packed, 10 minutes before we were slotted to leave town, and showered after that. This was a totally normal trip in the making. Thankfully, I’m traveling with a “late person” like myself. She arrived 36 minutes after our decided departure, and I was almost ready. How about that!

Today, Tuesday, I’m heading to Denver from Tyler on my first Frontier flight. We arrived to the very quaint airport two hours before departure, so who dis? We got to security just as TSA was opening before the flight. Because it’s such a tiny airport, security is not open all the time. 🤷🏻‍♀️ We boarded early, took off early, too! What a good start to this trip. Oh, and the flight was about 40% full on the way there, so all the room was had to spread out!

This week we head to Colorado Springs for work and some down time squished between all the work. I’m looking forward to selling out of several boutiques while traveling. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work and play in a state I haven’t visited in over fifteen years. This is one of my favorite things about my business: flexibility and the sisterhood of welcoming others to benefit each other. It is the best.

Post trip edit:

Frontier was good. I’m super stoked for all the trips I intend to take and how inexpensive it can be! I booked seven flights within twelve hours a few weeks ago and it was less than $400 I do believe.

Back to CO. It snowed. Twice. The first snow, Wednesday, was several inches. But it warmed right up within a couple days, so warm that Brittany, my travel companion and guide, put that Porsche top down Friday. It was beautiful!

Saturday we be-bopped up to Denver for a day at one guest boutique. She was hospitable and we ended the night shipping and getting late dinner and Margs at a restaurant perfectly named: Las Margs. The food was great. The double Marg in the fishbowl was perfection during their late night happy hour.

Sunday, we woke up to new and continuous snow. Our flight was delayed an hour but we arrived home by 10 pm. No complaints. I’m already looking forward to the next trip to CO with my friend. Next on the travel radar is my trip with my oldest. We head to NC for a few days to visit our best friends. We’re stoked! See you soon!

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Wyoming, the beautiful.

Wow.

I sort of just want to post photos with no text because the views were breathtaking and words do no justice.

But I’ll tell you about my trip. I had an entrepreneurship retreat (I think we’re calling it that…). I paid for the experience in May. It was a steep investment at the time, so this trip was seriously anticipated and needed. I love to travel, and I feel most myself when I’m experiencing new places independently and in a small group with people I love. That’s all just to say… I needed this trip at the beginning of September.

I drove the five hours to Dallas, flew to Salt Lake City, and was bussed to Wyoming. This was a three day excursion. We stayed another three days in Wyoming for the retreat and then journeyed home. The three days in Wyoming were special. Reflective. I didn’t talk a lot but I absorbed as much as I could. I learned tools to help better inform my business actions. I’m stoked to implement new procedures.

Blah. Blah. Blah. So that’s why I went. What I breathed in was fresh air. What I saw was like artwork from God himself. What I felt was NOT hellish heat but cool caresses on my nose and cheeks and the warmth of a beanie and Mimi scarf. I am pro Autumn. I am pro September in Wyoming.

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Motivated and Stuff

Somewhere along the timeline between 2017 and 2019, I lost sight of my goals. Auto-pilot engaged, and I was caught up in the daily tasks that didn’t include foresight.  The daily tasks left out appropriate self-care, soul searching, and dream chasing. The daily tasks focused on the pressures of the month, family balance, and survival.

I’m not proud of what I was or who I became, but THANK GOD for change and a big dose of reality to wake me up. In addition to the splash of WAKE UP, I got a new sponsor for this Lularoe biz, and she and the team that came with that change, has brought new focus and motivation. It’s like a page turned, from the hum drum life and business struggles to being able to reach again.

For months into years, I had forgotten that we really only achieve what we intend to, so when our intentions become a rushed shrug, our results get a shrug of “oh well!”, too. I am so thankful to see that again. I have goals set this month that came with the “April Incentive” for Lularoe. The challenge is to sell 10% more than your best month from January 2018-March 2019. Well that’s a huge LEAP from my sales lately to that challenge, almost to the tune of DOUBLE. But I’m running for it, and I need to keep my head down and sprint.

I’m going to celebrate this victory of a month. Even when I don’t reach that challenge. Do you know why? Because I see that hope again. I feel the growing pains which mean I’m growing again, and that deserves celebrating. I’m already having my best month since January 2018, but selling the amount of January 2018 is a challenge in itself and then to sell 10% more is a stretch. See why I’m celebrating? Something awesome is happening and I’m just stoked again. Here’s to stoking the flames!

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I’m not always shy

Perhaps, the hardest thing for me to do is to talk to people I don’t know. You know what’s also hard? Talking to people I do know. Like really spilling it. People who knew me for years were shocked when I started Lularoe and had to be convinced that I did, in fact, talk for hours on end for my job.

I’m an introvert with a capital I. Additionally, I’m shy. Like really shy. So I like to be alone, I live for those times, but I’m also not a very open person without invested time of peeling back layers. But something happened when it became my job to not be in my natural turtle shell of a state; I stretched when needed. I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not to sell Lularoe, but I have to be me in rare form. That rare form is a semi-outgoing Kayla who is very talkative and friendly and just… happy.

It’s not to say I’m not those things with people I’m closest to, but it’s just that… people I’m closest to don’t make me feel like I might be judged for something I say or do. (Typing this kind of brought about this new realization of what really is going on. YAY Blogging!) Basically, I have to skip ten friendship steps with my online audience and extend the trust that it’s okay to be transparent and free and me. I’ve never talked through this and realized what was actually happening.

I know from the start of this Lularoe thing in my life, I connected with people on live sales. People would come back and relationships were built. I was never phony but I know I was me in rare form. I like that phrasing; I’ll keep using it. This rare form isn’t natural for me when I’m not selling Lularoe, but doing this business has shown me that with practice, even the shyest introvert can sell the mess out of some dresses to strangers.

I hope there’s a shy person out there who feels encouraged to do the hard thing and put on the brave face next time life calls for it. With practice and the proper motivation, we can do what isn’t natural for some time and do it really well. It can become so comfortable to be positively you without the fear that shyness beckons as needed. I think that’s ultimately where the shyness comes from, comfort in being quiet and fear of judgment from those unknown. It’s hard to succeed at something new when comfort is the focus.   Perhaps comfort is something we should make an effort to stray from on the regular to keep stretching into humans that do new things, uncommon things. Oh, the things we’re capable of when we stretch. What is hard for you naturally, but you push through for the better?

How about that? I learned something new about this process and how it works by explaining it…. I can dig that. Stretch on!

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Why?

I think it’s important to know why you do what you do and how it’s significant to you and others. I have learned throughout the last two years that knowing why and sharing it, speaking it, living in that why is how I keep understanding my drive, joy, and passion for my “job.” Why do you do what you do? I challenge you to think about that. It has helped me keep my head down and persevere on hard days and been a cheerleader to me in the victories.

I found Lularoe at a middle road in my journey. No major highs or lows, and nothing so tumultuous, it just seemed like a good opportunity at a time when I wanted a little something more for myself to do and enjoy. I didn’t see the road ahead for what it was, but I finally committed to signing up at the beginning of a major growth in the company and a huge turning point in our lives. Luke was medically discharging from the military and we were going to be self-employed 100% with our first company and now the hobby.

I learned a lot about myself in the beginning of the Lularoe journey. I learned that I do not half-do anything. When I start something, and I think I can do it, I DO IT. I am a competitive goal-oriented person when I believe in what I’m doing, so when I started Lularoe and I loved it, I DID the dang thing. I built relationships without really knowing what I was doing, and quickly found that I loved going live and interacting with women from all over the country. I loved selling clothes to people on Periscope and ordering more and more and more clothes.

Lularoe became our primary source of income, and a team of women banded  with me and I never expected that. I had my socks BLESSED OFF. I say blessed intentionally because there was no seeing what was coming months later in 2016.

My sister had stage four Melanoma for years. At this point, nine years in June 2016, and the cancer had spread to her brain a year prior, but emergency surgery and radiation gave a lot of hope and a good year before the cancer started spreading and growing again. We didn’t know the radiation wouldn’t work and it would be found to have spread to her brain stem the next month, and seizures would happen and… and… and… so many unexpected things in my Kelsey’s life (my youngest daughter is also a Kelsey, but we’re talking sister Kels). I traveled for my first Lularoe event in July 2016, and bebopped up to Iowa the following week just in time to witness Kelsey’s first known seizure and spend several days with her in the hospital. And while it was not how we expected to spend my visit, it was seriously some of the most precious time we had. (Edited to add photos and our first discovery of the Snapchat that week.)

I spent about 1-2 weeks of each month the rest of 2016 being able to travel or carve out time for Kelsey. Without Lularoe, I don’t think I could have done that and my little family would have suffered financially. We had no clue we needed Lularoe in that season, and that is what fueled my fire for it. Freedom. Freedom to provide for my family and spend those precious moments where I needed to.

My sister won her battle December 12, 2016. I am so thankful for every single moment spent with her in 2016. Her last wish was to travel to see my family, at my house, in Louisiana, and she did in October. It was a great time with her and her daughter, Emily, and I still want to breathe in those moments often.

My job has been such a blessing the last couple years and remembering that it provides so much opportunity for the Kerley fam renews my passion to persevere on the days when the live sale flops or no one seems to see my posts on my VIP group. It allows me to be a creative individual and know that I’m more than any of my single roles as mom, friend, business owner, but I’m Kayla. I get to be entirely me, no facade, and people who have never met me have come to know and love me through this business and I’m eternally grateful.

This is my why. I’d love to know why you get out of bed. Why is what you do important to you?