Hey Girl Hey! God, does it feel good to be blogging again! This is such an amazing outlet for me and I know that many of you resonate with the thoughts and words shared here! In honor of 2020 being just around the corner (it may be here by the time I’ve had this edited and published). I want to take a second to share my 2019 wins and gains with you! Notice I didn’t say losses? Ya, that was purposeful. 'Cause chica there’s no losing here. Only the lessons I’ve gained!. So here goes my Top 3 Wins & Gains in 2019
All of you
Yep, you! In 2019 over 18,000 of you found me! We have thousands in the VIP and growing every day. You share your wins and gains, your prayer and praise reports, and some of your biggest insecurities! When I was weighing whether or not this was the right time to give this another go I first started by referencing my first blog post. https://ashleyschicboutique.com/blogs/news/once-upon-a-time The maiden voyage if you will. There I gave you some numbers: 3000 followers,1000 VIP, and hundreds of weekly orders. These numbers seriously astounded me. Since this time last year, tens of thousands have stopped by to say hello. I get messages weekly about how this has been life-changing for so many of you! This group, this tribe, this community.
I met a businessman in an airport in Atlanta, Georgia this past summer. We were both flying back to Pittsburgh from a sourcing conference. He was a furniture Rep and had been for the last 20 years. He asked me what I did and I did the best I could to explain. Despite the recent rise in Facebook Live selling, most don’t operate the way I do by actually sourcing products themselves from across the country.
He was, of course, intrigued, interested, and honestly baffled. “You don’t have a brick and mortar?” No Sir, I Sell on Facebook. “Oh, so you’re like an MLM thing like Tupperware?’ No Sir, I own my own Corporation. “So people just watch you try on clothes and carry on with your friends for hours on end???” He just couldn’t understand and I couldn't explain it. It’s difficult to explain a Feeling. I couldn’t explain that y’all weren’t just people. You were my friends, my mentors, my inspiration, my family. I know you know what I’m talking about! That you feel it too.
This one is the most surprising to me. This year I found myself. I didn't spend a month in silence. I didn’t attend a class or have a great epiphany. I let go of fear. Read that again. I bought a wig and wore it. I placed large scary orders not knowing whether or not they would sell. I got on a plane and flew by myself. I made business deals with people who I felt were way out of my league. I overcame language barriers and traveled around the country. I left my family for over a week. I did these things over and over until they no longer seemed scary to me and somehow along the way, I just grew into myself. With every handshake, every flight, every prayer, every goal, I just became stronger. I learned how to love myself.
You taught me by example how to let go of fear. You shared your weight loss and infertility and I resonated. You walked through losing parents, children, siblings, and yourselves. You battled cancer, you taught me Spanish, mi Guerrera. You showed me the Statue of Liberty and made me try real New York pizza. You supported me, encouraged me, and accepted my brand of crazy. My Mission statement was to create a community of positive and encouraging women with a shared love of shopping.
Chic Blessings Friends,