So there I was with a 9 month old babe, and the end of my Maternity benefits in sight, zero desire to go back to an industry that would inevitably keep me working long days and late nights (that i was now no longer passionate about) and desperately not ready to leave my daughter in the care of anyone else. That said money was inevitably tight, new babies and reduced incomes have a way of doing that to a family, and I really needed (financially and personally) and wanted to be making a bit of money again. Not to mention getting back in touch with that part of me that has ALWAYS had a job of some sort. (Don’t for a SECOND take that to mean I don’t feel like my job as a mom is indeed ‘work’ or a ‘job’ because OF COURSE IT IS, it’s the most important and best work of my life)
I was looking for something i could do that would get me out of the house here and there, was fun and interesting, had something to do with my past career path, and where I could make a bit of spending money at the same time. Not needing to put the rug rat in daycare was also key. I sort of accidentally stumbled upon Stella & Dot, having been invited to a party i couldn’t attend and then perusing the website. I was immediately intrigued – the accessories were adorable and it seemed like a great fit. So I did my research, I talked to a current stylist to learn more about the job, I talked to my husband to see what he thought, and then I took the leap.
What I hadn’t anticipated was the community I would find, we stylists lovingly refer to it as the ‘Stella Sisterhood’. Working with other passionate women, finding a community of fellow like minded friends who keep you motivated and inspired, having a life outside of the house again, and truly enjoying the ‘work’. Being at home full time can feel like a vacuum, being able to connect with this community of women has helped me stay motivated, focused, and feel balanced.
I work as much or as little as I can, some months my family or household projects need more attention and so I don’t put quite as much into my business. And some months/days I need to give my every available moment outside of parenting to hip’r. And then other months i can throw myself into Stella & Dot, and it all seems to work. It takes a lot to admit you can’t do everything all the time, and even more to be ok with that. I am committed to being a great parent/primary care giver, I’m also committed to feeding my family healthy wholesome delicious meals. I don’t stress about housework (I luckily married a man who enjoys cleaning, go figure!) but I like a tidy house as much as the next girl – toddlers have a way of leaving a path behind them that resembles that of a mini tornado. I can’t tell you how many times a day i sort & tidy the shoe pile (read: mountain) that inexplicably grows by the front door. So I do what I can, when I can and am committed to being good with that. No sense in dwelling on what I didn’t get done.
So back to Stella & Dot. This company was started by a woman and made for women. And if you think it’s just about selling jewellery you’ve got it all wrong but you’re not alone, and I’m guilty of thinking the same thing when i first started. What I know now is that it’s not about selling anything. That’s not my job. My job is to educate. My job is to make sure everyone has a great time at the party. It’s to help style my clients when they need it and want it. There’s nothing i love more than using what I know, who I am, and stella & dot to help you solve a problem. Starting a new job and need some fresh new pieces for your new office ‘look’? I got your back. Do you already have a pile of really expensive accessories that you can’t even figure out how to wear? I got your back (often you’re just missing a few key pieces to pull it all together – my favourite trick is layering & balancing delicates with edgy/chunkier pieces). Do you need a really thoughtful gift? I can help you there too. New season? Need shoe suggestions to go with all those new accessories? I can help you! THIS is where I thrive. I’m not interested in you getting something you don’t need. I firmly believe there’s a place in every woman’s life for Stella & Dot, maybe it’s as a client, maybe it’s as a host, or maybe it’s as a stylist.
I also understand what it’s like to live on a budget. We can’t always afford all the things we want, and that’s a good thing! Half the line is always under $60. Or my favourite is helping someone who has a pretty decent sized wish list get a lot of it for free, or for half price by hosting a fun girls night. Sometimes I can’t believe that that is my job – spending a few hours getting to know new fabulous women, introducing them to stella & dot, helping them accessorize, facilitating a really fun afternoon or evening with really fun accessories. And then rewarding my host with free product! If I’m going to be away from my husband and daughter, this is pretty good!
Way back in the day I used to work for a fantastic company called lululemon. It’s now a house-hold name, but back when I started it wasn’t. What I loved about that company back then is what I love about Stella & Dot now. There’s genuine thought put into each and every piece. Our design team is brilliant and creative. They are always thinking about how to give our customers more; more bang for their buck, more versatility, more ways to wear. Everything is ethically made, and they stand behind their product. This is absolutely key for me. I’d never ever be able to associate myself with anything that I didn’t know was of quality. I’m proud to be a stylist. I’m proud to be a mom who works from home. I love fitting in my work time into nap schedules, and girls nights into the evenings and weekend slots that work for me and my family. I love not having to follow anyone else’s schedule or quota or demands. It’s about me. It’s about my family. And I really truly enjoy it.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Stylist Life, let me know. I’m growing my team and I’m looking for other amazing busy passionate women to join me. I would LOVE to be the one to introduce you to Stella & Dot.