Joining Scentsy for me was, in the beginning, just a way for me to support my Scentsy addiction! I was about to submit another $75 order to my Scentsy consultant when she finally convinced me that adding just $24 more to that amount would pay for my entire Starter Kit full of free products that I was about to buy anyway! Then at that point, I would also be able to continue to earn more free and discounted products by being a Scentsy Consultant. Not to mention the fact that all of my friends and family that already loved Scentsy could start ordering from me instead of her! Made perfect "scents" to me, so I joined. My hope was to be able to make enough money with my "little Scentsy business" to support my Scentsy habit and maybe a little extra to help pay my cell phone bill each month. Little did I know then that very soon, Scentsy would become something altogether different and very, very real to me.
Just 5 short months after joining, my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer and was given just 4-6 months to live. Needless to say, this was devastating news that shook my family to its core. At the time, we owned and operated our family thrift store business that we had started from nothing -- it had been our primary source of income for 8+ years. As a result of my husband's illness, he was unable to continue to work, and although I tried to run the business myself for nearly a year, it proved to be way too much work for just one person to carry alone. We fell behind on every single bill AND we were threatened with foreclosure on our home. Finally, we were forced to close the doors permanently. Suddenly we were left with NO income, except my "little" Scentsy business. In the blink of an eye, things suddenly got real. Now I HAD to make this "little Scentsy thing" work. It was no longer an option.
I spent the next year as my husband's primary caretaker while working my Scentsy business with a new passion. Did I make a million dollars during that year? No. But Scentsy helped us catch up each bill that we had fallen behind on - one bill per month, until they were finally all caught up. We did NOT spend one single day without power or water. We did NOT lose our house. We did NOT sink into the pits of despair and devastation as may have been expected in such a situation. And if you ask me, that's something to shout about! Each month, as I was able to write those checks with my Scentsy income, my confidence soared. And although my husband is still battling this horrible disease and we don't know what the future holds, one thing I do know is that Scentsy has given me the ability to see the most devastating stumblingbock that has EVER been placed before me, as a steppingstone to a new and better place. I CAN do this. I CAN do this. I CAN DO THIS! And guess what? YOU CAN TOO!!!