Finding My Bliss.

 

The defining moment in my life happened in 2008.

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It was quite possibly the lowest point in my life… About 10 years ago I was single with 3 small children, going through a divorce. I had to file bankruptcy, and my good credit suddenly became bad. My minivan was repossessed, and my access to credit was pretty much gone.

I felt like a complete failure in life.

I knew inside that I had gifts and passions, but I just didn't know how to express them. I was doing accounting work for other small businesses and seeing how much revenue they were generating. This got me daydreaming about being in business for myself.

I realized I no longer wanted to be someone else’s employee, I wanted to run my own profitable business. However, I was stuck in a major rut, and I had no access to credit cards due to my bankruptcy. I started various side hustles trying to find a way to stay home with my children. I worked for several MLM companies with very little success… selling everything from diet shakes to makeup.

I couldn’t make any of it work and felt like something was wrong with me… adding to the failure mentality I felt stuck with.

I had tried reading Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” and other various Law of Attraction books. I listened to motivational speakers, and I'd always felt encouraged and hopeful yet slightly confused on how to implement any of it. I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around Joseph Campbell’s coined phrase – “Follow your bliss” although I was always intrigued by it.

I mean -- What is bliss anyway?

Little did I know that I would soon find that bliss comes from inspiration! One day I was scanning through beautiful pictures of well-decorated homes on Pinterest and all sorts of styles and décor....just browsing pictures for the sheer joy of it. (fun!)

The pictures led to me watching a few YouTube videos related to furniture flipping. These videos truly inspired me, and I became anxious to try it myself. I bought a small $10 table and refurbished it! I sold it the same day on Craigslist for $100. It may not sound like much to some, but the light bulb went off!

I became a believer—I was following my bliss! I decided to try larger pieces of furniture, and the momentum built. A sort of income "Snowball Effect" took place and it happened quickly.

I not only began to gain contract work, but I was able to identify needs and holes in the market and began to find ways to fill that gap. I was in the game! It was so much fun tapping into my creative side and working in a world where transformation was the focal point.

As I increased my knowledge regarding flipping furniture for profit, and developing my own brand, likewise I was flipping my own life into something much more enjoyable and meaningful. My business quickly grew into a 7-figure income. Along with that came steep learning curves…I began to network throughout the country and expanded quickly into e-commerce, and brand development. As I navigated a new market space, there were concepts I needed to understand to keep moving forward.

I wish I had known what I know now and could somehow step back in time and teach myself those things early on. It would have saved me from a lot of time, money and tears but I blazed my own trail, and the knowledge I gained was invaluable! Things like…

  • Learning the most effective marketing strategies

  • Optimizing e-commerce listings

  • Sourcing properly and overcoming obstacles that come with growth.

The growth journey has been very spiritual for me, in that it has taught me the mechanics of faith and hope. I know that I was meant to share my journey, and the knowledge that came from it, with others it resonates with. The day I stopped wallowing in my own desperation and started just simply trying to find joy in my life was when I started moving in the direction of my dreams. I will say it’s been a wild ride but believe me when I tell you that I have been given exceedingly and abundantly more than I have ever asked God for in this journey…so much more! You see…hitting rock bottom was really a blessing in disguise… It was my stepping stone to the life I’d always dreamed of. I am grateful to be at a place where I can share this with others.

I invite you to schedule a free strategy call if this story resonates with you and you want to join my 6 figure sales attraction system to Flip Your Living and Awaken Your Business Bliss.

Michele Corwin
CEO of Renaissance Innovations, Author, and Business Strategy Coach