The pinnacle of success?
“We never saw him,” says Carrie, referring to herself and their children. “All I could see down the road was the kids and me having plenty of fun, with Kelly always missing from the picture. We wanted to have fun as a whole family.”
Then, a long-time friend showed them the business opportunity powered by Quixtar.
“We trusted these people,” says Carrie. “They listened to us. They showed us a way to get what we wanted, and then they led by example.”
Together, Kelly and Carrie began building their business. Was it all clear sailing from day one? Far from it.
“We were so excited and wanted things quickly, but we’d never worked together as a team. At first, we’d come home from meetings and argue about things,” remembers Carrie.
“I’d think she was attacking me when she made suggestions,” says Kelly. “We had to learn how to communicate better. There were a lot of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. mornings, hashing things out.”
There are always challenges along the way, and one of their biggest was “staying focused,” as Carrie puts it, especially with young children.
“The first year we were in business, Carrie found a lump in her throat. “We discovered she had thyroid cancer. We had to keep moving even though there were two surgeries and the treatment to go through,” recalls Kelly. “Then we got pregnant, which was a real blessing – and, more responsibility.”
“You just have to learn to juggle your family obligations with the business opportunity,” says Carrie. “Lots of women stress out trying to work the business and keep a perfect house, etc.”
Instead, Carrie suggests leaving behind the small stuff. “Will it really matter, long term, if your house isn’t completely pulled together?” she asks. “There are more important questions to ask yourself: Are you happy with your life? Are you spending quality time with your family? Those are the priorities. Your house can wait.”
So their house is still in need of some remodeling. “We reached one goal, and that was to make our future more secure. Our next is to finish making our house what we want it to be,” says Carrie. “That’s my approach with this business: I’d rather work really hard now, so I can play later.”