Trust me, Sometimes You Have To
I love making soap, I love homemade products, I love the science behind it, and the artistry…I don’t love making soap as a business. It took me a long time to actually say those words out loud!
Honestly, I think it was partly because of embarrassment, no one wants to start something, commit big time to it, and then realize it’s not working out. It messed me up too, I didn’t want to try anything again.
I put a lot into, not just time, developing formulas, photographing product, building pages. I put in money too, accessories, packaging, stamps, labels, I was all ready to go.
Then I did a big old fuck up, I used a new item with my tested, tried and true lotion, and grew jars of mold.
It was gross! and defeating, and I realized that I don’t enjoy soap and lotion making outside of fun.
Realizing that, and saying it out loud was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. I didn’t realize how much that failure was holding me back. When I wanted to change trajectory, I didn’t even want to talk about it, I was so afraid I’d get a ration of shit from the people I talk to. The nice thing about having a supportive partner is, he told me, “everyone fails, try again”. No lecture, no “remember what happened the last time”. Just a get over it, and try again.
And Be Okay With It.
I get now, what Marie Forleo was talking about, in Everything Is Figureoutable, I’m not where I want to be in life, and soap making isn’t it either, but I just got to keep going, figure out what it is.
Besides, I started back up at school, so something came out of it.
I Also Now Have A Job Title!
So going back to school, I kinda know what path I wanted, I just couldn’t articulate it well, or at all. Well that has all changed!! So when I explain what I want to do in life life, it come out like this “I wanna be a financial planner, but not the stock kind, I want to help people budget, save money, find money, I want to help people like me”. Really convoluted huh?
So I question popped up in a group I’m in, they were asking for financial help, so I gave some advice, and then proceeded to read other peoples advice too. Someone mentioned The Budget Mom, who?
So I go and check it out, her Insta, and shit, she talks about the same things I talk about, but more articulately, shes cool AF! But what the heck is an AFC? I know what a CFP is, aiming for that, but you need a BS, and I am no where near that (and ECON 100 may take me out), so off to google I go.
ABILITIES OF THE AFC®
- Educate clients in sound financial principles.
- Assist clients in the process of overcoming their financial indebtedness.
- Help clients identify and modify ineffective money management behaviors.
- Guide clients in developing successful strategies to achieve their unique financial goals.
- Support clients as they work through their financial challenges and opportunities.
- Help clients develop new perspectives on the dynamics of money in relation to family, friends and individual self-esteem.
Holy Shit It’s WHAT I WANT TO DO!!
On most financial websites it doesn’t have the nicest ring to it “they work with poor people” fuck you bro! And!? Poor people need help to, my people need help too!
So there is a study thingy and an exam, and a 1000 hours of financial counseling, so I’m gonna need letters from all my followers that read my blog that say you learned something from me.
So What’s Next?
Hopefully, if I can get through this semester, I’m telling you ECON 100, is killing me, I like economics too! I’m going to take a summer class of financial planning, then ask my neighbors to volunteer, after I make some cool worksheets, I have a vision dammit! Get educated, get certified, get to helping people.
And make the Poshmark attempt…I sold a dress and made $20! Flipping clothes is hard by the way, and time consuming, I just don’t see how people pull it off. It definitely requires a lot of social media integration. Thankfully I still have a job that pays, alright, I just want something better.