My Bling Journey
My Bling Journey
Well hello, bling babes! Let me introduce myself first. My name is Shay and I am the owner of Wicked Wonders VIP Bling. I am the mother of two awesome little boys and the proud wife of a pretty cool cat of a husband. My bling journey started long before I ever started selling jewelry and my story is probably not that uncommon, which is why I thought it should be told here.
To be straight-to-the-point, I've spent the majority of my life working for someone else. I am a marketing graduate from ASU and have held many positions which I would consider to be substantial. I've run sales departments, marketing departments and managed sales regions spanning 7 states at one time. Although I felt driven by my career, I never felt satisfied. Sunday nights the familiar pit would rise into my stomach because I knew I had to go to work the next day. I guess its safe to say that I was driven by my internal need for success, but the success never fulfilled that "thing" I was looking for. Without getting into every single detail, my husband's career afforded us an amazing opportunity that involved a move across the country. I had just had my first child and the thought of going back to the grind of my "career" kinda made me want to hurl. So, I embraced our move and it was then that I decided I was going to find a way to work for myself.
I started my own health and life insurance business shortly thereafter and away I went. At first, I really loved it. I was home with my baby, I was learning a lot of really great things and it was fun. However, as my son grew, so did his need for "Mommy, mommy, mommy" and conducting professional phone calls from home become a challenge. I began to feel that "yuck" again with my job and where it was going. Again, not to give all the details, but fast-forward two years. We had been trying to have a 2nd child and lost two pregnancies (one very late-term) and healthcare reform was coming into the picture. I was miserable with a broken heart and the new regulations being handed down were making it a very unpleasant thing to sell health insurance. All-in-all, I realized I wasn't happy with my business. It was a hard HARD sell product and my drive to always find the right plan for my customers was being squashed by regulations. Many hours went into each customer plan and many times the financial reward was minimal. Around that time my hubby got transferred for work again and we landed in sunny Florida. Being an Arizona sun-baby, it was a much needed change for me (we had been living in Seattle - ACK!) I decided to fold the business (not an easy choice) and my focus upon our move was to get my family settled, have a 2nd baby and then I would decide what my personal path would be.
Weeks turned into months and months to 2 years and I was LOSING MY MIND! Don't get me wrong. Personally, I was as happy as a clam. We had been blessed (finally by the grace of God) with our second son, my husband's career was going well, we were settled so, now what?
I was online one night and was invited to join a "bling group". $5.00 jewelry! WHAT THE WHAT? Ok, I went crazy and had so much fun! I got my first shipment and I was hooked! 100% hooked! And a light bulb went off.......
I started this bling journey as something to bring in a little cash to save for my kid's educations. In reality, it became a full-time opportunity that is now (after a short 6 months) bringing in a truly remarkable income and for the first time, I AM ACTUALLY HAPPY to go to work! I actually LOVE my job! It almost seems surreal to me to be where I am now. This website is just another step in that journey as I expand my horizons and take it to the next level. I am so excited to be in a position to love what I do.
So, there you have it. That's my story. I'm THRILLED to be here bringing you ladies the latest styles and fashions in the jewelry world. I love every part of what I do and I can't wait for you to receive your first order of amazing bling! Thank YOU for being a part of my journey.
Shay (Paparazzi Director and Owner of Wicked Wonders)
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