I’m going on a trip this week! Out of town! On an airplane! All by my lonesome! I’m excited! I’m going to see my little sister, who I haven’t seen in almost three years. Her husband’s job has them out in Arizona while I’m on the other coast in Virginia. A little over a year ago, she discovered a brand new company started out there in Arizona called Sashay Jewelry. She became a consultant while they were still fairly young and has been trying to get me on board to expand their business out this way.
Unfortunately, I am not a salesperson. I don’t like negotiating to buy a new car. I didn’t like haggling with street vendors when we visited Thailand (even though it’s what you are supposed to do). I don’t like all the pressure. I’m just not built to be in sales like my sister is. She loves her product, and you can tell. You want to buy from her. I can’t do that – okay – I’m just not comfortable doing that.
Moving around with the military has made it perfect for spouses like me to have businesses like this one. I have hosted (and bought from) several parties for my friends who sell kitchen items and scrapbooks and jewelry and make-up and children’s books and … I came very close to being a consultant more than once. But I have learned that I like being the hostess. I will support a great cause; just don’t ask me to be the spokesperson.
And that is what this trip is about – helping my sister (plus we get to catch up on sister stuff that we can’t do over the phone). She has a show in Utah this weekend, and she needs someone to go with her. So I’ll help her drive there and set up her display and sit with her at her booth and keep her company while we chat and she sells. I wish it were at my house, then I could bake cookies and make hors d’oeuvres.
But this time, my kitchen will stay clean, and I will hang out with my sister. And I may start my Christmas shopping while I’m there, too: http://www.sashaylaura.com/.