When We Discovered That the Answer Was Right in Front of Us!


"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

Matthew 7:7

Have you ever been so passionate about something you wanted so badly that every bone in your body ached for it to happen? I bet you have! What did you do about it?

I don’t know about you but my fighter instincts set in and my mind works on a challenge until I can find a way to make it happen…especially when it comes to my family! In 2013, I had a burning desire….

I wanted my husband home with me!

My husband, Jim, and I have known each other since I was 19 and he was 23. We have two amazing grown children and a son-in-law, plus three precious grandchildren. I was a professional mom and musician most of my adult life. Jim served in the United States Air Force for thirty-four years, so I was also a military wife. We were and are blessed in so many ways! After all those years serving our country, Jim retired and decided to work for the SC State Government. He loved his job but I really wanted him to retire and be home with me! I knew that he deserved time off to do the things he loved and was passionate about. As his job became more taxing on his mental health dealing with negative circumstances beyond his control, I REALLY wanted to give him the opportunity to retire! I began to send him texts with pictures of me sitting on the deck, eating my lunch, and saying, “Wish you were here!” I could see his job taking a toll on him day after day! In my burning desire for us to find a way to make an early retirement occur, we discovered that we had the WAY right in front of us!

In 2009 when our daughter, Elizabeth was expecting her first baby and our first grandchild, she asked me to partner with her in a new business venture. It was with Shaklee, a company and products that we had loved and trusted for decades. It made perfect sense to share them with others, make a little extra money, and have fun. What we hadn’t expected was finding more like-minded people who wanted the same things we did and, as a result, our business expanded every year. We were at the point where the extra income we were making was significant enough to give us hope that Jim could retire early. As we discussed finances, to include his retirement income, my Shaklee income, as well as his private coaching business income, we prayed and worked on an exit strategy. In January of 2014, Jim walked away from working for someone else and became his own boss and he has never looked back!

My heart was singing and it still is! Now we have breakfast and lunch on the deck whenever we want. We can create our own schedules, use the gifts, talents, and experiences that God has blessed us with to enjoy a life of abundance and freedom. And it all started with the burning desire. Praise God for answers that are right in front of us…when we took the time to look, it was right there!

Thank you for reading my story. If you have had a burning desire that you found the way to make it a reality, we would love to hear your story in the comments!


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