I never thought I would be so excited about a direct selling company until I attended my very first Thirty-One Gifts party last week. I had heard of Thirty-One Gifts on occasion, just never realized how big and exciting it truly was until now! I was first introduced to Thirty-One Gifts when Jillian received an adorable lunch tote for her first birthday with "Jillian" monogrammed on the front. I used it a few times to bring Jillian's lunch to daycare when she was having difficulty eating their provided lunches. When you bring anything into daycare, they want their names plastered all over it, so it was the perfect lunch tote for her!! Jillian's teachers at daycare went absolutely nuts over it and commented that it was the cutest lunch bag they had ever seen. At work, our floor shares a refrigerator where we store all of our packed lunches. I have been noticing more and more brightly colored polka dot lunch totes popping up in it and replacing the standard plastic blue grocery bags. Clearly, Thirty-One Gifts was starting to make it's way into my life.
A few days after the Thirty-One Gifts party, I decided to do some research on the company. I couldn't stop thinking about it and thought that just maybe, I could see myself doing something like this. I absolutely loved the products and loved what Thirty-One Gifts stood for. Did you know the name Thirty-One comes from the Bible verses of Proverbs 31?
The Proverbs 31 woman is dearly loved and respected by him and her children, yet she is an individual in her own right. She manages the home and property with kindness and integrity. Her savvy business skills are partly brought about by her desire to serve others, to do good deeds and prosper.
After a serious conversation with Jeff about my interest in becoming a Thirty-One Gifts consultant, I decided to get in touch with someone from their company to ask the 800 questions I had floating around in my head. The Senior Consultant I spoke to, Leslie, was beyond helpful and extremely enthusiastic about her career so far at Thirty-One Gifts. She had only been there a year, had already been promoted, and had a wonderful career so far with the company. She actually sat on the phone with me for 45 minutes to talk about her experience and gave me a lot of advice on what to do.
The one thing that Leslie had explained to me that I was not expecting was an actual wait list to become a Thirty-One Consultant. The company is growing so quickly that they have to make sure they have enough inventory and office support to handle all of the new consultants and the orders that come with them. Knowing that there was this type of demand to become a consultant and their products completely sold me.
Coincidentally, the Thirty-One Gifts National Conference is going on this week in Columbus, Ohio and I have been keeping up with all of the action on Twitter and Facebook. Listening to all of the excitement and the hype from the National Conference has only fueled my passion to become an independent consultant even more. I am so impressed with how Thirty-One Gifts takes care of it's consultants and employees. They spared no expense in making everyone feel welcome and at home at the National Conference. Since the company is faith based, I was actually following the tweets during the fellowship and worship that began each evening event. How amazing is that? Needless to say, I am smitten and I can't wait to get started.
I have heard different rumors about the Fall catalog coming out in a few weeks and at that time, most of the individuals on the wait list will receive their invitations to become official Thirty One Gifts Consultants. So until then, I am officially a Thirty-One Gifts Independent Consultant, Lady In Waiting. I can't wait to hit the ground running and have been talking to everyone that I can about the wonderful company that Thirty-One Gifts is. I am so excited to begin my Thirty-One story!