If you know our story, you know that these two buildings represent a tough and interesting time in our lives. After I quit my job, Tim had to get a job with Starbucks for minimum wage as a barista and I made $10 per hr at Portrait Innovations as a photographer. If there was ever a time where I was the most motivated in my life, it would have been then. I felt like such a failure. I had just spent thousands of dollars on a degree I wasn't using and I hated the opportunity that the degree provided. I was motivated to show my mom that quitting my secure job wasn't a mistake, and that I would do better. Lord knows she was beyond upset when I quit, and then I had the nerve to borrow rent money
from her that month. LOL! I took such a huge risk and she was LIVID. I eventually found a job in my field, and I signed Tim up to be on the TV Show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", where he won $100,000. He is an avid reader and major Trivia buff. He is brilliant to say the least. We invested $15k into my first business and began our entrepreneurial journey. At ages 24 and 25, we now own our own business, and Tim is an IT Consultant for a major airline company in less than 2 years. Two years ago at a family dinner.
Who woulda thunk that? We just happened to drive past those two connected buildings last week (we have never seen the chains connected before) and we had such a good laugh. The marriage of these two buildings is such a reminder of our marriage to each other and to entrepreneurship. Who knew we would have started CurlMix and come so far. We still have a LONG way to go, but things are finally coming to fruition and we are so grateful for growth. Last month in Bali, Indonesia.
What are your dreams and what do you do for a living? Are you at the beginning of your timeline where you have to go through a hard season of doing something that doesn't make you happy? Or are you past that point and living your dream. I'm DYING to know. Reply to this email and let me know where you are on your timeline of accomplishing your dreams. I will read and reply to every email. So spill it, tell me!
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"My mother was LIVID. She said I was insane!" Since Tim and I were little, we both yearned for something greater, bigger, better. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago and seeing the struggle of our community helped us to realize a dream of entrepreneurship from a very early age. However, we knew college was a must. So I spent my college years earning a business degree at the University of Illinois, being whipped into shape for the best corporate job imaginable. Meanwhile, Tim strived for success in education by pursuing a PhD in the Behavioral Sciences. However, life after college wasn't as glamorous as it seemed. I had a job I truly hated. I may have made $75k a year, but I began to develop Carpal Tunnel in my wrists - I had to wear braces on both while at work. I couldn't even brush my hair because they hurt so bad. I had that tingling numb feeling you get when your hand or leg "goes to sleep" in my arms 12 hours a day. I worked 70 hours a week and Tim & I were always on edge, being easily angered or frustrated. I was miserable, all day, everyday. I eventually quit after 3 short (or long) months with no real plan. Tim didn't get into the PhD program he applied for and as a result we both took minimum wage jobs at Starbucks and Portrait Innovations.