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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. 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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Belinda
Belinda

October 12, 2016

WOW, your story is amazing!!! I really feel silly for committed to this blog, but here I go. I am about twice your age and I am at a cross road in my career. I just quit my seasonal IT job at a well known company. It was almost the perfect job. I worked anywhere between 6 to 8 months out of the year and the pay was great! I was able to stay home with our son in the summer as well. However, the job was sooooo stressful. Then on top of that management started doing some shady things. All that and my husband’s hours changing, it was time for my divine exit. So now I’m home and completely clueless to what’s next for my life. I’ve tried applying for part time work but I’m not finding anything worth wild. I feel out of sorts because I’m sure what’s next. I pray that God will show what I should do. I’ve thought about starting a business, but I’m so afraid of failure. I really admire you and your husband’s decision on starting CurlMix! I’m sure I’ll get answers to the next phase of my life. God has been providing and we’ve been living off of less money without missing a beat. Your story is such an inspiration and gives me hope. Thank you so much for being open and sharing.

~B

aaronica @ the crunchy mommy
aaronica @ the crunchy mommy

August 07, 2016

this is so inspirational sis!!! i left my corporate gig too so that i could go out on my own! you’ve got to follow your heart and chase your dreams! so proud of you!!!

Jackie
Jackie

August 07, 2016

Dear Kim,
Hello! my name is Jackie! A little bit about me before I get into my reply to your post because I feel you should know how much reading your post gave me inspiration. so sit down grab some tea because this email is long. (i hope you get to read this!)

So I am a 29 yr old Latina who lives in NYC (the Bronx). I am an elementary school teacher who loves DIY projects. I have interesting hair…. curly/wavy. Curls easily and straightens easily. It’s full of volume and body. I consider my hair to be a representation of my personality. adaptable but beautiful in all forms. I love trying new things when it comes to food and beauty. I’ve been struggling for years (my whole life) with Eczema and about a year ago I had such a bad out break I was embarrassed to go outside because it took over half my face and body. I was so desperate and frustrated.The doctors and dermatologist told me the same as they have been telling me for years. I just rolled my eyes and cried because it never got this bad. I was like this for 6 months. I decided I need to really go holistic (something my mom has been telling me for years) long story short I decided to clean up from the inside then out. I went on a detox and decided to use only natural products on my skin/hair.

I came across your site because I’ve been obsessed with HeyFranHey’s holistic beauty care. So I follow her. I came across her because of friend. Its so interesting how things work because its like a friend of a friend of a friend situation. My friend Wendy that I met in college became a nutritionist after college. She’s started up a youtube channel and site a few yrs ago with someone. I’ve seen her site grow and flourish! (http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com) one day she featured HeyFranHey with a DIY hair conditioner. After that I looked more into Fran’s site and I’ve been a follower since. Now here comes you! Through Fran I came across you. :) I was reading your post and I literally had tears in my eyes. (I am crying as I type right now). I’m so thankful for people like you who have these natural products because it has changed my life. I still have eczema but i’ve been able to love my skin for the first time in my life. I appreciate it and understand it better. I got really emotional reading the part where you talked about how you almost quit. I’m pretty sure every person I’ve mentioned in this email (Wendy, Franchesca and yourself) faced the “I’m quitting” stage and I am so grateful you all kept trying because it has meant so much for me. I haven’t found a site where I can buy 100% cotton clothing because thats my next struggle. I am basically allergic to non cotton clothing with my Eczema. I love to wear cute things too! but i’ll keep you posted on that journey.

I’ve actually been facing the “I don’t think anyone will care about this” phase myself because I want to start up something where I can help others. I love my job but I also been dancing around blogging/vlogging on too many ideas. My friends always ask me questions about DIY or holistic things because I am so into it. but I don’t know what to really focus on or what to do . I have a small dream but idk where to begin. Every time I say to myself let me start small and do a site I discourage myself. With that said I just want to say THANK YOU for your words in your post! and THANK YOU for having “curl mix” I just subscribed for a monthly box and I can’t wait!!!!

Thank you so much for your time!

Sincerely,

Jackie Marquina

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