How I got from there to here…
Hi, there, I’m Teri Thomas, and I wanted to introduce myself and share a bit of my story about who I am and how I got here.
Like most of us, my journey has seen its share of challenges. A failed marriage, a mountain of debt left over from that marriage, being a single parent to a two-year-old son, and no job.
It was all on me, as my ex-husband turned out to be “Peter Pan,” whose only interest was in dreaming big dreams, not actually making them happen.
So here I am, divorced with a two-year-old and no prospects. I ended up taking an entry-level position at a startup division of a company to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads.
Since it was a new business, there was a great deal of work and very few employees. I applied myself and worked 12-hour days.
It paid off, and the company’s owner saw my potential and offered me a permanent position at an increased salary.
I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees while managing the company for the next 16 years.
During this time, I remarried and had another son. By all accounts, I had a pretty good life.
My entire professional career, over 35 years, was spent managing other people’s businesses while dreaming of starting my own.
During that time, I became dissatisfied with my professional life, I was miserable and felt there had to be more.
I knew I was depressed, and I knew why, I also knew I had to do something about it.
My online journey started with Amazon FBA. I quickly learned that there were a lot of moving parts to this business model.
I did make some money doing FBA but I quickly realized it wasn’t for me.
That was when I discovered affiliate marketing and spent a great deal of time on the beginner “shiny objects Ferris wheel.“
I read blog posts, watched what felt like hundreds of YouTube videos, and ended up buying into too many guru promises of passive income.
So, I jumped from course to course and spent more money buying affiliate marketing programs than I care to divulge.
In addition to bad advice and some bad programs. I also had to take responsibility for my lack of success.
I had to admit I had the wrong mindset and attitude. I was always in search of the next best thing rather than focusing on what I was trying to achieve.
I was frustrated, lost, and overwhelmed. I decided to forget about trying to start an online business and focus on my 9 – 5 job.
Fast forward to 2019, and the events that followed over the next 2 years made me realize that it was time to start dreaming again. I was facing retirement in a few years, and I knew that my current path would not afford me a comfortable retirement.
I made a bold move, In November 2021, I resigned.
It was like waking up from a long dream. I realized that if I wanted a different life, I needed to have the courage to go after it.
I knew I was going back online, I also knew that if I wanted different results, I needed to do things differently.
I needed to go in with a different mindset, understanding that building a real business is a marathon, not a sprint.
If I was to be successful, it was all on me, and I needed to be prepared to do the work, lots of work.
In March of 2022, I signed up for high-ticket affiliate marketing training. I started to learn how to build a business rather than just trying to make a sale.
I was also working with a coach who helped me to work on my mindset and the other business-building skills necessary for success.
I spent almost a year, learning and applying what I was learning. I got pretty good at driving traffic on Facebook to my affiliate offer and started making sales. I was also good at Coaching, which is a key component of the model.
Coaching came naturally to me; after all, I’d been coaching/mentoring my staff for years. This was also why I knew this was not what I wanted to do as a business.
I stepped away from Facebook because I knew it was not where I wanted to be.
So here I am again, at another crossroads.
It’s not a bad place to be, I spent the year meeting and working with some great people and learning some really valuable skills.
What I know for sure
The one thing I know for sure, after so many years of working at jobs, I didn’t enjoy. Whatever I do next will be just for me.
I’ve always wanted to start a blog. I’m not sure why I never did. Now, maybe it’s time to do it finally.
If you want to see how that works out, join me on my journey. I’ll be happy to have you along.