Lara wrote a piece for me, Lara has a powerful story so I wanted it in her words, Lara is often asked to come and speak at events to share her story and when she receives a standing ovation it fills me with pride to watch her and the phenomenal business she is building. forever lancashire
Here is her story:-
Prior to joining Forever I was a Corporate Banker with a 15 year career in Financial Services. I worked a 50-60 hour week in a high pressure environment in which I was underpaid, underappreciated and putting my health and wellbeing at risk.
Monday to Friday, I’d do a 10-12 hour day, go to the gym, grab some tea, go to bed and do it all over again the next day. When Friday arrived, I’d neck a bottle of wine with sheer relief that the week was over. I knew I wanted to do something else but I felt trapped, and the thought of walking away from a career that I’d worked so hard to build was heart wrenching for me. Had I really wasted all these years?
Ultimately, I needed a kick up the bum and on the 16 Dec 2014, the kick came. Although a rather larger kick than I would have liked. As a consequence of the kick, I had a terrible Christmas, I couldn’t sleep and I cried every day including Christmas Day, which I hid from John, my husband, as I didn’t want to ruin his too. He has since told me that he actually knew but didn’t say anything.
It was our first Christmas in our forever home and also the first I had spent with my dad and sister in over 20 years. I should have been really happy, but inside I was absolutely miserable because I felt so overworked and unfulfilled in the workplace. I had seen John go through similar circumstances within the same organisation. I clearly remembered the moment he came home from work one day and told me that he had been driving down the motorway to the office and it had crossed his mind that if he just took his hands off the wheel, no one would care. At this point, I told him to resign immediately. He walked away from a 15 year career with no job to go to through sheer desperation, and thinking back to this moment made me realise I just couldn’t let that happen to us again. My crazy friend Rachel had been messaging me for about 9 months on FB about the Forever opportunity, but I kept fobbing her off with “I’m too busy” and actually thought she had joined a weird cult!
She was actually doing my head in going on about aloe vera and Forever all the time. But from what I had seen it looked like she was doing really well, so I decided to take a leap of faith and give her a call. I had a lot of calls with Rachel and attended a business presentation. I was still sceptical at this point, but continued to learn about it at a QLS training day, which was a very powerful session. Things began to click and I realised I could do this. I was absolutely sold on the business and I was beginning to see that the opportunity was going to give me everything I wanted. I decided to throw absolutely everything I had into it.
I am now at the point where I have found a part time job to concentrate on Forever and have walked away from my banking job. It is going to give me financial freedom, the ability to work from home and most importantly the flexibility to spend time with my family and loved ones. I can now say goodbye to the dread I feel every day when I get up for work. Forever will at last give me my life back so me and John can do and have nice things and plan a family of our own one day. If this happens I want to be able to drop my kids off at school and pick them up every day. As a woman staying within a competitive corporate organisation I would never have had the opportunity to do that, but in Forever I will. I do have occasional doubts about what I am doing but I refocus and think about my why. My sister Fleur struggled with addiction problems for many years and has managed to turn her life around, so I know that if she can do it, so can I.
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