"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” -- Albert Schweitzer
As a seasoned LuLaRoe Retailer, Jenn King found the key to her happiness and success by taking a chance on herself. Coming from an already rewarding and established teaching career, she wanted more time for her family and she knew just how to get it.
Check out this week’s interview to see how this Retailer turned her dreams into reality, with a go-getter mindset and a little rock n’ roll.
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Jenn King! I’m a mama of two little girls and I have been married to my husband for 10 years. I grew up in Orange County, CA. A year ago we moved to Corona, CA where we bought our first home. I used to be a psychology professor at CSUF and had a part-time photography business on the side, until I opened up a LuLaRoe clothing business. For fun, my husband and I like to jam together—he plays the guitar and I play the drums! I also love going to concerts and going out dancing. We love hanging out at the beach and I love baking healthy treats.
When did you start LuLaRoe?
Almost four years ago, I opened up a LuLaRoe clothing business! This allowed me to quit my other jobs and work from home on my own hours. I decided to start this business because I was feeling lonely and isolated, and I saw how much fun some of my friends were having with LuLaRoe. Even though I had two other part-time jobs, I spent a lot of time sitting at home nursing a baby and chasing a toddler, and was craving a way to connect with other women. I chose to take action rather than sit around feeling lonely. I also wanted an outlet in which I could be creative, productive, and use my talents in a fulfilling way.
What has LLR helped you achieve?
After a year of selling LuLaRoe, I made the decision to leave my teaching job so that I wouldn’t have to work outside of the home, and because financially it made sense. I helped my husband to have the financial security to also quit his job and work for himself running his own business. Now I am able to seriously contribute to my family’s finances; we bought a home in southern California a year ago, which seemed truly impossible before I started my LuLaRoe business. I’ve developed so many skills and talents that I’ve been able to share with others. I’ve also made so many meaningful friendships with Retailers and have developed my own community of shoppers who I love hanging out with!
What’s one of your favorite things about LuLaRoe?
People find something bigger when they join this community, which was completely unexpected. It happened to me, and I see it happen with others all the time. I thought I was just taking on a fun hobby or side job. I had no idea that it would change my life. The LuLaRoe community is empowering and has helped so many people find confidence, reach financial freedom, develop talents, make meaningful relationships, and more.
What event has shaped your life the most?
I would say my family experiences of growing up in a home of 10 adopted children and helping care for hundreds of foster children in our home. Those experiences developed my interest in psychology and led me to get my bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical psychology—as well as work as a therapist. My family background and education has helped me develop a strong sense of empathy and patience, which I consider valuable in my current family life—as well as in my business.
Walk me through a typical day in your business.
I start my morning by helping to get my kids ready for school. My husband and I walk them to school, and then we come home and have breakfast together. We both work for ourselves and we share an office, so we get to hang out all day! I have an assistant who comes over in the morning and does my shipping and inventory management. I take that time to get stuff done around the house or run errands. I typically sell Live for about 2 hours each weekday, in the afternoon or evening. I also spend time selling in other ways, managing inventory, and answering customer messages/emails. I love the freedom I have in choosing my own schedule and adjusting it however I want to. I can stop work to help my kids with their homework, play with them outside, or go on a fun outing. But I can get work done any time during the day or evening as well. We take weekends off from work to have fun as a family.
Share one of your favorite memories you have from working your business.
All the fun trips! One of the most memorable trips was when I was invited to speak on stage in front of 1,500 people in New York. It was my first time traveling there, and I got to experience it with a bunch of friends I had made through LuLaRoe! I have visited so many states and other countries; whether I’m speaking or teaching, attending a training event, going on a retreat with the girls, or cruising on a ship full of LuLaRoe Retailers!
What does the future look like for you?
My financial goals are to pay off our home in a very short time, stay out of debt, and save for retirement and our kids’ education. We also plan to take the time to travel more! I plan to continue to run my own business and financially contribute to our family—while being creative, productive, and socially engaged in a community of my own creation. I have been able to quit my job and work from home on my own schedule, which is already a dream come true!
What advice would you give yourself when you were first starting out as an entrepreneur?
For anyone considering entrepreneurship, I would tell them that the possibilities are endless; but those possibilities don’t exist unless you put yourself out there. Don’t let an opportunity pass you by that will leave you wondering, `What if I just tried?’. Give it your all and you won’t have any regrets, no matter how things end up. Take more chances, put yourself out there more, and be brave enough to ask before the opportunities pass you up. It’s amazing what adventures you can have when you do your part in letting them become possible. I would also say that everyone starts somewhere, so don’t waste time comparing yourself to others. I have to remind people that confidence develops over time, and if running your own business was easy, every single person would do it. It’s okay to be nervous and approach hard things! Great things are supposed to be difficult to accomplish. That’s what makes them great!
Who is your hero and why?
My mom is my hero because she raised so many kids that weren’t even born to her (adopted 10, fostered hundreds) and has been so selfless her entire life.
What 3 words do you feel describe you the best?
Creative, spirited, intellectual.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Rock & roll music! It influences my sense of fashion and it stirs up my soul. I’ve been able to mix this in with my business by networking with and styling musicians who inspire me.
How would you describe your style?
I’m a little bit glam, but a little bit grunge/rocker, with a lot of hipster/bohemian vibes. I can go really minimal or I can go all glitter in the blink of an eye. Love hats, boots, and big fun earrings.
What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading A Sound Salvation: Rock & Roll as a Religion by my friend Ian Fowles, who is also a super talented musician.
What makes you the happiest?
My kids and my husband!
What shows are you watching on Netflix?
So many shows. Just finished The OA. Most watched show is The Office, and I’m a big fan of Schitt’s Creek and Stranger Things.
If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why?
My Patronus is a black stallion, so maybe that. If I had a band, I think I would call it The Black Unicorns.
What is your favorite candy bar?
Chocolate covered cinnamon bears! It sounds weird, but they’re amazing.
What keeps you up at night?
Netflix. It’s my me time.
What do you do to fill your cup?
Snuggle my kids. Play drums, and my husband plays guitar with me. Go to concerts. Go out dancing with friends. Travel to new places.
What is your personal philosophy in life?
Put yourself out there and have no regrets.
If you could make one change that would have the most long lasting impact on your life, what would it be?
Take better care of my body – be more consistent about eating healthy, drinking more water, and working out daily.
Without thinking too hard, what are the 5 things you can’t live without?
Dry shampoo, fake eyelashes, Apple music, my family, dark chocolate.
What musician, band, or album, are you listening to the most right now?
Royal Blood, the Ramones, Plague Vendor, Black Keys, The Cure.
What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Family activities?
I play drums, I like to go to concerts, I like to bake healthy treats. As a family we like to go to the beach and Disneyland.
What one piece of advice would you like to leave with the readers?
I would say take more chances, put yourself out there more, ask before opportunities pass you up. It’s amazing what adventures you can have when you do your part in letting them become possible.