Letting Go, Letting God, and the Power of One Pink Box By Lori Wollman

Lori Wollman

Lori Wollman

My name is Lori. I’m a wife, a teacher, and a mom of three boys. I take great pride in all that I do, especially being a mom. From the moment my first child was born, I knew that being a mom was the greatest gift of all. I did all the things a mom was supposed to do. I cuddled by babies, took them on outings, made them home cooked meals, and had friends over for play dates. I  took them to museums, church, and the library. I enriched my kids’ lives and was there for every event.

     Then one day, my  oldest child stopped wanting to do anything with me. He rejected me. No movies, no lunch dates, no conversations. Nothing!! I was cut off from my teen’s world and I quickly found myself in a deep depression. The teenage years were here! I would teach all week, make dinners at night, and lay in bed depressed all day Saturday while my husband worked  and my three teenage boys slept the day away. This went on every Saturday for 6 months. I knew I had to get out of that darkness. So, out of desperation, I prayed for God to help me. I prayed that He would give me something fun to do, that wasn’t about my kids; Something that could be about other people. Something bigger than me.
     The very next day, while scrolling through Facebook, I stumbled upon Thirty-One Gifts. It’s a Christian based company that specializes in personalized bags and totes. They had an entire collection of cute products for just $99. It was the consultant kit. I bought the kit that day. A week later, a pink box arrived on my doorstep. Little did I know, that pink box would change my life! God answered my prayer, He gave me a gift that day, the gift of empowerment.
              It was a Saturday morning, month 6 of me being depressed in bed, when my doorbell rang. I didn’t get up out of bed right away to answer the door. I waited until the rumble of the UPS truck diminished. Then, I got out of bed, opened the door, and to my welcomed surprise, I saw  a hot pink box on my doorstep. It said Thirty-One across it in big white letters. It was in that exact moment that my life would forever be changed. I was up. I was out of bed. I was excited. When I opened the box, I was thrilled at what was inside. It was filled with GIRL stuff. Being the mom of three boys, I was longing to be a part of the girl world. The bags had hot pink embroidery on them that said Out &About. This quickly became my motto: Out & About. From that day on, I decided, on Saturday mornings, I was going to get up out of bed and be Out &About sharing Thirty-one with women. Instead of wallowing in my self pity, depressed about my own children rejecting me, I was going to empower others through this amazing opportunity I had in my hands. I booked parties with friends for Saturdays at 10:00am. This allowed me something fun to do that was about other people, and was bigger than me. Plus, I’d be home when my kids finally stumbled out of bed at noon,  wondering what was for breakfast.
     Before I knew it, I had built a team and promoted in the company. My son , who didn’t want to do anything with me told me he was sooo glad I found something to do beside focus on him. He told me he was proud of me.
      Today, I am using the money from my Thirty-One business to pay for college tuition for my sons.  I have a team of 42 fantastic women that I am blessed to work with. We celebrate, encourage, and reward one another. This is bigger than me. The power of one pink box, letting God, and letting go has made me a better person. I’m still a mom, wife, and teacher. But I’m also a mentor, encourager, supporter, and I empower women to be all that they can be.
 My depression left me the day the pink box arrived on my doorstep.
Today is Saturday, the kids are asleep, and I am here, writing an article. How empowering is that?

Mrs. Lori Wollman

Thirty-One Independent Consultant/ 3rd grade teacher
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