Let Me Introduce Myself...
How many times have you heard someone say “Be your authentic self”? Here I am staring at my laptop trying to write ONE paragraph introducing myself and it is so hard!! If that doesn’t describe who I am, I don’t know what will. I think it is so hard for me because too often I try to think what others want me to say, not what I want to say. To me that is what being authentic is, even if you are like everyone else out there!
In July 2018 I found out that we were pregnant with our 5th child...and yes it was planned. I knew during the whole pregnancy that he was going to be our caboose, the one to complete our family. I started thinking about what I wanted my life to look like outside from being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is a huge part of who I am and I LOVE it! But one day my kids are going to grow up and won’t need me to get them a drink 20 times a day. So I had a shift in thinking and I realized that I wanted (actually needed is a better word) to run my own business.
I can’t remember how old I was exactly but it was under the age of 10, my sisters and I would take my mom’s homemade doughnuts and sell them in front of our local bakery for cheaper. Another time we thought we should sell Easter cards door to door to get some candy money. We spent all day creating these cards that we sold for a quarter each. We were so proud of ourselves until our mom got home and told us all our cards said ‘Happy Esther”. That may have been my first big mistake but it definitely wasn't my last in the world of running a business.
In the past year I have tried being a health coach - failed. A travel agent - failed. Started my own office cleaning business - failed. Or did I? I guess it’s all in how you look at it. I heard a story once of a man who was traveling with his son near the Grand Canyon. They were on back-roads with no signs and came to a fork in the road. They didn’t know which way to go, so they prayed about it and felt like they should go right. A mile down the road they came to a dead end. In confusion, the son asked why would they have gotten the answer to go right when it lead to a dead end? The father replied that now they now with surety which way wasn’t for them. Sometimes in life we know exactly which way to go but, more times than not, we have to make a few U-turns. Despite all my U-turns I have also spent a lot of time learning and growing. My dream of being a successful business woman has not gone away. The destination is still there, I just haven’t gotten there yet.
This last year has been a pivotal year for me and my family. We have experienced a lot of changes. Some of those changes were chosen, like having our 5th child, and some not, like having your husband laid off from work two days before giving birth. So here I am, sitting on the floor in my in-laws basement with my botched spray tan, trying to write one paragraph to introduce myself to my 27 followers on Instagram.
So here it is…
My name is Elizabeth Baker. I am 36 years old. I was born and raised in the Village of Rosemary in Alberta, Canada. I played sports growing up and won a few trophies along the way. After I graduated High School I lived in Calgary, Rexburg, Lethbridge, Lviv, Kiev, Vinnestya, Lethbridge, Provo, Rexburg, North Salt Lake, Centerville, Layton, Magrath, Billings, and now Centerville again. Served a church mission in Ukraine from 2004-2006. Got married to Daniel Baker in 2008. Graduated in 2010 with a B.S in Social Studies Secondary Education from BYU Idaho. Mom of 4 boys and 1 red headed princess that can kick your butt if you cross her. I like to read
I can honestly say that I have learned a lot over the years and am trying to learn more every day. Speaking of learning, I am so grateful for the amazing Boss Babes out there that work so hard on supporting others in their dreams. The Alison Show has been a big part of my life this past year. Her podcast is exactly what I need to hear each week! Thank you Alison! Another big influence in my life has been Rachel Hollis. After I read her book, ‘Girl Stop Apologizing’, I finally gave myself permission. Permission to be successful and be the Boss Babe that I have always wanted to be.
I have to give a huge shout out to my very supportive husband Daniel! I am so grateful for all he has done in helping me reach my dream and for being patient as I try to figure all this out.
If you are still reading this.. THANK YOU…. thank you for reading my story and thank you for not laughing in my face when I yet again started a new business.