Empowering Women through Creative Fashion

Debt Repayment, family, Guest Post, shopping

There’s a new series starting up at WMSB, and it’s focusing on the amazing things WMSB readers are doing to empower themselves, their families and the people around them. I’m going to feature a handful of followers who run their own business or run a network marketing business. I know that MLM businesses can leave a bad taste in people’s mouths with the smarmy sales tactics and products that are too good to be true. But, not all sales-people are like that and not all products are overrated.

I listened to a podcast recently about supporting our friends who are working hard and providing a full-time or side-income using MLM/Networking Marketing businesses and it really inspired me. I’m a big believer in shopping small, and what better way to do that than to buy products I’d already use from my friends?

Empower yourself through creative fashion: Be inspired by Joanne Black's LuLaRoe journey to support herself, her health, her family and the causes she cares about.

For the first post of this series, I’ve interviewed a friend of mine from law school, Joanne Black. Joanne is now a professor in North Carolina. She recently became a LuLaRoe distributor, and it wasn’t just because she wanted to walk around in leggings with no pants all day. Joanne is a huge advocate for the rights of the oppressed, women and the LGBTQ community. When she reached out to me about her new LuLaRoe business, I knew you guys had to hear her story!

This isn’t sponsored and there’s no sales pitch involved. Just sit back, relax, be inspired, and if you feel like buying some new clothes, Joanne’s your girl!

LuLaRoe Joanne Black for House of Black, LLC

How did you first hear about LuLaRoe?

In February 2017, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed for the first time with ADHD. It was pointed out that, due to my sensory sensitivities, I may want to find more comfortable clothes so that I wouldn’t be distracted by the irritation or itchiness of items.

I started researching and kept hearing about #simplycomfortable leggings by LuLaRoe. I ordered my first pair and they were, no contest, the most comfortable leggings I’d ever worn. I felt so comfortable and less stressed! I was sold from that first moment!

Did you know right away that you’d want to sell LuLaRoe?

I did not know right away, but it didn’t take long! I was really inspired by attending the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. I knew I wanted to have more power over my finances. I researched the company, basics for starting a business, watched videos and then jumped in feet first and don’t plan on looking back!

Do you work outside of LuLaRoe? If so, what do you do?: I do! I am a full-time professor at a small, liberal arts women’s college. I love teaching, but it isn’t paying the bills now that my partner is no longer able to work full-time due to congenital back issues. LuLaRoe is a path to more flexibility for our family and we’re all loving the process so far!

What is your favorite LuLaRoe item?

Oh, that’s such a tough question! I love the Carly dress and the leggings the most!

Carly – One of many patterns and solids! Brittany: This pattern totally reminds me of dresses I wore and LOVED in Kindergarten!

What is your favorite LuLaRoe pattern?

Anything with Tulips. I have always loved tulips. In fact, go ahead and call me the #lularoetuliplady

What is your biggest hope in starting your LuLaRoe business?

My biggest hope is that I can relieve financial stress for my family. My full-time work has seen my salary decrease for the last 3 years due to increasing benefits cost. I’ve gotta put my feminist money where my mouth is and show my boys (age 7 and 8) how strong, resilient and perseverant their Mama is!

Do you have any plans on how you’ll use the extra income?

First, we’d like to pay down the debt from the last 18 months of having only one full-time income for our family. Then, we’ll focus on building our retirement funds and I plan to start kids Roth IRAs for my children. They won’t realize how awesome I am until I’m long gone, but I hope they won’t end up having the same retirement worries that we have as their parents.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned so far in starting your business?

You’re going to laugh at me! I was so shocked the first time someone paid me in cash! I didn’t realize that people still carried about $100 and $50 bills! I had to raid my children’s money jars to make change!

What are some of the best outfit combos you have in your inventory right now?

You cannot go wrong with the Carly dress! It has a flattering swing style that you can wear alone or style to wear in layers with leggings or a simple Cassie pencil skirt!

Cassie – Joanne also has multiple styles and sizes in her most recommended skirt!

Where can Where My Soul Belongs readers find you?

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    Nazneen Malik
    August 3, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I am 32 and am moving towards more comfortable clothes myself. TBH I shop from Stichfix and Poshmark mostly now :) I was wondering if Lularoe sells through them at all?

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    August 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Hats off to Joanne for owning her situation rather than letting events in her life own her. What a strong lady! Love this series! Looking forward to reading more of them :)

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      Joanne M Black
      November 21, 2017 at 4:52 am

      Thank you, Rebekah! Have you ever tried LuLaRoe?!? I’d love to send you some leggings!

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