Who are you and what do you do?
Isn’t it funny that this is one of the harder questions to answer when you really stop and think about it? I am Erin Ryan, and my official title is Independent Director with Thirty-One Gifts, leader of the ShamRockers, my team of consultants…. but, what I’m learning about life is that this answer is just who I am on a paper, in an email signature, just that canned response you give when someone asks. Who am I…. I’d need about a week of your time, dozens of coconut milk chai stingers, a few airline flights complete with running through the terminal barefoot, and a glass of wine or two to really let loose and share the deepest, darkest, parts of me. There would be lots of laughing, eating, tears, and of course a ton of hugs would be involved. Sadly, we just don’t have that kind of time. I’ll sum it up by telling you this: I’m a girl gets the chance to encourage the women I meet every day to believe in themselves, and believe in who they are and where they are going – and when I’m lucky, I get to watch them find out who they are in the process.
It was an awkwardly heartbreaking and freeing day, to finally see him and his body at peace, to miss him but to be so excited he no longer was struggling. I’d always known how lucky I was to have fallen into Thirty-One when I did; over the years I’d come to acknowledge that Thirty-One was placed in my life by someone who knows a LOT more than I do, in preparation of the coming five years of emotional turmoil. Without Thirty-One, I had friends. I did! Lots of ’em. But with Thirty-One, I have sisters. I have strengthened bonds with the girls who were in my life prior to me owning this business. I have fallen in love over and over again with these women I meet as customers, hostesses, and team members. Women I would have never noticed or met before! I have begun to believe that I do have the power to create my life and future. I have 36 incredible, inspiring, encouraging and life-changing women who are proud to call themselves ShamRockers, and I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to lead them to their dreams.
Our mission as a team is to teach others that they have the power to make their own luck in life, and these ladies lift me up even amidst their own struggles and personal stories. Sometimes, I stop and think about my team, and realize that the only reason some of them have found this journey is simply because I chose to take that step four and a half years ago. That is the true meaning of “mind-blowing.” These women are my family, and the ones I lean on when I am weak – which we all know, as women, can happen. A lot. More than we are proud of, sometimes. For the first time in my life, I am not ashamed of it, or to ask for help when I need it.
Silence. I have no words. Just one? I am going to go old school here and talk about the City Weekender – my very first purchase from the company as a customer, a few months before I enrolled as a consultant. I can’t have just one favorite! That’s like choosing your favorite kid out of all of them… but, you only have one firstborn, and that bag ended up becoming a gateway to a new perspective on life, and where I want my life to go. Plus, its adorable, and functional! I bought it to use when I started traveling to see my “new” boyfriend, the plastic bags weren’t cutting it as overnight bags. I am a very, very lucky girl – not only did I get Thirty-One thrown at me right when I needed it, but I found Jon Ryan in the same way, just a few months before I heard of Thirty-One for the first time. Let’s just say that 2012 was a very monumental year in the life of Erin!
My favorite words in the world! Booking a party is the best way to get your favorite products and gifts at a discount, and you get to have fun while you do it. I help you from A to Z, mailing your invitations for you all the way up to being there for you and your customers after the party is just a memory. It’s so easy to party, and there are so many different ways to do it! While I specialize in home showings I do also love meeting new friends online, on-the-go at Panera and Starbucks, or in the parking lot of the dance studio or day care. If you’re thinking about hosting your own show or learning more about Thirty-One or my team, please reach out to me! We can chat about which way this amazing opportunity fits into YOUR life the best, and go from there!