Today We Close One Chapter And Start A New Chapter: Beachbody Creating Our Life By Design

Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
The Mitro Family

I think I have typed and deleted how to start this post for 30 minutes now!  It is one of those emotional mornings that you never in a million years dreamed about actually coming true!  Today marks another huge milestone in my business but more importantly in our family.  After months of discussing how to get better balance in our lives, of our business growing so much that it truly has blown our mind, we have decided as a couple that Matt would leave his job at Bayer Healthcare to bring better balance into our lives!  {CRAZY RIGHT}  This was not an easy decision!  Actually it's been quite a process.  For those that have followed me since I started Beachbody almost 4 years ago you know that Matt was NOT supportive!  I mean he was truly the most unsupportive person I know!  He would give me flack about being on the computer all the time, he would make it difficult for me to attend events, he would give me the cold shoulder if I was gone at fit club to long and I had to threaten him when we went to our first summit not to call it a pyramid scheme in front of people!  {NO JOKE}  He was the biggest naysayer and non believer!  He told me when I signed up to coach that this was the biggest waste of my money and that I would never be successful at it!  I think most normal women and wives would of taken what their husband said seriously and turned in their termination letter at that moment!  But not me, I had this fuel, this fire, this "I am going to prove you wrong" attitude and I wasn't giving up that easily.  I am the type that if you tell me I can't do something, I am going to work even harder to get it!  So I set out to do just that, PROVE HIM WRONG!

We had many knock down drag out fights about my business!  It was taking away from our family, you wanted to be a stay at home mom and now you want to work, you are investing more time than the money you are making!  All those common complaints you here when you are starting a business!  But lets be honest, I was building this from scratch!  No social media background, no marketing degree, and I had never done anything health and fitness related.  I was genuinely learning a whole new beast!  So there is a learning curve there!  Plus, customers didn't just COME TO ME, I had to work really hard to develop trust, to show that I was authentic and that I wasn't a one trick pony!  I was planning to do this for the long haul!  Once people saw that, things started to make a turn.  But, it took guts, grit, motivation, persistence and being able to see the big picture.  I had to put my foot down and show Matt that I wasn't going anywhere!  

Things really took a turn at about the 1 year mark at summit!  Matt was able to attend with me, he wasn't excited but he did it anyways!  He attended the general sessions and talked with other spouses and that is when the puzzle started to come together!  But, nothing with Matt is easy.  He always has to fight up until the last minute until he FINALLY makes the change!  He is one stubborn man and rightfully so!  He was fighting for our family balance and preserving our relationship!  Things had definitely changed.  

He had switched jobs around the time Bryce was born so that we could have better family balance.  More income, I could stay at home and we could live the life we dreamed.  But, I threw a wrench in there with Beachbody! It took us some time to adjust and a lot of communication.  What once was our picture of our perfect life had changed!  I really am passionate about Beachbody and Matt saw that!  But he also saw that the laundry was piling up, the house wasn't getting cleaned, I was spending a lot of time on the computer and our relationship was suffering.  But on the flip side he could see that the sacrifices were paying off because I was moving up the ladder!  I was creating a successful business, I was achieving higher ranks in the company and we were making a great income.  

Matt would set financial goals and he would chart my business growth and of course he always plays it conservative.  Each time he did the math I would blow his mind with the growth.  I believe last year I grew some odd 300% over the year before!  I blew every projection out of the water and achieved not only the top coach but double 15 Star Diamond which brings a very nice quarterly bonus with it!  

So now the question comes!  Is it completely crazy to continue to work this business in between nap times, a part time babysitter, evenings and weekends?  He sees me getting up at 5 am every day, staying up until 11:30 and doing everything I can to make it work around our family.  Now it became a question of this!  We have the income, we have the flexibility, we don't live an over the top lavish life, we just want to truly enjoy each others company!  Could making a career change mean that we ACTUALLY get to spend more time together???  

So we made an appointment with our financial advisor almost 4 months ago to discuss this thought! We asked him to play devils advocate and think of all the reasons why we SHOULDN'T do this.  

Matt said to me in a meeting with our financial advisor, "I actually love my wife and want to spend time with her.  If leaving my current job gives us that back why wouldn't I do it!"  

After John asked us a bazillion questions he looked at the two of us and said "Your crazy for not taking this opportunity"  That was it, that's all it took! We just needed that outside pair of eyes looking in, non related to Beachbody to tell us that we were making a smart financial decision!  So the changes started happening!  We mentally prepared ourselves for this change! First we told our parents who sorta kinda looked at us like we grew a third eye!  It was non traditional, it was crazy, were we gambling our families future?  Of course not, we know that we have made sound financial decisions!

We have saved for both kids ENTIRE college education this year.
We can pay off our house this year.
We have invested in my retirement.
We have lived within our means and we are planning for the future smart!  
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It

So, as much as others might thing we are off our rocker we know what this business has provided and will continue to provide!  

We next told our closest friends and then about 6 weeks ago Matt walked into work and put in his resignation!  That was the weirdest feeling ever!  Both of us always saw Matt as the provider and even up until 6 months ago if you asked him if he would quit his job the answer would be NO!  
But it just makes sense! So here we go! The last 6 weeks have been preparing for this change!  

I am so excited to have Matt at home, to be able to not kill myself working early and late hours and to spend more time with Matt and to spend more time as a family! This change is going to allow me to be more present as a wife, hopefully have a house that is running smoother!  Matt and I are a team! He is not working for ME, we are a working together to make the Mitro family as well rounded as possible.  This business is our livelihood and together we are gonna make this our jam!  I will be really really sad to see our babysitter go, because she has been our saving grace!  This gives MATT big shoes to fill!!!  LOL  But how cool that each day both our kids wake up to US, we get to take them to school, have mid day lunch dates, go camping in the summer, spend the afternoon at the pool!  I can see that this is going to truly be awesome once we get a routine down!
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
It's Daddies last day of work---- NO WAY!!!  

So the big question:  Is Matt retiring?? Will he ever work again?  

NO he is not retired!  I truly believe this opportunity opens the door for Matt and I to be a great family unit.  But also to explore the options of Matt creating his own passion in his career!  That chapter is yet to be written!  But at least we have options and we are not tied down bc we HAVE to have a job!  

So today, Matt and I did our 5 am workout, he made his shakeology, and he walked out the door for the very last time!  He waved goodbye, gave me a kiss and I sat there with tears in my eyes!  Definitely not sad tears but tears of JOY because I know this is going to be the Biggest blessing of our lives!  

Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
Last 5 am before work workout with Matt
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
Morning Routine- Shakeology!

Thank you Beachbody for creating an opportunity for families to live their life by design! This is our story and it might not be for everyone but I want you to know this!  If you want something more, you want to create your own future and dictate the rules, the work hours the effort and the income this truly has been it for us!!!  Never in a million years would I imagine this is where I would be right now!  But I wouldn't change it for the world!  
Life By Design, Melanie Mitro, Top Coach, Elite 10, Fit Family, Financial Freedom, Success, Husband, Spouse, Quitting Full Time Job, Do It
My better half- My True Love

Last Day At Bayer

Today one chapter closes and tomorrow another one opens!!!  

Stay tuned......

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