I remember being in the car on the way to Bryce’s basketball game when I saw a tweet about a web show called “Total Mom Makeover” looking for makeover moms. At that moment I thought, “I never win anything but I might as well apply. Why not?”
I filled out the application form and tried my best to be me—goofy and childish, to say the least—but once I got to the question of “Why do you need this makeover?” I blanked. Why do I need this makeover over any other mom out there? I don’t deserve to fly out for a getaway and a head-to-toe makeover. Nevertheless, I let it all out and then went on with my life. Not long after that, it happened: I got the call from The It Mom herself: Daisy Teh.
I remember the call. It was a voicemail, actually (I don’t answer calls if I don’t know the phone number). I stood there in awe. I just won something. Holy crap. To be honest, I wasn’t going to go. I was all set on not going. It was the first time I would have to stay in a hotel and fly by myself, and airplanes and I do NOT mix well.
My anxiety kicked in. I’ve never gone to an event without Ryan. He was my support system. So naturally, I called Ryan and told him the news. There was already going to be a lot going on that weekend but he said he was going to make it work so I could go. He wanted me to step out of my comfort zone and let the magic happen. So I did, and the magic did happen.
I cannot tell you how happy I am that I went. Not because of the makeover and the free stuff, although those were some great perks. I met amazing people and made such good friends that I can now call my family. This show made such an impact on me that I wanted/needed to be more involved with it. So, I offered to help Daisy with season 2. I figured I probably wouldn’t hear anything from her but then I got the Facebook message that she wanted to partner up. She asked if I would co-host with her.
From there, my life has changed for the better. No, I’m not making tons of money now—haha—but I have found my passion. I found direction in life that I thought I had lost.
The lesson here is, if you ever get the chance to step out of your comfort zone, #VOWTOSTANDOUT.