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Deidre Carpenter

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A little bit about me and my family. I am 28 years old and me and my little family reside in Central Virginia. My little guy, Oliver, just celebrated his 1st birthday in May of 2016. My big guy, Tom, is the love of my life. We met a few years back while I was working one of my many jobs, and before you knew it we bought a house and welcomed Oliver into our lives. 

I attended the University of Virginia for a few semesters straight out of high school, and quickly figured out I had no idea what I "wanted to be" or what I "wanted to do." I left school to travel to France, and then moved to San Diego to explore the world a bit. I would not trade those experiences for a college degree. I learned more about life, love, being a kind and generous human, than I ever would have learned in college. Even so, they do not require those skills on resumes, generally they prefer the degree. 

 I worked service jobs, often 2 or 3 at a time in order to make ends meet, but I absolutely loved it. Customer service was always something I loved and thrived in. I met hundreds of people that I know and love through these jobs. 

Fast forward to 2015: Pregnant and due May 2016, I continued to work multiple jobs until my Ollie was born. We could not afford to live off Tom's salary, so the plan was for me to return to work 6 weeks after he was born. Let me tell you, 6 weeks is nothing. I attempted to go back to work at restaurants a couple times in the first 6 months of Oliver's life. It just did not work for either of us. Me and Oliver were super attached, and he refused to take a bottle. Luckily, I found part-time work writing content and curating wedding photos from home. This meant, ends were met, but just barely. 

My best friend from Middle School introduced me to LuLaRoe, telling me she was going to be a consultant. I googled it, naturally. The buzz was evident. I bought my first pair of leggings, to see what all the fuss was about. Naturally, the addiction is real, and I bought 3 or 4 more, 2 skirts and shirt with the next two months, in addition to a couple pairs of matching leggings for Oliver. I instantly fell in love with LLR. The community amazed me. The clothes were so comfortable and so flattering, and the compliments ever flowing. I certainly thought about becoming a consultant, but the investment scared me, so I pushed it out of my mind. We had no extra cash to throw into a business venture. 

A couple months later, the love still strong, I researched a ton, and realized lots of consultants were paying off that investment in 2 months or less! I asked my mom, Elaine, if she wanted to go into business with me. Obviously her answer was, "Yes!!!"  

Since then, my passion has only grown immensely. Getting to know the company has only made me fall in love even more. Feeling confident about providing for my family is an incredible thing, and having the opportunity to help others do the same is the coolest. Seriously. Plus, I get to wear amazing clothes, and introduce so many women to LLR clothing, so they too can feel fabulous in affordable, beautiful clothes. 

Elaine Walden

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Wow, crazy lives, we've all been there! Mine is no exception, but to make a long story short, where I am right now is right where I want to be. I have a wonderful hubbie and between the two of us we claim 12 amazing people as our children and so far we have 7 epic grandkiddos that we are Mops and Pops to. Totally fun!!
I've always been mom, mostly to many- I tend to "adopt" lots of darling people into our family-the more the merrier! I tend to spend a lot of money and I've never made any before now, so when Deidre got excited about LLR,  I jumped to do it with her. We both love people and love to make people happy so it was a perfect fit. She's the brains, I'm the brawn, at least for now because that's what works for us. Enjoy the adventure with us and let's all have some fun!