Get to Know a Sightbox Member: Denise

Controversial opinion: Sightbox isn’t right for everyone. For the people we help by budgeting their vision care expenses over time, delivering their lenses to their door, and making their appointments for them, we are invaluable. And likewise, our members mean the world to us. Ask anyone at Sightbox and they’ll tell you that making a difference in someone’s vision care is some of the most rewarding work there is.

To say thank you for allowing us to help make vision care a priority, we reached out to one of our members to learn more about their relationship with their eyes. We know that healthy eyeballs aren’t necessarily at the forefront of everyone’s attention (maybe it should be?), but when you start thinking about all the things your vision allows you to accomplish, it’s pretty tough to ignore how cool it is to see, create and grow.

Meet Denise who’s doing just that.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?  

I am a 26-year-old single mom. I have 7 years of restaurant management experience but have been learning about real estate investments for the last 3 years. A year ago I decided to leave the restaurant industry and pursue a career in real estate. I am now only a couple weeks away from getting my Texas Real Estate License, as well as opening up my very own real estate investing business. My goal is to obtain financial freedom using assets such as real estate and teaching others how to do the same.

Where do you live?  What is your community like?

I was born and raised in El Paso, TX, a border city to New Mexico and Mexico. I love the city and what it has to offer as it continues to grow. I’m definitely very family oriented. I come from a large Mexican family, many of us live in the same city, so getting together is not uncommon for the majority of our weekends. When I’m not spending time with my family, you could find me in the gym or studying real estate.

Can you give us the highlights of your vision story?

I started wearing glasses around the age of 10 then “upgraded” to contacts around the age of 13. I’ve had a strong preference for contacts over glasses since then and for the most part have no complaints about their comfort and effectiveness.

I’m currently transitioning in career path.  There are quite a few start-up expenses I anticipate when becoming self-employed. Not having vision insurance meant that I would have to dig into my “investment fund” in order to get an updated prescription and contacts. I came across a Sightbox ad on Pinterest, did a few calculations and, not only would I be saving money in the long run, but now I had the opportunity to make affordable monthly payments while doing so.

You mentioned that you are in transition to becoming self-employed.  Can you tell us more about that? 

I have to say I’ve always seen myself becoming an entrepreneur, but the moment I became truly inspired to follow my dream was after reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. There’s ABSOLUTELY no reason why I can’t have the financial freedom I’ve always dreamed of. I simply have to go out and LEARN how to get it, because that’s simply not information that is taught in our school systems. I’m eager to share that information with ANYBODY interested in learning once I’ve mastered it myself.

What has been your biggest challenge with taking on this new direction?

I think everybody at one point or another thinks they can “be their own boss,” and I’m no exception. I did extremely well within a large corporation, however when I became self-employed I realized I wasn’t as great at being my own boss as I initially thought. My biggest challenge BY FAR has been accepting that I was a great employee, but not a great boss to myself. I had to learn a lot about myself the hard way to realize that I needed to LEARN MORE.

Share your story

We’ve had so much fun learning about Denise that we were inspired to spotlight one of our members each month to share on our community blog and member newsletter.  We would love for you to be a part of it, so please contact us if you think it would be fun to share!

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