New Beginnings Require Courage


I recently met with Christine Richards, licensed insurance sales professional and co-founder and entrepreneur of The Richards Group. Normally when I meet with someone from my Women Making an Impact (WMAI) networking group, I take notes so I can write a blog post. My brain was a bit tired the day we met, so I have no notes. But my mind keeps thinking about my discussion with Christine.

Life has a way of changing the path we take. If you’re like me, you may have had one path you started, but life took you in a different direction. Do we feel like a failure for not staying with the original plan? Do we think others will look down upon us for making decisions that don’t align with others’ perceptions?

Christine has a background in education, teaching business and marketing to high school and college students. Christine’s heart was in teaching. As Christine talked, I could tell she was the type of teacher that when her students shone, she was shining brighter. But unplanned circumstances happened and turned her life upside down. After 11 years of teaching, she had to step away from teaching.

What do we do when life crushes us? We cry. We learn who we are. We ask questions. We seek direction for a new beginning.

In the fall of 2015, Christine and her husband Dennis established The Richards Group with a goal to meet a need in the insurance industry—to educate others and be trusted advisors to clients. I hear Christine speak each week at WMAI, and I am impressed by several things: She has fun selling insurance. She is willing to learn. She wants to help you.

But do you want to know what inspires me most about Christine? She has a passion for life, and while Christine never thought she’d be selling insurance, she is embracing the new direction in her life. She is an inspiration because she is an example of moving forward and thriving despite past obstacles.

If you are interested in learning more about Christine and The Richards Group (and would like an insurance quote!), please visit her website. I know Christine would enjoy meeting you... and I believe she will be an inspiration to you too!