wp_aboutBeing able to devote herself to her business full-time marked a major milestone for Cathy Merris, because after years of tireless work it meant a bright future for her and her children.

She once had such severe financial problems that Cathy despaired of ever finding a way out. “To earn extra money, I climbed out of bed at two o’clock every morning to deliver newspapers,” she recalls. “The seriousness of the situation really hit me when my car was repossessed.”

In an effort to get ahead, Cathy had tried a little bit of everything, but through a friend found another business opportunity she could pursue in her spare time. She didn’t pay much attention to it at first. But she made a total commitment, and within five years her part-time business had become her full-time business.

“For me, the top priority has always been my family,” says Cathy. “I love attending my kids’ dance performances, piano recitals, soccer games, swim meets, and other activities.” Cathy has been PTA president and actively supports local candidates and election issues. She and her children – and now grandchildren – enjoy living close to each other in the Austin, Texas, area.

With her success, Cathy also gives her time and energy to support worthwhile charities. She is especially active supporting Easter Seals and the U.S. Dream Academy because of the programs these organizations have developed to meet the needs of children and returning veterans. Cathy truly understands the value of helping others and has made it a priority in her life.

Reflecting on her success, Cathy attributes much to the family’s willingness to delay gratification. “We focused on our dream and postponed some of the things we enjoy,” she says. “For example, I love to travel, but I put it off to grow my business. Now, with the flexibility of being my own boss, I have more money and time than ever before, and I can travel all over the world.”