If you had told me years ago that I would start three very different business, I probably wouldn't have believed it! Where would I find the time, the resources, the help I needed to pull it off?
Well, my friends the story of my success comes from a life of survival and perseverance. All three businesses were started to address the needs of my community and offer affordable solutions to families with little or no money.I never actually planned on getting into furniture restoration until the real estate crash hit and my husband was suddenly jobless- that's right- jobless. Working in the upscale furniture industry taught me many things about fabrics, frames and fads. You see, I was a top salesperson for twenty years because I valued quality over cost and, my customers not only trusted my judgment, they begged for my opinion when placing a special order and, I often visited their home to use my eccentric insight to create a unique outdoor living area and, ultimately an extension of their home. I've always been a little different although I'm an identical twin. Cindy Daniel and I grew up shopping at thrift stores and garage sales so we often threw couture with discount store items together for a unique look. When designing a backyard, I used my insight on clothing and fashion to do something unexpected with colors and textures. I don't have home furnishings you can buy at a mall for a number of reasons: First, there is no quality and I believe in recycling and secondly, I love unique, vintage items! When entering my home you will find that this eclectic old mansion contains Asian, Western, Victorian and various European and Moroccan themed items from my travels as a clothing and Cadillac print model. I began refurbishing furniture to replace the home furnishing I sold to start a business addressing the needs of consumers unable to find employment for to marred credit by third party collectors along with furs, jewelry and a lifetime of beautiful clothing collected while working as a model in Fort Worth and Orange County to start Defending Debt Lawsuit Consultants www.debtsurvivalinfo.com when I realized millions of consumers either had no idea how to repair their credit or, knew it was so bad they didn't bother. The problem is, your credit can affect your ability to seek gainful employment or WORSE, can get you sued and a default judgment on your credit is just as bad as a bankruptcy! It took me nearly three years to read and educate myself at law libraries to form a solution to a worldwide problem that no one talks about. Americans are embarrassed when they are forced to stop paying credit cards to feed their families due to job loss, illness, wage cuts or the loss of unemployment benefits- you shouldn't be! Survival often involves hard choices and is why my website is titled Debt Survival Info. Do others attempt to mimic my site? You bet your ass they do and, add back links but, they don't know we monitor all visitors and do not allow back links without verifying and validating the source first. Why? Because debt collectors use the internet too. They throw out misinformation daily that the average consumer believes! Would you sacrifice to save another? Maybe, I believe there are many as passionate about others as I am. My husband, my sister, my tiny Texas Twins, Maryssa and Makenna Mahaney and my web designer as well as my community all have it in them to lend a hand to a stranger, and they often do! Yes, living without furniture was somewhat inconvenient and it would take me years to replace everything that I had sold- but I did. I learned to strip, stain and reupholster using high end fabrics I traded jeans on eBay bought at yard sales for to overseas friends for tapestry and textile items to reupholster the items I found and trades for. There is a reason my furniture at Texas Twins Treasures is so unique and exotic, the reason is my secret for success by taking some tapestry that wouldn't completely cover the item, I became creative and mixed fabrics to finish the job. You see, necessity (again) added a spin to what might have otherwise been one single upholstered piece. When life hands me a lemon, I make lemonade! Texas Twins Events was started when I realized that most consumers who couldn't afford a beautiful ceremony, deserved to have one at a cost they could afford! I set about using sales from my Texas Twins Treasures items to start this new business with help from my partner, Matthew Wortham and my twin sister Cindy Daniel along with the Texas Twins Team. I'm often asked why or how doing so many things came so easily- it didn't. I worked my butt off, often sick from thyroid cancer and health issues. I continued to work hard flipping furniture to have money to cover the $52, 341.00 and counting investment of starting Texas Twins Events. I own all the website domain names, Trademarks, Copyrights and Proprietary Rights to All Of My Businesses and I can thank Mel Tillis for the Whataburger commercials that ran in Texas for years that I never earned a residual on for giving me knowledge the hard way of retaining the legal requirements to protect myself and my businesses. Every time I saw myself on a commercial I was not earning royalties or residuals, I turned the tv off. Have I been taken advantage of? You don't know the half of it. I trust VERY FEW because I've been burned in the modeling industry as well as luxury sales and have been forced to sue for Copyright and Trademark violations as well as Theft of Services and Unpaid Commissions. Yes, I've always won because I educated myself to the law and over prepared my case. But, knowledge is power. If you've never been taken advantage of, you don't know how to correct this breach- I do. I wouldn't he who I am today and I would never have accomplished so many things had I been spoiled or rich. Two things I believe put our children at a disadvantage in life. Working, sacrificing and surviving are the backbone of America. My knowledge of floral design and event production came from a background that had me juggling numerous jobs at the same time including decorating the showrooms at my various places of employment these past 35 years. You see, everything that has happened to myself, my twin, our husbands and our families, I believed happened to give me an opportunity to learn and later use this knowledge to better not only my own life but the lives of my family and my community. Low cost weddings, funerals, Quincinera, and more flooded my emails. Everyone was searching for something not offered in the events industry that had nowhere to go but, to Texas Twins Events! www.texastwinsevents.com would I help them? Could I help them? You betcha! Taking trades and turning them into treasures was a talent I didn't know I had- until I needed to use it. Cindy Daniel makes fabulous tutus, headbands and accessories for our little twins out of necessity and, mends broken jewelry to keep Maryssa and Makenna Mahaney well dressed and show stopping cute since she has never received child support for these Texas Darlings. Both of our husbands endured job loss, we have struggled our entire lives to provide for our families and, we've succeeded in life and, in business through these sacrifices. The things that have happened in my life have often had strangers encourage me to write a book. Finally, I've decided to find the time. Originally, the first three chapters were titled "Travels of the Texas Twins" but, I may be changing it to "Triumph Over Tragedy- A Tale of Two Sets of Twins in Texas." I will keep you posted, together we can change the world since I believe we all have something to contribute to our communities, our families and finally ourselves. Wendy Wortham
October 19, 2014