From Layoff to Truly-Life, Create You Own Job and Green Business

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How do you survive your first layoff? At the end of the day you need to being willing to diversify your income, skill set, and lifestyle.

I thought I needed to work for someone else for a sense of security, but security does not exist and that is a false illusion

How do you survive your first layoff? Despite years of experience, awards, and accolades, in this economy, Mellenie Runion could not even land an interview. For this energetic spirit, surviving meant creating a new job and green business.

Truly-Life is a green gift business that Mellenie has been planning and working towards since 2008 and now because of a layoff, she has become the first full time employee. She has always questioned the odd souvenir concept, why are we buying souvenirs in Key West that are actually made in China? Why can't we find affordable, locally crafted items, for keepsakes from our trip? Although it all started with soap in her kitchen to live more green, Mellenie quickly found a way to start a small business providing useful, affordable gifts with natural ingredients from her herb garden.

The company, consisting of Mellenie, her father, and a few friends, create handmade practical gifts everyone can use, locally made with natural ingredients in biodegradable packaging. “We have serious concerns about the environment. I built this business around making a difference,” said Mellenie. The year 2010 will be a make or break year for her small business in Alexandria, VA. “I thought I needed to work for someone else for a sense of security, but security does not exist and that is a false illusion. At the end of the day you need to being willing to diversify your income, skill set, and lifestyle. One day Truly-Life might export gifts to China...just kidding, that would not be very eco friendly.”

Since 2008, Truly-Life continues to expand the line of handmade, eco friendly soaps, solid perfumes, solid lotion bars, and wooden heirloom gifts made from organic and natural materials. These thoughtful gifts are mindful of the planet and free of plastic. All items at Truly-Life are packaged in biodegradable containers that can be composted. From start to finish, the company is redefining their impact on the environment, including bicycle delivery for neighborhood orders. Handmade and affordable eco gifts from Alexandria, Virginia, http://www.truly-life.com.

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