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Mom Wins: Why we should celebrate them more!

Let’s recap a typical day as a mom. Maybe you got up, made breakfast, got the kids ready and off to school. After that, you might have gone home, done some chores, prepared dinner, picked the kids up and helped with their homework. Before bed, you might have cleaned the kitchen, made sure everyone has their teeth brushed and bed tucked.

You go to sleep and don’t think too much about the successes of the day. Often, you lay in bed making a list of all the things you still need to get done tomorrow. Sounds like any other day, right? That’s where you are wrong. It’s not just any other day. It was a day as a successful mom! You constantly work to make sure your family’s needs are met and then some. Let’s stop looking at it as “just another day.” Instead, think about your “mom win” before you fall asleep. You are the therapist, chef, the “Uber,” housekeeper, teacher, cheerleader and so much more. How on earth did you do all those things in one day?!  Ladies, it’s time to celebrate yourself. Whether it’s taking an hour to go get some exercise, have a glass of wine and read a good book or whatever else helps you relax, you’ve MORE than earned it. You are a supermom and we see you! Now, it’s time for you to see it in yourself. 

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For me, it comes down to having a choice…

Meet Lyndie! Originally from England, she has had some amazing travel and career experience. However, after she and her husband started a family, Lyndie decided to take more control over her time and income. With a non-traditional background and being a busy mom, she felt a little stuck. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures opened a new realm of possibilities for Lyndie and her family!

Can you tell us a little about your educational and career background?

Growing up I had my heart set on being a performer. That was it. From the age of three I started dancing and over the next ten years or so covered everything from ballet, tap, jazz, Latin American and ballroom. In my “wise” years as a teen, I somehow decided that acting was likely to be more of a sustainable career and made the switch in my heart to pursue it. I later graduated from Guildford School of Acting, which is one of the top drama colleges in the UK, moved to London and spent the next eleven years living an actor’s life.

That sounds like an amazing profession! What was life as an actress like?  

Acting, to me, is a career of two sides. Incredibly liberating and creative in its art, but full of restrictions as a profession. It needed to take priority over everything else, there was always someone else’s agenda (an agent’s or casting director’s) to put before my own and whilst actors can be the most loving people on earth, by nature it’s an incredibly competitive industry. My life wasn’t my own.

In 2000, I began taking on corporate hospitality and presenting work. This career certainly opened some travel opportunities but meant missing out on some auditions along the way. However, it was in 2003 that I met my husband at a corporate event in Paris for Hewlett Packard. Miguel was a director of marketing for HP and living in Munich, Germany. He had a very different life compared to mine, having lived in eight countries. After some time, we made the decision he would move from Munich to London and just a couple of months after that I was offered a theatrical role in Germany! It really was the way things unfolded. I owe much credit to my supportive husband, as he travelled back and forth, and watched my play nine times.

There came a time when I knew my priorities had changed. We wanted to start a family and I was craving control back over my life. Fast forward a couple of years to having our daughter, Olivia. When she was ten months old, we were given the opportunity to move with Miguel’s job to California. I was all in. We moved to San Diego in 2008 and in 2010 had our son, Nico. I was a stay at home mum for a couple of years, enjoying the freedom to travel extensively as a family and catching every one of our children’s milestones along the way.

But… I was also missing work. I needed to feel vital again and searched different avenues that would stretch and excite me. With a non-traditional professional background and now being a mum to two little ones, finding a new career was a tall order. I also knew inherently if I was going to go back to work, I was going to do it on my terms and be compensated accordingly. 

With that in mind, I came across Moms Making Six Figures and was put in touch with Angela Gange. I quickly built the foundations of a strong business in the U.S which I was able to sustain and grow over our five years back in the UK. We are now officially back in the U.S. and I am excited to be expanding my business here.

How has Moms Making Six Figures impacted your life?

Moms Making Six Figures makes me feel like I have myself back. For quite some time I had felt stagnant, frustrated and all the while living a life that on paper should make someone happy. So, on top of everything else I was feeling guilty, too. I realize now I wasn’t alone in feeling that way, many mums do at some point. 

I also realize there was more out there than I had accepted for myself, and that’s okay. Of course, working doesn’t have to be for everyone. Some mums work, some don’t. Some boldly climb the corporate ladder, others couldn’t imagine being away from their families. It’s all good – I have respect for every one of us. For me, it comes down to having a choice, which I had become used to not having.

With Moms Making Six Figures, I choose working hard during my self-set hours and being there for my family when they need me. Olivia will be a teenager in just a couple of years and Nico is growing up way too fast. I’m excited for both of their futures and to be with them during these years. My children will know through both their parents’ examples that our lives are our own to design.

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Spring is almost here!

Spring break is around the corner! If you are staying in town and looking for some inexpensive ideas to keep the kiddos entertained, look no further! We’ve put together a list of great ideas that will keep the kids, and your bank account, smiling.

  1. Play Tourist in Your Own City. There are bound to be places you haven’t explored. Plan a day to visit new parks, local museums, aquariums, or any other fun attractions your city might have. Top the day off by trying a new restaurant for lunch or going out for ice cream!
  1. Plan a Stay-Cation. One night in a hotel usually runs anywhere from $100-150. While this might be one of the more expensive parts of your spring break, the kids will love being able to swim in a hotel pool and get out of the house for a night! 

*Money saving tip: ask a couple of parents to join in on the hotel cost in exchange for being the kid’s chaperone!

  1. Get Out in Nature. One of the best parts of spring is when the weather permits outside activities! If you luck out and have some good weather on your spring break, take the kids for a hike or bike ride. Spending some time in the fresh air and getting away from the city for a day is a great way to recharge with your kids. Pack a picnic lunch, snacks and extra water!
  1. Movie Night. Chances are, you won’t be the only family staying in town for spring break. Invite some other families over for a fun movie night! Complete the evening with popcorn, snacks, drinks and maybe even some candy! 😉 
  1. Just Play. Head over to the store and pick up some simple outdoor toys! Join the kids for friendly competitions of hop scotch, jump rope, kick ball and more! This is a fun way to get some exercise and enjoy a sunny day.
  1. Get Creative. Let the kids get a little messy and create some art! This is a great activity for a rainy or cold day. Cover your table up with a vinyl table cloth for easy clean up. (And for your own sanity!)
  1. At-Home Cooking Class. Teaching your kids how to make a delicious meal AND giving them skills that they will thank you for when they move out? Yes. Please. 

No matter what you decide to do this spring break, remember there are ways to have fun right in your own backyard. If all else fails, ask your kids what they have in mind and be open to a little spontaneity!  

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Be bold: don’t wait, just do it or someone else will!

Meet Michelle! She left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her adorable twin boys. However, she was looking for a way to not only contribute financially in her family, but also make a difference in other peoples’ lives. By partnering with Moms Making Six Figures, she has been able to do both of those things, and more! Read on to learn more about Michelle’s story.  

What was life like before Moms Making Six Figures?

Life before Moms Making Six Figures was good! I was home, raising my twin boys who were born in 2012, and just enjoying life with my family. I was happy to not be working in the corporate world anymore. Prior to having my twins, I worked in pharmaceutical research. I was working long hours, both during the week and on the weekend. I kind of felt like a workaholic. So, when they were born, I was very blessed to be able to resign from my corporate career of 16 years. I said goodbye to that job easily. It was a great job, but it didn’t really fulfill me. I never really felt like I was helping people, and honestly, that’s what I had wanted to do in my life.

So, I was raising my boys. As time went on and the boys got older, finances got tighter, and I really felt like I needed to contribute to the family. (Especially living in California!) I just didn’t know what, and I definitely wasn’t going back to a corporate career, working 60-hour weeks. I had always been a worker-bee and something inside me knew that I wanted something for myself, as well. I needed some kind of goal, or something to achieve, but also contribute to our family.

Why did you decide to partner with Moms Making Six Figures?

I was introduced to MMSF through Paula Gartin, Kellee Wip and Stacy Fiske, who were my neighbors. Paula lived on my street at the time, but I didn’t really know her that well. However, I really liked her. She had always been so sweet and invited me to various events she had at her house. The twins were in a part-time preschool at the time, so I was finally getting some time to myself.  As much as I loved being home with them, a little time for myself was absolutely needed. It was around that time that I started to pray for the right opportunity to come along. Then I went to Paula’s one night to hear about what she was doing and MMSF literally fell in my lap. It was like, “yes, this is what I want!” I want a team, I want to work part-time, I want to be able to do it around the family, and I want to help people.

I had seen a lot of other work-at home jobs, but none seemed right. In my 20’s I had actually tried to sell cosmetics from a well-known, large company. A close friend of mine was selling it and doing well. She encouraged me to start selling and to buy a large starter kit. I spent $4000 on the largest starter kit of make-up! Looking back, I can’t believe I did that. I even went to the company’s convention! I did have some cosmetics parties, but in the end, the make-up just sat in my parents’ garage for years after that. I lost so much of money, I didn’t even want to look at the products sitting there. It made my stomach turn to see how much money was wasted.

The partners at MMSF are amazing women who support, encourage and care for each other. I know I can ask for help and someone will be there. They just want the same in life as any other mom. They want healthy, happy families and homes, along with the gift of time. They want to use their time to be with their loved ones, pick up their kids from school, be at their kids’ games and be present in their families’ lives. 

What were your skepticism’s? How did you overcome them?

All my skepticism’s, concerns and fears have been about me and building my business: can I do this, can I reach those goals, will I succeed? There are times I felt I didn’t have what it takes to do well, to be consistent and have the confidence to make it work. We aren’t each other’s boss, so it’s really about being accountable to yourself while putting in the work. Whenever I start to question myself and ‘get in my head’, I call one of the partners at Moms. They help me through it and they help me see this is all part of the journey. Everyone has these same fears and questions at some point.

These four phrases help me overcome my skepticisms and fears:

-Persevere: Don’t quit, move on from disappointment. ‘Bless and release.’

-Be engaged: enjoy time with friends and business partners. Get out and celebrate the achievements and be around the women who know what you’re going through – talk to them and be vulnerable. Listen and laugh.

-This is a gift: What we have is a gift and don’t be afraid to share.

I didn’t just pull the four phrases above from out of nowhere. It’s all from the training with Moms Making Six Figures. Calling it great training doesn’t even come close to the level we receive, it’s phenomenal. I wouldn’t be where I am in my business without the women of Moms guiding, supporting and encouraging me all the way. Being around this group of women has really changed me for the better. It’s helped with my confidence, it’s helped me to have a thicker skin, and it’s helped me grow in character. Building my business was way out of my comfort zone, but now I know I can do it. And I won’t have to do it alone.

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Is there more than an ‘either, or’ career?

Meet Lyndsey! She is a mom of three, a military spouse and an awesome mentor at Moms Making Six Figures. Lyndsey realized she needed a career with flexibility, but also wanted something she could be passionate about. Like many other women in her position, the question of there being more than just an ‘either, or’ career flooded Lyndsey’s mind. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures met both her family and career needs!

Why was a career with Moms Making Six Figures a fit for you?

As a military spouse and mom of three, my schedule needs to be flexible and movable, literally and figuratively. My career experience is in mental health. However, when I moved to California from Florida, I transitioned to a very rewarding career in the commercial and military diving industry. During this time, I met my husband, who is a Navy Diver. 

Fast forward to now, where we manage deployment schedules, training trips, moving to different duty stations every few years along with the normal time management of raising three young children and managing a household.  Following the birth of our second child, we decided the value of having me at home with the kids was worth more to us than a corporate income. I would never change that decision, but it has certainly been challenging personally and professionally.  I trained and partnered with a great financial company to trade stock options at home the last few years. While it afforded the time freedom I needed, I hated it.  

Enter Moms Making Six Figures.  

My career with Moms Making Six Figures has afforded me time freedom AND everything else I enjoyed in my corporate positions (namely the human interactions, haha), but nothing I disliked about those same corporate positions. (Such as employee management, inventory and production management, etc.)  Instead, I get to focus on client relations, goals and problem solving. Everything I enjoy with the time and location freedom to meet the challenges of my life as a mom and military spouse.  

We’ve featured some of your awesome family vacation pictures on our Instagram and Facebook! From hiking in the desert, to adventuring in your own city, does work ever interfere with family time?

Quite the opposite, actually!  My work with Moms Making Six Figures is so organic. It fits right in our lifestyle, from daily interactions to extra adventures near and far.  My career goes where I go, I don’t punch a time clock, and I don’t need anything other than my computer and phone.

We all know there is much more to this career than just the fun times that are often highlighted. In what ways have you had to step out of your comfort zone in order to be successful in your business?

I am an introvert by nature, meaning simply that I need (and often prefer) my quiet space to recharge.  That is my comfort zone.  To be successful with Moms Making Six Figures is no different than my other corporate careers in that I must be willing to step out of my comfort zone and build relationships.  The difference is with Moms Making Six Figures, the nature of the relationships we build are genuine and helpful.  We offer such value to our clients. Although I do have to step out of my comfort zone, at the end of the day my job is extremely rewarding. Unlike my corporate experiences, I’ve found working with Moms Making Six Figures doesn’t drain me.

 

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If it’s worth it. Don’t walk away from it.

This week we talked with Katie! She used to run an in-home daycare and knew working for herself was the right fit for her life. With Moms Making Six Figures, Katie has the freedom to work for herself, put family first and earn an income. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!

How did you find MMSF and were you skeptical to seek more information? What ended up being the deciding factor for you to join the team?

I was introduced to the Moms Making Six Figures Team through an acquaintance on Facebook. She invited me to learn more about a referral program and it honestly sounded too good to be true.

My friend invited me to an event where I could learn more, and I realized this team could be perfect fit for me. I was excited to change my family member’s lives! Not to mention, I could also help other women to change their family’s lives, too. Joining the team was a no-brainer!

How do you decide how much time to give to your business each week?

It depends on what is happening in my kids’ lives. I have a 6-year-old son and 7 1/2-year-old daughter. I am room mom for both classes, on the PTA Board, at every ballet class and I substitute teach a few days a week.

I love that I can schedule my hours around my kids. I used to run an in-home daycare. I opened it when my daughter was born, and I have worked for myself ever since. I cannot imagine going back to an 8-4pm, 5 day a week schedule. I love not having to ask permission for time off if my kids are sick, have a special event at school, or need me for any reason.


There are some specific things that I do for my business each week, but they can be done when I have the time. I always put my family first!

Have you ever had a moment of wanting to give up? How do you push past those feelings and doubts? 

Yes, doubts creep in regularly. Working for yourself isn’t easy, but SO worth it. If it weren’t for the incredible leaders on the team I probably would have given up on myself and my dreams.


 

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