As a community of women who have come together with the same common goal of enhancing our lives, we each have our own individual WHY that keeps us progressing forward toward that goal. And, while we each have our own perspective of success that we aspire to achieve, we all agree that attaining six figures as mothers is nothing short of life changing. As we come together to empower one another with real stories, real inspiration, and real resources, we find ourselves asking, how many women in the US have actually reached the ‘big exhale’ on the other side of earning six-figures? And, perhaps more importantly, how can we help more women experience that same success, stability, and sense of peace that comes with the ‘6-Figure Safety Net’ for themselves?
In a recent study conducted by SmartAsset, experienced financial writer and CEPF®
Ben Geier states, “Fewer than one in every eight female workers in the U.S. are six-figure earners”. This means that throughout “the largest 100 U.S. cities, the average percentage of female workers who earn at least $100,000 is less than 12%”. When considering the data, initially it may seem as though, as women, we’re making significant headway in achieving financial security and success, but with a closer look, it becomes obvious that we still have a long way to go in shattering those ever-elusive glass ceilings. According to Kristin Myers, reporter for Yahoo Finance, in IRS reported figures for the tax year 2016, “of the 9% [of the population] earning at least $100,000 or more, more than twice as many men earn a six-figure salary than women”.
That should not sit well with us, particularly when we consider that leading non-profit organizations like Heifer International, know and practice what we already know intuitively as successful women and mothers: “when women have control over their assets and incomes, they reinvest in their families”. That is wildly powerful. The ‘6-Figure Safety Net’ is more than a number, and it is more than a goal we set for ourselves; achieving six-figures means modeling for our community and our children that financial security is a pathway to ending significant global issues like hunger and poverty. And when empowered women, particularly mothers, have both financial and social capital, “Everyone eats more nutritious food. Kids go to school. Families get better access to health care” and, as further affirmed by UN Women, they begin to have “control over their own time, lives, and bodies; and increased voice, agency and meaningful participation in economic decision-making at all levels from the household to international institutions”
We have work to do: for ourselves, for women, for our children and for our communities. Attaining a higher salary provides us with financial independence in the short term, but also allows us to pursue long-term financial goals and to make significant strides forward for humanity and equity. On the heels of a particularly devastating year, it is more important than ever that we enable and empower women to chase after, and to achieve a six-figure salary. Over “thirty-one percent of both millennials and Gen X-ers [don’t] believe they [will] ever achieve a six-figure salary”. Let’s change that narrative starting within our own homes.
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Miriam! She owns a successful vacation rental business in Victoria, B.C. Victoria is a capital city located on Vancouver Island. Miriam has always had a love for working with people, along with being an entrepreneur. Read on to learn why Moms Making Six Figures was the perfect fit for her!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career background?
I’ve always considered myself a transformation coach. I love anything to do with helping others be their best selves and seeing change for the better! In my corporate career, I worked as an Account Executive with Franklin Covey enjoying 3 tenures over 20 years. In this position, I would help senior-level executives, directors, and business/organization unit leaders to increase productivity, help with business execution, leadership and employee performance improvement. Alongside my amazing corporate career, I have always had a “side-gig.” It’s always been important for me to have multiple streams of income and I love being an entrepreneur. From the time I was a little girl, I had a newspaper route and sold Regal gifts. I just have always believed in entrepreneurship.
After I retired from the corporate world, I started a vacation rental business. I own four properties and manage another for a client, as well. For a long time, I had a dream of owning a Bed and Breakfast, so this business is the perfect way to fulfill my dream and welcome guests to our beautiful city of Victoria, B.C. I see guests from all over the world and feel very blessed!
How did you first learn about Moms Making Six Figures?
About a year and a half ago, one of my friends reached out to me and introduced me to the Moms Making Six Figures Team. After learning about the company and their mission to help others lives healthier lives, I was very intrigued.
With my vacation rental business, I always ensure guests visiting my properties have everything they need. From seasonings to cookware, laundry soap and much more, all my guests need to pack is their clothing. Making sure that my properties had safe products was a top priority, so partnering with Moms Making Six Figures just made sense.
Although partnering with Moms seemed to make sense, did you have any initial reservations?
At first, I was hesitant to join the Moms Making Six Figures team because I had been pouring so much energy into my vacation rental business. After I spent some time getting familiar with the company, everything truly seemed to fall into place. My business was doing extremely well, I felt financially secure, but I started to miss some aspects of having a side-gig. I also missed being able to work with people like I did in my corporate career…
I woke up one day and it kind of dawned on me that working with Moms Making Six Figures would add so much to my life. I would be helping people, goal setting and continuing to nurture my entrepreneurial side! I couldn’t be happier that I decided to take the plunge and work with this amazing team of women.
We are so excited to share the interview we had with Stacy Fiske recently. Stacy has been working with Moms Making Six Figures for a total of 11 years, two years part-time and the last nine years full-time. In the time she has spent working with the team, her “why” has shifted. Stacy took the time to share what life is like for her now and how Moms Making Six Figures has played such an intricate role in her journey!
Can you tell us a little bit about why you started working with Moms Making Six Figures?
When I very first started with Moms Making Six Figures, I was a single mom working in the corporate world and I felt like my daughter was being raised by her nanny. I was working so much and felt like I just needed to do something different. I really wanted a job where I could control my schedule and have flexibility. Fast forward to now, life looks very different. I am re-married; we blended our families and had a son together, for a grand total of five amazing kids. It’s crazy to reflect and think about where my life is and all I have been able to do by making this career switch. For example, having two of our kids in private school, being able to drop them off and pick them up each day, along with pay for the schooling itself.
When our youngest, Colin, was diagnosed with dyslexia, we didn’t have to worry for a second about how much it would cost to get him the help and tools he needs. We hired a specialized tutor, along with therapy and evaluations. With these evaluations, it requires me to take him out of school and be with him about 10 hours per week to get those services done. Again, I didn’t even have to think twice about doing this for him. I didn’t have to talk to my employer and find some flexibility in my schedule – I already have that freedom being my own boss with Moms Making Six Figures. I felt such a sense of gratitude knowing that I can do what I need to do for my son without a single worry about the financial and time obligations. My business didn’t suffer, either. The amazing team we work with jumped in to help me with anything I needed. In the corporate world, this would have been a huge hit for the business.
What were your first thoughts when you found out about your son’s special need?
When you find out your child has a special need, the first thing you want to do is take it away for them. I remember thinking “I wish I had a magic wand to wave, and he would not have to deal with this…” But that is not life or reality, our kids must go through struggles. The second thought I had was “what resources can I provide to help him be as successful as he can be, despite this special need?”
My heart breaks for others who might not have the same opportunities I do when it comes to helping my son. I constantly think about all the mothers who do not have financial stability or job flexibility to lean on in this situation.
There is a ton of worry and stress that comes along with having a child with a special need. The situation is emotional enough — I could not imagine having got the news while worrying about the financial aspects or losing my job by needing extra time off. To be able to deal with the issue without those added stressors is a true gift.
Do you ever just sit back and reflect on how different your life is because of joining Moms Making Six Figures?
Oh, absolutely. When you think about taking the leap out of the corporate world, you question “am I giving something up to get this flexible schedule? Am I giving up the career I have built and the name I have established for myself?” The answer is no, you’re not. And in time, you realize you’ve gained so much more than you could have ever lost in the first place. With Moms Making Six Figures, you’re gaining the ability to have a profession and a business of your own… All while having the resources and time to be the parent you want to be. Honestly, I don’t really know if I could have done both as successfully had I stayed in the corporate world. I remember the days I had no control over my schedule and there was so much demand on my time from my employer. They weren’t terribly understanding about family life, either. They didn’t really care if you have a sick kid or an emergency. They want you to be clocked in and present at work.
When I talk to people about my business, I see the self-doubt turning in their heads. The thoughts of “you did it, but could I?” Or, “Is this really a profession that could provide me the financial security I need in the long-term?” I wish I could just shout “YES!” from the rooftops. Here I am, nine years of full-time into the business, I have earned 1.8 million dollars over those nine years and have always prioritized my family. I can drop off and pick up my kids at school, take them to sports activities and so much more. These are the things I never thought were doable when I worked in the corporate world. I thought my kids would have to miss out on fun things, like sports, because how would I ever get them from point A to point B with such a rigorous schedule? Now, it’s my reality.
Sometimes, I think about what life would be like if I hadn’t started working with Moms Making Six Figures. My kids would have had to be a part of the after-school programs, have nanny’s or babysitter’s, and someone else would be driving them around. Someone else would be hearing about what went on at school that day. I wouldn’t have the chance to get to know their friends or volunteer in their classroom. It’s such a different view when you get to be the involved parent.
What is your best piece of advice for anyone questioning whether they should reach out and learn about Moms Making Six Figures?
My best piece of advice: what’s the worst that could happen? You get some information and find out it’s not a good fit. Now, what’s the best that could happen? What could your life look like 10 years from now? I made a small change. I wasn’t giving up myself, I was just changing my career. I started doing things a different way, was still able to produce a significant income and have a secure life. I think a lot of people have given up hope. We have been beaten down in life and told we can’t do it all. Something always has to give… I am here to tell you, there is no need to give up hope. There are opportunities out there that let you have it all. So, why not dig in and explore all your options? Why not try?
Meet Jessica! With a background as a Booth Strategist, Designer & Side-Hustler, she successfully ran her own business for years. As time went on, Jessica decided she needed something that would allow her more freedom to be with her family, while still bringing home an income. Jessica finding Moms Making Six Figures was truly a domino effect from the very beginning of her journey through motherhood. Read on to learn more about her amazing story.
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I’ll start by saying I count my blessings every day for my husband Scott. We met in 2003, shortly after coming out of a domestic violence shelter in San Diego. Trust me, I wasn’t looking for love. We had our now 8-year-old son, Landon, in 2011.
By the time Landon was six months, like many other children, he had developed eczema. When he was 2 1/2, it had become so severe his legs looked like he had road rash. His skin was always broken, weeping and bleeding. We had become desperate to figure out what was causing his eczema and how to make it better. We saw every specialist under the sun and didn’t get anywhere. As a mom, it was frustrating to watch your child suffer in pain and discomfort. What was worse, he couldn’t yet fully speak to express his discomfort.
I knew I had to take matters into my own hands, so I started doing my own research online. I pulled countless all-nighters trying to sort out what was causing his eczema. My logic was telling me that something was wrong internally. I finally came across Leaky Gut Syndrome, or otherwise known as Increased Intestinal Permeability. I was convinced that this was what he was suffering from, later confirmed by a Naturopath Doctor. It became my mission to do whatever it would take to make him better.
That sounds extremely scary and as you mentioned, frustrating. What did you do next?
Well, during this time, I had been working as a server at a local restaurant chain I had worked at for six years. I ended up having to quit my job due to Landon needing round the clock care. His condition was expensive, too. Insurance was not covering most of his care and we were quickly draining our accounts.
I finally decided to reach out to our local community for assistance. The amount of assistance we got was amazing! Our community supported Landon in a huge way, but it only lasted so long. In 2015, I ended up putting together a vendor event in our neighborhood to serve as a fundraiser for Landon. We titled it the “Landon Scott Fair.” There were a lot of risks involved, but this mama was determined! The event ended up being very successful. We were able to use the funds to get the care that Landon so desperately needed.
Is organizing Landon’s fundraiser what first sparked your interest in event coordinating?
It definitely played a part in it! A week after the fundraiser, one of my vendors reached out and asked me for coffee. She was an event coordinator for local Foodie Festivals and was impressed with how well Landon’s fundraiser was run that she asked me to join her committee. The position would allow me to work from home and was the highest pay I had ever been offered. It was a miracle! I had so much fun working with the team and I ended up being promoted to Creative Director. We became really great friends and she also became a business mentor for me. She started introducing me to Masterminding & Networking groups and literally changed the trajectory of my life.
Okay, we’re intrigued. What do you mean by that?
We had just wrapped up the largest event we had done yet and my part was a huge success. At our Foodie Festivals, we always had a non-profit organization as a beneficiary. As the Creative Director, one of my duties was to strategize, design and run the booth for the non-profit if they could not be present. I knocked this one out of the park! We were sitting in our Mastermind Meeting and they were all asking me what I was going to do. The group was always encouraging me to start my own business, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do. So, I replied this time with “Event Coordinator.” When asked what type of events, I replied I would do them all! Weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, etc. They giggled and said I had to have a niche. Suddenly, one of our members said “Jessica, do you want to know what I think you would be really good at?” Curious, I asked, “what?” She said, “I think you would be really good at helping Vendors with their booths.” Her idea got my wheels turning and eventually “Rock Your Booth” was born.
What were those initial years of running your own business like?
With a new business came a whole lot of networking. I joined a group I had been introduced to, where I eventually met Jennifer Becker. Jennifer and I quickly became friends. We just meshed well and found a lot in common. She had just started with the team at Moms Making Six Figures. I had heard of the company before but was not interested in being on the team. What I loved about Jennifer was that she never pressured me and was more interested in our friendship.
As I continued to network, word started to get around about “Rock Your Booth.” I started running small workshops in friend’s homes and eventually in larger venues. I took on my first client in 2016, where I successfully strategized and designed a booth for her business. The booth was such a hit her company presented it on stage at their biggest event of the year.
I handled a few more booths before moving to Washington state in January 2017. I continued running workshops and started taking on larger clients. It was so exciting! I felt like I had finally found success. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long. About a year and a half later, I had literally become a contractor, building booths and I was exhausted. I was overworked and underpaid. Because this business is so unique, I didn’t have any examples to follow and was basically learning as I was growing. I was also side hustling, taking on some graphic and web design clients just to make up for the lack of profit in my business. The year of 2018 was a tough one for “Rock Your Booth.” By the end of August, I was ready to just push the business aside for a while until I decided what to do with it.
So, you mentioned you had heard of Moms Making Six Figures… What ended up being the reason you wanted to join the team?
Over the years, every so often, Jennifer would give me the friendliest of nudge in regard to joining Moms Making Six Figures. Although I turned her down countless times, she was never offended. Maybe a little bummed, but not offended. With how I was feeling about my business, I broke down and called Jennifer. She was a friend first, giving me a shoulder to cry on as I vented about how hard life had been and that I felt like I was falling apart. I told her I was ready to join the team and give it a try. My thought process was, why not work with one of my dearest friends? I’m not going to lie… it was scary at first but being a part of this AMAZING team has brought so many blessings and has literally been life-changing! I get to work with a positive, supportive and empowering team I also call my friends.
What is your favorite part about working with the team?
I love supporting and empowering other moms to reach their goals and live a life they’ve always dreamed of. Anything is possible when you make the decision to start, listen to your mentors and never look back! I feel fortunate to be able to say that I love what I do. My family gets to have more time with me, I’m traveling more, I have more “me” time and I’m having a blast doing it! The best part of all, I am working from the comfort of my home.
My friends and family keep me motivated to always be morphing into the best version of myself. I used to think of the best version of myself as someone who becomes a career woman or an entrepreneur, makes sacrifices for her family and works a lot. Through the years, I’ve come to realize the best version of me is when I am working for myself with an amazing team backing me up. I owe a huge thanks to Moms Making Six Figures for this amazing opportunity and for having such a positive impact on my family’s quality of life.
Meet Katie! She has an amazing career in acting, producing and directing! You might have seen some of her work on Grim from NBC, Leverage from TNT and Portlandia, to name a few… Needless to say, she is extremely driven. We loved having the opportunity to chat with her about what it takes to build such an incredible career. (All while raising a family!) Read on to learn about Katie’s story. You are going to love it.
Talk to us about your career! How’d you get into this industry? What are the highlights? Tell us everything!
I started out on television. I was interviewing celebrities like John Travolta, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt for a morning show called Good Day Oregon. Although this was a great job, I still had acting in my heart and wanted to pursue it as a career. An opportunity to audition for a Paramount film came around and I thought “why not?” I got the job but ended up getting cut out of the entire thing. I was devasted, to lay the least. I felt as though the end had come before I even had my beginning. In my head, I thought “my career is not supposed to go like this.” This movie had landed in my lap, I didn’t even really want it… Why was it affecting me so much?
After this experience I started to think “if I worked for it, what would that look like?” From that point forward, I got into acting classes and started with a coach who trained with the Meisner technique. This style of acting, or truth-telling, launched me into a successful career. I started booking some commercials, TV spots and films.
I had to work extremely hard to get to that point and I still work hard today. It’s crazy to think that was 20 years ago. I think what it comes down to is knowing if I arrived earlier, stayed later and worked 100 times harder than everyone else I would find success. I had kids, a family and didn’t know how exactly I was going to build this career. I just knew I didn’t have to be the best, I just had to work the hardest.
So, after a while, I felt like I wanted more from acting. I started telling people I wanted to produce. Initially, I had a lot of people tell me I couldn’t do it. At the time, actors were not really doing any producing, so I think that is where a lot of the doubt came from. Yet again, I knew all it came down to was hard work. I challenged myself to learn everything there was to know about producing.
The first movie I produced, called “Rid of Me,” I actually starred in. It opened at Tribeca Film Festival in New York and ended up selling to Netflix, Amazon, Showtime and a few other places. For a small theatrical release and first time out of the gate, it had a really big success. So, I went on to continue producing and thought “gosh, I am helping a lot of directors. I am consulting and advising… Why am I not directing?”
I think initially, the fear of not knowing or being good enough stopped me from directing. I thought maybe it was for later in life. I had a good friend tell me not to wait – just go for it. So, I did. Within my first week of calling myself a director, I had three directing jobs.
Did you feel that some of your hesitancy towards directing came from it being a male-dominated career field?
Yeah, it’s a big issue. There are only five women directors for every 50 male directors. Mostly, it becomes hard when you don’t see someone like you doing what you want to do. It doesn’t occur to you that it is something you can try. In my 20 years in the commercial and film industry, out of hundreds of directors I worked with, I had about two female directors.
Fortunately, the landscape on this is changing. This year, I was featured in Shoot Magazine’s Up-and-Coming directors in 2019 and about half of us were women. That being said, there tend to be more jobs out there for male directors.
I always ask myself “what else?” And somewhere during this journey to direct, I ended up opening a studio to help kids who were in pursuit of acting. It’s a special place. I love that I get to help mentor others and help them discover their passion. Ultimately, it all comes back to believing that my happiness is found in the pursuit of my potential. Happiness is not determinant on reaching certain goals, rather just aiming to reach a higher and higher potential.
Let’s talk about the Nike commercial you recently directed! Can you expand on what lead up to that opportunity and what it felt like to direct a commercial for such a notable brand?
I got the opportunity to direct this commercial because of a studio believing in me. The people I worked with at the studio instilled their confidence in me and opened my eyes to my own abilities. After that, it all clicked, and I realized I had the skill and value to bring to the table for this project. I don’t know if I would have spoken up for myself in that way without their support. So, it meant a lot to me to direct this commercial, be successful and have it received so well.
What sacrifices did you make to build this incredible career?
The truth of the matter is, sometimes I can’t be the best in my career, as a mom or wife each day. Somedays you are killing it at work, but your kid might be at home, sick watching Netflix. Or, I am being an awesome mom and wife. Maybe we are on vacation or having a fun day, but I am totally blowing off work. Each day is a give and take. There are very few days where everything is balanced, and you are getting it right. I think the sacrifice I made was being able to let go of the idea that everything needed to be perfect. Instead, I try to operate from a place of being in the moment and give everything I can. I try to remind myself we are only human. You are always sacrificing in at least one of the categories. Honestly, there are not enough hours in the day to be perfect at everything we do.
I miss games, or sometimes I miss auditions. I miss days of work or sometimes miss the kids being at home, sick. However, there is something powerful about raising a family that watches you put your heart and soul into something and to see it rewarded. When your children see you helping others reach their goals, I think speaks volumes to what they might do with their own career one day.
I truly believe in being a person of service. I love being able to raise others up and I think it translates to how I raise my kids. They see what it takes to build a strong career, community, and family. One thing I will always stand by is blocking out time for family – It’s a mind, body and spirit need. Your heart won’t be able to keep up with all the amazing things you want to do if you don’t set aside time to recharge with loved ones.
With all you’ve achieved, what was your motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures? (And where do you find the time to work on your business?!)
First, thank goodness for being able to work online. I have been able to fit Moms Making Six Figures into the downtime in my life. I am not a celebrity; I am a working actress. Each job only lasts so long and when it’s over, you are then on the hunt for the next opportunity. At the end of the day, I am a handyman looking for my next job… You’ve got to have something to fill in those gaps. I used my time in between jobs to build my Moms Making Six Figures business and I am very grateful I did. Recently, we used the income I earned with Moms to help buy a cabin on the river! I love spending time with my family there. (It’s a great place to recharge!)
Another piece of motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures came from a place of wanting to help educate others about how to live healthier lives. My son was diagnosed with Leukemia and when the doctors told me to get rid of the toxins in our home, I didn’t even know what they meant. After they explained all the things that were considered toxic, I was sick to my stomach. Thankfully, my son survived, and I am happy to share my story with others who might be able to benefit from hearing it.
Finally, working with the Moms team has introduced me to some amazing women. The type of women that want to lift you up. When I am around these women it challenges me to continue thinking “what else, what’s next?” Again, happiness comes from being in pursuit of your potential. If that is true, then the potential is everywhere – I don’t want to limit myself to only acting, only directing or only working for Moms Making Six Figures. I want to keep moving towards my untapped potential while having fun doing it.
Meet Shelly! A dedicated mother of three, wife and Moms Making Six Figures partner! She needed a flexible career to help her family meet their financial goals, like putting their children through college. Shelly was not totally sure there was anything out there that would allow her flexibility and financial freedom… Until she was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, that is. Read on to learn more about Shelly!
Can you share a little about your career and family life?
I was the typical little girl with dreams of a wonderful life! Having a kind, handsome husband, three healthy children, a nice house, a rewarding career and to travel when we had extra money.I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA and credential in K-8 education. Upon graduation, I immediately began my career teaching second grade at a private elementary school and married my high school sweetheart. I was promoted to the role of principal at my school. Everything was going as planned. Since I had always pictured myself as a mom with a busy career, starting a family was the natural next step. It wasn’t until I met my first-born daughter, McKenna (21) in October of 1997 that my dreams shifted. I left my career to become a stay at home mom.
I never thought I would be that person to want to stay home, but it was the best decision we had ever made. My husband, Aaron, and I went on to have two more children, Delaney (19) and Kaden (16). It definitely wasn’t easy financially. We were living paycheck to paycheck, but we had a good life.Six years ago, as my children were needing me less, my oldest was college bound and paying for her education became a priority. I started exploring a part-time career that would offer flexibility, freedom to still be a mom, travel with my family and bring in some extra money to help pay for all their educations.How was I ever going to find something that did all of that?
How did you find Moms Making Six Figures and why did you feel it was a good fit?
I thought I was going to have to go back to full-time teaching, but in 2013 I was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures by an old friend from college, Angela Gange. It could not have been more perfect timing.I was able to set my own part time hours around my hectic life of 3 busy teens, a husband who traveled most every week for work, caring for my father who was terminally ill, traveling with my family and starting to put away some extra money for college educations.
Joining this amazing team just made sense and fit perfectly into our lives! Moms Making Six Figures gave me hope for the first time in a long time. Being a teacher at heart, educating people is what I love to do. However, I am not saying you must be a teacher to excel with Moms Making Six Figures. Ideally, you just need to know your “why.” The reason you want to better your life.For some, it may not be financially driven, rather a need to have other amazing, positive people in your life. Or perhaps you are like a lot of us here, needing a flexible career that provides the financial freedom you have been looking for.Whatever your reason is, I can tell you with confidence that after being introduced to Moms Making Six Figures, my life changed… and yours could, too.
How has Moms Making Six Figures helped you to reach the financial goals you set out for yourself and your family? For instance, being able to help your kids with college, take those vacations, etc.?
When I started with Moms Making Six Figures almost 6 years ago, I only had about 5-8 hours a week to work. At the time, my financial goals were small, but my dreams for the future were big! As the years have gone by I have appreciated the team and how they meet you where you are at any given time in your life. If you want to run, they help you run! If you need to walk, that’s ok, too.With our two daughters finishing their Sophomore and Senior years in college and our son starting his last year of high school in the fall, I am excited to see where my own life is headed. My goals are bigger now that I have more time for myself.I couldn’t be more thankful that Angie introduced us to this amazing opportunity when she did. Not only have I met some wonderful people, but my family and I are healthier and happier than I ever dreamed of.I am so thankful to be a part of Moms Making Six Figures. I love helping other women change their lives and fulfill their own dreams!