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Because I wanted a better future for our family, I decided to take the plunge!

Meet Jara! She has had amazing career experiences in both the music industry and medical field, but things weren’t always so easy. Jara worked a full-time job, ran a household and continued to work on her music career. She realized burning the candle at both ends was not sustainable for her, or her family. Read on to learn how Moms Making Six Figures changed her life!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

To say that my life has taken me on the road less traveled would be an understatement. There have been many defining moments that have drastically changed the course of my life and have shaped the person I am today. 

I grew up in a small town in rural Iowa where hard work, family values and caring neighbors are the everyday norm. My family instilled in me a deep passion to always pursue my dreams no matter what the challenge. I worked my way through college, got married in 2003 and graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Medical Technology from Northwest Missouri State University. After graduation, it was my husband and family’s support that allowed me to follow my dream and move to Nashville, Tennessee. I was ready to take a chance on my dream of becoming country music singer. While in Nashville, I met so many wonderful people who impacted my life and gave my dream an opportunity to grow. I spent my days working as a medical technologist, and my evenings working on my music. During this time, meeting so many incredible people, a new passion was discovered… Song writing. I was blessed with the opportunity to work with many talented and creative songwriters. These people helped me craft my ability to tell a story and express my emotions through the lyrics of a song. I felt like my music career was headed in the right direction. Then life’s path changed course… 

What happened next?

My husband was offered a new job back in Iowa and we were faced with yet another big decision. This led us back home and away from my music career, but my day job as a medical technologist allowed me the flexibility to continue writing, performing and travelling back to Nashville. Then came along our two beautiful children. 

We were blessed with a son in 2012 and a daughter in 2015. Being a parent for the first time changed my perspective on everything! When our second child was born, the ability to find balance in the long commute and high stress shifts at the hospital became a real struggle. After work, I came home to be a mom, wife, along with keeping up the house and working on my music career. I missed out on a ton of family time, weekends and holidays. I knew something needed to change, but I didn’t know what else was out there.

How did you find Moms Making Six Figures?  

One of my best friends I co-write with often in Nashville, Tonya Stout, reached out to me about a new business opportunity. She thought it could be a fit for me and my family. Tonya told me to really examine this opportunity because it could bring me home to my family and give me the flexibility to continue pursuing my music career. Because I trusted Tonya, and because I wanted a better future for our family, I decided to take the plunge. 

From the start, I loved that this company was a US based, placed high value in customers, science and research. I also loved the organic approach we take on building relationships with people. Not only do I get to help educate on how to live a healthier lifestyle, but I am able to help other women find the career balance and flexibility I once longed for. 

Were you able to leave your job in the medical field?

Yes! I hung up my lab coat October 2018, after 15 years in the Medical Technology field with 10 of those years working weekends. I loved the profession and the people I worked with, but the long hours, missed holidays and miles on the road were taking their toll on my health and family. I was ready to be home with my kids and be able to say “yes” to more of the things that filled my cup. In the midst of an unhealthy climate in the music industry, Moms Making Six Figures has given me a residual income to keep my songwriting dream alive. I have been able to release new music on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and perform around the Midwest/Nashville. I’ve never been someone to shy away from taking the road less traveled or stepping out in faith to follow a dream – Now I get to help others do the same thanks to Moms Making Six Figures.

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Finding a “Plan B” when life demands it.

Meet Lyndie! Originally from England and now living in San Diego, California she has had some amazing travel and career experience. However, after some personal transitions and changes in the economy, Lyndie decided to take more control of her time and income.

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

Growing up, I had my heart set on being a performer. I studied every performance discipline available to me and later graduated from the Guildford School of Acting, which is one of the leading drama colleges in the UK. From there, I moved to London, and spent the next eleven years in theater.

And what was life as an actress like? 

Acting, to me, was 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, as there was always someone else’s agenda (an agent’s or a casting director’s) to put before my own. And whilst actors can be the most loving people on earth, it is an incredibly competitive industry by nature. My life wasn’t my own.

In 2000, I began taking on corporate presenting work. It was in 2003 that I met my husband at a Hewlett Packard event in Paris. Miguel was a director of marketing for HP and living in Munich, Germany. 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 was an interesting start to our relationship…

There came a time when I knew my priorities had changed. Fast forward a couple of years to having our daughter, Olivia. When she was ten months old, we were asked to relocate to California for Miguel’s job. I was all in! We moved to San Diego in 2008, and our son Nico was born two years later.

I was a stay-at-home mom 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 mother to two little ones, finding a new career was a tall order. I also knew intuitively that if I were going to go back to work, I would need to do it on my terms.

With that in mind, I came across Moms Making Six Figures, and was put in touch with Angie. My time with her at that first meeting changed everything for me! Angie had had a very different background from mine. A graduate of Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, her background had been in Mortgage Banking, in which she had enjoyed a very successful career. But, as Angie told me at the time, she had 3 sons approaching college-age. This meant that she had needed to find a new career that would not only afford her the flexibility to “build a business from the ball-field” – but also, as she put it, provide a stable six-figure income that would maintain itself during turbulent times.

As a mom myself, and coming from a less than dependable industry, this spoke to me. With Angie’s support, I quickly built the foundations of a strong business in the U.S. which I was able to sustain over the following five years, during which we returned to the UK. Angie and I worked as a team from the get-go – and continued to do so during my time away. She travelled to Europe to spend time with me and I returned to the U.S each year that I was living abroad. As much as I enjoyed being back “home”, I was keen to get back to San Diego to build my business closer to the team here. Happily, my family and I moved back to SoCal at the start of 2019.

How has Moms Making Six Figures impacted your life?

Moms Making Six Figures provided me with a “Plan B” that I really hadn’t imagined possible. I work alongside the likes of Angie and other professional women – all of whom joined our team during the last economic downturn, and replaced their corporate incomes in doing so.

For me, it comes down to having a choice. I choose working hard during my self-set hours, and being there for my family when they need me. On top of this I am now on the “other side” – i.e. being part of a team that helps others with a “Plan B” when life demands it.

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Knowing your passion!

Talking with Angie Gange this week was an absolute pleasure! Her entrepreneurial spirit shines through in every piece of this interview.  Even through the hardest times, Angie was willing to take a risk and build a business that worked around the life she desired.

What is your business background?

I graduated The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, emphasizing in Entrepreneurship. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to own my own business.  I also wanted to be the first female US President. 🙂

But… a funny thing happened to me – I fell in love with my best friend, got married at 22 and had a baby at 24. Everything about how I was going to live my life changed. I fell in love with that little baby boy. Within six years, I had two more and my husband’s career was flourishing.


I had several businesses I started and ran from home – all so that I didn’t have to go “back to work” and leave my boys. For example, I did things like contractual marketing/advertising from other businesses. I was strong in mathematics, so I started a tutoring business for high school math classes. I am a “wanna be artist,” so I even started a personalized stationery business that my designs got picked up by Nordstrom and Hallmark. And I was fortunate enough to do all this from home.

When my third son was born, and my husband was making enough money for me to sell my business and stay at home, I did. Partly because I wanted to spend time with them and partly because I felt a huge responsibility to make sure I left his world with three really good men. I didn’t want to miss any part of their lives. When they got a little older, I did go back to school and obtained my Real Estate Brokers license. I started my own mortgage firm and was quickly recruited by one of the dads on my son’s baseball team to work for a major bank. It was a great job – four hours a day with a six-figure income, until the recession hit.

And I lost my job.

What happened then?

I was able to stay home until a year later when my husband was offered a dream come true opportunity to become the President/CEO and co-owner of a company. However, this meant that for at least two years he would make less income and would be in Los Angeles Monday-Friday. Our oldest son was a senior in high school and recently accepted to a 4-year university.  The college funds we had saved all our lives were 1/2 what they were when he started high school, due to the recession.

We were advised to pay cash for his education for the first two years, as our CPA said he thought the funds would regain their value (which they did).  So, I was given the challenge to bring in $2000/month – while raising three sons, alone, immediately. To top it off, leaning on my profession/experience in Real Estate wasn’t an option.

I looked at many other options – even considering stocking shelves in the grocery story in the middle of the night. Most “entrepreneurial options” required a huge startup fee, which I couldn’t afford, or travel, which I wasn’t willing to do. I looked at MLMs, but they all required me to invest $1000’s of dollars on inventory and I didn’t have any cash.

One night I remember my husband and I were both awake in the middle of the night stressing about money and I said to him, “do you ever just think that we did everything right and the economy just pulled the rug out from underneath us?”

In January of 2011, my friend, a retired naval surgeon, introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures. After talking with her, doing my due diligence, a little mini “focus group” with my friends and family, I decided that this was the best option!

Tell us about how it worked and what it has meant to your family?

That year, I had the fastest growing business in North America and I did it all from home. I was still the room mom, never missed a soccer, baseball, football game or music recital.

I was able to pay cash for my son to go to college. He is now 25 and college is also paid for now for both our other boys and – my husband’s company is thriving.

I’m proud that I have been able to help over 50 people start businesses, have generated 1.5 million dollars a year in sales, with 0 investment.  I have achieved financial security and my boys, well, they are awesome!

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What about you?

Do you ever find yourself feeling stucK? STUCK in a job you no longer love. STUCK trying to figure out how to pay for the looming College expenses or Holiday expenses that are crashing in on you? Stuck trying to figure out what to do with yourself now that the kids are driving and no longer need you to be their personal UBER driver?

I have found myself in a new season of parenting. I am a mom of two teenage boys, very active in sports, preparing for college. The moms in my life who are in similar stages, or even in the beginning stages of empty nesting, our conversations now are different. We all have some time on our hands that we have not had for the last 16 years or so. This is not to imply that our kids don’t need us, but what they need from us has changed.

How about focusing on you time? Improving ourselves. Achieving our goals. Feeling like we are headed in the right direction. Each is essential to our personal well-being and happiness. The more time we can spend on what’s most fulfilling to you the happier and more at peace you are. Think for a moment, what would bring you the most satisfaction and fulfillment in life? Take some time to dream a little, to look beyond the daily grind at what you’d like to become. It’s not too late to start something new. The problem is it’s natural to have fear of failing at something new! How about daring to see a better version of yourself. But where do you start? It starts with you.

Here are TEN tips to help you on your way…

1. Start each day on a positive note. Wake up each day and find the one thing to give you peace. One thing JUST FOR YOU. Instead of turning on the news where you will be flooded with negative news, read a devotion, go to a positive Facebook group, post some inspirational quotes.

2. Exercise. Even if it’s a brief walk or stretch routine, it is proven when you start your day with exercise you will improve your work performance, your mental focus, and be able to ward off stress. It also sets a pattern of consistency and when you are consistent with anything, success follows.

3.  Good nutrition. It’s that simple. Your body needs good fuel to maintain good positive energy throughout your day.

4.  Manage your stress. Stress exists in many forms. It’s different for everyone, but more often than not it’s usually tied to finances. Take steps to eliminate negative people, bills, thoughts. Get a plan, take baby steps to change the direction you are going in. The Holidays are near, its a great time to find a way to supplement your income.

5. Get Accountable. Write down your goals. Share them with someone.

6. Dream a little, what’s possible? You are Possible if you believe. It starts with you.

7. Make a list of your passions, interests.

8. Schedule a coffee, lunch or wine date with 1 person a week that you have not seen in years.

9. Network. Learn about what others in your same boat are doing.

10. Take action. Reach out to us. Have a conversation. We just may be exactly what you are looking for.

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The key to productivity!

This week we caught up with Stacey! She is a busy full-time mom, Occupational Therapist, volunteers and is growing her own business with Moms Making Six Figures. You might be thinking “she must have endless amounts of energy!” Yep, we thought the same thing! However, Stacey has learned the key to productivity comes down to being planned and organized. Read on to learn her best tips!

What has been the hardest part of growing your business? What has been the easiest?

The hardest part of growing my business has been to schedule activity into an already busy life. I work full-time as an Occupational Therapist, my kids have multiple activities they’re involved in, we have a mini-farm, and I volunteer with two organizations. It’s been essential for me to be very organized, and have set goals for the day, week, and month. I’ve also had to really prioritize what is most important. I’m the mom that feels guilty if I’m not at every practice, if dinner is not home-cooked and healthy every night, if the house isn’t clean, etc. I’ve had to let go of a bit of that. The floor may not always be swept, or laundry might not be folded right away, and that’s okay. If I can prep meals for the week, plan for crockpot dinners on crazy nights, etc., it helps. It’s also taken buy-in from my family. I try to have all my overviews and set work time on our home calendar as well as my personal calendar. My husband learned to check the schedule for the week and has been amazing about getting kids to practices when I have an overview or other work scheduled.

The easiest part, surprisingly, has been staying committed! There are many days where I feel like I’m making more of a difference in people’s lives in my business than I do in my day-to-day job. Consistency pays off, and I think those results feed more consistency. The more I put myself out there and meet people, the more I see my work paying off in my life and in other peoples’ lives, the easier it gets to stay committed to my goals and set new and higher goals.

How do you successfully build your network from home? 

One of the main ways I grow my network is to be intentional and aware when I am talking to people. As a mom, an Occupational Therapist and a volunteer, I have so many opportunities to learn about what is going on in people’s lives. I like to listen to people and people will open up if you are genuinely interested in them. There are times when I meet someone and five different ways I can help them jump out at me. Other times, it may be a year or more, or even never, before I contact them from a networking perspective.

Talking with people and helping them is what I do full-time, as an OT and as a mom, but I’m pretty introverted and my tendency has always been to guard my extra time – I’m the one you find with her nose in a book, not the social one. I’ve really tried to be more present, make more eye contact, and talk to people at kids’ activities, in Starbucks, wherever. The more I do this, the easier it gets. People are so interesting – get to know them!

I also try to be aware on social media. People will often let their needs be known – health issues, time crunches, personal stressors – and I try to follow up with a call or personal message. I think you must be sensitive when doing that, though. Sometimes it might be the right time to approach them with how you might be able to help them, but sometimes they just need a friend.

Being a full-time mom while running a business can mean there are distractions at just about every turn. What are your best tips for maximum productivity?

I work full-time in addition to being a full-time mom and growing my business, so there are extra distractions. I heard the saying “time management is about excuse management” on a training a few weeks ago, and it really resonated with me, because that’s how I keep myself on track. Early morning is my “organizing time.” I’m usually up at 5 a.m., and the kids are not supposed to get up until 6. This is my time to have my coffee, finish any patient charting, and review my Moms Making Six Figures goal for the day. I am a big list-maker. I have my contact list, but then I also have daily lists of who I want to contact and who I want to follow up with that day.

 

I live by my Day Runner – I must have my schedule written down in front of me, not just in the calendar in my phone!  I keep my calendar with me and have all the non-negotiable times written down – soccer, 4-H meetings, school events, Boy Scout meetings, etc., so I know exactly what free time I have. I’ve also learned to schedule “my time” in my calendar. If I want some time with one of my horses or time to go on a hike, it goes in the calendar, so that it is just as important as any other activity. I do a lot of driving since I do home health therapy, and I keep my contact list with me to take advantage of any free minute I have. If I have a break between patients, or if I get to school pickup early, I’ll use that time to make calls. I also try to take advantage of my drive time to listen to drop box recordings of team calls or listen to podcast trainings.

It takes organization and planning to run a business and balance everything that moms balance! For anyone struggling with this, my biggest tip is to be aware of where your time goes. Yes, there will be some things that need to be sacrificed in the short-term but having a written calendar and an organized plan for the day, week, and month will help ensure that you are still able to be there for the important things for your family while maximizing the time you have for your business.

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Perseverance = a great life!

We had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Barbara J Ryan and she explained how perseverance is the key to a great life! Dr. Ryan is such an inspiration and we are beyond grateful to have her on our team – her attitude on family, her career and ability to help others is truly something to admire!

Was it a difficult choice to begin something new alongside your job as a surgeon to join the Moms Making Six Figures Team?  What ended up being the deciding factor?  Is Moms Making Six Figures your sole income now?

It was an extremely difficult choice to begin something new alongside my career as a surgeon – mostly because I was already exhausted from working 90 to 103 hours per week. But I knew if I didn’t make a change, my future would not change… and it HAD to change. I felt like I was drowning. My family needed me and, frankly, I needed my family. I wanted better life-balance with an income, flexibility to support my loved ones and my community outside of surgery. So, with much guidance and partnership, I replaced my income in about 1 ½ years. Working with the MMSF team has been my sole income ever since. Although, I still hold my active medical license and physician credentials.

 

What were some of the early lessons you learned in your business that have stuck with you?  What has been the biggest factor in your success? 

I sharpened my ability to persevere. What I mean is it doesn’t matter what others think of your life decisions if you carry yourself with integrity and pure motives. In my life, that equates to a lot of prayer and talks with God for guidance. Many questioned my decision to do something different. “Being” a surgeon comes with respect and some awe at times. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s more noble than another occupation. I don’t see my two careers as separate, but one blossoming into another where all my life experiences add to my current service to others. It might sound like a cliché, but you have to follow your dreams. Get laser focused on your goals and don’t allow others to dissuade you. Other people do not know the details of your life and they aren’t the ones paying your bills.  Become the person you want to be and don’t question it when you struggle or others question. Because you will struggle, and some will question.

P E R S E V E R E!

It is equally important to know what fuels your perseverance. What fuels me is knowing I can truly help people create the life theywant. For some, it’s having the ability to pick their children up from school, attend the soccer game, or recital while still generating income. For others, it might be putting money aside for vacation and college funds or covering their monthly finances. I’m passionate about the work we do at Moms Making Six Figures. We have the power to build businesses without traditional overhead and startup costs to provide for an exceptional life. Being a part of this team and instilling the confidence in others to help create the income they need is beyond rewarding! Additionally, we help families and individuals live healthier lives, whether that’s losing weight, fostering safer homes or simplifying life and saving time to spend it elsewhere in a more impactful area. Who doesn’t want that?

Looking back, would you change anything about your journey with Moms Making Six Figures?

No. Could I have done things better? Yes.

What’s important though is to learn from the past to make the most of your future.  My motto is “fall 7 times, stand up 8.” And never prejudge people as much as humanly possible. You never know how you can help someone, how they can help you and the impact only you can have upon others. As NIKE says, “just do it!”


 

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