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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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Building a business from the ground up!

Meet Holly! After building a successful small business with her husband and holding the CFO position, she decided to step away to focus on raising their children. However, she knew there was still a need for her to contribute financially. Holly was looking for something that offered flexibility, but also made her excited to jump out of bed every morning.  Read on to learn more about Holly’s journey!

 Can you share a little bit about your personal, career and educational background? 

When I look back over the first half of my life I am amazed by the diversity of personal and work experience that I have been fortunate enough to have. I grew up in Tucson, AZ. and after I graduated from high school, I spent a year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Finland.  This was a phenomenal experience and opened my mind and heart to the joys of travel, along with understanding and connecting with other cultures.  Upon my return, I attended Kenyon College for two years and then embarked on another exchange to Bali, Indonesia. When returned home, I transferred to the University of Arizona where I completed my undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. 

 After finishing my undergraduate degree, I lucked into a position as a teaching assistant in a preschool classroom at a mental health facility for children. This challenging and rewarding experience led me to my first career as a Special Education teacher.  I completed a Master’s in Special Education and taught for almost 10 years. During the summers I worked at Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I met my husband, Terry.

 I loved being a teacher and expected that this would be my career. However, after having our second child, my husband and I realized a teacher’s salary in Arizona didn’t make enough financial sense for me to continue teaching.  I spent the next few years at home raising our two young children and helping my husband grow our small business, DSA Vacations. 

 What was it like growing a small business from the ground up? What were the highs and lows?

After Terry and I got married in 2001, he joined me in Tucson. Terry decided to follow his dream of starting a travel company focused on travel to South Africa, where he is from.  In September of 2001, DSA Vacations was born in the back bedroom of my childhood home.  I was involved in growing our company every step of the way.  Initially, my role was his confidant and emotional supporter. After our second child turned two, I started going to the office to “help,” and ultimately became the CFO.  

When you start your own business, you wear all the hats. Both Terry and I had backgrounds in education, so we were on a steep learning curve.  Every decision seemed enormous and precarious.  Fortunately, we both thrived on the creativity involved in this process. We had to become experts in managing our staff, marketing campaigns, developing relationships with airlines and so much more. Because of our hard work and determination, our company now generates 10 million in sales, has over 15 employees, and has branched out to Asia and the Americas!

As exciting as this time was, there was also a lot of stress. It started to feel like DSA was consuming all our time.  When our 3rd child was born in 2010, I decided to step out of the day-to-day activities and focus on raising our children.

 How did you find Moms Making Six Figures? 

After our youngest started kindergarten, I start to think about going back to work.  Although we had built a very successful business, I still needed to start contributing financially again to our family. I spent almost two years thinking about what I wanted to do next.  I wanted to do something meaningful, flexible and lucrative. Basically, I was looking for my “dream job.” I considered returning to teaching, going back to school, or even starting my own business.  However, each of these did not check all the boxes I was looking for. In January of 2017, my cousin Angie Hancock Gange, got in touch with my brother and he mentioned I was looking for a new career. We got in touch, and almost immediately I knew I had found something special.  I recognized the structure of working with Moms Making Six Figures allowed for major success. Not to mention, an incredible team of very successful woman to help me every step of the way.  With Angie’s help, I launched my business and I have never looked back.

So, what is life currently like these days for you and your family?

It took about a year for me to really accept I had found my “dream job.”  I was able to start my own business without taking out a loan, like I did the first time, and I immediately made a profit.  I still have complete control over my time, which allows me to be a totally hands on mom and to travel whenever we want.  I work with an incredible group of people and I am now building my own team here in Tucson, with their help.  I work to educate about healthy living and environmental issues that are beyond important to me.  With Moms Making Six Figures, I know I can hit my goal to get our family permanently out of debt and pay cash for our children’s college educations.  I feel like I have rediscovered myself.  I am proud of everything I have accomplished and excited about the future.  So, to sum it up, life is great these days. 

 

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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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If you want something, go out and get it!

Meet Stella! She came to the U.S. as a child and learned the value of hard work by watching her parents strive to provide her with a great life. Stella lives by the rule “if you want something, go out and get it.” She doesn’t shy away from challenges. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management, she started a small business. Although she has a loyal clientele, Stella knew an additional income stream would be helpful for her and her son, Jacob. Read on to learn more about Stella’s journey! 

Why did you get started with Moms Making Six Figures? 

I was introduced to Moms Making Six Figures by Dr. Barbara Ryan. I was looking for additional income, as I have been self-employed for the last fifteen years. When I sat down with her, I realized how knowledgeable she was and the opportunity to partner with the company just made sense. The entire Moms team welcomed me with open arms. 

They made me feel and believe that I am able to accomplish all my financial and personal goals with them. The extra salary working with Moms Making Six Figures will generate for us will be amazing. 

 In your opinion, what is the biggest factor in becoming successful with your businesses?

The biggest factor in becoming successful is hard work and dedication.  My parents brought me here from The USSR (Moscow) when I was just 6-years old.  We basically came here with nothing. Watching my parents put in the hard work to achieve and provide for us was really inspirational. They instilled in me that I can accomplish anything if I dedicate myself to it.  

Learning these skills at a young age encouraged me to work hard and push on whenever I need to. I started my company, LuminEssence (Permanent hair removal), with the help of my mother 15 years ago. I was so scared. Being a small business owner was a big investment, especially without really knowing what the outcome would be. Fortunately, my business has been a success. I guess you could have figured that out, since it’s been 15 years. (Haha!) But on a serious note, I really worked at making my business a success. I learned how to communicate with all types of people. I also learned how important follow up and follow through is. These abilities have helped me propel my Moms Making Six Figures business, too!   

 Where do you see your future with Moms Making Six Figures taking you?

Where do I see my future with Moms with Six Figures? Hmmm… I see myself as being a leader!  Or, perhaps a major component in the Moms establishment. Honestly, I don’t know. Here is what I do know:  I started with Moms Making Six Figures in October and it’s been quite a ride! I am always working on my business and right now, I am not looking too far ahead.  I know that I love where I am going and only time will tell where I end up.

Focusing on my long-term goals is definitely on my list, but I have a great team to help me figure that part out. These are the best women I have ever worked with and when people ask me what team I am on, I am so proud to say Moms Making Six Figures!

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Steps in the right direction…

This week we talked with Angie Wright. Her story is one a lot of moms can relate to as they weed through various “work-from-home” careers out there. Angie found herself in serious debt after investing her precious time, energy and money into a business that drained her on all fronts. Understandably, she was skeptical to learn about Moms Making Six Figures. Would it be different than her past experiences? Read on to learn more about her journey!

Can you give us a little bit of your background? What were you doing before Moms Making Six Figures?

Of course! I was born and raised in Oceanside California. I went to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa and studied Intercultural and urban studies. When I graduated in 2000, I was a youth pastor for 3 years in the Los Angeles area. I loved working with youth and when I moved back to Oceanside in 2003, I started working with teenagers in group homes. My heart and passion still lie with helping at-risk youth. I eventually became the Director of a crisis program for teens through the YMCA, but in 2014 the program lost funding and I was let go. 

After all of that happened, I decided to stay home with my kids. I have a 10-year-old son named James, an 8-year-old daughter, Janise, and then our two-year-old son, Jasiah. I loved being at home with my kids, but I knew I still needed an income. I tried anything and everything to be a stay at home mom and contribute financially.

What were the types of jobs you did to maintain your lifestyle as a stay-at-home mom? 

Initially, I helped run a daycare with my mom in her home for about a year. After that, I dabbled in some direct sale companies. I sold juices, jewelry, and the biggest one was LuLaRoe, which I worked with for about two and a half years. The initial investment was a very hefty $5,000 for the clothing and roughly another $3,000-$5,000 for all the equipment needed. I enjoyed my time with LuLaRoe because I loved helping women feel beautiful and I love the clothes myself, but it was a very hard business to be in. I spent countless hours advertising on Facebook, ordering more inventory and getting severely into debt. Not to mention, working events where I had to literally haul 300-500 pieces of clothes back and forth from my home.

I realized I was spending so much money and time away from my family that the business just was not worth it anymore. So, I left.

What did you do with your left-over inventory? Were you able to sell it before you stopped working with LuLaRoe? 

I had the option of returning inventory, but below wholesale because I would have had to pay a restocking fee. The process was so arduous, instead I decided to discount my remaining inventory to other retailers and my current customers. I definitely did not make my money back because I had to discount it way below wholesale to sell it all. 

One of the hardest parts about selling LuLaRoe is that we were not able to pick the patterns of the clothes. We could pick the style and the size, but they would send us whatever print they had. To tell you the truth, there were some prints that no one wanted to buy, and retail consultants would end up getting stuck with them!

So, tell me a little about how this journey led you to Moms Making Six Figures? 

In January of 2018, my friend, Jennifer Becker contacted me and wanted to share more about her business. I knew if anything, we would be good source of referrals for one another.  We had become friends when our daughters started kindergarten together in 2016.  I knew she did some sort of work-from-home business because she had a table set up at a fundraiser at the school. Unfortunately, I was too busy setting up my 300-piece display and did not have time to go check it out.  So, I told her that I would be open to hearing more.  Little did she know I was struggling financially and having regrets for starting a LuLaRoe business.  

Jennifer came over to my house, we sat at my kitchen table and she shared with me what Mom’s Making Six Figures was all about.  By the end I was literally in tears because for some reason I saw a hope and a future in her presentation I hadn’t experienced with any other company.  More than that, Jennifer was so genuine. I believed she would be a supportive friend and business partner, which is something I never had before.  

How have you found Moms Making Six Figures to be different from your career with LuLaRoe?

At first, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical to jump on board based off my previous experiences. In the past, I had become “star struck” with other business presentations and none of them had worked. They all left me broke, in debt and hopeless. However, I decided to give it a try to see if there really was NO startup cost or fees. If what Jennifer had said was true, I thought, what’s the risk? 

Jennifer helped me get my business rolling by mentoring me, helping me educate others and so much more. I was amazed that I truly did not have to spend any money to become successful in this business. Month after month, I have received a paycheck without having to sell any products, carry inventory, or invest any money in supplies.  I haven’t had to lug 100+ pieces of clothing to fairs and vendor events or bombard my Facebook friends with posts about buying my products.  My work now revolves around the relationships I build and sharing my experience with others.  

I am so grateful to Jennifer for introducing me to Moms Making Six Figures and for the continuous support she offers.  On top of that, we have an entire team of supportive women I can turn to for anything at any time.  Because of my new career with Moms Making Six Figures, I will have the financial freedom to support my family and give back. 

I will once again have the time to use experience in social services and as a youth pastor to help those in need.  I have always dreamt of opening a center for at-risk youth since beginning my work with teens back in 2000. I am confident Moms Making Six Figures will help me realized this dream!