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.
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 Catherine! She used to work Commercial Banking but decided to pursue a career with Moms Making Six Figures. Like many of us, Catherine was craving more freedom to travel with her family. Read on to learn more about her incredible story.
Can you give us a little of your background and family life?
I grew up in San Diego, except for the four years I lived in France, starting when I was 18. My mother immigrated to the United States from France when she was 24 years old and later married my Dad who is American, which gave me dual citizenship — American and French. I studied International Business at San Diego State University and I participated in the double diploma program with a French Business school called ESSEC. I ended up receiving a BA in International Business from San Diego State University and an International Business degree from ESSEC. My husband, Sean, and I have two boys Connor (10), Mason (8) and a bichon poodle mix named Rocky.
I was recruited into Commercial Banking because of my sales background, business development skills and financial skills. In this career is where I met Sean, who is also a Commercial Banker. Prior to banking, I was an outside sales rep for a payroll company, and I started my career as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.
I really love France and I try to go when I can. I was there in 2018 for two weeks and 2016 for 10 days. Before my trip in 2016, it had been nine years since I had traveled to France. My husband and I were married in 2007, went to France and Italy for our honeymoon, and then had kids.
What was it like living in France for those few years? How has that impacted your life?
When I lived and traveled in France and around Europe, it really opened my eyes. The experiences I had were amazing. I grew so much and learned about many different cultures. I think experiencing other cultures allows us to be more open-minded flexible. I gained a lot of confidence from traveling and living in foreign countries and I want the same for my kids. My burning desire is to live in France with Sean and our boys for six months before they go to high school.
Something unique about Sean is that he lived in Okinawa, Japan for three years while in high school because his Dad was a judge in the Marine Corps. (They moved all the time while he was growing up.) Because of his experiences, Sean has the same appreciation for travel and culture that I do. Some places we’ve been to already on our own or with the kids are Mexico, Fiji, Kauai, British Virgin Islands, France, Italy, and Indonesia.
How did you manage a career in commercial banking, traveling and raising a family? What were the sacrifices?
It was difficult having a demanding career in Commercial Banking a raising a family. I constantly felt stressed, overwhelmed and feeling like I was not doing anything great. My career made it tough to travel, as well. Even though I had 3-4 weeks of vacation, I just felt guilty taking more than a week at a time.
I made a lot of sacrifices by working a Corporate job. You are always on someone else’s clock, 100 emails a day, meetings and sometimes not being able to make important events in your personal life. This year, I was not able to go on a family trip to Mammoth with Sean and our boys because of work pressure. I can’t even begin to explain how upsetting it was for the entire family that I couldn’t be there…
What is your life like now that you are working with Moms Making Six Figures?
My life is so much less stressful. My time truly belongs to me. Not only do I have more time to focus on my family, but feel I have a real opportunity to help people with their physical and financial wellness. As I mentioned, my goal is to travel more frequently with the kids and Sean. I love that I can work from anywhere with Moms Making Six Figures. With this career, I can work around my kid’s schedule and still have time to travel with them.
While my banking career had its benefits, working with Moms Making Six Figures is so much more rewarding. I am so happy to be a part of this great team and love that I can help others achieve their dreams while I continue to work on mine.
Meet Andrea! She has a successful sports consulting business alongside of working with Moms Making Six Figures. Andrea wanted a better work/life balance and saw Moms Making Six Figures as the perfect avenue to achieve it. Read on to learn about Andrea’s amazing advice for creating the life you deserve, achieving goals and so much more.
What is your background in?
My background is in the Sports and Entertainment industry, specifically the business side focused on Premium Seating (suites and club seats) for sports arenas and concert venues. My husband also works in sports but as a professional baseball scout. Sports is our family business. My Dad had a very successful career on the football side and my brother is now following suit. The industry is extremely competitive and demanding, yet rewarding with a strong “work hard, play hard” culture. I have spent two decades witnessing once-in-a-lifetime experiences, traveling for amazing events and being part of two Championship teams. Recently, I started my own sports consulting business that allows me to work in the field I’m so passionate about but can still be home for dinner and have evenings with my family.
Kara Lynch Guthrie introduced me to Moms Making Six Figures years ago when I was living in San Diego and working for their baseball team. I was immediately intrigued by the flexibility of her new position and wanted to give it a try. At the time, I was a “Mom” of a young puppy and just dating my now husband. Fast forward seven years, we now have a 2 1/2-year-old daughter, bought our first home and will celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary this summer.
What was your motivation for joining Moms Making Six Figures? Did you have a specific career vision in mind?
I joined the team because I saw a group of people who flipped the model for work/life balance. It’s one thing to talk about work/life balance, but an entirely different thing to live it! With Moms Making Six Figures, you are truly able to schedule work around your life instead of the other way around. I’ll admit, I had been watching Kara, Heidi and the rest of the team for years while soaking up all their knowledge on the weekly calls, webcasts and blogs. They all work extremely hard, but smart, and in a way that gives them complete control over their time. That is what most of us strive for! Being able to partner with this team in tandem with my sports consulting has been a perfect blend and my very own version of work/life balance. Moms Making Six Figures has inspired me to live life on my own terms and prioritize what is most important to me and my family!
Now that you’ve been working with Moms Making Six Figures, how has your life changed?
Since partnering with the team, the overall vision for my life has become clearer. The entire Moms Making Six Figures mission revolves around taking control of your life, health, finances and most importantly – your TIME. Everyone has different goals for their life and different things that bring them joy. Being able to spend more time with my family in little ways each week makes me very happy which translates into being a better wife, mother and professional. I am now able to enjoy breakfast without rushing out the door in the morning, can take my daughter to her mid-day swim class, volunteer for activities at her school and take an impromptu trip to an amusement park or Nana and Grampa’s house should we feel the urge!
What is the top piece of advice you can offer to other working parents and Entrepreneurs?
The top piece of advice that I can offer is to create a life you love and believe you deserve it. We all have the power to design the life of our dreams and achieve any goal no matter how large or small. Once those goals are set, commit to them, work hard and act as if you already have it. Those who know me, know I am a huge fan of The Secret and practice The Law of Attraction. It’s a lot of fun to be the author of your own life! If there is anything standing in your way of your goals, pivot into something that will nurture your path to success. Change and uncertainty is sometimes scary or intimidating, but not making a change can be even scarier in the long run. You only have one life so savor each day and spend your days doing what you love surrounded by who you love!
Meet Heidi! She is a mom of four and has a successful legal career. Heidi wanted more time with her children and knew there had to be a career that offered more flexibility. Fortunately, she found Moms Making Six Figures! However, her journey doesn’t stop there. Read on to learn about Heidi’s life, career and personal growth with Moms Making Six Figures.
What is your professional background?
I graduated from Hastings Law School in San Francisco in 1989 and returned home to San Diego to work for Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps (the oldest law firm in San Diego; it has since merged with the largest law firm in the world, Denton’s). I was there for 5 years where I specialized in commercial real estate transactions. My job consisted of drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, leases and complex loan transactions, and was incredibly demanding and stressful. Fast forward to after I had my two sons, I wanted a more manageable work schedule. I became in house/corporate counsel for a real estate developer, taught law school for a couple of years and finally found a more manageable career option working part-time as corporate counsel for OliverMcMillan, a San Diego-based shopping center developer. I stayed with OliverMcMillan for 15 years, during which time I had my two daughters. I was recruited away by Realty Income (a real estate investment trust) to serve as senior legal counsel and then, just over 4 years ago, decided to take a break from practicing law. I wanted to spend some time with my daughters who were then 10 and 12. I also wanted to look at other part-time career options that were more gratifying and interesting. I had been doing some acting alongside my children for a few years and was President of a local youth theatre. I decided would spend more time in pursuit of that passion and hopefully find a way to generate some income from it.
Were you able to find a part-time career option?
About 2 months after I left Realty Income, my friend, Angie Gange invited me for coffee to show me what kind of work she was up to. Immediately, I was very interested in what Angie had to say.
Angie said she thought I would be a good fit for the Moms team, but I think I was on her chicken list because I am an attorney and she had no idea if the business would interest me. Needless to say, I’m so glad she showed it to me. I was impressed with everything Moms Making Six Figures could offer families who were striving to live a healthier lifestyle.
Was it difficult for you to transition into this new kind of career?
Angie did things right away that were super helpful for me. She invited me to various events where I could connect with the team, who were all amazing, smart, professional women. Getting to know these people helped solidify my understanding of and belief in the company. In my very first month, I saw the potential with this company. I received a check of $1,207 and knew I had the ability to grow my business into something sustainable, all while maintaining the flexibility I wanted in life.I knew that if I didn’t quit, I would be able to replace by part-time legal income and beyond.
It sounds like everything got off to a great start! But with any journey, there are inevitable bumps in the road. What struggles did you face and how have you overcome them?
Well, this business is most definitely a personal growth journey, so there have been so many areas that I have built up new muscles – getting out of my head and out of my comfort zone, learning to set work hours working from home and balancing my legal work with building my business.Then in 2017, after 31 years of a marriage I fully expected would last forever, I went through a divorce. It was one of the most difficult experiences of my life, but I am so grateful for my four incredible children, my supportive family and my Moms Making Six Figures business.The support of my teammates and the ability to earn a significant income on my own – both by practicing law part-time from home, as well as building my MM6F business – have been an absolute lifeline and blessing. The silver lining to my divorce has been the ability to meet and really help other divorced or separated women whom I have met in private divorce Facebook groups and Meetup Groups. With Moms Making Six Figures, I can help these women build a business that will allow them to have financial freedom and flexibility. I am finding so many women who are left with nothing when they divorce. Ex-husbands who don’t pay child or spousal support, expensive legal fees that cause them to go into debt, or most frequently, women who have walked away from careers to be “stay at home” moms. About 10-15 years later, these women want or need to get back into the work force but are really struggling to find a viable option. Often, it’s because of their time away, or because they need more flexibility than most retail or corporate jobs offer.
Because we are partnered with an incredible, stable company with a 33-year track record, and we have the exceptional mentors at Moms Making Six Figures, we can help anyone who is able to devote even a few hours a week to earn a residual income. Moms Making Six Figures can help bridge the financial gap for families and eventually even replace a corporate size income. The best part is, we can help women do this around their schedules, in their timeframe and even remotely with all the new technology we have.
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.