Here’s 3 Tips to get the most out of your Day & Night:
1) Morning Routine:
Part of what makes us so productive during “normal life” (pre-quarantine), is that we have a schedule to keep. Now that we’re all commuting from our beds to the kitchen table… it’s easy to get to 5 o’clock and realize you never changed out of your PJ’s. (No judgement, I’ve been there)
Get up and shower, and get dressed for work. This puts you in the right mindset to get into “work mode” and be productive.
Also, a little “Me Time” in the morning goes a long way. What fills your “happiness tank” up? Do that first thing in the morning. Maybe it’s taking time to read, listen to music, or go for a walk. The point is, “put your oxygen mask on before assisting others”. A happier you is a more productive you.
2) Turn OFF the News!
We get it… there’s a virus going around. It needs to be taken seriously. Give yourself 15 min to get caught up on the developments of the day, at the end of the day. Very rarely is anything SO important that you can’t learn about it in the evening after the day is done. Too many people are glued to their television sets or social media… all. day. long. It’s just gonna raise your stress levels and make you overly emotional. News today is incentivized to be “click-baity” and sensationalize everything. Take precautions, wash your hands and take your daily vitamins!
3) Bedtime Routine:
Since there’s no boss to see you show up late, you might feel the urge to binge watch all 7 episodes of your new favorite series in one night… alarm clock be damned. Resist this temptation and keep a bedtime schedule to maintain your natural circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle). Study after study points to the physical and mental benefits of a balanced rhythm and 7+ hours of sleep a night. You’ll experience:
An Improved Mood
Improved Focus & Memory
Improved Exercise Performance
Improved Immune Health
Just to name a few. If you need help you can try a hot bath with a relaxing essential oil.
Year-in and year-out I see women around me throw themselves into their goals, only to exhaust themselves mentally and/or physically. Within weeks or months of setting their goals for the new year, they lose their passion and excitement and simply stop. What happened?
Simply put, they burn out. And then on top of their mental and physical fatigue, they feel like failures.
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 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 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.
We recently had a conversation with one of our mentors, Kellee Wip, about the idea of success. So many women are juggling a full-time career alongside of being a full-time mom. It’s tough to find balance between work and home. Often, this problem leaves women feeling like they are falling short in all areas of life. Kellee can definitely relate to this feeling, which is why she shared her story about redefining success. Read on for the full conversation!
What was the idea of success you once had?
When I sit back and think about my story, I had a vision of what success looked like and I was achieving it. I had my undergrad degree, my master’s degree and was working in some incredible companies. I was working my way up the corporate ladder and had financial freedom. Then, I had kids and while all the things I just said were so important to me, I was forced to ask the question “what does success for me look like now?”
When did you realize that the definition of success could be redefined to meet your goals and lifestyle?
Before my kids, I was comfortable working 70 to 80-hour work weeks. But when they came into the picture, all of a sudden, someone else is raising your kids. You are juggling the expectations of your boss, your job and those kids are being raised by daycares and nannies, which was my case. These little humans need their mother. It was at that point I realized something needed to change. I wasn’t feeling successful anywhere. I was torn at work, missing my kids and when I was with them, I was thinking about work.
I had to completely redefine what success looked like to me. Contrary to popular belief, changing the definition of success did not mean I had to give up the financial benefit or the feeling of achievement in a career, but it meant it all might look a little different.
After learning about how Moms Making Six Figures could help you replace your corporate income, did you struggle to find the belief in yourself that you could make this career change?
I think I had belief in myself from the beginning. Although I had never done anything remotely similar to the work with Moms Making Six Figures, I knew if I wanted it bad enough and it could benefit my family, I could make it happen. Part of the reason that belief was there is because I had been successful in my past careers. More importantly, I saw the success of the women on our team who come from a variety of backgrounds and thought “if they can do it, so can I.” I leveraged the strength of what they’ve achieved to give me the strength and belief that I could do it, too.
So, what do you redefine your success as now? If you could just sum it up in a few sentences?
I think success for me now is to be thriving. I am no longer working for someone else. I am working for my ability to thrive in my personal life so that I can be present with my children, financially have the things I need, and frankly, the things I want in my life. To me success is not about pressure and having to do something. Success is about me having the ability to do things on my own terms.
What advice would you give to other women still struggling with the idea of success? Perhaps the ones who are in the position you used to be; climbing the corporate ladder, the kids are in daycare and they don’t necessarily feel successful at work or home.
I think my biggest piece of advice is to take a bigger picture look at where you want to be in life. Are you truly set up to thrive? Or are you just purely making your way through the day. If there is no end in sight and a year from now things won’t feel or get better, then it is time to make a change. It’s time to say that your story of success can change and own it. You can figure out where you belong, the right type of people to surround yourself with and then just do it.