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.