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Through both pictures and short stories, you’ll get to know who we are and come to understand that we’re just like you. Whether through stories of joys, trials, the general craziness of raising kids or (sometimes) just making it through another day, our team members will be sharing their lives right here. In line with our mission to come together and enhance our lives, we want to encourage you by being transparent and real. Check back weekly for new photos and stories.
Building your personal brand!
We recently caught up with Stephanie, who is another one of our beloved mentors at Moms Making Six Figures. Stephanie is one of the kindest, most genuine human beings that we have the pleasure of knowing. She has had great success with Moms Making Six Figures based off the personal brand she has built.
How did you know it was the right time in your life to partner with Moms Making Six Figures?
I was at a pivotal moment in my life. I had recently sold my business, relocated to a new state, and was a brand new “empty nester.” I was seeking new career fulfillment, as I love to help others. Moms Making Six Figures has given me purpose by doing just that, and so much more. I am truly blessed with living life on my own terms and my husband and I are enjoying becoming more adventurous, as he has recently retired from his full-time job. We are having such a great time during this phase of our lives!
How did you go about building your own personal brand and how would you describe that brand?
In whatever I do, my goal is to always provide value. No matter if it’s being a part of a networking group or volunteering for my community, I will always do my best to help others. My personal brand is that others know me as a giver and dependable. I am of the motto, “It’s much better to give than to receive.”
What are some things you do every day to help create your environment of success?
I love to engage with others. Because of my love of people in general, I’m meeting someone new every day. It’s amazing how you can change someone’s day by just providing a simple smile or a kind word. By motivating others and by genuinely caring, a fantastic platform for success is provided. Life is much better when we love what we do and know why we do it.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
In our conversation with Kaitlin this week, she shared her journey with Moms Making Six Figures and shed some light on how her attitude of “where there’s a will, there’s a way” can truly be all it takes to make a major career and a lifestyle change. We hope you enjoy her story as much as we did!
Was a career as an entrepreneur something you had always wanted? How did MMSF come into the picture?
While growing up, I remember my mom had a shirt she would wear that read, “Every mom is a working mom.” It really must have left an impression on me, because I believe that phrase really shaped the course of my life. She was a stay at home mom to the four of us kids. She was also a registered nurse (and still is) yet chose to be home with us. It was her hard-working example that taught me no matter what I decided to do with my life, even if that meant staying home and raising kids, to never let the label “just a mom” make me feel like it was any less important of a calling than any other job title.
My high school sweetheart, Mike, and I got married at an early age and then we put starting a family on hold until we both finished college. A few months before graduating with my BSN and passing my boards, we became pregnant with our first child and my priorities shifted. No longer did I desire to chase the dream of working outside the home as a nurse because I had just been given the dream job of being someone’s mommy. So, with that we just said, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
Fast forward almost 5 years to 2017 – we had 4 boys, under the age of 4. Along with the decision for me to stay home with the kids, we also wanted to figure out a way for me to supplement our income and take the pressure off Mike since our family had grown quite a bit. I have little spare time as it is, being the mom to four amazing (and very active) boys, as well as homeschooling them and truthfully, I have never had the desire to sell anything, so I ruled out any and all business ventures having to do with carrying inventories or being a “distributor” of any sort. I had heard about Moms Making Six Figures, so I reached out and someone from that group, who also happens to go to the church we attend, shared with me how she was able to make a huge financial impact in her family’s finances without having to work for anyone else or sell anything. She was able to work from the soccer field while her kids played, and she could schedule her work around her family, rather than her family around her work. This made sense. This is what our family needed. It has been a year since I partnered with Moms Making Six Figures and the impact it has made on our family and the ability to help others do the same has been an incredible blessing to say the least.
When you started your journey with MMSF, who was your biggest support system?
It was my husband, Mike, who encouraged me to reach out initially and it has been him all along that continues to encourage me on a daily basis. He told me that he noticed a difference in me when I partnered with MMSF, like something had awakened in me. I now have the drive to not only be the best mom for our boys, but also to help others find a way to do the same thing.
We all know that being a mompreneur can be one of the most challenging and most rewarding jobs out there, but everyone needs a little R&R at some point. How do you recharge so you can keep being a fantastic mom, wife, and boss lady?
Being a busy mama, wife, and having my own business means that the little time I get to myself is few and far between. When I do get that time, I try to do something outdoors. We live on a small farm in Southern California, so everything that comes with taking care of the land and animals has become a passion of mine. Being raised as a city girl, I never thought I would say that milking a goat is relaxing and enjoyable, as well as learning the art of cheesemaking, and gardening. Along with homesteading, I have also made it a point to learn how to operate every power tool on our property should I need to help fix a fence, repair a roof, or construct raised garden beds. I want to be a living example for my boys that you can do anything you set your mind to. Other than that, if I’m not covered in soil or sawdust, I also enjoy going on weekly dates with my boyfriend (who also happens to be my husband – I still see him as that high schooler I fell in love with over 15 years ago), and hosting family dinners with our extended family at our ranch.
The joys of being available!
Another great week, another great story coming your way! We recently chatted with Stacy, who gave us the inside scoop on how she overcomes any obstacle and she gives us her reasons for building a career with Moms Making Six Figures!
Was there ever a time that you doubted your choice to change careers and join MMSF? If so, how did you work through those feelings to get where you are today?
There are always times when I question or second guess my choice to build a career here because like anything in life, it is not always easy. That said, the doubts are typically short lived as I always go back to remembering the amazing foundation I must work with here in terms of the company, the team, and the flexibility. I know from personal experience in previous careers that working with Moms Making Six Figures truly is a one of a kind opportunity and I won’t be able to find that amazing combination elsewhere.
What is your “why” with MMSF and has it changed at all over time?
To be the one who takes my kids to school and picks them up every day so that they aren’t raised by aftercare programs or other people. Since that has now been the case for 8 years, it has evolved a bit to also help others realize that same amazing lifestyle.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given (so far) as an entrepreneur?
Treat your business like a business that has an open and closed sign that you hang on the door. This will ensure you work enough hours to produce the results you want but will also ensure you turn work “off” from time to time, to have the family time and work life balance you were searching for in the first place. As an entrepreneur, it can be easy to get into a mode where you are “thinking” about work all the time, but never truly doing the income producing activities or never truly taking time off from that thinking to enjoy your life!
Stacy broughtup a very important point during this conversation. Managing your time is crucial as an entrepreneur. Getting caught up in the cycle of working too much, or not enough can have a negative impact on the quality of your life. Like Stacy, you must find your “why,” make a realistic plan, and go for it. There will be highs and lows along the way, but the journey to a life of freedom and flexibility is worth it.
Setting goals is the first step!
This week, we are talking with Courtney Sewell. She is a mom of three and a Moms Making Six Figures businesspartner with a serious passion for health and wellness. Courtney uses her social media platforms to highlight popular wellness topics and has found the balance between being a full-time mom and an entrepreneur.
Where did your passion for wellness stem from?
When I was first introduced to the Moms Making Six Figures and the US-based manufacturing company we represent, there were many things that really made me think. One of those things was the ingredients in the home and personal products I was currently using. So, I started to do some research and what I found was incredibly shocking. So many personal care products have ingredients in them known to cause cancer and other serious health issues that I had no idea about. I knew there were others like me, who were unaware of the potentially dangerous products on the market. Researching this topic sparked the love that I know have for health, wellness, and a passion to educate others. Not everyone loves to spend the time reading and learning like I do, so my goal is make it easier for them by educating on better and healthier ways to live while save time and money. And THAT is a fulfilling career.
As a mom of three young children, how do you balance working from home and taking care of your family’s needs?
I write down my goals and stick to them. Even if the goal requires some readjustment, I find a way to make it happen. There are millions of excuses to come up with on why I cannot work on my business, but I don’t let things get in my way. I have learned to work around whatever comes up instead of letting it stop me.
Even though older kids are on a year-round school schedule and we have a ton of breaks throughout the year, I have learned how to balance this challenge well. During those breaks when my older kids are home I will typically plan a lot of fun things to do, but they know that I must get my work done before we have fun.
Tips advice for aspiring Mompreneurs?
Tip #1: Get the Kids involved!
I tell my (older) kids what my next two big goals in my business are and we find a reward they would love to have when I achieve my goals;for example, going to Legoland. I explain to them what I need to do (in simple terms) to achieve those goals so they are on board and feel like they are a part of the journey!
Tip #2: Remember that it’s your business and your goals.
I treat my business like a business. If I was working for an employer, they would expect me to get my work done. That is how I think about my own business. I am the one who has set the expectation and I need to do the work to achieve the goal.
Courtney offered some fantastic advice that working moms everywhere can take something from! Whether it is goal setting, balancing her family/work life, or educating others with her passion for wellness, she is setting a great example to women everywhere on what can happen when you decide to chase your dreams!
Making a career change…
Making a career change can be scary and extremely uncomfortable. Sometimes, fear of the unknown can be enough to keep us from aspiring for something different and chasing goals. This week, Kara explains to us some of the challenges she faced when making her career swap from the Media industry over to working with Moms Making Six Figures.
Is there anything you would change about your career path and where it has lead you?
I do not think I would change a thing. I had a great career in the media industry. The only thing I can think of is that I probably stayed in the industry a couple of years too long, but no looking back now!
What has been your biggest obstacle since making the transition from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur with Moms Making Six Figures?
At first, I struggled with leading people instead of managing people and understanding why people did not always do what they said they were going to. In media, my employees worked for me. With Moms Making Six Figures, my team works alongside me. It was also challenging to get used to truly scheduling business hours. There are so many distractions that can come up when you work from home. You need to know how to prioritize your time.
What are the most important life lessons you are teaching your sons and how has being a stay at home mom impacted your relationship with them?
The biggest life lesson I am teaching my boys is showing them you must work hard to accomplish your goals. You must have a plan and be accountable. I don’t like to say I’m a stay at home mom, rather I work from home around my children’s schedule. For the last seven years, I have been a very present working mom. It has been a blessing.
We are so inspired and can completely relate to Kara’s experiences. She said it best: “you must work hard to accomplish your goals.” At Moms Making Six Figures we have found that one of the hardest (but most rewarding) parts of pursuing your dreams is pushing past fear and facing any struggles head on.
Catching up with Michele
Being a working mom comes with a ton of challenges, that is no secret. Prioritizing who and what comes first in life is one of the toughest challenges of them all. This week, we are catching up with Michele as she answers some of the tough questions that many working moms face while she also offers some fantastic advice about putting family first.
Did you ever have any doubts about making a career change and partnering with MMSF?
I never had any doubts about my decision to leave my corporate career and partner with MMSF. While I enjoyed my successful, corporate job, I needed a way to put first things first. As my life evolved and my family grew my corporate job was squeezing out the truly important things in my life. Since joining the team at MMSF I’ve been able to put my family first, find professional and intellectual satisfaction for myself, and match my income from corporate America. I am reminded of the parable of filling our jars with rocks first (family and friends), then gravel (professional goals and achievements), and then pouring in sand (the small stuff). I used to fill my jar with gravel, day in and day out and there was no room for the rocks, the truly important people, in my life. MMSF gave me the power to control how I fill my days so I start with the rocks in my life and then everything else. It’s amazing how much better life is when you follow that order!
As an entrepreneur and a mom, have there been any significant barriers you’ve had to overcome?
We all have a sad story we can tell, and I have mine. But life doesn’t wait around for us to get over our hurts. What I love about MMSF is that we are real people with real lives, who would rather move forward than stay stagnant. While what we do is simple, it isn’t easy. Yes, I have to schedule creatively, my husband and I have to juggle family duties, and there are never enough hours in the day. But before bed when I reflect on my day, I am glad that what I’ve done is meaningful and that I’m helping real people move forward in their lives.
Who inspires you and why?
I am inspired by the woman I want to become. This woman is brave, loves fiercely, and shows up when others need her. She laughs deeply, believes the impossible is possible and rises through her fears to accomplish great things. In this vision lives memories of my beautiful mother, other strong women and professional mentors, all of whom drive me to be a better me tomorrow than I am today.
This statement resonated with us for many reasons. Being inspired by who you know you can become is such a powerful feeling. Embracing who you are and not fearing change is what we are all about at Moms Making Six Figures. We are so grateful to Michele for her thoughtful answers to the questions we had for her. She truly inspires us with her strong and beautiful approach to life.
She is not only one of our mentors at Mom’s Making Six Figures, but first and foremost, a dedicated mom to her two beautiful daughters. We asked Jennifer if she would be willing to share some advice as a successful working mom. Because whether you are a new mom, or a seasoned-pro, work and home-life balance is something that we are all in search for.
What is one thing you wish you would have known before you had your first daughter?
I have always enjoyed working and having a career. I envisioned myself as a “working mom” because my mom worked my whole childhood as did her mother with her. I had no idea how completely in love I would be with motherhood, I hated missing anything new. I wish I would have thought more about a career path that would have allowed me more flexibility in my schedule. I was always so envious of my friends that were teachers and had the entire summer off with their children.
What are the most important things you are currently teaching your girls?
Currently I am focus on teaching my daughters respect, simple things like helping someone reach something off the shelf at a grocery store, always greeting someone with a hello, please and thank you is a must! I want them to be self-sufficient, they help with things like laundry, cooking and cleaning. We set goals as a family and break down what it takes to achieve them.
One piece of advice to give to other working moms?
Do the best you can with what you have. Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Be present with your children when you are with them. They want your attention more than the latest trending toy. One on one time with each children is important. Most importantly, make sure your children know they are loved by you.
Spring 2018 Event Photos!
We focus on fun and our goals!
We like each other!
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Sometimes there’s many of us!
New friends become old friends.
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Convention brings us together!
Living, Laughing, Loving.
Creating lives we desire.
Fulfilling dreams and goals!
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