How would you describe yourself?
I’m a super busy mom of two wonderful young women. Also an avid blogger, founder of an online support group and freelance writer. Not only are both girls still in school they also work professionally the fashion industry which means there are weeks I live in my car! LOL!
My youngest daughter just started high school and my older daughter just left for college in NYC. We miss her so much but she’s having a blast!
I also work many hours from home online advocating for parents of kids with a severe peanut allergy at https://www.facebook.com/groups/POKWASPeanutAllergy/. I founded this group almost a decade ago because of my older daughter nearly dying from one bite of peanut butter and that day changed my life. Now my little group has over 8,500+ members. Offering my support to parents who are also managing a child with a lethal peanut allergy is time consuming but it feeds my soul. I can’t imagine not reaching back to help out those who are struggling with the same issues I have. However, now with college costs in our life I need extra income. But didn’t know how to do this around my crazy busy schedule. Then I became a Silpada Designs Ind. sales rep.
By taking the plunge to do this I found I could still dedicate time to projects as always, but now I can fit in income producing events, as well. This has been SO liberating to me! Silpada allows me look stylish, be creative and social (important since I live online and in a car some weeks) and even better — it brings in an extra line of income, too! How great is that?
How long have you been involved in your business?
I signed up late August 2014.
What keeps you motivated?
My kids do. I love them so much and want to give them a life rich with opportunities which means I need to bring in more income to do so. I also knew I needed to work at something I truly believed in that I could count on to be a money-maker. Silpada Designs has offered me everything I wanted in a part-time, flexible income and so much more! And I love my product, I believe in the product, I know the company is the best in the field and has my back, too! And it’s fun and flexible on top of the fact that the items sell themselves.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband is a newspaper journalist working for the Orange County Register and he loves his job there. My oldest daughter has been a runway model with la models since she was 14 and is now pursuing her work in NYC while attended Barnard College which she loves, but it’s been an adjustment not having her sunny self in our home this year. And my youngest is just a young teen only just starting high school. She is very much my focus until she goes off to college herself one day, too. Until they are out of the nest, my kids come first. We are all a family who adore writing, music the arts, AND FASHION as well! (Another reason I fell in love with Silpada, because it’s so gorgeous and on-trend!) We all share these things in common. My oldest daughter is now a Silpada rep. too, in NYC!
How do you prioritize family and your business?
I find it super easy to work this particular direct sales biz in and around my kids, my kid’s interests (school and fashion) and my husband’s lives. Being a Silpada Rep. is an extremely flexible job. In fact I could not do it if it were not tailor made for the busy (fashion loving) mom on the go!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Oh, gosh. Well, first of all I want to make as much or more as my spouse does. (Can I just say that? Well, hello? – I do!) I just spent the past 20 years working hard to raise our kids, dealing with life-threatening health issues, and schools, and all the baggage that goes along with doing that, and I founded and built a huge support group to reach out to and help others doing that — but it’s all a labor of love! I would never give any of this up, BUT — I have bills to pay!! And, you bet I want more freedom. I have other creative goals to accomplish, too!
And to really check off all those goals means I intend to build a thriving, successful Silpada Business. I know doing so will give me more confidence and can support all of the above goals: And give back to the universe even more!
Specifically what do I want in 5 years? Hm, well, by then I’d hope I was bringing in a consistent good income with Silpada Designs. So, I’d like to be a Manager of some sort by then. That’s my 5 year goal via Silpada. Also want to have at least two books published, too. And look and feel empowered and free.
Biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?
Oh, gosh. So many! Belief in your product gives you confidence. And confidence sells! Be honest, be fearless, be bold. Ask precisely for what you want, no more, no less. (Men do this all the time. And we should, too.) Leave the drama at home. When you have unexpected success, then give back to the universe, somehow. Keep your karma good. Keep your heart open. You need to trust that same universe and sometimes take risks in order to create success. Aim high. Be your own best friend. You have to support yourself first in order to support others.
What is your secret to success?
Find what makes your heart sing. Dedicate yourself to doing some hard work which at first does require a bit of blind faith, but if you have a team you trust to guide you it’s so much easier. Listen to what they teach and allow them to guide you to your highest potential.
All Entrepreneurs encounter bad days. How do you handle yours?
I have many irons in the fire, many of which involve zero monetary rewards. Do things for your soul not just for work. That way you will always have something you feel was a success every day no matter if your bank account is up or down.
What was your sweetest success story?
This past week I had a party that looked like it was going to die on the vine – the invites were not getting feedback, the hostess almost cancelled. But blind faith in my product (Silpada Designs jewelry) and blind faith in my ability to craft an email that would surely remind all her guests about the importance of their supporting their friend, the hostess of the party, ended up going from a bust to earning over $1,200 in sales and earning the hostess a whopping 35% in profit plus a half price item. Only days before it looked like it wasn’t a party at all. It was by channeling a happy burst of energy and joy into the project woke it up and made things work! Everyone comes out a winner when you don’t lose faith.
How do you relax?
LOL (what?) I love to write. I love getting to the gym when I can. When I am
able to eat, sleep and live healthy I feel so much more relaxed. I do have to drag myself off of the
internet sometimes to make time for health — and when I do I am always SO much more relaxed.
Please finish this sentence: If it wasn’t for my direct sales business, I wouldn’t have been able to…
See, spend time with and help out my beloved daughters who I love more than anything on this
planet! They are my “Why?” I can now buy plane tickets to and from LA/NYC for them I can save
and invest in things which would bring me closer to them or offer them opportunities they would
benefit from. This gives me all the motivation needed to pick up the phone and make those calls
and book those events. Knowing the pay off means a better life for those I love -and more one-onone
time with them is what turns the key for me.
Do you send out a monthly newsletter?
No. I have a Silpada FB Page which subs for a newsletter, it
has news about sales and current events — but a letter sounds great, too.
That’s a great idea. Thanks. Till then, please “Like” my FB Biz page: facebook.com/She.Sells.Sterling
How can we get on your mailing list if we are interested in more information?
Sure! Just write me at email@example.com In the subject line write: “Sign me up for Silpada news!”
And I promise I will! And I’m happy to help share with moms who children with stressful health
conditions how to manage that as well as bring in a fun, fabulous stream of income, too.
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