How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as being a cheerful person. I like to make people smile. Listening is one of my best talents, and I do it often. I love being around people and the energy it holds, but I also really like my alone time, sitting a reading a good book.
How long have you been involved in your business?
About 6 months
What is your why?
Why did you decide to start your business? Since my daughter passed, about 5 years ago, I’ve been searching for fulfillment. I was always searching for something that would make me feel useful and good. LuLaRoe has definitely brought that to my life. I love the relationships that it has built, helping to restore women’s confidence and beauty within themselves through fashion, and the fulfillment I feel when I get to give someone a free gift of LuLaRoe.
What keeps you motivated?
My husband. 100%. He is my ultimate motivation. He is most attracted to me when I set goals for myself and then set out to reach them. He supports me fully, and loves seeing me doing something I love.
Tell us a little about your family.
My family is my husband and my dog. It is missing someone, as my 3 year old daughter has passed away, but I love my family and am grateful for what I have. My husband loves me more than I deserve. He is my constant person, totally devoted to me and our life together. I don’t know what I would do without him by my side.
How do you prioritize family and your business?
Well, it’s been pretty easy so far considering my husband has been in school the last 3 years getting his Masters in Business. However, he graduates soon and I’ll have to be a little better about balancing my time. He’ll get a little grumpy if I’m using our time to do work! Ha ha! Even though I work from home doing LuLaRoe, I make sure that I set “business hours” so I don’t feel like I’m working constantly throughout the day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
To be quite honest, I try not to plan too far ahead in life. Life has shown me that you can only plan so much, and ultimately, plans aren’t always in your control. I do set goals for myself, however, and work each day to reach those goals. I see myself being happy and fulfilled in 5 years, still taking one day at a time.
Biggest life lesson learned?
Don’t take any precious moments for granted. My favorite quote is “Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” I can’t tell you how many memories I look back on with my daughter and wish I had been a little more present. Don’t take advantage of the little precious moments that we get.
Biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?
It’s ALLLL a learning curve! You’re not going to be the best at everything right away. There will be ups and there will be downs. It’s easy to focus on the bad. Just keep your head down, and keep on keeping on.
All Entrepreneurs encounter bad days. How do you handle yours?
I like to say, “It could always be worse.” And believe me, it could. Often times, situations seem like the worst thing you’ve ever gone through when you’re in it. But if I really take the time to think about it, it could always be worse. Keeping that in mind helps me not take life too seriously.
How do you relax?
Give me a good book, and let me shut the real world out for just a minute! It’s my absolute favorite way to relax. The favorite part of my day, however, is the evening walks with my husband and dog that we take every single night. It helps me unwind from the day, and my husband and I get a chance to connect, laugh, and, well, argue (which is great to do while walking!).
What are your most popular products?
The all-time most popular product is the buttery soft leggings! You will not believe how soft these babies are until you feel them! And the best part, there are all different patterns that can go with everyone’s personality!
What are your favorite business tools? What business apps, products and tools do you use daily to run business/life efficiently? What could you not function without?
I do A LOT of social media with my business, so I love apps like Canva, Over and Diptic. These are all great apps to use for ads, promos, photo editing and collages. I also use Excel a lot for spreadsheets to keep track of data, my husband helped me a lot with that!
Any advice you have for other moms who want to start their own business?
It is a TON of work! In the beginning, you’ll feel like you are constantly working. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. Its fairly easy to start the business, it’s keeping it going that can quickly fizzle. Your WHY is a huge motivator, so I would start with that first, and then keep coming back to it.
Please finish this sentence: If it wasn’t for my direct sales business, I wouldn’t have been able to…
have the incredible new relationships that I have, stay sane while my husband was in school, go to Greece this year for our 10 year anniversary!
Do you send out a monthly newsletter?
I don’t at this time, but it is something I am considering.
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