What’s your story?
Growing up I faced a lot of adversity. I came from a divorced family, I barely graduated high school, no college degree, and I was a waitress who made barely enough to make ends meet. It all came to light when I was told I was expecting a child. I knew my poor choices would now be reflecting on another human being that didn’t have a choice in life.
Back then, I had very low self-worth and made some poor choices in my younger days. I always had this inner voice saying, “you can do better, and you are worth more”, however, my actions didn’t match up. I was broke with no credit, nowhere to live, and was now going to be a single mother on welfare. I couldn’t even take care of myself.
In time, I had the baby and started living in section 8 housing. I had just furnished the apartment and things were coming together. Thankfully, I had assistance and was able to receive welfare and housing aide through the state. At this point, all I wanted was to do well for my daughter, so I picked up more shifts, which actually decreased the amount of aid I was able to receive (messed up, right?!).
I would still have the same amount of money in my pocket at the end of the month because if I made more income, rent would go up and food stamps would go down. I felt like I just couldn’t get ahead. Over time, I found jobs that would provide us with benefits for insurance purposes. While working these jobs, I would apply to advance repeatedly.
Typically, I would get them, “you don’t have a degree”, or “you don’t have enough experience to advance to that position”. I kept applying anyway, thanks to my stubbornness, and eventually, I hit those promotions. My hard work was really starting to pay off and I kept my vision of being able to create a successful and beautiful life for myself and my child.
Being in a “traditional” job atmosphere showed me that a lot of someone’s success is based on degrees and experience; I, however, knew I could outwork most people in the office. I had a much greater desire to excel than those who did have papers and qualifications. These experiences helped me transform my life from being a bank teller, loan processor, and supervisor to the successful business owner I am today.
I knew I could excel faster and farther if I had the right vehicle. I felt my worth and my purpose was meant for something bigger than an hourly paycheck. I was meant to impact, inspire, and create something larger than anything a traditional job could provide. I wanted to make it financially in a good environment, but more importantly, help others do the same. So, one day, right after a pay raise and promotion into a supervisor position, I quit. This is when I allowed myself to go full time on our small business and focus more on building the new vehicle to success.
When I discovered network marketing, it really hit home for me. To me, it was that vehicle I had wished for. If only I had been introduced to the industry back when I was a single mom on welfare, things would have been so different, but I was grateful for my experiences anyway.
So many people are faced with situations like I was in. There are single moms and dads, lay-offs, loss of retirement and changes in market conditions. These unforeseen events can happen to anyone and everyone. With network marketing, people have the opportunity to create another source of income with little to no overhead costs compared to a traditional business. Obviously, those who work hard and efficiently will reap the most benefits. Multiple income streams are important when it comes to covering your assets.
In the end, I can honestly say I have no regrets of my early days. All my experiences were truly all learning curves and lessons that helped me get to where I am today, and truly, if I could succeed in network marketing, I know you can too. I will make an impact by putting all my past adversity to use, and I will give it a purpose by showing others a better way of life through this industry.
Where are you from?
I reside in the Northwoods of Minnesota (Cook, MN; Lake Vermilion)
When did you get into entrepreneurship?
For over a decade now, my husband and I have owned a small business in our local area. I have been in Multi-Level-Marketing for almost 5 years, 2 of which have been full time.
What have you accomplished?
Including each of my businesses, I am a multi-six-figure earner with plenty of time flexibility for my family. In February of 2018, I was featured as a young Rising Star in the network marketing industry according to Business For Home.
We are fortunate enough to live life by design. This winter we will be traveling to and living in Cape Town, South Africa, just because we want to! We are so proud to be self-employed business owners who can travel and home school our two children.
How do you personally define success?
Living free, meaning you can do what you want, where you want, and with whom you want. Success is to be able to live a life FREE of debt, stress, and worry, and to have the opportunity to give more to others.
What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?
Since I have experienced highs and lows, and have been faced with struggle and success, I know I can help mentor others through it too. I truly love everyone. I am a NO JUDGE person who values diversity, honesty, and integrity above all else. I feel everyone is entitled to their opinions, decisions, and lifestyle.
To me, there is no wrong way to be. I see everyone for who they are, appreciate their uniqueness, and can help meet them at their level and aid them in where they want to go, regardless of who they are and where they came from. With me, you get transparency, honesty, and everyone is treated equally.
What would you say to someone who came to you for advice about taking ‘the leap of faith’ into entrepreneurship?
I would tell them to start with a meaningful vision of what they are trying to accomplish. Use mentors to learn from and make a real decision, and then, grab on tight for the ride! It is not going to be easy, but it will be worth it. Expect challenges, know your vision, and your way, and make them more powerful than the challenges you will face.
What are the 5 best practice tips you can share with our readers as it relates to your industry?
- Belief in yourself, your product, and company; this balance will keep your mindset right.
2. Consistency: having a daily routine will keep you in a progression state.
3. Never become complacent. Always be a student; you can learn from everyone.
4. Maintain the same energy during the ups and downs.
5. Know you are enough and that you bring YOUR talents and experiences to the table. Comparison can be the thief of all joy.
We are entering an era where everyone is interested in multiple income streams. How does one decide on a business to pursue?
One that matches your vision of success. A business that you believe will get the job done, with people you trust. I have multiple streams myself, but I highlight the ONE I know will make the impact I am looking for with this field.
What would you credit your success to?
One of the biggest things I would credit my success is my persistence.
Who are 3 people that inspire you?
Jesus, not only our savior, but he also stood by his message despite the consequences and left a legacy.
My daughter McKenna, she is the most beautiful and talented person I know. She has a heart of gold and has ZERO egos.
Rosa Parks because she defended what was right.
What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?
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