I got the skills to pay the bills, what do I do?

This blog is all about me; Time to find out what I do. How do I make money? I can’t share my thoughts, my teachings and my life without mentioning it. 

I run a business offering a product that solves a problem for the busy lady.  The lady I refer to is the one that likes to look pretty.  The lady that wants to feel put together even when she is really feeling like a hot mess express.    

Paint this picture: no makeup, yoga pants, hair in a top not; (this is me most of the time) as we walk thru the day we are always looking at our hands AND I don’t know about you but when my hands look great, I feel great. (you know it’s true!)  It’s amazing how all the other parts of me seem to disappear – I always feel pretty fiery when my nails are on point.  (can I still say “on point”  at almost 50 years old?)

Let me give you a bit of a back story, sidetracking for just a few moments.  Stay with me. I was a stay at home mom for about 15 years before the world of Direct Sales entered my life.  (did you just sigh? worried I might spam you? don’t worry! I am not that girl) I am quite certain a revolution needs to happen to educate everyone on how NOT to spam your friends with your product or the notion that everyone wants to JOIN your team (insert palm to face right about now).  I would like to invite you to check out my video about how I hate the words “JOIN MY TEAM” (baby vomit – ugh!

Ok, back to the task at hand…. I embarked into the Direct Sales world on a whim with a makeup company.  I had no idea what the hell I was doing.  This particular company, in my humble opinion transformed Direct Sales; introducing the online party format to Facebook.  This changed my life, my career choices and opened the door to the possibility that I could contribute financially to our household and actually make a difference.  I finally had a career (that I didn’t know at the time I would love) all from the comfort of my home.

I will skip all the in between (for now) –  Let me fast forward to the day that dry nail polish entered my life.   

I met a lady, on Facebook, of course.  She invited me to her brand spanking new business launch party.  I literally rolled my eyes when I got the message.  I did not want to know anything about her new business. (insert eye roll)  I cautiously went to her launch party.  Truth be told? I solely went out of respect for a fellow DS lady.  I wanted to support her.  I even placed a small order.  I wanted to hate it.  I tried it.  You guessed it – I didn’t hate it at all; in fact, I fell in love.  Damn it!

I couldn’t stop staring at my fingers, they glistened with a rose gold glitter that I never thought I would adorn and yet here I was staring at my nails and wanting to know more about this product and this company.   You see, this new company, with a revolutionized product, that has a 30 year process to get it where it is today (mind blowing!) was spreading like wildfire in the direct sales world (and it hasn’t slowed down one bit).  I tried so hard to ignore it.  After a couple months, I could ignore it no more.  I jumped in. Feet first.   

At some point, I plan to share my Direct Sales journey; the road from company to company and how and why the dry nail polish company has brought me the most success (so follow this blog so you don’t miss it!)

For the record, just to tease you a bit – I turned this opportunity down three times. 

For now, let me introduce you to Color Street dry nail polish!  

To say that I am blown away that I actually make money slinging dry nail polish and leading a team is an understatement.  In fact, I make even more money at this somewhat part time, stay at home job than I did when I worked full time, gone from my house and kids for 40 hours a week.  Someone pinch me because I must be dreaming! 

There are a couple of things going on right now:

  1. You already know about the product, after all Color Street is becoming a household name and you aren’t surprised that it’s a successful business venture or
  2. You just watched my application video and you are sitting with your mouth wide open because you aren’t sure about what you have just witnessed (could polishing your nails be THAT easy?) The answer is Yes, now close your mouth. 

If either of those are you then you might want to have a chat with me about what actually goes into being a stylist and if the opportunity is the right fit for you.  Please don’t “join my team”; its icky and gross and I don’t want any part of it.  This makes me laugh out loud because I really despise those words (did you watch my video yet?)  What I would love instead is for you to have a hunger for answers.  Make it a quest to connect with me; ask questions, get to know me and decide if I am the leader you want to work with. Is Color Street the right fit for you? and is slinging dry nail polish and owning your own business your jam?

Consider this: You won’t know unless you ask.  Information doesn’t cost a thing and I am spam free. 

  • Request a sample here
  • Message me for answers to your questions here

Peace, Love and Cheers!

Mara

Open letter to my son, Alex

This letter was originally published May 10, 2018 on Facebook as my son formally graduated from high school. I publish this letter here today,  for a number of reasons;   1. The blog is here to stay.  2. Today marks the day he is home for Christmas break from his first semester of college.  He has slowing grown into an independent man in those short months away from home.  The 2nd half of his first year just weeks away and this mom looks forward to watching this guy grow into his own. 

Alex and Mom

Open letter to my son: 

Sitting here reflecting on what I want to say to my son, Alex, as you enter into the adult world, my mind wonders back to a time when my little boy clung to his favorite Buzz Lightyear toy.  You idolized this superhero. Your blue eyes lit up a room when you talked about him and all of his adventures with you.

Using Google to re-educate myself about Buzz. I found a few similarities.

Buzz Lightyear was known for his bravery and courage; little did I know the courage and bravery you were going to need throughout your life. Starting out as a baby with hemophilia, I had no idea what was in store for you. You showed me what courage and bravery looks like. You never let your circumstances slow you down, all the while, knowing your limitations and sometimes quietly enduring pain that I will never be able to take from you nor comprehend.

The fictional character you clung to was a rule follower, only breaking the rules when he knew it was the right thing to do. As a young boy you followed the rules, always – also, only breaking the rules when you felt it was right. In addition, you were never a follower but a leader, just like Buzz. Though, Buzz was a great leader, he also “exhibits rather unemotional, erratic, and impulsive behavior” (to quote Google) and this eerily describes you. One of the characteristics I admire about you the most is your independence and strong convictions.

To Infinity and Beyond” as we know was Buzz’s tag line and the standard definition: without limits, limitless, sky’s the limit best describes my dreams and wishes for you.

Go into the world without limits. Dream big and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve exactly what you want. Work hard for it. Do your best. Don’t ever give up. Your opportunities are limitless and the sky truly is your limit.

I hand you over to the world. Please, find the joy in everything you do enjoying each moment of each and every day son. Smile often. Laugh at yourself. Don’t forget to call your mother, to Infinity and Beyond

Love, Mom

I do not own the rights to this photo. Owner unknown.

The day has come to let you go….

Music by Jessica Allossery, I’ll Let you Go 

Cheers! 

Mara 

Say No to A New Years Resolution

As the end of 2018 races towards us I wanted to weigh in on New Years resolutions.  If you haven’t guessed by the title (go back and read it), I object to the old fashioned way of thinking that you wait until the first of the year making any necessary changes that you deem worthy of improving your life. 

Let’s go over some popular resolutions spouted the first of the year, every year.

  • lose weight
  • exercise more (or start) 
  • eat healthier
  • be organized
  • quit smoking 
  • be kinder
  • read more
  • go on more trips
  • save money
  • personal development

…just to name a few… any of these ring a bell?  (I did a simple google search for popular resolutions and added a few of my own) 

If you want to eat healthier, read more, be kinder, more organized or exercise, why are you waiting?  Exercise is one resolution that falls high on most of the New Years resolution lists.  I happen to know this one first hand! I have started and stopped so many workout routines; secretly wishing I had a dollar for every time I did  (I would be a millionaire from this personal defeat alone!)  I am no expert in the workout world but this I do know – YOU and only YOU have a choice.  You either do it or you don’t.  The decision to exercise is exactly that; a decision.   You do not and should not wait until January 1st of any year, to get started.  You just rolled your eyes.  I felt it. 

Try rolling up your sleeves up instead and DECIDE today to make a choice to change whatever it is you want.  Put one foot in front of the other, literally and figuratively and just do it (thanks Nike)  

I was challenged in September to start a new habit of not snoozing my alarm. To say I was a snooze addict is an understatement.  Anyone else snooze the alarm EVERY morning for an hour or longer? That was me! I wish I remembered the exact moment I read it or listened to it but the words stick in my head “Snooze your alarm, you snooze your life”.  WOAH! I am NOT ready to snooze my life; but you see, to my core, I knew that I was doing that very thing; snoozing my life. I was not moving forward. Living each day just to make it to the next with no meaning.  I decided at that moment that I would never snooze my alarm again.  Maybe this should be Rule #11? (see my earlier blog

The act of not snoozing my alarm is still challenging on most days but I continue to indulge in this practice. Why?  It’s a commitment I made to myself and I no longer feel like I am snoozing my life (the extra time I have is priceless) and it creates pure JOY for my mornings and oozes into my day.  Imagine if I had waited until January 1st to get started!! I would have missed months worth of priceless time, JOYful days and the self confidence I have given myself that I can make a commitment and actually stick to it! It is worth it’s weight in gold!

Are you understanding where I am going with the whole resolution bit?

If you want to make positive changes there is no better day to start then today; not Monday, not next month, next year or tomorrow.  Why not just start TODAY?  I will take it a step further and say that I want you to start right at this moment.  Close your mouth. (I practically heard your mouth drop wide open)  It’s not that difficult.  Listen, you don’t have to be that prepared to start making positive progress.  We don’t prep for the negative changes; therefore it only makes sense that likewise, we need little to no prep for the favorable adjustments we want to make in our lives.  

Start reflecting now. What changes do you desire? Make a list. Then pick 1 and start today. Don’t wait. End 2018 the way you envisioned starting 2019, with good choices and good habits already in place.   

Photo by Georgia de Lotz

Cheers! 

Mara

P.S. I can’t wait to share with you the newest personal development training I am in! I had to hop in and edit this blog in particular considering it has a lot to do with getting started TODAY! It is no coincidence it has similarities to books I have been reading, people I have been following and what my mentors are aligned with as well! Stay tuned for all of it! In future blogs I plan to share more of my favorite books, coaches and trainings. Sign up to follow this blog to get the updates! Take a sneak peek, here