Avon Bonus Program-Kick Start New Representative Program

Hello there Beautiful~

If you are a New Representative within your first 7 campaigns with Avon you are eligible for $$$ BIGGER BONUSES $$$!

Take a look at the post below, for a deep dive into the New Avon Representative Kick Start Bonus Program!

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As you can see as a New Representative you are eligible to earn a 40% commission when you achieve your Kick Start campaign sales goals!  

Past those 7 campaigns you will earn a percentage based on the amount of your total campaign sales!  This is a huge advantage! Take a look at How Do I Make Money with Avon?

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The Kick Start Program is strategically laid out to help you build a strong customer base over time!  The goal is to sell at minimum $450-$500 a campaign which sets you up to achieving Presidents Club!  If you sell between $450 and $500 per campaign for the full Avon cycle of 26 campaigns you will achieve over $10,000 in sales and achieve Presidents Club, and secure 40% earnings!  An Elite program for Avon’s Top Sellers, just like YOU potentially.  Take a look at  Building the Sale Up Selling and Cross Category Selling!  Grow Your Sales

Look at the difference in earnings when you achieve President’s Club or above!PRP chart earner

When your first three team members join your team within your first 7 campaigns you also earn a $50 bonus per qualified New Recruit! (*What’s a Qualified Recruit? Any Representative recruited during your Kick Start program who has an on-time, paid order of$150 or more during their first or second campaigns of appointment (by close of LOA 2).  

Past those 7 campaigns you earn a $20 bonus per qualifies new recruit!  Another huge advantage!  SO GET GOING!!  DON’T WAIT!!  ASK YOUR MENTOR FOR ASSISTANCE! 

What is EVEN BETTER…. You get a $50 for as many qualified new recruits as you want!  3 is just the minimum!  So if you invite 10 new recruits and they successfully place their first or second order of $150 or more and pay on time…. GUESS WHAT!!  That is an additional $500!!!!

Additionally, as if building a strong business isn’t beneficial enough!   Avon gives New Representatives an additional $200 Performance Bonus when they achieve all minimum Kick Start Requirements!

Okay, so how do I start building my customer base and adding new team members?

Take a look at  10 Tips to Creating Residual Income With Your Avon Business!

Much success to you, Beauty Boss! You CAN DO IT!

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Promoting Growth-Mentoring Leaders that Take Action

Something I am very passionate about that every business needs to sustain growth far into the future is great mentor-ship of future leaders.

I find where many businesses and leaders fail is in the promotion and coaching of leaders on their team.  Often “Leaders” of businesses get stuck in the mindset of, “It is just easier if I do it,” “I can’t take the risk of something going wrong,” or, “No one can do it as good as me” mindset.  Can I tell you yes, it is easier at the moment, but you are wrong, it is risky, but you are wrong, and yes no one can do it as good as you because you haven’t mentored them, again you are wrong.  You are the one holding your business back if this is how you see things.  The upside to that is….. you also hold the key to success!  It’s completely up to you my friend!

If your goal is to be a business that is a, “one hit wonder” that lasts a good 10-20 years and falls apart when you step away, then stay with that mind set!

However, if your goal is to create and promote a business that competes long into the future and stays alive and well for years and years beyond your tenure then I encourage you to change the way you think, and continue reading!


So what is coaching/mentoring anyway? Based on my experience and training in the direct selling industry on both the corporate and independent consultant side of things it is mentoring, promoting self discovery, growth, and independence, to name a few.  Ultimately, leadership, in my eyes, is promoting independent, forward thinkers that continue growing, and promoting growth around them, to propel business far into the future.  Does your entire business stop when you step away?  If so, it is due to a lack of developing leaders.  If you ever want to retire and have your business live on, or simply take a vacation…… I suggest growing, and developing the number of leaders on your team.

First, you must become the best leader you can!  Research, seek out books on leadership, emotional intelligence, and mentoring. Seek your own mentor, someone who has a proven history of success in your field, someone that can coach and mentor YOU!  THIS IS IMPORTANT!  No one is perfect, and if we believe that we are, we are holding ourselves back…. dare I say….. Get over yourself, to better yourself?  I always say, “Stay in a student’s mind set, ALWAYS!”  We can never stop learning and growing.  The day we do, is the day we have nothing new to offer the future!  FIND A MENTOR that “Stretches” you.  Someone that challenges your comfort zone, and sees things you DO NOT see!

I was a competitive dancer most of my life, from 18 months old I was on a stage performing.  I can still here my instructors say, “If it hurts, you are doing it right,” or “No pain, no gain.”  The same principals apply in leadership and business!  If you feel a bit out of your element, stay there until you feel comfortable again, and then find something else to be, “Uncomfortable” about, and start growing there.  DO NOT take the easy road and quit when it gets tough, you will only be quitting YOURSELF!  There is no growth in comfort zones!

Before we can coach others we must be coached! 

Have you learned to identify areas of opportunity in your business?  How many Representatives on your team can you truly say are continuously growing their business?  Is anyone declining in sales? Anyone plateaued in sales?  Anyone growing slightly in sales each campaign?  Anyone growing at a rapid rate in sales campaign after campaign, year after year? Anyone that has started their leadership team, and stopped finding recruits?  Anyone building their team at an incredible rate, but not quite growing their title?

What does your 1:1 schedule look like with each one of your team members?  Do you know what each of your team members goals are?  The reason I ask these two questions together is because you cannot build your schedule without understanding what their goals are, or how much time you will need to dedicate to each team member.  Understanding what their personal and business goals are will help you build a strong calendar that promotes growth for each team member based on the time they have to dedicate to their business and the goals they express to you!

Need help getting this info from them?

Take a survey! I find google forms is a great way to gather information as you can text, post and even email out a simple link they can click on quickly and reply with ease!

For example:  A team member that states they are looking to build a full time income based business that pays all their monthly bills, will certainly require more coaching/mentoring from you.  They may need to connect more than once a week for their 1:1 coaching time with you!

A team member that is simply starting their business for a personal discount may only need or want to connect 1 a month or through email and text only!  You see…. we must know their purpose for being here, and where they want to go and by when! The reason we need to know “By when,” is for accountability and a deadline.  Knowing when they want to achieve their goals is directly related to their goal.

For example:  If the team member states their goal is to pay off their debt in 6 months, depending on how much debt they have you will want to create a sales plan WITH THEM, DO NOT create it for them.  It will not promote leadership, if you have worked through the planning on your own.  Additionally, it will make the process personal.  Create a sales plan each campaign that will generate a certain amount of money each month to go toward their debt.  The sales plan must be strategically created so that each month of the 6 months goal is evenly spread and realistic.  Setting unrealistic, lofty goals will result in disappointment if they do not reach their goals, which will hurt the retention and moral on your team!  We want our team members to ACHIEVE, not fail!  Express this to them when creating the plan with them!  With a deadline we can set a pace!

Throughout the plan their must be, check points.  What are check points?  Throughout the timeline (while their is still time to course correct if they are not on pace to achieve their goal) have a 1:1 connection with them.  Ask them, “Based on the plan you created  to pay off your debt in 6 months, you decided to sell $600 this campaign.  We still have 5 days left in the campaign, how are your sales so far?” Their answer will drive your  coaching conversation.  However, whether they have overshot their goal or undershot their goal, you will want to ask, “What did you do, or what have you been doing to achieve that?”  If they are falling short or are ahead of their goal, what they have done up to this point will be the cause.  Either way they still have time, due to the checkpoint placement, to impact their progress towards their goal.  STAY in TOUCH, recognize them at each point of their journey!  Coach them through the process.  The sense of accomplishment and overwhelming gratitude they will have for you will be unbelievable!  Recognize them personally, and publicly (if they allow)!  Set their next goal and timeline, then repeat!

The coaching you give them will be an example of how they will coach their team as they start building!   What we do and do not do set an example for our future leaders.

Identify potential leaders! Of course there will always be those individuals that are natural leaders. These individuals simply take off running!  Some of these types are what I call “Sprinters in a marathon.”  These individuals start out FULL SPEED, and burn out in the home stretch, or when things get tough.  I find this type of leader may not necessarily need “Skill building” mentoring on a task per say, but rather consistent recognition along the way, reminding them of the small things they have achieved.  

Often this type is a high achiever, that is incapable of seeing their successes because they are only looking for the HUGE WINS, or simply going to fast.  The RPM’s are too high!  We want them to, “Stop and smell the roses.”  It is up to us to open their eyes to all they have accomplished along the way, pacing them to avoid a burnout, and coaching them through the burnout if it happens. 

In the aftermath, as their coach/mentor be sure to use the burnout (if it happens) as a tool for mentoring moving forward.  “What do you think got you to this point?” (Self Discovery is so important) “How did that make you feel?”  Did you reach your goal, or fall short?”  (If fallen short)  What do you think caused this?” “What do you feel you could do differently in the future to promote a different outcome?”  Open ended questions such as this, give the leader an opportunity to not only self reflect, but to also self discover, and recreate their own plan of action for the future. 

They may not realize it but this is a huge step in growing as a leader, and the burnout was actually a great event in their journey that will strengthen them as a future leader.  However, they may not realize this without a great coach/mentor helping them self discover, and supporting them along the way.  Never assume someone, doesn’t need your coaching, believe it or not there can be leaders that need to slow down, to gain speed in the marathon, “Slow down to gain momentum I suppose.” Stay close to them.  Many GREAT leaders are lost this way!  BUT NOT UNDER YOUR WATCH! 

There are individuals that are high personal performers but do not and have nor ever see themselves as leaders.  I have learned that most times people do not see their own potential because if they did, we would all be successful leaders!  I know this because in actuality, the beautiful thing is, EVERYONE has the potential to be a great leader, leadership is something that can be learned and nurtured with great mentor-ship!  Which YOU have to offer!

I find these individuals also, simply need recognition of what they don’t see!  Recognize them for their success, have a conversation with them, I bet they don’t EVER celebrate their personal wins!  CALL THEM OUT!  Share with them, the skills that you see IN THEM, and how they could influence great leadership and foster an incredibly successful team that mimic the same behaviors they exhibit if they are open and willing to learn and grow with your coaching/mentoring!

Yes, I said, IF.  It is crucially important to always ask permission, feel them out, are they open and receptive to learning and growing?  Or are they happy where they are?  Either is fine, but what you DO NOT want to do is, “Sink the ship to save 1 person or a few,” that are simply happy staying where they are.  Again, in direct selling we are our own boss, so remember it is perfectly OK that they may want to stay where they are.  Not everyone wants a huge business.  So give them recognition consistently, but do not spend all your time coaching and mentoring someone that is not interested.   For one, you are wasting your time, and their time.  For two you are not giving your mentoring talent to someone who is eager and in need of it! 

There is a difference between skill and will.  A person can have the will with no skill (the skill can be learned), but they cannot have skill with no will, at least not for growth!  So essentially, it is very important to 1: know what each member of your team is here for, and why did they start their business? Also, 2: Where do they want to go with their business, and what are their goals? Plan accordingly.

There are individuals that may appear as if they want the business growth, but really just want your time.  Again, it is our job to help them self discover.  I have worked with many individuals, that I found when I stopped driving, they would, “Fall apart”, or at least their business would.  I found that often this type of individual is looking more for, your time, a companion, or friendship, which again, is also FINE!  However, help them identify what they really are in need of before you start putting all your valuable time and energy into their growth.  If time is all they want, grab coffee with them weekly, and recognize them on their wins each week!  However, DO NOT spend all your time coaching someone that is not interested in growing for the growth of their business, to reach their goals.

Many people come to direct selling to socialize and build a circle of acquaintances, and new friends.  They may simply want to learn to socialize!  So socialize with them, and show them how they can grow their business here and there while learning to socialize, and gain a new network of friends!  2 for 1 special! 

There is the “Humble, high achiever” I like to call them!  The best quality, in my opinion, in potential leaders, and the ones that win the marathon, are the ones that are, “Coach-able.”  What do I mean?  The individual I am referencing here is open, and excited about being coached, and often self corrects and identifies areas off opportunity to grow before you even step into the picture.  These individuals may be able to recognize it, they simply need help identifying, “What to do now?”  They know they want to grow, and where they need the growth, but are not exactly sure how to make that growth happen.

This is where you come in. As always, promote self discovery, ask open ended questions that promote building their own plan, with a timeline, and deadlines.  This will also instill accountability, a great characteristic all leaders NEED!

A goal with out a plan of action, time line, and deadline, is a fantasy.  Create a plan WITH THEM, and check points to connect on.  Identify where they are pacing against their goals.  At these check points, adjust accordingly, course correct in correlation with their goals and the deadline THEY’VE set!

VERY IMPORTANT! Know that whether or not the individual achieves their goal, there is a huge lesson and opportunity for growth presented.  If the goal is reached, GREAT!  Start the self discovery/coaching conversation.  Ask them: “What did you do that you felt helped you achieve your goal?” “What do you feel may have off set the achievement of your goal ?”  “What will you change in the future?” “How do you feel about your achievement?” (Tying an emotion to an achievement or lack of achievement is so important.  Often people may not remember the instance, or what was said, but they will remember how they felt, and if they want to feel that way again.  As humans, I feel, we are wired to either chase pleasant feelings again (achievement) or avoid unpleasant feelings (non achieved goals) again.  Identifying this emotion will help them set their next goal, or whether the goal was to high or the timeline was too short for the goal they set.  Either way let THEM set THEIR OWN goals.  Even if we know the goal may be too high or the timeline may be too short. There are times the best mentoring is NOT in the mentor stating, “That is NOT going to work,” the best way to coach in my experience is letting them set the goal and allowing their outcome to coach them the next time. Other wise if you step in and auto correct their decision they will never experience what DOESN’T work, and may try it in the future.  “What is your next goal?” “When will you achieve this goal?”  If they DO NOT achieve the goal the same principals apply! “What do you feel contributed to this outcome?”  “What do you feel may have off set the achievement of your goal ?”  “What will you change in the future?” “How do you feel about your achievement?” “What is your next goal?” “When will you achieve this goal?” Be sure they KNOW this is not a failure, or a place to quit, in every “weakness” their is opportunity for growth.  I believe there are no weakness simply opportunities!

At the end of the day, they must want it more than you!

In summary:

  • Become the best leader you can -never stop researching and growing yourself!
  • Seek out and stay connected to your own mentor, and accountability coach!
  • Do what you say, and say what you’ll do!  Remember you are a role model for future leaders
  • Identify the different types of potential leaders!
  • Ask their permission to coach and mentor them!
  • Gain their commitment and buy in!
  • Identify what they need.
  • Have the conversation!  Why are they here? What are their goals?
  • Create a plan of action (WITH THEM) based on their goals\
  • Have check points along the time line to check their pace, and course correct as needed to remain on track to their goal!
  • Ask open ended questions that promote self discovery
  • Reflect on outcomes
  • Offer recognition
  • Set future goals!

As always, stay close to your mentor, never stop learning and growing.  My mother always said, “No one and nothing can take away your mind, faith, memories, or education.”  Fill that brain with as much knowledge as you can!  You will have more to offer those that you coach the more you learn!  Of course if you know me, I must add a little faith will always carry you!  Faith is powerful!




How Do I Become an Avon Representative?

Good day!

If you are reading this blog post you may have thought in the past, “What it would be like to be an Avon Representative or best known, a “BEAUTY BOSS!”  Maybe you are searching for an additional income for your family, or full time income, LIKE I WAS!  Maybe you are working 2-3 jobs, and sacrificing your health and/or family time to simply make ends meet.  May you are looking for a discount on state of the art, on trend, world class beauty, health and wellness, and home products for gifting and/or for you!  Maybe you are looking to pay for college, a wedding, or a family vacation!  Maybe you are simply a FASHION GURU!  Whatever the reason is ….YOU ARE HERE, and I am so glad you are!  

First I want to say thank you for your time, and interest, as I know Avon can and will make a HUGE impact on your life!  So here’s how you get started!

It is actually VERY SIMPLE! By following the steps below you will become not only an Independent Avon Representative, or aka BEAUTY BOSS!  You will be on a team of amazing, motivational, and inspirational Avon Representatives, Team Perseverance, a team that I am more than proud to lead, I will be your humble and proud Avon Coach, here to mentor, and support you along your new journey! What is most exciting YOU will be the proud owner of your very own home based business!  CONGRATS CEO!!  YOU are call ALL the shot now, baby!  Who’s the BOSS?!  YOU are the BOSS!!


Here you will enter all the information asked (creates your own SECURE account that ONLY YOU can enter)!  Be sure and enter all info!

Also, you will choose your business starter kit!  This is how you will kick off your business!  Everything you need to kick off a successful business including a business coach!  And….. Guess what!  There is even a rebate on your business starter kit, when you achieve your first New Representative qualified goal in the Kick start program, which you can earn $1000 or more in 90 days!!!  See image below!

Starter Kit Overview:

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Starter Kit Choice # 1:

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Starter Kit Choice # 2:

starter 50

Starter Kit Choice # 3:

starter 100

Once you have selected your kit and entered reference code: carlybonaventura and completed all the sign up requirements, you will see a confirmation page, and receive an email with your brand new account number and information to GET STARTED!  CONGRATS!

I cannot wait to help you achieve your dreams and goals!  Please feel free to contact me with all your questions!

Blessings and CONGRATS,


The Missing Link in Your Life and Business!

Hello everyone! Thank you for being here!

Today has been a very busy day! I was inspired by Gabriel, my 5 year old as he was frolicking around today in the snow!

Gabriel, had no school today, so naturally he was traveling around with me and baby brother, Elijah doing customer deliveries and running errands.  His endless happiness, and zest for life is contagious and I had to share with you all!

First thing this morning, Gabriel woke up ecstatic, he was over the moon that he was witnessing the very first snowfall in Upstate New York!  Of course like most parents, I woke up with both my children in my room!  Certainly this is not how I went to bed last night, I am pretty sure I remember tucking everyone in their owns beds…..

Anyway, Gabriel quickly went from being over the moon with excitement to confusion as to where his daddy was, he was convinced it was Saturday!  As you can see we had a long discussion on where his daddy was!

After we straightened this out, he went right back to my bedroom window to stare at the snow!

We went through our normal morning routine, getting everyone ready to start the day.  I finished up my customer invoicing, and packed the car for deliveries.  Of course, we had personal errands for the family to complete as well!  But…… naturally we had to do something cozy and fun for a no school/first snow day!  This is where the inspiration started for me….

All I had to suggest was that we wore cozy clothes for the day, and went to the local coffee shop for hot cocoa (COFFEE FOR MOM) and donuts!  Yes, he started the day with SUGAR, one of the most torturous decisions a mother could EVER make LOL! Today was a fun day! He was thrilled at this idea, and hopped into the car immediately!

What was so beautiful about his innocent, young excitement was…… How many adults would be not only satisfied, but GRATEFUL for 1 simple hour over coffee with their mother?  As adults we tend to be satisfied less and less with the simple things life grants us.  Are we really unhappy, or have we expected too much?  Perhaps if we change our expectations, and be grateful for the moments we have been blessed with, our days would be much happier, and more productive.

It wasn’t the donuts, or the hot cocoa that Gabriel wanted, it was my time.  Gabriel was thrilled to make a memory with his mother today, and that was enough for him!

We finished our snacks and went on to our deliveries and errands.  We sang Christmas songs as we traveled in the car!  Everyone we ran into, Gabriel, said, “Merry Christmas Eve!” Naturally in a 5 year old mind, if it is snowing, it is MOST CERTAINLY CHRISTMAS EVE! He chatted with the greeter at Walmart, about how Santa was soon coming and how he had to be a good boy!

We loaded our groceries, he pointed out everything he wanted on his Christmas list, and of course we had to get wood pellets to warm the house!   As he was pointing out EVERY toy in the store that he felt he, “Reeeeeeeally reeeeeeally Needed,” he wasn’t concerned with my saying, “No.”  He simply waited a few milliseconds and continued asking…..  He tried cutting deals with me on his behavior in exchange for a “Maybe,” an “I’ll think about it,” or a, “Let me talk to Santa about it.”  Children have an innate ability to “Close the Deal.”  They are experts in resiliency, and persist-ency!  How many times did you give up today in your business, or personally?

How many follow up calls, or conversations have you skipped in your business this week, because you felt the customer or lead would say no?  How many opportunities did you miss Today alone?  How many people walked past you, that you didn’t approach because you were scared they would say no?

Gabriel, complimented a little boy on his “Cool hat” as he walked by him, completely unconcerned as to what the little boy might think of him! When was the last time you paid a stranger a compliment, or started a conversation with someone in the grocery line?!  You know that could be your nest highest seller on your team, or your most loyal customer for the next 30 years!  Think about that………..

We continued on……….. He “Helped” me load the big bags of pellets one at a time!  What a good boy!

We finally made it home, cutting a few errands short, and started unloading the car!  As I looked up I witnessed this……

Gabriel, was not disappointed in the weather, it wasn’t “Too cold, too wet, too miserable, not sunny enough, or less than he’d hoped or expected.”  Gabriel, went to bed with no expectation for today, so he woke up with no disappointments.  He was simply GRATEFUL, for this day, for the cold weather, the snow, and the hot cocoa and donuts with his mama, the little boys hat in the store that made him smile, and so much more.  Gabriel was thankful for the moments he had been blessed with from the moment he opened his eyes this morning.  Today was more than enough for him!

I also believe our children own up to the names we give them, he truly is, “The Messenger.”

Maybe we should take notes from our children more often……  What great mentors they truly are!

Today I am #Grateful!

Please share your inspirations from your children in the comments!  I am eager to hear!

Mommy Has Lost her Marbles!

  Hi all!  So as you all know I am a very busy entrepreneur with two “littles” in tow at all times!  Although challenging, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As parents we all have those moments when our children say something that completely puts us in our place!! HAHA We think, “Oh my goodness where did you hear that!?”

Well to be honest I am quite often taken back by my 5 year old, Gabriel.  He is a very smart, and vibrant little man! Believe me there are some days I feel like pulling my hair out!  For example when I am trying to create a training video for my team, or a recognition video!  I literally have to re-record things 3 million times!  ……And FORGET GOING LIVE!! That never goes well! So naturally I feel like I fail somewhere daily, whether it be as a mommy, or as a business coach!

Here is one mommy fail………. I said, “Gabriel, please mommy really has to get this done for her business! If you don’t stop running in and out of my office I am going to rip my hair out.”

……Ummmmmm, now what was that going to solve?

That is exactly what my 5 year old was thinking when he said, “Oh, mommy, please don’t rip your hair out!  First of all it would hurt! Also, it would look terrible on you Bideo (video)!  I’ll just go sit in the living room.”  As if, I should have just asked!!!!!!!

I looked at him and thought, you know what….. he’s right!  Why didn’t I just simply ask him to politely stop, and sit down!?  What a little stinker! He drove me to the brink of insanity, and then completely flipped the script, and practically told me I was unreasonable and unhinged!  He then solved the problem, and walked out!!!

So, why don’t we have critical thinking skills as parents, in the moment of chaos!?

Truthfully, because we are jugglers, moms and dads, are amazing creatures!  We do it all don’t we!

How many parents do that on a daily basis!?


Sometimes I don’t even answer people when they ask me something!  I swear they must think I am crazy!  I will remember conversations, days later, and call the person back and say, “I’m sorry, did I ever answer you?”  Or, “I am sorry I was listening, I didn’t mean to ignore you, I am interested in what you are saying, here are my thoughts on that…..” Usually it is because in the matter of 2 seconds one of my children is doing something completely chaotic and unsafe and I have to jet RIGHT THEN!

Yesterday, I actually made a point to put some time into myself!   After all I do have a beauty business!  What am I thinking running around in slippers and a mumu, with a bun on top of my head, right!  So I was able to take an uninterrupted shower, (highly unusual), I did my hair and makeup, I even put on my Avon jewelry!

As soon as Gabriel saw me, he said, “Oh Mommy, you look beautiful, you should do your hair more often! HAHA As if he has given me SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES to take care of myself!  It was like the sweetest thing, and the most irritating statement ever all at once!  LOL

Isn’t that what our children do though!!  Drive us nuts, and then do something so cute you completely forget how crazy they make you!

So I suppose my message is, “Keep going mom/dad, you got this!” Besides, there is no use in throwing in the towel yet, because in 5 minutes they will do something else chaotic HAHA!

So here I am making light of my continuous office interruptions!! Mama is a Beauty Boss, and a Multi-tasking mama! ❤ 

“Delight in Weakness…. For I am Strong”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

If you have been reading my blog, you know that I find inspiration, encouragement, motivation, and peace in scripture.  There are so many verses within the Bible that build momentum in entrepreneurs.  The above verse, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 inspires me in a big way and I felt I should share this with my readers!

Looking at the Title you might think….”Delight in my Weakness? Shouldn’t we capitalize on our strengths?” Strange concept right!

However, what this verse tells me is the further I get away from my faith the less I am relying on God to work through me, in my business.  I am convinced that I Am right where I am suppose to be in business, as it has been made very clear to me through my faith.

The blessings continue into our home, our hearts, and those around me as I mentor them to build their own business as well.  One of the many things that keep me close to the word, is withing statement, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

A few weeks ago I was in our church service and the pastor summarized this very easily and clearly for everyone….. He said something to the effect of, when things are hard in our lives, sickness, financial difficulty, family struggles, business struggles, whatever the struggle may be, isn’t that when we find our selves praying harder?  On our knees begging God for guidance, forgiveness, etc…?

Why? Why is our faith stronger in weakness?  Should we not pray always?  We immediately start relying on God as soon as we feel weak!? Could it be that God continues our struggle until we get closer to him?  Like a father saying, “Son, it is so great to see you, it has been a while.”  You see he knows the plan, he has made the plan.

I even find myself doing this! It’s our human nature!

It is natural to think we are weakest in our hardships, and difficulties, but the truth is we are our strongest because we begin to see God’s word, and our faith is stronger.

Dare I go out and say we are actually weakest in our high times in life?  It is then that we stop praying, because we assume everything is going great.  “Why pray….. I don’t need anything!”  This is why we are weakest in high times, we are furthest from God’s word then.  This is when we need to be cautious, to remain giving, and faithful!

It is so strange, we seek help in times of weakness, but have no trouble taking all the credit when things are seemingly going well! As is we did all the work without Him. Again, it is our human nature!

Search your heart, is your faith stronger, are you praying more because you want only high times, and success in life?  Don’t be afraid of the hardships, know they will come, but the plan is great.

So in life, and in business, I try to always remain humble, and seek God’s guidance.  I ask him to show me where I can do my greatest work through his plan.  This is how I know I am where I am suppose to be!

Everyday I empower women and men to start and grow their own business!  The gift of financial freedom, family time, as well as non-monetary things like self confidence, and so much more!

In my post, “Unconventional Mentors” I slightly referenced how bullying is a real thing especially in schools.  At the time I didn’t see anything good in it, as my school days were unbearable at times.  As I grew older I realized how grateful I was for having been the victim of bullying for so long, as it honestly strengthened me.  I am unaffected by people and their opinions because I see them as people as well.  What I mean, is they too deserve God’s grace, and I pray for them, because I know I cannot help them only he can.

Today, I am a strong, RESILIENT, leader free from needing validation from people.  The only thing I seek is God’s guidance and grace.

As I stated in a previous post titled, “Be Strong and Courageous,” although I was scared to launch a business and turn away down a guaranteed salary, I prayed on it, and took my beautiful leap of faith!  I am more certain everyday that I made the right choice with His guidance.

I may be scared some days, but I stay focused on my faith, and keep on my mission!

In business there will always be obstacles, weaknesses, hardships, and more.  But I encourage you to, “Delight in your weakness,” because I believe God is doing his greatest works in you then.  Stay close to him and his word, thank him for the plan he has set forth and his grace.  Have faith that something AMAZING is going to come of this time!

Like the scripture says, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  


Unconventional Mentors Part Two: Lessons From Our Children!

As I travel through my days building a home based business with my children in tow, I realized that even in their tiny little frames, they are our greatest mentors.

Although the lessons my boys have taught me are countless, I will share a few of the big lessons I have learned from my busy days as a mother in business!


Honestly!  Who is more efficient than a mother on the go!  We can dress several moving children, walk the dog, vacuum the living room, have dinner cooking, and plan a party over the phone…… all while on an active webinar for our business!  

Be honest YOU’VE been there!!

Just like in everyday life there are things that are more important or more productive to do first (on the 10 mile long to do list)!  With my children’s crazy schedule, my husbands crazy schedule, and so many other daily family and life things all going on at once, I have learned to be the most productive and efficient business owner EVER, and all from my children!

I’ve learned to take advantage of nap time for making follow up phone calls to customers, training calls to team members, and many more administrative things.  I have learned to have the car packed on nap time so when the baby wakes I am not trying to carry him and my customer orders, and all my advertising and marketing materials to the car at once!

My delivery route is a masterpiece, wasting not 1 single mile!  All in a two day system, and home in time to pick up my kinder-gardener!  I have learned to spend my time where it counts most!

Is it safe to say that as moms we are the most efficient in our crazy state!? 


As crazy as my days are trying to build an empire from a home office and managing my family, and home, I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Another thing I’ve learned is when you work from home sometimes your family life and your work life get inter-meshed! My children have taught me to separate the two!

It is so important to have set office hours, and dedicated family time!  Get down on the floor with your kids, read a book, do a puzzle, simply play peek a boo, or bake cookies with them!  You can have it all!  You just have to set clear, firm boundaries!

Working on our United States Puzzle!

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My children know when the office doors are closed mommy is on an important call!  They have learned to be OK with this, because they know I will be with them at a certain time every night!  However, if I waiver from that time with them, the entire system fails.

Trust me the calls can wait until tomorrow!  A good friend once told me, “Carly, the most important work you’ll ever do is within the walls of your own home.” I remember this everyday!  I can fail one day at my business and wake up tomorrow and fix it, I cannot fix failing my family!

I am not saying I try to be a perfect mother, there is no such thing! I can, however, give them my time and attention.

That said my children have also taught me to……..


I have always been a high achiever, perfectionism drove me crazy most of my life.  My children have most definitely taught me to lower my standard, in a great way!

Often when people hear, “Lower standards,” they associate it with a negative change.  What I am referencing is a very positive change!

Again, working from home, you can easily mesh your family life with your business life.  Of course like every mother, I love my home to look like a show room floor 24/7.  However, we all know this is next to impossible.

How many mom’s are staring at a living room and bedrooms that look like a tornado just passed through?

Turned my head for two seconds….. MAYHEM!

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It’s OK!  That can be fixed on Saturday!  During the week, I work on growing my business, and spend my dedicated time with my family, as planned!  Don’t Deviate from the plan!  Set an “Out of the Office” auto reply on email, post office hours everywhere, on your voicemail, email signature, and office doors!

I have learned to be OK with less than my normal standard.  As long as the family is safe and happy, and business is healthy, the rest can wait!

Vacuum lines are NOT OK, if that means my children can’t have healthy play time!

Here is what happens when I start to cut into family time…… Break in…..

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Or movies in the corner of my office on the other computer! They truly are like an alarm clock……

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What is more important?  Do you think your children will remember the vacuum lines and clean dishes, or the laughter you shared rolling around on the messy living room floor with them?  Or the flour all over the kitchen from baking cookies together?  Or the washable finger paint all over the kitchen island from making art together?

It is going to be OK MOM, that’s why the good Lord gave us tomorrow!  Let it go!


This is from the girl who is eager to help EVERYONE!  I am certainly a nurturer in every sense of the word, I have always been this way.  Which of course leaves me open to becoming overworked and overwhelmed.  I find people easily open up to me and seek help through me.

My children have certainly shown me how, and why I need to say , “No,” at times.  Staying focused on my, “Why” (reason for building a home based business) makes saying no much easier.  If I take on everything I take away from my family, my focus, my goals, and my business.

Of course I want to be able to help especially those in need, however I am quickly reminded that I cannot help everyone.  My children certainly show it when my focus is on too many projects!  Their behavior worsens, their schedule is off, they are MISERABLE, everything starts falling apart.

They once again, bring me back to my center, and remind me where I need to stay focused.  I can pray about the rest!

It is so strange, when we think about mentors, we naturally think about people that have been in our shoes, or someone older.  As I stated in my previous post, “Unconventional Mentors,” you can truly find inspiration anywhere it is just a matter of opening your eyes.

Take a look at your, “Why,” have you lost focus?

I thank God everyday for my children, as they truly have been the greatest mentors in my life, and the fuel that drives me EVERY DAY! 



Just a quick note to the mamas!  Be brave and believe in YOU!

48465A05-590C-4B13-BA12-B2A9D3FD13E9.jpeg#Belief in yourself and your #faith may take much courage and a ton of bravery…. but if there’s a slight chance of #success …. that just means the rest is up to you and #strong faith….. dig in and go for it … give it everything you’ve got ..even if it seems the chips are all stacked against you…. bet on you always …. 💃🏽and pray through the process in high times and low times….. sometimes we forget to pray and be thankful when things are going well …. 🙏#mommyandme #momslookingforwork #mentoringmatters #coach #financialfreedom #networkerlife

“Believe That You Have Received It”

Mark 11:24

24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” NIV

If you know me you know that everything I believe in is based on scripture.  My mission is to ensure my blog reflects exactly who I am, what I believe in, and how I know it has impacted my personal life and business.

I share the above scripture from Mark 11:24 because my story is completely based on this scripture verse.

As I shared in my initial story, “Be Strong and Courageous,” I completely took a leap of faith with my business in July of 2017.

I hope the magnitude of my business and immediate success inspires you to take action on your dreams, and empowers you to keep going when doubt and fear invades your mind.

Am I saying make unreasonable choices with no plan of execution, ABSOLUTELY NOT.  As I shared I had been living my life on a specific income for about 4 years.  Over time I had acquired a home, vehicles, a pool, and so much more based on our household income.  Most importantly my two children are completely dependent on every choice my husband and I make.

So starting my own business on a wim, and expecting to grow it practically over night most definitely took A LOT OF FAITH AND PRAYER!

Does that mean I don’t get scared, or worry about bills?

No, I am no different than any other mother simply trying to make the best decisions for her family.  There is a difference in just trying to, “Get by,” and “AIMING to THRIVE.”

My plan was never to just, “Get by.” My plan was always to build an empire.  When I am afraid, I immediately get to work.  I work on something that will move my business that moment.  I spend as little time as I can in the worrying state.  Worrying will not pay my bills or get me closer to my dreams and goals.  It also show my team, that I don’t believe in myself.  So how could I expect them to believe in me, or themselves?

I remind myself that worry and fear is a made up situation in our minds.  It is not what is actually happening, it is what we FEAR COULD happen.  Again, not what IS happening.  Remember, FAITH OVER FEAR, as referenced in my post, “Be Strong and Courageous.”

I never confuse “Busy” with “Productive.”  What I mean by this is, working on mailings, and putting together giftables all day will not move my business the most.  That is busy work.  However, spending an hour each day sending out mailings, like customer appreciation, upcoming specials, and birthday and anniversary cards is a better plan. The rest of the day can be spent inspiring and empowering new business owners to thrive as well.  This is productive work.  Do not confuse, BUSY with PRODUCTIVE.  While those things are very important and are what sets you apart from other business owners, you must manage your time according to what moves your business the most.

Where have you been spending your time?

Rather than spending your time worrying you may not make it, get busy moving your business.  What this means to me is prayer, and faith.

From the moment I decided to take my leap of faith, leave my corporate job, and start a business I was praying for the guidance and wisdom to build a strong lucrative business.  Prior to that leap, I was praying for answers, I prayed for guidance to make a sound decision that my family could rely on.

I believed in my success, I believed in my mission, I believed in what I could do with God’s guidance, and I got moving.  Although I was praying, I already believed success was mine, was my families.  I bet on, Carly, because I knew I was a sure thing!

I crafted a solid and achievable plan, and started executing!

I hope this short post inspires you to take a sound action.  Believe in you!  Believe the success is yours with everything you have, and GET MOVING!