Freedom as an Entrepreneurial Mom

Hey moms~

I was inspired to share this blog post following a few hardships this week as a mama!  I quickly recognized the blessing and the beauty in the freedom I have on so many levels as a mother in business.  Yes, it is true you can experience joy in hardship, if you choose to see it the blessing in it.

Late July I went to my National Convention with my company, New Avon LLC.  It was a whirlwind of amazing experiences, and unforgettable memories.  One moment I was on stage (the biggest stage I’d ever been on, even as a competitive dancer who spent many years on stage) with some major industry experts.  What a huge honor.

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The next minute I was in a huge audience graced with thousands of brilliant business owners.

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Then shaking hands and speaking with Barbara Corcoran, or taking selfies and chatting backstage with Rascall Flatts!

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Then backstage with the fashion models before we took the stage, modeling the new Holiday line up!

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Honestly, there were so many incredible experiences I could never share them all.

My point in sharing this with you is to illustrate the true life of a mother as an entrepreneur in the Beauty Industry! 

After so much inspiration and excitement, I drove 9 hours home.

When I arrived home everyone was waiting for me, at yes midnight.  Gabriel, my 6 year old, Elijah, my 2 year old, and my husband, Justin.  We exchanged many hugs and kisses, and all went to bed.  The next morning we were at the doctor with Elijah, who had turned very ill.

Long story short…. I was bandaging and re bandaging day in and day out with a 2 year old.  I accentuate 2 year old here because if you’ve ever dealt with bandaging or bathing a two year old…. it is quite eventful, similar to wrestling a head strong goat.  LOL Trying to keep him from reopening the bandage and making the situation worse…. good luck reasoning with a 2 year old who doesn’t understand, its best to let it be…..

This went on for about two weeks, administering medicine religiously throughout the day!

Meanwhile, my 6 year old had to stay overnight in the children’s hospital for further testing, with my husband.  So of course we are running around at the wee hours of the day and night.

Among all this….. still doing 1:! with my team, group meetings, sales events, customer outreach, and deliveries, management of all social media platforms, marketing, and advertising, etc..

Let’s not even discuss, the laundry, grocery situation, meals, extra curricular activities, my husbands schedule, the two dogs (1 being a puppy still training), and definitely let’s not talk about the overall state of the house!  Wait did I even mention self care?  Did I even shower those two weeks?  Hmmm it’s a blur!

With so much turmoil going on around me I remember sitting on my front porch late one night with a glass of white wine just trying to breath.  That is when I realized how blessed I truly was.

I reflected on a time when I was driving 6 hours to, and 6 hours from every week into Manhattan for a career I loved so much, it was a dream of mine, but sobbing as I drove away every Sunday night. I thought, what if I was still in that role, who would have nursed Elijah back to health and ran Gabriel back and forth to all his highly important appointments?  What would I have done?  Would my boss allow me the time?  Could I have juggled this with work?  Would I have been fired?  Will this effect my performance bonus?  Which in turn would have effected my family?  How would I have gotten through this had I not had my own home based business?

I am so blessed to have the freedom in my business and personal life to manage my own business around what matters most to me, my family.  I can have setbacks in business, but certainly that is easier to swallow than hardships in my family that I would have been unable to tend to working for someone else.

I remember making one of the hardest decisions of my life, walking away from my so loved career, to take a leap of faith and build my own empire.  Although I was scared, although I was nervous, I truly never had doubt.

I chose my faith over my fear, and remembered the strongest girl I know, me.  I remembered what I was capable of, and I WENT FOR IT.

So the images below illustrate the rue mama working her business from home, that same dolled up model you saw grace the stage…. LOL #hotmess

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Independent Mama

Feeling very #accomplished tonight! I always remind myself I’ve already won….. no matter what #blessings come my way…. my goal was to stay #home with my #children and build a home based #business I could call all our own! I did that the day I decided to take the leap and leave my corporate job to be an independent #Avon #Representative

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#avonrepresentatives #avonrep  #cruiselikeaboss #Bermuda

Cruisin’ Like a Mom Boss

 

The road isn’t easy….. but it’s worth it…. I think back on many of my hardest obstacles SO FAR IN LIFE… which I’ve illustrated some in my blog… www.beautifulleapoffaith.com ..now I know I’m only 30 and there is many more to come in my #blessed time here on this earth 🌏 and honestly I look forward to even the hard times…. because what’s come out of each experience good or bad is growth…. I think back on my most #influential moments like giving birth to my two little angels…. Gabriel and Elijah….. was it easy having two babies naturally lol … NO …. but look what I’ve gained. My children are my entire world…. not only did I experience a Love I never imagined I become the best version of myself and now here I am …. on a cruise in Bermuda…. was never in my field of vision…. on a simple decision I made to stay home with my babies I’ve never missed first, first words, or any important milestone with my babies….. that so many unfortunately don’t get to experience….. was it easy? Is it easy? NO …. but it’s worth it! The road to #success isn’t suppose to be easy…. if it was easy there would be no growth…. there would be nothing to work for… 

 

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Our Biggest Blessings

#Growingup on a #stage as a #competitive #dancer most of my #life and #showing #horses for so many years from #state to state ….. I have certainly had my share of #coaching and #critiquing …. can I tell you the race to #perfection is #exhausting …. I have #accomplished many “things” in my life and at a #young age at that…. I’d even been #accepted into a #major#modeling #agency … and shortly after I found out I was going to be a #Mommy … thank you #God for keeping me #grounded and bringing me through some of the #toughesttimes In #mylife …. our #biggeststruggle is always our #biggestblessing … you can #achieve and #accomplish thousands of #titles and #awards … be the top of everything, and fall in a heart beat. I’m so glad I know where to place my #faith and #values in my #life. I’m so #blessed and #thankful, the best role I’ve ever filled, the best place I’ve ever been, the best place I choose to be….. #wife and #Mommy 🙏 and that was given to me freely, no #performance or #title required.

#blessed🙏 #mommy #mommyandme #mommyblogger #blogger #beautyboss #avon #avonrep #avonrepresentative #Avon #avonrepresentatives #avonfashion #avon #beautiful #business #beautyboss #momlife #wifey

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“Do Not Be Anxious About Anything” Philippians 4:6

Hello there!

Thank you for being here.  You will find throughout my blog I share all things that inspire me in my personal life, that translate into my business.  I am extremely moved by scriptural verses, and I use them everyday in my personal and professional life.

Last night I went to an amazing women’s gathering at our church.  In conversation with a great friend, Ellie, I was inspired to share about her favorite verse; Philippians 4:6.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ JesusPhilippians 4:6-7 New International Version (NIV) 

Click here to visit the link I got this verse from.

There are countless times I forget to place my worries and anxieties about the future in God’s hands.  Everyday, I have to remind myself that God is in control, I am not the author, and all will be perfectly OK, just as he has planned, IF I LISTEN.

Especially, as women and mothers it seems we are constantly struggling to trust God, in our constant battle for control.  We try to have control over our children, our families, our homes, our careers, our success, our health, our nutrition, etc…,  and everyone around us too!  Isn’t that exhausting!

However, if you read the verse above, you can find peace.  Peace that we do not have to have all the answers, we are NOT in control, but He is.  Isn’t that great news.  I know it is to me, whether it be in my personal life or in my business.

I had been sharing how some days are very nerve-wracking for me and I feel extremely anxious about what the future holds.  Most of you know my story, how I walked away from a corporate position, to restart my business from zero. If you have not heard my story, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MY STORY.

However, God seems to keep reminding me, I am right where I am supposed to be.  How can I go wrong choosing my home based business with my children, over a big title position far away from my family. Time after time, campaign after campaign, day after day I am blessed with new customers, and team members.  Whats-more, I am seeing other women and men empowered daily, to do the same.  What a blessing and gift.

I am sure there are more mothers than just me that have had the worry, “How am I going to pay for this?  How will I get groceries this week!”

God places us in the right places at the right time based on his perfect timing and plan for us, for reasons we cannot see or understand!

As we were all sharing the things that trouble us or burden us daily, the things that are heavy on our hearts, a good friend of mine shared this amazing story that I could relate to completely!

She said, “Carly I have to share this story with you, when I was a young mother about your age, I had the three boys.  My husband was away on business, I had literally no money, and no means to make dinner that night for the boys.  I took my youngest for a walk with me as the other boys were in school.  I can remember worrying the entire time.  All of a sudden my son ran slightly ahead of me and came running back with a $1 bill.  He was so excited, and at that time I knew I could at least get a carton of milk with it.  I was feeling a bit relieved, then a few feet ahead of us we ran into a small bundle of money, it was three $1 bills.  We had found a total of $4.00.  With that I walked to the grocery store, and bought milk, eggs, and bread, we had dinner that night. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to make dinner.”

There is so many times, I have worried myself to sleep wondering “How”, I was going to do this?! Was I crazy?  I gave up our security!  Then I am instantly reminded by Him, I am right were I am supposed to be in life and in business, and we will be OK.

This inspired me, and reminded me of so many situations I had been in with my family.  However, I have found peace in knowing that God has the plan, he has the answers. All is well.

I hope this verse gives you peace, and reminds you, that He is always listening, and all he asks is we believe in him.  Cast your cares on him.  Do not be anxious or worried, instead pray.

Blessings,

Carly ❤

 

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As I grow my amazing team daily, I find that each new Representative needs different things on their way to success.

Different things motivate and inspire people, just like finding new customers.

I put together a short video on how to make a few small changes in your daily routine, to build a strong customer base and lead bank to build your team! 

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Entrepreneurship Hereditary?

Hello there!

Thank you for being here!  I hope you enjoy my stories.  As an entrepreneur in a family of many entrepreneurs this very thought has gone through my mind.  So I thought why not write about it!

I’d love to hear your feed back!

Could it be that these personality traits and skills are hereditary or do we simply learn them from the people we grow up around?  To be honest I am sure there must be a scientific answer to this, in which I do not have, however a fun thought and story to write about and share!

As most of you know I am first a Mother of two amazing little gifts, Gabriel, who is 5 and Elijah, who is 1.  My whole universe revolves around these two angels.  Secondly, I am a wife, to my amazing husband, and best friend, Justin Micheal.  In order to stay home with my babies, I decided to work from home.  Thank God for the direct selling industry, and the amazing Avon opportunity!  My Avon business has afforded the opportunity to create a beautiful, and successful family business, that we all enjoy.  Whats more, I am available to my family always, what a blessing that is.

I couldn’t help but think…… Is this in my blood? LOL

My father, whom which if you have ever met him or spoke with, is as fast paced and mathematical as me.  We are sometimes hard to follow, we move and talk fast.  Probably because things are flying through our minds so fast.  I am most certainly my fathers daughter.  Everyone calls him “Big Frank” he is an owner/operator of a Motorcycle shop.

My entire life I can remember my father building from scratch, repairing, selling, trading etc.. different motorcycles.  Mainly, Harley Davidson’s. He calls his bike, “Old Blue,” he probably doesn’t realize but “Old Blue” has been his best friend and in his life the longest.  I think it makes him feel free, like my horses do for me.  He is so talented, his custom motorcycles have one first place at different bike shows! Pretty awesome guy!

The reason I share this is because I have so many of my fathers traits, hes a net-worker naturally, very driven, (barely sleeps haha), loves a start up, and fully manages his entire business from his shop located right where I grew up.

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My Grandfather owned a restaurant supply business, everyone knows him in our area.  He created and nurtured a successful family business in which his eldest son, took over in time.  Beyond this generation, I am somewhat unaware as they came from Italy.  There is the stallion himself below, John Fiaschetti, “Johnny.”

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On my mothers side, my grandmother, Mary, owned her very own beauty shop.  Mind you in a time when women rarely worked outside of the home, as they stayed home with their children more in that time, especially in the area she grew up in.  Not only did she work, she owned her own beauty business.  I like to believe she would be very proud of me and my beauty business today, I never met her.  I have however, seen photos, what a beauty.

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My grand mothers father, Pearl, was a farmer, that is how he made his living!

Each of my family members built their own business and was self employed! Isn’t that something!

When I was in Middle School I won, the “Entrepreneurial Award” for contacting Otis Spunkmeyer to set up a cookie business for the students in our school.  Many kids started helping our little student business!

Who knows, maybe it is within us!  I cannot wait to see what my children do someday!