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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“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 ❤

 

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!

10 Tips to kicking off a Strong Business

Welcome to Avon!  Congratulations on starting your very own beauty business!

Below you will find 10 simple and easy things to do that will help you kick your business off STRONG!

  1. Now that you have officially joined Avon:  Register as a first time user at http://www.youravon.com with you new account number and create your own password.  This is where you will conduct all of your business!

log in2. Immediately contact your Avon Mentor!  This will be shared with you in the welcome email Avon automatically sends when you sign up as an Avon Representative! You have been assigned a personal mentor to coach you through starting and continuously building a strong lucrative business!  Stay in close contact with your mentor, find them on Facebook! It will also be listed on http://www.youravon.com under important info on your home screen log in page at the bottom right hand corner!

important info3. Navigate the site!  You cannot hurt anything!  Do your research! Clicking around the http://www.youravon.com site will help you better understand and find things!  We learn by research and doing!

navigation bar4. Check out your “Profile” on the top right corner of the page.  Be sure and enroll in the direct deposit program for quick and easy payments immediately as you build your online customer base and leadership team!  Direct deposit is the BEST! Enroll in the Avon customer referral program as well! Avon customer referral program helps you build your business!

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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!?

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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! ❤ 

What Is Your Mission?

As an entrepreneur it is important to always stay challenged, and continually learning new skills.  Especially when you are mentoring others to grow their business, and leadership skills as well!  How you coach and mentor others is how they will coach and mentor others.  Before you know it you have an entire culture centered around a belief system YOU created, good or bad.

That said, I am currently enrolled in a Coaching Program.  When you hear coach I am sure most people think of sports team.  Well this is a different area of coaching, but honestly the same principles apply!  I am referencing coaching for business and leadership growth.

In fact I recently read an amazing book on leadership, written by a former head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith, and Bestselling Author of The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon.  I strongly recommend you read this book TODAY, as I have looked at my business in a completely different way.  I am excited to see how you analyze your business, team, and strategies after reading.

Gordon, Jon., Smith, Mike. You Win In The Locker Room First:7 C’s to build a winning team in sports, business, and life. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015. Print.

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Smith, shares stories of strategies, winnings, and YES, even losses.  He reflects on the strategies that brought the team big wins and those that brought big losses.  As a leader it is so important to analyze both wins and losses and the path you took to get there.  Understanding the path good or bad can help you avoid next or repeat next time.

In Chapter 1 on page 16, Smith, references a phrase, “Focus on the Root not the Fruit.”

Want to take a guess at what that means? ( Please leave comments on this blog below to start a discussion.) 

MY idea of what, Smith, was referencing. Just like briefly discussed above, you must understand, the ROOT of how you got where you are (the FRUIT or end result).

Smith, mentions how, “Success can be your worst enemy if you allow it to change your culture and approach.”  Well that is certainly a strange thought isn’t it!?  Success should be a good thing right!?

Of course success is a great thing, when we remember our, “Roots.” Why you started your business, what your mission is, what the goals are, why you are here.

Success can sometimes lead us a stray from these important values.  The focus suddenly turns to the win (Fruit) which is the end result rather than the path (Root) that gets you to the win/loss (fruit).  Before you know it your entire team and culture is focused on winning ONLY, rather than the “Root.” Once you have lost your mission, you have lost your purpose.

Losing your purpose can be a scary thing, you may start trying strategies that burn you or your team out just for that win.  You may even start going against your code of ethics to bring in the win.  This can alter your character and lead to major burn out.  It is crucial to remain centered on your, “Roots.”

Success will always follow, because you will  measure success differently.  Success might look different to you when you remain focused on your mission/purpose.

For example: You may find yourself thinking, “Wow, great job team we may not have won the game, but we played with heart, we played with passion, we played with dignity, and everyone of us left better than we started. Thank you for playing like a unified team, and working hard!”  Rather than, “We didn’t win, practice 7 days a week until the next win, that is mandatory.”  This leads to burn out.

I can remember a time where I as so focused on getting to a final number that I wasn’t taking the time to get to know new team members, and their “Why for starting their own business.”  In turn I had no personal relationship with any of my team members and I lost them just as fast as I gained them.  Simply because I lost my focus of, “Why I was here.”  To share an opportunity, like I had to build a home based business, giving families an opportunity to spend more time together.

Getting to know my team and their purpose, helping them achieve their dreams and goals, is ultimately what gets me where I want to be.  This to me is winnning.

Which coach are you more inspired and motivated by?

I encourage you to reflect back on why you started your business, what is your mission? 

  1. Reflect on your biggest accomplishment.  
    1. What were you or your team focused on?
    2. How long ago was it?
    3. Has there been repeat wins?
  2. Reflect on your biggest loss.
    1. What were you or your team focused on?
    2. How long ago was it?
    3. Has there been repeat losses?
  3. Where did you or your team lose focus on your root/purpose?
  4. What steps can you take to refocus yourself and/or your team?
  5. In what area of your business can you use this reflection exercise to refocus your business and bring back the purpose/mission?

I am so grateful for the principals I gained from reading this book and reflecting on my business.  Of course everything above is my opinions and personal experiences.  Please share yours with me as well, with a comment.

I hope you too will find motivation, and inspiration from the above text and this blog post,  reflection exercise!