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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How to Manage Avon Business and Have Work/Life Balance!

Hello Beauty Boss!

As a busy mom of two small children life is hectic, and unpredictable at times, in fact MANY TIMES, therefore I have found that keeping a tight calendar and remaining consistent is a must for growth both personally and professionally! Please review this video, OF COURSE MY LITTLE ELIJAH POPS IN! Enjoy! We all have obstacles and hurdles to jump in all that we do, it is how we manage our calendar and our thoughts that makes all the difference!

Blessings,
Carly 💐

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! ❤ 

“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.”  

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Bravery

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!

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