I soon realized that I didn't own the franchise - it owned me.
Following 8 years of hard work, little payoff, and lots of stress-filled days, I sold my business with the intention of becoming a stay-at-home mom, something I'd dreamed of doing since my childhood. My own mother was a stay-at-home mom, and I owe her so much for being present and active in my life growing up. I wanted to offer my children the same.
Although I knew my life was taking shape in new and exciting ways, it was SUCH a different lifestyle that I felt completely jarred by the transition. Going from successful entrepreneur working 24/7 to full time mom - I started to feel lost. Don't get me wrong, I was happier than ever, but I knew that a huge part of my identity was lacking stimulation. I had lost the part of myself that dominated the road to success, and I missed the challenges that journey offered me.
It was then I stopped thinking in terms of "work vs. mom".
Why couldn't I have the best of both worlds?
I started dabbling in direct sales to make extra income and meet other like-minded women, but even working part time, my drive to succeed began to pull me away from my family. I had to go back to the drawing board - there had to be another way. All the options I found had me working on someone else's schedule, and nothing seemed to fit.
That's when I discovered the world of Network Marketing.
After years of searching for an ideal solution to my work/life balance problem, I was ready to give up. Then four years ago, I met a woman who introduced me to a company that promoted the exact lifestyle I had been craving.
I was finally encouraged to create my own schedule, leverage my work time with family time, and create a healthy side income. I jumped at the opportunity to build a business and love my life, seeing for the first time a light at the end of the tunnel that spelled out 2 words: TOTAL freedom.
Trailblazing a Path to Success!
It wasn't always easy..nothing worth having ever is. This profession is about marketing and promoting that's usually pursued by people who have no idea how to market and promote so there is a need to study this profession. However, with the right Mentor, the right skill set and mindset.. the sky is the limit. Of course I had doubts about my ability to perform outside of a traditional office environment, and received objections from close friends which made me feel inadequate, unprepared, and unable to lead with purpose (the way I had always dreamed).
That's when everything changed. The woman who introduced me to this profession took it upon herself to mentor me in this new industry. She offered me motivation, and believed in me before I believed in myself. I was encouraged to study my new profession and especially those who were most successful that went before me - what were they doing differently?
I knew that in order to succeed, I needed direction and a system to duplicate, so I rolled up my sleeves and got to work. It wasn't easy - far from it. It takes time to build the foundations of a successful network marketing career, but working with Mentors while investing in myself and my future.. it led me there faster than I ever could have gotten on my own.
I attended Leadership Training's and Seminars, learning from the best of the best (including Eric Worre, Tanya Aliza, Bob Heilig, Stephanie Nickolich, Emily Williams, Lisa Nichols, and Jack Canfield). I listened to podcasts, CD's, and read incredible books. Above all, I practiced. I gained the experience necessary to excel in my business and be a mentor to others struggling to make the grade.
It wasn't always pretty but I learned to accept fear and to face adversity...
Every time I got knocked down, I rose with vengeance. What held me down most was my own ego getting in the way, whispering subconscious fears when I least needed them, and creeping into my daily workflow. My mentor was able to recognize these symptoms and instill in me the psychology of a true marketing superstar.
"The Road to Success Begins and Ends with a Powerful Mindset" - Julie
I learned that managing a business is 20% structures and 80% mindset. Your business could have everything set up perfectly, but without the right approach, you're going to get left in the dust. Just take a look at people who hit it big in your own company - what are they doing differently? They have access to the same amazing products and resources, so what's the big deal?
Now I know the true meaning of success.
Today, I inspire others to be bold, take control of their life and offer them guidance along the way. My influence continues to grow exponentially both inside and outside my company. I'm proud to say that I finally found the perfect life/work balance that I had always dreamed for myself since I first entered the workforce at 17. I’ve hosted live training expos, podcasts and leadership seminars; won trips through my company, became a 6 figure income earner within my first 14 months, and I’m on track to becoming a company Millionaire. On top of all that, I'm able to run my 2 business' from my Chicago home. I call myself the CEO of our household (both as a mom and in the office). My relationship with my husband continues to grow (10 years this May!) and am proud of the time I've been able to dedicate to my 2 little boys.
If I can do it, so can you!
There is a life out there that's waiting for you to stop stressing and start living. Whether you dream of having more time to travel, funding a charity organization, being a stay-at-home parent, building a house, or paying off your children’s college education - you have the power to make it happen.
As a Home Based Business Entrepreneur whether you are full time or part time, you have the potential to achieve total freedom within only 3 years (Our team calls it "The 3 Year Retirement Plan").
It's time to stop living in lack and start living in abundance.
Once you decide that you're worth it, you can start investing in you. If you’re ready to upgrade your lifestyle, then I'm ready to hand you the keys to success. It's my ultimate passion to help others achieve the same lifestyle I have created for myself, filled with travel, family, and creative team building.
The truth is this profession is NOT what it was 20-30 years ago. The door to door days are over as we leverage social media, gain visibility and to build true, long lasting relationships. With the potential to design your own future while still working as a part of a thriving social community, there's really no better profession to be a part of! I promise the only way to fail is to quit so let me be your heart line on your road to success.
Some fun facts about me...
1. My favorite pizza is Lou Malnatis Spinach Deep Dish (no butter crust). It’s a staple in our home every Friday.
2. I LOVE to dance. I used to be a professional “house” dancer back in the 90’s or so I’d like to think I was a Fly Girl. Yes..this will show my age.
3. I LOVE champagne and red wine (blends are the best)
4. Traveling is my hobby. We were on 12 vacations last year. Palm trees and the beach is my peace.
5. My Team is my second Family.. LOVE my tribe!
6. Fitness is my #1 stress outlet. I am into HIIT, strength training and recently I’m having a love affair with my Yoga Mat.
7. I THRIVE from watching other people succeed!
8. My favorite food is Mexican… anything Mexican!
9. My 2 Favorite Quotes are “Bless and Release” and “If you’re not having fun in life you’re doing something wrong.”
10. I’m a big fan of football and hockey… Go Hawks!
11. Favorite indulgence… Hot Fudge Sundae with nuts of course
12. Faith, Family, Business.. that’s how I operate!