I’m a small-town girl, University of Florida business graduate, mom of eight, and a LOVER of adventure. I believe in BIG dreams, and the people behind them, which is why I started this company.
Most days you'll find me hanging out with my kids, working in my home office, and hitting my home gym. I just love jamming on the computer while on the couch, watching a movie, and eating a slice of pizza (hence, the need for the gym). I'm a business blogger, e-commerce entrepreneur, and an educator. I'm organized like a freak, yet live to be spontaneous. I enjoy a glass of wine while gazing at the stars, singing silly songs while cooking dinner, and listening to classical music while packing my bag for the next fun adventure :)
My business style is raw, real, and authentic. I believe we can learn a lot from each other and learn best when we can relate. I'm not perfect, and don't feel any more professional by trying to be... you can learn as much by my mistakes as you can by my successes (and there's certainly plenty of both). I keep the information fun, simple, and useful.
My favorite thing about working from home?
We only have one life. Let's make it count. I will help you reach your dreams, as I'm gobbling up my own. If you've decided you want to be an online entrepreneur, then I want to be the one that you go to for trusted advice. I want to be the one to help you find your way, in business and in life, and I promise to make you laugh every step of the way.
• Michael Hyatt Platform: Get Noticed In A Noisy World • Timothy Ferriss The 4-Hour Workweek • James Redfield The Celestine Prophecy • Darren Hardy The Compound Effect • Gary Chapman The Five Love Languages • Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich • Robert Kiyosaki Rich Dad Poor Dad • Gary Vaynerchuk Crushing It! • Joel Osteen Your Best Life Now • Rachel Hollis Girl, Wash Your Face • The Bible • David Ogilvy Ogilvy On Advertising • Al Ries The 22 Immutable Laws Of Branding • Seth Godin This Is Marketing • Jen Sincero You Are A Badass • Tim Tebow Shaken
• Travel is my most favorite thing in the world! (well, besides my husband and kids...) • Spending time with my extended family in Indiana. I feel so loved there ❤ they rock! • River rafting, ziplining, hiking and yep! ... anything active or exciting • Cheese and chocolate-- together! • Pj's, a movie, and pizza delivery • The color pink (you probably knew that) • Playing the flute and taking photos • A good steak • Candles. Everywhere. • Coffee, LOTS of coffee • Scrapbooking Memories • Reading a book in the bathtub • A long nap in the grass
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Senior Photographer and my daughter, she is also finishing her degree in PR from the University of Florida
Web Development Team Leader and the only one around here with any tech savvy
Product Model and Product Photographer. Also a UF student studying business.
Director of Outreach, both Domestic and International. Yeah, she's my own personal superhero.
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my five year rut... and yeah, it hurt
In 2008- The recession devastated our family finances. In just a matter of a few months, we went from making the most money we had ever made...to making hardly any. We were scared. I watched helplessly as my mom struggled to gain employment as an elderly adult, my husband struggled with his business in a deadened industry, my friend struggle with a college diploma, but no work,and a nation struggled with a lack of job security. I learned the importance of self-reliance and the urgency for financial know-how.
In 2010- I suffered a massive pulmonary embolism while three months pregnant. Believe me when I say, it is a miracle that both of us are here today. I spent a week in the ICU writing goodbye letters to my children, and an agonizing year recovering from a damaged heart and lungs. I learned what is important in life.
In 2012- I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. (By this time, I'm thinking there's a bullseye on my head!) My prognosis is excellent, but living through cancer was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with mentally. I learned that life is fleeting and to never wait, but to go for the life you want NOW.
And in 2013- After finally picking myself up and buying my dream 75 year old farmhouse... I watched as a historic flash flood brought 12 feet of water into the house while my kids and I were inside. All I could do was shake my head in disbelief and feel utterly defeated. I learned how to persevere.
The success of Entrepreneur Girl® didn't happen because I am special, gifted, super smart, at the right place at the right time, wealthy, well connected, the perfect gender, the perfect age, or the perfect look ...because I'm none of those things.
I slowly built the Entrepreneur Girl brand from nothing, but an idea in my head. Sheer determination and the ability to persevere through my trials and shortcomings, was the only trait that got me there.
In fact, the whole idea of working from home seemed too good to be true to me. I had NO idea how to set up a business and I was CONSUMED with fear that I would fail.
Still... the draw of traveling the world, being home with my family, and having financial security, and the FREEDOM to make more money, have more time, and be my own boss... continued to motivate me to trade in my previous elementary school teacher and paramedic training... for a business degree. I then started my company with $200 in my bank account and a willingness to figure things out along the way.
One consistent step, habit, and idea at a time.
THAT'S the truth. THAT'S the secret. THAT'S what I'm going to show you how to do.
See? You and I are more alike than you may realize...
We both have to work through the failures and successes, the launches and the burnout... in order to create a life and a business we love.
That’s why I share the dirty details of my life in my book- so you'll be encouraged.
That's why I made the business training courses for you- so you'll know the exact steps.
I want you to overcome your obstacles (whatever they are!) and reach your goals (all of them!).
it's time friend
So, here’s the truth, and I hope you hear it with your whole heart...
become who you were meant to be!
I believe in you.
When I hear your stories, and think of my own, I marvel at the human spirit;
that when knocked down, it finds its best self.
The difficulties you face make you sad and angry, but they also make you
determined and fearless.
Having nothing to lose, you are able to strive for things that you would have never attempted without those experiences.
I know that for me, and probably you, too... struggles force us to take a step back,
inhale deeply, and re-evaluate why we are doing what, and who we are as a person.
How ironic that our problems would become our passions,
and our obstacles would become our biggest assets...
enabling us with power, direction, and clarity to take back the freedom of our life,
and re-navigate it to where we want it to be.
I thank God every-single-day for His direction, for my being alive,
and for the opportunity to share everything I've learned with you!
Most of our childhoods are spent excited and energetic. We race towards our BIG goals. There is nothing we can’t do!
Yet, somewhere along the way, we stop shooting for those awesome goals. We stop believing in ourselves and our ability to ever make them happen in the first place.
We give up.
Life has a way of beating us up a little... doesn't it? And in the process we lose ourself, fall deep into the rut of the 9-5, kids and bills, and end up with a nagging sense that we were made for more than we've become.
shoulder to shoulder
I stand with you
Well, I did discover my purpose, reject the 9-5 work model, and commit to having more time to play, travel, and be with those I love.
With only $200 of business start-up funds and a college degree in business from the University of Florida, I was able to create many successful online income streams and an International brand.
I took all the lessons learned through those past hurdles and developed a plan for
“my perfect life”, committing myself not only to building a business,
but also to loving my life and balancing my responsibilities.
I wanted to have fun and feel passionate again, and to guide others to do the same;
I wanted to show how to juggle the everyday demands of work and family life;
I wanted to demonstrate how an inexperienced, ordinary person can overcome extraordinary obstacles and succeed beyond imagination...
and I wanted to lay out the steps so that you could do it, too!
I have finally learned to incorporate back into my life, all the things that make me feel truly alive... travel, adventure, and experiencing new things.
Just last year, I went skydiving, river rafting, rode a mechanical bull, and zip-lined through the Blue Ridge Mountains. In just the last two months, I have visited Georgia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, and Texas (twice). I have been blessed to be able to make memories with my children, while visiting 47 of the 50 states, Canada, and Mexico.
Yet, in order to do these activities, a business must be flexible and financially sound,
and it must be online, so that I can work from anywhere in the world...
doing any activity I desire…
all from my backpack.
So never again, will I have a one week vacation, or work long hours building someone else’s dream.
Never again will I give up on my dreams (or myself).
The road to becoming an internet entrepreneur wasn't always easy,
but it led to the greatest gift of all…
building a business around a life I love!
so how are things now?
1. What trophies sit on your shelf?
5. What do you do when stressed?
7. My go-to outfit is:
a. yoga pants and a tank
b. jeans and a tee
c. anything from a designer
d. a dress & heels
8. I am deathly afraid of:
a. public speaking
2. If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
3. Most likely to binge watch:
b. the voice
c. the bachelor
d. house hunters
4. The best title I have:
a. entrepreneur girl
d. professional coffee drinker
6. Someday I want to:
cheerleading, basketball, half-marathon, and bowling
write a bunch of books
order pizza, rent a movie, and nestle in my pj's :)
"it's true what they say, life isn't about finding yourself... it's about creating yourself!"
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