From time to time here at Housewives in the City, we like to highlight female business owners in our Leading Ladies series. Today's Leading Lady is Ann Marie Smith who is a founding consultant with Sheago Cosmetics.
Describe yourself in three words.
Determined, empathetic, and resilient
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
My greatest achievement professionally has been the ability to morph my career path over time - from marching band/drum corps instructor, to high school math teacher, to insurance actuary, to founding consultant with Sheago Cosmetics.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
I’m working with the company’s leadership to expand the Sheago team, focusing on Florida and Georgia at this time. In the next six months, my goal is to launch 10 local consultants that can then lead our expansion in their individual regions.
What profession other then your own would you like to attempt?
Writing has always appealed to me.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I’m actually not a huge fan of the word ‘balance’, because it implies that everything is working perfectly in sync. When things are balanced - in a yoga pose, on a scale, on a seesaw - it just takes one little nudge to tilt things out of whack. So I prefer to think of it as managing the multiple focuses in my life: family, relationships, health, finances, personal development, etc. I focus on what I need to in the moment, then move on to the next. Ultimately the key is to make sure that I don’t ignore a particular area for too long or become completely consumed with one at the expense of the others.
What websites do you visit everyday?
I go to Facebook every day because it involves my social life as well as my business. It also contains many great resources for personal development. Other daily activities are typically in apps on my phone. I start the morning with the Verse of the Day in my Bible app and I use the podcast app to find inspirational or educational talks to listen to while driving, walking the dog, or exercising. I’m a huge fan of The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
We like to go to plays at the Times Union Center or the Thrasher-Horne Center whenever possible. I’ve always been a fan of trying new restaurants. There are a ton of great choices at the St. Johns’ Town Center, but I also like to find small, neighborhood venues. I recently discovered Jumpin’ Jax House of Food. Based on everyone’s recommendations, I have to get back there to try a burger sometime soon.
What is your goal for retirement?
Retirement is often viewed as the time when you can stop working at the office and kick back to relax. Now that I’m not at a 9-to-5 job anymore, I look at retirement a little differently. I see it as a time where I am still working to some extent - but not because I need to support me and my family. Rather, I would like to get to a point where all our personal needs have been taken care of and I can simply focus on giving as much as possible. It may be in the form of financial donations, local outreach, or mission trips. That would be the best way for me to spend my later years.
Do you have any advice for women who want to start their own company?
Leaders will recommend that you have a solid ‘why’ behind you. But it also important to have a clear understanding of ‘what’ you will need to do. Goals don’t mean anything if you don’t have the action steps in place to move you forward every day. Your ‘why’ may keep you motivated, but the ‘what’ is what will keep your business moving along. Find as many good resources as possible to rely on as you learn. Lastly, be willing to stick with it even if your progress isn’t as fast as you want. You can’t fail if you don’t quit.
Ambiversion is “a combination of both” introversion and extroversion. I fall under this category. I love having time out with friends and even occasionally out in a crowd. I'm an extrovert - I'm loud and I'll talk to pretty much anyone. It's how I can recharge, regroup and get out of a rut, but sometimes... sometimes I'm an introvert. I need alone time, with just me. Be it a nap, or a book, I need that time to just be and sometimes that's how I recharge. Did you know that about 60% of the population fall into ambiversion?
Ambiverts are people who don’t really prefer one way of functioning over another.
We're those people that fall into the middle, grey area of personalities. We're walking contradictions. We're risk takers that don't feel drained going out on the town, but we also relish in our quiet alone time. We are satisfied in both the extroverted and introverted world. Ambiverts are more strongly influenced by situational factors and are easily able to adapt accordingly, that doesn’t mean ambiverts will love every social situation and all alone time.
Shows and Movies that are being removed from Netflix in October 2018:
October 1, 2018
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (8 Seasons)
Bad Boys (1995)
Big Men (2013)
Body of Lies (2008)
Casper’s Haunted Christmas (2000)
Casper’s Scare School (2006)
Cinderella Man (2005)
Cold Justice: Sex Crimes (1 Season)
Curse of Chucky (2013)
Detectorists (2 Seasons)
Dog by Dog (2015)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Freaks and Geeks (1 season)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (1 Season)
Guess Who (2005)
HooplaKidz (1 Collection)
Inside Man (2006)
Jamaica Inn (1 Season)
Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)
K – 1 Season (2012)
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Last Cab to Darwin (2015)
Let Me In (2010)
License to Wed (2007)
Life is Beautiful (1997)
Mack & Moxy (1 Season)
Man vs Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)
Menace II Society (1993)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital (1 Season)
Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey (3 Episodes)
Real Genius (1985)
Red Dragon (2002)
Rust and Bone (2012)
Scream 2 (1997)
Space Race (1 Season)
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year (2015)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
The Blood Lands, aka White Settlers (2014)
The Clan (2015)
The Departed (2006)
The Factory (2012)
The Legend of Frosty the Snowman (2005)
The Lost Boys (1987)
The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven’s Palace (2014)
The Strangers (2008)
The Time in Between (1 Season)
Unsealed: Alien Files (Seasons 3-4)
White Collar (6 Seasons)
October 8, 2018
90210 (5 Seasons)
Isa TK+ (120 Episodes)
October 9, 2018
Durarara!! – 1 Season (2010)
October 14, 2018
About a Boy (2 Seasons)
October 15, 2018
The Chase (Seasons 3-4)
Death Note (1 Season)
Ice Pilots (2 Seasons)
Vampire Knight (2 Seasons)
October 16, 2018
Emily Owens, M.D. (1 Season)
New shows and films coming to Netflix in October 2018:
October 3, 2018
ELITE (1 Season)
October 5, 2018
Little Things (2 Seasons)
Big Mouth (2 Seasons)
October 10, 2018
October 11, 2018
Salt Fat Acid Heat
October 12, 2018
The Kindergarten Teacher
The Haunting of Hill House
October 24, 2018
October 26, 2018
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (1 Season)
Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church Pumpkin Patch
6595 Columbia Park Ct, Jacksonville, FL 32258, USA
Great variety and selection of pumpkins, maze, photo hot spots, friendly service and convenient location! FREE admission! Come and enjoy the patch and some great photo ops. Our pumpkin patch is with a purpose too! When you purchase a pumpkin the proceeds go to directly support missions (not the church budget!).
Hidden Fields Jax Pumpkin Patch
2259 Forest Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246, USA
Price of admission includes: A pumpkin for each child, pumpkin carving and decorating, Scarecrow building (Bring your own clothes, they supply the straw), S’mores & Apple Cider, and a Pony ride for each child.
$35 Admission includes 1 child and up to 2 adults. Additional adults $5. Additional Pony Rides $5. Concessions will be available.
Pumpkin Patch Express at the Florida Railroad Museum
12210 83rd Street East, Parrish, FL 34219, USA
Pumpkin Patch Express 2018
October 20, 21, 27, & 28
All Aboard! The express trains to the Pumpkin Patch will be departing this October. Enjoy a two-hour excursion including a stop at our Pumpkin Patch! Lots of activities will be available and each child will be able to pick out one pumpkin to take home – all included with your ticket price!
Amazing Grace Crop Maze: Pumpkin Patch
2899 Wisteria Farms Road, Green Cove Springs, Florida, 32043
Fall Family Fun hot spot is so much more than just a corn maze. It also boasts a Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins are available for purchase throughout the season. Don’t miss the other fun attractions on site including 2 Jump Pads, Soccer, Barnyard Ball Zone, GaGa Ball Pit, Corn crib, Corn hole, Cow train, Duck races, Family Photo ops, Farm animals, Haybale Maze, Playground, Rat Rollers, and Wagon Rides.
Pricing $15.95 at the Gate, 12.95 online Check our website for pre-season sale pricing
Hours: Fridays: 5pm – 10pm (last tickets sold at 9pm) Saturdays: 10am – 10pm (last tickets sold at 9pm) Sundays: Closed
Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres
19856 County Road, Hilliard, FL, USA
2018 Season opens Sept 29th from 10am to 5pm
Saturdays Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10am-10pm
Every Saturday is a Fun Special Event Saturday
Tuesday through Fridays 10am to 2pm for field trips and reservations.
Always closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Rype & Readi Farms: Pumpkins and Petting Zoo 115 La Quinta Place, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
https://www.Rypeandreadi.comCome to Rype & Readi Downtown Farm Market and jump into our fall PUMPKIN PATCH. Open daily 9am-6pm starting October 1st. We have a spectacular mix of pumpkins from tiny decorative to huge Cinderella’s. And of course the quintessential Jack-o-Lantern, perfect for carving!
Kids can paint their pumpkin ($3 fee) Saturdays from 9:30am to 12 noon! No reservation required.
5:00 PM BREW Five Points - First Friday: Brew
6:00 PM Murray Hill - Art Nights
7:00 PM St. Augustine - First Friday Art Walk
7:00 PM Poetry Cafe - A Tribute to The Harlem Renaissance Jazz & Poetry
8:00 PM All Beaches Experimental Theatre - James and the Giant Peach
9:00 Riverside - Art & Farmer's Market
10:00 Clay County Fairgrouns - Fresh Air Market/Fall Event
12:00 PM Seawalk Pavilion - Bruval-Void's Craft Beer Festival
2:00 PM Aardwolf Brewery - 5 Year Anniversary Party
3:00 PM BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - The Amazing Jacksonville Scavenger Hunt
7:00 PM Ancient City Brewing Company - Plant Nite In St.Augustine
8:00 PM Episcopal School of Jacksonville - Two Companies One Stage Modern Dance
12:00 PM Wicked Barley Brewing Company - Jag's Season Kick-Off Party
We had our July Girls Night out here in Jacksonville on the 23rd at Pierside Tiki Grill. Here's a highlight of the awesome businesses that worked with us. Make sure to check their website links below
Naomi of Therapy Threads Boutique was with us again!
"We are a mother and daughter team who are obsessed with fashion, style, home decor and design. We love living in Florida and enjoying being in the sun and spending time together as a family. We want to share our passion for clothing and accessories with all of you so you can look and feel great too. Because lets be honest, sometimes we all need a little retail therapy. Our Motto is “For the addicted and obsessed, who just need a little retail therapy. Shopping is always cheaper than therapy”"
Holidays Network Group was with us!
"The Holidays Network Group leadership team has an extensive background and countless years of experience in the resort, travel and vacation ownership industry. Our commitment to our partnerships and doing things right have afforded us the opportunity to work with the biggest names in sports, entertainment, motor sports and retail. Our mission is simple, "Life On Purpose", and we are committed to enhancing the experience of the lives we touch everyday.
The knowledge we have gained in protecting the guest experience and enhancing the synergies between sponsors and customers came from years of partnership engagement and testing. The commitment to the partnership is an art we are focused on and it will always remain part of the mission. Thank you for taking the time to explore our company and the passion that is the Holidays Network Group family!"
Anna Marie was with us with goodies from Sheago Cosmetics!
"PREMIUM PLANT BASED PRODUCTS
Sheago Cosmetics is unique in that we do not use alcohol, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens or artificial colors in our skin care, even though it is the base of most lotions sold today. Our vision was and is to create nutritious, food based products for the skin and hair so that your body eats a healthy meal every day.
We are proud to say that our products don't contain genetically modified oils (GMO)s. Nor do they contain conventional soybean or corn oil. At Sheago, we meticulously select only the highest grade of plant oils and butters as the base of all of our products. This base of plant purity is what makes our products unique."
Denise shared Color Street with us!
"Base, color and top coats of high-quality liquid nail polish in each strip
Results in brilliant, salon-quality manicures in just a few minutes, with no drying time, smudges, or streaks
100% real nail polish, not stickers Flexible—can be gently stretched for a perfect fit"
Michelle was with us and did some short massages with oils, she runs KRI Massage.
"If you’re looking for a professional massage therapist, you’ve come to the right place.
I am trained in a variety of modalities, including Swedish massage, hot stone, barefoot and chair massage."
John and Doug joined us with Hello Fresh!
"HelloFresh aims to provide each and every household in its 10 markets with the opportunity to enjoy wholesome home-cooked meals with no planning, no shopping and no hassle required.
Everything required for weeknight meals, carefully planned, locally sourced and delivered to your door at the most convenient time for each subscriber."
Mary joined us with Jeunesse!
"THE JEUNESSE FAMILY CREATES POSITIVE IMPACT IN THE WORLD BY HELPING PEOPLE LOOK & FEEL YOUNG, WHILE EMPOWERING EACH OTHER TO UNLEASH OUR POTENTIAL"
My little, big guy started VPK last Monday. He loves it and loves his two teachers. From Monday-Thursday he walked right in with no problems. Thursday evening I explained that he had one more day of school then he would be with us for two days before going back. His response was, "I don't like that. I want to be at school." However, Friday came around and the reality of having to go 5 days of the week started sinking in. He didn't want me to leave, asked if I would stay. His teacher had to take him. Today, well, today he was ready to go.... until we got to his room. I had to peel him off of me. I tried talking, tried getting away really fast, but he was right behind me! Needless to say the teacher had to get him, again. I'm hoping this stops soon! I look in the little window after leaving to check on him and he's absolutely fine once I'm gone, but it just breaks my heart!
I just got back home today from a whole two weeks away. It was partly vacation and partly work. I left Florida and went to Alabama for half a week where I did an awesome shoot with my brother and his girlfriend. We hiked down to a waterfall, we didn't go all the way down to the bottom - I wouldn't have made the hike back up!
Chris came up the following week and he, GG and I went to visit my great friend and soul sister, Krissy, and her children. It was GG's first flight and he did SO well!! Not a single problem! He loved it! Check out my instagram or facebook to see pictures! There's way too many to add here!!! We had an amazing time and didn't want to leave. After returning Chris came back to Florida for work while GG and I went to Georgia for more photo shoots!
10 AM Riverside Arts Market - End Of Summer Bash
3:30 PM Veterans Memorial Arena - Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo
6:30 PM Daily's Place - Counting Crow with Special Guest LIVE: 25 Years and Counting
7:30 PM Limelight Theatre - Heathers the Musical
2 PM MOCA Jax - A World of Their Own-Exhibition
2 PM - Florida Theartre - LOL Jax Film Festival
4-7 PM - Wicked Barley Brewing Co - Family Nights with First Coast Kids
We had our July Girls Night out here in Jacksonville on the 23rd at Moxie at the St. John's Town Center. Here's a highlight of the awesome businesses that worked with us. Make sure to check their website links below
Naomi an her daughter were with us from Therapy Threads Boutique!
"We are a mother and daughter team who are obsessed with fashion, style, home decor and design. We love living in Florida and enjoying being in the sun and spending time together as a family. We want to share our passion for clothing and accessories with all of you so you can look and feel great too. Because lets be honest, sometimes we all need a little retail therapy. Our Motto is “For the addicted and obsessed, who just need a little retail therapy. Shopping is always cheaper than therapy”
Jamie joined us with Plexus! You can visit her page here!
Plexus focuses on gut health, inflammation and blood sugar regulation! It gets to the root of your health issues and heals from the inside out!
Plexus boasts natural ingredients, free of caffeine and other stimulants that can also help aid in weight loss. Stop by her table to learn more!
Hello! I'm Diona. I am a wife and mother. You may notice I post a lot about motherhood, it's a huge part of who I am!
I love essential oils, Starbucks, hot tea, going to the zoo, being at the beach, traveling (any and everywhere), and having lengthy discussions - I'm a big time talker once you get me going.
I can see the beauty in a mud puddle. I love anything creative and artsy - crocheting, sewing, painting, drawing, graphic design and web design, you name it, I probably do it!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am also a full time photographer with a few other small jobs on the side.