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.
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