Life can be challenging.
Life can be hard.
Life can be disappointing.
Life is a journey that we CANNOT predict.
Life is full of surprises.
Life is beautiful.
Life is what WE make of it.
YOU are a masterpiece.
YOU are doing a great job.
YOU are beautiful.
YOU are who you choose to become.
YOU are full of grace and wisdom.
YOU are unique.
YOU are worth the journey.
Love is powerful.
Love your enemies.
Love your neighbors.
Love your family.
Love your friends.
Michelle has been a part of the Housewives in the City community since we launched last September. She is a rockstar, leader, inspiration AND Le-Vel Brand Promoter. Michelle has a passion for educating others about THRIVE and how it can impact your life and daily experience.
Michelle loves connecting with women and inspiring others. In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time working out, enjoying the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer, supporting others and of course drinking wine.
Describe yourself in three words:
Honest, Determined, Loyal
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today. (how did you get the courage to open your own store, what motivated you, how many hours you put in, how you keep a positive outlook, etc)
I wasn't looking for a business! I was just a tired wife and mom that feel in love with a simple supplement program because of the way it made me feel. I knew I had to share it with the people I loved and cared about most. When the products started working for them and getting the personal messages thanking me for giving them their life back, having more energy to spend with their family, Better focus at their jobs, losing weight, smashing fitness goals because their aches and discomforts are managed, Le-vel paying their second largest bill car payment (auto bonus)...My fire was lit and now I knew needed to share with the world.
I love the fact the fact that I can build my business in the nooks and crannies of my day! I don't even consider it work because sharing Thrive has become my passion...A passion for helping people! My positive outlook comes from my faith first and the fact that in my 46 years, I have never looked or felt this healthy! Generally, Thriver's are positive people :)
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Earning my Auto Bonus in the first 4 months of promoting Thrive
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I'm organized, I live by my calendar and schedule everything in. I am visual so I work best seeing what each day will bring so visually I can see if I am too lopsided in an area. It is easy for women to give up "me" time but I make myself a priority so I have the energy to give and maintain what is required of me.
What is your goal for retirement?
Retire from my Dental Hygiene job next year. I will happily share Thrive into my golden years.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Just DO it! Take action and don't let fear hold you back
Any final comments?
Thank you for the opportunity to be featured and share a little about myself.
Have you heard about our monthly networking and social events? These events are hosted at various venues throughout Fort Collins and Northern Colorado and are focused on building an inclusive network of entrepreneurs, business owners and locals. If you have not been to one yet, what are you waiting for?? Come on out and join us next month at Old Chicago- Harmony Location. RSVP, here. Every event is so unique and individualized which makes them so much fun! Each event is similar yet so different and June's was exactly that. What a fabulous evening filled with building connections, shopping, and enjoying delicious appetizers and margaritas from Bad Daddy's Burger Bar.
We missed those of you who could not make it and hope to see you on July 18th at Old Chicago- Harmony Location. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you all the businesses that were spotlighted throughout this event. If you are in need of their services or products, don't hesitate to contact them. They would love to connect with you. So, here are the Locals We Love: June Edition.
A HUGE thank you to all of our spotlight businesses. We love supporting you in our community. Our photos were captured by Kendra Appleton Photography. Check out the photos from this event, here.
We all have a story. We all have a past. There may be similarities and there may be differences; however, they are each our own. We may have things in our past we wish weren’t there. We may feel shame and guilt, vulnerability, and anger. We may keep things hidden or bury them deep inside, so deep even we forget at times they are there, but guess what? THEY ARE STILL THERE! They are a part of each one of us. My story is a part of WHO I AM today. I am LOVING who I am becoming. I am still a work in progress because my story is not done being written yet, and there are still parts of my story I am forgiving myself or other people for. I will continue to be a work in progress and improve every chance I get. I still make mistakes and I still get in places where I “beat myself up” for things I said or did in the past. I have my pity parties. I am human. I make mistakes. I make choices that might not be the best. I judge myself A LOT.
Recently I started thinking about MY STORY and what it looks like. You see, there is a lot in my story that I have kept private, hidden, buried so deep that I even forget it is there. Then I watch something or see something. I hear someone else’s story or see the innocence in my kids and a part of my story sneaks up and pings me in the heart or my gut. Why? Because I am still working on embracing my story, my ENTIRE story. I have not brought myself to a place where I have been able to verbalize parts of my story aloud to others. I isolate myself onto an island where I think, I will never hear those words "Me, Too" in response to what I share. I know that is not the case and I know I am not alone, but this is my internal battle. I continue to be a work in progress and continue to work on a daily basis to forgive myself and to let go. There is a lot in my story that labeled me or even at times led me into some dark places. I think now IF ONLY PEOPLE KNEW WHY! Then I have to remind myself that sometimes it is not for EVERYONE to know WHY. However, it is important to find a couple people in our lives who we can be completely vulnerable with and free ourselves from the barriers we place around parts of who we are, parts of our story. You see the only way to kill shame is through empathy, and by sharing our stories aloud we gain empathy from those listening.
It is important to remember that:
I am enough
I am worth it
Where are you with your story? Once you are ready to share, know that there are others out there that can relate and that YOU are enough. YOU are worth it. You are not alone. Your story is not done yet and YOU can change its direction any time you are ready.
Picture yourself in your home or during a weekend with no plans and nothing that HAS to get done. What do you do? Me…I pace in circles like a lost dog wondering why I don’t have anything to do. Seriously, my anxiety rears its ugly head. Meanwhile my husband might be watching a movie or relaxing and invites me to come join him. I try, like I really try, but my mind does not want to let me. ***Sink in guilty feelings*** Guilty? Why? I have always been a go go go person and when there is not something to do, I tend to feel like I forgot something or missed out on something. “I know there is something I should be doing right now” I tell myself. “There is no time to relax” I think in my mind. Well let me tell you WRONG!!!! REST is good for our souls, mind, and body!! Surprise-This is a practice that does not come easy to me. Staying busy for me is one way I cope with my anxiety and it is not always the best way to do that. It is healthier for me and for all of us to incorporate rest into our lives… whatever that looks like.
We need REST to restore, re-energize, heal, and re-connect. We are not missing out on anything. In fact, we become stronger, healthier, more attentive, and engaged individuals when we allow ourselves to rest.
I have embraced the idea of rest and bringing a greater sense of balance into my life. This may mean that I am turning down a social affair to sip hot tea, watch tv, and go to bed at 10pm on a Friday night. This may mean that I am MIA on the weekends to re-connect with my kids, my husband, and my family since our week is jam packed with who needs to be where and at what time. This may mean going to get my hair or nails done. It may look like waking up early on the weekends before anyone in my house to slowly sip on a cup of coffee in silence. It may look like baking something we don’t need in our house, but I am going to bake it anyways. It may look like taking a day off from working out and not achieving my daily “goals” on my Apple watch (which drives me crazy- anyone else?? but is also good for me to do once in a while). Gaining rest looks different for everyone and can look different everyday.
How do you achieve rest? How do you re-boot? What does REST mean to you?
Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!