Meet Jolie Atkins with Rodan + Fields! She recently reached out asking about our event and decided to be one of our featured vendors this month. She's outgoing, friendly and optimistic. I'm sure these are contributing factors to her success. She shared with us that within two months of joining the company she got her first promotion! She's successfully maintained it since.
We asked her to tell us about her business and how she became the successful business woman she is today. Founded by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, world-renowned dermatologists, they are redefining the future of anti-aging premium skincare backed by clinical results. I was motivated by the energy of friends who use the products and introduced me to the unlimited opportunities. This business has been rewarding, empowering, and capitalizes on the power of social media, networking and e-commerce. I try to keep myself immersed in positive online social groups, friends and new opportunities. I have the ability to work whenever I want and build my dream at my own pace. I have been an elementary school counselor for 10 years. I truly enjoy working with children and making a difference in their lives every day!
My goals are to continue paying down debt, pay cash for my family vacation this year and support my son financially in college. Through social media and e-commerce, this business allows me the flexibility to be a mother, school counselor, entrepreneur and prioritize my time as needed.
Who better to ask what advice they would give to women thinking of starting their own business? This is Jolie's advice to them "Go for it!! Get out of your comfort zone - create a Vision Board, set goals, meet new friends :) You will get out of it what you are willing to put in to it. The presence of women who are empowering themselves and others to live their lives to the fullest has been overwhelming!"
We welcome you Jolie and look forward to hearing more about your business!
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at jolieatkins.myrandf.com
Meet the lovely Ann Sears with Fashion Forward Designs (Paparazzi Accessories). I'm sure that many of you recognize her. We're super excited that she's going to share her Paparazzi products with us at this month's GNO. She's one of our featured vendors!!
We were curious about how she came to the decision to become a consultant for this awesome jewelry line. This is what Ann shared with us...
I needed a change from the regular 9 to 5. One day, I met my sponsor Brittney and discovered she was a Paparazzi Consultant. I made my first online order and was hooked. I stepped out on faith and signed on as a Paparazzi Consultant in Feb 2018. I named my business Fashion Forward Designs because the jewelry is fashionable, chic, and trendy. I have always loved wearing jewelry. I absolutely love coordinating jewelry to match my outfits as well as putting together sets. Accessories add the exclamation point to any outfit. This is my full-time business and I am having fun doing it. My drive and determination helped me reach the rank of Director and just recently Life of the Party Gold. My positive outlook comes from seeing the real life success stories of my fellow Papa Sisters and Brothers who are slaying in their businesses. This business has unlimited potential. You can find financial freedom and have fun at the same time.
Friendly, Fashionable, Fun
Want to connect with Ann?
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is our featured charity this month. I would encourage you to visit their site https://www.alexslemonade.org/about-alexs-lemonade-stand-foundation-childhood-cancer and learn more about the incredible things they are doing!
Did you know - Every day, 700 children worldwide are diagnosed with childhood cancer. Yet, childhood cancer research only receives less than 4-percent of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget. It is up to all of us to fund research and find cures, so that someday these children are cured.
Our host AR Workshop is supporting Lemonade Days. What is that you ask?
A timeless tradition, lemonade stands have been a fixture on neighborhood and city blocks for decades. During Lemonade Days, supporters across the country turn these summer staples into impactful fundraisers for kids fighting cancer. Join in the fun by hosting a lemonade stand or event with family, friends, co-workers and classmates. Make your stand and raise money for children everywhere waiting for better treatments and cures. Register for Lemonade Days today! Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 9, 2019 are lemonade days! Learn more, do more and be more! Get your kids involved! It's always a good time to help!
Meet Patricia Williams and Cherita Hare with Paparazzi. These two ladies will be with us this month at our Spring Fling GNO! They shared some of their "why" with us.
Tell us about your business: Paparazzi is more than just jewelry, it’s a home based business empowering women and men to financial freedom, bonding with like business partners, sharing and encouraging each other to be the best, all while having fun. Paparazzi has fabulous $5 accessories that cater to all fashion types; the trend setter, diamond divas, classic girl, fun, fun, fun.
Started Paparazzi business 8 months ago, part time resulting from love of fashion and to make extra money on the side.
Email Address: email@example.com, Cahare79@gmail.com
Patricia Paparazzi Website: sassypatbling.com
Cherita Paparazzi Website: https://paparazziaccessories.com/213974
Greatest Professional Achievement: Completing successful Military Careers in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.
Any advice for women who’d like to start their own company: As the old saying goes: “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”. Follow your passion, stay focused, stay consistent. There is always someone there to help you, just reach out..
This is a common question that I get when being asked about our events. You don't have to be anything other than a lady! We love meeting other ladies from our area and really enjoy the opportunity to get out for the sake of socializing outside of the activities we do on a regular basis. We encourage you to let your hair down and take an hour or two to enjoy some girl time.
We make friends, we invite friends, we become friends. I have to say that I have, in the short four months of hosting these events, have met some of the most incredible women around. I've learned, I've shared, I've carried and been carried. When you think of those women that adjust your crown and keep moving without saying a word, this is a group full of them. They are amazing and we always invite other amazing women to join us! We will be at Barley Naked Brewery 4/30/19 from 6:30 - 9. Grab a ticket at https://www.facebook.com/events/624594167963279/ and come on out.
I'd like to introduce you ladies to an extraordinary woman. She's a mom, an ER nurse, a friend to those around her and a very determined lady! Meet Jenni Shirk, with It Works!
I finished school and became a nurse while raising my daughter, then managed to complete my bachelors degree while raising my son, and helping my daughter complete her schooling!
I started with It Works as a customer, and use the products regularly. My coworker assisted me with becoming a distributor. I work a full-time job and I'm a mom to two. I believe in the products I take, and therefore would like to share with the results with others. I have more energy, and feel better overall. My complexion has also improved.
She describes herself as friendly, honest and hard-working.
I enjoy nursing and plan on continuing in the field, while continuing to try to help others accomplish what they desire. I am happy in my current career, and would like to continue where I am, while growing my independent sales for It Works. I am lucky enough to work for a company that allows me to set my own schedule. Working for It Works allows me to share their products in my spare time. My goal is to be financially stable prior to retirement. To have both of my children set up with goals for them to accomplish.
In her spare time Jenni says:
I love to walk my dog around the scenic trails, enjoy family time at the local parks, and enjoy get togethers at the local brewery.
Advice she has for others considering going into business:
Make sure you believe in what you are doing. Try the merchandise for yourself, and go for it. There will never be the perfect time to start something new, create that time. Believe in yourself.
Meet Joan Diaz-Mendez, Realtor with Coldwell Banker Elite. She's going to be joining us at our March Madness GNO and we couldn't be more excited!
When asked how she got into the business, here's what she shared: "Sink or Swim instincts after the market crashed and in the middle of a divorce. Oh, and let's not forget the 13 month old child who would be losing his home due to extenuating circumstances. That's the short version but you get the idea. My areas of expertise come from the financial and business experience I have had since 2006. Combining this experience with cutting edge technology, a positive attitude, integrity, and tenacity are just a few of the positive experiences my clients have enjoyed. My business experience has also taught me how to effectively negotiate and execute any deal professionally."
How does this busy lady keep work-life balance? Through yoga and events with friends. We also host many house parties with other family and friends.
What would she do if she didn't do this? Own a boutique hotel.
What advice would you give another? When creating your own business you should write your goals down, envision your goals and truly be honest with yourself in terms of commitment that you can put out towards it at the beginning. It's essential to not lose yourself in this process. A great example is Social Media, you should create a schedule for that every day.
Want to get in touch with her? firstname.lastname@example.org,
Want to check out her listings? https://coldwellbankerelite.com/agent/joan-diaz-mendez/
Want to connect on FB? https://www.facebook.com/smartrealtorjoan/?ref=bookmarks
Barbara Gustavson with Discover Next Step.
When my mom passed away I took a look at my life and realized I had not developed my potential and was often living from a place of fear. While I was working successfully in the corporate world, it was not meaningful work and I set out to find my own unique purpose and how I can make a better difference in the world.
In 2012 I joined the John Maxwell Team, an international organization of speakers, coachers and trainers. While I had no intention of becoming a speaker or coach, I decided to face my fears and develop my communication and speaking skills. I experienced so much personal growth I decided to become a certified speaker and coach.
What motivated me was getting clear on my purpose and mission, which is to help people discover their strengths, see their value, live more boldly and make a difference.
I decided to share more of my story and published a self-leadership book called Permission to be BOLD: A Guide to Loving Yourself, Living Fully and Leaving Your Mark on the World. It's now available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997687223/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1.
Some fun facts:
I consider myself to be a Purpose-Driven, Curious, Collaborator. If I wasn't doing this, what would I do? Neuroscientist (this would make my my 'inner geek' happy)
Get to know this awesome lady at our GNO tomorrow night! Want to contact her?
I don't know about you, but I have noticed that great customer service is getting harder to find. I have, to some degree, become numb to the lack of even the basics. It should never come as a surprise to us when we receive great customer service. It's a huge reason that I love the staff at Vinny's Italian Grill on Leavells Rd., Fredericksburg. They are fun and attentive to the needs of their customers. I'm excited about going back over there this week for our GNO! I can't wait to get in the swing of things on Thursday evening!!
Their menu is full of delicious options and the ambiance of the place is warm and friendly. They are huge supporters of the community and are just a pleasure to deal with.
Hi, I’m Courtney Villarreal, Virginia girl born and raised. I relocated to Fredericksburg from Fairfax in 1993. I am a wife, a mother of two amazing boys and an entrepreneur at heart.
Event coordination, supporting others in business and lifting others, especially women is my mission.