I've always been one to take interest in quotes. Just now, I have a screen open behind me with my documents and there's a quote of the day saved from a Forbes pop-up window. Just to prove it, I'll share it below. Dreams don't work unless you do is a quote that sticks with me year-after-year. I've always thought of myself as a goal-setter, rather than a dreamer. I like to set attainable goals so that I can feel that sense of accomplishment when I get there, but what fun is that? Recently, my team leader with Color Street shared a vision board. I'd heard of them for sure, seen them many times, but never thought about putting one together just for life in general. I've had friends do them for weddings, even my mom did something similar for our family's dream home vision, but life in general, that was a new idea. Something to motivate me. Something to remind me when I'm working long nights, when I'm doing homework all weekend. Something to GET me to my office to work harder, do more, dream bigger.
So, this week, I'm making time in my busy schedule to list out all of my dreams. The reasonable ones. The wild ones. ALL of them. I'm going to hang them all up on the bulletin board in my office at home and one by one, I'm going to work on my dreams. For the last ten months my dream was just to get that bulletin board hung up, so we're headed in the right direction!!!
Here are just a few and I'll share my board when I'm finished!
There are certainly pros and cons to direct sales and it is not for everyone, but on Wednesday I woke up and realized that without my past and current experiences with direct sales, I wouldn't have some of the most important people in my life. Now don't get me wrong, not all of my best friends are direct sales teammates, but several are. If it weren't for direct sales, I would never have known the friendship that could exist between me and one of my very best friends. We worked together for over a year, same place - different departments, but we never communicated much. If it weren't for her talking to my boyfriend about the opportunity, we never would have been close. I went to a party at her house, I loved the product, we got along so well and I signed up the next day. We've been friends ever since. In a couple weekends, I'll take her maternity pictures, that's the kind of friendship that we built even on a bad experience in direct sales.
Then there's the good experiences. For me, there has been two really awesome DS experiences. This is by no means a reflection on other brands. It has to be a good fit for YOU. No one can tell you what will work for you, they can simply share what they love, share the product and then it is your choice whether you fit into that company. Me, I fit with Color Street and I fit with Chloe + Isabel. I've never been so grateful to be part of a family of women that I've never even met. We lift each other up, we support each other, we step in when others need it, we laugh, we cry, we get to know people that we may never see face-to-face. Then, sometimes you end up in the same place at the same time and it's remarkable. I've met women that I completely admire. I've met women that have been amazing role models. I've met women that overcame hard times. I've met women that have learned incredible business skills. I've met amazing women.
The competition in direct sales can be fierce and sometimes we forget to take advantage of the other pros that come with the business, not just the paychecks. I remember in a previous business being frustrated that there was another representative down the street. Now, I cherish that friendship with the representative "down the street". We look out for each other. We do events together. We split shipping on business supplies. We swap inventory when the other needs it. We talk every day and we've become great friends. It's a sisterhood. It's not a pyramid scheme. It's about empowering women, and having fabulous nails, but really the friends, the sisters, however you see them, they're an important part of the journey.
Last December, I was in Las Vegas, completely unrelated to Chloe + Isabel and my leader just happened to be in town at the same time! I felt like I was meeting a celebrity. I've always admired her. She's so uplifting. She's the epitome of a leader. She cares. Some months, I don't sell anything and she still cares. She's not just focused on adding people to a team to scrape a percentage off of their earnings. She's the ultimate leader. Caring, compassionate, smart and stylish.
We are so excited to share photos from our photographer, Diamond Edge Photography. They are local and do an amazing job! Diamond Edge Photography is a full-service photographer, specializing in portrait sessions and wedding day photography. Focusing on tangible products such as framed prints, heirloom albums, and wall decor, for images you can't wait to display in your home or office! Visit their website: diamondedgephotographync.com for more information. See sample photos of their incredible work below!
If you have been following me from the beginning, you know a little bit about why I wanted to bring Housewives in the City to Gaston County. Thanks to Brandy at the Gaston Gazette, more women across the County will read about this community organization that is bringing together women of all kinds.
What is Housewives in the City? Unlike typical networking, HITC was established as a way for women to make friends. Our network has grown and is certainly a great place to make business connections too, but my favorite thing to hear at the end of a Girls Night Out is "I made new friends tonight". After our Founder, Andrea, graduated from college and no longer had her sorority sisters right next door, she decided it was time to start a company that would bring women together and foster friendships. And that is exactly what she did. Seven years later, we're sixty cities strong. Sixty cities where women can get together one night a month, in a no-pressure, casual environment and meet women with which they have common interests that they may never have met in a mom's group, in a professional organization, at a neighborhood event. Housewives in the City isn't just for housewives. It's for all women. From 20-60. With kids and without. Married or single. Work from home or travel full-time. Stay at home moms or working professionals. We're all-inclusive. We welcome everyone. And you never know, you just might meet your new best friend at our next Girls Night Out.
Tickets to our events are always FREE. Attendees are asked to register via Eventbrite so venues can staff appropriately to provide the best customer service possible.
Calendar Upcoming of Events:
August 28th - Grape & Barley - Gastonia
September 18th - Nellie's Southern Kitchen - Belmont
October 10th - Gaston Pour House - Gastonia
November - Details Coming Soon! - Belmont
For information on advertising with us or bringing a Girls Night Out to your restaurant, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the full Gaston Gazette article here. A huge thank you to Brandy for covering our organization!
It's finally here! Vacation. That feeling that you get when 5pm finally gets here and you're officially on vacation. No responsibilities, no worries, nothing for the next 9 days. It's been a long time since Wesley and I have taken time off and gone away just for fun. There's almost always some kind of business involved. Now, we're very fortunate for these business trips because we've gotten to do and see some pretty cool stuff - like meeting Mila, Emma and Katie Stauffer at Toy Fest. Yes, that is probably the highlight of 2018 for me so far. LOLOLOLOL. But, it will be so nice to get away, forget about work, forget about school (most days) and just relax. That's something I'm working on. I get bored easily and I really cannot stand to be bored, so we will see. We've got our beach chairs, we've got our tent, we've got our towels, we've got our bathing suits. Somehow I still feel like I'm forgetting everything. Packing for me is a huge process. I'm so nervous I'm going to forget something and then the morning of, a switch flips and I suddenly have this 'I'll just buy it there' mentality.
We're headed to North Topsail. We've never been there before and we've only been to the North Carolina coast once, so we are all excited to check it out. We've got a fishing charter booked and other than that, we have no plans. That's very unlike us. I'm a planner. Hardcore. I like itineraries and reservations, but this time we're going to freestyle- if you will.
Booking a house that fits all of our needs was no easy task. Some of the family burns easily, so a covered porch with a view was important. Some of us just want to get a tan without a bunch of strangers around. None of us wanted a loud, crowded beach. We needed at least three bedrooms, four beds, two bathrooms, a stocked kitchen, the list goes on. Did I mention how hard it is to find a house that seems to have comfy furniture. I'm not a fan of wicker, but I can get on board with the beach vibe. I cannot however get on board with thinking that is comfy to lounge on for an entire week. Well ladies, I found the "perfect" house. So, say a prayer that this house is as perfect as the pictures and reviews. ALWAYS read the reviews. Stay tuned for lots of vacation pictures on our Facebook and Instagram!
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!