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What Joining an MLM Has Taught Me
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I know I talk about this a lot, but I wanted to let you know more in depth some of the things I've learned since becoming an Independent Maskcara Artist. You already know how much I have LOVED this change, so I have narrowed it down to five main lessons I have learned and I'm going to expound on those. I am so excited to share them with you!!! Let's get on with it, shall we?!

If you're not moving forward, you're drifting away

For the last 4 years, before joining Maskcara, I was a stay at home mom. It was a huge priority for us to have me here to care for our children. When I finished my associates degree, Turner was 4 months old. I was done with college and knew I wanted to spend my time exclusively raising him. What I didn't realize at the time was how much of an impact it would have on my personal development.

Being a mother has helped me grow in SO MANY WAYS. But, at the same time, the isolation and lack of continued personal education has stunted my personal growth. I stopped doing things that challenged me. I lost sight of my passions, goals and dreams. I was doing the daily routine, but I wasn't doing much to improve myself. After having our second child, it really started to wear on my soul and I knew that I needed to make a change to maintain a personal identity. It's almost like I could feel my personality slipping away! Dramatic much? Haha maybe...

Then something happened. Matthew became self employed as a Real Estate Agent in February. As we worked together to expand our thinking I felt a small fire ignite inside of me. We started reading inspiring business books and talking about our aspirations! We talked about all of the sacrifices we can make to get us where we want to be. I started feeling the passions within me bubbling to the surface. That's when I was on Instagram one day and saw someone I followed was a Maskcara artist. I found out she lived down the street from me and then I couldn't stop thinking about it. I brought it up to Matthew, he encouraged me and I joined a couple weeks later when enrollments opened up again! 

Ever since that day I have felt myself learning and growing as an individual, striving to reach personal goals and obtain new skills!! It's made me realize how important it is to keep moving forward. Because if you're not, one day you will find you've drifted away. 

No one is the exception to hard work

I went into this knowing I would have to work harder than I ever have before. I've never been good at keeping a consistent schedule. I am VERY EASILY distracted. Even starting the blog, an Etsy shop and other small side gigs had fizzled away over time. My motivations were never strong enough to drive me. Oh, that's another thing! I am a very content and comfortable person, so my natural drive is on the low side as well. I tend to procrastinate until the last minute and the stress/anxiety of that habit can cause debilitating effects. Basically, after 4 years of just earning a little money here and there for "fun" I knew this was going to be a big change in lifestyle.

I had so many doubts in myself, but deep down I knew that this was a company I could stand behind forever. I knew I would try my very best to succeed. At the very beginning I would watch other artists who had been running their business since January and get overwhelmed immediately. I thought, wow...they are such a success! How could I ever get there? When they have such a huge team or a huge following, how could I ever succeed? I watched them to learn from them, but instead I started to compare myself to them. 

That's when my husband had me tell him how the Top Leader of the company and I were different. I started to say things like, she has a community of woman that she can influence, she is older than I am and has more experience. He stopped me and said, "You're wrong." I was stunned! He continued, "The only difference between you and her, is your skills. She has gained skills that have helped her get where she is now. You can gain those exact same skills and be exactly where she is right now. Nothing can stop you from doing exactly what she has done." 

That was the biggest truth bomb to me in that moment. She had done all of the hard work with her business before Maskcara. She had worked her buns off to gain the skills to improve her life. That's what makes her a top leader. NO ONE is the exception to that hard work. Maybe some of us have to work harder than others because of life circumstances, but we can ALL get where we want to be if we work hard enough! 

Consistency REALLY IS the key

This one right here. This lesson has kicked my trash time and time again. My old habits and, dare I say, laziness have been hard to break. For YEARS I let my schedule control me instead of the other way around. That's why consistency has been SO HARD. In August I attended the Maskcara Launch Party in Vegas and it was after that I set a goal to be extremely consistent in my schedule.

Now, if you have any children at all, you KNOW that can be near impossible. But I tried not to let that stop me from being as consistent as possible. I had good days and bad days, but overall I noticed how well that consistency paid off. At the end of August I had my best month yet! The problem with that was I got complacent with that success and I stopped being as consistent. Boy, did that hurt me. It can be a vicious cycle if you let it. Right now I'm in a complacent phase because I've had a really good month, but I'm still not where I want to be. 

The best way to push through complacency is to think big. To dream your biggest dreams. Go test drive your dream car, look at some million dollar homes, or plan a dream vacation for your family!! Then get back on that consistent schedule and KILL IT!!  

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You have unique value

I am not just going to say you are special here, even though you are! This is about your unique values and how they help you in your business. People tend to buy from people who share certain values. Not just religion necessarily, but personal values. For example, some may resonate with people who have strong family values. Others may value travel and so on. I took a branding course by Michelle Gifford, and learned so much about using my personal values to help me in my business.

It may at times seem like one person in an MLM will gravitate all the customers, but it's not true! Your tribe will gravitate to you because of your unique personal values! So the best thing you can do for your business is to simply be you! Share the things you love, don't love, make you laugh, and people will love it!! You never know who needs to hear it come from you! 

Helping others helps you

This may seem a little obvious to some, but it's something I keep learning over and over again through this journey. At first I just wanted to share my excitement about this product and message with everyone I knew, but then it started to change into helping. I want to help others feel their own beauty and individual worth. I want to help someone who may need this opportunity in their life like I did. 

When you go forward with the intention of helping instead of the mindset of "getting" something in return, your clients can sense the difference. And it makes YOU feel good, too!! Every makeover and connection I make with another woman leaves me feeling better than I was before. Even within the sisterhood of artists themselves I have made so many friends and lifelong connections! There are so many amazing and beautiful women who have so much good to offer this world. Getting to be surrounded by them? That has been the biggest blessing of all! 

Thanks for reading lovelies! If you'd like to be color matched for Maskcara makeup, take this quiz. If you'd like to join my team, read more about joining here and feel free to reach out to ask any additional questions!

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A Guiding Hand
A Guiding Hand | Revelation, Real Estate, Personal Guidance

Throughout my whole life I've felt God's hand, guiding me. Even more so since becoming a parent. Over the last three years I've tried extra hard to listen to the promptings He has given me concerning me and my family. This last year and a half has been a whirlwind of change. We added another child to our family, moved away from our family's to a new city, and my husbands starting his third job. That third job and the inspiration leading up to it are something I want to record, so when it gets hard I can remember that God has a bigger plan for us.

Rewind to Christmas time. Matthew and I were driving home when he sparked a conversation about being impressed to look into being a real estate agent. We decided to follow through with the prompting and scheduled a time to meet with our realtor, who has been in the industry for 20+ years, to see if it was something we'd be interested in. 

The first week of January, we met with him in his wife in their home. We were expecting to be talked out of the whole idea, but instead left feeling even more convinced we should get into it. The next week we went to the temple to pray and ponder over this decision. We both received strong impressions that Matthew should pursue real estate. He had a distinct thought that it would be hard, but he would be successful. That night he signed up for an online course to get his license.

120 hours and 3 weeks later, he had finished the course. The next week he took the exam and passed! Basically a month and a half later after our first discussion, he was a licensed realtor. I started working on his website and setting up his social media platforms while he looked into brokerages to work under, hence the reason I've been so MIA on here and social media. 

It has been so exciting to be a part of Matthew's work. I've never had the opportunity to work with him like this before, and I love it so much. To support him with skills I've acquired from starting THIS BLOG is such an amazing feeling. His website is Utah Listing Pro if you want to check it out. ;) This is something that he's truly passionate about, and it's contagious! 

Anyway, Matthew shopped around for a brokerage he felt would train him to be as successful and we found that program at Mountain Land Realty. He met with the broker and wanted to start training there as soon as possible. That same week the FBI showed up at Alliance Health, his employer at the time. They were told to back away from their desks and head home because AH was under investigation. 

When he walked in the door on a Thursday morning at 10 AM, I was shocked. Then when he told me what happened I couldn't believe it. He couldn't go back to work until Monday so we decided now was as good of time as any to pray about going full time with real estate. We both felt good about that decision, so on Monday he walked into work and gave them his two weeks.

Fast forward to today, Matthew found out that Alliance let go one third of the company. That's 300 people! We feel so strongly that the Lord is aware of our circumstances, and we've felt him guiding us and our family. There were so many times we questioned why we should be impressed to do this or that, but it is so clear to us now that God has His guiding hand in our lives. 

He knows what is best for us and for that I'm grateful. I'm grateful to have someone to turn to when we don't know what our future holds. 

Grey's Newborns
Grey's Newborns || ADOS || Photography, baby, photo prop, moon, cap, hat

I decided to take some newborn photos when Grey was four days old, and I'm so glad I did. I'm not a professional photographer, but I'm really pleased with how they turned out! I cherish Turner's newborns so much and I'm glad I'll always have these photos of Grey's precious newborn face to look back on as well. They grow so fast. I already feel like Grey looks different than he does in these photos. CRAZY.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy scrolling through them as much as I do! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to scroll through them again right now for the 800th time. 

Isn't he the most precious thing you've ever seen? I have the most beautiful children. I can't think of a better way to kick off Mother's Day weekend than feeling gratitude for their sweet spirits. Also, it's our five year wedding anniversary tomorrow and I can't believe how blessed our life is. I wouldn't change a single thing. Five years down and forever to go, baby! 

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Awkward + Awesome
Awkward + Awesome || A Dash of Salter

I've been having some major writers block lately, and so I decided to try to post something new! I was browsing post ideas on Pinterest and came across the idea to tell the awkward and awesome things that have happened to you over the last week. So let's start with everyone's favorite part, all things AWKWARD and EMBARRASSING.

AWKWARD:

  • When Matthew introduced me to a new couple at church. I was walking a couple feet behind and didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything. I swear, sometimes I'm the most socially awkward person in the world. Total palm to forehead moment. 

  • On Tuesday my neighbor rang our doorbell, and I had to answer it while still in my sweats, no makeup on and some rad bed head. It was 12:30 pm.

  • Forgetting and realizing over and over again that my washer is broken. It won't drain or anything and I realized on Wednesday that I never took the soaked towels out of it. It had been a week. So I had to go to my parents house with a super heavy basket of wet, smelly towels. Those loads should last us until the weekend, hopefully.

  • That awkward moment that you're doing a hair tutorial video and you keep dropping things on the ground. Haha! Then, to top it all off, when you try to download it onto the computer it says the file format is incorrect and so it won't download. At least the other one I made was successful! (Hair tutorial from the style in this post coming next week!) 

AWESOME:

  • I rode an ELEPHANT at the Davis County Fair! I rode in the front and its ears kept rubbing against my legs. It tickled so bad! I had a perma-grin the rest of the night!! Dreams do come true guys. Picture evidence at the bottom of this post.
  • I cleaned the entire house before nap time a couple times this week. That's a pretty big deal, trust me.

  • Matthew got a new job with an awesome company. The stress level should decrease, benefits will increase, environment will be improved, and he'll be gaining lots of experience for positions in the future. Not to mention, there is a lot of potential for growth within the company. His ambition never ceases to amaze me and I'm pretty convinced that he can do anything he sets his mind to.

  • Turner taught himself how to blow raspberries on his arm and make fart sounds. It seriously made my day. I was laughing SO HARD!

  • Turner and I watched a Disney movie every day this week. It was awesome because he loved all of them! Matthew was never really into Disney movies because for a long time they didn't own a TV. I however, lived on Disney growing up. I'm a girl so it might have been a little different, but still! I'm so glad Turner loves it as much as I do! 

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Feel free to share your awkward and awesome moments with me in the comments below!!! :) I hope you all had a wonderful week and will have an equally wonderful weekend! 

Lots of love!

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Life Lately || May
Life Lately || MAY || A Dash of Salter

1. STYLING:

DIY-ing highlights and ombre because I'm too impatient to wait until I have money to get it done professionally. Also, lots of headband curl days happening lately. Tips and tricks to get the exact look your looking for will be shared on the blog soon! 

2. WEARING:

These ankle boots. ALL THE TIME. They're the perfect shoe for warm stormy weather which we've been getting a lot of lately. I found some that are identical pictured first below, and the other two I just love! 

3. EATING:

ENCHILADAS with Cilantro Lime Dressing. It's becoming one of my favorite meals. It's delicious, easy and yields lots of leftovers! My perfected recipe coming on the blog soon!

4. WATCHING:

Turbo. Turner LOVES race cars and this movie has been on repeat lately. We don't own many movies, especially animated ones, and so Netflix movies get lots of love at our house. Luckily, this is one I love to watch over and over again. It's so funny to me!

5. LOVING:

All of the moisture we've been getting lately! It's making my yard and everything SO GREEN! I love it so much! Also, the smell of rain is one of my all time favorites. It's an indescribable smell. It just smells fresh and clean. Do they make rain scented candles? If so, I need one in my house.

6. WANTING:

The perfect sunless tan. I'm going to the spa with my sister today and I'm seriously contemplating a Mystic HD Spray Tan. Call me crazy, but being tan everywhere without the damage might be worth the risks of obvious fake bake. I know Maskcara has posted about achieving the perfect sunless tan with Tanwise Mouse. I might need to try that instead if I chicken out today. Wish me luck!

 

That's my life lately! Thanks for reading and have a super rad weekend!

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