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Business Style Capsule Wardrobe
 
 

When it comes to business clothes, my closet was...lacking...to put it nicely. Since my husband started doing real estate, I've felt like a bum compared to the suited up looks he sports out the door everyday. While it doesn't make sense for me to wear business appropriate clothes at home with the boys, I really wanted to pull myself together for the Mike Ferry Retreat we would be attending in San Diego with some of the best agents and coaches in the nation. I wanted to make a good impression for my husbands sake, and for the sake of my own makeup business.

That's when I rallied together the troops of instagram to help me know where to start, and BOY did you guys come through!! So thank you! Lots of you wanted all the deets on my new items, so I wanted to make sure I compiled all of them here so you can find them! ALSO, most of them are even cheaper now then when I bought them!! *Hands up to the sky emoji* Yuh welcome. ;) 

I was really happy with the pieces I picked and how I was able to mix and match most of them together. I got so many compliments on my professional attire at the retreat! Looking like a professional really helps you feel like one too. So go grab some of these pieces and go KILL IT boss babes! Look good -- Feel good -- DO GOOD.

 

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*Post contains affiliate links. Purchased items myself and all opinions are my own.*

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!

Are you part of an MLM? What have learned from your experiences?

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Comfort and Style in Vegas || Cleo Madison

I spent the first week in August in Vegas with my husband, kid free!! It was a really big deal. We attended the Mike Ferry Superstar Retreat at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip. It was incredibly hot and surprisingly humid. This modest dress from Cleo Madison could not have been a more perfect choice for the climate. It's incredibly soft, breezy, flattering, and it has pockets!! It's this girl's perfect recipe for everything a dress should be. 

Cleo Madison has so many modest dress options it was difficult for me to pick just one!! They also have tops, skirts and swimwear that are darling! I'm so grateful there are people like Liz out there who decide to make stylish modest clothing more accessible. I'm so inspired by all of the women in my life who see a hole that needs to be filled and decide to do something about it. 

I of course had to pair it with my Maskcara clutch and some cute comfortable sandals. Walking the strip is not for the faint of heart, so I'm glad I came properly prepared! I know I'll be wearing this dress at least once a week. Whether it's playing with my boys, going out on errands or doing makeovers, this dress has me covered. Pun intended. ;)

I know it's been forever since I've posted something, but I've got several posts I'm working on to start posting more regularly again. Thanks for sticking around guys. I promise I'll be more consistent for you!! Outfit details are linked at the bottom of this post. 

Dress || c/o Cleo Madison
Clutch || Maskcara Beauty
Sandals || c/o Roolee 

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I'm an Independent Maskcara Artist!

Yesterday I did something I never thought I'd do. I became an Independent Maskcara Artist!!! I am so excited to announce this exciting news! I have been following Maskcara for what feels like forever, and have purchased her IIID Foundation. (It's amazing, by the way) I've wanted to become an artist since they announced it, but the timing just wasn't right until now. I have a neighbor who does it, and talking with her made me realize how passionate I am about the makeup and the company.

Maskcara Beauty is all about finding your inner beauty and enhancing it. I never brought up becoming an artist because I didn't think Matthew would be on board. When I brought it up last month, his response was the complete opposite! Hearing my excitement as I described the product and company to him, he was confident it was something I would be good at. He always believes in me. He's the best husband I could ever ask for. The only condition was that if I was going to do it, I needed to be ALL IN. We decided we're an ALL IN family. If we're going to do something, we're going to give it 100%. 

And this product. This company. THIS was something I could get behind! Like Cara, I strongly believe that women are more beautiful than they realize, inside and out, and I want to be a part of that movement. I want to help women find that beauty in potential in themselves that Maskcara Beauty products have given me. Stay tuned for lots of fun before and afters, and reviews on the amazing new products I now get to sample and then sell to all of you! 

If you'd like to follow my beauty journey you can add my beauty account on Instagram or like my Facebook page! If you have any questions about the product, color matching, booking parties or joining my team, click the button below!!! 

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.