Feature Friday

Over the past three months, I began this journey into Color Street and building a business. It quickly became more than just selling nail polish strips. It became a creative outlet, an inspiration for me to really learn about building a business and it became a way to connect (and reconnect) with women I hadn’t seen in a long time. In doing so, I decided to start a new instagram and learn how to grow my following. I signed up for every free webinar, watched youtube videos and started going live myself and posting my own videos. I would just post photos and videos without any rhyme or reason, no planning, just doing. And you know what? I’m glad I did, because sometimes you just have to fake it til you make it!! I know for me, do often, I just have to do it or I will lose my confidence (no, seriously, I will).

In these last few months, one of the biggest takeaways for me has been realizing that not everyone is on your team. Yes, it sounds cliche, but it’s true. Not everyone is going to be your cheerleader, and more importantly, the people who do show you the most love, aren’t the ones you expect! It reminds me a lot of when my dad passed away. The people you thought would be by your side weren’t, while acquaintances from 20 years ago came out of the woodworks to send flowers and cards or drop off dinner. Building a business has been the same experience. We all know the internet can be a negative place and too much screen time isn’t good, however, during this time of social distancing, social media can also be used for good. Over the past few months, I have seen it. I have made genuine connections online. Women around the country, and many in my own neighborhood, who have shown me love and support by liking, commenting and sending me messages. I have even received messages from women telling me I have inspired them. Others have shared that one of my videos was exactly what they needed to hear! Nothing makes me feel better than knowing I can help encourage another!

Another thing I have learned about supporting a small business is that there are ways to be supportive, even when you can’t spend money! You can always like, comment and share! So with that being said, I plan to start a Feature Friday in which I will be spotlighting one small business or business owner each week! If you would like to see some of the small businesses I support already, you can check them out here. I can not wait to share all these amazing people and their stories with you in the weeks and months to come! I would also love to hear about you or a small business you support that should be featured!

Lastly, I want to say, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU! This means YOU are supporting me and my blog! I appreciate you taking the time to read this and appreciate your continued support!

I have a confession… I WAS WRONG!

Did you ever notice that sometimes, when you’re doing really well and feeling really good, there’s always that Debbie Downer who wants to rain on your parade? No? Then you’re lucky! Did you ever notice that some days, YOU are your OWN Debbie Downer? Well, let me tell you a story.

I recently shared my story of how I got signed up with Color Street, if you haven’t read it, you can find it here. I, being a head strong Aries woman, on the cusp of Taurus, always plows ahead, not listening to or conforming to the ways of anyone else. Like a 2 year old learning to do things for the first time, “I do it myself!” attitude takes over me and I am off! So this, of course, is exactly what I did with my business! And don’t get me wrong, I did well!

My cocky side would watch a training here and there and say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. OK!” I sat on my high horse thinking, “ugh, I’m not joining in all those trainings! I don’t like working with all those catty women! It starts out great and then they get annoying!”

Fast forward 3 months….

I have a confession… I WAS WRONG! There. I said it. As embarrassing as it is to admit I was wrong, I was. After 3 months of doing things my way, I decided to check out a zoom call. And you know what?? I’m so glad I did! I have had so much fun connecting with all these ladies who not only are amazingly resourceful but are a damn good time! I have found them all to be positive and uplifting. When I am having a bad day, no matter what the case, they are always there, cheering me on!

I thought women were supposed to be catty and annoying. I thought working on a team of women would be competitive and make me cranky, but NO, this has not been my experience. These women have been inspirational and helpful. I have been connecting with new women and reconnecting with school mates. Learning so much, having so many laughs and building a team and business along the way.

I keep saying it and I will continue to say it, but Color Street is my happy place! Most of the time it’s the thoughts we tell ourselves that we learn to believe. I was telling myself all women are catty and that I didn’t want to be part of whatever that was. Man, I was wrong. I am so glad I got out of my own way and joined in on that call! The best part of it all, is that I can be independent and run my business as I want, but when I need suggestions or a sounding board, this team of ladies is here to support me all the way!

Was there a time in your life that you were your own Debbie Downer? What thoughts have you changed and how?

Catching Dreams

A single mom is defined as just that her whole life, or at least her child’s life. So what happens when your child grows up and moves out, like he is supposed to? I mean, as a parent, that’s our job, right?

Being a single mom defines you for so long, that when your child is finally out of the house, you feel like you have lost your identity!

Color Street has not just become my side hustle, it has given me back my own dreams.I put them on hold for so long, trying to do what I needed to do in order to support my son. I put him first because that’s what we do.
We sacrifice to take care of our kids. It’s not a bad thing at all.
It just seems like in the last few months of this Color Sreet journey, I have begun to take back my dreams. Dreams I didn’t know I had!

After years of the 9 to 5 world, of being a single mom, I feel like I am ready for more! I am redefining myself and my dreams! There is so much more to life than just working to live!
I am finding my purpose and striving towards more! Thanks to a conversation with Sheri at Envisiondreamstyle for the reminder that we don’t need to be chasing dreams, let’s start catching them!

What dreams have you put on hold without even realizing it?

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Get out and VOTE!

We all know how important voting is, however, in the 2020 election, things seem to be even more heightened this year. 2020 has brought so many changes to our every day lives with the COVID 19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other lives who have gone too soon and in tragic and unnecessary ways.

One thing this pandemic has taught me, personally, is how local leaders and politicians affect our lives and day to day. Although number 45’s decisions make an impact, overall, our everyday lives are much more impacted by our local leaders. Here in RI, we watched and listened to Gina and her crew every day for months, and I have to say she has done a decent job. I know I wouldn’t want the burden of making those kind of big decisions on a daily basis.

With all that being said, it is extremely important to me that I know who I want to represent my town. I want to know that the town council and school committees in my town are representing the changes I want to see.

This is why I am supporting Jess Rose. I truly believe that she has what it takes to make positive changes. I know she will put forth all the energy within her to make things happen!

So yes, voting is very important! The presidential election is very important! But remember, if you haven’t voted already, to get to know your local candidates and what they stand for.

Now get out and VOTE!