MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

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?

It’s coming…

I’m sorry, I’ve been M.I.A. this past week. It’s just because I’m working on so many things!

If you have a moment, can you do me a favor? Can you check out this site and let me know what you think?

Some info I’m looking for:

  1. Is it easy to read?
  2. Do all the links work?
  3. How do you feel about the colors and pictures?
  4. Do you think it represents me?

I really want your feedback because I love when you come visit me! I want to have more conversations. I want to share more information. Not just about me, but how I can help you!

If there is something you think I would know about and could help you with, please comment or email me so I can develop more content.

I haven’t shared this with you all yet… but I’m working on some big things behind the scenes and I would really love your support! So if you don’t hear much, just know it’s coming!

Thanks for your time! It means the world to me right now!

Wishing you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving. (If you celebrate it)

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!

Throwback Thursday- Using Your Words

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday. This post seems so relevant to these times. Especially in today’s times where it feels like like people can no longer have civil conversations. We need to remember to use our words to build each other up.

Using your words

Throw Back Thursday – America is being torn apart and it’s bigger than polictics…

Here we are more than 4 years later… I’m not sure if anything has changed or this is more relevant than ever, but while we await the election results, I thought this was fitting for Throwback Thursday.

https://gingerfunksblog.com/2016/03/25/america-is-being-torn-apart-and-its-bigger-than-polictics/

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?

Check out my milkshake website to see more of what I’m up to here

https://msha.ke/elissabutson

Throwback Thursday

I wrote this back in 2016. Before all the goings on of today. These were just my observations. No COVID. No Social Media. Nothing but my observations.

Just felt the need to reshare! We need to be aware and understand the world through other’s views. Now, more than ever, we need empathy and understanding. We need collaboration, not division. Open your hearts and minds and eyes!

https://gingerfunksblog.com/2016/02/26/white-washed-world/

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!

Holiday Nails Sets Are Live!

I just had to share how cute these holiday sets are! They just went live Tuesday at noon and some have already sold out!!

I can’t believe they have already started with holidays, but I guess it’s that time.

I’m not sure what they will be like this year but I do know we could use a little extra sparkle in our lives these days!

I don’t plan to post about these often, but these holiday sets are just so cute!!

You can join my VIP group if you’re interested in more info or shop my party here!

Della Deserves to Live

DELLA NEEDS OUR HELP! NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!!

The other morning I woke up to 24 requests pending to join my Color Street VIP group. I was so excited and a little nervous that the internet had spammed me or something.
As I scrolled through I noticed that we all had one mutual friend, Della!
I quickly shot a message to Della saying thanks for the love!! I asked how she was and she said ok and I went to browse her page and catch up.
As soon as I saw this post I broke into tears. You see, the last couple of months I have been so focused on growing my business and learning all these strategies and trying to achieve goals that I was wrapped up in my own world.

Donate to Della’s GoFundMe

I sat here with tears streaming down my face wondering how can I help?
What can I do for my friend? She just showed me so much love but she also just reminded me what is important!
So now, I want to share the hell out of this!! I want to promote her!!
We may not have seen each other in over 20 years, but I remember and know this much about her.
SHE IS KIND! SHE IS GIVING! SHE HAS AN AMAZING SMILE AND LAUGH! SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN COMPASSIONATE!
AND SHE DESERVES TO LIVE!!

Della and I have since come up with a fundraiser/Halloween Costume party, complete with DJ Caveman via zoom! I am so excited to be able to raise money for Della! Who knows, maybe this will even help her find a doner quicker!

Della’s Halloween Extravaganza

If you would like to donate to Della’s cause you will find her Go Fund Me page in the links above. If you want to know more about her party, and want to donate in another way, please reach out to me.

Let’s help Della because she deserves to live.