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?

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!

The End of the World and Pretty Nails

I remember the first time my friend Joy messaged me about Color Street and the way she followed up quickly with, too much?  I remember thinking “Is she serious right now?  The world is ending and she’s talking about her nails??”  I, on the other hand, was very busy fighting trolls on social media, reading books about social injustice and saving the world one insurance policy at a time.  Little did I know that just a couple months later, I too, would be obsessed with doing my nails.

It’s a very strange thing how Color Street has started to take over my life.  I don’t want or mean to be the “pushy sales lady” but some days I would see someone in my feed and think, “OMG!  She would love this!!”  The excitement is overwhelming.  I love the ease of doing my nails.  I love the no waiting for my nails to dry and no smudging.  I love the price and convenience.  

And I love that everytime I look at my nails, I feel pretty!!  

So what does this have to do with the world ending??  Well let me take you back a couple of months….

August 1st, the day before I signed up to sell Color Street, was the two year anniversary of my dad going into hospice.  Although he didn’t pass until August 9th, that day he went to hospice was the last day I spoke with him. (Find the Tribute to my Dad Here)
August 1st was the day they came in the ambulance and wheeled him out and I knew that this time he would not be coming back.  Every year, and sometimes randomly, that scene replays in my mind. 

This past year I woke up feeling worse than the first year.  I spent the day in bed.  I ate cookies for breakfast.  I cried.  I cooked.  I felt guilty for eating cookies.  I calculated my calories.  I went back to bed.  I ate veggies for dinner and tried to rationalize my cookies for breakfast and remind myself it’s ok.  

Me and Dad ❤


I made it through that day.  So August 2nd, I woke up a little lighter and feeling better.  

I signed up for EVERYTHING!  

I quickly and bluntly let my Color Street upline know that this would just be a hobby!  I just want the discounts!  (HA! Ask my leaders what they think of that statement now!)  I quickly started selling to friends and coworkers.  I couldn’t shut up about Color Street and how easy it was.  I started an instagram and threw myself into learning everything I could about marketing and Color Street and building a business.  I felt consumed and excited to learn something new! 

Plus, it wasn’t insurance!  This was actually fun! 

Here I am two months later and I’m quickly hitting my sales goals and building a team.  I started to feel like I was living in a bubble and ignoring the world around me, and I kind of was.  But in this last week or so, I really started asking myself why?  Why do I feel obsessed?  What is it?

So last week, as I was dropping off an order to my cousin, we started chatting about it.  “This is changing lives” my cousin Amanda said, and she was right!  I realized that it is!

In a time of COVID and isolation.  In a time of social justice and all the negative we see in our feeds, this is positive!  This has brought me and several of my high school classmates together!  It’s a distraction and a positive outlet!  It is making women feel good!  

Last week alone I had a friend order a set that I mailed out in a card.  Little did I know I would receive a text from her about how she had been feeling down and some sparkly nails, a cute sticker and a handwritten note were just the right combination to make her day!

So yes, maybe it’s “just about nail polish” to some, but to me it’s about lifting people’s spirits.  It’s about empowering women in business and making them feel pretty!  It’s about handwritten notes and spreading the love to unify us all in these trying times.  Because in the end, love is all that really matters!  (and maybe some sparkly nails)


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Hello… I’m baaacckkk!!

Hi! I’m back! Did you miss me?

I know, I know… it’s been a while. A couple of years actually. This will be a work in progress but I just wanted to reach out and update you all on what I’m doing.

So I am on vacation this week from my 9 to 5, but I have been working on my side hustle BIG TIME!

So here is a recap of what I’ve been doing and preparing to do…

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