H: Tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
E: I’m a Texas girl, through and through. I love queso, our hot summers, Rodeo seasons, and Country Music. I lived here all my life and can’t imagine raising my kids anywhere else! I have two girls, 7 and 1…oh, and another baby girl on the way. (My poor husband.) I love dogs but if I had to choose between a dog or cat, id totally choose the cat. I taught preschool for five years and decided to take a break from teaching when I found out I was going to be a mom for the second time. Since then, I started working for an MLM and have tripled my teaching salary, so being able to stay at home and raise my kids-while making that extra money…total plus. I never considered myself a “business woman” or even business savvy utile I started this new job. I’ve learned more about myself, my strength, my leader ship skills, and my will power, then I think I ever have. Its opened so many doors for me that wouldn’t have opened had I not jumped on this opportunity. I love, LOVE being a mom, it’s my favorite job I have, but sometimes it’s nice for me to step out of the mom role for a minute, an hour, and be something else. I think it keeps me sane. ☺
H: How do we know each other?
E: I’ve known you since…gosh, I think the 6th grade. We met at our tiny, private Christian school. I think I was 11, or maybe 12. So that’s 16 years now, give or take (WOW we’re old)!
H: I absolutely have respect for you as an stay-at-home-entrepreneur(?) (momtrepreneur?) Tell my readers a little bit about the direct sales you do, how you make it work for you, etc.
(SPOILER: sales pitch ahead. But you guys are spoiled and I don't think I've ever put any on here, so read on at your own risk. However, I also feel it's only fair to mention that I've never tried her company's products so if you're curious feel free to reach out directly to Elizabeth on IG. The sales model seems fairly similar to Mary Kay / Avon if that helps.)
E: I work for a company called Monat. We are the very first and only anti-aging hair care company on the market. All of our products have been clinically tested and proven to regrow, repair, and restore your hair. Our products were designed to penetrate the hair, healing it from the inside out. Most products just sit on top of your hair, not really doing much for it at all. This job honestly is a dream come true.
I always poo-pooed “those girls” on social media who were selling things. No, I don’t want buy your face cream or your candles or your lipstick or your wraps. I was so against it for some reason. Untill God slapped me in the face and said, “HELLO! Look what you’re missing out on here!” This company practically fell into my lap in April. I didn’t even try the products before I joined the company. I was so enticed by their car program, compensation plan, and trip incentives I was hooked before I started. One of my very favorite things about this business is, I can work whenever and wherever I want. I’m not tied down to a desk or an office, I don’t have to clock in at 9 and clock out at 5. If I need to take a day off, I don’t have to worry about calling my boss and finding a sub, I simply just don’t work. This was one of the big reasons why this works for me, because with two kids and another one on the way- I don’t want someone else raising my kids. I want to be the one who does that. And im lucky enough that Monat gives me the ability to do so.
H: What is the most encouraging thing you have been told/read as an entrepreneur?
E: The most encouraging thing someone has ever told me... “You are a badass leader.” I have a team of about 500 people now. Often, I doubt myself. I wonder if I’m doing enough to share things with them and teach them. I question if they are learning from me and if I am being encouraging enough to them. Its easy to fail at these kids of businesses. But I TRULY believe that if someone wants it bad enough, they can be as successful as they want. I know this because I want it BAD.. so at end of this month I will be getting a brand new Cadillac Escalade, in February I’ll be flying to San Francisco, and in May I’ll be going on a cruise to Bermuda, all courtesy of my company. I work my ass off to try and reach these goals for myself, my family and my team.
H: As a mother of 2 girls (with another little one on the way), what values will you emphasize the most in your household and how will you describe and/or teach them?
E: I always want to instill in my girls that they can do and be anything they want to be, that they are beautiful no matter what size or shape they are, that they will never need the approval from the world that they are perfect, wanted, needed, and loved. And most importantly, that they were created by God and that he has a specific plan and purpose for each of their lives. (I’m totally crying while I write this part. I blame it on those hormones.) I try to constantly tell them these things, especially my seven-year-old. Self-doubt starts at such a young age, so I try really hard to keep myself in check with those things because kids are ALWAYS watching, listening and learning from their parents.
H: What is the most encouraging thing you have been told/read as a parent?
E: “This too shall pass.” I sometimes get overwhelmed with life. Homework that needs to be done, laundry that needs to be folded, a baby that is entering the toddler phase who never, ever, ever stops moving and playing and making messes. I have to stop and remember that life won’t be like this forever. One day they will come home from school and won’t need help with homework, they won’t want to play dolls and I won’t be able to pick them up and hold them in my arms. Life goes way too fast.
H: What has been your biggest struggle as a parent?
E: Finding balance. There must be a balance in work, family, friends…life. I have to make myself put my phone way because I would be on it all the time if I didn’t. You miss so many things when your phone is in your face. I also think making time to spend with your friends is super important. It hard to schedule time with your friends when you have kids, a husband, and work… but spending time with friends is always a must. Also, schedule time alone with your husband. We plan it and make it a priority.
H: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment, as a woman and as a person?
E: My greatest accomplishment in life… raising my oldest daughter by myself for four years. Being a single parent is really hard. It broke me, tested me, strengthened me and made me who I am today.
H: How would you describe your personal style?
E: My sytle…black. Lots and lots of black. Is that a style? LOL. I try to avoid wearing yoga pants and tennis shoes every day. Being pregnant my style changes a little bit, but I still stick to my style and avoid looking too much like a “mom”. I love jeans and maxi dresses…luckily I have been able to find some cute maternity stuff to fit my taste.
H: What person in your life has influenced your personal style the most and why?
E: I’m gonna have to go with my husband on this one. He is HUGE on “name brand” clothes. The man spends more money on his clothes and shoes than I do. No lie. It wasn’t until I started dating him that I kind of stepped up my style game. I bought my first pair or Tory Burch shoes and ventured into the world of clothing other than Target. (although I still shop there all the time.) But I realized its okay to splurge a little on something that you really want sometimes, treat yo self.