It’s Okay to be Running Your Own Race

One of the most popular questions people ask me all the time, is- “How are you so successful at a young age?” First, thank you so much to all the people who see my life as a success. Second, I believe that my success in life is just get started, that many more adventures and business opportunities are coming.

So the short answer, I dream every single day. I never want to settle. When I am not reaching my goals, I push myself harder daily in order to get there. But most importantly, I am aware that I am running my own race. So many people want to be exactly like the people they look up to. It’s great to have mentors and people you strive to be, but girl, you are your own person! Comparison will kill your dreams.

Don’t compare yourself to someone in their winning season, because you may have not seen them in their losing season.

Last year, I completely lost sight of who I was for a long time. My business was failing because of it, my life was falling apart, and the only thing that was doing well was my social life. I would wake up some mornings and be so mentally and physically exhausted I wouldn’t even make it out the door. I told myself that there had to be a breaking point, that things would get better. What’s funny? Is not too many people knew that I had cried myself to sleep, skipped dinner but not drinks. As a college grad, single woman, and adult on my own I was struggling… hard.

That was my losing season.

I kept running, I pushed myself to do better. When I started to do better for myself, eat healthy, go to bed before 2am, and force myself to work on my dreams, little by little I was back in my race.

Was it hard to see some of my friends get new jobs, promote, move out of my home state, and get engaged, yes! But imagine if I gave up because of what other people were up to? You can be silent with your dreams and work hard until you reach them, it doesn’t have to be all over your social media. The important part, is not stopping. If you think that an opportunity is worth it, through the tough times and the easy, you will keep up with it.

Do I think that I am in a winning season? Right now, yes. I wake up every single day with a smile on my face doing something I love, with so many people who support me. To the people that don’t, that’s okay. Because inside and out I am happy.

This is YOUR life, your race, and you are the only one running it. So get up every single day and try to make yourself proud! I’ll be cheering you on.

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Why I chose It Works

On your instagram profiles you see it all the time- women making an extra income from their phone, sometimes an amount so big- that it’s hard to wrap your mind around it. How can you make so much money from posting on social media? How is it possible that this girls’ life is such an adventure?

I had these questions too! Especially before I joined. So many of you who read my blog, also follow me on my Insta, and you can see my highlight reel daily with all of the things that I’ve been up to. But it didn’t start that way, and I want you to know that! Even right now as I type this blog my hair is up in a messy bun, I have no makeup on, and I’m in a cozy sweatshirt.

I was just like you. I saw people absolutely killing their businesses and making a full time income while also being in college, raising their kids, and having the freedom of time. But I was nervous to ask HOW, I was scared that it wouldn’t work for me. My life was average, I didn’t know a ton of people, my insta had 350 followers and I can promise you I couldn’t take a cute selfie to save my life.

In the summer of 2015 I finally decided that my life needed a change. I took the leap to join It Works without truly understanding all of the things that this company would give me. I was a junior in college, on the executive board of ADPi, working, going to school, and I had an internship. Did I feel ready to start this?? NO! Was I scared? YES! But, I thought to myself the best things that have ever happened in my life are on the other side of fear.

Over the next few months, I jumped into learning about the business, the compensation plan, and how to take a good selfie! (Pro tip: set your phone up in the windowsill and set a timer! It’s the best lighting). Some of you saw me start that journey, some of you see where I am today! I started to add our products into my daily life, and found a regime that helped me lose 14lbs!

My gosh you guys, the list of just the start of my journey can go on and on!

On top of making a full time income while still in college, I also started to meet some of the most down to earth women, who are inside and out amazing people. My closest friends are now because of this business, and I have friends all over the country. We build each other up and we are supportive of our dreams.IMG_6099.jpeg

I get it, you need to think about it. It’s not the right time, you’re too busy. From al small town. Wouldn’t be able to do this like me. Oh wait… actually, I don’t get it anymore. I had all of those fears an excuses to not start. Some of my top leaders did too. But I now know for a fact, anyone that wants this opportunity can take this and run full force to change their life.

I think so many women need to push the excuses, fears, and he said she said about what we do aside, and TRY IT for themselves. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!

I chose It Works because I wanted an extra $300 a month in college. I will continue to choose this company because of the lives I get to change, and the freedom I am able to have on this amazing adventure.

When will you say enough is enough, and finally join me?!

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Some of My Favorite #MondayMotivation

Mondays can be tough. Whether you’re a full time entrepreneur, work a 9-5, or work a few jobs, Monday is always the reset of the work week!

This morning I woke up and all I wanted to do was stay in bed for the morning and push all of my work off until ‘later.’ But, we all know that the words “I’ll do it later,” mean I am putting this off until I actually have to do it- or just put it off forever!

I had to find a way to start my week off with as much energy as I ended my week, so I turned to self motivation! It could be a podcast (my current obsession is the Jennifer Allwood show!), book, or video.

For those of you that haven’t read Girl Wash Your Face… Get. This. Book. Get it right now! I have to say that it has been a game changer for me! And a chapter a day to start the morning has been the perfect way to start the day! I’ve also been reading Mastering Your Inner Mean Girl, and Leave Your Mark!

If books aren’t really your thing (I get it who has time to read!) Videos might be your go to! I’ve tried to stop the mindless scroll on all my social and change it to something meaningful- follow Tony Robbins, Grant Cardone, or Rachel Hollis for some quick videos.

My all time favorite go to is: The video EVERY woman should watch! from Rachel Hollis’ page!

Sometimes it can take just a few minutes to turn your entire day around! You have the power to do that. Know that even on those days that you don’t feel your best- your hustle can’t stop!

What are some of your favorite ways to start your week off? And share some of your favorite self motivation in the comments! 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!

 

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One of Those Mornings- And a Spilt Cup of Coffee

It was one of those mornings. You have 1000 things to do and you’ve already woken up late. You skip the shower and swap for dry shampoo. Your makeup routine becomes nonexistent, and coffee becomes breakfast.

This morning that was me. My alarm went off at 7:45- and I decided to spend 25 extra minutes in bed. Almost every morning, I get lost on Instagram, checking my blog stats, updating my email, and watching videos on Facebook.

Now, it’s 8:05. I plan my outfit and check the clock- it’s 8:17. Seriously where does time go in the morning? When you have somewhere to be it always goes by too quickly. I grab my towel and knock over all of shampoos (probably waking up my roomie) and hop into the shower. When I rush out of the bathroom- I quickly throw on my favorite little black dress, a jean jacket, and my favorite sandals (from Target) on.

I run downstairs quickly feed my cats- make myself a coffee, hairspray, clean up my mess from last night, and I’m out the door at 8:54. Besides being late, I’m already feeling stressed about the day, I have meetings, calls with my team, and a million things to do in between…

I spill my coffee.

That feeling is the worst. I’m already late world, thanks for making me even more late- and now I have hot coffee all over my leg and on my steering wheel and the day is ruined. We’ve all been there right?

Sometimes, I forget the big picture. No, My crazy morning will not ruin my day.

So what do I do to take back my day?

  • Take a deep breath. I just stop and tell myself, “I’m already late what is one more minute?” Because seriously, the world will not stop if I show up a few minutes late.
  • Put self motivation on! I’ll throw on a podcast by one of my favorite motivators! Rachel Hollis, Grant Cardone, Tony Robbins, are always ready to go on my Spotify.
    • Tony always says, “Motion is created by EMOTION,” so what emotion will define your day?
  • Listen to your favorite song in the car on repeat, way too loud for your commute or drive!
  • Lastly, and most importantly, plan something fun later on in the day! (And if that is popping your favorite bottle of wine and eating ice cream for dinner you go girl!)

I’m not an expert at ‘adulting,’ you’ll always hear me admit! But I’ve found so many ways to take back my day after I’ve spilt my coffee.

What are your tips on making the most of your day?

Never apologize for being yourself- Alexa

Never Apologize for Being Yourself

“I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” -Audrey Hepburn

Being yourself can sometimes be the hardest thing to do. It’s so easy to decide to fit into the mold of everyone else, follow what they are doing, and live life in the main stream.

From personal experience growing up, I always wanted to be this way too. I wanted to wear what was in style, listen to all of the music that everyone else was listening to, and follow the trends of the ‘popular’ girls. It’s easy to want to reach to be someone who isn’t yourself.

This past year, I really decided to change that mindset in myself. When I graduated college I realized that none of that mattered. No seriously- listen to me, it does not matter. I think that we all need to stop making it so hard for people to go outside of the norm. Continue reading

You See My Highlight Reel

We see it everyday- the picture perfect Instagram. All of the photos have the same filter, they all match perfectly, thousands of likes and followers on every pic. A big thing that I think we all forget while looking at accounts like this- this is a highlight reel. Behind every great insta, there’s always a normal person.

I say this personally and know that so many of my co- workers, fellow entrepreneurs and bloggers feel the same way.

My Instagram is the place where I market my personal brand, my company’s brand, and all of my adventures. Of course it’s going to look great! What you usually don’t see on my insta, me on the couch talking to potential business partners- surrounded by papers, books, my laptop, oh and a few cats. Some days I’m running on keto coffee, 3 hours of sleep, and I’ve used up all of my dry shampoo (we all know the struggle).

I’m not complaining, don’t get me wrong! I love everyday of being an entrepreneur. Most days it is a lot of work, it’s a lot of hours into making my dream a reality. When you have a drive for something it’s easy to get the hunger to make it happen.

With every great adventure, picture, and story, know that there is hard work behind that. There are days that I never leave the office or my house. Even the days that I am ready for a pic, there’s always bloopers behind that perfect shot!

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5 Tips on Being a Bold, Beautiful, Young Professional

So you want to be a successful young entrepreneur?

Me too.

We all go through that phase in college where we’re trying to find not only what we want to do, but also how we’re going to crush our careers and be the best that we can possibly be. When we’re then given a diploma, it can be scary standing in that doorway not knowing where we will be taking the next steps in our lives.

No one is an expert at their field when they first start a career path. I’m deciding daily what I want to do and what my next grand idea will be. I’m telling you that it’s OKAY to constantly change what you want. It’s even okay to mess up 100 times and then decide finally what you want to do. It is useless if you aren’t actively trying to figure out what you want to do. I don’t know about you, but I never want to find myself sitting in a cubicle wondering where the last 20 years of my life have gone.

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