I support small businesses, purchasing local, and buying from friends whenever possible.
Put your money where your mouth is. I strive to be a conscientious consumer who speaks with the power of purchase. Where I spend my earnings reflects my economic morals of small business support, local purchases, and buying from friends as often as possible. These beliefs form an integral part of my value system. Individually my contributions are minuscule. Yet consider how the local economy would be transformed if the majority of its citizens adopted this approach…
Even my employment history reflects these values. My first job was an account executive at the Germantown News, a small community newspaper serving over half the homes in Germantown. I left there to work for a Memphis-based magazine geared towards teenage girls. Even thousands of miles from my home base while living in California I was the administrative assistant for a contemporary church who placed great emphasis on community outreach. Some of my fondest memories were at Kaufman Shoes, a locally owned and operated family business. There was even a brief stint at one of my dream jobs– the local library. I integrate my local community into my daily life as often as possible.
Obviously I cannot incorporate these three tenets in every transaction. If I accomplish even one it’s a cause for celebration; however, I don’t beat myself up for failure to comply. Sephora is a corporation that will always make me swoon. Target is my home away from home. Amazon mails me things I can’t find other places. I’m only human.
When I’m traveling I make it a point to scout out quirky, locally owned shops. If I visit a tourist attraction I want it to be something unique to the area. I gravitate towards restaurants that are not franchises and rarely miss fresh produce for sale on the side of the road. Local means where you are at this moment in time, not your permanent postal address.
Let me know if you sell something so I can become a customer. Leave a comment on this post or contact me directly. I’d much rather buy something from a friend than a stranger. Plus I’m always curious to see what product made such an impact on your life you felt compelled to enter a business relationship with the company. Even if you have items ‘competing’ with something similar I offer I’ll still support you. Don’t believe me? Ask my friends who do Thrive, Plexus, and Isagenix!
My wax warmer, lip gloss, and books for my daughter helped three different moms pay their bills.
When I decided to purchase some Scentsy goodies I remembered a friend who had recently hosted an online party for his friend, Tammy, who just so happened to be a Scentsy rep. My order contributed to my buddy’s host rewards while helping a Mid-South woman expand her business. Win win.
Brittany would have gotten my dollars regardless of what she was selling due to the fact that she is one of my closest friends. If you’re in the inner sanctum, I will buy. I can think of one friend who was with three or four companies over the course of many years. Guess who took out her wallet for each adventure? Thankfully Brittany came bearing Usborne books— and ours is a family of voracious readers. We loved being able to support her as she worked towards a specific financial goal that would greatly assist her family.
A bona fide makeup maven, Robbi shares her love of love of beauty products on her website, PremierMascara.com. It takes a magnetic personality with overflowing passion to get yours truly riveted by mascara demonstrations and lip liner tutorials. Robbi does just that. Because I only wear a little bit of makeup [and only on my eyes] I usually buy it from the drugstore. What I paid for my Younique lip gloss was significantly more than I was used to spending at the corner of happy and healthy, yet I’d rather shell out a little more to advance the career of a woman I admire. She epitomizes the phrase ‘boss babe’ and works constantly to build her empire. One of these days we will collaborate.
Personalized stationery: a must have in my adulting arsenal
One day I overheard my friend discuss making some custom cards for an upcoming crafts fair. Turns out Rachel has her own company, Emmy Enclosures. Just as I was about to succumb to necessity and Google ‘make your own stationery’ a much better option presented itself. I immediately placed an order. She gave me several options for colors and style. The perfect shade of blue [my favorite color] jumped out at me instantly as did her suggested font…contemporary yet classic and elegant without being stuffy. Overall the design was fun, not too frilly, and totally me. I’ll be sure to write you a thank you note using the fruits of your labor, Rachel.
Network marketing isn’t exactly new. Add social media to the equation and the way we conduct business transforms rapidly. Can you imagine having a company without an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, if not all three? Or being an entrepreneur without using the internet and its virtual word of mouth to broaden your audience? I find it thrilling to be on the cutting edge of a revolution that changes only how we make money but who makes it. That college student constantly scrolling through her news feed and posting on an hourly basis could be making extra cash. Stay at home parents can find financial freedom while the kids are napping or at school. High school dropouts, retirees, people with illness or disabilities, those looking for a career change, employment novices with zero job experience, free spirits who find corporate America stifling, creative types who fear being confined to a desk, and anyone willing to think outside the box can join the new workforce. Do you see the possibilities?!
If not for a dear friend sharing an opportunity with me I never would have found my company. Megan, I cannot thank you enough for exposing me to It Works! Had you told me several years ago I would have launched a health and wellness business and become a part of a rapidly expanding network marketing company when I was 30 years old I would have laughed in your face. My 2017 focus involves expanding my team– with an emphasis on quality not quantity. More on that later.
Hair color and accessories assembled with love by creative friends.
If you know me personally you can attest to the fact that I never leave my house without an armful of bracelets, multiple earrings, and at least one necklace. ‘More is more’ and ‘matching optional’ summarizes my approach to accessories. Having multiple jewelry designers on speed dial thrills me. Bethany [earrings] launched Bethany Bell Designs to showcase some of her baubles that are not on display in local boutiques. Holly [bracelet] works with Keep Collective, where customers can select from readily available trinkets or make their own. Both women emphasize their willingness to work with an individual to create the perfect custom piece. Does it get any better than that?!
Visual art represents an untapped talent source for me. So many acquaintances of mine paint, draw, and photograph. I want to display their work on my walls to enhance the personality of my living space. For many years the thought of decorative objects hanging did not appeal to me. However, as my tastes evolved and I grew to appreciate more art forms, I realized the benefit of visuals.
Is it really 3am? Time to wrap it up and hit the hay.
Allow me to conclude with a formal inquiry: Matt, you are already my Boyfran. Will you be my….lifelong stylist? I officially bestow my
insanely thick, coarse, damaged high maintenance hair upon you. We will meet every 4-6 weeks. You will guide me though every color of the rainbow. I will do exactly what you tell me. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,