What I want to know is… What do you really want?
If you’re here, then we probably have a lot in common. You’ve heard that you can have it all, but you don’t necessarily want it all.
You want to…
♡ live well and work from anywhere, not stuck in a cubical all day.
♡ afford healthy, organic, and clean foods for you and your family.
♡ shop, buy a car, travel, and live without stressing about finances.
♡ give freely without the burden of worrying about getting it back.
♡ provide for your family without sacrificing one thing to take care of another, because you work hard and deserve better.
♡ be happy, healthy, energized, and stress-free.
You do know people actually live like that right? That’s how I know that it’s possible for you, too!
Who am I?
I’m NOT a financial guru. I’m a mom who hasn’t had a boss since 1996 because I’m just like you, I don’t want it all. I just want to live life on my terms.
My entrepreneurial journey began in July ‘96 with the opening of Elaine Thomas Interiors (I named the company after my parents). It all started when my LAST boss told me I couldn’t leave work to care for my sick baby.
I knew then that I wanted control over my time. I found out entrepreneurship offered the perfect outlet – so I said screw it, I’m doing it!!
In the beginning, I started out selling art at an outdoor market Thursday-Sunday from 9-5. Later, adding residential and commercial cleaning, decorating, painting, and real estate to the firm’s portfolio – turning Elaine Thomas Interiors into a highly sought-after company.
Was it easy building a business like that for years? Hellz, no. The sad thing is I allowed it to take up all of my time; my son was a latch key kid and my social life, well I didn’t have one.
Has it been worth it? YES! The lessons I’ve learned from entrepreneurship are priceless.
2009 Financial Devastation
The market crumbled, and my business crumbled with it. My weight escalated, my marriage failed, I lost all of my properties (even my personal home pictured below), and the repo man came for my car. Gosh, I loved that car!!!
I went from having six-figures in my savings account down to $11,000, and only earning around $700 a month.
They say dig your well before you have to, that’s something I learned the hard way. It’s also why I’ll never be at the mercy of having just one source of income. It’s way too risky, trust me!
At the time Elaine Thomas Interiors was my only source of income, that is why I had no choice but to live off of my savings for two years. Imagine working on building a large nest egg for so long and just watch it disappear seemingly overnight!
It turns out, that was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. I was at a client’s house one day, someone whose house we cleaned for over seven years, watching him play golf from his bedroom window at 11 a.m.
He must have felt me watching and waved; it caught me off guard as I was sort of in a daze. I often wondered how he could have both: financial security and the ability to enjoy life with everything that was going on.
I mean I knew he had retired from the Air Force and Delta, but I didn’t think that could afford him the luxury of living like he was.
Honestly, I thought someone in his family had passed away and left him a ton of money.
When he came back (it took me like 5 hours to clean his house), I asked him a series of questions, and I learned that he’d built a network marketing business from age 18-42.
After 20 years of being retired, he was still earning over $500,000 annually in recurring income.
The first thing I said was, “SAY WHAT! HOW? I couldn’t see this guy having a bunch of products in his garage; he was OCD, and the only thing in his garage was his X5-BMW, outdoor shoes, the mop, broom & vacuum, and a large American flag on the wall.
I always thought people in “one of those things” lost money. However, I was wrong!
After he educated me on the business model, I was fascinated!
I was like, ok, so how do I get started? I’m ready right now, like as in yesterday right now. He smiled and explained what retirement meant (as if I didn’t already know lol).
He basically said he only uses the products and after being retired from the building the business side for over 20 years, he didn’t feel it would be fair to me to just get me set up and be out there on my own.
However, he recommended that I do my own research to find a wellness company with high-quality products that people use daily.
He also recommended a few powerful books that I highly suggest for anyone wanting to create financial independence from home. They’re all listed at the bottom of this page along with a couple of others I personally recommend.
I took his advice and found my niche. A couple of years later I discovered the power of social media and blogging. In case you didn’t know, you’re reading one of my blogs right now!
Blogging allows us to create active & passive income by sharing our lives, travels, and experiences with products, programs, and or services we love.
As a result, it helps people solve their problems simply because you shared information with them. Passive income is just as powerful as recurring income.
What’s even better is having BOTH.
Since getting started in Network Marketing, I’ve rebuilt Elaine Thomas Interiors, earned vacations, large bonuses, a monthly bonus to pay off my BMW, and an income that makes me happy.
All without interfering with my drapery design business.
I work from where I want, with whom I want, and whenever I want. That’s the beauty of this business model, you can decide when you want to work and how much you want to earn. There is no glass ceiling on your income here!
It takes time to build, and it’s not easy, however, if you dedicate time to grow it, your future self will thank you; trust me!
Let’s be real, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, and how you decide to spend it determines the quality of life you create for yourself. Think about this, just 15 mins of doing anything every day adds up to 90 hours a year. That’s a lot of hours, isn’t it?
Why I do what I do
I do it because I don’t want you to have to lose everything before you realize there was a better way.
I found my purpose in life, which is to help as many people as I can create good health, a beautiful healthy home, and have a constant flow of cash that gives them the freedom to live well, and work from anywhere!
I’d love to meet you!
One of my favorite things that I do is getting to know my community. Come find me on my Facebook or Instagram. I’d love to say hello, and if you come to one of my online or live events, I’d love to give you a virtual or in-person hug.
Click here to learn more about partnering with me.
Ready to create a blog and start earning passive income?
Click here to get started. Getting started is easier than you think!
CASHFLOW Quadrant – Click here
Think and Grow Rich – Click here
The Greatest Networker – Click here
The 45 Second Presentation – Click here
The Four Year Career – Click here