Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blinging for a good cause!

I am so excited about all the great advancements I am making with my Paparazzi Accessories business!

Did you know that I always welcome customers to come to my home and shop my inventory? I made a friend recently and she needed to match some outfits with accessories for a business convention. She came over with her outfits and we had a great time perfecting her ensembles with that finishing sparkle! I know she is going to look amazing while she is out of town. What is more fun than going shopping with a personal assistant where you don't have to get dressed or put on makeup and you NEVER have to wait in line! Nothing! Nothing is better than that. You would have to try it out so you know that what I say is the truth!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be taking my BLING to a Cook-Off at Augusta Pines. The Cook-Off is to benefit Buddy Norris Roundup for Autism and will be held on February 7 from 12:00-5:00 PM. Just in case you are not familiar with football, like me, that is Super Bowl Sunday. Don't worry though! You can watch the game in the beautiful Country Club and really have a blast while supporting a great cause!

I also booked a vendor booth for Operation Pets Alive  Rescue Ride! If you know me, you know I love my pets!  Operation Pets Alive! is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization striving to elevate Montgomery County to a No-Kill community through innovative programs that: Raise community awareness, reduce the number of dogs and cats that enter our shelters and increase the number of dogs and cats that leave our shelters alive. I can't wait to support such a great cause. I can't even go to the local dog shelter without crying like a baby, so knowing that we are raising funds to keep those precious animals from being euthanized really makes me happy. You can come support the cause on April 19th, at Papa's on the Lake! I'm sure it will be a fun time.

I am so glad that I have the ability to participate in fundraising for these great causes. I love the Paparazzi Accessories Mission Statement: To bring strength, independence and empowerment to individuals and their families by building confidence and financial freedom through affordable fashion.  While $5 jewelry may not change the world, we believe those who wear it will.

My efforts may be small, but they add up. If I can help just one person or organization through my business then that is good enough for me, but the truth is, the more I can help, the better. Ever since I started my business, I have tried to be blessed by being a blessing. I truly believe that what you put out in the world will back to you. Early on I knew I wanted to bless others through my business no matter what shape or form that took. I will continue following that model, as it has served me well so far. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Man, I love my job!

The life of a Paparazzi Accessories consultant has been great this January!

Last Wednesday I learned of an opening for a really cool event at 11:26. I was there with my bling by 4:30.

The event is called Botox, Wine & Chocolate and is held at Cork This Winery and it is so much fun. 
Several vendors are invited to sell their products, wine is $5.00 a glass, (and it is so yummy!) plus there is an opportunity to get Botox from the incredible staff of Stone Creek WellnessCenter and Medical Aesthetics.

I met so many great ladies at the event and was able to check out some really great products. I love the fact that I was able to work in a laid back environment while enjoying the delicious wine. I like sweet wines so I chose a glass of Girl’s Night Out White Wine, which is one of my favorites. I also tried Alcholiday Peach Apricot Chardonnay. Now I have a new favorite!

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share Paparazzi Accessories with the ladies that attended Botox, Wine and Chocolate. I am especially grateful to my friend, Stephanie, for securing my spot as well as the owner of Cork This Winery, Karla Nash, for opening up her beautiful winery to other business women. I think it is so gracious of her to offer such a great opportunity to other small business owners.

I love getting out in the community to share Paparazzi Accessories with new people! 

Monday, January 11, 2016

I'm starting 2016 off with a bang!

2016 has been great for my business so far! I celebrated my one year Papaversary, I signed up for our Empower Me Pink Tour, and our convention which will be in LAS VEGAS!!! (I have never been before!) I also booked my booth for the 2nd Annual Pin It Expo. I attended EMP tour, convention and two Pin It Expo events last year and I know they won't disappoint this year! On January 6th I had my Ribbon Cutting at the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce. 

I was surprised that the ribbon cutting stirred up some emotions. I almost shed a tear of joy, but I held it together. It really meant a lot to me that my fellow chamber members showed up to help me celebrate my business. My great friend, Margie Taylor, of Taylorized PR took time out of her busy schedule to join me. When I say busy, I mean BUSY! It also meant the world to me that my mother showed up. She has been working her butt off at Shoot-N-Cut Processing Plant, which she owns with my dad. It has been a very busy season for them, which is great, so I was surprised she was able to make it!. 

My customers have blessed me with $130.00 in sales already! I love how my customers become my friends. One specific comes to mind. I met Meredith at a vendor event I organized for Conroe's Incredible Pizza in November. She was a vendor as well. She made her first purchase that day and has been a great customer ever since. The thing is, I don't feel comfortable calling her a customer now. She met me for lunch on my 1 year anniversary, (Unbeknownst to her.) and it was a great way to celebrate! She then invited me to a Mary Kay makeover party on her birthday yesterday! She sent me the sweetest text afterward. I need a word to combine friend and customer. Friendstumor? Nah. Custofriend? I don't know. 

I love that my $5 accessories has brought so many customers that have turned into friends. I need to sit down and make a list of all the friends I have made through my Paparazzi Accessories business. These connections are priceless and bring me so much joy! As I write this, I wonder, how many more friends will I make this year as a result of selling $5.00 bling? The sky is the limit! 

2016 has me so excited!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy PapaVersary to Me!!!

Today marks one year that I have been working my Paparazzi Accessories business!

When I joined, my only real intention was to make back the money from my starter kit. My initial $500 investment felt so risky one year ago today. Once my first party brought over $300 in sales, I was hooked! I realized that maybe there was some potential to make money on $5.00 accessories. I was floored. 

I invested a lot of time, effort, money, blood sweat and tears. (Literally, blood, sweat and tears!)
I worked my butt off. I never planned to build a team, but my team came to me! In one year, 9 consultants joined my team. I made Director in 2 months. That wasn't even on my radar. I never chased my promotion. My teammates joined of their on volition. I have even had strangers sign up under me. Now they are my friends.

That brings up the best aspect of my journey with Paparazzi Accessories. I used to be so closed off and filled with social anxiety. My business has helped me to come out of my shell and broken down so many barriers that I had built up around myself. I have made so many new friends and connections as a result of my business. I met so many people in the last year, I am sure the number would easily beat the amount of people I had met and maintained a relationship with in the past 5 years prior. 

I never realized that signing up to sell Paparazzi Accessories was going to change my life. That statement may seem cheesy but it is the truth. I feel like a whole different person in one short year. I never even wore accessories before I found Paparazzi. Now I feel naked if I walk out of the house without my necklace, matching earrings, bracelet(s) and ring! I love my bling! I feel confident and put together in my Paparazzi Accessories. I carry myself with a little more pride simply by knowing I am rocking a look that is trendy, affordable and gorgeous. Strangers compliment the jewelry often and I have even sold the accessories off of my body on a few occasions.    

As one year closes, I look back and I can't believe the income that has come from $5.00 accessories. I made over $8,000.00 selling $5.00 jewelry in 12 months. That is 5 times the amount of my last raise at my full time job and Paparazzi is a part time job for me. When I did the math, I couldn't believe my eyes. My hard work paid off. Honestly, though, the money means so much less to me than the experiences and people that Paparazzi has brought into my life. 

This past year has been a whirlwind and I have loved it. I have had to get out of my comfort zone, grow and learn so much. I can't wait to see what my second year with Paparazzi has in store for me. 

I owe a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to my family, customers, friends and team for support, encouragement and loyalty to my business. I couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!