Freedom Factor Birthday Edition | 31 Things About Me You May Not Know
It’s my birthday this week! So to mix things up I thought it might be fun to share some things about me you might not know. Amy Porterfield did a podcast episode like this recently, and I really enjoyed it… while it feels weird doing an entire episode about… well, myself!… I hope you’ll get some value from it and enjoy listening in.
In each episode of the Freedom Factor I like to provide you with a powerful free resource to help you get more out of our time together. As I look back over my life it’s incredibly clear that every significant accomplishment I’ve experienced started with vision.
Vision makes the tough decisions in life a little easier. It helps you say yes to the things you should, and no to the things you shouldn’t. It helps both in the small and seemingly insignificant moments, and in the big ones, too. I’ve put together a free workbook called How to Get Everything You Want in Life and Business. This workbook will help you create a personal and business vision that will help you design and live a life you love, faster than you ever thought possible.
You can download the workbook for free by clicking on the image above or just click here.
I’ve created this list with a few things in mind — yes, it will help you get to know me better, but what I really want is to share some things I believe will help you on your own journey in your business. It’s lighthearted, and fun… but I tried to sneak a few powerful lessons in there for you as well.
1. I was born on August 24, 1987.
2. I was raised in a furniture store until I was 6 years old.
Before I was born my Mom was a teacher and my Dad was a farmer. They wanted something with better hours and more flexibility, that would allow them to take me to work with them each day instead of putting me in daycare. They walked away from their careers and opened up a small retail furniture store in Lamesa, Texas. They even set up a display in the corner of the store for me to sell Barney stuffed animals and Mickey Mouse watches… my first entrepreneurial experience! This taught me from an early age that if you don’t like the way something is… change it! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
3. We moved to Lubbock When I was 6 Years Old because the Pizza Hut Oven Broke.
Seriously. You’ll want to listen to the podcast episode for this story… but trust me, it’s a good one!
4. Riding lessons were a ‘bribe’ from my parents for moving away.
They thought I would get tired of horses, but here we are 25 years later and it hasn’t happened yet!
5. My parents bought me a pony for my 8th birthday.
Her name is Maggie Mae, and I still have her! We’re both turning 31 years old this year.
6. My Grandpa Bill bought me my first “big” horse when I was 12 years old.
7. It took 12 months of riding almost every single day for me to learn how to ride my new horse.
Even though I’d been riding for 6 years already, when I got my new horse I had no idea what I was doing. He was pretty mean… and since I was a small, timid rider he knew how to take advantage of me. I rode him in a small round pen almost every day for a full year before I learned how to ride him outside. Multiple times a week my Mom would pick me up, and I would cry the entire way home, but every time she asked if I wanted to sell him I said no. My trainer had told me if I could learn how to ride this horse I could ride any horse… and I wanted to know how to ride any horse so I stuck with it even though it really sucked. That horse and I never had a super great relationship, and as soon as I outgrew his level of training (6 years later) I sold him.
8. I used Visualization to learn how to ride my horse, even though I had no idea what it was.
One year after buying me my horse, my Grandpa Bill was coming in town to see me ride and I was super embarrassed to tell him I was riding in the round pen because I didn’t know how to control my horse in the bigger arena. The week before he showed up I laid in bed, closed my eyes, and imagined myself riding my horse successfully outside. I imagined every detail… from the minute I caught him in his pen, until the minute I put him up again… I ended up laying there for over an hour, but I imagined everything going perfectly. The next morning I went to the barn super early (before my trainer could come outside and see what I was doing) and I completed the entire ride exactly as I had imagined it. When she finally did come outside and see me, I think she almost fainted from shock! From that day forward I never rode in the round pen ever again.
9. All through Jr. High and High School I was a HUGE nerd.
I didn’t have many friends, and was bullied a lot for being so skinny. My “best friend” told the entire school I was anorexic in 7th grade because she had a crush on a boy that I liked. I was an AP Honors Student and never once got in trouble at school, until…
10 I skipped a class my senior year because my Dad told me to, and almost got suspended.
When my senior year started by Dad told me I should break at least ONE rule before I graduated. So, on my birthday that year I went to ride my horse during lunch and didn’t come back for my afternoon class. I never missed class, so the teacher called the office and had them call my parents to see if everything was okay… and the next day the principle called me and my Dad into his office. When my Dad told the principal the truth, he told me I was free to go back to class while he and my Dad had “a little talk.” I’m not sure what happened to him, but I never got in trouble for it! 🙂
11. I started my network marketing business the summer before my Senior year in high school.
12. I left school 2 months into my senior year because of bullying.
I homeschooled the rest of the semester, graduated early and enrolled at Texas Tech as a Business Marketing major in January of 2006.
13. I dropped out of Texas Tech after one year to pursue growing my business full-time.
14. I worked full-time at an apartment complex for a full year after leaving college.
I wasn’t making a full-time income with my business yet, so I went to work at an apartment complex as a leasing agent/web designer. They weren’t hiring, but I called the owner early one Saturday morning and told him his website was really outdated and I could help him fix it. He hired me on the spot and paid me $2 more per hour than any other leasing agent because of my “web design” skills. What I didn’t tell him was that I had only built a couple of one-page websites before… and had no idea how to build a full website. I worked hard though, and designed all the pages and was the photographer for all 6 of the complexes they had in town. One day they told me I still had to come to work even though roads were icy… my business had grown quite a bit that year, and although I wasn’t quite at a full-time income level just yet, I turned in my 2 weeks notice that day and never looked back!
15. To make ends meet after quitting my apartment job I would go door-to-door to used car lots selling candles (our company’s product) for the salesmen to give to their wives.
I hated every second of it but made about $300 a week, which helped me pay my bills until my team got big enough for me to stop.
16. I used to have panic attacks when I had to attend networking events.
When people tell me they’re scared to take certain activities in their business, I TOTALLY get it. One of the ways I grew my business in the “early” days was to attend local networking events. I was a member of a BNI group, and the youngest person in the room by at least 15 years. I was so terrified to talk to these people… even though they were all super nice… and would sit in my car and have a panic attack every single week before the meeting started. Sometimes I wouldn’t even make it inside… I clearly remember one time walking up to the door, freaking out and turning around to go back to my car. I saw another member in the parking lot, started crying and ran off saying I had a family emergency. Even though I hated it, I kept going every single week until eventually I wasn’t scared anymore. I still don’t enjoy networking events or situations where I have to have small talk with strangers, but at least now I can do it when I need to!
17. My parents helped me buy my first house when I was 19.
My parents used income from my Mom’s business to make the down payment, after recently using some of the other income from her business to pay cash for a HUGE in-ground swimming pool in their backyard. Although I ‘knew’ my Mom had tripled her prior teaching income with her business, this was the first time I saw network marketing income make a significant difference in our family’s life.
18. It took me 3 1/2 years to hit a leadership rank in my first company.
In 2009 I was asked to speak on stage for the first time, as the youngest person in the company to hold a leadership rank. It was such a rush… and I realize that even though I really don’t like small talk or having to talk to people in groups, I absolutely love speaking from stage.
19. In 2006 I heard about Vision Boards for the first time, and in 2007 I created my own for the first time.
One of the most significant photos on my vision board was a photo of my ‘dream horse’. I searched the internet until I found a picture that looked like one of my trainer’s old horses (Kenney)… I’d trained on him some in high school, fell in love, and was heartbroken when he sold a year later. The photo on my vision board was a reminder that I would have a horse like him one day.
20. In 2011 I bought my dream horse.
Imagine my surprise when, after 5 years of staring at that photo on my vision board, I found an online ad for my dream horse… who also happened to fit within my very small budget. No, not a horse who resembled or reminded me of my dream horse… my ACTUAL dream horse — the exact same horse my trainer had sold almost 10 years earlier. A few weeks later Kenney was in a trailer, coming home. If you don’t believe in the power of visualization, this story should help. To this day he is still my biggest dream come true.
21. Kenney and I earned our United States Dressage Federation Bronze Medal together in August 2015.
When I found Kenney he wasn’t the same horse I’d known 9 years earlier. He’d been through some tough times and had a lot of physical and emotional damage as a result of it. It took 4 years and the help of a LOT of incredibly important people, but together we rehabbed Kenney and showed him all the way through USDF 3rd level. Next to the photo of the horse on my vision board was a vision statement about us winning our Bronze Medal… it took thousands of hours, and tons of blood, sweat and tears, but it happened. I’ve never cried so much or been so happy and sad at the same time. As happy as I was that we’d reached our goal, I also knew it meant my journey with Kenney was over. He was 23 years old and deserved to live out the rest of his days happy and retired… and that’s exactly what he’s doing now! 🙂
22. Other than Dressage, Football is my favorite sport.
I’m a Cowboys fan, but especially love college football. This fall will be the first time I’ve missed a Texas Tech home game in over 5 years… because my friends and I are going to the World Equestrian Games in West Virginia!
23. I was married in 2011 for 5 years.
24. Divorce was the easiest decision I’ve ever made, but the hardest action I’ve ever taken.
Even though I KNEW I was making the right decision, the process was extremely difficult. I felt like a failure… like my life had been thrown backwards by 5+ years and I was starting over. We sold our home, divided our belongings in half and I had to learn how to be on my own again. It was difficult but 100% worth it.
25. 2 Network Marketing Events have literally changed the trajectory of my life. That’s why I’m such a big believer in events!
In December of 2016 I drove 7 hours to Austin, Texas by myself to attend a training event for our primary company. At the leadership dinner the night before I ended up speaking about my divorce to a table full of strangers for the first time. I cried… in public… which I NEVER EVER do. And I left that weekend feeling like I finally had permission to move forward and seize the success I knew I deserved.
1 month later I got a phone call from my Mom at 10pm on a Monday night. My Mom NEVER calls me late at night… but this time she was calling to ask if I wanted to go with her to Ray Hidgon’s marketing and branding bootcamp event that was happening in just 2 weeks. We’d been talking about starting a coaching program for years… and I said yes immediately. We “launched” Freedom Boss Babes that weekend in Florida.
26. We were in daily, consistent action (and spent THOUSANDS of dollars) with Freedom Boss Babes for 4 1/2 months before we ever made a single dime.
Starting a coaching program isn’t like starting a network marketing business. We dove into multiple programs from Tanya Aliza (including her annual mastermind event) and Amy Porterfield and put in 4 1/2 months of ‘pre-launch’ activity before we ever sold a single thing. When we launched our first sales webinar in June of 2017 we enrolled 9 new Freedom University members and made $700. We cried we were so excited.
27. We went on to grow Freedom Boss Babes from 0 to over 1000 coaching clients (and $300K+ in revenue) in just 11 months.
I don’t share this to brag… but to show you what’s possible. I’ve never worked as hard as I did during those 11 months. What it taught me is we are all worthy of whatever level of success we desire… we only need to 1) get help from people who’ve done it 2) make a plan 3) execute the plan consistently, even when you’re terrified. We’re still a super young coaching company, and tiny compared so many others… but I am so incredibly proud of the impact we’ve been able to have during our first year of business and can only imagine where we’ll be 5 years from now!
28. In October 2017, 14 months after separating from my ex-husband, I decided to make a “vision” for the kind of man I wanted in my life.
My Mom had been telling me to do it for months. I told her I wasn’t ready… because I knew once I “visioned” it, the man would appear. 2 weeks later Chris showed up on my Bumble feed. After our first date I couldn’t stop talking about him… after our second date my horse trainer predicted we’d get married… and by our 3rd date it was extremely obvious that he fulfilled every single thing I’d written down on my vision a few weeks prior. I still have that vision written in the “notes” section of my iPhone and I love going back and reading it as a reminder of how powerful our minds and the Law of Attraction are.
29. We partnered with a brand new network marketing company in January and after 13 years in the industry I FINALLY feel like I’ve arrived home.
30. Chris proposed on Sunday, April 22nd 2018.
I’d known it was coming for weeks. He’s a terrible secret keeper… lol! We went ring shopping together, and he told me the day he ordered the ring, told me the day it came in, and told me the day he was going to talk to my parents. As soon as he walked in the door after talking to them he came into my office, got down on one knee, and proposed. My dogs were jumping all over him because they thought he was playing… and it was hectic, and chaotic, and absolutely perfect.
31. It took me 30 years to finally feel really good about where I am in my life.
I spent most of my twenties worrying too much about keeping other people happy, and doing the things I was “supposed” to do. I’m not saying I was miserable… I wasn’t. I’ve always been a very happy and positive person. Something about getting divorced and ‘starting over’ really changed me though, and this past year has been the best year of my life. I feel like I’m finally living life on my terms… doing the things I love and making myself a priority, which gives me so much free space to pour back into the people in my life. It makes me a better person, a better daughter, a better friend, a better partner and a better businesswoman. And I’m so grateful for every experience that’s shaped me and led me to where I am today!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Birthday Edition of the podcast. We’ll be back to normal next week… and in the meantime don’t forget to grab your free workbook below!
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