Just before discovering Marie, I was grieving my mother's passing from cancer (after helping to care for her for 14 months) and feeling a sense of urgency that life is short and "now" was finally the time to follow my heart. I had worked in the corporate world (Disney) for over 20 years, changing roles every few years when I'd get bored, but always had a deep desire to have my own business and create my own thing to serve the world my own unique way. Although my mom's passing was one of my greatest losses, it also served as my greatest catalyst to finally begin pursuing my dreams. As a way to begin building my confidence and courage, I began researching successful female entrepreneurs and their stories as inspiration. This is when I discovered the archive of MarieTV episodes, and I was instantly hooked. They were the EXACT messages I needed to hear to kick me in the bum, get me started and, most importantly, to BELIEVE in myself. I express my deepest gratitude to Marie and her superstar team for truly helping me create a business and life I ABSOLUTELY LOVE!!! Please keep up your amazing work -- the world needs you! I'm honored to be one of your millions of fans and success stories, and to recommend you almost daily to others who can benefit from your content and encouragement.
Armed with a two year old and a three month old baby, I decided to launch my wedding photography business in 2013. Was it easy? No. Did I walk away from that email announcing my business to the world a million times? Yes. Was I scared to take the plunge after having a safe corporate job for years? Heck, yeah! So what happened? What made me warm up to the idea of carrying a breast pump while I worked long hours shooting a wedding with a toddler and an infant at home? Marie did. Watching her videos about confidence, fear and standing up for yourself gave me the right amount of push that it felt natural to take the steps in the direction of my dreams. I felt I had a companion on my journey who knew how I felt and was there to comfort me each step of the way. And every time doubt (the creeper) raised its ugly rusty axe, I panicked. But, going back to reading the blog, the blog comments of the community and watching the videos again made it easier for me to follow through. I cannot express enough how much I love the entire team at Marie Forleo that does such a phenomenal job of creating amazing content, while keeping it fun and fresh. It is hard to do both, but you guys are so effortlessly chic. If only I could squeeze you all in a big warm hug!! I have been getting my friends and family hooked onto the Marie Forleo school of life as well so I know I am helping in making this world a better place, in my own lil' way. :)
I have always wanted to run my own business. Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be my own boss, but life took a few twists and turns. Just before I started university my mum passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Then 4 years later, just one year before I got married, my big brother died suddenly of a heart attack aged only 35. Both things shook me to my core and before I knew it, I had gone from thinking I could take on the world to being afraid of everything because I no longer knew what to expect from life and it scared me. Throw in some infertility and pregnancy loss before I finally went on to have my 2 beautiful kids and I had put life as my own boss on the back burner. My husband and his web clients were always telling me to set up my own online marketing site to help other - but here's the thing, I was too afraid. Losing my mum and my brother made me too afraid to try anything new, what if I failed (or what if I was good at it, that scared me just as much). Fear had become the familiar everyday feeling that I thought would stop me from ever being blind sided like I was before. Then a really good friend sent me a link for a MarieTV episode about overcoming fear, in it she said what we would hear would change our lives. I was skeptical. But you know what it did? That video sparked something in me and 2 hours later I was still watching more episodes of Marie TV. Then I liked her FB page and I really started to think "maybe I could do this." I have been hooked ever since, and can't wait for a Tuesday. My 9 year old even watches them with me. More than helping me get off the sidelines and starting to live again, these videos helped make me realise bad stuff happens and it's scary but that doesn't mean you give up. Now not only do I have a business I love but I am a happier person for it and a better, more positive wife and mum.
Life before your videos was full of self doubt and anxiety. Since watching your episodes, I have grown as a person and grown the company MY WAY. I have been able to brush away those doubts and to focus on my business and how I want it to be. Do I still get sidetracked? You bet! But watching your videos, which ALWAYS has a relevant question being asked AND answered, I am soon back on course. The shows have given me confidence and belief in myself and my company. I have a long way to go, but the journey is just fine with you around.
I like your show because it's real. It has heart and you have spunk. I could see you as one of my trusted friends giving me advice. I have learned so much from you and your guests and I have started a journal to write down the tweets and mantras you provide on your show.
My future business partner Jenni introduced me to MarieTV shortly after we were both let go at an agency in the Bay Area just three weeks before Christmas 2013. We were feeling a little lost and low as we were desperately looking for jobs at the worst time of year. After a couple of months of supporting one another through job searching and bringing in the new year without a clear career plan, Jenni forwarded me one of the MarieTV episodes that changed our mindsets about the situation we were both in and ultimately changed the course of our lives significantly. The episode was called 'The Mental Exercise That Can Turn Wishes Into Reality' in which you talked about the power of brainstorming for creative breakthroughs.
Jenni and I each completed the suggested sentence: "Wouldn't it be great if..." and we both came up with the same answer that would help us control our own destiny. "Wouldn't it be great if we went into business together, combined our skill sets and created our own marketing company!" Up until that point we weren't finding the jobs we wanted so we decided to create the jobs we wanted and ideal life we want to lead. Just a few weeks later Prim'd Marketing was born! Jenni and I tune into MarieTV religiously and you have a way of helping us just at the right time - either finding a solution to a problem with a client, stepping away from the business when it's getting too much to get perspective or making us think about an issue differently that shifts us into a better mindset.
There's a special place in Heaven for Marie and the work she's done for the hearts, souls, and bank accounts of women around the world, myself included.
The biggest influence Marie has had on me is allowing me to discover that I can change things about myself that I thought were permanent. As lame as it may sound, she made self improvement seem cool. Being able to change how I see myself allowed me to have a clear vision of what I want both my personal and professional life to be and the steps I need to take to get there.
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