Karen Palmer on Being the Mom of Your Dreams | WAHM Interview

Karen Palmer and Her Family

Karen Palmer and Her Family

Karen Palmer, author of License to Play and co-author of License to Dream, helps moms rediscover their dreams by equipping them with the skills they need to build a network marketing business that will give them freedom with both their time and their money. Karen believes that every person on this planet was created for a purpose. She helps women, especially moms, find their purpose and give them hope that they can fulfill it.

License to Play

Favorite Color?
Blue

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Restaurant—but not fast food. No clean up!

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Not following through. And people who don’t take responsibility for their actions.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Exercise, read my Bible. And check e-mail & FB—trying to break that habit. 😉

Where would you go if you were invisible?
Sleep.

What’s your motto?
You can do it. 😉

Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?
After being in my network marketing business for a little while, I realized that it was not only helping me earn money, but helping me recapture dreams I had forgotten or thought were impossible. Especially after writing License to Play & beginning License to Dream with Judy O’Higgins & Kristi Lee, I really felt like I needed to specifically focus on helping moms.

Who inspires you?
People who are making a difference in the world.

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
As a team, Judy, Kristi & I are different because we offer three different personalities, ages, styles, etc. But with a passion to help women succeed.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Be a mom. And move across the country from my family.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I have no idea.

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Time. And doubt. Worry that I’m not doing enough or not doing the right thing.

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Faith and a big why.

What are some of your favorite books?
That question is too hard. 😉

Define your style?
I’m a jeans and t-shirt gal, but I have a friend who has taught me how to glam my casual style up a bit. My personality is very driven, though. I don’t like to just sit around (unless I’ve got a good book to read). I like having a very clean house. I like to do things right. A bit of a perfectionist.

Tell me about your typical day.
Wake up. Exercise. Eat breakfast & read my Bible. Get the kids upstairs for school. Lunch. Work in the afternoons. Sometimes at home, sometimes at the office. Evenings, I try not to work too much, but often work on writing my dissertation or meet with my team in the evenings.
How do you juggle work and family? Everything goes together. It’s tough, but if you start with who you are and what God wants you to do, the rest falls into place.

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?

    1. Just do it.
    2. Make sure you choose a company that you’ll love for the long haul—not just the first thing that comes along. Do your research. I’ve run into too many women who spent a ton of money and then felt stuck with the business they chose.
    3. Stick with it. Don’t jump ship.

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
Word of mouth. Meet other people. Join groups. Lifestyle.

How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
I’ve rediscovered who I am—at least in part. When I had kids, I had a really hard time figuring out what to do with myself. I wanted to stay home with them, but my identity was rooted in the academic world—achieving goals and feeling like I’d accomplished something. Then, just as I was getting used to being a mom and relaxing in that role, I had to go back to work again. Network marketing helped me to look outside the boxes I was putting myself in to see who I actually am and start thinking bigger—the current circumstance doesn’t have to be the same for always.

License to Play by Karen Palmer

License to Play by Karen Palmer

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Start your own business. NOW. And I’d probably have some good ideas of where to start.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On a ranch with my kids enjoying life.

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
I really appreciate my hubby and kids. They have always supported me—and not just that, they’ve helped me to grow myself and my business. When I feel like giving up, they won’t let me! I also appreciate my upline mentors, like Judy, and my team members. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

What else would you like to add?
A lesson that I’m having to learn over again…don’t compare yourself to anyone else. The picture we get on Facebook about people is just the part of their lives they let show. Don’t judge yourself by the glamorized images on social media. Just do the best you can and be proud of your accomplishments. Focus on your goals.

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Diane Walker on Growing Your Network Marketing Business Your Own Way | Podcast #19

Diane Walker Nudges Her MLM Team to Find their Geatness:  with Sue,  Joy & Kandas at the 2013 Gratitude Convention

Diane Walker Nudges Her MLM Team to Find their Greatness: with Sue, Joy & Kandas at the 2013 Gratitude Convention

“I’m too stubborn to quit anything.” – Diane Walker

Every network marketing company has Superstars, larger than life leaders who inspired, motivate and sometimes intimidate new distributors.  Diane Walker is what I like to call a Silent Film Superstar.  She works behind the scenes to nudge her team on to greatness.

Nudging the Team to Greatness

Diane is a 21-year multilevel marketing veteran and the top female income earner in her network marketing business.  She the co-author of Navigating the World of Network Marketing and she is respected and admired by thousands in the industry – including many of those larger than life Superstars.

Listen in as Diane shares some of the ups and downs of her MLM career, leading with your strengths, the importance of attending company sponsored events, Facebook marketing, bowling and much more.

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Character-Driven Storytelling with Writer/Producer Diana Dru Botsford | Podcast #18

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Diana Dru Botsford

Story consultant, writer/producer Diana Botsford‘s recent work includes creating/producing the critically-acclaimed SciFi web series “Epilogue” and serving as consulting producer on the new comedy series, “A Little Help.”  Author of Stargate SG-1 novels: “Four Dragons” and “The Drift,” as of the fall of 2014, Botsford will be offering online, interactive writing workshops for burgeoning television and film screenwriters through her new website: beyondthemedium.com.  Her screenwriting credits include “Rascals” for ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ and the cult favorite animated series, ‘Spiral Zone.’ Founder of the award-winning screenwriting program at Missouri State University, Botsford’s pursuit of great stories has taken her across the globe from Japan to Africa to Antarctica. If she could save up the $250,000, a seat on board Virgin Galactic would be next.

During our hour-long intellectually stimulating conversation, we discuss writing, science fiction, education, evolution and the end of apartheid.  Burgeoning writers sharpen your pencils and be prepared to take great notes!

Musings from the Virgin Galactic

What is your favorite song?
I love listening to all types of music, but my main jam is classical. I was classically trained, my father was a classical music producer, so… Prelude of Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 in G

Favorite Super hero?
A toss-up between Marvel’s Jean Grey and showrunner Dan Harmon (Community)

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Home-cooked, always! I’m a third generation gourmet cook.

What is your biggest quirk?
I hate wet socks!

Diane Botsford at Space City Con autographing my copies of her Stargate SG:1 Fanfaction novels.

Diane Botsford at Space City Con autographing my copies of her Stargate SG:1 novels.

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Passive aggressive behavior.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Coffee and reading the news.

Where would you go if you were invisible?
The International Space Station.

What’s your motto?
“Tomorrow”

Why did you choose to write?
I’ve always gravitated toward anything having to do with storytelling. Wrote my first story when I was five.

Who inspires you?
My father was my greatest inspiration, but I am inspired in general by people who stay fast in believing in themselves and pushing forward. My students inspire me, my family does, too. My husband especially.

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
Honesty. If your story needs work, I’m going to tell you. As a fellow writer, I’d want the same. My particular expertise is in character-driven work.

Why should choose you over your competition?
As a story consultant: More one-on-one time. I don’t just give you the basics, I’ll dig further.

As a writer: I’m a believer in deep point-of-view experiences whether it’s prose or a script. We, the readers/audience, are humans. We’re characters. We follow a protagonist on their journey in order to make better sense of our own.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Move forward after losing my father who was my mentor and best friend.

Diana Botsford and Kandas Rodarte at Space City Con

Diana Botsford and Kandas Rodarte at Space City Con

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Overcoming the ISMs – whether it be sexism (yeah, I hit the glass ceiling a few times) or racism (ask me about my production experiences in South Africa during the end of the apartheid era – excruciatingly horrific.)

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Writing stories that help perpetuate the belief that we are all people first, and our gender or race second.

Define your style?
Eclectic mix of NY style and California casual.

Tell me about your typical day.
Do those exist?

How do you juggle work and family?
With great difficulty.

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?
Push forward. Believe in yourself. Network like mad.

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
By doing a great job (word of mouth) and social media.

How have you grown as a person since launching your career?
Will I ever stop?

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Do exactly what you’re doing.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In space?

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
Family and friends. People who stand up for each other.

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Diana Botsford on the set of epilogue.

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Sarah Sara Craven Comedy | Coffee & Cards Conversation #44

Dr. Sarah Carothers, aka Sarah Sara, sits down for a raucous Coffee and Cards Conversation about menopause, self-talk and comedy.

 

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Top Three Reasons for Joining the Greeting Card & Gift Revolution | Coffee & Cards Conversation #43

Joy Brasington of JoytoSend.com shares her top three reasons for joining SendOuCards:

 

 

Jordan Adler, author of Beach Money

Jordan Adler, author of Beach Money, will share his reasons on April 26, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Joy’s 3 Reasons:

  1. Splashpaks
  2. Treat’em Right Seminars
  3. Positive People

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Jordan Adler, author of Beach Money, and he #1 earner in our company, will be in Houston, Texas on April 26, 2014 to share his reasons for leading the Greeting Card and Gift Revolution. I’d love for you to be my guest at this life changing event. Contact me for details.

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How Kim Ketcham Transitioned from SAHM to Museum Marketing Director | A Fun Way for SAHMs to Make Money | Podcast #17

Spirit Warrior on display at the Washington State History Museum

Spirit Warrior on display at the Washington State History Museum

After 15 years as a stay at home mom (SAHM), Kim Ketcham found her passion in a rewarding career in marketing. Today, she is the Marketing and Communications Director for the Washington State History Museum, part of the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS).

WSHS is the state agency that is trusted with the task of preserving Washington state history and educating the public about that history. This is done through the Washington State History Museum, the State Capital Museum, and the State Research Center through the collection and preservation of various artifacts, photography, and ephemera, personal stories, as well as digital assets. We lead a variety of outreach and educational efforts for people of all ages.

Topics covered during our hour long conversation include: D.B. Cooper, the Seattle Seahawks, the Mt. St. Helens eruption, Japanese Internment Camps and the Civil War.

Transitioning From Stay at Home Mom to Museum Marketing Director

What’s your motto?
“I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The choice is yours.”

Why did you decide to go back to work?
I had put my career on hold to raise kids. It got further delayed by taking care of ailing in-laws. After some family financial issues, I decided to finally start working in my chosen career…beyond my previous volunteer work and having owned a JBF franchise.

Who inspires you?
My kids. I wouldn’t get up some days if I didn’t have to take care of them, help provide for them, and help them succeed.

Why are you different from others in your industry?
My drive and intensity, and also a wide understanding of a variety of topics. Good general knowledge. Lots of skills taken from being at home with my kids.

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Get a job in this economy against people more experienced.

What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?
I accidentally stabbed myself in the forehead.

What’s your biggest challenge?
Job market and competition.

How will you overcome this challenge?
Show initiative, create work, not only succeed at what’s expected but do more…innovate…

What are your favorite books?
Harry Potter series, Pillars of the Earth, Gulliver’s Travels

Define your style.
Simple, sophisticated, sometimes vintage.

Kim Ketcham, Marketing & Communications Director, Washington State History Museum

Kim Ketcham, Marketing & Communications Director, Washington State History Museum

Describe your typical day.
Get the kids up and out by 6:30. Work by 8. Catch up on emails and all the “urgent” tasks that didn’t exist the day before. Then tackle my to do list. Lots of computer time, but then meetings. Can be a meeting with other marketing directors or with in-house staff. Check in on my staff to see how I can support them and make sure they have what they need to do the job I have given them. Maintain the website, post on social media… much more.

How do you juggle work and family?
My ex and I live in the same school zone and text every day about what’s up with the kids. If we didn’t communicate, we’d both fail at work and with the kids.

Can you offer some tips for those entering marketing, communications or PR fields?
Get experience writing, learn about journalism and the press, learn about advertising, become comfortable with public speaking, become an expert in social media, make friends with your IT people, volunteer to plan events, learn about branding

What is the best way to market your museum?
Through press releases about relevant and timely exhibits and events, good media management, and targeting niche audiences that have a special interest in a given exhibit topic, etc. Email and social media rank right up there, but a good news story about your business is worth more.

How have you grown since working at the museum?
With all experience, you grow by learning more about the parts of your industry that can’t be taught in books.

What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
Tough call. If I changed anything about the past, I wouldn’t have the kids that I do or the skills that I do. I don’t like to 2nd guess my choices by imagining how I would undo them.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A VP of communications. Remarried. Grown children. Flexibility and income to travel.

For whom are I thankful?
Everyone I’ve ever met for the impact they had on who I am today.

A Fun Way for Stay at Home Moms to Make Money

Kim owned one of the first Just Between Friends franchises. Just Between Friends is a consignment event for children’s products that happens twice yearly in select markets around the country. Many SAHMs have made extra money for their families by selling gently used children’s clothing and toys at these sales.

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