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

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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?

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?

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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