NEW ADVENTURE! TEACHER TURNED LIPSTICK BOSS!

 

 

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This has been my life for the past 6 years. I’ve taught Kindergarten to 7th grade, lovingly coined as “The Pinterest Queen” or the “crafty/creative teacher”. I really enjoyed my job and felt great in the classroom but had been carrying a weight that was dragging our family down. My husband and I felt like we were constantly going two steps forward and three steps back financially. Our debt was piling up and my student loan freedom was no where in sight. One day I scraped up enough money to order a product from a friend to help support her marketing business. This was my honest-to-goodness first reaction…I don’t know why I felt the urge to film it, but I did..

 

I was hooked and knew I was on to something! A couple hundred extra dollars a month for bills seemed totally doable. So I signed up for $55 to own my own side gig.

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GILMORE {gloss} GIRLS was born!!

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My own little girls started helping me show off the magic of the product on my Facebook Live videos and soon I had message after message from girls not only wanting to try it for themselves but to SELL it. The messages went something like this…

“I know as soon as I share this lipstick with my friends,

they will want to know where to buy.

So why not make money while wearing it ?

How do I sign up??”

That’s exactly what happened. More and more girls felt this exact way and soon I had welcomed around 100+ girls to my team. I was a leader and they were looking to me for help, so I did the only thing I knew to do as a teacher, I taught. Most of the time my “teaching lessons” or “training” videos involved some kind of prop (just like in my classroom). I continued to sell and my team numbers continued to go up. Simply by sharing love for the product and the experience. Easy!

We were nearing the end of the school year and I felt a tugging in my heart that The Lord may be calling me to teach, outside of the classroom.

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Our team training numbers just kept rising at every event! I was experiencing a different kind of fulfillment when I taught my team members. These were Mamas who felt what I felt. Some just wanted to get out of a “funk” and the idea of selling makeup + skincare gave them a reason to get “dolled up”again, while getting paid! Others needed freedom from the “checking anxiety” we know all too well, when we log onto our banking app. That burden has lifted every month since I signed up! One month we paid off a small dental bill, the next we were able to pay off my car, after that was my student loans and when the deadline came for me to either turn in my letter of resignation or continue teaching…my monthly commission passed my entire year’s teaching salary in one month! Talk about being affirmed! I have used every spare minute these last 9 months to learn and grow my business, while working a full-time job and balancing wife/mom life. Where did I get the energy?

“When your fire is ignited, work starts to energize rather than drain you.”

This “job” makes me dream big dreams!  The Lord is blessing this business and I can say that I lead 1,400+ ladies and fellas as their “Ruby Crown Princess” (company title)

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I’m using SO MUCH of my classroom experience to encourage and teach my team! I. JUST. LOVE it! It’s been so fun watching my team leaders blossom and crush fears while helping other women feel beautiful in their skin again, maybe for the first time EVER!

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I’m so thankful for this opportunity and the chance I have to be MORE for my husband and my little ones. Work looks a little different these days and I love the freedom we now have to fill our lives with more of the good stuff! Making memories + experiences on OUR time table.

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Brooklyn Bridge. NYC

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Hershey’s Chocolate World,  P.A

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Central Park, New York

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Barnum & Bailey Circus


Full sene-story here

I’d love to chat more about the “LIPSENSE LIFE” if you’d like…shoot me an email laurenashleygilmore@gmail.com or send me a message on Facebook or Instagram !

So long Insecurity

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I’m going to be honest. Writing a post about this subject has me borderline queazy/nervous excited/and just down right, self consious. Talking about things we purposely try to disguise gets NO one volunteering to “lay all their cards on the table”.

“Um, yes, I’d like to publicly share all the issues that plague me on the daily” sign me up for that!!

But in a strange way, I think  this post might act as a “therapy session” for me, certainly, and perhaps you. I’ve shared a mini book review once before on Created to Be His Helpmeet where I highlighted my favorite, most life changing ideas about marriage so far. It was a complete blessing for me to write that post and it has seemed to be a great blessing to some of you as well. Praise the Lord for that! Today I want to do the same thing, but this time on a more sensitive issue for ALL of us. To quote Bing Crosby in White Christmas, “If you’re wearing lipstick, a skirt and a little mascara…” then you have dealt with an insecurity issue before. Right. it. down.

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore has resonated with me. In recent days, even more. I want to establish early that before anyone might jump to the conclusion that I don’t suffer from any insecurities, be assured, I have been the poster child for Insecurities Anonymous many a time. I’m sure we have all looked at other women, envied something about their life and gasp when they refer to them self using the “i” word . This first snippet explains it a little better.

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to overcompensate (physically) for an insecurity. HANDS RAISED! We do it every day. “I’m embarrassed of my poor complection. I’ll just wear makeup to cover it.” Please don’t misunderstand my love for make-up, hair and all things girly. I am NOT saying that wearing makeup is wrong, that’s a personal preference. I just don’t want to place too much emphasis on the outward than I do the inward.

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Security in my marriage is one of my many insecurities. Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Am I balancing my time for my husband with other priorities? Is my opinion the one that matters most to my husband? Am I letting my husband lead our family or am I “taking the reigns” on too many things? I constantly ask my self these questions and second guess my self. I’m realizing that my ultimate security can’t come from a human man. MY  man. Why? Because they are human. They will fail. Do our husbands need to give us reassurance and make us feel treasured? Absolutely. But what if they don’t? Can we still be okay?

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Now this next section is what has reallllllly hit home with me recently. My husband and I have been searching for the Lord’s will in a particular area of our lives (side note: can I just say, that kind of communication with my husband has not always been there. My smile grows as wide as a sunflower is tall just thinking about that timely blessing.) So. as I was saying, in the midst of that search I’ve looked to other moms and their circumstances and have really envied things about their lives and freedoms they have that I don’t have.

I only see my false positive. The one thing that we think would make us more secure in all things.

How can you pinpoint your own false positive? It’s the thing you tend to associate most with security. Think of a person you believe to be secure and determine what earthly thing he or she has that you don’t feel you possess, at least in matching measure. That’s more than likely to be your false positive.

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“No one solitary thing on this entire planet has the power to secure everything else.”

This is my favorite part of the whole book:

I realized with fresh astonishment that, although we may have something

unhealthy deep inside of us, those in whom Christ dwells

have something deeper. Something whole.

Something so infinitely healthy that, if it would but invade the rest of us, we would be healed. 

To let the healthy, utterly whole, and completely secure part of us increasingly overtake our earthen vessels

until it drives our every emotion, reaction, and relationship. When we allow

God’s truth to eclipse every  false positive and let out eyes spring open to the treasure

we have, there in His glorious reflection we’ll also see the treasure we are.

Psalm 90:17 And the beauty of the Lord our God will be upon us.

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To possess dignity is to be worthy of respect. Absorb this: you are worthy of respect. No matter how foolish insecurity has tried to make us feel, we have the right to dignity because God Himself gave it to us. If we really believed this truth, we wouldn’t have to mask our insecurity with pride. If we knew who we were and what God has conferred upon us, what everybody else thought of us would grow less and less significant. 

When we decide to be strong willed about what God strongly wills, that, beloved, is the epitome of empowerment!

Social Media Purge

no posting, no liking, just living

Here I am. Overwhelmed, frazzled, burning the candle at both ends, any other adjective or phrase you want to throw in that means “tired”. That’s me. I don’t want to peck out a list of all that’s weighing on me, just the good stuff I’ve discovered today. I know, without a doubt that I have a Father who loves me, cherishes me, cheers me on and delights in me. He places things in our paths as gentle reminders to come back to Him, get rid of the unnecessary and let Him show us what’s most important.

Today I vow to turn off all social media on the weekends. No posting, no liking, just living. Today conviction hit me like a ten ton truck. I have been complaining about all I have “TO DO” and realize I’m spending too much precious time, wasting time.

My blog mission: I want to share lovely bits of my life and inspire. I want to create, grow in my relationship with my husband, make memories with our sweet girls. “Be a living thank you note to God” –Lara Casey

How can I do all this when my mind is overwhelmed with things and stuff. I love things and stuff just like the next gal but I know we can’t take any amount of Instagram posts, tweets or comments with us when we are gone.

Today I am so thankful for the gentle tug at my heart strings … farewell until next time.