Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hive Member Spotlight - Karen McGaugh - Oklahoma

Before you get to know Karen, I have to say she is my ying (or yang) and a very strong Hive Member. She keeps it real and always reminds me to think of the team as a whole. She's a great leader and I'm so thankful to have her in my life. I asked her for a fun pic and she let it all hang out! LOL - Thank you Karen for being such a great sport and making these spotlights SUPER fun!

I’m ecstatically married to my handsome (and newly bald) husband, Jeff and we have two kids. Avery (girl) was 4 in December and Quinn (boy) turned 3 on March 7th.

After 10 years of city living in Louisville and Columbus, we moved back to rural southeast Oklahoma where my family is. It can definitely be a challenge to build a business out in the boonies, but I’m giving it my best shot!

My birthday is January 26th, which makes me an Aquarian, and I am definitely representative of the sign.

I graduated from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) with a bachelor’s in fine arts and from the University of Louisville with a master’s in educational and counseling psychology.

I’m currently a WAHM and I make my living as a freelance educational consultant.

I visit the forums constantly and one day I saw the banner ad on the screen. As soon as I looked at the website, I knew it was for me. I’ve never been interested in direct sales at all, but UB “spoke” to me. It was a product that I would buy and I’m a tough customer. Plus, I recognized the enormous growth potential and I wanted to be in on the ground floor.

I have an excellent support system. I’m so fortunate that my husband is 100% behind anything I do. My mom is also a big supporter and she often goes with me to parties to lend a hand. I’m very blessed in that way.

I really enjoy the UB forum on WAHM because I get so much inspiration not only from Hive members but from the greater Urban Botanic family as well. I hope fellow Hive members continue to share their stories as a form of support. What I can do for others is to be a sounding board and I can offer any tips or tricks of the trade that I’ve learned. If anyone ever needs anything, just ask!

I’m a definite leafy and I do agree with the leafy description- it fits me to a T. I do really enjoy a lot of the leafy scents; in fact, honeysuckle is my favorite fragrance in the bag!

I’m definitely not in this as a hobby. I’d love to label myself as a business builder and I’m striving for that, but I’m running into some unforeseen obstacles being here in no-man’s land. In reality, I’ll be very happy if I can make manager by this time next year. It’s my goal to be successful with UB as well as continuing to grow my freelance business.

One personality trait I have that helps to make me successful at UB is sincerity. I just don’t blow smoke about things- it’s not my style. I think people can immediately see that I truly believe in the UB products and the career plan. It makes them take the time to listen to what I have to say because, in the immortal words of Mr. Randy Jackson, “I’m just keepin’ it real, dog.” LOL

Shawna's Note: I asked Karen her favorite fast food...

I'm not a big fan of the fast food. Actually, my VERY favorite is Little Caesar's. I could eat their bread and sauce every day and not get tired of it. Does that count as fast food?


Kelsey aka MamaSpice said...

Karen - I so enjoyed reading more about you! Funny daughter's name is Quinlon and if my son would have been a girl, Avery was the name we had picked out. Great minds, as they say... :)

- Kelsey

Angie said...

The Dog pound says, "Rrruff, Rrruff!" Let's have some Crazy Bread together someday:) ~Angie

Karen said...

I swear I'm like 17 months pregnant in that picture. That belly is not from Little Caesars alone!

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