Representative Natasha Lightner on Creating the Life You Want at Any Age
My name is Natasha Lightner. I am an Avon Gold Leader, Rose Circle Member and 2019 National Guiding Spirit Award winner. I am also a mom, wife, fashionista, traveler, cook, health and skin care enthusiast and influencer. I became an Avon Representative after walking away from my 15-year corporate career.
During my transition, Avon provided me the opportunity to earn extra income, run my own business, and enjoy more time with my family. Fast forward five years, I now run a highly successful beauty business and mentor hundreds of women so they can become self-made entrepreneurs.
I want you to know that you too can create the life you want at any age or life stage. You just need to be passionate and have the courage to go after your goals!
FROM CORP LIFE TO BOSS LIFE
I spent 15 years working as a successful finance professional. After leaving that position to raise my two sons, I missed the things that a job provides – personal satisfaction, recognition, rewards, and having something that just belonged to me.
As a longtime user of Avon skin care products, I started selling simply to get a discount. But I quickly learned that with Avon, I could build a business (and earn expense-free trips to exotic destinations!) while also managing my household. And, most importantly, I could have fun doing it!
I love having the freedom to be the boss and work on my own time. No more commutes or strict employer deliverables and deadlines. I can commit to as little or as much as I want based on my needs…not my employer’s.
Finally, I have found the Avon sisterhood to be priceless. The power of a strong and connected community of likeminded women is amazing. Being part of a national support network creates camaraderie while also supporting personal empowerment and confidence. I interact daily with my local and national network online (social media) and offline (in-person lunches and corporate-sponsored events), and strengthen our bonds.
Are you ready to find that gig that matches your wants and needs? It’s time to take on new challenges and risks that will deliver big personal rewards. Join the Avon family today!
The most rewarding aspect of my Avon career is being a positive role model and empowering others to find their own success. This has enriched my life beyond measure. I teach others to work hard, be authentic, and share their passions. When you do something you love, success will follow.
Life is like a pie and is “sliced up” into many different demands. As women, we usually reserve a small sliver of the pie for ourselves. Our happiness and confidence grows exponentially when we allow ourselves to have more of the pie and focus on something that is just ours. My goal in life is mentoring and supporting others to find that piece of the pie and make it bigger.
In 2020, I was humbled and honored to be recognized with the National Guiding Spirit Award, an accolade given to an Avon Leader nominated by the community who has exemplified mentorship and leadership.
Titles and awards are the icing on the cake. The real rewards are helping others and supporting their success through encouragement, community and friendship.
GIVING BACK IS BEAUTIFUL
I am proud to represent Avon, a company with a legacy of empowering women, by helping other women in need.
I am able to raise money for local organizations, donate essentials and raise awareness of important programs through my Avon business. Customers purchase products and the proceeds are donated to the organization. Even during the current pandemic, I have been able to raise significant funds and donate Avon products to my community.
While giving back, I’ve also been able to grow my business and attract new connections and first-time customers. I have had a lot of success over the years fundraising and donating products to medical research and advocacy organizations (breast cancer, ALS) and community services (food pantries, women’s addition treatment, school initiatives).
SHARE YOUR STORY
The best part about creating a personal brand is that YOU decide how you want to represent yourself to the world. In today’s digitally and socially connected world the options are endless, and you can reach a large audience and make new connections every day. Especially in times like these, it’s important to create and share your authentic brand. People are watching!
Recently I started a blog called Her Mid-Life Hustle about creating the life you want at any age. It’s a collection of stories about my life and how to celebrate wins, overcome adversity and face personal challenges. Being vulnerable, authentic and sharing my personal stories can be scary at times, but it’s also liberating to show other women that if I can do it, they can too!