Hi there and Welcome to My Official Blog! I’m Barbie Figueroa and I’m so happy that you’re taking the time to learn a little more about me. Even more, I’m looking forward to learning more about you! So make sure to connect with me by clicking on the Social Media ‘follow me’ button on the left of this blog or feel free to shoot me a contact request by clicking on this link.
First and Foremost I’m a Mom. It’s the ‘job’ that I love most, and is the real reason that I do what I do. But I’m not one of those stereo-typical, cup cake baking, mini-driving, soccer moms. No Sirree Bob! I’d say I’m a little left field, pretty quirky and I love to get in there and kick my boys butts playing Tekken on the X-Box when I’m not building my Internet Business online. On my Blog I’m going to share all the knowledge I’ve gathered in the 3 years I’ve been online. I’ll share my successes, my failures (there have been plenty!) and what has finally worked for me in order to become a successful leader in my Primary Homebased business.
I’ll warn you in advance though, you’ll discover very quickly, that I am very passionate, I’ve got an interesting sense of humor, and at the end of the day, I’m can be a big ol goofball. But I love what I do, I love who I am becoming, and I hope that by sharing with you, I can help inspire you to embrace your potential because I believe you can do anything you truly desire, if you step forward into faith, one step at a time, and when you lead with an open heart!
A Little More About Barbie
I grew up, the 2nd Daughter out of 5 children in a little poor town in Miami, called Hialeah. I always had big dreams and was tested gifted more than once, but my parents, god love them, always made decisions based in fear than in progress and this is one of the biggest personal development challenges I’ve had to face my entire life.
I was a Theater Major, winning a full tuition scholarship in Theater at Florida International University. I was 1 out of 2 winners out of 500 people that tried out. That was a Huge accomplishment for me, and the tell tale sign that I COULD do anything I truly wanted, as long as I put my Mind and my heart into it.
At first, I thought it was unfortunately, but fortunately I was pretty much forced to drop out of College when personal circumstances required that I pick up a full time Job to support myself. I lost my scholarship because I could not continue to attend full time. The cool thing though is, that I was required to take ‘core curriculum’ courses like The Revolutionary War, and Mathematics which I had absolutely no interest in and I knew would never help me advance my Career in Theater.
My Driving Passion…
So even though I dropped out of college because of personal circumstances, I was actually relieved to drop out of the Theater career because after thinking long and hard about it, having a family and children was more important to me than anything else. I remember being a little kid thinking that my Greatest Success would be to be a ‘supermom’ in that one day my kids would tell me that I was the best mom in the world. I had sooo much love to give and children were going to be a part of my future.
I began working in construction as an Administrative Assistant out in the field. Those were some fun times. And YES I wore my hard hat and boots while I overlooked crews of 100+ Men in the construction site. Ahhh yes, and my construction mouth came with me… I have tamed it a bit, but if you know me in person, you know I’ll let a few choice words slip every now and then $%&#@!
I met my husband during this time, not a construction worker, but he was the guy who put the alarm in my car! I have to say, it was literally love or Massive attraction at first site! We were together ever since. That was in 1995!
3 Kids Later, we have been through it all. We’ve been Broke, we’ve had money, we’ve been broke again and had money again. We’ve struggled and perservered through many challenges, but through it all, we’re still together and we love each other more now than we ever did… approaching our 40′s. Wow, can’t believe it’s been that long!
How I got Started Online
After my first son was born, and deciding I simply could not endure going back to the 9-5 Grind and being away from my baby, I searched hi and lo until I found a way to work from home. One thing led to another and I ended up dabbling in ebay for a bit, and ended up designing Ebay stores from home… and then one day my brother ended up sending me an interesting link to a movie that he said I had to see quickly before they took the link down from Google.
That Movie was ‘The Secret’.
Although I have delved way much more into personal development since then, The Secret is what catapulted me into Affiliate Marketing, as they launched an Affiliate program called the ‘SGR Program’ that had an affiliate structure attached to it. I was hooked on the idea. Here was the freedom I was looking for! No more trading time for money! I’d be ‘rich’ Soon enough!!
Well, I had plenty to learn and lots more money to invest into my personal education before I would finally get it right. The SGR program was just one piece of the puzzle that led me to where I am today. But there is more.
After Succeeding and struggling online, and not really TRULY knowing what I wanted to be in life, and where I was going, I began to get caught up in a downward spiral of depression and frustration. I had joined yet another MLM Company with an internet friend who painted a pretty picture. Oh I was such a sucker for ‘pretty pictures’.
I began to dig myself deeper and deeper into a hole that I didn’t think I’d be able to dig myself out of. I ended up gaining alot of weight in the meantime.
You can see just how Fat I got in this picture. Although this was a party, believe me, I was disgusted inside of myself.
I was literally disgusted of myself and I went into hiding.
I stopped doing Videos.
I didn’t want to talk to anyone.
I became a recloose on the internet, hiding behind systems so nobody would actually have to see my face.
The Tides Changed – In My Favor…
Breathless and disgusted with myself, I knew I had to finally make a change the day my then 4 year old son came to me hugging me and crying saying that ‘I wish you were just Normal Mom, Why do you have to be so Fat?’
That literally killed me. What had I done to myself? So I knew that I had to do something and Fast, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I would take all the marketing knowledge that I have acquired throughout the years, and I would share my Story with the world, and I began a health & Fitness Journey, that is still Ongoing to this day, but I knew that through my Struggles and in sharing my story, I would help heal many many people along the way.
I decided to align myself with the very same company that helped me lose 55 lbs 10 years before, and is virtually a household name. Lo and behold they had created a Network Marketing structure so I knew that I could stay accountable to myself as well as earn an income while I was getting healthy & Fit.
To this day, I’ve dropped 26 lbs, I have advanced to Leadership Rank in my Company and I’ve helped women and men all over the country, start their health and fitness journies.
But there is one thing that I realized through building my business that I had been missing the whole time before when trying to build my internet business before and that was…
I was just being myself.
I was simply Sharing.
I was being Authentic.
I put myself out there, and began attracting people by droves.
And so that is why I decided I would re-emerge, partnering with MLSP, to teach other networkers to do the exact same thing.
My Dream was that I would make money for just being who I AM, and that is exactly what happened.
My Business is just an extension of who I already am.
Now I’m just working on getting even better!