Thursday, January 5, 2012

I have an Announcement!

First OMG! OMG! OMG! Did you guys see that we were recognized as The Best Indie Brand of the Year 2011! Juan sent me that email to work today and I about fell out of my chair! I can't even begin to express what that means to me! And even more exciting, I was nominated by her readers as one of the Best Indie Brand of the Year 2011 too! That means that so many of you also feel the same way! I mean we are talking about me being grouped with the likes of Fyrinnae, OCC, Sugarpill, theBalm and more! WOW! I don't even know what to say! Just being nominated by your guys is enough for me honestly! In the grand scheme of things this may not seem huge to some, but for me it is a HUGE honor! Next I will take over Magazine Beauty Awards! LOL! It will happen one day...

In other news, and this is huge! And it makes me shake even announcing it! It seems so real and final just posting it on here. But here goes... I quit my job today! I felt it was time that I put my energy into Cult Nails full time. The thought of not having a steady paycheck and roping in on a serious budget is beyond scary! I think I have a few months left where I can work Full Time and have Cult Nails, but I don't see it being much longer than that. But SURPRISE of all surprises, my boss asked me if I would consider a job share option, where I worked part time instead! You guys have no idea how good that made me feel! My work has been beyond amazing as I took this Cult Nails venture. My CEO who started the company I work for with a few other co-workers has offered me unlimited advice whenever I have asked for it. My boss has been beyond flexible when I have needed it for the Cult, I just didn't think I could ask them for anything more than I already have. Most companies would have told me to take a hike by now. To me this says so much about the company that I work for and the people there. They want me to succeed yet value me enough to want to keep me. I swear days like today are the days dreams are made of!

I'm not sure yet if the part time thing will pan out. I truly hope it does. And since I never talk about my day job on here, I hope finally doing so does not jinx it! But my main priorities right now are finding the perfect replacement and if it works out that we can job share that will be amazing. If it doesn't work out, I wasn't expecting the option, so I am no worse off then what I originally thought I would be. And really getting to devote more time or all my time to the Cult is just an awesomely amazing thing!

Admittedly though, the thought of not having a steady paycheck is kind of freaking me out! What if I don't sell enough polish to pay my bills? Feed my children? or worse feed my fashion habit? LOL - ok I have gone without that last one before, so I'm sure I can do it again, but the thought did cross my mind! I mean I'm nothing if not honest! I guess this means I need to work three times as hard to make the most amazing polishes you guys have ever seen!

But most importantly - I owe you all a HUGE THANK YOU!!!
Cult Nails celebrates it's one year anniversary on 1/11/12 and I can't believe how much it has changed my life in one short year! I am hoping we can do an anniversary sale. It looks like some of the bottles of Clairvoyant will be sent to me ON 1/11, so we may offer a pre-sale starting on our anniversary, since we should have it within a week of that. Once I have confirmation that the date will hold I will let you all know! Fingers crossed!

Oh and did I say THANK YOU? Well how about just one more time then :
                      THANK YOU!!!

58 comments:

  1. Amazing Maria! You deserve the award for all your hard work and I'm so excited for what's next.

    xo
    Sara

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  2. That's so awesome, congrats on everything!

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  3. Congrats all the way around and just get ready for your BIGGEST YEAR EVER!!!!! :D

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  4. That is utterly amazing! I am in awe of your achievements in just one short year. You're living the dream many of us have :) Congratulations!!!!!!

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  5. Congrats! I'm so glad everything worked out so amazingly for you. I think Cult Nails is only gonna get even bigger :)

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  6. Oh my goodness congrats on everything! I am so happy for you and YAY! I SHARE THE SAME BIRTHDAY AS CULT NAILS!!!

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  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! that's wonderful!

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  8. Congratulations!!! That's AWESOME about your job, too!!! Wishing you much success! ♥

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  9. Congratulations! I can feel your excitement radiating through this post! You deserve all the success in the world!

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  10. Congrats!!!! I'm sure the future is exciting and scary, but full of so many wonderful possibilities! Can't wait to see how Cult Nails grows!

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  11. I was grinning throughout this entire post! I am so happy for you =D

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  12. Congrats, Maria! I am so excited for you you. I know I don't *know* you but I know you enough through your blog to know that you deserve it. Isn't it nice when things work out the way you want them to (or even better!)?!

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  13. Congrats!! Wish u the best!! Remember stay grounded and true to urself!! The little details added in ur shipment makes me appreciate ur business!! May God continue to Bless u and give u more ideas!!

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  14. Woman... you are my HERO!!! And you WILL sell enough polish to MORE than replace your paycheck! I know you will!<3

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  15. how awesome! congrats!! you have done an awesome job at this!

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  16. Congrats Maria! You have done a fantastic job and offer such gorgeous and unique colors!

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  17. Congratulations! It is beyond deserved!

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  18. Many entrepreneur have went out on a whim & left their full time jobs to pursue their career goal...go for it/God always provides. HE is closing one door to open another... Make it work and move forward. I had a dream that I opened a business for mani/pedi & your line was the polish I stocked & used. Don't know what to do with that or where to start. Good luck!

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  19. Congratulations! That's so awesome!

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  20. congratulations!!!!! that is awesome!!

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  21. I am a new fan, but this is great news. I wish you the best!

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  22. Congratulations! I actually came here after hearing about you on temptalia!

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  23. Congratulations on everything :)

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  24. Congrats Maria!!!
    Work and financial decisions are always tough to make, especially when you have a lovely family!
    I wish you exponentially growing success... tell John that it may be time to invest in that lovely desk for the CultNails headquarters! ;) xxx from Canada

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  25. Congratulations Maria!
    Thats' definitely an awesome way to start the new year!

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  26. WOW. Congratulations!!!! Your dream is helping others to feel beautiful & find value in the little things. Your nail polish is stunning, innovative, trend setting, and a huge confidence boost for anyone who dons its magnificence. Thank you for putting your heart into this incredible venture. Best wishes & prayers to you and yours during this blessed transition!

    Maria please continue to inspire others to aspire to do great things:)

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  27. Congratulations Maria!
    Thats' definitely an awesome way to start the new year!

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  29. Congratulations, Maria!

    I am so proud of you and happy for you! wishing you much success.

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  30. Congratulations! 2012 has started off with a bang! You deserve it. I can't wait to see what you have in store for the rest of the year

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  31. Kudos, Maria! Well-deserved, if I may say so myself. :) The creator of the most perfect navy polish definitely deserves it.

    Btw, I've been wearing your polishes (Time Traveler and Clairvoyant) to ring in the new year and I haven't had the heart to take them off since. It's a personal record for me: more than a week of wearing the same mani. Only with Cult Nails! :)

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  32. I'm so very happy for you especially with the tough time you had a little while ago. Your polishes are so unique, and the formula and dedication in each one is spectacular. Every time we paint our nails we feel the love! Keep blowing us away as you have in the past year and I'm sure Cult Nails will take off like no tomorrow!

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  33. Congrats! It's so awesome and motivating to see someone else live out their dreams!

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  34. That's fantastic! Congratulations!

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  35. That's amazing!! It's wonderful and so very brave that you finally decided to take that step. Congratulations! As a Cultie, I wish you best of luck... and will continue to support Cult Nails!

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  36. Congratulations, Maria! I love your polishes and I'm looking forward to whatever you'll release. It's so awesome that your passion and hard work have been noticed in such a huge way!!! :)

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  37. Congratulations!!!! If this is how amazing ur fabulous polishes have been with you working full time I CANNOT wait to see what you come up with now. :)

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  38. Congrats! What a great start to the new year

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  39. Congratulations! You earned it. You have worked your ass off and you have a lovely, lovely product.

    I wish you continued success, going forward. :D

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  40. Story like yours actually give me a little more faith to start something of my own:)
    All the Best!

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  41. Congrats! Sounds like everything's falling into place!

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  42. So happy for you Maria! You deserve all the best; you have put so much work into Cult and it shows!

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  43. Woohoo!!! Turn loose the Conga Rats!!!

    You've impressed me sooo much with your polishes and dedication, and I'm very very excited for you. I'll be sure to do as much as I can to help your business... by buying up all your polishes!

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  44. Hi Maria - Congratulations!! It is scary to leave your regular day job, but we wish you the best of luck and know that you will succeed. Don't forget to take a moment to recognize all that you and your family has achieved with Cult Nails over the past year :)

    KristyQ

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  45. So new to the Cult phenom,however,congrats! I can't help but think what a coinkidink that your business anniversary is the same day as my actual Birtday,Jan 11th!

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  46. Congrats Maria, how wonderful that they want to keep you; who wouldn't!!:)

    Yes it is scary, but you have done amazingly well with Cult Nails, and I am sure the best is yet to come!!

    Again, Congrats and good luck with everything!!

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  47. Congratulations & I wish you much continued success!

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  48. Congrats Maria!! I'm glad they offered you this option (of course you are worth it)!!
    More more good luck to Cult Nails!

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  49. WOW! I am overwhelmed by the kind words and support! Thank you everyone!

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