Farewell Color Street

I’m turning in my badge and my weapon.

Let me say first, I’m not going to get into the details of why I’m resigning. I know that seems kind of not fair since I’ve always been transparent about my journey and the joy that Color Street brought to my life. I took you along for the ride and now I’m just going to leave you hangin’ without all the deets? Not cool.

I do believe that honesty is always the best policy. I hate drama, speculation, and rumors. But I also believe that sharing would not be helpful. What happened to me was an isolated incident. It is not going to happen to anyone else.

Let me make something very clear: I don’t regret a second of my Color Street journey. Given the choice, I’d do all of it all over again exactly the same way. I’m proud of the friendships I made, teammates I mentored, customers I got to know, vendor events I went to, the thousands of product photos I took, the look books I produced, and everything I learned along the way. I’m not sorry about any of it. Not for a second.

Color Street is a wonderful business opportunity. It is a good company with a fantastic product. Anyone currently part of it or thinking about joining is on the right track to a bright future and I’m very excited for you. I don’t want this news to make anyone question anything. I love my teammates and all the awesome people I’ve met who are part of CS and I will still be here for you, cheering you on.

To make a long story short, home office and I had a… let’s call it a miscommunication. One of those deals where things escalated too quickly, communication wasn’t at its best, assumptions were made, and everything got blown way out of proportion. When the dust settled, home office took the time to hear me and acknowledged that I’d done nothing wrong. Everything turned out okay. It was just one of those things.

I’m someone who is not wired to deal with drama. Like, at all. And being forced into the center of it is not something that I’m able to easily get over. Even though the situation turned out fine in the end, I realized that I wasn’t fine. I don’t feel that I’m able to be the same stylist and leader that I was before.

I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. I can’t do anything half-heartedly. Even if I wish I could be different, that’s just the way I am.

This decision was a hard one to make and I’m very sad. But also, weirdly at peace, which is how I know this is the right choice for me.

I also want to say – to the people out there who like to get in the middle of things that they don’t fully understand and stir up drama for someone they don’t even know – the best way to clear up an issue is to go directly to the source, privately. Trying to get someone in trouble is petty. Stop being petty. Blowing out someone else’s candle won’t make yours shine any brighter.

If we were teammates on any level, if we watched each other’s trainings, loved each other’s suggestions, and cheered each other on: Thank you. I love you guys and I’m going to miss you so much. I hope we stay FB friends so I can watch you slay. My Effective Photo Boot Camp will remain open and you better believe I’ll still be learning and sharing about product photos and taking nailfies. I already bought a pineapple. I’m ready. 😉

If you were a customer – aw man, don’t cry Marissa. Deep breath. – you have no idea the impact you had on me and my family or how much your support meant to me. I can’t put into words how much I loved our time together or how much I will miss it. Getting to hang out with a group of women who share a love for a common thing, even if that thing is just nail polish, is so powerful and fun. I appreciate your business and I hope that we can stay connected too.

What’s next for me? I’m going to spend a care-free summer with my best friend/husband and some really funny young humans who call me Mom; and wait for the next adventure.


5 thoughts on “Farewell Color Street

  1. Candie Smith says:

    Thank you for your inspiration. Drama free is always the best for us and our families. Good luck on your next adventure!


  2. Susan says:

    I am so sorry for what you have gone through. You learned a lesson that was not very pleasant. One thing I learned about corporate business is that they don’t care who created an idea to increase their business they will always claim it’s their idea and that they own it because you work for them. I worked for a company that made us sign off that no one would write anything about the coMpany whether good or bad…after someone wrote a book about their previous employer. Start your own company. There are more than one company selling the same product under a different name. You can do the same.


  3. N. Free says:

    I appreciate your frankness in your story and am captivated by your writing. I’m sorry this happened to you and I understand what you mean when you talk about the “support” you received from your upline when this was happening. I believe a lot of that behavior is the norm in that industry, unfortunately. But I guess one shouldn’t really expect anything different from a company run by a man who sells the same product to big box stores, this creating more income for himself and creating competition for us. I hope you find happiness and something good comes from your experience. Maybe you have a future in photography…you are very talented! Good luck to you and I hope someday our paths can cross. 💜


  4. Lori says:

    Hi there, I would really love to talk to you privately. I have some themes I am seeing and I have some questions for anyone that previously worked there. I hope you will please respond. This is truly a safety issue. Thank you


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