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Glowing Confidence: An Interview with Gloria Fuhrman-Lear

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Gloria Fuhrman-Lear is a business owner and beauty entrepreneur. She owns Island Glow in Pennsylvania, where she specializes in mobile spray tans and special occasion makeup. When she’s not helping women look and feel their best, Gloria spends time with her husband and beautiful blended family.


What is your current gig/passion?
Three years ago I started my own spray tanning business.  Not only do I use a naturally derived solution, I’m also mobile which allows me to go to women’s homes and spray tan them in the privacy of their home.  I also work as a free-lance makeup artist specializing in bridal makeup along with being a Day Of Coordinator for a local wedding venue.

Spray tanned bridal party (photo credit: Loving Memories Photography)

Quick Bio: 
Life was moving along for me as usual.  I had three children and was building a business.   And then four and a half years ago I found myself a single mom after being married for 18 years.  Getting the phone call telling me that my husband had been killed instantly in a motor vehicle accident completely changed the course of where I am today. My late marriage wasn’t a fairy tale by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact, it was a difficult relationship.  I’ve spent the last four and a half years of my life grieving the loss of healing in my first marriage, then falling in love again and figuring out what it looks like to blend a family of five teenagers/young adults.

My priority in life is being a wife.  Second to that is being a mom to our blended family of five kids, ages 13-21. The rest of my time is focused on growing my business, developing friendships and serving as a small group leader for the church that we’ve grown to know and love.

What is one quote you live by?
“Learn to dance upon disappointment.”

What small thing will you do today to make your world/community a better place?
Choose to look inside to understand how I need to grow to be the best version of myself.

What’s a day in the life like?
Every day is different for me.  Spray tanning is primarily done in the evenings so my days are focused on running errands and keeping our home running smoothly.  Thankfully my studio is in our home so it’s super convenient for me.  One night a week I also work out of a local salon.  Of course, wedding makeup is done on the weekends and is something that feels more like fun than work for me.  

What has been your journey to get to where you are now in your life?
Beauty.  From the time I was a little girl, I’ve always loved beauty. Ten years ago I got involved in the beauty industry after being in health care for about 15 years prior to that.  In 2015 I saw the future of spray tanning and realized the need for people to have a healthy alternative to tanning beds.  That’s when I began to focus on the sunless tanning industry and offering a product that would make me stand above the rest.

Sunless Tanning Retail product called Oh That Glow.  Product can be ordered directly from Gloria at www.islandglowpa.com

What was the biggest struggle you had to overcome?
In regards to spray tanning, EVERYONE is afraid of turning orange after seeing or experiencing a bad spray tan.

What was the driver for you to pursue your current career/passion side hustle?
I absolutely love to work with a woman and see her confidence boosted when she feels more beautiful.  Sophia Lauren was quoted as saying, “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”  I love being a small part of that transition!

What prepared you the most for what you’re doing now?
I grew up with a dad who was always dreaming about and creating business ventures.  I believe it was watching him work hard and not be afraid of failure that gives me the courage today to do what I do. Once I discovered my strength for growing a business, I realized growing that is what drives me. I have a tendency to assume everyone is able to do what I do.  Every now and then I’m reminded that…. NO, this is my strength.  Period. 

What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is getting to the end of my life here on Earth and not making a notable difference in the lives I touch on a daily basis

How do you balance life and career?
It’s a balancing act every day.  Because I love what I do, it really doesn’t feel like work to me. Typically I find myself answering texts and phone calls from clients spread throughout my day and evening.  There are times I have to just put my phone aside and ignore it.  MY ringer is typically turned OFF!

How do you use what makes your heart sing to make the little bit of world around you a better place?
Building women up around me…. giving them a boost of courage by helping them transform their outer self is a small way I enjoy making the world a better place.  When we feel better about the outside, it gives us courage to expect more of what we’re doing on the inside.

What do you wish more women would do for themselves?
I wish more women would take the time to do the little things for themselves that makes them feel more beautiful.

What is something you hope our readers will do after they read this interview?
I hope your readers will begin to look at themselves differently.  My hope is that they will start to see themselves as being more than just “good enough.”  This is something that is a work in progress in my own life as I write this.  We were each uniquely created.  Let’s all strive to love who we are, even going so far as to see what we perceive to be flaws as the very thing that makes us unique.

What does it mean to be an everyday hero to you?
An everyday hero is someone who gives life when they are in conversation with others around them.  A hero makes it about the other people in the room. When you walk away from them, you feel empowered.  When an everyday hero leaves the room, there is a scent of courage and hope left behind.

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