I am a self proclaimed tomboy who used to let the shampoo run down my face in the shower for my skin care regimen! Then I was introduced to Arbonne in April 2010. I loved the RE9 facial cleanser as it made my face so soft! So I bought just that one item at the party I attended. I was on a budget and the prices did not seem affordable to me. That first bottle lasted me 14 months and definitely worth every penny!
Within the next 5 months I had been gifted several samples. I loved everything I tried and found myself wanting them all. So in September 2010 I decided to sign up as a preferred client so that I could get more products at a discount. I hosted get-togethers and talked my friends into signing up as preferred clients for my friend. I even attended Arbonne's Global Training Conference in 2011 as a preferred client, paying full price just because my friend was going and I was not going to miss out on the fun! I learned a lot about the business but it still did not connect for me.
About a year later my friend asked me where I would be in 5 years if I did nothing to change my life. Instead of looking forward, I looked back. Due to the market crash, my income had decreased by 1/3, I was working more hours, getting less vacation time, working at the same job, and for the same person. My situation had become steadily worse over 5 years, how could I continue this way?
The final turning point for me was when I found myself debating on cutting open my bottle of RE9 Serum to see if there was any more. I had to laugh! I knew then that I would be using these quality products the rest of my life plus I was already sharing them with everyone I knew. Why not be a consultant to get the discount, and get paid for what I was already doing? I upgraded to a consultant in June of 2012. I had finally realized that Arbonne was not just the products I was going to continue to use, but was also a vehicle to get me out of my situation, and that it was my winning lottery ticket!
Within 3 months I had promoted to District Manager, lost it a few months later when people left my business, then rebuilt and earned it back. My initial reason for starting this business was to help me pay for my products. Today it is about my team, family, friends, and everyone I meet. Now, I ask myself everyday "Who can I help today?" The culture of Arbonne has made me a better person.
I have learned that not everyone sees this business as their winning lottery ticket, that some people will come and go, but to keep being consistent with building your business and it will grow. I come from a financial background. So to me it is like compounding interest, you just keep talking to one person at a time and it doesn't seem like much but in the end it explodes. Just keep consistently building your business and watch it explode down the road!