My dad worked a lot while my mom stayed home to raise six kids. Since my older brother was born with a mental disability, I became ‘mommy’s helper’. As my dad’s insurance business grew, we started to enjoy weekends water skiing, camping, and snowmobiling with the new toys his expanding business afforded us.
His self-employed lifestyle and ‘residual income’, the new money term I became familiar with, was planted in my mind. A teenager at that time, the thought of working for someone else, confined to the corporate structure in an office every day, wasn’t appealing. I had already planted that seed of entrepreneurship; I just didn’t know what that would look like.
In 1983, I finished my gymnastics career, graduating from the University of Oregon with a Journalism degree. Within months, I married my college sweetheart and followed him to Detroit, MI, where he played professional football for the next seven years.
As a “football wife,” I kept busy with charity work and side interests. Upon moving back to Oregon, I kept busy as a stay-at-home mom with a two-year-old son Bryan and daily outings teaching fitness classes at local clubs.
My life changed forever when I got a call from a girlfriend who was excited about a new skincare line and wanted me to try it. I had never heard of this brand. She told me it wasn’t available on a retail shelf, only from friends sharing with friends.
My skin changed as soon as I tried it, and people noticed. Getting impressive results with the casual sharing of something fueled my introduction to network marketing.
That year was a blur with moving into a new house, motherhood, fitness classes, and the new business that was paying me more like a hobby… $100s a month in the beginning. It wasn’t until I received a check for over $5000 a month that I considered it a real business. It was the newest avenue for that freedom of expression I cherished.
The same day my check arrived in the mailbox, I received a phone call from an upline in the company I had never met before, explaining his check increased dramatically because of the team I was building. I told him I would call the company because I thought they made a mistake sending it to the wrong person.
I was assured the money did belong to me… and congratulated for becoming an Executive. Within six weeks, I was at the company convention, where I found the Founders to be sincere visionaries. The leadership was expansive, as I observed by attending many training sessions. I already knew I loved the products, so the last thing I needed to find out was how the compensation plan paid.
The turning point came as I sat in the front row of a room with two hundred distributors learning from a guy making $50,000 a month. This company was going into its seventh year of operation. After all the x’s and o’s were crisscrossing the chalkboard, I remember sitting in my chair rocking back and forth.
I could barely contain myself as my mind opened to what was possible for my family if I put some sweat equity into the business by expanding a network of consumers, part-timers, and business builders.
I put blinders on for the next three years, helping many people start their businesses and adding our second child Lexi to the family. At the peak of my success, I was at the top financially and in the rankings. But my world came crashing down when I was confronted with a husband who wanted out.
My greatest blessing was to get the business in our divorce and find out the income I had coming in every month didn’t stop just because I stepped aside. The product loyalty I built was the key.
So I cocooned my children, trying not to disrupt their private schools, sports training, and music lessons over the critical years of their lives. Residual income afforded me the ability to stay home and raise my kids through college.
Then my empty nest feeling went from serenity to boredom when my children moved out, and as fate would have it, that was when I got a phone call from a former colleague encouraging me to check out this company.
I found myself on a plane just two weeks after Christmas, flying out to an annual convention where I fell in love with the people, vision, products, and the compensation that pays brand new people and top leadership in that company. I have since dedicated my life to helping people find their freedom.
I’m thrilled to have all that experience in the industry because I now know I can lead thousands of people away from physical and financial pain toward a life they design for themselves and their families through network marketing.