When I started Mom’s Balanced Life, I had plenty of people reach out to me for MultiLevel Marketing Businesses (MLM). I was always a hard no. Wouldn’t talk to them wouldn’t listen to their story, and wouldn’t give it a chance. It’s ridiculous how ironic it is; one year later I am talking about my MLM. Prior to my introduction with my tribe (more on that below), I was one of those people who fed off bad MLM info. I grew up in a house where my parents joined several different MLM’s over the years and I swore I wouldn’t be that person who jumped on the bandwagon.
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Then I “met” my friend Kim and she introduced me to MOMspired/Girltribe and USANA. I won’t lie, I fought hard against the idea of joining an MLM. I loved the tribe idea but I couldn’t wrap my head around being part of the business. I put whatever roadblock I could in front of me to prevent me from signing up. “I don’t have the money” “I need to pay off credit cards” “I have student loans” “I have an intense full-time job already” “I have my blog”.. You name it I said it. Not all directly to Kim, mind you but I said it to myself. I said the term “I can’t” more than I ever have (in fact I usually HATE that phrase). I refused to see the opportunity and only focused on the bad rap, MLM’s have. It took me almost eight months before I said yes.
You might be asking yourself why I even said yes? Why would I put the brakes on at every turn but then, in the end, say yes? Here is where my story gets fun. When Kim first wondered into my life I had been thinking about how I needed to find more like-minded women. Women who wanted to be real AF and basically give society the bird. I want people who would support my crazy dreams of working for myself by writing and following whatever passions meshed with my dreams. I didn’t know how I was going to meet these women or if I even could but the desire was there. I was tired of seeing mom shaming in some of the mom groups I was part of. I was tired of so many moms feeling like they weren’t enough and I had the same issues! Kim introduced me to the tribe. This was a group of women who are dream chasers, soul searchers, love coffee, wine, yoga and can use a well-placed f-bomb. These were my people!
This was what I had been asking the universe for! These women from across the world were speaking the language of my heart.
Seven months later I said yes to the business side. Our product partner USANA. I signed up mid-August and to be honest, up until the last week I have felt like a hypocrite. I felt like I had sacrificed my morals somehow by saying yes. I have been terrified to talk about my feelings and my thoughts about my other biz. I have been having an internal battle because I wasn’t fitting into a mold I created 20 years ago! I was struggling with the problem of the judgment I had made towards others before me.
Here is my heartfelt apology for not being open, for possibly saying anything negative regarding a business that so many people work hard at because I am sure it wasn’t easy for you to say yes to your dream that was different from what others have pushed on you.
It’s been 90 days since I said yes. This is my public announcement of how much I love my tribe and my products. I didn’t know what I was missing and now I honestly cannot consider life without these women in my life. In the recent post Time to Wake Up Your Soul, I wrote about the Spirit Course these amazing ladies were putting on. We wrapped up the course last week, and I can actually feel the difference in me. I was given the privilege to fight my demons alongside my business partners! Demons, for some silly reason I thought I was alone in fighting. I feel closer to my center and my vulnerability than I have in years.
My most vulnerable posts here were about my sweet Owen, but even after we lost him, I put on a strong face in public. I rarely cried and lost it in front of people including my husband. I pushed all the sadness and grief to the bottom of my heart. I would tell myself I HAD to be tough. I had to be strong because so many others were experiencing or had experienced more trauma than I had. But these ladies who inspire me all.the.time... showed me the tools and gave me the confidence to embrace my experience. Yes, I lost my son and yes others have lost their own as well, but instead of diminishing my own experience, I can be open and empathetic to others experiences. I can give myself some grace for being sad my son won’t be here for the Holidays.
I am allowed to feel that pain but I am also allowed to feel joy for having him in my life!
This course and the work has been soul wrenchingly beautiful and I cannot wait to see what happens next!
That’s my story, I joined an MLM company and not only do I have some of the best health supplements in the world (seriously check this out) but I am backed by the most kick-ass tribe anyone could ask for. Go visit MOMspired and see what I mean! If you want to know more please feel free to fill out the contact form and I would be happy to chat!
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5 day Reset Program (I lost 5 inches!)
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