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“Why this? Why now?” by Cindy

Three months ago, John and I were spending most of our days in our car as we drove around several provinces trying to decide where to live. We were feeling overwhelmed by choices, and we didn’t have a plan. The stress was hard, and I was feeling pretty low. It was a tough year, and I was at the lowest I have ever felt in my life. I was exerting all my energy to try and be positive about our possibilities and enjoy the freedom we were experiencing, and it was a struggle. It was just as I was beginning to think I might never feel better that I made the decision to try something new.

A friend had introduced us to a system that she said had given her amazing energy and helped her lose weight. I was feeling pretty pissed off at the extra weight I was carrying, seeing it as a constant reminder of our failed IVF, and I wanted it gone. I was also tired pretty much all of the time. I struggled to get out of bed in the morning, and despite my hatred of my increasing puffiness, all I wanted to do was eat chips and watch tv. I actually wasn’t super excited by the prospect of this program, but John wanted to try, and I figured, “since I’m feeling bad, I might as well try something that might make me feel better”, so we signed up. Of course, we ensured that the products were all natural and organic before we even considered it.

Even though we knew that we were considering this as a business opportunity, I didn’t really talk about what we were doing because I wanted to wait until I saw the results in my own body. I knew a number of people who had had amazing transformations, but it wasn’t enough for me. I couldn’t believe it until I experienced it, and I wouldn’t share it until I fully believed it (because clearly, the only person anyone should ever believe is me… I see the arrogance).

In the first thirty days, I felt a little disappointed. I thought that John’s results were so much better than mine (there are some benefits to being a man), and I was a little pissed about that. My results were good (I lost 11 lbs and began to feel more energetic), but I wasn’t able to see it that way. I was resistant to the advice I was given, and I think part of me wanted to stay a little miserable, perhaps just as a justification for being miserable in the first place. Before sharing my results, I decided to wait a little longer to see if the gains I had made would stick around, especially over Christmas.

It turns out that the effects of the products are cumulative. This means that the results just keep getting better. I’ve been eating this super nutrition for over 3 months now, and I feel AMAZING. I can’t remember the last time I felt this strong and energetic. I’ve lost a few more pounds, I feel more resilient to stress, and my mental clarity has improved. I hadn’t even realized how fuzzy I was mentally until I started feeling clearer. I also sleep better, and getting quality sleep has been a problem for me as long as I can remember.

Now, I am so sold on these products that I want to share them with everyone I know. I have to restrain myself from shouting, ‘you have to try this stuff’, because I don’t want to scare people off with my enthusiasm and have them miss out on feeling this way… but, I have probably scared a few people off with my enthusiasm. Sorry about that. It’s not too late.

I am so proud of myself because I chose to take a chance when I was feeling at my lowest. I was self-aware enough to recognize that what I was currently doing was not working and that maybe it was time to be open to something else. I am also grateful to my wonderful husband for being patient and supportive when I was grumpy and only seeing the worst in everything. I know how lucky I am to have him.  And I am grateful to this company for creating such amazing products with integrity.

And it all started with answering the questions, “Why this, why now?” with two other questions:

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“Why I Drank the Kool-Aid” by Cindy

An amazing thing has happened in my life. Less than a year after having to take sick leave to deal with my life-changing grief, I am excited about my future. I see possibilities in what John and I can accomplish together, and how we can contribute to others.

A year ago, I was working at a job I really loved with people I loved working with. It was amazing, and I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be there. I felt privileged to meet women who were strong enough to seek support in a difficult time in their lives and to learn their stories, and I believed that I was helping them find ways to meet their goals. As a facilitator in an employment resource centre for women, I met women of all educational and cultural backgrounds who were all struggling to find jobs. Some were focused on finding meaningful work, and some were looking for anything that would pay their bills and help get them off the street. Every day was filled with inspiring moments and frustrations.

That woman who came in every day and went to every workshop and sought advice got a great job. That woman who was super happy with her job last week had a bad day and quit. This woman is struggling to find work because her literacy skills are so low she has trouble filling out applications, and the application process for some jobs that she would be great at is so complicated that there is no way she can make it through. That woman’s husband won’t let her go to interviews because he doesn’t really want her to leave the house. That woman has amazing people skills, but she can’t get a job in sales because she struggles with computers, and she is so busy working labour jobs, she doesn’t have time to take classes.

The biggest frustration of all for me, though, was trying to find a positive spin on the minimum wage job. We all know it as a stepping stone – we all have to put our time in and work our way up in the world, right? So, you struggle for a few years proving yourself in a crummy job with no appreciation, probably even work 2 jobs because no one can actually live on minimum wage, and in addition, you are supposed to find time to educate yourself so you can qualify for something better. That’s fair, right? No. Seriously – no. This would only be fair if we all started at the same place, but we don’t. Sounds like a horror show to me.

I came across this blog a while ago, and I got it. How can I help someone reach goals that she doesn’t have because she honestly can’t believe that anything would ever be different, and nothing in her life has given her evidence that it could be?

“You have to understand that we know that we will never not feel tired. We will never feel hopeful. We will never get a vacation. Ever. We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn’t give us much reason to improve ourselves. We don’t apply for jobs because we know we can’t afford to look nice enough to hold them… I am not beautiful. I have missing teeth and skin that looks like it will when you live on b12 and coffee and nicotine and no sleep. Beauty is a thing you get when you can afford it, and that’s how you get the job that you need in order to be beautiful. There isn’t much point trying.”

So, while I was happy to be doing something to help, there was a big part of me that just kept thinking – there has to be a better way. I would wonder, is what I’m doing just helping a broken system stay broken? I am helping people get jobs that are actually going to make their lives harder.

There was also the personal side. While I wrote a piece a while ago called, “Why I Hate Millionaires”, I wasn’t exactly overjoyed at my income potential in my chosen field. I had no idea where to go from there. I didn’t have any raises to look forward to, and without moving into management or doing a master’s degree, I knew taking a trip to Hawaii was never going to be a simple decision. I also knew that I didn’t want to work full-time anywhere for life. So many of my hobbies were just waiting for me to have more time to spend on them, but at the end of a work day, my motivation level was low, and all I wanted to do was relax with my husband. The prospect of spending 30 more years of my life working 9-5 with a few weeks of vacation per year was not getting me out of bed with a smile every morning.

So there I was, coaching other people on their career choices when I had no idea what to do with mine. Nothing sounded more exciting than what I was doing, but I also knew that I wanted something more – I just wasn’t sure what.

When my sick leave was running out, I suddenly couldn’t picture going back. I needed a more permanent way out of the 9 to 5 lifestyle, and John was feeling the same way. For those of you who know us, you know what we did. We sold our house, which gave us enough cushion to take some time to explore a little. It may seem to you that we have settled rather quickly, but I see this stop in this old house as part of our exploration. Here, we have projects to work on together, and we are building a lifestyle.

What does all this have to do with Kool-Aid? As part of our journey, we decided to look into a network marketing opportunity that a friend had shared with us months ago. She had been able to retire from a good government position and was very proud of her company and products.

Naturally, me being me, I was a little skeptical. Despite the fact that I had seen some network marketing successes from people I know, I didn’t think it was something I would want to do. I had this idea that network marketing was slimy and sketchy somehow. I was afraid that my friends and family would think I was crazy. Now that I know more about how the industry works, I’m not sure how I got that impression. This video: Network Marketing Mythbusters, helped me open my mind a bit.

Then, we tried the products. I think I will save the full story of our product experience for another post, so for now, just let me say that we were very happy, and we were sold. So sold that when our friend told us she had tickets for us to go to an event in Palm Springs, we decided to go for it. We are so thankful we did because we had a great trip and we met so many positive, excited people who are living the kinds of lives that we want to live.

Now that we are really getting started, I wanted to share with people what it is that attracts me, formerly Cynical Cindy, to this industry.

  • Financial Freedom – residual income is nothing to scoff at. Even if I were to make only an extra $500 per month, in order for me to have passive income (i.e. interest from savings accounts) at that level would mean I would have to have several hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank. I have never had financial goals before, and now I do. I should probably rename my millionaire post to “Why I Hate Billionaires”, so I don’t end up hating myself… (I still totally believe everything I wrote in that post, by the way, I have just finally found a way that I can feel good about earning some money myself – by helping others earn more money – it’s a win/win!)
  • Helping others – success in our company depends on helping other people achieve their goals. And I mean really achieve their goals – no more of this, ‘get a job I can tolerate and work there for 30 years until I can retire on a portion of my income or whatever savings I have managed to hide away’. I now believe that I can offer an alternative to the minimum wage lifestyle, and that is exciting.
  • Time freedom – I took a screenshot of this the other day. I think it says it all.

no alarms

  • Income potential – I was capped out at $50 000/year in my chosen occupation. To a lot of people, that is a decent salary, and I was grateful for it. I also knew that at that rate, it was going to take me 30 years to save for retirement, and my retirement was very unlikely to look like any of those commercials, and in the meantime, my vacations were going to be frugal. I’ve already explained that other professions were not appealing to me, and making a career change for the sole reason of making more money didn’t feel right. In network marketing, though, there is potential to not only earn good money much more quickly, but there is also the benefit of residual income (which is so awesome I’ve now mentioned it twice). This site has some fun graphs and examples (www.startsmallbuildbig.com)
  • The culture – this has been an amazing surprise to me. The people I meet in this industry are overwhelmingly positive energetic people who are invested in self-development. This is hugely important to me, and I am so grateful to have found a community full of these amazing individuals

For all these reasons, I made a decision to drink the Kool-Aid of network marketing, and I’m so glad I did. I know that some people are rolling their eyes at my excited facebook posts, but I would rather be on the excited side of things. I’ve been an eye-roller in the past. It didn’t serve me that well, actually. Things look a lot brighter from this side, and I’m having a lot more fun. In the perhaps immortal words of Taylor Swift, “Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” because it is their choice to do so.  Nothing I say will ever change that, so I’m going to go ahead and enjoy every last drop of this Kool-Aid.  There you go.

(On another note, our company’s healthy sports’ drink even has a flavour that tastes remarkably like Kool-Aid – so you can take the title of this post as figurative and also almost literal. Isn’t life funny?)

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