Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
It was over three years ago that both Colin and I, Tonia, made the decision to start looking for a Network Marketing company that we could align ourselves with. I'd attempted to build a freelance writing business a few years prior as well as one other business but they weren't quite the right fit for me.  Both of us had jobs, Colin working full time in sales and marketing in the fitness industry and I worked part time hours with preschool aged special needs children.

Now before I say anything that insinuates we disliked our situation back then I should say we were doing extremely well financially. To give you a quick insight into what that meant for us, we spent over $35,000 on our weddings (we eloped and then threw a gorgeous reception a week later) and we paid for this wedding in cash. Not one dime went on a credit card or was borrowed money. We also hadn't saved a single penny prior to. It took us under 10 months to pay for the entire thing, which we did one month at a time. The money was spent on three main values for us: our wedding bands, our photographers and our venues. 

That time in our lives was abundant, however, unbeknownst to us, would be highly unsustainable in the very near future. 

At this point,  September of 2015, we had made the decision after putting it off year after year. We were taking the leap of faith and moving provinces. Colin left his position, it ends up,  just before the economy in our previous home town saw a bit of a crisis. Colin watched as the company he had been employed by for over ten years went from being a 15 million dollar company to a 9 million dollar company the same year we left for the Okanagan. Had we stayed in Calgary, AB our income would have been slashed by around 30% since his  income was commission based at the time. The person who filled his position was earning about 50% less than Colin had the previous calendar year.

A lightbulb really went off for us here.At first it was reassuring to know that no matter whether we had stayed or moved, we'd have been faced with financial difficulty for some time. What was empowering was we knew this would be the last time we'd ever allow anything outside of our own power to dictate the outcome, our future. We had stepped out of our comfort zone and even in those earlier days when we were eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches for two meals a day, we knew. It's why we never gave up. We were determined. No matter what it took, we'd never throw in the towel. Every once in a while we'd think to ourselves, what if we'd stayed in Calgary, AB? What would our future have become?

However, the move didn't quite go according to plan. 

When Colin's job fell through upon arrival to the Okanagan, we had no idea what to do. We just did whatever it took to maintain our Network Marketing business, build on our skillsets, worry more than we've ever worried before in our lives, build some more, lean on each other, fight with each other, try everything we can think of to stay afloat. We took a huge leap of faith without checking to see how high the water was, but that wasn't important to us. We knew when we jumped that it didn't matter where we landed. We were going to do whatever it took to follow our dreams. Sometimes we would laugh in those days and say, "who are these people?!".

False Sense Of Security of a job (again!) can fall flat very quickly! So we put our heads down and worked even harder on our Young Living business. We didn't want to ever have to rely on a Jay Oh Bee ever again. Our retirement would be secured in our business, in our residual income. We wouldn't have to worry if one day we'd be let go or the economy would crash.

What is the benefit of Network Marketing and why did we choose this industry?

Other people had taken this path before us and some of them were actually sticking it out. Isn't it intruguing to see another person being successful? It is a reminder that we're not held captive by our pre-existing belief systems or boundaries - anyone has the capability can do great things with their lives. It truly is possible to rethink and recreate our lives. It took that huge leap of faith and whatever-it-takes mindset to really understand what that meant. When you see other people deciding to live better quality, more purpposeful lives - it doesn't matter who you are- it makes you do one of two things:

#1 - You become envious

#2 - You become inspired

We took action. We sought out a company that completely aligned with our values in terms of the products they provided. We fell in love with their philanthropic efforts all over the globe. I studied the compensation plan for six weeks straight until I confidently knew my way through the entire thing and could explain and teach it to others. What I came to realize was the level of freedom this kind of a business structure could actually build for our little family - but also how I could reach out and help so many other lives around me. There is no ceiling, there is no risk, there is hardly any start up cost, the products are amazing quality and the company had been around for decades. I won't lose my job and my pay is indicative of the effort I put into my business, not what my employer deems satisfactory. My earning potential is virtually endless and I immediately knew when other people came to understand those points, they'd want a more stable future, too.

We dove in.

Guys, we could have looked for other jobs. We could have chosen to live the rest of our lives being underpaid (we are really hard working people, where are my hard working people at?) but we'd never be completely fulfilled. We so yearn to travel the world together and we can't possibly do that with underpaying careers. We can, however, build our lifestyle through Young Living's business opportunity. We're going to buy the products anyways! They're the best quality essential oils we have ever used. They've got the cleanest makeup on the planet. They have the best solution for supplements out there! If we believe so much in the products we would refer them to people anyways, so why not build a business. Remember how we talked about our cushy jobs and comfortable lifestyle? Remember the economy fell apart a little bit and how much that had affected Colin's previous position? We grow this Network Marketing business all over the world. It isn't based on one economy and this business is residual income. 

What happened next was amazing. People resounded with our message and began to say the most bizarre thing to us.

You're so lucky.

Moving to the Okanagan was luck?
Building a Network Marketing business was luck?

Au contraire, my lovely friends.  It was courage and grit and empowerment. Some of it was a little fear as well. Both of our fathers have been recently laid off from their jobs, both in their 50's and both having been at their jobs for over 20 years. That fear of being in that position drives us even harder. Something we didn't even know was in us until we tried. The hard working and determined people we are made this possible. Not one drop of luck was involved at all. However, it has created a space where other people can connect with us and be introduced to a 24 year old Network Marketing company that has empowered the lives of millions of people world wide. Network Marketing has had a bad rap, and rightly so. Young Living Essential Oils has 94% product users, which means we are a product based company and we're changing people's minds about Network Marketing one day at a time. The remaining 6% is the number of people who actually build the business - that's us! And it can be you, too.

People do sometimes ask, "If I sign up as a wholesale member, do I have to build the business?" and the answer is no. 94% of all members do not build a business but if you change your mind, you can get started with the opportunity at any time.

We have all of the training required to get you started. Build your own future with us and we'll be there to help you every step of the way. 

Get started with your Premium Starter Kit on Essential Rewards and we'll immediately set you up inside of our private groups on Facebook. We can't wait to work with you!

With Purpose,


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