HOW HAS YOUNG LIVING BENEFITED / GIVEN YOUR FAMILY NEW OPPORTUNITIES?
Being a Young Living Distributor has given my family opportunities that I have honestly never thought possible. When I first became a distributor (which is the same thing as a member just a fancy word) I had NO idea what I was about to embark on for myself or my family. I purchased a little box of oils and told my enroller right off the bat – DO NOT ask me to sell anything, I am not getting involved in a MLM company. What I was ignorant about was, is what a MLM really meant. I had this “idea” from what I heard from others but until I started using the products and meeting others who were just like me, a mom, a wife, and a career woman (my current full time job is with Canadian Mental Health of PEI) who was working a 40 hour/week on a path of 40 years to only to retire and earn 20% of my income. So fast forward a year later after I had my kit, I started sharing about what living a healthier lifestyle was doing for me and my family and then the cheques started to roll in. I decided to learn a bit more about what MLM’s really are. What I found out is that they ARE legal (not a pyramid scheme) and they are considered a profession that is actually growing leaps and bounds in our world today. I will be celebrating 2 years in doing Young Living as a business and the opportunities it has given my family to date are time freedom, traveling to places I only thought would be on my bucket list (Hawaii in March 18) financial freedom and the beautiful relationships I have made on this journey so far.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MOTHERHOOD?
For me personally balancing entrepreneurship and motherhood was all about finding that exact thing - balance. Trying to prioritize on a daily basis as to what was important that day. Was I perfect at it, no way but I made an effort and with the support of my husband it made doing a side business that much easier. My son is almost 17 years old so his needs are not as great as a new mom, or a mom with toddlers but none the less, no matter what the age, they still need their mom is how I feel. So if that meant taking time from my side business to help him with something or get the normal day to day stuff done after working my full time job I had to get the tasks at hand done.
IN REGARDS TO MOTHERHOOD - WHAT ARE THE MOST CHALLENGING / REWARDING ASPECTS OF WORKING WITH YOUNG LIVING?
I would have to say the most challenging aspect of the career I had chosen for the last 22 years was the regret of not being able to raise my son on a full time basis, being at home with him to watch him grow and help educate him. Sending to daycare, he adjusted well and he had amazing teachers but if I could have had the opportunity to be at home with him and witness all his firsts I think life would be different for sure. The reward, would have to be to show my son, that hard work and sacrifices are what make you appreciate what you have in life and anything worth having takes a lot of hard work.
WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR YOU SINCE EMBARKING ON THIS CAREER PATH?
Deciding to pursue my business with Young Living has changed a lot of things for me personally. The biggest change I would have to say would be the fact that I feel that I have found what I am truly passionate about, I have always been a person who tries to help everyone, but I never really felt I had the right tools to be able to do that. There is no better feeling than when a mom sends a message for instance and says "thank you for introducing YL into our lives, I now can have the comfort of knowing I am using products that are not harmful to my family". With Young Living, I have watched woman who were pretty much introverts become empowered, strong, and vibrant true leaders in our community and around the world for that matter.