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Being at the beginning of the Natural Foods movement during the late 60’s was an exciting time for me. I had the privilege to co-create Wellness Centers both here in America and Great Britain where I taught cooking and expanded my students awareness of what to do to save guard their health.
All that changed when the divorce happened and I was on my own with two small children and no financial support from their father. I worked three jobs to keep us afloat, and was dismayed when I did not have the time in my own life to do what I was teaching and recommending to others. There had to be a better way.
Returning to America, was the right thing to do, but job offers in the organic foods sector were not plentiful then. I had dedicated over 10 years of my life to the education of others and had nothing to show for it, not even a book.
At age 50 I looked back and took stock. I had managed to raise two wonderful children, but they were grown now and building a life of their own.
I suffered intensely from the “empty nest syndrome.”
I put everything in storage, took a room in someone’s house and tried to figure out what had happen to MY life. It was a dark time for me, I felt worthless, wondered who I was really and what I should be doing with my one and only life?
I spent the next 12 years trying to answer that question while exploring different work situations and MLM opportunities that, I hoped, would buy me the time to do what comes naturally to me. I didn’t know then, that I had the equation all backwards and because of that, my feelings of despair would not leave me.
Near sixty years of age, I landed work in a hospital cooking in their kitchen. The pay was good, the hours suited me and I was able to spend some quality time with my daughter and grand daughter. The job was very physical and though I had benefits and was building my savings,
I kept thinking, "there had to be a better way."
I was about to enter counsiling due to my overwhelming negative thoughts and disappointment about how things had turned out for me, when my friend Beverly introduce me to another opportunity. My interest was peaked, the product was something everyone should have.
Did I also mention that I had racked up my credit cards with what I had been trained to do as a network marketer? I had paid out so much, that paying the bills would barley leave me enough to buy food and gas for my ‘79 Dodge Caravan?
I had achieved some degree of success in other MLM companies in the past. However, to produce results, I talked to 100’s of people, held meeting in hotels and people’s homes, done countless three ways and attended the big events with guests. The effort that was required was substantial and the returns were not the residual income that I had been looking for. I began looking for a system: some way that I could communicate to a lot of people, find out who was as interested as I was, and coach them to success. It took me at least a year and over $6,000. dollars to weed out the "Wanna Be's" and phonies, but my search was rewarded with honest hard working professionals that love the idea of surrounding themselves with other successful people that they have helped to get there. In other words, Knowledge is best when shared.
I knew in my heart of hearts that success comes to those who are persistent and focused on what they want. I knew I had the heart, I was just looking for the how when I found a system that truly supported others in learning the new skills required to market on line.
Who would have thought that a system would lead me right back to myself and the dreams that were so precious to me? Who knew that there were people like me that wanted to be a contribution to others and would help me find success?
Retirement isn’t an issue for me anymore and I’m thinking about where I would like to settle; seasonal or tropical?
After the age of 50, TIME is what I value most dearly. To be able to spend it doing what I want, when I want and to have the life style of my choosing keeps me awake at night!
If you are anything like me, or have been down a similar path you have come to this page, this paragraph, this word, because you are meant to enter into MY world where there is community, vision and action.
It’s a big world and your first steps will be baby steps just like mine were. But you’ll know where you are going, and knowing where you are going will be your biggest asset in getting there. You’ll choose the right people to help you. You’ll learn new skills, and you’ll grow into the person you are not afraid to be.
My Location: Athens, Ohio
Just moved to Ohio. Would love to connect with others of like mind.