Hey friends! I want to share with you an exciting success story from one of my upline members, Andrea Renaud Hayes, and I just know it will bring you all some MAJOR inspiration! And as I’m writing this Andrea is on her way to Ecuador to visit one of our farms! How exciting is that?! Once you’ve read through Andrea’s story I want to learn more about YOU! Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help you achieve health and wellness while living an abundant life!
“I’ve recently realized that many of you don’t really know my story. You don’t know my oily journey these past 2 years. You don’t know why I started or how I reached diamond. Brace yourselves because this may be a little bit long but I have some things weighing heavily on my heart. THIS IS MY WHY.
I’ll start at the beginning. I have 2 college degrees and my husband as well. We have always worked hard at our jobs and in our professional fields. When our first daughter was born, it was realized that she had special needs. She has been in therapy non stop since she was a baby. She’s almost 8 now and still gets therapy 5 days per week. It became impossible for me to work. She needed me and I had to be the one to care for her. No daycare or babysitter could give her what she needed. No one could handle her. It was all on me. It wasn’t a burden, it was my job as her mother and I lovingly did it.
That obviously created a financial strain for our family that needed a double income. So in addition to caring for my girl, I started nannying for other children in my home. I also worked nights and weekends and spent holidays away from my family as a waitress for years. It was hard. It was exhausting. I hated it. We were just trying to keep our heads above water and give our daughter a happy life. Vacations? What’s that? We didn’t go on vacations. We worked non stop. That’s it. It still wasn’t enough tho. We were plunging into credit card debt with a mortgage payment, 2 car payments and 4 student loan payments, groceries, bills, plus everything else in life that costs money. We struggled to make the minimum payments on all of the credit cards and the balance on them got bigger each month. It’s an evil downward spiral.
I never really planned on having another baby. We couldn’t afford it and my daughter needed my full attention. We only had a very small 2 bedroom townhouse. We didn’t even have room for another baby and I definitely couldn’t buy a bigger home. Everyone kept telling me that Anna needed a sibling. I said no for years. Almost 6 years actually. Well, God apparently thought she needed a sibling as well and blessed us with our second daughter in 2014.
This picture is right when I started my oily journey. We had so many dreams to make a reality when this was taken. When I ordered my kit I had just had my 2nd daughter. She was only 6 weeks old. I had been living on prescription meds for years and my oldest daughter had never slept thru the night for almost 6 years. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and the medical bills were rolling in from the birth of the baby. I was at my wits end! Did I have any business spending $150 on a kit? Nope, I sure didn’t but I knew something needed to change and the oils were my only hope. I wasn’t really thinking about the business side of this at all. I just wanted to feel better and I wanted sleep. Well, obviously they worked for us! I couldn’t stop talking about the oils to ALL of my family and friends. They all wanted to try them too. It was then I decided to jump into the biz. I told my husband I was signing up for ER and I was committing to the 100pv ER order each month. Again, did I have any business committing to that considering our situation? Absolutely NOT! But I knew I had to do it. I just had to. I decided from day one I was going to work this business with everything I had in me and I refused to fail at it. And so began my oily business journey.
May 2014, I sold 5 kits my first month. My first check was $263. I was thrilled! Ok, I wasn’t losing money on this biz venture. I got my starter kit paid for plus my next month’s ER order covered. I hit star! Omg it was a TON of work to hit that first rank. I was non stop answering questions from those 5 people plus talking to so many others that were interested. I was still learning oils myself. I was pouring over the EOPR book. I was non stop googling stuff. I was non stop reading posts in the oily chat group. I was thinking wow this is hard. So hard. All while nursing a newborn around the clock. Then June 1st hit and my ogv started over again at a big fat ZERO. What the heck?!? I have to do this again?!? Every month to hit rank?!? Seriously where’s Ashton cuz I’m pretty sure I’m being punked! Senior star is going to be impossible! How do these people get to silver and above? I couldn’t even fathom executive! It was then I decided to go beast mode. It was sink or swim. It was throw in the towel or work this harder than anything I’ve ever done. Oh it’s on, bring it!
I got to work on ER sign ups. I quickly realized how important those were. I HAD to retain those people I enrolled while trying to enroll more. I started talking biz to those I had enrolled as well. My second check was $320 and on the last day of June I got my first leg! Omg I GOT A LEG! Then a few days after that I got my second leg. My sister! Oh she was gonna do this with me. She had no choice. Let’s roll sister. I had the legs and the structure for executive. This isn’t looking so impossible anymore! Guess what?!? I hit executive the last day in July. I cried. I was terrified. Omg now I’m on the si6 clock. The stress was heavy on me.
All the while, I had these 2 brand new business legs. They had countless questions. I was new myself! I didn’t have all the answers. I never tried to act like I did either. I told them I don’t know all of this biz stuff yet, but let’s learn together. We would stay up late every night messaging and asking each other oil questions and business questions. Most of the time none of us knew the answer but one of us would find out and report back. We started studying the compensation plan every single day. We started learning what it took to reach each rank. We set our goals and stated them to each other based on what we were learning. We owned our own businesses and we owed it to ourselves to know every aspect of the business that we owned. You MUST understand the business that you are involved in if you want to succeed. YOU MUST.
We really started to hit that “snowball effect” after executive. My legs were getting legs and my structure for the higher ranks was forming. I studied stacking and restructuring my downline for months and countless hours. At the rank of silver (October 2014) I had replaced my income plus a little more. I did not have to work anymore. I made this my full time job. I had to. I had to get out of debt. I had to make a better life for my family. I made a promise to myself and my family that I was not going to fail and I had to give this my full attention. So I did.
I started putting about 70 hours per week into my business doing up to 8 in person classes each month in addition to planning online classes with my legs. I worked my butt off in EVERY aspect of this business. Non stop calling customer service for my customers until I resolved whatever the issue was and this was back when it was anywhere from 7 hours to 2 day wait time to speak to someone on the phone, non stop giving oily support and answering questions, non stop teaching classes, non stop creating resources and scripts for my business people, non stop studying the comp plan, non stop researching the science behind the oils, non stop supporting my downline. All of the info you’ll find in our files are a result of those efforts from myself and other dedicated leaders.
Some days my children look homeless, many days my husband comes home to my hands shaking from stress and exhaustion, many days my house looks disgusting, many days I look disgusting. Most days I work until 2am and then wake up and start working my biz again at 6am. But I love it. I’m doing this for my family. I’m changing lives. So I continue.
It’s been 2 years for me this month. 2 years of working harder than I’ve ever worked in my life. I am diamond now. 2 years of giving it my ALL every single day. I never falter. I’ve followed the system from day one and I continue to this day. In addition to it all, I’ve posted on my Facebook wall several times each week. Without fail. I’ve never taken a break. Ever. I am consistent. It’s a must. I’ve worked this business literally every single day. Even on holidays. Even if that means cancelling our New Year’s Eve plans because I am working to create resources for my team.
Because of the work I’ve put in for last 2 years, I was able to claw my way out of credit card debt and we were finally able to purchase a bigger home for our daughters. We have a yard now! That is huge for us. We’ve never even had a backyard to play in. We just moved less than 2 weeks ago.
Now here’s where I get a little hot, a little mad and a little upset…when I hear chatter about how I don’t deserve my paycheck. When I hear I haven’t worked for my rank. When I hear that certain leaders on this team who work day in and day out don’t deserve their commissions. Any of the silver or above leaders in here can vouch that it takes an incredible amount of blood, sweat and tears to reach those higher ranks. Only my close family can actually vouch for how much I’ve sacrificed and worked for my business. I get sad when I hear complaints about not being at xyz rank yet…but how much effort are you putting in? I mean REAL effort. Busting your ass effort. It’s not easy at all. Nothing in life is easy. You get out what you put in. I also hear chatter about so and so isn’t being stacked by their upline and is upset. Guess who has NEVER been stacked by her upline….yup, this chick right here ✋????. Not once. Not a single kit sale, let alone a business leg. My upline has never done a class for me. Not even my first one. I don’t need it, I can do this! Not everyone is in a position to be stacked and not everyone has time to do your classes for you. Now don’t get me wrong, my upline is absolutely wonderful. They’ve helped me along my journey in other ways with support, encouragement, answering questions and helping me find resources. I am forever grateful for that. I’m a do it yourself kinda person tho. I took charge and figured it out. No one is responsible for your success except you. Many people have climbed the ranks faster than I have and many do it slower. Everyone’s journey is different and you cannot compare yourself to others. If you are giving it your all, you WILL succeed. I promise.
If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this loooong post, give yourself a high five! I warned ya it was long but I want you all to know my why. I want you to know my journey so far. I want you to know what it takes to succeed. I want this for everyone. Are you ready to marry the system and commit to it to reap the rewards? I’m nowhere near done with this journey and I have a LONG way to go before I reach Royal Crown Diamond…and so I press on ❤️????”