Arbonne? Network marketing? Ummm, no thank you.
However, as I am sure a lot of you know by now, I have started a little business as an Arbonne Independent Consultant (GASP!). Don't worry, my blog is not going to turn in to an Arbonne advertisement. I just thought I would write a post and share my new journey with you and a bit about why I have chosen to join Arbonne (as a skeptic).
Yup, if you had told me I would have been doing this one year ago I would have laughed you out the door. I would have told you that these companies are a scam, a big waste of time and the products are all cheap and nasty. I am sure a lot of you think like I did.
If I am completely honest (which is what I always try and be with you), money is a big reason I have chosen to join Arbonne. It's not that I see it as a 'get rich quick' scheme or anything like that. I know that it is going to take hard work and I am fully OK with that. But, a couple of extra dollars is not going to go unnoticed in our family. So number one is to help....
Contribute to my family expenses
These two right here are my main WHY.
If you have read any other part of For Eva After you will know that nine months ago Josh and I welcomed our little girl Eva in to the world. She is my unexpected blessing and even though I hadn't envisioned my life the way it is now quite yet I wouldn't have it any other way. In saying that, I am now a stay at home mum which means we live off one income. This is no easy task. (I am preaching to the choir, right?) What on earth did we do with two incomes?! I could literally not tell you. It is actually amazing what you can live off when you have no other choice. Don't get me wrong, it could be a whole lot worse. We have a roof over our head, food in the cupboard and cozy bed to sleep in but, there isn't room in our budget for a heck of a lot of luxuries.
I hate that I wasn't earning to help provide for our family, I have always been independent so this is a big deal for me. I also know that I want to be home full time with Eva. This is also very important to me. Thankfully, with many sacrifices by us both, we have been able to make that work. But, without sounding ungrateful, this just isn't enough for me. I want to contribute, I want us to build a family home, I want to take Eva around the world and I want those new shoes damn it! Haha.
Since Eva was born I have been racking my brain, praying and searching for a way to make this happen. So last month when I went along to an Arbonne party hosted by one of my best friends, Jade, Abbey introduced me to this business opportunity which quite literally ticked all the boxes. I truly see it as a blessing. My check list was as follows;
- Stay at home with Eva. TICK
- Work around my life and family. TICK
- Generate income with uncapped earning potential. TICK
- Have my own business (well, sort of). TICK
- Get paid to buy and use amazing natural makeup and skincare (wasn't actually on my list but it sure is now! haha). TICK
So far so good, am I right?
If you want to know a little more about the business opportunity and if it could work for you click this link: Arbonne Opportunity Brochure
Number two on my list of whys is...
Using natural, good quality products is very important to me.
Over the last few years I have been so put off by using pretty much any skincare product that all I used on my skin was coconut oil. Yes, I still wore makeup a few times a week which I know is just as bad but, I had not found a suitable alternative so I just put that to the very back of my mind and tried not to think about all those awful toxins soaking in to my body.
At Jade's party I learnt that all Arbonne products are botanically based, not tested on animals, scientifically tested, do not contain any animal products* and do not contain petroleum* (there is a whole list of stuff they do and don't use but we don't need to be here all day).
*Did you know that some companies take dead animals, throw them in to vats and boil them down until all the fat and skin rises to the top and then scrape that off and use it in their skin care as fillers? YUCK.
*Oil companies are not legally allowed to dump petroleum on land or in the sea so they sell it back to cosmetic companies to use as fillers in their products. Petrol on your skin anyone??
These days there are more and more things that are making us sick, giving us cancer and ultimately killing us. Looking after myself by watching the things I eat, regular exercise and what I use on my skin is really important to me and I love that I can feel safe in the products I am not only selling but am happily using. I can say wholeheartedly, no matter the earning potential, if this wasn't the case I would not have joined Arbonne. So, one of my goals with this business is to help and encourage people to start making healthier choices when it comes to the products we use every day.
Third and final reason...
I need something that is for me.
I know, I know, I want it all right? I want to be a stay at home mum, change the world and fulfill my ambitious desires. How dare I! haha. I am more than just a mama. I am more than just a partner and I want to do more than just housework. I have passions, a brain and skills and I want to use them. I will go crazy if I don't have something that is outside the world of motherly and domestic duties.
I have always dreamed of owning my own business. I know Arbonne isn't exactly mine but, it is the closet I am going to get right now without having to have tens of thousands of dollars to start one. It is a business that is already establisheed and start up costs were minimal making it something we were happy to invest in.
It is a way that I am finding the new me and what my new family life is going to look like. I think us mama's are too hard on ourselves sometimes. We let the mum guilt creep on in when it so important for us to do things for ourselves as well. We should not feel guilty about having passions, dreams and goals outside of our babies. With my new adventure, it just so happens that it is a financial income for our family and also lets me work around Eva as well, which is pretty cool.
So, there you have it. A little intro in to my new adventure and why I have decided this is something for me. I will let you know how it is going in a couple of months.
If you would like to support me or have a nosy at some of the products click on the following...
My Facebook Page: Arbonne - Independent Consultant
Until next time.