E Y E O N A R B O N N E
Hope, faith and determination have brought this Eye on
Arbonne story to life. I would like to share my Arbonne story,
not to show the power of one, but to share the power of
On December 22, 2004, my husband and I moved our little
family from Long Island, New York, to Wellington, Florida.
We sold our home and business that we had worked so hard
for, in order to purchase a chain of restaurants and start a
new life in South Florida. Well, plans change! My husband
quickly realized that we just could not do it. Not knowing a
soul (except for the real estate agent who sold us our home)
in Florida and not wanting to leave my small children to go
back to work, we had to make a decision.
c h r i s t i n a a r i a n a s
Independent Consultant, Regional Vice President
Christina Arianas Region; Wellington, FL
With twin, 5-month-old babies and a 4-year-old little girl, I
felt like we had made the blunder of a lifetime. Feeling hopeless,
I cried and prayed, as we could not go back to our life
in New York because we had basically sold it all. Although
a nurse by trade, I desperately wanted to stay home with my
little baby boys. Then we got an answer: Several days after
Christmas my real estate agent, Lorraine Hernandez (my
soon-to-be sponsor) called me and asked if we had purchased
our restaurant business, and I told her not yet.
Lorraine invited me to take a look at a new business she was
doing and asked me to consider it before closing the deal on
our new business.
That evening, we went to see ENVP Susan Hutton, ENVP
Shannon Johnson and ENVP Sibley Gammon give a
Presentation. After hearing testimonials from these ladies and
learning about the income potential, I quickly realized I had
Christina with husband, Peter Arianas, at a
Daughter, Gianna and
twin baby boys, Stelios
Identify your ‘Why’ that is worth
fighting for and go for it! Do not
let anyone steal your dream.
found the solution to our dilemma. Arbonne represented not
having to get bank loans and being able to stay home with
my babies. All I had to do was work as hard as those successful
ladies who had spoken at that Presentation. The decision
was obvious, so I decided to make Arbonne my new
business. On the way home that night, I thanked Lorraine for
sharing the opportunity and told her I would build the business
and be successful.
Day after day, I would pick up Gianna, my 4-year-old, from
pre-school and take the boys, Stelios and Elias, in the stroller
and head to the mall. I needed to find people to share the
Arbonne opportunity with, and so I did. By extending my
hand in greeting at the playground and speaking to people
in my every day life, I built my contact list. People are truly
looking for an opportunity, if you only take the time to listen.
I attended every meeting offered by my upline that I could,
and I became a student of Arbonne.
Going to NTC 2005 Las Vegas solidified my decision.
Hearing ENVP Cecilia Stoll’s story and her determination
saved my life. I thank her from the bottom of my heart for her
ability to fight for her dream, just as she empowered me to
fight for mine. I left NTC and made the decision to become a
RVP by the next NTC in St. Louis, 2006, and I did.
One of Arbonne’s greatest blessings in my life has been the
opportunity to meet some of the most wonderful people I have
ever had a chance to know. I have been fortunate in not only
building a successful Arbonne business, but also building
strong friendships. I have been blessed with a great team of
business partners, who I now consider great friends.
Christina’s Mercedes-Benz car presentation. L–R: AM Shawn Lindstrom; sponsor, Lorraine
Hernandez; Christina; ENVP Susan Hutton and dear friend, Consultant Claudie Merloff.
Christina with beloved sponsor,
Lorraine Hernandez, at her Mercedes-Benz car presentation.
To AM Shawn Lindstrom: Thank you for your love and shoulders,
as a friend and business partner. To DM Jennifer Rosa:
Thank you for all the many late nights at the diner dreaming
of what Arbonne could bring, along with my confidante and
sister-in-law, Soraya Del Valle.
To my entire team: Thank you for sharing your hopes and
dreams with me. To NVP Sherry Tautiva: Thank you for being
you. I appreciate your passion for this business. To NVP
Randee Howard and ENVP Susan Hutton: Your leadership
and dedication to Arbonne has been inspiring.
To my mother, Nellie Chavaria: You gave up so much of yourself
for your children. Thank you for all your sacrifices, and for
all your help with the kids, so I could focus on my goals.
To my dear husband, Peter: Thank you for all of the love and
support, and for believing in me on the days when I did not
believe in myself. But, most of all, thank you for giving me a
reason and a dream worth fighting for — our family.
Arbonne has been the raft in the storm for my family, and we
are thankful for the Arbonne opportunity and the leadership
that has guided us to a safe harbor.
Christina with wonderful teammates. TOP, L–R: Ursula Cuadra, Lisa
Cameron, Christina and Nicole Richard. BOTTOM, L–R: Winnie Jordan,
Michelle Sosa and Lind Tabasky.
NEW REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
The testimonials in this story reflect the actual experience of an individual, are anecdotal only, and may be atypical.
EYE ON ARBONNE | APRIL 2006