E Y E O N A R B O N N E
I have outlined my Eye on Arbonne success story so many times in
my head, knowing some day I would get to tell it. Now that I have
that privilege, I find myself asking the question, what do I have to
offer If my story could inspire just one person, then I have accomplished
what I set out to do.
I married my high school sweetheart, Bob, and together we had two
boys, Nicholas, 16, and Jozsef, 12. Over the years, I have had
many “careers,” ranging from dental assistant to childcare provider
and salon owner. When Nick was born, we wanted the option of
having me stay home full time, but financially, we just could not
make it work. This was so important to us that Bob, while working
his full-time job, also took on a part-time job so I could scale back
my hours to part time to be home some of the time. When Jozsef
was born, we decided I needed a career change. I stayed home
and provided childcare while Nick was starting school. Because we
wanted to send him to Christian school, Bob kept working his parttime
job right alongside his full-time job. But even with this arrangement,
we were going nowhere fast and getting deeper into debt.
In 1996, I made another career change to nail technician. I worked
in a salon and then opened my own. I soon realized that even
though I was the boss, my income was solely based on my efforts. I
constantly struggled with the question, “Did I own the business or
did the business own me” I was introduced to Arbonne by one of
my salon customers, Shannon Struik, who used the products but
could not find them in our area. She begged me to look into
Arbonne so I could sell the products to her. After looking into the
NutriMinC ® RE 9® skin care line, I found that I also loved the products.
So, I decided to start selling the Arbonne products. I did not
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Independent Consultant, Regional Vice President
Anne Spina Region; Cedar Rapids, IA
have a lot of activity, but became a District Manager and maintained
that status, while seeing some of the income potential. I was
inspired by the Eye on Arbonne success stories, such as NVP
Christie Feighan and RVP Marilyn Free, whom I have met and
received encouragement from (in true Arbonne spirit). It is a good
thing I started to build a business with Arbonne, because four years
after I opened my salon, I developed an allergic reaction to the
chemicals in artificial nails. All of a sudden, I did not have my salon
income to rely on, so I decided to put all my efforts into my Arbonne
The dynamics of this business, and true potential of this opportunity,
are incredible. This past year I was faced with some very difficult circontinued
The Spina Family: Jozsef, Anne, cat, Mercedes; Nicholas, and
Anne and President Rita Davenport.
NVP Debbie Ropella, AM Laura Ferrall and Anne at Areas in Paradise.
Keep moving one step at a
time toward your goal and
do not quit.
cumstances that directly affected my Arbonne business. I felt like I
was at a crossroads in my life and did not know how I was going
to get through it. My upline, NVP Debbie Ropella, ENVP Dianne
Partee and ENVP Donna Johnson were very supportive of my situation.
After a conversation with President Rita Davenport, I realized I
had to make a decision — put my difficult circumstances behind me
and become a success.
Team with ENVP Diane Partee at the Green Bay Getaway.
REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
I have so much to be thankful for. First, I want to thank God. I am
in awe of His never-ending love for me, the abundance He gives me
through my family and friends, and the gift of strength He instills in
me to conquer my doubts and fears.
Next, I want to thank my family. To my biggest cheerleader, my
mom: Thank you for your prayers and support, I love you! To my
husband, Bob: Even though it took a little while, you hung in there
with me. Thanks for being flexible and unselfish, I respect and love
you. To my boys, Nicholas and Jozsef: I love you both so much, you
are my Why. To my big sister, Monica: You are the best big sister
anyone could ask for. Thank you for always being there for me and
for teaching me how to stand up for myself.
To my loyal customer and friend, Shannon Struik: Thank you for
begging me to sell Arbonne to you. I am glad you were persistent
and I listened. You will never know how much you changed my life.
With that said, I cannot forget to thank Nancy Swain, another customer
and friend, for giving Shannon a gift certificate to my salon.
Nancy, if you had not provided the means, Shannon would have
never come in and shared Arbonne with me. I am so glad that you
are both now a part of my team.
To my prayer partners, Cindy, Dee, Brenda and Pam: Thank you for
standing by me and praying for me. You are the best.
To NVP Debbie Ropella, ENVP Dianne Partee and ENVP Donna
Johnson: You are the best upline. I am so proud to have you as my
leaders! You believed in me before I believed in myself.
AM MaryLee Williams, Anne, EDM Shannon Struik, ENVP Donna
Johnson and Marci Butler.
EDM Teresa O’Dell, NVP Debbie Ropella
and Anne at the Manager getaway.
To President Rita Davenport: You are an inspiration and encouragement
to everyone. You are an incredible role model. You asked
me to always remind you of our walk in the shopping center in
Wisconsin. That brief moment in time will always be special to me.
To AM MaryLee Williams: I am so excited for you and the growth
of your business. To my best friend, AM Laura Ferrall: I am so glad
you decided to do this as a business. Get ready you two … you
To my awesome team, DMs (and AMs-in-qualification) Teresa
O’Dell and Shannon Struik: You are great leaders. To DMs, Jane
Stevens (my first sponsored Consultant), Lisa Barkley, Terry Baker,
Pam Galle, Nancy Swain, Josh Ferrall, Julie Goldner, Kristin Peiffer,
Kent Struik, Rachel Wagler and Christine Westerkamp: I want you
to know that I believe in all of you. To my DMs-in-qualification, Amy
Stafford, Kathy Kolbo, Jan Holloway, Jessica Mortvedt and Robin
Ainesworth: I am cheering you on to success.
To my Clients, business builders and Consultants who purchase
product at the discount: Thank you for your continued loyalty to the
To anyone searching for a better way of life, take the first step
toward achieving it by signing on to do an Arbonne business.
When all is said and done, you will realize that you have improved
your life, earned the potential to secure your financial future, and
enhanced the lives of people around you. If you let it, Arbonne can
change your life forever.
EDM Shannon Struik, Anne, Anne’s mom, Sue Parker and AM
MaryLee Williams at NTC 2005 Las Vegas.
The testimonials in this story reflect the actual experience of an individual, are anecdotal only, and may be atypical.
EYE ON ARBONNE | MARCH 2006