E Y E O N A R B O N N E
My professional background consists of 20 years in corporate
America in the business of financial securities. Although I loved
everything about it, life often got in the way. I managed fine until
my third child was born. That is when I found myself working in
overdrive, caring for her as well as my ailing parents-in-law. My
father-in-law had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since
my husband was an only child, we were responsible for caring for
him and my mother-in-law when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
I ended up becoming a stay-at-home mom when my daughter
was 2, and after that also helped care for my own mother, who has
since passed away from lymphoma. While I will always be grateful
that I was fortunate enough to stay at home, I must say that at the
end of a lot of days I found that I did not have enough left in my
own “cup” to fill the cups of my own immediate family. On top of
that, I really missed my corporate job and everything about it, from
the challenges and stretching my brain to come up with innovative
solutions to the social part of being in a workplace environment.
Independent Consultant, Regional Vice President
L. Fioroni Region; Clarkston, MI
I was actually in the interviewing process to go back to work in my
beloved corporate structure when one night I had an agonizing
headache. My husband rushed me to the hospital where I was found
to have a cerebral hemorrhage, (bleeding in the back of the brain,
which is nearly always fatal). I was in excruciating pain, on a steady
diet of codeine and morphine for two weeks in the intensive care
unit, and not expected to see, much less to drive again. People ask
me now, “Weren’t you worried about your family” Unfortunately,
I need to tell you that when these things happen, they are so quick
and catastrophic that you literally do not think about your family.
You cannot think about anything but surviving. And when you finally
begin to emerge, you are not the same person. You do not care
about the little things like, “Is your refrigerator clean” “Are your
friends judging you by the dirt on your floors” You simply do not
care. It is all you can do to take a shower that day.
When I finally recovered enough to walk around the block, remove
myself from the pain medication and resume my “life,” my dreams
had changed. One of the goals I really wanted to achieve was to
create something for myself and also create something that would
help others. I knew that my husband, Joe, and my three children,
Nick, Sam and Maddie, were the most important things in my
Lynette with sons, Nick and Sam; husband, Joe and daughter, Madeline
Lynette’s daughter, Madeline in the Mercedes-Benz with cousins,
MacKenzie, Mara, Melissa and friend, Jason Thompson.
Lynette with Michael Clouse.
Work on yourself more than
you work on your business,
then be silent and listen.
life; yet, I wanted a personal challenge, too. I just did not realize
it would include so much personal growth because, frankly, I was
quite sure I did not need any personal growth at all!
I really did not even think about Arbonne right away. Joe and I had
determined that we needed to create a stream of income to pay for
college, and that I was going to buy and sell real estate, making a
little bit of money on each purchase. Each book I read on the subject
included a chapter on network marketing, so I decided to take a second
look at this industry. I called my upline, ERVP Deb Brewer, and
we had lunch. She looked about 10 years younger! During this time,
the NutriMinC ® RE 9 anti-aging skin care line had just hit the market.
I could not believe the results I was seeing in Deb. I was hooked and
jumped right in to an Arbonne business, expecting instantaneous
results. After all, I had been successful in everything else I had ever
attempted — that is, of course, everything I had stuck with.
I made DM in my first month. However, it took another 14 months
to become an AM. You see, to attract business builders, you must
become someone who others want to emulate. I was not there, yet.
Finally, I pushed to reach AM. Then, my business fell apart and I
lost my Area. I was learning the hard way that you must work on
yourself more than you work on your business. I had to do some
serious soul searching, but, more than that, I really had to decide to
commit to the business. It was not just going to happen for me. I had
to earn it, work for it and love it, every aspect of it as I moved up
through it. I needed to learn these hard lessons so that I could help
my Managers as they moved up. Humility was one of my lessons!
I could never have accomplished this without the help and complete
support of my family. To my husband, Joe: You are the most
important person in the world to me. Thanks for not letting me quit!
I finally get it. I am thinking positive! All these years of listening to
motivational tapes and I get it! Thanks for doing all the laundry,
housework and errands. To my children: Nick, I am so proud of
you. You are an awesome young man, and everything I could have
ever hoped for in my son. Sam, you can be anything you want to
in this life. You have all the talent and intelligence you need to do
AM Kristy Lerma, AM Laura Blades, DM Laura Compton, DM Vickie
Oliver and Gloria Martin.
Sister, AM Laura Blades; sister, AM Lisa Spears; Lynette; ENVP Carol Bowdell; AM Kristy
Lerma and DM Laura Compton.
anything. Maddie, you are the most special girl in the world. You
will be singing and dancing on Broadway before you know it.
To my sister, AM Laura Blades, and her team, AM Kristy Lerma,
DMs, Sharon Quigley, Laura Compton, Vickie Oliver and Erica
Woollams: You girls rock! RVP here they come.
To my sister, AM Lisa Spears, and the Massachusetts team, including,
DMs Jen Zaniboni, Liesl Hawley, Amy Patterson and everyone
else: This is your year! Nothing will make me happier than to have
you all here with me.
To DMs, Denise Thompson and Kris Fairless: You are awesome! Your
help is invaluable. To DMs, Elizabeth Maricco, Janelle Land, Jan Larson
and Judy McBride: You will all be successful. Believe in yourself.
To all my Consultants and Clients who purchase product at the
discount: Thank you for all of your support. I would not be here
without all your orders.
To my friends and upline, ERVP Deb Brewer and ENVP Maxine King:
Many thanks for all your wisdom, help with the compensation plan and
my thousands of questions. I appreciate the support, e-mails, phone
calls and the many meetings with my team. To ENVPs, Trisha Dezenski
and Carol Kirken: There are not enough words to thank my adopted
mentors. I love you both. You embody everything that Arbonne stands
for: Warmth, integrity, wisdom, happiness and possibility.
A special thanks to our President Rita Davenport who wrote “Now
it’s your turn” on the CDs I purchased and sent me on my way.
Lynette with the team at the Mercedes-Benz car presentation.
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 | JUNE 2006