JUNE 2004ea oE Y E O N A R B O N N ELEARNING TO REBUILDWITH ARBONNEI joined Arbonne in October of 1994 after answering aclassified ad in the newspaper. I had been burned in thecorporate accounting rat race and even owned my ownbusiness — which I sold after four years of not running mybusiness but it running me. I searched for a job with theflexibility to afford my children their priority status and to fillmy desire to hold a title more than just, “mommy.”I ended my Arbonne business in 1999 when after sufferingfor over a decade with Adenomyosis — a condition thatthickened the lining of my uterus — I landed in the hospital.My only Why at the time was to have a title; that goal wasreached the day that I signed the Arbonne IndependentConsultant application. I only did Arbonne sometimes,earned enough money to enjoy many exotic trips, andwhen life got difficult just like a tennis racket, my Arbonnehobby was put in the closet.NEW RVPm a r y b e t h r e l y e aIndependent Consultant, Regional Vice PresidentMary Beth Relyea Nation; Ballston Lake, NYAfter several surgeries I was fully recuperated and settled inas the signature stay-at-home mom. I was living a good life,with volunteer positions, social activities and all the timeto enjoy my kids’ company. Fortunately, my husband, Bobbuilt a very successful construction company that affordedour family all of the finer things in life.Sadly, on December 21, 2001, Bob fell from the roof ofa house and broke his back. Our secure lifestyle becamefinancially grave. The drive and willpower that my husbandhas is amazing to me. The compression fracture that woulddeem most any other man disabled for life, was a merehurdle for my exceptional husband. We sold major assets,including our home, and did some other adjusting to get by.After only 12 months my husband was able to build us another,even more beautiful home and we totally recovered financially.While adjusting to Bob’s chronic back pain and the potentialfor a very dangerous spinal surgery in his future, we decidedthat I needed to go back to work to ensure that the financialcrisis we had overcome would never happen again.Luckily, I had continued to place Arbonne orders since myhospitalization for six wonderful Clients and myself, so myArbonne Consultant ID was still active. Whenever my ordersarrived I would dispose of each box, never reading any ofthe printed Home Office materials. But in April of 2003, I letmy curiosity get the best of me and read all of the enclosedThe Relyea family in their Mercedes-Benz: Kara, Rachell, Ryan, Harley(dog), Bob and Mary Beth.Arbonne Founder Petter Mørck, Mary Beth andExec. VP Stian Mørck at the Grand Awards dinner atNTC 2004 Texas.continued ...The Relyea family: Mary Beth, Harley (dog), Bob, Ryan, 18, Rachell,13 and Kara, 10.
“success strategy:Work smart, laugh often, be honest, don’tsweat the small stuff and enjoy the journey!literature. This included numerous Eye on Arbonne stories ofConsultants who started Arbonne when I did and were nowENVPs. The stories were extremely inspirational.During our Easter vacation to Daytona Beach later that samemonth, Bob and I spent hours reflecting on my failed attemptto do this business four years earlier. We planned andresearched the beginning of an Arbonne future and left thebeach with an action plan and a commitment — I wouldbegin working this business like a business, not a hobby. Iallowed myself one year’s time from that vacation to evaluateif Arbonne was working or if a corporate job was necessary.We just returned from our annual Daytona Beach vacation.There was no reason to re-evaluate, only celebrate. I justpurchased my new Mercedes-Benz SL500 … I have nowcreated an income that will protect us from hardship! I amoften asked what made the second time around different fromthe first time. The one difference that screams the loudest is myWhy. My first attempt with Arbonne lacked a big enoughWhy to keep me going. For the past 12 months, I’veobtained so much because I saw how my husband literallybroke his back to provide for us, and now it’s my turn.I could not obtain this level of success without a wonderfulteam, and I feel that I have the best team in all the country.To EAM Anne Dugan: You are an amazing woman, thankyou for being you. To AM Nadia Shipley, AM-in-qualificationBarbara Bordeau, EDM Susan Stuhr, DM Karen Flynn,DM Amae Martin, DM Kathleen Weber, DM Angela Ryan,DM Julie Ploss and DM Valerie James: You are all awesomewomen. Thank you for your unending support and teamEDM Susan Stuhr, Mary Beth, President RitaDavenport, EAM Anne Dugan, DM Karen Flynn,AM Nadia Shipley, DM Angela Ryan at theGrand Awards at NTC 2004 Texas.”EAM Anne Dugan, AM Nadia Shipley, EDM Susan Stuhr, DM AngelaRyan and DM Karen Flynn at the Region qualification completioncelebration at NTC 2004 Texas.ENVP Phoebe James, Mary Beth and NVP BonnieErickson at NTC 2004 Texas.spirit. To all the up-and-coming Managers, Consultants,wholesale buyers and Clients: Thank you! To my parents:Thank you for teaching me to work hard, laugh often andbe honest.To my upline, ENVP Donna Johnson: Thank you for makingme feel special. To ENVP Phoebe James and NVP BonnieErickson: Thank you for your support and for reminding meto enjoy the journey. To Rita: I’ve heard your voice in myhead say, “Mind your mind!” so many times over the past10 years. You’ve helped me get through many personalchallenges, thank you! To the Home Office: Your behindthe-sceneswork gives us the power to soar. To Candace:Thank you for the best products in the world! To Petter:Thank you for your vision and years of blood, sweat andtears building the strong and secure foundation of this nowskyscraper of a company. To Stian: Thank you for keepingthe legacy going and growing!To my children, Ryan, Rachell and Kara: Thank you for allthe labeling, photocopying and everything else you do tohelp mommy. To my husband and very best friend, Bob:Thank you for trusting me enough to support me in givingthis Arbonne business another try, all the while keeping mein check and reminding me to stay true to who I am andalso for all the hours of listening. You taught me not to sweatthe small stuff. You are my knight in shining armor, and Ilove you!AM-in-qualification, Barbara Bordeau, Mary Beth and Kim Stevens … thebeginning of the Florida team.NEW REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTThe testimonials in this story reflect the actual experience of an individual, are anecdotal only, and may be atypical.EYE ON ARBONNE JUNE 2004