As I head into the next few weeks I am looking vulnerability right in the face. It takes something for me to be open and honest and to take risks. It’s scary but so exciting. I can’t wait to share what I have been up to! #bigthings #grateful #shakleeeffect #instaquote
It seemed impossible that the 20kg kettlebell would ever feel manageable. This was my left side from Friday when I was a little distracted. Somehow I still had no trouble lifting the 20kg! Things are busy and life is good and I am doing my best to stay focused and on track for the US Nationals in August here in NYC.
New PR! 88reps in 10min with 18kg. I honestly didn’t believe this was possible today. I got through minute 4 on my right arm and started minute 5 as my arm started to fail. I thought to myself, I can get through 30 more seconds. And then I finished that and thought, I can finish the full 5 minutes on my right. Then I got pretty tired in my legs and in general on my left arm but I was determined to match the reps on the left that I had completed on my right. So there you have it, 10min, 88reps and with that, my mental blocks with 18kg have been demolished.
For those who are wondering #whyishaklee.
When I started my Shaklee business three years ago, I was an under employed, 27 year old, actress, personal trainer and pilates instructor living well beyond my means in Manhattan. I was still asking my parents for money, I was unable to travel or take days off, I was very unhealthy and frequently buying the 99 cent boxes of macaroni and cheese from trader joe’s, and I was struggling with fairly severe symptoms of fibromyalgia. The timing was wretched for me to start a new business, especially one that required an, albeit relatively small, upfront financial investment. The timing was bad, I was sick and not an example of what Shaklee stands for, and yet I said yes. To say that I was desperate for something to change at that point is an understatement.
I should mention that I had recently quit my steady income job at a well known gym in the city that can remain nameless because I had a very tough time with the work environment. I was under so much stress there that I developed even more severe symptoms related to fibromyalgia and the related other issues that I dealt with back then that quitting was my only option. I was in the process of building a private fitness clientele from scratch and though I was beginning to audition more and more as a voice over actress, I saw very little income from my acting career either. I used money that I shouldn’t have used to pay for some products to try that would enable me to start a business selling Shaklee products if I decided I felt comfortable putting my name and reputation on the line to do so. Besides quitting my job maybe two months prior, this purchase is one of the riskiest moves I have ever made. I actually wasn’t sure how I would pay my rent after making this purchase. What I didn’t expect is what happened next.
I have one of those Shaklee health success stories that sounds too good to be true. I get that it does. It’s true. Every word of it. And there are people in my life who witnessed my health transformation every step of the way. The products arrived on a weekend I believe, I don’t remember, but either way I remember starting with a smoothie for breakfast, a liquid supplement that would supposedly reduce inflammation and a basic daily regimen of vitamins on a Monday morning. By wednesday of that week there was such a noticeable difference in my mood and my energy that my best friend and roommate actually stopped me to tell me that he noticed it and to support my decision to work on my health in this way. That was just the beginning. Three months later I not only was the healthiest I had been since I was a pre-teen, but I had created a passive income stream that more than covered my ability to purchase the products that I would need for myself to maintain and improve my health every month going forward, and it also started an upward trend of monthly passive income that was the reason that I have turned my finances, my business and my life around in just three years.
Today, I have built a team of people who are as passionate about helping others with their health as I am and I am able to mentor them to solve their similar problems with under employment. No one I am mentoring does Shaklee full time. Most of them have other careers or are Moms who are so dedicated to their families that Shaklee is the perfect way for them to WAHM or be a Work at Home Mom. Under employment is a real problem and it is very difficult for people who are entrepreneurial or who have dreams that are outside of the having-a-day-job box to figure out the finances of handling day to day expenses without an extra stream of income that doesn’t require a large time commitment.
My Shaklee business is still only a small part of my day to day life as far as time spent, but it is a massive part of my monthly income. In addition to sharing Shaklee products with people who are interested in preventative health, increased energy, weight loss, or targeted solutions for issues they are currently dealing with and mentoring other motivated people in doing that same thing, I am a working voice over actor who auditions multiple times a week. I also act in plays on occasion and am producing a feature length documentary right now about the impact of invisible illnesses like Fibromyalgia on interpersonal relationships and basic social skills. I teach private lessons in classical Pilates around 20 hours per week to a select group of incredible clients who I love. Many of these clients have been with me for the entire six years that I have lived in NYC. I personally train 12-15 hours per week in kettlebell sport and I also compete at a very high level in the sport. I receive no financial compensation for my hours spent training or competing, I simply do this for the love of the sport. I am also in the process of taking on real estate investments and am working my way out of the massive debt I found myself in after a very expensive college education and a decade of underemployment.
So, in a nutshell, in around 10-15 hours per week I run a business with Shaklee that allows me to help many people with their health and to help a select group of people focused on the business to create a powerful stream of income very part time. I believe that anyone can do what I have done but I have learned that very few people are actually ready to accept the challenge in a way that leads to success. I am transparent with people who are interested in the business side of Shaklee and I don’t make any lofty promises. I mentor people who are willing to take the actions necessary to be successful and who are genuinely passionate about the health and well-being of others. I am always open to discussing the opportunity with people who are interested and always meet people exactly where they are in the conversation. This has worked to help me be successful up to now and I expect it will continue to work.
I don’t say this next bit to brag, but I suppose it is worth mentioning. I have a 2014 Prius C that is paid for 100% by Shaklee as a bonus for my success in the business. I have also taken 3 all expense paid vacations in my three years in Shaklee and Shaklee paid for four people that I love to join me on those vacations as well. This accidental business has changed my life in ways that still blow my mind and I am grateful for even more to come.