Several months ago, a customer who I saw every week came through my drive-thru and gave me her business card. She told me she had a business opportunity that she thought I’d be great at and asked me to get in touch with her. I thought it sounded a little sketchy but I was inspired that she thought that I had such great customer service that she would ask me about something she’s involved in.
A week later I got together with her at McDonald’s for breakfast. It turns out that she sells Arbonne. So it wasn’t as sketchy as I thought. I have heard of the product so it wasn’t’ entirely new to me, but I hadn’t really heard about it in six years so I let her talk about it to me. She invited me to try some of the product (which is how they do some of their sales) and then I got it back to her. It turned out that what she shared with me was the most expensive line that they have. (of course) She presented the opportunity for me to sell the product and I told her that I had a lot on my plate and I wasn’t going to have an answer for her until after October and the trip to Texas.
I was seriously considering adding it into my routine. Seeing how I could work it into my time off. I realized as of the end of September however, that I had already committed myself to far too much, and really wasn’t going at anything 100% except for work. I attended two meetings with her, one that was just someone sharing the product and the other was a district meeting where they had little seminars on business stuff which was fascinating and gave out awards to people who had achieved certain things in the business.
The first meeting I went to, I walked in and was greeted by several wonderful genuine women. I felt a kinship and my heart thought, God has spoken to my heart about connecting with women, I wonder if this is one of the possibilities he has provided. It was refreshing to spend a night with 10 self-employed business woman who had nothing but good things to say about each other, and even others who are involved in the program in other cities. It was so refreshing to see them commending each other’s abilities and strengths, and encouraging through fears and weakness. Made me wish that I found more places focused on Christ that mirrored the same thing.
The second meeting I attended, in talking to one of the Executive Managers I mentioned that i was going to Texas and that I knew some people and that i was going to be at a conference. She said you are pretty much set up for a group of people to connect with. And i thought about it and got a bit excited. I had an hour drive home from the meeting, and as I thought about it, my heart started to feel in turmoil.
yes, if I took this on…I would be making more money. I would have some serious tax benefits. I would work with a great group of people. But I felt that a lot of what was driving most of the people was obtaining MORE…and that hasn’t really been something that has driven me. I do obtain things and sometimes want something different then I have, but having EXCESS isn’t something that I want to work towards. One of the rewards of moving up in the company is a white Mercedes and I was thinking to myself, ‘What on EARTH would I do with one of those?!?!’ A benefit of having the extra money would be to save for retirement as well as have money to go towards things that are being done around the world that I want to support.
I thought about it for a week and really struggled with what my motives would be for selling it (I wasn’t sold on all of the products, though the company does sound good)…so I told her that most likely I wouldn’t sell it but probably buy it.
I haven’t really been in touch since because I was so busy moving into my new role at Starbucks and then heading to Texas. I am still okay with the conclusion that at this point I don’t think that selling this product is for me. I am thankful that my customer service was acknowledged, and that I could see that there are some sisterhoods out there that are not Christ based but full of women who are building each other up in what seems like a genuine manner.