News Flash: You're Not Too Late Until You're Dead

A common response from people about the prospect of starting their own business with Life's Abundance is that it's "too late". Excuse me, but too late for what? 

  • To earn extra income?
  • To have a flexible schedule?
  • To do something you enjoy?
  • To be your own boss?
  • To meet new people?
  • To recommend products that contribute to a healthful way of living?
  • To help people who love their pets feed them better so they can enjoy them longer?

I've always been a late-bloomer. I didn't get my act together to really get in shape until I was almost 50. I don't even want to imagine how miserable my life would be if I had taken the "it's too late" approach to adopting a much healthier lifestyle. I've had a pretty successful career as an employee. I probably could have said "it's too late" to think about another career opportunity, and no one would question that. But you know what? I said yes. Yes to the opportunity of adding to what will be my retirement income. Yes to filling my spare time--even when it's scarce--to doing something I really enjoy. Yes to making decisions about how I'll share my story, my brand, and these awesome products. Yes to meeting new people in the form of customers, prospects, and teammates. Yes to using and recommending a line of clean nutritional supplements that make a difference in my life, and yes to giving my dogs what I believe to be the most wholesome and nutritious food, treats and supplements available. 

Do you think you're too late? You're not. And you can do this. I'm waiting for your "yes" at happyvalleyhealthy@gmail.com


What's your excuse?

We all have excuses--I probably have as many or more than anyone. For years, in the back of my mind I wondered what it would feel like to be my own boss, to pursue something with real passion, and to be doing something that helped people. But what would I do? What could I offer? I'm just a regular person, not certified or licensed in anything special. Who would listen to me? I thought about all these things in parallel with an "8 to 5" job that I care about greatly, and am extremely grateful to have. But I still wanted more. Finally, in 2016 I took a step. I signed on as an Executive Field Representative for Life's Abundance. Initially I thought this was a good way for me to just get product at the distributor price, but I quickly became so enthused about the products and so impressed about the team I became a part of that I knew there was no choice but to do more. 

I'm going to share with you some of the many excuses I went through before I took this step. If you have any entrepreneurial dreams, maybe you've been experiencing some of these yourself. Do I have any regrets about taking the step I did? Yes, one. That I didn't do it sooner. So which one(s) of these do you identify with?

1. I don't have the money. Well, face it...you'll never have "enough". Ever. But you can control what you do with what you have, and the costs of starting a home-based business like this, compared to a traditional brick-and-mortar business, is minuscule.

2. I don't have the time. Everyone has the same amount of time. The difference is what you're willing to do with it. 

3. I'm scared. Guess what! Every entrepreneur is scared!  Use those fears as fuel to do what it takes to get it done. And think about how easy this route is, compared to something like owning a franchise for something. Everyone's experience is different, but I can tell you that it didn't take long at all for me to recoup what I invested in starting my business. If I were a traditional business owner, or a franchise buyer, I most likely would have been looking at a loss or no profit for years--maybe as much as a decade. Now THAT is scary!

4. I don't have the right connections. You have more than you think. A good company, like Life's Abundance, will help you think about your network and in no time you'll be surprised how many people you know or have access to--if not in person, then certainly through social media.

I'll be sharing more excuses for you to ponder in the upcoming weeks, but if this first installment has prompted you to think about owning your own business or how nice it would be to have another source of income, I'd like you to think about joining me on this journey. The training resources are here, the company is solid. The growth opportunities are amazing, and the entry point is attainable. Most of all, the chance to work with people who want a healthier life for themselves and/or their pets is more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. Drop me a note at happyvalleyhealthy@gmail.com and let's get started!

Confessions of a Late Bloomer

I was out of high school before I had my first date.

I didn't get married until I was in my 40s.

It took being prescribed blood pressure medicine, anti-anxiety drugs and my mother's death, which was complicated by congestive heart failure, to wake me up to the need for correcting my own health through better nutrition and regular exercise.

And, it took until now to find and join this amazing collection of people that we call "Team Diamond Mine".  These people are yoga instructors, health coaches, nutrition experts, pet care providers, massage therapists, and regular people like me who are balancing an "8 to 5" with the work that brings us together. That work--and it IS work, although it's more gratifying to me than I ever could have imagined--is being an independent representative for the family of Life's Abundance products. 

Now before you get all weirded out about direct marketing or conjure up some illusion of a pyramid scheme, let me say that this is not a "get rich quick" proposition. Like anything worthwhile in life, what you get out of it is what you put into it. But when the company, the products, and the people with whom you're associated click with you and ignite that spark that you thought you might have lost or didn't know you ever had--well then, it's really not an effort at all. You WANT to work at it. 

I joined Life's Abundance voluntarily in 2016 without being "recruited". I was looking for something (dog food, initially) but I found a whole lot more than kibble. I found more confidence. I found clarity. I found greater purpose. I've enhanced my health, and from all signals, I've improved the health and appearance of my canine sidekick. I've started an additional income stream. I've helped others whose health I care about, and helped their pets who mean so much to them. And guess what? I'm ready to start having a few committed people join me. If affiliating yourself with an employee-owned company with a commitment to clean, healthy nutrition for people and animals sounds good to you, if extra money sounds good to you, if helping other people on their own journey to better health and fitness is appealing to you, let's talk. In the meantime I want to share with you some of the other awesome people that I'm so fortunate to be aligned with as part of Team Diamond Mine. You could be the next shiny diamond!