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Mar 7, 2011

MonaVie Distributor Focus: Carol and Dale Funk from Hillsboro, Oregon

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Tell us about you and the photo above...
My husband, Dale is a respiratory therapist at a hospital. I am a cancer registrar at a different hospital. He works graveyard and I work days, so needless to say, we hardly see each other.

We both volunteer at our local Hillsboro shelter, taking pictures of the dogs and cats and posting them on a pet finder site to try to help them get adopted.

Both of our dogs are adopted from shelters. The red one is Samantha and she was 2 1/2 years old when we got her. She is part Australian cattle dog and part Stafford terrier. She was sick when we adopted her and she literally put her two paws around my neck and hugged me the whole way home. Our veterinarian later confirmed my suspicions, that her troubled breathing was due to pneumonia, present in both her lungs. We almost lost her, but the vet just kept trying. She was in the hospital and we would visit daily and tell her we loved her. Our vet fell in love with her too and would come in at night to check on her. She came home after three days and three months and three different antibiotics later she made a full recovery.

The other dog, Shadar, is a long-haired black German Shepherd, retriever and Border Collie mix. He came into the local shelter when he was 3-4 months old after his previous owners had moved, leaving him on their neighbor’s front porch. He decided he was coming home with me that day, so we did a meet and greet and he became part of our family right away. He is quite a momma's boy.

Both Samantha and Shadar love the beach, lake and park. The day this photo was taken they were pulling the kids at the park on a sled. We thought it would be fun to have them pull the RVL product too and promote health and wellbeing.

What is your “why”?
My husband and I love the Oregon beach and would love to have a vacation home facing the ocean. We would also like a place in the country that is solar powered and have lots of green houses. I love to cook with fresh herbs and vegetables and would love them year round. My husband and I both presently work at different hospitals, different shifts and rarely get time together; one of us is leaving as the other gets home from work. We have two grown boys in college. My dream would be to spend time with future grandkids any time I want. We also would love to travel.

What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?
The release of RVL. Prior to a hysterectomy at age 41 I never had a weight problem. However, since the surgery my weight has been a continuous struggle and at one point I highly considered going on an expensive program that zeroed in on hormone imbalance, but after a friend had spent over $2,000 in two months and still had not lost all the weight, I realized the program was simply too expensive. Diabetes runs in my family so getting and keeping the weight off was a must for my long-term health.

I started RVL on November 12, 2010. I have dropped two clothing sizes and 20 pounds and have 12 more pounds to go to reach my goal weight. My husband, who has also struggled with weight, has lost over 29 pounds now.

I also have to mention the EMV. I drive 40 miles to work on three different, very busy, congested freeways. I work four 10-hour days, getting up at 3:30 am, leaving the house between 4:30-4:45 am and starting work at 6 am. At the end of my day I leave work at 4:30 pm and get home between 6pm and 7pm, depending on traffic. I don't leave home without first drinking a can of EMV and then I will typically drink another one in the early afternoon.

Share your best business building tip
At this point we are sharing our story. We first got in for the products but we are starting to get our group to meet weekly, so we can help each other grow because we all want to not have traditional jobs anymore.

Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...
Our goal at this point is to build to Royal Black Diamond. In any case, we are definitely hooked on all the products. Short-term goal is to make enough money to pay for more MonaVie products!

One of my husband's dreams is to build our MonaVie business big enough to be able to purchase a lot of acreage in the country and open up a big animal rescue with trainers and offer rehabilitation services for dogs.

Mar 1, 2011

Why We Should Stop Throwing Spaghetti Against the Wall

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Spaghetti throwing, we’ve all done it. OK, maybe not actual spaghetti throwing, but figuratively speaking most of us are guilty, especially when it comes to social media, email or marketing a business in general. So what do I mean when I say spaghetti throwing?

Good question.

You might be a spaghetti thrower if you:

  • Send out mass emails/posts/tweets to people you know (and most likely many you don’t know) about a “great opportunity”
  • When business posts outnumber personal posts -- remember social media is SOCIAL!
  • Link to a “great product” or video on your Facebook/Twitter page with the last line mentioning “if anyone’s interested let me know”
  • Using auto-feeds of MonaVie or other types of content and flooding your social media streams without interacting
  • Cook spaghetti and throw it (this goes without saying)

The Shotgun/Spaghetti Approach vs.  A Strategic Approach

A couple of years ago I was laid off from my job, (a harrowing event in my life, but not unexpected working in the real estate industry in Southern California). With a wife and two kids, this life changing event was one I was not prepared for (who is?) and the job search market was a completely new frontier. One of the first job opportunities I looked into was a great position, with a great company. Before applying for the position, I decided to call the hiring manager about the position. After a few ninja moves and creative negotiations I was transferred to her. She informed me that she had received over 300 resumes to go through and that there were many qualified applicants. My heart sank. I soon figured out, simply updating my resume and posting it to online job sites (which I have done before) was not going to be enough to get interviews, and not only that, the competition for jobs was fierce.  (Cue the self doubt!)

How was I going to stand out?

How am I going to differentiate myself from the competition? (sound familiar?)

I decided to dig in. I read tons of articles. I spoke with an outplacement agency. I delved into LinkedIn (a great resource BTW) and I revamped my resume to try to truly stand out. For job postings I wanted to apply for, I researched the company, the products, and would customize my resume to fit the job position. I would also customize a cover letter as well. The process was slow, and at times I would apply for up to 2-4 positions maximum a day. But a strange thing happened... I started getting interviews. In fact the job I originally inquired about later called me back for multiple interviews (they ended up offering the job to an internal candidate who “changed their mind”—but stay with me here there’s a point coming!).

During this time a colleague of mine, let's call him Chuck (short for spaghetti chucker), who was also unemployed, spoke to me about how his job search was going. His frustration was evident.

“I’ve sent out thousands of resumes and have not received a single interview,” he said.

It was clear…Chuck was clearly throwing spaghetti on the wall hoping it stuck using the age old argument of quantity over quality--you know the same methods of cold-callers. And he really thought he was doing his best, with an “at least I tried” kind of mindset.

The point!

Many who are trying to generate interest in their business "Chuck" out links, offers and other content and hope someone calls us or is interested in some way, or even just comments. But are we really looking to connect with others or are we simply taking the easy way out? Sending out links, emails, Facebook posts, Tweets on any content is easy. Sure it took you some time to post, maybe come up with a little headline, etc. However, do you have someone in mind when you post or do you have everyone in mind? Customizing a message, or telling your story to one person or even a group of people takes time and effort.

Most of the time it is simply not enough to just blast content out to the masses because you think you’re spreading a message to everyone hoping to find someone…when in fact you are connecting with no one, and possibly chasing them away (and damaging your reputation/as well as MonaVie’s in the process).

Over the next weeks we’ll post some ways to :

  • Have a social media strategy for YOU
  • Find quality content
  • Tell a story using content
  • Tell YOUR story using social media and other tools

We also invite you to leave your comments here or on MonaVie on Facebook or  MonaVie on Twitter on what has worked for you and your business.

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Feb 22, 2011

MonaVie RVL Exercise Ball Giveaway!

I hope all those who celebrated President's Day enjoyed the long weekend. But now - get back to work!

To soften the work-week angst, I present you with another giveaway opportunity. Leave me a comment here on BlogMV, Facebook or by (re)Tweeting us on Twitter and you'll be entered to win one (1) MonaVie RVL exercise ball.

Trust me, that's the exercise ball, as it will be shipped to one lucky winner. I'll let you do the hard work of blowing it up. Okay, I'll throw in an air pump, but that's my final offer!

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Update: We have our winner. Congratulations to Billinda Richey who left us the following comment, "Michigan is Rockin' the MonaVie and RVL..." Billinda, please send your distributor number and mailing address to and we'll get that exercise ball put in the mail. Stay tuned for more giveaways!

Feb 11, 2011

MonaVie RVL Collared Shirt Giveaway!

I was handed this gem of a shirt by Senior Vice President Jeff Graham himself. He said he had a few MonaVie RVL shirts, specifically created for him and other traveling corporate to wear while on tour, and wanted to share the love, offering this one from his personal stash as a giveaway!

MonaVie RVL men's XL shirt

It hasn't been worn by Jeff, though I'm not sure if that is a plus or a minus. Whoever wins may want to know this shirt has been close to Jeff's infamous abdominal muscles. I am sure we can facilitate that request.

It is a men's XL but ladies, do not be shy about entering. Leave me a comment here on BlogMV, on Facebook or by tweeting or retweeting us on Twitter and you'll be entered. We're keeping this giveaway open all weekend and will pick and post a winner first thing Monday morning.

So, to recap, enter to win 1 men's XL collared shirt (with embroidered MonaVie RVL on the left chest and left folded cuff - oh fancy!) by leaving us a comment on any of our social media platforms...and we'll reconvene on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend!

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UPDATE: And our winner to the glorious giveaway, chosen at random using is...wait for it...Kandace Batz, who left the following comment, "Shante….we love your contests!! Don’t forget us Canadians up here, could use a long sleeve. :)"

Well Kandace, we shall not forget our neighbors to the north! Please send me your distributor number and mailing address ( and I'll get your shirt to the post (office), posthaste.

Jan 31, 2011

Change Lives, Including Your Own - Join the MORE Project March Expedition

Space is limited and time even more so, but if you want an opportunity to act on MonaVie's newest key message "A MORE meaningful life," then make sure you're part of the MORE Project March 20-27 service expedition. Spend a week at Village MonaVie and take in the programs and other life-changing offerings. Visit the Believers Project, a school offering a well-rounded education to the children of the favelas; the Mom's House, where children in otherwise high-risk situations live and receive love, attention and support; the Professional School, where teenagers and adults are offered the vocational training necessary to find employment and free themselves and their families from poverty.

Each expedition group completes a service project, including, but certainly not limited to, construction work, cleaning, general labor duties and helping out in and around the various schools - wherever the need is greatest. Life changing experiences are had by all, including those who's lives are supported, in every sense of the word, by the MORE Project.

Deadline for the March expedition is February 5. To apply, to this:

1.  Complete the MORE Project Expedition Application

2.  Make a Deposit

Be sure to specify your preferred 2011 expedition:

March 20-27

May 8-15

September 25-October 2

July 23-August 1 (Youth Expedition, ages 14-18)

Cost is $2,750 per person ($3,000 for the Youth Expedition) with a $250 deposit. Children 12 years and up are welcome when accompanied by a parent.

(2010 VIP MORE Project Expedition, photos by CFO Devin Thorpe)

I'm filling out my application now for the March expedition. Anyone care to join me in changing lives?

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Jan 28, 2011

MonaVie RVL Shaker Giveaway Winners

Well, we managed to nab ourselves two more shaker bottles, and by "nab" I mean shake them from Scott Anderson's unsuspecting hands. All for you!

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Behold, the now FOUR lucky winners, who were chosen at random, from last week's giveaway:

MonaVie Squamish - Natasza Pawlikowska (via Twitter)

Anne Dyer (via Facebook)

Kris Schumacher Geeting (via Facebook)

Sharon Jones (via BlogMV)

As always, please send your mailing addresses to or and we’ll make sure it gets mailed out next week.

Thank you to all who commented and stay tuned on our FacebookTwitter and BlogMV for more information and more giveaways!

Jan 20, 2011

Win and Provide a Home for a MonaVie RVL Shaker

It's been an exciting beginning to the New Year and guess what? It only gets better! Here at MonaVie we like to "shake" things up a bit, just as we're doing right now in the weight management industry with RVL.

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MonaVie receptionist Cristina wanted to take them home too!

Speaking of which, we want to give all of YOU the chance to "shake" things up as well. We have two MonaVie RVL Shakers that desperately need to find a good home and will provide years of RVL shake-goodness!

To enter to win a MonaVie Shaker leave a comment here on BlogMV, on Facebook or (re)tweet us on Twitter by 5:00 PM PST tomorrow (January 21st) and you’ll be entered to win. Two winners will be selected.

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Specifically, we here at MonaVie HQ want to know how YOU will be able to provide a good home for the shaker? Is there anything you add to your RVL shake?  Will you be committed to drinking and using your RVL shaker? Will your RVL Shaker help you or others lose weight or simply collect dust in your cupboard next to your favorite 32 oz insulated mug? We want to know!

Jan 14, 2011

Resolution Success Means Getting Out of Your Own Way

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"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."

-Edmund Hillary

Ah…a new year. A fresh start. At the very least a new Dilbert calendar. Once again, tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. The annual goal setting, personal inventory reflection season is upon us!

And as we reflect on the past year and look forward to this year, most of us have something we want to accomplish, something we want to do. I’ve done it many times, and then get to the end of the year (OK more like the end of February....sometimes January) and wonder, what happened? Where did I go wrong?

Almost every time the answer is MYSELF!

I wasn’t committed enough, I made excuses, I rationalized my decisions, and I sabotaged my own success.

Is your goal to lose weight? (I think we have a program for that!) Learn another language? Are your goals financial or spiritual or even service oriented? Maybe your goal is to find a way to have a family vacation? Well, here are words of advice and a few links to help you on your way.

  • Have a locker room pep and chalk talk with yourself. You’ve seen the sports movies where the coach comes in and delivers the inspirational speech to pump up the team, or words of inspiration are given before a battle. I'm not talking self affirmations with Stuart Smalley, but more like the Rocky Balboa type of pep talk (eat some raw eggs if necessary). Don't forget to take a moment to get in the proper mindset to not only set a goal, but to tell yourself how you will accomplish your goal. Find a quiet place where there are no distractions and start writing down your goals, dreams, plans for the year and how you will get there. When finished, print it out and post it wherever you need, the car, the refrigerator, etc.

  • KISS – not the band, the principle. Keep things simple. If evenings are usually busy with family time, then get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to exercise (see how simple that was?). “Oh…but I’m not a morning person...”  (insert whining sounds and see the next bullet) Be specific with your goals and how you will accomplish them. Be realistic. If you have 20 goals for the year and you've never really accomplished one...maybe you should start off with three (OK...maybe 1 for me!). steps!

  • Avoid the excuses and obstacles. Excuses are those things that prevent you from accomplishing your goals. Excuses lead to rationalization and before you know it you’re eating bon-bons on the couch watching Seinfeld re-runs and Shark vacuum infomercials at 2 a.m. (Have you seen the new steam one?). Popular excuses include:
  • It costs too much…

    I don’t have time…

    I’m too tired…

    The dog ate my homework...

    The Shark vacuum infomercial was on...(this is a terrible excuse btw)

    When we use excuses, we are really saying we don’t care!

  • Make your goals a priority. Where we spend our time is where our priorities lie. When other obstacles or items come your way are your goals going to take a backseat? Are you going to sacrifice your goals for Bunco night with the ladies or golfing with the boys? Uh…No! (unless the golf course is Pebble Beach, or Augusta National--then you have no choice) You can still go out and have fun, just make sure your priorities and goals come first and know that you saying "Yes" to everything is a big No-No!  Here’s a great article on learning to say NO!  (Heck…even Nancy Reagan would be proud!)

  • Find goal support. If you are trying to quit smoking or drinking, hanging out with pals at the local pub probably isn’t the greatest idea. If you are trying to lose weight, going out to eat everyday with your friends, also not the most intelligent activity. If you are serious about your goal-- your friends, spouse, family not only deserve to know about it, but can be a great benefit to you and some may want to join you! In fact you should ask them to join you!  (BTW, the RVL website has a great way of inviting others to join you!)

  • Abundant sources of information, inspiration and advice. No matter where you look these days there’s an over abundance of advice and information. From motivational books, to blogs, podcasts, websites, videos, programs, etc. In fact, there are some fabulous MonaVie leaders who are quite inspiring on their own! Here are a few other links that I thought were good reads to help you with your personal and business goals.

New Year’s Resolutions for Innovative Teams

3 Tips to Help You Stick to your 2011 New Year’s  Resolutions

5 Goal Setting Tips for the New Year

Leave a comment below and tell us your goals for the upcoming year and some of the tips that have helped you!

Jan 7, 2011

MonaVie RVL Giveaway Winners

The moment of truth you've all been waiting for has come, as we announce the winners of the MonaVie RVL-giveaway!

(cue drumroll)

The winner of the autographed RVL Shake Mix is Stacie Johnson from Facebook. We liked her comment so much we thought we'd share it!

Stacie Johnson : Just began the RVL last week, lost 4 lbs in 3 days. Wasnt expecting to be able to purchase it at this time as it really is not in the budget. My hubby surprised me with a tub around Christmas. I know if this works for me, all the people watching our business will jump in. And anyone who knows how much weight I have to lose, will be amazed!! I like the RVL program and the best thing is the site that helps you choose meals, counts your calories for you, builds your grocery list for you, tracks your progress, gives you other options and helps you with accountability…WHAT more can you ask for? How can you fail?…except you giving up!

Well said Stacie and congrats!

The winner of the RVL Swag Bag goes to Craig Beder (@27craig) from Twitter for retweeting our giveaway. Thanks Craig, you'll be receiving some excellent RVL swag!

Stacie and Craig please send your mailing addresses to or and we'll make sure it gets mailed out next week after the big Orlando extravaganza!

Thank you to all who commented and who have made the RVL Launch a success. Stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter and BlogMV for more information and more giveaways!!

Nov 15, 2010

Farmville, the Golden Rule & the Real You

For those of you who frequent Facebook, you may have run into, oh…I dunno, about 100,000 Farmville posts in your Facebook feed (btw..there are over 80 million players!). For those not familiar with Farmville, it’s a virtual farming game with animals, crops and all the fixins, that about 10% of all Facebook members play. (BTW…A co-worker here at MonaVie said his Mom is addicted, and she actually sets the alarm to feed the “virtual” animals at 4 a.m., then goes back to sleep—Yikes!). You may have clicked on a Farmville post (you're not off the hook either Mafia Wars!) and even started to play the game, OR...if you’re like me, you were constantly annoyed and had to hide it in your Facebook feed.

The Golden Rule

Since one of my jobs here at MonaVie is monitoring our online presence, every day I see what is being said by you and by others about MonaVie. The good. The bad. The ugly. Almost daily I  think how can we communicate with others online more effectively? Are we essentially showing up in our friend’s feed like a Farmville post, or other spammers? How would I want to be communicated with? I kept coming back to the Golden Rule as an answer to that very question. Before you post on social media channels, have you asked, "Is this how I'd want to be communicated with?"  I asked myself what characteristics do I look for when connecting with someone (and I suggest you make a similar list—do it…do it now!) and quickly wrote down the first things that came to mind (start writing!). My quick initial responses were:

  • Authenticity – someone who is real/honest
  • Trustworthy
  • Interesting
  • Common interests
  • Pleasant, humorous, positive
  • Helpful

The Real You

I recently shared the article “Will the Real You Please Stand Up?” on MonaVie’s Twitter feed and is a rather thought provoking article that questions if we are the same person online, as we are face-to-face? So who are you really? Do people know you as MonaVie, or for the real you? Are you a person or a brand first? After writing that list, I realized, those qualities are ones that I want others to perceive in me! My next question was, so how would others be able to find out that I have these qualities? I realized that to make real connections it’s not going to happen in one post, or even 10, but that it takes time, and am I patient enough to get there? Are you? Comment below and let us know how you connect with others!

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