Valentina & Paul Meehan
Where are you from?
How were you introduced to MonaVie?
My wife’s friend bugged her relentlessly until she went and had a one-on-one with her upline Tracey Eggloff (Ruby at the time). She was turned on by the antioxidants and health benefits related.
What is your "why?"
To spend as much time with my two children Gregory, age five, and Anna, age three months. To not have to get up every morning and sit in traffic two hours in and two hours home. Building a legacy for our family and helping other families do the same.
What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?
Getting phone calls from people saying that the product has helped them or they are able to pay all of their bills and not just some of them. Going Diamond in the middle of a blizzard!
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Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...
The future is looking better everyday. Short term we are going Black Diamond by the end of 2010 and selling our Visa and Passport exepediting service. Valentina really wants a Motor Coach to travel the country with our kids. I JUST want a Lambo! The only thing long term at this moment is to keep doing rides to benefit the MORE Project and maybe inspire others to do the same.
Tell us more about The MORE Project ride
It all started the end of April 2009. Our Black Diamond Shelly Aristizabel had a brain aneurism while giving a presentation in a room full of doctors in Delaware. She could not have been in a better place; turns out she was only a couple of miles from a hospital that specializes in her condition. Also, one of the doctors at the tasting was a resident. While recovering her husband Ed took time to be very transparent with all of us and sent out countless emails detailing how if you ever had a dream you wanted to accomplish to get it done now. I always had a dream of doing long distance rides for charity. For 19 years I was a bicycle messenger in Washington, DC. On the weekends I would race with our local cycling club. Looking back I only rode for money or points.
That’s when it hit me! In the Momentum DVD Dallin Larsen says, “If you have been blessed, you better be a blessing.” I have been blessed in many ways by MonaVie. Monavie got me back on my bike and participating in my family life again in just a few months. Why not do a ride to benefit The MORE project and give others the same chance? I called Ed and said, “Ed I have a crazy idea. I want to ride from Washington, DC to R3Global Family reunion in Orlando, FL and raise money for The MORE Project. What do you think?” I think Ed’s answer was “Are you crazy? How many miles is that?”
I explained it was 900 miles and my dream and that I really wanted to do it. He told me that he would support me however he could. Together we decided that a website would be the best way to take donations and get the word out. I called one of my personally sponsored people, Tony DeCarlo, to ask for advice and a donation. Tony is a website designer and he offered his services instead of a donation. More Miles 4 More Kids was born.
I went on The MORE Project website and found an email to inquire about fundraisers and a few days later I got a call from Valerie Holt. We talked for a while and she had somebody setup a link so people could donate directly from my website. She also made a few calls and helped get me on the monthly motivational call to promote the ride in August 2009, as well as, a piece on The MonaVie Media Center. Donations did not go well at first and I got a little discouraged. Ed pointed out that even if I did not reach our goal, we would at least raise awareness for the cause and maybe inspire somebody else to get off the couch.
The ride went as planned and I made it to Orlando in 5½ days. I even got to go on stage with Katy & Sergio and tell a bit of my story. Dream accomplished.
A few months later I received a call from Valerie Holt. She told me that Linda Larsen had been talking to a couple from Canada who were inspired by the ride and wanted to do a ride also. She asked me to call them and offer my assistance. I spoke with Cristie-Lynn Bowman (husband Mike) and she was amazed that I called her. She had some very good questions and I could tell they had no idea what they were doing. She asked if I could meet them on the road and finish the ride with them. I told her I would be willing to ride the entire distance with them as I have ridden across the US several times. Before I got off the phone I asked the most important question, “Where do you guys live?”
The answer was Vancouver, BC. Admittedly, I had no idea where that was. I was thinking north of New York. Without thinking I said I’M IN! As soon as I got off the phone I Googled Vancouver and my jaw hit the floor. I have never met Cristie-Lynn and Mike in person we have only talked vie phone and email. We will meet for the first time at the International Convention in SLC. And the rest will be history!
To learn more about Paul, Cristie-Lynn and Mike’s ride to raise funds for The MORE Project, visit:
More Miles 4 MORE Kids
The Ride 4 MORE
While they are covering all their own expenses, they are asking that anyone willing sponsor them for 1 cent per mile or whatever contribution feasible with a goal to raise $200,000. All proceeds go to The MORE Project.
Follow their ride with us as we bring you more details…they depart July 10th with the intent to cover 4,200 miles in 35 days!