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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.

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