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Feb 12, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in September 2009. On Wednesday, February 10, one day after spending time with Dallin and Karree at the Atlanta Georgia Tasting Meeting she and her mother, Jennifer, received news that her bone marrow test results are cancer free, news that Dallin and Karree shared with much excitement in their last post here on BlogMV.

At Dallin’s request, I contacted Jennifer last night to find out more details and put this little gals journey into the proper context. Here are some of the details shared:

Upon being diagnosed last September, 90 percent of Lily’s bone marrow was cancerous. That’s nine out of 10 cells. Jennifer said that since then Lily has undergone six rounds of chemo, which is the most they typically do for individuals with cancer for fear of damaging vital organs. Lily had already lost one kidney due to the multiple rounds of chemo and the risks were high. Furthermore, after round five, her bone marrow was still 25 percent cancerous and doctors told Jennifer and Lily that a sixth round would most likely NOT destroy all the cancerous cells and that they would look at other methods of treatment.

Which makes the most recent news all that more exciting...and amazing. Lily’s bone marrow is cancer free…words Jennifer has been repeating over and over again these last couple days.

The process is not over yet. Lily must now travel to St. Judes hospital and have a bone marrow transplant, then radiation and antibody treatments. Still, these next steps could not have happened before receiving word her bone marrow was cancer free.

This week is a week of celebration for Lily, Jennifer, family and friends. They are so touched by the MonaVie community that has rallied around them, which isn’t hard considering Lily’s fiery and infectious personality. They feel a renewed hope for 2010 and can’t wait to spend time at more MonaVie events, as well as, visit The MORE Project in Brazil, a trip they were planning to take before Lily was diagnosed last year.

Jennifer told me that Lily has a Facebook Fan page, located here and a Care Pages, located at *www.care.com/lilyanderson where they post updates and photos of her progress.

*You must create an account to view this page.

The latest post to her Facebook page reads, “Dear Stupid Cancer .....I just got my bone marrow test results.. NEGATIVE like in zero, ziltch, zip, nada, no mo, your out of here! So with that said please just give up already. Your not going to win this”

Lily and Jennifer, thank you for sharing a bit of your story. We love you! And you are proof that 2010 is indeed a year of miracles. Shine on!

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Update (February 26, 2010): Lily is now at St. Judes hospital in Memphis, TN. She is schedule to have a stem cell/bone marrow transplant and after will remain at St. Judes until the end of March and then return home first part of April. Due to demand, her mother, Jennifer, will place another order for the yellow Lily bracelets worn by Dallin and Karree. We'll share details when and where they are available. If you wish to send Lily cards or gifts she can recieve them at the following address:

Lily Anderson

535 Alabama Ave.

Memphis, TN 38105

Feb 9, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Houston, Texas

We'll be bringing you more and more stories from the road with Dallin, as he travels to many city meetings throughout the United States. There are so many miracles happening in MonaVie and we want to hear them all! Here we are with John and Jaime in Houston, Texas. Listen to their story:

What is your miracle for 2010?

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Feb 8, 2010

American Exports

As an American in a shrinking world, I confess that I am not entirely proud of every single U.S. export.  While I love McDonald’s and eat my fair share of Quarter Pounders, I am not sure that McDonald’s represents America around the world the way I’d like to be viewed as I travel.

In contrast, America was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal.”  While we continue to refine—and expand—what this means in America, it is perhaps this principle that represents the greatest American export.

The principle that you and I deserve basic human rights and equal respect, regardless of our skin color, where we were born or where we worship was revolutionary in 1776 when America declared its independence.

MonaVie holds this principle as valid today in our business.  We welcome all, regardless of those things that make us different, to join MonaVie and receive the blessings of health and prosperity that come from living the MonaVie lifestyle.

We also celebrate the great successes of our distributors, especially those who have achieved the most.  Each such leader is an example of MonaVie’s great diversity, bringing unique personal perspectives and values.  We are proud of all that our leaders accomplish by sharing the juice and opportunity.

MonaVie is built on the great American value that all men are created equal.  Personally, I hope that one day, MonaVie will be viewed as the great American export, representing our commitment to share health and prosperity with every people of the world.

Sincerely,

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Feb 4, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Message from John De Vries and Yone

It's been a whirlwind of a trip to the United States for Yone this last week and in that time she's realized one of her dreams. After wowing us all with her incredible voice at the Anaheim Regional, one audience member, Blue Diamond John De Vries, was so touched by her spirit and talent that he decided that he wanted to do something more...and much more was in his power. As a music producer he had contact with some of the best of the best in the music industry and within a day it was all set - Yone was going to fly to Los Angeles to record her first CD!

2010 certainly is the year of miracles in MonaVie.

Listen to John De Vries share more insights:

And just yesterday I had the pleasure of talking to Yone, and in retrospect I should have got an autograph! Here's a message from our superstar before she flies back to Brazil, with Katy Holt-Larsen and Marshall Snarr:

What's your miracle for 2010?

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Jan 28, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Take the Attitude of Gratitude Challenge!

Contrary to stereotypes of those who participate in social media, most do not sit in their mother’s basement in pajamas and communicate through a keyboard all day…though, let’s be honest, it does sound almost delightful. Just kidding. Maybe.

As distributors…check that…as human beings…you have a chance to build new relationships and enhance current ones through social media.

A study by MicroDialogue, found that 27.6 percent of social media users in the US say social networking has benefited their offline relationships and almost half (48.7 percent) reported they felt communication via the internet was more convenient than face-to-face discussions. Social media has also proven key for some web surfers in expanding their social lives, with 49 percent claiming to have forged new relationships from online interactions and 31.5 percent saying social media pushed them to try things they had wanted to do.

Let me preface the next bit with the words of Dallin and our VP of Marketing Wayne Moorehead, which are, social media does not, nor will it ever replace good marketing, a good business building system or those fruitful (LOL – see what I did there?) tasting parties.

Social media is meant to supplement those best practices and is a new medium to connect and build relationships, which we all know is the cornerstone of network marketing.

Remember Devin’s last blog post where he pretty much says that social media is relationship marketing and relationship marketing is just that…building relationships. And… shouting to the world on Facebook or Twitter “Try MonaVie now…it really works,” does not a relationship make. I know. I’m as shocked as you are. No really, you know this stuff. You know the people who spam you with the same type of sales pitches and why it isn’t working for them.

The reason social media has become a popular way to communicate is because we are all looking for transparency and openness. We don’t want to be sold. We want information quickly and we don’t want anything to feel staged or contrived. It’s about being real. Am I rambling? I’m rambling. Moving on…

Okay, so in keeping with Dallin’s theme for 2010, A Year of Miracles, our first initiative in making miracles – an Attitude of Gratitude Challenge!

Think of each individual you might have on your social networking sites or even acquaintances offline. The challenge is to thank or acknowledge 5-10 individuals every day for the next month. So simple!

You're probably already doing this, so just do it with purpose. It can be as simple as sending someone a direct message, writing on their FB wall, a tweet or email to ask them how they're doing, going to lunch. It can be someone from your upline, downline, etc. Just remember...don't sell.

I'm willing to bet the results will astonish you.

Who's going to take the challenge? Throughout the month feel free to post and let me know how the challenge is going!

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Jan 12, 2010

2010 Global Kickoff Webcast Goes Straight to DVD!

Due to the overwhelming feedback and requests we’ve received primarily via Twitter, Facebook and here on BlogMV, I am beyond thrilled to report that the powers that be have decided to make the 2010 Global Kickoff Webcast available in DVD format! Whoohoo! Hollar!

The DVD versions will be available in the VO within the next two weeks for a minimal cost and all proceeds will go to the MORE Project. Shout out to Dave Male (from Facebook) for sending in that suggestion!

All, I’m so proud and deeply impressed (apparently I love my adjectives today) with the community we are building through our social media platforms. The webcast was a success because of you! It was a crazy success and at times total chaos but I can only think of how positive the vibes were and how you supported each other and helped each other troubleshoot. At one point my viewer went into buffer mode and for the next five minutes you helped me stay informed by tweeting me play-by-plays of the webcast. Loved it!

Hopefully you’ll feel the goodness or at least understand that your voices are heard! The DVD version of the webcast is proof positive.

I’ll share more details as I get them regarding price, exact date of availability – you know, all the good stuff. Until next time…

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Jan 11, 2010

Social Networking: Build Relationships First

No one is more excited than I about MonaVie’s recent headlong entrance into social networking.  Many of us use Facebook, especially, as a key way of expressing ourselves and staying in touch with our friends.  It can also be a great tool for extending and building relationships and for finding new friends.

Like you, I often meet people at events and in organizations.  When I meet someone new, I often seek them out on Facebook, allowing me to quickly learn more about them and to reinforce the relationship between the name and the face.  I find that this is a huge help for building real relationships.

For instance, an acquaintance from church became a friend on Facebook.  When she and her husband took a trip to Thailand, they were involved in a terrible traffic accident that left her in the hospital.  She returned safely and is recovering.  When I saw her again at church, I was able to ask her detailed, pertinent questions about her trip and her health.  We developed the foundation of a real friendship because of the information we shared on Facebook. Absent Facebook, I would simply have wondered where this woman at church got those scars.  Now we’re friends.  She knows I care about her and I know how she’s doing.

There is a temptation with Facebook and Twitter to use the tools to simply gather a list.  Nothing could be more counterproductive to networking.  If you randomly seek to gather names, you’ll end up only with people who are indiscriminate in their friend selection in your list.  That is no way to build relationships.

As you are seeking to build relationships on Facebook and Twitter, I would encourage you not to think about these sites purely as tools for building your MonaVie business, but rather as a genuine place to build friendships.  As people learn to know you, your hobbies, family, passions and faith, they will come to know and respect you.  The bond you build will be worth far more than the juice you sell—and you will sell more juice if you put relationships first!

Sincerely,

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer, MonaVie

Jan 4, 2010

We’re Back and Ready for 2010!

Are you ready for 2010? How about for tomorrow's Kick off Global webcast?

Here are all the details again:

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 5, at 7 p.m. (MST-USA)

Where: MonaVie TV (www.monavietv.com) and click on the “Live Webcast” tab in the top navigation. Then, simply click “LIVE.”

The 2010 Kickoff will be the ultimate MonaVie event that’ll get the New Year off to the right start. Founder, Chairman, and CEO Dallin A. Larsen will be joined by special guests to present to the entire MonaVie family the vision for MonaVie in 2010, both domestically and internationally. You’ll also witness the official launch of new MonaVie (M)mūn™ and get a preview of the incentive trips, promotions, and programs to come in 2010.

Mark your calendar today, and don’t miss this historic MonaVie event!

*This special webcast will replace the January Organizational and Leadership calls. The webcast will be available in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mandarin, and Polish.

I'm so excited for this event! And you may see my pearly whites on the webcast...just saying. So tune in and make sure to keep those Twitter feeds and Facebook status updates open because we'll be giving you some behind the scenes during the entire event...as in real time...as in way cool stuff...as in make sure you're there!

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Jan 1, 2010

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Dec 23, 2009

Holiday Schedule

Just a reminder, MonaVie HQ is closed December 24-25, 31 and January 1, 2010. We'll be ready to kick the new year off though, starting with the 2010 Global Webcast on January 5 at 7 pm (MST-USA).

Details are on On the Move.

And for the rest of 2009, I'm not going to lie, we'll probably be a little quiet around these parts (these parts being BlogMV) as we spend much needed time with family and friends, eating and sharing and giving and sleeping and eating some more. We'll be keeping the MonaVie energy alive though and hope that you will too!

Take care everyone and we'll see you in the new year!

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