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Jul 8, 2010

More Miles 4 MORE Kids: Paul Meehan Focus



Valentina & Paul Meehan

Current rank

Diamond Executive

Where are you from?

Ashburn, Va

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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There are no tricks to building a MonaVie business. The simplicity is what slows most people down. Share the product and opportunity and help your friends and family do the same thing. Here's where it gets hard... then keep doing it!

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!

Jul 6, 2010

Calvin Becerra: Social Media and Relationship Building

Did you see Calvin Becerra's presentation from the stage at the 2010 International "Vision" Convention. Check it out during the second day morning session.

And also check out his latest business building video about "Social Media and Relationship Building."

Jul 1, 2010

On Becoming a Mother

After many requests, soon-to-be-mom Katie Carter offered to share the letter that her father Dallin A. Larsen read to her while on stage at the 2010 International "Vision" Convention:

On Becoming a Mother

We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family." "We're taking a survey," she says half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

"It will change your life," I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral. "I know," she says, "no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations."

But that is not what I meant at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her. I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes. I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable.

I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking, "What if that had been MY child?" That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her! That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.

I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of "Mom!" will cause her to drop a soufflé or her best crystal without a moment's hesitation.

I feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood. She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby's sweet smell. She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is all right.

I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be routine.

That a five year old boy's desire to go to the men's room rather than the women's at McDonald's will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom. However, decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother.

Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself. That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs.

I want her to know that a caesarean scar or shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor. My daughter's relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks. I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child. I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.

I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop War, prejudice and drunk driving. I want to describe to my Daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts.

My daughter's quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. "You'll never regret it," I finally say. Then I reached across the table, squeezed my daughter's hand and offered a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings.

Please share this with a mom that you know or all of your girlfriends who may someday be moms or someone who has friends that is a mom. May you always have in your arms those who are in your heart.

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Jun 29, 2010

Fired Up! What now?

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Like everyone else who attended convention last week, I left fired up!  I felt like I could conquer the world!

As I came back to work yesterday, I began to think about what I do with all of my new passion.   One of the great challenges that came from convention was the challenge to want to win more than I don’t want to change.  Inertia is a powerful law of physics.  If I keep doing what I’ve always done and expect a different result, that is insane (didn’t Einstein say something like that?).  So if I want to get a different result from my work, I’ve got to do it differently, not just better.

In my work, as the CFO of MonaVie, I have identified specific things that I will do to make my work more productive.  I am trying to remove stumbling blocks to success and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of my work.

As you go back to work today after the great convention (watch it here if you didn’t go), I want to invite you to think about the specific lessons you learned that can help you build your business more successfully.  What can you change?  What should you change?

You may want to think about the new Autoship Advantage Club.  How can you incorporate this program into your recruiting and training efforts to get more of your people on autoship longer and with larger orders?  Learn more about the Autoship Advantage Club here.

Last year at the Super Regional event here in Salt Lake City, we introduced the new Preferred Customer Program.  Did you know that this program can easily allow people to earn commissions approaching 100% of sales to Preferred Customers?  You may want to take some time to refresh your memory of this program as well (view my training video here.)

Finally, your upline has the training and systems that will allow you to follow proven paths to success.  You don’t need to reinvent the wheel or cut a new path.  Just let those who have gone before guide you!

If you are as fired up as I am, you are ready to walk hot coals to make your business grow.  Walking hot coals, however, won’t grow your business.  We all need to reflect on and refine our business processes to make sure that we don’t just do more of what we’ve been doing, but instead let’s use the passion from convention to change our behavior to make our business stronger!

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Devin Thorpe

Chief Financial Officer,  MonaVie

Jun 28, 2010

MonaVie Distributor Focus: Chad Paetznick from Atlanta, GA

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Current rank

Bronze Executive

Where are you from?

Atlanta, Georgia

How were you introduced to MonaVie?

My mom sent me a bottle and I loved it right away!

What is your “why?”

Better health, to be debt free, help other people, and travel with my family wherever and whenever we want without worrying about cost.

What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?

Hitting Bronze Executive while teaching and playing full time. Performing on stage at the 2009 R3Global Family Reunion in front of 10,000 people, watching Longard 6 family band perform there, and meeting all the great people in MonaVie.

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Show your enthusiasm for the juice, don't talk too much, and move on if your prospect is dragging their feet. You are going to get a lot of "no's." Don't worry and just keep going no matter what. Stay the course. Be smart and learn as you go from your successful uplines. Attend every MonaVie function you can get to.

Where to from here? Goals, aspirations, plans...

Ruby in the next year

Chad’s mother, Kathryn Fyffe Peters, Silver Executive, wrote me several months ago to tell me about their incredibly talented son, winner of the “We Have Talent” contest at the R3Global Family Reunion. Chad is also a musical director at a high school in Suwannee, Georgia.

Watch him demonstrate his incredible drum skills:

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Jun 24, 2010

Calvin Becerra: Be a Prolific Recruiter

Next up in Calvin’s series of videos highlighting his own “a-ha” moments and best business building tips:

Calvin also just launched his new website! Check it out at

Jun 16, 2010

Calvin Becerra: Achieving Success Again and Again

If you didn't catch Calvin's story, starting where his Black Diamond documentary left off, then be sure to jump over to the post Calvin Becerra: A-ha Moments and Achieving Success Again and Again.

Next up in Calvin's series of videos highlighting his own “a-ha” moments and best business building tips:

You can also view Calvin's videos and more on the MonaVie YouTube channel.

Jun 15, 2010

MonaVie Supports Our Troops


It all started with a conversation between two best friends and former teammates, cheerleaders for the then Los Angeles Rams and now St. Louis Rams. Both Arlene Melhorn and Mary Cromwell are MonaVie distributors, along with Mary’s husband Nolan, former player and current coach for the Rams. It was Mary and Nolan’s son, 1st Lieutenant Lance Cromwell, who was the topic of that particular conversation and it was that conversation that instigated a grand call to action.

Whew…did you get all that? Okay, here’s more:

Deployed in October 2009, Lance Cromwell was serving 9-12 months in Iraq in the United States Army.

Mary tried to keep Lance and his platoon stocked with MonaVie product when manageable with the inconsistent mailing system. It gave her a little peace of mind, knowing that she could provide him some quality nutrition, which otherwise, was dependent on situation and circumstance.

The products were an instant hit so Arlene and Mary approached MonaVie Founder and Co-Chairman Henry Marsh and Senior Vice President Jeff Graham, who quickly got Executive Professional Assistant Lynn Beach on the job. And shortly before the Christmas holiday, boxes of EMV, drink and gel, were shipped to Lance and his platoon, along with t-shirts and a large MonaVie banner for them to display proudly (see above photo).

Sending the product was a quick decision, however, getting said product to the platoon was an adventure to say the least. But eventually, though long after the winter holiday, the product did arrive and was shared among the soldiers.


The message home was simple:

Thanks for all your support. My men really enjoyed the MonaVie.  The gel packs were such a great little treat, and it made them feel special which is priceless in my book…We have been receiving the EMV energy drinks as well. Both the gel packs and the EMV have given us the mental edge needed out here to stay alert in the desert.

Our guys are doing great and appreciate the support. Thanks again!

1LT Lance Cromwell

1st Platoon, Platoon Leader

Thank you Lance Cromwell and platoon, for the freedom that you defend. Also, thank you to your wife, Janelle, for the support and sacrifice you make! Similarly we appreciate Mary and Nolan, and Arlene for contacting us with such a great story.


So, here’s a conversation that we hope instigates another call to action and that action being, if you have a message you’d like to share with Lance and his platoon, leave us a comment here on BlogMV. We’ll make sure he gets them. Unfortunately, snail mail is cut off this week but it’s the thought that counts…so share yours today!

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P.S. The Cromwell’s are a talented bunch as daughter Jennifer, also a MonaVie distributor, is a recent NCAA rowing championship winner, bringing home the U23 title to the University of Virginia, a first in the university’s history. She’s also trying out for the next US Olympic rowing team.

Jun 11, 2010

Going the Extra Mile (Literally) with MonaVie

While traveling home one night MonaVie Director of Recognition Alec Clark noticed a Black Chrysler 300 in front of him branded in MonaVie. In a moment he decided he would try to find out who the person was in the vehicle and thank them for their business building efforts.

Apparently luck with green lights was on his side, however, that meant traveling an extra 10 miles north, trailing the MonaVie branded car, before finally hitting a red light where Alec quickly put his car in park and ran up along side the elusive Black Chrysler. The windows were tinted making it impossible for him to see the driver.

“I held up two MonaVie EMV hats I had on hand before knocking on the window, hoping they didn’t think I was a crazy person,” said Alec. “We only had a moment but I told the women driver and her two children, who were all wearing MonaVie branded clothing, that I appreciated their hard work and thanked them for carry the MonaVie brand. Then I handed them the hats and my business card.”

After, Alec raced back to his car and they went their separate ways.

A day or two later he received a message from Ruby Executive George Wright:

Thanks for the EMV hats.  My wife said you stopped her at the light the other day and gave her a couple EMVLite hats in appreciation for advertising on our car…She loved the appreciation and gifts…I told Zann Horlacher and Burke Green (my up line) when we met today that they need to get their cars pimped out and get some free stuff! Thanks again, George

Thank you George and Rachel for going the extra mile.

On a similar note, during Senior Vice President Jeff Graham’s last visit to Southern California, he noticed a MonaVie branded parked car outside a home. In a similar moment of inspiration, Jeff decided to find out about the distributor behind the decal. When he knocked on the door he was greeted by Holly Fletcher, a MonaVie distributor who was no longer building her business. The exchange was brief but the impact was felt. Jeff received a note from Holly less than a week later telling him that she and her husband, Mark, were “planning some big things for the summer to get back in the game!”

Moral of the story? You never know when your efforts will be recognized…so keep pushing, keep driving, keep enrolling and carry that brand proudly!

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Jun 10, 2010

Senior Vice President Jeff Graham Wants to Take You To Lunch

For US and Canada Only

Jeff Graham smallRegister for the MonaVie 2010 International “Vision” Convention and your name will be put into a drawing. Those chosen will enjoy a lunch with Senior Vice President Jeff Graham on Saturday, June 26, as well as, preferred seating during the Saturday afternoon session, which is the same session Team Hoyt will be giving an amazing keynote presentation.

And all you need do is register!

Deadline is June 16th.

To register, go here.

*If you’ve already registered your name is automatically in the drawing

Deadlines to Remember:

Styleit.TV $2,100 celebrity gift bag (June 15th)

Lunch with Jeff Graham (June 16th)

Share Your Tasting (June 18th)

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