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Aug 26, 2010

Home Tasting Party with Jeff Graham in Anderson, Indianapolis

Jeff Graham joined Carey and Karen McLaughlin at their home tasting party in Anderson, Indianapolis last night, packing the room with energy and opportunity.

Aug 10, 2010

MonaVie Distributor Focus: Sam and Lisa Milad from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia


Sam & Lisa Milad

Where are you from?

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

How were you introduced to MonaVie?

We were introduced to Monavie about a year ago when Ruby Executives, Tammy Rail and Andrew Parker and Blue Diamond Executives, Judy and Darren Deschamps enrolled their children in our private Montessori Elementary School.

Our family had just returned from a trip to Hawaii where both my husband and I were so tired that we were not able to enjoy it the way we would have liked to.  I said to him, something needs to change because we can’t keep this pace for the rest of our lives.

Little did we know that the answer to our prayers was waiting for us upon our arrival home.  I received a message at school that Tammy and Judy wanted to meet with me.  They presented a flip chart, gave me a bottle of juice to try, and Judy shared with me that she was making an average income, at that time, of $5000 per week!  I signed up that day and went home to share it with my family.

I had never engaged in the business side of a network marketing company before.  But when I went home, the next morning I read the success magazine and was thoroughly impressed with Dallin Larsen’s vision, with his integrity, with his and Karie’s heart for the children and families in Brazil and with all the other testimonials that I had read.  MonaVie’s vision was very much in line with our goals for our children and family and I was deeply moved and I shared those feelings with Sam and we decided that we would like to join the MonaVie family.

Milad Family

What is your "why?"

By: The Milad Kids

We like to be together as a family, so our first why is we want to retire our dad so that he can spend more time with us.  He is a lot of fun but he has a lot of work to do so we don’t get to spend as much time with him as we would like to.

Our second goal is our school.  Our family owns a private school called “Children of Integrity Montessori Academy.”  It is a very fun school to learn at and the teachers are really nice but it costs a lot of money to run.  My mom and Miss Anita, our Principal, prayed for a miracle, and this year two parents introduced them to MonaVie.

Our third goal is to help out the people in need. One day we want to go to Brazil. Dad has been there a few times and talks about how wonderful Brazil is. We think it would be fun and we would like to meet the children there!  We also want to try the acai berry!  Two other places that we want to go to help children in need are Malaysia and Egypt because that is where our grandparents come from.

What is your favorite moment with MonaVie?

The MonaVie’s International Vision Convention.

Austin, Alexa, Anthony, Andre

Share your best business building tip

“Do everything in wisdom and in order.”

Create order in your home:  Money will mean nothing if in the end your family falls apart. Figure out what that means for your family and put it into place. Find a balance that is right for your family.  Then go to work at building your business.

Involve your children (since for many of us they are part of our “WHY”).  They can be amazing prospectors.  Who wouldn’t be intrigued if a five year old told you that you should be drinking some healthy purple juice because it is good for you!   Educate them with the product and opportunity and see what happens!

Develop relationships of trust.  This is relational marketing.  It is not how fast you finish the race, just make sure you commit to finishing.

Plug into events.  Attend as many events, tastings, trainings as possible.  If you are in an area that does not have them, create them.

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

After we retire the “dad” of our home, and our school is able to flourish financially on its own, we want to reach out to schools and children in developing countries and help support them in any way we can.  We are blessed with amazing teachers and families in our school who would love to have the opportunity to do the same.

Spend time together and travel the world with our family looking for opportunities to serve and use the talents and gifts we have been given.  The children would really like to visit Brazil, Malaysia and Egypt.

We have each other and we have sufficient for our needs.  MonaVie is going to allow us to reach outside of our little world and do our part in making this a better place for others.

Aug 4, 2010

Calvin Becerra: It's Not a Pitch

Black Diamond Calvin Becerra is at it again, this time answering your questions. In this video he answers a question sent in by Victor Cardi regarding Calvin's pitch when prospecting...Calvin's answer speaks so much about his approach and why he is experiencing the success he is.

Other featured videos from Calvin:

Social Media and Relationship Building

Be a Prolific Recruiter

Achieving Success Again and Again

And for more about Calvin and how he rebuilt his business to Black Diamond after suffering a few setbacks, read his story "A-ha Moments and Achieving Success Again and Again."

Aug 2, 2010

Product Tip from the Hip

MonaVie has sponsored 60 independent scientific studies since 2005 and spend millions of dollars on scientific research.

Of these 60 studies 50 have been performed on MonaVie products with 8 studies now found in peer reviewed scientific journals…and this number is growing!

For more details about this and other interesting information, please visit

Aug 2, 2010

Shelly Aristizabal Shares: A Diamond Story

Black Diamond Shelly Aristizabal provides a great resource to all who wish to visit her social media site at

Shelly encourages her audience to ask questions and instigate a conversation...oh and she responds! For example she just posted yesterday some tips on inviting people to tasting parties. She also uses social media as a way to recognize people within her growing organization, thus reaffirming her commitment to their success.

Here she spotlights new Diamonds Gustavo and Kimberly Payano:

Thank you Shelly for showing us what social media is about and how it fits so perfectly within the MonaVie community. If you have a few moments, stop by her site. You can also friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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Jul 29, 2010

Welcome Steele Russell Carter


Join Dallin, Karree and family in welcoming Steele Russell Carter to the world! Born last night (July 28th) at 11:50 pm and weighing in at 8 lbs, 8 oz, in Utah, Steele, along with mother Katie are doing well.

Here's a behind the scene's video of Dallin sharing the history of Steele's name with employees after Orrin and Laurie Woodward's Black Diamond day:

Feel free to leave a special note to Dallin, Karree, baby, mother and father...

Jul 28, 2010

Edmonton Share Your Story Winner: Chris Swanson

The second winner in the Share Your Story, Chris Swanson, received two tickets to the Edmonton Honda Indy race with Tomas Scheckter. Read more from him...

Chris Swanson

I wanted to extend and share on how much MonaVie has helped me in my life and changed it for the better. It is not just the benefits from the product for sure. It is a rock solid product and has helped me feel better no question about it, but the benefits I have received are not for the most part because of the juice. I have been moved in places I never knew I had until I allowed myself to grow as a person and dig deep inside me on my purpose in life.


Having people believe in you is a weird feeling at first but afterwards it is really cool. No matter what ups and downs I have the people who basically care from their hearts was a overwhelming feeling for me. The Runzers have been amazing people to talk to and learn from. Duane and Kory Baker Henderson have showed me nothing but respect and help and picked me up when I went down and always encouraged me to keep going when I thought things were lost.

The Runzers gave me a case of EMV for my wedding, drove to my house and left me it all wrapped up on my doorstep. Keep in mind I am one person on their team of over 800 people and counting but they did something I will never forget, that small token from them is something I don’t get during the work day and has meant a lot to me. I have spent over 50 hours on a charter bus back in 2008 to go to Salt Lake City for a team event at that time and even when my confidence was not there and still wondering is this juice thing for real? But Duane and Kory told me I was going and found a way to go, after traveling across a half of province and through several states nonstop to get to this event I’m thinking all the way "what the heck am I doing?" but I was going to Utah for a juice event. Just thought if I do not go I would be missing something. Well after listening to a few people I got to thinking if these people can do this so can I. I did not know how I am going to but I just thought I’m going to find a way. The first speaker at the event was Dallin which caught me by surprise. He came out and I just froze up; he started to talk and I was hooked. His story how MonaVie just about did not make it, the potato fields and his parents, after what he shared I knew that this juice thing is the real deal and the integrity is solid.

Since then I have had some small success and some set backs but still in the game. I have watched several webcasts since and plugged into social media with Shante and learning from her. The Legacy team has been amazing and meeting Mark Crawford and several others has been awesome. During last year’s Indy I did get the quick chance to shake Dallin’s hand at the Edmonton City Airport where the MonaVie jet was. He and Henry were outside chatting and I just came across them, shook his hand and said hi but got all messed up with my words. I wanted to say thank you to him but could not talk. It was so cool to meet him after watching webcasts and hearing him in Salt Lake City. Chuck G. has been amazing in my journey and has responded to me on Facebook and has connected with me in ways I cannot express.

MonaVie has helped with my dealings with people and confidence as a person. I was a really negative person for a long time. My health is better for sure and picking healthier options is regular practice when I shop. I am truly touched and blessed to be part of this company and as Dallin says we are just getting this thing started!

Now I hope this was not too long but so much has happened since 08 and I will get to the finish line.

Jul 28, 2010

Toronto Share Your Story Winner: Dan Brooks

We recently encouraged distributors to send in their story for a chance to win tickets to one of the MonaVie sponsored Canada Indy races, as well as, some behind the scenes walk thru with Tomas Scheckter. Thank you - thank you to all those who sent emails. We were overwhelmed with so many incredible insights and personal journeys and look forward to sharing more of the stories in the upcoming months. For now, here is the first winner, Dan Brooks, from Toronto, Ontario.

Dan Brooks

I first joined MonaVie way back when MonaVie was Monarch Health Sciences. I knew inside me that this new product was going to be sensational. I have been in network marketing companies for over 10 years and I found the complexity of selling a catalogue full of products overwhelming to most new distributors. My whole working life has been about simplifying systems and creating a result based approach. If something did not work in building machines then we would tear it apart and rebuild it so that it became more efficient and productive.

Dan Monavie

It was the simplicity of “one product, one focus” that attracted me. I could see and feel that this would be a hit to the vast majority who actually engaged in the process. So, with much anticipation for a new product that hadn’t even been bottled yet was exhilarating. Finally the product was released and once we tried it we realized this was even more than we expected.

What a treat it was to share a product and watch as people’s faces lit up when it tasted so good. “Well what will it do for me?”, was the common question most people asked.

There were challenges in the beginning with shipping times (14 days), and breakage and other little things (product freezing), but I remained strong and true to support this product because of people like Dallin Larson who always made sure challenges were corrected and the company just kept getting better and better (Correct and Continue).

I remember our first Business Opportunity meeting in Toronto in May of 2006. Dallin flew into our small meeting and spoke of his conviction to the process, the product and the company. I knew I was in the presence of a true leader who reflected my ideals in many ways. At lunch afterwards our small group got to ask questions from Dallin and each other about our expectations.

In the early days, I actually became a number one MonaVie recruiter one week, which just tickled me pink. How simple could this possibly be?

So then where am I now? And the answer is I am a Gold Executive within the structure and I continue to build. You see there are things we must all do to become monetarily successful. And, the challenges I have had to work through follow the philosophy of “to have more in life, you must become more.” And I have found to “have more in life, you must first feel you are worthy of having more.”

Therein I find is the challenge that most people face within themselves. The systems are in place, the leaders are in place, the product has always been in place and the success paths have already been laid out for us proving, “If one person can do it, then anyone can do it.” My journey has been one of becoming a leader; a leader who can guide people along the path. To me, building a house on shaky foundation is never something you want to do. Build it once, build it right is what my father used to tell me. So for me to talk of true monetary success to someone else I had to first become the person that could lead. And, a very valid point here is, just because you are not a Black Diamond yet, doesn’t mean you are not making money.

The systems are in place and now I am in place to become what I have dreamt about for years!

Jul 12, 2010

MonaVie Distributor Focus: Jesse and Stephanie Clooten from Bismarck, ND

All, this is a long story but well worth the read. I left Jesse’s incredible adoption story in his words, as they are most compelling and insightful that way. Thank you to Stephanie, his sweet wife for collaborating with me and sending all the great photos shown throughout the story.



Jesse and Stephanie Clooten

Where are you from?

Bismarck, North Dakota

How were your introduced to MonaVie?

Friends, Renita and Scott Brannan, approached Stephanie invited us for dinner and afterwards shared the product and opportunity. As we were talking, getting to know each other, they brought up The MORE Project. Our eyes lit up, as theirs did. I have been looking long and hard for most of my adult life for a charity such as this, with a cause so great…and there was a reason for my question for such greatness.

Tell us about your story and your “why”…

When my parents were just starting out as a young couple, they were like most new couples with very little money, no kids, and just their friends, family, and church for support. They have always been very strong in their faith and did their best to live their lives the way God would want them to. One night, my mother said she was awakened suddenly.  She sat up and there at the foot of their bed, stood what she described as “an angel,” who said, “Debbie, there are two small boys in Colombia that need your help. If you don’t save them, they will die.” She went back to bed with mixed emotions, and dozens of questions in her head. She had never encountered something like this, and thus, she couldn’t just ignore it.

The next day, she called her pastor at the church. She didn’t know what all this meant, but she had to follow through or she would never know. The church got the ball rolling on her decision to go to Colombia. They helped fund their trip to Bogotá, hired a translator, and aided in getting through whatever red tape there was. As you can imagine, there was plenty of it! There had never been a live adoption to the United States from Bogotá, so these people had to have faith to go into uncharted territory, with nothing more than a dream to go on!

My parents arrived at the orphanage, where they were surrounded by over a hundred children, all desperate for attention and adoption.  My mother said it was hard to visit them, and even harder to leave them. My brother and I were separated in the orphanage; I with the infants and toddlers, and John on a different floor with the older kids. My mom chose two boys at random. We didn’t know until we got back to the U.S. that we were actually blood related. My parents were later told that we had the same mother with different fathers. This was no surprise, as most orphaned kids had mothers who had been victims of rape, crime, drug addiction, etc. Many of the mothers were still teenagers and didn’t have a clue as how to take care of themselves or their children.


I don’t know who my biological mother is, but it took me some time to realize what a blessing her “abandoning me” really was. My new parents had just gone from having no children, flying to a foreign country, picking up two children with no known history, who didn’t speak a drop of English and bringing them back to their home. These people are the bravest of the brave!

On our flight to the U.S., I bit my mother on the neck, drawing blood and causing a scene. My brother and I had never seen or been on a plane before. When we got to the airport, we had pizza for the first time. No surprise that we ate it with such excitement we both ended up sick and throwing it back up.

A few years later my parents adopted my sister, Lacey, from Colombia and then came the birth of my “homemade” sisters, Kelsey, then McKenzie.

My parents did everything for us, even spoiling me to the point of rottenness! I was the troublemaker with the fancy clothes, cool toys, and as smooth talker, I got away with everything. It wasn’t until I met my wife, Stephanie, that I started to settle down and realize what a miracle my presence on this earth really was. We dated for six years, married and had Jaxon (5) and Harbor (3). It wasn’t until Jaxon was about the same age as I was when I was abandoned that it really hit me - how could my mom just walk away from someone so innocent, so sweet, so helpless?

Harbor 1

Jaxon Kindergarten

The thought brought me to tears. My wife sat up with me many nights, assuring me that my mother’s decision to send me out on my own was not taken lightly.  Maybe she was sick, injured, in a dangerous situation, etc.  She knew that whatever she could provide me, would be much less than what my brother and I could find on our own.

After many months of my dreams filled with nightmares and a pit in my stomach, I decided that the best way for me to “get over this” was to move on and try to pay forward what my adopted parents had done for me.  My wife and I couldn’t afford to adopt, and we already had small children of our own. The next best thing would be charity work. I worked on the boards of a few local non-profit organizations, but it was mostly helping older people with home repair and yard work. Although it was quite gratifying, it wasn’t satisfying my need to help other children like myself.

After meeting with Scott and Renita, you can tell why we were excited to hear about The MORE Project! Not only was it exactly what we’d been looking forward to serving, but it also had a great product that had already paid our family a priceless fee.

Now we have big dreams for our new business venture with MonaVie. We feel it will complete our lives and help us pay it forward.  In the words of Dallin Larsen, “If you’re blessed, be a blessing.”

While we’ve only been in MonaVie for three weeks, we’re already changing the lives of others, and thus, improving our own family’s life in the process.

Jul 12, 2010

NA Organization Call "Tip from the Hip"

Product “Tip from the Hip”

The results of a recent study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute on Aging suggests that açai may assist in alleviating some of the detrimental effects caused by a high fat diet and oxidative stress. Female flies that were fed a high fat diet and açai had a significantly increased lifespan compared to those just fed a high fat diet. The lifespan of female flies subjected to oxidative stress and fed açai was increased compared to oxidative-stressed flies that were not fed açai. Reducing oxidative stress has been shown to extend lifespan and has been suggested as one of the factors affecting aging. The antioxidant properties of açai appear to aide in the survival of oxidative-stressed flies. More importantly, the açai used in this study was supplied by MonaVie.

For more details about this and other interesting information, please visit

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