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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.

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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?

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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

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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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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