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Jan 12, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifiers—Eric and Teri Basa

Congratulations to Eric and Teri Basa from Carson City, Nevada, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here’s what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

“We got involved with MonaVie because our dear friend, Tom, asked us. We had been involved with this industry for many, many years and had absolutely no interest in the business side of it; but, because Tom is the most loyal friend anyone could ever have, we signed up on one case of MonaVie Active and no AutoShip. We believed we would finish the case of juice and that would be the end of it. Wow! We had no idea that this one case was the beginning of the most incredible journey and amazing friendships.

“For almost a year, we kept waiting for the computers to go down, for the site to quit working, for us not to get paid on time, and for the company to go under. That had been our experience in the past. We can’t begin to tell you the excitement we felt when we finally realized that the MonaVie leadership was strong and that they were forward thinking for our benefit and they cared what their distributors thought. Dallin and his team never cease to amaze us. We feel so blessed to have the honor of being part of this company.

“The team we have built with MonaVie has learned to work together as a team and utilize each other’s strengths. The friendships that have come out of this journey will last forever, and our children, Brandon and Erica, have also learned about hard work, teamwork, and sacrifice. The reason for our family’s success is an upline and leadership that continues to gain knowledge and progress towards the future. It’s also because of a downline that has been willing to unselfishly do whatever it takes to help each other accomplish their goals and dreams. We have learned that you not only lean on your upline, you can also learn from your team that is in the trenches with you. That daily activity has been our biggest blessing.

“When our family hit Gold, we learned a very valuable lesson. We had decided to share the products with everyone we knew just so we could get on this cruise. We believed that this wasn’t really the way we build the business, but it would get us on the cruise (silly us). What we really found out was that by sharing the product with people that were on our ‘chicken list,’ many didn’t know what we did and many didn’t know anything about MonaVie.

“After they purchased to help us, they loved the product and we now have friends and new friends who want to be sponsored and build their own businesses, or who want to become customers and receive MonaVie on a monthly basis. What started as a goal ended with learning that this is the correct way to build our business. All the things we have been learning since we started with MonaVie (make a list, contact, set a date, etc.) were exactly what we did to make it to Gold and get on this cruise. Now, it is so much easier to share because we aren’t scared to talk to people anymore.

“Going on this cruise is going to be such a blessing because we are going to get to spend time with our dear, dear friends (all seven couples) who made it with us. It has also been a great lesson for our children because they see that the reward equals the sacrifice. What a blessing!”

Jan 12, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifiers—Kathleen and Ron Howard

Congratulations to Kathleen and Ron Howard from Reno, Nevada, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here’s what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

“I turned down the opportunity from family and friends in 2008, 2009, and 2010 before my path crossed with a MonaVie distributor who was wearing a MonaVie-branded shirt—a complete stranger! I told him that my mom drinks MonaVie and has tried to get me to drink it. He told me his story, and I really connected with him. He gave me his business card and told me to check out his website. He told me to get MonaVie Active from my mom and start on it right away. He explained in detail what I needed to do: two ounces in the morning, two ounces in the evening, and don’t miss one day. I did exactly what he said, and within 3–4 weeks I was feeling better overall. I knew I was on the right path!

“I started looking at more of the products that MonaVie offered. MonaVie gave me my life back! I began walking with my husband 1–2 miles a day. In December 2010, I began drinking one MonaVie RVL shake for breakfast, one shake for dinner, and eating a well-balanced lunch. I ate the RVL snack bars and took the RVL dietary supplements between meals. I went from 245 pounds to 190 pounds. I have so much more energy. My life has truly been changed!

“In June 2011, my husband and I went to Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time, Ron was not 100 percent on board with the MonaVie business. While driving back to Reno from Salt Lake City, he said that he would be more active in the business and would try the MonaVie RVL program. This is his story:

“My name is Ron Howard. I have always felt that I was overweight. I was always the fat kid at school. Feeling like you are the fat kid does not give you a very good feeling. You are always self-conscious. Now at 50 years old, I no longer feel that I am the fat kid. I feel that I will be able to enjoy my life with my wife and son for a very long time.

“MonaVie RVL has helped me realize that I do not need to keep on the path that I was on. I am sure that if I kept on the path that I was on, I would have been shortening my life. For those who know me, my wife and son are most important in my life. I want to be around (not fat round) for them. I have so much more energy now than I have had in a long time. I have even started playing wallyball twice a week with a group of new friends. Yes, new friends. The weight loss has allowed me to meet new friends that I would not have met without the weight loss because I would not have been playing the new sport. So, not only have I been gaining better health, I am gaining a new world of friends, activities, and personal growth.

“I started the program at 241 pounds, and I am now down to 210 pounds. For those who have not carried an extra 31 pounds with them for a long time, it wears and tears you down. Try picking up a 25-pound bag of flour at the store and carrying it around with you while you shop. That was what I was carrying with me all the time. Your body begins to get very tired of carrying that extra weight and lets you know it. Sometimes your body tells you in ways that you don’t recognize, and other times it’s like a cold, hard slap in the face. I am tired of both delivery methods and prefer to be healthy. I will not stop telling people about MonaVie and RVL. Thank you, MonaVie.

“If anyone you know is overweight, please share this story and MonaVie RVL with them immediately. You may save their life! It may be your daughter or a complete stranger. Think about it as a random act of kindness—something we should all be doing more of!

“We would like to thank MonaVie, Kathleen’s mother Linda, her friends Karen and Paul, upline Shelly and Mike, Ed and Stephanie, stranger Kevin (not a stranger anymore!), friend Dave and his wife Cindy, and all the wonderful MonaVie family. You are all a part of changing our life forever! We are Kathleen and Ron Howard, and we are MonaVie!”

Jan 12, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifiers—Dale and Karen St Amand

Congratulations to Dale and Karen St Amand from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here’s what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

“Karen and I are thrilled to qualify for the Cruise for Gold. Our niece and nephew, Shawn and Jenn St Amand, also qualified for the cruise, which makes it even more exciting. Joining us is a number of other couples on our team.

“If not for the leadership, friendship, and encouragement of our sponsors, Joe and Colleen Wack, we would not be going or making a great part-time income. The expression ‘many hands make light work’ comes to mind in growing a business. We are blessed to have so many friends, old and new, on our team.

“MonaVie is blessing people all over the world, and Karen and I are proud to be a part of this organization.”

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifiers—Paula and Greg Lazzari

Congratulations to Paula and Greg Lazzari from Cortland, Ohio, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"When my husband and I started our journey with MonaVie in 2009, we had amazing health results on the product. Through the education and support from MonaVie, we have really altered our family's view on health, what we put into our bodies, and have been able to help many others do the same. Qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip is a public statement of a milestone for us. We pushed through the disbelief and made examples of our own bodies and health. This award is opening some of our friends' and family's eyes to the world of health and wealth through helping others.

"In September 2011, Greg and I made the decision that we were going to submit to the system that was in place and earn the cruise so we could show others how it can be done. I started each week by contacting my team members and helping them set weekly goals, create a plan of action, and then help them execute it. Then, I would look at my own list of prospects, contact and invite, show the plan, and place product with 4–5 new people per week.

"We led our team by example! We were on the conference calls, having our own tasting parties, sponsoring new people, reading for inspiration and the development of new skills, and making the necessary sacrifices for success. We also focused on meeting people where they were. It is key to ask a lot of questions, see what is important to your people, and then help them get what's important to them. If making an additional $20,000 per year is their goal, then we would walk them through that process and point them to that goal. This business is about helping people get what they want, not imposing your goals onto them. We ask everyone for a goal they want to achieve within the next 6–12 months, break down the activities they will need to do daily, weekly, and monthly to reach that goal, and then get their agreement that they are willing to do the activities.

"To qualify for any level within MonaVie, you have to first make the decision that you will do it. Then, set a date that you want to accomplish it by and spell out the daily activities you need to do to reach the goal. The best way to do this is to stay plugged into your active upline, attend all of the events with your team, participate in the corporate and upline conference calls, and do something every day to grow your business.

"We have launched a 10,000-pound-weight-loss challenge for our area, and we went out and sponsored some fitness professionals as distributors to help lead the RVLution in our area. We will be offering free fitness classes, free tastings of the RVL and MonaVie juice blends, and education on health and fitness topics. We are showing members of our team how to implement this same challenge and program through starting a RVLution. We now have a great team growing in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area that will launch this RVLution too. With the 1, 2, Free! program, it is simple to encourage each person to come back to the next meeting with two friends who are also wanting to take control of their health.

"My husband and I have not been on a vacation without our three children in 12 years, so we are looking forward to some time together. We are excited to be surrounded by other likeminded people so that we can return home charged and ready to help eight people reach the Cruise for Gold by July of this year.

"We want to give a big thank you to MonaVie, our amazing upline who always believes in us, encourages us, and demonstrates the leadership qualities we are trying to develop within ourselves, and our amazing team of distributors. Thank you all for your dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Even though we will enjoy going on this cruise, we know we will enjoy even more seeing others qualify to go on the next one!"

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifiers—Paul and Karen Spaulding

Congratulations to Paul and Karen Spaulding from Incline Village, Nevada, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"Qualifying for Cruise for Gold puts us one step closer to our goal of achieving financial freedom and helping others do the same. In addition, it gives us credibility when others start seeing that the opportunities we have been putting in front of them are real and attainable.

"We made it a daily goal to talk to everyone put in front of us about MonaVie and our goal of winning this trip. We planted every seed possible, whenever possible. We stayed plugged into the system and our team. We changed our approach to people. We asked for personal favors as needed. We were very honest and told people we needed their help to win the trip. We called past and present distributors to get them reengaged or excited about becoming Gold and joining us on the trip. Basically, we worked the business as if our lives depended upon it, and it worked.

"Plug into your team. Work together for the common goal. Be unselfish. Keep only team goals in mind. You rely on your team, and they rely on you. They become closer than family as you spend more time together.

"We are looking forward to relaxing with our team and enjoying the fruits of our intense labor. Learning from the greatest leaders in the industry is a great add-on to a great trip!"

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifier—Jan Cortese

Congratulations to Jan Cortese from Ormond Beach, Florida, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what she had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"Qualifying for the cruise means everything is possible if you put your mind to it. I spoke to everyone I came in contact with about the MonaVie opportunity. I also touched base daily with my downline to help them try to qualify for the trip. By doing that, I reached the PV I needed to qualify and helped them get a bigger paycheck each week.

"Keep at it, and don't give up. Run 100 miles an hour instead of 50. No matter what your friends and family say, everything is possible if you want it bad enough. Just keep at it, and it will happen.

"I help my team with one-on-ones, tasting parties, and most importantly by keeping them motivated and away from negative people and negativity in general. Also, doing weekly distributor training and motivational meetings keeps everyone on the same page.

"I am looking forward to being around other MonaVie leaders and likeminded people. I'm also very excited to be around MonaVie corporate leaders and the teaching and training they will provide on the ship. I can't wait!"

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifiers—Paul and Phyllis Johansen

Congratulations to Paul and Phyllis Johansen from Pleasant Hill, Iowa, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what they had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"We want to show people on fixed incomes how they can extend their years of making a contribution to society and encourage everyone to share this health and wealth opportunity with everyone they meet. We are thrilled to be part of a great team and to have an awesome sponsor like Ruth Van Buren Stevens for professional support and coaching. We would not be here without the support of the whole team. We are grateful to MonaVie for this cruise, for the vision of the staff and leaders, for the quality products, and for the generous compensation plan. This is a wonderful 55th Anniversary gift and birthday present.

"We commit to staying focused on a goal and doing something every day toward the realization of that goal. We listened to Randy Schroeder's 'Invitation' every day for 90 days. We listen carefully to hear people's needs expressed in general conversations. We call inactive people on the team. We walk through every door of opportunity to share. We pray for guidance throughout each day, follow the direction of our upline, stay plugged into large MonaVie events, conference calls, and city meetings, and encourage the whole team to plug in and engage.

"To qualify for the cruise, we did more one-on-ones and stepped up our pace. We used the MonaVie promo and Perks program to encourage getting started on AutoShip now. We got some distributors back on AutoShip after they had dropped off. Our advice is to build strong A and B legs, and then build a C leg. Help your people do their first few one-on-ones to get their two people, and duplicate that. Help them quickly build a list to become a Star, and keep the momentum going. Get them plugged into local and large functions as well as conference calls. Encourage them to write down their goal and stay focused on it. Follow up with them often!

"We can't wait to enjoy fun, sun, relaxation, business and new product training, and getting to know the company staff and other distributors."

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifier—Yuliya Goping

Congratulations to Yuliya Goping from Leesburg, Virginia, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what she had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"This is one of my big dreams come true—my first cruise ever! Qualifying for the trip has made me more excited than ever!

"My advice is to team up with your friends, team members, and upline. Do daily activities together. It's more fun and more productive. One of my personally sponsored people is qualified for Cruise for Gold, and we did it together!

"I'm excited to be surrounded with happy people and to meet the corporate leaders, the heart of the company!"

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifier—Ron Allen

Congratulations to Ron Allen from Burns, Tennessee, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what he had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"I have been a military medic of some type for almost 30 years, and I now work as a public safety officer (police, fire, and EMT-paramedic). At the time I was introduced to MonaVie, I had gained quite a bit of weight and had significant joint-health issues. My uncle and I were building a deck on my house, and MonaVie was the last thing I wanted to hear about. When we quit for the night, my uncle got me to watching some of the MonaVie videos. One video in particular helped me decide to try the juice for my health. I had never been involved in network marketing and had no plans to get involved.

"After three weeks of using MonaVie Active, I woke up realizing that I was experiencing some amazing health benefits. I had Guard Drill in April 2009 and mentioned the acai berry to a couple of doctors in my unit. They signed up instantly, and it scared me; I thought I had said something wrong! I was excited now, and I was on the phone calling everyone I could think of. As soon as I got home, I signed up three more over the phone! All I did for the next few months was pour juice (one-on-ones) and put people in the business. I didn't even know about area meetings, but I had been doing the MonaVie University trainings online. I recommend that all new distributors do those classes.

"I met my upline Ruby and Black Diamond for the first time at an open meeting after being in the business for five months. (I live quite a distance from them.) In 2010, I flew to Kansas City, Missouri, and met with a friend I had enrolled over the phone. We heard the Kalbs, Roushes, and Curtises all in one day. That was a major event for me. The no-nonsense style of Charlie and Matt reminded me too much of myself.

"For the next year, all I did was pour and enroll; however, very few wanted to work the business, and it took me longer than I would have liked to get to Silver and Gold. One night, my sponsors (William and Kathy Koffman), our upline Ruby (Leslie Vannucci), and I decided we needed to start promoting on an organized, regular basis starting with a monthly area meeting. The consistency of regular meetings helps others promote MonaVie, and that helps them advance. We are able to work as a team and share ideas. These meetings are also a way to invite new prospects who are kind of shy about having tasting parties or even doing one-on-ones.

"When MonaVie RVL became available, I was chomping at the bit to try it. Since the juice made me feel as good as it did, I knew RVL had to have some of the properties I had come to expect from MonaVie. Where I work, we have a 'Biggest Loser' competition every year from January to March. I won this year with 37 pounds lost in 12 weeks. That turned a few heads, and now I can truly be a testimony because my co-workers see the results. I did a filmed demonstration at a meeting and put it on Facebook and YouTube. I became a Gold Executive three weeks later.

"My advice is to promote the juice to your family and friends first! I have heard this from Matt Curtis, Charlie Kalb, Rob Alwin, Jim Rohn, and others. When you start making money in MonaVie but you have never introduced the opportunity to your friends and family, you will become the 'less-liked' family member. When all the Black Diamonds you meet or hear say the same thing, listen! I tell everyone I can about MonaVie and promote it everywhere I drive. When you believe in a product and use it yourself, it will sell. People will see your enthusiasm and passion, and they will see the results. I feel the sky is the limit with MonaVie!"

Jan 11, 2012

Cruise for Gold Qualifier—Colleen King

Congratulations to Colleen King from Hampstead, New Hampshire, on qualifying for the Cruise for Gold trip! Here's what she had to say about qualifying for the cruise…

"When I heard about the Cruise for Gold promotion, I knew that I wanted to qualify and that I needed to do more than just write my goal down and post it on my fridge. So Labor Day weekend, I called Bob Robinson and my soon-to-be Black Diamond Robert Callaway and told them my intentions. Their advice echoed in my head every day: 'Whatever you're doing, do a little bit more' and 'Teamwork makes the dream work.' Now the pressure was really on because I wasn't going back on my word!

"Having worked for AT&T/Lucent Technologies for 24 years, I knew what pressure was and that with corporate America, you always had to watch your back! What I didn't know was how much my life was going to change when my friend, Carmine, invited my husband, TK, and I to a tasting party three years ago! At the time, I was the Code Enforcement Officer for our small New Hampshire town of 8,900 residents. No way was I doing juice; I do Land Use! My husband turned to me and said, 'We should do this because you can talk to anybody.' I am so grateful that TK fully supports me in sharing this opportunity!

"With four months to qualify, how would I get this done? I had been reading, listening, and participating, and it was time to put the pedal to the metal and really focus. Remembering what Robert said about teamwork, I locked arms with two brand new distributors, Leesa and Bob Goudreaultin, in September and made a plan. We made new lists and lots of phone calls.

"With India opening in November, we zeroed in on business owners who would have contacts in India. Another nugget of wisdom I learned by participating is 'Build your business at home to look like the world.' We also changed our attitude about getting the dreaded 'no.' Our new strategy was to get at least 20 'no' answers a week and we would surely talk to someone who could see this amazing opportunity. I also asked God for help every day to have my words be favorably received by the people I spoke to. I knew I needed His divine intervention!

"We did have our share of obstacles to overcome, and I am so thankful that we had the support and encouragement of our wonderful upline and dear friends, Robert Callaway and Jim and Karen Kane to talk to and counsel with through it all. I was really counting on several people who had huge potential, and after many weeks they said 'no.' Then, in early fall, a spot appeared on the tip of my nose and wouldn't go away. I was scheduled for surgery in December and would be cut the length of my nose up to myforehead. We had a real sense of urgency. I needed to talk to this particular Indian businessman as soon as possible. From November 4 to Thanksgiving week, I went back five times; but, we kept missing each other. Then, Bob's dad passed away very suddenly Thanksgiving week. We were physically and emotionally drained, but we kept going.

"I finally got to see my Indian businessman mid-December. By this time, I had two big black eyes, bruises to my chin, and bandages. The spot had grown to the size of a dime—not a pretty sight! I decided that I just wouldn't look in a mirror and acted as if I were the picture of health. In the last two weeks of the qualification period, we signed up 14 new distributors, including an orthopedic surgeon, five people from India, and one from Brazil! Our last person signed up on December 23, with Leesa and Bob also hitting Bronze Executive level! And, I still had all my Christmas shopping to do!

"My advice to others in sharing MonaVie is to realize that this is not about you or how you look. Focus on the buried dreams and what is tugging at the hearts of those people you talk to. Ask them why they love what they are doing now, and they will tell you everything they don't like about it and all the headaches. Then, you have their 'why!' A huge thank you goes out to Jim and Karen Kane, who were a daily sounding board for me during these up-and-down times. They kept reminding me that breakthroughs happen when things are the toughest and to keep pushing forward. Our whole team is feeling the momentum and a huge surge of energy, and there will definitely be more qualifiers on the next Cruise for Gold!

"Thank you, MonaVie, for the opportunity to soak up the training, wisdom, and goodness of everyone on the cruise, along with some SPF 80 sunscreen! I am Colleen King, and I am MonaVie for life!"

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