Shakin’ it Up

After our “day jobs,” BP and I spend a lot of time with our Mona Vie team shakin’ up the berries, and we love it! We’ve been blessed with the company and the product, and we’ve seen our friends and family blessed with it, as well, in a variety of ways – physically, financially and even spiritually (I’ll address those things in another post).

At the start of this year, the company introduced some really exciting new products and promotions. Here’s a quick overview of my favorite announcements …

(M)Mun was introduced. I finally got to taste it this week, and it is delicious. I liked the other products, but this one, by far, tastes the best. (M)Mun still has 19 fruits in it, just like the others, but it also has a product called Wellmune(R), which promotes proper immune function. All kinds of time and money has gone into researching this stuff, and there are all kinds of patents on it. All in all, it’s a great addition to the product line.

Later this year, Mona Vie is introducing EMV Lite. It’ll still provide an all-natural source of sustained energy, but it’ll have less calories. And, it tastes good!

For those who are interested in making some cash – and having fun doing it – Mona Vie is running a Global Bronze to Emerald Promotion. Long story short – the company is making it easier to make more money. Superb idea.

And, for new distributors, enrollment is free with a first order of 200 PV and auto-ship set up. (This may not make sense now, but it will when you enroll.)

If you’re interested in trying some, check out our Web site!

And, if you’re interested, check out my previous post on how I got involved with Mona Vie.

Go Ahead, Dream Again

What’s your dream?

Really, what is it? Go ahead. Think about it. And think big.

So many of us shelve our dreams as we get older. We forget what it feels like to really dream big dreams like we did when we were little kids. The world around us squashes our dreams like they’re bugs, and we start to believe they’re not possible when people laugh and brush us off as insignificant.

But achieving your dreams is possible. You just need to look at your life from a different perspective; trust that God knows what he’s doing; and be willing to walk through the door when He opens it for you – even if it does seem crazy at the time.

For years, BP and I had prayed for something to happen in our life – we didn’t know what it was we were praying for exactly. We just knew we couldn’t live the rest of our lives doing what we were doing. We knew there had to be more God wanted from us and for us.

We’d stopped dreaming big. We’d stopped expecting big things. And we’d stopped praying for big things.

God does work in mysterious ways, and he must have a sense of humor. Little did we know that when BP was introduced to Mona Vie in 2008 that things were going to change – a lot – and it was the door God opened for us.

Since we’ve been involved with Mona Vie, we’ve realized that big dreams are possible. It is possible to have a better marriage. It is possible to do more for others. It is possible to change your life in a big way. It is possible that God will use you in more ways than you ever imagined.

Has it ever been our big dream to be the “juice people”? Of course not! But God uses unconventional methods to wake people up and get them dreaming again. And He opens up opportunities for us to realize our dreams.

Maybe your door to your dream isn’t through the “juice business,” but it could be. It was for us, and it is for an increasing number of others, too.

So go ahead. Dream. Dream lots of dreams. And make them big.

A Mona Vie team of dreamers. Oct. 17, 2009

A Mona Vie team of dreamers. Oct. 17, 2009

What is this Mona Vie you talk about?

I’ve received a lot of questions lately about Mona Vie:

Who is Mona Vie?

What is Mona Vie?

What does Mona Vie do?

Why do you like Mona Vie?

You get the idea.

I’m not going to answer all of these questions in this post, but I will share my story of how BP and I became involved with Mona Vie.

Let me set the stage for you. It’s summer 2008. BP had fairly recently been laid off from a job he’d had for six+ years (another bad economy story) and he was working at a job that paid less than half of what we’d been used to him making, plus he no longer had any benefits – not even a paid vacation day.

In addition, our home was a disaster due to a remodeling project that began in Oct. 2007. Half of the house had been gutted and we were living in what I like to call a “single-file-line” home. (We’d saved up enough money to complete half of the project, decided to start the project thinking we’d have the other half saved up by the time we needed it, and then about the same time we used the money we’d saved, BP’s work ran out.)

I’ve been blessed with a job that I both enjoy and keeps me employed, so we were covering our monthly bills, but that was about it.

One day, BP came home talking about this Mona Vie stuff. His cousin had given it to him, so immediately I was skeptical. The cousin isn’t on my list of Top 10 Favorite People on Earth.

Me: “You want me to buy you fruit juice? Are you kidding me? You guys are morons.”

But BP was persistent. His cousin had experienced relief from severe back pain, and BP told me this stuff was making him feel better, too. He also saw an opportunity to share it with others and help them, and make a living doing something good. I did not see that side of things, which resulted in some pretty vocal arguments in my single-file-line home.

Eventually, he dragged me to a home tasting party where I sat with my arms crossed listening to a man whom I did not want to listen to. But, I did hear other people in the room tell their own stories of how Mona Vie had helped them, and I started to become curious. Maybe there was something to this stuff.

So I relented and agreed to let BP “try” Mona Vie for a while, with the stipulation that he needed to find a way to pay for it. (He did that by sharing Mona Vie with others.)

Fast forward to November. I was supportive of BP and his goals but still wasn’t really involved in Mona Vie myself.

In November 2008, BP went to a Mona Vie Dream Days event in Indianapolis, and I went to French Lick, Ind., with my grandparents the same week. When BP got home, I”d never seen him so excited about anything. I  was expecting him to come home with some good tips on how to grow his Mona Vie business, but instead, he came home with a commitment to reading his Bible more. (And he started going to church on a regular basis with me.) He saw men who had achieved success in business who weren’t afraid to share their Christian faith with others. The business part was secondary.

He also came home and told me we were buying tickets for a Mona Vie conference in Orlando, Fla., in January 2009.

Me: “I hate Florida. We are not going.”

BP: “Yes, we are.”

BP and me at the Mona Vie conference in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 2009

BP and me at the Mona Vie conference in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 2009

We ended up driving to Florida on New Year’s Day, and by the time the weekend was over, I started to see what Ben saw in Mona Vie. Not only was the product helping people with their physical health, but the company also had created a culture where people support each other and help each other. Everyone wants everyone to succeed. And God and family come first, always. Business is second.

Since then, BP and I have heard stories from many, many people about ways they’ve been helped physically and financially with Mona Vie, and many of those people have become our good friends.

The best part? BP and I get to work together on a nearly daily basis – we can’t get enough of each other, and we love it. We get to share a product with people and help them. We get to help people get to a better place financially if they have the desire to do so.

Mona Vie has been an amazing blessing in our lives. God answers prayers in unexpected ways!

As many Mona Vie people have said before us, “This is it. The last thing, the last time.” We’re in it for life.