Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Shift: My Story About Why I Decided to Hop On the Business Side with Young Living Essential Oils

Here with my Golden Roller- one of my fave DIY perfumes. See the recipe here. Also- top here and jeans here. xo

Let's talk Essential Oils. It's so funny- I remember experiencing some eye rolls as I saw blog friend after blog friend jump into sharing oils on their social media accounts. I personally had signed up with my friend Casey many years ago but always felt weird about sharing them online, so I'm sure those initial eye rolls were my own self wishing I was brave enough to do so. My Aunt and Mom had been using them for well over 10 years (closer to 20!), so Young Living had been a part of my life for a long time, but even then I felt uncomfortable talking about them, let alone selling them. The MLM-stigma was alive and well in my mind, and paired with a pretty big sensitivity to what others thought it was a no go for me at the time.

Fast forward a few years ahead, to now. What changed? Well, I did. My friends who used oils had been asking me here and there if I wanted to come do the business. It was always a "good for you, not for me" kind of thing, so I always declined and I continued to quietly use what I loved. Then one day in December my friend Jessica got real with me and showed me her paycheck. I was in shock. I had seen the compensation plan but sometimes you don't really know if you can believe stuff like that. But there it was, a real life example of what was possible, from my long time friend. And so much bigger than the averages on that sheet even show (and I can attest to that now, having now experienced it myself).

My initial thoughts were all over the place. I knew I wanted to do it, because I saw was a really sweet spot for me to share something I already loved while making (a lot) of money doing so. As a side gig, this was much better than the sponsored posts I still dabbled in from time to time. But to be really honest I was terrified of jumping in and sharing anything in the network marketing realm, regardless if I loved it or not. I have built something here for a DECADE, and it was frightening to think I would possibly be letting my audience down by being an "MLM person" or cheapen the what I have created here. I've always tried to walk a fine line of sharing what I love, but also being receptive to my readers/audience. It's tough to do as a blogger, and as I've grown (I'm almost 36 now!) I recognize more that it's most important to just authentically share my heart and thoughts, and if people want to come aboard and be a part of it, cool. And if not, cool too! And that's what I really tried to remind myself when I decided to jump into the business.



So there I was. I started a new oils Instagram account and went for it. Casey, Lesley and Jess all told me- you need to just own it. Don't apologize, just share what you love. And when I began in January I did just that. I started flipping ranks very quickly- so many of you online friends, and the "real life" people in my world signed up right away. This was so exciting because I was getting oils in the hands of so many new people, and I was buzzing everyday from imagining them all having the experiences I have had. And on the business side I knew exactly what to do thanks to the women who were coaching me from day one, and I started growing quickly. I hit Executive in one month, followed by Silver in another month, and now I'm on my way to Gold. I won't stop until I am Royal Crown Diamond (then I still won't stop!), and I'm taking every single woman on my team with me which is one of the best parts of all of this. It's SO exciting, and it's still shocking to Hank and me that this little side project I decided to do is blooming into this really large dream I didn't even know I had...but now I can imagine it any other way.

It feels good to have gotten out of my own way, and to be so inspired every single day. It's so much fun, it feels amazing to be helping so many families live their best lives, and the community you guys! It's the best! My Mom, Aunt, Lauren, Sarah, so many girlfriends are all doing this with me and it's the most fun thing I've ever done online. You don't need to be a blogger or "influencer" to be successful. In fact most who are successful aren't- you just see us and hear from us a lot more! ;)



So with that said, I wanted to invite every single one of you to come join me, whether you're interested in the business side or not. You will LOVE the oils and YL products- I can say that with 100% certainty. The first time you or your family receives sleep support from a diffuser blend, the second you feel that emotional support from a roller or try out one of my go-tos like Progessence Plus (read my story about that here), you will be hooked and have that "ohhhh I get it now" moment where your eye rolls or skepticism falls to the side, if they were ever there. You can explore how signing up works here, or just get right to it here. I'll be with you every step of the way, as will the entire community you'll be joining. And if you decide you want to run with me and do this business, I'll/we'll be with you every moment of that too. Let's do this.

Love to you!
xoxo

10 comments:

  1. I have always been interested in selling YL. But honestly you have a big following, so of course you were successful quickly. So it's hard for us average people to see that we can have the kind of sucesss you have.

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    1. Hey Jenn!

      I totally get it. When my sister and best friend decided to sell with me they had the same questions and concerns. But with an MLM, when I am successful, my team is successful and vice versa. They are both set up with so many resources and opportunities being on our team, and even though neither is a blogger etc they're both very successful. With the exception of a few, most of the women doing the business with me are all stay at home mamas, not bloggers or influencers. It all depends on the team you sign up with- there is such a wealth of information and major support in our groups. We're all doing it right along with you and are there for each other step by step! You should totally go for it- and of course if you aren't already signed up I'd love to have you join us! xoxo

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  2. My biggest thing in MLM is that I would feel bad since I wouldn't want a lot of my friends and family thinking that they "have" to order from me even if they aren't actually interested in the products and just wanted to be sweet and support me. Also, I wouldn't know how to truly succeed in sales since I'm a pretty introverted person! Can you give some advice on that. Thanks so much! Also, congrats on your success! That is such an amazing accomplishment!

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    1. Hey Alyssa!
      You sound like me, and every other person! The best part about all of this is that you have our FB groups and our whole team to link arms with and be with you every step of the way. We have an amazing business mentorship you'd love that will help you through the questions you've asked. What's your email? I can send you more info.
      And thank you so much, it's so exciting! :)
      xo
      Dani

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    2. Thank you for your response! My email is Alyssa4387@gmail.com

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  3. I have to admit, seeing you join this was a bit of a bummer to me. I know there’s a lot of money to be made (and the products are good), but ultimately it is a pyramid style MLM with some shady practices at the top. I use Plant Therapy oils, which are much more affordable and go through the same testing process, with no MLM attached. I just hate to see the routine preying on SAHMs with promises of empowerment and other buzzwords. And I’m saying this as a long-time fan of your blog.

    Anyway, best of luck to you. I’m sure it’d be hard to turn down that much income, and your following ensures that you’ll do just fine.

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    1. Hi!

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I completely where you are coming from, and that's one of the reasons I wanted to share this. One thing I just want to say though is that I feel so, so strongly there is no preying on SAHMs or anyone. It's a one time purchase to sign up (never a monthly fee or autoship you must be a part of), and then when you do the business with me, we're in it together. I know that sounds very MLM-y but I promise if you were to ask any of the women on our team they would tell you about their success. There is zero pressure and it's so exciting to me to be able to share this with them and allow them to bring home money for their family too. I hope this makes sense! I love all of my wonderful readers and it makes me sad to think you felt bummed out, but I do get it. Thank you for taking the time to leave this comment and to read my blog. :)

      Lots of love,
      Dani

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  4. i was just sitting here reading your precious words about your daddy- crying. and then found this post and am crying again. so so so thankful for you friend- you are such a treasure

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  5. Hi Dani, I have been a follower of your blog for many years now and really appreciate your thoughtful writing and seeing your beautiful family grow. I have to say that initially I was really interested in the YL oils and I really like some of the cleaning products I have tried, so thought I might look into joining. However, I always do my research before supporting a product and did some looking into the leader of the company. I was disappointed to see that most of what is written about him points to him being not a good person. I really can't get behind using (and especially selling,) a product that is ultimately benefitting someone who appears to be dishonest at best and hurting people and taking their money at worst. I don't say this lightly as obviously there is a lot of inaccurate information out there, but I am linking an article from the New Yorker, which is a highly reputable source so people can judge for themselves. I totally understand that you love the products and that this is probably a really good side business for you, but supporting this company makes me feel pretty uncomfortable. In addition to the founder not being someone I would want to give money to there is even information in the article questioning the purity of the oils. I am really disappointed because I love oils, and use them at home and even in my therapy space (I'm an LICSW at a Children's Hospital,) but this company is not one that I would feel good about working with. Maybe I am wrong or missing something, so I would be curious to hear your thoughts on this. Thank you,
    Heather

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-essential-oils-became-the-cure-for-our-age-of-anxiety

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  6. I have been a long time reader and I have so respected your voice and business practices, this is my first comment on a post of yours. This recent ascription to an MLM is so very disheartening. No doubt your large following will ensure your success, but I hope you take the time to explore the detriments of MLM to those less fortunate who look up to you. MLM leads lower income stay at home moms into financial ruin. I hope you will explore reddit.com/r/antimlm to see the ways in which this kind of "business" impacts families.

    I understand that it is not your place to be a role model for business owners but please know that many women look up to you and espousing this kind of practice is harmful to your readers who may be desperately less fortunate than you.

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