when women transform... WE TRANSFORM THE WORLD
I'm on a mission to transform a generation by nourishing the hearts, minds and bodies of women and their families, because this is the way we'll transform the communities we live in.
This is my journey.
Life circa 2008 was great! I was married to my college sweetheart and love of my life, Shawn. We had a beautiful home, two healthy children and great friendships. I was the owner of a graphic design business and Shawn was a top executive for a big distribution company, traveling extensively. At the time, we thought we had it all and were doing life right. Little did we realize we were on a slippery slope, on a path of near destruction that could have easily wiped us out. We had our heads down, working hard towards our big dreams, while in reality we were burning out, stressed out and moving further away from the things that mattered most to us.
I am thankful, every day, for that painful awakening moment when we asked each other, “is this really living?” We were apart so often, working as hard as we could, but the distance was growing between us and our dreams. But it's actually in those difficult times that we truly get the opportunity to grow our dreams.
To reach the balance we craved, we needed to became crystal clear on the things that mattered most to us. Being together with our kids was at the top of the list. Along with that, being healthy and happy, always growing personally and professionally, and being able to contribute and make a difference in our families, our communities and the world.
So, we created a plan that would bring Shawn and I home from our jobs, and allow us to design a life that ticked all the boxes—a plan built around a scalable but secure business where we support people with lifestyle and sports nutrition. It made sense to us because we had just completed a 30-day nutritional cleansing and weight loss
program together using the same system. We felt so great, we were hooked! Lighter and leaner, we had more energy than ever. Better still, we felt reignited and hopeful about our future. That made us realize just how long we'd been “running on empty”. Filling up our tanks with some much-needed nutrients, not only helped our bodies (and waistlines!), but also our mental clarity and sense of wellbeing. We couldn't turn back.
Over the years since then, we have immersed ourselves in a personal growth journey. We realized that to grow our business, we had to overcome the limiting beliefs we'd taken on about ourselves over many years. The beliefs that keep you stuck in the “way it is”. We still get excited that we get to share what we've learned with others so they can go for their dreams, too. Helping people succeed is addictive!
To be honest, at first we thought a network marketing model was not for us. But who are we to argue with the facts? We are living the life we designed. And we have seen firsthand what the model has done for so many families we know. We couldn't have afforded to start up a company of our own, with all the risk, so we leveraged a global business with great products, in pockets of our time, and grew from there. Knowing what I know now, I'm so crazy grateful that I stayed open to the possibility.
Looking back to 2008, we never could have imagined the direction our life has taken. We now have a global business that serves over 190,000 people. As I write this article, we have just returned from a beautiful trip. We take our kids traveling around the world (including Noosa, Australia pictured above) and get to experience so many wonderful things. Best of all, we get to model this for our children; teenagers who are immersed in a culture where it is normal to believe that anything is possible if you plan, back yourself and work at it.
My mission is to transform a generation by nourishing the hearts, minds and bodies of women and their families.
I came to my mission late but, really, just in time!
Each of us has the opportunity to lift one another, to create freedom and a lasting legacy. Now is the time and it starts with me, and it starts with you. When women transform, we transform the world. Our children, our families, our communities, our world. I'm looking for all the “perennials” -- women around the world who want to elev8 and live strong to live long by growing their health, wealth and wellbeing.
Kari-lyn and husband Shawn on a giving back contribution trip to Nicaragua