October 29, 2011

My New Venture

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 10:51 pm by Jenn

Over the summer my bestie Heather hosted an Arbonne get together at her house.  I attended but was afraid to try the face products because my skin is so sensitive.  I did try the Shea Butter Hand and Body Lotion and fell in love with it.  I was curious about the Lip Balm, so I ordered that too.

Since that party Heather decided to become an Independent Consultant for Arbonne and I attended several more workshops at various friends homes.   Each workshop brought a new product that peaked my interest and a new favorite product to love.  I even decided to go for it and try the RE9 skincare line and guess what…I loved it!  I became a Preferred Client so that I could receive 20% off all of my orders.

To support Heather I attended an Arbonne client appreciation night with her.  There I met an amazing group of women all with a common interest…Arbonne.   What really stuck out in my mind that night were the words of Laura Harry, the National Vice President who was also in attendance that night.  She discussed her “WHY” for doing Arbonne and she was so passionate.

On my way home I started thinking that I wanted to be passionate about what I do, and I am to a point…every patient I work with has 100% of my support and encouragement, but then I’m back to my desk playing the corporate game and it’s a game I’d rather sit out.

I found myself sitting at my desk thinking about Laura and her passion and that’s when I realized that I needed to prepare to make a change.  Heather and I met for lunch and I told her that I wanted to upgrade from Preferred Client to Consultant to earn the 35% off savings on all my purchases…and I purchase A LOT!  Since then I’ve realized the main reason I made this decision…my “WHY” is so that by the time Scott retires I can get out from under the thumb of the corporate world and be in business for myself, both with Arbonne and with nutrition.  I want to control when I work, where I work and how I work and Arbonne is going to get me there.

I’m jealous really…jealous that I’m not retiring.  I’ve worked longer than Scott has, just not for the same organization.  When do I get to retire?  Scott and I talked about this and his reply was, “You didn’t choose the right career”.  At the time it pissed me off.  Now looking back I realize, he was right.

Thanks to Heather, Erin and Laura for helping me to realize I was “going nowhere”.  And, if you are reading this, think about your current situation.  Are you passionate about what you do?  Arbonne has amazing products and business potential.  If you’d like more information or product samples, just ask!


March 9, 2009

Keep the change

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 3:52 pm by Jenn

Azerbaijan coins – qapik

A few days ago I went to the local market to get a few items for dinner that night and some groceries for the remainder of the week.  In my wallet I had the following bills – 100 azn, 20 azn, 5 azn and 2 x 1 azn (azn = manat).  I also had 40 qapik in my pocket and some miscellaneous loose change in the compartment of my wallet.

As the girl was ringing up my groceries I was hoping to myself that the total wouldn’t come to over 27 azn because I didn’t want to have to break the 100.  Once you do that it seems like it’s gone in no time.  The total came to 27.84.

Now let me add here that behind me in line is a very upset man.  Upset that I would not let him with his basket of groceries get in front of me in line.  It wasn’t like he had one item…he had roughly the same amount that I did and he was just going to have to wait, I was in line first.  As I opened up my purse to get the money, I could hear his foot start tapping, so I proceed to move slower.

I put the bills down on the counter, 27 manat, I reached in to my pocket and pulled out the 40 qapik, then I opened my wallet and started to dig through the paper and misc items to find the remaining change….I found 4 x 10 qapik bringing the total to 27.80 out of the 27.84 showing on the cashier’s screen.  I stood there looking at her and she said…”more money”, I did not want to give her the 100…so I continued to dig, and the man continued to tap his foot, faster now.

That’s when I saw the piece of gum…the same piece of gum that the same cashier had given me just the day before when she did not have enough coins to make the proper change when I paid for my groceries.  It was only 6 qapik, and this had become common practice at this market.  If they don’t have enough change they give you one or two pieces of gum…usually one.  One time I did get a packet of Nescaf instant coffee when they owed me 25 qapik. 

So, me deciding to prove a point, takes out the piece of gum and hands it to her.  She looks confused and then blushes…understanding what the gesture means, but says to me anyway…”I need money”.  So I dig further and find 2 x 3 qapik at the bottom of my wallet, bring the total paid to 27.86 for my 27.84 bill.  She keys in the money tendered, pulls off the receipt and instead of the 2 qapik change she owed me, she hands me A PIECE OF GUM!  

Typical.  LOL. 

Now, to make the story even more classic, you have to bag your own groceries, so I’m still in “Joe Toe Tappers” way, holding up his day.  He reached past me and grabbed a bag, saying something under his breath…I’m sure it wasn’t have a nice day.   

Next time I go back I’m considering paying in ALL CHANGE.  That should be fun.  Please let “Joe Toe Tapper” be in line behind me that day.

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