A Young Mom with a Shaklee Business

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a young Mom with a Shaklee business? Brooke Thomas tells us in an interview with Shaklee:

brookethomasCongratulations to new Master Coordinator Brooke Thomas who shares her Shaklee journey and the important lessons she’s learned along the way.

What first got you interested in health and wellness?

Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma while pregnant with my oldest daughter. Doctors told me the cancer would likely return, but I was determined to write a different ending to my story. So I became a student of all things health and wellness and received my certification as a nutrition consultant, but kept finding myself being disappointed when it came to many of the “healthy” products I tried.

How did you learn about Shaklee?

My dear friend, Jenni Oates, took the time to tell me about Shaklee. She not only explained the products but showed me the integrity behind this company. Soon after I started using Shaklee products and began seeing major results in my health. Later, when I was finally open to hearing about it, Jenni and her husband Nathan shared the best product of all with me — the business. With their encouragement, six years ago I started to share what this amazing company had done for me. And one person led to another.

Did you have any trepidation about starting a Shaklee business?

I was 32 years old with two busy little girls, so I told myself this wasn’t the kind of business I wanted. The truth is, deep down, I didn’t think I could do it. I was afraid of failing, worried what people would think of me and fearful to speak in front of people or put my reputation on the line.

Who were some of the first people you began to share with?

I spoke to women who didn’t want to go back to corporate America after having babies, stay at home moms who wanted extra shopping money, single men and women looking for another stream of revenue. Entrepreneurs, Doctors, nurses, personal trainers, even my best friend who worked on Wall Street and wanted a Plan B that would facilitate her early retirement from finance so she could spend more time with her family.

Many of our successful Leaders talk about the value of community. What has been the impact of the Shaklee Family on your success?

Shaklee is a community of people who come together for the good of others and the planet we inhabit. Working alongside others who are living out their purpose, feeling like I belong, participating so fully in life, THAT is what propelled me to Master Coordinator in such a short amount of time. I have met new friends I now consider sisters and women so full of wisdom they have become like mothers to me. Each person finding joy in the success of others. Where else can you find that?

What have been some of the changes you’ve seen in yourself since starting with Shaklee?

Shaklee has not only grown me as a person but propelled me to be a successful business woman. I have discovered gifts I would have never uncovered had I not taken those first steps outside of my comfort zone. Because of Shaklee, I have also experienced places and people I wouldn’t have otherwise. I have seen remarkable health results. I have met men and women twice my age with an energy that is inspiring. Within this company we are encouraged to dream BIG…to say, ‘Why not me?’

The Nashville Shaklee Effect

Henry and I just returned from the Shaklee 2013 Global Conference. This year was a busy time of listening to great speakers and reconnecting with our Shaklee family from all around the country. Here are some of thoughts on what we heard, new products, what is true for us, and what might be true for you:

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The Iron Is Gone

ironLast week it was announced that the Monopoly game piece, the iron, is being retired. So sad. That’s my piece. Ironing has always been a relaxing way for me to de-stress–get some of the wrinkles out of life and clothes.  As a little girl I ironed all the “flat” pieces: hankies (anyone know what they are?), pillowcases, tablecloths, and as I grew older, sheets.  And I still love to iron.  Most people think that’s a little crazy, but when I share that I offer a prayer for whoever the item belongs to, they allow me the craziness. So I keep ironing and praying.

The lost iron is just another example of change. There is plenty of change, in our appliances, our technology, our ways of relating, our businesses. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. My business, Shaklee, keeps changing with the times: new programs, new apps, new products. But I’m grateful the integrity of the company and the science behind the products never changes. When you use Shaklee, you know that you are putting the very best in your body, on your body, and around your home.

Shaklee is part-time work for me, so I’d be happy to do some ironing for you! And just wondering, how are you keeping up with the changes in life and business?

 

Why I Do What I Do and Why Do You?

Last time we talked about starting the year by looking inside and finding out why we do what we do. So have you thought about why you do what you do? why2Seems simple.  Perhaps you knew as a little girl or boy that you wanted to be a teacher, a doctor, a nurse or an insurance man.  I wanted to be a teacher after being in Mrs. Voss’ Kindergarten class. Perhaps you observed others in the work you have chosen and couldn’t wait to do it yourself. Whatever occupation fills your days, the most important question may be not what you do but why.

Why do I have a Shaklee business?  It has to do with respect–respect for the world, for work, and for others.

wheatfieldFirst, my work respects the way God created this world. In the last 75 years we have dramatically changed our food supply from the previous thousands of years. Many of the “foods” at the grocery store today did not even exist when I was a child. Dr. Shaklee predicted the health crisis and “falling apart from within” (heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, obesity) which many Americans experience. This is why he started Shaklee Corporation in 1956. His philosophy was to give others products made “in harmony with nature.” If you want a clear picture of the changes in wheat, read The Wheat Belly by William Davis.

Second, my Shaklee business respects work. This is not a punch the clock type of job. I diff. workersonce worked at a facility where my coworkers told me to slow down, take a break, don’t work so hard because you will make us look bad.  Our pay would be the same if we worked hard or not. Not so with a Shaklee business–one is paid for the work accomplished, not for the time put in.

Third, this business respects others. After listening to individual health needs and concerns, then, without arm twisting, without pressure, without slick selling, I give a simple presentation of how and why Shaklee products might be of benefit to others, to you.

The following verse from the Bible tells me how to treat my body and my whole life. . . body temple of hsSo, two questions: Why do you do the work you do? And how do you take care of the miraculous body that you have been given?

Work from the Inside Out

Sunday before last, January 6, 2013, Pastor Henry Schenkel at Monroe Community Church began a series of sermons on henryschenkeljrbecoming whole and how we do that from the inside out. By looking within at what patterns we live by, what habits fill our days, what practices such as work, study, networking, socializing, eating, giving,and working out occupy our time, we begin to see how we view life. The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect on whether or not the “rhythms in our life” serve us well or are we merely serving them.

This past Saturday at a Shaklee conference I was again exposed to the idea of looking within at why I do what I do. We listened to a TED talk by Simon Sinek on How Great simonsinekLeaders Inspire Action. Simon said to remember, Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream,” not I have a plan. Simon explains WHY, HOW, and WHAT we do is so important and the order we put WHY, HOW, and WHAT is the most important.

Back to the church service. At the end Pastor Henry passed out a sheet with thought provoking questions to help us evaluate the rhythms or rules that fill our days. He also included Martin Luther King Jr’s “rules of life,” sharing the daily inside work he did:

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If you are looking to work from the inside out, both talks will help. What rhythms or rules make up your day? Do you work from the inside out? In 2013 I will be working harder from the inside out. Next time I will share why I do what I do.

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A Christmas Thank You

After such a difficult week for our country, I have spent time reflecting on all the blessings that surround me. Perhaps you have done the same. Hugs and prayers are going out for all the people we love and care about, right? Although I’m grateful for the “stuff” of this life, I know the people are my richest blessings. . .family and friends.

And you, my friend, thank you for taking a minute to read my blog. . . thank you for taking baby steps and giant steps to do a healthier thing today than what you did yesterday. Of course we may get sick sometime, need medicine sometime, and go to the Dr. sometime. . . with gratitude for his/her wisdom. But hopefully by making a few simple natural choices, exercising a bit, and gradually changing what we eat, we will be a little healthier. Thank you for choosing Shaklee as your means for better health, and for choosing me to work with. I appreciate it.

God’s blessings to you and those you love and care about this Christmas. Give them lots of hugs! Merry Christmas!

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