Hopefully, you had time to review the video above. Avon aired the video of me on June 5, 2017 and it was such an honor to be featured! Last week, my dad called and asked if I could believe all of this was happening. He said “I bet you didn’t think you’d be doing all of this with Avon.” As you know, I served on an advisory board to help develop a technology for Avon sales leaders, traveled to New York, currently serving on advisory board for another special project and now, the Bahamas! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a dreamer. I have high goals and the determination of a lion stalking its prey — but in truth, no, I was NOT expecting any of this and couldn’t have imagined it in my wildest dreams.
You have to understand something about me. I am what they used to call “Chicago’s Inner City Youth.” They probably don’t call me that anymore because I’m not a teenager but in short, this means that I’m from the ‘hood. I didn’t grow up in the suburbs. I am a product of Chicago Public Schools, both grammar and high school. My schools weren’t #1 in the state, city or even neighborhood for that matter. I grew up on 79th street. I say all of that to say this, my upbringing wasn’t the most affluent. My parents made sure I had the necessities and even a few luxuries but when I graduated, I didn’t have a BMW waiting in the driveway for me. I got my first job at 16 and have been working ever since.
In my household, we were taught to go to school, get a good education and then, get a good job. I can’t fault them. It was all they knew. Back in their days, that would be enough to provide for one’s family; however, in 2017, not so much. There are people working 2-3 jobs just to remain afloat. I just couldn’t see that as my calling — working…at least not for someone else. When I was a teen, I tried to start my own business with affiliate marketing. I didn’t get far but then again, I was using an old Brother notebook that didn’t even have a color display (showing my age) and didn’t know much about the internet or marketing.
You see — this is why this trip is so important to me. For the first time, I am doing what I feel is my calling —- living life to the fullest. Not asking anyone for permission. Not sacrificing my personal health for a job. Not dreading waking up every morning at 5 a.m.
So how exactly did I end up in the Bahamas? Thanks to Avon’s Vacation Like a Boss incentive. One of the beauties about joining Avon is having an Avon mentor. Mentors help new representatives launch their business. Avon mentors are rewarded if the new team member becomes successful. Mentors receive nothing if the person isn’t successful. Contrary to popular belief, mentors do not receive a dime just for bringing people into the business. During the incentive period, I helped 19 new representatives successfully launch their business and their first orders were each over $150.
I uploaded the pictures below from my trip. The Bahamas was absolutely amazing! The food was delicious! I loved everything I had! The views were beautiful. The sharks were unique 🙂 I got to meet other Avon sales mentors. We laughed, danced, partied and learned about some upcoming, exciting new changes with Avon! Top secret so I can’t spill the beans just yet 🙂
Now, let me tell you why I love this company so much! I arrived in Newark, NJ airport and received an e-mail from the airline that my flight had been cancelled due to the weather. I went to the customer service terminal and as they were informing me that they couldn’t accommodate me due to weather cancellations, I was receiving a call from Avon with hotel accommodations! Now tell me that isn’t amazing! A company that truly cares about its representatives! They could’ve let me spend an awful night in the airport, but they didn’t! It was my first time in New Jersey so I decided to try some lasagna. Absolutely delicious!
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