Why I Drank the Kool-Aid

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I actually did it. I drank the MLM Kool-Aid, and I’m still laughing about it.

I used to hate MLMs. For years, I was completely over seeing a newsfeed full of marketing for products I supposedly needed but couldn’t care less about. And yet somehow, miraculously, surprisingly, weirdly…….I drank the Kool-Aid. I drank the Kool-Aid, and now I have my own hair products business.

Why did I do it? Lots of reasons! Something MONAT encourages you to do is figure out your ‘why.’ Your ‘why’ is what motivates you, something that helps you keep pushing when you want to quit, something that makes all of your work worth it. I had a hard time choosing my ‘why’ because I have too many of them. More on that later.

I resisted the opportunity at first, as I have so many others before it, but for some reason, MONAT kept coming back around. After months of back-and-forth, I finally made a spontaneous decision to do it, which was both exhilarating and terrifying! It’s all thanks to my former boss and friend Juli, an angel who took a chance on the world’s biggest skeptic.

Here’s my story, with every bit of sincerity my heart holds. Please keep in mind two important things: (1) First of all, as I said before – I’m the world’s biggest skeptic and the very last person who would ever get into this kind of business. This decision wasn’t made lightly. The fact that the company was still intriguing to me after all my research and cynicism is nothing short of a miracle. And (2) second of all, I’ve been approached by no less than 20 different people from all kinds of MLMs and even tried some of the products, but THIS is the one that finally got me hooked.

For those of you who have never heard of MONAT, here’s a few bullet points:

  1. It’s a brand new debt-free hair products company that was founded in 2014, and the only network marketing company that deals exclusively with hair care products.
  2. The product line is botanically based, pure, and toxin free (which means no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, glutens, or harmful fragrances or colors).
  3. The products work for all hair types: fine, thin, coarse, thick, dry, oily, and everything in-between.
  4. The major results of the products include crazy good shine, volume, strength, healing/smoothing, balance of oils, and even regrowth!

The company also offers the opportunity to be part of a million-dollar company in its first few years in business, which is what I did. This is a huge deal. The hair product market is already a multi-billion dollar industry because hair products are consumable: you use them up and need to buy more. Most people try dozens of different hair care lines in their lifetime and either get bored or frustrated because the products stop being effective. This happens because most products are tailored specifically to one type of hair issue. My products tackle them all.

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The first time I heard about MONAT, I didn’t get what the big deal was, and I wasn’t impressed even after trying a few samples. I never had major problems with my hair, so my first experience wasn’t all that special. It didn’t bubble up when I shampooed (which I found out was a bad indication of my hair’s health!), but because I was expecting lots of bubbles, I thought the shampoo didn’t even work for my hair. Another friend of mine had extra samples, however, and she gave them to me to try. I made those samples last for two weeks’ worth of hair washes, and by that point, I knew MONAT was something I had to check out because I was disappointed when I had to go back to my normal shampoo and conditioner. My results were very noticeable after only five washes, too good to overlook. My hair was infinitely stronger, and a months’ worth of split ends had vanished. I used to get out of the shower and wonder how I had any hair left (I shed like a cat!), and I noticed less shedding with each wash. And the SHINE. It was unreal. I thought my hair was shiny before….! No. Nothing compared to this. I was blown away by how healthy my hair looked and felt in such a short period of time.

Even with tangible, noticeable results, I still wrestled with choosing whether or not to join the business. I didn’t want to make the wrong decision, and I didn’t want money to become my primary focus in life. If I’m totally honest, my biggest fear was what people would think about me. I didn’t want to be one more obnoxious friend trying to sell something. After a few weeks of prayer, I felt confident that God was telling me ‘no.’ I didn’t want His answer to be ‘no,’ but it was. I respectfully declined Juli’s offer, and a sense of calm and relief came with that ‘no.’ I knew that even though God’s answer wasn’t what I wanted, I was still willing to be obedient and step back.

Fast forward about a month.

I hadn’t stopped thinking about MONAT. I was sure of my choice for the time being, but it was still in the back of my mind. I considered it a very likely part of my future, especially if I stayed home with kids someday. I wanted a way to contribute to our family even if I wasn’t working a full-time job, and during my year of thinking through different ideas, MONAT stood out the most. I imagined myself in the business, dreaming about the events and the networking opportunities and the fun and the financial strength I knew others were experiencing. In a moment alone in my car, I said, “Lord…I’m not sure why I’m still thinking about this. Was your answer a ‘not yet’ instead of a ‘no’?” I kept thinking about it for the next week, praying for peace. The last day of September, that peace came. I got in touch with Juli again, putting the ball in her court and trusting God with either answer – and His answer was a resounding ‘YES.’ My brain has been a wild party ever since.

Since taking that leap, I’ve learned a lot about myself. For example: I panic way too easily. I don’t like change, even good change. I talk myself out of things constantly. I give up on things too quickly. But this business commitment is changing me. In my mind, I’ve almost psyched myself out – but I’m not quitting. I’m in this. I committed, and I’m sticking with it no matter what, because of my multiple ‘whys.’

My first why? Haha…I just wanted to make my initial investment back, and I did! I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, that the opportunity was worth the time and money I invested. But once I met that goal, I developed other bigger reasons to keep working:

  • I want to be obedient to the Lord’s ‘yes’ and use my talents to honor Him.
  • I want(ed) to finish paying off our student loans (which we did!!).
  • I want to support our church more.
  • I want to send more college students to do mission work.
  • I want to buy my husband something expensive, just because I can and I love him.
  • I want to save money every couple of months on hair products that I actually like.
  • I want to go on an Alaskan cruise for our 5th year anniversary.

I have a WEALTH of reasons, and they dwarf my fear of failing.

This is NOT just selling shampoo (even though it’s really baller shampoo). It’s the chance to stay home with my kids, whenever I have them. It’s the opportunity to have financial freedom. My goal in the beginning wasn’t to make a million dollars. It was to make $500 by December (a goal that I met, and then some!). What I want is to build a team of people who want the same things I do and are willing to take a leap of faith just like I did.

At the end of the day, MONAT or not – God sustains me. God knows what I need, and He’s always taken care of me. That said, I believe this opportunity fell into my lap at a unique time, and I know He’ll use it for His glory and for my good. I trust Him with my life, and any work I do is to glorify Him, including MONAT.

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Want the healthiest, best version of your hair that you’ve ever had? Me too.
Interested in owning your own small business without going bankrupt? Me too.
Want to pay off your student loans or credit card debt? Me too.
Want to save up for a vacation or a house or a car? Me too.
Want to be able to financially give more to your church? Me too.
Let’s be honest…could you just use a few extra dollars each month to make ends meet? Me too.

If you want to kick it with me MONAT-style, I would love to tell you more about it. Here’s my website if you want to take a look, and if you have questions, just ask! If the business side isn’t for you, give the products a try! No pressure to participate, seriously. But I can promise you this: once you see the difference it really makes on your hair, you’ll never want to use your old stuff ever again.

P.S. I will mention MONAT now and then, but not to worry – it will not become the focus of this blog, as it was not and never will be its original purpose. I’ll keep the quality stuff coming. :) 

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