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Young Living’s 2018 European convention

Young Living’s 2018 European convention

2 weeks ago the Young Living 2018 European convention was about to start. A very social, yet business event we encourage all our members to attend. Why? Where would one meet so many like-minded people AND get to hear from the leaders of industry how 

My Name Is Prince

My Name Is Prince

Being a huge Prince-music lover, (not just his own songs, but a lot of the related artists like The Time, Vanity, Wendy & Lisa as well, and also projects like Madhouse, New Power Generation or Mazarati) I could not skip the exhibition in Amsterdam about 

Sometimes You Must Dare To Jump!

Sometimes You Must Dare To Jump!

You cant always wait for the perfect timeBefore I got laid off in 2014 I already made my decision to look for something else; although I got fired before I could find another job. I never could have imagined being unemployed for over 2 and a half years, with 25 years experience as baggage…
At the same time Danielle got suckered into a contract renewal that she didn’t want to serve out, but with a mortgage, family of 4 with 2 teenagers, me being without a job and all, she stuck with it… For a couple of months.
Then her manager threatened to kick her out, if she didn’t accept another new contract for a 40 hrs. this time.

LifestyleThat, my unemployment and a seriously ill family member was enough to tip our scale: we were stressed out, sleeping bad and a load of other stuff going on.
Our friend Corrine wanted to help us and told Danielle to get the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living, an essential oils company to help with life’s issues.
Danielle ordered the kit, without telling me, because she already knew I would be OK with it: we had been choosing healthy alternatives for several things in and around our home & life and this was another step in that direction! We got rid off the chemical options like Aspirin and so on. We instead are using Stress Away oil to let go of stuff, Peppermint to mellow our stomach, Joy to lift our mood, Lavender to ease into a good night’s rest.

Danielle has always shared her favorite products and shops with the rest of the world and so did she with Young Living oils. She shared so much that she would eventually get paid* for referring people to buy Young Living products. With the referring also came the education of people on alternatives for issues in their lives. And with those two came the decision to go “all the way”: she quited her full-time job, even though I was still unemployed, to network market the products of Young Living as independent distributors; we became our own little company called Oiled by Nature. The day she was saying goodbye to her job, was the same day I found my new full-time corporate job.

Danielle worked her butt off to earn a decent income*, and I helped her out from the sideline. I made a website, did loads of marketing materials in Photoshop, took care off the kids, went along to workshops, meetings and conventions, told anyone that wanted to hear about our alternative for big pharma’s solutions, but also did a big part of the choirs about the house.

Last year we came to a crossroad in our lives: we made enough income* to support our family, too much work to be done in the time we had and me being in a job that didn’t give me the satisfaction it was supposed to. Sometimes you need to follow through on your plans. Plans I made years ago.

In February 2017 I decided it was time to make a change. A change in my professional life. I informed my manager that I wanted to take a sabbatical for entire 2018, a year off to dedicate supporting Danielle in pursuing our independence from corporate life! That year was not allowed, so i handed in my notice…

December 15th., 2017 I took my leap of faith and started to work alongside Danielle, 24/7 from home, on making our venture a major success. It’s been a challenge: opinions clash, but always hearing each other, and even financially. All of a sudden we had to live of what we were making with Young Living, but guess what? We manage*! And that was what it was all about: FREEDOM. Freedom from corporate life, freedom from schedules, financial freedom*, freedom to travel the world to see things we could never imaging.

*As I am talking about income and finance, I must show you the income disclosure of Young Living™.
Income disclosure OBN NL

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on the Young Living International Grand Convention 2018

My Thoughts on the Young Living International Grand Convention 2018

After last weeks Young Living International Global Convention 2018 I had to let everything settle down … It was busy, pleasant, instructive, moving, exhausting, stimulating … All possible emotions and moods that you can think of that passed by one or more times. From total 

Opportunity Is Life’s Reward or OILR for short

Opportunity Is Life’s Reward or OILR for short

It doesn’t all have to do with baseball, sometimes it can be something completely different. I occasionally buy a cap that has that “something completely different” feeling to it, something I have a great feeling about. Like this one!OILR is the website of Johnny Drop & 

Opportunity comes knocking…

Opportunity comes knocking…

As by now you probably know, me and the mistress are self-employed – she full-time, me newbie – as independent distributors for Young Living essential oils & supplements.

You probably also already saw some of my posts with the “Tick Tock” and countdown on Instagram.
Well, I finally took an unpaid leave for 3 months (formerly known as the sabbatical – because that is the maximum length of time they can do without me) starting January 1st 2018, to figure out whether or not I can “do the oils” business full-time together with my wife from home 24-7. I already know I want to, so I was going to find out if I am Oil-material…

What am I gonna do exactly?
Hmmm… How do I explain?
I am gonna put it out there, so there won’t be any questions other than “How can I join?”.

What does an independent distributor for Young Living essential oils & supplements do? I advise people on the products that Young Living offers. Young Living works with distributors because they want their customers to have the very best support in using their products. I do not sell, let me repeat, do not sell products. I order products I use, and if you want to order 1 item too, I can either order it for you or you can order it yourself. I do not do retail! It is mere because I do not want to do all those tax-thingies.

How do I make a living out of advising people? Young Living works on a referral base, which means that I get paid commission on people that order their own products, but use my name and number as a referral. The reason Young Living works like this, is that the products are so powerful, you need someone to guide you, to answer your questions, to advise you. This is often called Network Marketing or Multi Level Marketing.
No foul language, just look at the picture below…
CorporatePyramid_1100-1024x698The general idea people have of MLM is: the person(s) on top gets the most money and the people at the bottom work the hardest, while paid the least. That is not the case with Young Living.
Please take a close look at this picture and tell me that the company you work for is any different.

In Young Living you can earn more money that the person(s) “above” you, because you put more effort in your work or make better use of your network!

Because I am one of the few male distributors in our Oiled by Nature-team, I want to start an All-Male Team that is focused on male-subjects like sports, cars, tools and such.

Rockstars Wanted 2

Like I said, all that’s left is 1 question: How can you join my team?
Wanna join? Got a question? Leave me a mail, fill out form below!!

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P.S. As I am writing about the way Young Living compensates their members or distributors, I am legally obliged to include the most recent income disclosure statement.

Pitching is the name of the game

Pitching is the name of the game

Another blog, another story about another cap of mine… This is about my EPA-cap. Every once in a while you have people entering your life, that you cannot get rid off…Eric de Vries is one of those people. The first time I met Eric, sometime 

Lowell Spinners

Lowell Spinners

I have quite a few baseball caps and there are some nice stories to some of them… The cap I want to tell you about is the Lowell Spinners cap. Lowell Spinners is a Short-Season A New York-Penn League Minor League baseball team affiliated to the Boston 

Weekend away? Weekend off!

Weekend away? Weekend off!

Every once in a while, my wife gets to go off on a weekend to hang with her friends or to attend a meeting of Young Living, somewhere in Europe. This time she was initially invited to join my mother-in-law, who won a trip to Vienna (Austria), but ended up getting invited by Young Living as a speaker about Toxic-free/Chemical-free living.

We started clean living years ago, by paying attention to what we eat; reading the labels to find out what kind of mess is used to flavor or color your food! So we decided to stop using packets or sachets, started with fresh veggies and flavoring our food with natural herbs. After that we replaced the drinks for the kids with natural sweetened drinks and so on.

The same goes for the way we got introduced to Young Living: we were in a place in our live where stress (and all that goes with it) made up a large part of it. I was unemployed for a long time due to reorganization , while Danielle was working in a very stressful job, with the possibility to get unemployed as well… A friend of ours advised to buy a starter-kit from Young Living with a lot of oils to relief several situations. Danielle got through the stressful days, we both got to sleep good again and the way we smell nice… Oh boy! Then there was no stopping; we also have supplements now, energy drinks, toothpaste and household products. I probably forgot a few, sorry…

But when she is away, I get to take care of our household… Or: my version of it! The boys always want to eat different stuff than usually, so we get to eat French Fries, Kebab, Chinese and such.

And since I cancelled my appointment for today ánd it turned out that none of the guys had any obligations to sports this entire weekend, I had a massive amount of (free) time to spend my way.

Kays

I have been planning to visit a secondhand record store for a long time, but other commitments always got in the way… I visited them today! Kay’s Odyssey in Wagenberg (near Breda) is a very nice shop, nice people, good vibe, loaded with vinyl! I bought some great records and was talking to one of the owners and he directed me to the newest wing to the store where he had even more records… So I dug crates for another hour, enjoyed a good cup of coffee and of course more additions to my collection.

I came home with the following vinyl: Trouble Funk – Still Smokin’ (original DC Go-Go), Tony Terry – She’s Fly, B&Q Band – Main Attraction (Ben Liebrand remix), Ben Liebrand – Styles (The Album), PITA – Break Beats (just breaks & beats & samples), Chandra Simmons – Never Gonna’ Let You Go (Mantronik Remix), The Time – Jerk Out (Prince… of course!), Janet Jackson – Escapade (One of her best singles), Roxanne – The Real Roxanne (UTFO/Full Force), Prince – 1999 (What can I say?), Warren G – I Shot The Sheriff (Promo with remixes), Stetsasonic – Sally (One of the best live-bands in Hip hop I’ve ever seen!!!), Jill Jones – G-Spot (Probably the best song Prince gave her), 3rd Base – Pop Goes The Weasel (Children’s song rap-style), Derek B – Bad Young Brother (English Rap – US style), Derek B – We’ve Got The Juice (Old-school), Jesse Johnson – She I Can’t Resist (Former guitar player of The Time/Prince), Mantronix – Ladies (Oh Yeah!!!) & Atlantic Ocean – Waterfall (Peter Parker’s Remixes White Label)…

On the way out I found out that a couple of guys I know (Formerly Known as DSS Rookies) were playing ball against the local team in Oosterhout (Twins), which happens to be like 10 minutes away… So I dropped by to see them and cheer them on. Good weather, great company, Successful Day!!!

All I got to do now, is figuring out what to have for dinner… GUYS!

Baseball Against Cancer By Night – Part 2

Baseball Against Cancer By Night – Part 2

Still on a natural high of all the good vibes I picked up during the entire event… On the other hand I am on an emotional roller-coaster; tearing up and hearing my voice break every time I see or hear something that gets to me.