Make Your Dreams Come True Day

Dreams are a part of life. No matter how big or small, some of them truly inspire us and allow us to make our lives better. These are aspirations that motivate us, encourage us to take on more challenges and energize us to succeed in our lives professionally and personally.

Too many people let their dreams remain just that… dreams they are afraid to speak out loud in case they don’t come true or little bits of fantasy that will always stay that way.

But they don’t have to! We have hundreds of ideas that really are not as impossible to make come alive as we think they are. In fact, many could be fulfilled with a little planning and work. Importantly, sometimes all dreams take to become reality is simply the courage to do something differently than you have in the past.

For example, think of a long-held dream. Now find a way to make it come true. It may seem overwhelming and definitely may not occur overnight. But you owe it to yourself to know that you really can make your goals come true and the routine of your day-to-day is not defeating you.

You can make your dreams come to life in a variety of ways but the first step is to have a plan. Has your vision always been to go to Europe for a two-week vacation and sample the local foods and wines? There is no reason you can’t do it. Calculate how much it would cost, how much money you can afford to put away every month and how long it will take to accumulate the total amount. Then start saving and planning your trip right away, no more procrastination or excuses!

The same goes for the dream of being a black belt in a martial art, for example. Research nearby clubs, read some reviews, ask for references and sign up today! Three to five years to achieve the goal of black belt may seem like a long time but the time will pass anyway; you might as well use it!

Tomorrow is a celebration of making a dream or two or even ten of yours come true. And that requires planning, effort and hard work. But to live without ambitions being realized is regretful. So let’s get going and make our dreams come true, starting now!

In fact, that’s how MONAT was started. It was a dream of our company’s Chairman, Luis Urdaneta, and today MONAT is a successful, thriving organization that is helping to make many other people’s dreams come true.

So grab your dreams, chase them and bring them alive!

Wounded Warriors

Veterans and service members who have served our country deserve all of our gratitude. They fight for our freedom and work hard to keep peace. As you know, MONAT has chosen the Wounded Warrior Project as a way to express its utmost gratitude to these freedom fighters. Our More Than A Mist flash sale raised thousands of dollars to donate to two Wounded Warrior Project sites.
We called for nominations of two servicemen and/or servicewomen who would bestow the donation check on behalf of MONAT to the Wounded Warrior site closest to the winners’ home. We want to acknowledge everyone who involved themselves in this campaign.

Many of us participated in the selection process, which was extraordinarily difficult because of the overwhelming number of nominees’ moving stories. All deserve to be awarded the opportunity to give to Wounded Warriors on behalf of MONAT
First we’d like to announce the winners.
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IN THE US: Market Partner Donna Betts of Rockwall, Texas nominated her cousin, Corporal E-4 Bradley Ragsdale of the United States Marine Corp., Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 2005, he suffered a dislocated arm and burns across 25% of his body from a bombed vehicle…yet managed to pull another wounded Marine from the vehicle to safety.

After more explosions and crawling through enemy fire, Corporal Ragsdale directed medical help away from himself to the other marine. His actions saved both of their lives.
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IN CANADA: Associate Market Builder Karen Dickie of Shilo, MB nominated herself. Officer Karen Dickie of the Canadian Armed Forces has served over 16 years active duty as a Physician Assistant, traveling the world to treacherous places, including Afghanistan, to administer to the wounded and ailing.

She is married to Ryan Dickie, also on active duty serving 2 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
The other five nominees also deserve to be mentioned.
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Monica Hobbs, Managing Market Mentor of Indianapolis, Indiana nominated her brother Senior Master Sargeant Bryan Greene, who has been in the Air Force for 20 years. He is so dedicated to serving his country that he has moved his wife and four children six times for the sake of duty. Currently he is stationed in Korea while his family resides in Illinois.
Jamie Leigh nominated her oldest brother Robert Hodge of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne. He served two tours in Iraq as a 50cal shooter on a Humvee. During his deployment he was shot in the leg but that has not stopped him from being a stand-up man and protecting the family since their father’s death in 2000.
Tammy Fee, Market Mentor of Council Grove, Kansas nominated Kalia Purcey of the U.S.Army. A dream of hers since childhood, Kalia joined the Army first as an engineer stationed in Fort Stewart, GA, She eventually was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 to shut down bases as part of pulling out of that country.

While there Kalia sustained an injury that left her disabled. Still, her love for serving her country has not wavered and she truly is grateful for the bonds all those in service hold for each other. Ironically, Kalia was an MP for MONAT for a short while prior to her disability! She is married to a retired Army Drill Sargeant and they have a two year old daughter.
Jewely Stephens, Senior Executive Director, Founding Partner with MONAT Global, nominated Angelina DiFiore, a disabled combat veteran of the 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, HHC 2-3 Brigade Troops Battalion, Military Police platoon. Her deployment of 15 months comprised over 350 missions outside the FOB and in harm’s direct way.

She spent over 10,000 hours deployed in Iraq, participating in various missions. For example, one was vehicle road-picketing: Angelina worked every morning and evening for a month to ensure that Al Qaeda and other foreign enemies could not lay an Improvised Exploding Device (IED) or Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) to prevent U.S. or allied forces from safely travelling through frequented routes during normal travelling hours.

Angelina was one of the first women ever to be trained and sent on an Infantry mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was trained by the Asymmetrical Warfare Group for a month and out of the seven women who began the training, Angeline was one of only two who successfully completed it. Today, suffering from PSTD, she lives in Washington state and educates the public on mental health issues.
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Joey Zebb, Independent MONAT Market Partner, nominated her husband, Cpl. Steven Stoesz. Steve joined the II Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in 2006. In February of 2008 he deployed to Afghanistan.

During his deployment he was injured three times: May 25th by a suicide bomber, July 4th by a roadside bomb and again on August 7th by another roadside bomb. Sustaining injuries in each explosion, and excessive injuries in the last, he was sent home to receive medical care.

After recovering from multiple operations, Cpl. Steven Stoesz suffers chronic pain and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries. Yet he is a fighter and devoted to his wife and children. He has not given up on life, making him a true hero.

Jen Fraser

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I came across a post on a Facebook group advertising MONAT. I usually pass by ads but this one stood out. I’ve been trying to grow my hair out for years. Between having 3 kids and some past health issues, my hair was dry and broken.

Because of those health concerns I’ve had, I try to stick to products that are as natural as possible, so when I looked further into MONAT, I decided I had to try it. Turns out it wasn't for sale in Canada yet, but I could get 50 samples if I became a Market Partner. I’ve spent a lot more than $125 on hair products before and this way I could try it all, so it was an easy sell.

A few hours after I signed up I started thinking, if everything I was reading about this is true, I may go ahead and sell this miracle product. If nothing else, I would at least get the products for myself at a discount. I called my girlfriend and said, “You need to look at MONAT, it’s new to Canada and if it’s as good as they say, I may go ahead and sell it because I know all our friends will want it.” She agreed it sounded amazing so she also ordered the starter kit too, and that’s how it started.

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The MONAT products turned out to be the best we've ever used! My hair is longer and healthier than ever. I had no idea this business would grow the way it did. Everyone I know started using it and now this adventure which I started mainly just for free samples has taken me this far!

Although I didn’t plan on making a job out of this, someone else had a plan for me. Little did I know shortly after starting this journey the Alberta economy would go into recession. My husband told me straight up, “We better change the way we live because oil just tanked and all of Alberta could be in trouble.”

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He was right. People all around were laid off, houses were in foreclosure, and people everywhere were struggling. A huge part of me was and still is fearful for what the future holds, as my husband works in oil and gas, but this crazy decision I made to join as a Market Partner pays me enough that if rainy days are ahead, my checks will help us keep going. It’s an amazing feeling and for that I am beyond thankful for MONAT. 

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Angela McKay

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Because of MONAT I can work from home and have a career and still be mom to my seven children. We travel more as a family and live the freedom it is giving to our family and the families we work with.

I found MONAT, or it found me, in September 2014 on social media. I had been in the direct selling industry as a career for four years. When I saw what this company was launching I knew I found something special.  

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Fast forward from the boardroom table in Miami just two short years ago and I'm still amazed everyday by what MONAT has done for our family and our team. I love the fact that I work a career full time from home and have the flexibility to be wife and mom to our seven children. I don't miss sports games or field trips and it’s about family time again in our home. 

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I love that MONAT has literally put my passion of helping others to use. I have the honor to work with leaders across the USA and Canada daily and they are like family. 

Becoming a Founder and seeing it from the beginning has made my dreams so much bigger, not only for my family but for the thousands of families on the team. It's a great blessing when you truly love what you do and can impact lives doing it.

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Julie Koopman

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There are hundreds of network marketing companies out there, but for some reason I’ve never been interested in anything until MONAT. I always wanted to do hair, but when I graduated high school there were five salons in my town and someone very close to me told me “you won’t make it”, and that I should get a “real” degree. I graduated with an AAS in marketing management and then went off into the corporate world. It was fun for the first year, but then I was miserable working for someone else who determined what I was worth…it wasn’t cutting it. NO thanks!

I have 11 siblings, and everyone had a two- or four-year degree, but no one did hair. So in 2008, I not only married my best friend, husband, life partner (and yes, a dairy farmer, after I always said I would never marry a dairy farmer!) but I also quit the corporate world and began cosmetology school. I was done in just 13 months and cutting, coloring, fixing the hair of my family members. I worked for a salon for four years, then moved to an up-scale salon with high-end products for a year.

By this point, we had two small children at home. My husband and I came to a decision point—a big one: why not use the rent money for my space at the salon and put it into something that will someday pay for itself? And that’s what we did—we added a salon onto our home in July 2014.

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By July 2015 I was introduced to MONAT by my oldest sister Janet. We have not only grown closer being 18 years apart and living states apart, but we have also grown stronger with MONAT. I owe it to her for where I am today with this company.

I went to the MONATions United convention in January 2016 and was awed and amazed at all the possibilities…I really took my business seriously once I got home and the only thing that was holding me back was my baby daughter growing inside me. MONAT has not only changed our financial situations, but it has changed my whole professional view on products. MONAT is as professional as you can find anywhere! I’m so happy to be able to share this with not only my family, friends, clients, or the random people I meet, but I am also able to help all these people either changing their hair or changing their life.

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My husband also has to keep up with his industry, so we renovated our dairy facility in 2015 and installed two Lely Robot automatic milkers. We have the challenge of fluctuating milk prices, and this is another area where MONAT has helped us with an additional stream of income. I am able to stay home and do what I love. Now that we have three children, I get to be Mom and spend more time with all of them. This wouldn’t happen if MONAT hadn’t showed up.

I can’t say enough about my team I would not be where today if we didn’t have the Wash and Wines and the Meet MONAT events to share in this amazing product. We all have similar goals and that’s why Team Iowa is rocking it! I’m super happy that I can share in my success and help them out with their success. I can’t say enough about how amazing this team is. We’re working, sharing, and enjoying each and every second of it. Thanks so much to MONAT and to my sister for sharing. Thanks so much to the support I have from family, friends, clients, and the MONAT family alone, You are all truly, truly amazing. Thank you!

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Take a Hike Day

Stressed out? Join the party.

Although we all feel anxious and worn-out from time to time, there are many ways to counteract the feeling of wanting to scream at the top of your lungs.

Not all stress is bad, but overbearing pressure from life can lead to significant health problems. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits help. Like going out for a hike! Did you know you have the ability to harness nature for stress relief?

For many, going outdoors is soothing, especially when feeling anxious. And being in nature makes many people feel happier and more at peace. Interestingly enough, this approach is used as a stress management activity in Japan, where it's called "forest bathing."

November 17 is Take a Hike Day. What better way to “power off” and get outdoors? This is the perfect excuse to turn off your cellphone, get outdoors and connect with nature. Sunlight provides vitamin D, which promotes relaxation. Studies have also shown a connection between depression and vitamin D. So go soak up the sun (but don’t forget the sunscreen). Further, research has shown that spending time in the great outdoors lowers our blood pressure and eases muscle tension.

So here’s a reminder worth sharing: disconnect! Turn off your phone. Cell phones stress you out, there's no question about that! Power off, head outdoors.

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Mary Beth Berns

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About five years ago I started noticing a change in social media with respect to buying and selling of products. For the past 30 years, our salon spa has led the way in home care for our guests. I began to question whether we would remain relevant using only our old model of retail selling.

Asking questions has always been my go-to, and so I did. I research everywhere, talked to everyone—my long-time loyal brand, educators in my industry, other product companies, other distributors. Most of the answers began with “Not to worry, things don't change that quickly, we (stylists) have the edge.” Add to this the “Salon Only” or “Professional” products now on Amazon, Nordstrom Rack, Walgreens, Kmart, Walmart, Ulta and more, and we now know the playing field is different.

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Diversifying with MONAT as a partner allows me to fill a need for guests that I could not before. There are so many adults with hair challenges—from thinning, breaking, slow growth, to lack of elasticity and shine—and we were not able to address these challenges as we are now. MONAT has also allowed me to cross over from just serving our salon guests to serving guests in the greater community. This new reach has increased our retail sales and in turn created new guests for the salon. Win-win!

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I appreciate learning about the amazing ways MONAT pays us, the social aspect of sharing MONAT, the safe ingredients and clinical studies on the ingredients, but most of all I appreciate being prepared to teach others how to be successful going forward. This is a new retail world and I would rather lead the charge than be overtaken by it.

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DeVerne Augustus

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Blessings come when least expected. When MONAT popped up in my life, I was selling the last of my businesses due to health concerns. Little did I know that, like the phoenix, I was about to rise from the ashes. This crazy, beautiful shampoo business has allowed me to contribute and flourish in spite of health limitations.

Looking back to 2008, I was on at the top of my game. Loving life as a stylist, award-winning chocolatier, local wine guru. It’s such a gratifying feeling to know you are helping people enjoy life, feel confident and beautiful, and of course the accolades are great boosters, too.

It seemed like in a blink everything changed. I suffered a significant health collapse in 2009-10 and was unable to do any of the things I loved doing. The sense of total loss and defeat were overpowering. For several years I felt as if my best years were behind me, my ability to contribute and positively affect people over. It was a desolate time to say the least. I had closed two businesses and was selling the third. I had given up.

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Thank all things good for persistent clients! Michelle Storment tried on a couple occasions to get me to take a look at MONAT. Finally, I agreed to listen. I am so very grateful that she tried that one last time. Life is in full bloom again because MONAT gave me hope again. It showed me that even though I have physical limits, I’m not done positively impacting lives. Through this fun and rewarding business opportunity, I know that I am putting crazy amounts of good back into the world again. Many have heard me say that even if I never made a dime in MONAT, I am eternally grateful for all it has done for me. Luckily, I have earned a dime, a few of them I guess.

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Everything about MONAT matches and enhances my own personal and business philosophies. Helping others achieve their goals in life or play has always held such satisfaction for me. In my hair practice, my goal has always been to over deliver on promises and client expectations. The weak link has always been product.

Either the product couldn’t deliver on promises, or the tradeoff involved potentially hazardous and damaging chemical solutions. My previous experience with naturally based lines left me feeling reluctant to try a new one when I was offered MONAT. What a relief it was to have found a product that does what it promises and more!

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What is so beautiful is that as I look to the future, I can see brightness, hope, joy, and so many good things. And not just for me and my family, but for new people with whom I connect and this new passion. I always say, “I don’t JUST schlep shampoo, I help people reclaim control, I’m a dream dealer, and a hope dealer." What better thing is there to do in life?

What is truly wonderful is that MONAT is a business for everybody. Anyone who has a dream, and is willing to work for it, will find a place and success in this amazing company. 

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Who’s your role model?

November is National Inspirational Role Models Month. At MONAT, we celebrate the holiday by acknowledging the impact contemporary role models have on our lives.

Who inspires you? It’s a common question often asked by teachers, peers and even employers. There’s a reason many job interviewers ask this question; it’s a good way to discover not only who you are as a person, but how you think and feel about yourself and those around you.

Over the course of the week, we asked MONAT employees, “Who is your role model?” and the results are in! Peruse them, below, then head to your favorite social media site and tell @monatofficial who inspires you by including #myrolemodelis.

“If anyone has ever seen the movie ‘Joy,’ you will know who Joy Mangano is. She is the self-made millionaire who has invented many products, most notably the Miracle Mop, as featured in the film. Joy’s early years sound like many of our own, which allows her story to resonate. She went to college, got married, had three children, held a variety of unfulfilling jobs, however, it is what she did with a simple idea and a lot of passion that really makes her an inspirational woman to me. She took that idea and did not take no for an answer! She and her product were featured on QVC which launched her success. By the year 2000, her company was selling $10 million worth of Miracle Mops per year. I admire Joy and her perseverance, she is truly the kind of #BossBabe I aspire to be.”  

 

~ Bethany Balsdon, Events and Recognition Manager

“The person I’d like to say I admire is Amal Clooney. She’s a great example of the woman I try to be every single day.  Amal as an international lawyer and handles cases related to human rights and crimes against humanity. I admire her bravery, as she handles many cases others won’t. Amal, who is fluent in English, Arabic and French, has also written a couple of books. She is an inspirational role model for young women around the world; she exemplifies integrity, compassion and dedication–and typifies what it means to be a global citizen across all cultures. She’s a true activist. She’s effortlessly stylish, and she's married to George Clooney. Enough said.”

~ Lauren Nicole Jordan, Social Media Specialist

“In my case, the athlete I admire the most is LeBron James. He is not only a great basketball player but a role model for those who live in Cleveland because his achievements go beyond the game that he loves. As a matter of fact, James is a big contributor to community programs around the country, and has an active role in the Boys and Girls Club, ONEXONE and the Children’s Defense Fund. James also started his own charity which raises money for a number of causes in his native Akron. That’s not all; there are quite a few athletes in today’s society who are easily getting into problems; that’s not the case when talking about this player. Believe it or not, he has never let the spotlight keep him for emitting a positive image for younger generations; especially African Americans. In this day and age, with the evolution of social media and the incredibly in-depth coverage that professional sports endure, James has brilliantly handled his intense fame while never letting it change the type of person he is.”

~ Jose Rebolledo, International Business Student,
MONAT Marketing Intern

Images: c/o Google. Source Joy Mangano | Source Amal Clooney

Shayla Gordon

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Because of MONAT, our lives are drastically different. Instead of just scraping by each month, I am able to pay our bills without worry. I now do things for my daughter that I only dreamed of doing before, and I was able to resign from my teaching career!

When I was first approached about MONAT from a friend, I was very skeptical and had no desire to be a part of a direct sales company. After all, my life was very busy with being a single mom, running a household, and my full-time job as a fourth grade teacher. When my friend assured me there was a 30-day money back guarantee, I decided to sign on as a Market Partner with full intention of sending the products back.  I honestly didn’t believe that anything could help my extremely damaged hair.

After using the products the first time, I fell in love! I noticed a difference immediately!  Although I loved the products, I didn’t have confidence in myself that I could actually build a business. Being from a very small town and only having a handful of close friends, I decided to use the products and do nothing with the business.

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After months of watching my upline become successful with MONAT and talking to many people wondering what I was doing differently with my own hair, I decided to jump in and work the business. The month I started working, I matched my teaching salary! I could not believe it! After going to college for nearly four years to become an educator, I matched that income in one month! I started thinking it didn’t matter how many extra hours I put in as a teacher or how in-depth my lesson plans were, my paycheck would never reflect my efforts. I loved that my MONAT check reflected how much effort I put into my business! Four months later, I became a Founder in this amazing company. And just seven months after I started working the business, I was able to resign as a teacher! I had always prayed that God would give me something to help me supplement my income, but I had no idea that he would give me something that would completely replace it!

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MONAT has done so much for us. I still get teary eyed when I talk about how it has changed my life and my daughter’s. I have been able to do things that never would have been possible before MONAT, such as pay off my daughter’s braces and the rest of my debt, a trip to the Caribbean, and something as simple as taking my daughter shopping for school clothes instead of using hand-me-downs. Before MONAT, bills were something I dreaded each month but not anymore. MONAT allows me to set my own schedule and attend all of my daughter’s activities. This company has transformed so many of my friend’s lives. Not only has MONAT given me lifelong friendships, confidence in myself, and financial stability, but it has also taught me to DREAM BIGGER, and every day I thank God for this amazing opportunity!

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