How We Overcame Heartbreak & Earned a Trip to Jamaica
MAKE IT JAMAICA TRIP MAY 2020 – WOW! I’m really starting to get excited about this upcoming trip. As of this post there are only 83 days to go. Make It Jamaica was an incentive that Avon ran last year. All representatives were able to participate. To earn the trip, each representative was given a sales goal to achieve. There were several ways that you could earn the trip to Jamaica. I chose to go for the personal sales with half of the goal being from ‘online’ sales. But before I go any further into the details, I need to give you the back story to 2017-2019 leading up to earning the trip.
In 2017, I attended RepFest17 in Nashville, a major turning point for my Avon business. After returning, I was so motivated to achieve President’s Club for the fist time. But, there were obstacles that kept creeping in… For those of you that don’t personally know my sister and I, our mom had a condition called Spinocerebellar ataxia which is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects muscle coordination and movement. Mom was unable to ambulate without assistance and simple things like getting dressed became harder. Thankfully, our Dad (mom’s primary care giver) was so devoted to her. My sis and I scheduled all our free time around helping dad with caring for mom at home. I did achieve President’s Club in 2017, but barely.
In 2018, mom’s health was declining even more. She was unable to stay home alone and needed assistance with just about everything. – I opted out of attending RepFest18 in Ohio, not wanting to be that far from home. Still determined to achieve and grow my business, I reached President’s Club ($10,000 in award sales) for the second time in 2018 just prior to the end of the year. Posting mostly on social media and this blog. I was so thankful to all my online customers (about 70% of my sales) for this. President’s Club was the first sales achievement level of recognition at that time and those that achieved this level received guaranteed commission levels.
Moving forward into 2019, I had such a vision for my business and where it was going. Well, that momentum ended abruptly when mom had a massive stroke on January 12, 2019. It was completely debilitating and being a registered nurse I understood all the medical jargon that the medical team threw at us. Mom’s prognosis was grave. She did have a ‘living will’ – so my father, siblings and I decided that we would respect her wishes and took her home on hospice. Opting only to provide ‘comfort care’ it wasn’t long before she passed peacefully at home on February 1, 2019 with my dad and I at her bedside. Immediately after she took that last breath, Somewhere Over The Rainbow came on Pandora. Definitely a sign! Never in a thousand years did I imagine just how much the heartbreak of losing mom would hurt. It has taken me a long time to be able to talk about this so openly. The next month or so, it was all I could do to even get dressed. Returning to my ‘job’ as a nurse at the ‘hospital’ was hard, but by the end of February 2019 I was back to work.
How We Overcame Heartbreak & Earned a Trip to Jamaica
Pushing on and trying to overcome the heartbreak, finding distraction, refocusing on business and planning on how to achieve the ‘Jamaica’ incentive. It was until sometime in March 2019, probably while I was preparing my taxes that I realized how much of my sales came from ‘online sales’ – I started thinking that if I pushed a little harder, I could definitely meet my goal for the trip, at least for one. As the year went by, my sister and I planned our first grown-up trip together to attend Repfest19 in New Orleans. It was some well needed R&R for us away from the same old same old. We could feel mom looking down on us, so pleased that we were away together. After we returned, again beyond motivated, my sis and I started to share ideas about business together. It was at that point that she became my ‘coapplicant’ and now assists me in so many ways ‘behind the scenes’ –
Well, the fourth quarter rolled in and sales started to take off! I was crunching numbers daily. I was meeting with my fabulous Coach Maria, who gave me constant encouragement at least every few weeks. I started to realize that I was already over the requirement for ‘online’ sales (trip for 2) but I still needed to reach my overall goal to even earn the trip. More number crunching every time a new order came in.
We had a successful fundraiser in November. We collected and donated 40 Finley the Fox plushes. Then finally by mid-December 2019 we reached the goal, we earned the trip for 2. This is the first time for us ‘earning’ an incentive. We also reached a higher sales level ‘Honor Society’ ($20, 000 in award sales). Yes, we overcame heartbreak & earned a trip to Jamaica. What started out as the worst year of our lives had become the best year for our business. ?
Moving on and working past the things that hold you back is so important for success. Mom would be so proud of the way Denise & I are getting along and working together.
We went to the Post Office about a week ago to apply for our passports. Thrilled is an understatement. We will be spending 5 days and 4 nights at an all-inclusive resort. All expenses-paid, including airfare for earning this incentive. Just WOW!
The moral of my story is, life sometimes throws us curves and road blocks… we can either choose to let them stop us or can find our way around them, over them or through them to keep moving on ?
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