I’d like to share a little snapshot into my life. I’ve been married to my best friend for almost 30 years and we have three wonderful boys. We started our family very young; we had our first two boys at 20 and 23. 13 years later, we found ourselves excited to welcome baby number three: our miracle baby. You see, Ryan, our youngest, was born with Down Syndrome. I’ll say this, that little man has been the biggest blessing to our entire family. He has rocked our world and filled our lives with so much joy. However, there have also been some big challenges along with all that joy and love our three boys have brought to our lives.
Starting off so young, we had many years where our finances were a hot mess. We struggled hard, but fortunately we had family to lean on. Thankfully, that situation changed over the years and we no longer struggle the way we did. But I was still finding myself awake many nights stressing, knowing that our situation could change again in the blink of an eye. I am a home health care provider for my son and that program has been on the chopping block in our home state of California, so it could go away at a moment’s notice. That could put us back in a financial situation I never want to be in again. Plus, at the end of the day, our income as it is still just isn’t enough to get us where we need to be to set our three boys up for when we leave this great Earth. We want to leave our older boys the gift of living out their days enjoying time together with their younger brother rather than becoming financially burdened by having to care for him. Something had to change.
So begins my journey with LIMU. Just shy of three months ago, my little sister Andrea invited me to her home to hear about LIMU. I’ve been watching her do her thing for seven years, and always cheered her on from the sidelines, but never took the time to take a look. I’m a network marketer, and have been for almost 30 years. I am even kind of good at it—I’ve been with quite a few companies in my day and have had some great success. But ever since having Ryan, my life has looked quite different, and I knew I just didn’t have it in me anymore.
I assumed LIMU was just like all the other network marketing companies out there; I’d be out there schlepping around a ton of stuff and selling a lot of products to anyone and everyone I could possibly get in front of, just to do it again month after month. I’ve watched Andrea become very successful, earn a few fancy BMWs, travel, party and have a lot of fun doing it. But I also assumed she must be selling A LOT of seaweed! I wasn’t interested, not even a little bit. Even though I wasn’t interested, when she asked me to come take a look, I figured after all this time I at least owed her that. I went, I listened, then I went home—but something happened.
I found myself lying awake that night, like so many nights before, but this time for a very different reason. As I laid there watching my sweet hubby sleep, I felt hopeful, excited and encouraged. I started thinking, ‘Could this be it? Could this really be that different?’. Maybe, just maybe, my hubby wouldn’t have to wake up at 5:00 a.m. every morning for his three-hour-a-day commute. Maybe if Ryan’s IHSS was cut, it wouldn’t devastate our family. Maybe we could have that nest egg for our boys. So I decided yes, I’m going to do this! What the heck did I have to lose? Nothing, but I had everything to gain!
Now, the $500 was going to be an issue. My hubby and I have a deal—we talk about money before we spend it. I knew he wasn’t going to be thrilled; as a matter of fact, since he isn’t a fan of the network marketing industry at all, I knew when I went to him with this, he wasn’t going to see the same vision I did. So I sat on it. But I couldn’t get it out of my head.
Fast forward about a week. My hubby was on a business trip when Andrea called and asked if I was ready to get started. She explained that there was a cash promotion being offered. I was already on the fence, but boy do I love a good challenge and I hate leaving money on the table. That promotion was just what I needed to kick me off that fence—I said ‘yes, I am ready!’
Knowing I only had a few days before my husband got home, I was going to have to tell him I spent $500 without talking to him and knew I needed to get to work. Andrea had told me she would lock arms with me and walk me through how to do what she did, and to trust her. We got to work that day following LIMU’s proven Process and using the amazing LIMU Share App. I even had full support from our upline leader. I got on the phone and started sharing the vision of hope I was feeling with a few friends that I knew I wanted to partner with. They jumped in, giving me my first three enrollments in just three days! Just like that, I earned my initial $500 back and got a fat little bonus on top of that, too.
I finally got brave and told my hubby that I had invested $500 in a business. I was also able to say that I had not only earned that money back, but also doubled it! He was taken aback, but only for a minute. Since then, he’s become my biggest cheerleader, my best supporter and now my business partner. Just 63 days in, working side by side with my sister, my hubby and now my two older boys, I earned my very own fancy little BMW!
I love working together to make a better life, not only for ourselves, but for the people we love. I know our journey has just begun. I’m loving every step of the way and am so excited for what’s to come.
My name is Karyn Mansfield and I am LIMU!