Where we started and why we do the work we do.

Posted by : Michelle | On : July 21, 2012

I’m often asked how Chris and I found our way into the health and nutrition field, especially since it is a totally different world from the technical world that we were both part of. So I thought it would be nice to write about who we are, how Chris and I began our path to better health and why we choose this as our business.

A little about us

Chris and I both grew up in southeastern NC. Chris has been a professional Photographer, System Administrator and started the first Internet service provider company in the Wilmington area. I was very active in karate, was an accounts receivable clerk, was a computer tech and then worked at Chris’ Internet company as a receptionist/technical support and then later as a domain administrator. We first met at a  wedding for 2 mutual friends that I knew from karate and Chris knew from college. He actually sat beside me during the rehearsal dinner. About a year later we met again and started dating. We fell in love and  married on New Years Eve. I can’t believe this December it will be 16 years that I have been with my best friend and soul mate. In between working, we spent some time traveling and taking photographs. Chris was a professional photographer and I have always had an interest, so we had a great time seeing some new places and getting some great wildlife shots. We took a road trip from NC to Iowa with stops in Asheville, Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains and a few other parks along the way. Brings back memories of a hike we took in the mountains and really underestimated the difficulty of the hike and the amount of time it took and carried way too much gear and not enough water. Long story short, we were rescued by the German Air Force :-) . Maybe a great story for another post. I don’t think we would have made it out of there before dark if it were not for them. Another fun trip we took was to a bird photo safari in Florida. We fell in love with the area and even moved and lived there for a few years. We learned a lot about the environment and how everything in an environment depends on one another, even if it is something seemingly small, has an important role. We were part of a photography club while there, where Chris later became the president. We also joined the Collier County Audubon and were volunteers at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It was a great learning experience and made us appreciate the world around us so much more.

As much as we loved Florida, it became time to figure out where we wanted to move to. Chris was working as a system administrator for one of the largest real estate companies in the area. The economy started to take a downfall in that market and they were laying off.  We wanted to have children and really wanted them to grow up around family, so we decided to move back home to NC. Just a couple of months later, we were happy to learn that we were going to have our first child. Samantha is now an active, smart, entertaining and loving 3 1/2 years old. About 18 months later, we received the joyous news once more that we were going to have a second child. Nickolas is now 20 months and is also smart, sweet, active and enjoying toddler-hood.  Now Chris and I are enjoying being parents and all the great experiences it has brought to our lives and we couldn’t be happier.

Now for how our journey to better health began…..

It all started when Chris was having issues with his heart. His heart rhythm was all over the place.  Once we even had to go to the emergency room. Tests were run but never found out exactly why it was happening.  The problem continued and eventually it was happening constantly. On top of that, he had asthma and was never much into exercising. Also, I would like to note that we were in our 30′s, so to have these problems so early on was discouraging to say the least. We both had multiple allergies and were taking medications and allergy shots. I also had blood sugar swings beginning in my teens, that would often times drop pretty low . I was very active working out in karate and it was becoming more and more difficult to get through workouts without having a blood sugar drop. The fix at the time was to go have something like a candy bar or something sugary, which we know really isn’t a good idea for this problem unless you have no other choice. Something really needed to be done to improve our health.

We were in a business referral group to represent our audio and home theater business. That’s where we met and were invited by a couple who were Shaklee distributors to help them with the audio for a conference they were holding. We were happy to help and a free weekend at a beach resort sounded great :-)

As we were there working with the audio equipment, we were also listening to the speakers. During that weekend conference, we learned of the science and safety standards that goes into each product. That really made an impression on me.

When we got back home, we thought we would try the basic vitamins. After all, if we did not like them for any reason whatsoever, we would get our money back. I always knew it was a good idea to take vitamins, but really did not think it was something you would notice. However,within a week we were already feeling more energy. Then after that our allergy symptoms were gone, my blood sugar issues were resolving and very unexpectedly, Chris’ heart issues disappeared. Later, Chris’ asthma symptoms went away and he hasn’t had to have an inhaler ever since. We have lots of other great stories and other great new products that have happened since. Recently, we missed our normal monthly order and decided to wait until the next month to order. Well, slowly after a couple of weeks, our health issues from years before started to return. Not as bad as it once was, but was there. Chris started having the heart issues again, had a couple of asthma attacks, and we all seemed to catch every bug that was out there. When we got our nutrition back on track, the issues disappeared again. Never want to run out of our supplements again. I guess that was a good test for us that they really do work (not that we needed any convincing though). I am not certain that Chris would be here today if it were not for these supplements. I have the energy I need to keep up with 2 very energetic little ones. I’m also happy that we are able to provide our children with the best and safest nutrition available.

Why we chose this as a business….

First of all to find a business like this is rare. Shaklee meets all the criteria needed for me to consider it the perfect company. Fads are never followed to push products out. Safety, quality and scientific proof come first. I never have to worry if a product is safe and will work. I think it’s important that my customers are using the same products that my family and I use every day.

I love the fact that I am in the business of helping others. It’s the best feeling to hear that someone feels better and is becoming more healthy or maybe that they have found the perfect business for them as well.

Shaklee is a stable company that has been around for over 50 years so its not a company that is here today and gone tomorrow.

We have met so many amazing and supportive people in Shaklee. Every one is happy to help each other without asking for anything in return. It is definitely the most fun work I have ever done.

It is also a business that is compatible with our every day family life. I don’t have to choose between having to go to work at an office and being with my children. In fact a lot of my work is done with either Samantha or Nickolas in my lap. My work fits into our daily life

Chris with Samantha and Nickolas vacation last year

There are probably many more reasons that I am unable to think of right now, but I’ll end with this one. Samantha and Nickolas. This is a business that we can build and then someday leave it to our children if they wish to continue it. They will also learn about how to stay healthy and be proactive about their health as well as how you can run a business and be able to help others at the same time.

That about sums it up. I had fun writing this as it brought back many memories. The good times, the not so good times,however I tend to focus on the good times. Life is too short not to and when I think about the big picture and where we are today, with focus and the intent to do good along the way, you will always end up where you want to be.

Thank you for reading and hope you enjoyed :-)


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