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Three years ago, I was at a crossroads in my life. For almost 20 years, I had been a pediatric nurse and was desperate to leave nursing. Although I loved my profession, I was physically exhausted from work- ing long hours, weekends and holidays. Additionally, I had reached the “glass ceiling,” and my wages were set. It seemed like the money I made was already accounted for. And even as a well-paid profes- sional, I did not have control of when I worked, how long I worked or how much I was paid. This left me feeling very frustrated.

My husband and I have always dreamed of owning a second home on a lake in North Carolina. Our dream was to spend our summers there, together with our children. After all, we only get 18 summers with them. When the opportunity arose for us to buy a home on the lake, I realized that I would need to work more hours to earn the income to pay for this dream. That was a problem. What good is having money when you have no time to enjoy it?

I was introduced to Arbonne almost nine years ago, but at the time, I was not looking for a change. When ENVP Dana Collins called me a few years later, the timing was perfect. It was not until I wanted to change my career and pursue my dream that I took a closer look. I almost said no because I did not view myself as a salesperson and did not want to host Presentations, or sell to my friends. Besides I thought, “Nobody makes money doing this!”

I wound up saying yes because I came to the conclusion that life is not a dress rehearsal. It is up to you to create the life you want. I realized that I could do Arbonne alongside my nursing job. I would not need employ- ees, or inventory. Arbonne takes care of everything from the products to the marketing and training tools, to the Web site and so on. It operates like a franchise without the overhead. Besides, I loved the products, so recommending and sharing them would be easy!

c o l l e e n c u n n i n g h a m I n d e p e n d e n t C o n s u l t a n t , R e g i o n a l V i c e P r e s i d e n t Colleen Cunningham Region; Clarksville, MD

The real asset of this Arbonne business is the potential to leverage my time. As a nurse, I was only paid for the time I worked. If I was sick, my children were sick, or if I wanted to take a vacation, I was not paid. Even as a professional, I did not own my life! The beauty of time lever- aging is that you are compensated for your efforts, and the efforts of everyone else on your team.

When I went on the ASAP Hawaii 2005 trip this September, my team exploded! All these new business partners joined. My team was work- ing for themselves, but their efforts benefited me, too. My efforts were

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The lake house in Lake Gaston, North Carolina.

Colleen and husband, Ed, enjoying the ASAP Hawaii 2005 trip.

C o l l e e n s c h i l d r e n : A l e x , C a r o l i n e a n d S e a n .

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