Kyle and Alicia French

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Network Marketing: Serving Up More than Just Great Products

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I felt compelled to share a little unexpected benefit I have received from being involved with a network marketing company. I mean besides the opportunity to be my own boss, run a business how I want to, have results that match exactly how hard I work, and of course having access to a great product. What I didn't expect was the exposure to many personal development resources. Believe it or not before this experience I had never heard of Jim Rohn, only vaguely knew about John Maxwell, and Rich Dad Poor Dad was just a book for old people. I had never picked up a copy of Success Magazine, never had a boss suggest turning my car into a rolling university by playing uplifting CD's in lieu of pop music, and while I thought I knew the value of positive thinking, I struggled to apply it to my life.
This lack of personal development in the rest of my occupational history (yes it has been brief compared to some but I have still held a few jobs), is baffling. Why? Because everything I used to do in my other jobs benefited the company alone. I have always worked with a set pay schedule so regardless of how hard I worked or how much I slacked, I got paid the same. Can you imagine what the productivity level of many businesses could be if a little more time was invested in the individual? Throughout my short stint as a network marketer, I have developed a greater sense of confidence, a better ability to speak publicly, and most importantly, a better attitude. I consider it a raise. The old adage, Money isn't everything, is true because rich or poor you are always stuck with yourself. So doesn't it make sense to invest some major time in making yourself the best you can be? Likely if you are doing that it would be difficult to be poor but even if you were, I think you would still be pretty proud of yourself.

Before this experience I thought life was just what happened to me, now I know I am what happens to life. Meaning life isn't just a series of events that occur and sometimes you get lucky, nope, life is a journey that you control. You can live life in reverse, in neutral, or you can drive. I choose to drive now. I could make a billion dollars as a network marketer or I could make nothing, but the education I have received about how to live life is invaluable. The time I have invested in my own development has been a promotion that cant be matched.

Being a part of a company that not only wants you to succeed but also wants YOU to succeed, is extremely motivating and rewarding. You might be surprised by how powerful, amazing and valuable you are if you just decide to live that way. Whether you are in network marketing or in a traditional job, do yourself a favor and invest a little time in yourself. The results will change your life.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Obstacles- Are they Problems or Solutions in the Making?

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A few days ago I walked into the bathroom to find my Vision Board lying on the counter with a broken corner, an injury incurred from the fall off the mirror. Kyle and I made Vision Boards a few months ago which were filled with our dreams and positive images and hung them on the mirror so that we would be reminded every day. I found it to be slightly ironic and even humorous that my board with all my dreams had fallen off the mirror and broke. What did this mean I thought? Is it some metaphor for my life? As it turns out my Vision board has no mind of its own and likely wasn't trying to teach me a lesson and fell off simply because the sticky squares used to hang it up were becoming increasingly less sticky due to the normal moisture of a bathroom. However since I like to find lessons from everyday situations, I started to think that instead of my vision board falling off and breaking because my dreams would never come true, it was a lesson that obstacles would often come in the way of my dreams and I just needed to stay focused and overcome them. The fact of the matter is, this was not the first time my board had fallen off the mirror. It actually fell off the very first night I hung it up to many jokes from Kyle. I simply added more sticky squares and stuck it back up. I had done this several times in fact. So it seems that the real lesson here is, if what you are doing isn't working, change direction. My Vision Board with missing corners and all now sits on the bathroom counter leaning on the mirror. Ironically I cannot remove the sticky squares from the mirror so there is still the memory of where my board once hung. I still see the board every day and there is no possible way of it going anywhere at this point. Had I just thought of this solution after the first fall, my board would have all four corners.

What are your obstacles? Do you keep handling them with the same solutions only to produce the same problems a little while down the road? Do you overcome your obstacles temporarily or permanently? When an obstacle enters your path do you get discouraged and think the worst or do you handle it as an opportunity to do things better? In life many things will come in the way of your dreams but they are not meant to discourage you or lead you to believe your dream cant become a reality. Obstacles are there to make us think, to make us grow, and often to lead us to a better path. Be ready for obstacles, they may be the best key to your success.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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The Ticking Clock

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I recently brought home a truly vintage clock from my grandparent's home that they no longer wanted. It has likely been hanging in their basement for some 30 years and we were all surprised that all it took was a new battery to get it working like new again. I hung it in our bedroom, to immediate complaints from Kyle about how loud it was. The tick seemed to be even further amplified at night as we were trying to go to bed. I told him to stop focusing on it and he wouldn't even notice it. I have to admit that I thought it was pretty loud too and considered taking it down. However after taking my own advice, we stopped noticing it. Now over a month later, I don't even think of the clock come bedtime even though the sound of the tick has not changed.

The ticking clock reminded me of negative thoughts. They are always going to be there but it is only when we focus on them that they truly become a problem. Ironically as I am typing this, I hear the clock ticking away and of course it is because I am thinking about it. At night, it may as well have been someone pounding on a drum as it literally made it difficult for us to fall asleep. However in all reality it is a very small tick, much like negative thoughts. When we stress about things and constantly think about them, they become huge and often inhibit activities in our daily lives. The stress can even make us sick on a physical level. However, if we shift our focus to something else, they seemingly go away or at least work themselves out. If anything, without focusing on them, they don't seem like that big of a deal. The good news is we can choose what we focus on and the same mentality can apply to positive thinking as well. Focus on the good in your life and it will outshine all the negativity.

Don't let small ticks become loud disturbances in your life. Shift your focus to what will help you achieve your goals. For us, shifting the focus to sleep instead of the noise, resulted in, well sleep of course. And I got to keep the clock up, which I really like. Take a moment and evaluate the ticks in your life and then eliminate them by removing the focus. Replace the ticks with your goals and you are on your way to the life you dream about.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Lessons from a Toaster

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Two amusing and eerily similar events happened today that got me thinking about life in general. I'll start with the first because chronologically it occurred first and it will make the second story seem less embarrassing. Kyle's mom made a large sheet cake to be served at her restaurant here in Sedona, upon frosting it she realized she didn't have quite enough. She set out for more frosting and planned to return later to finish the job. In the meantime, Mike, the restaurant manager, had put a very tight layer of clear wrap over the pan. When she returned to frost the cake, she began frosting right over the clear wrap! We all got a good laugh, and she peeled back the wrap, and started to frost the actual cake. Scenario two: We had a late lunch today so come 7 o'clock I wanted something to eat but not a full meal. I decided on a bagel with peanut butter. The toaster is usually stored away in a cabinet so I went to the cabinets to look for it. When it wasn't in its usual spot, I started opening other cabinets. At which point I was growing frustrated and I said, This kitchen is much too small to not be able to find something! Inquisitively Kyle's dad said, Looking for the toaster? (Pointing) It's right there. There it was, right in front of me on top of the counter right where I would have set it after I took it out of the cabinet. My frustration turned to embarrassment and then to a smile when I realized I never even looked on the counter because I was so sure it would be in the cabinet.

So like I said, I started to think. How many times in life do we miss the obvious because we are expecting something different? How many times do we not see what it is that we are looking for because we aren't paying attention? How often do we get frustrated because we think we don't have what we need when in fact it is right in front of our faces? I'll speak for myself, probably a lot! If I can miss a toaster literally right in front of me, there is no telling what I am missing when I am dealing with more abstract life issues. Luckily in both situations we were able to laugh at our mistakes and move forward but life isn't always so forgiving. As humans we have certain expectations for our lives. Whether you call it God or fate, there is often a bigger plan out there for us that doesn't coincide with our own plans. I have learned that it is important to pay attention and not just to what you expect to be happening but rather to all the details that life throws your way. If you are tunnel visioned on something else, you may miss the opportunity right in front of you! So start paying attention. Watch for the plastic wrap and check in the obvious spots before assuming something is where you expect it to be. You will save yourself a little embarrassment and a lot of time. Life has a way of teaching you lessons that you need to learn. For me it was a toaster. For Kathy, plastic wrap. For you, who knows? All I know is that bagel turned into a philosophy lesson I never expected, and I am grateful for that.

My lesson: Be grateful for what you have. Everything you need is right in front of you. Stop looking for it in other places. Frustration is only blinding you.

Kathy's Lesson from my perspective: Don't let small obstacles stand in the way of your goal. Pay attention and make an effort to get rid of the obstacles so you can get to your goal.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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VEMMA Doesn't Make You Money

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VEMMA doesn't make you money and MLM's don't work. There, I said it. Since you were convinced, I figured I may as well agree with you. However, my statements are not solely meant to appease the skeptical, I truly mean it. VEMMA is an amazing product but despite its best efforts it CAN NOT make you money. Want to know what does make you money? What does work? YOU! In the general scheme of the world, products were not created to work, to make money, to speak or to listen. Products were designed so that PEOPLE could make a living selling them, sharing them, drinking them and using them. You have to be the force behind this amazing product that turns it into money in the bank. It is ignorant to say that Multi-Level Marketing doesn't work, because in fact people are making millions with various companies. It must be the company then, or perhaps someone just got a lucky break. Nope. Some people just have the ability to transform dissatisfaction into action, to change their lives for the better, and to go full speed for their goals and dreams.

Have you ever complained about your job, your boss, your life in general? Are you still complaining or did you make an effort to do something about your dissatisfaction? If you are the type that stopped complaining and started working towards your dreams or the type that is ready to finally commit to living the life you dream of, VEMMA is for you. If you are the type that is still showing up at your 9-5 job with a boss you hate, doing something that bores you, complaining away, you may as well stay and continue to wallow in your unfortunate circumstances. This company has hooked it up big time, thinking of just about everything to make it as easy as possible for you to make money. The only thing you need to add is You, with some drive and ambition. Stir and drink it up, because you are about to be a success! The only way to get rich quick is to win the lottery so if you throw that thought out of your mind and commit to hard work, dedication, and effort, You will make money. It's a fact. The amount, well that's up to you. Isn't it fun to be your own boss?

You will be amazed when you see your complaints being replaced with satisfaction and pride due to the work you are doing and the results you are seeing. Best of all, this company is fun to work with. So if you are ready to work, contact us and we will help you get started. If you are waiting for someone or something to make you money, try the lottery and let me know how that works out for you.

Be prepared to be invigorated with energy, enthusiasm and more passion than you can imagine when you start living your dream. Can you handle it? Absolutely! So, let's get going.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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The Power Of Thoughts

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Thoughts become things' You become what you think... We are a result of our thoughts... You've heard it, but do you believe it? Most people wouldn't consider me to be a negative thinker. In fact I am the first to offer an encouraging word, optimistic outlook or any other variety of life through rose colored glasses type thoughts. However when it comes to my own life, I am often the opposite. I can be a downer, a dweller, or the euphemism I like to use; a realist. So you say, I'm fake. No, absolutely not. I really DO want the best for other people and like to help others to think positively. I can very easily pick out negative thoughts in other people and determine why they are miserable. I just don't always apply that to my own life. I find it hard to practice what I preach if you will. So hypocrite maybe, fake no. Maybe it's a feminine characteristic to make sure everyone else is taken care of before our selves. However the old airline wisdom goes first secure your own mask before assisting others in securing their masks, or if you prefer biblical wisdom, You will never be able to remove a splinter from your neighbor's eye when you have a log in your own (loosely translated of course). We have to learn to take care of and believe in ourselves before we can really begin to help others.

This consists of creating and maintaining a true value for ourselves. You have to believe you are great, you are worthy, you are capable, and you will become all of those things. Negativity is often used as a defense mechanism. My thoughts are; if I don't get excited about something, I won't get let down if it doesn't happen. However instead of protecting me from defeat, it is in fact creating defeat. I am not setting myself up for protection; I am setting myself up for disappointment, for a manifestation of my thoughts. And so what if I get disappointed? So what if what I wanted doesn't come to fruition? Perhaps it was never supposed to. But if it were supposed to happen and I just willed it not to by putting all my energy into thinking about what would happen if it didn't happen, what good am I doing?

Thoughts are powerful. They can heal and they can harm. Consider the placebo effect for proof of this. It's time to start changing how we think so that we can start changing how we live. If you expect yourself to be successful, you will be successful. Why? You are intelligent, and you know sitting on the couch wallowing in self pity isn't going to get you anywhere. So when you are REALLY believing that you are successful, you will likely be putting yourself in situations and taking actions to make this happen. Stay focused. Don't let small hurdles or disappointments along the way send you back on the path towards negativity. If everything was easy, it wouldn't be worth it. Embrace the challenge and throw a smile in its face. After all nothing makes adversity more upset than good ol' disregard.

Choose to live happily, content, and grateful for today. Don't dwell on the what ifs, the what was or the what could be. You have today, you have now. Make it count and do it with a smile! Positivity is contagious and you will begin to see how positive thoughts transform into positive things. Give it a try. If thinking positively doesn't change your life, I will be glad to give you back all your negativity at no cost. I promise to get on board and do the same.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Vemma- You Complete Me.

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Am I in love with Vemma? Yes, and well, it had me at Hello. Sound Crazy? Well let me explain. Kyle and I are very natural minded; we believe in the importance of healthy lifestyles and preventative healthcare. With Kyle being a chiropractor, it just seems to go with the territory. Of course we know how important nutrition is to our overall well being so we do our bests to eat healthy. We have always known the value of supplementation but just couldn't seem to make it a regular part of our daily routine. We bought vitamins, minerals, probiotics and various other nutritional supplements all with the intention of taking them daily. However, just like the elusive New Year's resolution, supplementation never lasted long. Perhaps because we knew we should be taking them but we never really experienced any noticeable benefit from them. Except of course that my urine looked like I drank a gallon of highlighter fluid.

This all changed when I developed this strange rash on my eyelids. My first thought was that I was having an allergic reaction to makeup however I hadn't used anything new. So I made an appointment with a dermatologist. With very little time spent in his office, he was convinced it was an allergy and slapped an allergy test on my back consisting of about 100 small squares filled with common allergens. It literally covered my entire back and I wasn't allowed to shower or wear makeup for 3 days while the test took place. The goal of course was to remove the test and if my skin was inflamed in a certain box, he would know what I was allergic to. So after sponge bathing, washing my hair in the sink, and not wearing makeup for 3 days, I went back to find out that I was allergic to absolutely nothing. Surprise' I smelled and was ugly for nothing. Thank god I didn't throw away ALL my makeup as recommended. What I did get was a steroid cream which came with a warning not to get it in my eyes as it could cause blindness. Awesome, since the rash was on my eyelids. The cream the doctor gave me lessened the appearance but as soon as I stopped applying it, the rash came back. Fearing blindness and losing hope in my doctor, I started doing my own research online and diagnosed myself with a fungal infection. I had recently been on antibiotics, had recently consumed a lot of sugar (it was around Halloween), and I had an unexplainable rash; three common characteristics of a fungal infection. I ordered an herbal antifungal program consisting of a multi-vitamin, probiotics, and several anti-fungals like garlic and vinegar pills. Nothing makes you remember to take your vitamins like a rash on your face, so three times a day I followed the program. Within a few days, the rash was getting better and after about a week or so it was gone. I forgot to mention that my pointless allergy test set my insurance back $2,000 while the supplements cost about $100 for a 2 month supply. I'm not trying to suggest that doctors don't know what they are doing or that everyone should diagnose themselves using the internet. What I am trying to say is that natural things can and do work, supplementation is important and beneficial, and it is important to treat causes not simply side effects. The body is impressive and when given the right things, you will be amazed at what it can do.

Anyway, back to VEMMA. Once the rash subsided, I was back to my old antics of skipping days or weeks at a time of my vitamin regimen. When we were introduced to VEMMA, the idea of a liquid intrigued me. I could remember to drink something, I thought. After all it was in the fridge right next to my coffee creamer! The taste and convenience of Verve made this even easier for me. So I started drinking it and alas NO neon urine! I actually thought this was a bad thing initially, like I got a bad batch. In reality, I was actually absorbing the ingredients instead of eliminating them and the difference in the way I felt was obvious. Currently I am trying to switch to a Vegan diet which means no animal products whatsoever. The need for supplementation will be even greater for me because animal products contain several important nutrients. While you can find them in veggies and fruits, it is doubtful that I will get everything I need daily.

VEMMA is a great addition to our healthy lifestyle and it fills in the nutritional gaps that modern food lacks even with animal products included. We drink it daily, sometimes twice. We feel a noticeable lull when we don't take it on schedule so it's unlikely that we ever forget. It is part of our life now and well, it completes us! Give it a try and fall in love with the way you feel!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Sucked In and Proud of It!

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I've often heard people use the phrase getting sucked in when referring to network marketing opportunities. The negative tone makes it sound like getting sucked in is a bad thing. This leads me to believe it's often pride that stands in the way of a good opportunity, not the doubt about the opportunity itself. It really comes down to fear and lack of education about network marketing that stops people from trying these amazing products. It doesn't matter that it tastes great, or looks legit on the label, what matters it seems, is that there is a business opportunity attached. People just can't bear the thought of getting sucked in.

In reality many network marketing companies offer arguably better products than the mass produced cheaper versions at discount stores. For example, Pampered Chef has some of the most outstanding kitchen gadgets I've ever used. If you have their can opener, you know what I mean. So when people scoff at our decision to join VEMMA because they think we got duped into some sketchy pyramid scheme, I have to laugh. FYI- Not all network marketing companies are pyramid schemes! Not to mention you can enjoy VEMMA without doing a thing with the business side, unlike some other network marketing companies.

Women in general are natural born sharers. If I find a good product, restaurant, tv show, whatever, I have to share it. So network marketing seems to just make sense for me. Some companies' members ask people to host parties so that they can share their business, while offering discounted products or door prizes for the host. VEMMA cuts out the hosting, lets each person do the sharing and then gives you cash, and at the same time you are benefiting your health. Now I love free products and discounts, but I like cash a lot better. So really, what about this sounds sketchy?

So with pride I can say, I got sucked in, whatever that means. What it means to me is that I've seen the light; the fact that people will pay you to share something you love (Thanks BK), the fact that you can make money from home with a little effort, the fact that I feel healthier and more energized than ever before and I am building a trail of people who feel the same and the fact that network marketing, believe it or not, works. Sucked in, absolutely!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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New Year, New You

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Here we are again at the start of another new year with clichés abounding about how this year is going to be great. New Year's resolutions are being made without abandon, gyms are packed and diet items are flying off the shelves. Oscar Wilde once said, A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. We're on the right track; setting goals is essential to achieving them. However, what is it about New Year's Resolutions that set us up to fail? Maybe it's all that champagne we drank before we made them'

Some web statistics estimate as many as 97% of all resolutions made do not come to fruition. Yet we keep making them every year! There is nothing more disappointing than an unfulfilled goal, so what are we doing wrong?

First and foremost, recognize that our lives don't change just because the calendar does. A new year can be a fresh start if we are willing to make changes. However if you keep doing the same thing, December may as well have endless days in it because January isn't going to be any different. YOU are the common denominator in your laundry list of mishaps and misfortunes of years past; whether that be a failed relationship, a few extra pounds, or a terrible job. Before making lofty goals, start by evaluating yourself, your life, your habits and your thoughts. You will only feel guilty if you resolve to lose 20 pounds when you really aren't prepared to make that happen. Don't just make resolutions out of obligation or worse yet, tradition! Meditate, pray, read a few books, whatever you need to do to create a dialogue with yourself about what you want and how you will make it happen. Write your goals down; better yet create a journal of not only your goals but your progress in achieving them. This will help to keep you accountable. Be realistic about what you can achieve and strive for it one step at a time. Find ways to keep yourself motivated after the ball drops and the party hats fall off. This can come in the form of another person or small tangible rewards along the way. Lastly, a resolution is simply a wish until you turn it into a habit. Afterall the new year lasts far beyond the second week of January. So work at it every day, ALL year long. If you achieve your goal early on, make another one.

Be proud next year when you can look back and say, Last year was amazing! I can only imagine what I will DO this year to make it even better! Don't let another year pass you by only to make the same goals for 2011. This is YOUR year, YOUR chance to live the life you love! Are you ready for it?

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Stop Giving All The Credit to Luck!

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Most people wouldn't consider luck to be a bad thing. I, on the other hand, don't think it's all it's cracked up to be. When good things happen in our life we consider ourselves lucky and vice-versa, if bad things happen we consider ourselves unlucky. Whatever happened to personal responsibility? When good things happen to me, I'd like to think I had a hand in it. Afterall my drive and abilities are much more stable than the elusive luck. Unfortunately I have to take the good with the bad, so if things aren't going the way I like them to go I have to take responsibility for that also. However at least I am in control.

People are often afraid to get involved with network marketing companies because they think, They don't work. False, people are making millions from network marketing so they must work. The problem isn't network marketing, it's the person. See, in network marketing YOU are in control of your destiny. There is no boss to tell you to work harder or to put in extra time on Saturday. There is no one to set up training sessions or to teach you more about the product, that's all on you. If you fail, you are to blame and some people just can't handle that. However, if you succeed YOU and only YOU get the credit, the accolades and the pay offs! It takes self-discipline, dedication and a healthy dose of initiative. But let me tell you, it does work. Unfortunately many of us will gladly complain that we hate our boss, our job, and our paycheck but instead of being willing to put responsibility on ourselves and make changes, we stay in our comfort zone.

One of the greatest benefits of being involved in a network marketing opportunity is the self confidence you gain along the way. You learn to speak, to listen, to meet people and to train yourself. You don't need an education, years of experience, or any letters behind your name; you just need a drive. You have it in you, we all do. Stop letting Luck take the credit for your hard work or blaming it for your dissatisfaction. Take control of your destiny. For the first time, you'll be glad you aren't lucky because instead you'll be driven! In the tumultuous world of luck you may have some good moments here and there or you could start relying on yourself and be prosperous for a lifetime!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Invest In Your Health!

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If I were to pose the question, Is your health a top priority of yours? Most people would unequivocally say yes however most people's lifestyles would say otherwise. The lines at fast food restaurants suggest convenience not health is a priority, and the rise in lifestyle based diseases can only conclude that many people are in fact not making health a priority. Actually many health based items are considered luxuries among many Americans. Fresh produce, organic items, a visit to the chiropractor and a high quality supplement are viewed as too high in price for some to incorporate into their lives. However those same people likely have cable, internet, a cell phone and at least a few items of name brand clothing. So what is it about healthy items that we don't feel like we deserve or are necessary to make a few other sacrifices for? One of the first questions people ask when you tell them about VEMMA is how much does it cost? A valid question, yes, but it is that dollar amount that often causes people to turn their head. It doesn't matter that it is a high quality product that can help you feel better or that it may even make you money in the long run.

From the time we are young many of us are taught to invest. We have savings accounts, retirement accounts, houses and various other investments meant to provide financial security for the future. Why is it that we don't have this same mentality about our bodies? Small investments now can pay out in huge dividends in the future. Why is it that a $60 investment each month in our health is one sacrifice many people are reluctant to make? A dinner for two can easily cost $30, so if you could skip just two meals out a month in order to make an investment in your health, would it be worth it? A few lattes here and one pair of jeans there and your product could easily be paid for. It's all a matter of priorities.

Now I wouldn't expect anyone to do anything I wouldn't do. So to put it in perspective, Kyle and I are both currently unemployed. We are living with his parents until we figure out our next step in order to save money. We have cut back on luxuries we were used to including Christmas gifts for each other and other members of our family. However one thing we continue to invest in is in our health. We continue to drink VEMMA each day with no plans on cutting back on this necessity. It helps that through our efforts of sharing the benefits of health with others we do not pay for our product. An original investment of $120 each month now costs us nothing and we are healthier and happier for it. How much is your health worth? Will you commit to making your health a top priority? Your health is not a luxury it is a necessity, start investing towards your retirement now. After all your money, your house, your car and even your blackberry will mean nothing if you aren't around to enjoy it. Let's start investing in health!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Network Marketing: More Friendly Than You Think!

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For some reason, many people are instantly put off by the idea of a network marketing company. Despite the success of Mary Kay and Pampered Chef, to name a few, people are still leery. What I am trying to figure out is why? Sure there are some sketchy network marketing companies out there just as in any other industry however many of the companies offer much better quality product lines than those you can buy at the store. It's not necessarily the great product that is my favorite part about the VEMMA opportunity though; it's the people I get to affect.

It's amazing to sit in a room of people and know you were single handedly responsible for making their lives better. We would never hesitate to share a good deal or a favorite restaurant with a friend, so why would a business be any different. It is human nature to share great finds with our family and friends. What started as Kyle and I ordering what sounded like a great product with no desire to build a business, has transformed into a team of over 300 people in less than a year. That is the power of network marketing. When I hear a member share a testimonial about how the product has helped them or when I see the excitement on a new members face after their first home event, I know I am involved with something awesome.

You have the power to change lives with this product and with this opportunity. Don't let someone come to you and say, Why didn't you tell me about this? Network marketing allows you to get to know people on a personal level that they just won't find from buying product at the grocery store. You may change people's lives in ways you never thought possible and without realizing it your life will be changed as well.

Don't be afraid of network marketing. You can do it! Embrace it and make some friends along the way!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Shifting to an Attitude of Gratitude

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Ever feel like the grass must be greener on the other side? Until of course you get there and then you are sure the grass was greener where you once were. What is it about our society that we often find ourselves unsatisfied even if we have everything we thought we wanted? The economic status of our country has enhanced this method of thinking when in reality I think it should have made us even more grateful for what we have. Before the housing crisis, the high unemployment rates and the overall stall in spending, were you satisfied? Perhaps being grateful for what we already have would have prevented this mess all together. The fact of the matter is that even in a recession, the majority of Americans are still living a life of exuberance compared to the rest of the world. People are still standing in line for $5 coffee while surfing the web on their phones. God forbid we live without cable and let's not even talk about switching to dial up instead of high speed internet.

Everything happens for a reason, they say and I think the reason is to jolt our culture from an attitude of dissatisfaction to an attitude of gratitude. The only way to get green grass is to have fertilizer and lots of water. When you don't have the tools to get the green grass, create a new option. That's why we have rocks in Arizona. You have to work with what you have and be grateful for it. A rock lawn may not be a nice spot for a picnic but you don't have to water it, mow it or worry about it if you go out of town. Even the greenest grass has a few weeds so before you start longing for what you don't have remember how nice your rock yard looks after a few weeks of 110 degree temperatures or how your water bill looks for that matter.

I'm not trying to make light of a dire situation. I know many people are struggling immensely, losing their homes and looking for work. However I do know that all of us have something to be grateful for. Perhaps a smaller home means less time cleaning and more time to spend with the kids, or the inability to go out to eat means finding out that you really enjoy cooking, or the tight budget makes you a savvy sale shopper and you realize discount stores have just as cute of clothes as department stores. Whatever the situation may be, there is always a silver lining if you are willing to look for it. If you don't believe me go volunteer at a homeless shelter, take a trip to a border town in Mexico, or stop by a women's shelter. Trust me when I say that it always could be worse. It's time to stop longing for what could be or what once was and start being thankful for today, for now, for everything. Best wishes.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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N.O.W. Highlights

Hello Vemma Fans-

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a women's leadership conference for VEMMA. The room was filled with powerful and inspirational women in ages ranging from 12-70+. Mothers, daughters, sisters and friends all came out to learn from some of the most inspirational leaders on the VEMMA team. I thought it would be worth your while to share some of the insights learned at this amazing event.

Deena Morton who organized and lead the event shared with us four principles.
1. Have a Clear Goal: If you don't know where you are going, you will be focused on figuring it out instead of investing your time getting there and helping others to achieve their goals as well.
2. Be Others Focused: You will never be successful unless the success of others is just as important to you as your own success.
3. Gratitude: Spend your energy focusing on what is working instead of what isn't. Be grateful for everything you have.
4. Unwavering faith: Worry, doubt and fear are a trigger towards faith. In times of stress refer back to #1.
If you make these 4 principles an active part of your life, the only outcome is success! This doesn't just apply to VEMMA but to any realm of your life. What do you want from your job, your marriage, your future? Start now by writing down your goals and continue on your path by actively focusing on Principles 2-4.

Sandra Daly who is an author and philanthropist shared 3 tools that she uses to embrace life.
1. Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. !Shakespeare
2. Where I place my attention, I place my intention.
3. The word But is a dream killer
a. BUT= Bloated Undermining Thoughts
b. Use AND instead. AND=A New Determination

Finally I had the opportunity to complete the ice breaker exercise with Becki Polcyn who is very much worth mentioning. Becki is a devoted mother and wife who strives to be an active part of her children's lives and is planning her current success around her future grandchildren. Becki has built a lucrative 401k business over the past 23 years by herself. Positive energy emanates from her as she talks about her love for her family, her desire to help others succeed and her passion for VEMMA. Her generosity and leadership has helped many other VEMMA members achieve success. Her sister Jessie credits her with saving her life and I believe she is well on her way to saving even more.

This event solidified the reason we are a part of this amazing business. The people I encountered in a three hour span made everything worth it. If your life is craving the energy and support of inspirational, generous and amazing people then I encourage you to get started. Your life may be changed in ways you could not even imagine! A big Thank You to all the Women who made the night a tremendous success!

Yours in Health,

Alicia and Kyle

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Is Your Check Engine Light On?

Hello Vemma Fans-

Americans in general do not tend to care for things on a preventative basis. This is best evidenced by our cars. There is a light that comes on for just about anything that is possibly going wrong with the car. However that light doesn't come on unless the situation is dire. Most owners' manuals recommend getting your car serviced as soon as possible if the check engine light comes on while driving. If your gas light comes on, it means you better find a station quick. The strange noises and the declining gas gauge are never enough to get us motivated, we only justify fixing an issue or filling up the tank when we absolutely have to. We make excuses as to why we don't have time to change the oil, fill the fluids, or get that rattle looked at. Whether its time or money, we neglect the maintenance telling ourselves it probably isn't that big of a deal. We even need those lights to remind us of regular scheduled maintenance as we wouldn't remember to do it otherwise. The little things generally add up to a much more expensive situation in the long run.

Unfortunately this is how we treat our bodies as well. The bad news is that the check engine light presents as diabetes, depression, heart disease or a plethora of other serious illnesses. The aches and pains, feelings of fatigue, slight digestive issues, ten extra pounds or any other minor signals just aren't quite enough to motivate us to make changes. We rarely invest our time or money in preventative healthcare while treatment care is a billion dollar industry. Your body like your car needs to be filled with high quality materials in order to function at top performance. This includes a healthy diet, exercise, proper rest and high quality supplementation. If you let your car run too long without gas, it will eventually stop running. Luckily if you fill it up, it should be back to normal however it could be a long, hot walk to the gas station. So no matter how overwhelming your situation may be as long as you aren't dead, it is not too late to start making positive steps towards a healthier life. If you wait until your health is gone, it will be twice as hard or maybe even impossible to get it back.

Health is a choice. Start today and don't stop tomorrow. Health is a cumulative process; therefore you have to make it a priority every day. Start with small goals and move forward. Listen to your body and don't wait until your situation is dire to make changes. You start running out of gas the minute you drive away from the pump, watch your gauge and don't wait until the light comes on to fill up!

Yours in Health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Don't Sell, Share.

Hello Vemma Fans-

You would be hard pressed to find someone who likes to be sold to. I, for example avoid certain stores at the mall despite how cute their jeans are because I don't want to be followed through the store with suggestions and comments, I try not to stand still too long in Best Buy to avoid the tech savvy 17 year old that wants to sell me a lap top, and I dart through the cosmetic section at department stores like a game of Frogger trying desperately to avoid eye contact at all cost. Yes, I even grab my cell phone to appear occupied when I am approaching the grocery store during cookie season because I don't even want a little girl adorned in patches to sell me cookies. I know I am not alone and you should not expect your future VEMMA consumers to feel any different. Despite how much they may need or like the product most people will be instantly turned off if they think they are just a sale in your eyes.

On the other hand, people love to hear stories. From the time we are children we are programmed to appreciate the calming effect of a good story. No, I don't expect you to show up at bed time to tell your VEMMA story but I do expect you to be honest and lively when you share your tale. The company is Cinderella-esque so don't forget to share their story too! Lastly but not necessarily in this order, share the product. It was love at first taste for me and I can guarantee if that little girl handed me one of those caramel coconut cookies before speaking, she would have sold a box of cookies on the spot! Stop putting the pressure on yourself and your prospects to make a sale and just start sharing. People can resist even the best sales people or in my case adorable children, but people never stop sharing a good story. So get out there and start sharing so you and your Vemma Business can live happily ever after!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Its not a business, Its a lifestyle.

Hello Vemma Fans-

We have been drinking VEMMA products for about a year now. I remember having mixed feelings when Kyle told me about the product and the business opportunity. I liked the sound of the product as we were always looking for ways to improve our health but I was skeptical about the business side. We had tried network marketing in the past with little success and I figured this would be no different. This won't happen often but I'll admit I was wrong. No we aren't making millions selling the product or even enough to quit our day jobs, but that is irrelevant to us at this point. The difference is that we truly love this product.

VEMMA isn't just something we are trying to sell to make a quick buck, it is something we have incorporated into our lives. We drink it daily and have seen firsthand the impact that it has had on our health. The addition of VEMMA to our other lifestyle choices of healthy eating, exercise, and chiropractic care has been icing on the cake. The product and the business fit perfectly with our philosophy for maintaining health naturally and sharing our wisdom with others. VEMMA represents how we live and how we think. We want to be healthy and we want that for other people too.

At this point our lives haven't been changed financially but we have been blessed with the gift of health. We are inspired to continue our journey towards optimum health and wellness thanks to the support of the VEMMA team and the results we have seen with our family and friends. The assurance of knowing we are making a positive impact on our own health and on the health of those we love is far more gratifying than running a business. So here we are, a year later living the VEMMA lifestyle and loving every minute!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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The Best Thing Since Sliced. . .Mushrooms!

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In today's fast paced society, convenience is key. This convenience based life style has implications on both consumers and on our nutrition. People pay for convenience thus the long lines at drive-thru's for sub-par food, the constant additions to the frozen food industry, and the love for pre-packaged snacks at bulk warehouses. America functions under a grab and go mentality. I never realized how ingrained this mentality was until a recent trip to the grocery store. We rarely eat fast food and despite being busy we cook meals at home. I didn't think we fell under the convenience model of consumerism. That was until we were grazing through the produce section selecting items off our list when we came to the mushroom section. Without really looking at the options I grabbed the container of sliced, prewashed mushrooms that cost a little over $2. Kyle was stuck staring at the rest of the mushrooms as I was ready to move on. He said, Why don't you get those and I will cut them up? He pointed to the whole mushrooms which were priced at $.99. Confused by his desire to put in extra effort, I said Are you sure? For less than half the price for the same amount of product, it should have been a no brainer. However convenience clouded my mind. We ended up making the trade and come Saturday night, he will be slicing those mushrooms before adding them to the dish.

Luckily this works for us in two ways. A). People need an excellent nutritional supplement now more than ever before. The average diet consists of processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, and basically whatever is easiest to grab and go. B). VEMMA is perfect for people looking for something quick and easy. My life was so busy, I could not even remember to take a pill and I have a cabinet full of tablet vitamins to prove it. But now I grab a Verve or a V2 on my way out the door. Not only do I remember to take it, I look forward to taking it. What good is a vitamin that sits in your cabinet? In this case, it's not the thought that counts.

So after sharing the fact that this is the most complete liquid nutritional supplement available which helps combat the nutritional deficiencies of our fast paced times, be sure to mention how convenient it is. Just grab a Verve and Go! The energy boost will seem like more time in the day! Share the gift of health and convenience. It doesn't get better than this!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Is your outlook dragging you down?

Hello Vemma Fans-

We are currently in a transitional phase in our lives. Three years ago Kyle and I packed up our things and moved to Davenport, Iowa so that he could attend Palmer College of Chiropractic. We have endured winters like we never imagined, countless tests, many late nights and one leaky basement. With all that behind us the journey of the last three years finally comes to fruition at the end of the month when Kyle walks across the stage and becomes a Doctor of Chiropractic. We have been waiting for this moment, counting down the days, and imagining what it will feel like to finally leave life as we know it as students and cross over into the real world. However the excitement has been overshadowed by a tremendous amount of stress relating to the move back to Arizona, the process of starting our own practice, and the process of entering this very new phase of our lives. We purchased a house in Davenport and have spent the last 3 years remodeling, repainting, and overhauling what was once just an old house to something that has truly become our home. With bittersweet emotions we put it on the market in August and received two offers after only our second open house. We accepted one and started the journey towards closing. After an inspection, several phone calls, and a month of time, our buyer backed out. We were left with our house back on the market with less than a month to spare before we planned to move west. The weight of not being able to cut our ties with Davenport and move forward was pounded right back onto our shoulders. I work at Palmer and I am surrounded by students who know how thrilling it must be to be so close to the finish line. I constantly get comments about how excited I must be and if my countdown has begun. I found myself saying things like, Yeah I am excited but' I wish the house sold, or I don't know where we are going to live now , or I am afraid to rent the house for fear someone will trash it, etc. There was always a but. The fact of the matter was I wasn't excited, I was overwhelmed. That was until I really started to listen to myself speak. The reason we came here was not to sell a house, the reason for the excitement was not because we knew what the future held for us, the reason for the excitement was that Kyle was fulfilling his dream. When all is said and done that is still happening no matter what else is going on in our lives.

I suddenly had an epiphany that I was letting the negative stuff drown me while there were amazing things just floating around waiting for me to grab on to. This is an amazing point in our lives. Yes it is filled with uncertainty and yes everything didn't work out exactly as we would have liked, but that should not distract from the fact that Kyle is about to be a doctor and our lives are really about to begin.

I imagine this isn't the first time or the last that we will let the negative outweigh the positives in our lives. I do know that if I can remain conscious of how I am responding to a situation, I have the ability to change that response and thus change the situation. Worrying about not selling the house isn't going to sell it faster, worrying about how we will make ends meet isn't going to pay the bills, however being positive will make the situation a whole lot easier to bear. I encourage you to be conscious of yourself and your thoughts. Is it the situation you are in that's horrible, or is it your outlook? Can you make it better just by adjusting how you react to it, how you are thinking about it? If the answer is yes and it should be, Do It! It's time to let the excitement have its glory!

Yours in Health,
Kyle and Alicia

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Surround Yourself with Success

Hello Vemma Fans-

There is a noxious vapor that radiates among us. It is odorless, tasteless and invisible. The only reliable detector doesn't come through a siren or flashing lights but rather through internal instinct. This vapor will choke the life out of success in an instant. This vapor emanates from the bodies of negative, unsuccessful people. Some negative people are more obvious to spot with their downer comments and gloom outlook on life but others disguise their pessimism in sarcastic jokes and fake smiles. Do you know a complainer; the person who finds something wrong with every situation without realizing that they are in fact the common denominator? These people aren't happy although their arrogant façade would like to make you think otherwise, and they don't want you to be happy either. The negative aura they create is enough to ruin a good mood instantly. If you have these people in your life (or you are one of them), it is time to start mitigating the problem and start breathing some fresh air.

Truly successful people find pleasure in the success of others. When I say successful people, I don't mean rich people, people with good jobs or people with a higher education and a lot of initials at the end of their name. I mean the kind of successful people that are driven to try even if they fail, the kind of people who don't step on others to get to the top, and the kind of people who know there is no point in being successful if the people around them are not successful as well. These people are encouraging and supportive and will attempt to find the good in every situation. These people will be the first to lend a hand when you are down and the first to sing your praises when you are doing well. They aren't jealous or intimidated by your success, they are inspired by it. Surround yourself with this kind of success to prevent yourself from suffocating under a cloud of negativity. If you want to be successful in any part of your life, it is necessary to make sure the people you spend your time with have the same goals in mind.

Start with yourself and make sure the vapor emanating from you is one of success, then start to evaluate the people in your life. You can only wear a gas mask for so long before you have to get out of the room, so get rid of the people that are toxic to your life. You are an amazing person with much to offer, don't let the negativity of others haze your vision. When the smoke has cleared, breathe deeply. You will notice a difference and you will be glad you did.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Vemma- My Flu "Shot"

Hello Vemma Fans-

If you have watched the news lately you probably think the apocalypse is coming in the form of a sick pig or that something similar to Ebola virus is attacking our children and elderly. The media has certainly achieved its goal of scaring the sense out of everyone with its hype about the H1N1 flu this season. Where I get confused is why everyone isn't realizing that it is just the flu with a new name. Flu season hits us every year and evolves each season meaning it is just as new as the swine flu. While it's true that the flu can be severe and even deadly, so can many other diseases we encounter daily. The good news is that there are very simple ways of protecting ourselves from this dreaded flu. Our bodies are amazing machines and when functioning properly they are our best defense against any outside pathogen. The flu virus is smarter than man-made prevention methods which is why it continues to change each season. We are not giving our bodies an opportunity to develop its own resistance to the virus, which it is more than capable of doing. Ever heard of the term homeostasis? It is our body's ability to keep everything from our temperature to our blood pressure stable despite what is going on around us. You don't have to tell your heart to work, or give yourself a pill to heal a scraped knee, so what is our obsession with using pills and serums to protect ourselves from the flu? For the average healthy person, it's simple, wash your hands, eat healthy, and exercise daily. Oh and don't forget to take your vitamins!

I speak with full certainty when I say Vemma is the only shot I'll be taking this flu season. No side effects, rushed safety trials, or painful pricks, just 2 ounces of clinically tested nutrition. I have already kept lurking symptoms at bay by doubling my dosage at the first signs of H1N1 attack. While I know Vemma isn't some magical elixir guaranteed to keep me flu free, I trust that the combination of Vemma with a healthy lifestyle and good sanitation will give my body the best chance of fighting off any form of the flu whether I end up getting it or not.

No need to wait; drink your flu shot today!

Yours in health,
Kyle and Alicia

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Positive Believing

Hello Vemma Fans-

I recently read a quote on a daily affirmation website that read, Beyond positive thinking is positive believing. While I already know the power of positive thinking, I had never quite thought about the power of a positive belief. On the surface the distinction may seem like a fine line, but the true essence is worlds apart. Positive thinking determines how we deal with our external environment regardless of the outcome. A positive belief creates an environment and predetermines an outcome. It is the difference between finding the good in a bad situation and eliminating the bad all together. While it may not seem possible in all situations, it's a good goal to strive for. Positive believing starts from within. What do you believe about yourself? What is your internal belief system? I'm not referring to morals or religion but rather to what you believe makes you, you. Do you believe in yourself? If your answer was No or I don't know to any of the above questions it is time for a change. Your outlook on the world will always be in question if you do not have a firm outlook on who you are. Make a list of positive beliefs you have about yourself. Believing in yourself is an essential first step to success in any realm of your life. An internal positive belief system will strengthen your relationships, your credibility, and your ability to achieve your goals. Would you buy a product you don't believe in? Would you buy a product from a salesperson who doesn't believe in the product? Then what makes you think someone will buy a product from someone who doesn't believe in themselves?

While optimism appears good on the surface (and I am not discouraging it), it is still just a thought ready to be dismantled at any moment by the shaky events of life. After all you already drank half the glass regardless of how you look at it. A belief is unwavering, you don't just come up with it to make yourself feel better, it is ingrained in you. Start believing positively in all that you do. Make your list, read it daily and add to it often.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Reconnect One Post at a Time!

Hello Vemma Fans-

Ever since Facebook began evolving from merely a place to find out your friend's favorite movies and view pictures of their weekend escapades, to a major networking and marketing tool, I have been evolving right along with it. For months I have been posting videos, articles, comments and questions based on the information I feel passionate about and want to share with my closest 400+ friends. The reality though is that only a small percentage of my friends are people I actually speak to on a daily basis. I never know who is checking out my posts or how often most of those people even log in. While I know not all of the information I post is favorable or relevant to all, I post anyway in hopes of reaching at least one person. So imagine my surprise when in a 2 week span I received three different messages from three various people about how much they appreciated certain posts. These weren't the typical likes or simple responses, but rather detailed messages as to why it touched them. Overall they were grateful for the information and wished more people posted information on that topic. While each was grateful for a different post, they shared one thing in common; I have not personally talked to any of them in several years. I came to the realization that I had been missing the point, Facebook isn't just a great marketing and networking tool; it's a great way to educate, inspire and perhaps most importantly maintain relationships that otherwise would have ended years ago. After responding to their comments I learned a little about what was going on in each of their lives. I felt honored and grateful for the opportunity to reconnect.

So post on, blog it up, and tweet away. You never know what good may come of a YouTube video. Keep in mind that every friend, follower or sometimes anyone that has access to the internet will be able to view what you post so represent yourself well. Your posts may be all that someone ever knows about you, create a lasting first impression.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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Verve on the Go!

Hello Vemma Fans-

I wake up each morning ready to drink my morning Verve ever since I made the switch from coffee months ago and never looked back. However instead of drinking it at home I resist my urge and proceed with my morning routine without my caffeine boost. The reason being, I like to drink mine at work. Not just because it gives me a reason to look forward to going to work but because it's a great way for me to advertise. A day doesn't go by that at least one person doesn't comment or inquire about my unfamiliar orange beverage. I get some snide comments about how terrible energy drinks are for me but mostly people are genuinely curious. Either way I get to explain to both of the groups that this isn't your typical energy drink, it just dresses like one. With business cards in hand and sometimes extra product, I have the opportunity to share the story with people I otherwise wouldn't have. Not to mention, they were the ones who brought it up. I don't limit myself just to work; I take my Verve to the grocery store or on various other outings. While the comment load isn't quite as large being that most people at the grocery store don't know who I am, I still get them. Regardless of what happens I am enjoying the Verve and giving it some exposure. Although I am from Arizona, I have spent the last 3 years living in Iowa and I had never heard of Vemma or Verve. I imagine this is common in many areas around the country so take it with you and be your own commercial.

Before you head out, grab a Verve or two and start spreading the word, one drink at a time. Be prepared for questions and have some information on hand. McDonald's doesn't stop making commercials just because everyone knows about them, they do it because they know how powerful advertising is. Why not take advantage of this free and delicious opportunity to advertise your product?

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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We're in a Recession!

Hello Vemma Fans-

No, I'm not talking about the economic recession that plagues the media. I'm talking about a far more dire recession that is showing no signs of turn around. The United States, the most industrialized country in the world, is suffering from a devastating health recession. With all the access to nutritional information and healthy foods, the declining state of our health as a population is baffling. While the health care debate is in full swing, it seems the big picture is being lost in bipartisan agendas. Adults and children are less healthy than ever before. According to the CDC only 30% of adults are engaged in regular leisure time activity. 67% of non-institutionalized adults over 20 are overweight or obese and 25.1 million Americans have heart disease. The worst part, if there is one, is that the CDC's website is not current with most of the statistics representing data from 2005-2007. There is no telling how much we have declined over the last few years. The primary cause of death continues to be heart disease which is primarily a lifestyle based condition. Perhaps there wouldn't be so much buzz about healthcare reform if there wasn't such a demand for it. Sure we can blame our busy schedules, the school systems for their contribution via cafeteria lunches and pop machines, or simply our lack of knowledge on where to start, however in reality these are merely excuses. Health care is not just a right, it's a responsibility. It starts at home and it's a daily battle. There are no government bailouts for this one, it's up to us to take charge and start revitalizing our lives!

If you are looking for support or encouragement feel free to contact me or any VEMMA Member you know. We would be honored to support you on your path to better health and proactive living. Recession proof your life today!

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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An MLM Comparison

Hello Vemma Fans-

If you haven't already please take a moment to watch the VEMMA code video in your back office before reading this message.

Upon graduating college I was naïve yet slightly arrogant. I had been told my whole life that I needed to get a college education in order to have a high paying job that I enjoyed. So when I graduated, that was what I set out for. It was like a golden ticket. I figured employers would be so impressed with my new degree that I would stand out among other applicants. Well after sending out a copious amount of resumes, which resulted in very few interviews, the only thing I had was a bunch of rejection letters. I was left feeling dejected and mislead. During this time I received a call from a very charismatic and positive sounding man who said he saw my resume online and was interested in having me join his team as he was in the process of expanding his business. We set up an interview for the next day and I was pumped. I arrived at the office and participated in what might have been the easiest interview of my life. He asked me a few vague questions like, how would I like to own my own business and how much money did I think I would need to retire. Then we watched a video filled with yachts and mansions. Of course there are red flags abounding but hind sight is 20/20. Not to mention I was vulnerable, broke, and desperate. After a few more meetings he had convinced me to join his team for a small fee of course just to make sure I was serious and that I could get back if I followed a few steps. So there I was the next day going through a stack of printed resumes and calling every single one. It didn't matter what they did before or what they were looking to do now, I was simply to call each one and tell them about this great expansion taking place and to set them up for an interview. The reality of my phone call a few days before was becoming all too clear. I had this horrible feeling in my stomach calling these people who I imagined were just as desperate as I was and giving them this false hope of a job prospect. I wasn't getting paid of course; this was a commission based position. When they showed up for their group interview, I was unable to make eye contact because I knew this was not what they were expecting. Nonetheless I kept at it. Now don't get me wrong, the service the company was providing was legit and beneficial and the man who brought me on board was nice and I believe had good intentions. There were some red flags he should have seen though; I was very shy and not the charismatic individual that would be needed to successfully recruit others, I was broke and I was new to the area and literally knew no one. For this business you had to recruit locally due to what it is that we were doing, and you had to be licensed which cost more money and required an hour car ride. I went to several of the weekly meetings, home meetings, and various other events. All of which were filled with dream life scenarios and unrealistic outcomes. After about a month, the bomb was dropped that I would have to sit in a class and get licensed in order to make any money. This of course would cost more money out of my pocket. At this point I was done. I just did not have the money or the desire to continue. The funny thing is that I never really did and I think it was pretty clear from the beginning. So I was out $200 and was feeling duped. My recruiter was out a lot of time and effort. Neither of us benefited from this scenario. Again, my point is not to bash the company or the person involved as I still respect both, the problem was the tactic. While I never out rightly said no, I was not cut out to be successful at this particular business model and he should have known that. To him I was a number, someone to add to his stats and not a person who would actually benefit from the opportunity. It would have been a much greater benefit to him to have said I encourage you to keep coming to the meetings but I don't think you should invest any money until you are really ready to commit to this and understand all that it involves. Of course I didn't understand because I was never told in the beginning about the classes, the tests or the licensing fees.
It is difficult to even compare this scenario with VEMMA but the purpose is to show you both how amazing VEMMA is and how not to build your business. Many people think of the above scenario when they find out VEMMA has an MLM business model which may make them reluctant. The negative connotations associated with such businesses automatically make people feel like they are being taken advantage of. However VEMMA is so radically different, I don't even like to put it in the same category. First and foremost, we have an amazing product with an empty bottle guarantee. Secondly, there are no pointless fees to get started and no ridiculous mandated inventory level you must purchase each month. You simply buy the product that you want to consume and that is it. We have a home office who holds us to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. The compensation plan and earning levels are clearly laid out on the website for review. There are no hidden fees or agendas that you learn about only after you commit. Most importantly our goal is not to rack up as many members as we can. As I mentioned there is no benefit in recruiting a ton of people who just drop out a month later. This is especially devastating for us because of the great health benefits of the product. Our goal is to create life-long consumers of a product especially formulated to make us healthier and give us more energy. The power of VEMMA is in your hands so represent it with honor. Be honest, genuine and respectful. You will continue to drink VEMMA and VERVE despite how many people decide to get involved with the company. So you are already a winner. Treat people like people and not like numbers and you will have greater success. Learn to read people and listen to them.

Follow the VEMMA code, believe in the product, and the success will follow.

Yours in health,

Kyle and Alicia

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VEMMA Next- No Gummy Bears included.

Hello Vemma Fans-

We were eating out the other day and while the rest of the restaurant was watching football on the plethora of televisions around the dining room, I was people watching. My eyes were drawn to a family sitting across from us comprised of two parents and four young children. The server came around with their drinks and all four children got an adult sized soda. I glanced at the children's menu only to find a narrow selection of fried foods. The children's food arrived and three of the children got a hamburger and fries and the fourth child got what looked like corn dog bites. There were no veggies in sight except on the plate with the corn dog bites. The little corn dogs were neatly arranged on a bed of lettuce. I'm not sure if this was an effort to make it appear healthy or if they thought children appreciated a good presentation. While the rest of the children reached immediately for their packaged cookies, the fourth child picked up the lettuce like it was a dirty towel. With a grim face he handed it to his dad and with his tongue out, said Yuck. Not only was the child not going to eat that piece of lettuce which was merely a garnish, he did not even want it on his plate. I'm not a parent so I only rely on observation and my memories of childhood eating to conclude that it is extremely difficult to get kids to eat healthy. Sure most restaurant kid's menus don't have an ounce of healthy options even if you wanted them but the fact that a kid was so repulsed by lettuce that he wouldn't even allow it to hold his ketchup was alarming to me. It's no wonder so many children are getting fatter and having problems concentrating in school. Even the best parenting efforts can't compete with the taste buds of a 5 year old. Until now the children's vitamin section consisted of pressed sugar cartoon characters or the new and improved gummy versions. These worry me for a few reasons; first and foremost their candy like appeal makes children believe that health food comes in the form of a gummy bear. What two year old can distinguish a vitamin gummy from a gummy candy? Due to their delicious taste and candy façade, children may be tempted to sneak a few extra when mom isn't paying attention. Who could blame them, when have they ever found satisfaction in just one gummy bear? While vitamin toxicity is rare, it is still a concern. Secondly how much viable nutrients are really in those processed products? How much if any does the child actually absorb? So what's the point anyway? I applaud parents for being wise enough to recognize the need for vitamin supplementation and to work with what was available. However, times have changed and you no longer have to compromise. VEMMA Next made its nutritional debut on September 1, 2009. This supplement is specially formulated for a growing child's needs. The supplement is designed for children aged 2-12 and includes 12 full spectrum vitamins, 65 plant source minerals plus an additional blend of nutrients just for children. The creamy orange flavor will pass your kid's taste test and the best part is the liquid formula is actually absorbable. Not to mention your child won't think its candy. There are no fillers, preservatives, artifical colors or flavors and the packaging is BPA free.

Luckily for you the creators of VEMMA Next are parents and they must have had the foresight to know that many children are interested in just about anything their parents are doing. My little brother used to drink his coffee (chocolate milk) out of a coffee mug just because my dad was doing it. So if you are already taking VEMMA daily, your little ones will be psyched to have their very own shot! They won't even miss those little gummies! Get your kids back on track with VEMMA Next. Give their little immune systems a boost this season and keep them healthy all year long!


Yours in health,
Kyle and Alicia

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A Seed Story

Hello VEMMA Fans-

In order to pay homage to the great state of Iowa and the farmers of America, I thought I'd share with you a farming analogy. Bear with me, I have never been a farmer, never lived on a farm and I am currently racking my memory to try and figure out if I have ever even visited a farm. As a native Arizonan, I don't recall vast areas of fertile land or ideal growing climates. Moving on' what I do know is the basic premise behind planting a crop, the very, very simplified version of course. The first step for the farmer is to plant the seeds. Basic logic tells me, the more seeds you plant, the larger the crop you grow. It would not behoove the farmer to spend his time focusing on certain seeds but rather to treat all seeds equally and plant them as he knows how. The goal of course is for all the seeds to grow into their corresponding item of produce so that they may be harvested. The farmer never knows for sure what will happen when he plants the seed (there might be more farmers if he did), but he plants it anyway and trusts the process. Some seeds may grow to produce bountiful plants while others remain small and others still may never grow at all. The farmer can only do so much after a seed has been planted the rest is out of his control. He doesn't stand over his seeds and try to convince them to grow, he just lets it be. He doesn't have time for this anyway, there are cows to milk right?

So what's the point? For the more astute readers, you may have already figured it out. For the rest of you, you are the farmer. The information you have about the great product that is VEMMA is your seed. Your only responsibility is to plant that seed in the fertile minds of all the people you know would benefit from this product. Don't worry about what happens afterward, that is out of your control. You may run into a drought, a flood or a plague of locusts but that is not your concern. The small seed leads to harvest with proper care and ideal conditions (i.e. honesty and respect). Any farmer will tell you, farming isn't easy. It takes time and energy. But at the end of the season when you get to harvest the crop and enjoy the fruits of your labor, it is all worth it. A farmer would never expect to harvest his crop if he never took the time to plant seeds. It just doesn't make sense.

So go forth and sow your seeds. Be patient seeds don't sprout up over night. If some seeds don't grow, move on, your work is done. Much like the seed, the product does all the work for you as long as you plant it. Rejoice in the harvest of better health and more energy!

Yours in health,
Kyle and Alicia

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Verve Up Your Life!

Hello VEMMA fans-

Despite the huge energy drink culture surrounding young people today, I often encounter people who tell me they aren't really in to energy drinks. I myself said, well I'll drink the VEMMA but I don't like energy drinks. The reason being, the horrid aftertaste of common energy drinks and the inevitable crash still lurked in my mind from my late night cramming sessions in undergrad. Their popularity and trendiness sucked me in and I would buy bulk packages at Sam's Club to insure I could make it through my dinner shift after a long day of classes. However after taking down the neon green beverage, that my taste buds tried to warn me was a mistake, I always regretted it. The realization that it would have been better to be tired than to put my mouth and intestines through carbonated chemical torture hit me every time. So I completely understand when people tell me they don't like energy drinks. I have to smile when I give them a VERVE and I watch them slowly take the can to their mouths while they make a face similar to the bitter beer ads of years past in preparation for what they expect to taste like a chemical. Only to see their muscles soften and their eyes widen with surprise when they realize that it actually tastes good. Instantly everything they thought about energy drinks is blown out of the water and they have yet to realize that they won't even suffer the nasty crash! That's when the real fun starts. No one will drink a product that tastes horrible no matter how good it is for them. So now that they know it is delicious I can sweeten the deal by sharing that it contains Organic aloe vera, Green Tea and Mangosteen juice along with 12 full spectrum vitamins and 65 plant sourced minerals. What other energy drink can say that? Energy drink connoisseur or not, the decision is easy. So here I am today, a reformed energy drink fan who actually looks forward to my daily VERVE not only for the energy boost but to fulfill my craving!

Pop open a can, taste the difference, feel the difference. Here's to better health and sustainable energy. This round is on me.

Yours in health,
Kyle and Alicia

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Home Events

Hello Vemma fans-
If you are already a Vemma consumer or are considering becoming one, you have likely heard about the importance of home events. If you are like me, the thought of standing in front of a group of people, even if you know them personally, can be a bit overwhelming. As a new member you may feel like you are under qualified to talk about a product and opportunity that you just started taking yourself. While you may view your rookie status as a hindrance, in reality it is an awesome benefit. Let me tell you why: if your friends and family wanted to hear a rehearsed sales pitch with a hidden agenda they would have spent their evening at the used car lot and not in your living room. Since you didn't invite them over to make a sale and you have no hidden agenda, who cares if you sound nervous or have to check your notes a few times. The fact is you have come across an amazing product which you take yourself and already know the benefits of. You invited your friends over to give them this amazing health benefit as well. Once you realize that you aren't having a home event to make a sale but rather to introduce your guest's to a great product, your nerves will disappear. Subsequently your guests will relate with your honestly and humility. The product sells itself; there is no need to convince anyone to try it.

I'll admit, initially the thought of home events made me feel guilty. I've never considered myself a sales person and so when I imagined inviting people over, I felt like I was going to be spending my time trying to find the most clever and charismatic way to convince them to sign up without letting them think too much. (This likely originated from my experience with other MLM type businesses in the past.) Luckily I didn't hold a home event at this point or it would have been pointless anyway. My whole perspective was skewed. Just like most things in life, if my motives were self serving I wasn't going to get very far. The few people that may have signed up likely would have dropped out in a short time because they would have the same attitude I had. The reality was I knew the product was great because I was taking it daily. Originally I had little interest in the business side; I just wanted to try the product. I asked myself, when was the last time I felt guilty about sharing a good find with a friend? Never, but my mindset then was that I came across this awesome sale on computers or shoes or whatever and they DESERVED to know! Why? Because I knew it would benefit them. So why should Vemma be any different? I realized it was a success just to get people over to my house to hear about this awesome opportunity regardless of whether they ended up getting involved or not. Why? Because they DESERVED to know!

I did not find out about VEMMA through a home event nor have I ever attended one other than my own. I imagine if I had, I wouldn't have had to waste time trying to figure out what a home event was all about because I would have experienced the honesty myself. For this reason I encourage you to hold home events and encourage members that you have encountered in other ways to come to yours. My advice for members young and old: get started, stick with what you know and let the product sell itself. The success of a home event is measured by the amount of information you share not by the amount of people you sign up. Go out and spread the word, the rest will follow.

Yours in health,
Kyle and Alicia

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