I have done a lot of things in my short life.  Recently I have felt like there could not possibly be any way to squeeze any more into my life.  I was bursting at the seams.  I have volunteered for Wishes & More for three years come this September!  That is longer than I've held any paying job in my life :)  I started volunteering because I had quit a very draining engineering job with a boss who struggled with integrity.  He showed very little respect for his employees and I never felt he trusted me with the position he hired me to do.  I told myself when I quit that job that I would NEVER work for someone who didn't understand my job again.  They didn't have to know how to do it, but they needed to have a clear understanding & respect of my role in their business.

I only worked there for nine months, but those months changed the rest of my life.  When I quit that job, I didn't have anything with a purpose to do during the day.  Engineering was the last thing that interested me at the time, so I started looking online for an organization I could volunteer for and use my talents in order to make that organization soar.  Low and behold, the organization that was founded by my realtor (who I now consider family), Wishes & More looked like they needed help from someone like me.  And I've been helping them soar ever since September of 2008, a month after I quit my engineering job.

After one year of volunteering for Wishes & More, I had a baby.  He is almost two years old now and his name is Mason.  I remember being reluctant to let Wishes & More know I would still volunteer, not knowing how I would be able to handle being in the office with a baby.  Well a month or so went past, and I was back in the office volunteering a couple times a week with Mason strapped to my chest in a Moby Wrap.

When I was pregnant with Mason, the association I lived in asked me to sit on their board.  I wore the Secretary hat for two years but played the role of President.  What a mess!  Now I wear the President hat and play the role of President. 

At both Wishes & More and my association board, I am just filling a need.  I want to be more than a need filler.  Filling needs takes up a lot of my time.  And what am I gaining from it?  Do I need to gain anything from filling other peoples' needs?  No.  But do I need to have a life of my own?  Yes.  And when I found myself constantly filling other peoples' needs I had no time for a life of my own.

On April 28, 2011, my second son, Wesley, was born.  The days leading up to his birth I was letting both Wishes & More and the board know that I was starting to turn myself off from the rest of the world in order to prepare my mind for the birth of my baby.  I was SO busy with everything, I barely took the time to realize I was pregnant.  I didn't relish in it like I did with my first born.

Boy did I LOVE that week or so before Wesley's birth.  I didn't have anyone counting on me!  It was just me and my baby and my family I had to worry about.  What a GREAT feeling!  I wanted to hold on to that forever.  But I knew I couldn't.  I needed more than dirty diapers, supper, cleaning and whining kids to take care of.  I needed something that was going to give me a life of my own.  Then I met my Norwex Team Coordinator, Sandie Cagaoan, at a kids sale at the MN state fairgrounds.

I had known about Norwex for five years and was getting more and more curious about being a consultant.  When I saw that Norwex table, I couldn't get to it soon enough.  I told Sandie I thought I wanted to sell it and she invited me to a team meeting.  Once I saw the team of people I could grow with and learned about what Norwex really stands for, I couldn't deny that this opportunity was MEANT for me.  I signed up to be a consultant on May 10th, Wesley was 12 days old.  But I knew if I didn't do it then, I would just start filling my time with filling the needs of Wishes & More and my board and I would never turn back and do this for myself.

The core values of Norwex are Integrity, Trust and Respect.  And a natural derivative of those core values is Honesty.  These values reflect the complete OPPOSITE of my experience at my last engineering job.  On top of that, I get to share with people how they can improve the quality of their life!  I truly believe that EVERYONE needs to know the harm in using chemicals and how EASY it is to NOT use harmful chemicals!  And I am more passionate than ever to present the Norwex opportunity to everyone who is looking for more purpose in their life! 

I am honored to be invited into peoples' homes in order to share the message of LIFE with as many people as possible!  Norwex holds the key to my purpose.  It is filling a need, yes, but it has helped give me new life.  I've never been more sure about anything in my life, aside from marrying my husband and the life of our two children.  God has used Norwex to make me a better person.  God bless Norwex!

Norwex has a great product manual that they sent to me when I signed up to sell Norwex.  The problem is that they only send it on a CD, so I don't have a manual to bring to parties and use to answer questions.  The local print shops charges almost $50 to get the manual printed and bound.  So I started doing some searching online and found Moxicopy.

I don't know the quality, but they claim to have some pretty big clients, including Kraft Foods, AT&T, Boy & Girl Scouts and St. Jude's Children's hospital, just to name a few.  So I'm going to assume the quality is good.  And for $10 (before shipping) I can get the product manual printed and bound!  It will be spiral bound with a clear plastic cover and a black plastic back!

So if you own a business or are ever looking for a cheap place to get something printed, check out moxicopy.com.  I'll let you know if I like the results or not.
Pinch me.  This is really happening!  I just ordered my supplies to do parties...the boring supplies like order forms and such.  It cost me $113 after tax and shipping and that should get me through my first 12 parties.  Here is the list of stuff I ordered, for the reference of other new recruits:
Update:  I've been at this now for seven months and would change some things on this list. 

I wouldn't order the bookmarks.  I am putting them in hostess packets right now but they're not really necessary. 

I do not make folders for guests at parties.  I put an order form and the monthly customer specials (printed in text form from the CS site) inside the catalog.  I put a post it on the front of the catalog for them to take notes on.  Easy peasy and doesn't take up a bunch of space in my bag!!!

I'm debating whether or not I want to re-order the info pads.  Not the most informative and don't include all of the products.  Printing off the product manual pages for the products people buy would be much more effective and REALLY show them how the product can be used.

Invitation postcards.  No one has done these in the 7 months I've been selling.  I designed my own for one party.  It might be nice just to have one pack on hand IN CASE someone wants you to send them out.  But don't expect to use them.

To see pictures of some of the items, log into the Norwex CS site.  Go to Product Images & logos > Supply Requisition Images.
I designed my business card.  Just waiting to hear back from corporate to approve the design and I'll get them ordered.  Yippee!  Yes, I'm excited about a business card, I'm a nerd :)
Norwex Sales Consultant Business Card
Ask me at any other point in my life if I would ever make money off of selling anything and I would have laughed at you.  I can't stand it when people are trying to sell me something that I don't think I need, and in my experience with sales people, that's usually what they are doing.  I just never saw myself selling anything, until I went to my first Norwex party five years ago.

I'm a simple person.  I don't use fancy things.  In fact I recently took five car-loads of stuff to Goodwill because I realized I'm just not a fancy person and I don't need all this fancy stuff.  I'm good with simple.  That's why home parties usually turn me off.  I have a hard time rationalizing spending "that kind of money" on something I could get at Kohl's.  Sure, it might not be fancy if I buy it at Kohl's, but like I said, I don't need fancy.

When I went to that Norwex party five years ago, I told my husband Emil that I wouldn't buy anything.  HA!  When the party started, I was skeptical as usual when approaching a home party.  But my curiosity perked when I realized that this product was honestly cleaning with only water.  Now if that isn't simple, I don't know how cleaning could ever be simple.  Needless to say, I didn't keep my promise to Emil.  I bought the Basic Microfiber Package, the Spirisponge and the Spirinetts.  (And just for the record, I still use the same microfiber with the same results today!)

It wasn't until a few years later, in 2009, that I was invited to another Norwex party.  Then again, just a few months ago, I was invited to two more.  After the last party I attended, I decided I needed to let my friends and family know about this revolutionary idea of cleaning with only water.  I was going to accomplish that by having a party of course :)

In order to make sure I reached out to as many people as I know as possible, I decided to make a slideshow describing the product.  This way I could share it with people who lived too far away to attend a party at my house, which includes ALL of my family.  When I finished the slideshow and thought about it for a few weeks, I realized that I might as well just try to sell it myself.  After all, I was basically selling it by creating the slideshow.

The problem with me moving forward to sell it myself was finding someone to be my sponsor (leader.)  I have a dear friend who just started selling it, but her life has been very chaotic lately and she has taken a break from Norwex.  I didn't want to just pull a name from a hat and ask that person to be my sponsor.  I wanted to make sure I had a solid leader.

Soon after deciding that I wanted to sell Norwex, Emil and I attended a "Munchkin Market" kid sale at the MN State Fairgrounds.  Sandie Cagaoan had a Norwex table set up near the check-out area.  I consider myself a very good judge of character, and after speaking with her for only moments, I knew she cared and rocked at what she did.  Then she told me her team meets just down the road from where I live and I KNEW this was the start of my Norwex journey.

That brings us to now.  Stay tuned to follow me on my journey and learn the latest about Norwex.

Lindsey's Norwex - Clean You Can Count On