|Received:||6/30/2006 10:39:13 AM|
|Organization:||Southern Living at HOME|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:From SAH to SLAH! Before I found Southern Living at HOME, 2 1/2years ago, I was a STAY AT HOME mom. Think about those words -STAY AT HOME mom. It is really a catch-all phrase for all types of women with various backgrounds. I have a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and taught first and second grade for 8 years, but I chose to be home with my daughter since she was 2 years old. Who came up with SAH Mom? Do we really stay at home? I kept very busy during the day with babysitting, cleaning, running errands, and taking our daughter to various activities that she was involved in. At the same time, my husband had a job which took him out of town during the week and hobbies like driving a race car, fishing, and hunting took up a lot of his weekend. This schedule meant I had the responsibility of holding down the fort. I spent so much time doing things for others that I really needed something for myself. I thought maybe SLAH was something that would fit into my life. I had gone to a party a year before I became a consultant. I was on the edge of my seat with excitement that night. I wanted to raise my hand and volunteer to sign right then and there. Since becoming a consultant with SLAH, I have experienced personal growth that I never would have imagined. To do a presentation in front of adult women was going totally out of my box. If you remember, I taught first and second graders. It was a struggle for me to get through a 15 minute parent-teacher conference. From the beginning, I have taken advantage of every opportunity to get better at what I do. I attend meetings and participate in any training event that is available. I believe this is important in helping me stay focused and not to see the obstacles along the way to my success. Somewhere I heard that you need to give a direct sales business 18 months to get going. My 18th month was in July. That month I got my 2nd recruit and my party line up was growing. That was when my husband got a morning call telling him he didn’t need to go to work after 36 years with his company. WOW-No time is good to hear that news, but it really hurt to know our daughter was getting ready to start her freshman year at Rockhurst University in a few weeks. Her desire to be a Pediatric Physical Therapist has given me a new reason to take my business to the next level, since I will need to help finance that 7 year doctorate degree. Originally, my “why” for starting the business was a love of the product. I soon discovered what an awesome opportunity I have to connect with other women. God puts people in our life for a reason. No monetary amount can replace these relationships. As I look to my future with SLAH, I picture my journey as a ride on a roller coaster. I am sitting in front where I can see where I am going and nothing blocks my view. My vision of being a Director is not far off. By staying on track, I hope to achieve that goal in 2006. I am climbing to the top. Sure there are going to be dips along the way, but with the speed I am traveling I won’t be in that place for long. Right now, my car has 5 passengers riding along with me. Others are watching and waiting to join me, while some are just beginning to approach. I invite each of you to climb aboard, hold on tight and prepare yourself for the greatest ride of your life. As you can see from my story, this company has made huge changes in my life, more personally than financial. The $500 I make on average has been the little extra that gives us some extra spending money. If the ruling takes effect, I will probably no longer be able to make the positive change if the lives of women and offer hostesses free and half price items for having her girlfriends over to shop for nice things for their homes.