Turn your dreams into plans
When her teaching career was put in jeopardy due to cutbacks, Cleveland, Ohio’s Aimee Godek was shocked. She’d always dreamed of being an educator and thought she’d hold that career for life. Although she retained her position, Aimee realized she needed a Plan B — another way to help people, and to build financial security for her own future family. Enter Arbonne.
Since I was just seven years old, I knew that I was going to be a teacher and make a difference in the lives of children. When I graduated from college as an intervention specialist and found myself teaching high school students with emotional and behavior disorders, I figured I had made it. I was content with this plan for the next 39 years of my life. That was until I was introduced to Arbonne.
My Arbonne journey began when I met the amazing Carrie Kane. Carrie and I became fast friends in college while she was just beginning her journey with Arbonne. I had struggled with acne blemishes for years. After Carrie explained the philosophy behind Arbonne’s ingredient policy, I was very intrigued and began using Arbonne’s Clear Advantage product line. The products were an answer to my prayers. I replaced my previous skincare routine with the RE9 line and saw dramatic, life-changing results. I was able to leave my house without makeup for the first time since I was in middle school. I was so thrilled that I became a loyal preferred client. As my friends began to notice a difference in my skin, I began sharing the products with them as well.
In 2011, I was informed that I would most likely lose my teaching position due to a reduction in force. I was devastated. The notice came as a shock because I thought education was a safe, stable career. I knew I was put here to help people, and without my teaching position I worried I wouldn’t be able to make an impact. It was a long few months of uncertainty, and although I was able to keep my position, I knew I needed to find another way to make a difference. I met with Carrie for lunch one day and she painted an amazing picture of the lives I could change with the gift of Arbonne. She helped me realize that I could use my experience in education to inspire and teach others to make healthier choices and feel good about themselves. After leaving lunch, I began truly dreaming for the first time in my life. I dreamt of the people I would meet and the gift that I could give them to change their lives and make a difference in the lives of those around them. I dreamt of the life I could give my future family and the choices I would have if I took this opportunity seriously.
After that, I jumped into the business and have never looked back. Throughout this journey I have faced many fears and trampled through my doubts. I have created huge, lofty goals and pushed myself to reach and even exceed them. My motto has always been simple from day one — quitting is not an option. This mindset has paid off more than I would have ever imagined. My journey in Arbonne has transformed me from a quiet, cautious follower to a bold, passionate leader. My Sponsors have shown me that I am worth it and from that I have gained a huge gift — belief in myself. One of my biggest goals in Arbonne is to instill those feelings in my teammates. I am in awe of the women and men who surround and support me in this venture. This opportunity has already provided a life for my husband and I that would have never been possible without Arbonne. I now fit my work around my schedule, have choices in my future and am able to contribute more to my family at the age of 26 than I ever thought possible.
I am beyond thankful for my dear friend, sponsor and mentor, NVP, Carrie Kane. Carrie, you are a true visionary and I can never thank you enough for painting the picture of my future and the future of those that I will impact. Thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself and helping me to create a life I only saw in my dreams.
To my husband: I am so lucky to be on this amazing journey with you. Your never-ending support and encouragement has allowed me to build a business that has already blessed our lives in so many ways. I cannot wait to see what our future brings. I wouldn’t choose to share this life with anyone else.
To my family: Thank you for teaching me that anything is possible. Thank you for being selfless role models. I only hope that I can be as good as a support system to others as you have been to me.
To my friends: Thank you for supporting my business and always showing interest in my ventures. I am lucky to have you in my life to cheer me on even when my goals seem a little crazy.
To my team: Without you, I would not be invested in this journey. Each of you has shared with me the reasons why you have joined this business and those reasons have been written in my heart. I won’t stop until each one of you has reached the level of success that you dream of. I am honored to be on this journey with you.
My biggest piece of advice to consultants is to keep going! Quitting cannot be an option. This journey will take you through twists and turns that you never expected, but will leave you a much better person than you were when you started. No dream is too big! You can achieve whatever you want in life and you are worth it!