What it’s like to Travel with Avon
Yes, I vacationed like a boss on Avon’s dime! How I Vacationed Like a Boss with Avon? I earned it by doing what I love! Inspiring others to join me and mentor them along a positive path to success.
I am a leader with Avon, Gold Leader to be exact. I have a team of over 250 Avon Representatives that I mentor. By doing this alone, I earned an all-expense paid vacation to the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. ALL-EXPENSES PAID by Avon! Flight, Resort, Tips, Food, Drinks, Entertainment, all of it. The only money I spent was on a few souvenirs.
It all starts with a flight to Nassau. Coming in to the Island you can only imagine how beautiful it was. The colors of the water are indescribable!
My Avon sister Ann Knutti earned the trip for herself and her husband Brad as well. We were all on the same flight from Dallas to Nassau so of course we rode the shuttle from the airport to the resort together. It was about a 30 minute ride so we were able to see some of the area and the colorful homes on the way. I was so excited to actually meet her for the first time! I couldn’t wait to see Emily, Rob, Ava and Josh too!! They would be arriving shortly after us.
Once we arrived at the resort I was just amazed at how huge it was! We got checked in, to our rooms and unpacked. My roommate was out and about but we finally met up in the room. I have to say that Clare was the perfect roommate for me. We got along splendidly!
Ann and Brad, Emily, Rob, Ava and Josh, Clare (how is it I have zero photos of me with Clare?) and I met for an early dinner that evening at Casa D’Angelo’s. I don’t see it on this menu but I think we all had the 20 oz Porterhouse Steak. It was so amazing! Definitely couldn’t eat it all! I had the Caesar salad with it. We had to skip desert because we had the Avon Welcome Dinner to go to. No, we didn’t eat dinner again!
We weren’t at the Welcome Dinner for long because it was starting to rain. Emily was the number one earner for this incentive so her family was upgraded to a suite! (again, all paid by Avon) so we went up and watched the party and listened to the music from the balcony of their suite. Eventually there was a down pour and we just laughed as hundreds of Avon Reps ran for cover!
The next day Emily, her family and I headed to the Poseidon’s Table for breakfast. Now let me tell you, this buffet was so good; they had everything! We were sure to fill our bellies up before heading to the pool. We spent most of the day at Splasher’s Pool. We were able to get chairs right by the pool and even had a waitress bring us beer, water and mixed drinks while we were there. Again, all of this was included, even tips! We also had lunch while here at Splasher’s snacks. The kids even went with their dad to the water slides and The Current which is a mile long river rapids.
I definitely got a little sunburnt but it was fun! Emily has the best family and they are always so great to spend time with and so gracious allowing me to! We had made reservations for another dinner tonight at the Bahamian Club so we all went up to get cleaned up and ready.
Now, since the food was being paid for, I decided to be brave and try some Indian food. It was like a taste of everything Indian. I was pretty excited to try it. But first I was going to have the Baked Sands Beer & Onion Soup! One of my faves! It did not disappoint! Next up was the Taste of India! I have never seen so much food placed before me! I tried everything and I will not lie, I hated it! It was just awful! But I least I tried it! I needed to save room for my wonderful dessert anyways!
We did a little shopping after dinner before heading up to Emily’s suite for drinks. Here are some photos of the resort (compliments of Emily).
The next day Emily and I had a video shoot scheduled with Avon and Tammy Jernigan. I was a little nervous as it was my first time in front of the Avon camera but it went very smooth and I can’t wait to see how and when they are used. Emily was a pro and looked stunning!
After the video shoot we got ready to hit the pools and beach! It was quite a walk but we made it to the River Pool which is right next to this beautiful white sand beach with water the color of sea-foam green. Emily and I ate lunch at the Cave Grill; burgers and fries! I was still feeling the sunburn and decided to let them enjoy some family time without me tagging along and headed up to my room to relax. Had to get a couple of photos of the beach first! Isn’t it just amazing!
On the way up to my room I decided to get a few snacks and one of the amazing desserts at Plato’s for the room. I ended up running into Betty Palm and Evy DeAngelis from Corporate. Say cheese!!
This was our last night here so we decided to cancel our dinner reservations and head directly to the Farewell Dinner. This is where you meet up with all of your fellow Avon sisters and Avon Corporate. I took lots of photos with many of them on this wonderful vacation! How many do you recognize? I seem to always be the one with a drink in my hand! Again, FREE!!!
We had a great dinner and the drinks were flowing! I’m not sure how many Bahama Mammas I had! Emily was awarded on stage twice! We aren’t sure what the first was for but she shared the spotlight with many other Avon Representatives. The second of course was for being the #1 earner for the Vacation Like a Boss Incentive! I was SO proud of her I almost cried.
We all danced the night away and Rob and the kids even came down to join in the festivities! We ended the night again on the balcony of Emily’s suite. Tomorrow we would all be heading home.
Since my flight wasn’t scheduled until after 4pm, Avon was generous to include a lunch voucher at the resort! The one place I hadn’t ate at that I really wanted to try was Olives. So after checking out I moseyed on down there and sat close to two Avon Representatives who were sisters; Valerie Byrd Rash and Kimberly Byrd Oliver. Two of the sweetest sisters! Our vouchers were only for $20 but they had been comped well by the resort casino so they were gracious enough to share their coupons with me so that my meal was FREE! They were even sharing their food with other reps! I ordered the fish and chips; the fish was flounder, YUM! As was all of the food at the resort (with the exception of that Indian stuff) it was amazing!!
I will never forget this incredible trip nor will I ever miss out on earning another! A HUGE thank you to New Avon for this amazing opportunity and trip of a lifetime!
Photo Credits Emily Seagren
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I was born and raised in Southern California. I grew up in Anaheim, CA, spent 13 years in mountains of Idyllwild and then eventually moved to the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley where I now reside. I began working at the age of 15 but I have actually only had a handful of jobs in my lifetime; Fast food manager, extruder operator, restaurant owner, fire fighter and now district manager for a private fire prevention company and media/ marketing for an off road racing company. I also own a home based computer service/repair company and an off road media/marketing company. I hold an AS degree in Fire Science from Mt San Jacinto College where I graduated with honors of distinction.
How I became an Avon Representative
I decided to become an Avon Representative in 2014. My sister-in-law was a representative but only for her own discount. My daughter had sold for a short time but it just wasn’t her thing.
I had always thought about becoming an Avon Rep, but it was always just a thought. I remember my mom buying Avon when I was very young and was always mesmerized at all the products and how the Avon lady always looked so beautiful and polished. Of course I loved the lipstick bullets!
My friend Leslie who was a representative as well was always sharing Avon deals and the opportunity on Facebook. One day she posted about joining her team and becoming an Avon Rep; I just decided right then and there to do it. I had no plan or specific reason. Remember, I was already working a full time job on top of my own businesses. As I started selling, I realized that I was actually having fun and felt accomplished at how well I was doing; I was only doing Avon part time in the evenings and weekends. I decided I wanted to get serious and actually be successful!
For the remainder of that first year I concentrated on learning as much as I could about the business; learning most everything on my own. Then in 2015 I devoted every extra dollar and minute I had to my Avon Business. I grew my customer base slowly but surely and over time my customer base and sales consistently increased. I even started my leadership journey at the encouragement of Emily Seagren who was Leslie’s upline.
I studied and learned everything I could from Emily and through her’s and Leslie’s mentorship I am where I am today. In January of 2017 the opportunity to purchase Leslie’s Avon team was presented to me. Not one to pass up a great offer I took it! Emily Seagren is now my upline, my team has more than tripled and I am now a Gold Leader!
My Accomplishments with Avon
I sell at the Honor Society Level (over $20,000 annually) and am a Gold Leader with over 250 team members nationwide.
- Awarded on stage at the 2015 Avon PRP Gala Luncheon for the highest online sales in her district
- Earning President’s Club Level
- Other various incentives.
- Advanced from Ambassador to Silver Ambassador and to Gold Ambassador
- Became a DSWA Certified ELITE Leader
- Completed the Avon Pilot Coaching Program.
- Earned almost $2,000 in Avon bonuses in the “Journey to Gold Incentive”
- Earned a Champion Blender by being #59 out of 400 Avon Ambassadors in the “Ignite Your Avon Torch” incentive.
- Won all three awards in the “One Team, One Dream” incentive.
- Team sales were more than $92,000.
- Team’s sales growth was 365%.
- Awarded on stage at the Annual PC Gala Luncheon for 2016 for #1 in her District for Sales Growth, #4 in Sales Volume and #2 in online sales.
- Earning Honor Society Level.
- Honored with the prestigious Spirit of Avon Award.
- Earned Level 1 of the Sparkle Like a Boss incentive
- $440 in the All Aboard Onboarding incentive.
- Earned an Avon Speaker, 2 Avon Notebook Sets, 4 $50 Gift Cards, a $25 Gift Card, a 7-Piece Cookware Set, an Avon Water Bottle, Free registration for RepFest, an Avon Umbrella, a Ninja Coffee Bar and a Luxury Wristlet in the Ticket to Boss Life incentive.
- Participated in the Avon 39 Walk in Chicago, IL
- Earned an all-expenses paid trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas
- Earned all three levels including a pink cowgirl hat, Go Country, Win Big RepFest VIP Party (Invitation Only) and her Hotel stay at RepFest for FREE in Go Country-Go Big!
- Earned over $5000 in additional leadership bonuses.
- Earned the Boss Life Workshop incentive which included business cards and holder.
- Advanced in title to Bronze Leader, Silver Leader and now am Gold Leader.
- Recognized on stage for being #11 in the NATION for team growth at Repfest 2017 in Nashville, TN this August.
- Attended the Leadership kickoff in San Diego, CA.
- Earned an all-expenses paid cruise to Bermuda in the Cruise Like a Boss Incentive.
- Earned a beauty case, tote and carry-on luggage in the Cruise Like a Boss Incentive.
My goals for 2018 are to earn the title of “Bronze Executive Leader” and make “Honor Society” again in 2018. My long term goal is to retire and Avon continue to be my major source of income. I hope to accomplish this in the next 5 years.
Have you been thinking about joining Avon? Are you looking for a way to earn an income yet work from home? Just not sure about how Avon can help you? Maybe my story can help you make that decision. After all, I had no plans or intentions on joining Avon or any other direct selling company when I started. I know that it was the BEST decision I ever made and it can be for you too!
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