November to remember? I think so! From the excitement on November 1, 2014 and finding out that I hit elite Green status to the anticipation on November 30, 2014 to see that I hit Exclusive Black status with Younique. Oh my gosh, y’all, this is a month that I will never forget!
Black Status. Like top of the compensation plan. Like highest level a presenter can be in Younique. Oh. My. Gosh. I totally ugly-cried my heart out last night while looking in my back office and staring at that lovely “paid as Black” charm. It was an amazing month from beginning to end and I couldn’t be more thankful and proud of my whole Younique team. Every single person is so amazing. They chased after their own goals with hard work and dedication and without that, being a Black status presenter wouldn’t even be possible.
It’s been quite the journey during the past 10-months, to say the least. To say that I’ve surprised myself is quite an understatement.
The Journey To Becoming An Elite Then Exclusive Black Younique Presenter
When I joined Younique on January 1, 2014, I was excited about mascara and having amazing lashes. I’ve always loved mascara. In fact, I’ve always said that if I were stranded on an island, mascara would be the one thing I’d want to have. Writing that down just now makes me realize that I should really have thought about bringing a phone or water… You know something that could actually help me survive or get off the deserted island. Ha!
Honestly, I was so content to be a stay at home mom before joining Younique. I never saw myself as a leader, successful person, or anything even close. I was just excited about fantastic mascara and sharing it with my friends. If I made some extra money, that was a bonus.
I remember talking to my sponsor on a 3-way call with my husband before signing up. I was quiet and didn’t really say anything. Like I didn’t even ask a question. Actually, I did ask one question. I asked my sponsor about her kids. (See, totally content with being a SAHM, lol.) My husband was carrying the conversation by talking and asking all of the questions. He asked if it was possible to hit black in a few months and I looked at him like he was crazy. That wasn’t even at the forefront of my mind and I told him to “settle down with the craziness”.
Like a lot of people when they first start something new, I didn’t have much confidence in myself. I was scared to death of talking on the phone and worried about saying the wrong thing or not knowing the right answer. I remember the first call I ever had and my husband was muted on the phone in case I didn’t know the answer. The lady asked, “Is Younique a binary?” and I froze. Like completely said nothing and wanted to just hang up right then and there. I didn’t know what a binary even was. I just signed up to sell mascara.
I was also scared to death of being that pushy salesperson that makes everyone run in the opposite direction. You know the kind of person I’m talking about. There’s nothing about me that even comes close to being a salesperson so I only told a few of my friends about the mascara and took baby steps. (Later I realized that sharing the amazing mascara is the way to go and I’ve still never once been called a pushy salesperson. I still have all my friends and no one runs in the opposite direction when they see me either… at least I don’t think they do. I kid, I kid.)
Confidence is a funny thing. I read as much information as I could get my hands on and then started to surprise myself when people asked questions and I actually knew the answers. This was the beginning of a shift coming on and with my newfound confidence, I was very eager to start talking to people.
The day I hit Pink status is when things really started to change. I had a feeling I was going to hit Pink that day and my son kept telling me how bored he was. (Thank you, summer time.) I didn’t want to leave my computer and was so grateful when one of his friends invited him over to play.
While he was playing, I contacted every single person that had ever expressed interest in placing an order and then it happened. I hit Pink. I was crying when I saw all of the checkmark requirements fulfilled and that’s the first time I thought, “Hey, maybe I can do this”. My confidence started building up and I hit Blue the next month.
Attending The Younique Convention Changed Everything For Me
A few days after I hit Blue, it was time for the Younique convention in Dallas. I’m the type of person who likes to be with others. I’m not the type who likes to do a lot by myself, especially attend events with thousands of people, without knowing anyone else. I remember standing in line alone to get my badge at convention. Everyone that was around me was in a group and I felt like such a loner. The group of ladies in front of me told me that I could hang out with them and I ended up meeting a few other friends there that made it great.
I noticed things starting to change. Never before would I have gone through with doing something by myself, but I did it. I went to convention alone without a single team member being there and I survived… and actually had a blast while there. Who would have thought?
I learned so much amazing information and couldn’t take enough notes while at convention. I got a Rising Star award from my sponsor and found out that I really like recognition, lol. More importantly, I realized that I wanted more of it. While seeing all of the Black status presenters accepting their awards on the stage one night, I told myself that that was going to be me at the next convention. No longer was I content being Kristin, the stay-at-home-mom and being in the background. I wanted more. I wanted another purpose to work towards. (Side note: Do whatever you can to make the next Younique convention in Chicago. It could literally transform your Younique business and your life!)
It was then and there at the convention that I really started to believe in myself. Deep down I felt that I had it in me. I started to see myself differently and then instead of being scared and fearful that people might not share my love for this business, it became more like a game. What could I do to share Younique with more people? I went to appointments and ran errands while wearing 3d mascara on only one eye. I went to events and talked to complete strangers.
I complimented strangers while out and about and shared Younique with them. I talked to the moms at my son’s new school. I talked to servers and hostesses at restaurants. It became so much fun to break out of my comfort zone! After all, I needed to be the leader that has actually done what I suggest my team to do. I tried my best to act as a leader, as though I was already at the top, even though I wasn’t. In fact, I couldn’t seem to pass Blue status and was just shy of Green for three months in a row.
But then November 1st came and I was Green. Then November 10th came and I was Orange. And then I went on a cruise to the Bahamas from November 23rd-30th. (Note to self: Never plan a vacation during the last week of the month.) I had very limited Internet access while away, but hit Purple status on November 29th. Purple was a funny status. I was so excited, believe me I was excited, but I already had my eyes set on Black.
I’m a visual person and always write down my goals at the beginning of every month so that I see what I’m working towards constantly. On November 1st I wrote Green on my dry erase board. Then I decided to write Orange down next to Green. As I saw so many leaders emerge on my team and read messages about how these specific leaders were motivated to hit Green, I wrote down Purple.
Before I left to go out of town, I wrote down Black. An Exclusive Black Younique Presenter. For a while now, I’ve known that I wanted Black, but there was a part of me that was scared to disappoint myself if it didn’t happen. I pushed the fear aside and yesterday when I got home from my trip, I drew a line through Green, Orange, and Purple. I circled Black over and over and it was all that I thought about.
My sponsor messaged me “YOU DID IT!!!” and it was the best feeling to look in my back office and see that all of the checkmarks for Black status requirements were checked off. Becoming one of the Exclusive Black Status Presenters in Younique was absolutely the best feeling ever and well worth all the of the and effort I put in to get here. But believe me, MANY women on my team also worked their tails off in November!
I’m so proud of all of you for all of your hard work!
My team is nothing short of amazing. They work hard and are dedicated to making success happen for their own motivating reasons. I’m so blessed to know each of them and get to work with them. This is the most fun “job” I’ve ever had and there’s no way Black status could have happened without my team’s hard work. I’m so thankful from the bottom of my heart that they have the drive, dedication, and desire to chase after their own dreams and goals. And I’m ready to help everyone go after them!
So yes, this November is one that I will always remember!