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Meet Trailblazer Katie Oertle

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Oertle.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Katie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My Arbonne journey began about five years ago. I was newly married and expecting our first child. I loved my job as a teacher, but I did not love being 40k in debt with no end in sight. However, I didn’t really feel very concerned about it until our daughter arrived. I say having Annabelle was like a light switch was turned on. Our circumstances were exactly the same, but her being earth-side made the whole reality of our financial circumstance a lot more apparent. I realized that mothering was a whole lot more difficult than I could have ever imagined, and while I wanted to go back to work full time, I knew that if we didn’t get out of debt, I would never have the option to be home full time with Annabelle or any of our future children. It was a grace-filled moment that allowed me to look five years into the future, something I am not sure I had done before that. I just wanted to increase our income somehow so that we could get out of debt. I wasn’t looking to leave my job or anything like that necessarily because I thought it would take a long time to get out of that much debt.

Well, a friend suggested I take a look at Arbonne. Honestly, I was completely closed to starting up a home-based business because I had a lot of (ungrounded) opinions about them, but I respected the person who suggested it, so I took a peek. I am so glad that I did because it totally changed the course of our family’s life. I started my business when Annabelle was 10 weeks old with two weeks left to my maternity leave. I went back to work full time, built my business part-time around my job and my family, promoted to the first level in six weeks and promoted to the second level six months. Within seven months of starting my business, I had entirely replaced my income and nine months after starting my business we were entirely out of debt. Five years into my business, I am home full time with three kids, Annabelle who is 5, Samuel who is 3, and Patrick who is 1. What I have loved about my journey is that it is 100% mine. I own the entire thing. I get to show up when I want and work as hard as I want and take as much time off as I want. I get to create the level of income that our family wants and needs. I think it is important to note that with Instagram and Facebook and the world of social media as a whole, and with the growing presence of network marketing, it’s really easy to make growing a business with a network marketing company look like a breeze. And in a lot of ways, it is. What I do is very simple. VERY, VERY simple. Which is why I can do it. I have no background in business or in health and wellness, and yet I own my own health and wellness business. How? Discipline. Showing up when I would rather watch a show on Netflix. Picking up the phone. Doing affirmations. Receiving hard coaching and making the necessary changes to improve. I love Arbonne and what has done for me and my family and I love that I get to help other people do the same thing. Anyone can start a business with Arbonne and be successful, so long as they choose to discipline over desire. Because I chose and choose discipline, I get to live the life I desire.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Growing a business with Arbonne has been one of the most refining experiences of my life, right up there with marriage and children. Here’s the thing, usually the best things in life are the most refining, and you have to lean into the refining parts because that is how you will improve. One of the greatest struggles that I have had overcome with my business is finding the right balance between work and play. I love what I do and I have fun doing it, but I am also very intense and once I zone into a goal, it’s hard for me to relax and play. Being your own boss, you get to show up when you want and I tend to be the ‘all in’ or ‘all-out’ time. This business has forced me to grow in the virtue of moderation and balance.

Also, growing a business is a very vulnerable thing. If you want to influence people and make an impact, you have to put yourself out there, and that can be scary. It’s especially scary if you have experienced any “failure” and I put that in quotes because you only fail if you give up on yourself. I had a moment in my business where I qualified for the third of only four promotions with Arbonne. It’s a big deal. Your income increases a ton and you get a free car and it’s awesome. It also means that you have served people and helped other people get to their goals, which is really the legacy part of my business that I am so passionate about. Well, I qualified but I didn’t finish the promotion and I really wanted to quit. I was embarrassed that I didn’t finish. I was discouraged because I had worked so hard and then didn’t finish. And I kind of went into that ‘all-out’ mode and watched my business plateau. It was really hard to start again. It felt like I was starting from ground zero, but I wasn’t. The seeds I had planted were still there and it was time to harvest, I just had to decide to begin again. And I decided to begin again because I was crystal clear on WHY I continue to grow my business, what my mission is, and what the legacy I want to leave is. In moments where you feel low and feel like throwing in the towel, dig into WHY you are here. What you want to do and who you want to be. If you don’t know the answers to those questions, dig into personal development. Don’t ignore the hard questions–super zoom into them!

We’d love to hear more about Arbonne.
In my business with Arbonne, I educate people about how to choose healthier products that will give them amazing results and long-term health. In our market today, it is hard to find products that deliver results AND are safe, but with Arbonne, I get to help people find a solution. The main mode of growing business is by sharing the Arbonne story with people in small group settings and helping those people find the right products with Arbonne. If they are interested in starting a business, I coach them to their success. I am passionate about helping people who want something more, better, or different find that within Arbonne, whether it be in products or in the business opportunity. As far as what sets me apart from others, I am really honest. I am not looking to paint a false picture of anything to anyone and my authenticity is the key to my success.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
This is a good question. I think I would say to spend time discovering who you are outside of your career. Your career is not your life. It is part of your life. If you do not spend time discovering who you are, it is very easy to let career dominate and define your self-worth!

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