It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I have been a Norwex consultant for 11 years. Whoa. It doesn’t feel that long ago that I made the life-changing decision to join as a consultant, but at the same time I can hardly imagine the years before our family became a Norwex family… it’s as if we’ve always been a part of this life! Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been doing some intentional reflecting on how Norwex has been such an influential force in changing our family.
When I joined Norwex on November 4, 2008, my sons were just about to turn 3 and 6 years old. They are now ages 14 and 17. Time flies!
I’m often asked what it’s been like to juggle a career in financial planning, being a wife and mother, and running a successful Norwex business. I’d like to share about this in two parts – before having teenagers and after having teenagers.
Being a Norwex Consultant with young children
As a mom to two young boys, Norwex provided flexibility and extra income that our family so desperately needed. In 2008, my husband was going through some health challenges, and I had gone through what could have been a financial devastating change in my career as a Certified Financial Planner. You can read more about that in my previous post. I had a huge weight on my shoulders… raising two little boys, helping my husband through his health challenges, and trying to keep things afloat financially. Norwex was exactly what our family needed at that time.
I started my Norwex career knowing I needed to earn a significant amount of income to balance our family budget, so I worked hard to do 8-10 parties each month. With young kids, I found that I didn’t miss much if I was home for an early dinner and then went out to share Norwex. They went to bed early, and the evenings I was away provided great bonding time for the boys and their dad. They learned at an early age that both parents can and should be involved in parenting and running the household.
My sons quickly became interested in Norwex and involved in my business.
They would tell people why it was important to remove harmful chemicals from their home and how easy it was to replace them with Norwex. We even caught Jake handing out my business cards at school when he was in second grade because he thought all of his teachers and aides needed Norwex. I regularly donated Norwex products to the boys’ classrooms so that their teachers had good safe cleaning options. Their classmates always loved having the Peppermint Foam Soap at the classroom sink because they said it smelled like Christmas. I loved knowing that their class was washing their hands rather than just using a chemical-based hand sanitizer.
Jake and Andrew helped label catalogs and mailings to customers or team members. I really loved when they would sit next to me in the office working on projects and singing along to the music. Here’s Andrew at 7 years old working on a mailing for me:
The boys learned to help with simple chores around the house as well. After all, it’s so easy to clean the Norwex way that even kids can do it!
They learned about goal setting and work ethic, and they learned wonderful people skills.
At age 11, Jake started working with me at craft shows and fairs. His first official “show” was working at Marketfest in our home town of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He helped at several events that summer. He really enjoyed finding out how many people there are who still need to learn about Norwex. I loved hearing him ask, “Are you familiar with Norwex?” and then, “Would you like me to tell you about it?” if they said they hadn’t heard of Norwex.
Working with my kids taught me a lot about their individual personalities and strengths.
This may sound funny because, well… I’m their mom – I should already know their personalities, right? But there’s something different and amazing about working with your kids. I quickly learned that even though my oldest son was shy around his peers in school, he was very outgoing and excelled at talking to adults, especially when he could talk to them about Norwex. My younger son Andrew is the one I call my “IT Guy.” When he was in 3rd grade, he started creating things like google docs and google forms for my team.
The boys also learned about the one thing none of us can avoid in life – taxes. For entertainment purposes, here’s a picture of them signing their first tax returns at age 9 and 12. The first picture shows how they feel about paying taxes as a kid. The second picture shows how happy they are to be able to earn income as a kid by working in their mom’s Norwex business.
Setting goals and working toward them is one of the biggest things Norwex has taught my sons. In November 2013, when they were just about ages 8 and 11, my team was privileged to be the second team globally to promote to the level of Senior Vice President Sales Leader, the very top of Norwex. The boys helped track our goal every single day that month. They also prayed for our goal multiple times a day. The boys were also there for the celebration. They had a great time being in front of 200 Norwex consultants with our Co-Founder and Global Chief Sales Officer, Debbie Bolton.
The Holt family is a “Norwex family” through and through.
Becoming a Norwex consultant when my boys were ages 3 and 6 is one of the best things I could have done for my family.
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