My goal is always to be transparent in life, and here too. After about six months of deliberation, I decided to shift my energy away from my Monat business despite the trips, profit sharing, and a Monat Cadillac. To be clear, this is not a Monat hater blog. If you are one of those people, please stop reading and kindly go away and bother someone else. The bottom line is that I found a better business opportunity with a mission-centered company and an easier website experience/better loyalty program for the customer. In this blog, I’m sharing my heart and my plans for the future. So, here’s why I stopped selling Monat.
Infertility and IVF
With my Instagram highlight reel featuring two rowdy boys, you might not realize that I have a shitty uterus. When we decided to procreate, it didn’t happen. First, similar to my mom, I was diagnosed with a large fibroid tumor. After having that removed via myomectomy, we still had no luck. Fortunately, we found a fantastic doctor and had both boys via IVF during the next couple of crazy years. At the time, I thought nothing of it. I just figured we were unlucky and was grateful to be on the other side of it. It was shortly after having Will that I started selling Monat.
Hormone Safe Body Oil
Fast forward several years later, a Monat business partner and I were discussing products, as friends often do. She recommended her favorite body oil to me, mentioned the company was hormone-free. I already had a body oil product I liked and didn’t think much of it, but that concept of “hormone-free” was new to me and stuck in my mind. The body oil I was using changed its formula a few months later and was no longer my favorite. Naturally, I reached out and got the name of the one she had recommended. I never planned on this being the reason why I stopped selling Monat. But, I’m also someone that believes things happen for a reason. I started looking into the company, and it opened my eyes to an entire realm of health.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
The concept is endocrine health, hormone health, and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Hormones are the messengers in our bodies. But, chemicals in our surroundings can mimic hormones and increase their production, turn one hormone into another, tell cells to die prematurely, compete with essential nutrients, and accumulate in our hormone-producing organs. In other words, chemicals can hijack our body’s messaging system and take control, even with low levels of exposure. We’ve known this for about 50 years, but science has advanced rapidly in the last 5-10 years.
There is evidence that this endocrine disruption plays a role in infertility, autism, low IQ, asthma, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and some congenital disabilities, to name a few. It probably played a role in why I had that fibroid and potentially why I couldn’t get pregnant independently. I’ve become so passionate about this topic. I want to read, learn and share all the time.
Burned out Pharmacist
If you follow me, you know I’m in health care, and I’m frustrated with the state of the union there. But, I’m still a helper, an educator and I love the conversation surrounding health, especially for the modern woman. I want to confer my strengths in healthcare into sharing the truth about endocrine-disrupting chemicals because I know it can help all of us.
Passion for Hormone Health
Now that I know what I know, I can’t stop talking about EDCs! I’ve shifted my Instagram content to match this change, and I’m getting so much more engagement and feedback. So many people want to know more on this topic, and creating content and having conversations is so easy now! I could keep doing what I’m doing, but I want to do more. My vision includes providing more significant education and resources, classes, and e-commerce or a brick-and-mortar store where you can shop safe options. But, I have to reverse engineer these big goals. I don’t have a ton of cash sitting around, and I’d rather avoid a small business loan if possible.
So, I’m starting where I can and partnering with a new hormone-safe company called Hugh and Grace. They make that body oil that opened my eyes to this whole concept months ago. It’s a peer-to-peer business opportunity for people like me who want to teach others and share the mission. Hugh and Grace even has options for physicians, photographers, hairstylists, appointment only, and then one for influencers and anyone else lit up by this topic in health. The culture at Hugh and Grace is to elevate the industry. We don’t promote hustle culture, or “hey girl” messages, making list of 100 people. Instead, we have systems and promote a non-gross, mission-centered approach. Click here to check out our Rise Culture. Hugh and Grace is why I stopped selling Monat.
That’s Why I Stopped Selling Monat
So that is what I’m putting my energy into now. I’m comfortable in this space because I’ve worked with Monat for four years. If you are one of my Monat customers, there is no cause for concern. I still have your friendship and customer services concerns in front of my mind. But, my focus will shift because removing endocrine-disrupting chemicals from our home and my friend’s homes is more significant to me. Kind of like when you find a job that’s a better fit, and you go there full time but still work a few shifts a month at your old employer.
I hope this makes sense. It’s a big step for me. But, I want to be someone that encourages others to follow their passions and not stay somewhere just because it’s familiar. I did write a blog post about why I decided to stop selling Monat and chose Hugh & Grace from a business perspective. The Hugh and Grace business opportunity is unmatched, and I wrote an entire post on that here. Feel free to check it out, especially if you’re interested in making a mission-driven change. At the time that I write this, there are less than 1000 Hugh & Grace advocates and I’m the only one in Central Texas selling Hugh & Grace. There is so much potential when you are one of the first.
Feel Free To Reach Out
Since I made this decision, I’ve had many Monat market partners reach out, use me as a sounding board for their feelings. I’m not going to get negative with you, but I’ve been there and made the decision to move on. If you want to talk logistics, or the nitty-gritty on that, don’t hesitate to reach out. To my Monat family, I’m so appreciative of you and wish you the best!