My name is Chrystelle Zimmerman and I’m a wife, mom and entrepreneur living in Southern California.
I started this blog because I was tired of trying to master the juggling act of busy, frazzled, working professional along with being super wife and super mommy and needed to find a way to lose the excess! (Notice I said “trying to master”). I know many of you out there who can relate.
- Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior
- I am married to my best friend, whom I met the day of our water baptism. Talk about Divine Intervention!
- I am mom of two littles, my 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter.
- I am an entrepreneur.
- I encourage and empower women through teaching them natural solutions with essential oils (it is through my work in this area that I’ve met so many amazing women).
- I mentor women (and men) to develop their own goals and strategies in life and as entrepreneurs. My favorite part of this work is that I get to travel to people and places that bless my socks off!
- Helping people reach their full potential at work is important to me.
- Our family is committed to simplifying our lives, even if it means thinking and doing things differently than what the world expects.
Embracing simplicity and losing the chaos is still a work in progress. Some days don’t feel very simple. I’m constantly trying to find ways to save money, re-train my brain to want less, get rid of debt, and learn the beauty of contentment. Things like cooking from scratch, menu-planning and tripling recipes for easy dinners later do not come easy to me. But you know what? It’s never too late to learn something new, so here goes!
This blog is dedicated to all of you amazing women out there who are trying to be super-wife, supermom, super employee, best friend, devoted daughter and dear friend. We can’t do it all ladies, but with the proper tools…we sure can do more than we ever thought possible.
The Whole Story…
If you read my brief bio above but want to know the “whole story”,, then sit down, grab a cup of coffee and join me as I tell you about the journey that took my family from sick, tired and overworked to healthy, together and free.
I always knew that I wanted to help people. What’s funny is that when I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher, an actress and an anchorwoman. Not in that order! I loved talking with people and hearing their interesting stories. During my early twenties, I spent my days (and nights) working in the television entertainment business. Next time you catch a rerun of Aaron Spelling’s TV Show Melrose Place, look closely and you’ll get a glimpse of my name in the credit scroll at the end of the show. It’s there! It was an insane time in my life. The opportunity was amazing, but I always wondered how the work I did hiring actors (I was in casting) would translate to “real life.”
So, it was no surprise when I returned to school and received my degree in Psychology, and added a minor in Human Resources because, well…people fascinate me. So much so, that I spent the next 15 years of my career working in higher education for a well-known university. I had a steady paycheck, a pension, a prominent position, and job security as an employee in the public sector.
When my first child was born, I did not sleep! Not just because I had a new baby around, but because my mind would not stop racing at all hours of the night (thanks hormones). I spent these sleepless nights just trying to figure out a way that I could stay home with this little precious gift from God. I did not want to leave my little mini-miracle and have to go back to work. During maternity leave, I had these bursts of energy where I would write down all the ideas in my head, ideas and ways I thought I could make money just hoping one of those “ideas” would turn into the next thing that could pay my rent. Maternity leave ended, I went back to work, shoved all my aspirations and thoughts aside and continued to trade my time for a paycheck.
Then, my second child was born. More roller coaster rides with my hormones, which led to more midnight sessions of writing out my hair-brained and ambitious plans. Plans to write books, write mommy blogs, help my favorite charities, sell purses, and the list went on and on.
In hindsight I can see now that I was motivated by God’s call in my life to do something more than leave my family every day in order to go to work and compose written warnings for people who did not care to do their jobs. Even though I was restless and unhappy, I am very grateful that He left me right there because He was doing a work in me that I didn’t even realize at the time.
In 2013, my husband and I made the decision to buy a home outside of the county we lived in because it was more affordable. Our plan was for both of us to do the daily grind and commute to work, about 2 hours each way. I’d tell you in miles, but California traffic is the worst! Going one mile can sometimes take twenty minutes.
Our prayerful plan was to buy a house in the suburb of a suburb, start whittling down everything we owned, so that I could quit my full-time job by 2016. It was about this time ZimpleLiving.com was born so that I could document my journey of what we fondly referred to as Escaping the Land of Excess! And trust me, we had some serious excess going on! We began changing things to the point that everything in our lives began to reflect our new goals of getting back to basics.
About that time, both of my kids (a 16-month old and a 5-year old) were on some pretty heavy duty medications because of some chronic conditions. I was on a few myself. But since I grew up going to VA hospitals because my father was a Marine, “natural solutions” were never even on the radar as an option.
By mid-2013, doTERRA came into my life, quite unexpectedly when my son got hurt at a VBS event. The moment his face hit the concrete I knew it was going to be ugly! A friend of mine (who ironically was a nurse by trade) jumped into action and grabbed her essential oils. I thought, “That’s all you’ve got? Whatever!” My son was hysterical, so I just let her do whatever she needed to, with the obligatory eye-roll.
That event, followed by several more “aha” moments we experienced in our family were enough for us to recognize the positive changes the oils had in our lives. We started using the oils regularly. My family was healthier than I had ever seen them. We reduced our doctor visits, increased our ability to reach for something ourselves, and felt so much better knowing that we had a little more control over the cost and the situation. I knew doTERRA offered a business opportunity, but my husband made me promise him I would not “sell anything”. Three months later, I was at a birthday party for my son, and moms started swarming around me asking about the oils and what we used in our home. They demanded that I tell them where I got the oils and how they could get some too. It was at that moment, standing in the middle of the mom-pit at the park, the light bulb went on in my head. I slowly raised my hand and said, “You get them from me!”
Three months after that, I made a declaration to my husband that I would do my due diligence and find out more about the business. Reluctant doesn’t even adequately describe the response that I got from him. It honestly took a while for him to come around with my new fascination with essential oils. As a matter of fact, my husband used to call them “snake oils.” That was until, we struck a compromise.
Here’s the “deal” we made, which I’m grateful he at least let me try. He said I could try to “do this business” for a year. However, at the end of the year if I was not making a profit (notice he didn’t just say, making money), then I had to do two things:
One, was that I had to admit defeat (never an easy thing for a woman to do), and secondly, I could never get involved in another network marketing company again.
That was a tall order, but I knew the oils worked. It was also the reason why I had no problems agreeing to his little agreement.
The thing I think he was worried about was that I would try to “sell” to my friends and they would feel weird around me or we would lose our friends. He was also worried that I would be gone every night and weekend schlepping my wares, doing “parties” for people, and spending more than I made.
We agreed that I would work both my full-time job and doTERRA for that year, so we could bring in an extra $500 a month and move us toward our family goal of me being home with the kids. The $500 a month obviously did not come right away.
At the time of this writing, it has been two years since I began. Not only did we make money that first year, but we actually made a profit (something my husband never thought would happen). Because I had a full-time job, I had to work really hard at compartmentalizing my life into parts. I sacrificed my time, knowing I was building a strong foundation.
What Has Our Journey In doTERRA Been Like?
These are definitely unchartered waters for us because we are two people who have collected paychecks by showing up for work at public institutions for years. In my opinion, it’s harder for people like us to wrap our brains around network marketing at first, because our income was already at a pretty high level. We had to ask ourselves, “Why are we doing this?”
If you really think about it, network marketing is one of the best and fastest ways to grow a business because a) it already has a product (in our case, an exceptional product), and b) there are usually training programs and mentors who you could call upon if you need help.
With all of those resources, we made a decision to GO FOR IT and jumped in with both feet, which turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
In July of 2014 (exactly a year after I got my first kit), I was making enough money to quit my full-time job at the university and go part-time at another campus. The only reason I was able to do this is because of doTERRA. The simple acts of using the products, sharing their powerful benefits, and showing others on my team how to do the same, were the keys to building a successful, thriving business. As a matter of fact, our team has grown so exponentially, that the part-time job that I’ve been working on the side… quitting my part-time job so I can spend more time on my doTERRA business.
Can You Build A Real Business With doTERRA?
People often ask if doTERRA is a legitimate business opportunity and if you can actually make money doing it. I can tell you first hand that the answer is a resounding Yes!
Aside from what we have been able to accomplish with our health through the oils, we have had the tremendous opportunity to meet some incredible people who God has blessed us through over the years. My upline leaders are making six-figures a year. I’m making at least half of that. And get this, some leaders in this company make six-figures a month. A month! I personally believe that as long as you use the tools, share your love of the oils with others, and teach them how to use them, we have an amazing future in store for us as we continue to help people with healthy solutions and financial freedom.
The best part is that the products sell themselves. So you’re not pushing the products on people or making a hard sale. To me, you are genuinely sharing because you care about others.
Does It Matter What Team I Sign Up On?
Zimple living logo here
I truly believe that it does matter. When it comes to most network marketing companies, the team you join matters a lot! Especially if you want to do it as a business. I have had several people contact me or people on my team to ask how they could join our team because they value the kind of support we give. Support and leadership make a huge difference as you’re getting started with any business, but especially this business.
Our team has a private Facebook page that offers tons of support. We have a mentor program. We have weekly team video calls, since we are all over the globe. We provide business training and one-on-one care. Whether you have business questions, product questions, company questions, etc… you have a huge group of people at your disposal that are ever present and willing to help you along the way.
Do You Have Training Available?
We sure do! We have spent many hours pouring through and getting materials to you to make sure you get the most condensed and informative training available. You can go through online training that helps you keep track of what to do next. We have a mentor program and tools that have already been laid out for us. No need to re-invent the wheel here! Our team is constantly going through the training materials and I’m pleased to report that we have experienced amazing growth this year as a result!
Our team has grown from 10 members at the beginning of 2013 to nearly 1000 in just 2 short years. A large portion of those people are actively growing their own business with doTERRA. But remember that 85% of people who sign up for an account, do so just to get incredible health and wellness products at a discount. Back to the business builders, though…
Another fun thing about our team is that we (Zimple Living Team) have shared so exponentially that our team spans the globe! We have team members in Australia, China, Mexico, Canada, and 27 of the US states. Most of the people on our team share in their own communities, but many reach across borders to share the message of health with those they love and new people they meet every day!
One of the best ways to learn what works is to read what other successful Wellness Advocates have done. A great way to do that is by reading doTERRA’s Leadership Magazine. I had the privilege of writing the Get Inspired article in volume 14, which you can see here:
As I mentioned above I used the products for nearly 6 months before I started sharing them with others. We had witnessed many miraculous things in our home from using these oils. My husband getting his headaches under control, my son getting better after 5 years on a nebulizer, my daughter’s skin finally clearing up after so many months of battling skin conditions, and my own digestive issues that I have finally tamed, and so much more. I knew the products worked, that they were natural, that our current healthcare system was failing, and that people needed these products and that I had information that could help them.
doTERRA is only 7 years old. In the seven short years they have been in business they have grown to be the largest essential oil company in the world. You don’t accomplish that kind of growth if you don’t have products and a company to back it up. By their sixth year, they were a BILLION DOLLAR company. Did you know the only other company to do that by their sixth year was APPLE?
I’m telling you, this is an amazing company. They are unlike any network marketing company I have ever heard of. You can read more about the company here:
doTERRA is now open in the following countries:
- United States
- New Zealand
- French Polynesia
- Costa Rica
- and other parts of Central America
What About the Compensation Plan?
If you are at all familiar with the compensation plan of other network marketing companies, you’ll find this one to be refreshing and rewarding. The basis of the plan is that you don’t succeed unless you help others succeed. This isn’t about being selfish with our health, knowledge, or business. It is about being generous all the way around and that is my favorite part!
With doTERRA’s compensation plan there are 5 ways to make money:
- Retail Profits – They provide you with a website where people can purchase products from you at the retail price. doTERRA ships the products directly to them. Your site will look like this: http://www.mydoterra.com/zimpleliving
- Fast Start Bonus – This is a bonus that doTERRA pays you when someone signs up for their own wholesale membership. You receive 20% on anything they purchase in the first 60 days. This bonus is paid weekly so you get money right away to get you started.
- Power of Three Bonus – When you have three people who enroll in the Loyalty Rewards Program and have an order of 100pv or more and together with your LRP you and those three people’s volume it equals 600pv then doTERRA will pay you $50. When you duplicate that for those three people the bonus increases to $250. If you do that one more time for the new 9 people it will increase to $1500!
- Unilevel Bonus – This doesn’t seem like much at first but it will grow to be the bonus that makes you the most money. You will make from 2%-7% on all purchases after the initial 60 days of a new members enrollment. This will come to you for everyone on your team and is given 7 levels deep. Making 7% on your 7th level (where the most people are) is why you make the most money from this bonus.
- Leadership Bonus – Once you reach a certain rank (the rank of Silver) you enter the Leadership Performance Pools. doTERRA takes a percentage of the money they make each month and divide it among the higher ranks.
If you would like to see a full graphical breakdown of the compensation plan click here: http://www.doterratools.com/documents/CompPlan.pdf
These are the average numbers that each rank makes and the average time frame of how long it takes to achieve. You can certainly move faster than what is listed below. Your commitment and the work you’re willing to do is going to determine what you get in return. At the time of this writing, I am currently at the rank of Platinum with my sights set on Diamond by the end of the year.
When you compare the investment in traditional businesses vs doTERRA’s opportunity there is a HUGE difference. If you’ve even owned a business, you will find that this one is way easier to manage and costs a lot less than our other one to maintain. At minimum it’s about $115 per month. That will generally cover your 100pv LRP order that qualifies you for your bonuses and also includes shipping. That is a very minimal investment when you consider the other business opportunities you could try AND actually succeed at.
The following short video will give you an idea of how you can be empowered with these amazing products. doTERRA essential oils have literally changed our lives. I would love to chat with you to see how they can change yours.
Isn’t it about time you stopped being sick and tired of being sick and tired? I know I was there just two short years ago.
Thank you for taking the time to watch the video. I’m excited for you to begin empowering yourself and your family! I’m here when you are READY FOR ANYTHING!