When she was working full-time as an occupational therapist, Jennifer Coffel would dream about the things she would someday do with her family. It wasn’t until she found Melaleuca that Jennifer found a means to make those dreams a reality.
FOR SIX YEARS, Jen and Paul Coffel tried, without success, to have children. During that time, Jen was working as an occupational therapist, a sometimes frustrating position that often involved more paperwork than it did helping others. In rare moments of calm or while filling out endless reams of paperwork, Jen’s thoughts would drift to her future family.
“I’d think about the types of things I wanted to do with my children,” Jen says. “When we finally had a child, I sold my practice so I could be at home with her. But after two years, we’d completely gone through the money from the sale of my practice, and we were about $1,000 short on our bills. So, I couldn’t afford to do the things with my children I wanted to.”
Lucky for Jen and her family, she found Melaleuca. Right away, she discovered The Wellness Company’s refreshing potential for enhancing lives.
“I went into occupational therapy because I wanted to help people, but I had to spend so much time just documenting what I was doing,” she says. “With Melaleuca, it’s nice to have a business where I don’t have to do that all the time; I can focus on really making a difference in others’ lives.”
As she built her business, Jen’s Melaleuca check met and then exceeded her family’s immediate financial needs. As the Coffels started hacking away at their debts, their financial stress began to dissipate and a light appeared at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Perhaps more importantly, Jen began doing things with her children that she always wanted to do.
“My daughters enjoy dance and gymnastics, my son is developing computer games and attending high-tech camps during the summer, and we’ve taken a lot of family vacations—some of our favorites include Walt Disney World®, Mexico, and the New Jersey shore,” Jen says. “All of those things cost money, and some of them are really expensive. But thanks to Melaleuca, we have the freedom to do those things.”
Now, the Coffels’ monthly Melaleuca check is $30,723, and their debts are almost completely paid off.
But Jen says Melaleuca hasn’t just changed her life financially. She’s a different person today, she says, because she’s building a business.
“I’ve always been a very quiet person,” she says. “I’m not the type to walk up to strangers and strike up a conversation. But thanks to Melaleuca, I have a lot of friends I never would’ve met before, I’ve developed leadership skills I never thought I’d have, and I’ve helped a lot of other business builders see their own potential.”(This article is from the May 2012 issue of Leadership In Action magazine)