HI BEAUTIFUL. I'M ALICE ABBA
+ I'm a Mum to 2 girls (Quinn and Mackenzie)
+ I'll take couch hangs over networking events any day
+ I'm a happiness + biz mentor, a wellness guide (using my fave tools: essential oils) and a doTERRA DIAMOND leader
+ Coffee is my spirit animal (long black with pouring cream, thanks)
+ I've been hanging out with my love for over 10 years and decided to marry him in 2011. It's going kinda well (haha.....jokes).
+ I decided to trade in my fulltime job in wellness (managing a part of a billion dollar yoga company) and grow a biz that people were pretty suspicious of. 2 years later, those same people are now asking if they can join my tribe and learn how I built a beautiful biz while in my stretchy pants.
+ Currently living in Burleigh Heads, Australia and mapping out our fam Bali + Canada adventure for 2018.
But that's just the short story.
So, back in early 2014 I was just returning to work after 6 and a half months on maternity leave with my first daughter Quinn.
I was going back to a job I absolutely adored with this lil billion dollar yoga brand you may have heard of…lululemon athletica. And while I felt my heart break about leaving my daughter for the first time (especially with her being so tiny), I was also so excited to be heading back into grown -up land. Being able to eat whenever I wanted and having the freedom to go to the toilet without a baby hanging off me sounded like heaven. And at first it truly was.
I was constantly surrounded by incredible new friends, I was paid to practice yoga, and I lived in stretchy pants all day. Every day. But I slowly felt things shifting after almost a year of juggling two very demanding roles (motherhood + managing a $3 million dollar business). I noticed more and more that I was feeling torn, exhausted, misunderstood. And I felt like I was doing a shitty job both at work and at home.
While I craved joy, abundance, energy, connection and purpose, I just felt conflicted, misunderstood, exhausted and broke.
And when I say broke, we were really broke. We were getting the maximum government assistance payout and were still struggling to make ends meet. We were in a constant cycle of paying bills and struggling. From the outside it looked like we were doing fine…..beautiful family, good job with a good company. But we hid a lot of the financial stress really well and, over time, it affected us physically and emotionally.
When we discovered I was pregnant with our second daughter, it gave me an opportunity to reflect on what I wanted my future with my husband and my daughter (and new babe on the way) to look like. I went on maternity leave early (at 7 months pregnant) with the intention of utilising that time to start my doTERRA business. Yes, that’s an incredibly inconvenient time to be pursuing a passion business…..except it’s not when the pull is so strong that you can’t ignore it.
The oils to begin with were a beautiful natural product that I aligned with, but that was it. Then after months and now 2 years into my business, I struggle to think about what I’d do without these pure therapeutic oils in my life. Motherhood has been one hell of a ride for me and with a lot of mental illness in my family, it’s been important for me to be in the practice of taking care of my body and emotions so that I can be the most fully present Mum possible for my girls. I know how i treat myself models how they will treat themselves in the future too so we weave in lots of self care into life these days. It’s not a luxury in our home take care of ourselves.
I have grown a large tribe (The Happy Collective) of incredible of 2000 women (and a few guys) around the world who all share this same high vibe lifestyle and love for essential oils. And I also mentor a percentage of those people who are interested in turning their love for the oils into a business, just like I have.
This isn’t your average product biz where you host a few parties and get some free stuff. Nope. I actually replaced my full-time senior manager salary just by educating, inspiring and empowering others within 12 months of official maternity leave. At 2 years into my business I am a Diamond Leader with doTERRA and earn on average $12,000 per month (the annual revenue for my business is just over $1 million dollars) . I feel it‘s important to share these numbers with transparency to show you that very real abundance can be created in this business - and when we are free of the heaviness of debt and struggle with money, money allows us to truly show up in the world.
To live freely. To lead ourselves and others. And to give back in a big way.
And all of this….I created during nap times, with two small babes by my side.
I’m so grateful for these essential oils and this biz that allowed me to experience more presence with my two girls without sacrificing my feeling of purpose (beyond the Motherhood title) or my ability to create a solid income for myself. I’m grateful that I don’t have to compromise or even have it all. I just get to lead and live my way. And I’m so excited and grateful to be able to guide you in your own Authentic Network Marketing business too.
PS.....about that time I set a goal to speak at doTERRA's Leadership Retreat on the topic of Happiness in Leadership. And then 2 years later it actually happened (check it out ---- >) xox