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Dream Bigger


Article by Jody Pear

Photography by Jody Pear, Traci Bott, and Kristen DeVooght

Can you imagine working for a company that has the vision to unite and inspire the world through gratitude? Wouldn’t it be amazing to work and connect with others who long to motivate and inspire our greater community to take action and generate positive change by partnering with visionary organizations in the areas of education, children, and families that are improving the world?

That company is Monat, and I found one of its market partners, Kristen DeVooght, who embodies this inspiring vision and mission.

Monat cares about making life beautiful. It has created a movement and a culture of people who want to inspire and support others to live with purpose and joy.

I am so captivated with this company that specializes in hair care, skin care, and wellness that I asked Kristen to sit down with me and tell me more. Here is what she had to say:

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"Looking back three years ago, to the beginning of my journey with Monat, I was in a much different situation than today. I’d like to say there was a magical moment that inspired me to get involved with this company, but like many other women, I was unhappy with my hair, and the opportunity to make more money was a bonus.

Those reasons feel superficial to me as I say them now, but I was excited to dive right in as a market partner. At the time, I didn’t understand that Monat’s mission would help me to see that their impact is so much bigger than me. When people join Monat, they quickly embody the value of making life better, wherever you go, and shampoo sales will follow.

I’m evolving and learning to dream bigger, to see that I can personally impact thousands of people by helping them feel more joy in their life, offering them an opportunity to improve their financial status, and opening the door to their dreams. My purpose is to help women become the best version of themselves, to not allow fear to get in their way, and to inspire them to stop hiding in the shadows of their roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, or friend."

"Prior to my journey into network marketing, I didn’t consistently feel intrinsic joy, and now I do, but it didn’t come without struggles. Monat promotes self-development. They help us feel joyful and to see the impact we can make. I have learned to let go of guilt and follow my dreams outside of my mom duties and to allow myself the time for self-care and nurturing. This deep sense of fulfillment trickles into all aspects of my life because now I’m a better wife, sister, daughter, and mother. I’m a coach and mentor to other women, teaching them how they can do the same. 

Monat truly cares about humans and making their lives better.

They believe that every person has a unique gift to share with the world. There are nurses, photographers, designers, stay-at-home moms, all wanting to join the company because it complements what they’re already doing. Monat is a company of  sharers, and you can decide if you want to be part of it. They inspire us to ask, “how can I help?” and they teach us to see our paycheck as a direct reflection of the number of problems we solve.

Monat’s business model is not unlike that of a real estate agency or financial planner and many other common services and sales methods. They offer three ways to join: as a retailer, welcoming all stylists, health and wellness professionals; as a VIP who can enjoy 15% off of products and free shipping; and as a market partner who can build their business with Monat. 

One of the many reasons that I am proud to work with Monat is because when they learned that a key ingredient in one of their vitamin supplements was no longer available, they didn’t settle for an alternative. Instead, they took the item off the market. They have very high standards and want 100% control of their products. Owning their own manufacturing, distribution, and research helps them do this. They partner with third-party labs who test safety and efficacy in isolation and in combination. Monat invests financial significant resources to have this testing done so they can be assured they are offering a safe product line.

People with immune disorders and cancer survivors who are trying to rid their body of toxins truly appreciate hearing about this safe alternative. We’re actually doing a disservice not to share the benefits of this product line with others.

Another impressive aspect is their 30-day guarantee. They do not ever want a customer to experience buyer’s remorse with any of their products. If, for any reason, you are not completely happy with your purchase, you can return the empty bottles within 30 days for a full refund. In over $1 billion in sales, their return rate is less than 1%."

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"I am so proud to contribute to the culture of educating others. Most people aren’t aware that shampooing is actually a two-step cleansing process and that they should allow approximately seven months to fully realize how their hair quality will improve with consistent use. My hair was severely damaged, and it was just something I dealt with by wearing it up every day. I’ll never forget how I felt when people started complimenting me on my hair because it started to look healthy and become manageable. For the first time in my life, I was gaining the confidence to wear it down. Appreciating the volume of my hair was a new experience for me, and I’m not alone. I have met more women than you can imagine who are embarrassed or ashamed of their hair so deeply that it affects how they experience their daily life.

The market partner who helped me launch my business drove for an hour to come to my house because there was no other team member in the area. It is such a supportive and inclusive culture of 200,000 passionate market partners in the U.S. today.

Monat is the key that unlocked my passions for building community, having fun, sharing knowledge, celebrating life, and pursuing my dreams.

I get to treat others the way I want to be treated. I’ve been known to invite my friends over, in their PJs, for an evening of mini facials and sipping their favorite wine, and one time, I hosted a floral arrangement class in time for Thanksgiving. It’s about connection and sharing. The events I host are duplicatable, and I encourage the market partners in my community to let their imagination soar and do what speaks to their heart. It’s the ripple effect of a supportive culture and collaboration over competition, and we’re all here to cheer each other on."

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I’m so grateful for Monat, how my life has changed and how I’ve seen other life’s change as a result of using or selling these products. It’s a gateway to connection, inspiration, motivation, community, knowledge, and fulfilling your dreams.
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