Emily Vavra is one badass babe
PRUNE: At age 31, you’ve had a large career already. Where did it all begin?
EMILY: At the age of 23 I found myself completely lost. At that time, I was working as a full time massage therapist and a nanny in Minnesota. I lived everyday trying to “get through the day” instead of being fulfilled. I desperately wanted to live with purpose and build something that was meaningful to me. It wasn’t until I met someone that was doing what I wanted to do, or should I say living the way I wanted to live, that everything changed for me.
She was her own boss. Designed her days, decided who she wanted to work with, traveled, and was building her own empire. All in the “health-field” which I was already passionate about. I believe if you don’t have your health - then what do you have? Second to that, she was also helping people create financial freedom. Helping people earn a residual income. That is what I wanted - so I moved in with my her. I created an office in the corner of the living room, made myself a vision board, wrote myself a check for 1 million dollars to visibly see and got every personal development book you can think of and started my business.
PRUNE: 8 years of network marketing means 8 years of life lessons. What are your biggest takeaways from this experience thus far?
EMILY: I have a lot of takeways but one that trumps them all - at the end you have to take care of your people. Culture wins every time. Provide them with a great environment to grow, to be fully themselves, but also challenge them to think differently. There needs to be a good balance of both elements. Come as you are and at the same time don’t remain as you are. We want you to grow here. Grow yourself and grow your income.
PRUNE: How would you explain your job to a stranger?
EMILY: I lead a health and wellness organization with those who have chosen to make an impact. We connect people to advanced nutrition systems for any variety of health goals ranging from weight loss to performance. Through the brilliance of network marketing, I have partnered with them in creating residual wealth, leading a nutrition team of their own.
PRUNE: You’ve helped over 140,000 customers and distributers thus far. What is your overall career goal?
EMILY: To help 100 people earn a 6 and 7 figure residual income to start. But what I really long for is to help change people’s lives. I want to help people know that they can have, be, and do anything in this world that they want. I know it may sound cliche but the amount of people I communicate with daily that have lost all hope, don’t have self-confidence, and feel lost, is staggering and saddening. I want to make a massive impact on millions of lives. I want to be a change agent for good in this world.
PRUNE: You’ve shared the stage with big names including Tony Robbins and Richard Branson. Talk to us about these moments and how they impacted you.
EMILY: It honestly empowered the heck out of me. I realized that in these moments the power of consistency and persistence. The power of the late nights, early mornings, endless meetings, moments of rejection, times where I "put myself out there" not knowing how I’d be received. When I sit back and think of the journey thus far... I smile. I feel good. Simply because I’ve tried to make it all about people and impact. I think to myself: How can I bless someone? How can I help someone? I constantly allow myself to go DEEP within. Not for me but for them. I believe when you do things for the right reasons, to the best of your ability, you get rewarded those things. Being on stage with the greats is priceless. I strive to surround myself with great people who are changing the world.
PRUNE: Who is your biggest influence in the industry?
EMILY: I have a great deal of people I look up to: funny enough she's not really in my industry however, Gwen Stefani inspires the heck out of me. Her style, grace, badassery - it gets me excited. I also adore how she has never stopped fighting for finding love. No matter how big she gets she has humility. I spent some time with her backstage once - truly an amazing experience that I will never forget - and I was so happy to know she's a down-to-earth QUEEN.
PRUNE: You founded the “Come As You Are” clothing line, talk to us about this line.
EMILY: One question I continue to get asked while being interviewed is “what is one of your biggest secrets to success?” - what comes to mind is LOVING people for WHO they are! Accepting them for where they are at. Really SEEING people. Hearing their desires, hearts, pain…all of it. After all, we’re all humans just trying to find our place in this world.
Growing up, I was raised by a single Mom who showcased love for EVERYONE. She never put labels or standards on people. She made everyone feel loved and accepted; treating the janitor the same as the CEO. This attitude embodies what and why we are here, not only accepting others as they are but most importantly KNOWING who YOU are in your own individual journey. We all have burdens, we have all wandered, we have all been broken hearted, and that is what makes everyone beautiful. Perfectly imperfect! Everyone is welcome to come. There is room for you here. That is why you wear this brand… YOU have a voice, come from wherever you are. Just come as you are.
I wanted to create this line as a reminder for people - to get people talking - how are you showing up in the world? How are you treating others? To remind people to have more thought provoking conversations. To dig deeper. Love harder.
PRUNE: You traveled to Uganda to collaborate with communities to improve healthcare, education, and empowerment programs for women and children. Talk to us about this experience and how it impacted you.
EMILY: Literally changed my life! I hope everyone creates the opportunity for themselves to journey to a 3rd world Country.
At the time, I was at a place where I felt a little stagnant. I had everything I could ever want. The car. The home. The ocean view.... blah. I needed a change. As soon as I traveled to Uganda I realized #1 how ungrateful I had become and #2 how small I was playing. There are so many people to help. So much work to be done. It gave me the perspective I needed to find another fire inside of my belly - when you see the way people live with so very little and how happy they are despite all the situations they face from water issues to dealing with HIV to young girls not knowing their bodies are their own. You definitely see the world differently.
PRUNE: Advice to someone looking to follow your footsteps?
EMILY: I would say to find someone who has what you want and get as close to them a possible. Study them. Listen to them and LEARN! Having mentors in life is the KEY to success.
I would also suggest, if you have an entrepreneurial bone in your body, and you have no idea where to start, Network Marketing is not perfect, but it’s better than any other form of entrepreneurship for the average person.
And that is not just my opinion. I can back it up with these eight points:
*The initial investment is low compared to traditional business.
*Network Marketing has the potential for unlimited upside.
*The product is already created for you.
*Incredible leverage with your time and your team.
*The support is already there for you.
*You can start with almost no skills, and you learn as you grow.
*You have the flexibility to work in your own time.
*There is a safety net. If it doesn’t work out for you, most companies will give 90% of your money back within the first year.
So, if you’ve ever thought about being an entrepreneur, where else can you flex your muscles to see if you’ve got the chops? Network Marketing is low risk and high reward.