Monique Vacon is a 26 year old Special Education Paraprofessional, graduate student at Westfield State University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Moderate Disabilities PreK-8. She is also an advocate and educator with Young Living Essential Oils! This week's ChikChat feature is all about Monique, and being an entrepreneur at only 26?! That deserves a HUGE round of applause. She was so cute, and so much fun to interview. You can tell from the start how excited she is to truly share her passion with the world, and how much pride she takes in caring for each and every one of her team members.
1.) Prior to the essential oil business, what type of industry were you involved in?
"I am a teacher who has an essential oils business and rocking both!"
2.) What sparked your interest in opening up your own business?
"I never pictured myself as a small business owner. When I first received my Premium Starter Kit, I went through the 11 oils fast because I was sharing them with my friends and family. Sharing was easy for me and then people started signing up. I am a born giver so to give oily goodness felt incredible!!"
3.) How long have you been in this business?
"I became a member in August of 2017 and officially became a leader in September of 2017. I have a team of over 50 members and I spoil them like crazy!! For education and training for my myself and members, I had the opportunity to attend Young Living Beauty School in Texas to learn everything about our Savvy Minerals makeup line, skincare and beauty. I also met my girl crush, Carmidy- the amazingly talented makeup artist from What Not to Wear and Good Morning America! I was totally fan-girling and learned so much from her that I have shared with my members!"
4.) Have you been located in Western MA your whole life?
"Western Massachusetts born and raised!"
5.) What would you say is your biggest success thus far?
"I don’t think that my BIGGEST success has happened yet. I have had success in my life, I have granted over 30 wishes for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts/Rhode Island, I was Miss Bay State 2016 within the Miss America Organization, and am a Senior Star Leader within Young Living Essential Oils!"
6.) What would you say is your biggest weakness?
"Math and numbers! I was actually diagnosed with a math disability when I was in seventh grade and math still gives me anxiety. Luckily, #theresanoilforthat! Haha"
7.) Could you ever expand past the Western MA area? Would you want to if so?
"I already have! I have amazing members in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Colorado and Arizona. I love how Young Living connects people all over the country!"
8.) You offer so many fun products, do you have a favorite? (OR) What's your favorite part about the business?
"Oh gosh, that’s a tough one! We offer everything from natural skincare, mineral makeup, essential oils, hair care, supplements, diffusers and other wellness products! We have a Seed to Seal promise which means that each plant is hand-weeded, there are no pesticides used, no chemicals, and no weed killers. The plants are harvested at their peak, and ONLY contain pure plant materials! Young Living is also the ONLY oil company that oversees all of the farms where oils are either cold pressed from the rind or steam distilled. The company has so much integrity which is why I fully support and endorse it!"
9.) A little birdie told me you're offering something for new members, can you elaborate?
"Yes! New members this month will receive a magical custom roller of essential oils along with $15 product credit!"
10.) What does it take to become a member?
"Becoming a Young Living member is the greatest deal for whole body wellness! Each essential oil (11 to be exact) supports a different body system and are the highest quality oils in the world!! A YL membership costs $160 (over $350 worth of products) and you will receive: 11 essential oils, choice of a diffuser, 24% off everything, no obligation to sell, packets of Ningxia red (powerhouse antioxidant drink), sample packet of Thieves Cleaner (best cleaner EVER), sample oil bottles, information booklet, access into private oily groups, and a welcome package from yours truly. Become a member with a Premium starter kit and BAM! You will be added into some incredibly awesome groups that will always have your back & support you throughout your oily journey! It's a no brainer!!"
11.) Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs in hopes of starting their own businesses?
"Read The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, take risks, show gratitude and love on your people!"
12.) What is the most rewarding part about your business?
"It is beyond rewarding to hear from my members that oils are supporting them and their families! I love my tribe and am blessed every single day to have such positive, like-minded people in my life!"
13.) Do you enjoy doing anything else in your spare time?
"I have been volunteering since I was a kid and I get a "high" from giving back to the community. Best feeling ever!! I am a very active person whether that is going for a walk, doing a quick 30 min interval workout or tearing it up at Body Combat classes! Yoga completely changed my life when I started my undergraduate program at FSU- more energy, better sleep and of course strength!! I love nothing more than cooking meals in my kitchen. It is an escape for me to be creative and make something yummy! I really enjoy incorporating vitality essential oils into my recipes. Spending time with my family outdoors is my favorite! Hiking, camping, traveling, ziplining, skydiving, kayaking and just exploring nature!"
Be sure to check out this bad ass babe and follow her on all her socials so that you can really get to know her!
Business page: https://www.facebook.com/queenofoils18/
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monique.vacon
"Imagine sleeping better, having more energy, and just feeling like a Queen every single day! I welcome you to join our oily community and learn all about wellness with plant based products. Essential Oils are a total game changer. If you are open to learn more feel free to reach out! I would love to meet you and help your family!!"
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