100K in Residual Income with AmeriPlan… Done!!

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cadillac2100K in residual income… wow!!!  WHAT a year it has been!! A new Cadillac, I got married, hit RVP and 75K, just bought a new house and now 100K! I’m so very grateful for this life that AmeriPlan has given me the opportunity to design. I always KNEW this day would come, it was never a matter of IF for me, just a matter of when. That belief system along with a never ending level of consistency, a good attitude and THE BEST TEAM ON THE PLANET is why I am sitting here writing this! And I have to admit, this feels good. It feels really good:)

When I first started this business in 2006, I was a stay at home mom of a two and five year old. I was in a very bad marriage and needed to find a way out, but living the typical single parent lifestyle and letting my kids be raised in daycare centers did not appeal to me at all. We deserved better! So I started looking for a better way, a Plan B. I had been looking for work at home for about two years when I found AmeriPlan. I wouldn’t give anything a try, I was a huge skeptic. When I found AmeriPlan, I got excited! I had finally found a company with elite credentials that operated with integrity. I had found my Ameri “Plan B”!! I came into this business with absolutely NO experience, a HUGE phone fear, no internet marketing skills, no knowledge of the industry, to say I was green is an understatement. But what I did have was a phenomenal attitude and a willingness to learn and GET GOOD at this!! I knew that if someone else was out there doing this successfully, that I could too. I never doubted that for a second. So I got busy, didn’t make excuses and never looked back!!

My journey with AmeriPlan has been amazing, but it hasn’t always been easy. I hit many obstacles and made a lot of mistakes. But I jumped right over the obstacles and decided to turn my mistakes into opportunities to learn and get better. A few months into my business, I went through a divorce, had to give up our home, my kids had to change schools and I had to get a full time job outside of the home about an hour and a half across town. My days were very hectic, I was truly a part of the single mom, rat race. I would sit in my car on my lunch breaks and make my calls. I enrolled a lot of people in that parking lot in the hot, Florida sun! There is no doubt that it was challenging. BUT, I KNEW that it was only temporary! I KNEW that making the sacrifices would be worth it! I set a goal to replace that income in twelve months and come back home to my kids. I didn’t reach that goal in 12 months but I did in 14 months!! The next few months were incredible… home with my kids, building a business that I love, life was good:)

But a couple months later, my family faced a huge tragedy. My little sister, who was only 28 years old, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Because of AmeriPlan, I was able to spend just about everyday of her last 10 months of her life with her. I would pack up my laptop and phone and just go be with her. We laughed, we cried, we reminisced, that time was priceless to me. It was time that I was not going to get back. If I had still been working at a job, I wouldn’t have been able to do that. During that time, I kept working my AmeriPlan business, even if it was just a little everyday. Having the blessing of residual income during that time was HUGE for me. My check still came, my check still grew. THAT is the power of what we are working for here! And during that time, my AmeriPlan family showered me with so much love! I had already known that AmeriPlan was my home but that was just another confirmation that I was exactly where I needed to be!! This is SO much more than a business!!

Of course there are so many that have helped me reach this goal:

A HUGE thank you to my AmeriPlan mom and dad, Janie and Michael:) WHAT would I do without you!! You have been my inspiration from day one! You’ve helped me in so many ways and I’m just so incredibly grateful for both of you. Thank you for always believing in me. You have changed my life and I love you both!

Dennis and Daniel, thank you for this opportunity!!! I hope you realize how many lives your vision has changed and will continue to change. Thank you for giving us all the tools this year to take our businesses to a whole new level… the best compensation plan EVER, the Cadillac Club, all the bonuses and the promotions. I appreciate you both!!

The corporate staff, thank you for all that you do for us behind the scenes everyday!

To my husband Jason, thank you for believing in me and AmeriPlan and for putting up with my “I’m not going to stop working until it’s done” attitude:)

To my babies, Brittani and Landon, you are my everything and the whole reason why I work this so hard everyday! Thank you so much for being so patient and for cheering me on while mommy built our business!! We did it!!!

To my AmeriPlan sisters, Kelly O’Donnell, Maria Rappa, Patti Triplett, Jayme Boyles, Terri Medine-Dunlap, Michelle Stefferson, Winnie Woody, Kathleen Strooband, Amy Jacobs, Kim Blessing, Rotonya Jackson, Theresa Swendra, Michelle Everett, Ildi Veres, Brittany Winfree, Debbie Hanson, Lisa Simpson, Laurie Krawczyk and my AmeriPlan brother, David Mayo – Thank you all for being by my side and making this business SO much fun!! I can’t wait for convention!! :)

To my incredible, unstoppable team, which I wish I could list EVERY single one of your names here, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for sharing this vision with me and for being a part of my life!! I would NOT be here without you!!! You are all so very special to me and I am TRULY looking forward to seeing you all reach new levels in 2013!!

For everyone working on their AmeriPlan dream, you can do this too! I am not anything extraordinary, I’ve just been here a little longer than you. Get to work, make sacrifices, don’t make excuses and don’t let people steal your dreams! They are YOUR dreams and YOU are in control of them!! Be the leader, stay laser focused and keep pressing forward!! It is ALL SO VERY WORTH IT!!! If you want this, GO GET IT!! There is so much opportunity in AmeriPlan right now! We can’t wait to see ALL of you earning 100K and beyond!!
GAME is ON!!!

Lots of love,

Kristie DeGraw
Regional Vice President

100K Founders Club (This is the first time I’ve typed that!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!)