Mom Blogger Hired by Shaklee

Mom Blogger Hired by Shaklee

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Big news –for me anyhow because I am making an official career change that has been underway for a few weeks now. For over 15 years I have been working with children and have a Masters in Early Childhood along with a Michigan teaching certificate. When I started blogging I literally fell for social media and have devoured every book, webinar, conference and opportunity that has come my way. I have felt like a pioneer finding my way through this jungle and loving every minute of the adventure. I’ve written a children’s book about being a blogger, I’ve spoken at conferences, been featured in books and articles, consulted and have been hired as a brand ambassador by a few companies (the official list is here and here).  I make money and I love how my business has flourished but I’ve also been juggling my career in education and it has been exhausting to do both.

Taking the Fork in the Road

Not anymore!! In June I attended a meeting with Shaklee in California, along with 9 other amazing women as an advisory team for the company. For me this was a great experience because three years ago I was a Shaklee Distributor and successful. In fact, Shaklee led me to blogging because I wanted to take my business online. This is how I met Colleen with Classy Mommy and several other blogging friends because they reviewed Shaklee products for me. My blogging business grew and my Shaklee business fell to the wayside. I continued to sell product and use the products but I no longer actively built the business or promoted Shaklee online – I took a different path that was working well for me at the time.

I am pleased to say that I am now a full-time consultant for Shaklee as their social media manager, blogging relations. I will no longer be juggling two different career paths but can be fully emerged into the world of blogging and social media. I will maintain my blog, social networks and book while consulting for Shaklee helping them with social media strategy, affiliate marketing and building relationships with bloggers. A dream come true job for me that lets me do everything I love to do with a company that I first started working with when I began blogging!

Mom Bloggers are Pioneers

Everything has come full circle for me and I truly believe it is because I was brave enough to try, accept I might fail, learn from others and teach myself through books, articles, webinars and conferences.  I remember Jessica Gottlieb making a video of her in her car talking to mom bloggers about making their own rules, doing something for more than a Barbie or to tell others that Barbie is on sale. I remember this video because it reminded me of how mom bloggers are indeed pioneers and for some of us the goal is to get hired, others want to run their own businesses or start a business with other bloggers. We all have to make decisions for ourselves and our families and to most of all honor ourselves. I think it is amazing we have mom bloggers being hired to work with brands, companies and PR firms and here are a few great examples:

Catherine of Her Bad Mother – hired to work with Babble and is moving to NYC.

Kristen Chase – hired to work with Johnson and Johnson.

MJ Tam – hired to work with Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

Jennifer Hutcheson– hired to work digital media strategist for the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

Jessica Smith – hired as the Regional Manager for the Washington, DC Plum District.

Image Credits:  Fotolia and Shaklee.com

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for Freshbaby.com and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.

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  • Arianne Segerman

    Congrats lady! My parents are Shaklee distributors and absolutely love the company. Very happy for you and so glad I’ve been able to watch your success from the sidelines along the way. Good on ya. <3

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Arianne! That is so neat about your parents! Thanks for your support, this is an amazing opportunity to do what I love and keep working with bloggers while I continue to blog!

  • Lynn from Organicmania

    Congrats Sommer! How wonderful that everything worked out this way – for you and for Shaklee!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Lynn!

  • Monique

    Congrats!

  • Bigbinderblog

    I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh thank you Karen! Will you be at the annual conference?

  • Way to go Sommer!! Wishing you all the happiness in the world!!

  • Karen Hanrahan

    great fit …for both Shaklee and you!

  • Anonymous

    Well, Sommer,
    We cannot tell you how happy we are to have you…back.
    I understand you will be at conference.
    I sent you an e-mail hoping to catch up with you there.
    Maybe you , Jane and I can have lunch or coffee.
    Here’s my e-mail in case you don’t have my current one.
    kathiminsky@cox.net
    If you have a bit of time, I’ll sent you my cell number and we can connect.
    See you in DC,
    Kathi

  • Congratulations!  Very inspiring to hear of your good news.  All the best!

  • Congratulations!  Very inspiring to hear your good news and see your dedication pay off.  Wishing you all the best!

  • Sommer, many bloggers I knew who were contacted about going
    to the event thought that the invite and Shaklee were a scam and
    that the company looked shady. I had to tell them that Shaklee’s a great company and totally legit. Sounds like you’ll have a lot of work to do changing perceptions about them! Congrats!!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Anne-Marie! Thanks for that information, yes the generation x mom population just doesn’t know of Shaklee and that it has been around for over 50 years and is indeed legit! I’m excited for this challenge and honored to be working with such a great company!

  • Congrats to you Sommer! This is so wonderful and truly well deserved. Some day I aspire to find this kind of success…..you are among some amazing and successful women whom I admire.

  • Congrats Sommer!  That’s great news.

  • I know this was written awhile ago, but I just wanted to say how awesome!  I love Shaklee!  Shaklee helped me to heal after being on so many antibiotics from an E.Coli infection.  We use the household products and just signed up to sell Shaklee.  🙂

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