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Why I Left Young Living

Published January 22, 2019 by Maryanne


Perhaps “left” is a strong word. I didn’t exactly “leave” Young Living. I just decided to forfeit my status as a Young Living Star and save $100+ per month.

When I was first exposed to Young Living oils,  it wasn’t a bad thing. I loved the oils. And I still do. For four years I was excited to try various oils each month as well their soaps and body lotions, which are incredible.

Sales is not my forte, but I did manage to get a few people on my down line simply by speaking, organically about the oils and products in passing. I had a decent run of receiving small checks each month as well as free product for accumulating reward points.

There were times when I had a full bathroom cupboard stocked with about four YL toothpastes, five soaps, and three body lotions. In my kitchen cupboard were over 20 oils from their Vitality line that I’d never use in food because they are way too potent. Honestly, I’d rather use fresh herbs as spices than Young Living oils. And while some oils are great to use to help you get over certain ailments, hey, I’m a very healthy person. So, to be honest, I rarely use Young Living oils for my health! And, finally, there was all the stuff I’d never try–stuff I just wasn’t interested in. Currently, I have some favorite oils that I use as perfumes, but they are definitely going to last for at least the next 10 months.

When I gave up my Star status, and forfeited my Essential Rewards and the ability to get a check each month, which had now dwindled because the people on my down line who purchased the most had also left, I stayed on board because as I said, I do like their stuff. But four months later, there must be close to 100 bottles of oils in my house that I rarely use! When I thought about their fabulous body lotions, I signed in to get some for the winter. Then realized, there are body lotions by other companies that are just as clean and smell just as lovely, but cheaper.  I didn’t order anything. But who knows if I will in the future? As of now, I’m just not feeling it.

But, then, the biggest reason of all–Young Living is not my passion or my dream job.

When it comes to work, there are two things–and two things only–that I am passionate about. That’s writing and public speaking. I’ve been incredibly blessed that I’ve been able to make a living as a writer since 1995. Not that many people are as fortunate. For me to give up writing and public speaking, to invest in Young Living full time would be like Cher doing  infomercials; a total waste of talent!

Why on earth would I want to sell oils when I could be (and am!) writing books?! It just doesn’t make sense, right?

For years, in the business world, people have been saying, “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life.” Well, that’s me, especially since I ditched Young Living.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is a motivational speaker and the author of “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” which addresses her experiences with being bullied. You can order the book from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

Her next book “BeExtraordinary” will be published in October 2019 by KiCam. To pre-order or visit the landing page, go here: https://kicamprojects.com/shop/be-extraordinary/

To book Maryanne for a speaking engagement, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com





My Guest Appearance on “The Bright Side with Tekneshia Day”

Published March 24, 2014 by Maryanne

TekneshiaBlog Talk radio host, Tekneshia Day

I had a fabulous interview earlier today with Tekneshia Day.

In addition to promoting my book, “On the Guest List: Adventures of a Music Journalist” and my company Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com) we spoke about so many great things and I mentioned quite a few people who were positive influences to me in school, the music world and in publishing — as well as anti-bullying! What a great show, what a blessing, life is good!

Here is the blog radio archive for anyone who wants to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/tekneshiaday/2014/03/24/on-the-guest-list-adventures-of-a-music-journalist-with-maryanne-christiano

Another Satisified Customer!

Published April 19, 2013 by Maryanne

testimonialsNothing makes me happier than ending the week on a HIGH note!

This week I edited a business book and just met with the client who wrote it.  He was very pleased with my work and said I’ll be hearing from him again for his next book.

So, we interrupt your regular blog reading for just another shameless plug for my home-based business, Pear Tree Enterprises (http://www.peartreeenterprises.com/) in business since August 2008 – writing, editing and managing senior entertainers.

Anyone need an editor or proofreader? I am fast, giving you the most bang for your buck. Free phone consultations; and the first chapter is always FREE! And if we work together you get to be in my newsletter free of charge. Can’t beat that!

And if all that ain’t cool enough, you also get invited to the end of the year Pear Tree luncheon if you are in the area. All my clients get to meet each other and enjoy a nice meal together at a healthy restaurant (but delicious enough for junk food junkies to enjoy).

Come, be my client and be a part of the Pear Tree fun and professionalism!

I’m dependable and gossip free!

Email me: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Rates are reasonable!

The Four Types of Clients You’ll Encounter

Published March 20, 2013 by Maryanne

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Here’s my most recent business column published in the Verona/Cedar Grove Patch online: http://verona.patch.com/blog_posts/the-four-types-of-clients-youll-encounter

And I am available for small business consulting! My rates are cheaper than competitive rates. Email me for more details at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com

Business Media

Published March 15, 2013 by Maryanne

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Hello all!

Okay, here’s the scoop … in the past I never liked Face Book, Twitter or Linked-In. I used them for three years and honestly, I deleted them because I get the most work via my personal website/newsletter: www.peartreeenterprises.com

In fact, 100 percent of my “repeat” clients are through my website, so I have been getting by without the use of Face Book, Twitter or Linked-In.

But seems as I’ll be doing more promotional work with clients, it’s important that I have a presence on these social networks.

So, if anyone wants to connect via these social media links for business reasons, please do so. (Note: I’m using these links for business, not social so in reality they should be called “business media” — not “social media” — but whatever!).

Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pear-Tree-Enterprises/357007674408601

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PearTreeEnt

And find me on Linked-In: Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

Let’s all help each other build!

My skills: writing, editing, ghost writing, typing, proofreading, marketing/sales, personal assistance.

And if anyone needs a 40+ model, I’m available. Check out the cool photos I did with photographer Darlene Foster on my Pinterest page! http://pinterest.com/mrsmistretta/darlene-foster-photos-i-modeled-for/



World’s Best Boss: YOU!

Published March 13, 2013 by Maryanne

World's Best BossThe other day my blog focused on having your own home-based business and how much fun it could be.

Today I want to share that I’ve been accepted to write a weekly business column at the Verona-Cedar Grove Patch online!

This column will come out once a week, probably early in the week, to give people a firsthand taste of what it’s like running your own home-based business.

Here is the first installment, enjoy!


If you have any questions or topics you’d like to suggest, drop me a line. I’ll also be interviewing other home-business owners, so if that’s you, let me know and we’ll set something up! (Mind you, this is NOT to promote anyone’s business, or my own, just to inspire people!)


5-Star Work Day

Published March 12, 2013 by Maryanne

sdc128501Me, last summer, at an old fashioned computer

As some of you may have sensed, I love to work. And for some of you who have read the “About” section, know that for the past five years I’ve been running my own home based business, Pear Tree Enterprises (www.peartreeenterprises.com).

Running your own business always has it’s ups and downs, but nothing beats being your own boss, choosing when you have a day off or when to take a vacation and having your name on something official.

Five years ago I left a job in journalism, then briefly worked full-time in a health food store (big mistake) then decided to work for myself and have been happy ever since, combining all my talents into one home-based business: writing, proofreading, editing, managing musicians and promoting and marketing. And sometimes I work as a model too. At 49, I find that such a blessing!

Yesterday was totally one of those, “I love my career kinda days. I spent the day concentrating on my musicians and ended up getting bookings for all four of them! One of them will be visiting Australia for over a month and I was assuming I may not be representing her during that time. But we talked on the phone yesterday and she said she was paying me in advance so I can continue managing her career during that time!

Then I finished up a research project for an author and continued ghost writing for another author. It was one of those days where you go to bed completely fulfilled!

Now that I’m all caught up, I’m taking the time today to go to an “Email Marketing” seminar. I haven’t gone to a seminar for my business in a few years, so I am excited to go to this.

Last time I went to a business workshop I made a great connection with Sean Carroll (http://www.seancarrollspeaker.com/) and we are email friends to this day. I highly recommend getting on his email list because he offers so much wisdom in regard to running your own business.

Which brings me to … I was offered by an editor of an online newspaper to write a column on running your home-based business! I am seriously taking him up on that. So stay tuned, if you are considering starting your own home-based business.

It’s not always peaches and cream, but to wake up every day knowing you’re getting paid what you’re worth, being your own boss and loving every working day is well worth the ups and downs! That peace of mind you’ll have is worth GOLD!