Scentsy Leadership 2015: Thoughts
So its been a few weeks since I returned from the Scentsy Leadership Retreat in Cancun Mexico at the Moon Palace Resort and Spa. I was a Can Do Cancun Trip Winner so I didn't have to pay anything for my trip. In fact I figured it out and only ended up spending a grand total of £90 and that included an unexpected night in Canada with -30 degree weather and an excursion on my last day in Mexico.
Travel has always been an important part of my life. I love getting off the beaten track although I do love the pampering as well.
The trip was quite short, I spent more time traveling there than I did actually being there but the 3 days I was there was pretty amazing.
Next year I'm going to spend a lot longer. Due to the whole jet lag thing for one and the distance, I really want to make it a proper yearly trip of mine. I think I'll end up visiting more and more of Mexico each time. There's so many things I didnt get to see like Tulum and in the surrounding Yutacan Peninsula there's a lot. About 1/2 of the leadership was training, 1/2 relaxing. I spent 1/2 a day at the pool and then a full day travelling to Coba, the Cenote Ik Kil and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza. I LOVED it and especially climbing up to the top of Coba was a real highlight for me. I would have never been able to afford a trip like this without Scentsy's help. The Moon Palace Resort is £500 a night. I just cannot afford this, what real people can afford it to be honest? It was all inclusive, food, drinks and cocktails, everything.
The first day I felt quite overwhelmed with all of the people. I felt like a little fish in a big pond. There were so many Scentsy consultants there from the USA and Canada and I didnt know any of them. People were talking about their huge team sizes and how well they were doing and I felt awkward and out of place and probably a little tired because of jet lag.
Lunch was for the Can Do Cancun winners which was myself. It was nice to have a little awards lunch and they served a mix of Mexican and other foods.
The afternoon I had the privilege of hearing John O'Leary speak. I then realised why I was meant to go to Leadership to hear him. The things he talked about were things I've been struggling with recently in my life and he talked about hope and changing our perspective from being a victim to a victor. Everything he said really helped me a lot. He spoke at the USA Scentsy Convention as well. Here's a snippet of that talk. I'd encourage you to read anything you can about John as he's so inspirational. Everything he talked about hit my heart quite deeply.
Tuesday Night was free night so I went and had dinner and just relaxed.
Wednesday was 1/2 day of Breakout Sessions. I went and heard my dear friend from the UK, Jacqui talk about leadership and connection and kindness. She talked about how we need to work on our inside selves first and our external businesses and lives will follow. I REALLY needed it, really needed to hear what she said. I then went to another session by Joal Curtis where he talked about leadership styles which was fantastic. I then went to an organisational and goal setting session. Each session there was a lot of aha moments and I felt good and like I needed to hear it.
Wednesday afternoon I spent the entire afternoon next to the pool. I then went and had dinner and was unexpectedly joined by Heidi and Orville Thompson the owners of Scentsy. Just me and them talked for 30-40 minutes and it meant the WORLD because they took a real interest in my life and how I was doing. Not a lot of CEO's for Direct Selling really give a crap about their consultants or even see their consultants regularly. If you want to know what makes Scentsy different its Heidi and Orville.
We then had a Neon Party to go to. I may have joined a Conga Line at one point. I laughed a lot and really relaxed and had a great time I tell you. I DANCED and just let loose. It was fun and even more fun when the heavens OPENED and we all got soaked wet to the core. It was like a scene out of Jaws with everyone running and screaming to get inside.
The last day I spent all of Thursday on the bus going to the different sites I mentioned earlier. We then had a farewell dinner that I was late to but managed to get there for a little bite to eat. I missed the fireworks but it was ok, it was such an amazing day to be had for sure. My Favourite moments from Thursday was riding a bike through the jungles of Coba, Climbing Coba and seeing all the cute little Mayan villages on the way to Chichen Itza. I really wanted to stop and wander through these villages. Cancun is pretty touristy (I saw signs for WalMart) and I felt like I just touched on seeing part of the real Mexico. It made me want to return which is the sign of a very good trip.
Friday was travelling home. A few of us missed our connecting flight in Montreal so ended up having to stay the night in -30 weather. It was a bit annoying but I had had so much fun in Mexico, I don't think it mattered that much to me.
It was nice to connect with people and I felt quite a bit of love especially from the other UK Scentsy Consultants. It was nice to build friendships which is something I've never really had much of an opportunity to do in my life.
Was it worth it? Heck yes. Will I do it again? Heck yes but will stay much longer for sure.
I still cant believe that the trip only cost me £90 in total. Lots of blessings and so grateful Scentsy continues to give me opportunities like this that I'd never have otherwise.