Growing Together Using A System Beth And John – BeLoved Miracles Couple in St. Louis
Just arriving in the hotel lobby in Bucharest, I had never met them before. Yet as soon as I spotted this BeLoved Miracles couple I knew exactly who they were! 🙂
The combination of their documented journey on social media and John being dressed up as The Yellow Chicken was a dead give away. They are the kind of couple you take notice of.
And they didn’t disappoint in our recent interview. As you’ll see, it is a fun, exciting and entertaining adventure to connect with Beth and John. Always, and in all ways, having a bubbly-time, in an infectious and wonderful way. I am sure that you too will likewise be taken on a journey that you would not have anticipated. Enjoy this opportunity to be inspired by their example of Together, Or Not At All.
(Beth and John have been in the tropical bird business in years past. There’s some background audio (bird sounds) throughout most of the interview.)
0:54 What about the weather has Beth and John so HAPPY?
1:27 Beth says 22 YEARS MARRIED, John says 46, Why?
2:47 QUITTING in the first __________ months if this didn’t happen…
4:11 John has been in the BRICK AND MORTER greenhouse business for ____________
6:05 He said _____________ to Beth, which was the TURNING POINT for them
6:33 John shares his ULTERIOR MOTIVE for driving Beth to Dallas…
7:31 Because of _____________ John will not THROW THEM UNDER THE BUS!
9:53 John said, “Dad, Watch the place, I AM LEAVING.” Because…
10:43 John is DEFINITELY NOT into __________________
11:11 For a couple who sometimes has a LOVE/HATE thing try this…
13:33 That John ___________ AMAZED Beth, and John himself too!
15:54 After Beth joined a _____________ her PRODUCTIVITY blossomed.
17:07 TOGETHERNESS was restored after they started implementing…
19:49 Even though Beth was looking for an ONLINE BUSINESS to ________________
20:31 _______________ is really their main COMMON GOAL now.
20:51 They both love the MAYAN RIVIERA because…
22:49 John enjoys ENTERTAINING people, ______________ and seeing people get ahead in life.
24:48 Fun things like _______________ are IMPORTANT in a system.
Listen To The Audio Here:
Timothy – Welcome to this next edition of the beloved miracles couples project. I am Tim broadcasting from Fevik, Norway all the way to St. Louis, Missouri today hello Beth and John!
Beth & John – Hey Tim, how are you doing? Nice to see you!
0:23 Timothy – Fantastic, the sun just set here and I would imagine it is pretty much still rising on your end of the world?
0:27 Beth – Yeah it’s going on 10 o’clock now in the morning so it’s up. It’s up and actually shining, we’ve had a lot of bad weather here. Just kind of yucky depressing weather, like no sun, and rain. No snow, no snow! 🙂
0:43 John – No sun for 20 days. Kind of like Norway I guess?
0:49 Timothy – Yeah, Hey when you are done with the sun today, send that sun back this way tomorrow morning please.
0:54 Beth – We are excited the sun is shining here, it’s a good day!
0:59 Timothy – Fantastic, Well, Let me offer a brief introduction to you guys. They are a fun-loving, happily married couple running a successful online business. And can show you how too. Their goal is to live at the beach during the winter. So guys where does your story of being a couple building together online begin?
1:17 John – you want my version or do you want her version? (Laughing) I think you’ll take my wife’s version, it would be much better.
1:27 Beth – actually we have been married 22 years. (John offers 46 years) Happily married because we do work together so we think it counts as double. So yea, 44 years we have been married now. (John offers, no argument or disagreement in all that time. Never, ever.)
(Beth and John have been in the tropical bird business in years past. There is some background audio bird sounds from here through to the end of the interview.)
1:47 Beth – Yeah, actually I’ll start with my story because my story is basically that I’ve always been online for the last 20+ years. Before I even met John I was doing things online so to speak. For network marketing. This was before all the social media and stuff like that. So I was having classes in the basement of my home teaching people how to make things. Make photo albums and things like that. I did a lot of stuff so without mentioning any company’s names per se I’ve had been in the MLM industry for 20+ years. Each time I tried, “tried” that’s the key, each time I tried something new it just didn’t seem to fit for me. I was always looking for that something else to do in life.
2:47 Beth – So, I would join an MLM and if I hadn’t made money within six months or whatever, even three months sometimes, I would quit. I figured it’s not going to work. Because you hear all the success stories all the time that they are making $1 million here or I am making six figures a month here and stuff. So I decided that I should be making that, I’m not stupid, I should be making this within the first 3 to 6 months. Well it never happened.
3:21 Beth – and so then a friend of mine, that was in another MLM with me, we made a pact with each other that we would never do this again. That we would just be happy with what we had in life and that would be it. (John – And then she married me, but anyway!) Yeah, in the midst of all that John came along. John has really been a real support to me in everything that I’ve done. Even the stuff that doesn’t work. But he, without sounding… because I don’t like this word… that he “allows” me to do whatever I want to do. I don’t like that, because I think I allow myself to do what I want do. And he allows himself to do what he wants to do.
4:11 Beth – John has been in our brick-and-mortar business, which is the greenhouse business all of his life. He was born into it and basically that’s all you know, until now. (John – Yeah, that’s all I know is the greenhouse business, but you know what, that’s okay.) Yeah, so I said to my friend, That’s it we’re not doing any more of these things. And she said, I agree. Then this current system came along, And it’s not an MLM. I don’t consider it that. It is a network marketing type system that will allow you, If you are doing MLM’s, to build your current business. It helps us build our current brick-and-mortar business. And basically when I found the system I thought this is interesting. This is going to be a real help to our brick-and-mortar greenhouse business.
5:12 Beth – so that’s really why I joined. And I thought, you know, as long as I am using this system… after I guess about three months or so I thought… you know, we can make money at this. Not just blogging about the greenhouse business or having the self-development things that are part of our system. We can really take this to the next step. So I started really getting into this and almost to the point where, as many couples probably suffer, a little bit. John said to me one day, I feel that we are moving further and further apart. (John – Yup, that’s exactly right.)
6:05 Beth – That was the turning point I think. That, because we are couple and we do support each other in our entire marriage. It was a turning point for both of us, that he took his own step and he said I want to go to an event with you. The first event he went to was in Dallas. And he only went to drive me down basically, well you can tell that part, why did you go?
6:33 John – I drove her down. I had an ulterior motive to go with this. I told her let’s go, and she said I’m not going to go. No, you want this, so I decided to take her down there. We drove down to Dallas. We went down there and she said well what are you going to do? I said you’re going to do your thing, I’m going to do my thing. Well, I went and toured the town and did some things that afternoon while she was meeting up with her friends and all that because I was not into this. I had an ulterior motive while I was there. While she was with her friends I contacted some people to get a pass to get into the seminars and such to find out exactly how this works and everything. So I can help her along with his business and help her move forward in the business.
7:31 John – so I got to pass, it was 20 bucks, I got a deal on it because somebody didn’t show up. She doesn’t know how I got it, still doesn’t know how I got it. But that’s beside the point. I am not going to disclose my Friends and let them go at this time you know. I’m not going to throw them under the bus okay. But anyway, I went you know and it was a good deal. I went to learn about it and I did learn quite a bit about it at that time. It was a short two days because I didn’t go to the first day. I skipped that and I went to the next two days. On the way home I was constantly thinking about, Okay we got to do this and we got do this. It did put a lot of thoughts in my mind and everything. She is right I saw her putting a lot into the business and I know it meant a lot to her. So I figured okay. She’s getting up there and she wants to retire, she wants to have something to do. To have something to do in life so I figured that I would get into this with her.
8:31 John – I said I still have to run my business and do the greenhouse business, but I can do the computer work, the Instagram accounts, the Facebook accounts. I can do all that. I can answer replies and all that while she can take care of the real intense business stuff that has to be done, or the coaching or whatever else needs to be done. So that’s why I went down there to Dallas.
8:59 John – and then after that we got back, and of course a few people said, well, you need to go to Bucharest. She kept saying no we don’t need to go, we don’t need to go. Well we were not going, until three days before. When I said, Would you like to go to Bucharest? And she said are you crazy? I said no. And she said well it’s too expensive. I said nothing’s too expensive if you want to get ahead in life… (Beth interjects, This is why he is important to me!)… Because you won’t know if you don’t try. Like they say about failure, you have to get back up and try it again. I figured well we won’t know if we miss out. Because there’s not going to be very many people that will fly to Bucharest for this class, and seminar or whatever you want to call it.
9:53 John – So, yup, that was three days before I bought the tickets. Told my dad, Dad watch the place I’m leaving. He said where are you going? I said Bucharest. And he looked at me and said, are you crazy? And I said, yes, we are crazy. And he said well, how long will you be gone? Because it was the busiest time of year in my business. So he says how long you going to be gone? Five days. He said five days? I said yeah we’re flying out Tuesday and we’ll be back Monday. And that’s what we did. We went over there and had a grand old time, and met up with you Tim. (Beth interjects, Yes, met you Tim) And met about 10 others I guess, that are big people within the system. And I learned a lot and it meant a lot to me. There were a couple of things that I wasn’t going to do but I stuck through the whole thing.
10:43 Beth – he is not into Rah-Rah. Okay, and I know a lot of men who are not into what is called “Rah-Rah.” In other words meeting your neighbour, shaking hands with them and telling them your goals. People you don’t know and have never met before. So this was one thing that was really disturbing for him especially in Bucharest. Because there was a gentleman there that was going to talk on meditation and how powerful it is. So all weekend long he kept saying I’m not going to go. So I finally had had it.
11:11 Beth – So I am saying this for all the other couples who have this little love-hate thing sometimes. (John – Na we never have that.) So he kept saying I’m not going to go, I’m not going to go…finely I said, Ok, don’t go! If this is bothering you that much don’t go. And this gentleman was speaking after lunch, as you know Tim because you were there.
11:45 Beth – By the way what a lovely man you are, you know, we met in the lobby in Bucharest and you came up to us because of the power of social media! Its importance in any business that you do is phenomenal. Because you actually came up, I’m diverging from my story here, and you said are you Beth? And I looked at you and I said, well I could be? And you said aren’t you with the yellow chicken? John had dressed up as a yellow chicken.
Some of you know on Facebook because you’ve seen his John The Yellow Chicken Facebook Page. So I’m just bringing it up. So Tim recognised us, so we immediately clicked. Had a great time, we went out to lunch together. We saw the room you were staying in. Which for the viewers here he was not staying in the hotel. He was staying around the corner in, what was it… I don’t even know how you found it…
12:41 Timothy – A Soviet style block building flat.
12:45 John – With scaffolding on the outside. You had many entrances!
12:51 Beth – I really wanted to go because I enjoyed to see how other people live and stuff like that. He had rented this little condo I guess, or whatever, apartment. It was so so interesting to me to see how Romanians live. But anyway, back to the story…
13:07 Beth – John didn’t want to go to the next presentation. So it was lunchtime, and we were all sitting there having a great lunch and I can see him getting nervous, and more nervous. He said I’ll see you later. And so I said okay. He got up and the rest of us sat there. I went back to the room to listen to this next speaker, And there was John sitting there in that room. And why…
13:33 John – I wanted to hear what Menno had to say. He had told me that I would benefit from his presentation. You will benefit, he said. He also said, it would not be painful. That’s what he said when we went to dinner one night. It stuck with me. So I said to myself I will give him the benefit of the doubt. So I went. I sat there for the 2 1/2 hours. I went through it, and it was not painful. It was very informative. I learned a lot as far as eye-opening things that I never knew. About meditation, some 87,000 ways to meditate. Never thought of that. I figured there was maybe about 10. He gave us a lot of tools to use in everyday life and just getting up in the morning and even when you go to bed at night for things to do throughout the day to just help cope with normal everyday life. So yeah, I stayed there. I was amazed that I stayed there.
14:34 Beth – Yeah, that was really outside his comfort zone. That’s what our system does, It challenges you to get outside of your comfort zone a little bit. So I was extremely proud of him when I saw him sitting there. And I think that’s really when John got on board. After that event during the flight back, it was what 14 hours or something like that, we talked all the way back as to what his role in our business is going to be and what my role was going to be. Because I do think if it’s a couple doing this business that it’s good to separate and do your own things to. Rather than both of you working on something together. It’s just my feeling on it, so he does all his own Instagram stuff and he does his own Facebook, and I do too. While I also do most of the nitty-gritty part of the business because I have learned it over the last couple of years.
15:54 Beth – I actually joined this team in October 2014 and I did nothing. When I tell you nothing, other than learn the technical stuff in the back office. If I can learned that, anybody can learn that. I thought that because I type on the computer I was very technical. Well, I’m not. That’s the beauty of this system, it’s all built in there for you. Our team has all sorts of training and stuff like that. So I can always reach out to somebody else. That’s one of the things that I love about this system and our team. We meet people that we can bounce ideas off of. We help them and genuinely it’s a love-fest. As far as we do help others building their business, we want everyone to succeed. It’s very very possible, we are living proof.
16:57 Timothy – Absolutely, Yeah, so what else changed in your lives? You had just arrived back after a 14 hour flight from Bucharest, what else began to roll out and unfold that was changing in your life because of the system?
17:07 Beth – Well, I think the togetherness, we got back together. That was probably one thing. Our computer is actually set up in our dining room, for a reason. Because that way I can be on the computer and he can be sitting on the couch checking the Instagram. As he is mainly the Instagram guru of our family. I don’t want anything to do with Instagram, to be honest with you. We have really tweaked a lot of things as far as to who our target market is. Because I have learned you cannot market to everyone. You’ve got to have a real specific targeted person. Most of them, our target market, are like-minded people to ourselves. That’s what we’re looking for. And we seem to attract that, so that’s one thing.
18:07 John – Well, we are always together, we have worked together for the last 15 years. We work together, and we sit no more than 10 feet away from each other all day long. It’s a family business so we are here and we go to breakfast in the morning together. We go to lunch together and we go out to dinner every night. Because Beth has to dust the stove off a lot of times just to cook. She wants me to redo the kitchen now and I just don’t understand why because it won’t get used. But whatever. So we worked together quite a bit, but I think it actually brought us together more. Because we were doing something together that will probably take us down the road for the years to come. In our retirement maybe, so we have something to do.
19:17 John – I am on a 10 year plan with my business and I’m in the ninth year. Beth is mildly older than I am, so she can retire a lot sooner than I can. (Beth interjects, Like now.) I wasn’t saying anything about that. 🙂 She wants something to do in life. She has always said, and her friends have said…
19:39 Beth – my motto is, you have to have something to get up for, get dressed for, and get out of the house for. Those three things.
19:49 John – So just to keep her mind occupied and busy she was looking for this online business. In this way she could reach many people in the world. We are both likeable people, we can talk to anybody. I am motivated, I can just walk up and talk to anybody. We want to be able to keep doing this down the road when we retire. So we are looking for something to stay in touch with people. Maybe also touch peoples lives across the world who knows. We’ve met many people, social media brings you many people. I have friends from all over now, it keeps growing every year.
20:31 Beth – You said it earlier, we love the beach. That’s really our main common goal now. For up to six months of the year being on the beach.
20:43 Timothy – What beach would that be? Where in the world?
20:51 Beth and John – We are not particular, we’ll go anywhere. We love the Mayan Riviera. We love the people down there. It really does coordinate with our business, They are so loving. They want to you have a wonderful time, all of the time down there. They have become our extended family. We have been down there 6 or 7 years now. No nine years! We have been going to the same little resort in the Mayan Riviera. Most people would not be content with that, because they like to do new things. We love it because they are our family. We take them gifts down there, For their children. We have watched some of these kids grow up and now have babies. That has really been special to us because they think like us.
21:45 John – Another part of where we go in Mexico, I guess 10 years ago we started going there now. It was out of my comfort zone then, because I didn’t do any traveling. We liked it the first time. Then after the second time there I started entertaining, (Beth offers, the yellow chicken came out.) Na the yellow chicken wasn’t then. I came out of my comfort zone then because I was kind of brought up differently, but I’ve always been a bit wild and enjoyed doing crazy things. It’s a small resort just 42 rooms. I met tons of people, all likeable people. And I just started doing crazy funny stuff. And the next thing you know all these people want to come back with me and want to be with my group.
22:45 Beth – So really he was network marketing way before he started this!
22:49 John – I enjoy entertaining people. Making people happy. And seeing people get ahead in life. I’ve brought a lot of people out of their comfort zone over the last 10 years just by going to Mexico. I always felt that I could go anywhere and do that. I guess you saw it in Bucharest. When I went to dinner in Bucharest that was the only yellow chicken walking the streets in Bucharest. I guarantee you I was probably the only yellow chicken in the world, probably, walking the streets that day. Did I care? No. Did I have many pictures? Yes. We’re many people happy? Yes.
23:27 Beth – He has such a hard time with being the center of attention. 🙂 So we have been network marketing, each in our own way, for a long long time.
23:41 John – We had just never put it to use. So now we are putting it to use.
23:45 Beth – This is the niche that I have found. I found it two years ago, the first year I didn’t do anything. Except kind of play around in what we call our back office. It wasn’t until August of last year that I really started working at the business. I decided that I needed some more training and joined a like-minded personal development group that my mentor had put together. That’s why we ended up in Bucharest because that was sponsored by our mentor. I really delved into it with her help. And that’s what’s so beautiful about our system. There are these people out there, and I’ve had mentors and coaches for like 20 years. These mentors and coaches, as you know because you are also in the same system, they truly want you to succeed.
24:48 Beth – There have been things that my mentor has asked me to do… and I have been like, no I’m not going to do it. But I have plowed through them, and as a result we’ve had success. So yeah in retirement I think we will do this until I can’t type anymore. Or until I can’t have a camera in front of me anymore. Because it’s not age related at all. I’m just going to say it, I am 64 years old. If there are people out there watching this, Start. Start with something, have something to do. Because like I said my motto has been for the last 20 years, you have to have something to get up for, get dressed for and get out of the house for. It’s all those three things. Especially in online marketing and in network marketing, MLM. That getting out of the house is something that a lot of people don’t do. Because you’re at home, You have this home-based business. But I think in my business getting out of the house, whether it be to do a video or go to the park and take pictures or whatever. Fun things like that in a system are important.
26:07 Beth – That’s important. It’s important to get out of the house, not stay in your pajamas all day. For those that are in systems that allow you to do that. Now I’m not saying that it’s not fun to do that, because it is. But to get up, get dressed and get out of the house is really my key motto I guess.
26:27 Timothy – I love it. I love it guys! We could go on and on…
26:34 Beth and John – Yes, If you give us the microphone we can go! Yeah, well you asked!
26:41 Timothy – I did ask! And from the moment I first met you until now it has always been a fun and exciting adventure to connect with you guys. You are always having a bubbly time and it’s infectious in a very good way. So I am sure that others watching this now will likewise be taken away to the beaches of the world and inspired as well by the example that you both are.
27:03 Beth and John – Thank you. It’s very sweet of you. Thank you. You have got to have fun in life that is really another motto that we have. You have got to have fun. If you don’t have business where you have a system such as what we have or any system you’ve got to have fun. You have got to enjoy what you’re doing. So that is really key. That’s the biggest thing. Have something that you love to do. If you’re going to do it for the rest of your life you’ve got a have something that you love to do.
27:43 Timothy – Yeah, and we are able to do exactly that. Alright well with that we’ll wrap it up for now, and in the future we will look forward to touching in and hopefully doing this from one of those beaches of the world with you guys.
27:52 Beth and John – Absolutely, we will invite you to our little beach hut down there. We will have enough hammock’s for everyone to sleep on the beach. We could do this again Tim after about January 13. We’ll be on the beach for about 15 days. If you would like to touch base with us, we can give you what the Mayan Riviera looks like if you’d like.
28:17 Timothy – That brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Seriously, let’s do that. You let me know on the calendar when we can look forward to that
28:26 John – Yeah, we’ll have some time. I’ll be able to work you into my tight entertainment schedule. I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to that.
28:34 Beth – Well, we appreciate that you asked us. We were flattered number one and honoured that you asked us to join you as a couple that is doing their business together. We appreciate that. We appreciate you. I just want to say if people have not teamed up with you or are not following you I hope they do because you’ve got some incredible things happening. I know that. You are one-of-a-kind Mr. Tim, you really are.
29:11 Timothy – Just an American trying to find his way in Norway.
29:13 Beth – I know, we heard your story about leaving Seattle and going clear across the world. I thought wow! Talk about getting out of your comfort zone! You’re the man.
29:30 Timothy – Thank you. You too John, I really appreciate the depth of you sharing your experience. And I hope you will touching in again in the future.
29:37 John – Absolutely buddy anytime in the future just let me know.
29:41 Timothy – For now I’ll sign off from Norway saying Together, We Overcome.
29:47 Beth and John – Bye, Good bye
Timothy – Bye bye guys!
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