Hello. I am Wayne.
That’s me leaning against the back of the willow tree in the picture. More on that later.
I am a stay-at-home / work-at-home Dad of 2 kids that I also homeschool. I’m a little bit jealous. Moms who do what I do get TLAs – SAHM and WAHM, but not dads. Who said life was fair, right?
Professionally, I am a network marketer, affiliate marketer and blogger. This website is about the “recruiting” side of my network marketing business. Getmywellness.com is the product side. There are blogs on both websites.
I believe that personal development is a huge part of being successful in anything you do, so I spend as much of my spare time reading as I possibly can. With everything else I have on my plate I can usually get in a good 1o minutes of reading every day. Actually, that used to be the case. I finally figured out how to get more reading time in my day.
My Road So Far
If you are curious about where I come from, here it is.
I grew up next door to my grandparents on a small farm in Upstate New York, not too far from Lake Ontario. At various times my father and grandfather raised cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys. When there weren’t any cows or pigs in the pasture it became a corn field.
I have pollen allergies, so I much preferred that there were cows or pigs in the field. The corn was fun to play in, but I usually paid the price in a big way the next day.
Moved to Georgia (Southeast US, not Eastern Europe)
My family moved to Savannah, GA when I was 13. In NY, my pollen allergies were the worst in the fall, when the ragweed came out. That was nothing compared to spring in the South. Oh my gosh!
People love Savannah. I think it’s more of a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there (not again anyway).
After high school in Savannah I moved to Atlanta to go to college at Georgia Tech and study computer engineering. I enjoyed Atlanta more than Savannah. There is a lot more to do, a lot more distractions, in college and in a big city like Atlanta.
I graduated from college and got work as a software developer. I absolutely love coding. It’s all about solving puzzles for me. You take a complicated task and figure out how to break it down into the very simple tasks that a computer knows how to do.
I worked as a software developer then moved on to web developer once the Internet took hold of the world. Eventually I landed in a job that I absolutely hated. My challenge started with the other developers. There are people who feel that they have to make things unnecessarily complicated just because they can. Like that somehow justifies their existence or something. You don’t have to drive an hour, take the ferry across the river and catch an airplane to get to the grocery store next door. Just walk. Keep it simple.
I Was a Massage Therapist
I don’t think it is right to have to do something that you hate, so it was time for a career change. My wife had recently completed massage school and I figured that maybe that could work for me too. I enrolled in a night class at a massage school while I continued my odious day job.
What massage school really did for me was open me up to the world of wellness. There is so much information available out their about how to stay healthy, and people need to know about it. I enjoyed massage school and the exposure I received to modalities other than just massage, especially energy healing.
After graduating I was ready to start my own business. I had big plans and dreams. The only problem was that the massage business is really no better than having a job. Your income is still limited by the number of hours in a day. To make enough money to support my family I needed something that wasn’t limited. Also, massage careers are typically short, either because of injury or you just wear out.
A job limits the income that you can earn in a day, month or year. You either earn a fixed salary regardless of how many hours you work or earn an hourly wage that is directly tied to the number of hours you work. There is very little flexibility. Massage is the same way.
There has to be something where the income isn’t tied to the number of hours in the day or even to my direct physical presence all the time.
I Became a Network Marketer
I read in a book that everyone should sleep on a magnetic mattress pad. The book itself doesn’t matter because it was terrible – full of conspiracy theories. Magnetic mattress pads were the only piece of actionable advice in the book and I had to read 3/4 of the book to get to it.
Anyway, I asked another massage therapist I knew about magnetic mattress pads, he took me to a meeting, and they introduced me to network marketing.
I liked the idea. Network marketing offers great products that support my family’s wellness and offers the kind of income I was looking for that wasn’t tied to the clock.
I signed up.
Network Marketing a Better Way
I quickly got fed up with the idea of traditional network marketing though. I don’t like the whole business of stalking people and dragging them to hotel meetings. Like most people who’ve tried network marketing, I have a list of 100 people who will not answer the phone when I call and suddenly have to be somewhere else if I show up at their door. To be honest, I don’t have time for all of that nonsense anyway. Like I said at the top of this page, I’m a full-time stay-at-home dad (SAHD) homeschooling 2 kids. That takes a lot of time.
Fortunately, the Internet makes it a lot easier for me to write content when I have time, and for my audience to read it at their convenience. We don’t have to all be available at the same time and travel an hour to some hotel. We can all stay home in our pajamas if we want to, and I usually do.
Anybody can set up a website now, much more easily than you could back when I was a web developer. I’ve helped people in their 70’s set up a website for their network marketing business. The website is easy. It’s sticking with it that people find difficult, but that goes for both traditional and internet network marketing.
Yonder Willow Wellness
That’s my business name. My wife came up with it back in 2006 and it is made up from the letters in our names. Willow bark also has some medicinal properties if you happen to be interested that kind of thing. I just like the idea of a beautiful tree that casts shade on a warm day.
At the top of this page I said that I was leaning against the back of the tree because I don’t post my picture online anywhere. I am married and I have two kids. That’s really all of the private information that I share online. You won’t find any more than that here or on Facebook, so don’t bother looking.
I work online, so I take my family’s security very seriously. My pages are completely public to everyone in the entire world. I am always amazed when I see people post their entire vacation itinerary on Facebook for everyone to see, then worry about NSA wiretapping. They don’t have to tap your phone. Bob from the NSA is already your “friend” on Facebook and follows you on Twitter. I’m joking of course, but you get the idea.
Let’s Get to Know Each Other
I have a business page on Facebook, so please follow me there. I share very little on my personal profile, but if want to, I would be happy to be “friends” with you so that I can see what you have to share. Leave me a message if you have a business page and I will follow you back.
I am on Twitter as well, so you are welcome to follow me there too. I follow just about everyone back as long as you have some content for me to see.
As I said above, I’m very into personal development. I think a lot of people struggle with network marketing because they work so hard on building a business but they don’t put any time into building themselves. Personal development is the foundation, and without a strong foundation, even the most glorious building will collapse.