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LEE-ANNE MENDEL

I am a dance mum, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a healer, a leader, an ambassador for holistic health and a spiritual being.

Love and Connection are my top values and I choose every day to wake up to serve the world with eyes of gratitude and love with the intentions of kindness, respect and being my authentic self.

Hi, I am Lee-Anne Mendel and was born in Cape Town South Africa and emigrated to Sydney Australia in 2000 with my husband Craig. We have two beautiful daughters Maxine and Montana.

I always dreamed of owning my own business and being my own boss and when I finished school was interested in either a career in travel or beauty only to find myself studying a degree at University majoring in Economics and Industrial Psychology. I had the marks to get in and it was the expected thing to do. No regrets as it was because of this degree that I was able to secure a job in Australia. I started in recruitment and then placed myself in in an entry level IT sales role and after 15 years worked my way up the Corporate ladder to Sales and Channel Management for some of the big top IT brands.

My life was like a rat race, working 60+ hours a week trading time for money, being stressed out, exhausted and having to drag myself to work even when I was sick as being responsible for my team, meeting deadlines, multi millions dollar transactions and targets would not get done without me. Well that was my mindset. Every morning I woke up to put on my suit and transformed into the perfect employee with a mask or image of what I thought I needed to be to be successful. Little did I know at the time that this sort of lifestyle was not sustainable.

After having my 1st daughter, I had to go back to work when she was only 5 months old as we needed the money. It was truly one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, being a new mum, stripped of my identity, trying to figure her out and me out, who was I? coping with the adjustment the post-natal depression and leaving her in day care while I went off to face the real world 5 days a week. I knew from the get go that everything had changed and this corporate job did not fulfil me anymore. I didn’t know my daughter or myself and voluntarily quit after 2 years. I surrendered to being a “stay at home mum” and for 7 years this became my reality. It was after my 2nd daughter started Kindy that I knew I needed something for me but did not want to go back to my old life.

I was given a voucher to learn how to do my own makeup and it was during this lesson that I met an incredibly talented and inspiring makeup artist Rajja Racini. The whole experience was wonderful and I was pampered and showed many tricks of the trade but it was how he made me feel that I will never forget. In that moment of it all I thought to myself what if I could help other woman feel as good this way too?

A year later I enrolled to do my Certificate in Fashion, Glamour & Bridal Makeup Artistry and after completing this I knew I would never work for anyone else and started my own business Makeup by Lee-Anne in 2013. Lee-Anne the brand I registered in 2019 as I established myself not only as a makeup artist but an extension of holistic health inside and out.

How did Arbonne come into my life?

I was at a Bridal Expo when I saw Arbonne. I didn’t know who they were but was intrigued. I was asked to look at the business and try products 3 times over a 2-year period and said NO as I wasn’t interested in taking on anything new and didn’t have the time. I had no clue about network marketing and my first impression was it’s a pyramid scheme thing and I didn’t want to get back into sales. I just wanted to do makeovers.

We moved to a new suburb and it was there that I met my sponsor who was a personal trainer who asked me to come along to her Arbonne business launch presentation. At this point, I went purely because I was wanting to find out more and felt like I owed it to myself to just see what I was saying no to. I was pleasantly surprised as I learned a heap about healthy living and cleaner more beneficial options for our skin and body. I reluctantly started my business for the discount to pass on great products to my clients but then realized that there was so much more to it. This was the beginning of my personal development journey.

Helping others and giving from a place of love has always been important to me. Aligning myself with Arbonne and being in this business now allows me to do this genuinely every day.

I said NO three times as I didn’t understand social marketing or this industry. Now what I do know is that Arbonne can be that vehicle that helps get you from where you are to where you want to be.

Network Marketing is actually recognized today as a smart business model for anyone who wants to build residual income alongside whatever else they are doing to create a future for themselves, giving choices. Whatever that may look like for you.

This industry excites me beyond and I am so grateful for all the amazing people I have met who inspire me every day and the beautiful friendships I have made. I am grateful for this incredible gift and to be passing it on to others.

Limitless is my new buzz word because I truly understand now that being in spirit will guide me and allow me abundance and by this, I change lives way beyond my own reach. I am building this legacy for my two beautiful girls to show them what’s possible when you have a servant heart, a will, a desire, a dream

I am surrounding myself with like-minded positive supportive people. I have learned to let go of those who don’t serve me – yes, I have lost friendships as I have evolved but I have gained so many more connections and new friendships that I am so blessed for. I now don’t compare, compete or judge as this is just a waste of my energy. I expect miracles. I meditate daily, read, write, pray and protect my mind from those who want to steal my dreams. I love long walks on the beach watching the sunrise and feeling grounded to the earth with my feet in the sand as the ocean flows over my feet. I also adore taking in a good sunset and watching the colors in the sky change. I love dancing and listening to good music, eating soulful food, summer family holidays, watching my girls dance at Eisteddfods and going for High Tea.

Giving back is so important to me and I am raising money for charities and the community through my makeup workshops and Arbonne business.

I would love to travel to Europe, Canada, and Japan to name a few places and seek new adventures.

I work on myself all the time and have an army of wellness professionals who I seek guidance and support so I can reach my highest potential. I am learning to master the art of surrendering. Accepting that success now is not the outcome but the journey itself.

I am glowing, I have found my inner sparkle and share it with the world. My inner peace is within my spirit and my openness now to connect with my soul and with you.

My transformation began several years ago and it continues and, in this way, I can serve you – my business now is a true expression of me and my mission to help millions of people live healthier and happier lives.

Take off your mask like I did and stand in your true authentic self. The power is within you.

What’s next?

My big dream is to open a retreat called Lee-Anne, Tranquility of Wellness – “an oasis to ignite your senses” The idea is to make this getaway affordable to everyone as we all deserve some time out, to reconnect and nurture our soul, to recharge and restore. My intention is to also offer this by voluntary donation to anyone who has a family member going thru treatment for a terminal illness or as a means of recovery. I am excited to see where this project will lead. I believe I am attracting all the right people, resources and opportunities to make this dream a reality. If you are reading this and know of a way to help please reach out to me as I would love to connect with you.

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