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Next Stop: Toronto! The Newest Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway

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Next Stop: Toronto! The Newest Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway

Our next Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway is coming up on June 22-25, and this one’s going to blow you away! This Getaway is in an exciting location and a country we’ve never been to before. This time, we’re headed to Toronto, Canada!

Situated on the west side of Lake Ontario, Toronto offers a cool escape from the summer heat. This sleek and sophisticated city is going to be an amazing backdrop for your incredible vacation. Your home during your stay will either be the Fairmont Royal York or the Intercontinental Toronto Centre, both luxury properties in the heart of downtown Toronto. To qualify for this Lifestyle Getaway for two, you must reach the 4K VIP level for two of the three qualifying months (March through May, 2017). And, of course, we’re planning a Toronto VIP Surprise Event for qualifying Brand Promoters. Trust us – you can’t miss this one!

Check out the complete qualification criteria.

How does Le-Vel choose its Lifestyle Getaway destinations? What does it take to plan a fabulous trip for hundreds of people? We talked to Chief Operating Officer Drew Hoffman to get the scoop.

What are your thoughts on our next destination, Toronto?

Toronto is a great shout-out to our Thrivers to the north. We appreciate all they do. Toronto is such a dynamic city during the summer, and where we’re staying is right in the thick of everything. It’s going to be awesome.

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How do you select the locations for the Lifestyle Getaways?

First, of course, we select destinations and hotels that we know our Brand Promoters will love. Our Promoters are active, fun-loving people (just look at some of the pics from Punta Cana for proof of that), so we make sure we go to exciting places.

From there, given our numbers, we have to find hotels that can hold our entire group. Sometimes this means doing more than one hotel, but we try to make sure everyone is relatively close and can easily get together. We also consider the time of the year. If we’re thinking about our summer Getaway, we’re not going to look at Cabo, Cancun, Miami, etc., where it will be uncomfortably hot. Our Director of Corporate Events, Camie, runs this entire process. Jason, Paul and I only really come in when it’s time to make the final decision or if Camie wants to walk through some of the options. She does a great job!

A lot must be happening behind the scenes to plan and execute these trips. What’s one thing that would surprise people about planning a Lifestyle Getaway?

So much is happening behind the scenes, both during the actual Getaways and leading up to them. Again, Camie is the driver of all of the details, and, man, are there a lot of details. The time, effort and high-quality work she puts in to these trips is nothing short of astounding. I won’t bore everyone with all of the details (hotels, party details, entertainment, Gear store, site visits, food options, VIP options, travel arrangements, research on the locale…sorry, I guess I just bored you all with the details). Just know that there are a ton of details that have to be handled flawlessly in order to ensure everything comes off perfectly, and Camie does it like the absolute pro that she is every single time. Thanks from all of us, Camie.

What has been your favorite Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway destination so far?

I haven’t been on all of them, but every single trip I’ve been on has been incredible. If you twisted my arm and I had to pick my favorite, I’d pick Punta Cana. The Hard Rock was awesome, the Friday night party outside was amazing, and you could see and feel what a great time the Promoters had. All in all, I can’t imagine it being any better. It will be tough to top, but I feel confident saying Toronto will take the baton and blow us all away.

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What do you like most about the Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaways?

Is everything an appropriate answer? I love that the Promoters get rewarded and have an opportunity to visit amazing places because of their hard work and success. They deserve it.

Personally, I enjoy meeting Promoters that are on their first Getaway or folks I haven’t met before. It’s great to hear their excitement about being on the trip and being a Thriver. Our community is so amazing. Hearing the excitement, gratitude and happiness from the Promoters energizes me every time.

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It makes it easy to work hard knowing that so many wonderful people are a part of this movement, community and company. Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaways really emphasize the sense of community and togetherness.

For those of you reading this who haven’t been on a Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway yet, you’ll be blown away by the trips, activities, camaraderie, etc. Make a goal to be in Toronto. You can do it.  And you’ll be happy you did!

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Meet Jason Camper Co-CEO of Le-Vel

Meet Jason Camper Co-CEO of Le-Vel

Meet Jason Camper

We sat down with Le-Vel Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Co-Owner Jason Camper to find out a little more about one of the men behind the amazing success and growth of Le-Vel.  From his beginnings in direct selling to skydiving, learn more about the entrepreneur, athlete and innovator who is Jason Camper.

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Texas Roots and Big Dreams

Jason Camper grew up in Lubbock, Texas. His father was an air traffic controller and his mother worked for a university. It was what he describes as a very traditional and humble upbringing. While in college – first at Lubbock Christian University, then Texas Tech University – Jason discovered nutritional supplements and direct selling. He ultimately left college to pursue a career in the industry, and he never looked back. He worked as a distributor for nearly nine years before moving to the corporate side of dietary supplement direct sales. Along the way, he learned management, supply chain, commissions, software and every other aspect of the business he could. “One thing that I think is kind of special,” he says, “is that both Paul (Gravette) and I started right where all of the Promoters started – with hopes and dreams.

“One of the things that helped me,” Jason continues, “was something my father told me early on. He said that maturity doesn’t come with age. And I was introduced to this business at such a young age, in college. Being that young and talking to people — 90 percent of them older than me — sometimes you can get kind of intimidated by that. I voiced those concerns to my dad, and that’s when he told that maturity doesn’t come with age. And that’s something that has stuck with me.”

Going “all in” on Le-Vel was scary, Camper says. Plenty of naysayers said a cloud-based business model wouldn’t succeed. “I’ve definitely learned a lot of patience. It’s been a big roller coaster of ups and downs. If it’s taught me one thing, I think it has to be faith.”

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No Ordinary Company

What does Jason like best about his job? “The speed of it. Le-Vel has always been so fast-paced. You’re not sitting around looking for what to do. And I love how we get to work with each other. I was never fond of the 9-to-5 corporate atmosphere. I didn’t like the politics. It felt like a soap opera, and I never liked any of that. I love how we’re able to work and communicate with everyone from a cloud, a virtual standpoint. And I like how I’m able to change up what I do. I might be heavy for half the day or three-quarters of the day on the ops side, the back end of the business. But then I can totally flip to the front. I can get on phone calls, talk about the product and the passion for this business. I love being able to change that up.”

Le-Vel is no ordinary direct selling company, and Jason Camper is a big part of that culture. “I say this in a very humble way,” he says, “but when people meet me for the first time, I think it catches them off guard. I think they expect someone in my position to be in a suit and tie at all times, and I’m not. I’m very down to earth. I’m probably running around in gym shorts and a T-shirt, on the phone working the business most of the time.”

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An Active Life

Outside of work, “I love to play golf, and I love to travel. I’m an avid car collector. I’m an athlete at heart. I played soccer in college and competitive soccer my whole life, and I work out four to five times a week. It’s more for the mental relief. I love being able to get off phones and technology, listen to music and get a good sweat going. Fitness is just a part of who I am because I was just such an athlete growing up.” When asked if there’s anything on his bucket list that he has yet to tackle, he responds, “if I knew I could do it and I wouldn’t be so freaked out, I think I’d love skydiving or jumping off mountains with a flying suit, like those crazy guys in Europe. I’m not the most comfortable in the air, though, so I think someone would probably have to knock me out of a plane to skydive!”

Jason Camper and his wife have been married almost nine years. During their downtime, you’ll usually find them outdoors, sometimes with their “Schnoodle” (Schnauzer and Miniature Poodle). They also travel frequently. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Napa Valley are among their favorite destinations.

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Inspiration for the Future

It’s clear that this is a business that energizes and inspires him. When asked what he admires most about Le-Vel’s independent Brand Promoters, Jason Camper praises their willingness to roll up their sleeves and get to work. “It’s been very uplifting to work with grassroots, salt-of-the earth people,” he says. “This business was built and is successful because of the dogged work that we put in to get it where it needs to be. It’s fun to see that in the Promoters. Nobody has been given anything. It’s been a true underdog story for me and Paul and for all of the Promoters who have succeeded, too.”

 

 

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Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana

Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana

This February, Le-Vel hosted a Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, and it was one for the record books. Some of the feedback from this getaway included: “Best Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway ever!” and “Every time we wonder how Le-Vel can top the last Lifestyle Getaway, but somehow they always blow us away!” Our promoters deserve the best, so it is especially gratifying for us to know that you had a blast.

Did you join us on the Le-Vel Lifestyle Getaway or did you follow from home, making a goal that you’ll be on the next one? Whether you want to get all the trip details or relive the memories, this trip report is for you! So fasten your seatbelts, stow your carryon luggage and hold on for a peek into Le-Vel’s most recent Lifestyle Getaway to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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Thursday Arrival

After a quick flight to Miami, we joined other Thrivers in the airport while waiting to board the plane to Punta Cana. The Le-Vel community is so friendly, people were greeting each other like family as we all gathered in the terminal. Le-Vel gear, new product announcements and the getaway made for enthusiastic chatter from Miami all the way to the airport in Punta Cana.

After a quick bus ride, we arrived at the all inclusive Hard Rock Resort & Casino Punta Cana. At the Hard Rock, they really know how to make you feel like a rockstar! We got the royal treatment as a live band played while we made our way to check into our rooms. Once we entered the lobby, it definitely felt like a party with waiters handing out welcome drinks, tables overflowing with food, a dj spinning tunes, photo opportunities and multiple bars open for service.

As we checked in, we got a map of the property (the Hard Rock is a huge resort!) and were surprised with a generous gift of resort credits to use in the spa, on excursions, shopping or other goodies at the hotel. You could tell that everyone’s travel stress was quickly melting away as people got into vacation mode.

Thursday Night Free Time

It didn’t take long to settle into our resort room with a spacious bathroom, en suite hot tub and large balcony overlooking the lush grounds. We could get used to this! Next it was time to explore the resort and grab some dinner. Just after sunset, we jumped on a resort shuttle and got the full tour of the property. From the beautiful green vegetation and fountains to the inviting pools to the gorgeous beach, the Hard Rock is breathtaking everywhere you look. We made a note to check out the swim-up bar at the Guitar Pool and get our feet into the sand tomorrow.

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Now about dinner…there are lots of restaurants at the Hard Rock Resort, 9 to be exact, so you have a wide variety of choices for every meal. Still hanging on to the idea of eating healthfully, we opted for sashimi at Zen, the Japanese restaurant. This restaurant also offers group dining hibachi-style. We noticed many Thrivers with their friends enjoying the hibachi grill.

Stomach full of sushi and we walked down the boulevard – a.k.a. the long row of shops and restaurants in the hotel – to grab an ice cream and check out the casino. Then we made our way back to our suite for a good night’s rest.

Friday Free Time

Today we woke up bright and early for a quick run around the resort trails and breakfast at Cafetto. After our 3 simple Thrive steps, we enjoyed the Caribbean breakfast. It really gave us a taste of the island with local ingredients. Now it is off to the pool to nab a spot in the sunshine.

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There are 13 pools to choose from at the Hard Rock. So whether you want a relaxing vibe or a party, there is a perfect pool for you. We parked our towel at the lively Central Pool and we weren’t disappointed. Highlights of the day included a 3 pm foam party, a dance contest and the best pina colada in the Caribbean. It was terrific to meet more Thrivers and see everyone enjoying themselves. We grabbed a casual lunch from the grill right by the pool so we wouldn’t miss a second of the action.

When we had enough fun in the sun, it was time to hit up the Le-Vel Gear Store! Lots of new products and a special sale for the lifestyle getaway made us glad our luggage could fit a few new things.

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Before we knew it, the time had come to get ready for dinner and the BIG event for the getaway, tonight’s tropical party…

Want to know what happened at the tropical party? Stay tuned for the next installment of our Punta Cana Lifestyle Getaway Trip Report!

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Get to Work on Your Goals with Jason Camper

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Get to Work on Your Goals with Jason Camper

Jason Camper on goals: “About 15 years ago, I sat in a room with about 20 other aspiring entrepreneurs in a session led by someone who had created financial freedom from scratch. I was young, broke and didn’t have a lot of confidence at the time to be writing down audacious goals and dreams.

We were told to close our eyes and think about 10 to 20 things we wanted to accomplish in the next 12 months and then the next five years. How did we want our lives to look? He told us not to try to control our thoughts – instead, just go with what came to mind, because those were our natural emotional wants.

After that session, we wrote down those thoughts on the left inside front cover of a journal that was provided to us. Today, I’ve accomplished everything I wrote down in that journal except two things, and those two things I easily have the means to do when I’m ready.

If someone was to tell me that day that I would achieve those goals and dreams I wrote down, I would have started bawling uncontrollably, as my state that day was not one of strength, and the things I wrote down were audacious. Was it the goals I wrote down? Was it sheer luck? Was it hard work? Was it prayers answered? I honestly believe it was all of those things, but what’s key is that I wrote down the direction I wanted to head in life.” — Jason Camper, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Le-Vel

What are your goals? If someone were to ask you that question right now, would you have an answer? We can see the power of goal setting from Jason’s story and the stories of so many others.  If you haven’t gone to work on your goals, now is the time.

The Purpose of Goal Setting

Why do we need goals, anyway? They give us something to focus on, for starters. Otherwise, it’s easy to get lost in the blur of life’s daily grind. We all need a sense of purpose, both in the short and long term. And, when we have purpose, we’re happier. Why? Goal setting empowers us to take control of our lives. We become stronger, more confident versions of ourselves.

As Jason puts it, “The reason why goals and dreams are so important is that they provide purpose and direction in your life. Imagine going to an airport with no ticket and no idea where you wanted to go. You would wonder around aimlessly.”

Goals also motivate, inspire and propel us forward. They challenge us. They shouldn’t be easy to attain. If they are, we’re probably falling short of our true potential. When we have to stretch beyond our normal boundaries, that’s when greatness become possible. So how do you begin to set goals of your own?

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How to Set Goals

First, you have to ask yourself what you want. Some of us haven’t asked that question in years. Remove the “buts,” and put pen to paper. What would you do if there were no boundaries? What brings you joy? What doesn’t feel like work? Like the guided goal setting in Jason’s story, try not to control your thoughts.  Think about what is possible in this world.  Come up with a mix of both short and long-term goals for your life, like the 10 to 20 things to accomplish in the next 12 months and then the next five years that Jason did.

Next, you’ll want to prioritize those goals. What’s most important to you? List your top 3-5 goals and work on them in that order.

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Break your goals into achievable steps. Focusing on the finish line when you’re at the starting line is overwhelming. For example, if your goal is to pay off your mortgage in five years’ time, you’ve got to break the journey into smaller milestones that support your long-term vision. Maybe you establish a budget first. Then you work toward paying off your car note. After that, you take money you normally spent on your car note and add it to your monthly mortgage payment. That approach moves you closer to your goal – and on a faster timetable.

Hold yourself accountable. This is where self-discipline is vital. Some people find that telling others about their goals helps them stick to their plans. Others write them down and post them somewhere central in their homes. You may also wish to recruit a friend who shares your goal, and take the journey together. Maybe you want to run a marathon, but you’re not an experienced runner. Find yourself a training partner, and set a goal of running a half marathon first.

Enjoy the journey. Celebrate each milestone, reflect on what you’ve learned, and add new goals as you cross things off of your list.  In a year’s time, you will be amazed at what you have accomplished.

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So why not start right now?  There’s no time like the present to set your destination.  It’s time to grab a pen, find your vision and start living a happier, healthier, more purposeful life.  Get excited about your goals!  As Jason says, “Become emotional about what you want to accomplish in life, and let your written goals and dreams lead the way.”

 

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Eat Your Vegetables! (It’s Easier Than You Think)

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Eat Your Vegetables! (It’s Easier Than You Think)

“I don’t like vegetables.” We hear kids say that all the time. But more than a few adults feel the same way. Are leafy greens really that necessary? How vital are they for our health?

Vegetables are packed with nutrients like potassium, antioxidants and Vitamins C and A. They can help you maintain healthy blood pressure, support healthy heart function, and boost your immune system. Veggies also contribute to healthy skin, teeth and gums. And the fiber in vegetables promotes healthy digestion while helping you feel full for hours. What’s not to love here?

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) groups vegetables and fruits together. The USDA recommends eating between five and nine servings daily. The size of a serving depends on your age, sex and average level of physical activity. Whether they’re dark green or bright in color, vegetables have no substitute when it comes to their health benefits.

Believe it or not, you really can learn to love vegetables. With the variety of veggies available to you, and the number of ways you have to prepare them, you have more options than you may realize. Here are a few tips for making vegetables a bigger part of your daily diet:

Keep them within arm’s reach. We tend to snack on what’s nearby. So keep a container of baby carrots, celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, cucumber slices, sliced red, yellow or green pepper, and/or grape tomatoes in your refrigerator. Dip them in reduced-fat salad dressing, Greek yogurt or hummus.

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Let them hog the plate. Veggies should make up at least half of your plate. If you’re eating pasta, lighten up your portion, but increase the vegetables. You can still top it off with red sauce, a touch of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan or feta cheese. Your plate will still be full, and so will you.

Eat what’s in season. If you don’t like veggies, it may be because you’ve never eaten them fresh. If you have a farmer’s market in your community, give it a try. Eat a vegetable that’s just been picked, and you might just discover what you’ve been missing.

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Throw it in. Add veggies to eggs, macaroni and cheese, casseroles, pizza, soup quesadillas, sandwiches and more.

Drink your veggies. Toss some spinach or kale, a few baby carrots and broccoli florets in your blender with some fresh fruit and water. You can’t mess this up. And here’s an even easier way: Get a Boost. THRIVE BOOST is a berry-flavored premium greens beverage that makes it a snap to get the nutrition your body craves. BOOST is designed to alkalize and energize your system and enhance your energy. It also promotes cleansing, immune, weight management and ph level support.

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Before long, you might just learn to love your veggies. They’re versatile, they’re delicious, and they’re one of the best tools at your disposal for keeping healthy.

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