I became a THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant because their high quality foods were the only thing I wanted to store for my family.  I thought that by becoming a consultant I would be able to get those foods for free.  I was right.  After a year and a half as a consultant, I’ve got a whole storeroom full of great tasting, high quality THRIVE foods.  But there were a few things I did not realize back then.

For Example:

I did not realize that THRIVE foods would change my lifestyle.  But they have.  Dinners around our house still taste great, but they take a lot less time.  I spend less time in the grocery store.  I use THRIVE foods to save me time, money and stress every day.

I also did not realize that this would actually turn into a full time business!  All I wanted (initially) was free food!  Now, I’m helping people all over the US become better prepared.   By doing so, I am also earning a substantial income for my family.  I am very grateful for the compensation I receive from this blog as it helps to provide for my family.  Our time is precious and I am glad that there are ways for me to be compensated for my time while helping and supporting others in becoming more self reliant, prosperous and charitable.

I did not realize how proud I would be to be involved with this company.  I had no idea how well the mission statement created by THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance)’s Executives would mesh with my own feelings and outlook on self reliance / preparedness.  I’m not a “doomsday” prepper.  I don’t motivate based on fear.  However, I am very motivated to prepare for life.  I want to provide the best life I can for my family and children.  One of my biggest motivations for becoming more self reliant is so that I am better able to help those who can’t help themselves.


At the THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) convention this weekend,  I met wonderful people.  I grew a lot (I had to give a training to hundreds of people…eek).  I learned a lot about the company, and the products.  But the best part of convention, in my opinion, was learning a bit more about what goes on behind the scenes at THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance).

I watched all the corporate employees treat us consultants like royalty.  They respected and supported each other.  They smiled a lot.  They were working after hours and on the weekend, but were obviously enjoying it. The executives seemed to know them all by name.

I watched the executives and founders interact with us consultants on a real and personal level.  They shook every consultants hand.  They took the time to talk to us and get to know us.  They sat an answered question after question that had be emailed into them before convention.  They made fools of themselves twice as the “backorder boys,” and the “Harvesters” (bands…they were actually pretty good).  They even did Zumba with bell on their hips!  They took time to explain process and thought that goes into launching each new product.  They are strict when it comes to quality and will not sacrifice it just so they can offer a particular product. They wait until they’ve found just the right supplier / situation that fits the high quality of the THRIVE brand.  I even saw one of the founders out late Saturday night, hours after convention had ended helping his employees clean up.  I was incredibly impressed with their integrity.

Mission Statement

The THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) mission statement:

Through superior products and sound education, THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance)
empowers people to become self reliant, prosperous and charitable.

That mission statement was the focus of convention: providing consultants with superior, high quality products and knowledge to be able to soundly educate people.  Those products, that education, and this business opportunity truly do empower people to become more self reliant, prosperous, and charitable.  And that fits so well with my own philosophy!  It is why I have chosen to adopt part of that mission statement as my own tagline & focus here on this site.  There have been times when I have not been able to be completely self reliant.  During those times, others who were better prepared than I, stepped in and supported me and my family.  I want to pay that forward.  I want to be not just self reliant, but prosperous so that I can support others in their time of need.

Thriving Nations

THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) is doing exactly that through their charity: Thriving Nations. One of the highlights for me at convention was learning more about just how this charity works.  THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) doesn’t talk much about it: it is another of those “behind the scenes” things that I learned at convention.   But did you know that 5% of all THRIVE food profits go to support this charity?  The 5 minutes I spent watching this video at convention was actually my very favorite time there.  I am so proud to be involved with a company that is helping people in the US and all over the world become more self reliant, prosperous and charitable.  Thriving Nations does exactly that: they help families become self-reliant and then prosperous enough that they have excess.  Those same families then exercise charity and give of their excess to other families in need: repeating the cycle.  I was actually moved to tears by this video.  It inspired me to continue to find ways to give back on my own.

Have you been the recipient of help when you were in need?  How have you found ways to “give back?” or “pay it forward?”