Last year, 2015, was an incredible year in LegalShield and in the Shelvy household. 2015 ushered in a new era that included our appointment as Network Vice Presidents for the state of Missouri, countless technology advancements, and a feeling and excitement about our future that I cannot describe. To quote Mr. Jeff Bell, “The best is truly, yet to come.”

It’s an honor to, once again, be included in the Profiles of Success. As we reflect on life before LegalShield, I’m reminded of the struggle and challenge of being a slave to a job. Both Lauren and I worked long hours to make sure we could provide for our family. I worked as many as three jobs, and Lauren worked both inside and outside the home (perhaps the hardest of all juggling acts). Even with the jobs and our strong work ethic, the bad outweighed the good, and in the end, it was never enough.

We struggled every day, not just financially but for time, we struggled to find freedom and BALANCE. In 2010, I was introduced to LegalShield at a Super Saturday. I will never forget what the speaker said to me (and everyone in the audience, but it felt like he was talking to me personally). He said, “Be careful what you pray for because sometimes it will be delivered to you in a package you are not prepared to recognize.” That was my story! I had been looking and praying and looking and praying and finally, the answer was in front of me.

LegalShield was an immediate game changer. The money was one thing, but the ability to choose my own future and dictate my own life was not only refreshing, but empowering. As a family, we traveled more in 2015 than in any three years prior. Lauren volunteers in a demanding and rewarding position at my sons’ school and no longer has to work outside of our home. For the last five years, I have had no JOB, just an invitation to join a mission. A mission to provide equality and protection to the masses and affording freedom and opportunity to those wise enough to recognize the package when it is delivered.

I look forward to our best year in 2016. I look forward to seeing the rise of new leaders and rising stars from those we are fortunate enough to work alongside every day. 2016 will be the year of the decision. This year, we have made the decision to break free and rise to the top. We are truly grateful for the LegalShield opportunity and this incredible family that’s given both Lauren and me the ability to be better leaders, better friends, better parents, and most importantly, the ability to be PRESENT for our two boys, Nicholas and Andrew- our WHY.