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About Mark and Helen?

Mark graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Washington University in Geography and Drawing. Helen graduated in 1996 from the University of Colorado, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. It wasn’t until 1999 that the two of us got together, but when we did there was no looking back.

Mark had fallen away from his drawing completely, and he was working as a beer salesman for Widmer Brothers Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. I was working my way up the corporate ladder managing a TGIFridays in Portland, Oregon. With a little prodding from the other managers at TGIF, Mark knew he had an in and asked me out to the Spring Beer Festival. That was April 17th 1999.

After a 4 year courtship of having 2 cats and 2 dogs, buying a house and selling it a year later, and then moving from Portland, Oregon to Denver, Colorado, I finally decided it would be okay if we got married. July 18th 2003 was the date.

If you’re wondering why I didn’t change my last name, it’s only obvious. Look at Mark’s name and you probably said something like ”TREEK” It is actually pronounced “Trike,” like a tricycle. Not many people say it correctly, so I said forget it, and kept my last name. Besides, I like it when things are done alphabetically and I am always first with my last name starting with an A.

The Road Has Been Full Of Ups And Downs



Mark and I came to a point in our lives where we were living like the Joneses in suburban America. He was a beer salesman making a decent income and I was managing a Dave and Buster’s, a restaurant and entertainment facility. We found ourselves in debt up to our eyeballs. Actually you could have buried us into a 6-foot snowdrift and we would have never climbed out of that debt.

We were tired of our jobs and we both felt like we had reached our limit and potential in the fields we were in. I was frustrated with being told to meet budgets, train employees, keep up company standards and make millions of dollars for the corporation by doing these things and then being told, “Good job for all your hard work, but no bonus for you.” Or if there was a bonus, it really sucked.

Mark on the other hand was under extreme pressure to sell, sell, sell, and keep the beer in date. You know, the little dates they put on bottles to tell whether it is fresh or not. (Which is crap by the way, it’s just another marketing tactic used to make you buy it.) It was a catch 22. He had quotas to sell a certain amount of beer each month and would get in trouble if he didn’t do it. Then if he sold too much and it went out of date, he had to return it and he would get in trouble. Either way he was doomed! It was a never-ending cycle. He was stressed out all the time.

Finally we had it. We decided we wanted something different. This is where our journey started and we made a decision to change our lives, so we set out on a route to find out what our real passion in life was.

It Was Time For A Move



Through my pushing I got Mark drawing a little bit more, and with a few small successes in selling a drawing to friends here and there we thought it would be good to start a website. I don’t know how I did it, but somehow I got one up and running. We decided to name it after our Chocolate Lab, Logan.

It was Logan’s Run Portrait Drawing Studio. I don’t know what we were thinking. We had no idea what to do and really it was so hard to let go of the idea we needed our “Real Jobs.” So, in order to remedy those feelings I had an even better idea, “Let’s quit our jobs and move to the mountains, in Breckenridge, Colorado.”

Crazy as we were we did it. Mark landed a job in Construction Sales, and I went to work for a restaurant called Ruby Tuesdays. It didn’t take long before I couldn’t stand it, and Mark’s boss was one of the hardest people to get along with in the world. So we went searching for a business we could buy. You know, it was a cute small town and everything there was a mom and pop operation. Mark stumbled across a for sale sign in the City Market that said “Coffee Cart For Sale! …Turn Around.”

That was it, a coffee cart. We bought it. I was able to quit my job to run the cart, but we still needed Mark’s income to survive on while we paid off the debt.

As time went on we were happy with our coffee cart, but Mark grew unhappy with his job. We needed to make a change again.

So we started thinking about his art once more and what we could do to get things started. This time we bought a website from Site Build It, which is the website we have today for Mark’s Drawing Portrait’s. At the same time I found the Renegade Network Marketer. I felt we needed help in building our business and the Renegade Marketing System has given us the step-by-step training we needed to get things going.

As Life Goes On



Right about this same time I found myself pregnant, my father’s health was deteriorating fast. My dad had asked us to sell our coffee cart and move to Colorado Springs, where I could be a stay at home mom and take care of him. Mark could work on his art and get a job. My dad passed away when I was 5 1/2 months pregnant. That was January 17th 2009. Oren Walter Avery-Treick was born 4 months later on May 20th 2009.

Now more than ever Mark and I wanted to do what mattered the most. Take care of our son and have the time and the freedom to be good parents, provide a loving home, and live a lifestyle that suits us doing what makes us happy.

Time To Move Again



We decided that it was time to be close to Mark’s family, and we packed up our things and moved back to Oregon. We relocated to the historic little town of Newberg, right in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. After all this time of soul searching and figuring out what to do, Mark found his Niche. It was drawing portraits and wine country themed drawings.

We are also venturing into the coaching ranks by offering our services through MarketYourPassionToday.com, to the millions of people out there doing a lot of wishing about following their passions and not doing a lot of “Doing” when it comes to following their passions in life. Helen and I want to share with you our passion for life, our passion for helping others reach their potential and eventually realize their dreams as successful business owners.

It has taken a long time to come to this place of contentment in our lives, but now we hope to bring our story to you so we can teach and grow with everyone out there who wants to join us as we move forward.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING OUR STORY!!

Helen and Mark

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MERIDA November 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Just to tell you guys, Helen, Mark, Oren, that I loved your web page!. Very motivational and and an absolutely refreshing place!

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Bonnie Silvia November 14, 2010 at 10:14 am

Hi Helen! I first saw you in Portland last year at a Renegade University event. Then I kept up with you on social sites. Today as I was looking through you tube and thinking about my passions I found your video which led me to you website. The video and your articles were just what I needed and really hit home with me. Thanks for the great content. Now that is attraction marketing in action! Just read about your second pregnancy- May your family and business continue to on to shining success!

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Mark Treick November 15, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks Bonnie, It has been a great year of developing our business here. We are here to help. Let me know how the videos are going for you and we would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Helen

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Laurence Lidey May 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I understand this is really boring and you’re simply skipping to another comment, but I just wished to toss you a large many thanks — you solved some things for me!

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