All posts in "Uncategorized"

The Door is Open

It is OK to take a chance

Each year that passes I look back to see the lessons learned or how I grew as a person. The beginning years when I started my business in 2012, it was like a rocket ship!  I found an opportunity and ran with it, literally. I was OK with putting most things aside because it was once in a lifetime, and I knew if I could dedicate a few years to it, the rewards would be life-changing.

I learned so much about myself through the process, but what stuck out the most, was it was OK to be different and take chances. It’s scary when you step out on your own and not follow the normal path, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re willing to put other things aside to accomplish your dreams.

Not everything will continue as planned.. There was something I needed to learn in 2018. It’s OK to take time for yourself from time to time and use hiccups in the road to learn and adjust even when it means it’s time to slow down.

The year of 2018 was a year to remember. It was the year of healing, patience and overcoming. I was running a fast, rewarding race, but it was time to take care of myself.  I sat six months on the couch with knee issues that turned into needing a knee replacement in my 40s. As I sat on the couch I realized that this was God’s plan or the universe telling me to slow down, that the control is not always in my own hands. I was having the time of my life, but ignoring minor health issues that cleared up during this time, that wouldn’t have if I kept up the pace I was working.

I also realized that I needed to spend more time with my family, including our boys who had become teenagers overnight. As parents with teenagers, you think this time is when they need you least, but it’s not the case, they need you more.

If you know me at all, you would know that staying in the gym is very important to me, as well as being in good physical shape. It was difficult sitting on the couch, watching the days go by of not being at the gym was extremely challenging and mentally taxing. You could imagine how hard it would be to stay driven with work and travel with the knee being immobilized. So I decided to sit back and not take the lead. I had the opportunity to reflect and learn and grow as a person and spend quality time with my family and for the first time let them take care of me. I did a lot of soul searching during that time and realized big changes were coming.

As we say goodbye to the year 2019, I called it the Year of Listening to the Call, Being Courageous and Adapting to New Beginnings. As hard as it was, I knew that I needed a change, that my family needed a change. I’m all about watching signs, and when things become difficult and not as easy as they once were, it’s time to adjust. This is what I was seeing in Little Rock, Arkansas where we lived for the last 20 years. Little Rock was a great place to start a family, raise children, but neither my husband nor I was from the area. It was time for the Grawers to leave and create space for the next family. It was such a hard decision to make a change, especially when it’s what we knew. The boys were teenagers, one going into his senior year. It was a scary decision to make, but I knew the decision was the right one and a decision that would be a healthy one for all of us.

I’ve always loved Phoenix. I started bringing my mom to a resort every year in the area and when I was here it made my soul feel good. Rick and I had the opportunity to move out here years ago but declined. We have several friends in the area but thought that staying in Little Rock was the right decision. When the opportunity came up again to move to Phoenix, we thought about where we wanted to be 10 years down the road in retirement. This was where we wanted to be. It took being very courageous to make such a move, especially the ages of our boys, but I knew how important it was to show the boys how to adapt and be open-minded. I also knew that for my business, moving to a new market was important and could be instrumental for when the Japan market opens.

Our family loves Phoenix! Sometimes we ask ourselves why we didn’t do it before. It’s a good fit for us and feels like a healthy change. As I was talking to a really good friend today, I realize so many people are too scared to take chances on new beginnings. It’s healthy to step out of the normal path from time to time; it’s also healthy to allow the hard times to be ones that create the adjustments needed in our lives.

As I’m celebrating my eighth year in business, I’m thankful for all of my friends, customers, business partners and the friendships I will always cherish from Little Rock. I’m excited about what’s to come!  I want people to realize that stepping into the unknown can be scary but can be the most rewarding decision you ever make. In my experience, I say take the chance! Who knows what can be behind the next door? It may be better than where you are today.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Continue reading >
0 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Mikah Tilley

Mikah Tilley is one of the top leaders on my team and a Lexus achiever.

Favorite quote: Don’t let your good enough get in the way of your great. – Leslie Zann

Q: What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A: I was an instructor at Arkansas State University.

Q: When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A: I wasn’t sure if I would be successful, but I am willing to work my tail off so I hoped that this would help me achieve what I wanted to in this business. Nothing in this life comes easy; you must be willing to put in the work.

Q. What was your greatest challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A: My greatest challenge in the beginning was balancing this business with my other job and my family. I had to become very structured and very disciplined with my time and the hours in my day. I had to know when to put work aside and focus on my family and when to turn off all distractions and focus 100 percent on my business. Setting “appointments” with myself and when I would work R+F was a game changer for me.

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. It is hard to choose one thing that is the “best part” of R+F, but the best part for me is the friendships I have made throughout the past three years. Amazing women who are so supportive and want the best for you! Watching team members achieve goals is one of the biggest blessings of this business for me as well! And another huge perk of this business has been the travel. . . being spoiled by our company on these incredible trips and traveling the world with my husband and my team has been SO MUCH FUN!

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?
A. Joining R+F has been the best decision I have made for myself and my family. I truly wake up every day LOVING what I do, looking forward to “going to work” every day and I feel so blessed by the team of women I am on this journey with.

Continue reading >
10 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Debbie Kincannon

Meet Debbbie Kincannon, one of the Lexus achievers on my team.

Motivation gets you going but habit gets you there. (Zig Ziglar)

Q. What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A. I was a pharmaceutical sales representative who had left the field to raise my daughter.

Q. When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A. Yes

Q. What was your greatest challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A. My greatest challenge was getting started again after putting the business down for a year. I took that time to help my mother care for my dad, and after he passed it was very hard to jump back in.

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. I most enjoy sharing the amazing gift of this business with others, because I am convinced that it really does change lives. The friendships that have been made or strengthened by R+F has been the icing on the cake!

Continue reading >
0 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Kenzie Stanfield

Meet Kenzie Stanfield, one of the newest Lexus achievers on my team.

Q. What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A. I was introduced to Rodan + Fields a few years after I began staying home with my children. I had three kids under 6 and was previously in pharmaceutical sales. It was a job I loved and never thought I’d leave entirely until we walked through the loss of our second son.

Q. When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A. When I started I was excited. And then the morning after I joined I remember waking up thinking “Oh no! What have I done?” It was exciting and scary. But I’m pretty determined and I thought, if I’m going to put my name on this, I’m definitely going to work hard and give it some energy and effort. My picture of success was small, but I had big dreams. I have consistently told myself three to five years. I can be successful in the three-five year window.

Q. What was your greatest challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A. My greatest challenge has been myself. It’s been a journey. I feared what people thought, I feared not being a good enough leader, I feared promising things that I wasn’t sure I could deliver. What I’ve realized is this is more of a mental business than anything. Whatever is going on in my head is what is coming out in my actions. If I think I can, I will. If I think I’m not worthy, not enough, then I won’t. I’m so thankful for the time and journey and learning and self-discovery. The Lord has absolutely given me such a joy for this business, this community and most important the people around me. Fear holds you captive and when you unlearn that fear and can let it go (through success and failure) you’re opened up to so many new things!

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. The best part, without a doubt, is the friendship. I didn’t come looking for friendship or community. I came for the income. I have stayed because of the people. The ones in my corner, supporting me, encouraging me, speaking words of life over me. Some of the most amazing people in my life are here and I wouldn’t have ever known them without R+F.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?
A. When you make this all about the people and the lives you have the opportunity to impact, it changes. It changes the way we view this opportunity in our own minds, which means we change how we talk about it with others. We are in a people business. Pursue your passion for people relentlessly and you will always win. Every time!

Continue reading >
5 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Rose Cundall

I would love to introduce you to Rose Cundall. She is one of the growing number of Lexus achievers on my team.

Q. What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A. Corporate executive

Q. When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A. Yes, I knew I could do this.

Q. What was your great challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A. My greatest challenge was talking to strangers and making phone calls. I overcame my fear because of my “Why.”

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. All the friendships I have made and helping others build their dreams!

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?
A. This has always been a God journey for me.

Continue reading >
0 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Deena Bailey

Deena is one the top leaders on my team and a Lexus achiever.

Q. What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A. My background was journalism. I am a former news reporter and published author. I had been a stay-at-home mom for 17 years.

Q. When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A. I knew I would be successful because I understood that the success was dependent on the work I did and the goals I created, not on someone else.

Q. What was your greatest challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A. My greatest challenge has been getting people to look past their own misconceptions about direct sales and seeing themselves as leaders.

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. I love being able to work where and when I want. I have enjoyed meeting and working with so many other people I otherwise would not have met. Most of all, I love the opportunities I’ve been able to give other families through this business model.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?
A. The single thing that has made the biggest difference in my business has been doing self-development activities. It keeps me in a positive frame of mind and helps me to enjoy all elements of this business.

Continue reading >
11 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Autumn Wenner

Autumn Wenner is one of my closest friends from high school and a recent Lexus achiever.

Favorite quote: “You are exceptional and bound for greatness…” Christian Diaz

Q. What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A. I was a stay-at-home mom for 1.5 years and had previously been the co-owner of the Texas Tea Room.

Q. When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A. Probably not!

Q. What was your greatest challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A. My greatest challenge was probably myself and my limiting beliefs. I worked with a personal development coach for three months to work out some kinks and get my business on track.

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. The journey

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share about your journey?
A. This business will change you if you will let it and, for most of us, that is a real blessing.

Continue reading >
12 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Dana Kleine

Dana Kleine is a Lexus Achiever and leader in Rodan+Fields.

Favorite Quote: “To have friends…Be a friend.”

Q. What were you doing before you started representing Rodan+Fields?
A. I was a volunteer fund-raiser and stay-at-home mom.

Q. When you started, did you think you would be successful?
A. Yes. If I put my name on the dotted line, I’m all in.

Q. What was your greatest challenge in this business and how did you overcome it?
A. I was concerned what my friends would think of me. I decided to educate myself with all things Rodan+Fields so I could speak confidently to my friends and family. Now complete strangers!

Q. What is the best part of Rodan + Fields?
A. Surrounding myself with like-minded, confident and super-savvy business owners!

Continue reading >
28 Shares

Interview with Lexus Achiever Jackie Hill

Jackie Hill is a Lexus achiever with Rodan+Fields. Her story can show everyone that this company can definitely be “life changing.”

“I was a Preferred Customer of four years, loved my R+F skincare and so did my three teenage kids,” she said.

Her life turn upside down when her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer.

“In a matter of seconds, life as we knew it changed forever. We went from a secure, two- paycheck family, two children in college, one in high school to a single paycheck that required a three-hour daily commute,” she said.

Over the past two years Jackie has been able to build up a large team around the U.S. and Canada and care for her husband at the same time.

“This awesome business model allows me to spend every waking day with my hubby while also providing to our financial obligations and the entire family still gets to enjoy wonderful skin care,” she said. “Quality family time, financial security, great skin and the chance to own a blockbuster business. It’s a win-win opportunity.”

Continue reading >
0 Shares

Conquering My Fear

I used to have a fear of public speaking. I have mentioned this in several blogs previously. When I was in junior high I still remember the embarrassment I suffered after speaking in front of a large group of classmates. After that, I knew I never wanted to speak in front of groups again.

Junior high embarrassments stay with you, at least they did for me. Through the rest of my schooling, I barely got through speech and other classes where a presentation was a requirement. After college, I choose a career that didn’t require me to have to speak in front of people. I choose jobs that had little or no public speaking involved, talk about limiting yourself. It was a pretty limiting decision.

When Rodan and Fields came along, I decided to join the company immediately after seeing the skin care results and business opportunity, but I had a long list of things I would not do. The list included never attending meetings and never speaking in front of groups.

Everyone has something that is holding them back. It was challenging for me because I was growing this great business, but I did it only through one-on-one meetings. As my team started to grow, people started asking me to host events and attend meetings where I would be the presenter, this included my out-of-state teams.

Hiding my weakness was becoming impossible. When our corporate staff came to our area, I was chosen to speak in front of 300 or more people. I was doing the unthinkable. I spent a good year or more trying to memorize everything I was to present on stage and when the nerves kicked in, my mouth got dry, my heart would beat fast and my memory would leave the room. I was showing everyone how nervous it made me feel. I was putting myself out there, just like I did in junior high.

Sometimes it’s easy to hide weaknesses, but one day when you want to promote you will have to deal with what is holding you back. In our industry a lot of people quit. They blame it on our business model, but most of the time it’s because of their unwillingness to put themselves out there. It’s more comfortable to put limitations on ourselves. I know this from my own experience. That is why personal development is so important.

What I have found over the past five years, dealing with my fear and helping people through their fears or other personal issues, is that you can be put into a “holding pattern.” You stay right where you are until you look at what is holding you back. Unconsciously, I put myself in a “holding pattern.” I wasn’t growing my business as fast as I could have because making it to the top would have meant more stage time.

It is hard to advance to the next level if you don’t work on the issues that are holding you back. For you maybe it is a lack of self-confidence or leadership skills. My advice is to keep working through it. If I can do it, so can you.

As I got more confident, I started to realize that public speaking wasn’t as difficult as I thought. I realized that my delivery was better by not memorizing my speech. I became more relaxed and it was a better experience for the audience and me. I learned that overcoming self-limitations is one of the best accomplishments.

I would encourage you to examine what is holding you back. Take steps today to face a fear. Allow yourself to make mistakes along the way; day by day it will get easier and you will be and feel more natural with your newfound skills. You will be ready for your next promotion when you allow this growth to happen.

Continue reading >
180 Shares
1 2 3
Page 1 of 3