I’ve always wanted to be a wife and mother, and there was never a doubt in my mind that my life would eventually take that course. In October 2013 I married my wonderful husband, Curtis, and we immediately began trying to conceive. A year and a half later, we found out that we were finally going to be parents! Excited didn’t even begin to describe how we felt upon hearing the official word from the doctor and we immediately scheduled our first ultrasound for the following week.
That’s when the bad news started. At my appointment there was some apprehension, but I didn’t know what was wrong and I was immediately scheduled for blood work and more tests. A week later I had a miscarriage and still no answers as to why there was concern at that first appointment.
My husband and I were devastated. How could this happen?! We had been trying to have a baby for what seemed to us like forever and now it was taken away from us almost as quickly as it was received. I slipped into a state of denial and depression and began to doubt myself as both a woman and a wife.
Thankfully, Curtis knew better and he suggested I try something new to get my mind off of what happened and begin the healing process. He told me that he had been watching the Facebook posts of one of his high school friends and what she had been accomplishing with Rodan&Fields and thought I should give it a try. Me, selling skincare? HA!! I told him he was nuts and pushed the idea out of my head and continued trying to convince myself to feel better about the miscarriage and heal both physically and emotionally.
After a couple of weeks of feeling sorry for myself I finally gave in to the nagging voice in my head telling me to look into Rodan&Fields and when I finally did, I did so by “stalking” the Facebook pages and posts of both Curtis’ friends and mine who were part of the business. At first all I saw were a bunch of pretty, fit, tan women who were making money, spending time on vacations, going shopping, and receiving gifts from their sponsors when they hit a new goal or milestone. They seemed to be genuinely happy, but I was still in a state of denial about my life and thought there was no way I was as good as those women and I didn’t see the opportunity for what Rodan&Fields could bring to me and my life.
Then, randomly one night while I was working my part-time job, it hit me…I’m just as good as those women who are moms, wives, girlfriends etc. so why not try my hand at running my own business from home in my spare time?
So I made up my mind to find out what R&F was all about and contacted a friend who had approached me about joining her team months ago and started asking questions. I probably overwhelmed her at first with all of my questions, but if I was going to get involved in this business, I needed to know everything I was getting myself into financially, emotionally and time-wise.
She was patient with me as she explained the ins and outs of the business, how it works, the benefits, basically everything!! I still had some lingering concerns about the initial cost, but once again my husband told me to not worry and just give it a try if it was something I was interested in doing.
I was eager to try something new to get out of the rut of feeling sorry for myself and being sad all the time and decided to go for it. Very quickly I found myself enjoying my “work” and had a new appreciation for those women I was Facebook stalking. I have since come to rely on them for my questions, advice and support. And now, I’m the one who is successfully growing a team of business partners, I have great skin that I’m proud to show off, my depression has dwindled to a minimum and I no longer feel sorry for myself for not having the things other women have.
And while I haven’t given up on becoming a mother or my career as a high school teacher, I have stopped comparing myself to everyone else who is happy. Instead, I am focusing on being happy with myself. And so, it’s a good day…today.
Catherine lives Shelby Township, MI, is wife to Curtis and would love to share more of her journey with you! To learn more about Rodan&Fields or to join Catherine in her business as a client/partner. Connect with her on Facebook or contact her through her Rodan&Fields website.