Well for one, I've been resting (kind of). I know that sounds funny but, for nearly four years, Steve worked full-time and went to school in his off time. That meant we didn't see him much at all. Many nights and every Saturday were spent studying. Even though Steve has had to study quite a bit to get up to speed at Sandia, all of that studying has been his work. So he's had great hours. Going in early, getting home in time for dinner and then getting every other Friday off. It's been bliss I tell you. And even though we've been making friends, our social calendar has been pretty quiet. So we have had six straight months of great Daddy time and husband/wife time. Heaven. We needed it.
But the main thing I've been doing is building my Rodan + Fields business. I'd be totally remiss if I didn't mention it. It's pretty much been my sixth child. So once Steve and I knew that we were going to pursue his PhD, we knew I was going to have to do something to contribute because we also knew that we didn't want to go into debt for him to get this degree. We'd already paid off Cal Poly, we'd paid for Texas A & M as we went through the program and we didn't want this new degree to be mortgaging our future. No way! But we also knew this was an amazing opportunity and one that had come straight from God's hand. We had to take it.
So we prayed. Where there is a will, there IS a way. God provided so many things. Steve was given a full-ride to Colorado State University which was amazing because paying out-of-state tuition is quite expensive. He was also given the internship at Sandia which has allowed us to save a decent amount over the past seven months and has given him the opportunity to telecommute part-time next year while in classes. That part-time job will pay our main expenses.
But we have five kids. And they are expensive. Most grad students are single, or newly married. Not old with five kids! Ha ha! It was plain. I had to do something to help support us during this time. But it had to be a job I could do from home all around my kids' schedule. I had a friend that I knew had replaced her full-time nursing income in 10 months with part-time hours, to become a stay-at-home mommy to her daughter. She had done it through Rodan + Fields. She and I spoke and I knew it was an incredible business opportunity.
So two days after we moved to New Mexico, I partnered with the same two Stanford trained doctors, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields, that developed ProActiv back in the 90's by joining Rodan + Fields Dermatologists as an Independent Consultant. I was looking for a company that was reputable, had products that were excellent and gave people amazing results, a flexible work schedule and a generous pay plan. R + F was all of that and more.
I was given the opportunity to leverage this already established brand that had a great reputation from ProActiv. All of the products have been through independent clinical trials, giving real, quantifiable results. They also came with a 60 day money back guarantee further proving their efficacy and endorsing the company's credibility. I could work whenever I wanted, from wherever I wanted. I could run my business off of my phone if I wanted to. And the pay plan was worth all of my effort. In the last six months, I earned back my investment in the first sixty days and since then, I've built enough of a business to support our rent and groceries next year when Steve only works part-time all while providing an incredible service to my valued customers who were in search of great skin care. They are truly the reason I am in business today and I am so thankful for their support!!
This business has been a blast. I knew nothing about skincare or sales before. But we have incredible team support and the business is duplicatable. If one follows the plan, they will be successful. So that's what I've been doing. Following the plan and running this race. I've been building a business. I've been wiping noses and bottoms and gaining team members! I've been training and reading books to my littles. I've been homeschooling and doing sales calls for my downline to help them train. And I've been supporting my Mathematician who is my favorite person of them all!
I have seven direct teammates. And I love every single one of them. They bless me every day. One of my favorite parts of the whole deal is helping my friends and family build businesses that are significantly changing their family's financial futures. And then seeing them do the same and give more than they ever have before. That's incredible to me!
It's been amazing. Totally amazing. God has given me a way that I can help support Steve through grad school while still doing what I do best, run my home and cheer for him. I am so thankful.
So I haven't been blogging but, I have been busy. Hoping to remedy the blogging thing but, know I haven't been idle.