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Amy Morik – Conquering Adversity and Achieving Freedom

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Friday, October 16th, 2015

Over the years, Amy Morik had learned to savor the simple things in life, finding solace in the time she spent with her children and participating in activities she loved. Children had always played an important role in Amy’s life, and she’d found fulfillment in social work. The day came, however, when her career path no longer provided the time and financial freedom she desired for herself and her own kids. As Amy searched for a way to provide for her family and reduce their financial stress, she discovered a business opportunity that gave her hope and helped her create more of those special moments she cherished.

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Amy with her husband, Alex, and their children Ashley, Andrew, and Aidan.

Dealing with loss

At the age of seventeen, Amy met her future husband, Alex, while they were working at a children’s summer camp together. She’d always loved interacting with kids and had been working at camps and babysitting for several years. She was set on becoming a teacher, until she took some psychology courses in college and developed an interest in childhood development. She decided to study social work in graduate school, was married soon after graduating, and accepted her first job as a social worker.

In 2000, Amy and Alex had their first child, and after her maternity leave, she returned to work. Eleven months later, she tragically lost one of her brothers who was working in the World Trade Center during the time of the 9/11 attacks. “Those first few years following his death are hard to describe—it was a very difficult time.” As she attempted to deal with her grief, Amy struggled with anxiety and depression. “I eventually left my job, which was for the best—I’d always imagined that I would stay home once I had kids.”

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Amy with her deceased brother, Todd Ouida.

The following year, Alex decided to leave his position in the international business field to become a math teacher. “His job required him to travel a lot, and that was great at first. We were able to visit some really cool places, but once we had kids, he wanted to be home more.” While Alex worked to earn his math degree and Amy was pregnant with their second child, it became difficult to stay afloat financially—so Amy’s parents offered to help support them during their transition.

Struggling to recover

By 2005, Amy was home with two young children, and Alex was teaching high school math in the city, but the cost of living in New York was too high, so they started to consider other options. Amy’s brother had listed her as the beneficiary on all of his insurance documents, and she had inherited some money after his death. “At the time, I didn’t want anything to do with the money because it was a reminder of what had happened, so I gave it all to a financial advisor to set aside. A few years later, as we dealt with the reality of the situation and started to accept that he wasn’t coming back, Alex and I decided that the best way to use the money would be to buy a house.”

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Amy with her parents.

They purchased a home in New Jersey a year later, and shortly after, they had their third child. In 2008, when the stock market crashed, they once again ran into some financial distress. “As time went on, it became clear that the money my brother had left me wasn’t going to last as long as we’d thought, and it definitely wasn’t going to cover our mortgage for the next 30 years. My parents offered to help us again, but I felt strongly about supporting ourselves.” They eventually sold their house and bought another one close by. Alex accepted a new position as a full-time staff member for a children’s camp, and Amy went back to work so they could make ends meet. “I was the social worker for several different schools, which meant I had to drive a lot from one site to another. Although I loved the impact I was making, I was resentful that I wasn’t home with my kids.”

In 2014, Amy connected with a neighbor who told her about her Rodan + Fields® business. While struggling to manage everything she had on her plate, Amy felt the opportunity wasn’t right for her. Yet, as time went on, she became even more frustrated with her situation and decided that it might be worth it to give the business a second thought. “I was determined not to lose another house, and I thought this could be the way to attain the financial freedom I’d been looking for.”

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Amy and her sponsor, Amanda Hall.

Stronger when challenged  

Amy enrolled as an Independent Consultant in March of 2014 and started using the SOOTHE Regimen. “I couldn’t wait to go to bed each night because I’d wash my face, put the products on, and then lie in bed and enjoy the sensation of a clean face—it felt like such a treat to myself. I’ve always had sensitive skin, and it completely calmed the visible redness on my face.” Confident in the products and eager to build her business, she began fitting it in around everything else she was doing. At the end of the school year, she stepped away from all of her jobs—with the exception of one. Amy continues to work once a week at a sensory therapy gym for children, where she feels her gifts are best utilized.

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Amy with her teammates at an R+F Event in Austin, Texas.

In February of 2015, Amy was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer, a rare but treatable disease. For the next three months, she made a daily commute to New York City for treatments, but that didn’t discourage her—it actually inspired her. “I was already living each day to the fullest. I’d already learned that someone you love can be taken from you unexpectedly—I didn’t need cancer to teach me that. But, every single day I spent in that hospital, each and every technician, secretary, doctor, and nurse treated me like I was important and like I truly mattered. That made me want to be a better person and make sure I was treating everyone in my life like that as well. Those people made me want to give back more compassionately and do more for others, and I knew that R+F was the way to pursue that dream.”

During that time, Amy continued working her business full-time, even while in the hospital waiting room, and two months later, in the midst of her treatments, she achieved Level V. That month, her income exceeded their monthly mortgage payment. Now, fully recovered and healthy, Amy is proud of the growth she’s experienced and the fact that she is able to provide for her family, while still staying home with her kids. She is also grateful that her income is allowing her to give more and support causes that are important to her. Each year, her family hosts a fundraiser to raise money for a charity that provides support and promotes education about childhood anxiety and depression. The organization was started in memory of her late brother. “I carry his death with me every single day, and he is present in everything I do.”

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Enjoying a family vacation.

The drive to overcome

Amy’s R+F business has enabled her to step into a leadership position and use many of the skills she finds rewarding as a social worker. “Whether I’m working with preschoolers or coaching my teammates, I find joy in helping others gain confidence and develop the skills they need to be the best people they can be. When I’m mentoring and empowering someone to overcome obstacles, I feel like I’m truly making a difference in someone’s life—and that’s amazing.”

Over the years, Amy has learned that there will always be hurdles to face, but no matter what they are, if we commit to pushing through, there is freedom on the other side. “My business has shown me exactly how I can achieve what I want, and I know it’s leading me to peace of mind, flexibility of time, and financial stability for my family. If you have a dream, you can make it happen if you’re willing to work hard. When you believe in yourself and go after whatever it is that you want, that dream is yours to conquer.”

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Amy and Alex in Turks and Caicos in September of 2015.

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9 responses to “Amy Morik – Conquering Adversity and Achieving Freedom”

  1. Angie McHale says:

    Thank you, Amy, for sharing your inspiring story with us! God Bless!

  2. Betty Ackerman says:

    The way you have overcome adversity is inspiring. Your family is beautiful and I am sure everything you do is for them. You are amazing and have an incredible story. Continue to conquer. I will see you soon.

    Best,
    Betty A.

  3. Karen L. Rancourt says:

    This is a great article! Having known Amy for over 20 years and as a member of her extended family, I know firsthand that when Amy commits to something, well, just get out of her way because she will Get The Job Done!

    Her passion for being in the R+F community serves her well. I personally know members of her team and they all rave about her leadership and management acumen. I wish Amy and all her R+F teammates continued success as they find balances in their personal and professional lives that work for them and their families.

  4. Julie Tabino says:

    Congratulations, Amy!!!!! You are an amazing person!!! So very happy for you!!! Reach for the stars, my dear!!! Xoxo

  5. Aunt Lila says:

    An incredible story. I loved it. Life is for those who see the sunshine every day. Enjoy every moment of it.

  6. Theits says:

    Bravo, Amy. Great story.

  7. Yarden Levinson Cohen says:

    Amy, it’s inspiring to read your story. I learned so much about you. I wish you good luck in your career and a lot of good health!!!

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