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Cristina DiMarzio – Dreaming of Positive Change

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

When Cristina DiMarzio became a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant, she was busy pursuing a new career as a freelance interior designer and working on a master’s degree in interior architecture. “I left my first career in real estate to really focus on design and being a mom to my little boy. We dealt with a lot of infertility issues, so it was awesome when we found out we were finally pregnant with number two. But between my masters, the infertility treatments, and the fact that I wasn’t really working a substantial amount, we weren’t always making ends meet and it felt like we were hemorrhaging money.”

In November 2013, Cristina and her husband Andy agreed she needed to get a more substantial job. Thankfully, she had been watching the progress of a good friend and sorority sister, Mallory Garshnick, who was enthusiastic about her business as an R+F Independent Consultant. “I reached out to Mallory, wanting to know the details of how she was accomplishing so much with her business alongside her other career. I jumped in the next day. Right away when I attended Summit in Nashville, I felt that this opportunity could change our family’s life.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Christina DiMarzio

Growing goals

From the start, Cristina and Andy were fully devoted to growing a sustainable Rodan + Fields business. “The beginning was intense and very busy. I was newly pregnant, in a rigorous master’s program, working with design clients, and had a one and a half year old. Life was nuts. I was squeezing my business into every possible nook and cranny that I could, putting in anywhere from 10 to 15 hours a week. Thankfully, my husband has been a huge supporter since day one and is the acting CFO of our business.”

As Cristina poured her efforts into being a business owner, she found her goals shifting even more. “It was always so rewarding to see how, as I was consistently working, my earnings grew a little bit every month. We started out with a goal of covering some of our household expenses so I could still pursue my masters, and when I accomplished that we started to see just how much this business could do for us. We eventually added in lifestyle goals, giving more to our church or to projects at my son’s school.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Christina DiMarzio & Doctors

Cristina meeting the doctors at the Gatsby themed RFX Party in Vegas, Convention 2017.

Unexpected benefits

Finding herself on a completely new trajectory, Cristina walked away from her design business and the master’s program. “I knew Rodan + Fields was definitely where my time and energy was better spent. I’ve been doing R+F for almost five years now, and it’s been an amazing journey. The friendships, collaboration, and working with other leaders who are empowering women to bring out their best selves — that’s something that I never would have had the opportunity to do in my prior career. I’ve never really looked back.”

The family has also welcomed an unexpected blessing, their third child. “We have three beautiful children now. We never in a million years thought we’d be able to have a child without medical assistance. So our third came as a total surprise. Because of the freedom we experience with my R+F business, there has been no stress with this beautiful third baby. We’re a happy family and this business has been an amazing blessing for us.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant Cristina DiMarzio & Family

Cristina, Andy, and their three children: Ann Elise, Lilliana, and Luca.

This past year, Cristina has also been grateful for business ownership in the midst of unexpected hardship. Her family received a shock when Cristina’s father was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. “He has battled through a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments and is currently doing well. But with that diagnosis, my purpose in business took another dramatic shift. I am grateful to have this business for the time freedom it has provided. It is such a blessing and a gift to be able to see my parents on a whim and spend as much time with them as I’d like to, without a 9-5 job to report back to. I know my time with him is limited, so that has been an unmeasurable gift.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Christina DiMarzio's Parents

Cristina’s parents, Carmen and Bill Costa, 2 months after brain surgery.

Dream bigger dreams

Today, as an RFX leader, Cristina devotes her energy toward helping members of Team Legacy reach their own biggest goals. “My team members are so amazing and we have such a special culture of giving back and paying it forward. I’m always encouraging the women and men on our team to dream the biggest dreams possible. My team members feel like they can shoot for big goals and handle everything that comes along the way, and I think that attitude is something that’s really special on our team.”

Cristina has also found a great sense of fulfillment in helping her friends and fellow Independent Consultants leave a legacy of positive change. “They just are such givers and doers in the world, and it’s been such a humbling and incredible experience to be part of that. Getting to know all of these individuals on such a personal level — their hearts, dreams, desires, and deep personal struggles is such an amazing experience. To be a part of people’s lives in that way and to be their voice of encouragement has been so rewarding and special. It’s hands down my favorite part of working with a team.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Christina DiMarzio & Power Partners

Cristina with her two sideline power partners and best friends she’s made because of R+F: 
Lauren Corkey and Jennie Klassen.

Seeking a limitless future

Cristina is most passionate about empowering other women to reach their full potential and accomplish amazing things. She loves helping them widen their horizons and see an even bigger future for themselves. “When we are little we all have these huge dreams — my son wants to be an astronaut, baseball player, navy warrior, and Batman. It’s a magical experience for me to watch that transformation in my team members, when they allow themselves to start dreaming again. I encourage them to know that whatever you’re dreaming in your heart, dream bigger.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Christina DiMarzio & Lexus

Cristina with her upline leaders and some of her LV Leaders at her Lexus Celebration in 2016.
From left to right and top to bottom: Cindy Santi, Lindsay Ratcliffe, Sarah Snell, Dana Zaworski, Jessica Fischer, Lauren Davis, Jessica Edwards, Cristina, and Mallory Garschnick.

“With Rodan + Fields, I honestly feel like the opportunity is limitless. I feel like we’re going places so big that I don’t think I can even wrap my brain around what my life will look like. I hope that my business is going to keep on growing and that it’ll be a legacy for my kids. That’s what I’m looking forward to the most — that this business could take off in ways I still can’t even imagine.”

To contact Cristina about joining her team or purchasing products, connect with her here.

 

Tell Me More…

What one word do you most relate to? Dream

Where do you draw your inspiration from in life? I am hugely inspired by colors and designs. A well-thought-out and comfortably decorated space makes me actually “feel” something — whether that feeling is relaxed, energized, or inspired.

Who’s the most influential person in your life? My parents have always been there for me and encouraged me to be the best I can be. My maternal grandmother is also my hero. She has overcome so much in her life and always persisted with a smile and an incredible outlook.

What is the next program you are running for? I am running for RFX Circle right now, and also setting my team up for a Legacy run in a couple years.

Favorite restaurant? Literally impossible to say. But I am a sucker for pizza!

 

The information, materials and views provided by a Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant during this presentation are her or his own and do not necessarily represent the views of Rodan + Fields. Rodan + Fields makes no representations about the accuracy of the information. The stories shared may be atypical experiences among Consultants who join the business. Actual earnings vary significantly, and no income is promised or guaranteed. Potential Consultants are urged to perform their own due diligence prior to making any decision to participate.

For information regarding earnings under the U.S. R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement.

For information regarding earnings under the Canada R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement. We estimate that in Canada the typical plan participant will earn between $1,700 and $2,000 CAD per year.

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