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Cynthia and Aaron Sagarese – Balancing Family, Together

Posted by on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

For most, living completely balanced lives and spreading our time evenly between work, family, and personal pursuits is only a fantasy. This was true for Cynthia and Aaron Sagarese, who found themselves struggling with irregular work schedules and little family time. Deciding they needed to refocus their priorities, the couple seized an opportunity to start their own business and take back control of their time.

R+F Consultants Cynthia and Aaron Sagarese headshot

Reaching a breaking point

For 18 years, Cynthia worked long overnight shifts and holidays as a labor and delivery registered nurse. In 2011 she met her husband, Aaron, and married a few months later, blending their families. During this time, Aaron was working 10 to 16 hour days as a contractor. “We’d always hoped to have a baby together,” says Cynthia, “but between our schedules we barely saw each other.” It became clear that if they continued as they were, something was going to break.

Cynthia and Aaron with their family

Cynthia and Aaron with their family

In June of 2012, Cynthia’s naturopathic doctor reached out to her. “He told me that if I was interested in an opportunity to work from home, he could put me in contact with a friend who was an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields®.” After learning more about the Company and sampling some products, Cynthia talked it over with Aaron. “We were both impressed with the products and the brand recognition,” says Cynthia, “but the thing that stood out most to me was the fact that this woman had replaced her former salary and retired because of her R+F income.”

Cynthia and Aaron with their RF Family, DREAM TEAM INTERNATIONAL

Cynthia and Aaron with their RF Family, DREAM TEAM INTERNATIONAL

Working together

In September of 2012, Cynthia and Aaron decided to enroll as a partnership. Less than three months later, working eight hours a week, they achieved Level V and, six months after that, they completed their qualification for a Lexus through the Road to RFX Car Incentive Program. That same month, their R+F earnings surpassed both Aaron’s pay and Cynthia’s full-time nursing salary.

Cynthia and Aaron having fun with Dr. Katie Rodan at the Paris RFX trip

Cynthia and Aaron having fun with Dr. Katie Rodan at the Paris RFX trip.

A year into their business, they achieved RFX Circle, working 20 hours a week, and Aaron was able to retire from his job. “I finally have time with my family and the ability to get reacquainted with myself, which has allowed me to grow as a man, husband, and father,” says Aaron. “We went from struggling to thriving.”

Soon after, Cynthia and Aaron learned they were pregnant. “Our daughter is the first child I’ve had the chance to raise myself. I’m beyond grateful that, this time, I get to be home for all those little milestones.”

Cynthia and Aaron on the RFX Circle Thailand trip, their first time riding an elephant! "Thank you Dr. Rodan + Fields!"

Cynthia and Aaron on the RFX Circle Thailand trip, their first time riding an elephant! “Thank you Dr. Rodan + Fields!”

Achieving the freedom of time

The time and financial freedom that Cynthia and Aaron have gained are allowing them to live life on their terms. “No more asking for permission to attend our children’s school programs. Now we can be present for everything because we choose how we spend our time,” says Cynthia.

The Sagareses’ business also enables them to give back on a much larger scale. “I truly feel like this experience has made us more altruistic,” says Cynthia. “We were so busy trying to keep our heads above water that we never had the chance to serve others in the way we wanted. Now, we can put others first and give where we see need.”

The Sagarese Family on vacation. They now have the time freedom to choose when to go!

The Sagarese Family on vacation. They now have the time freedom to choose when to go!

Starting their own business has shown Cynthia and Aaron that it’s possible to achieve the life you want, on your own terms. “We’re all responsible for our failures and our successes,” says Aaron. “The only limits are the ones that we choose to place on ourselves.” Cynthia adds, “With the right opportunity, we all have the power to grow and make our dreams a reality. In the end, family is what matters most and our business has empowered us to be the parents we want to be—and there is nothing more precious to me than that.”

 

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