Emily Barenbrugge – Breaking Free from Convention

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

In today’s fast-paced world, we often end up devoting so much of our lives to our careers that when we finally do get some time off, we are too drained to fully enjoy it. Emily Barenbrugge is one such person who managed to escape that cycle and live life to its fullest without the constraints placed upon the overburdened worker.

R+F Consultant Emily Barenbrugge headshot

A sudden priority shift

Emily was very happy in her career as a dental hygienist. She loved the daily interaction with her patients, and, despite the long working hours, she envisioned staying there until she retired. But, nine years ago, when she had her first child, her outlook shifted. “When I held my son in my arms, I knew there was no way I could go back to that job.” It would be impossible, in her eyes, to manage her 10-hour shifts and long commute while still being a present mom. “At the end of a day’s work, you are physically sore and mentally exhausted. When you get home you have no energy left to devote to those you love.”

So Emily didn’t return to work, and over the following four years, she and her husband had two more kids. In the meantime, her husband opened his own retail business, and, while business was good, the growing family began to exceed their income. The day came when they accepted that Emily was going to have to return to full-time dental work. “It broke my heart because I knew that it meant missing out on all the important moments of my kids’ childhoods. But I also knew it wasn’t fair to put all this pressure on my husband.”

Emily and her husband celebrating their 10 year vow renewal.

Emily and her husband celebrating their 10 year vow renewal.

A fierce ambition

Emily knew that any job she found would have to pay enough to offset daycare costs for the three children and leave enough left over to contribute to the household expenses. Working from home would be the ideal solution. A few months prior, a trusted friend had mentioned the Rodan + Fields business model to her, but she hadn’t really given it much thought. But after seeing how her friend’s business had grown, Emily decided to find out more. Once the business was explained to her, she didn’t hesitate to join as an Independent Consultant in October 2014. “I could see that the Company was going places, with or without me. So I jumped right in!”

Emily with some of her Team TRUE members at her leader's Lexus Event, December 2016

Emily with some of her Team TRUE members at her leader’s Lexus Event, December 2016

While Emily was brand new to the world of business, she did have a clear and powerful motivation. “The goal was, within a few months, to be able to pay our mortgage while still being at home every day with my kids.” And Emily is not one to give up on a dream. “If I say I’m going to do something, I do whatever it takes to achieve it,” she exclaims. She used that powerful confidence and drive to excel with her R+F business, and, working 10 hours a week, she met that goal in the first month. Five months later, she reached Level V, and within a year, Emily had matched her previous salary.

Emily and her "sweet family." They love making memories together.

Emily and her “sweet family.” They love making memories together.

Earning to live, not living to earn

Now, a little more than two years in, Emily works her ever-expanding business 15-20 hours a week, from home. “I work it around my family. I never have to sacrifice any time with my kids—they always come first.” She is proud that her husband no longer has to shoulder the family finances alone, and he is now able to have a day off from time to time. “This business has financially benefited my family in a way I never could have even imagined.”

The sweetest part of Emily’s new career is the freedom; the precious time she can spend with her family without financial pressure. She has found a way to truly live life and make a living. “Not only am I making more money now, I am able to enjoy myself at the same time.” She has big dreams for the future, including plans to qualify as a Lexus Achiever by the end of the year and to retire her husband in less than two years. “I always seek to be the best. And I want my kids to see that they can do whatever they want. They can be a parent while rocking a business; there are no limits.”


Tell Me More…

What one word do you most relate to? Empowerment

Biggest phobia? Heights

Favorite smell? Thanksgiving dinner

What is the next Program you are running for? Lexus Achiever and Elite V

Favorite R+F memory? The very first Team Give Christmas party. It was less than two months into my business, and so many of the Consultants I met inspired me to dream big.


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.



2 responses to “Emily Barenbrugge – Breaking Free from Convention”

  1. Jen says:

    So proud of you Emily. You are a true inspiration in every way!!

  2. Wonderful story.

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