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Heather Moseley – Changing Directions and Finding Herself

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Heather Moseley worked hard to develop herself professionally and build a successful career. She started in retail, moved to product development, and eventually landed a job in product marketing, where she began her climb up the corporate ladder. In 2005, with the birth of her first son, Heather’s life and priorities changed drastically. Then, a series of unexpected events began unraveling her family’s sense of stability.

After their family expanded, Heather and her husband moved to a rural area, thinking it would be a better environment for their children. When Heather’s son suffered a scary medical episode, her family went from being nearly debt-free to incurring 30,000 dollars in medical bills within 72 hours. Six months later, they learned that their house was sinking into a swampy foundation, and the repair costs were significant. “Suddenly we were living paycheck-to-paycheck. I wanted to project a positive attitude for my family, so I internalized all my stress and grief. I tried to take care of everything, but it was destroying me inside.”

my 40th birthday

Starting her business shifted Heather’s outlook and helped her find her confidence again.

As she dealt with these financial troubles, Heather’s struggle to balance her career and family intensified. “I didn’t want to give up my job because I had worked so hard for it, and I’d defined myself by my career for so long. We also needed the money. But I also wanted to be more available for my son; he and my husband are my everything. I was so thankful for my son’s good health; I wanted to spend every moment with him and prayed for additional children.”

After the birth of her second son, Heather went on maternity leave and fell into a serious slump. Her second child, born premature, was in and out of the hospital for weeks, adding more bills to their family’s financial burden. The additional time away from her oldest son while she was with the baby during his hospital stays was also difficult for Heather. What’s more, their neighborhood had transformed into an unhappy, rundown place.

Heather felt herself sliding into a depression. She searched for and accepted a new job closer to home, hoping it would turn things around for her and her family. But the job wasn’t what she had expected. It became a source of distress—weighing on her, gradually whittling away the positive attitude she once valued.

Our Summer vacation

Heather with her husband and their sons on a summer vacation.

Heather didn’t think things could get any worse, but she was wrong. Over the next few years, she and her husband both lost their jobs. They were forced to file for bankruptcy, and decided to let their house be foreclosed on as they were in a losing battle with the home’s foundation issues. “It was just one thing after another. I had no idea how we were going to pay for everything or how we could go on. I finally reached my breaking point—it seemed my entire world had dropped from under me. It had all been negatively impacting my oldest son, my marriage, and my health.”

In January of 2012, Heather took a new marketing job as her family struggled to rebuild their lives. Around that same time, she grew closer with one of her husband’s high school friends, who was an Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields®. Heather was initially full of excuses for why she shouldn’t start her own R+F business. But when the opportunity kept resurfacing in her thoughts, she knew she had to consider it. “With my marketing background, I responded to all the press and editorial space the Company was getting. The strong brand and great products were very appealing, but I had just filed bankruptcy, had no liquid assets and no credit card to start a business venture. Not to mention, we weren’t sure when we would be moving out of our house. The thought of starting a new business was overwhelming at the time.”

With Cassie Stangler, my mentor and friend and Romi Neustadt, whom I admire for her values and similar background

Heather with Cassie Stangler and Romi Neustadt, both friends and business partners.

As Heather shared the opportunity with a friend one day, she realized that just talking about the business was changing her attitude—she sounded more positive, more like her old self. Heather decided to swallow her pride and accept a loan from a close friend in order to purchase a business kit in March of 2013. “I was scared, but I wanted to do it for my family.”

Heather immediately found her confidence again. Through the misfortunes and struggles of the past few years, she had started to lose herself. Her R+F business gave her something positive, other than her family, to focus on and be proud of again. “I was tired of all the ‘bad luck’, and I was determined to turn my life around. Starting my business shifted my entire outlook. Once I decided to make a change, I knew things were going to get better.”

my boys

Heather loves that her business enables her to set a good example for her sons and teach them that they have the power to control their futures.

Heather forged ahead on the positive path she created for herself. She started reaching out to people she’d previously shut out during her family’s hardships. “I didn’t want anyone to know what I was going through back then, but my business has encouraged me to reconnect with people I’d lost touch with. The relationships that you develop in this business have made me realize this opportunity isn’t just about my family or the potential financial benefits. It’s about the relationships, new and old. In fostering more connections, I rediscovered the person I used to be. I started laughing again.”

Heather loves that her business gives her the ability to provide for her family without sacrificing fun. “We didn’t have that before. Now I can buy things like lacrosse gear for my son, tickets to sporting events, and family vacations without fear of where the money will come from or what savings we’re taking from. I want my kids to have the best of things, have wonderful life experiences and memories, but to also understand the value of a dollar. ”

all 3 boys

Her business allows Heather to provide for her family without sacrificing time with them or giving up fun things like vacations and extracurricular activities.

Through her business, Heather has been able to set an important example for her sons: that it’s possible to control your future and your success. “My attitude was strongly affected by my previous job, and my family witnessed and was impacted by that. I’m glad that I can show my kids it’s okay to stand up for yourself and to make changes that are best for you! You don’t need to compromise yourself or your family. Showing them how to be strong has been very rewarding.”

Heather was working 60 hours per week at her marketing job when she launched her R+F business. Now, she’s finally able to start taking a step back and focus on other things. She’s involved with her kids’ activities and local councils when before, she had to turn down volunteer opportunities because of her work schedule. “It’s been easy to fit my R+F business into my life; I am busy and that allows me to be around other busy, like-minded people. As I grow my business, I have the potential to leave my corporate job and become my own boss—so I can always be there for my family and put them first.”

Christmas in our beautiful home

Heather and her family spending Christmas in their beautiful new home.

Heather’s family now lives in a beautiful neighborhood, one they had always dreamed of calling home. “It’s perfect for our family and very close to the school we wanted our children to attend. And it wouldn’t have been possible without the confidence and hope I found through my business. It showed me that I could achieve more for us.”

Despite many obstacles, Heather came out stronger in the end. She has tried to learn from every bad experience and turn it into something good. In the future, Heather hopes to use her R+F income to help other families who are struggling as her family once was. She enjoys encouraging others to find their true worth and believes that our mindsets strongly affect our destinies. Maintaining a positive outlook helped Heather stay resilient through hard times. “By committing myself to make positive changes, I was able to refocus my energy and find myself again. Now I feel like I am in control.”

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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7 responses to “Heather Moseley – Changing Directions and Finding Herself”

  1. What strength. I am in awe of you and what you went through. God Bless and Good health.

    Carleen

  2. Dinah Smith says:

    Heather, I was so inspired by your story of overcoming the challenges in your life and finding a way to make a living while actually living your life!!! That’s such a blessing ! Rodan+Fields allows us the freedom to do both!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  4. Heather, I am so thankful that you were able to bounce back from all the adversity in your life and become a shining star of hope for others! Inspirational!

  5. Kristine Snow says:

    Your story is the perfect example of “why” I became a Consultant! Thank you for sharing your journey – that I am sure will inspire others. I am amazed at the quality of my partners in this business and how their stories, support, and encouragement have changed my attitude about everything!

  6. Debby Hill says:

    Heather, thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

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