Jen Tarara – Loving Her One Life

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Jen Tarara learned about Rodan + Fields at just the right time. After enjoying her career as an RN and then spending years in the classroom, Jen was staying home to raise her four children.  “I suppose like a lot of people say, this opportunity just sort of dropped into my lap. I wasn’t really looking for anything, or I didn’t realize I was. But we’d reached the point where we were financially tight all the time. I hadn’t realized how much being a single income family of six had impacted me. I watched my husband bear the weight of being the sole breadwinner for our family, and I wanted to alleviate that for him if I could.”

At the same time, Jen missed working outside the home. “What I loved about nursing and teaching was that I had a direct positive impact on people’s lives. As a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t have an outlet. I wanted to get back into some kind of adult career that didn’t involve mom-ing.” The challenge was, it was nearly impossible to find a job that accommodated Jen’s priority of staying home while still providing enough support to help her family. “I felt like this opportunity was such a godsend.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Jen Tarara

An unexpected launch

Jen discovered Rodan + Fields when she attended Jennifer McIntyre’s business launch. “I just wanted to be a good friend and listen to what she had to say. I adore and trust her implicitly, but at first, there was certainly some skepticism on my end. I had no idea I would end up joining! Still, I knew the brand was amazing, and I trusted the impressive products and the legacy of success. Above all, it was the mission, vision, and passion at the heart of this Company that made me know I was in the right place.”

When Jen saw her friend’s passion for the R+F products, her excitement was fueled even more. “I had been noticing changes in my skin’s appearance for sure as I got older, but before I found Rodan + Fields, I didn’t know what to do or what I could use. Then when she started talking about the business, my wheels just started turning. I was about to write down the names of my close girlfriends as referrals for her when I realized I could do that too. I could use the products and spread the word. R+F was the perfect solution — I could do something great for my skin, support a friend, connect with people, be with my kids, and most importantly have the potential to make an income that could impact our family’s future! I had been wondering what was out there, what opportunity would let me own my own 24 hours, without sacrificing my priorities. This was it.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Jen Tarara's Children

Four of Jen’s biggest reasons WHY.

Working through initial challenges

Jen signed on as an Independent Consultant in July 2010 and held strong to her belief from the very beginning. Still, she had to work through a bit of beginner’s nerves. “I think it’s normal to be a little freaked out, wondering if you can actually do this. Like so many others who have come into R+F, this was totally outside my wheelhouse and comfort zone. I don’t have a background in sales. I feared I might be the worst Consultant ever known in R+F! But I knew it would be ridiculous to let that fear of failure keep me from trying.”

With that, Jen started reaching out and spreading the word about Rodan + Fields and found immediate joy in reconnecting with other adults around her. “I have a genuine desire to help people, and I think that worked in my favor for sure. I slowly but surely started building my business, and I met my first goals within the first two months. When I was able to cover some of our big household expenses (which was my long-term goal), I really started to see the potential of my R+F business. I thought I had been open-minded, that I had been thinking bigger and dreaming bigger…but at that moment I realized this could go well beyond my initial plan. It’s incredible to feel that you have the power to affect your financial future. That’s a powerful feeling.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Jen Tarara & Husband

Jen and her biggest supporter, her husband Drew, at Convention in Las Vegas.

Slow pace, big rewards

Jen worked hard to reach Level V, and then set her sights on Lexus — another eye-opening achievement in terms of where her business could really go. “I worked slowly but surely, building my business consistently over time. Life was busy and I was only able to work part-time in the nooks and crannies, for about 10-15 hours per week. But I want people to know that even working in this way, without completely disrupting my life or feeling frantic, I was able to get to that next level with small, daily efforts. Little steps can create such big change. It doesn’t need to happen all at once, or with a constantly amazing Herculean effort.”

Jen is determined to keep growing and learning as she reaches for even higher goals, tackling any obstacles that arise along the way. “I think in general my biggest challenge is giving myself grace through all the ups and downs, and I’m still learning to not be too hard on myself or compare my business path or pace too much with someone else’s. I have to remind myself that it’s really about the journey. For instance, I recently let my fear of failure get the best of me. But you know what? That was last week. That was last month. I’ve got this and I’m going to move forward no matter what.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Jen Tarara with Lexus

The whole crew proudly picking up their new Lexus.

Looking ahead

Of course, Jen has a good idea where she’d like to go from here. “Elite is my next goal, and in addition to helping myself reach the next Milestone, I want to really help empower other leaders to hit their own major Milestones. It’s just so nice how this Company structures rewards that dovetail with how much I love working with my team, lifting them up, supporting them, and helping them reach their goals. I also want to travel, spend more time with my family, and give my husband freedom of choice in his work. That’s definitely what is driving me.

“I work hard so we can live the joyful life that certainly everyone deserves to live. I believe there’s so much more out there for all of us than what we’re used to settling for. We are all capable of determining our own destiny. Life is too short not to live your very best one. Find what brings you joy, feeds your soul, gives your life meaning and go for it! And if that means change, have the courage to change and the belief in yourself that you can. Personally, the past eight years have already been such a journey. I feel like I’ve changed and grown so much — and that was totally unexpected. By keeping my eyes on my own journey, my own growth, and my own little piece of real estate here — I know I’m continuing to become the best version of myself, helping my family live the best life we can and creating a legacy I know I can be proud of.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Jen Tarara at Disney

The Tararas at Disney World celebrating their first family vacation thanks to her hard work with R+F!


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


Tell Me More…

Where do you draw your inspiration from in life? My family and close friends, for sure, but also art, music, books, nature, philanthropists, leaders, underdogs, and everyday people doing the best they can.

What is your best R+F experience? The relationships I’ve developed over the years and the sense of empowerment, community, support, inspiration, and joy that comes from them.

What was the biggest R+F hurdle you overcame? Pushing past my huge fear of failure and the unknown to even try this in the first place.

What’s your biggest quirk? I sing real songs but with my own lyrics pertaining to the current situation — usually for my kids. #Imkindofabigdeal

Favorite snack? “Donuts” or “my kids’ leftovers” seem like the wrong answers, so I’m gonna go with peanut butter toast!




One response to “Jen Tarara – Loving Her One Life”

  1. I too am a nurse and being able to continue to help people is a huge factor for me. I can still help people in so many ways with Rodan&Fields. Thank you for sharing your story!

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