Karen Drinkard – Weaving New Dreams
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Karen Drinkard held a 28-year career as a court reporter before she found herself looking for a different future. “Before Rodan + Fields found me, I owned a freelance court reporting agency. I was basically a professional listener, writing people’s stories for a living. The stories I wrote didn’t always have happy endings, and that does take its toll on the psyche over time. But I loved my job. It was a fabulous career for me and it was very good to me in many ways. It was lots of travel, deadlines, daily job turnarounds, and all of that equated to a 70+ hour workweek.”

When Karen fell in love and got married, she found herself wishing for an alternative. “That schedule was all fine-and-dandy for me when I was single, but getting married changed my life in a beautiful way. Here I was with this incredibly busy career, and it was impossible to find balance. I still wanted a thriving career but I wanted to work to live. I didn’t want it the other way around. I was praying for a normal work life and I didn’t even know if it was possible or what it might look like. It was so hard to envision myself doing something else with my life, and that’s where I was when Rodan + Fields fell into my lap.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Karen Drinkard

Beginning as a Preferred Customer

A new option presented itself when Karen started seeking a new solution for skincare. “At that time I was getting close to 50 years old, and my skin just went haywire. I tried everything. I went to a dermatologist and tried prescriptions. I tried the most expensive products I could find all the way down to drugstore varieties and nothing actually worked. At the same time, my very dear friend Angie Wilkins had started her own skincare business with Rodan + Fields, and I was quite impressed by the brand. I called Angie and immediately decided to try the products, not having any intention that this would be my next career.”

When Karen’s first product package arrived, she knew she had found something special. “I used the REVERSE Regimen for the first time, and it was love at first face wash. I’m not kidding. I loved the way my skin felt for the first time in forever. After a few weeks, I started seeing a difference in the mirror, and I loved that these products were really doing what they claimed to do. A few weeks after that, other people started noticing that I was doing something different. There was a definite transformation for me and that’s what got me to really start looking at creating my own Rodan + Fields business.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Karen Drinkard in Cancun

Karen enjoying Cancun, Mexico, on LV+ Leadership Retreat with Angie Lentz, Amy Hutto, and Amy Skogerboe.

Becoming a business owner

After doing a lot of research and asking plenty of questions, Karen signed up as an Independent Consultant in January 2011. “In the beginning, I worried that I didn’t have a sales background, but I do love collecting friends and chatting it up with them. There’s nothing about this business that is easy, but it was relatively simple for me to start reaching my goals. My husband Steve was an early encourager for me when embarking upon this new career path I’d chosen; and frankly, he had more confidence in my abilities than I had in myself at the time. I believe having a support system is paramount. By my third month in business, I met my first major financial goal, and I was probably spending about 10 hours a week on this business.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Karen Drinkard in Banff

Karen and Steve with fellow Milestone 5 Achiever friends at Lake Louise, Banff, Canada — Stephanie and Stuart Hipp, Leisa and Lane Cutler, Kim and Jeff Russell.

Karen had a major “aha” moment eight months into her journey as an entrepreneur. “I eventually recognized that this could be a lot bigger than I originally thought, and knew one day I could say goodbye to these 70 hour work weeks. I made Level V my goal, and at that same time, I planned to walk away from my firm and my career. I reached that goal in May 2013 and I sold my company shortly after. I have chills on my arms when I tell that story, because it was a big shift for my schedule and my life. Steve and I have so much more freedom now, and that gift of time is truly invaluable.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Karen Drinkard and Husband

Karen with her husband and business partner, Steve Drinkard.

Embracing change

Where does Karen plan to go from here? “I feel like I’m in a very happy place right now with my business and my life. There’s always a new goal up ahead with this Company, so naturally, I want to progress through the titles and achievements that are beyond where I am now. I also want to expand our footprint with Team Dream Weavers. I have really enjoyed connecting with such a diverse group of incredible individuals, and it’s hugely rewarding to watch their growth. I love helping those who want to weave a new dream.”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Karen Drinkard and Team

Karen at an R+F event with Sideline partner Lindsey Cross and their local circle of love.

“Since I walked away from my first career, it’s been a time of constant rediscovery. My Rodan + Fields journey has been all about embracing change. It’s completely redefined who I thought I was. I’m learning to dream new dreams again, and we’re able to spend more time with our children and grandchildren. I have a whole new circle of love in our Rodan + Fields family, with both team members and sideline partners — all of whom are some of the biggest intangible gifts of this business. Do not be fearful of change. Change is empowering, and if you allow it in your life, you can so do this and work hard for success. On the other side of change is where peace and renewed self-confidence can be found. It’s what Redefining Your Future is all about!”

Rodan + Fields Consultant - Karen Drinkard at Convention

Karen and Steve Drinkard at Convention in Las Vegas.

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Tell Me More…

What one word do you most relate to? Kindness. I long for a bigger dose in our world today.

Have there been any especially significant people in your R+F journey, or life in general? My mother. Although she changed her address to a heavenly one years ago, she was my greatest influencer.

Favorite book? Personal History by Katharine Graham — the epitome of a strong woman! She wrote this work in her 80s, and she won a Pulitzer Prize!

What hobby would you like to take up? Perhaps learn to play the piano. #lifegoal

Best advice you’ve ever received? From my mom: Get out there and do it yourself; don’t wait for anyone else to do it for you!


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3 responses to “Karen Drinkard – Weaving New Dreams”

  1. Julie Luttrell says:

    Congratulations!! You are an inspiration!! I’ll never forget convention when Steve’s handsome mug was on the jumbotron! Well done, Karen!!

  2. Thank you so much, Julie Luttrell!! You’ve been a wonderful addition to our circle of love!!

  3. Terri Sass says:

    Karen you are such a gem to those who know you! So happy for you!!!

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