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Lea May – Open to Opportunity

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Friday, February 21st, 2014

When Lea May was attending law school at the University of Arkansas, she never imagined that she would one day be standing in a court room, prosecuting criminals who were guilty of fraud. Instead, she had always assumed that she would spend her career in a firm, behind a desk, studying cases. But when this Arkansas native married her husband, Chris, a move to Boston changed her direction. In Boston, Lea’s friend encouraged her to apply for a job in the Attorney General’s office that sounded both exciting and intimidating. Criminal work, especially as a prosecutor, was really outside of my comfort zone, but I went for it anyway and ended up getting the job.” Her willingness to push her boundaries led to Lea’s position as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Massachusetts, a job that changed her outlook and taught her the value of being open to every opportunity.

Lea May

“The time I spent working for the Commonwealth taught me many things, but most importantly, it taught me to be open to opportunities, even if they don’t come packaged the way I might expect them to be.” Her role as an Assistant Attorney General gave her confidence, taught her to test the limits of what she deemed herself capable of doing and to “think beyond the four corners of the paper.” While she gained invaluable insight and strength from that career, in the back of her mind she knew that when it came time to start a family, she would want to put her children first. When she and her husband had their first child, she worked up until the day their son was born and then transitioned into being a stay-at-home mom, a decision that nine years later she doesn’t regret.

Lea May

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As the years passed and her family of three became four, there came a time in Lea’s life when her priorities naturally shifted. With both of her children in school, her days had opened up and she likewise opened herself up to the idea of going back to work. Having grown accustomed to a flexible schedule, however, the idea of a nine-to-five type of day was not appealing. Because her husband’s schedule was also atypical, she knew that she didn’t want to pursue a job with hours that would keep them apart too frequently. Just when she was wondering whether she would find the right fit, she received a call from a college friend who encouraged her to take a look at Rodan + Fields®.

“As soon as my friend told me about the opportunity with Rodan + Fields, I knew I was going to go for it. It wasn’t something that I had ever imagined myself doing, but it was something I just couldn’t say no to because it checked all of the boxes for me.” Lea was impressed by the opportunity because it provided flexibility, significant financial potential, an avenue for personal growth and a sense of community. Today, ten months into her new career as an Independent Consultant, she has built a successful business that has allowed her to work on her own terms. Just as she had opened herself up to the opportunity in Boston years ago, she was once again willing to open herself up to a new way of life.

“Rodan + Fields has given me the freedom to redefine what I want out of my career and my life. I loved practicing law – every aspect of it – but I didn’t want to go back to that definition of work. I wanted to watch my son take his tennis lesson and go with my daughter on her school field trip. With my Rodan + Fields business, I get the best of both worlds. I am inspired, challenged and encouraged professionally, but I am able to be at home where I am happiest as well. I know that as my children grow up, they won’t remember the ordinary days we spent wandering through parks, swinging on swings, or playing Legos – but I will.”

Lea is thankful that she can show her children how to build something from the ground up and, even at the tender ages of four and nine, she says the impact of that is not lost on them. Her business has opened the door to having conversations with them about hard work and determination and she is teaching them those life skills while simultaneously enriching their lives with the experiences her Rodan + Fields income is allowing her to create. She would like for her children to one day be able to see the world and also to see a way to give to others. She is motivated every day to create that kind of life for them and she loves helping her team decide what they want out of the business for themselves and their families. Together, they are creating a roadmap of how to get there.

“Success is a moving target, so my definition of it is constantly changing. Right now, success to me is the freedom to live life as the grand adventure that it is and having the courage to realize that all you have to do is be open to any opportunity. I am so thankful that I was able to look beyond what I thought my career would look like and see potential in something completely different. Rodan + Fields is for anyone who really wants it – regardless of background or expertise or how you have been defined in the past.”

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.

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5 responses to “Lea May – Open to Opportunity”

  1. Lori says:

    This opportunity is for all! Thank you for sharing your story!

  2. Nancy says:

    Amazing story!

  3. I am so fortunate and consider myself blessed to be able to learn from Lea’s amazing leadership. Get it, girl! You’re headed for the top! xoxo

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