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Mallory Sollie – Finding Purpose with Passion

Posted by Rodan + Fields on Monday, October 21st, 2019

As a child, photography was one of Mallory Sollie’s greatest passions. “I loved everything about taking pictures. With photography, you get to capture life and memories. It’s timeless, because pictures will go from generations to generations.” However, it wasn’t until her first child was born that she saw an opportunity to turn her passion into a career. Determined not to go back to the corporate world of event planning, but unable to manage her growing family on her husband’s military income, Mallory chose to make the leap. “My parents had taught me that if you want something, you have to go for it. I asked myself, ‘What am I passionate about? Pictures. Why don’t I start my own photography business?’”

She used her photography skills to create compelling content on social media, marketing her business to wider audiences and grew “way faster than I expected.” Soon, she was working successfully as her own boss, but unfortunately her working hours kept her from being fully present with her family. “Photographers work weekends and nights. I was working literally every weekend.” When a friend and fellow photographer approached her about Rodan + Fields, Mallory says she rolled her eyes. “I did not wash my face. I only ever used the same bar of soap that my husband used on his body in the shower for my face.”

Exploring With Enthusiasm
However, when one of Mallory’s clients started posting about R+F on social media, she started to take notice. “She invited me to events, and I ignored her, but I was watching her on social media. [I followed along as] she was able to make the decision to resign from her teaching job because of the extra income she made through R+F and stay home with her boys. I knew I had to look into this more.” Eventually, she accepted an invitation to her client’s birthday party with the intention of networking for her photography business, but instead found herself “word vomiting. I was like, ‘Tell me more about R+F! How are you staying home?’” The next day, she got on a three-way call to learn more, and within days, signed up as an Independent Consultant in 2016.

Mallory with her husband and three children.

Seeking Community by Struggle
Her initial goal was to earn an additional $1,000 a month so she could take more days off to spend time with her family and practice photography more freely. But within three months, she “hit Level V and started really grasping what this business could do,” which led her to reach for larger, even more personal goals – like connecting others to the R+F community. After experiencing severe postpartum depression when her children were born, Mallory felt disconnected from others yet “didn’t want to tell my friends and family that I was struggling because I was embarrassed.” She silently struggled until she found comraderie in her Consultant community who “encouraged and supported me,” and finally had the chance to speak with others who’d had similar experiences. It transformed her WHY and made her determined to connect others to the business through her own story. “My goal was to reach out to people who struggled in their daily lives, not just financially, but mentally.”

Since becoming a Consultant, Mallory and her friend who originally approached her about the business have become power partners.

Going Without Fear
Now a Premier Executive Consultant (EC), Mallory values having the ability to be an entrepreneur of two businesses on her own terms, where she can share her story to expand her community and reach wider audiences through social media. “We can reach so many more people with social media than with face-to-face interactions. When I was able to pay my bills with my R+F earnings, I immediately went on Facebook Live and cried my eyes out. And it went viral! The fact that I could share how this business has impacted me with people was surreal.” Yet, she knows that others have hesitations about being so vulnerable, especially when it comes to sharing their passions and being open to new possibilities. The rewards, she says, are worth it. “The fear of judgment and heartbreak ¬– that’s why a lot of people don’t succeed, but you need to be brave and go all in. With this business, you have to tune the noise out and work for it. Success is a decision and that goes back to believing you can do it.”

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3 responses to “Mallory Sollie – Finding Purpose with Passion”

  1. Denice Calles says:

    You are such an inspiration Mallory! I am so fortunate to have you in the Central Region! Love your story!!!

  2. Denice Valles says:

    You are such an inspiration Mallory! I am so fortunate to have you in the Central Region! Love your story!!!

  3. Tina says:

    I’ve followed Mallory and enjoyed getting to know her! Her training is amazing!

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