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Mandy Huff – Fearlessly Diving In and Making Her Dreams Reality  

Posted by on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

As she drove home from work, her heart felt heavy. Pulling into the driveway, she sighed to herself, knowing that she’d only have a few moments to spend with her husband before he rushed off to work the night shift. Mandy Huff had grown weary of constantly rushing around, putting in long hours just to have her entire paycheck go toward bills. She began to wonder if their lives would always be so hectic. As it stood, it seemed farfetched that she’d ever have the time to pursue her passions. She wanted so badly to fit work around her life, rather than allowing work to take precedence over all else. When she learned of an opportunity that could provide that type of freedom, she had mixed emotions. Though she was intrigued by the potential she saw, she was hesitant to try something new. Realizing that her dreams would always remain dreams if she never took a chance, Mandy set her fears aside and committed to living the life she desired.

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Testing the waters

Growing up, Mandy loved leading youth groups and working at camps for kids, but when she entered college, she decided she wanted to be a veterinarian. During her senior year, while working an internship at an animal hospital, she realized that she missed interacting with children and mentoring young adults. After graduating, she decided to use her biology degree to teach high school science. After two years, she left teaching in order to take a job leading the children’s youth program at the church where her husband was a music minister. Over the next few years, they had three children of their own and realized that, if they wanted to provide for their kids the way they’d hoped to, they would need to generate additional income. “We were very busy with work, and our budget was extremely tight. It felt like we were being pulled in several directions between our children and our many responsibilities. But I knew something had to change if we wanted to be able to afford to send our kids to college and still be able to give back to the causes we felt called to support. I was worried about how we could do it because I didn’t want to give up any more time with my family than I already had been.”

In 2013, Mandy’s sister-in-law enrolled as a Rodan + Fields® Independent Consultant, but had only been working her business casually. Eventually, Mandy noticed a post her sister-in-law made to Facebook, indicating that she was going to take the next step and really go for it with her business. Mandy watched and supported her from afar, but wasn’t interested in the business for herself, thinking that it wasn’t a fit for her. “I didn’t think I had the time to put in to get anything worthwhile out of it. But the more I learned about the business model, the more impressed I became.” Once Mandy recognized who the Doctors were and the fact she wouldn’t be required to host parties or stock inventory, she realized that her initial assumptions were unfounded. “There was instant credibility with the brand, and I saw my sister-in-law having success with her business. Even my mom was using the products, so I figured I had to at least consider it for myself.”

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Mandy with her husband and their children at the beach.

Wading cautiously  

In January of 2014, Mandy decided to enroll as an Independent Consultant, hoping to earn $200 a month to give her family some wiggle room. After one month, she’d earned triple than what she’d expected. “I recognized that we truly had something wonderful in our hands, and if I really committed and stuck with it, this could help us live our dream—so I did.” Mandy was passionate about her work at the church, but after she had her own children, she yearned to be a stay-at-home mom. “It was important to me that I was there while they were little and still so impressionable, but we depended on my income. So, I gave myself six months to earn enough so that I could step away from my position at church.”

Five months later, the tenants of the house Mandy and her husband rented out suddenly broke their lease. Normally, that would have severely affected their financial situation, but Mandy’s R+F income was able to bridge the gap. The following month, Mandy was poised to leave her job, but she was terrified of taking that final leap and making R+F her sole source of income. She put if off a bit longer, but in November of 2014, she achieved Level V, working seven to ten hours a week. “I knew I could do it, but that gave me the confirmation I needed and assured me that this was the best decision for our family.”

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Mandy with some of her business partners at a teammate’s Lexus Event.

In January of 2015, Mandy officially left her job, and six months later, she achieved Premier Level V. She now has the time freedom to volunteer at church when she wants and has been able to give more to various causes. She is also looking forward to using her income to support her husband’s passion for songwriting. “It’s an expensive hobby, but I want to be able to pay for him to record his music. It’s incredible to be able to do things that were never in our budget before, and it’s comforting to know that we’ll be prepared for whatever situations we are presented with in the future.”

Diving in

As an introvert, Mandy found it difficult to step out of her comfort zone initially. Although she had no problem speaking in front of children, she found the idea of giving a presentation in front of a group of her peers very intimidating. “A year ago, I never thought I’d be doing something like this, but I realized that nothing great ever comes from within our comfort zone—and I wanted great things. So I committed to overcoming those fears, knowing that it would help me and my business grow.”

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Mandy being recognized on stage at an R+F Convention.

Now, Mandy loves coaching others through their apprehension and equipping them with the skills they need to be successful—just like when she was a teacher. “It’s so rewarding to help others get past their own personal challenges and encourage them to reach their own potential. It’s so exciting to see someone exceed their own expectations and begin to live the life of their dreams.”

Confidently making waves

Mandy has always approached things with passion and determination, and her business is no different. “When I decide to do something, I put my whole heart into it. Everyone is busy, and we can all make excuses about why we can’t do something or don’t think we have the time for it, but too often, I think there is a bigger issue holding us back—and that is fear. We’re afraid to commit to things that are bigger than us. But, if we believe in our abilities and trust that we can do it, we free ourselves to fearlessly pursue our goals and dreams. And that should be how we approach everything in life—our passions, our work, and how we give back—boldly, courageously, and without inhibition.”

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Mandy is grateful that her R+F income enables her family to take trips together and create special memories.

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5 Responses to “Mandy Huff – Fearlessly Diving In and Making Her Dreams Reality  ”

  1. So proud of you, Mandy!!!

  2. Good for you, wishing you continued success!

  3. Great story, Mandy. You did a great job presenting last night at Due South – motivating for me.

  4. Tannette says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Mandy! You are such an inspiration. Keep on going! -Tannette :)

  5. Aleta Hickey says:

    I loved this story!! Thank you for sharing.

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