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Sarah Beyersdorf – Giving Back and Regaining Her Sense of Self

Posted by on Friday, March 13th, 2015

“Give, and you shall receive” is a popular adage for good reason. Small instances of generosity have the power to bring about profound joy—in both the giver and the receiver. Our lives are richer and more fulfilled when we spread goodness and hope to others—when we give where we see a need. The desire to give has always been central to Sarah Beyersdorf’s purpose in life and acts as the driving force behind her career aspirations.

A need arises

Sarah’s career began in media and, over several years, she worked for various media companies. In 2006, when she had the first of her two children, Sarah left her corporate job to stay at home. Soon after, she and her husband moved from Seattle to the surrounding suburbs. It was a massive adjustment, and being so far from her family and friends left Sarah feeling isolated and lonely. She began looking for ways to get involved in her community.

While at the park one afternoon with her kids, Sarah noticed signs of poverty all around her and she was overwhelmed by a need to help. “There are several underprivileged sections within our community. I saw kids playing beside my own kids who didn’t have winter coats and who were hungry and asking me for food. Seeing this sort of need moved me to take action.”

In 2011, Sarah started a small grassroots organization dedicated to positively impacting the lives of in-need families and children in the Puget Sound area. When a need arises, the organization mobilizes and hosts fun community events that raise funds for specific causes, often chosen by community volunteers. After a few years, Sarah decided to extend the organization’s reach by working to reduce the hard costs of events and increasing the profit amounts. “I also wanted to make the giving aspect more accessible to everyone, not just people who had a disposable income. Everyone should feel the joy of giving to someone in need.”

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Sarah’s business provides her with the means to give in the way she wants and make a greater impact in areas where she sees a need.

The means to do more

Around that time, a college friend approached Sarah about the Rodan + Fields® business opportunity. At first, Sarah declined, thinking that she was too busy running community events and managing her responsibilities at home. Her friend followed up, suggesting that Sarah could leverage her existing network and potentially use the income from her business to raise more funds for charitable organizations. “That idea really resonated with me. When I thought about it and considered the Doctors’ success and the Company’s great brand recognition, it made sense. I had seen the MACRO ExfoliatorTM in Oprah Magazine and knew R+F was constantly featured in other media publications as well. With my background, I couldn’t ignore that type of major editorial advertising. As a Consultant, I could leverage that great brand recognition to market my own R+F business.”

Already a skincare product lover, Sarah was excited to start a business that combined her media savvy with her aesthetic interests and that would possibly increase her ability to give. So, in the summer of 2013, Sarah enrolled as an Independent Consultant and began using the SOOTHE Regimen. A few weeks later, she posted her “before and after” photos on Facebook and was blown away by the response. “The results I saw for myself made me believe wholeheartedly in the products, but the amount of orders I received after simply posting my photos made me realize that this entire opportunity was something to take seriously. I don’t endorse anything I don’t believe in 100 percent, and I am beyond passionate about this Company and the products. Plus, I saw an extremely viable business option for me and the lifestyle I lead.”

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Sarah with some of her R+F business partners and friends.

Freedom to give

With her husband traveling a lot for work, Sarah was pleased with the way her business fit into her routine. Previously, she had interviewed at several nonprofits, but they all required a three-hour round trip commute to the city. Working from home enables Sarah to be there for her kids and still contribute to her household as well as the community. “I needed to find something in the career sector that I was passionate about and that would work with my family’s schedule. R+F met both of those needs.”

Sarah continued to grow her business, initially utilizing social media and only working five hours a week. Six months later, she achieved Level V. With her increased income, Sarah has the flexibility to work with a variety of organizations and give back even more. While she still hosts fundraisers in the community, she no longer has to wait to raise money for a cause she is passionate about. “I am able to give back even more than before, and I have the resources to give to an organization or to help someone individually. I love being able to contribute when something moves me, without relying on anyone else or taking away from our family budget.”

This past year, one of Sarah’s donations went to a family of four that was facing a terminal diagnosis for one of their members. Sarah helped them on a vacation to Disney World. “I was so elated when I was able to make that trip possible for them. Knowing that what I am contributing is purposeful and seeing my dreams come to fruition is so humbling.” Sarah tries to incorporate others into her giving efforts as well. This past January and February, every Customer who ordered products from Sarah or her business partners had their name put in a drawing to name the charitable organization that would receive a large grant from her R+F earnings.

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Sarah, her husband, Kenny, their children, Joey and Stella, and theri dog, Blitz.

The gift of giving

Now, with a bigger team, Sarah devotes 15 hours a week to her business and focuses more on leadership and mentoring. She enjoys coaching others and helping them realize their dreams. “To see others achieving their goals is an added benefit that I wasn’t expecting. It’s extremely satisfying.”

Giving presentations and speaking at business events has given Sarah’s self-esteem a huge boost and has helped her reclaim a part of herself she lost touch with after leaving the corporate world. “I didn’t realize I was missing that part of me. Returning to public speaking and taking advantage of the Company’s training has allowed me to sharpen my skills and step back into a leadership role. It has been really fun and rewarding.”

Sarah’s business has fueled and funded her aspirations in countless ways. “This business can be whatever you want it to be, and you can fit it into your life however you desire—you just have to decide how much time and energy you want to put in. Giving is the reason I continue to share my business and, in return, it has been my vehicle to beautiful skin, providing more for my family and reclaiming a part of myself I thought I’d left behind in a former career.” With the means to give in the way she wants, Sarah can make a greater impact in areas where she sees a need. The ability to do this has made her life that much sweeter and more fulfilling.

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.

For information regarding earnings under the U.S. R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement.

For information regarding earnings under the Canada R+F Compensation Plan, see the Income Disclosure Statement. We estimate that in Canada the typical plan participant will earn between $1,700 and $2,000 CAD per year.

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6 Responses to “Sarah Beyersdorf – Giving Back and Regaining Her Sense of Self”

  1. Raewyn says:

    Great story, Sarah! Keep up the great work!

  2. So honored to be on this journey with you, Sarah!

  3. I love your story, Sarah. I am a nurse and love to give also. I would like to learn how you leveraged this business to raise money for a cause. I would like to do that as well, but am not sure how to get started. Can you give me some ideas? Thank you! Donna Chambers

  4. Katya Bodiscomassini says:

    So awesome, Sarah! You are inspirational and I know it all comes from your huge heart!

  5. Amy Byrd says:

    You’re just as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside! I’m lucky to have you as a friend/partner! Wonderful story! The best is yet to come for you and so many others you are helping!

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