How $500 can pay for college


Today, a kind older gentleman at the grocery store made me take a good hard look at my future for me and my kids.

As we were walking out with a full cart and three kids hanging on, the man said… “Aw, you should have more babies.” I smiled and said “We’ll see!” But in my head I said… “How in the heck would I put them all through college!”

So, it made me think. What will college cost for my 3 kids?

Average tuition + room a board at the University of North Dakota, my alma mater, for IMG_3780 (1).JPGone year: $20,167

So for 4 years (2 years in the dorms):

x3 kids =

Ummm…. hang on while I pick my jaw up off the floor….

But, after the shock, I broke it down backwards. I have 13 years to save that. So that breaks down to $13,063 per year. Still making me want to cry a little. So, I broke it down some more. If I had an extra $500 a month that I invested in a meager 4% investment account for the next 13 years, that would equal about $103,000 saved. With just an extra $500 a month!

For those in Rodan + Fields like me, $500 a month is just 10 customers. If I know 10 people that I can help feel great about their skin, that can pay for two of my kids’ college tuition. I have happy friends loving their skin, kids who get an awesome education, and a less stressed me 13 years from now.

What I love about the direct sales industry is that when people buy from a consultant, they are supporting a family, kids college, things like that. So I thank you to all my customers who are loving their skin and making college tuition possible. And to all of you parents out there with college looming in your future, take a look at this as an option. You can turn a little into big things when you work to help others.

We are now #1! Our unique approach is working.


IMG_2562We did it! And you helped! Helped to make Rodan + Fields the #1 Premium Skin Care Brand in all of North America! 

I am so excited, and not surprised at all! 🙂 And we owe it to our preferred customers, for trusting us with their skin. I so greatly appreciate your business and am so excited to continue with this company who continues to provide the best quality products and service to you all, my friends and family. Thank you so much!

And we are not only #1 in North America, as the ranking numbers came out from Euromonitor, the world’s leading provider in market research, R+F is also top in a few other categories…

  • The No.1 skincare brand in 2016 in the U.S. as well as in North America
  • The fastest growing skincare brand in the U.S., for the last six years
  • The fastest growing skincare brand in Canada in 2016
  • The No. 1 brand in Anti-Aging
  • The No. 1 brand in Premium Acne

And we still have so many others to help, in the US, Canada, and all over the globe as we continue to expand.

And what makes me even more excited, we only make up less than 10% of the US skin care market.Clearly our unique approach to business and skin care is working… products that change skin and a business vehicle that can change lives. Now, its just up to us what we want to do with it.
So, I have two ways to help us celebrate this achievement…

1. If you know someone who would love our products or maybe that someone is you, when you refer or join Rodan + Fields as a customer, I will give you $25 in free products. If you refer three friends, I will gift you a free full regimen of your choice!

If you are ready to instead of watching us grow, want to grow with us and become a consultant, any new teammate who joins our team now through Friday, March 7th on one of our amazing business kits, will get a free Active Hydration Serum (yes our brand new product set to launch in May to customers and April to consultants) from me!

I’m so excited for you all as we continue to grow, develop new skin care technology, and change so many more lives. Thank you for being such great customers. I am so thankful for your business and support every single day.

Reach out to me to be a part of this company or to get help finding the perfect products to meet your skin care needs. We would love to welcome you to our fast growing team and help you change skin and change lives with us!

~ Michaela

You don’t have to change to do this


398158_10150542972256052_1225312895_nThis first pictures was 5 years ago. I was doing what I loved. Presenting for our Young Professionals organization to a ballroom filled with hundreds of people and sharing an amazing vision for what lied ahead for our community and its business leaders.


13902576_10101909824688105_4266820421790908425_nThis second picture was last year. I had left my corporate job in economic development and jumped into network marketing with Rodan + Fields. Most people thought I was crazy.  CRAZY! (so did I a little) But, I knew I was smart and I saw the opportunity.

And look, here I am, still getting to do what I love. Presenting in front of a room of hundreds of people and share an amazing vision for what lies ahead for my family, my teammates, and our company of business leaders.

I still am doing what I love. And now I get to do it on my terms. Around my family. Make more money. Provide an even better future. And dream bigger.

The moral of this story is, you don’t have to give things up to do this. You don’t have to change what you love to do this. You just have to BE YOU to do this and to have a big dream that you are willing to go after.

If you have been thinking network marketing might be a path for you, you know I’d love to connect! Reach out to me at

Thinking differently can make bigger things happen


We just achieved a major milestone…. 1 Million in sales in 2016. I can’t believe it myself. But it happened, and hit happened because we thought DIFFERENTLY. We stepped out of the box when starting a business.

Here is how…

Are you starting a business? It needs to be online.


Headlines these past weeks announced Macy’s, Kmart, and Sears are closing stores. The Limited “closes all 250 stores, but their website will stay open for business.” More and more major retailers are admitting that the power of E-Commerce is stronger than traditional brick & mortar.
Stores across the country are closing. In my hometown, I just heard Macy’s is closing it’s doors, laying off 53 employees. If you are in any kind of retail business, it is a time of uncertainty…. unless you are moving toward online sales.

Times are changing. Where did you do most of your holiday shopping this year? I went to one store for one gift. The rest of my shopping was online. We are creating this change. We love the ease of ordering from our phone at night sitting on the couch watching TV. We love that things get delivered right to our door. Online shopping is a trend that won’t be leaving soon.

So, what does that mean for those wanting to start a business?

You need to be online.

Many people thought I was a little crazy for starting an online business a few years ago. The idea of network marketing was a little out of the box still, but the fact that Rodan + Fields was a completely digital business is what made me take the leap. I knew the online shopping industry was only going to grow.

Click here to read the article Millennials, Hispanics and Online Sales Are Fueling Growth in $25 Billion Dollar Cosmetics and Skincare Market.
And that has been proven over and over again these past few weeks and even years with stores closing. But it isn’t just shoppers moving to the online trend. Business owners love the model too.
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It means that we can have customers not just in one town, but all over the country and the world. It means we don’t have to stock inventory, pay employees, rent, electricity, pricey insurance, and more. It allows us flexibility and time freedom. It allows us to best leverage growing social media marketing. The list goes on.

If you are looking to start your own business, definitely think digital. And I also highly recommend looking into a digital direct sales company. It is the way commerce is moving. You can either stand by and watch or ride the wave.

~ Michaela

As always, I would love to connect and am always happy to discuss with you if the Rodan + Fields opportunity or network marketing may be a right fit for you!

When should you join a network marketing company


When should I jump into a network marketing business?
I get this question a lot because it is all about timing… timing in the company, in the country, and in your life. So how do you figure out when is right?

I have no concrete answer for you. It is 100% up to you to decide, but I can give you some tips that will help you make a decision that feels right for you.

1. It’s like having a baby. We want everything to be “ready.” Our finances in line, our careers in a good spot, etc. etc. Then, like me and my hubby and surprise! You are having a baby! And guess what, we couldn’t imagine it any other way right now. That is how starting your own business is. If you wait for everything to be “perfect,” guess what? You will never start that business. Because nothing will ever be just right. Sometimes you just need to go for it.

The advice I give is, after you got all the information on the company and how it works, sleep on it. If you wake up the next day with it still on your mind, then that is a sign you are ready to go for it. If you woke up the next day and forgot about it or weren’t excited about it, well, then that means it’s probably not for you.

The biggest regret my business partners tell me is that they wish they would have started sooner.

2. Know the trends for the company you are joining and for the market that company is in. I’m going to use the skin care market and Rodan + Fields because I know that best, but this applies to any company. When I started I did my research. The skin care market has been continually on the rise for many years and had a growth projection that was incredible. And not just in the US, but globally, which is also very important. I also looked at other markets related to skin care. Consumers and how they shopped. Shopping is continuing to grow in the online platform so I wanted to tap into that component and made sure the company I chose was a virtual platform. Also, the consumer demographic for skin care was developing… a large amount of our population (which we in the US call the baby boomers) were now entering their 50s and 60s and worried about aging, and our young population was becoming very savvy about aging prevention. The trends were all pointing in the right direction. So doing your research on the market in a few different areas is key.

3. Know the company. You also want to research the company’s trends. Have they shown steady growth? Not just a giant spike now, but steady increases. You don’t want huge spikes that just happens once, but continual growth over the years. And if the company is brand new to your country, does it have solid growth in the countries it is currently in? You don’t want to get involved with a company that is expanding so fast they don’t have a stable foundation. It could be great but it also comes with incredible risk.

If the company has a solid business foundation in other countries and their products and services are solid as well, then jumping in at the beginning of their start in a new country can be an incredible opportunity for growth for you, plus it also gives a solid, respected foundation to stand on which means much less risk and the potential for great reward.

4. Ask about the future. Does the company have concrete plans for continued expansion globally? Do they have plans for new innovative products or services? You want to make sure they are not just riding a wave right now but already thinking ahead planning to ride the next one, and the next one, and be there with you for many years to come.

5. The fifth and final tip is the most important. You. Get the details you need. I encourage you to have a detailed phone, video, or in person conversation with a leader in the network marketing company you are interested in and ask a lot of questions that are important to you. Then, go with your gut. Remember when I shared if you wake up the next morning still excited about it, then take the leap? If you wake up and forgot about it, it likely isn’t for you. Our brains can make logical decisions very quickly on whether the opportunity is good or bad. We know if the information adds up. But our emotions tell us if it is the right fit for us and if we want to be a part a part of it. And that is the most important key to your success. It may be the best logical opportunity, but you also need to want it for you.

Cheers to a bright new year! I hope 2017 brings many opportunities your way!

~ Michaela

As always, I’d love to connect! You can find me on facebook at or reach out to me. I’m always happy to share more about what I do and if getting involved in network marketing is right for you!

Why start now


If you have been thinking of doing something BIG, BOLD, and IMPACTFUL for you and your family in the new year, starting your own Rodan + Fields business is a smart move.

Top 5 Reasons to Start R+F
before the New Year

Tax write off for 2016!

2. Everyone is ready for a change for the new year and changing
their skin is a big part of that! You can offer them a solution.

3. We launch in Australia!! You can take advantage of being first
into a new country.

4. New product launch in early 2017. You can be the first to
share it with your friends. And Lash Boost is still hot, hot, hot!
All your friends are going to get it, might as well be from you.

5. A gift of change for the new year. A new business which
brings endless possibilities for you and your family in 2017.

BONUS: A free regimen of your choice when you join before the new year!!

I’d love to connect with you and we can strategize on how to make the best of 2017 with a new business!


Why do network marketers brag about payday?


So, if you have a network marketing friend in your social media feed, chances are you have seen them make a post expressing their excitement for when they get their paycheck. At first I found it a bit distasteful. Really? You are bragging about how much money you make on facebook?

I’m a midwest girl. That is way out of my comfort zone to talk salaries and money. My grandma would give me ‘the look’ if she ever heard me ask someone how much they make.

But, I realized something lately. I’m starting to get why people in network marketing shout from the rooftops when they get paid. And it’s not really about the money. I still don’t think I’ll every be able to be so bold as to shout about my paycheck from the rooftops, but I do now understand why sharing what these paychecks have done for me and others is so important.

Here are my thoughts…

Black Friday weekend deals for my followers!


I love my followers and thankful to get to share my thoughts and ideas and have this supportive community.

So, you all get some pretty special deals for Black Friday weekend that are just for you!

First, I always want to help others start their own businesses and achieve the dreams and goals they have for them and their family. So Today through Monday, when you start your own Rodan + Fields business you get $100 in bonus products with your business kit so you can start sharing more even faster!unnamed

Second, If you have been wanting to try our products, now through Monday I am offering
wholesale pricing (a 25% discount) on any Preferred Customer order. Plus, I’ll send you a little bonus sample pack so you can try out more of our products for free.

Don’t hesitate to connect for questions and to get a skin care consultation or business info conversation to help you on your way.

You can also visit!

Thank you all for your support and love! I’m glad to give it back in return!
~ Michaela

My personal results


I am definitely a product of our products. I use them daily and would never recommend something that didn’t work well for me.

So, if you’ve been curious how they work, here are just a few of my own personal before and after pictures featuring my own results with Rodan + Fields products.

Lash Boost for longer, thicker, darker looking lashes. 4 week results

Unblemish Regimen for acne. 6 week results

Michaela Unblemish Before & After

Multi-function Eye Cream for puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. 6 week results on dark circles under ONE eye only. I did this to better compare how it can help.