A PB & J sandwich, a smooch on the side and a tall glass of gratitude.

Here I am, sitting at the table with my little girl sharing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It’s an ordinary Tuesday and I have come to love and appreciate a simple, ordinary day.  My little Gabriella gave me a little smirk, leaned over and planted the biggest smooch smack on my lips.

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Cue the tears. Happy ones this time.

A wave of gratitude overtook my body. I then thought, how lucky I am for a simple Tuesday afternoon moment like this.

It’s ordinary, yet extraordinary. It’s her and me. It’s peanut butter and jelly.

Speaking of gratitude, there are two ladies that I owe a big thank you to for this very moment. Two brave, beautiful souls who gave me this chance to have a simple lunch date with my daughter.

They are Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. If you don’t know these names, then you’ve probably never been on Facebook or turned the TV on, or picked up a magazine…


And if you do know those names, you might only know that…just their names, but maybe not their incredible story. These two brilliant ladies met at Stanford Medical school where they formed an inseparable bond.  PB & J style.  Between studying for the boards and practicing dermatology, they thought outside the box and with a lot of hard work and time, they created a billion dollar brand.

The thought of creating a billion dollar brand is not only mind-blowing, but almost unimaginable.   As if that isn’t impressive enough, then went on and did it AGAIN. Yes, two separate billion dollar brands in ONE lifetime. Talk about a legacy. But their second company was a little different, because this time around, they wanted to share the success with everyday, ordinary (which I think are extraordinary) men and women. That is the part that changed everything for me.

It was my sister Erin and her beautiful, curious mind that was intrigued 3.5 years ago when she first saw this opportunity. Curiosity is powerful because it leads to expanding your mind, which can expand your vision, which ultimately expands your life. But being curious isn’t enough. Asking questions, doing research and taking action on that curiosity is key.

My sister continued to do just that and decided to partner with these brilliant women and eventually, so did I after she made the point that I don’t have a “plan b” in life. I never thought I’d need one and boy am I grateful to her for somehow knowing that is EXACTLY what I needed. Starting a business and taking a different road in life is not easy but holy crap it’s worth it.

The hardest part of “changing your life” is getting out of your own way (something that was HARD for me)… one reason why is that we are all trapped in our own way of thinking, in our own way of connecting to people, in our own way of doing things, etc and we get so used to seeing the world our way, in our own eyes and you know what happens…we think the world IS the way WE see it.

 But it’s not.

This type of thinking is not only a little on the dangerous side, it’s pretty boring. It leads to complacency and even worse, regret.

 This can be hard to realize and requires one to be aware, curious, open-minded and around people that are outside your comfort zone.

I know deep down that we are all here on purpose and for a purpose.  Life’s goal should be to not only to figure out why, but then be bold enough to live it.

Reality is, we get so busy that we don’t take the time to be curious like we were born to do, but it’s still in there… just waiting ever so patiently.  If you want proof of this, watch a baby for 5 minutes as they are constantly trying new things and exploring the world. Or go outside one night and just stare at the sky for a few minutes and pay attention to what happens to your mind.

It’s hard to get quiet in a loud world, but that is where all our answers rest.  The future belongs to the curious. The ones who aren’t afraid to explore, question things, take chances…the brave Katie and Kathy’s of the world.

A lot of incredible things have happened in the past few years, but the best gift is my simple Tuesday lunch dates sharing a sandwich and smooch. I’ve really learned to love the ordinary days. I once heard that you’ll never see a U-Haul follow a hearse so fill your life with meaningful experiences and spend as much time as possible with those you love. Because time is the most valuable commodity you own.

So thank you Katie and Kathy for being curious and bold with your life. A lot of lives have been changed in dramatic ways, including my own, but today it’s the ordinary things that I have realized are really quite extraordinary.  A simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich that never tasted so good.

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*This is my unique story, for info regarding typical results search ‘Rodan +Fields’ IDS.


Author: gabriellascraniojourney

I am the lucky lady to have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, an unscripted life and one that took the road less traveled. This is her journey.

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